Line-ups: Napoli v RB Salzburg

first_imgDries Mertens and Hirving Lozano take on RB Salzburg’s Erling Haaland, but Napoli have defender Kostas Manolas on the bench. It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 20.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Borussia Dortmund-Inter on the LIVEBLOG. The Partenopei’s thrilling 3-2 victory in Austria has put them in pole position to qualify from Group E and they will be through tonight if they win and Genk fail to beat Liverpool. Allan is not even fit for the bench, but Manolas is not ready to start, as the centre-back is still suffering from bruised ribs and had to play with painkillers. Nikola Maksimovic partners Kalidou Koulibaly at centre-back. Mertens and Lozano are the front two, with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon out wide, despite Arkadiusz Milik’s positive form. RB Salzburg have built most of their success this season on the astonishing form of teenage striker Erling Haaland, who has 22 goals in just 16 competitive games this season. That includes six in three Champions League matches. He has support from Hee-Chan Hwang, but Takumi Minamino is also a danger with his pace. Carlos Miguel Coronel is in goal after Cican Stankovic pulled a hamstring against Napoli on October 23. Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Callejon, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski, Insigne; Lozano, Mertens Napoli bench: Ospina, Llorente, Elmas, Luperto, Hysaj, Manolas, Milik RB Salzburg: Coronel; Pongracic, Onguéné, Wober; Kristensen, Minamino, Junuzovic, Szoboszlai, Ulmer; Haaland, Hwang Salzburg bench: Kohn, Ashimeru, Vallci, Koita, Ramalho, Daka, Mwepu Ref: Marciniak Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

India deserves F1 circuit, says Michael Schumacher

first_imgRetirement is the last thing on the mind of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. In fact, the ace German driver, a legend in the motor racing circuit, is “curiously” looking forward to the inaugural Formula One race in India and says the country certainly deserves it.”I have always been in favour of new countries being involved in the sport, as I believe a World Championship should be fought out all over the world. India certainly deserves a F1 circuit,” Schumacher told IANS in an e-mail and telephonic interview from Germany.Schumacher, who made a surprise return to the competitive racing by signing a three-year contract with the Mercedes GP team in 2010, feels the F1 title should be fought all across the world and India is a valuable addition on the map.”I must say I am eagerly looking forward to come to India. I have never been there except for a brief stop-over during a flight; so I am very curious to experience your country,” Schumacher said.The 43-year-old, with a record 91 race victories, 68 pole positions and 78 fastest laps, is statistically the greatest driver to have sat in the F1 cockpit. The veteran, however, has not even managed a podium since his comeback last year and his best result of the season has been the fourth place finish in Canada.Schumacher says he still has fire in his belly to take on the best in the business and quitting has not crossed his mind.”My contract runs until the end of next year. So there is not even the need now to think ahead of that time. Once the date gets closer, I will certainly make my mind up. Until then, I just do what I love to do: race, fight, compete,” he says when asked about retirement.advertisementThe 12 teams for the Oct 28-30 race are expected to arrive here by next week and they are usually on the job from the word go, giving them very little time to explore the place.Schumacher rues that aspect of F1 and hopes to get the taste of Indian culture that he has heard a lot about.”Unfortunately, we are usually quite busy during a race weekend; so most of the times we do not manage to see much. But what you can see and feel is how the people welcome you. If they like you to be there and are curious about your sport then it will be something interesting for all of us.”However, as India is so famous for its culture, I hope to get some knowledge about it,” said the champion driver.Schumacher is also one of the most popular F1 drivers ever.He started his career with the Benetton team in 1991 and won consecutive titles with them in 1994-1995. The glorious period of his career came with Ferrari as he won five titles with the Italian outfit from 2000-2004. He narrowly missed the eighth title in the 2006 season when Fernando Alonso edged him for his second world crown.He had his controversies, too. A spokesman for driver safety, he himself was involved in collisions twice in the final world championship-deciding race of a season, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez, Spain.The German is an ambassador for Unesco and came out in support of several humanitarian causes, donating tens of millions of dollars in charity.last_img read more

Stumped by Aussie mind games, can Team India bounce back in Perth?

first_imgIndia’s tour Down Under has so far been a complete disaster. If Melbourne Test saw a bit of fight and resilience from the Indian camp, Sydney witnessed just the opposite. Clearly, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team has not only been struggling on the field, but also off it. The Indians were shamed and shattered as the hosts destroyed the fabled Indian batting on two occasions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to begin the four-Test series. At the Sydney Cricket Ground the Indian egos were bruised and battered as this time not only did the batting collapse, but also the bowlers were sent packing by Aussie captain Michael Clarke and his team. Before it started, the series was billed to be India’s best chance to script history Down Under. Instead, the team has now been staring down the barrel. Not only are they down 0-2 in the series, but Dhoni and his men seem to have already raised the white flag. The Indian contingent looks like a disintegrated bunch which looks uncertain as to counterattack or to surrender under pressure. With Aussie media vying for their blood, scrutinising each and every move of theirs, the Indians on more than one occasion fell into the trap. The Aussies are also ensuring that Perth 2008 is not repeated where the team fought back into the series. With the mind games, negative media reports and the verbal volleys, the Aussies seem to have already won the battle as they have been successfully managing Indians to respond to their ugly tactics. A simple and logical solution to these ugly mind games is to ignore and not react. However, the Indians seem to be ignoring the basic rule and have only themselves to blame for their performance both on field and off it.advertisementlast_img read more

