An appeal to all patriotic Govt ministers

first_imgDear Editor,Even with a small population like ours, the chance of one becoming a Member of Parliament is slim to none. But if you’re fortunate in your lifetime to have this great honour bestowed upon you, nothing matters more than putting the interest of Guyana and her people above all… above self.Do the right thing and you will be forever respected as a patriot, a person of integrity, of high moral values, and a champion of the poor and downtrodden. But if you don’t, you become a Moses Nagamootoo or a Khemraj Ramjattan, despised by many for betraying everything they once stood for to cling to position and power.With a few exceptions, the ruckus behaviour of Government MPs that completely drowned out the entire speech made in the National Assembly by the Leader of the Opposition on the No-confidence Motion (NCM), clearly defines their characters and expose the lowness of those who serve in the highest decision-making forum of Government.As a Member of Parliament, I am often embarrassed and appalled at the lack of decorum and unparliamentary language and behaviour displayed by some in the National Assembly. Some Government Ministers have no ethics and etiquette. Yet these are the people who represent us at international forums with world leaders and their representatives, and who are given the powers to implement laws that affect the lives of every citizen here.Then there are others like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan who now willingly betray the principles upon which the AFC was formed and shamelessly defend the transgressions committed by this Government to protect the grandeur and perks they now enjoy as members of Cabinet.Thankfully, not everyone fits this description. Some, I know, are genuinely concerned that Guyana is headed in the wrong direction, and would do a Charrandas if they weren’t so afraid for their own safety and the wellbeing of their families.Just yesterday, it was reported in the State newspaper that Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge, who is often above the fray, wrote in a letter to the Canadian High Commissioner that he was “unaware of any threat” to Charrandas Persaud that would have even required consular protection.Even this career politician who has now distinguished himself as an elder statesman after once presiding over the worst economic period that helped bankrupt the nation during his tenure as the PNC Government Minister of Finance and Planning, seems afraid to condemn his PNC colleague Jennifer Wade, the Region 5 Government MP, whose voice can be clearly identified saying, “Charrandas, you gon dead tonight.”Surely the Hon Carl Greenidge must have heard this distinct threat himself from the thousands of video clips played over and over again in news reports and in the public domain on social media. But as decent as Greenidge is, he too must be afraid and is too old to go up against the dangerous PNC to ruin his chances of becoming APNU’s Presidential Candidate to contest the upcoming elections. For despite the earlier pronouncements by Volda Lawrence and Joseph Harmon, I really don’t believe President Granger will ever run again.It is an undisputed fact that on that fateful evening of December 21, 2018, the Opposition motion was successfully carried, and the Government fell.Now, like a drowning man, they are desperately grasping at straws to cling to power. Since then, Government has been stubbornly and shamelessly defiant of the Constitution, pursuing a series of frivolous actions to stop the inevitable – The resignation of the Cabinet including the President and new elections within three months according to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution. One cannot simply change the rules in his favour after the game has been played and lost.The Charrandas vote in favor of the NCM has been totally ventilated. It is now time to move on. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you’re on, the next few days will determine just how far one is prepared to go without compromising one’s integrity and political career. The intent of Government Ministers will be scrutinised and characters questioned.I am sure that if asked, every Guyanese would say that they’re a patriot. But how many, like myself, would willingly risk their lives for this country? And to a lesser extent, how many would sacrifice their jobs, insecure though it may be at this time, to prevent Guyana from turning into a pariah state?For selfish reasons, I wager not many would do it. But I’m equally confident there are still good patriotic men and women whose loyalty to Guyana and her people is above reproach.Both Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are too far gone, post-mortem don’t ever bring back the dead. But there are others in the AFC that should be concerned about their own political careers and the need to make amends for the betrayal inflicted upon their own supporters who once believed the AFC to have noble intentions. It is not too late.It is to those and other Government Ministers that I make this appeal to put Guyana first. Save our nation from a constitutional crisis that will result in lawlessness, chaos, and the embarrassment of being the laughing stock of the Caribbean and the rest of the world.As an individual with a conscience, you can resign now to protect what’s left of your integrity, credibility and your political and professional career. In a few short months, this Government will be forced to debit office and Guyana will be under new management. But you don’t have to go down like rats on a sinking ship to avoid being called a “traitor” and other derogatory names, you have a duty to put Guyana first. And with a clear conscience, justify your resignation from Government as your patriotic duty to the pledge you took as a Member of Parliament.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

