Indirect poll for civic body heads in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Rajasthan Cabinet on Monday decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities in the State.“The Cabinet today (Monday) took a decision for indirect election of mayor and chairperson. Ward councillors will now elect them,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal told reporters after the meeting. First direct elections of mayor and chairperson were conducted in the State in 2009.“A mayor or chairperson elected by public usually ignores councillors and development works get affected. When a directly elected mayor or chairperson is from one party and the majority in the corporation or municipality is of the other party, it also stalls development,” he said. BJP blamedAccusing the BJP of creating an atmosphere of hate and violence, Mr. Dhariwal said that it was necessary to return to the old mode of indirect elections of mayors and chairpersons to counter the divisive policies of the BJP.last_img read more

‘Fan’ Valdez says team has a lot of fight to show

first_imgStay hungry, Chot urges PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Valdez, who leads the Philippines in scoring with 14 points a game, will look to swing the Philippines back into the win column after suffering a disappointing three-set loss to Kazakhstan at the end of the group stages.The Filipinos’ 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 defeat left them at second in Pool A with a 1-1 record while Korea, despite sitting out Kim for the first two group stage games, went 3-0 to top Pool C.And while Valdez played in all of the Philippines’ games, Kim played in just one as she had to rest after playing for nearly a month in the FIVB World Grand Prix.Valdez knows that the 79th-ranked Philippines will be a definitive underdog against the 10th best team in the world.“It’s going to be a tougher second round because there’s Korea, Vietnam but we’re here to fight,” said Valdez. “We’re here to learn, we’re here to win, we’re here to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlyssa Valdez has been, arguably, the face of Philippine volleyball for the past few years. But on Sunday the Phenom will be the one doing the admiring.The Filipino superstar will be facing off against the resolute leader of Korean volleyball, Kim Yeon-koung, and Valdez admits she’s a fan of the Fenerbahce hitter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’ll just continue fighting because this tournament is far from over.” “I’ve been watching her as a fan, and I’m really excited playing against Korea,” said Valdez as the team prepares for the quarterfinals of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Biñan, Laguna.Valdez believes the game against Korea will help sharpen the Philippines for the future.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 shutout“We all know that Korea is a well-known team in international volleyball and playing against such an experienced team will be a great lesson for us players.”After this tournament, the Philippines will fly to Kuala Lumpur for the Southeast Asian Games, where it hopes to gain a podium finish. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs ready to pull off surprises

first_imgView comments “J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem will be carrying the load for this season. With Issa Gaye joining us, that will be a good help also. And the bench will play a big, major role in our quest this season,” he said.But more than the manpower, what makes Jarin successful is his tried-and-tested system, something which he is hoping the Bulldogs have already bought into.“It takes a lot of time to really adapt to what you really want. But then, the only thing is I’m very fortunate personally because I inherited a group that has this good attitude — that has winning attitude, great culture. So you have to give credit to coach Eric Altamirano and his coaching staff for doing a great job,” he said.With that said, Jarin expects nothing less from this NU crew to bring in the energy for the full 40 minutes.“We’re gonna come in with a lot of energy. We’re gonna come in very competitive. We’re gonna come in all-out, and ready to surprise everybody.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: NU Bulldogs643 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 And for the seasoned mentor, there’s only one word to describe this campaign with the Bulldogs: a challenge.“I like challenges,” he said. “The goal right now, realistically, is to be very competitive. Meaning tosay, we need to get to the Final Four because that’s the main objective. It will take a lot of hard work and you know that we’re the dark horse going into the Final Four, but hopefully, with a little hard work and a lot of luck, it’s attainable.”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 shutoutJarin inherits a young NU team, which failed to make it to the semifinals for the first time in five years last season.But the bench tactician likes what he’s seeing from his lineup with J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem serving as the team’s leaders. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Coach: Jamike JarinLast Season: 5-9 (5th Place)Holdovers: J-Jay Alejandro, Matt Salem, Rev DiputadoAdditions: Issa Gaye, Jonas Tibayan, Enzo JosonKey Losses: Alfred Aroga, Med Salim, Joshua Sinclair, JV GallegoWinner in every level he’s been in, coach Jamike Jarin embarks on a new chapter in his career as he is tasked to lead National University this upcoming season.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LATEST STORIES Akhmetov knows he’s in for tough challenge vs Eustaquio MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 – NDRRMClast_img read more

Game 1 hero Go deflects credit to Ravena, Eagles

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Sterling hits late goal as Man City sets EPL record; Arsenal 4th Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ateneo has a golden chance to close the series out in Game 2 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Eagles aim for their first title since UAAP Season 75.Until then, Go has no reason to celebrate just yet. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHolding a precarious 73-70 lead against La Salle in the waning seconds of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals,  Ateneo knew it needed one last bucket to put the result beyond doubt.Luckily for the Blue Eagles, Thirdy Ravena found an open Isaac Go down low for the undergoal stab plus the foul with 10.4 seconds remaining. Go completing the three-point play and Ateneo held on for a 76-70 win.ADVERTISEMENT “Second, it was Thirdy who found me open, so I have to give credit to Thirdy. Third, at the end of the day, it was a two points for Ateneo. I don’t look at it as a two points for me, but I look at it as a whole, that Ateneo got the two points.”It was the second time in as many games that Go proved to be the hero for Ateneo. He also rescued the Blue Eagles in their Final Four do-or-die against Far Eastern University wherein he drilled the game-tying triple that forced overtime and sank a improbable putback on one knee in the extra period.For some, Go’s heroics was redemption of sorts, especially after he botched a potential go-ahead gimme in the Blue Eagles loss to the Archers in the second round.“There’s always pressure, but we can’t pressure ourselves because it’s a game,” he said. “There’s no external pressure that will force us to change the way we play. Internally, we just have to push ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsThe blue gallery was electric but somehow, the 6-foot-7 big man remained stoic as if nothing happened.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 shutout“It’s exciting, yes, but the reason that I was not able to celebrate was that first, the game was not finished yet. It was not a buzzer beater,” Go said.READ: Clutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles View commentslast_img read more

PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA chief believes Gilas can get back at Aussies Lazarus hopes the PFL will be able to commercialize the platform through advertising, sponsorships, subscription or pay-per-view opportunities for live matches.On top of the streaming service, Sportradar will provide the PFL integrity services to identify and analyze suspicious activities.“We are particularly encouraged by the PFL’s commitment to keep the league clean,” said Gautam.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police 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 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The deal was signed yesterday by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, PFL chief executive officer Lazarus Xavier, and Sportradar director of business development in Asia Biplav Gautam.Gautam will pave the way for the company to live stream matches through its website and www.pfl.tv.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The past year was a fantastic first year for the PFL, and we believe that 2018 will be the year we take the league to the next level with Sportradar,” said Araneta, also chair of the league’s board.Sportradar will help PFL create its own video and streaming platform using the company’s Over The Top solution. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines Football League (PFL) attracted its first big partner for its second season that kicks off March 3.Sportradar, a global sports data and media company, will serve as official audio-visual and data distributor as well as integrity services partner, which aims to address the threat of match-fixing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela had little to say about the status of his import Joshua Smith after the KaTropa’s 125-101 Game 3 loss in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday night.“I don’t know. No idea. I can say something here, but I really have no idea,” Racela told reporters when asked for updates on Smith.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Strizak fulfills championship demand from Pocari Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Smith played a measly nine minutes on the floor, contributing just four points and seven rebounds before complaining about pain in his right foot and leaving the arena early.He left the game with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter as team doctors tended on his supposed injury, then exited to the dugout midway in the third period and out of the venue even before the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela explained that it was a team decision to take Smith out of the court so that the medics can assesshis situation better.“It’s a decision by the team. We just want to make sure that he’s ok,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Racela also didn’t guaranteed that Smith will be able to suit up for Game 4 on Saturday.“We’ll let you know if we get something soon,” he said.Without Smith, the KaTropa failed to match the mighty Gin Kings, with Justin Brownlee taking over in the first half and igniting the rout with a 61-47 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 32, 125-93, late in the game.In Racela’s eyes, though, coach Tim Cone simply just had the better gameplan for the game.“It’s a game of adjustments. Coach Tim made wonderful adjustments for this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was glaring, however, was the discrepancy when it comes to fouls (TNT 30 – Ginebra 17) and free throw attempts (TNT 9 – Ginebra 29), which further made closing the series out hard for the KaTropa.“It’s hard to play in a game like this. You would really struggle. You saw the game, you saw the game,” said Racela, before citing Cone’s plea back in Game 3 for more fan support. “Coach Tim asked for help and he got his help today. It is what it is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 Gameslast_img read more

Zimbabwe squad

first_imgZimbabwe are not the team that they used to be earlier still captain Elton Chigumbura would be hoping his team wins a few matches in the World Cup. Chigumbura has established himself as an all-rounder in the team.They have a few familiar names though. Charles Coventry, Craig Ervine, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor and left-arm spinner Raymond Price can make the match interesting. Do watch them play good cricket.Squad: Elton Chigumbura (captain), Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Gregory Lamb, Shingirai Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Raymond Price, Edward Rainsford, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams. Non-travelling reserves: Terrence Duffin, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Njabulo Ncube, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibandalast_img read more

