Heavy rains and release of water from Gangapur dam into the Godavari river caused a flood-like situation in some areas of Maharashtra’s Nashik district on August 4. More than 20,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water was released from the Gangapur dam on August 4 morning, which led to the Godavari river flowing above the danger mark, an official at the district collectorate said. This also caused water-logging around some temples located on the banks of the river, he said, adding that the water reached up to the neck of the Dutondya Maruti, a statue of Lord Hanuman on the river bed, and was just a few feet below the Ram Setu bridge. Heavy rains continued to lash the city and tribal- dominated tehsils of Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Surgana, Nashik and Dindori on August 4, he said. In the 24 hours that ended at 8 am on August 4, the Trimbakeshwar tehsil received 315 mm rain, followed by Igatpuri-220 mm, Peint-200 mm, Surgana-180 mm, Nashik-84 mm, Dindori-68 mm, Niphad-25.3 mm and Kalwan-27 mm, as per data provided by the collector’s office. At 8 am, around 26,150 cusecs of water was also released from Darna dam into the river following the heavy showers, according to the data. Around 60 people from Saykheda village were shifted to a safer place, as the river Godavari was in spate in the area, a district administration official said.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the Fit India School grading system in schools across the country.The Fit India School rankings have been divided into three categories — The Fit India Schools, which is the first level of ranking, Fit India School (3 star) and Fit India School (5 star). The level of ranking will depend on how much importance the school gives to inculcating fitness among its students and teachers, besides facilities available for fitness activities.In his popular radio programme, Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, Modi said, “In the Fit India Movement, schedules have been drawn for ranking schools in accordance with fitness. The schools that achieve this ranking will also be able to use the Fit India logo and flag.”Explaining the ranking system, the Prime Minister said, “Schools can declare themselves as fit by visiting the Fit India portal. Fit India three star and Fit India five star ratings will also be given.”I appeal that all schools should enroll in the Fit India ranking system and Fit India should become innate to our temperament. That it become a mass movement and bring awareness is what we must strive for,” Modi added. fit Indiamann ki baatNarendra Modipm modi First Published: November 24, 2019, 6:40 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
In a country where summers are the longest, most of us welcome the monsoons with open arms. The temperature starts dipping and it gives us a major respite from the heat. Forget everything else, nothing beats the joy of reliving childhood by getting wet in the rain, followed by a gastronomic affair with piping hot pakodas and samosas accompanied by a cup of masala chai.Now, what if you got a chance to do all that at a destination of your choice? Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? With no work deadlines and traffic jams to worry about, all you can have in front of you are the rain-soaked lush green environs of a place. If just the thought can paint such a beautiful image in your mind, imagine how amazing it would be to experience it in real!By now, if you are wondering where to go, we have shortlisted some of the most beautiful monsoon destinations for you. Take a look and travel to the one you like.Also read: Still single? Here are a few Indian destinations you must visit! GoaIf you thought the best time to visit Goa is during the year-end, it’s quite likely that you are not even aware of its natural richness. While the winters turn Goa into a party destination, the monsoons bring out its inherent natural beauty. If you happen to visit the place in July-August, you will realise that Goa’s natural beauty is not just limited to the sea and its beaches. The monsoons bring out the enchanting flora of the place. The fresh lush green landscape coupled with a moist breeze and smell of the wet earth infuse a unique charm to the place. A trek to the Dudhsagar falls and a visit to the Aguada Fort are a must, just for the sake of some of the most scintillating views. Besides, a visit to the Baga beach can help you enjoy some really exciting water sports.advertisementPicture courtesy: Facebook/Streets of GoaMunnarUndulating hills. Emerald-green tea plantations. And enchanting greens spreading out to the horizon. That’s Munnar as we know it. Now imagine the entire package after a few spells of rain. The green gets brighter and smell of tea leaves get stronger. Feels awesome already, doesn’t it? Getting to experience that under dark clouds and silvery mist can prove to be a breathtaking experience for any nature loving traveller. A hike through the Western Ghats, a visit to Anamundi for wildlife and a day out at the Attukal waterfalls are some of the not-to-miss experiences.Picture courtesy: Flickr/Jakub Michankow/Creative CommonsLadakhWhile most hill stations become inaccessible during the monsoons, it happens to be the best time to visit Ladakh. The high-altitude roads are clear for a drive along the towering peaks, the enchanting moonscapes and snow-clad passes. Pangong Lake and all other similar sparkling lakes in the region are known to look stunning with their crystal clear waters, while it’s a heavenly sight to look at the shadow of the clouds playing hide and seek with the jaw-dropping landscape.The famous Pangong Lake. Photo: Bhavneet Singh AuroraChikmagalurThis place in Tamil Nadu is known for its coffee plantations, and each one of them just gets greener during the monsoons. With low lying hills and a varied flora, the undulating greens look stunning under the puffy gray clouds. The foggy roads cutting through the valleys and the glorious waterfalls brought back to life by incessant rainfalls and the presence of beautiful avifaunal species weave a magic that’s just not worth missing out on. The best a traveller can do here is grab a vantage point and enjoy enchanting views accompanied by a cup of coffee made out of the finest beans.Picture courtesy: Flickr/Motographer/Creative CommonsLonavalaMumbaikars are blessed to have Lonavala located right next to the city. After all, the Sahyadri mountain range is one of the best places to be during the monsoons, hands down. While the weather is really pleasant, the place looks like a carpet of different shades of green that are freshly painted across the landscape. While there are several waterfalls in the area that look breathtaking after a few spells of rain, the dhabas on the highway are the best places to have tea and Maggi noodles in the company of stunning views. The region’s attractions for this season include the Tiger Point, which is home to some of the best views, and the Bhushi Dam.Picture courtesy: Facebook/Patiraj Yadav
Mumbai, Sep 4 (PTI) Calling Sunil Chhetri the teams “talisman”, national coach Stephen Constantine said the poacher can play for 4-5 years at the top level provided he kept himself fit. Chhetri played a stellar role in Indias 4-1 rout of higher-ranked Puerto Rico in the international football friendly here last night. “Sunil Chhetri is the talisman of this team. He is a wonderful player. He has been scoring goals for the last 10 years. I keep teasing him, saying your time is almost done, but hes not having that. He says he has another 4-5 years in him,” said Constantine after Indias key player set up two goals and scored one in a dazzling display of creative football at the Andheri Sports Complex stadium that hosted its first major game. “But look, he keeps himself in great shape. He is one of the leaders of the team, the captain. And as long as hes fit, he plays,” said the Englishman after India, ranked 152 on the FIFA table, humbled Puerto Rico, ranked 114, by coming back from a goal down. Constantine also said that Chhetri, the regular captain who gave away his armband for the game in favour of Norway-based goalie Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, can play in multiple positions up front. “A player of his calibre, you have to find the space for him. For me, his place is behind the striker. He brings other people into the game. He has an eye for goal, he sees the pass, and he works. Its not like hes walking about. Personally, I like to play him behind the striker,” said the coach. “However, there is no lock on his position. In some games, I like him on the left or the right, but at this point in his career, I see him playing behind the striker,” he added in praise of the countrys highest goal-scorer. To tone down the euphoria and give it a realistic touch, the Englishman said winning just one game against Puerto Rico wouldnt change Indias FIFA rankings. “I hate losing. So, whenever we win, its okay for me. Apart from the result, we got to play. We need to play internationals to climb up the rankings. Winning one game wont help. Beating Puerto Rico, who are above us in the rankings, would help but we need more. Thats what Im trying to do since I came here. “They are 38 places above us. Anyone above us is good enough. Was this game appropriate for us, absolutely! This gave us an opportunity to play against South American opposition which we do not normally do. “This is why I wanted us to go to the US in the first place, to get games against sides like Guyana, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, these kind of teams, as we learn more playing against them as against smaller nations closer to us,” he explained. PTI SSR AH AHadvertisement
