Bombers shot down at Lethbridge Bulls tourney, finish tied for third

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe McCoy High Colts battered Bomber pitchers around through most of the game en route to a convincing victory in action at the Lethbridge Bulls Invitational High School tournament Saturday in the Southern Alberta City.The loss dropped LVR into a tie for third spot overall in the tourney.Connor Bojey started the game for LVR with Austin Tambellini getting a taste of the heavy-hitting Colts in relief as the Medicine Hat squad dominated the Bombers.
McCoy is the top-ranked Tier I team in Alberta.On the other side of the frame, the best the Bombers could muster offensively was three hits by Adam Wheeldon, Dallon Stoddart and Bojey.LVR, improving to 10-8 on the season with two wins in three attempts in Lethbridge, opened the weekend with a thrilling 9-8 win over the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute.Wheeldon pitched a complete game win for LVR, allowing 10 hits, four strikeouts while surrendering four walks.Wheeldon was helped to the win by a pair of outstanding plays in the field by Curtis Pereverzoff and Clay Rickaby.Wheeldon, Stoddart, Cole Laughton and Daine Olenek led LVR offensively, each collecting two hits.However, this game came down to a two timely hits by Nolan Renwick and Tambellini in the seventh to help the Bombers nail down the victory.The Bombers exploded offensively against the Winston Churchhill J.V. squad, pounding out a 14-4 win.Ben LeMarquand powered the Bomber attack with four singles while Bojey added three singles.
 Eric Madore chipped in with a single and a double while Connor Banks had two hits.Cole Laughton picked up the win, pitching a complete game. Laughton finished the contest tossing a six-hitter while fanning four and walking two.The Bombers finish the season with a doubleheader still scheduled against the Grand Forks Wolves. No date for the contest has been [email protected]last_img read more

New Partnership: National Ski Academy and RED

first_imgWe are proud to announce that RED Mountain’s Legacy Training Centre has been designated The National Ski Academy’s ‘Official Western Canadian Training Centre’.  RED Mountain and Rossland are steeped in skiing history, tradition, and culture dating back to the late 1800’s. In 1968 RED hosted the first World Cup race ever held in Canada. The Red Mountain Racers and the Red Mountain Academy are one of the most successful alpine ski clubs in North America. Red Mountain Racers have won 2 Olympic Gold Medals, 1 Olympic Silver Medal, 2 World Cup Overall Titles, 27 World Cup Medals and 1 World Junior Championship Gold Medal. To date 38 of its alumni have raced for either the Canadian or US National Ski Teams and 13 have raced at the Olympics. The club has also hosted 2 World Cups and 27 National Championships. The history of racing at RED coupled with the NSA’s 30 years of developing the Ontario and National Team(s) ski racers made this partnership a natural fit. Nigel Cooper, Director of Operations, with the NSA stated, “The student athletes and staff at the National Ski Academy are excited and proud of our new and long-term partnership with RED Mountain. With a shared history of success in ski racing and educating student athletes, we are happy to go down this path for the next three years together.” Christine Andison, Director of the Red Mountain Academy, stated that “the opportunity to work closely with the National Ski Academy to enhance the athletic and academic programming for both Academies will result in a superior experience for athletes in both programs. This is a pivotal partnership and we are looking forward to a dynamic relationship which will benefit the sport of ski racing in Canada and beyond.” This year the National Ski Academy is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Jurg Gfeller, Executive Director, founding the NSA in Collingwood Ontario. Together we will continue the National Ski Academy’s mission to “provide an environment for talented student athletes to maximize individual potential through the pursuit of alpine ski racing excellence, academic achievement and personal growth.” Matt Henry, Director of The Legacy Training Centre also commented on the partnership. “We couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with the NSA. Moving forward, we will collectively provide the ultimate environment to nurture athletic and academic growth for years to come! ”last_img read more