News and updates

first_imgDestination  Dubai’s new campaignIndian actress and TV presenter Koel Purie features in the latest edition of the promotional campaign ‘In Dubai Everyday is an Opportunity’ launched end of March. The advertisement showcases the Dubai International Film Festival. Koel Purie plays herself as a presenter on the red carpet and manages to interview the latest Indian movie star who returns from filming in the desert just in time for the festival. The advertisement will be online until the end of June.New services at Tourist Info ViennaLast-minute tickets for 11 venues in the city are now available from the tourist information office on Albertinaplatz in the first district. The Last Minute Ticket Corner, open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. offers 25-50 percent discounts on tickets for performances later that day. A new tactile map of the first district and map of the city is also available at the Tourist Info Vienna. Printed materials are now available in a choice of 13 languages.Hot deal: Get 60 percent off on 3 nights/4 day holiday in thailand (1 night at four points by sheraton bangkok & 2 nights in siam bayview pattaya). Pay Rs. 16,070 per couple instead of Rs. 40,176). www.vamoose.inIndia’s first in-cab entertainment serviceThe EasyCabs in-cab entertainment service in Mumbai has four categories: Entertainment, Around the World, Fashion and Lifestyle, and Sports and Tech. Content partners include Fox History and Entertainment, NewsX, Times Internet, India Today, TechCrunch TV, Who What Wear and Bollywood Masala. The service, currently available in 40 cars, will soon be expanded to all 500 in Mumbai before being taken to New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.New bike-sharing scheme for Miami Beach The DecoBike scheme allows you to insert your credit card and choose a bike, returning it to one of the 100 solar-powered stations dotted around the city. You don’t need to pay another dollar above the membership fee if you return the bike within 30 minutes. A monthly pass costs US$ 15, a one-day access costs US$ 14 and three days will set you back by US$ 30. More details on www.decobike.comWatergate exhibition at Nixon MuseumThe Watergate Gallery, the new permanent exhibition at the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, California, chronicles the events of one of the country’s biggest scandals. Admission free. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.nixonlibrary.govKorea’s first visa application centre in IndiaVFS Global will manage Korea’s visa application centre at the International Trade Tower in Nehru Place, New Delhi. Timings: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Tel: (011) 4109 2834; e-mail: info.korea.in@vfshelpline.comSiyahi’s second literary festival in BhutanThe second edition of Mountain Echoes, a literary festival organised by Siyahi, will be held in Thimphu from May 20-23. The various workshops and talks will cover a range of topics such as oral traditions, fiction, poetry and popular fiction. The list of speakers at this year’s festival includes Gulzar, Imtiaz Ali, David Davidar, Namita Gokhale, Chandrahas Choudhary, Aman Nath, Valmik Thapar, Namita Bhandare and Pushpesh Pant. For special offers on travel, visit www.mountainechoes.orgGoa witnesses spurt in tourist arrivals from Eastern EuropeFor the last several years Goa has seen the highest number of tourist arrivals from UK. This year tells a different story. Goa has recorded a marked rise in tourist from Eastern Europe including countries like Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Official charter statistics recorded by the tourism department shows a total of 781 charter flights carrying 1,56,541 travellers from 11 international destinations have landed into Goa since the start of the tourist season in October. Of these, 392 flights came from Russia itself as compared to 216 from the UK.Hot deal: Yatra.com’s 7 nights/8 days discover ladakh package starts at Rs. 24,999 per person (twin share). Includes airport transfers, daily breakfast & dinner, and sightseeing. www.yatra.comTV show on France’s wine regionsBBC Entertainment’s new show–Oz & James Big Wine Adventure–features wine expert Oz Clarke Top Gear’s James May. The series captures their travel together for over six weeks, in James’s specially chosen Jaguar XJS, through Bordeaux before heading south through the Languedoc-Roussillon and on to Provence. Premieres May 8; Fridays 8 p.m.Stolen King Tut statue returns to Cairo MuseumA gilded statue of Tutankhamun that was stolen from the Egyptian Museum in January has been returned, along with three other objects. A government news release said that the figure had been slightly damaged, with a part of its crown and pieces of the legs missing, and also that the whole statue would be restored. It was among several dozen objects looted from the museum on January 28, in the midst of the protests in Tahrir Square.New Roman museumLovers of Baroque art and architecture can add one more stop to their Rome travel itinerary: the recently inaugurated Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide. The new museum has opened in part of the 17th-century Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Visitors to the museum will have access to halls and chapels in the Palazzo.Titanic memorial cruiseDriven by high demand, organisers of the Titanic Memorial Cruise confirmed that a second historic cruise will set sail to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. The 8-night charter voyage–now open for booking–will depart on April 10, 2012. Prices start at 2,911 per person. Visit www.titanicmemorial cruise.com for details.  Aviation  Lufthansa to fly A380 to MiamiThe German carrier will operate its daily Frankfurt-Miami route with an A380 aircraft from June 10, replacing the B747 currently serving the US city. Miami will be the sixth Lufthansa destination to be served by the superjumbo, and the third US city after New York and San Francisco. From April 10, Lufthansa will also increase the number of A380 flights between Frankfurt and Beijing from three-times weekly to daily.Hot deal: Kenilworth beach resort & spa goa offers 3 nights/ 4 days from Rs. 24,000. with meals, beverages & sightseeing. valid till may 31. Tel: (0832) 669 8888Air France’s premium economy service now in DelhiThe Premium Voyageur, located between business and economy cabins, is now available on all Air France flights departing from Delhi. The cabin offers 40 percent additional space compared with Economy Class, with an average of 21 Premium Voyageur seats available over a surface area which used to occupy 40 Economy seats. The cabin has reclining shell seats. The baggage allowance is more than in Economy and there are priority check-in desks and baggage delivery at the airport for Premium Voyageur flyers.Delhi-Manila flights from Philippines AirlinesPhilippine Airlines is now operating six flights a week from New Delhi to Manila. Flight PR759 departs Delhi on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. and reaches Manila at 12 noon (local time), while one-stop flight PR753 via Bangkok leaves New Delhi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.45 a.m and reaches Bangkok at 8.25 a.m. and Manila at 1.50 p.m. the same day.Singapore Airlines flies to Brazil The Southeast Asian carrier’s new service connects Singapore to Sao Paulo via Barcelona. The Brazilian city is Singapore Airlines’ first destination in South America, which has become the sixth continent in its route network. It will operate three flights a week on this route.Qantas starts paid seat selectionInternational economy passengers flying with Qantas can now choose their seats in advance online, for a fee of A$ 20 (Rs. 920 approx) per flight. The Australian carrier is not levying the fee for business or premium economy passengers. It will not charge the fee for domestic flights, nor for higher tier members of its own loyalty scheme.Mobile check-in on United’s int’l routesThose flying outside the US with United can now check-in online through web-enabled mobile device 24-hours prior to departure. Mobile boarding passes will initially be available for flights departing from London, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow and Osaka, with plans to extend the service in the coming months to Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  Trade  Europe’s first Hyatt Place hotel to open in 2013 The first Hyatt Place property in Europe will be a 330-room hotel located close to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The brand is currently only available in the US, where there over 160 properties, although there are 30 Hyatt Place hotels currently under development in the US, India, Panama and Costa Rica. Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport will be located close to the A4/A5 motorway, which connects The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and around 12 km from Amsterdam’s RAI exhibition and congress centre.Yatra.com starts cash-on-delivery serviceYatra’s new Cash on Delivery (COD) service enables you to pay cash against travel bookings. The COD payment option is available for international air, domestic and international holiday bookings. A Yatra.com representative will visit you to collect the cash, following which e-tickets/package vouchers will be sent. This service is currently available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai.Hot deal: Get 6 nights/ 7 days in turkey for Rs. 93,899 onwards (twin share). includes return airfare, accommodation, visa, breakfast & some meals, sightseeing & airport taxes. valid till october 31. www.makemytrip.comiPad version of Vienna Hotels magazineYou can now read the magazine of the Vienna International Hotels & Resorts, a group with 34 hotels across Europe, as a free app for the iPad. The current spring issue can be downloaded for free from the iPad App Store. The version has slideshows and videos. An innovative language option allows you to switch between the German and English editions: if you hold the iPad in portrait orientation, the text is in German; turning it to landscape position switches to English. Downloads are available at the iPad App Store and at www.vi-magazin.comLeela chairman felicitated The second edition of The Maharashtra Economic Summit conferred Capt. C.P. Krishnan Nair, chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, with the Y.B. Chavan Memorial Awards for Excellence in Hospitality, in Mumbai last month. The award is in recognition of Capt. Nair’s business practices, leadership qualities and for raising the bar of the hospitality industry with his achievements.Eurostar unveils new logoThe European rail operator has unveiled a brand new logo as it gears up for the launch of new trains this year. Eurostar will also refurbish its current fleet next year, and has introduced new menus for Business Premier class. It will also launch mobile apps for iPhone and Android users, and you will soon be able to book taxis while on board a Eurostar service.W Hotels to debut in IndiaStarwood’s first W hotel in India will be at the forthcoming Namaste Tower in Mumbai’s Lower Parel. W Mumbai is scheduled to open in 2015. Other Starwood hotels set to open this year in India include Le Mzridien Coimbatore, and the Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, next to the World Trade Centre.  Business  New Lufthansa First ClassThe German carrier will revamp its existing fleet of B747-400s by November. Although there will be no significant changes to business and economy classes, the revamped first class window seats will be converted into full-length, lie-flat beds over two metres in length. The cabin will also have sound-absorbing curtains and sound-deadening insulation beneath the carpet. The revamp means the number of seats on the B747-400’s upper deck will be reduced from 16 to eight. Seating will be configured 1-1 with the bed positioned alongside the window.Rolls-Royce Phantom at Mandarin Oriental Dhara DheviThe Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, is now offering the use of a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom. The THB 48 million (roughly US$ 1.6 million) Rolls-Royce Phantom is available for airport pick up at THB 4,500 (Rs. 7,000 approx) one way and THB 8,000 (Rs. 12,000 approx) round trip. It can also be rented chauffeur-driven on an hourly basis for THB 12,000 (Rs. 18,000 approx) per hour or for the whole day (10 hours) for THB 80,000 (Rs. 1.2 lakh); www.mandarinoriental.comHot deal: Get 3 nights/ 4 days in kenya for Rs. 64,500 onwards. includes return airfare, accommodation, meals, park entrance fees, game drives, and services of a guide. valid till june 30. http://india.arzoo.comAccor launches smartphone applicationAccor’s new application for BlackBerry and Samsung Bada smartphones provides access to 3,000-plus hotels through its website (www.accorhotels.com). You can search according to predefined criteria, such as location and date and refine your search. Member of the AClub loyalty programme can enter card number and earn points with every booking made from a smartphone.Airside bedrooms at HeathrowUK’s independent air lounge operator No.1 Traveller is to open its latest airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 this August, complete with bedrooms with ensuite showers. The lounge will be the first paid-for facility to offer airside accommodation at Heathrow. You pay a minimum of 25 for stays of up to three hours lounge access. Stays cannot exceed six hours and Priority Pass, Airport Angel, Diners Club, TTT MoneyCorp and WEXAS loyalty members can enter for free.iPad app from Priority PassThe worldwide airport lounge programme has launched an iPad application and enhanced its iPhone application. Both apps contain a ‘Find Nearest Lounge’ tool with GPS, and those who like to plan ahead can use a fast off-line search for lounges at any airport.Cathay reopens The Wing lounge at HKThe airline’s renovated premium signature lounge has 26 workstations with printers. It also offers a more extensive buffet. The Wing is open to First and Business class passengers as well as to its loyalty programme members.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

