Erram still optimistic as loses pile up for Blackwater: ‘We still fought’

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH And after being down 62-47 in the third, the Elite managed to go on a 21-8 run between the last two quarters to cut the lead to two, 70-68.Alaska, however, still held on to the lead after the Elite missed seven of its free throws in the fourth quarter.“We’re still on a positive spirit after the game,” said Erram. “Even though that was the performance we had, we still fought, we weren’t down big at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on PLAY LIST 01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “Aside from the missed free throws, we are doing things that we don’t usually do,” said Erram in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We were shooting from spots we shouldn’t be even standing in.”“There were players who were driving who usually don’t drive to the basket.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutErram, who had a monster game of 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks, became a glimmer of hope for Blackwater, but he wasn’t the lone bright spot for the Elite.Mac Belo and Mike Digregorio both finished with 15 points while Allein Maliksi and Roi Sumang had 10 points apiece. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Blackwater’s JP Erram. PBA IMAGESBlackwater is on a funk right now, having lost three straight games to fall to the second-worst record in the standings in the PBA Philippine Cup.After the Elite lost 88-84 to Alaska to slide to 2-4, it’s obvious that they have not been doing things the right way and center JP Erram knows exactly what’s wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Hotshots buck Lee’s absence to beat KaTropa View commentslast_img read more

NBA star Redick in racial slur storm

first_imgJJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Philadelphia 76ers star J.J. Redick defended himself on Sunday after the emergence of a video in which he appeared to use a racial slur to address NBA fans in China.In an online video compilation of NBA players sending seasonal greetings to fans celebrating Chinese New Year, Redick appears to refer to “chink” fans.ADVERTISEMENT “I just want to wish all of the NBA chink fans in China, a very happy Chinese New Year,” the 33-year-old says.Redick responded to the controversy on Twitter early Sunday, blaming a verbal slip for his use of the word.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just saw a video that is being circulated of me wishing a happy new year to NBA fans in China,” Redick wrote.“Clearly I was tongue tied, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary. I’m disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next View comments Meralco cuts off Ginebra Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I love and respect our friends in China.”Redick joined the 76ers this season, the latest stop on a career that has included previous spells with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. /cbbcenter_img 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles06:12TD ‘Quiel’ may intensify into tropical storm — Pagasa01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Stallion, Ilocos eye breakthrough triumphs

first_imgMatthew Nierras scored in the third minute of stoppage time to salvage the stalemate for Stallion—a result that has the Laguna side oozing with confidence.“The morale is really high after Matthew’s equalizer gave us a draw against Global,” said midfielder Terrence Linatoc. “We’re coming in fresh. We know that we can’t allow JPV to play their game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingWith three points from its first three matches, JPV seeks to pick up its second win of the season, following its 3-2 win over Davao Aguilas on May 14.“It’s a very important game for us if we want to catch up with the leaders,” said JPV coach Dan Padernal. “We were able to prepare well for this match.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Over in Vigan, Ilocos United hosts Kaya Makati at 7 p.m. in their second home match of the season at Quirino Stadium.Ilocos, which hasn’t played since the 1-2 loss to Meralco on May 13, will miss top striker Graham Caygill to injury. But coach Ian Gillan will still have captain John Kanayama, Dominic Del Rosario and Angelo Marasigan to lead the attack.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments Wangs scores first win via huge comeback 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Stallion Laguna and Ilocos United seek breakthrough victories when they host JPV Marikina and Kaya FC Makati respectively on Wednesday in the Philippines Football League.Coming off a gutsy 1-1 draw with Global Cebu on May 20, Stallion hopes to nail maximum points this time in the 4 p.m. kickoff against a JPV side that suffered a 0-1 defeat to Meralco Manila in its last outing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

NBA: Dwight Howard looks to add 3-pointer to repertoire next season

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken With three-point shooting becoming a priority for most NBA teams’ offensive schemes, Howard bared his intentions to expand his shooting range by working with a trainer this off-season.“I’ve been working on my threes, really trying to add some range to my game,” the Atlanta Hawks center told ESPN. “Which is going to be weird for people to see, I guess. They are used to seeing me in the paint battling.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe task, meanwhile, will be easier said done than for Howard, who has been regarded as a  notoriously poor free-throw shooter throughout his 13-year NBA career.He made five of his 56 attempted three pointers in his career, most of which came from end-of-quarter heaves. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Salado posts triple-double as Racal sets D-League scoring record Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 Howard knows he’s going to have his work cut out to improve his range, but understands the need to evolve his game to keep up with today’s fast-paced games.“In order for me to play longer, I have to expand my game. The game is not just back to the basket, get the ball in the post and go to work,” he said.“It’s more stepping away from the basket, setting screens, popping, shooting threes and stuff like that. People haven’t seen me do that,” he added.Howard thinks that “it’s going to be an adjustment for me, but also the fans. I think it’s going to be fun.”Howard looks to follow the footsteps of his fellow centers Al Horford, Brook Lopez, DeMarcus Cousins and Marc Gasol, who all shot considerably more from beyond the arc this season.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dwight Howard #8 (left) of the Atlanta Hawks.  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPAt one point in his career, Dwight Howard was deemed as the most dominant center in the league.However, multiple significant injuries slowed down the 31-year-old big man, as evidenced by his declining production in recent seasons.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

