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It’s a comedy of errors

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC-led coalition is in desperation mode right now and practically anything they can lay hold of at this time to gain the voters’ attention they would try.I am talking about the latest “comedy of errors” in the two actors Carl Greenidge and Joseph Harmon. These two are on stage trumpeting a long-lost chord “I am renouncing my citizenship”. Like the mosquito fresh out of a Guyanese swamp, hum buzzing in your ear, these two guys are again mouthing something they should have done over a year ago, that is, revoking their citizenship.If these guys were in any way serious about their dual citizenship, they would have done exactly that. The point is you can’t keep humming that you are denouncing your citizenship without any sensible action behind those words.If they were serious or decent men, then they would have done the decent thing and “just do it”. How many times must we hear those empty words “I am about denouncing my citizenship; I would like to denounce my dual citizenship status; I am awaiting the response from the authorities on my renunciation of citizenship,” empty words with no action behind it, which really annoys the potential voter.Like their leader Granger, these two gentlemen epitomise the deceptive politics of the PNC, and I will refresh your memory with that bold and assertive statement “the good life is here”. You will remember that mission statement, however, the result of that was a horrible and most wretched life, something that exists to this very day.Right now, Guyanese are hoping and trusting on an electoral system to get us out of at the earliest possible time. So, pandering to the voter with this empty promise that I will revoke my citizenship is a farce and should be treated with the contempt it rightly deserves.The PNC should not trumpet that “good life talk” again and I urge Messrs Harmon and Greenidge to do the same with that revocation of citizenship gaff. Gentlemen stop bluffing the people, we are not so easily bluffed.Respectfullysubmitted,Neil Adamslast_img read more

GPSU reminds Govt of infamous 57-day strike

first_imgWith more than $6.8 billion set aside in the 2016 Budget to cater for salary increases for public servants—none of which was spent—the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) is warning the Government to be guided by history, inclusive of the 1999 strike which lasted for 57 days that led to arbitration over the deadlocked salary talks.GPSU president patrick yardGPSU President Patrick Yarde over the weekend accused government of horse-trading over its publicly stated position that it will go ahead and make an arbitrary award in face of the union’s refusal of the differentiated 10% to 1% salary increases for public servants.Yarde has since also sought to remind the parties that form the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) government, that it had campaigned on a promise to pay public servants decent wages/salaries.According to Yarde: “Rather than address workers’ wages/salaries and conditions of work, the government instead opted to increase its own salaries by as much as 50 per cent.”He said, “this act is unpardonable in this society…For the government to believe that their decision will be easily forgotten, much more has to be done at the bargaining table for workers not to believe that the increases paid to the cabinet and MPs were not self-serving.”Yarde, in his public missive over the weekend, said the outcome of any negotiation that is considered just, is one where the results are agreed upon by the parties involved.He said the GPSU rejected the wage/salary offer and for the government to state that the position put forward to the union is final; and it will go ahead and implement it even if the union has not accepted same, is a breach of trust and can be described as evidence of bad faith negotiations.He proclaimed that, “negotiation requires constructive engagement, built on mutual respect, which would guide arriving at a package agreed on by the employer and workers’ representatives…This government has failed in upholding these basic principles, and is urged to learn and be guided by the lesson of history, and return to the negotiation table.”Seeking to draw reference to history and precedent, Yarde in his publicity, “Industrial relations are not about gut feelings…They are guided by a body of knowledge grounded in conventions, time-honoured principles, established rules and laws.”According to Yarde, “representatives of this government are advised of the importance of arming themselves with an understanding of these tenets or they will continue lurching from one crisis to another on matters pertaining to workers’ welfare…There are precedents in this society which can serve as guides as against the present big stick method being pursued.”He pointed to the fact that in 1999 the Janet Jagan government had decided that it will respond negatively to the public sector unions’ demand for an increase in wages/salaries, on the pretext that the International Monetary Fund’s Structural Adjustment Programme prevented offering a decent increase.He said the government felt the trade union was weak, but underestimated the workers who were enraged by the treatment, mobilised among themselves, and proceeded to strike action and the union leadership had to comply.The GPSU head recalled that the 1999 strike lasted for 57 days and the parties had to resort to arbitration to have the matter resolved.He also referred to the similar salary talks breakdowns in 1979 and 1964 salary impasse for public servant’s wages and said “One would have expected that these experiences would serve as lessons to guide negotiations with the GoG and the GPSU ? and the GTU.”GPSU this past week rejected the final offer made by government for salary increases for public servants even as head of State, President David Granger said in such an eventuality government would be prepared to go ahead and make an arbitrary payout. 10% ‘final offer’ …says Ministers’ 50% salary increase now unpardonablelast_img read more

