The Many Disguises of Consumer Fraud

first_imgBy Dr. Martie GillenOften times, the public is not fully aware of the pervasiveness of fraud, because news media focus primarily on major scams, such as Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. There are many types of frauds and scams. Below is a discussion of several types of frauds and scams.Identity theft. Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identify theft is the most common form of consumer fraud and that holds true for military families. Military personnel and families can learn more about how to protect themselves from identify theft by reviewing the FTC’s publication What to Know, What to Do.Photo by Jeff TurnerTax identify theft. The FTC received almost 110,000 complaints about tax identify theft in 2014 accounting from about 33% of the overall complaints about identify theft. Tax identity theft typically happens when a scammer files a fraudulent tax return using a consumer’s Social Security number in order to receive a refund.IRS impostor scams. This scam has increased drastically from over 2,500 in 2013 to almost 55,000 in 2014 and often consists of an individual contacting a consumer by phone, claiming that they are an IRS agent and that the consumer owes the IRS money. The impostor suggests to the consumer that they should pay immediately by wiring money or loading money on a pre-paid debit card if not, they are threatened with arrest or legal action. The calls may even appear to come from the Washington, D.C. area and impostors may even know the consumer’s full or partial Social Security number.Phishing. A common cyber-avenue for fraud in which a scammer sends a mass email proposing a sham investment. If even a small percentage of recipients bite, the sender can bring in big dollars. Scammers may use social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn to target potential victims.Investment fraud. A wide variety of investment frauds all have one thing in common: they sell something – a company, product, or security – that either does not exist or will not live up to the financial return being promised. Common red flags indicating investments may be fraudulent include: if they look too good to be true; offer a very high or “guaranteed” return at “no risk” to the investor; require an urgent response or cash payment; charge a steep upfront fee in return for making more money on an unspecified date; suggest recipients do not tell family members or friends about the offer; lure prospective investors with a “free lunch”; come unsolicited over the Internet, are of unknown origin, or come from overseas; instill fear that a failure to act would be very costly; cannot be questioned, inspected, or checked out further; and are so complex that they are difficult or impossible to understand.Pump and dump scams. This scam occurs when fraudsters send out inflated and inaccurate information about a company’s stock they already own. Sham reports hyping the company’s profits or business prospects encourage naive investors to rush in and buy stock. When they do, the fraudster sells his shares for a large gain, depressing the price and leaving those who were defrauded with losses on their shares.Advance fee fraud. Money is paid but the service or product is not delivered. The outcome never varies for the countless advance-fee scams. Debt-settlement scams that purport to help struggling consumers pay off debt become more pervasive during periods of recessions or slow growth. This type of fraud spiked during the recent recession.Insurance fraud. Insurance fraud against individuals occurs when unscrupulous insurance agents or brokers sell health, auto, home or life insurance and divert premium payments to their personal bank accounts. Fabricated policy documents give victims the impression that the coverage is in effect, so they continue paying their premiums.Many resources are available to help consumers becoming victims of fraud. A list of resources shared during the recent Predatory Lending Practices & How to Avoid Them webinar are available here.This post was written by Dr. Martie Gillen, co-PI for the Personal Finance Concentration Area of the MFLN. Connect with her and the rest of the Personal Finance Team on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

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Pull Your Weeds

first_imgIf you leave a plot of land alone, over time it will become overrun with all sorts of plant life. Most of the plant life will be of a hearty variety, and weeds will be chief among them. Weeds tend to grow wherever the soil is left untended; they require no care and thrive under almost any condition. Once they’re firmly established, weeds crowd out more beneficial plants by growing faster and using up all the resources, like nutrients and water, depriving other life of the opportunity to grow.Negative beliefs and thoughts operate very much like weeds. Neglected space is always fertile ground for cynicism, pessimism, skepticism, and negativity. If one does not tend to their beliefs and their thoughts, negativity will grow until it dominates, leaving little space for what is positive. Just like weeds, the negativity uses up so much of the resources to the point that nothing else has a chance to live, thrive, or survive.To change your negative mindset, you first must start cleaning up and pulling the weeds. To do so, you must first be aware of the negative thoughts you have, of which it is said to make up about 80 percent of all of your tens of thousands of thoughts each day. Once you recognize those negative thoughts, you must begin to examine them to determine whether they serve you.Do your thoughts and beliefs move you closer to your goals, or do they provide you with the ability to blame someone or something for your current situation? Do they empower you, helping you to become the person that comes after the person you are now, helping you be more, do more, have more, and contribute more? Or do they disempower and discourage you?When your thoughts and beliefs don’t serve you, they are like weeds, and you have to pull them up by the roots and plant something better in their place. What you plant in place of your weeds is going to require continuous care and feeding. And it is going to require the routine maintenance of removing weeds and anything else that might harm you. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Minor rape victim’s premature baby dies

first_imgThe baby boy who was prematurely delivered following the Supreme Court’s order to terminate the pregnancy of a 13-year-old rape victim, succumbed on Sunday at the State-run JJ Hospital. The baby was delivered on September 8 at 32 weeks and weighed 1.8 kg. While he was stable for a few hours after being shifted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), he developed breathing difficulties on Saturday, after which he was placed on ventilator support. Given the premature birth, his lungs, like other organs, had not fully developed. “The baby passed away at 10 a.m. on Sunday,” confirmed a doctor from the hospital. Medical experts said that premature babies can develop complications but with good NICU care, babies as small as 700 grams in weight have survived. Exceptional casesWhile the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, allows termination only up to 20 weeks, Section 5 of the Act provides an exception to the doctor in good faith, only if immediate termination is the only way to save the mother’s life. Kandivali-based gynaecologist Dr. Kartik Bhagat, who first detected the girl’s pregnancy, said that this is “not as easy as it sounds”. “Legally, termination of pregnancies is allowed only up to 20 weeks. If I had to apply the Section 5 of MTP Act in this case, the mother’s life was not in immediate danger for me to carry out a termination,” said Dr. Bhagat, who immediately referred the case to another gynaecologist, Dr. Nikhil Datar, for the legal procedures. By the time all the necessary procedures, including the filing of the FIR, medical examination, the submission of a petition in the Supreme Court and that of a medical report by team of doctors was completed, the girl was in the 31st week of her pregnancy. On September 6, the SC allowed the termination of the pregnancy, which was to be carried out two days later. But on September 8, the doctors delivered a baby boy.last_img read more

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Dalit farmer set on fire in Bhopal

first_imgA Dalit farmer was burnt alive allegedly by four men in Bhopal district when he opposed their attempt to encroach on his land, a police officer said on Friday. The incident took place at Parsoria Ghatkhedi in Berasia tehsil on Thursday. Kishorilal Jatav (70) succumbed to injuries before reaching the hospital, the officer said.Accused arrested “We have arrested all the four accused and booked them for murder. A special investigation team headed by Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjay Shau will probe the incident,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (Bhopal) Dharmendra Choudhary said. The accused were identified as Teeran Yadav, Prakash Yadav, Sanju Yadav and Balvir Yadav. Jatav protested when the four men tried to encroach on a piece of land leased by him, following which the accused allegedly set him on fire after pouring petrol on him, the DIG said. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan condemned the incident and said the culprits would not be spared.last_img read more

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Jean Dreze, activists protest in Bihar

first_imgNoted economist and activist Jean Dreze and Right to Information activist Nikhil Dey, along with thousands of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) activists, on Friday protested against the “harassment and intimidation” of those who have raised questions of corruption related to the MGNREGA scheme in the Muzaffarpur district of north Bihar.The protest march led by Mr. Dreze, Mr. Dey, Rajendran Narayanan and Sanjay Sahni began at the local Jubba Sahni park in Muzaffarpur and ended at the District Collectorate. Later, they submitted a letter to District Magistrate Mohd. Sohail and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Kumar, demanding a fair and transparent probe into the allegations. They also urged officials to ensure that whistleblowers are protected. “We also put our demand for work under the MGNREGA be met within the stipulated 15 days time, and a bi-monthly dialogue with officials be organised to address grievances,” Mr. Narayanan told The Hindu over phone.‘Fabricated cases’Earlier, several allegedly false and fabricated cases against MGNREGA activist Sanjay Sahni and some members of his group, the Samaj Parivartan Shakti Sanghthan (SPSS), were lodged at different police stations in Muzaffarpur, for raising questions over corruption in implementation of the MGNREGA scheme. The activists had submitted a fact-finding report to the Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) in June 2017.“But more false cases were lodged against them. More recently, an FIR was lodged against them on September 6 at the Maniyari police station this year,” said Mr. Narayanan. Another petition titled, ‘Bogus FIR against Sanjay Sahni (MGNREGA watch) in Muzaffarpur’, signed by Mr. Dreze, Mr. Narayanan, Mr. Dey, and Aruna Roy, of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS), was submitted to DGP K. S. Dwivedi, demanding “appropriate action” and “protection of Sanjay Sahni from further harassment” on September 12, 2018. “But, nothing has happened so far,” added Mr. Narayanan, an MGNREGA activist and assistant professor at the Azim Premji University.“The implementation of social security schemes in Muzaffarpur has seen a distressing downward trend as nearly ₹636 crore due payments are to be made by the State government towards wage and material costs,” said Mr. Narayanan. In Muzaffarpur district, only 94 households have been able to avail their legal entitlement of a 100 days of work in the year, he added.last_img read more

