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Natarajan called into India squad; Rohit facing fitness test

SYDNEY (AP) — India has drafted Thangarasu Natarajan into its limited-overs squad as injury cover for the tour of Australia and set a Dec. 11 date for Rohit Sharma’s fitness test in the hope of having the star batsman available for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

India and Australia were to meet Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground to start a series of three one-day and three Twenty20 internationals. The four-match test series is set to start with a day-night match in Adelaide on Dec. 17.

With skipper Virat Kohli scheduled to leave the tour following the first test to be at home with his wife for the birth of their first child in January, India will need top-order backup that Sharma can offer.

India’s squad finished a 14-day quarantine in Australia on the eve of the series-opener, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India later released a statement saying Natarajan, a left-arm seamer, had been added to the squad as cover for Navdeep Saini, who had a back problem.

The uncapped Natarajan was already in India’s T20 squad after performing well for Sunrisers in the Indian Premier League.

The BCCI said Rohit Sharma was in Mumbai undergoing rehabilitation on an hamstring injury and his medical assessment next month “will have clarity on his participation in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia.”

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has recovered from a side strain sustained during the IPL but has been ruled out of test series against Australia.

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Stipe’s late fitness test a Sailors’ ploy?, Football News & Top Stories

Lion City Sailors striker Stipe Plazibat will face a late fitness test to decide if he will be ready for today’s high-stakes showdown against Singapore Premier League (SPL) leaders Albirex Niigata.

The 31-year-old Croat is the competition’s leading scorer with 14 goals, but hobbled off with a hamstring strain in the 3-1 win over Hougang United on Tuesday.

Sailors coach Aurelio Vidmar refuted the notion that he is keeping their opponents guessing. The Australian, 53, said: “We will make the decision on Sunday morning. My interest is the player’s health. If he is going to do more damage, then we won’t take the risk.

“If this was a cup final or the final game of the season, then it’s a completely different story. There’s no question we would try to play him because if he breaks down we are going into a break.

“But this situation is a bit different, a bit more delicate.”

What is undoubtedly clear are the stakes at hand. There are just five games left and this clash between first and third in the table will have a huge bearing on the championship.

The Sailors are three points behind Albirex, champions from 2016 to 2018, but will leapfrog them with a win. A loss however, will create a six-point deficit that may be too much to overcome.

The other title contenders, Tampines Rovers, also have 20 points like Albirex and travel to face Tanjong Pagar United in today’s other match.

Vidmar, the former Australia captain and coach, remains confident of his side’s ability to hit the back of the net regardless of Plazibat’s availability.

The Sailors have notched 29 goals, with 10 different scorers. Both are league-leading numbers.

They will also welcome back dynamic midfielder Song Ui-young from a head injury, while playmaker Shahdan Sulaiman, who was sorely missed in the 3-2 defeat when both sides met last month, has also returned. He will be a threat from set pieces.

Vidmar said: “Goals are a big part of Stipe’s game, and his link-up play has been very good. But the beauty of our team is everyone is itching to play and the guys who have come in have stepped up and done an amazing job.

“That’s the commitment and competition I want in the team.

“So, we are in good shape. Shahril (Ishak) is back in the team, we have Gabriel Quak, we can put Adam Swandi there, we can put Hafiz Nor up front.

“We have options, players with different characteristics and playing styles, which is a plus.”

His team are excellent front runners too. While 26 of the 36 SPL games this term have been won by the side that scores first, the Sailors are masters of this. They have picked up the full three points in all the five matches they have opened the scoring.

But standing in their way is an obdurate Albirex defence that has kept three consecutive clean sheets and a winning mentality.

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Watch These Calisthenics Athletes Ace the U.S. Army Fitness Test

Inspired by fellow YouTuber Stan Browney’s recent attempt, Yannick and Michael from the Calisthenics Family channel threw themselves into the U.S. Army physical fitness test (PFT) for their latest challenge video. The PFT, which assesses whether a candidate’s functional fitness is sufficient to start basic training, consists of 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of situps, and a 2-mile (3.2 km) run.



