Sable Mining, ‘Bribe Takers’ Not off the Hook

first_imgSable Mining executives Andrew Groves and Phil Edmonds are alleged to have bribed past and present Liberian government officials to alter the Procurement Law in their favor in order to score a coveted iron ore mining concessionGlobal Witness’ investigation exposes Andrew Groves’ ‘lies’Fresh investigation conducted by Global Witness (GW), obtained by the Daily Observer obtained over the weekend, appears to contradict claims by controversial mining entrepreneur, Andrew Groves, that Liberia has cleared him of bribery allegations.According to the report, some Liberian politicians, including Senator Varney Sherman and former House Speaker Alex Tyler, were allegedly bribed by Sable Mining, a company owned by Andrew Groves, in pursuit of a huge iron ore concession in Liberia. The accused have all denied any wrongdoing.When the news first broke, former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf set-up a task force to probe the bribery allegations, while former United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister, David Cameron, wrote to the Liberian former leader about the scandal, saying, according to a statement by the Liberian presidency – that information on the bribery allegations would be passed to UK law enforcement and that the UK would “cooperate with you to tackle corruption wherever it occurs.”Further, according to the report, Sable Mining was forced to delist from AIM Stock Market when the Liberian task force indicted the company and Groves, along with numerous Liberian politicians, including former Chairman of Unity Party and Sable’s lawyer, Cllr. Varney Sherman, as well as former House Speaker Alex Tyler.The case took on a series of twists and turns as then lead prosecutor, Jonathan Fonati Koffa, reportedly requested additional payment for services rendered. The amount paid by the Sirleaf government to Koffa had tongues wagging at the rather astronomical sum involved when there was little or nothing to show for it.Eventually the case went cold as the date for the 2017 Presidential and legislative elections drew near. Lead prosecutor Jonathan Koffa apparently forsook his duties and instead applied his time to canvassing support for his bid for a legislative seat in Grand Kru County. Nothing much was heard further of the case as the tenure of President Sirleaf drew to a close with the elections of a new president in late December 2017.Surprisingly in February, Groves issued a statement to announce that he and Sable Mining, now renamed Consolidated Growth Holdings, have been completely acquitted by the Liberian government.The statement said there had been a “comprehensive review by the Liberian authorities” into the indictments. Giving the impression of quoting directly from this purported review, the statement claimed it had concluded Sable Mining and Andrew Groves had not ‘in any form, manner or shape, interacted with any public official within the Liberian government’s circle in an improper or illegal manner’ in respect of their business activities in the country.But, new investigation conducted by GW, released Sunday, April 15, 2018 has proven the contrary, as Representative Fonati Koffa, who chairs the Special Presidential Task force until January this year when he was inducted as member of the legislature, said the claim by Groves is untrue.Cllr. Koffa, who resigned his post as lead prosecutor right after his elections to the House of Representatives, about a month before Groves’ statement, and now heads the House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, told GW that there was no review of the case.“This is a blatant and utter lie,” Koffa said, adding, “there is no comprehensive investigation I am aware of that exonerated these people. As former chairman of the Task force I would have been notified, as no other body would have been clothed with the authority to conduct such a review,” GW wrote in its report.“We remained convinced of their complicity and guilt,” he continued, noting, “I defy Sable Mining or whatever group they have morphed themselves into to produce such a report or the government official who conducted it,” Rep. Koffa is quoted as saying in the report.Koffa’s claim is apparently supported by a top official (name withheld) associated with the investigation who rubbished Groves’ claim that the Government of Liberia has exonerated him of all charges appertaining to the bribery case. Other officials, past and present involved with the case have also dismissed Groves’ exoneration claims.Groves said in his statement that all charges against him and Sable “have been irrevocably dropped by the Liberian authorities”. But Koffa said this was not the case according to the Global Witness report.The report noted that while Koffa and other officials acknowledged that a nolle prosequi – a decision to drop charges without necessarily conceding innocence – had indeed been filed by a task force official with the Supreme Court, he said, “If Groves ever sets foot in Liberian jurisdiction, those charges could easily be reinstated.” He also said the nolle prosequi was “improperly filed” and so, in practice, “there is nothing to act on.”The report however did not state when the Task Force official filed the  Nolle Prosequi before the Supreme Court. This has led to speculations that the nolle prosequi may have been filed out of deference to an unwritten quid pro quo arrangement between George Weah and former House Speaker Alex Tyler whose Liberia Peoples Democratic Party (LPDP) had played a crucial role in the election of George Weah as President of Liberia.But Koffa’s volte face declaring that Groves could be arrested should he ever set foot in Liberia as the nolle prosequi could be squashed  and the charges reinstated suggest that Koffa may be playing to the galley being fully aware that President Weah may be disinclined to throw his coalition partner Alex Tyler to the dogs by having the charges against Groves reinstated as declared by Koffa.According to the report, Global Witness  also noted that instead there appeared to have been statements made to the Liberian press by Groves’ lawyer, Cllr. Sayma Syrennius Cephus.