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Lights And Shadows

first_imgUstad Imrat Khan sheds light on the Ravi-Shankar-Vilayat Khan rivalry and the family feud after his brother’s death. He comes from a lineage traced to Mia Tansen and is the younger brother of sitar legend Ustad Vilayat Khan. He has mastery in the sitar, surbahar, tabla and vocal music and yet at 68, the youthful Imrat Khan Sahib says he continues to practice 6 hours daily. His four sons also sing and play the four instruments between them. Ustad Imrat Khan has also created the Imrat violin and Imrat guitar, and is currently teaching music at Washington University in St Louis, Mo.In a hard hitting interview with Little India, Ustad Imrat Khan talks about the early years, of living under the shadow of his flamboyant brother, and sets the record straight about the Ravi Shankar-Vilayat Khan rivalry, the family feud after his brother’s death, and the reason why he wants members of his gharana to stay united.You come from a family that is as talented as it is strewn with geniuses of classical music.Indeed, as you know my father Ustad Inayat Khan was the greatest sitar and surbahar player of his time as was my grandfather. When my grandfather trained my father and uncle the training was very tough and under the strictest of conditions. I was very young, about 3 when my father passed away, but my mother, Bashiren Begum and her father Ustad Bandeh Hassan Khan were the greatest influence in my life. Mother was a great singer and came from a family of renowned vocalists, but women in those days were not allowed to sing in public. Still her knowledge of music was tremendous and she would teach me. I remember her singing to me as a child of three and in fact those lyrics are still etched so sharply in my mind although I don’t remember anything else. From childhood I was first trained by my mother and then she handed me over to my uncle Ustad Waheed Khan to study surbahar. After my father died, my mother would carry his surbahar with her and hold it against her heart as if it was the most precious thing in her life. She would ask me repeatedly to learn the surbahar so that his legacy would not die with him. My uncle was a vagabond and traveled from place to place and we traveled with him. Finally he came and settled down in Kalyan, which is near Bombay, and I continue to learn from him. The surbahar is a much heavier instrument and I still have scars on my ankles where it was placed when I was a young child. She would however keep insisting I learn it, even though I had already become an accomplished singer and as a young boy would mimic Noorjehan and could sing all her songs. I sang many songs in films. I used to love skating and many times you would find me skating backwards, playing the Hawaiian guitar and singing songs or mimicking Ustad Ali Akbar Khan! I believe you were surrounded by so many amazing musicians and teachers.I consider myself really fortunate because not only did I see so many great musicians coming to our house and had the opportunity to listen to them, I was also fortunate enough to learn from so many stalwarts of music. I studied vocal music from my maternal grandfather and mother and also from Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan one of the greatest singers of Rampur gharana. I then learnt sitar from my brother Vilayat Khan sahib who was a musical genius and is rightly considered the greatest sitar player in the past century. He became famous from the age of 8 or 10. After my father passed away bhaiya (older brother) got a good job in Delhi and at the age of 18 when he played before an audience of legendary musicians, he completely stunned them. They said they knew from that moment that Ustad Inayat Khan’s legacy is in very capable hands. I worked side by side with him for 40 years. I was 8 years younger and he treated me like his son. We practiced together and played together, and did extensive research on gandhar pancham that he became so famous for and together we worked and changed the entire setting of the sitar.The result of that research is the Vilayat Khani Sitar that you hear today. My brother also encouraged me to learn surbahar so that we could perform duets together. The surbahar was created by my great grandfather and made famous by my grandfather and I am so proud that no other gharana has been able to master both sitar and surbahar like we have.Tell me about your relationship with Ustad Vilayat Khan. He was an unpredictable man from what I hear.Bhaiya was like a father figure for me. I worshipped my brother. I would polish his shoes, give him massage, and cater to his every need. As per our tradition and the respect we give our gurus and elders, I always walked a few steps behind him and never spoke in his presence. There were times we would be traveling in a train and he will suddenly remember and teach me a composition right then and there and then two years later, suddenly he will say Imrat remember that taan which I taught you in the train that night? Play it. If I didn’t remember I would be in big trouble! He would reprimand me and say. you won’t amount to anything you’ll just go through life bumming around! How could you have forgotten? I remember all that with such fondness even though I was getting a scolding. He loved me like a son. We gave many duet performances on sitar and surbahar and received much acclaim.If he had any flaw it was that he would blindly believe anything his sycophants told him and there were quite a few hangers on around him all the time. As long as you catered to him and did what he wanted you remained in his good books. He was also a ladies man, but I was in love with his music, and could sit there and listen to him for hours. He was truly the greatest sitar player in the world, and had become very famous at a very young age. We had been playing together since the 50s, and bhaiya loved me so much he would hrefuse to perform if I wasn’t accompanying him.Then things changed. In the late sixties while performing at Royal Albert Hall I was approached for a solo concert. I said I would only do it if Bhaiya gave his permission. He said he was fine with it. In reality he didn’t like it and that created a huge rift between us.Until then I had been playing second fiddle to bhaiya and it was not as if he was only playing with me. He had been playing many solo concerts. I did too, but mine were on a much smaller scale. Somehow as long as we were together, it never occurred to me that I should also ask for acknowledgement or my talent be showcased.I was content with doing my bit as a representative of my gharana. I would practice for hours and I do that to this day. I was so particular that the musical legacy I represented as a son of Inayat Khan should be presented as flawlessly and beautifully and I was content with just that. Still it was an opportunity to branch out on my own. Europe had never seen an instrument like surbahar before.Also in the rivalry between Pandit Ravi Shankar and my brother, people forgot all about me and the fact that I too had mastered both sitar and surbahar and was an accomplished singer as well. Not even my brother had the opportunity to study under so many musical greats as I had.So then there was a rivalry between Raviji and Vilayat Khan sahib? Raviji talked about the incident in Delhi in an interview with me, where he played along with your brother and the papers carried the report that Vilayat Khan sahib played better than him. He challenged Vilayat Khan sahib to a rematch and the latter calmed him down. Raviji actually spoke very fondly of Khan sahib.I read the interview you did with Raviji and I would like to set the record straight on that incident. Let me say this, Ravi Shankar would have been great at anything he tried his hand at. He was very bright, knew how to present himself, and he endeared himself to every one with his diplomacy, unlike Bhaiya who spoke his mind very bluntly. But eventually, while Ravi Shankar made a name for himself, none of his students have turned out to be world class musicians. Tell me one world class sitar player who can stand up and say I was trained by Ravi Shankar. The outstanding sitar players that you see today are my nephews Shujaat and Shahid and my sons, trained by bhaiya and me, and perhaps Budhaditya Mukherjee who is a student of our gharana.I also have to say this; there is no sitar player to touch my brother in the past 100 years, not even Ravi Shankar. The incident that Raviji spoke about to you happened in Delhi. Raviji was very well known then. He was also patronized by top notch business men, and the Nehru family, and the media too was very fond of him. When we arrived in Delhi for the festival, no one came to receive us and bhaiya was very upset. Later he was told he was to play with Ravi Shankar, and he said fine. The news spread like wildfire and 4,000 people showed up to see this dialogue between the two. At that point Raviji said he will only play if Ali Akbar Khan plays with him since he was not used to playing without Ali Akbar Khan. As you know their sitar- sarod duet performances had won them a lot of acclaim, though there were people who felt that Ali Akbar Khan was more talented and they were doing well because of his presence.My brother retorted that then Imrat will play next to me. I was a young teenager but I guess bhaiya felt I was good enough to play with them. Then people told him, Imrat is a child, don’t drag him into this. You can manage so either play with the duo on your own or just back out. Bhaiya said fine I will play alone. Kishan Maharaj was on tabla. I was on tanpura.The fact is my brother was the superior player that day. Whatever Raviji played my brother played faster and crystal clear. Then he said to Raviji “I have played whatever you have played; now I want you to play a taan that I’m going to play.” He played a taan which is very famous and is like the trademark of our gharana… It takes many many hours of practice for months to get it. Raviji tried and couldn’t do it. Ali Akbar tried and couldn’t do it either. Then my brother played it again and added more to it, and at that point pandemonium broke. People started roaring that Vilayat Khan had outshone Raviji and had the upper hand that day. The media that was so pro Raviji carried articles saying the same thing. Baba Allauddin Khan got very upset that his star disciples had been made to look so incompetent and yelled at my brother who respectfully took it.Having said that I will say I have the utmost appreciation and respect for Ravi Shankar. He has single-handedly put Indian classical music on the map. My brother did feel resentment initially that though he was the better musician, Raviji was getting so much publicity, but towards the end of his life he knew that people knew he was the greatest and that gave him peace of mind. But as I said earlier, Ravi Shankar is a multitalented great man. He would have been famous in anything he tried his hand at, because he knew how to present himself in the best possible way.So in all this how did your personal journey as a musician take place?I started giving solo performances in Europe and have to say I had excellent managers and finally came into my own as an artist. Still Europe never did summer concerts and I was instrumental in changing that. As you know winter is the time we have concerts in India and all the prestigious music festivals. For me attending those meant more than all the fame and money I could have earned abroad. So I would come back for 6 months every year and have done that for more than 40 years to this day. Sadly, I became very famous abroad and at home things changed.Bhaiya never said anything openly, but he had been angry that I had branched out on my own. The sycophants kept filling his ears, and he became even more distant. The organizers were given the impression that bhaiya will not play if I was invited. I was so used to being managed very competently in Europe that the idea of begging for concerts was very unpalatable. So I would wait and wait and no one would call me or they would ask me to lower my rates to pathetic standards. This went on year after year, so I would initially go for 6 months and wait then it became 4, now I still go for about 3 months every winter.In Europe it was a different story altogether. I became as well known as Ravi Shankar if not more. The group Rolling Stones was very famous. Their guitar player, Brian Jones used to come and learn from me. But then we saw the notoriety Raviji gained due to his association with the Beatles and playing at all those rock pop festivals and my managers warned me to be careful. A year after he came to learn from me in India, I returned to London to find Jones had died of a supposed drug over dose and that was that. After that I stayed away from rock stars.I was the most featured artist on BBC and they made a