We must not forget China’s other defenders of the freedom to inform

first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News to go further News Help by sharing this information RSF_en ChinaFinlandGermanyAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenImprisonedRSF PrizeNobel PrizeCitizen-journalists Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the release of the artist Liu Xia, Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo’s widow, but urges the international community not to forget that more than 50 defenders of the freedom to inform are still detained in China. Receive email alertscenter_img Finally freed by the Chinese authorities this morning, Liu Xia, 57, had been under house arrest in Beijing ever since her imprisoned husband, Liu Xiaobo, a recipient of RSFs Press Freedom Prize, was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2010. He died in detention last year.According to diplomats, she left Beijing on a flight bound for Helsinki, from where she was due to travel to Germany.“RSF always fought for Liu Xia’s release and can only welcome this news,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “But it should not be allowed to eclipse the suffering that the Chinese authorities inflicted on her during eight long years of captivity, or the fact that more than 50 defenders of the freedom to inform are still languishing in Chinese jails.”In May, the Berlin-based dissident Liao Yiwu released the recording of a phone conversation in which Liu Xia could be heard expressing her despair about the Chinese government’s refusal to let her travel to Berlin.Her release came during a visit to Germany by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang that included a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.A statue to the memory of Liu Xiaobo is to be unveiled in Taipei by the “Friends of Liu Xiaobo” and RSF on 13 July, the first anniversary of his death.One of the world’s biggest jailers of journalists, China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. July 10, 2018 We must not forget China’s other defenders of the freedom to inform In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 10, 2021 Find out more ChinaFinlandGermanyAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenImprisonedRSF PrizeNobel PrizeCitizen-journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more Photo: Shenyang Municipal Information Office Newslast_img read more

Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF calls for release of Guinean journalist held for insulting president to go further The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and the NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are joining forces to call for the immediate release of journalist Amadou Diouldé Diallo, one of the doyens of the Guinean press, who is being jailed in Conakry, and of sports journalist Ibrahima Sadio Bah. They are simply demanding that the law decriminalising press offences in Guinea be respected. April 9, 2021 Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists Organisation RSF_en Amadou Diouldé Diallo et Ibrahima Sadio Bah, deux journalistes détenus depuis le 27 et le 4 février derniers. Follow the news on Guinea News GuineaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityJudicial harassment News Amadou Diouldé Diallo was arrested on February 27th in Conakry. He had just participated in a journalistic programme broadcast on a private Guinean radio station during which he had violently criticised the action of the Head of State, Alpha Condé, recently re-elected President of the Republic of Guinea for a third term. Charged on March 1st, for “offence to the Head of State and defamation”, he was placed under a detention order. His failing health required his transfer from the central prison to the Ignace Deen hospital in Conakry.Several days before Amadou Dioulde Diallo got arrested, another sports journalist, Ibrahima Sadio Bah, was sentenced to six months in prison and fined 500,000 Guinean francs (about 40 euros) for “defamation, public insults and slanderous denunciation” against the president of the Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFOOT), Mamadou Antonio Souaré. He was sentenced on February 4th for an article on the website guinee7.com relating to accusations of corruption by an unsuccessful candidate against the winner of the FEGUIFOOT presidential election. The prosecutor had however asked for the release of the defendant for an unproven offence.“The detention of journalists, even though the law does not allow it, remains too frequent in Guinea,” RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire deplores. “They are also unprecedented in their duration. We call for the release without any condition of these journalists in accordance with the applicable laws.”Historian and journalist, Amadou Diouldé Diallo is the president of the Guinean Sports Press Association and the vice-president of the African section of the AIPS, which gathers 166 national associations of sports journalists from the five continents.“AIPS defends free access to sports events and freedom of expression for all journalists everywhere around the world,” AIPS President Gianni Merlo states. “We are shocked that two of our Guinean colleagues of which one is our member have been incriminated and jailed because of comments made in the exercise of their profession, even if, as in Mr Diallo’s case, it was not in sports reporting. We also request for the release without any condition of our colleagues in compliance with the applicable laws.”AIPS and RSF note that the pre-trial detention of Amadou Diouldé Diallo is in opposition to the constitution of the Republic of Guinea, Article 10 which stipulates that “Every individual has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Law L002 on the freedom of the press decriminalised press offences in Guinea. The objective of this law is to prevent citizens from being arrested and put in prison for offences committed through the press.Amadou Diouldé Diallo was arrested on February 27th without prior summons. All the efforts of his lawyers to obtain his release so that he can freely prepare his defence have been in vain. His family is concerned about his health. A first letter from the AIPS to the President of the Republic of Guinea, Mr Alpha Condé, requesting the release of Mr Diallo has remained unanswered.Guinea is ranked 110th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months News News May 19, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says GuineaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityJudicial harassment April 15, 2021 Find out more AIPS President, Gianni MerloGeneral Secretary of Reporters without borders, Christophe Deloire    March 17, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fairholme: Status Quo Makes Another Bailout ‘Inevitable’

