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Grudge match! – Coach urges ‘focus’ as Humble Lion psyche up for Portmore United

first_img – 8:40 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Arnett Gardens at Catherine Hall Complex Tomorrow’s Game Fans crying out for excitement in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will have it all today when title aspirants Humble Lion hosts former champions Portmore United in a first-leg semi-final at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Game time is 3:30 p.m. This ‘Clarendon derby’ will feature a number of former teammates at the schoolboy and club levels going against each other and should have fireworks aplenty. Perhaps the only drawback could be the capacity of the venue. Despite the above and the fact that there is a place in the RSPL final on offer, what perhaps will be most on the minds of the fans is whether the ‘vexed’ Humble Lion will have the chance to right what they believe was a wrong. Portmore United, the team many love to hate, were beaten 3-1 in their third encounter of the season with Humble Lion, but had the win erased when they protested the use of an ineligible player. The competition’s committee ruled against Humble Lion and awarded Portmore United three points and a 3-0 win. That result almost derailed Humble Lion’s season as they fell from fourth spot a position which had been their preserve for most of the season and one which would have guaranteed them a spot in the semi-final and fell to sixth. Those three points also enabled Portmore United to top the table on points, as they finished one ahead of defending champions Arnett Gardens and collected the bounty of one million dollars. “Obviously, the issue will be on the minds of all concerned, but we intend not to make it a distraction,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion, said of the impact the ruling will have on his players. “I have asked my team not to focus on that issue, but to focus on the game itself and what winning these two games will mean to us,” added the man who led Wolmer’s Boys’ to a schoolboy football title this season. While stating that he asked his players to put the past in a certain ‘space’, Reynolds confessed that in their matches leading up to this one, that disappointment was a major motivator. “Getting to this stage, we used this incident to motivate us. For about a round and a half, we were in fourth spot, but wouldn’t get any further. Since we lost the points in the boardroom, our only blemish in terms of dropped points was a 0-1 loss to Arnett Gardens. We pledged to fight to get back in,” Reynolds explained. Portmore United’s Geoffrey Hewitt acknowledged that the results and points reversal could play a part in the temperature of the match. “It is something that we are totally cognisant of, but this is a semi-final. It is a big game and several things can motivate us to perform. We are confident in our ability to win and we are motivated to do so,” said Hewitt, a very successful coach at the schoolboy level, in particular at Garvey Maceo. Not one to say a lot, Hewitt would only add that they are driven by ambition. “Our ambition drives us. That is our driving force. We are determined to succeed and we believe that we have what it takes to be champions, and Humble Lion is our first hurdle to the championship,” Hewitt said. Talent is something Portmore United have in abundance. Besides the steady Ewan Grandison, there is the duo of Ricardo Morris and Tramaine Stewart, who can decide a game on their own. Javon East is another player who comes to mind and, if fully fit, could cause problems. Defensively, they are also sound with the vertically-challenged, but commanding Damano Salmon, Ryan Wellington and possibly Uptsan Edwards. Humble Lion are themselves not humble in the talent department and should have at their disposal the on-form Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Jermaine Christian, Wolry and Kemeel Wolfe and the fit-again Francois Swaby, who could come off the bench. The other semi-final, between Arnett Gardens and Montego Bay United, who finished third, will be played tomorrow at Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay.center_img Today’s Game: – 3:30 p.m. Humble Lion FC vs Portmore United FC at Effortville Community Centrelast_img read more

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Punch aimed at Lyon player by fan holding child at Everton

