Ex-FIFA official Prabhakaran to contest for DSA president

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 11 (PTI) Aiming to make Delhi a “model football state” by 2021, Shaji Prabhakaran, a former regional development officer with the FIFA, will contest for the post of president in the upcoming Delhi Soccer Association elections.The elections are scheduled to be held on November 19 and Prabhakarans opponent is 69-year-old DSA veteran Sharafatullah.In the event Sharafatullah wins, he will have to relinquish the post within a year as per the Sports Codes 70 -year-old age cap for office bearers.Prabhakaran, who has also worked as senior consultant at Asian Football Confederation after his long association with the AIFF, has released his manifesto.”Our vision is to transform Delhi football and make it a model state for the sport in India by 2021,” Prabhakaran said today.”If I win we would look to appoint a professional general secretary and technical director by early next year,” added Prabhakaran who runs the recently-launched Delhi United Football Club.As per the manifesto, team Shajis focus is on financial stability in the DSA and generate income, initiate reform and bring good governance, infrastructure partnership and restructuring of the competitions.The veteran administrator is hoping that Delhi would become strong enough to win the national championship by 2021. Other goals include launching U-11/13 grassroots leagues and womens league by September 2018.If all goes according to the plan, team Shaji will launch an elite competition called Delhi Football Premier League by October 2018. That would be followed by the launch of inter- club/academy U-15 and U-17 youth league by December 2018.advertisementPrabhakaran also envisions starting a structured grassroots programme by February 2018, establish scouting networks and sign commercial partners/sponsors.He plans to launch a four-year Delhi Football Strategic Plan by January end next year.While there could be substantial increase in prize money as per the manifesto, registration fee for clubs has been fixed at Rs 25 lakh.A task force would be formed to identify minimum 15 grounds for clubs by April 2018. PTI AH PDS PDSlast_img read more

See Pics: Manushi Chhillar rocking it at Hardwell’s India concert

first_imgLast night, Mumbai saw a carnivalesque, winter extravaganza, with hundreds of people cheering to the music of Dutch DJ, Hardwell.The musician was in the country to perform as part of the Guestlist4Good music concert that was held at DY Patil Stadium. But the artist’s rocking performance wasn’t the only highlight of the grand show. What added further lustre to the night was a host of celebrities who were spotted in the audience.Among them was Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar, who seemed to be enjoying the concert to bits, with her friends and colleagues.Ever since Manushi landed in India, she has been busy attending press conferences, programmes and ceremonies. And yet, amidst all of her commitments, she managed to spare time to attend the concert.Also Read: Manushi Chhillar: As a doctor and Miss World, my purpose is the sameSporting a sheer, black dress by Falguni & Shane Peacock, Manushi looked all geared up to groove to the music. Here’s a glimpse of the beauty queen, having fun with her gang of girls.Picture courtesy: Instagram/navelideshmukhShe took to the stage to wave the Indian flag, to greet the spectators at the concert, which was met with a lot of cheer from the crowd.The diva was also spotted clicking selfies with her friends. In one of them, she posed with Mr World 2016, Rohit Khandelwal and DJ Hardwell himself.Picture courtesy:Instagram/missindiaorglast_img read more

Barry Sanders will be on the Cover of Madden ’14

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII’m pretty sure @johnwsnyder said it best yesterday about Barry Sanders being voted onto the cover of the new Madden ’14 video game:I feel like Barry Sanders is more excited to win the cover of Madden than he was to win the Heisman. #okstate— John W Snyder (@johnwsnyder) April 25, 2013Sanders was famously reserved about his 1988 Heisman trophy celebration. OSU was playing Texas Tech in Japan at the time of the announcement (can you imagine the things Johnny Football would do in Japan?) and Pat Jones had to coerce him into accepting the trophy via teleconference.Here’s an excerpt from Sports Illustrated:Like everyone else, Jones is mystified by Sanders’s rare combination of talent and humility. “I don’t think he’d mind getting named the best football player in college; he’d just prefer not to go through the things associated with it,” says the coach.Unfortunately for Sanders, that includes the Heisman ritual, but as late as Saturday morning in Tokyo, Sanders was insisting that he wouldn’t appear on the TV broadcast. He wasn’t a shoo-in to win the award, though the two other leading candidates, both quarterbacks, had stumbled. UCLA’s Troy Aikman was hurt by the Bruins’ losses to Washington State and Southern Cal in nationally televised games. USC’s Rodney Peete had a rough outing in a showdown for No. 1 against Notre Dame two weeks ago on national TV.“It’s just not that big a deal for me,” said Sanders of the Heisman. “And it’s not really fair to so many other people.And the conclusion:At any rate, being the thoughtful guy he is, Sanders wilted under the pressure applied by CBS and Oklahoma State officials, and he finally agreed to do the Heisman show. Sanders walked into the TV studio on Sunday morning looking as though he were about to be publicly flogged. Sitting beside Jones, he stared straight ahead at the cameras. A technician tried to position a monitor next to Sanders so that he could watch the same highlights of himself that viewers back in the States were seeing, but he told the man to turn off the monitor. Sanders, who can fall asleep whenever he feels the need, often naps through team film meetings rather than have to watch himself perform.So who was that man I saw doing First Take a few weeks ago talking about the Madden cover[1. I didn’t actually see him on First Take because I don’t watch the show but I read that he would be on it and presume he was campaigning for the Madden cover because that’s what he’s been doing a lot of lately.]? And who was that man last night tweeting (I mean, Barry Sanders…tweeting?!?) people to vote him over Adrian Peterson in the finale of voting?Even Tiger Woods weighed in:I’m voting for @BarrySanders for the Madden 25 cover #Madden25Barry http://t.co/BOH8ye6bBT— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 24, 2013Here’s a sampling of Barry’s tweets: Getting ready for the live show. pic.twitter.com/otUEdSQxy9— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 24, 2013 At the ESPN party with @RayRice27 pic.twitter.com/9imPlgla7b— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 25, 2013I’m not hating on Barry, all of this is fine, just quite the juxtaposition from his formative years.Two last thoughts: 1.) I think he’s probably wearing the same suit he wore in 1988 for the Heisman presentation. 2.) If you would have told 1988 Pat Jones “in 25 years there will be this thing you do on your phone where people all over the world can read the thoughts of famous athletes and people and Barry Sanders will be heavily involved” would he have laughed at you or had you committed?Or both?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img Still a few more hours of two for Tuesday tweets… if you want to see me on the cover of Madden 25. I’m almost there. Tweet #Madden25Barry— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 17, 2013last_img read more

