January 20

Troubled Inter Milan turn to Pioli

first_img Inter fans have blamed the club’s complicated global management structure for the team’s troubles. The club president is Erick Thohir, an Indonesian entrepreneur, who purchased Inter from the Moratti family three years ago and who now has 30 per cent of the ownership after the recent restructuring. And there are five Chinese representatives on the club’s nine-member board of directors – Ren Jun, Mi Xin, Liu Jun, Yang Yang and Zhang Kangyang. During Inter’s win over Crotone, supporters displayed banners that read, ‘Shame on the management’, and, ‘Thanks Frank, you’re paying for errors that were not yours’. Pioli becomes Inter’s ninth coach since Jose Mourinho led the club to a treble in 2010. The others were Rafa Benitez, Leonardo, Gian Piero Gasperini, Claudio Ranieri, Andrea Stramaccioni, Walter Mazzarri, Mancini and De Boer. MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE ROME, Italy (AP): Former Lazio coach Stefano Pioli was hired by struggling Inter Milan yesterday, replacing the fired Frank de Boer and tasked with restoring the 18-time Serie A champions to respectability. Inter announced that they signed Pioli to coach through next season and that he will be introduced tomorrow. Besides Lazio, the 51-year-old Pioli previously coached his hometown club Parma plus Chievo Verona, Palermo and Bologna in Serie A. In 218 matches as a Serie A coach, his teams have a record of 73 wins, 62 draws and 83 losses. “He seems to me to be a logical choice,” former Inter president Massimo Moratti said. “He’s a coach who knows Italian football and who has always made his clubs play well.” De Boer was fired last week after Inter lost seven of 14 matches in all competitions. Inter’s youth squad coach, Stefano Vecchi, had been given temporary control of the senior team for a 2-1 loss at Southampton in the Europa League on Thursday – leaving the Nerazzurri last in their group – and a 3-0 win over last-place Crotone on Sunday in Serie A. Inter are in ninth place in the Italian league, 13 points behind leaders Juventus. PIOLI’S DEBUT Pioli’s debut will come in the derby against AC Milan on November 20. Considered the next in a long-line of Italian tacticians, Pioli was considered the safest choice after a long weekend of meetings and interviews conducted by Inter’s management even though he has never coached a major club. Other coaches reported to have interviewed for the job included Marcelino, Italian great Gianfranco Zola and the well-travelled Guus Hiddink. Big Italian clubs rarely hold interviews for coaches in the public manner that Inter did, which sparked perplexity among the club’s supporters. “I never held any casting interviews but I observed (coaches) on my own,” Moratti said. “They’re different systems, but it’s not like one way is right and the other is wrong. It’s a transparent method to make a well-informed choice.” In Pioli’s first season at Lazio, he led the Rome club to a third-place finish. He was fired by Lazio in April after a 4-1 derby loss to Roma. As a player, Pioli was a centre back for Juventus, Hellas Verona and Fiorentina. While financial details were not announced, the La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Pioli will earn €1.4 million (US$200 million Jamaican) for the remainder of this season and nearly €2 million (US$285 million) for next season. De Boer was hired less than two weeks before the season began following the unexpected resignation of Roberto Mancini, who reportedly wanted more control over the transfer market and clashed with Suning, the Chinese retail giant that took control of 70 per cent of Inter in June.last_img read more