fortune selling tapes of my performances and my fame spread all over Europe. I have always focused on the education of music, because it is important for any one who wants to be an intelligent listener or performer. So throughout my life, I have taken time out to give lecture demonstrations, workshops and have also taught as visiting professor in many top universities. I established the regular teaching of Indian classical music at Dartington College of Arts in England. I have lectured in Venice for UNESCO and taught classes at top notch institutions like Harvard, UCLA and many others. Some of the courses I established are still being taught.There was no top concert or event abroad where I was not invited. I have played before the Queen many times and all the top concert halls in the west. Sadly, while I was so sought after abroad, I went unappreciated and unacknowledged in India. They even suppressed my recordings, while my brother went on to record the maximum number ever by an artist. Even today you won’t find a lot of my good recordings anywhere. Still I have very fond memories of some of the recordings bhaiya and I did before people filled his ears and created a rift between us.There is a particular one Night at the Taj and then the one of rag Darbari on surbahar by you. Both are lovely.Night at the Taj has a beautiful story behind it. God gives Shahjehan and Mumtaz Mahal permission to spend one night at the Taj, and their souls come down. I played Shahjahan on surbahar and bhaiya played Mumtaz Mahal..as dawn approaches they are asked to return and they do so after spending an enchanting night. I think we have captured the enchantment of that night very beautifully in that album. The second album you mentioned was being recorded at this beautiful chateau. I was given a free hand and told not to worry about the time. As I looked out at the mountains through the windows it seemed as if I was transported back in time and was playing in the royal darbar. I closed my eyes and before I knew it I had played just the alaap for 40 minutes. Hurriedly I completed the recording in 20 minutes after that! I miss those times.Did you ever go up to your brother and clarify things? I did, but I could see there were plenty of people around him who felt threatened by the fact that if the two brothers reunited, they would be sidelined. They enjoyed basking in his glory, and living off his generosity. And of course even the ones who knew right from wrong, didn’t have the guts to speak up before him.His biggest drawback was the fact that he wanted everyone to just be a yes man. It’s strange that my sons are also being sidelined. They are doing very well abroad, but when they come to India they are given the same royal ignore as I was. Till I was in my late forties I was branded a grade B artist, because I hrefused to audition. Still my brother was my hero and I worshipped him and his music.Why is surbahar not as popular as sitar. It’s a beautiful instrument and very rich in sound?Surbahar is very difficult to master. It was really a divine instrument and you had to have a tremendous knowledge of dhrupad and khayal. You can pull the seven notes from the frets, which is very difficult since you have to maintain the dignity of sound and the fingers can’t handle that most of the time.Again it’s a heavier instrument and a lot of times people have a hard time sitting with it. It has a very slow development of alaap. It was generally played to highlight the devotional aspect of music and the approach is very serious and today people are very far from spirituality.That is why dhrupad is also suffering. Even though our gharana’s contribution to gayaki ang was created through surbahar by our forefathers, I have very few students who are studying surbahar from me. Most are learning vocal music, sitar, and the Imrat guitar, where I have combined strings from the sitar and guitarTell me about your sons and about your nephews Shujaat and Shahid. They have made quite a name for themselves, so it seems the gharana is in good hands.I got married much before Bhaiya did. I have four sons and a daughter. All of my sons showed great promise right from childhood and I have to say that I put them through very rigorous training. They started giving performances at a very tender age and in fact my grandson performed with me recently at the very tender age of three.I pulled them out of school and home schooled them. I had many foreign students and I told them to teach my sons and I will teach them sitar for free in return. They were never pampered and worked very, very hard learning vocal and instrumental music in the same tradition with which I was taught. Then my mother lived with me and she had a treasure of knowledge to impart and today they have all made a name for themselves.Ustad Ibrahim Khan one of the greatest tabla players loved my children and even while I was away touring Europe, he would tell my children beautiful stories and teach them tabla. I got Shafaat my youngest son to study tabla since he was a bit shy.For many years he was the only tabla player I performed with just to help him get over his inhibitions, to the extent that other tabla players got annoyed with me. I suggested to Wajahat to switch to sarod which would complement his singing also. I converted surbahar to sarod baaj and even Ustad Amjad Ali Khan really appreciates his playing.Shujaat is very talented and Bhaiya had very high expectations of Shujaat, but he was a very pampered and spoilt child. His mother, Ustad Vilayat Khan’s first wife was a socialite and a party girl. Her parents though were very nice people. Somehow that atmosphere wasn’t there in the house that was conducive for structured learning and even after his divorce though he moved the family to Dehradun, the structured training didn’t really happen, since bhaiya traveled.I remember my mother being so involved in our training. There were times I would be practicing at 1 a.m. and if I messed up she would yell from her room. “Imrat what are you doing? Play properly.” Or if at 3.a.m I played something well on surbahar she would get up and come and bless me and say you have reminded me of a taan your paternal grandfather played, let me teach you. I never saw that in Vilayat Khan sahib’s home.His second wife from whom he has a son Hidayat, never openly interfered, and she really looked after bhaiya, but even she didn’t make an effort to bring the family closer. Shujaat is also as willful as my brother, and they had a falling out though they didn’t completely cut ties. Shujaat met my brother, performed in concerts with him, cuts CDs with him but it was always on Shujaat’s terms. When he got married I told him, Shujaat your biggest drawback is you have not spent enough time studying under your father, I’m willing to help and give you all the taleem (education) you need, please come to me. Now his sister Zila is claiming she learnt from bhaiya and that is not true.I said the same to Shahid. Shahid always played very well from childhood and I have taught both of them along with my brother. Shujaat is also my son, but he has never acknowledged my contribution and Shahid does not even mention bhaiya who taught him for months along with Shujaat. Both Shujaat and Shahid keep doing their own thing.Today both of them listen to old recording and learn from them, and that cannot replace hands on training. I have told them many times to come to me and get that hands on training, but they have never responded. I don’t know why Shujaat is angry with me or against me. Vilayat Khan sahib has scolded my sons, yelled at them so many times, but those boys have not forgotten his past kindnesses and would still go there to offer their respects.There were times I would get upset at them and say why do you go there when Bhaiya scolds you all the time? Even then these boys would go and sit at his feet. Before he died he blessed my boys so many times with affection and told me how proud he was at the way they have turned out.There was a huge controversy about the last couple of days before Ustad Vilayat Khan’s death. Evidently you posted an email saying that you had met your brother and had a lengthy conversation with him. You said he had passed on the responsibility of carrying on the tradition of the gharana to you saying that now it’s you who has to do so. There was a furor and Shujaat responded to that email saying that his father was in the ICU, and how could he have a lengthy conversation, plus no one saw you go in. Your relationship with your brother had been so bad over the past so many years why would he want to talk to you leave alone anoint you his successor? There were others who claimed they never saw you go inside.First of all I’m very offended by this whole thing. I don’t need to step into my brother’s shoes. There won’t be another Ustad Vilayat Khan. Secondly, I’m not just the brother of Ustad Vilayat Khan, I’m first and foremost the second son of Ustad Inayat Khan and therefore I have to make sure that we do all we can as a family to preserve the traditions of our gharana.I was asked to come from London by a telegram from the family. Bhaiya was in ICU and said it would be nice if Imrat was here and good friends of mine who are very influential in Bombay got me into Jaslok hospital to see my brother. My sisters, their children, bhaiya’s daughters Zila and Yaman too were there, as were some other friends like Jayanto Chatterjee, Arvind Parikh.I went into his room around 9 a.m., and Bhaiya was conscious and in fact was asking where Shujaat, Hidayat and his second wife Lisa were. He had wanted some coffee. I said to him, “Bhaiya I hope you are not angry with me still” and he said, “No I’m not. That is why I asked for you.”He blessed my sons and commented that he was worried about Shujaat and Hidayat. Then he said to me I have represented our gharana as long as I could to the best of my ability.Now it is your responsibility to make sure our gharana continues to flourish the way it should. The fact is people would always tell him how come you haven’t trained your sons the way Imrat has and it made him sad. Anyway I was with him till 11.30 a.m. and after that I went to use the restroom and hurried back.I met Shujaat and Jayanto on the way back and they asked how I got in to see my brother and I said I made my own arrangements and that bhaiya had asked me to come back. They said no you can’t go in, the doctors have said no visitors.What was sad is they know very well I met my brother and claimed to the contrary. Every one saw me going into his room and they also saw me coming out. I never said I am stepping into my brother’s shoes or taking over the responsibility to ensure that our gharana continues to flourish. If Bhaiya said that to me it’s not my fault.Shujaat subsequently apologized to me in an email. Why did he do that if he believed I was lying?So what is it that you are worried about today?That our gharana is being divided into Vilayat Khani and Imrat Khani gharana due to inner bickering. Our forefathers and their legacy is greater than who we are as individuals and it should remain the solid tree under whose shade we must all grow and thrive.It should not divide into weak branches that can break in a snap. I would request the help of all my nephews and nieces and our well wishers to help reunite us. I have offered my support to Shujaat and Hidayat after my brother’s death and told them that we should all stay reunited, but they have not responded.I want all the children to stay within the pure tradition of classical music that our gharana has been famous for and to maintain its unique and individual sound. I don’t like fusion music, and jamming with western artists, nor do I like the way all the gharanas are mixed up. Perhaps only in the voices of Kishori Amonkar and Bhimsen Joshi do I see that distinct sound of their gharanas, every one else seems to be performing a hodge podge.My brother’s legacy is incomparable. Even today I have to work so hard to create what he played so effortlessly 30 years ago. If you trace Vilayat Khan’s music through the decades you will see how he added, reinvented and infused with freshness and beauty everything he played. That is why I want my sons and nephews to stay focused.What is next in the horizon?Well I am planning to write a book on music, detailing also the philosophy of music and religion. My brother and I had done such extensive research and I don’t want it to go to waste. I will also create a DVD to showcase those aspects of ragas that cannot be understood just by reading a book. I’m also introducing two of my students on tabla on an album and will be performing at concerts in my brother’s memory in India. But what makes me happiest is when I can educate any one in what our great music is all about.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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The changemakers

