first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “When we lost against Arellano, we felt the season was already over,” he said, referring to their 84-79 loss to the Chiefs last September 22.EAC lost Hamadou Laminou five games into the season due to a torn ACL on his right knee, while Jervin Guzman also suffered the same fate midway through the second round. Starting forward Juju Bautista also missed considerable amount of time after suffering a shoulder injury, but was eventually able to make it back to EAC in the second round.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 shutoutOnwubere couldn’t help but feel that stars just weren’t aligned for the Generals’ after setting lofty goals of making it to the Final Four before the season started.“It feels like this season wasn’t really for us. We had lots of struggle in this year’s campaign. It’s my last year and it’s really sad that we won’t be able to achieve our Final Four goals,” he said. But though the season is already lost, the Fil-Nigerian forward said that EAC can still finish the season on a high as it faces St. Benilde on Thursday and Perpetual to cap off its eliminations schedule next week.“I just told my teammates to enjoy our remaining games. Maybe that’s our goal right now, to finish the season strong,” he said.As Onwubere’s collegiate career winds down, he’s also hoping to impart some valuable lessons to his teammates in their final two games.“I want to show them that we can achieve a lot if we work hard. That’s something I want them to learn: the work ethic,” he said. “Even though we’re missing some of our teammates due to injury, we still have to work and show that we’re competing. In these last two games, I want them to do their best, work hard, and enjoy our game.”But if there’s one thing Onwubere won’t settle for, it’s ending his collegiate career on the losing end.ADVERTISEMENT “All I want is for us to win,” he said. “I don’t want to graduate on a losing note, that my last game in EAC will be a loss. Of course, I want to win.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Warriors think Westbrook’s style is ‘easy to defend’—report LATEST STORIES With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go PLAY LIST 01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough there’s still a remote possibility of Emilio Aguinaldo College squeaking into the NCAA Season 93 Final Four picture with a 6-10 card, Sidney Onwubere has already accepted his team’s fate.The Generals were often inconsistent as they struggled fight through injuries to their key cogs through the course of the season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

first_imgView comments Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “They’ve got some answers over there and they’re playing well,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.Dennis Smith Jr. also scored 23 for Dallas, which has lost three straight and 17 of 21.TIP-INSPelicans: Mirotic started in place of Emeka Okafor, who sat out with a sprained right ankle. The 24 points were the most for Mirotic since the Pelicans acquired him from the Bulls on Feb. 1. … Cheick Diallo also had a double-double for the Pelicans, with 13 points and 15 rebounds.Mavericks: Were without Wesley Matthews, who had a left hip injury. … Scotty Hopson, signed Monday to a 10-day contract, saw his first action for the Mavericks after entering the game with 4:57 left in the first quarter. He scored one point. … Coach Rick Carlisle said it’s possible Dorian Finney-Smith could return to action later this week. Finney-Smith has missed 55 games with left quadriceps tendinitis.DROWNING OUT THE BOOSPelicans guard Rajon Rondo still gets booed nearly every time he gets the ball at American Airlines Center following a turbulent half-season with the Mavericks in 2014-15. But he helped to quiet the crowd by engineering the New Orleans offense and finishing one rebound short of a triple-double.The 12-year veteran earned the praise of his rookie counterpart Smith.“He’s a floor general,” Smith said. “He does a great job of communicating with his guys, keeping everybody involved. He was knocking down the jumper today, too.”RECOGNIZING EFFORT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Nikola Mirotic added 24 in a rare start and the New Orleans Pelicans won their eighth in a row, 126-109 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.Davis finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, scoring most of his points from inside 5 feet. Rajon Rondo added 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNew Orleans has averaged 127 points during its streak and cleared 118 in all eight games.“We are just playing fast,” Davis said. “When we play fast, we are able to score in transition and get a lot of easy looks.” Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READcenter_img Holiday scored 19 in the first half as the Pelicans held a double-digit lead for most of the last three quarters, save for one fleeting Dallas run at the start of the fourth.“To me, Jrue is probably if not the best two-way player we have in our game,” Rondo said. “One through four, he can check those guys. I think people are starting to see what he’s doing just because of this win streak, but he’s been doing it his whole career.”Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 23 points for the Mavericks, passing Elvin Hayes for eighth all-time in field goals with 10,980.Dallas opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run after scoring the final five in the third quarter to get within 91-87. Kyle Collinsworth scored on a three-point play, and Nowitzki and J.J. Barea hit 3-pointers.After calling timeout, New Orleans reinserted Davis and Rondo, and the Pelicans answered with 10 straight points, including 3s by Holiday and Mirotic.ADVERTISEMENT Player of the Week: Cruz helps TNT make playoffs Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry praised the Mavericks’ run early in the fourth quarter as a sign they’re still going all-out despite owner Mark Cuban’s comments about how losing would benefit the team.“Anyone who thinks these guys are tanking is crazy,” Gentry said. “I know Harrison Barnes, I know Dirk, I know those guys. When they are out there playing, they are playing to win. We let up a little bit and you saw what happened.”Carlisle wasn’t as effusive about his own team, saying, “I don’t want to be gushing too many positives after getting beat by 20. That’s just kind of not my thing.”UP NEXTPelicans: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.Mavericks: Host Denver on Tuesday. New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, drives around Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brad Loper)DALLAS — On a night when his jumper wasn’t falling, Anthony Davis still found a way to do some damage in the paint.And he had plenty of help.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Arnaud Noah led San Beda with 16 points and eight rebounds while Javee Mocon had a 10-point, 10-rebound line.Alvin Pasaol had a game-high 19 points and six rebounds to lead UE. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ WATCH: MMA fighter gets slapped by mom after losing fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda ran roughshod to its second straight win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a 68-55 beating of University of the East Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Red Lions, who played their first game in the preseason tournament later than some of the teams, are now at 2-0 to remain spotless in Group B while the Red Warriors are at 2-4.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast San Beda had to weather an early storm from the Red Warriors after falling 21-12 in the first quarter.The second period became a different scenario for the Red Lionss as they outscored UE, 26-7, to close the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“It was a bad start,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez whose team went on a week-long training camp in the United States at the start of the tournament.“We need to change our mentality in terms of starting a game because we were down in the first but we managed to hold on and allow just seven points in the second quarter.last_img read more

