Priest Accused Of Visa Fraud

first_imgA Hindu temple priest in Milwaukee, Wisc., is accused of charging up to $30,000 to secure illegal visas for religious workers from India. Immigration authorities say they became suspicious of Sagarsen Haldar, 30, head of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society (GVS), after he sponsored 33 people under the R-1 religious visas category to work at the temple.US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Gary Hartwig, said, “The defendant is charged with gaming the immigration system for his personal profit.”ICE alleges the sponsored workers never worked at the temple, instead seeking out other work, and had to pay Haldar $500 weekly to settle their $30,000 debt for the sponsorship.  Related Itemslast_img

Indians in Paris

first_imgThe number of Indian tourists visiting Paris has breached 300,000, up almost 200 percent in the last decade.Paul Roll, of the Paris Visitors and Convention Board, said: “We have been sensitizing our private sector players like hotels and restaurants about the specific requirements of Indian visitors like vegetarian food and use of English language. We have seen a lot of improvement in the way our professionals handle the Indian clients.” Related Itemslast_img

The Great American Cold Rush

first_imgLong before Coca Cola was a twinkle in any entrepreneur’s eye, parched throats across the Indian summerscape were being soothed by a far more original American original. On Sept. 13, 1833, a cargo shipped named the Tuscany sailed upriver on the Ganges. After four months and some 16,000 miles of seafaring, the vessel hauled up the world’s holiest river to deliver cargo that would be rendered almost as sacred in the summer months to come. The Tuscany had sailed from Boston with 180 tons of ice hacked off the surfaces of the great lakes of Massachusetts.The architect of this project was Frederic Tudor, third son of a retired judge advocate general in George Washington’s army and founder of the Tudor Ice Company and future “Ice King” of America.Things were not going well for the once and future ice king; every enterprise he tried resulted in resounding failure. He sustained heavy losses on similar shipments to Cuba as most of the ice melted along the way. He tried to ship Cuban fruit back to New York on the return trip bought with $3,000 worth of borrowed money. Virtually all of it rotted en route, sucking him further into debt. To make matters worse, his agent scammed him out of any scanty profits the trips to Havana managed to make and left him teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Though production of ice had nearly tripled after a resourceful supplier yoked a metal blade to horses and thereby invented the ice plow, business was hardly booming.Tudor was a Boston Brahmin — a wealthy upper-class New Englander. In India he would find his financial salvation.Back then, as now, India was where the world turned for its sunstrokes. Tomes were written on the heat and dust of the land, and had they not been engaged in plundering the place, the British would likely have pondered leaving. Aside from vacationing in Darjeeling, canceling cricket matches and having orderlies stay up all night to run hand-operated fans, there was very little the colonists could do about the sapping heat.Those living in Calcutta hada feeble coolant at their disposal though. It was called Hooghly Slush, a shoddy frost concoction manufactured by a technique perfected by the locals. Boiled water stored in earthen pots was placed overnight in reed-lined pits in the ground. The cool air froze a wafer-thin layer of surface water, which was then skimmed off and stored underground for later use.This slush was hardly the antidote to the searing heat. Its use posed many problems, most notably that the slush was hardly the sort of stuff you could serve claret with in the evenings. All that hoisting up and into the ground raised obvious concerns over hygiene and potability. And lastly, slush was available only six months a year, and vendors made a killing, charging the exorbitant price of 4 pence a pound. Slush simply was not working, and like everything else in the nation’s capital, the iron was hot.Tudor was coaxed into striking by Samuel Austin, another Boston merchant who regularly sent ships to Calcutta. Austin’s ships carried empty dead weight on the trip to Calcutta, and he proposed shipping ice to India, which Tudor could then sell. Vending ice in India had been one of Tudor’s longstanding dreams, so he jumped at the chance.The stakes were dangerously high. Not only had Tudor’s ancestral wealth waned, but a failed dalliance into coffee speculation had left him with $20,000 worth of debt. This venture had to succeed; the ice had to get there intact.Tudor transformed the Tuscany into a giant sea-worthy thermos. On routine voyages to the West Indies or Cuba, little preparation had been done, as the trip was relatively short. But for this four-month journey, he fabricated an elaborate cool-house measuring 50 feet in length and impregnated it within the ship’s hull. By then, Tudor had discovered how tan (refuse bark from tannery pits) was pound for pound the best insulator available at the time. The cool room was lined with a foot-thick layer of it, and to further reduce melting by minimizing surface area, blocks were cut as cleanly as possible and packed together without any gap in between them. A cushion of hay was finally stacked on top of the cold cargo, and the giant icebox was shut. The fitting took Tudor the better part of a month, and at the end he was so satisfied with what he had put together, he wrote in his journal, “If (the Tuscany) does not carry her cargo safely to Calcutta & arrive with 2/3 of it, no ship ever will and the undertaking should be abandoned.”The voyage to India went smoothly and the Tuscany reached Calcutta on Sept. 13. Logistically the venture was a success — of the 180 tons loaded, 100 survived. But plain logistics weren’t all this affair involved. In India’s sweltering heat, ice set off frenzied emotional, economic and social reactions.People were in disbelief at the sight of an American ship unloading ‘burrf’ (snow). Jocquim Stocqueler, editor of The Englishman, provided an account of how on the first day of the unloading, he was woken at dawn by his near-hysterical orderly telling him about the cargo of snow at the docks. Stocqueler armed the orderly with a basket and a piece of green lieze and sent him to buy some. The man returned with half the quantity — so alien an object was ice that the faithful domestic had neither wrapped it in the cloth nor closed the basket lest the ice became “too warm.”The British themselves behaved like children at an ice-cream parlor, and fueled by the prospect of having ice year round, collected money for commissioning an icehouse at the harbor within a span of three days. Soon, everyone was inviting everyone over for dinner, and showing off how much ice they had hoarded in buttercups, water jugs and trunks. Ice changed everything, including the furniture of the time; the ice chest became staple domestic furniture. Jellies, drinks and meat were cooled in ice blocks. Relentless lobbying saw ice declared a duty-free item and permission was granted for it to be unloaded at night – like, among other things, opium. Ice was used in hospitals as a palliative for patients with fever and diarrhea. Tudor was soon granted monopoly over India’s ice imports and he, in turn, responded by lowering his prices.In a gesture of supreme corporate ethics, a leading newspaper The Statesman urged citizens to increase consumption so lower strata of the community would be tempted to try some. Tudor’s shrewd marketing strategy was driven by his conviction that once people in the tropics had tasted cool water, they would be unwilling settle for tepid water.Tudor’s agent William Rogers stayed behind in Calcutta to oversee the storage and sale of the ice. The usual method entailed a 100 pound block being placed behind a glass wall and sold piecemeal at the dock’s icehouse. Roger’s high-class hobnobbing and conspicuousness at the venue turned him into a darling of the ruling classes. Believing him the poster-boy, the driving force and the brains behind the ice-imports, Governor General William Bentick published a gushing gratitude in the India Gazette about Rogers, and presented him with a foot-tall ornate silver cup, adorned with an engraving acknowledging “the Spirit and enterprize which projected and successfully executed the first attempt to import a cargo of American ice into Calcutta.”Tudor would be enraged to learn of this showering of credit on someone who, he believed, had basically just gone along for the trip. He wrote an ill-spirited letter to the Governor General for publication in Calcutta outlining how it was actually he who deserved credit for Calcutta’s brimming ice coffers.The ice house of the International Ice Company in Chennai is now Viveknanda Ashram.The first unloading earned the Tudor Ice Company a profit of $3,000. Business boomed over the next 20 years and profits ran into an estimated $220,000. The trade spread to Bombay and Madras. In the coming years, ice was no longer viewed as a luxury in India. In 1850, when Bombay was faced with an acute ice shortage, prominent newspapers The Telegraph and The Courier suggested an agitation to protest the “incompetence” of the authorities.Ice imports began waning with the advent of refrigeration in the 1870s. When the International Ice Company established itself in Madras in 1874 and began manufacturing it by the steam process, ice-imports were finally frost-bitten. Dockside ice houses were shut down. The one in Madras was converted into an ashram by Swami Vivekananda and a shelter for young widows.By then, Frederic Tudor had become a rich man again, and this time round, he did not waste it all away. Which is tragic in a way, for who knows what spectacular get-rich-quick scheme he might have come up with next? Related Itemslast_img read more

