Archway Tower is reborn for resi

first_imgThe way tenants rent is rapidly changing, as Essential Living’s Vantage Point development demonstrates. It’s the renovated DSS building, Archway Tower. Specifically designed for lettings, the high-spec apartments will come with a choice of five bespoke designer furniture packages, 7,000 sq.ft of residents’ lounges, business lounge, ready-to-go high speed Wi-Fi and free Zip Car membership. They have been built solely for rent and will not be sold off, so residents can settle for as long as they wish.Leading architects and designers have created the stylish interiors and amazing views across London will make the 118 apartments some of the most sought after in town. Among the unique features are the stylish roof-terraces with BBQ and pizza oven and the split-level residents’ penthouse lounges with 360-degree views across London.There is also an onsite residents’ team, ready to help tenants who want to drop off dry cleaning, book the penthouse for private dining or just organise a food delivery, Essential Living’s vision is to offer a level of service not presently seen into the housing market.Vantage Point will launch the weekend of the 30th of July 2016 with occupation from 1st September. The 17-storey landmark is located on the corner of Highgate Hill, above Archway underground station.There are 33 studios, 58 one-bedroom and 27 two-bedroom apartments.Nick Underhill, lettings director at Essential Living, said, “We wanted to maximise awareness of this landmark for London letting by working with leading national and local lettings agents. Both firms share our vision and commitment to offering great customer service, and we’re delighted to have Hamptons and Day Morris as part of our team.”Jon Pitt, director of build to rent at Hamptons International, said, “We’re delighted to be instructed as a lettings agent for Vantage Point. Essential Living’s vision for renting has more in common with a boutique hotel than the current buy-to-let market and we’re sure this scheme will prove popular with young professionals, couples and sharers.”Steve Day, principal at Day Morris said, “I’ve been privileged to work on some amazing developments in the Hampstead and Highgate areas but Vantage Point is the first rental scheme designed to put residents first. As well as some of the highest specification apartments on the market, the building comes with a view that is simply priceless.”land and new homes Archway Tower Essential Living’s Vantage Point development July 23, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Archway Tower is reborn for resi previous nextLand & New HomesArchway Tower is reborn for resiThe old Department of Social Security building is now Vantage Point, with apartments featuring Zip Car membership, a barbecue and a pizza oven…The Negotiator23rd July 201601,074 Viewslast_img read more