Force India drivers feel Sebastian Vettel got over emotional

first_imgA day after Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel called Hispania driver Narain Karthikeyan an ‘idiot’ for the collision during the Malaysian Grand Prix which cost him championship points, Force India drivers Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg said that the reaction from the German was a bit extreme.Narain and Vettel had collided during the 46th lap in Sepang which left the defending champion with a puncture and that resulted in him dropping to 11th position from fourth.Speaking at the Buddh International Circuit on Tuesday, di Resta said that in the hectic world of F1, things might slip up a bit.”I did not see that incident, but I feel it was said in the heat of the moment. There are a lot of emotions in Formula One and sometimes you say certain things. However, the track is as much Narain’s as it is of Vettel. Both are F1 drivers and they compete in it for their teams,” di Resta said.Sahara Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta at the Buddh International Circuit.Hulkenberg too said that the remark was made in the heat of the moment. “I think Vettel just got emotional. He had lost points and it must have been frustrating,” the German said.Talking about the two races this season, di Resta said the performance in Malaysia gave him and the team a lot of confidence. “The conditions in Malaysia were very tough. We were the only team to have too drivers in the top ten after the race, which is a huge achievement.”advertisementDi Resta collected seven points from two races, including a seventh-place finish in Sepang, while Hulkenberg managed two after his ninth-place on Sunday.The Scot also said that the team was looking forward to some upgrades and the midseason testing, but didn’t give any details of what exactly the packages entailed. He was, however, encouraged with the second-place finish by Sauber driver Sergio Perez and said if various factors fall into place, even Force India could get on the podium.”It’s going to be a difficult task. You want it to happen and you prepare yourself for the weekend. We saw this weekend what Sauber achieved,” he said.The Force India drivers took the media contingent on a tour of the track in Mercedes cars and gave the journos a tiny glimpse of what the drivers do and endure on the track.last_img read more

Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go

first_imgThe referees failed to call an 8-second infraction on Ateneo point guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court near the four-minute mark with the game tied at 79.Instead, UP playmaker Jun Manzo was whistled for a foul.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 openingIt was an obvious head-scratcher but Perasol isn’t the type to cry over spilled milk.“It was really [crucial]. But it happens and I can’t delve on that,” Perasol told reporters after the Maroons’ 96-82 loss. “It’s something they’ve decided on and they can’t reverse that.” “We have to find a way how we can play through that, but then again, I’m hoping the officials will do a better job [because] we’re exerting effort to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims FEU sets record for most 3s with 18, but 42 attempts ‘way too much’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games University of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol admitted that the missed 8-second violation late in the fourth quarter of the Fighting Maroons loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles was crucial.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’last_img read more

Westbrook, Thunder top Bulls for 3rd straight win

first_imgView comments Oklahoma City had high hopes coming into the season after trading for All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, but the Thunder had lost four straight before getting things turned around to even their record at 7-7.“From here, we’re kind of gaining some momentum,” George said. “We’re getting consistency from our level of play standpoint. I think we’re starting to come together for the most part. Again, we’re obviously not where we want to be. There’s always going to be a level of improvement, but we’re trending in the right direction.”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 openingAnthony returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with a sore lower back and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 15 points and 11 rebounds.The Thunder led 27-7 at the end of the first quarter to match the fewest points they have allowed in a quarter since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008. The Bulls made 2 of 16 field goals in the period.“Just setting the tone,” Westbrook said. “Thought we did a good job of being aggressive, using our hands.That’s how we win games.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron’s ‘superhuman’ powers will eventually go away, Draymond Green says MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a dunk in front of Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, and center Robin Lopez (42) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder.Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Malditas save PH from shutout Lauri Markkanen and Antonio Blakeney each scored 16 points for Chicago, and Denzel Valentine added 13. The Bulls shot 34.7 percent from the field.“We fought from the second quarter on, but again, we’re down 20 in the first quarter with a seven-point quarter,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You’re not breeding any confidence for yourselves. So it’s a mindset. You’ve got to come out and see that thing go through the hoop. It’s going to give you a little confidence. Right now, we don’t have a lot, especially early in games.”The Thunder led 58-34 at halftime. Westbrook didn’t score until 6:43 remained in the second quarter, but finished the half with 17 points.“He does that to a lot of people,” Hoiberg said. “He’s so explosive. There’s a reason he was the MVP last season.”Though the Thunder were never threatened in the second half, they had hoped to finish better. They shot 22 percent after the break.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay “In the second half, we never got into a rhythm,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Never played to an identity. I thought our defense, for the most part, was pretty good for the full 48. We had some lapses. But I thought offensively, that’s where we got to really move the ball and make them work and find ways to break the defense down better than we did in the third and the fourth.”TIP-INSBulls: Were coming off a 133-94 loss to San Antonio. … Starters shot 1 for 11 from the field in the first quarter. … Valentine was the only Bulls player to make more than two field goals in the first half.Thunder: C Steven Adams missed his third straight game with a right calf contusion. … Won the firstmeeting with the Bulls 101-69 on Oct. 28. … Grant made a layup off an inbounds pass in the final second of the first half. … George finished with 13 points after scoring 42 and 37 points in his previous two games.STAT LINESOklahoma City’s wins during the current streak have come by an average of 11.7 points. All of the Thunder’s wins this season have been by at least nine points. All the losses have been by nine or fewer.QUOTABLEWestbrook, on being focused against a struggling team: “We did a good job of just coming out and being consistent, staying with our principles, playing Thunder basketball and not worrying about the opponents.”UP NEXTBulls: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.Thunder: At San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles

first_imgMOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cani finished with 11 points for FEU while center Prince Orizu also had a double-digit scoring game with 10 points with five boards.Thirdy Ravena led the Blue Eagles with 17 points while Mike Nieto added 13.The deciding game is on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Cani then gave FEU its biggest lead of the game, 75-58, with a booming triple that beat the shot clock buzzer with 2:45 remaining in the game.FEU head coach Olsen Racela said they had to sustain their pace and energy from the opening tip until the final buzzer to hold off “a really strong team like Ateneo.” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We were really confident going into the fourth that we will finish strong,” said Racela. “I told them that we will start strong, sustain the momentum, and finish stronger.”Ron Dennison topscored for the Tamaraws with 17 points with eight boards and two steals while Arvin Tolentino, a former Rookie of the Year for Ateneo, added 13 points. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University forced a do-or-die for the last finals slot after stunning top seed Ateneo, 80-67, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Final Four Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws pulled ahead in the third quarter after erecting a 20-6 run with former Blue Eagle Hubert Cani capping it off with a layup that gave FEU a 58-44 lead late in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021last_img read more

F2 Logistics gears up for spot in final

first_img“We played very focused tonight and we are thinking about the semifinals already,” said Maria Jose Perez, F2 Logistics’ Venezuelan reinforcement who accounted for 12 points.Now F2 Logistics will gear up for a spot in the final, going up against either Cignal HD or Cocolife which it both dispatched of in straight sets in the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the same push that propelled it to the top spot in the semifinals, F2 Logistics kicked Iriga City out of the running Tuesday night.The Cargo Movers took its place in the next round after a worry-free 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 triumph in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Revived rule makes Mbala ineligible next season MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Children and officials of Tokyo 2020 pose for photographers with cutouts of shortlisted three mascot design sets which each contain one mascot for the Tokyo Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games, at an elementary school in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Japanese schoolchildren will help determine the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday unveiled three sets of designs for the games’ mascots. The 6.5 million schoolchildren will review the shortlisted designs with their classes casting a single vote in favor of one of the three sets.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES The three finalists were selected from among 2,042 entries submitted by the public, with the winner to be announced on Feb. 28.The first set is a pair of humanoid characters clad in the ‘ichimatsu” checkered pattern of the Games’ official logo.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 second set features a “maneki neko” (good-luck cat) and a fox commonly seen at Shinto shrines. The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their backs.The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Durant’s triple-double lifts Warriors over Hornets Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Look at bright side, official urges football critics

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay “I think a more encouraging and supportive stance will do more good for Philippine football than complaining and maligning the players and coaches who did their best for their country,” said Cheng in a statement.Without more than half of their regular players since the tournament did not fall during the international window, the Azkals lost to Chinese Taipei, 0-3, and Timor Leste, 0-1, after opening the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Laos. The Azkals finished second behind Chinese Taipei in the tournament, nipping Laos on goal difference.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 openingAzkals manager Dan Palami said they were not consulted over the composition of the team for the tournament with Davao Aguilas coach and PFF technical director Marlon Maro forming the team with the approval of PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes.“The players were given the best organization one can possibly do with the time, and logistics constraints we have plus the conflict that the CTFA tournament have with the PFL schedule,” said Cheng. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lyceum not seeking redemption, just improvement, as Zark’s Burgers Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021center_img After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Philippine Azkals File Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippines may have suffered losses against lower-ranked teams in the Chinese Taipei Football Association Invitational Tournament recently, but businessman Jefferson Cheng, who served as manager of the team, would rather stick to the positives—pointing out that young players were able to get international exposure from the four-nation competition.Saying that negative statements about the team’s results were unfair, Cheng stressed that the coaches and players did their best for the country given the time and logistical constraints as the tournament came immediately after the Philippines Football League season.ADVERTISEMENT “My role is temporary as the PFF asked for assistance because most of the clubs with the regular Azkals players including Mr. Palami’s Global FC are in the PFL semifinals while Azkals coach Thomas Dooley also had a previous commitment.Cheng said his management team actually got in touch with some players whom Palami recommended and already bought their tickets, but they failed to join the team for some reason.“We should draw our attention to the positives,” Cheng stressed.Cheng cited players like Kintaro Miyagi from Cebu, who scored his first international goal against Laos, and Ateneo’s Jarvey Gayoso were able to gain valuable experience from the tournament where they teamed up with the likes of Phil and James Younghusband.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ceres-Negros rips Global Cebu, wins 1st PFL crown

