Arden Group CEO Craig Spencer, Hello Living CEO Eli Karp and 4650 Broadway (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)The Arden Group and Hello Living started out as partners on the acquisition of an Inwood development site. Now, the two developers are adversaries in court, having filed lawsuits against each other this week over their failed venture.After the partnership over 4650 Broadway broke down, Arden went ahead with the deal alone. Last week, it paid $54 million for the site that spans 47,000 square feet and is in an Opportunity Zone. Arden wants to bring a 300,000-square-foot mixed-complex that will include market-rate and affordable rentals, Commercial Observer previously reported.The Philadelphia-based developer contends it severed the partnership with Hello Living when their shared lender backed out of the original deal amid concerns over Hello Living’s legal entanglements.Eli Karp — who owns Hello Living — alleges Arden owes millions in damages for backing out of a deal. He also contends Arden used Hello Living’s $2 million deposit to close on the site itself.ADVERTISEMENTOn Monday, Arden filed its lawsuit, seeking “declaratory relief.” It contends Hello Living has no rights to the Upper Manhattan property, and is not entitled to damages.The next day, Brooklyn-based Hello Living filed its own suit in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The company contends Arden owes at least $38 million for breach of contract. Hello Living says it had negotiated the final $54 million deal, not Arden, and it had sourced the lender not Arden. The filing also alleges that Arden used Hello Living’s marketing materials and technical drawings to secure investors.The law firm representing Hello Living, Oved & Oved LLP, also called Arden’s court filing a preemptive move, adding it was a “transparent attempt at legitimizing its blatant wrongdoing.”Arden and its attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.The dispute has roots that date back to November 2018. That’s when Hello Living entered into a contract to buy the site from FBE Limited for $55 million. Hello Living put down a $2 million deposit. That deal fizzled.A few months later, Arden teamed up with Hello Living. The duo used the $2 million deposit Hello Living had already paid FBE, with Arden adding another $2 million, according to Arden’s lawsuit. Arden would provide most of the equity, with Hello Living contributing a portion, and agreeing to develop the project.The joint venture sought financing for the purchase from Scale Lending, a financing venture of Slate Property Group and Carlyle Group. Scale later withdrew, after a review turned up “recent public lawsuits accusing Karp and his companies of defaulting on deals, and fraudulent and illegal accounting practices,” according to Arden’s complaint.That’s when Arden cut ties with Hello Living, then secured a $44 million loan from Scale on its own. Scale, which isn’t party to the case, declined to comment.Arden claimed Karp then began sending accusatory emails following the termination of their venture.“I want everyone to know what a bunch of liars you are,” part of Karp’s email read, according to Arden’s complaint. “You may think that you got rid of me but I don’t go away & I always follow through. I don’t care how long this will take. I’ll make you pay.”This is at least the third legal tussle Karp and his firm have been engaged in this year. Earlier this year, Hello Living was sued for not following through on a Bronx property purchase, and in August, the company’s former controller filed a discrimination case against the firm. It also raised allegations over illegal accounting practices. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Tom Ritchey built his first frames in 1972, making this his 40th year of framebuilding. To celebrate, he’ll be bringing to NAHBS the first of 40 classic Ritchey frames hand built by the man himself. They’ll feature special 40th anniversary paint and graphics and include a few new builds using vintage tubing.Wanna get your hands on one? The first four frames will be up for auction, with proceeds benefitting various charities. The first one goes up for auction at NAHBS, the others will be staggered throughout the year:First (60cm road classic frame/fork) to be auctioned off at NAHBS (via Ebay). Starting price $3500. If it goes above $10k, Tom will offer a full custom frame, road or mountain, instead. Proceeds going to Team Rwanda.Second (model uncertain, possibly P-20 or Everest mountain frame) to be auctioned off. Starting price $3500. If it goes above $10k, Tom will a full custom frame, road or mountain, instead. Proceeds going to NICAThird (model uncertain, possibly P-20 or Everest mountain frame) to be auctioned off. Starting price $3500. If it goes above $10k, Tom will offer a full custom frame, road or mountain, instead. Proceeds going to Trips For Kids.Fourth (model uncertain, possibly P-20 or Everest mountain frame) to be auctioned off. Starting price $3500. If it goes above $10k, Tom will offer a full custom frame, road or mountain, instead. Proceeds going to Christmas Bike Program (details pending).Another 36 anniversary frames (a mix of P-20’s and Everest’s) will be sold at $2500 each throughout the year. The photo above is the brazed seat tube joint on special edition numero uno. Also at NAHBS, they’ll show a fillet brazed version of the new production Road Logic frame and a pre-production version of a new Breakaway Tandem. For the unfamiliar, his Breakaway frames are the full size folding travel bikes. So yes, he’s making a full size folding travel tandem.
