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Liverpool sharpen their attack with the addition of Xherdan Shaqiri

first_img The 26-year-old has become Jurgen Klopp’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita. 14/07/2018 Upd. at 19:59 The striker played 92 matches with “The Potters” over the last three campaigns but he couldn’t prevent Stoke from being relegated last season. This summer he was involved at the World Cup with Switzerland. “A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here. I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for,” is what Shaqiri told the club’s official website. CEST Yerry Mina’s future points towards the Premier League El Liverpool apuntala su ataque con Shaqiricenter_img Shaqiri started his career at Basel before spending two and a half years at Bayern Munich where he won the Champions League. After his period in Germany, he spent six months on loan with Inter Milan before moving permanently to Stoke City in 2015. Liverpool have reinforced their attack with the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from recently relegated Stoke City. According to the beaten Champions League finalists, the Swiss international will join for a fee of €15m. Jesús Malagón RELATED STORIES IN SPORT.ES Loris Karius will remain as Liverpool’s starting keeper next seasonlast_img read more

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Libs hang on

first_imgBy DANNY BUTTLER Government power blown away but… BASS, Gembrook and Narracan remain in Liberal hands despite Labor‘s comprehensive victory…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Dawn of century’s respect

first_imgBy DANNY BUTTLER A CENTURY to the day since Diggers first waded ashore at Gallipoli, their fellow war veterans and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Galway U20 GAA manager nominations

first_imgThere are two nominations for the position of U20 Hurling Manager, Tony Ward of Sarsfields who was in charge for the past 2 seasons and Jeffrey Lynskey of Liam Mellows who led Galway to 3 All ireland minor titles in his 4 years in charge. There are six nominations for the position of U20 Football manager – Lloyd Kelly from Ballinasloe, Kieran Collins from Kilconly, Padraig Joyce from Killererin, Kevin Johnson from Salthill/Knocknacarra, Val Daly from Mountbellew/Moylough and Stephen Joyce from An Fhairce-Clonbur.There will be huge interest in the nomination of Padraig Joyce as he seeks to make his first foray into inter-county management, while former minor manager Stephen Joyce and former senior boss Val Daly, who was part of Gerry Fahy’s backroom team for the past 2 years, are also nominated.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway County Board has released the nominations for the positions of Under 20 Hurling and Football Managers and Minor (U17) Hurling Manager. There is only one nomination for the position of Minor Hurling Manager in Brian Hanley from Athenry, who was manager of the Galway U16s this year.last_img read more

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Baseball: March 13 Scoreboard

