Fun & Games: Noah Lyles wants to win, celebrate just like Bolt

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. And while Lyles will be trying for three gold medals at next year’s Tokyo Olympics — in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay, a la Bolt — he’s focusing solely on the 200 at world championships, because, in his words, “I have a very strong chance of winning that 200. I also have a very strong chance of trying to break some meet records.” (Bolt’s world record was set at world championships in 2009).If he does, then the track world will certainly want to scoop up every little tidbit it can about its newest, fastest man.Among them:Lyles is an apparel designer (check out his socks collection) and a budding musician who produced a hip-hop album that focuses on the cycle teenagers go through in acting out. He considers himself a cross between Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Kanye West and Jaden Smith.“I’m still trying to find my own flow,” Lyles said.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Taylor Swift pulls out of Melbourne Cup gig Whether it was on the track, or on the dance floor, or spinning records at his own dance club in Kingston, few were able to make the switch between the athletic field and the nightclub as seamlessly as Bolt. In fact, sometimes they felt like one and the same.Though the comparisons are sure to come in all these venues, the 5-foot-11 Lyles believes there’s a benefit to never having lined up, mano a mano, against the 6-foot-5 Jamaican.“It helps my career being able to say that I wasn’t beaten by Bolt,” said Lyles, who along with his younger brother, Josephus, signed a long-term deal with Adidas in 2016, passing on a chance to run at the University of Florida. “If I (had been), then I would have that overwhelming gloom of, ‘Oh, but you got beat by Bolt that one time.’ And then you’d have that conversation of, ‘Oh, but I was only 19.’”They did meet once — in a doctor’s office in Germany before the 2017 world championships. Lyles, who was there to get his hamstring checked out, went over Bolt in the waiting area and introduced himself.“Of course he’s a cool guy,” Lyles said. “He’s got world records.” Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Noah’s a rock star,” said Justin Gatlin, the reigning 100-meter world champion. “He likes to put on a show.”In short, Lyles gets it: Lots of people run fast. But Bolt’s celebrations are what made the victories so memorable.“I could be the fastest and I could have the most medals, but are they going to remember that when I leave? Probably not,” Lyles said. “Because somebody else is going to come by and do the same thing. But everybody will remember Bolt’s personality.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track PLAY LIST 01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “I saw more of his fun-loving side and liked that more than I liked actually watching him run,” Lyles said in a recent interview as he prepares for the world championships that begin next weekend in Doha, Qatar. “I was interested in what was his way of making people want to watch the sport. And that’s what I believe I took the most from.”The next two years will be daunting for track and field, as it tries to regain — or retain — its niche in the post-Bolt landscape. This week marks the beginning of the first world championships without Bolt since 2003. In less than a year, track will take its act to the Olympics, sans Bolt, for the first time since 2000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Lyles knows there will be comparisons. Two months ago, he ran 19.50 in the 200 meters, the distance Bolt considered his specialty and at which he holds a world record — 19.19 seconds — that many in the sport feel will be hardest to top.But Lyles, the charismatic sprinter — sound familiar? — who grew up in Florida before moving to Virginia, isn’t daunted by that. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Could those records someday belong to Lyles? And if they do, could he be the sort of personality who would make people want to watch?“He just wants to be the first Noah Lyles and that’s all he thinks about,” his coach, Lance Brauman, said. “He’s not caught up in the rigmarole about saving the sport — or being the next this or being the next that.“He’s got the personality, has a lot of talent and likes to train. He’s got a few good qualities right there.”He certainly stands out in a crowd — spraying his hair silver will tend to do that (he did that for U.S. championships and plans to again in Doha).He certainly can dance, too, breaking out a few moves after winning at nationals. Then, he posed for pictures with fans. He was in no hurry to leave the stage. LATEST STORIES FILE – In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Noah Lyles of the United States reacts after winning the men’s 100-meter race during the Diamond League Track and Field meet in Shanghai, China. The most promising signal that track and field remains in good hands even after Usain Bolt’s retirement comes from a 22-year-old American named Noah Lyles who appreciates the Jamaican superstar more for what he did after his races than during them. When Lyles spends time studying Bolt on video, he looks not at the lanky speedster’s form in between the lines, but at the dancing, rollicking post-race celebrations Bolt concocted to make his sport can’t-miss viewing whenever he was on the track. (AP Photo/File)The most promising signal that track and field remains in good hands even after Usain Bolt’s retirement comes from a 22-year-old American named Noah Lyles, who appreciates the Jamaican superstar more for what he did after his races than during them.When Lyles spends time studying Bolt on video, he’s not only looking at the lanky speedster’s form in between the lanes, but at the dancing, rollicking post-race celebrations Bolt concocted to make his sport can’t-miss viewing whenever he was on the track.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

