Oscar De La Hoya: Manny Pacquiao best fighter I’ve faced

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The list goes on, but De La Hoya saved the best for last in Manny Pacquiao, who turned out to be his farewell fight in 2009.“Probably Pacquiao,” De La Hoya, who won 10 titles in six divisions, said when asked who was the best fighter he faced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’For De La Hoya, Pacquiao was the total package.“I think his determination, his conditioning, his skill, his power, his speed, his footwork. He was probably one of the fighters I’ve most appreciated.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo, Manuel in the spotlight as San Miguel, Alaska clash All those were in full display when Pacquiao cut the much bigger De La Hoya down to size and forced him to quit on his stool at the end of the eighth round in 2008.De La Hoya, who owns Golden Boy Promotions, is in Kuala Lumpur to promote “The Fight of Champions,” the biggest boxing event in Malaysia since the great Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner in 1975.Pacquiao is facing Lucas Matthysse, who is signed with Golden Boy, in the headliner for the WBA welterweight title.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West FILE — Manny Pacquiao (R) hits Oscar De La Hoya in the fifth round of their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPKUALA LUMPUR — Oscar De La Hoya fought the biggest names in boxing throughout his professional career that spanned from 1992 to 2009.De La Hoya embraced the challenge in fighting the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather Jr.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Symbols of Recovery

first_imgThe Ebola outbreak in Liberia no doubt brought the country to its knees, and the news of the situation at one point seemed to have near-apocalyptic implications.  The last thing on the mind of anyone on the ground would have been art or creativity… or so they thought.  Yet, the many priceless acts of creativity throughout this crisis have helped millions of people nationwide emerge from denial and adopt preventive postures and protocols that would keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the epidemic. Among those championing the creative cause against Ebola are artist couple Omar El-Shabu and his better half, Maisha, along with several other Liberian artists who will present their works in a major exhibition at the National Museum in Monrovia from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.  The other artists include Lawson Sworh, Mohammed Bah, Marcus Benn Yancy and Isaac Dubor.Named and styled “Recovery”, the exhibition aims to help eliminate the panic and fear people have of Ebola and make room for healing – “visual healing”, according to the organizers.The Shabus, better known as ‘Baba and Mama Shabu’, have had an extensive and coveted artistic career that sets them apart as nothing less than sages.  Baba, a painter with experience in academia as well as the African textile industry, is regarded for his expert knowledge of traditional African symbols, those native to Liberia being no exception. His use of traditional African symbols in his paintings encodes an awareness that viewers must learn to discover or rediscover, toward a stronger sense of cultural identity.  Such passion for traditional symbols has given birth to a series of projects including the up-coming one, Recovery. “My art is symbolic,” says Baba. “There are a lot of symbols inside of my work.  Now is the time for us to use art symbols.  These symbols represent courage as a way of moving forward from this Ebola outbreak.”The cultural symbols Baba employs come from across the spectrum of Liberian traditions, including Kpelle, Vai, Lorma and Mandingo, to name a few.Mama and Baba have for over a year published a monthly series of articles on Liberian traditional symbols in the Daily Observer’s LIB Life section.  She pens, he paints.  Lately, during the heat of the Ebola outbreak they shifted gears to produce the articles every week, highlighting the role of art and symbols in the fight against Ebola. “We need to do something that’s going to relate to recovery, especially as we get closer to recovering from this Ebola outbreak,” says Mama, speaking of the up-coming exhibition.  “A lot of artists are going to be a part of it, including Baba himself. After the initial shock from Ebola, the deaths, and how people are starting to say let’s move on. We shouldn’t remain down, we need to keep going forward.”The pair expressed their initial wish, which almost came true until the Ebola outbreak.“We planned this exhibition in March 2014 and started to share ideas with others,” Mama explains, “and then Ebola. We started thinking; artists have an important role during periods like this when everyone is down.  We could actually spark a recovery, and that’s how Baba said, let’s have a recovery exhibition.”The Recovery exhibition will be their second in post-war Liberia.  In 2012, Baba held a major exhibition titled, “New Water from the Ancient Well”, at the Liberian National Museum.According to the couple, the idea for that exhibition came about while visiting the museum one day and seeing it’s old artifacts.“Baba was looking at the old artifacts and decided that we needed to have an exhibition.  The exhibition featured pieces [already in] the museum as well as his contemporary interpretation of those pieces. We had paintings and textile tapestries – large wall tapestries. It was beautifuland such a success,” Mama recalls.The New Water from an Ancient Well exhibition sparked a renaissance in many different circles about heritage.  Since that exhibition, Baba has been working with a many artists who were inspired by his works.“A lot of artists have been coming up since the exhibition, giving time and doing different things with Baba,” Mama explains.  “Because of the exhibition, a lot of new art schools have opened and positive things have blossomed. When we produced the exhibition in 2012, we wanted to inspire the Liberian art renaissance.  We wanted to be a part of the renaissance taking place. And we feel that we’re a part of that.“We look forward to doing it again with the Recovery exhibition,” she continues, “and bring on board some of these artists that Baba has been working with,” she disclosed.According to Mama, fear and discipline has been the overall effect of the Ebola crisis.”If you follow the guidelines in staying safe and have instituted some discipline on yourself, you’ll see yourself moving above. And that is the antidote for fear. We have to admit, Ebola did that,” she says.The Recovery exhibition, Baba says, will highlight symbols of recovery and moving forward from the past.”We need all of these symbols because they’re symbols of strength and courage, to move us out of the Ebola era.  In my work, I project that image of courage, getting away from fear. We need to move forward as people.  This Ebola, like so many other elements that are in life, will come and go.  We can’t stop because they exist, we have been here in Africa for more than 10,000 years, and all of these things did not just happen.  There were many disasters, so we must move forward.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Juventus fly-on-the-wall series set for Netflix airing

