Tom Brady already was the GOAT before beating Aaron Rodgers

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Brady threw for 294 yards and one touchdown to lead the New England Patriots to a 31-17 victory over Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.Rodgers had 259 yards passing and two TDs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt wasn’t a vintage performance for either quarterback. Brady tossed six straight incomplete passes at one point, and he couldn’t get the Patriots in the end zone on four tries from the 1 with the score tied in the third quarter. Still, he posted a passer rating of 99.0 on a night when he didn’t have star tight end Rob Gronkowski and leading rusher Sony Michel.BUY: 12: ‘The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption’ by Casey Sherman View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline after his team was stopped on fourth down at the goal line by the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Tom Brady didn’t have to beat Aaron Rodgers in only their second head-to-head matchup to prove he’s the best quarterback of all time.The GOAT did it, anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Rodgers is one of the best to play the game and he may be the “most talented,” but he doesn’t belong in the “greatest of all time” conversation. It’s Brady. Then Joe Montana. Peyton Manning deserves a mention. So does Drew Brees.Brady has eight Super Bowl appearances. He won his third regular-season MVP award last year at age 40 and he has four Super Bowl MVP awards in his trophy case. He’s still at the top of his game at 41, seven years older than Rodgers.Over 19 seasons, Brady has set numerous records and he notched another milestone against the Packers when he surpassed Manning for the most combination passing, rushing and receiving yards in the regular-season and playoffs.So while the Sunday Night Football crew enjoyed hyping the matchup and even got Michael Jordan involved by having the six-time NBA champion record a promo saying “the best way to settle this debate is to play it out head-to-head,” Brady already earned the title way before helping New England (7-2) to its sixth straight win.Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time and he’s still proving it every week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ The game was billed as the most talented QB vs. the most accomplished QB. Some considered that statement a slight against Brady. It’s not. Rodgers is immensely gifted with a strong, accurate arm and scrambling ability. He makes plays with his legs that Brady can’t. He makes throws few players ever could make, whether he’s on the run like the 24-yard pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a third-and-1 late in the third quarter, or if he’s flat-footed, falling down, throwing across his body or heaving desperation passes into the end zone.Brady has a different style. He’s a drop-back passer with underrated pocket mobility, perfect mechanics and he simply outsmarts everyone else on the field. He fooled a pair of defenders with his eyes by looking as if he was throwing a screen pass and instead fired deep for a 55-yard TD pass to Josh Gordon to seal the win.But John Elway and Steve Young also belong in the “most talented” conversation, so it’s not even a slam dunk that title belongs to Rodgers. Michael Vick wasn’t nearly as well-rounded but he could throw a 70-yard touchdown pass with a simple flick of his left wrist or he could sprint 70 yards for a score at any point in a game. He has a case for the “most talented” debate if it’s based purely on physical skills. It won’t be long before Patrick Mahomes has to be considered, too.However, the “greatest of all time” argument ended when Brady rallied the Patriots from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit against the Falcons to win his fifth Super Bowl title on February 5, 2017.“He’s got five championships,” Rodgers said earlier in the week when asked the GOAT question. “I think that ends most discussions.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Quiet Qatar: Few fans, little buzz for gymnastics worldslast_img read more

Your questions for candidates in the federal election

first_imgSo far, we only have two confirmed candidates for this area in the upcoming federal election – Jay Hill, from the Conservative Party, had held this seat since 1993. Following the Conservative Party`s election as Canada`s new government in 2006, he was appointed Chief Government Whip and sworn into the Privy Council of Canada. In January of 2007, Prime Minister Harper promoted Jay to the Ministry as a Secretary of State.- Advertisement -Going up against Jay Hill, Betty Beckering is running for the NDP. The Liberals and the Green Party have not announced candidates in this area, however, Hillary Crowley has been named as a “potential” candidate for the Greens.We’ll be speaking with Jay Hill, Betty Beckering and Hillary Crowley on monday morning’s Issues and Answers – We want your questions for the candidates – what would you like to know? Leave a comment below. With an election on our doorstep, we’ll be covering what it means to this area on Monday Morning’s Issues and Answers on 100.1 Moose FM, and online as a podcast at Energeticcity.ca.last_img