The Bleak Hour

first_imgLike light, sadness is rampant; like darkness, it obliterates hope and vision; like the original sin it is ingrained in the destiny of all and sundry.Sadness is an eternal tale enacted in episodes, projected through situations — protean, ubiquitous.It is silent and corrosive; it is loud and abusive.It pries unobtrusively as beauty scans the mirror to catch glimpses of the past in dyed strands of hair and foolishly daubed cheeks.When airy dreams depart, it steps over the threshold to confront mocking reality, which flaunts its cache of unfulfilled aspirations and fractured hopes.Unable to provide a morsel, it gazes helplessly into the gaping maws of hungry fledglings; it sobs quietly when poverty sends her children hungry to bed.It is tragic when an egoist stumbles and confronts his own mediocrity and, shorn of all delusions, is visibly truncated.Sorrow is embedded in the history of mighty edifices, mortared with toil and sweat, collapsing under the onslaught of nature’s fury. It underpins the tragedy of falling prey to perfidy and deceit rather than to a warrior’s sword or a martyr’s commitment.Sorrow broods over the possible and probable, on what could have been, but wasn’t.The futility of life with its quota of cares, chores and responsibilities oozes a miasma of depression, which darkens the mental landscape within which sadness dwells.It dwells in the whimper of a child unable to understand why the mother won’t make the pain go away. It is redolent in the mother’s helplessness, while nursing the grievously sick child.It caresses the cringing edges of flaccid decaying leaves.It rides up with prayers that ricochet, linger in hope and die in despair.It looks beyond the fragility of dawn, which never lasts and is shred by sharp shards of brassy daylight.Sadness lies in sleepless nights and toilsome days destined to end in the whimper and whine of failure.It tells of impulsive youth, which violates itself and perishes at its own hands that could have built anew, retrieved a saving grace from the debris of disappointment.Sadness nestles in melodious songs with tragic themes. It smiles at success that comes too late.It can be frivolous, like the spurned lover tucking in a hearty meal and sighing all the while; at times it is dark like the black hole with its swirling vortex of bitterness drawing every vestige of negativity into itself; but it also has the fierceness of the reckless warrior who can take on the world.Personal sorrow is cruel with a sharp cutting edge; when experienced vicariously it has already been honed down to a smoothness, which slithers in and out of the crevices of life.But nothing in life is static — beginning travels to the end and gets re-positioned at the starting-point. Sadness is born, changes, intensifies or diminishes, dies and is born again in different situations, experiences and ambience.But it is there for everyone. Related Itemslast_img read more

