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first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a memorable week © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 8 – Liverpool’s relentless march to a first English title since 1990 gathered pace with a comfortable win at Bournemouth, while Manchester City’s defence of the trophy was hit by a painful defeat against rivals Manchester United.Fuelled by Jamie Vardy’s blistering form, Leicester have emerged as the closest challengers to Liverpool. AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Solskjaer’s big weekSeven days ago Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fielding questions over whether he is the man to return Manchester United to their former glories after a 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa left the Red Devils in ninth and with just four wins from their opening 14 Premier League games.A week on and Solskjaer has secured the two biggest victories of his time in charge since a famous 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in March helped turn his caretaker spell in charge into a full-time position.United have beaten Tottenham on Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford and now Manchester City 2-1 to climb up to fifth and within five points of the top four. On both occasions the scoreline arguably flattered the losing side with Solskjaer’s vision slowly coming to fruition.Marcus Rashford has already matched his previous season’s best for goals with 13,Fred has enjoyed two of his best games since a £50 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk 18 months ago, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was outstanding in nullifying the threat of Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire marshalled his defence resolutely under a late City bombardment.There is still much to do for Solskjaer to convince the doubters, not least catching Chelsea in fourth to secure a return to the Champions League next season, but this was undoubtedly his best week as permanent United boss.Klopp relishes Liverpool shutoutLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold helped secure a clean sheet at Bournemouth © AFP / Adrian DENNISJurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s first clean sheet in 14 games was the talk of the dressing room after the leaders’ 3-0 win at Bournemouth.Klopp’s side made it 33 league games unbeaten as they maintained an eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester.Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah earned the victory, but it was Liverpool’s first shutout since September 28 that pleased Klopp the most.“I forgot actually how it feels, to be honest. It’s great, we should have that more often,” Klopp said.“For the boys, that was the most used word in the dressing room when I came in, ‘clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet’.“Obviously everybody was desperate for that and now we have it, so let’s have it more often.”Leicester happy to stay in the shadowsLeicester striker Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the opening goal at Aston Villa © AFP / Paul ELLISWith Jamie Vardy on the kind of hot streak he last managed when Leicester won their fairytale title in 2016, Brendan Rodgers’ side have become the last hope of a competitive race to be crowned kings of English football.Liverpool have left Manchester City trailing in their wake, but Leicester remain in the hunt after Vardy’s double inspired a 4-1 rout of Aston Villa.Vardy, the Premier League’s leading scorer with 16 goals this term, has netted in eight successive games, recalling his 11-match scoring streak from 2015-16.The Foxes have reeled off a club record eight consecutive top-flight victories, but Rodgers has no intention of talking up his team’s title chances.“I don’t think anyone expects us to be near the top. We respect that, we get on with our work and keep developing as a team,” Rodgers said.“It’s just natural, Man City and Liverpool are both incredible teams. We know we are looking to improve and close the gap. We have finished ninth in the last two seasons but today we looked like a top team.”0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgDETROIT – Automakers reported mixed U.S. sales results for November on Monday, with some new or more fuel-efficient models performing well despite consumer malaise over high gas prices and the weak economy. But even with rising sales of small cars and crossovers, the industry predicts things will get worse in 2008. General Motors Corp. said Monday it is cutting scheduled first-quarter production by 11 percent, while Ford Motor Co. said it would cut scheduled production by 7 percent. Ford’s top U.S. sales analyst, George Pipas, said the automaker predicts sales will be at their slowest pace in a decade in the first half of 2008. GM, the biggest automaker by U.S. sales, said its November sales dropped 11 percent, hurt by falling demand for trucks and cuts in sales to low-profit rental car fleets, while Chrysler LLC said sales fell 2 percent. Ford and Toyota Motor Corp. both reported flat sales for the month. Honda Motor Co.’s sales were up 5 percent while Nissan Motor Co.’s sales rose 6 percent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Rising fuel prices and sliding home values delivered a one-two punch this month,” Jim Lentz, executive vice president of Toyota’s Torrance-based U.S. sales arm, said in a statement. “But the industry’s not down