All Depends on India’s Paperwork as London Court to Give Final Hearing in Mallya Case

first_imgIndian agencies have shown energy and attention to detail in the extradition case of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, who faces a final hearing in a London court on July 11 after several since April last year.India has presented a litany of charges backed by evidence and has even removed a joint secretary in a ministry to speed up things. This is significant in the context of previous cases failing due to poor paperwork, which did not hold in British courts.Read it at Hindustan TImes Related Itemslast_img read more

Seventh wonder

first_imgSvelte, powerful, flexible… The A7, the latest machine from the Audi, is all set to make heads turn on Indian roads and highways.After having seen the A7 at its world premiere a few months back we were eagerly looking forward to driving the car, the opportunity for which we got at the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. Having driven around Sardinia extensively earlier I couldn’t help but wonder how this rather large car, which will take on the Mercedes CLS in India, would manage on the narrow hilly roads of this rocky island.Before getting to that, it was a tough choice on the variants of the car to drive. The car comes with four V6 engines–two diesels and two petrols. The diesel engines are both absolutely new with 3-litre displacement each, there is a 2.8-litre FSI petrol engine and a 3-litre TFSI motor. While the 3-litre TDIs and the 2.8 FSI, engines are available with FWD (front wheel drive) cars and an 8-speed multi-tronic (CVT) gearbox, the other two engines are available with quattro (4WD) variants with the 7-speed S-tronic (dual clutch in Audi parlance). I choose to begin my drive with the 3.0 TDI quattro, which, like the other variants, turns out to be a technological variant. Audi introduced many new technologies on its flagship, the A8, but it has now gone even further on the technology front with the A7.The A7 features the Start-Stop technology on all its variants and includes a superior park assist option which parallel and perpendicularly parks for you, even in tight situations.advertisementTo drive, the car is superbly agile, thanks to its new electromechanical steering, the quick shifting S-tronic gearbox and the sport differential.On the narrow roads of Sardinia the car is easy to manoeuvre. Braking is superb as we discovered when a fiery Italian woman in a red Italian car came down the wrong side of the road, around a corner. Thanks to the great brakes we just about managed to avoid hitting the speeding Italians.The new 3-litre petrol engine feels like a new generation diesel powerplant. It offers the benefits of both a diesel engine in terms of low-end torque and petrol engines in terms of top-end whack. Although I did not get to drive any of the FWD variants, the multi-tronic gearbox works well. Both the engines with the FWD variants are super efficient and feature a number of fuel consumption reduction technologies.I specially liked the advanced safety systems like Audi pre-safe and active lane assist, which work to keep you from colliding. Also great was the large speed limit warning on the car’s twin pod instrument panel.The new five-door touring coupe from Audi features most of the technologies seen on the A8, and more. It is meant to combine the elegant looks of a coupe with the flexibility of an Audi Avant or an estate and the features and comforts of the flagship A8. Engine development is also at its peak in the A7, and with new modules like the steering, the car is not only luxurious and feature filled but sporty as well. Price: Rs. 65-75 lakh (approx)On the road: From Chandigarh to JaipurAt Auto Bild India, we love road trips. It serves two purposes. Firstly, it lets us drive a lot, which is less of a profession and more of a passion for all of us here. And second, we get to see new places. That is exactly what we did on the Drive to Discover tour organised by Honda. The drive started from Chandigarh and we hoped to reach Corbett National Park by sundown. Alas, Indian highways have a funny way of upsetting even the best laid plans, especially if they’re working in conjunction with monsoons as furious as the one we saw last month. So, by the time we had turned off the national highway onto State Highway 1, the road had virtually disappeared.After much manoeuvring around the various obstacles that the roads threw our way, we managed to get back on to the national highway en route to Sarsawa and on to Haridwar, our next stopover. Just a few kilometres ahead of Har ki Pauri (the principal bathing ghat in the pilgrim city) we saw the mighty Ganga in full flow. We finally halted at Ramnagar, close to Corbett.The following day we headed for the Dhangari gate, one of five of Corbett’s main gates. But to get there we would have to pass a section that is best described as an off-road section. The plan was to cross Corbett and then carry on to Bharatpur before calling it a day.advertisementOn the third and our last day we explored Bharatpur’s bird sanctuary before heading off to Ranthambhore. Rajasthan’s roads were brilliant and we made good time but past Ranthambhore we again found roads that had been mauled by the rains. Soon we were forced to take a detour. By the time we reached Jaipur we were exhausted but our wanderlust had been satiated.–Rahul GhoshYamaha SZThe Yamaha SZ is the Japanese bike maker’s attempt at grabbing a piece of the pie that is the entry level 150 cc motorcycle segment. For this new motorcycle, Yamaha has used the 153 cc engine from its FZ range of bikes. This engine is blessed with an impressive low and mid range performance, and doesn’t require too much downshifting to make meaningful progress. Indeed one can potter around the city in top gear, courtesy the bike’s maximum torque being developed at a relatively low 4500 rpm. However if shifting is required then it’s not too much of a hassle because the gearbox is not only precise but is also slick shifting. The SZ is light on its feet and changes directions quickly. The seat is comfy and most buyers wouldn’t mind the hint of sportiness in the riding stance. The ride quality is well sorted and the bike remains comfortable to ride throughout. What is commendable is that despite returning a good ride quality the bike remains an able handler; it does not feel unsettled under cornering and at the same time stays stable in a straight line. Price Rs. 52,000, ex-showroom Delhi.–Abhishek Saksenalast_img read more

