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UN scientist: Eat less meat to tackle climate change

UN scientist: Eat less meat to tackle climate change

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Rajendra Pachauri: “Give up meat for one day initially, and decrease it from there”
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Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the UN-run Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that eating less meat is a good way to reduce damage to the climate.

Pachuari said that “the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that direct emissions from meat production account for about 18% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions,” when explaining the reasons behind his comment. “So I want to highlight the fact that among options for mitigating climate change, changing diets is something one should consider.”

“In terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, it [giving up meat] clearly is the most attractive opportunity,” continued the climate scientist. “Give up meat for one day [a week] initially, and decrease it from there.”

Joyce D’Silva, a spokesperson for Compassion in World Farming agreed with Pachuari. “Surveys show people are anxious about their personal carbon footprints and cutting back on car journeys and so on; but they may not realize that changing what’s on their plate could have an even bigger effect,” she said in response to the comments made by the UN climate scientist.

The National Farmers Union said that people should find ways of environmental farming instead of giving up meat. “The NFU is committed to ensuring farming is part of the solution to climate change, rather than being part of the problem,” said a spokesperson for the organization. “We strongly support research aimed at reducing methane emissions from livestock farming by, for example, changing diets and using anaerobic digestion.”


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Poland wins the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest

Poland wins the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Polish team of Edyta Herbuś and Marcin Mroczek have won the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008. The pair performed a version of the Rumba, Cha-Cha and Jazz Dance.

The pair were given 20 points by the jury and 134 points from the voting public with a total of 154. They were given the maximum 12 points by Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Russia came second with 121 points and Ukraine with 119 points.

This years contest was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. This is only the second Eurovision Dance Contest. The first contest was held at the BBC Television Centre, London. Three countries withdrew from the competition Germany, Spain and Switzerland. Azerbaijan debuted and came in 5th.



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Paralympic highlights: September 7, 2008

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Paralympic highlights: September 7, 2008

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September 7, 2008 is the 1st major day of the 2008 Paralympic games, the below article summarises all the world records and medals.

World Records

Swimming

  • In the S13 class, Dzmitry Salei from Belarus set a new world record in the final of the men’s 100m butterfly with his time of 58.89 seconds.
  • In the S4 class, Patricia Valle from Mexico set a new world record in Heat 1 of the women’s 100m freestyle event with her time of 2:03.82 minutes.
  • In the SM7 class, American swimmer Rudy Garcia Tolson set a new world record in heat two of the men’s 200m individual medley with his time of 2:37.80 minutes.
  • In the S8 class, Peter Leek from Australia set a new world record in the first heat of the men’s 100m butterfly with his time of 1 minute and 1.01 seconds .
  • In the S8 class, Amanda Everlove from the United States set a new world record in the second heat of the women’s 100m butterfly with her time of 1 minute and 11.64 seconds .
  • In the S9 class, Tamas Sors from Hungary set a new world record in the first heat of the men’s 100m butterfly with his time of 59.38 seconds.
  • With a time of 4:45.43, Russian Dmitry Kokarev set a new world record in the S2 class of the men’s 200m freestyle.
  • With a time of 1:35.21, Chinese Du Jianping set a new world record in the S3 class of the men’s 100m freestyle.
  • With a time of 1:11.05, Brazilian Daniel Dias set a new world record in the S5 class of the men’s 100m freestyle.
  • With a time of 1:16.65, Spanish Maria Teresa Perales set a new world record in the S5 class of the women’s 100m freestyle.
  • With a time of 3:13.05, American Miranda Uhl set a new world record in the SM6 class of the women’s 200m individual medley.
  • With a time of 2:54.61, American Erin Popovich set a new world record in the SM7 class of the women’s 200m individual medley.

Cycling

  • In the CP3 class, British cyclist Darren Kenny set a new world record in the qualifying stage of the men’s individual pursuit with his time of 3:36.875 minutes.
  • With a time of 4:18.961, Australians Kieran Modra and Tyson Lawrence set a new world in the B&VI 1-3 class of the men’s individual pursuit.
  • With a time of 1:14.936, British Simon Richardson set a new world in the LC 3-4 class of the men’s 1km time trial.
  • With a time of 1:21.157, Britons Ellen Hunter and Aileen McGlynn set a new world in the B&VI 1-3 class of the women’s 1km time trial.