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The Argos remained undefeated in the GSC with one conference match remaining (Photo by Chris Nelson/ArgoPhotos.com) Share Argos clinch GSC with 8-1 win over UNA PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 2 West Florida men’s tennis team defeated North Alabama 8-1 Sunday at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex to clinch the Gulf South Conference regular-season title for the second consecutive season. The Argonauts (12-1, 6-0 GSC) are the only undefeated team in conference play, extended their winning streak to seven matches and extended their GSC winning streak to 13.The Argos, ranked No. 2 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Region rankings, held unranked UNA to one point or less for the eighth consecutive season. The Argos won every singles match in two sets, led by No. 13 Kevin Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France) and No. 5 Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil/Auburn Montgomery) at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, and No. 1 doubles. The Argos only loss of the match came at No. 2 doubles when South Region No. 10 Tony Rajaobelina (Orleans, France/University of Montpellier) and Domenico Sano (Macaray, Venezuela) were surprised in an 8-2 loss to unranked Mirko Sommerfield and Matt Fuery.South Region No. 14 Rajaobelina would make up for the loss with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles, and South Region No. 15 Elio Latela (Sydney, Australia/Sydney Seconday College) extended his regular-season dual match winning streak to 18.UWF will host No. 16 Concordia (N.Y.) March 24 at 10 a.mFor information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS##2 West Florida 8, North Alabama 103/22/13 at Pensacola, Fla. (Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex) Singles competition1. #13 Kevin Ducros (UWF) def. Matt Feury (UNA) 6-0, 6-02. #5 Bruno Savi (UWF) def. Guillaume Dechoz (UNA) 6-0, 6-03. Tony Rajaobelina (UWF) def. Aliaksei Kavalenka (UNA) 6-1, 6-24. Elio Latela (UWF) def. Mirko Sommerfeld (UNA) 6-0, 6-05. Felipe Frattini (UWF) def. Rob Whitsitt (UNA) 6-4, 6-56. Richard Hornby (UWF) def. Jonathan Vick (UNA) 6-2, 6-1Doubles competition1. Kevin Ducros/Bruno Savi (UWF) def. Guillaume Dechoz/Aliaksei Kavalenka (UNA) 8-42. Mirko Sommerfeld/Matt Feury (UNA) def. Domenico Sano/Tony Rajaobelina (UWF) 8-23. Felipe Frattini/Elio Latela (UWF) def. Rob Whitsitt/Alex Weber (UNA) 8-4Match NotesNorth Alabama 4-7West Florida 12-1; National ranking #2; Regional ranking #2Print Friendly Version
More on the topicEngland’s almost certain new champions Liverpool are preparing a phenomenal contract for the leader of their defense Virgil van Dyke.Football Insider claims that the contract will be for 7 years, which is quite surprising, given that the Dutchman turns 29 next month.The material says that van Dyke will receive 200,000 pounds a week if he agrees to initial the new contract. The central defender’s current salary is £ 125,000 a week.Van Dyke has already played 113 games for the Merseysiders, and he must receive a £ 4 million bonus when he reaches level 150.As it is known, It became clear yesterday that the priority for Liverpool in the summer will not be star transfers, but the extension of the contracts of van Dyke and goalkeeper Alison.
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Some win quite a few, if they stick around long enough and maintain good programs.But Muskegon’s Keith Guy might be in a class of his own in that category, because his teams have won district championships every year of his long varsity career.That’s right – every single year.Guy’s Muskegon boys basketball team beat Reeths-Puffer 64-54 on Friday to capture its seventh straight district championship. That means Guy has won districts every year he’s been at Muskegon.Muskegon Coach Keith Guy talks with his team during a timeout. Photo/Craig SmithBut his streak goes back a lot further than that. Guy previously coached at Muskegon Heights, where his Tigers won nine straight district titles, between 2004 and 2012.That means Guy’s teams have hoisted a district championship trophy every year for the past 16. If that’s not a state record, it has to be close.Of course winning districts means a ticket to regionals, which will begin on Tuesday for the Big Reds, when they meet East Kentwood at Holland West Ottawa High School at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to Thursday’s regional title game.But before all of that starts, it’s well worth noting Guy’s incredible streak in districts.“I have no idea, to be honest,” said Guy, when asked if any other coach he’s heard of has ever won 16 straight district titles. “I guess I’ve just been blessed and fortunate.