‘Nilgiri Tahr’ conserved by first of its kind public-private cooperation

first_imgHOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of,HOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of Tamil Nadu, tahr numbers now touch 2,000. This is a significant improvement from a low of 1,200-the tahr count in early 1970s. It has taken 30 years and a unique participatory management conservation programme in the 97-sq-km Eravikulam National Park (ENP) near Munnar, Kerala to push numbers up from 500 to 800 in this single park.In a first of its kind public-private cooperation in wildlife conservation, the watershed programme was run by the High Range Wildlife and Environment Preservation Association (HRWEPA), made up mostly of nature buffs from the Tata Tea plantations that dominate the Kannan Devan Hills (KDH), and the Forest Department of Kerala. Under the programme, tea planters informally doubled as wildlife wardens keeping extra vigil even as concepts like nature education and participatory management of wildlife gained currency amongst the local people.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats as also participation from local people,” says Mohan Alembath, president, Nilgiri Tahr Trust, Kochi. Alembath is a former wildlife warden of Kerala who oversaw conservation measures launched at the ENP. This private-public partnership is a dramatic turnaround from the days when shooting the tahrs was a favoured sport among planters and hunters. At that time, the planting of eucalyptus on the grasslands too had adversely affected the tahr as it led to the erosion of its habitat.advertisementA key group involved in the conservation programme were the Muthuvans group of tribals, the original inhabitants of Munnar. Some of them are enlisted as watchers by the state forest department. “People’s participation in environmental preservation and their interest in the tahr have contributed significantly to its conservation,” says M.K.Prasad, environmental activist of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.When the Kerela Goverment declared the ENP as a protected sanctuary in 1972, it set in motion a chain of events that have led to healthier tahr numbers today. The expanse of the tea gardens in the region have inadvertently aided the conservation effort. The agro-ecological system, where tea was the prime produce with a large expanse of interspersed wilderness, provided ample space for the tahr and other fauna.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats.”MOHAN ALEMBATH, PRESIDENT, NILGIRI TAHR TRUST, KOCHI The tahr is among the few species of mountain goats that have adapted to a cold and wet tropical environment of the kind that is confined to an area not bigger than 5 per cent of the Western Ghats. The tahr prefers a habitat that is predominantly of grasslands adequately sheltered by rocky cliffs, enjoys a short dry season and receives over 1,500 mm of rainfall a year. Such a unique tropical habitat is restricted to just seven of the high altitude landscapes (1,200 m to 2,600 m above sea level) in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, particularly the one found in the southern Western Ghats between the Nilgiri Hills and Kanyakumari Hills.Yet, in spite of the increase in numbers, the tahr still faces many threats to its survival: habitat destruction, competition and disease transmission from domestic livestock and poaching for meat or commercial products. In order to protect the species, experts believe other issues too need attention. Some of these include institutionalisation of the management system, increasing the size of the tropical grassland ecosystem and developing the landscape approach as also the preparation of a comprehensive ecosystem plan still needs to be put in place.Experts on the tahr and other hoofed grazers, who had gathered for the fourth World Congress of Mountain Ungulates at Munnar, have recommended the extension of the ENP to the ecological boundary of the Nilgiri tahr population. This is easier said than done. It will mean establishing protected corridors in the Western Ghats and ensure that forest tourism and other activities respect conservation measures. There is also a plan to extend the ENP by 30 sq km and reintroduce the tahr in some areas from where it had disappeared. Further, a protocol for monitoring the tahr population and its habitat has to be developed to evaluate the economic impact of tourism and put in place a preventive action plan against accidents such as an outbreak of fire in the ENP.Call of the WildThe Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiritragus hylocrius or goat antelope to biologists, is red-listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. A full grown male stands 100 cm tall at the shoulder and weighs about 100 kg. Females are slightly smaller in size and weight. Both sexes have curved horns, which are larger in the males, reaching up to 40 cm for males and 30 cm for females. Grey in colour, the animal is paler on the under-surface. Older males are known as saddlebacks due to the whitish hair that develop on the rump in the shape of a saddle as they age. The Nilgiri tahr live in herds ranging from six to 104 animals, with average group sizes of nine for all-female groups and 27 for mixed herds. Nearly half the population is in the Eravikulam National Park near Munnar. There is also the fear that any disease of epidemic proportions could wipe out the animal. That is why experts are against the tahr tracts being opened for tourists except the Rajamalai fringe of the ENP where visitors are taken up the slopes in the park’s vans. The tahr in this area of the park is not alarmed by the presence of human beings, which is also a grim pointer of its vulnerability to hunting and poaching. Also, the staff strength of the national park is very poor considering its remoteness and rugged terrain. “Protected areas have become the only beacons of hope for the long-term survival of the Niligiri tahr as with all wild animals of Asia,” says M.K. Ranjitsinh of the Wildlife Trust of India.A DNA profile of the tahr and a stock-taking of its scattered population outside the ENP is critical to guard against what Alembath calls “genetic erosion”. In order to obtain DNA samples of the tahr, researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have begun non-invasive sampling by collecting the tahr’s dung from locations across the Western Ghats.advertisementThe state governments too have begun to show greater interest. R.J. Ranjit Daniels, director, Care Earth, Chennai, points out that Kerala has set up the Nilgiri Tahr Trust and Tamil Nadu has put the animal on the cover of a book on the state’s biodiversity suggesting that the tahr occupies a significant position in the state’s wildlife conservation plan.However, the pioneers in protecting the tahr, Tata Tea and HRWEPA favour conservation through better management of the flora and fauna. “The tahr has contributed to tourism and generating funds for management through regulated eco-tourism is the only way,” says T. Damu, vice-president, Taj Group of Hotels. They are keen to promote private ownership and management of the tahr tracts and going by their track record in this project, few would bet against their success.last_img read more


