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Aussie Walsh new India hockey coach

Former Australian Olympian Terry Walsh was on Tuesday appointed chief coach of India’s faltering field hockey team, replacing compatriot Michael Nobbs who was sacked in June.

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Walsh, a previous national coach of the Malaysian and Australian teams, is charged with turning India around, after the eight-time Olympic gold medallists finished last in the 2012 Games in London.

“I will ensure no stone is left unturned in India’s quest to return to the pinnacle of world hockey,” Walsh said in a statement.

Walsh, 59, was until recently the technical director of the United States field hockey association.

Hockey India did not spell out the details of Walsh’s appointment, but reports said he was expected to remain in charge till the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Walsh will supervise the national team’s campaign at next year’s Asian and Commonwealth Games, and also the World Cup, if India qualify.

“Walsh not only has the experience, but also a vision to develop the senior men’s hockey team into a well-knit professional unit,” Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra said in the same statement.

Walsh was quoted as saying that “coaching India must be regarded as the greatest challenge in the hockey world.”

Walsh will work alongside renowned Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans, who was appointed Hockey India’s high performance director in January.

Four foreign coaches — Spaniard Jose Brasa, Australian Ric Charlesworth, Germany’s Gerhard Rach and Nobbs — served as Indian coaches over the last decade before they were all sacked prematurely.

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Pakistan in strong start v Sth Africa

Pakistani openers Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood scored confident half-centuries to lead a strong Pakistan reply against South Africa in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

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Pakistan reached tea at 1-155 with Manzoor unbeaten on 72 after he added 135 for the first wicket with debutant Masood who fell after scoring 75.

Azhar Ali was the other not out batsman with seven as Pakistan trail South African first innings total of 249 by 94 runs.

In the morning South Africa were dismissed after adding just four runs to their overnight score of 8-245.

Manzoor and Masood batted with confidence to blunt a four-pronged South African pace attack on a lifeless Sheik Zayed Stadium pitch, reaching 0-77 at lunch.

Both the openers dominated the bowling and not even the lone regular spinner Robin Peterson could disturb them.

Masood was the first to reach his maiden half-century, off 102 balls while Manzoor reached his sixth fifty – third in a row in Tests – off 96 deliveries.

Masood finally fell, leg-before to part-timer Jean-Paul Duminy after hitting eight boundaries off 140 balls.

This becomes Pakistan’s first century stand since Taufiq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez put on 114 against England in Dubai in January last year, ten Tests earlier.

The Masood-Khurram pair is Pakistan’s sixth different combination in seven Tests as they struggled to find a solid pair for several years.

Earlier, Mohammad Irfan (3-44) dismissed centurion Hashim Amla off the second ball of the day after South Africa resumed at 245-8.

Amla, who made 118, edged one sharp Irfan delivery straight into the hands of slip where Younis Khan held a regulation catch. He hit 13 boundaries off 252 balls and held the South African innings on Monday.

With the catch Younis equalled Javed Miandad’s all-time Test catches record for Pakistan with 93. Miandad reached the tally in 124 Tests but Younis was quicker in 85 matches.

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Pollution linked to low birth weight

Pregnant women who are exposed to even low levels of air pollution are at an increased risk of giving birth at term to low birth weight babies, according to a large-scale study.

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Air pollutants – in particular fine particulates found in traffic fumes and industrial air pollutants – along with traffic density increased the risk of low birth weight and reduced average head circumference of babies born at term, research has shown.

The study, drawn from data on 74,000 pregnant women in 12 European countries gathered between 1994 and 2011 and published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, estimated concentrations in the air of nitrogen oxides and fine particulates at home addresses.

Traffic density on the nearest road and total traffic load on all major roads within 100 metres of the residence was also recorded.

Researchers estimated that for every increase of five micrograms per cubic metre in exposure to fine particulate matter – emitted by sources including diesel engines and coal-fired power stations – during pregnancy, the risk of low birth weight at term rose by 18 per cent.

