By Chris Rotolo |A life can change for the better simply with a shift in perspective.Such was the case for Chris McNamara, who was faced with the fight of his life in the summer of 2011, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.It was an illness he would ultimately overcome, but the battle had altered his perception of what it meant to truly live.“After having survived that, I saw it as sort of having a second chance at life,” McNamara said. “Then I was left with the question, what was I going to do with this opportunity?”McNamara had previously felt compelled to join the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, but facing his own mortality placed a newfound sense of urgency on the decision.“Going through that whole experience made me realize that now is the time,” McNamara said. “I wanted to do good. But more specifically, I wanted to have an active role in helping a local child as a mentor. I wanted to reach out to a young person in need, to get them out of their everyday environment and help them enjoy life.”With the realization of a larger calling in tow, McNamara recognized the power of a perspective transformed, and how approaching a little brother or sister in this fashion could help place them on a path with broader horizons.“The point of being a mentor is to try and change their viewpoint; try to show them that there’s more to life than what’s at their front door and just beyond it. It’s a big world. There’s lots of good out there. And I want to show him that he can experience all of the good, if he’s willing to focus, do the right things, and put the work in,” McNamara said of his little brother Logan, a local 13-year old he has been paired with since joining Big Brothers Big Sisters.“Every one of us has had a mentor in our lives at some point,” said Marybeth Bull, Big Brothers Big Sister director of development. “Someone who has been influential in helping us become the success that we are. And that’s what we try to provide with this program. We’re here to help kids who need a little push and a little more support in life; an extra person on their side.”According to Bull, many of the boys and girls in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program come from a single-parent household and are facing such severe issues as poverty and various forms of abuse.Bull also disclosed that though there are nearly 700 kids being served by the program, more than 50 other children are currently on a waiting list.“These are children whose parents want the best for them, or who have a school counselor advocating for them. There’s somebody in their life who thinks they can flourish with an extra positive role model. Volunteers have the opportunity to be that role model, and I think they’ll find they get just as much, if not more, out of it than the child does,” said Bull.Chuck Leone has been a mentor to Kweli for the past four years providing a positive and supportive influence. Photo courtesy BBBSRed Bank dentist Chuck Leone is another mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and shared a similar sentiment to that of Bull.“My family, my wife and I, we’ve been very fortunate in our lives, to the point where we’ve been able to make various monetary donations to groups over the years. But it’s an impersonal experience. With Big Brothers Big Sisters, you have an opportunity to see firsthand the positive impact you’re having on a young life.”Leone has acted as a mentor to a local 14-year old named Kweli for the past four years, and has witnessed the strength of their relationship reveal a clearer picture of what the future could hold for the high school freshman.“When we first met, I’m not sure that college would have been in his future, or if he believed that it could be an option for him,” Leone said. “But it was during this past holiday season, he turned to me and said that he wants to graduate high school and college and have a successful career as a way to repay me for everything I’ve done for him. And to hear that, it’s an incredible feeling.“I hope Kweli knows how proud of him I am that he has developed this vision of his future,” Leone continued. “I’m so proud that he’s decided to put in the work to achieve it. And I hope he knows that it’s my goal to help him get there.”Leone and McNamara are two of a multitude of remarkable mentors involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but with each successful mentor-little relationship the program grows, placing a demand for more volunteers, especially males.“Of the 50 children on our waiting list, 36 of them are boys, which is why we really want to appeal to more males to step up and mentor our boys,” Bull said. “These are the kids who are growing up without a father figure and it’s so important for a developing child to have a strong, positive male figure in their life.”For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters visit bbbsmmc.org.This article was first published in the Feb. 22-March 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brook Lopez scored 16 points for the Lakers (2-4), and the Los Angeles teams tuned up against each other before they meet in their season openers on Thursday.Tyrone Wallace had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Clippers (2-3).LAKERS: Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle each scored 15 points. … Rookie Kyle Kuzma struggled to a 1-for-8 night, scoring eight points. … Lonzo Ball sat again after hurting his ankle earlier in the preseason.CLIPPERS: Rookie Jawun Evans had 22 points and eight assists. … Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic all sat. “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready,” Popovich told reporters in Houston before San Antonio’s preseason finale.Leonard didn’t play at all in camp or preseason, after a year where he averaged 25.5 points — raising his scoring average for the fifth consecutive season — and finished behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the MVP race.