Weld aiming to Rock Australia

first_img As well as Australia, O’Brien could run Geoffrey Chaucer, who went wrong at Epsom, Kingfisher, Mekong River, Orchestra, Table Rock and War Command, who was a fast-finishing fourth over a mile in the St James’s Palace Stakes last week. Godolphin’s True Story, one place in front of Fascinating Rock at Epsom, could also renew rivalry. Bookmakers Racebets have only seen support for one horse since the market opened. “Australia has been the only horse for money in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. From 4-6 two weeks ago, he has shortened to 4-7, 1-2, 4-9 and into 1-3 this morning,” said spokesman Joseph Burke. “Kingston Hill on the other hand has drifted from an opening show of 5-2 all the way out to 4-1 and is currently friendless in what is effectively a one-horse book.” Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Racebets bet: 1-3 Australia, 4-1 Kingston Hill, 13-2 True Story, 8-1 Geoffrey Chaucer, 10-1 Fascinating Rock, Ponfeigh, 12-1 War Command, 20-1 bar. Press Association Winner of a Leopardstown maiden on the first day of the season, he followed up in the Ballysax Stakes and was awarded the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial by the Leopardstown stewards. He managed only eighth place in the Investec Derby on his first attempt at 12 furlongs, but rather than using the trip as an excuse for the son of Fastnet Rock, Weld believes it was the ups and downs of Epsom that did not suit. “Fascinating Rock has done really well since Epsom,” said the trainer. “The horse just didn’t handle the track that day and we expect a better showing from him on Saturday.” John Oxx ran Ebanoran at Epsom but felt he failed to get home over the trip so he turns to Ponfeigh, who has two wins over a mile to his name this season. “Ponfeigh has had two quick runs but he is in good order and will take his chance in Saturday’s race,” said Oxx. “We have always liked this horse and he has a nice turn of foot. Obviously the step up in grade and trip is unknown territory for him but, on form, he is entitled to take his chance.” The race obviously revolves around Epsom winner Australia, who is one of seven possibles for Aidan O’Brien. He is likely to be a very warm order to emulate his former stablemate Camelot, who completed the Classic double two years ago. While O’Brien will be hoping the rain stays away for his new star, connections of Derby runner-up Kingston Hill will be hoping for rain to enable a rematch to take place. “We’re looking at the weather. They are saying they could get up to 15 millimetres of rain and if that was the case, we’d love to run if we got good ground or easier,” said David Eustace, assistant to trainer Roger Varian. Dermot Weld is hoping Fascinating Rock will be better suited by the Curragh track in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby than he was by the contours of Epsom.last_img read more

Trojan Girls Pound Eagles

first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team has been just a few fleeting moments away from getting several wins this season; performances in the first full week of May had an example of what happens when things fall apart and when things come together. In the age-old rivalry against the Ellsworth Eagles, which played itself out in Ellsworth on Saturday, the Trojans were firing on all cylinders when a big sixth-inning rally propelled the MDI team to an 8-1 lead.Brigitte Pratt drove in two crucial runs with a line drive double in the sixth. Mackenzie Curtis then stepped up and delivered the third of her three singles for the day to drive Pratt home. A single from Kendra Bryer sent Curtis over the plate for the eighth and final run for the Trojans.The Ellsworth players looked as though they were gathering some steam in the bottom of the sixth when Casey Wyman tagged a double, sending Maggie Harding and Kayla Blanchard, who had both singled, over the plate.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe MDI defense tightened up, caught a couple of pop fly balls and ended the Eagle rally. Both teams went three up, three down in the seventh inning and the game ended in the Trojans favor with a final score of 8-3. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Ex-NFL star Hernandez hangs self in prison; family seeks probe

first_img(REUTERS) – Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself yesterday in a prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, prison officials said, and his family called for an immediate investigation into the circumstances.The body of the 27-year-old former athlete was found hanging from a bed sheet at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance but on Friday had been found not guilty of killing two other people.State police were investigating the circumstances of the death of the former rising star in the National Football League, and a coroner was performing an autopsy yesterday.There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,” said lawyer Jose Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in the double-murder trial.last_img read more

