Five things we learned in Bundesliga

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The rumour mill says Nagelsmann, who is under contract until 2021, will go to Bayern in 2019 for around five million euros ($5.9m).However, his agent Marc Kosicke says there is no release clause in his contract.“I usually don’t comment on the details of a contract, but in this case I’ll make an exception, because I am not aware there is a release clause in his contract,” Kosicke revealed to Germany daily Bild.“Julian will definitely stay in Hoffenheim for the next two years.”Keita sees redLiverpool-bound Naby Keita brushed off a groin injury to play in Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moechengladbach, but was sent off for kicking Christoph Kramer in the face.Keita challenged Kramer for the ball, but his out-stretched leg made contact with the Germany international’s face.“I didn’t expect the foot to come in so high,” said Kramer. “It looked worse that it was, the lip was hit, but no teeth.”Keita is now suspended for Tuesday’s match away to Augsburg.Ultras walk out at HanoverHanover’s victory over Hamburg put them top of the table for 48 hours — the first time since September 1969 – but few of their hardcore ‘Ultra’ fans saw the final whistle.Hanover’s Ultras are annoyed that president Martin Kind wants a controlling interest in the club.Cries of “Kind out!” were heard throughout Friday’s win and the Ultras block was virtually empty on 90 minutes.“What I found really stupid is that the Ultras left the stadium while the boys were celebrating in front of our fans,” fumed Hanover coach Andre Breitenreiter.“That is a clear signal against the team.” Robben’s post-match comments were a clear message in Ancelotti’s direction: Ribery and Mueller must play and not left on the bench.“I am proud to played alongside Franck for eight years,” explained Robben. “He does the club a lot of good and we need him to win titles.“Thomas was the key to our success, when he is on, we have a lot more movement in our game.”Nagelsmann rumoursThere are rumours that Bayern’s next manager will be Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann.center_img Bayern players celebrating after scoring against MainzBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich silenced their critics with a 4-0 hammering of Mainz and goal-scorer Arjen Robben had a clear message for Carlo Ancelotti.Only quick-thinking from VfB Stuttgart’s team doctor saved the life of captain Christian Genter in their 1-0 win over Wolfsburg.Liverpool-bound Naby Keita earned a red card in RB Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach while newly-promoted Hanover 96 went top of the league for 48 hours, but most hardcore fans left early.Here are five things we learned from the fourth round of German Bundesliga matches:Gentner’s horror injuryStuttgart captain Christian Gentner is unlikely to play again this year after fracturing his eye-socket, nose and upper jaw in a horror collision which could have ended in tragedy after he swallowed his tongue.Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels smashed his knee into Gentner’s face while challenging for the ball on 85 minutes.The ex-Germany midfielder swallowed his tongue, which was pulled out of his throat by Stuttgart’s quick-thinking team doctor.“I came out (of the goal), looking at the ball,” said Casteels. “Unfortunately these things happen. My left knee came up when I jumped for the ball and 99 percent of goalkeepers do the same.”Robben’s clear messageBayern looked impressive in their 4-0 home romp against Mainz, but tensions are still bubbling.Thomas Mueller scored their early first goal before Arjen Robben tucked away their second on 23 minutes.But Robben chose to celebrate with substitute Franck Ribery, ignoring coach Carlo Ancelotti, who benched Mueller in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Anderlecht.last_img read more

