first_imgA key objective of the CPI(M)’s West Bengal committee meet on Monday for the triennial State conference would be to convince former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to stay on as a member of the State Committee and Secretariat. The task is “difficult”, said senior leaders, as Mr. Bhattacharya has repeatedly requested the party to relieve him.A senior State Secretariat member told The Hindu that they want Mr. Bhattacharya to remain a member of the highest decision making body in the State as he is “active.”“He is reading and writing a lot. The party unanimously wants him in the State Committee. But he is the only person in the Committee who is not willing to stay, largely due to his chronic lung inflammation [COPD] and some eye related issues,” a State Secretariat member told The Hindu. He added that Mr. Bhattacharya may stay on as an invitee, rather than a regular member.Reshuffle Apart from Mr. Bhattacharya, several other State and Central Committee members from Bengal are likely to be dropped. While many are unwell, the party also feels the need to promote “new faces”, a party insider said.“Out of 96 State Committee members, about 20 may get replaced. They may get promoted from the district level,” he said. About 300 new faces were recently inducted in the district committees and State Committee members will be selected from them.“There will be a combination of hardliners and soft-liners in the State Committee,” said the party insider. Senior leader and Polit Bureau member Md. Salim may be entrusted with new responsibilities, party sources said.Divided on allianceThe other issue to be debated at the five-day conference is an alliance with the Congress. The State Committee is still divided with the majority backing an understanding with Congress. But six out of 23 district committees — including the Kolkata district committee — are against the move. A section of the State Committee, which backs the idea of “a tactical understanding” said the avenues to negotiate with the Congress have not been closed as January’s The reason, they said, is that draft political resolution highlighted adopted in January has two issues. While the resolution noted that the CPI(M) “cannot have a tactical line which treats them [Congress] as allies or partners in a united front.”, it did not discount the “threat” from BJP which is linked to the RSS. BJP and Congress “cannot” be treated as “equal dangers”, the resolution noted.Moreover, the resolution suggested, in a section on the Congress, that the party’s tactical approach “should be to cooperate with the Congress and other secular opposition parties in Parliament”, while also cooperating “outside Parliament…for a broad mobilisation of people against the communal threat.”Inaugurating the 25th State conference, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said he was “hopeful” about the objective to form “new and alternative policy” to counter the BJP-led government in the Centre.last_img read more

first_imgA 81-year-old man Narayan Sahu who is also an ex Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and a former Member of Parliament (MP), is currently pursuing PhD at Utkal University in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar. Narayan Sahu is two times MLA and one time MP and he proved that age is just a number. He started leading a student’s life while staying in Utkal University hostel to get his PhD degree. As a PhD scholar he chose a room to spend with a common scholar. Despite achieving success in his political career, Sahu chose to quit as he felt that his principles are slowly fading away from politics and he decided to spend the last phase of his life as a student. Sahu had not been able to complete his higher education as he belonged to a backward region of Odisha where only a few get chance to go for higher studies. Even administrative officials of Utkal University think that Sahu is setting an example for the students of the university.last_img read more

first_imgAn Indian-origin student was shot dead in a suspected robbery bid at Kansas city of Missouri in the United States on July 6. Sharath Koppu, a 25-year-old software engineer from Hyderabad who was pursuing a masters degree in computer science at the University of Missouri, was killed by an unidentified gunman inside a restaurant where he worked.Koppu was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. The Kansas City Police Department has released a small clip from the CCTV footage recorded at the restaurant, and asked for people’s help in identifying the suspect. “Only 3 TIPS have been received so far,” police spokesman Capt. Lionel Colón told the Kansas City Star in an email on July 8. “We ask the community for continued help identifying the suspect.”The Kansas City Police have also announced a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the culprit.Looking for this suspect in the robbery & murder of 25-y.o. Sharath Kopuu at 5412 Prospect last night. Sharath was from India and is a student at UMKC. $10,000 reward for info leading to charges in this (& every KCMO murder)— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) July 7, 2018The incident happened at around 7pm local time at J’s Fish and Chicken Market at 5412 Prospect Ave. Koppu tried to run away from the armed robber while the other people present at the site ducked, NDTV reported citing eye witnesses. He was shot in the back. “There were five people working in the restaurant on Friday evening when the suspect walked in. He pushed a customer standing in front of him and pulled out a gun. The others ducked behind the counter but Sharath turned around and began to run in the opposite direction when the gunman opened fire. Sharath was shot in the back and soon fell to the ground,” Shahid, who runs the restaurant, was quoted as saying by the publication.The suspect, who soon escaped, is seen wearing a brown-and-white striped t-shirt in the video released by the police.Responding officers performed CPR on Koppu until fire personnel arrived and transported him to a hospital, where he died. Two witnesses, who were inside a nearby motel, said that they heard five gunshots coming from the direction of the restaurant, the police said in a statement. By the time they reached outside, the suspect had fled.Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted a condolence message on July 8.Kansas incident – I have spoken to Sharath’s father Shri Ram Mohan Reddy in Hyderabad to convey our heartfelt condolences. We have offered that in case a family member wishes to go to Kansas, we will facilitate the US Visa. Else we will bring the mortal remains at the earliest.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 8, 2018Koppu came to the United States in January this year to pursue the post-graduate course. His father Ram Mohan, who works with the BSNL in Hyderabad, requested the Indian consulate in Chicago and the U.S. government to repatriate his son’s body at the earliest, the Hindu reported.Earlier this year, U.S. navy veteran Adam Purinton was sentenced to life term for killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a technical professional from Hyderabad, in a bar in Kansas in February 2017. Related ItemsKansasUnited Stateslast_img read more

first_imgShopping at Koregaon Park in Pune is always funIf there is a city that sets the pulse for the heartbeat of India it has to be Mumbai. With a buzzing social rhythm and hi-octane commerce, Maharashtra wears the crown of India’s powerhouse with Žlan. There is something for everyone over here. While culture-rich Pune soothes the soul, the wine belt of Nashik lubricates the throat with its delectable wines.Offering a mind-boggling variety of experiences and sensations that are truly unparalleled, a rollercoaster ride awaits all those who put it to the test, as this State unravels itself and changes colours faster than you can keep pace with it, leaving you breathless for more.Mumbai: Raising the barA bird’s-eye view of Mumbai’s skyline from Aer, the city’s highest rooftop barEver felt like experiencing the Arctic chill on a hot sultry evening? Forget Shimla and Manali; just pay a visit to the recently opened ‘ice bar’ 21 Fahrenheit. As India’s first bar made of ice, and just yards from the shopaholic’s mecca, Mega Mall, the environs are always kept at a temperature of -6oC. Offering drinks like traditional gin and tonic and strawberry margaritas in glasses made from ice, this bar has a dress code-furry parka coats (which it provides) over your party togs. It’s best to enjoy the chill with a grin.Being single in the city needn’t be a liability any more. Convert it into an asset at another one of India’s first-a singles bar. The Elbo Room in Khar promises to banish those singleton blues away with theme nights. If it is tequila that interests you then head straight to Bonobo in Bandra. Offering a wide array of tequila brands that would give a Mexican fiesta a complex, it has an entire bar dedicated purely to this drink made from the Agarve cactus plant.Having recently reinvented itself, the popular hangout of the mid-90s Three Flights Up, at Colaba, is back with a bang in its new avatar, but worry not, the old fun vibe is still there despite the new jazzier set up. However if you’d rather soak in the atmosphere at a rooftop bar, head to Aer, Mumbai’s highest one, located on the 34th floor of Four Seasons Hotel. Getting a bird’s-eye view of the skyline, you can sip cocktails.But why limit yourself to just a couple of bars and clubs when you can do at least six in one single night? The Bestofbombay Pub Crawl is fast achieving cult status with drinking fans who can now board a double decker bus and cruise along the streets of Mumbai, stopping for a drink at each of the pre-decided bars to get their fill and tank up for the night. It also offers to teach people cocktail making skills at weekend bartending classes that they have recently started.Chic hotelsThe ultra chic interiors of Bonobo located in BandraWith a high premium placed on real estate, it is no surprise that most of the new hotels have opened up in place of former establishments. One the best new entrants is the Novotel Juhu Beach that is housed in the renovated building of another hotel that shut shop years ago. Spread over 2.5 acres of a scenic beach-front site, the Novotel features 203 guest rooms and suites and three restaurants. Yet another prime located hotel is Juhu Residency Hotel that is fast gaining the reputation of a value-for-money stay.Gastronomic heavenWine is always a part of the celebrationsRevelling in a thoroughly cosmopolitan culinary scene, people in Mumbai love to experiment with different cuisines and new entrants on the food map don’t need to vie for attention. Name a cuisine and you’ll find it here. Bringing the cafe culture to Mumbai, Bandra’s The Yellow