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 shutoutThe Spurs aren’t alone when it comes to injury woes heading into the season.Many are minor, like Cleveland’s LeBron James nursing a sprained ankle and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala dealing with a bad back — issues that might keep them out of their respective opening nights. Kevin Durant (virus) and Draymond Green (back) also missed Golden State’s preseason finale on Friday, though neither situation is thought to be serious. Nor is the Rockets’ Chris Paul sitting out Friday with a sore knee, after missing a game earlier this week with a sore shoulder. View comments Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points as the host Knicks finished 0-5.WIZARDS: All-Star John Wall sat out the finale. … Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 21 points. … Former Knicks forward Jason Smith had 17 points.KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) and Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) were held out again. Ntilikina, the Knicks’ first-round pick, appeared in just one preseason game. He said he expects to fully practice Saturday. … Doug McDermott scored 21 points off the bench. He had 12 in his first five minutes.RAPTORS 125, BULLS 104Toronto outscored Chicago 38-17 in the fourth quarter to turn what was a tie game into a blowout.CJ Miles scored 27 points for visiting Toronto (3-2), which got 17 from Kyle Lowry and 16 from Norman Powell. Justin Holiday scored 17 for Chicago (3-3).RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. … The Raptors were 19 of 48 from 3-point range.BULLS: Lauri Markkanen scored 13 and Bobby Portis added 12. … Chicago had 28 assists on 38 field goals.SPURS 106, ROCKETS 97LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (3-2).Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Kyle Anderson added 13 for the Spurs. Eric Gordon led the host Rockets (4-1) with 27 points, and James Harden added 15 points and 11 assists — but shot a mere 5 for 17.SPURS: Danny Green had 11 points and seven assists. … The Spurs outscored Houston 60-38 in the paint.ROCKETS: Houston took 53 shots from 3-point range, making 15. … Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson combined for 27 points, but shot 5 for 20 from behind the arc. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Some other injuries from training camp and preseason action are far more significant, like the ones endured by Charlotte’s Nic Batum (elbow ligament tear), Miami’s Rodney McGruder (stress fracture in left leg), Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (high ankle sprain followed by surgery to repair ligaments Friday), Washington’s Markieff Morris (sports hernia), New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo (sports hernia) and Utah’s Dante Exum (shoulder).They are looking at weeks — or in many cases, months — before they’ll play again.So the preseason is over. Some teams will be feeling the effects of it for a while longer.Here’s a look at Friday’s preseason finales:HORNETS 111, MAVERICKS 96Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Johnny O’Bryant III had all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter for Charlotte.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 76ERS 119, HEAT 95Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick each scored 19 for Philadelphia (2-3), with Redick going 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Bam Adebayo, James Johnson and Dion Waiters had 13 apiece for Miami (3-3).HEAT: Hassan Whiteside picked up three fouls by the midpoint of the first quarter, with Joel Embiid drawingthem all. … Jordan Mickey had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Justise Winslow scored 10.76ERS: Philadelphia “hosted” the game in Kansas City, Missouri. … The 76ers shot 14 for 39 from beyond the arc, while holding Miami to a 4 for 30 performance from long range.WARRIORS 117, KINGS 106Stephen Curry had 18 points in 19 minutes as Golden State made a successful return home after its two-game China trip.David Stockton had 23 points and eight assists for the Kings (1-5).KINGS: Veteran summer acquisitions Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and George Hill all were sidelined. … Rookie Frank Mason started and had 10 points. … Rookies De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic missed the game with injuries.WARRIORS: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala didn’t play. … Patrick McCaw scored 17 points and Nick Young made five 3-pointers for 15. … Rookie Jordan Bell started and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.LAKERS 111, CLIPPERS 104 Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. ages License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard still isn’t ready to play.