Bayern won’t take Chelsea lightly, says Bayern’s Davies

first_imgThe Bayern Youngster, meanwhile, said he loves the position as a left-back and doesn’t think about returning to the left-wing.“I guess my future is the one of a left-back.”His convincing appearances as a substitute for David Alaba made him irreplaceable and he has exploded into life this season. Austrian international Alaba has since moved to the central position.The rookie developed to one of the top acts as he dropped back from his original position as a winger.Davies said his first days in Bayern’s shirt had been “nerve-wracking.” Everyone around him was constantly playing perfect passes. “Every single one was world-class. I just thought, wow, how can this happen in every training session.”The high standard in Bayern’s training units helped him to improve and get to a new level.“I came here to learn, and it can’t surprise anyone that I am still learning,” he added.He praised Alaba’s support next to the help he received from his coach. “I always listen to their advice. I think that is what a young player should do.” He said he is the new kid on the block, taking a close look at all the stars around him.“I only knew them from television before I came here. It was breath-taking for me to practice and play with them.”He said he and Bayern’s newest arrival, former Citizen winger Leroy Sane, could damage opponents due to their speed qualities.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Alphonso DaviesKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  Bayern Munich’s left-back Alphonso Davies is full of determination when talking about this season’s Champions League campaign.Ahead of the last-16-round second leg against Premier League side Chelsea on August 8, the 19-year-old Canadian told Xinhua in an interview, “things somehow start from the beginning when we face a confident Chelsea in the re-match.”The German record Champion isn’t taking the Blues lightly despite their 3-0 lead achieved in the first leg in February.Davies said Bayern is sufficiently concentrated to make it to the next round despite the long break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.“We can win this season’s Champions League campaign, but don’t think about the following games. Chelsea is coming first,” the former winger commented. Davies admitted that the 2020 German Champion remains one of the favorites to win this season’s campaign.The starting point is more or less the same for all participating teams, the Bayern professional said.The final (last-8 to final) round will be played in a tournament mode from August 12 in the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The final is scheduled for August 23.Last week, his side returned to action after the national league finished its season on June 26, followed by the German Cup final on July 4. The Bundesliga was the first European league to re-start its interrupted season.“You can’t tell if it is an advantage to have had a break or not. You can say that the season doesn’t feel like finished for us,” Davies said.The entire team is determined to add the missing piece to a so-far successful season with the Bavarians taking the national double.“We didn’t party a lot, far from that. Everyone knew we still need to continue to get the thing done,” he emphasized.Football has always delivered surprises after first-leg games, he underlined. Therefore “we know we can count on a lead but at the same time are aware we face another tight 90 minutes against the Blues.”Chelsea’s convincing performance in the 2019/2020 Premier League season’s last games backs up his stance.The Bundesliga’s rookie of the year said the Champions League stands above all for Bayern’s squad and head-coach Hansi Flick.last_img read more

Thurston County Fair Open Class Baking, Beverages and Preserves Due Dates…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Thurston County Fair Entries for open class baking, beverage and preserved foods can be submitted at the Thurston County Fairgrounds Heritage Hall.  This year’s Thurston County Fair has baking, canning, brewing and bee-keeping for the whole herd! But you’ll have to hurry—entries for many of this year’s open class food contests are due during the week before the fair opens on Wednesday, July 29:Open Class Baking: 3-7 p.m. on Monday, July 27Enter your favorite yeast or quick breads, cakes, cookies, candies, or pies. Remember to also enter the daily baking contests listed below and get free admission with your tasty baked treats.Open Class Beverages: 3-7 p.m. on Monday, July 20Ales, beers, ciders and wines are all welcome in the beverage contests. Check the 2015 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories.Open Class Preserved Foods: 3-7 p.m. on Monday, July 20 and Monday, July 27Enter your canned fruits and vegetables, pickles, sauces, jams and jellies, vinegars, meats, and dehydrated foods, plus many more preserved foods. Check the 2015 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories.Open Class Honey: 3-7 p.m. on Monday, July 27 ONLYFrom Water White to Dark Amber and everything in between, test your cache of golden honey against the best in the South Sound in the open class honey contests. Honey entries will not be accepted with other preserved food entries on July 20.All open class food entries are submitted at Heritage Hall at the county fairgrounds.For all the best bakers with flour to spare, be sure to enter the Dessert of the Day contests during fair week. Bakers who present their Dessert of the Day entry at the gate get free admission to the fair for the day!Thursday, July 30—Chocolate Cake ContestFriday, July 31—Cookie ContestSaturday, August 1—“Berry Best Pie” Contest sponsored by Spooner’s Berry FarmsSunday, August 2—Cupcake ContestAll of the information and details you need to compete in open class food contests and hundreds of other open class and club contests are included in the 2015 Exhibitor’s Guide. The guide also includes information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 29 through August 2. Download the complete 2015 Exhibitor’s Guide at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org/exhibitor_guide.htm.For more information on the 2015 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide, contest entry forms or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.“Picture Yourself at the Thurston County Fair!”July 29 – Aug. 2last_img read more

