Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Terrence Romeo tells Leo Austria: ‘I don’t care if I’m starting or not, I just want to win’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The 32-year-old Barroca helped the Hotshots close out the Aces in six games with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal in a masterful 102-86 victory Wednesday night.Barroca bagged his second Finals MVP plum after also earning the recognition back in the 2014 Philippine Cup.Magnolia gave the Purefoods franchise its 14 crown overall and ended a four-year title drought.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Mark Barroca upon receiving his Finals MVP trophy. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/oAbi3YobeJ— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) December 19, 2018 Barroca, who is now a six-time PBA champion, averaged 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the championship round.“This championship is special because it’s been a long time since we won the championship,” Barroca said in a TV interview shortly after the final buzzer of Game 6.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Magnolia guard Mark Barroca more than made up for his rough play in Game 4 that nearly cost him a suspension with a Finals MVP performance in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Alaska.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Stephen Ferris wins two races

first_img      The new challenging and difficult course will be tough and fun for all the riders. The route features many switchback climbs, small and large drops, twisting turns, off camber tight ox-bow bends and a long, downhill. A slip and fall might have you sitting on a cactus or an anthill so riders will have to be at their best. Spectators get a front row seat for most of the action. Race time is 10:00 am.      Also: Floyd and Barb Polehoykie are in Penticton for the Ironman Triathlon. This event is a 2.5 mile open water swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run, all in the hot Okanagan sun with 2500 competitors from 20 countries.            www.ferrisfastcycles.com **SubmittedStephen made it two club wins in a row with a Thursday night Baldonnel time trial time of 23:30 minutes. Bob Andrews was second at 25:25 and Les Elliott third at 25:42. Sandy McDonald was 4th at 26:20 and Richard Wood 5th at 27:30.      Trevor McDonell was 6th at 27:51, George Gamble 28:50, Sam Keats 28:52, Ken Nix 29:36, Owen Giebelhaus 29:50, Larry Joice 31:03, Adam Currie 32:25, Brandon Joice 36:34, Cherie Dunn 40:49 and Dawn Gladysz 43:32.- Advertisement –      Coming up:      The 15th edition of the Club Mountain Bike Championship is happening, Sunday, at the new Beatton River Cactus course.      Defending Champion and 4 time winner Pat Ferris will be up against the 2007 National Mountain Bike Champion Sven Svenson and 2002 champ Trevor McDonell.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dafabet to award lucky Kenyans to watch Burnley play Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Dafabet Kenya will award one lucky winner with a trip for two to go and watch Burnely face Arsenal on November 26 at at Tuff Moor Stadium.NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – One lucky winner holding a Dafabet Kenya account will be rewarded with a fully paid trip for two to watch the prestigious English Premier League match pitting Burnley and Arsenal at Tuff Moor Stadium, United Kingdom.The lucky winner will also have an opportunity to carry along one partner for the life time experience in The United Kingdom for the match that will be played November 26. The winner will be selected from a draw that one enters by depositing and betting on the Dafabet platform as frequently as possible in a promotion is dubbed “Twende Game” which runs till September 30.“Kenyan football fans are in for a treat. This is just but the beginning of exciting times for local sports enthusiast,” Dafabet Kenya’s the Head of Business Development, Chris Harley, declared on Friday.The announcement came on the back of Dafabet Kenya’s major enhancements on its products this week, the Price Boost and MoneyBack, with the start of European leagues.“Europe’s top football leagues are back in action and what better way to get involved than with Dafabet Kenya price boosts,” Harley added.“Our prices stand out of the crowd and fans can take advantage of not only weekly boosted odds on the Premier League, La Liga and other massive games but one can also take advantage of the fact that the they will be specially picked by our very own experts.”Dafabet Kenya became the first Kenyan bookmaker to refund bets lost with their new MoneyBack feature.“Moneyback offers can be considered as the punter’s paradise because one is free to bet without fearing the loss of money. This is one of the best offers in the Kenyan market, as you are requested to place a bet (in specific matches or events) and if you happen to lose, you will receive a full refund of your bet.”The first event to get a MoneyBack was the Liverpool vs Watford game, where everyone who place a single bet on Liverpool to win had their stake refunded back into their bet accounts. “We felt that they lost unfairly, as the Watford goal was from an offside position.”Benedict Ochieng’, a Liverpool fan was one of such punter.“As a Liverpool fan we felt robbed but the MoneyBack feature gave me some level of consolation.” The El Classico midweek fixture also enjoyed the MoneyBack with all punters who bet on Barcelona to win having their stake returned as a free bet to their account.-Dafabet Moneyback-Dafabet Moneyback is where a punter fearing loss of money has a chance to receive a full refund bet for those who place single bets.Dafabet Kenya offered Moneyback to punters in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw away at Watford with the Hornets’ last gasp equalizer appearing scored from offside positionEl Classico midweek fixture also enjoyed the MoneyBack with all punters who bet on Barcelona to win having their stake returned as a free bet to their account.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United sold Welbeck because he was not up to standard, claims Van Gaal