first_imgThe two teams continue the series Saturday with a first pitch set for 2 p.m. McNeese State 5, UIW 1LAKE CHARLES, La. – Catcher Cameron Toole drove in two runs Friday night and right-hander Kaleb Fontenot pitched seven solid innings to lead the McNeese State baseball team to a 5-2 victory over UIW. “The energy tonight was awesome,” said head coach Justin Hill. “Our staff did a great job of getting people out to the ballpark tonight and we ended up having our biggest crowd so far.” Hezekiah Randolph legged out a ground ball to avoid a double play and bring it to Sam Carriere who singled to center to bring in the tying run. The play also saw a two-base fielding error that accounted for the winning run. Darron McKigney nailed it down, retiring the Lumberjacks in order in the ninth and recording a strikeout to seal it. The win came before the biggest crowd of the season as more than 887 people filled the stands at Cowboy Diamond to see the Pokes top the Cardinals in the opening game of the conference weekend series. Jacob Seward led off the bottom of the first with a single to right field and advanced to third when Julian Service ripped a bounding single passed the Wildcats’ third baseman. The Lions had runners on the corners with no outs when Midyett, batting third in the lineup, deposited his team-leading fourth home run of the season over the fence in right-center. Saturday the Lions will send junior right-hander Jake Johnson (3-0, 0.93) to the mound against ACU left-hander Aaron Mason (0-2, 8.18). First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. “I thought we played about as good as I have seen us play from top to bottom,” Hill said. “Everybody contributed to the victory today. Kaleb (Fontenot) and Cole (Prejean) did well and kept the innings small. It wasn’t the best conditions out there on the field but I thought both teams handled it well. It was just a good game all around. Service doubled the Lions lead in the fourth with a bases-loaded triple to left-center. He came home to score on a Midyett grounder that the first baseman struggled to corral. The Cowboys improved to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in Southland Conference play while Incarnate Word dropped to 7-11 and 1-3 in league action. McNeese has now won four straight at home and eight out of its last 10 contests. Fontenot (3-1) worked six innings for the win, limiting UIW to two runs (one earned) on eight hits with only one walk and six strikeouts. McNeese grabbed a two run lead in the bottom of the second when Toole shot a double straight down the left field line to score designated hitter Lucas Quary and shortstop Connor Lloyd. – Return to top – The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, online and either the KSLU or TuneIn Radio smartphone apps. Fans can also keep up with the action through live statistics or by following SLUathletics on Twitter. Streaming video is available on LionVision, Southeastern’s subscription-based video stream. Links for audio, video, stats, tickets and promotions are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net. “The name of the game is make the plays and we made the plays in the field. We had clutch hitting and pitching was good. Darron came in and did a heck of a job to close it down for us,” Privateers Head Coach Ron Maestri said. Garrett McMullen started the scoring off with a solo home run in the second inning, his only hit of the night. Eric DeJesus drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth to account for the only other Lumberjacks run. Gann was charged with the loss, going 7.1 innings and surrendering all three runs (two earned). The Cardinals cut the lead in half in the fourth frame as Brance Kahle lifted a single into right center to score Ethan McGill who reached base on a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. New Orleans 3, Stephen F. Austin 2 (8)NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Privateers baseball team (7-10, 1-3) commenced a rally in the eighth inning to score a 3-2 win over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (5-14, 0-4) on Friday at Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark. Capielano collected two hits and had a run and an RBI in the victory. “We’ve preached that and he (Capielano) knows. That’s all we do in batting practice and when he does that, he’ll hit for an average. Hopefully he’s getting back to that,” Maestri said. Junior pitcher Tate Scioneaux (3-1) locked down Abilene Christian’s bats, scattering six hits through seven innings, while Southeastern piled on the runs. McNeese State 5, UIW 1New Orleans 3, Stephen F. Austin 2 (8)Southeastern Louisiana 11. Abilene Christian 3center_img After being blanked by Cameron Gann in the first seven innings, the Privateers started a rally with a Ryan Calloway. Following that, Samuel Capielano drove in the first run of the game with an opposite field double. After a Preston Marsh single put runners on the corners with one out, the call was made to the pen for closer, Tyler Wiedenfeld. UIW was locked in and ready to make it interesting in the latter part of the sixth frame after juicing the bases with only one out in the inning. A wild pitch allowed UIW to score from third and cut the lead to just one run. However, Fontenot was able to settle down and pitch out of a dangerous situation by retiring the next two batters on a groundout and swinging strikeout. Parker Jones went 2-for-3 and the Privateers scratched 10 hits on the board. Shawn Semple battled through issuing a season-high six walks, going six frames and striking out seven batters while having strong success against the top of the order. Stephen F. Austin’s 1-through-4 hitters went 0-for-16 on the night. – Return to top – Southeastern (14-5, 3-1 Southland) moves within a half game of conference leaders Central Arkansas, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State, who all had games postponed because of weather. The win was the ninth in 10 games for the Lions and the first in school history against Abilene Christian (1-12, 1-3 Southland). General admission tickets for the game are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12). Children under the age of three are admitted free with a paying adult. Southeastern students are also admitted free with their university ID card. Southeastern Louisiana 11. Abilene Christian 3HAMMOND, La. – Daniel Midyett blasted a three-run home run in the first inning Friday and Southeastern Louisiana never looked back, cruising past Abilene Christian, 11-3, in Southland Conference play at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. Fans will be able to play baseball-themed bingo at Saturday’s game. Prizes will be given to the first 20 players to bingo and the first player to make an “S” on their bingo card will receive $100. Toole was 2-for-3 Friday with a double and two runs batted in. First baseman Connor Crane also gave a multiple-hit performance batting 2-for-4 on the night along with an RBI and a run scored. Seven Cowboys combined to give McNeese nine hits in the ballgame. Brett Hoffman (3-for-5), Chris Eades (2-for-3), Kennon Menard (2-for-5), Service (2-for-5) and Seward (2-for-3) all turned in multi-hit performances at the plate. Sophomore outfielder Ryan Byers extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single. Southeastern added a pair of runs in the fifth, tacking on single runs in the seventh and eighth. Abilene Christian scored three runs, two earned, in the eighth. – Return to top – “It was good to come back home and you could just feel the energy seeping from our guys tonight,” Hill said. “We were on a road swing for a while and it was just nice to be back home and play. It was also out first night game at home since opening weekend because of all of the weather. Our guys were excited overall about tonight.” McNeese used a one out wild pitch to extend its lead to two runs in the seventh and added another in the eighth frame off of Lloyd’s RBI-groundout. Reliever Cole Prejean entered the contest in the eighth inning and picked up his first save of the season after having allowed only one hit and no runs. “Kaleb was in command of himself and the game throughout the game,” said Hill. “UIW was able to get some hits but I thought that our defense played really well. We had a couple of plays that we should have made but Kaleb pitch right around that and it didn’t seem to phase him.” A right-hander from Reserve, Louisiana, Scioneaux walked one and fanned eight on his way to earning the win. Dreagan Bethel and John Gremillion each tossed an inning for the Lions to finish out the game. Wildcat starting pitcher Garrett deMeyere (1-2) suffered the loss. The Cowboys will be back in action on Saturday when they face UIW in game two of the series with first pitch slated for a 3 o’clock start. The game will be available to listen to on Cajun Radio – 1470 AM and on CajunRadio.com. The Pokes stretched their lead to two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI-single from Crane that scored second baseman Joe Provenzano to make it a 3-1 score in favor of McNeese.last_img read more