Chelsea’s Ake on Reading learning curve

first_imgChelsea’s Nathan Ake has told the Reading website he hopes to learn a lot during his brief loan spell at the Madejski Stadium.The 20-year-old Dutchman signed a one-month deal with the Royals before the international break and finally got to make his debut in a 1-1 draw at Cardiff on Saturday.He is expected to figure again for Steve Clarke’s side when they travel to Blackpool on Tuesday night.Ake, who has made 11 first-team appearances for the Blues, said he wanted to develop as a footballer during his time at Reading.He said: “This is what you want to do as a player, play games. I’ll train well and hopefully I can play in a lot of them.“I want to get the experience from first team football and learn from those experiences.“I am really happy to get this opportunity. It’s close, not far from Chelsea and I can still live in the same home. So for me it’s good to be here.”The versatile Ake, who can also play across the back four, started in central midfield in the game at Cardiff and earned praise for his performance.And he hinted he hoped boss Clarke would keep him in the middle of the park for the rest of his loan spell.He said: “I can play left back or in central defence, but I prefer to play in midfield where I was at Cardiff.“I like to get the ball at my feet and to play, so I think that is my best position.”See also:Chelsea’s Ake joins Reading on loanFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Rockets, Bucks seek to avoid falling into 2-0 holes

first_imgThe Rockets were frustrated by Golden State’s defense, for far different reasons.Houston contended that Golden State was closing out recklessly on 3-point attempts and not giving the Rockets the proper space to land in many cases — a play that the NBA has tried to crack down on over the last couple seasons, especially since then-Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in such a play where then-San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard got hurt in the playoffs two years ago.Harden took 858 free throws during the regular season, 172 more than Antetokounmpo — who was No. 2 in the league in that category — attempted. And Harden got to the line 14 more times against the Warriors on Sunday, but felt he should have been there more.“I just want a fair chance, man,” said Harden, who had a 3-point attempt to tie the game late Sunday — on a play where he wound up falling to the court after a closeout by Warriors forward Draymond Green. “Call the game how it’s supposed to be called and that’s it. And I’ll live with the results.”Losses on Tuesday obviously wouldn’t doom either the Rockets or Bucks, but the task would get significantly tougher going forward. Only 20 teams in NBA history have successfully rallied from a 2-0 series deficit in a best-of-seven matchup. Milwaukee is trying to avoid becoming the 28th team to lose the first two games of a seven-game series at home; of those, only four have recovered and actually won the series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s going to be tough to surprise anybody with a strategy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s all about execution.”TUESDAY’S GAMESCELTICS AT BUCKSCeltics lead 1-0. Game 2, 8 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: The Celtics are 5-0 so far in the playoffs, and have kept Indiana and Milwaukee under 100 points in four of those five games while seeing their own scoring number increase in every outing so far. Al Horford was fantastic on both ends in Game 1 against the Bucks, and the Celtics had walls of defenders around the rim it seemed on every drive by Antetokounmpo.INJURY WATCH: Celtics reserve big man Aron Baynes was limited to nine minutes in Game 1 with an ankle issue, but he’s hopeful of being out there for Game 2.KEEP AN EYE ON: Milwaukee’s shooting. The Bucks’ starters shot 30 percent — 15 for 50 — in Game 1. For comparison’s sake, Boston guard Kyrie Irving was 12 for 21 by himself.PRESSURE IS ON: No question, the Bucks. A team that rolled to 60 wins and swept through the first round is facing its biggest adverse moment of the season. Title-contending teams shrug off Game 1 losses, and that’s what the Bucks must do Tuesday.ROCKETS AT WARRIORSWarriors lead 1-0. Game 2, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown dunks over Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Celtics won 112-90 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The MVP front-runners are in some trouble.It’s a virtual certainty that either Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo or Houston’s reigning MVP James Harden will win the coveted award this season. And while the voting results there won’t be known until June 24, the only results that truly matter right now to both players are the ones that were determined on Sunday — and the ones that are coming on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NEED TO KNOW: Houston hasn’t lost consecutive games in more than two months, winning each of its last six games following a defeat. And they’ve already won at Oracle Arena twice this season, so the Rockets will be confident — probably even moreso now that they believe non-calls helped the Warriors in Game 1.INJURY WATCH: Golden State guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson played through gimpy ankles in Game 1; they shot a combined 10 for 25, and it was only the second time all season where both played, neither had more than five field goals and the Warriors won anyway.KEEP AN EYE ON: Houston guard Chris Paul. He scored 17 points in Game 1, got ejected late for picking up a second technical — but what might trouble the Rockets is he only took nine shots in 36 minutes. If he’s more aggressive in Game 2 that could help Harden (who took 28 shots) get even cleaner looks.PRESSURE IS ON: The referees. They’ll know that every call will be met with probably more scorn and disbelief than usual after the way the Rockets were angered in Game 1. Landing areas on 3-point tries will be a point of emphasis, for obvious reasons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 10 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Antetokounmpo and the Bucks were handed their worst loss of the season, a 22-point defeat by the Boston Celtics that cost the NBA’s No. 1 overall seed the home-court edge in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. And the Rockets were angered by what they felt were a series of calls that didn’t go their way in a 104-100 loss to Golden State on Sunday in Game 1 of a West semifinal series.Both matchups resume with Game 2s on Tuesday: Boston at Milwaukee and Houston at Golden State.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Right now, we’ve got to focus on playing better,” Antetokounmpo said after Milwaukee fell 112-90 in Game 1. “Obviously, it was one of the toughest tasks we’ve had all season long and especially at home. We’ve just got to regroup … and be ready for Tuesday.”The Bucks were frustrated by Boston’s defense; Milwaukee’s 90 points represented its third-lowest total of the season.last_img read more

