Congress forged signatures of absent Madhya Pradesh MLAs to prove majority, says Opposition

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Gopal Bhargava on Sunday alleged that the Congress had forged the signatures of some of its missing MLAs during the voting on a Bill in the Assembly on July 24, in which two BJP MLAs had voted in favour of it. The BJP is going to take up the issue with the Governor.“My source has informed me that 8 to 10 Congress MLAs were absent during the voting, yet they managed to get 122 votes to pass the Bill,” Mr. Bhargava told The Hindu. “In the Assembly itself, I was suspect as they were demanding for a division of votes on a non-financial Bill which we supported, just to prove their false majority. I requested the Speaker then that the number of MLAs be counted, but he adjourned the Assembly.”As the BJP MLAs were in their seats at the time of the voting when Congress MLAs signed against their names in a register, they signed even for absent MLAs, he alleged. “There was no transparency. Since they have never asked for a division of votes on financial Bills in the past, this shows they admit they are on a weak footing,” he said.The party had asked its advocates to find the constitutional recourse, what the Governor could do and the procedure to get the signatures verified, he added.Saying the BJP was acting out of desperation to make such an allegation, Shobha Oza, State Congress media chief, said, “Why do they want to topple a democratically elected government? That’s because the 15 years of corruption under their government has got into their DNA, and they just can’t do without it. It is high time they accepted their defeat.”Rejecting the Computer Baba’s claim that four BJP MLAs were in touch with him eager to cross over to the Congress, Mr. Bhargava said, “He just wants to be in the limelight. There is no damage to the party. We are yet to meet the dissident MLAs.”With the support of BJP MLAs Sharad Kol and Narayan Tripathi, the Assembly had passed the Criminal (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2019. Later, the two former Congressmen described the positive vote their ‘ghar wapasi’ and said they had supported the Congress since the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan government had made tall promises but delivered nothing.last_img read more

Women members suggest poll reforms

first_imgElected women representatives in Rajasthan have suggested major reforms in the process for allotment of symbols, counting of votes, setting up of polling booths and allotment of time for campaign by the candidates ahead of the Panchayati Raj elections in the State. The women leaders also demanded financial autonomy for panchayat bodies.On empowerment Taking part in a dialogue on empowerment of women panchayat members here over the week-end, the representatives said the election symbols should be allotted at least 10 days before polling to give enough time for contacting the voters. Besides, the counting of votes should be undertaken two days after polling at the block level.Over two dozen women Sarpanches from Rajsamand, Sirohi, Jaipur and Tonk districts recounted their experiences during the last five years and called upon the State Election Commission and Panchayati Raj Department to facilitate the election of more women leaders in the January-February 2020 polls.Ganeshi Devi, first-time Sarpanch of Gaonguda village panchayat in Rajsamand, said she had ensured the availability of 100 days’ work to rural labourers under NREGA and brought girls to the government schools. Manu Gayari of Sema panchayat narrated her experiences during the construction of a new building for the local school.Direct grant transferThe women Sarpanches and panchayat members demanded that the Finance Commission directly transfer the grants to the panchayat bodies without any restrictions on expenditure to strengthen local self-government. The functions of 29 subjects listed in the 11th Schedule of the Constitution should also be transferred to panchayats in the true spirit of the 73th amendment.Free, fair polling While Kamal Tak of Rajasthan Election Watch said the candidates should monitor the activities of all stakeholders during the panchayat elections to ensure free and fair polling, former civil servant Rajendra Bhanawat said the suggestions for electoral reforms should be supported with the proposals for works in consultation with the villagers.State Election Commission’s Assistant Secretary Uttam Singh Maderna also attended the dialogue. The women representatives later met Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi and raised the demand for allocation of untied funds to village panchayats and transfer of budgets of five departments to them under the process of decentralisation.last_img read more

Expand definition of human rights: Amit Shah

first_imgThere was a need to expand the definition of human rights beyond the international standards as it was not sufficient in the Indian context, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday. Addressing the National Human Rights Commission’s 26th foundation day celebration here, Mr. Shah said India would not be as successful in furthering the cause of human rights if it did not go beyond the international standards. “India and the world have different concepts and situations regarding human rights. If we evaluate it with the world’s standards, then perhaps that is not right,” he said, adding that the protection of human rights of women and children was “in-built in the social fabric and family system”. Referring to NHRC chairperson Justice (retired) H.L. Dattu, he said: “I request Mr. Dattu to go beyond legal boundaries and give space and a platform to the many people working for human rights protection on their own, as a matter of duty.” He added there was a need to combine the “new concept” of human rights with the traditional.“I know when I say human rights, people see the meaning as police atrocities and custodial deaths, which is a fact. We have no objections. Every citizen should get the Constitutionally-guaranteed protection. There is no dispute. “But there are so many other dimensions, which we have to see with different perspectives,” he said.last_img read more