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fairholme: Status Quo Makes Another Bailout ‘Inevitable’ Fairholme: Status Quo Makes Another Bailout ‘Inevitable’ Share Save Tagged with: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Net Worth Sweep Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market The Net Worth Sweep, or the sweeping of all Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac profits into Treasury, has been under more intense scrutiny as of late since some of the documents related to Fairholme Funds’ lawsuit against the government over the Net Worth Sweep were unsealed in April.The recently unsealed documents suggest that key government officials, namely Fannie Mae’s CFO, may have known that the GSEs were on the verge of huge profitability when the bailout agreement was amended in August 2012 to start the Net Worth Sweep.As a preferred stockholder in the GSEs and one of the Enterprises’ largest investors, Fairholme has one of 22 current lawsuits against the government that involves the Net Worth Sweep.“We have made enormous progress over the last 12 months, largely behind the scenes,” Fairholme CEO Bruce Berkowitz said in a recent interview. “With each passing day, we seem to be getting closer to the finish line, so I remain very optimistic.”Add to that the fact that the GSEs’ capital buffer is being reduced by $600 million per year until it reaches zero by January 1, 2018, as well as the fact that Freddie Mac has suffered a loss in two of the last three quarters, and many stakeholders in the mortgage industry, as well as GSE investors and shareholders such as Fairholme, are deeply concerned about the possibility of another taxpayer-funded bailout.“Fannie and Freddie have over $5 trillion of liabilities outstanding, yet Treasury is milking them of all their income and forcing them to operate with no capital,” Berkowitz said. “It’s absurd. If the government takes all of your wealth every quarter as the return on a forced investment, and never allows the repayment of that forced investment, then it is inevitable that there will come a time in the future when the government will force more investment on you, another so-called bailout.”To be clear, Berkowitz does not want to get rid of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; after all, he said, “Who else makes the 30-year pre-payable fixed-rate mortgage widely available through thick and thin? Who else can provide $7 trillion of liquidity to America’s housing market since 2009 helping low and moderate-income Americans buy, rent, or refinance a home?”Berkowitz simply wants the GSEs released from government control, “the same as AIG.” He added, “I believe the United States Treasury is growing increasingly isolated as a result of its eight-year policy forcing Fannie and Freddie to remain in a state of captivity known as ‘conservatorship.’ It is a shame and a huge delay of game.”Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are two of the largest companies in the world, he said, and they are not going away, as evidenced by Freddie Mac hiring hundreds of new employees and Fannie Mae moving into a new million square foot office in Washington, D.C.“It is still hard to believe that some in Washington want to eliminate them in the hope of finding something better, or at least finding something that caters better to their special interests and crony capitalists,” Berkowitz said. Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Net Worth Sweep 2016-05-24 Brian Honea Subscribe Previous: Coalition Pushes for Stricter Wall Street Regulation Next: Clinton and Trump Spar Over ‘Housing Bubble’ Remarks Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago May 24, 2016 1,310 Views last_img read more