first_imgThe perennial All Star spent the last six seasons anchoring Doc Rivers’ offense and has certainly created a bond with the player-turned-coach.Shortly after the blockbuster trade went down, the Clippers’ head honcho spoke about the deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hate the way it ended,” Rivers told Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. “I wish we could have ended it better, as far as winning. But as a franchise, we love where we’re at.”Although he certainly lost the cornerstone of the franchise, Rivers acknowledged some of the talented players he got in return. 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 What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LIVE on NBA TV!— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 28, 2017 NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster deal Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers  APThe NBA’s surprisingly busy summer of blockbuster deals continue, as Chris Paul was sent packing from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets in exchange for seven players on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).READ: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealADVERTISEMENT “Under the circumstances, I thought we did terrific,” he shared. “Getting Patrick Beverley and (Sam) Dekker and Montrezl (Harell) was very important for us.”Meanwhile, Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he brought Paul in to keep up with the “weapons race” in the league.“You’re either in the weapons race or on the sidelines,” he said during a press conference. “We felt like this is, with James Harden  in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams that are out there.”Aside from Paul, athletic forward Blake Griffin is expected to sign elsewhere as well, while DeAndre has also been the subject of multiple trade talks.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra“It’s a weapons race in the NBA. You’re either in the weapons race or on the sidelines.” –@dmorey on Chris Paul trade…ADVERTISEMENT View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

first_imgAndre Paras. PBA IMAGESIt may have been a confidence-building first season for Andre Paras in the PBA D-League, but he knows that there’s still a lot to learn before he thinks about making the jump to the pros.“I still need to work on a lot of things,” he admitted as he and the rest of AMA Online Education bowed out of the 2017 Foundation Cup on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT The 21-year-old center is willing to take the long route to improve on his game while trying to help the Titans to a better campaign the next season.“I’m not hiding anything. We need to work on a lot of things especially on offense and defense,” he said. “For those out there who understands basketball, we’ve had so many lapses, and as a player and as someone who loves the game, we really lack execution and defense. We need to develop our individual skills too, so that when you combine all of those, it will look fluid in the game.”Paras said it’s a challenge he and the team must face head-on as they hope to rebound from this woeful 1-9 campaign.“It’s growing pains. The chemistry is there, but I think in the court, we need to mature as players . When it comes to the game, everyone should have one mindset,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tennis star’s father pleads not guilty to molesting girls MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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. LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Paras is averaging 8.67 points, 13.33 rebounds, and 1.56 assists this conference in a promising showing with the Titans.But the second-generation baller knows his efforts are still not enough if he decides to take the leap now so he wants to focus on honing his game first.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 stars“To be honest, I don’t really have plans with anything. So I guess what I can work on is on my individual game,” he said.“I need to work on strength because as you can see, I’ve been playing pretty much the whole game. For me, it’s not enough that I get 10 rebounds. I need to have timing, speed, and strength. You can always say you gave your heart and you gave it your all, but you really need to do it.” View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAaron Finch stole the show with a breezy unbeaten 93 and singlehandely powered Victoria to a sensational seven-wicket win over Central District in their second Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament here today.Finch was at his destructive best as he clobbered the bowlers for 11 fours and three sixes en route his 60-ball match-winning innings.The 23–year-old right-hander was ably supported by Victoria skipper David Hussey and Andrew McDonald, who made an identical 17-ball 18.Chasing Central District’s challenging 166-run target, Victoria rode on Finch’s brilliance to romp home in 19.4 overs and bring back their campaing on track after the opening 28-run loss against Warriors in the Twenty20 event.For Central District it is their second consecutive defeat in the tournament after their 57-run loss to Chennai Super Kings and now stands in the brink of elimation.Earlier, riding on captain Jamie How’s unbeaten 77, Central District overcame a scratchy start to post a competitive 165 for five.How decorated his 55-ball unconquered stay at the crease with 10 fours and three sixes.Victoria started their chase on a steady fashion with Rob Quiney and Aaron Finch adding 40 runs in 4.3 overs.But if not for butterfingered wicket-keeper Tim Weston the scenario could have been different as he dropped a regulation catch off Quiney in the fourth over.But it was not to be Quiney’s day as he failed to cash in on the opportunity and clipped one straight to Michael Mason at short-fine leg off Seth Rance in the next over.advertisementRance seemed to emerge as the lucky bowler for Central Districts as his next over too produced an wicket but this time, courtesy a run out. Victoria wicket-keeper Mathew Wade was the unlucky batsman in contention who fall to a mix up with Finch.Finch, however, remained steady at the other hand and dealt mostly in singles and twos with occasional boundaries in between.Together with captain David Hussey, he stitched a 51-run third wicket stand to keep the Australian side in the reckoning.However, poor fielding was the order of the day for the Kiwi side as Woker dropped dangerman Finch on 43 off his own bowling.But just when it seemed the match was slowly going away from Central Districts grip, Doug Bracewell came up with the big wicket of Hussey, caught by Weston of a short delivery.Finch and Andrew McDonald tried to use their long handle to the maximum with Victoria needing 48 of the last four overs.The duo hit some lusty blows and managed to brought down the equation to 25 off the last two overs.Finch was at his attacking best as he welcomed Mason with a lofty hit over extra cover in the penultimate over to bring down the asking rate.With 12 runs needed of the last over, Finch edged Bracewell to the thirdman boundary in the opening ball and then after two singles, the right-hander finished the runchase with a lofty hit over long-on.Earlier, electing to bat, How led from the front with an unbeaten 77 to take Central Districts to a challenging score after they were two wickets down in the opening over of Peter Siddle.How took the onus on himself to guide his team out of danger and build two crucial partnerships — first with George Worker (29 off 25) and then with Brendon Diamanti (19 off 11) to take the Kiwi side past 150-mark.Together with Worker, How first ressurected the Central Districts with a 48-ball 53-run fourth wicket stand and then added a quickfire 33-ball 66 along with Diamanti to give his bowlers a defendable score.But irrespective of the scorecard, it was Victoria’s bowlers who mantained control over the major part of the proceedings.However, a determined How’s blaxing blade spoiled their party in the end with Central Distrcist piling up 67 runs in the last six overs.For Victoria, Peter Siddle, who returned after a seven-and-a-half months’ lay-off, was exceptional upfront, picking up two Central Districts batsmen in the very first over of the match.last_img read more