Emergency Food Safety

first_imgAll hands on deck! Stormy weather and hurricanes can blow through with little warning this time of year. Preparation before the storm hits can mean the difference between safe food and water and contaminated supplies that can make you sick.Consider these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to protect yourself and your family in an emergency situation.Power outages can leave you marooned with questionable food in your refrigerator or freezer. Before the storm hits, purchase refrigerator/freezer thermometers for your refrigerator, freezer and coolers. Make sure that the temperature of your refrigerator is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder and that your freezer is 0 degrees or colder. Thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer will tell you how high the temperature gets in your appliances when the power goes off.Freeze extra containers of ice in coolers to keep foods cold while the power is off. If the power is off for more than four hours, transfer the food to the coolers that contain ice to keep the food cold.Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible when the power is off. A refrigerator will keep food at a safe, cold temperature for about four hours if the door remains closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours. A half-full freezer will only maintain its temperature for about 24 hours if the door stays closed.Find out ahead of time where block ice or dry ice can be purchased in your area. These types of ice are a good option for keeping your refrigerator and freezer cold during a power outage.Perishable, refrigerated foods like meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items should be discarded if the power stays off for more than four hours and food is not kept at 40 degrees or colder.If the power is off for multiple days, check the temperature of the freezer. If the food still has ice crystals on it or is at 40 degrees or lower, it is safe to eat for up to three days.Unless it is in a waterproof container, do not eat any food that may have come in contact with floodwater. This includes foods that are in containers with screw caps, snap lids, pull tops and crimped caps. Home-canned foods and cardboard boxes containing juice, milk and baby formula should also be discarded if they come in contact with floodwater. Commercially canned food should be discarded if the metal can is damaged in any way. Examine each can and throw it away if there is evidence of swelling, leakage, extensive rusting or severe dents.Cans not damaged can be salvaged by removing labels that could harbor germs. Thoroughly wash the cans with soap and hot water, then rinse the cans with water that is safe for drinking. Next, sanitize the cans in a solution of 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water. Another way to sanitize cans is to place them in boiling water for two minutes. Allow the cans to air dry for at least one hour before opening or storing them.If the safety of the drinking water supply is in question, use bottled water that has not been exposed to floodwater. If bottled water is not available, treat your water to destroy disease-causing organisms that could be present.First, filter cloudy water through a clean cloth. Boil the water for one minute. After cooling it for at least one minute, store the water in clean containers with lids.If boiling the water is not an option and you have no other water, disinfect the water after it has been filtered using unscented household chlorine bleach. Add 1/8 teaspoon, or eight drops, of unscented household chlorine bleach for each gallon of water, then let stand for 30 minutes. Some disease-causing organisms are resistant to chlorine, but the chlorine bleach treatment alone will reduce your risk of disease in an emergency situation. Store the water in clean containers with lids.Heave ho, mateys! Get more information on emergency preparedness for your homes and families at or contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEAL• I don’t know how many times I have to tell you, go see James Brown.  The movie is simply great!• The truth is, the Pirates, or for that matter any professional team, should be able to go two weeks without their star player, especially if they had a real closer!  I’m just sayin.• Having said that, if Andrew McCutchen is avoiding going on the disabled list, it says three things . . . #1 ~ he’s a team player.  #2 ~ he has a high tolerance for pain.  And #3 ~ for real . . . for real, the injury isn’t as bad as suggested.  If it was, he wouldn’t play.  That’s the truth.  And if you’ve played anything but checkers, you know it’s the truth.In this July 1, 2014 file photo, San Antonio Stars’ Becky Hammon, right, drives to the basket as Connecticut Sun’s Chiney Ogwumike, left, defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)• The Spurs make history by hiring the first female assistant coach.  Look, I’m okay with women doing anything they want.  I – Love – Women.  But of course no surprise The Spurs do everything the right way.  The question is, can she stand “Pop”?• Tiger!  Shut it down.  Sit this one out.  Get on the couch, rest, rehab till next year then go get the four titles.  Hey, everybody relax here.• I told you it was coming.  The Steelers kick it off Saturday.  Yes – I – Am – Ready – For – Some – Football!!!• We want to send a big Pittsburgh shout-out to Dominick Gambino and Diversified Municipal Services for stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run to help the youth of East Liberty/ Garfield take part in the Armon Gilliam Hard Work Basketball Camp.  We couldn’t have done it without you.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

NDCU throws in support for a disc golf course

first_imgThe Nelson Disc Golf Society (NDGS) received some major financial support from the Nelson District Credit Union to install a proposed disc golf course (also known as Frisbee golf) in uphill Nelson.NDGS, a group of over 40 disc golf enthusiasts/volunteers, is currently waiting for feedback regarding a November presentation they made to Nelson City Council, where they proposed to fund, install, and maintain a disc golf course in zoned parkland between the Salmo-Troup Rail Trail and the Nelson Municipal Cemetery.The proposal includes building a trail identified in the city’s Active Transportation Plan, as well as new and upgraded hiking trails throughout the disc golf course site that can be enjoyed by both players and non-players. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, but instead of using a ball and clubs, players throw a Frisbee at a target to complete a hole.The uphill site was identified this spring after the forest was partially cleared under the Community Wildfire Protection Program. The remaining trees and topography are ideal obstacles for a disc golf course. “It’s a fun, free family game we hope to play in a beautiful area of our city; all you need is a Frisbee,” said Mike Moor, one of NDGS’s members. “BC already has over 40 disc golf courses, six of them located in the Kootenays. Frisbee golf is growing in popularity and is now part of the BC Senior Games.” “The Nelson Disc Golf Society has a solid proposal and a lot of support and momentum for a local disc golf course. We hope the course will be an asset for the entire community,” said Bradley Roulston from the Nelson and District Credit Union. “We supported a similar course in Rossland, which has been a real success story.” Nelson & District Credit Union isn’t the only organization who feels this proposal is above par.“We’ve successfully raised over $12,000 from local businesses and the public of our community,” said Chris Charlwood of NDGS. “However, we are still $3,000 short in reaching our $15,000 budget.” NDGS is asking for permission only to install the targets, trails and signage this spring, in cooperation with the city, at no cost. For more information about the game, proposal, location, map, videos and for contributions, please visit nelsondiscgolf.orglast_img read more