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Olivier Giroud responds to talk of leaving Arsenal for Marseille

first_img Olivier Giroud 1 Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has stated that he would consider a move back to Ligue 1 with Marseille – but not anytime soon.The Frenchman, who joined Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012, signed a new deal with the Gunners in January which ties him to the club until the summer of 2019.Montpellier’s Ligue 1 rivals Marseille are assembling a strong team to challenge for the title next season, bringing in Dimitri Payet and Patrice Evra during the winter transfer window.And Giroud also admitted that he could move to Marseille later in his career, although he insists that a transfer will not happen in the near future.Asked whether he would consider a move to Ligue 1 or Marseille by French radio station RMC, he said: “Why not?“But I see my future, for the short or medium term, in England.“That’s why I extended my contract with Arsenal.”last_img read more

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“Green Button” Open Data Just Created an App Market for 27M US Homes

first_imgEarlier this year, influential venture capitalist Fred Wilson encouraged entrepreneurs and VCs to get behind open data. Writing on his widely read blog, Wilson urged developers to adopt the Green Button, the project that former United States Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra launched in 2011 to unleash energy data.Today, the Obama Administration announced that nine major utilities and electricity suppliers have committed to using and extending the Green Button to enable some 15 million households to access data about their energy usage. As with the Blue Button for healthcare data, the White House asserts that providing energy consumers with secure access to information about energy usage will increase innovation in the sector and empower citizens with more information. “This is the kind of innovation that gets me excited,” Wilson wrote.The Green Button is like OAuth for energy data. It is a simple standard that the utilities can implement on one side and web/mobile developers can implement on the other side. And the result is a ton of information sharing about energy consumption and in all likelihood energy savings that result from more informed consumers. The thinking here, as with Blue Button, which enables veterans (and soon all federal workers) to download their personal health data, is that broad adoption by utilities and engagement with industry will lead to new opportunities for software developers and civic entrepreneurs to serve a new market of millions of consumers who want better tools to analyze and manage their energy data. Chopra challenged the energy community last September to model the Green Button after the Blue Button. According to the White House, a common standard for the data in Green Button will be further developed in collaboration with a public-private partnership supported by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.“Companies are already developing Web and smartphone applications and services for businesses and homeowners that can use Green Button data,” Dr. John P. Holdren, assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote in a White House blog post. “These tools can help consumers choose the most economical rate plan for their energy use patterns; deliver customized energy-efficiency tips; provide easy-to-use tools to size and finance rooftop solar panels; and conduct virtual energy audits that can cut costs for building owners and speed the initiation of retrofits.”“If you’ve got a smartphone or tablet, you know how clever and convenient some of the apps are, and how they can transform the way you manage your time, your finances, and the way you work,” said Tony Earley, PG&E Corporation’s Chairman, CEO and President in a prepared statement. “The more apps that are available on the energy side, the more chance our customers will have to find an easy way to similarly manage their energy use.”Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy The electricity suppliers and utilities that are making this new commitment serve, in aggregate, 15 million households. They include American Electric Power, Austin Energy, Baltimore Gas and Electric, CenterPoint Energy, Commonwealth Edison, NSTAR, PECO, Reliant, Virginia Dominion Power.In service of that goal, the administration announced that Itron, Oracle, and Silver Spring Networks will join Aclara and Tendril in developing Green Button software and a new Apps for Energy contest to try to catalyze the development of new Web and mobile tools.Open Data and Smart DisclosureThe Green Button is a good example of data for the public good and “smart disclosure,” whereby a private company or government institution provides a person with access to his or her own data in open formats.Smart disclosure is defined by Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office for Information and Regulatory Affairs, as a process that “refers to the timely release of complex information and data in standardized, machine-readable formats in ways that enable consumers to make informed decisions.”For instance, the quarterly financial statements of the top public companies in the world are now available online through the Securities and Exchange Commission.Why does it matter? The interactions of citizens with companies or government entities generate a huge amount of economically valuable data. If consumers and regulators had access to that data, they could tap it to make better choices about everything from finance to healthcare to real estate, much in the same way that Web applications like Hipmunk and Zillow let consumers make more informed decisions.“I’m a big fan of simplicity and open standards to unleash a lot of innovation,” wrote Wilson.APIs and open data aren’t always simple concepts for end users. Green Buttons and Blue Buttons are pretty simple concepts that most consumers will understand. I’m hoping we soon see Yellow Buttons, Red Buttons, Purple Buttons, and Orange Buttons too.Let’s get behind these open data initiatives. Let’s build them into our apps. And let’s pressure our hospitals, utilities, and other institutions to support them. I’m going to reach out to ConEd, the utility in NYC, and find out when they are going to add Green Button support to their consumers data. I hope it is soon.ConEd doesn’t look to be on board with the Green Button quite yet – but they may soon have more incentives to join. alexander howard Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Government#Internet of Things#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Probable line-ups: Roma v Napoli