Tree Cafe; is among those new places that offer delectable food like steaks and all-day breakfasts with funky decor and spirited service whenever you walk in. For business meetings, Valhalla at Churchgate has an ideal setting. It claims to be India’s first business lounge with a host of services like wi-fi and fax besides an eclectic menu that has strong Spanish influences. The owners of the iconic Indigo have recently started Tote, housed in Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course that boasts one of India’s largest bars and a menu steeped in modern world cuisine. The much awaited re-launch of Wasabi, the Japanese restaurant at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel lives up to all the expectations with a menu that has all the old classics, besides new creations like the Enoki Tempura and Shimaji Mushroom by master chef Morimoto.Spa cultureYes, Mumbaikars do know how to pamper and indulge themselves. ‘Spa City’ might very well be on its way to becoming the alternative name for Mumbai with a new day spa opening almost every week. Offering everything from candle wax therapy at Cosmic Mandala Spa at Colaba to fish pedicures at Guy Kremer Eyecatchers & Thai Spa, Lower Parel, exotic therapies have found their calling in the city. Among some of the best new entrants in the day spa category are the C’est La Vie spa in Bandra and the Sohum Spa in Juhu that comes complete with a Zen garden, with a gurgling stream flowing right though it.Pune: New hotelsA visit to Hard Rock Cafe in Pune is a mustThe formerly sleepy ‘Queen of the Deccan’ Pune has woken up from her slumber and how. Today it is not just a satellite town of Mumbai, but is holding well its own. Offering some of the best accommodation options in the country the hospitality scene in Pune is buzzing. The Lemon Tree Hotel in Hinjawadi features a dramatic atrium and large windows designed to bring the outdoors in. With 124 guest rooms along with a multi-cuisine coffee shop, Citrus Cafe; and a hip recreation bar-Slounge, Lemon Tree is one of the best hotels in Pune. Equally popular is Sayaji Hotel that has what no other hotel has in Pune- a dedicated floor for women, with an all-women team to assist them.Just for foodiesMalaka Spice, Pune’s hip new fine-dining restaurantWith a food scene that has avid fans driving down from Mumbai regularly to sample the delectable eats, Pune is fast gaining the reputation of Maharashtra’s culinary capital with most eateries located in the snazzy Koregaon Park area of Pune. The Stone Water Grill situated on the banks of the river in Koregaon Park serves modern European cuisine. The pate on toast is to die for. With a unique concept of integrating art with cuisine, the newly renovated Malaka Spice in Koregaon Park’s North Main Road exhibits Pune’s upcoming contemporary artists. You can also meet caricaturist Prashant Sinha and have your caricature done while you enjoy some of the best Southeast Asian food you will ever have the pleasure of eating outside of Southeast Asia.Glitzy nightlifeAt the hip club, ToteAnd for those who prefer to remain on a liquid diet, Pune will surely provide the good stuff, whether you decide to visit Hard Rock Cafe; in Koregaon Park, Not Just Jazz By The Bay on University Road, or 1000 Oaks in Camp. These are great standalone places offering drinks at prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. But if you are looking for an a hectic disco experience head to Scream-The Club at Le Meridien hotel. At 3,000 sq ft, Scream is the largest nightclub in Pune and features state-of-the-art light, sound, and laser effects.Spa retreatsWhile Pune might be famous for its spiritual side with the Osho Ashram, the city has come up with many other interesting and rejuvenating options for people to rediscover themselves through health. The Kerala Ayurvedic Retreat Spa is located far away from the madding crowd of the main city. With a breathtaking view of the Mulshi lake, nestled in between virgin trees, literally in the womb of the Sahyadri ranges, it is located on a mountain, making it the perfect ayurveda and medical yoga destination resort. Another option in Pune includes the spanking new Four Fountains Spa which offers everything from hot stone massages to specially created therapies to suit individual needs.Nashik: Winning with wineNashik Vineyards offers some of the best wines in the countryHic, hic hurray all the way, seems to the mantra for Nashik-truly India’s wine belt extraordinaire! As the country’s new age wine answer to Australia’s Yarra Valley, Nashik, started 25 acres of wine grape plantation ten years back. Now the vineyards stretch seemingly endlessly across an impressive 3,500 acres. Home to scores of wine producers like Indage Vinteners, Chateau d’Ori, Tiger Hill Vineyards and the most famous Sula Vineyards, wine is indeed a booming business in this formerly forgotten place of Maharashtrian solitude. Get an inside look at what these vineyards are all about by checking into a luxury three bedroom bungalow called Beyond, which visitors can rent. It comes with private balconies, large living areas, a swimming pool and an in-house chef who’ll prepare delicious meals made out of organic vegetables and yes, wine. Most wineries conduct wine tasting tours and wine and food pairing classes.There is no doubt that Maharashtra continues to charm and surprise people with its new offerings and it will continue to live up to this image. So gear up for a rollercoaster ride to experience the best of what this State offers to travellers. advertisementadvertisementadvertisement Fact file21 Fahrenheit 28 Meera Apartments, Oshiwara Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2631 0021The Elbo Room Sant Kutir Apartments, Linking Road, Khar (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2648 3316Bonobo 33rd Road, Khar (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2605 5050Three Flights Up 31 Narang House, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai; tel: (022) 2282 9934Aer Four Seasons Hotel, Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai; tel: (022) 2481 8000; www.fourseasons.comBestofbombay Pub Crawl tel: (0)96192 07356; www.bestofbombay.comNovotel Juhu Beach Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu Beach, Mumbai; tel: (022) 6693 4444; www.novotel.comJuhu Residency Hotel Juhu Road, Juhu, Mumbai; tel: (022) 2618 2563; www.juhuresidency.comThe Yellow Tree CafŽ Junction of 33rd and Ambedkar Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 6528 7800Valhalla Eros Theatre Building, 42 Maharshi Karve Road, Churchgate, Mumbai; tel: (022) 6735 3535; Mahalaxmi Race Course, Keshva Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai; tel: (022) 6157 7777Wasabi The Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai; tel: (022) 6665 3366; www.tajhotels.comCosmic Mandala Spa Amarchand Mansion, Madam Cama Road, Mumbai; tel: (022) 2204 3737; www.cosmicmandala15.comGuy Kremer Eyecatchers & Thai Spa High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai; tel: (022) 3040 4528C’est La Vie Spa 164, Hill Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2642 2361; Spa Vile Parle Sports Club, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2613 9603Lemon Tree Hotel Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Phase 1, Hinjawadi, Pune; tel: (020) 4423 232; www.lemontreehotels.comSayaji Hotel 135/136, Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass Highway, Wakad, Pune; tel: (020) 4212 1212; www.sayajihotels.comThe Stone Water Grill Pyramid Complex, 81/82 North Main Road, Pune; tel: (020) 4103 0333Malaka Spice Lane No. 5, Koregaon Park; tel: (020) 2615 6293Hard Rock CafŽ 81/82 Pyramid Lawns, Koregaon Park Extension, Koregaon Park, Pune; tel: (020) 4015 8811; www.hardrock.comNot Just Jazz By The Bay 132-A, E Square, University Road, Pune; tel: (020) 6604 42001000 Oaks MG Road, Camp Cantonment, Pune; tel: (020) 2634 3194; www.1000oaksindia.comScream-The Club Le Meridien Hotel, Raja Bahadur Mill Road, Sangamvadi, Pune; tel: (020) 2605 0505; www.starwoodhotels.comKerala Ayurvedic Retreat Spa Mulshi Lake, Mulshi Khurd, Pune District; tel: (020) 2517 1247Four Fountains Spa Anand Park, Aundh, Pune; tel: (020) 6400 2222Beyond Sula Vineyards, Survey 36/2, Govardhan, Nashik; tel: (0253) 223 1663last_img read more

first_imgMS Dhoni, far away from the media glare, got down to training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.The former India captain, along with a few of India’s limited-overs specialists, underwent a Yo-Yo test at the same venue on Friday, June 15. Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu were among the players who took the fitness test last week.Rayudu failed the Yo-Yo test and was replaced by Raina in the ODI squad.Dhoni, who was in top form during the 2018 IPL and scored 455 runs besides leading Chennai Super Kings to their third title, reached the NCA with throwdown expert Raghu and India pacer Shardul Thakur.Siddharth Kaul also joined the party later.Also read – India in England: Suresh Raina to replace Ambati Rayudu for ODI seriesNews agency PTI reported Dhoni faced hundreds of deliveries, 70 per cent of which were throwdowns.Dhoni perhaps waited for the media attention to die down after the Afghanistan Test. India hosted their Asian neighbours for the historic match but it was over in two days.On what would have been the fifth day of the Test, Dhoni made use of the quiet time and trained with a lot of intensity.Also read – MS Dhoni admits batting lower down the order was getting trickyFor over two hours on Monday, Dhoni faced Raghu’s customary throw-downs from 18 yards and Thakur’s deliveries in between.After a short break, he resumed batting, this time facing up to Kaul.Raghu started with usual length deliveries as he warmed up with usual knocking.advertisementSlowly the pace increased and the veteran was peppered with short balls which reared from back of the length. He gingerly defended a few, confidently brought a few down and even swayed out of the line in case of a few.Also read – India vs Afghanistan: Navdeep Saini to replace Shami in one-off TestHowever, the moment there was some width, Dhoni would slash it over point. He would call up Shardul and ask him about his imaginary field placements.Shardul was seen pointing at imaginary field positions like mid-wicket, extra cover and deep fine leg. Dhoni would play shots accordingly.Once the session was over, he saw a couple of scribes watching his session.”Bhanak lag gaya (So you got the whiff that I am here),” he smiled at one of them as he disappeared inside the confines of NCA dressing room.