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first_img The gesture is likely to inflame tensions among Serb nationalists and ethnic Albanians. Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn’t recognise Kosovo’s independence and relations between the two countries remain tense. Xhaka’s parents are originally from Kosovo and they are of Albanian heritage. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for Serbia with a header in the fifth minute. The win puts Switzerland into second place in Group E with four points, the same as Brazil. The Swiss will advance to the round of 16 if they beat Costa Rica on Wednesday in Nizhny Novgorod. Serbia will face Brazil in Moscow at the same time. Underlying tensions KALININGRAD, Russia (AP): Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-0 victory over Serbia yesterday at the World Cup, and both celebrated by making a nationalist symbol to their ethnic Albanian heritage. In the tournament’s first come-from-behind victory, Xhaka made it 1-1 in the 52nd minute with a powerful shot through a crowded penalty. Shaqiri added the other in injury time after running past the Serbian defence. Both put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to make what looks like the double-headed eagle displayed on Albania’s national flag. The thumbs represent the heads of the two eagles, while the fingers look like the feathers.last_img read more


first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese and other Caribbean diaspora are most thankful for being in America, which has been kind to them. They are thankful for escaping issues and problems in the home country. They join others in celebrating the annual Thanksgiving Day holiday with family reunions, banquets, and charitable offerings.America has been kind and receptive to most immigrants, who in turn give thanks by sharing their earnings with the poorer sections of the society and with relatives back in the home countries. Each generation of immigrants and each ethnic group add their own distinct flavour to the festival as they celebrate at home and/or in their communities. And as they do with all other festivals, including Christmas or Independence Day, Guyanese and other immigrant Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving festival in their own unique way.Thanksgiving Day is a historical celebration in the US since the early settlement of North America by Europeans.  It is a national holiday, a kind of a spiritual day (without denomination) observed on the last Thursday of every November with businesses and schools closed for an extended four-day weekend – giving thanks for overcoming adversity.  The festival sets up a frame of mind for the Christmas holiday that is a month later.  It is the busiest shopping period, as well as the busiest travel week in the year. Over forty million Americans are expected to travel a minimum of 100 miles to be with their relatives during the festival. Stores are jam-packed the days before and after Thanksgiving. Many also order meals for the celebrations, with Guyanese restaurants being busy during the period with orders for roti and other food items. And Guyanese prepare elaborate dishes.Guyanese view Thanksgiving as an occasion for family reunion and big dinners.  Relatives normally take turns hosting dinners over the four-day period from Thursday to Sunday.  Dinner normally includes the traditional American turkey supplemented with traditional Guyanese dishes, including dhal puri, pachounie, phulourie, bara, fried rice, chowmein, fried channa, etc; and favourite drinks like mauby and sorrel for the children, and rum for the adults.  For dessert, there is Black cake, pumpkin pie, etc. with some throwing in rasmalai, gulab jamoon, etc.  And it is not unusual for them to substitute the turkey with curried duck, chicken, mutton, and goat, etc.Giving to the less fortunate is part of the Guyanese culture. Giving back to society is considered part of their duty, because the community has so much to be thankful for: being healthy and alive, and escaping impoverishment. And people donate food to shelters, and some host dinners for the less fortunate.Others offer services like giving out food to the poor. To give thanks, some bake turkeys and cakes and donated these to homeless shelters.  Their charitable gifts help to ease hunger, poverty, and homelessness in the city. Guyanese also volunteer time at churches that host dinners for the poor and homeless. Many also use the occasion to give generously to the charities of their choice, including the Red Cross and the American Cancer Institute, in addition to their local mandirs, masjids and churches.  Others send money to friends and relatives in the home countries.Thanksgiving Day is usually celebrated with the largest parade in the nation — on Fifth Avenue, featuring all kinds of magnificent floats and balloons of cartoon characters and a host of Hollywood celebrities and sports stars. Most people were glued to the television sets that carried live broadcasts of the parade.By observing the festival, Guyanese are participating in a mainstream American celebration in the same manner that they celebrate their own traditional festivals such as Phagwah, Deepavalli, Eid, Qurbani, Christmas, Guyana Day, etc.They want to give thanks for the progress they have made in America, the land that has given them the opportunity to realize their dreams.  And it is noted that they are contributing in helping to make America a better place to live, and are sharing their wealth and giving back to the society to which they owe their success.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more