first_imgTalk about money and the Delhi Commonwealth Games was definitely the most expensive.The government had obtained 10,000 Tetra sets on rent and distributed them to 17 agencies, including the Delhi Police during the Games.And it wasn’t just about financial irregularities. The Games has also left behind an unwanted legacy in the form of thousands of Tetra communication sets.The sets, rented at a cost of Rs 100 crore, were touted as a secure communication technology of “the future”. Numbering 10,000, they were obtained by the state government and distributed among 17 agencies, including the Delhi Police, during the Games.But within days of the Games’ end, a letter from the Delhi Police to the state government on the “viability” and “reliability” of the sets raised questions about the crores of rupees spent on the technology.”We were shown the dreams of a BMW car with the latest technology. But what we ultimately got was worse than the Ambassador cars we have been using,” a senior Delhi Police officer said about the Tetra handsets. Delhi Police were given over 3,000 such sets during the Games.Sources in the state government confirmed that the police have raised concerns about the communication system.”Their letter questions the credibility of these sets. It cites instances of sets not functioning, loss of signal and at times the sets going blank and creating communication hassles. The officers also said they didn’t rely on this communication technology during the Games,” a senior state government official said.Delhi Police officers related instances when these Tetra sets failed as they were trying to use them within the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. There was sudden loss of signal causing inconvenience to the security personnel.advertisementFor the moment, the police continue to use their seasoned wireless sets while the Tetra sets worth crores have been rendered “virtually useless.” Delhi government’s IT secretary Savitur Prasad, though, downplayed the problems. “All those who involved in the Games, including the police’s venue commanders, DTC, MCD, government officials and the OC staff used these sets. We didn’t hear of any problems. These sets are perfect and the technology is one for the future. Even the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be using this very communication system,” he said.The police brass, though, isn’t impressed with the government’s stand and is waiting for an early solution to the problem.”We will try and resolve the issue with the IT department,” DCP Rajan Bhagat said.A senior officer said: “At present, the technology isn’t even working to the standard of our existing system and so we can’t use it. The government says things will be better in future. In that case, let them come back to us with it in the future.” The entire episode may ultimately rub the Delhi Police brass the wrong way as senior government officials said the money for the sets was released after the cops gave their nod to the technology.”They may be having these problems now, but why did their brass give the nod to the technology without prior checks? Crores could have been saved had they done that,” a senior government official said.DCP Navez Mumtaz of the Delhi Police’s communication department, said: “We are only the customers. They gave us these sets and we distributed them and sent back whatever feedback we got. Now it is the service provider’s (state government) responsibility to iron out the problems.”last_img read more

first_imgPacer Lasith Malinga made a grand entry into the World Cup by notching up an unprecedented second hat-trick in the mega event as Sri Lanka crushed minnows Kenya by nine wickets in a group A match in Colombo on Tuesday. ScoreSri Lanka bowled out Kenya for a meagre 142 with Malinga, playing his first match of the tournament, single-handedly destroying Kenya with a career-best six-wicket haul.And replying, the hosts cruised to 146 for one in just 18.4 overs with Tillakaratne Dilshan (44), Upul Tharanga (67 unbeaten) and skipper Kumar Sangakkara (27 unbeaten) scoring freely.Malinga also earned the distinction of becoming the first bowler to take a hat-trick in World Cup for the second time as he first achieved the feat earlier in the 2007 edition against South Africa.It was also the second hat-trick of the ongoing World Cup in as many days after West Indies’ Kemar Roach produced the first against the Netherlands in Delhi on Monday.Obuya brothers — Collins (52) and David (51) — were the only batsmen from Kenya to reach the double-digit mark and it was because of their fighting 92-run third-wicket stand that the African nation could reach near the 150-run mark.Malinga, who had not played the first two games due to a back problem, accounted for four opposition wickets, including a hat-trick, in a span of 12 balls at the R Premadasa stadium.Kenya’s lower middle-order spoilt the hardwork of Obuya brothers as they lost their last eight wickets for just 40 runs.Opting to bat, Kenya found the Lankan pace duo of Malinga (6/38) and Nuwan Kulasekara (1/18) too hot to handle as they lost openers — Maurice Ouma and Seren Waters — for just eight runs.advertisementKulasekera struck early for the home team, trapping Ouma in the second over with a delivery that moved in after pitching. The batsman went for the review but TV umpire upheld the decision.Malinga soon got into the act and trapped Waters in the next over with a lethal indipping yorker that hit the batsman on his toes.Although Waters did not go for the review, he was perhaps little unlucky as TV replays later showed the ball was missing leg-stump.Then came in the Obuya brothers, who displayed tremendous grit and determination to steady the rocking Kenyan ship. They showed exemplary patience to rescue Kenya with a 92-run partnership that came off 177 balls.It took another lethal yorker from Malinga to separate the brothers when he cleaned up Collins but not before the right-hander notched up his maiden World Cup half-century that came off 100 balls and was studded with four boundaries.Veteran Steve Tikolo (7) once again disappointed with the bat as Tillakaratene Dilshan pulled off a blinder at point off Angelo Mathews.Just like his brother Collins, David too threw away his wicket after doing all the hard work and at a time when Kenya needed him the most. He was caught by Thilan Samaraweera off Muttiah Muralitharan.Captain Jimmy Kamande did very little to his inspire his team as he was brilliantly run out by a diving Chamara Silva in the next over. And then in the last ball Malinga came up with yet another toe-wrecking yorker to end Tanmay Mishra’s struggle at the crease.Malinga then castled through the defence of Peter Ongondo and Shem Ngoche in the first two deliveries of his next over to register the second hat-trick of this tournament.He then cleaned up the Kenyan tail with another perfect yorker which was too hot for last man Elijah Otieno.last_img read more

first_imgChinnaswamy stadium in BangaloreCricket fans were on Thursday lathicharged outside the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, where thousands of them had turned up for tickets to the India-England World Cup match, scheduled on February 27. The ticker seekers got upset over the non-availability of tickets. Soon, Bangalore Police resorted to lathicharge the angry fans. The BCCI had been rapped on the knuckles by the ICC over the ticketing fiasco at all stadia.last_img

