Sebastien Bourdais wins Grand Prix for third consecutive year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH — Sebastien Bourdais has gone from one extreme to another. From the nightmare that was three bad days in Las Vegas, to yet another dream run in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday. Bourdais survived three re-starts, including one with less than two minutes left in the race, to win for the third consecutive time here in front of about 90,000. Seconds after crossing the finish line, Bourdais did the customary victory donuts in his No. 1 McDonald’s ride. “It feels really good for the whole McDonald’s team,” said Bourdais, who is part of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. “They worked their tails off all winter. I really, really couldn’t feel any worse than what I was feeling after Vegas, making all those mistakes. “I think we worked on the car a little bit to make me a little more comfortable and we got things figured out. … We got ourselves together and we didn’t panic after Vegas, which was pretty crucial because many teams could have completely went out and fell apart and we didn’t. I’m just really glad that we stayed together and got it done here again.” Bourdais, the three-time defending series champion from France, had two poor days of qualifying, then completed only 30 laps April 8 at the Vegas Grand Prix, finishing 13th. Sunday’s win was his 24th career Champ Car victory, tying him for 12th place with Bobby Rahal. It was also Bourdais’ 36th podium in just 61 starts and he is the first driver to win three consecutive races here since Al Unser Jr. did it from 1989-92. Oriol Servia, who was driving for the injured Paul Tracy, started 14th and raced incredibly, and finished second. Will Power, who won last week in Vegas, was third, Justin Wilson took fourth, Alex Tagliani was fifth, Bruno Junqueira was sixth, Neel Jani seventh and Graham Rahal finished eighth. After Alex Figge (who finished 16th) crashed into the tires on Turn 9, the third yellow caution flag of the day came out with about six minutes to go in the 1 hour, 40-minute race. Bourdais, who started from the pole, had more than a 3-second lead over Servia at the time. The re-start came with 1:39 left, but Bourdais promptly used 11 seconds of his power-to-push horsepower and quickly pulled away from Servia, who began the re-start right on Bourdais’ tail, yet finished 2.614 seconds behind. Each driver is allotted 60 seconds of power-to-push during the race. When they hit that button, it gives them an extra boost of speed. “All the re-starts today were a little tricky,” Bourdais said. “You want to re-start the race as soon as possible, but because of the cool temperatures, every time you would slow down, at the re-start the car was sliding all over the place, especially at the hairpin. Oriol nearly collected me when I slowed the car down to make the turn.” “I was trying,” Servia said, giving jokingly to Bourdais the business in the post-race news conference as they sat side-by-side on the dais. “But I knew if I could just get the car to turn and get a good launch off the hairpin, I was safe,” Bourdais added. “I’m just glad everything turned out all right and we have kind of turned things around a little bit.” Bourdais still had 47 seconds left of power-to-push at that last re-start, but Servia had used all of his. Bourdais said there was nothing special about the use of his power-to-push seconds. “No, I think it’s always the same strategy,” said Bourdais, 28. “You use it when you need it. Up until the end of the race, I really didn’t feel like I needed to protect or to do anything. … But sometimes you make great use of it and sometimes it can’t help you at all. There is no need to melt the engine if you dont have to.” As impressive as it was for Bourdais to come back with a victory after doing so poorly last week, it was the performance by Servia that might have been most impressive. He was only driving for Forsythe Championship Racing because Tracy suffered a back injury during morning practice Saturday. “As you can well imagine, I wasn’t expecting to be here when I came on Friday,” Servia said Servia, of Spain. “I’m just very happy. I was given the opportunity and I knew the car was going to be good and the team was going to do a good job. And I wasn’t too rusty, so I knew I could do the job, too.” Power started in the front row, and early on it appeared he might stay neck-and-neck with Bourdais. But he had problems getting his car into first gear, thanks to the new paddle shifter, at the first re-start and it cost him. “I was fumbling around and I got in throttle late,” Power said. “So there was no way. I knew I was going to lose some positions. I would say I had my foot on the throttle when I went down gear, so that’s why I didn’t go down. I learned for the next time. I was expecting a good fight with Sebastien, but when I made that mistake on the re-start, it just totally finished my race.” With that in mind, Power, who races for Team Australia, was satisfied with the podium finish. With his victory last week at the Vegas Grand Prix, he still holds the series lead with 59 points. Tagliani is second with 44 and Bourdais is third with40. Power passed Tagliani on the 77th of 78 laps to take third place. Tagliani was then passed by Wilson. “I had the chance and I took it,” Power said. “It was a clean pass. And I must say, it felt like a more satisfying day than last week because it was such a hectic race for me. It was a good result in the end. Good points, I’m on the podium and we can look forward to the next race.” That would be next Sunday in Houston. — Robert Morales, (562) 499-1338, Ext. 2211robert.morales@presstelegram.comlast_img read more

