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Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha is better known as ‘PT Usha’. She is the one who showed the citizens of India that there are sports other than cricket and Indian sportsmen have the potential to represent the nation at the international level and bring glory to the country. Indian athlete PT Usha is a sporting legend who inspired thousands of Indian women to take up sports and especially athletics as their career, and the progress Indian sportspersons have made in the past few decades speaks volumes of the growth of sporting culture in India.
PT Usha remains one of the most iconic athletes that the country has ever produced. She is fondly called as the ‘Queen of Indian track and field’. Due to her exceptional sprinting skills in the early 80s and 90s, PT Usha brought India to the International sports radar. She has over 100’s of international medals to her credit. She has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. Currently, Indian athlete PT Usha runs the Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy near Kozhikode in Kerala.She has dedicated all her time towards grooming young sporting talents. Till date, she continues to inspire not just the sporting fraternity but every single one of us, an amazing year ahead.
PT Usha’s Life
The ace sprinter was born on 27th of June, 1964, in Payyoli, Kerala. PT Usha was born to a poor family which did not permit Usha to have a privileged life. Although the family could not make ends meet but still Usha had an incredible passion for athletics and sports. Her passion for sports helped her earn the nickname ‘Payyoli Express’ and ‘Golden Girl.’
Payyoli Express Career
In 1976, PT Usha got the much-needed recognition when the Kerala Government awarded her with an Rs. 250 scholarship. This boosted her to represent her district after the government started a sports school exclusively for women in Cannore. Eventually, her talent was noticed by athletics coach O M Nambiar during the National School Games award ceremony, and he was impressed by Usha’s “lean shape and fast walking style.” Under the guidance of Nambiar, PT Usha won winning several medals in various athletic meets that she had participated
In 1985, PT Usha bagged five gold medals at the Jakarta Asian Meet and turned into the Queen of Indian Track and Field. The recognition that any sportsperson crave for came to her career in the year 1986 at the Seoul Asian Games when she notched four gold medals and one silver medal- and then she felt like Cleopatra. She is also accomplished as the youngest Indian sprinter to compete in an Olympic event at a young age of 16. After her marriage with V. Srinivasan, she took off of four years from athletics. Soon, she made her comeback with a bang by clinching the silver medal in Hiroshima Asian Games held in the year 1994.
PT Usha’s Awards and Honours
- Arjuna Award, 1984
- Padma Shri, 1984
- Greatest woman athlete, 1985 Jakarta Asian Athletic Meet
- Best Athlete in Asia Award, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989
- World Trophy for best Athlete, 1985, 1986
- Adidas Golden Shoe award for the best athlete, 1986 Seoul Asian Games
- D.Litt. (Honoris causa) conferred by University of Calicut, 2018
PT Usha’s Achievements
- PT Usha has set a national record at the state athletic meet at Kottayam, 1977.
- PT Usha grasped the attention of many as a junior athlete in the National inter-state meet at Kollam, 1978.
- PT Usha participated in the Moscow Olympics, 1980.
- PT Usha became the first Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event.
- In the 1980 Moscow Olympics, PT Usha became the youngest Indian sprinter at the age of 16 to compete
- PT Usha participated in the 1982 New Delhi Asian Games.
Here are some of the illustrious highlights of the Indian athlete PT Usha career that makes her the ‘Golden Girl’ of India:
- PT Usha was one among 40 athletes part of the newly launched state government sports division in 1976 for women in Kannur where she started practising under the guidance of coach O.M Nambiar.
- PT Usha garnered limelight as a junior athlete in the National inter-state meet at Kollam, 1978 when she set a national record at the state athletic meet at Kottayam in 1977
- PT Usha got national recognition when she won the individual championship in 1979 National School Games
- PT Usha made her international debut when she made her debut at the 1980 Moscow Games at the age of 16. She was the youngest Indian sprinter to enter the Olympic foray at the time.
- In 1980, she made a mark by winning 4 gold medals in the 1980 Pakistan Open National Meet at Karachi.
- PT Usha won a gold medal in 200m race and bronze medal in 100m race in the world junior invitation meet at Seoul in 1982.
- PT Usha’s luck brightened up during the 1984 leg of Olympics in Los Angeles, where she won the 400m hurdles heats. During this race, she set an Asian record of at 55.42 seconds, which still stands today as the Indian National Record.
- In 1998, PT Usha astonished the country by winning 2 bronze medals at the Asian Track Field meet in Japan and set a new national record for the 200m race, surpassing on her own previous record.