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Everton’s Ashley Williams celebrates after scoring during a Group E Europa League soccer match between Everton F.C. and Olympique Lyon at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Thursday Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England — Everton could face punishment from European soccer’s governing body after a fan holding a child appeared to aim a punch at a Lyon player during a second-half melee at a Europa League game at Goodison Park.Everton captain Ashley Williams’ push on goalkeeper Anthony Lopes ignited a heated confrontation between several Everton and Lyon players which continued off the pitch and in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Nets’ Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny While players continued to jostle in front of the fans, one Everton supporter, who was holding a child, appeared to push Lopes’ head and seemed to aim a punch in the direction of the goalkeeper and defender Mouctar Diakhaby. The Lyon players noticed that and shouted in his direction before the situation cooled down.Referee Rob van de Ven produced a yellow card for Williams and Lyon striker Bertrand Traore, with the former fortunate to perhaps escape further punishment having raised his hand in Lucas Tousart’s face.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s what happens. It’s football,” Williams told BT Sport television. “It’s high emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens. That was just one of those times.”Williams went on to head in an equalizer for Everton soon after but Traore gave Lyon a 2-1 win.last_img read more

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Neymar’s tears worry nervous Brazilians

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In this generous interpretation, Neymar’s 97th minute goal was the moment when the Paris Saint-Germain scoring machine finally got his groove — and the much-hyped Brazil team along with him.But many asked if so much emotion after beating a supposedly far inferior team pointed to crackups to come?“It’s not normal to cry in the second game of a World Cup,” Brazil’s biggest newspaper, O Globo, headlined the main article on its website after the drama.While acknowledging that Neymar has had a torrid buildup to the tournament, with surgery for a broken foot bone and a hugely disappointing first game against Switzerland, Globo said the tears were just too much.“A team needs to demonstrate mental strength, not fragility. Genuine or not, Neymar’s crying is worrying,” Globo said.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “It was either the symptom of troubling instability or it was a return of Neymar’s narcissism that Neymar had managed to control so well for nearly the whole match.”In his post-match tweet, Neymar defended himself, telling critics “not everyone knows what I went through to get here. Talk is cheap, now it’s time to act.”“In my life, things have never been easy and won’t be now! The dream, no not the dream — the OBJECTIVE! — continues.”While Brazilians at live screenings of the game around the country erupted in joy at the win, there was also withering criticism of Neymar for his apparently over-theatrical fall in front of the Costa Rican goal — leading to a penalty being overturned on VAR analysis.“His artistic gesture cost Brazil the penalty,” Globo TV commentator Galvao Bueno said on air.At least the under-pressure team can always count on Tite’s support.The famously expressive coach celebrated so vigorously on the touchline after the first goal that he fell and rolled on the grass.A GIF of the tumble instantly shot around Brazilian social media, with cynics asking if Tite himself hadn’t been teaching Neymar how to dive. Brazil’s Neymar kneels on the pitch after scoring his side’s second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Brazilians watched their team’s excruciatingly hard-fought win Friday over minnow Costa Rica in a cold sweat but it was Neymar’s hot tears that really made the footballing-mad nation sit up. “Neymar’s crying is the big news,” declared the Blog do Menon on the leading UOL Esporte website.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PetroGazz firms up PVL semis bid, crushes Iriga-Navy Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The world’s most expensive footballer had just scored the second of Brazil’s two extra-time goals, finally subduing Costa Rica’s stubborn resistance — and getting a monkey off the star-studded team’s back.At the final whistle, the striker — described as a genius by his coach Tite and a petulant brat by his many detractors — sank to the turf, sobbing. Later, Neymar tweeted that “these were tears of joy, of having overcome.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s one of the big images of the World Cup: Neymar, alone, collapsed and in floods of tears,” the UOL esporte blog said.“These were the tears of a football player. The tears of someone who cares.” Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View commentslast_img read more

