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Written by Shivani Naik | Glasgow | Updated: August 29 2017 9:31 am Anne Smilie insists security should be like a well-masked drop nothing ostentatious about it.(Source: Twitter) Top News Anne Smilie head of Badminton Scotland is playing host to her second big event in 10 years —having hosted the mixed team event in 2007 The tournament has seen goodly crowds even in the early rounds and fans have generally enjoyed the experience of a stadium not bogged down by claustrophobic security while still staying efficient Smilie insists security should be like a well-masked drop nothing ostentatious about it And she is happy she kept a calm head during the 2009 World Championships that saw English shuttlers scurry back home (or not set out in some cases) after Hyderabad was put on alert a few weeks before the edition eight years ago Scots Susan Egelstaff and Alistair Casey had stayed put instructed by Smilie to continue playing on in India “It was absolutely ridiculous to call the players back home I didn’t know Badminton England had done that In fact TV networks called me and I told them there is no way the Scottish players are coming back We are not scared and we were sure the organisers had done everything to ensure players safety The championships went off calmly and there was absolutely no problem or need to over-react” she would say Many events have carried on in UK post terror trouble in the country without other country’s athletes scurrying back home “It was totally unnecessary” she would add “It was absolutely ridiculous to call the players back home I didn’t know Badminton England had done that In fact TV networks called me and I told them there is no way the Scottish players are coming back We are not scared and we were sure the organisers had done everything to ensure players’ safety The championships went off calmly and there was absolutely no problem or need to over-react” said Anne Smillie on England pulling out from the 2009 World Championships in Hyderabad For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Oakland | Published: October 17 2017 9:46 am Stephen Curry expects Golden State Warriros to pick up with a full head of steam in their opener (Source: File) Top News Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage To win another ring Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it _ and everybody on the defending champs and King James’ Cleveland Cavaliers realises these teams could be destined for another championship showdown at the end of this season No James is not through Neither are the reigning champs if they have their way They all understand the entire league has upped its game to chase these two heavyweights from their respective conferences “That’s the beauty of competition at the highest level other teams make us better and vice versa Cleveland made us better” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said “They beat us two years ago they made us better last year We’re doing the same thing for them They’re retooling a little bit they’ve got some great talent Every team is trying to get where we are and that pushes us We push them That’s what makes the game better” The Warriors and new-look Cavs will be tested in their openers: Golden State hosts Houston on Tuesday night in Chris Paul’s Rockets debut while Cleveland plays Boston at home with Kyrie Irving in a Celtics jersey following that blockbuster August trade that transformed the Eastern Conference rivals After losing to Golden State in a Game 5 clincher in Oakland the Cavs spent the summer rebuilding a roster that now features new stars like Derrick Rose Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas Despite dealing Irving to its closest competitor in the East Cleveland is deeper with more versatility and talent than at any time James has been on the roster And with close friend Wade back by his side James is not only happy but is teammates with a player who brings out the best in him Throw in former league MVP Rose motivated to show he’s still one of the game’s elite guards along with Thomas Kevin Love JR Smith Jae Crowder Jeff Green Kyle Korver and Tristan Thompson and it’s easy to see why Cleveland seems to be on a collision course with the Warriors again The key being health and how quickly the Cavs can assemble all the pieces “Don’t think we’ll be the team we want to be in a week It’s going to be for the whole season” James said “We’re going to have changes we’re going to make changes we’re going to become a better team as the games go on so the team opening night will not be the team that we know we can be” James can become a free agent next summer but has not backed off his intent to end his career with Cleveland “I think when you get to a certain level you don’t need another team to motivate you We want to win a championship they want to win a championship” Golden State’s Draymond Green said “We know what it’s like we know the feeling we love the feeling They know the feeling they love the feeling” The Warriors are almost the same team with Finals MVP Durant far more comfortable his second time around with Golden State _ the scrutiny of leaving Oklahoma City long behind him “I expect us to pick up with