Why would WPA leaders heap scorn upon Roopnaraine? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,In 1979, when the WPA declared itself a political party, the social reality of Guyana took a dramatic turn. It had changed from a pressure group into a contender for political power. It was a direct challenge to the “big boys”. Prime Minister Burnham declared that university professors could engage in academic exercises, but once they stepped into the political arena, they would be subjected to a different set of rules, rules more akin to the Roman amphitheatre. He boasted of his sharper steel. The political reality of Guyana took on a new persona, one that forever changed the historical narrative of Guyana from that day forward, creating a new narrative regarding the sociological reality in terms of the racial divide. The Jagan/Burnham political/racial dichotomy had been seriously challenged, and both men realised the danger the WPA posed to their racial blocs.At a public meeting, Eusi Kwayana raised the hands of both Walter Rodney and Rupert Roopnaraine, clasped them together, and proclaimed that these two men represented the new political/racial reality of Guyana. It was a moment of inspiration for many Guyanese of all races, one that they will forever cherish. Without that hope of a new dawn, Guyana is doomed. With the assassination of Walter Rodney, Rupert Roopnaraine, at that time, assumed a heavy burden of ensuring that vision of the WPA remained alive.Freddie Kissoon makes the claim that, “I knew the WPA burnt down the Ministry of National Development. I know that it stole the arms that were removed from the People’s Temple when Jonestown collapsed and other conspiratorial things. I know the little illegal things I did.”There is no indication by Kissoon whether his knowledge of the events he claimed were first hand or second hand. It raises the question as to why the Burnham-led PNC State was unable to prove what Kissoon claims that he has definitive proof of, despite hauling the arson trio to court as in the case of the burning down of the Ministry of National Development, a ministry which was in reality the PNC headquarters financed by State funds under the Doctrine of the Paramountcy of the ruling party.Many of the young cadres at the time felt the loss of Dr Rodney profoundly as he was their mentor. Several sought solace in the person of Dr Roopnaraine for leadership at that critical juncture of the party’s history. They were granted that invaluable insight that Kissoon wished he had access to, but deliberately spurned, that of “being close to such a giant of an intellectual with such a deep analytical mind.” These young men and women did learn “priceless and valuable lessons in sociology and history.” Dr Roopnaraine shared his profound insights with them. Today they yearn for the person they knew him to be. Kissoon’s “tragic decline of a brilliant mind” reminds us of that reality.If Kissoon’s definition of “honesty” is taken at face value, should Dr Roopnaraine have confessed to the burning down of the de facto PNC headquarters assuming Kissoon’s knowledge of the facts of the matter to be true? If Kissoon is prepared to argue that “history is more important than friendship”, then he must tell us when “history” begins and when “friendship” ends. There is also a question mark as to what Kissoon meant by “friendship”.Kissoon failed to give testimony at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, where his “honesty” would have set the historical record straight. He states that Dr Roopnaraine did not give names to the claim “(w) hen he admitted that the WPA was stockpiling arms to overthrow Burnham”. It is unlikely such testimony would carry much weight, since any person could make such claims without any means of corroboration from independent sources. More fundamentally, the WPA never depended on the use of arms to remove the Burnham dictatorship, so the statement is very inaccurate if taken out of context.The claim that the WPA is a dead party has been made by Kissoon on numerous occasions. Is Kissoon making a case that “the decline of a brilliant mind” of Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is a major contributing factor to the lingering presence of the corpse? Political parties are known to come back to life when the occasion demands it. Kissoon, more than any other critic, has kept the WPA alive with his high expectations of the party, expectations he claims it has failed to live up to. He remains one of the WPA’s best friends with his critique of the shortcomings of the party, regardless if they be real or imagined.Sincerely,Rohit KanhaiWPAOA Memberlast_img read more

