Dozens of tigers dead after confiscation from Thai temple

first_imgBangkok: More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from a controversial Thai temple have died, park officials said Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to in-breeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction. For years, the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi pulled tourist hordes who could be photographed — for a fee — next to scores of tigers. But in 2016 park officials began a lengthy operation to remove the big cats amid allegations of mismanagement, and claims the creatures were being exploited. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDozens of dead cubs were found kept in freezers, sparking claims the carcasses were being sold by a temple rumoured to have raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from visitors. Tiger parts can fetch enormous sums in China and Vietnam, where they are falsely believed to have medicinal properties. The surviving adults were taken to two breeding stations in nearby Ratchaburi province but only 61 of the 147 have survived so far, parks officials told reporters. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It could be linked to in-breeding,” Pattarapol Maneeon, of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said. “They had genetic problems which posed risks to body and immune system.” Many suffered from tongue paralysis, breathing problems and lack of appetite that led to fatal seizures. “Most of the tigers were already in distressed state stemming from the transportation and change of location… later their health problems emerged,” Sunthorn Chaiwattana, another department official said. Legal cases against the temple are ongoing. Conservationists questioned whether authorities had looked after the seized animals appropriately, with small, cramped cages enabling the spread of disease. “To be very honest who would be ready to take in so many tigers at once?” said Edwin Wiek, founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand. Conditions at the enclosures were “not good enough to house so many tigers and the set up was wrong”, he added. Tens of millions visit Thailand every year, and a lucrative wildlife tourism industry has grown in-step with visitor numbers. But critics say cash often trumps animal welfare at many attractions. For a price, visitors can ride and bathe with elephants, hold monkeys and pose for selfies with tigers. Animal rights groups have long criticised the industry, with chained up animals kept in small quarters with inadequate veterinary care, or forced to perform tricks for tourists.last_img read more

Montreal longshoremen at countrys secondlargest port vote for strike mandate

first_imgMONTREAL — Longshoremen at the Port of Montreal have voted nearly unanimously for a strike mandate to be used at any time during ongoing contract negotiations with their employers.Union spokesman Michel Murray said today 99.49 per cent of voting members recently gave their union the power to call a strike at the second-largest port in the country.Murray says he is not optimistic regarding the state of negotiations between his union and the Maritime Employers Association, a group that includes ship owners, operators, agents and longshoring companies.He says the roughly 1,100 longshoremen at the port are looking to improve working conditions, including changing schedules that require members to work 19 days out of 21.Murray adds that longshoremen work under strict rules, face habitual disciplinary measures and are suspended frequently.A spokesman for the employers’ association says negotiations are going well and its members are surprised by the union’s statements.Yves Comeau says the objective of the association is to conclude a good deal for both sides.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RBI to issue guidelines on regulatory sandbox in next two months Das

first_imgNew Delhi: To promote innovation in FinTech space, the central bank will issue guidelines for regulatory sandbox in the next two months, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said Monday. A regulatory sandbox is a framework set up by a regulator that allows FinTech startups to conduct live experiments in a controlled environment under supervision. “A Regulatory Sandbox’ would benefit FinTech companies by way of reduced time to launch innovative products at a lower cost. Going forward, the Reserve Bank will set up a regulatory sandbox, for which guidelines will be issued in the next two months,” he said at an event organised by NITI Aayog here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe RBI’s working group on FinTech and digital banking in November 2017, had suggested the introduction of a regulatory sandbox/innovation hub within a well-defined space and duration to experiment with FinTech solutions, where the consequences of failure can be contained and reasons for failure analysed. Observing that FinTech has the potential to reshape the financial services and financial inclusion landscape in India in fundamental ways, he said, it can reduce costs and improve access and quality of financial services. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”We have to strike a subtle balance between effectively utilising FinTech while minimising its systemic impacts,” he said. He also said that the RBI has encouraged banks to explore the possibility of establishing new alliances with FinTech firms as it could be pivotal in accelerating the agenda of financial inclusion through innovation. “It is essential that flow of investments to this sector is unimpeded to realise its full potential. It is imperative to create an ecosystem which promotes collaboration while carefully paying attention to the implications that it has for the macro economy,” he said. Pointing out some of the challenges, the Governor said risks for FinTech products may also arise from cross border legal and regulatory issues. Data confidentiality and customer protection are major areas that also need to be addressed, he said. Emphasising that India has been at the forefront of this revolution, he said, a recent global survey ranks India second in terms of FinTech adoption, with an adoption rate of 52 per cent.last_img read more