first_imgRoad to SuccessSMITA GONDKARWhen other girls went to college on their Sunny, Smita Gondkar, 32, rode a bullet to class.I always wanted to do something different and although I was the only girl in the family, my parents never treated me differently. They encouraged me to take up sports and,Road to SuccessSMITA GONDKARWhen other girls went to college on their Sunny, Smita Gondkar, 32, rode a bullet to class.I always wanted to do something different and although I was the only girl in the family, my parents never treated me differently. They encouraged me to take up sports and spread my wings,” she says.So it came as no surprise when Gondkar won the Apollo Flight of the Hawkz, an extreme off motor adventure series on Nat Geo channel in 2010. “It taught me that nothing is impossible and that girls are mentally and emotionally much stronger than men,” she says. Gondkar has numerous experiences in her kitty-she worked on a luxury cruise liner for three years, has represented Maharashtra at the state level sculling and rowing events, has competed in judo at the national level, was the captain of the Maharashtra State Kayaking team at the national games and then trained army cadets in kayaking at the National Institute of Water Sports, Goa. In 2007, she decided to try something different, yet again, and signed a Marathi film, Mumbaicha Dabbawala.Gender no Bar With 21 films-English, Marathi, Hindi-in her kitty, the petite actor continues to pursue her “first love”-racing and adventure sports. “I did motor cross riding when no girls in Pune did it,” she says. When Gondkar auditioned for Stunt Mania, people dismissed her thinking a “model can’t do all this.” But she became the only female participant to go right till the last round. “I got known as a biker and I got to test my own potential,” she says.advertisementArt with a HeartKUMAR PRASHANTFrom setting up a 5,000 square animal shelter made of waste plastic bottles and cans to doing up “India’s first fully green office” for Thoughtworks, Kumar Prashant, 27, is giving design a socially and environmentally conscious twist. An artist and animal welfare activist, he built a shelter using over 20,000 waste plastic bottles and tyres for People for Animals. People were urged to donate in their waste plastic and Prashant fashioned it into a shelter for injured and abandoned animals.”There is an urgent need to promote environment conscious living by promoting recycling, upcycling and reusing of waste when possible,” says Prashant, who quit his mechanical engineering course in the final semester. But his study of mechanics comes handy each time the designer-artist creates a new space under his brand Rebirth, which he started with Nivedita Joshee Chopra, 35, in 2012. Prashant uses a variety of waste materials-glass, plastic, wood, tyres, electronics and metal scraps-and gives them a cosmetic touchup depending on what its final functionality and application is.Functional Art What makes Rebirth’s work interesting is that it doesn’t sit only in art galleries but is widely integrated into modern spaces such as a number of bars and restaurants in the city. Among Prashant’s key projects is Thoughtworks, an IT firm which has used numerous upcycled elements in its 35,000 square feet office. The city’s popular restaurants like Hidden Place, Swig, Tales and Spirits and Euriska also carry Prashant’s upcycled works. He recently created a 35 feet high exterior installation for KSH Logistics in Chakan made of recycled industrial tools.”At 35 feet, it is the tallest exterior recycled installation of its kind,” he says. An advocate of recycling, Prashant urges people to do their bit for the environment by simple segregation of waste and holding waste collection drives. “Sell plastic to a raddiwala to recycle, use cloth bags and refuse plastic,” he says.Conscious FashionNIVEDITA SABOOShe counts the city’s power set and the recently crowned Mr World winner Rohit Khandelwal among her customers and her creations have gone to fashion shows across the globe but Nivedita Saboo, 35, continues to combine social causes with high fashion.While she’s employed women and the physically challenged at her factories ever since she launched her eponymous label, the designer took her social commitment a step further when she worked with victims of acid attacks in March this year. Saboo created a special collection of ivory and gold outfits for a show called Satva-The inner strength in which she had victims of acid attacks walk the ramp in their flowing outfits made of super fine gentle cotton. “Thousands of women are subjected to acid attacks and as a woman and a designer, I wanted to make them feel confident and empowered” says Saboo.Making a difference Even as she’s set to make her debut in Mumbai next month, the designer recently held a colouring workshop for visually impaired children from Pune. She changed the texture of paints by adding pounded pulses, dried leaves and fine sand to help the children differentiate between colours they couldn’t see. Saboo works closely with artisans and the physically disabled to impart skills and create employment opportunities “Working with the disabled is different but not difficult,” she says.advertisementThe Wheels of FortunePRAVIN PATILIn April, this year, Starkenn Sports partnered with Pune Riverside Round Table 105 to conduct a cycling rally, Pedal 3, to create awareness and raise funds for schools in drought-affected Maharashtra villages. Pravin Patil, 42, MD and CEO of Starkenn Sports is determined to promote a culture of cycling in the city, he’s organised a number of cycling experiences, the biggest one being Syclovia, popularly known as Sunday Sunshine Rides.In December 2013, Patil held the first cycling event in to create awareness about cycling as the “single solution” to counter the ill-effects of issues plaguing urban India. “The per-square-foot and carbon footprint of a bicycle is much lower than the commonly used modes of transport in urban India,” he says.Racing Ahead Recently, Giant Starkenn sponsored India’s first professional cyclist Naveen John; they gifted a bicycle to Sandesh Uppar, a 19 year-old national level champion who hails from a small village in Karnataka and also sponsored Pune girl Rutuja Satpute who won the bronze medal in Asian Cycling Championship in Bangkok.Social ScannerMANASWINI LATA RAVINDRABetween rehearsals for her new play Amar Photo Studio that released in Pune on August 13, Manaswini Lata Ravindra, 33, recalls that as a student of theatre, she “felt shy” to face audiences on stage. But at the age of 21, the young playwright penned the play Cigarettes, that highlighted the dilemma of the modern Indian youth. Manaswini, who uses her parents’ names instead of a surname that often denotes caste, explores social norms and interpersonal relationships through her writings.”For me, writing is microscopic. Our political and social hierarchy reflects through sexuality-why are people against inter religion or inter-caste marriages; what exactly is honour killing; why do people rape and why do people want to establish power over a woman’s vagina?” she says. The write word “Human relations, the chaos, intricacies, complications” are raw material for the young writer who won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar this year for her collection of short stories, Blogchya Aarshapallyad.In Alvida, she explored the motherdaughter relationship when the parents decide to divorce while the Marathi play Lakh Lakh Chanderi traverses a 50 year-long period in the life of a film artist. In her 12 year long career, she’s published books, has written the screenplay and dialogues for the popular Marathi television show Dil Dosti Duniyadari and the acclaimed film Rama Madhav and published her first ever collection of Marathi poems at the age of 13.Breaking BarriersADITYA TIWARIHis Facebook profile describes him as ‘a ray of hope and happiness which welcomes everyone’. And Aditya Tiwari, 28, indeed proved that when he endured “mental, emotional and financial trauma” for 18 months only to adopt a child with Downs’ Syndrome who he saw on a visit to an orphanage in Indore in 2014.advertisementBut the adoption was far from easy-he was a single man, 27-years-old and the orphanage had decided to give up the five month-old boy for international adoption. “I later realised it was a racket; they had kept the child illegally and hadn’t registered him in the government records which is mandatory,” says Tiwari, a software engineer with Barclays in Pune. He made over 30 trips from Pune to Bhopal in a year’s time, wrote numerous letters and petitions to everyone from the Prime Minister and the Women and Child Welfare Minister to the Madhya Pradesh government.The do-gooder In July this year, when Tiwari tied the knot, instead of inviting relatives and friends, he celebrated the occasion by providing a feast and gifts for 10,000 underprivileged people and food for 1000 animals from shelters, stray animals and the zoo. “These were my real guests,” he says. Even as he plays a doting father to two year-old son Avnish, Tiwari is already working on setting up a shelter for abandoned and homeless animals and has formed a support group of parents of child with disabilities.last_img read more