Shooting

  • With a score of 578, Russian Valeriy Ponomarenko set a new world in the SH1 class of the men’s P1-10m air pistol.

Gold medals

Track Cycling

  • Christopher Scott of Australia won the gold medal in the CP4 class of the men’s individual pursuit.
  • Darren Kenny of Great Britain won the gold medal in the CP3 class of the men’s individual pursuit.
  • Kieran Modra and Tyson Lawrence of Australia won the gold medal in the B&VI 1-3 class of the men’s individual pursuit.
  • Simon Richardson of Great Britain won the gold medal in the LC 3-4 class of the men’s 1km time trial.
  • Aileen McGlynn and Ellen Hunter of Great Britain won the gold medal in the B&VI 1-3 class of the women’s 1km time trial.

Judo

  • Huaping Guo of China won the gold medal in the -48 kg class Judo.

Shooting

  • Valeriy Pomomarenko of Russia won the gold medal in the SH1 class of the men’s P1-10m air pistol.
  • Veronika Vadovicova of Slovakia won the gold medal in the SH1 class of the women’s R2-10m air rifle standing.

Swimming

  • Du Jianping of China won the gold medal in the S3 class of the men’s 100m freestyle.
  • David Smetanine of France won the gold medal in the S4 class of the men’s 100m freestyle.
  • Daniel Dias of Brazil won the gold medal in the S5 class of the men’s 100m freestyle.
  • Dmitry Kokarev of Russia won the gold medal in the S2 class of the men’s 200m freestyle.
  • Dzmitry Salei of Russia won the gold medal in the S13 class of the men’s 100m butterfly.
  • Sascha Kindred of Great Britain won the gold medal in the S13 class of the men’s 200m individual medley.
  • Nely Miranda of Mexico won the gold medal in the S4 class of the women’s 100m freestyle.
  • Maria Teresa Perales of Spain won the gold medal in the S5 class of the women’s 100m freestyle.
  • Valerie Grand Maison of Canada won the gold medal in the S13 class of the women’s 100m butterfly.
  • Miranda Uhl of the United States won the gold medal in the SM6 class of the women’s 200m individual medley.
  • Erin Popovixh of the United States won the gold medal in the SM7 class of the women’s 200m individual medley.

Medal Table

2008 Paralympics – Beijing, China
Flag Country G S B TOT Rank
China China 8 10 10 28 1
USA USA 8 4 5 17 2
Great Britain Great Britain 7 5 3 15 3
Australia Australia 6 5 10 21 4
South Africa South Africa 4 0 0 4 5

Source: Official Medal Count (update)


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Papua New Guinea wins Australian rules football International Cup

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Papua New Guinea wins Australian rules football International Cup

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New Zealand in action against India

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has defeated New Zealand (NZ) in the final round of the Australian Football International Cup. They previously finished second to Ireland in 2002 and New Zealand in 2005.

New Zealand kicked to the Punt Road end in a high intensity first quarter. PNG went forward quickly only to be denied by a taller NZ defense. NZ were able to create space for their forwards though structured play. The quarter finished NZ three goals one behind (19) to PNG four behinds.

PNG’s first goal came from a mid air volly. The teams second came after two NZ goals including one to key forward and tournament leading goalkicker Richard Bradley. The half time scores were NZ five goals three behinds (33) to PNG two goals five behinds (17),

PNG closed the gap to six points gaining the momentum before NZ added a goal and a behind. PNG closed the gap back to six before the final break. Three Quarter time scores: NZ six goals four behinds (40) to PNG four goals ten behinds (34).

PNG rallied in the last quarter to go ahead and claim their first International Cup title in three attempts. NZ’s structure faltered, if only briefly, allowing PNG, who had numbers behind the ball, back in the game.

