Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday jailed a Nigerian for two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.Mohamed Lainie Samara pleaded guilty to both charges, the first of which stated that between April 6 and 10 at Moleson Creek, Corentyne with intent to defraud, he conspired with persons known or unknown to him to fake a passport with name Addie Wayne Johnson, knowing same to be false.The other charge stated that on the same day at Moleson Creek, he also presented to an immigration officer a fake national identification card.The prosecution contended that Samara arrived in Guyana from St Lucia and was granted four months stay by immigration. According to the prosecution, Samara was heading to Suriname when he tendered his passport at Moleson Creek Immigration and it was realised that the passport number matched another person’s identity.Samara told the Court that he was heading to Suriname when some people heard his accent and asked him if he was from Georgetown. He said that he did not understand what they meant and they subsequently offered to get him a passport and an identification card for him to transact business. His lawyer, Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat told the Court that his client had a valid St Lucia passport and was a labourer and painter in St Lucia. He added that his client had three children and his wife was eight months pregnant. As such, Samara was fined 0,000 for each charge with an alternative of three weeks’ imprisonment. Fung-A-Fat opted for his client to serve his sentence and for his passport to be returned so he could return to his home in St Lucia; this request was granted by the Chief Magistrate.
As debates got underway at Public Buildings on the first sitting of the fifth annual Youth Parliament on Wednesday, Devastie Ramdin, who is assuming the role as Public Health Minister, told the House that the nation’s health is the country’s greatest wealth and not the nascent oil and gas sector, as she pointed to the need for advanced healthcare systems.Youth Parliamentarian Devastie Ramdin, serving as Public Health Minister, makes her presentationA section of the National AssemblyRamdin moved a motion to enhance efforts to curb substance abuse in schools. In doing so, she argued, “We can all attest the fact that Guyana has been outstanding in the academic track records. With [the] influx of substance abuse in schools, I am afraid in the next five years our spot of outstanding performers may come to a dreadful end.”It was on this note that the young Parliamentarian pointed out, “If we are to enhance efforts to curb substance abuse in schools, we will preserve our pass rates. We really cannot turn a blind eye to the nightmare plaguing our youths and future leaders of tomorrow. The effort need to be enhanced to curb substance abuse in schools. After all, our health is our wealth…our health and not the uprising of oil and gas”.In addition to substance abuse, the young parliamentarians also debated the proposed ban on single-use plastics, modernisation of the Copyright Law and Intellectual Property Legislation and discipline in schools.Each of the 35 speakers was allotted seven minutes to present their arguments on the respective areas. At the end of the day’s proceedings, the judges tallied the scores of the participants before announcing the winning team, best Speaker of the National Assembly and best debater.This year, over 70 young secondary school and University of Guyana (UG) students are getting the opportunity to experience the parliamentary setting.Youth Parliament 2019 commenced on August 10 and is expected to wrap up on August 18.Three students from each administrative region were selected to represent their region, but Region Four has four students representing it.The nine-day event includes training sessions and is slated to see two days of heated debate. The students will be debating motions on topical matters, with the most important motion to be presented on oil and gas and how it can benefit Guyanese.In excess of $5 million was spent for the event last year. However, even though the figure was not disclosed, this year’s event is expected to be much costlier.
