first_imgThree-time All-Ireland winner Sean Cavanagh has said Sunday’s Ulster SFC clash between Tyrone and Donegal was not a good advertisement for the GAA.Cavanagh was red carded during an ill-tempered clash between two counties that seem to have a genuine dislike towards each other.Cavanagh one of the finest players Tyrone have ever produced felt the game wasn’t a good advertisement for the GAA and sais that ‘sledging’ between players has now become ‘nasty’ and ‘malicious’. Cavanagh admitted both sides were guilty but said some of the bile directed at players went over the edge and some of the personal stuff regarding players families and girlfriends was pre-calculated and malicious.Cavanagh told The Irish Independent, “With the intensity of the game and the hype and probably the tightness of the game as well, everyone was probably a bit on the edge I think. Players probably did overstep the mark to a certain extent.”“I’ve had it before, it can be very, very personal and I know there was certain players, you will probably know that play for us that have been through tough times, and they were getting a fair bit of personal abuse.“Look, it’s disappointing to see and it’s not just all one side. It’s both sides. I don’t know how you can change it, I don’t know how you can stop somebody whispering in somebody’s ear because I don’t think you’re ever going to be able to police that.“I think it’s part and parcel. Referees and officials will obviously try and clamp down on it but I’m not sure how they can do that because there’s so many different ways it can be done.”Cavanagh also said that in comparison to other sports like Rugby and Soccer the GAA falls behind in terms of respect shown.“It certainly wouldn’t be a good advertisement for younger players coming into the game and if they were thinking of whether they wanted to go play soccer or whether they wanted to go play rugby, there’s probably an awful lot more respect in that game than there is in GAA at the moment.” Advertisement SEAN CAVANAGH – “MATCH BETWEEN US AND DONEGAL WAS NOT A GOOD ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE GAA was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAnewsSean CavanaghSledgingSportTyronelast_img read more

