Serie A star pens new deal to quash Manchester United transfer talk

first_img1 Kamil Glik Kamil Glik has ended any talk of a move to Manchester United by signing a new contract with Torino.The defender has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford over the past 18 months after impressing in Serie A.However, the Poland international has now committed his future to Torino by signing a new deal.Glik’s previous contract was due to expire in 18 months and the Italian club have been trying to tie him down since the summer.The 27-year-old has now agreed to Torino’s terms and his new deal will see him stay with the Serie A side until June 2020.last_img read more

Conte’s brilliant 4-2-4 Chelsea line up including new signing N’Golo Kante

first_img 11 11 4. John Terry (centre back) – It was a campaign largely to forget for Terry, but Conte may feel the Chelsea captain still has much to offer on the field. It could be his last season at Stamford Bridge, so he’ll be looking to go out on a high. 2. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) – Given Branislav Ivanovic’s dip in form, Conte may be tempted to move Azpilicueta over to his preferred flank, on the right. Injury moved the Spaniard to this wing in the final few weeks of last season, where he looked at ease. 8. Willian (right attack) – Voted as Chelsea’s Player of the Year last season, Willian could remain a key man under Conte. While he was at times excellent, far more than six goals in the Premier League will be expected. 11 3. Kurt Zouma (centre back) – Zouma has returned to pre-season training and could be in line to return to fitness by the start of next season. He will surely be one of the first names on Conte’s team sheet. 1. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up by clicking the arrow above, right – Despite being shaky at times last season, Courtois is firmly expected to continue his role as no.1 at Stamford Bridge. At 24-years-old he should be standing in between the Blues posts for the next few years. 11 11 6. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) – Fabregas will be looking to silence a fair few critics next term and should be fired up to do so. His on-field relationship with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa could be crucial for Conte. 9. Michy Batshuayi (centre forward) – With Chelsea splashing £33m on Batshuayi, he is expected to be thrown straight into action by Conte. He scored 17 goals last season and will be looking to continue his top form in the Premier League. 10. Diego Costa (centre forward) – Costa is often linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, but is likely to remain the first choice up top under Conte. His 12 goals won Chelsea 11 points last term, proving just how crucial he remains. 11 Now the 2016 European Championship finals are over, Antonio Conte is fully focused on life in the Premier League.The Italian takes over at Chelsea and, in particular, there is much speculation over how he might line his new side up in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.Including the possiblity of a change from the 4-2-3-1 Blues supporters have grown accustomed to over the last few seasons, the club will also have Leicester City’s Premier League-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante to choose from after completing a deal on Saturday.But how could he slot into the Chelsea side? And what formation could Conte deploy?Featuring the France international and a change in formation, check out a predicted Chelsea XI for next season by viewing the slideshow above. 5. Abdul Baba Rahman (left back) – The Ghanaian is yet to settle at Chelsea, but Conte may be under pressure to see last summer’s £14m signing (which could rise to £21m) perform in the first team. The defender, though, will need to seriously up his game to keep his place. 11 11 11 7. N’Golo Kante (centre midfield) – Kante was simply outstanding for Leicester City last season and it’s no surprise a whole host of clubs were interested in securing his signature. The Blues won the race, paying a reported £32million for the 25-year-old. 11 11 11. Eden Hazard (left attack) – Hazard looks to have slowly returned to top form after an impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Belgium and despite reports earlier in the year suggesting he could be sold by Chelsea, he is set to stay put. Conte will likely view the forward as integral to his future plans.last_img read more