first_imgThere is something wrong with the Indian team – it looks totally out of sorts. We knew that the Indians will find it tough against the top sides in the world at the Olympics, but the players are not as bad as they have been made to appear in London. They seem unable to even fight.As a former player and captain of India, it is very embarrassing for us as people keep talking about the poor show. Things were never so bad for us at the Olympics. It’s in total contrast to the otherwise good performance by the contingent in other sports.The team seems totally out of form. It may be the case that they peaked during the Olympic qualifier, and are struggling to reach top gear.We were very impressed with the fitness of the Indian team during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup a few months ago. But here the players look out of gas, there is no combination or understanding, and the same mistakes are being repeated over and over again.No department is functioning. It also shows the coaching staff in poor light. It explained why we conceded three goals in the last 12 minutes against the Koreans.May be, the expectations were a bit high from the team once they qualified, but they shouldn’t have been. I have maintained that making it to the Olympics was just like crossing a line. At the Olympics, we had to jump over a very high wall.Chief coach Michael Nobbs has come out in public saying that some players in the squad are content with the tag of Olympians and not putting in their best efforts. Though the Australian may have been speaking from the heart, making such comments does not help the confidence of the team at such a juncture. Though we had beaten the Koreans quite a few times in the recent past, they are always a strong side.advertisementIt does not help when our two drag flickers Sandeep Singh and VR Raghunath – are out of form.Against the Koreans, we earned four penalty corners but failed to convert any of them. On the other hand, our opponents capitalised on three out of the five they got.We have one group game left against Belgium, but will finish at the bottom of the pool even if they win.The Belgians will look to capitalise on our misery. The confidence of the Indian team would be shattered but they will have to play for pride and try to do their best.(The writer is a 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medallist)last_img read more

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose passion for bikes is well known, has floated his own racing team which is now competing in FIM Supersport World Championship.The championship is a support race for the World Superbike championship, which will make its India debut next year in March.The team, named as MSD R-N Racing Team India, entered the 17-race championship in the 10th race at Brno, Czech Republic and is expected to compete full season in 2013.The team has two riders in Florian Marino of France and Dan Linfoot of Great Britain.Marino is a four-time Superstock 600 race winner, and was a full time Honda WSS rider last year. Linfoot had won two Superstock 600 races in 2008. The squad has its base at Yeovil in the UK and technical director will be Andrew Stone.Team principal Amit Sandill said the they aim to popularise and grow the game in Asia.”We are looking at it from the long term perspective.Trying to grow the sport in Asia. The sport itself is in a pretty nascent stage in Asia so this is a first step,” Sandill had said at the launch of the team in July.”Trying to get to the championship and making a kind of mark in the championship and then take the sport to India and then other countries in Asia. We would also like to start a Racing Academy. Behind all this is the passion, which comes as a bonus,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgSalman Khurshid was on Sunday made External Affairs Minister and Veerappa Moily given Petroleum portfolio as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertook a major reshuffle of Council of Ministers and inducted 17 new faces.As part of the revamp of the government that had faced criticism over perceived policy paralysis and corruption allegations, Pawan Kumar Bansal was shifted from Water Resources to Railways and S Jaipal Reddy moved from the high profile Petroleum to Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.In pics: Manmohan Singh’s new teamFormer Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman and veteran leader from Karnataka K Rahman Khan made a re-entry into the government as Minority Affairs Minister, a portfolio held by Khurshid. In UPA-I, Khan was a Minister of State.Surprisingly, Khurshid, who also held the portfolio of Law, got the high-profile External Affairs Ministry despite the controversy surrounding him over allegations of financial bungling by a trust run by him and his wife.Dinsha Patel was promoted as Cabinet Minister in Mines Ministry in the reshuffle and expansion that raised the strength of the Council of Ministers to 78 from 67.Rahul Gandhi, who was earlier speculated to join the government, kept away with the Prime Minister saying the young leader wants to strengthen the party, notwithstanding his request to become a minister.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Defence Minister AK Antony during the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.The exercise, which the Prime Minister said was “hopefully, probably the last” before next Lok Sabha polls, was confined to Congress party barring the inclusion of Tariq Anwar of NCP as a Minister of State.”It is a combination of youth and experience,” Manmohan Singh told reporters after the swearing ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.”The road ahead is full of challenges,” he said on his priorities in the next few months.22 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Cabinet Ministers and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj.The Prime Minister took away portfolios from ministers holding more than one charge and filled in the vacancies created by exit of six Trinamool ministers, death of Vilasrao Deshmukh and resignation of eight ministers including S M Krishna, Virbhadra Singh, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik and Subodh Kant Sahai.The new faces brought in included actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi who has been made MoS with Independent charge in the Ministry of Tourism while Manish Tewari has been given I&B, a portfolio held by Ambika Soni who resigned on Saturday.Shashi Tharoor, who had to quit as MoS External Affairs in April 2010 in the wake of allegations of wrongdoing in buying stakes in an IPL team, has made a comeback as MoS HRD.President Pranab Mukherjee administers oath to the newly inducted Cabinet Ministers K Rehman Khan, Dinsha Patel, Ajay Maken, Chandresh Kumari, Harish Rawat, Ashwani Kumar and MM Pallamraju.Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal shed HRD portfolio to M M Pallam Raju, who has been promoted in the reshuffle. Earlier, Raju was Minister of State for Defence.Another significant promotion has been made in the case of Ashwani Kumar who has been upgraded to the Cabinet rank and given the charge of the Law Ministry held by Khurshid.Yet another upgradation has been made in the case of Harish Rawat, who was overlooked for the post of Chief Minister of Uttarakhand earlier this year and had revolted.From MoS in Agriculture Ministry, he has now been made a Cabinet Minister for Water Resources.The other promotions are Dinsha Patel from MoS to Cabinet Minister in the Mines Ministry and Ajay Maken, who has been shifted from Sports to Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.Significant changes have also been made by upgrading three young Ministers of State, considered close to Rahul Gandhi, and giving them independent charge.They are Jyotiraditya Scindia who has been given Power and Sachin Pilot Corporate Affairs, both of which were held by Moily in Cabinet rank. Jitendra Singh, who was MoS in Home Ministry, has been given Youth and Sports Affairs.Veteran Congress leader and MoS K H Muniyappa has been shifted from Railways to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Bharatsinh Solanki from Railways to Drinking Water and Sanitation with Independent charge.The other Ministers of State who have been shifted are D Purandeswari (from HRD to Commerce and Industry), Jitin Prasada (from Road Transport to Defence and HRD), S Jagathrakshakan (from I&B to New and Renewable Energy), K C Venugopal (from Power to Civil Aviation) and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajiv Shukla who gets additional charge of Planning.President Pranab Mukherjee administers oath to the newly inducted Ministers of State.MoS External Affairs E Ahamed has shed the additional charge of HRD while R P N Singh has been shifted from Petroleum to Home.Cabinet Minister Vayalar Ravi retains Overseas Indian Affairs, Kapil Sibal Communications and IT, Jairam Ramesh Rural Development while Selja has been shifted from HUPA to Social Justice and Empowerment.The new faces who have been inducted as MoS are K Suresh (Labour and Employment), Tariq Anwar (Agriculture and Food Processing Industries), K J Suryaprakash Reddy (Railways), Ranee Narah (Tribal Affairs), Adhir Ranjan Chowdhry (Railways), A H Khan Chowdhry (Health and Family Welfare), S Satyanarayana (Road Transport and Highways), Ninong Ering (Minority Affairs), Deepa Dasmunsi (Urban Development), P Balram Naik (Social Justice and Empowerment), K Kruparani (Communications and IT) and Lalchand Kataria (Defence).Railways portfolio was being held by C P Joshi as additional charge since Trinamool Congress quit the government last month.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Filipinos surpassed their the bronze medal achievement two years ago in the biennial meet for the student-athletes in the region.Up next for the Philippines is a rematch with defending champion Thailand, which fashioned out a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Myanmar in the other semis duel on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Filipinos pulled off a shocking 30-28, 25-23, 25-19 win over the Thais, in last Sunday’s opener. Like the Philippines, Thailand is also 3-0 in the tournament. 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 READ Chito Victolero to Alex Compton: ‘Referees decide what’s a foul, not coaches’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments The Philippines continued its solid showing in the 19th ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball tournament, as the Filipino represented by reigning UAAP men’s champion National University topped Indonesia, 25-14, 25-23, 25-13, to make it to the gold medal round Thursday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.Except for a close second set, the Philippines was dominant in the semifinals match to extend its undefeated run to three games and assure itself of a podium finish.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgAnd so, just as the increased choice brought about by cable couldn’t do anything to deter Super Bowl viewing, neither, it seems, will streaming, cord cutting or the Roku-ization of the American public — not even among the younger audience. A survey last week of 2,800 football fans by PCMag and Sports Illustrated found that 33 percent of respondents in the 18-to-24 age group said they would stream the Super Bowl this year. Most, however, planned to stream it straight to their television sets.The survey found some concern among streamers who experience delays in their stream as compared to the live broadcast. But for the most part, their experience will be the same as watching it on cable — commercials and all.That’s not to say the digitized nature of the 21st century won’t change some things.“The idea of a Super Bowl party, with everyone sitting on their phone tweeting, is going to change the way we experience that Super Bowl party,” said Robert Thompson, the Syracuse pop-culture professor who will watch the game with pen and paper in hand, ready to take notes. “But it certainly doesn’t threaten it.”What could threaten it?Well, only two years ago, many Super Bowl stories (including this one by The Associated Press) warned of the potential beginning of the end of the NFL. The league was besieged by a concussion crisis, its own mishandling of domestic abuse cases, the still-fresh controversy over Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem, along with a steady stream of lackluster games that played as big a part as any in explaining the league’s diminishing ratings.All the off-field issues still exist, with the added specter of a potential labor dispute two years down the road.But the games were better this season, the ratings were up, and the season’s most high-profile mishap wasn’t related to player health or politics. Rather, it came on the field: the terrible no-call in the NFC title game .Former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson was among the few who predicted ratings would rebound.“The NFL had dramatically improved the schedule for Thursday and Monday nights,” Pilson said. “Plus, I thought the issues about the players were not going to be as big this year, and that turned out to be the case.” Which is how we ended up with 18 of the top 30 most watched programs in 2018 as NFL games — much the same as the year before, and the year before that.Maybe more telling: Last year’s Super Bowl between the Eagles and Patriots pulled in an average of more than 104 million viewers for a rating that was 250 percent higher than the No. 2 show on the list — the NFC title game from two weeks previous.The Olympics bring people together, but they last more than two weeks and were held last year in a time zone half a world away. The opening ceremony was the 13th-most-watched program in 2018.The Oscars used to command a massive audience, but last year, they tied for ninth and had their worst showing ever in the ratings.“I’ve never received a call from someone wanting to talk to me about Oscar ads,” Thompson said.The vast majority of Super Bowl ads don’t live up to the hype, even with a 30-second spot costing about $5.3 million.Doesn’t seem to matter. Nor does it matter that one of the biggest drivers of the NFL’s popularity of late — fantasy football — is essentially a non-event this week with only two teams playing. Straight-up gambling — legal or no, the Super Bowl is the most heavily wagered-upon event in sports — will more than make up for that.To sum it up, everything we thought about TV, viewing habits and even the NFL itself gets turned on its head for this one, magical day.No matter who’s playing or what the score, the Super Bowl makes us all get together and party like it’s 1979.“It’s hard to evaluate the Super Bowl as a football game on any level,” Gennaro said, “because it’s so much more than that.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Read Next Almost certainly as they’ll be 10 years from now.Fact is, despite today’s rapidly fragmenting modern-day viewing audience, most people want to watch their sports live. The Super Bowl is the biggest event of the year. As such, it is, by almost any measure, the last bastion of nationwide communal TV-watching we partake in anymore.Of the 10 highest-rated television programs in U.S. history, nine were Super Bowls and one was the finale of “M.A.S.H.”“It’s an outlier because, unlike pretty much everything else, it’s not an event we think of as being disrupted by streaming,” said Vince Gennaro, who studies America’s viewing habits as a dean at the NYU Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport.Or disrupted by anything else.