Tendulkar revisits the writing process of ‘Playing it My Way’

first_imgSachin Tendulkar, the cricketer, has turned into a writer. Wearing a dark blue jacket with the India crest emblazoned on it, he speaks to co-author and Consulting Editor (Sports), India Today Group, Boria Majumdar, about his autobiography Playing It My Way. In his first interview after the publication of the,Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketer, has turned into a writer. Wearing a dark blue jacket with the India crest emblazoned on it, he speaks to co-author and Consulting Editor (Sports), India Today Group, Boria Majumdar, about his autobiography Playing It My Way. In his first interview after the publication of the book, Tendulkar revisits the writing process. He talks about why he decided to shed his reticence and speak his mind on former coach Greg Chappell, how he hardly ever got the team he wanted as captain and the next generation of India’s batting stars. He also uncharacteristically opens up about his personal life in the book, like how he got wife Anjali to pose as a sports journalist to sneak her into his house before their marriage. Excerpts: Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai. Photo: Danesh JassawalaQ. After about three-and-a-half years, your autobiography is finally a reality. People know the 2011 World Cup as the highest and the 2007 World Cup as the lowest points of your 24-year career. Tell us what happened backstage: how did you celebrate the win on April 2, 2011, and the trials and tribulations under coach Greg Chappell in 2007. A. April 2, 2011, was an incredible night. Soon after the match, once it had sunk in that we were world champions, champagne flowed in the dressing room. We kept taking pictures with each other before finally leaving for the hotel. Once we reached the hotel, Anjali and I did something we had never done before. We put flowers behind our ears and started dancing to loud music. All the players’ doors were kept open and anyone could come in and join. After a while, all of us converged on one of the top floors and that’s when Yuvraj (Singh), Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) and Virat Kohli suddenly knelt down and started singing for me, Tujhme rab dikhta hai yaara main kya karoon. I was acutely embarrassed but they kept saying, ‘ Paaji, don’t stop us today. We want to sing for you.’ It still gives me a high to think back on what happened that night.advertisementComing to 2007, it was without doubt the darkest period of my career. Under Greg, most of the team members (and I can surely say that 13 of the 15 members of the team will agree) had stopped enjoying cricket. I have always enjoyed the game, even when I played cricket in my colony. But for the first time, I stopped enjoying it. It was insufferable and suffocating. I have spelt out in the book what Greg did he came to my house and offered me captaincy a few months before the World Cup, saying he’d help in removing Rahul (Dravid) as captain and we could take over the reins of Indian cricket. It was unethical and I rejected the proposition outright. I was glad that the BCCI decided to end Greg’s tenure in April 2007.Tendulkar walks out to bat at the Wankhede Stadium. Photo: Mandar DeodhQ. It is not just Greg. You are extremely critical of his brother Ian Chappell as well. A. I met Ian in South Africa in 2009 just as I had finished a gym session and I was surprised to hear him say that he now understood the secret of my success. The same man had written a couple of years earlier that I should stand in front of a mirror and ask myself if it was time to retire. He asked me what I had done since 2007 to get back to form and start scoring heavily again. I said I had changed nothing and it was Ian who had changed. When I wasn’t scoring, he had suggested that I retire, and now he conveniently changed his position. Thereafter the conversation moved to Greg and I told him that Greg had taken Indian cricket back by a few years and I would never want to share the same dressing room with him. Our physio Nitin Patel was with me and he later confessed that he was surprised to see me lash out at Ian like that.Q. You have also opened up about your wife Anjali in the book. Do tell us how she had to pose as a sports journalist to come and meet you at your home for the first time.A. ( Laughs. ) As you know, our first meeting at my house happened when we came up with the idea that Anjali should pose as a reporter who wants an interview. She had called to say that she was near my house and wanted to see me. This was the only way I could think of to get her to come and see me and, may I say, this was her first and last foray into journalism. My sister-in-law was particularly suspicious about this special reporter and must have realised that something was brewing between the two of us. I was keen to offer something to Anjali and was disappointed to see that most of the chocolates I had brought back from England were over. There were just two left and so I cut them up and set a plate of chocolate pieces in front of her. She couldn’t stay for long. Nevertheless I was delighted to see her.advertisementQ. Your stints as captain seem to have left you scarred. You are very critical of the selection process, the zonal representation that persists in Indian cricket and the fact that you weren’t always given the team of your choice. Do you think you would have done better if you had a free rein, which, say, Sourav Ganguly or M.S. Dhoni enjoyed in subsequent years?A. Captaincy did leave me scarred. It was as if the selectors and I had two radically different philosophies in mind. All I wanted to do was go out there and win matches for the Indian team. Zones, states, etc, did not matter to me. I wanted the best team for the job at hand and, as you said, not always did I get the team I wanted. There were other considerations at play and results suffered as a consequence.Take the 1996-97 South Africa tour, for example. On tours like that, I believed we needed three quality fast bowlers but, unfortunately, I never had more than two. In South Africa, Abey Kuruvilla was not even part of the squad. Even when I was desperate to have him along with (Javagal) Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad, the selectors refused to include him. Just a few months later, when Srinath pulled out of the West Indies tour because of injury, Kuruvilla performed admirably as his replacement. Had he been part of the team in South Africa, maybe we would have fared much better. Tendulkar walks back to the pavilion for the last time. Photo: Mandar DeodharQ. You have played the game at the highest level for close to 25 years. You have played against many top captains. Who do you rate the best international captain you have played against and why? Also, in your time, Australia was the side to beat and you have a terrific record against them. Who is the best Australian captain you have played against? A. Among the captains I played against, I consider Nasser Hussain (of England) the best. He was an excellent strategist and even if some of his tactics can be labelled as negative — using the left-arm spinner Ashley Giles to bowl to me outside my leg stump from over the wicket – he was a very good thinker and a proactive leader. Nasser would not place a fielder in a particular position after a shot was played. Rather, he had the ability to anticipate the shot and place a fielder well in advance, making a real difference to his team.advertisementAmong the Australians, I rate Michael Clarke the best captain I played against. While I was too young to judge Allan Border in 1992, other Australian captains such as Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting benefited from having some of the greatest players in their teams. When you have many match-winners, the role of the captain is reduced. Clarke’s case, however, was different. He had to re-build the Australian team from scratch and to do so in such a short time is quite an achievement. I also have great regard for Graeme Smith as skipper. Taking over the reins of the side at the age of 22 in the most tumultuous of conditions, Smith did brilliantly to take South Africa to the top of the world Test rankings.Q. In the book, you have narrated interesting stories of three of India’s next-generation batting stars, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma. What do you think of each of them?A. They are all very good players. Virat played some extraordinary cricket for India in the last few years. What he did on the day of my retirement is something I will never forget. I was in the dressing room when he walked up to me and gave me a box of threads ( shows the ones on his wrist )which we wear as god’s threads. The box was his late father’s and he said that he considered me worthy of having it. He then touched my feet and, let me confess, I became emotional and started crying. I told him he was like a younger brother and gave him a hug. Then I asked him to leave because if he had stayed on, I could never have controlled my emotions.Ajinkya Rahane is someone I have observed for a long time. He is one of the most dedicated cricket players you will come across. He literally worships the game. On my retirement day, I took him aside and told him that he should continue to be like this and never change. At that time he had lost his spot in the Test team and may have felt that the game is perhaps unkind. I assured him that if he continues the way he is, the game will look after him. I don’t know if he will score big runs or break records, but I am sure that he will be rewarded for his commitment. I am glad he is doing well.Rohit is a very talented player. And now he has brought discipline to go with his talent. He is focused and is working very hard. Without doubt he has the potential to do very well for India. For my retirement Test I had organised specially designed bat stickers and grips to play with. I did not want anyone to see them before match day and had asked Rohit for his sack which current players use but I did not. I hid my grips and stickers in his sack and carried them to my room where I worked for hours in getting my bats ready for the match. With Tricolour stickers and grips, playing with those bats was a very special experience.Q. If I ask you to sum the book up for the readers, how will you do it? A. ( Ponders for a while. ) We have called the book Playing It My Way, so that’s perhaps the best description. I have been honest and have played it my way. It is the story of my life so far and I hope readers enjoy what we have written. It does contain truths that have never been spoken about and things that have given me much joy over the years. It was time I shared all of it with my readers and fans and that’s what we have tried to do in this book.Scars of captaincy “Captaincy did leave me scarred. It was as if the selectors and I had two radically different philosophies in mind. All I wanted to do was go out there and win matches for the Indian team. Zones, states, etc, did not matter to me.”He selectors’ refusalFor the 1996-97 South Africa tour, I believed we needed three quality fast bowlers, but I never had more than two. Even when I was desperate to have Abey Kuruvilla along with Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad, the selectors refused to include him.”After the World Cup win “It was an incredible night. Yuvraj, Bhajji and Virat Kohli suddenly knelt down and started singing for me, Tujhme rab dikhta hai yaara main kya karoon.I was acutely embarrassed but they kept saying,’ Paaji, don’t stop us today’.The darkest period 2007 was the darkest period of my career. Under Greg, most of the team members had stopped enjoying cricket. I have always enjoyed the game, even when I played cricket in my colony. But for the first time I stopped enjoying it.When Anjali posed as a reporter Our first proper meeting happened at my house when we came up with the idea that Anjali should come over posing as a reporter who wants an interview. She had called to say that she was close to my house and wanted to see me. This was the only way I could think of to get her to come and see me.Best captains Among the international captains I played against, I consider Nasser Hussain (of England) the best. Michael Clarke is the best Australian captain I played against.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Teammates told me not to shoot, says Vincent Kompany

