La Salle takes life out of UE for 12th straight win

first_imgBREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle continued to meet expectations as it toyed with woeful University of the East, 95-66, for its 12th straight win in the UAAP Season 79 seniors’ basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.This season’s title favorites upped its record to 12-0 while the Red Warriors slipped to 2-9 and bowed out of the Final 4 race.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chot Reyes eyes European reinforcement for Gilas Jason Perkins and Abu Tratter also did their work underneath finishing with 12 and 13 boards, respectively.Alvin Pasaol was the lone bright spot for UE as he finished with 17 points and grabbed five rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise MOST READ Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo was proud to see the development of his players, from pure scorers to all-around players.“Puro star player to, puro to offensive player, puro to tirador,” said Ayo. “Ngayon nagiging well-rounded na, because it’s not all about scoring, they’re doing the little things.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentLa Salle grabbed a preposterous 71 rebounds including 34 offensive boards which equaled UE’s total efforts and led to 30 second-chance points.Ben Mbala once again showed the way for the Green Archers finishing with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks while Jeron Teng added 20 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capaslast_img read more

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Developing and Promoting Ecotourism in Guyana

first_imgWhat comes to mind when you think of tourism? I bet you visualized blue waters, white sandy beaches massaging your feet, palm trees, and massive hotels towering towards the sky. What if I told you there’s scenery even more breathtaking? Think about connecting with nature, cooling down under a soothing waterfall, a walk in the forest canopy or just some time to connect with nature, watching in amazement as the lush rainforest comes alive. These are just a few elements to Eco-tourism.A term being used more and more these days, we are hearing it being mentioned on TV and in conversations; reading about it in the newspapers and even on social media. But what really does ‘eco-tourism’ mean and more importantly, why is it so important for Guyana’s development?Eco-tourism and a Green StateThe term ‘Eco-tourism’ is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people and involves interpretation and education” (The International Ecotourism Society, 2015). Therefore, it does not only enable for the protection and conservation of our natural resources, but it also creates jobs and training for local people, especially in the indigenous communities. It is noteworthy to mention that ecotourism includes education for both the persons working within this field and the tourists. People are able to connect to nature while developing an understanding and appreciation for the local culture. Additionally, this form of tourism allows persons to move away from our traditional means of earning an income by diversifying Guyana’s economy.In fact, Guyana is in the process of becoming more environmentally conscious and the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) will guide this transition. Developing and promoting eco-tourism as one our main economic activities directly ties into more than one of the GSDS principles, particularly, Well-being, Education and Good Life, Sustainable use of Biodiversity and Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Finances and Investment.Currently, in Guyana…Many indigenous persons are already being trained and are working in this field. Let’s take as an example, the Iwokrama International Center. It is one of the main eco-tourism destinations in Guyana which allows tourists to experience the serenity of the country’s rainforest. The visitors, who stay at the Iwokrama River Lodge, are able to enjoy the scenery through hikes, camping activities and water sports. Most of the persons employed at the center are the local indigenous people, who are trained to accomplish the jobs they are hired for. It is noteworthy to mention that the Center also allocated areas for sustainable logging, forest management training and research, encouraging a variety of job opportunities for the locals.Through eco-tourism, indigenous communities are able to be more economically independent. Many of these communities in Guyana are developing their capacities to come on board this journey. For example, Surama Eco-Lodge is a community-based ecotourism which allows visitors to experience nature and the indigenous culture. The project is managed by the local people who also make up the entire staff body. Locals make use of their natural and traditional culture to develop an ecotourism experience for tourists to enjoy. There is even a two-week jungle survival course that guests can take part in. In addition, the lodge is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and the entire operation relies on solar energy.Traveling to Guyana is an experience like no other, many tourists flock Kaieteur National Park, Shell Beach, and Arrow Point Nature Resort.Approaching with CautionIndeed, Guyana is already benefiting from ecotourism, and we should continue developing this sector. However, if areas are not properly managed, it can have a significant effect on wildlife and can lead to environmental degradation The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorizes ecotourism lodges particularly those that are in sensitive areas and/or have ten or more rooms to be cautious, since it is likely that a large number of visitors would result in environmental impacts. If this happens, it defeats the purpose of promoting ecotourism, as the conservation aspect, which is a crucial part of it, will be removed. Further, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) is working with Swiss contact to strengthen the capacities of leaders in the travel and tourism sector to move towards a demand-based approach to guide tourism product and infrastructure development.If you wish to know more about the state and trends of Land Resources in Guyana, you can download the State of the Environment Report 2016 from the EPA’s website, www.epaguyana.orglast_img read more

