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December 21, 2019
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Can Ashleigh Barty dominate the women’s game following her French Open victory?

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAshleigh Barty claimed her first major title when she defeated Marketa Vondrousova in the final of this year’s French Open, but with a further two majors to go, could this be just the start of a period of domination for the Australian?In US Open tennis betting, Barty is priced at 15/2, some way behind the current favourite Serena Williams (3/1). These odds will certainly change if Barty can put in a good display at Wimbledon in July, but how realistic is it to assume Barty will be the next big star in the women’s game?Australian OpenSince making her debut at the Australian Open in 2012, Barty struggled to progress past the first round, being eliminated at that stage in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She was absent for the 2015 and 2016 tournaments as she switched to cricket, but made a comeback to tennis in 2016 in time for Wimbledon where she could only reach the second qualifying round.As a wildcard entry in the 2017 tournament, Barty defeated German Annika Beck and American Shelby Rogers to reach the third round, where she was defeated by German qualifier Mona Barthel.2018 was a similar story for Barty, as she defeated Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and Italian, Camila Giorgi. In the third round she came up against Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who was unseeded for the tournament. She lost in straights sets to the woman who went on to win the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open.A much-improved Barty reached the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament, losing in straight sets to the eventual runner-up Petra Kvitova.Embed from Getty ImagesFrench OpenUntil winning the tournament this year, Barty had previously never progressed beyond the second round of the French Open. Without a doubt she was a surprise winner of this year’s tournament, although she faced six unseeded players in seven matches, fortunately avoiding the likes of Serena Williams and Simona Halep along the way.This tournament is likely to be considered a tournament of missed opportunities for a lot of players, most notably Simona Halep and Johanna Konta. Regardless, Barty won’t mind, and her form going into Wimbledon and the US Open should put her in good stead to continue her progression.WimbledonA visit to SW19 is next on the agenda for Barty, and having just won the French Open, all eyes will be on her as she looks to continue her good season. Last year was her best result to date on the grass court, losing out to 14th seed Daria Kasatkina in the third round in straight sets.Victory at the French Open should give her a more favourable draw in this year’s Wimbledon, so don’t be surprised if she progresses beyond the third round. US OpenThe way Barty is continuing to improve on her previous bests at the majors, the US Open presents a great opportunity for her to claim another Grand Slam title. With a hard court surface like the Australian Open, there’s no reason why she can’t replicate the same form from Down Under in the States. The quarter-finals should be the minimum for Barty this year, particularly as she reached the fourth round of last year’s US Open. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

December 21, 2019
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Stonyford Rodeo Parade set for morning of May 6

first_imgCome to Stonyford at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6 for the Stonyford Rodeo Parade. This is a delightful small-town parade of the type that the late Charles Kuralt used to feature in his “On the Road” segments on CBS News. This parade has a rich history.The antecedent to this parade dates back 78 years to April 1939. In March of that year, a group of Stonyford men met at Charlie Butler’s store and decided it would be fun to have a parade in which people dressed in 1890s clothing and paraded down …last_img

