Virtually all Mumbai citizens would vote in favour of the city’s ambitious Coastal Road Project, if asked today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asserted in defence of the project recently stayed by the Bombay High Court due to environmental concerns.“I respect the Court’s verdict… but when we started planning it, there were no regulations for such a project,” Mr. Fadnavis told The Hindu in an interview. “We just followed what the Centre told us to do… If today a signature campaign is started, 99% of Mumbai’s citizens will vote in favour of a coastal road,” he said.Stressing that big-ticket infrastructure projects like the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and a hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune will boost the State’s economy, the CM expressed concern about projects facing time and cost overruns due to “unnecessary litigation”.Terming the recent floods in western Maharashtra a “fallout of climate change”, Mr. Fadnavis dismissed the charge that his administration failed to provide adequate and timely relief to the flood-affected.“After an unprecedented 700% rainfall in seven days… nobody could have anticipated that the water would rise like this… We are experiencing a real fallout of climate change,” he argued.Terming any criticism on this front as “unfair”, the CM pointed out that rescue teams could also not reach the affected areas “as the highways were cut off and the planes could not land”.“After two days of trying to get them to land, I spoke to Union Defence Minister RajnathSinghji who provided us with a Dauphin aircraft from Rajasthan, which could land in marshy conditions. We then created a green corridor without losing a single life to the floods, and (the) deaths (that occurred) resulted from a boat capsize,” he underlined.While exuding confidence that a good monsoon and the Centre’s interventions will stir up India’s slowing economy, the CM said he was worried about the adverse impact of the floods on the State’s sugar industry. “We may have to reschedule their debts in the near future,” he said.
OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) celebrates with the bench in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorIt’s 9:31 p.m. on Friday and the Ohio State men’s hockey team is in overtime with Big Ten rival and 14th-ranked Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Buckeye freshman forward Mason Jobst has just blocked a slapshot with his left leg with 2:42 remaining and is visibly in pain.In stereotypical hockey player fashion, Jobst doesn’t stay down. Although slow to get up, he musters all the strength he has left in him and frantically tries to help his teammates clear the puck out of the zone so he can get off of the ice.Fourteen seconds after blocking that shot, just as Jobst returns to the action, Penn State freshman forward Alec Marsh ends the game with his sixth goal of the season.Questions are immediately raised as to whether the leading scorer in the Buckeyes’ nine-man freshman class would return for Game 2 of the series the next night.Twenty-four hours later, Jobst dekes Nittany Lions’ junior goaltender Eamon McAdam out of his jockstrap on a breakaway and buries the fourth of his team’s five goals on the night in a 5-1 OSU win.For Jobst, the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer with six goals and 14 assists, the path to success this season has come through the patience of sitting out most of his final year of junior hockey.The former captain of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, the top junior hockey league in the country, Jobst, who had already had both of his shoulders repaired, heard an all-too-familiar pop during a home game in October 2014.“I had a good summer working out and I was hoping to have a good year,” Jobst said. “I can’t really describe how deflating it was mentally that I had been through a full year of rehab and trying to take care of my body and for it to pop out again was devastating.”After speaking with his future coaches in Columbus, he determined that it was best to shut it down, have yet another surgery, and hope for an elusive healthy season next fall.However, the true captain and determined player that he is, Jobst battled back through rehab to rejoin his team for the Clark Cup Finals, where he contributed a goal and two assists, but his Lumberjacks were swept in three games by current teammate and classmate Dakota Joshua’s Sioux Falls Stampede.Jobst’s journey then continued to Ohio’s capital city to join coach Steve Rohlik’s Buckeyes.For Rohlik, he was not worried one bit about his somewhat injury-prone center. His recruitment of Jobst told him all that he needed to know about not just the type of player he was getting, but the type of person he is too.