“Cllr. Cephus was also quoted in the press saying the prosecution had come “to the stark realization that neither Sable Mining Africa nor Andrew Groves had any criminal intent.” But in an email to GW, the lawyer was more ambiguous. “Only the prosecution can clarify” why the nolle prosequi was filed, he said. “Perhaps a holistic and comprehensive review” had “discovered an error of judgment.”GW’s 2016 report had detailed bribes and questionable payments from Sable Mining in Liberia totaling almost US$1 Million.Groves’ lawyer and fixer Sherman emailed him a spreadsheet of such ‘facilitation’ payments and Groves continued sending funds to his man. Groves was also accused by the Liberian Task force of bribing the mining minister and his deputy US$250, 000 in hard cash each (denied by the officials in question). And there were more disturbing undercurrents: GW’s report revealed how the duo’s agents intimidated and hacked rivals, leaving some in fear of their lives –allegations Edmonds and Groves said were groundless.In his affidavit to the Liberian Supreme Court in January, Groves acknowledged having received the bribes spreadsheet, but said he “did not review the contents,” having delegated authority to Sable Mining’s local staff. “Sable Mining and Andrew S. Groves are innocent victims,” Groves insisted.After being contacted about the contentious public statement, Groves’ spokesman said: “Mr. Groves and Sable Mining always maintained that they had not acted in an improper or illegal manner, and the Liberian authorities have now reached the same conclusion.”The spokesman would not say who conducted the purported review, nor provide GW with a copy. He added that Edmonds was no longer a shareholder and said neither man had acted illegally or unethically at any time. “We consider this matter as now closed,” he said.Corruption red flag over Weah’s Gov’tIn Liberia the case is a bellwether for Liberia’s new President and former football superstar George Weah, who came to power in January. In his inauguration speech, he said: “The most effective way to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor is to make sure public resources do not end up in the pockets of government officials.”But Liberian media has already raised numerous corruption red flags over Weah’s government. And the latest Groves controversy follows the announcement of a new investigation into bribery and corruption in Liberia’s oil sector involving ExxonMobil, also first revealed by Global Witness. (ExxonMobil also denies wrongdoing). If the hosts of officials indicted over Sable Mining’s bribery do not face trial these worries will be heightened, GW believes.The GW report also urged British authorities to pay attention to these developments. The Deceivers showed how Edmonds and Groves’ bribery scheme was part of a package of trickery. City lawyers crafted sophisticated stratagems using anonymously owned companies in the British Virgin Islands to repeatedly fleece ordinary investors on Aim.Both Aim and the Serious Fraud Office have been fully informed about these cases, but are yet to take action. Fraud and corruption scandals regularly plague the top tier of Aim-listed firms, yet repercussions are rare to non-existent. Aim has continually insisted it has “absolutely the right regulatory framework”. But the junior market has become a haven for rogue companies – and now one of the most notorious hopes to clamber up onto the main London Stock Exchange.UK authorities should not let Edmonds and Groves get away with bribery and swindling, and the London Stock Exchange and Aim should bar them and the companies for good.Whether the British Government is going to take punitive measures against Groves and his partner remains unclear. It also remains unclear whether President George Weah is going to order a resumption of prosecutorial action against Groves, Senator Varney Sherman, former House Speaker, Alex Tyler and others.However a  prominent lawyer, (name withheld) says with the likes of Emmanuel Shaw and others in Weah’s kitchen cabinet, such a move against Senator Varney Sherman, former Speaker Alex Tyler and others, is unlikely to happen. Shaw, according to reports, racked up a criminal record in South Africa where he was reported to have been involved in a number of unwholesome activities.Shaw was reported to have been one of former President Doe’s closest confidants. According to court papers filed in an American court, Shaw masterminded an elaborate plan to fleece the country of about 27 million US dollars. He was reported to have set up a new national oil company in which he was a major shareholder, resigned as finance minister, and then wrote a letter as if he were still finance minister obligating the government to pay his oilcompany millions of dollars.Just what role he is playing in the Weah-led government remains uncertain. It remains to be seen how much added value he can bring to bear on this government publicly proclaimed as a pro-poor. But with such a criminal history behind him, there is no question, according to a prominent lawyer, that he is more likely than not currently involved in brokering shady deals that could prove detrimental to the country’s interest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tombs broken into, skeletal remains scattered in cemetery