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Rio 2016: No water served to India’s thirsty women marathoners

first_imgWhile India comes to terms with its worst Olympic campaign in nearly two decades, further tales of apathy have come to the fore. (Rio 2016  – Full Coverage) India’s women marathon runners, OP Jaisha and Tungar Kavita, were not given water during their competition, according to a TOI report. The Indian desk was unmanned through the event. While Jaisha finished 89th with a timing of 2:47:19, Kavit finished 120th in 2:59:29.So our girls running the marathon had no one to give them water during the race. The Indian desk at the race was unmanned. #Pathetic Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 22, 2016India finished a poor 67th after winning just two medals. Shuttler PV Sindhu won  a Silver while wrestler Sakshi Malik shared Bronze.Barring steeplechaser Lalita Babar, Indian athletes failed to qualify for the finals of any track and field event.India also failed to procure any medals in their traditional strong zones. Shooting, boxing and archery failed to yield medals while the Indian men’s hockey team which qualified for the knockout stages after 34 years, was thrashed by Belgium in the quarterfinals.last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag, the Nawab of Najafgarh, turns 39

first_imgOn this day in 1978, one of India’s finest and perhaps the most entertaining batsman was born.He goes by the name of Virender Sehwag. Today, the former India captain turns 39.He was born on October 20 in Najafgarh, Delhi. According to his father, Viru first held a bat when he was seven months old and since then his love for the sport only went north.Sehwag made his debut for Delhi cricket team in first-class cricket in the 1997-98 season. He also played for North Zone the following season and finished fifth in the list of highest run-getters. He did one better and finished one spot higher in the following season at 4th and hit an impressive 274 against South Zone off just 327 balls. That season he also scored a brisk 187 off 175 balls against Punjab in the Rajni Trophy. His attacking batting caught the eye of the national selectors and he was called up for India’s U-19 tour of South Africa. After impressive shows in the domestic competitions, he was called up for the senior side and made his ODI debut against Pakistan in Mohali in 1999 and went onto make his Test debut in 2001 against a tricky and challenging South African side at Bloemfontein.Reuters Photo He marked his debut with a ton in the first innings and never looked back and the rest as they say is history. The Nawab of Najafgarh still remains the only Indian batsman to score two triple centuries in Test cricket as well as a double ton in one-day internationals. He and Chris Gayle are the only two players in the history of the game to achieve that feat overall.advertisement Sehwag was also a part of two World Cup winning squads under Mahendra Singh Dhoni. First, Team India won the inaugural World T20 in South Africa and then lifted the World Cup in 2011 in India. His Indian Premier League career however, didn’t end the way he would have liked. He has not won a single trophy either as a player or a coach.The 38-year-old has scored 8586 runs from 104 matches in Test cricket at an average of 49.34 and 8273 runs from 251 ODIs at an average of 35.05. Sehwag has also played 19 T20Is for India, where he has accumulated 394 runs. The all-rounder has gathered 2728 runs from 104 IPL games, where he has played for the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab.He has been fairly successful as a bowler too, picking up 142 wickets from Test (40), ODI (96) and IPL (6) cricket combined. Post retirement, he is still loved as a commentator and for his funny tweets on Twitter. His sense of humour is loved as much as his swashbuckling batting and his legacy continues to live on.And on this special occasion, cricketers took to Twitter to wish the man, who himself wishes everyone in a style of his own. Here’s what they had to say about Sehwag on his birthday:Happy bday @virendersehwag Thanks for teaching us the meaning of the word Fearless!Wish I could have seen one 300 from the non strikers end!- ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) October 20, 2017Many Happy returns of the day @virendersehwag . Have a great year ahead! pic.twitter.com/XStvJLNJgX- Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 20, 2017Happy birthday legend, @virendersehwag may the lord bless you to see many more. ????????- Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) October 20, 2017Happy b’day to some1 whose name is synonymous with d word destruction. Always a nightmare for d bowlers Wish u d best @virendersehwag paaji pic.twitter.com/bmRSVcqdRY- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 19, 201717,253 international runs and one of just two players to score both 300+ in Tests and 200+ in ODIs – Happy Birthday @virendersehwag! pic.twitter.com/Hq2R18OTqi- ICC (@ICC) October 20, 2017Many many happy returns of the day paji ????@virendersehwag- Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) October 20, 2017Many happy returns of the day virupa..keep shining…#legend @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/aikuXgbsHd- parthiv patel (@parthiv9) October 20, 2017Happy birthday to the legend with the golden heart!! 20 yrs seem like yesterday!! Keep rocking & be blessed always @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/ZZXWSlBxOe- Mithun Manhas ???? (@MithunManhas) October 20, 2017Cricket mein 1st innings ke baadshah aur zindagi mein 2nd innings ke shahenshah, @virendersehwag ko janamdin mubarak. Entertain karte rahiye- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 20, 2017? ?? ?? ? ?? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ???? ?????? ?? ??? ?? ?? ??HappyBirthday @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/VQLLEg2W9M- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) October 20, 2017The man who redefined opening in Tests – Happy Birthday Nawab of Najafgarh @virendersehwag #Legend #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/NBCs9bDDvZ- BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017last_img read more

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Fit in my 40s: ‘Open water swimming – I genuinely thought I might die’

first_imgfeatures Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Fit in my 40s Share on LinkedIn There is another principle: that you have to work up to the cold. Yet this doesn’t work like running, where you work up to 20 minutes by doing shorter runs for progressively longer. It’s more the way you adapt to the weight of a toddler, by growing your muscles imperceptibly as the kid grows: better to swim through the mild autumn into the start of winter, and build a tolerance with the season. It doesn’t work if it gets suddenly cold; so I stayed focused purely on advancing chunks of seconds. Even running, out of shape, for 90 seconds and feeling the mournful weltschmerz, of how much you’ve let yourself go, cascading over the wheeze of your sorry lungs doesn’t hold a candle to this discomfort.On the plus side: it burns a lot more calories, if you can take it, than regular swimming; it’s good for your libido, apparently (though seeing me climbing into the wetsuit did nothing for my Mr’s libido); and you sleep better. But that could have been the trauma.What I learnedBody heat is lost 25 times faster in water than in air. For me, the wetsuit isn’t a nice-to-have, it’s essential. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that third-party cookies will be set. More information. Share via Email Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Fitness Fit in my 40s: ‘a month of daily yoga made me impossible to live with’ Support The Guardian Health & wellbeing Read more I think I’m made of iron filings, in fitness and in general terms, but actually I’m a physical coward. I think a lot of people are like this, but maybe that’s just a thing that cowards think. So I gave open-water swimming a shot in late October – the first hint of a cold snap – in a regular swimsuit, and gave up somewhere around my ankles. I didn’t rear up against the discomfort; I genuinely thought I might die. The most likely outcome was a heart attack.I got a wetsuit from affordable sports brand dhb and tried again, every day, for the first week of November. I chose a beach on the Isle of Wight, but nothing – not the instructions, not the white-coated gloves it comes with – prepared me for the arduousness of getting into this garment. Squidging my legs in like sausages, bouncing around to zip it up: it was like being a teenager again, having to wear a dress that you’d bought with all your money in the world before you’d figured out what size you were. So I did all this in the house, and wandered down the street like a futurist Navy Seal overlord.The insulation, for the first 20 seconds, was incredible. No prospect of a myocardial infarction at all; more like getting off a bus in bracing weather. Feet and hands, sure, do your worst: but my core temperature stayed stable for at least two yards. Then the water gets into the suit, and the freeze begins, and my first experience of this entirely predictable physical event shooed me out of the water immediately. It wasn’t that I’d misunderstood the principle – a thin layer of water gets trapped between your body and your suit, warms up under contact and then keeps you warm – more that I didn’t believe in it. The next day, I gave it longer, but still not as long as two minutes. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Swimming Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Lukaku transfer was ‘voodoo’

first_imgEverton Lukaku transfer was ‘voodoo’ – Moshiri makes bizarre claim over striker’s Everton exit Nicholas McGee 05:49 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Lukaku-Cropped Getty Images Everton Premier League Romelu Lukaku Manchester United The club’s majority shareholder has made the bizarre claim that voodoo was responsible for the Belgium international leaving Everton. Romelu Lukaku was ready to sign a new contract with Everton before “voodoo” convinced him not to, the club’s majority shareholder has claimed.The Belgium international left Goodison Park to join Manchester United in July following four seasons with the Toffees.That brought an end to a protracted saga in which Lukaku was linked with both United and a return to Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lukaku has already scored 16 goals in all competitions for United this season, but according to Farhad Moshiri he would never have made the move if not for a last-minute phone call to his mother.| Another game, another record for @RomeluLukaku9: https://t.co/8MXfWZpthI.Enjoy all Lukaku’s 2016/17 goals so far… pic.twitter.com/JsOP73Wo1Z— Everton (@Everton) 21 March 2017Speaking at Everton’s general meeting, Moshiri said: “With Romelu I wasted two summers trying to keep him. I spoke to him, his agent, his mother.”We tried to offer him a better offer than Chelsea. He wanted to play for Chelsea though at that time.”The money that agents can get from players moving club is immense and nothing has to be disclosed.”Bill [Kenwright] has been like a father to many players, but ultimately it’s the agents they rely on.”If I tell you what we offered him, you won’t believe it, and we offered him an even better deal.”His agent came to Finch Farm to sign contract then Lukaku phones his mother and ‘there was a pilgrimage to Africa and some sort of voodoo that says he had to sign for Chelsea’. What can you do?”He’d gone to LA and wouldn’t go back, his brain had gone.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Tyus Jones Posts Heartwarming Tribute To “Best Friend” Jahlil Okafor On Twitter

first_imgJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones at McDonald's All-American Game.Twitter/@BigJah15By now, you’ve heard that Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones met in third grade, roomed together and became best friends in ninth grade, and chose to play for the same college so that they could potentially win a national championship together. Thursday, with Okafor officially declaring for the NBA Draft after just one season, Jones took to Twitter with a cool tribute to his teammate. He urged Okafor to go make “another dream” a reality.So happy for my brother/bestfriend. We had a goal since 9th grade, & we did it Jah. Now go make another dream a reality. You earned it!— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) April 9, 2015Currently, it isn’t known whether Jones will join Okafor and declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. But if he does decide to take the jump, it would be pretty cool to see them both drafted on the same night.last_img read more