Wilshere out of England World Cup squad

first_img0Shares0000Jack Wilshere hasn’t played for England since a shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.LONDON, United Kingdom, May 16 – Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will not be part of the England squad at this summer’s World Cup, Sky sources understand.Wilshere becomes the second high-profile player understood to be told by manager Gareth Southgate on Tuesday he will not be involved in Russia, with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who spent the season on loan at West Ham, also believed to have been informed he has been omitted. Hart’s City team-mate Fabian Delph is the most likely to take the final midfield spot in Wilshere’s absence.Southgate called Wilshere up to his squad for the recent friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy but injury forced him to pull out.The 26-year-old won the last of his 34 caps in Euro 2016 when England were knocked out by Iceland.But Wilshere made light of his situation after he was offered a trip he simply could not refuse on social Media.An England fan asked the midfielder if he would fancy coming to Zante with “him and the lads” to where Wilshere replied saying “let me know the dates and I’m in”.Swansea defender Alfie Mawson will also not be included in the England World Cup squad after he underwent successful knee surgery on Monday, keeping him out for between six weeks and two months.Southgate names his 23-man World Cup squad on Wednesday.Watch the England squad announcement live on Sky Sports News from 1pm on Wednesday, and follow our blog on our digital platform for updates and reaction.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LETTERKENNY RESIDENTS PROVE CLEANING A COMMUNITY CAN BE FUN

first_imgResidents of Ballaghder/Illistrin just outside Letterkenny have proved that cleaning up your community can be fun.More than 50 residents of the area got stuck into the massive clean-up. And together the group managed to fill a full skip of illegally-dumped rubbish including everything form televisions to nappies was recovered.Among those who led the way was local teacher John Devenney and farmer Joe who controlled the tractor!And it wouldn’t have been all worthwhile but for the party at the end of the day.Who says you can’t haver some good CLEAN fun! LETTERKENNY RESIDENTS PROVE CLEANING A COMMUNITY CAN BE FUN was last modified: April 14th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Ballaghderg/Illistrinclean-uplast_img read more

Will Hardcore Scientism Warm Up to Artificial Religion?