Western Pacific coastal sources of iron, manganese, and aluminum to the Equatorial Undercurrent

first_img[1] We present results from the first zonal transect of iron, aluminum, and manganese conducted from the western source region of the Equatorial Undercurrent (EUC) to the central equatorial Pacific. Trace metals were elevated along the slope of Papua New Guinea and within the New Guinea Coastal Undercurrent (NGCU), which is the primary Southern Hemisphere entry path of water to the EUC. Subsurface maxima in total acid-soluble iron, aluminum, and manganese were evident in the EUC. These maxima were generally greatest in the western equatorial Pacific and decreased in magnitude eastward. Maxima in iron and aluminum persisted to 140°W; maxima in manganese extended to 175°W. Iron and manganese maxima were deeper (25–75 m) than aluminum maxima and located in the lower EUC, which undergoes less interior ocean mixing than shallower waters. The depth of the aluminum subsurface maxima correlated strongly (r = 0.88) with the depth of the EUC velocity maximum. Surface waters were enriched in aluminum and manganese offshore of Papua New Guinea. Surface metal concentrations decreased eastward throughout the western warm pool up to the longitude (~180°W) of the salinity front. Detrital sediment input from either direct riverine input or sediment resuspension appeared to be the primary mechanism of supplying metals to the NGCU. We estimated eastward fluxes of metals in the EUC and found greatest fluxes in the western equatorial Pacific between 160°E and 165°E, except for aluminum. Fluxes of aluminum and, to a lesser extent, manganese increased concurrently with water volume transport in the central equatorial Pacific. Iron transport in the EUC remained constant east of the dateline, apparently due to the combined effects of dilution by meridional entrainment and scavenging. Iron was mobilized in a highly active western boundary current region and transported eastward in the lower EUC.last_img read more

Forks, knives, beakers

first_imgFour years ago, “Science and Cooking” was whipped up by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Alícia Foundation in Spain. The wildly popular public lecture series and companion course mix the culinary with the lab. World-class chefs and Harvard faculty illuminate research through experiments with food.On Monday, author and New York Times columnist Harold McGee opened this year’s series with an aphorism from Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s “Physiology of Taste”: “The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity than the discovery of a new star.”McGee dove into the history of science and cooking, starting locally with Woburn-born Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford (1753-1814), widely considered the founder of kitchen science and the backer of a physics professorship at Harvard. It was a Rumford professor, Eben Norton Horsford, who gave us, in the mid-19th century, the baking powder we find so useful today, McGee added.Until recently, McGee said, scientific focus on cooking was always on safety, hygiene, and industrial manufacturing (such as how to can clams so they don’t spoil).Among his demonstrations, chef Dave Arnold showed how a “Chinese popping machine” was used to puff rice in the early 20th century.Today, the study of gastrophysics draws from psychology, culture, food structuring, and quantum chemistry, among other disciplines.Chef Dave Arnold followed McGee with experiments and a discussion of torching, broiling, heat, and flambé. He peppered his talk with kitchen tips such as, “Almost everything in the kitchen should be [measured] by weight, not volume” (with alcohol being a notable exception). He also demonstrated a “Chinese popping machine” to show how cereal manufacturers puffed rice in the early 20th century. The machine made a loud clang, and had quite a few people in the front rows squirming, as if it were about to blow up. Arnold accidently overheated the contraption, burning the rice, and then used a long metal stick to pry it open. With a startling bang and big puff, plumes of smoke poured out and rose in the hall, setting off fire alarms.There were cheers and hollers of delight, until someone came in and gently reminded the audience the alarms meant they had to evacuate.The “Science and Cooking” public lecture series runs through Dec. 9. Click here for more information. Beginning in October, the course will be offered through HarvardX, the University’s online learning initiative. Watch the course trailer here.last_img read more