Trailing at every change, PNG kicked three goals two behinds to New Zealand’s one goal in the last quarter to win 7.12 (54) to 7.4 (46).



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Early Canadian federal election set for October 14

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has set October 14 as the date for the 40th Canadian federal election. The Prime Minister met with Governor General Michaëlle Jean at her official residence of Rideau Hall today to request that the 39th Parliament of Canada be dissolved. The Queen’s representative agreed to drop the writ and hold the election on Harper’s recommended date.

Throughout the duration of Harper’s minority parliament, there have been several times where an election call had been predicted, but it managed to survive longer than any true minority government in Canadian history, despite having the smallest relative caucus. Nevertheless, today’s announcement has been a near-certainty for the past week, and each party has already begun campaigning and putting up signs. The Conservatives began airing TV advertisements before the official election call was made.

After meeting individually with the leaders of the three other parties represented in the House of Commons, Harper said that he does not have confidence in the ability of the Parliament to continue to work. After each of his meetings at 24 Sussex Drive, opposition leaders emerged saying that Harper was intent on calling an election and had already decided that there could be no common ground with opposition parties. Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe said after his August 29 meeting with the Prime Minister that “instead of making efforts to try finding solutions in the best interest of the population, he wants an election in the best interest of his party”. Over the course of this past Parliament, the governing Conservatives rarely found compromises with the other parties, and his small caucus has survived largely because the Liberal Party chose to abstain from crucial bills rather than vote against them.

The move is somewhat unusual. While minority governments rarely last long in Canada a request for the dissolution of Parliament is normally not made until the government is defeated on a motion of confidence by the opposition parties. The move is also unusual because it appears to violate a law passed by Harper himself; Bill C-16 of the first session set fixed election dates for federal elections, reading “each general election must be held on the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following polling day for the last general election”. Under the law, the next election was not to be held until October 19, 2009; however, the government has stated that the bill was never intended to be used in minority parliaments. Harper argues, however, that the parliament could no longer function and opposition parties intended to defeat the government. With that rationale, Governor General Jean had little choice but to follow her prime minister’s advice.

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos Reid for CanWest News Service reported that half of all the 1,003 Canadians surveyed said Harper would make the best Prime Minister, with New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton at 31%, and Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion at 20%. NDP leader Jack Layton is at 38% support for being “sincerely committed to dealing with global warming,” with Dion at 30%, and Harper last at 27%. “If this election is going to be a referendum on leadership, Stephen Harper has a heck of an advantage,” says Ipsos Reid president Darrell Bricker. He also says Dion has to “to rough up Stephen Harper a bit” if he wants to win the election.

Harper is also at 50% for being the best to lead in tough economic times, 47% for having “what is takes” to lead the country, and 43% for “a vision of Canada that you can support.”

The Conservatives currently hold 127 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons, up from 124 at the last election, while the Liberals hold 95 seats, down from 103. Recent polls show the Conservatives polling at 37% support among voters, just below the 40% usually required to form a majority government.

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Kosi River changes course and floods north Bihar, India

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The Kosi River which is also known as the the Sorrow of Bihar, changed course one week ago to a path which it has not taken for over one hundred years. At that time 900,000 people were evacuated by rescue workers, although new data has revealed that 50,000 people have refused to leave there homes.

The gushing waters quickly overflew the channel boundaries on both sides at a rate of about 200 meters each day and flooded vast tracts in Supaul, Araria, Saharsa, Madhepura, Purnia, Katihar, parts of Khagaria and northern parts of Bhagalpur, as well as adjoining regions of Nepal. About 2.7 million people are affected by this flood disaster of massive dimensions, with about 900,000 people in the effected areas moved to 285 relief camps and 249 health centers and estimated 100,000 are still trapped in various villages without food or drinking water for the past several days.

