Revved up Colombia look to squash Japan

first_imgBoosted by 2014 Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez and top scorer Radamel Falcao, a confident Colombia will be looking to demolish low-ranked Japan on Tuesday before moving on to tougher Group H rivals Poland and Senegal.The Andean nation is ranked 16th to Japan’s 61st, and history is on their side too – Colombia beat the “Blue Samurais” 4-1 in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.“We’re going to conquer Russia,” Falcao posted on Instagram recently alongside a picture of the South Americans decked out in ties on their plane to Russia.Yellow-shirted Colombia definitely conquered fans in Brazil four years ago with scintillating counter-attacking style and salsa-infused goal celebrations which propelled them to quarter-finals, their best result ever.But they went on to have an uninspiring World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia. They scored just 21 goals during the gruelling two-year, 18-match South American qualifiers and limped over the line with three points from their last four games to claim fourth spot.The squad led by Argentine coach Jose Pekerman are vowing to boost their attacking prowess in the hard-to-call Group H and prove that their run in Brazil was not just a one-off.“We have to take the initiative. We’re a team that’s characterised itself for that. We need to have confidence to go up front. But we also can’t lose defensive strength,” midfielder Abel Aguilar said.Fresh from losing several friendly matches since qualifying for the World Cup, Japan is nervous at the prospect of facing AS Monaco’s Falcao and Rodriguez – on loan from Real Madrid at Bayern Munich.Japan head coach Akira Nishino, a former international midfielder who took over in April, said last month that beating Colombia would be a “small miracle.”Nishino has named an experienced World Cup team – including three players with more than 100 caps – Yuto Nagatomo, Shinji Okazaki and captain Makoto Hasebe.“The quality of the Colombian team has gone up, and they have height and athleticism,” said Fortuna Duesseldorf’s Takashi Usami this month. “We have to adjust the quality of our ball delivery and the recipient’s timing to meet the ball.”last_img read more

Guyana’s Steel Orchestra sharing expertise in Barbados

first_imgWhile participating in Carifesta XIII in Barbados, Guyana’s National Steel Orchesta shared their expertise with a group of Barbadian students, while conducting a training session at a local high school on Friday.Students of the Belleville Grammar School, Kingston Terrace, St Michael, Barbados cashed in on a full day of steel pan classes as the Guyanese contingent embarked on a mission to keep the art-form alive on the island by offering practical insights and hands on experiences of how to play the steel pan.Heading the team of Guyanese steel pan players was the National Music Director, Andrew Tyndall, who expressed delight in the execution of the training sessions which allowed for the national orchestra to impart their knowledge and skills to students of the hosting nation.Guyanese award-winning steel pan player and music teacher, Hanani Ben Lewi leading a session during the steel pan training in BarbadosIn doing so, Tyndall outlined the objectives of the one-day initiative, stating that, “It’s just to offer the children further exposure to steel pan and to have them experience the splendour of music from the Guyana perspective.”Adding to that, Nicole Dummett, a Co-director and instructor at the private institution, shared her thoughts on the mission and thanked Guyanese players for sharing, adding this event to their Carifesta schedule.On that note, she relayed, “It is a great opportunity to work with Guyana and we are grateful for it. We are excited and would appreciate any opportunity moving forward to work with Guyana and its National School of Music via the Ministry of Education to offer this course as part of our curriculum.”Meanwhile, Guyanese Ramon Dummett, who migrated to Barbados, is currently on a mission to revive the local Steel Orchestra.As such, Dummett welcomed the training session with the students and further noted, “We can consider this fun music workshop a new alliance between Guyana and Barbados where the sky is the limit in regard to Caribbean integration through music.”last_img read more