Ahead of Ivanka’s Visit, Police Start Drive to Keep Hyderabad Beggar-Free

first_imgWith the visit of Ivanka Trump looming in the horizon, the Hyderabad city police have started a drive to keep beggars off the streets. Their acts are dangerous to the safety of vehicular traffic and public in general, the police say to justify their move.Ivanka, the daughter and adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, will be in the city to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Hitech City from Nov. 28 to 30. The event is expected to be attended by hundreds of foreign delegates. Ivanka is also expected to do some sightseeing in the city as well as interact with entrepreneurs.Ahead of the event, about 400 beggars have been taken away from Goshamahal area and put in a rehabilitation center at Chanchalguda Jail, according to New Indian Express. “As per instructions of Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy to make the city beggar-free, we have shifted those in our area to rehabilitation center,” Goshamahal ACP Narender Reddy was quoted as saying in the report.“Some beggars argued that we were taking their freedom to live anywhere they want but we told them it was for their own good because they are going to the rehab center where they will be taken care of,” another official told the publication. About 6,000 beggars in the city are likely to be shifted to rehab centers and shelters for homeless during the drive.Some beggars staying at Anand Ashram said they were not beggars at all, the Hindu reported. “After seeking blessings of Lord Sai Baba at Chaderghat temple, I was eating prasadam outside the premises. All of a sudden, a group of policemen picked me up stating they will provide lunch for that afternoon and lodged me in the jail,” the report quoted a 35-year-old daily wage earner, who has been at Anand Ashram for over a week, as saying.The report also quoted a weaver, who had come to the city to meet his friends, who was lodged at the ashram. Several professional beggars had moved out of the city fearing arrest and the police were now targeting ‘poor-looking’ people and sending them to the ashram, the publication cited a senior officer in the Prisons Department as saying.A similar drive was organized in the city when the then U.S President Bill Clinton visited in 2000.Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy issued a prohibitory order on Nov. 7 to ban begging. The order stated: “It has come to my notice through the public that many beggars are begging alms in an indecent manner. They are also employing children and handicapped persons to solicit or receive alms at the main junctions of the road. Such acts are causing annoyance and awkwardness by exposing in an indecent manner to divert the attention of the vehicular traffic as well as pedestrians and public in general to induce them to give alms. These acts are dangerous to the safety of the vehicular traffic and public in general.” It added that begging is prohibited under Section 144 of criminal procedure code 1973 and the order would remain in force until Jan. 7, 2018. Related ItemsGlobal Entrepreneurship Summit IndiaHyderabad beggarsHyderabad Ivanka TrumpHyderabad policeLittle Indialast_img read more

UK Decides Against Legislation for Caste-Based Discrimination

first_imgThe United Kingdom government has decided against including caste as an aspect of race in its Equality Act 2010, which grants protection from discrimination. The government concluded on July 23 that caste-based discrimination can be covered under the emerging case law in the country.“Having given careful and detailed consideration to the findings of the consultation, the government believes that the best way to provide the necessary protection against unlawful discrimination because of caste is by relying on emerging case law as developed by courts and tribunals,” the UK government’s Equalities Office said in its conclusion.“We were not persuaded by the argument that introducing explicit legislation into domestic law was the most appropriate and proportionate way to provide the necessary legal protection against discrimination because of caste,” it added.The “Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law – A Public Consultation” was launched last year to seek public opinion on ways to ensure “appropriate legal protection” against caste discrimination in the country.The recent decision evoked sharp criticism from Dalit groups and human rights organizations in the United Kingdom.“The government has sent a depressing message to the Dalit community that their cause is not important and they will continue to face discrimination with impunity,” Sat Pal Muman, chair of CasteWatchUK, was quoted as saying by PTI. “This clearly means the victims will not have any legal protection and have to go through expensive long-drawn legal battle to get justice,” he added.“It is very disappointing that the Government has performed a U-turn on the decision to bring caste discrimination under equality law,” Dawn Butler, the Labour Party’s spokesperson on equality issues, said, the Hindu reported. “Caste-based prejudice and discrimination is a gross violation of human rights and must not be tolerated.”The Anti-Caste Discrimination Alliance said that it was “outraged” by the decision against a law that was agreed upon by the parliament and supported by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, as well as the United Nations, and told the publication: “This decision goes in favor of those who continue to practice caste prejudice in the UK.”The decision was, on the other hand, welcomed by groups within the Indian community that had opposed a separate legislation for caste-based discrimination.“We have worked hard to promote community cohesion for the last 20 years to unite all Hindu and Sikh communities, whatever caste, as one British Indian integrated community into the country’s evolving and dynamic culture,” Anil Bhanot, chair of the Ethnic Minority Foundation and Founding Member of Hindu Council UK, said, according to PTI.“Such a legislation would have further divided our communities when our youth here have grown up not even aware of such caste identities. We do not condone any type of discrimination and there already are laws to protect people being discriminated under ethnicity of the Race Relations Act 1976.”The House of Lords had, in 2013, voted in favor of including caste discrimination as a category in anti-racism laws, following campaigns by UK-based Dalit groups. The government then launched a 13-question public consultation process, which has now been concluded after over 16,000 responses were analyzed. A total of 8,513 responses called for a reliance on “case law” while 2,885 supported a separate legislation. However, the Equalities Office said that throughout the consultation, the government was clear that this should be a qualitative exercise and not a quantitative one. Related ItemsHinduismHuman RightsUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Indian American entrepreneur pleads guilty to price-fixing conspiracy

first_imgIndian American entrepreneur Azim Makanojiya is pleading guilty for conspiring to fix prices for customised promotional products sold online to customers in the United States, according to the justice department. He is charged with violation of the Sherman Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million for individuals.Mumbai-born Makanojiya, 29, is a graduate of the University of Houston in computer engineering. He founded the e-commerce company, Wrist-Band.com, at the age of 19. The firm became the largest online seller of silicon wristbands in the US. The silicon wristbands, which can be customised for various occasions, come in various colours and have QR codes or RFID chips.The birth of the companyThe company began as a two-man team taking orders over phone in a garage. After one year, Wrist-Band.com generated over $6.9 million. Now the company has over 30 call centre representatives and 40 manufacturing employees working in a factory in China.In 2011, the company was named 31st on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies, and was one for the fastest growing companies in Houston.Charges filedThe announcement of the charges was made by Acting US Attorney Abe Martinez, Acting Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Division.Investigations revealed that the conspirators used social media platforms and encrypted messaging applications to discuss their illegal agreements. They had in-person meetings as well.“Schemes like the defendants’ cause financial harm to consumers who purchase goods and services and to businesses who sell goods and services in compliance with the laws of the United States. The United States will continue to investigate and prosecute individuals and businesses who seek to gain an illegal unfair advantage,” acting US Attorney Martinez said, according to PTI.“As today’s charges show, criminals cannot evade detection by conspiring online and using encrypted messaging,” said Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch, http://www.asicentral.com reported. “In addition, today’s charges are a clear sign of the Division’s commitment to uncovering and prosecuting collusion that affects internet sales. American consumers have the right to a marketplace free of unlawful collusion, whether they are shopping at retail stores or online.”According to felony charges filed in the US District Court, the defendants and their co-conspirators agreed from as early as 2014 until June 2016 to fix the prices of customised promotional products sold online, including wristbands and lanyards.The pleaThe company Zaappaaz (Inc.(d/b/a WB Promotions Inc., Wrist-Band.com and Customlanyard.net) – the parent company owned by Makanojiya, has agreed to pay the criminal fine of $1.9 million. The entrepreneur is cooperating with the Antitrust Division’s ongoing investigation. The plea is subject to court’s approval. Related ItemsAzim MakanojiyaAzim Makanojiya Wrist-Band.comAzim Makanojiya ZaappaazIndian AmericanIndian American entrepreneurLittle IndiaSherman Actlast_img read more