Dele Alli’s temperament has been called into question whilst playing for Spurs Wales defender Ben Davies believes Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli has to tread carefully in Lens.Alli made a huge impression in his first Premier League campaign last season, playing a key role in Tottenham’s title bid, breaking into the England team and being named PFA Young Player of the Year.But the 20-year-old’s temperament has also been called into question, with Alli missing the final three games of Spurs’ season after punching West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach.Spurs full-back Davies says he is a huge admirer of Alli, but admits he runs the risk of being caught up in the atmosphere of Euro 2016’s British derby at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Thursday.“He has to be careful,” said Davies.“With what he has done this season people are going to be looking at him now, not just for the quality of his football but will be scrutinised for his behaviour as well.“But that’s part and parcel of his game, it’s what makes him the player he is.“If he didn’t have that fight in him then he probably wouldn’t be doing what he’s doing at 20 years of age.“You can have a laugh about it after it’s happened but he’s probably been fortunate that it hasn’t affected his game.“But he’s also won us games as well and we’re lucky at Spurs to have him.”Alli won his ninth cap as England opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Russia in Marseille on Saturday evening.Just hours earlier Wales got their tournament off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia.Those results have ramped up the pressure on England ahead of their first meeting with Wales since 2011.“We’ve got players who play at the very top level on a regular basis so nothing should faze us,” said Davies.“I don’t think we can afford to think of ourselves as underdogs.“People can say what they want and look at it whatever way they like, but we are a confident group and we’ll put every effort into doing well.”England had five Spurs players in their starting line-up for the Russia game, including Danny Rose, Davies’ rival for the left-back spot at White Hart Lane.But Davies believes that familiarity within the England team will not give them an advantage in Lens.“There are 11 players on the field, not five. That’s the best way for us to look at it,” said Davies.“We gelled pretty well throughout the qualifying with only one or two from the same team. I’m not too worried if they go down that route.“If Chris Coleman (Wales manager) asks me about them I will speak, but there’s so much analysis done on players now that they will know as much as I do from the analysis which is done these days.“The rise of these young players has changed things for England.“We’ve seen them in games look like world-beaters, but it’s not a squad that we haven’t played against before.“We’ve played top sides and done well. England are another top side and we will just have to do it again.” 1
A former Donegal GAA star was disqualified from driving for four years when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Tommy RyanTommy Ryan, 47, of Termon, Kilmacrennan was stopped by gardaí at Termon Church on September 17, last. He became abusive to gardaí and pushed garda Patrick Geraghty in the chest causing him to step back to regain his balance.Garda Geraghty told the court that Ryan resisted arrest and had to be handcuffed.The Garda revealed “I asked the driver to do a roadside breath test and he then stated that I knew him. I said I did not. He again said I knew him and said he was Tommy Ryan, the footballer. “He then stated ‘have you nothing better to be doing than catching me for nothing.’The court also heard that Ryan shouted at Garda Charlene Anderson: “F*** off you, it’s got nothing to do with you.”Garda Anderson later had to threaten Ryan with pepper spray in order for him to sit in the back seat of the patrol car.On the way to Letterkenny Garda Station Ryan made numerous comments about being a footballer adding “we should let him away with it” and “that we’d caught “the big one.”Ryan told gardaí to “go to the super’s office and get their pick of promotions” and then made reference to gardaí being out drinking.Ryan arrived at Letterkenny Garda Station and introduced to Garda Conor Molloy, the officer in charge. Ryan said that he would do nothing until he got in contact with his solicitor and refused to sign the custody record.He was led to the intoxiliser room at 2.04am where during his first attempt he blew too hard and the next two samples were too short. The court heard that he had chest problems.Barrister, Frank Martin said that Ryan apologised for his behaviour to gardaí. He also told the court that Ryan had volunteered to give a blood or urine sample which was confirmed by Garda Conor Molloy.Mr Martin said that Ryan had difficulty breathing into the machine.Inspector Goretti Sheridan said that the defence would have had to prove that the accused had medical records.Judge Paul Kelly disqualified Ryan for four years