first_imgIndia’s Rupinder Singh in action against South Africa on ThursdayThe Indian men’s hockey team won their fourth and final Pool A game 5-2 against South Africa Thursday to qualify for the Commonwealth Games semi-finals where they will take on New Zealand at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Saturday.India needed to at least draw the contest to have any chance of qualifying for the last four and they did it in style by thrashing the Africans, for whom it was a must-win contest.India finished second in Pool A with three wins out of four matches behind defending champions Australia, who won all four matches to top the group. In the other semi-final Saturday, World No.1 Australia will take on England.India got into business right at the start to earn their first penalty corner in the third minute. Drag-flicker VR Raghunath made no mistake in converting the opportunity to open the account for the 2010 silver medallists.India earned another penalty corner in the next minute but this time it was saved by agile South African goalkeeper Erasmus Pieterse.World No 9 India kept the pressure on and in the ninth minute Rupinder Pal Singh was successful in converting another penalty corner to make it 2-0.Ramandeep Singh then extended the lead to 3-0 in the 22nd minute by scoring a field goal. Four minutes later India scored another through forward SV to put India 4-0 in the lead.South Africa came out in a different gear in the second half and finally in the 42nd minute registered their first goal which came from the stick of Taine Paton. They scored once again in the 47th minute through captain Austin Smith’s penalty corner flick.advertisementBut India had the last laugh when in the 58th minute Manpreet Singh’s diving goal helped India take the score to 5-2.last_img read more

first_imgJagannath Mishra: Trapped”The Press Bill? I have nothing more to say about it. I have said all there was to say … but hasn’t it created a sensation? Quite something … no one else has had the guts … it requires guts to get it through, you know?”Between strangled giggles,Jagannath Mishra: Trapped”The Press Bill? I have nothing more to say about it. I have said all there was to say … but hasn’t it created a sensation? Quite something … no one else has had the guts … it requires guts to get it through, you know?”Between strangled giggles and gulps – like a drowning man coming up for air – Bihar’s Chief Minister Dr Jagannath Mishra confronts visitors in his office. His pudgy hands, flashing six rings nervously, finger first one pen, then another. Greasy hair slicked back from a round, jowly face, his eyes shift from person to person, never meeting those of the interviewer.Every few minutes he grunts and uncomfortably moves his bulk in the chair, calling a halt to further question. “Bas, bas, that’s enough,” he says, looking around frantically for respite, but there are no comforting distractions. Fawning secretaries and officials wait in hushed silence for his reactions. State ministers and hangers-on line the edges of his offices for a few minutes of his time. There are only more questions to which he either has no answer, or flat predictable comment.Mishra is also said to have inherited many of his brother’s fetishes: for esoteric religious rituals, for ‘fixing’ files and documents, for unabashedly raising finance, and most of all for keeping his family and friends in clover.When asked a particularly uncomfortable question, such as his alleged obsession with tantric rituals, Dr Mishra’s face turns a colour of deep chocolate. “Fareb hai, fareb hai…sab fareb hai” (Lies, lies … it’s all lies), he mutters, even more frantically shifty-eyed, like some desperately beleaguered form of caged ape in a travelling circus.advertisementPhoney Bravura: There is a touch of gallows humour these days as his portly figure bustles out every morning in Patna to approach long benches of petitioners waiting for his darshan outside his official residence.There is a phoney bravura about his utterances as he sits in his office redecorated to resemble a suburban mithai shop – a false ceiling in ornamental plaster, walls panelled in mauve-coloured material, and a reading lamp more suitable for a starlet’s bedroom.An unending stream of visitors in his chair-lined office wait to be summoned by a nod of his rotund face, a wave of a beringed finger, or simply a short, snappy grunt.Today, Bihar’s chief minister is a man trapped. As his notorious “anti-press bill” hangs fire in New Delhi for the Central Government’s assent, the nation-wide stir it has aroused has cornered the wily overlord of Patna in the most controversial clinch of his political career. Today the very throne he hoped to retain forever is threatened, and as the Bihar agitation mounts into a major movement, Mishra’s raj prevails shakily.Only a few months ago, things were different. Mishra was behaving like a man possessed; convinced of his crusade against the media, he had been busy putting the finishing touches to an elaborate scheme he believed would silence the most potent opposition in the state – the press.He was breathing fire and brimstone, taking out massive advertisements in newspapers propagating the bill, issuing statements and addressing press conferences to propound his cause.Nervous reactions such as these are all that Mishra is capable of these days. Gone is the bluster, the tough-guy image, the shrewd-operator tactics of a chief minister of one of the worst-administered states in the country. Even his loyal supporters in the party agree that Mishra did not expect the bill to boomerang so violently.Says dissident Congress(I) MLA Ashwini Kumar Sharma, who has been avidly campaigning against Mishra: “The man is a liar. He assured many legislators privately that he was pushing through the bill with Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Vasant Sathe’s approval. Now he must pay for his misdeeds. He has never taken the state legislature party into confidence on any issue let alone the press bill.”Even senior officials of the Bihar Government today admit that the anti-press bill agitation throughout Bihar has become a peg for widespread grievances among the state’s 70 million inhabitants: rampant corruption and maladministration, increasing economic backwardness and social bigotry, atrocities like the Bhagalpur blindings, growing scarcities and misappropriation of state and Central Government funds have reduced life in Bihar to a nightmarish ordeal.”Welcome to hell,” is the greeting a foreign journalist was met with when he recently called upon the editor of The Indian Nation, Patna’s premier English daily.Bihar in the consciousness of not only outsiders, but those who live there, has assumed the image of some terrible geographical aberration, a grim backwater that only sinks deeper into its morass of collective evil, Former chief minister Abdul Ghafoor, now an independent MLA, agrees that things have reached a nadir in Bihar: “True, there was always corruption, casteism and inefficiency before but Jagannath Mishra’s Government seems to have institutionalised all these things.” But Mishra himself argues that “corruption is everywhere – not any more in Bihar than in Uttar Pradesh.”advertisementFrom the Urban Cooperative Bank case, now pending judgement in the Supreme Court, to harassment of senior officials to an alleged Union Home Ministry probe into his affairs (for a complete charge-sheet of Mishra’s