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgGermany suffered a massive blow after Mats Hummels injured his neck and his participation in the FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Sweden is in doubt.Germany coach Joachim Low said the central defender Hummels was unlikely to feature in their Group F game after sustaining a neck injury in training.The world champions, who suffered a shock opening loss to Mexico, must avoid another defeat which could see them crash out at a World Cup group stage for the first time in 80 years.”Mats Hummels will most likely not be able to play because he injured his neck in training yesterday and it has not improved until today,” Low told reporters in Sochi on Friday.”He has not trained and obviously there are still a few hours but usually these things do not improve considerably overnight and tomorrow we need fit players. I think it makes no sense (for him to play).”FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEA likely replacement for Hummels is Antonio Rudiger but Low said he would wait until tomorrow to see Hummels’ condition.Sweden are joint top of the group after beating South Korea in their opener, and victory over Germany would almost certainly see them advance to the knockout stage. Mexico, also on three, play South Korea in the other group match.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe opening defeat has sent shockwaves back home in Germany and Low said that was understandable.”It was no doubt a painful defeat against Mexico. We made many mistakes but we have processed them, talked about them and trained to avoid them.”advertisement”There is absolute focus and concentration and tomorrow we must deliver. There will be a reaction (to the Mexico defeat).”How Messi the Puma turned Russian couple into Argentine fansLow said forward Mario Gomez was likely to start but did not clarify if he would join Timo Werner in attack or if he would operate as a lone striker against the tall Swedish defenders.Low, however, ruled out the team overhaul which many German fans have called for, saying trust for his players, many of them 2014 World Cup winners, had not been lost.”Why should that be the case? The fundamental trust for these players, who have played for years on a good level, will not be destroyed with one game,” the 58-year-old said.”I have fundamental trust in them and questioning everything after one game would be fatal. It is us who have to show a reaction tomorrow and I am certain there will be one.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgMadan Lal, who is fighting for the presidency of the controversy-ridden Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), has promised to bring about some radical changes.The elections are scheduled to take place on June 30.Lal, one of the heroes of India’s 1983 World Cup triumph, commands plenty of respect in the Delhi cricket fraternity. Many of his former teammates including Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath and Krishnamachari Srikkanth have come out in his support.A former cricketer of great standing, Lal is known for his forthright views. As the race for DDCA presidency heats up, he revealed his roadmap if he wins the elections.Over the last few years, DDCA has seen its share of problems but Lal has some radical plans in place.Madan Lal recalls 1983 World Cup triumph: ‘We were all desperate to win’For starts, Lal concedes a huge challenge lies in front of him.”There is a very big challenge. For the last couple of years, the DDCA’s reputation has suffered,” Lal told”Bringing the reputation back is the biggest challenge. There’s no system in place. Lot of people say it’s an honorary job. I’ll make sure they should work.”And then there’s the challenge of a cricketer stepping into the administrative domain. Sourav Ganguly has done remarkably well as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal and Lal reckons his experience as a former India cricketer could be of immense help to DDCA.”The biggest challenge for me is to prove that cricketers can become administrators. For out members, for fans.. they should be comfortable,” he said.advertisementAnd then are the pitfalls of working in a city like Delhi, known for its VIP culture. How does Lal manage to handle that kind of pressure?”Delhi is a VIP place.. I have to be very, very careful what I am doing. A good team will make it easier for me. The problem for me is if we get a hung decision. I can handle my group but handling egos will be difficult,” Lal said.Then the other problem that Delhi cricket has had to grapple with is age-fudging. Lal promises to be severe on cricketers who lie about their age.”We will be very strict about age fudging. Anyone found guilty will be banned forever. We will ask for age certificates. They will be scrutinized.”We have to be very strict with the new players. We can create the fear (so players do not indulge in age-fudging).”At the end of the day, Lal who played 39 Tests and 67 ODIs for India, is confident his experience as a top-level cricketer, coach and manager will come in handy.Besides, Lal is aware of the demands of the modern times and he is ready to adapt to modern administrative reforms.”These days, you can always take help from outside. I will always look for help. I was a professional cricketer. I played in England for 22 years. During my tenure, I learnt that you have to perform there. They told me I was supposed to win matches for our team..”I was a coach… A player. I’m a very professional person. I am still a student of the game and I am always willing to learn,” Lal said.The one thing that you always notice about Madan Lal is that everyone always has a nice word to say about him. Former cricketers who played with him or under him (as India coach) have plenty of respect for him.”All of my past colleagues have spoken about me. They are very happy that I have stood up. I’m opening the door for others also. Today I’m here, tomorrow someone would come up again.”As a cricketer, as an administrator, I have to listen to them. I have to makwe them (colleagues and other stake-holders) comfortable. It’s a very big challenge. I close my eyes and think about it. But this is not a bigger challenge than playing for India. I have taken the challenge.”God willing, everyone will be alright!”last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Tom Dumoulin won two Tour stages in 2016. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA Read more Nairo Quintana took themaillot à pois rouges in 2013. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images Facebook Twitter Dylan Groenewegen (centre) turned 25 last month and already has a Tour stage victory to his name. Photograph: Simon Galloway/PA Vincenzo Nibali, pictured winning the pink jersey for Astana in the 2016 Giro, is superb whether climbing or descending. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images Richie Porte in action during June’s Tour of Switzerland. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images Marcel Kittel took stage 11 of last year’s Tour and now features for Katusha-Alpecin. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA Twitter Pinterest Bahrain Merida (Brn; UCI ranking 8)A decisive moment in the development of the Bahrain project as Vincenzo Nibali returns to the Tour with the sole aim of winning a second title. Everything has been done this season to make that a distinct possibility and there’s only a token nod to maybe participating in some of the sprint finishes with Sonny Colbrelli. Confidence is high for Nibali after he confirmed his credentials as one of the greats with a Milan-San Remo win at the start of the season. Watch this space.Founded 2016 Bike Merida Manager Brent Copeland Sponsor business Bahrain state consortium/bicycle manufacturerTours de France 1 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 0 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 0Tour heritage A largely anonymous debut in 2017 with Janez Brajkovic their best in 45th overall, but things could – should – be very different this year.Team leader Vincenzo Nibali is one of the most exciting and charismatic riders of his generation. If you give him a chance he’ll take it and if you don’t then he’ll make one. Fabulous descender and climber respected by everyone. Twitter Jakob Fuglsang has team time-trial victories to his name from the 2011 and 2013 Vuelta. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images Bauke Mollema has been let down by inconsistency but a stage win is not implausible. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images Pinterest Twitter Sunweb (Ger; UCI ranking 10)The development of Sunweb and Tom Dumoulin go hand in hand. Not quite at the level of Sky and Movistar, they have a certain vulnerability in the mountains as does their leader but everywhere else they can force a selection. With Michael Matthews taking some of the attention in the first half of the race the team can cover two objectives at the same time. Green jersey for the Australian and in the process protect Dumoulin for the GC.Founded 2005 Bike Giant Manager Iwan Spekenbrink Sponsor business Tour operator Tours de France 7 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 15 Green jerseys 1 King of the Mountains 1 Days in yellow 2Tour heritage Matthews and Warren Barguil produced a stellar Tour last year with two stage wins apiece and the green and polka-dot jerseys. That will take some beating.Team leader Dumoulin arrives at the Tour as a Grand Tour winner and that changes how seriously he’ll be watched and how the race will be ridden tactically. The world time-trial champion has no fear of riding alone and it’s only his high mountain performance which will be a question mark. Also: has he recovered from this year’s Giro? Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Chris Froome is aiming to win his fourth successive Tour – which would make five in all. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA Facebook Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger; UCI ranking 3)This is another team with something to prove and after the controversial expulsion of Peter Sagan last year they’ll all be motivated to put the world champion in the best possible position to take a sixth points classification win. Their GC hope, Rafal Majka, will be left to his own devices when the overall fight begins but he’ll be OK with that as surfing the opportunities, like Sagan, is one of his strong points. Proof that the Germans have a sense of humour.Founded 2010 Bike Specialized Manager Ralph Denk Sponsor business Kitchen extractors/fittingsTours de France 3 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 2 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 0Tour heritage Up and down, from worthy wildcards as NetApp-Endura to a major team built around Sagan, who won them a stage last year but was thrown out for dangerous riding. His mate Macej Bodnar’s final time trial win was some compensation.Team leader Sagan is the most charismatic rider in the peloton today. Another green jersey is his goal and usually when he wants something, he gets it. Massive respect from everyone for how he races and entertains, on and off the bike. The Roubaix stage favourite obviously. Share on Messenger Pinterest Slovakia’s Peter Sagan was expelled from last year’s Tour following a crash near the finish line of stage four. