Chandrababu Naidu, Amit Shah discuss alliance status

first_imgThe status of the Telugu Desam Party-BJP alliance came up for discussion between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and BJP national president Amit Shah at a meeting over lunch hosted by the Cheif Minister at his residence in Vijayawada on Thursday.Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu and Suresh Prabhu, BJP’s State president K. Haribabu and Narsapuram MP Gokaraju Gangaraju took part in the deliberations.The TDP was represented by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y.S. Chowdary, State Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj N. Lokesh and TDP State president K. Kala Venkat Rao.The two sides also reportedly dwelt on important issues such as the likely impact of the denial of Special Category Status (SCS) to A.P. and development of the State.The speculation that YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s support to the National Democratic Alliance’s presidential nominee and his meeting with the Prime Minister was also learnt to have come up during the discussions.last_img read more

Ajit Singh campaigns to ‘bury’ BJP in Muzaffarnagar

first_img“Do you recognise me? I fought nine parliamentary elections, with both wins and losses. But why have I come to Muzaffarnagar to contest election, you tell me?”The question is directed at an audience of men and boys gathered around a Ravidas temple, a place of worship for Dalits, in Ladwa, a village in western Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district.There are Dalits, Muslims, Jats, and OBC communities like Kashyaps/Dheevar in the audience, most of whom are seated on neatly arranged red plastic chairs or standing in clusters.Their eyes are locked at the makeshift stage, dressed in banners of three parties — Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal — where a bespectacled man wearing a white kurta-pyjama is standing holding the microphone. “I have come to Muzaffarnagar because you are responsible for bringing the BJP to power. You fought with each other and destroyed the bhaichara [brotherhood]. As a result of that you have to bear Modi today,” he says.New challengeNow 80, RLD chief Ajit Singh has had many ups and downs in his political career, but facing a steep downward curve since 2013, perhaps the stakes have never been higher for his party as they are in the 2019 election. Moving out from his traditional seat of Baghpat, Mr. Singh has played a gamble by deciding to contest from Muzaffarnagar, a constituency which was marred by communal violence in 2013, triggering a communal polarisation which eventually helped the BJP sweep the State. While he has an uphill task to overturn the deficit from 2014, when the BJP’s Sanjeev Balyan secured a massive 6.53 lakh votes (58.98%), his fight is bolstered by the support of the SP and the BSP. Mr. Singh is going from village to village addressing nukkad sabhas to connect with his new electorate in the sugar belt.“You want to bear Modi for five more years,” he asks the crowd at Ladwa. Some of them reply: “No, not any more.” Mr. Singh then says: “Maintain your bhaichara, and Modi will disappear. You did that in Kairana, didn’t the BJP lose?”The 2013 communal violence demolished the RLD’s carefully stitched decades old Jat-Muslim coalition. The results were clear in 2014; Mr. Singh himself stood a humiliating third from his bastion Baghpat.The Hindu followed Mr. Singh through his nukkad sabhas and found most of his attacks targeted at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, backed by his desire to restore the RLD’s lost social coalition. “Just defeating Modi won’t do. You will have to bury him. You will have to uproot him,” he tells the crowd, his fist smacking the air passionately.The audience bursts into claps and shouts of “Chaudhary Ajit Singh zindabad” resonating in the open venue. “Modi, your achhe din are gone, our achhe din are coming,” he declares.The Jat leader also uses witty one-liners to mock Mr. Modi on his persona and track-record, evoking laughter from the rural audience. “Bhaiya, if he [Mr. Modi] goes to Sri Lanka, he would return and say, I killed Ravan.” Another one-liner which generates a louder response from the audience is: “People say Modi lies a lot. He doesn’t lie, he just never speaks the truth.” Local supportAfter the sabha is over, Mr. Singh moves into his SUV and is quickly escorted away to a local supporter’s house where fruits have been laid out for his welcome. Saying no to hospitality is not an option in this part of western Uttar Pradesh, even though Mr. Singh is an hour behind schedule. After a quick interval, the cavalcade drives past sugarcane and wheat fields and reaches the house of a prominent RLD old-timer, a farmer, to pacify him. To secure his win, Mr. Singh would require to revive support of all such disgruntled loyalists and the farmer, despite not being in the best of health, is convinced to address a nukkad sabha for Mr. Singh at the next location, Titavi. Along the way, drum beats, shower of flowers and handshakes welcome the Jat veteran.At Titavi, Mr. Singh once again presses for communal unity among his core constituencies. He also explains to people the economic downfall caused by the riots and how the local steel rod factories are still shut. “I want to bring Muzaffarnagar back to the same position where it was before the riots,” he says.With the SP and BSP in alliance with the RLD, Mr. Singh has ensured consolidation of the Jatavs and Muslims, with the latter itself making up for 41% of the district population. That the combined vote of the SP, BSP and RLD in each of the five Assembly segments of Muzaffarnagar in 2017 polls had crossed 50% also presents a hope for him.However, to ensure a victory and galvanise his party, he faces the challenge of reviving his appeal among the Jats, a section of whom are still inclined towards Mr. Modi and Mr. Balyan, who himself is a local Jat. To woo them, Mr. Singh focuses on issue of cane dues, menace of stray cattle and joblessness, and accuses the BJP of trying to divide the country in the name of the Army, which also recruits from the Jat community. Farmers’ woesThe RLD chief strikes a chord with Virendra Singh, a Jat farmer listening patiently in the crowd. Virendra complains that the rate of milk and cattle have fallen under the BJP rule. Another Jat, Rajendra Singh, hits out at Mr. Modi over the unemployment issue, while farmer Soraj Singh, a traditional RLD voter, regrets voting for the BJP in 2014 due to the riots. “All they did was increase the power tariff. Even if the BJP fields a Jat, we will vote for Chaudhary ji. We won’t just vote, we will make him win,” says Soraj.Raj Kumar, a Jatav, also speaks against the BJP. “We are fed up of BJP. I lost ₹80,000 during demonetisation.” A few kilometres away in Kutba village, the opinion is, however, split, with many Jats still supporting Mr. Modi and happy to see the back of the previous Muslim MPs from Muzaffarnagar. Current MP Sanjeev Balyan hails from Kutba, which along with its adjoining village Kutbi, witnessed eight deaths during the 2013 violence. While young Akshay Kumar praises the sitting MP for building metalled roads, widening the canal track and setting up solar panels, Randheer Singh, a farmer, is happy with the ₹2,000 he received under the PM KISAN scheme. They also praise the Balakot air strikes, with one local comparing Mr. Modi to a patriotic king. As the conversation shifts to the battle between the RLD and the BJP and economic issues, divisions emerge, a sharp contrast from 2013 when Jats rallied heavily behind the BJP amid communal polarisation.Pushpendra Kumar, a farmer, praises the air strike, but is tilted towards the RLD and regrets voting for the BJP in 2014. He is aggrieved by stray cows which are eating his wheat crop and forcing him to spend money on fencing his 23-bigha field. “Ajit Singh is more sympathetic towards the farmers,” says Pushpendra, blaming Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for “letting loose the cows.Parveen Balyan, who works at a local sugar mill, compares the alliance partners to “thieves” ganging up against Mr. Modi. He also questions Mr. Singh for choosing Muzaffarnagar instead of Baghpat. “For 20 years he was a Minister and an MP but what work did he do?” asks Parveen. But he believes that Mr. Singh will give a tough fight this time, and predicts a low victory margin of 20,000 votes for the BJP.Like a section of Jats, OBC groups like Kashyaps, Dheevars and Julahas, and upper castes are also tilted towards the BJP. “We don’t care about the candidate, we want BJP,” says Sonu, a Julaha, in Dhindhawali village. His namesake, Sonu, a Rohilla Rajput, admits Mr. Singh has the arithmetic to back up a strong fight but still expects the BJP to win. “All I want is a strong government, a BJP government,” he says.last_img read more

