Wawrinka is ready to rumble in Chennai

first_imgStanislas Wawrinka may have slept through the entry deadline for the Aircel Chennai Open starting January 3 and finally got into the draw as a wild card, but the Swiss is all geared up for the first ATP tournament of the year.The runner-up at the last Chennai Open, Wawrinka is now ranked 21th on the ATP computer and hopes to seal the title this time. But he is going to take it one step at a time.”It’s always tough to play the first tournament of the year but at the same time it is great to get back to match play after the off season. Chennai is great preparation for the Australian Open,” Wawrinka told M AIL T ODAY . At a time when people complain about the tennis season being too long, Wawrinka says nothing much can be done about the short break. ” No, it’s ( break) never long enough but that’s the calendar and you have to deal with it and it is the same for all players,” says the man who paired with Roger Federer to win the doubles gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Talking about the off-season, Wawrinka said he likes to be with his family.”It’s just relaxing with my friends and family and baby daughter. I eat a lot of good food and sleep a lot. There is no better way to unwind than spend time at home in my own bed, which I miss throughout the year,” he says.Looking at the year ahead, Wawrinka says he is not going to put pressure on himself. ” I just want to compete more and better myself from the previous year. I will work on certain areas of my game and just get better results than last year. You can’t put too much pressure on yourself,” is his mantra.advertisementAt a time when people complain about the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal getting boring, Wawrinka says there can be more variety.” New challengers will always come. Every match is tough and more and more young kids are coming through the challenge for every position. But Roger and Rafael are great for the sport,” says Wawrinka.Wawrinka says he is excited about 2011: “It is very exciting and I am very much looking forward to it. I can’t wait, and hopefully I can do better in Chennai now.” Asked to assess Somdev Devvarman, Wawrinka is frank.”He’s a good player and did well last year. The field is strong every year so each match is tough. And it will be great to see Leander and Mahesh back – so good for India and the tournament. They are dangerous,” is his view.In 2010, Wawrinka had a 36-19 win-loss record as he earned $ 862,678. With Peter Lundgren as his new coach, the year ahead looks exciting for the 25-year-old Swiss.last_img read more

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Gundappa Vishwanath: A profile of the prolific batsman