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Given that bodyweight exercises fall very much in these guys’ wheelhouse, Yannick and Michael aren’t too concerned about the first few rounds of the test. They start off with the pushups, where a minimum of 42 reps is required in the allotted 2 minutes for a passing score. Each repetition must be completed with correct form: hands at shoulder width, and a 90-degree elbow angle at the lower end of the movement.

Yannick goes first and nails a perfect score with 76 pushups in 2 minutes, while Michael also gets full points, with one less rep at 75.

Following a 15-minute recovery period, they take on the next round: situps. The required form here involves a 90-degree knee angle, with somebody holding their feet, and they have to both touch the ground with their upper back and come all the way up for a rep to count. 50 reps are needed to pass, while 80 or above constitute a perfect score.

Yannick completes 88 reps (a perfect score) before collapsing back onto the mat, out of breath. “You’re making it tough for me now,” says Michael, who is up next and determines to do even better. This time, he narrowly beats Yannick, and wins with 89 reps. “I’m feeling kind of dizzy, man,” he says, telling Michael: “If you didn’t get 88, I would never have got 89.”

The third and final round of the PFT is the 2-mile run, where a minimum time of 15:54 is needed in order to pass. Yannick and Michael do this portion of the test together, and complete the run at the same time, with another perfect score: Yannick has a time of 10:53, while Michael finishes one or two seconds ahead of him.

“At the beginning it felt easy to run that hard,” says Michael. “Then I felt it… especially after those situps.”

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Watch These Calisthenics Athletes Try the U.S. Army Fitness Test

Inspired by fellow YouTuber Stan Browney’s recent attempt, Yannick and Michael from the Calisthenics Family channel threw themselves into the U.S. Army physical fitness test (PFT) for their latest challenge video. The PFT, which assesses whether a candidate’s functional fitness is sufficient to start basic training, consists of 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of situps, and a 2-mile (3.2 km) run.

Given that bodyweight exercises fall very much in these guys’ wheelhouse, Yannick and Michael aren’t too concerned about the first few rounds of the test. They start off with the pushups, where a minimum of 42 reps is required in the allotted 2 minutes for a passing score. Each repetition must be completed with correct form: hands at shoulder width, and a 90-degree elbow angle at the lower end of the movement.

Yannick goes first and nails a perfect score with 76 pushups in 2 minutes, while Michael also gets full points, with one less rep at 75.

Following a 15-minute recovery period, they take on the next round: situps. The required form here involves a 90-degree knee angle, with somebody holding their feet, and they have to both touch the ground with their upper back and come all the way up for a rep to count. 50 reps are needed to pass, while 80 or above constitute a perfect score.

Yannick completes 88 reps (a perfect score) before collapsing back onto the mat, out of breath. “You’re making it tough for me now,” says Michael, who is up next and determines to do even better. This time, he narrowly beats Yannick, and wins with 89 reps. “I’m feeling kind of dizzy, man,” he says, telling Michael: “If you didn’t get 88, I would never have got 89.”

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The third and final round of the PFT is the 2-mile run, where a minimum time of 15:54 is needed in order to pass. Yannick and Michael do this portion of the test together, and complete the run at the same time, with another perfect score: Yannick has a time of 10:53, while Michael finishes one or two seconds ahead of him.

“At the beginning it felt easy to run that hard,” says Michael. “Then I felt it… especially after those situps.”

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Sidra Medicine ‘test’ to aid the call for immunity passports

Scientists at Qatar Foundation’s Sidra Medicine are working on developing a better antibody test that provides more detailed information than existing commercial assays for Covid-19 antibodies.