first_imgPlane talkSometimes you avoid eye contact, sometimes you share a newspaper and sometimes you open up your heart. Here are some in-flight conversations that the nation will remember for long.On January 15When the late Sunanda Pushkar and former minister Shashi Tharoor were having a spat on a flight from,Plane talkSometimes you avoid eye contact, sometimes you share a newspaper and sometimes you open up your heart. Here are some in-flight conversations that the nation will remember for long.On January 15When the late Sunanda Pushkar and former minister Shashi Tharoor were having a spat on a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Delhi, the then I&B minister Manish Tewari heard it all seated behind.Just Last weekBabul Supriyo confessed how he bagged a BJP ticket for the 2014 General Election. He happened to be on the same flight as yoga guru Ramdev on February 28. As he overheard the Baba discussing ticket distribution, he asked if he could get one too. It was his.When Indira Gandhiwas assassinated on October 31, 1984, Pranab Mukherjee was on the same flight as Rajiv Gandhi-from Kolkata to Delhi. What did they talk about? No one quite knows, but speculation runs rife that it was the in-flight talk that led to Mukherjee’s six-year ouster from power, till he was resurrected by P.V. Narasimha Rao, who happened to be on the same flight but was seated quietly.After a Sleeplessnight next to a loud snorer on his way to London, Amitabh Bachchan had asked the late Dr K. Anji Reddy, chief of Dr Reddy’s Laboratory, “Do you have a drug for snorers?†“No, but I am working on a drug for Alzheimer’s,†Reddy had said, praising him for his role as an Alzheimer’s patient in Black. Donepezil, an Alzheimers drug, has just hit the market.advertisementHISTORY OR HISTRIONICSWhat happens when a film goes back in time to thousands of years? Ask Ashutosh Gowariker, who has decided to create yet another epic movie, Mohenjo-Daro, on the 5,000-year-old city that remains a historical puzzle. A smart choice. The Jodhaa Akbar director won’t face the long arm of the law or people baying for his blood this time around. Here’s what you can expect.What language did they use? No one knows, except that, well, they did not speak Hindi. New research shows their script to be an old version of Tamil. Get ready for a very different Hrithik. He will have to sport a beard, if not a shaved upper lip (say historians), long hair (he looks nice in that) held in place by a hairband or in a bun (Mohenjo-Daro men did that a lot) and wear a toga, with one bare shoulder. Weird, but leaves plenty of scope for the Greek God of Bollywood to show off his muscles. The Censor Board will be aghast if the film is too close to history. Remember the bronze dancing girl of Mohenjo-Daro? She had bangles all the way up one arm and nothing else on. Women in those days mostly went around naked or in tiny skirts.Expect a Bond girl moment at the Great Bath of Mohenjo-Daro, the world’s first swimming pool, with a skimpily clad heroine stepping out of the water and breaking into a song.But who will be the heroine? A cat fight is on between three beauties-Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha-for the plum role. Check out some ancient figurines. Who do you think has the best chance?HOT, HOTTER, HOTTESTEach of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one, reports the World Meteorological Organization. And 2014 is poised to become the hottest year on record.ALLAHABADReached 48.3°C in June, the hottest city as an intense heat wave swept across north India.NAGPURMercury soared to 47.3°C, the highest in last 11 years, and one of the highest maximum temperatures in the country.DELHIDelhi hit the highest June temperature in 19 years with the mercury zooming to 47.2°C.ADILABADContinuously above 45°C in June, one of the worst affected in the severe heat wave across coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.KOLKATARecorded the second-highest temperature in a decade (41.2°C), with discomfort index zooming to 67.6°C in June, 13 notches above the comfort level.GUWAHATIMaximum temperature touched 40.1°C, equalling the all-time high of April 1999 and about 9°C above the average of 31°C.MUMBAIFirst time since 1951, the minimum temperature for June rose above 27.9°C.last_img read more

Jaguar Land Rover slash prices of Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque by up to Rs 4.08 lakh in India

first_imgTata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has slashed prices of its two models in India by up to Rs 4.08 lakh to take on German rivals.The company has cut the price of diesel-powered Land Rover Discovery Sport by Rs 4.08 lakh to Rs 43.8 lakh from the earlier price of Rs 47.88 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).Besides, it has also reduced price of Range Rover Evoque diesel by Rs 3.25 lakh to Rs 45.85 lakh from Rs 49.10 lakh earlier.Range Rover Evoque”Land Rover cars are increasing in popularity and in order to expand the reach of this iconic brand, we have revised and re-positioned the prices of some of our products,” JLR India Managing Director Rohit Suri told PTI.The move would help the company make its products competitive and thus enabling more customers to join the Land Rover family in India, he added.Land Rover Discovery SportThe two vehicles compete with the likes of Audi Q3, Q5, Mercedes GLC, GLE and BMW’s X3.JLR sells a range of models through 24 authorised outlets in the country.ALSO READ:Jaguar pairs the F-TYPE with its new 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol motorALSO READ:JLR unveils new Range Rover Velar, Jaguar I-PACE ConceptALSO READ:Dealers start taking bookings for diesel Jaguar XE in Indialast_img read more

Not so fast young man, Usain Bolt cautions Andre De Grasse

first_imgUsain Bolt has cautioned Canadian young gun Andre De Grasse to temper his expectations of dethroning him at the world championships in London in August.The 30-year-old Jamaican will run his final race on home soil at the Racers Grand Prix this weekend before hanging up his spikes after the London meet.De Grasse, who chased Bolt home for silver in the 200 metres and bronze in the 100m at the Rio Olympics last year, is widely tipped to be one of the athletes bidding to fill the void left by the sprint king’s retirement.”Over the years I’ve always tried to be diplomatic about how I answered a lot questions, but what bothers me the most when athletes are coming up through the ranks and they get to a certain level, they always want to beat me, I don’t know why?” Bolt told reporters in Kingston on Thursday.De Grasse, 22, said this week he intends to beat Bolt before the world record holder in both 100 and 200m brings down the curtain on his glittering career.Bolt, who will only run the shorter sprint in the British capital, has not been beaten in an individual sprint at a major championship for a decade.He has won the sprint double at the last three Olympics and three of the last four world championships, the one exception being when he false started in the 100m at Daegu in 2011.”I always tell my younger athletes at Racers track club, listen, ‘when you’re climbing a ladder, you have to take your time and work your way up to the top’, so all I have to say to De Grasse is take your time and climb his way to the top,” Bolt said.advertisement”That’s all I have to say about that.”last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Mithali Raj calls for improvement in batting ahead of Sri Lanka clash