The United States qualified for the 2019 U-20 World Cup by defeating Costa Rica 4-0 on Friday in the Concacaf U-20 Championship. The U.S. took the lead 15 minutes in when Frieburg midfielder Alex Mendez ripped a left-footed drive from distance past the Ticos goalkeeper. WHAT. A. RIP. 😱Alex Mendez fires from 30 yards away to give the 🇺🇸 a 1-0 lead vs. 🇨🇷! pic.twitter.com/BKgoXTFlvT — U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) November 17, 2018 Just five minutes later, LA Galaxy academy product Ulysses Llanez doubled the lead with a low strike to the near post. Just Uly doing Uly things! 🤷🏽♂️Ulysses Llanez scores his 7th (!) goal of #CU20 to double the 🇺🇸’s lead! pic.twitter.com/VZpu08b0VB — U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) November 17, 2018 Unfortunately for Tab Ramos’ side, Lllanez was forced off with an injury shortly after scoring his team’s second goal, and his seventh of the tournament so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In the second half, Juan Pablo Torres and Ayo Akinola added insurance goals for the USA, who cruised to an easy win. One more for insurance.Ayo Akinola takes flight for the 4-0 advantage against Costa Rica at #CU20 ! pic.twitter.com/XCycPkJPIk — U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) November 17, 2018 The U.S will face Honduras on Monday night, with a win or draw sending the team to the Concacaf U-20 final on Wednesday to defend its title.More importantly though, Friday’s win means the U.S. will be at the 2019 U-20 World Cup, which will be hosted by Poland between May 23 and June 15 of next year.
Mumbai, Oct 15 (PTI) Mahendra Singh Dhonis football skills left the sizeable crowd gathered at the Andheri Sports Complex ecstatic as he curled one in ala David Beckham style in a charity football match that Virat Kohli-led All Hearts side won 7-3 against Abhishek Bachchans All Stars team.Dhoni curled over the opposition wall a perfectly taken free-kick, which with filmstars goalkeeper Mark Robinson had no answer.He scored another goal and was fittingly awarded Man of the match while playing for the All Hearts team led by Kohli against Junior Bachchans All Stars team.Kohlis fans were also not disappointed as he sprinted down the right flank to score once and then did an impromptu bhangra jig.Former India hockey captain PR Sreejesh and French Open mixed doubles champion Rohan Bopanna also played for Kohlis team. PTI KHS SSC SSC
On July 3, In a four-page letter posted on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi declared that he had resigned as Congress president. Ten days later, a statement issued by All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary (organisation) K.C. Venugopal announced that the ‘honourable Congress president’ had approved the proposal for the appointment,On July 3, In a four-page letter posted on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi declared that he had resigned as Congress president. Ten days later, a statement issued by All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary (organisation) K.C. Venugopal announced that the ‘honourable Congress president’ had approved the proposal for the appointment of the president and working presidents of the Maharashtra Congress Committee. Unlike in the past, where such appointment letters categorically said Congress president Rahul Gandhi, this note did not mention the name of the ‘honourable Congress president’.Who, then, is the Congress president? Rough weather: Rahul and Sonia Gandhi at a Save Democracy’ protest outside Parliament over the crisis in Karnataka and Goa, July 11. (Photo: Sonu Mehta/Getty Images)Who approved these appointments? When asked, Congress communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala told INDIA TODAY: “Rahul Gandhi continues to be the president of the party as the party has not accepted his resignation. These appointments were approved by Rahul Gandhi.” So, confusion reigns and it appears Rahul is still unofficially in charge.It’s this kind of rudderlessness that has brought the party to its current pass in Indian electoral politics-it has just 52 representatives in the 543-member Lok Sabha and is in power in only six out of 29 states– Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Puducherry-accounting for 838 members of the total 4,120 MLAs across the country. It does not have a single MLA in five state assemblies– Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Delhi. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, it drew a blank in 13 states. The declining pan-India reach of the party is evident from the fact that 31 of its 52 seats came from just three states-Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Punjab.advertisementNow, with the confusion over Rahul Gandhi’s resignation, most party leaders, especially the workers on the ground, are staring at an uncertain future and feeling demoralised and directionless. Three states-Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand– will go to the polls later this year. Despite a drubbing in all three states in the general election, the Congress units remain mired in infighting with no immediate plan of putting up a fight in the assembly polls. Maharashtra got a new president last week in Balasaheb Thorat, but, without the backing of a strong central leadership, it will be a daunting task for him to put the faction-ridden state Congress in order. If that weren’t enough, a series of defections and desertions-first in Karnataka and then in Goa-now threatens to spread to other states, particularly MP, where the Kamal Nath-led Congress government survives on a wafer-thin majority. In both Karnataka and Goa, the party had seen the crisis approaching, but failed to avert it. It is this inexplicable unwillingness to act in time that has crippled the party at the national level and in almost every state.Resignation or rebellion?In 2014, after the party was reduced to 44 members in the Lok Sabha, Rahul, then the Congress vice-president, had, following consultations with over 400 party leaders and workers from across the country, prepared a blueprint for a radical restructuring of the party and submitted it to his mother and then Congress president Sonia Gandhi. However, both she and the party veterans were wary of Rahul’s radical plans and put his blueprint in cold storage. An upset Rahul went for a nearly two-month-long Vipassana retreat, returned calmer and agreed to work around the traditional Congress set-up, making adjustments in bits and pieces. When he became president in December 2017, he reached out to the veterans and constituted a Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, which had an average age of 67. The priorities, too, had changed-defeating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party seemed more urgent than embarking on an overhaul of the party, which was a long-term project. Rahul yielded to the demands of the veterans– Amarinder Singh was made Punjab Congress president and eventually the chief minister; Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath were also made chief ministers. Graphics by Tanmoy ChakrabortyBut when it came to expecting returns from these stalwarts, Rahul felt let down. In what turned out to be almost a presidential-style election between Rahul and Modi, the Gandhi scion used multiple weapons against the prime minister-allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal, the promise of NYAY or a minimum