January 6

Five talking points ahead of Arsenal against Atletico

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger is hoping to leave Arsenal on a high by winning his first European trophy © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISMADRID, Spain, May 3 – Arsene Wenger’s glorious farewell will be on the line on Thursday as Arsenal visit Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final second leg.Atletico held on for a 1-1 draw in the opening game in London last week and Diego Simeone’s side are heavy favourites to make the final in Lyon later this month. Here, AFP Sport looks at five talking points ahead of the clash in Madrid:Wenger braced for last Arsenal game in EuropeIf Wenger had been able to handpick the setting for potentially his last European match in charge of Arsenal, Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano would likely have been low down the list.To avoid defeat, his team will have to deliver the sort of break-out display they have managed in the FA Cup in recent years, against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.Wenger got closest to a European trophy in 2006 when his side were beaten in the Champions League final by Barcelona and in 2000, when they lost in the UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray.A glorious farewell is still within reach.Atletico impenetrable at homeAtletico are unbeaten at home in La Liga this term and have not conceded a single goal on their own patch since January.The success of Simeone’s side has been based on work rate and discipline but Arsenal can draw encouragement from last week’s opening leg, when they created several excellent chances.The key in Madrid is likely to be patient. Over-exert, and Arsenal may leave themselves open to Atletico’s all-too familiar combination of absorb and counter.But it will take a certain level of attacking intent to break down arguably Europe’s most resilient defence. Arsenal must find the perfect balance.Lacazette to prove his worthAlexandre Lacazette scored Arsenal’s first-leg goal, but missed several other chances © AFP / Adrian DENNISWith Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied, Alexandre Lacazette is again expected to start up front for Arsenal and the Frenchman will have to be more clinical than he was in the first leg.Lacazette scored the opener but missed a number of chances to give his team the lead and he has particular motivation against Atletico, who tried to sign him last year before their transfer ban kicked in.“He is a fantastic player with great speed and movement,” Simeone said. “What distinguishes him most is his speed of execution in the final third.”Costa back for AtletiDiego Costa missed the opener in London with a hamstring strain but the striker is expected back, having come through Sunday’s win over Alaves unscathed.The striker’s return is a huge boost for Atletico. Costa’s tenacity will be well-known to Arsenal but he also brings the best out of partner Antoine Griezmann, who has enjoyed a sharp upturn in form since the Spaniard joined in January.If Costa can martial Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi, Atletico will hope Griezmann can capitalise on the extra space.Simeone constrained to the standsDiego Simeone was banished to the stands during the first leg at the Emirates © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONSimeone is never one to hold back on the touchline, often celebrating tackles and blocks just as enthusiastically as a goal.He overstepped the mark, however, last week and was sent off, meaning he will have to watch from the stands in the second leg.Atletico will certainly miss their coach and motivator on the line. It remains to be seen how much.“The stadium must know we need them, we need them to live the game like our coach lives it,” captain Diego Godin said. “That will help us a great deal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 27

GAA NEWS: KILCAR U-12s LOOK FORWARD TO CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

first_imgKILCAR NEWS: Best of luck to the Donegal squad as they take on Laois on Saturday, as they aim to clinch a place in the All Ireland Quarter Final, hopefully our defeat to Monaghan in the Ulster Final was a minor set back, also we wish Mark Mc Hugh a speedy recovery .Website,Our new website will be be on line this week,.James Byrne has done a huge amount of work on building it ,thank you ,this website is well worth a visit.log onto www.clgcillchartha.com or kilcargaa.comUnderage , Our under 12’s have reached the C’ship Regional Final which takes place on Monday 29th at 6.30pm in Towney against Naomh Ultan.Our u16’s were defeated by 1 point by Na Rossa last friday,they play Four Masters next friday at home ‘7.30Bingo.Winners this week were,Sally Murrin,Marie Doogan,Ann Mc Ginley,Tracy Byrne,Ethna Byrne,Anna Cannon,Breege Campbell.Jackpot next week is €3,300 on 50 numbers. Lotto ,Lotto numbers were 1,17,20,25 Lotto plus numbers 3,16,25,30,Consolations prizes Evelyn Carr ,Marie Cunningham,Liam Gavigan,lotto jackpot is €3,500 next week.Congratulations to all the Children who took part in this years Cúl Camp . GAA NEWS: KILCAR U-12s LOOK FORWARD TO CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:GAA NEWS: KILCAR U-12s LOOK FORWARD TO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALlast_img read more

December 16

Firefox Creative Lead Leaves to Launch Stealth Healthcare Startup

first_imgAza Raskin, the eccentric lead designer at Mozilla’s Firefox, announced today that he’s leaving his position to co-found a startup in the healthcare market with mobile entrepreneur Sutha Kamal and at least one still-unnamed co-founder.Already well funded by undisclosed investors, Raskin says the company, called Massive Health, will bring a User Experience designer’s sensibility to healthcare. “With health-case costs rising faster than inflation, a crisis is on the horizon,” he writes in a blog post announcing the move. “We need to apply cognitive psychology, the principles of design, and tighter feedback loops to our own health. Health care needs to have its design Renaissance, where products and services are redesigned to be responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties.”Raskin is an accomplished technologist, having developed projects ranging from the Firefox Mobile concept to the original W3C Geolocation standard. A number of his projects never gained much traction, though; Ubiquity and Jetpack were Raskin-initiated Firefox technologies that never felt finished and didn’t seem to go anywhere.A frequent and fascinating public speaker, Raskin’s efforts to move into the much maligned health care sector could really shake things up. His move was first reported on TechCrunch, where Erick Schonfeld says they’ll be watching Massive Health closely once it launches. We’ll try to follow it more closely, here at ReadWriteWeb. See also: Your Memories Will Be Rewritten: Mozilla’s Raskin Says Product Placement is Coming Soon to Your Facebook Photos marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