Greek match postponed after coach injured by toilet roll

first_imgThe incident prompted the Olympiakos team to leave the pitch in protest before riots erupted outside the ground.“I took my team and left. Goodbye,” angry Olympiakos vice-president and general director Savvas Theodoridis told referee Alexandros Aretopoulos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHowever, PAOK communications director Kyriakos Kyriakos said: “It was obvious that Olympiakos came here with that goal (to suspend the match). They have been provoking for 30 years now. They came to scream and to provoke.”Angry PAOK fans leaving the stadium then clashed with police who used tear gas to quell the violence. MOST READ PAOK’s supporters throw toilet rolls and other projectiles prior to the Greek Super League match between Olympiakos and PAOK on February 25, 2018 at the Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki. The Greek Super League match Olympiakos versus PAOK  was postponed after Olympiakos’ Spanish coach Oscar Garcia was hit in the face by a roll of toilet paper. (AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS)The Greek Super League derby between PAOK Thessaloniki and Olympiakos was called off on Sunday after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was struck in the face by a toilet roll thrown by a spectator minutes before kick-off.Garcia left Toumba Stadium and brought to a local hospital to seek treatment for a bloodied lip. Police are guarding Garcia’s room and the hospital has not issued a statement on his condition.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PAOK are the league leaders and have a nine-point advantage over third-place Olympiakos, which have won the last seven straight league titles.Aretopoulos was finishing his report with the match most likely to be officially suspended leading to a possible heavy punishment for PAOK, which may include a loss of points as well as a fine.                 /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Gilas five repeats over Japan Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more


first_imgPortsalon Golf ClubDonegal Links ClassicThe Donegal Links Classic which is staged over three of Donegal’s most prestigious links golf courses Ballyliffen, Portsalon and Rosapenna golf courses tees off on Monday 4th June and continues through Tuesday and Wednesday. The Donegal Links Classic is one of the longest running team events in the golfing calendar year and is well worth a visit for anyone interested. The format as in previous years is a team of four (gents or ladies). There is a host of prizes on offer daily team and individual prizes on each of the course on a daily basis and the overall prizes for the three days golfing. In order to ensure your place in this magnificent golfing event contact Ballyliffen Golf Club on 074 9376119 FixturesOn Saturday 2nd June the course is reserved for a team classic for Rathmullen Celtic FC. On Sunday it’s a members competition. On Monday 4th it’s a gents open competition . A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at ResultsThe winner of the Wednesday open was past captain : Donal Callaghan (13) 38 points Runner Up: Aeneous Conaghan (23) 37 points, Gross: Cathal Canning (9) 26 points Third: Diarmaid Coll (16) 36 points BOT Visitors: Frank Mc Breartry (18) B&S 35 points. The CSS for home based players was 35 points and away players 34 points. On Saturday the winner of the open gents competition was Winner: David Deeney (16) 37 points BOT Runner Up: Andy Boland (13) 37 points Third: Donal Mc Cafferty (16) 33 points. The CSS was 34 pointsTeam NewsOn Sunday last Portsalon Golf Club was the venue for the GUI Junior Cup qualifier. Playing in ideal weather conditions as the sun blazed across the golden ‘’Banks’’. The top four teams were Portsalon, Donegal, Rosapenna and Letterkenny golf clubs. Portsalon will now play Donegal in the next round in Ballybofey while Rosapenna play Letterkenny at Portsalon. The Donegal League team will swing into action and will play our neighbours Otway golf club on Friday evening at Otway golf club. The Donegal minor league team advance to the next round following their return match in Redcastle during the week. The Ulster fourball team entertained Malone golf club on Saturday and came away victorious. The Pierce Purcell team were defeated in their play off match at GreencastleMixed FoursomesThe team captain of this season’s mixed foursomes has arranged competitions each Friday evening at 6.30.On Line Booking Members and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the coPORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