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Almost immediately, Global threatened with a long-range effort from Rufo Sanchez, whose shot rattled the crossbar.Another quick counter in the 20th minute opened up a golden opportunity, this time, for Ramsay to tuck home from close range to double the lead.Ramsay made it 3-0 on the night with another precise finish in the area as the Busmen moved on the cusp of glory.Just after the hour mark, Ramsay grabbed his hat trick after he was set up by the returning Patrick Reichelt inside the area.Daryl Roberts pulled a goal back for Global in the 89th minute, but it only delayed the inevitable as Ceres made history in front of more than 2,200 spectators that included Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims National team standout Iain Ramsay delivered a hat trick after Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon opened the scoring four minutes into the match as the Busmen came up with a performance to remember against a worthy foe.The victory capped an impressive year for the Busmen, who also made history last August when they ruled the AFC Cup Asean zonal championship at the expense of Singapore’s Home United at Panaad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Busmen relied on quick counterattacks to pick apart a Global side that looked a step slow right from the get-go. For a change, Ceres allowed Global to settle into the match early before hitting the Cebu side on the counter.Ramsay found space on the left before teeing up Maranon inside the area. The Spanish striker’s volley past Patrick Deyto not only opened the scoring, but gave the Ceres star his 22nd goal of the season. 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Double celebration for F2 import Perez with MVP award and PSL titlecenter_img CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBACOLOD CITY – Add one more historic feat for Ceres-Negros in a year already full of glorious moments.Ruthless on the counterattack, the Busmen demolished rival Global Cebu, 4-1, last Saturday night to wrest the first Philippines Football League crown in front of a lively crowd at Panaad Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View commentslast_img read more

Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. On Tuesday night, he got something different. Comedian Will Ferrell stepped out of the crowd and, slipping into character as Ron Burgundy from the movie Anchorman, conducted the post-match interview.As usual, the 36-year-old Federer stayed classy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSix-time champion Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka earlier made successful returns from injury layoffs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon.Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match in Melbourne since a failed doping test here in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugurza, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 16 Elena Vesnina, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and No. 29 Lucie Safarova advanced.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to Andrea Petkovic.Sharapova was banned after testing positive for the drug meldonium when she was here in 2016, and finished last year ranked No. 60 following a return to Grand Slam tennis at the U.S. Open.Sharapova will next play No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat her at last year’s U.S. Open.“I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally last year with — there was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely,” Sharapova said. “But it felt pretty routine today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Raymar Jose filled with mixed emotions as he faces old coach Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES The five-time major winner recovered from an early break in the second set and closed out her 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria with an ace.“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been back here — obviously I wanted to enjoy the moment,” the 2008 Australian Open champion said after blowing kisses to the crowd.Former No. 1-ranked Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open winner, continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Anna-Lena Friedsam to extend her streak to 10 consecutive wins.“Something is going on with Australia and me,” said former No. 1-ranked Kerber, who the Sydney International last week for her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open.Djokovic tweaked his service motion while recovering from an injured right elbow, and used it to good effect in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Donald Young.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Djokovic lost in the second round here last year, but won five of the previous six Australian Open titles.“Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have,” Djokovic said. “I played perfect tennis, like I never stopped.”Wawrinka, who had six months out after surgery on his left knee, beat Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2).No. 4-ranked 4-Alexander Zverev, No. 5 Dominic Thiem, No. 7 David Goffin, No. 19 Tomas Berdych advanced, but No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut lost to Fernando Verdasco and former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic lost to Lukas Lacko.No. 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the U.S. men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez.Madison Keys reversed a trend, becoming the only one of the four American women who contested the U.S. Open semifinals four months ago to reach the second round in Australia.No. 17-seeded Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up, advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Wang Qiang and will be one of four American women in the second round.Top-ranked Simona Halep had to save set points at 5-2 down in the first set, and badly twisted her left ankle early in the second, before beating teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava 7-6 (5), 6-1.Halep next plays 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.“It’s always really cool to go up against the best in the world,” Bouchard said. “I want to … go out there and do some damage.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Russia’s Maria Sharapova blows kisses to the crowd after she won over Germany’s Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer picked up where he left off at the Australian Open on a day when Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic helped ensure there were all kinds of comebacks.Defending champion Federer beating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in a night match, his first on Rod Laver Arena since clinching a career-reviving title here last year. The 19-time major winner has been met on court after wins here previously by tennis greats Laver, John McEnroe and Jim Courier.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sottolast_img read more

