New York City rally on Oct. 24.A New York City rally on Oct. 24 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the minimum wage law’s passage and called for increasing it to at least $15 an hour. A city public sector union speaker stressed that U.S. law does not recognize minimum wage rights for people with disabilities. They don’t receive equal pay for equal work.Section 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which established the federal minimum wage, allows certain entities holding “special wage certificates” to pay their workers with disabilities less than that mandated by the law. These segregated workplaces or “sheltered workshops” employ workers with various physical or developmental disabilities.Federal law requires that certain goods and services procured by the government be purchased from these “sheltered workshops” in order to employ workers with disabilities, but they do not have the same protections that other U.S. workers have.The National Federation of the Blind says that more than 300,000 workers with disabilities are not paid the federal minimum wage. The organization says that many employers are profiting off the labor of workers with disabilities and often receive lucrative federal contracts, so there is no reason to pay anyone less than the minimum wage, regardless of their abilities.NBC News and Watchdog.org say Goodwill has recently paid some workers as little as 22 cents an hour. Today’s federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is 33 times what some Goodwill workers receive. By exploiting people with disabilities, company profits have funded CEO salaries totaling $30 million at 150 Goodwill franchises.On Oct. 31, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and NFB representatives delivered a petition with 170,000 signers to Goodwill Industries’ Maryland headquarters and picketed outside. The petition demanded that the company stop paying its workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage.“Goodwill should step out of the 1930s and adopt a business model that provides real training and opportunities for workers with disabilities to earn the federal minimum wage or higher,” said Anil Lewis, NFB policy and advocacy director. (Truthout.org, Nov. 1)Lewis described employment for people with disabilities in November 2011, at the NFB blog, as “an entrenched system founded on the belief that people with disabilities are defective, a belief supported by a billion-dollar industry exploiting subminimum wage labor and perpetuating negative stereotypes about [U.S.] Americans with disabilities.“Many of these sheltered workshops could be more accurately described as prisons, albeit without bars, than as actual workplaces,” Lewis explains. “Fewer than 5 percent of the prisoners escape. … 95 percent of the people currently toiling in subminimum-wage work will spend their entire working lives in these facilities. They will never receive the needed services, training, or support to become real workers, doing real jobs, and earning real wages.”Lewis calls for eliminating “this legalized wage discrimination … to shift the paradigm from one maintaining that people with disabilities cannot perform jobs competitively to one that recognizes that, with the proper training, opportunity, and supports, even people with the most significant disabilities can be competitively employed.”Groups, including the NFB, are rallying support for The Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 (H.R. 831), which was introduced in Congress this year. If passed, it would repeal Section 14(c) of the FLSA and phase out the discriminatory practice of paying workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage. Unfortunately, despite NFB’s efforts, Congress has not approved similar proposed laws in previous years.In May 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a $240 million judgment against one “sheltered workshop,” the turkey processing company Hill Country Farms, not because the company’s workers with intellectual disabilities were paid only $2 a day, but because they were severely physically and emotionally abused by their bosses and suffered from diabetes, hypertension and other illnesses.Karl Marx is known for having raised the slogan: “From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs.”People with disabilities need the solidarity of people without disabilities to help us send the discriminatory provisions of the minimum wage laws into the dustbin of history.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
View Comments Related Shows Star Files Want a gorgeous peek into the life of your favorite Broadway stars? Then you’ll love our new Day in the Life series, featuring portraits by Broadway.com contributor Matthew Murphy! One of the best photographers working on Broadway, Murphy conceived seven photos with School of Rock star Sierra Boggess that portray a typical day, from the calm of morning yoga right through the madness of the stage door after a show. See the photos here and let Boggess talk you through the gallery in our video below. School of Rock – The Musical VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERYPhoto credits: art direction by Mitch Dean, styling by David Withrow and post production by Peter James Zielinski. Sierra Boggess at the Winter Garden Theatre stage door (Photo by Matthew Murphy for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Sierra Boggess
Doing the article yesterday on Coach Bell, brought back a lot of memories of my days of active coaching. What you remember, of course, are the athletes you worked with. However, you also have great memories of the coaches you got to know along the way.I won’t mention all the people I met over my 50+ years in high school coaching, because I am sure I would miss some names that I would certainly want on this list.Once you get by your rookie stage of coaching, you find that this is a great fraternity of which to be a member. Very few coaches have such large egos that they believe they can get along by themselves. What is great about the coaching fraternity are the number of hours.you spend talking about the sport. You learn a lot just by listening and joining in on these round table discussions.I spent several years on the Indiana All-Star Coaching staff. We whiled away many hours talking about track in Indiana and discussing coaching techniques we each used with our own teams. These are fond memories and great learning sessions.