‘Inadequate representation from Ahirwal belt in Haryana Cabinet’

first_imgThe Haryana Congress has accused the newly formed Bharatiya Janata Party and Jannayak Janta Party government in the State of neglecting the Ahirwal belt across Gurugram, Rewari and Mahendergarh districts in the recent Cabinet expansion.Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Vedprakash Vidhrohi, in a press statement, said on Friday that the Ahirwal region had got the weakest representation in the Council of Ministers in the present government in the 53-year-old history of the State. He said the participation of the Ahirwal region, dominated by the Yadavs, in the Cabinet appeared for namesake only with two Ministers allocated insignificant portfolios.Ten Ministers, including eight from the BJP and one from the JJP, were inducted into the Council of Ministers on Thursday. Bawal MLA Banwari Lal and Narnaul MLA Om Prakash Yadav, both from the BJP, are the only two legislators inducted into the Cabinet from the Ahirwal region.Mr. Lal is a Cabinet-rank Minister for Cooperatives, while Mr. Yadav is Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment with independent charge.In the outgoing Vidhan Sabha, the region was represented by Badshahpur MLA and PWD Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Mahendgarh MLA and Education Minister Rambilas Sharma and Mr. Lal, who was Minister of State for Public Health with independent charge. While Mr. Singh was denied ticket by the party, Mr. Sharma lost the election.Mr. Vidhrohi said that three Ministers representing the Ahirwal region in the previous government had important portfolios.BJP infighting blamedBlaming the diminishing political stature of the region on the infighting in the BJP, Mr. Vidhrohi said political leaders in Ahirwal belt had harmed the interests of the area in their fight for political one-upmanship. Gurugram BJP MP and Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh is a prominent Ahirwal leader in the region.He added that the poor representation of the region in the Cabinet underscored the priorities of the present government that too when the BJP had bagged eight out of the eleven seats in the three districts.last_img read more

Let the flames begin! Flying diver ignites SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Katropa fields Rice, try to catch up with leaders Earlier a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took center stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of color.More than 4,000 athletes from 11 nations strode into the newly refurbished, 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil stadium, which was sold out for the vibrant show.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 shutoutTorrential rain early on failed to dampen enthusiasm as the hosts put on an entertaining spectacle before Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from boxing and equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls at the popular and unique SEA Games. MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Games mascot Rimau, a fluffy Malayan tiger, flew into the stadium on a wire, after LED-lit pedal cars and flag-wavers wearing glittering gold suits had entertained the crowd.Fans watched video messages from Malaysia’s badminton and squash stars Lee Chong Wei and Nicol David, who are busy with world championships commitments, and cheered the succession of marching bands.After the Games had been declared open, the stadium erupted in song as hundreds of dancers waving silver palm trees and waving red-lit parasols gave the event a carnival atmosphere.Olympic silver medal-winning diver Pandelela Rinong passed the flaming torch to Nur Dhabita, who took off slowly towards the 40-foot (12-metre) cauldron and lit it, setting off a blaze of fireworks.The biennial SEA Games, formerly the Southeast Asian Peninsula Games, have been running since 1959, when the region was still emerging from its long era of colonialism.ADVERTISEMENT Malaysia, who have given the 29th edition the tagline “Rising Together”, are aiming to top the medals table for only the second time by matching the 111 golds they won on home soil in 2001.Ahead of the opening ceremony, they have already made a strong start with seven golds to lead the table ahead of Singapore and Thailand, who both have three.The Games retain a distinctly regional flavor, with Olympic sports like swimming and athletics contested alongside Asian favorites such as pencak silat, sepak takraw and wushu.They are a big source of national pride in the fast-growing region of about 650 million people, which all too often finds itself outclassed on the world sporting stage. CBB Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Malaysian athlete Nur Dhabitah Sabri lights the torch during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017.  AFP PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through Malaysia’s national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron at the climax of a glittering Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday.The 18-year-old rising star was suspended high above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor in Kuala Lumpur, carrying a flaming torch, at the end of the four-hour extravaganza.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer tournament