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany said he had lived up to a vow to one day score a long-range goal after his wonder strike secured a 1-0 win at home to Leicester that left the champions in charge of the destiny of the Premier League title with a match to play. City were heading for a frustrating evening at the Etihad Stadium on Monday until Kompany let fly with a 25-yard shot into the top corner 20 minutes from time – the centre-back’s first City goal from outside the box. Victory saw City go top by a point from Liverpool heading into Sunday’s last round of league matches.Related News Micah Richards: Can’t write off Manchester City in EPL title race Pep Guardiola gets Frank Lampard Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crown Kompany celebrates with his kids after the match. Pics/Getty Images Big moment for Vincent”I hadn’t scored this season, but I always feel in big moments that I’m going to do something,” Kompany said. “Today was a little bit of frustration, everyone was saying ‘don’t shoot, don’t shoot’ and I could really hear it; I thought hold on a second, I’ve not come this far in my career for young players to tell me if I can take a shot, and I just had a go!” Experience countsThe Belgian last hit the target from outside the area back in 2007, but Kompany insisted: “I’ve scored goals like that in training! “It’s 15 years I’ve been in top-level football, midfielders telling me ‘don’t shoot, play the ball wide’ and every time they miss, for 15 years I’ve been saying ‘I promise you, one day I’m going to have a shot from outside the box and I’m going to score a goal and you’re going to be really happy with that one’.” City manager Pep Guardiola admitted he too was among those who didn’t want Kompany to let fly from distance. “Don’t shoot! Pass the ball, pass the ball!,” said Guardiola when asked about his thoughts as Kompany took aim. “Honestly, I wasn’t too confident but football is mad for that. The artists are the players, they have to decide things in a fraction of a second and what’s important isn’t the goal, it’s him shooting while believing he was going to score. He’s a big believer and that helped us to win the game,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

SC questions Centres notification supporting jallikattu

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) The Supreme Court today questioned the Centre for its 2016 notification allowing use of bulls in events like jallikattu, saying that its 2014 verdict banning the use of the animals cannot be “negated”.”How can you (the Centre) negate our judgment banning jallikattu by coming up with the January 2016 notification allowing bulls to participate in the sport again,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman said.”Your January 2016 notification negates our 2014 judgment banning use of bulls in jallikattu,” it said.During the hearing, the counsel for the Centre said that now it would be ensured that bulls were neither tortured nor made to take alcohol prior to jallikattu.Supporting the historic tradition, the Centre also said that the court should not stop it and moreover, villagers could not be asked to go and see F1 sports.The bench, meanwhile, refused to hear organisations which have approached it to support the use of bulls in the event and fixed the matter for further hearing on December 7.Earlier, the apex court had observed that the country cannot “import Roman gladiator-type sport” as it is against the culture of compassion towards the animals.”We cannot import Roman gladiator-type sport here. One can use computer for indulging in bull fighting. Why tame bulls for it?” the bench had said.Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, had said when humans can run for marathon, why can bulls not be made to do so.The court in its 2014 judgement had said that bulls could not be used as performing animals, either for jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country, and had banned their use across the country.advertisementThe apex court had also earlier declared Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009 as constitutionally void, being violative or Article 254(1) of the Constitution.On January 8, the Centre had issued a notification lifting ban on jallikattu in poll-bound Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, which was challenged in the apex court by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others. PTI MNL SJK RKS SClast_img read more

Sanjita, Yuki dropped from TOP Scheme

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Sanjita Chanu, whose ‘A’ dope sample tested positive for a banned substance, has been dropped from the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, along with tennis player Yuki Bhambri. Sanjita, who won a gold in women’s 53kg class in the Gold Coast CWG in April, had tested positive for an anabolic steroid in a test conducted during the World Championships in USA in November last year and she has been put under provisional suspension. “It was decided to drop Sanjita from the TOPS as she stands suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation on doping charges,” the Sports Authority of India said in a statement. Yuki was left out as he will not take part in the upcoming Asian Games as the dates clash with the US Open. He was exempted by All Indian Tennis Association from Asian Games as he stood a good chance of qualifying for the main draw of US Open. “The committee has also decided to exclude men’s singles player Yuki Bhambri from the TOPS as he will not be playing in the Asian Games,” the SAI said. Mens doubles specialist Divij Sharan has been included in the scheme till the Asian Games. The decisions were taken at the Mission Olympic Cell meeting here to clear funding proposals regarding training, competition and equipment needs. In other decisions, Rohan Bopanna has been sanctioned Rs 26.03 lakh for the use of coach and physio for 12 weeks, starting May 7. “A total of Rs 26.03 lakhs has been sanctioned by the committee to Rohan Bopanna for the use of a coach and physio for a period of 12 weeks starting 7th May. Bopanna, who is a part of India’s 2018 Asian Games squad, is a prolific doubles player and reached the semifinals of the mixed doubles event in the 2016 Olympics,” it said.advertisement Rs 65.42 lakhs was sanctioned for trap shooters Shreyasi Singh, Seema Tomar, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Ankur Mittal and Shardul Vihan for training and participating in a competition in Italy ahead of the Asian Games. An amount of Rs 1.43 lakh was approved for the purchase of ammunition for Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anish Bhanwala. The committee also approved the hiring of physiotherapist Shrikant Iyengar for weightlifters Mirabai Chanu, Rakhi Halder, Jeremy and Pardeep Singh for five-and-half months, starting June 15 at an expense of Rs 1.76 lakh. The committee also sanctioned Rs 4.91 lakh to squash player Joshna Chinappa for a months training in Bristol. Rs 9.53 lakh was given to archers Abhishek Verma, V Jyothi Surekha, Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi along with their coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja for participation in the World Cup in USA from June 16-25. PTI PDS SSC PDS SSCSSClast_img read more