income guarantee to the poor, and earlier even indulged in theatrics by hugging the prime minister in Parliament to showcase his message of love and compassion versus the BJP’s ‘divisive politics’. He practised soft Hindutva, hopping from one temple to the other. But, as his close aides often complain, no senior leader across the country made any attempt to take his message to the voters.advertisement”He travelled across the country, shouting at the top of his voice, fighting Modi and the RSS,” says a close aide of Rahul. “The so-called veterans, with claims of massive networks and following within the party, did not even motivate party workers to disseminate Rahul’s message. Considering the anger against the Modi government on economic issues such as demonetisation and unemployment, NYAY could have been a game-changer. But the voters were unaware of it even in states we were ruling, such as MP and Rajasthan.” This sentiment finds echo among grassroots workers. “Why should it be only the Gandhi family’s job to carry the entire burden?” asks Jagdish Bhati, 54, a Congress worker from Jodhpur.Rahul’s Twitter post reflected this anger against his colleagues. ‘I personally fought the prime minister, the RSS and the institutions they have captured with all my being. At times, I stood completely alone and am extremely proud of it,’ he wrote. His resignation at the CWC meeting on May 25 was intended to push the veterans into accepting accountability and make way for the reforms he had intended to implement. There was a direct message in his post: ‘It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power; no one sacrifices power. But we will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle.’For the moment, Rahul’s plan has backfired, as the veterans are unwilling to make the sacrifices he expects. Gehlot is a classic case, exemplifying the difficulty in executing any change in the Congress. While Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot led the party to victory in the assembly election last year, Gehlot was made chief minister because he had promised to deliver a superlative performance in the Lok Sabha election. With the party drawing a blank in the state, the Pilot camp has been clamouring for Gehlot’s removal. Rahul even openly admonished Gehlot along with his MP counterpart Kamal Nath and former Union minister P. Chidambaram for promoting their children’s interests above the party’s. An unmoved Gehlot later said the party won the assembly election because voters wanted to see him as the chief minister; the Lok Sabha debacle reflected a nationwide trend.Who will be the next leader?While the veterans failed to convey his message and also stayed put in their positions, Rahul, says a Lok Sabha MP, believes the demand for change will come from within, especially from the youngsters, and the party will do a course correction. The demand for change has already come, although surprisingly from two veterans-Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and former Union minister Karan Singh. Both have said the party should elect a young leader as president. “Rahul has shown the way for a young leadership to take the party’s reins and steer it to greater heights. Only a youth leader can revive the grand old party,” Amarinder said. Congress insiders believe the Punjab chief minister was indirectly hinting at giving the party mantle to Sachin Pilot, who is close to the Captain. Pilot is also one of the few Congress leaders who has focused on creating a mass base in the past five years. He has been travelling across Rajasthan even after the Lok Sabha drubbing. A week after the defeat, Pilot was sleeping under the stars on farmer Jaikishan’s land in Kasela village, as part of a two-day visit to the Sirohi, Jalore and Pali districts. “The party can be revived with sustained efforts. We have to work towards endearing ourselves to the common citizen. The Congress now urgently needs a president who can instil confidence in the party rank and file. We have to give a strong message that we mean business,” Pilot told INDIA TODAY.advertisement The Contenders: The old guard wants to maintain its clout by installing a low-profile Sonia loyalist; the young Turks sniff an opportunity to assert their leadership.”Pilot is trying to evolve a leadership that is backed by the masses and not by the grace of a small coterie of office-bearers on 24, Akbar Road who have little connect with ground realities,” says a senior Congress leader. Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has openly demanded that the CWC decide the next president without further delay, is another strong young contender.Pilot and Scindia can expect support from other young leaders such as Milind Deora, who says he is willing to support any young, energetic and efficient leader as Congress president. “I’m thankful to the Punjab chief minister who, despite being a senior leader, has openly advocated for a young leadership. I would not like to take names, but there are three or four young leaders in the party who are obvious choices for the post,” says Deora.The former Union minister, who has resigned as president of the Mumbai Congress, however, has ruled himself out of the race even though earlier he had tweeted that he was ready for a national role. “I’m ready to help the new president in any capacity, but I’m not seeking the position myself,” he told INDIA TODAY.The old guard, though, remains unmoved by the Captain’s argument that “any change in the party leadership must reflect India’s social reality, with 65 per cent of its population under 35”. In fact, a top CWC member claims that even Sonia Gandhi doesn’t want a young leader as he or she may outshine Rahul Gandhi, effectively ending the beleaguered career of her son. The veterans are now strongly backing former Union minister Mukul Wasnik, who will turn 60 in September, as a compromise candidate between the old and the young. The other names being floated are of Mallikarjun Kharge, 76, and Sushilkumar Shinde, 77. While their Dalit identity may be useful, the main criterion in their favour is loyalty to the Gandhi family and equation with the old guard. Political observers say if the party misses this opportunity to instil fresh energy, it will drive the final nail into the Congress coffin. ‘No leader will be found if the attempt is to find a dummy, not a leader. A dummy president will make a dummy of the party,’ diplomat and author Gopal Krishna Gandhi wrote in a column. Diminishing Returns: How the party has performed since Indira Gandhi formed her own congress in 1969.For most senior CWC members who owe their positions in the party to loyalty to the Gandhis, a non-Gandhi president could signal the end of their political careers. A young and assertive president will possibly set up his own channel of communication with Rahul Gandhi, who is not particularly fond of the old guard, and sideline the veterans. Rahul’s categorical announcement that he will not be part of the process of selecting the new president has also delayed the process as the CWC leaders-without the authority of a Gandhi to back them-also fear rebellion and a split in the party in the absence of a consensus.Can a non-Gandhi revive the congress?The new Congress president will have to fight a BJP that is firmly entrenched in power, is armed with a formidable electoral machinery and in an India where Hindu nationalist sentiment is running high. He or she will also preside over a party that has been electorally devastated and organisationally hollowed out. ‘We are with you’ Congress workers express solidarity with Rahul Gandhi during a march in Delhi, June 1. (Photo: Qamar Sibtain/Mail Today)The new president’s challenges, therefore, will be twofold-to rebuild its organisational structure across the states and to project an alternative ideological narrative to the BJP’s. In fact, in the past five years, Rahul has often reiterated that it’s the organisational strength of the BJP backed by the well-oiled machinery of the RSS that the Congress has to fight. “The party’s institutional pillars have given way to centralised command and control, and loyalty has replaced ideology,” says Zoya Hasan, who teaches political science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. In an effort to induct an ideologically motivated cadre like the RSS, Rahul had even tried to revive the Congress Seva Dal. The most immediate job of the new Congress president will be to democratise and empower state and district units so that the party can build its organisational structure-based on merit and performance-in every state. “A