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Hamilton rules Bottas to clinch Spanish GP

first_imgIt was his third win this year, the 76th of his career and his fourth in Spain following victories in 2014, 2017 and 2018.Responding to being outpaced by Bottas in qualifying, Hamilton came home 4.074 seconds ahead of the Finn who was second ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc.Pierre Gasly was a solid sixth in the second Red Bull ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas, home hero Carlos Sainz of McLaren, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean in the second Haas.It was the 16th time that Hamilton won a Grand Prix after leading every lap of the race.Hamilton’s triumph hoisted him back to the top of the standings with 112 points, including one for fastest lap, ahead of Bottas on 105.“I have to put it down to this incredible team,” said Hamilton. “This is history in the making to have five 1-2’s. I am very proud of that!“It’s definitely been a bit of a hard first four races. Naturally we have a great car, but we don’t always get along. I’m grateful in the race that we managed to settle our differences.”Bottas said: “I lost it there, at the start. The clutch was strange – bite and release, bite and release. I’ve never had that before.”– steely –Verstappen said: “It was a hectic first corner – I just backed out of it and it gave me a good position. From there, the Mercedes were just too quick today.”Hamilton made a near-perfect start to draw level with pole-man Bottas and seize the initiative as they began the long run to Turn One.This left Bottas to respond, but he had to defend against an attack on his left from Vettel down the third-longest straight on the F1 calendar. Hamilton’s surge gave him the inside line while Vettel locked up as he attempted to pass Bottas and swerved left to avoid a collision.Bottas had to move quickly too as Leclerc cut in from the right, the Ferraris narrowly missing each other as the order settled in Turn Two. Verstappen, taking his chance to pass the flat-spotted Vettel, then swept up to third.Almost invisibly, Hamilton then began to pull clear. From 1.7 seconds after three, his lead was 2.2 in six and three seconds by lap 10. Bottas could not match his thrust through traffic and by lap 20, when Vettel pitted, the champion was clear by seven seconds.In that time, on lap 12, Ferrari told Vettel to let Lerclerc pass him for fourth, the Monegasque moving up to third when Verstappen pitted on lap 23. By the time Hamilton had been in and out after lap 27, the order resumed: Hamilton ahead of Bottas by eight seconds with Verstappen, Leclerc and Vettel chasing.Notably, both Ferrari stops took 4.4 seconds while the Mercedes men were stationary for 2.8 and 2.6 respectively.Clearly keen to quell Bottas’ bid for another win, Hamilton was in steely mood. “Keep me updated, man,” he asked his engineer Pete Bonnington.With 20 laps to go, Bottas pitted for softs as Lance Stroll collided with British rookie Lando Norris, prompting a Safety Car intervention that gifted Hamilton, with a blistered right rear, and Leclerc ‘cheap’ stops for softs to reach the finish.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hamilton wins in Spain © AFP / Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, May 12 – Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday to replace his team-mate as world championship leader as Mercedes’ extended their record start to the season with a fifth 1-2 finish.The defending five-time world champion seized the initiative at the start in Barcelona and led from lights to flag with a consummate demonstration of his speed and race-craft at the Circuit de Catalunya.last_img read more