November 28

The bonding

first_imgPreksha had grown up to be a rebel, refusing to eat her mother Maya’s homemade buttery parathas or share anything about her life with Maya anymore. But, as Maya eventually realised, Preksha would always remain her little daughter at heart… By Anwesha Bhattacharya’Parathas, again?’ Preksha grimaced as Maya put down the plates in front of Preksha and Suraj. ‘Don’t make such faces. They’re not live toads!’ Maya’s voice betrayed restrained irritation. Suraj’s stifled little chuckle behind his newspaper wasn’t lost on Maya. She would deal with him later. ‘Didn’t I tell you I can have parathas once a month? M-A-X.’ Preksha’s voice had the same exasperation that Maya’s did seconds ago. ‘Eww, look at the way they are dripping with butter.”Preksha,’ Maya’s voice rose three octaves, ‘Don’t talk like that about food. I’ve had enough of this. Do you know people in India don’t get one square?’ ‘Give them my share. And? maybe some of yours too,’ Preksha pushed away her plate, deliberately gazing up and down Maya’s well-padded figure, ‘And if you are not giving me cornflakes – with double skimmed milk – right this moment, I am leaving. I am getting late for college. I have a term test.’Maya and Preksha glared at each other long enough to allow the grandfather clock in the drawing room to chime nine times. Then Preksha pulled her trump card – she started getting up from the table in slow motion.advertisement’SIT,’ Maya bellowed and stormed off towards the kitchen. Preksha grinned triumphantly. She knew much too well Maya would never let her leave the house without having breakfast. Presently, Maya stormed back and put a bowl of cornflakes on the table.Over the next seven minutes, the only sounds were that of spoon against bowl, an occasional slurp and hurried munching. The “almost silence” was broken by Preksha pushing her chair back, which grated against the floor with a screech that made Maya feel sick every time. She could have betted that was the precise reason Preksha repeated it day after day, in spite of Maya screaming at her. Today was one of the days Maya felt too exhausted.Preksha was almost out when Maya’s shock overrode her exhaustion. ‘What on earth are you wearing?’ Maya’s voice was shrill, eyes popping out as they travelled up Preksha’s legs for what seemed to her to be like miles before they finally met the skirt hem. Preksha leaned back against the door, looking at the ceiling with a bored expression on her face, arms folded. ‘You’re going out in that?”Of course not, mom, I just wanted to walk till the door, and then go back and change into your red sequinned salwar, finish the parathas and go to college so that I can have the entire college label me a moti behenji, which you want!’ Maya sat there, at a loss for words. Preksha had spoken so fast she didn’t catch half of what she said.Preksha rolled her eyes at the blank expression on Maya’s face. ‘Never mind. By the way, I will go straight to gym from college.’ Before Maya could find her voice, the door had banged shut behind Preksha. With Preksha gone, Maya’s irritation found an easy target in Suraj. ‘It’s all your fault. You always let her get her way. All you can do is sit there and pretend everything is fine. Don’t you have eyes? Can’t you see how strange Preksha is getting??’ Suraj gulped down the rest of his tea in one swig and got up. ‘Maya,’ he said softly, ‘Don’t worry so much. Preksha is fine. She will grow out of it.”That is all you have to say. Mrs Mehra’s daughter is Preksha’s age. She’s not like this. I’ve never seen her in anything except salwars ever… it’s all my fault. I haven’t been able to bring her up well?,’ Maya’s voice trembled. Suraj whispered in Maya’s ear, ‘I saw Mrs Mehra’s daughter smoking the other day? with two boys, near that coffee place at the corner.’ ‘Really?’ Maya gasped. Suraj nodded gravely and by the time Maya had let this information sink in, Suraj was gone, shutting the door behind him to what was just another morning at the Saxenas.As Maya cleared up, she remembered the time when Preksha would demand parathas with dollops of butter. And now, all she would have would be these cornflakes, chapattis, chicken stew – chicken stew! – the whole of Maya’s extended family swore by her chicken butter masala, and her own daughter would pucker up her face at it? she was getting so thin? she looked so much better when she was a little? chubby. And it was not just food. Preksha had changed so much that Maya often wondered whether she was the same little girl of hers of a few years ago. Maya had always cooked Preksha’s birthday dinner. Year after year, the early hours of 11th December would find Maya in the kitchen, and the entire house would be enveloped in a warm, tantalising aroma throughout the day.advertisementIn the evenings, Maya’s day’s labour would be enthusiastically savoured and gushed over by Preksha’s friends from school – 5, 6, sometimes 10 of them. Preksha would announce, her fair face pink with pride, that her Mummy – she had taken to calling Maya Mom one fine morning when she was 17 – was