NCAA: Letran gets back on winning track after dispatching Arellano

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Letran got back to its winning groove after brushing off Arellano University, 97-84, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The Knights snapped their two-game skid and won their third game in five games, improving to a 10-6 record and maintaining their hold of the third spots.Bonbon Batiller led Letran with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting while Larry Muyang and Jeo Ambohot had 15 points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Letran flexed its muscle underneath the rim, outrebounding Arellano 39-23 including 18 offensive rebounds that led to  17-second chance points.The Knights pulled away in the third quarter, taking an 80-66 lead on the back of a 34-17 scoring run. Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Justin Araña had 19 points and three blocks for the Chiefs, who dropped to 4-11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Yanson pushes for U13 national football tournament as he bids for PFF presidency LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

San Beda nips Lyceum to move closer to NCAA juniors title

first_imgView comments Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Defending champ Zverev beats error-prone Nadal at ATP Finals Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue John Barba, the tournament’s MVP, had 21 points for the Junior Pirates while Gyle Montano added 18.SAN BEDA 94—Ynot 16, Sanchez 16, Amsali 14, Andrada 14, Alcantara 12, Delfino 8, Oftana 6, Valencia 3, Pelipel 3, Cabanero 2, Alao 0, Llarena 0, Pascual 0, Nicdao 0.LYCEUM 80—Barba 21, Montano 18, Omandac 11, Gamlanga 10, Garro 9, Guadania 6, Garing 5, Panganiban 0, Caduyac 0, Ragasa 0, Santos 0, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0, Gudmalin 0.Quarters: 25-14, 47-41, 67-58, 94-80ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Yukien Andrada and Jay Ynot likewise sparkled along with King Alcantara for the Red Cubs, who are seeking redemption after missing the crown the past three seasons.“It’s a great feeling to win Game 1, but the series is far from over,’’ said San Beda coach Manu Inigo, son of former Inquirer sports editor Manolo Inigo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSanchez had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Amsali added 14 points and 14 boards. Ynot, playing his final year for the Red Cubs along with Sanchez and Amsali, finished with 16 points while Andrada contributed 14.The Red Cubs, looking for their 24th NCAA juniors crown overall, demolished their rivals in the paint with 64 rebounds, 32 of them on the offensive glass, the same total of rebounds for the Junior Pirates. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MANILA, Philippines–Justin Sanchez and Rhayyan Amsali wound up with double-double figures as the San Beda Red Cubs downed the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 94-80, and moved within a victory of clinching the juniors title of the NCAA Season 95 basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

Six-pack Virat shows the way: Team India demands Kohli’s chicken and coffee diet

first_imgVirat Kohli’s passion for fitness has received as much public attention as his mental fortitude, batting technique and love life.The India Test skipper, who gorged on butter chicken as a kid, now prefers a high protein meal comprising lean meat, salmon and boiled vegetables.And taking a page out of their captain’s book, Indian players have requested the BCCI to provide them grilled chicken, a paneer dish and a blender at all the grounds so they don’t binge on oily Indian food and aerated drinks during practice or on match days.BCCI SENDS MAIL, ASKS FOR HIGH-PROTEIN DIETARY REQUIREMENTS FOR TEAM INDIAKohli’s infectious attitude towards staying fit and eating healthy has had such an impact on his teammates that the BCCI had to send a mail to all venues prior to the New Zealand series, briefing them about the team’s high-protein dietary requirements.Speaking to Mail Today, a BCCI official said the young Indian players have started taking their lifestyle and eating habits very seriously.”The BCCI sent a mail to the associations of September 12, briefing them about the training and match schedule, the hotel lists where the team will be lodging in different cities, the flight details and most importantly the dietary requirement of the players. They have made it clear that grilled chicken, a paneer item and a blender should be available at all times at all venues,” he said.In fact, Kohli himself made it clear on Wednesday that staying fit is very important if a cricketer wants to succeed at the international level as a fit body and a fresh mind improves performance. “We work on our fitness levels so that the body can support what we want to do in the middle.advertisementTo bat through the whole day, or two days, you need a fit physique and that’s what the boys have been working on and it’s been going really good. That has certainly improved our focus levels and we have been able to play out difficult situations in the best way possible,” he said.KL RAHUL’S ROLE MODEL KOHLIOne of Kohli’s blue-eyed boys, opener KL Rahul, recently commented on how having a role model like the skipper in the dressing room has not only taught him a lot, but it helps the youngsters bring discipline into their lifestyle and game. “He (Kohli) is such an inspiration. We feel lucky that we don’t have to look too far. The guy who inspires you is sitting right next to you in the dressing room. The level of commitment that he has shown, the discipline and work ethic, the way he has been so disciplined with his fitness, nutrition and diet –that is something that has inspired all of us,” he said.And the BCCI’s mail clearly shows what Rahul meant by drawing inspiration from the Test skipper. While the idea of having grilled chicken – for the non-vegetarians – and a paneer dish for the vegetarians is understandable, the proposal for having a blender in the dressing room is surprising in times when top-quality packaged juices are readily available all across the country. But the reason is Kohli’s disgust for packaged juices.”While grilled chicken and paneer are important sources of protein, the demand for a blender comes from the fact that even the best packaged fruit juices may contain sugar and carbohydrates in them and Kohli likes his juice fresh,” the official explained.Clearly the young Indian players mean business when they say that they want to be the best team across all formats. And if that means avoiding delicious Indian curries, the boys are more than willing to make the sacrifice.And why won’t they? After all, they have a leader among them who can give top athletes in the world a run for their money when it comes to fitness.Also Read:Virat Kohli on course to leapfrog MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly as India’s most successful Test captain Virat Kohli isn’t India’s most important player, according to Kapil Devlast_img read more


