Real Madrid preferred to sign Militao over De Ligt

first_imgMino Raiola has approached positions with Real Madrid and, with that movement, has started the machinery around his stars and the white club. Now the signings of Pogba and Haaland seem more feasible. And in recent weeks, another of its players has joined the roster of futures at the Bernabéu, Matthijs de Ligt (20 years old), a center-back who was ruled out by Éder Militao (22) a year ago. 4 The irruption of De Ligt, one of the Ajax banners that amazed in 2018-19 eliminating Madrid and reaching the semifinals in the Champions League, he raised a wave of praise and interest. Few were the elite teams that did not weigh their hiring, with special provision for the purchase of Barcelona and Juventus. Finally, he finished in Turin for 75 million plus 10.5 in variables, an impression figure. Before, De Ligt, who has not entered Juve correctly this year and ponders whether to leave, had been one of the options valued by Real Madrid to reinforce himself. However, as AS learned, the sports management chose Militao for availability, price and profile. His signing, given the club’s good relations with Porto and the lesser reputation of the defender, could be agreed much more quickly. He did not demand, as it would happen with the then central Ajax, wait for the season to advance and the bid that would be for De Ligt, which still was offered to the Bernabéu with Militao signed. The Brazilian cost 50 million, 25 less than the Dutch.Doubts with MilitaoIt had also been considered in the reports that Militao married more because of his physical and technical conditions. He looked like an ideal footballer for the style of Madrid: In addition to being versatile (he had been acting on the right side with Porto), improved in speed and ball output to De Ligt, what allowed to play with the most advanced line and to build better from behind.center_img 3 Militao, what I wasn’t convincing until the coronavirus stop, however, it has continued to progress these months with Brazil. It is a fixed in the calls of Tite and, although its performance has raised doubts, it maintains defenders in Madrid. The argument is that he is a footballer with conditions and international who simply has to be given adaptation time and minutes of play: Zidane, who had nothing to do with his arrival, has given him 992 (17th in the squad).last_img read more

Welcome fit for a Marine

first_img“Was it scary to be in Iraq?” Alicia Spadaro asked. It sure was, he told her quietly, especially the uncertainty about what would happen next. “I know there are bad things about the war. What are the good things?” Himani asked. A pensive Coates spoke of restoring normalcy to empty, bomb-laden schools, ousting a dictatorship and fostering an atmosphere that allows for public protests. Among other things, his unit supported an air command and protected a key runway. “You hear so many people complain about the war in general. Nobody likes to have a war or be in it,” Coates said later. “But what the kids are doing is supporting the people who are in it. As long as they give the support to the people who are willing to sacrifice themselves, that’s all that’s important.” As students passed around the leaden bulletproof plates that girded Coates’ flak jacket, Amanda Sladek said, “I can’t imagine them holding that every day.” SANTA CLARITA – The students in Judith Hayward’s fifth-grade class had never met the Marine who visited them Thursday after returning from Iraq, but now he’s like a friend. Master Sgt. Mark Coates was the class’s pen pal for months as the kids flooded him with letters and care packages. Coates reciprocated with a video. “When he sent the video, I felt we knew him,” student Himani Sharma said. “We were excited to see him in person!” Coates stopped by Valencia Valley Elementary School to thank his new buddies face to face and get better acquainted. The students politely probed the Marine’s feelings after he briefed them on his perilous stint in the hot spots – Fallujah, Haditha, Ramadi – and showed off military paraphernalia. Since October, the students had been sending missives and would hear back via a weekly update newsletter, which consisted of an e-mail routed from Coates’ mom to friends and family. His mom, Cathy Chamberlain, was the glue holding the soldier and class together. Ages ago, she had lost touch with her grade-school pal – Hayward – but a chance search on reunited the pair, and the project soon followed. Hayward, a teacher for 43 years, has taught in the Newhall School District for 19 years. Never before has the school welcomed a visitor fresh from war. “I’m thrilled my class had a chance to participate in this activity to write to him and meet him,” Hayward said. “Starting in fifth grade, children kind of wake up. They start to see there’s more to the world than just what surrounds their little area.” The students crooned the Marine Corps Hymn as they marched to greet Coates and escort him to their classroom. He had shared their letters with his mom, who beamed from the back of the room. “I’m so proud Judi encouraged her class to adopt him,” Chamberlain said later. She traveled from Torrance for the occasion, and Coates, who returned home in February, arrived from his Marine Corps Miramar station post. He lives with his wife and two of their kids in a small town outside Temecula. Coates, 43, was deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He drew laughs midway through the otherwise serious visit when his cell phone ring tone blared AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Coates brought the kids souvenir pins, and some handed him gifts. Logan Vandergrift fashioned paper clips into a star. “It’s part of the American flag,” the boy said. “It seems like it would symbolize America.” The visit made history come alive for the students, Principal Tammi Rainville said. “It’s not just hearing the perspective of parents or what they see on the news,” she said. “It’s getting the experience firsthand, whatever your beliefs are.” After nearly 26 years of military service, Coates is ready for retirement but won’t stray far if he gets his wish. He hopes to work with Marines at Camp Pendleton. (661) 257-5255160Want 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