first_imgFour tombs in the La Belle Alliance Cemetery on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two have reportedly been broken into, and their contents were dumped in the cemetery. This gruesome discovery was made on Tuesday by a cattle farmer who was at the time grazing his animals.Guyana Times visited the scene and observed that the tombs had been breached in several places. The skeletal remains of at least one woman had been taken out from her casket and was placed on the ground a short distance away. The skull and certain other bones were missing from those remains. The corpse was identified as that of Sara Garraway of Danielstown, Essequibo Coast.The three other tombs that were broken into still had their caskets intact, but it was not clear if bones were missing from them.The headstone of the second tomb read “Campton Britton of Danielstown”, while only the word “Persaud” was visible on the third tomb. The fourth tomb was unmarked.Contacted, the relatives of Campton Britton were shocked to learn what had happened, and could not say why anyone would want to break into the tomb of their departed loved one.This ghastly development is greatly worrying to Region Two residents, and they are hoping that the corpses have not been used in some sort of trade or for purposes of perpetrating evil. The Police are investigating the matter.last_img read more

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Pet-food deaths top 100, vets report

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. – At least 471 cases of kidney failure in pets have been reported in the 10 days since a nationwide recall of dog and cat food, and about one-fifth of those pets have died, the Veterinary Information Network reported Tuesday. The maker of the recalled pet food has confirmed the deaths of only 16 pets. Paul Pion, founder of the Veterinary Information Network, which counts 30,000 veterinarians and veterinary students as members, said Tuesday that reported kidney-failure cases have already surpassed his earlier tally of 471, but he said he wouldn’t have updated numbers for a few days. Of the reported cases, he said, 104 animals have died. The network’s survey results were earlier reported by the Los Angeles Times. Pion, a California veterinarian, said only 10 percent to 20 percent of the people who belong to his Web site had responded to a request for information. “If we’re only getting 10 percent of the veterinarians, you can do the math,” he said. Scientists at the New York State Food Laboratory last week identified the rodent poison aminopterin as the likely culprit in the pet illnesses that prompted the recall of 95 brands of “cuts and gravy”-style dog and cat food by the maker, Menu Foods of Ontario, Canada. Some pets that ate the recalled brands suffered kidney failure, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog. Aminopterin, a derivative of folic acid that was once used to induce abortions and is now banned as a rodent poison in the United States, can cause kidney damage in dogs and cats. Scientists so far have not determined how aminopterin got into the products of Menu Foods, which makes pet food for most of North America’s top retailers. Researchers at the New York food lab, Cornell University and other labs were still working Tuesday to pinpoint which individual ingredients were tainted with the poison. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation was focused on the ingredient wheat gluten. Sam Bornstein, a spokesman for Menu Foods, said the company has not yet updated the number of confirmed pet deaths. He said testing to determine the source of the aminopterin and how it got into the food “is continuing aggressively,” but Menu did not have any new results. The company on March 16 recalled products packaged from Dec. 3 to March 6.The recall covered products carrying names of major brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Turner stayed at Red Cross

