Kings hold on to end 14-game losing streak to Spurs

first_imgLATEST STORIES Iman Shumpert made a tiebreaking jumper with 4:05 remaining, De’Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica followed with 3-pointers and the Kings pulled away for a 104-99 victory on Monday night.“Man, I don’t really care about the streak,” Sacramento center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “More or less that was a must-win game. We have to defend home, you know? We slipped up and missed one last game so this one was a must-win mentality coming in. We got it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Kings had lost two of their three games on this homestand, including a 101-88 defeat to the Lakers on Saturday in the second half of a back-to-back.Rested and back to its running ways, Sacramento took advantage of an injury-riddled Spurs team to beat San Antonio for the first time since Nov. 15, 2014. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, center, stuffs as San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) ands Bryn Forbes, (11) look on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ending a 14-game losing streak that spanned nearly four years to the San Antonio Spurs didn’t mean as much to Sacramento as finishing its quick four-game homestand with an even record.It’s understandable, since many of these young Kings were still in high school the last time Sacramento beat the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Shumpert broke the tie with his 16-foot jumper.Aldridge had 14 points and 18 rebounds. DeRozan scored 23 points with eight assists, and Rudy Gay added 14 points and nine rebounds in his return to the Spurs lineup.“There was just a bunch of miscommunication, switching, and a lot of things that caused us to collapse,” DeRozan said. “They took an advantage of it and hit the three shots when they needed them. They exploited us and made us turn the ball over when we made a mistake.”Bogdanovic had 11 points off the bench in the first half while Fox hit a pair of 3-pointers to help give the Kings a 56-55 lead at the break after San Antonio made a late run.Sacramento took advantage of the Spurs’ cold shooting in the third to take control. San Antonio made more free throws (eight) than it did baskets (six) in the quarter.TIP-INSSpurs: Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) missed his third consecutive game. … Gay, who spent three-plus seasons with the Kings before signing with San Antonio last year, missed the three previous games because of right heel soreness.Kings: Two nights after having only nine assists in a loss to the Lakers, Sacramento dished out 27 against San Antonio. … The Kings had a 45-32 advantage in bench points. . Kosta Koufos (right calf) did not play.BOGEY’S BACKThe Kings are continuing to be cautious with Bogdanovic as he recovers from a pair of knee procedures in the offseason. Bogdanovic played nearly 25 minutes against the Spurs and shot 9 of 17 with three 3s. “He’s trying to find his rhythm a little bit and he’s also playing with some guys that maybe he hasn’t played with before,” coach Dave Joerger said. “But I thought he was really feeling it and did a terrific job.”UP NEXTSpurs: Play at Phoenix on Wednesday.Kings: Play at Memphis on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It certainly left an impression on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.“Their culture is changing,” Popovich said. “Guys are committed, guys are physical, taking some pride in defense. They look really good.”Fox finished with 19 points and seven assists. Cauley-Stein had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Kings.Sacramento led the entire third quarter but didn’t shake San Antonio until late in the fourth.DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge made back-to-back long jumpers to tie the score at 90-all with 5:11 remaining. The Spurs went cold after that and made three baskets down the stretch, all of them 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Barnes scores 23 as leads Mavericks past Bulls Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Police SOP must not be inconsistent with the law

