The 52-year-old climbed the 307 metre high Cayan tower in just 70 minutes, with no harness and very little space on the ledges of the twisted tower.Back in 2011 Robert climbed the world’s tallest tower also in Dubai…the Burj Khalifa The French Spiderman has struck again. Alain Robert is known for clambering some of the world’s highest buildings.And at the weekend, he scaled the 75-storey heights of one of Dubai’s tallest skyscraper, relying on only chalk, sticky tape, and his fingers.Alain Robert doing what he loves most, climbing walls of very tall buildings Burj Khalifa
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 29, 2015)–Defending champ Fury Kapcori and Argentine-bred Catch a Flight head a competitive field of nine 3-year-olds and up in the Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes to be contested at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at Santa Anita. The Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race card, which gets underway at 11:30 a.m.Trained and owned in-part by Jerry Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori was a scintillating 5 ¾ length gate to wire winner of last year’s Precisionist, but he has been winless in three subsequent starts, including a disappointing last place effort at even money in a six furlong classified allowance at Golden Gate Fields on March 29–his first start in nine months.With Rafael Bejarano, who guided him to four consecutive wins last year away to ride Saturday in Kentucky, the 5-year-old horse by Tiznow will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke. Owned by Hollendorfer, Rick Awtrey and George Todaro, Fury Kapcori figures to be sent from the gate as he tries to recapture his form of a year ago. With two wins and two seconds at a mile and a sixteenth, he’s 17-6-5-1 overall with earnings of $520,790.Hollendorfer will also be represented by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Rousing Sermon who comes off a fifth place run at 5-1 in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29. A California-bred earner of $818,072, he has six wins from 33 starts and will likely employ come from behind tactics on Saturday.Trained by Richard Mandella, Catch a Flight attended the pace in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but never posed a threat while running third to Shared Belief, who defeated the Argentine-bred by 4 ¼ lengths. A neck winner of a mile and one eighth allowance at Santa Anita two starts back on Feb. 13, Catch a Flight, who has always been highly regarded in the Mandella camp, will make his fourth stateside start in the Precisionist.Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc., Catch a Flight is a 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway who won sprinting on turf in Brazil and at a flat mile on dirt. The Precisionist will be his first try at 1 1/16 miles. With earnings of $213,239, his overall mark stands at 13-7-0-3.Trainer Darrell Vienna’s Mystery Train lends depth to the fray, as he returns to Santa Anita following a close second in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Mineshaft Handicap at Fairgrounds in New Orleans Feb. 21. A 5-year-old Argentine-bred ridgling, Mystery Train tried gate to wire tactics in the Mineshaft and could pose problems for Fury Kapcori on the front end Saturday.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, Mystery Train was a Group I winner at 1 ¼ miles in Argentina, but is winless in four stateside tries. He’s 23-8-5-3, with earnings of $451,007.Trainer Bob Hess’s Blue Tone comes off an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29, and would relish a stalking trip on Saturday with Bay Area-based Abel Cedillo in to ride. Owned by Engelberg, Schroeder Farms, LLC and Jan Steeper, Blue Tone is 5-2-2-1 at 1 1/16 miles. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Birdstone, he’s 14-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $338,150.Overmatched at 11-1 in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Oaklawn Handicap April 11, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Sammy Mandeville was a lights-out 6 ½ length allowance winner coming from far off the pace in a 1 1/16 miles allowance at Santa Anita March 6 and would benefit greatly from a fast pace. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Rock Hard Ten, he’s owned by W.C. Racing and is 12-2-2-1 with earnings of $146,912.Claimed two starts back for $40,000 on March 8, trainer Ted West Jr.’s Motown Men seeks his first stakes win and sports a solid last-out Beyer Speed figure of 103, the result of dazzling 7 ½ length second condition allowance win at a flat mile on April 10. A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Decarchy, he’s owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC and is 27-5-6-4 with earnings of $282,459. He’ll be ridden back by a red-hot Tyler Baze.Dorine and John R. Lanza’s homebred Magic Mark has been idle since running a close third in a one mile allowance Feb. 20 and could help fuel a hot pace as his two wins from four starts at the distance have come when on or near the lead. Conditioned by high percentage Ron Ellis, Magic Mark, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Benchmark, has four wins from 11 starts and seeks his first stakes win. He has earnings of $190,604.Admission gates open at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday for simulcast wagering on races from Churchill Downs and around the country. The Grade III Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race program, which gets underway with first live race post time at 11:30 a.m. The complete Precisionist field with jockeys and weights, in post position order is as follows: Sammy Mandeville, Alex Solis, 119; Fury Kapcori, Drayden Van Dyke, 121; Rousing Sermon, Corey Nakatani, 119; Appealing Tale, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Catch a Flight, Flavien Prat, 119; Mystery Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 121; Blue Tone, Abel Cedillo, 119; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 119, and Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 119. COMPETITIVE FIELD OF NINE 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP HEADLINE 11-RACE CARD THAT STARTS AT 11:30 A.M. ON KENTUCKY DERBY DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–A runaway 16 ¼ length first-out maiden winner at 6 ½ furlongs on April 10, Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray heads a field of six California-bred or sired 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Originally run at Hollywood Park in 1996, the