BJP launches agitation against govt action on Ramdev

first_imgBJP on Sunday launched a nationwide 24-hour-long agitation against police crackdown on Ramdev supporters and corruption even as it asked the government to bring back black money parked abroad.Several BJP leaders led by party president Nitin Gadkari and Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani reached Rajghat amid a massive police bandobast to launch the ‘satyagraha’.The decision to hold the agitation was taken at a meeting of the BJP’s national office-bearers here.”The agitation is against the atrocities committed against Ramdev and his supporters and against corruption. We had been raising the issue of bringing back black money. Now we want an affirmative action,” BJP leader Ananth Kumar told reporters.He dubbed the crackdown as an effort of the government to hide its “misdeeds” on corruption.At Rajghat, several party leaders launched an attack on the UPA government, accusing it of violating democratic norms in breaking the yoga guru’s fast.They equated last night’s police action with Jallianwala Bagh incident in which several unarmed people were killed in firing.Terming the police action on “peaceful and unarmed” people at Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike venue as a “shameful” chapter in India’s democracy, BJP earlier today accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of ordering the crackdown.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

CAG picks holes in awarding of Games contracts

first_imgThe CAG report on the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which is yet to be tabled in Parliament, indicts the Delhi government for irregularities in the development of infrastructure ahead of the sporting extravaganza. The state had worked on at least 25 roads and bridge-related projects, of which 17 were completed before the Games.The government auditor has focused on seven projects for a detailed review. Of these Rs 2,239-crore projects, six were implemented by the PWD, which is under the Delhi government, and one by the DDA, which is headed by L-G Tejinder Khanna. The CAG points out the bloated contractor’s profit and overhead (CPOH) charges of 37.5 per cent for the projects instead of the CPWD-stipulated 15 per cent.The hiked CPOH led to a higher baseline cost for bidders and indirect loss to the exchequer. In a clear indication that tenders and bids were botched to favour particular contractors, the CAG found that the PWD accepted tender documents which had an extensive use of correction fluids, cuttings and corrections.The report says the PWD not just accepted overwritten, corrected bids but also in at least three instances, the department – which is led by Sheila Dikshit’s close aide Raj Kumar Chauhan – admitted bids on random papers instead of government-approved formats. The Barapullah Nallah flyover project was singled out by the auditors for discrepancies.Bids accepted from the DSC Limited were filed on separate letters instead of formal bidding documents, the report said. The flyover contract was awarded to DSC for packages worth Rs 218.79 crore and Rs 214.92 crore. In another instance, the firm was awarded work for being the lowest bidder for the UP Link Road project. In this case too, the tender was submitted through separate letters instead of the prescribed format.advertisementIt couldn’t be ascertained if these papers had been placed in the file later. The bid for the Ring Road bypass project was also manipulated, as is evident from the corrections in the bid. The exchequer lost Rs 6.23 crore in the process. Causing a loss of another Rs 35 lakh, underweight reinforced steel bars were used on the Ring Road bypass. The government lost an extra Rs 1.1 crore due to post-tender changes in construction of the grade separator at the ISBT Anand Vihar crossing.The auditor also faulted the government with accepting the suspension model for the foot overbridge near the JLN Stadium that collapsed days before the Games. The report pointed out that though the PWD had no experience in such a construction, it went ahead with the design, Even the consultancy offered by the contracted firms and lackadaisical supervision is said to have led to losses.The wrong assessments made by the Delhi government departments are said to have caused losses of at least Rs 3.55 crore.last_img read more

