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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy How Could Plants Evolve? Answer: They Evolved

first_img(Visited 871 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwinism has replaced the need for demonstration in science with the convenience of assertion.When you read papers and articles that offer to explain how something evolved, what you often find are statements that they just evolved. Let’s see some examples.3D Body Evolution: Adding a New Dimension to Colonize the Land (Current Biology). The title suggests that readers will learn something about ‘3D Body Evolution’ in the case of plants about to colonize the land. One might anticipate learning about transitional forms, mutations, and natural selection. What the paper presents, however, is just a collection of assertions that plants did evolve.Complex multicellular plant bodies evolved in both generations of land plants.From unicellular organisms, multicellularity evolved multiple independent times in diverse eukaryotic lineages.Within some lineages, ‘complex’ mutlicellularity [sic], defined by the three-dimensional (3D) organization of the body plan, evolved from simple multicellular ancestors.Land plants represent one example, with both generations (haploid and diploid) evolving complex mutlicellularity [sic].The study highlights the importance of the CLV pathway for the morphological innovation of 3D body development in land plants and opens a new avenue to approach a mechanistic understanding of the evolution of the 3D patterning of a multicellular body during land plant evolution.Is that it? Surely there must be some empirical data to back up these assertions. All that the authors put forward, though, is a simplistic story about how certain complex enzyme pathways affecting the change from 2-D to 3-D patterning might have evolved in one species of moss, Physcomitrella. They are called CLAVATA (CLV) pathways, and they involve multiple complex protein parts.In summary, Whitewoods et al. found that the land plant-specific CLV peptide/receptor-like kinase pathway regulates orientations of cell division planes during developmental transitions from 2D to 3D growth in Physcomitrella. They also report that a novel CLV function found in the Physcomitrella gametophyte body in regulating cell division planes is conserved in flowering plant sporophyte bodies.There’s no evolution here. There is a complex pathway in a moss that is “conserved in flowering plants.” The short paper mentions nothing about natural selection. The only mutations mentioned damage things; they don’t invent new things. The paper’s summary promises, “A new study demonstrates that CLAVATA3-like peptides function via conserved receptors in Physcomitrella patens as key molecules for morphological innovation of 3D growth in land plants.” But search for how it does that, and you find no such innovation. They end by claiming that the “new avenue to approach the understanding of the evolution of the 3D patterning of a multicellular body” has been demonstrated. It sounds like an advertisement for vaporware or futureware has snookered the customer. Clearly, if evolutionists are only on an “avenue” by which they hope to “approach” understanding, they ain’t got no understanding yet. Their false confidence is founded on prior belief in “land plant evolution.” How did plants evolve? They evolved.Getting to the root of plant evolution (Science Daily). This press release from the University of Oxford actually offers an alleged transitional form. Here comes the promise:Despite plants and vegetation being key to the Earth’s ecosystem, little is known about the origin of their roots. However in new research, published in Nature, Oxford University scientists describe a transitional root fossil, from the earliest land ecosystem, that sheds light on how roots have evolved. Darwinists to the rescue. More will be known! One thing, though, is “known” from the outset: roots “have evolved.” When you already think you know the answer, and no other answers are permitted, can you really know anything? Yes: by the power of suggestion.The findings suggest that plant roots have evolved more than once, and that the characteristics of roots developed in a step-wise manner – with the central root organ evolving first. And the root cap subsequently coming later.Since we already know by fiat that roots evolved, we are not surprised to compound miracles. Roots evolved more than once! Presto. Now, about the step-wise manner, which would appear to support Darwin’s vision. Evidence for this comes from one fossil: a club moss that (according to evolutionists) branched off early in the evolution of land plants. A fossil of a club moss shows a meristem (emerging root or stem) without root hairs or a cap. From this one instance, a grand scenario takes root:The paper’s conclusion suggests that these roots are a transitional step towards modern-style, rooted vascular plants. The findings support the idea that, as this cap-less transitional structure appears in a plant that is already a lycopsid, roots with caps evolved separately in lycopsids and euphyllophytes from their common, root-less ancestors.Whatever this club moss lacked, it survived quite well, even if the Darwinians can be sure it lacked delicate root hairs in a fossil. Can the appearance of all land plants be deduced from a tiny fossil of one club moss? Every part of this story invokes the assumption of evolution. How did club mosses evolve? They evolved. How did plants evolve? They evolved.This is the kind of snow job that is turning vast numbers of students away from God and toward Darwinism. With grand bluffing, glittering generalities and the power of suggestion, students are led down a primrose path to absurdity. Professing to be wise, they have become fools. Professing to be scientific, they have become converts to the cult of Darwin. Bits of fossils are used as shiny pendulums to hypnotize them into thinking “Thisssss issss scienccccccce” while the teacher drugs them into euphoria about how much better they feel now that they have kicked out “religion” and that nasty old God of the Bible they might have learned about as kids. But this is not the experimental science of Joule or Faraday. It is a new Aristotelianism taught with authoritarianism. Plants evolved because it is their nature to evolve. Since the student now ‘knows’ that plants evolved (because that is their nature), wee bits of data work as props to illustrate the dogma. It’s deductive science, not inductive empiricism. Premise: plants evolved. Question: How did plants evolve? Deduction: plants evolved. Yes, there are difficulties, like Darwin’s Abominable Mystery (the origin of flowering plants), but no worries. The students already know the answer. Plants evolved. Even if structures had to evolve multiple times independently to fit the picture, they can believe any imaginative scenario—even multiple miracles—now that the answer is already a given.last_img read more

