Kimani joins Ingwe on the eve of KPL transfer

first_imgIgadia believes the former Mathare United and Tusker FC player will inspire AFC Leopards back to its glory days after struggling in the past three seasons where they failed to finish in the top five.“Kimani (Kevin) has joined AFC Leopards. He signed today morning (Tuesday) and we are happy that he comes along with a lot of experience to help us perform better in the coming season. He is our last signing and we are ready to go,” The Secretary General told Capital sport.The 27-year-old becomes the 14th player to sign for AFC Leopards under the tutelage of head coach Stewart Hall and is expected to replace John Ndirangu who decamped to rivals Gor Mahia.Kimani, who returns to the Kenyan Premier League for the first time since June, 2016 after turning out for champions Tusker FC, missed the club’s pre-season tour to Eastern and Central Kenya where they thrashed Embu Combined 3-0 before demolishing Tetu Combined 5-0 in build-up matches over the weekend.The 2011 KPL Player of the Year also had stints with Greece based side APO Fostiras in 2014 after moving from German club Bocholt VV.Other experienced new signings include goal keeper Gabriel Andika who was signed from Western Stima as well as former Mathare United duo of defender Robinson Kamura and midfielder Wyvonne Isuza.Also joining the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions are midfielder Duncan Otieno who returned after a spell at Posta Rangers, Salim Abdallah (Posta Rangers),  former Muhoroni Youth defender Samwel Ndung’u,  Dennis Sikhayi, Marcus Abwao, Michael Kibwage and Ibrahim Mao.Vincent Ouma, Austin Odhiambo and Jackson Juma were promoted from the junior team that reached the finals of the KPL Under-20 tournament.AFC Leopards have gone three seasons without any silverware, with their last title coming in 2013 when they lifted the GOtv Shield.This season they will be looking to win all the three trophies available; quenching a 19-year KPL title thirst as well as taking the GOtv Shield and KPL Top 8.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kevin Kimani with AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igadia after signing a one-year contract at Ingwe on Tuesday, January, 31.PHOTO/AFC Leopards.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – On the eve of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) transfer window, giants AFC Leopards have acquired the services of Harambee Stars winger Kevin Kimani ahead of the 2017 season that is expected to kick-off February 11.Club Secretary General Oscar Igadia confirmed that Kimani, who joins Ingwe as a free agent from South African outfit Jomo Cosmos, has penned a one-year deal to see him become the final player to be signed at the den.last_img read more

