Nemanja Vidic 1 Nemanja Vidic is a free agent after cancelling his Inter Milan contract by mutual consent. The former Manchester United defender has not played for the Serie A giants this season and he is now free to find a new club.talkSPORT told you last month that Vidic is said to be eyeing a move back to Spartak Moscow.Some reports suggest the 34-year-old could join an MLS club in the USA, but his availability and experience in England may attract some Premier League clubs. Vidic played 27 times for Inter since moving to the San Siro in the summer of 2014. He had previously spent eight years at United, where he made just under 300 appearances (298).In his time at Old Trafford he captained the club, formed a formidable partnership in the centre of defence with Rio Ferdinand and won five Premier League titles, three league cups and a Champions League. The former Serbian international previously played for Red Star Belgrade and Spartak Moscow.
11 February 2010 Flashback to 21 October 2006. The occasion was the last Cape derby between Ajax and Santos – two of the South African Premier Soccer League’s top teams – at the old Green Point stadium in Cape Town. A crowd of about 250 (yes, 250!) took their places in the dilapidated 18 000-seater multi-purpose venue. The turnstiles were buckled, the sewerage pipes in the bowels of the structure were broken and, not surprisingly, it was a lacklustre affair (for the record, a 1-1 draw). Fast forward to 23 January 2010; the sides met again, just metres away from the nearly demolished Green Point stadium, and the circumstances couldn’t have been more different. A sell-out crowd of 20 000 wide-eyed Captonians (the capacity was limited for the test run) gathered to watch these teams strut their stuff in the city’s new 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium. The R4.5-billion structure, wrapped in a façade of woven fibreglass, is quite simply one of the world’s most magnificent stadiums. The architects say the 68 000-seater facility is designed to reflect the changing moods of the city in varying weather conditions, while its curved roof was built to contain the noise in the residential area. It also boasts special “green” features to ensure optimal water and energy saving. On the same day, the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo province – another key 2010 World Cup venue – staged an inaugural four-club tournament to test the readiness of venue and test security, transport to and from the venue, and the playing surface. The week before that, during a tour of Johannesburg’s Soccer City – the venue for the opening ceremony and final of the World Cup – Argentina’s national team coach, Diego Maradona, was lavish in his praise: “It is a fantastic venue! Congratulations to the people who have made this tournament possible.” Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium which has already hosted an international match -Bafana Bafana beat Zimbabwe 3-0 in an international friendly on 27 January – will also stage a magnificent function on 2 March to mark the 100-day countdown to the World Cup. Every other 2010 stadium is now completed or undergoing final tweaking, well ahead of the 11 June kick-off. Contrast this to a year ago, when labour disputes, soaring construction costs and rolling power blackouts raised serious concerns about South Africa’s abilities to complete these structures on time. At the end of the day, the stadium project managers and tens of thousands of construction workers have produced the goods. The next challenge is to fill these venues. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 read more
Apt Illustration The cover story, “Operation Face-lift” (February 15) has very correctly analysed the futile attempts being made to refurbish the image of the Government. It is no use if the person at the helm is alone in aiming for better days – the people travelling with her must also,Apt IllustrationThe cover story, “Operation Face-lift” (February 15) has very correctly analysed the futile attempts being made to refurbish the image of the Government. It is no use if the person at the helm is alone in aiming for better days – the people travelling with her must also share the ambition.New Delhi James RomansI forgot everything about the price rise after seeing the cover (February 15). It was fantastic. Keep it up.Madras V. S. BhatiSplendid ProfileThe profile on G.R. Vishwanath (February 15) was splendid. No one can deny the fact that even if he hits 30 odd runs it is a treat to watch him. He is also unperturbed whatever happens to his team. In contrast to Gavaskar’s rude attitude towards his opponents, Vishwanath is calm even in the midst of a controversy.Madras K. S. Ganapathy SubramaniumPampered Politician”Sycophancy Unleashed” (January 31) was an excellent cover story – objective and courageous. Let’s hope that it will warn the gullible Indian public against this kind of political gimmickry.Bhubaneshwar M. H. AhadWhile India Today derides all the Congress(I) members for pampering Rajiv Gandhi, it, too, subtly serves the cause of sycophancy by putting a former pilot on the cover for the third time in 18 months.Bombay K. RaviIt is high time that this politician on probation realises that all the politicians