Documentary reflects on 1916 Irish rebellion

first_imgBriona Nic Dhiarmada said when she first started planning her three-part documentary series about six years ago, she set the goal of commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising in a special way.The series, “1916: The Irish Rebellion,” was written and created by Nic Dhiarmada, a fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Thomas J. & Kathleen O’Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature, and will premiere on many PBS stations, including WNIT-TV this Thursday at 9 p.m.“I really felt that with the resources available at Notre Dame and the Keough-Naughton Institute, and given the sort of distance both in time and in space, from Ireland and from Irish history, that we would able to do something new and we would be able to look at that event not only simply as Irish history or Irish-British history, but as part of actually world history,” Nic Dhiarmada said. “I think it goes to prove that we’re very lucky to be at the University of Notre Dame.”Christopher Fox, executive producer of the documentary and director of the Keough-Naughton Institute, said the project served as an opportunity to extend Notre Dame’s academic reach and educate people worldwide about this event.“For over 20 years we’ve been bringing Ireland to Notre Dame and Notre Dame to Ireland,” he said. “I thought the one thing we really hadn’t done was kind of public education, and this is public education on a global scale. It allows us to bring Ireland to the world, and also … I don’t think there has ever been a time when something based in our research and teaching mission will be seen by so many people, millions of people worldwide.”The film first premiered in the U.S. at a gala held in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on March 3. The audience was packed with students, faculty, filmmakers, donors and celebrities, including Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson, who narrated the documentary, and Anne Anderson, Ireland’s ambassador to the U.S.Nic Dhiarmada and Fox will complete a screening tour of the feature film format of the documentary that will take to them to 16 countries throughout 2016, Nic Dhiarmada said.“We’re bringing the film around the world to various universities and culture centers and Irish embassies. The Irish government, from a very early stage, took this project on board as one of their official centenary events for their official program,” she said. “Even though it’s specifically Irish, it’s also a global story. Actually, the response has been unbelievable. It’s beyond our wildest expectations, I suppose, that we get to show it in so many places.”Fox also said the response to the film at these screenings has been overwhelmingly positive.“It’s been getting standing ovations every place we’ve shown it,” he said. “The surprising response we’ve gotten is actually from some unionists and some British people who have seen it and said afterwards, ‘This is balanced, this is fair.’”Fox said the creative team was largely able to maintain an impartial view on the subject by showing it through a historical lens rather than a political one.“We decided not to use political pundits or commentators, we wanted historians involved, serious historians,” he said. “Now they don’t all agree, but they can have a discussion here. The story that ended up telling itself was really a story about the breakup of empires. I think that’s one of the reasons the film has the broad appeal it has.”Nic Dhiarmada said she drew inspiration from Ken Burns’s documentary series, “The Civil War,” in order to sensitively handle an issue that remains contentious in Ireland.“The American Civil War is something that’s still very raw, still quite contentious, and what Ken Burns did for that was to give it back to the people,” she said. “He contextualized it, but he gave the personal stories and the impact that history has on ordinary people. … We didn’t exactly copy Ken Burns or what he did, or really imitate him, but we tried to do something similar and create for Irish history what he had done for American history.”People who aren’t Irish or of Irish descent have still been able to relate to the story as a human story, Nic Dhiarmada said.“I think it’s a story of historical significance because it was like a ripple effect. Its effects were felt way beyond Ireland, but I think on a human level it’s a story of great courage, of idealism, and also then of loss, as well,” she said. “I think it’s certainly resonant for people who respect equality, people who struggle and strive for equality, and justice, and freedom and things like that.”Fox said the impact this story had on the largely-Irish creative team was evident in the care they took during the filmmaking process.“It was family history, this is their history. And it just wasn’t a job, it was a labor of love,” he said. “A whole bunch of really creative and smart people got together, and it was wonderful for me to be orchestrating all that, but a lot of really smart and creative people got together and we found ourselves in the middle of something special, and they all felt that this will be a landmark documentary.”Nic Dhiarmada said she remained very conscious of the personal nature of the story she set out to tell throughout the entire process.“You’re dealing with people, with people’s memories, with history and you’re dealing with people’s lives,” she said. “People make history, but history makes and breaks people, so we’re conscious of a great responsibility, I suppose, and really what we tried to do was tell the story as honestly as possible, keeping in mind that one has to be ethical when you’re telling these stories and conscious of the effect it can have on people.”Tags: 1916: The Irish Rebellion, Documentary, Easter Rising, Ireland, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studieslast_img read more