first_imgDear Editor,A recent letter to the Editor in the print media written by Sherwood Lowe under the caption, “What are the rules for Police ‘stop and search’ in Guyana,” has titillated me to pick up my pen again. I hope that my views will clear up some grey areas and/or encourage more enlightened confabulation on the issue. In his missive, the writer asked some pertinent questions: is reasonable suspicion required? If so, how do the ranks operationalise it on the ground and what is the scope of the search of persons, their belongings and their vehicles? He questioned stop and frisk activity. He attempted to equate the American justice system with that of Guyana, particularly on the issue of reasonable suspicion.We are patterned after the British, not the American way of dispensing justice. Several years ago I attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in the United States of America. Among the many courses I successfully completed was one entitled, ‘Legal Issues For Commanders.’ We discussed numerous legal issues but reasonable suspicion never emerged. Probable cause was the dominant issue. I graduated from the Academy with the feelings that in America reasonable cause went through the window a long time ago if it was in fact in the building. The law enforcement officers generally deal with probable cause and not reasonable suspicion as the writer was positing. I am no legal expert, but it is my layman’s understanding that reasonable suspicion is vastly different from probable cause. They are far apart as Imbotero on the northern tip of Guyana is from Wai Wai village, Guns Strip in the Deep South, Rupununi or Orealla on the East is from Kaikan on the West of Guyana.Here is the law as it relates to the Police powers to stop, search and detain as set out in Section 18 of the Police Act Chapter 16:01, “Any member of the Force may stop, search and detain any aircraft, vessel or vehicle in upon which there shall be reason to suspect that anything stolen or unlawfully obtained, or that any person suspected of having committed any indictable offence, may be found; and he may also stop, search and detain any person who may be reasonably suspected of having or conveying in any manner anything stolen or unlawfully obtained.”There are several operative words in this section of the law; reasonable suspicion; any member of the Force; anything stolen or unlawfully obtained; indictable offence; conveying in any manner anything stolen or unlawfully obtained. The vexed question that the Policeman would have to answer is: prior to the stop and search, what triggered his reasonable suspicion? To hazard a guess the most common answers one will receive are: the Policeman was acting on information received; the rank was acting on intelligence received; it was an intelligence-led operation. Those are common buzzwords.In addition, there is the power to establish road barriers. Section 26 (1) of the Police Act Chapter 16:01 states, “Notwithstanding any other Act, any officer, inspector or subordinate officer may, if he considers it necessary so to do for the maintenance and preservation of law and order or for the prevention and detection of crime erect or place or caused to be erected or placed, barriers in or across any road or street or in any public place within Guyana in such manner as he may think fit.”Under Section 26 (2) of the said Act, there is penalty for any driver of any vehicle who fails to comply with any reasonable signal of a member of the Force in uniform, requiring such person to stop such vehicle before reaching any such barrier. He/she is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $48,750 and imprisonment for 12 months.What about the reasons for frisk and other searches? I can vividly recall when I was a Police trainee over four decades ago, my instructor posited several reasons for searching, including possibility of the prisoner injuring the searcher; possibility of self-injury; finding evidence relative to the charge; finding evidence of some additional charge; ensuring safe custody of the prisoner’s property; to prevent escape; to prevent the prisoner damaging property – public or private; preventing further offences; gravity of the offence; and weight of evidence. Those reasons were apposite then. They are even more relevant today. They are indelible in my mind.In order for the Police to enforce the law, the Commissioner of Police is required to make Standing Orders (SO) or what is popularly known as Standard Operational Procedures to give guidelines to his ranks for their efficient and effective performance in order to deliver the highest quality of service to the citizens they swore to serve and protect. These Standing Operational Procedures and Standing Orders must not be inconsistent with the law. They must fit nicely within the ambit of the law. However, it is not unusual that on occasions ranks will breach those SOPs and SOs.Wow! Did I hear somebody say that the law is an ass, or some persons who interpret it, or others who enforce it, or all of the above?Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistant Commissionerof Police (retired)last_img read more

