UAAP Starting 5: Week 5

first_imgThe first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament is over, but this doesn’t mean teams get to start over with new slates.Oh no, the second round is essentially when the UAAP separates the men from the boys and did the men show up in Week 5.ADVERTISEMENT Clue, the biggest man of the week wore red.Center: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s tough to think that reigning MVP Ben Mbala is still the most dominant force in the UAAP since he put up a lackluster, by his standards, performance in La Salle’s 76-75 loss to Ateneo.Mbala, however, still featured in this list by virtue of sheer numbers—and that practically no center in the league can match up to him one-on-one. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Forward: Matt Salem (NU Bulldogs)Talk about finding your rhythm.Matt Salem found himself in a four-game slump for National University where he averaged a disastrous 4.5 points a game, and in the Bulldogs’ three-game losing streak the captain put up just 3.8 points.And when the Bulldogs desperately needed a win, Salem heeded the call and fired 21 points in their 77-70 victory over University of the Philippines.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto is clutch. That’s that.In the first Ateneo-La Salle game of the season, Nieto showed why he’s an invaluable member of the Blue Eagles roster.If some of the players here in this list got included because of sheer numbers, Nieto became part of this because of sheer fortitude.It was Nieto who stole the inbound pass of Kib Montalbo in the dying seconds of the rivalry game and it was also him who iced Ateneo’s 76-75 win from the free throw line.Take a bow Matt. Take a bow. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The big man from La Salle averaged 28.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, including a career performance of 39 points against University of the East.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (UE Red Warriors)This list relies heavily on numbers, and did Alvin Pasaol bring those digits.Pasaol became the highest-scoring man in the UAAP this century when he put up a career-high 49 points against the Green Archers and he followed it up with a 32-point outing against University of Santo Tomas.And Pasaol is also a reliable figure in the glass as he averaged nine rebounds a game this week together with his ridiculous 40.5 points-per-game mark.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Guard: Jerie Pingoy (Adamson Soaring Falcons)Scoring is fine and all, but helping your teammates score is probably a notch more honorable.And Jerie Pingoy became Adamson’s consummate Soaring Falcon when he recorded this season’s single-game assist mark when he dished out 10 against Far Eastern University.Oh he also was a reliable scorer for the Falcons this week as he put up an average of 10 points in their two games this week.Honorable mentionsPhilip Manalang (UE Red Warriors)Pasaol is UE’s Batman, and Philip Manalang is the Red Warriors’ reliable Robin.Manalang did not put up as gaudy numbers as his heftier teammate, but he did put up an average of 17 points in the two games UE played this week.Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson Soaring Falcons)If you’re wondering who benefited the most from Pingoy’s passing, then it would be Jerrick Ahanmisi. The lanky wingman averaged 19 points a game in the Soaring Falcons’ two victories this week while shooting an even 50 percent from deep. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments LATEST STORIES Blue Eagles enter PVL Finals, beat Tigers in 4 sets Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Brownlee proud of Ginebra’s response after test of character in crunch time

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion With a record 54,086 fans shouting and jeering at every conceivable moment, the Gin Kings managed to shout the loudest of shouts at Philippine Arena when they survived Meralco, 101-96, in the clincher to retain the PBA Governors’ Cup crown.And in the middle of it all was Brownlee who once again led the Gin Kings in their quest for a title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat “It just shows the character of the team, coach Tim [Cone] told us to just win the game,” said Brownlee. “We knew we had to do whatever it took, we made a couple of stops to seal the deal.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Brownlee nails buzzer-beater as Ginebra wins title PLAY LIST 01:40Brownlee nails buzzer-beater as Ginebra wins title00:50Trending Articles03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games After all the hard work to get to top, Slaughter cherishes first PBA title Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next And those happened in the final minute of the game when Brownlee and Ginebra finally realized that their title hopes were put in danger.Ginebra held a respectable 11-point lead, 100-89, with 1:39 left in the game after Joe DeVance converted on a mid-range jumper.That lead, however, immediately turned to fool’s gold when the Bolts came in like an uncontrollable power line.The Bolts went on a 7-0 blitz with Jared Dillinger capping it off with a booming triple with 47 seconds left that left a crowd nearly 50,000 Ginebra fans stunned.READ: Doesn’t matter how it’s done, Brownlee just wants to win title for GinebraADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA BOCAUE—It’s been said that winning Game 7s boils down to sheer attitude and that rang true for Barangay Ginebra and Justin Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Man, to be honest, I got a little nervous, but the team stayed together, focused, and we were able to make key stops at the end to win,” said Brownlee who finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.It was in those remaining 47 ticks, though, that Ginebra showed the character Brownlee spoke of.Ginebra managed to get the ball to LA Tenorio for an open triple, and although it missed, the point guard got the ball once more after Japeth Aguilar’s rebound and got to the line for two free throws.Tenorio, though, missed the free throws and it went down to the Gin Kings’ guts to stop the Bolts on the other end.And when Kevin Ferrer grabbed possession of the ball after Anjo Caram’s faulty triple, joy finally took over the stressed out Brownlee.“It was just a lot of joy, and you know it was all the hard work of the team, not only me, the team put incredible work to get to this point,” said Brownlee. “Everybody on the team deserves this moment.” Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

