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Ligue 1 star plays down Tottenham transfer talk

first_img Michy Batshuayi in action for Marseille 1 Tottenham target Michy Batshuayi insists he is focusing on performing for Marseille – despite talk of a big move this summer.?The Belgian, who has 13 league goals this season, was the subject of interest from the Premier League side in the January transfer window.Marseille refused to enter negotiations then – but Tottenham are expected to reignite talks in the summer.Spanish champions Barcelona have also been linked with Batshuayi, as have Borussia Dortmund.However, while flattered by all the speculation, the striker claims he is only thinking about the rest of the season.“Of course, I’m happy to read good reviews about yourself, but my focus is on Marseille and upcoming matches. I only think about that,” Batshuayi told La Dernière Heure.last_img read more

BAKE SALE FOR FEILE TEAMS AT O’DONNELL PARK THIS MORNING

first_imgThere is a Bake Sale in O’Donnell Park this morning between 11am and 12:30pm to support the Féile fundraising campaign.This year St Eunan’s are taking on the mammoth task of sending 4 teams to Féile (Boys & Girls football and Camogie & Hurling).  BAKE SALE FOR FEILE TEAMS AT O’DONNELL PARK THIS MORNING was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:bake salefeile 2015fundraiserst eunanlast_img read more

Courtois reportedly goes AWOL from Chelsea in attempt to force Madrid move

first_img Courtois was due at a 4pm training session at Chelsea’s Cobham base Real Madrid are understood to have bid £35m for the stopper, who wants Chelsea to accept.Contract negotiations broke down between the two parties earlier this summer, with the 26-year-old now having just one year left on his current deal.Courtois was bizarrely pictured in a Spar convenience store in Tenerife on Monday, when he was supposed to be at Cobham. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has reportedly gone AWOL from training as he wants to force through a move to Real Madrid.The Blues’ new manager Maurizio Sarri publicly declared his intention to talk to the Belgian face-to-face about his future on Monday.However it seems Courtois had other plans, as he stayed away from training, according to the Telegraph. 1 Hoy hemos recibido la visita de Thibaut Courtois en nuestro #SparMar_Bella. Muchas gracias por ser tan amable y simpático con nosotr@s. #SiempreCercadeTi pic.twitter.com/QlNmGzPrMg— Spar Tenerife (@spartenerife) August 6, 2018“I’m not interested in the agent. I want to hear from Courtois,” said Sarri after the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.“If Courtois tomorrow says to me the same [as the agent], then I have to speak with my player, of course. Because I only want players with very high levels of motivation.”Chelsea are rumoured to be eyeing up a £25m move for Stoke City’s Jack Butland as a potential replacement for their current first-choice goalkeeper.last_img read more

DDTV – MOYA BRENNAN SINGS THE PRAISES OF THE GATHERING

first_imgCLICK TO PLAYMoya Brennan is the latest edition to the growing list of ambassadors for the Donegal Gathering. “I am really pleased to be part of the Gathering; I am not shy when talking about Donegal when I am on stage. The sound that Clannad has created has come from the mountains and the valleys and the Glens in Donegal.”Moya performed at the launch of Donegal Gathering which was streamed live across the globe and directly connected our Diaspora with their friends and family at home.That seminal moment was a classic example of contemporary modernity and traditional culture reaching out, hand in glove, to our people across the world. Moya has always been an exemplary ambassador for Donegal and has never forgotten her roots regardless of where her fame has taken her on tour. Indeed, we say on tour because her home has always remained in Donegal.On that memorable night, Moya stressed how we must all be ambassadors when abroad. And now, we are proud to announce Moya as our newest ambassador.Why not click on to www.donegalgathering.com to watch her speak of her pride in Donegal and how her music has always been inspired by her native county, as she joins our continuing list of renowned Donegal ambassadors.So, like Moya, let’s all play our part in making 2013 a record year for visitor numbers to Donegal by letting friends and family know about the exciting times ahead. DDTV – MOYA BRENNAN SINGS THE PRAISES OF THE GATHERING was last modified: October 15th, 2012 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:Moya BrennanThe Gatheringlast_img read more

