Reviving Assam’s ancient ink

first_imgBy unravelling the science behind Assam’s ancient herbal ink ‘mahi’, researchers are planning to recreate the lost techniques of manuscript writing. They say their efforts could boost heritage tourism.The technique involves extracting ‘mahi’ using cow urine from a cocktail of fruit pulp and tree bark such as haritaki, amla, bibhitakhi or bhomora, mango and jamun — often infused with the blood of eels or catfish. Rust from iron tools or nails was added for an intense black hue.‘Mahi’ was used in early and medieval Assam for writing on ‘sancipat’ (folios made of the bark of the sanci tree) manuscripts. Some folios were gifted by Kumar Bhaskar Barman, the then King of Pragjyotishpura (ancient Assam) to Harshavardhana, an emperor who ruled north India from 606 to 647 C.E., a testimony to the period of use.The endurance of the ink is proven by the stability of sancipat manuscripts. The key factor for this long-lasting marriage between ‘mahi’ and ‘sancipat’ is the herbal concoction’s resistance to aerial oxidation and fungal attacks.“One of the reasons for the manuscripts’ stability is the anti-fungal activity of the ink. This is due to its raw materials, including astringent fruits and cow urine, which seems to have a protective effect on cellulosic sancipat against fungal attack in the hot and humid climate of Assam,” said Robin Kumar Dutta, Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University.No loss of textIn contrast, some formulations of acidic iron gall ink — which was in use at the same time in Europe — can render documents illegible by causing loss of text, bleeding and fading due to ink corrosion.Professor Dutta believes the study of ancient ink and paint may help retrieve useful information regarding traditional practices. “Efforts are on to recreate these heritage tokens (sancipat and mahi) in lab conditions and upscale them. They can be used as tourism marketing tools. For tourists who visit Egypt or Europe, papyrus scrolls are popular. Similarly, we are working towards the idea that mahi and sancipat can become popular tokens. In addition, for locals, there is an emotional attachment to a piece of heritage,” Professor Dutta explained.Professor Dutta and his colleagues Barsha R. Goswami, Monoj K. Das, Pranjal P. Das, Tapas Medhi, Anand Ramteke and Simanta Hazarika (Gauhati University) published a report on scientific assays of ‘mahi’ in Current Science last month.The major phytochemical constituents in ‘mahi’ have been identified as phenolic acids, flavonoids and tannins and their complexes with iron. Though there are several recorded recipes for ‘mahi’ formulation, one commonality exists for all: the season during which it is concocted.“It is only prepared (in natural settings) in the winter season. The low temperature and dry conditions in winter ensure minimum exposure of the mixture to microbes and heat, which may decompose the dyes during the long time needed for extraction,” Professor Dutta noted.“In mahi, no external stabiliser is used whereas gum Arabic is used for the purpose in iron gall ink. Another interesting feature is that the pH of mahi remains neutral because of cow urine and the absence of acidic ingredients like vinegar. Iron gall ink has an acidic character that leads to destruction of the manuscripts,” he said.The study was carried out using a sample of ‘mahi’ obtained from M.M. Bora of Dhing in Assam. Mr. Bora is a practitioner of the manuscript-writing tradition on sancipat and fresh samples of mahi were prepared under his supervision.last_img read more

Hidilyn Diaz’s niece bags weightlifting silver in Arafura Games

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Kate Diaz gave the Philippines’ its first medal in the 2019 Arafura Games after taking home the silver in the women’s weightlifting competition Saturday at Darwin Convention Centre.The 15-year-older weightlifter, who’s the niece of Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, lifted a total of 115 kilograms after tallying 50 kg in the snatch and 65 kg in the clean and jerk in the women’s 45 kg division. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DeMar DeRozan, Spurs prepared for pressure of Game 7 in Denver PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Chinese-Taipei’s Shi Yue took the gold after lifting a total of 120 kg, 53 kg in the snatch and 67 kg in the clean and jerk. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I learned that whatever happened, my focus and concentration will always be there.”Diaz and Shi were the only ones left to compete after about 30 weightlifters from across all weight categories failed to submit the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) a document that the International Weightlifting Federation requires.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think God has a reason why I settled for the silver medal so I won’t be too confident if I won the gold,” said Diaz, who failed to lift 70 kg in her second and third attempts in the clean and jerk, in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more