MTA CEO gets job extension

first_imgIn addition to his salary, Snoble receives annual allowances of $10,000 for his automobile, $12,000 for housing and $30,000 toward his retirement. (818) 713-3741160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We were caught in a timing issue that is very unfortunate,” said board member Richard Katz, a Villaraigosa appointee. “I don’t think you can evaluate or have the perception that the CEO’s job is at risk when you are doing labor negotiating.” Snoble’s contract, which expires Sept. 30, requires the MTA to give Snoble 60 days’ notice of termination. But the board declined to take action on the contract, effectively renewing its terms for another year. Snoble declined to comment. During Snoble’s term, the MTA has faced rocky financial times with a $120 million structural deficit. But with recently wrapped-up labor negotiations, construction on track and a 10-year consent decree nearing expiration, Snoble has enjoyed mixed reviews from board members. “There are still concerns about how we deal with our bus service as a whole. That’s what we need to see. Either the board hasn’t provided leadership or (Snoble) hasn’t provided leadership to the board,” said John Fasana, a Duarte council member who sits on the MTA board. With no formal performance review and despite the MTA’s growing financial woes, the agency’s CEO, Roger Snoble, secured an extension of his $302,375-a-year job during a closed-door meeting Thursday. The default action allowed the 61-year-old executive’s four-year contract to roll over for a second one-year term. Some of the 13 board members said with four members absent, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the board decided to delay a formal decision. Others blamed recently wrapped-up labor negotiations between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its largest unions for diverting attention from Snoble’s performance at the $3 billion agency. last_img read more

Mayor expects traffic fix speedup

first_imgThe Democratic takeover of Congress and the passage of the state’s infrastructure bond bode well for Los Angeles and efforts to improve the quality of life for its residents, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday. At a news conference to trumpet the success of a year-old program designed to ease congestion at 35 busy intersections, Villaraigosa said he expects the city to benefit greatly from the outcome of Tuesday’s election. “I already met with new Speaker Nancy Pelosi – it’s nice to be able to say that – and talked about the needs of the major cities,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference in the city’s ATSAC Center, the nerve center of the Department of Transportation. “I think with Democrats in charge, there will be a greater understanding of the needs to rebuild the infrastructure. I plan to be there to let them know what we need.” From the DOT’s command center in the bowels of City Hall, technicians monitor 35 intersections and adjust the signals to keep traffic moving. The mayor said the program has reduced traffic delays by one-third – which equates to 670 hours a day and more than 244,000 hours a year that are not spent idling in traffic. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who chairs the council’s Transportation Committee, said congestion is her constituents’ No. 1 complaint. “There is nothing more frustrating than driving along and hitting stoplight after stoplight,” Greuel said. “Today is a new day – a day when traffic congestion is finally being addressed. There is no greater quality-of-life issue for our residents.” Under the program, the technicians are alerted as soon as traffic backs up at an intersection, the monitor is directed to it and a determination is made on what action is needed. DOT General Manager Gloria Jeff said the technicians can change the traffic signal pattern or dispatch emergency vehicles to respond to any situation. “This is one of a number of small steps the city is taking,” Villaraigosa said. (213) 978-0390160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Villaraigosa said he also has talked with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who assured him the city will get the $4.5 billion that is earmarked for Los Angeles in the Proposition 1B infrastructure bond. “What this means is that we can extend the car-pool lane on the 405, we can work on the `subway to the sea,’ we can get more buses out there and expand the busway in the San Fernando Valley,” he said. “There is no one single silver bullet that is going to solve our traffic problems, but we have to bring all these together to make a start. “And the public is going to have to help. They are going to have to get out of their cars one day a week. We have to have better planning along transit corridors and allow for increased density in areas like downtown.” During the news conference, Villaraigosa also declared that Operation Bottleneck, launched in January to ease congestion on surface streets, had been a success. last_img

