Transfer ALERT! Donnarumma ready to leave AC Milan after rejecting new contract

first_imgWonderkid goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has put a host of Europe’s top clubs on red alert after choosing NOT to renew his AC Milan contract.The 18-year-old wonderkid has made over 70 appearances for the Rossoneri since making a surprise breakthrough in October 2015, and many fine performances have attracted attention from high places.Premier League giants Manchester United, Champions League and LaLiga winners Real Madrid and Serie A champions Juventus are all reportedly interested in the young stopper.And he appears to be on his way out of San Siro following an announcement by Milan on Thursday afternoon.In quotes carried by La Gazzetta dello Sport, club director Marco Fassone told a press conference: “We are disheartened. [Donnarumma’s agent] Mino Raiola has conveyed to me Donnarumma’s decision not to renew. It’s his final decision.”Milan are attempting to rebuild their squad after another disappointing league season saw them finish sixth in the table.The position was enough to book Europa League football, but under new Chinese owners the Rossoneri are determined to return to the years of multiple titles and European success.Highly-rated Portuguese striker Andre Silva, Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie and accomplished defenders Ricardo Rodriguez and Mateo Musacchio have already been expensively recruited, but Milan will need to invest in a new top-class keeper if Donnarumma leaves this summer.Fassone added: “We were really hoping that Gigio would be the goalkeeper of the new-look Milan team, a pillar of what we are building here, but we will have to reevaluate things.“This decision, taken by the player and his agent, makes us sad but we must move forward, Milan must move forward.”The Castellammare di Stabia-born player has 12 months remaining on his deal at San Siro, but the club may be tempted to sell this summer rather than allow him to leave for free next year. 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma wants to leave AC Milan last_img read more

SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR CHILDREN INVOLVED IN RESPECTING DIFFERENCE PROGRAMME

first_imgPictured with the books and CDs are: Kevin Fearon, International Project Manager at Early Years and Billy Gamble, Board Member with the International Fund for Ireland with Eoghan Millar and Rhiannon Halliday.The young children’s group Early Years is sending a special delivery to all Donegal pre-schools and early years centres that were involved in the recent Respecting Difference Programme supported by the International Fund for Ireland.Each package contains five colourful story books and a CD featuring music from the programme specially designed to help young children develop positive attitudes to diversity.The books will be delivered to An Scoil Beag Playgroup, Castlefin Community Playgroup, Castlefinn Community Childcare Services, Donegal Travellers Crèche, Glen Outdoor School for Early Learning, Little Stars Creche, Manorcunningham  Community Childcare Centre, Naionra Playgroup, St Gabrielle’s Pre school, Rainbow Playgroup and The Park School for Early Learning. The successful programme provided unique training and resource packs for teachers, parents and pre-school managers with continuous support from an Early Years Specialist.It engaged more than 5,000 young children in Northern Ireland and the Southern border counties over three years with funding from the International Fund for Ireland, Atlantic Philanthropies and the Department of Education.Billy Gamble International Fund for Ireland Board Member said: “The Respecting Differences Programme is a strong example of the practical initiatives supported by the Fund to help develop understanding of diversity and promote respect.“The Fund is committed to helping positively transform communities and believe that classrooms have an important role to play. “These books and music have been specifically designed to help young children realise some of the differences between people and communities. They will help sustain the positive outcomes of the Respecting Difference programme for years to come.”Siobhán Fitzpatrick CBE, Chief Executive Office of Early Years, said: “The Respecting Difference Programme has been instrumental in promoting inclusion and understanding diversity. Teachers and parents have been hugely supportive and many have asked if some of the colourful and musical resources would be available for further classroom activity.“Programmes just like this show that positive changes can be made at a grassroots level even from a very young age. We’re pleased these materials will continue to educate and inspire more children thanks to the International Fund for Ireland’s continued investment in young children.” SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR CHILDREN INVOLVED IN RESPECTING DIFFERENCE PROGRAMME was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR CHILDREN INVOLVED IN RESPECTING DIFFERENCE PROGRAMMElast_img read more