first_imgVishwanath in action aganist the English attack: ‘Cricket is a funny game’The little master of Indian cricket, Gundappa Vishwanath made a remarkable comeback last month after almost slipping from the pinnacle of fame into a has been.After a bad patch lasting nearly two years, the five-foot-four-and-a-half-inch vice-captain of the Indian,Vishwanath in action aganist the English attack: ‘Cricket is a funny game’The little master of Indian cricket, Gundappa Vishwanath made a remarkable comeback last month after almost slipping from the pinnacle of fame into a has been.After a bad patch lasting nearly two years, the five-foot-four-and-a-half-inch vice-captain of the Indian team bounced rich harvest of runs in the Test matches held at New Delhi and Madras, silencing his critics who were making strident calls for bis removal from the Indian Test squad. A glorious knock of 107 in New Delhi last December squashed all doubts about his flagging form. Although he followed this knock with a duck in the Calcutta Test, the 32-year-old Vishwanath came into his own with a ferocious double century in Madras last fortnight, the highest ever made by any Indian player against England and also his highest score in Test cricket. Mused a contented Vishwanath: “Cricket is a funny game. Even if you are on top, if you don’t make runs, you come down.”Vishwanath’s cricketing career stretching through 80 Tests, the highest ever by an Indian, has always been one of constant fluctuations. When he made his Test debut on November 15. 1969 at the Kanpur Test against Australia, he was out for a shameful zero in the first innings: “Though it was my first Test, all I had was a zero when I went into bat in the second innings. After a couple of runs I went on playing and in no time I saw 100 on the board,” reminisced Vishwanath modestly. advertisementVishwanath with his wife, Kavitha: ‘He is basically shy and quiet’But for many cricket lovers it was one of the greatest innings ever played by an Indian batsman. “It was simply out of this world,” remarked a sports correspondent. Vishwanath tore apart a genuine Australian pace attack to join the select of Indian cricketers who have scored centuries on their maiden appearance in Test cricket.Undaunted: But in the same manner as he blazed into Indian Test cricket, he was almost snuffed out by Iris own glory. After his marvellous debut, Vishwanath failed miserably when India toured the West Indies and England in 1971. It was only when England toured India, the next year, that Vishwanath regained his true form, ironically in Kanpur again. In the first innings of that Test, after he scored a measly 25 runs, a selector told him that he was being dropped from the team for the next Test. Undaunted Vishwanath went on to make a classic 75 not out. He was immediately reinstated at the next Test in Bombay where he carved out a scintillating century. Vishwanath had. at last, broken the. myth that those who score a century in their debut in Test cricket do not shine again. It had happened to Kripal Singh and Abbas Ali Baig.At the start of the current series against England, the Lilliputian from Karnataka knew that he had to score well in order to salvage his reputation and a place on the team. “The century in New Delhi against England was the greatest innings I have played so far,” he told India Today, “it was my most fluent innings especially at a time when 1 needed runs and was extremely tense in the beginning.”Vishwanath’s rise to cricket’s hall of fame began in humble surroundings. His father, Gundappa Ranganath, was a stenographer at the State Electricity Board in Bangalore. Vishwanath got his inspiration to play cricket from Jagannath, his elder brother, who represented the state’s junior team. Initially, Vishwanath learnt the rudiments of the game in the corridors of his house playing with his neighbour.The ‘little master’ Rankcd by his parents, Ranganath and SavithrarnmaRamakrishna. Imaginary wickets were drawn on the wall and Vishwanath invariably asked Ramakrishna to bat first because his own batting would usually last for hours. Even at such an early age he was already being nicknamed ‘tennis-cricket’s’ Bradman. Vishwanath considers this period of his cricket training as a vital part of his learning process. Says he: “Tennis-cricket played a big role because it had a lot of bounce off the field. I always had to play down as even getting caught on the first ball was out.It taught me to play all along the ground, something which I do till now.” It also helped him perfect the stroke for which Vishwanath is now famous – the square cut. Because of his low stature, he also learnt to play off the backfoot which is the hallmark of most great batsmen because it gives them a split second more to play their strokes.advertisementDisguised Blessing: From here Vishwanath graduated to his school team, where he not only kept wickets but also became the captain. Perhaps his greatest disappointment in life was that he never played tor the state school team, generally considered a prestigious stint for any aspiring cricketer. Vishwanath was not selected for the strangest of reasons: a selector felt he was too short. Six years later Vishwanath had not grown any taller but he had made it to Test cricket.His failure to secure a place in the state school squad would in fact prove to be a blessing in disguise. For he was immediately picked up by a local cricket club called the Spartans and made to play straightaway in the senior division league. Spartans’ Managar, B.N. Chandrashekar. encouraged Vishwanath right from the outset and even presented him with his first bat. Vishwanath fondly recalls how ‘”that was a great moment for me.’For the present, Vishwanath is right in the thick of it all, and withthe kind of panache he has displayed in the current series, he has along way to go before he can hang up his bat.’At last, I had a bat I could call my own and take home with me”. Another incident which left a deep impression on him was his visit to the Chepauk grounds in Madras to watch his first Test match. As he and his brother could afford only gallery seats, they had to go to the stadium at 2.30 in the morning to secure the best vantage point. Jagannath remembers how Vishwanath watched with rapt attention every ball that was bowled in that match. Says Vishwanath: “I don’t think I could get so involved in a Test match now as I did during that match. I thought to myself, I must be in the middle one day.” His premonitions proved right.But if Vishwanath’s ambition was to become a cricketer, his parents” dreams lay elsewhere. Says Ranganath. his father: “I was keen that he finish his degree at least, so that he could get a respectable job.” As if sensing the fame that would descend on him someday, Vishwanath told his mother, Savithramma: “Don’t worry about my studies. even without it, I will be respected one day.”Sure enough, as soon as he passed his intermediate examination. Vishwanath had thrown his books away, grabbed his bat, and played as much cricket as he could. In 1967 he made his memorable Ranji Trophy debut playing against Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada where he hit a whopping 230, his highest ever. The ‘little master’ had arrived.Wrist-work: If his Test debut was even quicker, he owes it to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, the former Indian captain. It was Pataudi who first noticed Vishwanath’s talent when he scored 60-odd runs in a Ranji match against Hyderabad. Pataudi had advised him to exercise with dumb-bells. Vishwanath heeded it and today he hits the ball with apparent ease to the boundary with just a delicate flick of his wrist. Though Vishwanath was not selected for the first Test against Australia in 1969, Pataudi insisted on his inclusion for the second Test match.advertisement Vishwanath found himself making his debut when he was 20 years old. The rest is history. In retrospect, the duck in the first innings at Kanpur has had a profound impact on Vishwanath’s attitude to batting. “When I go out to bat, the first thing I think of is that I should not get out for zero. Only when I get it am I relaxed,” he confesses. Does that mean that he is tense when he is out in the middle all the time? “I am always tense before I go into bat for whatever type of match I am playing, but once I get there in the middle I leave my tension behind in the dressing room. I am calm. If you become tense while batting, you can’t move your feet well. For me it does not matter if we are zero for 32 or two for 32,1 just go there and play my cricket. I play my natural game. I don’t know what pressure is.”Vishwanath is considered to be one of the greatest stroke players in the world and even Gavaskar admits that Vishwanath is superior to him in this department. “He is a genius, an absolute genius,” raved well-known cricket critic Rajan Bala, sports editor of Decern Herald, “there has been no batsmen like Vishwanath earlier, he is one batsman who transcends technique. He is the most natural player I have seen in decades. He keeps the basics aside, that is his success. He varies and improvises. He plays blatantly across the line and hits fantastic shots. Even Kallicharan does not have his silent touch. When he gets set, it is a challenge for any captain to place a field for him. Vishy is always finding gaps with the most incredible shots.”It is the ability to improvise his shots and rip apart the best bowling that distinguishes Vishwanath from Gavaskar who is undoubtedly the most scientific player in India.Greatest Knock: One of his greatest innings was in Madras again, against the fiery West Indian pace attack spearheaded by Andy Roberts in 1974-75. While other Indian wickets fell like ninepins, Vishwanath rescued India out of trouble with an exhilarating 97 not out. He was so aggressive that the only way Roberts could prevent him from taking a run was to bowl a bouncer. Vishwanath does not use brute force when he plays but caresses the ball to the boundary. Wrote a sports critic: “Watching him in full flow is like listening to Bach: each note, each stroke part of an overall plan yet somehow distinct.” His childhood hero was that great Australian batsman. Neil Harvery whom Vishwanath only read about but never saw.It is perhaps ironical that the two little masters of Indian cricket, Vishwanath and Gavaskar, should constitute the backbone of the team, and even stranger, be related. It was in March 1978 that Vishwanath married Kavitha Gavaskar, the skipper’s younger sister. They met when Sunil once took Vishwanath to his home in Bombay.For Kavitha, love is not only keeping his cricket bat clean-as a poster drawn by her in their tastefully decorated living room in Bangalore indicates -it is providing the much-needed moral support that Vishwanath craves for, especially when he fails to score. She also does his shopping which he hates to do himself. Vishwanath has this peculiar habit, Kavitha thinks, of buying all the available colours in shirts of a particular design he likes. Explained the Test star nonchalantly: “I find shopping tiring and if I like the design why should I go elsewhere to shop? 1 buy the whole lot.”Greatness, it is said, comes in a cloak of humility. It is the same mantle that drapes Vishwanath. for even to this day, he remains as humble as when he started: a trait he attributes to his upbringing. Says Kavitha: “He is basically shy and quiet. He opens out only when he is with friends. He is an extremelycool person, nothing ruffles him unless I try to get under his skin.” Exudes B.S. Chandrashekhar, India’s former spinning wizatd who has seen Vishwanath right from the start: “He is a fantastic man. In his heart, he is a genuine person.” Gavaskar once observed that Vishwanath was the only player both his team-mates and opponents liked. Asked what he thinks of himself, Vishwanath replied unassumingly: “I am Vishwanath. I play cricket,” and added with a twinkle, “I am an easy-going person.” It is his accommodating nature that makes him perhaps the best vice-captain India has had. But he would never make a good captain. As a sports critic remarked: “He is easier led than leading.”A day in the life of Vishwanath usually begins with a game of badminton. He plays in the same court where Prakash Padukone trained himself to be a champion. After a quick shower and breakfast he goes to the State Bank of India where he works as an officer, a far cry from the clerk’s post he was given 13 years ago. He works in the bank till 3.30 p.m. and then puts in at least two hours at the nets. He spends evenings either with Kavitha or simply visiting friends. Vishwanath hates films and books, likes music but has no favourites and loves watching cricket on video. His favourite food is steak but he is not fussy about his eating habits. Because of his aversion to shopping, he does not buy anything when he goes abroad except tooth brushes, says Kavitha. “I am not a fancy person,” he says with a shrug.Devotee: Religion plays a fairly important role in Vishwanath’s life. He is an ardent devotee of Sai Baba and worships the famous Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirupati. He visits Tirupati before the start of every season. After his century at Delhi, he had vowed that if he did well in Madras he would pay his respects to the temple again. Immediately after his double century, he rushed to Tirupati to fulfil his vow. In fact he is so religious that he wears a ring having an image of Lord Venkateshwara carved on it and a necklace with two charms attached to it, one given by Sai Baba and the other by his mother-in-law. Before he plays every ball he peers down his shirt at the image of Sai Baba on his chain. Vishwanath’s philsophy of life is not to take success or failure too hard but to just carry on. It is the same with his cricket. If he gets out cheaply, he feels bad for the moment but is soon cheerful again by telling himself that all this is part of the game. Asked what it is he likes about cricket, he replied: “I like getting runs. There is nothing like getting runs in Test cricket.”Traits: Characteristic of a man who has started clear of all controversies in the game. another of Vishwanath’s traits is his sportsmanship. He walks back to the pavilion if he thinks he is out even before the umpire raises his lingers. Asked why he does this, Vishwanath’s surprising answer was: “I don’t know why I do it. It all happens on the spur of the moment. I don’t like to stay in the middle when I think I am out. But when I am halfway back to the pavilion I wonder why I walked out without waiting for the umpire’s decision. Now with so many unfair decisions. I am slowly learning. I don’t think I would be able to walk away like I used to do before.”Vishwanath is also learning to wear a protective helmet which he once scorned saying: “I only wear a helmet when I ride a scooter.” Now he says that if the bowling is really fierce then the helmet gives him confidence.Vishwanath’s recent return to form was preceded by his failure in two consecutive cricket seasons which he attributes to his faulty technique. Moreover, he felt he was slower than before. Last year he got himself toned up, losing eight kg of weight by playing badminton. He now weighs a decent 61 kg with the necessary changes in technique, the vintage Vishwanath with all his grace and aggression was back.But Vishwanath’s critics think he is a spent force. Says one of them: “He is on the decline: age has taken its toll. His reflexes have decreased. The quickness is gone. He can no more play a charismatic and dramatic innings.” But Vishwanath hotly denies that he is facing a downward trend. Said he candidly: “Age has definitely not slowed me down. I am just 32, I am fitter than what I used to be a year ago. I still feel I have a lot of cricket in me. Reaching the peak means getting going all the time and I should be doing this by next season.”At the end of the Madras Test, Vishwanath had. crossed the century mark 14 times in his career and hit 5,672 runs in Test cricket averaging an impressive 43.63 runs. No doubt, for the present Vishwanath is right in the thick of it all and with the kind of panache* he had displayed in the current series, he has a long way to go before he can hang up his bat.last_img read more

