Granger, PNC woke up in Linden with empty promises, begged for another chance

first_imgDear Editor,Almost five years passed, five budgets presented, more than one trillion dollars squandered, David Granger and his clueless Cabinet and other big officials jetted around the world many times, frequented all the “hot” spots in Guyana, while communities like Linden were ignored and neglected. This past weekend, Granger and his PNC colleagues woke up and discovered that without Linden, they have no chance of winning the March 2 elections. They came, as usual, with empty promises, hoping they can still fool the people.Granger decided to take the PNC to Linden to celebrate the 62nd founding anniversary of Forbes Burnham’s party. They brought supporters from all over the country, generously utilising Government resources for what was essentially the PNC launching its elections campaign. To ensure the presence of enough people, they brought out school children in their uniforms. In the process, Granger appealed to Lindeners to give him a second chance, admitting he neglected them for five years, even if he did not admit it out loud.In his second chance appeal, he promised them, if they give him a second chance, that he will ensure 150 new jobs will be created in 2020 by the establishment of a new call centre at Kuru Kuru. He also promised 500 new house lots if he gets his second chance. He promised them that a Private Sector investor will build an oil refinery in Linden. Clearly, Granger and the PNC recognised that they abandoned people, including their own supporters. Linden has been loyal to the PNC, no matter what form they assumed. When they re-birthed themselves into the PNC/One R, the Linden people stuck with them. When they took on a new name – APNU – the people of Linden stayed with them. When they took on the name APNU/AFC, the people continued to support them.But it has now been almost five years since they have had the power of Government. In those five years, they expended more than one trillion dollars. Yet Linden is no better than they were in 2015, indeed, Linden is worse than they were in 2015. The people of Linden have begun to whisper that they were better off with the PPP. Just as people realised they were deserted by the PNC before 1992, the people of Linden know they were taken for granted by the Granger-led PNC. As they descended mightily on Linden with supporters from around the country to prop them up, in case the people of Linden did not show up, they deliberately left their associates – WPA, AFC and the several others – in Georgetown. Really, it was Granger and the PNC being as devious as they have always been, whispering it was not the PNC that abandoned Linden, it was the WPA and the AFC and all the others.As most people in Linden went about their business, it was pathetic seeing Granger in his ‘not bothered’ pose watching the children sit there into the midnight hours, watching supporters from Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine and other parts of Region 10 being fetched there with Government resources, wondering where the people of Linden were. In his ‘not bothered’ pose, he kept waiting to see Linden turn out to salute him. They did not because in 2018 he told them to “get up and get going” and not wait for Government to make things happen for them. The people of Linden did not forget. They also know elections are coming up and Granger and his bunch, all of whom have been incorporated into the PNC, are back with wild promises.The PNC in the form of APNU/AFC gave up the housing programme of the PPP that brought thousands of house lots and thousands of new homes into Linden. Granger and APNU/AFC had told people before the 2015 elections that they will create thousands of new house lots for thousands of new homeowners, make it easier for them to obtain low-interest mortgages. Now, as we approach 2020, they make the promise of 500 house lots, after delivering none in five years.But the most hurtful promise was the promise of 150 new jobs through a new call centre. In 2015, they promised thousands of new jobs with new call centres. But the first thing they did was a down-scaling of the call centre that was established under a PPP Government. The call centre in Linden that was there in 2015 because of the PPP first reduced its operation under APNU/AFC, and, by 2018, had closed its doors.The ‘not bothered’ Granger did nothing about it. Suddenly, he shows up in Linden and in front of the fetched-in supporters, told Lindeners if they give him a second chance, he will bring 150 new jobs in a new call centre. Sheer hypocrisy and more empty promises.In the meanwhile, other communities across the country that were neglected are making noises. The people of Buxton know they were neglected. The sugar workers across the country know they were neglected. The public servants know they were abandoned. Just yesterday, more than 4000 sugar workers sent a petition to Granger to correct a wrong he personally led – they have not been given a wage increase since the end of 2014. Granger himself led the empty promise campaign in 2015 to fool workers that they would be given an annual increase of 20 per cent. Instead, since Granger and APNU/AFC took the Government, the sugar workers have not been given a cent in increased wages. And the man he promised will build the oil refinery in Linden is the same man he took around the country to promise rice farmers they would be paid $9000 per bag for paddy. Payback time has arrived and the people of Guyana will not be so forgiving, they will not give them another chance for empty promises.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