Donegal companies warned about invoice frauds

first_imgGardai are warning Donegal companies of the continuing existence of Invoice Redirect Fraud and CEO Fraud saying everyone should treat any request to change bank account details with extreme caution.In recent weeks there has been a noticeable increase in this type of crime, according to Donegal.And some local companies have been targeted. Criminals have succeeded in defrauding companies for very substantial amount of money:• one company lost over €200,000• another lost almost $500,000• many people/ businesses have lost smaller amounts of moneyThe crimes works as criminals send emails to businesses/individuals purporting to be one of their legitimate suppliers.These emails contain a request to change the bank account details that the business has for a legitimate supplier, to bank accounts controlled by the criminals. These requests can also come by way of letter or phone call so caution should attach to any request of this nature. The criminal intention is that when the legitimate supplier next sends an invoice to the company seeking payment for services rendered or goods supplied, the victim business acts on the new banking instructions and sends the payment to the criminal’s bank account where the funds are quickly transferred or withdrawn.In many instances the business does not know it is a victim of this crime until sometime later when the legitimate supplier sends a reminder invoice for payment.Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan, of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau had the following advice for business.“Victims of Invoice Redirect Fraud range from very small businesses to large companies and the consequences of falling for a scam of this nature can be catastrophic and result in the closure of businesses and redundancies. If you are not sure pick up the phone and speak to someone in the invoicing company.’Here is some advice from a Businessman who was recently the victim of this type of scam and lost a significant amount of money: • Trust no email full stop. Incoming and Outgoing Mails can be blocked or redirected without you being aware. Assume all emails incoming and outgoing in your company are always being read by Fraudsters for extended periods of time and that those responsible for payments within your company are a special target for Hackers and their email history is being monitored.• Check all incoming email addresses- that they are correct and coming from a trusted source, its important also to check other emails addresses copied on the mail chain, in order to check that they are also genuine. The Hackers by blocking others on the mail chain isolates the individual making the payment-thus removing any other stakeholder from questioning the payment process. Simple changes such as swopping, adding or deleting letters in a mail address are commonly used to fool you into thinking it’s coming from a genuine source.• Change Requests are a Red Letter Warning. Be especially vigilant for any requested changes of bank payment details, for example, amounts to be paid, account number, name of bank etc.• Always pick up the Phone to your Supplier/Vendor to verbally confirm the change request details.Donegal companies warned about invoice frauds was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfraudGardaiinvoicesonlinelast_img read more