first_imgOther recommendations which the committee suggested were Other recommendations which the committee suggested were that the NRAI needs to start grooming former shooters with a long term vision. The panel said the NRAI will have to start taking ownership of national camps and its athletes, and everything cannot be outsourced to SAI. It also recommended that the NRAI should have a robust working relationship with the Services and should also use the world class facilities of the AMU in Mhow and consider the possibility of holding skill development camps there away from any distractions. The Bindra-led panel also recommended that the Karni Singh Shooting Range in Tughlakabad here should be made the home base of Indian shooting. The report also said that the Government of Indias Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) has shortcomings, which needs to be addressed collectively. “The interaction of NRAI with SAI, SAIs/GOIs funding under TOPS to shooting athlete, in specific the issue of unproven personal coaches and the effect of a resulting ineffective homogeneous national team. Then to make recommendations, if any, in how NRAI should take this matter up with SAI/GOI in a cordial and meaningful manner with a view to streamline any issues flagged therein. “It is now widely accepted that the Government of Indias Target Olympic Podium Scheme, TOPS, had shortcomings. However the sport of shooting was always a priority for Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India and no shooter suffered as a result of any bureaucratic delay,” it said. “Any delay which occurred did so because of the inability of the shooter to present relevant training plans on time rather than the disbursement of funds. Training funds were sanctioned for all shooters who put forth their plans and in that regard TOPS was rather partial to Indian shooting based on past results,” it said. PTI SSC PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Basketball legend Michael Jordan receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

first_imgUS President Barack Obama awarded 21 recipients, including basketball greats Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Presidential Medal Of Freedom at the White House in Washington on Tuesday.”From scientists, philanthropists and public servants to activists, athletes and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way,” Obama said in his remarks, reports Xinhua.”The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our highest civilian honor. It’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have an opportunity to change this country for the better,” Obama added.Others receiving the award included philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, mathematician and computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton, and actors such as Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro.The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is (along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal) the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States.last_img read more

Bayern rule out signing Man Utd target Rebic

first_imgBayern Munich have ruled out signing Croatia World Cup star Ante Rebic, potentially paving the way for Manchester United to push through a transfer.Frankfurt star Rebic emerged as one of the stars of Russia 2018, helping his side reach the final of the tournament before they were eventually edged out by France.In an exclusive interview with Goal, Rebic revealed that he was glad to hear of reported interest from Jose Mourinho, and admitted that there had been “concrete offers” to sign him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The transfer window for Premier League clubs ends at 17.00 BST on Thursday, with Mourinho have frequently expressed his frustrations at a failure to bring in new signings.Diego Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant are the only United arrivals thus far, with the Red Devils’ chase for a centre-back seeing them agree a deal for Toby Alderweireld although with the caveat that Tottenham find a replacement.It would appear that Bayern will not be direct rivals in any move for 24-year-old Rebic, however, with head coach Niko Kovac having insisted he is not currently a player they’re looking to buy.He told Sport Bild: “There is nothing between FC Bayern and Ante Rebic. He is a strong personality and a great player but [a transfer] makes no sense. It doesn’t make sense today, and it won’t tomorrow.”Mourinho’s side have also been linked with another Bayern player in Jerome Boateng, but the latest reports from Germany suggest that the player has informed the Red Devils that he is not interested in a move.United get their Premier League campaign underway on Friday evening as they face Leicester City at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Delhi: Centre allots land for city’s state-of-the-art national sports injury centre

first_imgThe Union health ministry has allotted additional three acre land to the sports injury centre within the vicinity of the institute for commissioning of ‘national 100-bed arthroscopy and sports medicine centre’.It would have six OTs with super specialty cardio-vascular diagnostic facility, hydrotherapy, surgeries and rehabilitation.As of now, the sports injury centre is a 35-bed hospital which is witnessing large number of patients.”With the start of the national centre, Indian sportsperson will get a state-of-art sports medicine facility under one roof such as diagnostic services, surgery and rehabilitation,” Dr Deepak Chaudhary, arthroscopy & joint replacement and director of sports injury centre told Mail Today.”This new centre would also have a special high-performance laboratory which will tell us the recovery progress of the sportsmen,” informed Dr Chaudhary.This dedicated sports injury centre would be a learning centre for budding doctors too. The national sports medicine centre would be one the institute in the country, where surgeons would be practicing on ‘dry and wet laboratories’.Health experts noted that the cause of failure is the lack of expertise and knowledge in performing the procedures of anterior cruciate ligament and arthroscopic surgeries.Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who recently visited the centre, told Mail Today, “We sportsmen face lot of injuries due to which we face lot of problems in getting the appropriate healthcare treatment. I regularly visit Safdarjung’s sports injury centre for my treatment and doctors are very supportive. India lacks dedicated sports medicine centres and once this national 100-bed arthroscopy and sports medicine centre will come up, country’s sportsmen will have a great relief.”advertisementlast_img read more