SHOCK AS FINE GAEL AND LABOUR MEMBERS SAY THEY WILL STILL VOTE FOR McNULTY

first_imgJohn McNultyHE may have asked people not to vote for him in the Seanad elections, but Donegal businessman John McNulty could still end up as a Senator.Fine Gael and Labour members of the Government say they will still vote for the Kilcar man even though he has pulled out of the race.The problem is it is too late to take his name off the ballot paper – and the two other candidates include a member of Sinn Fein and an independent backed by Fianna Fail. McNulty said he was pulling out of the race – with many members of Fine Gael in particular seeing him as the innocent victim in a larger cock-up by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.The quiet-spoken Kilcar man – who helps coach his parish senior football team – may end up in the Seanad if enough people vote for him.Labour Party Deputy Leader Alan Kelly told RTE today: “I have no intention of voting for a Sinn Fein candidate.“I have no intention of voting for a candidate supported by Fianna Fail. “In that scenario, I have no option by definition but to vote for what was the Government candidate. That was always my intention and I have no intention of changing it.” SHOCK AS FINE GAEL AND LABOUR MEMBERS SAY THEY WILL STILL VOTE FOR McNULTY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:john mcnultySeanadvotelast_img read more

STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: THE DUNAFF HEADLAND

first_imgIn this second article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series Ian Miller has chosen the little known and seldom visited ‘Dunaff Headland’ on the west coast of the Inishowen peninsula.Living on a northwest tip of the Inishowen Peninsula is the 230 meter high Dunaff Hill. This hill is hemmed in by Dunaff Bay to the south and by the lonely Rocktown Bay to the north, which in turn creates the dramatic Dunaff Headland.The seaward face of the headland is a 4 kilometre stretch of very exposed outrageous sea cliffs running its circumference to a high point of 230 meters which overlooks the isolated sea stack Bothanvarra.The Dunaff headland is a miniature mountain massif which sits marooned on the seaward side of the glacial flatlands containing Dunaff village.Underfoot on Dunaff lives a thick carpet of normally sparsely found flora and fauna. With a thick red undergrowth of the fly eating Sundew and in the damp gullies a mini forests of insect eating Butterworts.In many ways the headland is a botanist time capsule with many of the rarer Irish bog plants in residence.What the headland provides the recreational walker is outstanding coastal views towards Fanad Peninsula and Fanad Head Lighthouse to the west and Malin Head to the north.A highly recommended walk starts from the wee pier at Sudan Port and finishes on the b road at Dunaff Bay just beyond Colum Point.This walk hugs the coast line by following the cliff top path and affords the walker unforgettable panoramas in all directions as far as An Grianan of Aileach over Leenan and Dunree Heads to the south.What Dunaff head provides for the perhaps the more adventurous rock climber is a world class sea stack called Bothanvarra. Bothanvarra is a 70m high chubby Matterhorn shaped sea stack which sits in the most remote, inescapable and atmospheric locations on the Inishowen coastline.Access is by a very committing sea passage along the base of the unescapables or by a scary descent of one of the steep gullies overlooking the stack.After four attempts Bothanvarra has only been climbed once by one person, so it is safe to say it is not yet a very popular rock climbing location.But with a 50 meter high seaward face of currently unclimbed immaculate rock it is a future adventure climbers playground, with off course, suitably entertaining access issues. Access to Bothanvarra requires mirror calm seas, no wind and mid summer sun as the stack sits so close to the overlooking cliffs that it is rarely dry.What is guaranteed is it will receive several visits next summer and it sea ward faces will be explored by visiting rock climbers.Reference Linkshttp://www.uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/dunaff-headhttp://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=272#gloshttp://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=52#gloshttp://iain-miller.blogspot.ie/2014/08/dunaff-head-inishowen.htmlhttp://iain-miller.blogspot.ie/2013/10/inishowen-rock-climbing.htmlSTUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: THE DUNAFF HEADLAND was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dunaff HeadIain MillerNEW! THE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORSlast_img read more