2010 Human Development Index rankings

first_imgSouth Africa has improved its position on the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Index released today in New York. South Africa is considered a medium development country and was ranked 110 (out of 169) in the latest report. This was a marginal improvement from 129 (out of 189) year-on-year.The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of “human development” and separates developed (high development), developing (middle development), and underdeveloped (low development) countries in three broad areas covering life expectancy, education and per-capita GDP (as an indicator of standard of living).“While Brand South Africa works to lift the profile of South Africa’s global competitiveness around the world, it is always mindful of the broader reputation drivers and the context these bring to a purely investment driven conversation by our stakeholders. Reports like the HDI are important in this light, not just because they inform reputation, but also because they inform perceptions of future investment potential for our country in terms of a healthy and educated work force capable of a high level of productivity,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.South Africa’s overall HDI score experienced gradual improvements between 1990 and 2005. Since 2005, its overall score has remained stable and continues to trend in line with the global average. “South Africa ranks eighth out of the broader Sub-Saharan region, behind that of Tunisia, Libya, Botswana, Algeria, Gabon and Namibia. However, South Africa performs well in the region when assessing the levels of multidimensional poverty, where it is scored the best,” he said.Multidimensional poverty is a measure of serious deprivations in the dimensions of health, education and living standards that combines the number of deprived with the intensity of their deprivation. In Sub-Saharan Africa South Africa has 3% of its population living in some form of deprivational poverty relative to a country like Niger which has 93%.Among emerging markets which make up the BRIC structures, South Africa performed ahead of India (ranked 119) and behind Brazil (73), Russia (65) and China (89).  “It is important to contextualize South Africa’s development alongside other emerging markets to ensure that not only our economic growth but our people dimensions are enhanced at a similar rate to other comparable nations,” said Miller Matola. Endslast_img read more

Tyson Fury urges UK Anti-Doping for resolution

first_imgMOST READ View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:24Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Fury, who admitted last October to taking cocaine to alleviate depression, was told by the British Boxing Board of Control in May his license was suspended “pending further investigation by UKAD into anti-doping and medical issues”.Fury beat Klitschko on points in a world title fight in November 2015 and once held both the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) belts now held by compatriot Anthony Joshua.But mental health problems forced him to relinquish his titles, while his license to box was subsequently suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  London, United Kingdom — Britain’s troubled former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury challenged the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) body to either hurry up and ban him for taking an illegal substance or clear him to resume his turbulent career.The 29-year-old, who has not fought since his shock defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in November 2015, is waiting to appear in front of a UKAD hearing after being charged with a doping offense over a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  UKAD postponed the original hearing in May — because of a potential conflict of interest involving a member of the panel— and have yet to announce when it will be held.“How long must I be held up and kept out of action?” tweeted Fury on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s been 15 months since I’ve been under investigation, you’re keeping an innocent man from fulfilling his destiny and from providing for his family.”UKAD refused to comment on Fury’s case, adding there is no timescale for its investigation. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Lady Chiefs fuel F4 drive Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fury, whose cousin Hughie takes on WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker in Manchester this Saturday, said UKAD were denying him his human rights.“Everybody else is dealt with in a few months, why must I be treated any differently?” he tweeted.“Surely there must be a human rights law preventing this from happening to people!“Either ban me or set me free as I’ve been in limbo for a long time! I want to move on with my life!“Clear my name and let me return to my former glory.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Francis Fukuyama & Chandran Nair on Modernism at India Today Conclave 2007