Reports – Monaco eye summer move for Chelsea’s French flop

first_img Gael Kakuta in action for Rayo Vallecano 1 Monaco are lining up a summer move for Chelsea outcast Gael Kakuta, according to reports in France.Kakuta arrived in west London amid much controversy in 2007 after it was alleged that he had breached his contract with Lens to sign for Chelsea.The Premier League club were initially banned from signing any players for two transfer windows due to their involvement in the switch although the sanctions were eventually lifted after an appeal.But the trouble of landing him as barely been worth it as the 23-year-old has started just one league game for the Blues in the eight years since he joined.He has spent time on loan at Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse, Lazio and now Rayo Vallecano  and last featured for Chelsea’s first team in January 2011.But Monaco have been impressed with this season’s performances in Spain and, according to France Football, will bid for him in the summer.last_img read more

Arsenal blow! January target Jorginho begins new contract talks with Napoli

first_img1 Napoli have opened talks over a new contract with Arsenal target Jorginho.The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a January move to the Emirates in recent months after impressing in Serie A.Arsenal are on the hunt for a defensive midfielder to provide competition for Francis Coquelin and have identified the former Verona man as an ideal addition.However they may now struggle to snap up Jorginho as, according to Sky Italia, Napoli have begun contract talks with the player.The Italian club are desperate to hold onto the 23-year-old and hope that a new deal could persuade him to stay put. Napoli star Jorginho last_img

MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE SIGN PETITION TO SAVE DUNGLOE LIBRARY

first_imgA petition to Donegal County Council and to the County Librarian, with over 1,000 signatures, has been collected in The Rosses area to save Dungloe Library. Petitioners want cuts to staffing levels and opening hours to be reversed.They are also calling for the library to remain in its current location at Ionad Teampaill Chróine. Councillors in the Glenties Municipal District were presented with a copy of the petition at their inaugural meeting in Dungloe this week.The petition has also been sent to Eileen Burgess, County Librarian and to Seamus Neely, County Manager at Donegal Co Council, and Michael O’hEanaigh, Director of Community, Culture and Planning at Donegal County Council.A spokesman said people in The Rosses are upset about the recent cut to the library’s opening times and the threat to move the library from its current location in Ionad Teampaill Chróine to the Public Services Building in Dungloe.“The recent decision to close the library on Saturdays has been a major blow to Dungloe. Many people from the surrounding areas came to Dungloe to shop on Saturdays, and to use the library. Without the library they may choose to shop elsewhere, with access to a library. “The one late night opening was very useful to many people who are at work or college during the day. Students in the area who have just completed their junior and leaving certificates hugely missed the lack of a library facility on any evening and on Saturdays in Dungloe,” said the spokesman.Since the departure of one member of staff in April, the library must now close when the current sole staff member is not there – at lunchtimes but also during annual or sick leave.“A town library having to close because of staff leave is not acceptable,” added the spokesman.The library is an anchor tenant in the Ionad Teampall Chroine building and a move to the Public Services Building in Dungloe would have a negative impact on Dungloe – a town which is struggling to survive.The Ionad hosts various functions that are enhanced by the library’s presence in the building, for eg, the annual cultural and literary Peadar O’Donnell weekend. The Ionad is a focus for arts and heritage and an integral part of the town. The building, which was the old chapel in Dungloe, was renovated some years ago at a considerable cost and community effort and houses the library, a café, tourist information desk as well as a centre which runs classes and hosts arts events.“The people of the Rosses are calling on Donegal County Council to employ another member of staff to enable the library to continue to serve the public well and for the well being of the town.“The county council need to push for an exemption to the recruitment embargo for libraries in the county. We can’t be without a library service just because staff retire or leave,” added the spokesman.MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE SIGN PETITION TO SAVE DUNGLOE LIBRARY was last modified: June 19th, 2014 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:donegalDungloe librarypetitionsavelast_img read more

