And we’re off…

first_img…for elections??In the long-running cartoon, “Peanuts”, one of the staple memes was Lucy inviting Charlie Brown to kick a football she’s holding on the ground. But as soon as he’s about to, she cruelly pulls the ball away and he lands on his behind. And no matter how many times she goes back on her word, Charlie chooses to engage in the same behaviour once Lucy promises she won’t renege on her word. He, of course, pays the same price, over and over.The point of it all is Charlie considers Lucy a friend…but she never was and never will be. She always places her interest above everyone else’s: she’s all about Lucy! Charlie is actually an “enabler” of Lucy’s cruel behaviour. He goes back again and again hoping things will be different, but deep in his heart, knows it won’t be. Unless he quits believing her, he’ll continue to be tormented. And this is where we arrive at David Granger’s apparent volte face to issue a proclamation for elections to be held on March 2, 2020.Your Eyewitness was one of those who thought Granger was on the up and up when he came into office in 2015. He referred to himself affectionately as “Pressie” and confessed as to how he had a soft spot for the avuncular looking “officer and a gentleman”. But your Eyewitness isn’t Charlie Brown and after a while, he answered the question posed by Bob Dylan: “How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?” For him, the answer, dear reader, wasn’t blowin’ in the wind.It was there staring at him in the face: Granger wasn’t any friend of Guyana or the Guyanese people. He only cared about fulfilling the legacy of his hero Burnham – even though that was a legacy that spelled the doom of all that we hold dear. There was the humungous salary raise, the Jubilee scam, the stiffing of the AFC, the racial selectivity in governmental hiring and the vindictive closure of 4 sugar estates. But even those all turned a whiter shade of pale in comparison to what he did to our Constitution over the last year.For pelf and power, he has degutted the one institution around which we stood a chance of constructing a “Guyanese identity” based on equality of treatment on the substantive rights of our Constitution. How can we trust Granger when he could deny the validly passed NCM through that ridiculous claim that 33 wasn’t the “majority” of 65!!?? Or that the CCJ didn’t meant that elections should’ve been held by Sept 18??Your Eyewitness won’t be an enabler of Granger’s perfidy!…on the voters’ list??Now, for the holding of elections, we must first have an “Official List of Elector” (OLE), no? Well, the GECOM Boss Lady said she’ll have such a list by end Feb 2020, and seemingly on that basis, Granger issued his March 2 date. But like we pointed out above, nothing’s ever straight when the PNC’s involved. One of the “crooked” possibilities, intriguingly, was pointed out by the Chronic: “AG urges swift hearing on challenge to non-residents on voters’ list”.Remember that?? Nah…you thought with Granger’s proclamation, all obstacles were gone!! Well, they’re not. The Chief Justice, of course, has ruled that there weren’t any residency requirements for Guyanese citizens to vote. Once you’re on the OLE, you can exercise your franchise. GECOM just rescinded an order that would’ve effectuated the resident requirement. But that doesn’t mean anything, does it??The AG’s claim, after all, will be before the Appellate Court – where two of the three justices agreed with the AG that 33 wasn’t the majority of 65!!Lightning can strike twice!!…the floodsIf you needed confirmation of climate change precipitated by global warming, just visit the sea wall around high tide. The Dutch built those walls (mud dams in the beginning) hundreds of years ago.Never were they “overtopped” like this!!last_img read more