Apple Announces the iPad: WiFi, 3G, iWorks and an E-Book Store ($499 and Up)

first_imgTags:#Apple#Features#news#web frederic lardinois SoftwareAll the standard apps like the calendar and email apps have been redesigned for the larger screen. The new interface, from what we have seen so far, looks extremely crisp and has been greatly simplified to accommodate the multi-touch interface.Runs iPhone Apps (With Really Large text) According to Apple, almost every current iPhone application will run – unmodified – on the iPad. Judging from the images we have seen so far, however, the iPad just scaled these apps up to the large screen, which doesn’t necessarily look that well. Games, though, seem to look extremely well on the large screen. Apple simply scales the graphics up.Apple plans to release a new SDK today that will make it easy for developers to make use of the large screen.Native Apps: NYTimes and Electronic ArtsAmong the apps Apple demoed today was a newspaper application from the New York Times, which has already developed a native application for the iPad. Electronic Arts, too, demoed a racing game on the iPad that makes use of the iPad’s accelerometer. Major League Baseball also announced a native app today. iWork: Office Apps for the iPadBesides the new e-book store, Apple is also launching a version of iWork for the iPad, which features a new version of KeyNote, Numbers and Pages. All the apps have been redesigned for the smaller screen and the multi-touch interface. Slides, for example, can now be rearranged with just a few simple gestures, and images can be rotated by simply using the same gestures users are already familiar with from the iPhone.The iWork apps will sell for $9.99 each. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Image credit: GDGT3G ConnectivitySome versions of the iPad in the U.S. will come with 3G connectivity over AT&T’s network.One plan, which will come with 250 MB of data will cost $14.99 per month; the unlimited plan will cost $29.99 per month. These plans will come without contracts and can be activated right from the device.For the rest of the world, Apple is still working on making deals. The iPad, however, will come unlocked and users will be able to just put in their own SIM cards.Hardware The iPad will weigh 1.5 pounds and feature a 9.7-inch IPS display (the same size as a Kindle). The device will feature all the standard wireless networking features like 802.11n, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The device will be powered by a 1 GHz Apple A4 chip and come with anywhere between 16GB and 64GB of flash storage.Other hardware features include an accelerometer, compass, a speaker, microphone and a 30-pin connector.The battery, according to Apple, will last for about 10 hours and the device will be able to remain in standby mode for one month.Unsurprisingly, the iPad will sync with iTunes over a standard Apple 30-pin USB connection.Just like the iPod touch and the iPhone, the iPad features volume control on the side and a home button.Apple is also making a keyboard dock and a stand. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting MapsDuring the presentation, Jobs also highlighted the maps application, which, thanks to the large interface, looks very nice, and also features Google’s StreetView imagery. Before the event, there were quite a few rumors that Apple was going to announce its own mapping service, but judging from this, Apple will continue to use Google’s maps. Image credit: GDGTiBooks App and iBooks StoreAs rumored, Apple also launched its own e-book reader today. This new application, named iBook, includes a built-in iTunes-like e-book store. Apple already has deals with five publishers, including HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Penguin.Books can include images and video. Apple hasn’t announced any standard prices for these books yet, though some of the ones that appeared on screen were priced around $14.99. E-books will come in the ePub format, which could mean that the app could theoretically be able to read files from the Sony and B&N e-book stores, too. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Photos, Music and VideosThe iPad will also feature an iPhoto-like application with integrated maps and advanced slideshows.Unsurprisingly, the iPad will also feature an iPod, which can display iTunes LP album art and videos. Image credit: GDGTMac, iPhone and App StoreSteve Jobs opened today’s presentation by talking about the iPod ecosystem. According to Apple, the company just sold its 250 millionth iPod. Jobs also announced that Apple now has 284 retail stores that had 50 million people come through their doors last year.Developers have now created over 140,000 applications for the iPhone platform and consumers have downloaded over 3 billion apps.Regarding the Mac platform, Apple announced that it ended its holiday quarter with $15.6 billion in revenue from the Mac platform. Most of the computers Apple now sells are laptops. Jobs stressed that Apple is now the world’s largest mobile devices company.Before talking about the tablet, Jobs also recapped Apple’s history in the laptop business. Specifically, Jobs wondered if there was space in the market for devices that fit between a laptop and a smartphone – a device you could use for watching videos, enjoying music, playing games and reading e-books.Jobs also took a jab at netbooks, which, according to him, aren’t really good at doing anything.See also: Our follow-up analysis of this news on our iPad topic page. Plus 5 Reasons to Wait for iPad 2.0. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple just announced the launch of the iPad, Apple’s rumored tablet computer. Judging from what we have seen so far, the iPad is basically a very large iPod touch with a modified interface. According to Steve Jobs, the device will be far better than an iPhone or netbook for browsing the web. The iPad will also feature most of the standard apps we have become used to on the iPhone platform, including maps, contacts and a calendar. Apple also announced a new e-book store and a version of iWork for the iPad.Price and AvailabilityThe lowest-end version of the iPad with 16GB of storage will retail for $499. The 32GB will cost $599 and the 64GB version will sell for $699. The higher-end versions with 3G connectivity will cost $130 more.The Wi-Fi versions of the iPad will go on sale in 60 days, and the 3G models will go on sale in about 90 days.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey gold