first_imgA Donegal woman has refuted the suggestion she made up a rape allegation because she was getting mocked by her friends for a blood stain on her dress.The woman alleged that she was raped in an alleyway of a Donegal town in the summer of July 2012. The woman was 18 at the time of the alleged assault and is now 22 years of age.The court heard how she went down an alleyway with the accused – and then later re-joined her friends outside a fast food outlet.However, her friends noticed a blood stain on her dress, and two of her males friends quizzed her about the stain.The court also heard that the on the night in question she had to be taken to hospital later than night with severe bleeding.The Irish Independent reported on the trial this afternoon at the Dublin Criminal Court.During cross-examination the defence counsel led by Shane Costello suggested that the girl made up the rape allegation because she was embarrassed about friends mocking her about the stain.Costello said, “I put it to you that the rape allegation was a response to you being mocked.”The woman denied this.She told prosecuting counsel Pauline Walley that she had liked the before the incident, but that he changed just before it all happened.“He was like an animal just for them few minutes and then he changed back to being normal again.“He didn’t care about her saying no, he wanted it so it was going to happen.”The trial continues before a jury of seven men and five women.DONEGAL WOMAN DENIES MAKING RAPE ALLEGATION BECAUSE FRIENDS MOCKED HER was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:18AllegationcourtsdonegalDublin Criminal Courtjurynewsrapetriallast_img read more

Arnold to consider clemency for Williams

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday that he would consider granting clemency to Crips co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams in a private hearing at his Sacramento office. Schwarzenegger, vested with constitutional authority to grant mercy and commute a death sentence to life without parole, said he would meet privately with lawyers from the camps of Williams, Los Angeles County prosecutors and others on Dec. 8. Schwarzenegger is not legally obligated to hold a public or private hearing, and decides clemency requests on a case-by-case basis, said his spokeswoman, Margita Thompson. Williams, 51, faces death by lethal injection on Dec. 13 for murdering four people in 1979 – a Whittier convenience store clerk and three people at a Pico Rivera motel less than two weeks later. He denies his guilt and has also asked the California Supreme Court to reopen his case, alleging shoddy forensics wrongly connected him to three of the murders. The Supreme Court has not ruled on his petition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Los Angeles County prosecutors and victims’ relatives have demanded his execution. Along with asking Schwarzenegger to commute Williams’ death sentence, his lawyers submitted what they said were signatures of 32,000 people supporting his petition for clemency last week. They said Williams, who has been nominated for several Nobel Peace Prizes as an anti-gang activist, could do more for society alive than dead. Schwarzenegger has rejected the only other two petitions from death row inmates seeking a commutation of a death sentence. The governor denied a hearing, public or private, altogether last year for Kevin Cooper, whose execution was later stayed by a federal appeals court. In the other petition for clemency this January, after a public hearing, Schwarzenegger declined to spare Donald Beardslee, whom the former warden of San Quentin State Prison urged be kept alive. Schwarzenegger’s office said it would decide Williams’ clemency request before Dec. 13. 160Want 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