the best cook in the world. Before her 19th birthday, Preksha had casually announced that she was taking her friends out for pizza on her birthday. ‘It’s too much work for you, mom,’ she had said, ‘don’t bother this time.’Did she really not know how much Maya enjoyed it? Preksha had brought back pizza for Maya and Suraj. Maya would never understand what’s so great about a few scraps of chicken and cheese on bread and why anybody would prefer it to her elaborate spread. But she eventually got used to it, as Preksha took her friends out for pizza every year since then, and sometimes even ordered pizza at home, taking it to her room and eating it for dinner while she studied.Maya always dreamt that Preksha would grow up to be a doctor. She did not believe in pushing her daughter like Mrs Reddy or Mrs Varma did. She had hoped Preksha would want to be a doctor, and in spite of herself, had allowed that hope to solidify into a snug assumption. And Preksha had excitedly discussed her career plans with Maya and Suraj the day her board results came out, when Maya was still giddy from the pride and joy she felt holding the marksheet – 96 percent! Maya was sure her ears were playing tricks when Preksha announced she was going to take up Humanities and later Journalism. This was what she had wanted since she was in the sixth grade, Preksha shared. Suraj, on whom some of Maya’s dream had rubbed off, had recovered amazingly fast.’That’s great, Preksha,’ he had gushed. Maya had skipped dinner that night, feigning a throbbing headache, which, again, was not completely a lie. She had then fallen into a troubled sleep trying to decide what distressed her more, the realisation that what she had assumed was never meant to be in the first place or the fact that Preksha had not only been so sure of her decision, but had not shared it with her till it was time to implement it. Once during the second year of graduate studies, Preksha had come back from college, flung her backpack onto the couch, marched into her room and banged the door shut loud enough for Maya to drop the television remote. When Preksha’s door didn’t open till dinner time, Maya had timidly ventured into her room. She’d found Preksha sobbing into her pillow, still in the clothes she had worn to college. Each of Maya’s questions and pleadings had been met with silence or a muffled “leave me alone”. Preksha hadn’t come out for a week, didn’t go to college, left untouched most of her meals which Maya carried to her room. ‘Be her friend,’ Mrs Varma had suggested over tea at Mrs Reddy’s. ‘Medha tells me everything,’ she had added smugly.advertisement’Mothers are friends, Prekshu, you can tell me anything, you know?,’ Maya had ventured around two weeks after Preksha had gone back to college and was eating her meals with them again. ‘Good try, mom,’ Preksha had cut her short, ‘You can’t suddenly decide to be my friend because you want to know what’s going on in my life.’Maya never tried again. She never found out what had stormed Preksha’s 19-year-old life and where she found the strength, behind the locked door of her messy room, to tame the storm and get on with life. ‘I am glad she can make her own decisions, handle things herself? solve her own problems, Maya,’ Suraj had asserted, ‘you should too.’How could she? Suraj would never understand. It had never been him that Preksha had run to for years to share little secrets, have tears kissed away, bruised knees nursed, ruffled feathers smoothed? Preksha now made Maya feel she was trying desperately to hold on to a dream a moment after waking up, as it slipped elusively away? ‘Let’s all go out for dinner,’ Preksha chirped, bouncing around the room. ‘It’s been ages. I’m so glad my exams are over. I can finally start working?’ It was over chocochip icecream that Preksha told them about Akash. Her best friend Ritwika’s brother. He was a brilliant student, did his engineering from one of the top colleges in the country – Preksha told them proudly – working at one of those few huge companies Maya knew by name.Preksha waited till the table had been cleared away before continuing. ‘Mom, Dad, Akash is going to the States for a project around November end. It would take at least four years? maybe longer. We have decided to get married before that? sometime in October end? so I can go with him?’ Back home, as Suraj playfully teased Preksha and both of them sat together giggling, suddenly buddies, Maya remembered her own marriage with Suraj. She’d met Suraj for the second time the day of their wedding, if sitting with a bowed head among 12 relatives counted as a meeting?The next few months passed in a frenzy of arrangements. And it seemed that even before Maya had stopped to catch her breath, it was the last night before Preksha’s wedding. Preksha had gone to bed early. Maya and Suraj sat on their beds, going over the details for the millionth time. Knock. Knock. ‘Preksha?? The door’s open?’ The door opened noiselessly. Preksha stood at the door in her white and pink floral pyjamas and braided hair, her hand still on the doorknob, looking down at her shuffling bare feet. Maya’s heart gave a leap. She didn’t dare ask what was wrong. Millions of scary thoughts raced across her mind at a blinding speed, freezing all her questions. It was Suraj who spoke.’Preksha, what’s the matter, baby?’ Preksha stood motionless for another moment, before racing forward and flinging herself on the bed over the quilt between Maya and Suraj, and broke out into sobs. A panic-stricken Maya clutched Suraj’s fingers with vehement force. Suraj patted her hand assuredly, and as she waited, numb, he put a hand on Preksha’s shoulders. ‘Preksha, what’s wrong?’ Preksha pushed her face deeper into Maya’s pillow, her sobs louder. ‘Preksha,’ Maya whispered, bracing herself, ‘What is it? Have you had a fight with Akash?’The muffled “no” did nothing to comfort Maya. Her heart was pounding so hard she felt it would burst out of her. Just as she was going to ask again what the matter was, this time more impatiently, Suraj gently touched Maya’s shoulder and signalled for her to be quiet. They just lay there with Preksha between them, sobbing, while Suraj patted her and Maya caressed her hair. After a while, the sobs grew softer, and eventually stopped, and Preksha lay absolutely still with her face still hidden in the pillow.’Tell us what’s wrong, princess,’ Suraj spoke in her ear, still patting her back. Preksha rolled over to lie on her back. Her face was red and blotchy, her eyes puffy. Maya bent over to gently kiss away the tears that were still smeared across her smooth cheeks. ‘I am scared,’ Preksha sniffed. ‘Scared? Of what, baby?”I don’t know? of getting married? going away? leaving you? I can’t live without you two?,’ and her eyes welled up with fresh tears. Relief swept through Maya and spilled over in the form of a torrent of tears. The tears of apprehension, of her own fear of losing Preksha, of already missing her when she wasn’t even gone? gushed out; she clasped Preksha to her bosom. Suraj smiled, sighed and dropped his head on his pillow. ‘You are not going anywhere, baby,’ Maya whispered into her daughter’s hair, choking on her words. ‘You will always remain our little girl. And this will always remain your home. Your room? your things? everything will be there always? waiting for you.”Remember when you were a little girl, Preksha? You used to sneak into our bed every night and hide between us because there would be “monsters” under your bed? “I am scared”, you used to say, remember?’ Suraj asked, his voice growing soft with emotion.Preksha smiled through her tears. And once again, after many, many years, the three of them snuggled close together, with Preksha between them under the cocoon of the warm quilt. And they talked. Preksha listened with rapt attention, as Maya and Suraj took turns reminiscing about the day Preksha was born, a beautiful baby that all the nurses fussed over, and Maya and Suraj spent hours looking at, marvelling at the miracle of creation; the pink frock Granny had sewed for her, the one she used to look like an angel in; her first step clinging Suraj’s thumb; the pop song she had picked up from TV and would sing day in and day out when she was three; her first birthday party, the second and the third…On an impulse, Maya brought down a thick brown velvet-covered album from the top shelf of her cupboard, that had been her companion on many a lonely, endless afternoon. The three of them pored over each photo as if they were looking at them for the first time rather than the millionth. There was Preksha, eyeing the stack of gifts on her third birthday; a four-year-old Preksha sitting beside the family Alsatian looking hilariously intimidated; Preksha punched Suraj as he teased her over a photo where a five-year-old terrified Preksha was clinging to him at a Kanyakumari beach; and eventually, Preksha’s journey through school – prize distributions, cultural programs, sports? the photos showed what all three of them had missed – Preksha growing up bit by bit? funny, Maya and Suraj had always felt she grew up overnight… Each photo had a story to tell, the story of a girl who was doted on and loved to bits, who grew up but managed to remain the little girl whose parents would never believe didn’t need looking after; each photo told the story of change, how certain things grow better with time and the things which don’t change at all.Some of the photographs were a bit frayed at the edges, some tinted with the yellow hue of time, but they still managed to bring back memories that shone like new, and together, they were no less than a saga, of the phase of a life that was to be cherished, reminisced, looked back upon and smiled at throughout life. The impenetrable darkness of the eastern sky was already dissolving into a faint pink as the last leaf of the album was turned. The first ray of the sun peeked in through the cream lace curtains to find Preksha in a peaceful slumber, snuggled cozily between her parents, who were smiling quietly at each other with eyes that lovingly and painfully whispered, ‘Our little girl isn?ft lost?c she is right here…’last_img read more