first_img“Modernisation is under attack”Francis FukuyamaFrancis FukuyamaProfessor, Johns Hopkins UniversityI want to talk about four important ways in which my thesis on the End of History may either be challenged or may have to be modified by developments that have happened since it was initially articulated at the end of the,”Modernisation is under attack”Francis FukuyamaFrancis FukuyamaProfessor, Johns Hopkins UniversityI want to talk about four important ways in which my thesis on the End of History may either be challenged or may have to be modified by developments that have happened since it was initially articulated at the end of the 1980s. The first has to do with the challenge of Islamic ideology; the second has to do with the problem of democracy at an international level; the third has to do with the problem of weak states’ governance and poverty; and the final issue has to deal with the question of technology.For the 150 years through the end of the Cold War’ most progressive intellectuals around the world believed that there would be an end of history. They believed the end point of history would be some form of a communist or socialist utopia. My argument was that’ given the way that events were shaping up in the world’ the end point of history would not be communism but some form of what the Marxists called bourgeois liberal democracy and some form of market economy.The modernisation story that my thesis dealt on is still very much the dominant one in global politics. We focus on troubled areas like the Middle East’ but the reality is that the two largest countries in the world-China and India-are among the fastest growing and most rapidly modernising. Obviously’ China has an authoritarian model of modernisation and the question is whether liberal democracy will eventually emerge as China becomes richer.advertisementNow’ the problem obviously is that the world is bifurcated between a part that is developing rapidly and successfully and a part that is stuck in a certain sense’ and that includes sub Saharan Africa’ many parts of the Middle East and Latin America. My former teacher Samuel Huntington has argued that the fundamental differences between countries will remain despite the level of modernisation and that culture will remain the ultimate barrier and source of conflict among them. I would argue that this is not the case because there are’ in fact’ powerful unifying forces that precede as a result of the modernisation process itself. India is perhaps the best illustration of that. If you look at the cultural conditions that many people have argued were necessary for democracy to take off’ India meets almost none of them. It is a divided country ethnically’ linguistically’ religiously’ in social caste terms and yet democracy has functioned in this country though modern democracy was not invented in India.THE ISLAMIST IDEOLOGY IS PROFOUNDLY ANTI-MODERN AND ILLIBERAL AND THE SOURCE OF JEHADIST TERRORISM. What are the challenges modernisation faces today? The first has to do with Islam and the Muslim world in general which has been an exception to the general pattern of modernisation. There are Muslim democracies-Indonesia and Turkey have developed democratic institutions-but in the Arab world there has been a democratic deficit. This is not’ in my view’ a projection of the religion Islam. This is a very specific ideology that grows out of very specific circumstances. But this ideology is profoundly anti-modern and illiberal and is the source of a lot of Jehadist terrorism that both India and other countries have suffered from. I believe this challenge is not as serious as the one that was posed by Communism because’ among other things’ it is not an ideology that appeals to people who are not culturally Muslim to begin with. Then there are the contradictions of living in a society dominated by clerical hierarchy. It is simply not compatible with the kinds of institutions that are needed to live well and to develop in a globalised world.The second issue is democratic deficit. We do not have adequate set of democratic institutions at an international level that provide effective and collective action and accountability and’ therefore’ legitimacy when countries need to work together. This has become a particular problem given the position of the United States on the global stage. The institutions that we have at a global level are not adequate to deal with this problem. The United Nations is a noble effort’ but it was designed as ultimately a weak institution that gives veto power to the five’ essentially the five victors of World War II.The third issue has to do with governance and development. There is a nice story that you can tell about how increasing per capita GDP will create pressure for democracy. I suggested that it may be the case in China’s future. And if you look for the single reason why countries in sub Saharan Africa or in Latin America or in other parts of the developing world remain poor’ it is primarily due to the lack of good’ strong’ capable public institutions that can provide public goods and services to their citizens. I think India and China had been able to take off as a result of policy changes again because they both were blessed with strong state institutions. Perhaps a little bit too strong and too intrusive in some cases.advertisementThe final challenge is technology. We have been fortunate till now that technological advance has been able to solve a lot of the problems that technology itself produces. It is not guaranteed to do the same in the future. The chief issue that many people today worry about-global warm-ing-is a good example. It’s not clear if there are technological solutions given some of the dire predictions about global warming come true. Weapons of mass destruction are another case where you have had profound democratisation. Bio-technology is a complicated threat because the good things and the bad things are profoundly mixed and so it is very hard to say that you don’t want new genetic medicines that may help us live longer and cure diseases. But it also raises very profound ethical questions about social control and the possibility of social engineering.If we don’t address these challenges now’ the modernisation story may well end in a global disaster. You need statesmanship’ you need participation by democratic public’ and you need a world in which individuals feel empowered to actually take control of the development of their own lives through politics. And that is the world’ I hope’ will emerge’ but is one that’ I