Aggrey Fynn. Kwesi Appiah. Abedi Pele. Stephen Appiah. And now Asamoah Gyan.For almost six decades, captain after Black Stars captain has led his troops to the nation’s undisputed sanctuary for comfort and result.Sometimes, they’ve not won their matches. But more importantly, the Black Stars have never lost a World Cup qualifier in Kumasi since 1960. And after a year and two months since last being there, the team returned to the Baba Yara Stadium for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Comoros.But even before kickof, it was still unknown what form of reaction the team will receive in Kumasi after their last Garden City outing against Uganda ended up being a chaotic affair.But they needn’t have worried too much. The crowd was not great, but as is typical of the Baba Yara Stadium, the few who cared enough to show up made themselves very, very audible.The result was an attritional 2-0 win. But in the end, the magic of Kumasi prevailed for the umpteenth time.The Stars were held to a goalless draw in their first leg and the permutations were simple: win and qualify for the next round of the qualifiers.Goals from Mubarak Wakaso and Jordan Ayew sealed the win. Coincidentally, both players have entered double figures for the Stars: Jordan, 10; Wakaso, 11. It was Ghana that opened the scoring with a great goal in the 18th minute by Mubarak Wakaso after Comoros had given away a free kick. And in the second half Ghana continued to dominate and pressing hard for another goal.Comoros saw themselves in a disadvantage as Omarh Mdahomba was shown a second yellow card which saw him walking to the stands.In the 80 minute Ghana took full advantage as Jordan Ayew pulled a powerful low drive shot, but it was the wood work that denied him the full celebration.Kumasi has seen many better games from the national team in 55 years, but it’s doubtful many would care about the result much. After all, a win is a win, and Kumasi delivered the goods again.MEANWHILE, Ghana’s home record in World Cup qualifiers is still impressive, despite slight dents in 1997 and 2001. Only Sierra Leone and Liberia (led by George Weah) have inflicted defeat to the Black Stars in Ghana since 1960. Sierra Leone won in Obuasi, while Liberia won in Accra.Moral of the story? Whether it’s been called the Kumasi Sports Stadium or, as it is now, the Baba Yara Stadium, that fortress is Ghana’s sanctuary whenever they are in trouble.And that’s what makes the place Ghana’s de facto home for the national teams.– Gary Al-Smith is assisting Joy Sports editor. Follow on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
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SHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury residents are invited to join the Shrewsbury Garden Club (SGC) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Borough Hall as it hosts a town hall meeting on a possible community garden for Shrewsbury. “Growing Together A Community Garden” will feature organizers from the Oceanport, Tinton Falls and Monmouth University community gardens who will discuss their experiences creating and maintaining successful community gardens. Shrewsbury residents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts about the project, including site selection, costs, funding, educational and volunteer components. For more information or to register your interest in participating in a community garden project in Shrewsbury, contact the SGC at [email protected] or on Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/shrewsburygardenclub
LONG BRANCH – Shannon Wedel of Shore Regional High School is the recipient of a Congressional Award Silver Medal.The Congressional Award is a public private-partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative and service in America’s youth, ages 14 to 23. The Congressional Award provides a unique opportunity for young people to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development and citizenship.To accomplish her goals, Wedel volunteered more than 250 hours of community service to Sandy relief efforts, Monmouth Medical Center and the local food pantry. Wedel also worked part-time at Caputo’s Bakery Shoppe, taught Sunday school, played on the soccer team and was a member of the school dance team. She also planned a three-day, two-night trip to Delaware Water Gap.To earn a Congressional Award, personally challenging goals must be set and achieved in four program areas: voluntary public service; physical fitness; personal development; and expedition/exploration.There are six levels of the Congressional Award – Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.Wedel received her award Monday, July 8, from Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th, in his Long Branch office.