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Roma could give Mert Cetin his first start as they host Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico, while doubts remain on the visiting front pair. It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. There is only one point separating the two sides going into the weekend, with Napoli drawing 2-2 in the controversial game against Atalanta and Roma putting four past Udinese. Federico Fazio is suspended due to his red card in Udine, he joins the lengthy list of absentees from the squad, which include the injured Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Amadou Diawara, Nikola Kalinic, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Davide Zappacosta. It means Mert Cetin could be in with a chance of making his full debut for the Giallorossi at the centre of defence. Gianluca Mancini will continue to deputise in central midfield. Edin Dzeko will lead the line, with Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore and Nicolo Zaniolo expected to be playing just behind the Bosnian. Napoli meanwhile will be without coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was sent off in the draw against La Dea on Wednesday.  Right-back Kevin Malcuit is out for six months following knee surgery, midfielder Allan is also out for four weeks with a sprained knee. The good news is that former defender Kostas Manolas has returned to face his former club, whilst Mario Rui is also expected to return. Elseid Hysaj is struggling with a fratured sternum. Piotr Zielinski is expected to replace Allan in midfield, with Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens set to play up front, with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon on the wings. Mertens has a great record against Roma, scoring five goals from his last five games. However, there are mixed reports on who will lead the line this afternoon, as Hirving Lozano is also in with a shout. Roma: Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Cetin, Smalling, Kolarov; Veretout, Mancini; Kluivert, Pastore, Zaniolo; Dzeko Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Callejon, Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz, Insigne; Milik, Mertens Ref: Rocchilast_img read more

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Hot and happening: Lalu and Nitish make heat wave a political issue