a full head of steam on Tuesday” Curry said There will be the fanfare of the Warriors receiving their championship rings in a pregame ceremony Yet Golden State still remembers its flop on opening night a year ago following a loss in the 2016 Finals to Cleveland after its record-setting 73-win regular season The Warriors lost at home to San Antonio 129-100 in Durant’s debut This time they’re beginning the daunting quest of trying to repeat _ something the franchise couldn’t do after the 2015 title against James and Co as Cleveland won last year “Your swag level is through the roof as it should be” Durant said “You’re the best team in the league and you go out there and beat a bunch of teams to win a championship of course your swag is going to be through the roof You hear about swag you hear about guys deserving stuff or stories that they might have coming up into this year all this fairytale stuff it’s cool stories it’s cool feel-good stories but you’ve still got to go out there and play the game you’ve still got to lock in every possession if you want to win” NOTES: James is nursing a sprained left ankle and his status for Tuesday remained unclear He was injured Sept 27 in practice … Key reserve Andre Iguodala is questionable for the Warriors’ opener because of his troublesome back and Omri Casspi also could be out because of a right ankle injury Kerr said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Updated: February 22 2017 5:22 am Top News One of the two accused who allegedly raped two minors in Rohini on Monday had tried to rape a woman earlier the same day police said The 25-year-old woman said she was beaten up for resisting his rape attempt “I share a part of my house with his He entered my room when I was going to take a bath He grabbed my neck from behind gagged me and pulled me to his room When I tried to resist he hit me” she said Watch What Else Is making News “When I started screaming neighbours arrived and caught him and beat him up We called police but he fled” The accused aged 15 fled to Shahbad Dairy where he met a friend aged 19 They consumed drugs and returned to rape the girls police said DCP (Rohini) M N Tiwari confirmed the juvenile’s involvement in the first incident and said the woman’s statement has been recorded The two were apprehended on Monday evening Both victims meanwhile are in hospital and remain critical For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Updated: March 27 2015 11:18 am India crashed out of the World Cup on Thursday as Australia stood unrivaled at the SCG (Source: AP) Related News India’s march to the World Cup semi-final on the heels of a seven-match winning run had an unexpected streak to it No one had predicted a journey so deep into the tournament before the start of the Cup especially after the thumping they received in the Test series and tri-series Down Under India raised their game for the big event MS Dhoni’s captaincy that looked so stale and reactive in the lead-up to the tournament got a new lease of life thanks to the bowlers bowling to a field and the fielders raising the standard It all seemed to be falling into place for the Indians Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with a 76-ball 73 in the opening game against Pakistan and continued his good work to finish with 412 runs at 5150 While the fielding was electric the bowlers stepped up to the plate taking 70 wickets in the run-up to the semi-final But for the first time in this World Cup on Thursday they failed to bowl out the opposition India lost to the far better team on the day A target of 329 in a World Cup semi-final always looked daunting Australia posted such a big total because Steve Smith was unbreachable once again It has happened all summer and Thursday was no different India then succumbed to the pressure Without a big knock upfront they never had a chance By the halfway stage of their innings India were out of the contest — outbowled and outbatted by their rivals It was a bad day in office but it doesn’t erase the team’s overall performance in the World Cup The selectors showed courage in leaving out fading stars like Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh and picking a relatively younger team for the tournament Their decision stood vindicated It still rankles that over the course of their four-month tour of Australia India couldn’t beat the hosts even once The upside is that these young players have enough talent to take Indian cricket forward Dhoni himself is looking to lead the side in the shorter formats at least till the end of the World T-20 to be held next year at home For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAhmedabad: Sidestepping the question of apologising for the 2002 Gujarat riots Narendra Modi on Tuesday night said the Congress should first account for their "sins" before asking him to tender an apology BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi AFP The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate was asked during an interview with TV9 channel that there was a demand he should apologise for the riots in the state that broke out when he was the chief minister Q) There have been a series of allegations against you because of Gujarat riots You have expressed