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images Cofidis, Solutions Credit (Fr; UCI ranking n/a)The biggest of the French wildcard teams always animate the race but the arrival of a new team manager in Cédric Vasseur has changed their approach, with the fiery sprinter Nacer Bouhanni dropped in favour of his former lead-out man Christophe Laporte after the pair fell out earlier this season. They don’t have a proper train for Laporte, so he will have to fend for himself after the kilometre-to-go kite. Prior to that it will be business as usual: get a rider in the break and hope.Founded 1997 Bike Kuota Manager Cédric Vasseur Sponsor business Financial servicesTours de France 21 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 10 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 1 Days in yellow 4Tour heritage In the Tour every year since 1997, their 10 stage wins are spread over eight different years. Their most recent came in 2008, since when they have faced an uphill task largely because of Bouhanni’s lack of consistency.Team leader Laporte has a cooler head than Bouhanni and is more of an all-round talent while lacking his erstwhile team leader’s explosive speed; that’s earned him a string of wins this year including the rough-road Tro Bro Léon in Brittany. Twitter Twitter Pinterest Direct Énergie (Fr; UCI ranking n/a)An interesting mix of young and old that will be looking to take their chances where and when they can. They have some solid riders like Lilian Calmejane, who is a good bet if he makes it into the long range escapes, but their biggest challenge will be getting in one in the first place. A team looking for inspiration now that Tommy Voeckler is on the podium giving out the laurels instead of receiving them but definitely the one most likely to be chasing the overall combativity award.Founded 2000 Bike Wilier Manager Jean-René Bernaudeau Sponsor business Electric utility companyTours de France 18 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 10 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 2 Days in yellow 23Tour heritage Consistently good Tour performers with regular stage wins, a couple of jerseys and two decent spells in the yellow jersey. But always dependent on Voeckler, who provided most of the results.Team leader Sylvain Chavanel, an oldie but a goodie and likely to wear the No 1 for his team because he comes first alphabetically. Realistically any one of them can be the homme du jour. Pinterest Ag2r La Mondiale (Fr; UCI ranking 9)All eyes will be on the long-running French squad each time the route goes uphill and once the mountains swing into view they’ll blow the race apart or die trying. The first week won’t be fun but they have two big strong riders in Oliver Naesen and Silvan Dillier to protect their team leader Romain Bardet in the wind and on the cobbles. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem as the latter is one of the few climbers who can handle a bit of grit. Small team, big presence. Yoann Offredo won the combativity award after stage two of last year’s Tour. Photograph: LC/Corbis via Getty Images Pinterest Lotto NL–Jumbo (Neth, UCI ranking 11)Some people were surprised when Dylan Groenewegen won on the Champs Élysées last year but he wasn’t among them. The young Dutchman is fast, confident and increasingly a major threat to the established sprinters so expect to hear his name on a regular basis. The squad’s other rising star, and former ski jumper, Primoz Roglic is progressing nicely as well. His climbing has joined his time trialling and there’s a feeling this year will see a proper GC challenge being mounted. With Steven Kruiswijk and Robert Gesink to keep him company in the mountains he’ll be one to watch.Founded 1984 Bike Bianchi Manager Richard Plugge Sponsor business Dutch national lottery/Dutch supermarket chainTours de France 34 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 50 Green jerseys 2 King of the Mountains 2 Days in yellow 10Tour heritage Massively successful through the 1980s under the Superconfex banner, they enjoyed a strong Tour last year thanks to Groenewegen and Roglic, who should improve – drastically – on his 38th place overall last year.Team leader Roglic has steadily got better and this year has taken three stage race victories including the Tour de Romandie where he controlled proceedings with maturity. He won stage 17 last year and finished 38th but I’d expect a major jump up the classification this time around. André Greipel last won a Tour stage in 2016 but is a fearsome sprinter on his day. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Pinterest Facebook Facebook Share on WhatsApp Lotto Soudal (Bel, UCI ranking 12)Anywhere else in the world Lotto Soudal would be that country’s top team – but not in Belgium. However they aren’t intimidated by their rivals and why would they be when they can rely on the massive thighs of their sprinter André Greipel who is a constant threat in any type of bunch kick. Part of the elite when it comes to the fast men, the German sits at the back of an impressive group who know what they are doing when it comes to finishing. When that’s not an option they have Thomas de Gendt to wear down fellow escapees or Tiesj Benoot for a sneaky late attack. No GC ambitions but all that counts is being the best Belgian squad.Founded 1985 Bike Ridley Manager Marc Sergeant Sponsor business Belgian national lottery/Adhesives manufacturerTours de France 31 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 33 Green jerseys 3 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 8Tour heritage Have tended to target stage wins rather than the overall apart from in the noughties when Cadel Evans was the leader and managed five days in yellow in 2008. Since Evans’s departure Greipel has picked up a healthy series of sprint victories, the last in 2016.Team leader Greipel, aka the Gorilla. Underneath a scary looking mass of fast twitch muscles lies a perfectly coherent and intelligent person. He’s getting older and slightly slower but you wouldn’t want to suggest that to his face. Twitter Share on Pinterest Twitter Fortuneo–Samsic (Fr, UCI ranking n/a)Having secured the services of last year’s polka dot jersey winner, Warren Barguil, this Pro Continental team has taken a significant step to being involved in the business end of the decisive mountain stages. However if this year’s results continue down the same path then they and much of the home supporters are going to be disappointed. Their new star has been dreadful and it could well be a return to sending guys in breaks for some TV time and the odd combativity prize.Founded 2005 Bike BH Manager Emmanuel Hubert Sponsor business Investment management/Online car partsTours de France 4 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 0 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 0Tour heritage Made their Tour debut in 2014 as wildcards and were typical plucky French triers, in the break every day.Team leader Barguil came good on all his perceived potential at the 2017 race, two stage wins, the mountain classification and all done with the kind of panache that had the public entranced. Since then the bubbles seem to have left his champagne. Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel; UCI ranking n/a)This Belgian outfit provides the entertainment before the main event kicks off so expect a man in every break and a few top 10 sprint results when it’s technical or dangerous. They are nothing if not tenacious although a stage win will be a surprise, so realistically the combativity prize is their daily objective and anything else will be a bonus.Founded 2008 Bike Cube Manager Jean-François Bourlaert Sponsor business Construction and recycling/construction materials supplierTours de France 1 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 0 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 0Tour heritage Last year was their first appearance and they rode it in the French way, getting in the break every day without fail and placing Guillaume Martin a consistent but unspectacular 23rd overall.Team leader Will be decided alphabetically or maybe Yoann Offredo because he’s French and that’ll get some media coverage. They may be small fry swimming in the big pond but at least you’ll know they are present. Arnaud Démare won stage four last year and could feature prominently in bunch sprints. Photograph: Chris Graythen/Getty Images Astana Pro Team (Kaz; UCI ranking 7)This Tour will be a new experience for team manager Alexandr Vinokourov as it’ll be his first without a GC contender. With no big sprinter, no specialist climbers and no time-trial victory prospects either the pre-race meetings may well be a sombre affair each day. Three weeks of opportunities then for Luis León Sánchez, Omar Fraile and co to do what they do best, get in a break and be last man standing. If Jakob Fuglsang is in form he might make the top 10 but I wouldn’t put money on it. A multilingual outfit which seems to have lost something in translation.Founded 2007 Bike Argon 18 Manager Alexandr Vinokourov Sponsor business Coalition of state-owned companiesTours de France 17 Tour wins 2 Stage victories 10 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 34Tour heritage Mixed, with Vino’s blood doping positive in 2007 and their exclusion in 2008. Won the Tour in 2009 with Alberto Contador and in 2014 with Vincenzo Nibali. And Fabio Aru won a stage and managed two days in yellow last year.Team leader Fuglsang is a classy bike rider who is tactically astute and reads a race well. Always a threat if given too much leeway which isn’t often as the other teams know how dangerous that can be. Warren Barguil took the polka dot jersey at last year’s Tour and now leads the Fortuneo-Samsic team. Photograph: Chris Graythen/Getty Images Facebook Facebook Tour de France Groupama–FDJ (Fr; UCI ranking 16)With no Thibaut Pinot in the team chasing a GC podium, Marc Madiot’s collective will be aiming to guide Arnaud Démare to more stage success and quite possibly a serious challenge in the points classification. His confidence is high, he can rely on a well drilled leadout train to place him in the right place at the right time and he’s not afraid of a bit of rough and tumble if it’s remotely technical. Arthur Vichot will be expected to participate in proceedings when the hills come along and a top 15 placing in Paris is possible – but a stage win will be more of a priority.Founded 1997 Bike Lapierre Manager Marc Madiot Sponsor business