first_imgDespite India sitting at the top of the Women’s World Cup standings after three games, captain Mithali Raj feels her team still have plenty to work on as it they prepare to face Sri Lanka on Wednesday.”We definitely will look into the fact that we don’t lose wickets back-to-back because that puts a lot of pressure on the incoming batters as well as the team. We need to work on our partnerships as batters,” said Raj.India have won all three of its games so far in the tournament but needed its bowlers to dig it out of trouble against Pakistan in Derby on Sunday.India was restricted to just 169 from its 50 overs and Pakistan had looked to be in a good position to get its first win of the competition but Ekta Bisht’s excellent spell of five for 18 helped bowl Pakistan out for just 74.However, Raj is more concerned about India’s batting and is keen for her side to build partnerships when it faces Sri Lanka.”In terms of bowling, the spinners have been doing well, (against Pakistan) the pacers looked better than the last two games so it depends which wicket we play on against Sri Lanka. If it’s a fresh wicket, then we have different plans for it,” said the India skipper.Raj praised her bowlers for managing to keep it tight and not concede too many runs with a small total to defend.Mansi Joshi came into the side for her first game of the tournament and took two for nine as India kept up its perfect record.advertisement”Because Mansi was playing her first game of the World Cup (against Pakistan) and it was a situation where we needed wickets and not to lose runs in the first 10 overs, it was a crucial situation for us.”We knew if we got wickets there was a good chance for us to be in the game. That’s why I wanted to go with experienced bowlers. They are in a better position and experienced. I’m really happy that Ekta rose to the occasion and delivered what the team required of her.”Meanwhile, despite losing all three of its opening games, Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera says there are positives to take from the performances, including Sunday’s seven-wicket defeat to England.And with Sri Lanka unlikely to progress to the knockout stages, Ranaweera is keen for her side to end its stay in England on a high.”At the moment India is doing really well so we’ll definitely have to play very good cricket against them to win. As a team though we’re in good condition, we are batting really well compared to the last few years,” she said.”We managed to get over 200 against Australia and England, which is a big thing for us. We’ll be trying to do our best as a team against India,” she added.Squads:India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma and Poonam.Sri Lanka: Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chamari Athapaththu, Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Harshitha Madhavi, Dilani Manodara, Hasini Perera, Chamari Polgampala, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakodi and Sripali Weerakkody.last_img read more

Tiger Woods seemingly healthy again, but too early to predict future glory

first_imgWhen Tiger Woods tees up next year he will be at an age at which few have dominated, but that will not stop the PGA Tour hype machine and others from promoting his appearance with an implied suggestion Tiger 2.0 will be as good as the previous version which won 14 major championships between 1997 and 2008.Amid overwhelmingly positive reviews of Woods’ performance at the Hero World Challenge that might lead some to believe that he is destined to recapture his old greatness, a word of caution might be in order.Woods certainly looked healthy in the Bahamas, and wielded his driver with the freedom and power of yesteryear, but one tournament does not a successful comeback make.The ever secretive Woods has revealed few specifics of his back operations or his rehabilitation, but his most recent spinal fusion surgery seems to have been successful, judging by his movement and swing patterns.He finished equal ninth out of 18 competitors on Sunday, 10 shots behind winner Rickie Fowler, his best result in four years and certainly most respectable for a man who had not played a competitive round for 10 months.Even more positively, his swing seemed more powerful and reminiscent of the old Tiger on Sunday than it did on Thursday, suggesting he was not disguising any pain or function issues.But his chipping was mediocre, and he did finish only mid-pack, so let’s not expect miracles in 2018 from a man nearly 10 years removed from his most recent major championship victory, and four-plus years from any victory.advertisement”Time waits for no man” said former PGA Tour player Frank Nobilo, who along with most everyone else was impressed with Woods’ performance in the Bahamas, without losing sight of the big picture.”If you compared facially between last year and this year, the pain on his face, he looked five years younger for a start but I think we do have to be careful with the comparisons from years gone by because he soon will be 42 years of age,” Nobilo said.ROAD TO AUGUSTAWoods was guarded as ever on Sunday when asked about his early 2018 schedule, but the two early season PGA Tour stops in southern California — at Torrey Pines, where he has won eight times, and Riviera — loom as likely candidates, along with the hometown Honda Classic in south Florida.All roads, of course, will lead towards Augusta and the Masters in April, where Woods is likely to play his first major since the 2015 PGA Championship.Woods needs to win four more majors to match Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 victories, which even his most optimistic fans must acknowledge is out of reach.More realistic is the opportunity to become the most winning player in PGA Tour history. Woods stands on 79 victories, three behind Sam Snead.Simple mathematics — 15-odd chances a year to add to his tally, as opposed to four in the majors — suggest that is far more achievable, but first things first.Woods appeared glad to be back in his outdoor office.”When I was struggling with my back, the world seemed very small,” he said.Added Nobilo: “If this is any indication 2018 should be very colourful. Orange is very much in and red appears to be back.”last_img read more

