LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS For a period, slow-motion replays were used too much and that caused games to be dragged out. But with the new High Tackle Sanction Framework, there has been much less use.Most referees will only now ask for slow-motion replays for proving where a point of contact is when it comes to foul play. Using the HTSF leads to different outcomes depending on what part of someone hits what.Pause button: awaiting a replay during this year’s France v England match in Paris (MB Media/Getty Images)Slow-mos serve a great purpose in selling those decisions to those watching in the stadium or on television. Those replays prove that the officials are looking at a head/neck contact or a body one.They are also a crucial tool on or around the try-line, when we have to get the proof of the ball hitting the line before a foot goes into touch, or vice versa. Those are huge decisions that demand accuracy.Those moments aside, referees only want replays in real time. Only that way can you see things being clear and obvious. Slow-mos can remove the context of the full action, and if TMOs are having to slow things down then it’s not clear and obvious.But rugby needs to decide whether to use the technology we all have to get the right outcomes. If we do, then slow-mos are part of that. The referees and the TMOs know that, and so don’t want to rush things and so risk losing accuracy.” Face-off: Should match officials be using slow-motion replays?JEBB SINCLAIRFormer Canada back-five forward“The players and the game are so fast nowadays. If you showed most of the game in slow motion it would look dangerous. It makes the hits and the whiplash look more violent than they actually are.I understand that they need to slow them down to see if the shoulder or arm hits the head first. But if you can’t tell that at regular speed, is it really that bad?I also understand the need for player safety. But it’s getting to the point where if you slow-mo’d every breakdown or 50-50 garryowen, you could send someone to the bin. And I like the gamesmanship in France where the TV producers pretend they can’t find the right clip to replay and the referee ends up watching a totally different play on the big screen!I think referees definitely use slow-motion replays as a crutch. Any difficult decision, they go upstairs. It really slows the game down. At home, watching it on TV, it’s not too bad because you have commentary.But out on the field for the players, it can take a lot of momentum away from either team just because you’re waiting for so long. And the fans in the stadium have to wait for ages as well.Instead, it would be interesting to give each team captain three ‘challenges’, to ask the referee to go upstairs to check questionable foul play. If it’s worthy of a card, they get to keep that challenge; if not, they lose one.Similar to the NFL but instead of the coach being able to see a quick replay and throw a flag, the captain would have to make a snap decision on the field. Because he saw the infraction or because a team-mate says, ‘You should have another look at that, mate’.”Full-on: Jebb Sinclair takes on the Ireland defence during Canada’s 2015 World Cup campaign (Getty)KEITH LEWISFounder of RugbyReferee.net“The Television Match Official (TMO) has been part of our game since 1999. And why is that? To help ensure the big game-changing situations are handled accurately. And over the past 20 years, they’ve been tweaking the process to make sure that it stays fit for purpose. What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] debate first appeared in the June 2020 issue of Rugby World. Wait for it: referee Rebecca Mahoney watches a TMO replay during a Mitre 10 Cup tie in Napier (Getty) Officials dwelling over incidents on screen can frustrate those keen to crack on with the game. But does the greater accuracy make it worthwhile? Read our June 2020 debate
faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) transformed the Southland into “Strad Central” with its unprecedented STRAD FEST LA featuring eight of the worldâ€™s most exquisite and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time in history and played by renowned violinists in a series of four sold-out events from March 26-29, 2014. The festival was capped by Stradosphere: A Strad-Studded Gala fundraiser co-chaired by Pat and Sandy Gage at the California Club in downtown LA at which the Orchestra, rather than honoring a celebrated artist or philanthropist, instead feted the eight 300-year-old violins considered among luthier Antonio Stradivariâ€™s most divine hand-crafted creations. The March 29 gala at the California Club raised $535,000 to benefit LACO’s concert series, radio broadcasts and community engagement programs. LACO, considered one of the worldâ€™s premier chamber orchestras, is a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire, adventurous commissions and stand-out events like Strad Fest LA.