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All Black great Dan Carter no drugs cheat: agent

first_img0Shares0000L’Equipe reported that Dan Carter (R) and Joe Rokocoko tested positive for steroids after their club Racing 92 beat Toulon © AFP/File / Gaizka Iroz, Remy GabaldaWellington, New Zealand, Oct 7 – Dan Carter’s French club Racing 92 insisted Friday that the All Blacks legend had been “authorised” to receive a cortisone injection before the Top 14 final.Racing spoke out after a French report that Carter, fellow former New Zealand international Joe Rokocoko and Argentinian team-mate Juan Imhoff had tested positive for the anti-inflammatory drug. Paris-based sports daily L’Equipe reported Thursday that the high profile trio had failed a drug test after Racing 92 beat Toulon in the French Top 14 final in Barcelona in June.The doping control was carried out by French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), according to the paper.Racing were at pains to dispel any notion of wrongdoing.“It was treatment administered in an authorised manner, given in response to a proven condition several days before the Top 14 final and not requiring a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption),” Racing 92 declared in a statement.“All the medical procedures on the players reported by the media were carried out in total respect of the national and international anti-doping rules,” the statement continued.Racing 92’s Argentinian winger Juan Imhoff has tested positive for steroids in a spot test © AFP/File / Franck Fife“All the medical protocols (were) clear” and there had been “complete transparency”, assured the club.Earlier Carter’s management company, Essentially Group, which also represents Rokocoko, said they were “relaxed” about the situation because Racing’s club doctor had filled in all the required documents.Simon Porter, an Auckland-based player agent with the group, said: “We were reassured that there was nothing to worry about, that there was no wrongdoing, that there was no case to answer for,” he told TVNZ. “It’s just a therapeutic use, cortisone is a common drug used to treat pain and inflammation.”Carter, widely regarded as the best fly-half ever, is world rugby’s highest paid star after moving to France following a glittering career with the All Blacks.– Calf injury –The 34-year-old earned 112 caps and won two World Cups with the New Zealanders, racking up a record 1,598 Test points.He is idolised in New Zealand on a level comparable with David Beckham in Britain or Michael Jordan in the United States. Any drug taint would be a major blow for rugby in New Zealand, which is already reeling from a series of scandals.Racing 92’s New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter has failed a drugs test following France’s Top 14 rugby union final © AFP/File / Franck FifePorter added that the players had been “blindsided” by the news being leaked.“The boys had been told that they had nothing to worry about. They’re not enjoying the attention but they’re pretty relaxed about it all because they’re confident that everything is in order and everything is fine,” he said.Carter was recovering from a calf injury ahead of the Top 14 final, while Rokocoko — a winger who represented New Zealand in 68 Tests — had a knee problem.Corticosteroids are generally used to reduce inflammation.L’Equipe said that once alerted by the AFLD, the French Rugby Federation had 40 days to investigate the trio, who all played major roles in Racing’s upset win over Toulon.If the probe failed to find a medical reason for the corticosteroid use, then they could face disciplinary action.The federation has not yet commented on the report.It comes a day after All Black scrum-half Aaron Smith admitted a recent toilet tryst with a mystery woman at a busy airport in Christchurch was a “huge mistake”.Coach Steve Hansen said the 54-Test veteran breached team standards and sent him home from South Africa where the All Blacks play the Springboks this weekend in Durban.It continues what has been called “the season from hell” for rugby in New Zealand, where image of the nation’s number one sport has been battered by off-field controversy.New Zealand Rugby faced criticism from women’s groups last month over its handling of a stripper’s allegations that Chiefs players sexually assaulted her during a team night out.And last week, the organisation made a clumsy U-turn after initially standing by promising teenager Losi Filipo over a vicious street attack on four people, including two women, in Wellington.Filipo’s contract was eventually terminated after a massive public backlash.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal defender says he has no relationship with Arsene Wenger and wants out

first_img1 Mathieu Debuchy in action for Arsenal Mathieu Debuchy has confirmed that he wants to leave Arsenal for good this January.The 31-year-old has endured an injury-ravaged spell at the Emirates since arriving from Newcastle in a £12m deal in July 2014.In the two-and-a-half years since he joined, Debuchy has started just 13 Premier League games and was sent out on loan to Bordeaux last season.The emergence of Hector Bellerin has further dented his chances of establishing himself as a first-team regular at the club and another loan move in the New Year has been suggested.But he has now revealed that he would prefer a permanent switch. He told L’Equipe: “I want a new challenge. I miss not having that excitement and the adrenaline.“I would prefer a straight transfer but I am only an employee. If the club says no to me, what can I do?”Debuchy, who is currently out with a hamstring injury having played just 16 minutes of first-team football all season, also revealed that his relationship with Arsene Wenger has deteriorated.He added: “Before my loan to Bordeaux, I was often in his office. But now, I have not felt the need to, I do not want to… We greet each other, we say hello, nothing more.”However, the defender did reveal that he will not move just anywhere – and has already turned down interest from Turkey.He said: “You have to see what presents itself. I have a family, four children, that comes under consideration. And that is why, for example, I have not followed up some contacts in Turkey.”last_img read more