Green, Beal ejected after fight during Wizards-Warriors game

first_imgRead Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Green had to be pulled away from the skirmish by Andre Iguodala and Warriors security personnel. Green was tossed after getting his second technical foul. The back of his uniform was torn from near his right shoulder down to his waist.Green was hit with his first technical at the 8:05 mark of the second quarter for arguing a foul call.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Wizards led the defending NBA champions 67-53 at intermission. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort PSL tankers reign supreme in Tokyo’s Buccaneers swimfest Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, argues with a referee during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State’s Draymond Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal were ejected after fighting beneath the Wizards’ basket late in the first half of a game Friday night.Beal held the front of Green’s jersey with his left hand while grabbing Green around the jaw with his right. That enraged Green, who threw his right arm in frustration as other players joined the scrum.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Amer, Jose, Alas relish chance to don PH colors anew, reunite with pals

first_imgOn the other hand, Amer was one of the lead guards to steer the Philippines to the gold in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.Meanwhile, Jose also donned the national tri-colors once, as he was a part of the squad which won the championship in the 2016 SEABA Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.All three said they felt fitting in quickly with the pool in the resumption of Gilas Pilipinas’ practices at Meralco Gym Tuesday night.Alas hit it off the bat with Raymond Almazan, who was his teammate back in their Letran days.“We’ve been together for so long, from Letran to Cebuana in the PBA D-League. Me and Raymond are really very close so I’m happy that we’re teammates again,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH What ‘missteps’? Meneses lauds Teodoro’s heroics vs Pingoy, Adamson 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 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Amer felt the same way, working closely with mentor and Bolts assistant coach Jimmy Alapag.“He helps me a lot. He’s the one who urges me to do extra work and teaches me a lot on how coach Chot’s system goes,” he said of the help he’s getting from Alapag, who also serves as one of the deputies with the national team.It also was a reunion of sorts for Jose, who found himself side-by-side with his fellow Far Eastern University teammates in the Gilas pool.“It feels so great to be with them again. All of them are in the PBA now, so they’re on an another level. I just feel glad with this chance,” he said while Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia messing around with him in the background.But the job is just starting, and all three know that the goal in mind is to get a crack at one of the two rosters for the upcoming 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon, both slated in August.“The goal is to help the country win another gold. But my mindset right now is to listen to the coaches and learn the dribble-drive system,” said Amer.Alas shared, “I’ll do my best and give my best whatever happens.”Gilas Pilipinas resumes its practice on Thursday, with Reyes expecting Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 players Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras, as well as Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger to finally appear before him. Kevin Alas and Raymond Almazan during Gilas practice. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRERMaking their first appearance in the senior’s team practice on Tuesday, new pool members Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and Raymar Jose are just ecstatic to have the chance to represent the country anew.“I’m grateful for the chance to be practicing with the Gilas pool and I’m happy to serve,” said NLEX’s Alas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I’m happy that I’m a part of this and I’m thankful to coach Chot (Reyes) and the management for including me in the program,” Meralco sophomore Amer echoed.“For me, this is a big opportunity because I’m practicing with great players. This is just a huge blessing for me,” said Cignal bruiser Jose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut this wasn’t the first time these three will get to represent the country.Alas is a part of the silver medal-winning Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2014 Fiba Asia Cup after previously winning the gold with the cadets squad in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Returning Belo fends off worries about injured knee

first_imgView comments What ‘missteps’? Mac Belo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOut of action since April, Mac Belo’s excitement was palpable when he joined the national team practices for the first time on Wednesday afternoon at Meralco Gym.“I’ve been out of basketball for so long, so I’m just excited to get back,” said Belo in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Obiena a sure gold in SEA Games “I’m trying to take that hesitance and that fear out of my mind. If I think about that, it will just add to my worries so I’d rather not mind those stuff,” he said.But his excitement is outweighing the woes, and Belo is just happy to join forces with his fellow pool members as the younger Gilas crew prepares for the 2017 Jones Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“I’m happy that the other young guys are here. Ray (Parks) can help us a lot, same with Christian (Standhardinger) and Kobe (Paras). Their training will be valuable for us here in Gilas and I’m happy that they’re here and we can learn a lot from them,” he said.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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Belo, who also missed the 2017 SEABA Championship, underwent an arthroscopic surgery to fix a torn meniscus on his left knee, keeping him out of action until last week.Those few weeks away from the game has made the Midsayap, North Cotabato even hungrier for action as he get back on the court with Gilas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Even before I had the injury, I really wanted to play, so now that I’m alright, I’m just so happy to get back on the court,” he said.The lanky forward, though, didn’t deny that he was still uncomfortable going full speed at times as he favors his still recovering knee. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more

WATCH: Simone Biles shares goofy video after wisdom teeth surgery

first_imgView comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biles won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant A video shared by Simone Biles shows the Olympic gymnast was in no condition to compete while coming out of an anesthetic haze after surgery to have her wisdom teeth removed.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 starsBiles posted the video on Twitter on Thursday. She appears on a recovery room bed with gauze in her mouth yelling something incomprehensible and pretending to drive a car. Biles wrote that she hopes the 27-second clip makes people laugh.The 20-year-old Biles later added that the full video is 14 minutes long and “other parts are hilarious too!” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Tall order for Gilas as it eyes top spot in ‘group of death’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. uhm here it is, I honestly have no words! 😂 Enjoy!!!!! Hope it makes you laugh!!!! pic.twitter.com/DP5QsC7C7C— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 27, 2017ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UAAP greats from all sports honored as Season 80 unfurls