â€œWe may never see a gathering of Stradivarius violins like this again in our lifetime,â€ said LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine.In addition to the gala, Strad Fest LA included a scholarly evening at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, and concerts at Zipper Hall in downtown LA and The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.The featured violin/violist pairings included LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer on the 1716 “Milstein” Strad, Martin Chalifour on the 1711 “Kreisler” Strad, Chee-Yun on the 1714 “Leonora Jackson” Strad, Cho-Liang Lin on the 1715 “Titian” Strad, Elizabeth Pitcairn on the 1720 â€œRed Mendelssohnâ€ Strad, Philippe Quint on the 1708 “Ruby” Strad, Xiang Yu on the 1666 “Serdet” Strad, and 12-year-old prodigy Ray Ushikubo on the c. 1720 “Beechback” Strad. The 1666 â€œSerdetâ€ Strad is the earliest known of the Stradivarius violins, and the seven others are all from Stradivariâ€™s Golden Period during the late 1600â€™s and early 1700s. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Biggest Signs You Want To Be With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Benefits Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Stradosphere: A Strad-Studded Gala Evening” Raises $535,000 for Ensemble STAFF REPORTS | Photography by LEE SALEM PHOTOGRAPHY Published on Monday, April 7, 2014 | 3:29 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Over the weekend, Vermont four-piece Twiddle played a two-night run at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club, working in and out of theme songs from the band’s favorite films and television shows. Included in the weekend’s theme were Harry Potter, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Braveheart, Game of Thrones, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.Another highlight of the weekend was Pigeons Playing Ping Pong guitarist Jeremy Schon joining Twiddle mid-way through their second set on Friday night, for a roaring take on Twiddle’s “Apples”. Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are no strangers to each other, having played a number of shows and festivals together over the years. Recently, the two bands announced a co-headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre show, on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, with Bozeman, MT-based jamgrass outfit the Kitchen Dwellers handling the evening’s opening duties.Twiddle’s lead guitarist Mihali Savoulidis noted, “What’s really cool about this show is that we and the Pigeons have been friends and playing together for years when we were drawing 200 people and now, 5 years later, we are headlining Red Rocks together.”Listen to audio from Twiddle’s October 26th show, featuring PPPP’s Jeremy Schon below:Twiddle – 9:30 Club – 10/26/2018[Audio: Sam Johnson]Next up for Twiddle is a collaborative project dubbed, Phiddle, as the quartet will team up with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh for a special Halloween proper celebration. The show will take place on Wednesday, October 31st, at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre.For more information on Twiddle’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website here.Setlist: Twiddle | 9:30 Club | Washington D.C. | 10/26/2018Set One: Nicodemus Portulay -> Halloween groove—> Frankenfoote—> Harry Potter groove -> Doinkinbonk!!!—> James Bond groove—> Blunderbuss, Lost in the ColdSet Two: Orlando’s —> Indiana Jones groove—> Apples*—> Lord of the Rings groove—> Cabbage Face—> Jurassic Park groove—> Cabbage Face, Tiberius—> Braveheart speech/theme, TiberiusEncore: Mad World* w/ Jeremy Schon from Pigeons Playing Ping PongSetlist: Twiddle | 9:30 Club | Washington D.C. | 10/27/2018Set One: Jamflowman—> Layla tease-> Jamflowman, Carter candlestick—> Game of Thrones groove—> Carter Candlestick, Drifter, Amydst the Myst, Latin tang—> Aqua Teen Hunger Force, When It Rains It PoursSet Two: White Light—> Beamin jam—> White Light, Gatsby—> Duck tales—> Gatsby, Every Soul, Earth MamaEncore: Juggernaut
Sometimes the best gift doesn’t need to be wrappedby: Liz MoyerThe red sweater might be a good fit for your nephew. The flat-screen television would probably look great in your daughter’s living room.But here is something to keep in mind as you draw up your holiday list: Sometimes money is the most appropriate present.Done right, it can also be thoughtful. Financial gifts can launch a child on a lifetime of good habits, help a student graduate without heavy debt, ease the strain of an unexpected medical bill or bolster a loved one’s retirement account.“A sensible gift can teach children about the power of savings and self-discipline as well as philanthropy, with returns that can long outlast toy or gadget fads,” says Timothy Speiss, a partner in charge of the wealth-advisory group at EisnerAmper, an accounting firm based in New York.Giving also can be nearly as good as receiving, thanks to the tax benefits associated with some financial gifts. The givers can often reduce their tax bills by, for example, shifting income-producing investments to family members who pay taxes at lower rates or taking deductions on charitable gifts.Here is a guide to financial gifts that can provide lasting value to the recipients — and, in some cases, pay off for you as well: continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