USC: Thrown for a loss

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week So what’s wrong with Leinart? If you ask USC coaches, nothing is wrong, and the way he guided the Trojans down the field on the final possession against Notre Dame certifies him as a legend. But Leinart’s first three quarters against the Irish were anything but legendary. Two weeks ago he worked out with personal coach Steve Clarkson, who told Leinart to throw a tighter spiral. They also worked on preventing deep balls from getting away from Leinart. “I think I can play better,” Leinart said. “I’m hard on myself. I can’t pinpoint one thing. Last year was different because we were a lot more conservative. Obviously, numbers-wise, I was better. All that matters is we’re 6-0.” Leinart has thrown 12 touchdown passes with five interceptions this season. After six games last year, he had 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. But stats can be twisted to serve any purpose. The reason for discontent stems primarily from the fact Leinart’s thrown passes that seem uncharacteristic for him. His two interceptions against Notre Dame were badly thrown passes and the first time he threw two interceptions in a game since 2003. An NFL coach who watched the Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame games on TV and asked not to be identified said Leinart is currently the third-best pro prospect on the team. “Reggie Bush and LenDale White might be a 1-2, and I think Leinart is right behind them,” he said. “He’s not Carson Palmer in the games I’ve watched.” Maybe part of the problem is mental. Leinart said this week he felt the burden of being in the spotlight after winning the Heisman Trophy and two national championships. It’s hard to say any college football player received more attention and magazine covers in recent memory. “I think at times I’ve lost track of just having fun and not thinking too much,” he said. “I’m a kid who is 22 years old going what I’m going through.” It’s a tremendous amount of scrutiny, but before feeling too sorry, Leinart spent Wednesday night at a Victoria’s Secret party in Hollywood where he spoke to Paris Hilton and rubbed elbows with Lindsay Lohan, Matthew Perry and Mike Tyson. Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller took a swipe at Leinart’s celebrity image before the teams met. “I don’t need to have Jessica Simpson running around or anybody like that to make me happy,” Keller said. Leinart said he didn’t care about Keller’s remarks. It’s the constant scrutiny or hype that begins to wear at times. “There’s a lot of pressure and expectations with the talk of winning two Heismans,” he said. “That’s just the name of the game. I put myself in this position. I just have to know it’s only going to get worse in the future.” USC coaches believe Leinart is too hard on himself. “I don’t think any games he’s going to be satisfied,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s always going to be discontented with himself. It’s impossible to live up to the expectations, they are so high, but he’s a great player, he’ll live up to it. He’s just had some funky balls this season.” Quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian said Leinart has also had bad luck. “Balls were tipped in the end zone and the other team came down with it. Last year, when balls were tipped, we came down with it,” Sarkisian said. “I think when you’re the quarterback on an undefeated team and the offense averages 612 yards and is the top five in every statistical category, if people are saying he’s not playing good, God, what’s good?” There was speculation Leinart could be bothered by the effects of a concussion against Arizona State, but he underwent a battery of tests afterward and showed no post-concussion effects. Doctors believe he might have been bothered by dehydration against Arizona State as much as the concussion. But physically, Leinart should be better than last season. He underwent an operation – erroneously reported by some as simple arthroscopic surgery – to remove tissue in his elbow for tendinitis last winter. He also spent the spring and summer rehabilitating a hernia. USC was so concerned they flew in highly regarded physical therapist Dr. Alex McKechnie, who counts Shaquille O’Neal among his patients. Those injuries are the primary reasons he returned for his senior season and didn’t turn pro early. Leinart returned better than ever, health-wise. Also consider that USC receivers Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett are a year older and the entire offensive line returned from last season, so a case could be made that Leinart’s stats should be better. But Leinart said an overlooked problem is teams are playing their best game of the season against USC. “We’re taking everybody’s best shots,” he said. “Defenses are playing their best games ever. We took the best shots and still came out with a win.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 BETTER OR NOT? Here’s how USC quarterback Matt Leinart’s statistics compare to a year ago after six games: Completions, Attempts, Yards, TDs, INT 2005 125 198 1,947 12 5 2004 112 172 1,411 14 3 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Listen to some of the comments USC quarterback Matt Leinart made the past four weeks and it doesn’t sound like a Heisman Trophy winner. “I didn’t have my best day today. Maybe I got out of my rhythm,” Leinart said following the Oregon game. center_img “This wasn’t my best game mentally. I don’t know if I was all there the whole game,” he said after USC defeated Arizona State. “I was off tonight. I have no excuses. I couldn’t get into a rhythm. I made some really dumb throws,” Leinart said after last week’s thrilling win over Notre Dame. last_img read more

Calling for Artest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake There’s a choice to be made here. If Dr. Buss is happy with a perennial seventh seed and a first-round playoff exit, that’s fine, it’s what we had with Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. If he wants trophies (I have an inkling that he does), he needs to push for this move. As I recall, the Chicago Bulls tried a similar experiment with a guy named Rodman, and it worked to the tune of three more rings. Phil Jackson can make it work, we know that, and Mitch Kupchak needs to realize it. ”Mr. Artest, it’s Hollywood on line one ” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s time for Ron Artest’s casting call. He’s spent enough years mired in the tedium of the Midwest. He needs Hollywood, and Hollywood needs him. I know that having him with Kobe will create more tension and hostility than the Vibe Awards, but the Lakers have no choice. This town is about winning championships, and Artest is the best (read: only available) way to get there. ”What about all the cap room they’ll have in 2007?”, I hear you say. Amare Stoudemire and Yao Ming have been locked up long term, and I don’t think they are going to find their way to the trading block anytime soon. ”There’s always Chris Bosh!” True, but the Lakers will have to cut everyone but Kobe, Lamar Odom, and the eighteen year old to sign him, leaving only the two exceptions to sign eleven other players (I know because ESPN’s Ric Bucher said so). Mitch Kupchak needs to see that this club does not have championship-caliber talent. You’ve already heard my rant on Odom, and Kwame Brown looks like he’s following the Ryan Leaf formula for success. Ron Artest would give this team what it needs. He can move without the ball, giving Kobe a true second option. He’s a max-effort type player and will bring a much needed swagger to this soft team. Oh, and he can play a little defense, or so I’ve heard. Ok, I hear you clamoring about his character problems, and I won’t argue with you. There’s a chance, a really good one, that he won’t work out, and the Lakers will be forced to trade him for fifty cents on the dollar, but, I don’t see a better option.last_img read more