first_imgJack MurrayInishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has made a final appeal to voters saying that Friday’s elections had become much more important than parish pump politics and asked the people of Inishowen to make this election a referendum on austerity and vote for change.Cllr Murray said: “Over the last three years I have worked tirelessly for the people of Inishowen. This work included:“I established the unfinished estates working group in the peninsula. This led to the successful completion of many unfinished estates such as Ard Ban and while another motion will also successfully fix the sewerage problem in 3 estates in Bridgend this summer. “I successfully prevented the council from accessing personal information to track those boycotting the household charge.“Securing investment on many roads throughout Inishowen in order to improve road safety, including a road crossing in Muff which (despite many delays) will go ahead in June.“I opposed all unfair budgets in Donegal County Council despite the risk of losing my seat in doing so.“I have been an outspoken critic of St Patrick’s Day junkets to America. “I have helped countless people gain improvements to their council homes and helped many people overturn incorrect decisions on social welfare, carer’s and medical card decisions.“I have also secured thousands of euro to dozens of community and sporting groups throughout Inishowen.“However, this local election has become much more than parish pump politics. It is an opportunity to have an impact on national government policy. It is on opportunity for the people to say, en masse, that enough is enough. This election can become a referendum on austerity.“I would ask that you use your vote to oppose water charges and the property tax. Say that forced emigration is not a solution to the unemployment crisis and that it is not good enough for Donegal to be the only county in the state without access to rail. Say that we want that A5 so that we can have a dual carriageway connection to Dublin like every other region in Ireland.“We should voice our anger that there is not a single cancer centre for excellence, in this state, above the Galway-Dublin line despite there being 8 below it. “We have been ignored for so long by successive governments who have been supported by their colleagues in the council. This our chance to stand up for Donegal.“We now need a strong collective voice which says that there is a better way. This can only be done by voting Sinn Fein. We are the only candidates who are asking for a mandate for a credible and fairer economic alternative.“I hope that the people of Inishowen can endorse that alternative next Friday and I would appeal to voters to vote for myself, Ciaran Mclaughlin and Albert Doherty in the local elections and vote for Matt Carthy in the European election.”ELECTION 2014: ‘LET’S MAKE FRIDAY A REFERENDUM ON AUSTERITY’ SAYS MURRAY was last modified: May 19th, 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)last_img read more

‘Sixty grand, sixty grand Seamus Coleman’: Killybegs man with another amazing fundraising gesture

first_imgBig-hearted Seamus Coleman has again showed his qualities – donating almost £8,000 to help a group of Everton fans reach their fundraising efforts.A group of 23 Everton fans cycled 230 miles from the Showgrounds in Sligo to Goodison Park, Everton’s home ground in June.Their journey was to raise money for the Everton in the Community homeless project ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’. They targeted the sum of £60,000 – as a nod to the bargain price Everton paid to Sligo Rovers for Coleman in 2009.Coleman – currently recovering from a double leg break sustained playing for Ireland against Wales in March – is regularly serenaded with the terrace chant ‘sixty grand, sixty grand Seamus Coleman…playing football the Everton way’.When the group – who cycled from Sligo to Dublin before getting the ferry to Holyhead – fell a little short on the target, Coleman stepped in and pledged £7,860 on the JustGiving Page.“Well done everyone involved with the fundraising!” Coleman posted. “I’m glad that my donation helps with reaching the fundraising target of 60,000.”‘Sixty grand, sixty grand Seamus Coleman’: Killybegs man with another amazing fundraising gesture was last modified: August 10th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:evertonGoodison ParkKillybegsseamus colemanSligo Roverslast_img read more