ICC World T20: Shahid Afridi makes another U-turn on retirement plans

first_imgPakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s indecision over his retirement plans continued today when he made another U-turn minutes before his side’s crucial ICC World Twenty20 match against Australia in Mohali. This is a do-or-die game for Pakistan after back-to-back defeats against India and New Zealand. If they lose today, Pakistan would be knocked out of the World T20 in the group stages. Afridi has been under immense pressure from certain quarters back home. He had invited the wrath of Javed Miandad after claiming that the Pakistan team received more affection here in India than at home. (Shahid Afridi hints at retirement after Australia game ) The veteran all-rounder was also slammed by the BCCI over his comments on Kashmir ahead of the match against New Zealand in Mohali on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to sack Afridi as captain after the World T20. Amid such pressure, Afridi had hinted at retirement after the game against Australia. “It might be the last game of my career against Australia. Let’s see how things go,” Afridi said at the presentation ceremony after Pakistan lost to New Zealand by 22 runs at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.However, Afridi retracted his statement sensationally today. “Ihaven’t taken any decision [on the retirement]. I will do it in front of my nation,” Afridi said when asked if this would be the last game ofhis international career.Afridi clarified his statement after Pakistan crashed out of the World T20, thanks to the 21-run defeat against Australia. “I’ll go back home and then make a decision. I’ll do what’s best for the country. I will announce this in my country. It’s not easy to handle pressure as Pakistan captain.”advertisement Afridi played only 27 Tests for Pakistan despite his early promise and retired from ODIs after the World Cup last year, having played 398 matches.last_img read more

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first_imgLeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. With Complete Ecosystem, Groundbreaking technologies, and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries,LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media Contact: Aaron Samuel Rajendran +91-9686100143 LeEco, India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRN BMR BMRlast_img read more

Chinese football at crossroads again after Lippi abruptly quits

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “My pay is very high and I take all the blame. I am quitting as China coach,” Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.“We could beat weaker opponents like Maldives and Guam, but when we encountered stronger teams like the Philippines and Syria, we could not play our own football.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceLippi then abruptly left the press conference, walking out before translators had even finished interpreting what he was saying. His second spell as China coach lasted only six matches.Hours later, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said in a statement that it accepted Lippi’s resignation. Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, facing lengthy ban, rejects dope test charge The former Juventus and Italy boss, who was broadly popular in China, reportedly earned 180 million yuan ($25 million) per year, making him one of the best-paid coaches in the world.He first quit the post in January after taking China to the Asian Cup quarter-finals, where they lost 3-0 to Iran, and his compatriot Fabio Cannavaro took over.But Cannavaro lasted only two matches — both 1-0 defeats — before saying that balancing the job with managing Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande was too much.That saw Lippi return in May with the aim of taking China to the World Cup.Li Tie to take over?China languishes 69th in the FIFA world rankings and have reached the World Cup only once, in 2002, when they left without a point or scoring a goal.Lippi, who began his first spell as China coach in October 2016, was accused earlier this month by local media of delivering “a slap in the face” to Chinese football, amid grumblings that he was not doing enough to justify his hefty salary.It came after the CFA announced that former Everton midfielder Li Tie would temporarily take charge of the national side at the East Asian championships next month in South Korea, with Lippi opting to remain home in Italy.The 42-year-old Li, who is coach of CSL side Wuhan Zall, will now be in pole position to succeed Lippi.China has begun naturalizing foreign players, such as the Brazilian forward Elkeson, but their squad remains limited.That lack of quality was the “core” problem, said Xinhua in a commentary, refusing to blame Lippi, who lifted the 2006 World Cup with Cannavaro as his skipper. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “We are really sorry that the unsatisfactory results disappoint all Chinese fans,” the CFA said.“The CFA will seriously reflect, rebuild the team, and try our best in the following World Cup qualifiers.”Syria’s victory left them comfortably atop Group A in qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.China is five points behind in second, only above the Philippines on goal difference, putting their World Cup hopes in peril.It has been a turbulent year for Chinese football and Lippi’s resignation is another dent to the government’s hopes of making the country a superpower in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “How many times have we blamed the loss on the head coach, the national team management etc,” said Xinhua.“But when we invited a World Cup winner… the result was still disappointing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis (FILES) This file photo taken on June 7, 2019 shows China’s coach Marcello Lippi looking on during the team’s football friendly match against the Philippines in Guangzhou, in China’s southern Guangdong province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTChina is searching for a third coach this year after the football association accepted Marcello Lippi’s resignation following the damaging loss to Syria in World Cup qualifying.A clearly infuriated Lippi, the 71-year-old Italian World Cup winner, made a brief but angry appearance in front of the media after the 2-1 defeat on Thursday in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more