first_imgManchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed he sold Danny Welbeck because the striker was not up to the same standard as Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney.The Red Devils academy product left Old Trafford to join Arsenal in a £16million move on deadline day, prompting the likes of club legend Gary Neville to tell talkSPORT he could not understand United’s logic in letting the 23-year-old go. Javier Hernandez also joined Welbeck in leaving Man United, joining Real Madrid on loan, but Van Gaal brought in Radamel Falcao from Monaco for the season to compensate for the pair’s loss.And speaking at a press conference where the Colombian and fellow new signing Daley Blind were unveiled, the Dutch manager said: “We talked to Welbeck and Chicharito when we knew we might approach Falcao.“Welbeck was here for three seasons and had his chance but did not have the same record as Van Persie or Rooney so we let him go.“That is the standard we expect at Manchester United. And this is why we signed Falcao.”Welbeck scored 18 Premier League goals in the last three seasons, whereas captain Rooney has hit 56 strikes in the previous three campaigns and Van Persie has managed 38 in the two seasons he has been at Old Trafford.Continuing to analyse his transfer dealings, Van Gaal revealed youngsters will be given a chance this season, particularly as 14 players left United and only six arrived.Asked if he faced any problems fitting in his new players, the Dutchman said: “We let go 14 players and brought in only six so fitting players in will be no problem. Youth will be given a chance.“The question is will they take the chance? It is a risky policy but it’s the only way to do it.“The eight vacancies left by departures can be filled by the youths but they must know that they have to step up.”last_img read more

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BOY SCARRED AFTER BEING HIT WITH TOY BRICK AWARDED €20,000 IN DAMAGES

first_imgA BOY hit with a toy brick at a Co Donegal community centre and left scarred as a result has been awarded €20,000 in compensation.The child was struck with the toy at Malin Head Community Centre in November 2012, Letterkenny Circuit Court was told.Barrister Peter Nolan told the court that the six-year-old boy was injured at a time when the centre was unsupervised by an adult. He had suffered “a very serious head injury” which had now left “a permanent 2cm scar” on the boy’s forehead.A report by a consultant plastic surgeon said that the boy would have a “mild disfigurement” for life as a result of the incident.The barrister told Judge Keenan Johnson that the community centre’s insurers had offered €15,000 in compensation, but having examined the boy’s facial scar, the judge said this was not enough.The insurance company later agreed to raise its offer to €20,000 – as suggested by the judge – and the settlement was agreed.The money will be kept in a courts account until the boy reaches the age of 18.BOY SCARRED AFTER BEING HIT WITH TOY BRICK AWARDED €20,000 IN DAMAGES was last modified: January 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:000COMMUNITY CENTREcompensationMalin Head€20last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (GLENGESH MAKE-OVER FOR SAM!)

first_imgTHERE’S no mistaking the support for Donegal in Glengesh. The locals have been working overtime to make sure no-one is in any doubt whatsoever.They’ve even done a video of it.Click to playCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (GLENGESH MAKE-OVER FOR SAM!) was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Farmers are soiling their undies and making strides with soil health