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Franklin Man Arrested on Federal Arson Charges

first_imgKeith Eugene Mann, 49, of Franklin, N.C. was arrested Thursday on federal arson charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  A federal criminal complaint filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court, charges Mann with one count of destroying real property of the United States by means of fire.U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by Steven F. Ruppert, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigation, Southern Region and Sheriff Robert L. Holland of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.According to allegations in the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, on October 27, 2016, a wildfire was reported on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Road 388, commonly referred to as Board Tree Road, which is in Macon Co., and within the Nantahala National Forest.  The fire was named “Grape Cove.”  Court documents allege that the initial investigation of the fire determined that it was set intentionally.  Additional investigation revealed that five other fires had been set in close proximity to the Grape Cove Fire, however they appeared to have gone out on their own.  As alleged in court documents, over the course of the investigation of these small fires, law enforcement located several wooden stem matches.  USFS firefighters conducted suppression of the wildfire, which burned approximately fifteen acres.According to allegations contained in filed court documents, on November 22, 2016, a wildfire was reported at the end of U.S. Forest Service Road 763, commonly referred to as Jones Creek Road, by someone who identified himself as “Keith Mann.”  USFS firefighters responded to the fire and took immediate suppression action.  The fire was contained at approximately one acre and was named “Jones Creek.”  As alleged in the criminal complaint, law enforcement became aware that a suspicious vehicle, identified as a mid-sized Chevrolet pickup, had been observed in the area.According to allegations in the complaint, on November 23, 2016, law enforcement returned to the fire site.  While there, law enforcement observed a small cardboard box located at the origin of the fire, with numerous burned wooden stemmed matches next to the box.  According to allegations in the charging document, on the same day, law enforcement identified the caller who placed the call to Macon County 911 to report the second fire as the defendant, Keith Mann.  Law enforcement made contact with Mann who admitted to setting the fires both on Board Tree Road and on Jones Creek Road.The defendant had his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Howell.  Mann’s detention hearing has been set for Monday, December 5, 2016.The charge of destroying real property of the United States by means of fire carries a mandatory penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.The charges contained in the criminal complaint are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.The U.S. Forest Service is leading the investigation assisted by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Richard Edwards is in charge of the prosecution.last_img read more