DONEGAL TEACHER NAMED AS 2014 LONDON ROSE OF TRALEE

first_imgA Donegal teacher has been named as the 2014 London Rose of Tralee.A delighted Saoirse Faughnan is crowned the 2014 London Rose of Tralee.Saoirse Faughnan from Letterkenny, is a secondary school teacher at the Burnt Mill Academy in Essex.The 24-year-old was selected from 14 other hopefuls at the annual London Rose of Tralee selection ball at the Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood on Saturday night. She wowed the judges with her rendition of the popular W.B. Yeat poem, The Lake Isle of Inishfree, which she recited half in English and half as Gaeilge.She also impressed the 250-strong audience with her passion for education and her aim to provide the young people of London with a fun and friendly learning environment.She also spoke of her pride at being Irish in London and how the recent visit by the Irish President Michael D Higgins will remain a historic event in her life.As an avid supporter of Donegal GAA, Saoirse also has high hopes for your county team to steal the All-Ireland title back this year. Saoirse was in a state of shock and denial, as she clasped her face into her hand, when her name was called out by chairman of the London Rose Centre Noel O’Sullivan.She said: “I am in a state of euphoria and ecstatic and truly honored to be presented the sash by the outgoing London Rose Grace Kenny. I am honored to take on this role for my family and for London and go on to represent every single Irish person in London. I hope I can complete it with passion and pride.”Saoirse will now go forward to the Rose of Tralee Regional finals in Portlaoise from the 29th of May to the 1st of June.She follows in the footsteps of outgoing London Rose Grace Kenny who was on hand to present Saoirse with her official London Rose sash.Other guests of honor on the night included Mayor of Kerry Seamus Fitzgerald. DONEGAL TEACHER NAMED AS 2014 LONDON ROSE OF TRALEE was last modified: May 6th, 2014 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:donegalLondon RoseRose of TraleeSaoirse Faughnanlast_img read more

Teacher’s talents win him $25,000

first_imgLAKE BALBOA – High Tech High L.A. teacher Mathew McClenahan woke up Tuesday on the wrong side of the bed and arrived at his desk hoping to play hooky from a school assembly. The math and physics instructor at the year-old charter school built on the campus of Birmingham High School nearly missed receiving a meritorious teacher award of $25,000. “I’m stunned,” said McClenahan, 35, of Van Nuys, one of two Los Angeles-area teachers to win the prestigious Milken National Educator Awards on Tuesday during surprise assemblies at their schools. “I had no idea,” he said. “I was actually working (in my classroom) during the presentation. They sent a student to come get me.” In just a year, High Tech High L.A. has rocketed to the top rank of California schools. As nearly 300 whiz kids filed into its designer-colored, industrial-style auditorium, everyone wondered the name of its new prize winner. Milken, a philanthropist and Birmingham High graduate whose name graces the front of the High Tech High L.A. school, riveted students with a pep talk on teachers within the new world economy. It was teachers such as those at Birmingham who, during the Cold War, fueled a generation of American kids capable of going head-to-head with the Soviets and their Sputnik satellite. And it is the teachers of today who will help the U.S. go toe-to-toe with the burgeoning economies of India and China, he said. “Virtually every successful person will tell you that they had a very special teacher or two to get them where they are,” said the boyish Milken, head of his foundation. “In this country, we do not do enough to support our teachers.” He was joined by former Los Angeles school board member Roberta Weintraub, founder of High Tech High, and actor/director/producer Robert Townsend, director of “Hollywood Shuffle,” who praised special pedagogues like the soon-to-be-announced McClenahan. It was James Reed, a teacher from Chicago, who plucked the budding “TV guy” from a Chicago classroom and started him on the road to stardom by teaching him to read after school. “He gave me my reading skills,” Townsend said. “But more importantly, he gave me my life skills because he was the first person to believe in me.” As Milken read the name of his winner from a game-show-like cue card, the assembly exploded into a cacophony of catcalls and applause. McClenahan, overwhelmed, put his hand to his mouth to cover a blackboard-size grin. “It’s not every day you wake up in the morning and go to school and win $25,000,” he told the assembly. “High Tech High wouldn’t be what it is without all you outstanding teachers. Every one of you deserves an award.” Students called him a first-rate teacher who never failed his class – because he helps each and every student master their subjects. “He’s straight up,” said Jonathon Bar, 14, of Sherman Oaks. “If he sees you aren’t doing well, he’ll make you feel better – but he’s also very strict.” “He’s like a dad or something … He’s always been there for us,” said Tolga Duymayan, 17, of North Hills, speaking for a group of fellow students. “He always gives us lectures on life. He prepares us for the real world. He says it’s not going to be easy and that education is the key to making it easier.” McClenahan, standing before a gaggle of students, called his wife in Las Vegas to tell her about the award. Before dialing, he said he hadn’t a clue how to spend his winnings. “I won an award, for teaching. There’s a lot of people here with cameras,” he said via speaker cell phone to his wife, who was so incredulous when he proposed to her she initially responded: “Shut up.” In equal disbelief Tuesday, after hearing about the prize, Elaine McClenahan told her husband: “Very funny.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Considered the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the cash award from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation goes to America’s top teachers, with $54 million in prizes handed out since 1985. Iowa native McClenahan is credited for his hands-on instruction, innovative teaching and support of fellow teachers. He’s also the school’s varsity wrestling coach. Spanish teacher James Orihuela of Cecil B. DeMille Middle School in Long Beach received the second prize awarded Tuesday, one of 100 teachers to receive the award this fall. Dubbed the “heart and soul” of the school’s dual-language immersion program, Orihuela helped each pupil pass the Golden State Spanish Language exam. Educators, Hollywood producers and philanthropists praised teachers for inspiring the next generation of leaders in a competitive global economy. “I want to commend you for your commitment to public education,” said Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction, who flew down from Sacramento for the award ceremonies at each school. “You are a model for other schools. Public education clearly is on the right track in the state of California – and you are helping lead the way.” last_img read more