Jose Mourinho extends contract at United until at least 2020

first_img“I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future,” said Mourinho, who also has an option to stay for a further year under the terms of the new contract.In his first season in charge, the Portuguese coach won the League Cup, the Europa League and Community Shield.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We have set very high standards — winning three trophies in one season— but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for,” Mourinho said. “We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.”United is still in realistic contention for two trophies this campaign — the FA Cup and Champions League — but the next task is to mount a credible Premier League title challenge. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Although United is second in the standings, Manchester City is 12 points in front. United has not won the league since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after delivering a record-extending 20th English title.“Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020,” vice chairman Ed Woodward said. “His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team.“He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”Mourinho is a two-time Champions League winner, with FC Porto and Inter Milan. He has won eight league titles since 2002 across four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), three of them coming in the Premier League with Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Messi and Suarez strike again as Barcelona advances in Copa Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho looks on during their Champions League group A soccer match against Benfica, at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Jose Mourinho has extended his contract at Manchester United, tying him to the Premier League club until at least 2020. United announced the new deal for its manager on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)Jose Mourinho believes he is laying the foundations for a sustained period of success at Manchester United, and he now plans to stay even longer.The manager, who succeeded Louis van Gaal in 2016 on a three-year deal, signed a new contract on Thursday through 2020.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

UST libero Rivera suffers knee injury vs Ateneo

first_imgUST libero Rica Rivera being helped out of the court after suffering a right knee injury in the first set against Ateneo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas libero Rica Rivera suffered a right knee injury during the first set of their match against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Golden Tigresses assistant coach Mark Alfafara said the initial assessment was that Rivera tore her meniscus in the right knee but further tests will still be conducted once the libero arrives at UST hospital.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte 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 BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Unbeaten NU averts disaster vs UE, wins 3rd straight SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Rivera was going up after receiving Kat Tolentino’s hit and that’s when her knee buckled.The fourth-year player still tried to walk it off but eventually fell down in pain.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 openingRivera already suffered a right knee injury in 2015. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Following coup, high-profile Asians viewed with increasing suspicion in Kenya

