Perkins tows Cignal HD to Game 1 blowout in D-League Finals

first_imgRich Guinitaran also had 10 markers in the losing effort.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 78 – Villarias 17, Perkins 16, Bringas 13, Sumalinog 11, Batino 8, Uyloan 6, Sara 4, Raymundo 3, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Arong 0, Belencion 0, Cahilig 0.CEU 56 – Ebondo 27, Guinitaran 10, Aquino 6, Manlangit 4, Jeruta 3, Arim 2, Saber 2, Uri 2, Casiño 0, Cruz 0, Fuentes 0, Intic 0, Wamar 0.Quarters: 24-11, 39-25, 59-43, 78-56. LATEST STORIES The blowout put the Hawkeyes a win away from completing a back-to-back title romp after winning the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup last conference, a feat which only NLEX and Phoenix have been able to accomplish.Game 2 is on Thursday at 5 p.m., still at Ynares Sports Arena.But Fernandez is keeping his players’ feet on the ground as he expects a tough fightback in the possible clincher.“Again, it’s not yet over until it’s over. We know CEU is capable of coming back and I’m sure that they’ll find a way. So the challenge for us is to be ready for them on Thursday,” he said.Congolese big man Rod Ebondo paced CEU with 27 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks, but failed to get much support from his locals.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next PH snags 2 silvers, 2 bronzes in karatedo LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Perkins was smoking hot from the get-go, unfurling eight of his 16 points in the first quarter to go with 11 rebounds.“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team. It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “The challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players, especially Jason.”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 shutoutByron Villarias also shot 6-of-8 from the field to top his crew with 17 markers, on top of seven boards,  while Mark Bringas registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went Cignal’s way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, late in the second quarter, it was able to stifle the rally and cruise to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship duel. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins took matters tino his own hands as he led Cignal HD to a dominant 78-56 Game 1 victory over Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The former La Salle forward set the tone for the Hawkeyes as they came hot off the gates and established a commanding 24-6 lead.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight

first_imgCleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor scores on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — Unrelenting and unbeatable at the moment, the Cleveland Indians refuse to lose.With their latest overpowering win, they extended baseball’s longest winning streak since 2002 to 19 games with an 11-0 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Monday night to move closer to a record that has stood for 101 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Francisco Lindor tripled home three runs off rookie Myles Jaye (0-1) in the second inning, and the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23, added another blowout to their growing list of lopsided conquests.The defending AL champions aren’t just rolling, they’re steamrolling opponents, outscoring them 132-32 during a stretch that includes six shutouts.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 shutoutCarlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Indians lowered their magic number to clinch the Central to six.Cleveland is the sixth team in history to win at least 19 straight, and the streak is the longest since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row — a run that was celebrated in the film “Moneyball.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES The Indians can match those A’s on Tuesday, and their chances of getting No. 20 are strong with AL Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber starting.At this point, it hardly matters who’s on the mound.Cleveland joined the 1906 Chicago White Sox (19), the 1947 New York Yankees (19), the 2002 A’s (20), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to reel off 19 consecutive wins. The Giants’ record run is in the books as the major league mark, although it did include a tie, which does not count as an official game in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Even tying these Indians during a game has been nearly impossible.Cleveland has trailed in only four of 171 innings, scored first in 18 of 19 games and has hit 38 homers. In a season where other teams have displayed dominance, the Indians stand alone.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kluber is 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander, who leads the AL in ERA (2.56) and opponent batting average (.192), will face Detroit’s Matt Boyd. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:37Protesters 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 “No knock on the Dodgers or the Astros, they’re obviously both very good teams,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I think this is the most balanced team and probably the biggest threat to anybody in baseball to win a World Series because they do kind of cover every facet of the game.”Cleveland’s streak has happened despite the team missing three of its best players: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. They’re all on the disabled list.“It’s just the next guy up,” Kipnis said. “It doesn’t matter who it is or what goes down. We like the depth that we have. We have the players that go out and compete each night and you’re going to win a lot of games when guys play with that attitude.”MILLER MOVINGMiller threw 30 pitches in a simulated game, a major step in his recovery from knee tendinitis. The team will see how Miller responds Tuesday before deciding the next move. Kipnis faced Miller during the workout and doubled off the left-hander.“After I fouled one off, I said, ‘I’ve already had a better at-bat than I have ever versus him in a game,’” Kipnis said. “He smiled at that one.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman received an injection last week for the neck injury that’s bothered him since last season. He will begin a throwing program in the next few days, and Ausmus said Zimmerman will make a few more starts if there are no setbacks. Zimmerman is 8-12 with a 6.18 ERA in 27 starts. … OF Mikie Mahtook (sore left groin) was out of the lineup for the third straight day.Indians: Rookie CF Bradley Zimmer will undergo surgery on his broken left hand on Tuesday in New York. Zimmer got stepped on while diving into first base on Sunday. The Indians do not have a timetable on his return, but it’s safe to assume his season is over.UP NEXT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nadal, Federer back at the top in 2017last_img read more

Josh Richardson gets $42M deal to stay with Heat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat tries to get a shot off between Tobias Harris #34 and Marcus Morris #13 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 28, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Josh Richardson will go to Miami Heat training camp later this month with a new contract.Richardson and the Heat agreed Wednesday on a four-year extension that could be worth $42 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The fourth year will be at Richardson’s option, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The contract goes into effect in the 2018-19 season. Richardson will make about $1.5 million this coming season, and will likely be in the mix of candidates vying for the starting small forward spot with the Heat. The deal was not a surprise, given that Miami officials had indicated repeatedly that they had no plans on letting Richardson go elsewhere.Richardson is entering his third season with the Heat. He averaged 10.2 points last season, appearing in 53 games and making 34 starts. He shot 46 percent from 3-point range as a rookie, then 33 percent from beyond the arc last season — after missing training camp with a knee injury.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 Heat begin this season’s training camp Sept. 26.Richardson turns 24 on Friday. He was the No. 40 overall pick by Miami in the 2015 NBA draft after a four-year career at Tennessee. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound championlast_img read more

