Reports – Barcelona enter race for Premier League target despite transfer ban

first_img1 Barcelona have joined the race for former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports in Spain.The Frenchman is quickly becoming the most sought after player in world football, with clubs across Europe fighting for the Juventus midfielder’s signature.Real Madrid have been linked with a world record bid, while Chelsea are also said to be keen on bringing the 21-year-old to Stamford Bridge.But now, according to Marca, Barcelona have joined the race for Pogba’s services and have contacted his agent Mino Raiola.One potential stumbling block for any move is the fact that Barcelona are banned by FIFA from buying players in 2015.As a compromise Barcelona are offering to complete a deal in principal, with the move being finalised in January 2016. Paul Pogba in action for Juventus last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man has pleaded guilty to using a nail gun and threatening to kill a man during a disturbance at a house in Letterkenny.Marcus Spratt, 29, pleaded guilty to three different charges when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.The court heard the incident related to an altercation at the home of victim Donal Coyle of 9 Glencar Park, Letterkenny on November 5th, 2006. Spratt, of Gortnacorrib, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty possessing the weapon, another of criminal damage to six windows and a door and also making threats to kill or cause serious harm to Donal Coyle on the same date.Judge John O’Hagan adjourned the case until July and directed that a community service report be carried out on Spratt in the meantime.AT HEARING © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on PLEADS GUILTY TO NAIL GUN ATTACK was last modified: February 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Circuit CourtMarcus Sprattnail gunlast_img read more