Day-care dilemma

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’She started her daughters, now 8 and 11, in day care a few mornings a week before they were 2 years old. She said there were a few rough spots during the transition, but that overall, her kids are better for the experience. “They are extremely happy with no attachment issues. … I think it’s good for kids to go and be independent.” Schickel represents a category somewhere in the middle of the day-care dilemma. On one side are the vast majority of working parents – both single moms and two-income couples – who use outside child care to be able to hold down jobs. A survey from the Urban Institute found that 73 percent of children under 5 with an employed parent were in an arrangement other than care by a parent. While many working parents who use outside child care may feel ambivalent about it, most don’t feel they have a choice. Estela Nievez, a single mother of three, falls into this camp. Nievez, office manager for an insurance brokerage in Culver City, takes her 2-year-old and 4-year-old to a preschool program at a Girls Club near Inglewood. Her 6-year-old daughter also attends an after-school program there. The government-subsidized program allows her to work full time. “It’s not easy,” said Nieves, who moved from San Luis Obispo and doesn’t have family in the area to help out. “If I didn’t have this service, I wouldn’t be working.” On the other side of the debate are parents – mainly women – who have chosen to stay at home with their kids because the family can live on one income and because they want to do it. This group has been growing in recent years, and it is based on the firm belief that day care should be avoided if possible. Kids or career? Chita Thalheimer, a married chiropractor in Long Beach, said she decided to sell her practice when she got pregnant so that she could raise her child. “Day care was never an option, because I feel a mother should take care of her child during the younger years, if possible,” she said. “Working 60 hours per week would not have given me that option.” She said she misses working but doesn’t have any regrets. Then there’s the somewhere-in- between group. These mothers have enough income from their husbands to be able to stay home, but are opting instead to pursue careers or education and let someone else watch the kids. Some have ambivalent feelings about their arrangements; some don’t. Christine Garcia is a litigation lawyer who lives in Long Beach and commutes to downtown Los Angeles every day. She enrolled her infant daughter in full-time child care at 4 months, and while she had planned to return to work, she has mixed feelings about it now. “I’m here working and my baby is at day care, and I think, `Gosh, I could be playing with her,’ so there’s a lot of internal battles.” However, she said that in the legal profession, stopping to raise a child and then coming back is like starting all over. “I know that not working is not an option,” she said. “I admire stay-at-home moms, but I’m so used to this fast-paced life. But at the same time, it’s punishment. It’s a double-edged sword.” Better than a sitter Some moms of older kids say it’s better for them to spend the day in day care than spending the whole day at home. Jennifer Thayer is a biology graduate student at California State University, Los Angeles. She is also a mother of three who moved with her husband and family from Redding last spring. At that time, she thought about cutting day care back from full-time to part-time, but decided the kids were used to full-time, and that a dynamic social environment was better for them than being at home with a baby sitter. The Thayers pay about $2,300 a month for their kids – all 5 and under – to attend Woodbury Preschool Village in Altadena. Thayer notes the price is almost comparable to hiring a nanny. But she prefers that the kids are in a group setting, and the family can afford the high tuition. The director of another child-care center, Village Infant/Toddler Center & Preschool in Burbank, said that while her business depends on parents using day care, her own choice was to stay at home with her children in the early years. “This is my business and this is what I love to do, but I would love it if parents could stay home with their kids,” said Kathy Ramirez. “But that’s just not the reality we live in.” Commutes add pressure She said many of the parents with kids at the center live in places like Santa Clarita and Palmdale and commute to jobs at the studios. They are full-time workers and do day care because they feel they have to. In some cases, that “need” comes in the form of being able to afford nice vacations and a certain standard of living. Those things have a perceived value that the stay-at-home moms may not agree with. A 10-year study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, found that the more time children spent in child care from birth to age 41/2, the more adults tended to rate them as less likely to get along with others, as more assertive and as disobedient. But child development experts don’t necessarily agree with that. “The statement that day care for young children is dangerous because the (parental) attachment is going to be negative is not true,” said Barbara Polland, a psychotherapist and professor emeritus of Child and Adolescent Development at California State University, Northridge. “I’ve seen many children in day care with magnificent attachment and I’ve seen stay-at-home parents having major problems with attachment.” She said parents need to look for signs of quality day care, such as centers or homes with an open-door policy that allows a parent to visit a child any time of the day. But she also said day care is a financial necessity for many parents and that they should let go of any guilt they might have. Whatever side of the day-care debate parents are on, most can agree to disagree. “I think it’s absolutely outrageous to judge those mothers (who send kids to day care because they have to),” said Schickel, the author who chose day care to focus on her career. “We’re doing the best we can at the most complicated and most exciting job there is and to judge each other is wasted energy. If the children are loved, they’ll pretty much be OK.” Barbara Correa can be reached at barbara or (818) 713-3662. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most working parents with preschoolers at home see the morning day-care dropoff as more of a necessity than a choice. In a survey by the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network, more than 80 percent of parents said the primary reason for seeking child care is that they have to work. But plenty of parents who could stay home with the kids are choosing to send them to preschool centers for other reasons. “I had a choice, and I chose to put my kids in day-care lite to get my writing career going,” said Erika Schickel, a mid-city mother of two girls and author of a new book titled “You’re Not the Boss of Me.” last_img read more