from July 31 and fined him €400 for failing to provide a breath sample. The disqualification period will start on July 31.Judge Kelly said that Ryan’s behaviour did him no credit at all. He added that gardaí have a difficult job to do and that should Ryan have taken the test he may well have brought himself into the alcohol limit.Judge Kelly added that if Ryan donated €350 to the Leaf Project in Raphoe he would strike out both the other charges.Ryan’s wife Eileen was also before the court charged with intoxication and threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour to which she pleaded guilty.She was also given the opportunity of donating €250 to the Leaf Project in RaphoeFORMER GAA STAR TOMMY RYAN DISQUALIFIED AFTER DRINK-DRIVING CASE was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breath testdonegalGAALetterkenny District CourtTommy Ryan
Andrew and Darren in Enniskillen. Pic William WallaceA FATHER and son from Glasgow who made headlines around the world because of their peaceful protest against the G8 in Fermanagh say the are proud of their Donegal roots.Andrew and Darren Carnegie – and their pet dog Grace – spent five days at a peace camp in Enniskillen before marching to the security fence surrounding world leaders at the Lough Erne Resort.Picture of the duo, from Black Hill in Glasgow, have been seen around the globe. The protest was the most peaceful in the history of G8 meetings, with not a single arrest.“My grandad was a McDevitt from Donegal and we’re very proud of our links to the county,” said Andrew, an artist.“There is a huge connection between Black Hill and Donegal; there are so many families with links.“Now that we’ve made it as far as Fermanagh, the next time we’ll be back and going to Donegal.” Son Darren said the huge links between Glasgow and Donegal were misunderstood by many people.“When Aiden McGeady chose to play for Ireland we understood it because we do see ourselves as Irish, but a lot of people didn’t get it,” he said.“We’ll definitely be back and next time it will be to Donegal to maybe trace some relatives.”Andrew says he’d love to bring some of his soccer teams over for some games in Donegal.“But I don’t think we could manage the gaelic football,” he said. The father and son, who protested against the G8 at Gleneagles in Scotland seven years ago, are heading back home to Glasgow this morning.They have won praise from the local police.Added Andrew: “I came to Ireland because I thought it was important to tell the world’s leaders that they are doing nothing to help the poor people on this planet.“Last week I found two people going through the rubbish of my bins looking for food. That’s in Glasgow in 2013. And one person dies from starvation in this world every ten seconds. Nothing has been done here to stop that. That’s the disgrace of it all – not our being here.” ‘WE’RE PROUD OF OUR DONEGAL ROOTS’ SAY ANTI-G8 CAMPAIGNERS was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:’WE’RE PROUD OF OUR DONEGAL ROOTS’ SAY ANTI-G8 CAMPAIGNERS
PASADENA – Retiring U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been named grand marshal of the 117th Rose Parade. “I cannot think of a more exciting way to begin the next chapter in my life than by riding down Colorado Boulevard as grand marshal,” O’Connor, 75, said in a printed statement Tuesday. “When I was a little girl, my parents and I traveled several times to the Rose Parade all the way from our ranch in Arizona just to see the majestic floats,” she said. “The experience was indeed magical, and I have kept it with me.” The parade will be held Jan. 2 instead of New Year’s Day because it is never held on a Sunday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week O’Connor will also toss the coin before the 92nd Rose Bowl football game, which will fall on Jan. 4. O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, was appointed by President Reagan in 1981. She announced her retirement in July and will step down from the bench when a successor is confirmed. Early this month, O’Connor was named chancellor of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., succeeding former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. She will serve as an adviser to the university’s president for seven years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LYON, France – Doctors in France said they had performed the world’s first partial face transplant, forging into a risky medical frontier with their operation on a woman disfigured by a dog bite. The 38-year-old woman, who wants to remain anonymous, had a nose, lips and chin grafted onto her face from a brain-dead donor whose family gave consent. The operation, performed Sunday, included a surgeon already famous for transplant breakthroughs, Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard. “The patient’s general condition is excellent and the transplant looks normal,” said a statement issued Wednesday from the hospital in the northern city of Amiens where the operation took place. Dubernard would not discuss the surgery, but confirmed that