Fischer Named MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

first_imgSAINT LOUIS – Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.), a junior on the Drake University men’s track and field team, has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Student-Athlete of the Week.Last week at the Mt. SAC Relays, Fischer ran the second-fastest 10,000 meters in school history to finish seventh overall in the Elite/Invitational section of the race. His time of 29:09.86 was the third fastest finish by a collegiate runner in the race and is easily the fastest in the MVC to date. That time currently ranks as the 12th fastest in the West Region and the 18th fastest in the nation.Academically, Fischer owns a 3.76 grade point average as a junior English and public relations major. The Scholar-Athlete of the Week honor is the second this year for Fischer and continues Drake’s extensive collection of MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards. A Drake student-athlete has won the award 20 times in the 34 weeks the honor has been awarded in 2015-16 including three weeks in which the Bulldogs swept the men’s and women’s honors.To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.2015-16 Drake Scholar-Athlete of the Week WinnersReed Fischer – Men’s Track & Field – April 19Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – April 5Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – Feb. 16Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Feb. 2Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – Jan. 26Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Jan. 12Maddy Dean – Women’s Basketball – Jan. 12Graham Woodward – Men’s Basketball – Jan. 5Kale Abrahamson – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 29Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 22Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 15Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 8Rai Ahmed-Green – Women’s Track & Field – Dec. 8Kale Abrahamson – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 1James Grunert – Men’s Soccer – Nov. 24Paul Ciszewski – Men’s Soccer – Nov. 16Steven Enna – Men’s Soccer – Oct. 19Emma Huston – Women’s Cross Country – Oct. 19Reed Fischer – Men’s Cross Country – Oct. 6Ben LeMay – Men’s Soccer – Sept. 22Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Mountain biking in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa is a treasure trove of exciting routes, discovered and waiting to be uncovered, with weather allowing for cycling at any time of the year.The sport is growing so fast that there are now a number of mountain biking schools to teach you the skills to get the best out of your equipment – and the terrain you move through. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa ReporterMTB heaven! South Africa is a treasure trove of exciting routes, discovered and waiting to be uncovered, with weather allowing for cycling at any time of the year, all day and just about every day.Around Cape Town there are some great single-track routes on the mountain and in the pine plantations. There are escorted trips on the mountain, around the winelands and in the Cape Point section of the Cape Peninsula National Park.The scenic De Hoop National Park near Swellendam, up the east coast from Cape Town, has dedicated, easy trails. There are a few hardcore trails near Swellendam, and then onto the Garden Route, which is just fantastic.There are four superb, laid-out circular tracks in the Harkerville Forest, ranging from mellow to a hectic red route. And nearby are two long, quite strenuous linear trails, Homtini and Petrus se Brand. Locals and international visitors alike agree that the last 6km of Petrus se Brand is the most fun single track ever.Port Elizabeth also has dedicated trails, including one traversing a green belt which cuts right through the middle of the city. An annual MTB race on the Wild Coast set a precedent for pedaling this fantastic area.KwaZulu-Natal has its share of routes, with many great ones in the Drakensberg and the Midlands.Pietermaritzburg, especially, is blessed with superb options. It hosted the opening round of the UCI Nissan Mountain Bike World Cup in April 2009 and will host an MTB World Cup event for another three years after the success of 2009.The Free State is home to some seriously strenuous trails, and often has competitions. There’s one called the Two Mountains Race, which should give you an idea of what you’d be in for.And Johannesburg has a huge active MTB population, so there are a lot of trails nearby. Many of these urbanites head out to the wonderful trails in Mpumalanga, where you’ll find lots of opportunity to get down and dirty.MOUNTAIN BIKING OPERATORS Active Escapes specialise in providing personalised mountain bike and cycling holidays, to accommodate all level of riders. The offerings range from fully- supported and professionally guided tours to tours in which cyclists are left to themselves, but provided with detailed route information, while logistics, such as accommodation bookings, airport and end-point vehicle transfers are taken care of. Active Escapes offers cycling holidays in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on the Wild Coast, and in the Drakensberg. Beach and Bush presents short trails at Oribi Gorge on the KwaZulu- Natal south coast, as well as a tour of Durban, which takes participants to the city’s most happening venues.Bendito Ranch is a game farm with self-catering accommodation, situated in Mkopane (Potgietersrus), a malaria free part of Limpopo, with four scenic mountain bike trails and hiking trails totalling a distance of 60km. Fishing, photography safaris, game drives, birdwatching, hunting (in season) and barbeques and breakfast in the bush are also available.Bicycling Magazine has sections on mountain biking and, very usefully, on rides. Explore the rides’ archive for a nice list of possibilities from around South Africa.Cape Mountain Biking Tours features a strong team that provides tours in the Eastern and Western Cape, varying in length from one day to the 11 day tour from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. Places of interest and interesting experiences are included along the way. A two-day self-ride tour of the Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope is also available.Clearwater Trails, located near Port Edward in Kwazulu-Natal, offer a marvellous mix of terrain and memorable sightseeing with four custom-built and carefully marked MTB trails which have something to suit all levels and tastes with riding on single and double tracks. All the trail options are set against the alluring backdrop of the Indian Ocean with the longer trails passing through Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Crags View Wild Care Centre before ending at Clearwater Trail Centre.Cycle Lab is one of South Africa’s leading bicycle shops, with in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Limpopo. The Cycle Lab website offers plenty of information on events. The newsletters’archive is a very useful and wide-ranging source of information.Day Trippers is based in Cape Town. They offer a nice variety of escorted, vehicle-supported rides, including day tours, which take in the Cape Peninsula, the Winelands, Table Mountain, whale watching at Hermanus, and township tours; extended tours, ranging from five to 150 people, and from five days to 28 days; Epic trippers allows cyclists access to parts of the Cape Epic route, while training rides for the epic itself are on offer. Other destinations avalable include the Cedarberg, the Garden Route and the Karoo.The Dirtopia website includes a section on the Dirtopia Trail Centre, which is based on Delvera farm (R44 between Stellenbosch & the N1). It was created to provide active travellers with hiking and mountain bike trail information as well as serve as a base for permit sales for a range of trails in the Klapmutskop Conservancy. There is also a section for the Dirtopia MTB Festival, as well as other events.Downhill Adventures offer sandboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, and mountain biking. The MTB rides include in and around Cape Town, the Winelands, the Tokai Forest, the Table Mountain, and the Cape Point Nature