James Haskell: ‘When I came to Wasps, I was eating six meals a day. It was horrific’

first_imgFood James Haskell: ‘It’s hard labour being a forward … we’re like removal men’ Share on Facebook … 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. Life on a plate When I was playing in France, once, when we were warming up, one player turned up with a folding table and another with three or four shopping bags and set up beside the pitch, put a white tablecloth down on it and I thought, “The training’s about to start, they’ve put two bottles of red wine down on a white cloth and some foie gras and saucisson and are offering around wine and bread, what’s going on?” It was a petite dégustation. After a while, their boys put out their cigarettes and ran on and trained. This was a professional club so that was pretty amazing. The nutritional advice I got in France was “eat more fromage blanc”, their white yogurt. It was their key advice: “Manger plus de fromage blanc.”When I played in Japan, I ended up eating cod sperm. It tasted as you imagine – salty hell – so I won’t be ordering that again. But I’m a big foodie, so I don’t mind. My mother’s always taught me from a young age to try any food once. That if it looks shit it doesn’t mean it is.I can’t have cinema popcorn because it’s all full of sugar, unfortunately. Well, I do have it and I don’t have it. I love movie night and there’s lots of healthy brands of popcorn nowadays, so it’s good as a snack.I wouldn’t say who isn’t eating well on my team, but all you have to do is look at our line-up and see what their shapes are. There are a couple of blokes who have unbelievable genetics and there are those who eat fast food all the time and stay in incredible shape. And there’s a couple of lads the size of houses who don’t retain their weight doing the type of exercise I do. If you’re eating badly those exercises are a physical impossibility. On the away trip there’s always a guy who turns up with a big bag of sweets. He’s in good shape, but he’s an enabler.My favourite thingsFoodIndian. Or sausage and mash.DrinkI’m obsessed by coffee. Put Grass Fed on the label and you’re bullet-proof.Place to eatBreakfast at The Griddle Cafe on Sunset Boulevard. They do pancakes that are like pork chops.James Haskell is a Meridian Foods ambassador. Cooking for Fitness by James Haskell and Omar Meziane (£21.95, James Haskell Health & Fitness) Rugby union Share on Twitter Reuse this content Support The Guardian Read morecenter_img Share on Messenger features Topics Share on WhatsApp My first memory is being taken for Indian food at the Cookham Tandoori on the High Street – I remember the poppadoms, the onions, the chicken tikka. I remember being taken for my fifth or maybe my fourth birthday to the Pizza Hut. I hated school food. I love fish now but I just hated it then. And strawberry custard, something you never see except in educational establishments.I was consuming the most food when I came to Wasps. I was eating six meals a day – 250-300g of protein, 300g of carbs, 250g of veg, six times every day. It was extensive, horrific. And tedious. We would cook while having breakfast – the chicken poached by my mum, me eating and cooking fish in the oven, my dad making potatoes. And it wasn’t creative cooking – poaching all that chicken was as dull as dishwater. I got bored of eating. Just chewing, thinking, “When is this portion going to end?”I wake up dead hungry. I have my five egg whites in the morning, a nut butter with my porridge, a probiotic drink and then a protein shake and coffee for the car journey into work.In a biology lesson, when I was 15, there was a pig’s heart to dissect and the teacher left the room and, being the classic idiot, I accepted bets on whether I’d bite out a piece of heart. I wrote down everybody’s name – he’ll give me £3, he’ll give me £5, etc. – and I ate the pig’s heart raw and obviously it was horrific but the cash kept me in Domino’s pizza for about three weeks. Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola expects Liverpool to bounce back from Barcelona defeat