first_imgHe also said that CPEC is “for the regional stability”.He also said that CPEC is “for the regional stability”.”This is also Chinas purpose to carry forward with this giant project jointly with Pakistan. If CPEC is completed not only China and Pakistan but also Afghanistan, India and Iran can benefit a lot.”It is quite open. In future, some Indian regional development initiatives can use the physical development of CPEC like Indias connectivity to the Central and West Asia, Gulf region, Indias projects in Chabahar port in Iran,” he said.He claimed the CPEC will not disturb the sovereignty claim of Pakistan and India in the Kashmir issue.”It is quite clearly written in the 1963 border treaty of Pakistan and China. One of the clause clearly stated that if Pakistan and India finally reach agreement on Kashmir issue then the treaty would be accordingly amended.”The CPEC construction is conducive to regional stability including Chinas Xinjiang. China dare not give up the management and frontier regional development just for being sensitive to the Indian concerns over Kashmir issue. China has its own national concerns, especially stability of Xinjiang,” he said.”If Indian concern is too much, China is also one part of the Kashmir issue. If the accession (area by Pakistan to China) is regarded by India as one part of the problem then let the three of us sit down to talk. Whatever happened in the past, it has not become so serious then let us talk about it.advertisement”Do not let it stand in the way of our respective socio economic development and do not allow it to come in the way of China-India cooperation,” he said.Asked about Indias concerns over terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Hu said Islamabad should address Indias concerns for its own development.He also said there are differences between Pakistans civil and military over crucial issues.”Some times they dont agree with each other on some sensitive issues. My concern is that if India become more hawkish, hostile, it could only create more troubles for Pakistan,” he said.Hu also said there is difference between CPEC and South China Sea dispute where China objects to India taking up oil drilling projects in Vietnam.China stands for joint development of the South China Sea region but other countries which have claims in the region opposed such a concept, he said.He added that China is concerned over close India-US relations.”In the past Chinese scholars are not so much concerned about India-US ties. We strongly believed that Indias strategic independence can be trusted and can be maintained.”In recent years, Indian strategic independence is facing some challenges because of security issues. The cooperation has been going really far more forward in the past one year,” he said. PTI KJV SAI SK SAIlast_img read more

Fan Runs onto Field, Punches Player in English Soccer Derby (Pics, Vid)

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — A spectator ran onto the field and threw a punch at Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish ‘s face during a derby game at Birmingham City on Sunday.The incident happened less than 10 minutes into the second-tier Championship game in central England when Grealish was in the Birmingham penalty area. The fan ran from behind Grealish and swung his right arm at the midfielder, striking the side of his head.“I was walking into position and then just felt a whack around the side of the face,” Grealish said. “Obviously there’s rivalry and stuff in football but I don’t think there’s any place for that.”Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish celebrates scoring against Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship soccer match at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, Birmingham, England, Sunday March 10, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)The intruder was quickly restrained by a stadium security official as several other Villa players rushed in to confront him. He was led away by police, blowing kisses to the crowd as he left before being arrested.“We apologize to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club,” Birmingham said in a statement. “What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this. There are no excuses.”Grealish produced the ideal response by scoring the goal in the second half that secured a 1-0 victory for Villa. But he was booked for jumping into the stands to celebrate with visiting Villa fans.Watch: @AVFCOfficial player @JackGrealish1 is attacked by a man storming the pitch during a Championship match against @BCFC. The man was arrested immediately after the attack and Grealish went on to score during the game.Read the full story here:— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 10, 2019“I just tried to get on with my job,” Grealish said. “To score the winner was unbelievable, after what happened in the first half I think it was set up for it.”The competition organizer said it “condemns the mindless actions” of the man who attacked Grealish.“It’s a situation no player should ever be faced with,” the English Football League said in a statement. “In all circumstances the playing surface is for players, not supporters and those playing in the game must be able to do so safe in the knowledge they will not be subjected to this type of behavior.“Whilst this incident falls within the remit of the Football Association, we will work with all the relevant parties to address the issue of player and match officials safety on the pitch and ensure the appropriate action is taken.”Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, right, celebrates scoring against Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship soccer match at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, Birmingham, England, Sunday March 10, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)Precautionary measures were already taken in an attempt to reduce the risk of violence.“We kick off on Sunday at 12 o’clock for a reason, to keep the people out of the pubs,” Villa manager Dean Smith said. “Security’s got to be ready for people coming on to the pitch but then some lunatic goes on trying to make a name for himself.”Birmingham said it would assist the authorities in their investigations and review stadium safety procedures.“We deplore the behavior of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St. Andrew’s for life,” the club said. “The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.”The attack followed a number of recent high-profile incidents of crowd trouble north of the border in Scottish football.In Friday night’s 1-1 draw between Rangers and Hibernian, Rangers captain James Tavernier found himself face to face with a Hibernian fan who had jumped out of the home support stand during a game on Friday night. The previous weekend a glass bottle was thrown from the same section of the stadium as Celtic winger Scott Sinclair prepared to take a corner during a game at Hibernian.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hardik Pandya needs to be more consistent with both bat and ball: MSK Prasad