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH sports ‘darlings’ take on hosts in women’s volleyball SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Philippines’ team competes with Malaysia’s team (black) during Ice Hockey round robin of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines gets a crack at the ice hockey gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after staying undefeated in three matches.The Filipinos’ biggest win yet was 2-1 victory over host Malaysia in penalty shootout Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The match went into overtime after a tied game at 7-7. Neither side scored in the extra five minutes, sending the game into a shootout.The Philippines, which has defeated Singapore and Indonesia, will face Thailand for the ice hockey gold on Thursday .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 sport is being played for the first time in the regional games. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READlast_img read more

Olympian Michael Phelps loses race against Great White Shark

first_imgRematch? Next time..warmer water. #SW30 @Discovery @SharkWeek— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 24, 2017Disappointed fansMeanwhile, viewers expressed their disappointment with the race—not because Phelps lost—but due to the fact that most were expecting the two competitors to swim side-by-side in a pool of some sort.ADVERTISEMENT Several divers were also around during Phelps’ run, to ensure his safety considering he was swimming in shark-infested waters off the coast of South Africa.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Phelps. / AFP PHOTO / François-Xavier MARITThe much-anticipated showdown between the world’s most decorated swimmer, Michael Phelps, and perhaps the ocean’s fiercest predator, the Great White Shark, went down over the weekend.READ: Olympian Michael Phelps set to race against Great White SharkADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Billed as “The Great Gold vs. The Great White” by the Discovery Channel ahead of “Shark Week,” Phelps showcased a valiant effort, but fell short of his hope to win the made-for-television race against the dreaded beast.According to Bleacher Report, the unnamed shark bested the 32-year-old Phelps by a mere 2 seconds, finishing the open ocean course in 36.1 seconds, against the Olympian’s 38.1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMeanwhile, the 23-time gold medalist, who’s not used to coming in second place in swimming races, is already itching for a rematch.“Rematch? Next time..warmer water,” he wrote on Twitter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Instead, both the shark and Phelps took turns swimming for 100 meters at different times, even as Discovery imposed an image of the shark on the other side of Phelps to give the appearance of an actual swimming competition.Call me crazy but I thought they were gonna put Phelps up against a real shark not a simulation. I feel robbed. #SharkWeek #PhelpsVsShark— Meg Conley (@MegDownSouth) July 24, 2017 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Both of my girls have left the room. Disappointed Phelps isn’t side-by-side w/great white. #PhelpsVsShark #SharkWeek @Discovery— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) July 24, 2017 Kasey Kahne ends victory drought at marathon Brickyard 400 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ America’s collective disappointment when we realized that #PhelpsVsShark is all just science and simulations:— Lindsey Barr (@simply_lindsey) July 24, 2017 View commentslast_img read more