political worker is not an unpaid servant,” says Dinesh Singh Rathor, 60, a Congress worker from Hazaribagh. “We expect respect. Our voice never reaches the top leadership in Delhi. So they never know the ground realities.”In fact, grassroots workers from across the states say the difference in approaches towards the cadre has resulted in different electoral outcomes for the BJP and Congress. “Unlike the BJP, the Congress doesn’t take care of the problems of the workers. The BJP regularly launches programmes to connect with the local public, but Congress workers don’t have any such exercise,” says Mukesh Singh Chauhan, 40, from Lucknow. “While the BJP has offices in every district, the Congress, which was in power twice in Uttarakhand, doesn’t have a decent state-level office where a worker can get a glass of clean water,” says Rajesh Chamoli, a young secretary in the Uttarakhand PCC.It’s not that the Congress has not recognised the path to reform. Rahul’s father and former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, had famously declared the Congress to be a party of power-brokers, but did little to change that. Sonia Gandhi had set up at least four major committees to revamp the party. The first was the task force headed by P.A. Sangma, and the second the A.K. Antony committee to conduct a post-mortem of the Congress performance in the 1998 Lok Sabha election. Their recommendations were never implemented. When the United Progressive Alliance, or UPA, first formed the government, Sonia Gandhi set up a third committee, The Group to Look into Future Challenges, headed by Veerappa Moily to examine the same issues: party reorganisation and intra-party reforms. The Moily committee identified the lack of internal democracy as a key reason for the growing disillusionment with the organisation. No action was taken on it. After the defeat in 2014, Sonia Gandhi appointed another committee headed by Antony, but that report too was never made public. As Congress MP from Kerala, Shashi Tharoor, puts it, post-2019, there has been no introspection even to understand why the party lost and what went right for the winning candidates. According to Satish Mishra of the Observer Research Foundation, the most important task for the Congress now is “to crystallise its ideological vision”. The party has been unable to formulate a clear-cut ideology on several contentious issues, such as the NRC, the Ram temple, triple talaq and the Balakot strike. In its attempt to be inclusive, the party has been swinging between soft Hindutva and minority appeasement. It did not help the party wean the Hindu voters away from the BJP, and it lost the minority votes to the regional parties.While the Modi-led BJP has openly promoted Hindu nationalism and succeeded in hardselling the dream of a strong and prosperous India to a young and aspirational populace, the Congress has remained stuck in the socialist ideals of a welfare economy and glorification of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. What has hurt the party the most is the BJP’s successful appropriation of major Congress icons, including Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, while blaming Jawaharlal Nehru for everything that has gone wrong in India.However, the ideological battle between the Congress and the BJP is what makes the revival of the grand old party crucial for the health of the Indian democracy. The BJP and Congress remain the only two national parties with a genuinely national perspective. With the Left reduced to just one state, the Congress is the lone pan-India challenger to the BJP’s continuously rising political power graph. With over 300 Lok Sabha MPs and 13 states under its rule, the BJP under Narendra Modi has come to dominate India’s political and electoral landscape like never before. On the other hand, family or individual-centric regional parties such as the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Telugu Desam Party, Nationalist Congress Party and Trinamool Congress have been fighting existential battles of their own. Others like the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the Biju Janata Dal and the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party have used their electoral capital as a bargaining tool with the BJP. Under these circumstances, the Congress has immense political significance as a safeguard against one party hijacking the national discourse in the country. The Congress UniverseIs it the end of the road for the Gandhis?For Congress leaders who believe only a member of the Gandhi family has the stature to unite squabbling party chieftains and motivate workers, this is previously uncharted territory-a non-Gandhi president while three Gandhis remain active in politics. While Rahul will now just be a member of the party, Priyanka has not quit as general secretary. In fact, in the past one month, not only has she held review meetings in UP, but has also been very active on Twitter, responding to developments in different fields-from politics to sports to mishaps.The success or failure of the new president, therefore, will largely depend on the kind of role the Gandhi family decides to play. “As far as I know him, Rahul Gandhi will give the new president enough space to do the things necessary to revive the party. He will certainly cooperate and offer guidance and not interfere with the functioning of the president,” says Deora.Though Rahul has already stated emphatically that neither he nor any member of his family-mother Sonia or sister Priyanka-will take up the top job, he is unlikely to remain an ordinary Congressman. If his actions since May 23 are any indicator, he will certainly be more vocal and visible. He has already outlined his course of action in his letter-to fight the battle against the BJP-RSS in a new avatar, of an ordinary Congressman. Leaving the organisational work to the new president, he will chart out the ideological narrative of the party. “Modi is the face of the BJP while Amit Shah runs the party. Similarly, Rahul will remain our leader though we may find a new president to revamp the organisation,” says CWC member Ram Chandra Khuntia. Rahul’s resignation will also rob the Modi-BJP of their jibes about the Congress being a party of dynasts.However, while Rahul may have seized the moral high ground with his resignation, he will need a functional party to capitalise on it. He has to leverage his authority as a Gandhi to force the party out of its stupor and decide on a successor. And it has to happen soon. If this inexplicable suspense over leadership continues, it may precipitate further desertions, factionalism, a demoralised cadre and electoral setbacks. That’s not an outcome the party or the nation need.What ails the Congress?An overdependence on the Gandhi family has meant the party failed to cultivate mass leaders at the national or state level. Strong state leaders were also not allowed to grow, leading many, such as Mamata Banerjee, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Jagan Mohan Reddy, to quit.Decisions in the party are made by leaders who have no mass base; the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party, has just three Lok Sabha MPs and five MLAs among its 47 members.Unlike the BJP, the Congress never focused on building the organisational structure. It has few grassroots workers in the states or districts. In six states-Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu-which account for 250 Lok Sabha seats, the party has no credible organisational structure.The party has no clear narrative on contentious issues, such as terror from Pakistan, the National Register of Citizens (NRC), triple talaq or the Ayodhya dispute. Its attempts to be inclusive and swing between soft Hindutva and minority appeasement neither helped wean Hindu voters from the BJP nor prevent minority votes from going to regional parties.The excessive focus on the Nehru-Gandhi family allowed the BJP to appropriate other Congress icons such as Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel.Wanted, a PresidentGoing by the party constitution, a Congress president is elected by All India Congress Committee and Pradesh Congress Committee members. Elections have been held only on three occasions since Indira Gandhi broke away from the parent party in 1969 to form the Congress (R), which later became the Congress (I) and finally the Indian National Congress. Loyal Indira lieutenant K.B. Reddy was elected president in 1977, Sitaram Kesri two decades later. He soon had to make way for Sonia Gandhi, who trounced her challenger Jitendra Prasada, winning 7,448 votes against his 94. In December 2017, Rahul Gandhi was elected unopposed.His resignation has necessitated an election. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has no authority to select a Congress president. However, according to the rulebook, “in the event of any emergency by reason of any cause such as the death or resignation of the president”, the seniormost general secretary discharges the routine functions of the president and the CWC can appoint a provisional president till the time a regular president is elected. There is no clarity on how the seniority a general secretary is to be decided-by age or tenure. However, as CWC member R.C. Khuntia says, since Rahul’s resignation has not been accepted yet, he continues to be president.-With Ashish Misra, Amitabh Srivastava, Romita Datta, Amarnath K. Menon, Jeemon Jacob, Kiran D. Tare, Rahul Noronha and Rohit Parihar