it involved the nose, lips and chin. “We still don’t know when the patient will get out,” he said. A news conference is planned for Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Scientists in China have performed scalp and ear transplants, but experts say the mouth and nose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant. In 2000, Dubernard did the world’s first double forearm transplant. The surgery drew both praise and sobering warnings over its potential risks and ethical and psychological ramifications. If successful – something that may not be known for months or even years – the procedure offers hope to people horribly disfigured by burns, accidents or other tragedies. The woman was “severely disfigured” by a dog bite in May that made it difficult for her to speak and chew, according to a joint statement from the hospital in Amiens and another in the southern city of Lyon where Dubernard works. Such injuries are “extremely difficult, if not impossible” to repair using normal surgical techniques, the statement said. “For pushing the bounds of science, they are to be applauded, as long as they have got full informed consent from the patient and the donor’s family,” added Dr. Iain Hutchison, chief executive of the London-based Facial Surgery Research Foundation. Scientists around the world are working to perfect techniques involved in transplanting faces. Today’s best treatments leave many people with facial disfigurement and scar tissue that doesn’t look or move like natural skin. A complete face transplant, which involves applying a sheet of skin in one operation, has never been done before. The procedure is complex, but uses standard surgical techniques. Critics say the surgery is too risky for something that is not a matter of life or death, as regular organ transplants are. The main worry for both a full face transplant and a partial effort is organ rejection, causing the skin to slough off. “It is not clear whether an individual could be left worse off in the event that a face transplant failed,” said Dr. Stephen Wigmore, chair of the ethics committee of the British Transplantation Society. Complications also include infections that turn the new face black and require a second transplant or reconstruction with skin grafts, perhaps even one or two years later. Drugs to prevent rejection are needed for life and raise the risk of kidney damage and cancer. Such concerns have delayed British plans to attempt the operation. In France, ethics authorities rejected an application to try a full face transplant last year, but left the door open for a partial procedure involving the mouth and nose. In the United States, the Cleveland Clinic is among those planning to attempt a face transplant. The French surgery “doesn’t change our plans,” said Cleveland surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow. “We are really looking for the right candidate,” which she described as “severely disfigured patients which have already had the conventional treatment” and for whom a transplant is the last chance. Dubernard, who is also a lawmaker in France’s lower house of parliament, collaborated in the operation with the Amiens hospital’s Dr. Bernard Devauchelle. Weekly news magazine Le Point reported that the recipient lives in Valenciennes, in northeast France, and that the donor’s facial organs were removed in a hospital in Lille, about 60 miles from where the transplant was performed. In 1976, Dubernard performed Europe’s first pancreas transplant. He also led teams that performed a hand transplant in September 1998 and the world’s first double forearm transplant in January 2000. The hand transplant recipient, New Zealander Clint Hallam, later had it amputated. Doctors said he failed to take the required drugs and his body rejected the limb. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Bulldogs open Missouri Valley Conference action on Saturday, April 1 at Northern Iowa. The Bulldogs hold a 7-5 record and have won three of their last four matches. Drake defeated Gustavus Adolphous 5-2 in its last time out on March 19. The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Summer Brills and Joely Lomas topped Michaela Schulz and Ally Baker, 6-4, at No. 1 doubles, while Kenya Williams and Mela Jaglarz secured the point with a 7-5 win at No. 2. Lomas wasted little time at No. 2 singles as she cruised past Baker, 6-1, 6-2. Freshman Alex Kozlowski extended Drake’s lead, 3-0, with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Lilly Hartman at No. 5 singles. Brills secured the match clinching point with her 6-2, 7-5 win over Schulz at No. 1. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team closes out its non-conference schedule when the Bulldogs host Upper Iowa on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Print Friendly Version The Peacocks come to Des Moines with a 6-2 record and have dropped their last two matches. Upper Iowa fell to Winona State, 7-2 in its last time out on March. 17. Isabella Sella leads the team as the top singles player and has posted a 6-1 record.