“First and foremost, I saw his competitiveness. Everybody would look at him and say that he’s not a very big kid in stature,” Rohlik said. “What we saw is a kid that competes all over the ice. He wants the puck. He’s not afraid to have the puck. He’s not afraid to go in tough areas. Sometimes guys get to the next level and they are afraid to make mistakes. Mason’s made mistakes, but he’s not afraid. Everyone that has coached him said, ‘Wow, you are going to get a heck of a player here.’”Jobst, who stands at 5-foot-7 and 159 pounds, has been exactly that through 22 games this season. Not only is he producing on the stat sheet, but in the faceoff circle as well, where he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning 52.5 percent of his draws.His play has more than impressed the veteran leaders on the team.“He has the right to be confident out there,” said junior captain Nick Schilkey, who also plays at a height disadvantage at 5-foot-10. “Things are going the right way because he’s playing hard and he is a relentless forward out there and that is what we have to be as smaller guys. You have to pretend that you’re not 5-foot-8 and play like you’re six feet tall. The bounces are going his way and rightfully so.”After an 0-7 start and a 3-11 record heading into the winter break, Jobst and the Scarlet and Gray are starting to put things together.OSU is 4-2-2 since the second half started on Dec. 28, and three of those wins have come over top-15 ranked opponents. Jobst had seven points (three goals, four assists) in the 14 games he played in the first half of the season. In the seven games he has played in during the second half, his play mirrors that of his team’s, as he has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). He also recently garnered the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week after a seven-point weekend against rival and sixth-ranked Michigan. “When we went down to Florida and had those two big wins (over then-No. 4 Boston College and then-No. 9 Cornell), I think that was a huge confidence booster for all of us,” Jobst said. “In the locker room, the whole attitude is just like, ‘Wow, we do have it.’”Time will tell if Jobst and the Buckeyes still “have it” this upcoming weekend as they get set to host Michigan State for a two-game series. Puck drop on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Spartak Moscow have announced the appointment of Oleg Kononov as their new managerThe Russian Premier League side fired previous coach Massimo Carrera last month after a poor run of results this season.Spartak’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal Tula on October 21 proved to be the final straw with Carrera being dismissed a day later.Now Spartak have turned to Tula coach Kononov to turn around their fortunes this season.“The offer from Spartak was unexpected for Arsenal, but they wished me success with a new team,” Kononov told the club website.“The fans also reacted warmly and I thank them for that.“I have been coaching for 18 years. I started as an assistant and went through every stage.Joao Mario is delighted to have joined Lokomotiv Moscow Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Joao Mario has left Italian Lega Serie A side Internazionale Milan to join Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League.“I’ve always experienced pressure from my first days of work. The stronger the pressure was, the more I liked it.“Pressure is the path to progress. Under it, you work for more than 100 per cent. No coach or player will develop without it.“Nothing is lost yet. We need to win every match. I’m sure the players are ready to develop.“They just need to realise their potential on the pitch.”Kononov previously led Krasnodar to a third-place finish in the 2014/15 Russian league season.Spartak are eighth in the league table with 19 points from 14 games this term.
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has pinpointed two defensive mistakes made by the club during their 2-2 draw with Manchester United.The Gunners traveled to Old Trafford on the back of an unbeaten streak which has lasted more than 15 games across all competitions.Unai Emery’s men took the lead twice through Shkodran Mustafi and an own-goal from United defender Marcos Rojo but defensive lapses which led to goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard ensured the hosts got a share of the spoils.Adams said, according to Mirror:“The first mistake, they didn’t follow it in.”“It is something you are taught as a defender, we used to say these things before a game – ‘make sure you follow the ball in’.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Adams continued: “The second is when you take the lead, and I used to do it regularly as a captain but Ramsey is off the pitch.”Someone has to go ‘come on, let’s concentrate, next five minutes, let’s be solid.“The ball comes in, Sokratis is rolled and it is 2-2.”The Gunners legend was also critical of the team’s approach after going ahead for the second time.He said: “Arsenal, with a bit of concentration when we went 2-1 up, should have seen it off and got all three points.”“But it is 20 games now, they are gathering momentum and it is still a difficult place to come.”
Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is confident they will bounce back from their back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and WolvesAfter seeing their 20-match unbeaten start in the Premier League come to an end with a 2-1 loss at City last week, Liverpool’s woes continued on Monday night with a surprise FA Cup defeat to Wolves by the same scoreline.For the game at Molineux, manager Jurgen Klopp fielded a much-changed side with Shaqiri being restored into the starting line-up.But the Switzerland international was unable to help prevent Liverpool from an early cup exit after goals from Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves sealed Wolves a 2-1 win, despite Divock Origi finding the net for the Reds.“Of course, we are disappointed after this game because we lost, first of all, but I think we didn’t deserve this result because we tried to play football,” Shaqiri told the club website.“We tried to come back. We tried everything until the end and you cannot say the attitude wasn’t there until the last minute. We tried everything.“Sometimes you need luck also and the free-kick was very unlucky. I saw the ball inside already, but it never went in.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We obviously had a lot of young players and a lot of players in who didn’t play for a long time.“We wanted to win this game to go to the next round, but the FA Cup is like this: you lose the game and you are out.“So, we close this game now and are looking forward to the weekend and the Premier League.”The 27-year-old, however, is confident that Liverpool have the required quality to bounce back.Shaqiri added: “I think we have enough players who can jump in.“This season we have the depth. There are a lot of players who are going to come in and give everything and the quality is still there.”Klopp’s side will next take on Brighton in the Premier League this Saturday.
Eden Hazard has outgrown the current Chelsea squad and is simply just too good for them now, says Jermaine JenasThe Belgian superstar delivered another superb performance on Tuesday night, but couldn’t prevent Chelsea from losing the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie 1-0 to Tottenham.Hazard has picked up most of the slack this term for Chelsea with manager Maurizio Sarri even starting him as a centre-forward due to Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud’s struggles in front of goal.And, amid all the uncertainty surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge, former Spurs star Jenas weighed in by claiming Hazard has outgrown the Chelsea team.“I thought Eden Hazard was unplayable,” Jenas said on BBC Radio 5 Live.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He has gone by everybody and he must be thinking, ‘what more do you need me to do?’“Chelsea are a top side but I think he has outgrown them and he is above [the] level of everybody around him.“I never thought I would say it, but he’s too good for this Chelsea team.”Hazard, who is yet to agree on a new contract at Chelsea, has been strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, which he described as a “dream” move in October.
David Carey: The main economic opportunity is the efficiencies gained through shared procurement and processes, and the opportunity to add external clients in the future, which will create a network effect which will benefit everyone. Folio: In a few words, what’s the primary aim of the new venture? Carey: Conde Nast and Hearst plan for this to be a center of excellence for the industry, with a full range of back-office services that will particularly benefit medium-sized publishers. Carey: The job reduction component is small piece of the savings, and the head count reductions will be modest. Folio: Can you share any numbers? Carey: The specific revenue targets, and savings, are not public numbers. Carey: While PubWorx starts with 130 employees, over time we expect that number to grow substantially, as new clients join. Folio: What are the staffing plans? Folio: What was the genesis for this decision? Last week, Hearst Magazines and Conde Nast announced a joint venture to manage various back-office functions at both companies, including production, procurement and circulation. The company, called PubWorx, will also seek to take on work from third-party companies. Folio: reached out to David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, to elaborate on his vision for the venture. Folio: What impact will this have on existing jobs? Folio: Is there an overarching vision for this move? Carey: Hearst and Conde Nast already operate several joint ventures, we’re often in contact about those businesses, and PubWorx was a natural outgrowth of that.
As many as 20 flights coming to Dhaka on Tuesday faced delays due to thick fog on the runway of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.The flights faced the disruption as heavy fog kept the runway of the airport blurred.However, the outbound flights left the airport in due time, said Armed Police Battalion’s (APBn) assistant police superintendent Tariq Ahmed Al Sadik.Met office director Shamsuddin Ahmed said dense fog has covered the northern to the middle part of the country.“The fog may remain for the next three or four days,” he added.
India International Centre (IIC) organised the book launch of Ram Varma’s Hindi version of Before he was god-Ramayana-reconsidred, recreated. The book which was launched by the president of Indian Council for Cultura Relations Dr. Karan Singh, takes out the Puranic dross and brings up the story of a man. Rama, the ancient idol of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband and above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage Valmiki. Discarding all the hues of that time Ram Varma’s, Rama is a historic figure. The blank verses of his poetry, is the medium which increased the divinity of his renderings as no other language can be purer, none more beautiful and at the same time simpler. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Varma’s rendering Ramayana is refreshingly different from the Valmiki’s Ramayana where ram is a historical figure like Krishna or Buddha. His re-creation takes support on the bedrock of the latest textual, sociological and archaeological research. In his own words, ‘The story recited by the well meaning pundits of Puranic times was a senseless exaggeration. It was vital to restore the attention of the viewers or the readers, but this beautiful story did not need any artificial support. Its beauty remains undiminished even in a realistic portraiture of events.’