for the count. Demand for fresh, more fuel-efficient products continues to show strength.” GM’s November truck sales fell 15 percent, a casualty of the slowing pace of new home construction, while car sales declined 4 percent. GM said it also cut sales to low-margin rental fleets by 29 percent compared with last November. GM’s sales were down 6 percent for the first 11 months of the year. Mark LaNeve, GM’s vice president of North American sales, service and marketing, said GM wasn’t competitive enough on its incentive spending for 2008 model year pickup trucks. He said the company wants to remain disciplined about incentives but could ramp up spending. Edmunds.com, the automotive information site, said GM spent an average of $3,136 per vehicle on incentives in November, lower than Ford and Chrysler but above its Asian rivals. Ford’s November results ended a yearlong string of losses. Every month of this year, Ford’s sales compared badly with numbers from 2006, when it was still selling thousands of its old Taurus sedans to rental fleets. But Oct. 31 marked one year since the end of production of that sedan. Ford’s top U.S. sales analyst, George Pipas, said the automaker is on track to cut rental-fleet sales by 143,000 in 2007, or more than 30 percent. Ford cut rental-fleet sales by 6 percent in November and plans to continue cutting in 2008, Pipas said. Sales to more profitable government and commercial fleets were up 25 percent for the month. Toyota continued its drive to overtake Ford this year as the No. 2 automaker by sales, outselling Ford by nearly 15,000 vehicles. Toyota’s sales were flat for the month compared with last November, with a 4 percent increase in car sales – including a 109 percent jump for the hybrid Prius – offset by a 5 percent drop in sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles. Toyota’s sales increased 4 percent for the year. Honda’s car sales rocketed up nearly 20 percent on the strength of the new Accord sedan and the subcompact Fit, which saw sales double over last November. But the automaker’s truck sales fell 11 percent. Honda’s sales rose 3 percent for the first 11 months of 2007.160Want 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

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first_imgSAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University redshirt junior Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball Newcomer of the Week, the conference announced Monday, Nov. 30. The following day, Abrahamson was named the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the WeekAbrahamson, a 6-8 forward who transferred from Northwestern, led Drake in scoring last week with 22.0 points per game on 52.7 percent shooting to help the Bulldogs go 3-1 on the week.In the Bulldogs’ win over WKU to open the Gulf Coast Showcase, he scored a career-high 41 points to tie for the seventh most single-game points in school history and the most since the 1980-81 season. His 41-point outburst was the highest in the nation at the time and currently ranks second.His 41 points came on 13-of-23 shooting, 4-of-10 from the three-point arc and a perfect 11-of-11 at the free-throw line. His performance set a Gulf Coast Showcase single-game scoring record and earned him a spot on the all-tournament team.In Saturday’s win over UIC, he scored 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting and was 6-of-9 from the three-point arc.He earned the academic honor by virtue of his 4.0 grade point average in his first semester of graduate courses. In May, he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in just three years.The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Dec. 5, when they travel to Bowling Green for a 3 p.m. CST game.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_img Tags: CECAFA 2018KFK Nick Mwendwa speaking to the media about Kenya withdrawing from hosting this year’s CECAFA (photo by Agency)NAIROBI – Kenya Football governing body Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has revealed financial constraints a reason behind it not hosting the 2018 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.The tournament comprises of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zanzibar, South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia.“Kenya will not be able to host the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup due to financial constraints. We have asked the organizing body to get a new host,” Nick Mwendwa, the FKF president as quoted by the Standard Digital.Kenya had been handed the rights to host the regional football tournament last year when Harambee Stars were crowned champions.CECAFA secretariat has now a task of finding who takes over the hosting rights of the tournament for 2018 with no country expressing interest so far.Uganda is the record winner of the CECAFA Senior challenge cup, having won 14 titles.Kenyan federation also wrote to CAF, the Africa’s football body, withdrawing their interest in taking over the hosting rights to the 2018 AWCON from Ghana.FKF, who had expressed willingness to step in if Ghana proved unready, informed the Cairo-based organization that they don’t have an extra stadium to successfully host the eight-team tournament.A country needs two standard stadiums to host the senior women’s football championship.Comments last_img read more