Deputies on guard at Pyramid Lake

first_imgThe teen was airlifted to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and is being treated in the intensive care ward. To drive a car you must be 16 and possess a valid driver’s license and car insurance. Only the first rule applies to boaters. The teen was operating his watercraft illegally because he was under age, Wallace said. He may have maneuvered in front of an oncoming boat. Inexperienced boaters may not know to glance backward before making a move. “It’s different than a road with lanes, where if you stay in your lane other drivers will go around you,” said Lt. Brenda Cambra. “A lake is open and there’s no requirement to stay in your lane. You have to be aware of what other boats are out there and what they’re doing and what they may do.” Signs on the lake direct boaters to move in a counterclockwise mode but those who ignore signs and head the other way often cause crashes. Amy Rigby, who compiles statistics for the state Department of Boating and Waterways, said in 2002 there were nine accidents on the lake, seven injuries and one death; in 2003 there were two accidents, four injuries; in 2004 there were four accidents, four injuries and one death; in 2005 two accidents and one injury; and in 2006 one accident, one death. No lifeguards are on duty but the deputies patrol in boats. They serve as emergency medical technicians and rescue divers and battle marine fires. They’ve been busy the past couple of years. Some 95,000 visitors converged on Pyramid in 2006. Roughly 123,000 visited so far this year and the number is expected to grow to 165,000 by years’ end. Earlier this month a transient who swam at Pyramid’s swim beach was less fortunate than the teen. Rolando Maldonado, 58, of Bell, disappeared from view as he swam Aug. 11 and was found by would-be rescuers some 10 minutes later in about eight feet of water at the bottom of the lake. Deputies pulled him from the water and performed CPR but could not revive him. The Coroner’s Office later ruled Maldonado’s death an accidental drowning. Edward Gomez of Pacoima celebrated Memorial Day 2006 with family and friends, riding a flying inflatable tube towed behind a boat. The tube is designed to rise above the water when the boat accelerates. When the boat’s pilot swerved to avoid hitting another boat, Gomez was thrown from the tube and crashed head-on into the hull of the oncoming boat. He was declared dead at a hospital in Santa Clarita. The boat’s pilot, John Galvan of Panorama City, was convicted of manslaughter for operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and sentenced to 16 months in jail. California is not among the majority of states that require mandatory education for those who pilot watercraft. A bill introduced in the state Legislature this year by Assemblyman Michael Duvall, R-Brea, which would have required boat operators to pass an exam, faltered, but Duvall plans to reintroduce it next year. Wallace says mandatory waterborne education is overdue, but stops short of calling for a wet version of the DMV. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Aggressive enforcement efforts at Pyramid Lake the past five years have helped reduce the number of boating accidents and injuries despite the arrival of nearly twice as many visitors annually, officials said. Patrols were beefed up in 2002 after a dramatic rise in accidents. “In the upcoming Labor Day weekend we expect to be at maximum capacity by 9 a.m. and we will have 50 boats waiting in line all day long,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Roger Wallace, who oversees operations there. Boaters, water-skiers, swimmers and fishermen flock to the lake, nestled in the picturesque Angeles National Forest. The shoreline traces 22 miles, the surface spans nearly 1,300 acres and the deepest point measures some 355 feet. A 21-foot water line, which forms part of the California Aqueduct System, feeds water from Pyramid to Castaic Lake, below Pyramid. Water flowing in the pipe generates electricity during peak periods. Only 225 boats are allowed on the water at a time, so it’s a little mindboggling that 30,000 boats have been launched this year. Every weekend since about March has been sold out, Wallace said. Since 2000, deputies have boarded boats before they’re launched to conduct safety inspections. Half a dozen rotating trained volunteers support the seven deputies on duty. Precautions can’t prevent all mishaps however. A 15-year-old who was hospitalized Aug. 20 in critical condition after a weekend crash between his personal watercraft and a boat remained in extremely critical condition Thursday. He suffered a severe head injury and propeller cuts on his back, Wallace said. last_img read more

Iraq war casualty update

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As of Saturday, March 18, 2006, at least 2,314 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 1,811 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is one more than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EST. The British military has reported 103 deaths; Italy, 27; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, three; Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, one death each. The latest deaths reported by the military: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Two soldiers were killed Thursday by indirect fire on a base northwest of Tikrit. The latest identification reported by the military: No identifications reported. last_img read more


first_imgThe Mary From Dungloe Festival has bounced back!More than 40 people from the famous West Donegal town met last night to discuss the future of the festival after the resignation of the current committee last week.A trader’s committee was set up and the meeting was described as “very positive” after 25 traders had their say on the future of the 43 year event. It has led to two further meetings to discuss the festival, one of these concentrating on events.A steering committee is also to be set up to concentrate on ideas and plans for the 10-day event.Sources close to the meeting described it as one of the most positive meetings in many years.“Some people might have taken the festival for granted but there was no way we were going to let it die. “It’s going to take a lot of planning and the festival may be different from previous years, but there’s no question it will go ahead this year,” said the source.Last night’s meeting heard many suggestions and ideas about the running of the event including suggestions that it could be slimmed down from the ten days. Several members of the former traders and finance committees attended the meeting.Tricia Gallagher, who was festival director for the past few years and who announced her resignation last week, was not in attendance.Ms Gallagher expressed disappointment over various aspects of the festival at last week’s meeting and did indicate that she would not be attending any further meetings.  It is understood there was some level of criticism at the meeting of what was described as “negativity” in the media following the reporting of the outcome of the annual general meeting and a subsequent radio interview by former director Tricia Gallagher.Last week’s meeting was told that the festival has debts of over €23,800 that includes a fee of €9,000 owed to singer Daniel O’Donnell dating back pre 2008.Contributions and sponsorship to the 2010 event were down over €8,000 on the previous year. The meeting also heard of unacceptable abuse directed at the organisers and voluntary workers during the course of the festival.The follow up meetings are scheduled for this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Rosses Community School to discuss ideas and events, while a traders meeting will be held in Ionad Teampall Cróine on Monday next at 7 p.m. EndsPACKED ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ MEETING HEARS NEW PLANS FOR REVIVED FESTIVAL was last modified: February 1st, 2011 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)last_img read more