Lampard says Abraham can ‘improve even more’ and provides huge injury update

first_img“[Reece] James, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and [N’Golo] Kante are fit, but not match fit. They might have another game in the Under-23s… N’Golo a bit more time. Everyone else is fit.”Leading Chelsea in Europe for the first time?“I will be proud to do it. I had some incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones. It’s the ultimate in club football.“There is something about Stamford Bridge, Champions League football and that music. I will be proud to do it.” Getty Images – Getty latest Tammy Abraham has seven goals in his last three Premier League games SORRY Have you spoken with the club’s youngsters about the difference playing in the Champions League?“I haven’t spoken to them in detail about it. It is different, the main thing is that the concentration levels throughout the game have to be spot on. The different level can surprise you. It will be that focus, will be the main point.” Napoli vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTBorussia Dortmund vs Barcelona (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Olympiakos vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORTShakhtar Donetsk vs Man City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPSG vs Real Madrid (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 3 appointed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday cracker ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Getty Images – Getty PAYBACK LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion getty images Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more LIVE on talkSPORT “I never had clear expectations for him apart from the fact that I believed in him and trusted him,” Lampard said on Monday. “He is in a good place and can improve even more.“I know a lot was made of the (transfer) ban giving opportunities for young players. But I thought now was his time.”As for the possibility of England missing out on Abraham should he opt to play for Nigeria, Lampard added: “That’s not a question for me. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Will Valencia be more dangerous because of the ongoing turmoil at the club?“I am aware of what is going on. At the same time, it doesn’t affect our and my approach. We are going up against a team of fantastic quality.“Every moment is different, but it can make a team tighter on the pitch. We are certainly ready for a team on the pitch. You need to know the details, so I won’t go into that.What is the target for this year’s Champions League?“I think the target is to qualify in the group; it’s a tough group, but I think we have talent that can blossom in the Champions League. There are two parts, pre-Christmas and if you get through then post-Christmas, but I know the dangers of the group.”Team news?“Toni [Rudiger] is injured. He aggravated a small groin problem [against Wolves], he will have a scan. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Tammy Abraham’s red hot form has come as no surprise to Frank Lampard, who says he has always ‘trusted’ the Chelsea youngster.Abraham thrust himself further into the spotlight with a hat-trick at Wolves which put him joint top of the Premier League goalscoring charts alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, with Lampard insisting he can get better and better. scrap 3 revealed Antonio Rudiger will be missing from the Chelsea squad to face Valencia owing to a groin injury Mason Mount is one of the Chelsea youngsters to have taken the Premier League by storm this season “He has put himself in a bracket by being a top scorer in England. It is one for Gareth [Southgate] but it is clear Tammy will be wanted.”Ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League opener against Valencia, Lampard also discussed his pride at making his European managerial debut, the club’s target in this year’s competition and the latest injury news.Here’s everything he had to say about all of that, plus more…last_img read more