November 18

I-League: Mohun Bagan held to 1-1 draw Shillong Lajong

first_imgMohun Bagan were held to a 1-1 draw by Shillong Lajong at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata in the I-League on Thursday.Mohun Bagan, who were down to ten men, are currently troubled by a host injuries in their side. The match saw both the goals coming from penalties as the teams failed to launch many devastating attacking moves.Dipanda Dicka (12th minute) gave Mohun Bagan the lead early on in the first half only to see his strike cancelled out by Samuel Lalmuanpuia (72nd) in the second period.The home team were down to ten men minutes later when Kolkata Derby’s scorer Kingsley Eze was sent off for a second yellow card.The result saw Mohun Bagan hold on to the second spot with eight points from four matches. They are two points behind league leaders Minerva Punjab FC who have also played four matches.Lajong meanwhile, are at the third position with seven points from four games.A host of injuries picked up in their last game against Churchill Brothers meant the likes of Sony Norde, Yuta Kinowaki, Ansumana Kromah and Arijit Bagui could not start for Mohun Bagan with Naro Hari Srestha and Dipendu Dowary pairing up front.The hosts’ hopes rested on Dicka and the former Lajong striker delivered from the spot after Sheikh Faiaz was brought down inside the box by Rakesh Pradhan.Dicka chose not to celebrate and dedicated the goal to his indisposed Japanese teammate Kinowaki by showing his jersey to the fans.advertisementMohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul, in good form lately, pulled off a good save to deny Samuel Lalmuanpuia minutes after the goal.Mohun Bagan bossed the game despite the spate of injuries as the visitors lacked the cutting edge up front to trouble their rival defenders.Dowary came close to doubling the margin at the half-hour mark with a left-footed volley that fizzed just wide. At halftime, Mohun Bagan led by a solitary goal.Post the breather, Aiman Saleh Abdullah Al-Hagri, who had played well throughout, was tripped inside the box by seasoned Mohun Bagan defender Kingshuk Debnath and Samuel made no mistake from the spot.Things turned worse for the green and maroons when Eze committed a rather unnecessary foul on Lalmuanpuia and was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.Down to ten men and without the services of the influential Norde and in form-Kromah, Mohun Bagan struggled.Mohun Bagan went all out in the final minutes, but to no avail.(Courtesy: IANS)last_img read more

November 16

World Cup 2019: Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup opener against England

first_imgSouth African paceman Dale Steyn has been ruled out of Thursday’s World Cup opener against England, with the Proteas coach Ottis Gibson saying the pace great is “getting closer” to full recovery from a shoulder injury.Gibson’s words left no doubts that the 35-year-old, South Africa’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, has still not gained match fitness. He had sustained the shoulder injury during his short stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL).”He is getting closer everyday. We hope that if not by Sunday (against Bangladesh) then by the India game (on 5 June) (he will be ready),” Gibson said at a press conference.”He is not fully ready yet and we feel that in a six-week tournament there is no need to press the issue right now,” the coach said after the team’s training session.#CSAnews Dale Steyn will miss the opening @cricketworldcup match against England as he continues to recover from a right shoulder injury. https://t.co/Z4U1jyWj4u #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/LL0Qlmg9xjCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 28, 2019England and South Africa are set to kick off the showpiece at The Oval on Thursday.One of South Africa’s best ever pacers with 439 Test wickets and 196 ODI scalps, Steyn’s activity at training was restricted to jogging and bowling off a very short run-up with no real pace. He then walked off the field before coming out again to have a hit with the bat.Steyn has not bowled in a game yet in England. He was in the 15-man squad for the warm-up against West Indies but South Africa batted first before the game was rained off. He wasn’t in the line-up for the match against Sri Lanka.advertisementHe has not bowled in competitive cricket since pulling out of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL campaign in late April, having played only two games there, because of inflammation in his right shoulder.Also Read | Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, chief selector Inzamam to leave after World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Glenn Maxwell cautious of Rashid Khan threat ahead of Australia openerAlso Seelast_img read more