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA — Oh sure, there’s plenty of evidence to support the soothsayers who are predicting the slow, inevitable death of live television.And there’s plenty of proof to bolster theories about the NFL’s slipping popularity.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war But when it comes to clicking away from Super Bowl Sunday — forget about it.Whether streaming it digitally, firing up the cable box or heading to a friend’s house for chips, dip and commercials, it’s a good bet that cord cutters, antenna owners and everyone in between can be found right where they always are on this day — gathered in front of the TV set in massive numbers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesExactly as they were 40 years ago.Exactly as they were 20 years ago. 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first_imgThe statesmen of the 1980s are poor architects. Not only have they not built political societies, national or international, that inspire admiration, they have been chipping away at structures and systems erected in another era of hopeful blooms of world cooperation.The foreign ministers of seven South Asian countries who are,The statesmen of the 1980s are poor architects. Not only have they not built political societies, national or international, that inspire admiration, they have been chipping away at structures and systems erected in another era of hopeful blooms of world cooperation.The foreign ministers of seven South Asian countries who are holding their first-ever meeting in India on August 1, cannot be expected to lay the foundation of a regional geodesic dome conceived by the recently expired Buckminister Fuller. The wheels of cooperation grind but slowly in Asia, more slowly in South Asia than in its sister regions.Pre-conference reports in the press do not inspire a great deal of hope that the foreign ministers would loosen the knots of tough and hardy South Asian cleavages or fabricate a strong and solid dome of regional cooperation. Their labours, however, shall not be in vain.”I’m not an optimist or a pessimist,” Buckminister Fuller used to say. “Optimists and pessimists are unbalanced people.” The fact is that even on the ragged soil of South Asia, the hidden hands of time have unleashed pressure for regional cooperation stronger than the sturdy negatives that thrive on unresolved cleavages.Geodesic or not, some regional cooperation dome will be formally inaugurated in South Asia in the maiden days of August. That will be the beginning of history written in small print.The seed was planted more than two years ago by Ziaur Rahman, the late president of Bangladesh. Only the small nations of South Asia – Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives saw in the seed idea a lodestar in South Asia’s fractious political firmament. India and Pakistan responded initially with studied coolness.advertisementBut a contingent world economic outlook and the widening gulf between the North and the South nudged the “South Asian Seven” closer to one another. Soon a seedling sprouted of low-key regional enterprise to explore areas where the seven could pool their human and natural resources together for collective regional weal.Four sessions of foreign secretaries of the South Asian Seven spawned the idea of a meeting of foreign ministers in New Delhi to weave the threads spun by nearly a dozen official teams into a texture of regional cooperation.Nobody is expecting the foreign ministers to produce a boutique promise of South Asian cooperation. Agriculture, rural development, health, transport, telecommunications, planning, education, and sports and culture do not add up a spectacular drama.Yet these mundane, earthy issues touch the lives of the vast majority of a billion people who inhabit the seven countries. If the seven can work together earnestly in these fields, they will impart to an emerging regional cooperation system deep indigenous roots.The foreign ministers will have to determine whether, and what kind of, institutional frame is to be given to the newly born regional cooperation dome in South Asia – whether there should be a secretariat to act as a catalyst as well as a clearing house of information and expertise, the volume of money to be allotted to regional development activity, and whether, within a broad regional frame, bilateral cooperation should be encouraged. This is how ASEAN started its career some two decades ago. Today it is one of the most solvent regional platforms in the Third World.Media Play: True regionalism will take a long time to develop in South Asia. The region is torn by strategic lesions which make for deep mutual suspicion and raise a psychological resistance to initiatives from any quarter to bridge the cleavages. Differences hardened over the years don’t soften very easily, and the media plays its own role all too often in sharpening the conflicts. Two weeks before the South Asian foreign ministers’ meeting, reports started appearing in the press that could only revive the ragged image of the region’s strategic disharmony.A leading national daily like The Hindustan Times made a lead news story out of a ragtag report from its Calcutta correspondent that Bangladesh was “plotting an anti-India bloc” with Nepal and Bhutan to “woo China”.The report was cushioned on “diplomatic sources in Calcutta”! It did not occur to anyone that despite General Ershad’s recent “anti-India” noises and his internally divisive bid to Islamise the Bangladeshi culture of the republic, Dhaka has neither the resources nor the standing to create an anti-India gang of three.Neither are Nepal and Bhutan, despite certain low-level strains on their close relations with India, in a mood to gang up with anyone against Delhi, nor indeed is China in the 1980s inclined in the least to indulge in realpolitik in South Asia.advertisementBangladesh and Sri Lanka are, on the other hand, deeply interested in receiving as much Indian development assistance as they can secure, particularly Bangladesh with its trade deficit of $1.7 billion (Rs 1700 crore), its growth rate fallen behind the annual 2.6 per cent growth of the population, and its development outlay for 1982-83 trailing that of the previous year, in real terms, by as much as 16 per cent!Then came a report in The Times of India suggesting that the Foreign Minister of Nepal, Padma Bahadur Singh, will raise at the New Delhi meet King Birendra’s pet concept of Nepal as an internationally recognised zone of peace, which has received support from 32 countries including three permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, Britain and France.India under Mrs Gandhi views the Nepalese proposal with strong suspicion, as a subtle move that would chip away at India’s special relationship with Nepal and eventually erode the 1950 friendship treaty.The truth is that Mr Padma Bahadur Singh has no intention whatsoever to raise the peace zone issue with the foreign ministers of South Asia. The meeting, it is clearly understood, will devote itself entirely to regional economic cooperation, keeping its distance from strategic and political questions which can be tackled at this stage only bilaterally. Though Nepal and Bangladesh want the exploitation of river waters in Nepal to be taken up multilaterally with a major role played by the World Bank, they will not raise that issue at the New Delhi meeting.It is therefore premature at this stage to talk about a summit meeting of the South Asian Seven. Summit conclaves are events of strategic substance; they are not undertaken unless heads of government have substantial things to deliver or actual and present common security threats to counter. However, even if a South Asian summit is a far cry at this time, heads of the region’s regimes will probably assemble at the UN headquarters next month in response to Mrs Gandhi’s call for a world summit to consider some of the documents adopted at the Seventh Non-aligned Meet in New Delhi last March.While bilateral meetings