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the All-Star forward needs more time to get his injured thigh muscle right, meaning he won’t be out there when the Spurs open their regular season on Wednesday against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Harrison Barnes scored 24 for visiting Dallas (4-2).MAVERICKS: Dennis Smith Jr. closed his preseason with 10 points and nine assists. … Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and J.J. Barea added 13.HORNETS: Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Charlotte win that battle 50-37. … Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon each scored 14.CAVALIERS 113, MAGIC 106Playing without LeBron James, Cleveland got 18 points from Jose Calderon and 15 from Dwyane Wade to beatOrlando.James missed his fourth preseason game with a bad ankle, and Kevin Love also didn’t play for the visiting Cavaliers (1-4). Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Magic (3-3).CAVALIERS: Kyle Korver took five 2-point attempts, something he did in only six games all last season. … Wade and Derrick Rose didn’t play in the second half. … JR Smith came off the bench to further acclimate to his new role, now that Wade is the starting shooting guard.MAGIC: Orlando allowed 36 points in the third quarter. … Jonathon Simmons started again in place of the injured Terrence Ross (hamstring). … Simmons had 12 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 on 4-for-4 shooting.WIZARDS 110, KNICKS 103Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his best game of the preseason, helping Washington (4-1) send the Knicks to a winless exhibition slate. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GRIZZLIES 142, PELICANS 101New Orleans’ Tony Allen — who will have his jersey retired by the Grizzlies when his career ends — got a huge ovation from fans in Memphis in his first trip back as an opponent. He didn’t play, and the Pelicans got routed.Jarrell Martin scored 20 points and Marc Gasol finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Memphis (3-2). Jordan Crawford scored 19 for New Orleans (1-3).PELICANS: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both shot 2 for 5, combining for 16 points. … New Orleans trailed by as many as 49.GRIZZLIES: Memphis got to the 100-point mark with 4:17 left in the third quarter. … Mike Conley scored 19.BUCKS 107, PISTONS 103Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out six assists as Milwaukee (1-3) avoided a winless preseason.Avery Bradley and Andre Drummond were brilliant for visiting Detroit (2-3). Bradley scored 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, and Drummond finished with 18 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists.PISTONS: Tobias Harris scored 13 points and Boban Marjanovic added 10. … Detroit got outscored 48-27 from 3-point range.BUCKS: Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic each scored 14. … Milwaukee used 14 players — 13 of them scored (rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon was the exception) and all 14 got at least one rebound. 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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so importantby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes they’re back on track after victory at Watford.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.”After the Leicester game at home, we wanted to bounce back,” said Kepa. “We were great in the first half, then in the second half Leicester were better than us. We found it hard.”After the Leicester game it was important to get back on track and there’s no better way to get back on track than beating a great team away from home.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
West Ham announce official travel partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have announced Nirvana as their official travel partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The deal will see the company, which specialises in event travel, accommodation and logistics for sporting and leisure events, provide exclusive travel offers to Hammers fans.Nirvana adds West Ham to a list of sporting partners, which include Paralympics GB, British Triathlon and the Ironman European Tour Series. For the Premier League club, Nirvana adds to a list of recent commercial deals in recent months, having signed up the likes of Monster Energy, Ivacy VPN and Osonyq.Karim Virani, West Ham United’s commercial and digital director, said: “It’s fantastic to sign up Nirvana as our official travel partner. Their expertise in planning and logistics will benefit our squads as they travel around the country, and in time we’ll work with Nirvana to bring exclusive offers to our supporters too.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