LONG BRANCH – In recognition of a significant gift from Ann and Thomas Unterberg to the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center will be named The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.Active philanthropists, the Unterbergs, residents of Rumson, New York City and Turks and Caicos, have been longtime supporters of Monmouth Medical Center. Ann currently serves as chair of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and is the vice chair of Monmouth Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. Thomas is a past member Monmouth Medical Center’s Board of Trustees.The family’s long history of philanthropic support to Monmouth Medical Center includes previous naming opportunities – the Unterberg Pediatric Emergency Room, the Unterberg Learning Center and the Unterberg mammography suites in the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center.Ann and Thomas’ involvement with Monmouth Medical Center continues the legacy of generations of Unterberg family members who have supported the hospital, including Thomas’ parents, Clarence and Marjorie Unterberg. Marjorie Unterberg served as president of the School of Nursing at Monmouth Medical Center, where she established the Center for Nursing Excellence. She was also a former vice president of the Board of Governors at Monmouth Medical Center.“The Unterbergs generosity to Monmouth Medical Center will have a far-reaching impact in our community, benefiting our youngest patients and their families,” said Dr. Frank J. Vozos, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. “The board of directors, the board of trustees of the foundation, the hospital administration, the medical staff and all employees of Monmouth Medical Center express our deepest gratitude to the entire Unterberg family for their continued dedication to Monmouth Medical Center.”“The Unterbergs’ transformational gift to The Children’s Hospital will create an even more comforting environment to match our high-quality clinical care,” said Dr. Meg Fisher, chair of pediatrics at Monmouth and medical director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital. “This gift will help us to continue providing exceptional pediatric care throughout the community.”“Ann and Thomas Unterberg are devoted to providing support to Monmouth Medical Center,” said Tara F. Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. “Their continued support and commitment to the hospital and Foundation ensure that Monmouth can provide necessary care to our patients and community.”The Unterbergs’ gift will support the pediatric care provided by The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and allow for facility renovations, the refurbishing of patient areas to provide patients and their families with a more comfortable environment and the expansion of the pediatric intensive care unit, which serves hundreds of children each year.Ann has dedicated herself to philanthropy and nonprofit work for the past 25 years. In addition to her positions with Monmouth Medical Center and the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, she serves as a trustee of the Two River Theater Company. In New York City, she is chair of Lincoln Center Education, as well as a trustee of both Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the International Women’s Health Coalition. She is on the Distribution Committee of the New York Community Trust, a $2.2 billion trust benefiting New York City’s nonprofits. Ann has served on numerous boards in New York and New Jersey, including The Wildlife Conservation Society, Grand Street Settlement, Planned Parenthood of NYC, Monmouth University, VNA of Central Jersey and the Garden State Performing Arts Center.Prior to her work in philanthropy, Ann worked at L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin, a full-service investment banking firm. She is an honors graduate of Boston University.Thomas is a senior advisor at Diker Management, LLC in New York City and serves as chairman of the Investment Committee of Unterberg Technology Partners, a long-only securities fund. He has had distinguished career in investment banking, beginning in 1956, and is known worldwide as a pioneer in technology investment banking and an expert in emerging growth companies. Thomas has led more 200 initial public offerings, including the IPOs of Intel, Compaq Computers, Lotus, Tandem Computers, Cray Computer, Seagate Technologies, Conner Peripherals, Lin Broadcasting, Thermo Electron and AES Corporation. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the Israeli high-technology industry as investment banker of numerous IPOs and as a venture investor while serving as a director of Tamar Ventures. As a banker and advisor, Thomas has served on more than 30 corporate boards.Thomas has served as a trustee of many nonprofits, most notably Grand Street Settlement, where he recently retired as chairman after 40 years. He has served as a member of the Princeton University Investment Committee and currently serves on the board of the Two River Theater Company. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.To learn more about ways to support Monmouth Medical Center, call Kelly at 732-923-6886 or visit www.monmouthfoundation.org.
Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Cover image via Blackmagic Studios.Looking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.How to Upload to YouTube Directly from DaVinci Resolve 16NAB 2019: DaVinci Resolve 16 — What’s New and UpdatedDaVinci Resolve: THE Total Guide to the Best Free Video EditorDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Basic SettingsDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Delivering Your Content In this roundup, we go over all of the updates to the Edit Page in DaVinci Resolve 16 — and what they mean for your projects.In the NAB 2019 live panel, Blackmagic Founder Grant Petty touched upon the fact that, in 2019, Resolve in now in use among a variety of different cultures. Some eagerly await the latest addition to the Fairlight page; others look to see if there’s anything new for the already-renowned color page. I love to hear about what has been added to the edit page — Primarily because we often see the inclusion of many tools that were the basis of workaround tutorials here on The Beat because Resolve didn’t initially have them.The edit page has been through a rigorous update process over the last few years, and we didn’t expect to see any significant adjustments to the page — nor the inclusion of any groundbreaking tools that would make you ask, “why wasn’t this initially in the software?” That said, we do have several features and some new changes to run through.UI Interface UpdatesOverall, there have been no significant updates to the UI. (Since the UI is incredibly efficient and smart, there was no need to implement an overhaul to the layout.)Hide Page IconsA few of the page icons got fashionable updates, with new color rendering and differently designed icons. But most importantly, you can now hide unused page icons. As we covered earlier, there are now a variety of users who use Resolve. Is a professional colorist ever going to need to use the Fairlight page? I’m not versed in Fusion, and realistically, I’m likely never to visit the page. As such, we can easily hide unwanted pages by selecting Workspace Menu > Show Page and then deselecting what pages you want to show.It’s a small update, but if you tend to open programs from your docked windows or Mac toolbar accidentally, then you’re probably prone to casually hopping pages without intending to. I’ve accidentally clicked the Fusion icon plenty of times, and since it takes a second or two to load up the processor-heavy page, it’s quite an annoyance. (Not anymore!)Timeline ChangesThere wasn’t an inherent need to change the timeline since it was already fantastic, but we do now have a ruled timeline, which allows precise placement and editing.Another subtle change comes when scrubbing through the timeline with the playhead — we now have tape-style audio scrubbing which will help editors find specific moments within the timeline without pressing play. You can see a visual and auditory example of this in action in Blackmagic’s “What’s New” video.Inspector Panel ChangesSince 16 is still currently a beta release, I would wager that this feature is more of a bug than an update. If this is a legitimate change, well, it’s not a clear one. When opening the inspector with a clip selected, you have a range of adjustable tools and parameters to manipulate. In 15, the inspector’s tools looked like this:In 16, it looks like this:Cleaner and more compact; however, it’s not necessarily apparent how you open the additional settings. A single click does nothing, and there’s no drop-down arrow; instead, you have to double-click over the title, and the panel will animate open.Stabilize and ResolveFXThere’s been a huge push to create individual identities with each page, but the problem is that there are some tools that reside in other pages, which means you’re going to have to visit them once in a while — or do you? In 16, several features that were previously only in the color page have now been added to the edit page. Stabilization (rightly so) is one of them.You can now stabilize a clip directly from the inspector panel, and aside from a visual graph of what has been stabilized, it works in the same manner.Additionally, you can now find more ResolveFX effects in the effects panel (quite a tongue twister), which again quashes the need for using the color page (if you have no other need for it).Adjustable ClipsOne of the big takeaways from the NAB demonstration was Resolve’s answer to After Effects’s adjustable layer: adjustable clips. Regardless of the difference in nomenclature here, the adjustable clip does the same thing as the adjustable layer; it will affect all video clips underneath with whatever effects you add to the adjustable clip.While you could do this with Resolve 15’s new shared node feature, this new addition to Resolve makes the effects process a lot easier to manage and maintain.To add an adjustable clip, open the Effects panel, click the effects sub-panel, then drag and place the adjustable clip to the desired place on the timeline. Like an After Effects layer, the clip will affect all clips that sit underneath it, so you will need to increase or decrease the layer’s length if you want the adjustable layer to cover a larger area.If you’re going to adjust the properties of the added effect, you need to open the inspector and switch to the Open FX panel. As a side note, if you splice the