Headlines of the world press in the Classic: “Zidane breathes”

first_imgThe Classic paralyzed half the world and after the meeting the media around the world had something to say about the match (2-0). The covers of digital media have not taken long to praise Vinicius and the rest of soccer players Real Madrid in his encounter in front of Barcelona, of which they emphasize that they have lost the leadership. These are the headlines left by the world press: Daily MailThe British newspaper focuses on the end of the white drought in the Classics: “Vinicius and Mariano end the streak of seven Classics without winning.”Mirror“Vinicius Junior breaks Messi’s record and Madrid wins the Classic.” The 19-year-old Brazilian became the youngest player to score in a Classic in the 21st century.The sunThe English focus on how valuable the three points are to assault the Santander League: “Incalculable victory of Los Blancos in the Classic to beat the rivals.”The telegraphMore compliments to the Brazilian in England: “Real Madrid jumps to Barcelona and becomes leader thanks to Vinicius”.The timesCristiano Ronaldo was in the box witnessing the meeting and in the English newspaper include him in his headline: “Cristiano Ronaldo watches as Madrid jumps and crushes his rivals.” La Gazzetta dello SportIn Italy they speak of a change of roles both in the classification and with respect to what had been seen during the last duels: “A contrasted Classic. The pride of Real fuses Barça with Vinicius and Diaz.”TuttosportOne of the most similar means to Juventus also used the name of its star for the headline: “Real Madrid wins the Classic under the eyes of Ronaldo”.L’EquipeThe French media highlights the change of leader in the classification: “Real Madrid returns to reign in the Classic and leads the championship.” In their paper edition they dedicate a small space to the party under the headline: “Zidane breathes.”Le parisienThe newspaper focuses on the performance of French players, qualifying as “ghostly” the second half of Griezmann, of “disappointment” Umtiti’s match and highlighting the “solidity” from Varane.BildThe German medium focuses on the local Real Madrid player to title his chronicle: “Kroos starts the Royal party.”A BolaIn the Portuguese media they point out that whites return to the first position: “Real Madrid wins in the Superclassic and leads again.”Or jogoHolder similar to that of his fellow Russians: “Madrid wins in the Classic against Barcelona and returns to the lead.”OléThe Argentine newspaper entitled: “This is how Madrid wins.” In addition, in an additional news, they analyze the meeting of the crack of Barcelona: “Messi, surrounded and without aim”.Balloon supportIn Brazil they focus on one of their new stars taking advantage of their great performance: “Vinicius Junior shines in the victory of Madrid in the Classic against Barcelona”.last_img read more