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The Rovers Hour 31/05/2019: Dundalk 4 Sligo Rovers 0

first_imgListen back to Ocean FM’s coverage of Sligo Rovers trip to Oriel Park last Friday night to play champions and current SSE Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Dundalk.Commentary from Keith O’Dwyer and former Dundalk and Sunderland footballer Mark Rossiter: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat The Rovers Hour 31/05/2019: Dundalk 4 Sligo Rovers 0 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. To contact the programme, email sport@oceanfm.ie.last_img read more

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DD Motoring: Remembering Michael Gallen, the last of the Donegal Railway drivers

first_imgA smart Windsor knot, a warm smile, a friendly wave and a gentle deep voice. That’s how many will remember one of the last of the Donegal Railway drivers, Michael Gallen, also known as ‘Mick’, who sadly passed away last week.Time Travel Advertisement This week, the Ulster Transport museum was buzzing with the arrival of Tim Peake’s Space capsule which landed in the main hall in the transport museum near Belfast.Sitting quietly in the background not far away is the hand-painted cream over red time capsule from another era that reminds us of travel of a different type in Donegal.Tim Pikes Space Capsule at the Ulster Transport Museum this week in Belfast parked just across from a CDR Donegal Railcar used by driver like the Late Mick Gallen who passed away this week.It may be 60 years since the last railway network operated in Co. Donegal but this week with the passing of Mick Gallen (96) the times and memories came steaming back up the line as Donegal bid farewell to one of the last railway drivers.Mick drove a railcar for the CDR (County Donegal Railway) maybe even the one sitting beside Tim Peake’s Space Capsule in the Ulster Transport Museum. Advertisement While the space capsule tells the story of journeys to and from the International  Space  Station. Our CDR railcar was more likely to tell the story of time travel to Strabane Station, or some other station in Donegal where the train went.RailcarsRailcars were basically a modified bus on rails. The first of them came into operation as early as the 1920’s and typically were purchased second hand as an engine and chassis costing around £50 at the time.Then the CDR  brought them to Lifford where a bus body was made by coach builders Doherty’s capable of carrying 40 passengers costing around £250 plus another £100 for wheels and strengthen which had an outlay of around £400.It was estimated that these railcars could save up to £600 per year in running costs compared to a steam-powered train.A picture at the closing of the railway in Donegal at the Platform in Letterkenny which includes Mick Gallen on the left when the railway in Donegal finally closed.While Lough Swilly Railway had giving up on the transport of passengers by rail in favour of buses on the road the CDR were trying everything to try and keep the passenger numbers online with these railcars. Mick Gallen worked mostly on the  Strabane to Letterkenny line travelling through Lifford Ballindrat, Raphoe, and Convoy on the way into Letterkenny.As a child, Brendan Delap. who lived in the Lough Swilly railway Station House in Letterkenny, recalls going into the CDR station next door when he would see Mick Gallen arriving at the platform in his railcar and would go down the line for a spin to the turntable where Mick would turn the railcar around and then back it up to the platform so it would be ready for to go in the morning.SpecialsMick also headed to the seaside on the railcar on ‘specials’ or excursions as they were then called to Rossnowlagh in the summer then on to Ballyshannon where the line ended and drivers and conductors would head down to Dorrian’s Hotel for their tea before heading back to take the day trippers home on packed railcars in the evening. Fresh hopesThere was always talk about the CDR closing the railway but even so you would know listening to Mick Gallen talking  about them years on the line he was very proud to work on the railway and even though the machinery was getting very tired he always tried to keep the railcar he was driving well presented just like the way he presented himself.Mick Gallen at the controls of the train at Oatfield House.New trackIn the late 1950s, a section of track from Ballindrat to Lifford was renewed. Mick recalled that the work was that good that the normal clicking of the wheels from a length of track to track was so even you could hardly hear anything only the sound of the cylinder Gardiner Engine.The work on the track looked to signal that possibly the Strabane to Letterkenny line was going to be kept in operation but within a year of the new track going down all of the Donegal, railways were closed.The Late Mick Gallen pictured with Gerry Robinson when he call over to Oakfield House to look at the railway set up in the park.The last day of 1959 seen the rail network in Donegal closing with the CDR moving their freight and passengers to road transport.Mick Gallen moved from driving a railcar to a bus on the road and mostly travelled the same route as he did in the rail car from Letterkenny to Strabane going through Glenmaquinn, Convoy, Raphoe, Ballindrat, Lifford and Strabane.Mister-banFriday was a big day for shopping in Strabane with the markets on. When we were wanes and couldn’t pronounce Strabane we called it Mister-ban or the ”Ister-ban bus“ and most time it was Mick Gallen who was the driver of this bus as we smuggled our shopping back over the border to Donegal.The RoyalStudents who received their second level education at The Raphoe Royal Prior and Comprehensive travelled from Letterkenny and Convoy would remember the friendly welcome Mick Gallen would greet them with every morning and afternoon over the many decades he drove the bus for the CDR which was then taken over by CIE.Parked up the busThen 31 years ago on May 8, 1988 Mick drove his bus into Letterkenny Platform for the last time when he finally retired from the service.That familiar smile at the wheel of his bus Mick Gallen pictured on his last day in 1988 when he retired from the bus service pictured arriving into Letterkenny Bus Station for the last Time.Gallen’sIf you lived in Glencar or went to St. Eunans College, Gallen’s shop was a big part of your life. That’s where I first met Mick Gallen behind the counter giving a hand serving in the family shop.“How’s young McDaid” would be typical of a greeting from this gentleman. He would be the one you would hope would appear through the multicoloured privacy blinds that divided the shop from the family home, especially on the days that you were sent to the shop without any money hoping  to get the messages on “tick” to the end of the week when the bill would be squared up.Mick Gallen, behind the wheel of a bus, railcar, or behind the counter in a shop, gave young people, some of whom lived in difficult times, a great encouragement to believe in themselves and had the quality of being prepared to treat a person young or old as an equal.Mick Gallen will be sadly missed by his family and friends that had the pleasure of knowing him over his long lifetime.May he Rest In PeaceDD Motoring: Remembering Michael Gallen, the last of the Donegal Railway drivers was last modified: February 21st, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaiddd motoringDonegal railwaysRailcarslast_img read more