Reserve. There are over 100 bikes for rent, including hi-spec 27-gear Giants.Drifters offers overland tours in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Zanzibar, Kenya, and Uganda. They also offer a six-day, five-night hiking and cycling holiday on the Wild Coast, which starts from Port St Johns.Eastern Cape Mountain Biking is a website that covers the Eastern Cape’s mountain bike options impeccably. It features nicely-detailed accounts of many routes, training rides, and many other articles of interest that ensure comprehensive coverage of the region and the sport. Encounter South Africa offers some suggestions on MTB routes to try around South Africa.Escape Cycle Tours offers tours throughout South Africa, including in the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, a six-day pre-Argus Tour, cycling in the Magaliesberg, Lesotho MTB rides, the KZN Midlands Meander route, the Cape Winelands, the Kruger National Park, the Mashatu Cycle Tour, a 12-day tour from Stellenbosch to Port Elizabeth, a tour from Knysna to Gordon’s Bay, a three-day Johannesburg to Durban trip, the Lindani tour, the Namaqualand Daisy tour, and Maluti Spring tour, as well as cycling in Soweto, and a combo cycling and surfing tour.EveryTrail in South Africa includes a nice list of races and routes, which take place throughout South Africa. The website includes a little info on every suggested route and race.Giba Gorge, near Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, offers a number of superb trails for mountain bikers of various skills levels – from easy to expert. There is also a BMX track, free style dirt jumps, a Cyclelab bike shop, a coffee shop, conference centre, bar, and camping facilities.iRideAfrica offers both mountain bike holidays and road cycling tours. Their “Ride Shuttle” is also available for lifts to top jumps, downhill tracks or bike parks around Cape Town. There are a number of tour options and a Blog to keep up with the latest iRideAfrica happenings.The Johannesburg Mountain Biking Club does not have a home base, but through contact between its members, rides are undertaken on most Sundays at various locations around the city, with different lengths, difficulty and technical challenges offered. Visitors are welcome to join in JMBC rides at a cost of R20.Lebanon MTB Trails is located in the heart of the Elgin Valley in the Western Cape, an hour’s drive from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus. There are four well marked trails that meander through some stunning terrain and everyone from beginners to experienced riders is catered for, with the trails ranging from 5.8km to 25km in distance. Accommodation is available at Oak Lane Cottages, where the trails start and end.Linx Africa: Mountain Bike Trails in South Africa features a list of towns that have MTB trails. Click on a town and you’re taken to a description of trails in the area, with telephone, fax, and e-mail info for enquiries and bookings.Live2Ride offers rentals, trails, and guided tours. They operate in the Western Cape and visit among others, Langebaan, Fossil Park, Saldanha, Koringsberg, and Aurora. Tours include the West Coast Tour, the Garden Route Tour, and the Odyssey Tour, which takes place in Botswana.Makadas Adventures is a mountain bike event company based in the Western Cape. It offers challenging mountain bike events, mostly in the Klein Karoo area. The company’s stated goal is to bring back the fun and adventure to mountain biking, which it does by featuring a wide variety of events – from extreme to simple fun events. Their trails vary from year to year to keep things interesting and new routes are added as farmers open up their trails.Mankele Mountain Biking is located right in the heart of Mpumalanga and features tropical forests, open grass lands, rivers, dams, ravines, mountains and breathtaking views. It’s a superb venue for riders of all abilities, with numerous trails of varying lengths and technical tests. It also offers accommodation as well as other exciting activities.Mountain Biking Africa operates on the beautiful Garden Route. They offer from half- to 13-day tours. These include three different Outeniqua Mountain tours; the Ostrich Tour; the Knysna Experience; Steady Eddie’s Mountain Madness, which was originally designed as a Cape Epic training camp; Steady Eddie’s Buffalo Hills, a slightly easier version of Mountain Madness; and a 13-day tour of Botswana. Bikes are available for hire.Mountain Biking South Africa offer tailor-made mountain trips – with budgetary options of basic, medium, or exclusive – in the Eastern and Western Cape where there are countless breaktaking (literally and figuratively) routes to be explored. They operate out of the beautiful Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.MTBiker is loaded with a wide variety of information, including on tracks all around the country, which are submitted by mountain bikers themselves. There is also a forum, a blog, events calendar, classifieds, general news and news on equipment.MTB Online features information on trails, races, clubs, shops, products, and holidays. There are reviews and information about maintenance, riding skills, and news. Trails may also be searched by province and links to cycling-related blogs are provided.MTBSA.CO.ZA features a race calendar; a list of MTB clubs; info on trails, which is available by clicking on towns, and other fun stuff. MTBROUTES.CO.ZA lists routes in the different provinces, with an overview, fast facts about each route, and the level of difficulty. It also lists events and has articles on other adventure sports too. The Oak Valley Mountain Biking Experience, located on the Oak Valley Wine Estate, offers three mountain bike routes, including the 14-kilometre Green Route for the family, a 21-kilometre Red Route for stronger riders, and the 25- kilometre Black Route for more advanced riders. The scenery is outstanding and the routes include a lot of singletrack.Olifants Camp – Kruger National Park trails are offered in the north of the world famous game reserve. Up to six people at a time can be accommodated , with two qualified and armed field guides leading the way. The Olifants Camp supplies mountain bikes, backpacks, water bottles, helmets and snacks. Three trail options are available. Outeniqua Biking Trails offer tailor-made tours and trails, ranging from half-a-day to multi-day tours on the picturesque Garden Route. Bikes are also available for hire. Groups of from four to six people, aged 18 to 55 years, are the norm. All guides are SATOUR registered and experienced cyclists.Paarl MTB presents rides in Franschoek and its surrounds. There are 24 choices of routes, ranging from 19 kilometres in length to 134 kilometres. Extensive information on each route is available, including maps and gradients.The Pedal Power Association is the largest cycling association in South Africa and includes over 16 000 paid members. Its website offers a section on mountain biking that includes news, a calendar, and a number of routes in the Western Cape, which is where the Pedal Power Association has its offices.The is South Africa’s leading cycling forum. It is always busy with many visitors and it’s a place where social cyclists are able to interact with the country’s top pros. It’s also the place to go for breaking news in South African cycling.The Cycle Travel Company is located in Johannesburg and is proudly affiliated with South African Tour de France cyclist Robbir Hunter. They offer tours not only throughout South Africa, but throughout the world. Both mountain bikers and road cyclists are catered for. In addition, multi sport tour options, including horse riding and golf, are offered.Treadmag is a magazine that focuses exclusively on mountain biking, delivering content that is relevant to South Africa, as well as being entertaining and informative. Find out where to get it under the list of stockists on the website.Xcape Biking Tours provides guided one-day or multi-day cycle trips for MTB, downhill and road cyclists of reasonable fitness. They arrange travel, accomodation, meals and onwards journeys. They also host training camps.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Throw BJP out of power at Centre and in State: Pawar