Protests in J&K continue over rape

first_imgProtests continued in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday over the rape of a three-year-old girl in Bandipora district, the officials said. The State police has constituted a special investigation team to probe the case and one person has been arrested. Even as the authorities closed several educational institutions in the valley, students took out protest rallies against the rape of the minor girl in Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district last week, the officials said. They said protests erupted at Women’s College at Maulana Azad Road here as the students came out of their classes and assembled in the campus. The students demanded stern action against the accused, the officials said, adding that later the protesters marched towards the Press Enclave here. Protests rocked Kashmir University in Hazratbal area of the city where students of different departments under the banner of Kashmir University Students Union assembled inside the campus to register their protest, the officials said.last_img read more

India secrets: Himachal Pradesh

first_imgSpars lodgeThis charming lodge on Museum Road is not just a great place to stay, but also has a small but terrific restaurant. Even if you don’t stay here, visit the restaurant for fantastic smoked chicken and trout as well as the local food. If you’re happy being a little away from it all, spending leisurely hours on the terrace enjoying the view, then you probably this is the place for you. Museum Road, Chaura Maidan; Tel: (0177) 265 7908Pappi da DhabaAs you drive beyond St Bede’s College on Cart Road, you will see a bunch of students waiting to get inside a small roadside dhaba. This is Pappi da Dhaba, where the aroma of delicious aloo paranthas will make you drool. The place is also famous for its fantastic cold coffee and keema paranthas, but if you are in the mood for something really different then go for chowmein samosa that is stuffed with noodles instead of the usual potato filling. If you go by the word of students, this dhaba serves the best breakfast in town. Cart Road, SanjauliSanjiv’s aira holme The charming cottage was built in 1920 as a billiards room and guesthouse in a sprawling estate called Morefield Grange. It is now the residence of Sanjiv and her artist husband, Birendra Singh, better known as Billy. Their home is full of oil paintings that Billy did in his early days. They have extended the cottage with locally available material such as wood and stone, and offer a couple of rooms for a homestay. Wooden flooring, fireplaces, large windows and balconies which overlook a garden filled with flowers and foliage and a green valley all add up to a very tranquil, restful stay in Shimla. There is no television in the rooms and the home is a no-smoking area, but no one’s complaining. Tel: 274 9374Hike to catchment sanctuaryClose to Kufri and around 12 km from Shimla, lies the catchment sanctuary. To hike in this area, go down to the Seyog Forest Rest House, in the middle of this silent forest and follow the trail. This is a fantastic place for birdwatching. You can also see pugmarks of various animals and on a lucky day might spot a few deer. It’s a pretty area with nine streams flowing. There is one rest house inside, and three outside the sanctuary. 12 km from ShimlaDimsums at Krishna bakersIt should not come as any surprise that this bakery makes amazing cookies, and the cakes and pastries are equally delicious. However, what many don’t know is that Krishna Bakers also makes the best dimsums in town. They are as good as the ones you will get at a Tibetan joint, and come along with chicken soup. Another unique product of this bakery is the sticky toffee. If you are looking for a quick snack, stop by and you will be happy with whatever you choose to eat. 4, The Mall; Tel: 280 6991Shali tibba hikeThe trek up to Shali Tibba, the highest peak in the vicinity of Shimla, is a lovely trail that winds its way through dense forests and beautiful meadows. You can go to Mashobra (13 km away) and then begin the climb, but this will be long and tiring. Those who prefer to trek a shorter distance (just five km), should go further up to Gultani. When you reach up, you’ll see a small Kali temple there, and views of the towering Himalayas around and the valley down below are absolutely stunning. If you want to spend a night, there is a guesthouse at Khatnol, the nearest village to Shali Tibba. But the trek is worth the effort for the views are spectacular. The hike begins from Mashobra, 13 km awayKalyani helipad Chharabra, a small village 13 km beyond Shimla, is home to the Kalyani helipad located on atop a hill. The helipad gives one the feeling of being on top of the world and the views of the mountains and the valley covered with thick pine forests are absolutely stunning. It is the perfect place to watch the sun go home. There are many trails going down to the valley if you want to explore this beautiful area. 13 km from ShimlaDargah Shareef Getting to this dargah that is visited by people of all religions and all walks of life is certainly not an easy task. You will have to go down 100 steps to get here. It comes alive on Thursdays when scores of people come here to offer prayers. More than 90 years old, it one of the most peaceful places to visit in this lovely hillstation. Ghora Chowki, close to Sankat Mochan templeTaka benchTaka Bench is located just above The Ridge. Locals visit this place whenever they want to apply mehndi or have their fill of lip smacking chaat and golgappas. As you climb up from The Ridge towards Jakhu temple you come across a few artistes, who are adept at intricate henna designs. Their charges are very reasonable. The chaat and golgappas sold by hawkers are delicious. Combine all this with the brilliant view of the Himalayas you get from the Taka Bench, and this becomes a place well worth a dekko. 