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‘Coca-Cola Facilities Environment-Friendly’

first_imgCoca-Cola International Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Alexander Cummings, has given the assurance that the company’s facilities are ‘environmentally friendly.’Mr. Cummings made the assertion in an exclusive interview yesterday at the newly acquired offices of the Daily Observer newspaper at ELWA Junction in Paynesville.Cummings boasted that from available records, Coca-Cola International Liberia has the best water and environmental facilities in the country.“We treat all the water we use at our facilities and even go to the extent of recycling our products in order to make them hygienic for the consuming public,” Cummings assured.He said the company’s treated water is tested in a fish pond filled with fish in order to determine how chemical free the treated water is at the Coca-Cola facility in Paynesville.Mr. Cummings noted that executives and employees of Coca-Cola International are very confident of the hygienic nature of their treated water and other recycled products around the world.The protection and safety of the residents and properties situated in the vicinity of the Coca-Cola facilities, Mr. Cummings insisted, is the overriding mission of the company, not only in Liberia, but wherever they operate in the world.Coca-Cola International Liberia, known as Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC), last Monday commissioned a US$5.7m plastic bottling plant and an education project in Paynesville, near Monrovia.The new bottling line has the capacity to deliver Coca-Cola products in plastic bottles, and plans to create an estimated 7, 500 direct and indirect employment opportunities over the next five years, according to company officials.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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Report shows crime decrease in Fort St. John

first_imgOverall crime rates in Fort St. John appear to have decreased in the first six months of 2010.The RCMP semi-annual report presented by Inspector Patrick Egan to Council on Monday shows the crime rates and service calls for the first half of 2010 compared to the same time period for both 2009 and 2008.Egan said that last year, the detachment identified three main areas of focus which are continuing this year. The areas are traffic, drugs, and youth boredom.- Advertisement -According to the report, the number of calls for service has decreased over the three year period from 7097 in the first half of 2008 to 6993 in 2009 to 6551 in 2010. He says the overall change since last year accounts for a 6 per cent decrease.Criminal code cases have decreased approximately 8 per cent and the number of people in custody is down by about 3 per cent.Criminal Code offenses are also down with crimes against people having decreased slightly (2 per cent since 2009) and property crimes dropping 12 per cent.Advertisement The report presented to council can be viewed below. Furthermore, the number of instances where publicly intoxicated people were taken off the streets has decreased 37 per cent.Inspector Egan said that although there was no absolute data, the use of drugs and alcohol are often significant factors in certain crimes.[asset|aid=3018|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=80120bb4104f65b488f89612be78a7cf-Egan – RCMP Report_1_Pub.mp3] One item of note is that since the report only took into consideration reported crimes to June 30, arsons had actually decreased over last year, however, less than two weeks past that date there have been at least two investigations into arson crimes in Fort St. John.A report was also before council Monday which looked at the municipal contract for policing resources. The Fort St. John RCMP detachment has a Police Resource Review in progress to determine if additional officers or equipment will be needed as the city continues to grow. City council voted in favour of sustaining the 34 members of the detachment until the report is completed, which will likely be in the fall of 2010.Advertisementcenter_img As well, violent crimes have decreased more significantly from last year; however the actual number of violent robberies, police officer assaults and sex offences are not very high.The number of robberies has decreased from 6 in 2009 to 5 in 2010 and sex offences from 25 in 2009 to 23 in 2010.Egan pointed out that there have been a few increases in certain crime types during these months over the 2009 period.  These include common assaults (up from 222 to 233), theft (up from 105 to 121), vandalism (up from 190 to 195), and cocaine trafficking (up from 15 to 25).However, two significant decreases in crimes were a 60 per cent drop in business break and enters and a drop of 40 per cent in vehicle thefts.Advertisementlast_img read more

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DONE DEAL! Norwich sign goalkeeper Jake Kean

first_imgNorwich have signed goalkeeper Jake Kean on a free transfer following his release from Blackburn.The 24-year-old, who has penned a two-year deal at Carrow Road, made 44 appearances for Rovers having been handed his Premier League debut against Chelsea in 2012.Boss Alex Neil told the club’s official website: “Jake is a good, up-and-coming goalkeeper.“We obviously have Declan Rudd here as our number two goalkeeper and we’ve sent Remi Matthews out on loan to get match experience, which I think is important for him.“We needed to make sure we had cover for the goalkeeping position and we wanted to bring in someone who could push Declan.“Having spoken to [goalkeeper coach] Dean Kiely, we decided Jake was someone who fits the bill. A few years ago he was spoken of in the same terms as goalkeepers like Jack Butland who have gone on to become important first team ‘keepers.“Jake has maybe just lost his way a little but we are hoping to give him the platform here to go on and reach those heights again.”Kean said: “This is a massive opportunity for me. “A couple of years ago I was flying high but unfortunately my knee injury has made it quite a difficult road to get back to where I was. I feel with the support Alex Neil and Dean Kiely have shown me here already, I’m not going to be far away from getting back to that level.” Jake Kean 1last_img read more