The Diminishing Returns of Adding Insulation

first_imgIf you can see what’s really happening here, you don’t need the next graph. The important effect here is that most of the reduction in heat flow happens early on. With each addition of R-2 to the insulation level, the reduction declines. Calculating heat flowThe equation to calculate heat flow over a heating season is Q = U x A x HDD x 24. The result is the total number of BTUs of heat that flow through the wall under those conditions. The only thing that varies in the graph below is the R-value. An easier way to see that is with the graph below. Here I’ve plotted only the reduction achieved for a given step of R-2. Once you get out to about R-14 or so, at least on the scale shown here, the additional insulation results in pretty small reductions in heat flow. Too much is never enoughThe debate over how much insulation to use is an important one. There’s no clear-cut answer. I can’t tell you, “Use this much in Climate Zone 4 and this much in Climate Zone 5” because there are multiple variables involved. Here are the main ones:Climate zoneType of heating and cooling systemFuel used for heatingUtility costsPhotovoltaic (solar electric) system costsComfortYour interests and goals: utility bills, carbon footprint…In my Mastering Building Science course, which begins on October 27, 2014, I’ll dive into these variables and show how you might decide what’s the optimal amount of insulation to use. You’ll also get my spreadsheets if you sign up.Take heating system types, for example. The graphs above show the amount of heat moving through that 1,000-square-foot wall, but the amount of heat you pay for may be different from what’s flowing through the wall. If you’re heating with a furnace that’s 80% efficient, you’ll have to buy 25% more BTUs than you lose through the wall. If instead you use electric resistance heat, you buy the same number of BTUs you lose, but with a different fuel and at a different cost. All that and more factors into the decision.I’ve had this topic on my list for a long time, and finally got spurred to write about it because of the debate over the Passive House program and the insulation levels required to meet the requirement for the annual space heating demand to be no higher than 4,750 BTU/sf, no matter what climate you’re in.Martin Holladay, the Energy Nerd here at Green Building Advisor, had a great article about it last week: It’s Not About Space Heating. He reported on a recent presentation by Marc Rosenbaum, and the issue of the diminishing returns of adding insulation played a big role (although that term didn’t appear). Rosenbaum’s main point is that spending a lot of extra money on the building enclosure to chase those last BTUs is probably not the best way to go. Go read the article. And be sure to read Rosenbaum’s comment (#2), too. The key is to figure out how much it’s going to cost you to get those savings. Going from R-11 to R-13 just involves using a different insulation, but going from R-13 to R-15 (the whole-wall R-value for 2×6 walls) requires going from 2×4 to 2×6 walls and thus more insulation, more lumber, and doors and windows with wider jambs. That means going from R-11 to R-13 is has a much higher potential of being cost-effective than going from R-13 to R-15.What if you were to insulate your walls to R-19 in the climate zone 4 cities I used for the first graph? When you put R-19 insulation in the cavities and mix in 2×6 framing that’s only R-7, the whole-wall R-value is about R-16, our starting point in this case. The same pattern as before holds in this case, as you can see in the graph below. U = 1/RA = 1,000 square feetHDD = 4,400A is the wall area, and I chose 1,000 square feet as a representative value. HDD is the number of heating degree days using a base temperature of 65°F, and, for four of the graphs below I chose a city in IECC climate zone 4, such as Portland, Oregon, Asheville, North Carolina, or Louisville, Kentucky. And the returns still diminish, as you can see in the stepwise reductions shown in the graph below. What’s your starting point?The previous graph helps understand how important it is to fix uninsulated homes, but it could lead to the wrong lesson when it comes to designing new homes. If you’re designing a new home and trying to find out how much energy you might save by adding more insulation, you’ve got to choose a more reasonable starting point.In Atlanta, for example, you’ve got to put a minimum of R-13 insulation in your above-grade exterior walls. Factoring in the effect of all that lower R-value wood in a standard 2×4 wall (with studs 16 inches on center), the whole-wall R-value is about R-11, so that’s our starting point.If you’re framing with 2x4s, you could go with a higher density R-15 insulation and get a whole wall R-value of 13 in the same space. You could also build thicker walls or add exterior insulation or both, with the result of higher R-values. However you do it, we get a similar graph of cumulative heat flow reduction as our first graph above, shown in the graph below. The graph below shows the stepwise reduction in heat flow when you go