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January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger continues to ignore the real issues affecting local democracy. His last visit to Region Six was another indication that he is focusing on one section of the society, and his frequent visit to his traditional support base in Region Six is very much a cause for concern.What is even more hypocritical is when he said “I believe in Regionalism, regardless of political parties, regardless of ethnicity”. He also said he would like to see participation and cooperation in building a stronger, safer and a more secure region.Granger and his government are the main reason why local democracy is being eroded in the country. Granger failed to address the issue that arose at the Corriverton municipality, where one of his ministers of Government confessed that she was the reason why a national event was stopped in Corriverton. This self-professed democratic Granger should discipline this individual to uphold local democracy.Why is nothing being done by Granger to stop the lawlessness that’s happening in Region 5? A Government-appointed Regional Executive Officer in Region 5 and councillors of the APNU/AFC coalition Government are instrumental in hindering development.After over two years of local government elections, many NDC and municipal elections are not completed as yet because of the negligence of this Granger Government.Granger and Bulkhan chose their own commissioner on the Local Government Commission without the approval of the RDCs and NDCs, or consultation.They imposed flags in the regions without RDC approval. The minister’s appointment of a mayor when municipality elections resulted in a tie cannot be forgotten.The Regions are being trampled upon by Central Government, and projects are being executed without the knowledge and approval of the RDCs.Motions that are being approved by the Regional Democratic Council are not being respected and implemented by the minister and Granger cabinet.These are just some of the few issues to let you know that the President is not serious in upholding local democracy. The President comes to Berbice to say that we should have Regional Conference to address impediments to development is nothing but a farce. The real impediment that needs to be addressed is the APNU/AFC coalition Government.RespectfullyZamal Hussainlast_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,The late Malcolm X, a courageous advocate for the rights of Black Americans,  once said, “I have more respect for a man who lets me know where he stands, even if he’s wrong, than the one who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a devil”.Following the defeat of the Granger-led APNU/AFC Administration on December 21, 2018, by a vote of no-confidence, it is now clear that when it suits the President and the Government to ignore constitutional precepts, it is prepared to do so. On the one hand, the President says he respects the ruling of the CCJ and the Constitution, “As far as I’m concerned, I have always operated within the ambit of the Constitution… I have never gone outside of the Constitution”. But then based on his actions, he is engaging in deliberate tactics to stall the appointment of a new Chairman of GECOM and to further delay elections which should have taken place four months ago.But regardless of how innocent he thinks he is, or wants us to believe, there are documented evidence of the President’s blatant disregard for our Constitution from the moment the APNU/AFC formed the Government in May of 2015.Article 226 (1) of the Constitution states: “In the exercise of its functions under the Constitution, a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority”.In May 2015, the then Junior Social Protection Minister Simona Broomes instructed the Secretary of the Public Service Commission that “all interviews and meetings of the Commission are to cease forthwith until further as instructed by His Excellency, the President, David Arthur Granger’s notice”.This was challenged in the High Court, and Justice Chang ruled that the Public Service Commission, a Commission established by the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, in the exercise of its functions, shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority. The Chief Justice called it a violation of Article 226 of the Constitution of the Cooperative of Guyana and ruled that it is unlawful, null, void and of no legal effect.Then in June 2016, the President again deliberately violated the Constitution when he instructed Minister of State Joseph Harmon to issue a directive to the Police Service Commission (PSC) in his name, instructing the PSC to halt the police promotions process. This vulgar and authoritarian attempt by the President to trample upon the independence and functional autonomy of the Police Service Commission, a constitutional agency, was again challenged in the High Court.Again on October 8, 2016, in a public statement released to the press, trade unionist Carvil Duncan said that he was asked by President David Granger in February of that year, to resign as Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and from other constitutional commissions. Duncan related that he was invited to meet with the