More comment time sought

first_imgAside from protests, county planners recently learned two federal agencies – the Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Fish and Wildlife – are working with the developer, The Newhall Land and Farming Company, on their own environmental studies of the projects. The focus is the potential impact on the Santa Clara, which flows through Newhall Ranch en route to the Pacific. A common theme among roughly half the 63 letters regarding Landmark Village was there wasn’t enough time to review the enormous environmental study over the allotted 60-day public comment period, which included the holiday season. “There is so much material, it is difficult for everyone concerned to access the document in hard copy; reading it online limits and prolongs the process,” Janet Bergman, president of the Piru Neighborhood Council, wrote to the commission. “That and the fact that the document was released during the holiday season hampers a thoughtful review and analysis of the project.” Typically the Regional Planning Department allows just 45 days for public comment on environmental impact reviews but extended the period because of the holidays, planner Susan Ate said Monday. The state Department of Fish and Game sought a 30-day extension to review the studies and the Sierra Club, Friends of the Santa Clara River, Truculent Watchdogs, the statewide Planning and Conversation League and other groups also asked for more time. County planners have received dozens of requests, mostly from environmental groups, urging more time to add their comments before this week’s final hearing on the first phase of the huge Newhall Ranch project. The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission was set to close the public hearing Wednesday on Landmark Village, a 293-acre, 1,444-home development within the 22,000-home Newhall Ranch. Now the five-member commission will consider public requests for an extension of one to two months. Newhall Ranch is planned west of Santa Clarita along state Route 126 to the Ventura County line. Landmark Village is slated for a rectangular-shape piece of land wedged between the highway and the Santa Clara River flanked by the existing Wolcott Way and Chiquito Canyon Road. Concerns also came from an American Indian group; the California Highway Patrol, which has jurisdiction over Route 126; and the Daubing Society, which said environmental studies don’t detail the threat development in the area would have on rare birds. The county has approved Newhall Ranch overall, but must review each phase in detail before construction can begin. Newhall Land hopes to break ground next year. Support comes from the Southern California Association of Governments, which noted the region faces a housing shortage and that the project appears to be well thought out in terms of jobs, transportation and other plans. Meanwhile, the West Ranch Town Council is beginning a study to determine the economic feasibility of forming a city encompassing the communities west of Santa Clarita – including Newhall Ranch. If Santa Clarita’s cityhood drive two decades ago is an indicator, it’s unlikely Newhall Land will agree to include Newhall Ranch under a new city’s jurisdiction. Developers fought to keep their land out of Santa Clarita’s boundaries fearful a new city would seek stringent growth-control measures. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP Mira Costa graduate Klineman leads Stanford to sweep of UCLA