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Saturday accused the Union and State government of “cheating” the common man and appealed to the people of Maharashtra to throw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of power in the next elections.He was speaking at a rally organised as part of the NCP’s ‘Halla Bol Yatra’ in Aurangabad district.‘Citizens unhappy’“People from all over Marathwada are here. I am confident that the way our Under-19 cricket team crushed Australia [to win the World Cup] today, the people of Marathwada will also bring parivartan (change). People have come to this rally in large numbers, which means they are not happy with the ruling dispensation,” Mr. Pawar said.He said the State’s agriculture sector has been destroyed. “Over 16,000 farmers have committed suicide. A person thinks of killing himself only when he has no options left. An important crop like cotton was destroyed because of a pest attack. The government told the farmers that they will get help from the State, Centre and private companies. It is laughable that companies are being asked to help farmers,” Mr. Pawar said.False promisesThe NCP chief also criticised the Centre, saying that farmers are not getting the proper price for crops and milk. “The central government recently declared that it would pay production cost plus 50% as the minimum support price (MSP) as per the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations. This is a lie. They will deliberately calculate the production cost less than what it is. They said 25 crops will be covered under this system. Does the State government have a mechanism to inspect all the crops and give you its proper price? They have not made any allocation for the purchase of these crops. There are no facilities for storage.” He warned farmers not to trust the government unless they receive actual monetary benefits. “…Which is why it is your responsibility to throw such cheaters out of power,” he said.The former Union agriculture minister criticised the delay in implementing the farm loan waiver announced by the State, terming the announcement “deceitful.” “We had also declared a loan waiver of ₹71,000 crore and given money to the farmers within eight to ten days of the announcement. This government declared the loan waiver eight months ago. Where are the benefits?” the NCP chief asked. Communal tensionHe accused the BJP of fomenting communal unrest. “They have destroyed the peaceful atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh… They have come up with a new issue of triple talaq. If Muslim women have to be given security, it should be done after consulting elders and religious leaders. I think talaq is an option, a message given by the Quran, and no ruler has the right to interfere in the matter,” he said.Disruption at eventSome alleged BJP workers shouted slogans during Mr. Pawar’s speech and the police asked reporters at the rally to write their names in a register. This did not go down well with NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who said the BJP would not be allowed to conduct any public meetings if its workers disrupted his party’s events. He also asked the State Police “to be careful as this government is not going to be in office for long.”last_img read more