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Crystal Cup returning bigger and better

first_imgThe tournament won’t see too many changes to the actual game play, however this year, helmets will be mandatory for all players to avoid any possible injuries.Along with the eight tournament rinks, a ninth, full size skating rink is being added this year so players and public can play games of shinny throughout the day, keeping their skills sharp and bodies warm in between games.The Charlie Lake site, located on the south banks fifteen minutes north of Fort St. John, will also include a children’s rink, food vendors, as well as a “beverage” garden.New to the tournament this year is a website, outlining tournament information, how and where to register, how to become a sponsor, news and updates and various other attractions.Advertisement Registration opened Wednesday, December 12, and only the first 60 teams to register will secure a spot in the tournament. The cost to register is $125 per team and can be completed online, or dropped off at the North Peace Leisure Pool desk. Registration closes on January 31, 2013 at 10 p.m.For more information on the tournament, including rules and how to sign up, visit the Crystal Cup’s brand new website.Evans adds that as it is the second year of the tournament, organizers are entering this year’s event much more prepared than last year.”Absolutely, I think its going to run significantly smoother. I think worst case scenarios from every angle happened last year, especially from Mother Nature, who threw us for a complete loop Saturday. We are going to be quite a bit more prepared for snow removal equipment. As well we’re building a burm surrounding the entire area with snow fencing, so hopefully that will deter some of the snow drifts coming off the lake.”Recently, Crystal Cup organizers were denied funding from the City of Fort St. John for the tournament’s new website. As a result, organizers are seeking extra sponsors this year, which can provide sponsorship through a variety of ways, either monetary, or with equipment.Advertisement The Crystal Cup board has put together sponsorship packages, which are available through the website.center_img Both the Crystal Cup and High on Ice have moved dates this year, to coincide with B.C.’s new Family Day holiday.Neil Evans, CEO and creator, says this year’s tournament is expected to be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event.”This year what we’ve done with the Crystal Cup, just from the popularity from last year, we’ve decided to double it in size and go to 60 teams. We are also going to incorporate a social event this year into the mix, which is going to be happening Friday night for Crystal Cup members and their buddies. Basically what that will do is allow everyone to have an ice breaker, while also allowing the committee to go over rules and regulations and a bit more about the tournament.”- Advertisement -The social event is being held at the Lido Theatre on Friday February 8, and Evans says organizers are attempting to bring in a comedian, as well as a keynote speaker, possibly an NHL Alumni, to help make the event a bit more special for everyone involved.Evans adds the expansion of teams also comes from increased interest from teams outside of town to participate. He says following last year’s tournament, organizers were flooded with interest calls from teams from various B.C. communities, Alberta and even as far as Minnesota.The tournament even gained enough notoriety to be included in the latest edition of Pond Hockey-opoly.Advertisementlast_img read more

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VACANCIES: ARE YOU LOOKING FOR YOUR CAREER TO ‘EVOLVE’?

first_imgEvolve Menswear is one of the leading clothing retailers in the North-West.Now it is looking to expand even further and you could be part of their growing team.The company is looking to hire in a number of areas. It is looking to recruit full-time sales advisers, an experienced full-time book-keeper and an experienced marketing/digital marketing manager.If you think you have the attributes to fill any of the above positions then simply email hr@evolvemenswear.comThe closing dates for applications in March 9th.VACANCIES: ARE YOU LOOKING FOR YOUR CAREER TO ‘EVOLVE’? was last modified: February 24th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:donegalevolve menswearjobslast_img read more

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‘I have a bright future ahead thanks to my Engineering degree at LYIT’