first_imgBrito was fired the following Monday, and that same day Turner told the chapter’s top staff about the situation. But Andrade and Turner argued about how to handle the possible public relations crisis. According to e-mails that are also exhibits in the lawsuits, Andrade wanted to tell donors immediately. Turner told him to stay silent until she authorized disclosing the information. Andrade, who is former business editor of the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, the chain that includes this newspaper, wrote that the worst-case scenario is withholding the information and having the media allege a Red Cross cover-up. marshall.allen@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Turner’s job application is one exhibit in pending lawsuits against the organization. She was deposed in the cases on May 9. The lawsuits were filed by two former chapter executives: Dereck Andrade, director of public affairs, and Elizabeth Lopez, director of financial development. Turner resigned in early February, soon after her criminal history was made public. But in her deposition, Turner said under oath that she has continued to serve at the chapter as a volunteer “resource person for their inner managers” and financial development staff when they can’t find something or have questions. Turner testified that Zoeller knows about her post-resignation service at the chapter. Zoeller said in an interview that he was not aware of Turner’s involvement, though it would be fine for her to answer basic questions to help her replacements do their jobs. Turner’s deposition and the accompanying exhibits illustrate the behind-the-scenes turmoil at the chapter in September, after it was discovered that five-time felon Fred Brito had been mistakenly hired as the top fund-raiser. The Brito incident eventually became public, and led to scrutiny that exposed alleged mismanagement by Turner, angry volunteers and heated disagreements among executives. The chapter was in the throes of Hurricane Katrina fundraising when Andrade discovered that Brito was a con man. It was Friday night, Sept. 16, and Andrade searched the Internet for information about Brito because he was suspicious. He found a Los Angeles Times story about the con man, who routinely lied his way into top positions at charities. PASADENA – Former Red Cross CEO Angie Turner did not disclose her criminal background on her application to lead the well-known charity. On Aug. 28, 1985, at the age of 31, Turner pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact, a felony, in connection with a heroin ring that smuggled narcotics from Nepal to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She served three months of a three-year prison sentence. But she did not disclose the conviction on her November 2003 application to become CEO of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. The application asks, “Have you ever been convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation?” Turner did not check “yes” or “no.” Instead, a copy of the application shows she wrote a note stating she had given information to the chairman of the chapter’s search committee (now board chairman Michael Zoeller) and the chairman of its board of directors. last_img read more

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SPILLANE – “NEW DONEGAL BOSS WILL FEEL LIKE DAVID MOYES”