Melair was taken last year by trainer Phil D’Amato’s Sheer Pleasure and will be run for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday. HACKTIVISM: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this Square Eddie filly clipped heels late and was placed fifth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in Golden Gate’s Campanile Stakes May 1. A maiden winner at a mile on turf here two starts back on March 10, Hacktivisim has run three good races on turf, but it remains to be seen if she can be effective on dirt, as she was well beaten going six furlongs on the main track in her debut here on Jan. 2. Hacktivism, who is out of the Irish-bred mare Prima Creatura, will make her fifth career start in the Melair.THE $200,000 MELAIR STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 4 (of 11) Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PDT SHY CARMELITA: D’Amato’s second entrant, she is also owned and bred by Alexander and is by Grazen, from the Malek mare Malley Girl. A first-out maiden winner at six furlongs Jan. 30, she comes off 4 ¼ first condition allowance win here going six furlongs on May 7. Shy Carmelita, who has shown she can press the pace or come from behind in four sprints, will try two turns for the first time in the Melair. MELAIR IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR HORSES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ENOLA GRAY: Trained by Phil D’Amato, Enola Gray is by the Alexander-owned Grazen and is out of his More Than Ready mare, Unsung Heroine. Off at 4-1, she demolished eight rivals with a front-running blitz under Tyler Baze in her debut and will likely employ similar tactics as she stretches out in the Melair. First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ALLSQUARE: A chestnut filly by Square Eddie out of the Decarchy mare, Showtime Apollo, Allsquare, who was bred by D’Amato, is his third entrant in the race. A game maiden winner going a flat mile on turf here two starts back on March 31, she disappointed as the 5-2 favorite in the mile turf Campanile, finishing seventh, beaten four lengths by Cheekaboo. CHEEKABOO: Trained by Peter Eurton, this chestnut filly by Unusual Heat from the Souvenir Copy mare Sandy Cheeks comes off a come from behind win going one mile on turf in state-bred Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 1. Owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns and Joseph Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Cheekaboo broke her maiden coming from off the pace on dirt here four starts back on Jan. 10. With Enola Gray in the lineup, there figures to be a solid early pace and if good enough, Cheekaboo will hope to be flying late. Her overall mark stands at 6-2-2-1, with earnings of $137,680. Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–120Allsquare–Joe Talamo–120Cheekaboo–Rafael Bejarano–124Hacktivism–Mario Gutierrez–120The Spiral Jetter–Santiago Gonzalez–120Shy Carmelita–Martin Garcia–122 THE SPIRAL JETTER: Originally fourth, beaten two lengths by Cheekaboo, this Andy Mathis-trained filly by Don’tsellmeshort, out of the Renteria mare Early Arriver, was placed third in the Campanile Stakes and will try natural dirt for the first time in the Melair. A 2 ½ length open maiden special weight winner going a flat mile on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate three starts back on Feb. 7, The Spiral Jetter, who is 5-1-2-1, has been ridden in all five Golden Gate starts by Julien Couton, but will be handled for the first time by Santiago Gonzalez on Saturday.
dan rowinski Tags:#Amazon#Carriers#free#smartphones Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Everybody loves a free gadget. Or at least a very cheap one. E-commerce king Amazon is well aware of this fact and according to a recent report, could launch its own smartphone for free to the public. A free smartphone? There has to be a catch. And of course there will be—if it ever happens at all, that is.See also: Amazon Reportedly Working On A 3D SmartphonePeople “familiar with Amazon’s effort” told tech reporters Amir Efrati and Jessica Lessin that Amazon has been mulling the idea of giving away its long-rumored smartphone. The general notion is that Amazon would make the phone available without a carrier contract for … nothing.Amazon has a long history of trying to undercut its competitors on price, often in hopes of convincing customers to buy more stuff from Amazon.com. But a straight up free smartphone would be extreme. Many Android smartphones are very cheap these days, but not many of them are sold for nothing.Efrati and Lessin hedge their bets quite a bit in the report, as their sources told them that the free strategy may never happen:The free strategy isn’t set in stone and depends on several factors, including Amazon’s ability to work out financial arrangements with hardware partners, said one of the people who is familiar with Amazon’s smartphone effort. This person and others expressed skepticism about Amazon’s ability to pull off a free device.Amazon, of course, would most likely give away a smartphone only after tying it to all of the company’s services. Want music? You have to get it from Amazon. Movies? Amazon’s Video On Demand. Books, TV shows, apps … Amazon has all those, too. A paid subscription to Amazon Prime (at $79 a year) might also be in order.Essentially, a free smartphone would mean selling your soul to Amazon.Amazon Has Gone Down This Road BeforeSee also: What The Kindle Fire Says About Amazon’s Rumored PhoneFor instance, look at Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. They are cheap (by comparison to other major tablet makers) and they are restrictive. If you want an app, you have to use the Amazon Appstore for Android. Want to get something from Google Play? Not going to happen. Amazon completely blocks the ability to access Google Play—even the Google Play website—through the Kindle Fire.The company makes its own browser, has its own cloud storage services and content. If Amazon is giving you a smartphone, you are basically consenting to do nothing but purchase anything and everything from Amazon.This might not be an entirely bad arrangement, especially if you buy most of your stuff through Amazon anyway. And Amazon could make it even sweeter.Right now, even if you get a cheap smartphone, you have to pay the gatekeepers: the cellular operators. That cabal includes the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and many other second and third tier operators in the United States. One way or another, you have to pay for voice and data plans and texts. Often