first_imgProspective students across Donegal are considering their next step in education in advance of the 1 February CAO application deadline, with many considering programmes at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. This week, Donegal Daily talked to successful student Michael O’Donnell to hear how his education at LYIT set him on his ideal career path:Michael, who was born in Leeds and grew up in Meenbanad, always had an interest in engineering. The opportunity came to follow this passion in 2011 when he decided to study Mechanical Engineering at LYIT as a mature student. He had no previous experience in the industry, having worked in construction sector since finishing school in 2000. Four years later, with an Honours Degree in his back pocket, Michael is a Mechanical Design Engineer with Omagh-based Telestack Ltd. He works on the design of large-scale bulk material handling systems for sectors such as Quarry, Coal, Mining and Aggregates, Ports and Terminals, and Rail Yards to name but a few. Michael O’DonnellLooking back, Michael said that taking his LYIT education the extra mile has brought him to this point of success. He added to his ordinary Bachelor of Engineering programme with a final fourth year honours degree that has brought him many rewards:“I knew that taking this final step would be extremely challenging yet the rewards that could be gained by successfully completing the Honours Degree course would enable me to secure a lifelong career in the engineering sector,” Michael said.“Achieving a First Class Honours was above and beyond what I expected from this course and the sense of achievement and pride that was felt upon graduation was indescribable.” Engineering students at the LYIT Letterkenny campus enjoy unique benefits for their projects and assignments, Michael points out. “Engineering students would have access to the Engineering Workshop from year 1, right through to year 4, a privilege few students get to experience in other institutes. “Modules on Hydraulics and pneumatics are built into the course which offered greater opportunities to graduates especially to those willing to work in the North where heavy machinery design and manufacturing is widespread.”The programme had a particular focus on equipping students with the skills to make them workplace ready, Michael said. “The fourth year programme was especially beneficial as it concentrated heavily on professional development of the student as well as project planning and presentation skills all of which employers look for in a candidate.”Challenges become rewarding achievements if you put the effort in, Michael explained. He said returning to education as a mature student took a few short weeks of adjustment, and he still counts it as one of his best decisions: “The nerves soon dissipated and the course took a grip on me. It was probably the most difficult decision I had made coming back but also the best as I have a bright future ahead of me thanks to undertaking this course.”Michael O’DonnellFollowing graduation, Michael got his foot in the door at Telestack Ltd. through a Fusion Programme with InterTradeIreland – a programme which provides a company with a recent graduate of specific disciplines to solve specific problems. As part of the programme, Michael had the opportunity to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Management at Queen’s University Belfast, all the while taking on a variety of responsibilities within the Telestack Company.“My role during this time was to introduce a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) training programme for engineers in the company and perform analyses and verification methods on components to identify weaknesses (if any existed) in proposed and existing designs. I also tested the capabilities and limitations of the simulation software and hardware utilised by the company by performing large scale analyses.” Michael transitioned into the design office as a Mechanical Design Engineer following the Fusion Programme. He still works on FEA projects alongside his diverse range of day-to-day activities. Michael’s regular tasks include releasing BOM’s (Bill of Materials) for machines, to working as part of a team on large scale one-off projects, completing Engineering Change Orders, or specifying the hydraulic components of a machine and creating hydraulic circuit diagrams for fitters. “The list of tasks goes on and grows daily but this keeps work very diverse and interesting in nature,” he said.For any student considering applying for an Engineering degree this September, Michael advises them to expect challenging projects which will require methodical thought processes and procedures along with teamwork, planning and research and study.“My advice would be to begin work on and complete assessments as soon as they are received to avoid or reduce the accumulation of assignments in the last few weeks. “Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help at any stage of the course as both lecturers and fellow students are more than willing to help and do whatever is in their power to make life easier,” he said.The college community is one of the main reasons why Michael would recommend LYIT. He said, “as the classes are relatively small in size when compared to universities, interactions between student and lecturer are more informal in nature creating a relaxed and interactive environment for lessons. “Lecturers welcome any questions students have and so I feel a greater understanding of each subject can be gained by the student.”For anyone considering their next big step into third level learning, Michael’s advice is to just go for it: “I regret not taking the opportunity when I was younger and think of all the experience I could have gained up to this point in my life, so I would say it is always worth trying some course, especially if you have an interest in the subject. Trying and failing is better than not trying at all.”If you would like to find out more about this programme, visit: https://www.lyit.ie/courses/electronicmechanicalengineering/LY617/ or alternatively check out our new Level 8 Honours degree in this area: http://www.lyit.ie/courses/electronicmechanicalengineering/ly608/Click here to find out more about LYIT’s CAO course offerings for 2018/2019.For information about all LYIT courses and admissions, email admissions@lyit.ie, telephone 074 918 6000 or visit www.lyit.ie‘I have a bright future ahead thanks to my Engineering degree at LYIT’ was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CAOeducationengineeringjobsLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITMichael O’DonnellstudentThird levellast_img read more

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Exploring Books with Children Using Guided Discussion Questions

first_imgImage from pixabay.com, CCOBy Allison M. LothropThe MFLN Early Intervention team seeks to provide practitioners with resources that support the important work they do with military families. The guided discussion questions below, based on 8 different children’s books, are designed to be used with children from ages 3-6 at home or in preschool settings. These books and the accompanying questions can be used with children who have a loved one in the military or children who want to gain a better understanding of military life. Guided discussion questions can be used in large or small group settings or with individual children.For each book we developed between 7-11 questions. These discussion questions are meant to help facilitate a conversation with a child, extending the book content beyond simply reading the story. Most questions are open-ended to elicit conversation. Questions range from specific topics related to military life to more general questions related to emotions that a child might face. Though each question covers a different aspect of the book, adults can select questions from this list; there is no need to ask all of the questions for it is important to keep children engaged and make sure that story reading is a fun and positive experience. These guided discussion questions also can be shared with parents as a resource.Please click each title to view and/or print the discussion guide associated with each book.Daddy’s Home by Carolina NadelHero Mom by Melinda HardinHome Again by Dorinda Silver WilliamsLove Spots by Karen PanierMy Father’s Shirt by Sally HussMy Mother’s Wings by Sally HussWhy is Dad So Mad by Seth KastleWhy is Mom So Mad by Seth KastleThis post and the guided discussion questions were edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