Americana mall starts with bang

first_imgGLENDALE – In a ceremony complete with confetti and fireworks, officials and community members broke ground Thursday on the $324 million Americana at Brand project. The outdoor mall is expected to open in March 2008 on 15 1/2 acres next to the Glendale Galleria. “Folks, you’re standing on ground zero of the resurgence and the renaissance of Glendale,” City Councilman Ara Najarian said. Americana at Brand will feature retail, restaurants and a movie theater, plus 338 apartments and condominiums. Caruso Affiliated expects to start pouring the foundation and installing utilities late this summer. 160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The project’s budget is $324 million, developer Rick Caruso said. That’s more than the previously disclosed figure of $265 million, the result of both increased construction costs and the fact that the new budget factors in building the condos instead of selling off those building rights to another developer. During the ceremony, officials and community members sat under a white tent as a jazz ensemble played off stage. At one point, Caruso pushed down on a detonator to ignite fireworks in a makeshift wooden building, and the roughly 10-foot structure collapsed as audience members cheered. (818) 546-3304last_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: THE DONEGAL County Board is refusing to be drawn into a war of words with their Dublin counterparts over the Paddy McBrearty ‘biting’ incident.Dublin officials have been widely quoted in the Dublin press today, some of them appearing to cast doubt on the incident.But while Paddy is refusing to comment, sources insist he was bitten during the match between Donegal and Dublin in Ballybofey on Sunday. The Donegal County Board, in a statement to Donegal Daily, says the issue is a matter for the GAA HQ investigations committee.“The Donegal County Board’s position remains unchanged and we will be fully co-operating with the CCCC investigation into the alleged incident,” said a Donegal GAA County Board spokesman.However Dublin GAA chairman Andy Kettle has given a number of interviews today.“Our medic was taken in to see an injury but it was a bruise, not a laceration, a bruise,” said Kettle in one interview. We understand however that the bite on McBrearty’s shoulder broke the skin. He was later treated at Letterkenny hospital.Kettle had said: “I don’t accept that something did happen.“Until I am asked officially to investigate by the Donegal County Board I won’t be doing anything.” DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD: ‘WE ARE CO-OPERATING WITH GAA OVER ALLEGED BITE INCIDENT’ was last modified: April 10th, 2013 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)last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Muire GAA News:Following the recent Naomh Muire Kellogs Cúl Camp, Naomh Muire will be holding a Summer Camp next week (4th – 7th Aug) from 10am – 2pm each day. This camp is for children from 6 years to 13. Registration this time is by text to Gary on 086 3546193 so as to give us an indication of numbers. The cost per child for this camp is €35.Anyone who has ordered a ticket for the Donegal v Galway game please keep an eye on Facebook/Social media for updates about when the tickets will be distributed. Go raibh maith agaibh.The U-12 girls had a great day out on Saturday 25th July when they took part in one section of the county wide blitzes organised by Donegal Ladies Gaelic in Sean MacCumhaills Park, Ballybofey. While our girls played their heart out,winning one game and coming up short in two games,a big highlight for our girls was getting to tog out in the Donegal senior team dressing room and running down the famous tunnel onto the Mac Cumhaill park surface to play their games. Congratulations to the winners in our section,  Urris and Four Masters and the host club Sean Mac Cumhaills on a very sporting contest in all games. Thanks to John Lillis and his mentors and the tea ladies who had a nice cuppa and goodies for all teams at the end! Thanks also to Donegal ladies for organising the blitz days for our girls!We may not have won the day,but our 16 wee girls will be back training on Wednesday getting ready for the next challenge as Naomh Muire Peil na mBan players!The U-16 girls’ next game is on Tuesday 28th July against Cloich Cheann Fhaola in Falcarragh at 7pm. The Junior A Championship Semi final 1st Leg is due to take place on Sunday 2nd August aginst Buncrana in the Banks at 11am. Comghairdeas le foireann sinsearach na mban a bhain craobh Uladh ar an Domhnach. Maith sibh a ghirseachaí. Comhghairdeas le Robbie Ó Domhnaill a bhí mar pháirt den fhoireann cúlra bainistíochta.Orders for the new Naomh Muire underage training tops will be taken at the clubhouse on Wednesday night from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.The tops are for players from under 6 to 18 years and will be available at a reduced cost of €20. Payment to be made with order on the night. Club coaches may also purchase the tops at €25 and are welcome to come along and choose their sizes. The tops will be available within two weeks of the order being placed.Our under 10’s attended the annual Mary from Dungloe blitz hosted by Dungloe GAA on Saturday. Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Michael also took part.The children all had a great day and got to meet a few of the Mary’s as well. Our thanks to Dungloe GAA for their kind hosting and excellent organising of the Blitz. Overall a great day out in Dungloe.Lotto na Seachtaine. 4-9-10-15 na huimhreacha a tháinig amach. Bhí trí uimhir acu seo leanas: Sara Rodgers, Loch an Iúir. Anna Roarty, Mín Doire na Slua. Alec McDyer,Baile Chiarraí. Martin Bonner, Rann Uí Thuatháil. Leag McGee, Anagaire. Margaret Hanlon, Cál Chéim. Beidh €1340 sa phota an tseachtain seo chugainn.The July Draw of Naomh Muire 100+ Club Draw will take place on the 29th in Caislean Óir. Sellers please have your Subs in on time to the coordinator so the draw can be made to schedule.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE TO HOST GAA CAMP EARLY NEXT MONTH was last modified: July 28th, 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:GAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Arsenal chief executive could be off to AC Milan