first_imgView comments The league relived its rich history by bringing back its celebrated stars from different generations.Former FEU star Rachel Anne Daquis during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHost Far Eastern University drew the loudest cheers when the likes of volleyball standout Rachel Daquis and basketball hotshot Terrence Romeo walked down memory lane along with the school’s other greats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What I really miss about the UAAP is the crowd,” said Romeo in Filipino.Former Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo wasn’t to be outdone with its star-studded volleyball tandem of Alyssa Valdez and Marck Espejo among its greats. One of University of the East’s biggest stars Robert Jaworski wasn’t able to attend but part of its contingent was Tisha Dominguez-Abundo, who led the school to a volleyball title in the late 60s.“I’m still hoping for our volleyball team to wake up from its long slumber,” said Abundo.Olympian Yan Lariba of La Salle was represented by his mother Imelda during the ceremony. Former Green Archer Renren Ritualo, the deadliest marksman during his time, was also present.Legendary basketball coach Aric del Rosario bannered University of Santo Tomas. Del Rosario built the UST dynasty that reigned from 1993 to 1996.Former UST Growling Tigers Cyrus Baguio and Dylan Ababou during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDel Rosario was joined by the likes of cagers Cyrus Baguio, one of the most exciting players to watch during his collegiate career, and Dylan Ababou, who was a vital part of the Tigers’ team that ended the school’s 10-year title drought in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES National University had Danny Ildefonso, who went on to win a couple of PBA MVP awards and eight titles in the pros, two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks and rising tennis star Tin Patromonio, who recently won silver in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.NU Standout Danny Ildefonso during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“It feels good as an athlete that your hard work and passion are recognized,” said Parks.University of the Philippines flaunted senator Pia Cayetano, who was the Lady Maroons’ former captain who helped bring a volleyball title to the school in the early 80s. The Maroons also had Ronnie Magsanoc, who, along with Benjie Paras, was one of the leaders of UP’s championship run in 1986.Joe Lipa, Ronnie Magsanoc and Pia Cayetano lead former UP standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the selected few. It’s also nice to meet former greats whom you followed before but just formally met now,” said Magsanoc.Adamson’s Ewon Arayi, who made her mark as a standout in women’s basketball, was also part of the gathering of stars. 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. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The UAAP Season 80 officially opens at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP recognized its glorious past as it honored former athletes who personified the league’s theme for its 80th Season: “Go For Great.”The parade featuring the member schools’ legends across all sports was the highlight of the nostalgic opening ceremony Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man PLAY LIST 03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man03:28Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:49Robredo: 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

CGF not to be blamed for Delhi CWG missed deadlines: Hooper

first_imgFile photo of CGF CEO Mike Hooper talking on the phone at the Games Village in New Delhi. PTI Photo Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell might talk about sharing the blame for poor preparations of the Delhi mega-event but its CEO Mike Hooper says the CGF cannot be held responsible for the Organising Committee’s failure to meet deadlines.”I take responsibility for my areas of responsibility, and that has been working very hard with the organising committee to get things done. Now, at the end of the day, I’m not a construction engineer. I’m not a builder,” Hooper told ‘TVNZ’.Hooper said the developers of the venues did not hand them over to the OC on time and this has led to the current crisis.CLICK HERE FOR MOREHow showpiece turned shocker CWG: Army to bridge the gap Village filth that raised a global stinkFrom Village to Nehru stadium in 7 min flat”We’re at the hands and the mercy of, effectively, the government of India, the Delhi government, the agencies responsible for delivery of the venues. They consistently failed to meet deadlines,” he said.”Now, we were very active, very strong in pushing for this to be done. The actual venues were not handed over effectively – and I say handed over from the point of view of getting venue-completion certificates and occupancy certificates,” he added.Hooper said the organisers did not act despite repeated reminders by the CGF.”…the very frustrating thing is we have consistently spoken out loudly and clearly, consistent in our reporting: ‘Get these things done. Get these venues delivered. Focus on the operational delivery of the Games.’advertisement”And unfortunately, we are where we are. Now, we can all do these post-mortems later, Paul. The reality is right now we need to focus on getting as much as we can done. It is unfortunate that we had to go as public as we did yet again,” he added.On Saturday, Fennell had stated that the CGF shared the blame for Delhi’s under-preparedness.Malaysian sprinter Siti Zubaidah pulls out of CWGThe growing list of athletes pulling out of the Commonwealth Games got longer on Sunday with Malaysian sprinter Siti Zubaidah Adabi withdrawing from the crisis-hit event citing poor form.The 24-year-old Siti became the first Malaysian athlete to pull out of the October 3-14 mega-event after failing to clock a good timing in the Armed Force meet in Ipoh last weekend.Siti was supposed to compete under Category B in the Games after she failed to beat the qualifying mark of 11.40 seconds, which is the sixth placing mark of the 2006 Melbourne Games.She, however, was selected to compete in the Delhi Games under Category B for clocking a personal best of 11.81 in the 100m at the Asian Grand Prix in Pune, India in June.”She could not not clock a good time in the Armed Force meet because she had just recovered from a right heel injury,” National chief coach Harun Rasheed was quoted as saying in the ‘Star Online’.Considering her poor form, Siti, who finished a disappointing fourth in the women’s 100m final in the Armed Forces meet, was advised to skip the Games to focus on the Asian Games in November by coach Harun.”Siti is the member of the 4x100m relay team who have qualified on merit for the Asian Games,” said Harun.Disappointed to miss the Games, Siti said she would look to put up a good performance in the Asian Games.”I was looking forward to my debut in the Games but it was just unlucky that I injured my heel and could not train for few weeks.”Despite recovering from the injury, I failed to impress coach Harun in the Armed Forces meet and he advise me to skip the Games in New Delhi,” said Siti in Kuala Lumpur, adding that she would continue her training to make her debut in the Asian Games.I am satisfied and excited about CWG, says Suresh KalmadiUnder attack from all quarters but defiant nonetheless, Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Sunday said his enthusiasm for the event remains intact and he can’t wait for it to get started come October 3.”I am a satisfied man. I am excited about the Games and can’t wait for it to start rolling,” Kalmadi told PTI in New Delhi as he took a tour of the Village to oversee the last-minute work going on in the campus spread over 63.5 hectares.advertisementAsked about the negative publicity that the Village got after foreign delegates complained about lack of hygiene and cleanliness, he said, “My job is to deliver the Games. The construction of venues was not done by me. I only wish if they were handed over to us much earlier and then we could have finished the overlaying works by now.””Look at the training area and great swimming pool. It took years to get all things done but I am satisfied with the way things have come about.”Showing off the eight-lane 400-metre synthetic running track in the Village, Kalmadi said, “I have aimed to give the best facilities to the athletes. The Games will be a great affair.”Asked about the last minute cleaning process that is going on at the residential towers in the Village, he said, “it will be completed soon. As far as water logging in some areas is concerned, it was because of the rains. Now that the sun has come out, water has receded and the rest has been pumped out.”Heli-borne assualt teams will protect athletes during CWGHeli-borne assault teams and commando hit teams will give protection to athletes while participating in marathon, walkathon and cycling events of Commonwealth Games.Elaborate security measures and traffic arrangements have been made for the road events which will take place on four days — October 9, 10, 13 and 14 — in and around Parliament Street and Noida.”All buildings on the routes where these events take place have been secured and sanitised. The telephone boxes and electric boxes have also been sanitised,” a senior police official said in New Delhi.Besides Quick Reaction Teams, the official said, Commando hit teams and heli-borne assault teams will also give security to those athletes participating in the road events.Many of the routes were the events take place has already been barricaded, he said. Police vehicles have also started taking rounds of these routes to ensure that no “mischief” is done.The trial event for cycling was held last month which provided a helping hand to security agencies in fine-tuning its strategy, the official said.The walkathon is scheduled on October nine while the Marathon is on October 14, the final day of the mega sporting event. Both these events will be held in and around Parliament Street.The cycling event is scheduled on October 10 and 13 and will be held also be here and Noida, the official said.All these events will start at 6:30 am.Traffic on the routes will be restricted during the event, the official said.”No traffic will be allowed to use the route of road events from the night before. Cross traffic on this route will not be allowed from 5.00 am on the day of the event till its completion,” the official said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