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HC reposes faith in election commission

first_imgCalcutta High Court on Thursday reposed its “faith and trust” in the State Election Commission pointing out that it has no independent machinery to assess the adequacy of security arrangements for the rural polls, thereby paving the way for the election to be held on May 14 as announced by the SEC.However, the Bench said if loss of life and property exceeds the one during the last panchayat polls in 2013, the State government will be liable to pay compensation.The Court also specified that the officials of the State government who submitted such report ( on security arrangements) will pay compensation and the State Election Commissioner who approved such report with regard to adequacy of such security arrangement will be personally liable to compensate such loss. The Division Bench, putting the responsibility of fixing dates of the polls to the SEC said that, “our hope and expectation that whenever the election will be held, steps will be taken so that election will be fair, peaceful and transparent in all respects…”. An earlier order by Justice Subrata Talukdar has said that the date of panchayat elections on May 14 should be treated as “tentative”. Meanwhile the SEC, issued another order during the day giving details for the counting process and clearly referring to “panchayat elections scheduled on 14 May, 2018”.The development, was welcomed by the ruling Trinamool Congress with senior party leader Partha Chatterjee saying that people of the State are happy that they can exercise their franchise on May 14. Mr Chatterjee said that the Trinamool Congress is fully prepared to participate in the rural polls on May 14 and there was a concerted attempt by the Opposition to thwart the process of rural polls in the State. Communist Party of India ( Marxist) leader and advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya who has appeared for the party before a number of courts of Calcutta High Court in connection with litigation regarding the panchayat poll expressed his disapproval to the order. “ I don’t know how effectively will police officers function if they have to pay compensation from their own salary. In my opinion fresh dates for the polls should have been announced and all political parties should have been taken in confidence,” Mr Bhattacharya said.Elections to three-tier panchayat polls in 20 districts of West Bengal was scheduled in the first week of May in three phases, but later SEC issued another notification saying that the polls be held on a single date on May 14. Almost 34 % seats in the rural polls have been won by the ruling Trinamool Congress without any contest.last_img read more

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Blackwater gets ‘fresh start’ under new coach Aris Dimaunahan

first_imgBlackwater Elite. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter another uneventful campaign in the Philippine Cup, Blackwater gets to start over under the tutelage of Aris Dimaunahan, who looking to make a good account of himself in his first head coaching stint.The Elite wound up in the bottom of the standings after finishing with a 2-9 record this conference but they remain in high spirits with an opportunity to redeem themselves in the Commissioner’s Cup next month.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I don’t think we’re losers. I don’t believe that. Regardless of what the result showed in the Philippine Cup, that’s one of three conferences and I feel like we’re going to put in the work to prove our doubters wrong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tasked to keep Blackwater’s engine running is DiGregorio, who has been on a steady rise.Also in the fold are promising rookies Abu Tratter and Paul Desiderio and hot-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi.Ray Parks, Blackwater’s second overall pick in the draft four months ago, is also expected to join the team for the next conference.The Elite eyes to finally silence their critics and DiGregorio believes they have a good chance of doing so next conference.“[We want to prove that] number one, we’re not losers,” the 27-year-old DiGregorio said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img “Regardless of what happened last conference, it’s a new start. With coach Aris being here, it feels like a fresh start, a new beginning and that’s always exciting and I think everybody is excited,” said Blackwater captain Mike DiGregorio after the Elite’s first practice with Dimaunahan at the helm.The 41-year-old Dimaunahan, a former PBA veteran who played for Barangay Ginebra in his first three seasons in the league, aims to maximize his team’s fresh legs by playing a quick pace on offense while also putting premium on defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The first thing I looked at was where we at on the defensive end and I saw that were dead last in the league last conference and defense would be our top priority,” said Dimaunahan, who replaced Bong Ramos.“We have young guys here and we’re looking to play a controlled high octane offense. The goal is to use our youth to our advantage.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Blackwater draft pick Ray Parks still pondering future Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Indian Premier League 2016, Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiants: As it happened