Fulham v Norwich City line-ups: Whites signing starts, Bettinelli out, seven Norwich debuts

first_imgSlavisa Jokanovic has handed a debut to Oliver Norwood for Fulham’s first Championship game of the season against Norwich.The loan signing from Brighton’s place in midfield is assured with Kevin McDonald sidelined.Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli is ruled out with a hamstring injury picked up in last weekend’s 3-0 pre-season friendly defeat by Wolfsburg, so David Button makes his first league start at Craven Cottage since March.New arrivals Aboubakar Kamara and Ibrahima Cisse are among the substitutes.Norwich have seven debutants in their starting line-up – goalkeeper Angus Gunn and midfielder Harrison Reed, on loan from Manchester City and Southampton respectively, are selected alongside Christoph Zimmermann, Marcel Franke, Mario Vrancic, former Whites loanee James Husband and Marley Watkins.Ivo Pinto and Wes Hoolahan, who have been carrying injuries, are on the bench.Fulham: Button; Fredericks, Ream, Kalas, Sessegnon; Cairney, Norwood, Johansen; Kebano, Aluko, Ayite.Subs: Rodak, Odoi, Edun, Madl, Cisse, Piazon, Kamara.Norwich City: Gunn; Martin, Franke, Zimmermann; Wildschut, Reed, Vrancic, Maddison; Watkins, Jerome.Subs: McGovern, Pinto, Oliveira, Murphy, Hoolahan, Godfrey, Tettey. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Norway Killer Cultural Christian, Practical Darwinian