How King Mohammed VI Extends Moroccos Influence Across Africa

Casablanca – From Rwanda to Madagascar, King Mohammed VI has been extending Morocco’s influence across the African continent, and he’s not done just yet, as he will soon be heading to Nigeria and Zambia.French-language weekly news magazine Jeune Afrique published a long article on Wednesday analyzing the meaning behind the monarch’s travel across Africa and lauding the king’s commitment to the continent.The magazine recalls an important line from the King’s speech at the African Union summit this July in Kigali: “I know Africa and its cultures a lot more than others can claim to,” the King stated. “Through my many visits, I also know the reality of the terrain, and this is affirmed by how I measure my words,” he added. It’s true. The king has spent a great deal of time visiting the African continent. Even in his younger years as a prince, he was sent to other African countries numerous times. “His introduction to sub-Saharan Africa dates back to the time when he was the crown prince,” a Moroccan diplomate tells Jeune Afrique, adding that “as early as the 1980s, his father sent him there as an emissary during the difficult time when the African Union recognized the Sahari pseudo state, which led to Morocco’s exit from the AU on November 12, 1984.” But now, 17 years into his rule, the king’s commitment to the continent is clearer than ever. With visits to Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, Ethiopia, Madagascar and soon Niger and Zambia, the monarch has proved to be a champion for South-South cooperation and is dedicated to Morocco’s re-entry to the African Union. In an interview with Malagasy press on Saturday, November 26, Mohammed VI said that “Morocco and Africa are one. To separate them would be an uprooting, an error.”“The women, men and children I meet give me the strength to continue. They make me proud to be African,” the monarch added. Across his various visits in West and Central Africa, the king has not only been able to reiterate the nation’s commitment to re-entering the Union after 32 years, a request that was put forth this July in recognition of the importance of remaining a part of the organization, but was also able to establish a slew of bilateral economic agreements. So far, 19 agreements were signed in Rwanda, 22 in Tanzania, 13 in Senegal, 7 in Ethiopia, and 22 in Madagascar, covering multiple sectors of the economy and proving that Morocco’s commitment to South-South cooperation and growing Africa’s economy as a whole is not just talk. It would thus not be farfetched to say, as Jeune Afrique did on Wednesday, that King Mohammed VI is likely the African leader most involved in maintaining and strengthening relations with different parts of the continent. And this commitment for a better Africa, a united Africa, will likely continue in Nigeria and Zambia. read more

Developing countries must prepare for participation in market economies UN says

In an address at the opening of the high-level segment of the Commission on Social Development, she added, however, that Governments had to put people at the centre of their development policies because “relying on market forces will not, on is own, achieve major development gains.”Developing countries had to take steps to promote good governance and “must focus on practical investments in health, education and other basic services that allow people to participate in market economies,” she said.A central “quick win” that could be undertaken immediately, Ms. Fréchette said, was the recommendation to “eliminate user fees for primary education and basic health services to ensure access for even the poorest individual.”In a year of reviewing and renewing development commitments, she said, “today’s high-level plenary session is an opportunity to stress a broad vision of development, in which effort to eradicate poverty, promote full employment and foster social integration are backed up with reforms and resources necessary to turn development targets into reality.”The central plank of the 2000 Millennium Declaration was the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), based on international development meetings in the 1990s and designed to halve extreme poverty by 2015, Ms. Fréchette noted.”Yet, all too often bold pronouncements have not been followed with bold action,” she said. “In the year ahead, as the Millennium Declaration is reviewed, we have an important opportunity to address this ‘implementation gap,’ particularly by strengthening the global partnership for development that is itself one of the goals.”In opening the meeting of the 53-member Commission yesterday, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, José Antonio Ocampo, said that 10 years after the UN World Social Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, people had become more aware of the importance of social development, but many expectations had not been fulfilled.Progress had been uneven not only between regions but also within countries, he said. “The fact remains that no human being should be condemned to endure a brief miserable life only because of his or her class, country, religious affiliation, ethnic background, or gender.”The people-centred approach to policy-making had not lost its relevance, but had been neglected in many quarters and threatened by such recent international developments as globalization and rapid technological advancement.The UN General Assembly’s Special Session in June 2000 in Geneva had recognized the need for collective action to offset any negative social consequences of globalization and technological change, but a 10-year review of Copenhagen 1995 showed a mixed record of achievement, he said.Other speakers yesterday included the chiefs of the UN Economic Commissions for Africa (ECA), for Europe (ECE) and for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), as well as the heads of the Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and for Western Asia (ESCWA). read more