you are getting sucked into a two-year contract with these companies and the operators know exactly how to wrench every last cent out of their users. Amazon’s Secret Weapon: Free Data!But what if you didn’t need a contract? Or even to pay for data? Amazon might be able to pull that off.Amazon has kicked around the idea of becoming a MVNO, a mobile virtual network operator. A MVNO is an entity that basically resells service from one of the established cellular carriers. MVNOs are often independent SIM card sellers like Simple Mobile or H2O Wireless.Sometimes, though, MVNOs operate specifically to serve up limited connections that deliver a small amount of wireless data from one point to another. In this way, Amazon already kind of works like an MVNO. If you have a Kindle e-reader with cellular connectivity, you’ve experienced it already.Amazon has relationships with carriers across the world to provide data for users wanting to download books or newspapers on their Kindle readers (not the Kindle Fire tablets, though—just the e-ink variety). Users don’t pay for this service, and Amazon recoups the cost when a consumer buys a book on their Kindle. Amazon has already kicked around the idea of becoming a MVNO in markets like Japan.Theoretically, Amazon could extend this capability to a free smartphone. It would mean becoming a full blown MVNO, as opposed to just buying some carrier data capacity for e-books, and Amazon doesn’t really have much experience in that market.But, say you get a free Amazon smartphone that gives you free or very cheap data and voice service up to a certain point—say, 1GB per month. Wouldn’t that be an enticing deal? Amazon could pull it off and completely disrupt both the smartphone manufacturing industry and the carrier model in one blow. Amazon then recoups the cost when you buy anything with the device. It might be a far-fetched plan, but so is the idea of a free smartphone. Jeff Bezos’s company has shown that it is crazy enough, and ambitious enough, to try it. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
The newly elected members of the Haryana Assembly will be administered oath here on Monday when the three-day session of the House begins. Senior Congress leader and Beri MLA Raghuvir Singh Kadian, the Pro-tem Speaker of the 14th Haryana Legislative Assembly, will administer the oath to the newly elected members, as per tentative programme of the session. After the members are administered the oath, election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker will also take place the same day. On November 5, Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya will also address the Assembly, this being the first session of the new Assembly. Later, discussion on the Governor’s address will take place while on concluding day on Wednesday, the House will conduct legislative business. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jannayak Janta Party have formed the government in alliance in Haryana. They also enjoy the support of seven independents. The polls were held on October 21 and results came out on October 24. In the 90-member House, the BJP won 40 seats falling short by six members for a simple majority. JJP won 10 seats, Congress 31, independents 7, INLD and Haryana Lokhit Party one each.Lone INLD MLAWhile Dushyant’s JJP has 10 members, his uncle Abhay Singh Chautala will be the lone MLA from his party representing his Indian National Lok Dal outfit. On October 27, Manohar Lal Khattar took oath as Haryana Chief Minister for the second time and is leading the BJP-JJP coalition government in the State, with JJP leader Dushyant Chautala being sworn in as his deputy.
Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ After deadly protests involving white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale has been actively trying to get Confederate symbols such as monuments removed from his city.On Monday, Fizdale said it was Trump who is disrespecting military members, not athletes who protest in various ways.“Look at what he’s doing with North Korea putting our troops in danger right now instigating a war,” Fizdale said. “You know how many troops we have in South Korea and Japan that’s in direct line with where this guy can fire missiles? Obviously the Gold Star family that lost their son … I can keep going on this, guys, you know that.“So when we talk about disrespecting our military, people need to take a look back at who’s really disrespecting our military and who’s really honoring our military by exercising their rights.”Media days in the NBA are a mixture of basketball-related interviews, photo sessions and some frivolity. At Heat media day, Goran Dragic — whose current contract is worth $85 million — talked about his decision to fly coach home from his native Slovenia. In Memphis, guards Mike Conley and Mario Chalmers gave hair-care tips. Coaches took questions en masse, sometimes even able to actually discuss the game.But there were countless questions about politics and Trump as well.“It’s like every time he opens his mouth, it’s like, ‘Oh, really?’” Haslem said. “When you think he can’t say anything like worse, he just kind of figures it out.”In Denver, the Nuggets said they were forming a four-player committee to help bring collective ideas from the locker room to team officials for further discussion. In Miami, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he would talk to players about how they want to respond to social topics later this week at their training camp in Boca Raton, Florida.“This is discourse that’s going on in every living room right now and this is our family. So we will have a discussion about it,” Spoelstra said. “It is such a polarizing topic right now that I think it’s healthy just for guys to express where they are on this right now and I know how the guys feel in the locker room. It’s exactly the same as the players in the other leagues and the other teams that you saw this weekend.”Dealing with Trump-related matters may be particularly thorny in Orlando. Magic owner Rich DeVos’ daughter-in-law, Betsy DeVos, is the Education Secretary. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks to the media during Media Day at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 25, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James is not backing down on his comments about President Donald Trump, and countless other players and coaches in the NBA made it clear at media days around the league Monday that they are equally fed up with what could perhaps be described as a pattern of actions from the White House that they would call divisive or worse.Politics were the storyline of the NBA on the first official business day of the season for most of the league’s clubs. That was no surprise, given the events of a weekend that included Trump rescinding the champion Golden State Warriors’ invitation to the White House, James calling the president a “bum” and stars like union president Chris Paul speaking out in frustration.ADVERTISEMENT The Magic, like many teams, said they weren’t sure what the right answer is — or how they’ll speak out as a team about social issues this season.“In all honesty, coming up with a quick answer would be doing a disservice to all of our fans and to the issue itself,” Magic President Jeff Weltman said. “This is something we need to evaluate, speak to our NBA peers about.”Stars like James, Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony have spoken openly about the need for societial change in the past, and each of them are continuing to use their platforms now.James made it clear that will continue.“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” James said of Trump. “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the President of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn’t understand that and that’s what makes me more sick than anything.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Added Miami forward Udonis Haslem: “I don’t think President Trump wants to fight any of them defensive linemen or anybody in the NFL. Probably should just be respectful.”James referred to Trump as “that guy,” and defended his decision to tweet that the president is a “bum” — a post that quickly became one of Twitter’s most-shared ever. The name-calling continued Monday: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said Trump is “a clown” and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said the president is a “so-called leader.”“I think the president brought a lot of this stuff on himself,” said DeRozan, who is American but plays in Canada. “He brought it on himself, he brought it on us as a country. … I feel no player is trying to disrespect anybody, no flag or anything like that, but we seem to be the ones who get all the disrespect from our so-called leader.”Trump’s comments about the NFL and NBA come at a time where the government has obvious concerns about matters involving North Korea, the pledge many Republicans made to repeal and replace health care legislation, with a tax overhaul plan looming and with Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico all dealing with crippling effects of hurricanes in recent weeks.“We all have to come together,” Denver guard Jameer Nelson said. “Whether you voted for Trump or not — the world needs to be better. I don’t know. I don’t know what the right answer is. I don’t know what the wrong answer is. Nobody does. If we did, we wouldn’t be sitting here and talking about it.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Sixers’ Embiid, Simmons eager to prove doubters wrong Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We know this is the greatest country in the world,” said James, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star. “It’s the land of the free. But we still have problems just like everybody else and when we have those problems, we have to figure out a way how we come together and be as great as we can be as a people.“Because the people run this country. Not one individual. 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War minus the shooting is how author Mike Marqusee painted the complex portrait of a sub-continent in ferment, set against the backdrop of the 1996 cricket World Cup, the most extravagant and controversial event in the history of the game.The title is most apt for India-Pakistan cricket jousts. Agreed that a gladiatorial contest between the two nations on the playing field – irrespective of whether the sport is hockey or cricket, it gives the viewer strange sort of adrenaline rush, pumping up emotions and transporting them into a different zone – it is also a synonym for a proxy war.No sporting rivalry can replace this feeling, this level of intensity, this junoon . I know that every time sporting relations between the two nations are normalised, the fires are stoked in this debate. It gets ugly, people get nasty and words are exchanged. The reality sadly is that while sport transcends political barriers, impediments and imponderables, India and Pakistan are a completely different kettle of fish. So, am I one of the faithful who are going to argue for restoration of sporting ties? Far from it. Bah!This is not akin to anything, anywhere else in the world. The Ashes don’t compare. Germany playing Greece in the recent Euro Cup was a one-off. It had the necessary edge because of the recent politics in the Euro Zone, but it was a one-off. For sheer continuity, sheer magnetism and as a spectator sport, it is singular. The contests have an edge, the players raise the level of their game, the ridiculous and the sublime are all part of the tamasha.advertisementAt the same time, all this hype and hoopla notwithstanding, India should not play Pakistan, certainly not now. This is not the time. India wants the perps of 26/ 11 to be brought to book, we sound as if we have a bellyache, but a recalcitrant Pakistan couldn’t care too hoots for our pain and suffering.India’s history with Pakistan, recent and otherwise, is too violent to be recounted here. They are two conjoined twins, inseparable since birth, their fates and destinies in one way or the other intertwined forever. Pakistan’s bloody and turbulent history doesn’t end within its own boundaries, more often than not it spills over into India. This is the scary part; while wars have been fought repeatedly, Pakistan’s naked obsession with Kashmir pushes the jihadi element to make repeated attempts to destabilise India by using the terror factory.Sunil Gavaskar, a cricketer whom I have great regard for, called it right on the day this decision to host Pakistan was taken. He clearly articulated that as a Mumbaikar he had strong objections to India playing Pakistan. Pakistan is duplicitous, Janus faced, it heaps scorn on us, obfuscates, lies and twists facts to suit its own ends.Pak dodges the bulletThe 26/ 11 terror attack has seen no closure. We have captured one of the gunmen from that fateful night – Ajmal Kasab, we have added one of the architects and planners – Abu Jundal in the bag now, and yet Pakistan continues to dodge the bullet. And it does so with so much ease, it remains blase about its involvement in what would be most significant