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Final Test: A frank assessment of Sachin Tendulkar’s last match

first_imgThe book is not a ball-by-ball analysis of Sachin’s last Test match. It has more to it.Book: Final Test: Exit Sachin TendulkarAuthor: Dilip D’Souza Publisher: Random House IndiaPrice: Rs 299 Sachin Tendulkar’s last Test in November 2013 at the Wankhede Stadium brought the nation to a standstill. More importantly, the stands in Mumbai were brimming in a format of the game struggling for existence. For many, Tendulkar’s last match meant lot of emotional upheaval and the struggle later to come to terms with the fact that the batting legend won’t bat again. So to pick up the book Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar by Dilip D’Souza needs lot of self-persuasion, particularly for a Tendulkar fan to go back in flashback mode. But this slim book has more to it. This new book is not a ball-by-ball analysis of Tendulkar’s 200th Test. The book has caught the essence of a day’s play in sessions by highlighting the turning points of the match.However, the author does well to meander cleverly by using lot of tennis analogies and has also hit upon other crucial points presently affecting Indian and world cricket such as the future of Test cricket, emergence of the Twenty20 format and BCCI’s dominance in world cricket. The book shows that D’Souza was not swept away by the euphoria surrounding Tendulkar’s last Test. Rather, he has done a brilliant job by keeping an open eye at least for those who were not lucky enough to be present at the stadium. Starting from the difficulty of getting hold of a ticket, the press box being named after Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and overpriced samosas at Wankhede. D’Souza also minces no words in criticising BCCI’s decision of choosing an opponent (West Indies) of “such brittle resolve and ability”. He further brings out the fact as how Tendulkar by “asking for a pair of Tests, however well-intentioned he was, he suggested compromise too. He took just that little bit off the shine of his legacy.” Such frankness and calling a spade a spade makes this 215-page book an intriguing read. D’Souza’s earlier book, The Curious Case of Binayak Sen, exposed the loopholes in the case build up against the Chhattisgarh doctor.   In his new book, Tendulkar’s last Test match is the crux, apart from the author’s brilliance by drawing comparisons and putting across many other things apart from cricket. Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle’s words in his foreword sums up the book just fine: “It wasn’t just a cricket match. It was the largest collective outpouring of emotion.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Himalayan Rally sputters to a dismal end as anti-rally demonstrations get violent