first_imgNew Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar, who also has responsibility for the tourism sector, recently met with industry stakeholders as part of familiarising himself with the portfolio, and to meet with, and listen to, the views of key players in the field. During his remarks, he underlined the point that for Guyana to be successfully marketed abroad, there is need for the country to be promoted locally in a more aggressive manner. He pointed out that quite a lot of Guyanese choose to go abroad for vacation, as against enjoying what obtains locally.This is indeed a fact, and this may be so for various reasons, including cost, standard of services locally etc. On this basis, the minister stated that much more needs to be done by local stakeholders to make citizens begin to understand and appreciate more of what Guyana has to offer, so that they, in turn, can become “ambassadors of tourism”.The minister was indeed correct in his assessment of the present situation and what needs to be done. However, many were expecting to hear more from him regarding his vision for the sector, and what policy intervention would be made by his government to address some of the very challenges he raised.Our tourism potential is huge; the challenge is for stakeholders, including Government and the private sector, to pool their talents and resources and create a package that would be affordable and attractive to both Guyanese and foreigners.We had stated before that there is need for more collaboration between all stakeholders in an effort to capitalise on opportunities available in the tourism sector. Guyana is considered one of the most attractive and unique tourism destinations in the world. Unlike our Caribbean counterparts, whose fare is typically sun, sand and sea, Guyana has a different type of tourism product with our irresistible combination of fascinating and breathtaking natural beauty, pristine Amazonian rainforests, immense waterfalls, amazing wildlife, vibrant Indigenous culture, and rich cultural heritage. The Tourism Ministry, the Guyana Tourism Authority and other partners must continue to explore ways in which they can capitalise on opportunities to aggressively market this unique product abroad.That said, over the years, Guyana has expended a considerable amount of resources to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products, and we are now seeing some of those initiatives bearing fruit. For example, a few months ago, Guyana’s tourism product received a major boost when this country was named the world’s best eco-tourist destination.Certainly, there is still much more work to be done, as there are some impediments that pose a threat to the development of a thriving tourism sector. Issues such as expensive air travel, lack of trained personnel in the tourism and other related sectors etc, continue to pose challenges. These are issues that must remain on the front burner to be addressed, as they have a direct impact on the quality and affordability of the tourism package we offer.With the oil sector about to take off, more persons — both Guyanese in the diaspora and foreign citizens — will be coming here either to work, visit, or for academic purposes. The focus should be on putting in place systems aimed at projecting a positive image of our country. To begin with, there is need for citizens to start cleaning up their surroundings, especially those living in the capital city, towns, and major centres, where tourists traverse. The capital city is a main centre of attraction for visitors, but on any regular day, a walk around the city streets and surrounding areas would leave one sick at the huge pile-up of garbage and other refuse languishing at certain points.It has been observed that ‘school talks’ was one of those initiatives undertaken by the Ministry and others as part of activities to mark Tourism Awareness Month. This should certainly continue throughout the year, and maybe the Ministry can engage students and teachers in different projects which could help spread awareness about tourism and its importance to the economy and the country as a whole.A thriving tourism sector would benefit all Guyanese, as more persons would be able to secure employment, our country’s revenue would be boosted, and many other related industries would prosper, among other benefits.last_img read more