terror attack in recent memory. Probably as well coordinated as the infamous 9/ 11 attack on New York.Four years have passed and what does India have to show in terms of naming and convicting the perpetrators of that bloody interlude? Nothing very much.Pakistan is like Teflon, nothing sticks to it. They make bloody sure that it doesn’t stick. They are glib talkers. Dossiers, transcripts, tapes, pictures are all meaningless as they laugh off their involvement in the vicious attack. Non-state actors, they say, oblivious and yet impervious to our hurt.The Taj and Oberoi in Mumbai were symbols of a new India, a rising India that Pakistan is extremely unhappy about. Pakistan continues to target Mumbai, in many ways the face of the same emerging India. The March 12, 1993, serial blasts and the 26/ 11 terror attack have assumed iconic proportions in the history of the terror network that targets the megalopolis. Pakistan’s eyes are fixated on India’s financial nerve centre.Fortunately they have failed to cripple it. The travesty is that it is not about India preventing an attack, but the ability of Pakistan and its jihad factory to willfully target India. The scale and magnitude of their attack stratagems are getting bigger, the designs fuelled by their innate hatred for India. Their psyche brutalised by the vivisection in 1971.advertisementDespite all this we want to play Pakistan in India. Why? Yes, it is a marvellous spectacle, crowds gather in the coliseums and decibel levels and passions run high, and jingoism gets a free run on both sides. But nationalism should prevail and India should step forward to take the lead in ostracising Pakistan from international sport. Sporting segregation on the lines of the sporting boycott of South Africa during the apartheid years is the only way forward instead of falling over ourselves to play with them. The rules of engagement should be delineated and strict enforceability should be ensured.Islolating South AfricaThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) withdrew its invitation to South Africa for the 1964 Summer Games because it realised that the team would not be racially integrated. In 1968, there was a move to readmit South Africa, but the threat of a boycott by African nations loomed large and the IOC changed its mind.In 1970, IOC formally expelled SA from the Olympics. Flashpoint was reached in the Montreal Games in 1976, when African nations raised Cain over the repression in South Africa and threatened a boycott if New Zealand was allowed to compete. Mind you, the Kiwi All Blacks rugby team had continued contact with South Africa. IOC didn’t relent, and the African nations pulled out of the Games. This brought matters to a head.Commonwealth nations signed on the dotted line ushering in the Gleneagles Agreement in 1977. The charter held that as part of their support for the international campaign against apartheid, they were uniting to discourage contact and competition between their sportsmen and sporting organisations with teams or individuals from South Africa.The Commonwealth was seen as a relevant body to impose a sporting ban on South Africa because several of the sports most popular among white South Africans were dominated by Commonwealth member-states – for example, cricket and rugby. This was a defining moment in South Africa’s history for it began the process of sporting isolation of the white supremacists in the country. The next big step came when the IOC adopted a declaration against ” apartheid in sport” on June 21, 1988, for the total isolation of apartheid sport. The ICC had imposed a moratorium on cricket tours to South Africa back in 1970.But lure of the krugerrand meant that cricketers trooped into South Africa, ban or no ban. From ‘ private teams’ replete with mercenaries under the banner of Derrick Robbins XI bankrolled by a millionaire of the same name, essentially made up of English cricketers, followed by the International Wanderers led by Greg Chappell, the embargo was breached repeatedly and with disdain. Till the Soweto Uprising and civil strife in South Africa.In the early 1980s, the rand once again became the flavour of the season.South African rebel tours, as many as seven of them, came at a rapid pace between 1982 and 1990. The first tour saw Graham Gooch captain a strong English contingent. In a veritable coup, a Sri Lankan XI was cobbled up under the leadership of Bandula Waranapura only to be summarily thrashed by the South Africans. But to bring a Sri Lankan team to SA in those tumultuous days was a staggering achievement. What followed was mayhem.advertisementLure of the KrugerrandTop-of-the-line West Indian cricketers rebelled and toured South Africa for anything between $ 100,000-120,000 each. Star cricketers such Lawrence Rowe, Collis King, Sylvester Clarke, Colin Croft and Bernard Julien showed SA spectators their prowess, matching their star cricketers punch for punch. The first series, again organised in secret and conducted on the hoof, set up a fierce battle when the West Indians returned for a full tour the following season. Clarke was by now the dominant player on either side, claiming four five-wicket hauls in the 2-1 ‘ Test’ series win. The West Indian XI also won the one- day series 4-2 with the Springboks looking ragged and on the run.Such was the intensity of battle that the South African batsmen had to wear helmets for the first time as the Windies pacers pounded them with shortpitched bowling. This wasn’t all. Two tours by Australian teams followed under the leadership of Kim Hughes. Top Oz cricketers such as Terry Alderman, Rodney Hogg and Carl Rackemaan were present on these tours. England under Mike Gatting became the last team to tour South Africa before their return to international cricket in 1991.One can argue that the power of pelf triumphed over the moratorium. Cricket too triumphed, particularly during the tough, unrelenting series against the West Indian rebels. But the message had gone home loud and clear to sport-loving South Africans. They were dried out, krugerrand or no rand.The BCCI’s love for lucre is well-known. That it is an autonomous body is also known, but to give in to pressure from PCB chief Zaka Ashraf is not the right thing to do. Mumbaikars, nay Indians, cannot remove the embedded images of the 26/ 11 carnage being played out in the corridors of their mind. The masterminds of the attack, the handlers, the assailants are all Pakistani and this is an inescapable fact. Sweat them out, play them only on international platforms. Isolate them, that is the only language they understand.
Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Man Utd ready €500m Neymar bid Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:05 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Man Utd ready €500m Neymar bidManchester United are readying a record-breaking €500 million offer for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, according to Le 10 Sport .Real Madrid were reported to be leading the chase for the Brazilian, but they can only go as high as €400m.That has left the door open for Jose Mourinho to join the chase and agree to meet an eye-watering buyout clause. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Akanji to snub Liverpool for DortmundSwitzerland defender Manuel Akanji is set to move to Borussia Dortmund despite interest from Liverpool, according to Blick.The centre-back missed training with Basel in order to travel to Dortmund where he will agree terms and complete a medical ahead of a €21.5 million transfer.Spurs and Liverpool had both been linked with the 22-year-old, but he preferred a move to Dortmund as he felt he could more easily break into their first team.Stoke turn attentions back to O’NeillStoke City have turned their attentions back to Martin O’Neill after Quique Sanchez Flores decided to stay at Espanyol, according to the Telegraph.The Potters had hoped Flores would agree to take over at the Britannia Stadium following Mark Hughes’ sacking, but saw the former Watford boss confirm his desire to stay in La Liga at a press conference on Saturday.As a result, Stoke will now go with their second choice for the job, current Republic of Ireland boss O’Neill, who is expected to take assistant manager Roy Keane with him as he returns to club management.Alexis’ family arrive in London ahead of Arsenal exitThe family of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez have arrived in London ahead of the Chile international’s expected departure from the club, Goal can reveal.Manchester City still lead the way in terms of capturing the former Barcelona ace, but Man United carry an interest too.Get the latest on January’s biggest story right here! PSG prioritise Kante moveParis Saint-Germain have made Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante their top target for the summer transfer window, reports Le 10 Sport .The Ligue 1 leaders are eager to find a long-term replacement for Thiago Motta.Kante is considered to be the ideal candidate for that role, with the France international set to be offered a route back to his homeland.’Mourinho risks Alexis custard pie’Manchester United’s “gamble” on Alexis Sanchez surprises Paul Merson, who feels Jose Mourinho is risking a “custard pie” if the player ends up at arch-rivals Manchester City.The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports: “It’s a big gamble what Jose’s done with Alexis Sanchez, by going ‘I want Sanchez’. Because if Sanchez chooses to go to Man City, that’s a real custard pie to Man United.”Read the full story on Goal.Klopp snubbed Man UtdJurgen Klopp claims he turned down the chance to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager before taking the reins at Liverpool.Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield dugout in October 2015, four months on from stepping down at Borussia Dortmund.The Reds boss has been speaking to Sky Sports, find out what he had to say here.Sane not threatened by AlexisLeroy Sane insists he has nothing to fear from Alexis Sanchez’s potential move to Manchester City.Arsenal star Sanchez is said to be on the brink of deciding his next move, and City were favourites to secure his signature before rivals Manchester United emerged as contenders – as revealed by Goal on Friday.Read what Sane has had to say on Goal. Ibrahimovic wanted by Turkish rivalsManchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has emerged as a January target for Turkish rivals Besiktas and Galatasaray, reports fotoMac .The 36-year-old Swede is currently tied to a short-term contract at Old Trafford which is due to run until the end of the season.He has, however, struggled for full fitness since rejoining the Red Devils on the back of a serious knee injury and United are being heavily linked with several striking alternatives.Liverpool offered Ceballos hopeLiverpool have been made aware that they will be cleared to move for Dani Ceballos if Real Madrid can land a replacement.Diario Gol report that the Reds are looking at the 21-year-old as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho.Ranieri resigned to missing out on LucasNantes boss Claudio Ranieri is resigned to failing in an audacious move for Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura.Lucas has made just six appearances in all competitions for PSG this season, all as a substitute, and is reportedly attracting interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.Read the full story on Goal.Liverpool’s Coutinho risk stuns CarragherLiverpool’s decision to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona during the winter window has stunned Jamie Carragher, with a top-four risk taken at Anfield.The Reds were able to fend off advances from Camp Nou last summer, but eventually bowed to pressure when sanctioning a €160m sale in January.Read the full story on Goal.Arda completes Basaksehir moveBarcelona have confirmed that Arda Turan has completed a loan switch to Basaksehir.The midfielder will join the Turkish club until 2020 having struggled for regular game time at Camp Nou.Check out the full story on Goal right here !Man Utd to challenge Liverpool for PulisicManchester United are set to challenge Liverpool over the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s US wonderkid Christian Pulisic, claims the Independent .Pulisic, 19, is already a regular starter with both club and country, and his added value as an icon in the lucrative US market makes him an attractive signing. And while Jurgen Klopp is a confirmed admirer of the player from his former club, he could face stiff competition from Old Trafford this summer.Liverpool to sign Keita on SundayLiverpool have succeeded in their bid to push forward the signing of Naby Keita, according to the Express .The Reds agreed terms with RB Leipzig over the midfielder in the summer, but the sale of Philippe Coutinho has left the club short of cover in the middle. Their efforts to move up the transfer date have apparently been successful, and Keita could sign as early as Sunday.Madrid would’ve paid €250m Messi release clauseReal Madrid were willing to activate Lionel Messi’s release clause back in 2013, reports El Mundo . The Barcelona talisman has been linked with Manchester City in the past, but apparently the Catalan club’s fierce rivals were willing to pay the fee that would’ve allowed them to enter contract talks with the Argentine.Pochettino hails Spurs’ tough transfer talkMauricio Pochettino has endorsed Daniel Levy’s claim that no Tottenham player will leave against the club’s wishes ahead of the 2018-19 season.Star centre-forward Harry Kane is expected to be the subject of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs as he enjoys another prolific campaign, while Dele Alli is another to have been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United have been credited with holding an interest in Danny Rose.Find out what Pochettino has said to