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Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t mean to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’Keeffe

first_imgDevastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t mean to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeIndia vs Australia: Veteran Australian commentator Kerry O’Keeffe said his comments on Mayank Agarwal, and “Cheteshwar Jadeja” were negatively interpreted and opined some fans may not get his sense of humouradvertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 15:29 IST Kerry O’Keeffe in a an open letter said he has been “devastated” by the reaction to his on-air comments (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKerry O’Keeffe has written an open letter to Team India and its fansO’Keeffe had made an insensitive comment on Mayank Agarwal on Day 1 of the MCG TestHead coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun have responded to O’Keeffe commentsFormer Australia crikceter-turned commentator Kerry O’Keeffe has responded to the criticism he has been facing over the controversial comments he had made on air during the course of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia in Melbourne.In an open letter to India cricket team and its fans, O’Keeffe said he has been “devastated” by the reaction to his on-air comments that are being labelled distasteful and even racist by a section of Indian fans and the media.O’Keeffe also conceded that some of the fans may not be able to “relate to my sense of humour” and that what he meant is “vastly different” from what is being represented in the media.”I have been devastated by the reaction to my on-air comments on Fox Cricket during the recently completed Third Test between Australia and India. I am coming to terms with how negatively those words have been interpreted,” O’Keeffe wrote in his open letter, as quoted by foxsports.com.au.”That interpretation is not who I am. It is not what I represent. My style as a commentator is to attempt to find a quirky view to lighten up some of the serious analysis.”When I made a remark about Indian first-class batting averages within their domestic cricket competition being made against a “canteen” bowling attack, I was being entirely tongue in cheek. I was certainly not disrespecting Indian cricket, where I toured as a schoolboy and for which I have the greatest admiration as a cricketing nation.advertisement”I accept that some fans may not always relate to my sense of humour – but missing the mark on a joke between overs is vastly different to what I’ve been accused of on Twitter and in some sections of the media in recent days.”O’Keeffe’s open letter comes after his comments hit the nerve of the fans and the India dressing room. The veteran commentator had kicked up a storm when he said that debutant Mayank Agarwal’s Ranji Trophy triple ton may have come against “Jalandhar Railway canteen staff” and that the said opposition had bowlers who were “chefs and waiters”.Despite facing severe backlash for his comments, O’Keeffe didn’t stop there as he went on to make distasteful joke about difficulty in pronouncing India players’ names during the Boxing Day Test.Sharing the commentary boxing with legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne and Mark Waugh, O’Keeffe was heard from behind the mic on Saturday, saying “Why would you name your kid Cheteshwar Pujara?”Insisting that he does extensive research before commentary, O’Keeffe added that he had no intention to ridicule Indian players or the premier domestic tournament of the country.”I pride myself on doing extensive research before a match and when I stumbled over the names of Pujara and Jadeja on Day Four, I took a swipe at myself for getting them wrong,” O’Keeffe added.”There was no intention to ridicule those two wonderful players and I am horrified by any suggestion to the contrary. I had spent months researching and analysing these two players and when the moment arrived, I stuffed it up. The joke was on me.”… I respect India, its cricketers and its supporters for their deep love of the game and it hurts me to think a couple of misplaced attempts at humour might compromise our mutual joy in all things cricket. While I’ve listened to the feedback to some of my calls, it’s now important for me to move on and look to the Sydney Test.”I love calling cricket for a living and I’ll continue to do it in my slightly offbeat style. I’d like to think I produce more diamonds than rocks in the commentary box and that viewers will give me the benefit of the doubt if I bowl the occasional no-ball.”India head coach Ravi Shastri had hit back at O’Keeffe over his comments on Mayank Agarwal. Speaking during a post-day show on Friday, the former captain had said: “He [Mayank] has got a message for Kerry… ‘when you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. He wants to compare it to the ones back in India…coffee here’s better or the ones back home’.”Meanwhile, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun, who addressed the press after Saturday’s play in Melbourne, said India are hurt by O’Keeffe’s comments but insisted that the team is not thinking about an official complaint against the Australian commentator at the moment.Notably, captain Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, who won the Man of the Match award for his nine-wicket match haul, talked up India’s first-class cricket after the visitors crushed Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-Test series.advertisementAlso Read | Offensive Aussie commentary hurts but nothing we can do about it: India bowling coachAlso Read | Virat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas Test wins as India captainAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah scary for opposition batsmen, would not want to face him: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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RR vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Kings XI win in Jaipur after Ashwin-Buttler Mankad controversy

first_img view more view less scorecard No data available! Rajarshi Gupta JaipurMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 00:00 IST Kings XI Punjab got their IPL 2019 campaign off to a winning start but in controversial circumstances (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs on MondayThis was KXIP’s first victory over Rajasthan Royals in JaipurThe match was highlighted by a Mankad controversyKings XI Punjab won a thriller after Rajasthan Royals’ chase was derailed following the controversial dismissal of Jos Buttler. Royals were cruising in their chase of 185 when KXIP skipper R Ashwin Mankaded Buttler in the 13th over of the innings. Buttler had to walk off after TV replays confirmed he was well short of the crease.From 108 for 1 in 12.4 overs, Rajasthan Royals were reduced to 164 for 8 in 19.1 overs. It would be unfair to take anything away from a spectacular bowling performance by Kings XI Punjab but Rajasthan Royals would wonder how differently things could have ended for them had Buttler not been Mankaded at that crucial stage of the game.The match will be remembered for the controversy involving R Ashwin and Jos Buttler.Royals were in a comfortable position in their chase of 185 with Buttler looking like he would storm to his maiden T20 hundred. He was on fire for the Royals in 2018 and he continued from he left off when he walked in to bat with Ajinkya Rahane – the duo added 78 for the first wicket before Rahane fell to Ashwin in the ninth over.R Ashwin bowled well – he gave away only 20 runs off his four overs and picked the key wicket of Rahane. But his decision to Mankad Buttler sparked a controversy. England cricketers Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy were immediately critical on Twitter while Dale Steyn said he did not see R Ashwin winning any Spirit of the Cricket awards.Opnions were also divided in the commentary box and this debate does not look like settling down any time soon.advertisementBut at the end of the night, credit must be given to KXIP for a spirited bowling display. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was brilliant as he often is, picking up 2 for 31 off 4 overs. Mohammed Shami, who has been one of India’s top pacers in Tests and ODIs for a while, bowled his 4 overs for 33 runs while Ankit Rajpoot was clinical in the last over, picking up two wickets.Chris Gayle got off to a slow start but once he got his eyes in, he was unstoppable. Gayle became the fastest man to reach 4000 IPL runs and then bludgeoned his way to his 25th IPL fifty. He looked well set to bring up his 7th hundred in the IPL but Ben Stokes dismissed him 21 runs short of the milestone.Besides Chris Gayle, there was very little from any of the other KXIP batsmen. KL Rahul was dismissed for 4 in the first over while Mayank Agarwal made 22. However, Sarfaraz Khan played beautifully and smashed an unbeaten 46 off 29 balls including 6 fours and 1 six.Joffra Archer did not pick any wickets but he was the pick of the bowlers for the Royals. The West Indian youngster gave away only 17 runs in his four overs; Ben Stokes picked two wickets including that of Gayle and Pooran.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow RR vs KXIPFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow R AshwinFollow Jos Buttler commentarycenter_img graphs advertisement RR vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Kings XI win in Jaipur after Ashwin-Buttler Mankad controversyIPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs to get off to a winning start in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. Chasing 185, Rajasthan Royals managed 170 for 9 off their 20 overs after R Ashwin Mankaded Jos Buttler for 69.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli: Is India’s most successful Test skipper necessarily the greatest?