NRI Women Urge Better Protection Against Marital Abandonment

first_imgA leading group of Indian women staged a protest outside the United Kingdom Home Office’s Visas and Immigration headquarters in London on August 16 to highlight the woes of women who come on ‘dependent visas’ to the country and are abandoned by their husbands.Indian Ladies in the UK (ILUK) urges the government to bring about a change in legal requirements under which husbands have the right to cancel a spousal visa on their own by claiming an end to their marriage, and the Indian wives are left with legal rights in the country.Need for Preservation of Women’s Rights The organisation wants the government to come up with a provision that entitles the wife to put across her views to the UK Home Office, and that her consent is taken before cancelling her dependent visa.“It is appalling that migrants bring their home-grown prejudices about the treatment of women and outdated ideas about caste, dowry etc. with them to the UK. While Britain’s immigration system has been generous to millions, it is also quite easily exploited by individuals who have no sense of right and wrong when it comes to the treatment of women,” Poonam Joshi, the founder of ILUK, said in a media statement.A UK Home Office spokesperson spoke about the government’s commitment to prevent abuse through marriage or other relationships. “We have taken a lead in tackling modern slavery, forced marriage and domestic violence and will continue to do so. We will look carefully at any evidence of where further action might help to prevent abuse or support victims,” the spokesperson said, PTI reported.Measures in IndiaThe issue has been receiving resonance in India as well. An expert committee was set up the External Affairs Ministry in May this year to look into the difficulties faced by Indian women married to overseas nationals and suggest changes in the existing policies.The committee, headed by Justice Arvind Kumar Goel, ex-Chairperson, Punjab’s NRI Commission and senior officers of Women and Child Development Ministry, Home and External Affairs Ministries and Department of Telecommunications, will take into account the suggestions from various people and make its recommendations to the government. “The recommendations will be examined by the government in consultation with a larger group of stakeholders to decide on the future course of action,” an official statement issued by the Women and Child Development Ministry said last month had said in July.The National Commission for Women website contains a section on problems related to NRI marriages, which lists out the main dos and don’ts that people need to keep in mind.Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal had recently emphasized on the need for stricter laws against Non-Resident Indian (NRI) men abandoning their Indian wives. “If today a man abandons his bride and flees the country, it is very difficult to get him back. This is why we need stringent rules,” she had said, talking about the need to follow Punjab’s model of setting up an NRI commission where such marriages can be registered. The commission also has a dedicated email id nri.dcw@gmail.com to which grievances can be sent.Taking Notes from Punjab’s ModelThe NRI commission in Punjab deals with the cases of NRI men abandoning their Indian brides after marriage. The Punjab Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act also makes it mandatory for people to register all the marriages, especially between an Indian and an NRI.Moreover, at the time of marriage, the man has to submit his passport number and important details such as permanent address in the overseas country. This aims at tackling the major obstacle of sending legal notices to the NRIs who abandon their wives. There is an NRI Affairs cell monitored by the Punjab Police on the NRI commission website, which provides information about NRI marriages.Increasing Number of Cases Around 12,000 cases and 55 recommendations were made by the DCW to the Central and Delhi governments in one year regarding the issue of NRI marriages gone wrong. Women’s helpline 181 received 3.15 lakh calls on the issue, reported The Hindu. Related ItemsFailed NRI marriagesIndian Ladies in the UK ILUKIndian women abroadLittle IndiaNRI marriage commissionNRI marriage issuesNRI wives abuseSwati Maliwal NRI wiveslast_img read more

‘Not a god’: Federer tops cramping Youzhny in 5 sets at Open

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Resurrection Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot from Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving.At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who was scheduled to face Taro Daniel of Japan in Ashe on Thursday night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.Two seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT It is the first time in his long career that the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Not SAI’s duty to treat Dutee so shabbily