say here. Arsenal expect Alexis exit but hopeful on OzilArsene Wenger concedes that Alexis Sanchez is likely to leave Arsenal, but he remains optimistic regarding a new contract for Mesut Ozil.The Gunners have seen speculation surrounding two key figures cast an unwelcome shadow over their efforts in 2017-18, with Manchester rivals City and United ready to pounce if the exit door is opened.Read the full story on Goal! Real plot triple Spurs raidReal Madrid have Tottenham trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Mauricio Pochettino in their sights, claims Don Balon .The Blancos are readying themselves for a summer refresh, with changes being planned on and off the field.England internationals Kane and Alli have been linked with Real for some time, while Pochettino is now considered to be a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane in the Santiago Bernabeu managerial hot-seat.The €37m star who could replace AlexisWith Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Arsenal now only a matter of time, the search has begun in earnest for his replacement.Cristian Pavon, the Boca Juniors striker making big waves in Argentina, has emerged as a real target for the Gunners as they look for a successor to one of the finest talents in the Premier League.Goal explains why the €37m-rated talent could be a perfect choice for Arsene Wenger. Juve step up Darmian huntJuventus have opened dialogue with Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian regarding a return to Italy, reports Corriere dello Sport .The versatile full-back has slipped back down the pecking order at Old Trafford and is an option being explored by the reigning Serie A champions.Milan to make Dzeko moveAC Milan are plotting a summer bid to lure Edin Dzeko away from Roma, claims Tuttosport .The former Manchester City striker has been a prolific source of goals in the Italian capital and is considered to be the man to reignite a spark at the San Siro.Chelsea warned Hazard could leaveEden Hazard is a “top player” but may have to leave Chelsea for one of the “great teams in Europe” to become the best, says Claude Puel.The Blues star continues to be linked with Real Madrid and a man who previously worked with him at Lille feels he is deserving of such a stage.Read the full story on Goal. Sevilla closing on BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi is edging ever closer to completing a loan move from Chelsea to Sevilla, reports Mucho Deporte .Goal revealed on Tuesday that the La Liga outfit were eager to land the Belgian striker and offer the game time being denied him at Stamford Bridge.Barca wish Neymar had stayedIvan Rakitic admits those left behind at Barcelona wish that Neymar had not made a €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian forward became the most expensive player on the planet in the summer of 2017 when trading Catalunya for the French capital.Read the full story on Goal. Man Utd unlikely to make Vardy bidManchester United are unlikely to make an offer for Jamie Vardy after expressing interest in the Leicester City striker, according to the Leicester Mercury .The Red Devils reportedly decided against submitting a bid because of the heavy transfer fee that would be necessary, with Jose Mourinho’s side instead focusing on hijacking Manchester City’s move for Alexis Sanchez.Vardy, meanwhile, is said to be happy at the King Power Stadium and not actively seeking an exit.West Brom set Evans transfer deadlineManchester City and Arsenal target Jonny Evans has been set a deadline of just over two weeks to decide his future by West Brom, according to the Daily Mail .The former Man United man has seen his name linked with some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs in the current window. But he will have to make up his mind by January 28, or his club will veto a move expected to be worth around £35 million. Spurs drop interest in Arsenal target MalcomArsenal’s hopes of landing Malcom have received a boost after Spurs cooled their interest in the Bordeaux man, reports the Daily Star .The 20-year-old has attracted interest from both sides of north London in recent weeks, and could be available this window for £45 million.But the Gunners, who see him as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez, seem to be in pole position as their rivals dropped out of the race. Man City make Fred bid Manchester City have made a £45 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, according to the Manchester Evening News . The Brazilian has been identified by Pep Guardiola as the long-term successor to Fernandinho in midfield, although he may face competition from rivals United. Real Madrid turn to Roma’s AlissonReal Madrid have turned to Roma goalkeeper Alisson as a possible new No. 1 at the Bernabeu, reports Gianluca Di Marzio . With Keylor Navas’ place between the posts coming under scrutiny, a number of shot-stoppers have been linked with a Madrid move. Among those is the Brazil star, who has gained many fans with his fine performances in Serie A.Arsenal join chase for RafinhaArsenal have joined the likes of Inter and Celta in pursuing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to Sport . Ravaged by injuries, Rafinha has been made available for transfer at Camp Nou as he seeks more playing minutes. Both Inter and Celta are keen to strike a loan deal in January, and with Arsenal now in the picture the player will have no lack of options.Real Madrid move for Man City’s SterlingReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is in talks with Manchester City over the possible signing of Raheem Sterling, claims Don Balon .Sterling has seen marked improvement in his game since coming under the wing of Pep Guardiola. And that upturn in form has not escaped the attention of Perez, who sees him as a possible successor to Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.Conte dismisses Chelsea exit talkAntonio Conte has redoubled his commitment to Chelsea amid speculation that he could be ready to walk out on the club after just 18 months in charge.Get the full story right here on Goal! Wenger plans to stay until 2019Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he is still committed to the Premier League club and has no plans to leave before the end of his contract in 2019.Get the full story right here on Goal! Donovan ends retirement to sign with LeonUnited States legend Landon Donovan has joined Club Leon in a surprise return from retirement, the Liga MX team announced late Friday.”I loved the city, it’s the best fans. Club Leon is a historic & winning team,” Donovan tweeted. “I don’t believe in walls. I want to go to Mexico, wear green & win trophies with Leon. We’ll see each other very soon!”Get the full story right here on Goal! Spurs line up new Eriksen and Son dealsTottenham’s attempts to keep their first team together will continue with fresh contracts for Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son, according to the Mirror .While Dele Alli and Harry Kane’s deals are top priority at the club, they are also keen to tie down the midfield pair to long-term extensions.Independiente confirm Barco saleIndependiente have confirmed Atlanta United target Ezequiel Barco will leave the club in a move believed to be worth $15 million.Get the full story right here on Goal! Van Persie set