Defence for Children International- Liberia, has begun the distribution of food and anti-Ebola items to several communities in Montserrado and Bomi counties, respectively.The distributions started in Low Cost Village in Bensonville, where 18 persons died of the Ebola virus. DCI will focus on communities most affected by the epidemic.The DCI executive director, Atty. Foday M. Kawah, said the organization was identifying with orphans and others affected by the deadly Ebola virus.The items distributed included anti-Ebola buckets, chlorate, rice, sugar, oil and ovaltine for the children and women as well as men who have lost parents, guardians and care givers to the Ebola virus.”DCI is targeting 89 households but will pay more attention to the orphans.“We are doing this because we are a child rights institution and need to ensure that these orphans are provided food; we believe in the rights of our children and women’s rights as well; so, our targeted beneficiaries are orphans. Women who lost their husbands as well as men who lost their wives to Ebola will also benefit from the donation,” said Mr. Kawa.The DCI executive director further pledged his organization’s commitment to providing legal representation for women and children who are victims of gender based violence amid the Ebola crisis in the country as well as old folks who are vulnerable in the society.Pastor Johnson H. Kollie thanked DCI-Liberia for the donation, describing it as timely for the orphans and others affected by the epidemic in the area.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gbarnga to Ganta to Guinea border RoadThe European Union Liberia Head of Delegation, Madam Tiina Intelmann, has disclosed that the portion of the road from Gbarnga to Ganta, ending on the border with Guinea, will be dedicated in October.Ms. Intelmann further disclosed that at the moment the Chinese construction company building the road is now only doing the last three-kilometer stretch of the road and would be ready for the dedication.She said the road, which is 67km long, would be maintained for the next 10 years by the Chinese and afterwards turned over to the Liberian government. However, before it is turned over to the government along with the other portion connecting Red Light to Gbarnga, she disclosed, the company would do one more coating from Red Light to the border with Guinea. The portion from Red Light to Gbarnga, which is 176km, will be completed by January 2017, Madam Intelmann said, citing delays as a result of the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak. She, however, stated that 92km of the road is now completed. According to her, 60 percent of the over US$237 million allotted for the project is a grant from the European Union, while the remaining 40 percent is a loan from the World Bank, which is implementing the project. On the durability of the road, she stated that two international companies — OPUS International and IMC Worldwide UK — have been contracted to evaluate every stretch of the road and so far the EU is very satisfied with the performance of the two Chinese companies building the road. “Everything we put in place here in Liberia is durable, up to standard and long lasting for the people of Liberia,” Ambassador Intelmann emphasized. The EU Head of Delegation said that she is happy that many Liberians were seen operating some of the heavy equipment during her inspection visit few months ago.She further disclosed that negotiations are ongoing between the EU and the Liberian government for the maintenance of the Cotton Tree to Buchanan road and the road leading to the border with Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Advertisement – Liberia UK based basketball star Saah Nimley (Photo Credit: Newcastle Eagles ) Liberia UK based basketball star Saah Nimley continues to perform up to expectation for his new club Newcastle Eagles as the 24-year-old play a major role in helping the team ending its pre-season campaign undefeated.Over the weekend, Nimley top the points scoring chat after scoring 26 points plus 11 assists as the Eagles defeated Glasgow Rock 110-77 in its season pre-season match. Nimley bagged in 18 points at the end of the first half, but was unable to do same in the remaining two quarters after scoring additional 8 points that recorded him scoring the highest game points.The 2015 Big South Player of the impressive form continued yesterday after the seven times British Basketball League winners completed their unbeaten streak in their pre-season campaign at the Benfield Centre for Sport basketball court inThe Eagles on yesterday defeated Team Northumbria 117-67 with Nimley finishing as the second highest points scorer with 30 points and 8 assists.Newcastle Eagles, the most successful club in the British Basketball League, will travel to the 02 Arena in London to face All-Stars in the British Basketball All-Stars Championship on Sunday September 24 before kick starting its new BBL Championship season campaign against Leeds Force on September 29, 2017 at the Carnegie Sports Arena.In a related development, Russian based Joe Ragland was the highest point scorer for his side Lokomotiv Kuban after the team lost against Crvena Zvezda 82-87 in a warm up match in Serbia.The team will travel to Turkey where it is going to participate in another pre-season tournament.