DeMar DeRozan’s triple-double lift Spurs past Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) jockey for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs’ suffocating defense, scoring runs and fans’ unrelenting contempt for the opposing team’s star player have often overwhelmed the opposition.Kawhi Leonard has seen it many times in San Antonio, but the Toronto star never experienced it from the opposing bench until Thursday night. It was worse than he expected.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Spurs gave reason for the fans to constantly cheer, leading by as many as 28 points against a Raptors team that has been atop the Eastern Conference for much of the season.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points for San Antonio, Bryn Forbes added 20, Derrick White 19 and Rudy Gay 13.“Yeah it was a different kind of game, it was more of a playoff atmosphere, but that’s what we live for,” Gay said. “It’s the NBA, you’re going to have times like this, those are times you have to step up.”The night belonged to DeRozan, though, as he became the first San Antonio player with a triple-double at home since Tim Duncan in 2003.“I told him it was about time,” Popovich said.DeRozan shot 7 for 15 from the field, collecting 13 defensive rebounds and finishing with just three turnovers in 33 minutes.DeRozan’s 10th assist came on an entry to Aldridge that the Spurs center punctuated with a celebration in honor of his teammate’s career milestone.“He was in high gear tonight,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He was in his fast, athletic gear tonight and when he’s in that gear, he’s tough to handle, as we all know.”After leading by as many as 26 points in the first half, San Antonio opened the second half on a 12-0 run to take a 79-51 lead.The crowd erupted during a sequence of plays when Leonard had the ball tipped away, which led to a slam dunk by White. That possession was followed by Leonard being unable to corral an alley-oop pass, which led to DeRozan tossing in a runner and being fouled by Serge Ibaka. DeRozan made the free throw amid chants of “MVP! MVP!” — something Leonard heard during his time in San Antonio. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READcenter_img The reception didn’t surprise Leonard.“No,” Leonard said. “Media does a great mind to stir people’s minds and to influence them to think a certain way. So, I already knew how that was going to be the way the media was.”Fans were angry that Leonard forced his way out of San Antonio this offseason in a trade that yielded DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from Toronto for him and Danny Green.Leonard was booed heavily from the moment he walked onto the court for warmup. The boos continued during a pregame video tribute and player introductions, whenever he touched the ball and as he walked off the court following the lopsided loss.“I felt badly about it,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Kawhi’s a high-character guy. We all make decisions in our lives about what we’re going to do with our futures and he has that same right as any of us. So, I felt badly, honestly.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo top early NBA All-Star vote totals Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We didn’t do a good job in transition, defense,” Leonard said. “We didn’t play well at all defensively. Spurs did a great job pushing the pace and kicking out for wide-open shots.”As the game ended, Popovich and Leonard embraced in a long hug and the Spurs coach led his former star to San Antonio’s bench to greet assistant coach Ettore Messina.TIP-INSRaptors: The Spurs played a tribute video for Leonard and Green prior to the game that ended with “Thank you Danny and Kawhi.” Green ran over to and hugged Popovich prior to tipoff. Green finished with no points on 0-for-7 shooting. … Lowry missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain.Spurs: DeRozan is the first Spurs player to have at least 15 points 10 rebounds and five assists in a half since Tim Duncan in 2007. DeRozan also recorded his first double-double in a half. … Gay played 23 minutes to Popovich’s surprise, who thought the 13-year veteran would miss the game with a sprained left wrist.UP NEXTRaptors: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Spurs: Host Memphis on Saturday night. DeMar DeRozan 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for first career triple-double and San Antonio welcomed back Leonard with thunderous jeers in the Spurs’ 125-107 victory over the Raptors.“You’ve got to thrive in moments like that,” DeRozan said. “You’ve got to love to play in that type of atmosphere, whether it’s at home or on the road. It kind of fuels you, kind of gets you going. That’s what made it so fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIt wasn’t much fun for Leonard and the Raptors, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped in inglorious fashion.Leonard scored 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, but the anger the Spurs’ fans showered on him seemed to impact the MVP candidate. Leonard had to take a step back at the free throw line and compose himself amid chants of “Traitor! Traitor!” and “Quitter! Quitter!” from the capacity crowd that adored him during his seven seasons in San Antonio. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Neymar to miss Manchester United tie after being ruled out for 10 weeks