regret but haven’t apologised These people are asking for apology A) Who are these people Q)Congress A)None from Congress have come to meet me Nor they have even spoken about it (apology) Congress people should first account for their sins before seeking account from others To a question on perceptions in the BJP that there was a ‘Modi wave’ the Prime Ministerial candidate responded" this is a BJP wave and not Modi wave" "Modi is not bigger than the party" he added The Gujarat Chief Minister also replied in the negative when asked if the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was "Modi-centric" He was also asked whether he agreed with the statements made by leaders like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram that he was a "danger" to the country Q) Are you a danger A) I have not heard Manmohan Singh speak like this during his ten-year tenure Modi also said that he has been taking care of Gujarat during his chief ministership for the past 12 to 15 years The chief minister said if there is a danger from any person it can be also from anyone living in a street or any mohalla Modi also expressed confidence that the BJP-led NDA will get 300 plus seats When asked about party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi not getting parliamentary seats of their choice Modi replied" I don’t decide seat distribution" Advani and Joshi were said to be keen on contesting from Bhopal and Varanasi respectively before they were persuaded to enter the poll fray from Gandhinagar and Kanpur PTI Ahmedabad: A pilot who is trying to make history by flying a solar-powered plane around the world launched an angry attack on Indian bureaucracy on Wednesday after a lengthy hold-up in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state The take-off of Solar Impulse-2 was delayed due to Indian red-tape Reuters Bertrand Piccard the Swiss pilot of Solar Impulse 2 said the aircraft’s take-off from Ahmedabad city in the western state of Gujarat was delayed by five days because of tedious paperwork The plane landed in Ahmedabad last Tuesday from the Omani capital Muscat after completing an initial sea crossing in its epic bid to become the first plane to fly around the world solely powered by the sun "The delay is (because of) of administration papers stamps" Piccard told reporters before the plane finally took off from Ahmedabad airport on Wednesday morning "I’m not here to accuse anybody I just say that since the last five days we are trying to get all the stamps and every day (they) say tomorrow" a frustrated Piccard said "Since five days we are desperate to get all the stamps and we still have stamps missing" The single seater had been due to leave on Sunday for a short flight to the Hindu holy city of Varanasi before heading onto neighbouring Myanmar But the plane could only leave on Wednesday following a series of delays including a last-minute hitch at the time of scheduled take-off that had originally been blamed on poor weather Piccard’s comments risk embarrassing Modi who has vowed to cut bureaucratic red tape in promised reforms to revive India’s economy after storming to power at general elections last May Modi who was the chief minister of Gujarat before becoming premier wants to attract more foreign companies who have long complained of encountering bureaucratic nightmares in India Modi supporters have often touted Gujarat’s business-friendly policies as a model for success which should replicated nationally ‘Stalling progress’ Kiran Mazumadar Shaw chief of Indian biotechnology company Biocon on Wednesday took a swipe at Modi’s government following the pilot’s tirade "Hope (the prime minister) heard the solar plane’s pilot commenting on bureaucratic delays n cumbersome paperwork.Red tape and petty officialdom are stalling progress" she wrote on Twitter Hope @PMOIndia heard the solar plane’s pilot commenting on bureaucratic delays n cumbersome paperwork A link to ease of doing business Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) March 18 2015 The team behind Solar Impulse 2 which has more than 17000 solar cells built into its wings hopes to promote green energy with the circumnavigation attempt Ridiculed by the aviation industry when it was first unveiled the venture has since been hailed by UN chief Ban Ki-moon Muscat was the first of 12 planned stops on the plane’s journey around the world from Abu Dhabi with a total flight time of around 25 days spread over five months The sea legs pose the greatest challenge for the Solar Impulse team as any loss of power over the water would leave the pilot no alternative but to bail out and await rescue by boat The longest single leg will see one of them fly solo non-stop for five days and nights across the Pacific from Nanjing China to Hawaii – a distance of 8500 kilometres (5270 miles) The plane’s maiden leg last Monday took co-pilot Andre Borschberg 13 hours and two minutes while Piccard’s flight to Ahmedabad of 1468 kilometres was hailed as the longest point-to-point distance flown by a solar-powered plane Borschberg the CEO and co-founder of Solar Impluse set the previous record when he flew 1386 kilometres across the United States AFPs needs. 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