President and the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, and was asked to submit his resignation. Harmon, he said, offered him a suitable financial package for his exit. And during the course of the meeting, Duncan reported that the President said no less than three times, “that he does not want any blood on his carpet”. Having rejected their offer, the Government embarked upon a manifestly unlawful course of action. While certain criminal charges were pending in the Magistrate’s Court against Duncan, the Government decided to trigger a constitutional process to remove him from office. Without a hearing, President Granger set up a ‘kangaroo tribunal’ to remove the embattled trade unionist as Chairman of the Public Service Commission. But by virtue of being Chairman of the PSC, Carvil Duncan wasex-officio, a member of the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission, institutions created by the Constitution and endowed with the fundamental role and function of guarding against executive abuses.As Chairman of the PSC, Carvil Duncan enjoyed all these constitutional protections.It is obvious that this President demonstrates absolute disrespect and disregard for the letter and spirit of the Constitution, and continues to contravene its provisions with impunity.His unilateral decision to appoint the 84-year-old retired Justice James Patterson, a man with ties to the PNC, as the GECOM Chairman, led to the CCJ ruling that the process of his appointment was flawed. But Granger is determined to stay in power at all costs and is hell-bent on once again unilaterally appointing a new GECOM Chairman with one thing in mind… to rig the next General and Regional Elections whenever it is called. This troubling behaviour evokes memories of Guyana under the dictatorship of the PNC, whose leader David Granger idolises till now.According to leaked confidential diplomatic cables sent on July 19, 1973, by the US Embassy in Georgetown to US Missions in Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica, expressing amazement at the level of bare-faced, blatant rigging that took place during the 1973 General Election, “In attempting its forecast of this election (Ref A), Embassy had not really expected PNC to abandon all pretence of honest election. In event, however, this is what appears to have happened. Whether out of fear, confusion, inefficiency, exuberance or sheer lack of coordination, rigging does seem to have gotten out of hand.”“From all reports, ballot boxes were delivered by a variety of means Monday night to Guyana Defence Force (GDF) headquarters in Georgetown where they remained under armed guard for upwards of 10 hours before vote counting began. PPP evidently succeeded only too well in alarming PNC by its last-minute exhortations to its followers to prevent removal of ballot boxes to three central counting locations. [Evidently], plans to engage in ballot-box stuffing and switching while boxes being delivered, as had apparently been the original intention, were abandoned and stuffing and switching seems to have taken place while the boxes [were] held at GDF headquarters before delivery to three counting locations.”Readers may recall I had repeatedly demanded that David Granger account for his role in the 1973 seizure of ballot boxes by the GDF which gave the PNC a two-third majority in Parliament. On Election Day 1973, GDF soldiers opened fire at Number 63 Village on the Corentyne, killing 45-year-old Parmanand Bholanauth and wounding several others. Jagan Ramessar, a 17-year-old youth was seriously wounded during the shooting, but instead of taking him to the hospital, the police and GDF soldiers transported him to the Number 51 Police Station where they refused to provide him with medical attention. He died there after being further physically brutalised by Police and soldiers. This is the same rigged election referred to earlier in one of the leaked diplomatic cables sent by the US Embassy in Georgetown. As such, Granger’s role in the 1973 rigged elections must now be questioned again.David Granger never fully explained his involvement in the seizure of those ballot boxes although he was at the time a political liaison officer to Forbes Burnham. In his capacity, how could he not have known of the PNC plans to rig the election? Surely Burnham would have relied on his support to subvert the army. He later defended the killings of those defenceless civilians by his GDF squaddies in a March 18, 2011, article in the Guyana Chronicle, “Granger endorsed the soldiers’ actions on elections day 1973”.According to the article, “In 2003, in Chile, Mr Granger presented a paper entitled “Civil Violence, Domestic Terrorism and Internal Security in Guyana, 1953 – 2003”, wherein he referred to the sinking of MV Sun Chapman when 40 African Guyanese were killed as “the most alarming slaughter of the ‘disturbances’ between the period 1953 – 2004.Yet, nowhere in this work were the beatings, rape and murder of hundreds of innocent Indian Guyanese residing in Wismar ever mentioned. Indians were forced out of their own homes, which were then permanently occupied by the perpetrators; yet this was not considered in Granger’s writing of the history of civil violence in Guyana.If this is not blatant racism and intellectual