Efficiency action plan aims to avoid red tape

first_imgIn fact, the EU has for many years been approving measures to reduce energy demand by raising environmental standards. Some of these are already up and running while others, such as an eco-design directive, have only just begun to have any effect.They range from voluntary labelling schemes to tax laws and a debate on the need for an EU energy strategy.According to the action plan, “a comprehensive framework of directives and regulations to improve energy efficiency in energy-using products, buildings and services is in force in Community law”. Eco-labelling. A voluntary scheme under way since the early 1990s. The “flower label” is awarded to products meeting tough green production standards. Standards for 24 products have been agreed, with another four being developed. Co-generation directive. In force since 2004, this aims to boost energy efficiency by promoting combined heat and power generation (CHP). Car tax proposal. A directive under discussion, this could replace EU car registration taxes with a tax based on a vehicle’s CO2 emissions. Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). A 2001 voluntary scheme to improve companies’ environmental performance, including through energy efficiency. Integrated product policy (IPP). Voluntary projects to make products more environmentally friendly, including through energy efficiency. Responding to the change in mood, the Commission published its green paper on energy, which backs energy efficiency as a way to reduce dependence on imports. Eco-design directive. Legislation on environmental design for energy-using products (EUP); came into force in August 2005.Ministers and MEPs last year agreed in principle on the need for EU-wide design rules to reduce energy loss from products including lighting and air conditioning.Design standards for specific products are now being drawn up. Energy end-use efficiency and energy services directive. Legislation adopted last year. Asks governments to draw up national action plans to make 1% annual energy savings on energy services, including the supply and distribution of electricity. Energy performance of buildings directive. Legislation in force since 2003. Sets energy efficiency standards for all new houses and renovations of buildings with floor space greater than 1,000 square metres. Car fuel efficiency labelling directive. 1999 rules. Makes it compulsory for new cars to be labelled with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (see page 24). Construction products directive. Sets out standard EU rules for construction products, including energy use constraints. Amended in 1993. Energy tax directive. A 2004 directive setting minimum tax rates for oil, coal, gas and electricity. Transport CO2 agreements. Voluntary industry commitments to reduce car emissions to 140mg/km by 2008, and 120mg/km by 2012. Energy labelling directive. 1992 legislation setting rules for standard EU labelling and product information on household appliances, including freezers, washing machines, ovens and dishwashers. Efficiency grades go from G (worst) to A+ (best). Energy star label. A voluntary energy efficiency label for office equipment. Adopted in 2001, based on a US scheme. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs in his action plan aims to show that, if all these measures are properly followed through, the EU can reduce energy consumption by 20% without needing to approve a swathe of new laws. The action plan even adds that this objective “can be achieved using existing technology” – assuming use of the technologies increases. But implementation of approved legislation and interest in voluntary schemes is one of several problems the action plan hopes to overcome.Below is a list of the main laws and agreements currently in place or being discussed in Europe. Most of these are mentioned in the energy efficiency action plan. Green paper on a European strategy for sustainable, competitive and secure energy. Consultation document published in March this year. The idea of developing a common EU energy policy, for decades anathema to European governments, has been given new impetus over the last year. Unexpected support for a common policy from UK Prime Minister Tony Blair last year was soon followed by general European panic over the need to share energy supplies, as Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine without warning.last_img read more

Brexit: What now?