first_img(FILES) This file photo taken on January 15, 2019 shows Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar adjusting his shoe during the team’s winter training camp at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. – Paris Saint-Germain’s coach said on January 28, 2019 it would be “super difficult” for Neymar to be ready in time for the Champions League last-16, first leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford on February 12. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)Neymar will miss both legs of Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United after the French club confirmed on Tuesday that the world’s most expensive player would be out for 10 weeks with a metatarsal injury.However, Neymar will not undergo an operation, with PSG saying the Brazilian had instead agreed on “a conservative treatment” that could see him return in time for the Champions League quarter-finals in April should they qualify.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Paris Saint-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar Jr. to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown,” the club added.While Neymar will now sit out a crucial period in PSG’s season, there has also been concern back in Brazil, which will host the Copa America in June and July.An operation would have put Neymar’s participation in that tournament at risk, as well as effectively ending his club season.Brazil coach Tite and national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar have been in Paris this week to visit Neymar, who suffered a fracture to the same right foot at the end of February last year.He underwent an operation, performed by Lasmar, and returned just in time for the World Cup in Russia last June.ADVERTISEMENT “After detailed analysis by specialists, a consensus was reached of a conservative treatment of Neymar’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal,” the French champions said.“Informed of this recommendation, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian international striker agreed with this protocol. As a result, Neymar is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks.”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 starsNeymar suffered the injury in PSG’s French Cup win against Strasbourg last week, and his coach Thomas Tuchel had already all but ruled the 222-million-euro forward out of the first leg against United at Old Trafford on February 12.The second leg of that tie is scheduled for March 6, and the timeline announced by the club means he could just make it back in time for a quarter-final first leg, due to be played on April 9 and 10. The second legs are set for the following week. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Aaron Black says goodbye to Ateneo as he skips final UAAP year US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

No ownership issues in Kings XI Punjab, says COO

first_imgPreity Zinta and Ness WadiaKings XI Punjab are set to be back in action on the cricket field in the upcoming Champions League T20, the first time after their star owners Priety Zinta and Ness Wadia battled out an ugly police case which remains in the news three months after the incident.Bollywood star Zinta had filed a police complaint alleging molestation by her former lover and co-owner of the team Ness Wadia during the IPL qualifier match played on May 30 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Ironically, the incident had come to light at a time when the franchisee had, for the first time in IPL history, found their feet and qualified for the finals where they finished second after Kolkata Knight Riders.Kings XI Punjab COO Fraser Castellino when asked about the effect the warring owners would have on the team and its ownership pattern said it would remain a personal issue between two individuals. “I am not aware of any ownership issues within the team. If you are referring to issues between two individuals, that will in no way affect our cricket or our business. We will continue to strive to win matches on the cricket field.”Kings XI who have qualified for the Champions league for the first time would start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes on September 18. Fraser confirmed that they would be retaining their support staff for the series even as two of their coaches are now serving the Indian team in England. “I can confirm that Sanjay Bangar will be back in action as our coach, and so will fielding coach R Sridhar. I have been speaking with Sanjay regularly and he would be joining our camp on the 12th,” he said.advertisementInterestingly Australian Joe Dawes, whose innings as Indian team bowling coach may have ended after the test series loss to England, would continue to serve as the bowling coach of Kings XI. While Dawes was asked to step back from duties for the one-day series, Bangar and Sridhar got their first opportunity with the national team in England over their IPL showing.BCCI would be deciding on the make up of the support staff for the West Indies series after the ODI series concludes in England.last_img read more

James, Caldwell-Pope star as Lakers snap Hornets’ winning run

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, yells after dunking as Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers wanted to move the ball on offense and contain Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker on defense.They succeeded on both goals, completing an emphatic sweep of the two-game season series.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James had 27 points and nine assists, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and the Lakers ended the Hornets’ four-game winning streak with a 129-115 victory on Friday night.Rajon Rondo had 17 of the Lakers’ 34 assists, and Kyle Kuzma added 20 points as the Lakers won their third straight at home.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, logistics“The ball movement has been great. We’ve been spacing the floor, getting it to the open guy,” Caldwell-Pope said. “It’s been good for us, and the way we’ve been playing on both ends of the ball has been amazing.”Walker scored 24 points and had six assists for the Hornets, who trail Miami for the final playoff spot from the Eastern Conference by two games with seven games remaining. Caldwell-Pope did most of his damage from 3-point range, where he was 6 of 10, and the rest of the Lakers dominated from inside the arc by making 62 percent of their shots there (33 for 53).While many of their best offensive performances have come when playing fast and getting out in transition, Los Angeles only had 16 fast-break points, which reflected Charlotte coach James Borrego’s assessment of a poor defensive effort.“They didn’t feel us all night on the other end,” Borrego said. “They got the shots they wanted. Guys we were trying to run off the line, they got shots, so you got to give the Lakers credit. We’ve got to come to compete a little bit more at that end of the floor.”Caldwell-Pope had 17 points in the first half and made 4 of 6 3-point attempts, helping the Lakers take a 69-59 lead at the break.The Hornets didn’t fare much better to start the second half, with the Lakers opening the third quarter on a 14-4 run and pushing out the lead to as many as 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess 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 TIP-INSHornets: The Hornets had six players score in double figures. Bridges had 17, Frank Kaminsky III and Marvin Williams each added 13, and Devonte Graham scored 11. … Charlotte was 16 of 17 at the free throw line, with the only miss from Bismack Biyombo.Lakers: Rondo had five steals to go with his season high in assists, becoming the first Laker with at least 17 assists and five steals since Magic Johnson on Dec. 15, 1989, at Boston. . Lance Stephenson got his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.UP NEXTHornets: Visit Golden State on Sunday.Lakers: Visit New Orleans on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “It basically comes down to us just not being all the way locked in,” said Hornets guard Dwayne Bacon, who had 21 points.Los Angeles was just as effective in limiting Walker, who was 1 for 7 from 3. It didn’t help the Hornets’ cause that Jeremy Lamb was 1 for 11 for seven points in 20 minutes after spraining his right ankle against San Antonio on Tuesday.“We just wanted to contain (Walker), get the ball out of his hands as much as possible, make other guys make plays,” Caldwell-Pope said.EMBRACING THE ROLELakers coach Luke Walton downplayed the idea that his team had taken to playing spoiler after being eliminated from playoff contention for the sixth consecutive season, but Caldwell-Pope liked dealing a blow to someone else’s aspirations.“Why not? We wanted to be in the playoffs as bad as the other team, but, unfortunately, we’re not there,” Caldwell-Pope said. “So why not wreck some other teams?”The Lakers could still have a say in postseason seeding and matchups as their final five games are against Western Conference teams currently holding playoff spots.SHAKE IT OFFThe Hornets got off to a good start with a 12-0 run in the first quarter, but rookie forward Miles Bridges said they “kind of backed up a little bit” after taking an early eight-point lead.“We have to keep the pedal to the metal,” Bridges said. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles UAAP men’s volleyball: NU survives Ateneo for 9th straight win, Adamson fends off UP View commentslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo’s 2nd half explosion leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 lead