Kobe Bryant Says Knee Injury Has Made Him More

Photo by The Washington Post.Kobe Bryant is almost amused by those who doubt that he will return from his recent knee injury to resemble the superstar player he has been all his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.For the first time since suffering a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee–only six games after returning from a torn Achilles–Bryant, 35, spoke on a number of issues:* On the idea of sitting out the rest of the season, as some have suggested: “I think I feel more locked in now than I’ve been my entire career because of this,” Bryant said. “The spirits are fine, the focus is great. Just going to see what happens when I come back. … My philosophy on that kind of stuff is: Do your job. You owe it to the organization and your teammates to get ready as fast and as quickly as you possibly can and to come back as strong as you possibly can.”* On whether the Achilles injury impacted the knee injury: “I don’t think one had anything to do with the other. We’ve evaluated it pretty extensively. The fact of the matter is any of us can get hurt at any moment and the key for us as an athlete is to block that fear out.”* On watching from the bench: “When you have injuries that fear is enhanced and you kind of put yourself under the microscope a little bit and start thinking about it too much,” he said. “The reality is it can happen to anybody, so you have to be able to tune that noise out and just go out there and perform.”* On what he learned in averaging 13.5 points in the six games before the knee injury: “I learned that I can pretty much do everything that I could before, particularly the last game [against Memphis]. The biggest part of my game, the last two to three years, has been getting to a space on the floor and being able to elevate and shoot pull-up jump shots and in the paint. It was a great test going up against Tony Allen, who in my opinion has been the guy that’s defended me the best since I’ve been in the league. So to go up against him on the fourth game in five nights, and respond to that challenge, felt pretty good.”* On the doubters: “It’s the same old tune. It’s just being sung a little more loudly now. Those type of things just really help me lock in more than ever.” read more

Tatran in crisis Three matches without win in Slovakia

← Previous Story EHF CL: Fuchse in TOP form – 40 goals in Schaffhausen! Next Story → Mladen Bojinovic scores 1000 goals in France! Slovak champion Tatran Presov shows lack of form at the beginning of the second part of the season. After long domination in domestic competitions in the last few years, Tatran didn’t win in three domestic matches in a row. After two surprising defeats, “green-white” member of SEHA League, but also EHF Cup team played only 30:30 with ŠKP Bratislava. In the meantime, Tatran also played 26:26 with C.O Zagreb in SEHA League and lost from Rhein Neckar Lowen in EHF Cup.Despite this results in the European and regional competitions, bad results at the domestic scene are something unexpected… Tatran Presov

Un bébé baleine albinos photographié

first_imgUn bébé baleine albinos photographiéRapportée par le DailyMail, une récente observation, celle d’une baleine franche adulte accompagnée de son petit, albinos, a émerveillé les passagers de l’hélicoptère d’une compagniede safaris-photo aériens survolant les côtes sud-africaines.Partis observer les baleines franches australes dans leur migration annuelle depuis les eauxantarctiques jusqu’aux côtes sud-africaines, les passagers d’un hélicoptère de tourisme de l’African Wings flying safari company, fondée par Evan et Dave Austin, ont eu la chance de ‘tomber’ sur un spectacle exceptionnel : celui d’une femelle accompagnée de son baleineau… albinos.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Entièrement blanc, à part quelques taches noires – la couleur habituelle de cette espèce –, le petit suivait sa mère dans le périple qui mène les baleines franches australes, à l’approche de l’hiver antarctique, vers des eaux plus tempérées où elles se reproduiront ou mettront bas. Une scène autant attendrissante que fantastique que les passagers ont immortalisé à l’aide de leurs appareils.Pesant jusqu’à 60 tonnes, ces cétacés, lents, curieux envers les navires et dont le cadavre flotte en surface après le harponnage, ont été jadis décimés par les baleiniers. Menées au bord de l’extinction, les baleines franches de l’hémisphère sud, désormais protégées, ont vu leurs effectifs remonter jusqu’à environ 4.000 individus. Néanmoins, la menace plane toujours sur elles.Le 12 juin 2012 à 19:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Boateng considering Bayern exit