October 25

1st Test: Jeet Raval answers doubters as New Zealand top order pummel Bangladesh attack

first_img1st Test: Jeet Raval answers doubters as New Zealand top order pummel Bangladesh attackNew Zealand vs Bangladesh: Jeet Raval scored his maiden Test hundred and Tom Latham hit his third 150-plus score as New Zealand took control of the first Test against Bangladesh in Hamiltonadvertisement Reuters HamiltonMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 12:14 IST Jeet Raval scored his maiden Test hundred as New Zealand lead Bangladesh by 217 runs (@BLACKCAPS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJeet Raval scored 132 runs, while Tom Latham hit 161 on day 1 of 1st TestRaval and Latham had resumed on 86 and then put up a 254-run partnershipNew Zealand at stumps on 451 for 4 with a lead of 217 runs over BangladeshOpener Jeet Raval struck his maiden Test century, while Tom Latham posted his third 150-plus score in three matches as New Zealand seized total control of the first Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton on Friday.The hosts were 451-4 at stumps on the second day at Seddon Park with captain Kane Williamson on 93 and nightwatchman Neil Wagner one not out, having built an imposing 217-run first innings lead.Bangladesh had been dismissed in the final session on Thursday for 234, with Tamim Iqbal scoring an aggressive 126. Wagner was the pick of New Zealand’s bowlers with 5-47.Stumps, Day 2, First Test. #BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/Vldl7inKVGBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 1, 2019Raval and Latham had resumed on Friday on 86-0 and continued to grind down the Bangladeshi bowlers through the morning session.The 30-year-old Raval, who had scored seven half-centuries and begun to face questions as to when he would pass three figures, answered the doubters with successive boundaries off Ebadat Hossain about 15 minutes before lunch.The lefthander watched the ball skim across the surface to the midwicket fence and broke into a small smile and raised his bat to the crowd and his team mates.His fellow lefthander, who was dropped by Soumya Sarkar on nought on Thursday, had to wait until after lunch to bring up his ninth century when he top-edged down to fine leg for his 12th boundary.It continued a superb run of form for the 25-year-old, who was dismissed for 161 and has scored 611 runs in his four Test innings at home this summer at an average of 203. He also had scores of 264 not out and 176 against Sri Lanka last December.advertisementRaval and Latham put on 254 for the first wicket, the third-highest opening partnership for New Zealand against any opposition. Williamson brought up his 30th Test half century with a punch to deep point for a single in the final session and appeared to be on course to join Raval and Latham with a century.The surprising dismissal of Henry Nicholls, who did not play at an arm ball from Mehedy Hasan Miraz and was bowled for 53, shortly before stumps, however, saw Williamson avoid any risk to push on but looks well set for his 20th century on Saturday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow Jeet RavalFollow Tom LathamFollow 1st TestFollow Hamiltonlast_img read more

October 17

Feds reject controversial FrenchItalian warship proposal

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government sought to keep its multibillion-dollar plan to build new warships for the navy from capsizing on Tuesday by shooting down a joint proposal from two of the world’s largest shipbuilders.The companies, Paris-based Naval Group and Italian firm Fincantieri, came out last week with claims they could replace the navy’s frigates and destroyers with 15 new ships faster and for much less than anyone else.The Trudeau government has previously said it expects the new ships to cost between $56 billion and $60 billion, and construction by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax isn’t expected to start until 2021 — at the earliest.But the French-Italian consortium says it could start construction as early as 2019 and that building the ships in Europe would cost $20 billion.It says the full cost to build in Canada would depend on talks with Irving.The French-Italian proposal has caused waves inside the defence and shipbuilding community, which has been seized with the warship project, given that it represents the largest single military purchase in Canadian history.But in a strongly worded and highly unusual statement Tuesday, the federal procurement department said it would not consider the companies’ offer because they did not follow the proper process for submitting proposals.The government launched a competition last year in which defence and shipbuilding firms were asked to design potential replacements for the navy’s frigates and destroyers.Sources say the government received three submissions before the deadline for that competition expired last Thursday and officials are now sitting down to start looking at thousands of pages of technical documents.But Naval Group and Fincantieri did not submit a formal proposal. Instead, the companies appear to be using a lobbying campaign to sell their proposal, including a direct pitch to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan last month.In its statement on Tuesday, Public Services and Procurement Canada stated categorically that proposals outside the established competition would not be considered.“The submission of an unsolicited proposal at the final hour undermines the fair and competitive nature of this procurement,” the unsigned statement said.“Acceptance of such a proposal would break faith with the bidders who invested time and effort to participate in the competitive process, put at risk the government’s ability to properly equip the Royal Canadian Navy and would establish a harmful precedent for future competitive procurements.”The department also said claims the French-Italian proposal would save money were “far from evident,” adding: “Any prices without the context of applicable terms and conditions … are effectively meaningless.”A Naval Group spokesman declined to comment on Tuesday.Yet it seems unlikely that the companies will give up at this stage, given the stakes involved. Instead, it is likely that they will seek to put more pressure on the government by highlighting potential cost savings.The Naval Group-Fincantieri proposal is only the latest wrinkle in the shipbuilding project, which is not expected to get any ships in the water until the mid-2020s.The previous Conservative government budgeted $26 billion for 15 warships, but that figure has since more than doubled to the current estimate as a result of various delays and cost overruns.The government is also struggling to close a looming gap between when construction on a new fleet of Arctic patrol vessels is expected to end in Halifax and the start of construction on the warships.That gap is currently estimated at between 18 months and two years and Irving Shipbuilding has warned that it could be forced to lay off hundreds of workers if it isn’t closed.last_img read more