first_imgHardik Pandya received a lot of flak towards the fag end of the five-match Test series between India and England. His disappointing performance with both the bat and ball in the fourth Test at Southampton, which India lost by 60 runs to give England an unassailable 3-1 lead, led to him being dropped for the final match at The Oval.The chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Sunday admitted that Pandya needs to be a bit more consistent before adding that the all-rounder has shown that he can perform in all conditions.”Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder in the making. He scored a century against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. He batted well against South Africa in the Cape Town Test and performed well both with bat and ball against England in Nottingham. This clearly shows that he can perform in all conditions,” Prasad said.”Only thing we expect from him is more consistency with both bat & ball. I am sure this tour would have been a big learning experience in his career. He will be a better player with the experience he has gained from this tour.”Rishabh Pant’s fearless batting has impressed Prasad, who now wants the youngster to complement it with quality glovework at the highest level.The 20 year became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a hundred in England during the Oval Test but was shoddy behind the stumps in the three Tests he played.”I am really happy the way Rishab batted in the last Test in England. In fact we never had any doubts about his batting skills. My only concern is about his wicket-keeping,” Prasad said.advertisementHowever Prasad, a former India stumper himself, wants a training module to be created for Pant, wherein he hones his skills under specialist keeping coach.”Now that he (Pant) has the experience of three Test matches under his belt, he would have understood the areas that he needs to work on.”We are also trying to put him under wicket-keeping specialist coach for sometime. Along with Rishab we have identified few more upcoming wicket-keepres who need to be trained under a specialist coach. I expect Rishabh to serve Indian cricket for a long time,” Prasad said, laying out his plans.The performance of the Indian openers was disappointing throughout the series save KL Rahul’s 149 but Prasad pointed how even the England openers struggled.”Yes, it is definitely a cause of concern. If you look at it whenever we have got that good start we went on to win the Test match. Having said that openers of both the teams struggled in this series due to tough conditions,” he said.”After playing 160 Tests, a player of Alastair Cook’s calibre has failed throughout the series except the last Test. In his interview, Cook openly said that this was one of the toughest conditions he played in his entire career.”So we should be a bit more considerate about our players,” he added.However, he assured that both Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal will get their due for stupendous show at the national and A level.”Yes I do agree that Mayank Agarwal & Prithvi Shaw have been consistently performing well at domestic and India A levels. They will get their dues.”Murali Vijay after getting dropped from the Test team has now gone back to County cricket and got fifty and hundred on debut for Essex.”I always believe that whenever a player is not among runs he needs to go back to first class cricket to regain his form be it Ranji Trophy or a County stint,” he said.While Ravichandran Ashwin has been panned by critics for his poor show in Southampton, Prasad feels that Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav are three top choices in the longest version of the game.”I have no doubt in the abilities of Ashwin and Jadeja. Kuldeep also is in pipeline and had a good time with India A team against Australia A. I am sure all of them can deliver in any conditions,” he asserted.However, Prasad refused to put a number on the chances that any player could be given before making a final assessment of his abilities.”I feel it is not appropriate to say that a player will be given only particular number of opportunities to establish. A good player understands the dynamics & demands of International cricket and quickly adapt to it.”I always keep saying that time and again that as a selector we only select the players and it’s up to the players to make use of the opportunities,” he said.advertisementThe chairman also echoed the sentiments of captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri that 1-4 isn’t a reflection of how much effort the team put in.”It was a great series where the result of 1-4 is not the true reflection of the tough contest we had between the two teams. There were moments for us in this series which we could have capitalised.”Bowling and slip catching has come up a long way in this series and we only need to bat well collectively when the team requires,” Prasad concluded.last_img read more

ICC welcome to take T20, ODI World Cup out of India for tax exemption: BCCI

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the recent ICC quarterly meeting was told by the world body to get tax exemption for conducting future global events like the 2021 T20 World Cup and 2023 ODI World Cup. If BCCI fails to get the exemption, it will have to bear the tax liability in hosting the showpiece events. But the move has not gone down well with certain sections within the board.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that the ICC was free to move the tournament out of India if it felt that was the way forward as matters related to tax needed the government’s approval and external pressure would not help.”We will abide by what the Tax Department and the Ministry decides on this. We would love for the World Cup to take place here, but if the ICC wants to play hard ball, they must be ready for everything.”If they want to take the ICC tournament out of India, it’s fine. Let BCCI then take the revenue out of the ICC and see who loses more.”Those in-charge of administration are trying to take policy decisions without jurisdiction to do so. The ICC will find it difficult to hold the BCCI to those decisions since a lot of these decisions do not have the approval of the board,” the official pointed.Another BCCI official added that while the ICC claims to have an inclusive approach, it looks at every possible opportunity to hurt India’s interest.advertisement”It was found earlier that the ICC had a different contract with different member boards. For example, Cricket Australia was only required to make best endeavours to get tax exemption while the BCCI was required to ensure tax exemption.”See, this is a result of a situation where the present BCCI is found wanting. The CoA bigwig wants to show that he is in control of things and whenever that happens, the democratic functioning of an organisation is the first casualty.”There is no way that the BCCI should agree to this. The ICC cannot on the one hand say that they aim to have an inclusive approach and on the other hand look at every possible opportunity to hurt India’s interest,” the official signed off.Also Read | BCCI to bear tax burden for 2021 T20 World Cup, 2023 World Cup if no tax exemptionAlso Read | ICC in constant touch with BCCI: Amitabh ChaudharyAlso Read | ICC working on consistent framework for T20 leagues around the worldlast_img read more