misdemeanours see box alongside) Mishra and his government has been racked by scandal ever since he became chief minister for the second time in June 1980.Sections of the bureaucracy are so demoralised in Bihar due to repeated transfers and blatant promotion of corrupt officials that day-to-day administration has virtually come to a standstill, paralysing an already inefficient machinery.Mishra’s political colleagues, his family, friends from his community of Maithali Brahmins, have been shamelessly afforded sinecures. As Mishra continues in office, his family and friends continue to prosper.Ironically, those who knew him at earlier stages of his life, have contrary impressions of the man. They remember him as a fairly innocuous professor of economics, totally under the thumb of his oldest brother, the former railway minister, the late Lalit Narain Mishra.Lalitbabu was the towering patriarch of the family – a legendary fundraiser for Mrs Gandhi, a Central cabinet minister for 15 years – and Jagannath his adoring brother back in Patna entered state politics to suit his needs and demands.Lalitbabu was the wheeler-dealer incarnate but Jagannath, entering the Bihar cabinet as irrigation minister in 1972, used to leave the dirty deals to him. “He was never a straight talker or a simple man but he wasn’t such an operator then,” says a Patna journalist who knew him well in the mid-1970s.Obvious Choice: It was after Lalitbabu’s death in January 1975 in the Samastipur bomb blast that Jagannath became Mrs Gandhi’s obvious choice for chief ministership. It was a characteristic choice: she knew the family well and was assured of their loyalty; moreover Jagannath was prone to easy control.He was not as shrewd as his brother but politically more pliable. Says Dr Mishra today of his elder brother: “He was the greatest influence in my life … if it wasn’t for him I would be nobody.” His official biodata plugs the point further by pompously claiming “…Dr Mishra has inherited the legacy of Lalitbabu’s eager desire to see Biharat par with the front line states of India.”Having cast himself in the mould of his revered elder brother, Mishra sees himself as his legitimate political successor, and the scion of the Mishra family’s political authority. He has also inherited many of his brother’s fetishes: for esoteric religious rituals, for “fixing” files and documents, for unabashedly raising finance, and most of all for keeping his family and friends in clover.advertisementAlmost the first controversy that embroiled him when he became minister in 1972 was his involvement in the Urban Cooperative Bank scandal, a phoney bank, that he had allegedly helped set up.During both his terms as chief minister he tried to smother the affair, and at present the decision to reopen the case, which he had had withdrawn last year, lies with the Supreme Court. The protracted affair, has dogged Mishra all his political career despite his frantic efforts to close it.There was a time, for example, that he actually professed great regard and affection for journalists. He was protected by Emergency restrictions on the media during his first tenure as chief minister from 1975-77 and later Mishra was an avid cultivator of the Patna press during the Janata Party rule.”He would frequently drop into the office for a chat,” admits a news agency chief in Patna, “his public relations with the media was always excellent. It was only when he became chief minister again in 1980 and the exposures about his regime began that the attitude began to change.”In fact, the scale of his wheeling-dealing apparently also grew during his second term as chief minister. Alleges Sudhir Kumar Mishra, his nephew who has now broken away from him to join the Sanjay Vichar Manch: “I remember that during his first chief ministership he was always running out of cash – he would occasionally borrow the odd hundred rupees. And the Janata days were so bad that he would not have money to pay for five litres of petrol.”Adds opposition leader Karpoori Thakur: “He always had the mentality of a feudal overlord, but this time he has surpassed all limits. Now his only ambition seems to be is to achieve enough security for himself and his family for the next few generations.”Mishra’s life-style has not been especially modest. Though he neither drinks nor smokes, his manner is not exactly underplayed. From the loud, checked silk waistcoats he sports – even in blistering Bihar summers – to the fancy chappals he buys in the corridors of New Delhi’s Connaught Place and the hideous colour schemes he favours for his rooms – pink walls and pink satin drapes – there is a flashiness in his manner. The khadi dhoti-kurtas are as fake as the tongue-clicking platitudes fed to the rows of petitioners waiting on benches for him.The greatest of Mishra’s kinks are his bizarre religious beliefs, his devoted espousal of astrologers, tantrics and godmen of that ilk. Although he steadfastly denies these connections and says he believes “in no one but God” one blatant evidence is the six rings flashing on his pudgy fingers – two large diamonds among the assortment – that change according to the changing confluence of his ruling planets.His jewelled fingers, however, pale into insignificance compared to the outrageous stories about the devout practices he is said to advocate – the most preposterous claim being that earlier this year he witnessed the sacrifice of 108 goats in a tantric temple on the Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border, completing the exercise by bathing in the cascade of blood. “How can I do such a thing when I am a vegetarian myself?” gasps an alarmed Mishra when asked if the incident is true.Superstitious: Still, stories of his devotion to a band of ritualists abound, often supported by his own superstition-ridden habits. Sudhir Mishra, the erring nephew who has been kicked out the chief minister’s camp and was arrested while participating in the journalists’ rally last fortnight insists that the stories about the tantrics are true.”If you were to put on a few beads and dress in funny clothes and send word to his bungalow that a new tantric is in town, he will come rushing for consultations.” Sudhir also alleges that stories about how the chief minister has beaten all records in feathering his own and his family’s nest for their combined future are true.Says he: “Either he has some long-term megalomaniac vision of his political future or he wants to make enough money to retire.” Sudhir Mishra’s disobedience campaign may be a case of sour grapes – it is alleged that he was keen to be made an MLA or MP – but it is certain that closer kin of the chief minister have done quite well in life since he assumed office.The brother just older to Jagannath called Mritunjaya Mishra – known as Balu Babu – was once a humble development officer with the Life Insurance Corporation. After a bad start in politics – he contested the 1977 assembly elections as an Independent against Congress(I) – he is at present a director of the Bihar State Marketing Cooperative Union (BISCOMAN), of the Bihar State Financial Corporation, Jute Corporation of India and the Bank of India.The brother older than him is Shyamanarain Mishra – better known as Jalebi Babu – who has been chosen mukhiya (headman) back in the village of Balua Bazar this year. Though the appointment may sound humble, it is crucial for the Mishra clan to control their landed interests