Guyanese, another killed in BVI smash-up

first_imgA Guyanese was one of two people killed following a vehicular accident in the vicinity of Savannah Bay Beach, British Virgin Islands on Sunday evening.Dead: Dexter CottoyThe Guyanese has been identified as 31-year-old Dexter Cottoy, also called “Decky”, formerly of West Coast Berbice, while the second victim is Calvert Brown, also known as “Buju”, of St Vincent and the Grenadines.Reports are the bodies of the two men were found in their wrecked vehicle, whichpresumably plunged some 150 feet downhill. Preliminary investigations indicated that the two men were travelling from a place called the Valley to a commercialised area whenthe accident took place. The bodies were pulled from the wreckage by public-spiritedcitizens.The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) told an online media outfit: “The vehicle was found approximately 150 feet downhill of the cliff, which overlooks the Savannah Bay Beach. The bodies of the two were found inside the vehicle.”Police Officers of the Virgin Gorda along with Fire and Rescue Services, medical personnel from the Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic, Rasta Trucking, L&S Garage, employees of Yates and Associates and officers of the BVI Port Authority were all in attendance and assisted at the scene following the accident, the Policestated.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Govt has no solutions for security sector – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says that the governing APNU/AFC coalition, even after nearly five years in office, has failed to come up with proper solutions to tackle the challenges within the security sector.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoSpeaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo was at the time commenting on remarks made by President David Granger during a breakfast feast with senior ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday.The Head of State told the senior law enforcement ranks that Guyanese desire a Force that they can trust and as such, charged them to ensure that they understand their roles so that they can fulfil their responsibilities.However, Jagdeo pointed out that while it is true Guyanese indeed desire a Police Force they can trust, there have been no effective solutions to achieve this.“You’ve been President for coming up to five years and people want to hear more about how you’re going to solve the crime situation in Guyana and how you’re gonna get the Police Force they can trust. You can’t just declare it that this is what people want. Yes, we agree – all of us want that but how do you get there?” he positedAccording to the Opposition Leader, finding such solutions starts with first accepting that there is a problem.The minibus and truck which left five people dead at Mahaicony on Thursday last“So we’re getting these one-liners all the time with no solutions. [Public Security Minister Khemraj] Ramjattan has been a huge failure. Saying he’s been an abysmal failure is an understatement. Ramjattan has been a total failure in this sector and Granger, as the Chief Executive in the Government, he doesn’t address the issue,” Jagdeo contended.Turning his attention to the tragic traffic situation, the Opposition Leader noted that a national approach is needed to curb the growing number of deaths on the country’s roadways.“I just want to say we express our sympathies to all those who have lost their lives in these horrific accidents that seem to be plaguing our roads. Clearly, there has to be some national – not a political, not a partisan – approach to this matter to bring safety on our roads because too many productive Guyanese lives are lost because of these accidents etc,” he asserted.Jagdeo went on to say that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will support any such a national approach tackling the existing road carnage.“So we are willing to be part at any time of any team that will approach this matter in a way that it deserves, and from a national perspective, not a political or partisan perspective,” he stressed.As of December 8, a total of 115 road deaths were recorded – a figure which surpassed the total number of traffic fatalities in 2018. In fact, Traffic Chief Linden Isles told Guyana Times at the time that these deaths were recorded from 98 accidents.However, there have since been many other road accidents which have claimed the lives of Guyanese. Only Wednesday, a horrific crash between a minibus and a beverage delivery truck at Fairfield, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara resulted in the death of six persons.Police Commissioner Leslie James, at several events this week, repeated the need for road users both drivers and pedestrians to change their attitude on the roadways to ensure the safety of not only themselves but fellow Guyanese as well.Similar sentiments were echoed by the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in a statement on Thursday. The Chambers recognised that poor enforcement of traffic laws is among several factors that contribute to the road carnage.last_img read more

Alternative school won’t be near park

first_imgMinecki said strict criterion must be met before state funds would be available for such a project. Public acceptance is among the requirements, she said. Norris said the Antelope Valley’s comparatively cheap real estate makes the notion of ownership viable. The schools would be designed to create an environment that closely resembling a traditional school. Several contract schools now exist in storefronts, and the county’s main Antelope Valley campus, Technology Drive Community Day School, is run out of a church. “Aesthetics are important,” Norris said. “If we don’t care enough to build you a school, do we really care enough about you to salvage you?” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Los Angeles County’s Office of Education will not build an alternative education school on an east Palmdale parcel near McAdam Park, officials told the Daily News on Monday. Citing public safety concerns regarding its proximity to a public recreation area, the Office of Education has abandoned its plan to build on 4.25 acres on 30th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard. The office operates 10 contract alternative schools that serve 300 Antelope Valley high school and middle school students, most of whom have been expelled by local districts or have troubled backgrounds. “Safety concerns at that site were difficult to address,” Office of Education spokeswoman Margo Minecki said Monday. “we’re no longer pursuing it.” County education officials have received a list of about a half-dozen other parcels at unspecified sites, all approximately 4 to 41/2 acres, said James Norris, an Office of Education principal who oversees all 10 Antelope Valley schools. “The city was concerned and is concerned about the potential use of that site since it’s so close to a park,” Palmdale City Manager Steve Williams said. “We’re glad to see that they’re looking at other locations.” The Office of Education is also seeking to build an alternative school in Lancaster. The schools would be called Antelope Valley Academy Palmdale and Antelope Valley Academy Lancaster. Each could serve approximately 125 students. Finding appropriate sites is still in the works for both schools. It would take at least a year to finalize deals and another two years before they were finished, Norris said. “We know the city of Palmdale wants (an alternative contract school) and we’re happy to provide it as long as we find the right place for it,” Minecki said. last_img read more