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January AC Milan are looking to poach Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, according to reports in Italy.The Italian side recently got taken over by US hedge fund Elliott Management, who have promised to inject €50m (£44.2m) to help stabilise the club’s finances. LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST TRANSFER NEWS They are also looking to appoint a new president and board of directors as they continue to revamp Milan.And, according to Sky Sport Italia, Arsenal chief executive Gazidis is one of those the US hedge fund want to bring in.The 53-year-old has been with the Gunners since 2009 after previously working as the MLS’ deputy commissioner.Gazidis helped bring new head coach Unai Emery to Arsenal this summer and now has a key role in the running of the club.However, Elliott Management are hoping he would make the jump to Italy to help rebuild Milan. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED RANKED LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on targets 1 targets IN DEMAND Gazidis has come under fire from Arsenal fans last_img read more

Hot SA musicians head to Cannes

first_imgJazz maestro Themba Mkhize’s band will pay tribute to South Africa’s late music icons. Zulu Boy is hoping to find artists to collaborate with in France. Da Les’s crew Jozi takes its “energy and swagger” to the Midem festival in France. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communications Director Department of Arts and Culture +27 (12) 441 3084 or +27 82 450 5076 RELATED ARTICLES • South African music • African music goes digital • Awards honour SA musicians • The White Zulu on stage in SA • Mambazo win their third Grammy • SA musicians sing for peaceBongani NkosiZulu Boy, a South African rap artist, has hatched his own style of music and for that he’s being sent to Cannes, France, with other hot local talent to represent the country.The rapper, whose real name is Mgingqeni Majozi, will be part of a culturally diverse group of performers who will participate in the 2010 Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale (Midem) that runs from 24 to 27 January.The event, which has been staged in France since 1966, is the world’s largest music industry trade fair and enables musicians from across the globe to meet face-to-face to network, analyse trends and build partnerships. South Africa is the 2010 Midem country of honour.Zulu Boy was chosen for his unique sound, which fuses Maskandi – a Zulu music genre – and hip hop. These were both types of music that the lad from eNtuzuma, in KwaZulu-Natal province, grew up listening to, so he’s combined the names and called his creation Skandi Hop.“My audience in France will listen to a type of hip hop that they have never heard before,” said Zulu Boy. “I know the overseas market is willing to learn about different cultures and music.”With such a creative blend of influences, Zulu Boy is no typical rap artist. Instead of urban boom bap hip hop beats and rehashed sounds, he introduces the string guitar and lyrics rapped in his mother tongue, isiZulu, and in some songs he fuses this with English.“My music has identity. We are Africans and we have to sound African,” he said.The artist, who’s signed with traditional music label Native Rhythms, promises to deliver an explosive performance in Cannes with a live band. His repertoire will include songs from his second album Inqolobane, released in 2008, and his latest offering, Igoda.He sees going to France as a chance to “network, learn and share knowledge”. “It’s an opportunity to take part in the global community,” he said.Although Zulu Boy has collaborated with international artists in the past – including Colombian rapper Alvaro ‘Ephniko’ Cuello and Ninthe, a female vocalist from the Netherlands – he’s aiming to find French artists to work with while in France.“I know for sure that I will find someone in France to collaborate with, either we will record there or we will do it over the internet,” he said. “If we share common experiences with the world, people in South Africa will learn that we are the same as people in other countries.”SA talent set to wow FranceZulu Boy is not the only local hip hop act at Cannes that will showcase the diversity of South African music. Jozi, a two-man outfit put on the map by their distinct African sound, is also set to wow audiences there.Jozi member Da Les (real name Lesley Mampe) said they are taking their “energy and swagger” to the European country. “We have a different sound compared to everybody else. It’s a fusion of traditional South African music and urban hip hop,” he said.Jozi combines the talents of rapper Da Les and evergreen singer Ishmael Morabe.There will be a rich mix of South African musicians who will perform on the opening night on the 24th and at the Tribute to Miriam Makeba Show on the 26th. The shows will fuse young, but established talents with that of old bucks who have influenced the country’s music over the years.Jazz maestro Themba Mkhize has assembled an eight-member live band that will pay tribute to South Africa’s late musical sensations. The band will perform hot tracks from yesteryear, including Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special, Solomon Linda’s Mbube and Jabu Khanyile and Bayete’s Mbombela, among others. Slain reggae icon Lucky Dube will also be honoured.“We have been known for our struggle songs for years, now we have an opportunity to showcase who we are in terms of music. We are a people with lots of love and we express that in our music,” said Mkhize. “The festival is an opportunity for us to sample a bit of our music for the world, ranging from the 1950s to today.”The Themba Mkhize band will be key to the South African musicians, playing alongside most of them. It will perform with Zulu Boy, Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren, the queen of Ndebele music Nothembi Mkhwebane and world-renowned flautist Wouter Kellerman.Performances with Xhosa music diva Thandiswa Mazwai, Makeba’s granddaughter Zenzi Lee and veteran Vusi Mahlasela are also scheduled.The South African line-up will also feature talent from elsewhere on the continent. Benin superstar Angelique Kidjo will join other local acts on stage to pay tribute to Makeba, while Kellerman’s performance will be spiced up by Senegalese prodigy Lamine Sonko.Sonko is based in Melborne, Australia, and is a singer, dancer and a percussionist whose style is an eclectic blend of jazz, reggae and West African music. “Our performance in France will be a surprise to the audience. But they will enjoy it,” Sonko said.Critically acclaimed outfit The Parlotones will play the best of South African rock, and award-winning soul singer Lira promises to perform all her chart-topping numbers as well. Other acts to set the stage alight are Tidal Wave, a popular reggae crew, and Maletangwao Cultural Troupe. Dance music disc jockeys Black Coffee, DJ Christos and DJ Static Plastic are set to play 100% home-grown music at the two events in Cannes.“The most important thing is that when we leave that place people must have a sense of what South African music is all about,” said Sipho Sithole of the Department of Arts and Culture advisory committee. “It must be a true reflection of South African music.”Mazwai, who’s known for her socially and politically conscious songs, appreciates the funding and organising by government which has made the French trip possible. “It’s a great thing that the government has done. It should happen again next year.”last_img read more