first_imgKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, right, leaves after speaking to the media at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Kenya’s electoral commission has announced it has moved the date for a fresh presidential election to Oct 26. The electoral commission had earlier set Oct 17 as the date for the fresh poll after the Supreme Court invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August re-election and ordered a rerun within 60 days. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)ACCRA, Ghana — Kenya was stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship because of delays in its preparations and the Confederation of African Football opened a new bidding process on Sunday, giving itself just a week to find a new country.The Confederation of African Football cited “accumulated delays” in Kenya’s preparations for CHAN early next year, the continental championship for players playing in their home leagues. It’s the No. 2 tournament for national teams in Africa behind the African Cup of Nations.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary No Mercy: Lesnar retains Universal title in toughest test yet Kenya’s preparations for the 16-team tournament were already troubled before its presidential elections held in August were nullified and a re-vote was ordered. That re-vote is scheduled for next month, and the political instability has meant preparations for the soccer tournament have been further undermined.Only one of the stadiums meant to host games has been deemed ready and Kenya’s government only approved a $40 million budget to host the tournament last week, with just four months to go until kickoff.Also at its meeting Saturday, CAF decided to open a tender process to recruit an audit firm to examine Cameroon’s preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Africa’s top soccer event.Like Kenya, Cameroon’s readiness to host the Cup of Nations has been under scrutiny. CAF said it needs to examine the state of Cameroon’s “infrastructure to host the tournament,” with the 2019 Cup of Nations the first to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.CAF president Ahmad, who goes by just one name, said that Cameroon would remain 2019 host for now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ 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 Africa has had a succession of problems with host countries for its tournaments.South Africa had to step in to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations after Libya conceded it wouldn’t be able to. Equatorial Guinea took over the 2015 African Cup after Morocco withdrew over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Libya again withdrew as host for this year’s edition and Gabon was given the tournament on short notice.The next three hosts for the African Cup were all decided by the former leadership of CAF: Cameroon in 2019, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.CAF was forced to re-open the bidding process for the 2020 Women’s African Cup of Nations after no bids were received on time. The 2019 under-23 African Cup was given to Egypt because it was the only country to submit a “complete” application, CAF said.The poor quality of African candidates to host soccer tournaments reflects badly on Morocco, which is challenging the joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup. CAF made the decision to take the tournament away from Kenya at an executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.“With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017,” CAF said.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 shutoutCountries seeking to step in as replacement host must submit applications by next Sunday, said CAF, which was forced into a fast-tracked bidding process with the tournament scheduled to be played from Jan. 12-Feb. 4.Morocco, which is bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, has been touted as a possible replacement host because of its relatively established infrastructure. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey says

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, California, Thursday, June 1, 2017.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Less than a week before the highly anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, the league’s 30 General Managers have given their predictions for the upcoming tourney.According to NBA.com’s annual GM survey, the defending champions Golden State Warriors are expected to once again hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy—garnering an astonishing 93 percent of total votes from the league executives.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Azkals lose Ott to injury Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Coming in at a far second are the team’s bitter rivals, the re-tooled Cleveland Cavaliers, who only managed to score 7 percent from the survey.The result marked the highest margin in the 16-year history of the survey, the report said.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 shutoutLast year, 69 percent of GMs correctly predicted that the Warriors would capture the title, while 53 percent said the Cavs would win it all, a season prior.Meanwhile, the league’s premier superstar, LeBron James, is still pegged by most executives as the front runner for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year Award.center_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 Read Next A four-time winner of the league’s most prestigious individual honor, James is expected to carry a bigger load for the Cavaliers after the departure of fellow superstar Kyrie Irving.Surprisingly, reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook wasn’t even in the top 5 selection for GMs. His exclusion is most likely due to the arrival of two ball dominant stars in Oklahoma City—Carmelo Anthony and Paul George—which could mean less touches and a dip in overall statistical production for the explosive guard.Other categories included “Most likely to have a breakout year” (Karl Anthony Towns), “Best Point Guard in the NBA” (Steph Curry) and “Most Improved Team” (Minnesota Timberwolves), among others.Check out the full list of categories here. /raADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Magsayo keeps int’l feather crown

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Though he was unable to deck the former world champion, Magsayo did enough to earn the nod of the three judges by similar 116-112 scores in the headliner of Pinoy Pride 43 at his hometown.The 22-year-old Magsayo extended his winning run to 18 with 13 knockouts and stayed on course to earning a crack at a world crown next year.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 shutoutHayashi suffered his seventh loss against 30 wins and one draw, moving him closer toward retirement.“Prince” Albert Pagara continued his trip back to the top by stopping Tanzanian Mohammed Kambuluta in the second round of the main supporting bout. Pagara’s third straight win since being knocked out by Mexican Cesar Juarez in 2016 raised his record to 29-1 with 19 knockouts.Power puncher Jeo Santisima needed just one round to finish off Indonesian journeyman Kichang Kim and climb to 15-2 with 13 knockouts. View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIEScenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Mañalac pushes for soft tennis in SEAG Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Mark Magsayo passed the test, but not with magnificent scores.The unbeaten Filipino hope dubbed “Magnifico” went through the full route to beat Japanese Shota Hayashi by unanimous decision Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Organization international featherweight title at Bohol Wisdom School gym in Tagbilaran City.ADVERTISEMENT Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman PLAY LIST 01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman00:50Trending Articles01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Streaking Jazz make sweet music coming out of All-Star break

