I would beef for Drogba, fish for Aguero: Vidic

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI) Beef and chicken for Drogba, fish for Aguero — former Manchester United star Nemanja Vidics meticulously planned pre-match diet, back in the day, certainly provides food for thought. Vidic, who had earned a reputation as one of the worlds best centre-backs during his days at Old Trafford, was in the country recently to launch the India chapter of Football For Peace. “I eat more chicken, beef and pasta before the game (when I have to play against (Didier) Drogba but if I play against (Sergio) Aguero I eat fish, you know, right food to maybe lose one or two kilos,” Vidic said, recalling his preparations before lining up against the worlds best in his heydays. Football For Peace, which is supported by the English Premier League and the UK Foreign Office, will identify 10-12 cities in the country as part of its Cities for Peace initiative. Asked about the Premier League initiative in India, the 36-year-old central defender from Serbia had good things to say and sounded optimistic about the future of the sport in the country. “I think its a good project. Because in Serbia, they still dont have great facilities. But I think what the Premier League is targeting is helping these coaches to grow and to give the best possible knowledge to these young kids to grow.” “We need India as a nation to play football because if you have players from India I think everyone would be excited to play in the Premier League. I saw these kids, they are very competitive. I think the future is there,” Vidic said during an interview with actor Ranveer Singh, who is a Premier League ambassador in India.advertisement Vidic played under the iconic manager Alex Ferguson for more than seven years at United, helping the club win five Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and several cup competitions, before the Serbian moved to Italys Inter Milan in 2014. PTI AH APA APAlast_img read more


LIVE: France vs Republic of Ireland

first_imgFrance 2 Republic of Ireland 0: Dominant win for Deschamps’ men Jack Davies 04:58 5/29/18 france - CROPPED Getty Images Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir found the net as France beat Republic of Ireland 2-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly. France kicked off their run of World Cup warm-up fixtures with a show of dominance in a 2-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in Paris on Monday.Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir scored as the hosts eased to a comfortable win in their first match since Didier Deschamps named his 23-man squad for Russia.Giroud’s 40th-minute opener came after France had completely controlled the early stages, before a mistake by goalkeeper Colin Doyle played a part in Nabil Fekir’s second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ireland, meanwhile, never came close to threatening to make a game of it on their first visit to the Stade de France since Thierry Henry’s infamous handball memorably led to their defeat in a qualifying play-off for the 2010 World Cup.Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba were among the players left out of the starting XI by Deschamps, but this is a France side with tremendous depth and they controlled the match from kick-off, with Kylian Mbappe curling an effort just around the right-hand post after only three minutes.James McClean will have made Deschamps wince with a heavy challenge on Blaise Matuidi on the edge of the box in the 21st minute, but France’s captain for the night escaped unharmed.Doyle got down well to his left to keep out a Giroud drive after half an hour, before Corentin Tolisso hit the post from distance with the goalkeeper beaten.The ball had barely left the Irish half, so it was no surprise when Giroud netted the opener five minutes from half-time, prodding the ball home after his header was blocked on the line – a strike that pulls him level with Zinedine Zidane on 31 international goals.31ème but d’@_OlivierGiroud_ sous le maillot Bleu ! #FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) May 28, 2018Zidane – in his capacity as Real Madrid head coach – was the beneficiary of a pair of goalkeeping howlers as his side beat Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday, and whatever mental lapse afflicted Loris Karius in Kiev appeared to have migrated west to Paris as Doyle made an error to gift France their second.Diving to his left in a bid to punch clear Fekir’s shot from 18 yards, the Bradford City keeper did not get the desired contact and saw the ball deflect off his hands and over him into the net.Doyle went some way to redeeming himself with a strong hand to keep out Giroud shortly after the interval, before Matuidi directed a stooping header straight at the former Birmingham City stopper.Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill will not have welcomed the site of Griezmann taking to the field in the 64th minute but the Atletico Madrid striker could not add to the French haul, as a torrential downpour arrived over the stadium.The only frustration for Deschamps will be that his side could not put more past their impotent visitors. read morelast_img read more


The Tour of the Queens Baton Continues

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 24, 2017 – Nassau – The Queen’s Baton continued its journey through New Providence on Sunday morning, July 23, after a few days of presentation tours at various events during the Commonwealth Youth Games that have taken place during the past week in The Bahamas.The Queen’s Baton was brought to The Bahamas symbolizing the first leg Commonwealth Games Federation activities in the Americas as the Baton moves through this region before ultimately arriving in Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In New Providence on Sunday morning, the tour encompassed a church service at New Covenant Baptist Church, where Senior Pastor Rev. Trajean Jadorette, pictured, gave blessings; Baton is held by Commonwealth Youth Games Organizing Committee Chairman Wellington Miller. Later, during Sunday’s Cycling tourney, Bahamian cyclist Mark Holowesko has photo-op holding Queen’s Baton. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provocenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianewslast_img read more