September 6, as the waters started receding with the heavy rains abating, the Kosi still flows through the breach inundating more than 1,100 square kilometers (440 square miles) of densely populated and cultivated land in one of the worst floods in this part of India in the last 50 years. As about 1900 villages of Bihar are effected by the rampaging Kosi, the devastated population with no remorse in their hearts, continues to pray to this mighty river and name their new born baby daughters Kosia or something similar. It is estimated that more than 80 people lost their lives so far, but a bigger disaster is in the offing, which claim more lives through starvation and epidemics.

Shifting courses of Kosi river

Shifting courses of Kosi river

The Kosi is notorious for its frequent changing of its course to more than 150 kilometers towards west, leaving behind a series of paleochannels, during the past 250 years. The river being a tributary of the Ganges, with catchment areas in the Nepal Himalayas including Mt Everest, one of the fastest rising mountain chains, flows through a 150 kilimeter wide and 180 kilometer long alluvial fan. Fast silting of the channels by the tons of annuvium brought down by the river makes it drift off so often, that the case is one of the text book examples of a dynamic river system to geologists. The river chased new courses more and more westwards during the past 250 years, but decided to trace a easterly course this August.

While millions struggle to find food and water for themselves and their little ones, a blame game is on. Was the embankments kept in good condition by the Bihar officials? Was such a tragedy not foreseen by any one, after spending billions in modern technology, including advanced remote sensing satellites of the Indian programme?

But with a mighty, resurgent Himalayas on its head side, will dynamic riverine systems such as Kosi, the untamed, indomitable and restless, will ever heed to the puny efforts of the humans? While the wise try to answer this question, the inhabitants impatiently wait of the source of their sorrows to relent, once more and leave behind over the vast tracts black fertile alluvium, which will bring joy to their lives for many years to come.

Sources

  • IBNlive “Half of Bihar under water”. September 01, 2008
  • RTE News “India needs major aid after flood”. September 04, 2008
  • Reuters India “Govt appeals for families to evacuate from floods”. September 04, 2008
  • ABC “India, Nepal clash over flood defences”. September 04, 2008
  • National Geographic News “PHOTOS: River Changes Course; Deadly Floods Hit S. Asia”. September 07, 2008
  • The Times of India “Why rivers decide to run away”. September 07, 2008
  • Hindustan Times “Calming Kosi”. September 04, 2008
  • Google “Koshi Floods – Maps and Resources”. September 07, 2008
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England defeat Andorra 2-0 in first match of World Cup qualifying campaign

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Joe Cole scored both of Englands goals.

Joe Cole scored both of Englands goals.

England kicked off there World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Andorra, ranked 186th in the world. After a disappointing first half many of the England fans were disappointed with the performance and even booed of the team at half time. Joe Cole, the Chelsea midfielder was substituted for Stewart Downing at half time.

It appeared to be a good move by England manager Fabio Capello, who was in charge of his first competitive match when Cole scored on 49 minuets after a free kick by Frank Lampard. He also scored six minuets later after a pass from Wayne Rooney. The score was nearly pushed up to 3-0 when Glen Johnson placed one in the back of the net but was disallowed because Cole had been called for offside.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all played on the same day. Scotland came up short to Macedonia 1-0 and Northern Ireland lost to Slovakia 2-1. Wales managed to defeat Azerbaijan 1-0 after a goal by teenage striker Sam Vokes. England are currently ranked a joint 1st in group 6 for the World Cup qualification.

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Statistics

Group 6

June 17, 2006
England 2–0 Andorra
Cole 49′, 55′

Attendence: 17,500

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

England

  • D James
  • G Johnson
  • A Cole
  • G Barry
  • J Lescott
  • J Terry
  • T Walcott
  • F Lampard (Substituted: 79′ D Beckham)
  • W Rooney
  • S Downing (Substituted: 46′ J Cole)
  • J Defoe (Substituted: 46′ E Heskey)

Andorra

  • 01 J Alvarez
  • 13 J Alaya
  • 04 J Garcia
  • 05 O Sonejee
  • 20 A Lima 56′ (Substituted: 92′ J Fernandez)
  • 06 I Lima
  • 02 M Pujol
  • 08 M Vieria 52′ (Substituted: 65′ J Toscano)
  • 14 F Silva 48′ (Substituted: 90′ M Vales)
  • 21 M Jimenez
  • 09 X Andorra


Sources

  • Chris Bevan “Andorra 0-2 England”. BBC Sport, September 6, 2008
  • “Andorra 0 England 2”. The Sun, September 6, 2008
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England defeat Andorra 2-0 in first match of World Cup qualifying campaign

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Joe Cole scored both of Englands goals.