for Feyenoord returnFormer Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is set to leave Fenerbahce to complete a return to Feyenoord, according to AD .The Dutchman began his senior career with the Eredivisie club and looks as though he will now be returning having struggled for game time in Turkey during the 2017-18 season.’Chelsea never wanted Vardy’ Antonio Conte has denied that Chelsea were interested in signing Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.Get the full story right here on Goal! Man City consider Seri approachManchester City have identified Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri as a possible signing, according to L’Equipe .Seri, who was close to a Barcelona move in the summer, would add more depth to the City midfield and is highly rated through his displays in Ligue 1. Atletico consider Belotti bidAtletico Madrid are considering an approach for Torino’s Andrea Belotti, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .With Antoine Griezmann’s future far from certain, the Liga side see Torino’s Italy international as a fine replacement in the summer. Arsenal want Martial in Alexis dealArsenal want Anthony Martial included in any deal that would take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, according to the Daily Star .Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants a replacement before he allows Alexis to leave, and he is hopeful Martial can be that player.United are reluctant to let Martial go, however, though they would be willing to include Chris Smalling in the deal should Arsenal be keen on the centre-back.Emery plays down Neymar to Madrid rumoursParis Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted the Ligue 1 giants would not be shaken by rumours Neymar is set to join Real Madrid.”The players are smart and the club have gained experience. I also have experience and I know that people from outside can disrupt us… some people who may have some interest in doing so,” he said.”For example, if you read today the first sport newspaper in Spain, the cover is that Neymar is going to Real Madrid. These things don’t shake us.Get the full story right here on Goal! Man Utd to make De Gea highest-paid playerManchester United are ready to give David de Gea a massive raise in an attempt to fend off interest from Real Madrid, according to The Sun . Madrid are still circling for the 27-year-old and with De Gea’s contract set to expire in 2019, the Red Devils want to offer a new deal to lock down their prized goalkeeper. United reportedly plan to up De Gea’s £210,000-a-week wages to £300,000-a-week, making him the club’s joint highest-paid player along with Paul Pogba.
Port Lincoln is a regional community where touch is surviving in the Australian rules dominated state of South Australia. Being 600km from their governing body (Touch SA) and with very little access to develop a higher level of playing standard, Port Lincoln is a real touch outpost. Touch was introduced to Port Lincoln nearly 20 years ago through the local high school, before disappearing for several years. Club contact Gavin Walding credits the touch revival in Port Lincoln to Peter Tokarski in the early 1990’s. With a regional population of 15,000 and the enormous variety of sports, touch is considered one of the area’s strong fringe sports. Participation has varied from 200-400 over the past few years, with a good number of those players being juniors. The winter season is a small competition, with just a few sides. One side consists of over 45’s while another is based around seven junior players. All of the competitions are mixed with participation of numbers being the goal. It is for this reason they allow seven players on the field per side. During summer a junior after-school competition is run with great support from Touch SA, local schools and teachers. While you may be reading this and thinking Port Lincoln sounds like many other normal regional touch associations, it’s time to think again. This is their ANZAC Day clash or Easter matches of the AFL or NRL…It’s called the Cummins Classic and it’s certainly becoming classic. This year July 29th is the date. Both sides will embark on a tense combined 140km bus trip to Cummins, to play up bush in a regular grudge match between two sworn enemies. For six or seven local Cummins players, this is the one match played on their home turf and local pride is also at stake. Gavin Walding believes the Cummins Classic, about to enter it’s second year under the official title, but having been played for over five years now, could well become a Port Lincoln touch institution. “The Cummins classic is a great night with some of the 300 odd locals wandering down to watch the mad buggers that throw the ball backwards to go forwards,” he says. “It is also a great opportunity for the genuine footy bus trip with many a foggy head in the morning.” The teams taking the field for this year’s Cummins Classic are The Masters and The Rik Rik’s. Peter Tokarski (the legend credited with Port Lincoln’s touch revival) leads the Masters, who are the usual collection of those continuing to defy both physics and age to take the field, with their oldest player being over 60. The Masters make up a large proportion of the SA 45’s & 50’s masters sides, who have competed since the 1999 Australian masters with various success. Their opponents for the past two years have been a group of players based around the United Yeelanna football club, whose home ground is around 90km from Port Lincoln. Many of the Rik Rik’s are ex-students of the Masters’ leader, Peter Tokarski. For this auspicious round a few ring-ins tend to appear, along with around 300 locals, who may not fully understand the rules, but love the intensity and the underlying fun of the game. “By the end of the Classic the locals are yelling & cheering along with the players, helped of course by the bar conveniently located next to the field,” Gavin Walding says. After the game the best player receives their medallion and the winners gloat in their short-lived glory. Players and spectators alike then adjourn to the pub across the road for a chance to catch up with friends before boarding the bus for the trip back home. Keep tuned for a full match report in following months. By Rachel Moyle
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Troy Deeney optimistic about Watford formby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTroy Deeney says that he will be back sooner than expected as he recovers from injury.The Watford skipper is going through recovery from a knee operation, which he underwent in mid-August.He is already running on a treadmill and could be ready for field activities very soon.The striker spoke with the club website about his return date and said: “I know when I’m aiming to be back, it’s not too far away now.”I’m just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. They are holding me back for my benefit, but when they let me go there will be no stopping me, so they are just trying to rein me in until it’s safe medically and then I’ll be going and pushing myself.”I’m just ready for it. I know what to expect and that I will have to fight for my place. I don’t think there’ll be any playing 45 minutes for the Under-23s first. I’ll be expected to go straight in and I’m ready for everything that is coming.”