Appeals Court Says Stem Cell Funding Can Continue

first_imgAn appeals court today decided to allow federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research to continue while the court considers legal arguments that halted hESC research last month. “Appellants have satisfied the standards required for a stay pending appeal,” reads an order issued by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit. The same panel heard oral arguments in the case yesterday.The stay replaces a temporary pause that had been in place the past 19 days. It will allow National Institutes of Health funding for hESC research to continue while the same court considers the government’s appeal of U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth’s 23 August preliminary injunction ruling that hESC research is likely illegal. The order also states that the case will be expedited.In the meantime, Lamberth’s court is moving ahead with the underlying case and could rule next month, potentially shutting down hESC research again until the next appeal. 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(*)The text of the appeals court’s order follows.O R D E RUpon consideration of the government’s emergency motion to stay preliminary injunction pending appeal and for immediate administrative stay, the opposition thereto, the reply, and the argument by counsel, it isORDERED that the administrative stay entered September 9, 2010, be dissolved.It isFURTHER ORDERED that the motion for stay pending appeal of the preliminary injunction entered on August 23, 2010, be granted. Appellants have satisfied the standards required for a stay pending appeal. See Metro. Area Transit Comm’n v. Holiday Tours, Inc., 559 F.2d 841, 843 (D.C. Cir. 1977); D.C. Circuit Handbook of Practice and Internal Procedures 32-33 (2010). It isFURTHER ORDERED, on the court’s own motion, that consideration of this appeal be expedited. The parties will be notified by separate order of the briefing schedule and oral argument date.See our complete coverage of this issue.last_img read more

Arthritis drug doubles as hair-fertilizer

first_imgA class of drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating rheumatoid arthritis is raising hairs in the research community—literally. Previous studies had shown that Janus kinase inhibitors, including tofacitinib and ruxolitinib, can treat alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes bald patches when immune cells attack hair follicles. The researchers noticed that, when applied topically, the treatment seemed to be directly spurring robust hair growth. New research suggests that the drugs can do the same even in mice without the autoimmune disease. When researchers applied the drugs topically to the right side of mice whose hair follicles were in a resting phase, the difference was clear: 90% of the treated mice had hair growth within 10 days. And after 3 weeks, untreated mice in a control group (left) remained bald, while those given tofacitinib or ruxolitinib (right) had hair-covered right sides. The drugs, it turned out, had kick-started their hair cycles, putting follicles into an active growth phase. Results were similar when the scientists grafted healthy human scalp skin onto mice, and further experiments showed that the new hair growth was normal at a molecular level, the team reported online today in Science Advances. But it might be some time before you can use the drugs to treat your own bald patches: Scientists still have some ways to go before knowing whether the drugs work on male or female pattern baldness.last_img read more

India U-19 team trainer Rajesh Sawant found dead in hotel room

first_imgIndia Under-19 cricket team’s strength and conditioning trainer Rajesh Sawant passed away on Sunday morning. He was 40.It was during morning practice sessions some players went to Sawant’s room to call him. He did not respond and open the door. The players and staff informed the hotel staff and opened the door with duplicate keys. He was found dead, according to sources.The police officials told that body is sent for post-mortem. they are waiting for the post mortem reporter after which it ll be clear about the cause of death. Police sources said that the whole cricket team was present at the Hotel.”What I have gathered so far is he did not report for team activities in the morning, so people started looking for him and eventually he was found to have been passed away in his room,” Amitabh Choudhary, joint secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, told Sportstar. “I have asked Professor Shetty (Ratnakar Shetty) to visit the site and keep me updated.”Sawant had worked with the Afghanistan cricket team before joining the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. His most recent assignments were with the India A team, which is coached by Rahul Dravid. Sawant worked with the team during their two warm-up matches against England and with the Rest of India squad for the Irani Cup tie against Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat.India A is scheduled to play five 50-over games and two four-day games against England U-19 starting in Wankhede on Monday.advertisementBCCI CONDOLES SAWANT’S DEATH”On behalf of the BCCI, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and our prayers are with them, to overcome this irreparable loss,” said BCCI Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary.BCCI condoles the sad demise of India Under 19 trainer Rajesh Sawant. He passed away today morning in Mumbai. BCCI (@BCCI) January 29, 2017last_img read more