Bundit stays as Ateneo coach

first_imgTai Bundit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit is still the Ateneo women’s volleyball coach for now.Amid rumors of the Thai coach’s reported ouster, Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ admitted that there are concerns within the Lady Eagles, but those were not enough to merit the immediate ouster of the coach who turned the school’s volleyball program around.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Celtics snap losing streak to injury-hit Spurs John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next But Villarin requested fans to avoid any speculation as the school tries to clear up the matter.“I appeal to your patience and understanding as we try to resolve these internal issues. I also appeal to your better sense to refrain from any speculation or spreading of falsehood that may besmirch the reputation of our fine players, our good coach, and our school,” he said.Bundit led the Lady Eagles to four consecutive Finals appearances and he school’s first women’s volleyball titles in Seasons 76 and 77.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I would like to inform everyone that Coach Tai is still with the team. In fact, I just had a meeting with Coach Tai and our athletics people this morning. And I will soon be meeting with our players. I must acknowledge though that there are issues within the team, as in all teams, and that these will require some time to resolve,” he said in a statement.READ: Bundit status as Ateneo volleyball coach in limboFEATURED 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 shutoutVillarin had to step in to mend the reported rift between Bundit and the Lady Eagles, with much of the unresolved issues stemming from the players’ alleged displeasure over the mentor’s hard practices.Ateneo team manager said last Wednesday that Bundit was asked as to go on leave by Ateneo Athletics Director Em Fernandez.last_img read more

Magic use big 3rd quarter to run away from Lakers

first_imgOrlando Magic’s Elfrid Payton, left, scoops up a loose ball in front of Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Magic’s shots went in and the Lakers’ starters went out in the third quarter Wednesday night.Los Angeles never recovered.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who never led after the first quarter.When Elfrid Payton’s three-point play gave the Magic a 66-53 lead 93 seconds into the third, Lakers coach Luke Walton yanked all five of his starters out of the game.“I just thought we came out with no energy. (Speights) got a quick 3 and it didn’t feel like our guys were ready to play,” Walton explained. “The message was, look, if you’re not ready to play or you don’t want to play, you’re not going to play. So we went to the second unit. It was a teaching moment.”The Lakers (19-31) never again got the margin under 11.Hezonja hit a 3-pointer, Fournier followed with two more and Jonathon Simmons added two more 3s to help the Magic finish the period on a 22-13 run for a 20-point lead. They led by 29 early in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ The Lakers were down by 12 when three straight baskets by Clarkson got them back in the game midway through the second quarter. Speights scored Orlando’s final 10 points of the half, including a couple of 3s.It was a dispiriting loss for the Lakers, who had won eight of 11.“We lost by 30 (actually 22) to the team that has the worst record in the league,” Kyle Kuzma said. “That’s kind of deflating, but give credit to them. They beat us.”TIP-INSLakers: It was Clarkson’s sixth straight game of 15 or more points. … Rookie G Lonzo Ball missed his eighth straight game with a sore left knee. … The Lakers, the worst 3-point shooting team (.327) in the NBA, went 4 of 20 from long range.Magic: F Aaron Gordon missed his second straight game with a strained left hip flexor. Orlando is 2-9 without him. … The Magic shot 54 percent from the field. … Orlando wore new uniforms without the words “Orlando” or “Magic” on them.UP NEXTLakers: Play at Brooklyn on Friday night, the fourth stop on a five-game road trip.Magic: Home on Saturday night against Washington. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Wizards’ John Wall expected out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Marreese Speights scored 21 points, Evan Fournier added 19 and Orlando ran away from the Lakers for a 127-105 victory. Winning for only the fourth time in 24 games, the Magic hit a franchise-record nine 3s in a 43-point third period.“The 3-pointer is a momentum shot,” Speights said after making his second start of the season. “You come out and hit a couple like that and you can beat a team easily. You saw that happen in the third quarter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOrlando (15-35) was 9 for 13 from behind the arc in its highest-scoring quarter of the season. The Magic shot 18 for 32 (56 percent) from 3-point territory overall.“It seemed like we were going to make every single shot,” said Mario Hezonja, who hit two of his four 3-pointers in the third. “When that happens, you can take a breath and say, OK, we don’t have to go crazy tonight and try to protect anything. We can control the pace of the game. And we did that.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Doe-eyed superhero picked for Tokyo Olympics 2020 mascot

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A TV cameraman films footage of the winning design of the official mascots for the 2020 Olympics (L) and Paralympics Games at an elementary school in Tokyo on February 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKATokyo Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and “special powers” that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan.The mascot, which has yet to be named, was selected by elementary school kids across the country from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as “made in Japan.”ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES But Wenlock and Mandeville, the widely mocked mascots of the 2012 London Games, proved far from Olympic gold.The one-eyed characters were dubbed “bizarre” and “creepy” by some, reportedly sending shares in their manufacturer down by more than a third.The Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Japan next year, has already unveiled a pair of pot-bellied lions as its mascots.With luxurious manes, short horns and faces that appear to be shaped like rugby balls, mascots “Ren” and “G” are inspired by “shishi,” the mythical lion-like figure that features in Japan’s new year celebrations and kabuki theatre.Organisers turned to children to select the mascot, hoping to avoid a repeat of the bungled roll-out of the official Olympic logo, which ended up having to be scrapped following accusations of plagiarism.It was deemed to be too similar to the logo of a Belgian theatre and a separate Spanish design.Designer Ryo Taniguchi seemed overwhelmed at the decision.“Thank you. My mind is going absolutely blank. I don’t know what to say,” he said when the decision was announced at the ceremony.“I want to tell this to my lovely wife.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The kids picked option “A,” which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organizers, has a “strong sense of justice and is very athletic.”Helpfully, it has a magical power that enables it “to move anywhere instantaneously.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIts Paralympic counterpart sports pink checks derived from Japan’s famous cherry blossom and is “usually calm, however, it gets very powerful when needed.”Its magic power: “It can talk with stones and the wind. It can also move things by just looking at them.” View comments The pair received over 100,000 votes, more than the other two design sets combined.Mascots are massive in Japan, the land of Hello Kitty and Pokemon, and there are literally thousands representing everything from small communities to prisons.Known locally as “yuru-kyara” or “laid-back characters,” mascots can also be major money-spinners.The pot-bellied, red-cheeked bear known as Kumamon — created in 2010 to promote Japan’s southern Kumamoto region — raked in $8.8 million last year for local businesses selling branded products.Big businessADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Social media reaction was mixed with one user describing the winners as “very Japanese and very cute.” But others said they wanted something “more round” and more “huggable.”“School children, really? Should be B or C,” tweeted one user under the handle @shougodesu_.Several users pointed out that the futuristic-looking mascot chosen appealed more to children whereas adults preferred the softer and more traditional options.The Tokyo 2020 mascot will hope to replicate the success of Soohorang, the cuddly stuffed tiger from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang handed out to athletes on the podium.More than 100,000 stuffed dolls (Soohorang and Paralympic mascot Banbdabi) were sold over the past year, Pyeongchang organisers said.Soohorang sparked an inadvertent social media frenzy after a volunteer dressed up as the tiger got stuck in a doorway, needing a helper to push him through.The 2016 Rio Olympics had a yellow feline animal representing Brazil’s rich fauna and wildlife named Vinicius after music great Vinicius de Moraes.The Paralympic mascot, a predominantly blue and green figure whose head was covered with leaves to represent Brazil’s rich vegetation, was named Tom after musician Tom Jobim.Brazil netted $300 million in profits from licensing intellectual property from the 2016 Games, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Hit and miss LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawninglast_img read more