Alex Mallari is among the newcomers who have taken the lead for NLEX’s turnaround this season. —Sherwin VardeleonANTIPOLO—Yeng Guiao hasn’t had this kind of a view for quite a while.The NLEX coach is looking down on almost everyone for the first time this PBA season, and the Road Warriors take the first of two shots to nail down a big quarterfinal advantage in the Governors’ Cup with a win over TNT KaTropa Wednesday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Weather permitting, tip off is at 7 p.m. and Guiao knows exactly what’s in store for his Road Warriors if they win.“That’s the good thing with our situation right now—we know what we need to do to get a top four slot,” Guiao said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Texters, meanwhile, will play for the first time in eight years with Ranidel de Ocampo no longer part of the squad after dealing the veteran forward to Meralco in a trade that also involved Phoenix.TNT got Justin Chua, who Meralco first shipped to the Fuel Masters. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NLEX is tied for the lead with idle Barangay Ginebra at 7-2 and Guiao had said that he thinks the magic number for a top four slot—and a twice-to-beat privilege—would be eight wins.“It will be tough. But who knows? We could get lucky again in one of our last two games,” he said.Aaron Fuller has proven to be exactly what the doctor has ordered to resuscitate NLEX. Then there’s Guiao’s genius of tweaking the local lineup to get the players he wants.“I think the players just jelled earlier than I anticipated,” Guiao said as Larry Fonacier, JR Quiñahan and Alex Mallari have come to fore and are immediately playing with impact for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Can Pacquiao wangle a rematch now? NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Minutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should,Minutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should leave me out mate,” quipped coach Geoff Marsh who sat next to Roy Jr at the table.Sourav GangulyWhy Ganguly was droppedPlayed very little competitive cricket since 2008Often argues with coach over team selectionOften involved in dressing room politicsRarely cared about the brand image of KKRHigh base price of Rs 1.86 croreSeconds later, auctioneer Richard Madeley threw a white cricket ball into the basket, declaring Ganguly unsold, having failed to attract a single bid from any of the 10 franchises, including Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) that he had fondly shaped four years ago with filmstar Shah Rukh Khan and his investors.Ganguly, watching the proceedings on television at his home, did not react on his Black Sunday. He later played a game of basketball with his daughter Sana and her friends and switched off his handset to avoid repeated calls from prying reporters who had gate-crashed his south Kolkata home.Almost 48 hours later, a crestfallen Ganguly told the owner of a sports channel, “I was dropped unceremoniously. It is sad and should not have happened; it is humiliating.” He was one of the icon players when Lalit Modi started the cash-rich league and held his usual, celebrity-infested reality auctions for low-brow television. Now, the same Ganguly was among the three of the 48 capped Indian players up for auction but who remained unsold, the others being Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh. Worse for him and his supporters was the selection of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, both members of the 35-plus brigade.advertisementShah Rukh KhanAs the two-day bidding process got over, it was clear that Ganguly will not be playing in the fourth edition of the world’s richest cricket league. Subrata Roy made one last effort on January 12, faxing Ganguly an offer letter to join the board of directors of Sahara Adventure Sports that owns the Pune Warriors team.It seemed like a backdoor call to get Ganguly into the IPL and many wondered whether it would be wise for Ganguly to accept such an offer at a time when KKR remains non-committal. “The decision was purely professional, our focus is on young players,” said KKR director Joy Bhattacharya. Agrees former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi, “How can Ganguly handle the Twenty20 pressures? He has not played competitive cricket for the last two years.” The veteran spinner found support from Anil Kumble, chief decision maker of Royal Challengers Bangalore, “It is the new reality of modern cricket. The franchises are looking at three years and not one year.”KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan, who flew to South Africa a day before the start of the auction, merely told reporters in Durban that he would meet Ganguly on his return to ease tensions in Kolkata where fans threatened boycott of KKR matches. Though Ganguly’s supporters argued that the former Indian captain had immensely enhanced KKR’s brand value, the professional management brought in by the owners thought exactly the opposite. Come to think of it, wasn’t KKR the only franchise that didn’t have any of its owners at the