Few Typos Get Past Your Spell Checker

first_imgInside your cells are thousands of spell checkers that put any human typist to shame.  In a process critical to all living things, RNA Polymerase II transcribes DNA into RNA rapidly with high fidelity.  Even very similar chemical letters are accurately discriminated by this wonder of a molecular machine that is described in Science Daily.    The article describes its performance as “exquisite precision” and “unerring accuracy.”  RNA Polymerase II (Pol II) has been studied for years (01/10/2003, 01/05/2006), but new secrets continue to pour forth.  Two teams found out more details about how the proofreading works.  Mutations, they found, caused severe losses in fidelity.  “The researchers said their findings not only offer unprecedented details about the fidelity mechanism of Pol II, but likely about fidelity in all cellular genetic copying machines.”    What?  You mean there’s more?  Absolutely (03/21/2002).  From transcription to translation, each stage of protein manufacture from the DNA template is checked for errors by molecular machines (03/22/2002, 05/17/2002, 06/13/2002, 01/19/2005, 03/31/2005).  When those machines break down due to mutations, bad things happen.  The last word: “As DNA polymerase is responsible for gene replication, the result of its malfunction could be a burst of gene mutation causing an ‘error catastrophe’ that could lead to genome instability and cancer formation.”This is the science of intelligent design (ID) at work (05/18/2005).  No mention of the E-word evolution was heard in these labs (cf. 06/17/2002).  The researchers were hot on the heels of major discoveries about how biological machines achieve phenomenal accuracy.  And at what do they achieve phenomenal accuracy?  the translation of coded information (12/17/2007).  Information is a very ID-friendly word.  Evolutionists speak very little about information.  What can they say?  that material particles subject to various non-intelligent forces built the most accurate code-storage and translation mechanisms known in nature?  How long would it take Lenski to evolve that? (see next story).  Let’s take off the Darwin leg irons and propel science full speed into the Information Age.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2015 Sale of Champions results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held Sunday afternoon in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier Junior Fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, a Thanksgiving Dinner to represent the champion poultry and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the six dairy champions.The Grand Champion Swiss Cheese represents the exhibitors Kinley Topp, Shelby County; Kyle Ackley, Logan County; Grace Hageman, Shelby County; Blake Greiwe, Logan County, Supreme Showman; Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County; Keenan Wolf, Wayne County; and Lane Greiwe, Logan County and sold to S&S Volvo and AG Boogher and Sons for a record-breaking $25,000.The Grand Champion Market Goat was exhibited by Paige Pence, Clark County, and sold to S&S Volvo AG Boogher and Sons, and JD Equipment for $17,500.Future poultry exhibitors, despite not having live birds at the fair this year, benefitted from the auction of a Thanksgiving dinner that sold to Gerber Poultry, Cooper Farms, Weaver Brothers, Case Farms, Hertzfeld Farms, Trillium Farms, Prairie Star Farms, Hemmelgarn and Sons, Cal Maine Foods, Sauder Amish Eggs, Hillandale Farms, Stoller Farms, Kalmbach Feeds, Wendel Poultry Service, Nature Pure, New Day Farms, Mercer Landmark, and Kroger for $26,000.The Grand Champion Market Lamb was exhibited by Bailee Amstutz, Union County, and sold to Meijer for $ 32,500.The Reserve Champion Market Lamb was exhibited by Logan Harvel, Fayette County, and sold to Kroger for $23,000.The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited Troy Elwer, Allen County, and sold to Steve Rauch Excavation and Demolition and Concessions by Cox for $42,000.The Reserve Champion Barrow was exhibited by Ashton Dominique, Fulton County, and sold to Event Marketing, Huffman’s Markets, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Bob Evans for $26,000.The Grand Champion Market Beef was exhibited by Tyler Clark, Miami County, and sold to Kroger for $50,000.The Reserve Champion Market Beef was exhibited by Oliver McGuire, Champaign County and sold to Martin D. Yoder and Woodruff Enterprises for $22,000.last_img read more