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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy An Ikea Preassembled Just for India

first_imgParina Lamba, 4, knew what she wanted in the new Ikea store here, the first by the Swedish retail giant in India. She hopped onto a daybed on the showroom floor, lay down and would not get off.“She didn’t sit on any other bed,” said Parina’s father, Sarav Lamba, one of about 7,000 people to get early access to Ikea’s store a few days before this Thursday’s grand opening.Lamba was sold. The Hemnes bed was like none other he had seen in Hyderabad, featuring a pullout tray that allowed it to become a double bed — perfect for when Parina’s grandmother came to visit, he said. At 39,970 rupees, or $582, with two mattresses, the price was fair, he added. And as an engineer, he was looking forward to putting it together with his daughter’s help. “I love DIY,” he said.Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer, is betting that millions of middle- and upper-class Indians are similar to the Lambas. Six years after it was first planned, the 400,000-square-foot store in Hyderabad is the first step toward fulfilling Ikea’s ambitions in the country, with more outlets scheduled to debut in Mumbai, Bangalore and the Delhi area in the next two years. By 2025, the company hopes to have 25 stores in India, some of them in a new, small format.A woman browses the kitchenwares at Ikea’s new 400,000-square-foot location in Hyderabad, the Swedish retail giant’s first location in India. Photo: Atul Loke/The New York TimesIkea’s opening in India — and its subsequent success or failure — is likely to become a case study for other international retailers.India’s retail landscape is complex. With a growing middle class, its 1.3 billion people buy about $30 billion a year of furniture, lighting and household items like bed linens and cookware, according to Technopak, an Indian consulting firm.But despite the efforts of a few local chains, 95 percent of those goods are sold through small shops that offer custom-built products, usually specializing in one category such as wooden furniture or lamps, and free assembly and delivery.“The consumer in India is kind of pampered,” said Ankur Bisen, who heads Technopak’s retail and consumer products division.Ikea stores are the polar opposite. Part showroom and part warehouse, they are sprawling outlets that are far from city centers with mazes of giant bins and floor-to-ceiling shelves. Ikea’s brand signals affordable, mass-produced and functional, and its design aesthetic is lightweight and lean, in contrast to the heavier, bulkier furniture traditionally favored in Indian households.Yet Ikea, with its reputation for good value, also appeals to the bargain-hunting nature of the Indian shopper.“In India, a lot is driven by the price of the goods and not so much about the quality,” said Anil Talreja, a partner at Deloitte’s India arm who works with retailers.All of this has forced Ikea to rethink its product lineup and store operations for India. Although the Hyderabad store has the classic Ikea layout, what’s on display is somewhat different.Given India’s lower income levels, the store features hundreds of products — from dolls to spice jars — priced at less than 100 rupees, or $1.45. In some cases, Ikea is selling a product in India for less than it charges elsewhere. In other instances, the company is tailoring it for local tastes. For example, most Indians do not use knives to eat and primarily want spoons, so the company ditched its children’s plastic cutlery packs and instead sells four spoons for 15 rupees, or 22 cents.Ikea employees also visited about 1,000 homes in various cities to understand how people lived and what they needed. Indian families spend a lot of time together, with relatives frequently popping in, so the company added more folding chairs and stools that could serve as flexible seating.Indian women are also shorter than Europeans and Americans, so the company decided to showcase some cabinets and countertops at lower heights. And with children often sleeping in the same room as their parents until they are in elementary school, its model bedroom squeezes in a child’s bed amid all the other furniture.