first_imgSports View by S. Kannan.The Sports Authority of India has shown complete insensitivity in dealing with the plight of young and promising athlete Dutee Chand.Days before the Indian track and field team was to leave for Glasgow to compete in the Commonwealth Games, news broke that the Orissa girl was ineligible to compete because of an increased androgen level in her body. In the normal course, androgen (primarily testosterone) levels are usually associated with a male athlete. However, in case there is suspicion that a female athlete exhibits certain male characteristics and it gives her an extra edge over the field, there is cause for checking for hyperandrogenism.This is not the first time a female athlete from India has been embarrassed and made to feel like a dope cheat. Call it exuberance or sheer callousness, the way the SAI and the Athletics Federation of India has dealt with Dutee is awful.Sources in SAI say a test was called for by the AFI on the reigning 100 and 200 metres sprint champion as it felt something was amiss. Whether it was due to certain changed physical characteristics or something else is best known to the AFI.Then again, this is not the first time a female athlete at home has faced such trauma. To be sure, every other person knows the names of Shanti Soundarrajan, silver medalist at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, who failed a gender test.The name of Pinki Pramanik is even more famous, as the 2002 Busan Asian Games gold medalist flunked a gender test and was later accused of rape in Kolkata. If you talk to old timers who were part of India’s campaigns as long back as the 1978 Asian Games in Bangkok, a track and field athlete failed a gender test. Yet, the officials showed great care in keeping her name under wraps.advertisementAthlete Dutee Chand.Not many would know that the athlete in question was so traumatised, her teammates and coaches felt she could even have committed suicide at that point of time. Nobody went to the media and shouted out her name. Her anonymity is something which needs to be respected and she continues to work even today with the Indian Railways. Then again, in 1990, at the Beijing Asian Games, a woman hockey player failed a gender test and had to be sent home. In an age when TV channels were not around to rip open privacy and the internet did not exist, the player returned home safe and sound.Coming back to Dutee, it was not SAI’s duty to issue a press release and vilify her (without mentioning her name). Today, it is well known that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the international athletics body (IAAF) have stopped conducting gender tests as it has become so sensitive.Tests for hyperandrogenism are well prescribed and even in India the government has laid down the SOP (standard operative procedure) in black and white. If at all the SAI and AFI cared for Dutee, they would not have meted out such treatment to her. WHEN it comes to an athlete failing a dope test, what the SAI does is to inform the concerned federation and athlete. Once the ‘A’ sample comes positive, a test is ordered on the second sample called ‘B’. Mind you, nobody is in a hurry to tell the world a dope cheat has been caught.Benefit of doubt has to be given to athletes, as was the case in 2010 at home when so many athletes tested positive for MHA (methylhexanamine). The athletes said they were innocent and health supplements could be the cause. This time, Dutee has been painted like a cheat by the SAI, unmindful of the fact that she did not use anything to boost her hormone levels for achieving any advantage.In an age where the media feasts on sensational news, Dutee has become a victim for no fault of hers. As if to rub salt into the wounds, we have thick-skinned officials who tell us she could again compete as a female athlete if her androgen levels are below the prescribed limits of 2 nanograms per millilitre. For those unaware of the jargon, a nanogram is one-billionth of a gram!Logic demanded that the SAI and the AFI spoke to Dutee and her family in Orissa and pointed out that something was wrong. After that, she could have been pulled out of the squad. At least, that way, the young girl would not have been subjected to this kind of public humiliation where the average person now wonders if she is a boy or a girl.advertisementToday, when rape cases are mentioned, the name of the victim is not supposed to be given away. Take the case of the December 16, 2012 gang-rape victim in New Delhi. By and large, people have shown care in respecting her personal identity. The SAI, best known as a body which maintains stadia in India, cannot be allowed to get away with something which borders on character assassination. Athletes crave for respect, more so when they are down and out. Ideally, I would not have named the athlete, but it’s now out in full glare in public domain.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Nathan Stanley Is Having A Horrifying Game vs. Michigan

first_imgNate Stanley throws a pass for the Iowa Hawkeyes.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 13: Nate Stanley #4 of the Iowa Hawkeyes throws the ball against the Indiana Hossiers at Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley is having quite the game at Michigan this afternoon – and, unfortunately for Hawkeyes fans, we don’t mean that in a good way.The Hawkeyes are playing the Wolverines close, as it’s 10-3 Michigan at the beginning of the second half.However, Iowa has been unable to hold onto the football.Stanley has now thrown three interceptions through two-plus quarters. His latest pick came on a drive to start the second half. It had been a while since he had thrown a pick, too. Entering today, Iowa’s Nathan Stanley hadn’t thrown an interception since last season.Michigan has two in the first half. pic.twitter.com/qqUgofbExj— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 5, 2019Iowa’s quarterback is now 10 of 22 for 138 yards and three interceptions. The Hawkeyes would likely be leading this game without the turnovers.The Iowa-Michigan game is being televised on FOX.last_img read more

ESPN’s David Pollack Is Predicting A Major Top 10 Upset Today

first_imgDavid Pollack talking to Maria Taylor during College GameDay.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: ESPN College Gameday Analysts Maria Taylor and David Pollack discuss college gameday at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay panel has yet to officially make all of their picks for Week 7’s biggest college football games.Analyst David Pollack is already calling for one major upset, though.The ESPN college football analyst believes a top 10 team is going down to an unranked foe in the Big Ten this afternoon.Pollack is calling for Michigan State to upset No. 8 Wisconsin. The game is taking place in Madison.ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard are both going with the Badgers.On #CollegeGameDay, David Pollack picks Michigan State to upset Wisconsin today, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard both say Wisconsin wins a close one.— Mike Foss (@MikeFossWXYZ) October 12, 2019Michigan State usually plays Wisconsin tough, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a close game this afternoon.However, it’s unclear if the Spartans have the offense to pull off the upset. Michigan State’s defense will likely need to force a turnover or two.Michigan State and Wisconsin are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on BTN.last_img read more

Steffen: Bundesliga one of the best leagues in the world

first_imgManchester City’s on-loan goalkeeper Zack Steffen is enjoying life in the Bundesliga, and is hoping to make the most of his second stint in Germany.Pep Guardiola’s side picked him up from Columbus Crew this summer, but with Ederson and Claudio Bravo as goalkeeping options for their first team, the U.S. national team goalkeeper was loaned out for the season, joining Fortuna Dusseldorf.The Coatesville, PA native previously spent time in the Bundesliga with Freiburg between 2014 and 2016, but only appeared for their second team before returning to the US, joining the Crew. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Second time around, he is much more established, and is set to be first choice for the North Rhine-Westphalia club having made his league debut in the 3-1 win at Werder Bremen.”It‘s amazing. It’s such a good and strong league, probably one of the best in the world,” he told Bundesliga.com.”I’m just trying to enjoy it. I want to keep as many shots out as I can. I’m expecting to keep the team in the game. To make the saves I need to make and to do my job.”He was arguably the standout goalkeeper in the league’s first round of games, drawing praise from Bremen manager, Florian Kohfeldt.“We should’ve scored at least three more goals,” said Kohfeldt. “But we were up against a fantastic goalkeeper.”During his spell with Freiburg, Steffen trained with Roman Burki who is now Borussia Dortmund’s No.1.”I like [him] a lot,” Steffen said of the Swiss shot-stopper.”He’s very strong, quick and athletic. I like his style of play. He’s also good with his feet.”The 24-year-old is also a fan of former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, whom he described as his role model and is the reason he chose to wear the No.24 shirt at his new club.”When they asked me what number I wanted to pick, I saw 24 and I thought of Tim Howard,” said Steffen.“He was and still is my role model. I just remember watching him as much as I could.”Steffen will be hoping to continue his good form for the rest of the season, and give Guardiola a decision to make when 36-year-old Bravo’s contract expires next June.last_img read more