Past the finishing post

first_imgPast the finishing postCaymanas Park Results for April 24, 2016Track Condition : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. MIRACLE RECOVERY RLahoe 52.02. BURNING MEDIC OEdwards3 52.0 1-1/4L3. CLEARLY OURS JPatterson3 52.0 9/5 2-1/2L*4. WINESHA LSteadman2 53.5 1/2L NeckWIN: $1043.00PLACE: $224.00, $155.00, $82.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 9yo b mare – FOOTLOOSE II – LOST THE EXITTrainer : MICHAEL MCINTOSH Owner : DONOVAN RUSSELLBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $1,521.00 Ex: $5,699.00Superfecta: $10,571.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey3 53.02. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger3 53.0 1L3. PERFECT GOLD DDawkins3 50.0 5L4. REAL VIBES MACHINE ARobles 55.0 2-1/2LWIN: $168.00PLACE: $71.00, $70.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.3, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – JUST A FLUTTERTrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner: ANDRE ADAMSBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYNOTE: HORSE #2 BARS OF GOLD WON THE RACE, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 6TH.Qu: $425.00 Ex: $651.00D/E : $7,505.00Superfecta: $1,863.00Race 3 1300 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)1. KIRI DDawkins3 51.02. BRAVE PROSPECT AChatrie 54.0 1/2L3. LEGAL ACCOUNT MWard4 48.0 2-1/2L4. BIG GEORGE OWalker 56.0 1-3/4LWIN: $406.00Final Time : 1:21.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.1, 1:13.4Winner : 4yo b filly – BIRDSTONE – BOOTLESSTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by IAN PARSARDQu: $601.00 Ex: $1,516.00D/E: $1,804.00Trifecta: $3,164.00Rolling Triple: $97,804.00Race 4 1800 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. MONTEGONIAN CBudhai 54.02. RED PARROT OWalker 53.0 2 3/4L3. GUAVA GROUND DBeharie 55.0 Head4. OLD BRAETON DDawkins3 49.0 4LWIN: $202.00PLACE: $127.00, $117.00, $210.00Final Time : 1:57.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.0, 1:13.1, 1:41.3Winner : 3yo ch filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – SWAPPING SECRETSTrainer : GORDON LEWIS Owner : ANTHONY HARTBred by TONY HARTQu: $729.00 Ex: $1,594.00D/E: $1,487.00Superfecta: $59,678.00Rolling Triple: $7,720.00Race 5 1820 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. TARANTINO JInnis3 51.02. GOLD SCREW WHenry 56.0 Neck3. MINY LEE DDawkins3 52.0 7-1/2L4. SNEAK PEEK SEllis 56.0 1LWIN: $286.00PLACE: $108.00, $174.00, $149.00Final Time : 2:01.3 Splits : 27.0, 52.2, 1:18.2, 1:45.4Winner : 4yo b colt – FILM DIRECTOR – SEEMELATERTrainer : WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : PAUL LUMSDENBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $827.00 Ex: $2,257.00D/E: $1,000.00Superfecta: $6,198.00Rolling Triple: $8,812.00Race 6 1100 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #5 BAD BOY JUSTIN SEllis 54.0*2. #6 FRANKENSTORM WHenry 56.0 3/4L3. #8 SHADE OF BEAUTY OMullings 52.0 3-1/4L4. #2 AUNT HILDA RMcNaughton 52.5 NoseLate scratch : #9 DIFERENTGENERATIONWIN: $214.00PLACE: $66.00, $55.00, $93.00Final Time : 1:08.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.1Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRACKING – FIRE REDTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : NORRIS PHINNBred by PHILIP A. AZARQu: $185.00 Ex: $466.00D/E: $1,349.00Superfecta: $3,945.00Rolling Triple : $6,540.00Race 7 1600 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. SURE MAN SEllis 55.02. WHO’S BOSSY JInnis3 49.0 Neck3. LITTLE RHEA AChatrie 53.0 1L4. RASHAIDA BBell 51.0 3/4L5. TRACKING DANIEL OEdwards3 50.0 6LWIN: $191.00PLACE: $95.00, $236.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:43.4 Splits : 24.1, 47.2, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b colt – MIRACLE MAN – LADY KUMARITrainer : JOSEPH THOMAS Owner : PATRICK HALLBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $2,096.00 Ex: $6,396.00D/E: $893.00Trifecta: $7,868.00Hi-5: $341,313.50Rolling Triple: $6,762.00Super-6: $173,986.30SIMPLY MAGIC CUPRace 8 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. MR. DOITBETTA HPottinger3 51.02. BABY P OEdwards3 50.0 3-1/2L3. DR. TRAIN AChatrie 51.0 1/2L4. THE PROMISE LAND WHenry 51.0 HeadWIN: $276.00PLACE: $112.00, $271.00, $71.00Final Time : 1:57.2 Splits : 26.1, 51.1, 1:16.3, 1:43.1Winner : 3yo colt – VIBANK – OLYMPIC ADVICETrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner: LORENZO ROBINSONBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $8,240.00 Ex: $11,358.00D/E : $3,176.00Superfecta : Carry-over : $146,945.50Rolling Triple : $18,102.00PlacePot 8: Carry-over : $281,838.75Race 9 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. UNCLE CHUBBY AChatrie 54.0 4/1 265.00 195.002. COOL U BOOTS RMcNaughton 53.0 6/1 2 255.003. QUEEN OF THE TOWN AndreePowell4 48.0 26/1 1 1/4 431.004. MEGAHERTZ JPatterson3 49.0 6/1 3 1/45. FRISSON BBell 52.0 10/1 HeadLate scratch : #10 SIR ROLAND, #12 TWILIGHT ROCKETWIN: $265.00PLACE: $195.00, $255.00, $431.00Final Time : 1:31.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, 1:15.2,Winner : 5yo b colt – SIR RODWELL – KATHYTHETRAINATrainer : RAY PHILLIPS Owner : SCANBred by TREVOR JAMESQu: $1,574.00 Ex: $2,145.00D/E: $2,051.00 (2-10) $495.00Trifecta: $44,738.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $94,097.25Rolling Triple: $37,276.00Pick-4: $216,832.00Super-6: $8,598.20 Carry-over : $1,109,179.50Pick-9: $11,464.00; $210.00 Carry-over : $4,273,653.30last_img read more