CWG probe: I’ll give satisfactory answers, says Kalmadi

first_imgFile photo of former OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Commonwealth Games corruption probe is gaining steam after the arrest of two former Organising Committee officials but an unfazed OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Wednesday said he would give “satisfactory answers” to the government panel investigating the matter.Kalmadi, who has maintained a low profile ever since the controversy-ridden Games concluded on October 14, said that the V.K. Shunglu committee has been entrusted with the task of probing the entire Commonwealth Games and not only the Organising Committee.”We can answer all the questions satisfactorily. Our job was to conduct the Games and we have the answers to anything related to that,” Kalmadi told PTI from Guangzhou, where he is attending the 16th Asian Games.Former Comptroller and Auditor General V.K. Shunglu was appointed as the head of the committee to probe the corruption allegations that marred the build-up to the mega-event here.Kalmadi emphasised that the Organising Committee was not responsible for the all the construction and other works for the Games.”The Organising Committee was responsible for Rs 1800 crore. We had no role in constructions and the work at the stadiums. We can only answer for these Rs 1800 crore,” he said.Kalmadi said that the international delegates, who are here for the Asian Games, have praised the conduct of the Commonwealth Games as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.”But I have been pained by the constant negative publicity by the media. The trial by the media has been unfortunate. More so when we are ready to answer all questions. I have all along maintained that there should be an inquiry,” he said.advertisementOn the arrest of two of the former OC members — TS Darbari and Sanjay Mohendroo — in connection with alleged financial bungling in the Queen’s Baton Relay, Kalmadi said that both of them had been sacked by the OC.”The Organising Committee has already taken action against them after reports of corruption. The OC CEO (Jarnail Singh) has already terminated their services,” he said.Kalmadi also hailed the performance of gymnast Ashish Kumar, swimmer Virdhawal Khade and wushu player Bikramjit Singh — all three of whom bagged historic bronze medals during the Asian Games.”After a gap of 24 years, we have won a medal in swimming. We have won a medal in gymnastics for the first time. In wushu also we have done well, it all goes to show that other sports are also coming up in India,” Kalmadi said.Ashish became the first Indian gymnast to clinch an Asian Games medal by securing a bronze in the Men’s Floor event of the Artistic Gymnastics.The 19-year-old Khade scripted history by becoming the first Indian swimmer in 24 years to clinch an Asian Games medal by notching up a bronze in the 50m butterfly event.”It is a great achievement and we are proud of them. It shows that we are rising as a sporting nation and going in the right direction. We need to keep up this trend,” Kalmadi said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sachin scores record fifth World Cup hundred

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Sunday reached another milestone as he became the highest century-maker in World Cup history by scoring his fifth hundred in the prestigious event.The 37-year-old Tendulkar reached the landmark during the group B clash against England when he glanced burly paceman Tim Bresnan for a boundary towards the fine leg region in the first ball of the 35th over. It was his 47th ODI century and his 98th overall.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, current Australia captain Ricky Ponting and his former teammate Mark Waugh have all scored four World Cup hundreds.With Ganguly and Waugh retired, it is only Ponting who has a chance to match or surpass Tendulkar.Tendulkar scored 120 runs from 115 balls and the knock was adorned with five sixes and 10 fours.Tendulkar, playing his sixth World Cup, also holds the records for most runs and most half-centuries in the flagship event of the ICC.He has accumulated 1944 runs in 38 matches and has scored 13 fifties so far, followed by Ponting with 1577 runs in 41 matches.Ganguly is the only other Indian who has managed to score more than one thousand runs in World Cup matches.He scored 1006 runs in 21 matches and stands 11th in the list of highest run scorers in World Cup.During the course of his innings, Tendukar shared a magnificent 134-run partnership with for the second wicket with Gautam Gambhir, who scored 51 runs.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Team India to tour Sri Lanka in July