4 Soyuncu Tammy Abraham scores hat-trick and own goal as Chelsea hammer Wolves Read more 15 Andreas Pereira 9 Vardy Read more 26 Greenwood Share on Pinterest 2 Justin 21 Ricardo Pereira 8 Mata Anthony Martial’s absence meant Rashford was given a role through the middle. It is the position Gareth Southgate says does not bring out the best in the player but, while there may be something in that argument, it was also Rashford’s alertness in the area that led to the penalty. Caglar Soyuncu did not seem to realise how speedily his opponent was going to get across to the ball and, as soon as Rashford got there ahead of him, it was always likely the attacking player would go over the defender’s trailing foot. The VAR replays confirmed Soyuncu had clipped him and Pereira also deserves a mention for the sliding tackle on Hamza Choudury that turned the ball into the penalty area. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Possession Goal attempts Man Utd 15 Barnes 8 Tielemans 2 Lindelof 6 Evans 57 43 (s 68′) 21 James 18 Young Leicester 17 Fred 1 de Gea 29 Wan Bissaka The good news for Manchester United is that they have rediscovered their winning habit. They won this game despite missing a number of key players with injury and, for that alone, Ole Gunnar Solskjær can probably accept the fact their performance never got any higher than six out of 10 – there was lots of huffing and puffing but none of the old panache.Leicester certainly had enough of the ball to believe they ought to have extended United’s winless sequence to four matches. Ultimately, though, Solskjær and his players can reflect on a decent afternoon’s work bearing in mind Leicester have ambitions of their own to break into the Premier League’s top four. (s 70′) Rashford scores from the penalty spot. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA Pinterest 38 Tuanzebe match reports 26 Praet 14 14 22 Romero Leicester City 4 Jones Lineups LEI57MNU43% 12 Ward Share via Email 28 Gomes 7 Gray Marcus Rashford’s seventh-minute penalty was the game’s decisive moment and, in particular, it must have been a satisfying day for Harry Maguire given the Leicester supporters, for reasons not particularly clear, spent large parts of the afternoon targeting their former player with a very unflattering chant. Maguire played well, winning his personal battle with Jamie Vardy, and Solskjær was entitled to feel happy about the commitment of his team. It was certainly one of Andreas Pereira’s better games for the club. Daniel James showed some nice touches and Rashford was always a difficult opponent. United might have provided reminders of their flaws at times but, if nothing else, nobody could doubt their determination.In the process Rashford also demonstrated they have not completely forgotten the art of taking a penalty kick. With Paul Pogba among the absentees, at least there was no debate about who should take this one. Both players had missed one in United’s opening fixtures and, in those circumstances, Rashford could probably have been forgiven if he felt slightly apprehensive approaching the ball. He did not give that impression, steering his kick to Kasper Schmeichel’s left as the goalkeeper shaped to go the other way. 31 Matic 3 Chilwell 10 Rashford Match stats 3 9 Substitutes Manchester United 11 Albrighton Twitter Share on LinkedIn (s 90′) Share on Messenger (s 67′) Sadio Mané double gives Liverpool comeback win after Newcastle scare 5 Man Utd Off target 6 Leicester 4 Man Utd On target 3 Leicester 1 Schmeichel 5 Morgan Corners (s 57′) Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 17 Perez 10 Maddison LEI MNU Fouls 39 McTominay The Observer Premier League By that point Schmeichel had already denied Pereira, direct from a free-kick, with a scrambling save beneath his crossbar. James Maddison had a chance to punish United for some poor defending but it took a while before Leicester, having gone behind, started to attack again with the potency that might have been expected. When they did, however, it must have been startling for the United crowd to see how quickly their own players lost momentum. Ben Chilwell’s volley brought a flying save from David de Gea and there was enough danger for the home team to realise a difficult second half lay ahead.Sure enough, Leicester started it brightly but, for all their possession, they never found a pass to release Vardy. The onslaught that might have been anticipated in the final 20 minutes never really materialised. Rashford struck the angle of crossbar and post from a free-kick and the afternoon concluded with the Stretford End singing Solskjær’s name.“We want to play better than this,” the manager said. “Of course we want to dominate games but sometimes you play against a team that plays well and I thought we rode out the threat well.” Facebook 5 Maguire Topics 20 Choudhury Substitutes 44 Chong Share on WhatsApp 25 Ndidi Reuse this content
EDMONTON — A fight over which horse won a Canadian Derby race in Edmonton two years ago is to be heard in court this week.Queen’s Bench Justice June Ross is to look at the results of the Aug. 19, 2017, race at Northland’s Park.Chief Know It All was originally declared the winner despite a complaint from the owner of another horse it allegedly fouled.Ten months later, the Horse Racing Appeal Tribunal disqualified Chief Know It All and named two other horses, Double Bear and Trooper John, as co-winners.The Tribunal ruled Chief Know It All made contact with another horse and altered the outcome of the race.Kent Verlik, chief executive officer of Horse Racing Alberta, says it is the second time in the history of the Canadian Derby that a panel of racing judges intervened following a complaint.“Our stewards didn’t think it impacted the race, so it was kind of a non-event,” said Verlik. “But in appeal, the tribunal overturned the decision of the stewards and then they revised the placing as a result.”The case echoes last weekend’s surprising Kentucky Derby.Maximum Security became the first Kentucky Derby winner ever to be disqualified for interference. Country House, a 65-1 long shot, was subsequently named champion.The Canadian Press
Rabat- Morocco opened this Thursday alien offices nationwide to start processing requests of undocumented immigrants, in accordance with instructions of King Mohammed VI for a more humane migration and asylum policy. “This is an important day for undocumented immigrants who do not only come from Africa, but also from several other regions, mostly Asia, said Morocco’s interior minister Charki Draiss who dedicated the Rabat’s alien office with minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and of migration affairs, Anis Birou.He added that the number of undocumented immigrants in Morocco has reached according to the interior ministry’s estimates around 25,000 to 300,000, noting that this exceptional regularization operation will help to know the exact number of foreigners living in Morocco without legal stay documents and will help improve their social-economic conditions.“It is a great day for immigrants and for Morocco”, said secretary general of the Democratic organization of immigrant workers in Morocco, Marcel Amiyeto, who noted that 250 undocumented immigrants are present in the office for the first day of this operation. The operation, to last till December 31, concerns foreigners married to Moroccan nationals, those who have been living in Morocco with another foreigner, legally settled in Morocco for at least 4 years, children of these two categories, foreigners who have work contracts of at least two years, foreigners who have been living in Morocco continuously for at least 5 years, and foreigners who suffer from serious diseases.