NOT SO FAST. CSB Blazers celebrate thinking they’ve won the game over the San Sebastian Stags on a last-second layup by Justin Gutang. Gutang’s basket, however, was waived off after a thorough review. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde placed its game against San Sebastian in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament under protest.The Stags escaped the Blazers, 66-65, on Tuesday night after Justin Gutang’s last-second layup was nullified following a thorough review by game officials.ADVERTISEMENT Blazers forward Yankee Haruna immediately signed the stat sheet after the game to officially place the result under protest.“We’ll see. That’s why we just put that in it’s just for the benefit of the doubt,” said CSB head coach TY Tang.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“They were having a hard time as you can see. It took them a while to be able to decide on that so maybe once they check on it, for the benefit of the doubt, they can still see something.”San Sebastian forward Michael Calisaan hit the game-winning free throw with 5.6 seconds left. European clubs group says UEFA is preparing 3rd competition Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
11 July 2014 Members of the public have been urged to donate books about Nelson Mandela and other liberation heroes to schools, libraries and other organisations in need as part of a new Mandela Day initiative by the Gauteng Department of Education, LeadSA and Proudly South African. The initiative, launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Friday, aims to improve the literacy rate among young South Africans while preserving Mandela’s legacy. Pupils from Saheti, Roedean and Redhill primary schools got the ball rolling, making a generous donation of books that was received by Gauteng Education Minister Panyaza Lesufi. Madiba’s great-grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, speaking at the launch, said that beyond simply encouraging children to read, adults should act as role models in making sure that children saw them reading. “If [Nelson Mandela] wasn’t reading a newspaper, he was reading a book,” he said. “I would see this and it was hugely encouraging.” Also speaking at the launch, long-time friend of Mandela, Advocate George Bizos, talked about the importance of teachers as role models, citing his own experience growing up, as well as that of friend and politician Popo Molefe. “Both of us went to school and furthered our education because of one important teacher in each of our lives,” he said. Another of Mandela’s long-time friends, Ahmed Kathrada, spoke of his time on Robben Island as a prisoner during the struggle for freedom. “Even under adverse conditions, prison inmates would study. We would work in the sun with picks and shovels for eight hours, and then spend the night in our cells studying. “Madiba was always adamant about the importance of education,” Kathrada said, adding, in a message addressed to all young South Africans: “Our country needs skills in every direction. With your freedom, you have a major responsibility to serve yourself and South Africa by investing in education.” Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “Let’s all join hands and see how, in each small way, we can contribute to the biggest Mandela Day we’ve ever seen. Please donate a book to your local library or school and join our pledge to keep the legacy of Madiba alive.” SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue appointed 19 new and 24 returning directors to serve on the United Soybean Board (USB), including Ohioan Charles “Bill” Bayliss from West Mansfield.These farmer-leaders will be officially sworn in for service at the annual USB meeting on Dec. 11, and serve three-year terms.“This year we are welcoming one of the largest classes of new directors USB has ever seen,” said USB Chair and Kentucky farmer Keith Tapp. “We have a strong group of new leaders who will join our ongoing work to innovate beyond the bushel. Each adds new perspective to the board and will help USB’s efforts to create new markets and opportunities for soybean farmers.”Bayliss will join those already serving terms on the board to make a total of 78 directors. USB administers soybean checkoff funds to research, marketing and promotional efforts that maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These farmer-leaders aim to develop new and existing markets and build preference for U.S. soy, specifically in the areas of meal, oil and sustainability. Per the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the number of seats on the board is determined based on bushels produced in that region. Due to yield increases in 2018, USB will increase from 73 directors to 78.USB’s 78 farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds in programs and partnerships to drive soybean innovation beyond the bushel and increase preference for U.S. soy. That preference is based on U.S. soybean meal and oil quality and the sustainability of U.S. soybean farmers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit unitedsoybean.org.