first_imgProminent Indian businessmen at a Nairobi function: Uncertain futureKenya’s large Asian population stands at a crossroads. Following an abortive coup against President Daniel Arap Moi last August and an economic crunch in the country, the high-profile Asians, most of them wealthy, are being viewed with increasing suspicion and hostility. Well-known journalist,Prominent Indian businessmen at a Nairobi function: Uncertain futureKenya’s large Asian population stands at a crossroads. Following an abortive coup against President Daniel Arap Moi last August and an economic crunch in the country, the high-profile Asians, most of them wealthy, are being viewed with increasing suspicion and hostility. Well-known journalist Chanchal Sarkar spent some time in Kenya recently to assess the situation. His report:Manu Chandaria can’t be called the archetypal Asian businessman in Kenya. He has interests in 25 countries. offices in London, Geneva, Singapore and Toronto, and his group’s yearly turnover is some US $554 million (Kenya’s three Asian multinationals are owned by the Madhwanis, Mehtas and Chandarias – all Gujarati families). Chandaria’s passport is British but he’s Kenya-born and educated in the US. He makes Nairobi his headquarters and so his views about the future of Kenya’s Asians are interesting and worth listening to.Why speculate about the future? Because there’s now been a second warning. The first was years ago in 1967-68 when the Asians were asked to choose between Kenyan citizenship and others. The second was on August 1 last year when a group, mainly from the Kenyan Air Force, attempted to topple President Daniel Arap Moi’s regime but failed.In the few hours of chaos before the Moi Government reasserted itself there was widespread looting in Nairobi and the main targets were Asian establishments. Newspapers said that some 200 tonnes of loot were transported to the Kenyatta Conference Centre for identification, but that was only what hadn’t been borne away.advertisementPresident Moi: FairmindedResented: One doesn’t have to be long in Kenya to notice that Asian businessmen are not liked. And just by looking at one, the African can’t distinguish between an Asian tourist, a technologist serving out a contract and a long-time Asian resident.On the ground floor of the plush-rich Chandaria office building, Comcraft House. is a boutique stocking stationery, ice cream and chocolates, picture postcards, razor blades, hot snacks, cold drinks and so on. It’s run by an Asian. But Asians must go, said Manu Chandaria. They must pull out of the high-visibility retail trades and get into who lesaling and manufacture, leaving retail to the Africans.Easier said than done, as Chandaria conceded. Today the Asians are solidly entrenched in Kenya’s retail world. Supermarkets, food stores, chemists, electronic goods, fashion wear, real estate, car sales and service, cinemas, restaurants and the little general duka (shop) in a small town – you name it: it is in Asian hands, spinning money. It is not easy asking someone raking in the shekels to stop and do something else.Fragmented Community: And yet they must think again, must reconsider their encrusted beliefs and attitudes. That is terribly difficult in a population fragmented between Gujaratis (the Shahs of Jamnagar, Patels, Cutchis and Lohanas), Sunni Muslims and Shias (including the Dawoodi Bohras and Ithne Asheris), Sikhs and other Punjabis, and Goans, to name the more important. No one body speaks for this motley crowd whose forefathers migrated from what is today India and Pakistan 80,90. sometimes a 100 years ago.They have the trappings of the West, are extremely prosperous and often maintain three or four cars. They have either bought from the departing British or later built themselves fabulous homes and gardens in what were once the “white” areas of Nairobi. The name-plates reveal who they are – Suru Shah, the Kohlis, Ghoolamally and so on.Much wealth, it would seem, but relatively little culture. This is not the Burgher community of Sri Lanka who were the professional elite. There are still two Q.C.’s (Queen’s Counsels), one 92 and the other 78, the best known gynaecologist and ENT man in East Africa and a reasonable number of doctors, judges and lawyers; but the accent is heavily on business.Cynical Traders: What is their business reputation like? It’s always chancy to hazard general statements, but the Asian businessman is out for a quick kill. His funds are often smuggled out or transferred from Kenya to Britain, Switzerland, Canada, United States, Hong Kong and elsewhere in devious ways. There is a lot of under invoicing.The customs and other departments of government are often corrupted into colluding or conniving. The average shopkeeper has no hesitation in charging “what the traffic will bear”. A small thing, a cigarette holder, for instance, can be at three different tobacconists, 220 shillings, 275 shillings and 450 shillings!As a cynical Indian said, “The Africans don’t ask questions. The Asian shopkeeper doesn’t really welcome native Indian or Pakistani customers; they ask questions.” It doesn’t matter that there is today a small African elite who are even more rich and break every rule or law there is. They are part of the soil; the Asians are not.advertisementLimited Options: Today they are cornered. There aren’t many countries to move to; most doors have clanged shut. Assets worth pound 100,000 used to buy “residence rights” in Britain, but no longer. Canada and the US are chary of migrants, even if rich.Uganda is still struggling for normalcy and Tanzania is cracking down on Asian businessmen. Meanwhile, since the August 1, 1982 attempted coup and also because of Kenya’s continuing economic slump, property values have tumbled. This is no time to get away even if the proceeds can be illegally transferred. Individual remittances abroad are limited to 4,000 shillings a month – peanuts, even to the middling rich.The government official is less restive. But he harbours doubts about his prospects even though it is said that President Moi is more fair minded than the late President Jomo Kenyatta, the Father of the Nation. In Kenyatta’s time two Indians, Inderjit Singh and Gheewala, reached the rank of deputy secretary (next only to permanent secretary) but they never made it to the top.The seniormost Asian civil servant in Kenya today is Sharad Rao (a suave Konkani barrister married to Girish Karnad’s sister) who is deputy attorney-general and deputy public prosecutor. Rao is active in Kenya’s sporting and social life and has many African friends. He has acted as attorney-general but it’s extremely unlikely that he’ll be named for that job, with a seat in the Cabinet. An Asian (Fritz DeSouza) has been deputy speaker of the legislature. There is still one Asian mp (criminal lawyer Krishan Gautama), and there are several Asian judges; but the days when Asians could get to the top have gone.THE upswing of 1964-78 is long since over; so also the quick coffee boom of 1976-77. Kenya’s treasury officials are finding it hard even to declare that the growth rate for 1982-83 was any more than 2 per cent, while the population grows at something between 3.8 and 4.2 per cent. There have been three devaluations of the Kenya shilling already. So it might well be scrape and scrounge for the Kenyan economy during the remaining years of the ’80s. Foreign exchange will be very scarce, and if agriculture and exports don’t grow there’ll be hard times.How will the Asians adapt to this? Customarily, as shortages, high prices and unemployment hit the African public they will glower at the prosperous alien groups. Of these the Asians are most vulnerable and visible; they certainly make no effort to cloak their prosperity.There are poor Asians; but in a country where distributive inequality is greater than even in India, the Asian poor is an uncommon species. No wonder Enoch Powell’s counterpart in Kenya, the volatile and popular MP, Martin Shikuku, asserts that there is no Asian who knows hunger: none who’s a sweeper or lining up at an employment exchange. In Parliament he calls fellow MP Krishan Gautama a “paper citizen”!advertisementWrong Attitudes: Here is a news item from the Daily Nation of Nairobi dated April 27, 1983: “The Industrial Court ordered the Rift Valley Labour Officer to investigate the activities of the Manager (M.P. Shah) who is accused of stripping African workers naked. Mr Gideon Isiaho was said to have been fired after refusing to strip during an impromptu search by Mr Shah. Mr Shah in his memorandum admitted that he had asked all male workers to take off their trousers and remove their shoes. He also admitted that he had ordered women employees to be searched by a woman in the toilets.”Will the attitude of generations change? Asked about relations between Africans and Asians a gurudwara priest. Rattan Singh, said the Africans were taking revenge for many years of bad behaviour. An Indian couple flying home from a textile mill job spoke quite calmly about the kalas as if it were the most natural expression in the world. They readily admitted that on August 1 they had been saved from the mob by their African neighbours, who asked them to draw their curtains and stay quietly inside, while the Africans sat outside and told the hoodlums that there were no Asians around.It won’t be easy for the Asians to change. Long ago a scholar on East Africa wrote: “Where the family – even though it be an extended family – is the total extent of a man’s responsibility, the idea of civic responsibility is slow to develop.” There are examples of philanthropy – the Chandarias have an educational trust, for instance; but what the Asians give back to Kenya is far less than what they have taken, and are still taking, from it.Problems: Prophets of doom maintain that the Patel community have decided to pull out of Kenya over the coming five years. In fact, not many have left after the August watershed. Some mention 8,000 but that surely is an overstatement.The core of the Asians remains (about 60,000; at Kenya’s independence in 1963 the number was 1.40,000) and it hasn’t given any constructive thought to the changes in attitude, social habits and economic entrepreneurship that the Asians shall have to make. For one thing, there is no forum to discuss such things, no mouthpiece. no common grounds between the fragmented Asian groups.Sharad Rao thinks that there should be an organisation representative of all the Asian elements or at least an action committee to take up grievances and problems with the Government. He and some other Asians feel that the Government is determined to uphold the rule of law.Prospects: The Asians won’t get much support if they don’t introspect. The Indian High Commission is keen to bypass those who are not Indian nationals; it attempts to link India directly with Kenya and its government through educational opportunities, industrial credits, technology transfers and so on. The point is, will this bypassing succeed?Three African working women were having lunch with an Indian journalist and discussing the Asians. They felt that the Asians never attempted to integrate, spoke Swahili as if it were an inferior language, and seldom had social links with Africans.One of the women told another, “I believe that the Indians in India are not at all like the Indians here, and that they are really very nice.” There are 4,000 Kenyan students now in India. One hopes that they are finding that statement true.last_img read more