Jadavpur University impasse ends

first_imgThe impasse at Jadavpur University ended late on Tuesday evening after the varsity decided to revoke its earlier decision of doing away with admission tests in six humanities streams.The decision by the university’s executive council comes in the wake of massive protests by JU students. After the university retracted from the earlier practice of holding admission tests for six humanities streams on July 4, about 20 students sat on a hunger strike.Over the past two days, two of the protesting students had to be hospitalised. With the situation on the campus deteriorating, the university called an emergency meeting and decided to go ahead with the admission tests for English, Bengali, comparative literature, history, political science and philosophy disciplines.Now the admissions will be on the basis of 50% weightage to test scores and 50% to marks obtained in Class XII examination.last_img read more

James Harden’s 42 down the drain as Timberwolves nab win over Rockets

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Damian Lillard, Blazers end Warriors 5-game win streak in chippy victory “You could feel the whole game there wasn’t enough enthusiasm, not enough want,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “When we do that, we struggle because we’re not physical like the other teams.”TYING WILT’S RECORDHarden shot 15 of 34 from the field, including 8 of 22 from 3-point range. He passed the 30-point mark on his 15th four-point play of the season, getting Okogie in the air with a step-back 3 to put Houston up 74-67 midway through the third. It was also his 22nd 40-point game of the season.He wasn’t in a mood to say much about it afterward.“To me, we have no tendencies right now. The tendency is just to come out slow in the third quarters,” he said.BRUTAL PAINT JOBMinnesota outscored Houston 70-36 in the paint, as the Timberwolves used sharp passes to find several open layups.“The way they’re scoring was almost effortless,” Houston guard Chris Paul said. “We just couldn’t stop them. Teague lived the paint. Guys were driving. I think we’re 0-2 against them, so we’ve got to be better.”TIP INSRockets: D’Antoni said C Clint Capela is expected to practice next week to determine if he can play next Thursday at the Lakers. Capela missed his 15th game with a right thumb injury suffered at Orland on Jan. 13. … Gerald Green scored 10 points off the bench in the first quarter, including 2 of 3 from the arc. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Towns had 25 points, Jeff Teague had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Okogie locked down Harden when it counted most to help the Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 121-111.Harden scored 30 or more points for the 31st consecutive game, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in league history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut it was Okogie — who had 16 points — drawing the most praise for making some key defensive stops. Most notably, Okogie brought the crowd to its feet with an impressive block that helped turn the tide.After being stripped by Okogie a few plays earlier, Harden made one of his trademark step-back moves behind the arc to attempt a 3. The ball didn’t even leave his hand before Okogie leaped forward and stuffed it. “I knew the shot clock was winding down, and I knew that he had to create some space to get a shot off,” Okogie said. “And I knew obviously the step back is one of his go-to moves, so I kind of just guessed, and I was right.”A few plays earlier, Okogie sparked the Timberwolves to retake the lead with an 18-2 run in the third, including a breakaway dunk and a 3-pointer to give Minnesota a 77-74 lead.“We saw him grow up tonight in a lot of ways, I thought,” Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders said of Okogie. “In terms of game plan, following the game plan, just staying within the moment and not getting outside of himself.”Derrick Rose completed a three-point play with 1:43 left in the third to give Minnesota an 85-76 lead.Harden’s 12-footer made it 89-all in the fourth before the Timberwolves hit four 3-pointers to take a six-point lead. Harden hit three-straight 3-pointers to pull Houston within 115-111 with 1:52 to play. But Okogie dunked and forced Harden into an airball, and Towns hit a layup to give Minnesota just enough breathing room.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, dribbles as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — James Harden was Josh Okogie’s responsibility for much of Wednesday night. Even though Harden piled up 42 points, Okogie’s teammates were full of praise for the Nigerian rookie.“It wasn’t a good 42,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “It wasn’t a 42 that he’s been getting recently, you know. He had to work for it.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Timberwolves: Teague is averaging 19.3 points and nine assists in his three games since returning from a sore left foot. … F Andrew Wiggins missed his second straight game with an illness. F Robert Covington (knee) and G Tyus Jones (ankle) missed their 20th and 13th games, respectively. … Dario Saric again started in place of Taj Gibson. He scored 10 first-quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting to help give the Timberwolves an early eight-point lead.UP NEXTRockets: At Los Angeles next Thursday.Timberwolves: At New York a week from Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more