first_imgJerome Boateng has suggested that he is considering leaving Bayern Munich and believes that he is at the age where for a move abroad seems rather appealingThe German defender joined the Bavarians in the summer of 2011 from Manchester City in a €13.5m deal and has since gone on to make a total of 258 appearances in all competitions in his seven seasons at Munich.At the age of 29, Boateng is now at the peak of his abilities as a footballer and has now suggested that his future may lie elsewhere.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I’m now at an age where you think again about a transfer abroad. [But you have to see] which country and which club come into consideration at all, what interests you and what’s important to you,” said Boateng, according to BavarianFootballWorks.But he also insisted that he remains happy at Bayern: “It’s very hard to leave Bayern. A decision to leave would have nothing to do with the notion that I don’t feel good here. You have outstanding conditions in Munich. Everything is there—quality in the team and the hustle and bustle is like a big family; you always feel welcome there.”Since arriving from City in 2011, Boateng has gone on to win 14 trophies at Bayern.last_img read more

23 per cent could not cope financially if unable to work

first_imgAlmost a quarter (23%) of respondents would not be able to cope financially for more than a couple of months if they were unable to work, according to research by Scottish Widows.The research, based on responses from 5,144 working adults, also found that 8% of respondents would only be able to cope financially for less than one month if they were unable to work.The survey also found:42% of respondents affected by critical illness have to make lifestyle changes in order to cope with the financial impact.Just 4% of respondents have income protection in place.More than a third (37%) rely on two incomes in their household.Less than one in ten (8%) of respondents have a critical illness policy in place.Esther Dijkstra, head of protection at Scottish Widows, said: “The ongoing struggle between short- versus long-term financial priorities continues to threaten people’s financial resilience, despite an awareness of the key points at which these change and the
risk of savings running out should they become unable to work.“Educating and informing [people] will not only build a clearer understanding of protection products and the importance of getting the right advice, but also help to improve the UK’s financial resilience, which will be of increasing significance from April next year when working age welfare support for mortgage interest and bereavement benefits are scheduled for reform.”last_img read more

19 Cuban migrants kept at sea after coming down from Keys lighthouse

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Nineteen Cuban migrants are being kept at sea, hours after, Coast Guard officials said, they swam away from their boat and climbed onto a lighthouse several miles off Sugarloaf Key, Friday.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, at around 8:30 a.m., a good Samaritan spotted the migrants at sea. When the Coast Guard showed up, the migrants jumped off their homemade vessel and swam toward the American Shoal Lighthouse, located seven miles off Sugarloaf Key, just north of Key West. Friday night, a small group of protesters showed up at the Coast Guard Station Miami Beach urging officials to let the migrants stay.“Our position is that these Cubans are ‘dry foot’ under the ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ policy,” said Cuban activist Ramon Saul Sanchez.Sanchez added, “The lighthouse structure is part of the United States. It’s a U.S. platform, continental platform, and also the name, even the name, is ‘American.’”The American Shoal Lighthouse was built in 1880 and stands in water that runs 10 foot deep on a reef.Friday’s incident comes 10 years after a group of Cubans landed on the old Seven Mile Bridge, which was also not connected to land. A judge, however, ruled it was still U.S. soil.Attorney Wilfredo Allen worked on the 2006 case. “Judge Moreno, who, I thought, in his decision, obviously, I thought it was brilliant because it came our way, he said that the bridge was part of the United States, as apple pie with vanilla ice cream,” he said.As of 11 p.m., the migrants who swam to the lighthouse remained on board a cutter at sea as the Coast Guard determines their fate. Two other migrants who remained on the boat were also taken to the cutter. …The disposition of the Cuban migrants removed from American Shoal Light Friday will be determined by the standard screening process…— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) May 21, 2016The Coast Guard said a decision on what they will do with these migrants should come sometime early next week.Activists told 7News they will go to court if the migrants are in danger of being sent back to the island.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img #BreakingNews All 19 migrants on American Shoal Light come down safely without incident in FL Keys. #USCG #FWC #CBP— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) May 20, 2016Friday afternoon, 7Skyforce hovered above the 109-foot iron tower, which sits in the sea by itself, as the migrants stood on the top portion. After the Coast Guard established a safety zone around the lighthouse, one of the men climbed down the ladder to speak with agents. Coast Guard officials then began transferring the migrants onto a boat one by one, and they supplied life jackets and water to those still on the tower.The incident brings into question the Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy, which allows Cubans to stay in the United States if they reach U.S. soil. It is unclear whether or not the lighthouse would be considered land under the policy.Officials later told 7News all 19 migrants will go through the main process, but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to stay in the U.S. last_img read more

