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Team India is down and out of the ongoing World Cup. Its trip to the 2007 tournament lasted a brief and eventful seven days, the cricketing equivalent of a week-long Caribbean cruise. Indian bowler Zaheer Khan, second from left, celebrates with wicket keeper, Mahendra Dhoni, center, and Harbhajan Singh, right, after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya during the Cricket World Cup match with Sri LankaRunners-up of World Cup 2003, India began its campaign this time on Saturday, March 17 with a shocking defeat at the hands of lowly Bangladesh. The following Monday, after a weekend of stunned introspection by Indian fans and player alike, it thrashed an even more lowly Bermuda by a whopping 257 runs. In beating this “Popatwadi” side – the pithy Mumbai street slang for the weakest side of any tournament – the Indian “tigers” shattered the world records for the highest total in World Cup history (413 for 5 in 50 overs) and for the highest victory margin in all One-Day International matches ever played.Later that same week, it was back to painful reality on 23 March – one of the blackest Fridays in Indian cricket. The team capitulated before a well-oiled cricketing machine called Sri Lanka, and was effectively eliminated from contention in the very first round. By the end of that evening, the tigers had metamorphosed into a line of lambs trudging listlessly to the slaughter house. The Indian bowlers, particularly Ajit Agarkar, began reasonably well, but lost steam along the way, allowing the Lankans to break loose in the final overs and reach a decent 254. Only one word can adequately describe the Indian batting that followed: spineless.This however is not the first time that the Indians – particularly the Big Three of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Saurav Ganguly – have flattered to deceive in a crunch game. Forget, for a moment, the once-in-four-years World Cup tournament. We have a dubious record of losing umpteen finals even in routine tri-nation series matches during regular seasons. And the pattern has persisted over the last decade or so. India’s batsman, Virender Sehwag celebrates his century against Bermuda in the Cricket World CupOne quibbles not so much with the fact of a defeat, as much as the manner of the defeated. I seen several past Indian cricket teams lose matches and yet cover themselves with glory for having tried their hardest by playing out of their skins against formidable opposition. Team India – significantly after the mid-1990s when brash commercialism in the form of cable television and big sponsorship began dictating the game and its players – has seldom shown that kind of raw spunk. Rarely, if ever, have recent matches ended after a well-fought contest. And rarely, if ever, has the opposing side beaten us: it’s our boys who have forfeited the contest by a shameful lack of grit, morale, application and commitment.So why, oh why, do we pamper this bunch of losers and non-performers? What is it about cricket and cricketers that gets us Indian fans so weak-kneed and mushy that we’re ready and willing to give them an interminably long rope? We don’t do that to our politicians, do we? We vote them out of power even when we aren’t sure that their successors will deliver the goods. We don’t suffer film stars either, do we? We simply stop patronizing their movies, which is also called voting them out with our feet.But cricket is another story for the Indian fan. Or, truth to tell, another religion. We deify our cricketers and not even their repeated failures can shake our devotion. We thought nothing of allowing a straggling old warhorse like Kapil Dev to continue to tag along and play for the country during the last stages of his career in the early to mid-1990s in his quest to break Sir Richard Hadlee’s world record for the largest number of Test wickets. We thought nothing of the cost of this “offering” we made to the demi-god Dev (in return for the 1983 World Cup?) in terms of the matches we lost or failed to win, or even in terms of the delayed entry of an exciting pace prospect in Javagal Srinath. No other country – least of all, champion Australia. which ruthlessly axed One-Day utility players like Michael Bevan and Andy Bichel when they were just past their best – would tolerate players the way India has done.I recognize that the public reaction back home to the latest World Cup debacle is rather sharp and alarming. Three fans succumbed to heart attacks in Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, and one in Thane (on the northeastern outskirts of Mumbai city) killed himself after the Sri Lanka match. Tour operators are left holding hundreds of trip cancellations to the Caribbean, and corporates running Cup-specific ad campaigns are in