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first_imgWe want value for our science dollars.  We know artists are into self-expression, but scientists need to offer more than just artistic prose: they are supposed to be in the knowledge generation business.  So we expect to gain one of two things from their scientific explanations.  One, we would like to gain practical knowledge that can improve our lives: such as a better understanding of cancer that can motivate more effective treatments.  But even if we cannot hope for a practical payoff, we hope to gain understanding of natural phenomena.  Black holes may not be practical, for example, but we want to understand what they are and what they do.  Most of all, we expect the knowledge gained to be empirical – based on observations, with theories that can be tested and verified.    Evolution is often presented as the explanation for many things in science.  But how much does evolution pay in terms of practical benefits and understanding?  Hearing a person describe a notion out of his or her own mind, which cannot be tested, does neither.  Speculation is cheap.  If we wanted entertainment, we could go see Avatar or watch a comedy show.  Ask what return on investment, if any, is being provided in terms of knowledge by the following scientific explanations.We’re here because we’re here:  Alejandro Jenkins got the cover story of Scientific American for speculating about “life in the multiverse,” according to Science Daily.  Jenkins noted that the existence of life in our universe is constrained by requirements for the laws of physics (the Anthropic Principle).  Life on Earth can exist because these requirements are satisfied in our universe.  Jenkins noted that the existence of carbon, for instance, is possible because of precise values for physical constants.  So far, this is like natural theology: “So how is it that such a perfect balance exists?  Some would attribute it to God, but of course, that is outside the realm of physics.”    But is it within the realm of physics to do what he does next?  He speculates on other universes that might have different combinations of laws that might permit exotic life – speculations that cannot be observed or tested, even in principle.  That sounds like the same limitation he is placing on believers in God.We’re here because we’re here, part II:  An article in Space.com included this entertaining quip from Moredecai-Mark Mac Low of the American Museum of Natural History in New York about the realization that disk evolution around stars forbids planet formation: “Well, this contradicts basic observational evidence, like We. Are. Here.”  Live Science apparently thought that was profound.  Mac Low’s statement was in response to, “As the planets are forming, they are also thought to migrate within the surrounding dust disk.  The classic picture of this planet migration suggests that planets like (and including) the Earth should have plummeted into the sun while they were still planetesimals.”  Yet the stubborn fact remains that We. Are. Here.    To bring theory into conformity with observations, Mac Low tweaked a mathematical model that kept his baby planetesimals from plowing into the star.  He included theoretical temperature differences in the dust.  As a result, his model brought the planetesimals to equilibrium zones where they survived.  Is this really a commentary on the physics of real-world stars and planets, or a salute to the imagination of a scientist to tell a post hoc story?  Maybe it’s a kind of appeal to miracles (08/21/2009).Why we get sick:  “Evolution and Ailments: Scientists suggest systemic changes are linked to rise in disorders,” began an article in PhysOrg.  “The subtle but ongoing pressures of human evolution could explain the seeming rise of disorders such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive cancers, researchers said Friday (Jan. 8) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” the article said.  “Some adaptations that once benefited humans may now be helping such ailments persist in spite of – or even because of – advancements in modern culture and medicine.”    While this explanation appears to offer understanding, and maybe a modicum of practical benefit, it was qualified by that word “could explain.”  This means, in principle, there could be other explanations: like creation and the Fall, perhaps.  But the article assumed that the ruling explanation is evolutionary, even if they had to continue to couch it in maybe-words: “Autism and schizophrenia may be associated with the overexpression of paternally or maternally derived genes and influences,” for instance.  But what payoff did evolution provide in that explanation that distinguishes it from creation?  A Bible believer might acknowledge that our environment in a city is very different now, thousands of years past the Garden of Eden.  It says nothing to defend how humans arrived at humanhood from something else by a Darwinian process.    The examples mount: “Maternal and paternal genes engage in a subtle tug-of-war well into childhood, with consequences for childhood development,” the article continues.  This explanation, however, is little more than a personified analogy that entertains the reader with visions of genes pulling the opposing teams into a mud pit or something.  Different analogies are possible.  Maybe what we observe is not a random tug-of-war, but a well-designed push-of-peace, where complementary systems engage in checks and balances to keep themselves in sync and in the pink.  What payoff to understanding or practical benefit did the evolutionary angle provide?    