first_imgDespite its truncated and disappointing end last week, media coverage of the Himalayan Rally proved a frustrating experience. When Picture Editor Raghu Rai flew down to Bombay to cover the start of the rally, there was no indication of the perils that lay ahead, both for the competitors as well as,Despite its truncated and disappointing end last week, media coverage of the Himalayan Rally proved a frustrating experience. When Picture Editor Raghu Rai flew down to Bombay to cover the start of the rally, there was no indication of the perils that lay ahead, both for the competitors as well as for those covering the event.Rally cars move in a convoy on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway after recurring violence: A military-like operationOnce the initial violence erupted, the rally turned into something resembling a hush hush military operation. Till the last minute, journalists were kept in the dark regarding the changed routes. Accordingly, it was necessary to switch the coverage strategy at the last minute, India Today’s rally coverage team consisting of Sreekant Khandekar and photographer Pramod Pushkarna, was, however, fortunate enough to accompany the drivers on the most visually exciting stretch of the rally in the mountain roads of Himachal Pradesh, trailing the rally from Agra and Chandigarh, to the final moments in New Delhi.Though the unscheduled stops were an irritant, it also gave India Today an opportunity to interview the participants at length and get a better feel of the reactions to the rally and the hazards of professional racing. Their report:Armed policemen stand guard over the vehichles in Agra after the damage is done: Resorting to vandalism for political endsMotor rallies are generally defined as an arduous endurance test for man and machine. But even by those standards, the Himalayan Rally that shuddered to an anti-climatic end last week, provided the competitors with much that they hadn’t bargained for, largely thanks to the infantile antics of political opportunists.Even before the rally was into its first leg, it had been reduced to a tragic farce, with the drivers incredulously dodging a barrage of stones and lathi blows by hostile demonstrators supposedly belonging to the fragmented Lok Dal Party.advertisementUltimately, instead of the original 5,300 km, the organisers were forced to reduce the rally route to 4,000 km of which the final leg of 980 km saw the incredible sight of the cars travelling in convoys under heavy police escort. The ultimate irony lay in the fact that the cars barely traversed the treacherous Himalayan tracks which the rally had been named after.Billed as India’s grand debut on the international motor rally circuit, the Himalayan Rally had attracted a glittering array of international stars. But from the start, it seemed dogged by a mixture of ill-luck and unexpected pitfalls. The star attraction, Kenyan rally ace Joginder Singh, dropped out at the last minute and the lustre faded somewhat.The flag-off at Bombay’s Brabourne Stadium proved a drab affair considering the publicity build-up the rally had attracted. Only about 5,000 of the 40,000 seats were occupied and the unexplained absence of political and cinematic celebrities was glaringly obvious. In desperation, the organisers finally had to settle for the chairman of Air-India, the rally sponsors, to flag the cars off.Flustered: Even so, there was tremendous country-wide interest generated in the rally. The competitors had recconoitered the route and declared it one of the toughest they had come up against. Even the threat by George Fernandes, an experienced rabble rouser, to stage anti-rally demonstrations along the route was not taken very seriously. After all, if the protest was merely against the so-called “wastage of precious petrol”, it was not expected to cause the organisers any major headaches. But by the time the 68 cars reached Aurangabad, the end of the first leg, it was obvious that the protests were taking on some menacing overtones. At Aurangabad, hostile mobs attacked the cars and drivers, and the arrangements had to be hastily altered. The organisers were forced to switch the route in an effort to outmanouvre Fernandes and his hooligans, resulting in a six-hour delay.But it was obvious that the organisers were badly flustered and the rally had already acquired the elements of a tragic fiasco. In switching to an alternate route, a control officer directed the first 10 cars onto a direct and relatively simple stretch, while the remainder were routed along a rocky forest track.A British Landrover minutes after a close share in the Himalayas: Driving on impossible roads at break-neck speedsThe gaffe proved a costly one, since the entire sector had to be scrapped. Said Vinod Metre, one of the Indian participants: “There we were driving like mad and killing our cars and what did we discover at the end of the ride? That the lead drivers were relaxing after some easy driving and that the 300 km we had just travelled did not count at all.”Sickening Orgy: The worst, however, was yet to come. The second leg proved disastrous and almost brought an inglorious end to the rally. At Bhind and Seondha, the anti-rally demonstrations turned uglier than anybody could have foreseen. Windscreens were smashed and drivers manhandled in a sickening orgy of mindless violence.advertisement When the battered caravan limped into Agra, eight of the leading cars looked like they had driven through a battlefield. Lofty Drews, co-driver of Shekhar Mehta, the international rally star, angrily waved a rock that had crashed through the windscreen of their Opel. Said Drews: “After smashing the windscreen, they (the demonstrators) shattered the rear glass and jumped onto the car. It was only after we accelerated that they dropped off.”Peter Lippmann, driving a Mercedes 450 SLC, found it a terrifying experience:Mehta’s Opel is flagged off at Bombay’s Wankhede stadium: Not much to smile about”There were crowds of cheering people and suddenly stones started flying about. There were people lying across the road and we finally revved the engine and that scared them off.” Said German ace, Wolfgang Siller: “I don’t think they wanted to scare us. They wanted to kill us.” The most visibly shattered, however, was the all-women team of Marianne Hoepfner and Oda Denckner Anderson. Hoepfner perhaps was speaking for all the participants when she stated: “God! I wish I was home.”Death Trap: In fact, it was largely felt that the rally should be aborted before it turned into a death trap. Most of the foreign drivers, to whom the demonstrations were a new and nightmarish experience, wanted to quit and go home. By nightfall, however, tempers had cooled somewhat and rally