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak. They are part of a tight cluster of Western Conference teams vying for playoff position with some two months left in the regular season.It’s been quite a rise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUtah’s last loss was back on Jan. 22. The Jazz fell to 19-28 after losing 104-90 to Atlanta and were 18 games behind the conference-leading Warriors.“There were times where we kind of looked like we didn’t want to play, myself included,” Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell said after the loss to the Hawks, who are last in the Eastern Conference. “That’s not us. That’s not our identity.” FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates as he runs off the court following their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in Salt Lake City. As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak. They’re currently part of a tightly-clustered group Western Conference teams that are vying for playoff position with some two months left in the regular season. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. — A few weeks ago, it appeared the Utah Jazz might be headed to the draft lottery. Those around the NBA weren’t buying it.“They’ve got some good players, so I don’t think anybody was surprised they fought their way back in,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum 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 MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Rudy Gobert stressed it would be a painful road “until we start playing more physical and being more focused on what we have to do, individually and collectively.”Turns out the loss was a turning point of sorts. The resolve started the very next game with a 98-95 overtime win at Detroit. Along the way the Jazz beat the East’s top team, Toronto, on the road, and had victories over the Warriors and the Spurs. They downed Portland 115-96, ending the Blazers’ nine-game winning streak at home.“Everything is coming to fruition,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about the Jazz. “They believe in the system. It takes awhile to put a system in. You have to have players of character who will understand it and execute it.”The Jazz rolled into the All-Star break with a 107-97 victory at home over Phoenix last Tuesday.Mitchell has been key, leading the team with an average of 24 points and four rebounds over the 11-game streak. For his rookie season, he has averaged 19.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Man City’s quadruple bid ends in shock FA Cup loss to Wigan LATEST STORIES “I think he should be rookie of the year for sure, not just because of his numbers but his impact on their team,” Lillard said. “He’s basically leading them and it’s special to see a rookie be able to do what he’s doing out there.”Over All-Star weekend, Mitchell won the slam dunk contest.The Jazz also made an important addition with Jae Crowder, acquired in a three-team trade from the Cavaliers at trade deadline. Crowder’s father, Corey, played for the Jazz in the 1991-92 season.In three games with the Jazz, Crowder has averaged 14.7 points and five rebounds and seems to have a new outlook with his new team.“These guys, they welcomed me right when I walked through the door. And playing with them is very, very, very fun,” he said following his debut.The Jazz resume play Thursday, at home against Portland. Coach Quin Snyder was asked whether the All-Star break came at a good time for the Jazz.“There’s two schools of thought, right? Let’s get the rest, and get recharged. And then there’s well, we’ve got a rhythm. We don’t want to lose the rhythm, let’s keep playing,” Snyder said. “I’d like us to do both.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Inquirer Twitter Poll: Followers rally behind Pacquiao

first_imgIt’s no surprise that more followers are rallying behind Manny Pacquiao to beat hometown bet Jeff Horn in their world title fight billed as “Battle of Brisbane” Sunday in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Battle of Brisbane: Mosley Jr. disappoints, Toussaint stays unbeaten Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pacquiao, who is defending his WBO welterweight belt, is the heavy favorite against the unbeaten and unheralded challenger in Horn.The 38-year-old Pacquiao got 46 percent in INQUIRER.net Twitter poll that garnered a total of 1,467 votes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHowever, 30 percent don’t seem to care about the fight, picking neither fighters, while the remaining 24 percent are rooting for Horn.Pacquiao holds a record of 59 wins against four losses and two draws with 38 knockouts while Horn’s card stands at 16-0-1, 11 KOs. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games The INQUIRER.net Twitter poll is not a scientific survey. It is an interactivity tool that can, within its limits, reflect the interests of online readers. Mark GiongcoSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