Underappreciated Lewandowski ageing like Ronaldo

first_imgJust six months after finding himself on the losing side in the 2013 Champions League final, Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski revealed that he had agreed to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer.The Polish frontman had played a pivotal role in Jurgen Klopp’s side reaching Wembley by becoming the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final – against Real Madrid, no less.However, Dortmund were ultimately defeated in the tournament decider in London by Bayern, the same side that had consigned them to second place in the Bundesliga and eliminated them on the way to completing a historic treble by winning the DFB-Pokal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Since moving to Bavaria, Lewandowski has won the Bundesliga title every single year and lifted the top scorer trophy on three occasions.However, he has never got as close to winning the Champions League as he did with Dortmund.Bayern have reached the semi-finals three times during the Lewandowski era, losing to Spanish opposition in each of those ties, as well as losing a quarter-final clash with the eventual winners in 2016-17, Real Madrid.Last season, they were also knocked out by the side that went to win the tournament outright, Liverpool, but their limp last-16 exit only cast further doubt on Bayern’s ability to compete with the very best teams in Europe.After the decisive second-leg loss at the Allianz Arena, Lewandowski hit out at coach Niko Kovac’s tactics, which had left the centre-forward isolated and frustrated in attack, unable to add to his record of 53 Champions League goals in 80 appearances.That figure puts him sixth in the all-time top scorer list for both European Cup and Champions League, just three goals behind Ruud van Nistelrooy, whom he should overtake this season.That will leave just Karim Benzema (60 goals), Raul (71), Lionel Messi (112) and Cristiano Ronaldo (126) ahead of Lewandowski in the all-time list.All four of those players above the Pole have won the competition multiple times, which appears to be why Lewandowski is rarely mentioned in the same breath as his rivals.The chances of Lewandowski moving up to fifth in the all-time rankings are very high, though, especially if he continues his scoring ratio of 0.66 goals per game in the tournament.He turned 31 in August, but has shown no sign of slowing down, scoring all five of Bayern Munich’s goals in their first two games of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season.Like Champions League topscorer Ronaldo, Lewandowski has adapted his game and even improved his all-round performance as he has aged.Whereas other clubs rely on multiple options at striker, Bayern have not recruited an experienced backup for the Poland international, with Jann-Fiete Arp signed this summer but utilised on the wing in pre-season, such is the faith in Lewandowski’s fitness and ability.In 2018-19, his improved all-round game was illustrated by the fact that he provided 10 assists on top of his 22 league goals; he had created just two goals the season before.GFX Coutinho on LewandowskiLewandowski’s influence, then, is only growing, meaning he will be even more important to Bayern’s upcoming bid to win a sixth European Cup.The Bavarians have signed Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic in the past few weeks and these attacking additions should provide them with the kind of creativity that was so conspicuous by its absence against Liverpool last season.Barcelona loanee Coutinho is certainly looking forward to working with Lewandowski, admitting that he has already been blown away by the 31-year-old’s quality and work ethic.“He’s incredible, just world-class,” Coutinho told reporters after the 3-0 win at Schalke at the weekend. “It’s incredible, the way he trains.”I’ve been here a week and watching him up close he’s so much better than you think on TV. He had a great game, a great hat-trick and he deserves it.”Indeed, Lewandowski is essentially reaping the rewards of a relentless, Ronaldo-esque pursuit of perfection, which unsurprisingly endeared him to former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, a coach who always demands the very highest standards from his players.”He is the most professional player I have ever met,” the Catalan said in 2016. “In his head, he thinks about the right food, sleep and training 24 hours a day.”He is always there, never injured, because he focuses on these things. I was always very, very pleased with him, from the first moment.”Zurücklehnen und genießen! 😍@lewy_official #FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/3PfkwHqSVC— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 27, 2019With athletes like Ronaldo and NFL superstar Tom Brady still putting in peak performances late in their careers, Lewandowski has followed a similar path thanks to a personalised nutrition plan designed by his wife, karate champion and fitness expert Anna Lewandowska.The footballer has cut sweets and chocolate out of his diet as well, as alcohol and cow’s milk, and sometimes finds steak tartare on his daily breakfast menu.”I write his nutrition plans. I have deleted dairy products from the diet, as well as gluten,” Lewandowska told Fit and Fun. “Depending on the training phase, there is porridge made from millet or protein in the form of tartare for breakfast. Otherwise a lot of seafood and fish. We love pumpkin noodles.”Former Poland manager Adam Nawalka saw Lewandowski single-handedly take the team to the 2018 World Cup, with 16 goals in qualifying, a new European record. In total, he has 57 international goals in 106 games – only one active European has more: Cristiano Ronaldo.”He’s the best striker in the world,” Nawalka said last year. “He’s always developing and making progress and I don’t believe there’s anyone who can stop him.”Lewandowski is a long way away from Ronaldo’s 126 Champions League goals, and will find it difficult to add that trophy to his collection, but this season he will move into the top five European Cup goalscorers of all time and finally get the appreciation he deserves as one of the world’s best strikers.last_img read more