PSC comes to Lariba’s aid

first_imgMOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES Adamson batters Teng-less Flying V in tune-up BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine Sports Commission has come to the rescue while the global table tennis community readily showed its support for Rio de Janeiro Olympian Ian Lariba.Without making it public, PSC chair Butch Ramirez said the sports agency immediately got in touch with De La Salle University for a collaborative effort on how to financially help Lariba in her fight against leukemia.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Aside from Lariba, the PSC has also reached out to former Olympic bronze medalist Leopoldo Serrantes of boxing and legendary female sprinter Mona Sulaiman, who both suffered life-threatening illnesses.“If we want to win medals in the Olympics, we should not overlook the situation of our athletes,’’ said Ramirez.READ: Olympian Lariba in need of helpSeveral world-ranked players also expressed their support for the 22-year-old Lariba at the ongoing 2017 World Table Tennis Championship in Dusseldorf, Germany.World No. 2 Fan Zhendong and the third-ranked Xu Xin of China provided inspiration for Lariba in a video message where Romania’s Elizabeta Samara and Petrissa Solja of Germany also aired words of encouragement.The video, which ended with the message “Table Tennis Family stands behind Ian Lariba,’’ can be seen on the Facebook account of the International Table Tennis Federation.ADVERTISEMENT “To be honest, we don’t want to announce it. We promise to take good care of her because she plays for the country,’’ said PSC chair Butch Ramirez.READ: Rio Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemiaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingLariba, a two-time UAAP Athlete of the Year before finishing her BS Management of Financial Institutions degree at La Salle, will undergo treatment this week after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.The Inquirer found that the PSC initially shelled out P300,000 to foot the medical expenses of the Lariba, the first Filipino paddler who made it to the quadrennial Olympics. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

Abueva, Romeo penalized as PBA doles out more than P90k in fines

first_img‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 The Aces lost that game, 107-106, to GlobalPort in their eighth place playoff.The Batang Pier scorer, meanwhile, was handed down the fine after his “inappropriate gestures” and for incurring a flagrant foul penalty two in his scuffle against Ginebra’s LA Tenorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Romeo ejected, GlobalPort got booted from the playoff picture with a 96-85 defeat to Ginebra last Tuesday.Abueva and Romeo took the bulk of the fines amounting to P92,600 released by the Commissioner’s Office on Friday. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIEScenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCalvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo were hit with P25,000 fines for their actions in their respective games in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.The energetic Alaska forward was meted with the penalty after “foisting a stickum sign towards the direction of the Technical Committee,” while also slamming a chair near the Commissioner’s table last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Gin Kings coach Tim Cone was also handed a P5,000 fine for entering the court during the Romeo-Tenorio scuffle.TNT import Joshua Smith will have to pay P6,000 for being attested with a technical foul for disrespectfully addressing a game official and applauding at the referee in a sarcastic manner in the KaTropa’s quarterfinal duel against Meralco.Jayson Castro was meted with a P1,000 fine for his technical foul for disrespectfully addressing a game official, while team manager Virgil Villavicencio was also hit with the P1,000 fine for using profane language.The Bolts also weren’t spared from the penalties, with Cliff Hodge being fined P5,000 for his flagrant foul penalty one infraction, Kelly Nabong P1,000 for his technical foul for second motion against Josh Smith, and coach Norman Black P5,000 for entering the court during the altercation between Hodge and TNT’s Anthony Semerad.Rain or Shine’s Duke Crews, Jericho Cruz, and Jewel Ponferrada were fined P5,000 each for their flagrant foul penalty one infractions. Beau Belga will pay P2,000for his technical foul for continuously complaining against the referee’s call, while Jay Washington got slapped with a P1,600 fine for his technical foul for resentment to a call.ADVERTISEMENT Messi to wed childhood sweetheart in Rosario, Argentinalast_img read more

Gilas stint ‘dream come true’ for Fil-German Standhardinger

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Standhardinger arrives from Germany, attends first Gilas practiceBut that’s the easy part.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe hard part is getting accustomed to the Filipino style of play as he is set to bolster the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Standhardinger didn’t waste time and immediately joined team practice on Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours since flying in. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena And he already liked what he saw.READ: Fil-German Standhardinger named to Gilas team set for SEA Games“It’s a great team. I think there are some many nice characters and great people and I’m excited to be here. I think coach just expects to give everything you’ve got and I can bring to the team. I penetrate a lot to the basket, my rebounding is good, so I think that’s where I can help the team the most,” he said.Standhardinger added that he is looking at this opportunity to proudly represent the homeland of his mother, who traces her roots in Angono, Rizal.“I think it’s always a great opportunity for me to make my family here in the Philippines proud, so that’s why I decided to come here and give my best. It’s always a dream to play for a team, for a country you believe in so it’s like a dream come true,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’?center_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger, who arrived in the country just Tuesday night, was dealt a reality check: internet access is not readily available everywhere.“I’ve been looking where I can find wi-fi,” he said with a laugh as he messed around with Gilas team utility Bong Tulabot.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Parks, Paras lead PH team in SEA GamesFor coach Chot Reyes, the Fil-German forward has already shown glimpses of what he can do to meet the management’s expectations of him.“We know how he plays and we had a very good idea of what he brings to the team. But of course, he hasn’t been playing since May and then, he planed in last night from a long trip so admittedly, he’s gonna be far from a hundred percent. But like I said, the reason he’s here, he gives us a big guy who can rebound and he also has some skills,” he said. “We like his perimeter game, his ability to put the ball on the floor. I think he’s an all-around skilled guy but now, we need to see how he can cope with the physical game and the banging on the elite Asian level.”Reyes was quick to integrate Standhardinger to the pool, putting him alongside his future national team partners Kobe Paras, Mac Belo, Bobby Ray Parks, and Raymar Jose in the team’s drills.The outspoken mentor also shared his grand plans for the 6-foot-8 stud, noting that same as with Paras, Standhardinger is no doubt going to be a part of the national team’s future.“That’s why he’s here. He’s 27, he’s been playing in the German pro leagues for quite a while, so it’s about time for him personally to get to the next level. And I think this is an excellent opportunity for him,” he said. “We’re not worried. He’s a good kid. I think he’ll come around.”Reyes bared that Standhardinger will be in the country for the long run, as he expects him to stay past the SEA Games and hopefully, for the 2017 PBA Draft, pending the PBA Board of Governors’ meeting on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments #InquirerSeven: Things to know about Jeff Horn Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Our Favourite/Duty free