first_imgShare on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Pep Guardiola Share on Pinterest Liverpool Share on Messenger Share via Email Read more Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend newscenter_img Liverpool were beaten 3-0 in Spain in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg but Guardiola dismissed the prospect of them faltering on Tyneside after seeing their performance at the Camp Nou.“I don’t think so – the game was incredibly good, from both sides,” City’s manager said. “Liverpool were outstanding and it was a good performance from both. I enjoyed watching it.“I don’t think it will affect them. I think it will be not easy at Newcastle but they’ll be well prepared to win there.”He also believes Leicester will not subconsciously switch off. “That’s not going to happen,” Guardiola said. “The manager and the players want to do a good performance. The question makes no sense; forget about it. The Leicester players will not come here for their holiday. Maybe they have a chance to finish seventh and they will try to make a good game.”Kevin De Bruyne remains unavailable because of a hamstring injury, and Guardiola does not know whether Fernandinho’s knee problem will allow him to feature on Monday. “I didn’t speak with the doctors,” he said. Pep Guardiola is sure Liverpool will respond to defeat at Barcelona by beating Newcastle United and so maintain the pressure on Manchester City as the title race enters its last two games.City are a point ahead of Liverpool, who travel to Newcastle on Saturday evening, before Guardiola’s side host Leicester City on Monday. Manchester City Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

15 days agoAaron Mooy delighted with Brighton form

first_imgAaron Mooy delighted with Brighton formby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Mooy is delighted with his form at Brighton.Mooy is feeling happy and settled into life on the south coast following his summer season-long loan switch from Huddersfield Town.He said, “I feel good at the moment and sharper each and every day.“I always try my best and sometimes it does take time to adapt to new things, but I feel good at the moment and I’ll keep fighting to get better with every week.“It’s a new style for a lot of people here and it’s one I like. It’s the most enjoyable way to play football when you have the ball, and that’s what we want as players – when it goes like it did at the weekend, it makes it even more enjoyable. “I feel settled down here now, it took a few weeks to get into a place, but my family is here with me and are enjoying it too, so that makes me happy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Anonymous Coach Getting Crushed For What He Said About Tua Tagovailoa

first_img “The comments that surfaced Tuesday about Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama’s defense aren’t tethered to reality and are laughable,” writes Aaron Suttles.It’s anonymous coach comments season, which is always entertaining this time of year. But the comments that surfaced Tuesday about Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama’s defense aren’t tethered to reality and are laughable. https://t.co/P1eXNdyjNQ— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) May 22, 2019AL.com called the anonymous coach a “filthy-mouthed coward.” One of Alabama’s former rival head coaches, Tommy Tuberville, even got in on the ripping.“He puts the ball on the money,” Tuberville said on WNSP-FM 105.5. “He throws in and out of the pocket. He takes a licking and keeps on ticking. He’s kind of like the Energizer bunny. I like him. I like the way he runs the team. In that game – right or wrong – he looked like he was taking it all on his shoulders.”This won’t be the last time Tua faces criticism, of course, but if he continues to play like he has, he’ll always have plenty of people clapping back for him. Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)An anonymous college football coach is getting crushed for what he said about Alabama’s star quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, heading into the 2019 season.The coach, who spoke to Lindy’s magazine, had some harsh words for the Heisman Trophy contending quarterback.“I think Tua needs to humble himself,” he said. “I think he did some bad things in the bowl game that cost the team because he put himself ahead of the team. He needs to understand Alabama won national championships by playing great defense and special teams and not beating itself. In the national championship game, the quarterback play was atrocious, and some would say the play-calling, too.”These comments are not sitting well with the college football world.last_img read more

Security situation better in J&K, 126 terrorists killed this year: MoS Home Kishan Reddy

first_img Jitendra Bahadur Singh New DelhiJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 00:08 IST Forces have kept a close watch on persons who attempt to provide support to terrorists and initiate action against them, G Kishan Reddy said.The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved in the first half of this year compared to the corresponding period of 2018, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said on Wednesday.Net infiltration has reduced by 43 per cent and local recruitment has declined by 40 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir, G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.”Terrorist initiated incidents have declined by 28 per cent. Actions initiated by the security forces witnessed an increase of 59 per cent and have resulted in 22 per cent increase in neutralisation of terrorists,” G Kishan Reddy said.The MoS for Home Affairs also informed the Upper House that due to concerted and synergised efforts of security forces, 126 terrorists have been neutralised in Jammu and Kashmir since January till July 14.However, during these operations, 75 security forces personnel have also been martyred, which include the 40 security forces personnel killed in Pulwama attack, he added.G Kishan Reddy also said that the government has taken various measures such as strengthening of security apparatus, strict enforcement of law against anti-national elements, and intensified cordon & search operations to effectively deal with the challenges posed by terrorist organisations in the state.Forces have kept a close watch on persons who attempt to provide support to terrorists and initiate action against them, he said.Reddy further stated that the government is always open to talks within the framework of the Constitution of India for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.advertisement”In order to bring about overall development for the benefit of people of Jammu and Kashmir and to bring the Kashmiri youth in the mainstream, the Prime Minister has announced a package of Rs 80,068 crores,” Reddy said.”This package consists of 63 major development projects in road sector, power generation and transmission, health infrastructure, establishment of 2 AIIMS, IITs, IIMs and tourism related projects etc.””Training and employment opportunities for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir are also provided under many schemes such as HIMAYAT and PMKVY. In order to mainstream the youth, special emphasis is being given to Watan Ko Jano program, student exchange program, sports as well as civic action program of CAPFs,” he said.ALSO READ | Pulwama terror attack on CRPF indigenous, Pakistan was not involved, claims Imran KhanALSO WATCH | Donald Trump offers to mediate on Kashmir dispute, India denies claimFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Security situation better in J&K, 126 terrorists killed this year: MoS Home Kishan ReddyNet infiltration has reduced by 43 per cent and local recruitment has declined by 40 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir, G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The MoS for Home Affairs also informed the Upper House that due to concerted and synergised efforts of security forces, 126 terrorists have been neutralised in Jammu and Kashmir since January till July 14. advertisementlast_img read more