Kimmich: Leipzig in Bayern’s sights

first_imgJoshua Kimmich insists Bayern Munich are not thinking about Borussia Dortmund and are instead focused on ending RB Leipzig’s perfect Bundesliga start.Dortmund suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Union Berlin on Saturday to leave Leipzig as the only side with a 100 per cent record after three matches.Bayern have won back-to-back games after being held to an opening-game draw by Hertha Berlin and face Julian Nagelsmann’s league leaders in their next outing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Kimmich has played a full part in all three of Bayern’s league games so far and is relishing a top-of-the-table showdown at the Red Bull Arena on September 14.”Dortmund’s defeat hasn’t been a topic yet,” he told reporters. “We are now on the third matchday, we have to look after ourselves and still have work to do. “We’ve already left some points behind. There are still enough matchdays ahead of us. If we get our points, then we’ll be champions again. But we still have to work hard for that.”Leipzig got off to a perfect start with three victories. We’re behind, so of course we don’t want to be in that position that long. We always prefer to be right at the front. “We can make sure of that with the next game. In Leipzig you can set an exclamation mark. It’s definitely a good time to play against Leipzig – they’re in a good mood and we can see where we stand. “We came in with three games, now there’s the international break and then it’s all about Leipzig and the Champions League.”Union Berlin claimed the first Bundesliga victory in their history by seeing off Dortmund and Bayern midfielder Philippe Coutinho, handed his full debut in the 6-1 win against Mainz 05, believes that is a sign of the ruthless nature of the division.”Dortmund are a great team,” he said. “The Bundesliga is very competitive. We have to be prepared, as we are in every game. “We are at the beginning of the championship and we have to add as many points as we can to fight for the title at the end.”last_img read more

Elbow injury rules Lloris out until 2020

first_imgTottenham have confirmed that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be out until at least the start of 2020 with a dislocated elbow.The France international suffered the injury during Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday and had to be carried from the field on a stretcher in obvious agony.A statement on Tottenham’s website said: “Hugo Lloris has undergone further assessment this morning after sustaining a dislocated elbow in our match against Brighton on Saturday. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “The findings have shown that although surgery will not be required, our Club Captain has suffered ligament damage and is not expected to return to training before the end of 2019.”Hugo is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation under the supervision of our medical staff at Hotspur Way.”France coach Didier Deschamps said the loss of his World Cup-winning goalkeeper was a blow, though it provides an opportunity for others to step up ahead of this week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.”His absence is difficult to quantify, he is is very important, dominating, given his status,” said Deschamps. “It encompasses everything. It’s a loss for us even if it is the first injury he has had in his career.”Other players will take over to allow the team of France to continue to perform.”Lloris suffered the injury after landing awkwardly on his left arm while fumbling Pascal Gross’ cross into the path of Neal Maupay, who nudged Brighton in front from close range.A brace from Irish forward Aaron Connolly either side of half time completed a convincing victory for the Seagulls and capped a miserable week for Spurs, who had been thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek.It means the north London club have won just three of their 11 games in all competitions this season, including a penalty shootout defeat to League Two side Colchester in the Carabao Cup last month.They are currently 11th in the Premier League, three points outside the top four, and have taken just one point from their opening two Champions League group stage matches.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who led the club to fourth place in the Premier League and the Champions League final last season, insists he does not fear the sack despite their poor run of form.Next up for Tottenham after the international break is a home clash with bottom side Watford on Saturday,October 19.last_img read more

Report: Belarus 1-2 Netherlands

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum led the Dutch charge towards Euro 2020 as his superb double gave Netherlands a 2-1 win in Belarus.After the calamity of failing to qualify for last year’s World Cup, Netherlands are close to securing their return to the big stage, although they were unimpressive in Minsk.Memphis Depay was absent with a thigh injury, and the Lyon forward was badly missed after his strong form for Oranje this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career It fell to Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum to make the difference, with his neat header and spectacular long-range strike doing the damage for Ronald Koeman’s men before Belarus’ Stanislav Dragun breathed fresh life into the contest.The hosts should have gone ahead midway through the first half when Igor Stasevich’s cross from the right fell to Denis Laptev, seven yards from goal.An opening goal looked inevitable, but Matthijs de Ligt threw himself brilliantly in front of the striker’s shot to make a block, before Laptev sent his follow-up off target.Wijnaldum made the breakthrough in the 32nd minute, jumping to guide a cross from Quincy Promes into the top left corner.His second goal nine minutes later was a stunning effort from 28 yards, raking from the left of goal into the right top corner.Evgeni Yablonski was a yard away from a copycat strike for Belarus moments before half-time.The hosts got one back after 53 minutes when Dragun headed home Denis Polyakov’s cross from the left, getting in behind Virgil van Dijk – a rare error from the centre-back.It was a first goal at home for Belarus since last October, when they beat Luxembourg 1-0, and Netherlands were rattled, Stasevich and Yablonski both threatening to bring the game level.Luuk de Jong headed over as Netherlands looked for a third goal to kill the contest, and Donyell Malen fluffed a great chance late on.WAT. EEN. GOAL. #WRUNED pic.twitter.com/nAyTL3oQaF — OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) October 13, 2019 What does it mean?Netherlands and Germany have established control of Group C, with Northern Ireland’s challenge apparently fading, so expect the Dutch to be at next year’s finals. Belarus will be in the play-offs after winning their Nations League group.Wijnaldum? Why not?The midfielder came up with the goods when Netherlands’ forwards were struggling to make a breakthrough in Depay’s absence. Wijnaldum continues to score big goals for club and country and Sunday’s second strike was one for a career highlights reel.Mixed Minsk memoriesNetherlands suffered disappointment two years ago while in the capital of Belarus, as their World Cup qualification hopes were dashed. The Dutch won 3-1 that night, but an 8-0 victory for rivals Sweden over Luxembourg earlier in the day meant Netherlands were effectively doomed to miss out on the finals. This was a better night, but nervy all the same.What’s next?Netherlands face Northern Ireland and Estonia next month, as they wrap up their group campaign and look to seal qualification. Belarus have just one group game left, away to Germany. read morelast_img read more