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Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City: Gunners unmoved as fans protest for change

first_img 2 Danny Welbeck came off the bench to score the winner Arsenal swept aside off-field protests to move closer to securing a top-four finish with a 1-0 victory over Norwich City. A drab Emirates clash – which was live on talkSPORT – saw fan demonstrations take place before, on 12 minutes and on 78 minutes, against long-serving manager Arsene Wenger. Wenger, unmoved by the small minority in the stadium rallying against him, threw on Danny Welbeck in the second half. The former Manchester United forward replaced Alex Iwobi – a decision which was met with boos – and the England international took just three minutes to find the back of the net. Norwich posed little threat as they end the day second from bottom in the Premier League – and they are running out of time to preserve their top-flight status. The Gunners are third, eight points clear of fifth-placed West Ham, who have a game in hand.  Norwich started well. Nathan Redmond forced Petr Cech to save after five minutes, after a Martin Olsson cross evaded everyone.Cameron Jerome blasted over before arguments broke out between Arsenal supporters disputing the future of their club.“There’s only one Arsene Wenger” rang around the Emirates Stadium as the 12th-minute protest took place.There was indecision off the field and on it, as Arsenal dithered around the Norwich penalty area, failing to fashion any real chances.A deflected Mohamed Elneny effort resulted in a corner and Laurent Koscielny headed over.Gary O’Neil had an opportunity on the break, exchanged passes with Redmond, but miscued his shot spectacularly over.Redmond, Norwich’s most lively player, made space for a shot which skipped wide.Then came Welbeck’s introduction, immediately injecting energy, and Arsenal’s goal.Redmond tried to create an equaliser, crossing for substitute Dieumerci Mbokani, but Gabriel – on for the injured Per Mertesacker – timed his intervention brilliantly.Alexis Sanchez shot straight at John Ruddy from a Mesut Ozil pass on the counter attack.The Germany playmaker then volleyed over before Elneny brought the ball down on his chest and fired with the outside of his boot. Ruddy saved.The goalkeeper ventured forward in stoppage time, but Norwich’s free-kick barely reached him as they suffered another damaging defeat. 2last_img read more