first_imgPolitics in Bihar is getting hotter with Lalu Prasad launching an agitation against the state government after his return from a prolonged stay in Delhi.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president fired the first salvo by announcing his resolve to hold meetings across the state in the evenings because of the prevailing heat wave. But Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched a counter-attack by chalking out a fresh itinerary to travel to the districts and meet people during daytime, regardless of the soaring mercury.Nitish is leaving for a three-day tour to Bhagalpur on Thursday as part of his ongoing Seva Yatra, his statewide tour to get the people’s feedback on public welfare schemes launched by his government. He will subsequently stay in Kishanganj from June 3-5 and visit Bhojpur between June 7 and 9. At all these places, the chief minister will hold public meetings and meet local people during daytime to listen to their grievances.Bihar has been reeling under an intense heat wave with temperatures hovering around 44 degree Celsius these days. The weather condition had prompted Lalu to avoid daytime rallies in the districts he is scheduled to visit over the next few days to revitalise his party and drum up people’s support against the Nitish government.But his announcement gave his political rivals an opportunity to hit out at him. Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that Lalu had grown old and could not go out to hold meetings under the sun.”Laluji has announced that he will hold meetings only in the evenings,” he said. “On the contrary, the chief minister has been visiting different villages to get the feedback of the people even in 45 degree Celsius temperature.”advertisementLalu, however, dismissed Modi’s criticism. He said that he had decided to hold the meetings in the evening to spare the poor people from the scorching sun. “Nitish travels in the air-conditioned cars but the public remains under the sun all the time,” Lalu said. “He is not bothered about the poor people in the state.”Lalu said that Nitish was being apathetic to the plight of the people, highlighting that there was acute power crisis everywhere in the state, except the VVIP areas of the state capital. “I will have to light up the lanterns in the evenings to hold my meetings,” he added.Lalu said his decision to go out to the districts as part of his party’s agitation against the state government had unnerved the leaders from the ruling coalition. “There is a sense of palpable unease over my return to Patna,” he said. “They are keeping a watch on each and every movement of mine with trepidation.”At the RJD’s national executive committee meeting in Patna earlier this week, Lalu had announced the launch of a statewide agitation against the Nitish government on the issues of crime, corruption and power crisis. He had also called for all the opposition parties to unite against the NDA to prevent split of their votes. But neither have the Congress nor the Left responded favourably to his appeal so far.Nitish has also made light of Lalu’s call for agitation. “I do not want to say anything about him,” he said. “I am afraid he will go back to Delhi, sulking, if I say something. I want him to stay in Patna now.”Lalu had been staying mostly in Delhi since his party’s rout in the 2010 state assembly elections.last_img read more

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Lone high school player Gozum overwhelmed in presence of Gilas stars

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I was so happy. I immediately told my parents that I’m back at Gilas and I won’t waste this chance. Coach Chot invited me to come here and that alone is already an honor for me. I just promise that I’ll give my best and hopefully, I get picked,” he said.Now comes the hard part for the 6-foot-6 center as he tests his mettle against Gilas mainstays like June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, and Raymond Almazan weekly — a challenge that he’s more than ready to face.“Coach Chot said that what Gilas needs are players with high basketball IQ. You can’t make the same mistakes over and over again, and I realized that I have to learn from the others who are doing it right,” he said.“As a high school player, I know that what I’m working on isn’t enough so I’m motivating myself to reach the same level as to that of my teammates here who are already in college.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the company of the best basketball players in the country, Will Gozum was left in awe in the company of the best basketball players in the country on Monday at Meralco Gym.“I was starstruck,” Gozum said in Filipino after working out with the big names like Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims NCAA football: Arellano books finals slot, San Beda stays alive SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas PLAY LIST 02:46LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img “I’m still feeling my way with the plays, trying to figure it out because they already have a smooth transition. I’m just trying to keep up and it’s exhausting.”But the lone high school player to attend the resumption of the Gilas Pilipinas practices rightfully deserved his spot thanks to all of his efforts this past season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGozum, who was named NCAA Season 93 MVP after averaging 13.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for Mapua High School, has emerged as one of the most promising big men in the country. And that piqued the interest of coach Chot Reyes, who included the 18-year-old bruiser in his “23-for-23” list.Despite all of his efforts, Gozum admitted he was still caught by surprise with the call-up for a chance to represent the Philippines again after suiting up in the 2015 Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship in Indonesia. LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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No Calvin, no problem