first_imgLive Science reported on a series of papers presented in Washington on the subject of science and religion. One might have expected warfare from the title, “God and Science Collide in Nation’s Capital”; indeed, Robin Lloyd portrayed the usual take-no-prisoners attitude of some scientists: “Scientists hate God. Or find God very disturbing. In fact, modern science has found no evidence of God and so it’s stupid anymore to think God exists.” But then she re-opened the forum with, “The above statements are often presented as conventional wisdom, but are they true?” A booklet was prepared with 13 short essays, sponsored by the Skeptics Society (Michael Shermer) and the John Templeton Foundation. They included essays by William D. Phillips, Michael Novak, Ken Miller, Mary Midgley and Stuart Kauffman. The points of view varied from atheist to Muslim to Methodist. Judging from Lloyd’s report, it appears the group leaned heavily against religion. The following line was presented as the “standard scientific line” – “Science has failed to find natural evidence of God. Natural evidence is all there is. No God. Case closed.” Only slightly softer is the view that science has eliminated the need for God, or that God is a “failed hypothesis.” Some of the essayists pointed out that science does not have all the answers. Some argued that science and religion are not necessarily at odds. And Stuart Kauffman seemed to want to soften the pointlessness of an evolutionary universe:Kauffman, director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics at the University of Calgary, takes a slightly New Age tack, saying we must “heal” the schism between science and religion by “reinventing the sacred” and evolving from a supernatural God to a “new sense of a fully natural God as our chosen symbol for the ceaseless creativity in the natural universe.”With adamant anti-creationists like Michael Shermer and Ken Miller in the forefront, both of whom have fought both creationism and intelligent design for years (while allowing for the possibility of a remote Deity), it is unlikely anyone at the symposium would have had much ear for the likes of a Ken Ham, to say nothing of a Phillip Johnson.Foolishness. This is like a bunch of leopards pretending to be sensitive to their prey, and saying maybe the prey would like them better if they washed off some of their spots or maybe didn’t growl so hard before pouncing. “After all, we’re not the only predators in the jungle,” they say to one another. “Just the coolest, sleekest and best!” Whom does Live Science and Michael Shermer think they are kidding? Live Science never ceases to twist facts to ridicule any idea of God while pushing Darwin inches into miles of storytelling. This party was of Darwin-worshipers, by Darwin-worshipers, and for Darwin-worshipers. True worship requires two things this crowd doesn’t have: spirit and truth. Sorry, no deal. God does not share the stage with idols. All idols must go. That includes Darwin and scientism. Only when they stop telling God what to do, and telling Him what He must act like, and start listening to Him in humility, will they begin to stop committing idolatry. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” the eternal Creator said. The Creator makes the rules. The Creator defines reality. The Creator is the Truth. All else is lies and idolatry, and there is no compromise. We don’t need Kauffman’s Neanderthal Dance around the Naturalistic Campfire to drum up some phony sense of the sacred. We need the Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy. One does not get sacredness (holiness) while worshiping one’s own reason and inventing one’s own philosophy. One gets there by dropping all one’s baggage and humbling oneself before the Creator, who declares, “I am.” The question to be asking is not “How can we scientists, who already know it all, be nicer to stupid people of faith,” but “Is there a Creator?” and “Who is He?” For those questions, ample empirical evidence is available to the true scientist (seeker of knowledge) and philosopher (lover of wisdom).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Land reform: progress, challenges

first_imgBetween 1994 and 2011, South Africa transferred over 6.8-million hectares of land to people dispossessed under apartheid, according to a government mid-term review report released in Pretoria last week.In November 2010, a recapitalisation programme aimed at increasing food production and job creation through the commercialisation of small farmers was introduced. (Image: CIF Action)Brand South Africa reporterThis 6.8-million hectares represents 27% of the government’s target of transferring 24.5-million hectares by 2014.The report, released by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane in Pretoria on Friday, reviews the progress made by the current administration at the November 2011 mid-point of its 2009-14 electoral term.It indicates that from 2009 to December 2011, about 823 300 hectares of land were acquired and allocated to 20 290 beneficiaries, an improvement over previous years that “indicates that our systems are improving”.In addition, 76 368 land claims relating to 2.9-million hectares of land under the Land Restitution Programme were settled. A total of 712 of these claims, for 292 995 hectares, were settled between 2009 and December 2011, against a target of 1 845 claims for the period.Realities around the land issueHowever, the report also points to some of the realities associated with the complex land issue in South Africa.“The process of acquiring and distributing a particular piece of land is often lengthy, and this escalates the cost of redistribution because the former owner stops investing in the land,” the report states. “Many of the farms are therefore in a poor state of repair at the point of acquisition.”In addition, the report finds, there is often a decline in productivity on redistributed farms.This led to the adoption, in November 2010, of a recapitalisation programme aimed at increasing food production and job creation through the commercialisation of small farmers.By December 2011, 595 farms were in the process of being rehabilitated. However, the report notes, the focus of rehabilitation has been on rebuilding infrastructure, and there is a risk that, without adequate farmer support and development, the farms could again decline in future.Also, some of the beneficiaries have indicated that the policy of allocating land to them on a 99-year leasehold basis is an impediment to investment in the land, and that they would prefer to be given full ownership.“However, this could result in beneficiaries selling the land,” the report says. “There is a need for this challenge to be investigated further to ascertain the degree to which it is limiting the success of the transferred farms.”Better post-settlement support neededInadequate post-settlement support and lack of suitable markets mean that few land reform beneficiaries are progressing into sustainable farming enterprises. Less than one in 20 land reform beneficiaries have benefited from either Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP) grants or Micro-Agricultural Finance Institutions of South Africa (Mafisa) loans.Officials also note that 11 000 new smallholder farmers have been established since 2009, out of a target of 50 000.Although support has been provided to both new and long-established farmers through programmes such as CASP, Letsema, the Recapitalisation and Development Programme and Mafisa, only a marginal number of 5 381 smallholders are involved in agribusinesses and a mere 3 910 are linked to markets.“To achieve success, smallholder farmers require a comprehensive agribusiness support package, including favourable commodity pricing, access to finance, provision of technical expertise/mentorship and contracted markets,” the report states.“However, no convincing support package is yet in place; government initiatives tend to cause dependency, and the sector is struggling. Government should consider providing better incentives for commercial farmers who are willing and capable of mentoring smallholder farmers.“More support is needed for farms in distress and additional incentives are needed for interventions to strengthen [existing] services and to encourage the adoption of new production and processing models that also conserve natural resources.”Support for new small farmers can include funding for equipment. (Image: Paul Saad)Investment in agriculture and agro-processing is central to food security in South Africa, as farmers’ incomes and agricultural job creation are highly dependent on global economic conditions and global markets, the report notes.This, combined with challenges such as climate change and uncertainty around land reform, has resulted in a decrease in the number of commercial farmers, a decrease in total production levels, a higher volume of food imports and higher food prices.The report suggests that this has discouraged new entrants into the sector, which in turn is prejudicing its contribution to job creation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Bhima-Koregaon case: Charge sheet filed against activists