Manchester United announce Solskjaer as caretaker manager after Mourinho exit

first_imgManchester United have officially announce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Jose Mourinhon’s replacement until the end of the current season.The club in a statement confirmed that “Solskjaer will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager.””He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna” the statement added.”Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” said Solskjaer to the Manchester United website.”Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles. His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season,” said Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward.We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna. #MUFCManchester United (@ManUtd) December 19, 2018Mourinho walked away from his role at Manchester United on Tuesday after having suffered their worst start to a season for 28 years.advertisementManchester had earlier jumped the gun on Solskjaer’s announcement, after the club described him as their “interim manager” in a caption that was later deleted from their official website.Solskjaer currently manages Norwegian side Molde but their 2018 season has finished for the winter and does not restart until March.The 45-year-old played for United between 1996 and 2007 and scored 126 goals, including the injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.Earlier, BBC reported that United had posted a video featuring Solskjaer scoring the winner against Bayern with the caption reading: “Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou…”The page was later deleted, the BBC said. United, who are sixth in the league and trail leaders Liverpool by 19 points, face Cardiff City in the league on Saturday.Solskjaer was manager there [at Cardiff] for nine months in 2014, during which time the club were relegated from the top flight and had a poor start to the new season in the Championship.Also Read | Champions League last 16: Bayern Munich to face Liverpool, Manchester United get PSGlast_img read more


first_imgHere are the final results from the 2005 School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships held in Darwin… 15 Boys: Qld (10) def WA (0) NT (14) def Tas (2) ACT (3) def SA (1) NSW (10) def ACT (2) Vic (12) def SA (6) Play off 7th/8th: SA (9) def Tas (5) Plate final: NT (6) def Victoria (4) Play off 3rd/4th: ACT (6) def WA (3) Grand final: NSW (7) def Qld (5) 15 Girls: NT (12) def WA (1) ACT (6) def SA (1) NSW (9) def NT (0) Tas (3) def Victoria (2) Play off 7th/8th: SA (3) def Vic (2) Plate final: Tas (5) def ACT (3) Play off 3rd/4th: NT (5) def WA (3) Grand final: Qld (3) def NSW (2) 12 Boys: NSW (11) def ACT (0) Qld (12) def ACT (1) NT (2) def SA (1) NT (11) def Tas (0) SA (7) def Tas (0) NSW (2) drew Qld (2) 12 Girls: Qld (9) def NT (0) NSW (9) def NT (1) NSW (16) def Qld (5) ACT (10) def Tas (3) SA (2) def Tas (1)last_img read more

Moreno: I didn’t like how Klopp treated me

first_imgLiverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has spoken out against manager Jurgen Klopp after being dropped for Andy Robertson.Moreno started last season as first-choice left-back despite midfielder James Milner having been preferred the season before and the signing of Robertson from Hull City.However, an injury to the Spaniard opened the door for his Scottish counterpart and he excelled and is now an undisputed starter on the left of a dramatically improved defence that has shipped just seven goals in 19 ​Premier League games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But despite the remarkable success of the current back-line, Moreno feels he should have been given more of an opportunity to reclaim his starting berth after returning from his injury.”I didn’t feel [the decision to stick with Robertson] well, I was injured giving my best for our team,” Moreno told Ondacero. “I disliked Klopp’s decision because I was training but when I returned he only wanted Robertson.”My relationship with Klopp hasn’t changed but since this injury, I didn’t have a meeting with him but our relationship is normal.”I disliked the way that Klopp has treated me but I understand his situation that he can’t change [Robertson] because the team is winning.”Despite his complaints, he insists that the atmosphere amongst the Reds squad is very good.”The dressing room is very close, we are a family,” he added.He would not, however, go so far as to commit his future to Liverpool and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, he is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement next month.Moreno claims a new contract has been offered to him but he has yet to sign it as he considers if his future is best served at a club who will offer him the regular, first-team football he craves.He added: “Liverpool has proposed renewing me but no agreement has been reached, in January the market opens and we will see. To this day we have nothing closed neither with Liverpool nor with other clubs.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

ESPN’s Final Prediction For Today’s Ohio State-Indiana Game

first_img Indiana has kept games close against Ohio State in years past, but it hasn’t been able to finish strong. That could be the difference in this meeting.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Ohio State has a 78.0 percent chance of defeating Indiana.ESPN's prediction for Ohio State-Indiana game.Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is going to be a game-time decision today due to an undisclosed injury. His availability will play a huge role in this matchup.Kickoff for this game is at 12 p.m. ET from The Rock. FOX will broadcast the action.Ohio State fans – do you think the team will improve to 3-0 on the season? Justin Fields during his first game at Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – AUGUST 31: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes completes a pass to K.J. Hill #14 of the Ohio State Buckeyes for a first down in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Ohio Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Florida Atlantic 45-21. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State will face its first real test of the season this afternoon. Ryan Day and the Buckeyes are on the road to challenge Tom Allen and the Indiana Hoosiers.All the turnover that took place at Ohio State hasn’t affected the program thus far. Justin Fields has been nothing short of amazing in his first two starts at quarterback.With Fields playing at a high level and the defense anchored by premier NFL prospect Chase Young, the Buckeyes are in great shape to contend for the College Football Playoff this year.Before the Buckeyes can look ahead toward a potential championship run, they’ll have to take care of business against the Hoosiers.last_img read more