first_img“You’ll go on the road, deep inside Allianz Stadium and around Turin to capture the players’ lives in depth while following the twists and turns of another enthralling season,” the team said in a statement.“Through over four months of shooting you’ll get up close and personal with Bianconeri like Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Bernardeschi, Giorgio Chiellini, Douglas Costa, Gonzalo Higuain, Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanic, Daniele Rugani, and coach Massimiliano Allegri as well as Bianconeri legends like Alessandro Del Piero.”The American online entertainment service was handed access to Juventus players for the current season, with the documentary set to show Serie A matches, action from the training pitch and a behind-the-scenes look inside Allegri’s dressing room.Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 109 million members in 190 countries.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Netflix will air a docu-series about Juventus, including goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon © AFP/File / Federico TARDITOTURIN, Italy, Jan 22 – Gianluigi Buffon will be among the Juventus players to star in a fly-on-the-wall documentary series on Netflix from February 16, the reigning Serie A champions confirmed on Monday.‘First team: Juventus FC’, the original docu-series about the Italian giants, with the first three episodes following the club’s key players on and off the pitch, is to be aired from mid-February with the second part available in the summer.last_img read more

MAN DENIES KILLING ANOTHER MAN AT CO DONEGAL CHURCH CAR PARK

first_imgA man has pleaded not guilty at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin to the murder of another man at a church car park in Co Donegal in February, 2008.The court heard that Martin Kelly was part of a joint enterprise to lure Mr Andrew Burns, who lived in Strabane, Co Tyrone, to the car park at Donnyloop, Castlefin.The shooting was heard by a group of five young people from Clady, Co Tyrone who were walking in the area, he added. Martin Kelly (aged 36), a bus driver, of Barrack St, Strabane, Co Tyrone pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Andrew Burns (aged 27) at Donnyloop, Castlefin, Co Donegal on February 12, 2008.Opening the prosecution case, Mr O’Connell said that on the day of the murder, Mr Burns spent the day at the home of his elderly parents, three miles outside Strabane, and they dropped him back to the town around 6.45pm.A group of five young people from Clady in Co Tyrone, which is 1.4 kilometres from Donnyloop, were walking along the road just after 7pm.Two of them would give evidence that they heard two shots about 7.10pm.