Insurance company/French national lotteryTours de France 21 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 11 Green jerseys 1 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 3Tour heritage Regular stage winners over the years with a podium place in 2014 thanks to Pinot, plus some great histrionics from manager Madiot. Have always made their mark.Team leader Démare already has one Tour stage win and at the age of 26 he’s entering his best years – the expectation that he joins the elite of sprinting is a reasonable wager. Days in the green jersey are on the cards too and if Sagan falters then who knows. Pinterest Katusha–Alpecin (Swi, UCI ranking 17)One of the few big teams that hasn’t put all its eggs in the sprint or GC camp by having an option for each with Marcel Kittel and Ilnur Zakarin. However with consistency on his side as well as a much more presentable profile, Kittel – the big German – has the advantage of a sprint train that works impeccably. The less reliable Zakarin might make the top 10 on GC but don’t be surprised if he falls off and exits stage left.Founded 2009 Bike Canyon Manager José Azevedo Sponsor business Russian consortium/German hair productsTours de France 9 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 7 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 0Tour heritage Hit the jackpot in 2016 with Zakarin’s stage win but were relatively quiet last year with sprinter Alexander Kristoff unable to win a stage.Team leader Kittel knows how to win and when delivered in pole position not many people are capable of getting past him. It’s more a case of how many victories will he get rather than if. Rigoberto Urán (centre) took second overall in last year’s Tour. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Support The Guardian Twitter Facebook Mark Cavendish (left) broke his shoulder after a painful fall at the end of stage four last year. Photograph: ITV4 Facebook Facebook Pinterest Pinterest center_img Facebook Philippa York’s team-by-team guide to the Tour de France Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Reuse this content Dan Martin has two top 10 placings in previous Tours. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Share on Twitter Twitter Tour chiefs frustrated after Froome verdict leaves them with egg on faces Cofidis opted to pick Christophe Laporte in preference to team-mate Nacer Bouhanni. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images Pinterest Movistar (Sp, UCI ranking 6)Can you have too much of a good thing? In the case of the Spaniards you can because with three potential claims to the team leader position it might well be a case of too many chiefs when there’s hard graft and sacrifice to be done. Alejandro Valverde has been doing his usual thing of comfortably winning week-long stage races but Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana have been fairly inconspicuous. Too often the race tactics have fallen on the conservative side and if they are going to win a Tour they’ll need to be a bit more adventurous.Founded 1980 Bike Canyon Manager Eusebio Unzué Sponsor business Mobile phone company Tours de France 36 Tour wins 7 Stage victories 31 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 1 Days in yellow 73Tour heritage Goes back to the 1980s with Pedro Delgado, hit the jackpot in the early 90s with Miguel Indurain and managed an anonymous win in the 2006 Tour with Óscar Pereiro after Floyd Landis’s drug ban.Team leader Quintana carries the badge of leader but realistically Landa is on an equal footing. The Colombian gets the nod as he’s the one with previous GT winning credentials but he’ll need his best form just to be top dog in his own team. Twitter Twitter Quick-Step Floors (Bel; UCI ranking 1)The self-proclaimed Wolfpack has the most race wins in the World Tour this year and with the eight flat stages more than likely to end in a bunch sprint it’s highly probable the Belgians will be adding to that number. The reduction in team sizes won’t affect their leadouts at all as even explosive climber Julian Alaphilippe is capable of 60kph if needs be. With the best tactical awareness in a stage finish and Fernando Gaviria the ever-rising newcomer of the sprinting elite, they could well be in the yellow and green jerseys for a while.Founded 2003 Bike Specialized Manager Patrick Lefevere Sponsor business Laminate flooring manufacturerTours de France 15 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 33 Green jerseys 1 King of the Mountains 2 Days in yellow 10Tour heritage Prolific stage hunters – Marcel Kittel landed five last year before heading for Katyusha – while Dan Martin finished ninth and sixth overall in 2016 and 2017. Less about the overall this year but the stage wins should keep coming.Team leader Gaviria comes to the Tour already having been a points classification and four-times stage winner at last year’s Giro. Not afraid of anyone or any reputations he’s the most exciting sprinter since Mark Cavendish burst on to the scene. Pinterest Sky (GB; UCI ranking 4)The defending champions are going through a bit of a storm this year but it’s been business as usual on the bikes, so while the media debates the team continues its dominance of stage racing. Chris Froome will face more hostility than he did at the Giro but he seems impervious to everything thrown his way. If he falters, and that’s unlikely, then there’s Geraint Thomas and Wout Poels waiting in the wings to take over. The one to watch here is the young Colombian Egan Bernal who has been sensational just lately. Any one of the Sky line-up could be in yellow at any time but it’s in Paris that they are really planning for. The favourites for the win. Wada head of science unconcerned about fallout from Chris Froome case … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sylvain Chavanel, who turned 39 in June, is Direct Énergie’s team leader. Photograph: Chris Graythen/Getty Images Twitter features Twitter Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more Facebook Since you’re here… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Trek-Segafredo (US; UCI ranking 15)Missing a big GC challenger and a top level sprinter, it’s hard to see what these guys are going to get out of a Tour which will be a tale of two halves. Classic style for the first bit and then proper mountains for the second. It would be easy to discount John Degenkolb from the harder sprint finishes but that applies equally to Peter Sagan. Bauke Mollema might ride into a top 10 place but competition is fierce with the arrival of some new faces – and the Dutchman isn’t getting any younger. They’ll need to race smart to win a stage.Founded 2011 Bike Trek Manager Luca Guercilena Sponsor business Bicycle manufacturer/Italian coffee brandTours de France 7 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 5 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 10Tour heritage It was all about Fabian Cancellara in the early years –the Swiss led the Tour for the first week in 2012 – and later Alberto Contador flew the flag in his twilight years. Mollema’s stage win last year was a bonus but will be hard to repeat.Team leader Mollema is one of those riders who makes the front group in the mountains on a regular basis but then doesn’t survive the next selection when the real GC contenders let rip. And he usually has one bad day which sees him tumble out of a podium challenge. However the Dutchman is a wily character and a stage win isn’t out of the question. Twitter Pinterest Twitter Founded 1992 (as Chazal) Bike Factor Manager Vincent Lavenu Sponsor business Insurance/pension planningTours de France 24 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 17 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 16Tour heritage Second places for Bardet in 2016 and Jean-Christophe Péraud in 2014 remain the biggest achievements for France’s longest-standing team. Bardet made third last year but it was a close run thing.Team leader Bardet is no stranger to the final podium now and he always produces something spectacular to accompany that consistency. His time trial isn’t yet as good as the rest of his game but it’s progressing. Mitchelton-Scott (Aus, UCI ranking 2)The Australian team comes to the Tour off the back of an impressive Giro where it was the other Yates twin, Simon, who sparkled. Now it’s Adam’s turn to wear the number one and hopefully improve on his fourth place of 2016 which is looking distinctly possible given his recent runner-up spot at the Dauphiné. He’ll be backed up by a solid group of riders who are more than capable of rivaling their big budget rivals whether that’s in the TTT or the mountains.Founded 2011 Bike Scott Manager Shayne Bannan Sponsor business Australian wines/Swiss bicycle manufacturerTours de France 6 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 3 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 4Tour heritage Have achieved the unique feat of taking the white jersey for best rider under 25 two years running with twin brothers Adam and Simon Yates, who finished fourth and seventh overall respectively in 2016 and 2017.Team leader Adam Yates used to be considered the slightly more explosive of the Yates twins but after brother Simon’s three stage wins at the Giro I think it’s fair to say they’re both excellent. A stage win and a top five on GC is clearly possible. Twitter Founded 2010 Bike Pinarello Manager Dave Brailsford Sponsor business Satellite broadcasterTours de France 8 Tour wins 5 Stage victories 15 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 1 Days in yellow 77Tour heritage Controversial admittedly, but dominant in recent years apart from 2014. No stage win for Froome last year but Thomas’s prologue victory meant they led the race for 19 of the 21 days.Team leader Chris Froome has won every Grand Tour now so his place in history is guaranteed, however there’s the matter of joining the select club that have five Tour victories. Adam Yates is Mitchelton-Scott’s team leader and took fourth place in the 2016 Tour. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images Facebook Fernando Gaviria won four stages at last year’s Giro. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images Pinterest Facebook Share via Email Romain Bardet finished third in last year’s general classification. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images Twitter Education First–Drapac (US; UCI ranking 14)The surprise rider of the 2017 Tour de France returns with the same setup now dressed in pink instead of their previous lime green. Not in the least embarrassed Rigoberto Urán has been deceptively quiet so far this season but he was last year too. With his form a mystery anything could happen so team manager Jonathan Vaughters, himself a bit of a maverick, may well be relying on Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney for some early success while the race is in the north of France.Founded 2003 Bike Cannondale Manager Jonathan Vaughters Sponsor business International education company/fund management companyTours de France 13 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 8 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 7Tour heritage Urán’s stage win and second overall last year changed the equation for worthy triers who had previously placed Bradley Wiggins in third in 2009 (after Lance Armstrong’s disqualification).Team leader Urán strolls through life and bike races with little apparent stress but pulls out a big result just when you’ve forgotten he’s there. The least excitable South American you’ll ever meet. Topics Tour de France 2018 Facebook Share on Facebook Cycling BMC Racing Team (US; UCI ranking 5)This is possibly the last try for BMC to conquer the TdF crown a second time and following last year’s disaster for their leader Richie Porte possibly his final chance too. After a slow start to the season the Australian has come into form at just the right time and with his win at the Swiss Tour confidence will be high. They have the firepower to win the team time trial and control any race situation so tactics aren’t a problem. Only playing the GC game and with only one card.Founded 2007 Bike BMC Manager Jim Ochowicz Sponsor business Bicycle manufacturerTours de France 8 Tour wins 1 Stage victories 4 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 7Tour heritage Victory for Cadel Evans remains their greatest achievement although they have also managed a brace of fifth places for Tejay van Garderen. Last year, with Porte nursing his injuries, Damiano Caruso was an unobtrustive 11th overall.Team leader Porte lines up as sole leader with all the responsibilities on his shoulders but he’s used to pressure. The reported descending fragility is unfair as it’s not bravery that’s been missing, it’s luck. Could this finally be his year? Facebook Facebook William Fotheringham Twitter UAE Team Emirates (UAE; UCI ranking 13)After a disastrous Giro d’Italia, UAE willing be hoping Dan Martin and Alexander Kristoff deliver something in line with the budget that’s been committed to this project. The Irishman had a poor start to the season but things have improved with the warmer weather and he had a promising Dauphine. The current European champion, Kristoff is in a similar position and still searching for his top form. The first few stages will need to be good to him otherwise it’ll be all in for the GC.Founded 1990 Bike Colnago Manager Giuseppe Saronni Sponsor business Airline company Tours de France 20 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 13 Green jerseys 2 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 2Tour heritage Started life as the Lampre team, who tended to come to the Tour worn out from the Giro, making the Tour something of an afterthought; in their new guise they propelled Louis Meintjes to eighth overall last year and will look to improve again this July.Team leader Martin has made the transition from being mainly a one day hilly Classic type to become a solid top 10 GT rider. His last two Tours have seen him finish ninth and sixth so with that he’ll be aiming for a podium spot. Not as ridiculous as it sounds with so little time trialling. Facebook Twitter Dimension Data (SA; UCI ranking 18)It’s been a dreadful season so far for this squad with crashes, illness and bad luck meaning results have been few and far between. Relying mainly on the sprint prowess of Mark Cavendish, and a setup which serves the Manxman, is normally a guarantee of success but when things go wrong they need riders capable of stepping up to the plate and they too, young and old, have faltered. The team needs at least one stage win to steady the ship but the management hasn’t shown much direction or confidence in Edvald Boasson Hagen, so if he pulls something out the bag it’ll be a surprise.Founded 2007 Bike Cervélo Manager Douglas Ryder Sponsor business IT servicesTours de France 3 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 7 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 1Tour heritage Stage wins in 2015 and 2016 for Steve Cummings, and last year for Boasson-Hagen, plus Cavendish’s stellar 2016 (four stage wins and a day in yellow) give them an enviable record.Team leader Cavendish is still chasing the all time record of Tour stage wins, however the sprinting competition is stronger than ever and his leadout train hasn’t had much practice or, more crucially, form. It could be the return of the Manx missile but he’ll need to take some chances.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia have wrapped up the Womens Open Trans-Tasman test series with a dominant display in the second test.In worsening conditions at Rotorua International Stadium, it looked like the trend from the first match of the day may continue for the women as the Touch Blacks opened the scoring through Tay-a Antonievic.It would prove to be the only time the hosts crossed the line for the half as the Aussies went onto score four unanswered tries in the first half for a 4-1 lead.The first of those was to Lizzie Campbell before Sammy Rodgers held onto a long ball from Manly teammate Danni Davis in difficult conditions to get the Australians in front. A Hannah Dyball first half double on the left hand side rounded out the first half scoring giving the Aussies a comfortable lead at the break.The girls picked up where they left off in the second stanza with tries to Marriki Watego and Dani Davis to push the lead out to five before the Touch Blacks could find the line again bringing the score back to 6-2 through McKayler Moore.Watego was back at it again soon after to pick up her second of the night and a with a Hannah Dyball hat-trick in the bag the Australians cruised to a comfortable 8-5 win and an unassailable 2-0 series lead heading into tomorrow’s third and final test.last_img read more

first_img The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Editors’ Recommendations We at The Manual are always pleased to see people helping people. Otis & Eleanor is a great example. The company is comprised of a bevy of friends located in various cities around the world, who are always looking for products to travel with. They are also committed to finding things that are well built and designed so they collaborate with independent designers to produce some pretty stellar pieces including watches, shades, and now portable speakers.Bongo is a portable blue tooth speaker encased in 100% bamboo that uses best-in-class APTX audio decompression software, which allows the device to put out some serious sound despite it’s small build. Designed in collaboration with Meghan Sebold, the founder of Alfie, a fashion line that fuses traditional West African textiles with American trends, they used her sensibility to design the speaker and develop the hemp speaker cloth that goes over the heads while spending a year perfecting the technology.Speaking of which, two 1.5” powered drivers utilize rare Earth magnets to deliver powerful and clean bass and the bamboo frame creates a full natural sound much better than a plastic or metal frame. It keeps getting better folks, the Bluetooth 4.0 allows the user to control Bongo with their phone from up to 25 feet away and Bongo boasts 10 hours of playback on a single charge. That’s one long night in the party tent!O&E created a Kickstarter to get Bongo going and hit a cord with speaker freaks – they are now 467% funded! So Bongo will be available in December, just in time for the holidays. The price is great too at $125. Another positive aspect of O&E is cutting out the middle man since they design, produce and distribute themselves.Be sure to check out this video about the Bongo. It gives you more of a sense of the size and versatility of this little crowd pleaser. Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP working president J P Nadda Monday “pulled up” Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur for her remarks that she was not elected to the Lok Sabha for cleaning up toilets, comments that were seen to be mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign. She was summoned to the BJP headquarters, where Nadda conveyed to her the party leadership’s displeasure with her comments made at Sehore in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, party sources said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Thakur was pulled up and asked to refrain from making statements that go against the party’s programmes and ideology, they said. The BJP MP declined to speak to reporters as she left the party office. Addressing a meeting of BJP workers in Madhya Pradesh, Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case who is currently out on bail, said the job of an MP is to work with MLAs, corporators and public representatives to ensure development. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “So keep this in mind… We are not here for cleaning a drain. Is it clear?. We are absolutely not (here) for cleaning your toilets. The work which we are supposed to do and elected for, we will do it honestly. This we had said in the past, saying it today and stick to it in future as well,” she said. Thakur had won her maiden election from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat by defeating Congress leader Digvijay Singh. Her comments were embarrassing for the BJP as Modi has has made the ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India) programme a centrepiece of his government’s agenda. But this is not the first time she has left the BJP red-faced. During the Lok Sabha poll campaign, she had hailed Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse as a “patriot”. She was forced to apologise after he comments triggered an outrage, and Modi went on to say that he would not be able to forgive her despite the apology. She was issued a showcause notice as well. Thakur had also claimed that Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her “curse” as she was “tortured” by police in custody. Even then she was forced to tender an apology.last_img read more