first_imgVirat Kohli: Is India’s most successful Test skipper necessarily the greatest?Virat Kohli, who became India’s most successful Test captain after the visitors recently beat West Indies in a 2-Test series, still has a long way to go before being recognized as the nation’s greatest skipper ever.advertisement Ajay Tiwari New DelhiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 18:27 IST Virat Kohli’s Indian team owes a lot of it’s success to the foundation laid years ago by Sourav Ganguly (AP/Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has the most away Test wins as Indian captainBut Kohli’s rewards owe a lot to the work done by previous skippers – Sourav Ganguly being the chief amongst themSourav Ganguly laid the foundation of a confident Indian team, when he took over the captaincyA 2-0 clean sweep of the West Indies on Sunday meant that Virat Kohli became the most successful Indian Test captain ever. Going past ex-skipper MS Dhoni’s record of 28 Test wins, Virat Kohli now sits on top of an illustrious list which is populated by legends such as Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sunil Gavaskar among others.Virat Kohli’s feat has prompted many to term him the best captain India has ever had. But is that really the case?In terms of pure numbers, of course, Kohli is the most successful Indian Test captain. Here are the numbers proving this fact beyond doubt:Virat Kohli: 48(m), 28(w), 10(l), 10(d), 2.80(w/l)MS Dhoni: 60(m), 27(w), 18(l), 15(d), 1.50(w/l)Sourav Ganguly: 49(m), 21(w), 13(l), 15(d), 1.62(w/l)Mohammad Azharuddin: 47(m), 14(w), 14(l), 19(d), 1.00(w/l)*m – matches as captainw – wonl – lostd – drawBut, what these numbers fail to depict, is the fact that captaincy in cricket doesn’t happen in isolation. Rather, the job is very much defined by the kind of team that a captain commands, the environment in which (s)he operates and last but not the least, the kind of legacy that the captain leaves for the future. We can’t judge Kohli on the last criterion as he still has a long way to go before hanging up his boots but his almost 5-year reign as Test captain is enough to tally with the ones who were at the helm before him.advertisementAt this point, it becomes necessary to narrow down the candidates for the tag of ‘best Indian Test captain’. Even though Dhoni was the most successful Test captain before Kohli, his away record (6 wins from 30 Tests) casts a dark shadow over his leadership in the longest format. It’s true that his trophy cabinet is full with almost every top-prize in the sport, it is a foregone conclusion that Dhoni’s Test captaincy was never nearly as good as his legendary ODI leadership. Azharuddin, whose record of 14 Test wins was broken by Dhoni in his heyday, is also out of the picture as he failed to win a single Test outside Asia. That basically leaves us with Sourav Ganguly – who led the team in a sizeable number of games as well as leading the side to a number of away victories.Most successful Indian captains (away from home):Virat Kohli – 13 wins from 27 matchesSourav Ganguly – 11 wins from 28 matchesMS Dhoni – 6 wins from 30 matchesRahul Dravid – 5 wins from 17 matchesWhen Ganguly was handed the reins of the Indian team in 2000-01, the Indian team was ranked 8th in the world. The match-fixing saga had just shaken Indian cricket to its core. When Ganguly became captain, India were a formidable side at home but really poor travelers, especially overseas.But when Ganguly’s tenure as captain came to an end, India were ranked the No.2 side in the world and had the distinction of drawing a Test series against Australia (easily one of the best ever sides ever assembled in cricket history) in their own backyard. It was under Ganguly’s captaincy that India won their first-ever Test series in Pakistan. Of course, you could argue that Kohli has led the team to the No. 1 ranking in Tests, recently won a Test series in Australia and it’s not his fault that India don’t play bilateral series against their western neighbours. True. Though as already stated captaincy about much more than just losing/winning.One has to remember that the team that Ganguly had inherited wasn’t quite overflowing with resources/talent in every department. While it had a few legends in the making and an already established superstar in its ranks, key areas such as the bowling attack and ground fielding left too much to be desired. Ganguly realized this early and began scouting for young talent – people who would walk off a cliff if their team needed them to do so. People like Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and others. Don’t forget, these players formed the core of the team that won the World Cup in 2011.It’s one thing to give chances to players but completely another to keep backing them, having faith in them, assuring them that they are not playing for their careers every time they come out on the field. Because this backing gives players, young and old, confidence and it is often this confidence that determines the making/breaking of a player. Take, for example, the case of Virender Sehwag. Originally thought of as a middle-order hitter, Ganguly promoted him to open the innings in Tests on a spicy pitch in South Africa. It turned out to be one of the best tactical decisions ever taken in Indian cricket history. For the 2003-04 tour of Australia, Ganguly was adamant that Anil Kumble should be in the side and the spinner reaped rich rewards for his captain by emerging as the highest wicket-taker in the series.advertisementKohli, on the other hand, has been notorious in the sense that he has dropped some of his key players on various occasions leading to lowering of confidence among them. Choosing Rohit Sharma over Ajinkya Rahane for the 1st two Tests of the South Africa tour in 2017 and then reversing his decision for the last game was quite strange to say the least. Whether it was dropping Cheteshwar Pujara on the West Indies tour of 2016 for his ‘strike-rate’ or playing 2 spinners on a rain-soaked surface at Lord’s in 2017, Kohli has simply baffled us time and again over the years with his short-sightedness.Another important thing to remember about Ganguly, the skipper, was that he possibly was the first Indian captain who instilled the belief among not just the players but also us as fans that we could be world-beaters. Ganguly showed us that Indians are fully adept at giving it back not just with their cricket skills but also with their tongues if required. As someone who grew up watching cricket in the ’90s, an image that stuck vividly was one of the Indian players not just being trumped based on their skills with the bat/ball but also often being at the receiving end of a lot of sledging from the opposition players. Mind you, this is not to be misinterpreted as an endorsement for sledging on the field but while growing up we as fans were often left with a bad aftertaste following an Indian defeat overseas. Overseas tours – especially Down Under – left us often in a state of disappointment.Ganguly turned this narrative on its head by instilling the confidence in his players of being world-beaters. Once the results started coming, it was just a matter of time that the same confidence started seeping into the on-field behaviours as well. Players like Yuvraj, Harbhajan and Sehwag were not shy of giving it back to the opposition whenever the latter looked like crossing their limits. Ganguly making the great Steve Waugh wait at the toss is already the stuff of legends.Today, when we see Kohli, one can’t help but wonder whether his in-your-face attitude is not the culmination of the revolution Ganguly started almost two decades ago. When Kohli jumps in the air the next time at the fall of an opposition wicket and mouths a series of expletives, we should take a moment to consider Ganguly’s role in how far Indian cricket has come. No doubt Kohli has the most Test wins as Indian captain, but what makes Ganguly better is the fact that he changed the face of Indian cricket. And with that face-change, he has left a legacy so magnanimous that Kohli should consider himself lucky to have blossomed in.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks MS Dhoni record to become most successful Test captain for IndiaAlso Read | How Jasprit Bumrah stormed to No.3 in ICC Test rankings across 12 matchesAlso Read | Steve Smith edges past Virat Kohli to become No.1 Test batsmanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Get Under-the-Radar with the Best Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

first_img For a Grown-Up Spin on a Slushy, Try A Mangoneada 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations We’re hesitant to describe any destination in terms of “tourist versus non-tourist,” but Cabo San Lucas has always been an unabashed tourist-centric town full of all-inclusive beach resorts, never-ending 3-for-1 happy hours at bars (and gas stations), and garish dive bars like Cabo Wabo where tequila is (almost) cheaper than water. However, the city boasts a strange charm that most hardcore Mexican tourist centers lack. So, if none of this is your cup of horchata — if you’re looking to dig a little deeper — here are a few of our favorite places to play, eat, and stay in Baja California’s most well-known waterfront playground.Know Your GeographyThe geography of the Baja California Peninsula often confuses tourists. Just so we know where we’re talking about:The Baja California Peninsula is the narrow north-south peninsula that makes up the westernmost land in Mexico. It separates the Gulf of California in the east from the Pacific Ocean to the west.Baja California Sur is a sovereign state within Mexico that occupies the southern half of the Baja California Peninsula.Los Cabos is the southernmost municipality within Baja California Sur.The two cities of San Jose del Cabo (the seat of Los Cabos) and Cabo San Lucas (the southernmost city in Los Cabos) are the largest in Los Cabos. The latter is what most Americans are referring to when they say “Cabo.”What to DoThe beauty of the Baja California Peninsula is almost surreal. From the iconic Arch at Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas to cruising the Sea of Cortez to endless cactus-laden arroyos, visitors here could spend a month and barely scratch the surface.Santa Maria Bay in Cabo San Lucas, MexicoEven if you’re prepared to dodge the heavy-handed tourist experiences in the heart of the city, it’s inevitable that you’ll want an escape. When that day comes, it’s worth renting a car (dirt-cheap in this part of Mexico) and heading out of town. Just 10 minutes north of downtown Cabo San Lucas lies an impossibly barren, but beautiful, landscape of arroyos (an arid or semi-arid creek bed); towering, 30-foot cardón cacti; and tropical birds and wildlife not found anywhere else in Mexico. There are plenty of hiking and mountain biking opportunities in this part of the state, and you’re often guaranteed to have the trails all to yourself.Of course, sometimes the best way to see a destination is to escape to the surrounding water. As Cabo San Lucas straddles the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, there’s no shortage of adventurous opportunities. Jacques Cousteau once dubbed the Sea of Cortez “the aquarium of the world” because of its immense biodiversity. There are more species of marine life here than anywhere else on earth. On a single boat trip, visitors can see giant manta rays, sea lions, humpback whales breaching, massive schools of endemic reef fish, and flying mobulas (rays that actually leap out of the water). This all translates to some of the best diving and snorkeling in North America.If you’re just looking to tool around for a few hours on the water rather than in it, Cabo Outfitters is a one-stop eco-shop for water-related excursions. They offer everything from hourly equipment rentals to multi-day kayaking tours of Santa Maria Bay and Chileno Bay. The shallow waters of Los Chopitos are another great launch point. Here, the glass-like surface all but guarantees up-close fish encounters that’ll make you feel like you’re snorkeling.Arches in Cabo San Lucas, MexicoWhat to SkipCabo San Lucas’ roots as a hard-partying tourist destination are still evident in its downtown core. Most resort-goers fancy a night out at the likes of Cabo Wabo (with the hopes of seeing founder Sammy Hagar take the stage) or Happy Ending Cantina (the T-shirts are practically required souvenirs for visitors). From there, the nightlife radiates outward in concentric circles of lesser-known, but just as tequila-soaked dive bars. If endless happy hours are your thing, you’ll find them, and an all-night pub crawl is likely to be measured in feet rather than city blocks. If not, the quieter — dare we say more responsible — section of town starts outside this radius, so you’ll know where to go and where to avoid.Where to Eat and DrinkCabo’s culinary scene is, of course, heavily inspired by traditional Mexican cuisine. However, the Baja California Peninsula also leans on fresh, Pacific seafood to color its dishes. Sushi is an integral part of not just of the food, but of the culture as a whole.Tiki Sushi Bar is a unique, if curious, blend of waterfront tiki hut and legit sushi joint. To create the menu, the Mexican/Californian owner duo pulled inspiration from their respective hometowns, and the result is much cooler than the sum of its parts. The relaxed vibe, great sushi selection (the Thai Mango Roll is out of this world), cool marina breezes, and boardwalk people-watching make it the ideal spot to while away an afternoon with a bucket of Pacificos.Tiki Sushi Bar/FacebookFor one of the area’s swankiest lounge experiences, head to Glass Box. Attached to the lobby of The Cape hotel (more on this later), the name aptly describes the space’s modern, glass-and-steel architecture. It’s a relaxed, yet sophisticated cocktail lounge with a well-stocked humidor and bespoke themed cocktail tasting events. The sweeping ocean views of the hotel’s private beach only add to the experience.The craft beer scene is still in its infancy in Los Cabos. But, if you’re more interested in saison than sashimi, hit up Baja Brewing Company. Overlook the 90s-era, Miami Beach-style Cabo Villas Beach Resort where the rooftop brewpub resides. It’s still a worthwhile spot to sample locally made beer with stunning panoramic water views to match.Where to StayThere is a litany of resorts in Cabo San Lucas. If you have the desire and disposable income, by all means, splash out on the extravagant lodging at Grand Solmar Land’s End or The Resort at Pedregal. But, if it’s a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel you’re after, you’ll have to dig deeper.Most area resorts are awash in a cookie-cutter decor that feels plucked from a catalog, as though the designers believed ample stucco, Spanish tile work, and bold Caribbean colors were enough to seal their design. However, The Cape, A Thompson Hotel is altogether different. The modern industrial design — with copious use of concrete, steel, and glass mixed with warm natural elements like leather and wood — feels pulled straight from the pages of Architectural Digest (oh, wait, it was). The onsite Manta restaurant blends diverse tastes from around the Pacific, including Mexico, Peru, and Japan, and it has amazing ocean vistas to boot. Rooms are masculine and sophisticated, with leather headboards, teak furnishings, and oversized, all-glass rain showers. Check out the Surfer Villa — a sprawling two-floor suite with its own sauna, plunge pool, and a private beach entrance where Cape staff will lay out your day’s surf gear for you.If you’re cool with staying just outside of town, head a half-hour north to San Jose del Cabo. It’s the sleepier, more laid back, more responsible older brother to Cabo San Lucas, with unique hotels to match.Image Courtesy of The CapeWhen to GoWeather-wise, there isn’t a bad season to visit Cabo San Lucas. The persistent Pacific breeze ensures the city rarely ever sees the stifling heat of Mexico’s interior cities. May is an all-around ideal time to go — the peak winter crowds have thinned out, the height of the summer heat hasn’t yet arrived (daily springtime temps hover in the 80s), and hotel and tour prices are often lower. It’s also just ahead of the potentially stormy summer season.If you’re angling to follow some of Cabo San Lucas’ best events, these are worth noting:Mid-March/April: Spring Break throughout all of North America means Cabo hotels are packed to the gills, and most of the city parties accordingly. Depending on what you’re into, this is either the best or worst time to go. Be sure to plan well in advance and consider your wallet, because hotels fill up fast and rates are the highest of almost any other time of year. Semana Santa (Holy Week in Mexico, or Easter Week to other North Americans) also falls around this time. The dates vary from year to year, but it officially begins on Palm Sunday and culminates on Easter Sunday. Whether or not you’re an observing Catholic, know that this is one of the holiest and most festive times on the Mexican calendar. Although the country is nearly 90 percent Catholic, much of the holiday’s religious meaning has fallen away in recent years. It’s now simply a time for families to escape to the coasts and spend plenty of time outdoors. May: Believe it or not, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated far more in the U.S. than in Mexico. In fact, few Mexicans outside of Puebla even acknowledge its passing. But, if you’re looking for an extra reason to party, this isn’t a bad one, especially if you’re already planning to be in tourist- and expat-heavy Cabo. (Just don’t congratulate the locals on their “Independence Day” because that’s not actually what it’s about.)October/November: Sportfishing is big game (literally) off the Baja California coast. October sees the annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament and the Bisbee’s massive Black & Blue Tournament. November also brings the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot, where anglers compete for up to $850,000 in cash and prizes. While it often gets overshadowed by these other tourneys, the annual Baja Sur Tequila and Mariachi Festival in October is one of the area’s most authentic Mexican events.Know Before You GoIt’s worth noting that, on August 22, 2017, the U.S. State Department issued a Mexico Travel Warning that covers large swaths of the country, including the Baja California Peninsula. While Cabo San Lucas is not specifically mentioned:“Exercise caution as Baja California Sur continues to experience a high rate of homicides. According to Government of Mexico statistics, the state of Baja California Sur experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016.”There have been no known cases of U.S. citizens being targeted because of their nationality. Nevertheless, Americans should keep their wits about them when traveling anywhere in Mexico. 4 Punch Recipes that Won’t Give You Frat-Party Flashbacks last_img read more