The History of Skate Videography: The Unsung Hero of Cinéma Vérité

first_imgLet’s dive into the history of the skate video and how skateboarding has influenced the videography and filmmaking landscape.I remember the first skate video I ever watched. I was ten — a short, slightly chubby little kid who wore chunky Etnies skate shoes, a puka shell necklace, an ill-fitting Independent Trucks T-shirt, and I had just received my first skateboard that Christmas. A friend and I had just got a ride from his mom to the local skate shop, Soundwaves, and he bought the DVD for Geoff Rowley‘s “Sorry” video from his sponsor company, Flip. We brought it home and popped it in the DVD player for his giant CRT TV. I remember just being completely enamored with the visuals, the insane tricks Geoff was pulling off, the kickass music, and the dingy aesthetic from a VHS camcorder recording on a fisheye lens. Even though I couldn’t even pull off an ollie at the time, that video sparked my dreams of one day being sponsored, so I could be like my heroes — Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Bob Burnquist — just to name a few. It’s a story most kids who grew up in the ’90s through early 2000s are quite familiar with.You know, I never got sponsored, and by the end of my short skateboarding career, I could barely even “manual” for more than two seconds. It happens when you are an awkwardly shaped preteen that decides he might be better at sports that don’t require so much balance and agility. But, what did stick around was my love for the skate video.Videography and skateboarding have gone hand-in-hand since the advent of strapping four wheels to a board. Skate videos are what influenced a lot of the culture of the mid-90s to the early 2000s — the fashion, the anti-establishment feeling they conveyed, and especially the style of filming they used. Skate culture was in the zeitgeist, with a lot of the popular bands at the time (Blink-182 and Sum 41) drawing a lot of their inspiration from the aesthetic, and popular filmmakers emulating the style in their creative projects.So today, we’re going to dive into the history of the skate video, what constitutes the style of a skate video, and how pervasive it is in filmmaking and videography, to this day.The History of the Skate VideoAs skating started with humble beginnings, so did the skate film. Back in the days when skateboarding was just gaining popularity, most of the competitions you entered were “Vert” competitions, hosted in abandoned swimming pools and purpose-built bowls. Stacy Peralta shot these videos — one of the original members of the Zephyr Skate Crew featured in the movie Lords of Dogtown and featured as VHS tapes titled The Bones Brigade Video Show, which featured the top skaters of the time, including a young Tony Hawk. Since handheld camcorders hadn’t become widely available at the time, most of these early videos used professional equipment sponsored by Powell — Peralta Productions or the skate brand Santa Cruz.The true origin of the skate film, as we know it today, came along with the advent of the commercially available personal camcorder. Many of the skaters who grew up watching the Bones Brigade tapes were desperate to star in their own skate movies, and once their parents bought a camera to capture home movies, it became easier to ask dad to borrow the family camcorder to shoot a short video with your buddies. This new wave of skate videos brought us one of the most influential skate videos of the time — “Shackle Me Not” by the skate collective H-Street.H-street originated from two buddies, Tony Mag and Mike Ternasky, who founded the first skate company run by skateboarders. They set out to make a skate video reminiscent of the old Powell videos, but with resources they could afford. “Shackle Me Not” (1988) was their first project, which included all of the basic tenets of what we think of when we hear “skate video” today — the fisheye lens, the grungy DIY aesthetic, the fun inserts between tricks that let you get to know the skaters in the video. In “Shackle Me Not,” you get a peek into the lives of Danny Way, Matt Hensley, Eric Koston, and many more skaters of the time.Skate videos were now diaries of the skaters presented within them — it was an opportunity to showcase your skills and personality to both skate fans and (more importantly) sponsors.The Rise of Sponsored ContentAfter H-Street invaded the VHS players of the day’s youth, skate companies began to realize the power of the skate video. It was a way to bring sponsored content directly to skaters’ hands, aligning their brand with certain skaters they liked. It was a mutually beneficial relationship — the skate companies created brand recognition using skaters who promoted their products, and skaters got money.About three years after “Shackle Me Not,” skate brand Blind enlisted the help of extreme sports photographer Spike Jonze, who you might recognize as the acclaimed director of Her, Being John Malkovich, and Where the Wild Things Are, to create a new skate video called Video Days (1991). This video featured Mark Gonzales, Jason Lee, and other skate legends. It’s considered one of the defining videos of the genre, influencing countless other videos to follow with its easygoing template and shot format. From the intro of all five skaters in an Oldsmobile driving around to “Low Rider,” to the absolute killer street-skating performance they all put on, it’s gone down in skate history as one of the best videos ever to grace the genre.After Video Days came an onslaught of some more legendary skate videos throughout the ’90s and into the 2000s, such as Girl’s “Mouse” (1996) and “Yeah Right!” (2003), and Toy Factory’s “Welcome to Hell” (1996). All of them followed the same archetype, and they started solidifying how a skate video should look.