Include HIV+ children in disadvantaged group for imparting free education: Supreme Court

first_imgA bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud said that so far, 11 states and one Union territory have issued a notification effecting a change in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 to also include HIV positive kids in the “disadvantaged group”.As no objection has been raised by the remaining states which have not yet issued the notification, it is being presumed that they are agreeable to the proposal, said the top court.While disposing of a PIL filed by NGO ‘Naz Foundation’ seeking special treatment for HIV-positive kids in schools across the country, the bench said, ”In view of absence of such objections, we direct all remaining states (except Jammu and Kashmir) to issue notification in eight weeks.”Students with AIDS to be included in ‘disadvantaged group’ Earlier, the top court had asked the state governments to consider issuing a notification to include children living with or affected by HIV as belonging to a disadvantaged group for imparting compulsory education. The states which are not willing to come out with the notification will have to give reasons in an affidavit as to why they are considering not to do so.It had asked the Centre to communicate the instant order to all secretaries in department of schools in the state.Senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for NGO Naz Foundation, which has been working in the field of HIV-AIDS, had submitted that children living with or affected by HIV are segregated and in many cases and compelled to leave schools even though there was zero risk of transmission of the disease.advertisementGuidelines to be framedIn its plea, the NGO had sought framing of guidelines to prevent any kind of discrimination against students due to their HIV status or that of their parents or guardians. It had said that according to a National Aids Control Organisation report, the total number of people living with HIV in India was estimated at around 20.9 lakh in 2011 and 1.45 lakh were children less than 15 years of age.Read: Provide self-defence classes to government school girls in Delhi: High Court Read: Spreading football love: UP government schools to promote the sport among students For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger blames hostile envirionment for top-four failure

first_imgArsene Wenger refused to end speculation over his Arsenal future as his side finished outside the Premier League’s top four for the first time in 21 years on Sunday but admitted the uncertainty had affected his players.Wenger’s side beat Everton 3-1 but victories for Liverpool and Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League campaign meant they finished fifth with 75 points and will have no Champions League football next season.Once again some fans inside the Emirates Stadium held up placards calling for Wenger to step down, as well as some criticising American majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. Wenger, who took over in 1996 and won three Premier League titles for the north London club – the last in 2004 – and six FA Cups is out of contract at the end of the season.He said his future would be decided after next week’s FA Cup final against Chelsea and that his loyalty could not be questioned, adding that he had turned down “every club in the world” to stay at Arsenal for 21 years.The 67-year-old Frenchman said the atmosphere at the club was a contributory factor in his side’s failure to finish in the top four – which means they will play in the Europa League.”Of course you want to avoid this drama,” he said. “I’m experienced enough to deal with it but it was a big handicap for the team because they played in a very hostile environment. More than ever we had to stick together and be strong because it’s been very difficult for us.”advertisementWenger appeared to criticise the club’s fans who have been split between those loyal to him and those who feel he should leave.”This group of players are remarkable and deserved to be supported in a different way,” he said.”It is annoying (to miss out) but we had a spell during the season that was difficult and it was difficult for me in my personal situation. We were playing in a hostile environment.”The players came back stronger in the last two months and I’m very proud of them for doing that.”Goals by Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey sealed victory for Arsenal on Sunday but they now have a defensive headache for next week’s Wembley final against Chelsea.Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a bad tackle on Enner Valencia while fellow defender Gabriel suffered a knee injury.”We lost two centre-backs and that’s a big blow,” Wenger said.last_img read more

Manoj Tiwari to reshuffle Delhi’s BJP unit team, indisciplined office-bearers to be shown the door