They also saw a silver car drive in the direction of the car park then drive past them at high speed.Later they saw the body of Mr Burns on the road.

Some of the young people saw Mr Burns stumble on to the roadway, an ambulance was called and arrived at 7.35pm.Mr Burns was pronounced dead by a doctor at 7.58pm.A post mortem carried out by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy established that Mr Burns was shot twice in the back, one shot hitting him in the left shoulder and the other in the middle of the right back.This second shot penetrated the aorta and Mr Burns lost a substantial amount of blood. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the trunk.Mr O’Connell told the court that Kelly was arrested in Milford, Co Donegal in February, 2010 and he was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station where he underwent 17 hours and 22 minutes of interviews by gardaí.Counsel said that Kelly made a number of statements to gardai and the court was told that the defence are challenging the admissibility of the alleged statements on the grounds that they were not made voluntarily.The trial is expected to last three weeks.EndsMAN DENIES KILLING ANOTHER MAN AT CO DONEGAL CHURCH CAR PARK was last modified: October 4th, 2011 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:castlefinDonnyloopmurderlast_img read more

Burbank mayor calls for transit options

first_img But when asked after his speech whether he drives alone to work, Vander Borght acknowledged he did. He has a half-dozen construction projects and clients across Los Angeles. “This is the irony of all ironies,” he said with a laugh, emphasizing that he drives a hybrid electric Toyota Prius. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We have a strong economy,” said the Peruvian-born Vander Borght, who is also an architect. “These have been very, very good years.” City Manager Mary Alvord said the mayor’s speech was refreshing. “I think he really drew the audience in to make them realize that Burbank’s a community about working together,” she said. “He delivered.” Gary Olson, president of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the $50-a-plate event, echoed the statements. “He spoke from the heart,” Olson said. “He spoke with conviction. He spoke with passion. He did an amazing job.” BURBANK – Mayor Jef Vander Borght used his first State of the City address Thursday to try to change people’s minds about traffic. While offering no specifics, Vander Borght said motorists have to be willing to give up their solo-driving habits in order to relieve congestion on local streets and freeways. “It’s important that we start looking at alternate means of transportation,” Vander Borght told 400 business and city leaders during his speech at the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center. “We have no more options. We have to shift the way we look at the future.” Vander Borght touted the city’s 96 percent employment rate, a building boom, and sales growth that outpaces that of Beverly Hills and Pasadena. Vander Borght, 54, who was appointed mayor in May by the City Council, highlighted a city that has an equal number of residents as it does jobs – over 100,000 – about 20,000 of whom live and work in the city. last_img read more

DONEGAL TEENAGER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER ACCIDENT

first_imgAn 18 year teenager from West Donegal is in critical condition after an accident in London.The man was believed to be working in London with his father when he was involved in a car crash.It is understood the man, from Loughnaure, was driving home from work when he was involved in the smash. No other details are available at this time. DONEGAL TEENAGER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER ACCIDENT was last modified: September 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentLondonLoughnaurelast_img read more