between Mrs Gandhi and General Zia-ul-Haq, King Birendra and General Ershad are nearly certain, there is no indication at all that all South Asian heads of government will get together to discuss regional affairs.The foreign ministers, then, will inaugurate a dome of regional cooperation which will still be considerably short of a South Asian regional order. For that, the strategic cleavages in South Asia will have first to be resolved.Fortunately, no South Asian nation now faces an external threat. Pakistan and India are both engaged in an expensive programme of military modernisation, but as K. Subrahmaniam, director of the Institute of Strategic Studies and Analyses, pointed out recently, they are not running an arms race.Even if Pakistan can scrounge up the funds to buy 100 F-16 planes from the US during this decade – its military budget consumes nearly 30 per cent of annual revenues, while in the case of India and Bangladesh, it is roughly 20 per cent each – there is little reason for India to feel threatened because, with the modernisation programme now in hand, the Indian Air Force would still retain its superiority. Whatever threats the South Asian regimes face spring from within.advertisementMost of the region is in a state of political transition. India is caught in the throes of a protracted transition from the 35-year-old Congress system to a multi-party system the shape and content of which still defies precise definition. In Pakistan, General Zia is torn between his ambition to rule for many more years and his gnawing doubts that the military regime cannot last much longer.The ides of August will show if his “reforms” satisfy the politically conscious Pakistanis and earn him a renewed lease of regime leadership. In Bangladesh, General Ershad has promised national elections in March 1985 under pressure of army officers, but vital questions like the form of government the republic will have and whether the armed forces will have a built-in place in it, as they have in Indonesia and Turkey, are still to be decided.In short, governments in power in South Asia are not exactly in command of restless and disorderly domestic political processes, and they still find imagined threats from neighbours to be potent ammunition to shore up domestic political gain. Hence the big South Asian paradox: no nation faces a real external threat but strategic divisions remain unhealed and are deliberately played up by rulers and the mass media.A dramatic improvement in the strategic climate in South Asia must await the composition of the strategic divide between India and Pakistan. Five of the South Asian Seven may suffer from what is called the small nation syndrome; they may be quite needlessly afraid and suspicious of India. But the moment India and Pakistan wrap up a treaty of non-aggression, peace, amity and cooperation, the smaller neighbours would gravitate to the twain, and it will be a very different South Asia. The region’s dependencies on the great powers will diminish, and it will be making solid contribution to South-South cooperation, which is a major part of the non-aligned platform in the 1980s.Poor Response: Taking time off the deliberations of the South Asian Seven, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will resume negotiations for a treaty. General Zia, in his recent speeches, has paid handsome compliments to Mrs Gandhi for her initiatives to improve India-Pakistan relations, and has even encouraged his people to hope that the New Delhi talks might produce, if not a treaty, at least some definite movement towards it.Reports in the Indian press, on the other hand, have cautioned against any such hope. South Block has made no serious attempt to blend into a single document the Pakistani draft of a no-war pact and the Indian draft of a treaty of friendship, peace and cooperation. There is no evidence that the Pakistan foreign office has done so either. Not that the two foreign offices lack the necessary legal and drafting skill. What they lack is political will.Western strategic analysts mistakenly view the India-Pakistan effort to normalise relations as the subcontinent’s response to the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. Thus, Strategic Survey 1982-83, the prestigious annual publication of the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies, perceives the normalisation talks between India and Pakistan and India and China as reflecting the commitment of these three countries “to the stabilisation of their triangular relationship as part of a broader regional adjustment to the Soviet move into Afghanistan”.The correct position is that India and Pakistan do not command, nor apparently wish to seize, the initiative to build a broad regional framework of a South Asian dome. That initiative still lies with the two superpowers.The International Institute survey rightly says that Pakistan’s predominant foreign policy concern remains “the destructive and diplomatically stalemated war in Afghanistan”. Zia-ul-Haq’s anti-Soviet rhetorics do not exactly mesh with the more sober articulations of his Foreign Minister, Sahabzada Yakub, but create doubts that the chief martial law administrator of Pakistan is still hostage to the US position on an Afghan settlement.As long as the Afghan crisis remains unresolved, Mrs Gandhi is unlikely to give her Homeric nod to a treaty with Pakistan. Only when the Afghan question has been removed from the cold war agenda of the superpowers will the prime minister be satisfied that Americans will not ask for military bases or facilities on Pakistan territory. Until then, what goes on between Pakistan and India will not be a dialogue but two parallel Joycean monologues aimed at, but not to, one another.last_img read more

first_imgManny Pacquiao signs promotional deal with Japan MMA promotion Rizin Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—A couple of games could ultimately decide the fate of Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Lady Tamaraws own an 8-4 record and are well within the top four of the league after making quick work of National University, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, Wednesday, and their next two games could either see them to the Final Four or drop out of contention.And as fate would have it, they will face two of the league toughest teams this season in University of Santo Tomas and defending champion De La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Our remaining games are very important and they are must-win for us,” said FEU Captain Jerrili Malabanan, who had 10 pointa against the Lady Bulldogs. “Our goal is to reach the Final Four and we’re taking it one game at a time.”Both UST and La Salle are still in contention for a spot in the semifinals and any result could spell major ripples in the standings. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES As of writing time, the Golden Tigresses own a 7-4 record while the Lady Spikers are at 8-3.Heather Guino-o said their last two games in the elimination round are where the Lady Tamaraws’ character would be ultimately tested.“This is where we’ll know how tough we are, this is where we’ll see if we can hang on until the end,” said Guino-o who led FEU with 11 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The 27-year-old Ancajas (30-1-2, 20 KOs) hasn’t lost in his last 18 fights. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines–Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas has arrived in Stockton, California ahead of his world title defense against Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai on May 4 at Stockton Arena.Ancajas will be defending his IBF super flyweight crown against a formidable foe in Funai, who holds a record of 33 wins, including 22 knockouts with seven defeats.