MAN CAUGHT WITH €200K OF DRUGS SAID HE WAS IN GROWHOUSE TO STRIP WALLPAPER

first_imgA 65 year old man caught at a cannabis growhouse in Ballintra told Gardai he was in the house to strip wallpaper from the walls.The Chinese national was caught at the house on January 24th last following an undercover Garda operation.Gardai raided the house and found an elaborate growhouse in which the electricity was by-passed, an irrigation system had been set up and windows blackened out. Three men were caught on the premises and a total of €212,000 worth of cannabis ready for sale was uncovered.One of the men, Pui Lam Sam, was before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday, after he previously pleaded guilty to three charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis plants.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said Mr Sam had moved from China to Manchester ten years ago where he worked in many Chinese restaurants.He then moved to Belfast where he worked in a Chinese restaurant there.He met a man there who told him he could make really good money working.He was taken to another part of the country but did not realise it was Ballintra in Co Donegal.Mr Noland said Sam was a prisoner in the house and was not allowed outside and that food was delivered to the house when he requested it.When he asked to leave after a week, he was told he could not and that he must stay there and look after the plants.Mr Nolan said that Sam was basically a prisoner who was forced to live in appalling conditions.He said his health was not good and he got paid no money for the time he had worked there.His mother was 92 and was dying in a hospital in Hong Kong.He had once had three children but one had taken his own life in Hong Kong because of gambling debts.Judge John O’Hagan said growhouses were a serious problem for Gardai across Ireland and he was very familiar with them.“I have to punish him and I must send out message to discourage people getting involved. I can’t give him sweets or pat on the back and tell him to go home and not do it again.“It is not in my power to deport him and many people say he should be deported – if you were to do it immediately then it would almost be a reward. You might not come back but you have not suffered. I can recommend deportation but that is for the authorities to do,” said the Judge.He sentenced Sam to a total of three years in prison on all three charges and backdated the sentence to January 24th when he went into custody at Castlerea Prison.MAN CAUGHT WITH €200K OF DRUGS SAID HE WAS IN GROWHOUSE TO STRIP WALLPAPER was last modified: November 1st, 2013 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:BallintracannabisgrowhousePui Lam Samlast_img read more

Sharks center fired up for NHL debut: “This has been my dream”

first_imgSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson isn’t the only player who will be making his regular season debut in a Sharks uniform Wednesday night.Center Antti Suomela will also be in the lineup against the Anaheim Ducks in the season-opener at SAP Center,The major difference: Karlsson is starting his 10th NHL season. Suomela is playing in his first NHL regular season game, and has had almost an entire lifetime to think about what this moment might be like.“When I started to play hockey when I was …last_img

