MTN-Qhubeka ready for Tour du Suisse challenge

first_img “There are some serious mountains there, so there are some good opportunities there [to do well]. Hopefully the legs and the form will be good, so that I can see what I can do.”Television coverage South African and African cycling fans will be able to follow the fortunes of Team MTN-Qhubeka in the Tour du Suisse on SuperSport, which will deliver a delayed broadcast of Saturday’s first stage, followed by live coverage of every other day, through until the finish on Sunday, 22 June. SAinfo reporter 11 June 20134 South Africa’s Team MTN-Qhubeka will be on the starting line of the 78th Tour du Suisse on Saturday, eager to test their mettle against many of the world’s leading cyclists over the course of nine days. The challenge will be great, as many of those riders will be in peak physical condition ahead of the Tour de France. ‘Incredibly important race’ “The Tour of Switzerland is an incredibly important race for Team MTN-Qhubeka,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in an interview on the team’s YouTube channel on Tuesday. “The Tour of Switzerland is the fourth-biggest stage race in the world of cycling. It has huge media coverage around the event,” Ryder said. “It is one of the final preparation races for the big teams in terms of the Tour de France, and so it was critical for us to get into that event. “We’ll bring a fantastic team there, because it is the kind of event that suits our riders. It’s very hilly and it’s good for our African and European riders.”Vuelta a Espana preparation MTN-Qhubeka will be using the Tour du Suisse to prepare for the Vuelta a Espana, which along with the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia make up the sport’s three Grand Tours. The Vuelta will be raced for the 69th time this year, taking place from 23 August to 14 September. One of the major aims of the team’s participation in the Tour du Suisse, besides good results, will be to run a smooth operation ahead of the three-week race around Spain.Making a mark Assessing where Team MTN-Qhubeka could make its mark in Switzerland, Ryder said: “In the first few days, we’ll look for Gerald Ciolek to potentially win a stage because he can really get over the mountains and the smaller climbs. “Going towards the end of the tour, the last two stages, which are mountain-top finishes, we’ll be looking to Sergio Padilla, Linus Gerdemann and, obviously, Louis Meinjties [to excel].”Testing oneself against the best Meintjies, the silver medal winner in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in September 2013, said in a Soundcloud interview released on Tuesday that he was eager to test himself against the best. “I’m really looking forward to racing the Tour of Switzerland. It will be my first World Tour stage race, so that will be something new for me,” Meintjies said. “I am really looking forward to seeing how I cope with that level [of racing] day after day.last_img read more

Protests after J&K teacher dies in custody

first_imgThe death of a 28-year-old schoolteacher in police custody in Srinagar on Tuesday sparked spontaneous protests and outrage from political parties in Kashmir. A magisterial probe has been ordered in the case. “Rizwan Asad Pandit, a resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, was in police custody in pursuance of a militancy case under investigation. He died in custody,” a Srinagar-based police spokesman said in a statement.As news of Pandit’s death spread, protests broke out across the Valley. In Awantipora, youth clashed with security forces who used tear gas to control the crowd. A shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar, especially in the Old City. Protests also erupted on the campus of Kashmir University. The police officially did not mention the cause of death or the specifics of the militancy-related case, merely saying the ‘death’ took place at the special counter-insurgency cell of the police in Srinagar. Pandit died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, a senior police officer said.“An inquiry is underway under Section 176 of CrPC,” said the police. The section pertains to inquiry by a magistrate into cause of death, including when any person dies while in the police custody.Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal also ordered a magisterial probe “to be conducted by the Additional Commissioner Srinagar”.Pandit, a teacher and a visiting faculty at a local varsity, was arrested three days ago during a raid on his house. “All the family members were locked up in a room and he was arrested by the policemen. He has no connections with militants. Our family is associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), which is not a crime. It’s a cold-blooded murder inside custody and those responsible should be punished,” said the victim’s younger brother. According to the family, Pandit was earlier arrested under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) six months ago and was shifted to a jail in Jammu. “Later, despite a bail, two months ago Pandit was kept in police custody for two weeks,” a family member said.As news of Pandit’s death spread, protests broke out across the Kashmir valley. Several youth clashed with security forces in Awantipora. A shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar, especially the old city. Protests also erupted on the campus of Kashmir University. Internet services were later withdrawn in parts of Pulwama. Political leaders across the spectrum condemned the custodial death. “I am distraught at the brutal custodial killing. It again exposes the helplessness, vulnerability and insecurity of the lives of Kashmiris, in the wake of growing impunity of the authorities,” said Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.Separatist Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, the Mirwaiz and Yasin Malik, has called for a shutdown in Kashmir valley. Traders’ bodies have also supported the call.Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said, “I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development and must be investigated in a transparent, timebound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers.” Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said, “Innocent men hauled up from their homes for interrogation return home only in coffins now. The Centre’s repressive approach leaves young educated men vulnerable, who are forced to take up arms. Stop using Kashmir to exhibit your sick chauvinistic nationalism. We have suffered enough.”last_img read more