first_imgHere are the Highlights of the Indian Premier League 9 opener between defending champions Mumbai Indians and debutants Rising Pune Supergiants from Wankhede Stadium. (Scorecard) HIGHLIGHTS:23.08 IST: QUOTES!Man of the Match, Ajinkya Rahane: I felt that it was important to time the ball. It was stopping a bit so it was important for me to take some time early on and finish the job. The pitch was two paced, not what we usually get at the Wankhede. In the first six overs, the ball was moving a lot. They are all world-class players. All match-winners and we try to learn things from them.MS Dhoni: I don’t think we could have had a better start. Credit to the bowlers. Yes, the pitch had a bit in it for the fast bowlers but they stuck to their lines. Once they were a few wickets down, they had to change their tactics which played to our advantage. The start was important. I’ve always felt that Rahane is brilliant when the ball comes on. He’s someone who plays traditional shots. Good to see him finish it off. We have not spent a lot of time together, this gives an opportunity to take some time off and interact with each other. It’s a bunch of fun-loving guys which makes my job easy. Support staff has put in a lot of effort.Rohit Sharma: Pitch looked okay. We didn’t bat well to be honest. 121 is never going to be enough against a batting lineup like Pune. Lot to learn from this game. Hopefully we’ll go back and come with a positive frame of mind. Never thought the ball would do that much having played a lot of cricket here. They swung it a lot and our shot selection wasn’t great. We go to Kolkata from here where we have good memories – we have won 2 titles there. It’s just the start of the tournament, no need to panic. advertisementPune Supergiants innings:22.58 IST: That’s it! Ajinkya Rahane hits a couple of sixes to finish off the game in 14.4 overs, guiding Rising Pune Supergiants (126/1) to a massive nine-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians (121/8). Rahane struck an unbeaten 66 off 42 balls, laced with seven fours and three sixes.22.55 IST: Kevin Pietersen is in a hurry to finish the game quickly. He hits Harbhajan for a massive six. Pune 114/1 in 14 overs, need 8 more 22.49 IST: FIFTY! Ajinkya Rahane slams his 18th half-century. Pune 100/1 in 12.1 overs 22.46 IST: Rahane stays in control as Kevin Pietersen joins him in the middle. Pune 85/1 in 11 overs22.40 IST: WICKET! Harbjhajan Singh strikes after the strategic time-out. Du Plessis departs for 34 off 33 balls. Pushed through on middle and leg, du Plessis sits back and stretches his arms to sweep that one. He misses his shot. The ball hits his bicep and goes on to hit the stumps. Pune 78/1 in 9.4 overs 22.35 IST: Pune Supergiants are cruising at the moment with both Rahane and Du Plessis looking completely at ease. Pune 76/0 in 9 overs 22.26 IST: R Vinay Kumar bowls a tight over, gives away just four runs. Pune 61/0 in 7 overs 22.22 IST: Another big over for Pune. Du Plessis hammers Bumrah for a couple of sixes as Pune race towards the victory target. Pune 57/0 in 6 overs 22.18 IST: Mix up between Rahane and Du Plessis but safe. Pune 43/0 in 5.4 overs 22.14 IST: Great over this for Pune. Rahane and Du Plessis hit a six each off Mitchell McClenagha. Pune 37/0 in 5 overs22.10 IST: Mumbai need of wickets here to stand a chance in this contest. Pune 23/0 in 4 overs 22.06 IST: Rahane and Du Plessis are not taking any risks in their chase of 122. Pune 18/0 in 3 overs Who better than World T20 hero Jasprit Bumrah to provide them with breakthroughs? The right-arm bowler comes into the attack with a slinging action. 22.00 IST: Eight runs off the first over. Mumbai need early wickets here. RPS 8/0 in 1 over21.56 IST: Four! Rahane starts off with a stunning straight drive. RPS 4/0 in 0.1 over. 21.55 IST: Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis will open for Pune. Mitchell McClenaghan has the new ball in his hands. How will Pune go about their chase of 122?  Mumbai innings 21.40 IST: That’s it! Harbhajan Singh’s late fireworks helps Mumbai post 121/8. He remained not out on 45 off 30 balls, including 17 runs in the last over bowled by Ishant Sharma (2/36).21.35 IST: A big over this for Mumbai. Harbhajan Singh hammers RP for three fours to become the top scorer for Mumbai tonight. Mumbai 104/8 in 19 overs 21.31 IST: WICKET! RP Singh strikes and Mumbai lose their eighth. Vinay Kumar perishes! Short ball on off, Vinay mistimes his pull and the ball balloons up towards Steve Smith at deep mid-wicket who runs a little to his right and takes an easy catch. RP Singh gets his first wicket. Mumbai 96/8 in 18.4 overs advertisement21.26 IST: Mitchell Marsh gets hit for 10 runs in his final over, including a six by R Vinay Kumar. He finishes with 2/21. Mumbai 90/7 in 18 overs 21.21 IST: Murugan Ashwin finishes his spell 4-0-16-1. Mumbai 80/7 in 17 overs .@ImIshant, @mitchmarsh235 Rajat Bhatia and now @ashwinravi99. 