3 km from the RidgeadvertisementadvertisementShimla: Tarun GuptaRaised in this charming hillstation, avid reader and travel enthusiast, Tarun, is convinced that there is no better place in the world. Tarun’s professional role as a strategy consultant keeps him in Gurgaon, though he yearns to return to Shimla and open his own B&B.Outside Shimla: Adventure sportsThe mountains of Himachal offer a number of adventure sports–from heli skiing, rafting, rappelling to rock climbing. Spend between five and seven days on an expedition of approximately 100 km, which combines river running and driving along Spiti and Pin rivers. You’ll go through some of the most sparsely populated parts of India. The rapids range from Class II to Class III, making this a trip everybody can undertake, while the minimum altitude of 3,000m adds an interesting twist. The route starts from the Paldhar Plains and runs to Rangrik (river), Langza (drive), Attargo Bridge (river), Mikkim (drive), Gulling to Poh (river), Tabo (river) and Sumdo (river). From here, drive along the old Hindustan-Tibet road to Shimla. At Manali, you can go heli skiing. A chopper transports you to the top of a peak making it convenient to ski down some of the finest slopes in the country. The choices lie in Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass and Chandrakhani Pass. A key feature at Manali is the compact heli skiing area and all it requires is a flight time of around ten minutes to carry skiers to the top of peaks that are as high as 14,000 ft. From there it’s a thrilling ride down the slopes, their smooth ridges promising an adrenaline boost for the skier. There is opportunity for beginners too with gentler gradient slopes. The best time to go for rafting is from April to September                                                                          Must do: Himachal PradeshStay: Nalagarh Heritage ResortThis splendid Mughal-style fort has been built on five different levels with terraces and stairways connecting the entire structure. Surrounded by 20 acres of orchard and forest, it offers sweeping views of the Shivaliks. With its large spacious suites–some even have private balconies–Nalagarh makes a great romantic hideaway. Tel: (01795) 223 179; Eat: German Bakery, Old ManaliManali is second only to Dharamshala when it comes to foreign tourists and this probably explains the immense popularity of the German Bakery located on Mission Road. One of the best places for a breakfast, it is known for such baked goodies as cakes, cookies, muffins and doughnuts. Shop: Kangra paintingsIf you’re artistically inclined, you might like to pick up some Kangra and Basholi miniatures from the Bhuri Singh Museum in Chamba and the Kangra Art Museum in Lower Dharamshala.See: Pragpur VillagePragpur holds the unique distinction of being India’s first certified heritage village. Everything in this charming Himachali village is as it was over 300 years ago: the cobbled streets, slate roofs, mud-plastered walls, ornamental tanks, carved doorways and even the quaint little shops. Walk around the village, shop for shawls, enjoy a sumptuous meal at Judge’s Court, or just laze in the winter sun–it’s the perfect weekend break for city dwellers.advertisementlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India pull out of paragliding event

first_imgIndia and Philippines have pulled out of the paragliding event at the Asian Games 2018, leaving the competition between just 18 countries. The Asian Games will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.The paragliding event at the Asian Games will begin on August 20 with the men’s and women’s Individual Accuracy discipline. The 18 countries participating in the event are: Afghanistan, China, Kuwait, Indonesia, Hong Kong China, IR Iran, Japan, Korea (KOR), Malaysia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Qatar, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Public relations officer of the Indonesian Aero Sport Federation (FASI) Tagor Siagoan said that India and Philippines withdrew after their participation was disapproved by their respective Olympic Association.Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has time and again said that they are concentrating only on events where they have a chance of winning medals.”India and the Philippines have quit Asiad paragliding because their participation had been disapproved by their respective Olympic councils,” Siagoan said to the Asian Games official website.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGETagor said that he was informed of India’s withdrawal by an Indian paragliding pilot, named Vijai Soni, last Saturday (August 11).”According to Vijai Soni, it is not about funding, but more on doubts about whether [the athletes] could bring home a gold medal,” Tagor said.Tagor further said that Vijai Soni did express his disappointment over not being able to participate in the Asian Games despite them having a chance in the cross-country category.advertisement”Vijai Soni said India actually had quite an opportunity in the cross-country category as good as Nepal,” he said.INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL SQUADTagor mentioned that Soni sent a message for athletes who will be competing in the cross-country category asking them not to give up easily on giants, such as Korea and Japan.”The deciding factor is in the sky, not on paper,” Tagor quoted Soni.INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: DISCIPLINESVijai Soni was one among the five male pilots who had planned to participate in the Asian Games 2018. The entire Indian team had been focusing on national training since March.Paragliding has two categories — landing accuracy and cross-country — with six gold medals on offer for men’s, women’s and team events.last_img read more