think’ is a challenge.”Fight Western nonsense”Chandran NairChandran NairFounder & CEO Global Institute for TomorrowI am a bit of an internationalist. I am citizen of the world. I was born in Malaysia and the Indians would know that my parents came from Kerala. So what is history really? I think we can all have various definitions of what history is and argue about it. My favourite is to take two bits of definitions. Voltaire said it’s fables agreed and Winston Churchill said it’s the victor’s story. My definition is the victor’s fables all agreed. It is not our version. That is why it is called His Story. History is always written by others’ all the best books on Indian history are primarily written by foreigners. How many of us even know the number of Indians who died serving the Raj in the World War II? Every time they commemorate the War in Europe’ I am astonished that none of the Indians say: Hey we paid a heavy price too.A lot of what has been said about the end of history is defined by narrow views of the world. It also depends on how arrogant you are in terms of not acknowledging what you don’t know. I would always be fascinated by those who talk about Islam but don’t have Muslim friends.advertisementOur views of the world are tempered by our experiences and the ideological rings we draw around us. Our best and brightest sought intellectual legitimacy in Western institutions. You went to Harvard and you were king. But if you went to the University of Rawalpindi or Trivandrum’ who cared? And then there is the tyranny of English. How many Japanese business leaders do you know who can stand up in a forum like this and speak to all of you? How many Chinese do you know? Indians’ I know’ are many but if you speak in a strong Indian accent’ nobody is going to take you seriously.  Because of our colonial history many of us feel that we are still being treated as such even in the global economy. Didn’t every one in India feel a sense of great pride and payback when Ratan Tata and his group bought an Anglo-Dutch company? The Indian media was flushed with a sense of nationalism. How many of us noticed the disproportionate publicity given when more than 250 Indians died one week after the anniversary of the London bombings? BBC and CNN had five days of coverage about the bombing’ but when the Indians died’ there was one day of vague reporting. Why? We have ourselves to blame. We have ceded intellectual leadership to the West and that is dangerous.I WOULD ALWAYS BE FASCINATED BY THOSE WHO TALK ABOUT ISLAMIC THREAT BUT DO NOT HAVE MUSLIM FRIENDS. I know the World Economic Forum is the place where the Indian IT gurus and the wealthy are invited. Ten years ago they did not want Indians. Today the world needs us’ needs us to engage. We don’t need to be told that the world is flat because Thomas Friedman came here for a week’ met his IT friends and ate some flat dosas. Would his worldview be different if he had some idlies for breakfast?The bold new world would need to take care of six problems. First’ historical injustices. I wish the US stays out of the Middle East. I am staggered by the number of people who say Iraq is a misadventure. Half a million people dead and you call it just a misadventure? Foreign policy or misadventure? The second problem is unfair trade practices. The third one is unequal distribution of wealth. The ADB said two months ago the seeds of mutual destruction would be sown in China and India with their huge disparity in wealth.Poor governance is the next. Many of us in Asia can’t stand up and say we have instituted strong governance but weak institutions.The fifth challenge is religious intolerance. My world is not shaped by what Christians do to Christianity and what Islam thinks of itself or what they think of each other.And the last and the most important challenge to the brave new world is ecological impact-from climate change to the destruction of natural system. And we are not equipped to deal with it. Dealing with scarcity is going to be one of the greatest geo-political issues of the world.As we create a new world’ let’s have a think tank that will challenge the nonsense emanating from neo-conservatives and others. Let’s build stronger institutions of learning and governance. We need media too-an Al Jazeera in Asia. Before Indian and Chinese companies buy more steel and chemical firms’ can we create an Asian media group so that we are not seduced by what CNN and BBC have to say?DiscussionQ 1: What will happen to China? When wealth comes to a person, he wants freedom. Will China go through democratic institutionalisation?Q 2: Do you think we are using the words Islamic fundamentalism and Jehad very loosely?Q 3: It has been mentioned that good governance can come only within the context of liberal democracy. It is a widely held view that the root cause of misrule in India is its democratic politics and China plays a bigger role in global economy because of its communist government.Fukuyama: In China there will be pressure for greater participation and recognition of citizens and accountability. But what specific form that accountability takes, will be up to the Chinese to determine themselves. It’ll be probably a set of institution that will be uniquely tailored to the particular traditions that China has experienced. On the question of terminology about Islamist extremism, the terminology, I think, is very important because you are actually talking about certain very minority positions within the larger world of Islam. We don’t have to have a democracy to have good governance. One of the characteristics of a lot of East Asian fast developers was that they had authoritarian governments that were developmentally oriented, and had a high degree of technocratic capability that could keep corruption within certain limits and, therefore, promote long term rapid development. However, you cannot get good governance unless you have basic accountability. I think democracy does have an important role in eventually producing good governance.Nair: In China, there is accountability of a different nature and very few of my Chinese friends talk about democracy. Secondly, I think the language is very important. The moment we start using those loaded terms, more and more people get angry. We need to be very careful. Many of us use language very cheaply without understanding the implications. Finally, when it comes to institutions of delivering what people need, perhaps India has failed. Institutions in China are working a bit better than they are in India.last_img read more