Kamala Harris raises USD23 million this year

first_imgWashington: California’s powerful Indian-origin Democratic Senator Kamala Harris has raised more than USD 23 million since she announced her presidential bid in January. Among over 20 Democratic presidential aspirants, Harris, 54, whose mother had migrated to the US from Chennai, is running neck and neck with former US vice president Joe Biden, particularly after her impressive show at the first Democratic debate held recently. Harris’s presidential campaign raised nearly USD 12 million from more than 279,000 people in the second quarter of 2019. Almost 150,000 new donors contributed to her campaign during the second quarter. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping In total, she has raised more than USD 23 million since she announced her presidential bid in January. According to a campaign statement, Harris brought in more than USD 7 million through her digital programme alone. The campaign’s average contribution was USD 39, and the average online contribution was just USD 24. Harris launched her campaign on January 21 with a promise to reject money from corporate political action committees and federal lobbyists. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang So far, Harris’ campaign has brought in nearly half a million dollars this quarter from its online store, which has already sold 1,400 ‘That Little Girl Was Me’ t-shirts that feature a now-viral photo of Harris as a young girl. This was the single best-selling item in the month of June, despite not being available until June 28. “The momentum Kamala Harris is seeing right now is buoyed by hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters who believe in her 3 am Agenda to address the issues keeping people up at night,” said Harris campaign manager Juan Rodriguez. “As it has been from the beginning, this campaign is powered by the people. These resources will help expand Kamala’s growing strength in this primary and put her position to win the Democratic nomination, Rodriguez said. Following her commanding performance in the first debate, Harris will return to campaign in New Hampshire Sunday, July 14. At a house party in Gilford and a town hall in Somersworth, Harris will discuss her plans to deliver tangible solutions to the real challenges facing American families. A day earlier, she announced her USD 100 billion plan to invest in minority home ownership to address the racial wealth gap. The plan would affect four million home buyers who either live on rent or in historically redlined communities’ area, amend the credit reporting process and hold lenders accountable for discriminatory practices. “I will remove unfair barriers Black Americans face when they go to qualify for a home loan. I will strengthen anti-discrimination lending laws and implement stricter enforcement. And I’ll invest I’ll invest through the federal government USD 100 billion to put home ownership within the reach for those who live in redlined communities and it would help up to four million families with down payments and closing costs,” Harris said.last_img read more

Rockin n rollin on Mars Rolling Stones have space rock named after

first_imgThe Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA’s Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band. Slightly larger than a golf ball, the “Rolling Stones Rock” is said to have rolled some 3 feet (1 meter), spurred by the InSight spacecraft’s thrusters during touchdown on Mars in November, NASA said. “In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock,” it said. “It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. announced the name as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were about to perform on Thursday night at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Brown Sugar”, called the honour “a milestone in our long and eventful history”. While the “Rolling Stones Rock” name is informal, it will feature on working maps of Mars, NASA said, but only the International Astronomical Union can give official scientific names for locations, asteroids and other objects in the solar system. NASA is using its robotic mission to Mars to help set the stage for manned missions to the Red Planet. As a gateway to that lofty goal, the space agency’s Artemis programme will send humans to the moon, to prepare them for further space exploration. A giant leap for mankind — and the Rolling Stones, already immortalized in popular culture, are now also a part of space exploration history.last_img read more

North American stock markets recovered some of Wednesdays deep losses

first_imgTORONTO – North American markets recovered some of the prior day’s deep losses, continuing the volatility of recent weeks.There was a pretty solid rebound Thursday overall, said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist for SIA Wealth Management.“Not only did we see stocks come back but we saw oil come back, which I thought also was encouraging since both of them had been hammered pretty badly in the last week,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was up 51 cents at US$67.33 per barrel. That’s still the third-lowest level in two months.“I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet and I still think there’s going to be bumpy and choppy 13 more weeks but it’s definitely really encouraging to see investors step up and for markets to hang onto their gains.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 14.95 points at 14,924.08 after losing 376.04 points on Wednesday. It hit an intraday high of 15,009.91 on 296.8 million shares traded.The cannabis-heavy health care sector led, gaining 2.8 per cent, followed by the technology and energy sectors.“It was a good day for technology on this side of the border too, it’s just that it’s not as big in the Canadian market, but we’re definitely benefiting from the same forces that drove up tech stocks in the States,” said Cieszynski.Gold was one of four sectors that lost ground, along with materials, utilities and telecom.Financials and real estate were in the middle, gaining less than half a per cent on the day.Cieszynski said he expected financials could struggle with interest rates on the rise.“That impacts all the interest-sensitive sectors — financials, real estate, utilities — as all kind of stuck in the same boat at this point.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 401.12 points to 24,984.55 after Wednesday’s selloff pushed the market to a loss for the year. The S&P 500 index was up 49.47 points to 2,705.57, while the Nasdaq composite was up 209.93 points or almost three per cent to 7,318.34.Although markets are going through a period of high volatility, they will likely recover later in the year, added Cieszynski.He noted that corporate results have generally been positive even though some haven’t met expectations.“It’s not like the wheels are falling off, it’s just that markets got way too far ahead of themselves and needed to come back to earth and that’s what we’ve been seeing, but I do think that the underlying North American economy remains positive.”The upcoming U.S. midterm elections could cause further uncertainty and contribute to volatility dragging well into November, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.48 cents US compared with an average of 76.75 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was up 2.9 of a cent at US$3.26 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$1.30 at US$1,232.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.3 of a cent at US$2.75 a pound.last_img read more