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mac Belo goes up for a shot. PBA IMAGESSuperstar power forward Calvin Abueva left in a huff after Alaska had started its game against Blackwater, needing to take care of an emergency family matter.His Aces family, though, took care of the Elite in a Petron Saturday Special Game on Saturday night, 88-84, as Alaska notched a fourth straight win and sustained its pursuit of the leaders in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco shoots for its first winning streak in the conference at 4:30 p.m. against GlobalPort, which tries to rebound from its first loss in the last three games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments Blackwater, after touching off crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra’s three-game losing streak with one of the upsets of the conference two weeks ago, is now also in the same tailspin and dropped to 2-4 overall.“As great as Calvin is, I don’t think we have ever relied on one guy,” Compton said. “That’s why we are a team. Did we miss him? Yeah. But the other guys stepped up.”Kevin Racal, probably the best defender in the Alaska roster after Abueva, was one of four players in twin digits for the Aces, hitting 12 of his total inside the first three periods.Rookie Jeron Teng hit the biggest triple of the night coming in the final 64-second mark that made it 86-80.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer versus Barangay Ginebra gets going Sunday, with the three-time defending champion Beermen seeking to extend a five-game winning streak and add to the Gin Kings’ woes in the 6:45 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaiscenter_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “That’s not a question for me,” coach Alex Compton said of Abueva, who asked to leave after warming up. “For us, it’s family first and [PBA] franchise second. We obviously missed Calvin, but the other guys stepped up.”The Aces led practically from the start and sealed their 4-2 slate after the Elite helped doom themselves in the fourth period by missing seven free throws going into the final minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingMagnolia also streaked to a fourth straight win later in the night after holding off TNT KaTropa, 91-83, for 5-2 and solo second place.The Texters dropped to a level 3-3 card after their first loss in the last three games. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tough test up for Neil Etheridgelast_img read more

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Malaria, heart attack killed 3-times more CRPF men than anti-Maoist operations between 2009-2013

first_imgThe force saw 323 operational deaths in the 10 Left Wing Extremism-hit states.Thrice the number of Central Reserve Police Force jawans fell prey to depression, heart attack and malaria than were killed in anti-Maoist operations across the country between 2009-2013, a parliamentary panel has found.Asking the government to look into the issues of these jawans on a “war footing”, the panel, in its latest report tabled in the Upper House of the Parliament Rajya Sabha, said that while 228 personnel in the country’s largest paramilitary force fell prey to depression, heart attacks claimed the lives of 642 troopers while malaria killed 108 personnel during the said period.On the other hand, the force saw 323 operational deaths in the 10 Left Wing Extremism-hit states of the country during the five years under review.”The committee is shocked to note that the number of deaths, 978, due to suicide caused by depression, and heart attack and malaria is almost triple that of deaths, i.e., 323, caused by Left Wing Extremism (for Central Reserve Police Force).”(It) apprehends that the figure of death due to above- mentioned reasons may run into thousands if all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and border guarding forces are taken into consideration… the government should immediately take measures on a war footing for attending to the grave situation,” said the standing committee of Home Affairs.The panel urged the government to look into the long-pending grievances of these jawans, who are the lead force for anti-Maoist operations and for controlling law and order situation along with the local police in various states during any disturbances.advertisement”The committee is sympathetic to the desperate situation of paramilitary personnel. It feels that the government should look into the agonies through which they pass while working in difficult circumstances. The committee understands that when the personnel of paramilitary forces pass through stress and feel de-motivated and demoralised, it would have far-reaching negative repercussions.”The committee, therefore, recommends that the government should look into the long-pending grievances of the paramilitary personnel and address them in a time-bound manner,” it said.The committee had sought to delve into the problems faced by the men and officers of the about 3-lakh-strong CRPF, which was raised in 1939.”The committee understands that years of working in hostile conditions by CAPFs’ personnel and staying away from their family, long working hours, sleep deprivation, denial of leave, etc., take a toll on their lives.”(It) recommends that the paramilitary forces should introduce yoga and other stress management techniques in the CAPFs to de-stress these personnel.”The committee also recommends that the personnel long posted in difficult areas should be transferred to relatively normal areas after a fixed duration. The special allowances aspect should also be examined,” it said.The panel expressed concern as it said that the concept of having “reserve” or out-of-regular duty units in these forces, including CRPF, was not practicable anymore.”The committee takes serious note of the exhaustion of reserve battalions among forces. Reserve components are necessary to enable the personnel to have soft posting for some time, may be nearer to their hometown area. The government should consider this aspect seriously,” it added.last_img read more