first_imgThe idea is to amend the “Plan B” motion May is expected to lay on January 20, not simply to propose a different type of Brexit but to change parliamentary rules — so-called Standing Orders — to allow backbench MPs to rush through new legislation in a single day ruling out no deal.Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament on January 15, 2019 in London | Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesIf the amendment secures a majority, it sets aside parliamentary time for a new EU Withdrawal Bill, which will take precedence over all government business.Boles and his allies believe this bill could become law by mid-February and he is confident it has majority support.Three-week windowThe Boles law, as envisaged by its author, would give the government three further weeks to secure a new deal with the EU that has majority support in the Commons. This takes the country to early March, perilously close to Brexit Day on March 29.Under the original proposal, at this point the liaison committee — the most senior committee of the House — would have been handed the power to obtain a majority in favor of an alternative plan. This part of the plan has now been scrapped because of opposition from the committee itself. EU leaders (who must agree unanimously) have indicated that they would be open to an extension in pursuit of a defined aim, but not just to prolong the Brexit uncertainty. Here’s what.Wednesday, January 16By defeating Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to force a general election through a vote of no confidence in the government, the U.K. prime minister has bought herself time.May said she would immediately begin negotiations with the leaders of parliamentary parties to try to find a compromise Brexit that could be negotiated with the EU. British Prime Minister Theresa May | Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesThe talks will include Tory and Democratic Unionist Party MPs who want to see more safeguards built into the Irish backstop, including a cutoff date or a unilateral exit mechanism, neither of which Brussels has said it is willing to accept.Also up will be MPs from the Labour Party who want Brexit delivered, but a softer version with closer regulatory alignment with the EU, a permanent customs union and greater environmental and labor protections.Justice Secretary David Gauke suggested the government might be willing to offer a full customs union as the price of a deal. “At this stage we are engaging with parliamentary opinion,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t think we can today be boxing ourselves in.” The big danger for May now is that she loses control before she can make any progress.Monday, January 20Under the terms of a controversial amendment put forward by Tory backbencher Dominic Grieve and forced on the government by MPs earlier this month, the prime minister must return to parliament by Monday setting out how she plans to proceed following MPs’ rejection of her Brexit deal.This will take the form of a motion in the House of Commons, which can be amended by MPs before a vote within seven working days. May’s aides have said they plan to move to a vote “quickly,” suggesting sometime that week. EU officials are not expecting May to visit Brussels until the end of next week at the earliest, giving her a small window of time to find a new compromise package which most MPs now expect to lean heavily toward a softer Brexit along the lines sought by Tory rebels and Labour MPs.The January ambushThe big danger for May now is that she loses control before she can make any progress.This starts with an amendment being drawn up by Tory MP Nick Boles, which seeks to take a no-deal off the table and empower MPs to find a compromise Brexit acceptable to a majority of the House of Commons. LONDON — Put a faint cross through March 29, 2019. Pencil in December 31, 2019.Now that Theresa May has survived the latest attempt to drag her from office — a no-confidence vote on Wednesday evening — she will face a parliamentary ambush designed to wrestle away control of the Brexit negotiations. That could result in Britain’s withdrawal being delayed for nine months.A lot needs to happen before then.center_img Instead, under the updated Boles plan, the government would be compelled to implement whatever is proposed by the liaison committee if it is approved by the House of Commons and agreed by the EU.The Boles law, as currently drafted, would compel the government to seek a nine-month extension of the Article 50 process should it fail to reach a compromise deal with Brussels.Brexit get-outWhat if the government fails to come up with an alternative plan and then the European Union rejects the application for an extension to Article 50? EU leaders (who must agree unanimously) have indicated that they would be open to an extension in pursuit of a defined aim, but not just to prolong the Brexit uncertainty. If there is no plan they might refuse.At this point, MPs opposed to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union want the government to unilaterally revoke Article 50, stopping Brexit in its tracks. Under the current Boles plan, the government would not be compelled to do so, though some MPs may seek to amend the plan to make this explicit.On January 17, 2019, this article was updated to reflect a change to the plan put forward by Nick Boles for parliament to take control of the Brexit process from the government.This article is from POLITICO Pro: POLITICO’s premium policy service. To discover why thousands of professionals rely on Pro every day, email [email protected] for a complimentary trial. Also On POLITICO By the numbers How the Brexit vote was lost By Arnau Busquets Guàrdia, Karl Roos and Karl Bjelland Theresa May survives confidence vote By Charlie Cooperlast_img read more

Former oral surgeon sentenced for Medicaid fraud

first_imgAttorney General William H Sorrell has announced that Peter B Gray, age 54, of Dorset, Vermont, was sentenced on February 28, 2013, in Vermont Superior Court for Rutland County, on two felony counts of Medicaid fraud and two misdemeanor counts of false pretense. Gray, a former oral surgeon who practiced in Rutland, Vermont, was convicted on January 9, 2013, for fraudulently billing the Vermont Medicaid program for more expensive procedures than the procedures that he actually performed.Judge Theresa S. DiMauro sentenced Gray to six months to six years imprisonment, all suspended, except Gray will be incarcerated for 110 days in home confinement. Gray was also placed on four years of probation. In addition to standard conditions of probation, the Court imposed a special condition requiring Gray to participate in substance abuse and mental health counseling.Gray will also make restitution to the Vermont Medicaid program in the amount of $50,000. As a collateral consequence of his Medicaid fraud convictions, Gray will be prohibited from participating as a provider in the Medicaid program for at least five years. Gray’ s dental license is currently under suspension by the Office of Professional Regulation.‘ The Medicaid program plays a critical role in the delivery of quality health care to Vermont citizens,’ said Attorney General William Sorrell. ‘ Provider fraud costs us all money with no benefit to anyone’ s health. We hope this case serves as a strong deterrent to those providers who would take advantage of the system and lie about the care that they provide to Vermont Medicaid beneficiaries.’Vermont Attorney General, February 28, 2013last_img read more