Indian cricketer Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman set to retire

first_imgThe sun may soon set on one of the most joyous visuals in world cricket the wristy elegance of Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman.The stylish Hyderabadi cricketer is all set to call it a day after the two-Test series against New Zealand, commencing on August 23, in his home town.Laxman is expected to make the announcement on his retirement in a day or two.The man who has earned the moniker ‘Very Very Special’ for his masterful strokeplay has been out of form for the last two seasons, and reportedly told his close friends and a few sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket. He also said he would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series, for which he has been picked.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman did not respond to calls and text messages when Mail Today tried to contact him to get confirmation about the reports on his retirement. Sources close to him, however, confirmed that he had made up his mind.Laxman made his Test debut in 1996 against South Africa and has so far played 134 Tests, scoring 8,781 runs including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds.The most disappointing aspect of his glorious career would be his failure of not playing in any of the four World Cup editions during his career span.advertisementSources said Laxman had, in fact, decided to announce his retirement much before the selection of team.”The retirement of Rahul Dravid brought a lot of pressure on him to follow suit, as he had not performed well in both the Test series in England and Australia. Since then, he was toying with the idea of quitting the international cricket,” sources said.In fact, Laxman’s average during the four-Test series against Australia was 19.38 and before that, he had just averaged 22.75 in the series against England.In between these two series, however, he had put up a good show against the West Indies in a three-Test home series by scoring 298 runs with a stupendous average of 99.33.Following the pathetic performance in Australia, Laxman was under pressure to quit, as there was criticism against him that he was blocking the way for youngsters. He was apprehensive that he might not be picked for the series against New Zealand, but the selectors have thought otherwise.They picked him in the squad as they apparently thought a senior cricketer like him would form the backbone of the team in the absence of Dravid. Thus, Laxman decided to play for the last time for the country. “Obviously, he wants to retire with grace by putting up a decent performance in the home series,” sources said.last_img read more

Haryana’s Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt bring glory for the state at Olympics 2012