Committee of Administrators to meet Mithali, Harmanpreet after World T20 controversy

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) is likely to hold a meeting with Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and senior-most player Mithali Raj after the latter’s controversial exclusive from the Women’s World T20 semi-final vs England. The matter that was not well received by fans on social media completely blew out of proportion after Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta made unsavoury against Harmanpreet.India’s campaign at the Women’s World T20 came to a distasteful end as England strolled past them by eight wickets into the final against Australia. Australia, on Sunday, thrashed England by eight wickets to lift their fourth World T20 title.Mithali Raj might give her point of view in writing to BCCI GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karin, who is also in charge of women’s cricket, according to a top BCCI official.A senior BCCI official said on condition of anonymity, “It is understood that a meeting will be held soon here and CoA is likely to speak separately to Harmanpreet, Mithali, Ramesh (coach Ramesh Powar), manager Trupti Bhattacharya and tour selector Sudha Shah to understand what led to Mithali’s omission.”Also read – Women’s World T20: Mithali’s exclusion raises questions after India’s semi-final lossCoA chief Vinod Rai was also unhappy with the players’s agents making public comments about team selection.”The comments made by people who appear to be associated with the Indian women’s team have been viewed with concern. Such statements made in the media are totally uncalled for,” Rai told news agency PTI on Sunday.advertisementHis comment came after Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta labelled Harmanpreet as “manipulative, lying, cheat” on Twitter. She also tweeted there was politics behind Mithali’s omission even as her account ‘@annishasays’ was deleted later.Even Mithali’s personal coach came out and said that Mithali was “terribly disappointed” with being axed from the playing XI in the semi-final.”The BCCI has a hierarchy of officials specifically dedicated to the redressal of genuine grievances of players,” said Rai.”This is the appropriate mechanism that should be utilised. Issues that have been the cause for the performance of the Indian women’s team will be appropriately addressed.”However, he urged people associated with the women’s team to maintain restraint.”All players, the team management and persons associated with them must maintain decorum and follow the proper protocol,” Rai further said.It is learnt that issues like alleged bias in team selection will be looked into, considering that strained relations between Harmanpreet and Mithali is an open secret in the Indian cricket fraternity.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

Glenn Spencer Does Hot Yoga

first_imgOther than this incredible Mason Rudolph headline, “Glenn Spencer Does Hot Yoga” would definitely rank in my top 25 of my all-time favorite PFB headlines.Apparently, Glenn Spencer and some of his defensive stars are taking the offseason very seriously by hitting some hot yoga to workout. Here’s a picture from Jeannine Edwards, Glenn’s wife, of Glenn hitting hot yoga with Tre Flowers, Jordan Sterns, and Josh Mabin looking completely exhausted.You know you probably had a tough yoga session when you’ve spent the entire offseason with Rob Glass, and STILL look like this. Tre Flowers, Jordan Sterns & Josh Mabin lookin just as spent as their coach Glenn Spencer!! #HotYoga @CowboyFB— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) June 22, 2016And another of the group hitting the chaturanga pose, which admittedly I had to google to understand.Hard work + Effort +Great Attitude = Results #Winners #CowboyChaturanga @RedEarthYoga09— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) June 22, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton soars in Singapore but Sergio Pérez plumbs the depths

first_imgFerrari found wantingA weekend that had begun with such optimism for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari ended with the team and driver bearing the demeanour of the defeated. They should have done better. Vettel had hit the wall in FP2, ending his session. He insisted it made no difference to his preparation but crucially second practice was the only one run in exactly the same night conditions as qualifying. Lewis Hamilton pointedly noted that small events have ramifications and he was right. The race might have been different had Vettel been on pole but, forced to go aggressive, Ferrari’s strategy failed. The undercut did not work, he hit traffic and he was on the wrong tyre – losing second to Max Verstappen. The title looks as if it has gone and the Scuderia increasingly appear to need a comprehensive overhaul. Vettel can deliver but he needs the car and sharp minds on the pit wall that have been missing of late. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Hamilton takes the breath awayHamilton has put in some extraordinary performances to take the 40-point lead he now enjoys over Vettel. He has been open in his desire to improve his qualifying and he proved in the wet in Hungary and Belgium just how well it has gone. But nothing has quite demonstrated his mastery of the single lap as the run in Singapore. Mercedes had done well to improve their car’s performance on what was considered a bogey track for the team but nothing prepared them for where Hamilton took their machinery. Pete Bonnington, his race engineer, summed up the remarkable reaction in the garage as Hamilton pumped in a series of unprecedented sector times. “You were impressed by the silence,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of jumping. It was a lot of jaws hitting the floor, to see a gap like that.” The superlatives flowed deservedly and bear repeating – this was a driver on a different level altogether.Pérez makes for painful viewingForce India’s Esteban Ocon can be forgiven for questioning the slings and arrows as he contemplates what is looking almost certain to be a future out of F1 next season, while his teammate Sergio Pérez retains his drive. On the evidence of Singapore, a ride justified largely by the backing he brings. Pérez opened poorly, squeezing his teammate into the wall at turn three. The Mexican protested his innocence and the stewards deemed it a racing incident. The team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, however squarely blamed Pérez. “There wasn’t any room, Checo [Pérez] should have given him room and Checo had plenty of room,” he said. Worse followed as, frustrated at being held up by the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin, he swerved into the Russian between turns 17 and 18. He was given a drive through penalty but it could have been worse. As a showcase for the “pinnacle of motorsport” this was a pitiful display. Motor sport Lewis Hamilton ‘going from strength to strength’ after Singapore F1 win Formula One 2018 Share on Facebook Formula One Topics Sportblog Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Max has mighty meeting /sport/2017/may/15/the-recap-sign-up-for-the-best-of-the-guardians-sport-coverage Perhaps overshadowed by Hamilton’s superlative weekend, Max Verstappen put in a performance to remind everyone of just how good he can be when his judgment is spot on. He was suffering with engine mapping problems all weekend but drove an exceptional lap to take second on the grid, three-tenths up on Vettel. In the race he matched it. Vettel came at him off the start and, when the German made a superb move round the outside of turn seven on the opening lap, there was no clumsy defence. Verstappen gave him just enough room to make it and to Vettel’s credit he did. The Dutchman stayed focused, however, and pumped in the laps to ensure he was in front again after his pitstop. With track position he flew ahead and secured a fine second place. This was the performance that underlines his potential future world champion credentials and a world away from biffing Valtteri Bottas at Monza.New cars by dope demandF1’s sporting director, Ross Brawn, made the schoolboy error of showing the proposed designs for 2021’s new cars to a behind closed-doors seminar in Singapore, forgetting of course that the pictures would be captured on phones and posted all over social media soon after. The concepts were promptly expanded on to give the pictures some context, with Brawn emphasising the aim of allowing the cars to race. The designs he believed would enable cars to lose only 20% of downforce when in proximity to one another. One featured the 18-inch wheels that are part of the future tyre tender for F1. The front wings are simpler and the sidepods less complicated. More simply, they were also designed to look more exciting. Hamilton approved, suggesting if this is the future he may well race on past 2020. “This shit looks dope,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m definitely going to be driving if cars look like this.” Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn features Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