and apparently Jalebi Babu discharges his duties well.The fourth brother, Kamalnarain Mishra – affectionately called Ladoo Babu – is a contractor but it is widely alleged that he operates as a commission agent on behalf of his chief minister brother.Though Jagannath’s own six children are comparatively young – the eldest son is an engineering student in Delhi and the eldest daughter is married – they have on occasion been the subject of allegations.Last year, it was claimed by the Patna University Students Union that the B.A. (Hons.) examination in economics had been rigged to allow the chief minister’s second daughter, Sangeeta, to obtain the second place from the top in the results.It was alleged that she had never been an exceptionally brilliant student, and to make matters appear normal not only had there been an inordinate number of students obtaining first divisions but also she had deliberately been placed second so that the “fixing” did not seem obvious.His nephew, Ranjit Mishra, son of Shyamanarain has featured in a scandal involving the Bihar State Electricity Board’s (BSEB) issuing of unfair contracts to a Bombay manufacturer. And Shyamanarain himself is mentioned in opposition leader Karpoori Thakur’s long list of allegations as being instrumental in getting mechanical engineers appointed in jobs reserved for civil engineers.Prospering: Despite the welter of charges against him and his government, the Mishras of Balua Bazar in north Bihar 500 km from Patna continue to prosper. Till 1977 not a single member of the clan owned property in Patna; today all three of the chief minister’s brothers have acquired a small house each.Prosperity is evident among Dr Mishra’s personal staff as well. His private secretary, Indukant Mishra, who handles his schedules, has built a house in the Kankarbagh suburb of patna this year. So has his personal security officer.Even Dr Hargovind Singh, who was Mishra’s academic guide, and who, it has been said, virtually ghost-wrote his doctoral thesis, was first made director of a social sciences research institute in Patna, and an MLC last year when it became impossible for him to get further extensions.When he began his campaign to intimidate the press, Mishra’s primary motive was to guarantee his own regime. “He probably thought he could kill two birds with a stone: gag the local press and ingratiate himself into Mrs Gandhi’s good books by setting an example of his efficiency,” says the editor of a Patna newspaper.”Instead, he finds himself undefended by both the ruling party in the state or the Centre.” But if Mishra goes, he will probably be carried out crying: “Yeh sab fareb hai…”AllegationsA part from the Urban Cooperative Bank scandal, following are some of the charges leveled against Jagannath Mishra and his Government:Last year opposition leader Karpoori Thakur alleged that the Union Home Ministry conducted an enquiry against him. Specifically, Thakur claimed, the charges were the Bihar Cabinet’s decision to raise the price of spirit from 0.75 paise a litre to Rs 1.80 a litre – an unprecedented rise.The Bihar Government has pumped over Rs 1,321 crore in public undertakings but their cumulative loss has crossed Rs 200 crore.That Mishra scrapped sales tax on eleven items – including chappals and cosmetics – without giving substantial reasons.Mishra has also repealed the Passenger Goods Transport Act after transporters launched an agitation this year. The loss of revenue estimated is between Rs 15-20 crore annually.The most prevalent allegation against Mishra and his regime is the never-ending transfer of police officers and civil servants to lucrative positions. It is estimated that the average tenure of an IAS officer in Bihar, who number some 350, is no more than 11 months in a single job. The average tenure for an IPS officer, of which there are about 125 in the state is even less: nine months.Senior officials of the IPS are so demoralised by Mishra’s actions, that the seniormost officer in the service, Sudhish Narain Singh, has challenged his supersession in the High Court and may follow up his challenge in the Supreme Court.Forty-five IAS officers face corruption charges by the Vigilance Department.Fifty per cent of political pensioners in Bihar are said to be bogus.All of the 33 special schemes instituted by the Government like the social security pension scheme are alleged to be major conduits of revenue leaking and totally non-productive.BIHAR: RULE OF THE RODThe brutal lathi charge on Bihar journalists in Patna: Unprovoked attackThe agitation in Bihar against Jagannath Mishra’s ‘black’ press bill drew first blood last fortnight. Over 500 journalists from all over Bihar had assembled in Patna on August 21 for a convention to ponder the bill.They set out on a seven-kilometre peaceful protest march to the Raj Bhavan. As they walked down Baily Road the police attacked: senior journalists and editors writhed and rolled about in pain on the road as the lathis rained down on the defenceless marchers, barely a furlong away from Mishra’s residence.Some 38 journalists sustained bleeding injuries, a dozen were seriously injured, and about 200 were put under arrest, without food and medical aid. It was the most ruthless action the Government had taken yet against the pressmen and the following day the papers cried out in anguish.Said The Indian Nation, a leading English daily edited by Deenanath Jha, who had fainted under the lathi blows: “The brutal, unprovoked lathi charge was more unexpected and stunning than the anti-press bill itself.” The Searchlight, another leading English newspaper, commented: “It has once again brought to the surface an ugly face of the Government – it will go to any extent to suppress dissent.”Injured journalist Singh: Ruthles suppression of dissentPre-planned Attack: It was clear that the authorities – it is reported that the attack was planned in Mishra’s house – had decided to teach the media a lesson. The police, armed to the teeth with lathis and guns, had spread out across the road to block the progress of the procession beyond the railway crossing near the new secretariat complex, a prohibited zone.They came down heavily on the journalists without any warning or without declaring it unlawful. They seemed to have been tutored thoroughly in their job of smashing heads, and did not even spare Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Lalmuni Choubey who was passing by and tried to save the injured journalists.Informed sources say that Mishra himself earmarked some journalists for favoured treatment. In a shameful sequel to the action, a press note the next day justified the police action saying that the journalists had brought it upon themselves by brick-batting the policemen.Mishra affirmed that some “misguided” journalists and opposition leaders had planned it all. The brick-batting lie was nailed by Superintendent of Police Ram Chander Khan’s statement immediately after the beating which did not mention brick-batting at all. A senior police officer later told India Today: “We do not know who thought up this brick-batting theory,”Continuing Struggle: The press has reacted violently to the charge. Said Jha: “It has only added insult to injury.” The Action Committee of Journalists which had kept politicians out of the movement affirmed in a statement: “Our’s is a journalists’ struggle directed solely against the black bill and as soon as the bill is scrapped the struggle