‘Broony is on the wind-up’ with atmosphere comments, McCoist says

first_imgFormer Scotland striker Ally McCoist thinks Scott Brown is on the wind-up regarding the latter’s views on Hampden Park’s atmosphere.Scotland’s Football Association had been considering switching games to Murrayfield in Edinburgh where the rugby team play, but announced home games will continue to be played in Glasgow after agreeing a £5m deal to buy ownership of it from Queen’s Park. Hampden Park was rocking for Scotland v England, says McCoist “I’ll tell you right now, and he must have been on the park, the 2-2 game against England, the last 20 minutes, the atmosphere was as good as I ever, ever heard it.“The atmosphere was fantastic. I get his argument that it’s not ideal.“He must have been in a bad mood yesterday, was he?” Scotland’s football team will remain at Hampden Park in Glasgow “He must be on the wind up! Get Scott Brown on the phone!”🤯 Ally McCoist cannot believe Scott Brown has genuinely labelled Hampden Park “one of the worst” for atmospheres! 🏟️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📞 Give us a call, @ScottBrown8 … 08717223344 pic.twitter.com/joQ6AaLpVk— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) September 12, 2018center_img 2 Brown, who recently retired from international football, was pretty scathing in his assessment of the Glasgow venue.“Hampden is one of the worst stadiums I have played in for atmosphere,” he said.“For Scotland, I think we should be playing at Celtic Park, Ibrox, then the smaller games – when you only get 17,000 – should be at Hibs and Hearts.“The bigger games could be at Murrayfield as well. We have some great stadiums here but we choose to use the wrong stadium for a football match.”McCoist joked that due to Brown’s Edinburgh roots, he is upset football games will not be staged at home of Scottish rugby.“No way,” he said in his role as talkSPORT’s Breakfast Show co-host in response to his comments. “That’s coming from an Edinburgh boy, get him on.“Has anybody got Broony’s number? We need to get him on this morning.“Broony, if you’re out there and you’re up and you’re on your way to training, give us a call.“How can he possibly say that, he’s at the wind up. He’s got to be at the wind-up, it’s one of the best I’ve played in. 2last_img read more

FIFA 19: Liverpool cult hero given huge stats upgrade

first_imgThey will no doubt be celebrating along with the Italian club’s fans now the 31-year-old has been given TWO stunning FIFA 19 stats increases since the start of last season.At the beginning of FIFA 18 poor old Lucas wasn’t thought of as the quickest or the best in front of goal, and for good reason since he only managed one Premier League goal for the Reds.But one campaign in Italy saw him get five four goals, and create five as he impressed for Simone Inzaghi’s men, and a refreshed winter rating. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won huge blow no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News Lucas Leiva celebrates scoring agains Bologna last season. 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED And to reflect this his overall pace (acceleration and sprint speed), along with his shooting (positioning, finishing, shot power, long shots, volleys, and penalties) have been bumped up by 22 and 27 points, respectively.It’s no wonder he’s now an 83-rated player overall, a four-point improvement on last season’s original base card.Check out the comparison below. silverware MONEY BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move impact REVEALED You won’t find many Liverpool fans with a bad word to say about Lucas Leiva.The Brazilian midfielder was an incredible servant to the club and spent 10 seasons at Anfield before leaving for Lazio. 2 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