From League Two to the World Cup – Morsy’s amazing story

first_imgWorld Cup From League Two to the World Cup – the remarkable rise of Egypt star Morsy Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:49 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sam Morsy Egypt James Rodriguez Colombia Getty Images World Cup Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay Egypt Opinion The Wigan captain helped his team earn promotion to the Championship this year and his remarkable journey now takes in a World Cup with Egypt Last Friday, Wigan’s Sam Morsy took his place in the Egypt line-up opposite James Rodriguez, Colombia’s Champions League-winning midfielder in a pre-World Cup friendly in Bergamo.Four years ago, Rodriguez stood on the brink of becoming the most-talked about young player on the planet. His talents were already well known but his six goals at the 2014 tournament in Brazil were about to send him Galactic.That summer his exploits for the national team – including a remarkable swivel volley against Uruguay – earned him a transfer to Real Madrid from Monaco and set him on the path to superstardom. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Sam Morsy would have been feeling pretty chuffed that summer too; for he had just helped Chesterfield gain promotion from the fourth tier of English football to the third. He earned their player of the year honour into the bargain.As far as contrasts go, those are pretty dramatic. But, on Friday, Rodriguez and Morsy stood as equals. When, on Monday, the midfielder was named in Hector Cuper’s final 23 for Russia 2018, his remarkable journey took another turn. There are plenty of talented players in the Egypt squad – Morsy among them – but few who can give the team what he can from the centre of midfield. He is schooled in the hard-knocks of the British game and will boast a wildly different football upbringing than his national team colleagues.“I’m competing with some good players,” he tells Goal. “I’d like to see myself as a tenacious ball-winning midfielder but also I like to get on the ball, start attacks from deep. The system we play I’ve had success. It suits me down to the ground. I got the opportunity to show the manager what I can do.”Born in Wolverhampton to an English mother and Egyptian father, Morsy studied in the Wolves academy before being let go as a teenager. He would have to tumble back to the bottom of the pyramid – with Port Vale in League Two – in order to get back to the level he belonged.It’s fair to say that Morsy was an outside bet for international honours in either of his countries’ colours while negotiating his way through the bottom divisions of English football.But the football world has become a much smaller place as a result of technological innovations and through a professional scouting and analysis platform the Egyptian FA began their tracking of Morsy.In the summer of 2016 he answered the call from his father’s homeland, making his debut in a friendly that August against Guinea in Borg al Arab.Sam Morsy Egypt Wigan“They knew about me for a while,” he says. “They had been watching the games and watching my performances.“It’s very easy to access performances now. They were happy with me and since then I’ve been involved in many of the camps.”He had signed for Wigan from Chesterfield in January 2016 and the day after his international debut he was to join Barnsley on loan. Back to the grind.Morsy’s road to Russia may have a few more outposts on it than your average World Cup star but it is testament to his hard work, his tenacity and drive. Those are exactly the kind of characteristics that appealed to Cuper, Egypt’s Argentine head coach.And this year all that effort – and Morsy’s relentlessness – paid off.After suffering relegation from the Championship the season before, Wigan are back. They were promoted as champions of League One and Morsy inspired the team from midfield as captain.“The manager [Paul Cook] came in and he’s brought his own staff in and they have a set way of playing which suits the players,” says Morsy. “At times it was working like clockwork. It’s a really great team to be a part of and a great team spirit and that showed with the results on the pitch as well.“We’ve got a great team spirit and obviously we’ve got very good players and that coincided with winning the league as well and having a really good FA Cup run.”Wigan beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round although Morsy didn’t play that night. He was suspended for a 10th booking; not an uncommon occurrence for a player unafraid to put in a tackle.“The squad’s stronger this time around and I feel the manager is a lot better this time around,” he says. “With the new investment in the club, we’ll be giving it a real good go next season.”His caps total for Egypt might not have grown much in the two years or so since his debut – the 0-0 draw with Colombia made it four – but he has stayed in and around the national team picture.And his capacity for maintaining his place in the picture could not have been timed better. He could have played for Egypt any time over the past 28 years and not made a World Cup. Egypt have suffered; they have been miles off and there have been near misses. As they stacked up the Africa Cup of Nations titles, qualification to the World Cup stubbornly refused to bend to their will.But Morsy was there that night last October – just outside Alexandria – when Mohamed Salah secured Egypt’s place at the finals for the first time in a generation. It sparked jubilation; a once-in-a-lifetime moment that every single Egyptian wanted to be part of.Egypt celebrations Congo“All my Dad’s side of the family are still there,” says Morsy. “I’m regularly speaking to my cousins and my uncles about it.“In the lead up when we were a couple of games away and we were doing well they were telling me how much it meant. Qualifying is like winning the World Cup final. It’s been such a long time. We’ve had to wait so long and now it’s finally here.”Salah had scored the first goal against Congo in a game Egypt had to win to guarantee their passage to the draw in Moscow that December. When the visitors sprung an equaliser with four minutes to play, it would be easy to forgive Egypt for thinking that yet again destiny was against them. Out of the blue though Salah got his penalty and stroked it calmly home.When Congo drew level, Egypt were immediately worried about going away to Ghana and having to get a result. Instead the 2-1 victory took the pressure off and gave Morsy the opportunity to gain his first competitive experience on the field.“The manager made a lot of changes so it was a really respectable result and it was a good performance,” he says.“The weather was crazy, the humidity was crazy. It gave me a lot of confidence that the manager played me in this game.“It was a game I really enjoyed and hopefully getting my game I’m earning more of the manager’s trust.“That’s what it’s all about especially at international level with a large pool of players and the manager has to be able to trust you to do the job he wants you to do.”Morsy then has completed one of the most remarkable tales of any player at the World Cup. James Rodriguez doesn’t have Port Vale, Chesterfield and Barnsley on his CV; but Sam Morsy does and he can be proud of it. He’s just had the season of his life and, on the brink of the World Cup, the best is yet to come.“It’s been an amazing season,” he says. “It’s something which has been a long time coming. To be a part of that, to see that, to see what it means to the people of Egypt, and to the players, the staff, it’s been amazing.“We’re all looking forward to Russia now and will give a really good account of ourselves.”last_img read more