first_imgEither you spend too much time at an airport or too little, there is hardly ever just the right time. Here’s a list of airports worth spending hours at-or the Duty Free shopping of course!Suvarnabhumi, BangkokBangkok’s new airport-only four years old now-is like a city in itself. And much like the city, its shopping attractions are worth every tourist’s attention and time. Its Duty Free area, the King Power Duty Free, offers an amazing shopping variety, from upmarket boutiques and world-famous luxury goods, to Thai handicrafts and fabrics, including those must-have famous silks.But the King Power group has more stock for travellers to the Land of Smiles. In the heart of the Thai capital, the King Power Duty Free Mall occupies the first two floors of the King Power Complex, a vibrant mixed-used complex which also comprises a 600-seat theatre, restaurants and a hotel. Duty free items can be pre-purchased at the Mall and then delivered to the airport for pick-up upon departure.Changi, SingaporeSingapore’s Changi is one of the main aviation hubs in Southeast Asia, despite being located in a micro island city-state which is the smallest nation in the region. A benchmark in the aviation industry for service excellence, the airport scores equally well on the duty free front. Changi’s Duty Free has more than 300 shops and eating outlets in its three terminals. The last one was inaugurated in January 2008 and incorporates natural features, a lot of greenery and warm tones. Changi’s Terminal 3 has the first official FIFA store in the world, and also Asia’s first Ferrari travel retail shop. This year, it was voted the World’s Second Best Duty Free Shopping by Skytrax, and the World’s Best Airport Duty Free by Business Traveller’s Asia-Pacific edition, for the 12th year running!DubaiDubai has always been high on superlatives, and its Duty Free is no exception. Last December, Dubai Duty Free celebrated its first silver jubilee, by achieving as much sales on that day as on its first full year of business. Two months earlier, with the inauguration of the new Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai Duty Free doubled its retail space to 15,000 sq m, making it the biggest Duty Free in the world, with the highest sales (US$ 1.1 billion in 2008). Dubai Duty Free offers an ever-growing range of products, such as leather goods, clothing, high-tech and electronic items or gold. For more than 20 years, Dubai Duty Free has a promotion that offers ticket holders the chance to win a luxury car. Also, the Millennium Millionaire draw offers US$ 1 million to one of 5,000 ticket holders. Recently, the Double Millionaire draw was created to offer the chance to win US$ 2 million.Heathrow, LondonIn 2008, London Heathrow was the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, and the second in terms of total passenger traffic. With over 67 million passengers last year, it does not come as a surprise that its duty free had the world’s second highest sales in 2008, of more than US$ 1 billion. The inauguration of the new Terminal 5 in March 2008 added more than 100 shops and restaurants to the space.Heathrow’s Duty Free offers truly fantastic tax-free prices on a wide range of products: fragrances, skincare and cosmetics, liquor and tobacco and luxury products. For connoisseurs, Terminal 1’s World of Whiskies is a “treasure chest for all whisky lovers”, with a range of around 350 malts. Passengers leaving Heathrow are not the only ones, who can enjoy the shopping experience, as it’s possible to shop out in the Arrivals stores as well.Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, MumbaiNo longer just a transit area, the sparkling new Mumbai airport is now the first stop on a traveller’s itinerary of modern Mumbai-high ceilings, sleek dÅcor, coffee shops, bookstores, cosy lounges and duty free shopping. It’s just the right place for you to do some quick gift-buying if you have missed the chance abroad. Sample this: liquor (premium whiskies, cognacs, champagnes and the best wines), tobacco (cigarette brands, Cuban cigars and pipe tobacco), cosmetics and perfumes (Lancome, Chanel, Dior-you name it, they have it), clothing (Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna etc), hi-tech electronics (Sony, Olympus, Canon etc), boutiques (Hermes, Burberry, Bvlgari…), accessories (Swarovski, Lladro, Majorica and so on). When the shopping drains you, get a refill from the many coffee shops around.JFK, New YorkNew York’s John F. Kennedy airport has infamously been described by news channel CNN as the source of 60 per cent of all travel delays in the United States. Having said that, the airport that cannot really be avoided in the country, is probably the one out of the three in New York with the best duty free options, albeit within a crowded and hurried environment. Products range from standard New York souvenirs to cosmetics and fragrance products from the likes of Chanel, Christian Dior, Lancome, Shiseido, Donna Karan, Givenchy, Gucci, Vera Wang and YSL among others to the very up-market Godiva chocolates and popular Nestle goodies. Also available are luxury gifts such as writing instruments, leather, collectibles, ties, scarves and other accessories. Needless to add, the duty free is well stocked with liquor, cigarettes, cigars and other specialty tobaccos.JohannesburgWith six terminals, Johannesburg’s international airport is Africa’s busiest. The South African airport also offers extensive shopping facilities, with more than 40 shops in both the public and restricted areas, including Cape Union Mart, Capi International, Ekhaya, Klein Karoo and Out of Africa. Smokers have the best deal at Johannesburg, which offers cigarettes at one of the cheapest rates across the world. From bulky hand-knit sweaters to African masks-one of those must-haves from any trip to South Africa-Johannesburg has plenty to keep you on your toes. The shopping area also has about 10 restaurants, including the African Lounge, Cafe di Roma and the world-famous Nandos franchise that offers the hot and spicy peri-peri sauce.Oslo Airport Gardermoen, NorwayThe main international airport in Norway has been pro-active in encouraging travellers to shop. The airport was extended in area by 4,000 sq m of new floorage over two floors. Not only does it feature the largest duty free area in Europe, with 1,530 sq m, but the shops take a large part of the terminal’s width, in front of the international concourse. Therefore, most passengers are funnelled through the duty free area. The shopping zone also has a selection of restaurants including a seafood bar, American sports bar and a Kon Tiki Kitchen and restaurant that serves international food as dishes inspired by exotic expeditions!Schiphol, AmsterdamSchiphol was ranked in 2008 as the world’s third largest airport by international passenger traffic, and hence features vast shopping areas. The “See Buy Fly” slogan and logo of the duty free shops has become a recognisable brand in the world. Despite the abolition of duty free shopping inside the European Union in 1999, Amsterdam airport duty free shops apply one single price, regardless of the destinations. The prices are on average 10 percent lower than any major European city, and special offers can go as low as 35 percent below the usual prices. The airport souvenir stores even have wooden tulips for those unable to carry the country’s fresh bouquets out.Akihabara, TokyoAnd then there is the duty free paradise for gadget freaks, which may not be part of an airport but is part of everyone’s Tokyo itinerary. The Tokyo duty free experience goes on in the capital’s major shopping area for computer and electronics products, Akihabara, also known as Akihabara Electronic Town. This ghetto for geeks is famous for its stores devoted to video games and computer building, personal robots and robotics, anime (local comics and cartoons) and otaku (nerds) goods. Customers can enjoy duty free pricing if their passport indicates a presence of less than six months in the country, in shops like LAOX Duty Free Akihabara, or the Takarada Duty Free Akihabara. Enjoy!10 more…Duty free outlets worth checking out. Spend some time browsing.Abu Dhabi: Following the success of its glitzier cousin Dubai, the Abu Dhabi Duty Free is all set to begin a monthly ‘Big Ticket’ raffle draw with 15 cash prizes, the first one being about US$ 270,000. It also boasts the first Jimmy Choo airport store and the first Hermes outlet in West Asia. If you want gold, check out the Pure Gold outlets.Cape Town: It’s all eyes on Cape Town, as it dresses up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With over 150 shops it has all the usual trappings but don’t miss the Big Five stores where you can pick up tasty snacks and lovely South African wines.Charles de Gaulle, Paris: The main French airport was Europe’s second busiest in terms of passenger traffic in 2008. And we can safely assume most spent hours in the sprawling airport’s duty free zone. Find an excellent selection of all things French-fashion, beauty and gastronomy.Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas: You cannot return from Texas without your cowboy hat. Or that bottle of BBQ sauce. And if there’s no time to rush back to the city for last-minute shopping, pick it up from the Buckaroo stores. A latest report suggests that the number of duty free shops here is likely to go up by 100 in the next couple of years.Frankfurt: The busiest German airport features plenty of wellness facilities to make the duty free shopping experience more relaxing. Save your euros for a little splurge at the Porsche Design store, the world’s largest. From swanky mobiles to watches, this must-see shop is just one of the many stores you cannot miss.Hong Kong: Rediscover the meaning of ‘value for money’ at HK. At last count, the number of shops in the duty free stands at 250. Add to that 70-odd food outlets and you have all it takes to make the longest layovers pleasant. Also one of the best places to buy digicams.Incheon International Airport, Seoul: Seoul airport, voted World’s Best Airport by Skytrax in 2009, reported the world’s third highest sales in 2008. Apart from your regular high-end brands–Chanel, Burberry et al-it is also a good place to stock up on kim chi, ginseng and seaweed. Kuala Lumpur: Local teas, antiques, liquors, fragrances… you will find them all here. But sales figures indicate that the digital videocam is the most popular buy here. Among other things, you may want to stock up on Malay curry spices, ginger flower buds and cinnamon sticks. Munich: Lovers of Bacchus vouch for this airport’s cheap liquor. The second busiest airport in Germany has an enticing display of some of the world’s finest spirits. If not all, at least a couple of the 35 lingerie outlets here too are worth a dekko. Zurich: It’s like walking into a chocolate factory. No Willy Wonkas here but hundreds of chocolatiers from across Switzerland, instead. Give the perfumes, gadgets and fancy handbags a miss. The handmade chocolates in duty free zone here deserve all your forex. And if you still have some bills you want to spend, pick up the study Swiss Army knife from the Victorinox outlets here.Plus saysIf you have an hour to spare, rush off to the first floor at the Changi airport to the spa that is neatly tucked away just around the escalator. There are also free internet kiosks here that not many know of!Plus saysApart from Mumbai international, almost all the major domestic airports in the country have gone through a complete change. Hyderabad and Delhi domestic are our two new favourites.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Games all set for a gala opening on Sunday