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) already has two sitting MLAs in the State and it is now all set to contest 44 seats in the Assembly polls. AIMIM State unit president Imtiaz Jaleel, who became the party’s first MP a few months ago, spoke with The Hindu on the elections in Aurangabad and the spilt with the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA). Edited excerpts:Will the split with the VBA have an impact on the AIMIM?Definitely. It will impact the AIMIM and the VBA. If Prakash Ambedkar had taken a different decision, we could have been together and things would have been different.Do you think the Dalit votes will move away as a result?If anyone is under the perception that Dalit voters only vote for Dalit parties, it is completely wrong. I can challenge you that there will be more number of Scheduled Caste MLAs from the AIMIM than from any other party.Why should Muslims vote for the AIMIM considering that in the past two elections it seems to have helped the BJP come to power?This image of the AIMIM was created thanks to the media and the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance. When they found that a large chunk of the Muslim and the Dalit voters switched their loyalties to us, they felt that they had to find some reason to win back the votes. The only reason they could come up with was: ‘See they are contesting elections to help the BJP’. If that was the case, how could I win the Aurangabad seat, which happens to be a stronghold of the Shiv Sena?Do you think the voters will prefer a party that will form a strong Opposition or with a chance to form the government?Why has the AIMIM grown outside Hyderabad? It didn’t have 50 MPs. It was only because of one person. There’s no point of having 50 people who cannot listen to people’s grievances and do not speak on their issues. We want five people who can strongly raise their voice in Parliament or the Assembly. That is what we are focussing on. We could have easily contested all 288 seats. But we are fighting only from 44 seats where we feel we stand a chance to win. That’s because we want to send strong people to the Assembly.Do you think this is a tough fight in Aurangabad as the BJP-Sena have formed an alliance?Every election is a tough fight. Wherever you are strong and wherever you stand a good chance of winning, the opposition parties gang up together. It is not just limited to Aurangabad. Even where we’re not contesting, if somebody is strong in that area, the entire opposition gangs up.There are many Independent Muslim candidates contesting in Aurangabad (Central). Do you think this will have a bearing on the elections?These things happen. Ultimately, when party president Asaduddin Owaisi comes for campaigning, you will see things change overnight. People know that all these candidates are not contesting to win the elections, they are contesting to defeat us.Would you say that the AIMIM is the principal opposition in Aurangabad?Definitely. Otherwise why is it Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray only talking about Asaduddin Owaisi, the AIMIM and Imtiaz Jaleel in his speeches? He considers us as a strong threat, which is why all their top leaders are only talking about the AIMIM. In fact, by doing this they are helping our campaign.The Congress has effectively no candidates in Aurangabad. What are your thoughts about this?They are finished. At least for 10 years they need to take a break. They should accept that the Muslims had been voting for them for the past 70 years. While people have been talking about Congress-mukt Bharat, we have achieved Congress-mukt Aurangabad.
Making its global dynamic debut among the most powerful and extreme performance cars in the world at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 claimed the hotly-contested Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Trophy – just four days after the car was officially unveiled.As the only four-door car in the Michelin Supercar Run, the Jaguar faced formidable competition in the 50-car paddock, but voters in an online poll hosted by Michelin UK singled-out Project 8 as one of the six most popular cars of the weekend, qualifying it for the overall Showstopper final on Sunday afternoon.This shortlist of six cars was judged live on stage by a panel of motoring experts, headed by Michelin Supercar Paddock presenter and former BTCC Champion, Tim Harvey. Joining him were British automotive journalist and broadcaster, Jon Quirk, American drift racer Vaughn Gittin Jr, Supercars of London channel star Paul Wallace, Seen Thru Glass channel star Sam Fane, and London-based custom car aficionado Jason Pelosi.Chief Judge, Tim Harvey, said: “Jaguar’s Project 8 really took everyone by surprise at the Festival this weekend. Not only was it the car’s world debut – but the sheer extremes of the car, and the way it’s pushed the boundaries in every single way, made it an absolute stand out in the Michelin Supercar Paddock.”This shone through in the online vote, and when it came to our judging panel, we were all pretty quickly won over by the Jaguar as a true star of the short-listed six. It really does it for me as a former touring car racer, and the car’s uncompromising looks and performance secured the rest. Congratulations Jaguar.”advertisementJohn Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, said:”We are absolutely delighted to receive the Showstopper award for Jaguar XE SV Project 8 on its world dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and to see the fantastic reaction it’s had from car enthusiasts.”With spectacular looks, supercar performance, and a soundtrack to match, Project 8 was always intended to turn heads on and off track.”The second Collector’s Edition by SVO, following the successful F-TYPE Project 7 of 2014, Project 8 is a road-legal hand-built four-door sedan with an extraordinary combination of V8 power, dynamic agility and All-Wheel Drive traction.Project 8 exclusively features the most highly tuned version of Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain. The 600PS power unit, which has a Titanium Variable Active Exhaust, is complemented by Jaguar’s