This is expected to make life easier during the pandemic times by identifying and certifying people who have developed immunity to the virus, making them safer candidates for travel and work.
“Immunity passports” is a huge area of interest for governments and researchers alike .The idea is that someone who has already recovered from Covid-19 develops antibodies to the virus that will remain in their body for at least a few months. This means they are much less likely to be re-infected and develop symptoms from the virus, making them safer candidates for travel and work.
However, the use of immunity passports has been hampered partly by inaccurate testing. A false positive antibody test in a person who is not immune may lead that individual to believe that they are immune and engage in high-risk activities that may lead to a true infection. A false negative antibody test may cause an individual, who is already immune, to be unnecessarily re-screened for the virus for travel or work-related purposes.
The test that scientists at Sidra Medicine are working looks at multiple types of antibodies against the different protein components of the Covid-19 virus, as well as against the other common human coronaviruses.
The test is also high-throughput and, because it has been developed locally, less expensive than all commercially available tests. The preliminary results show that the test developed by Sidra Medicine is much more accurate than the currently available antibody tests and provides more detailed information about each person’s immune response.
But does this mean that those who test positive for antibodies against other coronaviruses could also be immune to Covid-19? Or potentially face milder symptoms or be asymptomatic? “That’s the million-dollar question,” says Dr Jean-Charles Grivel, director at the Deep Phenotyping Core at Sidra Medicine whose team is working on the new serology assay.
“There are seven human coronaviruses. Our assay measures reactivity against all of them, unlike most commercial assays. We are working with other entities in Qatar to figure out if antibodies to other coronaviruses impacts immunity and how it affects the clinical trajectory of infected patients.”
Dr Grivel’s team at the Deep Phenotyping Core consists of Igor Pavlovski and Selma Maacha who have been instrumental in conducting the research for Sidra Medicine’s serological tests.
Dr Patrick Tang, division chief, Pathology Sciences at Sidra Medicine said that if this test can be applied to a larger population, it would definitely improve the accuracy of the results.
“Commercially available serology tests have an accuracy rate of about 85 to 90%. If we had a more accurate serology test, we have a greater degree of assurance about who is immune and not likely to become symptomatic if exposed to the virus again. This would mean that these people would be safe for customer-facing duties, or to travel or participate in public gatherings and

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Watch a ‘Skinny American’ Take on the Russian Army Fitness Test

YouTuber Brandon William tries a lot of fitness challenges which involve plenty of repetition over a month-long period, like doing 100 pullups every day, or practicing the One Punch Man workout. In his latest video, Brandon takes on a one-off physical challenge that is so intense it leaves him gasping for breath: the Russian Army fitness test.

This fitness test is no joke, comprising:

  • 3,000 meter run
  • 100 meter sprint
  • 10 x 10 suicides
  • pullups
  • dips
  • leg raises
  • pushups
  • bodyweight bench press
  • an actual fight

    Brandon opts out of the fighting portion of the challenge, but throws himself fully into all of the other rounds, starting with the 3,000-meter run. He’s allotted 12 minutes to complete the run, with 11 minutes generally deemed a “gold” score. “Personally I’m not a fan of running, I literally never run, so I’m not expecting the fastest to be honest,” he says. He ends up taking more than 15 minutes to run 3,000 meters, which means this first round is a total fail. “That was horrible, that was awful,” he says.

    Next up is the 100-meter sprint, where the maximum permitted time is 13 seconds. Brandon fares better this time around, but still narrowly misses a passing score, finishing his run in 14 seconds. On a second attempt, he infinitesimally improves, with a time of 13:97. “These Russians are fast,” he says.

    But the running drills aren’t over; he still has to take on the 10 x 10 suicides. He gets his first passing score here, completing all 10 in 23 seconds, which counts as a “great” time.

    Moving onto the bodyweight exercises, Brandon is a lot more confident, as this is where he feels a lot more comfortable. In the pullup round, a passing score is 20 reps, while a gold score is 28. He comfortably passes this round with 23 pullups.

    For the dips, a minimum of 30 reps is needed to pass: “This is going to be tough,” he says. Sadly, this is another fail, as Brandon only manages 23 reps before maxing out. Next up are the full leg raises, where he achieves a minimal passing score of 12 reps. “It doesn’t even hurt my core, it hurts my lats more than anything,” he says.