Stockholm Norvik Port Halfway Complete

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Ports of Stockholm The Stockholm Norvik Port, scheduled to open in 2020, has reached the halfway stage in its construction process.Buildings, quays and bridges over the future railway are emerging simultaneously as the features of the new port start to take shape, while supporting casement walls are being moved into place on the sea bed using floating structures.Around 350 people are currently working on-site as the Stockholm Norvik Port gets ready to welcome the first vessel in 2020.“The Stockholm Norvik Port is long-awaited. Volumes of both RoRo and container traffic are increasing and vessels are becoming ever larger,” Johan Castwall, Ports of Stockholm Managing Director, said.Image Courtesy: Ports of Stockholmlast_img read more

Saganash discusses his exit from politics Jack Layton and UNDRIP bill We

first_imgNation to NationRomeo Saganash says he has been fighting for Indigenous people most of his life.In fact, he knows when that battle really started.“I started in 1981 with late grand chief Billy Diamond who asked me to work on these issues for his mandate back then,” said Saganash Thursday on the final episode of Nation to Nation this season.That’s why he tabled Bill C-262 in 2016 as it would require Canada to align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which articulates the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples.But it’s not law yet and time is running out. There are just a few weeks left to do it before Parliament breaks for the summer and gears up for the fall federal election.“We are in 2019. This is a place that everybody assumes to be a progressive place called Canada,” said Saganash.His bill, which is endorsed by the Liberals, is currently tied up in the Senate where it’s been for months. Conservative senators are said to be slowing it down.“We could be leaders. Our institutions to refuse this legislation will be probably the most disappointing fact in my life,” said Saganash.To read more on the bill’s current state read this story by APTN News reporter Justin Brake.But Saganash talks about more than the bill.He said when he was first elected in 2011 he always planned on two terms.He also talks about the late Jack Layton recruiting him and what could have been for the NDP if the leader didn’t pass away from cancer.However, he feels the NDP stand a decent chance in the fall election because of the squabbling between the Liberals and Conservatives.But there are more bills trying to beat the clock on Parliament Hill, particularly those affecting Indigenous child welfare and languages.Our political panel takes one last crack at the issues.Liberal MP Dan Vandal and NDP MP Georgina Jolibois sparred over just how much consultation was used to craft the child welfare legislation. The Liberals voted down most amendments to C-92 this week.“First of all, it’s important to note on both C-92, child welfare, and C-91, languages, there was extensive consultation. There was over a thousand (crosstalk), if I can finish my thought without being interrupted. There was over a thousand people consulted from chiefs to grassroots people,” said Vandal who was interrupted by Jolibois.“The witnesses spoke about both pieces of legislation and they need to improve. And again the government dismissing … (Tuesday), the Liberal MP said the work of Dr. Cindy Blackstock wasn’t that significant, wasn’t that important,” said Jolibois.Nation to Nation will be back in the fall right in time for the federal election.last_img read more

Manhunt continues in northern Manitoba Monday

first_imgbandrews@aptn.ca Beverly AndrewsAPTN NewsThe search for the two men wanted in connection to the death of a young couple and another man in British Columbia continues in northern Manitoba.And RCMP got some help from Winnipeg’s own Bear Clan Patrol – an Indigenous neighbourhood watch group.So much so, that Bear Clan volunteers think they spotted the suspects scrounging in the landfill in York Landing.last_img