first_imgThe Pune Police on Thursday filed a 5,000-page charge sheet against five activists arrested on June 6 for their alleged linkages with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Bhima-Koregaon clashes of January 1.On September 2, the court had granted the police a 90-day extension for filing a chargesheet against the Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson.“The accused have been indicted under a number of Sections like 124A and 153 of the IPC as well as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for seditious activities, propagating a wrong kind of history designed to foster a climate of hate, sowing seeds of discord between communities, planning to overthrow the established government and acting as a channel for funds for a proscribed organisation,” said a senior police officer, on condition of anonymity.The police had filed the application seeking an extension on grounds that as the UAPA had been invoked against the accused the period to file the chargesheet could be extended up to 180 days as the investigation was not yet complete.During her arguments in September seeking an extension to file the chargesheet, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar had alleged that the accused had received ₹5 lakh for allegedly fomenting the Bhima-Koregaon clashes.Urban naxalismSaying that the phenomenon of ‘urban naxalism’ was graver than the one in the jungles, Ms. Pawar had presented before the court that the police had evidence of the funds being given to the accused with instructions to aggravate the clashes during the bicentenary celebrations of the 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon.The prosecution further submitted that the police needed the additional time to thoroughly examine the vast quantity of electronic data in the form of CDs, pen drives, hard disks that had been seized from the homes of the accused during the multi-city raids on June 6 besides probing their bank accounts and phone call records.The investigating officer in the case, ACP Shivaji Pawar had submitted before the court that the accused activists were allegedly attempting to veer youth from prestigious institutes towards Naxalism.The two countrywide swoops by the Pune police – in June and in August – were based on an FIR registered at the city’s Vishrambaug Wada police station in connection with ostensibly provocative speeches made during the controversial Elgaar Parishad.The FIR was based on a complaint by one Tushar Damgude against six participants, including Mr. Dhawale, of the Parishad. Those named in the FIR were members of the Kabir Kala Manch – a radical Dalit cultural troupe.The complaint had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, which lasted nearly eight hours and witnessed the participation of thousands of persons from more than 250 progressive social outfits including several left-leaning and Ambedkarite groups across Maharashtra.last_img read more

Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime Against Indian in U.S.

first_imgA car wash employee from Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Burgess, pleaded guilty on Nov. 28 in federal court for committing a hate crime in the United States last year. Burgess beat up an Indian man and made racial slurs under the influence of alcohol at a restaurant after mistaking him for an Arab.Burgess, 55, pleaded guilty to the charge of violating the federal Hate Crime Prevention Act. He beat up Ankur Mehta at the Red Robin restaurant at South Hills Village in Bethel Park, Pittsburgh, on Nov. 22, 2016. The hate crime prevention act states that a person cannot be singled out or harmed based on their actual or perceived race, color or national origin.Mehta had reportedly plugged in earphones and was working on his tablet when he was hit on the face and racially abused by Burgess, who was seated next to him. An eye witness later said that Burgess hit Mehta on the face with his elbow and fist a few times. He muttered a few racial slurs and said, “Things are different now” and “I don’t want you sitting next to me — you people.”He was charged with ethnic intimidation, simple assault, harassment and public drunkenness but was indicted on a charge of violating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Burgess can face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both.Many supporters of Mehta went to the court in March 2017. “It’s what every day minorities in this country have to deal with,” Earnest Rajakone was reported as saying by Pittsburgh Action News 4.Outside the court, Burgess blamed alcohol for his actions. “I’m not that kind of person,” he said, adding, “It happened and I’m remorseful about it.”The incident took place only a week after the U.S. Presidential elections, which were marked with anti-Muslim rhetoric during the run-up. According to FBI statistics, hate crimes increased for the second consecutive year in 2016, registering a 4.6 per cent rise from 2015. Most incidents were single-bias occurrences.The total number of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared with 5,850 in 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation data revealed on Nov. 13 this year.Those criminal incidents, the report said, were motivated by bias towards race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity. Related Itemshate crimeracismUnited Stateslast_img read more

Officialdom finds itself on the run as sports minister Uma Bharati talks accountability