Tatas JLR to invest £450 mn to double Midland EMC size

first_imgTata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover will invest 450 million pound (over Rs 4,500 crore ) to double the size of its Midland-based Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC).The 450 million pound investment programme at EMC is a clear signal of the company’s long-term commitment to Britain, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on Tuesday said in a regulatory filing.”The EMC is a strategically significant facility for JLR. The decision to expand our operations at the site provides a clear signal of our commitment to meeting customer demand for cleaner and more efficient engines, whilst developing the skills and capability that Britain needs if it is to remain globally competitive,” JLR, CEO, Ralf Speth said. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsThe move would create several hundred of new jobs at the facility which would lead to JLR’s global workforce touch 40,000 by next year. In the twelve months since its opening, the EMC has seen its workforce reach 700, while further recruitment is going on. The latest expansion of the EMC will see the site increase its operational footprint to 2,00,000 square meters, supporting capacity uplift as the company continues on its product offensive to deliver more exciting new products to customers. Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’Total investment in the site, which opened a year ago, now stands at 1bn making it the most significant new automotive manufacturing facility to be built in the UK in the last decade. The EMC is home to high technology, low emission ingenium engine – JLR’s first venture into in-house engine manufacturing in a generation.In just twelve months, the facility has moved from prototype production to full-scale manufacture with more than 50,000 engines coming off the production line.The EMC is one of JLR’s four UK-based manufacturing facilities. Together with its R&D centers in Coventry and Gaydon, JLR has invested 11 billion pound in product creation and facilities, creating more than 20,000 new jobs in the last five years.last_img read more


Gallery for preserving idols to get major facelift

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) is working on to give a major facelift to its gallery beside Rabindra Sarobar Lake that was created in 2012 for preserving some of the best Durga idols and installating art adorning the earlier puja pandals.”The revamped Rabindra Sarobar art gallery will be able to preserve as many as ten idols. Seven idols will be placed on separate concrete structures, while the remaining three will be displayed in the form of installation art within the 70,000 sqaure feet area earmarked for the gallery,” a senior KMDA official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe major attraction will be the ceiling that is being decked up with as many as 4,000 bells and the boundary walls around the gallery will be decorated with terracotta. The entrance gate will also be designed in a special way to woo visitors. There will be granite floor providing a smooth pathway. The gallery, a brain child of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was created in 2012 to give common people a glimpse of some selective Durga idols that they wanted to see but could not due to huge footfall or for being outside the state. Every year around 10 idols were preserved and they were replaced with new ones the following year. Some issues over maintenance cropped up after 2016 and the decision to revamp was taken up last year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe work is presently in its final stage and KMDA executive engineer Sudhin Nandy is supervising the work. The KMDA is spending around Rs 2 crore for the revamp. It may be mentioned that when the gallery was created for the first time in 2012, there were around 1,000 visitors per day from October to December.Apart from the visitors, morning and evening walkers at the Sarovar also did not miss the opportunity to visit it.”We are hopeful that it will be ready before the Durga Puja and from this year, we will be able to preserve idols and attractive installation art used for adorning pandals,” the official added.last_img read more


Delhi govt released Rs 770 cr to EDMC alone in six months

first_imgNEW DELHI: To counter the BJP-ruled MCDs over the issue of alleged non-payments to the sanitation workers, the ruling AAP government on Friday claimed that it had released Rs 770 crore to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) alone in less than six months in the current fiscal.”It is an extremely serious matter that despite the Delhi government releasing Rs 770 crore to the East MCD alone, the sanitation workers are on strike for non-payment of their salaries whereas the area residents are suffering without any fault,” a Delhi government statement said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Delhi government said that it had come across certain information in the public domain on the financial condition of the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (ruled by the BJP) and the grants from the central government for the purpose. “To dispel any misinformation and counter false claims of the BJP-led central government and the MCDs, the Delhi government is placing in the public domain the entire facts related to funds released by the Centre and the truth of funding pattern for Delhi,” the statement said It also termed the Centre’s conduct in the matter “unfortunate” and “unfair” towards Delhi and its people. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe government said that as per the data of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Delhi’s contribution to the central pool of taxes has gone up from Rs 54,705 crore in 2008-09 to Rs 1,08,882.50 crore in 2016-17. “However, there has been no increase in the assistance received by Delhi from the Government of India. It remains Rs 325 crore since 2001-2002. The central aid for Assam, Goa, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh had increased significantly.last_img read more