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe tidy whities hanging outside of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts display at Ohio’s largest farm show generated plenty of attention at the 2019 Farm Science Review and the sullied unmentionables inside the confines of the building were, well, almost unmentionable. But, mentioned they were. That, after all, is the point of the clever “Soil your undies” program.“We are encouraging farmers around the state to ‘Soil their undies’ by planting 100% cotton underwear in their fields for about four weeks to see what the level of soil health and soil activity is within their fields. When you pull them up, if they look about like they did when you buried them, you probably need to go into your local SWCD office and start some conversations. If you pull them up and there is nothing left but elastic, you probably have some pretty good soil health,” said Janelle Mead, OFSWCD chief executive officer. “I’m pretty sure we’ve talked more about underwear this year at the Farm Science Review than any point before.”Kris Swartz, a Wood SWCD board supervisor, planted some Fruit of the Looms a couple years ago to test the fruits of the soil health improvement efforts on his farm and was surprised at the results.“It really demonstrates how much soil biology is going on in your soil and how many microbes and animals are living there that will degrade that cotton material. It is amazing how fast those underwear melt away to almost nothing,” Swartz said. “The No. 1 thing we talk about on soil health is cover crops and getting diverse biology out there. It really helps when we have green on the ground more of the year. I have Hoytville heavy clay and those soils need organic matter and the cover crops really increase that. The main benefit we see with more organic matter is our water holding capacity. When you increase the organic matter, it helps out with water quality and everything else in agriculture.”With the extensive planting challenges in his region of the state this spring, there was more talk about cover crops than usual in 2019.“The one good thing with the prevented planting acres we had is that conversation about cover crops have really increased with farmers. People are talking about cover crops who have never talked about them before. We are getting people in our doors that we have never seen before and we are getting a bigger audience to talk to,” Swartz said. “It can be a difficult conversation about water quality. I don’t think our urban neighbors really understand what a challenge we are under. I think some data is showing that phosphate levels in the streams are going down. I am hopeful we will see some significant progress in the next year or two. Farmers are doing a better job all of the time and taking on the challenge more. People are using best management practices and incorporating them into their operations. People are finding outMatt Reese talks with Janelle Mead and Kris Swartz with the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts talking about a soil health awareness program.they can be successful environmentally and economically with these practices.”Though it is late in the year to do it now, Mead and Swartz would encourage every farmer in the state to take a few pairs of 100% cotton underwear and bury them in the top few inches of soil during the growing season. Compare different fields with different management practices to see where the soil is more biologically active and hopefully gain some insights into a healthier, more profitable farm heading into the future. In fields where the underwear looks about like it did when it was buried, systems that manage no-till combined with cover crops have been found to have the greatest benefit to improving overall soil health.“It takes commitment and a systems approach,” said Jim Hoorman, owner of Hoorman Soil Health Services in Jenera.No-till and cover crops, however, may be more challenging than normal this fall due to the wet harvest in 2018 and continued saturated soil conditions this past spring in many parts of the state. Every situation is unique, and last year’s harvest caused obvious compaction issues from equipment traffic. While long time no-till fields typically held up better than conventionally tilled fields, the resulting damage to the soil was not kind in many cases.“Heavy farm machinery can create subsoil compaction, even for no-till fields,” Hoorman said. “What farmers really want to know is how to heal the soil. Looking at the current situation for a lot the fields, it’s not good.”The stakes can be high with the decision to till or not in some situations. According to research by Don Reicosky, a retired UDSA-ARS soil scientist, upwards of 80% of the benefits of continuous no-till can be lost with a single tillage pass. The degree of the benefits lost due to tillage depends on a number of factors, Hoorman said. Those options include shallow vertical tillage or lightly tilling 2 to 4 inches deep to level small ruts and relieve shallow compaction, versus deep ripping a field 12 to 18 inches and then working the soil back down with several tillage passes to level it and prepare a seed bed.Deep tillage, such as subsoiling, has been used to break-up subsoil compaction issues. The idea behind the deep tillage (running rippers at a foot to a foot and a half deep) is to loosen the subsoil, break compaction, and increase water infiltration and aeration.“While some no-till fields never need to be subsoiled, for other no-till fields, deep tillage has increased yields, especially if equipment traffic occurred over a large portion of the field while soils were wet,” Hoorman said. “The problem with using tillage to break up compaction is that a new hardpan forms under the lowest point of the last tillage pass. Subsoiling just lowers the hardpan.”When subsoiling is done, a break occurs in the soil profile. The tilled soil above the break is aerated and oxygen is introduced (aerobic). Below the new hardpan however, an anerobic condition exists (lack of oxygen). Tillage cannot eliminate the hardpan down deep in the soil.“Cover crops have been effective at restoring the soil over time,” Hoorman said. “Restoring soil health takes time. Cover crop roots restore porosity to the soil. Grass cover crops with fibrous root systems work to eliminate shallow compaction, while deep rooted cover crops like tillage radish reduce the deeper compaction.”As the radish decays, it mellows the soil. Cover crops also enhance the environment needed to promote earthworm growth. The earthworms benefit from a soil that has sufficient organic matter, as well as oxygen and water movement. The decomposing plant residue provides organic matter as a food source to the worms.“The more food they have, the bigger they get and the quicker they will reproduce,” Hoorman said.The biological processes earthworms perform enhance the soil quality. As the organic matter is digested, the castings the earthworm releases as waste contain many nutrients useful to plants. In addition, as the earthworms tunnel, they aerate the soil. These tunnels allow air, water and nutrients to move deeper in the soil profile and, ultimately, move soil health in a positive direction.A good place to start for farmers interested in learning more on how to improve their soil health, long-term profitability and environmental sustainability could be with a pair of underwear paired with a follow-up visit to the local SWCD office.“We have talked to a lot of people about soiling their underwear this year. We have great staff out around the state to work with,” Mead said. “Go in to the local SWCD offices and have the conversations and find solutions to keep nutrients in your fields. They are ready to help you and they want to help you, even if it starts with a dirty pair of underwear.”Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.There is not much left of this pair of underwear after being buried in a field with healthy soil for a few weeks.last_img read more