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Tuesday, Feb. 6———CAROLINE MULRONEY LAYS OUT SOME PRIORITIESCutting income taxes and hydro rates are a couple of ideas Caroline Mulroney proposed last night while discussing her campaign to become leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives. She said while the party does need to make major changes, she would still use the previous leader’s platform as a starting point. Mulroney so far faces former MPP Christine Elliott and former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford in the race. A winner will be announced on March 10.———IT’S BACK TO WORK TODAY FOR QUEBEC LEGISLATUREThe last legislative session before Quebec’s fall provincial election begins today. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says his government’s seven remaining months will focus on the economy, entrepreneurship, innovation and transport, as well as on announcing measures to help families. Finance Minister Carlos Leitao’s final budget of the Liberals’ current mandate will likely be tabled in the spring. The Quebec election is scheduled for Oct. 1.———FUNDING COMING TO COMBAT FEMALE MUTILATIONThe federal government will announce $3 million in funding today for a project aimed at eradicating female genital mutilation in West Africa. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is to make the announcement of the four-year initiative today, making it the first government project to target the controversial practice.———CHANGES COMING FOR B.C.’s PUBLIC AUTO INSURERThe British Columbia government will announce changes today to the province’s public auto insurer amid predictions the agency will lose $1.3 billion by the end of the fiscal year. Attorney General David Eby, who will be part of a news conference in Victoria this morning, recently described the crisis at the corporation as a “financial dumpster fire.”———FEDS TO SEE IMPROVED FISH PROTECTION IN NEW BILL TODAYMore fish habitat in Canada will be protected from harmful activities under changes to the Fisheries Act to be proposed today by the federal government. Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is in Vancouver to make an announcement to update the Fisheries Act and restore previous protections afforded to fish habitat before the act was amended in 2012.———JUNO NOMINATIONS TO BE REVEALED TODAYThe 2018 Juno Awards nominees will be unveiled this morning as the music industry grapples with questions about a lack of female representation. Canada’s biggest music bash will likely shine a spotlight on superstars Drake, Shania Twain and the late Gord Downie in the top categories. But many will be closely watching the number of female artists who earn recognition in the wake of the “MeToo” and “Time’s Up” movements.———OLYMPIANS ASKED TO SING NEW ‘O CANADA’ LYRICThe Canadian Olympic Committee has asked athletes competing this month at the Winter Games to sing the new gender-neutral lyric to ‘O Canada.’ But some athletes say they may remember the new line if they win a gold medal. The Senate passed a bill last month to change the line “in all thy sons command” to the gender neutral “in all of us command.”———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release merchandise trade data for December.— Unions join employers, doctors and retirees at an Ottawa news conference to call for a universal prescription drug plan.— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne holds several meetings in Washington, D.C.— Dalhousie University in Halifax celebrates its 200th anniversary.— Wounded Warriors Canada will unveil its PTSD service dog program in Halifax.last_img read more

first_imgA few years ago, director George Lucas had planned to sell some of his land to a developer to build affordable housing for low-income residents of his county. This worried some of the local residents, who were concerned about what the possible consequences would be to the wealthy community.According to a Washington Post article, the project lost its financial backing in 2013. Two years later, Lucas has decided to fund the 224-unit development himself. Spread over 52 acres, it was estimated that it would cost $120 to $150 million in 2013, and plans included a community center, pool and senior residences.“We’ve got enough millionaires here,” the paper quoted Lucas saying. “What we need is some houses for regular working people.”The project is still in the proposal stage, but if approved, it could be completed by 2019.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

“This day of national celebration was reached through great sacrifices by all Eritrean people, who fought for freedom and laboured to rebuild their country,” said Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative. “In the course of your long struggle, and in the 10 years since, the people of Eritrea have shown tremendous determination and national pride.”The statement, which was released by the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), hails the fact that peace between the two countries is starting to take root. “Peace is necessary for national development, for Eritrea to fulfil its hopes and aspirations, and for its people to flourish,” said Mr. Legwaila.”UNMEE celebrates this day with you,” he said, pledging to support Eritrea’s efforts “to build a future marked by peace, independence and prosperity.” read more

Calling it an “important agreement,” Mr. Annan expressed his pleasure that his Special Representative for Iraq Ashraf Qazi and the Head of the Office of Constitutional Support of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Nicholas Haysom were able to help facilitate the accord expanding the committee by 15 new members and 10 experts.Ever since the 30 January elections for the Transitional National Assembly, which will write the new constitution and organize fresh elections, Mr. Qazi has met almost daily with one sector or other in an effort ensure that all elements, particularly Sunni Arabs, participate in the country’s political transition.By not voting, either due to boycott calls, intimidation or fear of violence, Sunni Arabs, who represent about 20 per cent of the population and were the dominant political force in Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime, now have very little presence in the Assembly. Shiite Arabs, about 60 per cent of the electorate, voted enthusiastically and now dominate the assembly together with the mainly Sunni Kurds, who also turned out en masse and represent about 20 per cent.”The Secretary-General hopes that the people of Iraq will seize this historic opportunity to pursue a constitutional process that is responsive to the key demands of all Iraqi political constituencies and that every effort will be made to complete the drafting of the constitution in accordance with the agreed timetable,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman.Under the timetable the draft constitution is to be completed by the summer and submitted to a referendum in the autumn, to be followed by new general elections by the end of the year.”The United Nations will continue to do everything possible to support the constitution-making process and to facilitate Iraq’s political transition in accordance with its mandate under Security Council resolution 1546,” the statement added of its mandate to promote national dialogue and consensus within an all-inclusive political process.”We have a strong team there, working with the Iraqi authorities on the drafting of the constitution,” Mr. Annan told reporters earlier at UN Headquarters in New York. “They will be able to help facilitate discussions, perhaps suggest some drafts, and basically support their effort.”Presenting Mr. Annan latest report on Iraq to the Security Council today, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Danilo Türk stressed that the inclusion of all constituencies is vital for the success of the transition process.”Our experience around the world demonstrates that national reconciliation requires a constructive relationship between the majority in power and political minorities,” he told the 15-member body in an open briefing.Meanwhile in Baghdad today, Mr. Qazi discussed the coordination of donor resources for the war-ravaged country with Finance Minister Ali Abdelamir Allawi and Planning and Development Cooperation Minister Barham Saleh ahead of a conference on international assistance in Brussels, Belgium, next week.Mr. Türk said the International Conference on Iraq being co-hosted by the United States and the European Union (EU) in Brussels on 22 June, provides a new opportunity for the global community to widen and deepen consensus in support of Iraq’s transition and the role of the UN.”Both Iraq and the international community have no option but to succeed,” he told the Council. “It behoves all concerned – the new Iraqi Government, the Multinational Force, this Council and the United Nations – to rise to our shared responsibility to ensure the full implementation of resolution 1546.” read more

Quebecor CEO uses Q2 call to outline view on wireless expansion outside Quebec Quebecor is keeping up the pressure on Ottawa to implement what it says are fair rules that would encourage it to expand the Videotron wireless phone business outside of Quebec.“We will work at ensuring all conditions are right to minimize our risks,” Quebecor president and CEO Pierre Dion told analysts on a conference call to discuss second-quarter results, which showed a smaller loss compared with a year earlier.While Quebecor hasn’t committed to wireless expansion outside its home province, Dion wasted little time on the call before he outlined what Videotron would need to become Canada’s fourth national wireless carrier.Dion said one factor would be lower wholesale roaming rates, which Videotron would need to pay other networks in areas where it doesn’t have its own network built.The industry’s telecommunications regulator has been studying the issue as well as a number of others that will affect the ability of smaller carriers to compete with the three dominant national wireless network operators, Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Telus (TSX:T) and BCE’s Bell (TSX:BCE).The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced Thursday afternoon that it had found clear instances where Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) has prohibited smaller service providers from using any other carrier’s network. The federal regulator said it will prohibit such exclusivity clauses in inter-carrier contracts.The CRTC also said Thursday that it had found clear instances where smaller carriers were overcharged for wholesale roaming. However, the CRTC said the federal government had already amended the law in June to impose a cap on such fees pending a broader review that the regulator is undertaking.The federal government has said it wants at least four wireless carriers competing in each of Canada’s major regions but industry observers think Ottawa would prefer to have a fourth national carrier big enough to take on the three main incumbents, which collectively have more than 90 per cent of the country’s mobile subscribers.Quebecor’s Videotron cable and Internet unit started competing with its own wireless service in 2010 but, as of the end of the second quarter, it had only about 551,300 mobile subscribers. By comparison, Toronto-based Wind Mobile had about 735,000 in three provinces and each of the big three had at least 7.7 million.The Quebec company bought wireless spectrum earlier this year in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia for $233 million, opening an opportunity for it to expand beyond its provincial borders. Some analysts have said Videotron may work with other carriers, or buy Wind Mobile, but no deals have been announced.