first_imgIndia’s five-match ODI series and one T20 International against Sri Lanka will be played from July 22 to August 7 across three venues.Sri Lanka tour marks the beginning of a fresh season for the senior national team after enjoying a two and half month break post Indian Premier League.The Indians, who arrive on July 19 will play their first of the five ODIs at the Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium in the southern port town of Hambantota on July 22.The second ODI will also be played at the same venue on July 25 followed by the third and fourth ODIs at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 28 and 31st respectively.After a four day break, Indians will be playing the fifth and final ODI in Kandy on August 5 followed by the only T20 international at the same venue on August 7. The matches will be played at the Pallekele stadium.The team will depart for the two and half week tour on July 19 and will be back on August 8. The cash-strapped Sri Lankan cricket administration is eager to host India. India currently is Sri Lanka?s largest inbound travel market.ItineraryJuly 19: ArrivalJuly 21: 1st ODI (Hambantota)July 24: 2nd ODI (Hambantota)July 28: 3rd ODI (Colombo)July 31: 4th ODI (Colombo)Aug 4: 5th ODI (Kandy)Aug 7: 1st T20 International (Kandy).Aug 8: Departurelast_img read more

Once a forbidden land, China becomes hottest destination for Indian businessman

first_imgTERRA PHARMA: Anji Reddy (centre) with management staff of Rotam Reddy in ChinaGuanxi. It’s an omnipotent Chinese phrase. It means networking, contacts, connections – things that businessmen thrive on. It’s a phrase that is also rapidly gaining currency among Indian entrepreneurs joining the lengthening queue to set up shop in,TERRA PHARMA: Anji Reddy (centre) with management staff of Rotam Reddy in ChinaGuanxi. It’s an omnipotent Chinese phrase. It means networking, contacts, connections – things that businessmen thrive on. It’s a phrase that is also rapidly gaining currency among Indian entrepreneurs joining the lengthening queue to set up shop in China.Last year, when a delegation of officials from the Chinese province of Guangzhou visited Mumbai to seek investment, the Bombay Chambers of Commerce managed to fit the proceedings in its conference hall.But last week, when the province’s Vice-Governor Tan Bing Quan led a team to the city, it had to book the Ball Room at the Taj Mahal Hotel to accommodate over 200 eager-beaver businessmen – all looking at opportunities in the once-forbidden land.Sure, not all of them wanted to set up plants. Many were seeking marketing tie-ups to tap China’s low-cost manufacturing ability. Some were looking at exports or technology exchange while others were simply sniffing around.Big-ticket investment is just a trickle right now. But the rush is clearly on – and in the pipeline are big plans by such names as Bajaj Auto and, in the IT sector, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Technologies.Dinesh Patnaik, head of the economic wing at the Indian Embassy in Beijing, confirms the trend: “The number of Indian businessmen scouting for opportunities in China is on the rise.” But is it just China’s low-cost manufacturing ability that is attracting them? Patnaik believes otherwise. According to him, China currently imports goods worth $230 billion and by next year the figure is likely to touch $300 billion.advertisementBig-ticket investment by indians is just a trickle now but the rush is imminent with big names and bigger plans in the pipeline.But India’s share is just $1.35 billion (Rs 6,200 crore). Hence it’s a huge opportunity. Also as Srinibas Swain, chief representative for the State Bank of India at Shanghai, points out, “There is a lot that Indians can learn from the Chinese in terms of economies of scale, cost-effectiveness and adherence to time frames.”The power of the pro-business environment has got many plugged in. Pharma major Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has staked its expertise in branded formulations and set up the Kunshan Rotam Reddy Pharmaceuticals. Ranbaxy has set up a unit in Guangzhou and introduced 11 brands in China.Aurobindo Pharma has branched out as Aur Bindo Tangling (Datong) Pharmaceutical Co Ltd in Shanxi. Also wired into China are computer education majors NIIT, which has centres in Shanghai and Pudong, and Aptech, which has set up over 45 centres inthe country since February 2000.The lure of China is manifold. Says Satish Reddy, managing director and chief operating officer of Dr Reddy’s: “It is a question of using our expertise and reputation in finished formulations and reaching out to the global market. China is among the top 10 markets we needed to tap.” For Bajaj Auto, it’s an opportunity to introduce its three-wheelers. It also wants to tap the low-cost Chinese advantage in components and gearless scooters.For many, the Chinese option is a defensive move. The low-cost economics offers many Indian manufacturers a way to cut costs by outsourcing. China also offers a chance to do what they couldn’t do back home in India’s cramped business environment. The biggest draw is China’s attitude to investment, an area in which Reddy feels India has a long way to go.BIG TIME: An Indian plant at Kushan was rated a Good Management Practices facilityIn China, he explains, powers are delegated to local provinces, investment decisions and approvals are local and only exceptional cases are referred to the Centre. “They are very pro-business, you don’t have to deal with a hundred different windows,” he adds. Pramod Khera, Aptech’s executive director and CEO of its education and training division, agrees. “We looked around for a partner for about six months but once we signed a deal, things moved very fast.” And this despite a bureaucracy.Clearly, it’s not just Guanxi at work. It’s a passion that is difficult to quantify. Baron India CEO Kabir Mulchandani relates an anecdote which might help. Over dinner, when a corporate lawyer asked a visiting Chinese official what made the country tick, his passion impressed everyone. “He had all the details on his finger tips,” recalls Mulchandani. “He knew the business plan of every company for the next five years.” The Chinese record of matching words with action is just as impressive.A senior partner at a consultancy lists some of these achievements: in 1985, China decided to push through land reforms and did it; in 1990, it unveiled a plan to upgrade infrastructure and realised it; in 1994, it set out to bring inflation under control and succeeded. All adding up to economic growth.Vijay Kalantri, chief of All-India Association of Industries, puts it in perspective: “It’s not that they have invented a mantra for growth. The fact is – and nobody will say this openly for fear of persecution – they have done everything that our governments only talk about. Do Chinese companies have 59 different inspectors visiting them? Obviously not.”advertisementChina also has high-quality infra structure. Guangdong alone has 176 open ports which handle freight of 186 mtpa, 10 special industrial development zones connected by 1,900 km of express roadways and an installed power-generation capacity of 33,854 MW, nearly a third of India.Its tele-density is 28.4 connections per 100 people spread across 14.2 million fixed-phone users and 12.52 million mobile-phone users. Its total investment in infrastructure over 20 years: $280 billion.The pay-off is an unbelievable year-on-year growth of 13 per cent between 1978 and 2000 for Guangdong. Its GDP in 2000 was $115 billion (a fifth of India’s) and its exports touched $91.9 billion (nearly thrice that of India’s). The total FDI flow into the province in 22 years has been $98.81 billion with $12.2 billion (six times India’s FDI) coming in 2000.Guangdong boasts of 50,000 foreign-invested enterprises, including 200 of the top 500 companies in the world. The push is not just in manufacturing of consumer goods. Diamond- cutting costs, for example, are barely 28 cents (Rs 14) per unit in China compared to Rs 27 in India. A Chinese operation can cut, polish and deliver a consignment in 10-15 days compared to 45 days in India. Naturally, five top Indian exporters have moved to China.The low-cost economy of china and its excellent infrastructure allow Indian manufacturers a way to cut costs by outsourcing.Says Sanjay Kothari, chief of the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council: “China rolls out the red carpet for anyone investing in gems and jewellery. To hold on to our advantage, we will have to be vigilant and the Government too needs to be supportive.” The migration of Antwerp-based Indian outfits to China indicates that this is not the case. And early this year, a large infotech company recruiting software engineers found to its surprise and dismay that students from Shanghai University scored higher than IIT graduates.The reason: in 1999, the Chinese Government unveiled what is now popularly known as the Trans Century Project involving universities of Beijing and Tsinghua. Its aim: to transform higher education in China. Start-up research grants under the scheme are around $250,000.Tsinghua University in Shanghai has been given a grant of $217 million (Rs 1,019 crore) and MNCs like Siemens, Panasonic, Bell Labs, Ford and Microsoft and institutions like MIT and Michigan University have been roped in. The faculty have the flexibility of working half the year in industry – in China or the US.Also wooed are the Aptechs and NIITs to achieve the critical mass China needs in infotech. Naturally, software companies like Tata Consultancy and Infosys are looking at China. Says Nandan M. Nilekani, managing director, Infosys: “We are evaluating the possibility of starting a development centre in China as in other parts of the world.”advertisementClick here to EnlargeIn Guangdong, the Government is even promising a 10 GB/sec connection across its province. Vipul Tuli, principal with McKinsey & Co, believes the determination with which the Chinese are transforming their technical education is “something that we should emulate”.But that isn’t the case. In December 2000, Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee and his ministers sat through presentations by the it Ministry on the urgent need to upgrade the quality of Indian institutions and the threat from China.Six months on, action is yet to be taken. In contrast, Chinese President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji recently spent an entire day each at the Beijing and Tsinghua universities reviewing their progress.The commitment of the Chinese is what makes the difference. When the Guangdong delegation came calling, it was accompanied by Li Chang Chun, the seniormost member of the central Politburo of the Communist Party of China. This sense of commitment is evident everywhere, whether it’s business, education – or sport.To understand its depth, take the promise the Chinese made to the International Olympic Committee in their bid to host the 2008 Olympics in Beijing: investment of $20 billion to upgrade the city. Also on that day in 2008, every person in Beijing would speak in English. It wouldn’t be surprising if by then Guanxi would be part of the English lexicon.last_img read more