New York Cohousing Community Nears Completion

first_imgA cohousing community where work and life are sharedAs GBA’s Richard Defendorf explained in a 2011 article, EcoVillage at Ithaca is a cohousing community, one of 240 such projects listed at the time in a national online directory.Each of the three neighborhoods making up EcoVillage at Ithaca are designed to promote community and cooperative decision making. Houses are clustered to encourage people to meet their neighbors, unlike conventional residential developments that tend to isolate people from each other, Jones said. Residents themselves handle community chores that otherwise would be farmed out to paid tradespeople.“We have a specific orientation process because we want people to understand exactly what they’re getting into when they live in a community like this,” Jones said. “It’s not like moving into downtown Ithaca where you don’t know any of your neighbors. The expectation up here is you will put in two to four hours of work a week for the community on a work team.”The communities have been developed as cooperatives, meaning that the residents essentially developed the property themselves. EcoVillage is part of a global network of similar cohousing communities that promote sustainable building and lifestyles focused on “consuming less and cooperating more.”It’s proved attractive to people far beyond Ithaca. Jones said that new residents for TREE have come from Indonesia, California, Canada, and Italy as well as the Ithaca area.There’s also an educational element to the community. EcoVillage co-founder Liz Walker said that a recent two-day training event on net-zero building attracted 29 green builders, architects, and engineers from New York State and Vermont. Another session is likely in September. The third of three cohousing neighborhoods on a 175-acre tract of land in Ithaca, N.Y., is nearing completion, and every one of its 40 apartments, duplexes, and single-family houses was sold before construction began.The new neighborhood is called TREE, for Third Residential EcoVillage Experience. It will include seven houses certified by the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), perhaps the largest cluster of PHIUS-certified single-family homes in the country. The balance of 33 apartments and houses are built to nearly the same standards.In all, the three clusters of homes comprise EcoVillage at Ithaca, home to about 150 adults and as many as 75 children, their ages ranging from 2 months to 82 years. The first neighborhood built at the co-housing development was completed in 1996, and although early organizers had originally envisioned a total of five neighborhoods, TREE may be the last.“This is an environmentally oriented village, so we have tried to push the envelope on energy efficiency and green building techniques,” says Jared Jones, one of five members of the construction oversight team for TREE. “Even the houses in the first neighborhood that we built almost 20 years ago are extremely high-performance and they would be considered high-performance houses now.”TREE consists of 17 single-family homes, four duplexes, and 15 apartments on the upper three floors of its central community building. In addition to having some of the houses certified by PHIUS, the community has been certified under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program. The case against ductless minisplitsHigh levels of insulation and virtually airtight construction might seem to make ductless minisplit air-source heat pumps a slam dunk for both heating and cooling. But in this case, Jones said, they didn’t make as much sense as simple electric-resistance heat.One big reason: Mechanical air conditioning isn’t a necessity on the hilltop site. Instead, residents typically open windows at night and close them early in the morning, which flushes warm air out of the house and replaces it with cool nighttime air. The superinsulated walls and roof keep the house comfortable during the day. Box and ceiling fans also help.“We rarely would need air conditioning, even on the hottest days of summer,” Jones said. “We have a pond, we have beautiful breezes.”Some accommodation can be made, he added, for a resident who needs air conditioning because of a health problem.Two others strikes against the minisplit option was the eventual need for maintenance and repair, and the noise the outside compressors would make, however slight.