“We’ve been doing it so long, some people take it for granted, but I don’t. Every year it gets sweeter and sweeter for me. Some teams never win a district.”Guy grew up in Muskegon Heights and played basketball at his hometown high school under legendary coach Lee Gilbert, who won two state titles during a long career.Guy hoists the 2016 Class A district championship trophy. Photo/Tim ReillyHe has always made it clear that his primary goal is to win state championships, and his teams have frequently made impressive runs. His Big Reds pulled it off in 2013-14, posting an undefeated record and cruising to the Class A state title. His 2012-13 and 2015-16 Muskegon squads made it to the state quarterfinals.At Muskegon Heights, Guys’ Tigers advanced to the Class B state finals in 2005 and 2011.As Guy told LSJ a few years ago, “I’ve been chasing that (state championship) dream since I was in high school and we lost to Saginaw Buena Vista in the semifinals,” he said. “That’s always been a goal of mine, and I’m greedy. I want to continue to get there and win.”But state titles aside, Guy has a strong appreciation of what it means to win districts and be the best in the area, year after year.It’s evidence that an elite program remains in good shape, with no big drop-off in performance. That’s hard to maintain, with different groups of players coming and going every year, and local rivals all gunning for you every season, according to Guy.Guy communicates with a player. Photo/Tim Reilly“It’s hard to get to the top, and even harder to stay on top,” Guy said. “Every night everyone is expecting perfection from you, but sometimes you’re not able to give your best, and you can lose. That’s what makes this so special, to sustain that level of success, when you know if you let your guard down somebody may knock you off.”Guy says one of the compelling parts of his job is taking a new group of players every year and molding them into a team that can keep the district title streak going – and perhaps go a lot farther.“Each group has its own identity and its own strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “We have to figure out what those are, try to build on the strengths, and get the best out of the group. That’s the fun part of coaching – the different challenges that each year brings.”One key to success, according to Guy, is putting in a lot of long hours.“It’s a lot harder than people think,” he said. “We don’t just roll the balls out. It takes a lot of hard work by the kids, and a lot of work by the assistant coaches with skill development. It doesn’t just happen.“We put a lot of time in. It can be a 24-hour job, and it’s a year-round thing. Kids want to be in the gym, I like to be in the gym, and it’s a way for kids to not only work on their craft, but stay out of trouble.”While the Big Red players are clearly focused on their next challenge in regionals, Guy said they were more than excited to win that district trophy on Friday.“You should have seen our locker room on Friday night,” the coach said. “They were very happy to win it. We don’t take it lightly or for granted at all. To win a state title, you have to win districts. 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Tags:#Amazon Instant Video#Anaheim#Brittani Louise Taylor#con#convention#creators#Freddie W#Jack and Finn#mysteryguitarman#rhett and link#Selfie#stars#Teens#vidcon#YouTube 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App As I entered the Anaheim Convention Center last Thursday, the first noise I heard was the bellowing of hundreds of teenage voices. I was here to learn the latest about YouTube at VidCon, the video site’s largest annual event, but I was surrounded by thousands of fans who had a different goal: to catch just one glimpse of a YouTube personality.VidCon attendees wait to get inside the Anaheim Convention Center—and catch a glimpse of their favorite YouTube celebrities.I was late to the party. Lines of fans had already gathered early that morning, waiting to get inside. They interrupted their quiet, anxious buzzes of chatter with piercing shrieks whenever a YouTube creator casually strolled by and waved at them. “Creator” is a catch-all term that includes everyone from webcam videobloggers to keyboard-cat uploaders to the increasingly professional stars whose channels have attracted millions of subscribers. At VidCon, the latter meaning prevails: Insiders and fans alike use “creator” to call out the particular class of celebrity whose work and fame have become an intimate and singular part of the YouTube experience.In this case, the creators who set off a particularly loud uproar right as I walked in were Jack and Finn Harries. As soon as the twin brothers from the UK set foot in the convention center, it was like they set off a sonic boom. VidCon attendance has grown from 1,400 in 2010 to 18,000 this year.There was the silence right before chaos. First one teen turned around and gasped, then hundreds of others whipped their heads in that direction. Then, the rising wave of screams—primal, animalistic, unbridled emotion. Rethinking YouTubeIf you think of YouTube as a place for music videos and funny animal hijinks, VidCon will forever change your views. The annual convention, first held in 2010, is the beating heart of YouTube—a niche community so passionate and alive, but so committed to the nuances of visual storytelling that it struggles