chairman, Nazir Hoosein, who had flown in from the rally headquarters in New Delhi’s Maurya Sheraton, dashed back again for frantic consultations with officials in the prime minister’s secretariat.Meanwhile, the drivers sweated in suspense, waiting for the official decision on whether the rally would be abandoned or not. When Hoosein returned, he huddled together with the competitors. The rally, Hoosein informed them, would go on but he wanted their views on exactly how they should proceed. Opinion was divided. The foreign participants wanted the route to be shortened considerably, while the Indians were in favour of a longer route. Hoosein emplaned again for Delhi, leaving the drivers still unsure about the final decision.Even when the cars finally pulled out of Agra under tight security, the drivers were only informed about their destination minutes before their departure. Reaching Delhi at noon – where they had a refuelling stop for an hour – the convoy headed north again for Chandigarh escorted by police vehicles. Armed contingents of police were posted at strategic spots along the route.An old-model Mercedes leaves a trqil of dust: In the mountains the danger of going over the edge was a real oneThe rally was rapidly resembling a convoy being shepherded through a war zone. Arriving at Chandigarh, the drivers were finally given their route for the next leg-more akin to a military exercise. They were to proceed in convoy under heavy escort to Kandaghat, 85 km north-east of Chandigarh from where they would be let off the leash and allowed to race to Dhalli, a distance of 55 km. From Dhalli, they would again be shepherded by armed escort to Guma (47 km) and then make a dash for Narkhanda (132 km) where, it had been decided, the rally would come to a truncated end.advertisementHollow Victory: This was perhaps the most rally-like part of the route, involving winding, narrow hill-roads with a sheer drop on one side. To observers, it seemed a suicidal effort, with cars screeching around hair-pin bends at speeds of 65 km per hour, skidding dangerously close to the cliff-edge, as if to compensate for the mockery that had gone before. Surprisingly, there was only one near-fatal mishap when a British entry, a Landrover, smashed into a boulder on a blind turn and skidded out of control, fortunately ending up perched on the hillside resulting in no major injuries.For the eventual winner, Shekhar Mehta, it was a hollow victory . He already had a massive points lead before the start of the final leg and barring any major mishaps, his win was a foregone conclusion. But there was no way of wiping out the bitter taste that the Lok Dai’s antics had left behind, or the battering that India’s image had received once again in the eyes of the watching world.Drews (left) and Mehta on the victory ramp: Trying to erase hitter memoriesWhen contacted by India Today, Fernandes displayed no con triteness, and, incredibly, attempted to pass the buck. “This is the establishment’s way of damning a peaceful protest.” he stated, “it could easily have been the police who were responsible for the violence. They only want to give us a bad name.” His co-conspirator, Sharad Yadav, president of the Yuva Lok Dal, tried to shift the blame on the press. “The newspaper reports of the violence were exaggerated.” he maintained, “the violence was the work of anti-social elements and I condemn it.”But whichever way it is viewed, the Lok Dal’s inane attempts to attract some badly-needed publicity backfired badly. Newspaper editorials and the public at large expressed universal disgust at the unnecessary violence that had fatally injured what was planned as an apolitical event.Even if the violence had not been preplanned, it was certainly Fernandes’ remarks about the rally being a national waste that triggered it off. The touch of irony lay in the fact that the rally had been originally announced last year when the Lok Dal was briefly in power. Neither Fernandes nor his hot-headed followers felt it was a “waste” at that point. Further, the total fuel consumption on the rally was estimated at 70,000 litres or a mere 0.0035 per cent of the total motor spirit consumed in a year in India.Lippmann fixes his wind-screen while others relax: ‘I wish I was home’Added Bonus: The Lok Dal’s contention that the country was losing precious foreign exchange only serves to reveal its ignorance. All fuel consumed by the participants was paid for in foreign exchange. Further, 93 octane fuel, which the rally cars used, is not an imported item.Moreover, the organisers estimate that the foreign competitors would have spent something in the region of Rs 6 lakh on hotel accommodation and related expenses by the time the rally was over. Finally, the benefits in terms of tourism would have been an added bonus.The Kenyan Rally has demonstrated that in no uncertain manner. Said Bharat Bharadwaj, chairman of the Kenyan Safari for the last eight years: “Tourism is Kenya’s number two industry and the Safari has largely been responsible for that. It is covered by every major TV network and gives us enormous publicity.” The Kenyan Safari costs around Rs 17 lakh each year but recovers Rs 24 lakh from one single advertiser alone. But of course Fernandes was unaware of these minor details. The most frustrated participant, however, was Hoosein, who witnessed two years of hard work covering 50,000 km of route surveys and organisation disintegrating before his eyes. Said crest-fallen Hoosein: “Who knows if there will be a rally next year?The violence has spoilt it all. We have run into a loss and theadvertisers are sore because of the unscheduled hours the rally tookplace at.” But the organisers are in some measure at fault for nottaking the Lok Dai’s threats seriously and for not having madecontingency plans. Joginder Singh was highly critical of theorganisation and planning.Hoepfner (centre) and Anderson receiving their award from Mrs Gandhi “The communications, the route, the press relations and the control officers at check points – everything was all wrong,” he said, “the organisers aimed too high and what is more, they had a chip on their shoulders. I offered them my services and so did 70 other Kenyans who had come to view the rally. Not one of us was asked to assist even though we were willing and had the experience.”But perhaps the greatest irony was that ultimately, the cost of providing escorts, including IAF helicopters at one stage, was considerably greater than the cost of the fuel that Fernandes was so overly concerned about. Even Mrs Gandhi’s apology for the stone-throwing at the awards ceremony on October 26 failed to dispel the realisation that the Himalayan Rally had turned out to be an expensive Himalayan blunder.last_img read more