first_imgAn illuminated view of Commonwealth Games village near the Akshardham Temple, in New Delhi. PTIAbout 7,000 men, women and children will dish out a show of India’s cultural heritage in a gala Commonwealth Games opening ceremony with the icing on the cake being Maestro A R Rahman’s performance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.With most of the tickets already sold out, the two-hour ceremony, scheduled from 7 p m, will start with President Pratibha Patil and Britain’s Prince Charles expected to declare the Games open in front of a packed stadium of 65,000 capacity on Sunday.The 619-member strong Indian contingent will be led by Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra who will carry the Indian flag during the ceremony.Delhi sports new look for CWG | CWG: IAF to provide security | Delhi welcomes Queen’s batonEven as tennis sensation Sania Mirza will not be part of the Indian march-past as the Hyederabadi ace has preferred to rest, badminton star Saina Nehwal, Beijing Olympic Games bronze medalist boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar will be among the six who will carry the baton during the formal part of the pageant.There will be seven segments — including Rhythm of India, Swagatam, Tree of Knowledge, Yoga, Great Indian Journey and Oscar winner composer A.R. Rahman’s rendition of the CWG anthem ‘Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto’ — in the nearly three-hour ceremony.The guest panel will include International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennel, New Zealand Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Presidents Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives and Marcus Stephen of Nauru.advertisementHosts India are aiming to break into the traditional rivalry of champions Australia and England who have been fighting it out for top two slots in the past.The Aussies, who have topped the gold and total medal tallies at the past five Games and are expected to once again be confirmed as the number one nation, have sent their largest ever team to an off-shore multi-discipline sports event in a bid to continue their reign in Delhi.Although the country’s high-water mark of 221 medals (84 gold, 69 silver and 68 bronze) at the 2006 Melbourne Games is unlikely to be surpassed in India, team officials expect another gold rush.Australia’s record gold medal haul came at the 1994 Victoria Games in Canada with 87.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Hiring to gather pace in India in July-Sept quarter: Manpower survey