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IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab had almost missed out on Chris Gayle during auction

first_imgThe Universe Boss, Chris Gayle has proved to be quite a bargain buy for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League but co-owner Ness Wadia revealed that the team almost lost the destructive opener at the auction, thinking it had run out of cash.Gayle had unexpectedly gone unsold twice before KXIP bought him for his base price of Rs 2 crore. Wadia explained how the franchise got lucky with the Jamaican.”We had only Rs 2.1 crore left and if we had bid for Chris earlier (at the auction) and another team came up with a counter bid, we did not have the money to buy him. Luckily, no other team bid for him and we were more than happy to get third time lucky,” Wadia told PTI.Yuvraj may not be in the best of form but the big bucks spent at the auction seem to have paid-off with the team doing well in the first half of the season under new captain Ravichandran Ashwin. Besides Gayle, performances from K L Rahul, Ankit Rajpoot and young Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Zadran have stood out.Watch: Chris Gayle dances to Sapna Chaudhary’s hit Haryanvi songWadia too is pleased with the performance so far after disappointment in the previous three seasons.”We wanted to build a team for the long term. We wanted to spend more money. We wanted an Indian captain and to be honest we wanted Ashwin at any cost. He is a genius and knows what it takes to win (having won IPL at CSK).advertisementChris Gayle pulls off the Indian ethnic look with panache. Is there anything Universe Boss can’t do?”We were very clear that if we spent the money we would get what we were looking for. That was the difference with the old strategy. Bringing an Indian captain also brings in a lot of flexibility,” said Nadia adding that going for Afghan spin sensation Zadran as very much Ashwins idea.Talking about the evolution of IPL over the last decade, Wadia is relieved that being part of the tournament was finally making financial sense.”Finally, it is making sense (financially) after 10 years. It has been a long wait. The most important thing is when we got into the IPL the focus was on to promote sport. IPL has led to the emergence of cricket leagues around the county. I am so glad about that.”It has given the players a career option. It has led to leagues in other sports too.”Where does IPL go from here on?”There has to be more international matches (for the teams), more exposure. If you include the pre-season camp, we get about an eight week period in one year.”A second tournament or a smaller tournament outside India would be very beneficial for everyone,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Photo: Someone Sprayed #BringBackBruce On Tennessee’s Famous Rock

first_imgTennessee rock spray painted with "Bring Back Bruce."The Rock is one of the major landmarks at the University of Tennessee. According to the UT Athletics website, for decades, students have painted the rock with messages ranging from “birth announcements to memorials, break-up messages to marriage proposals, protests of war to messages of peace, celebration of Vol victories to expressions of, shall we say, disappointment.”Apparently , at least one Tennessee student decided to use The Rock as a personal billboard to advocate the return of former men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Pearl enjoyed a successful six-year tenure in Knoxville from 2006-11, before being fired for numerous NCAA infractions. He is currently the head coach of Auburn University. The Vols are in the market for a new head coach after Donnie Tyndall was fired this week for…NCAA violations. Our amateur artist feels Pearl’s track record (at least the positive parts of it) make him the perfect replacement for Tyndall.#BringBackBruce on the rock @coachbrucepearl #VFL pic.twitter.com/QhYzgObwxb— Brandon Carpenter (@bcarp49) March 28, 2015last_img read more

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