- PT Usha was honoured with sportsperson of the century and the sportswoman of the millennium by the Indian Olympic Association
- The 400 meters hurdle in Los Angeles was the moment when she finished 4th and came closest any Indian female athlete has ever come to win an Olympic medal. But unfortunately, she lost the bronze medal by just 1/100th of a second.
Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself." Earlier this month, the world's largest producer of ketchup announced the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet, CNN reported.
"Do not click 'purchase' unless you are prepared to change everything about the way you sauce," the Heinz Packet Roller website says. The roller goes for $5.70. The roller is pocket-sized, can be added to a keychain, and features a packet corner cutter.
Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself | Flickr
This announcement could be part of the fast-tracked, "future-focused culinary and packaging innovations" that Steve Cornell, president of Kraft Heinz's US grocery business unit, hinted at earlier this year amid a shortage of ketchup. A surge in takeout and delivery food orders during the pandemic led to a scarcity of ketchup packets, the report said.
In April, Heinz pledged to increase production of ketchup by 25 per cent to 12 billion packets annually. "Gone are the days of fumbling with ketchup packets, pants ruined by mustard disasters, and minutes taken off your life trying to get to the bottom of that mayo packet. With the patent-pending Heinz Packet Roller, what was once taxing becomes simple -- just snip and roll to squeeze out every drop of your sauce of choice," the website says
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Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer, who is recovering from a right-knee surgery he underwent last month, said on Sunday that it was a difficult process to decide whether to undergo a third right-knee surgery after having two last year. But following Wimbledon, where he was "really unhappy" with his performance in reaching the quarterfinals, Federer opted to go through with it.
Federer, who made a late decision to attend this year's Laver Cup in Boston -- a tournament held between teams from Europe and the rest of the world -- said on the sidelines of the event that the recovery and rehabilitation are "going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year". "The reception I've received, everybody is so upbeat that I'm here. They wish me all the best and they don't even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend," Federer said in an interview for the event with former world No. 1 Jim Courier.
"I've seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it's been wonderful. I'm really happy I made the trip," the winner of 20 majors was quoted as saying by atptour.com. On why he opted for a third surgery, the tennis ace said, "I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I've just got to take it step by step," Federer said.
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. | Wikimedia Commons
"I've got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I've got to be back on the tennis court. But it's going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year. "I've got to take my time. I don't want to rush into anything at this point. This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There's no rush with anything, so I'm actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I took the time and, I don't know, I'm just really in a good place. I'm really happy."
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. The former world No. 1 has played in the first three editions of the Laver Cup. "I think Boston is a great city. The stadium is wonderful, the crowds have been incredible. Both teams are stacked with absolute quality and top players," Federer said. "That's what the idea was behind it: that everybody could come together, have the most incredible weekend, learn from one another and then hopefully that's going to inspire them, motivate them and get them going for the rest of this year, next year." (IANS/ MBI)
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By Hitesh Rathi
Cleopatra, was regarded as a great beauty, to preserve her skin, she took her daily bath in donkey milk. Besides, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed donkey milk for various diseases including fever, wounds, etc. To add to these benefits, donkey milk has four times the amount of Vitamin C than cow's milk has. So, it's no secret that donkey milk is a powerhouse of nutrients for both the skin and body.
Used for Anti-Ageing and Healing
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties. These fatty acids blur the wrinkles on the skin and help to regenerate damaged skin. Plus, donkey milk also contains anti-bacterial properties which are effective in healing skin irritation and redness.
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties.| Flickr
Antioxidant and Nutrient-Rich
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It contains vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, Omega 3, and 6. These properties together make it a rich ingredient when it comes to skin treatment. Moreover, vitamin D is another important ingredient for human skin, and the primary source to get it is through UV exposure. At the same time, too much of that leaves an adverse effect on the skin. Here is when donkey milk acts as a great substitute as it naturally contains vitamin D. All in all, if this milk is applied frequently, it brings a glowing effect while making the skin look brighter.
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients.| Photo by Jernej Graj on Unsplash
Moisturizer and Softener
By now it's a well-known fact that this milk works as a powerful moisturizer for the skin. Besides, if donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft.
If donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft. | Photo by febri sym on Unsplash
Therefore, donkey milk with its healing, nutritional and rejuvenating properties for the skin is rapidly emerging as a key ingredient for skincare. These are also driving several leading players to roll out personal care products such as soap, cream, etc. manufactured using donkey milk. Moreover, the global donkey milk market is expanding rapidly with the market value projected to reach $68,139.0 thousand by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.4 per cent from 2021 to 2027. And the growing use of donkey milk as an ingredient in cosmetic and personal care products will significantly contribute toward the growth of this market in the years to come. (IANS/ MBI)
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