first_imgFrom news services Former Mira Costa High standout Alix Klineman racked up 19 kills and 19 digs to lead No. 2 Stanford to a 30-20, 30-23, 30-29 sweep of No. 5 UCLA at Maples Pavilion on Friday. Ali Daley led the Bruins (13-2, 3-1 Pacific-10) with 12 kills and added 10 digs. Nellie Spicer chipped in 36 assists and 10 digs. Cynthia Barboza had 11 kills and 17 digs for the Cardinal (14-0, 3-0). No. 4 USC 3, No. 10 Cal 0: Asia Kaczor had 19 kills to lead the visiting Trojans (13-1, 3-1 Pac-10) to a 17-30, 30-25, 30-19, 30-27 victory. Taylor Carico (Mira Costa) added 52 assists. Long Beach State 3, UC Riverside 0: Michaela Hasalikova had 13 kills as the host 49ers (8-5, 2-1 Big West) won, 30-21, 30-17, 30-25. Kimberly McNeal (Serra High) had 11 digs for the Highlanders (4-9, 0-2). Cal Poly Pomona 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0: Ashley Clark had 12 kills as the host Toros (2-15, 1-6 CCAA) lost, 30-18, 31-29, 30-28. Women’s soccer Kara Lang scored her second goal of the game in the seventh minute of overtime to lead No. 8 UCLA (5-1-2) to a 2-1 upset of No. 2 Portland (7-2-0). Lang, who had been playing for Canada in the Women’s World Cup, scored off an assist from Danesha Adams. No. 18 USC 3, Long Beach State 0: Marihelen Tomer put the visiting Trojans ahead in the 23rd minute, and USC (7-1-1) never looked back. Lauren Brown and Megan Ohai added goals to finish off the 49ers (6-4-0). Loyola Marymount 3, Idaho 1: Jamie Bell scored in the 16th minute to put the host Lions (5-4-1) ahead to stay.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Judge brushes aside ex-PR exec’s lawsuit

first_imgDe Corso said the company had to make only a “good-faith” showing for Dowie’s termination, but cited nine reasons, including his failure to enforce the firm’s billing policies and his inability to justify $652,000 in bills. The company paid the city nearly $6 million to settle a lawsuit alleging overbilling of the DWP, and took a “drubbing in the press,” he said. “That’s not a gold star on anyone’s reputation,” De Corso added. beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBoth have pleaded not guilty. Michael Faber, Dowie’s attorney, called the preliminary ruling “bizarre,” and said the judge had overlooked evidence supporting Dowie’s case. Dowie has said officials at Fleishman-Hillard’s St. Louis headquarters knew he had questioned the bonuses to the four in 2001, and might disclose that to authorities in 2004 as they investigated the criminal case. But the judge agreed with Fleishman-Hillard lawyers, who argued that Dowie gave no sign of being a whistleblower while working at the company, and that he told investigators in 2004 that there was no correlation between bonuses and contributions. “Far from blowing a whistle, he stood mute,” said Anthony A. De Corso, an attorney for Fleishman-Hillard. “He was never … perceived to have a whistle.” A federal judge on Monday tentatively dismissed a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by former Fleishman-Hillard executive Doug Dowie, rejecting his claim that the company made him a scapegoat for its alleged illegal actions. U.S. District Court Judge Margaret M. Morrow’s preliminary 52-page ruling found that Dowie’s firing on Jan. 5, 2005, was not motivated by fear he’d tell authorities the company had reimbursed four employees who’d contributed to political campaigns. “(T)he undisputed evidence demonstrated that (Fleishman-Hillard) would have terminated Dowie’s employment whether or not it was concerned about his disclosure of an illegal scheme to reimburse campaign contributions,” Morrow wrote. The decision came as Dowie, 58, and another former company executive, John Stodder, 50, await a jury’s verdict on federal charges alleging they bilked the city’s Department of Water and Power of more than $300,000, and overcharged other clients. last_img read more