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Kristina Mladenovic sets up St Petersburg final vs Petra Kvitova

first_imgDefending champion Kristina Mladenovic fought hard to defeat Russia’s Daria Kasatkina and set up a title clash with Petra Kvitova at the St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy on Saturday.Mladenovic, who won 3-6 6-3 6-2, fired four aces and 35 winners but also made 51 unforced errors in a match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes. She will play in her first WTA final since the Madrid Open in May.Double Wimbledon champion Kvitova produced a gritty performance to oust fifth-seeded German Julia Goerges 7-5 4-6 6-2 at the Sibur Arena.Mladenovic did not enjoy the best of starts, committing 25 unforced errors in the first set to allow 20-year-old Kasatkina to take the early advantage.However, world number 10 Mladenovic composed herself and switched gears in the second set to draw level. She sealed three breaks to take control in the decider before clinching the contest on her fourth match point.”What a match. I want to give credit to Daria, she played amazing, physically especially,” Mladenovic said.”There were lots of rallies, very long points and lots of variation. It was a mental battle out there for both of us… It’s a very big reward for me, for the work I put in. I just feel at home here,” she added.Kvitova overcame a mid-match blip but sealed the victory in a little over two hours on the back of 30 winners and 11 aces. Kvitova last played in a final in June when she won the title in Birmingham.”It feels great. I never thought I’d be in the final coming into this tournament… maybe I’m on a good way,” Kvitova said.advertisement(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar gifts bat to Arjun’s roommate ahead of India Under-19 tour