Bankruptcy filing numbers spurting

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Filers also will be required to get professional credit counseling with 180 days of filing. Victims of Hurricane Katrina forced into bankruptcy will be given leeway with regard to the credit counseling and income requirements. How much leeway a filer receives is up to individual bankruptcy trustees, the Justice Department officials tasked with overseeing bankruptcy filings. The law also provides special accommodations for active-duty members of the military, low-income veterans and people with severe medical disabilities. For high-income bankruptcy filers, the new law will supersede “homestead exemptions” in a handful of states that allowed wealthy people to file for bankruptcy while keeping their homes. The law limits the home exemption to $125,000 if the filer bought his residence less than three years and four months before filing, preventing wealthy people from pouring money into an expensive mansion just prior to declaring bankruptcy. The law also makes it harder for businesses in bankruptcy court. A major change is a greater limit on what’s known as the exclusivity period, the span during which a company has the sole right to propose a reorganization plan. Another change will restrict the big pay packages now routinely awarded to top employees in bankruptcy. NEW YORK – The number of personal bankruptcy filings is soaring as the effective date nears for a new law making it harder for consumers to seek protection from debtors. According to Lundquist Consulting, which tallies weekly bankruptcy statistics, 102,863 bankruptcy filings were received in U.S. courts last week – more than 20,000 per day, on average. The number of filings has climbed 19.4 percent year-to-date, to 1.47 million compared with 1.23 million during the same period in 2004. A smaller surge was seen when President George W. Bush signed the bankruptcy overhaul into law April 20. The law is due to take effect Monday, and Lundquist Consulting, a Burlingame, Calif.-based financial research firm, said it expects the number of bankruptcy filings to remain high this week. After Monday, the requirements for bankruptcy protection become much more stringent. People with above-average income, as determined by a standard “means test,” will be barred from filing for Chapter 7 protection, under which debts can be wiped out entirely. Instead, they will have to file more restrictive Chapter 13 bankruptcies, which require a five-year repayment plan. last_img read more

DONEGAL HOSPITAL HOSTS PINK DAY IN AID OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

first_imgFEATURES: Pink was the colour of the day and of the Month at the Sheil Hospital, Ballyshannon.Today the Sheil Hospital hosted a coffee morning and held a lunch timewalk as a fundraiser to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The coffee morning took place at the Sheil from 9:30am to 1:30pm.Proceeding this there was a walk leaving the Hospital, crossing the bridge up through the town of Ballyshannon, finishing at the Sheil.There was a huge turn out by HSE staff and members of the community who came along to have a coffee and enjoy some delicious home baking.Many of the residents at the Sheil also dressed in pink for the day in support of the event. A large group of participants took part on on the walk.All of the walkers adhered to the pink dress code creating a fabulous upliftingdisplay of pink colour through the town of Ballyshannon.The prize for the best dressed person was a lunch for two at the Sandhouse Hotel and this went to Laura Robinson.The second prize of lunch for two at Dorrians Hotel went to Joan O’Kane and third prize ofa bottle of wine went to Marie Hunter.Speaking at the fundraiser, Donna Reid Director of Nursing at the Sheil stated “We are thrilled to see the numbers of people who made the effort to dress in pink today and come along today to support this very worthwhile cause.“This is the second year we have held this fundraiser and we intend to build upon its success year after year.” The Sheil Hospital would like to thank all those who helped organise the fundraiser.And all who baked goods for the coffee morning a special word of thanks goes to the Sandhouse Hotel and Dorrians Hotel for their generous donation of prizes.All proceeds from today’s fundraiser will go towards the Irish Cancer Society.DONEGAL HOSPITAL HOSTS PINK DAY IN AID OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS was last modified: October 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Featuresnewslast_img read more