The “hygiene hypothesis” was mentioned next: “Without being exposed to intestinal worms and parasites, as our ancestors were, our immune systems are hypersensitive.”  Again, a creationist could appeal to the same difference in environments and could explain this observation by intelligent design.    Finally, the article simply asserted, as if it had won over any doubters, “Natural selection still influences our biology, despite advances in modern culture and medicine.”  The example given is “natural selection favors heavier women and reduces the age at which a woman has her first child.”  Yet natural selection could just as well favor slimmer women and later childbirth in some circumstances.  This is the “Stuff Happens” Law, an explanation devoid of knowledge.    From there, Stephen Stearns (Yale) was called on to boast, “I think that the main take-home point is that evolution and medicine really do have things to say to each other, and some of these insights actually reduce suffering and save lives.”  Yet it could be argued that the evolutionary explanation is little more than a story tacked on to the end, with more entertainment value than explanation.  For centuries, doctors made major gains in reducing suffering and saving lives without even thinking of evolution.Fish morality:  Why do cleaner fish survive?  Cleaner fish are small species of fish that swim into the jaws of big fish and pick off the parasites – a remarkable case of mutualistic symbiosis.  The explanation: they play Robin Hood.  PhysOrg entertained readers with a kind of morality tale, an Aesop’s Fable of sorts: “Cleaner fish show it pays to be selfless.”  It’s a story about cheaters and punishers, lovers and wanderers, dictators and servants.  The morality tale gets undermined, however, with this line: “This study raises the possibility that ‘Robin Hood’ type behaviour might be less charitable than we think.”  Certain conservative talk show hosts might agree, but is it really adding anything to our scientific understanding to portray fish as actors in a morality drama?  Can fish even have a sense of self, or learn lessons about the benefits of selflessness?  Does this explanation do anything more than project our own human sensibilities on dumb fish?  Every child’s storybook does that sort of thing.    The scientists at Zoological Society of London think this is science: “The next stage of the research will concentrate on the threat posed to male fish by similar sized females who can undergo sex changes and ultimately challenge their authority.”  I.e., they believe their explanation is testable.  But then, even the plot in a video game is testable.  You can change the rules or starting conditions of the game and watch the outcome.  That doesn’t mean the game wasn’t designed.  And it doesn’t mean you have generated new knowledge about nature when you have confirmed an anthropomorphism.Solving a mystery:  While on the subject of fish, consider that any good scientific explanation should solve a mystery.  But so should a good Sherlock Holmes novel.  The BBC News this week told us that scientists have found “Light shed on fish gill mystery.”  And the solution is: gills did not evolve for breathing.  A researcher at the University of British Columbia has figured out that “It is likely that fish evolved gills for the primary purpose of regulating the chemicals in their bodies.”  Surprised?  For one thing, it is surprising that an evolutionist would invoke purpose, and put the motivation for “evolving” something on the fish.  Evolution is supposed to be a passive, undirected result of selection pressures.  But even granting a little laxity for journalism’s sake, not everyone was convinced this explanation is a good one.  The article recorded the reaction of Rick Gonzalez [U of San Diego].  “He described the study as a ‘very interesting first step,’ but said it wasn’t clear if it answered the question of why fish evolved gills.”  He granted a charity vote that the work “is very interesting and offers insight into how natural selection works,” but noted that gills combine the functions of lungs and kidneys in mammals.  That’s a bigger order than the hypothesis was able to fill.  Whether insight was provided at all the reader can judge.Refining the measure of natural selection:  Triumph was in the air in this article on Science Daily: “Evolution’s Footprints in Human Genome Precisely Tracked Using New Approach.”  Researchers at Harvard are confident they are getting the image in the crystal ball: “As more data on human genetic variation becomes available in the coming years, an even more detailed evolutionary picture should emerge” (notice the future tense).  Yet the measures of “positive selection” they are assessing, which they promise provides a “deep glimpse of evolution’s handiwork,” concerns mild examples that would make a creationist yawn: changes in pigmentation, blood pressure, body mass index, and metabolic rate.  They claimed to find genetic changes that are “driving important evolutionary changes.”  In the next sentence, however, they admitted that, “Of the hundreds of these large genomic regions thought to be under positive natural selection in humans, only a handful have so far been winnowed to a precise genetic change.”    It’s clear that for this explanation to pay off, it has a lot of work to do.  PhysOrg reported that the chimpanzee Y chromosome was just sequenced, and they “have found considerable differences” between the ape and human versions.  