Danny Murphy slams referee’s decision to book Leicester star Gray

first_img“The players obviously planned their messages so a conversation should have been had before the game and the referees could have spoken to the authorities and asked Cardiff and said, ‘of course, if one of the Leicester players scored there’s no problem in giving a heartfelt message to the family and the supporters’.“You talk about rules and regulations but, come on, what about common sense?”The main argument in support of Probert is that he had to be consistent with the rule book. Allowing Gray’s celebration may have caused problems from himself or other referees, if other players perform similar celebrations in the future.But Murphy insists referees are used to understanding the context within the game when deciding to book to player or not, and that on this occasion he should have allowed the celebration to go unpunished. 3 Danny Murphy has SLAMMED referee Lee Probert for giving Leicester City striker Demarai Gray a yellow card for taking off his shirt to reveal a tribute to late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Supporters were outraged on Saturday when Gray was booked for revealing a message of remembrance as he celebrated his match-winning goal against Cardiff. 3 Demarai Gray reveals a tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha underneath his shirt after scoring against Cardiff 3 “Let’s look at the biggest picture: Capoe on Zaha in the first two minutes in Watford v Crystal Palace, Kompany on Lennon in the first 30 seconds in Manchester City v Burnley – why weren’t they sent off?“I’ll tell you why, because it was in the first couple of minutes of the game and the referee subconsciously has thought ‘I don’t want to spoil the game for supporters, I’m going to make a decision here based on the context of the game and not on the rule book.“Actually sometimes that is right because adrenaline is pumping in the first few minutes and if it’s a big derby game you see referees letting stuff go more, because they know they’re going to end up with three or four sent off if they start throwing yellow cards around earlier on.“That’s understanding context in football.” Leicester City fans hold up a banner ahead of their match with Cardiff City as they honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Referee Lee Probert was slammed by fans The Premier League clash in Wales was Leicester’s first game since the death of their owner, Khun Vichai, in a tragic helicopter accident last weekend.It was an emotional afternoon at the Cardiff City Stadium, with both sets of fans paying tribute to ‘The Boss’ ahead of kick-off, but many were not happy with Probert and his decision to book the goalscorer.After the game, Leicester manager Claude Puel insisted he understood and accepted why Gray was shown a yellow card, while former Foxes goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer told talkSPORT the referee cannot be blamed for the incident.But Murphy disagrees with his former Fulham team-mate, telling Jim White on Monday:  “It was ridiculous to book him.“I love Schwarzer to bits and I respect him, but I think you’re talking about very unique circumstances; you’re talking about an absolutely horrendous tragedy. “You’re talking about very unique circumstances.””What about common sense in life!?””It was ridiculous to book him!”Danny Murphy slams the decision to book #LCFC’s Demarai Gray after he took his shirt off to unveil tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.What do you think? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/AvCCBmME8l— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 5, 2018last_img read more


first_imgTEMPERATURES are soaring again in Donegal – as thousands of families descend on the county’s beaches today.Gardai are warning motorists to be patient and expect long tailbacks on all roads to the most popular beaches.From Bundoran to Buncrana, local retailers are reporting record ice-cream sales. In Rathmullan this morning – pictured – locals and visitors alike were taking part in the latest craze…Stand-Up Paddleboarding – or SUP for the more acquainted.The lessons are being delivered by the Adventure One Surf School.However all good things come to an end.The long hot spell will see temperatures in the low 20s again today in County Donegal, with a little cooler on the coasts. Forecasters say Sunday and Monday will be fine and sunny once again, but that will all change as the week goes on.Rain is expected in Donegal on Monday night or Tuesday morning, but Thursday is looking fine once again.Whilst the weather will be a little more unsettled Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online says there is a hope at this stage of a return to warm weather at the end of the month.“If the unsettled weekend next weekdn does materialise, the trend beyond the 16th should be slowly improving back to warm and dry conditions with continued hints of very warm weather possible by about the 20th to 25th of June,” he said.Heading to the beach? Send your pix to info@donegaldaily.com THOUSANDS DESCEND ON DONEGAL’S BEACHES FOR LAST TWO DAYS OF GLORIOUS SUNSHINE was last modified: June 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THOUSANDS DESCEND ON DONEGAL’S BEACHES FOR LAST TWO DAYS OF GLORIOUS SUNSHINElast_img read more