The Final Journey

first_imgHe lost his father when he was 5, his family was rendered penniless and homeless by the ravages of partition, and yet Sunil Dutt roughed through life with passion and grace. A successful radio career led to a foray into films. Mother India catapulted him to fame and brought the luminous Nargis into his life. The charismatic couple were renowned for their generosity, patriotism, and charitable efforts. They reaped the love of fans on screen for their formidable talent and off screen for their philanthropy. Life threw many curve balls at Sunil Dutt. He lost Nargis and a daughter in law to cancer, stood by his son Sanjay, who first battled drug addiction and later was arrested on charges of involvement in terrorism. Sunil Dutt survived close encounters with death, but never lost his zest for life. The public adulation he commanded is attested by the five parliamentary elections he won and in the thousands of mourners who took to the street, delaying his final yatra to the crematorium by over two hours.In an exclusive interview with Little India’s Kavita Chhibber, a few months before his sudden death on May 25, Sunil Dutt reminisced about his life, his transition from films to politics, and why the bend in the road was never the end of the road for him.I have grown up hearing about you and Nargisji, because my aunt was married to your cousin. Those times were the golden ones and as a young kid, I was always awestruck by the aura that surrounded both of you. And yet the beginnings were not as golden.My father died when I was 5 and my brother Som was an infant. My mother was only 22. We are originally from Khurd, in Punjab, and when partition happened, my family left in an army truck that carried them to a refugee camp. My mother did not even have time to bring any jewelry. My uncle was the only Hindu among his Muslim brethren. They had been our friends, tilled our land, and been like family, and yet he had to leave to save his life. It is never people who are good or bad. Circumstances make us what we are. It was my mother who encouraged me to look forward. With her permission I later moved to Bombay to study and find a good job.Bombay must have been very different in those days.Life was simple and so were the people. We could do with little money and still have fun. No five star hotel cuisine can compare to the food we had at the little dhabas and road side places. It was in Bombay that I was offered a job to host a radio program. I had to interview film stars and the program was very successful. While working on another program I came into contact with many film directors and was offered my first film Railway Platform. I made it a point to finish college, because it was my mother’s dream, and then accepted the role.It was Mother India that catapulted you to fame.I came from a family of non actors, so the entire credit for my performance goes to director Mehboob Khan, who was truly an actors’ director.And you fell in love! Your story seemed straight out of story books. Is that where you first met Nargisji? Your cousin Tilak Raj Dutt used to tell me that he always knew you had a crush on Nargisji because he asked you if there were any actresses worth writing home about and you said there were none except Nargis! Actually I saw her first at a premiere. She had a luminous aura, a rare beauty of goodness that shone through. It was as if she was from another world and beyond reach. Her generosity and kindness was something I discovered later when she took my ailing sister and had her operated upon quietly even though I didn’t know her very well. I always knew that the woman who would become my wife had to be someone who would be able to take care of my younger brother and sister and keep my mother happy. I realized soon after that she was the woman for me. One day I finally decided that the time had come to tell Nargisji how I felt about her and finally gathered enough courage to tell her on a drive back home how I felt. She didn’t say anything, but a couple of days later she told my sister to tell me her answer was yes. We were always supportive of each other. We formed the Ajanta Arts Cultural Troupe and were able to get leading actors and singers from the film industry, and held stage shows at border areas. Though we often roughed it out, sleeping in tents and shivering in sub-zero temperatures, it was worth it when we saw the joy in the eyes of our Jawans who fought to protect our borders and our people.I know that Nargisji was the only one for me. If she had said no to me, I don’t think I would have ever gotten married. I miss her to this day. Each time my life hits a new