Kalinga Lancers confident to turn a new leaf under new coach at Coal India Hockey India League 2016
January 15th, New Delhi: Kalinga Lancers are keen to turn a new leaf and hope to start off with a win in the opening game of the season of the Coal India Hockey India League 2016 under the mentorship of new coach Mark Hager. The team open their campaign with a home advantage at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar against Uttar Pradesh Wizards on 18 January 2016.
After the forgettable previous two seasons, Kalinga Lancers have made some crucial buys like Dharamvir Singh from Jaypee Punjab Warriors and look confident to start the season with a bang. With a nice blend of youth and experience, the squad consists of Moritz Fuerste, with his world-class experience along with the Aussie duo of Aran Zalewski and Glenn Turner, who will lend a fair amount of experience to the team’s forward line. The highly talented Indian representation of Pardeep Mor, SK Uthappa, Devindar Walmiki, Gurjinder Singh and Lalit Upadhyay lend a perfect balance to the side that would aim for the top-4 finish in the 2016 edition.
The six team annual franchise based hockey league, the flagship event of Hockey India – the apex body governing the sport in the country and sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) will see Kalinga Lancers face last season’s third-placed Uttar Pradesh Wizards at Bhubaneswar.
Kalinga Lancers – promoted by Odisha Sports Development and Promotion Company (OSDPC), jointly formed by Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) have former Indian Captain Dilip Tirkey as the Chief Mentor, Technical Director and Advisor of the team. Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, which boasts of synthetic hockey surface conforming to the international specifications, will be a venue for the franchise’s home league games in the tournament.
Kalinga Lancers have appointed the former Australian field hockey player Mark Hager as the new Chief Coach. With 230 caps and 179 goals to his credit, Mark has been coaching the New Zealand Women (Black Sticks) team since 2009. He guided the New Zealand Women team to victory at the 2009 Champions Challenge, Silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Bronze at the 2011 Champions Trophy.
The team will see Abhinav Pandey and Andrew Charter guard the goal posts while Dipsan Tirkey, Pardeep Mor, Amit Rohidas, Gurjinder Singh, Anand Lakra, Matthew Willis, Matthew Dawson and Aran Zalewski will form the defensive wall for the team. SK Uthappa, Dharamvir Singh, Devindar Walmiki, Moritz Fuerste, Adam Dixon and Quirijn Caspers will form the midfield, while the forward line will see Malak Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Glenn Turner and Stanli Victor Minz.
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Tony Fernandes invites the public to be part of AirAsia’s #GREEN24 climate awareness movement
SEPANG, 15 JAN 2016 – AirAsia continues its climate change awareness intiative, themed #GREEN24 which was first launched last November with a 24-hour climate awareness movement to educate and promote climate action, as part of the airline’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives throughout the Asean region.
The airline released a special invitation video by Group CEO, Tony Fernandes inviting the public to be proactive in protecting the environment and the earth.
In the video, which is available for viewing on AirAsia’sYouTube Channel, Tony Fernandes said, “On our side of the world, not many people know about the issues that climate change poses, and we feel that the best thing for us to do is to inform people. Many of us don’t really see the problems coming, but at AirAsia we have seen the effects of climate change such as Typhoon Haiyan that struck Tacloban in the Philippines, the floods that happened around the region and massive climatic changes over the past two to three years.”
“We always look after our own mothers, and we always put our mothers first in many things. But now, it’s time we put Mother Earth first as well. It’s time we let the world know that we need to take better care of the planet we live in,” Tony Fernandes further emphasized.
The main activities of #GREEN24 will be carried out from 29th to 30th January 2016 throughout all the countries which the AirAsia Group serves, inviting the communities across the region to participate in promoting climate action at their respective home, workplaces, cities and countries.
The public can find out more information about this #GREEN24 climate awareness movement and how to participate by visiting airasia.com/green24.
The initial activity held in November 2015 saw over 150 volunteers from across the AirAsia Group and Tune Group of companies come together to clean the Kanching Rainforest Waterfall in Rawang. Nearly 600kgs of garbage was collected in a short duration of 90 minutes during this waterfall cleanup activity.
- The Annual Horse Show by the NCC riders taking part in the Republic Day Camp 2016 was on display at the Garrison Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt today. The cadets carry out training in Remount and Veterinary (R&V) units throughout the year to achieve a high degree of proficiency in Equestrian skills. At the Republic Day Camp, National level Inter-Directorate NCC Equestrian competitions are held; the culmination of the entire exercise manifests in a Horse show. The best Horse riders, both boys and girls cadets put up nail biting display of Tent Pegging, Show Jumping and Dressage.
- Lt Gen Aniruddha Chakravarty, VSM, Director General National Cadet Corps, the Chief Guest, gave away the trophies and prizes to the much deserving winners. In his address, the Chief Guest appreciated the excellent riding skills and horsemanship talents of the NCC cadets. Equestrian Training and Horsemanship skills provide an opportunity for adventure to NCC Cadets in the Country. He stated that horse riding develops the qualities of courage, steadfastness and discipline besides inculcating sportsmanship amongst the youth, which is paramount for personality development.
- The cadets who bagged awards in horse riding of this year were:-
(a) Best Rider (Boys).
Joint Winner – Senior Under Officer Rahul Thapar, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh
Cpl H Muneendra, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Directorate
Senior Under Officer L Mubarak, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
Runners Up – Cadet Alok Choubey, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh Directorate
(b) Best Rider Girls.
Winners – Sgt Reetu Rani, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana & Chandigarh
Runners Up – Cpl Aneesha A, Kerala & Lakshadweep Directorate
Cpl R Harshini, Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Andaman Nicobar Directorate