Molly James named in initial GB Under-16s squad

first_imgEveryone participating in this year’s camp will be competing for one of twelve spots in the final squad to participate at next month’s Division-B European Championships held in Podgorica, Montenegro.The camp met together on Sunday in Manchester in preparation for the opening game of the tournament against Macedonia on Thursday 16th August.A call up to this level is made sparingly, and James was one of the fortunate few to have her burgeoning talent recognised by the sport’s national governing body.Overseeing the camp and there to assess and mentor all of this year’s participants will be the Under-16’s head coach Kenrick Liburd of the BA London Lions in the WBBL, assisted by Adeniyi Amadou – who also serves as assistant coach to the NCAA Division I women’s team Syracuse Orange.Gatherings like this are important for building the foundation of future British basketball, as it is the first time young players will be brought to the attention of national coaches and are given a taste of playing at the next level of their careers.Players like Ella Clark and Azania Stewart have in the past competed for Britain at Under-16 level, and went on to become pillars of the national side and some of the biggest names in British women’s basketball. With the right encouragement and mentoring, it’s possible another future star will emerge from one of these camps – maybe one closer to home.last_img read more

Impressive Victor at Crystal Bay

first_imgIn the second flight, third place belonged to Bryan Brown whose 34 points was a fair reward for some pensive golf whilst Richard Dobson came up with his best round this trip as his 37 points took second place.  The flight winner was Mr Len and his early return to form this year will please him and a few others more than a little.In the top flight, current club champion Chris Smith fired the best gross of the day, 71 shots, which gave him third place with 38 points.  In second was Peter Wilson with 39 points whilst the winner was another member of the same playing group, Vic Woolton.  Forty points was an excellent performance in any circumstance and represents the group’s best points score this year, so far.There were four ‘2’s, all in the second flight, and they included Dave Lehane on A7, Richard Dobson and Henry Mah on C7 and Mr Len on the course’s signature hole A8.  Dave Plaiter enjoyed the non winner’s beer after an improved round and John Malet de Carteret took his first Booby Bevy for his inconsistent and low scoring round.At this time of year many golfers visit the golfing “doldrums” and Crystal Bay is just the tonic to wash away those”blues”.Dobson does BangpraWednesday 7 January saw the Pattaya Golf Society take nine groups to Bangpra for a stableford competition.  With today’s two-division split being made at 15 and under, the first group was underway by 11 a.m.  The pace of play, after teeing off the par-three second, was good.The course was well-presented with fairways offering some run and mainly good lies.  Bunkers, provided the ball didn’t lodge in the bank near the lip, were also good, offering excellent lies on compacted sand.  Putting surfaces, always the test at Bangpra, were their usual tricky self, especially if putting down-grain from above the hole.Scores were similar in both flights, with the A Flight podium having scores of 33, 34 and 35.  Respective B Flight podium scores were 32, 33 and the best score of the day, Richard Dobson’s net-par round of 36.  In many years of coming to Thailand, this was Richard’s first experience of returning a score without a blob – well done mate.There were four ‘2’s today, three in A Flight, leaving one lucky golfer to scoop the pot in B Flight.  Barry Wellings’ ‘2’ was achieved on the 8th, whilst Mark Cooper and Kerry Jonsson got theirs on the 17th.  The sole two in B Flight was achieved by Swedish golfer, Helene Lindberg, on the 8th.Back at the Elephant Bar the Lucky beer draw went to Willie Barbour.  Dave Moriarty deservedly won our sympathy, and the booby bevy, for his 19–10 split caused by a back-tweak incurred on the 12th.A Flight1st Barry Wellings (5) 35pts2nd Mark Cooper (13) 34pts3rd Peter Wilson (7) 33ptsB Flight1st Richard Dobson (18) 36pts2nd Wayne Morrison (28) 33pts3rd Helene Lindberg (16) 32ptsEdwards and Thomas share the accoladesPattavia Century played host to eight groups from the Pattaya Golf Society on Friday 9 January.  Pattavia is a well-presented course these days, but its sloping greens still require golfers place approach shots below the hole if they wish to score well.Fairways, bunkers and putting surfaces were in good condition, with the greens no longer presenting the bald, near-impossible surfaces of a few weeks ago.  Some fairway lies can be a little tight, but overall, this course is a delight to play, especially at 1050 baht green-fee caddie-fee.Our scheduled playing order was disrupted somewhat, due to no-shows and traffic disruption, but still the first of our groups got under way on time at 9.50 a.m.  With our two-flight cut established at 14 and under, most groups enjoyed an even-paced round.  