first_imgFaced with “indiscipline” and an adverse report by central observers, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari is set to reshuffle his team of office bearers. At least a dozen office bearers, including the three general secretaries, may find their way out of Tiwari’s team as a result of the rejig that is likely to take place in a couple of weeks, sources said.While the general secretaries have been facing charges of indiscipline and financial irregularities, the other leaders will have to vacate the post after their appointment on key positions in the three municipal corporations. Apart from the general secretaries, three of the Delhi BJP vice presidents were elected to civic bodies. One of them – Kamljeet Sehrawat – has taken over as the mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and hence, she will be dropped from the team of office bearers. As per the BJP party’s constitution, one leader cannot be allowed to hold two positions.Two other vice-presidents – Sikha Rai (SDMC councillor) and Jai Prakash (elected to North Delhi Municipal Corporation) were promised appointment as leaders of the House in the two civic bodies.But while their appointments have been put on hold on “disciplinary grounds”, sources said that they will also be removed from Tiwari’s team. Tiwari had recently hinted at the reshuffle after some leaders showed their allegiance to Union sports minister Vijay Goel by attending a councillors’ felicitation ceremony that was organised by him. Tiwari had asked leaders not to attend the function.advertisementAccording to sources, a faction in the party is also demanding that state office bearers, whose spouses have won the election to the corporations, should also be dropped. However, a policy decision in this regard is yet to be taken.A senior party functionary said that all state office bearers who have been elected to the corporations have been told that they will be removed from the organisational structure.Sources said three general secretaries – Kuljeet Chahal, Ravinder Gupta and Rajesh Bhatia – may be also replaced by new faces.”Questions have been raised over functioning of the three general secretaries and their conduct during the MCD polls were found to be unfit. In wake of the BJP’s central observers’ report, they may be removed from the team,” a senior BJP leader said.It may be noted that taking serious view of the report, the party has also sought response from the general secretaries.Mail Today had reported that the BJP observers had indicted the state unit of misconduct despite the party’s historic victory in MCD elections. The report pointed out that the state unit general secretaries indulged in self-glorification by sidelining seniors and ignoring the party’s interest.”There is a strong buzz that these leaders also replaced in the reshuffle which is likely to take place within a fortnight,” a senior party leader said.He added that Preety Agarwal, party state unit secretary and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor; Vipin Bihari, president of the BJP’s Poorvanchal cell, and who was elected deputy mayor of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation; and Poonam Parasar Jha, president of the women’s wing of the party, may also be replaced in the reshuffle.ALSO READ |  Woes for Delhi BJP refuse to die: Manoj Tiwari invites media for big meet, Piyush Goel asks them to leaveALSO READ |  Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s residence ransacked, 2 arrestedlast_img read more

Living museum opened to reflect South African Indian history

first_imgBy Fakir HassenJohannesburg, Jun 2 (PTI) A new living museum has been opened in Durban to showcase Mahatma Gandhis role in freedom struggle of South Africa and to reflect the heritage of the first Indian sugar plantation indentured labourers who arrived in the city in 1860.The two-storey 1860 Heritage Centre is the culmination of many years of negotiation between the local Indian community and government authorities.”We signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2014 with the provincial governments Arts and Culture ministry to run the place as a museum and heritage centre to showcase Indian history, but not in isolation, but a history that shows our intermingling and intertwining with the rest of the country,” said Satish Dhupelia, spokesman for the centre, who is also a great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.”We did not live in isolation in this country, we lived among other race groups and other cultures. In terms of social cohesion, it is very important to showcase howIndians worked with other race groups to build South Africa,” Dhupelia said.Dhupelia recalled how late veteran Indian freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada went to a university to give a talk and found that senior Indian students did not know that Indians had been incarcerated on Robben island alongside Nelson Mandela as political prisoners for decades.”So, we decided that when we started off the museum, we would pay respects to the indentured labourers who came here from 1860 onwards and showcase their history, but will also have revolving exhibitions which would include the (Indian) people who worked alongside Mandela in the struggle, many of whom are not even known by South African Indian children today.”advertisementDhupelia said there would also be an exhibition on the close relationship that Manilal Gandhi – the son that the Mahatma left behind in South Africa to look after the projects he had started there.A permanent exhibition titled Mandela-Gandhi-Luthuli highlights the work done by these three great leaders in fighting discrimination in South Africa.The centre will not only look at the political history of the South African Indian community, but also display artefacts from a century ago, like the household implements and clothing used by the early settlers, donated by their descendants.Projects for the immediate future include showcasing the role of the Indian community in non-racial sport in the white minority government era, when race groups were debarred from playing against each other under draconian apartheid laws.”A replica of Nelson Mandelas cell on Robben island is also on display, and surprisingly, many people dont know that the same cell was occupied at other stages by (Indian) struggle heroes like Ahmed Gatorade and Billy Naidoo during the time they were on the island,” Dhupelia said.The centre will also have a library and archive for students to learn about Indian culture which has survived and adapted to local circumstances more than 156 years later among the 1.4 million South Africans of Indian-origin. PTI FH AJRlast_img read more

Nene Raju Nene Mantri teaser: Karan Johar to Dulquer Salmaan, celebs praise Rana Daggubati’s film