first_img While arguing against the feminist destruction of marriage, he said, approvingly, “Marriage is not a ‘conspiracy to oppress women’, it’s the reason why we’re here.  And it’s not a religious thing, either.  According to strict, atheist Darwinism, the purpose of life is to reproduce.” While lambasting political correctness, he spoke approvingly of social Darwinism: “Social-darwinism was the norm before the [sic] 1950. Back then, it was allowed to say what we feel. Now, however, we have to disguise our preferences to avoid the horrible consequences of being labeled as a genetical preferentialist.” Supporting segregation in Africa, he said, “Nevertheless, people who are very short sighted will consider these policies quite cynical or darwinistic. However, long term, it is the most humanistic and responsible approach.” The first thing he said when describing his vision of a perfect Europe was: “‘Logic’ and rationalist thought (a certain degree of national Darwinism) should be the fundament [sic] of our societies.” As for his family background, it is clear neither of his parents, step-parents or siblings were Bible-believing Christians, and in his lengthy description of his personal life and beliefs, Biblical Christianity appeared to be the farthest thing from his mind.  His “conservatism” was more about whether he allied with skinhead neo-Nazi hip-hop vs. leftist heavy-metal music.  His personal summary of his political views is: “Cultural conservative, revolutionary conservative, Vienna school of thought, economically liberal.”  As for his religious views, he describes them as “Christian, Protestant but I support a reformation of Protestantism leading to it being absorbed by Catholisism [sic]. The typical ‘Protestant Labour Church’ has to be deconstructed as its creation was an attempt to abolish the Church.”  He continued, “I went from moderately to [sic] agnostic to moderately religious,” but elsewhere made it clear his religion is cultural, not personal: “If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian.”  It is doubtful any Bible-believing Christ follower would accept this definition of a Christian.  So when he calls himself “100% Christian” he is speaking merely of his affinity for Christian political tradition of the West, not a commitment to obey Christ.  “However, I strongly object to the current suicidal path of the Catholic Church but especially the Protestant Church,” he continued.  “I support a Church that believes in self defence and who [sic] are willing to fight for its principles and values, at least resist the efforts put forth to exterminate it gradually,” by which he means the creeping Muslim influence in his country.  Further evidence of his big-tent cultural “Christianity” is this excerpt about those he could accept into his revolutionary movement: “If you want to fight for the cross and die under the ‘cross of the martyrs’ it’s required that you are a practising Christian, a Christian agnostic or a Christian atheist (cultural Christian). The cultural factors are more important than your personal relationship with God, Jesus or the holy spirit. Even Odinists can fight with us or by our side as brothers in this fight as long as they accept the founding principles” of his radical group.  Odinists are pagan followers of Norse mythology. Certainly Biblical creation was never a pillar of his worldview.  “As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science and it must always continue to be that way,” he said, adding, “Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe.” Books that influenced him most include  Darwin’s Origin and the works of Hobbes, Machiavelli, Marx and Engels, and Ayn Rand. He also spoke favorably of positive eugenics to preserve Nordic races from extinction.  His long rant includes methods for building bombs and weapons of mass destruction, and ends with large pictures of himself, one of them holding a high-tech bazooka, wearing a patch “Marxist Hunter” stating, “Multiculti-Traitor Hunting Permit.”  See also Uncommon Descent for more commentary on Breivik’s views. This is a man who coldly shot 80 young people at a youth camp after blowing up a building and killing 7 others.  It’s a very disturbing story of a disturbed rock-head, a pathological narcissist and xenophobic egotist who had some bad experiences with Muslims in Norway and decided to go on his own personal crusade against forces he perceived were undermining his Nordic heritage.  Calling this guy a conservative or right-wing Christian fundamentalist makes no more sense than applying those labels to members of the Nazi party.  Hitler also welcomed cultural Christians or pagans into his movement provided they wanted to preserve pagan Norse heritage and were willing to kill anyone in their path to achieve their goals (all in the name of “self defense,” of course).  It took a little longer to expose this guy as a Darwin sympathizer, partly because of the length of his diatribe, and because of his frequent references to the Bible and to “Christianity”.  Do any of his goals sound like those of Jesus Christ, Paul and the apostles?  Clearly not; they are polar opposites.  Like cultists, Breivik went on a hunt for proof texts that would support his views on “self defense” but his actions were anything but defensive; he shot civilians in cold blood that had no defenses.  It was a cowardly, selfish act by a madman who used history and books to rationalize his hate.  Christianity gets blamed for a lot of things that are absolutely contrary to the New Testament.  Some pastors are dumping the label “Christian” for that very reason; it has become an empty term (what on earth is a “Christian atheist”?), preferring instead “Christ follower.”  Clearly, Breivik is a CINO (Christian in name only), not a Christ follower.  His real heart lies with Darwin. Once again, we have seen how deadly the Darwinian world view is.  Like the Columbine killers (11/22/2006), the teenage nihilists (11/12/2009), the Finnish murderer (11/08/2007), and James von Brunn (06/14/2009), Breivik used Darwinian thinking to concoct deadly plans and commit heinous murders, coldly and systematically executed in the tradition of Mao and Pol Pot, justified in the name of survival of the fittest.  It is vital that true Christians point out to media their error when they try to associate these social-Darwinist political fanatics with Jesus Christ, who taught us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Initial news reports about mass murderer Anders Breivik, who slew over 90 civilians in his home country on July 23, described him as a “right-wing fundamentalist Christian.”  Now that his 1500-page manifesto has been published, it is clear that any associations with Christianity were cultural and political, not personal.  His prime motivation was to halt the Islamization of “Christian” Europe brought on by political correctness and multiculturalism.  A review of his writings show him closer to secular science and the social Darwinists than to the teachings of Jesus Christ. WND first started challenging the depictions of Breivik as a Christian on the 23rd.  Then on the 24th, WND posted the entire Breivik manifesto and described him as a Darwinian, not a ‘Christian’ in the usual sense of someone who believes in Jesus Christ the Son of God and submits to Him as Lord and Savior. Breivik quotes the Bible extensively, as he does other books of history or philosophy; but his citations are taken to justify his terrorism as a form of national self-defense.  It is clear his intent was not to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, but to rationalize his plan to go on a one-man crusade – not against Muslims directly, but against the liberal Labor Party in his own country that he felt was contributing to the destruction of Western civilization. Support for Darwinian ideas can be seen in several places in his manifesto:last_img read more