Rabat – The second session of the Morocco-US strategic dialogue opened this Friday morning in Rabat, under the co-chairmanship of minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, and US secretary of state John Kerry. Themed “strengthening solid cooperation ties between the two countries”, the meeting is an opportunity for the two countries to promote and expand economic, political, social, educational and cultural partnership. Rabat and Washington have repeatedly expressed resolve to open new horizons in their ties, in keeping with the joint communiqué released last November following the summit-meeting held in Washington between King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama. Three work sessions, held as part of this dialogue, will look into “political and security issues”, “economic and trade relations” and “cooperation in education and cultural fields”.
Rabat – Moroccan authorities are considering a Dakhla megaproject to revamp for the economic outlook of the country’s southern provinces.The megaproject entails the construction of an irrigation and desalinization facility, with the cost estimated to be around MAD 1.7 billion. The Ministry of Agriculture and Sea Fishing, which is overseeing and co-financing the project, says that the facility will have an impressive annual capacity of 30 million cubic meters, as well as a windmill park as an accompanying source of energy.According to Aujourd’hui le Maroc, the project scope and magnitude would constitute unprecedented improvements for agriculture and energy production in the southern provinces. The project will cover an area of 5000 hectares, and investments will operate in two phases: MAD 1.4 billion will go to the realization of the windmill park, whereas MAD 300 million will be invested in building a state-of-the-art irrigation system. This grand project will pull Dakhla and surrounding provinces in a new and totally different direction, say sources at the Ministry of Agriculture. Once completed, “it will yield roughly 500,000 tons of ‘garden crops’ with an added value or profit of 500 million MAD per year,” said the same sources, adding that other than the project’s many direct benefits, “it will also generate 10,000 permanent jobs.”As the Dakhla area is famous for its massive arable lands, another phase of the project will entail cooperation between the government and the private sector to “adequately exploit these massive agricultural areas,” for the region’s benefit. In that regard, the Agency for Agricultural development, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Agriculture, is said to be preparing a call for tenders to attract foreign and national investors to invest in agriculture and be part of the megaproject.
Hamilton’s Sarcoa Restaurant and Bar is taking the city and the Hamilton Waterfront Trust to court, fighting back against fines and orders to comply. Sarcoa sent out a release today saying they’ve received multiple city fines and complaints about their loud music, but argue their ‘Miami Beach style patio’ was made clear before opening, and was never a hidden intention. They say the Hamilton Waterfront Trust had approved their outdoor music concept when it was first brought up, and their recent complaints and fines are hurting their business. Sarcoa says talks with the city have been unsuccessful, and they have been left with no choice but to take the issue to court.
Tiffany 3rd-quarter results beat analysts’ estimates, bolstered by strong Asia-Pacific sales AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 5:17 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tiffany & Co.’s third-quarter net income climbed 50 per cent, buoyed by strong sales in the Asia-Pacific region.Its performance topped Wall Street’s expectations, and the luxury retailer on Tuesday raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast above analysts’ estimates. Shares climbed almost 8 per cent trading on the news.Tiffany’s results come as the holiday shopping kicks off into high gear later this week. The jewelry chain is considered a barometer of luxury spending. The latest results show that the affluent continue to spend, bolstered by a stock market that is reaching new highs.“Despite the obvious economic and consumer uncertainties in some regions, our management team see great opportunities ahead of us,” Jim Fernandez, Tiffany’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer, told investorsChairman and CEO Michael Kowalski said in a statement that shoppers are responding well to its expanded fashion jewelry designs, which includes the Atlas collection. He said that the company is also experiencing improved sales of fine and statement jewelry, with particular strength in its yellow diamond collection.Tiffany earned $94.6 million, or 73 cents per share, for the three months that ended Oct. 31. That compares with $63.2 million, or 49 cents per share, a year ago.Analysts polled by research firm FactSet expected earnings of 58 cents per share, on average.Revenue for the New York company rose 7 per cent to $911.5 million from $852.7 million, with Asia-Pacific sales up 27 per cent. This topped the $888.4 million Wall Street predicted.Sales in the Americas climbed 4 per cent to $417 million, while European sales climbed 7 per cent to $104 million. Sales in Japan fell 13 per cent to $128 million, hurt by a weaker yen.Revenue at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of a retailer’s health, increased 7 per cent. Analysts projected a 4.5 per cent increase. This figure excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.Tiffany now foresees fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings of $3.65 to $3.75 per share. Its prior guidance was for $3.50 to $3.60 per share.Analysts expect full-year earnings of $3.62 per share.Tiffany’s shares rose $6.22 to $87.21 in morning trading. Its shares have risen more than 41 per cent so far this year.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2014 8:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 9. 2014, file photo, a sold sale sign hangs in front of a house in Mount Lebanon, Pa. The National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for February on Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file) US home sales dipped in Feb. to 19-month low because of cold weather, high prices WASHINGTON – Sales of U.S. existing homes slipped in February, the sixth decline in seven months as severe winter weather, rising prices and a tight supply of homes discouraged buyers.The National Association of Realtors says sales declined 0.4 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.6 million. That was the lowest pace since July 2012.Freezing temperatures and snowstorms likely kept many buyers from visiting open houses. And higher mortgage rates have weighed on sales since last fall.Still, there were some signs that the market could pick up in the coming months. Sales improved in the South and West, where weather was less of a factor. And more people decided to sell, boosting the supply of available homes.