first_imgWoman at work: Uma Bharati takes the fieldThe story goes that when Uma Bharati wanted a decision taken in a hurry in the Sports Ministry she didn’t pick up the phone. She asked her secretary to list the hierarchy of the minimum number of bureaucrats required to clear a file,Woman at work: Uma Bharati takes the fieldThe story goes that when Uma Bharati wanted a decision taken in a hurry in the Sports Ministry she didn’t pick up the phone. She asked her secretary to list the hierarchy of the minimum number of bureaucrats required to clear a file (five, it turns out), and then summoned the gentlemen concerned to her office.She had them discuss the situation, arrive at a consensus, pass the papers from one to the other in front of her, sign them and be done with the deed. It is not quite governance by the rule book and a little confrontationist, but in the Sports Ministry these days confrontation is the rule.Bharati, Union minister of sports and youth affairs, has had her office designed according to the principles of Vaastu, has books of theology on the shelves and Indian sports officialdom on her mind.Whether it is the mighty suits of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the political animals of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) or the bloated bureaucracy of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), they have all gone toe-to-toe with the honourable minister in the recent past and have the bruises to show for it.It may seem like an incongruous contest: a 42-year-old woman who barely tops 5 ft dressed in distinctly unathletic saffron robes versus the Indian sporting establishment, renowned for its long life and thick skin.But the BCCI is reeling after what boxing judges call a technical knockout, the IOA has won a couple of rounds against Bharati but is being made to huff and puff through the rest, and the SAI has retreated to a neutral corner hoping that she runs out of steam.advertisementUma’s New Rule Book National sports federations have to provide accounts or risk losing their I-T exemptions.The Sports Authority of India is a target of scrutiny over its functioning and expenses.After the Sharjah fracas, the cricket board is being made to wait for an audience.Hockey bosses on the defensive over an India versus Pakistan series planned for Dubai.Afro-Asian Games officials have been asked to give estimates of medal tallies.This is in keeping with Bharati’s image of a “firebrand” politician, a tag she staunchly rejects in favour of a kinder, gentler image – that of a concerned didi to athletes, the folk who drew her close to a field she had no interest in before becoming a minister.”I used to swim and play badminton but never read the sports pages of newspapers. When I talked to athletes, I began to understand more about sports.” If her dealings with the BCCI are any proof, she understands sports administrators far better and her heart does not bleed for them in the slightest.The BCCI’s famous run-in with the ministry came over the question of playing Pakistan in Sharjah and its terribly miscalculated threat not to play in the World Cup and the ICC Mini World Cup unless it received a clarification from the Government.Singularly unimpressed, Bharati retorted that the decision not to play was the board’s own “headache”. Three weeks after the announcement, BCCI officials, headaches and all, are pulling every string in the Government to fix a meeting with Bharati’s office – to explain themselves.They haven’t succeeded. Bharati’s anti-Pakistan stance is now so well documented that Indian Hockey Federation Secretary K. Jothi Kumaran did not even mention a proposed Indo-Pak hockey series in Dubai when he met her recently.The Government does not covet the BCCI’s wealth, she clarifies. “We are happy that the cricket board is rich, but it should use the money for cricket. Sport should be sport, not an industry.”Bharati even had a suggestion for the BCCI: take cricket to areas where there is unrest among the youth who, for lack of diversions, were driven to drugs and terrorism. She stops short of saying that the match-fixers should lead this evangelical drive as a sort of community service, but it wouldn’t be out of place if she did.Bharati switches from plain speech to courtesy with ease and brushes off talk of confrontation with sports officials. “The Government knows it cannot do the work of the federations. But if the federations misuse their autonomy, if they think of it as freedom to do what they like and if they don’t realise what their duties are, then it is not correct,” she says.”If” is a word that has dominated Bharati’s dealings with officials – except it’s not the lofty Kiplingesque “if”. More like an “or else …” Bharati has decided to use the preparation and conduct of the controversial Afro-Asian Games as a platform to scrutinise the working and finances of sporting federations.advertisementAt a recent meeting of federation officials, secretaries were ticked off for the absence of their presidents and presidents asked for prospective medal tallies in their respective sports. The ministry reckoned 18 would be all – no one dared contradict the figure. “Federations have to take responsibility for the results. If you don’t get those results after taking help from the government, then you have to explain,” she says. For the first time, federations (which claim tax exemption and government grants) have been asked to send details of their expenses.”How much of the money collected goes to athletic competitions and how much is spent in administrative costs? Why should our athletes travel in autos while officials travel in air-conditioned cars? If we find any financial irregularity, we will not hesitate to derecognise the federations,” declares Bharati. The word “if” again…After quitting the Lok Sabha last year, Bharati had said she was “not one for team work”. Today, working in the most tangled team situation, she clarifies, “That doesn’t apply to the ministry but to the working in an organisation. In the ministry I accept the existence of the secretary.”A sports official says, “I don’t think she has ever read a government document and has to depend on advice. But she is sharp and very direct. If five people are talking, she can figure out who’s right and who’s wrong.”Bharati may have lit fires under several chairs but the establishment does have a fire-station. An official says, “People like Suresh Kalmadi and Randhir Singh are pros. They have seen 10 governments and 20 ministers. They are entrenched, immune and are hardly going to be worried.”In her second term as sports minister, Bharati says she is “determined” to make “radical” changes. Her pet projects are putting sports on the priority list in the 10th Five Year Plan, setting up sports academies in every state and a complete restructuring of the SAI.Uma Bharati has sent a storm blowing through the Indian sports officialdom but she will be not judged on that alone. She will be judged on whether the storm is a mere billowing of dust which irritates the eye briefly before losing strength or a tempest which will change the country’s sporting landscape.last_img read more