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Shaun Marsh suffers shoulder injury, may miss Pakistan Test series

first_imgAustralia’s in-form batsman Shaun Marsh has suffered a shoulder injury and that has cast doubts over his participation in the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates expected to take place in October.Marsh was one of the top performers with the bat during the 2017-18 Ashes series triumph at home, scoring two centuries. The left-handed batsman also struck a couple of hundreds in the ODI series defeat to England last month.Australia are already in a transition period following the suspensions of captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft. The trio has been banned by Cricket Australia (CA) after they were found guilty of ball-tampering during the third Test in Cape Town against South Africa in March this year.Smith and Warner were banned for one year while Bancroft has been suspended for nine month.And now the loss of Marsh will be a massive blow as Australia look to overcome a period of poor results.Marsh sustained a shoulder problem while playing in a Twenty20 match for Glamorgan in Cardiff on SundayThe 35-year-old was helped off the field after landing awkwardly while trying to stop a boundary in the Welsh county’s defeat to Sussex in the Vitality Blast encounter.Cricket Australia said they would wait until they received a report from Glamorgan to decide on a course of action for Marsh’s recovery.”Shaun’s a tough guy, so it’s certainly not a bruise the way he walked off holding his shoulder,” Glamorgan coach Robert Croft said. “We’ll have to wait and see.advertisement”We hope the scan will be favourable.”Frontline pacemen Pat Cummins (back), Josh Hazlewood (back) and Mitchell Starc (leg) are also racing against time to be fit for the Pakistan series.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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JOHNSON SAYS KING REBUKE VOTE WAS NECESSARY STEP

first_imgSouth Dakota’s new Republican Congressman, Dusty Johnson, was among those who voted for the House measure rebuking Iowa Congressman Steve King over racist comments Tuesday.Johnson says the vote was a necessary step:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DUSTY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….adds up. ;18Johnson says the 424 to 1 vote shows the strong feeling in the House;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DUSTY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..not respectful :10King has been removed from all his committee assignments.Johnson says that is a significant loss:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DUSTY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..next two years :16Several groups in Iowa are now saying that King should resign from the House.King says he intends to continue to serve the people of the 4th District.Courtesy Jerry Oster WNAXlast_img read more