FILE – This March 2, 2010 file photo shows Kris Jenner, left, and Bruce Jenner at the Vogue Magazine dinner celebrating the launch of the Vera Wang store on Melrose in West Hollywood, Calif. A Los Angeles judge signed the Jenners’ divorce judgment on Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014, but the couple will have to wait until March 2015 until they are legally single. The judgment gives Kris Jenner the pair’s home and several vehicles, but requires her to pay $2.5 million to her husband of 23 years. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) Bruce and Kris Jenner finalize divorce, but pair have to wait to become legally single by The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 11:57 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won’t be officially single until March.A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple’s divorce judgment that ends the pair’s 23-year marriage.The Jenners filed divorce petitions in September, citing irreconcilable differences. California law requires couples to wait six months to become officially divorced.Bruce Jenner won a gold medal in the men’s decathlon in the 1976 Olympics, although he is best known to a younger generation as Kim Kardashian’s stepfather. He and ex-wife Kris frequently appeared on the reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” along with their children.The divorce judgment calls for Kris Jenner to pay her estranged husband $2.5 million.Kris and Bruce Jenner married in April 1991 and have two daughters together. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWe must continue to push for restructuring of West Indies cricket- St Vincent PMFebruary 17, 2017In “latest news”BCCI ready to file legal action against WICBJanuary 25, 2015In “Sports”Former WICB officials call for forensic audit of boardSeptember 8, 2016In “latest news” By Akeem GreeneThough in recent times, there was no public constructive regional conversation on the current state of West Indies Cricket, CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has stated that the indiscretions of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are still on the radar of the regional body.WICB President Dave Cameron (left) and some West Indian players have been logger heads over the yearsLaRocque speaking at press briefing on Monday in the lead up to the 28th Heads of Government Conference which will be held on Thursday and Friday at the Secretariat, made it known that the board needs reforming.“The position of the community is very clear on the need for modernizing and reforming the administration of West Indies cricket, that remains a concern, notwithstanding the instances where performances may have improved from time to time,” the Secretary General stated.In July 2016, CARICOM reaffirmed its resolve to dissolve the WICB and said it would soon create another Prime Ministerial sub-committee that would have a wider say on cricket in the Caribbean.A CARICOM cricket review panel had made the recommendation to dissolve the WICB in November 2015, in a report that termed the board’s governance structure as “antiquated,” “obsolete” and “anachronistic”.At the last the heads of government meeting, Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell had stated, “We will do everything possible to effect the decision”, adding that “We’re looking at legal options on the basis that cricket is a public good run by a private institution.”More so, controversial WICB president, Dave Cameron is set to be returned unopposed when the embattled organisation stages its Annual General Meeting next month which sends a message that the paradigm with the board will not be shifted.Prior to his re-election in 2015, Cameron came under fire from St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who branded the WICB president’s leadership as “poor” and “embarrassing”, while calling on him to resign.In this regard, LaRocque, insisted that the members are still perusing avenues to ensure that the region’s cricket affairs is administered in a fair manner.“By and large, there is a problem that needs to be looked at and we continue to peruse that, the Heads of Government have established a mechanism for continuing to look at the issue and that will continue” the Dominican disclosed.Over the last decade or more, West Indies cricket has plummeted due to appalling performances on the field and the constant infractions between players and officials.In Tests, they are currently ranked in eighth-place just ahead of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Since 2009 across four captains, the regional side has played 57 Tests, losing 29, drawing 15 and winning 13.Judging by the numbers, in the One Day International (ODI), the regional side seem to struggle even more since across six different captains from the said time line, they have lost 57 of the 89 ODIs played while coming out victorious in only 28. Three were tied and one ended as a no result.The year 2016 returned some glory with the team winning their second Men’s World T20 title, the Women, winning their first and the Under-19s winning their maiden World Cup title, there is a long road ahead for the revival of West Indies cricket.
Coaches from across every region in Guyana are currently participating in a historic Level 1 Archery Coaching Course.Some of the participants going through their pacesThe training course is being hosted by the group Archery Guyana. It is the first of its kind to be held in the country and commenced on April 29, at the Racket Centre, Woolford Avenue and concludes on May 6.According to a DPI release, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones said the participation of persons from every region is part of the administration’s efforts to decentralise sport in Guyana.The coaches are expected to impart the knowledge gained when they return to their respective regions, particularly through the school system.“There is indeed a document which speaks to archery being introduced into the school nationals and as such, coordinating and collaborating with Archery Guyana to ensure that this programme happens is part of the National Sports Commission’s work programme.”Jones also disclosed that the Sports Commission has spoken to the CEO of the Ministry of Education, Marcel Hutson with regards to including an archery event in this year’s Inter-school National sports competition. If successfully implemented, the event will see students from Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine participating.Renowned international archery coach, Phillip Graves tasked with conducting the training said he expects rapid growth from those participating in the course. Graves said that he was amazed to discover how impacting the course will be for the entire country.“When I found out that the participants were from the different regions – Nine, One, Seven and Eight, I did not know much about the regions and then I had conversations with the participants. We truly are starting a national organisation” Graves said.Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George Norton welcomed the effort to develop sport in Guyana.Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George Norton under the watchful eye of renowned international archery coach, Phillip Graves as he prepares to shoot an arrow“We are hoping that with proper development of archery as a sport, Guyanese would be equipped with the techniques, the knowledge and the equipment to represent Guyana in competitions across the world, efforts to make this a reality starts here with this coaching clinic,” the minister said.The Guyana Sports Shooting Federation (GSSF) in partnership with World Archery Americas (WAA), in 2015, broke new ground and officially launched Archery Guyana. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArchery Guyana’s new Board of Directors electedSeptember 15, 2018In “latest news”Archery, kayaking for hinterland schools in 2019- JonesSeptember 21, 2018In “Sports”Archery Guyana Coaches conduct introduction session in Region 9May 23, 2018In “Sports”
A 23-year-old Alexander Village, Georgetown, man was earlier today (Wednesday) sentenced to 10 years imprisonment when he appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to two counts of armed robbery.Jailed: Nicholas SmithNicholas Smith, a vendor, was found guilty on two armed robbery charges at the conclusion of his trial today.In the first charge, the court heard that on February 11, 2018, on the Seawall Road, Smith, while being armed with a gun and accompanied by two other men, robbed Dexter David of a gold chain worth $60,000, a Samsung Galaxy cell phone worth $62,000 and $1,000 in cash.The second charge stated that on the same day, the accused also robbed Kevin Ramlall of a gold chain, mobile phone and his wallet.After Smith was arrested, he was positively identified by his victims.Magistrate McGusty sentenced the accused to five years on each count of robbery under arms, which are to be served consecutively. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrio gets 16 years jail each for robbing, battering judge and husbandJune 23, 2016In “Court”Gun-toting bandit sentenced to 2 years in prison October 15, 2015In “Crime”Miner found guilty of robbery, jailed for 36 monthsJuly 22, 2014In “Crime”