To keep the evolutionary explanation intact, they are now having to say that “these chromosomes have evolved more quickly than the rest of their respective genomes over the 6 million years since they emerged from a common ancestor.”  David Page [Whitehead Institute] threw in a folksy analogy for entertainment: “People are living in the house, but there’s always some room that’s being demolished and reconstructed.  And this is not the norm for the genome as a whole.”  Funny; most people thought construction crews operated by intelligent design.Evolutionists and materialists succeed at getting all the play in the scientific explanation industry (at least in the secular press) because their critics have been summarily excluded.  In any human enterprise, like politics, this is an environment that can produce laziness, excess, corruption, and abuse.11/19/1009).    To update Jeremiah 9:13-15, ‘these people have forsaken God’s laws of nature which are evident before them, and have not obeyed his voice, neither walked therein; But have walked after the imagination of their own heart (01/17/2007), and after Darwin, which their fathers taught them.  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of creation; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.’  It is indeed galling to hear these people ascribe the wonders of creation to “evolution’s handiwork.”  That doesn’t make sense even to an evolutionist.  It shows they are mixing their own gall and drinking it on their own volition.  God doesn’t even need to intervene to help them exhibit their own folly.  He just uses “secondary causation,” the outcome of natural tendencies for lost humans to play the fool.    Notice how they cannot be consistent with their assumptions about the way evolution works.  Natural selection is supposed to be completely mindless, purposeless, directionless, and careless.  It is supposed to have no foresight, no purpose, no planning and no goal.  Darwin was supposed to have ousted teleology from scientific explanation.  Yet day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade we find the Darwinists saying things like “fish evolved gills for the primary purpose of….”  Darwin himself was caught speaking this way often.  This is animism, pantheism, with Tinker Bell as their transcendent designer, because it is impossible to be a consistent materialist.    Humans continue to fall into the habit of thinking and talking teleologically, not because we evolved to think in design terms in spite of the truth, but because design is the truth.  Disagree?  Then explain to everyone how you could ever know what truth even is.  But if you come to us as a scientist with no connection to the Truth about nature, then your storytelling is not science or knowledge generation.  It’s entertainment.  If imagination is your idol, go seek employment at Disneyland, where you can wish upon a star, all your fantasies can create a substitute reality, and the taxpayers don’t have to subsidize it.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, boneill@njaes.rutgers.eduAs noted in a previous post, it is not common for people to do some “spring cleaning” around their home in April to clear out clutter and organize their “stuff.” This same concept can also be extended to personal finances. April is when income taxes are due and people are actively reviewing their financial records. https://pixabay.com/photos/young-woman-girl-lady-female-work-791849/ Return to article. Long DescriptionTake some time this month to address your financial “clutter.” You are likely to feel very productive and satisfied when you are done. Nine specific tasks to “tidy up” your finances were shared in a previous post. Below is a list of eight more ways to tidy up your financial life:Automate Recurring Financial Transactions– Put bill payments and savings deposits on “automatic pilot” if you have a steady income. Doing so will save time writing checks and money spent on postage. Other good candidates for automated transactions are checking account to savings account transfers and automatic investment plans for the purchase of shares of stock and mutual funds.Document Your Digital Assets– Make a list of all the usernames, passwords, PINs, and other details related to your digital life. Examples of digital assets include benefit (e.g., airline frequent flyer rewards and retailer loyalty programs), e-mail, financial, online merchant, organization, and social media accounts. Make sure that several trusted individuals can access your digital inventory information, if needed.Prepare a Spending Plan (Budget)- Track income and expenses for a month or two to get a good read on monthly cash flow. Then prepare a spending plan based upon this information. Rework the numbers as needed until monthly income equals the total of fixed (including savings), flexible, and occasional (1/12 of the annual cost) expenses. Revisit the spending plan periodically as “life happens” and income and expenses change.Check Your Credit Reports- Request a free credit report once every four months from each of the “Big Three” credit reporting agencies. For example, check Experian in April, Equifax in August, and TransUnion in December. Review written or online reports carefully for evidence of incorrect information or identity theft.Prepare or Review Estate Planning Documents– Review each of your estate planning documents (e.g., will, living will, and power of attorney) to make sure that they still reflect