Tuesday November 26th Local Sports

first_imgAMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell expects wide receiver Deshaunte Jones to play in Saturday’s game at Kansas State. Jones left the Cyclones’ victory over Kansas with an apparent shoulder injury.Kansas State is 7-4 under first year coach Chris Klieman and Campbell says he is using a similar philosophy to former Wildcat coach Bill Snyder.Iowa State’s 42-38 win a year ago snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series and Campbell says this has all the makings of another close game.Kickoff on Saturday in Manhattan is scheduled for 6 o’clock. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Mason City High basketball at Waverly-Shell Rock — girls 6:15, boys (Hall of Pride Exhibition) followAM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake girls vs. Charles City — 7:30 CEDAR FALLS — The changes UNI coach Ben Jacobson made to his offense are paying off. After averaging just over 65 points per game a year ago in posting a 16-18 record the Panthers are 6-0 heading into Tuesday night’s game against West Virginia in the Cancun Challenge.The Panthers are averaging 84 points in their last three wins. OSAGE — All-District and All-State volleyball teams were announced Monday by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. For Osage, they landed three players on 2A All-State teams, with Danielle Johnson and Paige Kisley being named to the first team, and Ellie Bobinet to the second team. The trio were also named to the 2A Northeast All-District Team along with Jessa Gasteiger and Kylie Greenfield from Lake Mills, as well as Ashley Howe of Central Springs. Looking at other area players making all-district teams:== 1A North Central — Brooke Trees & Sydney Eiklenborg, North Butler; Brooklyn Hackbart & Hali Anderson, St. Ansgar DES MOINES — The Mason City High girls downed Des Moines North on the road 69-31 last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Anna Deets led the the way with 27 points, including four three-pointers. The Mohawk girls are 2-0 on the season and will travel to Waverly-Shell Rock tonight as part of a doubleheader that will also see the boys teams play their Hall of Pride exhibition game. We’ll have both games on KGLO starting at about 6:15 this evening. IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa sophomore forward Jack Nune is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.Nunge suffered the injury while driving to the basket late in the first half of Sunday’s 85-59 win over Cal Poly. Nunge sat out the rest of the game, and an MRI later showed the injury.The 6-foot-11 Nunge was averaging 6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Nunge redshirted in 2018-19 after playing as a freshman, and the Indiana native will likely seek a medical redshirt to preserve the three seasons of eligibility he has left.The Hawkeyes play Texas Tech on Thursday in Las Vegas, with senior Ryan Kriener expected to take Nunge’s spot in the starting lineup. MASON CITY — The NIACC men’s basketball team has moved up to second in the latest junior college Division II national rankings released on Monday. NIACC beat Central Community College of Nebraska and Northeast Community College over the weekend at the Iowa Central Great Western Shootout. Johnson County of Kansas remains the top-ranked team followed by NIACC, Schoolcraft of Michigan, MIlwaukee Area Tech and Niagara County. Highland of Kansas dropped this week from second to 12th. DMACC is rated 12th, while Kirkwood is ranked 14th. The NIACC women remain ranked third in the new rankings with Kirkwood still on top, Johnson County second, followed by the Lady Trojans, Kansas City Kansas and Lincoln Land in the top five. ATLANTA (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 25 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves rode three big offensive quarters to rally past the Atlanta Hawks, 125-113. Trae Young scored 37 points for the Hawks, who outscored the Timberwolves 34-16 in the second quarter. NEW YORK (AP) — Tony DeAngelo scored 32 seconds into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild that moved goalie Henrik Lundqvist into sole possession of fifth place on the NHL career wins list. Chris Kreider tied it for the Rangers on a power-play goal with less than three minutes left in the third period.MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have hired Edgar Varela as their hitting coach, replacing the departed James Rowson. After the Twins set a season record with 307 home runs and ranked second in the major leagues in runs and batting average, Rowson was hired by the Miami Marlins as their bench coach under manager Don Mattingly. The 39-year-old Varela was Minnesota’s minor league field coordinator for the past two seasons, after 10 years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.last_img read more