Dodgers honor their past at Old-Timers’ Game

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Swoopes thanks mother in emotional induction speech “I think that the fans enjoy it, the alumni and old players enjoy it, and it’s entertaining. For a short period of time — because we can’t play it like we used to. But we try,” said catcher Steve Yeager, who played 14 seasons for the Dodgers and was co-MVP of their 1981 World Series win.“It’s always nice for the fans to get the opportunity to see some of the players that they saw and grew up with around Dodger Stadium,” Yeager said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLasorda, at 89, was all smiles as he walked around the field, the Hall of Fame manager having recently gotten out of the hospital. Former ace Don Newcombe, now 90, was joined by stars such as Fernando Valenzuela, Tommy Davis, Hershiser, Garvey and Steve Sax.The ballpark opened early for fans to watch their Dodgers favorites at batting practice before they took the field at 5 p.m., before the game between Los Angeles and Cincinnati. Turner, the team’s current third baseman, was on the field to chat with some of the greats. MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Sax throws after fielding a ball during batting practice before an old-timers baseball game in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES — Tom Lasorda hugged Joe Torre, Steve Garvey visited with Justin Turner and Orel Hershiser flipped a ball to first base behind his back.Old-Timers’ Day at Dodger Stadium spanned the decades Saturday afternoon, bringing names from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to hit, pitch, cheer and reminisce. Plus, after two playful innings on the diamond, no injuries were reported.ADVERTISEMENT The Dodgers noted their historical contributions to equal rights while introducing their alumni — Newcombe, once teammates with Jackie Robinson, was the first black pitcher to win a Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year and National League MVP. Former outfielder Billy Bean is Major League Baseball’s only living openly gay player.“There are only a handful of organizations left that can look back on their past and be so proud,” said Torre, who managed the Dodgers from 2008-10 and later was enshrined in the Hall of Fame.Torre guided one side of former Dodgers to a 4-0 win in the two-inning frolic.“I think with the Dodgers it’s the tradition to get guys back,” said current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, before adding, “hopefully in the years coming we continue to get former Dodgers back.” 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 View commentslast_img read more

La Salle escapes Lyceum, goes to Filoil finals

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle averted disaster and survived Lyceum of the Philippines, 100-99, to enter the finals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.Santi Santillan converted on a three-point play in the final 10 seconds give the Green Archers a narrow lead before Lyceum botched its final play as Reymar Caduyac’s inside pass to Harry Nzeusseu went erratic.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lonzo Ball ‘blessed’ to play for Lakers, Johnson Aljun Melecio led the Green Archers with a game-high 30 points while coming away with four steals.Ricci Rivero was not far behind for La Salle as he put up 27 points while Ben Mbala had a 26-point, 16-rebound double-double.CJ Perez filled up the stat sheets for the Pirates with 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals while Wilson Baltazar added 19 points.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire La Salle set up a finals dance against San Beda on Sunday.Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo said the team has to learn from close games where their composure will be tested.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told the team to learn from this ball game because we’re going to learn a lot from this,” said Ayo. “The composure, the decision-making when under duress, the decision-making when the odds are not with us, because there are things that we cannot control.”La Salle held a 97-94 lead in the final 1:15 but the Pirates managed to score five unanswered to take the, 99-97, lead with 35.7 seconds remaining. MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Garbine Muguruza tops Venus Williams for 1st Wimbledon title

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress It was as if getting out of that jam freed up Muguruza – and failing to capitalize on the opportunity deflated Williams. That began the match-closing nine-game run for Muguruza.Williams began faltering, spraying her shots to unintended spots – long, wide, into the net – while the younger, less-experienced Muguruza stayed steady, pounding groundstrokes with all her force. Williams finished with 25 unforced errors, 14 more than Muguruza made.It was an anticlimactic conclusion for Williams, who was the oldest Wimbledon finalist since 1994. Diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren’s syndrome, an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, she learned to deal with that condition by turning to a plant-based diet and altering other routines. It took a while for her to get back to her best tennis.Her resurgence began in earnest at Wimbledon a year ago, when she made it to the semifinals. Then, at the Australian Open in January, Williams reached the final, where she lost to her sister.Serena is off the tour for the rest of this year because she is pregnant, and Venus spoke this week about missing her and wanting to put “Williams” on a trophy once again.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 LATEST STORIES Spain’s Garbine Muguruzam hold the trophy after defeating Venus Williams of the United States in the Women’s Singles final match on day 12 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 15, 2017. (Photo by TIM IRELAND / AP)LONDON — Garbine Muguruza already knew what it was like to lose to a Williams in the Wimbledon final. Now she knows how it feels to beat one for a championship at the All England Club.Muguruza powered her way to her first title at Wimbledon and second at a Grand Slam tournament Saturday, beating a fading Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 by claiming the final’s last nine games.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img She came close to achieving that, but Muguruza would not allow it.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim At 37, Williams was bidding for her sixth championship at the grass-court major, 17 years after her first. And she was so close to gaining the upper hand against Muguruza, holding two set points at 5-4 in the opener. But Muguruza fought those off and did not drop a game the rest of the way.In 2015, in her first Grand Slam final, Muguruza lost to Williams’ younger sister, Serena, whom the Spaniard then defeated in the French Open title match last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThis time, with the Centre Court roof closed because of rain earlier in the day, the 23-year-old Muguruza was too good down the stretch.Williams twice was a point away from winning the opening set, ahead 5-4 while Muguruza served at 15-40. On the first set point, a 20-stroke exchange ended when Williams blinked first, putting a forehand into the net. On the second, Williams sent a return long, and Muguruza pumped her fist. MOST READ Power Smashers post 1st win, top Perlas in 5 sets Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Olympian Michael Phelps loses race against Great White Shark