4 bowlers get wickets off their first balls!! #DumKaNayaRang Pune Supergiants (@RPSupergiants) April 9, 201621.11 IST: WICKET! Guess what? Dhoni’s old warhorse R Ashwin joins the party and he too strikes off his first ball, becoming the fourth bowler to do so tonight. Not the best of deliveries by Ashwin as he digs it short on off, Rayudu rocks back and ends up pulling it straight to Faf du Plessis at short mid-wicket. The South African hangs onto that one with ease and has a smile on his face after that soft dismissal. Mumbai 68/7 in 15.1 oversFantastic bowling spell by Rajat Bhatia. He gave out just 10 runs off his 4 overs and picked up a wicket. Salute! #DumKaNayaRang Pune Supergiants (@RPSupergiants) April 9, 2016Don’t lose heart, Paltan! We all know what Bhajji is capable of. Remember his 24 ball 64 vs KXIP? #MIvRPS #DilSeIndian Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201621.03 IST: No Ravichandran Ashwin yet but it’s Pune all over Mumbai at the moment. However, Murugan Ashwin has been impressive so far. Mumbai 62/6 in 13 overs Outstanding performance by the Supergiants so far. RT if you are agree! #DumKaNayaRang MI-50/5 after 10 overs. pic.twitter.com/zvaHombiSd Pune Supergiants FC (@RPsupergiantsFC) April 9, 201620.56 IST: WICKET! Murugan Ashwin too strikes in his first over. Tossed up on off, Gopal comes down the ground and scoops it towards long off. It goes in the air and Rahane, the fielder stationed at long off runs to his right to come under it. Mumbai 51/6 in 11 overs20.52 IST: Surprisingly Dhoni hasn’t introduced spin yet. Rajat Bhatia bowls another excellent over. Mumbai 48/5 in 10 overs20.47 IST: It’s been Pune who have kept Mumbai under pressure. Shreyas Gopal has joined Ambati Rayudu in the middle. Mumbai 47/5 in 9 overs.@RayuduAmbati completes 2000 IPL runs with that single! #MIvRPS Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2016Just for laughs – @KP24 on @RPSupergiants’ team song and his singing talent #IPLhttps://t.co/YRaKwiCvvs IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 201620.39 IST: WICKET! After Ishant and Marsh, Rajat Bhatia too gets a wicket in his first over. The bowling change works! Length ball on leg, Pollard stays back and looks to dab it down. The ball stays low and hits his pad. Loud appeal and the umpire takes his time but ends up raising his finger. Mumbai 40/5 in 7.1 overs20.38 IST: Marsh has been tight in his line and length giving nothing away. Mumbai 40/4 in 7 overs 20.34 IST: It has been a great start for debutants Pune. Credit must go to Ishant Sharma and Mitchell Marsh for their great bowling effort. All hopes pinned on Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu now. Mumbai 37/4 in 6 overs advertisement20.27 IST: WICKET! Mitchell Marsh justifies his selection as he strikes again in his first over. Jos Buttler edges to R Ashwin at first slip without disturbing the scoreboard. Mumbai 30/4 in 5 overs 20.24 IST: WICKET! Mitchell Marsh joins the party. Hardik Pandya looked in fine touch but is undone by a slower bouncer. he top edges pull to MS Dhoni. Mumbai 29/3 in 4.1 overs20.21 IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma is on fire as he clean bowles lethal Lendl Simmons in his second over. Mumbai 29/2 in 3.5 overs20.16 IST: SIX! Lendl Simmons takes the attack back to the bowlers. Punishes RP Singh for a maximum. Mumbai 20/1 in 3 overs 20.07 IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma strikes with his first ball. He traps Rohit Sharma leg before wicket for 7. Mumbai 8/1 in 1.1 overs 20.05 IST: Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simmons get off to a decent start as RP Singh takes the new ball. Mumbai Indians 8/0 in 1 overIt’s a full house at the Wankhede for the first match of the #IPL! Let the IPL games begin. #MIvRPS #DilSeIndian pic.twitter.com/F25sg0WQka Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2016Match Facts: @josbuttler to make his IPL debut & @Vinay_Kumar_R will be playing his 100th IPL game tonight! #MIvRPS #IPL #DilSeIndian Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201619.49 IST: TEAMS!Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Vinay Kumar, Shreyas Gopal, Jasprit BumrahRising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith, Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Marsh, MS Dhoni, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh19.47 IST: So the playing XIs of both the teams are out with two players making their IPL debuts. Jos Buttler (MI) and Murugan Ashwin (RPS) get their team caps.19.36 IST: QUOTES!MS Dhoni: We were looking to bowl first here. Not a lot of time to get used to the team. We do not have the luxury like we had at CSK but everybody knows the responsibility.Rohit Sharma: We are going to bat first. Looks a good track, played enough cricket here to understand what to expect from the track. We have had a very good preparation. Lot of the foreign players arrived early. All the preparation is done and it is time for some real business here. We are playing with six batters and five bowlers, which includes three overseas batters and one seamer. 