Gilas battles title favorite Canada in Jones Cup opener

first_imgJimmy Alapag, now an assistant coach, is confident that this batch of Filipinos is ready to contend.“With the talent that this team has, I’m confident that we can contend,” Alapag said. “Our guys can definitely play and we will make a lot of heads turn. We might not have come here with the (Jason) Castros, the (Ranidel) De Ocampos, the (Terrence) Romeos, and they will see a new breed of heroes for us.”Keifer Ravena, Kobe Paras, Bobby Ray Parks and Christian Standhardinger make their international men’s debuts here and from among the members of coach Chot Reyes’ squad, they are the ones who are least scouted as they are all still not in the PBA.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Canada 150 is a selection of players coming from that country’s pro league, the National Basketball League of Canada, and it will be handled by its reigning coach of the year, Kyle Julius.Dallin Bachynski, a 7-footer, Dwayne Smith and gunslinger Deigo Kapelan, according to Gilas’ scouting reports, are the players the Philippine defense need to shut down.The Philippines is actually the defending champion here, having swept the tournament last year with a Mighty Sports team loaded with imports that counted former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.This year, Gilas has tapped the services of Mike Myers as its only import. He is expected to just be a role player, the same way he is being utilised in practice.Gilas is shooting to win for the second time, the first since that epic 2013 triumph, with this crew all playing in the Jones Cup for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I really wish we drew them as our last game,” assistant coach Josh Reyes said just after touching down together with the rest of the team. “We could have had a chance to see them play first, like we did in 2013 (when the Filipinos beat the United States) when our strongest opponent was our last game.”Tip off time is at 3 p.m. with the Filipinos, despite checking in at the Howard Hotel at Da’an District well over 5 p.m., still able to turn in an hour’s practice at the brand new venue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTeam Philippines plays nine games in as many days with its final assignment being Iran, the champion here in five of the last eight years. But the Iranian national side will be without its resident stars Hamed Haddadi and Nikha Bahrami, who have opted to stay home and rest for the Fiba Asia Championship in August.And that now makes Canada the team to beat. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img View comments Gilas Pilipinas team arrives Friday afternoon in Taiwan for the Jones Cup Invitational. Photo by Musong CastilloTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas arrived in this progressive island confident of making heads turn in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational as a team of young talents carry the fight in this tournament the country shoots to win for the sixth time.Using the core of the Cadet program, three amateurs and a Filipino-German the country knows practically nothing of, Gilas plunges into action against what many feel is the team to beat in the 10-team, nine-nation meet as the Filipinos clash against Canada 150 at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lyceum backs up hype, slays San Beda for 2-0 startlast_img read more

Sports science boosts pencak silat team

first_imgAssociation head Princess Jacel Kiram said the 14 athletes who came here underwent “sportonomics,” which analyzed their endurance based on their blood specimen.“This is the first time we had it,” said Kiram whose charges ended a 12-year gold medal drought in the SEA Games after Dines Dumaan triumphed in the tanding Class A 45-50-kilograms Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingShe said the pencak silat team went to Thailand for two months’ training although the squad didn’t employ a foreign coach.Then, according to Kiram, the athletes had a 60-day “isolation camp” in Camp Canawan in Morong, Bataan. MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They were not allowed to go home or see their families and spent the whole time training and bonding with each other,” said Kiram.Already, the Philippines won one gold and one bronze, with two more athletes vying for the top honors late Tuesday.Last SEA Games, the country could only come up with three bronzes.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring again Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—An obscure Indonesian martial arts just made its contribution to the Philippines’ struggling campaign here Tuesday.And pencak silat has sports science to thank for it.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title

first_imgMOST READ “I should just retire now,” Stephens said. “I’ll never be able to top this. Talk about a comeback. Things just have to come together and the past six weeks they really have.”With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.“It’s incredible,” Stephens said. “I had surgery January 23. If sone told me then I’d win the US Open, it’s imposssible I’d say, absolutely impossible. View comments LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Heart of a champ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Presented with the winner’s check, Stephens said, ‘That’s a lot of money. Wow,” but then handed the check envelope to best pal Keys, who she sat next to after the victory rather than on opposite sides of the umpire’s chair, to take hold of the winner’s trophy.“Maddie is my best friend on tour,” Stephens said. “I told her I wished there could have been a draw. I’m going to support her no matter what and she’s going to support me no matter what.“To stand here with her today is incredible — that’s what really friendship is.”Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.Stunning finishIn the first set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her. “This journey has been incredible and honestly I wouldn’t change it for the world.”Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Tendulkar better than Bradman: Abbas

first_imgMost commentators and former players would rank Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest batsman after Don Bradman but former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has rated the Indian icon as the best of all time, even above the legendary Australian.”People keep calling him (Bradman) the greatest. I never saw him bat but I know, somehow, that he couldn’t have been better than Tendulkar,” Abbas, considered one of the finest batsmen Pakistan has produced, said.”This boy (Tendulkar) has certainly gone a step ahead of the Don. Just look at the guy. I mean he has been playing for 21 years, has scored thousands of runs, dozens of centuries but is still hungry for more as a debutant. It’s such an inspiring sight to see him go out there and still bat like he batted as a teenager. Our batsmen should learn from him,” Abbas told News on Sunday on Sunday.Abbas lamented he was not playing in the current era and said he envied Tendulkar because of his never ending appetite for runs.”I am proud that I am the only Asian to have scored over 100 first class hundreds but after 16 years of international cricket I just played 78 tests. I wonder if I was born in the seventies. I could have played twice as many tests and have scored so many more runs. Probably I was born in the wrong era,” he said.”Tendulkar is so good and so lucky to be born at just the right time. It’s a great combination,” said Abbas, who is known as Asian Bradman for his run making ability and remains the only Asian to have 100 first class hundreds.advertisementZaheer advised Pakistan batsman to take more responsibility and to stay at the wicket. He said he did not think Pakistan batsmen had any technical faults but just lacked application and temperament.”They should stop going for shortcuts at international level.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Towards happiness