first_imgRematch? Next time..warmer water. #SW30 @Discovery @SharkWeek— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 24, 2017Disappointed fansMeanwhile, viewers expressed their disappointment with the race—not because Phelps lost—but due to the fact that most were expecting the two competitors to swim side-by-side in a pool of some sort.ADVERTISEMENT Several divers were also around during Phelps’ run, to ensure his safety considering he was swimming in shark-infested waters off the coast of South Africa.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Phelps. / AFP PHOTO / François-Xavier MARITThe much-anticipated showdown between the world’s most decorated swimmer, Michael Phelps, and perhaps the ocean’s fiercest predator, the Great White Shark, went down over the weekend.READ: Olympian Michael Phelps set to race against Great White SharkADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Billed as “The Great Gold vs. The Great White” by the Discovery Channel ahead of “Shark Week,” Phelps showcased a valiant effort, but fell short of his hope to win the made-for-television race against the dreaded beast.According to Bleacher Report, the unnamed shark bested the 32-year-old Phelps by a mere 2 seconds, finishing the open ocean course in 36.1 seconds, against the Olympian’s 38.1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMeanwhile, the 23-time gold medalist, who’s not used to coming in second place in swimming races, is already itching for a rematch.“Rematch? Next time..warmer water,” he wrote on Twitter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Instead, both the shark and Phelps took turns swimming for 100 meters at different times, even as Discovery imposed an image of the shark on the other side of Phelps to give the appearance of an actual swimming competition.Call me crazy but I thought they were gonna put Phelps up against a real shark not a simulation. I feel robbed. #SharkWeek #PhelpsVsShark pic.twitter.com/XgdEphkl6m— Meg Conley (@MegDownSouth) July 24, 2017 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Both of my girls have left the room. Disappointed Phelps isn’t side-by-side w/great white. #PhelpsVsShark #SharkWeek @Discovery— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) July 24, 2017 Kasey Kahne ends victory drought at marathon Brickyard 400 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ America’s collective disappointment when we realized that #PhelpsVsShark is all just science and simulations: pic.twitter.com/bTww7dAWm3— Lindsey Barr (@simply_lindsey) July 24, 2017 View commentslast_img read more

Road Warriors hold off Batang Pier, bolster Top Four bid

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJuami Tiongson caught fire late while JR Quiñahan did the dirty work as NLEX repulsed GlobalPort, 109-99, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The pint-sized playmaker dropped 14 points in the payoff period, 12 of which coming from beyond-the-arc, as he triggered the Road Warriors’ early fourth quarter blast.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Tiongson wound up with 21 points on 5-of-7 clip from three and four assists.“Juami Tiongson played really good today. That’s the way we want it, we want players stepping up,” said coach Yeng Guiao. “Kevin Alas did not play bad, but Tiongson was just playing so well that I let him finish the game.”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 openingThe burly Quiñahan followed suit, scrapping his way down low to rack up 18 markers and off the bench as he helped NLEX grab a 102-91 lead with 4:03 remaining.Aaron Fuller topscored with 33 points that went with 20 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists as the Road Warriors moved up to 7-2 in the standings with two games remaining in their schedule. 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 MOST READ PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight setscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We need eight wins to make the top four. We have two more games, hard games against TNT and Star, so if we luck on one of those, we’ll get what we’re waiting for,” said Guiao.Murphy Holloway paced GlobalPort (3-4) with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, six steals, and three blocks, while Terrence Romeo came off the bench and fired 24 markers, but went 6-of-13 from threes and committed eight turnovers in the loss.The scores:NLEX 109 – Fuller 33, Tiongson 21, Quinahan 18, Alas 12, Baguio 10, Mallari 8, Fonacier 4, Ighalo 3, Al-Hussaini 0, Lastimosa 0, J. Villanueva 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.GLOBALPORT 99 – Holloway 29, Romeo 24, Anthony 15, Cortez 9, Arana 9, Guinto 6, Cardona 4, Baracael 3, Mamaril 0, Hubalde 0, Celiz 0.Quarters: 33-22, 56-54, 78-76, 109-99.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Guiao felt relieved to have survived the Batang Pier, who missed the services of Stanley Pringle.Pringle left for the United States to be with his ailing father.“We’re lucky that Pringle wasn’t there. I was watching the game against TNT and I was already contemplating on how will we stop this guy. But sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good,” said the veteran mentor.NLEX jumped out of the gates firing, establishing control early, 27-9, with 3:00 left in the first quarter before GlobalPort made a huge run that paved way for a nip-and-tuck battle in the middle quarters.But Tiongson was just stellar, holding off the Batang Pier as the Road Warriors inched closer on nabbing a top four seat that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Duterte tells PSC to include IPs, out of school youth in recruitment

first_imgMOST READ President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates athletes who participated in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in a ceremony held in Malacañang on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo from an RTVM video)President Rodrigo Duterte urged on Wednesday the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to widen its scope of recruitment ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, following the sixth place finish of Filipino athletes in the recently concluded edition of the biennial sporting meet.“I enjoin the PSC to widen its scope and recruit nationwide,” Duterte said in a meeting with SEA Games medalists in Malacañang. “Look for them in nontraditional places and include members of the indigenous tribes and out-of-school youth.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang PLAY LIST 00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:49Robredo: 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 Gamescenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “Let us give them a chance to hone their talent and live up to their fullest potential,” he added.The President said the country’s hosting of the 30th SEA Games in 2019 would be “an opportunity for us to look for talented Filipino athletes from all over the country.”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 openingThe Philippines bagged 121 medals, including 29 golds, in the 11-country regional sporting meet.The medalists received cash incentives and a presidential citation. READ: Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists“I express my heartfelt gratitude to the athletes who have represented us in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games,” Duterte said. “Through hard work and discipline, you have prevailed and made our nation proud.”Duterte urged the athletes “to focus on improving and to strive to do better in the next SEA Games.”“Rest assured that the government and the Filipino people will support [you] every step of the way,” he said. “Continue to represent the best of what the Philippines has to offer, here and abroad. Make us proud again.”/atmADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