MAN Buys Cryo’s Marine Fuel Gas Supply Business

first_imgzoom Swedish marine propulsion producer MAN Diesel & Turbo Sverige AB acquired the marine fuel gas supply system (FGSS) business from compatriot Cryo AB, part of the Linde Engineering Division.MAN Group expects the buy to further enhance the company’s system scope offering in marine LNG propulsion.The new business will be integrated into the MAN’s four-stroke marine business.“Natural gas is rapidly gaining importance as a fuel for marine applications, which is why this acquisition is of major strategic relevance for us”, says Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel and Turbo SE.The transaction is scheduled to be closed in February 2016.last_img read more

It is not an achievement

first_imgMumbai: Actor Hrithik Roshan probably scores 10 on 10 in the looks department, and it seems like a US-based agency has also noticed it. The Kaabil actor, popular as ‘Greek God’ among his admirers, has been reportedly named the ‘Most Handsome Man in the World’ by the agency. He is thankful for the title, though it’s not really an achievement for him. The secret behind his good looks? “Well, it’s broccoli. Just kidding,” Hrithik said in an interview. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I’m thankful for this title although on the face of it, it’s not really an achievement. According to me, if there’s anything one should aspire for and value the most in this world, it’s their character. “A good character will always make you look more attractive,” he said in an interview with On the work front, he is also looking forward to the release of War, which will bring him and his fan and actor Tiger Shroff on the big screen together.last_img read more

The Elders Encourage Integrity And Transparency Across Zimbabwes Transition

first_imgThe Elders today encouraged all political actors in Zimbabwe to deliver integrity and transparency across the country’s transition, including a level playing field ahead of the upcoming elections.They reaffirmed how important it is that the electoral process and subsequent actions lead to a significant strengthening of civilian authority at all levels of the state.The concerns of civil society around rule of law, security and a fair process of electoral registration need to be heard before, during and after the elections to help ensure legitimacy.The Elders encouraged the Government of Zimbabwe to foster open dialogue with opposition representatives, civil society, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union, the United Nations and the wider international community.They called on the Government and all other stakeholders to promote greater transparency and accountability in the management of the economy. Sustained action is needed to eradicate fraud and corruption, and establish an inclusive approach to economic recovery and development.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former United Nations Secretary-General, said:“Zimbabwe is on the long road to recovery. The upcoming elections are an important first step on this path to democratic and civilian government, but they cannot be an end in themselves. Only a long-term process of national renewal will allow the country to reach its full potential.”Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders with Nelson Mandela, added:“The people of Zimbabwe have suffered for too long from autocratic rule, cronyism and economic mismanagement. These challenges can be overcome if the Government convenes free and fair elections and clamps down on corruption. The Elders affirm the people of Zimbabwe’s long-deferred dream for a better country, and stand with them in the months and years ahead.”last_img read more

More than 200 attend Chinese New Year performance

Jing Liu, a Nanjing University English major, sings and acts as master of ceremonies during Sunday’s performance.Brock celebrated the Chinese New Year with a 45-member visiting orchestra from Nanjing on Feb. 13.The Traditional Chinese Instruments’ Orchestra performed at the David S. Howes Theatre. The performance was sponsored by Hanban, which is the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. The event was also the first formal cultural event organized by Brock’s new Confucius Institute.The concert was attended by nearly 240 people who were entertained by traditional Chinese string, pipe, flute, wind and percussion instruments. The Do Re Mi Children’s Art Group of China also entertained the audience with interpretive dances and colourful costumes.Aiming Cheng, Dean of the Institute for International Students of Nanjing University, takes the stage with Greg Finn, Brock’s Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic.Related:• Brock names directors for its new Confucius Institute | The Brock News read more