“Yeah Right!” Full Video | Girl Skateboards (2003) from Crailtap on Vimeo.The Defining Look of a Skate VideoAfter most of the ’90s hits came out from companies such as Plan B, Toy Factory, and Girl, the “look” was pretty much solidified. Some would say its definition came from the “holy grail” of skate filmmaking — the Sony VX1000. Others say it’s a combination of aesthetics and style. In my opinion, it comes down to three things that define the skate video from this era:Fisheye/Wide Lenses: Most skate videographers shoot with either a wide frame lens or fisheye to capture all of the action happening in the shot. Because skaters move fast through a frame, it’s better to stay safe and keep it wide just in case a skater lands a trick, and you want to be sure to capture it. One of the big, stylistic choices with this style is keeping the ring of the fisheye lens in the shot — giving the video grit.Crunchy Colors: Due to the colors that the video cameras at the time captured, the skate video has a trademark “crunch” to its colors. The vibrant crispiness of the video really makes it feel lived in.4:3 Layout: As with the other aesthetic properties above, the 4:3 layout of most skate videos came from the cameras they were captured on, not from a stylistic choice. And out of necessity came preference. The 4:3 layout is a trademark of the classic skate video. Skate Video Aesthetics in Film and TelevisionAfter skate videos made their mark on the zeitgeist, the aesthetic started bleeding into the film and television industry. Directors like Spike Jonze, who made their debut in the skate videography world, began getting jobs within the industry.The first thing that comes to mind for me is the Jackass series. Run by a crew of skaters, the Jackass crew emulated what a lot of skate videos brought to the world — fun, exorbitant pranks and gaffs that showcased the personality of the skaters. Jackass took that bit and ran with it, shooting absolutely wild skits out in the open, to the dismay of a lot of the public.The format slid its way into music as well, with bands like Blink-182 being in tune with the skate culture of the time. Their music video for “The Rock Show” had some slices of skate video aesthetics, with them cashing a check from a production company and throwing the bills all over town, giving someone a makeover, and trashing a brand new TV.Then, fast forward to recent years, and we’ve got people who grew up with skate videos as kids in the ’90s and 2000s, such as the rap collective Odd Future. This crew draws heavy influence from skate culture, with artists in the group like Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt creating music videos with all of the tell-tale signs of a bona fide skate video.Another kid who grew up in this era — Jonah Hill — made his directorial debut with the A24 hit of the year — Mid90s. All of the influences are there in this love letter to the ’90s skate era, especially with the stylistic choice to present the movie in a 4:3 ratio. The kids in the movie are constantly shooting their own skate videos, hoping to one day get sponsored — just like many of us who grew up on a board.The Current State of the Skate VideoWith high-quality video production gear becoming more accessible to consumers, and phones carrying powerful cameras, it’s never been easier for people to get out there and record a skate video. Social media has also played a huge role — kids no longer have to do reel-to-reel editing on a VCR to get a single VHS tape that they have to copy and produce themselves. Now, all you have to do is record something on your phone, give it a quick edit, and it’s ready to post to the masses.Access to editing programs and consumer cinema cameras have changed what a skate video entails. We’re seeing more sweeping cinematic shots, integration with motion graphics, and cleaner videos. Skate brands are also aligning themselves with filmmaking brands and social media influencers, such as Vans teaming up with Adobe and the lifestyle brand Life Without Andy to document their latest competition — the Vans Park Series. Life Without Andy was there to document the series, and then edited all of the footage on Adobe’s newest editing program — Adobe Rush.We actually got to sit down with Life Without Andy to talk with them a bit about their relationship to the skate video, and how they see the future of skate videography with the advent of social media and accessible gear.Life Without Andy collaborated with Adobe to document the Vans Park Series.PremiumBeat: Tell us a little bit about your background and your relationship to skate videos.Life Without Andy: When I was about ten years old, I started skateboarding, and a few years after that I picked up my first camera. To me, skate videos were my childhood. I would stay up all night after a long day at the skate park, just watching skate videos and getting excited for the next day of skating. It inspired me to create my own videos and taught me there is no one way to create or do something.PB: What was the most influential skate video you remember watching when you were younger?LWA: My all-time favorite skate video was Flip’s “Extremely Sorry.” I would watch that almost every day.PB: How do you think skate videos have influenced pop culture over the years?LWA: I think skate videos have influenced so many aspects of fashion and art, and I couldn’t imagine what I would be doing if I hadn’t got inspiration from them to be who I am today.PB: What are you most excited about working with the Adobe team and the Vans Park Series?LWA: I am just excited about the journey of creating with such a dream team. I mean, if you were to tell fourteen-year-old Noah I would be working with Vans and Adobe creating videos, I wouldn’t believe you. Getting to travel the world and learning from Adobe is just unreal.PB: What’s your experience working with Adobe Rush?LWA: I just started using it a couple of months ago, and it’s now a go-to program for me when I want to whip something up and have it straight on the socials. I love being able to change the aspect ratio of my projects for Instagram stories and the ease of the color correction tool!PB: What did/do you record your videos on when making a skate video?LWA: My first camera was a Sony VX1000, which was and still is the holy grail of skateboard filmmaking. That got me started. From there, I have been forever changing my filming gear, from Cannon DSLRs to Sony Dad cams, and even working with RED cameras on some jobs, these days.PB: How do you think skate videos have changed with the advent of social media, camera phones, and more accessibility to videography equipment?LWA: I think skate videos have changed in the sense that because there is so much content coming out, everyone is constantly trying to make something new and unique, which is super exciting to see.Cover image via Girl Skateboarding and Spike Jonze (Mouse, 1996).Looking for more on the filmmaking industry? Check out these articles.“Watchmen” and The Art of Creating Nonlinear StoriesDepartment of Justice To Remove Landmark Theater RestrictionsMaking Ford v Ferrari: Cinematography at 100 mphThe Importance of Camera Movement in “The Irishman”The Rise of TikTok and What It Means for Digital Video Producerslast_img read more