Fundraiser night for Midget Predators this Thursday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Thursday, February 28, the Northeast B.C. Midget Predators will be holding a Midget Female Provincial Championships Fundraiser.It was announced in January that the Predators would be hosting the Championships from March 21 to the 24 in Fort St. John.In order to host the Championships, funds are needed.- Advertisement -North Bar and Grill will be having a Burger and Bevie Night on February 28 to help raise funds.For more information, and to purchase your tickets, you can call or text Eva at 250-261-4796.last_img read more

Man charged in slaying of 2 guards

first_imgCRIME: Tips from the public led to the arrest in Philadelphia ATM killings, detective says. By Maryclaire Dale THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – A convicted bank robber charged with killing two armored car guards had spotted the vehicle on the road and followed it to an ATM, where he opened fire, a homicide detective said Saturday. Mustafa Ali, 36, of Philadelphia, executed the two retired Philadelphia police officers Thursday without saying a word, police have said. “He follows the truck, he sees an opportunity and he takes it,” said the detective, who worked on the case but requested anonymity. Ali owned the dark Acura used in the heist, although the FBI had not been able to glean the license plate number from the surveillance film, the detective said. Ali instead became a suspect because of tips called in from the public. Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, whose department has struggled to solve murder cases amid a `stop snitching’ culture among criminals and witnesses, thanked the public for stepping up in this case. “Within an hour, we started getting information from citizens,” Johnson said at a news conference Saturday. “(Ali) will never walk the streets, hopefully, again in his lifetime.” Johnson declined to discuss details of the case or the suspect’s background, and police did not release his arrest photo. Ali, who is married and employed, previously served seven years in federal prison for armed bank robbery under the name Shawn Steele, according to federal court records and law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. A 1993 indictment charged three men, including the 21-year-old Steele, with stealing a combined $25,000 in eight Philadelphia bank robberies in 1992. His supervised release ended in 2004. Ali was arrested on an unrelated warrant Friday and later charged with two counts of murder, robbery, a firearms charge and other crimes. He was arraigned Saturday night on the counts involving the ATM killings and was held without bail. He was represented by a public defender. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 10. Police recovered the gun, a 9mm semiautomatic, near a Philadelphia community college after Ali told them where he had tossed it, the detective said. The victims, William Widmaier, 65, and Joseph Alullo, 54, were friends from their days together on the police force. They had both gone to work for Loomis, the armored-car company, after they retired. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

This is what prevented Ancelotti getting the Man United job after Ferguson

first_img Carlo Ancelotti was sounded out about taking over from Alex Ferguson 1 When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, a number of high profile names were linked with the manager’s job before David Moyes was appointed.Carlo Ancelotti was one of those, but it didn’t happen as the successful Italian had another job lined up.Answering a fan’s question in Four Four Two about the possibility, he said: “After [Ferguson] retired in 2013, he spoke to me, but I had already given my word to Real Madrid.”“Manchester United were too late, But otherwise I would have been interested in going to Old Trafford.”Ancelotti won the Champions League and Spanish Cup in his first season at Real, but lost his job in the second year and will now take over from Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in the summer.Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho will assume management duties at Old Trafford.last_img read more