Ozil to get the nod over Pepe? Predicted Arsenal and Leicester XIs

first_img buildlineup.com 6 Unai Emery could well recall Ozil, but Xhaka is likely to miss out again buildlineup.com Arsenal travel to Leicester City on Saturday night in a Premier League clash which could have potentially serious European ramifications.The 5.30pm clash, which is exclusively live on talkSPORT, sees Brendan Rodgers put his young and hungry Foxes up against a Gunners side in complete disarray. Vardy just cant stop scoring and has already hit double figures in the Premier League Getty Images – Getty Brendan Rodgers is preparing to take on Arsenal this Saturday on GameDay Vardy came from non-league football to terrifying Premier League defences Getty Images – Getty 6 6 Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty The Gunners have endured a miserable start to the new campaign, with former record signing Mesut Ozil being dropped from some matchday squads completely and current record signing Nicolas Pepe failing to live up to his £72million price tag.Added to that, Granit Xhaka has since been stripped of the captaincy after his strop against Crystal Palace and it is clear to see all is not well at the Emirates.Conversely, Leicester are absolutely flying under Rodgers and sit third in the table after seven wins from a possible 11.The former Liverpool boss has assembled a vibrant and vivacious squad at the King Power, capable of squaring up to even the best teams in the country. Arsenal 6 “Sometimes players have to weigh up everything. He was at the stage in his career where he had just come off the back of being a champion, worldwide status for that season, and the story behind it.“But he also probably had to sit down and reflect on the next part of his career, and thankfully for me, he stayed.”Team NewsProvided Friday’s training session resulted in no injury concerns, Leicester could well line up with the same starting XI which secured a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out.Despite his strong cameo at Selhurst Park, Demarai Gray is unlikely to shift either Harvey Barnes or Ayoze Perez from the starting line-up. 6 Rodgers is expected to keep the same starting XI which beat Crystal Palace The aforementioned Xhaka will miss out once again for the Gunners after missing the Europa League draw against Vitoria Guiamaeres on Thursday.Hector Bellerin and David Luiz are expected to return to the defence, while Dani Ceballos is set to miss out and Mesut Ozil could return alongside Nicolas Pepe.Predicted XIsLeicester City Much of this success has been down to the form of striker Jamie Vardy, who is the first player to reach double figures this season. The last time he achieved this, the Foxes won the Premier League.While Rodgers does not anticipate a repeat performance, the form of the veteran has seriously impressed the 46-year-old. Since his arrival in February, Vardy has scored 19 goals – more than any other player in the Premier League.Shortly after the fairytale title win, the 32-year-old was approached by the Gunners about a potential move. Instead, he opted to remain with a club he joined for just £1million from Fleetwood over seven years ago.Assessing why Vardy turned his back on a lucrative move to north London, Rodgers said: “It’s about the individual, and it’s not just the football, it’s family. Xhaka was stripped of his Arsenal captaincy after confronting fans during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace 6 Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Leicester vs Arsenal at 5:30pmlast_img read more

Web Site Attempts to Collect Every Rule of Thumb

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… josh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts center_img You can stay in control of virtually any situation as long as you know where your towel is. That’s a good rule of thumb to remember for anyone planet hopping around the universe. But how do you know how to evaluate the programmer for your next project? Or know if that girl (or guy) at the end of the bar likes you? Don’t panic. Terrestrial travelers can consult a new web site called Rules of Thumb that is attempting to catalogue all those nifty bits of knowledge that fall somewhere between adage and old wives tale. You know, like, when the cows are sitting down, expect rain in the near future.“A rule of thumb is a homemade recipe for making a guess,” says the Rules of Thumb site. “It is an easy-to-remember guide that falls somewhere between a mathematical formula and a shot in the dark.”The site is the brainchild of Tom Parker, author of — you guessed it — “Rules of Thumb” (and “Rules of Thumb 2” and “Never Trust a Calm Dog”), an out of print collection of little household sayings that was published in the mid 1980s. Parker, who is a contributing writer for MAKE Magazine and works at Cornell University as a project manager, did the late night TV and news circuit with his books in the 80s and 90s, appearing on Letterman, Carson, and the CBS Evening News.Now the the books are no longer in print, Parker decided to try bringing his collection of rules of thumb to the web and launched his web site a little over two weeks ago with the ambitious goal “to collect every rule of thumb on earth at one handy web address.” It has since signed up over 900 members and lists hundreds of rules of thumb based in part on his previously published work.Unlike his traditionally published books, Parker is putting editorial control over the Rules of Thumb website in the hands of the crowd. Anyone can contribute a new rule, but other users will have the ability to vote up or down whether new rules make it into the main database. Once in the DB, users can rate and review rules, which Parker tells us allows the site to employ “a Darwinian weeding mechanism which will let the content improve in value over time.”So what does a rule of thumb look like? Well, this one states that, “One excellent programmer will typically contribute as much to a project as nine mediocre programmers.” Well, probably — that’s more or less what our own Alex Iskold argued in October. And this rule tells us that, “If you are talking to someone that you like, when you are in a bright room, look in their eyes, if their pupils are dilated (big), then its possible they like you.” Or, maybe they just ate some tainted meat.If those rules sound more like things you might hear over the water cooler rather than hard and true facts, that’s because they are. As Parker says, “a rule of thumb is a highly personal thing.” These are things that probably should not be taken as gospel, but they are part of the pantheon of human knowledge, and Parker’s goal is to record it all in a modern Hitchhiker’s Guide-esque online tome. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

