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    Indian ice hockey

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 27日 Monday

    Fascinating blog by an American in Ladakh in the northern Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir in the Himalayas. The Hockey Volunteer! I’m still reading through the part about Adam Sherlip acclimatizing to culture and hockey in the Himalayas. But he goes on to coach the Indian national team in their first international competition, the recently held Challenge Cup of Asia in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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    UAE wins 2009 Challenge Cup of Asia

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 30日 Monday

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    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After last year’s inaugural tournament in Hong Kong, the 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia was hosted and won by the United Arab Emirates.
    The United Arab Emirates was eager to host the tournament in their capital where it was up to 38°C (100°F) outside and made it a successful event for the Asian teams that do not compete in the World Championship program.

    The last two games for gold and bronze were broadcast live and one of the highest Sheikhs – the National Security Advisor and the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, His Highness Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan – was in attendance for the Emirate’s gold medal win.

    The United Arab Emirates, coached by Serb Marko Zidarevic, won its group by beating Macau (7-0), Singapore (4-2) and Hong Kong (5-1) before downing Malaysia 3-1 in the semi-final.

    Thailand was undefeated in its group against India (14-0), Malaysia (8-2) and Mongolia (5-3), and also won its semi-final game, 6-4 against Hong Kong.

    It all came down to the group winners. After a scoreless beginning, Arthit Thamwongsin opened the scoring for Thailand in the second period but it finished with a 3-2 lead for the Emirates. Thailand equalized in the last stanza but the Emirates scored two more times to win the game 5-3. Juma Mohamed al Dhaheri was their hero with a hat trick, his second of the tournament.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/hash/2087f58310/article/uae-wins-challenge-cup-of-asia/955.html

    Didn’t think the hosts had it in them to pull it off against both Thailand and Malaysia, and a great job in hosting the tournament as well! Hopefully the competition will expand in the future with Taiwan rejoining the fray and new entrants from the Middle East as well. Here’s also an interesting blog by a Malaysian player who participated in the tournament.

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    Camel or tractor

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 3日 Saturday

    Oil price goes up, which encourages biofuel production which is increasing food prices. In the mean time, higher oil prices are also making camels more valuable (from FT). And camels can live 60-80 years, wow, I didn’t know that.

    Farmers in the Indian state of Rajasthan are rediscovering the humble camel.

    As the cost of running gas-guzzling tractors soars, even-toed ungulates are making a comeback, raising hopes that a fall in the population of the desert state’s signature animal can be reversed.

    The shift comes not a moment too soon for a national camel population that has fallen more than 50 per cent over the past decade, to about 450,000, according to government figures.

    Market prices for these “ships of the desert”, which crashed with the growing affordability of motorised transport, are rising again as oil prices soar.

    A sturdy male with a life expectancy of 60-80 years now fetches up to Rs40,000 ($973), compared to Rs5,000-Rs10,000 three years ago, according to Hanuwant Singh of the Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan, a non-profit welfare organisation for livestock keepers. Entry-level tractors cost around $4,000.

     

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