Derby vs Leeds live on talkSPORT: Stream and line-ups for play-off clash

first_img Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Derby vs Leeds: Kick-off timeThe Championship play-off semi-final first-leg will get underway at 5:15pm on Saturday, May 11.Leeds won both their league meetings this season, claiming a 4-1 victory at Pride Park before make it a double with a 2-0 success at Elland Road. 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship ROUND-UP REPLY Frank Lampard’s Derby take on Leeds tonight stalemate LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS EFL result Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer 2 Derby vs Leeds: How to listenFull commentary from Pride Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting underway at 5pm.Laura Woods will bring you all the build-up with Sam Matterface and Simon Grayson on commentary duty.To tune into our coverage just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here. GREAT NEWS Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues goalless Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Derby host Leeds this evening in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final clash.Leeds suffered a difficult end to the season to slip out of the automatic promotion places while Derby are in fine form after pipping Middlesbrough to sixth place. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds take on Derby tonight Derby vs Leeds: Line-upsDerby: Roos, Tomori, Keogh, Wilson, Mount, Lawrence, Johnson, Holmes, Nugent, Bogle, MaloneSubs: Carson, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Evans, Bennett, MacDonald, HuddlestoneLeeds: Casilla, Dallas, Cooper, Berardi, Ayling, Phillips, Klich, Forshaw, Harrison, Hernandez, RoofeSubs: Peacock-Farrell, Brown, Shackleton, Clarke, Strujk, Gotts, Boguszlast_img read more

Pontsho Manzi empowers South Africa’s fabulous women

first_imgFabgalz and Fabulous Woman magazine founder Pontsho Manzi with FabGals from Mdantsane in East London (images: FabGalz)Drawing on her experiences in human resources and recruitment, Pontsho Manzi runs courses on dressing for success and acing job interviews for young women who want to succeed.“You can take a dying plant and help it regain its life by just talking to it,” says Manzi. A Play Your Part Ambassador, she is founder of Fabgalz and Fabulous Woman magazine. Her philosophy is echoed in her motivational workshops as part of her mission to empower South African women to be their best selves.last_img read more