milestone, or there is a family celebration or even the hard times, my thoughts always go back to her. She would be so proud of her kids especially Sunjay.You also took up direction at a relatively early age. How much does an actor really learn while being in front of a camera?Well, a lot of actors just prefer to do their bit and go home. On the other hand I was always concerned with total Cinema. I spent a lot of time with Mehboob Khan during the making of Mother India, participating in story sessions, watching him compose shots, edit films.Shortly after, I produced two films, Mujhe Jeene Do and Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke and even though I was only the producer, I remained deeply involved in every aspect of the film. After that I started planning a film revolving around just one actor, but the director did not turn up and at the last minute, I decided to direct the film myself. It was a challenge, but I went ahead, and today I feel very happy that I directed that film, Yaadein, because it was the World’s first feature film with one actor. I should be in the Guinness Book of World Records for that!You have acted in all kinds of films, both of value and the regular masala ones, but the pictures you made yourself always had a social theme. I think films are such a strong medium, they must be used to portray themes of value and issues that matter. Unfortunately, the majority of today’s films lack that substance, though technically, we have improved a lot. I became a producer and director at a very early stage of my career, and made films that underlined the social values of our times, but very often they were not commercially viable. In fact I was totally wiped out financially after the making of Reshma Aur Shera. It took me 10 years to pay back my debts, and revive my acting career as well. I did act in masala movies as you say, but I knew that I had to remain in the mainstream of Indian Cinema, to make the money I needed for my own films.Your film Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi on the evils of dowry, was yet another feather in your cap, as was Dard Ka Rishta about a young child suffering from leukemia, and the agony her two parents who are both surgeons go through made soon after Nargisji’s death.Well, I had been very keen to make a film on the evils of dowry. I recall that in 1989, for example, about 600 brides were either burnt or killed or committed suicide, because of the dowry problem. So I was very keen to bring the evils of this practice to the masses, and I’m very glad I made the film. I’m a great admirer of women. They have been a great source of inspiration and I feel that whatever I’m today, is because of the women in my life, whether it was my mother, my sister, sweetheart or wife, or my daughters. My father died when I was five. I still remember my mother’s unflagging energy and her dedication towards her children. In fact I think I have inherited her ability to work non- stop. I had lost my wife to cancer and later my daughter in law. I don’t think people can even begin to imagine what the family goes through and not just the patient. Pain is universal and we are usually bound to each other through pain and the empathy it brings.The Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation was founded in 1981, and has received so much support throughout the world, thanks to your efforts. There couldn’t be any better way of honoring your late wife’s memory.One morning in New York, my wife who had been battling cancer for ten months and had finally come out of a 2 1/2 month coma after 5 surgeries, sat pensively watching the snow flakes. I thought she was missing her family – she had this great desire to see her son as a bridegroom on a horse. When I asked her she said “I’m not missing my family or worrying about them or myself. I was only thinking that by bringing me here for treatment, you have turned me into a privileged person instead of the commoner I always thought myself to be. How many people can bring their loved ones to this country for treatment? If I ever recover, I’ll see to it that we have similar facilities in our country so that the poorest of the poor can be treated the way I was.” She died before her dream could be fulfilled. It was after her passing away, that I realized, how much love and affection she evoked in people, for it was not just I or the Dutt family, but millions of people who came forward, joined hands, and made her dream come true. Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan and I joined hands many years ago and in one evening raised 100,000 pounds from the Pakistani community in Birmingham, England, for a cancer hospital that he was constructing in Lahore, in his mother’s memory. She died of the same disease. Since then we have raised funds, given medical equipment and buses, and supported India’s first bone marrow transplant. Cancer is on the rise in India. The work is never ending but if you can help one person, if you can share each other’s pain you will always be able to get close to people, and it is one step towards self elevation. Today we see an explosion in drug use and the spread of AIDS in India and what we have done so far as a country is merely a drop in the ocean.You have always been so scrupulously honest and won each time you stood for elections. I recall how your statement that Punjab be renamed Khalistan being widely criticized in Parliament. Do you regret making that statement? How have these political years been over all? An honest politician is an oxymoron, and Congress is not the Congress of the old political stalwarts of our time, who were honorable and had integrity.When one speaks in Parliament, one thinks many times before one utters a word, and I am no exception, so I have never regretted anything that I have said to date. What I had said was if these people remain one of us and Punjab, a land of only 13 districts and 2 rivers is renamed Khalistan, there is no harm in that. After all we have changed the names of so many States- – there was no Maharastra, Gujarat, Mizoram, Nagaland or Tamilnadu for instance.Yes the Congress, the leaders I looked up to, are no longer there, and things have been disheartening and disappointing from time to time, but I believe that one of the greatest qualities any one can possess is loyalty. There are times I have been deeply hurt by what went on around me, but I have never minced my words when I see something that doesn’t seem right and the consequences are a small price to pay for having the courage of one’s conviction. I have a lot of respect for Sonia Gandhi. She has come through a lot. On one hand we call ourselves secular and on the other hand we make an issue of her Italian origins, when she gave so much of herself and let her husband enter politics to serve the country even though she didn’t want it. Her gesture to make Manmohan Singh Prime Minister, even when the tide rose her way, is an example of her compassion and sensitivity, and understanding of what works for India.The arrest of your son under TADA must have been a shocker…What happened with Sunjay was the biggest heartbreak in my life after my wife’s death. I knew they were trying to hit where it hurt the most. Every one knew he was framed and yet no one helped. My political opponents accused me of being a traitor forgetting all that my family and I had done for our people.Only Bal Thackeray openly supported me. I will always be grateful to Balasaheb for that. Our political views are different, but I respect and admire him in personal life. I think however it has made Sunjay a stronger person and I believe that God never gives you what you cannot handle. He went through a lot when his mother died. After he over came his addiction no one gave him any work. Again when he was arrested people shunned him, but he has bounced back with courage, and what life has put him through has resulted in tremendous growth for him both as an actor and a human being. I’m very proud of him today.Where do you see India and yourself in the near future?It is very exciting to see India emerging from the shadows in an economy that is impacting the world. However we are also bogged down by ignorance, racism and bigotry. I think the youth should be the pride and joy of our nation. We have to guide them and nurture them so they fulfill their true potential, and remain healthy in mind, body and spirit. We have to educate the masses about AIDS and how devastating drugs can be. The NRIs abroad are doing so much. They are so knowledgeable about world politics and are working so hard towards preserving our cultural heritage here. They are giving back both to their local community and to India, and it gives me tremendous hope that things will only get better. I am getting a little tired of politics, but each time I think I have had enough, I realize there is so much left to be done. The love that people have showered on me as an actor, as a politician and as a human being, binds me to them and I realize that as long as the people need me, I will be there for them. I survived a plane crash and paralysis, so I believe God spared me for a higher purpose and what could be greater than serving humanity.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Anchor Leg: Bolt Gets Gold No. 9 with Another Runaway Win