first_img“Just a few more minutes and you will reach. Think of the breathtaking views up there. You can do it.” Like a stuck record, I keep repeating these words to myself as I bravely trek up the steep 8-km hill to Tiger’s Nest, or Taktsang Monastery, sitting on the edge of a sheer cliff. Raj, our friendly Bhutanese guide for the trip, slows his pace to keep me company. But I am in no rush. I am enjoying stopping and chatting with passersby as they motivate each other. Coming from a city where the pace of life is absolutely maddening, going slow is my motto and agenda for these four days. It is not everyday that I go to the Kingdom of Happiness, and I want to experience it at leisure.Looking at the emerald green mountains around me, my thoughts flash back to my journey here. I sat in awe as the charter plane, part of the MakeMyTrip package, flew over the tallest mountain range in the world and then close to the Mount Everest. The sight of this towering, snowclad Himalayan peak, shimmering under the bright morning sun made me goosebumpy. Coming out of my reverie, I start walking again. We are climbing from 7,382 to 10,200 ft and when I reach, huffing and puffing, I am quite proud of what I have accomplished. For me, it is as good as scaling the Everest.The sight of the Taktsang monastery, hanging at the edge of a sheer vertical cliff,Mount Everest is spectacular and I wonder how it was constructed way back in 1692. Butter lamps flicker inside as I bow my head in silence and close my eyes for five minutes. It’s peaceful and silent. As I walk out to the terrace, I am entranced by the surreal sight of Paro spread out at my feet.Like almost every monastery in Bhutan, this one too has a legend associated with it. I am told that at Tiger’s Nest, Guru Padmasambhava travelled from Tibet to Bhutan on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months in the 8th century after subduing a demon.To me Bhutan seems a land that proudly retains its culture, and has managed to keep its distance from the hustle-bustle of the 21st century. After all, this tiny mountain kingdom has given the world the concept of Gross National Happiness as a measure of progress in place of economic indicators. Never mind the eight lakh local people, this philosophy begins working for me from the moment I land. Soon after arriving in Paro–which I am told is the world’s second toughest landing strip after Alaska, the first thing I spot is a board that says ‘130 Years of Peace, Unity and Happiness’. It is an appropriate welcome. I am already beaming with the picture of Mount Everest etched in my mind. Just after leaving the airport, we pass by a park where the 15th Paro Archery (the national sport) tournament is underway. All the men are attired in their national dress, gho, a single piece of cloth that is tied with a belt and women in kira, a long cloth till their ankles. It is compulsory to wear this in a few public areas and all government offices. We watch the competitors aim at a target which is a mind boggling 340 ft away, and I, a city bird, wonder how they can they even focus on the target so far.Paro Valley is quiet with a small market. The houses, made of mud and wood, are sprinkled along different hills so that the town does not look congested. After spending a day here, we are on our way to the capital, Thimphu. It is vibrant, lively and much bigger than Paro. There is a certain buzz in the air in the Bhutanese capital, but it never loses the air of serenity I am already getting accustomed to. What strikes me is the absence of traffic lights-, not just in Thimphu, but across the country. We visit a number of dzongs (ancient monastery-fortresses) but it is Punakha Dzong that mesmerises me the most. Three hours away from Thimphu, it is located at the confluence of two rivers. This peaceful setting takes my breath away, making me stare for a few moments. We stop by at a park next to Punakha Higher Secondary School where children are sitting during their break. Some are chatting, others are studying. A spirit of well-being and calm hangs in the air as the river gushes by. I cannot help thinking that if my school had been located in such a place, I would have fared better with my studies. We walk over a wooden bridge, festooned with colourful prayer flags and then along a pathway strewn with flowers to reach the dzong. Four purple jacaranda trees outside are a perfect contrast to the crimson red robes worn by the monks.Incense and chants fill the air. Chimi Lhakhang monastery is next on our list. Also known as the temple of fertility, people from across the country come here to pray for a child. We walk for 15 minutes through fields to reach there. A group of young monks playing with a ball catch my attention. It is the sweetest sights ever–little monks clad in maroon robes, but not missing out on a carefree childhood. As far as I can gauge, the happiness concept is not mere talk. Wherever I look, people appear content, whether it is a monk, a child or women behind shop counters.Inside the monastery, I am surprised when the priest blesses us with a phallus. Legend goes that Lama Drukpa Kunley, who travelled from Tibet to Bhutan, would hit the evil with his penis. He told people that the phallus was lucky and they should keep one in their home to drive away evil spirits. That is why many houses have graphic paintings of phalluses. I am rather amused to see all this.Back in Thimphu, we roam around the market. Even small shops here have a bar and you can pick up local liquor from the general stores as well, but smoking is frowned upon and banned in public. On our last evening in Thimphu we visit Bhutan Kitchen, a popular restaurant. Food in Bhutan is spicy. The fiery red chilli is a staple, which they tend to throw into practically every dish. I could not get enough of Ema Datshi, the national dish made with green chillies in a cheese sauce. The meal starts with Ara, a potent local drink made of grains like rice, wheat and barley. We then have the Bhutanese staple red rice, served with chilli beef, and the meal turns out to be amazing.I head back to Paro and then finally need to pack my bags for our return journey. These four days have been like time out from my world of rush, hurry and noise and I cannot help wishing that I could also pack some of the leisure, calm and serenity of this magical land to take back with me forever.advertisementadvertisement At a glanceGetting there: MakeMyTrip runs packages that include charter flights from Delhi/ Mumbai to Paro. Tour Fare: Rs. 33,333 onwards per person.When to go: March to November is the best season.Must doStay:Paro: Affordable: Tashi Namgay Resort; tel: +975 08 272 318; www.tnr.bt. Cost: Rs. 2,900 for two.Luxury: Zhiwa Ling; tel: + 975 08 271 277; www.zhiwaling.com. Cost: Rs. 11,250 for two.Thimphu: Affordable: Namgay Heritage Hotel; tel: +975 02 337 113; www.nhh.bt. Cost: Rs. 3,700 for two.Luxury: Amankora Thimphu; tel: +975 08 272 333; www.amanresorts.com. Cost: Rs. 58,000 (approx) per person.Eat: It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are open to experimenting try butter tea. It is salty and made from yak milkShop: Beef or red chilli pickle from the farmers market in Thimphu.See: The 51.5 metre high statue of Shakyamuni Buddha close to Thimphu. It is the tallest statue of Buddha in the country.FYICurrency in Bhutan: Indian currency is accepted in Bhutan. It is on par with Bhutan’s currency, Ngultrum. However, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 bank notes are not accepted. It is best to take lower denominations from the bank or airport before. These can be used in hotels and most of the shops.Hot dealA hill getaway: MakeMyTrip offers a 7 night/8 day package with airfare, breakfast, dinner & sightseeing for Rs. 33,333 per person. www.makemytrip.com advertisementlast_img read more