Morata injury could make Sarri enter January sales

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to assess the attacking talent on offer in the January transfer window after Alvaro Morata suffered an injury this week.The Spanish striker was forced out of the Europa League draw at Hungarian club Vidi just before half-time after injuring his knee while shooting and will almost certainly miss Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Brighton on Sunday.His misfortune allowed Olivier Giroud to enter the action and the France international responded with a superb late free-kick that secured a 2-2 draw and ensured Chelsea remained unbeaten throughout the group stage as they progressed to the last 32.Sarri must now decide whether Giroud should start at the Amex Stadium or whether he again employs Eden Hazard in a central role as part of a less physical, more mobile forward line.Given his frequent tactical changes so far, the Italian does not appear fully convinced that either approach is ideal.Neither Morata nor Giroud have fully impressed this season. Morata has outscored his rival for the centre-forward role with five Premier League goals to Giroud’s one but has again proved inconsistent, mirroring last season’s form when he was bought as a replacement for Diego Costa.– Biding his time –Giroud told the Guardian this week he had no problem with biding his time at Chelsea because the prospect of winning a Premier League title kept him motivated.“Alvaro (had) a great pre-season, so it was normal not to take him off the team even to put in a world champion. Let’s be patient, work in training and come back stronger,” he told the paper.“I prefer to be at a big club rather than playing every week in a less prestigious team and I still have targets.“To win a Premier League is my last dream as a footballer, maybe more than winning a Champions League, because I know how tough it is to win this league.” “I have teammates here who have won it, so I’m a bit jealous.”Former Real Madrid striker Alvaro made a promising start to his Chelsea career, scoring freely and demonstrating his strength in the air.Recurring injuries and difficulty adapting to the physical demands of the Premier League have taken their toll, however, and Morata has rarely looked entirely comfortable since.The man bought for £60 million ($75.5 million, 66.8 million euros) has never achieved the popularity at Stamford Bridge enjoyed by the abrasive Costa, whose willingness to confront defenders made him a supporters’ favourite before his relationship with Sarri’s predecessor Antonio Conte turned sour.Reports this week that Barcelona could make Morata a target in January suggest he could leave sooner rather than later.However, Sarri could not allow Morata to go without lining up a replacement — furthermore, Morata’s injury this week has highlighted the risk of relying on just two principal strikers.Giroud has given good service since he arrived from Arsenal last January but his return of four goals from 26 league appearances, 15 of those as a substitute, is not prolific.His role for Chelsea mirrors that for France — he has an ability to bring team-mates into play in and around the opposition penalty area. To this effect, he has proved an encouraging presence for Hazard who has made it clear he prefers to operate coming in from wide areas.Hazard’s relationship with Conte suffered when the Italian used him in a more central role and having been again asked to switch, the goals have dried up for the Belgian.He scored eight goals in the opening ten games but has now failed to find the net in eight games.Chelsea’s hopes of winning the title rest on Sarri getting the Belgian scoring again and finding a more consistent central striker — and the solution to both problems is likely to be found in the January transfer market.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Using cover crops with fall manure applications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Livestock producers will soon be applying manure as corn silage harvest starts. Both soybean and corn harvest will be about normal this year. To best capture the nutrients in manure, livestock producers should incorporate fall applied manure and also consider using cover crops.Fall cover crops have been planted in Ohio for many years. While primarily used to help control soil erosion, cover crops can also recapture nutrients in livestock manure and keep these nutrients from escaping into lakes, streams and rivers.The most common cover crops used with livestock manure are cereal ryegrass, oats and radishes. However, farmers have also used wheat, clover, annual ryegrass, or almost anything they are comfortable growing.Cereal ryegrass is the best cool-season grass for capturing excess nitrogen. Because rye over-winters, research has shown it can capture and hold 25 to 50 pounds of nitrogen (organic form). It germinates at lower temperatures than oats so may be planted later, but less nitrogen will be recycled the later the rye is seeded. It will grow later in the fall and begin growth earlier in the spring than wheat.Oats are sometimes used as a cover crop in the fall and need to be planted soon after silage harvest. Drilling oats improves germination and growth before frost. Some farmers in northwest Ohio have had great success surface seeding oats and incorporating with shallow tillage. Oats winter-kill and are not a problem in the spring for no till or minimum tillage systems.Another cover crop that is excellent at recycling nitrogen is oilseed radish. Oilseed radish is a fast growing, non-legume broadleaf that needs nitrogen to grow rapidly so it is often used with livestock manure. Needing time to grow, radishes are usually not the best option following soybeans or corn in October.  Radishes typically winter-kill when temperatures reach 20 de­grees F but farmers in Ohio occasionally report radishes surviving winters thanks to snow cover when temperatures are their coldest. Surviving radishes were easily controlled with a burndown herbicide.Cover crops can help livestock farmers recapture manure nutrients and conserve soil by reducing erosion. Cover crop seedings do not have to be perfect. The goal is to combine nutrient recovery and to protect the environment.last_img read more