Girls basketball: Skyview 56, Skyline 42

first_img Skyview Storm The Columbian Share: Published: December 27, 2018, 9:35pm Tags Kazz Parks had 17 points and Ava Harman pulled down 14 rebounds as the Storm improved to 11-0 on the season with a win at the Evergreen Holiday Tournament.Emily Norton added 15 points and Remingtin Riley had 12 as the Storm took control with a 16-5 edge in the second quarter.Maddie Hendricks had five of Skyview’s 13 steals.Skyview faces Lake City, Idaho at 8:30 p.m. Friday.SKYVIEW 56, SKYLINE 42SKYVIEW (11-0) — Michelle Winter 2, Alexis Perez 0, Maddie Hendricks 7, Ava Harmon 1, Remingtin Riley 12, Tanariea Deloney 2, Kazz Parks 17, Emily Norton 15. Totals 17 (7) 15-26 56.SKYLINE (2-7) — Natalie Triche 0, Brooke Mayes 2, Julia Hepperle 4, Emily Sakamoto 8, Danielle Amodo 6, Ashley Lin 3, Emily Cook 0, Holly Streamer 2, Mel Duenaz 7. Totals 18 (2) 4-11 42. Receive latest stories and local news in your email:center_img Girls basketball: Skyview 56, Skyline 42 Skyview 16 16 10 14–56Skyline 10 5 10 7–42 By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. GO Share:last_img read more

Weldon Wagon Trail is a lesser-traveled Gorge option for spring beauty

first_imgWeldon Wagon Trail is a lesser-traveled Gorge option for spring beauty Ticks and poison oak also cling to the rugged hillsides, and visitors are reminded to keep an eye out for the noxious weed, and check for ticks when you get home.This is a family-friendly trail where visitors can catch glimpses of squirrels, deer, and other wildlife if they keep their eyes open. Vultures circle overhead, and at times you can catch the sound of gobbling wild turkeys.We had tried the trail at the suggestion of Ryan Ojerio of the Washington Trails Association.“It’s up in the oak woodlands, and kind of off the beaten track,” said Ojerio. “It’s uphill, but not like Dog Mountain. It’s a steady climb but not a grind.” A diminutive grass widow blooms along the Weldon Wagon Trail. April and May are the best months to hike among the beauty of blossoming springtime wildflowers in the eastern Cascades. Photo Share: By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer Published: April 3, 2019, 9:40pm terry.otto@columbian.com We were a little early for most of the spring wildflowers, but the grass widows were in bloom, their tiny reddish-purple petals nodding in the slight breeze as they peeked out from shrubs still barren of spring green.The cheerful but diminutive flowers and the fresh greens of the meadow grasses held your gaze, and when you looked up the sweeping views of the White Salmon River Valley were breathtaking. Spread out below were the fields and farms of the valley, set against the rising flanks of the fir-clad Cascade Mountains.To the south, Mount Hood rose white and stark, snoozing in the spring sunshine.The Weldon Wagon Trail is one of the lesser-travelled eastside Columbia River Gorge trails where hikers can enjoy the spring show of wildflowers. It is a 5.2-mile round-trip, up and back, that follows a historic wagon road once used by fruit growers in the highlands to deliver their produce to the town of Husum.Built in the early 1900s by Elwin Weldon and Henry Hyndman, the road replaced the old method of getting fruit to market, which was done by loading sleds with produce and sliding them down the steep slopes. GO He had me at “not a grind,” and “off the beaten track,” so we gave it a try, and were glad we did.For those hikers that are looking for the less crowded trails, he also suggested the Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail.“It is steeper,” said Ojerio, “It has wild flowers. It is not as impressive as Dog Mountain, but it has some cool flowers.”It is about the same length as the Weldon Wagon Trail, and it also affords some prime eastside views. Share: Follow The Columbian on Instagram By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Hikers are also reminded that parking is an issue at the Dog Mountain trailhead. You can park at the Skamania County Fairgrounds and catch the Dog Mountain shuttle to help ease the congestion. The price of the shuttle is $2, but the day use pass is free when you take the shuttle.Weldon Wagon TrailTo get there: From the Hood River Bridge, turn left and go 1.6 miles on Highway 14. Turn right onto State Route 141A and follow for two miles. Turn left to continue on 141 for 3.8 miles and turn right onto Indian Creek Road. Follow this for half a mile and turn left onto Indian Cemetery Road. Less than half a mile farther is an unmarked Jeep road and room to park. Follow the jeep road until you see the sign for the trail.Much of the trail winds through private lands, so please stay on the path.Lyle Cherry Orchard TrailTo get there: From the Hood River Bridge, drive east along Highway 14, and just past the town of Lyle, look for the gravel parking lot on the north side of the road.The land is owned by Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust, who ask you to use the boot brush to clean your boots before and after using the trail to help stop the spread of yellow starthistle, an invasive plant.For more information about Weldon Wagon go to the Washington Trails Association website at: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/weldon-wagon-road Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Terry Otto Columbian staff writer In addition to the grass widows, hikers in the springtime may find the Columbia Gorge broad-leaf lupine, Barret’s Penstemon, Columbia kittentail, the Columbia Gorge daisy, poets shooting star, and a number of desert parsley’s and countless other wildflowers.April through May is the best time to go, and although rain is predicted for the coming week, those rains will only help juice-up the show when the sun returns.Although not quite as impressive as the Dog Mountain trail, these hikes are excellent quiet alternatives if you do not like the crowds at the popular trail.Hikers are reminded that if they hike the Dog Mountain trail system a day-use permit ($1.50) is required on the weekends starting March 31 and lasting until July 1. Follow Since it is a wagon trail the grade is gentle. The trail climbs through meadows and white oak stands, and near the top hikers pass through the White Salmon Oak Natural Resources Conservation Area. It is up here in the ridgetop meadows that the best views are to be had.Interpretive signs along the trail explain that the conservation area’s focus are the white oaks, so important to wildlife. The acorns feed deer, wild turkey, and squirrels.At times the old road bed is still easy to distinguish. You can almost see the horses as they plodded down the slopes in front of wagons loaded with fruit, and straining against their traces as they made the climb back up.The trail rises a little over 1200 feet, and while the trail slopes gently, the landscape does not. Meadows and groves of trees cling precariously to the steep slopes. Scattered Ponderosa pines tower over the gnarled oaks, and tall Douglas firs fill the shady draws. Buy this Photo Jeff Otto hikes the upper part of the Weldon Wagon Road Trail in Klickitat County. The trail is an un-crowded alternative for hikers looking for spring wildflowers on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. Photos by Terry Otto/The Columbian last_img read more