December 17, 2019
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Sheep industry diversity to highlight 2018 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Roger A. High, OSIA/OSWP Executive DirectorThe 2018 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium (BSS) will once again concentrate on a diversity of topics related to the success of the sheep operation both now and in the future.This event is Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.This year’s two-day program topics include: improving profitability through grazing and forage production principles, sheep nutrition including topics on vitamins and minerals, artificial rearing of lambs, early weaning and technology tips, expanding on OSU/OARDC sheep research, nutrient and manure management, and wool marketing. The popular Friday program Shepherd’s College will concentrate on several facets of production to help sheep farmers improve their profitability, including Management intensive grazing 101, using graziers tools, and producer study groups.The featured speaker is Woody Lane, a nationally-known livestock nutritionist from Roseburg, Oregon. Lane owns and operates an independent consulting firm “Lane Livestock Services,” teaches courses in forages and livestock nutrition to ranchers in the area, facilitates three forage discussion groups for farmers, and writes the popular monthly column “From the Feed Trough…” for The Shepherd magazine. His book, From The Feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World is a collection of 89 of his nutrition articles from The Shepherd and is available on Amazon and with other agricultural supply houses.Woody is an expert on nutrition, sheep production, pasture management, and grazing techniques. He has been featured speaker in scores of nutrition and forage workshops across the United States and Canada, and has worked internationally in New Zealand and Macedonia. He is no stranger to Ohio, as he was a featured speaker at the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium in 1998 and also the Ohio Sheep Day in 2005. He has published hundreds of popular articles, fact sheets, and practical Extension publications. In the past few years, he helped develop the well-known “SID Sheep Production Handbook” was the operations manager for the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), and together with the popular veterinarian Don Bailey, developed an instructional set of three videotapes called “Lambing Time Management.”Woody earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Animal Nutrition at Cornell University and has published over 25 scientific, peer-reviewed research articles on sheep and cattle production. He worked on the famous Allegheny Highlands Project in West Virginia in the late 1970s, and was the Wisconsin State Extension Sheep and Beef Cattle Specialist in the 1980s. He has made his home in Oregon since 1990. More information about Woody is on his website, http;//www.woodylane.com.Registration information, forms and flyers for the Saturday Buckeye Shepherds Symposium, the Friday program and Young Shepherds program on Friday evening are available on the OSIA web site at: http://www.ohiosheep.org/osia-programs.html, click on the “Symposium” link.  There is an on-line registration option on the OSIA web site.  Register by Nov. 16 for discounted registration fees.Other speakers include various OSU/OARDC sheep researchers from OSU Animal Sciences; Doug Billman, Associate Faculty, ATI; Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension; and Letty Klein, Michigan Sheep and Fiber Producer. In addition, Rodger Sharp, Columbiana County sheep producer will discuss his recent attendance at the Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School; Rebecca Miller, Columbiana Co. sheep producer will discuss her recent trip to attend the LAMB-Ex program in Australia; and Dr. Mark Lyons, USDA Veterinary Services will provide the USDA Scrapie Program Update. We will also be hosting the Young Shepherd’s Assembly on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 as well as a youth program during the Saturday Dec. 1, 2018 program.Prior to the symposium, the OSIA will hold its Annual Meeting on Dec. 1 at the same location. The agenda includes the election of the OSIA officer team as well as other important items for members to discuss.The symposium includes the annual tradeshow and silent auction. Funds raised from the silent auction are the primary source of income for the Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship Fund. We are accepting donations and welcome any bids on the items for the auction.Lunch includes a wonderful lamb sirloin prepared by the OSU Meat Science Club, with the remainder of the meal catered by TJ’s of Wooster. An awards program to present the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award, Distinguished Service Awards, and the Friend of the Ohio Sheep Industry awards will follow lunch. The state FFA sheep proficiency award, state 4-H sheep award and Dr. Jack Judy and Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship awards will also be presented.Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium registration forms are included in the “Ohio Sheep Producer” newsletter. Complete the BSS registration/OSIA membership form and mail it to OSIA, P.O. Box 182383, Columbus OH 43218 or going to the www.ohiosheep.org website and paying via PayPal. If you would like additional information, contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at rhigh@ofbf.org.last_img read more

December 12, 2019
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The Editor of “Us” on Working with Jordan Peele and the Horror Genre