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew After scoring 10 points and playing only 14 minutes in the first half, Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee’s first seven points in the third quarter.“It is about will,” Antetokounmpo said. “I knew they were going to put guys in the paint, crowd me. I just tried to have patience.”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, logisticsAs the Bucks took the court after halftime, Eric Bledsoe had some words of advice for the team’s leader.“Eric told me, ‘Be aggressive, it is going to come.’ That is what I tried to do,” Antetokounmpo said. 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 “For the most part, we came out and competed and we definitely made them feel us,” Jackson said.Game 3 is Saturday night in Detroit.Detroit clawed within seven in the fourth before the Bucks put it away, capped by a hard drive by Antetokounmpo on a break. He banked in an awkward reverse-angle shot while crashing to the floor after being fouled by Drummond. He completed the three-point play to make it 105-87.After falling behind early, Detroit battled back in the second quarter, finally taking a 57-56 lead on Jackson’s jumper with 28 seconds left. Bledsoe briefly put the Bucks back in front, but Jackson closed the half with a layup to give Detroit a 59-58 lead.“I thought we set the tone in the second quarter,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “Our challenge has been extending hard play, not getting bored with fundamentals, not getting bored kicking the ball out, doing those things offensively.”TIP-INSPistons: Griffin took part in light drills at the morning’s shootaround while wearing a heavy brace on his leg. … Thon Maker, acquired from Milwaukee near the trading deadline, started in Griffin’s place for the second straight game. … Detroit committed two turnovers in the first half.Bucks: G Tony Snell, who continues to deal with a left ankle sprain, was inactive. Snell has been sidelined since rolling his ankle March 24 against Cleveland. Sterling Brown started at shooting guard in place of Snell. … Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) and Malcolm Brogdon (right foot plantar fascia) also remained out. … F Nikola Mirotic, who played 15 minutes and scored four points Sunday, had two points in 11 minutes in Game 2. Mirotic missed the last 11 games of the regular season after fracturing his left thumb March 19.LONG DISTANCEAntetokounmpo made a 3-pointer as part of his personal 7-0 run to start the third quarter. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bucks outscored Detroit 35-17 in the period to take a 93-76 lead into the fourth.“I don’t think he felt great about how he played in the first half,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said about Antetokounmpo. “When he feels that way, he’s going to do something to change it.”Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points, and Khris Middleton had 24. Milwaukee is trying to win a series for the first time since 2001.“We knew they was going to come out with fight,” Bledsoe said. “We just had to match their intensity.”Luke Kennard had 19 points for Detroit. Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond each added 18, and Drummond had 16 rebounds. Detroit star Blake Griffin sat out again with a left knee injury, but received a technical for the second straight game for arguing from the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo gives high-fives to his teammates during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half.Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee’s big third quarter and the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics rally past Pacers to pull ahead 2-0 in first round series “I have been working on it a lot,” he said. “It is a part of my game now. That one went in and we were able to make a run. I know they are going to give me those shots the whole game. I’ve just got to be able to be mentally prepared and get to my rhythm and take those shots.”Detroit’s plan was to keep Antetokounmpo out of the paint and force him to shoot from deep. “That’s the shot right now in his career, you want him to shoot those threes. But the day is going to come when Antetokounmpo is going to make that shot consistently and we are all going to be in trouble.”KENNARD GETS STARTAfter Luke Kennard scored 21 points off the bench in Game 1, Casey inserted into the starting lineup.“Starting or coming off the bench, either way is fine with me,” Kennard said. “We wanted to create a little bit more space on offense. I thought we did that and got some good looks.”PACKERS SHOW SUPPORTGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and girlfriend Danica Patrick attended the game. Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari, sporting a Bucks cap, guzzled can of Spotted Cow beer while being shown on the scoreboard.BREWERS CHEERING SECTIONSeveral members of the Milwaukee Brewers also cheered on the Bucks, including reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich, pitchers Jhoulys Chacín and Jeremy Jeffress, manager Craig Counsell and president of baseball operations and general manager David Stearns. 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James Harden played Game 2 with blurred vision and stinging eyes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The reigning MVP hopes he will feel better with a few days off before the Rockets’ Western Conference semifinal series against Golden State resumes Saturday in Houston with his team trailing 2-0 following a 115-109 loss Tuesday night in Game 2.Harden scored 29 points on 9-for-19 shooting to go with seven rebounds, four assists and six turnovers. Eye drops he received only helped so much to relieve the discomfort.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, logisticsHe injured his eyes with 6:39 left in the first quarter, grabbing at his face after he and Green fought for a loose rebound and Green’s left hand got Harden in the face.“I can barely see. Just tried to go out there and do what I can to help my teammates,” Harden said. “It’s pretty blurry right now. Hopefully it gets better day by day.” View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Houston Rockets’ James Harden wipes his injured eye with a towel during the first half of Game 2 of the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California— James Harden’s eyes were still red and stinging well after the final buzzer.He could barely see on the court let alone read the box score after the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Kevin Durant on James Harden: He’s ‘clever’ but not cheater When Harden went to the locker room with 6:27 remaining and a towel over his left eye for a cut, Green patted him on the back and checked to make sure he was OK. Harden returned at the 7:09 mark of the second.“We were fighting for a rebound. I made a mistake and hit him in his eye,” Green said. “It’s not about hurting anybody out here. So many times people forget, when a guy has an injury, you live with that every day, every second of every day. It’s not just about this game. If his eye is messed up, he’s got to live that every day. Just want to check on the guy. At the end of the day it’s bigger than basketball when it comes to injuries.”Harden scored seven straight Houston points during one stretch midway through the fourth, including a 3 at 7:25 that got the Rockets within 92-89. Stephen Curry then connected for a key 3 at the 6:31 mark.As good as he still was, Harden didn’t seem completely comfortable.“He fought through some stuff. The guy looked like he was not in great shape the first half, I think it might have cleared up a little bit,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But he got raked pretty good in the eyes. But that’s him. I didn’t have a doubt he was coming back unless it was something catastrophic. I’m sure he would have loved to have played better. Under the circumstances, I thought he played great.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 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 Krausslast_img read more