first_imgFormer Kerry GAA legend and RTE pundit Pat Spillane says whoever fills the vacancy left by the departure of Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager will feel like David Moyes.Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson when he departed from Old Trafford after twenty-five years in May 2013, but the post proved to be a poison chalice for Moyes who was sacked just ten months into the job.Spillane feels the Donegal job is similarly difficult due to the remarkable success of McGuinness in just four-years at the helm. McGuinness is a messianic figure among Donegal GAA supporters, and leaves big shoes to fill following his departure on Friday night.For a county starved of success, McGuinness overseen was the most successful period in the history of Donegal GAA.He landed three Ulster titles in four years, two All-Ireland final appearances, winning one in 2012, and won a staggering twenty out of twenty four championship matches.It’s certainly a hard act to follow, and Spillane likens it to the challenge presented for Moyes when he replaced Alex Ferguson. Spillane said, “Who are Donegal going to get to replace McGuiness? And who in their right mind would take it on, for that man will surely feel like David Moyes going in after Alex Ferguson.“After dealing with such a charismatic manager like McGuinness, who took them all the way, will the players lift themselves for the new boss?“It would be far better to take over in 2017, I say, when Murphy, McBrearty, MacNiallais and the McHugh brothers still in their prime, and those minors will have matured.While Spillane was a strong opponent of Donegal’s style of play under McGuinness, he did concede he was a supremely gifted coach and admitted his achievements were very impressive during his tenure as manager.Spillane said, “He leaves Gaelic Football as one of its finest managers. That’s not me being smart, I don’t like the way he wanted to play the game, but I recognise the job he did. “Remember on the morning of that first meeting in Downings, one newspaper had ranked Donegal as the 19th best team in the country, less than two years later they were No.1.“There’s a lesson there for lowly counties who think they can’t win anything. Yes you can, to paraphrase Barack Obama, and Jim McGuinness proved it!!SPILLANE – “NEW DONEGAL BOSS WILL FEEL LIKE DAVID MOYES” was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:David MoyesdonegalGAAJim McGuinnessManagementPat SpillaneVacancylast_img read more

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Teenager arrested for allegedly raping child

first_imgThe police have arrested a 19-year-old boy on charges of raping a seven-month-old girl in Alwar district’s Laxmangarh. The child was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition after she was allegedly assaulted in a school playground on Wednesday evening.The accused picked up the girl from her house when her parents were away and she was with her aunt, who is visually impaired. The accused, who is victim’s neighbour, took her out on the pretext of playing and allegedly raped her.A victim was later found by some children playing in the area. She was rushed to a hospital and is undergoing treatment. The police launched a massive hunt for the culprit and arrested him on Thursday from a relative’s house where he was hiding.last_img read more

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PBA: Columbian breaks out of slump, ekes out win over Meralco

first_imgColumbian snapped its three-game skid at the expense of Meralco, 86-85, in the resumption of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup hostilities Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town UAAP volleyball: Judith Abil stars as UE picks up 1st win, sends Adamson to 0-3 And it paid dividends as the Dyip now see the this new stretch as “a brand It’s a brand new conference,” he added.Colubmian takes on a struggling Blackwater side this Friday at MOA Arena. Meralco, on the other hand, will try to arrest their losing streak when they face Magnolia in Cagayan de Oro City this Mar. 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Dyip bucked a lethargic start and crawled their way back into the game during the second period all thanks to a brilliant performance by Rashawn McCarthy.The Bolts had a chance to pull the rug from under Columbian after Chris Newsome hit a triple with 38 ticks left to bring Meralco within one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBaser Amer and Cliff Hodge squandered the opportunity to put Meralco ahead missing two looks in the final 13 seconds of the game.“I told the guys to forget what happened in the past six games but don’t forget about why we lose,” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel, whose squad improved to 3-4, said in the post-game presser. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img “We’re lucky we started the second quarter good,” he added. “The first quarter we felt like we didn’t know how to shoot the ball.”Skipper McCarthy posted a new career-best scoring performance with 30 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.The craft guard was held scoreless in the opening salvo and then posted 10 points in each succeeding quarter. Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson pumped in 14 and 10 markers respectively.Meralco drew 17 points from Newsome as Cliff Hodge and Ranidel de Ocampo chimed in 14 each. Amer contributed 10 more in the effort.“It’s a good start for us. After the long break, [we are] much better because we had two wins,” Cardel said. “[T]he break has given us an opportunity to give the boys a time off from basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka: Key battles to watch out for