“A ductless minisplit is a pretty complicated machine,” Jones said. “At that point, we didn’t have anybody in Ithaca who was an authorized factory rep for Mitsubishi or any of the others. And these things are going to break down. Fixing a ceiling fan is a lot simpler than fixing a minisplit. Plus, the expensive of putting in a minisplit and running the common evaporative cooling lines down to the main unit outside the building, and the noise, even though they’re not super noisy. We decided it wasn’t worth it. We’re very conscious about costs.” Homes designed for low energy consumptionThe slab-on-grade houses in this Climate Zone 6 locale are built with double-stud walls using efficient framing practices for about $100 a square foot. They have “very simple exterior designs and interior finishes,” according to a DOE fact sheet about the project.Here are some other construction details:Foundation: Beneath the slab, 5 1/2 inches of foil-faced polyisocyanurate foam (R-36) over a 6-inch layer of gravel and a 6-mil polyethylene vapor barrier. The frost-protected shallow footings are 24 inces below grade and insulated with foil-faced polyiso.Exterior walls: Two 2×4 stud walls, with studs 16 inches on-center, are 5 inches apart, creating a total wall thickness of 12 inches. Walls are sheathed with Huber’s Zip system OSB, the seams sealed with tape. The inner surface of the sheathing is insulated with 3 1/2 inches of closed-cell polyurethane foam and the rest of the cavity filled with blown-in cellulose, for a total wall R-value of 52. Exterior cladding, a mix of metal and fiber-cement lap siding, is applied over a rainscreen gap.Roof: The roofs are asymmetrical, with a longer, lower-pitched side facing south for solar panels. Roofs are framed with raised-heel trusses and insulated with blown-in cellulose to R-90 (spray foam was also used on north-facing roof slopes because of their shallower design). A layer of taped OSB applied to the bottom chords of the trusses makes the air barrier, with the gypsum drywall ceilings installed over 2×4 furring. The metal roof is installed directly over the trusses without any sheathing.Windows: Tripled-glazed Intus units with a whole-window U-value average of 0.16.Ventilation: Energy recovery ventilators, running continuously.Heating: Electric baseboard.Air conditioning: None, unless specifically requested.Domestic hot water: Solar thermal for preheating, with electric-resistance backup.Lighting: A mix of LEDs (72 percent) and compact fluorescents.Airtightness: The PHIUS-certified houses are all below 0.60 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals. Non-certified houses are around 1.5 ach50.Renewable energy: A ground-mounted, 50 kW photovoltaic (PV) array will help power the TREE common house. Of the remaining 25 houses in the neighborhood, more than 80 percent will get PV panels.Lois Arena of Steven Winter Associates, the Passivhaus consultant on the project, said that the certified units include five single-family homes and one half of two separate duplexes, or seven units in all. There are two differences between certified houses and those that aren’t, she said. Certified houses have extra detailing in the attics to increase airtightness, and have spray foam in the exterior walls for slightly higher R-values. (Walls in the non-certified houses are filled completely with dense-packed cellulose). Units sell for roughly market ratePrices range considerably, depending on the size and location of the units. A studio apartment in the common building at TREE, for example, costs between $80,000 and $100,000, while one of the larger single-family homes, a 1,600-square-foot, three- or four-bedroom model, went for between $240,000 and $280,000, according to Jones.That’s comparable to other housing in Ithaca, but EcoVillage residents also get the use of common gardens and workshops as well as access to a lot of open land.DOE said that added construction costs over houses built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code amounted to about $20,000 per unit. Annual energy cost savings, compared to a house built to the 2009 IECC, was $2,928 for a house equipped with PV panels. Projected annual utility costs are $1,593 for units without PV, and $628 for units with PV.last_img read more