Now feel this: Immersion releases “first haptic design toolkit”

first_imgSomeday soon, it might become commonplace to feel a car’s motor or the shake of a martini-in-progress on mobile video ads, if a newly released haptic toolkit from Immersion catches hold.The San Jose, California-based company says its TouchSense Design Cloud — now in beta with a release version expected this fall — is the “first haptic design toolkit” for readily creating your own tactile effects for mobile video ads. Founded in 1993, Immersion has previously offered an API to its multi-platform haptic technology, but it had to provide supporting services for outside developers.With haptic feedback, users can “feel” the keystrokes on an Android phone screen, the sensation of rotary knobs turning in a car’s dashboard screen, or the rumble of a tank in a videogame. In a mobile video ad, a Peugeot’s engine on an open highway, a vibration to accompany a ghost’s appearance in a movie, or the pop from an alien’s weapon could generate visceral sensations.If you have an Android phone, you can try out some sample videos through this free app.Immersion says its technology is currently employed in three billion devices, including games, cars, and medical equipment, as well as phones. At one point, the company had offered standalone design software for computers to create some kinds of haptic experiences, although that was discontinued.The new toolkit, Design Director David Birnbaum told me, was specifically designed for sharing via the cloud, and for fitting into the normal production workflow of a video ad.The haptic information is created as a .wav sound file, editable with any digital sound editor. Immersion targets Mac-based editors, the most popular kind in media production.An engineer generates a sound file, edits it, and then exports it via Immersion’s Haptic Monitor Connect app to its Haptic Monitor app in a nearby Android smartphone for real-time playback, to feel how the sound file renders tactilely. The tech currently works only on Android phones, Senior Product Manager Ricky Bhatia told me, because Apple has not provided outside access to the iPhone’s actuator, the small motor that provides tactile feedback.Through trial and error, the engineer can generate the desired touch sensation. There is currently no library of standard effects.“We considered a library,” Birnbaum said, “but [sound engineers] wanted full control.”The engineer can get approval from clients or others by uploading the .wav file to Immersion’s new Design Cloud on the web, where the tactile sensation can be remotely experienced in sync with the mobile video ad via a mobile web browser on an Android device. Then the .wav file is exported as a proprietary .HAPT file for distribution with the video.A screen from the TouchSense Design CloudAlthough the .wav file can be shared via the Design Cloud on the web, the .HAPT file is only available in video ads on an Android app that utilizes Immersion’s software development kit (SDK). Currently, Birnbaum said, “one or two” unnamed app publishers are utilizing the SDK. He added that, at some point, the haptic experience might become available in mobile video ads on the web.The distributing ad network must be able to support the .HAPT file, which, at the moment, only Opera Mediaworks can. Immersion says the first tactile ads were run in September of 2014, and that the Opera Mediaworks network currently handles over 500 tactile ads for smartphone apps and nearly 500 for tablet apps.Since you already know what a keyboard or a car feels like, you might wonder why a marketing campaign would bother adding touch.Birnbaum noted that touch feedback adds a startling component that makes the experience feel more realistic, and boosts engagement.The company reports that 85 percent of users who experience tactile feedback in mobile video ads say that they are more engaged with the content. Additionally, Immersion says, there’s a 220 percent boost in clicks compared to non-haptic video ads, 59 percent more replays, and 24 percent higher ad recall.Of course, if tactile feedback is everywhere in mobile video ads, it could become less noticeable. At which point advertisers will need to do what they get paid to do: come up with some new way of employing the tech.From our sponsors: Now feel this: Immersion releases “first haptic design toolkit” Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 30th June 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Now feel this: Immersion releases “first haptic design toolkit”You are here: HomeDigital MarketingNow feel this: Immersion releases “first haptic design toolkit”last_img read more