first_imgThe Ashes is done and dusted, except for England’s chance to test their bench strength and Australia’s battle to go home with a win. We have to move on to Sri Lanka, where a young Indian team will be seen fighting for a rare series victory. Here are some key match-ups to watch out for in the three-Test series starting this Wednesday.Angelo Mathews vs Virat KohliBoth Mathews and Kohli are young captains who have been given the task of grooming a young team. One is aggressive and wears his heart on the sleeves while the other does the job in nonchalant manner. Their contrasting captaincy styles will be tested and it will be interesting to see which one prevails over the other.  When it comes to scoring runs, both of them have amassed tons in the recent past and have contributed to their team’s success. Virat Kohli has had a consistent run in the recent past and his performance with the bat down-under was inspiring in many ways. Mathews on the other hand, played a crucial role in winning the Test series against England in England. The series-clinching, second innings century in Headingley talks volumes about Mathews -the batsman. Both the batsmen will be looking make a mark in the three-Test series. Ishant Sharma vs Kumar SangakkaraLet’s recollect what Sangakkara did in his final one-day international tournament. Yes, it was the Cricket World Cup 2015 and the Sri Lankan batsman scored 541 runs at an average of 108.20 which included 4 centuries. Sangakkara will be looking forward to do something similar in this Test series. Sangakkara has been a prolific figure in Sri Lanka’s Test history. His trademark cover drive has treated his fans over a long period of time. His ability to adapt to conditions and tweak his game accordingly has enabled him amass 12305 runs at a staggering average of 58.04. advertisementSangakkara will be playing his last Test match this series in Colombo. (Reuters Photo) And when he walks out to bat against India, it will be none other than pacer Ishant Sharma who will try to spoil Sanga’s party. Earlier on Friday, after cleaning up the Sri Lanka President’s XI batting line-up, Ishant fired off a shot in Sangakkara’s direction saying, “He is playing for his country and I am playing for my country. We played together only in the IPL and this is international match. So I will not think that he is playing his last game, I will go hard at him.”Let’s wait and watch.    India vs India’s poor away recordThis one will be a battle fought within the dressing room, inside the minds of Indian players. Their away-record has been poor, the poorest of the top Test-playing nations. Former India Test captain MS Dhoni had no answers to foreign challenges. Two abysmal England tours, similar tours to Australia in a span of four years hasn’t helped India’s status as a touring nation. Not to forget India’s record in the island nation. It has been 23 years since India won a Test series in Lanka. Virat Kohli had trouble facing swinging conditions in England. (Reuters Photo) The team that is touring the island nation this season is young and most of them except a few haven’t played on Sri Lankan soil before. So it will prove to be a difficult for the men who are still in the learning stage of their careers to set things right this time. Ravichandran Ashwin vs Harbhajan SinghWho is India’s lead spinner. India have had two off spinners in the playing XI in the recent past and the trend has continued for this series against the Lankans. Both Ashwin and Harbhajan will look to compete with each other.Harbhajan Singh will look to make his comeback count. (Reuters Photo) The Indian batting unit is looking for support from  its lower order. While skipper Virat Kohli has pinned his hopes on Ashwin -the allrounder, it mustn’t be surprising if Harbhajan contributes with the bat. This match-up might prove to be fruitful for India if both the spinners are successful in troubling the Sri Lankan batsmen.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Pep Guardiola apologises for brawl, Brazil mourns Chapecoense crash victims and more

first_imgPep Guardiola apologises for Manchester City’s part in brawlWhile Pep Guardiola talked of his regret about the melee that saw Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho sent off in stoppage time, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised his team’s character.Brazil mourns Chapecoense crash victims at packed stadium wakeAn arena filled with banners and team faithful donning its green and white colours served as an open-air wake for locals.CONMEBOL to award Copa title to Chapecoense: ReportEarlier in the week, Atletico Medellin led calls for the Copa to be awarded to their opponents. Chapecoense have never won the trophy before.Nothing ‘special’ about current Pakistan pace attack, says Mohammad Asif Mohammad Asif also expressed disappointment at the slow pitches being prepared in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for Pakistan Tests, saying they have “deteriorated the standard” of their cricket.Half F1 grid is after Nico Rosberg’s seat, says Niki LaudaNiki Lauda said he had been shocked when Nico Rosberg told him his decision a few hours before the announcement.last_img read more

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