The Fast & Furious franchise is back in our lives this week with Hobbs and Shaw, and we couldn’t be happier. Sometimes you just want to watch a bunch of cool vehicles do flips and smash into each other with a wisecrack or two in between. Cars have been intertwined with geek culture for quite some time, and we decided to do a rundown of the sweetest toy rides on the market so you can build up your garage and run some wacky races.Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Batmobile TumblerEach generation’s Batman media gives them a Batmobile that reflects the spirit of the times, from the TV show’s tricked-out hot rod to Christopher Nolan’s heavily militarized Tumbler tank, taken from Frank Miller’s apocalyptic future designs. The Tumbler is one of the most terrifying gadgets ever deployed by the Dark Knight, an armored juggernaut designed to take the worst that crime has to offer and throw it back in their face. This Hot Toys replica is built at 1/6 scale (so it works with their foot tall Batman figure) and features tons of moving parts and light-up elements.Get it at AmazonFunko Pop Michael Knight With K.I.T.T.One of our first geek culture car crushes was on the heavily modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am co-star of Knight Rider. Speaking with the voice of William Daniels, K.I.T.T. (which stood for Knight Industries Two Thousand) was a sleek black road hog equipped with a panoply of weapons and gadgets. This Funko rendition sacrifices a little bit of realism in the Hasslehoff driver but doesn’t skimp on the car itself, which is super detailed. The wheels don’t move but you wouldn’t want it driving away on its own so that’s probably OK.Get it at AmazonLEGO Ecto-1The converted hearse that the Ghostbusters speed into action in is one of the most iconic vehicles in movie history, and now you can build your own in LEGO form. The Ecto-1 kit comes with minifigures of the four original paranormal investigators, proton packs and traps at the ready. The car itself was one of the most requested sets from LEGO Ideas, the program that lets superfans vote on licenses they want the company to acquire. Removable roof, logo panels, tracking computer and more make this a reasonably challenging build that measures over seven inches long when it’s finished.Get it at AmazonPlush CatbusOkay, we might be pushing the definition of “car” beyond the limits here, but the Catbus from Studio Ghibli’s classic My Neighbor Totoro is technically a vehicle that runs on roads and carries passengers, so it qualifies. This rendition of the spirit vehicle that carries Totoros from place to place (and helps Satsuki find Mei in the film’s climax) measures ten inches long and comes with a door in the side so you can put the included stuffed Totoro inside for long trips to dreamland.Get it at AmazonDiamond Select DeLorean Time MachineJohn DeLorean’s venture into the auto manufacturing world was doomed for failure almost from the beginning, but at least it gave us the iconic ride featured in the Back to the Future trilogy. The DeLorean’s unique gull-wing doors and chrome body made it the perfect platform to throw a bunch of tech on and travel through time. This Diamond Select movie replica has a ton of cool features, including wheels that pivot down from their wells and multiple light and sound features for added realism. Measures a little over fourteen inches long and accommodates 3 3/4 scale action figures.Get it at AmazonRemote Controlled Party VanWhere exactly the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kept their vehicles parked is one of the franchise’s most enduring mysteries — anybody who has ever been cursed with a car in New York City knows that alternate side parking is no joke, and it’s not like they can just drive the Party Van into the sewers. Maybe you can, though, with this remote controlled replica of the martial arts quartet’s most recognizable ride. The Party Van was introduced in the cartoon series in 1987 and has been a steady presence ever since. This rendition has a range of over 100 feet for all your Foot Clan smashing needs.Get it at AmazonWarthog With Master ChiefIt’s fair to say that the addition of vehicles was the cherry on top of the original Halo, taking Bungie’s whip-tight console shooting and incorporating an element of chaos as the balloon-tired Warthogs bounced across the landscape. In the intervening years it’s become one of the most recognizable FPS rides in video game history, and if you want to own one for yourself now’s your chance. This massive toy measures almost two feet long from end to end and comes with a Master Chief that fits behind the wheel — or behind the chaingun if you’re feeling frisky.Get it at AmazonThe Spy Who Loved Me Lotus Esprit ModelJames Bond is a dude who is well-known for having a garage full of marvelous toys, and while some may prefer the iconic Aston Martin, we have a soft spot for the amphibious Lotus Esprit he drove in The Spy Who Loved Me. When Bond and KGB agent Major Anya Amasova are making their escape from Stromberg’s base in Sardinia, the bad guys give chase until 007 flips a switch and takes the wheels off to plunge the Lotus into the ocean – and then shoots a missile at the pursuing helicopter. This die-cast metal model of the sweet Q-built ride in aquatic mode is durable and detailed.Get it at AmazonBreaking Bad Pontiac Aztek ReproductionTruly great fiction writers know that the devil is in the details, and sometimes a single prop can tell you more about a character than a dozen lines of dialogue. Case in point: the 2004 Pontiac Aztek driven by Walter White in Breaking Bad. The short-lived crossover vehicle was a flop on the market, and despite having some great features never found its niche. This replica from Greenlight mimics the series’ prop expertly, including having one wheel different from the others and blue tape around the windshield after one of many replacements.Get it at Amazon1/18 Scale Dom’s Dodge ChargerThere are a bunch of memorable vehicles in the Fast and Furious franchise, but if we had to pick one — and we did — our money’s always on the classic American muscle car. Dom Toretto’s trusty black 1970 Dodge Charger was built by the driver and his dad and hit the quarter mile at the Los Angeles County Raceway in nine seconds flat. Although he wrecks it at the end of the first movie, it makes a triumphant comeback a few films later. This is an incredible die-cast rendition of the car with doors that open and tons of chrome detailing where it counts.Get it at AmazonMad Max Interceptor KitOne of our only complaints about Fury Road (aside from the fact that we haven’t seen a sequel yet, although George Miller promises that one is coming) is that Max didn’t get to spend a lot of time behind the wheel of his Pursuit Special Interceptor. In fact, we only see the car briefly in the final chase, where it’s seemingly crushed between two of Immortan Joe’s fleet. Hope springs eternal that Max and his mechanics can build it again, but if they can’t you can with this model kit from Aoshima. The sculpt contains tons of cool details, including the extra fuel tanks and seat for the dog added by Max.Get it at AmazonErtl Mach 5One of the first car-centric geek properties of all time, Speed Racer helped pave the way for anime on American airwaves (as well as a totally bananas Wachowskis live-action movie). Many toy companies have released renditions of the show’s streamlined Mach 5 racecar, but true heads know that Ertl’s die-cast one is the top of the line. There are so many moving parts on this metal vehicle, from hood and doors that open to a pair of retractable whirling saw blades that jut out from the front bumper. It even comes with a little plastic sculpt of Speed’s monkey companion Chim-Chim. A car and a monkey — what more could a boy ask for?Get it at AmazonMore on Geek.com:The Most Authentic World War II ToysThe Best Animal ToysThe Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toys Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysToy Tuesday: The Best ‘Gears of War’ Toys Stay on target