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Mathare United face AFC Leopards as the two teams meet for the first time this season. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9- Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi wants consistency from his impressive side as they aim to keep their unbeaten start to the 2018 season intact with a potentially explosive tie against AFC Leopards on Saturday.Kimanzi’s squad which has grown together from a young inexperienced side last season has won three and drawn two of their first five matches of the season sitting second in the standings and Kimanzi wants them to exhibit the same hunger against AFC. “It is a very tough game against a very good opponent and definitely the plan always is to do better than you did last time. We have enjoyed a very good start to the season and if we can keep that consistency going on, I think the future is bright,” the tactician said ahead of the Saturday afternoon tie.Kimanzi’s squad which has grown together from a young inexperienced side last season has won three and drawn two of their first five matches of the season sitting second in the standings and Kimanzi wants them to exhibit the same hunger against AFC.He adds that playing in a better surface at the Kenyatta Stadium will offer his team a bigger incentive to continue with their passing and movement philosophy especially having struggled to keep to their tact in last weekend’s tie against Thika United which ended 1-1.“We have to keep working hard, keep working for each other and things will improve for us. This will be a very interesting game for us and hopefully we can once agin show that we are a good side,” the tactician further noted.-Head-to-head record-Mathare United midfielder Alphonce Ndonye attempts to turn away from AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo National Stadium on June 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMatches between these two sides have been tight with half of their last 18 matches ending in draws. Mathare have a slight advantage having won five of the remaining nine fixtures and lost four.Both last season’s matches ended in 0-0 draws while the previous two in 2016 ended 1-1 and in 2015 they played to 1-1 and 0-0 draws in both encounters. Mathare United was the last to enjoy victory in this fixture and it came in four years ago in 2014 when they won 2-1.They had won 1-0 in the first leg of that season as well. AFC’s last victory against Mathare was in 2012 when they won 4-2.Four points separate the two sides in the standings with Ingwe having played a match less.The 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions will still be without suspended head coach Robert Matano with his assistant Dennis Kitambi tasked with leading them out for another match.His first assignment last weekend ended in a 2-0 win away to Sony Sugar and the Tanzanian coach hopes he can keep the side winning to close in on the top four.-Early kick-off-Sofapaka FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa issues instructions during a training session at te Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUIn the early kick off on Saturday at the same Kenyatta pitch in Machakos, another potentially explosive tie awaits when Kariobangi Sharks take on 2009 champions Sofapaka. The two sides drew 0-0 home and away in their first ever league meeting last year.However, Batoto ba Mungu are still reeling from the 3-1 defeat inflicted on them by Sharks in the GOtv Shield semi-finals and they will be eager to land late revenge when they clash on Saturday.The two lie side by side on the KPL log, Sofapaka at third with nine points while Sharks are fourth with eight.Sofapaka assistant coach John Baraza, ahead of the meeting is cautious that it will be a very tough side.“I think Sharks should be considered as title contenders because looking at their performance from last season, they have showed that they are a good side. This will be a very tough match for us,” Baraza noted.Batoto ba Mungu have managed to stabilize their ship after a shaky start and the back to back wins over Posta Rangers and AFC Leopards have increased their confidence, with Baraza admitting they had taken time to gel.Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their goals in a Kenyan Premier League fixture against Wazito at the Camp Toyoyo ground on March 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The teamwork has now come in and the players understand each other better. I am really impressed with how we are playing and people should watch out for us,” noted the former forward.Meanwhile in other fixtures on Saturday, Thika United will be searching for their first win of the season when they face Tusker FC at the Ruaraka Complex, a side that has won only one match this season.Thika has beaten the brewers in their last three encounters including home and away victories last season without conceding a goal. They won 2-0 in the first leg in Machakos and followed that up with a 1-0 win in Ruaraka.Head coach Nicholas Muyoti is upbeat that his side can pick their fourth consecutive win over Sam Ssimbwa’s side.