first_imgThe editor of Jordan Peele’s latest horror masterpiece explains what it’s like editing horror and cutting nonverbal musical scenes.So, I’m sure you’re going to see Us. The much-anticipated follow up to Jordan Peele’s badass horror-comedy Get Out will surely enchant and surprise you, in more than one way. The movie is a new, energetic, and brilliant take on the genre as a whole. The film’s editor, Nicholas Monsour, had previously worked with Peele on Key and Peele and Keanu. However, tackling a film of this caliber was a daunting task — one only someone with as much expertise as Monsour could handle. I recently spoke with Monsour about his work on the film, and what it was like working with Peele on a much different project compared to Keanu. This film was edited on Avid Media Composer.All images via Claudette Barius/Universal Pictures.Looking for more industry coverage? Check out these articles.SXSW Panel: How to Get People to Care About Your Film7 Master Cinematography Techniques from Iconic DirectorsThe Secrets Behind Apollo 11’s Success Are a Story All Their OwnInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”Industry Interview: The Composers Behind American Gods PremiumBeat: Thanks so much for doing this. First, congrats on the film. It’s incredible. The theater at SXSW lost their minds during the screening. So, when and how did you start working with Jordan Peele?Nicholas Monsour: Thank you so much! Yeah, I heard it was crazy. So, I came onto Key and Peele during the last season. It was my first job with that team, and then I went to work on Keanu, right after. I wanted to work on Get Out, but my schedule wouldn’t allow it.PB: So, when you came onto this project, what kind of conversations did you have with Jordan about editing a horror film?NM: So, we sort of had been talking for a couple of years about horror and thriller films in general. I think we were fairly caught up, at that point. I did some of my own research, after reading the script, for two reasons. One, to just kind of get my head in the right space, and sort of start feeling the mood, as much as possible. And then two, to look at more recent horror — to look up what the current kind of methodologies are with sound design and music, with like what’s out there now. You know you try to stay current, but when you’re working a lot, you miss a few.We spoke much more about the ideas, and I think that’s because he wanted to see where I would go with it first, before giving me stylistic parameters. Once we were in it, then when we were in the specific scene, we would talk about scenes in other movies that we would be thinking about, the kind of pace over the use of music, or use of certain angles, or things like that. But, it was a much more micro discussion. The script had a pretty clear tone already and didn’t really need it to be added in. So, I mostly tried to present what they wrote and shot.PB: Music plays a very big role in the film. How did you and Jordan approach working with the music in the edit, and how did you decide to cut the musical scenes?NM: Jordan is very very specific about those moments, which were scripted. He had also worked with the storyboard artist. He would think about it in his mind, while listening to the songs, and think about the timing. He had a pretty clear map for how those things would line up — or how he hoped they would line up. And then, as soon as I got the dailies, I would test it and see if it worked with the cuts we want to make.They’re pretty close to how he must’ve imagined them and how they’d planned it while shooting it. Working with the score was a sort of different category because I was working with the composer (really closely) and with Jordan to come up with a big palette of other scores — and other works, by composers that felt like they belonged in our world, but that were inspiring to the composer to use, as a starting point, to write his own music. But yeah, I think with the songs, there’s a couple discoveries we made in the edit room. One thing I really like about working with Jordan is he’s very open to seeing bad ideas just for fun. Sometimes, I’m just nervous about an idea because it’s a little more out there, or not what was planned, and ends up working. There’s a moment in the scene where “I got five on it” comes back, yet was not planned, but just worked in the moment for us.PB: What was it like making the transition from comedy to horror?NM: It felt really refreshing to me. I had started professional TV and film work in comedy and documentary, but I spent most of my 20s making much stranger, below-the-radar, indie projects and shorts and video art. So, it actually