3 Reasons Analytics Matter to Physicians

first_imgAs physicians, we’re taught to practice evidence-based medicine where the evidence comes primarily from trade journals that document double blind, randomized control trials. Or, perhaps we turn to society meetings, problem-based learning discussions (PBLD), or peer group discussion forums. We are dedicated to finding ways to improve patient outcomes and experience, yet we miss huge opportunities every day. We are lost in a sea of data, left to debate continuous process improvement with ‘gut feelings’ and opinions. We do the ‘best we can’ because we lack the ability to glean meaningful perspective from our daily actions. As an anesthesiologist, I know there’s a wonderful opportunity for analytics to make a difference in our surgical patients’ experience, and I can only imagine there are similar opportunities in other specialties.Here are three undeniable reasons analytics should matter to every physician:Secure CompensationQuality compliance is here to stay, and it’s only becoming more onerous. In 2015, the CMS-mandated Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) finally transitioned from bonus payments to 2 percent penalties. It also raised the reporting requirements from 3 metrics to 9 metrics across 3 domains, including 2 outcome measures.Unfortunately, in the absence of the right technology, compliance is too often considered just another costly burden. We’re relegated to either rely on unresponsive 3rd party vendors to update our software or else we’re forced to hire additional human resources to ‘count beans’. More frustratingly, we rarely see these efforts translate into meaningful change for the patients we serve. We arrive at the erroneous conclusion that these efforts only increase costs while offering no tangible benefits.What if our technology was flexible enough to keep up with changing regulations while also making us faster and more intelligent at our jobs?  How would this change our perception of regulatory requirements? Thankfully such solutions exist, and with our input they can and should be adopted.Gain ControlIt’s too easy for providers to limit themselves to the “practice of medicine” – diagnosing and treating patients – and disengage from the management of our individual practices. We do ourselves a disservice because, as physicians, we have a significant advantage when it comes to interpreting the ever-increasing government regulations and applying them to our patients’ needs. There is often latitude in this interpretation, which ultimately gives rise to incorrect assumptions and unnecessary work. When we assume the responsibility for setting the definitions, we gain control over the metrics and consequently influence their interpretations.By engaging in our analytics, we’re equipped to speak more convincingly with administration, we gain independence from poor implementations, and we gain freedom from added inefficiencies. We lose the all-too-common “victim perspective”, and we return to a position of influence in how and why we practice the way we do. Through analytics, we are better positioned to improve our patients’ experiences, and that can be incredibly gratifying.Transform Your IndustryThis ability to leverage real-time analytics has already transformed other industries. In retail, the best companies deliver exceptional service because their sales representatives know exactly who we are, what we’ve purchased, how we’ve paid, when we’ve paid, etc. Because they know our individual preferences at the point of sale, they deliver first-class customer service. Consider the example of Target, who used predictive analytics to identify which customers were pregnant simply from analyzing their transactional data, thus allowing them to intelligently advertise to a compelling market segment. Imagine leveraging this same capability within the realm of surgical services. What if we could deliver individualized patient education at the time it’s needed. For example, a text message the evening before surgery reading, “It’s now time to stop eating.” Or, an automated message when the patient arrives to the surgical facility, stating, “Here’s a map to the registration desk”. There are plenty of opportunities to leverage mobility and connectivity to deliver personalized care throughout the surgical experience. Further, by analyzing the data generated during the course of that surgical experience, what if we could predict who was likely to be dissatisfied before they even complained. Could we automatically alert guest relations for a service recovery before the patient is discharged? There’s no doubt – of course, we can! We just need appropriate management of our surrounding data.ConclusionThrough analytics we have the ability to secure our compensation, gain more control of our practices, and transform our industry by improving outcomes, improving the patient experience, and reducing costs.When we’re equipped with analytical capabilities that are real-time, interactive, individualized, and mobile, we’ve implemented a framework with truly transformative power. We’ve enabled a dramatic reduction in the turnaround time for continuous process improvement. As regulatory requirements continue to increase in complexity, we have the opportunity to either work smarter using more intelligent tools or else surrender to an unfriendly future. Fellow practitioners, I much prefer the former.What questions do you have? What’s your view of analytics?last_img read more

Million Dollar Bounty Claimed for an iPhone Vulnerability

first_imgIt is a million dollar payday for vulnerability researchers who found an iPhone 0-Day hack.  Recently, Zerodium recently announced the sizeable payout to a team of hackers who successfully developed a technique which can target the Apple operating system.  This exploitable code-weakness is reported to be able to undermine the security of any iPhone or iPad which visits a maliciously created website.  With such monetary rewards, the reflection of a true market value, this trend of high profile research will continue.  It is a double-edged sword and both helps bolster long term product security as well as undermining it in the short term.  Vulnerability discoveries bring to light existing weaknesses and tend to motivate developers to invest more resources in improving security in their products.  It is much less expensive and embarrassing to squash such bugs before products are released versus after they are in the hands of customers.  On the darker side, such discoveries may allow exclusive access to the highest bidder for a period of time, until the vendor can figure out the problem and apply a suitable fix.  The cybersecurity industry is still in its infancy and vulnerability research is a hotly debated topic.  We have a lot to learn and experience before we reach a healthy state.  One thing is for sure: the economic impacts are growing.  Just ask those who will be cashing a million dollar check or those tasked with finding a way to protect vulnerable systems.  The costs, impacts, and opportunities of security are going up.  Consider if such hacks are worth a million dollars today, what price will such desirable vulnerabilities command in a year from now?  Twitter: @Matt_RosenquistIntel IT Network: Collection of My Previous PostsLinkedIn: read more