first_imgTwo Mumbai boys with completely contrasting backgrounds will board a flight to Sri Lanka this month. For both the boys, this will be their biggest cricket tour so far in their young careers.Eighteen-year-old Arjun Tendulkar, selected for the two four-day matches will be fly out first in anticipation of his India under-19 debut. Following him will be another Mumbai lad, 17-year-old batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal, picked for the five one day games to follow.Part of Arjun’s preparations involved bowling to Virat Kohli in the India nets in England this month. For Yashasvi, who often went to sleep on an empty stomach, this tour means the world.Incidentally, in the preparatory NCA camp in Bangalore for this trip, Arjun and Yashasvi were roommates. Yashasvi calls Arjun ‘great company ‘and swears by his advise to ‘improve fitness’. Yashasvi had one request of his roommate Arjun – a meeting with his father before the tour. Immediately after the camp was over, a meeting with the great man at his Bandra mansion followed.Also read – Ravi Shastri’s ‘words of wisdom’ for Arjun Tendulkar in England”It was my dream which came true. I got a bit nervous. I could not believe it was him. I asked him as many questions as I could about my game and he explained with examples. He told me how I could change my thoughts in different situations,” Yashasvi told India Today of his hour-long meeting with Sachin Tendulkar.Yashasvi says he was so focused on not missing out on asking all the questions that he forgot to take a picture with his idol altogether.advertisementTendulkar gifted Yashasvi a bat with a signed message, “Dear Yashasvi, Enjoy the journey and always give your best.” Although he may want to preserve the gift for inspiration, it’s a non option as the legend has advised him to use it for his first India age group challenge.Also read – The Tendulkars’ cricket journey: Different cricketers, different shades Sachin Tendulkar gifted a signed bat to Yashasvi Jaiswal. (Mangesh Ambre Photo)”Sachin Sir has told me it will be better for you if you play with this bat. So I will play with it and try to score big,” he says.A prolific scorer and regular member in Mumbai age group teams, Yashasvi has been rewarded with an India cap for scoring close to 500 runs in Cooch Behar trophy.Having come to Mumbai from rural Uttar Pradesh as a eleven year old and lived the struggle, he desperately wants to make this one count.Also read – Sachin Tendulkar ecstatic after son Arjun’s India U-19 selection”I have done all sorts of odd jobs from scoring, umpiring, getting back lost balls during matches to make some money to eat. Sometimes when I found balls after matches were over, I would sell them to earn money.In corporate matches, an incentive to become man of the match was to get some 200 300 rupees. That would help survive a few days. Besides lunch would be free,” he says.”In evening between 8-9, I would work in a pani puri shop. The problem was sometimes friends who I played cricket with would come over. I would run away if I saw a friend coming from a distance. The pani puri uncle would get angry but I would tell him, I can do anything but not serve to my friends. It’s funny when I look back now,” he grins.Also read – This is just the beginning, says Arjun Tendulkar’s bowling coach”The biggest problem was sleep and going to toilet in the night. There was no light or toilet in the tent I lived in and the toilet was half a km away. If there was an emergency, I would go somewhere nearby. There was one Zulfiqar chacha who would scold me and ask me to go to the toilet and I would tell him, it is closed,” he recalls.”The turning point came when I met Jwala Sir. He gave me home to live in and training and kits. If I hadn’t met him, I would not be a cricketer,” he says.Jwala Singh who now runs a cricket academy has lived Yashasvi’s struggles in his younger days. “I met Yashasvi in a chance encounter when I went to Azad Maidan for my academy work. After hearing about his struggles, I could relate to his story as I too had come from Gorakhpur with little money to become a cricketer. For someone like him, this u19 opportunity is about survival,” he tells India Today.advertisementAlso read – Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun selected to play for India Under-19When Yashasvi learnt of his India selection, he was so consumed by emotion that he could not sleep. “There is no way I would get any sleep that night. I was in Una for a camp. I kept talking with my mother and bhabhi all night. My room mate had to bear with me,” he says.Having done the hard yards, what is the first thing he would want to do now if he made some money? “I don’t know, Jwala Sir will decide. But yes, one thing I want to do is to give Muslim United club (where he spent his initial days in Mumbai) a good tent and do something for the people around Cross maidan who have so many problems during rains,” he says.Does he not think of buying a good house and car? “Yeh khayal to abhi aate bhi nahi (These thoughts don’t come to mind yet),” he says.last_img read more

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