The secret web

first_imgThe Government suspects money-laundering, pay-offs and acquisitions of assets through tax havens by some key players, according to internal reports, based on the Niira Radia phone tapes, filed by the investigations wing of the Income Tax Department. These documents are in the exclusive possession of INDIA TODAY.The top secret confidential,The Government suspects money-laundering, pay-offs and acquisitions of assets through tax havens by some key players, according to internal reports, based on the Niira Radia phone tapes, filed by the investigations wing of the Income Tax Department. These documents are in the exclusive possession of INDIA TODAY.The top secret confidential reports were prepared by Director-General Income Tax (Investigations) Milap Jain and joint director Ashish Abrol based the wiretaps. Another set of documents reveals correspondence between Abrol and Vineet Agarwal, DIG, anti-corruption branch of the CBI. Vineet Agarwal writes a letter dated November 16, 2009 to Jain, informing him of an investigation “relating to a criminal conspiracy between certain public servants and private persons in the grant of UAS licences in the year 2007-08”. It requests Jain to make available any information relating to Radia, particularly information obtained through telephonic surveillance. Abrol writes a letter in reply to Agarwal on November 20, 2009 and confirms the existence of taped conversations that suggest that Radia’s firms “not only manage the media but as per conversations, apparently try to influence policy changes and decisions of various government departments to the suit the commercial requirements of their clients”. He goes on to say, “If deemed necessary, you may depute an officer to collect the extract from the undersigned.”The following are excerpts from the letters and the internal reports of the Income Tax Department, lifted verbatim. These excerpts give a sense of where the Government investigation is headed and are likely to form the basis for the drawing up of any formal charges against Radia and her associates.advertisement’Radia is a very close associate of A. Raja and has been instrumental in getting licences and spectrum for Swan Telecom, Aircel, Unitech and Datacom.’Of the above Datacom, set-up by HFCL group along with Dhoot of Videocon, is alleged to be having funding through the Mukesh Ambani group and an employee of Reliance Manoj Modi, who is constantly in touch with Radia.’Swan on paper is backed by a Mumbai real estate company Dynamix Balwas group of companies? Apparently Tata as per conversation, indirectly controls equity in Aircel through Maxis Communication and Apollo.”Tata through Voltas is in touch with Neera and Ratnam, CA of (Rajathi) Ammal, wife of M. Karunanidhi. They are apparently going to construct a building in Chennai on a land controlled by ‘Trill’ with the Karunanidhi family as payoff to DMK for keeping Maran out of Telecom (Ministry)? Radia was very close to Ratnam, Kanimozhi and of course Raja. She was to meet Raja in relation to their common investment in Swan telecom and other matters.”There are also some calls relating to betting in cricket and other sports. These people also appeared to be involved in cross-border transactions such as acquisition of assets through tax havens. Some of the proceeds have apparently come back into defunct Indian companies.”Vitcom (one of Radia’s four companies) has been handling the affairs of NDTV Imagine while Neucomm was set up essentially for the purpose of handling the affairs of Mukesh Ambani Group of Industries. Vaishnavi handles the media affairs as well as ‘environment management’ for the Tata Group, Unitech, Star TV along with the other corporate clients.”There is a suspicion that the group has taken bogus loan entries through entry operators. The entry operator, worried by then recession wanted to reverse the loan entries? Radia had arranged for an ‘advance’ for Unitech group from Tata Realty of which outstanding of Rs 250 crore is spoken of (advance projected as one for a vague purpose though some 500 acre land is talked about)? cheques given by Unitech to Tata Realty have bounced even though press briefings dictated by Radia give out that advance has been cleared? Unitech advised by Radia to bring Telenor funding in tranches and to give impression that the investment is coming in the company and there is no windfall gain for promoters in the valuation of the Telecom licence at over Rs 6,000 crore.”Apart from allegedly managing the telecom licence for Unitech, conversations seem to hint that Radia has either handled and facilitated cross-border transfer of funds or is in the know of the same. Lehman Brothers were supposed to invest three tranches in Unitech’s Mumbai project. The first investment that was done was Rs 740 crore towards 50 per cent of Unitech’s holdings in Shivalik Ventures Pvt Ltd in 50-50 JV SPV between Unitech and Rohan Developers, Mumbai.’The balance was to come in two tranches of around $550 million. Analysis of a series of conversations reveal that of the investments to be routed into India through Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners, investing ‘third party funds in real estate’. At least a part comprised round-tripped funds and when Lehman Brothers collapsed, only one tranche had come and the balance was stuck. Conversations suggest that part of the funds would be re-routed through the deal structured with the international partner in the sale of equity in the Unitech Telecom entity. The initial discussions appeared to be with Telecom Italia as well as Telenor. The deal was finally closed with Telenor of Norway.’advertisement’Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel had been lobbying to prevent Raja from becoming telecom minister essentially for three reasons. (i) GSM lobby aggrieved at the favour shown to cdma lobby on spectrum; (ii) Mittal was lobbying for Dayanidhi Maran; (iii) There appears to be some irregularity in purchase of Vodafone’s investment in Bharti Airtel. Mittal contacted Radia and wanted her to work for him on informal basis. Radia said she would as long as there was no conflict of interest with Tatas. However, she would help him mend fences (for a fee) with telecom minister Raja. There is a third person who apparently met Mittal at Suhel Seth’s house, acting as a link between Mittal and Radia.”With regards to the Tata group telephone conversations, it suggests that the entire media and political environment management for the failed Singur project and the subsequent shifting to Gujarat was handled by Radia and her associates. This included ‘managing’ important CPI(M) leaders (Radia apparently has an independent, very good relationship with certain Left Front and CITU leaders).”Radia and Jehangir Pocha have been in touch with Chhajlani from Nayi Dunia. They wanted Nayi Duniya to front for someone else who wants to control a news channel in India, which later as per conversation turns out to be NewsX taken over from Peter and Indrani Mukherjee.”There appear to have been some cross-border transactions in this acquisition (of NewsX). Radia is also spreading business connections to Africa, including investments in Guinea and Senegal through Global Minerals. There are several conversations in this regard, including reference to a mail from Muthuraman and by (Pradip) Baijal, her associate? Baijal appears to be getting Reliance people on the pipeline regulatory agency.”Radia seems to be instrumental in organising certain institutional land in Rajasthan through her close associate Sunil Arora, an IAS officer, former PS to CM, Rajasthan… A call between Arora and Radia appears to be in relation to some income tax enquiry relating to land allotments in Rajasthan to N.K. Singh and other companies.’FICCI chief (SIC) Tarun Das is chairman of Haldia Petrochem (government nominee). As per a conversation apparently Mukesh Ambani wants to take over Haldia Petro Chemicals and Das through Radia is facilitating the same. Das got them to open the issue with CPI(M). Nirupam Sen of CPI(M) set up a meeting with Prakash Karat. They fear that one Purnendu (Chatterjee) may create a problem and will have to be handled by Mukesh.’advertisement’There is a conversation between Manoj Modi and Radia regarding Radia organising a Delhi-based NGO to file PIL cases and other cases against ADAG group. Earlier Modi claims to have used ngo Ramjibhai Mavani (Rajkot). The NGO, which Radia has organised, had earlier done the high profile DLF case. It is apparently controlled by three people, one of them is a close associate of Radia, other is a sardar from jnu, third being some person with lots of credibility. Daljit, her employee, and Arora have helped in locating this NGO.”She is in the process of interfering in the appointment of Members of Pipeline Regulatory Agencies along with Baijal.’last_img read more