first_imgPost Baahubali phenomenon, Tollywood star Rana Daggubati is teaming up with Teja for the forthcoming political drama Nene Raju Nene Mantri. Earlier today, Rana took to Twitter to unveil the teaser cut from the film.#Jogendra #RadhaJogendra is here!! First look of #NeneRajuNeneMantri #???????? @MsKajalAggarwal #Teja Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) June 6, 2017Sporting a dhoti with a cigarette in hand, Rana Daggubati’s look went viral on the internet.Interestingly, several celebrities including Karan Johar, Abhishek Bachchan, Dulquer Salmaan, Akhil Akkineni and Rakul Preet congratulated the Baahubali star on Twitter.Looking good Rana!!! Tons of love and luck!!! Karan Johar (@karanjohar) June 6, 2017Lookin killer bro. Good luck.- Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) June 6, 2017I am looking forward to this !! Love the title ! Rock on chief b- dulquer salmaan (@dulQuer) June 6, 2017nee jeevitaan ki really nuvve Raju nuvve mantri!! ??? loooks damn cool!! Kill it wd this one #Jogendra #NeneRajuNeneMantri- Rakul Preet (@Rakulpreet) June 6, 2017Hulk smash !!! Akhil Akkineni (@AkhilAkkineni8) June 6, 2017???????????? Nisha Aggarwal (@AggNisha) June 6, 2017After his debut film Leader, Rana Daggubati is touted to play a powerful politician in Nene Raju Nene Mantri.Directed by Teja, Nene Raju Nene Mantri has an ensemble cast including Aggarwal, Catherine Tresa, Navdeep and Ashutosh Rana. The film will simultaneously release in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. Produced by Suresh Babu, the film is expected to release later this year.  ALSO READ: Duvvada Jagannadham Trailer- Arjun shines in this potboiler ALSO READ: Kamal Haasan responds to FM Arun Jaitley, says he only requested to reduce GSTadvertisementWATCH HERE: Nene Raju Nene Mantri Teaserlast_img read more

French Open: Top ranking and French final in touching distance for Karolina Pliskova

first_imgIf a place in the French Open final were not a big enough prize, the world number one spot will also be at stake when third-ranked Karolina Pliskova meets number four Simona Halep at Roland Garros on Thursday.U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova will be guaranteed toppling Germany’s Angelique Kerber if she prevails against Halep who would need to go on and take the title to seize the top ranking.It would be tempting to suggest that Saturday’s champion will come from their sixth career clash.But that would be to discount the threat of Latvia’s fearless youngster Jelena Ostapenko and Swiss 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky who are first on Court Philippe Chatrier.Both have their birthdays on Thursday — Ostapenko her 20th and Bacsinszky her 28th — but only one of them will be celebrating with a maiden grand slam final.Halep’s hopes of reaching a second French Open final, having lost to Maria Sharapova in 2014, looked over when she trailed by a set and 5-1 in her quarter-final against Elina Svitolina.But the Romanian survived, saving a match point in the process, and will perhaps think her name is on the trophy.”It’s going to be a very different match than today, it’s going to be like playing the ball machine,” Halep, who leads Pliskova 4-1 in head-to-heads, said.Czech second seed Pliskova had never made it past the second round in Paris before this year and so had hardly given much thought to the possibility of becoming number one in the world.advertisement”Coming into this tournament, there were a few people who told me, ‘you have to be in the final to be number one’. I was like, there is no chance I make the final here,” she said.”And now it’s close, but it’s close and it’s far because I’m playing against somebody who I would say one of the best girls on clay. It’s not like you’re going to get it for free.”Ostapenko thrashed 38 winners past former world number one Caroline Wozniacki to become the first teenager to reach the semi-finals since Ana Ivanovic in 2007.There are many similarities with the Serb who also relied on an all-out attacking style and Ostapenko is unlikely to reel in her game against the vastly more experienced Bacsinszky.Three-times French Open champion Mats Wilander has watched Ostapenko’s progress while working for broadcaster Eurosport and has liked what he has seen.”Her chances are excellent if she plays with 90 percent of her ability, I think she would have a chance to win the whole thing,” Wilander told Reuters.”She has so much power but the worrying thing is she throws in matches where she is less than 50 percent and she could beat herself. Is she mature enough to play Bacsinszky and not just close her eyes and blaze away?”last_img read more