No. 1 Simona Halep back in action at Sydney International

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. She will start the season without a coach after Australian Darren Cahill said in November he wanted to spend more time with his family. Cahill, who has spent the past four years with Halep, is taking a 12-month break.The 27-year-old Halep said she will not consider a new coach for at least the next few months.″(He) was a very big part of my career and I want to thank him for that,” she said. “Together we won the Grand Slam that we always wished for. It’s going to be tough, I’m sure. … but he decided this and I fully understood because family comes first always.”With a bye in the first round in Sydney, Halep will meet either Jelena Ostapenko or Ashleigh Barty in the second round before a possible quarterfinal against Karolina Pliskova.ADVERTISEMENT Soccer star Wayne Rooney charged with public intoxication FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, Simona Halep, of Romania, serves to Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. No. 1-ranked Halep returns to competitive tennis this week at the Sydney International unsure if her back injury has fully healed.(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)SYDNEY — No. 1-ranked Simona Halep returns to competitive tennis this week at the Sydney International unsure if her back injury has fully healed.It will be the first time Halep has played since the French Open champion ended her season in October due to a herniated disc in her back.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue And while the injury didn’t require surgery, Halep, who has previously battled similar injuries during her junior years, has spent much of the past three months off the court.“It was very scary because it was below the back, so it’s always dangerous. But I had treatment at home,” Halep said while sailing around Sydney Harbour on Sunday.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 stars“I rested for about six weeks and I did nothing, just exercises for the back. I didn’t have pain while I was practicing this period, off-season. So now I feel confident and it’s OK. But I need to see during the official match.”Halep got off to a strong start last year, reaching the Australian Open final (losing to Caroline Wozniacki) and claiming her first Grand Slam title in Paris (beating Sloane Stephens) before losing her final four matches of the season, including a first-round defeat at the U.S. Open. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more