Defections put TMC in pole position

first_imgA day after being selected by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the chairperson of the newly constituted Tribal Development Committee (TDC), former CPI(M) leader Ritabrata Banerjee tweeted: “Humbled to be a part in Didi’s [Ms. Banerjee] endeavour of transforming the State.”Mr. Ritabrata, once a fiery student leader and CPI(M) MP, was expelled from the party last September. Observers read his appointment as an induction into the Trinamool Congress.He, however, refused to be drawn into political speculation. “I am an Independent MP and continue to work in that capacity,” he told The Hindu.Challenge to BJPHe did, however, echo nearly all defectors on the future of politics in Bengal, when he said, “I have said for a long time that Mamata Banerjee is the only person to challenge the BJP at the State and at the national level; strengthening her is important.”Former CPI(M) MP from Murshidabad Moinul Hassan, who quit the party on Saturday, went a step further to suggest that an alliance of Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and Congress was “vital.”“Many are asking me whether the TMC and CPI(M) can be part of the same alliance. If Akhilesh Yadav and Mayavati can come together, it can be emulated in Bengal,” said Mr. Hassan.At least five Congress MLAs and few CPI(M) leaders are expected to join the Trinamool Congress on July 21. Sabina Yeasmin, MLA from Malda, whose name featured in the list of the MLAs, has spent a decade with the Congress.“The way BJP is growing in Bengal, it is now imperative to join the TMC,” she said. She added that party president Rahul Gandhi had asked her “to wait before taking a final decision” at his meeting with restive MLAs on Friday.last_img read more