first_imgJosiah Baptiste, who was implicated for child sexual activity almost a decade ago, will soon know his fate. Now that the State has rested its case, the Prosecution will make its closing address before the 12-member jury today at the High Court in Georgetown.The Defence team, which comprises Folia Richards and Maxwell McKay, will also present its closing address before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.Baptiste, reportedly a 31-year-old pastor, is accused of carnally knowing a girl who was said to be 6 years old at the time. The incident is alleged to have occurred in a community in Greater Georgetown sometime between June 1 and 30, 2007.According to the particulars of the case, Baptiste was alone at home with the young child when he called her into a room and engaged her in sexual penetration. The child is alleged to have told her mother what had happened, but the mother had not taken the child’s assertion seriously. However, after another family member had reportedly become aware of what had transpired, the accused was taken into police custody, and later charged in February 2009.A total of 11 witnesses testified throughout the course of the trial. Justice Barlow is expected to sum up the case on Wednesday morning before the jury can determine whether or not Baptiste is innocent or guilty.State Prosecutor Shawnette Austin led the State’s case, and was assisted by fellow prosecutors Mandell Moore and Tamica Clarke.last_img read more


first_imgJob Vacancy: InterNETalia Ltd. are currently recruiting for a Support Desk Assistant to join their knowledgeable, dynamic and motivated team.InterNETalia Ltd. is an IT company based in Donegal Town that builds and maintains its own suite of software applications which is trademarked as AccuServ.The company is currently expanding and seeking to recruit candidates for the following position. The position offered will afford new and exciting opportunities for individuals who wish to develop and further their careers in the IT sector. Support Desk Assistant:The successful candidates will join our support helpdesk team providing end user support to our customers across all of the company’s core product ranges. The ideal candidates should be able to work in a team based environment with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be highly motivated and customer focused. Hours of work in this role will vary between 8am to 4.30pm or 9am to 5.30pm. Flexibility regarding additional hours within work environment where needed. Bank holiday work will be required at timesKEY RESPONSIBILITIESProvide technical support to clients on the AccuServ product range.Record, track and manage all open support calls as part of the in-house support team.Troubleshoot and resolve/escalate customer reported issues.Manage open report logs and report on open issues using the in-house support system.Take part in customer and in-house weekly/monthly support team meetingsManage open report logs and report on open issues using the in-house support system to support manager.ESSENTIAL SKILLS Excellent problem solving & analytical skillsAbility to communicate with good interpersonal skills.Ability to adapt and be part of a ‘lifelong learning’ environmentAbility to work effectively as part of a team.Ability to multitask and prioritise work.Track record at working in an IT support environment desirable but not essential.CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 15th OCTOBER 2018.InterNETalia Ltd, The Diamond, Donegal Town.Tel: + 353 (0) 74 97 23411     email: recruitment@internetalia.ieJob Vacancy: IT company seeks Support Desk Assistant was last modified: September 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:donegal town jobsInterNETalia LtdIT jobsSupport Desk Assistant.last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The blaze made significant runs but fire lines on the critical Sierra Madre ridge were holding, the Forest Service said. The San Rafael Wilderness would be threatened if the fire crossed the ridge. The fire was sparked Monday afternoon when a piece of metal blew into electrical wires, authorities said. Three oil company trailers and two sheds were destroyed. Firefighting costs reached $3.1 million. NEW CUYAMA – Fire crews who battled a 14,988-acre wildfire in Los Padres National Forest hope to have it fully contained by tonight. More than 1,000 firefighters were attacking the blaze, dubbed the Perkins Fire, which was 78 percent contained, a U.S. Forest Service statement said. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Officials now believe they will have the blaze under control by 6 p.m. today. The flames were burning in chaparral, oak woodlands, pinyon pine and grasslands on rugged terrain five miles south of New Cuyama and 45 miles east of Santa Maria. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img 6 3) Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow – Matchday Six – Wow! Needing a win to make certain of top spot in Group E, the Reds ran riot at Anfield as they scored seven goals without reply for the second time in the group stages, having inflicted the same scoreline on Maribor. The ‘Fab Four’ of Coutinho, Mane, Firmino and Salah (pictured) shared the goals between them as Liverpool ended the group stage with 23 goals from six games – a tally second only to Paris Saint-Germain. 4) Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea – Matchday Two – Chelsea had thrashed Qarabag 6-0 at Stamford Bridge in their opening group game, but this was an altogether stiffer test, away to a side that had reached the final twice in the past four seasons. But the Blues showed their mettle by recovering from being a goal down at half-time to snatch victory at the death with a last-gasp winner from Michy Batshuayi. 1) Spurs 3-1 Real Madrid – Matchday Four – Having drawn 1-1 at the Bernabeu in their previous Champions League game, Spurs were full of confidence as they took on the Spanish giants on ‘home’ soil at Wembley. Even so, their dominant performance had fans and pundits purring, with particular plaudits being paid to Dele Alli, who was the star of the show with a goal in each half. 6 2) Napoli 2-4 Manchester City – Matchday Four – Pep Guardiola described Napoli as one of the best sides – if not the best – he had faced in his career following his side’s 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on matchday three, so he will have been in raptures after watching his side make it four wins from four in Europe in a thrilling encounter in southern Italy as City demonstrated they will be a real threat in the competition this season. The Premier League has enjoyed unprecedented success in this season’s Champions League group stages, with all five representatives making it through to the last 16 – the first time any country has achieved that feat in the tournament’s history.England’s all-conquering quintet – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – won 21 of the 30 games they played, losing only three.But which victory was the best? talkSPORT has put its top six in order. Cue arguments… 6 6 6 6 6) CSKA 1-4 Manchester United – Matchday Two – Jose Mourinho’s free-scoring United side made it 28 goals in just nine games as they made it two wins from two on their return to the Champions League, having beaten Basel 3-0 at Old Trafford on matchday one. Anthony Martial was the star of the show in Russia, creating two goals for the in-form Romelu Lukaku and adding one himself from the penalty spot. 5) Spurs 3-1 Borussia Dortmund – Matchday One – What Wembley hoodoo? Spurs debunked the myth they couldn’t perform at England’s national stadium, and also made a real statement of intent they would not be overawed about being in a group with Dortmund and Real Madrid. Unsurprisingly, Harry Kane was the star of the show with a brace, while Heung-Min Son (pictured) opened the scoring to put Spurs on their way. last_img read more


first_imgFourteen months after scoring one of the biggest discoveries ever in physics, experimenters are back in the hunt for gravitational waves—ripples in spacetime set off by some of the cosmos’s most violent events. On 14 September 2015, physicists working with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of gigantic instruments in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana, spotted a set of these waves that  emanated from two massive black holes spiraling into each other. LIGO researchers spotted a second black hole merger before ending the observation run on 12 January. This morning, after 11 months of tweaking and tuning, the LIGO interferometers began taking data again.LIGO’s goal, of course, is to see more sources of gravitational waves. To up the observation rate researchers have been striving to improve the sensitivity of each interferometer—a gigantic L-shaped contraption that researchers use to measure the stretching of space itself. The detectors are starting the new run with about 10% better sensitivity than they had during the previous observing run, says Gabriela González, a physicist at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and spokesperson for the 1000-member LIGO Scientific Collaboration. That means they can detect sources 10% farther into space. The plan is to take 6 months of data over the next calendar year, González says. Researchers aim to improve the devices’ sensitivity by a factor of two in the next few years. If they can reach that goal, then, extrapolating from the current observations, LIGO might eventually spot as many as one black hole merger per day.LIGO should soon have company in the hunt. Researchers in Italy plan to turn on the upgraded VIRGO interferometer near Pisa early next year.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more