Proline defeat Kyetume to take control of Uganda Cup semi

first_imgProline players celebrate Mujuzi’s second goal against Kyetume. (Proline Photos)Uganda Cup 2018/19Kyetume FC 1-2 Proline FCNakisunga Ssaza playground, MukonoMonday, 29-04-2019MUKONO – Proline moved closer to a first ever Uganda Cup final following a 2-1 win away to Kyetume in the semi final first leg.In the game played at Nakisunga playgrounds on Monday, Proline raced into a 2-0 lead.First it was Ibrahim Bonyo who slotted in the opener on 24 minutes after he was played in by another Ibrahim, Wamanah.Mustafa Mujuzi doubled the visitors’ advantage in the second half, from a beautiful free kick that left Kyetume goalkeeper Ismail Zziwa rooted to the spot.Later on in the game, Robert Ssentongo halved the deficit off an Elkanah Ndugwa lobbed pass that caught Proline’s defence flat.“It’s a big win for us, said Proline’s coach Shafic Bisaso after the game.“We benefited from the little we know about our opponents but it is not yet over as there are still 90 minutes away.Despite taking a 2-0 comfortable lead, Kyetume’s veterans – Vincent Kayizi, Patrick Ochan, Robert Ssentongo and Elkana Ndugwa – kept pressing but Proline managed to hold on for a win.Proline who eliminated Vipers will have goalkeeper Hassan Matovu to thank after the KCCA FC loanee kept out three rocket freekicks from Benon Tahomera.Towering striker Faisaam Malango also headed out Robert Ssentongo’s lofty delivery.Proline could have sealed it there and then but Bonyo who was freed by substitute Bright Anukani, fluffed his keeper-to-beat attempt over the bar.In the end, Proline walked out of Nakisunga with their heads held high after registering a vital win away from home.The two sides will clash again in the return leg at Lugogo earlier next month.The other semi final first leg between Bright Stars and Express ended 1-1 at the Champions Stadium in Mwerere, on Sunday.Comments Tags: Elkanah NkugwaIbrahim BonyoIbrahim WamanahKyetume FCMustafa Mujuziproline fcRobert SsentongoShafick Bisasotoplast_img read more

Nobel Square for SA’s laureates

first_img5 August 2005Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa gets inspiration for her work through dreams.The 70-year-old from Limpopo made the trek to Cape Town as one of the artists chosen to work on the Western Cape’s Nobel Square project.Work on the site is set to start in early August, with the completed project to be unveiled on 16 December, when South Africa celebrates Reconciliation Day.Located at the popular V&A Waterfront, Nobel Square will honour South Africa’s four Nobel Peace laureates: the late Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk.The provincial government announced the names of the two artists chosen to work on the project at a briefing held near the Square on Tuesday.Cape Town artist Claudette Schreuders has been selected to join Mabasa on the project. Schreuders will produce bronze sculptures.Mabasa’s work, referred to as the “fifth element”, will reflect the contribution of women and children to peace and democracy in the country. Her work, a carving, is described as having “a quiet dignity”.Speaking through an interpreter, grey-haired Mabasa expressed joy at being selected to work on the project. “The inspiration for my work comes to me in my dreams,” she said. “My father came to me and asked, ‘Why don’t you do this?’.”Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool said the project was part of the government’s vision to make the province “a home for all”.Describing the laureates as “architects of freedom”, he said three of them had spent considerable time in the province, which included jail time in the case of Mandela.“The Waterfront has a confluence of people from all over. They can share in our rich history and the contribution the country made to the world in terms of peace and democracy”, Rasool said.Derick van der Merwe, CEO of the V&A Waterfront Company, said 22 million visitors would have access to the project.The five sculptures will be cast in bronze, with the laureates being a bit larger than life-size. Selected quotations from them will be engraved at the front.Mandela, speaking at the original launch of the project in December 2003, described the Nobel Square as a gesture celebrating and promoting reconciliation. “We need to celebrate ourselves and our achievement as often as we can”, said Mandela, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk in 1993.Tutu, the 1984 recipient, said that the real heroes of South Africa were the so-called ordinary people. “What happens here is not a tribute to the four of us, but to the people of South Africa.”Also present at the launch was Albertina Luthuli, the daughter of the country’s first Nobel laureate, the late Chief Albert Luthuli. Luthuli was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, but due to the situation in the country he could only travel to Norway the following year to receive it.“How he would have loved to have lived to vote and witness the birth of the new South Africa in 1994”, Luthuli said.De Klerk, like his fellow laureates, said credit should go to those they represented. “May this monument remind us to be aware that the new South Africa has given us something precious.”The project has the blessing of the Nobel Institute in Norway.The Nobel Prize, established in 1901 by Alfred Nobel, is awarded annually and recognises excellence and contributions in the five categories of peace, literature, physics, chemistry and medicine.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Somdev, Sania storm into singles final