Another NPF leader wants to pull the plug

first_imgAfter senior Naga People’s Front leader and former Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang’s announcement on Saturday about the Front’s decision to withdraw support to the BJP-led government in Manipur, another senior party leader said on Sunday that “they were forced to take the decision”.NPF Manipur State unit president Awangbou Newmai added that “bigger parties were looking down upon smaller parties.” After May 23He said that though the decision has been taken, it will be implemented after the entire electioneering process is complete on May 23.A senior BJP leader said on Sunday that if the NPF withdraws support, it will not have any effect on the coalition government.The senior BJP leader said that the party has 29 MLAs and has the support of one legislator each of the Lok Janshakti Party, AITC and an Independent in the 60-member Manipur Assembly. The NPF has four MLAs. The Congress had 29 MLAs after the 2017 Assembly polls, but eight of its legislators defected to the BJP last year, taking its tally from 21 to 29.Mr. Newmai claimed that the NPF was “forced” to take the decision as the “BJP has not honoured some of the agreements that were agreed upon when the coalition government was formed in 2017”. “We have been patient for some two years,” he said. The BJP has denied the allegations made by the NPF leader. The allegations are totally baseless and unfounded, said a senior party leader. A meeting of senior NPF leaders was held in Kohima on Saturday evening to take a decision. The meeting was held at the NPF’s central office, which was attended by party chief Shurhozelie Liezietsu, Opposition leader in Nagaland Assembly T.R. Zeliang, NPF core committee members and the party MLAs in Manipur.last_img read more

Juventus considering Kean loan in January

first_imgJuventus are considering loaning out highly rated youngster Moise Kean in January, Goal understands.Kean, a product of the Bianconeri’s youth system, is being tipped to embark on a successful career in the future.The 18-year-old made his debut for the Italy senior side against the United States on Tuesday, coming off the bench for his country. 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! However, Kean has struggled to earn regular minutes for Juventus so far this season, making just one substitute appearance against Young Boys in the Champions League.And Juve are planning to discuss sending Kean out on loan in the winter market with his representative Mino Raiola, Goal has learned.Kean Italy USAThe Serie A kings believe it is essential that Kean starts to get more first-team football under his belt if he is to fulfil his lofty potential.He became the first player born in the 2000s to score in one of Europe’s major leagues after netting in Juventus’ 2-1 victory over Bologna in May 2017.Ligue 1 side OGC Nice and La Liga outfit Leganes have shown interest in Kean’s services in the past and could move for him if he is made available by Juve.Kean is no stranger to a spell out on loan with the Vercelli-born prodigy having spent the 2017/18 campaign with Hellas Verona, scoring four goals in 20 appearances.Juve are also planning to discuss a contract extension for Kean with his current deal due to expire in 2020.last_img read more

Monsoon likely to reach Delhi on July 3, says IMD

first_imgThe monsoon is likely to make an onset in Delhi on July 3, after a delay of four days, officials said on Friday.Normally, the wind system reaches the city around June 29, they added.”A low pressure area is likely to develop in the Bay of Bengal on June 30 which will cause easterly winds to move towards north India and help the monsoon advance,” senior scientist at India Meteorological Department, Kuldeep Srivastava said.”Monsoon is likely to make an onset in the national capital on 3 July. Initially, the city will witness only light rain activity,” he said.On Friday, hot and dry conditions prevailed in the national capital, with the mercury crossing the 43-degree Celsius mark in some parts of the city.The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded a maximum of 41.5 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 27.2 degrees Celsius.Humidity levels oscillated between 26 and 69 per cent.The weather stations at Palam, Ayanagar and Sports Complex recorded the mercury at 43.8, 42.9 and 43.4 degrees Celsius respectively.The weatherman has predicted a partly cloudy sky, thundery development and strong surface winds on Saturday. The maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 41 and 28 degrees Celsius.Also Read | Monsoon takes toll on incomplete residential projects in Delhi-NCRAlso Read | Waiting for rain? Here is where monsoon clouds are hidingAlso Watch | Heavy rains in Mumbai, traffic hit, roads waterloggedlast_img read more