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Google and SunPower Create a $250 Million Solar Fund

first_imgGoogle Inc. and SunPower Corp. are creating a $250 million fund to finance rooftop solar systems that will be leased to homeowners.Google will contribute as much as $100 million and SunPower will chip in as much as $150 million, the companies announced. SolarPower, which already has lease arrangements with about 20,000 homeowners, said the program should be able to finance thousands of new rooftop systems.Third-party ownership of solar systems is a fast-growing segment of the market, Greentech Media reports. Homeowners who sign leases with companies such as SunPower don’t have to pay the upfront costs of an installation while reducing their utility bills.SunPower and Google will get the 30% investment tax credit and accelerated depreciation, Utilitydive.com says.SunPower said the new agreement, which was announced on April 23, was Google’s third residential rooftop solar investment and its 16th renewable energy investment overall. Taken together, the company’s $1 billion investment paid for projects with a total capacity of more than 2 gigawatts, enough to power about 500,000 homes.Utilitydive.com said that unlike solar providers SolarCity and Clean Power Finance, SunPower is a vertically integrated company that manufacturers and installs the panels and also handles of maintenance.last_img read more

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Horford, Irving lead Celtics past Bucks

first_imgHorford had 27 points and nine rebounds, held league scoring leader Giannis Antetokounmpo in check for longstretches and sank back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third quarter as the Celtics beat the Bucks 96-89 on Thursday night.“He was great on both ends of the floor,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “He guarded Giannis a large part of the night and I thought did a great job on him and then he obviously hit the big 3s.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTS SEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKyrie Irving added 24 points and seven assists for Boston, which avenged a loss to Milwaukee in Boston earlier this month.The game was played at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, formerly known as the MECCA, which served as the Bucks’ home from 1968 until the team moved into the Bradley Center in 1988. The Bucks chose to play one game this season at the 11,000-seat arena to mark the team’s 50th anniversary. The Bucks will move into a new arena next season. Antetokounmpo had 28 points. Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon added 15 apiece.Antetokounmpo, who came into the game leading the league with nearly 37 points per game, scored just 11 in the first half before matching that total in the third quarter as the Bucks built a seven-point lead midway through the period.“(Antetokounmpo) is a guy that wills his way to the paint, and the big challenge for me was to stay between him and the basket and make him shoot over me,” Horford said.Horford held Antetokounmpo in check until the third quarter.“In the first half, I couldn’t make plays for my team because there was a lot of people in the paint,” Antetokounmpo said. “In the second half, things opened up a little bit. I was trying to be aggressive and make something happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo leaps for a dunk but is fouled by Boston Celtics’ Aron Baynes during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks wanted to play a game in the aging arena where the team got its start to celebrate the franchise’s half-century in existence.Al Horford and the Boston Celtics spoiled the party.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Celtics grabbed control in the fourth, building a 12-point lead midway through the period before Tony Snell sank back-to-back 3-pointers, bringing the capacity crowd to its feet and forcing a timeout. The Celtics quickly built the lead back to double digits, but the Bucks briefly rallied again. Brogdon’s layup brought Milwaukee within five points with just under 4 minutes remaining but the Bucks would get no closer.The Celtics jumped out to a 10-point lead early in the first quarter and led 28-23 after the period, led by Irving’s nine points. The Bucks led 44-43 at the half on a late running dunk by Middleton. Irving had 16first-half points.TIP-INSCeltics: G Marcus Smart, who sat out the previous two games with a sprained left ankle, returned to action, scoring eight points in 26 minutes. … F Daniel Theis made his first career start.Bucks: Brogdon returned after missing one game with a left ankle