“Just like us, they face the same challenge of rebuilding but for them, they have very experienced players who have been in the league before. We lost two key defenders at the end of last season while two others are injured which makes our consistency at the back a bit shaky,”“But we have worked on that in training this week and we should be able to get something off that game,” Muyoti whose side has drawn three and lost two of their first five matches said.Tusker’s Ssimbwa is looking to put his foot on the ground as his new look Tusker is yet to get its taste and the Thika match will be yet another test for him to go through. They lost last weekend against Ulinzi Stars and for a coach who seldom loses back to back, this will make for an interesting watch.Kenyan Premier League weekend fixtures:Saturday: Kariobangi Sharks v Sofapaka, Mathare United v AFC Leopards (Machakos), Kakamega Homeboyz v Ulinzi Stars (Bukhungu), Posta Rangers v Wazito (Narok), Tusker FC v Thika United (Ruaraka), Zoo Kericho v Vihiga United (Kericho).Sunday: Bandari v Sony Sugar (Mombasa), Nakumatt v Chemelil, Gor Mahia v Nzoia Sugar (Machakos).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukElite sport always produces characters we find difficult to like.Nick Kyrgios is currently dividing tennis with his own blend of sublime talent and cheek-slappable rudeness. We’ve seen plenty of footballers declared gits, and rugby union has had players like Danny Cipriani and James O’Connor hung out to dry for their behaviour.My question is this: is it actually our fault?Of course, we didn’t raise these sporty types and so we cannot be blamed for the variation in perceived behavioural boundaries they have assumed. But it is us, the sport-loving public, who tells them repeatedly how very special they are. Sporting ability is a wonderful thing to regard and, I imagine, to possess – but it is no more impressive in real terms than a brilliant economic or political mind. It is no more praiseworthy as a trait than a compulsion to help others, or to teach children.We know this, but something about sport impassions us and, thus, often skews our perspectives. I have kids and, while certainly not being the world’s best dad, I know absolutely that telling them how much more special they are than every other kid in school will see things end badly for them. Yes, I offer heaps of affection and praise, but I also move in swiftly to squash any hints of (innocent) relative ego inflation.Just for huge fun, let’s all think about Jose Mourinho for a moment. This is a handsome man who dresses beautifully, talks charismatically and knows an awful lot about how to make a football team win. In such a competitive world, he is clearly outstanding at his job. However, I’ve long felt intermittently nauseous at the way in which we, the British, seem to fawn over him.I love football but am not an obsessive, and this has a lot to do with the behaviours – diving, abusing referees, managers trotting out utter bullshit after matches that haven’t gone so well – that surround the game. I’d rather just watch the action and skip the human piece.I have always found Mourinho less impressive off the field than the media suggests. His short, stunted answers can be comedic – but often he appears, to me at least, dismissive and superior. But why wouldn’t he be? He has repeatedly been told how special he is and that he is a genius, so how can we expect him to treat others as equals? We shouldn’t. Just as we shouldn’t be surprised at what a prize pig he was around the incident involving his team doctor. We created him. 1 Jose Mourinho
Michael Murphy has said he is not bothered answering the call of club and country but is relishing the challenge.Michael Murphy has a busy weekend planned!The Glenswilly man is refusing to dwell on the negatives of a hectic schedule.The 24 year old will leave for home in Bomany straight after the test against the Australian Indigenous All Stars in Kingspan Breffni Park to prepare for the tie with Killybegs. “It is something I have thought about and something I have spoke about to quite a lot of people. I took the decision fairly early. I suppose making the decision fairly early helped to deal with it as best I can.“I have been very fortunate in that the communication lines between the management teams have been brilliant. The decision has been made. I am comfortable with that decision. I am just going to go with it now.“It is better to be in this position than out of this position. I am fortunate enough to represent Ireland. I am also fortunate enough to represent my club.“To get the opportunity to play at this time of year is fantastic. I am just going to try and grasp it and go for it rather than stay back from it,” he told The Examiner. Murphy’s opposite number, Daniel Wells, praised Murphy for his willingness to serve both teams.“I’m particularly impressed with the commitment he has for his county and his county and it shows a lot of class.” MURPHY RELISHING THE BUSIEST WEEKEND OF HIS LIFE! was last modified: October 18th, 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:GAAglenswillyIrelandMichael Murphy