Economist says downed phones cost millions

first_imgA regional economist estimated Wednesday that a computer problem that cut off phone service to thousands of Verizon customers cost businesses millions of dollars. “Easily, this would probably be at least a $20 million business loss,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “It was very traumatic.” Phone service — including emergency 9-1-1 service — went out for about 10 hours beginning early Tuesday morning, affecting customers in Whittier, Pico Rivera and other cities and communities in southeastern Los Angeles County and western Orange counties. Many retailers reported they were also unable to conduct credit card and checking transactions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I would say that tens of thousands of calls were blocked,” said Johathan Davies, a Verizon spokesman. The phone blackout began at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday when a computer program failed at Verizon’s Long Beach call center. The problem was noticed by a monitoring center in Dallas shortly after the failure occurred, but it took time to locate the problem, reboot the system and reinstall the software to get the system up and running again, Davies said. “It’s a lot more complicated than rebooting your desktop,” he said. As for the what caused the problem, Davies said the company was still looking into that Wednesday. “We are still working to identify the root cause of the outage,” he said. “It may be a few more days before we can establish what happened.” — Don Jergler can be reached at (562) 499-1337.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Low fares hit Qantas profits.

first_imgQantas is switching its Sydney-London flights back to Singapore AUSTRALIA’S Qantas is the latest airline to feel the impact of a competitive international airfare market and subdued economic growth as evidence mounts that the  aviation economic cycle has peaked. Lower fares on international routes and subdued domestic demand shaved 3 per cent off Qantas revenues in the quarter ending September 30 but it is still expecting a first-half underlying pre-tax profit of between $A800m and $A850m.This is below the underlying pre-tax profit of $A921m in the first half of last financial year but the airline noted it would still represent the third best first-half result in its history. It said the result would be helped by cost improvements from its transformation program and lower fuel prices offsetting the slowdown in revenue.The Australian carrier also expects slower growth in the first half and cut its capacity increase forecast to between 1.5 and 2 per cent, from the previous guidance of 2 to 3 per cent.Group domestic capacity is tipped to grow by 1 per cent while international growth is forecast to be around 3.5 per cent.But there are some tail winds from fuel costs, which are forecast to fall from $A1.7 billion in the first half of fiscal 2016 to $A1.5 billion in the latest quarter. Full-year costs are tipped to be no $A3.15 billion and no worse than $A3.2 billion.Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said the result would be another strong first half for the airline and the group’s reduced cost base, disciplined financial framework would help it to keep performing well in the more challenging international environment.Mr Joyce said he airline would continue to manage capacity carefully to match demand while investing to build on the group’s competitive advantages,.“Like most carrier’s globally, we are seeing international fares below where they were 12 months ago, but the impact has been tempered by the competitive advantages we’ve been working hard to fortify, including our strong domestic position and diversified loyalty business,’’ he said.Overall revenue for the group fell from $A4.11 billion a year ago to $A3.98 billion in the latest quarter despite a 2.5 per cent rise in group passenger numbers to 13.2 million.First-Quarter unit revenue  from the group’s Jetstar and Qantas domestic operations fell by 2.9 per cent compared to a year ago as the airline was hit by a $28m reduction in resources market earnings, primarily from routes within the resource- rich states of  Western Australia and Queensland.However, Qantas said domestic conditions beyond the resources sector reverted to a more stable environment seen prior to the run-up to this year’s federal election.Group international unit revenue was down 6.9 per cent as lower fuel prices, higher capacity growth and increased competition led to lower fares.“New Qantas international routes continue to meet expectations though have lowered average international unit revenue during their ramp-up phase,’’ it said. “Qantas International increased capacity by 5.8 per cent, with all growth funded by increased utilisation of existing group fleet.’’Qantas has redeployed aircraft from its domestic operations to international services, primarily to meet growing inbound demand from Asia.It expects its Jetstar International arm to grow capacity by 4.3 per cent and noted its loyalty program had hit 11.5 million members at September 30 as it signed new partners, including Airbnb.The flying kangaroo’s results came as the  International Air Transport Association said in its October business confidence survey that industry heads expected little change in profits over the next 12 months, consistent with signs that the industry profitability cycle may have peaked.Most respondents expected growth in cargo and passenger businesses and reported a fall in operating costs for the quarter, it said.“But given that oil and jet fuel prices have trended slowly higher since bottoming-out in early-2016, most respondents expect input costs to increase over the next 12 months,’’ IATA said. “The outlook for input costs contrasts with expectations for yields and points to a more challenging profitability environment.“In a reflection of strong competition and the subdued economic backdrop, over 90 per cent of respondents expect passenger yields to remain unchanged or to fall further in the year ahead.’’last_img read more