Holmes County celebrating new fairgrounds

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Kerry Taylor, president of Holmes County Fair Board OCJ: This month the Holmes County Fair will be held in a brand new location. How did this get started and why did you move the Holmes County Fairgrounds to this new beautiful setting?Kerry: We always had a flooding issue at our old fairgrounds there just on the west edge of Millersburg. We started discussing moving the fairgrounds seriously in 2004 and got more serious about it in 2009 and 2010. We obtained the property almost four years ago now. A local businessman purchased the property and donated it us. We have 85 acres here on this farm for the grounds. We had to move approximately 500,000 cubic yards of dirt. In Holmes County it is kind of hard to find flat ground and when you do it usually floods. So, we had to compromise and move some dirt to get enough flat ground for the fairgrounds. Once that was completed we were able to start in earnest with building. To date, we have raised $7.8 million in cash, in-kind labor and material donations. About $2.5 million of that is from different grants we have been able to obtain along the way. OCJ: How is the construction process progressing?Kerry: We started the excavation process about three years ago and we did extensive storm water drainage through the system and the grounds to get good drainage. We started 15 or 16 months ago with the buildings. Our first building, though, was actually built three years ago and it serves a dual purpose. It was the first new building on the grounds. The contributor to that building has been involved with a project called Holmes County Share A Christmas. It serves around 300 needy families at Christmas time. They have a toy drive and food drive and area schools and churches get involved. They had been at the old fairgrounds and experienced in December that we had experienced in the summer with flooding and they wanted a new permanent home. One of their board members said he’d build us a building for them to use in November and December and then we could use it the rest of the year and for the fair. It didn’t take us long to say yes to that proposition.We started our main livestock building in November of last year. We are going with a little different concept here. We have one 37,000 square foot building designed to house all of our livestock, except the horses. When we are spending the kind of money we are for this, we think it needs to be something that can be used year round. We think it could be a tremendous economic driver for this area. You can’t put that kind of investment into a building just for a fair. We wanted to design something that can be used year round and it is hard to do that efficiently if you have seven or eight small livestock buildings to maintain. It is a state-of-the-art building. It has a ventilation system that is designed to create a five mile-an-hour wind all the time through the building when it is running. It is a very well designed system. It will accommodate our 700 to 800 livestock projects for this year’s fair. OCJ: What kinds of uses are you anticipating for that building outside of the fair?Kerry: We are partnering with an organization called the Hardwood Furniture Guild for our second phase that we hope to get underway this fall. It is an offshoot of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce. The wood working industry is extremely important ion the Holmes County community. It is one of the leading economic drivers for the area in terms of business dollars and employment. We have partnered with them and they have raised about $500,000 towards a $900,000 goal. We are going to couple that with a capital appropriations grant from Ohio of $500,000. We are confident they can meet their funding goal and if they can we are going start construction on that building Sept. 1. It will be an approximately 30,000 square feet and they want 60,000 square feet for their show and we will be able to give them that with the combination of those two buildings on the property. We have also already had interest in weddings on the grounds. OCJ: The Amish community is important to consider in Holmes County. How has Amish participation been in the Holmes County Fair?Kerry: One of the challenges the fair has faced for many years is to incorporate the Amish community. They do not participate in 4-H or the livestock programs. They sometimes attend the fair and they do not have a great deal of participation. We are hoping that by working with the Hardwood Furniture Guild — which is primarily Amish members related to the woodworking industry — that we can get the Amish community more involved with the fairgrounds and the fair itself. We have actually kicked around some ideas too with possibly of letting them have an Amish-only fair and they will hopefully use the facility for rental events. We are trying to bridge that gap. OCJ: What kind of project numbers and 4-H participation will you have at this year’s Holmes County Fair?Kerry: There are around 1,000 youth in Holmes County involved in 4-H and the vast majority of those participate in the fair either with a life skills project or livestock projects. Our livestock numbers are generally around 800 projects and there are a couple hundred life skills projects as well. We have a couple hundred FFA projects through West Holmes High School and Highland High School as well. We like to brag about our auctions. The Holmes County auctions generally bring in $550,000 to $600,000 a year on average. We know a tremendous amount of those dollars go directly to higher education for 4-H and FFA members as they move on from high school.  OCJ: What are the short terms goals for getting the grounds ready for the fair this year?We have many, many small projects. We just received final inspection approval for the livestock building. The horse building should be completed by mid-July. We have some additional fencing to put up. Almost everything we have done out here has been almost wholly donated by business or has been heavily discounted labor and materials. The building business has been very busy and we have been aware of that. It is hard to push a contractor when they are discounting or donating their time. But, in the last couple of weeks everyone has realized that it is crunch time and there has been a tremendous amount of work done just recently.  We have a little electrical infrastructure to be completed and we need to get clay in for the tractor pull track. Unfortunately, the 1,200 pounds of grass seed we have seeded has not grown much because we haven’t gotten much rain. There are a lot of little things to do yet, but we are going to be ready Aug. 8 and we are extremely excited about the property we have put forth and we think the community is going to be very happy once they get out here and see what we have been able to do. OCJ: Could you share a little about the beautifully restored historic barn on the grounds?Kerry: The restored barn has been kept at its original location and is refurbished back to its original condition by a local businessman. We estimate that it was built in 1905. We’re very excited to maintain this agricultural history and it fits in very well here in Holmes County with our deep agricultural roots. We are very happy to show it off. OCJ: What are some of the long term goals for the grounds moving forward?Kerry: One of our goals is an expanded grandstand. We have purchased 2,000 used seats from a company who bought them and repurposed them from the Daytona Motor Speedway. We are kind of excited about the novelty of that. We won’t have that completed this year but we hope to have it started over the fall and ready for the fair next year. We want to put a roof on that. We have not had a covered grandstand for a number of years since a tornado blew the old one down at the old grounds. We really want to get that second 30,000-sqaure foot building going. That will be used for commercial exhibits during the fair and livestock shows and auctions.last_img read more