I don’t run away from probe, I make others run: Kalmadi

first_img“I’m not the one who would run away from inquiry. I make others run”, said former Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi , facing charges of corruption in connection with the mega sports event held in Delhi last year.Putting up a brave front in the face of a widening CBI probe into the alleged CWG scam that has led to arrests of his close aides, Kalmadi said he was not the one who would run away fearing an inquiry.Reacting to media reports saying he was “missing” for the past few days when his bank lockers in the city were searched by CBI sleuths, Kalmadi, who returned from Bangkok last night, told Congress workers, “I was not missing. I am not the one who would run away. I make others run.”Kalmadi was in Bangkok earlier this week in connection with organisation of an Afro-Asian athletic meet.The Pune Lok Sabha MP reiterated that he was ready to face any inquiry and answer all questions and was fully cooperating with the investigating agencies.”I have not done anything wrong to bring disrepute to Pune. The CBI searched my house and opened bank lockers but they did not find anything incriminating. They came across only those things mentioned in my income and wealth tax returns,” Kalmadi maintained.Even as he made a spirited speech to his loyalists, the high-profile MP now under scanner looked visibly tense. – With PTI Inputslast_img read more

Powell sees potential threats from global slowdown

first_imgWASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the U.S. economy is performing well but he’s eyeing potential risks ahead.Those include a slowdown in global growth, the fading impact from tax cuts and the cumulative weight of the Fed’s own interest rate hikes.Speaking Wednesday to an audience at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Powell said the Fed is managing interest rates in an effort to prolong the current economic recovery.He said the increased political attacks on the Fed will not divert the central bank from doing its job.President Donald Trump has called the Fed’s rate hikes his “biggest threat.”But Powell told his audience that the Fed has the tools and the protections it needs to serve the public in a “non-partisan, professional way.”Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Kushners buying 4th New Jersey property in taxbreak zone

first_imgNEW YORK — Jared Kushner’s family company plans to buy another property in a New Jersey beach town where developers can get big tax breaks thanks to a new federal program pushed by Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump.Long Branch Business Administrator George Jackson says Kushner Cos. is negotiating to buy in the Lower Broadway section of Long Branch, New Jersey. The property is in one of thousands of Opportunity Zones that the federal government approved earlier this year offering tax breaks to entice investment in high poverty areas.It would be the fourth Kushner purchase in an Opportunity Zone in Long Branch since the program was included in last year’s tax overhaul law. Ethics expert say Kushner’s push for the program in Washington raises conflicts of interest issues.Bernard Condon, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Community Christmas Light Tour – presented by Burger King and Moose FM

