Torres ‘set for axe’

first_imgFernando Torres faces the axe for tonight’s game against Manchester City despite scoring twice at the weekend, The Sun say.Torres ended his five-month wait for a goal during Sunday’s FA Cup win against Leicester, with Chelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo declaring afterwards that he hoped the striker had turned a corner.Has Torres turned the corner?But Di Matteo is tipped to leave Torres on the bench at Eastlands and start with Didier Drogba.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Chelsea have been told they have no chance of landing Jurgen Klopp, who has been touted as a possible new manager for the club.Borussia Dortmund seem ready to reject any approach for their highly-rated coach.And a number of papers pick up on Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore’s insistence that Chelsea’s John Terry and QPR’s Anton Ferdinand should shake hands when their teams meet at Stamford Bridge next month.“It’s not a handshake that says everybody loves everybody else,” Scudamore said.“It’s a handshake that says ‘Whatever c**p’s gone on before now and whatever c**p will go on after this game is over, for the next 90 minutes, let’s just play a game of football’.“It’s nothing more symbolic than that, which is why, in our view, they should continue. Period.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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World Cup makeover for Mandela Bridge

first_img7 June 20102010 Fifa World Cup branding has been dropped from the trusses of the massive suspension pylons of Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Bridge, in tribute to the famous South African leader who was pivotal in bringing the tournament to Africa.“We all know that Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s staging of the 2010 Fifa World Cup cannot be separated,” Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo said during the unveiling ceremony on Saturday.“One of the reasons why we won the bid is because Mandela, in person, engaged in vigorous campaigning for the country. In a few days’ time, when the eyes of billions of people across the world will be fixed on Soccer City, it will be a tribute to the stature of the founding father of our democracy.”The 284 metre-long structure that links the central business district to the northern regions of the city is one of Johannesburg’s most iconic features. The bridge carries 4 000 cubic feet of concrete and 1 000 tons of metal, making it the biggest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa.“Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Statue of Liberty, Sydney has its Opera House … and Johannesburg has the Nelson Mandela Bridge,” Masondo said. “This bridge symbolizes the bringing together of our people. Johannesburg was segregated in the past; this bridge crosses that divide and brings the city together.“The Nelson Mandela Bridge has become an iconic symbol of the ‘new Johannesburg’,” Masondo said. “As we drape this bridge, we reaffirm Madiba as the architect of our transformation and nation building.”As the ribbon was cut the massive drapes were released, revealing the now famous image of Mandela holding the Fifa World Cup Trophy on 15 May 2004, the day it was announced that South Africa would host Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.As the gathered crowd celebrated on the bridge, with Diski Dancers leading the festivities, the massive picture of a smiling Mandela sat above the Johannesburg skyline.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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A lot at stake for BJP candidate from Patkura constituency

first_imgWill Odisha’s Patkura Assembly constituency remain a stronghold of the ruling Biju Janata Dal or will the Bharatiya Janata Party spring a surprise with senior leader Bijoy Mohapatra as its nominee? The outcome will have no bearing on the political future of the BJD or the BJP, but will be crucial for Mr. Mohapatra himself.A founder member of the BJD, Mr. Mohapatra has not won any Assembly election since his last win in 1995. It is a question of political survival for the 68-year-old leader who was elected from Patkura four times in 1980, 1985, 1990 and 1995, and was a member of Biju Patnaik’s Council of Ministers in his last term.Campaigning endsOften referred to as Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik’s bête noire, Mr. Mohapatra is once again trying his luck from Patkura where polling is scheduled to be held on July 20. The high-voltage campaign in the seat under the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency came to an end on Thursday evening with the BJD, the BJP and the Congress as main contenders for the seat.All the three parties had engaged 40 star campaigners each to woo the voters in Patkura, where campaigning started more than three months ago when polling was scheduled to be held in the fourth and last phase of the general elections in April this year.The polling in the seat was postponed twice – first due to the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla few days before the poll date and subsequently due to Cyclone Fani. When Mr. Mohapatra, Jayanta Mohanty of the Congress and Independents remained in the fray, the BJD fielded Sabitri Agarwalla, widow of Mr. Agarwalla, as its nominee.Mr. Mohapatra, who played a key role in the formation of the BJD as well as seat sharing with the BJP before the 2000 elections, had failed to contest the 2000 polls as the party cancelled his ticket at the last minute. He has lost all elections in subsequent years irrespective of the parties he contested from.In 2001, Mr. Mohapatra had formed the Odisha Gana Parishad, a regional party political party which he later merged with the Nationalist Congress Party. He joined the BJP when the NCP turned an ally of the BJD before 2009 polls. He had quit the BJP in November last year, but returned to the party again before this year’s general election and entered the fray from Patkura.Tough challengeMr. Mohapatra is facing a tough challenge this time too. The Chief Minister has campaigned personally seeking votes for Ms. Agarwalla apart from many of his Ministers and MLAs.last_img read more