dishonesty on the part of Mr Granger then what is?”Isn’t it ironic that on June 27, 1974, a US diplomatic cable on the Guyana National Service described the then GDF Major David Granger as having the reputation of being an ideologue and “anti-East Indian racist”?But the Chronicle article continued, “How can shooting and then allowing two men to bleed to death simply because they demanded that the ballots be counted at the place of polls rather than taken away by the GDF be endorsed as “splendid” and “discretionary” behaviour?Where was the “discretion” in murdering these two young men for protesting their democratic right to have their votes counted? What was “really credible” in the army taking the ballot boxes to the GDF base?”Listening to the rhetoric emanating from David Granger and some of his Ministers, it is obvious they have no intention of obeying the rulings of the CCJ and Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of our Constitution.I welcome the joint statement by Western diplomats urging the expeditious adherence to the rule of law and the relevant provisions of the Constitution, but they need to follow this up by inflicting severe personal sanctions such as revocation of visas and the freezing of all foreign bank accounts for “all invoked actors” who seem determined to take this country down the same road as Venezuela, a country led by a dictator, whose corrupt policies have now caused the once oil-rich nation to be bankrupted and lawless. Guyana must never be allowed to return to those dark days under the PNC/APNU dictatorship.The consequential orders from the CCJ are as clear as daylight: Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) have been triggered. The President and his Cabinet must resign but remain as a caretaker Government with diminished powers to provide essential services and to prepare for elections. No more “ministerial outreach” to squander taxpayers’ money on political campaigning; no more borrowing to add to the national debt; and no awarding of major contracts. And above all, elections must be called within three months, that is, by September 18, 2019, period!Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCity, appearing in their first semi-final, did not work visiting goalkeeper Keylor Navas until Kevin De Bruyne found the target with a stoppage-time free-kick, but Pellegrini said that his side would show a greater cutting edge in next week’s return leg in the Spanish capital.“I don’t think they are favourites,” said the Chilean, who was sacked after only one season as Madrid head coach in 2010.“We have the same option as Real Madrid. Of course they have the advantage to play the first game away, so they try to manage the tempo of the game.“After that they finish at home. But this team play away very similar to how we play at the Etihad. We had good results playing away against Paris Saint-Germain, against Dynamo Kiev and against Sevilla.“We are not afraid to go to the Bernabeu and we will see which team plays better in that game.”Pellegrini claimed that his side had shown the “most intent to win the game” and that Madrid had arrived at the Etihad Stadium “with a result in mind”.His opposite number, Zinedine Zidane, contested the claim, asserting that his team “always go out to win”, but he agreed that neither side had procured an outright advantage.“We could have scored a goal, but even with scoring a goal we would not have been sure of being in the final,” said the Frenchman, whose memorable volley against Bayer Leverkusen inspired Madrid to Champions League glory in 2002.“I think it is still 50-50. We have got a game at home. We know what we are capable of. Right until the death it will be the same. We are going to have to work hard.”Both teams have fitness concerns ahead of the second leg, but Zidane was upbeat about both Ronaldo, who missed out with a thigh strain, and Karim Benzema, who went off at half-time due to a knee problem.– ‘Good old-fashioned rumble’ –“We hope that they can both be in the second leg,” he said.Pellegrini was more pessimistic about David Silva’s chances of gracing the Bernabeu after the Spaniard suffered a hamstring injury in a first-half challenge on Gareth Bale that earned him a booking.“It is quite tough for him to recover in one week,” Pellegrini said. “We will have a clearer picture tomorrow.”The City manager also expressed a measure of annoyance that his side will have a day less to recover for the return fixture due to the scheduling of their Premier League game at Southampton on Sunday.“Unfortunately for us, we are going to have one day’s less rest than Real Madrid (who visit Real Sociedad on Saturday),” he said.“We tried to change our game and it was impossible, so we need to play on Sunday.“But we trust in what we are going to do and we are sure we will give all we can to arrive to the final.”Hart was typically bullish, buoyed by two late saves that saw him thwart Casemiro and then, brilliantly, Pepe from point-blank range.“We’ve set it up for a good, old-fashioned rumble at the Bernabeu,” said the England international.“We are not disappointed with the result. Bring it on.”Bale, meanwhile, backed the Bernabeu crowd to make their presence felt.“We’re quite happy with it,” the former Tottenham Hotspur winger told BT Sport.