Pakistans participation in Asian Athletics in doubt

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Pakistans participation in the Asian Athletics Championships, to be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9, remained uncertain as the government was yet to clear the visas of its contingent. With the deadline of making final entry of athletes having ended yesterday, athletes from neighbouring countries are set to start arriving here in the next few days, but the Indian government is yet to grant visas to the Pakistani athletes. Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla said that the organisers are awaiting a response from the government on the matter. “We have invited Pakistan for the championships. Under International Olympic Committee Protocol, you have to send invitation to all countries. Pakistan has sent their entries and we have forwarded the name of their athletes and their passports to government. We are awaiting a response from the government,” Sumariwalla said at a press conference here today. “India played with Pakistani teams in cricket and hockey (outside India). So, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs will take a call on the participation of Pakistan in Asian Athletics Championships,” he added. Reports emanating from Pakistan said that they have sent entries of at least half a dozen athletes for the championships and have applied for visas early this month. Due to the worsening relation between the two neighbouring countries, Pakistan could not take part in the Asian Wrestling Championships here and Asian Snooker Championships in Chennai last month as their players could not get visas.advertisementLast December, the Pakistan hockey team was not granted visas for the FIH Junior World Cup in Lucknow. India has also refused to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan and the countrys sports minister has even gone on record that “terrorism and sports cant go along and Pakistan should understand that”. Pakistani athletes took part in the 2013 Asian Championships held in Pune. More than 800 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the event to be held at the renovated Kalinga Stadium, making it the biggest ever Asian Championships. This is the third time India is hosting the Asian Championships after New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013). At least 10 athletes, who are either medallists of Rio Olympics or World Championships, will take part in the Asian flagship event. Rio hammer throw gold winner Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan, Olympics 3000m steeplechase winner Ruth Jebet of Bahrain and top Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim are among those who are set to take part. The gold medal winners in the 42 events of the championships will get a direct entry into the World Championships to be held in London in August. The Odisha government, which is organising the championships, has spent Rs 59 crore. India will field 168 athletes, the biggest among the participating countries, while China and Japan will send 96 and 78. India will announce its final entries next week. “With nearly 1100 athletes and officials coming for the event, it is going to be the biggest ever Asian Championships and I hope this will also be the most successful one,” said Sumariwalla, an 100m Olympian and national champion himself. Asked about Indias chances in the championships, he said, “We won 13 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) in 2015 Asian Championships in Wuhan, China. We will get more gold, more medals, but I feel we will still finish at third.” Sumariwalla praised the Odisha government and its officials for renovating the Kalinga Stadium in a record time of three months, after the original venue, Ranchi, pulled out due to financial reasons. “Ranchi got the hosting rights in 2015 but in March they pulled out. We were thinking where will we hold the event. It was a matter of pride for the country. “Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas suggested we should look at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. We went there but I found there nothing except for a ground without any running track. But on March 30, Odisha government said they will host the championships,” the AFI president said. “Once they decided to host the event, I was amazed at the commitment, honesty and transparency of the team of officials who worked day and night to prepare a world class stadium in record time of three months. A brand new synthetic track and another practice track was laid. From the incredible work they had done, I told myself that this country can do amazing things if we want to.” The executive council of the Asian Athletics Association will meet in Bhubaneswar on July 4 and the AAA Congress will be held the next day. The opening ceremony of the championships will be held on July 5. International Athletics Federation president Sebastian Coe will attend the AAA council meeting and also the Congress. PTI PDS AH PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

PM Modi, Tendulkar lead applause for Srikanth

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, among others, lavished praise on Kidami Srikanth for claiming the Australian Open title with a stunning win over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long. It was Srikanths fourth Super Series title and the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) congratulated the ace shuttler. “PM @narendramodi congratulates @srikidambi for his accomplishments during #MannKiBaat,” PMO India tweeted. The triumph is his second successive after clinching the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title last week and Tendulkar said he was proud of “champion” Srikanth. “Heartiest congratulations to @srikidambi on winning 2nd successive superseries title. Proud of you champion! #AustralianSS,” wrote Tendulkar on his twitter handle. Another former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also extended his best wishes as he wrote, “Congratulations @srikidambi on beating reigning Olympic & World Champion Chen Long & winning a 4th Superseries title. Take a bow, Srikanth ! Srikanths compatriot H S Prannoy tweeted: “Looks like its getting tough for everyone to Clinch titles when Indian boys are in form!! Congrats @srikidambi.” Denmark shuttler Mathias Boe felt Srikanths achievement of winning back-to-back titles was rare. “Massive congrats @srikidambi back to back titles, not many players have done that. Jai hind.” Sports Minister Vijay Goel also lauded Srikanths second consecutive Super Series title. “2nd successive Superseries title for @srikidambi. Defeats Olympic champ Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to become #AustraliaSS winner! Proud of you!,” Goel tweeted. Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha not only applauded Srikanth but also his coaches, especially national coach Pullela Gopichand. “Congrats @srikidambi what a stunning win. Salute!! Amazing work Gopichand, Indonesian coaches @GoSportsVoices,” he wrote on his twitter handle. Tennis ace Sania Mirza said, “@srikidambi on fire love it.. huge congratulations once again .. keep it rolling.” Hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh added, “Congratulations @srikidambi for yet another title! Heres to many more in the future.” PTI CM AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Tekplay Systems acquires three US-based companies

first_imgChennai, Aug 24 (PTI): Digital business transformation company, Tekplay has acquired three US-based technology firms that would take the total revenue to USD 30 million by this year, a top company official said here today. The city-based firm has acquired three companies – XcellFORCE, products company Tekoptimize and technology solutions provider GlobalSoft Solutions for an “undisclosed sum”, Tekplay Systems executive director Prabhuram said. “With these acquisitions, the companys consolidated annual revenue will grow to USD 30 million for the financial year 2017-18”, he said. “The priority for current year would be to grow the existing and newly acquired businesses organically”, he told reporters here. The company was also eyeing investments in Singapore and Dubai and was in the process of evaluating technology solution providers, with a “strong suite of enterprise solutions”. Meanwhile, the company also announced the partnership with Chennai Super Kings for the next Indian Premier League season (IPL). Tekplay Systems would be the technology partner and would be responsible for the digital platform of CSK. The partnership would integrate e-commerce platform for merchandising and ticketing in digital platform. “This is an important year for CSK. Our loyal fans are at the centre of everything we do. We are expecting Tekplays expertise in Sports Technology solutions…”, Chennai Super Kings director George John said. PTI VIJ SSlast_img read more