You could probably have outrun a T. rex

first_imgA rare set of tyrannosaur footprints is giving researchers insight into the walking speed of the prehistoric beasts, and it’s possible that humans might have been able to outrun them. According to the new estimate, Tyrannosaurus rex may have ambled as quickly as 8 kilometers per hour (5 miles per hour), slower than a plodding amateur marathon runner or even a middle-aged power walker.Fossilized tyrannosaur tracks are rare, even in areas where their skeletal fossils are abundant, says Scott Persons, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Alberta, Edmonton in Canada, and lead author of the new study. Well-preserved individual tracks can be used to help identify the size and type of dinosaur that created the imprint. Even rarer sets of footprints, or trackways, can reveal more, says Persons, as the spacing and arrangement of individual footprints can provide insights into dinosaur gaits and walking speeds.Containing three footprints, the new trackway was found in 66-million-year-old rocks that formed along an ancient shoreline in what is now Wyoming. The first footprint is well preserved, with three toes facing forward and one short, thumblike toe facing rearward. This arrangement marks its maker as a meat-eating theropod dinosaur, Persons says. The only theropods known to have lived in the region at the time—and large enough to have created the 47-centimeter-wide track—were tyrannosaurs. If the trackmaker were the mighty T. rex, it probably would have been an adolescent. The other possibility, says Persons, is a smaller theropod called Nanotyrannus lancensis, which some paleontologists suggest is merely an immature T. rex, as opposed to a separate species.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Whatever species made the track, the calculations reveal that the creature had a “brisk walking speed,” Persons says. To figure out just how fast it was moving, Persons and his team first estimated how high the dinosaur’s hips must have been above the ground, based on the length of the footprint. Using two common formulas, they determined the creature’s hips were likely somewhere between 1.56 and 2.07 meters off the ground. Then, they measured the distance between the footprints and used an equation based on observations of living, walking bipeds to estimate the dinosaur’s walking speed, yielding a result between 4.5 and 8 kilometers per hour (2.8 to 5 miles per hour), they report online this month and in a forthcoming print issue of Cretaceous Research.The team’s findings “are on par for what little data we have for tyrannosaurs,” says Richard McCrea, a paleontologist at the Peace Region Paleontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge, Canada.The analysis doesn’t prove that T. Rex couldn’t have gone faster, however. Because trackways are records of single events—one walk along a lakeshore, for example—the odds are that any particular set of footprints doesn’t capture a dinosaur’s peak performance, says Thomas Holtz Jr., a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Maryland, College Park. Moreover, he notes, the types of sediment that are good for preserving footprints are typically wet and sloppy, not the best surface on which a dinosaur could run full speed. McCrea agrees: “There are as yet no known trackways of running tyrannosaurs, so we don’t know for sure just what their upper speed limit was.”One previous study of a single footprint of a large tyrannosaur suggests that the beast could have been traveling as fast as 11 kilometers per hour (6.8 miles per hour), says Eric Snively, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. That’s still a speed that a halfway decent amateur runner could beat. “If you were out walking a juvenile T. rex, you’d be comfortable at a brisk walk,” he says. “If you were walking an adult, you’d be jogging.”last_img read more