Marinero pounds Wangs-Letran for 1st back-to-back wins

first_imgLATEST STORIES Quarters: 21-23, 47-40, 75-54, 96-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bong Quinto carried the Couriers with 22 points as they fell to their second consecutive defeat.Rey Publico and Alex Mandreza got 11 in the loss.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 96 — Ayonayon 14, Robles 12, Subido 12, Toth 12, Banal 10, Tratter 9, Pasaol 8, Lopez 7, Paredes 5, Brill 2, Iñigo 2, Tolentino 2, Babilonia 1, Terso 0.WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 84 — Quinto 22, Mandreza 11, Publico 11, Calvo 9, Balagasay 6, Muyang 6, Taladua 6, Fajarito 5, Batiller 4, Ambohot 2, Trinidad 2, Balanza 0, Vacaro 0, Yu 0.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Troy Rosario avoids serious injury after scary fall Rian Ayonayon topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 14 points, six assists, and four rebounds, Subido went 4-of-6 from threes for his 12 markers, and Robles got 12 points and five rebounds to spearhead the balanced attack.Kyle Toth also shot 4-of-6 from downtown to nab 12 markers, while Gab Banal recorded a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Everybody knows the gameplan, believed in it, and understood it. We’re just happy that everybody came in with laser-focus and executed our gameplan well,” said coach Koy Banal as his side improved to 3-2.The Skippers did a good job in setting the tempo for the game, taking 22 fastbreak points against Wangs-Letran’s 10 and dishing out 23 assists to their foes’ 14. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino coasted to its first back-to-back wins in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, humbling Wangs Basketball-Letran, 96-84, Thursday at Pasig Sports Center.Behind Renzo Subido and Abu Tratter, the Skippers finished the first half  on a 7-0 spurt and sustained that run in the third period with Billy Robles leading the charge to push the lead to as big as 23 numerous times.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Crises’ becomes the hallmark of Janata Party