Clare Crawley, Dale Moss Talk About Having Babies ‘All the Time’

first_imgThe California native and the former football player hit it off quickly after meeting on season 16 of The Bachelorette, which began airing in October. During the Thursday, November 6, episode, Moss got down on one knee and left the reality series early with his soon-to-be wife. Despite facing criticism from those who’ve said they moved too fast, the new couple are ready for whatever comes their way.Clare Crawley Gushes Over Her Hopes for a Future With Dale MossDale Moss and Clare Crawley ABC/Craig Sjodin“As long as we’re together, for me that’s all that matters,” the model said on Friday, adding that he’s looking forward to having “so many babies” with Crawley. “We’re building a life. We’re building a foundation.”From the moment they laid eyes on each other, Crawley and Moss knew they’d found something special. The duo are head over heels in love, but they aren’t afraid to recognize the tough realities that their biracial children might face in the future.- Advertisement – “Our babies are going to be mixed and they’re going to face those kinds of things and they’re going to have those questions,” the hairdresser added. “Hopefully we will have so much progression by the time our little babies are grown up, but it’s like, he just makes it so comfortable that we can talk about this and that it’s not an uncomfortable elephant in the room. … It’s not a negative thing. We’re proud of who we are, what we are.”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants “This has come up naturally in our conversation,” Moss explained. “I think the biggest thing is, we know that we can come to each other for anything. There’s no judgment, there’s no worry, and that’s what’s so important about having a relationship and building this. And we both lean on each other for advice and perspective in some of these situations. … There’s things that have come up where Clare has come directly and asked me, ‘What’s the best way that I should approach this? Or what is respectful?’”The South Dakota native grew up in a biracial family and has had to come to terms with being the target of prejudice. “My mom’s side disowned her because she married a Black man. I grew up in an all-white community where I couldn’t stay at my friend’s houses when I was a kid. We had to really fight for respect and to make our place in the community in which I grew up,” Moss said. “This is something that I’ve been around since the time that I was a little kid. We know that we’ll deal with some of these things, but there hasn’t been a worry or anything like that. We just get through everything together just like we would in any setting.”As a white woman, Crawley acknowledged that there are things that her fiancé experiences that she’ll never be able to understand herself. However, she’s “thankful and so happy” for the opportunity to learn from Moss and his perspective.- Advertisement – Throwing out the timeline! Clare Crawley and Dale Moss progressed their relationship at lightning speed while on The Bachelorette — and they’re already thinking about their next step.“What I love about Dale is that nothing scares him,” Crawley, 39, gushed during a joint interview with her fiancé, 32, on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast on Friday, November 6. “I talk about babies all the time and he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want.’ I’ll remind him of things all the time, you know, ‘I’m not getting any younger!’ I’ll say things like that, and he’s like, ‘You think I don’t know this? Yeah, let’s do this.’”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Press freedom group stores censored articles in Minecraft library

“In these countries, where websites, blogs and free press in general are strictly limited, Minecraft is still accessible by everyone,” the group said in a press release.”These articles are now available again within Minecraft, hidden from government surveillance technology inside a computer game. The books can be read by everyone on the server, but their content cannot be changed,” it said.Read also: Censorship: Let my people think! A virtual library housing censored articles from around the world has been created within the hugely popular video game Minecraft by press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).Minecraft, with its signature pixelated graphics, enables players to build entire universes from Lego-like digital blocks, either alone or with others online.RSF said it had put work by banned, exiled or killed journalists in five countries — Egypt, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Vietnam — on an open server, making it available for players to view despite local censorship laws. In May last year, Minecraft said 176 million copies of the game have been sold since its launch a decade ago.The project, announced on Thursday to mark the World Day Against Cyber Censorship, is called the “Uncensored Library” and takes the form of a large neoclassical-style building in the game.RSF said the library was growing, with more texts being added both in English and their original language.Already available in the game are articles by slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and from Egyptian online newspaper Mada Masr, which has been blocked in the North African country since 2017.Topics : read more