“We want to be as relevant as possible,” said Nick Elliott, an Australian who heads interior design for Ikea’s Hyderabad store. Even the cafeteria caters to Indian tastes, with biryani, samosas and vegetarian Swedish meatballs on the menu and 1,000 available seats, more than any other Ikea in the world, to accommodate the more leisurely dining style of Indian families.Figuring out how to adapt Ikea’s furniture was more difficult. Some items popular in the United States, such as untreated pine furniture, do not endure in south India’s hot and humid climate. Metal or wooden furniture needs small risers to lift it off the floor because people frequently clean their floors with water.(BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM.)Import duties and other taxes can raise the cost of an Ikea chair or cabinet by 30 to 50 percent. That forced the company to price many imported products higher than it does elsewhere in the world.“We’re still not as affordable as we want to be yet,” said John Achillea, who oversees the Hyderabad store and its 950 employees after running Ikeas in St. Louis and in Sunrise, Florida.Ikea also added 150 assemblers to its Hyderabad store, and it is working with UrbanClap, a home services company, to offer customers like Lamba the option of hiring a trained carpenter to put together his daybed for about $10.The quest to keep lowering its prices in India has prompted Ikea to seek new local suppliers. The company is getting carpets, pillows, mattresses and even some of its popular Ektorp sofas from local manufacturers. Globally, Indian suppliers sell about $400 million of goods a year to Ikea, primarily textiles. Over time, the company wants to expand that to other categories.Parina Lamba, 4, tests a daybed at Ikea’s new 400,000-square-foot location in Hyderabad, the Swedish retail giant’s first location in India. Photo: Atul Loke/The New York TimesIndia’s government is also pushing the company to “buy Indian,” since it requires foreign-owned, single-brand retailers to tap local suppliers for at least 30 percent of the value of the goods they sell in the country. Ikea predicts it will initially come in at 19 percent, although the company will be able to meet the legal requirements for the first five years with the help of its purchases of Indian-made products for its global stores.Achillea said finding more Indian suppliers will help the company in other ways. “Ikea is about volume,” he said. “Producing more locally, more Indian-relevant products, that will drive the prices lower and then obviously the volume goes up.”In Hyderabad, Ikea is in an area known as Hitec City, where thousands of new apartments are going up and multinational tech companies like Amazon, Dell, Capgemini, Tech Mahindra and Deloitte have offices. Many customers at the store last weekend worked at those companies or were familiar with Ikea from other countries.In the city’s traditional furniture district, Nampally, furniture sellers said they were not worried about Ikea stealing their business. The new store will get people excited about buying furniture, they said, and customers will come to check out the local options, too.Srinithdas Mundhada, whose 45-year-old store sells metal furniture like storage cabinets and cheap plastic chairs and stools, said that he and his family have already gotten adept at competing with big foreign-owned retailers.“We are cheaper than Amazon,” he said. “We welcome Ikea with a warm heart.”© New York Times 2018 Related ItemsHyderabadikealast_img read more