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Green leaves Stuttgart on loan

first_imgTransfers Julian Green joins Greuther Fuerth on season-long loan Last updated 2 years ago 00:37 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julian Green Stuttgart Getty Images Transfers Stuttgart Greuther Fürth Bundesliga The 22-year-old will look to resurrect his career in the German second division. Julian Green has moved from the Bundesliga to the 2.Bundesliga for the second time in 2017, this time joining Greuther Fuerth on a season-long loan from Stuttgart. Green joined then-second division side Stuttgart on a permanent deal from Bayern Munich in January 2017, and scored one goal in 10 league appearances as the club earned promotion to the Bundesliga. Leipzig 25/1 to win Bundesliga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 But the 22-year-old has not been in Stuttgart’s plans to begin the season, and has dropped down to the second division in search of playing time. BREAKING: @J_Green37 makes a one-season loan move to @kleeblattfuerth. Best of luck, Julian! pic.twitter.com/GMCzZpzPAm— VfB Stuttgart_int (@VfB_int) August 31, 2017Greuther Fuerth are sitting bottom of the 2.Bundesliga, with four losses in their first four league matches. I want to play regularly, therefore I’m glad to take this step to @kleeblattfuerth #jg37 pic.twitter.com/4bp34mXtMO— Julian Green (@J_Green37) August 31, 2017The Tampa-born Green has been capped eight times by the USA, most recently in a friendly against New Zealand in October 2016.last_img read more

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Cesc Fàbregas keeps calm amid the chaos to steer Chelsea towards a worthy win

first_imgChelsea Álvaro Morata heads Chelsea to victory over Manchester United Read more Cesc Fàbregas Share on Facebook View gallery Share on Twitter Chelsea edge past Manchester United: Conte satisfied with win – video The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos José Mourinho Undoubtedly his own meticulous defensive caution is a huge factor too. But then, a lack of fluency was always likely given the chop and change in personnel and managers, the strangeness of this squad generally. No player at the club has scored 30 United league goals yet.Hundreds of millions of pounds have been spent on players. Where has it all gone? The same faces return, same stopgaps, same almost-United players. Where is the grace and craft and beauty you would expect to be included, even as an afterthought?At Stamford Bridge Mourinho reached down to crank the throttle, to alter the trajectory of a trapped, frantic display and found – nothing there, no deeper gears. Instead there was that familiar lump in the throat, the same old fearfulness on an afternoon when Chelsea’s edge in attacking quality, the calm and craft of Fàbregas, was enough to take the day. Premier League comment Topics Sportblog Share on Pinterest At which point there will, of course, be a temptation to pile in on Mourinho and United for failing to reach such early-season levels. The shots-on-target stats will be repeated ad nauseam (five in three games against Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea). Mourinho’s poor record against the better teams will be used as a switch with which to thrash at his second-placed team.There are perhaps two things worth saying about this. First, the urge to assail Mourinho, to rehash the debate over whether high-grade defensive organisation also counts as football (it does), will probably overshadow Chelsea’s own part in this game.This was a fine, driving performance from Conte’s team. The return of N’Golo Kanté was key, allowing Tiémoué Bakayoko to play with vigour, if not much precision, further up the field. Above all Kanté’s presence freed up Cesc Fàbregas to provide a moment of calm in the middle of the fury around him, playing at times like the only grown-up on the pitch, with the craft and patience to find a little space, to pick a pass, to try to change the rhythm of the game rather than simply hurling himself into it headfirst. Share on Messenger 0:57 In Fàbregas and Eden Hazard Chelsea had two players whose first thought is to find a pocket of space, to disrupt rather than reinforce the rigid defensive lines around them. Which was, it turned out, two more than United.This leads on to the second thing worth saying about this game, and indeed this season, this red-shirted juggernaut. In the debrief there will be the usual focus on managerial personality, in particular the bad art of the José Mourinho soap opera. But the more interesting subject is perhaps United itself, a vast, tangled uncooperative entity and a genuinely strange club in its own way.It is worth remembering that in 139 years only three men have ever won the league as United manager. The postwar giants, Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson, both took five years to get moving. This has been an oddly cussed kind of all-conquering club, slow to start, impossible to stop once in motion. The oddity of the post-Ferguson years has been the sameness of the problems encountered by successive managers, the sense always of a basic stodginess, of something heavy and undigested at the heart of this team. Through the oddly ponderous Moyes regime, the oddly ponderous Van Gaal years, through to the oddly ponderous, defensively miserly Mourinho interlude there is a kind of anti-momentum here, a stasis that Mourinho, who even made Real Madrid into a defensive team, was unlikely to bust through in a year and half. Play Video Share via Email And then there was one. With just over an hour gone at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United trailing 1-0 thanks to Álvaro Morata’s sublime second-half header, José Mourinho leapt up out of his seat for perhaps the 30th time, quilted grey anorak billowing behind him, and waved his arms in a gesture of trapped rage.Mourinho’s exasperation was directed at Marouane Fellaini, who was standing too deep inside his own half to get a flick on to a David de Gea clearance. Fellaini rumbled a little mournfully into position. Two minutes later he was booked for trailing an elbow into Morata’s face. In the final moments, as United roused for a late grandstand attack like a rusted trawler being hoisted from the ocean floor, Fellaini trapped an Eric Bailly punt on his chest, brought it down with a roll of the shoulders and punted a bobbling shot that Thibaut Courtois palmed away.It was United’s second and last shot on target. Three minutes later Antonio Conte could be seen capering along the touchline in triumph as Anthony Taylor blew his whistle. And that was pretty much that, on the day the music died for the Premier League title race. Victory for Chelsea leaves Manchester City eight points clear after 11 games and playing the kind of football that suggests such a lead is, if anything, a little kind to the rest of the field. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Stadio Olimpico will be an inferno: everyone here believes Roma can do it