Ronaldo hat-trick leads Real 8-2 rout of Depor

first_imgRonaldo opened the scoring with a fantastic header from Alvaro Arbeloa’s cross, but the Portuguese was upstaged by James Rodriguez and the Colombian doubled the visitors’ advantage with a sumptuous left-footed effort that curled into the top corner.A goalkeeping howler from German Lux then allowed Ronaldo to fire into an empty net to make it 3-0 before the break, but Depor did manage to pull one back when Haris Medunjanin converted from the penalty spot after Sergio Ramos was adjudged to have handled.Gareth Bale struck twice in the final 25 minutes before Ronaldo rounded off his hat-trick to ensure Real bounced back in style after suffering consecutive defeats to Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid in their last two league outings.Toche headed home a late consolation for the hosts, but Javier Hernandez rounded off a fine day for Real when he volleyed home his first two goals for the club since joining on loan from Manchester United.“The game was defined by the skill and quality we have up front and how clinical we were with the chances we had,” said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.“We showed the quality we have. We have a phenomenon in Ronaldo and we have other players with great quality. They combined very well together and that was the best thing we can take from the game.”Depor’s resistence was broken just before the half hour mark as Ronaldo leapt to meet Arbeloa’s cross and directed a fine header into the far corner from 15 yards out.Karim Benzema then forced Lux into another smart save moments later, but there was nothing the Argentine ‘keeper could do nine minutes before half-time when Rodriguez scored his first goal in La Liga with a curling effort that dipped in off the underside of the bar.Lux was badly at fault for Real’s third goal, though, as he raced off his line to close down Benzema and despite bringing down the Frenchman, referee Pedro Jesus Perez Montero allowed play to continue so Ronaldo could double his tally for the afternoon by rolling the ball into an empty net.Deportivo were given a glimmer of hope at the start of the second-half as Ramos was harshly penalised for handball and Medunjanin sent Iker Casillas the wrong way from the penalty spot.However, Real put the game to bed 24 minutes from time when Marcelo played in Bale on the left side of the area and this time he finished via the far post to register his third goal of the season. 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, September 21- Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid equalled their biggest ever away win in La Liga with a 8-2 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday.Real now trail second-placed Atletico Madrid by two points after the champions missed the chance to go top as they were held 2-2 at home by Celta Vigo. – Bale magic –Bale produced another moment of quality to make it 5-1 as he flicked Isco’s through ball over Lux with ease before Ronaldo collected Rodriguez’s pass and powered the ball home with his left foot to complete his hat-trick 12 minutes from time.Deportivo snatched a consolation six minutes from time as Toche headed home, but Real fittingly had the final word as Hernandez made his case for a start at home to Elche in midweek.The Mexican international thumped a volley into the top corner two minutes from time before seeing his next effort loop of a stray Depor defender’s leg and over the hapless Lux.It was a more frustrating night in the capital for Atletico as they were held for the second time in four games this season.The hosts were shocked 19 minutes in when Pablo Hernandez produced a moment of genius to backheel Carles Planas’s cross past Miguel Angel Moya.Diego Simeone’s men had to rely on their efficiency from set-pieces to dig themselves out of trouble as Miranda prodded home Koke’s free-kick before Diego Godin powered home a header from Gabi’s corner to lead before the break.However, Celta were level once more eight minutes into the second-half when Miranda was adjudged to have clipped Planas inside the area and Nolito slammed home the resulting spot-kick.Celta ‘keeper Sergio Alvarez had to make a fine save to deny much-maligned Atletico striker Raul Jimenez, who also had a goal rightly ruled out for offside.And Atletico were foiled by the offside flag again in the last action of the game as Alessio Cerci was denied a fairytale ending to his home debut.“I think the team had enough chances to win the game comfortably,” said Atletico captain Gabi.“We were found wanting with our finishing, but we need to keep working. We are annoyed because you can’t let points slip away at home.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tottenham transfer news: International midfielder on his way? But starlet could quit the club