Boxing chief ‘optimistic’ over ending Tokyo Olympics threat

first_imgIf the AIBA’s Olympic suspension is maintained the IOC has said it will step in to ensure the sport appears in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ricci Rivero leads Gilas team for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 12, 2019 International Boxing Federation AIBA interim president, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane poses during an interview with AFP in Lausanne. – (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)Amateur boxing’s governing body the AIBA emerged from talks with the IOC on Monday “optimistic” of retaining the right to organize the event at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The International Olympic Committee has frozen boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games as it seeks proof that the AIBA has cleaned up its act after concern over its governance and finances.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting AIBA interim president Mohamed Moustahsane said: “We had a very productive meeting with the IOC inquiry committee today.”He said he was confident the inquiry would produce a positive report with the IOC which is due to meet to decide on its verdict on Wednesday.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, logisticsMoustahsane, in a statement, added: “We remain optimistic about the future of Olympic boxing and AIBA’s ability to safeguard this great sport.”The Moroccan doctor was joined by AIBA’s American chief executive Tom Virgets in an eight-strong delegation at the hearing with the three-member IOC inquiry led by Nenad Lalovic, the president of wrestling’s ruling body. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

Megan Rapinoe kicks FIFA, says women’s soccer not treated equally

first_imgA champion at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 World Cup, the Seattle Reign midfielder has been the most outspoken American player.FIFA doubled prize money for the women to $30 million this year from the amount four years ago and the amount for the winning team to $4 million. That remains a fraction of the money at last year’s men’s World Cup, where France received $38 million from a $400 million pool. FIFA has raised the men’s pool to $440 million for 2022.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, logistics“I would like to see a major paradigm shift and sort of a major overhaul,” Rapinoe said. “There’s been such a lack of investment for all of these years and such a lack of care and attention that doubling or tripling or quadrupling investment, care, attention to the women’s game I think would be appropriate.”FIFA pointed to the increase in resources devoted to women since Gianni Infantino became FIFA’s president in 2016, including the hiring of Fatma Samoura as secretary general, the first woman to hold the post; the addition of Sarai Bareman as FIFA’s first chief women’s football officer and the establishment of a FIFA’s women’s division; and using video assistant referees at the Women’s World Cup following the introduction of VAR at last year’s men’s World Cup. FIFA said its staff at the World Cup will include 214 women and 218 men. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Breanna Stewart to be WNBA ambassador this season DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Players on the U.S. team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March, charging institutionalized gender discrimination. The USSF countered that pay and benefits for members of the men’s and women’s teams, bargained by separate unions, can’t be compared and said there was no basis for allegations of illegal conduct.“It’s not this divide. It’s very much a cohesive unit,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “It doesn’t enter the locker room. It doesn’t enter the meeting space. We’re working together and making this work and, yeah, I understand. I’m a woman. I have a young daughter. I understand a lot of the bigger social issues out there in terms of that. But I also know right now the job is to get the team focused and they are focused.”Preparing for her third World Cup, Rapinoe is among three American co-captains, joined by two-time FIFA player of the year Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. With short, spikey dyed blond hair, Rapinoe is the most recognizable U.S. women’s player.Before the 2012 Olympics, she came out as gay. She knelt during the national anthem three years ago in support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and this year became the first openly gay woman to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue .Rapinoe is not surprised at attacks on LGBTQ rights and abortion rights.“Equality for all requires people who have more of it right now to give up some which I think, obviously, is a good thing for everyone,” she said. “But some people don’t want to give that up, so they’re doing everything they can to keep all of it to themselves. I don’t think it’s surprising. I think those people are probably going to do everything they can to keep all the power that they have for as long as they possibly can.”She maintains inequality for women in sports goes beyond soccer.“I think it’s pretty clear women in sport have not been treated with the same care and financing and all of that that men’s sports has,” she said. “So I don’t think anyone’s really arguing about that anymore.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue In addition to the boost in prize money, FIFA added $11.5 million for teams’ preparations for the Women’s World Cup and $8.5 million for club benefits, raising spending to $50 million. FIFA spent $48 million for teams’ preparations at last year’s men’s World Cup and $209 million for club benefits , so by that metric the disparity is $657 million to $50 million.Rapinoe also criticized FIFA for allowing three major finals to take place on the same day, splitting focus that could otherwise be solely on the women. The women’s final in Lyon, France, will kick off at 11 a.m. EDT and be followed by the Copa America championship match in Rio de Janeiro at 4 p.m. EDT and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago at 9 p.m. EDT.“It’s ridiculous and disappointing, to be honest,” Rapinoe said.FIFA said playing the three finals on the same day would boost attention for all.“The scheduling of the different events has gone through a comprehensive consultancy process, which has involved all key stakeholders and taken into account different aspects of the women’s and men’s international match calendars,” it said in a statement. “It is a rare and exciting occurrence.”ADVERTISEMENT Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women’s national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — U.S. star Megan Rapinoe gave FIFA some kicks two weeks ahead of the World Cup, maintaining the sport’s top executives are not doing enough to close a huge gender disparity in investment.“They have essentially unlimited resources. I don’t think that it’s really been a huge change at all,” the 33-year-old Californian said Friday, two days ahead of the Americans’ send-off match against Mexico. “Sort of the incremental change that we’ve seen is just not enough.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIESlast_img read more