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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Pleasure and surprise: National film awardees react

first_imgFilmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, R Balki and first-timer Sanjay Puran Singh are a happy lot as each of their films clinched coveted honours at the 57th National film awards announced on Wednesday.Benegal’s ‘Well Done Abba’ has won the National Award in the Film with a Social Message category and even though the veteran filmmaker has won about 17 National awards earlier, he said that recognition can’t be “measured” and it’s always good to have another one.”I am very pleased with the award since it is a recognition for the film. National awards are always special and welcome,” the 75-year-old director told PTI.The film is a political satire with Boman Irani, Minnisha Lamba and Rajit Kapur playing pivotal roles.Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s second directorial ‘Delhi 6’ bagged the Nargis Dutt award for Best Film on National Integration. It is his second National honour after ‘Rang De Basanti’ bagged one in 2006.”It feels good when one’s work has been awarded. It is especially a great honour since it is the National award when the country is honouring, not some commercially-motivated prize,” said Mehra.Delhi 6, which starred Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Om Puri and Waheeda Rehman, is based in Chandni Chowk of old Delhi and deals with issues like caste discrimination, communal divide and other social stigma.”I am most happy since this was a socially oriented film showing the religious and cast divide in India. A film like this which goes against the current trend takes time to get its recognition. I hope this award gives birth to 10 more films like ‘Delhi 6’,” said Mehra.advertisementAmitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Paa’ won the Best Hindi Film award, and its director R Balki called the recognition an added “bonus”.”For me the most important thing is to make a film and people should love it. I just wanted to make a good film in the form of ‘Paa’. Awards are a bonus and yes, they do call for a celebration,” said Balki.Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, who won the Best Debutante Director award for his sports-based film ‘Lahore’, said the honour came to him as a surprise.”This is a very special moment for me and ultimate encouragement as a filmmaker. I was sure that Farooq Sheikh would receive an award but my winning the National award came as a surprise,” said Chauhan.Sheikh won the Best Supporting Actor award for the film, which carries the message of unity and sportsman spirit between India and Pakistan with the backdrop of a the sport of kick boxing.last_img read more

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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Stuart Broad hopeful of playing Lord’s Test against South Africa

first_imgEngland’s Stuart Broad is hoping to be fit for the first test against South Africa but the recovering paceman would first like to see if he can send down 10 overs for Nottinghamshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Surrey on July 1.Broad left the field with a heel injury after bowling one over in Notts’ win over Leicestershire last Wednesday and was ruled of Monday’s match against Kent.”There are signs of a little bit of a tear on the pad of the heel but I have no pain when I walk or run,” Broad was quoted as saying by the Times newspaper.”There is a little bit of pain when I slam my front foot down.”I am looking to bowl on Wednesday and Thursday next week and if I can then get through ten overs in a one-day final next week then I suggest I will be fit for the first Test.”England play South Africa at Lord’s in the first of the four Tests starting on July 6.last_img read more

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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Sultan of Johor Cup: Indian junior men’s team start campaign with 3-2 win over Japan

first_imgThe Indian junior men’s hockey team started off their 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017 campaign with a hard fought 3-2 victory against Japan at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Sunday.Dilpreet Singh (11′, 53′) and Sukhjeet Singh (41′) scored the goals for India while Kyohei Ogawa (23′, 31′) scored a brace for Japan.India kicked off their opening match of the campaign on a bright note as they displayed a good shape, and were constantly attacking Japan in the first quarter. It was in the 11th minute that India’s efforts were rewarded with a goal as they scored through Dilpreet Singh after the Japanese defence failed to clear the ball.In the second quarter, Japan fought back into the match as they gained control of the possession. They were awarded a penalty corner in the 23rd minute when the ball hit the foot of an Indian player inside their circle. Japan’s Kyohei Ogawa converted the penalty corner as he brought the teams level on 1-1 after the second quarter.The Japanese had a good rhythm to their play going into half-time and they maintained it at the start of the third quarter when Kyohei Ogawa scored his second of the match through a field-goal in the first minute after the restart to give Japan a 2-1 lead in the 31st minute.However, the young Indian team showed their character in the latter part of the third quarter when they struck back through a penalty corner in the 41st minute to level the scores at 2-2. It was Sukhjeet Singh who got onto the score-sheet as he brought back confidence within the Indian team.advertisementGoing into the fourth quarter, India seemed to control the game and kept looking for the third goal which would help them register a win in their first match of 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017.The dominant performance in the last quarter by the Indian team was rewarded when Dilpreet Singh popped up again inside the circle to score his second of the match in the 53rd minute which gave India a morale-boosting 3-2 win over the Japanese.India will now face Malaysia in their second match on Monday.last_img read more