All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system and motorsport-derived aerodynamics and carbon fibre panels to deliver a 200mph top speed and 0-60mph in 3.3sec, making Project 8 the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet.To ensure exclusivity, no more than 300 examples of Project 8 will be hand-built at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry, priced from 149,995 pounds in the UK.Building on the award-winning lightweight aluminium Jaguar XE compact sedan, Project 8 features a number of purposeful modifications that are fundamental to the performance of the most track-focused car SVO has ever produced, including height-adjustable suspension, the first application of Jaguar’s ultimate new Carbon Ceramic Braking system, and an industry-first use of F1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings on a road car.The high-performance theme continues inside, with subtle applications of Gloss Carbon Fibre trim as well as Alcantara, on the rim of the Project 8 Sport Steering Wheel, instrument binnacle and door cards. The eight-speed Quickshift transmission can either be operated by aluminium paddle shifters behind the steering wheel or by a central Pistolshift lever.Project 8 is available with four seats or an optional two-seat Track Pack. It’s also the first Jaguar to feature a dedicated Track Mode, which tailors driveline and stability control systems for circuit use, and sharpens both throttle and steering responses for ultimate precision and driver feedback.Also Read:Jaguar reveals XE SV Project 8 sedan, its most extreme road car everAlso Read: Jaguar introduces new petrol engine for XE, XF and F-PACE
Former India cricket team captain Anil Kumble graced the hockey pitch on Thursday as he attended the Hockey World Cup 2018 match between Argentina and France at the Kalinga stadium.Kumble was the special guest in the match which saw France beat Argentina 5-3 to make it to the crossovers while the latter has already qualified for the quarterfinals despite the loss.Last month Kumble, along with former India shooter Gagan Narang and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, had pledged their support to help Odisha government develop the state’s sports infrastructure.Kumble met with the players from both teams before the pushback. The former Indian men’s cricket team coach was in awe at the spectacle of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 and hoped that the Indian Hockey Team can achieve a landmark moment by lifting the title at home.Former Indian cricketer and spinner extraordinaire @anilkumble1074 is in awe at the spectacle of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 and hopes that the Indian Hockey Team can achieve a landmark moment by lifting the title at home.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ARGvFRA pic.twitter.com/dlePqKOpo4Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018″It’s not only about the event, it’s also about the country, the organization and the kids who are influenced seeing their heroes play,” Kumble said when asked about the importance of playing the World Cup at home.”It’s not only about the event; it’s also about the country, the organization and the kids who are influenced seeing their heroes play,” says @anilkumble1074 when asked about the importance of playing the World Cup at home. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ARGvFRA pic.twitter.com/rvA6bgzz9CadvertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018Argentina consolidated its place at the top of Pool A with 6 points from 3 games with France in second position with 4 points. New Zealand also have 4 points from 3 games but will join France in the cross-over matches as they are placed third owing to an inferior goal difference.Indian cricket team’s former spin wizard, @anilkumble1074, visits the Kalinga Stadium as the special guest to greet the players before the #ARGvFRA pushback at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 on 6th December. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/jjVJrkL1fkHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018The result saw Spain getting knocked out of the competition from Pool A after they were held to a 2-2 draw by New Zealand in the first match of the day. New Zealand thus, qualified for the knockout stages.The match also saw legendary Indian athlete Anju Bobby George as the special guest.One of India’s finest athletes ever, @anjubobbygeorg1 graces the Kalinga Stadium as the special guest for today’s match between @rfe_hockey and @BlackSticks at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ESPvNZL pic.twitter.com/tprnBPMDCrHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018World no. 8 Spain scored two field goals in the opening two quarters through Albert Beltran (9th minute) and Alvaro Iglesias (27th) to go into the halfway break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.But the Black Sticks made a stupendous comeback in the final 10 minutes of the game and scored through Hayden Phillips (50th) and Kane Russell (56th) to share the spoils and secure their place in the cross-over round of the tournament.As per the format of the tournament, the top four teams from four pools will directly qualify for the quarterfinals while the second and third placed sides will play cross-over matches against teams of other pools for the remaining four last eight berths.(With PTI inputs)