Kylian Mbappé: the fast learner who takes it all in his rapid stride

first_imgWorld Cup Share on Twitter France “I was a dreamer when I was younger,” Mbappé confided to us a few weeks ago. “My parents did care a bit about ‘my mouth’. But now they are the ones in the wrong position.”He had to fight to get there, guided by his own impatience, which in this case may have had some virtues. In 2015-2016, his third season in Monaco, Mbappé entered his last year as a youth team player and did not understand why Leonardo Jardim did not include him in the professional group. He had the ability, he knew it. But Jardim did not know, until the international week of November 2015.“I remember very well the first training session Kylian had with Jardim,” says Luis Campos, Monaco’s former technical director who used to work as José Mourinho’s scout. “At the end of the session, Leonardo calls me and says: ‘This kid, he must not go down to the youth team anymore, he will work with us and when he gets his chance, I think he’ll get there.’ Leonardo was a little late, that’s the truth.”The period is crucial, for the player and for the club, who feared losing its prized asset for free at the end of that season. Behind the scenes, moves were going on. Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Arsenal had already made multiple approaches. Arsène Wenger met him in person to try to convince him to join the London club. Mbappé falters, he is especially on the brink of answering PSG’s call. But, in Paris to sign the contract, he is finally convinced that Laurent Blanc, the PSG coach at the time, will not give him a chance. “We were not very far away. There were two clubs in the final – AS Monaco and PSG,” said Olivier Létang, then deputy sports director of the latter. “What was missing was the feeling he would get playing time. Because Kylian wanted to play and it was his feeling that he would have more opportunity to play at Monaco than PSG.” Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Read more features Has the penny finally dropped for newly disciplined Paul Pogba? Share on WhatsApp It was finally Campos, tasked by the Monaco’s owners to resolve the situation, who tipped the decision in their favour.“I remember perfectly when Vadim [Vasilyev, vice president of AS Monaco] gave me the green light,” he recalls. “It was like a light from God, because just after, I left the changing room and I saw Kylian’s mom. I went up in the stands and spent 40 minutes with her. I explained to her, with my experience of big clubs, the advantages of Kylian staying in Monaco. I told her the most important thing is that the day Kylian gets into the changing room of a big club, he hears the other players say: ‘Hello Kylian, welcome, we love you a lot.’ If he had left Monaco at that time, he would have arrived in a large changing room, with great ego, like a stranger. They would have looked at him and said: ‘Who is this kid?’”On March 6 2016, it’s official: Mbappé signed his first professional contract and committed to Monaco until 2019, with a signing-on bonus of about €3m and an evolutionary monthly salary: €85,000 the first year, €100,000 the second and €120,000 the third. Considerable sums for a player of his age. A few weeks later, in the summer of 2016, Mbappé, still only 17, and his team are crowned European Under-19 champions. He scored five goals in five games during the competition, including two in the semi-final.“In the final [against Italy, won 4-0] he also makes this kind of sombrero flick over the player for the fourth goal,” remembers Batelli, still as much blown away by what he saw. “This gesture, despite all the fatigue of the competition … I am sure that it was in the third or fourth minute of the match, but he was still ready to try it. And that’s Kylian Mbappé.”A magnificent player of promise for French football. “I’ve already worked with Cristiano Ronaldo and I can make a mental comparison between the two,” admits Campos. “They are the same. They are born to be champions, to be stars, to win the most beautiful things. Today, Kylian is 60% of his true potential and 60% is already one of the best in the world. Imagine him at 100%. You imagine? He will be amazing.”This is an extract from France Football’s article that was published in September 2017 Not everyone is so impressed, however. The coach of France’s under-17 team, Jean-Claude Giuntini, who did not respond to our requests for an interview, considered Mbappé to be an inconsistent talent. In 2015, he did not even summon the striker to compete in the European Championship in Bulgaria that was won by the Les Bleuets. He preferred Odsonne Édouard (now at Celtic), who was crowned top scorer of the competition. The following season, in the under‑18s, Giuntini still did not select the Monaco player. He did not believe in him and criticised Mbappé for a lack of defensive involvement and his attitude. Suddenly, Ludovic Batelli, the under‑19 coach, decided to gazump him.“At the time, I was an orphan of Ousmane Dembélé, who rose very quickly to the under-21 side,” says Batelli. “There was a missing link and I thought of Kylian. I inquired about him. I was told little things about his character, about his attitude. I was told that he had an individualistic relationship on the pitch, sometimes showing small moods. I ignored all that. I just focused on what I saw when he came with us. And there, I saw a future prodigy, which, in addition, adhered to all our codes.”This was despite a considerable age gap. “In fact, he was two years younger,” says Batelli. “And when we see, at that age, the importance of the differences from a size, weight, maturity, intelligence point of view … it was fantastic. He had an ability to express and analyse that I have rarely seen in kids of this age.”His new teammates adopted him immediately. “When he arrived in the group, we had to play the elite qualifying round for the European Championship,” said Lucas Tousart, the Lyon midfielder. “We go to Serbia and we have three games to play. We must finish first and it is him who scored the goal that allowed us to win the last game and go to the finals.” Facebook Topics Kylian Mbappé on the attack for Monaco against Nantes in a Ligue 1 game in 2016. Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images Share on Messenger World Cup 2018 The life of the little football geniuses sometimes has all kinds of discord and anger. Kylian Mbappé has been through this and is bound to be held responsible for the conflicts in his early career. But this kid, deeply devoted to the game, seemed stronger than anything, on the field and off it, as he prepared from a young age to navigate the pitiless environment of football.“His father Wilfried has videos of him as a child, in which he tells his story,” says family friend Alain Mboma. “He is four years old – four years old! – and he described the journey he wanted to take.” Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook Solid, together, Mbappé … five reasons why France are in World Cup final Twitter Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Read morelast_img read more