felt like much closer to things I’m primarily interested in, which is more surreal and experimental. It felt comfortable to me. Especially because horror, as a genre, is well-known to allow more formal experimentation. There’s usually more unusual scores or unusual choices, editorially, that you can get away with. There’s a tendency, when you work in a particular genre, to be stuck in that genre. So, I appreciate Jordan’s willingness to test me in a slightly different arena.PB: So, when looking at the premise of the film (not giving anything away here), there’s a family of doppelgängers that show up, which kind of kicks off the story in a big way. How did you approach editing two different narratives and characters, playing out against each other?NM: I think I thought about that as slightly separate challenges, or separate problems, to solve. The one being editing the same actor playing multiple roles. The other being this sort of splitting the narrative into multiple tracks, and tracking multiple stories, simultaneously. I’d love to say that it was a huge challenge, and that I figured some amazing solution out, but the truth is that they did an amazing amount of preparation that they let me be a part of. I was in the early meetings with the visual effects supervisor and with the DP and the storyboard artist.And honestly, they just did an amazing job on set of capturing the material that allowed us to do what we needed to do. Also, all the credit has to go to the actors who had to create consistent performances, across multiple characters, in the same scenes, and across the whole movie. There were some discoveries made in the edit room that weren’t necessarily how they planned it, which required additional VFX conversations. I made sure to have assistant editors with me, who are very comfortable helping me in the background, create temp comps of multiple clips and multiple elements, so we could get the timing right and get the scenes working in a rough way, before we got our final visual effects in.I think the other part, about tracking a bunch of characters simultaneously in their individual journeys, was some of the most fun part in the edit room because the story could survive a fair amount of experimentation, and reordering, and it really became about what was most exciting, what was most disturbing, what was scariest, what was funniest, and we got to experiment with that because the footage was in such a good state to begin with, when I came in. We didn’t have to solve problems as much as we could just experiment, and try new things.PB: Cross-cutting and match cutting play a big role in the film. Can you speak to what it’s like making use of some of the cuts, and how it can enhance the story you’re telling?NM: Oh yeah, what editor doesn’t love a match cut? You get a lot of opportunities to do that, when you have the same actor to cut to. But, there are long stretches of nonverbal scenes, that really become about the rhythm you’re telling a story through imagery, through physical action, and you’re conveying emotions through a combination of cutting physical action, music, movement. And, in a lot of ways, it felt like composing a piece of visual music. It felt like a musical exercise, in a lot of ways. We experimented and improvised quite a lot. What he planned, and what he shot, worked from the beginning, but we got to keep trying different ways of telling that story, and trying to get into different, deeper psychological meanings, in a more abstract way. Which is what dance and horror can do. These sequences really let me use every tool I had as an editor, and for that, I can’t wait to see what Jordan comes up with next.PB: Last question, what advice would you give an aspiring editor?NM: Look, what worked for me may not work for everybody, but finding any way to give yourself the time to watch the kinds of things you actually would want to make. And, be a bit more rigorous. Be rigorous with yourself of giving yourself the education of seeing the things that inspire you, and also, that you would want to make yourself, and then, as much time as you can find to cut anything at all. I know a lot of people get started in the business as the assistant editors, or other technical positions. While that is a very useful education; there’s nothing that can replace actually just sitting in front of some footage and messing with it. There’s so much you can grab yourself, whether it be sound effects, stock footage, or visual effects templates, to mess with on your own. And, the more familiar you are, and the more you figure out what you like doing, when it’s entirely up to you, the better.last_img read more