to explain itself through bare text.To plunge into the chaos and charm of VidCon, to embrace YouTube’s community in the crowded, sweaty flesh, to surround yourself with 18,000 community members in one gargantuan yet impossibly packed convention center, may be the only way to understand it. Like YouTube itself, the experience at its best is visual and visceral.If you’ve seen historic footage of the Beatles’ 1965 tour in America, it’s like that—but add smartphones, selfies, and social media. I watch as fans of YouTube personality catrific, known for comedic vlogs about her life, snap selfies in unending rotations with the star. stephanie ellen chan 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Here’s the fundamental difference between Beatlesmania and VidConmania: Like YouTube itself, fame on the site is two-way and participatory. Unlike the gated-off crowds of A Hard Day’s Night, fans are playing paparazzi with the YouTube celebrities, and putting themselves in the picture. They’re not just trailing behind their favorite creators, desperate for a glimpse. They’re running in front of them, face to their own cameras, framing themselves in the center of a selfie. The YouTube stars are just there to photobomb.VidCon attendees pose with a cardboard cutout of beauty guru missglamorazzi, one of many all-too-popular YouTube celebrities at the show.Five years in, this behavior has led to absurdities, like cardboard cutouts of YouTube stars, which seem to defeat the whole point of VidCon’s meet-in-the-flesh appeal. These cutouts of creators—hardly less virtual than the interactions fans and creators have on YouTube itself—stand in front of booths like the one for AwesomenessTV, an operator of multiple YouTube channels.Joe Penna, known on YouTube as mysteryguitarman, fights off imaginary mobs with a banana.While setting up an interview with YouTube creator Joe Penna, his management warned me that “VidCon is huge and chaotic so we need to make sure this [interview] is either in one of the green rooms or someone’s hotel room or Joe will get mobbed.” Penna’s channel, mysteryguitarman, showcases amazing editing and musical skills, and has amassed close to 3 million subscribers since his start on YouTube in 2006.“Doing videos that involve my audience is important to me,” Penna told me. “Here at VidCon I’m printing out 700 frames of my next video and letting them draw all over it. It’s important to keep your fans involved.“It’s building a club, basically. It’s cool to be a part of the mysteryguitarman fan club.”The trick of the new YouTube celebrity is keeping your fans feeling like they’re in the club as their sheer numbers grow ever more overwhelming.DIY expert Brittani Louise Taylor turns on the charm in a hotel room.As I prepped for an interview with Brittani Louise Taylor, a comedian and DIY expert, her reps told me they couldn’t get ahold of her. Then we got word that Taylor had been swarmed by fans and was now trapped in her hotel room.Escorted by a 7-foot-tall bodyguard, I rode up a hotel elevator in search of Taylor. (He wasn’t worried about me, but he wanted to make sure she could get out of her room after the interview.) Despite the fracas in the convention center, she was as sparkly in person as she is in her videos, and said she still adored her fans, even when they gathered in overwhelming throngs.“It’s way crazier this year,” said Taylor. “Just getting out of the car outside of the hotel took 45 minutes.” And yet Taylor wouldn’t go without the close-up interaction.“I always go home feeling so loved because you get so many hugs throughout the day,” she said. “And they hug you. It’s like a ‘you’ve been my friend throughout all these years’ hug.”The Perils Of YouTube Fame And FandomI heard similar stories of VidCon mania from other YouTube creators. I also heard echoes from the people who surround and support them—the executives, managers, and community members. They’re the ones who are making and remaking YouTube into a place for 21st-century celebrity.No one could stop talking about YouTube personality and heartthrob Connor Franta, who is best known for his comedic, topical vlogs and for melting the heart of every teen in radius. With wide, terrified eyes, attendees told me stories about getting caught in a Franta-fangirl stampede, snagging and ripping their toenails after being caught in the crowd. (Never wear open-toe shoes to a convention.)VidCon attendees sit for a keynote address by conference organizers Hank and John Green.VidCon is about much more than fan meet-and-greets for the teen set. Attendees on the “industry track,” who include salespeople, marketers from big brands, and YouTube and Google employees, are steered toward panels extolling the selling power of YouTube stars.They’re hardly necessary. One experience of being in the midst of a stampede of con-goers chasing a passing YouTube star, and you’re a believer.Even Internet-video insiders are taken aback by this side of the business. “It is absolute fandemonium,” said Wadooah Wali, head of communications at Fullscreen, a multi-channel network (MCN) that signs YouTube creators to their management, with a blank face. It was her first VidCon experience, and mine too, and we both felt a sense of awe.Epic Meal Time’s stars meet fans