Joe Cole scored both of Englands goals.

England kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Andorra, ranked 186th in the world. After a disappointing first half many of the England fans were disappointed with the performance and even booed of the team at half time. Joe Cole, the Chelsea midfielder was substituted for Stewart Downing at half time.

It appeared to be a good move by England manager Fabio Capello, who was in charge of his first competitive match when Cole scored on 49 minuets after a free kick by Frank Lampard. He also scored six minuets later after a pass from Wayne Rooney. The score was nearly pushed up to 3-0 when Glen Johnson placed one in the back of the net but was disallowed because Cole had been called for offside.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all played on the same day. Scotland came up short to Macedonia 1-0 and Northern Ireland lost to Slovakia 2-1. Wales managed to defeat Azerbaijan 1-0 after a goal by teenage striker Sam Vokes. England are currently ranked a joint 1st in group 6 for the World Cup qualification.

Contents

Statistics

Group 6

June 17, 2006
England 2–0 Andorra
Cole 49′, 55′

Attendence: 17,500

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

England

  • D James
  • G Johnson
  • A Cole
  • G Barry
  • J Lescott
  • J Terry
  • T Walcott
  • F Lampard (Substituted: 79′ D Beckham)
  • W Rooney
  • S Downing (Substituted: 46′ J Cole)
  • J Defoe (Substituted: 46′ E Heskey)

Andorra

  • J Alvarez
  • J Alaya
  • J Garcia
  • O Sonejee
  • A Lima 56′ (Substituted: 92′ J Fernandez)
  • I Lima
  • M Pujol
  • M Vieria 52′ (Substituted: 65′ J Toscano)
  • F Silva 48′ (Substituted: 90′ M Vales)
  • M Jimenez
  • X Andorra


Sources

  • Chris Bevan “Andorra 0-2 England”. BBC Sport, September 6, 2008
  • “Andorra 0 England 2”. The Sun, September 6, 2008
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Kosi river changes course and inundates North Bihar

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‘The sorrow of Bihar’ – Kosi river – flowing through Nepal and Bihar, India, breached its left embankment in Kusaha, on the Nepal – India border on August 18, 2008 and changed its present course by taking a paleochannel 120 kilometers the east, that it had abandoned more than 100 years ago. The gushing waters quickly overflew the channel boundaries on both sides at a rate of about 200 meters each day and flooded vast tracts in Supaul, Araria, Saharsa, Madhepura, Purnia, Katihar, parts of Khagaria and northern parts of Bhagalpur, as well as adjoining regions of Nepal. About 2.7 million people are affected by this flood disaster of massive dimensions, with about 900,000 popuation in the affected areas shifted to 285 relief camps and 249 health centers and estimated 100,000 are still marooned in various villages without food or drinking water for the past several days.

Even on September 6, 2008 as the waters started receding with the heavy rains abating a little, Kosi still flows through the breach inundating more than 1,100 square kilometers (440 square miles) of densely populated and cultivated land in one of the worst floods in this part of India in the last 50 years. As about 1900 villages of Bihar is affected by the rampaging Kosi, the devastated population with no remorse in their hearts, continues to pray to this mighty river and name their new born baby daughters Kosia or something similar. It is estimated that more than 80 people lost their lives so far, but a bigger disaster is in the offing, which claim more lives through starvation and epidemics.