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Best setter award last thing in Michelle Cobb’s mind Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting His previous fight seven months ago, however, was a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico.Ancajas looks to retain his belt for the seventh time when he meets Funai, who is on a winning streak of his own having beaten his last seven foes, six of whom didn’t go the distance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “In practice in Switzerland, I felt good right away,” Federer said about what it initially was like for him on the slow surface, which requires extra footwork and lengthy, grind-it-out exchanges. “Very happy where I’m at, to be quite honest. I was a bit surprised that it went as easy as it did.”Nadal, who turns 33 during the French Open, did not win a title all season until last week at the Italian Open, which is mainly surprising because it means he kept faltering on his beloved clay.He’s been sidelined by hand and knee injuries in 2019, and his play hasn’t always been up to his usual standards.“Been some low moments for me,” he said.But Nadal looked a lot more like himself in Rome, where he handed opponents a total of four 6-0 sets, including one against Djokovic in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – In this June 10, 2018, file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts while holding the trophy after defeating Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the men’s finals of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris. Nadal, a French Open champion yet again a week past his 32nd birthday seems to stay forever young. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)The Big 3 are still very much around. They’re still leading the rankings, still collecting the biggest trophies. And they’re still the dominant figures in men’s tennis, responsible for the main storylines when the French Open starts Sunday.Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 — and a decade after he completed the career Grand Slam by winning his only trophy there. Rafael Nadal seeks a record-extending — and hard-to-fathom — 12th title in Paris. Novak Djokovic bids to win his fourth major championship in a row for the second time in his career, something neither of his two great rivals ever did even once.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess They occupy the top three spots in the rankings, with Djokovic followed by Nadal, then Federer. They occupy the top three slots on the list of most men’s Grand Slam titles, with Federer’s 20 followed by Nadal’s 17 and Djokovic’s 15. And they have combined to win the past nine major tournaments, with three apiece.“Nadal’s reign is never over. Just like Federer’s reign isn’t ending,” said Riccardo Piatti, who coached Djokovic when the Serb was a teen and has worked with other top-10 players. “As long as they play, they’re always very dangerous. But let’s not forget that Djokovic is No. 1.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMight seem silly now, but there was a stretch when some wondered whether this group might be done with all of that winning.Federer, who’s now 37, went 4½ years without adding to his Slam count. He dealt with knee surgery and recurring back problems. He sat out the 2016 French Open, ending a streak of 65 straight major appearances, then missed the U.S. Open and Rio Olympics that year, too. He skipped the entire clay-court circuit each of the last two years, before finally coming back this season and reaching the quarterfinals in Madrid and Rome,where he withdrew, citing an injured right leg. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Bologna beat Napoli late to finish Serie A on high Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Asked to look ahead to Paris after that three-set loss, Djokovic said: “Nadal, No. 1 favorite, without a doubt. Then everyone else.”“He’s one of the greatest champions this game has ever seen,” Djokovic said. “His mentality, his approach, his resilience, ability to fight back after long absence from the tour, injuries, surgeries. He’s had it all. He keeps on showing to the world why he’s one of the biggest legends of tennis history.”Djokovic, who turned 32 on Wednesday, missed the last half of 2017 with a bad right elbow; he eventually had surgery last year, which he began with a 6-6 record and losses in the Australian Open’s fourth round and French Open’s quarterfinals. He was so bothered by the latter, which stretched his major title drought to two years, that he left Roland Garros in a huff, declaring he might skip Wimbledon.So much for that.Not only did he play at the All England Club, he won the trophy. Then he did the same at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open, making him the only man in tennis history with three separate streaks of three consecutive majors. Now Djokovic has a shot at a non-calendar Grand Slam, something he already accomplished in 2015-16 — and can set his sights on a true Grand Slam, winning all four majors in the same season, which only has been done by two men: Donald Budge in 1938, Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969.And Djokovic has looked good on clay lately, winning the title in Madrid before losing to Nadal in Rome.So now, really, the question is: How much longer can this terrific trio continue to thrive and hold off talented up-and-coming players such as 25-year-old Dominic Thiem, who lost to Nadal in last year’s French Open final, or 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Federer in Australia in January before losing his first Grand Slam semifinal to Nadal?“Time is undefeated and these guys are doing a hell of a job of fighting it off, but it has to come at some point,” said International Tennis Hall of Fame member Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion. “Once these guys are gone, there’s a serious vacuum. … Roger, Rafa and Novak — they’re arguably the three best of all time.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMaruti all women rallyIndian auto maker Maruti Suzuki recently organised all women car rally in New Delhi with the aim to encourage women participation in motorsports. The one-day event in the Capital witnessed an overwhelming response with 80 Maruti Suzuki cars all driven by women drivers. In order to achieve this goal, the company is also spearheading several intra city rallies.The event was flagged off at Maruti’s Head Office in Vasant Kunj area. Covering a total distance of 103km, contestants passed through places such as Mehrauli, Gurgaon, Damdama Lake and Sohna before reaching back to the start venue.Expressing his opinions on the rally, Manohar Bhat, Vice-President of Marketing, Maruti Suzuki, said, “Maruti Suzuki’s association with motorsports spans across the last 2 decades. With each passing year, women interest in rallies has seen a significant upsurge. The TSD rally is a test of driving as well as planning skills which serves as a stepping stone for women enthusiasts eager to carve their niche in adventure sports. Moreover, it increasingly offers them opportunities to gauge their preparedness for bigger rallies like Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm and Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare. This is coupled with the objective of imbibing road discipline and promoting road safety amongst drivers.”Participants in the rally were provided with a road book, giving instructions with regards to directions, distance and time. Apart from this, the co-driver/navigator had to keep a check on the time based on speed and distance figures in the road book, and accordingly guide the driver on the speed at which the car is to be driven. As per rally guidelines, participants were to remain within average speed, follow traffic rules and navigate the route correctly while keeping to the prescribed time.advertisementVaneeta Kumar emerged as the winner in this rally, followed by Poonam Rana and Rihen Bhardwaj at second spot in their Gypsy. Meanwhile, Malika Bajaj and Dhruv Dhall finished in third position.last_img read more