Photography is more than just an SLR?!

first_imgHow much does it take to watermark in your name and become aPhotographer? A Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera? Or in popular terms,only an SLR? Probably not. It certainly requires more than justinstruments. While the majority blames the mainstream Indian EducationSystem, some come out of it, following their interests.    In the series of “How (differently) I made it”, we bring to you a sensible mix of passion and education and, hard-workand dedication; sharp accountancy minds, minds with difficult degrees of B.Tech and MBAs. The only common sight is their strong will to turn the tables to construct the sustainable model to suffice the difficultneeds of the system. Anand Rathi, started off withscoring excellent marks in high school, and because of thestereotyped-correlation between science and good marks, everythingpossible at that time made him row the boat of Engineering (but he didit honorably from the premier institute – IIIT Hyderabad). While thiswas on, a flair for Finance developed. For further following (readhoning) the penchant, he studied his MBA at Simon School, New York.While the interest in photography (read life) was still on, by the endof the professional stint he had thought of Photography as a Career. Heworked at Suzlon as well, but when he could challenge the system by hisnot-so mainstream “Photography” as a Career, he quit his job and started full time. After hedging cash flows and trading in foreign currencies,Anand’s company along with another interesting mind Abhinav and hisindividual company came together and formed “Knot in Focus”. Knot inFocus is one of the India’s leading candid photography andcinematography companies. Be it the Jodhpur Palace, exotic wedding inThailand, fancy drunk Goan wedding, they give a beautiful meaning toyour life with interesting pictures, with a smile. 🙂     advertisementRishabh Nagpal, bred in Chandigarh did melt in the family tradition of education. Flewto Australia for his Bachelors and then studied Communications atSymbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune. But the passionfor photography never died. Not syncing in with the flaws of the IndianEducation System and dealing with the typical mentality of “Photographyas a Career” option, decided to take up the challenge of following hispassion. Rishabh bought his first DSLR in 2008. His inclination and love for wildlife got nurtured and he could communicate through hisphotography well. Rishabh is an animal lover. And the love can be seenin his photography. His full time services include Automobiles,Ceremonial Ventures, Fashion, Motorsports, Product, Retail and Travel.It isn’t only photography but documentary film making and judgingcompetitions based primarily on sports and motorsports as well. If youregularly watch MTV, then you might have seen this lively man in theshow with his #NanoWest.  A big shout out to the two exemplary photographers who out-shined their talent and willpower. Way to go, guys!  So, have a dream? Go out and explore the world and live it up. All it takes is a little courage and a lot of dedication with sufficient amount ofhard-work and a little luck too. So if you calculate the luck quotient,it comes out to be the minimum of the lot. Hence proved, all you coulddo is, start right up and get going!last_img read more