India eyeing bridge or undersea tunnel to link Sri Lanka

“When I met ADB officials (in June), they told me to look at a connectivity project between the Indian mainland and Sri Lanka as well. They said that they would finance it. They proposed a bridge between Rameswaram and Sri Lanka,” Gadkari said. The BBIN pact seeks to open up vehicular traffic in order to give impetus to trade and sub-regional cooperation, a key element of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s neighbourhood policy.According to Sri Lankan diplomats, the idea of connecting India and Sri Lanka by a bridge or undersea tunnel has not been broached by the New Delhi government in recent times.But news reports say the idea of a land bridge or a causeway between India and Sri Lanka was mooted back in 2002 by current Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his earlier stint. The idea behind it was to enable trucks from southern India to ferry goods to the Colombo port, one of the largest in the region. However, there were strong objections from some sections in Sri Lanka, who said the plan would mean Sri Lanka will be seen as an “extension of India”, according to media reports. India, after signing a road transport agreement with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, is said to be considering an ambitious bridge or undersea tunnel linking the Indian mainland with Sri Lanka, Livemint reported.India was mulling the project after the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) suggested that India look at a project linking Sri Lanka, India’s roads minister Nitin Gadkari said at a Mint Conversation, a platform where special invitees interact with Mint staff. Connectivity as been a key theme in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) for many years now and a beginning was made when India signed the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) transport pact in June in the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu.The pact was proposed after Saarc, which also includes Afghanistan, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, failed to conclude a motor vehicles pact, along with an agreement on regional railways when the leaders of the eight nations met in Kathmandu in November 2014. This was because Pakistan was unable to secure internal clearances. India-Pakistan squabbles have been blamed for Saarc failing to realize its potential for economic integration. “It (the idea of a corridor) is a good idea. But I think it will take time to fructify,” said a person familiar with the developments who did not want to be named. “If it works out, it will definitely give a boost to sub regional cooperation within Saarc.” Currently, India is connected to Sri Lanka by at least 100 flights a week. A ferry link between Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka was snapped in 1983, when the Tamil-Sinhala ethnic conflict erupted in Sri Lanka.Another ferry service that was started in 2011 between Tuticorin (in Tamil Nadu) and Colombo after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009, was discontinued as the operator deemed it uneconomical. (Colombo Gazette) “When I recently visited Rotterdam (Netherlands), I visited an immersed tunnel connecting Rotterdam and Belgium. So, it could be an immersed tunnel or a bridge. We are looking at it,” the minister said. read more

Top UN forum on food security focuses on eradicating hunger by 2030

Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told the assembled delegates that last month’s approval of the 2030 Agenda “brings new momentum to our efforts.” “Now the world has a set date to end hunger, to achieve food security and to end malnutrition in all its forms,” said Mr. da Silva. “I do not doubt that we can become the Zero Hunger generation.” The CFS is an intergovernmental body that serves as a forum for the review and follow up of food security and nutrition policies. It also gives the opportunity for participants from civil society and the private sector to have a voice in policy decisions. “CFS is different. So let’s go out there and make this difference,” said Chairperson for the CFS Gerda Verburg. “We are running one single race, all together, to goal Zero Hunger.” The four-day meeting will include remarks by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo F. Nwanze and World Food Programe (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, as well as discussions on nutrition policies and initiatives that focus on youth engagement in the global pledge to eradicate hunger. Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will give the keynote speech during a session on strengthening global linkages and dialogue between the CFS and other food security and nutrition organizations. CFS will also discuss water and food security and nutrition based on the report on the subject by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. Discussions are also expected to approve the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises, a voluntary agreement which seeks to ensure that humanitarian and development efforts are integrated in the increasing number of areas undergoing protracted crises, with a special focus on the nutritional needs of infants and the most vulnerable people. Mr. da Silva congratulated CFS delegates for what he called a “major achievement in policy convergence” on a complex subject, noting that FAO is already putting the Framework’s principles into practice. read more

Prediction This NCAA Tournament Will Keep Being Bonkers

We’re a week into this year’s NCAA Tournament, and we’ve already seen crazy comebacks and upsets, games that hinged on the outcome of a single shot (make and miss), and wins from teams seeded Nos. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. A case has been made that it was the greatest start to an NCAA tourney ever, which isn’t ridiculous.But that’s just the run to the Sweet 16. As for championship odds, has anything really changed since Selection Sunday?We knew going in that this was a notably wide-open college basketball season with no clear favorite. And despite the tournament’s wild start, the odds have barely moved in any team’s favor. Kansas began as the favorite according to our prediction model, with a 19 percent probability of winning it all; it remains the favorite, at 21 percent. No team has seen its title chances boosted by more than a handful of percentage points; North Carolina has enjoyed the biggest bump, from 15 percent to 19 percent.In other words, we haven’t learned much about how this whole thing is going to shake out — and that’s probably for the best if exciting basketball is what we want.According to our Elo ratings, Kansas is the strongest team remaining in this year’s tournament. (Elo ratings, which we’re fond of using across many sports, help estimate a team’s strength at any given moment.) But among Sweet 16 field leaders since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, its rating is seventh-weakest. Meanwhile, Notre Dame, the worst of the teams still in the tournament by Elo, is the sixth-strongest team to hold that distinction since ’85. The result is a balanced crop of Sweet 16 entrants, with the fourth-smallest spread between best and worst out of the past 32 tournaments. 19991Duke229910Purdue1834464 20071North Carolina21065Butler1828279 19941Purdue204712Tulsa1822225 Listen to the latest episode of our sports podcast Hot Takedown. 19881Temple207913Richmond1743336 20081North Carolina215212Western Kentucky1810342 20061Connecticut211411George Mason1844270 20101Duke207512Cornell1878197 19981Arizona217013Valparaiso1700470 20051Illinois21376Texas Tech1873265 YEARSEEDTEAMELOSEEDTEAMELODIFF. 20011Duke215310Georgetown1830323 By Neil Paine 20141Florida210011Dayton1820280 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 20043Pittsburgh21239UAB1847276 20021Duke219811Southern Illinois1783415 20151Kentucky216511UCLA1852312 20121Kentucky211810Xavier1783334 A balanced Sweet 16 19851Georgetown214311Boston College1789354 20091North Carolina211312Arizona1870242 19901Michigan State205612Ball State1825232 19921Duke221312New Mexico State1790423 19951Kentucky21246Memphis1849275 20001Duke216410Seton Hall1805359 19911UNLV219210Temple1822370 20131Louisville213515Florida Gulf Coast1754381 19861Duke212712DePaul1745382 Source: Sports Reference 19961Connecticut214412Arkansas1878266 19871North Carolina214512Wyoming1797348 BEST REMAINING TEAMWORST REMAINING TEAM 19971Kansas220114Chattanooga1709492 Embed Code 19931North Carolina215612George Washington1848308 Much ink has been spilled lamenting the lack of Cinderellas in this Sweet 16, and that’s a fair assessment. Gonzaga, No. 11 in the Midwest, is the lowest-seeded team left, and it’s far better than the typical 11-seed. (We thought they played more like a No. 6 seed during the season.) If Syracuse and Notre Dame — two of the nine winningest schools in Division I history — are your best Cinderella candidates, it’s probably a down year for heartwarming underdogs.Even so, we should appreciate the evenness of this Sweet 16 field. Almost all the remaining teams were among the best in the country during the regular season: 12 of them ranked in the top 20 nationally according to our pre-tournament mix of computer ratings, with Gonzaga checking in at No. 21. (Wisconsin ranked 29th, Notre Dame 33rd and Syracuse 35th.)That’s a competitive group, and it should make for riveting basketball. My research indicates that the single best predictor of our excitement index stat — an attempt to quantify a game’s thrills by tracking its average change in win probability per basket — is how closely matched the two opponents are in a power rating like Ken Pomeroy’s or Elo.Given the composition of this Sweet 16 field, we’re going to get a lot of those close matchups over the rest of the tournament. And if all goes according to the numbers, that should mean the excitement of March Madness is just getting started.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. 20031Kentucky215510Auburn1811344 19891Arizona212711Minnesota1838289 20111Ohio State21305Arizona1876255 20161Kansas21086Notre Dame1867241 read more