adjustable clip into two, both clips will act independently of each other. So you could delete the effect places onto the first sub clip, and the effect will remain on the second sub-clip. And although the effect has been added on the edit page, by activating the bypass color grade and fusion effects button, it will deactivate the effects from the adjustable clips.Quick ExportIn 16, not only on the edit page, but also across all pages, you can now Quick Export. You can do this simply by navigating to File > quick export. This process very much mimics exporting in Premiere Pro, which is just a quick dash up to the menu bar. However, there is an emphasis on quick in quick export, as there are only two export settings to select: H.264 and H.265 — along with direct YouTube and Vimeo uploads. For most online uploads, this is sufficient, but for everything else, you’ll need to continue using the delivery page. I imagine in future updates we’ll see the function for customizing which quick exports you can select.Create Multiple-Format TimelinesPrior to Resolve 16, all timelines would conform to the settings as entered in the master settings timeline format. This was unfortunate, because Resolve had made great strides in multiple-timeline functionality. The problem was that if you had one timeline for 4K YouTube viewing and then a separate timeline for a shorter version of the video for an Instagram ad, you couldn’t create a timeline with individual settings.In Resolve 16, this is now possible, and here’s how you do it. Go to File > Create New Timeline and in the timeline pop-up menu, hit use custom settings. From here, you can create a timeline with entirely different properties than the master timeline. However, while you can change the timeline resolution of the master timeline, you still can’t change the timeline frame rate.Automatic Character/People DetectionWith DaVinci’s Neural Engine added into the fray, the software can do a lot more sub-surface work than previous versions, and one of those new features is analyzing your clips to identify different characters. Here’s how it works.In your media pool, select all clips, right-click, and hit Analyze Clips for People.Depending on the number of clips, Resolve will take a minute or two to scan the clips, and upon completion, you’ll get the following results panel:In this panel, you can now enter the names for each character, and in doing so, Resolve will create a smart bin, which will populate with clips that contain the character. You’ll also find another bin titled “Other people,” and in this bin, you’ll find clips for which Resolve couldn’t accurately pinpoint the character. Just right-click, and tag the character, so the clip joins the correct bin.If Resolve is unable to detect the characters correctly, you can add the character names to the metadata information.The update and new features are certainly a lot more subtle than previous updates, but as we’ve seen new feature after new feature for the past three years, it was only natural to see more focus on the Fairlight and Fusion pages — and of course, the entirely new cut page.You can find the full list of changes and additions to the edit page below, and for overall system changes, and new features added to the Fusion, Fairlight, and Color pages, check out the official Blackmagic press release.• Speed Warp motion estimation powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine — DaVinci Resolve Studio^• Timeline level resolution, frame rate, scaling and monitoring settings within the same project^• Adjustment Clips to apply filters, effects, and grades on top of a range of timeline clips^• Ability to analyze video clips for detecting and classifying people powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine — DaVinci Resolve Studio^• Custom safe areas for titles and actions^• Ability to assign any media pool clip or timeline as an offline reference clip^• Video orientation angle in the Clip Attributes dialog• Ease in and out position keyframes in the curves editor• Ability to view and edit keyframes for OpenFX plugins in timeline curves• Stabilize video clips from the Inspector• Support for pasting color correction properties from the Paste Attributes dialog• Improved audio behavior when scrubbing in the Edit and Media page viewers• Temporarily enable/disable snapping for titles on the viewer using the Alt/Opt key• All available viewer area is automatically used for 2-up and 4-up displays• Blade operations on a selected clip results in the preceding section being selected• Ability to toggle viewer overlays on/off and assign shortcuts for specific modes in the Edit and Color page viewers^• Support for a larger selection of words in the keyword dictionary from workspace menu• Ability to group and manage smart bins using folders• User preference to automatically create smart bin categories from media pool clips based on keywords, shot, scene and people metadata• Ability to duplicate existing smart bins• Ability to toggle between searching all media pool bins and current bin• Support for Go to In/Go to Out functions for three-point edits even when preview marks are not visible• Support for switching the video monitoring output when toggling between source and timeline viewer in gang mode• Automatic updating of the Usage in Media Pool list view• Project setting to limit reel name matching to a specific number of characters when conforming or color tracing timelines^• Project setting to ignore a specific number of characters from the beginning of the reel name when conforming or color tracing timelines^• Newly pasted clips are now automatically selected• Ability to render broadcast wave files with support for metadata when exporting timelines to Pro Tools• Improved handling of video codec defaults and audio file names when exporting timelines to Pro Tools• Ability to switch buses for monitoring from the Edit page• Options to toggle views for rectified, full waveform and waveform borders in timeline options^• Improved alpha channel handling for compound clips with more than two layers^