Jason Black to compete in one of the toughest endurance challenges in the World

first_imgDonegal adventurer Jason Black will compete in one of the World’s toughest endurance challenges when he takes part in the Race Around Ireland on August 28th. The Race Around Ireland is regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges in the world and will take the racers on a 2,150km journey past some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland. The route will take you past Newgrange, The Causeway Coast, Malin Head, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Mizen Head, the Garden County (Wicklow) and back to Moynalty in County Meath and ALL within a week. The race can be tracked live on racearoundireland.com.The Race Around Ireland solo category is aimed at serious athletes and is a qualifying event for the Race Across America. The Race Around Ireland is a round of the UMCA Ultra Cup and the Race Around Ireland is also a round of the UMCA World Cup.Jason Black has entered the solo category and with the international ultra endurance athletes which will make for an exciting battle on what’s rated in the top five toughest races in the world.With the 2150km route following the spectacular Irish coastline, riders will have to do battle equally with the relentless mountain roads, the unpredictable Irish weather along side the physical and mental challenge to continuously keep going non stop with nutrition challenges and sleep depravation never to far from stopping the athletes in there tracks, but that’s where the magic of adventure is… facing the unknown but not been afraid. Jason told Donegal Daily, ‘Its going to a serious battle to firstly finish the 2150km race without even thinking about been competitive.“I’ve really got to trust my training and preparation, I’ve worked so, so hard for this race but in reality I don’t think you can ever be ready for something like this.“The race is beyond a single individual and I’ve an incredible back up team in support to help with navigation, nutrition, clothing and most of all the motivation needed to keep me moving forward. The team have been working night and day and have made huge personal & family sacrifices to help make this race possible, and ill carry that with pride.”Black has conquered some of the world’s toughest mountains and the self confessed adrenaline is always striving to find the next challenge.Jason will ride the 2150km race around Ireland 2016 carrying the Blue banner in support of the “Donegal Autism family support group” helping create awareness of support for parents and carers of loved ones on the autism spectrum.Jason added, “The magic of life is not knowing what lies ahead, we shouldn’t be afraid of change or the unpredictable challenges that life throughs at us, yes for sure we have to change, retrain, work hard and face walls that seam times unclimbable. “It involves looking at it possibly from a different angle to get to where we can, at times with the support of others.“In life you have 3 choices, GIVE UP, GIVE IN, or GIVE IT YOUR ALL…..”Jason Black to compete in one of the toughest endurance challenges in the World was last modified: August 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Jason BlacknewsRace Around IrelandSportWorldlast_img read more

Photos: Stephen Curry sells Alamo mansion

first_img … Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry has sold his Alamo, Calif. mansion for $6.3M, reports the Los Angeles Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.Curry purchased the estate in 2016 for $5.775M. The 10,290 square foot home boasts a main house with five bedroom suites and a guest house with sauna. The main house includes a media/billiard room and library among many other amenities. The 1.5-acre property also has an infinity-edge pool, manicured gardens and a six-car garage.last_img

Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Nate Irish

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & MerchApril 10, 2016In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community” This is part of a series of blog posts shining a spotlight on the people of Geocaching HQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the “geo-what”. 🙂What is your name? Nate IrishYeah, but what’s your Username?I have two: My lackey name is OpinioNate, and my player name is Nate the Great. In the old days most Lackeys had two usernames but I think now it’s more common to have one.Nate the Great on a mountain highHow did you come up with your username?Nate the Great was a nickname given to me by my grandfather when I was little. He used to make short little poems about me like, “Nate the Great is never late to eat the food that’s on his plate”. That is still mostly true, but I try to make the plate smaller and have more green things on it. Being a grown-up can be a drag sometimes. OpinioNate because I have a lot of opinions, obviously.What is your job title?Currently, I’m the Product Manager. I’ve had around five different titles in my twelve years at Geocaching HQ. In the past I have been a project manager, quality assurance tester, community manager, discussion forum moderator, merchandise distributor manager, and way back in the day I stuffed Trackables into little yellow envelopes and drove them to the post office. These days the postman comes to us. We’re in the big leagues now baby!We’re in the big leagues now, baby!What does your job title actually mean? In other words, how do you explain what you do to someone that has no idea what you do?I lead a team of six people whose mission is to identify product opportunities to support the game of geocaching. The product in this case is our website and mobile apps. When we do our job correctly, the output is new features that simultaneously serve the needs of our community, our company, and the game of geocaching itself. That’s a very tough thing to do, but we work hard to achieve that balance.Tell us about your geocaching style (exotic locations / quality over quantity)?I’m definitely a less-is-more cacher. Usually when I travel, I sort by Favorite and look for a cache that is high terrain and is medium or large in size. I love to see the best and most extreme of what geocaching has to offer. Gadget caches are pretty high on my list, as well as anything inside a cave.Nate the Great PapaWhat’s something that surprises you about geocaching – whether it’s the game itself, working at headquarters, or anything else?I love learning about some new local geocaching lingo or hiding style. For instance, in the Chicago area they used to have a lot of “Superman” caches. It’s when you tie a fishing line to a preform container and sling it over the branch of a tree. Then you reel in the line so the container is way overhead and secure the line against a tree knot or whatever. Everyone there knows what to look for when “Superman” is the hint.Nate the Great – Superman geocacherWhat’s the best piece of geocaching advice or information you ever learned?Let someone else stick their hand in there first. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

How to Handle This Political Season at Work

first_imgIt’s political season again. People are going to be talking about the election and, as always, there are going to be sharp disagreements. For your part, here is how you should handle this political season at work.You Aren’t Going to Change MindsDon’t argue with your peers at work about politics. You are every bit as likely to change your co-worker’s long held political beliefs as you are having yours changed—and you aren’t going to have your mind changed, now are you?Your co-workers with different political opinions aren’t going to understand your view, and you aren’t going to understand theirs. Your co-workers are entitled to their stupid, shortsighted, pig-headed, partisan opinions, and you are equally entitled to yours.Don’t try to change minds at work.Remember, You Have More In CommonRegardless of your political beliefs or party affiliation, you are joined together with your co-workers by all that you have in common. There is more that binds you together than separates you, even if you have very different and very strong political opinions.Your co-workers are important to you. These are the people you spend a lot of time with, and this is the team that produces results for your clients with you. Rancorous political arguments don’t bring you closer together, and sometimes they pull you apart. Attacks can get personal. Feelings are unnecessarily hurt.Your relationships with your co-workers are too important to allow them to be damaged by politic opinions. When politics are discussed, be civil. Don’t attack your co-worker’s political opinions.You Aren’t Rush Limbaugh or John StewartYou don’t get paid to entertain people with your political opinions. Leave the professional political entertaining to the professional political entertainers.Your Results Aren’t Tied to PoliticsUnless you work in politics, your results aren’t going to be improved or reduced by the outcome of this year’s election. You alone are responsible for your results, and you will succeed or fail based on your efforts.For those brave enough to accept the truth, successful people find a way to be successful regardless of the political party in power. They don’t allow themselves to believe that the outcome of an election can prevent them from succeeding.The successful know that they make their own economy. Instead of arguing with your peers at work, make your own economy.Your Clients Need Never KnowYour political opinions and beliefs alienate half of the people that come in contact with them. My personal political opinions frustrate a far greater percentage than half. But you don’t see my political opinions plastered on this blog. There is a reason for that.If this blog were a vehicle for my political opinions, some people that disagree with my politics would dismiss the rest of my message here. My goals here have nothing to do with politics and everything to do with sales, sales management, business, leadership, and success. My goal here is to empower salespeople and business people with ideas.Your goals, like mine, have nothing to do with politics. Your clients need never know your politics. You can assume that your clients have strong political opinions too, and there is no reason to have your message or motive questioned over your political opinions.(If your Facebook or LinkedIn page is a long line of vitriolic political rants and pictures, consider taking them down).A Final ThoughtNone of this is to suggest that you shouldn’t participate in this experiment that is our great, messy, Democratic Republic.If you and your co-worker’s disagree without being disagreeable, by all means, discuss your thoughts and ideas. But that means you have to be thoughtful and mature, and you have to prevent people who aren’t from engaging in your conversation. It’s your responsibility not to stir the pot.If you want to make a difference, work for your candidates and your party. Get involved in the process. But don’t try to make that difference where you work.QuestionsWhy shouldn’t you engage in vitriolic political arguments at work?Why don’t you need your clients to know your strong political beliefs? What do you risk?Have you ever really changed your co-worker’s political opinions or had yours changed?How can you make your own economy? How can you run your own campaign to get the results you really need. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Reaching the Clients You Are Meant to Serve with Michael Port – Episode 11