19.31 IST: TOSS! Defending champions Mumbai Indians have won the toss and they will bat first against Rising Pune Supergiants. A sea of blue at the Wankhede. We love our Paltan! #MIvRPS #DilSeIndian pic.twitter.com/FGCTJ40FGW Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2016The @RPSupergiants are in the house – Captain @msdhoni, @ashwinravi99, @ajinkyarahane88 #IPLhttps://t.co/pQAAgmzM7N IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 201619.23 IST: We are just few minutes away from the toss of the Maharashtra derby. @KP24 pencil sketch drawn by me.. ??? I hope you like it..All the best for your journey with @RPSupergiants ?????? pic.twitter.com/fqAhMTS4IN Shubham Dogra (@Shubham513) April 9, 2016Paltan, will @harbhajan_singh turn on the heat at the Wankhede tonight? #MIvRPS #DilSeIndian pic.twitter.com/qt7uGNvZ10 Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2016The fans are coming, the excitement is building!We’re hours away from the 1st match of the IPL! #DilSeIndian #MIvRPS pic.twitter.com/34K2JxkeNF Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2016The Wankhede stadium will soon be throbbing with fans to cheer the champs! Will you be there? #DilSeIndian #MIvRPS pic.twitter.com/7bDwKZ4nXO Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201618.10 IST: Mumbai Indians are a well settled unit. They will be confident going into today’s clash against MS Dhoni’s men. On the other side, it will be a test for Pune skipper Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming.The former New Zealand opener, in an exclusive interview to India Today, said he would be relying on natural talent of the players to pick the playing XI in the first couple of matches. There is huge expectation on the new franchise from Pune. Dhoni, who led the most successful IPL team in the last eight years, would want start well. Kevin Pietersen will be crucial to their chances this year. The England discard said he was very excited to play in front of huge crowds in India. Wankhede will off course be full tonight. Watch Pietersen, Pune pacer Ishant Sharma and Fleming in an exclusive chat with India Today 17.45 IST: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo along with Bollywood stars Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh and Jacqueline Fernandez set the stage on fire during the opening ceremony in Mumbai yesterday. Also, the captains of the eight franchises were there.VIVO #IPL 2016: Captains sign MCC Spirit of Cricket https://t.co/qaYY6pvdCr pic.twitter.com/yh313qPE9i IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 2016IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla promised aid from the board’s side for the drought hit farmers in Maharashtra. He spoke about the new features that will be part of this year’s IPL as well.  17.40 IST: Hello and welcome to the season 9 of the Indian Premier League.  Are you ready for the 51-day tournament? Tonight’s clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and debutants Rising Pune Supergiants is the first of the 60 matches this season.A lot of buzz has been created around this lucrative league this time. All eyes will be on the two new franchsises – Pune and Gujarat Lions – who will be playing for a two-year period owing to the suspensions of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Preview: Defending champions Mumbai Indians will aim to get their Indian Premier League 2016 campaign off to a winning start when they take on debutants Rising Pune Supergiants in the opening match of the cash-rich T20 tournament at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.Mumbai who have won the title twice in 2013 and 2015, have strengthened their squad even more, thanks to the players’ auction earlier this year.The team will be led by India opener Rohit Sharma who has been a successful skipper for the past couple of seasons and has led the side to two IPL titles.But the side will miss their key pacer Lasith Malinga due to injury. The Sri Lankan is yet to fully recover from injury and has also missed taking part in the just concluded World T20.On the other hand, new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants were incorporated into the IPL family after Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were suspended for two years following betting and spot fixing scandals.Led by India’s World Cup winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coached by New Zealand legend Stephen Fleming, the side looks a balanced outfit.The partnership of Dhoni-Fleming was a hit for CSK and the duo will hope it continues in the ninth edition of the IPL.Besides Dhoni the other CSK players in the squad are star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batsman Faf du Plessis and pacer Ishwar Pandey. (Ravichandran Ashwin wants Kevin Pietersen to fire for Rising Pune Supergiants)England’s swashbuckling batsman Kevin Pietersen, India’s Ajinkya Rahane and Australia skipper Steven Smith were bought in the auction by the team management.Pune has plenty of options in the bowling department. Ishant Sharma will spearhead the pace department. The team also has all-rounders Irfan Pathan and Mitchell Marsh, R.P. Singh, Scott Boland, Ashok Dinda, Jaskaran Singh, Ankit Sharma and Deepak Chahar.I admire Dhoni’s humility, says Stephen Fleming Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming, in an exclusive interview to India Today, said he was looking forward to working with Mahendra Singh Dhoni again in the latest season of Indian Premier League. (Read More) MS Dhoni set to face new challenges with ‘debutants’ Pune SupergiantsIt is almost like starting from scratch. The major challenge for Dhoni will be to ensure that Pune, like Chennai, can run like a well-oiled machine. 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Zakir Naik rejects terror charges,claims videos are tampered