from R-11 up to R-40 walls (adjusting the calculation for Atlanta’s 3000 HDD). Each red column shows the reduction in heat flow for just that step (e.g., R-11 to R-13 or R-30 to R-35). As before, with each step up in R-value, the potential savings decrease for each unit of R-value. Getting less and less from more and moreFirst, here’s what everyone knows already. As you keep adding more and more insulation, you keep reducing the heat flow through the wall more and more. The blue line in all the graphs below shows the heat flow through the wall, and the red columns show either the stepwise or cumulative reduction in heat flow compared to what it was with an R-2, R-11, or R-16 wall.An uninsulated standard 2×4 wood-frame wall has an R-value of about 3, so our starting point of R-2 in the first graphs is close to that of an uninsulated wall.This first graph shows cumulative reduction in heat flow. Notice carefully how it grows. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLES Finding the Insulation Sweet SpotCan Foam Insulation Be Too Thick?Wolfgang Feist Defends Thick InsulationIt’s Not About Space Heating Insulation is like alcoholIf you’re a practical person, I’m sure you realize that life has a tendency to make you aware of certain limits. After the first few drinks in an evening, for example, further libations have less and less of an effect. Well, less and less of a positive effect anyway. Unfortunately, diminishing faculties obscure the diminishing returns, and you wake up the next day wondering how your head got in that vise. (Not that I know anything about that. I take all things in moderation, including moderation.)The same is true with insulation. Below we’ll take a look at what happens as you keep increasing the R-value in a wall. If you just want to understand the concept of diminishing returns, you can skip ahead to the text below the graph. For the building science geeks out there, though, I need to tell how I generated the numbers for the graphs. For the other example I used Atlanta, which has 3,000 HDD. For all of the graphs, I divided the result of the calculation by 1 million and plotted MMBTU (million BTU) instead of having all those unwieldy zeroes on the axis.OK, now we’ve got those details out of the way. Let’s see what it means. So, what’s the answer?How far you should go depends on all those variables above, including your goals. If you want to build a net-zero-energy home, you’ll go further than someone who wants only comfort and reasonably low energy bills, who will go further than someone who wants the lowest upfront cost.Some people look at the graphs above, especially the second one, and conclude that it’s silly to go beyond the first few steps since you’ve already gotten most of the reduction you’re going to get. That is a mistake. First of all, you have to make sure you’re choosing the correct point for comparison. The first two graphs use a starting point of an uninsulated wall.If you’re designing for new construction, you have to choose a starting point that is at least at the level required by your local code. As you can see in my R-13 and R-19 examples, the returns don’t diminish nearly as quickly when you start higher. That may sound odd, but it’s true. That doesn’t mean all those higher levels of insulation are cost-effective, though. You’ve got to do the calculations to find where your optimum is.The bottom line is that although you can certainly put R-40 insulation under your slab or R-80 insulation in your walls, it may not be the smartest thing to do. Take a look at the bigger picture and see whether you might be better served by reducing the size of the home, finding ways to save on water heating, appliances, and plug loads, or investing in photovoltaics. Whether you’re trying to reduce power plant emissions or just save money, at a certain point, it becomes wiser to stop with the insulation and spend your money on the stuff that, dollar for dollar, will yield better results. If you’re building a house and want to have a really good building enclosure, you need it to be airtight, handle moisture properly, and have a good amount of insulation. Ideally, you’d also consider the effects of solar radiation on the home, but for now let’s just focus on the insulation. What exactly is “a good amount” anyway? From this we can draw our first conclusion:Important Lesson: Adding any insulation to uninsulated homes can save more energy than adding more insulation to already-insulated homes.Where the curve is more vertical is where most of the action occurs. Once it starts flattening out, you get less and less from more and more. That’s what is meant by the term “diminishing returns.”In fact, this whole exercise harkens back to my “Flat or Lumpy?” article, in which I wrote about the importance of not missing areas that need to be insulated and getting a uniform coverage. My friend Mike MacFarland helped make this connection for me last night when he texted, “This is why it’s so critically important to use building performance equipment to locate and fix all of those areas in homes where the vertical part of the graph exists.” Indeed!last_img read more