will automatically end.”Patna observed a spontaneous bandh on August 23 which evoked a massive response. Editors’ Guild Chairman S. Sahay rushed to Patna to express solidarity with the journalists. Bihar Governor A.R. Kidwai told a delegation of the Bihar Working Journalists Union that he was shocked to hear about the beating up of journalists. Lok Dal (Thakur) chief Karpoori Thakur warned that ‘Hitlerism’ was in the offing.Mishra himself seems to have lost his patience. On August 2, a similar procession of journalists demonstrated unhindered at the Assembly complex, and this time they obviously thought that the police cordon would politely part to let them through.But three weeks of agitation and anger have frayed the chief minister’s nerves; he flexed his muscles again during the bandh when even schoolboys felt the lathis. Police also rounded up his nephew Sudhir Kumar Mishra, now in the Maneka Gandhi camp, among others.A highly placed police officer warned privately that: “Mishra wants a total police raj in the state.” Mishra himself issued a warning in true gangland style: “I fervently hope that all sensible persons who have unwittingly joined the agitation will pull out of it.” There are few chances that his fervent wish will be granted.As the agitation against the press bill in the aftermath of the brutal lathi charge on journalists assumed the proportions of a 1974-type movement, the Mishra Government turned desperate. Mishra and his henchmen launched a drive to “buy support” and the first to rally round him were a group of nine “pliable” Urdu editors headed by Dr Khalid Rashid Saba, editor of Urdu daily Saathi and a Congress(I) mlc. But soon even Urdu journalists condemned them as self-seekers.Sponsored Dharna: When Mishra found that his editors had been isolated and his game exposed he asked some party leaders to organise a dharna under the banner of All India Newspaper Readers’ Association on August 16 in which a deputy minister played a leading role and about 1,000 food packets were distributed.Since it failed to draw any support, the Government allegedly sponsored another dharna by self-styled journalists to coincide with the rally of the trade unions. It was led by the Bihar Working Journalists Union which had not been very hostile towards the Government.The dharna in favour of the press bill on August 25 was launched under the auspices of the Bihar State Small and Medium Scale Newspapers Association. The participants claimed they were editors of dailies and weeklies so far unknown to the readers.State party Secretary Digvijay Pratap Singh and other Congress(I) workers drafted from the nearby rural areas became a laughing stock when they shouted slogans like “Implement the press bill” though it is yet to become an act.To add to the comedy, an old man went on an indefinite fast to get the bill implemented and as night fell a Congress(I) leader rushed to him to get the fast broken, saying that the Government had accepted the demand. It was not the end.On August 26, the Government employed four state buses to bring about 50 Government lawyers from the High Court to hold a demonstration and a procession of the lawyers who carried a banner which read “Practice Healthy Journalism”.The state Bar Council, however, condemned them. The pros and cons of Mishra’s beloved bill will, in the days to come, become increasingly a acrimonious.- Farzand Ahmed in Patnalast_img read more

first_imgBengaluru: Virdhawal Khade clinched India’s seventh gold medal at the 10th Asian Age Group Championship but failed to make the Olympic ‘A’ cut in the men’s 50m freestyle event, here on Wednesday.Khade clocked 22.59 seconds to finish ahead of Khurshidjon Tursunov (22.96) of Uzbekistan and Iranian Gharehhassanloo Benyamin (23.23). The gold medal winning feat was, however, not enough for the 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist to make the Olympic A qualification mark, set at 22.01 seconds.”I am quite disappointed with my timing. I was fully tapered for this meet, I got off to a great start but somehow my timing with the technique was not put to the mark,” Khade said.Earlier, this month during the senior nationals, Khade had clocked 22.44 seconds in the same event.”I will be attempting again next month during the FINA World Cup in Singapore and I want to achieve it this year although there is time till June. If I can make the qualification now then I can just focus on training for Tokyo,” he added.Sajan Prakaah won his second silver in the men’s 100m butterfly category with a timing of 54.42 seconds. The gold went to Wongcharoen Navaphat (54.06) of Thailand while Mhah Qali Abbas (55.10) of Kuwait bagged the bronze.Kushagra Rawat, was excellent in his 1500m where he comfortably won with a time of 15:41.54 seconds making it his third gold medal of the event. He touched ahead of Chang Cheng Li Wei (15:49.85) of Chinese Taipei and Kittiya Tanakrit (16:19.75) of Thailand.Likith Selvaraj clinched his second bronze of the Championships in the 50 metres breast stroke with a time of 28.38 seconds. Vladislav Mustafin (27.68) of Uzbekistan and Denis Petrashov (28.35) of Kyrgyz Republic clinched gold and silver respectively.Shoan Ganguly, swimming his first Asian Age Group Championships, also continued to increase his medal tally. He won silver in the 400 metres freestyle Group II boys clocking 4:07.21 seconds. On the inaugural day he had won gold and two silvers. He finished behind Liu Haiyang (4:03.76) of China and Huang Chun Chieh (4:08.04) of Chinese Taipei.In the morning session, India’s mixed freestyle relay team comprising the quartet of Srihari Natraj, Khade, Maana Patel and Shivani Kataria clinched bronze with a timing of 3:42.56. Thailand (3:39.17) and Uzbekistan (3:41.73) bagged gold and silver respectively. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 tokyo olympicsswimmingVirdhawal Khade First Published: September 25, 2019, 10:25 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgThe 1975 World Cup was the genesis of modern One Day International (ODI) cricket as thousands of enthusiastic fans turned up in numbers to have a look at the gentlemen’s game in its brand-new avatar. The tournament took place in England and was accompanied with a lot of excitement thanks to the novelty factor surrounding the first-ever abridged version of the game. Eight participants comprising Australia, England, West Indies, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and a composite team from East Africa, were separated into two groups of four.Players took to the field wearing traditional white flannels, used a red ball and had to field for a maximum of 60 overs. The first-ever ODI and opening match of the competition pitted hosts England against India in what was a historic day in the annals of the game. The game, itself, was a rather forgetful occasion as teams took time to come to terms with cricket’s newest format. Eventually, India lost to England by 202 runs at Lord’s but the technically astute Sunil Gavaskar’s 36 not out off 174 balls is what many remember this match for.Perhaps the best match from the inaugural edition of the World Cup was West Indies’ humdinger against Pakistan at Edgbaston. It was an ebb-and-flow encounter that saw the tide turn in both sides’ favour, multiple times in the contest. In the end, it was wicket-keeper Deryck Murray and pacer Andy Roberts’ 10th-wicket partnership that got West Indies over the finish line. Chasing