Manipur blockade: Timeline

first_imgIndefinite curfew was imposed in Manipur’s Imphal East and West districts. Here’s all you need to know about the Manipur blockade.November 1, 2016: United Naga Council (UNC) calls for an indefinite economic blockade, cutting off normal movement of trucks on National Highways 2 and 37 — lifelines that pass through Naga villages — or along the 100-km Imphal-Moreh Road on the Trans Asian Highway No 1.November 15, 2016: The State government backs out of a meeting between the Centre, the Manipur government and the UNC. Home Ministry officials meet representatives of the UNC as planned but fail to break the impasse.November 25, 2016: A total shutdown is called for by the UNC and other Naga organisations. Two top leaders of UNC, president Gaidon Kamei and information secretary Stephen Lamkang, arrested. On the other hand, ruling on a public interest litigation petition, the High Court of Manipur directes the State to provide adequate security to vehicles plying along the two national highways. Two other directives call for the deployment of paramilitary forces to ensure the free movement of the trucks.December 8, 2016: The State Cabinet finalises the creation of seven new districts, with the nomenclature of Sadar Hills changed to Kangpokpi. Chief MinisterOkram Ibobi says this has been done for administrative convenience, and that creating a district is the prerogative of the government.December 9, 2016: The State government issues a gazette notification stating the creation of seven new districts, taking the total number of districts to 16. The decision generates sharp reactions from the UNC; the other two communities living in the state – Meiteis and Kukis – accept the move.December 15, 2016: Three police personnel killed and nine others seriously injured in two ambushes. The personnel killed were on their way to provide security for the inaugural function of the newly-formed Tengnoupal district.December 20, 2016: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) imposes total blockade on all Manipur-bound vehicles and passengers in all Naga inhabited areas.December 23, 2016: Home Minister Rajnath Singh asks Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang to ensure that there is no disturbance in movement of vehicles passing through the state following reports of NSF’s blockade.December 27, 2016: The NSF temporarily suspends its eight-day-long total blockade of all Manipur-bound vehicles with immediate effect, taking into consideration the assurance of the Manipur government and at the Centre’s request.December 31, 2016: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh makes an assurance that his government will not go back on its decision to create seven new districts.January 1, 2017: Internet and messaging service were partly restored.January 18, 2017: Take steps to remove blockade, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. The blockade of National Highway-2 caused severe difficulties to the people of Manipur, especially with regard to availability of essential commodities.February 7, 2017: Tripartite talks to end the over three-month-long economic blockade of a crucial highway in Manipur failed to make any headway.March 19, 2017: Tripartite talks among the Centre, Manipur government and the United Nagar Council (UNC) leaders ended on a positive note bringing the 139-day Manipur blockade over the creation of new districts to an end.last_img read more

Dragic, Ellington lead slow-starting Heat past Bulls

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Jordan Spieth finishes with an eagle at the Australian Open The Heat started slow again in the third quarter, prompting Spoelstra to leave his second- and third-leading scorers, Dion Waiters (four points) and Hassan Whiteside (11 points, nine rebounds), on the bench down the stretch as the Heat pulled away after Chicago cut Miami’s lead to 83-81 with five minutes, 40 seconds to play.“I don’t think we look at it like Dion or Whiteside or Dragic,” James Johnson said. “We have a lot of weapons on this team. We have a lot of guys who could do it. We’re all trying to play our roles and master that.”Justin Holliday added 15 points for the Bulls, who lost their fifth in a row following an 0-4 West Coast trip.TIP-INSHeat: Whiteside (knee) was in the starting lineup after missing Saturday’s practice to receive treatment. … F James Johnson had at least five rebounds and five assists in a game for the fifth time this season. … Miami (10-9) exceeded the .500 mark for the first time since winning two of three to open the season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson (0) drives against Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO — Goran Dragic and the Miami Heat followed the lowest-scoring first quarter in team history with the highest-scoring one of the season to beat the Chicago Bulls.After scoring seven points in the first quarter, Miami had 38 in the second to take a 45-42 lead en route to a 100-93 victory Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bulls: Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he’s “hoping” G David Nwaba will return to practice on Monday. Nwaba (sprained right ankle) missed his ninth consecutive game. … The home game was just Chicago’s seventh of the season, tied with Toronto for fewest in the NBA. … Grant scored 62 points in Chicago’s past three games. His single-game high was 13 prior to this stretch.FROSTY FIRST QUARTERThe Heat shot 2-of-19 from the field in the first quarter but only trailed 13-7 because the Bulls managed to make just 4-of-24 shots, including 1-for-15 inside the 3-point arc.The 20 combined points were the fewest in any quarter in Bulls history.DESIGNATED SHOOTEREllington continued his hot 3-point shooting, going 5-of-8 behind the arc.The veteran reserve made multiple 3-pointers in each of the Heat’s past four games, going 20-for-35 in that stretch, and at least one in 11 straight. Ellington is shooting 44.2 percent for the season.UP NEXTHeat: At Cleveland on Tuesday night.Bulls: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night. Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments MOST READ Dragic scored 24 points, Wayne Ellington had 19 points and five 3-pointers off the bench and the Heat’s four reserves outscored their five starters. James Johnson added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and fellow reserves Tyler Johnson and Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points apiece as the Heat bench produced 54 points to extend the team’s winning streak to three.Jerian Grant led Chicago with a career-high 24 points. Denzel Valentine had 14 points and career highs of 13 rebounds and seven assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They (the bench) inspired the whole team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were looking for some kind of energy, some kind of separation. We understand that it was going to be a 48-minute game and they played some inspiring basketball, not only in the fourth quarter but in that second quarter. That’s what really changed the momentum and brought us back into it.”Ellington ignited the Heat after the 2-for-19 first-quarter from the field, scoring 10 points and hitting three 3-pointers as Miami shot 68.4 percent in the second quarter.last_img read more