Steve Waugh surprised by Steve Smith’s comments on Glenn Maxwell in public

first_imgVeteran Australian cricketer Steve Waugh was taken by surprise on captain Steve Smith’s remarks about Glen Maxwell’s exclusion from the national team.Former Australian captain Steve Waugh was surprised by captain Steve Smith’s comments on Glenn Maxwell’s exclusion from the ODI squad for the series against England.Talking about Maxwell’s exclusion Smith had said: “Just looking at the way he trains, I think he could train a little bit smarter,” Smith had said in a press conference in Sydney.WATCH Speaking about the incident, former captain Waugh said that that Smith shouldn’t have said what he did out in the public.”I found it all a bit strange. There must have been a reason why Steve Smith said that but I’m not sure it needs to be a public comment,” Waugh told, according to 28-year-old Aussie captain had further said that Maxwell should ditch the “funky stuff” and stick to the basics if he wants to get back in the national one-day team.”We’ve all seen the way he can come out and play and do all his funky stuff and be pretty cool with that, but when he puts his head down he’s actually a really good batsman,” Smith concluded.Waugh strongly believes that such feedback should remain private as it could have a negative impact on the relationship between the two players.”As soon as you make a statement like that it does put a split between you and the player and it’s a pretty personal sort of comment that he’s not training hard which suggests he’s not professional,” Waugh added.advertisementMaxwell’s exclusion did raise a few eyebrows as well as the 29-year-old has been in career-best form in domestic cricket and the Big Bash League (BBL).The all-rounder entered the BBL break of the JLT Sheffield Shield as the competition’s highest run-scorer with 590 runs at 73.35, including a staggering 278 against NSW Blues at North Sydney Oval.However, Maxwell’s ODI form has been inconsistent in the last one year.”No-one is in any doubt about Glenn’s ability or his potential to produce match-winning contributions with the bat,” national selector Trevor Hohns had said in a statement.”What we have wanted from him is more consistency but in his past 20 matches in this format he has averaged 22 and we need more than that from a player in the side’s batting engine room,” Hohns added.Hohns also said that the selection panel has picked this squad with the 2019 World Cup in mind as Australia aim to defend the title they won three years ago.(With inputs from ANI)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Martin Guptill plays starring role as New Zealand take 2-0 lead vs Pakistan in ODI series

first_imgMartin Guptill struck an unbeaten 86 to power New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory via Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method over Pakistan in the second one day international at Saxton Oval, Nelson on Tuesday.Chasing 247 for a win, New Zealand were rocked early when Colin Munro was dismissed without opening his account on the thid ball of their innings.Guptill and Kane Williamson the added 46 for the second wicket before the skipper was caught by Shadab Khan at the backward point off Faheem Ashraf.However, Guptill continued to play his attacking game and got good support from Ross Taylor, who struck 43-ball 45 not out in a match which was interrupted by rain.New Zealand were 64/2 in 14 overs when rain arrived. After a long delay, play was resumed with the home team getting a revised target of 151 in 25 overs.The duo continued to punish the the Pakistan bowlers with Guptill reaching his fifty with a six. The pair was also involved in an 104-run unbeaten stand for the third wicket as New Zealand reached the target with 7 balls remaining.Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez and tailenders Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan made half-centuries as Pakistan struggled to 246-9, batting first after winning the toss.In a repeat of the first international, which New Zealand won by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system, Pakistan were always under pressure after losing early wickets and fell short of a par score at Saxton Oval where teams which bat first in ODIs average 260.Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed chose to bowl in the first match at the Basin Reserve and New Zealand went on to score 315-7 and to cruise to victory in a rain-affected match in which Pakistan lost two wickets in their first over.advertisementOn Tuesday Sarfraz took the opposite tack and chose to bat first but the result was the same. Pakistan lost openers Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq, playing in place of the injured Fakhar Zaman, with only 14 runs on the board, then slipped to 39-3.Hafeez tried to play a steadying role with his 33rd half-century in ODIs but Pakistan weren’t able to build partnerships at the top of the order. The best was his 45-run stand with Shoaib Malik (27) for the fourth wicket and when he was out for 60 Pakistan were in trouble at 127-6.Hasan Ali helped save Pakistan with his highest score in any form of cricket and his 70-run partnership with Shadab Khan for the eighth wicket revived a failing innings. Shadab went on to make 52, to match his highest score in ODIs and to drag Pakistan closer to a competitive total.Tim Southee (2-57) and Trent Boult (1-54) both claimed early wickets to give the bowling side the upper hand. Williamson introduced his spinners early and left-armer Mitchell Santner and leg-spinner Todd Astle prevented Pakistan from rebuilding through the middle of the innings.Santner took 1-34 from his 10 overs and Astle claimed the wickets of Malik and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (3) to finish with 2-50 from seven overs.Speedster Lockie Ferguson was also a major contributor with 3-39 from 10 overs.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more