first_imgIndian employers have the most bullish employment outlook across the world with 46 per cent of them planning to increase their headcount in the next three months, according to Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.The 46 per cent figure is derived on a seasonally adjusted basis for the three-month period starting July, the most optimistic hiring environment across the world. However, the figure has come down from 51 per cent for the April-June quarter.Commenting on the survey results, Manpower India managing director (MD) Sanjay Pandit said, “Inflation and the growing labour market may be exerting some pressure on organisations throughout India. Even then the hiring sentiments remain positive in almost all the sectors for the third quarter of 2011.”The strongest forecasts are reported in the manufacturing and the finance sector followed by insurance and real estate sector, with net employment outlooks of over 56 per cent and 55 per cent, respectively. Dynamic hiring activity is also expected in the public administration and education sector and in the wholesale and retail trade sector with outlooks of over 52 per cent. Much of the general sense of optimism is attributed to the manufacturing sector, which is expected to generate the maximum number of jobs.Hiring intentions for the next three months are strongest in India, Brazil, Taiwan, Turkey and Singapore. Spain, Greece, Italy and Ireland showed the weakest outlook with negative forecasts. Job prospects improved in 20 of 39 countries and territories where Manpower conducts its survey compared with the previous quarter. Hiring intentions were flat in four other economies, including the United States, and worsened in 15 nations.Read which the are the best companies to work for When compared with the third quarter of last year, the job outlook improved in 24 economies and worsened in nine countries, including China, where employment growth appears to be reaching a plateau, according to Manpower.”Globally, India has the most optimistic outlook, but it is lower than last quarter. Employment outlook is still bullish, employers are still hiring, but they are not as optimistic in their hiring trends as they were in the last quarter,” Manpower India head (sales & marketing) Namr Kishore said.The survey that covered 4,555 employers across India indicated that employers in all seven industry sectors and all four regions of India reported positive hiring plans for the next three months.Read how social media is helping Indian employers in finding the right candidatesSector-wise, job seekers in the wholesale & retail trade has a net employment outlook of 51 per cent followed by the service sector (48 per cent) in the next three months, while the country’s weakest yet positive hiring plans are reported by employers in the public administration & education sector (34 per cent).”The impact of inflationary pressures and the measures taken by the government thereof are quite visible as there is a slowdown in manufacturing, construction and real estate, which require cash flows and investments,” Kishore added.Zone-wise, the eastern region reported the country’s strongest hiring expectations at 49 per cent, followed by the north (48 per cent), west (45 per cent) and south (43 per cent), the report said.Globally, third quarter hiring expectations are positive in 35 of 39 countries and territories where the survey was conducted, with employers in the Asia Pacific region reporting the most positive employment outlook.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England pacers’ height not a big factor, says MS Dhoni

first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday rubbished suggestions that the height of England pacers could pose problems to the the star-studded Indian batting line-up during the four-match Test series, starting at Lord’s on Thursday.”Their fast bowling attack is pretty similar (as in 2007). They had (Chris) Tremlett, (James) Anderson and (Ryan) Sidebottom who all are very tall. It’s not a big factor,” said Dhoni about the bowling attack whose height is said to give the home team a major advantage.Anderson, at 6’2″, is the “smallest” among England’s fast-bowling unit that has Stuart Broad (6’6″) and Chris Tremlett (6’7″) among others.India have long shed the tag of poor travellers thanks to their consistent record over the past few years, and Dhoni attributed this to the team’s ability to enjoy the game and situations rather than worry about results.”In the last 4-5 years, what we wanted was to enjoy the o game and situation. Every conditions is different, every country is challenging. As long as you look to improve as a cricketer, learn to enjoy the game more and not take it as a pressure, it would be alright.”The expectations with Indian cricket is pretty high -it’s not easy to satisfy 1.2 billion people. It’s better not to focus on result. You could play to your best and still be outplayed,” Dhoni said on the eve of the first Test at the Lord’s.Sachin TendulkarTalking about Sachin Tendulkar, who is chasing a record 100 international centuries, Dhoni had only words of admiration for the senior batsman.”Whenever he turns up on the field, he wants to improve.advertisementHe may spend an hour and a half on the field but he makes sure he is learning something new. When he goes back to his room, he has the satisfaction that he has utilised today’s time to the best.”I think that keeps him going ? keep it simple, don’t complicate things. He is an ideal cricketer to look up to, both on and off the field. When he made his debut, he was a superstar and it hasn’t changed in the last 22 years,” the India skipper said.Dhoni believed both the number one Test ranking and the tag of world champions in one-day cricket is important to him and his players.”It shows you have been consistent over a period of time. You don’t reach that level unless you have been consistent over a period of say two years. It’s special for us.”One often gets to hear that luck always played a part in Dhoni’s success and when asked, he admitted that as he is yet to lose a Test series in his stint as skipper.”When I was playing state cricket in 1999, if somebody had told me you would play with Sachin, I would have termed it a lie. “I never thought I would play for India and share the same dressing room with Tendulkar and some other legends of Indian cricket. As long as the team is winning, I don’t mind what they call me.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Narang conferred Khel Ratna, Zaheer unable to attend function

first_imgThe joy of being honoured by the President of India was writ large on the sportspersons’ gleaming faces at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Monday.Gone were the strained faces, pictures of concentration when representing the country, and instead, there they were in the sprawling Ashoka Hall, looking dapper in their ceremonial attire.On the occasion of hockey legend Dhyan Chand’s birthday – observed as National Sports Day – President Pratibha Patil presented the Sports and Adventure Awards 2011, with shooter Gagan Narang headlining the ceremony on being conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. The award carries a medallion, a citation and a cash prize of ` 7.5 lakh.President Pratibha Patil presents the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to Gagan Narang in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: Naveen Jora / MTThe rifle ace, who was also honoured with the Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian award in the country – this year, said it was a great moment for him. “I’m extremely happy that my efforts have been recognised and receiving the award from the President was a great moment for me,” Narang told MAIL TODAY.Asked what, apart from an Olympic gold, was now missing from his awards cabinet, Narang, the world record holder in 10m air rifle, said: “I haven’t yet got the world record in ( 50m rifle) 3 positions and (50m rifle) prone, so that’s one target. Of course, my focus is currently on the Olympics, so all that can wait.”The list of Arjuna awardees features 19 athletes, out of which 15 were on hand to collect their awards. According to a sports ministry diktat, the practice of handing the award to a family member has been discontinued and the athletes have to inform the ministry and seek a future date to collect the award.advertisementThe most prominent absentee was cricketer Zaheer Khan who, according to sources, sent a letter to the ministry explaining that he was injured and couldn’t be present. Discus thrower Vikas Gowda is currently competing in the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, while tennis ace Somdev Devvarman is in New York for the US Open.Gymnast Ashish Kumar is at a training camp in London ahead of the World Cup next month.Among those who were present, archer Rahul Banerjee led the list of awardees. Rahul, whose sister Dola won the award six years ago, said it was a proud moment for his family. “Now we have two Arjuna Awards in effectively the same room, and our parents have every reason to be proud,” he said.Middle- distance runner Preeja Sreedharan, who couldn’t go to Daegu because of illness, said the award was a boost for her. ” I can’t tell you how happy I am today, and it is a real boost for me to try and qualify for the Olympics. My Asian Games time was just five seconds shy of the ‘A’ qualification standard of 31 minutes 45 seconds, and I want to reach that at the national meet in Kolkata next month,” she told MAIL TODAY .Badminton ace Jwala Gutta was philosophical about getting the award after more than 10 years of success at the international level.”My father always taught me that you get what you deserve eventually, which is why I have never been one to sulk or crib. I’ve got the award, I am really happy, and this just inspires me to keep doing my job, which is to play,” she said.Footballer Sunil Chhetri said that after Bhaichung Bhutia’s recent retirement, this award was a reminder of the added responsibility on his shoulders. “I am pushing myself to fill the void left by Bhaichung’s retirement. I won’t call it pressure, rather it is added responsibility. It is time, I believe, to stop criticising each other – be it the federation, coaches, clubs, players or the media – and believe that Indian football can improve,” Chhetri said.Weightlifter Katulu Ravi Kumar, who was dragged into a controversy by female colleague Renu Bala Chanu for being chosen ahead of her, said he had mixed emotions on the day. “Personally, I was expecting Renu to be chosen because of her seniority and performance. What saddens me is that I was dragged into the controversy. But I want to use the award to inspire me at the World Championships next month, where I hope to get an Olympic berth for India,” he told MAIL TODAY .ROLL OF HONOURRAJIV GANDHI KHEL RATNAGagan Narang (shooting)DRONACHARYA AWARDSKuntal Roy (athletics), IV Rao (boxing), DK Rathore (gymnastics), Rajinder Singh (hockey), Ramphal (wrestling)advertisementDHYAN CHAND AWARDSShabbir Ali (football), Sushil Kohli (swimming), Raj Kumar (wrestling)ARJUNA AWARDSRahul Banerjee (archery), Preeja Sreedharan (athletics), Vikas Gowda (athletics), Jwala Gutta (badminton), M Suranjoy Singh (boxing), Zaheer Khan (cricket), Sunil Chhetri (football), Ashish Kumar (gymnastics), Rajpal Singh (hockey), Rakesh Kumar (kabaddi, men), Tejeswini Bai V (kabaddi, women), Tejaswini Sawant (shooting), Virdhawal Khade (swimming), Somdev Devvarman (tennis), Sanjay Kumar (volleyball), Ravinder Singh (wrestling), K Ravi Kumar (weightlifting), W Sandhyarani Devi (wushu), Prasanta Karmakar (para-swimming)TENZING NORGAY NATIONAL ADVENTURE AWARDSReena Kaushal Dharmshaktu (land adventure), Mamta Sodha (land adventure), Dilip Donde (water adventure), Late Balwant Singh Sandhu (lifetime achievement)last_img