“We continue to meet with several potential partners to assess their interest in partnering with us should we decide to consolidate the industry following positive regulatory developments,” Dion told analysts.On Thursday, Quebecor Inc. narrowed its second-quarter net loss to $54.8 million, or 45 cents per share in the quarter, compared with a loss of $93.6 million, or 75 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013.Adjusted profits from continuing operations grew to $66 million, or 54 cents per share, which came in seven cents higher than analysts expected, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.Revenues were relatively flat, rising $6 million to $1.07 billion year-over-year, driven by its telecommunications division.Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) also says it’s creating a new division called Media Group for its entertainment and news media properties, including Sun Media Corp. and TVA Group Inc.The company’s telecommunications division had revenues of $20.7 million in the quarter, up 3.1 per cent year-over-year.Wireless subscribers at Videotron grew by 29,700 subscribers, while its Internet operations lost 3,600 subscribers and its cable operations 17,100.Revenues in Quebecor’s news media division were down 7.3 per cent to $14.6 million in the quarter.“We believe that it will be difficult for Quebecor shares to outperform until national wireless expansion uncertainty is lifted,” said Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose in a note.“Unfortunately, we do not expect clarity until new wireless wholesale rules are released and this is only expected in spring 2015.”Shares of the company rose three cents to $26.50 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 12:25 pm MDT read more

first_imgIdentify machine problems on the spot with the most cost-effective solution for portable, wireless data collection and analysis, says SKF. It has launched the SKF Wireless MicroVibe that allows users to safely, quickly and easily assess any problems with their machinery. The vibration assessment tool is suitable for analysing rotating equipment. Portable, compact and lightweight, this versatile and easy-to-use tool offers reliable and fast wireless (WiFi) data collection.In conjunction with a tablet or smart phone, the new SKF Wireless MicroVibe provides the functionality of basic vibration data collection and analysis. It’s a great entry-level, cost-efficient solution for machine vibration measurements, root cause analysis, and small route-based data collection.“The wireless sensor will help customers assess data in a much easier and quicker way than other comparable technology  on the market. Anyone who owns a tablet can check the condition of a machine to ISO standards or bearing condition or by user defined alarms. They can even start a simple condition monitoring programme for their rotating machinery with this entry level solution”, says Torsten Bark, SKF Product Line Manager.Once the judgment of the overall vibration measurements results in an alert or danger, the FFT spectra and waveforms function will provide information to help indicate the root cause of the vibration.The SKF Wireless MicroVibe, CMVL 4000-EN, allows multi-point automation for faster data collection. The data collected, assessed and stored includes enveloped acceleration, acceleration, velocity and displacement, in both FFT spectrum and time waveform displays.Should vibration measurements (based on ISO vibration severity standard and SKF bearing condition evaluation) trigger an alarm, FFT spectrum analysis enables engineers to pinpoint problems such as unbalance, misalignment, bearing, or any other cause. Transferring all this vibration data to a computer, it will also store and recall measurements for trending and further analysis.last_img read more

← Previous Story Tickets for Qatar 2015 on sale Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 10): Granollers defeated by Cuenca! bergischerhandballlubbeckeMagdeburgmelsungenrn lowenwetzlar With RN Lowen its never boring. It seemed that the team will be having lots of trouble to retain the title lead after losing at half time with 18:14 against Melsungen, but the “Lions” produced a great second half which brought them the victory. They managed to even up the score until the 50th minute, and after that with goals through Gensheimer and Groetzki went at +2 which was enough to secure the 31:28 victory.Bundesliga scores: Lubbecke 29:25 Magdeburg, Melsungen 28:31 RN Lowen, Wetzlar 25:18 Bergischer read more

first_imgFor many Greek Australians ties with Europe remain strong, both from a family and financial perspective. These connections can go back many generations and often involve complicated financial arrangements. In many cases, people have chosen to leave assets behind when emigrating to Australia, perhaps because they make regular trips back or believed they may return to their homeland one day permanently. However, many families have never realised or understood that they should be paying Australian tax on the income earned from these assets. If your family is generating income offshore or holds overseas assets then there may be no better time to get your financial house in order without falling foul of the tax man.The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is stepping up its audit activity. They are examining data on Australians with offshore investments and bank accounts. They are also looking at information from Australian and foreign banks on fund flows, interest and account balances, as well as speaking to informants about offshore accounts, and money transfers to and from offshore bank accounts.The Swiss banks have already been required to disclose client information to US authorities and new rules mean that soon they could be required to disclose globally. Information accessed by the ATO will be used to pursue taxpayers who have not disclosed their offshore income. In the ATO’s view, it is only a matter of time before they discover undeclared offshore income.The ATO has announced a new project that gives Australian taxpayers the opportunity to voluntarily disclose unreported foreign income and assets before these are identified by ATO activity.This amnesty offers significant penalty reductions and other generous concessions to encourage the disclosure of undeclared income, including income from assets and structures established by earlier generations. The deadline for making a disclosure is 19 December 2014.The benefits of participating in the amnesty include:1. The ATO will usually only assess tax on the undisclosed income for the past four years. 2. Undeclared income from more than four years ago should not be taxed. 3. The maximum penalty will be 10 per cent and there will be no penalty where the income disclosed is $20,000 or less in a year. 4. The ATO will generally not initiate investigations for criminal prosecution for tax avoidance or refer taxpayers to another law enforcement agency. 5. The ATO will not generally audit the information provided.For those wishing to keep their offshore assets it is important to note that there is no obligation to wind up offshore structures. However, this is an opportunity to bring your offshore assets into Australia. In particular, for those looking at estate planning, it is an opportunity to ensure future generations have access to these offshore assets without having to be concerned about whether or not they have been properly accounted for in the past.This type of opportunity does not come along very often. It may be a once-in a-generation chance to reduce the risk of penalties, other sanctions and reputation damage that may occur as a result of an ATO investigation. The fast approaching deadline means that you need to consider action as soon as possible. It may be a good idea to seek the advice of your family accountant or a specialist that can assist taxpayers through the disclosure process. For more information you can call a tax specialist or visit the ATO website.*Sue Williamson works for Ernst & Young Australia. The views expressed in this article are the views of the author, not Ernst & Young. This article provides general information, does not constitute advice and should not be relied on as such. Professional advice should be sought prior to any action being taken in reliance on any of the information. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Next Saturday March 17 will be a big day for residents in the Batman Federal Electorate that includes Alphington, Clifton Hill, Fairfield, Kingsbury, Northcote, Preston, Reservoir, Thornbury and parts of Bundoora, Coburg North and Macleod.The residents will cast their vote to elect their representative in the Federal Parliament. Greens candidate for Batman Alex Bhathal has made a pre-election announcement, recognising the Greek-Australian community’s contribution to the local area.“After all, Greek is the second most spoken language throughout our local community,” she said. “If elected, I will be a strong voice for the Australian-Greek community in our Federal Parliament.”“I come from a migrant family myself and I know first-hand the unique challenges that migrant communities face in our community and the importance of staying connected to our cultural heritages,” Blathal added.The Greens candidate also stressed their opposition to the Government’s plan to make migrants wait 15 years before they could receive access to aged pensions as well as the cuts to aged pension payments to people who have been overseas for 6 weeks or more.“[We are] against the Government’s amendments to the Citizenship Act that would have increased the time spent as a permanent resident to four years and required university level English to obtain Australian citizenship,” she said.“The Greens and I are committed to a society where our diversity and our multicultural society is valued as our nation’s greatest strength. To do this, we need culturally appropriate services, such as multilingual child care and aged care workers and increased resources for the teaching of key community languages such as Greek in public primary and secondary schools,” she said adding that in order to maintain Batman’s rich cultural connections, they want to invest $30 million in a fund to support small media organisations, providing additional assistance for publications in languages other than English, while increasing funding for local community activities, which play such an important role in bring diaspora communities together.last_img read more