first_img 4 4 Could Benjamin Stambouli be set to exit White Hart Lane? Click the right arrow for more Tottenham transfer news… – Signed from Montpellier, the 24-year-old offered plenty of promise in midfield following his £4million summer move adding some bite and panache to Tottenham’s team. Sadly, Stambouli found it tough to displace Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in the centre of the pitch and may have to look elsewhere for first-team action next season. He’s revealed he’s keen on remaining in the Premier League and it’s being reported Watford will consider a summer swoop. Nabil Bentaleb – Find out which Sporting Lisbon star could follow Eric Dier to White Hart Lane, next… – The Algerian youngster has come on leaps and bounds since his debut in December 2013 and, while still a little raw, the 20-year-old is beginning to become a real leader amongst the ranks. Bentaleb’s mature performances have alerted a number of Champions League clubs and protracted contract talks are said to be irritating the starlet. Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and fierce rivals Arsenal are all monitoring his situation and the club may want to hasten further discussions on a new deal. A fifth place finish in the Premier League last season proves, despite some disappointing performances, there are reasons to be cheerful at Tottenham.Starlets like Nabil Bentaleb, Eric Dier and Harry Kane are coming to the fore, while Ryan Mason and Danny Rose impress in north London as they progress in north London.Improvements do, though, need to be made to a shaky defence and a midfield which, at times, lacked drive and the ability to get behind rival defences.Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino will be trying his hardest to keep hold of his bright young things, but what’s the latest news? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to go through our gallery… 4 Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) – Click right to find out which Spurs star is keen to stay in north London… – It’s being reported, perhaps a little tenuously, in the Sun, Tottenham could make a move for Portugal midfielder Silva. The 26-year-old is said to be pals with defender Eric Dier and their friendship could facilitate a move. 4 Jan Vertonghen – The Belgian has struggled to match the form of his first Premier League season but continues to be classy operator at the centre of an, at times, bungling defence. Clearly better alongside the spritely Eric Dier rather than the clumsy and ponderous Federico Fazio, Vertonghen has admitted it’s likely, despite rumours to the contrary that he will remain at White Hart Lane.last_img read more

Memo: Officials get extra response

first_imgThe policy only affects routine calls – there’s no difference in the communication chain for priority calls or emergencies, Dunkle said. Sheriff’s response time to emergencies within city limits is within five minutes. “It’s just good business,” he said. “It’s good communication. It’s part of the field sergeant’s job to know what’s going on.” City spokeswoman Gail Ortiz defended the directive. “It’s not special treatment,” she said. “I think all of the residents should be given equal treatment far and away. When anybody who is a constituent out there calls the Sheriff’s Department, they should be treated with excellent customer service.” Ortiz said council members and the city manager often call sheriff’s deputies at the behest of residents to respond to a problem. “The city officials, when they’re calling, they’re representing the community,” she said. “They’re very sensitive that they’re elected officials and they don’t want to use an elephant bullet.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Dunkle said the memo was intended to remind Santa Clarita sheriff’s station staff and dispatchers on these procedures, and was triggered in part by what officials believe was slow response to a recent call from a City Council member complaining about a loud party. The caller, who was not identified, called twice before a deputy showed up, he said. “Our response time to that was particularly bad,” Dunkle said Friday. “It was not bad because that person was on the City Council. It was bad because we think of ourselves as providing a good level of service, and our response times should be in line with whatever the problem is they’re calling about.” Dunkle said dispatching a field sergeant to these calls does not necessarily mean extra manpower – the sergeant can personally respond or just monitor the call. It’s all intended to ensure good service, especially for local leaders. “Of all the people you want to keep happy, especially it’s the people who support you, who buy your services every year, who should be on the top of that list,” he said. SANTA CLARITA – Sheriff’s deputies devote extra care – and follow-up – when responding to routine calls from local city and county officials than from other residents, according to a memo obtained Friday by the Daily News. According to an internal memo dated June 13 and authenticated by sheriff’s Lt. Mike Dunkle, a field sergeant is to be dispatched along with regular units when responding to calls from the city manager’s office/staff, the Santa Clarita City Council, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s staff and government offices. And a watch commander is required to follow up on such calls. “A unit will be dispatched immediately after the information has been obtained from the caller,” the memo said. “In addition to the handling unit, a field sergeant will be dispatched and the watch commander will be notified. “The field sergeant will monitor the unit’s response time and any other activity to ensure that a unit arrives in timely manner.” last_img read more