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:26 — 16.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhen it comes to making any kind of presentation, from a keynote address to a crowded hall to the one on one sales presentation that could push your sales numbers over the top of your annual goals, you’ve got to know what you’re doing if you want to be effective. On this episode of In The Arena Anthony taps the experience and knowledge of one of the best presenters in the business, Michael Port. Michael is a classically trained actor who’s moved into the entrepreneurial world by authoring some incredible books and creating incredibly helpful tools to equip those who speak or present for impact. You’re going to enjoy this refreshing interview.Overcoming dyslexia to build his own entrepreneurial business, with Michael PortClick To TweetOvercoming dyslexia to build his own entrepreneurial business.When you first hear that Michael Port was a successful classically trained actor before he became an entrepreneur and speaking coach, you may think that he had all the advantages he needed to make that transition happen successfully. But you would be wrong. His struggle with dyslexia made it difficult for him to learn anything new in rapid fashion but it was his determination to overcome the voice of his inner critic and bring something of value to the world that enabled him to push forward. If you have that struggle against your inner critic you will learn a lot from Michael in this conversation as he talks about how to encourage the “inner hero” who can help you get moving in your best direction. Be sure to listen.What is marketing – really.When it comes to marketing most people feel that the tried and true definitions and approaches are what they need to adopt. But Michael Port says that when he began studying the marketing approaches of the last century he felt a bit uneasy taking it all in wholesale. He discovered the source of that feeling of unease when he realized that many of the tactics we follow in modern marketing were created by crooks who only wanted to manipulate people into purchasing things that weren’t always good for them. Michael talks about his departure from traditional marketing and how he’s forged a new path for himself on this episode, so be sure you listen to learn what marketing with integrity really looks like.What is marketing – really, on this episode with Michael PortClick To TweetHow to find your ideal clients using the “Red Velvet Rope.”Michael Port realizes that every beginning business or entrepreneur has to build a client base so that revenue can begin coming in. It’s natural and it’s part of the process. But over time it’s important to narrow your focus to serve your ideal client, the one you are able to serve with the highest degree of output and integrity, AND the one who brings you the most life and energy through your interaction with them. He calls this the process of establishing a “red velvet rope” policy that excludes some potential clients and invites others into the exclusive club of what you offer. You can learn how he fashioned this approach and how it could translate into your business endeavors, on this episode.How you can improve your next sales presentation.Any time you are presenting to others your goal is to make a connection on an emotional level. It’s not touchy-feely stuff, it’s the normal way that human beings establish rapport and build trust. If you can’t do that you’ll have a very difficult time making the sale, even if you know all the facts and features of your newest service or widget backwards and forwards. Michael Port says that the emotional and vulnerable aspects of what he learned from acting are what make up the vital aspects of every presentation, whether on the stage or in the sales office, and on this episode he gives some important tips for how you can build the kind of emotional connection that will increase your sales numbers over time.How you can dramatically improve your next sales presentationClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Michael Port and this episode. The harsh reality Michael was faced with when he began in business. What marketing really is – and how you have to approach it. Michael’s story of building his own entrepreneurial business in spite of obstacles. What is the “Red Velvet Rope” policy. How to deal with the “What if I can’t get enough clients?’ voice. Why people are ruled by an inner critic rather than their inner hero. How Michael replaces the traditional sales tactics with something different (and more effective). How someone can improve as a speaker or presenter. How Michael prepares for his speeches. Michael’s newest book: Book Yourself Solid IllustratedResources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.BookYourselfSolidIllustrated.comwww.MichaelPort.com111849542X 0470643471054455518XThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeStand for something, share it, and be comfortable in that place ~ Michael PortClick To TweetHow to find your ideal clients using Michael Port’s “Red Velvet Rope” conceptClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