Anushka, Virat will get married soon: BCCI had told management

first_imgExcuses have been given an entirely new dimension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). If allowing girlfriend Anushka Sharma to stay with Virat Kohli in England for the first two Tests wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, the pretext BCCI used to convince the team management is mind-boggling.BCCI told the management that the duo will get married very soon.Speaking to Mail Today, a BCCI official said that while there was a bit of a dilemma as to how the touring Indian media would react, the Board told the officials travelling with the team that it was just a matter of time before the duo ties the nuptial knot.”The team management was slightly taken aback when the BCCI approved Kohli’s plea of letting Anushka stay with him. But they were told there was no reason to worry as the two were planning to get married. And this isn’t the first time such a thing was happening. A captain’s girlfriend had travelled with the team in the past as well,” he said.In fact, the BCCI also told them that Kohli was smart enough to handle the situation and the media wouldn’t even get to know of Anushka’s presence -a definite error of judgment.”When the management enquired on how to handle the media if they questioned her presence with the vice-captain, they were told that Kohli can handle the media attention and wouldn’t let the cat out of the bag,” he said.On the view that Anushka’s presence had nothing to do with Kohli’s poor form, the official said: “Unlike football, Test cricket is played for eight hours. And when the mind is on picking and dropping friends, the result will be visible on the field itself. Off-field activities definitely play on the mind.”advertisementBut another official said that the sole reason behind the ruckus is the relationship status. “If the duo was married, nobody would have said a word. We all know how Indian culture is. And the lack of form ended up serving as fodder for the media. If he had scored runs, they would have ignored the whole issue,” he said.last_img read more

Sonia Gandhi backs RK Anand’s Rajya Sabha bid to keep BJP-backed Subhash Chandra at bay

first_imgCongress president Sonia Gandhi overruled the Haryana Congress and decided to support lawyer RK Anand’s bid for the Rajya Sabha in order to keep BJP-backed media baron Subhash Chandra at bay.CONGRESS LAWMAKERS MIFFED According to sources, the idea to support Anand had caused resentment among the Congress lawmakers in the state but the high command decided to overrule them keeping in mind the larger strategic objective against the BJP.”Congress MLAs will support RK Anand to keep the BJP at bay,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the issue was critically debated between AICC general secretary BK Hari Prasad and the 17 Congress lawmakers in Haryana.CONTESTED 2014 LS POLLS ON INLD TICKETSonia opted to go with Anand after weighing the pros and cons of the issue along with her advisers. Fearing backlash in the state, the Haryana Congress was opposed to the idea of supporting RK Anand as he was earlier with the Grand Old Party but had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Faridabad on an INLD ticket.In 2009, an embarrassed Congress had virtually discarded Anand after the top court had found him guilty in the infamous BMW hit-andrun case following a sting operation by a private news channel. Explaining the Congress decision, Tewari said Anand had sought support from the party and expressed faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and the party’s policies.ANAND VOWS TO SUPPORT CONGRESS “?nand has said that he will support the Congress both inside and outside of the house,” said Tewari. Sources said the Congress decision could make things difficult for independent nominee Subhash Chandra, who has the BJP’s backing. They also said the party lawmakers will have to placated over the move as they are the ones who fight the rival INLD in the state.advertisement”He is after all an INLD member. The decision will be difficult to swallow for the MLAs,” said a state leader. Sources acknowledged that Anand’s association with INLD on state issues and with Congress on national matters would present an awkward situation.However, the third candidate in the fray, Union rural development minister Birender Singh, is all set to sail through.ALSO READ: Rajya Sabha elections: Independent Karnataka MLA switches loyalty to Congresslast_img read more