a target of 267, all hope seemed lost when Pakistan reduced the Windies to 203 for 9. However, Murray and Roberts demonstrated their unflappable temperament and held their nerve to win the game with a wicket and two balls to spare.advertisementWest Indies’ win over Pakistan may have lit up the World Cup, but hosts England were still very much the favourites following wins in all their group games. England’s World Cup dream though came to an end in the semi-final courtesy of a remarkable all-round performance by Australia’s Gary Gilmour. After restricting England to a mere 93, Gilmour scored an unbeaten 28 to help the Aussies to a 4-wicket win and lead them to the final. Gilmour had earlier claimed six English wickets and finished with figures of 6 for 14, which was the best bowling figures in this World Cup.However, the Australians ran out of steam once up against the West Indies in the final at Lord’s. Rohan Kanhai’s 55 and skipper Clive Lloyd’s 102 helped Windies set a target of 292 for the Aussies to chase. Gilmour once again delivered for Australia with figures of 5 for 48, but it wasn’t enough to deny the West Indians the inaugural World Cup. Keith Boyce and Lloyd both took four scalps each in the second innings as the Windies won by 17 runs to become cricket’s first-ever World Champions. Lloyd was rightfully adjudged the Man of the Match after the game as West Indies began their era of dominance.Also Read | World Cup 2011: India end Australia’s dominance, crowned champions at homeAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Championships in Toowoomba on the weekend. 12’s GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks 8 defeated Central Queensland Bulls 3Player of the Series – Sharni Vilila (South Queensland Sharks)Player of the Final – Charlotte Graham (South Queensland Sharks)12’s BoysCentral Queensland Bulls 5 defeated South West Queensland Swans (A) 2Player of the Series – Caleb Gould-Waiariki (South Queensland Sharks)Player of the Final – Flynn Kelso (Central Queensland Bulls)14’s GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks 6 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 2Player of the Series – Ellie-Anne Green (Brisbane City Cobras)Player of the Final – Taylah Connell (South Queensland Sharks)14’s BoysSouth Queensland Sharks 6 defeated Central Queensland Bulls 5Player of the Series – Aaron Moore (Central Queensland Bulls)Player of the Final – Izaya Leota (South Queensland Sharks)16’s GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks 6 defeated South West Queensland Swans 4Player of the Series – Hannah Hegedus (South West Queensland Swans)Player of the Final – Kiara Taylor (South West Queensland Swans)16’s BoysCentral Queensland Bulls 8 defeated South Queensland Sharks 6Player of the Series – Liam Grant (Central Queensland)Player of the Final – Blake Moore (Central Queensland)Congratulations to South Queensland who won the Shuker-Williams Regional championship for 2015.For more information and results, please visit Related LinksQLD Jnr State Champslast_img read more

first_img Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat 1 of 2 Previous Whether you’re looking to kick-start your way to a healthy lifestyle, start saving some money on transit, or chase the feeling of wind whistling by your face, there is no time better than now to hop on two wheels for your morning and evening commute. What type of bicycle you choose to ride will depend on a few factors, such as how far your trip is, terrain, weather, your desired bike appearance, and comfort.We’ve assembled a collection of the best commuter bikes that do more than just get you to work and back. These puppies will let you shine like a reflector on the road and weave through city traffic with ease.State Bicycle Company LaFluer 3 – $449For some of us, the way we look on our bike is half the motivation to commute on two wheels. State Bicycle Co.’s new summer collection of Core-Line bikes boasts bright aesthetics for both personal style and added visibility. The LaFluer 3 features a black and white frame with vintage cyan and magenta accents that will draw attention without draining your bank. State Bicycle Co. also lets you customize your ride with two sets of wheels; bullhorn, drop, or pursuit handlebars; and a frame that fits your height.If you’re looking to ride real loud, the Pardi B design ($449) stunts one of the brand’s most distinct colorways: a white frame with confetti-like party decals.See ItBrooklyn Bicycle Company WYTHE – $450Brooklyn Bicycle Co.’s WYTHE bicycle makes our list of best commuter bikes because of its versatility and minimalist appearance. Not only does this puppy come with stouthearted all-terrain tires and premium barring hubs to get you through all those unpaved road shortcuts, it also supplies you with a comfortable and explosive riding experience. Available in three standout colorways, the WYTHE bike will outshine almost any other on the road, which will also be handy during the dark days of winter.See ItPure Cycles Road Bike – $499 The fashion world isn’t the only market seeing a rebirth of ’90s culture and aesthetic. This road bike from Pure Cycles is brimming with retro style You can have the bike delivered and assembled for a little added money, but Pure Cycles also lets you DIYers have some fun with free self-assembly.See ItHelix Folding Bike – $1,900 The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Next Editors’ Recommendations Canadian bicycle startup Helix is bringing a new sense of inspiration with its folding bicycle design. The enhanced portability and safety is something you truly can’t put a price on. The Helix tucks away easily enough for trips on public transportation and can be hidden under your desk at work to alleviate bike-theft anxiety. You could also, theoretically, pack it in your suitcase on your next vacation. Although it disassembles with ease, the bike is built to last with a durable, yet lightweight titanium frame.See ItRaleigh 2018 Port Townsend – $760Of course, a collection of the best commuter bikes wouldn’t be complete without having a practical pick. Raleigh’s 2018 Port Townsend is an upright city bike that supplies a front basket perfectly sized for a 12-pack of brew on the way home and a fender to protect against mud and god knows what else. In top of that, its aesthetics are spectacular. The Port Townsend’s attributes include a blue frame with chrome accents, as well as tough, durable, road-ready tires to get you to and from work with ease.See ItRemember, a bike is only as good as the lock that keeps it in your possession. We recommend the TIGR mini+ ($135) u-style lock due to its lightweight frame and intelligently designed locking system.If all this bike talk has sparked your interest in hopping on two wheels and hitting the highway, check out our guide to the best cycling trips to take before you die. Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader and three-time former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit passed away Saturday afternoon at a private hospital here, her family and the party said. She was 81. Dikshit breathed her last at 3.55 pm at Fortis Escorts hospital, doctors said. She was president of Delhi Congress. She served as Delhi’s chief minister for 15 years from 1998-2013 and also served as the governor of Kerala. She unsuccessfully fought the recent Lok Sabha elections from the North-East Delhi constituency. She represented New Delhi constituency in Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Dikshit became an MP for the first time from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh in 1984. She was also a close associate of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and a minister in his cabinet. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among those who condoled her death.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the oilsands on Friday, just a day after getting heckled and booed in Vancouver and Victoria for his approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The project that has the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and B.C., at odds will see the pipeline’s capacity nearly triple from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day giving Alberta heavy oil access to much needed foreign markets.“Our government has been unequivocal, this pipeline is in the national interest and will get built. We had a regulatory process that went through, an examination, an engagement with partners, and it was determined that this Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion is in the national interest and that’s why it’s going to get built,” said Trudeau.He also didn’t take long to slam the Harper-era Conservatives by saying that through ten-years in power while Harper may have “topped up” the oilsands, his government wasn’t able to get a pipeline to tidewater approved because no one trusted them to protect the environment.Trudeau used that as an opportunity to once again tout his plan that links the environment and the economy.“Canadians are united on that, everyone wants to see their grandkids with both a protected natural world around them and good jobs and successful communities,” said Trudeau. “That’s something, we can and will work on together regardless of the fact that there’s still a choice to be made between either the economy or the environment, the only way to do this responsibly is to do this together.”Trudeau’s visit to Suncor’s Fort Hills site brought him to the most recently completed mega-project in the region, as when it hits full-production (within a month) it will produce 194,000 barrels of oil per day through its open pit mining operation.The Prime Minister, who gets more than his fair share of heat in this region spent 30-minutes in a lunch room with dozens of Fort Hills workers, answering questions off the cuff especially about the carbon tax and pipelines. Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle) climbs the stairs into the cockpit of a Komatsu 780E heavy haul at Suncor’s Fort Hills oilsands site on Friday, Apr. 4, 2018. Bradley Karp / REPORTER His tour of the facility was led by Suncor CEO Steve Williams, who in February told the Financial Post that due to regulatory changes by the Trudeau government, his company would likely cut back on investments in Canada. The two were all smiles as Williams and Suncor staffers guided Trudeau around a Komatsu 980E heavy hauler, the Prime Minister even took a seat at the helm.“We’ve talked about market access, we’ve talked about market pressures which are the sum of taxation, royalties, the confidence in the regulatory process and I’m greatly encouraged by the conversation we’ve had today and I think it sort of speaks for itself,” said Williams. “The Prime Minister has taken the trouble to come here and spend some time with us and understand our challenges better so I think we’re going to get some help.”Williams went on to acknowledge how the environment for oilsands producers has changed in the last few years, from the price cut in 2014, taxation and regulatory overhauls along with the United-States going from their biggest customer to their biggest competitor, expediting the need for a pipeline to tidewater for foreign market access.While producers in the oilsands need that market access through pipeline, the province next door (British-Columbia) continues to throw up roadblocks. When Trudeau was asked head on what he’s doing about it, and how he’ll ensure the pipeline actually gets built, this was his response: “I’m continuing to engage regularly with British Columbia, there are a number of court cases going on that the Federal Government is monitoring closely, but as I said many times we have a regulatory process that was open, responsible, fair, heard from everyone, we made a decision around the fact that this pipeline is absolutely in the national interest, the federal government has the responsibility and ability to move forward on projects of the national interest, that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to get this pipeline built.”Trudeau’s visit to the region wrapped up with meetings with other oil executives as well as meeting with local First Nations and Metis leaders.last_img read more

There is an axiom in sports that all die-hard fans embrace. Once a team has reached a level at which its coach is grumpy after a victory, that team has “arrived.”So it was with the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday in their 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings before a crowd of 15,251.On the back of their strong special teams’ play, the Blue Jackets improved to 5-1-0 this season, the best start in franchise history. The Jackets got two goals from their power play unit, and captain Rick Nash scored a short-handed goal during the penalty kill.It didn’t seem to be enough for coach Ken Hitchcock.“We didn’t play that well tonight,” he said. “We competed, but we didn’t play that well. We need better play if we’re going to get to the next level.”The energy was noticeably absent from the building at the beginning. At least a third of the stadium’s seats remained empty at the first drop of the puck. The subdued atmosphere wasn’t improved when L.A. right winger Dustin Brown kicked off the scoring with a shot from just outside the slot that beat Jackets goalie Steve Mason.This Jackets team, unlike many in the past, refused to head into the dressing room down a goal. With just under a minute remaining in the period, left winger Jason Chimera brought the puck out of Columbus’ end, sped through the neutral zone, and fired a slap shot from the left circle. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was too slow for it, and the Jackets went into the first intermission tied up.The Jackets never looked back.Mason continued to flash the kind of dazzling goaltending that made him the NHL Rookie of the Year last season, making 27 saves, many of the jaw-dropping variety.During one stretch in the second period, Mason made a series of saves on a flurry of opposing shots, including one in which he was caught out of position but made a diving recovery to cover up the puck in front of the net.Mason was quick to credit his teammates.“It’s extremely huge the way these guys are stepping up right now,” he said. “These guys are coming in and putting up a big effort and making my job easier.”Columbus’ Raffi Torres took some of the pressure off him with a rebound goal out of a scrum in front of the Kings’ net on the power play. He was assisted on the play by Derick Brassard and Kris Russell, who had just been signed to a contract extension by the club earlier in the day.Columbus was not finished yet.Down a man because of a cross-checking penalty on Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin, Rick Nash decided to take matters into his own hands.  Jackets center Samuel Pahlsson deftly stole the puck away from a Kings forward and swept it to a waiting Rick Nash, just past the blue line. Nash raced up the ice and undressed the Kings’ Justin Williams with a deke to his left before letting fly with a backhand shot that beat Quick.“I noticed there was a forward playing defense, and I thought I’d try something. Luckily enough, it worked,” Nash said of the goal.Jakub Voracek finished the scoring with an empty-net, power-play goal with 1:11 left in the game.As Jackets fans stood and applauded their team’s victory, there was joy once more in Mudville as the sting of the Buckeye football team’s defeat faded from memory. read more