dancing attendance on him are doing so not because they realise his great potential for leadership but because their own survival depends on him. None of them have any political base of their own and thereforederive their strength from the top.New Delhi Rajneesh WadheraWhat you term as blatant sycophancy is a reflection of the popular support that Rajiv Gandhi enjoys. And it is this support that lends legitimacy to his claim of leadership.Kota Sushim BanerjeeWhy should you give so much prominence to ‘Mr Clean”? provided with the same advantages any one of us could do what he has done.Patna Bhole ShankarThis son would not have risen if the Janata, Lok Dal and all their allies had been able to form a stable government. Their collapse betrayed the nation.Trivandnim H. B. IsaacThe magazine is packed with articles against the Gandhi family. In your eagerness to cater for armchair firebrands you seem to forget that only Mrs Gandhi and the Congress(I) stand between us and chaos. Please adopt a more moderate course.Madras M. C. SundaramThe cover story amply illustrates our high level of tolerance, or should I say acquiescence, where our politicians are concerned. It also shows that Rajiv Gandhi is fully equipped to tread the path set by his younger brother.Delhi Asjeet LambaYou devote 11 pages to the Youth Congress(I) meeting and not a single paragraph to the three-day conference organised by the RSS. Where then is objectivism in journalism?Bangalore Pandit ChandrakunthWrong FormulaThe formula of bearer bonds (“Fancy Paper, Chancy Promises”, January 31) is like giving cough mixture to a person who has tuberculosis. What we need are preventive measures.Ahmedabad R. S. BulgeCrumbling PillarThe article, “A New Year’s Resolution” (January 31) made very depressing reading. For most of us the judiciary was one of the last remaining pillars of a democratic society. And with the crumbling of this pillar it becomes clear that the fault lies with the judiciary as the threat comes from within, not without.Pune Sanjay S. KulkamiThe actions of the members of the judiciary have stripped the credibility of this institution. Their image has been besmirched in the eyes of the public and now its independence has been threatened.Jodhpur Anant DeexitReign Of TerrorThe article, “Peace Of The Graveyard” (J anuary 31) moved me deeply. To think that in a country like India there is so much brutality is shocking. There must be some way by which we can put an end to this reign of terror by the police.Bangalore G. K. SheshadriThe report makes clear the motive behind the terror unleashed in Uttar Pradesh. It seems that in the attempt to save their own necks the politicians of that state have lost all scruples and are willing to sink to the lowest depths of inhumanity.Ranchi Sunny SahaiBad Organisation”Confusion Confounded” (January 31) was a true account of the mismanagement at Filmotsav ’82 held in Calcutta. After the pre-publicity fanfare the chaos was not expected. I am sure that film festivals can be organised more efficiently-but it seems that we will never be able to achieve it.Calcutta Shristik NathLet’s Pick A WinnerIt is true that a united opposition has a great role to play in the democratic structure (“Uniting To Divide”. January 31) but this seems impossible in India. Our opposition is divided too deeply by ideology. and one must admit, sometimes even by the lack of it. It is time for one of the larger parties like the bjp to provide a viable alternative on its own. not by riding on each other’s shoulders.Rajkot Bharat N. BhattIt is stated in the article that. ” It is not a coincidence that all those who were instrumental in the 1979 break-up have been kept away from the unity talks.” How can this be true when the chief architect of the split, Charan Singh, is at the centre of the unity moves?Bombay Milind KotibhaskarRebounding RemarkIn the review of the film Kaalia, “Bachchan’s Show”, (January 31) a member of the audience is quoted as saying: “Movie’s shit yaar, but Amitabh’s really hot shit”. The use of such language may in due course change the image of India today into what the viewer’s description of the movie was.Calcutta Partho TagoreUnderratedIn your assessment of Mrs Gandhi “Mrs Gandhi’s Report Card”, (January 31) I feel you could have rated her higher for her administrative ability. If everyone in the country adopts a more constructive attitude she would be able to administer more efficiently. The fault is not hers, it is ours.Bangalore Raveendra NathNo MentionI am amazed that the brutal massacre at Biharsharif found no mention in the review of 1981, “Year of Reckoning”, (January 15). To my mind, the omission is symptomatic of the general apathy towards violence directed against minority communities.New Delhi Syed ShahabuddinWrongly StatedI was surprised to read the last sentence in the article, “A Survival Saga” (January 15). Pinochet is from Chile, not Argentina.New Delhi Ashok JainUnbalanced AssessmentB. G. Verghese’s assessment of the Indian reaction to the no-war pact proposal made by Pakistan “War Over No-war”, (January 15) is not balanced or objective. No reasonable government would reject a genuine peace offer. But Pakistan’s motives in making these offers in the past have been far from sincere. One