During the formative years of talkies, studios played a vital role in the film industry. The main centers of film production were Calcutta, Bombay, Poona and Madras. But very less information is available about the studios of Lahore which was a major center before partition. Pandit Amarnath was the most revered name in Lahore in the 1940s. Apart from creating unforgettable melodies, he also gave us the country’s first musical duo – Husnlal Bhagatram. They were the younger brothers of Pandit ji. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalHusnlal Bhagatram learned the rudiments and intricacies from Pandit Dilip Chandra Vedi and their elder brother. Besides being a trained classical singer, Husnlal learned Violin from Ustad Bashir Khan of Patiala. On the other hand, Bhagatram was an excellent harmonium player. After the release of film Daasi (1944), Pandit ji started getting offers various parts of the country. Prabhat Film Company of Poona was also impressed by Pandit ji’s music and offered him to compose music for their films. Pandit ji recommended the names of his younger brothers. By now, Bhagatram had already given music in more than half a dozen films within 1939-1940. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceHusnlal Bhagatram made their debut as a duo with Prabhat’s low budget film Chand (1944) starring Beugum Para and Prem Adib. Lyricist Qamar Jalalabadi also joined the duo. Their maiden film was a success. For their next film, Hum Ek Hain (1946), Husnlal Bhagatram made a few enchanting tunes – “Ho nadiya kinare mora gaon re” (Manik Verma) “Sapno mein aane wale, Toot gaya meri mata ka sapna” (Zohrabai). With director D.D.Kashyap, Husnlal Bhagatram did six films. Nargis, Aaj Ki Raat and Aan Ban didn’t fare well but Badi Bahen and Shama Parwana were musical hits. Pandit Amarnath died while he was composing the music for K.Amarnath Mirza Sahiba (1947). Later the film was completed by his younger brothers. The immortal gems of the film were “Aaja tujhe afsana judai ka sunayein and Kya yahi tera pyaar tha” (Noor Jahan) and soulful duets “Haath seene pe jo rakh do to qaraar aajaye” (G.M.Durrani/Noorjahan) but the real tribute to their father figure elder brother was in G.M.Durrani’s voice “Khayagye thokre ye jawani kahan kahan”. Three more films of Husnlal Bhagatram were released the same year – Heera, Romeo & Juliet and Mohan. After the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, they composed a private number “Suno suno ae duniya walo bapu ki ye amar kahani” in Rafi’s voice which became the national song overnight. The duo received a pat from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for the song. Two films of Husnlal Bhagatram need a special mention Pyar Ki Jeet and Badi Bahen. The super hits of Pyar Ki Jeet were “Tere naino ne chori kiya mera chhota sa jia” and “O door janewale wada na bhool jana” (Suriya). Rafi’s solo number “Is dil ke tukde hazar hue”. Badi Bahen had several hits “Chup chup khade ho zaroor koi baat hai” (Prem lata/Lata) “Wo paas rahein ye door rahein, Jo dil mein khushi banker aayein” and “Bigdi banana wale bigdi bana de” (Suraiya) “Chale jana nahi nain milake, Jo dil mein khushi ban kar aaye” (Lata) and Rafi’s heart rendering number “Mohabbat ke dhokhe mein koi na aayein”. After the success of Pyar Ki Jeet and Badi Bahen, the duo was flooded with offers. They gave music in 18 films in 1949 to 50. Some of the evergreen hits of these films were in Amar Kahani, “Diwali ki raat Piya ghar aanewale hain and Yaad aa raha hai” (Suraiya). Amar Kahani was re released with the new name Kanchan in 1955. In Balam (1949) Husanlal Bhagatram composed enchanting melodies – “Aata hai zindgi mein bhala pyaar kis tarah, (Suraiya/Rafi), “O pardesi musafir kaise karta hai ishare” (Suraiya/Lata), “Dekh li o duniya wale Teri duniya dekh li (Suraiya) and two solos “Thukra ke hame chal diye and Tum hame bhool gaye hum na tumhe bhool sake” (Rafi). Bansaria, which was a box office failure, had some popular melodies “Jo karke gaya barbad hame, Dil tod kar janewale” (Lata) and “Teri yaad sataye ghadi ghadi” (Rafi). In Hamari Manzil the duo yet again created popular numbers – “Naino se nain mila ke, Tere aane per dil dhadke” (Geeta/Rafi) “Baithi hun main nain bichaye” (Geeta Roy) “Tute hue dil koulfat ka” (Rafi). Jaltarang had evocating hits “Jara tumne dekha aour pyaar ho gaya” (Rafi/Lata), “Lut gaye ummidon ki duniya” (Lata) had enchanting Hawain Guitar/Violin expression of sorrow and enticing charming number “Naino ke mast ishare”. In Naach they gave top hits i.e duets “Ae ishq hame barbad na kar, Chhaya sama suhana” (Suriya/ Rafi). Husnlal Bhagatram were the harbinger of Punjabi folk in Hindi films. They had brilliant use of violin, harmonium and Hawain guitar. In the 1950s, music was undergoing a sea of change. Western music started dominating the film music. Shankar Jaikishan, S.D.Burman, C.Ramchandran and O.P.Nayyar were ruling the roost. Yet, Husnlal Bhagatram were in great demand. In 1951, Afsana, directed by B.R.Chopra starring Ashok Kumar, Veena, Kuldeep Kaur and Pran, was released. The duo scored Lata’s soulful solos – “Kahan hai tu mere sapno ke raja, Wo aayein baharein layein” and “Aaj kuchh aisi chot lagi, Wo paas bhi rahkar door nahi” gainedpopularity nationwide. Mukesh evocating numbers was “Kismat bigdi duniya bidli” Rafi also sang “Duniya ek kahani re bhaiya” and mischievous numbers with Shamshad “Chapati pe aaj jo mera nain matakka ho gaya”. The highlight of the film was a haunting melodious composition “Abhi to mein jawan hoon” sung by Lata was inspired by Mallika Pukhraj voice originally written by Hafiz Jalandhary which was a rage in those days. Afsana was a box office hit mainly due to its music.Husnlal Bhagatram gave music in six films starring Dev Anand. Starting from his debut film Hum Ek Hain, Mohan, Birha Ki Raat, Sanam, Stage and Dushman. Birha Ki Raat had some evergreen popular songs. It was again Rafi who sang an enticing duet with Lata “Chota sa fasana hai tere mere pyaar ka” touched all the heights of popularity. Rafi and Lata’s solo “Bahut purdard hai sunane wala, and Tahar o jane