To stay or leave temblor country

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Historians of the 1906 earthquake generally agree on this point: San Francisco will fall again in a future quake. But they disagree over whether people should love the city or leave it. As San Francisco prepared to mark today’s centennial of the Great Quake, two leading historians staked out differing positions on the region’s long-term prospects. One envisioned an abandoned, quake-battered San Francisco Bay Area in ruins; the other said he has planted roots here, and isn’t budging. Simon Winchester, the British author of “A Crack In The Edge Of The World,” a book about the disaster that struck on April 18, 1906, can imagine a time hundreds of years hence when San Francisco is deserted. “There will come a time when the city is knocked down again and again and again,” he said. Philip L. Fradkin, author of “The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906: How San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself,” didn’t disagree, but like millions of others, he has chosen to make the Bay Area his home in spite of the threat. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“San Francisco fell and it will fall again,” Fradkin said. “And if we can’t deal with the realities of history, we’re lost.” Fradkin and Winchester spoke Monday at a Commonwealth Club forum on the Great Quake, one of dozens of Bay Area events this week commemorating the event. Fradkin pointed out that the same forces that give Northern California earthquakes also give it dramatic, mountainous landscape. “You can move to Iowa where it’s flat and there is no danger,” Fradkin said. “I’m going to keep living here.”last_img read more

UPROAR AS FISHERIES OFFICERS BLOCK ROADS TO RIVER IN STAND-OFF WITH ANGLERS

first_imgVehicles block the road used by anglers on the Gweenbarra River. Anglers have been fishing there for generationsTHERE were scuffles and a tense stand-off on one of County Donegal’s disputed salmon fisheries today when anglers claimed access was blocked by fisheries officials.The angling season began today – but on the dispute Gweebarra fishery, anglers were denied access by officials claiming to be from Inland Fisheries Ireland.“Many Donegal salmon and seatrout rivers opened today and anglers rose early to kick start the season with joy and hope in their hearts as they have done for generations,” said anglers spokesman Noel Carr. “But what should have been a pleasant morning’s fishing, turned out to be anything but for those anglers that chose the Gweebarra river to fish on opening day as they were confronted by a group of men and their access on the public road was blocked by vehicles.“At first, the anglers thought it was an April Fool’s joke by some of their fellow anglers but things turned serious when the strange men who eventually identified themselves as Inland Fisheries Ireland employees asserted their intention to continue to block their public way on what was a very rural mountain road.”He claimed Fishery board staff sought to seize rods and equipment from the anglers which culminated in a stand off lasting over three hours in which the anglers, mainly local from both Fintown and Rosses Angling Associations recorded the exchanges amid reported scuffles.Mr Carr said anglers pay €100 per season for a rod license to finance the Fishery Board staff to protect and manage our salmon waters and “are supposed to be partners with anglers in implementing these objectives.” The anglers claim that at one stage the frustration boiled over and one angling member requested IFI to call Gardai to resolve the stand off but they refused and later on he was denied access in order to get to higher ground for a signal to make the telephone call.Mr Carr went on: “These developments instigated by Inland Fisheries Ireland opens up a new level to the dispute in what is a long running battle for access to the fishing waters of the Gweebarra rivers.“This started when IFI (then NRFB) issued notices in the local papers in February 2006 intending to charge a new permit fee of €50 per day for a fishery that had always been free. To avail of this permit all local anglers would also have to purchase a current state license costing up to €120 per season.“A dispute on title ensued with many anglers being brought to court for fishing without permits while the title dispute moved to the High court in Dublin following an injunction taken by the IFI failed to stop anglers fishing the entire Gweebarra river.“Eventually, a judgment was issued before last Xmas 2012 and the Donegal Game Angling Federation on behalf of the defendants named in the injunction welcomed the outcome and agreed with the Ms Justice Laffoy recommendation for mediation in the case which has yet to happen. “It is the intention of the anglers to lodge complaints with the appropriate authorities following this most distasteful incident.”No-one from IFI has been available for comment.UPROAR AS FISHERIES OFFICERS BLOCK ROADS TO RIVER IN STAND-OFF WITH ANGLERS was last modified: April 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:disputeGweebarraIFIUPROAR AS FISHERIES OFFICERS BLOCK ROADS TO RIVER IN STAND-OFF WITH ANGLERSlast_img read more