UN envoy to Kosovo finds mixed progress on returns of Serbs

Søren Jessen-Petersen expressed dissatisfaction at the situation in Bica, where Kosovo Serb villagers are protected by barbed wire barricades and the 24-hour presence of peacekeeping troops. He pledged to work with the local community and municipal authorities to find more sustainable solutions to the current problems.”In Kosovo in October 2004, a Kosovo that is determined to move towards review of standards and status talks, there should and must be no places where people are forced to live behind barbed wires and protected by KFOR,” he stressed, referring to the multinational Kosovo Force.KFOR Commander Yves de Kermabon accompanied the UN envoy during the trip, which also took them to the village of Vidanje, where they found measurable progress Mr. Jessen-Petersen said the situation for Serbs there “is the way forward for Kosovo,” noting that local authorities are providing “all the necessary facilities that will allow the returnees and the community to integrate.”In the first phase of a project funded by the Kosovo Government and implemented by the Danish Refugee Council, 33 Serbs have returned to Vidanje to begin reconstructing their homes before bringing the rest of their family members back to the village. The €970,000 (euros) project involves reconstructing 25 homes, repairing infrastructure like the village’s water supply, and providing assistance to needy families in the community.KFOR Commander de Kermabon praised the progress in Vidanje and pledged that KFOR would work with UNMIK and the local representatives in Bica to restore trust between the people there.”The future of Kosovo is in this confidence, confidence between the inhabitants and confidence between the two ethnicities,” Gen. de Kermabon said. read more

Millions face hunger in West Africa urgent aid needed UN food agency

Millions of farmers and herders in West Africa are threatened with hunger due to last year’s drought and locust invasion, severe child malnutrition is reportedly on the rise and immediate aid is needed to prevent the crisis from deteriorating further, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.“The situation is getting worse in the affected areas and unless aid comes now, hundred of thousands of people will be suffering the consequences for years to come,” the chief of FAO’s Emergency Operations Service, Fernanda Guerrieri, said of the crisis which is especially acute in Mali, Mauritania and Niger.“Farmers and herders who have lost their livelihoods because of drought and the locust invasion are living in poverty with very limited access to food,” she added.Farmers need seeds and agricultural inputs immediately to ensure the October 2005 harvest. Herders depend on animal feed distributions and veterinary services to keep their weakened animals alive. FAO has appealed for $11.4 million for emergency projects in the region. Projects in some countries are already operational but more funds are urgently needed.According to recent estimates, the sub-Saharan Sahel region as a whole registered a grain surplus of 85,000 tons, but Niger and Chad suffered grain deficits of around 224,000 and 217,000 tons, respectively. An increase in food prices is fuelling the food crisis, especially in Mali, Mauritania and Niger, where millions of people are at risk of food shortages, the agency said. In Mauritania, FAO emergency projects are bringing assistance to hundreds of thousands of people.Fortunately, the locust situation is expected to remain relatively calm this summer in West Africa and, contrary to last year, swarms from North-west Africa are not likely to invade the region this year. Even so intensive survey operations should nevertheless be immediately launched in Mali, Niger and Chad and continue in Mauritania, FAO said in its latest locust update, also issued today.In the most affected areas in Mali, Mauritania and Niger, access to food staples is increasingly difficult and severe child malnutrition is reported to be on the rise. The scarcity of water and fodder is seriously affecting the health of the cattle, camels, sheep and goats that are the only source of food and income for nomadic communities. Competition for limited resources has sometimes resulted in local conflicts. read more

Ohio State mens soccer set to open Big Ten play at Northwestern

Binghamton junior forward Alex Varkatzas (9) slides into OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson (3) for the ball during an August 30. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 0-1. Photo Credit: Muyao Shen / Assist. Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is prepared to open Big Ten play in the third game of its four-game road trip at Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face the Northwestern Wildcats on Friday in Bridgeview, Illinois, at 8 p.m.OSU (1-3-0) is coming off a two-game weekend road trip in which it suffered losses against No.17 University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Navy.The Buckeyes outplayed their opponent in the first half of the game against UMBC, but the Retrievers fought back in the second half.OSU fought hard to try and sustain the momentum it had going to get a victory, but UMBC proved to be the better team at the end of the game with a 1-0 victory over the Scarlet and Gray.“Against UMBC, we definitely should have won,” junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell said. “I thought we had some chances and they had a few chances, but they put them away and that kind of was the difference.”The Buckeyes looked as if the first loss of the weekend had affected them mentally going into Sunday’s match against Navy. The Buckeyes struggled to compete with the Midshipmen, as they were shutout, 3-0.“I think maybe we were down from the tough loss Friday, and from the get-go, Navy gave a great effort and were all over us,” Buckeyes senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason said.Kidwell said that despite the two losses, the team will continue to work hard to get a win.“We have an extremely talented team, probably one of the most talented teams since I’ve been here,” Kidwell said. “We’ve just got to keep going and grinding it out.”Mason also said that the team is confident and will be fine as long as the players and coaches stick to everything they know.“We have all the pieces to win games and we have the philosophy so I think that as long as we stick to what we know and execute our game plans, we’ll be fine,” Mason said.  “It’s a confident bunch, it’s just a bit of a hardship, but we’ll bounce back.”CLASS actMason was announced as a candidate for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award on Thursday. To be eligible for the award, a student athlete must show achievements in the following four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.“It is truly an honor to be nominated for the Senior CLASS award,” Mason said in an online release from OSU. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a student athlete at Ohio State and extremely humbled to be considered for such a great honor.”A committee will select the top ten finalists from a list of 30 candidates in October. Those finalists will then be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote. One male and one female will be selected for the award and those winners will be announced at the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.Last season, former OSU goalkeeper Alex Ivanov won the award, joining linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2008 as the two Buckeyes to win for their respective sports.Looking aheadFollowing Friday’s action, the OSU men’s soccer team is scheduled to travel to Akron, Ohio, to face the Akron Zips on Sept. 16. read more