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Burger King, Energetic Services and Moose FM present a Community Christmas Light Tour December 17 and 18, 2018.Book your seating starting at 10 a.m. December 5 online at www.energetictickets.ca or in person at Systems Sound Source on 100 ST. The bus will tour around the community and look at all the decorated homes.The tour will leave at 7 p.m. each night from Burger King and the Gateway Plaza.  When you book your seat, the ticket includes dinner at Burger King.Use your ticket that will be emailed to you this week and redeem it for dinner.You’ll get to choose from the following options:A Whopper ComboOriginal Chicken ComboOr a Kids MealTickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth (three to 12) and children under three are free, but must sit on a parents lap due to available space on the bus.  A family four-pack (two adult tickets and two youth tickets) of tickets will be available for only $45. Seating is limited to the first 50 people a night who book their tickets.last_img read more

Taylor Bridge deck welding taking place January 14 15

first_imgYRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates or you can call our after hours line at 1-888-883-6688. TAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace will be performing deck maintenance on the Taylor Bridge Monday night and Tuesday night January 14 & 15.Maintenance will begin at 7 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating traffic with up to 20-minute delays.last_img

It’s bullock cart of BJP vs e-ricks of Trinamool

first_imgKolkata: Lok Sabha candidates in West Bengal’s Birbhum district are seeking to exploit all modes of transport to attract attention. While one candidate chose bullock cart, another decided to drive an e-rickshaw. Actor-turned-politician Satabdi Roy, seeking to retain the Birbhum Lok Sabha seat she had won for the Trinamool Congress in 2009 and 2014, was seen riding an e-rickshaw all by herself while campaigning in villages of the Rampurhaat locality. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Roy, clad in a pink saree and donning sunglasses, also participated in a tribal dance with the women folk of the locality. Not to be outdone, her Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rival Dudh Kumar Mondal rode a bullock cart to interact with the people of another Panchayat area. The Birbhum constituency will go to polls on April 29 in the fourth of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election in the state.last_img read more

YSR brother’s murder: PS, aide arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: Kadapa Police on Thursday arrested three persons in connection with the murder of YS Vivekananda Reddy, the uncle of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, according to The Indian Express website. Vivekananda was found dead in the bathroom of his house in Pulivendula, in Kadapa district, on March 15. Vivekananda’s close aide E Gangi Reddy, personal secretary Krishna Reddy and Prakash Reddy, son of housemaid Lakshmi, were arrested for destroying evidence at the crime scene and misleading cops.last_img

Women thieves strike at SE Delhi banks, get captured on CCTV

first_imgNew Delhi: A group of 4 woman in their mid twenties are active in South East Delhi region which are striking at potential customers at various banks. They choose their target and slowly surround him pretending to be customers themselves.To avoid any suspicion they also carry a baby in their arms which distracts the attention of the target who has no idea that the other three are blocking the view of the others in the bank while one of them is slowly cutting the money bag with a sharp blade and stealing the money the target has brought to deposit in the bank. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe case came to light when Amin Akhter in his mid 60s went to Indian bank in Jamia to deposit 30 thousand rupees in cash in the afternoon. Within moments he was targeted by a group of 4 women in their mid 20s. “First two woman surrounded me followed by two more. One of them aslo carried a baby i their arms. I thought tehy are also customers of the bank. I had no idea that they are thieves and are piercing the bag in which i carried money. My jute handbag had two sharp cuts and all the money was taken,” Akhter said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAkhter, retired from Jamia Milia islamia university the approachd the Jamia Nagar Police station. A police team tehn visited the Indian bank and collected the CCTV footage in which a group of 4 women were seen surrounding Akhter. “The group of women were well dressed and no one could suspect them that they are thieves carrying blades to cut open the money bag or purse. Since one doesn’t suspect and think their standing close as mere coincidence they easily rob the money. The bank should also keep a check who enters the bank,” Amin Akhter said. Police has formed teams to identify the accused women. CCTV footage is being examined and cops are checking if the group of women identities with any gang with the similar modus operandi. Some sophisticated groups of thieves do target customers in various banks and dupe the of their money either by offering some help of simply cutting open the money bag.last_img read more