waqle” were also popular. Gauna also had few hit numbers including “Dil kishi ne chhen liya pahli mulaqut mein” (Lata) had enchanting flute and Duff interludes. Chhoti Bahen also had melodious number “Lut gaye ho” sung by Rafi/Lata separately. Another evoking number “Duniya walon and Darde-e-Jadui hai” (Lata) and dulset duets “Khushi ka zamana gaya and Maine kaha babuji” (Lata/Rafi). Another film of duo was Sanam (1951) starring Suraiya, Dev Anand and Meena Kumari. The film had sensational number “Mein tujhe pukaru sanam sanam” and had duets i.e. “Dil le gaya koi le gaya” (Shamshad/Suriya) “Bedard shikari o bedard” (Suraiya/Lata) and Suraiya’s solo “Mera dil todkar janewale” also became popular.Mohammed Rafi was the favorite singer of Husnlal Bhagatram. He sang the maximum numbers of songs for them. Yet they gave two all-time great numbers to Kishore Kumar in film Kaafila (1952). A duet “Lehron se pooch lo ya kinaro se pooch lo” with Lata and a solo “Wo meri taraf yun chale aa rahein hain”. Besides social films, they also did a mythological film Raja Harichandra. The only release in 1954 of Husnlal Bhagatram was Shama Parwana starring Suraiya Shammi Kapoor was director by their favorite director DD Kashyap. The film had a magical touch of the duo. In spite of the melodies, the movie bombed at the box office. They tried to make a comeback in Adl-e-Jahangir but they failed to make a comeback again. Husnlal Bhagatram also gave music in some obscure films. And finally, Husnlal Bhagatram came back to Delhi and started a music school in Paharganj. He also gave regular programs on All India Radio as a violinist and a ghazal singer. On December 9, 1968 he went for his routine morning walk and suddenly collapsed near Gol Dakkhana. By that time he was only 48. Bhagatram stayed back in Bombay and he became accompanist with different composers. He died in Bombay on November 29, 1973, at the age of 53.
New Delhi: As voters cast their ballot in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls for 91 seats across 18 states and two union territories, it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that has a lot at stake. It had won 32 of these seats in 2014. The Congress fared poorly in the last parliamentary elections and could win only seven of these 91 seats. Five of its seats came from the North-East where the BJP has considerably consolidated its position in the last five years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The battle is tough for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, where it had won all the eight seats that have to the polls today. This time, the party faces challenge from the coalition of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. Analysts say it will be difficult for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance. In Uttarakhand, where BJP had won all the five seats in 2014, the party faces strong candidates from Congress, including former Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Manish Khanduri, son of former Union Minister Major General B.C. Khanduri. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The “nationalism” narrative of the BJP seems to be a strong factor in the hills which has a large population of ex-servicemen and those serving in the uniformed forces. The BJP faces a stronger challenge in Assam with its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill which has been opposed by its allies. The Asom Gana Parishad, its ally in Assam, is opposed to the Bill which finds a mention in the BJP manifesto. In Bihar, BJP had won three of the four seats going to the polls and is now contesting one. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had in 2014 won all the seven seats going to polls in the first phase in Maharashtra, but the BJP later lost one seat. The first phase election will decide the fate of six Union Ministers — Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur), Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur), General V.K. Singh (Ghaziabad), Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal West). As it tries to retain its seats, BJP will also be seeking to gain in two seats each in West Bengal, Manipur and Tripura. The Congress is hopeful of scaling up its numbers from seven particular from Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Assam and Uttarakhand. The BJP and Congress are not seen as major players in Andhra Pradesh, which is undergoing both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri said the party will improve its performance compared to the last Lok Sabha polls. “Nationalism is a factor. The people continue to have faith in Modiji. Various government programmes have taken off, making an impact among communities seen to be loyal to other parties,” Shastri told IANS. He said there was “a visible wave” last time but this time it “is an inner current”. Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said the party will do “much better than last time.” Prominent leaders whose fate will be decided in the first phase are Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha (Nizamabad), Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi (Kalibor), Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan (Jamui) and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi (Hyderabad). In Tura, former Union Minister Agatha Sangma is fighting former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of Congress.