October 17

Air force getting more planes but wont have pilots auditor warns

first_imgOTTAWA — Auditor general Michael Ferguson fired a bullet at the Trudeau government’s plan to buy second-hand Australian fighter jets on Tuesday, revealing the air force doesn’t have enough people to fly the planes it already has.Ferguson said military commanders first alerted the government to the personnel shortage in 2016, when the Liberals were planning to spend billions of dollars on 18 new Super Hornet jets to supplement Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet.But the government brushed aside those concerns and pressed ahead with the purchase while providing only minimal increases to training and other measures to make sure the Canadian Forces had the pilots and technicians to use the new planes, Ferguson said.The Liberals eventually scuttled the Super Hornet plan due to a trade dispute between Super Hornet-maker Boeing and Montreal rival Bombardier, and are now planning to buy 25 used Australian jets for $500 million.But the auditor general’s report said the military’s firm assessment – and his own – is that the result will be the same: planes we can’t use.“The (Defence) Department stated that it needed more qualified technicians and pilots, not more fighter aircraft,” the report reads: “In our opinion … without more technicians and pilots, the effect on fighter-force operations will be small.”Ferguson, whose previous report on fighter jets in 2012 helped blow up the Harper government’s plan to buy a fleet of F-35 jets without a competition, backed up his most recent assessment with some stark numbers.For example, in the last fiscal year, 28 per cent of fighter pilots flew fewer than the minimum number of hours needed to keep their skills and 22 per cent of technician positions in CF-18 squadrons were empty or filled by inexperienced staff.And between April 2016 and March 2018, the air force lost 40 trained fighter pilots and produced only 30 new ones. Since then, another 17 have left or said that they planned to leave.The auditor general’s findings are likely to add fuel to the fire that has been smoldering around the Liberals when it comes to fighter jets, with opposition parties and defence analysts criticizing how the government has handled the file.Many have been calling for years for the Liberals to launch an immediate competition to replace Canada’s CF-18s, which are already 35 years old, but the government has insisted on taking its time.The government is expected to formally launch a $19-billion competition for 88 new fighter jets next spring, but a winner won’t be picked until 2021 or 2022. The first new fighter jet won’t arrive until 2025.In the meantime, despite plans to spend upwards of $3 billion over the next decade to keep them in the air, Ferguson warned the CF-18s and used Australian fighter jets will become increasingly obsolete.The $3 billion does not include any actual upgrades to the planes’ combat systems, which have not had significant overhauls since 2008.“Without combat upgrades, the CF-18 will be less effective against adversaries in domestic and international operations,” the auditor general’s report reads.“Flying the CF-18 until 2032 without a plan to upgrade combat capability will result in less important roles for the fighter force and will pose a risk to Canada’s ability to contribute to NORAD and NATO operations.”Unlike in his previous report, in which he raked defence officials over the coals for misleading parliamentarians and ministers about the F-35, Ferguson said most of the current problems are out of the military’s hands.That includes the government’s controversial decision in September 2016 to increase the number of aircraft the air force needs to keep ready for missions.“It was a significant change as it came at a time when the Royal Canadian Air Force was already facing low personnel levels, was managing an aging fleet and had not yet identified a replacement fleet,” the auditor general’s report reads.“The change reduced operational flexibility and would require National Defence to increase the number of available aircraft by 23 per cent.”The Liberals have defended the move as necessary to ensure Canada meets its domestic and international obligations, but critics have said it just provided policy cover for the planned purchase of Super Hornets without a competition.Ferguson’s report did not delve into the justification for the policy change nor did it review the competition to replace the CF-18s.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more