at VidCon.Con-goers will wait hours in line to meet their favorite YouTubers in person. Some stars, like the Epic Meal Time crew, a team best known for their extreme cooking show, will organize signings at set times and locations. (What does a YouTube star sign? Posters, hats, body parts—anything you want.)Other YouTube stars will find a random corner in the convention space to hold an impromptu signing, somtimes tweeting out the location to their fans or just letting them gather. The Anaheim Convention Center is across the street from Disneyland, and that’s somehow a fitting backdrop to the VidCon experience. The whole routine brings to mind Disney characters standing in a section of the theme park to sign autographs, smile brightly, and pose for photos. I was witnessing a cultural phenomenon that has touched billions of people around the world, yet somehow stayed completely below the radar of other media. YouTube’s challenge is to replicate this fandom offline, beyond the teens and tweens who roved the halls of VidCon. The site is already rolling out billboard and video advertising campaigns to expand their stars’ reach, and to make them more than just Internet famous. VidCon attendees Adrianne and Rae hoped to see YouTube star Tyler Oakley at VidCon. Oakley has 4.5 million subscribers.When I wandered just a few steps outside and spoke to food vendors or hotel employees, I found no one had heard of stars like Meghan Tonjes or Tyler Oakley—the kind who drew crowds inside the convention center.For VidCon attendees who grew up with YouTube, the distinction between “YouTube famous” and “famous famous” may be meaningless. Amber and Kody wait for a panel to begin.With them, YouTube has a different challenge: to hold their loyalties as competitors like Yahoo court the creators they adore with better financial terms and promises of more promotion.Ryan, Tristan, and Adrian hoped to meet comedian duo Smosh, also known as Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, and Toby Turner, whose channel Tobuscus has close to 6 million subscribers.If YouTube is to keep its lead, it will have to keep that magic connection between fans and creators alive. Even as YouTube channels grow to millions of subscribers and some turn into very successful businesses, fed by all the ads Google sells, there’s something peculiarly intimate about the link between YouTube viewers and the personalities who beam themselves onto the screens of their laptops, tablets, and smartphones.Chris, Matt, and Adam enjoy prank videos like those of Roman Atwood, a creator who films original pranks and who has accumulated close to 4 million subscribers.That may explain the intensity of YouTube’s fan culture on display at VidCon. But it doesn’t give many clues on how YouTube’s rivals might replicate it—or how YouTube itself will preserve it.Joycelin and Joy tell me about the extensive list of creators they are trying to meet—the twin filmmakers Jack and Finn, personality and singer Troye Sivan, musician Meghan Tonjes, and beauty guru Zoella.YouTube’s transformation from a collection of bedroom webcam videos into full-blown celebrity machine seems nearly complete. With thumbs-up and clicks on that big red Subscribe button, they turn niche performers into stars. Next thing you know, stampedes of teens are obliterating a walkway in Anaheim just to try to touch them. Finally these fans have a chance to see their favorites. In that moment, they realize that these creators are really their creation.Images by Stephanie Chan
India won the Test series against the West Indies convincingly and yet what has made headlines for two days in a row is not this but serious questions raised by Vinod Kambli in a tell-all television interview.This is the age of sensationalism. If it is cricketers writing autobiographies, the recipe is to write sensational stuff or rubbish other cricketers to make readers curious to see the book.Yet, what Kambli has done is to raise serious doubts over the result of the India-Sri Lanka semi-final in the 1996 World Cup at the Eden Gardens.It is 15 years since that unforgettable match in Kolkata saw the Indian dream of making the final in Lahore being shattered, but no one questioned the integrity of the team and how the match was played.Kambli has said in the interview he was surprised at captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s decision to field. A lot of us have seen that match and are aware of how it panned out.It wasn’t a bad decision at all as Javagal Srinath did the damage early on and Sri Lanka were two down for one run and then 35/ 3. Aravinda de Silva scored 66 but his dismissal made it 85/ 4.The point is the Indian skipper had read the wicket well and Srinath used whatever juice was in the track, after which Anil Kumble, Aashish Kapoor and Sachin Tendulkar bowled 30 overs of spin, which saw Lanka score 251.But what comes as a huge surprise is Kambli’s remark that four batsmen were padded up at the time of the toss. Even if the batsmen have been practising at the nets and come back to the dressing room, they will not remain padded up.advertisementIn this case, if four batsmen had to be padded up, then one of them should have been Azharuddin, who batted at No. 4. And we all, including Kambli, know