1 airlifted after shooting outside North Lauderdale sports bar

first_imgNORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews airlifted a man to the hospital with critical injuries after, authorities said, he was shot outside of a sports bar in North Lauderdale.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office: there was an altercation at Players Sports Bar & Grill, located 5280 N State Road 7, at around 3:30 a.m., Saturday.Officials said the gunman opened fire outside of the bar, striking the victim.Rescue crews airlifted the patient to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Revisiting the halfway house that got me sober

first_imgWith Alaska recidivism rates hovering just above 60 percent, helping prisoners transition back to society successfully is as important as ever. Some prisoners enter a halfway house and receive substance abuse treatment, housing, and help with employment and education.Tom Elasonga Milligrock at Gastineau Human Services. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)Download AudioOn my way out of prison, I lived at Gastineau Human Services in Juneau and and attended substance use services.Back in 2012, I’d been in for six years for assault. And that wasn’t the first time I’d been to prison. I’d been through treatment and transition programs before, but none of them worked like Juneau’s halfway house and its alcohol treatment services. I wanted to put a finger on what worked, and here’s the story. To start, I went back to the halfway house and spoke to a client.Meet Craig Porter.“I hit rock bottom, lost everything I had,” he said.He’s tall, in his late 20s and easy to talk with.“It took being sober and sitting in a jail cell to realize truly how much I hurt people that I’d cared about and that loved me and how much I’d hurt myself and just took a real moral look at myself and it was — I kinda disgusted myself,” he said.Gastineau Human Services. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)We’re at the halfway house and he’s sitting in the same chair I was in two years ago. On a day-to-day basis, there’s an average of 80 clients. I see other men and women coming and going, and I wonder if they’ll make it on the outside.“Drug addiction is what brought me to jail to begin with and I heard about going to the halfway house, GHS, unsentenced. So I figured I’d try that and anything could be better than sitting behind bars,” Porter said.“Unsentenced” is prison-speak for postponing a court appearance, and during that time you have an opportunity, and possibility, to avoid a harsh sentence by entering something like the halfway house.“I started talking with the staff and learning more about Juneau Therapeutic Court. And the more I learned about it and what its main purpose was, I decided it would be a good idea to give it a try,” Porter said.The Juneau Therapeutic Court is part of the court system that sends alcohol and drug abuse-related offenders to treatment and recovery programs instead of prison. Michael Rowcroft is a GHS counselor involved in it.“I consider my approach to counseling as client-centered,” he said.Rowcroft worked with me back when I was here. I appreciated the way he helped me get through denial and admitting that I had a problem with alcohol. We made a plan.Counselor Michael Rowcroft. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)“The next stage is action. So you take action, you take the plan, you put it and implement it and start working on developing the tools of recovery, we call them,” Rowcroft said.For me, the tools of recovery included talking about my problem, and being honest and thinking more positive. And they worked. Slowly, like Craig is now, I was able to get out of the halfway house and do more in the community. That’s part of the plan said GHS Director of Client Services Michele Federico.“We work with folks on looking at some of their other re-entry needs looking at changing thoughts and behaviors,” she said. “We offer a structured phase system that people earn privileges over time so that they — with good behavior — they are allowed to do more in the community.”Craig’s about half of my age. I hope he makes the most of his tools of recovery so he can enjoy the rest of his life.Michael Rowcroft, Elasonga Milligrock and Michele Federico at Gastineau Human Services. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)“Before I got to jail and got help from the staff at GHS and through Juneau Therapeutic Court, I really wanted to quit, but I didn’t know what to do or where to go,” he said.And he has a little advice of his own.“You need to ask for help if you want it, cause it does not come knock on your door and there’s no one that’s going to tell you have to quit and you’re going to quit you have to really want it,” he said. “You know, go talk to someone if you want the help. Don’t wait for someone to come to you.”If you do need help, GHS offers a variety of services open to the public as well. As for Craig, I wish him continued success and I’ll check back with him to see how things are going.Editor’s note: Milligrock interviewed Craig Porter in early September. Porter is still at Gastineau Human Services and is doing well. Milligrock plans to check back in with Craig early next year.last_img read more