your wishes. Also make sure that all parties named in your documents (e.g., executor, guardian) are alive and willing to serve.Check for Available or Expiring Rewards– Review recent credit card rewards statements. You may have hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars available to spend. Also check to make sure that you don’t have gift cards tucked away, especially those that charge inactivity fees, and airline miles that are about to expire.Prepare a Home Inventory– Use a cell phone camera or video to document what you own. Take photos or video footage room-by-room and store the files away off site or in the cloud. Supplement photos and videos by completing a home inventory worksheet and storing it digitally along with scanned receipts for major purchases.Organize a Home Financial Center- Designate one place in your home to store all of your financial records and to do routine financial tasks such as bill-paying and reconciling your checking account balance. Your financial center can include a computer, desk, table, filing drawer, or cabinet. The choice is up to you. At the beginning of each calendar, earmark a large envelope for tax-related materials so they are collected year-round.For additional information about tidying up your finances, review this University of Florida Extension fact sheet Financial Recordkeeping: Organizing Your Financial Life.last_img read more

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first_imgBiju Janata Dal MLA from Patnagarh Saroj Kumar Meher was arrested on Monday for forcing a junior engineer of a tribal community to do sit-ups in public for the “poor quality” road work in Bolangir district. The newly elected legislator was picked up by the Bolangir police from a hotel in Nuapada in the early hours and was arrested after interrogation. He was produced before a court that denied him bail and remanded him in judicial custody. The court will hear his bail petition on July 1.The incident took place on June 5. In a video clip that had gone viral in social media, Mr. Meher was seen forcing Mr. Sabar to do sit-ups. The police registered a case against Mr. Meher under the IPC and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on the basis of a complaint filed by the junior engineer’s wife on June 6.The MLA expressed regret a day after the incident, saying he did it to save the official from being attacked by villagers. An association of the tribals in Bolangir had threatened to picket the Assembly on June 26, demanding action against him. Mr. Meher’s wife moved the Orissa High Court, seeking anticipatory bail for him.last_img read more

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is likely to sack men’s freestyle national coach Hossein Karimi, six months after the Iranian was hired on a contract till the Tokyo Olympics.The Iranian had joined the national camp in February but has been struggling to adjust to the ‘system’. He went on leave after India savoured its best ever performance at the World Championship in Nur-Sultan, where the men’s freestyle wrestlers won four medals and three Olympic quotas.”Karimi’s days are numbered. He will soon be gone. The WFI is not happy with him,” said an WFI source.It has been learnt that the diminutive Karimi himself is not happy with the way things work in India.Source said he wanted to have his own program in place at the national camp in Bahalgarh in Sonepat district but country’s elite wrestlers trained on their own.Bajrang Punia has been training with Georgian Shako Bentinidis while Sushil Kumar trains with Russian Kamal Malikov.Deepak Punia and Ravi Dahiya, who won a silver and a bronze respectively in Nur Sultan, are product of Delhi’s Chhatarsal stadium.”He was struggling to gel with the other Indian coaches at the camp and remained aloof most of the time. He was unhappy since arriving and has been complaining of one or the other thing. The WFI was told about it and it (sacking) was coming,” said a source.”He was even given a flat near the camp since he did not want to stay inside the SAI Complex where other coaches lived.”However, the WFI said it as not yet decided on sacking Karimi, who as Iran’s national coach, had led his nation to three men’s freestyle medals, including a gold, at the 2016 Rio Olympics.”He is on leave. Let him come back. We have not yet decided, if he will continue as men’s freestyle coach or not,” said WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar.It has also been learnt that Karimi had refused to share room with one of the fellow support staff members in Nur Sultan.”Since he did not mix up with others, he insisted that he would stay alone. One separate room was given to him while three support staff members shared one room. One of them had to sleep on the couch all these days,” the source claimed.”He did not think high of India’s coaches. He provided only verbal tips to wrestlers at the camp, preferring to stay away from heavily sweating grapplers,” added another source, who was in the Kazakh capital.In complete contrast, American Andrew Cooks seems to be enjoying his stint with the women’s team in Lucknow.For him, India is his ‘new family’ and can be seen even defending the freestyle wrestlers, who attracted a bit of criticism during the World Championship.The Greco-Roman coach Temo Kazarashvili has also developed a bond with his boys, who respect the Russian. Hossein KarimiIndiairanwrestling federation of India First Published: September 26, 2019, 6:49 PM ISTlast_img read more