Marathi writer Gangadhar Pantawane dies

first_imgPune: Eminent Marathi man of letters Gangadhar Pantawane, whose crusading writings of more than half a century did much to usher marginalised voices into the literary mainstream, passed away in Aurangabad district early on Tuesday. He was 80.He had been ailing since January this year and was undergoing treatment in Aurangabad.His pioneering journal, Asmitadarsh, galvanised generations of Dalit writers and thinkers. Recently honoured with the Padma Shri, it was Pantawane’s trail-blazing efforts that single-handedly helped mould Dalit literature elevating it into a pulsating literary sub-genre.A multifaceted personality, his writings and research articles lucidly expounded the canon of Ambedkarite beliefs and progressive thought, influencing generations of intellectuals, writers and thinkers hailing from Dalit and tribal communities, like Namdeo Dhasal, Raja Dhale and Krishna Kirwale among others.Born in Nagpur in June 1937, Pantawane completed his primary and secondary education in the city before moving to Aurangabad in the early 1960s as a teacher in Milind College.But it is his pioneering literary journal Asmitadarsh, which he founded in 1968 and edited for nearly five decades, that will perhaps remain his most enduring and remarkable legacy.The journal gave voice to the bitter experiences of ostracised and helpedbring highlight Dalit experiences of Maharashtra’s rural hinterland like never before.But it went far beyond that, transforming rapidly as a unique rallying point for younger and unheralded writers, while serving as a vibrant forum for exchanging ideas and publishing the best in ‘socially conscious’ literature in the State — regardless of the writer’s caste, creed or gender.In helping awaken the dormant and explosive potential lying untapped within hitherto unsung writers from Maharashtra’s social margins, Asmitadarsh often acted as a mirror, reflecting prevalent social ills and seriously engaging with them. The importance of this journal can hardly be overstated. As the late American academic Eleanor Zelliot observed: “it is Gangadhar Pantawane, through Asmitadarsh, who has been making the roots of the revolutionary movement of Dalit literature strong.”Noted filmmaker Jabbar Patel described the journal as the “foundation of Dalit literature”.A dyed-in-wool adherent of the Shahu-Phule-Ambedkar brand of progressive thought, Pantawane transcended the straitjacket of a ‘Dalit writer’ through his prodigious writings and collections of trenchant literary criticism which included Dhammacharcha (1963, which he edited), Mulyavedha (1972) and Leni (1997).He effortlessly donned the roles of activist-thinker whilst being a superb stylist in the Marathi language, eschewing dogma and wearing his erudition lightly as evinced in his brilliant and highly readable biography of B.R. Ambedkar titled Mooknayak (1978).An adept groomer of budding literary talent, Pantawane’s activism often translated into pragmatic action, as he headed and chaired scores of institutions and committees with his tireless energy and cheerful mien.“He used to take me on his Lambretta scooter to literary and press meets. We are all in debt of his many personal kindnesses, his constant encouragement and the very fact that he gave us the opportunity to publish in his path-breaking journal,” said noted poet F.M. Shinde.In 2008, he was elected president of the first Marathi Vishwa Sahitya Sammelan that was held in the US.Besides research tours to universities in the UK and Thailand, Pantawane was especially active as a member in the Nagpur-based Chokhamele Girls’ Education Society, imbuing the institute with his passion for education of women in the marginalised communities.last_img read more

Gaga was poisoned by fame, says former friend

first_imgPop star Lady Gaga’s former friend Perez Hilton says she was “poisoned by fame”.Gaga was championed by gossip blogger Hilton at the start of her career but the pair had a bitter feud and he thinks the main reason they fell out was because fame changed her, reports contactmusic.com.Lady Gaga’s former friend Perez Hilton says she was poisoned by fame.The blogger, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr, says he was hanging out with Gaga in Sydney, Australia when they fell out and she was taking part in a special he was filming, which included a cooking demonstration with the 28-year-old star.During an appearance on Australian talk show “Mornings”, he told hosts Sonia Kruger and David Campbell: “Actually, all the drama went down in Australia in the summer of 2011. She proceeded to get obliterated drunk, drinking Jameson, and she was a surprisingly functioning drunk woman.”Asked if he thought it was the alcohol which made her react the way she did, he replied: “No, I think it was fame that just poisoned her. She had an album ‘Fame Monster’, her second album, and she became consumed by that which she was fascinated about. You know, fame can be a very deadly drug and it has damaged her personally.”last_img read more