Superstorm Sandy fails to stall New York Marathon, run scheduled to go ahead as planned on Sunday

first_imgThe New York Marathon will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday despite the huge damages from Superstorm Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.Marathon officials were proceeding as planned to stage the annual event that runs through all five boroughs of the largest city in America, but they were awaiting the final word from city officials regarding the staging of the race, reports Xinhua.Flooding and power outages remained a concern around the city and subway and other transit systems are still shut because of the damage caused by the superstorm.Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, said the organising group was set to hire private contractors to replace city workers who would typically handle such things as security and medical needs for the race.Meanwhile, Elite Kenyan runners supposed to participate in the marathon have delayed their departure, awaiting confirmation that it was safe for them to fly to New York.According to Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, the federation was awaiting communication from organisers after the city was ravaged by Sandy on Monday.”They are still around (in Nairobi) waiting to be told of their travelling plans and I can confirm none of them has left the country yet,” Kiplagat said.”We expect communication by Thursday so that we can be certain that our athletes will be safe. What happened there is very unfortunate and we understand the pain organisers are going through.”Berlin marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai said they were concerned about their chances of making it in time. “I have seen what happened there on television and it was a huge blow to the city. My colleagues left here (Eldoret) Tuesday but I understand their flights were held back.”advertisementlast_img read more