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO— Usain Bolt kneeled down and gave the track one final kiss, then flattened his hand, reached to the ground and slapped the white number “3” painted at the finish line.Three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.He could have just as easily slapped the number “1.” That would need no explanation.The man who transcended track and became a world-class celebrity bid a blazing-fast farewell to the Rio de Janeiro Games — and, he insists, the Olympics altogether — Friday night with yet another anchor leg for the ages. He turned a close 4×100 relay race against Japan and the United States into a typical, Bolt-like runaway, helping Jamaica cross the line in 37.27 seconds.“There you go,” he said. “I am the greatest.”Japan won the silver medal, finishing .33 seconds behind.The U.S. finished the race third but endured yet another relay debacle — disqualified because leadoff runner Mike Rodgers was ruled to have passed the baton to Justin Gatlin before the start of the first exchange zone. That promoted Canada to the bronze medal. The Americans were protesting the ruling, and as 3 a.m. Saturday approached in Brazil, there was no word on the outcome.“It was the twilight zone. It was a nightmare,” said Gatlin, who, along with his teammates, found out about the DQ while parading the U.S. flag around the track. “You work so hard with your teammates, guys you compete against almost all year long. All that hard work just crumbles.”If the ruling stands, it will mark the ninth time since 1995 the U.S. men have been disqualified or failed to get the baton around at the Olympics or world championships. (They blew a 10th medal, the silver at the London Games, after Tyson Gay’s doping positive.)The disqualification will cause more hand-wringing in the States.In Jamaica, they’ll party.Less pressure when you know you’re the fastest man out there.“As soon as I got the baton, I knew I was going to win this one,” Bolt said.His record in Olympic finals improved to nine victories over nine events.Nobody’s done that before, and nobody’s on the horizon to do it again soon.Along for Bolt’s final trip down the track were Nickel Ashmeade, training partner Yohan Blake and the Jamaican elder statesman, former world-record holder Asafa Powell.When Bolt received the yellow baton from Ashmeade for his final run down the straightaway, he was even, or maybe a step behind Aska Cambridge of Japan and Trayvon Bromell of the United States.That lasted about four steps.With 70 meters to go, it was over. Bolt looked at the clock — same as he did when he won the 200 the night before. No world record, but he still has a piece of that one, too — it’s 36.84 seconds, set four years ago at the London Games. He also owns the records in the 100 (9.58) and 200 (19.19).“I am just relieved. It’s happened. I am just happy, proud of myself. It’s come true,” said Bolt, who overcame a hamstring injury earlier in the summer, then shined throughout a seven-day, seven-race stint in Rio, counting all the heats. “The pressure is real. I look at it as an accomplishment.”Musical selection for Bolt’s final parade around the track: Bob Marley’s “Jammin.”With most of the other debates over about greatest this, greatest that, a new one might be whether Bolt has surpassed Marley as the most famous person from the country known for sea, sun and sprints.“Usain has done so much,” Powell said. “It’s hard to explain. He’s just a great athlete. He’s a legend.”Counting all the preliminaries, finals and his approximately nine-second blast down the stretch in Friday’s final race, Bolt has spent 325 seconds — a tad less than 5 1/2 minutes — sprinting on the track at the Olympics since he made his debut in Beijing eight years ago.Every tick of the clock has been a treasure. And while he may not close things out with 23 golds, the number Michael Phelps left Rio with earlier this week, it’s hard to argue there is anybody more successful or electric — or important to his sport, and the Olympics themselves.The anchor sport of the Olympics has been mired for decades, but especially over the past year, in a cesspool of doping, cheating and bad characters.When Bolt’s on the track, everyone forgets.“A great sprinter,” said Gay who, once upon a time, was Bolt’s biggest challenger. “Nine gold medals, words can’t even describe what he’s done for the sport.”So much of that is because the show isn’t over when he’s through running.After crossing the line for the last time, Bolt pumped his fist in the air, slowed down and took off those famous gold spikes. He huddled with his teammates and they prayed. Then, a final, luxurious lap around the track.“I’ll stay up late tonight,” Bolt said when asked how he’d celebrate.All week, when asked a hundred different ways if this really is his last Olympics, he kept saying yes. He said it once more as Friday night turned into Saturday morning.“Yeah, this is the last one, guys,” said the champion, who turns 30 on Sunday, the same day the Olympic cauldron is extinguished.Going so soon? It leaves the world to ponder: Without Bolt on the track, how will things ever be the same?TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hardik Pandya one of MI’s key weapons, I am a massive fan: CSK coach Stephen Fleming