Shifting courses of Kosi river

Shifting courses of Kosi river

Kosi is notorious for its frequent changing of its course to more than 150 kilometers towards west, leaving behind a series of paleochannels, during the past 250 years. The river being a tributary of the Ganges, with catchment areas in the Nepal Himalayas including Mt Everest, one of the fastest rising mountain chains, flows through a 150 kilimeter wide and 180 kilometer long alluvial fan. Fast silting of the channels by the tons of annuvium brought down by the river makes it drift off so often, that the case is one of the text book examples of a dynamic river system to geologists. The river chased new courses more and more westwards during the past 250 years, but decedided to trace a easterly course this August.

While millions struggle to find food and water for themselves and their little ones, a blame game is on. Was the embankments kept in good condition by the Bihar officials? Was such a tragedy not foreseen by any one, after spending billions in modern technolgy, including advanced remote sensing satellites of the Indian programme?

But with a mighty, resurgent Himalayas on its head side, will dynamic riverine systems such as Kosi, the untamed, indomitable and restless, will ever heed to the puny efforts of the humans? While the wise try to answer this question, the inhabitants patentiently wait of the source of their sorrows to relent, once more and leave behind over the vast tracts black fertile alluvium, which will bring joy to their lives for many years to come.

Sources

  • IBNlive “Half of Bihar under water”. September 01, 2008
  • RTE News “India needs major aid after flood”. September 04, 2008
  • Reuters India “Govt appeals for families to evacuate from floods”. September 04, 2008
  • ABC “India, Nepal clash over flood defences”. September 04, 2008
  • National Geographic News “PHOTOS: River Changes Course; Deadly Floods Hit S. Asia”. September 07, 2008
  • The Times of India “Why rivers decide to run away”. September 07, 2008
  • Hindustan Times “Calming Kosi”. September 04, 2008
  • Google “Koshi Floods – Maps and Resources”. September 07, 2008
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\’Invitational Games for the Deaf, Taipei 2008\’ Day 2 features martial art events

Sunday, September 7, 2008

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The ‘Invitational Games for the Deaf, Taipei 2008’ started yesterday in Taipei, Taiwan. After table tennis and soccer, events from martial arts including karate, judo, and taekwondo were featured mainly in the 2nd matchday. Unlike the taekwondo event which applied a single elimination rule, events from karate and judo applied round robin rules in their competitions.

Taekwondo

Athletes from 7 nations including Argentina, Chinese Taipei (the host), Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and the United States were among the main participants this event. As of the most recent lead check, European and American athletes threatened athletes from East Asians with what appeared to be a greater strength.

Guler Muhammed from Turkey accomplished a new record to win his gold medal in Men’s 58kg class. But European and American spectators were witnesses to the performance from the host after Bo-cong Lin and Szu-jou Lu won gold medals from “Men’s 58kg to 68kg” and “Women’s 49kg to 57kg” classes.

Karate

The karate event distinguishes classes with different weights, men’s are under 65kg, under 75kg, and over 75kg; women’s just differed with classes at 60kg.

Juan Matias Diaz from Argentina shone in the battlefield with a 3rd-straight-win, to win his gold medal in Men’s under 65kg class; but in Men’s under 65kg class, Russian athlete Evgeniy Pavlyuchenko had to give up, and Takahiro Kojima won his gold medal by defeating his teammate Akinobe Miyashita.

Judo

In judo, it was the first time ever that two athletes both won bronze medals in the same class since this invitation games began yesterday. In the men’s under 60kg (class), Akio Kira made a 4th-straight-win to win the gold medal, his teammate, Tomohiro Higashi won bronze medal with local athlete Wei-lun Hsu having the same scores in this class. Jinsub Byeon from South Korea, Sergey Belyaev from Russia, and Susana Monteggia from Argentina, won their gold medals in men’s 60.1kg to 66kg, men’s 66.1kg to 73kg, and women’s 57.1kg to 70kg classes.

Medal Statistics after 2nd Matchday

Only listed nations who won at least one bronze medal.
Order Team Gold Silver Bronze
1 Chinese Taipei 4 2 3
2 Japan 4 1 4
3 Argentina 2 0 2
4 South Korea 1 4 3
5 Turkey 1 3 1
6 Russia 1 1 2
7 Hong Kong 0 1 1
8 United States 0 0 1


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