Orissa: Around 300 children lead anti-Posco agitation

first_imgIt is ‘force versus children’ in the battle for land to set up Posco’s proposed mega steel project in Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district where the anti-displacement stir has entered the decisive phase.While a determined state government have accused the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), a body spearheading agitation against the South Korean steel major, of using the children as a “shield”, villagers sought to differ. “We involve children in the agitation to counter the state’s brute force which is trying to forcibly acquire land without consent of farmers,” PPSS President Abhay Sahu said.About 300 children are leading the anti-Posco stir for last 12 days as state government deployed more than 600 armed security personnel to enter into Dhinkia gram panchayat, considered as epicentre of the six-year-old movement.”I believe the children should never be used in agitation. The persons, be it their parents, should be held responsible for using them in this manner,” Orissa’s Women and Child Development (WCD) minister Anjali Behera told PTI. The minister said she would like to initiate action against persons involved in the practice. “It is cruel to make children agitate under scorching sun and heavy downpour,” the minister remarked.Jagatsinghpur Additional District Magistrate (ADM), S K Choudhury also demanded action against those who have ‘dragged’ children into the agitation. “We leave it to the civil society to consider whether anti-Posco brigade’s use of children is legal or otherwise,” Choudhury said. Not buying the logic of the powers-that-be, social activist Swami Agnivesh argued, “I don’t see anything wrong in children taking up the cause of their parents. Above all, they are not left alone to fight with the government.advertisement”The children are accompanied by their parents and seniors of the village,” Agnivesh told PTI. Striking a dissenting note noted child right activist Anuradha Mohanty said children must not be used in any form of agitation. “No one including their parents should be allowed to violate rights of children,” she said. The little ones, however, have their own argument.”Can the state government or Posco provide us a better future. It is our parents who will sustain us. If they are going to lose livelihood, who will give us protection,” said 11-year-old Rosalin Patra, a class-VII student of Gobindpur Upper Primary School.Like Rosalin, many students from Dhinkia High School and Patana Primary School have ‘voluntarily’ joined the ‘do-or-die battle’ against Posco project. Bapina Mandal, whose father was killed three years ago during an anti-Posco agitation says, “having already lost my father in the fight now it is left for me, my mother and elder sister to carry on the agitation on our own.”Admitting that children’s studies were affected due to their involvement in the agitation, PPSS leader Abhay Sahu claimed they have roped in teachers and provided black board and study materials to teach children at the dharna site.”Swami Agnivesh is a witness to facilities provided to children,” said the suspended sarpanch of Dhinkia and PPSS Secretary Sisir Mohapatra. Agnivesh recalled “during my visit to Dhinkia area, I taught children about the environment. They were dumping plastic water pouches here and there. I taught them to collect the plastic pouches and put all in a pit.”- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Discovery of ‘Film Festival’ in India

first_imgThe top award at the festivalIndians-who first discovered the moving picture show as far back as 1896 with an exhibition of the Lumiere brothers’ films in Bombay’s Watson Hotel-have now discovered the film festival. Film festivals in India now happen practically every few months.In the last two years alone there,The top award at the festivalIndians-who first discovered the moving picture show as far back as 1896 with an exhibition of the Lumiere brothers’ films in Bombay’s Watson Hotel-have now discovered the film festival.Film festivals in India now happen practically every few months.In the last two years alone there have been three international film festivals in the country.Now that the stage is set for the sixth International Film Festival scheduled to open on January 3, it might be worthwhile to ask why.Does a country like India need international extravaganzas? Does it need to hold film festivals every six months on so large a scale? The answers lie buried beneath controversial issues.But what is clear is that by the 1950s, the film festival has become to the art world what the Olympic games are in the world of sports.last_img read more