Here’s how to pose the right way to look good in swimwear

first_imgSwimwear can accentuate all your curves, but there are ways you can look slimmer and more confident, according to British-Iranian model Yasmin Le Bon, the new face of swimwear brand Speedo Sculpture 2014 collection.The model’s guide has been launched to help women tackle the anxieties they experience and the fear of the walk from the changing room to the pool, or the towel to the sea, reports femalefirst.co.uk.There is nothing worse then a top too small or bottoms that are cutting inLe Bon, who turns 50 this year, said: “After spending 33 years on the modelling circuit I have heard all of the tricks of the trade. The best advice I’ve received on looking your best in a swimsuit, is to wear it with confidence and a smile; it instantly changes your appearance.”In her handbook, she has suggested the following:Sitting downThe twist and point – Twisting the upper body around at the waist is a great way to make it appear smaller and instantly helps you to lose inches. Whilst sitting down, putting one leg stretched out in front of the other with toes pointed helps to elongate the leg.Get in front of the mirror and see what works best with your body!Lying downThe knee lift – When lying on your back, bringing your knees up to lift the thighs can help to avoid the effect of them feeling flattened against the poolside or lounger and gives a three-dimensional and flattering shape. Arching the back slightly can also help if you’re self-conscious about your stomach or bottom.advertisementThrow on some swimwear and you will find the angle that best suits your bodyWalkingA proud posture – When walking or standing adopting a strong posture is the key to radiating confidence. If you imagine you are trying to hold something between your shoulder blades, it will push your shoulders down and backwards slightly to give a naturally proud posture.The most flattering stance for photos is whatever feels most natural and comfortablePosingHead held high – If you’re posing for photos and not feeling the most confident, it can be tempting to look down and try to hide. Lifting the head away from the chest is the best way to achieve a long elegant neck and avoid creating a double chin.In the sun the most flattering makeup is really minimalThe ExitPause and prepare – Before getting out of the pool it’s a good idea to take a moment to pause and prepare for your exit. You can sweep your hair to one side if you need to, check your swimsuit is in place and ensure you’re feeling confident.A self bronzer or a little tan always helps to look and feel your bestlast_img read more

Samsung ditches all-plastic design with the Galaxy Alpha

first_imgSamsung phones have been known for their plastic bodies. But on Wednesday, Samsung showed an intent to move away from its tried-and-tested design for Galaxy phones and announced Galaxy Alpha, the company’s first Galaxy smartphone to sport a metal frame. Samsung Galaxy AlphaThe Galaxy Alpha is ultra thin at 6.7 mm and has a metal frame, but it retains the dimpled plastic back that we have seen before on the Galaxy S5. This way Samsung will be able to offer the phone in multiple colours without any major manufacturing hassles. In terms of hardware, the Alpha does not exactly compete with the Galaxy S5, because it has a smaller screen and Samsung has made some compromises to fit the components in the thin shell. It has a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a 12-megapixel rear camera and will have either an octa-core or quad-core processor depending on the region it is released in. In all probability for non-LTE markets, Samsung will opt for its own Exynos octa-core CPU, while Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 CPU will be used for markets that have LTE. This means in India, the Alpha is likely to be powered by the octa-core processor.All this horsepower is paired up with 32GB of internal storage and 2GB RAM. It does not have a microSD card for memory expansion. On the front, it has a 2.1-megapixel camera and there is a 1,860mAh battery, which can be removed by the user. Like the Galaxy S5, it also has a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner integrated in the home-button. The phone runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat wrapped in a layer of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. advertisementThe phone will be released across the world in the beginning of September, but there is no word on an India release. It will be available in five colours – black, white, gold, silver and blue.Update : GSMArena has already benchmarked the phone and revealed the quad-core model uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 85 CPU and the octa-core version uses the Exynos 5 octa 5430 chipset.  Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBoneslast_img read more

Lots of selfies in Padma Award nominations

first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, then prime minister Manmohan Singh and Padma Awardees at an Investiture Ceremony-II at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on April 26, 2014.The government has invited the public to nominate people who are achievers and who they think deserve the Padma Awards to be given next year. The government is in for a surprise: Instead of nominating achievers, a lot of people are recommending their own case for the awards.Going by the list of recommendations the Ministry of Home Affairs received last year for the 2014 Padma Awards, many people actually nominated themselves. The numbers are so big that the practice has become a norm of sorts. (The full list) For the 2014 awards, the ministry got a staggering 1,878 nominations of which 127 were finally picked (the final list) . In this list, there are hundreds who were both the recommending authorities and the nominees themselves, meaning they told the government upfront that they should be given the awards.In some cases, people also nominated their family members.The only people who cannot nominate themselves or anyone else, as per the rules, are government employees including those in public sector undertakings.Everyone else, without distinction of “race, occupation, position or sex,” are eligible for these awards, including doctors and scientists working with the government.But how useful is self-recommendation? Not much it seems, given that the ministry prefers nominations from state governments and Union Territories, ministers, chief ministers and governors, MPs, ministries and government departments, previous awardees, governors and institutions. But private individuals and bodies too are free to send in names.advertisementThe nominations are then placed before a Padma Awards Committee which is named every year by the prime minister of India.So if you feel someone you know deserves a Padma award, you can now nominate the person’s name to the home ministry. If you think you too deserve the award, well, you can even recommend yourself. The last date for submissions is September 15.How can you nominate?Download a proforma from the Ministry of Home Affairs website by clicking on the Award and Medals category. (Click here to download the form)Fill up the form and also write a brief narrative citation, which should not be more than two pages long, containing not more than 800 words.Then post the form to this address:Home Minister/Home Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi-110001What are the Padma awards?The civilian awards are conferred in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – in fields of art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field.The awards are announced on Republic Day every year.last_img read more