South Africa, China cement labour ties

first_img27 August 2013 South African Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Chinese Human Resources and Social Security Minister Yin Weimin have pledged to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in labour market and social security development. The pledge, signed on Monday, also addresses youth unemployment, measures to help reintegrate the unemployed into the labour market, public employment services and how to improve social security benefits. Oliphant, who is heading a departmental delegation on a week-long visit to China, said the collaboration between the two countries was aimed at sharing best practices to accelerate their development. “It would also be of much value to us if we are able to see labour intensive projects that are aimed at creating jobs, as we believe that these will be the drivers of employment creation,” she said.‘Driving employment creation’ “The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will herald a new era in our cooperation and will assist in providing valuable deliverables for both our departments.” She also said the magnitude of this cooperation reflected the vision of both countries to work together in order to realise a better future for both nations. “We sought to cooperate in various sectors of our economies. Through this MoU, we streamlined our engagements, resulting in exchanges of valuable lessons as delegations visited different projects in our countries,” Oliphant said. “Whilst we can look back with pride on our engagements since 2006, I acknowledge that a lot still needs to be done as the fluid labour market keeps on presenting new challenges.” The visit was informed by the “One China Policy” adopted in 1998, which has led to the development of relations that has seen two treaties, 24 bilateral agreements, 10 protocols, 22 MoUs and a declaration established. She said joint operational programmes to realise the ideals of the MoU would be developed.‘Partnering on scholarship opportunities’ Oliphant plans to use the visit to formalise a partnership with China on the provision of scholarship opportunities for officials in the department. The scholarships should focus on Public Administration, she said. She will also engage Chinese enterprises on bringing young South African entrepreneurs to China for them to gain experience so that they can operate their businesses efficiently, based on international best practices. Oliphant said the delegation will also learn about the implementation of the social security system in China. Through engagements with China in forums such as the International Labour Organisation, G20 and BRICS economic block, South Africa will cooperate with China to strengthen ties. Weimin said the partnership being cemented was a result of the formalisation of bilateral relations established in the 1990s between the two countries. “The partnership has reached a new stage and was about to enter into a new era. Your visit is a major development in our partnership. It will further promote more cooperation, and we seek to learn from each other in areas of labour relations and social security.” The two ministers had met in June at the International Labour Organisation Conference in Geneva, where a need for renewing the MoU was suggested. South Africa last signed a MoU with China during former Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana’s tenure. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Languages are being wiped out by economic growth