first_imgThe Rajasthan Cricket Association has been banned by the The Rajasthan Cricket Association has been banned by the BCCI for factionalism but Shukla said the venue will be available for IPL as the offer to host has come from the state government. “The offer has come from the government and they head the sports council. The stadium belongs to government so whatever will be done will be done through the government. These are only proposal which will be presented before the governing council,” he said. The BCCI had reacted sharply to the Courts order on Wednesday, saying that it would not be easy to move matches midway into the tournament. Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur were the three venues in Maharashtra holding IPL matches before a Public Interest Litigation was filed, alleging wastage of water in maintenance of pitches. The BCCI had asserted that it was not using potable water for ground maintenance and offered to supply water to the drought-affected areas. Shukla had gone to the extent of stating that Board could not have done anything more than this. However, taking a contrary view, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia, who was among the first to advocate shifting of matches, had welcomed the Court order, saying that he was glad that sensitivities of the drought-affected people in Maharashtra were being respected. BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur had said that there was an attempt to create negativity around the league. “We are not using drinking water, we have said that well use treated sewage water only. How many swimming pools of 5 star hotels have been shut? Have people stopped watering their lawns?” Thakur had asked. “There is an attempt to create negativity on every issue these days. IPL was to use 0.00038 per cent of water so that shows the requirement was not much.” The sentiment had found support former captains Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar as well, both of whom felt that IPL and cricket had become soft targets to generate controversies. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Know all about Ireland’s Indian-origin Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

first_imgRecently Leo Varadkar was elected as Prime Minister of Ireland. He will succeed Enda Kenny as Taoiseach of Ireland.He defeated his rival Simon Coveney by accumulating 60 per cent of the votes to lead Fine Gael party. Varadkar will be confirmed as PM only when Irish parliament meets next on June 13.Listed below are some interesting facts about Varadkar:At 39, he will be the youngest person ever and the first from an ethnic minority background to become the Prime Minister of IrelandHe will be Ireland’s first gay prime ministerHe was born to Ashok Varadkar, a doctor from Mumbai and Miriam, an Irish nurse, on January 18, 1979 in DublinLeo is fondly called as LuvLeo Varadkar, a doctor by profession had interned as a trainee doctor at Mumbai’s KEM Hospital for one month during his training periodHe and his two older sisters were raised in Dublin and went on to attend Trinity College in Dublin, where he studied medicineHis last visit to India was in 2011 as the Sports and Transport Minister of Ireland.Ireland decriminalised homosexuality in 1993. In the year 2015, Ireland also became the first country to adopt gay marriages.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Wenger hits back at moaning Arsenal legends

first_imgArsenal Wenger hits back at moaning Arsenal legends: ‘They had their weaknesses’ Last updated 2 years ago 15:12 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League The Gunners boss is disappointed to have seen the likes of Ian Wright and Paul Merson criticise both him and the club on a regular basis of late Arsene Wenger has hit back at the criticism being levelled at him and Arsenal by club legends such as Ian Wright and Paul Merson.A number of former players have been outspoken in their views of goings on at Emirates Stadium over recent weeks.Arsenal 15/2 to beat Bournemouth 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Wenger’s decision to pen a new deal sparked intense debate on the back of a fifth-placed Premier League finish in 2016-17, with a slow start to the current campaign doing little to aid his cause.Transfer dealings in north London have also been questioned, with only two additions made and several high-profile contracts running down, but Wenger believes those with strong ties to the club should be more supportive and acknowledge that they were far from faultless during their playing days.He said: “I always have problems understanding what a legend is and isn’t. I’ve had all the players here, but they all had their weaknesses as well.“They had their weak games as well, and their weak behaviours as well. Nobody was perfect.”We have to take a distance with that as well, focus on our performance and not be dragged into any animosity.“We are all grateful for what they have done for the club, but what matters is always the players on the pitch who can defend the pride of the club.”Arsene Wenger Arsenal legend criticsFormer striker Wright has regularly aired his frustration, with Arsenal’s apparent reluctance to address their failings incurring his wrath.He recently told Radio 5 Live: “When you go through the list of everything that is going wrong, and you’ve got to throw in recruitment – whoever’s doing the recruitment, someone’s got to have a massive, massive word – it’s an absolute shambles and I’m really gutted for everybody involved.”Merson, meanwhile, took aim at the current Arsenal squad following a humbling 4-0 defeat at Liverpool prior to the international break.He wrote in the Daily Star: “Arsenal’s 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool was the worst I have EVER seen under Wenger. It was shambolic, horrendous. I think the players have lost all respect for him. But I think the fans are losing all respect as well. They are playing for Arsenal and they are turning it into a mockery. They are embarrassing the football club.”Lee Dixon, Tony Adams and Martin Keown are among the other ex-Gunners to have criticised the club, and Wenger’s role.Arsenal will get the chance to return some positivity to the ranks on Saturday when they return to domestic action with a home date against Bournemouth.last_img read more