Warriors’ plan for stopping Kawhi Leonard: Throw the whole kitchen at him

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The only thing that has slowed Leonard in these playoffs was the flu, which he was dealing with when he shot 5 for 19 in Game 3 against Orlando. Not even a leg injury has been able to derail Leonard. He’s averaged 31.2 points in the playoffs, along with 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 51 percent.The numbers he’s put up so far in the playoffs compare to what LeBron James in his last four playoff runs with Cleveland.The East isn’t owned by James anymore.For now, it belongs to Leonard and the Raptors — who’ll take their turn in the role James has held, facing Golden State for a title. The Warriors’ primary task in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 was slowing James. This year, slowing Leonard is the priority. And he’s been boning up on film, trying to figure out what he can do to maximize his chances.“I think it just really comes down to being smart and just being in those situations before and just knowing what’s going to happen,” Leonard said. “Going through years of playing and seeing defensive schemes or offensive schemes and watching film and seeing how they guarded other guys or me in the past.”ADVERTISEMENT Leonard hasn’t faced Green since May 14, 2017 — Game 1 of the Western Conference finals that year between the Warriors and San Antonio, the game where the Spurs were up big and Leonard had 26 points in the third quarter and was generally unguardable. And then Zaza Pachulia closed out on him, got his foot under Leonard’s on a jumper, creating an awkward landing that knocked Leonard out for the rest of that series.Iguodala and Thompson have seen Leonard once since, that being back in November, a game in Toronto where the Raptors’ star scored 37. He made his first six shots that night, the first four of them when the Warriors matched Damion Jones against Leonard. By the time the fourth shot fell, Jones just put his head back in mock disbelief. It wasn’t like he wasn’t trying. He just didn’t have the capability to stop him.It’ll be a different approach on Thursday night.“I would say they’re going to probably do something similar to what we’re going to do,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “There are a lot of bodies that can guard a lot of different people. I think you are going to see a lot of different people.”Green said Leonard doesn’t dominate games in the same way that James, or Curry, or still-injured Warriors star Kevin Durant, or Portland’s Damian Lillard can when they get rolling.It wasn’t a knock. Green insisted Leonard’s style is just as effective.“Kawhi didn’t come into this league as a scorer, yet he’s one of the best scorers we have in the league now,” Green said. “It just doesn’t look the same, but the results are the same and/or better. He’s really worked to get to where he is today.”Thompson also tipped his cap to Leonard, saying he’s MVP-caliber. And Iguodala went a step further, saying the Warriors have to be ready to “throw the whole kitchen at him.”“He’s kind of got a different game than anybody,” Iguodala said. “He’s very unique with his strength, with his quickness, being able to explode to the basket but also being a threat from the perimeter. He’s pretty much got it all.” ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Near perfect And they all respect Kawhi Leonard’s offensive game.They will probably all get a turn at guarding Toronto’s best player at some point during the NBA Finals, whether the assignment is by design or just sort of happens organically when defenders get switched during a Raptors possession. When the title series starts on Thursday night, the biggest key for the Warriors will likely be slowing down Leonard — the dominant player so far in this postseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He’s been playing amazing this whole playoff run and really all season,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “He’s always at his own pace, and never seems to get rushed or be in a hurry. He’s obviously physically gifted and strong. He can get to his spots, but he’s become a really good shooter. Off the dribble, getting to a spot, rising up. … But we have some capable — beyond capable — defenders to guard him.”Those capabilities will be tested. Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kyle Lowry (7) react during the second half of Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors won 100-94 to advance to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Draymond Green believes he’s the best defensive player in basketball. Klay Thompson sought inclusion on the NBA’s all-defensive team for years. Andre Iguodala, even at 35 years old, can still neutralize just about any opponent.Golden State has some big-time defenders, without question.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeover

first_imgKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeoverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon is seeking new investors to rescue his takeover of Newcastle United.The ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is still searching for the £300m needed to complete his purchase of the Toon, reports The Sun.Kenyon is so anxious he is now offering a minimum buy-in of just £1million.Even then, the British businessman would only be able to pay Toon owner Mike Ashley in instalments staggered over the rest of the year.But Kenyon is buoyed by Ashley viewing him as the “best fit” to buy the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Call of Duty gamers converge on Toronto for national championship

center_img Facebook The name GIRG comes from the first letter of the members’ handles. At present, Cineplex has 24 theatres across the country — including two at the Scotiabank Theatre — that are equipped to host gaming events. TORONTO — Many people have a go-to tool at work. For Andrew Ivers, it’s a KBAR-32 this weekend. Not surprisingly, he’s enjoying the life and plans to keep doing it for a few years. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The experience we offer not only to the teams and players but the fans is pretty cool,” said WorldGaming CEO Wim Stocks. Ivers had a minor setback this week when a button on his controller stopped working properly. He’s calling in a loaner from a friend for the tournament. And while he’s not driving a Porsche yet, his TV producer dad has one. “He doesn’t let me drive it yet.” Gamers come with handles (Ivers is Ivy, for example) while Sunday’s broadcast team of Maven, Courage and Mr. X evokes memories of “Top Gun.” Players change teams regularly and Ivers plays with a different group in the “Call of Duty” World League. He estimates his team played six hours a day together in advance of last week’s event in Dallas. Ivers is in his third year as a pro gamer but missed out on last year’s national finals because he was 20 days too young. Advertisement Sunday’s finalists survived online and regional qualifiers and online playoffs to get to the finals and the chance of the first-place purse of $20,000 and a trip to the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open. He was competing in Dallas last week and Atlanta and Paris in February, scoring good son points by taking his mother with him to France. The 19-year-old from Toronto is a professional gamer who hopes to use his virtual assault rifle to help Team GIRG win the Cineplex WorldGaming “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” tournament final Sunday. Each season, the pros decide which tournament maps they will use for the year.last_img read more

China upbeat ahead of US trade talks but differences large

first_imgBEIJING — China has sounded a positive note ahead of trade talks with Washington, but economists warn they face lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship.Both sides have expressed interest in settling their tariff battle over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance has changed despite a Dec. 1 agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone further increases.A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said American and Chinese envoys will have “positive and constructive discussions” during meetings Monday and Tuesday.Trump imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on $250 billion of Chinese imports over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded with penalties on $110 billion of American goods.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pramod Sawant to face floor test today

first_imgPanaji: The new BJP-led government in Goa will face the floor test in the state Assembly on Wednesday to prove its majority just a day after Speaker Pramod Sawant was sworn in as chief minister with an unprecedented two deputies past midnight capping a frenetic day of political wrangling.The government claims majority with the support of 21 MLAs–12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents. The strength of the 40-member House has been reduced to 36 following the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP MLA Francis D’Souza and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte. The Congress, which is the single largest party with 14 MLAs, had also staked claim to form the government. There is also an NCP legislator in the House. Governor Mridula Sinha has convened a special session of the Assembly at 11.30 am Wednesday to enable the chief Minister to prove his majority in the House, an official said. After multiple postponements of the oath ceremony on Monday, Sawant, a two-time MLA from Sankhalim in North Goa, was sworn in at the Raj Bhavan at 1.50 am. An ayurveda practitioner, Sawant is a dedicated RSS worker. Reflecting a generational shift in the BJP, Sawant, 45, was administered the oath of office and secrecy along with 11 other ministers including those from the MGP and the GFP. He succeeded Parrikar, who died on Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer for over an year. Interestingly, all the ministers who were part of the Parrikar Cabinet were sworn in by the Governor. As per the power-sharing arrangement reached by the BJP with allies, an MLA each from the two smaller parties backing the saffron party — GFP chief Vijai Sardesai and MGP’s Sudin Dhavalikar — were made deputy chief minister. It is for the first time that a tiny state like Goa has two deputy chief ministers. Besides Sawant, Sardesai and Dhavalikar, the others who were sworn in were Mauvin Godinho, Vishwajit Rane, Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral(all BJP), Palekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar(both GFP), Manohar Ajgaonkar(MGP) and Independent MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawade. BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Nitin Gadkari played a critical behind-the-scene role in ensuring that the party retained power in Goa, sources familiar with the developments said.last_img read more