ISL 2014: Dominant Chennaiyin FC down Pune City FC 3-1 to top table

first_imgChennaiyin FC produced a crushing performance to beat Pune City FC 3-1 as they pipped Atletico de Kolkata to the top spot in the points table of the Indian Super League, here on Wednesday.     Courtesy strikes from Stiven Mendoza Valencia (62nd minute), Bruno Pelissari (70th minute) and India international Jeje Lalpeklhua (90th minute), Chennayin moved right on top of the table with 16 points.     The Abhishek Bachchan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni co-owned team are on top having scored more goals than ATK, who are on second position, with same number of points. For Pune, it was an unfortunate own goal by Chennaiyin’s Cameroonian mideo Eric Djemba Djemba, that had given them some hope before the final burst from ‘Blues’ buried them.     The hero of the match undoubtedly was young Balwant Singh, whose assist was key to two of the three goals scored by Chennai and he repeatedly switched flanks to keep the Pune players at bay.     During the first half, it was Chennaiyin, who dominated the proceedings with better ball possession. In fact, it was Pune custodian Arindam Bhattacharya, who pulled off a stunning save in the 10th minute which was pure reflex work.    It was Chennaiyin’s best player Elano taking a perfect corner that fell into the melee and Jeje was quick to execute a backheel. The big-bodied Arindam was moving towards his left but arched his body back and stretched his right hand to avert the danger.     Elano, who did not look fully fit was taken off by coach Marco Materazzi along with Gourmangi Singh, who sustained a groin injury. It was Mohun Bagan forward Balwant, who was pressed into action and the Chennayin had a lot of mibility upfront.     advertisementChennayin’s first goal in the 62nd minute was a combination of a four-touch finish. It was Mendoza, who received the ball on the left side of the central midfield. He quickly passed it onto Djemba Djemba and went on the overlap. The former Manchester United player’s first touch was for Balwant, who essayed a killer through pass that found Mendoza in the open.     While Arindam left his charge to narrow the angle, the Colombian placed it in with a deft chip.last_img read more