first_imgThe world’s roughly 7000 known languages are disappearing faster than species, with a different tongue dying approximately every 2 weeks. Now, by borrowing methods used in ecology to track endangered species, researchers have identified the primary threat to linguistic diversity: economic development. Though such growth has been shown to wipe out language in the past on a case-by-case basis, this is the first study to demonstrate that it is a global phenomenon, researchers say.Many people know about the threatened polar bear and extinct passenger pigeon, but few have heard of endangered and extinct languages such as Eyak in Alaska, whose last speaker died in 2008, or Ubykh in Turkey, whose last fluent speaker died in 1992, says Tatsuya Amano, a zoologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and lead author of the new study. It’s well known that economic growth or the desire to achieve it can drive language loss, he notes—dominant languages such as Mandarin Chinese and English are often required for upward mobility in education and business, and economic assistance often encourages recipients to speak dominant languages. Whereas specific case studies demonstrate such forces at work, such as the transition from Cornish to English in the United Kingdom and from Horom to English in Nigeria, this is the first study to examine losses worldwide and rank economic growth alongside other possible influences, he says.Data on the number and location of surviving fluent speakers of endangered languages are scant, but Amano and colleagues used the most complete source available—an online repository called Ethnologue—for their analysis, he says. From the database, the group was able to calculate the geographical range, number of speakers, and rate of speaker decline for languages worldwide and map that data within square grid cells roughly 190 km across, spanning the entire globe. Although they were able to obtain information about the range and number of speakers for more than 90% of the world’s estimated 6909 languages, they could only glean details about the rate of decline or growth for 9%, or 649, of those languages, Amano notes.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(*)Next, they looked for correlations between language loss and factors such as a country’s gross domestic product and levels of globalization as calculated by an internationally recognized index. In addition, they examined environmental factors such as altitude, which might contribute to language loss by affecting how easily communities can communicate and travel.Of all the variables tested, economic growth was most strongly linked to language loss, Amano says. Two types of language loss hotspots emerged from the study, published online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. One was in economically well developed regions such as northwestern North America and northern Australia; a second was in economically developing regions such as the tropics and the Himalayas. Certain aspects of geography seemed to act as a buffer or threat, Amano says. For example, recent declines appear to occur faster in temperate climates than in the tropics or mountainous regions—perhaps because it is easier to travel in and out of temperate regions, Amano says. More research is necessary to determine precisely what it is about economic development that kills languages, he adds. Figuring out how growth interacts with other factors such as landscape is the next step, he says.”This is the first really solid statistical study I’ve seen which shows principles about language decline that we’ve know about, but hadn’t been able to put together in a sound way,” says Leanne Hinton, a linguist at the University of California, Berkeley. Economics is far from the whole story, however, she says. In the United States, for example, current attitudes toward endangered tongues stem in large part from historical policies that forced young American Indians to eschew their native tongues in order to learn English, she says. Generations of disease, murder, and genocide—both historic and present, in some regions—have also played an important role and were not included in the new study’s analysis, she says.Although the study is silent on the subject of interventions to help preserve endangered languages, there is a range of revitalization efforts that can serve as examples, such as the incorporation of the Hawaiian language into school curricula and daily government operations, she says.last_img read more