Our last four-ball estimated their round was completed in just over four hours – which is how it should be.Only one player broke net-par in B Flight, but he did that with some style – with a 40-pointer no less.  Well done Murray!  Whereas a level-par round of 36 points was required to take third place in A Flight, which saw the runner-up go one better with 37, and the winner match that of the winning B Flight score of 40.  Well done David!There were three ‘2’s, with the sole ‘2’ in B Flight on the 13th by Murray Edwards earning its owner twice the reward received by the others.  The ‘2’s in A Flight happened at the 4th – David Thomas, and 17th – Huw Phillips.Back at the Elephant Bar apologies were given on behalf of Peter Wilson and John Malet de Caterat.  Welcome-backs were extended to Martin Grimoldby, Mike Earley and Tony O’Neill from the UK, Bob St Aubin from Canada, and Toshihiro Aoki from Japan.The lucky beer draw was awarded to Dave Moriarty, whilst the booby bevy went to the man who, through no fault of his own, had his playing group determined by an unknown third party.  Thank you for your patience, Jesper Hansen.A Flight1st David Thomas (7) 40pts2nd Svenn Lund (13) 37pts3rd Alan Flynn (10) 36ptsB Flight1st Murray Edwards (22) 40ptsT2nd John Tallett (23) 33ptsT2nd Wayne Morrison (28) 33ptsCongratulations to all podium placers; well played on a track that didn’t offer many favours – tough but fair – so well done indeed! IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Elephant BarThe Pattaya Golf Society visited Crystal Bay on Monday, 5th January to play a stableford competition with the large field divided into two flights at sixteen and under.   The course was busy as the B nine is currently undergoing maintenance and course conditions were quite good, even though the fairways were quite dry and hard.  Greens were acceptable in both cut and pace but bunkers were hard and some unraked. Nevertheless, the customer friendly track made for a good, high scoring competition.Pattavia’s closing par-five 18th, showcasing the splendid clubhouse.last_img read more

Pattaya cricketers bring back toothpick from Koh Chang

first_imgSalman, Dave ‘Stig’ Samways, Hamza and Peter kept the opposing batsmen in check but the innings changing over came from the master of beach cricket himself, Bobby ‘Slow Poison’ Young.  His left arm combination of sinkers and floaters were simply too much for the local team who capitulated under the master’s influence and they finished 19 runs short of their target.  The Toothpick was going back in the minibus to Pattaya!Pattaya A dried themselves off and faced an ultra competitive British Club team in the Plate Final.  Bowling the first over and still with wrinkly hands ‘Fes’ (fastest on the Eastern Seaboard, for his age) Lees, with a new ‘1,2,3,4 and cock the wrist’ bowling routine discovered inexplicably in the non- existent nets by the side of the ground, where he got burnt to a crisp, amazingly got it more right than wrong.   Rather than conceding an inordinate number of runs in his first over he managed to reduce the opposition to minus 1 run.  Yes it’s beach cricket!Cricket Koh Chang style.Backed up by the ever present Chris Waddington, who had overheard Fes explaining his new routine that included the ‘dier’ (a delivery that just dies at the batsman’s feet and cannot be hit off the square) which he used it to great effect, Nine Finger Nate, Usman and blue wigged Richard Holt, Pattaya A only needed 27 runs for victory.  Now, whether alcohol played a part is debatable, but the Pattaya A batsmen were incapable of hitting the ball off the wicket let alone the square.  The nail in the coffin was when Usman stood on his stumps…. well, enough said.  In fact, the only thing that was said came from the captain, “back in the pool lads, whose round is it?” Beach cricket was on the schedule for Pattaya CC last month at the annual Koh Chang Beach Cricket Tournament, held on the magnificent beach of the Royal Siam Resort.  Ten teams from all over Thailand met in two groups of five to ascertain the finalists of the Cup, Plate, Spoon, Double Toothpick and Toothpick finals.Pattaya CC divided the squad of 12 players equally and called themselves unimaginatively Pattaya A and Pattaya B.  Pattaya A, captained by Simon Phil­brook, proved the more consistent of the two teams as they won three of the four group games to finish runners up, whilst Pattaya B, captained by the increasingly impressive Peter Gangur, maintained a consistent losing streak until their final group match which they won convincingly, but still they finished bottom of the group.Obviously buoyed by their recent group triumph, Pattaya B took to the beach full of confidence in the Toothpick Final against a surprisingly enthusiastic Koh Chang side.  Batting first and realising getting out (losing 5 runs each time) was not advisable, the boys knuckled down to grind out a score on a slow outfield baked by the scorching Sunday afternoon sun.  As the A team cheered their fellow club members on from the boundary edge infinity pool, the B team finished with a flurry of runs, mainly consisting of wides but no one cared as they posted a tournament highest score of 67 runs.last_img read more