    In the pushup test, Brandon needs 60 reps just to pass, whereas a gold score would be 75. “That’s a lot, especially after all the pullups, running, the leg raises,” he says. To his delight, he cranks out 77 reps, smashing this round.

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    The final test requires him to bench press his bodyweight for a minimum of 10 reps. “I weigh 145 pounds, and I haven’t benched in the longest time, since I normally only do bodyweight workouts,” he says. “I don’t know if I’m going to pass this one.”

    Brandon is ultimately able

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    Watch a ‘Skinny American’ Get Destroyed by the Russian Army Fitness Test



    a person standing in front of a fence: For his latest fitness challenge, YouTuber Brandon William attempted the Russian Army's physical fitness test without any training and documented the process.


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    YouTuber Brandon William tries a lot of fitness challenges which involve plenty of repetition over a month-long period, like doing 100 pullups every day, or practicing the One Punch Man workout. In his latest video, Brandon takes on a one-off physical challenge that is so intense it leaves him gasping for breath: the Russian Army fitness test.

    This fitness test is no joke, comprising:

    • 3,000 meter run
    • 100 meter sprint
    • 10 x 10 suicides
    • pullups
    • dips
    • leg raises
    • pushups
    • bodyweight bench press
    • an actual fight

    Brandon opts out of the fighting portion of the challenge, but throws himself fully into all of the other rounds, starting with the 3,000-meter run. He’s allotted 12 minutes to complete the run, with 11 minutes generally deemed a “gold” score. “Personally I’m not a fan of running, I literally never run, so I’m not expecting the fastest to be honest,” he says. He ends up taking more than 15 minutes to run 3,000 meters, which means this first round is a total fail. “That was horrible, that was awful,” he says.



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    Next up is the 100-meter sprint, where the maximum permitted time is 13 seconds. Brandon fares better this time around, but still narrowly misses a passing score, finishing his run in 14 seconds. On a second attempt, he infinitesimally improves, with a time of 13:97. “These Russians are fast,” he says.

    But the running drills aren’t over; he still has to take on the 10 x 10 suicides. He gets his first passing score here, completing all 10 in 23 seconds, which counts as a “great” time.

    Moving onto the bodyweight exercises, Brandon is a lot more confident, as this is where he feels a lot more comfortable. In the pullup round, a passing score is 20 reps, while a gold score is 28. He comfortably passes this round with 23 pullups.

    For the dips, a minimum of 30 reps is needed to pass: “This is going to be tough,” he says. Sadly, this is another fail, as Brandon only manages 23 reps before maxing out. Next up are the full leg raises, where he achieves a minimal passing score of 12 reps. “It doesn’t even hurt my core, it hurts my lats more than anything,” he says.

    In the pushup test, Brandon needs 60 reps just to pass, whereas a gold score would be 75. “That’s a lot, especially after all the pullups, running, the leg raises,” he says. To his delight, he cranks out 77 reps, smashing this round.

    The final test requires him to bench press his bodyweight for a minimum of 10 reps. “I weigh 145 pounds, and I haven’t benched in the longest time, since I normally only do bodyweight workouts,” he says. “I don’t know if I’m going

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    Nasir fails fitness test on second day

    Nasir was among the 33 cricketers who underwent the beep test on the second day, and disappointed along with another out-of-favor national player Gazi

    Bangladesh discard Nasir Hossain succumbed to another low by failing a fitness test Tuesday on the second day of the fitness tests being carried out by Bangladesh Cricket Board on the cricketers outside the national side, High Performance Unit and U-19 team.

    The 28-year old Nasir failed the fitness test last season before the National Cricket League and only obtained 8.5 in the beep test, well short of the minimum 11.

    Nasir was among the 33 cricketers who underwent the beep test on the second day, and disappointed along with another out-of-favor national player Sohag Gazi.

    Experienced cricketers like Abdur Razzak, Enamul Haque Jr, Shahriar Nafees and Mohammad Ashraful all passed the fitness test ahead of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, scheduled for later this month.