Congratulations To The 2013 Grays Harbor Raceway Champions

first_imgSubmitted By Ben Deatherage for Grays Harbor RacewayWith Saturday September 28 getting rained out that would formally end the point battles of Grays Harbor Raceway in 2013.  Of the five championship classes only one driver would earn his first career title while three would repeat their 2012 crowns.Jay Cole earned his eighth career GHR 360 Sprint title, ninth overall as he was the 1991 Hobby Stock champ, to his illustrious career.  Joe German would hold on by just four points to win in the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds and for the third year in a row would be atop the points table in that tough division.  Chase Goetz dominated the USAC Ford Focus Midget ranks winning all but two main events to earn his first career championship at Grays Harbor Raceway.In the Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks Jason Tole captured his third career, and second straight, title in the division.  Backing up his 2012 crown Chad Norton would win the 2013 edition by just four markers.Grays Harbor Raceway just has one race left in the 2013 campaign and that is next Saturday October 5th.   That event will feature the Northwest Extreme Sprints, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets and will be non-points. For more information log on to www.graysharborraceway.com or call the Northwest Information Hotline at (360)-699-RACE. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Joginder Sharma on MSD’s hiatus: Perhaps he is preparing himself a different way

first_imgImage Courtesy: Outlook India/ReutersAdvertisement 0emNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsow8h6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ein5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9cl7Would you ever consider trying this?😱zmmCan your students do this? 🌚4gpyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been absent from the Indian Cricket Team. While the former captain was seen in Military training and golf court, speculations on the possible return of Mahi were on the rise. After BCCI prez Sourav Ganguly and Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, former cricketer and Dhoni’s teammate Joginder Sharma has now spoken up.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Outlook India/ReutersBack in November, Dhoni broke his silence on his plans for making a comeback by asking the media to have patience till January: “January tak mat poocho (don’t ask me till January).” While the former captain is yet to answer, Joginder Sharma has added his opinion, suggesting that Mahi might be thinking up differently.Joginder, who was under Dhoni’s maiden captaincy in the squad that lifted the 2007 T20 World Cup, has always held massive respect on his compatriot. Currently a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Haryana Police department, announced retirement from international cricket just after the final match against Pakistan.Advertisement In a recent interview, the 36 year old put in his opinion on Mahi’s plans on making a comeback to the Men in Blues squad: “Dhoni is very strong, both physically and mentally. There must be a lot of reasons behind the decision he has taken.”“He has a family, a personal life, maybe he is preparing himself in a different way,” he added.Advertisement Joginder was Dhoni’s key to success in the final match against Pakistan. As India’s opponents needed 12 runs from 6 balls, the skipper chose the Haryanvi over the superstar Harbhajan Singh, surprising the audience of the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. However, Dhoni’s decision went in avour of India, as Joginder picked up the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq, after dismissing Younis Khan earlier.He continued: “Nobody expected us to make it to the knockouts of the World T20. But we were being led by someone who went on to become one of the best captains in the game…the result was that we won the trophy.” In his short international spell, Joginder earned 4 ODI and 4 T20 caps. Along with the Indian Cricket Team, he also shared game time with Dhoni in five Indian Premier League seasons with Chennai Super Kings, from 2008 to 2012. Joginder continued to play domestic cricket for Haryana until 2017.Also read-Sourav Ganguly: MS Dhoni has communicated decision on future with captain, selectorsRavi Shastri warns off rumour mongers: Don’t mess around with MS Dhoni’s plans! Advertisementlast_img read more