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GAEIL FHÁNADA SUFFER HEAVY DEFEAT AGAINST AODH RUADH

first_imgGaeil Fhánada lotto results No jackpot winner.  Nos drawn were 05, 08,13,15,17. Bonus no 04. €100 winner Margaret Martin, Rosnakill.  €50 winner Niamh Sweeney, Tullynadall.Next week’s jackpot is €2,950.  Máire McAteer and Brendan McAteer on duty.Seniors and Reserves There are no games scheduled for this weekend.  Next fixture is away to Buncrana on 10th April. More details later.Roinn 3 SoisirGaeil Fhánada 0:06 v Aodh Ruadh 0:05Foireann Sinsir:  Seamus McAteer, Bernard Martin, Miley McBride, Noel Dougherty, Conor McFadden, Aidan McAteer 0:01, Odhran Blaney, Damien McDermott, Rudi Feenstra, Dan Little, Enda Coll 0:04, Patsy Friel 0:01, Declan Coyle, Shaun Coyle, Martin McGrory, Patrick Shiels, Conor McConigley, Edward Shiels, Dónal Martin.Roinn 3 SinsirGaeil Fhánada 1:11 v Aodh Ruadh 3:15Foireann Gaeil Fhánada:  Brendan Friel, Tiernan Cushnan, Kevin McElwaine, Aidan Heraghty, Conor McGonigle, Ronan McAteer, Joe Blaney  0:01, Jimmy Coyle, Michael Sweeney 0:02, Fergal Friel 0:01, Ryan McGonigle 0:01, Oisin Shiels 1:01, Mark McConigley, Paul Coyle0:02, Seimi Friel 0:03. Miley McBride for Aidan Heraghty(Black Card), Rudi Feenstra, Conor McFadden for Tiernan Cushnan. Cumann na mBanComórtas Peile na GaeltachtaBhain ár mna sinsear inniu i dTraigh a Locha v Chloch Cheann Fola. D’imir ár gcailíní go han mhaith.  Maith sibh  cailíní!Gaeil Fhánada Senior Ladies had a great start to the season beating Cloughaneely 6-12  to 0-03  this evening in Tria Locha.  It was great to see so many out supporting the ladies. Keep up the good work girls! Tá muid ag imirt v Gleann tSuilí an seachtain seo ach níl lá nó am ar bith socraithe go fóill. Choinnigh súil ar ár leathanna Facebook!Our ladies are playing Glenswilly this week but no day or time has been confirmed.  Please keep an eye on our facebook page.Ladies Division 3 NW Shield Competition10th April – Gaeil Fhánada  v Termon B 17th April – Letterkenny Gaels v Gaeil Fhánada1st May  – Gaeil Fhánada v Glenswilly8th May – McCumhaills v Gaeil Fhánada15th May – Gaeil Fhánada v Buncrana U12 girls Training will resume on Sunday morning 10th April @ 11am.  Training is on the Sunday instead of Saturday due to confirmations on the Saturday.Training for U12 girls for April is as follows:  Sunday 10th @ 11am, Saturday 16th @ 11am, Saturday 23rd @ 11am, Saturday 30th @ 11am.Training will change to every Friday evening in May. More information later.Bord na nÓg agus Cumann na mBan.Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir! Do gach duine a tháinig amach don siulóid úrraithe an Aoine seo chaite agus do na daoine a cheannaigh ticéid, go raibh míle maith agaibh! Thanks very much to everyone who came out to do the sponsored walk on Good Friday and to all of you who sponsored our walkers.  It’s greatly appreciated. Bord na nÓgNo U6 or U8 training until after the Easter holidays.MinorsPlease check our facebook page for updates  Muineacháin v Dún nan Gall Ádh mór chuig foireann Dún nan Gall ag imirt as baile an deireadh seachtain seo chugainn.GAA Cúl Camp Gaeil Fhánada Cúl Camp will take place this year 25th to 29th July.  Applications will be available in schools after Easter for anyone who wants to avail of an easy payment plan.  Also by contacting Fiona Shiels on 085 1555645. COULD EVERYONE PLEASE HAVE THEIR NOTES SENT TO MARGARETTA BY 10P.M ON A SUNDAY NIGHT EVERY WEEK. GRMA!For all other information re: Gaeil Fhánada C.L.G.  please check out our Facebook page.Don’t forget – if you’re looking for Gaeil Fhánada Club gear – it is available from Michael Murphy Sports!17th April L/Kenny Gaels v Fanad Glenswilly v Termon B McCumhaills Buncrana1st May Fanad v Glenswilly L/Kenny v McCumhaills Termon B v Buncrana8th May McCumhaills v Fanad Buncrana v Glenswilly Termon B v L/Kenny Gaels15th May Fanad v Buncrana McCumhaills v Termon B Glenswilly v L/Kenny GaelsGlenswilly v McCumhaills17th April L/Kenny Gaels v Fanad Glenswilly v Termon B McCumhaills Buncrana1st May Fanad v Glenswilly L/Kenny v McCumhaills Termon B v Buncrana8th May McCumhaills v Fanad Buncrana v Glenswilly Termon B v L/Kenny Gaels15th May Fanad v BuncranaGAEIL FHÁNADA SUFFER HEAVY DEFEAT AGAINST AODH RUADH was last modified: March 29th, 2016 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaSportlast_img read more