November 28, 2019
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Filipino fighter Yabo looks for redemption in ONE Championship

first_img“One punch or one takedown can change a fight, I have to be the clear winner, I am prepared for this fight but I need to execute my game plan suitably on fight night to go home with the win,” said Yabo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Yabo remains positive he can turn things around in the Singapore-based promotion.“It’s tough because my back is against the wall, but I keep myself optimistic as fight day approaches,” said Yabo in a statement. “I am looking to make a statement.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s my first fight in ONE Championship this year and a big win will spark a momentum in my journey in this great organization.”Yabo’s (5-4 MMA, 1-4 ONE) last two fights both ended via technical knockout but the Cebuano striker aims to change his fortunes in his fight against Pucci. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPJimmy Yabo has had a disastrous stretch under the ONE Championship promotion, losing four of his last five matches.That record, however, hasn’t detered Yabo from making 2017 his personal redemption year as he takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist Bruno Pucci (4-2 MMA, 2-2 ONE) in the undercard of ONE: Light of a Nation in Myanmar on June 30.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Batangas grabs solo 2nd Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

November 28, 2019
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India down Brazil to reach Davis Cup World Group in sensational turn-around

first_imgIn a stunning turnaround, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna powered India to the elite Davis Cup World Group by scripting a sensational 3-2 win over Brazil in the play-off tie here today.Making amends for their opening-day defeats, Somdev and Bopanna downed their higher-ranked rivals in a do-or-die situation and led India to its first ever win in a Davis Cup tie from a 0-2 deficit.Sweden has the most 0-2 comeback wins in the Davis Cup history with five victories and only once a team has won a final from 0-2 scoreline when Australia defeated USA in 1939.A dominant Somdev led 7-6 (3) 4-0 before world number 27 Thomaz Bellucci conceded the first revesre singles, failing to negotiate hot and humid conditions and thus allowing India to level the tie 2-2.The 479th-ranked Bopanna then came out firing on all cylinders to beat 75th-ranked Ricardo Mello 6-3 7-6(2) 6-3 in the fifth rubber to complete an amazing come-from-behind win.Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had brought India back in the tie by beating Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the doubles rubber, yesterday.With their win, Lee-Hesh had take their unbeaten streak in Davis Cup to 24, the most by any doubles team in the world.India’s decision to host the tie on hard courts under trying weather conditions paid as it played an important part in turning tide in favour if India on the final day.India were forced into the play-offs after losing to Russia 2-3 in the World Group first round in Moscow in March.advertisementBrazil now have lost five consecutive play-off ties since 2006.Bopanna, who had squandered three match-points against Bellucci on Friday, today showed a lot of control over shots under crunch situations.Bopanna won the rubber without dropping his serve as he saved two set-points in the 10th game of the second set, which he won in a tie-breaker.Like the first set, Bopanna broke Mello in the fourth game of the third set and went onto win comfortably.After missing two match-points in the eighth game, Bopanna served out the tie for India in next game.He fell on the court on his back after dropping a volley winner, which sealed his and India’s win.The moment triggered wild celebrations in the Indian camp as his teammates ran to court and lifted Bopanna on their shoulders.Earlier, ranked 113th, Somdev had the upper-hand in the fourth rubber when the Brazilian world number 27 opted out of contest.Somdev put up a brave fight against Bellucci, who also looked in good nick.Both of them played some engrossing tennis in the first set but Bellucci seemed uncomfortable in the second set.After dropping his serve twice, he walked up to net to shake hands with Somdev and the chair umpire and left the court.Unlike the first singles he played against Bopanna, Bellucci was spot on with his first serve today and played beautifully throughout the first set.He had hit six aces only in his two serve games.Somdev too showed a lot of heart and gave a tough time to his superior ranked opponent in the intensely fought first set.It was Somdev, who got the first break chance in the ninth game but Bellucci saved all three and the set was stretched to a tie-breaker after going on serve.Bellucci’s game started to wither at crucial points as he double faulted and committed some unforced errors to hand Somdev a comfortable 5-1 lead.Somdev latched on the opportunity and closed the set in his favour after Bellucci sent a forehand long.However, the match took an unexpected turn when Bellucci looked out of sorts and finally threw in the towel.last_img read more

November 17, 2019
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Weightlifting: Chanu, Sathish, Ragul to miss World Championship

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Sep 18 (PTI) Senior weightlifters including defending champion Mirabai Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala will miss this year’s World Championship opting to continue their rehabilitation program instead.The World Championship is one of the ten qualifying events for the 2020 Japan Olympics. India will be fielding its B team, consisting junior lifters, in the event scheduled to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from November 1.”Senior players have not had the time to rest since the Commonwealth Games in April. After the CWG, they were supposed to attend a rehabilitation camp but things didn’t go as per plan,” National coach Vijay Sharma told PTI.”Some lifters went home, some went elsewhere. The players completely wasted about a month in this. The result was that they were unable to get the rest their body required. As a result, we had a dismal Asian Games outing. It was a major setback for us,” he said.India failed to win a single medal at the Asian Games this year. Ajay Singh and Sathish finished fifth and 10th respectively in the men’s 77kg category with the latter injuring himself in one of his attempts. Rakhi Halder (63kg), who was the only woman lifter representing India, was unable to register a lift, while Vikas Thakur finished eighth in the men’s 94kg category.”We need to focus on qualifying for the Olympics. It is important to set the team well. The lifters need to go through proper rehab before participating in any event. Most of the players have already started the program,” Sharma said.advertisementThe senior players will be seen in action at the Asian Championship to be held in China in April next year.”We are required to participate in any six of the 10 qualifying events. World championship is just one of them. After the World Championship, the next event will be the Asian Championship in China next year. We are targeting that event now.”Defending world champion Mirabai, who is in Mumbai undergoing treatment for her lower-back injury, will also join her fellow lifters in the rehabilitation camp.”The pain has reduced a little. The doctor said the injury happened due to excessive load. I have started light weight training,” Mirabai said.”Luckily, since past two weeks, Mira’s treatment has shown positive results. Her treatment is in sync with the training in Mumbai. She will resume proper training in October,” Sharma said.Mirabai was recommended for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award while coach Sharma’s name was put forward by the selection committee for the Dronacharya award.”I am very happy that I’m receiving the Khel Ratna. I had an inkling that I will get it but with the Asian Games miss, I was not sure. My mother was very nervous for me, she kept on calling every hour to ask if I had heard something,” Mirabai said. Sharma was also elated.”I’m elated that I’m getting this award, that too in my first go. This was the first time I filed my nomination. Although the Asian Games performance was not good but I am glad that they decided to give it to me and I am happy for Mira as well,” Sharma said. PTI APA KHSKHSlast_img read more