Kolkata: Dinesh Karthik might have been picked as a back-up wicketkeeper for the World Cup but mentor Abhishek Nayar feels the Tamil Nadu cricketer can play the role of an opener, a finisher or a specialist No. 4 for India in England. MSK Prasad-led selection committee on Monday picked all-rounder Vijay Shankar for the No. 4 spot and made it clear that the second wicket-keeper will come into play only if Mahendra Singh Dhoni is injured. However, Nayar said Karthik could be India’s answer for the debatable No 4 spot and can even open if needed. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”He can play a Kedar Jadhav finisher’s role to a No. 4 batsman’s role if needed. He can even open if needed,” Nayar, who’s credited for resurrecting Karthik’s career, said. “Being a good fielder, adds that value. Of course he’s back-up wicketkeeper, but I’m pretty sure that the management will look at him as a specialist batsman if someone is slightly out of form. You never know what opportunities this game can bring to you. For his point of view, it’s about being just prepared and being ready for that opportunity so that when it comes he grabs it with both hands.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterNayar, who is also the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders, had missed to be with Karthik on the selection day but the KKR skipper made it a point to call him and pay his “gratitude”. “He was full of gratitude and spoke about the time when we got together three years ago. We were thinking about those days, not knowing where his career was going. So now being part of the World Cup is really special for someone like him,” Nayar said. His career at the crossroads, Karthik had sought the help of Nayar in 2016 after he scored only 355 runs in 12 innings with only one hundred at an average of 32 in the previous season. Thus began a mentor-pupil relationship, which resurrected his career and helped Karthik to be in contention for the World Cup. But just two months back, the MSK Prasad led selection committee ignored him in the ODI series against Australia which was India’s final dress rehearsal before the World Cup, making it clear that Rishabh Pant was their choice for the second wicket-keeper’s spot. “Giving up was not in our dictionary. We never believed in giving up. The day we gave up is the day we stop playing cricket,” Nayar said. “When that happened we were very clear in mind that, going forward, we need to focus on becoming a better cricketer. Focus on continuing the form that he had for the past three years. That has been the main focus. Selection was not in our hands. He always tried to control the ‘controllables’ which was the preparation,” he said as Karthik finally made it to the squad ahead of Pant on Monday.
Rabat- Moroccan cuisine has been honored in Canada. During Canada’s best Sandwich competition, Jean Emond, a Canadian from Montreal won a $10,000 prize after he prepared a Lamb Filet Sandwich With Harissa and Figs. The winner also received a $10,000 donation toward his charity of choice, World Wildlife Fund Canada, according to the Chronicle Herald.Jean Emond beat three other finalists who failed to convince the jury of the originality and unique taste of their sandwiches.The four prepared their sandwiches in front of an audience at the Cooking School at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, said the same source.
Ohio State football early-enrollee Jamel Dean is leaving the program after not being cleared to practice by the medical staff, according to reports.Dean, a defensive back from Cocoa, Fla., was “presented an opportunity for a medical hardship so he could remain on academic scholarship at Ohio State, but he opted for a release from his scholarship in an attempt to get cleared medically elsewhere,” according to Eleven Warriors, who first reported Dean’s departure.Dean’s high school coach John Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group that he is not pleased with how his former player is being treated at OSU.“It’s ridiculous,” Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday. “It’s totally wrong to do this to an 18-year-old kid who should be in high school, who you talked into coming up there early.”The freshman defensive back enrolled early at OSU in January and is listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds on the Buckeyes’ spring roster.Dean was rated as the No. 128 high school prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPN.com and was a four-star recruit.
Eddie Howe praised the tenacity and fitness level of his Bournemouth players for the late 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.The south coast side were resilient and disciplined at the back as they pushed for the winner that came three minutes from the end, thanks to a Junior Stanislas penalty.Howe told Sky Sports: “It was a difficult second half for us. I thought Crystal Palace played well and we took a bit of a while in that half to get in our stride.“Once we did, we had some great chances towards the end of the game, and it’s a massive win for us.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“They’ve got some very good players in the attacking areas, and we just got pinned back. If anything, the goal they scored released that pressure for us.“We made a tactical switch, and we were able to build on that and finish the game really strongly. It’s a massive part of our armoury, really. The fitness levels of the players are second to none.“They’re a very dedicated group, they’re very professional, and they look after themselves in the right way. The spirit and the togetherness have always been there.“If anything, we’ve enhanced it and built on it, and it does enable us to stay in games and chase games well. I was really pleased with the desire of the players to win.”