Saina Nehwal eschews the “natural talent” tag thrust upon her by Indian media and says only hard graft and good coaching have given her the chance to turn the Olympic badminton bronze she won four years ago in London into gold at the Rio Games.”Whatever I am today, it’s because of my coaches,” Nehwal told Reuters in an email interview following her victory at the Australian Open last week.”They taught me smash, dribble and net game in copybook style and I trained five to six hours daily to master them.”I am a worker and my coaches know how to get the best out of me,” added the 26-year-old, who became the first Indian shuttler to win an Olympic medal in 2012.RISE AND RISE OF SAINAWhile winning a medal in London was celebrated back home in success-starved India, her rise to the top of the world singles rankings in April last year was no less significant.It marked the first time a non-Chinese shuttler sat atop the women’s singles rankings since Dane Tine Baun in late 2010.Nehwal, who will be 30 by the time the 2020 Olympics come around in Tokyo, believes Rio is her best chance of gold.”For 2020, it depends on my progress and health conditions. Rio is an ideal place to showcase my game,” she said.”You can’t predict results. You need hard work and God’s blessing, apart from support from the fraternity,” the world number six said.THIRD SHOT AT GOLDRio will mark a third Olympics for Nehwal, who is hitting a rich vein of form at exactly the right time.advertisementHer second Australian Open title saw her beat world champions Ratchanok Intanon (2013) and Wang Yihan (2011) before overpowering China’s Sun Yu in the final in Sydney.”It is wonderful to win Australian Open prior to the Olympics. It is very satisfying to beat two world champions and a junior world champion (Malaysian Goh Jin Wei) in one tournament,” she said.It was a welcome win for Nehwal, who had failed to reach a World Superseries final since last November in China and was returning from an Achilles injury she sustained at the end of last year.”The injury was a big jolt to me … I missed South Asian Games, Indian Grand Prix and the (badminton) Asian team championship.”It was mid-May when I felt I was good enough to play tournament. It was a horror, looking at my condition those three months.”
Opening in the third quarter of this year, QT Queenstown will be the first five-star design-driven hotel to open in the South Island resort town.Designed by Nic Graham, styled by Anna Roberts, with costumes by Janet Hine and art curated by Amanda Love, QT Queenstown will consist of 69 larger boutique designer suites.Like others in the QT portfolio, the Queenstown hotel will feature bold dining concepts – Bazaar Interactive Marketplace and Reds Bar – which are already open, providing Queenstown locals and tourist with a taste of the signature QT quirks yet to come.Bazaar Interactive Marketplace, QT Queenstown’s signature restaurant, reinterprets the traditional hotel dining concept and has unrivalled views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges including The Remarkables.Showcasing an international mosaic of foods, diners will be spoilt for choice with seafood, cheese and charcuterie bars, Asian and grill stations, authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas and a dessert bar bursting with creative sweets and pastries. Bazaar chefs provide a theatrical and interactive dining experience to create an interesting gastronomic experience.Reds Bar emulates a contemporary living space that is a mixture of nostalgic alpine and après-ski ambience with equally impressive views. Custom furniture including Eames-era chairs, painting and pops of bold colour are among the design highlights. Resident DJs play late into the night, and there’s an extensive cocktail list with a modern twist.QT’s bartenders deliver from the largest selection of spirits and liqueurs in town, fashioning tantalising cocktails from the list of classic and signature tipples.
News reporter Register Now » Advertising Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Image credit: AdBlock A new, “less extreme” version of AdBlock Plus will let some internet advertisements — those approved by the company itself — through its filters.That’s right: AdBlock, which bills itself as the most-downloaded ad blocking browser plugin, is getting into the ad business. It has combined forces with a German advertising platform to create the “Acceptable Ads” platform, which allows ads that abide by certain user-generated criteria to be whitelisted. In order to comply, ads can’t disrupt the normal reading flow of a site — that is, they can’t be placed in the middle of the web page. They also have to be labeled at all times, and can only contain text or static images.Eyeo, the company behind Adblock Plus, said that approving and displaying the ads will help boost its revenue and those of the web sites who opt in to the platform. The largest ad publishers will pay a fee to display the ads meeting AdBlock’s criteria, though the vast majority of publishers — around 90 percent — are small enough that Eyeo will offer them access to the platform for free.”The Acceptable Ads Platform helps publishers who want to show an alternative, nonintrusive ad experience to users with ad blockers by providing them with a tool that lets them implement Acceptable Ads themselves,” Adblock Plus co-founder Till Faida said in a statement.According to the company’s research, 75 percent of AdBlock users are OK with seeing some ads as a way to support the sites they visit, as long as the ads aren’t intrusive. So as to not upset the 25 percent of users who don’t want to see any ads, the plugin will offer an option to disable the Acceptable Ads platform.Eyeo’s experiment is similar to offerings from other advertising and widget blockers like Ghostery, which gives users the ability to fine-tune which content they’d like to whitelist. Ghostery sells its aggregate blocking data to website owners and ad publishing networks as a way to monitor the performance of their sites and ads. Add to Queue Tom Brant AdBlock to Sell and Whitelist ‘Acceptable’ Ads September 14, 2016 2 min read –shares Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals A new platform will whitelist pre-approved ads, boosting AdBlock’s revenue.