Places to visit during the Olympics

first_imgTHEATRE & MUSIC 1 – War Horse | The story of a boy and his horse set in World War I (from Rs 4,730, New London Theatre).2 – Chariots of Fire | A must-watch; relive Eric Liddel and Harold Abrahams’ dramatic runs in the 1924 Games (from Rs 2,840, Gielgud Theatre).3 – Henry V | This classic will be featured where Shakespeare originally staged his plays (from Rs 430, The Globe).4 – Matilda the Musical | A little girl takes on nasty powers-that-be at her school (from Rs 1,720, Cambridge Theatre).5 – The BBC Proms | The world’s largest classical music event returns this summer (from Rs 430, Royal Albert Hall).6 – Thriller-Live | This MJ-tribute features the King of Pop’s biggest hits and best dance moves from his early days to his last hurrah (from Rs 3,010, Lyric Theatre).MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS 7 – Mind the Map | A collection of old maps explores London’s evolving public transport (Rs 1,160, Transport Museum).8 – Yoko Ono | John Lennon’s multitalented widow puts on a multimedia art display (Free, Serpentine Gallery).9 – Superhuman | A look at how humans have been enhancing their physical powers from Ancient Egypt to the modern battlefield (Free,Wellcome Collection).10 – Codebreaker: Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy | A celebration of the WWII codebreaker & computing pioneer on his birth centenary (Free, Science Museum).11 – Shakespeare: Staging the World | Interpreting the early 1600s through the Bard’s plays (Rs 1,200, British Museum).12 – Scott’s Last Expedition | Relive the adventure and science of this Antarctic voyage (Rs 770, Natural History Museum).13 – War Story: Serving in Afghanistan | Personal items, videos, photos and war memorabilia from British soldiers serving in Afghanistan (Free, Imperial War Museum).advertisement14 – British Design 1948-2012 | A look at the modern history of British design, from the endearing Mini car to Jonathan Ive’s iMac G3. (Rs 1,160,Victoria & Albert Museum).15 – Another London | An exploration of the capital city through the eyes of some of the biggest names in international photography (Rs 860, Tate Britain).16 – The Nine Eyes of Google Street View | A look at bizzare and unusual photos captured by Google’s roving cameras as they map every street on Earth. (Free, Saatchi Gallery).PARKS & RECREATION 17 – Hyde Park | 4,000 trees, a lake, rose gardens and the Diana Memorial Fountain (Entry Free).18 – Battersea Park | Popular with families and joggers, the park features play areas and the Battersea Children’s Zoo (Entry Free).19 – St James’s Park | Surrounded by three Royal palaces and is home to the Horse Guards Parade and Inn The Park cafe (Entry Free)20 – Regent’s Park | Designed in 1811 by John Nash, it includes stunning rose gardens and the largest outdoor sports area in London, Also find wild birds and the Open Air Theatre (Entry Free).21 – Kensington Gardens | Home to Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and the Princess Diana memorial playground (Entry Free).PUBS AND BRITISH FOOD1 – Hawksmoor Guildhall | Won Best New Restaurant in 2011 (Rs 11,180).2 – Medlar | Local and seasonal produce with a twist (Rs 3,440).3 – Dog & Duck | Favourite with locals.4 – Ye Olde Mitre | Has been in business since 1546 and oozes charm!FINE DINING5 – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal | Has a creative take on British food (Rs 6,880).6 – Rasoi | This Michelin-starred Indian restaurant is a can’t miss'(Rs 6,450).7 – Hakkasan | It continues to redefine Chinese cuisine (Rs 11,180).8 – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay | One of the UK’s best. Period (Rs 10,750).VEGETARIAN FOOD9 – Vanilla Black | Won a Michelin star for its inventive cuisine (Rs 4,300).10 – Itadaki Zen | Serves pure vegan Japanese fusion food (Rs 2,580).11 – Woodlands Restaurant | Dishes out south and north Indian fare (Rs 3,010).12 – Food For Thought | Has stayed a favourite for 40 years (Rs 2,150)SHOPPING13 – Neal’s Yard Dairy | Stocks specialist cheeses from 70 farms in Britain.14 – The Spice Shop | Has more than 2,500 spices from all over the world.15 – Twinings | This shop has been selling top-quality teas for centuries.16 – Berry Bros & Rudd | Stocks rare, high-quality wines and spirits.17 – Borough Market | Offers high quality meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees and pastries.18 – Alfie’s Antique Market | Stocks silver, furniture, paintings, jewellery, ceramics and vintage clothes.19 – Portobello Road | It’s known for jewellery, art, vintage clothes and more.20 – Grays Antique Markets | Has a reputation for expertise and choice with more than 80 dealers.21 – Debenhams | Stocks affordable ranges from British designers.22 – Fortnum & Mason | Sells quality food, luggage, homeware and clothes and is official grocer to the Queen.23 – Marks & Spencer | Stocks affordable lingerie, clothing, flowers, toiletries, furniture and fabrics.24 – Primark | Popular for its highly affordable, popularstyled clothing.25 – Selfridges | This regular big box stocks everything you’d ever want.advertisement26 – Harrods | Offers food, fashion, furniture and special services like pet care.27 – Sales and Promotions | Look out for bumper discounts that major stores at Oxford Street will have on offer for tourists.THE BEST OF LONDON28 – Best View | Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park is one of the city’s poshest addresses and offers stunning panoramas of central London.29 – Best of Old London | Built in 1066, the Tower of London holds the crown jewels.30 – Best of Tradition | Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a centuries-old tradition that takes place daily at 11:30 am.31 – Best Fish & Chips | Sea Shell of Lisson Grove has been serving up this most traditional of all British snacks for more than 30 years.32 – Best Afternoon Tea | The Palm Court at the 140-year-old Langham London hotel is where this very British tradition was born.33 – Best Chocolates | Paul A Young mixes odd flavours with classic techniques. Tomato, basil and olive oil chocolate, anyone?34 – Best Martini | Egerton House in Knightsbridge combines a discrete location, theatric barmen and exceptional service.35 – Best Irish Pub | Waxy O’ Connor’s serves up traditional Guinness with good food and a cavernous interior.36 – Best Nightclub | Ministry of Sound attracts 5,000 party-goers every weekend. Dance your shoes off!37 – Best Shopping for Women | Soho has affordable fashion stores like H&M, Mango and Zara galore. Grab that bargain.38 – Best Shopping for Teens | Topshop is a teen shopper’s dream come true with the latest fashion off the runways.39 – Best Ethical Shopping | Alara serves up organic, vegetarian and vegan foods, plus cosmetics and household products.40 – Best Perfume Shop | Les Senteurs stocks products that use natural essences and quality ingredients.last_img read more