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As Lalu battles troubles, BJP woos Nitish

first_imgSC puts Lalu Prasad back on trial in fodder scam case Following the move by Supreme Court to put Lalu Prasad back on trial in the fodder scam case, the BJP in Bihar has offered Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to break his party’s alliance with the RJD leader.“If Nitish Kumar decides to break the alliance with Lalu Prasad, we will think over extending support to him”, said senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi. Mr. Kumar and his party was in alliance with the BJP for 17 years.Also Read  Earlier on Sunday, senior BJP leader and minister in Jharkhand Saryu Rai and Chitranjan Sinha, the additional advocate general of Bihar visited, Mr. Prasad’s residence saying it was a “courtesy call.” On Monday, however, senior state BJP leader, Nand Kishore Yadav, welcomed the Supreme Court move saying “the fodder scam case must reach its logical conclusion.”The ruling Janata Dal (United) and state Congress leaders said “it’s a Supreme Court verdict and everybody should respect it…we cannot say much on the court verdict”.Meanwhile, a pall of gloom spread outside the official residence of Mr. Prasad at 10, Circular Road. A battery of media persons gathered outside hoping to get some reactions but the imposing green coloured gate remained shut with some policemen stationed outside.Sources inside the residence told The Hindu that Mr. Prasad was discussing the legal ramifications of the Supreme Court verdict with some close aides over phone.last_img read more

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Hooper goes easy after pouring vitriol on govt

first_imgCommonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive Mike Hooper on Sunday withdrew his offensive remarks against India for the mess surrounding the Commonwealth Games and said the delivery of the event was a collective responsibility of all the stakeholders.Hooper had earlier shrugged off the CGF’s responsibility for the delivery of the Games and had put the blame squarely on the organising committee and other Indian stakeholders.”We’re at the hands and the mercy of, effectively, the government of India, the Delhi government, the agencies responsible for delivery of the venues. They consistently failed to meet deadlines,” Hooper was quoted as saying by TVNZ.”Now, we were very active, very strong in pushing for this to be done. The actual venues were not handed over effectively and I say handed over from the point of view of getting venue- completion certificates and occupancy certificates,” he had said.But only a few hours later, the Kiwi retracted his remarks, admitting that the CGF too was responsible for the implementation and delivery of the Games.”What I stated in relation to the responsibility of the delivery of the Games rests with the Indian stakeholders – government of India, Delhi government, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the organising committee (OC),” Hooper said in his clarification.”The CGF does not have the resources just as the IOC, which conducts the Olympics. The CGF has limited resources and when India won the bid, promises were made to what would be delivered for the Games and the participating athletes.advertisement”Together with the stakeholders, we (CGF) look at the implementation and delivery of the Games,” he added.Hooper also rubbished claims that he ever held the growing population of India responsible for the traffic snarls, which was deemed as an insult to the country by many.While the beleaguered OC has been under the hammer for every problem associated with the Games, the role of Hooper, who has been in the Capital to monitor the preparations for the last three years, has gone unnoticed.Hooper did voice his concerns last year about the way the Capital was preparing itself for the Games, which even turned his relation sour with the OC.But soon after, his growing concerns disappeared and, once in a while, he used to come out to express his satisfaction about the functioning of the OC and its preparedness for the mega event.Just as the chorus against the OC began to increase, Hooper too joined the bandwagon and raised all sorts of question marks on the success of the Games.However, Hooper continues to make his characteristic flip-flops and a few days after he joined the international delegations in their stinging assessment of the facilities at the Games, he has mellowed down.”We look at the delivery of the Games and, by and large, all those things have been done. Yes, we have had some snags and we acknowledge that.We are working to address those snags like the Games Village. Things have started moving with the bright sunshine for the last few days but it does not mean that everything is perfect,” he said.last_img read more