Leitrim GAA Fixtures March 31-April 2

first_imgBoggaunACLD12GlencarManorhamilton v Melvin Gaels6 30 Luan 2nd Aibrean 2018 VenueGradeRoundFixtureTime GortletteraghACLD12Gortletteragh v Fenagh-St.Caillins6 30 Fixtures 31st Marta -1st Aibrean 2018 Domhnach 1st Aibrean 2018 KiltubridACLD41Kiltubrid v Ballinaglera12 00 AughawillanACLD12Aughawillan v Ballinaglera6 30 Coiste Chontae Liatroma CLG BoggaunACLD22GlencarManorhamilton v Annaduff12 00 Pairc Naomh MhuireACLD12St.Marys v Mohill6 30 DrumreillyACLD22Drumreilly v Kiltubrid6 30 BallinamoreACLD12Ballinamore-SOH v Leitrim Gaels6 30 AughnasheelinACLD12Aughnasheelin v Drumkeerin6 30 DromodACLD22Bornacoola v Dromahair6 30 KinloughACLD22Melvin Gaels v Carrigallen12 00 DrumkeerinACLD31Drumkeerin v St.Marys12 00 BallinamoreACLD22Ballinamore-SOH v Cloone12 00 EslinACLD31Eslin v Gortletteragh12 00 BoggaunACLD32GlencarManorhamilton v Annaduff1 45 DrumshanboACLD22Allen Gaels v Mohill12 00 Satharn 31st Marta 2018 BallinamoreACLD41Ballinamore-SOH v Aughavas2 00last_img read more

South African soccer fans 3

first_imgSouth African fans supporting Bafana Bafana, the national squad, at a match against Equatorial Guinea in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. Bafana Bafana won by four goals to one.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Inside IT: Ultrabooks and Intel’s PC Refresh Cycle

first_imgWe’ve talked in previous podcasts about our plans to deploy Ultrabooks with Microsoft Windows 8 to our employees. Well,  we have now decided to accelerate that deployment. So we decided to look into this acceleration, and the PC refresh cycle in general, with John Mahvi, PC Fleet Manager for Intel IT. Mahvi tells us about the Intel IT’s approach to PC refresh, the need to listen to employees when planning to deploy devices across the enterprise, and the decision to accelerate the deployment of Ultrabooks at Intel. Listen to more now.last_img read more

Indian Scientists Call for Moratorium on New Nuclear Plants

first_imgNEW DELHI—A group of scientists has stirred a controversy within India’s research community last week by calling for a moratorium on new nuclear plants. P. Balaram, a molecular biophysicist and director of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and 60 others last week wrote an open letter to the public, stating: “We strongly believe that India must radically review its nuclear power policy for appropriateness, safety, costs, and public acceptance, and undertake an independent, transparent safety audit of all its nuclear facilities, which involves non-Department of Atomic Energy experts and civil society organisations. Pending the review, there should be a moratorium on all further nuclear activity, and revocation of recent clearances for nuclear projects.” The appeal drew a sharp response from C. N. R. Rao, chair of the prime minister’s scientific advisory council, who called it “irresponsible.” Visibly angry, according to Indian press reports, Rao called instead for a review of nuclear plant safety, adding: “There should be reviews; only foolish people don’t want reviews. A constant review in any sphere is important. … Nobody can avoid a tsunami which is a natural phenomenon; if has to occur, it will.” Balaram told ScienceInsider, that the “Fukushima crisis is a wakeup call. While I am no radical, we can’t be complacent.” A nuclear accident in India, he said, “would have huge consequences,” partly because the population is much larger than in Japan. 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Ramesh feels that “there has been huge drop in public confidence in nuclear energy,” and as a consequence setting up large nuclear energy parks of 10,000 MW capacity, as has been planned, needs a “relook.” Ramesh also suggests that the Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Board needs to be made independent of the nuclear establishment and responsible directly to the parliament.last_img read more