first_imgTop seed Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza ensured India will grab at least two silver medals in tennis in the Commonwealth Games, after both of them progressed to their respective singles finals, although in contrasting fashion.Today’s medal hunt: 141 |  Stomach bug hits Aus, UK swimmers | CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets Somdev Devvarman, ranked 97th, outplayed third seed and world number 165 Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-1, while second seed Sania had to beat some demons of her own before prevailing 1-6 6-4 6-4 against Australia’s sixth seed Olivia Rogowska.Somdev will fight for the gold medal with Australia’s fifth seed Greg Jones, who upset his opponent and second seed Peter Luczak 6-7 6-4 6-2 in the other semifinal.Watched by her husband Shoaib Malik and egged on by a boisterous 2000-strong home crowd, Sania erased an opening set deficit to pull off an amazing win after striving for one hour and 55 minutes at the Centre Court of the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.There was little to separate the two players since both were erratic with their serves and hardly had control over their strokes as unforced errors outnumbered the winners.Sania could not held her serve in the entire first set, which was over in favour of Rogowska in just 26 minutes. Holding serve was key but she dropped her serve again in the fourth game of the second set with a double fault.However, Sania, ranked 131, shrugged off the poor start to make a spirited comeback by breaking 192nd ranked Rogowska in the fifth and ninth game and to move ahead 5-4. She then served out the set in the next game. .advertisementUnforced errors though continued to flow from both sides of the courts and it all boiled down to who will put more balls in the court.The decisive third set belonged to the Indian as she broke her opponent in the first and fifth game to put herself ahead 4-1. Although she too dropped her serve twice but eventually pocketed the match by breaking Rgowska for one last time.”When you are not timing the ball well, you have to do something different. I am happy I could fight back. My game is aggressive but I had to run,” she said.”I knew she would not be able to beat me otherwise she would have been in top 50. But she played a great match,” Sania added.Earlier in the Somdev match, unlike the previous contests, the semifinal featured a long rallies but Somdev had strong enough legs and stamina to outlast his opponent.Ebden was coming into this match after playing a energy-sapping three-setter against British Joshua Goodall and perhaps had not recovered from the gruelling encounter.Nevertheless, he did pose some questions for Somdev but the Indian was equipped with enough answers.The match never rose to expected highs ever since Ebden dropped his serve in the first game. The Australian slowly picked up but Somdev gradually tightened his grip over the match. The Indian broke Ebden twice in both the sets.Somdev is also in contention in the men’s doubles and is scheduled to play semifinals with partner Rohan Bopanna later in the day.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor April 16, 2007