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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Chris Gayle to KL Rahul: Wish you good luck for the World Cup but not against West Indies

first_imgChris Gayle to KL Rahul: Wish you good luck for the World Cup but not against West IndiesChris Gayle said KL Rahul has the potential to become India’s biggest cricketing superstar and added the Kings XI Punjab star batsman as one of his best-ever opening partners.advertisement Akshay Ramesh MohaliMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 13:19 IST IPL 2019: Chris Gayle and KL Rahul stitched a 100-run stand against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday to help Kings XI Punjab finish the season on a high ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul finished IPL 2019 as the 2nd highest run-getterYou’re one of the best opening partners I have had: Gayle to RahulIndia take on the West Indies at the World Cup on June 27Chris Gayle heaped praise on his Kings XI Punjab star KL Rahul, saying the India batsman has been one of his best opening partners.Chris Gayle reiterated that KL Rahul has the potential to become the next big superstar of Indian cricket while maintaining that he loved the experience of batting with Rahul in IPL 2019.Speaking after their dominant win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings, Gayle wished Rahul well for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Gayle and Rahul came up with a hundred-run stand on Sunday in Mohali as KXIP gunned down a 171-run target in just 18 overs. Rahul smashed 71 from 36 balls and took veteran off-spinner to the cleaners, collecting 24 runs from his second over.Rahul finished the season as the second-highest run getter, collecting 593 runs, including a hundred, in 14 matches. He has finished on top of the batting charts for KXIP for the 2nd successive year.However, Gayle hoped Rahul doesn’t exhibit his power-hitting skills against the West Indies in the World Cup. India and West Indies meet on June 27 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.”The lion today [Sunday] was KL Rahul and it wasn’t Chris Gayle. You’re one of the best opening partners I have had. We have had some outstanding partnerships. I always wish you well and I always said you are someone who can be the next Indian superstar and that doesn’t change. Our communication between the wickets has been fantastic,” Gayle said during a candid with Rahul for IPLT20.comadvertisement”[This season has] definitely been good for you, second consecutive year, you have been the top-scorer for Kings XI Punjab. I want to wish you good luck for the World Cup. Not against the West Indies. We are going to meet again in the World Cup,” Gayle added.Talking up Gayle’s contribution to his game over the years, Rahul said: “I saw him as a 21-year-old in the RCB dressing room. I have learnt so much from his as an opening batsman. From then to now, he has been talking to me about holding the shape which is very important for an opening batsman.Rahul also revealed that Gayle had already told him he would be returning to India to play the IPL in 2020. Notably, the West Indies great announced he would be retiring from international cricket after the 2019 World Cup.Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | Kings XI Punjab weren’t outplayed in many matches in IPL 2019: R AshwinAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow KL RahulFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow 2019 World Cuplast_img read more

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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Netherlands come back from behind to stun Germany 4-2 in Euro 2020 qualifier match