CWG scam: PMO ignored warnings against Suresh Kalmadi, says CAG

first_imgIn a strong indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said that Suresh Kalmadi was appointed the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWG OC) chairman at its behest.In its voluminous 743-page report, the CAG said that the PMO recommended Congress MP Kalmadi for OC chairmanship in 2004, despite serious objections from the then sports minister Sunil Dutt.The PMO’s recommendation facilitated conversion of the originally envisaged government-owned OC into a body outside government control without commensurate accountability and concomitant controls to ensure propriety and transparency despite full financial guarantee and funding from the government.Click here to EnlargeAn unwieldy 400-plus general body of the OC was formed, which was not envisaged in the bid document or the Host City Contract, the report pointed out.Kalmadi was also allowed to run riot by ignoring suggestions for a greater control on the OC’s functioning from another former Union sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and former sports secretary S. K. Arora.Aiyar and Arora’s attempts in 2007 to officially take up the issue of OC’s accountability with the PMO, Group of Ministers and Cabinet Secretariat were resisted by Kalmadi and rendered unfruitful, the report said. The CAG said: “The CWG bid document of May 2003 envisaged the OC as a ‘government-owned registered society’ with the chairman of the OC executive board (EB) being a government appointee and the IOA president being only the EB vice-chairman.”However, in February 2005, the OC was set up as a ‘non-government registered society’ with the IOA president Suresh Kalmadi as the chairman of the OC’s EB, the report said.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe change to a ‘non-government registered society’ with Kalmadi as OC chairman was orchestrated through a sequence of events commencing with a document titled ‘an updated bid’ of December 2003. This, the CAG said, had no legal sanctity or relevance and indicated a changed structure.The script of the CWG loot seems similar to the 2G spectrum scam. Besides the principal villains, the PMO and the Union finance ministry’s roles have been suspect in both the scams.The CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday, described the sequence of events to indict the PMO. On December 6, 2004, the report said, the PMO issued a communication stating that institutional arrangements had been put in place for the conduct of the CWG, catapulting Kalmadi as the OC chairman.According to the CAG, Manmohan Singh’s office direction was considered and passed by the third GoM on January 29, 2005. The audit body said that in September 2003 the central and Delhi governments decided to host the CWG and bear its financial liability – a decision which was critical to the success of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) bid for Delhi to host the CWG.Kalmadi managed to trick the government by converting the OC into a ‘non-government registered society’ in February 2005 so that he could organise the big ticket sporting event in the manner he liked. Prior to that, as per the CAG report, Kalmadi quietly filed an irrelevant and illegal ‘updated bid’ in December 2003 indicating a change in the OC structure.”This updated bid surfaced only in September 2004, 16 months after the IOA made its bid and 10 months after that bid had already been declared successful,” said the CAG report, pointing to Kalmadi’s ploy.The government woke up late and decided to rein in Kalmadi- led OC in August 2010, only two months before the Games were to start. But its actions were “largely in the nature of fire-fighting measures”, the highly critical report said.The report also indicted the ministries of finance and sports for failing to “exercise necessary due diligence and did not adequately examine and scrutinise the revenue projections or raise red flag on the critical issue at the highest levels of government, specially on the quantum jump in revenue projections from Rs 900 cr to Rs 1,780 cr and chose to go along with the OC’s claims of revenue neutrality”. In reality, the total committed revenue was just Rs 682.06 crore out of which the OC could manage only Rs 173.96 cr.The government also disbanded finance sub- committee of the GoM, which was supposed to clear the Games budget and monitor the spending. This contributed to the piecemeal approach towards cost estimation and budget approval. The Centre was clueless about the cost of hosting the biggest-ever sporting event in the country, the report said.PM is the common factor2G scamA. Raja has claimed that the finance ministry, then headed by incumbent home minister P. Chidambaram, as well as PM Manmohan Singh were kept in the loop about the policy decisions, for which he was now being blamedCWG lootadvertisementThe PMO got Suresh Kalmadi appointed as OC chief despite objections. The CAG has blamed the Centre for not setting up a single point of authority and accountability, showing govt failure.last_img read more