Transcript of Yakub Memon’s sensational Karachi tape

first_imgThere were other treasures besides fake documents in Yakub Memon ‘s now famous briefcase. Among these was a Sony micro-cassette on which Yakub secretly recorded a conversation in Karachi. The transcript of the tape was part of the supplementary charge-sheet filed by the CBI in the TADA court in Bombay,There were other treasures besides fake documents in Yakub Memon ‘s now famous briefcase. Among these was a Sony micro-cassette on which Yakub secretly recorded a conversation in Karachi. The transcript of the tape was part of the supplementary charge-sheet filed by the CBI in the TADA court in Bombay last fortnight.India Today confirmed a portion of the tape with lawyer Ram Jethmalani. Dawood Ibrahim did ring Jethmalani in London sometime last year. Says Jethmalani: “Dawood told me he is totally innocent and uninvolved in the bomb blasts. I told him he should surrender and face trial. He said he was willing, but on two conditions. One, that he would only be tried for the bomb blasts and not earlier cases. And two, that he would get bail and physical protection since the trial could go on for years. He didn’t mind being under house arrest.” Since Jethmalani was in London, his son Mahesh contacted Bombay Joint Police Commissioner M.N. Singh. Says Mahesh Jethmalani: “Singh said the chief minister would have to be informed. Since I didn’t hear from him, I contacted Sharad Pawar. He (Pawar) called Singh and Samra (then police commissioner) for a meeting. They were willing to ensure his security, but not the rest. Pawar said he would have to consult the prime minister. He never got back to me after that.”The transcript sounds credible, though a strange fact stands out: known to be very gregarious, Tiger Memon hardly speaks. Why? Did he know Yakub was taping the conversation? Was he aware of the other Memons’ plans? Tantalising questions.advertisementThe Memon Tape: May 19, 1994: Around 10 p.m. Taufiq Siddique Jaliawala, Syed Arif (another Pakistani smuggler who helped the ISI in the bomb blasts conspiracy), Tiger Memon, and his brothers Suleman, Yakub and Ayub Memon are sitting in the garden of the Memons’ house in Karachi, chatting in Urdu. The occasion is a dinner for the birthday of Mohammed, Tiger’s son. Tiger has just returned from Dubai, where he met Arif. The women are inside the house and Yakub’s father Abdul Razzak has also gone in.Tiger (to Arif): I had to go to Dubai, so I called you. I spoke to your missus and was told it wasn’t okay to disturb you.Taufiq enquires about Abdul Razzak. Yakub replies that his father wants to rest.Yakub: He wanted to confirm whether it was all true.Taufiq: Now there is nothing to worry about. What can be confirmed from us? Even tougher agencies than ours could not get a confession.Tiger: There is just one hot topic these days in Dubai, that Mustafa (Tiger’s family nickname) and Arif dominate everything in Dubai.Yakub (asking Taufiq): Is it safe to go there (Dubai) now?Taufiq: No, no. Tiger should move very carefully. You people don’t have a problem though.Yakub: Muchchad (Dawood) will go. It is not a problem for him.They then talk about others in hiding. Arif: Your social life will become normal here too.Taufiq: Apart from Dubai, you can freely go anywhere in the world. Did you get your passports and ID cards?Yakub: Yes. Farook (Taufiq’s son-in-law) came and gave them. He was a little busy with the wedding.Taufiq: Did everyone get them? Now we have to see that everyone gets their original cards. The passports made are original. The I-cards are not right.Yakub: But they are all dated after March 12, 1993. Why didn’t they backdate them?Taufiq: They couldn’t have been made. Otherwise they would have done it.Yakub: It cannot be a big deal for them. They all hold high posts. It could be difficult for others. Is it for them too?Taufiq: It’s difficult. The record can’t be created.Arif (to Suleman): Aftab bhai will take you to Bombay.Suleman: Inshallah, I will definitely go. I often go in my dreams. I will definitely go. Talk of phone tapping instruments goes on.Taufiq: Muchchad spoke for an hour-and-a-half to Ram Jethmalani. He kept talking. A private guy played the entire tape for us. He was a man known to us.Yakub: Where did he call from? From Dubai? From his house? From where?Taufiq: Arre, from here. He spoke on his mobile phone to London. But he didn’t say anything amiss.Yakub: He used his own name and spoke for one-and-a-half hours?Taufiq: Ram Jethmalani is a lawyer. He can speak to anyone. How would he know where he (Dawood) was calling from?Taufiq: They have allowed you freedom because they have no tension from you. We have this information. Muchchad is under more pressure and fear, because he is a marked man. He’s become a problem. Muchchad can do anything for his own advantage.advertisementIn between, Arif sees Yakub’s father coming out and says: “Kaka Abdul Razzak is close by. So be careful.” Taufiq: Eijaz’s cassettes also reach me. (Eijaz Pathan is a Dawood aide, now in Karachi.) He speaks to Bombay etc. He doesn’t get to know. Replying to questions on the ISI. Taufiq: India is not afraid of Pakistan. It is ISI they are scared of. They have a lot of patience.The conversation turns to Tiger. Arif (to Taufiq): Yaar, tell him now, since he listens to you, to lie low for a while.Taufiq: No, I wouldn’t