first_img Reuters HamburgSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 11:36 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSNetherlands move to six points from three games and next face bottom side EstoniaThe result leaves Germany on nine points from four gamesMeanwhile, Belarus earned a stoppage time 2-1 win at Estonia to claim their first pointsNetherlands scored four times in 32 minutes in the second half to secure a remarkable 4-2 comeback victory against hosts Germany in their Euro 2020 Group C qualifier on Friday.Goals from Frenkie de Jong, a Jonathan Tah own goal, Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the win after Serge Gnabry had given the hosts an early lead and Toni Kroos had pulled them level at 2-2 with a controversial penalty.The result leaves Germany on nine points from four games, three behind leaders Northern Ireland, who they face on Monday in Belfast. The Netherlands move to six points from three games and next face bottom side Estonia.It was a winning return to Hamburg for Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, who won in the port city against the Germans as a player during Euro’ 88, and a clear mark of his team’s improvement after they failed to reach the last two major tournaments.”I told my players (at halftime) to stay in the game, not to give them so much space, control the ball better,” Koeman told reporters. “That we should just keep going and we would get our chances. In the second half the Germans looked more tired and we benefited from that.””Overall we worked harder than Germany for this victory,” he said.Joachim Loew’s Germany side, undergoing their own overhaul after a disappointing 2018 World Cup first round exit and Nations League relegation, got off to a good start with Gnabry scoring on the rebound in the ninth minute.There was little to be seen in terms of attacks from the Netherlands but that changed after the break.advertisementDUTCH FIGHTBACKThey turned the game around within seven minutes, first scoring through De Jong in the 59th and then taking the lead courtesy of Tah’s unfortunate own goal.The Germans, missing several injured players, including Leroy Sane and Leon Goretzka, were struggling with the Dutch pace down the wings and were lucky to level with a 73rd minute Kroos penalty after Matthijs de Ligt accidentally handled.There is no video replay for referees in the qualifiers.The visitors got revenge for their 3-2 loss in Amsterdam in March, striking through debutant Malen in the 79th after a quick combination left the German defence frozen.Wijnaldum completed the victory in stoppage time and ended Germany’s 14-match winning run in World Cup and Euro qualifiers.”We played below our skill level and abilities,” Loew told reporters. “The Dutch were the better team and we deserved to lose. We went ahead but I never had the feeling that we were in control of the game.”The Dutch kept pressing and then we ended up playing high balls. That is not how we had planned to play. We will now need to analyse this game and draw our conclusions,”Belarus earned a stoppage time 2-1 win at Estonia to claim their first points in the other game in the group on Friday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Euro 2020 qualifiersFollow Germany vs Netherlands Next Netherlands come back from behind to stun Germany 4-2 in Euro 2020 qualifier matchGoals from Frenkie de Jong, a Jonathan Tah own goal, Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the win for the Netherlands.advertisementlast_img read more

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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Virat plays down reports of rift with Rohit

first_imgMumbai: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Monday categorically refuted rumours of a rift with his deputy Rohit Sharma, saying “people feeding off lies” are being disrespectful to the players’ personal lives. After India’s ouster from the World Cup, stories of fissures in the Indian camp emerged with claims that Rohit and Kohli are not seeing eye to eye. Theories of split captaincy were also floated. “In my opinion, its baffling. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read these kind of stuff, that comes out there. I have been to public events where we have been praised and here we are feeding off lies, overlooking facts, turning a blind eye to all good things that happened and creating fantasies and scenarios in our head. We want to accept that this is the truth,” Kohli said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAdding fuel to all the speculations was a cryptic instagram post by Kohli’s actress wife Anushka Sharma, which was later deleted. “I have seen this for too long now. Bringing personal lives into the picture. It’s disrespectful after a moment. I have played the game for 11 years and Rohit has played for 10 years (12 years) and it’s bizarre that people are creating this stuff from outside,” the skipper said, with coach Ravi Shastri by his side. Shastri made a tongue-in-cheek comment about the conspiracy theories. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Very soon you will hear wives batting and bowling. The way this team plays, no individual is bigger than the game. Not me, not him, nobody in the team. I have a been a part of that dressing room and none of the nonsense is there,” the commentator in the former all-rounder came out as he pooh-poohed the rumours. For Kohli, the Indian team couldn’t have performed consistently across formats if there was no camaraderie amongst the players. “I have also heard a lot of things. Now you can only hear things from outside. If the dressing room environment had been bad, then we couldn’t have possibly played the quality of cricket that we played. “Because I know how the dressing room environment and trust factor becomes important to succeed in international cricket. The journey that we have had in ODIs, in Tests (from No 7 to 1) and T20s, that wouldn’t have been possible without camaraderie, respect and understanding,” said Kohli, who urged people to come and see the atmosphere in the change-room. “You people please come to our change room and see, how we speak to a Kuldeep Yadav, how we crack a joke with the senior-most player MS Dhoni. We can’t shoot a video and show you guys. It baffles you as a leader, when lies are being floated around to make it look like actually they are believable,” Kohli sounded irritated. He emphatically denied that there could be any awkwardness between him and Rohit due to the events in the past few days. “If I don’t like a person or if I am insecure about a person, you will see it on my face or my behaviour towards the person and that’s how simple it is,” Kohli said. “I have always praised Rohit whenever I have got an opportunity because I believe he is that good. I don’t know who is benefitting from all of this but we are living, breathing towards getting Indian cricket to the top, and here we get some kind of pleasure in bringing Indian cricket down,” the skipper said. It’s time that we all do some introspection, he felt. “We have to reflect as cricketers everyone can take a step back and think are we creating something that’s really not out there. You can’t play with that kind of passion if you don’t get along with each other. As I said, its baffling and its time that we focus on taking Indian cricket forward,” he said. Captain Virat Kohli on Monday said he is in favour of Ravi Shastri continuing as the coach of the Indian cricket team despite the criticism that followed their semi-final ouster from the ICC World Cup. The Indian coaching staff, currently led by Shastri, was given a 45-day extension after their contract expired at the end of the 2019 World Cup in England.last_img read more