Book review: Report On Afghanistan by Kuldip Nayar

first_imgNaar: ‘I did a lot of research’Report On Afghanistan by Kuldip Nayar Allied Price: Rs 35; Pages: 212 One of the oldest established literary axioms is that a book should never be judged by its cover. However, there are always the odd exceptions like the intrepid Kuldip Nayar’s latest quickie,,Naar: ‘I did a lot of research’Report On Afghanistan by Kuldip Nayar Allied Price: Rs 35; Pages: 212One of the oldest established literary axioms is that a book should never be judged by its cover. However, there are always the odd exceptions like the intrepid Kuldip Nayar’s latest quickie, Report on Afghanistan. The book sports a dust jacket with a dark grey background and the outline of Afghanistan depicted in a lighter shade of grey. The colouring is symbolic in that the book is desperately lacking in black and white answers to the complex questions that the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has thrown up.The blurb of the jacket, for example, promises faithfully to reveal exactly why the Soviets undertook their Afghanistan adventure and what they hoped to achieve by their actions. In fact, throughout the book, Nayar details the Soviet point of view and attempts to destroy some popular myths (“It was wrong to say that the Soviet invasion was part of a grand strategy to control Middle East oil supplies or reach warm water ports…”). But he follows it up with less than illuminating statements of hypothesis which somehow meanders into a recapitulation of recent Afghan history and then peters out disappointingly.Gaps: Nor is there a particularly decisive discussion about India’s own policies towards the Soviet invasion in December 1979. Nayar does manage to illustrate India’s low-key but firm opposition to the Soviet presence in Kabul. But there are too many obvious holes. Like the particularly disastrous speech made by India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Brijesh Mishra, in January 1980 before Mrs Gandhi’s new Government was sworn in, openly supporting the invasion. Nayar could not be so openly oblivious of facts known to most journalists on the Delhi beat; that the speech was drafted by retired diplomats and officials committed to the Soviet viewpoint and hurriedly cleared for publication over the objections of External Affairs Ministry officials. Nayar does confess, however, that Afghanistan is an unfamiliar date-line. And though he had the advantage of making a trip to Kabul last October while other journalists have been denied visas since last summer, he succeeds in adding nothing very new or different to the educated guesswork or diplomat-inspired reports that have focussed on Afghanistan in the recent past.To his credit, Nayar has done a considerable amount of homework and chronicled contemporary events in painstaking detail- right up to Brezhnev’s visit to New Delhi in mid-December. “I did a lot of research and I think I have done justice to the Afghanistan as I see it, Nayar told India Today.Nothing New: But Report on Afghanistan -Nayar’s seventh book in almost as many years -again shows that he remains a better journalist than an author. He is essentially a writer who provides mounds of information but tragically, not enough perspective.What Nayar has obviously done is dust off old diaries written on previous visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan, add doses of second hand rumours and folk lore and stir it briskly with a rehash of his own reports for the Indian Express on visits to Afghanistan. The result is that Report on Afghanistan offers the reader nothing that has not been said before, albeit in different words.In purely literary terms, the book is equally disappointing. It hops, skips and jumps from one topic to another with irritating regularity, switching suddenly from a history lesson on Afghanistan to present-day situations. Unfortunately, the haste with which the book has obviously been published shows all too clearly in the bad proofing and even worse editing (“the sky was swarmed with planes”) which severely limits the reasons for wading through Nayar’s book. Perhaps one reason is that the book was originally commissioned by the London Times, who had also advanced Nayar some money. But the protracted union trouble in the Times group forced Nayar to switch literary allegiances and turn to a local publisher. But perhaps the best argument for castigating Nayar’s book on Afghanistan is the fact that that embattled country certainly deserves better.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoPochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he can sense a stronger mentality from his players this season.Pochettino believes his players need to adopt a strong mental toughness to add to their fluent passing football.”In the last four of five years we play so well, the people enjoy a lot watching us but we need in some moments to be, I don’t know if the word is naughty, but smart in how you compete and that we still miss. But we have the opportunity in the next few months to show we are capable to be more competitive,” he said.The Argentine feels his team have progressed considerably from the May 2016 league game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in which they lost a 2-0 lead and drew 2-2, which handed the 2015-16 title to Leicester.”We were nice kids playing football, now we are more mature, more competitive,” he said. “We will see if that is enough to win titles. We grow a lot in the last five years and I think this game was important to learn a lot.” last_img read more