    Shakib had reached the SBNS premises for the fitness test of the cricketers, being carried by Bangladesh Cricket Board for the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Tournament 2020

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    The players’ draft will be held tomorrow ahead of which the chief of the national selection panel Minhajul Abedin informed that only those who pass the fitness test will be allowed to play the T20 tournament, the fixtures of which are yet to be finalized.

    BCB is also mulling allowing spectators at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium during the T20 competition as they are currently in talks with government authorities.

    Meanwhile, all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will begin his road to competitive cricket return by appearing in the fitness test Wednesday.

    Following the expiration of his one-year ICC ban on October 29, Shakib returned to the home of cricket in Mirpur Monday on the first day of the fitness eight where eight cricketers failed the beep test out of a total of 73.

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    L7 Informatics Automates Lab Operations and Supports Washington University School of Medicine with Workflow for Its Saliva-based COVID-19 Test

    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — L7 Informatics announced that it has deployed L7|ESP to automate all lab operations starting with COVID-related workflow at the Genome Technology Access Center ([email protected]) in the McDonnell Genome Institute at the Washington University School of Medicine. The COVID-related workflow supports the new saliva test, developed by Washington University researchers, that is used to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

    L7 Informatics, provides software and services that enable synchronized solutions for scientific research and development. L7’s Enterprise Science Platform (ESP) is a scientific information management (SIM) solution that enables crop science companies to connect wet lab, greenhouses, sequencing and analytical processes with instruments and software systems to accelerate research and drive organizational efficiency. (PRNewsfoto/L7 Informatics, Inc.)

    L7|ESP is CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) compliant and enables diagnostic organizations to use a single platform for registering and processing samples, running complex analyses, generating reports, and provides complete end-to-end assay automation. L7|ESP is designed to increase reproducibility and efficiency while decreasing errors and turnaround time.

    According to L7 Informatics President and CEO, Vasu Rangadass, Ph.D., “L7|ESP will enable the COVID-related workflow at Washington University’s McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) to scale to 10,000 samples per week if need be, and this ability to scale-up could help support the number of tests that can be conducted.”

    L7 carried out the content implementation at GTAC in four releases. The main tasks performed as part of this project include Sample Accessioning, Saliva Processing, RT/STA, Prepare and Load IFC Plate, Analysis/ Reporting, Inventory App, Protocols/workflows/workflow chain configs, and Locations App.

    Richard Head, a professor of genetics and director of the Genome Technology Access Center at the McDonnell Genome Institute, added, “This is a COVID-19 test process that can be used at scale, and it is essential that test results are reproducible and samples can be processed efficiently. We have used L7’s ESP technology to help us reach that goal.” 

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    The L7 mission is to revolutionize the scientific process by streamlining process and data management and thereby accelerate precision health across life sciences, healthcare, and food value-chains. L7 Informatics provides software and services that enable synchronized solutions for scientific research and development. For more information, visit www.L7informatics.com.

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    Guard who failed fitness test sues Cook County sheriff

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former jail guard has filed a federal lawsuit against the Cook County sheriff for allegedly dismissing her bid to become a courthouse deputy because she failed a fitness test.

    Denise Hobbs, 59, claimed the test is discriminatory based on age, sex and race and the sheriff has required it even after an administrative judge ruled otherwise, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Hobbs twice failed the test in 2019. She said she was told to go back to work at the jail but then retired soon after.

    She was among 25 people taking part in the training academy for courthouse deputies. Six were rejected, including Hobbs and three other Black women, one Black man and a white man, according to the lawsuit.

    The lawsuit claims the test was biased because it doesn’t correspond with a courthouse deputy’s duties and the standards were the same for all despite lower average abilities of older people and women.

    Hobbs seeks unspecified damages and a court order blocking the sheriff from using the test.

    The test, which was administered between 2014 and 2019, was agreed to by the union representing courthouse deputies

    Matthew Walberg, a spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, said that the test was eliminated in 2019 “for reasons unrelated to the merits of the test.”

    He said the guards who failed, including Hobbs, threatened a lawsuit and were offered courthouse jobs and Hobbs declined.

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