Manitoba woman allegedly stole 800 from blind woman she met on bus

first_imgTORONTO – Police say they’ve arrested a Manitoba woman who allegedly robbed a blind woman she met on a bus trip to Toronto.Investigators say the 49-year-old alleged victim was travelling to Toronto from Sudbury, Ont., when a woman engaged her in conversation.They say the Manitoba woman told the blind woman she was homeless, had been through a recent family tragedy and had nowhere to stay.Police say the blind woman, who was headed to Toronto for medical treatment, offered the other woman a place to stay.They say when the blind woman woke up in her hotel on Tuesday morning $800 had been taken from her wallet and the Manitoba woman had fled.Police say Angela Bluecoat, 36, was arrested Thursday in Toronto and is to appear in court on Friday charged with theft under $5,000.“This is a cowardly act,” Insp. Colin Greenaway told a news conference on Thursday. “This is a person who’s taken advantage of someone who has a disability and has a great heart and was trying to help another person.”last_img read more

Joshi seeks EC probe into circulation of fake letter in his name

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has sought an inquiry by the Election Commission into a fake letter being circulated in his name on social media and critical of the party’s leadership and Lok Sabha poll prospects. The fake letter, addressed to another party veteran L K Advani, has been in circulation for last few days. Demanding an investigation by the poll panel, Joshi has written to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora that he has not written any such letter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “My friends in media called me up and told me that since yesterday a letter addressed by me to L K Advani Ji has been circulated on social media. I have read the contents of it and I am attaching them with this letter. I have not sent any such letter to Advani Ji. Kindly, immediately look into the matter and find the source of the letter, through which it came to social media,” Joshi said. Both Joshi and Adavani, who are among the founders of the party, had won last Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from Kanpur and Gandhinagar, respectively, but they have not got the party tickets to fight polls this time. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Joshi, the party’s third president, had said after being denied ticket from Kanpur that the BJP general secretary (organisation), Ram Lal, a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) appointee, had conveyed him the party leadership’s decision that he should not be contesting the polls. Advani, who has been replaced by the BJP president Amit Shah in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, said earlier this month that his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as “anti-nationals” or “enemies” but only as adversaries, remarks which came at a time when top BJP leaders have used anti-national barbs against political rivals on the issue of national security. Earlier in 2015, Advani and Joshi were among some senior BJP leaders who had strongly criticised the party’s leadership after the setback in the Bihar Assembly polls.last_img read more

Fisher-Price recalls Power Wheels Barbie Campers

WASHINGTON — Fisher-Price is voluntarily recalling about 44,000 Children’s Power Wheels Barbie Dream Campers because they can keep running after the foot pedal is released.The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Fisher-Price has received 17 complaints. No injuries have been reported.The model FRC29 battery-operated vehicles are hot pink with blue accents and have the Barbie logo printed on the back. They include a play kitchen, a fold out grill and pretend campfire. They were sold exclusively by Walmart for about $400 from July 2018 through January.Customers should take the model away from children and contact Fisher-Price for a free repair.Fisher-Price can be reached at 800-348-0751 or at www.fisher-price.com .The Associated Press