The Gaza Kids to Ireland are coming back to Galway

first_imgThe kids from Al Helal Football Academy, Gaza City, Palestine are returning to Kinvara this Monday 31stJuly, and will be playing friendly international matches with Kinvara United at their home pitch, on Monday from 3.00pm.The Gaza Kids to Ireland project is an initiative of Gaza Action Ireland as a way to show solidarity with the people of Gaza, and to allow the group of young children to be able to focus on the sport they love by touring ireland with a sole purpose, the enjoyment of soccer.  Gaza Action Ireland (GAI) brought a group of children from the Al Helal Football Academy to Ireland last summer, when they played wonderful football and charmed everyone who met them, including President Michael D. Higgins at Galway United V Dundalk, Eamonn Deacy Park.  In the middle of their busy tour around Ireland, there was a brilliant series of matches against Kinvara United, enjoyed by many people.“As the trip was such an uplifting, joyous experience, we are doing it all again this year,” GAI coordinator Zoë Lawlor said. Starting in late July, the children from Al Helal Football Academy, in Gaza City, will visit communities and play football in Dublin, Leitrim, Kinvara, Cork and Limerick.Launched by former manager of the Republic of Ireland, Brian Kerr, former Irish rugby international Trevor Hogan and Gaza Action Ireland, the project aims to give the kids some relief from the stress of living under blockade and military assault. It will also be a rewarding and enriching exchange for all as they play children’s teams from Dublin, Kinvara, Manorhamilton, Limerick and Cork. There are almost 2 million people in the Gaza strip, living in a space that is only 6% the size of County Galway. Without access to any of the luxuries that are available to children in other country’s, Soccer is a widely played sport and it shows in the quality of the young players involved in the project. This project will provide them with a much-needed break from hardships where they live and is a great opportunity for people to support these wonderful young players.The situation for Palestinians in Gaza trying to play sports, is extremely difficult. The children are hampered by lack of facilities, equipment, to name but a few. Al Helal Football Academy clubhouse was partially damaged in a bombing in 2014 which was a huge setback for the club but despite all this the club is still going strong.Al Helal chairman, Ayed Abu Ramadan, expands on the importance of the Gaza Kids to Ireland project:“Last year everyone in Ireland was so generous with the team, and so friendly.  This visit will again provide a wonderful chance for them to meet other children, experience a new culture and to tell their stories.”The 20 young players and 5 adults will be in Ireland from 28th July to 6th August.  Among the many events organised for the children are friendly matches at Killina pitch, Kinvara on Monday 31st July, from 3.00 pm.Recollecting the 2016 Gaza visit, Coach Ger Ryan recalls:“Last year we were delighted to host the Al Helal team – delighted for Kinvara, for Galway, and for Ireland.  We said then that if the opportunity arose again we’d welcome them with open arms, and we welcome everyone to join us on the 31st July to come out and support the teams.”Fundraising events are being held all over the country and the organisers of the tour stress that all donations are both welcome and needed. Information about upcoming fundraising events and the team’s itinerary can be found at the links below:To donate to the project please do so herehttp://gazaactionireland.ieprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Galway Athletics Report