The fierce battle for gaining the second spot in the Commonwealth Games continued in earnest between India and England on the seventh day of competitions with the hosts edging in front by bagging four gold medals.Teenage archer Deepika Kumari upset an Olympic bronze medallist to win the recurve gold, Harpreet Singh clinched the 25m centre fire pistol gold, archer Rahul Banerjee grabbed the men’s individual recurve gold and world wrestling champion Sushil Kumar won the 66kg title by destroying all his rivals.Vijay Kumar bagged silver behind Harpreet, freestyle wrestler Anuj Kumar also got a silver in men’s 84 kg, trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu secured a bronze while Jayanta Talukdar finished third behind Banerjee.Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthi beat compatriots Nirupama Sanjeev and Poojashree Venkatesh to secure the women’s doubles bronze in tennis and swell India’s medal kitty.Banerjee’s sister Dola finished third in women’s recurve and grappler Anil Kumar got the bronze in 55kg freestyle as India came up with another impressive display to jump over England and regain the second spot behind leaders Australia.Asian silver medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh assured India of two more boxing medals but defending champion Akhil Kumar made a shock exit in the Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semifinals today.Jai, a Commonwealth Championship gold-medallist, blanked Waheed Sogbamu of Nigeria 10-0, while Dilbag (69 kg) thrashed Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba 11-3 in while Akhil Kumar bowed out after losing to Olympic bronze-medallist Bruno Julie of Mauritius in the 56 kg quarterfinals.advertisementThe two boxers joined Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Suranjoy Singh (52kg), who won their quarterfinal bouts yesterday, in assuring themselves of their maiden CWG medals.The haul of four gold, two silver and five bronze medals took the Indian tally to 28-19-22 while England were once again made to play catch-up with a haul of 25-45-29. Australia were far ahead with 57-33-35.India were also just three gold medals short of overhauling their best-ever harvest of 30 at the Manchester Games in 2002 when three gold medals were awarded for each weight class, a practice that has been discontinued since.The day opened with 17-year-old Ranchi-born Deepika, daughter of an autorickshaw owner, stunning 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medallist Alison James Williamson 6-0, showing amazing precision and steady nerves in windy conditions to win her second gold of the Games.However, it was heartbreak for the 29-year-old Akhil who lost 5-7 to Julie after a see-saw battle. Ironically, Akhil had beaten Julie in the 2006 Melbourne Games final.Akhil was the first Indian to take the ring today and after an exhausting pre-quarterfinal win last night over European silver-medallist Iain Weaver of England, the Indian seemed tired.”A loss is a loss, I don’t have anything to say. I had beaten this same guy in the 2006 CWG finals, he must have done something right to win today,” said the feisty Haryana-boxer.”I gave my best and don’t think I could have done anything better. This is the way I fight,” he added when asked whether his natural style of keeping a low guard cost him the bout.Defending champion Geeta Rani failed to live upto her expectations as he finished a disappointing fourth in women’s 75+kg category weightlifting competition.Geeta Rani, who won the gold in the same weight category four years ago in Melbourne, cut a sorry figure before her opponents — Ele Opeloge of Samoa, who bagged the gold, silver medal winner Maryam Usman of Nigeria and Australia’s Deborah Acason (bronze).Sangrur-born Geeta Rani, who had won three silver medals in Asian Championship in 2004 and a bronze medal in 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad, simply failed to match her own skills, ending with a combined lift of 235kg (100kg in snatch and 135 in clean and jerk).In badminton, women’s seed Saina Nehwal breezed through her match as India continued their rampaging run in the tournament with all the shuttlers in the singles and doubles category winning their respective matches.World number three Saina thrashed Sarah Thomas of Wales 21-5 21-9 to reach closer to her first Commonwealth games gold, while Melbourne bronze medallist Chetan Anand beat Nigerian Ola Fagbemi 21-12 21-6 in 21 minutes to stay on course of bettering his record at the sporting extravaganza.Debutants P Kashyap and Aditi Mutatkar also stormed into the third round in the singles event with straight-game victories in their second round match.–with PTI inputs