first_imgSushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about,Sushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about his son’s unprecedented triumph at the London Games, but also a little wistful: “My boy was his best. He was within grabbing distance of the gold medal.”Sushil, 29, and his India teammate Yogeshwar Dutt, who won the 60 kg freestyle bronze medal in London, are the biggest success stories from the Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Centre. The 83-acre Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility-a finishing school for wrestlers-in Sonepat’s Bahalgarh village, where India’s best hone their grappling skills in gruelling training schedules, has happily been rechristened the ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ by local residents.”Lajawab uplabdhi hai (It’s an unparalleled achievement),” says chief coach Anil Khokhar, 35, who has seen a distinct change in younger wrestlers at the centre. From simply striving to participate in international events, he says, “our boys have smelt blood. They all want to chase medals now. Sushil and Yogeshwar have shown them it can be done”.Unlike the father, who will just not settle for second spot, the sleepy village of Baprola, on the fringes of Delhi’s northwestern border with Haryana, is euphoric about their new hero, Sushil Kumar, silver medallist in wrestling at the London Olympics in the 66 kg freestyle category and a bronze-winner in Beijing in 2008 in the same event. Says Mukhtiar Singh, a veteran of many a past dangal (wrestling tournament), “This boy has made it all worthwhile. His victory makes me feel truly celebrated for the first time in all my 84 years.”The ‘Haryanvi medal factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government.Every youngster in Baprola wants to follow Sushil into wrestling. Tenyear-old Ritik and his three friends walked 2 km from their homes to touch the feet of their champion, just back home from London, in keeping with the old akhara tradition. “Kushti ladoge kya (Want to wrestle)?” asks Sushil. All four nod vigorously, swelling visibly with pride.Eighty kilometres to the north along the monsoon-damaged road to Gohana in Haryana’s Sonepat district, the residents of Bhainswal Kalan stayed up the night to welcome their own champion. A thousand of them thronged Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to carry the 29-year-old Yogeshwar Dutt home on their shoulders. A large settlement of nearly 20,000 residents, Bhainswal has a long tradition of sending its sons and daughters into teaching. But it’s taken the single-minded devotion and grit of a wrestler to bring home the accolades. Pleasantly tidy despite its large population of water buffaloes, every street in the village is paved with concrete and lined with street lamps that actually work.”All this is thanks to Yogeshwar’s successes,” says Rameshwar Vashishth, 63, a former teacher, recalling how the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government first took note of Bhainswal after the wrestler found a place in the Indian squad for the Beijing Olympics. “Every man, woman and child here owes this young man a debt of gratitude,” he says. So they all thronged his freshly repainted house in the centre of the village just before sunrise on August 14 when he drove in. “The first thing he did was to touch the feet of his biggest fan-our mother,” says his younger brother Mukesh Dutt, 26.”It rained on the day Yogeshwar was born,” says 59-year-old Sushila Devi, fondly hugging her favourite child. “I knew then he was meant for great things. You know how they say sapooton ke paer palaane mein hi pehchaane jaate hain (good sons indicate their path in the crib itself),” she says, quoting an old Haryanvi adage. And breaking a long and worrisome dry spell, there was rain yet again on the morning Yogeshwar returned from London, convincing all in Bhainswal that he is their luckiest charm.Yogeshwar at his home in Bhainswal.But besides luck, India’s Olympic triumphs are rooted in an age-old rural wrestling tradition that extends all the way from the Najafgarh villages in Delhi to Sonepat, Rohtak, Hisar, Bhiwani in Haryana and further across to Baghpat, Shamli and Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. It is like a thriving cottage industry. Every other village here has an akhara where older pehalwans (wrestlers) teach youngsters the finer nuances of grappling, widely misconstrued as a rustic sport involving brute strength.”It’s all in the soil and water that God gifted our people,” says Suresh Malik aka Bhaddal Pehalwan, who trains 100 young boys at the Balraj Akhara, a private wrestling school in Bhainswal Kalan set up over three decades ago by Satbir Singh, a celecelebrated local wrestler. Malik starts them young. His youngest pupils like Harsh, Shivam and Rohit, all between nine and 13 years, fight hard to stay ahead amid the mustard oil and turmeric-infused loam that serves as the mat in their akhara.”Yogeshwar and I were about the same age and just 30 kg each when we first began training under Mahabali Satpal at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium 15 years ago,” Sushil recalls. His guru’s older brother Chaudhary Dara Singh first spotted the champion, when he won the gold medal at the National School Games in Delhi at the age of 12. “I imagine that (the exhilaration of the school-time victory) is how it would have felt had I struck gold in London,” he says a trifle ruefully.For 17-year-old Praveen Kumar, who just rejoined training at the SAI Centre in Bahalgarh after six months of rehab to treat injuries sustained when miscreants pushed him off a speeding train on his way to his village near Shamli in January, Sushil’s silver medal has been inspirational. “Beijing was the beginning but London has shown the world that you cannot mess with Indians,” says the youngster who is back to a punishing workout from 4.30 in the morning until lights out at 10.30 p.m. every day.The results are evident. Fourteen of the 15-man squad of ‘Bahalgarh Boys’ that participated in the November 2011 Inter-SAI Games at Hisar came back with medals. Six of them struck gold at the national sub-junior wrestling tournament in May 2012.The ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government. Chief Minister Hooda not only announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore for Dutt but went on to proclaim similar prizes for every medallist even remotely connected with his state: Sushil because he speaks Haryanvi and trained here; badminton star Saina Nehwal and shooter Gagan Narang because their families are originally from Haryana.Back in Bhainswal and Baprola, both champions say they are not ready to hang up their boots. “I will go for gold in Rio 2016,” says Sushil, who is spending most of his 15-day break before the upcoming SAF Games Camp in September, watching YouTube re-runs of his failed final bout. “I have to spot where I faltered against the Japani (Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu),” he says. Relatively relaxed, Yogeshwar too heads for the computer when he gets the chance.As Diwan Singh reiterates, “There are no flukes in wrestling. It is all about keeping fit, training hard and perfecting tactics to be far superior to anything your opponent can possibly come up with.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more