King Mohammed VI Launches Next Phase of Human Development Program

Rabat – Days after UNDP ranked Morocco 123rd in human development, King Mohammed VI chaired a ceremony launching the third phase of Morocco’s human development plan.The third phase of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) was launched September 19. It will focus on improving infrastructure and social services, supporting the country’s most vulnerable, increasing incomes for youth, and supporting human development for future generations, according to Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit, reported state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The program’s vision, according to MAP, is “to secure sustainable social and human development.”The third phase, Laftit noted, will abide by the new policy of decentralization to ensure more efficiency. The UN Development Program’s Human Development Index for 2018, released September 14, ranked Morocco’s human development at 123rd out of 189 countries, with a score of 0.667 out of 10. The score is a slight improvement over Morocco’s score in 2005 at the time of INDH’s launch, at 0.572.The launch also comes after a change in leadership at INDH. On August 24, the King appointed a new head, Mohamed Dardouri. The previous head, Nadira Guermai, had been leading the program for nine years. INDH was originally launched on May 18, 2005.INDH’s past activitiesDuring the ceremony, the interior minister presented a report on INDH’s activities from 2005 to 2017 to King Mohammed VI.INDH’s second phase, from 2011 to 2015, cost MAD 17 billion. It was financed by the general state budget (55 percent), local communities (33 percent), public establishments (6 percent), and international aid (6 percent), according to the body’s website.INDH allocated the largest portion of the second phase’s budget, MAD 5 billion, to “territorial upgrades” for people living in rural and mountainous areas. The program selected 3,300 benefiting villages, accounting for approximately 1 million people. INDH claims it provided health support, education support, road work, electrification, and potable water to the rural populations.INDH also says it funded urban social inclusion projects (MAD 3.4 billion), rural poverty alleviation (MAD 3.1 billion), employment supports (MAD 2.8 billion), and programs for the most vulnerable populations (MAD 1.4 billion).The launching ceremony was accompanied by the signing of a framework agreement to support schooling and decrease dropout rates among rural populations. The agreement was signed by Laftit and Minister of Education Said Amzazi.Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani also attended the ceremony. read more

Not only strong but smart policies needed to combat terrorism – UN

“Policies that limit human rights only end up alienating religious and ethnic communities, who would normally have every interest in fighting extremism,” Mr. Guterres highlighted at a high-level meeting – he chaired – on counter-terrorism strategies in Central Asia. “Acknowledging and respecting people’s dignity and rights – including their frustrations and critical opinions – helps to combat extremism, by building social cohesion and a sense of the common good,” he added. The threat from terrorism and violent extremism has gotten worse with terrorist organizations becoming increasingly transnational, enabling and inspiring attacks and radicalizing individuals, particularly youth, outside of conflict zones. Multilateral solutions are therefore essential for successfully addressing the challenges, noted the UN chief. And in this context, he applauded the efforts of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which in 2011, had adopted the Ashgabat Declaration and the Joint Plan of Action for the Implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia – the first regional initiative of its kind. “It reflected [the] countries’ commitment to jointly addressing and defeating the scourge of terrorism, with the support of the UN,” said Mr. Guterres, noting that the plan of action has become an example for others around the world, and stands out as an impressive display of collective action, leadership and political will. The UN chief further called on the countries to continue to work together on issues such as countering the financing of terrorism, enhancing border security, nurturing dialogue with religious institutions and leaders, as well as highlighting the role of the media in addressing terrorism and violent extremism. “Central Asia has the opportunity to show global leadership by developing national and possibly a regional plan of action to prevent violent extremism […] the UN continues to stand ready to assist in these efforts,” he said. Also today at the meeting held in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, ministers from the five Central Asian countries adopted a joint declaration on strengthening regional collaboration to counter-terrorism. They also resolved to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (adopted by the General Assembly, by consensus, in 2006) as well as the recommendations of the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism by promoting dialogue and conflict prevention, addressing the foreign terrorist fighters phenomenon, promoting skills development and employment facilitation, countering terrorist narratives and the misuse of information technologies. read more

UN Security Council pledges support for regional push to revive South Sudans

In a presidential statement, the 15-member Council said it “is deeply concerned about the actions of all parties to the conflict that are perpetuating this, with 7.6 million people now in need of aid, four million displaced, and six million lacking enough food to feed themselves.”The world’s youngest country, South Sudan has spent much of its short life mired in conflict, riven by a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar that erupted into full-blown war late in 2013. The Council also took note of the September 2017 mid-term report of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and its findings that the parties to the conflict have failed to implement substantive elements of the 2015 peace agreement, which sought to end the fighting that broke out in December 2013. The Council expressed its strong support for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) High-Level Revitalization Forum, which was established to revitalize efforts to implement the 2015 peace agreement, adding that it “looks forward” to the convening of a fully inclusive Forum and substantive progress on the initiative by the end of December.IGAD is a regional mechanism in Eastern Africa consisting of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.The Council strongly urged all parties to engage constructively in the process to revitalize the 2015 peace agreement, underlining that no party should set pre-conditions for participation.The Council noted with deep concern the continuing obstacles that hinder the delivery of vital lifesaving assistance to the South Sudanese people, condemning attacks on national and international humanitarian personnel and compounds.The Council reiterated that perpetrators of violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights must be held accountable, to break the prevailing cycle of impunity.RELATED: Security Council extends mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) read more