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Début de la saison de chasse au chevreuil le 26 octobre

first_imgLa saison de la chasse générale au chevreuil en Nouvelle-Écosse débute le vendredi 26 octobre et se poursuit jusqu’au samedi 1er décembre. Les chasseurs doivent avoir avec eux une boussole et des allumettes à l’épreuve de l’eau. De plus, toute personne qui s’aventure dans le bois devrait avoir une carte ou un GPS, une trousse de premiers soins et un dispositif de communication, et aviser quellqu’un de leur trajectoire prévue dans les régions boisées. Toutes les personnes qui prévoient aller dans les bois en cette période de l’année doivent porter des vêtements orange afin d’assurer leur sécurité. La chasse est interdite le dimanche pendant toute la saison, sauf le 28 octobre et le 4 novembre. Les livrets sur les règlements de la chasse sont disponibles auprès des vendeurs de permis, dans les bureaux du ministère des Terres et des Forêts et en ligne. Pour connaître les dates précises et les limites de prises pour la chasse et la prise d’animaux à fourrure, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/natr/hunt (en anglais seulement). -30-last_img read more

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Nunavut premier ousted after recall vote in legislature

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsPaul Quassa has been voted out as premier of Nunavut during a recall motion Thursday.Under Nunavut’s consensus government system, regular members can remove a premier with a majority vote.Now that Quassa is out, the Members of the legislative assembly will meet later Thursday afternoon to discuss the next steps.Given Nunavut is not allowed to be without a premier, a leadership forum is likely to follow soon.While previous premiers in Nunavut have faced similar leadership reviews part way through their term, this is the first time a recall vote has been debated in the territory’s assembly.It is also the earliest a premier has faced such a challenge – Quassa only took office in November 2017.Quassa’s government has faced questions on spending throughout this term, the highest profile one being the Northern Lights Trade Show spending.The Nunavut Government spent $570,000 to send 73 staff and officials to the bi-annual trade show in Ottawa.Part of that tab was a $7,000 car service to shuttle the Premier around Ottawa.Regular members, the de facto opposition under Nunavut’s consensus system of no political parties, have questioned the spending.Quassa defended the expense in the assembly, saying “you have to spend money to make money” and calling the meetings in Ottawa important for the government to establish relationships and pursue funding.He defended the car service by pointing out that in order to access Parliament Hill by car, you need a service with a level of security clearance.Another spending issue has been front and center in this recent assembly sitting, this one about money not spent.The current government pulled funding for a proposed road connecting Grays Bay, Nunavut to an existing mining road in the Northwest Territories.While initially claiming that the federal government denied funding first, it has come out in the assembly that the Nunavut government was the first to reverse course on the 227 km all season road.The project had moved ahead under Peter Taptuna’s time as premier, but died under Quassa’s.Taptuna is from the Kitikmeot region in western Nunavut where the road would be created.Quassa is from Baffin Island in the east, and western MLAs have become frustrated with what they perceive as the abandonment of a vital economic driver for the region.Finance Minister Joe Savikataaq defended the decision as the new government sticking to its priorities, saying in the Assembly, “all our money comes from one pot. If we spend here, we have none for there.”The motion to remove was made Tuesday morning by Arviat MLA John Main, on behalf of the Regular Member’s Caucus. There are 13 members of that caucus, and only 8 members of the cabinet including Premier Quassa.While those numbers may be daunting to Quassa, Nunavut politicians have a history of letting them continue.Nunavut’s three previous premiers, Paul Okalik, Eva Aariak and Peter Taptuna, have all faced leadership reviews at the request of the assembly.All three held on as premier.The difference, in this case, is that those reviews were held halfway through their term as a legislated part of the consensus system.This review is unique as it is the earliest and the first ever presented as a recall vote.If successful on Thursday, the vote would trigger an immediate leadership forum where a new premier would be chosen.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens soccer manages late draw 11 against Michigan State

The Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-6-4, 0-2-1) ended a four-game scoreless streak when it tied the No. 18 Michigan State Spartans, 1-1, in double overtime. The Buckeyes have now gone eight matches without recording a win.Buckeye coach John Bluem said he was impressed with the way the team fought back against the Spartans.“I think today was one of the best efforts all season. Everybody who played worked extremely hard and we worked together has a team,” he said. “It was good to finally score and again, I feel bad for the guys that they couldn’t get a win today because they deserve to get a win because they try hard and their spirits are fantastic.”Buckeye junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic scored the game-tying goal with less than six minutes left in regulation.Redshirt-junior midfielder Kofi Agyapong sent in a low cross from the left side of the field to Ivancic, who was waiting back post. Ivancic controlled the ball and found the back of the net, sending the game into overtime. It was Ivancic’s second goal of 2013.Ivancic, who now leads the Buckeyes in goals scored, said the team showed a lot of hard work in the game against a tough in-conference opponent.“We possessed the ball a lot better than we have been and we showed a lot of resiliency, and we got a goal, which was big,” Ivancic said. “I think that if we can get a couple more goals in our next game it will really jump start the team.”MSU (7-1-2, 1-0-1) outshot the Buckeyes 5-2. Fortunately for OSU, redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was able to save the only two Spartan shots that were on goal, maintaining the draw.The Spartans scored the first goal of the match in the 64th minute when junior forward Adam Montague headed the ball past Ivanov to give MSU a 1-0 lead. Montague fired nine shots in the match and the goal was his fourth of the season.Ivanov, who recorded eight saves in the match, said that getting a point out of a game like this is big as the team heads into the later part of their schedule.“(The goal) was good for motivation for the team to try and get more goals,” he said. “It’s good for our confidence and shows we can play against anyone left on our schedule, so hopefully we can continue playing like this and get some wins in our upcoming games.”OSU will be back in Columbus when it plays No. 14 Northwestern Oct. 20. The match will be played in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. read more

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