Hey IoT devs: Deadline is looming for that Bluetooth innovation award

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Bluetooth#Bluetooth SIG#developers#Imagine Blue Awards#Internet of Things#IoT Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces See also: Bluetooth and IoT — winning over developers with new features“Last year’s winners – an advanced Bluetooth beacon used to improve food safety and a smart flood sensor designed to alleviate natural disaster fallouts – prove that the power of Bluetooth is only limited by the imagination. The applications we’ve received so far this year demonstrate the amazing scope of the tech, highlighting the technology’s ability to inspire creators to build the next generation of technology that will transform our day-to-day lives,” said Katy Scheck, Director of Marketing, Bluetooth SIG. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img There are two categories participants can enter: Prototype and student.For the prototype categoryThe Prototype category is for businesses and individuals that have a working prototype. Entries can’t be products that have already come to market, or will come to market prior to the end of the contest in March, 2017.Finalists in this category will have their prototype showcased in the SIG’s booth at Bluetooth World. The conference takes place March 28-29, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA.There, they will have the opportunity to present their prototype to a judging panel that will review their creation, selecting a winner at the end of the conference.Winners receive $10,000 to help them bring their product to market and encourage continued innovation.For the student categoryThis category is open to currently enrolled high school, college, or postgraduate students. A prototype is encouraged, but not required. Like the prototype category, participants will need to create a 1-2 minute video describing their creation. They’ll need to explain how it works, and showcase why it is better with Bluetooth.Participants will also need to provide a headshot, photos or renderings of the product, and a letter of recommendation from their teacher or professor.Student finalists will have a blog entry written about them on The winning student receiving a cash award of $5,000.All online entries must be completed by December 13, 2016. All prototype and physical entries must be in their hands by 16 December 2016. Follow the Puck Ryan Matthew Pierson We know it’s holiday time…but innovators working on creations in the IoT space using Bluetooth technology need to submit their idea and/or prototype for consideration for the Imagine Blue Awards by December 13.This awards program is run by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Competitors will compete for cash prizes between $5,000 and $10,000, with a purpose of inspiring and drivng innovation using Bluetooth technology.last_img read more

Congress MLAs lie down outside Assam Assembly over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, NRC

first_imgThe Winter session of the Assam Assembly began on a stormy note on Thursday with MLAs of the opposition Congress protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the State government’s bid to reject the final NRC, lying down outside the House after being prevented from pressing for acceptance of their adjournment motion.As soon as the House assembled for the session, opposition Congress and AIUDF sought to raise the two contentious issues through an adjournment motion after oaths were administered to four newly-elected MLAs.When the Speaker did not allow it and asked them to raise the issues after the Question Hour, members of the two parties went to the well of the House, shouting slogans and displaying placards.Later, they staged a walkout from the House.The Congress MLAs then assembled at the entrance of the House and lay down on the verandah, shouting slogans against the BJP-led government in the State.The House continued normally without the presence of the opposition MLAs.last_img read more

ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India

first_imgPakistan cricket star Shoaib Malik said he was happy with the security arrangements made for his team in India.”I would like to thank the Indian government, security is very good,” Malik was quoted as saying by news agency ANI on the eve of Pakistan’s ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game against Sri Lanka in Kolkata.Malik also said he had visited India frequently after his marriage to tennis star Sania Mirza and that he never faced any issues with the security.  He said he received a lot of love from the people whenever he had visited the country. (World T20: Madness in Kolkata ahead of Pakistan’s arrival, says Ganguly) “My wife is from India. I come to India a lot, I never had any security issues.”I am very happy to be in India, I always get a lot of love. I am honoured to be in India,” Malik said. (Also read: Pakistan didn’t need written assurance after Rajnath Singh’s statement: Shaharyar Khan)The Pakistan men’s cricket team arrived in Kolkata last night after high drama over the last few days to play in the showdown event.With elite commandos, Rapid Action Force personnel and crack teams from the city and state police putting up several layers of security, the Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan squad reached the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.Malik admitted that his team was lacking the firepower to win big matches against top teams.Pakistan were knocked out of Asia Cup T20 after a humiliating defeatagainst hosts Bangladesh. They were bowled out for 83 against Indiaafter Hardik Pandya took three wickets. Virat Kohli & Co. chased the total with a little less than five overs to spare. Questions were asked about the team’s batting failure and skipper Afridi’s place in theteam.advertisementThe management decided to drop out-of-form Khurram Manzoorfor the World T20 and replaced him with opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad. Hoever, Malik is hopeful of an improved show from Pakistan at World T20 in India.”Yes, we are little bit behind if you talk about T20Is and little bit of ODIs as well. We are working, we need to improve our skills in batting and techniques. Soon we will be back on track,” he said.”This is a great opportunity for us to perform well and bring Pakistan where the rest of the world is. It’s a new tournament; we are here to give our best,” Malik said.Meanwhile, the Pakistan skipper Afridi said he had always got love from fans in India. The dashing batsman said he enjoyed playing cricket in front of huge crowds in India.”There are very less nations where I’ve enjoyed cricket as much as I’ve enjoyed cricket in India,” Afridi said.Afridi said his team was wary of the in-form Indian team.”India are playing very good cricket. If you look at last game against us in Asia cup, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh did really well,” he said.last_img read more