first_imgHardik Pandya’s breathtaking all-round performance that set up Mumbai Indians’ 37-run win against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in an IPL game here has earned fulsome praise from rival team’s head coach Stephen Fleming.Pandya smashed an unbeaten 25 from just eight balls and in the company of big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard (17 not out from 7 balls) went for an all-out assault on the CSK bowling attack to help MI post 170 for 5 after struggling at 57 for 3 at halfway stage at the Wankhede Stadium.Pandya hit three sixes and one four in his unbeaten blitzkrieg and later picked up three wickets for 20 runs, including that of rival team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to help MI halt CSK at 133 for 8 and hand them their first defeat of the season.”I am a massive fan (of Pandya), I think he is a wonderful player. His confidence is up, looks like he has a good thing going with what he is doing at the death. Plans should be now for teams to combat that. We were happy with what we were trying to do but executed it poorly,” said Fleming at the post-match media conference on Wednesday.”He is a quality player. I think he is one of Mumbai’s key weapons and one of India’s key players going forward. If you keep him out of the game you often go on to win. But today with both bat and ball he was excellent,” said the former New Zealand captain.Special to hit helicopter shot with @msdhoni watching: Hardik”Hoped MS would congratulate me after that shot “An overjoyed @hardikpandya7 talks about emulating inspiration MSD’s pet stroke against CSK. Interview by @Moulinparikh #MIvCSK @mipaltanhttps://t.co/jLLWXuZRYe pic.twitter.com/aci6s6cPBFadvertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019Fleming said his team was in control for the major part of the game.”Over the last 5-6 overs we came a little bit unstuck. We had an extra seamer. In the last three or four overs, the game got away from us. We had been keeping things simple but today it got a bit complicated. It was a tough ask,” he said.”In bowling, we were tight for the first 2/3rds but not in the last 1/3rd. A score of 150 would have been par for the course.”He agreed that a Twenty20 game should not extend for four hours as it did on Wednesday night.”I think it is going to call for a collective effort to speed up things. Moisture (because of dew) plays its part. Wiping the ball is a consideration. Cricket in general is played at a pace below what it needs to be. Cricket needs to be speeded up in all forms of the game. If it puts pressure on captains and bowlers, so be it. We need to ask captains and bowlers to be a little bit surer in their plans.”The CSK head coach also conceded that his team, with a lot of players in their thirties, could have fielded better.”That was one of the downsides with athletes who are a little bit older. Today we were a bit passive with movement around the field. We need to be at our absolute best. For the majority of the innings we were pretty good, but we are not going to be one of the top fielding sides in the competition,” Fleming said.Fleming defended the move to leave out senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh from the playing eleven.”We are happy with what we have done (in picking the eleven). Today we were spot on (in picking an extra pace bowler). Harbhajan is bowling beautifully. We would expect him to get back in the team when conditions suit him.”Asked why Shane Watson was not being used as a bowler, Fleming said the big-built Australian was playing as a specialist batsman in the competition.”He has not bowled for quite a while, has not bowled in the Big Bash League. He is playing for us as a specialist batsman. It is a risk to ask him to bowl. His body is such that we did not want to risk him, especially as we have six bowlers.Also Read | MS Dhoni blames poor fielding and death bowling for CSK’s crushing defeat vs MIAlso Read | Wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Want to win World Cup for India: Hardik Pandya after heroics for MI vs CSKlast_img read more

Meyer Turku Pushes Delivery of Costa Smeralda to November

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Meyer Turku Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku has delayed the delivery of Costa Cruises’ first LNG-powered ship by one month.According to the shipbuilder, the cruise company’s Costa Smeralda would be delivered in mid-November, instead of the previously scheduled mid-October deadline.“With its new cruise ship LNG propulsion system … the complexity and sophistication of the ship is very high in order to create a unique Costa-style passenger experience,” Meyer Turku said, adding that the 180,000 gross ton ship is much larger than the recently built vessel at the shipyard.In order to undertake these operations, Meyer Turku explained that it had a slower progress speed than needed, despite counter-actions.With the new time frame, the shipbuilder “is going to deliver a highly sophisticated cruise ship in the usual high Meyer Turku quality.”last_img read more