Ohio State track teams gearing up for Jesse Owens Track Classic

The 28th annual Jesse Owens Track Classic falls in the year of the 100th anniversary of Jesse Owens’ birth. The only outdoor regular season meet that Ohio State hosts, it is held in honor of the late Buckeye and his accomplishments throughout his tenure at the university. “There is such great history with Jesse Owens,” said Ed Beathea, coach of the OSU men’s track and field team. “It’s just amazing to have had someone as talented as him, such a worldwide icon, to think he practiced here, competed here, wore the uniform. To pay homage to him every year is certainly the right thing to do.” While Owens was at OSU, he broke world records in the long jump and 100- and 200-yard dashes. He went on to collect four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. More than 35 colleges will be competing in the two-day event at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday and Saturday. “We have Indiana State, Kent State, Michigan State, those schools are bringing full teams,” Beathea said. “I think the meet will probably be a little bit more competitive than it was last year, which is fine for where we (the OSU track and field team) are with the training.” Friday marks the throwing, steeplechase and distance events, and Saturday will consist of distance-running, middle-running, sprints, hurdles and jumps. Leading up to the weekend, the Buckeyes have set new personal and school records. “The Sea Ray Relays was a good meet,” Beathea said. “We broke another school record in the javelin and we did well in the steeplechase and 800-meter, so each weekend we are adding to our progress which is good.” Freshman OSU men’s track and field member Billy Stanley broke his own school record for the javelin Saturday at the Sea Ray Relays, clearing 72.32 meters (237-3.00). Fresh from a 3,000-meter steeplechase win at the Sea Ray Relays, redshirt sophomore Jackson Neff will be competing at the event again this weekend. “As a distance squad in general I think we are coming along pretty well,” Neff said. “I think we are setting ourselves up pretty well.” Freshman sprinter and hurdler Alexis Franklin said she is feeling confident going into her first Classic weekend. Franklin was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week March 20 for winning first place in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.28 seconds, ranking second in the NCAA this year, at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 14-16. “I am excited (for the meet), but no one can run the race except for you, so when you are out on the track, the only thing you can do is leave everything you have out on the track,” Franklin said. Beathea said going into the weekend, the most important thing is for athletes to remember the opportunity that they are presented with. “I always want them to remember and I always want to remind them of the uniform that they are wearing,” Beathea said. “What that means, what that expectation is. Keep it very simple but very clear, competing for a great university with some great tradition and history.” The Jesse Owens Track Classic is slated to start Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. read more

Fluke launching new portable mining oscilloscopes at AIMEX

first_imgFluke Australia will showcase it’s recent release of what it describes as the world’s first portable four-channel oscilloscopes engineered for harsh environments on Stand B1018 during AIMEX – Asia-Pacific’s Mining Exhibition 2011, to be held at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, from September 6-9. The Fluke ScopeMeter 190 Series 11 handheld scopes feature four input channels which are fully isolated from each other to undertake differential floating measurements, a critical consideration for trouble shooting fixed installation three-phase power electronic devices like variable speed motor drives.They are also designed to test inverter power electronic technology used in green energy generation and transportation applications. The new scopes are safety rated for Cat III 1000V/Cat IV 600V environments. They also carry the International Protection (IP) -51 dust and drip proof rating, making them suited to industrial and field environments. In particular, the four channels enable users to solve problems, such as signal amplitude or shape variations, by simultaneously inspecting input signals, output signals, feedback loops or safety interlocks.Fluke’s AIMEX stand will also feature:Free SmartView software upgrades for life with the purchase of its Ti32 thermal imager which, the company says, delivers unprecedented performance for trouble-shooting and preventive maintenance of electrical installations, electro-mechanical equipment, process equipment and HVAC/R equipmentA new advanced family of clamp meters, engineered for testing and maintaining electrical systems, industrial equipment and controls, and commercial and industrial heating, ventilation and airconditioning (HVAC) equipment in demanding conditionsThe new CLKTO C-range Infrared Window which enables technicians to inspect high energy equipment safely, without opening enclosures or wearing heavy personal protective equipment (PPE) for protection from electric arc-flash.last_img read more

Marco Oneto will miss the World Championship in Spain

← Previous Story Nenad Bilbija agrees new contract with GWD Minden, stays until 2016 Next Story → Almost 13.000 fans made decision: Zsuzsanna Tomori is the World’s Best Player 2012! chileChile handballlesionlesion onetoMarco Onetooneto The Chilean national team received bad news after Marco Oneto‘s injury meant that he will be out for at least a month. With the left-leg injury taken during a training session, Oneto won’t be able to play at the World Championship that starts in about 15 days. This is going to be a serious blow to the team that hoped for a victory at the Championship. Oneto is currently playing for MKB Veszprem.Chile plays in a group against Denmark, Iceland, Qatar, Russia and Macedonia. Games are to be played in the city of Sevilla.