Stealing stuff in Skyrim can be highly amusing

first_imgUnless you’ve been living under a rock you won’t have missed the advertising and build-up to what could be the biggest game of the year: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.If you’ve played an Elder Scrolls game before then the pre-order was probably made several weeks or even months ago. If Skyrim is your first adventure in this RPG series, then it looks as though you are in for a real treat. Metacritic has the game averaging 96% on Xbox 360 and PC, and just a few points behind at 94% on PS3.Inevitably, the reviews are followed by gameplay videos from players who have already spent hours in the Skyrim world. The one included below is the most amusing we have seen so far, and shows you how to go about stealing unnoticed in the game.The rules are simple: if someone sees you steal an item, then they will call out and probably attack you too. So how do you steal from a store with a watchful owner at the counter? Due to Skyrim’s wealth of object interactions, this player realized he could pick up a couple of wooden buckets and place them on character’s heads. They can no longer see, so he doesn’t get called out. Very clever.To demonstrate that the buckets work, he then removes them and the owner and his daughter notice he has stuffed pockets full of stolen goods on a rewatch it turns out he steals something else to get their attention. A fight ensues which he swiftly wins.Skyrim was already on my list of must-buys, but after watching this I think it’s coming off my Christmas list and being added to an online cart later today.via thesixthaxislast_img read more

People are dying on waiting lists Harris urged to fix health service

first_img 28 Comments 8,554 Views People are dying on waiting lists. There are serious problems in our health service. We need to start making changes now.THE CHAIRPERSON OF the Oireachtas Committee of the Future of Healthcare, Róisín Shortall, has said now is the time to grasp change and tackle the problems within the health service.Minister for Health Simon Harris signalled to his Cabinet colleagues yesterday there is an issue surrounding the costs proposed in the committee’s report.After a period of 11 months and hundreds of submissions, the cross-party committee published a report with a long-term plan for reforming the health service in Ireland over a 10-year period.The report calls for additional funding of up to €700 million a year to solve issues such as overcrowding, hospital costs, and reducing waiting lists.However, the report has been criticised (even by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar) for being too costly. Independent TD Michael Harty withdrew support from the government during the vote for Taoiseach due to the lack of commitment to back the committee’s findings.Healthcare reformShortall told that she was very concerned to hear Harris is only willing to support elements of the report that are in line with government policy.“They just don’t get it if that is what government are thinking,” she said, adding that the reason behind the committee was to introduce new ideas, and to move away from policy that has failed to deliver for the Irish people to date.“The problem with the health service down the years is that it has been used as a political football. With every new minister came a new plan.”A government source indicated that the report did not face up to the “financial realities” and that while it would be welcome in an ideal world, certain aspects do not take into account other spending commitments.Shortall said the plan is to “invest now in order to save later”.“It is achievable to implement this over 10 years and possible to fund it,” she insisted, stating that the initial funding needed this year is minimal.‘People are losing out’“It can be delivered on a phased basis so we can move away from a two-tiered dysfunctional system where the people are losing out.”The Social Democrats TD said health was the single most important issue raised during the last election. She urged the new Taoiseach “not to squander the opportunity he has been given” to fix the health service once and for all.The report is scheduled to be debated in the Dáil this Thursday.Read: ‘Leo models himself on Macron and Trudeau, but he’s not living up to them when it comes to gender balance’>Read: Regina Doherty may have to repay €15,829 of Chief Whip allowance if it was unlawful> Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 6:20 AM Short URL By Christina Finn Share84 Tweet Email1 Jun 21st 2017, 6:20 AM ‘People are dying on waiting lists’: Harris urged to fix health service once and for all The Future of Healthcare report which aims to reform the health service over 10 years has been criticised for the spending it proposes. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Chine la sécheresse touche gravement le centre du pays

first_imgChine : la sécheresse touche gravement le centre du paysLa Chine, comme une grande partie de l’Europe, connaît depuis quelques mois un printemps difficile. La sécheresse qui sévit endommage les récoltes agricoles et aggrave la pénurie en électricité au centre du pays. Les provinces du centre de la Chine, traversées par le fleuve Yangtsé, connaissent en ce moment une période de sécheresse.  De janvier à avril, les précipitations récoltées par le bassin du fleuve ont connu une baisse de 40% par rapport à la moyenne calculée ces 50 dernières années. Une difficulté climatique considérable qui affecte l’accès à l’eau potable de près d’un d’1 million 400.000 personnes, selon le quartier général de lutte contre la sécheresse. Les estimations révèlent également qu’1,35 million d’hectares de cultures seraient endommagés notamment dans les provinces du Hubei, du Hunan et du Gansu. À lire aussiVoici pourquoi les bébés OGM risquent de vivre moins longtemps que les autresOutre les cultures, les ressources énergétiques sont au cœur de la préoccupation des autorités. En effet, l’énergie hydraulique représente actuellement la deuxième source d’électricité en Chine avec plus de 45.000 centrales en activité en 2010, produisant plus de 662 milliards de kWh par an. Avec la sécheresse, le niveau d’eau stockée dans le réservoir du plus grand barrage au monde, les Trois Gorges, a baissé jusqu’à 154,8 mètres bien en-dessous de la limité autorisée de 156 mètres pour produire de l’électricité à pleine puissance. Pour pallier ces conditions climatiques extrêmes, les autorités ont décidé d’augmenter le débit du barrage à 9.500 mètres cubes par seconde, soit environ 2.900 mètres cubes de plus que la vitesse normale du flux.  Zhao Yunfa, ingénieur du barrage, a par ailleurs indiqué que le débit actuel de l’eau sur la section moyenne du fleuve Yangtsé avait atteint son niveau le plus bas depuis 16 ans à savoir 6.600 m3 par seconde.Le 23 mai 2011 à 20:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more