MS Dhoni Indias greatest finisher and a mystery even a movie could

first_img ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:30Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Cricket is a religion in India and its top players are worshipped as Gods by over a billion fans worldwide. The game is followed with such passion and frenzy that people have often quit jobs to watch them play. Success, in this part of the world, is treated with unmatched jubilation and defeat has seen shameful acts such as burning of players’ effigies and pelting of houses. Sense is – at times – rare but nobody can deny immense heart and honesty in the followers of the (not so) gentleman’s gameDescribed as the man with the Midas touch, and arguably the greatest hero of the people of this generation is current CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This man is absolutely loved wherever he goes, drawing people just to see him hit – what is called – the helicopter shot. He is a phenomenon and why should he not be? Under his leadership, the nation won two World Cups, the final one realising the dream of the greatest icon of the game ever, Sachin Tendulkar. He has given India one Champions Trophy and it was also under him that the nation became the best Test side.He is such a calm man that it is almost impossible to tell what he is thinking. He made his debut as a swashbuckling wicket-keeper who could hit the ball a long way. He had flowing hair and a flashing blade. With time and responsibility, he adapted himself – from long hair to going completely bald, he metamorphosed into the greatest finisher and India’s most successful captain. On the field, he oozes leadership and off it, one can hardly find him. He remains humble in victory and magnanimous in defeat. He made the art of unconventional famous by doing things not many would dare to – those little tricks and gambles paid off for him. He, slowly but deservedly, earned the tag of a silent genius. MS Dhoni, captain of CSK.Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS / IPLThe most enduring memory for the fans of this age would be MS Dhoni wielding his bat off the 290th ball of the innings to send it flying over long on at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 – a moment of glory that made over a billion people cry tears of joy after 28 long years. On that fateful night, along with Gautam Gambhir, he had washed away all the sadness and pain of 2007. It was fitting that the man whose under-construction house was brought down by irate fans in 2007 would hit the winning runs in 2011.Obsession is a young man’s game and much like in any other sport, there comes a time when the magic wanes off and the body gives in. It was 2016 and unfortunately, MS Dhoni, poking the wrong the side of 30, found it difficult to adjust to the pace at which the game was evolving. After the semi-final defeat against West Indies in the T20 World Cup, he looked confident of continuing as long as his body permitted him to.But at the helm of Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2016, not too much went right for him. He was not the same man when it came to finishing games and himself admitted that his scoring rate had suffered. His favourite men failed to deliver when he required them to. His trump card was going through the inevitable low everyone does and his gambles were not coming off. His stars, the biggest ally according to the more superstitious, seemed to desert him too.  MS Dhoni went bald after winning the 2011 cricket World Cup.Ritam Banerjee/Getty ImagesOn May 7, 2016, for the first time in my life, I saw a dejected MS Dhoni. He tried his best to not show his emotions. But for someone who has seen him give interviews for the past nine years as captain, one could almost sense a heavy cloud of resignation. MS Dhoni, the legend, looked a forlorn man. “Every time I turn up for practice, I am getting hurt or injured. So I am now fighting against time as to when the final blow will come,” he had said in the post-match interview after the defeat to RCB. These words had made my stomach uneasy and sent a shiver down my spine as my heart started uncharacteristically aching. Many questions started popping in my head – are we watching the greatest contributor to India’s trophy cabinet run his final lap? Is it a really a case of mind saying no but the spirit carrying him on? Will he be able to go on and play his last World Cup in 2019? Or is it the right time for that tear-laden passing the torch moment? He had given so much to Indian cricket so selflessly – we were talking about a man who did not go to see his new-born daughter so that he could take the misfiring Indian bowling unit to a camp to prepare them for the world cup in 2015.These questions carried on for quite a while until Dhoni put on the yellow of CSK he absolutely loves. There are no words to describe his affinity for the franchise – the man who did not publicly shed a tear after winning a World Cup was choking with emotions while talking about CSK when they were reinstated in 2018 following the two-year suspension. And the story completely changed hence – from ‘finished’ to once again finishing matches, Dhoni was turning back the proverbial clock.  MS Dhoni.Hannah Peters/Getty ImagesRecently, after a long break, Dhoni managed to reawaken the bank of dependability in Indian blue too as he won the man of the series in Australia a few months ago. While it is certain that the captain is nearing his end, he showed in CSK yellow on April 21, he has enough left in him to delay that end. He also showed that if push comes to shove in England – and push will come to shove – he can win it for India, if not take them close. But at 37, something tells me his time is coming. And I keep repeating the same question, when is it time? Only he knows. The one thing that is for sure is when the time is right – for the nation, not for him – he will quietly walk away into the horizon. He will do it so unassumingly that nobody will know. No warnings. No pomp. No show. No testimonial. He will play his last match and like every time, step aside from the limelight on the podium. Only this time, he will never step on it again.MS Dhoni will not only go down as the greatest captain, wicket-keeper and finisher but also as India’s greatest mystery that will never be solved.last_img read more

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