Proteas spill it, Kiwis fly: New Zealand enter maiden final

first_imgDaniel Vettori (left) embraces Grant Elliott as Dale Steyn lies on the ground after New Zealand’s win over South Africa in the first semi-final in Auckland on Tuesday.Johannesburg-born Grant Elliott’s 84 not out, capped with a stunning six off the penultimate ball, saw New Zealand to a four-wicket win over South Africa in a cliffhanger World Cup semi-final at Auckland’s Eden Park on Tuesday.Elliott’s winning six, off injured South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, took New Zealand into the World Cup final for the first time.New Zealand faced a revised target of 298 under the Duckworth/Lewis method after South Africa made 281 for five in 43 overs. Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum made a typically quickfire 59 off 26 balls at the head of the innings.Then came a 103-run partnership between Elliott and Corey Anderson and New Zealand appeared to have the game in hand with six overs to go. But Morne Morkel regained the initiative for South Africa by taking a wicket and conceding one run in the 38th over and by the start of the 43rd, and final, over the Kiwis required 12 to win.They started with a bye, a single, a four to Daniel Vettori, another bye and then Elliott smacked Steyn high into the stands as New Zealand, after losing all six of their previous World Cup semi-finals,completed a thrilling win.South Africa have now failed to win all four World Cup semifinals they have contested. The Proteas were also undone by two squandered run-out attempts and an embarrassing collision between JP Duminy and Farhaan Behardien which resulted in a dropped catch off Elliott in the 42nd over.advertisementEarlier, De Villiers had set South Africa up for a big finish only to be denied seven overs when rain swept in when they were 216 for three in the 38th over.He produced a rapid 65 not out and, following the twohour rain break, David Miller’s boundary-laden 49 from 18 deliveries got South Africa up to 281 for five. Faf du Plessis top-scored with a patient 82.New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi dropped Quinton de Kock on six. But leftarm paceman trent Boult, the tournament’s leading bowler with 21 wickets, added to his tally by dismissing Amla and de Kock on his way to figures of two for 53.last_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti: Why Iker Casillas was angry with ex-Real Madrid coach

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas opened up about his relationship with the team’s former coach Carlo Ancelotti, saying he didn’t always see an eye-to-eye with the Italian.Following a trophy-less season, Real Madrid sacked Ancelotti on Monday after two years in charge of the team. Captain Casillas lost his place to Diego Lopez after an injury during Jose Mourinho’s final season at the Santiago Bernabeu and failed to win it back under the Italian the following term, though he has been No.1 this campaign.He revealed on Tuesday night that he was angered by the original snub but wished Ancelotti well for the future.”It is a demanding club and the president and the board have made the best decision. But I thank Carlo for what he has done for me, even though last year I was angry because he did not play me much. He is a noble person and I wish him well. Madrid will always be his home,” Casillas was quoted as saying by Spanish radio Cadena SER.Casillas’ own future has been the subject of great speculation following reports that Madrid will move for Manchester United keeper David de Gea this summer. However, the 34-year-old is convinced he will still be at the club next season and has no intention of giving up his shirt without a fight.”I am sure that I will continue here next season. I can’t imagine I will not be at the club next season. I want to finish my career here. If things were not working I would have to leave, but now I feel good and I am strong. I will face the coming season as if it were my first here, that’s my challenge,” the skipper said.advertisementCasillas was booed by his own supporters in several games towards the end of the season following a number of high-profile mistakes.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly to host business reality TV show promoting Bengal

first_imgIn its bid to nurture entrepreneurial talent, the West Bengal government has roped in former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly to host a business reality television show, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.Announcing the new TV show named “Egiye Bangla” (Bengal Leading), Banerjee on her Facebook page said: “Yet another first from Bengal is about to unfold very soon…Bengal is launching an exclusive business reality show.”Said to be the brain child of Banerjee, the show will be hosted by the celebrated cricketer and local hero — who has already made a mark as an anchor hosting the popular television show “Dadagiri”.”Our very own Sourav Ganguly has come forward to be the face of the show. The show will target young entrepreneurs, with unique business ideas and help them to achieve their dreams.”Like his passion on and off the field, Sourav will ignite young minds to be successful entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” Banerjee said.However, Banerjee’s latest endeavour was ridiculed by Left Front chairman and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Biman Bose.”I don’t know about the show, but under the Trinamool, no new industry is coming rather the existing are closing down,” Bose told media persons here.”She (Banerjee) hosted business summits in Mumbai, in Kolkata, she went to Singapore, did any industry come? We cannot see… rather the existing ones are fleeing, factories are closing down,” added the veteran Marxist leader.last_img read more