first_imgIn the last few days the city has been trembling with excitement. No one speaks about anything else: there is only Roma v Liverpool, in the bars and in the restaurants, among friends or on the metro. It will be a great celebration of sport with an extraordinary atmosphere: trust me, the Olimpico will be an inferno.For Roma it is only their second time in a European Cup semi-final, and therefore something historic: the climate inside the stadium will be even hotter and even more fiery than what we saw against Barcelona. Share on Facebook Read more Roma are famous around the world for their fans: they have passion, love and heart. I witnessed it and it was something wonderful. Against Liverpool you will see the same total support for the team: the stadium will be completely clad in red and yellow, the fans will sing for 90 minutes and then it is up to the team to do the business.The Roma fans are amazing. Even today, 15 years later, they stop when they see me and start to sing the song they sang about me when I was playing: it is incredible. They stop me everywhere, even at restaurants when I am out eating.They still salute me every day. They were the first fans to make a banner saying “I love you” to a team in the 80s and there is an incredible passion for the players who play for the team.The players are also fans of the team so there is total love between the supporters and the players and you will see the result of that against Liverpool on Wednesday night.Everyone here believes that Roma can get through, just as they should. The two late goals at Anfield have given everyone hope and I believe too. They have to play the perfect game, just like they did against Barcelona because Liverpool are better than Barça in my opinion. If everything goes our way then Roma can do it. In the capital everyone is hoping and believing. Share on LinkedIn Liverpool, of course, have a former Roma player in their team, Mohamed Salah, and he will get a great reception. He did so well in the Roma shirt and got close to the fans. He had to leave because of finances and he will be greeted like a champion on his return to the club. In the Premier League, with Liverpool, he has taken another step forward: here in Italy he played a bit deeper and did not score as many goals.As far as I am concerned he can win the Ballon d’Or: he is a fantastic player and it will all come down to who wins the Champions League. If he does that, then the Ballon d’Or could well go to Momo. Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Facebook Pinterest Liverpool As far as the home team is concerned I think Daniele De Rossi could be decisive. He is the heart of this Roma side and a romanista, the fans’ hero. Against Barcelona he had an amazing assist and also scored from the penalty spot to make people believe the amazing comeback was on. One additional thing with him is that he can animate the fans at the Olimpico. Then we shouldn’t forget about Edin Dzeko, of course.I have played at Anfield against Liverpool and that is an experience that is impossible to forget. The fans sing for 90 minutes and they are extraordinary. I brought my kids because you have to live that experience.At the Olimpico the fans are further away but the Roma supporters are just as good as the Liverpool ones. You will see the colours, how much heart they put into it and the choreography of the tifo to help the team. The Olimpico will be an extraordinary sight for this incredible night of Champions League football.Vincent Candela played for Roma between 1997 and 2005 and won the club’s third Scudetto in their history in 2001. He was voted into the Roma Hall of Fame in 2014. He was speaking to Fabrizio Romano Share on Messenger Share via Email Twitter center_img Topics Roma Sportblog Roma’s Mohamed Salah angst leaves Klopp’s Liverpool with little to fear Champions League comment Vincent Candela back at the Stadio Olimpico for a charity match in 2015. The Frenchman played more than 200 games for Roma. Photograph: Silvia Lore/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp European club football Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Disha Patani on relationship with Tiger Shroff: I’ve been trying to impress him for years

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 11:47 IST Disha Patani opens up about her relationship with Tiger Shroff and reveals that she has been trying to impress him for years.Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani have always set rumour mills buzzing with their dinner dates and secret getaways. However, the two have always denied the rumours and maintained that they’re ‘just very close friends’.Recently, a Bollywood news portal asked Disha to answer a question from a fan on Twitter. The fan had asked, “Why don’t you both accept your relationship? People love you both as a couple.Disha told the portal that she has ‘been trying to impress’ Tiger for a long time. “I’ve been trying for so long, it’s been so many years and I’ve been trying to impress him. Now I’ve done this film Bharat where I’m doing all these stunts and I thought maybe he’ll get impressed but no luck. Yeah, we go to eat but that doesn’t mean he’s impressed, not like that like the crush impressed; but he likes everybody’s pictures like that. You must speak to him the next time. He’s shy and I’m shy so nobody’s breaking the ice.”Disha and Tiger were last seen together in the film Baaghi 2, which crossed over Rs 100 crore.Recently in an interview to DNA, Disha Patani spoke about her equation with Tiger Shroff. Disha said, “He is my best friend. Besides him, I don’t have any pals in the film industry.”Disha is now busy with the promotions of Salman Khan’s Bharat, where she will play a trapeze artiste. The film will hit the screens on June 5.advertisementTiger’s last release was Student Of The Year 2, which is struggling at the box office.ALSO READ: I like to take it slow motion mein, says Tiger Shroff on dating Disha PataniALSO READ: Disha Patani wishes fans on Diwali in sports bra and lehenga, gets trolledALSO WATCH: Disha Patani talks about her personal style preferencesGet 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 Tags :Follow Disha Patani Disha Patani on relationship with Tiger Shroff: I’ve been trying to impress him for yearsDisha Patani opens up about her relationship with Tiger Shroff and reveals that she has been trying to impress him for years.advertisementlast_img read more

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Feasting: The best new steakhouses in America