first_imgMumbai, Jul 15 (PTI) Rejecting allegations that his sermons “inspired” terror activity, controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik today claimed he never encouraged anyone to kill innocents and said he will co-operate with any probe agency if it approaches him.Talking to mediapersons via Skype from Medina, Naik, who is facing the heat over charges that he inspired some of the Dhaka cafe attackers, condemned all terror attacks and dubbed himself as “a messenger of peace”.”I did not inspire any terrorist… suicide bombings targeting innocent people are condemnable,” Naik said, adding his statements on terrorism and suicide bombings were “doctored and tampered”.The 50-year-old Mumbai-based televangelist, who had earlier cancelled a press conference and had announced his visit to Africa from Saudi Arabia putting off his return to the country, challenged anyone to show him an unedited answer wherein he has not condemned suicide bombings.Naik also maintained that no government agency has approached him to join investigation in connection with charges levelled against him until now.”I am willing to co-operate with any probe agency if they approach me,” he added.He also claimed that he had even addressed IPS officials in the past.Naik also stated that he applied for permission to air Peace TV, run by his Islamic Research Foundation, in 2008, but did not get the same as the channel allegedly was “Islamic”.He also said that terrorists are misguiding innocent Muslims.The sermons of Naik are under the scanner of the state and the central agencies in India.advertisementHis speeches on Peace TV were said to be popular in Bangladesh, where the network has been banned post the July 1 terror attack which left 22 people dead, including an Indian. PTI MM IAS ENM RTlast_img read more

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Decision day looms for British Grand Prix circuit

first_imgSilverstone may trigger a break clause in its Formula One contract next week but talks are continuing and a final decision has not yet been taken, a spokesperson for the British Grand prix circuit said on Monday.The former World War Two airfield, which hosted the first Formula One world championship race in 1950, has a contract to 2026 with a break clause on both sides from 2019 that has to be exercised two years in advance.This year’s British Grand Prix, a home race for triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, is on July 16 but Thursday, July 13, is the first day of off-track activities and a decision must be taken by then.The BRDC informed all members in a letter last December that it was giving serious thought to exercising the break clause because of the “potentially ruinous risk” posed by hosting fees that increased annually.Media reports have indicated that Silverstone will have to pay nearly 17 million pounds ($22.00 million) to host the race this year, rising to 26 million by the end of the contract.Exercising the clause would allow a new contract to be negotiated.The circuit drew 139,000 people on race day last season, although less than 100,000 were paying spectators.Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media have said they want to safeguard the sport’s historic venues, but they are also wary of actions that might encourage other circuits to seek more favourable deals.last_img read more

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