UK Court Permits Seizure of Vijay Mallya’s Assets

first_imgA significant amount can be expected to be gathered through the sale of Vijay Mallya’s London assets, State Bank of India Managing Director Arijit Basu said on July 6, a day after a court in the United Kingdom granted permission to authorities to search the Indian businessman’s home at Hertfordshire and seize his assets. SBI is working closely with counsels in London to ensure that the money is recovered, Basu said, the Financial Express reported.A UK enforcement officer “may use reasonable force to enter the property if necessary,” according to an order passed by Justice Bryan at the Queen’s bench division of the Commercial Court in London, the Hindu reported. The High Court Enforcement Officer or other enforcement agents acting through their authority may enter Mallya’s residence at Ladywalk, and Bramble Lodge in Tewin, Welwyn, and take control of his assets, the report cited the order as saying.“The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any enforcement agents acting under his authority, may enter Ladywalk, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn and Bramble Lodge, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn, including all outbuildings of Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge to search for and take control of goods belonging to the First Defendant (Mallya),” the June 26 order by Justice Byran said, the Times of India reported.The court order comes in connection with the case filed by a consortium of 13 Indian banks, including the State Bank of India (SBI) against Mallya, who is facing money-laundering charges in India.“We are looking at recovering our entire debt from Vijay Mallya. The UK (United Kingdom) court enforcement order is a world-wide freeze order,” Basu told CNBC TV18 in an interview.India is seeking extradition of the liquor tycoon from the United Kingdom over accusations of fraud and unpaid loans worth about Rs 9,000 crore that his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes to the Indian banks. Mallya fled to the United Kingdom in March 2016, soon after investigations against him in India gathered momentum. India’s case seeking his extradition is scheduled to come up for hearing in a UK court on July 31.A UK High Court last month ordered Mallya to pay a minimum amount of £200,000 towards costs that have been incurred by 13 Indian banks in their legal bid to recover their alleged dues, PTI had reported at the time.The 62-year-old businessman may be declared a “fugitive economic offender” in India, even as the Enforcement Directorate seeks to attach his assets worth Rs 12,500 crore in the country. Mallya has denied the charges of fraud, and offered to clear his dues by selling his assets last week. Any objections to his efforts to sell his assets by Indian authorities will “clearly demonstrate that there is an agenda against me beyond recovery of dues to Public Sector Banks,” Mallya said in a statement, adding, “I have become the ‘Poster Boy’ of bank default and a lightning rod of public anger.” Related ItemsState Bank of IndiaUnited KingdomVijay Mallyalast_img read more