Surging Tennessee beats West Virginia for 14th straight win

first_imgThe Mountaineers played an 11th straight game without injured forward Sagaba Konate, who leads West Virginia in scoring (13.6) and ranks second on the team in rebounding (8.0).QUOTABLE“We generally take pride in being able to guard,” Huggins said. “This group’s pretty much made me a liar.”UP NEXTWest Virginia is at Iowa State on Wednesday.Tennessee is at South Carolina on Tuesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Turner went 8 for 10 from the field to help Tennessee (18-1) erase its first double-digit deficit of the season. Tennessee took command by ending the first half on a 24-2 run and scoring the first four points of the second half.That put the Vols on track for their 14th consecutive victory in the school’s longest win streak since it opened the 1922-23 season with 14 straight wins.“I think they’re as good as anybody in the country,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.Grant Williams scored 19 points for Tennessee, and Jordan Bowden had 15. Admiral Schofield finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.Esa Ahmad scored 16 points and Derek Culver had 15 for West Virginia (9-11), which lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) shoots over West Virginia guard Chase Harler (14) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lamonte’ Turner made the most of a rare start for Tennessee.Turner scored 23 points and the top-ranked Volunteers held West Virginia scoreless for a 9 1/2-minute stretch Saturday on its way to an 83-66 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The 21-year-old Turner also had five assists in his first start since the 2017 SEC Tournament. Coach Rick Barnes said he replaced Yves Pons with Turner because he wanted a second ball handler against West Virginia’s defense, but he wasn’t sure if he would stay with the same starting lineup.“Starting or coming off the bench, it really doesn’t matter to me, honestly,” said Turner, who found out about the start during Tennessee’s Saturday morning shootaround. “I’m just trying to come out and do whatever I can to help my teammates win, help my team win. I think tonight it called for me to start because they do a lot of pressing, and two ball handlers would really help us.”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 starsEven while coming off the bench, Turner had been playing significantly more minutes than Pons. Turner was the 2018 SEC co-sixth man of the year but missed nine of Tennessee’s first 12 games this season as he recovered from a shoulder injury. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 The Mountaineers began the day shooting just 31.9 percent from 3-point range, but they made five of their first seven attempts from beyond the arc to grab a 19-7 advantage.After taking that 19-7 lead with 11:05 left in the half, West Virginia scored just two more points before halftime. The Mountaineers missed 13 straight shots at one point.“I think that’s the best we’ve played on defense all year,” Williams said.Huggins said the Mountaineers “created a lot of our own problems” during that collapse late in the first half. Huggins noted that an inbounds pass hit an open player in the foot on one occasion, and that West Virginia didn’t bother passing to an open player in another sequence.“We just don’t sustain things,” Huggins said. “We’ve played pretty well in spurts, but they’ve just been spurts. Spurts get killed whenever a guy is wide open and you hit him in the foot. How do you do that? Listen, I played a long time, and I’ve never hit anyone in the foot. I just don’t get that. Then we’ve got a guy open and we don’t throw him the ball.”BIG PICTUREWest Virginia: The Mountaineers’ inability to put the ball in the basket for much of the first half prevented them from having a realistic shot at pulling the upset. West Virginia recovered to shoot 59.3 percent in the second half, but the Mountaineers already had dug themselves too deep a hole by then.Tennessee: Although Tennessee’s defense late in the first half essentially decided the game, its offense also recovered from a slow start. Tennessee scored just seven points in the first 9 1/2 minutes of the game but finished with 83.MEDICAL REPORTWest Virginia guard James Bolden was helped to the locker room after taking a spill under the basket with 15:40 left. Huggins said Bolden sprained an ankle. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces No. 2 Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final View commentslast_img read more

Investors cheer Budget after showing initial concerns

first_imgInvestors gave thumbs up to the Union Budget 2014-15 presented by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday, with the benchmark Sensex moving up over 450 points during intraday trade after an initial steep fall.Investors, who were initially concerned about the lack of any big ticket announcements in the budget, were cheered by the presentation of a ‘prudent’ budget that gave broad directions of bringing about a positive change in the investment climate and measures to rein in the fiscal deficit to 4.1 per cent of the GDP.Finance Minister Arun JaitleyAt 2.30 pm, the Sensex was up 1.63 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange or 413 points even as the Nifty was up by 128 points. Overall, the market recovered almost 800 points from the lows it had plunged mid-way through the Finance Minister’s speech.”The Budget ticks all the boxes, and shows a willingness by the government to listen, and will act in due course,” KV Kamath, non-executive Chairman of the ICICI Bank, told a television channel. “The industry will take this at face value, and hopes to see action on all these fronts.”What has cheered most market observers is that the government has not tried to bite off more than what it can chew, and has admitted to the challenges in most sectors. “The government has kept more place-holders, by picking up many sectors, and committing Rs 100 crore to each to do detailed studies, so that it can determine if it has to take it up later or not,” said Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra, a leader in making sports utility vehicles in the country. He said the auto industry was not expecting any specific announcements, since certain excise duty reductions were already carried out. “What is significant about the Budget is that it is prudent, the numbers are believable,” he said.advertisementShares of companies in infrastructure, power, banking and realty went up following the budget announcements. Experts are expecting the markets to remain bullish in the coming days. “Most investors are optimistic on the government’s ability to execute, although there is no word on reforms, subsidies and labour law,” said Nirmal Jain, Chairman of India Infoline.last_img read more