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Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Harper met Bruce Carsons former escort lover at 24 Sussex party

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraATPN National NewsBruce Carson took his former fiancee Barbara Lynn Khan to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the grounds of his official residence during a going away party for the prime minister’s outgoing chief of staff Ian Brodie.Khan told APTN that she found Harper “approachable” and “friendly” during a conversation.A Conservative Party spokesperson confirmed Monday that Khan visited the grounds of 24 Sussex during the June 2008 garden party.Khan was deported to Canada from the U.S in 2006 on a felony conviction stemming from her part in running an escort agency in Charlotte, North Carolina.“I can confirm that (Khan) was at Mr. Brodie’s farewell party at 24 Sussex,” said Conservative Party spokesperson Alykhan Velshi, in an email. “That’s the only time we are aware of that she visited 24 Sussex.”Khan said her conversation with Harper dispelled in her mind the caricature of the prime minister often portrayed in the media.“I was surprised because Harper is portrayed as being cold and indifferent, which I did not see a hint of that evening,” said Khan.“Mrs. (Laureen) Harper was genuinely warm and an incredibly gracious hostess…Everyone attending was pleasant and the evening was an experience I will always remember.”Carson, a former senior adviser to the prime minister, is currently the focus of an RCMP investigation triggered by a request from the Prime Minister’s Office.Carson met Khan by chance on an Ottawa street shortly after she came back to Canada and was working as an escort. Their relationship ended last year after about four years.The PMO made the written request to the RCMP after an official met with APTN reporters investigating Carson’s lobbying activities for an Ottawa-based water filtration company. The company was seeking to sell its product to First Nations communities hard hit by dirty water.The company, H2O Pros which later formed H2O Global Group to deal with potential contracts, also had a financial agreement with Michele McPherson, a former Ottawa escort who Carson said was his fiancee.Carson met McPherson in March 2010 and Khan in 2006.APTN obtained emails written by Carson where he promoted the company to Indian Affairs officials. Carson also claimed to have inside government knowledge in the emails.Brodie was Harper’s chief of staff until he left the post on July 1, 2008.In an email to APTN, Brodie said he remembered Carson at the party, but not Khan.“I remember Bruce was there, but otherwise, can’t help,” said Brodie.The PMO referred questions about Khan’s presence at 24 Sussex to the Conservative Party.The PMO, however, continues to refuse comment on whether Carson, who had only Secret-level clearance, had access to Top Secret information on Afghanistan and on Canadian allies involved in the war.Quoting an anonymous source, the Toronto Star reported last week that Carson had access to Top Secret information after he was handed the Afghanistan file.“We don’t comment on security matters,” said the PMO in an emailed statement.Brodie told APTN he doubted Carson had access to Top Secret files, which were handled separately and securely.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Department of National Defence and Foreign Affairs all referred questions on the matter to the Privy Council Office (PCO).A PCO spokesman said there would be no comment on current or former employees.Harper has faced questions throughout the election campaign over how Carson could have obtained security clearance with five criminal convictions on his record and two bankruptcies.Harper has said he was only aware of Carson’s two criminal convictions in the 1980s, not the three convictions in 1990 uncovered by The Canadian Press.Harper said he would not have hired Carson is he knew the full extent of his criminal record.Carson, who told APTN he was a close friend of Harper, said he disclosed everything during the security clearance process, which was handled by mid-level PCO officials.kennethbrianjackson@gmail.comjbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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