“We’re very, very strong at home. The crowd gets behind us. It’s going to be a difficult game, we know that, but one we’re confident about and looking forward to.” 0Shares0000Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart produced late saves to thwart Casemiro and Pepe. PHOTO/AFP.MANCHESTER, April 27 – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini vowed that his team would play with no fear in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid following a 0-0 first-leg draw.Missing the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid created the better chances in Tuesday’s game, but substitute Jese saw a header hit the bar and City goalkeeper Joe Hart produced late saves to thwart Casemiro and Pepe. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Glenties Windfarm Information Group, a group formed in response to the application by Straboy Wind Energy Ltd for planning permission for a wind farm close to Glenties Town, have never hidden their concerns for the project.The proposed project has received a huge number of written objections and continues to cause huge controversy in Glenties and the surrounding areas.Here spokesman for the group, Michael Quinn, outlines the reasons why so many people are completely opposed to the application. “As a group we are gravely concerned at the targeting of the town of Glenties and its surrounding townlands for wind farm developments. We believe that such an inappropriately sited development, as that proposed at Straboy, is incongruous with the character and landscape of the area; the tourism led businesses of the town, our Gaeltacht culture, local amenity and any reasonable assessment of proper and sustainable development of the area.An Bord Pleanála Appeal – up to 79 formal written objectionsIt is well-known that the decision to grant permission for this wind farm by Donegal County Council Ref 11/30127, to the Dublin-based applicant has been appealed to An Bord Pleánala (Ref PL05B.240166). The case is the subject of fifteen separate appeals which of itself is a significantly high number. We have also learned that this appeal is the subject of a further sixty-four observations which is an EXCEPTIONAL number for a development in a rural town. I also understand that several of these observations to An Bord Pleánala are made in joint or several names meaning that a significant proportion of Glenties’ adult population have formally recorded their concerns regarding the proposed development. We think this is the largest number of observations ever to An Bord Pleanála on wind farms.When one considers that the cost of an appeal is €220 and the cost of an observation is €50, the fact that so many local people have submitted either an appeal or observation, in these stringent financial times, is a clear indication of the depth of anger and disbelief felt locally at the granting of permission for this wind farm by Donegal County Council and the surrounding procedural and process morass.Health and set-back issuesRegarding the health issues for those living in close proximity to wind farms it should be noted that the Council are currently involved in a consultation process with the public regarding the Draft County Development Plan 2012-2018The council have published documents relating to the material alterations to the draft County Development plan and these can be viewed online on the Councils website. One interesting aspect is contained in material alteration 76 which reads as follows:Material Alteration 76: To amend the technical standards contained in the Development and Technical Standards no: 9.6.5(a) from a 500m to 1km setback. If the proposed amendment is accepted 9.6.5(a) will read as follows:Wind Turbines must not be located within:a) 1km of any dwelling (except where the written consent of those persons affected by this condition is given)This in effect if adopted means that no wind turbine could be placed within one kilometre of any dwelling unless the owner agrees. The proposed amendment to a 1km setback is an improvement on the current 500metre minimum, however, a 2km set-back is an internationally recognised best-practice minimum in order to protect public health. Our group are also concerned that permitting householder consent within these limits is not prudent as often the lure of the Euro offered by Wind farm developers can sometimes and indeed too often override sensible decision making by landowners. It is our view that any consent in these matters should be formally recorded and witnessed with the home owner having being fully informed of the potential health risks involved. Submissions or observations regarding the proposed material alterations to the draft County Donegal Development Plan 2012-2018 and associated reports can be emailed to on or before 30th March 2012.GLENTIES OUTLINE THE REASONS WHY THEY ARE AGAINST WINDFARM was last modified: March 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glentieswindfarmlast_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWALNUT – The Walnut Valley Unified School District board has approved salary increases for its 1,370 employees for the 2005-06 fiscal year. The 751 certificated employees, a group that includes teachers, will receive a 4.52 percent pay increase in two steps: a 4percent raise