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CWG mess: Kalmadi tells Dikshit to focus on corruption in her departments

first_imgMuck-raking over alleged corruption in organising the Commonwealth Games (CWG) resulted in a face-off between the Games organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. A seemingly edgy Kalmadi, who bore the brunt of the public battering for the mess in the run-up to the Games, hit back at Dikshit with a vengeance on Sunday.Suresh KalmadiPulling no punches, he suggested that she should focus on “corruption in her own departments”. Kalmadi drew attention to the state government’s large CWG budget and said this must be probed. The Games organising committee (OC) could not be made a scapegoat and his “patience” should not be seen as a sign of guilt.The Games chief’s sharp attack came a day after the chief minister had said that “suspicion (of corruption) was very much on the OC”. She had said that Kalmadi failed to win the people’s confidence. But a combative Kalmadi, a veteran Congressman and MP from Pune, refused to be the fall guy – even though the portents did not look good for him after snubs by the Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.He said the role of Dikshit’s government should fall within the purview of the multipronged high-level probe ordered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday. Describing Dikshit’s comments casting aspersions on the OC as “most disappointing and uncalled for”, he said the V.K. Shunglu probe committee’s investigation should also include all Games-related work undertaken by the state government.Kalmadi’s contention was that while the OC had been assigned a budget of `1,620 crore, the scope of work undertaken by the Delhi government was almost 10 times the amount at `16,000 crore. “It is not right to deflect and point fingers at others when she (Dikshit) must indulge in self-reflection on corruption in her own departments?.advertisementThe OC was constantly being criticised for delays and shoddy work when we were not at all involved in any construction activity,” he said. “Despite a series of attacks in the run-up to the Games, I was quiet as I wanted the Games to succeed. Keeping quiet should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness. Nor should patience be seen as a sign of guilt.It was more important to focus on the task of conducting the Games well,” he said. Kalmadi, evidently, was not ready to be projected as the fount of all that went awry with the Games, while allowing Dikshit to score points with a role that was much larger since it related to building infrastructure for the extravaganza.Kalmadi’s attack on Dikshit came soon after he met urban development minister S. Jaipal Reddy, apparently to prepare for Monday’s meeting of the group of ministers (GoM) set up to oversee the CWG preparations. The OC chief said according to the “institutional arrangement” laid down for the Games, the sports infrastructure would be funded by the government and developed by government agencies, and the state government would develop, upgrade and improve the city infrastructure with support from the Centre.The OC’s responsibility would be the conduct and delivery of the Games. The trading of charges by the two senior Congress leaders was received with a mix of shock and amusement by the party. Sources in the Congress said Dikshit and Kalmadi should have waited for the Shunglu committee’s findings instead of “washing dirty linen in public”.A senior party leader said: “We have taken serious note of it. No amount of public posturing will bail them out if they are guilty and if they are innocent, their names will be cleared.” Kalmadi claimed that the Games had succeeded because of the efforts of “Team India”, including a large number of people and agencies and not any individual.”Mrs Dikshit’s attempt to take credit for getting the Games Village ready in time does not fit with the team concept. The L-G and the OC, who were preparing the Village for over two years, coordinated the work of a number of agencies to ensure that it was ready to welcome the athletes,” he said, in an apparent bid to play up the differences that have allegedly cropped up between Dikshit and Delhi lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna.The government is toying with the idea of assigning part of the investigations to parliamentary panels like the Public Accounts Committee and Estimates Committee since the charges of financial irregularities directly impinge on the public exchequer. The GoM on Monday is expected to discuss the loan money of over `1,600 crore spent by the OC.advertisementThere have been several allegations of overspending against the OC, which are also being looked into by the investigating agencies. According to the original agreement, the OC was to return the loan. But, it has insisted on making the CWG revenue neutral as earnings were not sufficient. The revenue to the OC was to come primarily through the sponsors, broadcasting rights and sale of tickets.Allegations of corruption and shoddy work had affected sponsorship and ticket sales.Investigations beginThe Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has directed all agencies associated with the 2010 Commonwealth Games to submit their explanations regarding alleged irregularities in projects by the end of October. A consolidated report will then be handed over to the committee formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The CPWD, MCD, DDA and PWD are still to furnish their explanations.New CVC P.J. Thomas has now sought point-wise replies to its queries. The CAG will start audit work pertaining to the Commonwealth Games Village from October 28. The IT department, too, has initiated a full-fledged probe into CWG irregularities.last_img
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Gattuso offers Higuain advice

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has advised Gonzalo Higuain to be less predictable with his movements despite scoring the winner in AC Milan’s unconvincing 1-0 win over Dudelange in the Europa League.Milan were a major disappointment on Thursday and only scraped victory against the side from Luxembourg, who actually posed the visitors a few problems in the first half.Gattuso’s men were also somewhat lucky to take all three points, as Higuain’s winner – a shot from the edge of the box – took a hefty deflection off a defender. 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! Although he proved decisive, Gattuso still felt it was necessary to give Higuain some advice about his positioning in the penalty area.”We’re all happy when we win, not just Gonzalo,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. “Today he did well.”He could also have scored more goals, but it’s important for us to get and bring many men into the area.”Lately he tends to peel away towards the penalty spot, but I would also like him to go to front and back posts.”With Napoli he did that. He must change a bit, otherwise the other teams will notice him.”Despite the narrow win, Gattuso was pleased with some aspects of his side’s performance.”I expected to bring the three points home,” he added. “it’s no coincidence that Dudelange are in the group stage of the Europa League: they did not get here by luck.“I liked the attitude of the team. We could’ve killed it off earlier and it was more of a struggle than I’d have liked, but we got minutes in the legs of many players and we got the result.”last_img read more