As everyone living in Donegal over the last three weeks will know the weather has been outstandingly beautiful, with 20+ temperatures, clear blue skies and at times flat calm seas.by Iain Miller I have been out every single day with visitors, students and many visiting journalists.The islands of Owey, Tory and Cruit have been visited with further visits to Slieveleague, Glenveagh, Errigal, Muckish and Malinbeg all in glorious sunshine.In all of Donegal’s beautiful locations there is one place for me that stands out above all the others for its remoteness, beauty and of course, adventurous rock climbing, Glenlough Bay.The beach at Glenlouugh Bay!Living at the North Western tip of the Slievetooey Massif in one of Irelands most remote locations is the breathtakingly beautiful Glenlough Bay. This huge bay sits 3KM to the north east of the An Port road end. This bay stretches for 2KM from Tormore Island at its southern end to the Ends of the Earth Stack at it’s northern end.The bay terminates at its southern end in a wide zawn separating Glenlough Bay from the Cobbler’s Tower land mass. In this wide geo a pair of huge bull seals live, they have always been there every time I have paid a visit.They are extremely curious and will come to within a few feet of you before disappearing under the waves. Glenlough Bay contains one of the largest raised shingle storm beaches in Ireland and on a day of huge north west sea motion the roar of several million of tonnes of shingle being moved up and down the beach by the incoming seas can be deafening even from the cliff tops over 250 meters above the beach.This one kilometre long raised shingle storm beach is very effectively guarded from all sides by steep sided 250 meter high slopes of scree and cliffs and from the sea by the huge north Atlantic swell.Glenlough bay contains a vast amount of excellent, if a little adventurous rock climbing. At the southern end of the bay sits Tormore Island at 148 metres at its summit, this is Ireland’s highest sea stack.This huge square topped stack can be seen for many kilometres along the coast either side of it. It can even be clearly seen from the Dungloe/Kincaslough road some 40KM to the north. In the centre of the bay a further three huge sea stacks sits. Each of these three sea stack present a very different mountaineering challenge for the aspiring summiteers. By far the hardest and potentially the most dangerous of these climbs is the most northerly tower named Jenga Tower and for anyone who has played Jenga, you will get the idea of the rock quality on the sea stack. Running along the north wall of Glenlough bay is the aptly named “End’s of the earth crag,” this cliff is a contender for most remote rock climbing location in Ireland and provides excellent slab climbing in a truly mind blowing location above a huge sea level blowhole.Guarding the northern end of the bay is the lonely End’s of the Earth Stack, This 25 metre high sea stack sits in one of the most beautiful and remote locations in Ireland. It sits 300m out to sea from the lonely wee bay to the north of Glenlough Bay.To the south you have the vast expanse of Glenlough Bay continuing south along the West coast to Tormore Island and to the east you have the vast expanse of the north coast of the Slievetooey Peninsula. Its location ensures it attracts the confliction tidal streams from both the south and north west causing a colossal amount of white water violence in the bay surrounding the base of the stack and standing on its summit is a moment you will remember for a very long time.Reference links http://uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/glenlough-bayhttp://uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/ends-of-the-earth-stackDDTV: WHY GLENLOUGH BAY IS DONEGAL’S HIDDEN TREASURE! was last modified: April 28th, 2015 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:donegalGlenlough BayIain Miller
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is the time of year where combines are rolling in wheat fields and being closely followed by planters and drills for double-crop soybeans. The heat really pushed the wheat crop in mid-June and provided an earlier than expected start to wheat harvest and a good head start on getting double-crop soybeans in the ground in southern Ohio.The plentiful rains (that led to some later than desired planting and sidedressing and a even a few prevented planting acres) set the stage for potential wheat diseases, but also for a good start for double-crop soybeans, said Keith Summers, an insurance agent with Leist Mercantile in Pickaway County.“There is some wheat coming off now. It turned quick. There is a little down from some of the winds, but it looks pretty good and I think the wheat quality is in pretty good shape,” Summers said. “I think most of the guys who are still planting wheat are double-cropping. The double-crop yields we have had here south of 70 have been phenomenal the last couple of years. It is not unheard of to get 40- and even 50- bushel yields with double-crops.”Further south in Ross County, things were looking good for Greg Ramsey just outside of Clarksburg, who talked with Ty Higgins for a Cab Cam on June 19. Ramsey was planting double-crop soybeans around two weeks earlier than normal.“We have plenty of heat and plenty of moisture that should make these beans pop out of the ground and give us a good second crop. The wheat has done pretty well. We thought we might have some issues with scab but it hasn’t been a big problem, at least not yet. I think the wheat will be a little above average this year,” Ramsey said. “It has been all about missing the rains down here. We have been fortunate. When everyone else has been getting 6 inches we have been getting 1 or 2. We have been getting regular rains, though, so that most of our corn is in that 6-foot range now and we are pretty happy with where we are on June 19.”Ramsey was also able to get a jump on double-crop soybean planting by following barley harvest, which is typically earlier than wheat.