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10 months agoBalogun confident Brighton home form can upset Arsenal

first_imgBalogun confident Brighton home form can upset Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Leon Balogun is confident the club’s home form can help them upset Arsenal on Boxing Day.The Seagulls almost held Chelsea to a draw last week before succumbing 2-1. And Balogun thinks they can present a similar test to Unai Emery’s Gunners.”We are always very confident when we play at home and I think that the whole performance today just showed everyone why,” Balogun exclusively told Standard Sport.”We really gave Chelsea a struggle and a hard time. It wasn’t an easy game for them to just carry away those three points, we gave them gifts.”So, I think, we definitely can be very confident about playing against Arsenal at home.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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5 days agoMilik reveals new contract talks with Napoli

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Milik reveals new contract talks with Napoliby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArkadiusz Milik says he’s in new contract talks with Napoli.The striker scored twice in their 2-0 defeat of Hellas Verona.Milik said, “I am so hungry to play and score goals. I feel good now, I want to do what makes me happy and that’s scoring goals. We are talking about a contract renewal, we’ll see what happens, but I am very happy at Napoli. I can’t say much more than that right now, my agent is discussing it with the club.“Now we’ve got an important Champions League trip coming up against RB Salzburg. It’s going to be tough, as we know they play with intensity and a high press, but we are ready.” last_img read more

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