Rebellion in Nagpur Cong.: 17 corporators pick their leader

first_imgNagpur: The factionalism in the Nagpur city unit of the Congress has come to the fore once again as 17 of the 29 corporators in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) refusing to accept Sanjay Mahakalkar as their leader.After the NMC elections in which the Congress’s tally was reduced to 29 seats from 41 in 2012, the party decided to appoint Mr. Mahakalkar as the leader of the opposition (LoP). However, his appointment did not go down well with the majority of workers and corporators as they wanted to see Prafulla Gudadhe Patil as the LoP. Mr. Mahakalkar is considered close to district Congress chief Vikas Thakre, who had suffered a humiliating defeat in the NMC elections.Earlier this week, a group handed over a letter of support of 17 corporators to the Nagpur divisional commissioner and asked him to appoint Tananji Wanve as the LoP.The development came two days before when Mr. Mahakalkar was planning to send Mr. Thakre as the nominated member to the NMC.On Wednesday, the 17 corporators paraded in front of the divisional commissioner’s representative claiming a majority in the Congress unit.“Mr. Mahakalkar was appointed unfairly by those who did not even have the people’s support and had lost their elections whereas popular leader like Mr. Patil was sidelined despite defeating the BJP panel in the Chief Minister’s backyard. We raised this issue with the state Congress leadership and also with vice-president Rahul Gandhi during a recent meeting in New Delhi. We are not opposed to anyone, but every decision in the party should be taken after consulting everyone, which was not done at the time of the appointment of Mr. Mahakalkar as the LoP,” Mr. Wanve told The Hindu.“The State leadership had assured us that they would declare the group with the majority as the Congress unit. Now the majority is with us and we expect that the divisional commissioner give us a letter of recognition in a couple of days. We are keeping the State and the Central leadership in the loop about every single development,” he said.Mr. Thakre, however, claimed that the breakaway group is illegal. “They do not have the party’s support. The party had sent an observer who had appointed Mr. Mahakalkar as the LoP. This group is backed by Satish Chaturvedi (former cabinet minister). I have already told the State leadership about this group’s anti-party activities.”last_img read more

Lopetegui: Bale project ‘has only just begun’

first_imgJulen Lopetegui is confident Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are set to enjoy productive campaigns for Real Madrid in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.Bale has struggled for consistent playing time due to injury problems in recent years, but has led from the front during Madrid’s impressive pre-season, scoring in each of the team’s last three matches.And the 29-year-old Wales international is now under pressure to fill the void left by the departure of Ronaldo, who signed for Juventus in July.  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! “I’m not going to talk about past seasons,” head coach Lopetegui told a news conference after Bale struck in the 3-1 win over AC Milan at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.”The Bale we have now is committed, content, wanting to have a great season. He is training very well, happy, and we are so happy with him. This has only just begun.”While Madrid won their third successive Champions League crown last term, they struggled badly in La Liga, Benzema netting just five goals in 32 league appearances.The 30-year-old’s work-rate and all-round contribution remains an important asset to Madrid, though, and Lopetegui is looking forward to getting the best out of the French forward, who opened the scoring against the Rossoneri.”With Benzema we are happy,” he said.”He trained very well, he is in great form, excited and enthusiastic. Surely he will help us in all facets, not only with his goals. He contributes a lot to the team and we are happy for what he does.”Real Madrid 3-1 MilanWATCH ALL GOALSTrofeo Santiago Bernabéu#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/GlYYCaCIQ7— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 11, 2018Dani Ceballos, Sergio Reguilon, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde were among the promising newcomers introduced off the bench against Milan, leaving Lopetegui encouraged by the options at his disposal. “We are delighted with all the young players we have here,” he said.”They have played a very good preseason. The young players’ contribution gives energy and Real Madrid has needs youth and enthusiasm. “There is still pre-season to finish off with the squad and we will make decisions.”last_img read more