Vale Bob Dyke

first_imgBob’s involvement in the game started in the 1960’s when with Ray Vawdon, he helped create the sport. They formed the South Sydney Touch Association in 1968 before founding the New South Wales Touch Association in 1972 and he was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Australian Touch Association in 1976. He was instrumental in the drawing up of the official rules of the sport and competition structures. He visited many ‘informal’ Touch Football gatherings sharing his and Ray’s vision assisting them form associations and structured competitions. He served as Senior Vice President with the New South Wales Touch Association from 1972 to 1978 and Finance Director from 1979 to 1981, following which he became the sports first fulltime paid administrator. At a national level he was the Finance Director in 1978 and 1979 before taking on the role of Vice President from 1980 to 1982. Bob’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, 5 January 2011 at Allambie Gardens in the Somerville Chapel commencing at 10am. On behalf of the whole Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia offers Bob’s wife, Dawn, and his entire family our deepest condolences.last_img read more

‘Liverpool shouldn’t blow budget on Coutinho’

first_imgLiverpool have been advised not to “blow their transfer budget” on re-signing Philippe Coutinho, with John Aldridge of the opinion that Wilfried Zaha would be a better option for Jurgen Klopp.A return to Anfield for the Brazil international playmaker has been mooted this summer.Coutinho only left Merseyside in the winter transfer window of 2018, but has struggled to make the impact expected of him at Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Champions League winners Liverpool are considered to be in need of greater creativity in the middle of the park and many have talked up the logic of moving for a familiar face.Alrdidge, though, is not convinced, with the former Reds striker telling the Irish Independent: “Coutinho left on a sour note as he forced his way out of the club and while he is a great player, I don’t think Liverpool should blow their transfer budget on bringing him back.“None of us have forgotten that Coutinho left Liverpool in a difficult position when he jumped ship mid-way through the season, so we should not give him a simple route back to play for the European champions.“We all trust Klopp in whatever decisions he makes, but I think adding attacking a top quality attacking option would be the way forward this summer.”Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 2018-19Having suggested that Coutinho is not the answer for Liverpool, Aldridge has offered up an alternative solution.He believes that the Reds should be shopping closer to home, with a potential match-winner to be found on the books of Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.“Wilfried Zaha is the one I think he [Klopp] should go for,” added Aldridge.“With Daniel Sturridge leaving the club and his huge wages coming off the weekly bill, it opens up the opportunity for Klopp to sign an out-and-out goalscorer who could offer something different if one of the front three is injured or out of form.“Zaha has given Liverpool some real problems in the last couple of years and Klopp’s ability to turn talents of his type into consistent performers has to make him the kind of player who could thrive at Anfield.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Dipa Karmakar is motivating youngsters to do something special: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgDipa Karmakar is motivating youngsters to do something special: Sachin TendulkarGymnast Dipa Karmakar became an overnight star after finishing at a creditable fourth place in the Vault event during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.advertisement Next Press Trust of India MumbaiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 23:20 IST Dipa Karmakar had finished fourth in the Vault final at the Rio Olympics (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDipa Karmakar missed out on a bronze medal by a whisker at the Rio Olympics”Dipa has not only left an impression, but also motivated thousands of youngsters,” Tendulkar saidTendulkar also batted for the inclusion of cricket in the OlympicsSachin Tendulkar on Tuesday lavished praise on gymnast Dipa Karmakar for motivating youngsters in the country. Sachin Tendulkar was present at the Mumbai launch of the book ‘Dipa Karmakar – The Small Wonder’.”Dipa has not only left an impression, but also motivated thousands of youngsters to go out and do something special for our country and that is what matters,” Tendulkar said at the event.Karmakar, who became an overnight star after finishing at a creditable fourth place in the Vault event during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, said her focus was now on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification.”I will be competing in Olympic qualification event in March. Now the criteria for getting qualification has changed drastically,” said Karmakar.”This criteria is very tough for the countries like us, who are not developed much in gymnastics. But, I am preparing and trying at my best [to get that qualification].”Karmakar shared several anecdotes about her coach Nandi and also spoke about the contribution of Dr Anant Joshi, who operated her following the knee injury.CRICKET IN OLYMPICS?Tendulkar also batted for cricket to be included in the Olympic Games, saying there are different versions of the sport and featuring the game in the quadrennial event will make the sport more global.”Being a cricketer, I will say that the game needs to be globalised, without any doubt,” Tendulkar said when asked for his thoughts on cricket in the Olympic Games.”Some time ago, I was there at the 2016 Rio Olympics. I also spoke to Mr Thomas Bach [IOC President], and told him that I feel cricket should be included [in the Olympics].”advertisementTendulkar also feels other teams need to be given ample time to prepare if cricket is included in the Olympics. “When cricket is included, one needs to give enough time for the rest of the teams to prepare,” he said.”He [Bach] was under the impression, five days how can we … cricket is one of those few sports where there are multiple versions — One Day, T20, T10, by the time they [IOC] introduce cricket in the Olympics, — it might be 5 overs or whatever.”But I think, the game [cricket] should be there [in the Olympics], being a cricketer I would want that to happen. I am looking forward to it, without any doubt,” said Tendulkar, who has plethora of records to his name.Former Olympians M M Somaiya, Dhanraj Pillay, Viren Rasquinha, former badminton player Aparna Popat, former shooter Suma Shirur along with an array of sports-stars were present at the event.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Dipa KarmakarFollow Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