Indian cricketer Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman set to retire

first_imgThe sun may soon set on one of the most joyous visuals in world cricket the wristy elegance of Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman.The stylish Hyderabadi cricketer is all set to call it a day after the two-Test series against New Zealand, commencing on August 23, in his home town.Laxman is expected to make the announcement on his retirement in a day or two.The man who has earned the moniker ‘Very Very Special’ for his masterful strokeplay has been out of form for the last two seasons, and reportedly told his close friends and a few sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket. He also said he would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series, for which he has been picked.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman did not respond to calls and text messages when Mail Today tried to contact him to get confirmation about the reports on his retirement. Sources close to him, however, confirmed that he had made up his mind.Laxman made his Test debut in 1996 against South Africa and has so far played 134 Tests, scoring 8,781 runs including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds.The most disappointing aspect of his glorious career would be his failure of not playing in any of the four World Cup editions during his career span.advertisementSources said Laxman had, in fact, decided to announce his retirement much before the selection of team.”The retirement of Rahul Dravid brought a lot of pressure on him to follow suit, as he had not performed well in both the Test series in England and Australia. Since then, he was toying with the idea of quitting the international cricket,” sources said.In fact, Laxman’s average during the four-Test series against Australia was 19.38 and before that, he had just averaged 22.75 in the series against England.In between these two series, however, he had put up a good show against the West Indies in a three-Test home series by scoring 298 runs with a stupendous average of 99.33.Following the pathetic performance in Australia, Laxman was under pressure to quit, as there was criticism against him that he was blocking the way for youngsters. He was apprehensive that he might not be picked for the series against New Zealand, but the selectors have thought otherwise.They picked him in the squad as they apparently thought a senior cricketer like him would form the backbone of the team in the absence of Dravid. Thus, Laxman decided to play for the last time for the country. “Obviously, he wants to retire with grace by putting up a decent performance in the home series,” sources said.last_img read more

Haryana’s Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt bring glory for the state at Olympics 2012

first_imgSushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about,Sushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about his son’s unprecedented triumph at the London Games, but also a little wistful: “My boy was his best. He was within grabbing distance of the gold medal.”Sushil, 29, and his India teammate Yogeshwar Dutt, who won the 60 kg freestyle bronze medal in London, are the biggest success stories from the Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Centre. The 83-acre Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility-a finishing school for wrestlers-in Sonepat’s Bahalgarh village, where India’s best hone their grappling skills in gruelling training schedules, has happily been rechristened the ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ by local residents.”Lajawab uplabdhi hai (It’s an unparalleled achievement),” says chief coach Anil Khokhar, 35, who has seen a distinct change in younger wrestlers at the centre. From simply striving to participate in international events, he says, “our boys have smelt blood. They all want to chase medals now. Sushil and Yogeshwar have shown them it can be done”.Unlike the father, who will just not settle for second spot, the sleepy village of Baprola, on the fringes of Delhi’s northwestern border with Haryana, is euphoric about their new hero, Sushil Kumar, silver medallist in wrestling at the London Olympics in the 66 kg freestyle category and a bronze-winner in Beijing in 2008 in the same event. Says Mukhtiar Singh, a veteran of many a past dangal (wrestling tournament), “This boy has made it all worthwhile. His victory makes me feel truly celebrated for the first time in all my 84 years.”The ‘Haryanvi medal factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government.Every youngster in Baprola wants to follow Sushil into wrestling. Tenyear-old Ritik and his three friends walked 2 km from their homes to touch the feet of their champion, just back home from London, in keeping with the old akhara tradition. “Kushti ladoge kya (Want to wrestle)?” asks Sushil. All four nod vigorously, swelling visibly with pride.Eighty kilometres to the north along the monsoon-damaged road to Gohana in Haryana’s Sonepat district, the residents of Bhainswal Kalan stayed up the night to welcome their own champion. A thousand of them thronged Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to carry the 29-year-old Yogeshwar Dutt home on their shoulders. A large settlement of nearly 20,000 residents, Bhainswal has a long tradition of sending its sons and daughters into teaching. But it’s taken the single-minded devotion and grit of a wrestler to bring home the accolades. Pleasantly tidy despite its large population of water buffaloes, every street in the village is paved with concrete and lined with street lamps that actually work.”All this is thanks to Yogeshwar’s successes,” says Rameshwar Vashishth, 63, a former teacher, recalling how the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government first took note of Bhainswal after the wrestler found a place in the Indian squad for the Beijing Olympics. “Every man, woman and child here owes this young man a debt of gratitude,” he says. So they all thronged his freshly repainted house in the centre of the village just before sunrise on August 14 when he drove in. “The first thing he did was to touch the feet of his biggest fan-our mother,” says his younger brother Mukesh Dutt, 26.”It rained on the day Yogeshwar was born,” says 59-year-old Sushila Devi, fondly hugging her favourite child. “I knew then he was meant for great things. You know how they say sapooton ke paer palaane mein hi pehchaane jaate hain (good sons indicate their path in the crib itself),” she says, quoting an old Haryanvi adage. And breaking a long and worrisome dry spell, there was rain yet again on the morning Yogeshwar returned from London, convincing all in Bhainswal that he is their luckiest charm.Yogeshwar at his home in Bhainswal.But besides luck, India’s Olympic triumphs are rooted in an age-old rural wrestling tradition that extends all the way from the Najafgarh villages in Delhi to Sonepat, Rohtak, Hisar, Bhiwani in Haryana and further across to Baghpat, Shamli and Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. It is like a thriving cottage industry. Every other village here has an akhara where older pehalwans (wrestlers) teach youngsters the finer nuances of grappling, widely misconstrued as a rustic sport involving brute strength.”It’s all in the soil and water that God gifted our people,” says Suresh Malik aka Bhaddal Pehalwan, who trains 100 young boys at the Balraj Akhara, a private wrestling school in Bhainswal Kalan set up over three decades ago by Satbir Singh, a celecelebrated local wrestler. Malik starts them young. His youngest pupils like Harsh, Shivam and Rohit, all between nine and 13 years, fight hard to stay ahead amid the mustard oil and turmeric-infused loam that serves as the mat in their akhara.”Yogeshwar and I were about the same age and just 30 kg each when we first began training under Mahabali Satpal at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium 15 years ago,” Sushil recalls. His guru’s older brother Chaudhary Dara Singh first spotted the champion, when he won the gold medal at the National School Games in Delhi at the age of 12. “I imagine that (the exhilaration of the school-time victory) is how it would have felt had I struck gold in London,” he says a trifle ruefully.For 17-year-old Praveen Kumar, who just rejoined training at the SAI Centre in Bahalgarh after six months of rehab to treat injuries sustained when miscreants pushed him off a speeding train on his way to his village near Shamli in January, Sushil’s silver medal has been inspirational. “Beijing was the beginning but London has shown the world that you cannot mess with Indians,” says the youngster who is back to a punishing workout from 4.30 in the morning until lights out at 10.30 p.m. every day.The results are evident. Fourteen of the 15-man squad of ‘Bahalgarh Boys’ that participated in the November 2011 Inter-SAI Games at Hisar came back with medals. Six of them struck gold at the national sub-junior wrestling tournament in May 2012.The ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government. Chief Minister Hooda not only announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore for Dutt but went on to proclaim similar prizes for every medallist even remotely connected with his state: Sushil because he speaks Haryanvi and trained here; badminton star Saina Nehwal and shooter Gagan Narang because their families are originally from Haryana.Back in Bhainswal and Baprola, both champions say they are not ready to hang up their boots. “I will go for gold in Rio 2016,” says Sushil, who is spending most of his 15-day break before the upcoming SAF Games Camp in September, watching YouTube re-runs of his failed final bout. “I have to spot where I faltered against the Japani (Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu),” he says. Relatively relaxed, Yogeshwar too heads for the computer when he gets the chance.As Diwan Singh reiterates, “There are no flukes in wrestling. It is all about keeping fit, training hard and perfecting tactics to be far superior to anything your opponent can possibly come up with.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