sprain. … DeAndre Liggins received a technical foul after blocking Terry Rozier’s shot, then standing over him after he fell to the floor.RETURN TO THE MECCAThe game was played on a replica of the colorful MECCA court, designed by pop artist Robert Indiana in 1977. “It’s a little cozy,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said of the arena.Stevens made several trips to the arena while coaching in college at Butler University, a one-time Horizon League member along with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which plays its home games there. “It’s fun to be part of these types of games, when you talk about the history of this building and what it has meant to Milwaukee and the NBA,” Stevens said.The Bucks wore uniforms designed after those from their inaugural season in 1968. Jon McGlocklin, known as “Mr. Buck,” addressed the crowd before the game. McGlocklin played on the first team, scored the first basket in team history and started on the 1971 championship squad. He’s a long-time television analyst for the team.ARENA ACCOLADES“It was great to see the intimacy of those seats out there, as well as the fans kind of being right on top of us,” Irving said.Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova, who was born two years after Milwaukee played its last game at the arena, enjoyed the experience. “It was a cool experience playing here and hearing a lot of stories from local people in Milwaukee when they attended games here.”Milwaukee center John Henson described the conditions on the court as “chilly,” but he appreciated the opportunity, nonetheless. “I thought the floor was nice. It was cool just to see the colors.”UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Miami on Saturday night.Bucks: Visit Atlanta on Sunday to start a six-game road trip. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Martina Hingis to retire again after WTA Finalslast_img read more

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Politicians joining TA but not serving regularly creates

first_imgnegative effect: Army chiefNew Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) The idea of politicians joining Territorial Army is good only if they serve the way a regular entrant does, otherwise it creates a “negative effect”, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat today said.Interacting with a group of university students on leadership qualities, he also said indecisiveness in politics at times could be a quality but it is not so in military.Replying to a question on young politicians joining the Territorial Army, he said, “It is good only if they (politicians) perform the way any regular person who has joined it, does.””If they just join and not serve regularly, it creates a negative effect. And others, who do it regularly feel bad and negative.”The Territorial Army is a part of the Army and its present role is to relieve the regular Army from static duties and assist civil administration in dealing with natural calamities besides some other responsibilities.Established in 1920, it currently has a strength of nearly 40,000. A number of politicians and sports personalities have joined it in the last few years.In a freewheeling interaction with the group of students from MS University Baroda at his South Block office, the Army Chief underlined several aspects of leadership qualities both in politics and military.In politics, even indecisiveness could be a quality, and even if a decision is not taken, it (the matter) will trickle lower down, and it will be discussed, he said.”In military, even as in corporate leadership, decision- making is important. It could be collective and based on a consensus, but a decision has to be taken,” Rawat asserted.advertisementHe further said, “You must take decisions based on hard facts. A good leader cannot wait for fact and things to land on his table. Then he is not a leader, if every fact is available, and everything is foolproof, even a computer can take a decision.Leaders are “responsible and accountable” for decisions taken and the decisions cannot be taken based on a hearsay or intuition.”To be leader, one must take decision after factoring in contradictions and recommendation and used his experiences and and wisdom.”Most of the students said they wanted to serve in political arena after completing their course in the university.”Are you all ready for politics,” Rawat asked, receiving a loud “yes” in response from the students.The Army chief also emphasised that leadership is about team and while “kudos go to everyone, the brickbats go to only the leader”. PTI KND MPB ZMNlast_img read more

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