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First Boxship with LRs Cyber AL3 Joins Cosco Shipping

first_imgChina’s Cosco Shipping Lines has taken delivery of the first ever container ship to receive a descriptive note cyber AL3 secure perform for its energy management system by Lloyd’s Register.The vessel COSCO Shipping Aries, which was handed over to its owner on January 16, was built by China’s Nantong COSCOS KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS).It is the first 20,000 TEU ultra large container ship (ULCV) built in the Chinese shipyard owned by COSCO Shipping Container Lines.“It is not only one of the largest container ships in the world, but also a ship with high cyber functions. We have always attached great importance to cyber enabled fleet in order to enhance fleet management, reduce energy consumption and control emission,” Shi Yongxin, COSCO Shipping Container Line, Safety & Technology Department, General Manager said.The ship complies with the revised version of LR’s cyber-enabled ships ShipRight procedure, issued in December 2017.The descriptive note cyber AL3 secure perform gives an accessibility level (AL) for autonomous/remote access for the system, this ranges from the information-only AL0 (no access) and AL1 (manual access) through AL2 (cyber access for remote or autonomous monitoring) up to the highest AL5 (autonomous monitoring and control, with no onboard permission required or override possible).AL3 is defined by LR as Cyber access for autonomous/remote monitoring and control (onboard permission is required and onboard override is possible).Cyber-enabled systems are considered to be systems installed onboard ships that would conventionally be controlled by the ship’s crew but which now include the capability to be monitored, or monitored and controlled, either remotely or autonomously with or without a crew onboard the ship.COSCOS said that it is now hoping to apply LR’s CES descriptive notes to some of its other vessels.Image Courtesy: Lloyd’s Registerlast_img read more

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Donation worth flaunting

first_imgIn the 65 years since its inception, National Museum (NM) for the first time, is hosting an exhibition of a treasure-trove donated by a private individual. Close to a 100 works which C L Bharany and his father collected from across India will be displayed for over a month in a specially designed gallery. Sculptures in stone, bronze, and wood, besides paintings (on paper and cloth), manuscripts and textiles across the past two millennia will be showcased at the month-long show, titled A Passionate Eye. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition, mounted on 6,000 sq ft carpeted space, brings out select items from a donation of close to a thousand objects Bharany made to the museum in 1976 in memory of his father. ‘It thus acknowledges one of many people who have helped gather items of our cultural heritage,’ says Venu V, Director-General of National Museum. ‘It highlights the role private collectors have played in enriching the nation’s public museums.’Giles Tillotson, one of the curators of the exhibition, notes the Bharanys – starting from Radha Krishna, the late father of Chote Lal (now 87) — are among the most significant collectors of Indian art in the 20th century. ‘What is striking is not just the range and quality of the works they assembled; their contributions to the work of scholars and of the country’s museums are immense,’ he says. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe objects at the show are diverse in terms of social context as well, ranging from courtly art and elite items to rural and folk art. ‘Indeed Bharany’s breadth of vision is a notable feature of his collecting: irrespective of where and when works were made, and for whom, his eye alights on anything of beauty,’ says curator Venkateswaran. Through its design, the exhibition seeks to reflect this variety and eclecticism. Objects are grouped sometimes by material such as textile and sometimes by subject matter or themes such as asceticism – irrespective of provenance and date – to highlight the varied and layered links that inspire collecting. Venu says National Museum is keen to share more of the collections with people, and similar exhibitions will allow visitors to show more than what is on permanent display. ‘This is the first special exhibition National Museum is holding to explore this subject,’ he adds.last_img read more

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Youth dies after touching train overhead wire at Sealdah Station

first_imgKolkata: An unidentified youth, who is suspected to be mental challenged, died after he came in contact with an overhead wire of train.Locals spotted the victim on the roof of UP Canning local after it arrived at Sealdah station on Tuesday morning. According to the railway police, the victim was electrocuted when the train was about the enter platform at Sealdah station. The incident triggered tension among the commuters at the station at around 7 am. The incident also led to the disruption of train services in the Sealdah South section for sometime. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe railway police later recovered the body from the roof of the train after switching off the power connection in the overhead wire. According to police, the victim, whose identity is yet to be confirmed, climbed up to the roof after the train reached Ballygunge station. He was walking on the roof of the moving train. When the train arrived at the Park Circus station, some of the passengers urged the victim to get down from the roof. But he did not pay any attention to their appeal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe sat on the roof of the moving train. He was alive when the train then left Park Circus station. As the train was about to enter Sealdah station, the victim came in contact with the overhead wire and got electrocuted.The victim was brought down and sent to NRS Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police have started a probe to ascertain the identity of the victim. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim was mentally challenged.last_img read more

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