cannot blame the Government for its caution and scepticism. Bombay Sutish Gavai Go WeeklyIn this fast-paced world, waiting a fortnight (and in fact it is sometimes a month before many events are reported) makes a lot of what is published in india today stale and uninteresting. Isn’t it time that the magazine went weekly?Cochin F. K. ChettupuzhakarenProving The AdageIt has been said that an artist conveys more with a few strokes of the brush than a writer struggles to say with a thousand words. Ninan’s delightful cartoons prove this adage right. Secunderabad Philip Varughese Make If WorthwhileThough I appreciate your efforts in holding down the price of the magazine for so long, I still think that Rs 5 is too high for an Indian magazine. Unless you include more international news, more sports coverage and cut down on the advertisements, I, for one, will not pay the additional rupee.New Delhi Sanjay ChakrabartyAt The TopYour cartographer. B. K. Sharma, has reached the zenith of his profession. The subject may be politics, commerce or public opinion-he finds an appropriate and interesting* way to present the statistics.Bombay Khan Mohd Shaheemadvertisementadvertisementadvertisement read more
CALGARY – With just over a week remaining until the May 31 deadline set for abandoning its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, no suitors have publicly emerged to step into builder Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shoes.Analysts and observers say they remain perplexed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s comment last week that “plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project,” after the federal government said it would offer an “indemnity” or insurance to guarantee it is built.Kinder Morgan said Monday it has nothing to add to last week’s statement from CEO Steve Kean in which he repeated the May 31 deadline and said that discussions are ongoing but “we are not yet in alignment.”It’s difficult to guess who might take Kinder Morgan’s place without knowing what guarantees or deals are being offered by the federal government and possibly the province of Alberta, said Samir Kayande, a director with RS Energy Group in Calgary.He pointed out that the richer the deal, the longer the list of potential replacements for Kinder Morgan, which could include pension or private equity funds.“There is still time to get something done around a guarantee of some sort that will satisfy Kinder Morgan,” he said in an interview on Monday.“It really depends on the scope of the federal and provincial guarantees that are going to be offered. The governments are in kind of a tough spot here because if anyone does step in, it’s going to take them months or longer, potentially, to ramp up the whole effort.”The federal government has said its indemnity and suggestion of the entry of a third party gives it an advantage as it negotiates with Kinder Morgan but Dennis McConaghy, a former TransCanada Corp. executive and industry analyst, said he disagrees.He said it would be a “political disaster” for both Morneau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley if the pipeline in-service date is delayed beyond 2020 because both governments have staked their reputations on it being built.“I’ve been very skeptical about the advent of third parties,” said McConaghy. “This deal has to get done with Kinder if the focus is to get the pipeline in service by 2020.“This project is essentially an expansion and a debottlenecking of an existing pipeline so it’s very difficult to build the project without selling the original Trans Mountain asset, which is of course a very complicated prospect.”He said the cost and delays involved in bringing in a third party makes it clear that the federal government’s best bet is to reach an agreement with Kinder Morgan.Meanwhile, finance officials had no new details to report in an email received Monday.Trans Mountain has been operating since the 1950s, carrying as much as 300,000 barrels a day of oil and refined fuels from Edmonton to the Vancouver area, where it connects with a line carrying crude to refineries in Washington state.The planned tripling to 890,000 barrels a day could give Canada access to alternative markets as booming production from U.S. shale plays reduces Canada’s biggest customer’s need to import northern oil.B.C. is fighting the pipeline in the federal Court of Appeal and in B.C. Supreme Court. It has also referred to the B.C. Court of Appeal its own proposed legislation to cap oil shipments across the province.Enbridge Inc., North America’s biggest crude pipelines operator, has denied it is negotiating to take over the Trans Mountain expansion project. Rival pipeline company TransCanada Corp. didn’t respond to a request for comment on Monday.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc., a company hit hard by oil price discounts in the first quarter and a committed shipper on the project, refused comment when asked if it is interested in buying a stake in the project.Kinder Morgan says it has already spent $1.1 billion of estimated $7.4 billion price of the project.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies mentioned in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB, TSX:TRP) read more