auction?Subrata Roy has now requested Ganguly to join the board of directors of Sahara Adventure Sports that owns Pune Warriors. Yet, speculation continued as to why everyone ignored Ganguly. Members of some of the IPL teams confirmed that the former Indian captain’s backroom politics often created serious problems, both on and off the field. “He is a dangerous person to have in the dressing room, often instigating one player against another. And such politicking is routine with him.He comes with a lot of baggage,” remarked a KKR insider, adding, “Age was never an issue for dropping him. It was his attitude. Everyone in Indian cricket is aware of his dressing room politics.” Incidents of such tension between Ganguly and other players were evident during the previous IPL editions when Shah Rukh Khan had to replace him as the captain of the side with New Zealander Brendon McCullum.There were other reasons as well. Ganguly, despite being an integral part of KKR, had started discussing a possible shift to Pune Warriors months before IPL 4 was being planned. “He was being told by the KKR bosses that they would like to have him in a mentor’s role and groom the side but he would not play. He said nothing to that offer,” 66 INDIA TODAY . JANUARY 24, 2011 Cricket IPL said Bhattacharya. Immediately after the weekend auction, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said: “It’s something he will have to think about and if he is interested, I couldn’t be happier.” A sulking Ganguly did not respond.advertisementFor Pune Warriors, the issue was even trickier. Ganguly, long associated with the group, had played the Bengali card well enough with the Roys and was almost guaranteed a place in the side till Marsh played spoilsport and raised serious fitness and man-management issues. The coach, it is reliably learnt, also touched upon the issue of the fees that Ganguly, for reasons known best to him, suddenly raised to Rs 1.86 crore. But nothing was put on paper.Even the Sahara Group, which Ganguly till recently considered his safest batting ground, remained neutral in the blame game. “How can we take him when the chief coach and his juniors are totally against him? It is not as if all 10 franchises had gone to the auction with a mindset that the likes of Ganguly, Chris Gayle, Mark Boucher and Brian Lara were not to be touched. The coach is the best person to pick the side,” said Abhijit Sarkar of the Lucknow-based group.No one disputes Sarkar. The fourth auction round, minus the glitz and glamour that accompanied the previous ones, predictably demolished all existing myths about the sport and business. Any sentimental value of legends up for auction was drowned within the first hour. There was a growing realisation that it is safer to invest in Indians than chase overseas mirages. Even Delhi’s Gautam Gambhir did not think he would lead the pack of multi-millionaires with a whopping $2.4 million (Rs 11.04 crore), followed by Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa $2.1 million (Rs 9.66 crore) and Rohit Sharma $2 million (Rs 9.20 crore).Three others – Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Saurabh Tiwari – are also not very far from the $2-million mark. “Contrasting these figures with the highest paid overseas player, Mahela Jayawardene ($1.5 million), and the other two foreigners, David Hussey and Dale Steyn, in the $1-million bracket, will give you an instant insight into the mindset of the moneybags controlling the franchises,” said Alan Wilkins, veteran cricket commentator with ESPN Star Sports, the world’s largest sport broadcaster, adding, “Remember Mahendra Singh Dhoni got $1.5 million in 2008 and Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen’s price tag was $1.55 million the following year.Now you have a clutch of brash young kids bought for over $2 million each. This trend will continue in coming years as well, as this league is meant for youngsters.” Wilkins knows his IPL. The league is no longer an audacious and untested experiment where the portfolio concentration was on a high-risk, high-return strategy with teams built around a few stars. With the proportion of the budget used to buy the five most expensive players falling sharply, the IPL 4 auction was more about building winning selections than thirsting for marquee crowd-pullers. “It is like a mutual fund manager designing his equity portfolio.advertisementIt’s obvious that IPL team owners will behave like venture capitalists,” said noted cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle. “Forget the stars and let’s focus on the unknowns whose valuations have soared in successive IPL auctions.” Bhogle pointed out that 20 players had seen a 10-time salary hike, eight saw their valuations increase between 500 and 1,000 per cent and 21 saw their valuations increase between 100 and 500 per cent since the cashhappy IPL started.Expectedly, the upshot in the new list of stars has forced some dropouts: Ganguly is one of them. Spare a teardrop for his farewell. No wonder, Kolkata’s widely circulated Ananda Bazar Patrika cryptically commented: “There’s no life after death.”