first_imgJ. H. Fletcher & Co. has been building diesel powered scaling machines using inverted articulating booms with a Caterpillar 320 crawler undercarriage base for the last 11 years. The current model covers mining heights up to 5.2 m but the concept can easily be applied to heights above 9 m using a larger Caterpillar undercarriage. The crawler undercarriage provides both a stable and nimble platform for the scaling operation. The 360o swing of the upper chassis and boom provides for precise attack angles, exceptional manoeuvrability and maximum coverage area. In addition, the unique boom design coupled with proportional joystick controls allows the operator to easily follow the contours of the face, back and ribs to remove loose material in the most difficult profiles.The combination of the inverted boom, rotating upper chassis, crawler undercarriage and smooth precise controls makes this model one of the most efficient and productive scalers on the market, the company says.All Fletcher scalers are equipped with MSHA certified cab/canopies for operator protection while providing excellent visibility. The cabs can also be pressurised, heated and air conditioned with HEPA filtration on the recirculated air reducing DPM exposure as well as noise. Other features that are available are hydraulic breakers or cutter drums in place of the pick, as well as a variety of engine options.last_img read more

first_imgWe’ve already established from multiple gameplay videos that Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs looks like quite an interesting proposition on next-gen consoles. But so far we’ve only seen single-player gameplay–there’s a whole multiplayer element of the game yet to be demonstrated.Now we finally get to see Watch Dogs multiplayer in action, albeit before Ubisoft intended us to. That’s because footage has leaked on to YouTube, but it looks to be an official Ubisoft video they were eventually going to release anyway. You can watch it below:The footage shows one player pitted against another in a game of cat and mouse. The first player attempts to hack the other, who is then tasked with tracking down the hacker once they’ve been alerted. The victim needs to search the area where the hacker is located (quite nearby depending on how the hack was carried out), identify them using the available tech in the area (e.g. cameras), and then give chase with the ultimate goal being to kill them.Just like the single-player action we have seen, the gameplay doesn’t seem to be limited to a small area. You can travel freely on foot or give chase in cars, paving the way for some potentially epic cross-city multiplayer chases.There’s sure to be other multiplayer modes, but this one looks like it could be fun, especially if you are the person doing the hacking and being chased down. I’m guessing there will be multiple ways to perform the hack, and with some preparation you may be able to carry it out from a few blocks away rather than hiding behind a car within sight of the other player.last_img read more

first_img AEW announces limited tickets are available for tonight’s All Out Pay-Per View Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ric Flair Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Monday Night RAW is live tonight from Chicago, Illinois. The only thing advertised for the show is appearances by Brock Lesnar and WWE Hall of Famer Ric has a Five-Point Preview for tonight’s show that you can view by clicking here.Check back later tonight for live coverage of RAW on videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair HospitalizedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:40 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jared Leto Google+center_img Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Facebook WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more AEW on TNT returning to Sears Centre Arena in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTlast_img read more

first_imgTurkish authorities on Tuesday intensified efforts to identify and detain a suspected jihadist who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub, and who reportedly fought in Syria alongside Islamic State jihadists.Police released pictures of the suspect who went on the rampage at the plush Reina nightclub on New Year’s night, spraying some 120 bullets at terrified guests before slipping away into the night.So far, 16 people are being held over the attack, including two foreigners detained by Turkish police at Istanbul’s main airport. But the killer remains on the run.Of the 39 dead, 27 were foreigners, mainly from Arab countries, with coffins repatriated overnight to countries including Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.The Islamic State (IS) group on Monday claimed the massacre, the first time it has clearly stated being behind a major attack in Turkey.The suspect — who has not been named but was reportedly from Central Asia — was staying in a rented flat in Konya before moving to Istanbul to carry out the attack, press reports said.The Dogan news agency said those detained included a woman suspected of being his wife with whom he had stayed in Konya along with two children.Reports said police have made progress in the investigation after speaking to the taxi driver who drove the attacker to the club and tracing calls he had made on the driver’s mobile phone. ‘Specially selected’ The Hurriyet daily said the attacker showed signs of being well trained in the use of arms and had fought in Syria for IS jihadists.Hurriyet’s well-connected columnist Abdulkadir Selvi he had been trained in street fighting in residential areas in Syria and used these techniques in the attack, shooting from the hip rather than as a sniper.The attacker had been “specially selected” to carry out the shooting, he said. According to Hurriyet, just 28 bullets failed to hit a target.”This specially-trained terrorist has still not been detained and is still wandering dangerously amongst us,” he wrote.He said an IS strike was also planned in Ankara on New Year’s eve but that it had been prevented after eight IS suspects were arrested in the capital. There were no further details.Near the entrance to the nightclub which lies on the shores of the Bosphorus, an impromptu shrine was set up with pictures of the dead where well-wishers have been piling up flowers.”The attacker arrived at the door and opened fire towards me,” club manager Ali Unal told AFP.”My foot slipped and I fell down, the gunshots didn’t stop.” ‘Taksim selfie video’ Police meanwhile released the first clear images of the attacker, including one taken by security cameras on the night of the attack.And a chilling video of the suspect taken near Taksim Square in central Istanbul was also released, showing