European PGA Tour: Arjun Atwal repeats big step in Indian professional golf

first_imgIN FULL SWING: Victory at the Singapore Masters has taken Atwal into golf’s top 200There is golf and there’s golf. There’s one variety played by executives as part of the bizarre code of corporate life, by bureaucrats with the clout to get into stuffy clubs and by retired folk with,IN FULL SWING: Victory at the Singapore Masters has taken Atwal into golf’s top 200There is golf and there’s golf. There’s one variety played by executives as part of the bizarre code of corporate life, by bureaucrats with the clout to get into stuffy clubs and by retired folk with time on their hands.Then there’s Golf. Played by Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, who are not really famous executives, bureaucrats and retired people, but the world’s top professional golfers with million-dollar bank accounts and private planes.Any given week, only 150-odd golfers each are eligible to play on the top two rungs of pro golf: the United States’ Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour and the European (EPGA) Tour.On that list of men that doesn’t even total 350 (there are more golf courses in Colorado alone than card-carrying pros), there is now an Indian winner. His name is Arjun Atwal, he’s going to be 30 on March 20 and he comes from Kolkata.Shake his hand. He just won the Singapore Masters, a cheque of $150,030 (Rs 72 lakh), a world ranking inside the top 200 and a spot on the US’ Golf Magazine list of the 10 hottest golfers on the EPGA Tour.In case the enormity hasn’t sunk in, there’s more: Atwal is one of only two Indian golfers – ever – to have qualified for the EPGA tour. He is Mister Spock to Jeev Milkha Singh’s Captain James T. Kirk, the two boldly going where no countryman has gone before, his win a deep Indian footprint on alien terrain.advertisementOn the final day in the Singapore Masters, Atwal was the picture of the strangest calm, strolling around the Laguna National like it were Sunday at the Tollygunge Club. His name didn’t ring any bells but his game forced the spotlight away from six-time Majors winner and comeback man Nick Faldo.”Five or six Indians have the game to play in Europe if they are ready to sacrifice.”Jeev Milkha SinghIndia’s first EPGA professionalOld guys, the cynics will sneer, looking for last hurrahs in one of those joint-sanctioned events which allow the “European” tour to travel to South Africa, the Gulf, south-east Asia and Australia for a minimum of $750,000 prize money.But cynicism misses the wood, the trees and the entire cruel beauty of golf. While Atwal stalked history in Singapore, the world’s top 66 professionals played in California, where the No. 62 seed beat the No. 45 for the million-dollar top prize.Tiger Woods was beaten in the first round by an Australian called Peter O’Malley. In golf, depth of field is not a concept from photography, it is daily reality.Unlike other sports, in golf men do not face off across a net, a ring or a field. They are fellow footsoldiers, fighting the course, with its odd geography, the local weather and themselves, the kinks in their game and the doubts in their mind.Atwal had wiped his doubts clean in Singapore. Not even the sight of the great Faldo loping up ahead of him took his eye off his own game. “If there was anyone who was going to beat me, it was me,” he says.Prior to Singapore, a classical golf swing and blazing runs seemed to be his signature. In 1996 Atwal, a long-shot qualifier in the Buick Classic on the killingly competitive USPGA Tour, ran second behind world No. 5 Ernie Els before falling away.This winter, his first five EPGA events came and went without a top 10 finish. Two weeks before Singapore, Atwal seized the lead in two Asian Tour events, the Hero Honda Masters and the London Myanmar Open, before letting go.But all the time in his bones he knew that the exchange between ball and club was getting both smoother and sharper. “I thought I was going to win this year and I figured it would be soon,” he says.An EPGA title victory is an elusive butterfly; as Singh has discovered after five tough years on the Tour. Atwal’s win-three months after earning his Tour card through the qualifying school (tournament) in Spain-has, he says, “broken a barrier”. The two men have broken very big barriers in just venturing out on the EPGA Tour.The son of a wealthy Kolkata businessman from a golf-mad family, Atwal dropped out of college in the US and turned professional, joining the newly formed Asian PGA Tour in 1995, winning the title of the Rookie of the Year and following it up with three Asian Tour titles in six years.advertisementIt would have been easy to settle for an annual income of $100,000 a year from the Asian Tour, close to the comforts of home. Brandon D’Souza, head of Tiger Sports Marketing, says, “Arjun wanted to do this for himself. He broke the shackles of being the boy who had everything.”It is the way the extraordinary stand apart from the ordinary. Atwal wanted to be back in the throng of the tough US circuit just like Jeev who hacked out the first path.The senior pro is glad for the company. “It’s great Arjun’s come along. Now there’s someone to speak to in the same language,” he says. The two played the practice round in Singapore and on the final day Singh followed his friend’s triumphant walk around the course.”Arjun has improved every year, he has got his goals set.” Atwal refuses to discuss those in public: “If you’re working hard, you find yourself in the right place doing the right thing.”He will now try to find his feet on the EPGA Tour as it moves west with the summer and will return to the US Tour qualifiers. Thousands attempt the “School”, only the top 35 win Tour cards.Atwal is not a Plato of the putting green and laughs that he would rather watch a Govinda movie than read a book; but he has gone from being sports-car-loving, medium-range party-animal to a married man who meditates.”Skill-wise I don’t think he’s different, it’s his mental make-up that has changed,” says Inderjit Bhalotia, Atwal’s friend and fellow golfer from the age 13.Two years ago, they visited a yoga school in Munger, Bihar. Atwal found that meditation added muscle to his mental game. “It showed me mind-boggling results.”It really is all in the mind. Singh believes making the jump from Asia to Europe is bigger than Europe to the US. “Five or six players in India already have the game to play on the European tour – if they’re ready to make the sacrifice. That’s the message I’ve wanted to get through to guys I played with in India. If Jeev can do it, why not us?”Atwal’s win has now added a rider: if one Indian can win, what’s stopping the others from trying?last_img read more