Blame everyone but BJPs handling of economy Cong on FMs OlaUber remarks

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday took a jibe at finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her remarks that the automobile sector slowdown was due to factors like change in mindset of millennials, with party leader Abhishek Singhvi saying blame everyone but the BJP’s handling of the economy. Sitharaman on Tuesday had said the slowdown in the automobile sector was due to many factors like the change in mindset of millennials, who now prefer taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber instead of committing for monthly installments to own a car. Reacting to her remarks, Singhvi tweeted: “Yes..that’s great. Blame the voters..blame everyone but BJP’s handling of the economy Mrs Finance Minister.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress, in a tweet from its official Twitter handle, also took a dig at Sitharaman for her remarks. “So the decline in bus and truck sales is also because millennials have stopped buying them as much as they used to. Isn’t that right FM Smt. @nsitharaman?” the party said. In a tweet on Wednesday, Singhvi also questioned how the economy will cross 5 trillion dollars in view of the prevailing circumstances. “Modi ji’s Twitter followers have crossed 50 million. Economy will cross 5 trillion (dollars), but how? Youths are not getting jobs, will you hold opposition responsible for this too. Uber, Ola have ruined everything,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Whatever good has happened, has been done by us (Modinomics). Whatever bad has happened, has been done by others (Nirmalanomics). Then, why have people elected you? (Publiconomics),” he said in another tweet. The Congress, in a tweet, also attacked the government over a media report claiming that crores of stocks in investor wealth has been wiped off in the first 100 days of the Modi government’s second term. “Despite their promise of protecting wealth creators, the government’s disastrous policies have wiped away Rs 12.5 lakh crore of investor wealth in the last 100 days. Unlike the FM’s excuses, these are the real reasons for it: Demonetisation, GST, Tax Terrorism,” the party said.last_img read more

Service sector predicts Canadian drilling activity will fall even more in 2019

first_imgCALGARY – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five per cent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Outgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.3,532 of those wells are epxected to be drilled in Alberta. The decrease in wells is going to mean $1,5 to $1.8 billion less in capitl spending by exploration and production companies across the country #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) November 1, 2018The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.last_img read more

House of Representatives Ends Session on Wednesday

first_imgRabat – The House of Representatives ended on Wednesday the autumn session of the 2013-2014 legislative year.At the closing plenary session, speaker of the House of Representatives Karim Ghellab said the session was marked by two major events. The first was the opening of the session by King Mohammed VI and the speech by the Sovereign to the members of both Houses of Parliament.“This speech was the main reference for our parliamentary action, especially since it was a roadmap for the implementation of the constitutional provisions and strengthening cooperation between legislative and executive powers in respect of the separation of powers,” said Ghellab. The second landmark relates to the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of Parliament, an event that was marked by the royal message to the members of both houses of parliament and in which new horizons have been defined for the promotion of parliamentary practice and capitalizing on the successful experiences in the field, said Ghellab.last_img read more

UN forum in SouthEast Asia calls for more investment to reduce disaster

20 February 2012Last year’s devastating floods across South-East Asia were a “wake-up call” on the need for much greater investment in disaster risk reduction across the region, a United Nations forum heard today. Delegates from nine countries attending the one-day forum, held in Bangkok and co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), called for much greater investment in disaster risk reduction in the future to protect economic growth.The forum was held to discuss lessons learned from last year’s floods and to devise ways to make the region’s countries more resilient to future disasters.More than 1,000 people were killed and billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure was reported last year during some of the worst floods in generations in South-East Asia, with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam among the nations hardest hit. Typhoon Washi also caused enormous damage in the Philippines.Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, told the forum that national and regional disaster risk reduction plan must be implemented more quickly.“Hazards become disasters in the absence of development and with inadequate investment in risk reduction,” she said. “This knowledge-sharing meeting presents us with the opportunity to address gaps in regional and national disaster preparedness, management and response.”Dr. Heyzer stressed that disasters such as the 2011 floods make development more difficult and disproportionately impact the least economically developed communities.Delegates described last year’s inundations as a “wake-up call to policy-makers, governments, private sector and civil society that there is a gap between rapid economic growth and investment in disaster risk reduction,” according to a press release issued by ESCAP after the forum.The participants called for accelerated investment to fill the gap to protect key social and economic assets from disasters, especially in those areas with rapid economic growth.The forum was attended by representatives of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand and Viet Nam. read more