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare Feasting is a column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating, and discovering what’s on the menu across America and around the world.We’re always on the hunt for a great steak, no matter the season or city. Lucky for us, we live in a country with the best classic steakhouses in the world. But we also love to see how top chefs reinvent the mainstay with menus that include inventive dishes and the best cuts of meat possible. So we took a look cross country to find the best new steakhouses in America. Pay one or all a visit this year – you won’t be disappointed.Mastro’s Steakhouse – New YorkWith locations in Nevada, Cali, Illinois and Arizona, you may have dined at Mastro’s before. But New Yorkers can now rejoice, as the lauded steakhouse landed in Midtown Manhattan a few months ago. The two-story space is magnificent with dark wood accents and vaulted ceilings, and somehow feels intimate in spite of its vastness. We’ll warn you right now not to fill up on the raw bar, an extremely easy feat given the size and freshness of the seafood selection. You’ll want to save room for the excellent roster of steaks and chops, from the double-cut pork chop to the enormous 48oz porterhouse.
Bourbon Steak – Santa Clara, CAWhen 49ers fans don’t feel like hauling their grills to Levi’s Stadium for a tailgate, Bourbon Steak & Pub is there to feed their grumbling bellies. The newest outpost of Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning signature steakhouse, the restaurant is divided into two different experiences within one venue. Bourbon Steak plays on the classic American steakhouse with thoughtful vegetable sides and creative takes on seafood like the Maine lobster pot pie with truffled brandy cream. But the steaks are the standouts, featuring dry-aged Brandt Farm beef and true Japanese A5 Wagyu, which will run you $32-42 per ounce. The pub offers a more casual vibe with game day classics and an extensive beer selection.Rural Society – Washington D.C.In less than a decade, Chef Jose Garces opened more than a dozen successful restaurants across the country, wrote two cookbooks, and received the James Beard award for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic.” Not to mention, he’s an Iron Chef, a badass title that only a few hold. His latest venture, Rural Society in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle neighborhood, is a contemporary Argentine steakhouse inspired by his travels to South America. The kitchen is helmed by accomplished chef Louis Goral who turns out traditional dishes like empanadas and beef and pork chorizo alongside an extensive list of steaks from all around the world from an American dry-aged NY strip to a grass-fed ribeye from Uruguay. And with a primarily South American wine list, you’ll be transported to Buenos Aires just by walking through the door.Knife – DallasTwo-time James Beard award-winning chef John Tesar is committed to using the highest quality, Texas born and raised meat from some of the best ranchers in the state at Knife, located in The Highland Dallas, and it makes for one of the most diverse steakhouse menus we’ve seen in awhile. Not only does it feature old-school classics like Niman Ranch dry-aged beef and double-cut pork chops with apple sauce, specialty cuts like chuck flap, beef cheeks and oxtail offer something for those looking to expand their meaty horizons. Make sure you come with a group so you can dive into Knife’s extensive charcuterie program and larger portion “slabs” like sriracha pork belly with steamed buns and crispy pig’s head. Fresh seafood and handmade pasta will satisfy any non-meat cravings.Prima – Nashville, TNAs if eating in Nashville hasn’t always been great, the number of quality restaurants that opened there the past few years have made it a culinary destination. One of the most recent additions to the mix is Prima, which offers an innovative American menu from Executive Chef Salvador Avila. As if the stunning space isn’t enough to draw you in, the menus are equally as exciting with dishes that highlight the best ingredients from each season. Start with plates to share like spicy grilled lobster with semolina gnochetti and cashew lemon cream and braised butternut squash with beef tongue, cinnamon and sour cream. But be sure to save room for the classically prepared steaks and other meaty delights like house-made pork, lamb, and sausage chorizo.Morton’s Grille – New YorkYou’re probably familiar with Morton’s The Steakhouse that has been opening restaurants across the nation for almost 40 years. Slightly more causal but just delicious is sister restaurant Morton’s Grille, which opened in NYC’s Gramercy neighborhood last month. The atmosphere is inviting whether you’re watching the game or going on a date with a menu that has something for everyone. Inventive dishes like veal meatballs stuffed with mozzarella and bacon fat braised ribs accompany a traditional steaks and chops menu with filets, ribeyes and double-cut pork chops. Save room for the incredibly delicious cookie ice cream sandwiches with hot fudge dipping sauce. The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses last_img read more

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Interview: BC Ferries Pressing On with LNG Switch

first_imgThe latest 0.1% Sulphur Directive effective January 1 has left the shipping industry with three possible choices on how to respond to the latest fuel requirements within the Emission Control Areas (ECAs): switch to Low Sulphur Marine Gas Oils (LSMO), install SOx scrubbers, or convert to alternative marine fuels such as Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).According to a recent survey performed by MEC Intelligence, around 20% of shipowners are opting for LNG as compliance fuel, with the majority of retrofit and newbuild orders recorded within the passenger industry.Mark Wilson, Vice President of Engineering at BC Ferries.One of the top investors in the LNG technology is Canada’s ferry operator BC Ferries. World Maritime News Staff spoke to Mark Wilson, Vice President of Engineering at BC Ferries, to find out why the switch to LNG was deemed the most viable option out of the three.WMN: Has BC Ferries’ business operation been affected by the new sulphur requirements and, if so, in what way? What has been the impact on ferry prices, existing routes? MW: BC Ferries hasn’t been affected by the new requirements because we have been using ultra low sulphur fuel for several years now.  We’ve been meeting or exceeding these new environmental requirements for several years so we do not see it impacting our business.WMN: Various issues have been raised with respect to the new regulations’ knock-on effect beyond the shipping industry, resulting in road congestion and greater pollution? What is your position on this?MW: BC Ferries is unique in the sense that the majority of our routes do not have parallel road infrastructure. For all but 3 of our 24 routes, ferries are the only means to transport vehicles to those locations.WMN: What is the most cost-efficient option for ferry companies to meet the new requirements? Alternative fuels, retrofits, scrubbers or maybe a combination of various solutions?MW: In our case it is a mix of options. We continue to burn ultra low sulphur diesel, convert some of the existing fleet to LNG where there is a business case, and finally introduce LNG in our newbuild program.WMN: What are the greatest challenges at the moment when switching to more ecological solutions regarding ship design and performance of vessels?MW: One of the bigger challenges for us is understanding and getting certainty around the rules and regulations in Canada of LNG-fuelled ferries as they are new to Canada.WMN: Would you say that LNG is a widely-accepted option among ferry businesses?MW: We have seen a considerable uptake in LNG-fuelled ferries over the last 10 years and believe that trend will continue for both economic and environmental reasons. In North America we are starting to see other operators making the switch to LNG.An artist’s rendering of the new intermediate class ferries.WMN: Back in June 2014, BC Ferries awarded Poland’s Remontowa Shipyard a CAD 165 million contract to build three dual-fuelled intermediate class ferries, capable of using both LNG or diesel fuel for propulsion. Was the switch to LNG mainly done to reduce fuel costs?MW: Yes, the switch was done to reduce fuel costs and to reduce our environmental impact. Last year, we spent CAD 126m on diesel to fuel the fleet. In our fleet of 35 ships, these three new dual-fuel intermediate class vessels operating on LNG alone will have the potential to save approximately CAD 3m per year, so the use of LNG will greatly reduce upward pressure on ferry fares for our customers. WMN: Is the conversion of the Spirit of Vancouver Island and the Spirit of British Columbia to dual fuel going according to plans? Has the conversion been in any way affected by the recent significant drop in oil prices?MW: This project is now proceeding with a competitive contracting process with several shipyards to determine the final shipyard. While the price of oil has recently decreased, there is still a significant difference in the price of diesel and the price of LNG, which is abundant here in British Columbia. One needs to keep in mind that we build vessels for a 40-year life and believe that there will continue to be a price differential in BC between LNG and diesel.WMN: Would you opt for LNG-fuelled newbuilds today, given the current oil prices?MW: Yes, because LNG technology for ferries has significantly evolved and there is no significant difference between the capital cost of an LNG-fuelled ferry and a diesel-fuelled ferry.WMN: Over the next 12 years, BC Ferries plans to invest over CAD 3 billion in fleet renewal, IT systems and marine structures. Are there any concrete plans so far on potential new orders? Can we expect more LNG-powered ferries?MW: We have at least 10 ships to renew over the next 10 – 12 years and LNG will most likely play a role in several of those vessels.WMN: What course do you see the ferry industry taking in the next decade? What kind of technological developments can we expect?MW: We have some smaller vessels as well as some shuttle ferries to build in the future, so addition to LNG, we will be working with industry and other ferry operators to explore possibilities in hybrid, electric and fuel-cell technologies. We will look to new technologies and efficiency in order to continue to deliver a safe, reliable and cost-effective service, while reducing our environmental impact.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Islands Park Alcohol Free