This increased risk remained at levels below the existing European Union annual air quality limit of 25 micrograms per cubic metre.

The average exposure to fine particulate matter during pregnancy in those studied ranged from less than 10 micrograms to nearly 30 micrograms per cubic metre.

The study authors estimated that if levels of fine particulates were reduced to 10 micrograms per cubic metre – the World Health Organisation annual average air quality guideline value – 22 per cent of cases of low birth weight among term deliveries could be prevented.

Low birth weight for a baby born at term was classified as less than 2.5kg. The study took into account other factors such as maternal smoking, age, weight and education.

“Our findings suggest that a substantial proportion of cases of low birth weight at term could be prevented in Europe if urban air pollution, particularly fine particulate matter, was reduced,” said lead author Dr Marie Pedersen, from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona.

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Cost and number of cyber attacks drops

The average cost of a cyber attack in Australia has dropped by $100 over the past 12 months.

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The average victim now loses $200, down from an average of $300 just 12 months ago, according to the annual cyber crime report from security firm Norton.

The report shows the number of victims has also dropped from an estimated 5.4 million in 2011-2012 to five million in the past year.

The combined cost to Australians has dropped from $1.65 billion to $1.06 billion, the report estimates.

Sean Kopelke, Norton’s head of technology for the Pacific region, says the drop in crime could be the result of better security awareness.

“(Australians) are getting a little bit more sensible around understanding the security risks,” Kopelke said – especially with emails and social networking.

Meanwhile, cyber attacks are “focusing more on select individuals”.

He said attackers were trying to secure lower cash sums – in the tens rather than hundreds of dollars – in order to “slip under the radar”.

“(Criminals) aim for this 20 or 30 dollar figure instead of several hundred dollars because people will be more prone to pay it,” he said.

So-called “ransomware” attacks, where criminals lock computers down and demand a payment to unlock them, are increasingly common, he said.

Fraud and identity theft are also common.

Australia compared well with the rest of the world, where the average cost per victim remained at more than $300.

The global cost was estimated to stand at $US113 billion ($A119.36 billion), up slightly from $US110 billion in the last report.

Kopelke said the number of victims in developed countries was down across the board, but this was more than offset by an increase in victims from developing countries.

The report surveys 500 people in each of 24 countries each year, but overall estimates include data from Norton’s global intelligence network.

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Inter owner sells 70 percent stake to Indonesian group

Thohir, who is part owner of Major League Soccer club DC United and basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers, heads a three-person consortium taking control of the former Italian champions.

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Italian media have previously said Thohir might be willing to pay up to 350 million euros (298 million pounds) for up to 75 percent of the cash-strapped Serie A club.

“Everything’s been signed,” Moratti told reporters outside his offices in Milan, without giving any details on the price.

Inter, a loss-making club with debts of about 300 million euros, are traditionally one of the three biggest clubs in Italian football with champions Juventus and city rivals AC Milan.

They have not won a trophy since 2010 and finished a disappointing ninth last season, missing out on a place in the lucrative Champions League.

Inter stand fourth in the Italian league in the early stages of the current season.

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Moratti, who has been in charge of Inter since 1995, said he was not sure if he would stay on as club president under the new ownership.

“If I can be useful I will continue,” he told reporters.

His father Angelo Moratti owned the club in the 1960s when Inter won the European Cup twice in successive years.

Italian football has not attracted the major foreign investment seen in countries like England and France.

Europe’s top league in the 1990s, Italy’s Serie A has been tarnished by a series of corruption scandals and hooliganism has reduced crowd numbers.

Italian clubs have been held back commercially because many of them do not own their stadiums and have been unable to upgrade them to cater fully for wealthy corporate clients.

Inter, for example, share the San Siro stadium with AC Milan and the ground is owned by the local authorities.

(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Writing by Agnieszka Flak; editing by Keith Weir)

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