Twothirds of Canadian households saving for retirement census suggests

By David HodgesTwo-thirds of households are setting aside money for retirement, taking advantage of either a registered pension plan, an RRSP or a tax-free savings account, Statistics Canada said Wednesday as it released the latest batch of numbers from the 2016 census.Of 14 million households, 65.2 per cent made a contribution in 2015 — the most recent year for which data was available — to one or more of the three major savings vehicles, an apparent counterpoint to the prevailing narrative that too many Canadians take a cavalier approach to retirement.Different generations took different approaches: Major income earners aged 35 to 54 were prone to make use of registered pension plans and RRSPs, while those younger than 35 and those older than 54 were more likely to contribute to a TFSA.Or, in Statistics Canada’s words: “Participation in savings plans followed strong life-cycle patterns.”Savings profileIt’s the first time the census has probed the question, taking advantage of tax data to paint a more accurate picture of just how seriously Canadians take it — a picture which experts say has long been distorted by suspect data and aggressive investment marketing.“I think things in general are still in pretty good shape when it comes to preparing for retirement,” said Fred Vettese, chief actuary at Morneau Shepell in Toronto.“For the most part, when you look at middle-income Canadians they are saving. So one of the problems with the statistics is that they end up being misleading.”Vettese said he’s particularly frustrated by the oft-cited national household saving rate, which landed at 4.6 per cent in the second quarter of this year, compared with 20 per cent in 1980.“That’s the stat that people keep on harping on, and it has dropped a lot — but that household saving rate is a funny number.”For starters, household saving doesn’t include Canada Pension Plan contributions — “for most people, you figure that their CPP contributions are savings for retirement,” he said — which means federal efforts to enhance the pension plan won’t change that figure “one iota.”What’s more, Vettese said, the household saving rate deducts what retired Canadians might take out of their nest egg once it becomes a source of income.“So, with an aging population and more people drawing an income then used to be the case back in the 1990s, obviously it’s going to look like people are saving less.”Research compiled by actuary Malcolm Hamilton of the C.D. Howe Institute suggests that the rate of retirement saving for employed people has actually almost doubled in recent decades.Retirement savings plansHamilton’s data-crunching exercise — which sought to correct for household saving’s shortcomings — showed a surge between 1990 and 2012 in contributions to retirement savings plans, even as household saving dropped sharply. Over that 22-year period, contributions went from 7.7 per cent of earnings to 14.1 per cent.“Some of that is public pension saving plans, so employers and employees are both putting money in,” said Vettese. “But some of that is actually people putting money into their RRSPs. And you also have to figure that some of the money in TFSAs will be used for retirement.”The numbers released Wednesday show a clear preference among younger workers for tax-free savings accounts, which were introduced in 2009 by the former Conservative government.Of the 45 per cent of major income earners aged 15 to 24 who saved for retirement in 2015, 33.5 per cent opted for TFSAs, compared to 14.3 per cent who contributed to an RRSP. For 25 to 34 year olds, 42 per cent put money in a TFSA, versus 37.3 per cent for an RRSP.Perhaps not surprisingly, those aged 35 to 54 — a generation more familiar with the RRSP model than with tax-free savings accounts — showed a preference for the former, at more than 45 per cent. They were, however, better savers across the board, with nearly three-quarters of their ranks opting for at least one of the three savings tools.Where young and middle-aged would-be savers are concerned, a dramatic increase in housing prices relative to wage growth has been one the biggest challenges, said certified financial planner Jason Heath.The real estate factor“Double-digit real estate appreciation and one per cent wage growth don’t work long-run on a lot of levels,” said Heath, the managing director of Objective Financial Partners in Markham, about 30 kilometres north of Toronto.“This means that more cash flow is being allocated towards home down payments, and it’s taking longer to pay off mortgages. I’m seeing a lot of cases where people are going to have to rely on home equity as part of their retirement plan.”Like Vettese, Heath said he believes baby boomers are largely doing fine when it comes to financing their retirement years.“They bought homes and saved for retirement during a boom time,” he said. “It’s the latter half of the ‘Gen-X’ generation and millennials who are getting squeezed.”A bigger challenge for young and middle-aged Canadians, added Vettese, is the low interest rate environment and the impact that the aging population is having on the balance between savers and borrowers, despite efforts by government to stimulate the economy.“Interest rates are low now and they’re going to be staying low,” he said.“That’s going to be an issue for retirees, because obviously that means they’re not going to get as much of their income from investment returns in retirement as used to be the case.”— Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter read more