Prince William shows his bedside manner as he helps take girls blood

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge is shown the workings of an MR Linac machine by Professor Uwe Oelfke Ms Bragg said: “We just introduced him as William, he was really relaxed and friendly and spent a lot of time talking to the patients, not many people spotted him – one lady said he was a lookalike.”In the Oak Centre for Children and Young People the Duke sat beside Daisy, with parents Katie and Alistair Wood from Kingston upon Thames nearby, who moments before was watching a DVD about a princess.Her father later joked: “She did say William was a little old for her to marry.” Prince William meets patient Daisy Wood, six, and her mother KatieCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “And being a dad with two young children you can see how he relates very well to the children.”William was also shown a £10 million MR Linac scanner, the first of its kind in the country, that combines radiotherapy treatment with traditional imaging and has the potential to allow tumours to be targeted precisely in real time. The Duke of Cambridge is shown the workings of an MR Linac machine by Professor Uwe OelfkeCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA rince William, Duke of Cambridge, right, meets patient Daisy Wood, 6, and her mother Katie He was reunited with radiotherapy aid Fiona Bragg, 55, who took William under her wing when he spent a day shadowing staff at the south London hospital in 2005, two years before he became president of the Royal Marsden.She recalled how she spent more than an hour showing the Duke how to check patients in once they had arrived at reception. The equipment will be trialled at the end of the year but only the MR (magnetic resonance) imaging facility will be used, with the radiotherapy to follow.After peering into the small slot that a patient lies in as their body is scanned, the Duke joked: “I wouldn’t like to lie in there for too much, I’m not sure it’s as roomy as they say.” The six-year-old was left a little tongue tied after her meeting with the Duke but Mr Wood, 45, added: “It’s particularly nice he’s come around, it shows he’s interested in the Royal Marsden and the patients – it gives a boost to everyone. The Duke of Cambridge attaches a name tag to patient Daisy Wood, six, during a visit to the Royal Marsden hospitalCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA The Duke of Cambridge showed his caring bedside manner when he helped take the blood pressure of a little girl with leukaemia during a tour of one of the country’s leading cancer hospitals.Daisy Wood, six, was happy to let the future king strap a cuff to her arm in preparation for the reading, when he visited the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Marsden’s Sutton hospital. Prince William chats to Daisy WoodCredit:KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/PA Duke of Cambridge, right, attaches a name tag to patient Daisy Wood, 6, during a visit to the Royal Marsden hospital  Prince William chats to Daisy Woodlast_img read more

GPs earning more than £150000 will be named in new transparency drive

Doctors who are paid more than £150,000 per year by the NHS will be publicly named from 2020, under a new GP contract.The average GP partner earns £105,000, but the highest paid earners – usually those working in several surgeries – have been found to be earning as much as £700,000.The transparency drive is part of a new five-year GP contract drawn up by the NHS and the British Medical Association (BMA).It comes alongside plans to employ 20,000 pharmacists, physiotherapists and paramedics to take over many routine GP appointments.NHS doctors already have to publish their average earnings on the practices’ own websites so patients can see them, following legislation in 2016.But those earning more than the Prime Minister – whose salary is around £150,000 – will now be listed on a national database.Richard Vautrey, the BMA’s GP committee chair, said: “We have recognised that there is increasingly a call for transparency to be put in place”.“We accept GPs who earn more than £150,000 from NHS earnings, for their pay to be published from 2020,” he told magazine Pulse.“Linked to this, NHS England and the Government are going to be exploring similar arrangements for other NHS contractors.”Pharmacists and physiotherapists will take over routine appointments from family doctors in a bid to cut waiting times at GP surgeries.A new GP contract will see an army of 20,000 practice staff recruited in the hope it will improve access to services.  The new deal also promises to speed up access to video and web consultations – with patients given the right to Skype their GP within two years.As part of the £4.5 million deal, GP practices will receive extra money, if their efforts are shown to have cut needless hospital visits, by keeping patients healthier for longer.Health officials claim the recruitment of thousands more support staff would free up GPs – meaning they could give longer appointments to the sickest patients.Paramedics, medical assistants and support workers will be among the expanded workforce, employed to deal with routine cases.Officials said pharmacists could carry out detailed medicines reviews, while community paramedics would be employed to carry out home visits, sparing the frail elderly from trips to surgeries. The expansion of physiotherapy would mean more patients were offered musculo-skeletal checks, reducing their risk of falls, in a bid to keep pensioners independent for longer, while reducing pressures on hospitals, officials said.The plans aim to ensure closer working between community and hospital services, with more care closer to home.Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, said the five year deal was “the biggest boost to primary care in more than 15 years” promising it would make services more convenient for patients. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more