first_imgThe grand old three – Jagjivan Ram (left) and Charan Singh with Morarji DesaiAs the Janata Party plods into its 21st month in power this December, “crises” have become its hallmark, rather than any ideology or programme. The party-seems destined to a permanent state of crisis. But until the next,The grand old three – Jagjivan Ram (left) and Charan Singh with Morarji DesaiAs the Janata Party plods into its 21st month in power this December, “crises” have become its hallmark, rather than any ideology or programme. The party-seems destined to a permanent state of crisis. But until the next round of crises sweeps the party, Prime Minister Morarji Desai is firmly in the saddle.During the 20 months of his rule, marked by high-minded orations and a mixture of sternness and astute manipulation, Desai has managed to gain control of the party machinery and its parliamentary wing But the cabinet and the party executive –  where ambitious party bosses dominate – continue to elude his paternalistic hold. This is what the latest crisis, that almost became a palace coup, demonstrated.While the querulous Charan Singh, who has resigned during his chequered political career from various offices 10 times so far, played his game of “Now-I-Join-Now-I-Don’t” with a none too sporting Desai, the cabinet almost mutinied.Industry Minister George Fernandes’s resignation started it all – India Today has definite information that Fernandes had submitted his resignation to Desai. Soon, other ministers – reportedly six in a cabinet of 18 – threatened to join him.Though Fernandes’s resignation was not solely related to the Charan Singh issue, the threat issued by some of his colleagues, notably Steel Minister Biju Patnaik, was linked to it.This incipient mutiny probably spurred Desai to put aside his imperiousness and talk to Charan Singh. After a flurry of meetings and conclaves arranged by the party’s peacemakers, whose ranks under the leadership of party president Chandra Shekhar expanded from five to 23, and a welter of proposals to lure the truculent Charan Singh into the cabinet, it was back to square one. The simmering discontent was pushed back from the headlines to the cauldrons in the ante-rooms of the corridors of power till it comes to a boil again.advertisementSilent Majority: Leaders still speak of a grave threat to the unity of the party. But with the silent, strong, middle layer of the party comprising the bulk of the parliamentarians and the modest, smaller functionaries supporting him, Desai is still in firm control of the situation.The silent majority may have little to gain by the continuance of the stability presided over by Desai’s asceticism but it has more to lose by inducing instability. Only the bosses can play for high stakes. Fuelled by a cocktail of ideology and ambition they alone hold aloft the banner of revolt.Desai claims the support of 183 Janata Party members in the Lok Sabha. Those opposed to him or of doubtful loyalty, according to his estimates, number 136. His men flashed the tally to his opponents. Counting on the solid support of the 183 MPs, Desai felt he could afford to have a confrontation. More important, he knew that the enemy camp would back out once it was apprised of his strength. He also knew how to play one side against the other.He refused to restore the status quo ante in his cabinet by taking back Charan Singh as home minister together with his Sancho Panza, former health minister, Raj Narain. Instead, he agreed to a complicated proposal to have two deputy prime ministers – Jagjivan Ram and Charan Singh – so that the problem of who was number two remained ambiguous while Charan Singh’s wounded ego would be soothed. Probably, the wily prime minister had guessed that Charan Singh would turn this down and he could claim with a clear conscience that he had done his best to unify the party.Disenchantment: However, even if the Charan Singh faction did break away from the party, the Desai government would still survive. Also Desai still holds the trump-card against his potentially rebellious ministers – the lack of a viable alternative.The disgruntled ministers realize that although it may not be difficult to dislodge the prime minister, it would be impossible to fill his place with an acceptable leader without an internecine war in the party.A senior Janata Party member said: “It’s amazing how much these three sick old men want to become prime minister. One can hardly walk, the other has recently suffered a series of heart-attacks and the other is bordering on the senile.”Fernandes, who was gheraoed in 1977 by party workers into accepting the cabinet berth, has had doubts about his effectiveness in the Government and was worried about the growing popular disenchantment with the party.He took the hard decision to resign soon after the Chikmagalur verdict which sent Indira Gandhi back to Parliament. Fernandes’s departure for Libya on Decermber 7 on official business was doubtful till the previous day.advertisementBut his colleagues pressed him not to pursue his resignation just yet. Partly, it was their fear that should he resign, they would also have to follow suit if they were to retain their credibility. Finally, Fernandes decided to stay his hand and, in the meanwhile, his colleagues and Desai won an assurance from him that he would not talk to the press about it.Should Fernandes when he returns after his visit to Libya and, possibly after a meeting with the leader of the Socialist International, Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, at Vienna, decide to resign, the heat would be on again for Desai. But that is not going to unseat him.However, President Sanjiva Reddy recently remarked disdainfully, that none of them is going to resign as it needs courage to resign. “Don’t bother about them.”The disenchanted party bosses are now set to lay stress on party policies and their implementation. This is the Achille’s heel of the Desai leadership and they know it. Charan Singh meanwhile hopes for a show of strength with the kisan rally and rumours are rife about the formation of another party.Surviving Trials: When the party government was formed last year, Desai did not get a chance to show his supremacy, assuming that he had it then, because of the decision to go in for a consensus in choosing a leader. The sulking claimants for the office never quite gave up their dreams. In the absence of a vote, they could all claim large followings. But helped by the prime minister’s post Desai steadily built his strength.In October, he displayed his control over the parliamentary party when he won its support despite many of his important colleagues and party leaders trying to isolate him. Last month, at the party’s national camp at Ujjain, he won a public demonstration of support in the party ranks by riding out the storm of criticism generated there by his critics. At both these levels, his supporters cut across the traditional factional lines.Desai’s supporters see the present developments in terms of what Subramaniam Swamy, MP, calls the “fusion process” taking place in the party by which the old affiliations of the constituents are giving way to a new Janata identity. They view the tactics of the party bosses as attempts to stall this and claim that Desai is now the most universal leader of the party. To some extent, this view is correct.However, even if Desai has managed to capture the party’s parliamentary organization and carries the bulk of the party with him, he is faced with the question similar to what Stalin asked about the Vatican, how many divisions it has – how many voters can the astringent Desai mobilize on his own without the help of the crowd-pulling, eloquent party bosses when the next election comes?advertisementlast_img read more