first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s spectacular second-half volley helped Sweden to a Euro 2012 consolation victory over France on Tuesday, relegating the French to second place in Group D and a quarterfinal against Spain. PhotosThe AC Milan forward struck flat and hard from the edge of the box on 54 minutes to give his team their first win after two narrow defeats.England win Group D after beating Ukraine 1-0 in Tuesday’s other game in Donetsk to set up a quarterfinal with Italy.Little separated the sides until Sweden coach Erik Hamren introduced midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson at half time. The player gave Sweden another attacking option, used to devastating effect midway through the second half as the Swedes conjured their best football of a disappointing competition.Martin Olsson crossed for Ola Toivonen, in for injured Johan Elmander, to loop a header just past Hugo Lloris’ goal inside three minutes.The French found space down the left to release Hatem Ben Arfa, but the Newcastle man fired wide.The ball fell to Franck Ribery when the Swedes failed to clear, the Bayern Munich winger sending a left-footed drive straight at Andreas Isaksson.Sweden should have gone ahead on ten minutes when Toivonen outjumped Philippe Mexes and rounded Lloris only to hit the post from an acute angle.Ribery and lone striker Karim Benzema combined on 18 minutes for the Real Madrid forward to half-volley over.The teams sparred in midfield, canceling each other out until three minutes before half time, when Benzema let fly from 25 yards with a shot that bounced just wide.advertisementRibery then stumbled through a few challenges to hit a shot that Olof Mellberg lunged to take the sting out of, the last meaningful action of the half.France shot out of the blocks in the second half as Benzema beat the offside trap from a Nasri through pass and tried to steer the ball around Lloris, but he put it around the post too.Sweden then grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, playing their most decisive football of the tournament.Sweden worked it out to Larsson on the right, whose targeted cross found Ibrahimovic lurking on the edge of the box. The AC Milan forward twisted in the air, connecting sweetly to lash the ball into the goal.Ibrahimovic turned provider moments later, playing in substitute Christian Wilhelmssson, who half-volleyed against Lloris’ chest.Mellberg flicked the resulting corner at goal, but Lloris got a last-second fingertip to the ball to divert it just over.France coach Laurent Blanc looked to seize back the initiative by replacing Ben Arfa with Florent Malouda.A flurry of substitutions changed the pattern of the game as Blanc went in search of the equalizer.But it was Sweden who had the last say, with Larsson volleying in after Samuel Holmen’s shot came back off the crossbar.last_img read more


first_imgIndia have learnt their lessons from the debacle in Pune and will not repeat the mistakes in the second Test against Australia, captain Virat Kohli said on Friday.Kohli’s men entered the series with a 19-Test unbeaten streak but were thumped by 333 runs inside three days on a spin-friendly track in the series opener in Pune. (Virat Kohli confident India can win series vs Australia despite Pune debacle)Kohli blamed the setback on his team’s lack of intent but promised a better display in the second Test starting on Saturday.”Obviously you want to forget if a result does not go your way. But it is important the loss should hurt you and you learn from that,” Kohli told reporters at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. (Virat Kohli is a tough character, he’s ready for Bengaluru Test: Michael Clarke to India Today)”If you play well every day, every session, then you will win the test match. We didn’t do that. We understand that and we will improve on those areas till the end of the series.”But I assure you that you will not see a repeat of that kind of performance.” (Pune Test done and dusted, look forward to Bengaluru: Anil Kumble)India were bundled out for 105 and 107 in their two innings with Australia left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe picking up 12 wickets in the test match.The poor performance drew flak from the local media but Kohli, 28, said the players were not really perturbed.”Our focus was always to win games, every game that we play and the focus remains the same. It doesn’t matter whether we lose or win. It’s the way we play,” he said.advertisement”The last game was a disappointment in the way we played. It wasn’t more of the result … When you don’t have enough intent during the game and you lose the game, that’s when it hurts. (How Virat Kohli’s Team India can bounce back in Bengaluru Test)”I think that’s all that we made of it. The comments or the headlines don’t matter to us, they never have. We don’t base our cricket on that stuff.”Kohli said the Indian team had multiple combinations in mind for the Bengaluru match and had not yet taken a call on their playing eleven.Before Pune, India’s last defeat came at Galle in 2015 in the first Test against Sri Lanka. The Kohli-led side then won the next two matches of the series to start a strong run. (Can Virat Kohli do now what Sourav Ganguly did in 2001?)”I can assure you that everyone is taking this as a massive challenge and everyone is raring to turn things around in the series and play the kind of cricket that we all know that we can play and not take a backward step at any stage.”last_img read more