first_imgThe start of the 2019 Resolution Run held on New Years Day in Galway (All pictures Credit: John O’Connor).The first race of 2019, the Runireland.com sponsored Resolution Run, was held on a glorious New Year’s morning in Galway last Tuesday. Almost 350 runners, walkers, and joggers, kick started their 2019 with a fantastic run through the streets of Galway in perfect running conditions. The flat and fast route started on Grattan Road, took participants towards the City onto Merchants Road, Dock Road than back on a loop out to the Prom and back, to a finish at the Claddagh Hall in front of a large crowd. Resolution Run 5k The start of the 2019 Resolution Run held on New years Day in Galway/ (All pictures Credit: John O’Connor). center_img First home was Craughwell AC’s Kevin Mooney in a superb time of 15:57, and he was chased hard by second placer Patrick Chesser of Ennis Track, who ran 16:09 with Galway City Harriers athlete David Carter coming third in a time of 16:16.Kevin Mooney who was the mens winner of the Resolution Run.In the women’s race it was the talented Regina Casey from Galway City Harriers who took top spot on the podium in a fast time of 17:21 with Jane Ann Meehan, 20 seconds behind in 17:41, while rounding out the podium was Kathryn Casserly in a time of 18:24, to make it three GCH ladies in the top spots.The top three ladies home in the 2019 resolution run. L to R , Kathryn Casserly, 3rd, Regina Casey, winner, Jane Ann Meehan, second, all of GCHShauna Bocquet of Craughwell AC also put in a fine performance finishing at 16.01 to be first wheelchair athlete, as did clubmate William Fitzgerald who was first Junior male home in the race in a fantastic time of 16:17.Galway Indoor ChampionshipsThe Galway Indoor Track and Field Championships for 2019 take place over two days in Athlone IT Arena, this weekend on the 12th and 13th January. The event will feature U8-U12 age groups competing on Day one, and U13s-U19 ages and Adults will compete on the second day. A record entry of over 1,000 athletes is expected in what is one of the highlights of the athletics season in GalwayNational Indoor Track and Field LeagueThe National Indoor League takes place on the 12th and 26th of January next, with the first day being held in the National Indoor arena in Abbotstown, Dublin on Saturday next. GCH and Craughwell AC will aim to field teams in the first National competition of the season.TrainingTraining sessions resume across all of Galway athletics clubs next week. Of interest to beginners are the Fit for Life programmes which help people get started or return to fitness.  Galway City Harriers sessions resume Monday 7th January at Westside Library, and continue every Monday and Thursday at 7pm, with beginner groups on 4th February. Tuam AC commence on Tuesday 8th January next at the Pool car park at 7pm.  Loughrea AC Adult speed/ interval training starts in Bushfield Wednesday January 9th at 6.30pm, and Craughwell Fit for Life commences January 14th at the senior track at 7.30pm, while Athenry AC’s Fit for Life is starting back on Monday 21st January 2019 at 6:30pm, at Joyce’s Car Park.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

With the biggest contingent ever, can India better Olymics record in London?

first_imgWith the London Olympics being just 50 days away, the preparation for the biggest sporting carnival has now entered its final leg with athletes from all across the globe getting geared up for the extravaganza. India would be sending their biggest contingent ever hoping to improve their medal haul from one gold and two bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. Shooting, boxing and wrestling would once again be the top medal prospect sports for India with the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Ronjan Sodhi, Sushil Kumar and Suranjoy Singh emerging as the top contenders. The Indian hockey team, after their decent showing of late, would be in the reckoning for an Olympic medal too. Also, the current form of Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza and Leander Paes has certainly raised hopes for an Olympic medal in tennis. Not to forget India’s badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, who is capable of upsetting any shuttler, and doubles partners Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa who have won several medals since they teamed up. Headlines Today was the first to start the Olympic build up. It brings a special show — Game For Gold — that would take the viewers closer to the athletes talking about their preparations.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: Gabriel Jesus goalscoring important for us

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: Gabriel Jesus goalscoring important for usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted for two goal Gabriel Jesus after their 3-1 win over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August, halting a run of 11 games, 487 minutes and 18 shots without one, but the manager asserted he never lost faith in his forward.“Of course, he is so important,” he said. “Strikers need to score goals. The difference today was that he scored as he was in better positions.“It’s so good for him and our team. It was so valuable, his performance.“He settled so well from the beginning but it is better his family is here and strikers need to score goals.“I am pretty sure he scored two nice goals that will be important for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more