“This is our third year producing barley and we are hoping that becomes a mainstay in our operation. Barley provides a chance to get the beans in earlier,” he said. “We went straight from harvesting our barley fields to our wheat fields this year but there is potential to get double-crop beans in earlier after barley from year to year.”When planting double-crop soybeans, relative maturity matters, according to Laura Lindsey, with Ohio State University Extension.“Relative maturity has little effect on yield when soybeans are planted during the first three weeks of May. However, the effect of relative maturity can be larger for later planting dates,” she said. “When planting double crop soybean, the latest maturing variety that will reach physiological maturity before the first killing frost is recommended. This is to allow the soybean plants to grow vegetatively as long as possible to produce nodes where pods can form before vegetative growth is slowed due to flowering and pod formation.”In terms of row spacing, Lindsey said 7.5-inch or 15-inch rows are best for double-crop soybeans.“The later in the growing season soybeans are planted, the greater the yield increase due to narrow rows,” Lindsey said. “Soybeans grown in narrow rows produce more grain because they capture more sunlight energy, which drives photosynthesis.”The harvest population for mid- to late June plantings should be between 130,000 and 150,000 plants per acre. Early July planting should be Harvest population for early July plantings should be greater than 180,000 plants per acre.“Harvest plant population is a function of seeding rate, quality of the planter operation, and seed germination percentage and depends on such things as soil moisture conditions, seed-soil contact, and disease pressure,” Lindsey said. “In our double-crop soybean trials planted in June 2017, 250,000 seeds per acre was required to achieve a harvest population of 143,200 plants per acre due to excessive rainfall after planting. In July 2016, 213,000 seeds per acre was required to achieve a harvest population of 204,000 plants per acre.”For more information on double-crop soybean production, see https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/soybean-production/double-crop-soybean-production-guidelines. Lindsey’s double-crop soybean research was funded by United Soybean Board and Ohio Soybean Council.
by Leanne Knobloch, Ph.DThroughout history, military families have worked hard to stay connected during deployment. During prior conflicts, service members and their loved ones relied on the mail to stay in touch, often waiting eagerly for a letter that would be months old when it arrived (if it came at all). Clever correspondents numbered the envelopes so the recipients could read the letters in the correct order. A lucky few enjoyed brief but expensive long-distance phone calls.Advances in technology have given today’s military families many more options. Depending on where service members are deployed, they may have secure and reliable Internet access for email, social media, and video chat such as Skype and FaceTime. They may have cellular service for phone calls and texts. More and more military families are able to bridge the gap between overseas and home by interacting in real time, with privacy, and for reasonable cost.Despite the benefits of new technology, today’s military families still face challenging dilemmas about how best to stay in touch. How much connectedness is too much? What if family members have vastly different preferences for frequency and/or channel? Should loved ones at home discuss difficulties that could distract the service member from his or her mission? Should military personnel disclose problems that could worry family members?Even the communication technologies themselves pose risks. What precautions should military families take to preserve operational security? How should they ensure privacy? And what happens if connectivity suddenly “goes dark” because of mission requirements?A recent study sheds light on how the communication of military couples during deployment affects their anxiety after homecoming. Dr. Leanne Knobloch from the University of Illinois, Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders from Marquette University, and Dr. Jeremy Yorgason from Brigham Young University conducted a study in which 555 military couples (1,100 individuals) from all military branches completed online questionnaires once per month for the first eight months after reunion. The study was funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs through the Military Operational Medicine Research Program.Email was the most frequently used channel of communication, followed by Facebook, instant messaging, video chat/Skype, phone, and cards and letters. The channels of communication used by deployed service members and at-home partners, however, mattered less than the tone of their exchanges.Military couples who communicated positively during deployment (and avoided communicating negatively during deployment) reported less anxiety at homecoming. In other words, constructive communication during deployment was helpful upon reunion.Another key finding was that both positive and negative communication during deployment predicted a quicker reduction in anxiety over time after reunion. These results suggest that military couples who confronted challenging topics immediately during deployment adjusted more quickly after homecoming.The study implies three tips for helping military couples stay in touch during deployment:1. Plan ahead. Talk in advance about how much and how often you would like to communicate during deployment. Don’t forget to discuss what channels each person prefers to use. But, remember that your access and preferences may change during deployment, so revisit your plans occasionally to make sure that everyone is comfortable with how your communication is going.2. Interact constructively. As much as possible, stay upbeat and cheerful when communicating during deployment. Even challenging issues can be worked through effectively if you keep a positive tone.3. Don’t sidestep important issues. Sweeping hard topics under the rug means a pile-up upon reunion. Stay positive and work to see things from your partner’s perspective. Even agreeing to dig deeper into a topic once everyone is physically together is better than ignoring problems.The project also suggests a pair of guidelines for how military family service providers can support individuals separated by deployment:1. Help military families plan. Service providers can assist military families in thinking through the advantages and disadvantages of the communication channels available during deployment. They also can support military families in developing a plan for how to stay in touch during the time apart.2. Offer timely assistance. Support resources should be tailored to the stage of the deployment cycle for maximum effectiveness. Military families may benefit from communication skills training before and during deployment to learn how to stay connected across the miles. Interventions targeting anxiety may be useful immediately before or at homecoming because that’s when people reported the most anxiety.Source: Knobloch, L. K., Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., & Yorgason, J. B. (2018). Communication of military couples during deployment predicting generalized anxiety upon reunion. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 12-21. A Podcast Episode with Dr. Leanne Knobloch: Staying Connected During Deployment, 2019 Leanne K. Knobloch (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research examines how people communicate during times of transition, including how military families navigate the deployment cycle and how romantic couples cope with depression. Her work has been honored by the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association, the Biennial Article Award from the International Association for Relationship Research, and the University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois.
The sports ministry’s proposal for merger of the two rival hockey federations is an offer that neither can refuse.IHF president RK Shetty with HI secretary Narinder Batra.With both Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) embroiled in a legal battle, sports minister Ajay Maken’s proposal to expand the former’s executive board to accommodate members of the rival body seems a move to placate both bodies.As a result, neither federation can afford to reject it outright.”It is an honest effort and a good initiative by the government,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today on Monday, a day before the two federations have to submit their responses with the ministry.Batra does not see much wrong with what the ministry is proposing.”We have no objections to it and our response will be on the lines of the proposals forwarded by the sports minister. We have had discussions among ourselves and have also talked with people in the IHF as well,” he said.Batra said Hockey India was willing to do its bit for the game. “It is a positive development and we are ready for whatever is good for the game.” IHF president RK Shetty was not so forthcoming on the matter, but indicated that the move was a step in the right direction.”We also want a single body for hockey in India. It is a new step by the government and needs co-operation from all three sides for the best results,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY.advertisement”We are discussing the matter, but the proposal is demanding a lot from us, without promising much in return. Even the name of our federation will be taken away.”I can’t say much before we actually submit our response. It will not be a decision taken solely by me. All my colleagues will have to be consulted,” he added.The ministry has given only three days for the two federations to respond and the hurry may be necessitated to show the Supreme Court that it is working to break the impasse.If its proposal is accepted, it can bask in the glory of engineering a solution.Otherwise, it can report to the court that one (or both) federations played spoilsport. By mooting the proposal, the ministry has lobbed the ball back in the court of the two warring bodies.