want it at all. These things should keep happening.Conversation resumes. Taufiq: You people (the family) are not required by them (the Indian authorities). Khuda ki kasam, they just want one man (Dawood). About six to eight days ago, on the BBC, they announced rewards of Rs 15 lakhs for two men. Did you hear Tiger?No response from Tiger. Yakub (to Taufiq): There, in Dubai, your name isn’t being mentioned at all.Taufiq: In Dubai? Arre, a lot. It became known just four days later. You people came here (to Karachi) and that was it, everyone got to know. It wasn’t a good thing to happen. Yakub: We arrived on the 17th.Taufiq: Understood hai na yaar, everyone has come to know in Dubai.Yakub: Yes. And you were talked about on the phone also. In Bombay, Asghar (Tiger’s manager) spoke to Munna and he must have told him.Taufiq: Who are Munna, Asghar?Tiger: No, no. Asghar knows nothing about you.Taufiq: No, no. No one knows in Bombay but everyone in Dubai knows. (Turns to Arif.) It’s almostout in Dubai, isn’t it Arif bhai, my name?Arif: Yes, yes. That’s the reality.Taufiq: But I haven’t had a problem so far.Arif: Even people who till yesterday did not acknowledge (Taufiq), now as soon as they meet, (they say) salaam Taufiq bhai. Everyone says Seth Taufiq, Haji Taufiq.Taufiq: Before the wedding, the whole of Dubai was agog with news that there is a wedding in my house, RAW, CBI, IB, all had orders to get reports.In reply to Arif saying that by now Indian agencies know Taufiq’s “respectable image in society and government” and so cannot touch him.Taufiq: No, no, no. They don’t want to do anything to me. They want to get others through me.Arif: But before laying their hands on anyone, won’t they consider who they are dealing with?Yakub (to Taufiq): Indian intelligence got to know everything and they have clearly revealed how it all happened. Taufiq: Not a thing. They have just cooked up a story.”Are you planning to introduce Tiger to Ammullah Khan?” Yakub: They have very correctly named ISI.Tiger: ISI didn’t know a thing. They didn’t know a thing till Friday (March 12, 1993, the day of the blasts).advertisementYakub: This is how the ISI functions. On the one hand they get things done, and on the other, they say, oh, did it happen?Taufiq: Yaar, we know of it because we have done it. I mean, I knew this much because the two of us did everything together. Yes, this much the ISI knew that the target could be hit any time.As if to cut short the discussion, Arif abruptly interrupts.Arif: What does ISI mean? Isn’t it International Sports Agency? We see it on TV every hour.Arif (again): It’s okay. Everything’s true.Yakub: Tiger did not even give us the slightest hint of what he was doing.Taufiq: But think how the isi got the news. Tell us.Ayub: In February itself, intelligence (Indian) had put out an alert. It came in die papers too. Four people were named also. Tiger: Yes, that Thapa one day came from Bombay to the coast (Konkan). He stood on the seashore. I said, will you go or not? Thapa said, yaar, I learned that someone was unloading goods. That’s why I’ve come here. Thapa said, yaar, I’ll go back in your car and drop me right at Persian Darbar hotel.Taufiq: Mar gaya saala! Mar gaya bichara!Tiger: But after all, he took Rs 22 lakh for delivering the silver. He saw it with his own eyes and said yes, this is silver but the bundles are looking big, yaar. Talk turns to the Bombay riots and the role of politicians. (Details not given in the CBI transcript.)Taufiq: I have to meet S.M. Jafar (an advocate) in Lahore. S.M. Jafar is the one who fought AmanuIIah Khan’s case. Arif: Are you planning to introduce Tiger to AmanuIIah Khan?Ayub: What’s the use? Taufiq: Introduce him?Arif: In fact, I consider that Tiger has already been AmanuIIah saab’s guest. The days when he was in hiding in Dubai, he was staying in AmanuIIah Khan’s house. Though he probably didn’t know.last_img read more

Ange Postecoglou set to quit as Socceroos coach

first_imgAustralia Australia coach Ange Postecoglou set to quit before World Cup – report Goal Last updated 2 years ago 08:15 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ange Postecoglou Australia Japan Australia WC Qualification Asia Australia v Syria Syria The Socceroos boss is set to stand down after the upcoming CONCACAF playoff and not lead the nation to Russia if they qualify Australian coach Ange Postecoglou is set to quit in November even if the nation qualify for next year’s World Cup.The 52-year-old would have stepped down from the role if the Socceroos qualified automatically last month but decided to stay on to finish the job of getting to Russia, according to the report from respected football journalist David Davutovic.The Socceroos qualified for the intercontinental playoff against a CONCACAF team on Tuesday night, after defeating Syria 3-2 on aggregate, but regardless of the result in the upcoming matches on November 6 and 14, Postecoglou will leave his post and Australia may need to find a new coach to take them to Russia only seven months before the tournament begins. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It’s believed Postecoglou, who’s contract expires once Australia’s involvement in the World Cup ends, has tired of the continual criticism he has suffered while in the job and is keen to move on to pursue overseas coaching interests.last_img read more