that Azhar did not go out for the toss wearing pads.Secondly, what comes as a big insult to the batsmen is Kambli’s remark that when he was at the crease, other batsmen came and told him they would achieve the target, but threw away their wickets.This means, not only is Azhar being questioned for his “wrong decision” over the toss, but Kambli implies that Sanjay Manjrekar, Javagal Srinath, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia and Aashish Kapoor were involved.AND what did Kambli himself do with the bat? He scored 10 runs off 29 balls, which did not include a single boundary. While I was not inside the Eden Gardens to see the match, I did watch it on television and can tell you it was a deteriorating wicket on which a run chase was difficult.People will recall how Sachin Tendulkar scored 65 off 96 balls and was finally stumped by Romesh Kaluwitharana off Sanath Jayasuriya. If Sachin had struggled to make a run a ball, it was proof of how tough batting was and why the others failed.Kambli also mentioned in the TV interview that his career was finished after the match (at Eden Gardens). Kambli continued playing for India till 2000 and his last match was actually against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, where Sourav Ganguly was the captain and India collapsed to 54 all out.My gut feeling is Kambli gave this spicy interview to create a needless stir and in the process he has run down his former teammates.At a time when every bit of action on the cricket field is unfortunately viewed with suspicion, by bringing into focus a famous match played 15 years ago, Kambli has created a huge sensation.Azharuddin, Manjrekar, Mongia and the then-coach Ajit Wadekar have rubbished Kambli’s claims. So it is now up to Kambli to prove what he is saying is the truth as the charges made are very serious and question the integrity of the Indian team.At the same time, my question to Kambli is if he knew about this match, why did he not speak about it earlier?It was at a request from the sports ministry to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in February 2000 that match fixing and related malpractices were probed.THE CBI had, through advertisements, asked people to come forward if they had any information regarding such episodes. If Kambli was convinced there was something fishy in the semi-final, he could well have come forward and volunteered to give all this information to the CBI.The CBI submitted an interim report to the sports ministry in November 2000 and after that, subsequent ministers have done nothing about it. One big point which emerged from that report is how due to a lack of laws in the land to deal with fixing and betting, nothing could be done to nail the guilty.advertisementI had written three weeks ago how in the new draft of the sports Bill, there is no mention of how to deal with betting and cheating. Well, finally sports minister Ajay Maken has woken up and says he wants to ensure there will be laws to deal with this malice.Maken has said that if the BCCI does not look into what Kambli is saying, he may well have to. Mr Maken, what did your ministry do after the CBI submitted its interim report 11 years ago?The CBI interim report said India does not have adequate laws to tackle the menace. It also said the BCCI should be made professional and accountable to a non- bureaucratic autonomous authority. Yet, not a step has been taken till date.It is easy now for the sports minister to seek a probe, but what did the ministry do after getting the CBI interim report in 2000? Did the report go into the files and has nobody bothered to dust it?I now quote what M. A. Ganapathy, Superintendent of Police, CBI Special Crimes Branch, observed towards the end of his interim report in 2000.”The crisis facing cricket today is very different and far more sinister than the ‘body line’ controversy. Cricket, as it is played at present, does not appear to be the same game played by Sir Don Bradman or Neville Cardus wrote about (sic). The romanticism associated with the game is perhaps gone forever. Increasingly, in the playing fields around the world, the music of sweetly timed strokes is being replaced by the harsh cacophony of ringing cell phones. Both inducements and threats to players are bound to increase in view of the big money involved in gambling on cricket and the entry of the underworld. Major corrective steps need to be taken to put cricket back on rails.”Obviously, no sports minister ever took any action on this report.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Burnley defender Pieters: Norwich tactics helped usby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender Erik Pieters says Norwich City’s tactics helped his side secure a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday.A double from Chris Wood saw Sean Dyche’s clinch a comfortable victory in front of their supporters.Pieters believes Norwich penchant for playing out from the back allowed the Clarets to press high up the pitch and capitalise on mistakes.The Dutchman said: “The way they play and how they beat City playing out from the back helped us.”We pressed them 100 per cent, we didn’t give them any time, so it helped us win the ball and score our goals. I think they helped us.”