first_imgBob Woolmer with Pakistan Cricket TeamDeath of the Game The grand celebrations of the World Cup have now paved the way for a series of upsets in the form of a death and match-fixing allegations (“Tragedy, Mystery and a Cup of Woe”, April 2). This ninth edition of cricket’s most-celebrated,Bob Woolmer with Pakistan Cricket TeamDeath of the GameThe grand celebrations of the World Cup have now paved the way for a series of upsets in the form of a death and match-fixing allegations (“Tragedy, Mystery and a Cup of Woe”, April 2). This ninth edition of cricket’s most-celebrated tournament will forever remain etched in history.-C.K. SUBRAMANIAM, on e-mailFor cricket lovers, Woolmer’s murder is a matter of shame and has cast a pall of gloom on the World Cup.-BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE, FaridabadWhen commercialisation of this erstwhile gent-leman’s game had reached its zenith, could crime have remained far behind?-NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiWhat led to Woolmer’s death may soon come to light, yet the game’s real disease is its “overmonetisation”. When any creative pursuit becomes infested with too much lucre, it tends to degenerate, and instead of a “play” it changes into a “question of life and death”.-VIRENDRA KUMAR TANGRI, DehradunAll facets of the gentleman’s game now lie open in front of us. Woolmer’s death and the subsequent investigations pointing towards match-fixing, are enough reasons for one to give up on the game. But the love for cricket just refuses to die.-LALIT VERMA, Delhi And They all Fell Down…The performance of the Indian cricket team gives rise to a range of emotions, from ecstasy to happiness to doubt and finally to alarm (“It’s all Mathematics Now”, April 2). These men in blue take us through such an unwelcome rollercoaster rides that I wonder sometimes if it is really time to switch from cricket to kabaddi. At least then the pain of loss would not be ours and the panic attacks would not make a billion lives shorter by the ball.-J. AKSHAY, SecunderabadadvertisementThe build-up was exemplary, the expectations were scary, the hype was exponential and as usual the papered team was at its best (losing of course!). The bubble has burst. Team India of the World Cup is not about crushing the minnows, but putting a commendable performance against A-class opponents, and not being tamed by the tame.-CARLITO MONTEIRO, on e-mailThe Centre should enact a law curbing the cricketers’ commercial contracts as long as they are of playing for the country to assuage the feelings of millions of fans who are taken for a ride by our so-called champions who are actually minnows.-V.S. GANESHAN, BangaloreThe shock and grief at our performance in the World Cup cricket is immature and uncalled-for. The media hyped the Indian team as pretenders to the world crown for monetary reasons. India was knocking at the door of minnows club before the start of the World Cup. Hence there is no point in the blame game and further research on the nonexistent “debacle”.-DILIP GULWADI, on e-mailFutile ConjecturesGoing by Rahul Gandhi’s claim, 30 years from now his progeny may well say that “my father always told my mother that if he and not the other Rahul had been captain of the cricket team, India would have won the 2007 World Cup” (“Baptism by Fire”, April 2). K.R. RAVI, Maryland, USA Little history, like little knowledge, is a dangerous thing, particularly when a little politician like Rahul Gandhi unleashes it in a little town in Uttar Pradesh. Now that the “Gandhis” are in power, what about rebuilding the masjid? The taste of the pudding lies in its eating.-J. AKSHOBHYA, MysoreVote-catching is an essential feature of any democracy, but digging up an unsavoury piece of history to bolster up the sagging fortunes of one’s party may turn out to be a futile exercise. It would be a tragedy for the entire nation, if the fall of Babri Masjid continues to be viewed only through narrow political angles.-T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatureCost of DevelopmentWest Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s struggle is the struggle of the Communist party in West Bengal (“The Struggle of Buddha”, April 2). Perhaps for the first time they are tasting their own bitter pill. He didn’t realise that this is not China and took it as easy as winning an election. Nandigram is a lesson for all but at the cost of 14 lives.-A. JACOB SAHAYAM, ThiruvananthapuramThe killings have taken place in a state governed by the “champions of poor”. The murder of innocent people has exposed that the difference between the Leftists and the agents of globalisation has vanished.-ARVIND K, PANDEY, AllahabadThe Watchdog’s Role I hope the media takes the Uttar Pradesh elections seriously and guides the electorate (“Three Horses and a Pony”, April 2). The voters are looking forward to a detailed analysis of the election strategies of all political parties.-SHIV SHANKER ALMAL, KolkataadvertisementCredit DeniedThe real architect of Karnataka Common Entrance Test was late Ramakrishna Hegde, whose vision had put the state on the world map and not Veerappa Moily (“Tale of Two Worlds”, April 2).-VATSALA VEDANTAM, on e-mailFashion ContoursFashion is unfair for commonman as it is beyond his reach (“Fair is Lovely”, April 2). Models are happy to expose their bodies, which onlookers are only too happy to see.-M. KUMAR, DelhiCorrectionIn the Power List (“Power Pyramid”, March 26), we erroneously mentioned that Videocon had acquired Whirlpool. The error is regretted.-EDITOR  POWER PLAY        Dirubhai AmbaniMukesh AmbaniSunil Bharti MittalAmitabh Bachchan        Kumar Mangalam BirlaAnil AmbaniAnand MahindraNandan M. Nilekani                 In your list there are a number of tax-dodgers and blackmoney holders (“Power Pyramid”, March 26). The day their number decreases, the nation will prosper.S.S. RAJAGOPALAN, ChennaiFor too long you have been depriving me of the regular day-to-day current event stories. For example, your recent Power List special took away so many pages that very little space was left for other stories. Please do not deprive me of my weekly reading.H.P. SHUKLA, on e-mailArvind Kejriwal and Vikram Akula deserve a standing ovation for the work they have done and for having made it to this Power List.ANIKA MOHLA, Delhilast_img read more