TNT’s Roger Pogoy downplays clutch offensive showing

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The score was tied at 74 with 3:04 left in the game when Pogoy made a booming 3-pointer off Jayson Castro’s assist with 2:38 remaining in the game to give the KaTropa a 77-74 lead.READ: Pogoy lifts TNT over Magnolia in OTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe then, made another clutch basket, this time a turnaround jumper in the post against Jio Jalalon that put TNT up, 79-74, with 29.9 seconds remaining.“We really have to win and that’s probably why we played that way,” said Pogoy in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “The win, however, wasn’t just because of my dagger since all of us helped each other especially with that good pass from kuya Jayson in overtime.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Pogoy added that he wasn’t used to being a scorer and he regarded himself as more of a defender rather than an offensive player.But his numbers prove otherwise.“Actually, I’m not comfortable being a scorer and I see myself as more of a defensive player,” said Pogoy, who had 26 points and five rebounds. “I’m not consistent in my offense but I work hard to be a good defender and rebounder.”Pogoy has emerged as TNT’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 19.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game through six games this conference where the KaTropa went 3-3.Well his rebounding numbers is a defensive aspect of the game, but those nearly 20 points a game just shatters his claim that he’s not a scorer.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 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Beau Belga’s presence looms large over young Rain or Shine teammates SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Roger Pogoy may not say it but he’s a true blue scorer and when TNT needed his offensive exploits, he was more than happy to oblige.The KaTropa and Magnolia were locked in a tight overtime period when Pogoy decided to work his magic.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Traditional betting game Tir of Khasi-Jaintia tribals to be taxed

first_imgThe archers prepare to shoot: Big moneyKhreh lai minnat!” (three minutes from now), shouts Nongbri and concentrates on his wrist-watch. Thirty-six arrows shoot forth: leaving bamboo cane bows they converge from a semi-circle on to a straw target, cylindrical and vaguely resembling the Buddhist prayer-wheel.More volleys follow as Nongbri goes,The archers prepare to shoot: Big moneyKhreh lai minnat!” (three minutes from now), shouts Nongbri and concentrates on his wrist-watch. Thirty-six arrows shoot forth: leaving bamboo cane bows they converge from a semi-circle on to a straw target, cylindrical and vaguely resembling the Buddhist prayer-wheel.More volleys follow as Nongbri goes on shouting commands in Khasi, announcing completion of every 25 seconds. Three minutes, and each archer has shot 32 arrows. Hundreds of onlookers and archers, all high on kakiat (the local brew), rush for the target, now a huge hedgehog with hundreds of arrows stuck all over. The count begins.The scene is enacted twice every evening in a narrow, bowl-shaped valley 10 km down the Shillong-Gauhati highway and also at Khanapara, Jawai and Mawphlang and other places in the countryside. And as the 12 teams of three archers each from various localities of Shillong take aim in a drunken stupor, the fates of over 20,000 bettors and the disposal of over Rs 2 lakh is also decided. In Shillong alone the annual stake is about Rs 5 crore, the figure being Rs 12-15 crore per year for the whole of Meghalaya.The target riddled with arrows: Prickly issueBetting: The busiest booths in Shillong markets in the morning are the ones selling innocent little slips of paper bearing vague figures. As the sun sets – which it does early in the Khasi Hills – these booths are again the most crowded with people awaiting word from the shooting ground.The betting is on precisely how many arrows, out of 1,152 shot by the 36 archers, would hit the target. The winner takes a thousand for every rupee bet. The most ordinary odds offered to a bettor are 80 to 1.advertisementThe person who can forecast correctly the number of hits in both rounds in a day stands to win the bumper prize of Rs 16,000 for his one rupee bet. (The prize money varies with individual bookies).Tir is the traditional betting game of the Khasi-Jaintia tribals. It is Meghalaya’s own matka and the state Government has now decided not only to legalise it but also to tax it. In its session ending last month, the Meghalaya Assembly adopted a bill amending the Meghalaya Amusements And Betting Tax Act.It regularised arrow betting, slapping a 5 per cent tax on the daily collections (Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh) and laid down its own rules for the game. While the bill awaits sanction of the Governor – who is likely to say yes – the powerful tir lobby has made it clear to the Government that it will accept taxes and other conditions but not the proposed changes in the rules and procedure.John Roberts Fancon, president, is clearer in his thinking: “The Government asks us to use a circular target with concentric circles and a bull’s eye. There will be varying points for hitting each circle. What happens if you hit the line? We do not want complications. We are meeting the deputy chief minister to make it clear.”Arrow betting in the Khasi Hills dates back to 1895, says Fancon who works in the day at Saint Anthony’s College in Shillong. In the evenings he takes charge of the Jaiaw archery team.Ill-effects: The game has been going on at the present site since 1962 under a regular bookies’ association. In 1970 the Meghalaya Prevention Of Gambling Act was passed to stop it as tir was being increasingly criticised: obsessive betting had driven small householders to bankruptcy and starvation.Not only did the Act fail to serve its purpose, it spawned a mafia of toughs and bookies controlling the business and running it openly with the complicity of the police. The mafia soon diversified its activities taking over petty, and then major, crime in and around Shillong and other places like Mawphlang and Jowai (Jaintia Hills). The new bill is a belated effort to break their hold.The economics of the business is interesting. Of the average of Rs 2 lakh collected daily, Rs 12,000 are distributed among the participating clubs. Each archer takes home Rs 35 per day.Clubs pay a token contribution for the upkeep of the shooting arena which is, in any case, full of wild grass and mud. More than a lakh of rupees are distributed among the winners and the rest is gobbled up by bookies and the mafia controlling the business.Control: Among the things government seeks to regulate is the frequency of the competition, reducing it to three days a week. But “Sunday off” is the most the trade is prepared to concede. Says Fancon: “The Government wants taxes but will not let others earn. What can you earn in three days a week?”advertisementMost archers – men given to drink and with no other means of livelihood – welcome the Act. Said Decent Lyngdoh, another pawnam: “At least now the Government can buy us fibreglass bows out of the tax. They should also fix our wages. Some of our boys went to the national archery competition last year and saw fibreglass equipment with which you can shoot five times faster.”At the moment, most archers depend on Khasi craftsmen in far-flung villages, particularly Nonkynrieh, 50 km from Shillong.But chances are that, given the strength of the tir syndicate, the Act will ultimately be reduced to some sort of a contract between the Government and the bookies, with the other participants left out, just playing the game in the middle.last_img read more