him recording himself with a selfie stick and smiling faintly into the camera.It was not immediately clear how the footage had been obtained.Reports said that the attacker could be from Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan. In Bishkek, the national security council said it was checking any possible involvement of a Kyrgyz citizen.In a statement circulated on social media, IS said one of its “soldiers” had carried out the carnage, accusing Turkey — a majority-Muslim country — of being a servant of Christians and saying the shooting was a response to Ankara’s military action against jihadists in Syria.Turkish troops are pressing a four-month incursion to oust IS jihadists the border area while Ankara is also pushing a ceasefire plan with Russia as a basis for peace talks to end the civil war.After a cabinet meeting in Ankara chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government vowed that the operation in Syria would continue with “determination”.The shooting took place just 75 minutes into 2017 after a bloody year in Turkey in which hundreds of people were killed in violence blamed on both IS jihadists and Kurdish militants.The foreigners who died — most of them from Arab countries and including Muslims — had come to the club to celebrate a special night in style.They included three Lebanese nationals, two Jordanians and three Iraqis, as well as several Saudis.last_img read more

first_imgSo what are you doing this Diwali? Staying at home and bursting crackers? Spending some ‘me’ time? Or going out with friends? How about enjoying Diwali in a mall and winning some goodies too? This mall in west Delhi is being decked up to resemble the city of Ayodhya to complete the festive look. There will be contests and workshops for visitors to enjoy some fun-filled moments.  Ek Minute Dhamaal has games like Building the Ram Setu, The Great Epic Quiz and more. Workshops includes activities like magic card tricks, Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’rangoli, storytelling and mehendi art. Children can be kept busy with Stick Mask making, diya decorations, card making, lantern making and paduka making. ‘Apart from the activities, we will also be introducing an exciting raffle draw where visitors stand to win many interesting gifts,’ said Abhishek Bansal, managing director, Pacific Mall. So get crackling.DETAILAt: Pacific Mall, Najafgarh Road On Till: 18 NovemberTimings: 10 am to 10 pmlast_img read more

first_imgNews | August 03, 2008 Bard Showcases New Brachytherapy Treatment System News | Radiation Therapy | July 09, 2019 Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to… read more Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The Simetry Brachytherapy Program uniformly loads the periphery of the prostate with connected SourceLink trains, then optimizes interior seed placement, creating a balanced halo of seeds around the prostate to consistently distribute the dose across the prostate. SourceLink Connectors hold the seeds in place once it has been determined where they should be positioned. The system also features intra-operative planning, designed to efficiently minimize inaccuracies due to gland movement while achieving optimal dose coverage of the prostate. 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first_imgShrinking Inventory Drives Existing-Home Sales Down March 21, 2016 839 Views Existing-Home Sales Home Price Appreciation Inventory National Association of Realtors 2016-03-21 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img Existing-home sales suffered this month due to the continuous imbalance of extremely low inventory levels and rapid home price appreciation.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Monday that existing-home sales fell in February 2016 after reaching the highest annual rate in six months last month.The report found that existing-home sales decreased 7.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.08 million in February from 5.47 million in January. However, the report noted that despite last month’s large decline, sales remain 2.2 percent higher than a year ago.Source: National Association of Home BuildersAfter suffering a major drop in November 2015 and recovering with the largest monthly increase ever recorded in December, existing-home sales seemed to have found their balance to start the new year–or so the industry thought.The existing-home sales report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for January 2016, showed that lenders are well on the path to recovery from TRID delays.  The report found that existing-home sales increased 0.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million in January from a downwardly revised 5.45 million in December. Existing sales are now 11.0 percent higher than a year ago, the highest annual rate in six months and the largest year-over-year gain since 16.3 percent July 2013.The lull in contract signings in January from the large East Coast blizzard, along with the slump in the stock market, may have played a role in February’s lack of closings,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist. “However, the main issue continues to be a supply and affordability problem. Finding the right property at an affordable price is burdening many potential buyers.”Brian Montgomery, Vice Chairman of The Collingwood Group and former Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration added, “More than a 100 million people were impacted by the blizzards that pounded the northeast earlier this year. It is hard to hold an open house with 2-3 feet of snow on the ground. “While the Dow Jones Industrial average, S&P index, and NASDAQ, have some very recent gains, the market had been mostly sluggish in January and February. Throw in a limited housing inventory, I am not surprised by the drop in existing sales, but a little surprised it was down 7.1 percent.”Existing-home sales do not appear to be slowing down home prices appreciation. According to the NAR, the median existing-home price in February was $210,800, up 4.4 percent from last February’s median price of $201,900. This marks the 48th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.”The overall demand for buying is still solid entering the busy spring season, but home prices and rents outpacing wages and anxiety about the health of the economy are holding back a segment of would-be buyers,” Yun stated.Housing inventory rose 3.3 percent to 1.88 million existing homes available for sale, but is still 1.1 percent lower than a year ago when inventory totaled 1.90 million. Inventory levels remain low at a 4.4-month supply, up slightly from 4.0 months in January.”America is experiencing a housing shortage. Not only are there fewer homes available to buyers of all income levels, those just starting out or making their first foray into home ownership are worse off than they’ve been in years,” said Ralph B. McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Trulia. “There are fewer homes available, an even if they can find a home, it’s likely to be more expensive.”First-time homebuyer activity appears to have slowed a bit, with the share falling to 30 percent in February, matching the lowest share since November 2015. This number is down 2 percentage points from 32 percent in January, but up from 29 percent a year ago.Click here to view the full report. Sharelast_img read more

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