Beak-to-Brain Nerve May Help Birds Navigate

first_imgIn the days before GPS, we needed both a compass and a map to navigate. Migrating birds are no different. Studies have suggested that the animals rely on an internal map and compass to traverse large distances, though just where these senses reside is unclear. Now, scientists say they have the strongest evidence yet that map sense is associated with the beak.Researchers have long suspected that migrating birds navigate by sensing Earth’s magnetic field. The idea was that their beaks, which contain a lot of iron, worked like real magnets, with the metal aligning itself relative to the field. Supposedly, the so-called trigeminal nerve transmitted this information to the brain. But in 2009, a team led by Henrik Mouritsen of the University of Oldenburg in Germany cut the trigeminal nerve in several European robins and found that the animals still oriented perfectly. In lab-based experiments, the birds were able to locate the natural and artificial magnetic north. It seemed that the beak played no role in the compass sense. The finding gave support to another hypothesis, one that suggested that the inner compass was instead a magnetism-sensing chemical reaction in the birds’ eyes.But Mouritsen’s team was still convinced that the beak had to be involved in the magnetosense in some way, and it decided to do another test. In 2010 and 2011, the scientists captured 57 Eurasian reed warblers near Kaliningrad, Russia. Every spring, these birds migrate northeast to their breeding grounds in southern Scandinavia, up to 1000 kilometers away. Once again, the scientists snapped the trigeminal nerve, in half of the birds. But then they also moved all 57 birds 1000 kilometers to the east, where the magnetic field differs from their home site, and released them.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The warblers that had their beak-to-brain connection cut flew northeast, as if they had departed from near Kaliningrad—they had lost their “map sense” and could no longer determine their location. Those with the nerve intact, on the other hand, quickly oriented themselves and turned northwest, toward their breeding grounds, the team reports this week in PLOS ONE. This meant that the beak-to-brain system, which, according to the earlier tests, had no impact on the “compass sense,” did matter for the “map sense” of the birds—if the link was damaged, the birds simply did not know they had been displaced.Experiments implicating the beak in the “map sense” have been done before—for instance, by numbing the trigeminal nerve using a strong magnetic pulse. But this is the first study that that involves both displacing migratory birds long distance and severing the trigeminal nerve, with conclusive results, the scientists say.Co-author Dmitry Kishkinev, now at the University of Guelph in Canada, says that the next step will be to determine where in the beak the magnetoreceptors might be. The endings of the trigeminal nerve are located in several places—in the upper beak, the palate, the nasal cavity, and in a part of the orbit, the cavity where the eyeball is located, so magnetoreceptors could be anywhere in these tissues. “The mystery of the exact location of the magnetoreceptors is not solved yet,” he says.Not everyone is convinced, though. For instance, another group has recently found evidence of tiny iron clumps inside birds’ inner ear, which may or may not be magnetoreceptors. But neurobiologist Gerta Fleissner of Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, who was not involved in the study, still thinks that the paper is “a really nice additional jigsaw piece” to solve the puzzle of the “map sense,” although she adds that more tests are needed.”The so-called ‘final proof’ that the avian beak is housing a map-related magnetic field receptor system requires a lot more experiments, such as direct electrophysiological recordings from these sensory units,” Fleissner says. She suggests putting electrodes on a nerve inside a bird’s beak, close to the place where the possible receptors could be located, and trying to pick up sensory signals from an artificial magnetic field.last_img read more

Yograj blames physio, godman for Yuvi’s state

first_imgCricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh has accused a Delhi based physiotherapist (Jatin Chaudhry) and a godman in Punjab of misleading his son about his illness.Yograj said he sniffed a conspiracy to harm his son, but fortune favoured Yuvraj and he was safe.Speaking to media in Chandigarh, he said that people surrounding Yuvraj were not his well-wishers and they prevented him from going to the US for treatment about six months ago.”The so-called baba (godman) and all those surrounding him did not let him go for treatment six months ago. My son told me he was going to the USA saying he would be alright. Then why were his tickets cancelled?” Yograj wondered.Yograj’s outburst came a few days after he stated that he advised Yuvraj to get a thorough medical check-up done, but he had ignored him. Yograj stated that he had to plead before his son to go to the US for treatment. He added that he did not want to blame anyone.Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj (left); Delhi based physiotherapist Jatin Chaudhry.Yograj who lives separately from wife Shabnam in Chandigarh, said that his son was a victim of conspiracy. “There should be a probe to discover how did his medical reports go missing from the car? Why should anybody steal the reports? Why should a physiotherapist treat somebody like Yuvraj as far as cancer is concerned?” he said.Yograj said that the godman gave Yuvraj a false assurance that everything was alright after the reports were stolen from the car. “And Yuvraj defied everybody, including his father. He defied medical science since baba told him he was alright. Then he went to England and got injured.”advertisementYuvraj’s father alleged that people surrounding him kept on telling that he was under some spell, but everything was alright now.”My son should go to the Golden Temple to thank the almighty and get rid of the people who were set to ruin him,” he said.”My son should now understand that when you fly high, you don’t know what is happening around. I believe that Yuvraj Singh will be strong enough to understand now,” he added. The physiotherapist and godman were not available for comments.last_img read more