Lionel Messi hits 50th hat trick to give Barca 4-2 win at Sevilla

first_imgMississippi players kneel during anthem in response to rally ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Barcelona had drawn four of its previous five matches and its only goal in three games had been a penalty by Messi. A setback in Seville would have given Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid the chance to spark up the title race when they play on Sunday.Instead, Messi almost singlehandedly ensured Barcelona opened a 10-point gap over Atletico and a 12-point advantage over Madrid.Barcelona also rediscovered its scoring form in time for a critical week of back-to-back clashes with Madrid. The fierce rivals meet in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, before clashing again in the league next weekend.“We went through a patch when we weren’t playing our best and that makes everything more difficult. We were having trouble converting our chances,” Messi said. “When everything flows, things go well for us, as we saw today. Today we were back to playing like we know how. We played a great match.”Sevilla outplayed Barcelona through much of the first half and was twice ahead thanks to Jesus Navas and Gabriel Mercado.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sevilla went ahead twice, but Messi hit back each time before he netted a third goal with five minutes remaining.After taking his league-leading tally to 25 goals, Messi added an assist for Luis Suarez to round off the win before the whistle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was Messi’s 44th hat trick for Barcelona, to go with another six for Argentina, according to the club.“This doesn’t mean the league is ours yet. There is a long way to go, but it was very important to win here to protect the advantage we have over our rivals,” Messi said. “The game turned against us but we knew how to pull it out.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sixth-place Alaves drew 0-0 with relegation-threatened Celta Vigo, while Athletic Bilbao won 1-0 against Eibar. Raul Garcia scored a first-minute goal for Athletic, which is up to eighth.center_img But Messi responded both times with strikes that produced the same result: goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik helplessly pawing thin air as the ball sailed over his head.Messi cancelled out Navas’ 22nd-minute opener four minutes later with an exquisite volley, as the Argentine blasted Ivan Rakitic’s cross into the top corner of the net.Messi equalized a second time in the 67th after Rakitic recovered the ball, laid off for Ousmane Dembele, who found Barcelona’s all-time top scorer alone on the edge of the area and he curled the ball into the corner.Messi finally put Barcelona in charge when he nonchalantly chipped the ball over Vaclik.“Not only did Messi score three great goals, it was how he scored them,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “There was a lot at stake in this match. We weren’t playing well and then he appeared. That is Messi.”Sevilla fell into fifth place, with Getafe moving up into the Champions League spots after beating Rayo Vallecano 2-1.UMTITI RETURNSDefender Samuel Umtiti played his first match for Barcelona after being sidelined since late November with a left knee problem that has plagued him since helping France win the 2018 World Cup.Umtiti, who played the full 90 minutes, has only made nine appearances for Barcelona this campaign.OTHER RESULTS LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain. Saturday, February 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain — Just when Barcelona was at its worst, Lionel Messi gave one of his best performances of the season.Messi scored his 50th hat trick for club and country on Saturday in a 4-2 victory at Sevilla, helping Barcelona to take a big step toward retaining the Spanish league title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Steady pulse

first_imgView comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:33San Miguel will only get better02:42PH 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 Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting No other team in the field will be able to match that, and with the Beermen dropping to 6-4 after seeing a four-game winning streak come to a halt, San Miguel bowed out of the race for that quarterfinal bonus.Idle Rain or Shine, which outsteadied Meralco, 88-85 on Friday night, is at 8-3 and would await the results of the other games to know if it would play in a KO game for the second quarterfinal bonus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWright made 3-of-7 triple tries and finished with 25 points, while Perkins completed a double-double with 10 points and the same number of rebounds as the duo put Phoenix in great position toward playing in the Final Four for the first time.The Fuel Masters will play the No. 8 seed in the quarters, needing just one win to advance to the semifinals. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img And now for the hard part Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving But winning tonight would keep them well within range of playing on a level playing field in the quarterfinals, with the loser’s back to be pushed hard against the wall heading into the final elimination round games.Magnolia will be coming into the contest taking its first winning streak, and coach Chito Victolero feels that his Hotshots are progressing at just the right time heading in the homestretch.“We’re getting there,” Victolero had said after a 109-83 dismantling of Columbian Dyip last week. “We need to continue to have that playoff mentality.”As things stand, Rain or Shine already ended its elimination round schedule with an 8-3 card for at least a tie for the second twice-to-beat berth, and Ginebra needs to win this game to stay within range, with a number of teams also still within range of tying the Elasto Painters.NLEX and Blackwater square off in the 4:30 p.m. contest, with the Road Warriors seeking a second straight win and the Elite trying to fan their fading hopes of advancing.The Road Warriors are at 3-5 and need nothing less than a sweep of their last three games to assure conflict-free passage into the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Phoenix Pulse forward Jason Perkins rises for a short stab against the teeth of the San Miguel Beer defense. —PBA IMAGESPANABO—Jason Perkins and Matthew Wright hit the shots that mattered in the stretch and led Phoenix Pulse to a pulsating 96-93 victory over San Miguel Beer for top seeding—and the first twice-to-beat advantage—in the first round of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.The gunslinger Wright hit a triple with 1:16 remaining to snap the game’s last tie at 90 before Perkins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, dropped the last three points in the Petron Saturday Special Game that had the Fuel Masters closing out with a 9-2 card.ADVERTISEMENT June Mar Fajardo had 29 points and 12 rebounds in leading the Beermen, who are trying to extend a league record by winning this conference for the fifth straight year.Three more players finished in twin digits for the Beermen, with Terrence Romeo shooting 15, though he missed the potential game-tying triple at the buzzer.Meanwhile, Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra clash in what is seen by many as the most awaited game in the elimination round, but both teams definitely see it in another way.With both still out of the playoff picture, the Hotshots and the Gin Kings square off at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, looking for victories that would enhance their respective positions while at the same time claiming bragging rights.The two most popular squads in the league are running in the middle of the pack with only Ginebra still having a chance in the race for a top two berth and a twice-to-beat privileges.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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