first_imgTo ensure the safety and enjoyment of all park users, Islands Provincial Park in Shelburne County will be alcohol-free for the remainder of the camping season. Islands Provincial Park was alcohol-free for the entire season in both 2006 and 2007. All provincial parks were alcohol-free from the opening of camping season until the end of the July 1 weekend. For more information, visit Nova Scotia Provincial Park’s website at www.novascotiaparks.ca .last_img

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Registration for IIT KGPs Young Innovators Programme begins

first_imgKolkata: Registration for the third edition of the Young Innovators Programme of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, began on July 18. The programme aims at bringing out the innovative capabalities of students from classes 8 to 10, a statement said Friday. The competition would empower greenhorns to solve real-life challenges through innovations, the statement said. The theme areas for the programme this year are energy and environment, health and cleanliness, hardware modelling, product designing, disaster management and financial inclusion. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers The first two rounds will be online, while the penultimate and the final rounds will be held at the IIT campus in Kharagpur. In the first round beginning July 20, students will conceptualise their innovations. Those getting selected for the second round will finetune their proposals and demonstrate its viability through videos. In the penultimate and final rounds, which are scheduled to be held on November 8 and 9, the selected students will demonstrate working models of the products and processes and make feasibility presentation of their projects. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The students will receive the guidance of faculty members, researchers and students of the institute at mentoring sessions during different phases of the competition, the statement said. “Through this programme, we aim at igniting the spirit of innovation in the young minds and enable them to think beyond barriers,” said Anandaroop Bhattacharya, Associate Dean (International Relations) and a faculty member of Mechanical Engineering Department at the institute. The Young Innovator Programme started in 2017 and reached out to over 2,000 schools last year.last_img read more

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he wont follow Ontario cannabis model

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister signalled Monday that the province’s private sector will be involved in the distribution of marijuana when recreational use is legalized next July.Pallister said details of the provincial plan to govern cannabis would be released Tuesday. He rejected earlier statements from the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union that sales should be done exclusively through government-run stores.Pallister said there will be some sort of a “hybrid option” — public-sector regulation and distribution combined with private-sector delivery — that could take business away from the existing black market.“People want to have access and selection and customer service, and these are things the private sector has developed a reputation for,” Pallister said.“Our plan … will protect Manitobans and also help us to make sure that we’re getting the gangs out of this business as fast as we can.”The premier said Manitoba will not follow Ontario’s plan to establish stand-alone government-run stores offering a set price.Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government asked for expressions of interest in July from potential cannabis producers and vendors. Tuesday’s announcement is expected to reveal the overall structure of sales and regulation. Some of the finer details are to be worked out later.The Opposition New Democrats have called on the government to ban private cannabis retailers in Winnipeg and other communities large enough to have government-run liquor stores, at least initially.The NDP, as well as public-sector union leaders, says workers in government-run stores are best qualified to ensure pot is sold responsibly and according to whatever rules are laid out.Manitoba’s alcohol sales are already mixed. Government-run stores in cities offer the full range of beer, wine and hard liquor. There are many private beer vendors, usually in hotels, and a small number of private wine stores. In some small rural communities, private vendors sell the full range of alcohol.Pallister has said the provinces are being rushed to come up with rules for marijuana sales in time for the federal government’s July 1 deadline.Like Ontario, New Brunswick has said it will use a Crown corporation model, and a legislature committee has recommended the minimum age at 19.Alberta is setting the minimum age at 18 to align with the legal age for drinking in that province. It has not decided if it will allow marijuana to be sold through government-run or private outlets.last_img read more

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Canadian so grateful to be back in BC after eightmonth detention in

first_imgVANCOUVER — A Canadian man says he wrote a diary on the walls of his cell in Syria every day to keep his mind busy as he wondered whether anyone knew where he was.Kristian Baxter of Nanaimo, B.C., was held in Syrian prisons for eight months after visiting the war-ravaged country as a tourist last December.The 45-year-old landed in Vancouver today after being released earlier this week due in part to Lebanese mediation.Baxter says in an interview that he hasn’t slept for three days but is thrilled to be home and “so grateful” for every government official, diplomat, negotiator and lawyer who helped get him back to Canada.He declined to speak about details of his arrest or conditions of detention.A warning against travel to Syria has been in place since the war broke out in the Middle Eastern country in 2011 and Canada does not have an embassy in the country.Lebanon’s General Security Chief Abbas Ibrahim said at a news conference in Beirut yesterday that Baxter was detained for what Syrian authorities considered a “major violation” of local laws, adding that authorities there may have considered the incident security related.Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dan Reynolds Of Imagine Dragons Joins AntiSmoking Campaign