‘Africa is not one country’

first_imgJustice MalalaOn Friday 8 January three members of Togo’s football squad were killed in a machine-gun attack on the team’s vehicles in northern Angola. The team was in the country to participate in the African Nations Cup.The attack received international media attention, with footballers across the world stopping to observe minutes of silence in honour of the fallen team members. The Togo team left Angola a few days later, foregoing the tournament.Within hours of the attack, a massive explosion of questions began to be raised about the safety of the 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in South Africa. Journalists and football administrators across the world suggested that the South African football spectacular would be equally unsafe and some even toyed with the probability of not attending at all.In the days since the attack South Africa’s the 2010 local organising committee has gone out of its way to reassure fans, footballers and administrators about the safety of South Africa. Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the committee, asked: “Why are we being asked to explain ourselves when the incident took place in another country thousands of kilometers away?”Jordaan’s comment reminded me of an article written by celebrated Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina and published by Granta magazine in 2005. In the third paragraph of the piece, titled How To Write About Africa, he says:“In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn’t care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.”So what is happening here?Once again, the massively huge African continent is being reduced to one dark mass – and all of it is dangerous. Instead of looking at the Angolan incident, isolating it and studying it, once again one incident in a remote part of one African country is being held up as the whole continent.It is a tragedy that this is happening. I am the first to admit that South Africa has its problems. When Thabo Mbeki was in charge of South Africa, I voiced doubts about hosting the World Cup here. My reasons were clear and specific. Mbeki had said South Africa does not have a crime problem and that it was our “perception” that there was.Fortunately, the Jacob Zuma administration has explicitly said crime is a problem and it is now in the process of instituting some serious measures to curb this scourge. The route to solving problems, as Zuma is ably demonstrating, is to admit that they exist in the first place.So what does a shooting in a formerly war-torn country such as Angola have to do with South Africa, really? Over the past four weeks the England cricket team has been touring South Africa. The nation was at a standstill, glued to the screen. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happened to that team or the thousands of visitors who came here to watch them play.Last year South Africa hosted the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, with games played in all our major centres and global television coverage. Not a single violent incident was recorded, and the organisers were so impressed with everything from security to infrastructure that they have expressed keenness to repeat the staging of the event here.Last June South Africa hosted a successful Fifa Confederations Cup which was won by Brazil after an unexpectedly inspired showing by the United States, which went to the finals. Participants included countries as diverse as Spain, Egypt, Iraq and New Zealand. There wasn’t a single major incident, leading to Fifa declaring that there was no plan B to take the 2010 World Cup to any other country.The hysteria over the Angola shooting needs to be looked at in this context. Africa is a massive continent, made up of numerous countries of diverse cultures and problems – many unique to their locales. It is not one thing.A shooting in Angola – clearly motivated by separatist tendencies in one region and by a single grouping – is absolutely and totally unrelated to the staging of a football tournament in South Africa. As Wainaina’s article suggests, such hysteria exposes commentators’ underlying and unsubstantiated fears about Africa.The time for these are past.What now? Writing from here on the southern tip of this beautiful continent, all I can say is that I have never seen a country and a people look forward so much to anything in their lives. Our economists speak of the expected fillip to our economy when the world arrives here. Our politicians are pulling up their socks. Our workers are intensifying their efforts to finish various infrastructure projects.South Africa is waiting, and is determined to stage a successful tournament. This place is nothing like Angola, and should not falsely be equated with that country.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

Won’t appear for any more inquiry committees: Khot

first_imgPune: In an indication that he may soon part ways with his party, Swabhimani Paksha leader and Cabinet Minister Sadabhau Khot on Friday said he would not appear in front of any internal party committees any more, saying he would rather go to the farmers directly.Mr. Khot was speaking after being grilled by the Swabhimani Paksha’s core working committee at Circuit House for allegedly being involved in anti-party activities. Mr. Khot’s exit from the party has been speculated for a while now.The minister was reportedly asked to clarify his stance on a number of thorny issues, including his alleged soft-pedalling on behalf of the State government to resolve the knotty matter of agitating farmers.“Our party made an alliance with the BJP prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. As a responsible minister of the State Cabinet, I could not side openly with the agitating farmers against the government. I believe I have played the role of a constructive mediator between the farmers and the government to the best of my ability,” Mr. Khot said.Party sources said a call on Mr. Khot’s future would be taken during a two-day party meet in August.Mr. Khot’s relations with Swabhimani Paksha chief Raju Shetti are severely strained, leading to a major rift within the Swabhimani Paksha. It is believed that Mr. Shetti was keen on expelling Mr. Khot last month, but others restrained him from doing so without a proper ‘hearing’. Mr. Shetti has accused Mr. Khot, who is believed to be set on joining the BJP, of failing to fight for the farmers.last_img read more