Judgement day for Oscar Pistorius in girlfriend murder case

first_imgOscar PistoriusAfter 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars.In a fitting reminder of how South Africa has changed in the 20 years since apartheid, the fate of Pistorius, a wealthy white man from privileged roots, rests in the hands of a 66-year-old black woman from Soweto, Judge Thokozile Masipa.Throughout the on-off six-month trial, Masipa – only the second black woman to rise to the bench in South Africa – has remained calm and impassive, seemingly impervious to the global interest in a case that has drawn comparisons to the 1995 murder trial of American football star OJ Simpson in California.For Pistorius, the options when Masipa starts delivering her judgement on Thursday, winding up probably on Friday, are stark.If she sides with the state, which argues that he murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a fit of rage on Valentine’s Day last year, he faces a mandatory life term – effectively 25 years behind bars before eligible for parole.A conviction of murder with less explicit intent could still see him incarcerated for up to 20 years.Alternatively, Masipa could reject any notion of intent but still rule culpable homicide, equivalent to Britain’s manslaughter, for the reckless or negligent killing of Steenkamp, who was shot through a toilet door at Pistorius’s luxury Pretoria home.Or she could accept Pistorius’s assertion that he acted in ‘putative’ self-defence, firing four shots from a 9mm pistol through the door in the mistaken but genuine belief that an intruder was lurking behind it.advertisementGiven the explicit curbs in South African law on the use of lethal force without a direct threat to life, legal analysts say the final option is the least likely.”It’s entirely possible that he could be convicted of murder but not premeditated murder,” said James Grant, a criminal law professor at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, who thinks that at best the court will rule Pistorius was negligent.”The court is going to ask whether he acted as a reasonable gun-owner, and I think the answer to that is going to be no,” he said.If convicted, sentencing is likely to be delayed to another hearing in a few weeks, during which time Pistorius can apply for bail. He would also be almost certain to appeal.SHADOW OF RACESince it first broke on the morning of Feb. 14 last year, the case has gripped millions around the world who saw Pistorius as the embodiment of triumph over adversity, a man whose lower legs were amputated as a baby but who reached the semi-finals of the 400 metres at the London Olympics in 2012.That same year, Time magazine included him in its list of the world’s 100 most influential people, “the definition of global inspiration”.In sports-mad South Africa, the shooting caused an even bigger impact, the stunning downfall of a sporting hero feted by black and white alike in a society still divided by its racist past.But as the trial unfolded that sentiment changed.The prosecution painted a picture of Pistorius as a gun-obsessed hot-head – he faces three other weapons-related charges – who handled a loaded pistol in a packed restaurant and whooped with joy when he blew apart a water-melon with a high-calibre pistol, likening the red mush to brains.With many glued to the live court broadcast, post-apartheid South Africa was forced to look in the mirror and ask itself some uncomfortable questions, not least about male attitudes to violence and the reality of whites and blacks still inhabiting largely different worlds.Why, commentators asked, of 34 witnesses called were only two – a security guard and police ballistics expert – black?Why, Masipa aside, were nearly all the leading protagonists white in a nation where whites are just 10 percent of the population?Was South Africa really so dangerous that Pistorius and his friends were justified in feeling the need to carry handguns?And, as backdrop to it all, the universal white suburban fear: how to protect yourself from an intruder – assumed to be black – in the middle of the night, a fear hardwired by years of apartheid propaganda about the ‘swart gevaar’ (black danger).Some even wondered aloud whether Pistorius would be on trial at all had his victim really been a black male burglar rather than a white, female model.”This imaginary body of the paranoid imaginings of suburban South Africa has lurked like a bogeyman at the periphery of this story for the past year.advertisement”It is perhaps the most atavistic of white South African fears,” wrote South African novelist Margie Orford at the start of the trial. “The threatening body, nameless and faceless, of an armed and dangerous black intruder.” – Reuterslast_img read more

Muntinlupa nears semis

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Read Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snagcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments The Athletics clipped Imus Bandera, 77-69, also for 1-0. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED 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 Allan Mangahas missed all of his five shots from the field but dished out a record 17 assists as Muntinlupa overwhelmed Zamboanga, 89-78, on Wednesday night to close in on a South division semifinal clash with Batangas City in the MPBL Datu Cup.Mangahas finished with only a point, but his playmaking proved key as the Cagers gained the head start in their series with No. 6 Zamboanga, which has won five of its last six games before losing the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT SEAG caging gets venue it deserves SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more