retroactive to July 1, and an additional 1 percent retroactive to Feb. 1. The salary increases are expected to cost $2.18 million. “I’m excited we got a contract because teachers do deserve as much salary as we can get them, as well as the classified” employees, said board member Larry Redinger. Jim Faren, president of Walnut Valley Educators Association, said: “I think we got a fair settlement out of it. We thought the money was there all along and it seems they found it when they needed to.” The 14,820-student district and association also agreed to add binding arbitration into their contract as a final step for resolving grievances. Faren said that going to a neutral third party is an important addition because “the board is no longer judge, jury and executioner.” Redinger said he’s concerned that binding arbitration could have some hidden costs for the district down the line. “When you’re required to do what an outsider says, it could be detrimental to a good district. That’s the worry,” he said. “I’m not opposed to binding arbitration. The unknown is the scary part, but I’m optimistic that it won’t have any issues.” Classified and non-represented employees also will receive a 4 percent raise effective from July 1, 2005, and a 1percent increase from Feb. 1. There are 579 classified employees, including secretaries, bus drivers and maintenance workers, in the district and 40 people who are not represented by a union. The board also approved a similar pay raise for Superintendent Kent Bechler, who earns $176,925 annually. After the 4percent and 1 percent increases, Bechler will earn $185,482 a year. The school board also voted Wednesday to increase board members’ stipends by 5 percent, from $400 a month to $420. The pay increase was effective Thursday. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img1 Liverpool had the chance to sign Cantona and Schmeichel before Man United Graeme Souness has explained why he chose not to sign Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel during his time as Liverpool manager.Having spent six years as a player between 1978 and 1984 in a very successful team, the midfielder returned to take over the top job at Anfield in 1991.And early on in he was advised that Schmeichel wanted a trial with the Reds.“Ron Yeats, the chief scout then, told me there was a young Danish goalkeeper — Peter Schmeichel — who was a Liverpool fan and willing to pay his own travel and hotel in exchange for some time with us,” he revealed in The Sunday Times.However, at that point in time Souness was trying to ease Bruce Grobbelaar out of the squad and had signed David James meaning he believed he did not need a rookie goalkeeper.  Schmeichel then joined Man United and is viewed by many fans as the greatest goalkeeper in the club’s history.Cantona, meanwhile, was recommended to him by Michel Platini following a game against Auxerre. “He said he had a player for me, a problem boy but a proper player,” Souness wrote.“It was Cantona, but I said the last thing I needed was another problem player. I had 30-pluses I was trying to get out, so I didn’t need more hassle. I said I was looking for something else and so it was no thanks.”The talismanic Frenchman eventually made his way to Man United in 1992 after a short spell at league rivals Leeds and became an iconic player at Old Trafford.WHAT IF LEEDS HAD NEVER SOLD CANTONA TO MAN UNITED?Souness’ time as Liverpool manager is not remembered fondly by many fans and, according to the man himself, the job was the right one at the wrong time. The high standards players set during his time there no longer existed in his eyes.“That fire that Liverpool always had was gone,” he said.last_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter several years as vice president of Davidson Western Plywood Corp., Crofoot started his own company, Santa Fe Springs-based Western States Plywood Inc., which he owned and operated for 29 years. He sold the company in 1980, but remained active in the field until three years ago. Crofoot also was president of the National Building Materials Distribution System. He was a trustee on the Albertson College of Idaho’s board of trustees from 1965-1977, under President Warren B. Knox, a Whittier College classmate. In 1978, Albertson gave Crofoot an honorary doctorate. Crofoot received the Whittier College Alumni Service Award in 1986 and has been listed among the 100 “Distinguished Graduates of Whittier College.” He moved to Huntington Beach in 1965 and lived in Irvine the last 12 years of his life. Crofoot is survived by his wife of 46 years, Vicki; daughters Karen Burleson of La Habra Heights, Desvernine and Debra Meisner of Hermosa Beach; and grandchildren Chad, Kyle, Lauren and Tyler Burleson. (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IRVINE – Former Whittier City Councilman Leonard Crofoot, who underwent brain surgery during his time on the panel but fought back and served out his term, has died, his family said Thursday. Crofoot, who lived in Irvine, died Nov. 15. He was 83. A memorial service will be held for him at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 in the Meadows community room, 14851 Jeffrey Road, Irvine. Crofoot was elected to the council in 1958, but a year later, in 1959, he underwent surgery for what doctors originally thought was a malignant brain tumor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The tumor turned out to be benign and was removed. But Crofoot had to relearn how to read and speak. He practiced by using City Council agendas. A year after the surgery, Crofoot was back on the council. “He was bound and determined to be 100 percent OK and participate on the the City Council,” his daughter, Pamela Desvernine, said. “His first public speaking was making a motion at the council meeting.” Born in Chicago, Crofoot he came to California at the age of 9. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942-45 in the South Pacific. He survived torpedo attacks on two of his ships. After World War II, he attended Whittier College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1949. He was president of the Associated Students in 1949, later receiving a master’s degree in speech in 1950. last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img7 February 2013South Africa’s Standard Bank has been voted Africa’s most valuable banking brand for the third consecutive year in the 2013 Global Top 500 Banking Brands report by valuation consultancy BrandFinance Banking.The report, published by global magazine The Banker on 1 February, is in its eighth year and is recognised as the only direct comparison of brand value in the international banking industry.Standard Bank consolidated its position as the leading brand on the continent through market capitalisation of US$12 250-million, a AA+ (very strong) brand rating, and brand worth $1 705-million.This most recent accolade follows the bank’s placement on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list, released during the World Economic Forum’s annual Davos meeting on 24 January.“We are delighted that our brand continues to be recognised as the most valuable in Africa,” the Standard Bank Group’s deputy chief executive officer, Ben Kruger, said in a statement.“This recognition is the result of many factors, the most important of which is the dedicated focus of our people and the service that they provide to our customers and clients in South Africa and the rest of Africa.”Standard Bank currently has subsidiaries in 18 African countries.“This ranking is a reflection of the value created in delivering what is important to our customers in different segments and markets, as we strongly believe that is what ultimately differentiates banks and builds value in a brand,” he said.The bank ranked 103rd globally.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

December 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the above podcast, Mike Bates, Director of Energy at Intel, discusses how energy and utilities’ business models are changing and how distributed energy resources will be tied into the energy markets. Mike also shares some insights into the exciting trends taking place in the energy industry, including mobility and the devices mobile field workers will need in the years to come.Listen in as he discusses the future of energy, and let us know in the comments below what questions you have.last_img read more

November 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRohan Bopanna is gearing up for the next month’s Rio Olympics and looking forward to build a healthy on-court relationship with his doubles partner Leander Paes. Bopanna says he is not holding on to any bitterness from the past and is focusing on the mega event. (Latest Sports stories)Bopanna and Paes will team up for the Davis Cup tie against Korea this weekend. They will play on Saturday against Hong Chung and Yunseong Chung.”You can’t keep dwelling on the past. If you keep dwelling on past, you never get positives. You have to look at what is the scenario today and look ahead tomorrow. Today’s thing is that me and Leander are going to Rio. We are getting practice and before Rio also we will have four-five days. I am going straight to Rio after Toronto, Leander will also be there. Those few days we will try to get practice as much as we can. And get prepared,” Bopanna told PTI in an interaction. (India’s archery team reaches Brazil ahead of Rio Olympics)Asked how big a challenge it is to forget the past and gel with a player with whom he hasn’t shared a great relationship off the court, Bopanna said he is professional enough to deal with the situation.”On the circuit we change partners very often. So we are used to that. In 2013, I played with Roger Vasselin and made semis in Wimbledon. It’s a matter of getting good practice and it could work out. We just have to get right practice and some good communication going on. Understand each other. It will definitely benefit us.advertisement’NEED TO COMMUNICATE WELL'”The only thing we can do is practice a lot and get used to conditions. Five days is a lot. I am a person who can move on. Certain things happen but you keep moving on. The wins and losses also help that. Sometimes you lose a close match but next week it’s a fresh tournament. Every day is a new day. We have to overcome these challenges.”We have to find a way, communicate well. Like talking on the court, discussing what we have to do, how we have to plan strategy. How we have to combine as a team and gel together,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more