first_imgImagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is fronting a new anti-smoking PSA.Video: Worth More | Dan Reynolds | :30 Report l truthThe singer has joined with youth smoking prevention organization truth for the Worth More campaign.“They’re taking someone who is already set up to have a difficult life ahead of them, and putting them back even 10 steps further. It’s just heartless,” Reynolds told Billboard, referring to tobacco companies. “I grew up worshiping Bob Marley and Kurt Cobain and the posters were all over my walls, and I feel like a lot of these musicians who’ve passed on, I can’t speak on their behalf, but I think a lot of them if they could…would do all that they could to change the face of this industry as one of substance abuse. I’m down for everything else with rock and roll — the spirit of it, the sex of it, I love everything about [it], except the drug use. And cigarettes seem to go hand in hand with rock and roll aesthetically, and this needs to change. This needs to stop.”To find out more about the campaign, click here.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down three cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $9.47 on 26.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down six cents, or 0.74 per cent, to $8.06 on 11 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 88 cents, or 7.91 per cent, to $12 on 9.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up two cents, or one per cent, to $2.02 on 8.8 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down $1.06, or 2.19 per cent, to $47.24 on 8.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Up 36 cents, or 1.73 per cent, to $21.15 on 4.8 million shares. The Canadian Press Companies reporting:Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Up $2.54 or 1.1 per cent to $232.37. Shopify’s loss narrowed in the fourth quarter as it began powering provincial and private marijuana e-commerce offerings and continued its push to grow its merchant base. The e-commerce software company reported Tuesday a fourth-quarter loss of US$1.5 million compared with a loss of US$3 million in the same quarter a year earlier. The quarter was the first to include the legal sale of recreational cannabis in Canada. Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TSX:TPX.B). Down $5.10 or 5.8 per cent to $82.90. Molson Coors plans to continue focusing on offering more premium and innovative drinks, including a soon-to-be launched line of cannabis-infused beverages, as it grapples with declining beer demand in North America. The company must accelerate premiumization of its portfolio and innovation agenda, CEO Mark Hunter said during a conference call with analysts Tuesday. Some of the company’s innovation efforts, including cannabis-infused beverages. The company also restated its financial results for 2016 and 2017 due to income tax accounting errors.DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX). Down 33 cents or 13.25 per cent to $2.16. DHX Media reported a $17.9-million loss attributable to its shareholders for its second quarter, as a change in foreign exchange rates affected the carrying value of its debt and revenue fell. The loss amounted to 13 cents per share for the three months ended Dec. 31, which compared with a year-earlier profit of $7.4 million or six cents per share. Revenue fell four per cent to $117.0 million from $121.9 million in last year’s comparable quarter. Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,642.10, up 73.25). read more

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Sudan top envoy welcomes withdrawal of groups from disputed area

Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said that with this move, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) have left the local Joint Integrated Units – combining forces of both parties – as the only military force in the town.Last May, deadly fighting broke out in Abyei, which led to the destruction of much of the town and the sudden displacement of tens of thousands of residents. The following month, an agreement was reached on a road map seeking to restore stability to the region, spurring civilians who had fled as a result of the violence to start to return.Mr. Qazi today voiced hope that progress made on the withdrawal from Abyei will opent he door to other advances in implementing this road map, including the funding of the Abyei Area Administration.“This shows how much the parties can do when they work together as partners,” he said. “This kind of cooperation can serve as a model as we tackle the remaining challenges ahead.”The envoy lauded the parties for their efforts to keep the arbitration process on track, noting that this shows the potential for progress in putting all elements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) into place.That pact was signed in January 2005, ending the 21-year war between the SAF and the SPLA that killed at least two million people and displaced 4.5 million others. 12 March 2009The top United Nations envoy to Sudan today welcomed the withdrawal of the last remaining forces of two groups from the disputed town of Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between the vast African nations’ north and south. read more

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UN neutral in next years southern Sudan referendum Ban stresses

“The Secretary-General made clear that the United Nations would work to support the parties in their efforts to ‘make unity attractive’ as well as the exercise by the people of Southern Sudan of their right to self-determination in a referendum,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban has also stressed that the world body will endeavour to avoid any “potential negative consequences” following the referendum.Next year’s vote is among the key milestones of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the pact between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) that ended the long-running north-south civil war.“Any suggestion that the United Nations may have taken a position that may pre-judge the outcome of such a referendum is incorrect,” today’s statement emphasized.Nearly 17 million people across the country are estimated to register to vote in elections in April, the first multi-party democratic ballot for decades.On top of the referendum on Southern Sudan, next year will also witness a referendum on the future of the disputed oil-rich area of Abyei. Last year, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague shifted some of the borders of Abyei, leaving control of the Heglig oil field with the national Government in Khartoum.Over the weekend, the Secretary-General told the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that “time is of the essence” for Sudan in light of the elections and referenda scheduled in the near future. 2 February 2010The United Nations has taken no position on next year’s referendum on independence for southern Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored today as he refuted recent media reports to the contrary. read more

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Ryan Van Rooyen handed over to Weligama Police

Ryan Van Rooyen and four others were deported from Dubai and were detained on arrival in Sri Lanka yesterday. Over the past few days most of them were deported to Sri Lanka and detained at the Katunayake airport. (Colombo Gazette) Ryan Van Rooyen was among several people arrested with notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush at a hotel in Dubai in February. Actor Ryan Van Rooyen who was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday was handed over to the Weligama Police today.The Police then produced him before a Magistrate and the Magistrate ordered that he be remanded till April 11. read more

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In fight against child mortality UNICEF chief urges doctors to address root

“We are at a stage where we cannot make major reductions in child and maternal mortality through initiatives in the health sector alone,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy told more than 7,000 paediatricians gathered for their quadrennial convention this week in Cancun, Mexico, including the heads of dozens of national paediatric associations. “To reach these crucial goals, enlightened political leadership is necessary. Leadership that is willing to recognize underlying causes and take appropriate steps to confront them,” she added. She called on paediatricians to advocate reforms and attitude changes that break patterns of discrimination and enable health efforts to reach the unreached. “Paediatricians can make a difference by speaking out not only about the symptoms but also about the causes of these avoidable deaths and lost human potential,” she said. Arguing that to make lasting progress in child survival, partners involved in the effort must understand that a healthy childhood has many facets, Ms. Bellamy noted that perhaps no health practitioners understood this better than paediatricians.”You know that an immunized child who is beaten or abused is not a healthy child,” she said. “You know that a healthy child who never goes to school will not stay healthy for long. You know that intelligent children who are marginalized because of prejudice will never reach their potential. And you know that keeping a child alive, healthy, well-nourished, and protected is not a job for Health Ministries alone.” read more

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