ROUND 6: Adrien Broner connects with quick uppercut

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pacquiao hits again but this time a jab in the middle of the ring.Broner throws a quick 1-2 combination that Pacquiao easily dodges.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao then hits with his own 1-2 and follows it up with a couple of uppercuts.Broner closes the round with a quick uppercut. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ROUND 5: Pacquiao still the aggressor in an uneventful round PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Manny Pacquiao, right, blocks a punch from Adrien Broner during WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. APMANILA, Philippines—The pace of the action remains the same midway through the fight.Adrien Broner lets out a wild left and Paquiao hits him straight in the jaw that put the American to the corner.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather meet again at Lakers courtside

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants In a video posted by Pacquiao, he can be seen going over to Mayweather and shaking his hand before the two exchanged smiles.WATCH: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in locker ahead of fightThe Filipino boxing champion got a visit from Mayweather at his locker room on Sunday just before his welterweight defense.Earlier this month, the boxing rivals also met at Staples Center for Clippers’ Filipino Heritage Night.These meetings have only fueled the rumors that another megabout between the two rivals is happening soon.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Pacquiao had said that he is willing to fight Mayweather if the American boxer comes out of retirement.READ: Manny Pacquiao willing to fight Floyd Mayweather anew if he comes out of retirementBut when ambushed by Showtime’s Jim Gray from ringside after Pacquiao’s victory, Mayweather did not bat an eyelash when asked if he wanted to square off again against Pacquiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Chicago, but Bulls have no plans to play him Days after Pacquiao’s unanimous decision conquest of Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, where Mayweather was also in attendance, the two legendary fighters met again, this time at courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMANILA, Philippines–The chance encounters between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are not yet over.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Did Steven Spielberg kill a dinosaur? Facebook users think so

first_imgAn image of filmmaker Steven Spielberg sitting besides a Triceratops dinosaur that was posted on Facebook as a joke has left many users furious as they thought he has actually hunted a dinosaur!The image, posted by Facebook user Jay Branscomb as a joke, shows the director on the set of 1993-hit “Jurassic Park” with a mechanical dinosaur.The caption reads: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”The image, posted by Facebook user Jay Branscomb as a joke, shows the director on the set of 1993-hit Jurassic Park with a mechanical dinosaur.This has led to a barrage of comments from over 33,000 Facebook users so far – apparently unaware that dinosaurs no longer exist – criticising Spielberg for the cruelty, media reports said.Some branded Spielberg an “animal killer” and decided not to watch his movies again!”I did not know that Steven Spielberg is a dinosaur hunter. I am not only outraged, but disgusted!!” posted Andrea O’Donnell Koran.”This is no sport!!” added Omega McCracken.”Seriously, those poor Triceratops. If we do not stop this, they are gonna become extinct,” one user posted.last_img read more