a “depression” of sorts. As we go to press, irate fans have attacked the houses of Yuvraj Singh (in Gurgaon) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (in Ranchi) as well as Zaheer Khan’s restaurant in Pune. Promptly, security at the homes of all other team members was beefed up as well. Wags are having a field day on the Internet and mobile SMS. Angry fans demonstrate against the team after India’s humilating World Cup lossPhoto: FotocorpBut is this anything more than a knee-jerk reaction of extreme disappointment and let-down not uncommon after a major defeat, and hopefully not long-lasting either? Ajit Wadekar’s Bombay apartment was stoned after the dismal England tour in 1974-75, the humiliating defeat made all the more palpable by the earlier series victories in West Indies and England in 1971. And more recently, Mohammed Kaif’s bungalow in Allahabad met a similar fate after he scored a duck in the 2003 World Cup Final. Both these cricketers faded out of the reckoning soon after.The loss in this World Cup has also exposed our cricket officialdom. Traditionally, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has been dominated by professional politicians. The situation today is different only in that the economic stakes are a lot higher. BCCI honcho Sharad Pawar – whispered as being the country’s richest politician – and his lackey Rajeev Shukla are reciting the mantra of “new young players” and have thrown Coach Greg Chappell to the wolves. Pawar told reporters the coach’s contract, valid till World Cup 2007, would be reviewed. Privately, BCCI sources are certain that Chappell’s will be the first head to roll.Greg Chappell probably knows in his heart of hearts that his excessive experimentation with the team contributed in no mean measure to the overall debacle. Witness for instance the havoc he played with Irfan Pathan who began as an all-rounder of promise a few years ago and has ended the World Cup tour without playing a single match owing to lack of form, focus and confidence. Chappell’s case wasn’t helped in the least by his outburst at the post-match news conference where he hrefused to accept any responsibility for the defeat against Sri Lanka and for the Cup elimination, and claimed instead that he was not answerable to anyone save his employer, i.e. BCCI. We now know that we can’t trust the future of Indian cricket in the hands of a man just because he’s a firang. But how far can we really trust its future in the hands of politicos like Pawar and Shukla who appear to have discovered their love for the game only after the BCCI became known as the world’s richest cricketing body? Greg Chappell probably knows in his heart of hearts that his excessive experimentation with the team contributed in no mean measure to the overall debaclePhoto: FotocorpAre we prepared to transcend the impulsive acts of wanton rage by fans and the petty, myopic manipulations of officials? Do we have the sagacity and the integrity to take a clear hard and objective look at the state of our cricket?If we do, we must discount the statements of the likes of Harbhajan Singh’s mother who told a TV channel that her son’s team lost to Sri Lanka not because they didn’t play well enough, but because God was not on their side that day. We must also discount that biggest hoax and subterfuge our players resort to in post-match interviews: After all, it’s just a game. Just a game, my bloody left foot! Let’s accept once and for all, that cricket stopped being just a game and turned into a real big and serious business in the 1990s. When you get paid obscenely huge amounts of money and get backed by a billion hopes, it is nothing short of criminal to be dismissive about your mission. To call your vocation “just a game” is, for a modern international cricketer representing India, a cunning escape-clause to duck your responsibility to the country, to the spectator and finally to the game itself. Are our cricketers so cavalier about their celebrity status – which derives solely from their association with the game – when they’re negotiating sponsorship deals with the corporate biggies?Do coaches get murdered for just a game? Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer’s murder has vitiated not only the atmosphere in the ongoing World Cup in the Caribbean, but also highlighted the dangers of letting money in the “game” of cricket go berserk. Suspicions abound that Woolmer – who emerged untainted despite being South Africa’s coach in the heydays of the Hansie Cronje match-fixing controversy – was on the verge of revealing details of the cricketer-bookie nexus in a forthcoming bookand thus found himself in the murderous cross-wires of the international gambling syndicate that has many star cricketers on its payroll.Is there a way out of this snowballing mess of corruption at the highest level of international sport? I believe there is – at least for Indian cricket. If the root of the evil lies in too much money resulting in too little concentration and commitment to the game, let’s deal with it head-on. The ultimate question is: how do we transform this beautiful game of cricket to its original pristine glory from its present gaudy and commercial incarnation? The solution is two-fold. It involves the Indian fans on the one hand and the BCCI on the other. BCCI President Sharad Pawar. How much can we trust the sport in the hands of politicos who discovered their love for the game only after BCCI became known as the world’s richest cricketing body?Photo: FotocorpThe fans first. I beseech all my countrymen – and I include NRIs among them – to boycott all products endorsed by cricketers, at least till they win another World Cup. What will this achieve? To begin with, it will keep commercial sponsors out of dressing rooms, in a manner of speaking, and help relegate money to a secondary position in a cricketers’ priority list. Several Indian cricket stars are known to skip practice sessions and “minor” matches to accommodate lucrative commercial deals. Even if the star has his priorities right, shooting schedules for TV commercials do take their toll on a cricketer’s time and stamina, leaving him drained and exhausted for the real job of practising for and playing top-class cricket. (It’s not easy being a poster boy, you know? Ask Dhoni.) A boycott will jolt the cricketer back to the primary task at hand. And no, such a boycott won’t pauperize him. No way. Match fees by themselves ensure that he’s a millionaire and more within months of selection. The sponsorships put him instantly in the multi-billionaire bracket. For players, most of them in their teens and 20s, it’s definitely too much money too soon in life for doing too little.The BCCI’s role is in some ways even more central. It involves suitable penalization of match-fixing cricketers, and strengthening the domestic cricket infrastructure. The first is self-explanatory. The second includes rescheduling Indian cricket’s international calendar to make way for greater participation by the players in local Ranji and Duleep Trophy matches. It also includes making greater allocations to the National Cricket Academy at Bangalore for training new budding talent and rehoning old skills. Not too much of an ask for a Board with billions in its kitty.A stronger domestic program fueled by the cricket academy will develop a larger larger pool of talent for Test and One-Day selection. (Australia is a prime and successful example of this solid professional approach.) We will then no longer be reliant on non-performing stars whose arrogance stems largely from the realization that there is no ready substitute to replace them. There is currently talk of changing the captain and radically overhauling the team after the dismal World Cup performance. But the talk stops short of taking names. Reason: we just don’t have the reserve-bench strength of decent quality in any department.Furthermore, time at the academy and in domestic tournaments will give players opportunities to iron out their technical blemishes and improve their all-round game, fitness and confidence. They will no longer have to resort to “buying insurance” for anticipated failures by downplaying expectations before a big challenge. Look what happened even before the Indian team left for the World Cup. They stretched themselves, not so much in their match preparations, but in promising fans they would aim at the Semi-Finals and would most probably feature in the Cup Final. A senior player like Saurav “Dada” Ganguly, who in the past has expressed disgust at always being the bridesmaid and never the bride, was reduced to playing safe: “…there is no reason why we won’t be contesting for the honors on April 28.” Today, of course, that reads like a sad joke. On the eve of the tournament it hreflected a strangely diminished and wimpy mindset. Why not aim for the top slot – the World Cup – no less?I recall my teacher at elementary school who always admonished those who lowered the bar of ambition. “If you jump for the moon, you will at least reach the tree-top,” she’d philosophize with an endearing sense of drama, “but if you jump for the tree-top, you will end up in the ditch.” There’s a lesson there for a team which went to the Cup aiming to play the Semi-Finals or at most, the Final – and ended up being eliminated in the very first round.It’s never too late to go back to school.Laugh It Off!Here are a few jokes doing the email and sms rounds after India’s World Cup elimination.A family court judge was deciding on a little girl’s custody.Judge: Baby, would you like to live with your Daddy?Little Girl: No, he beats me Judge: Then you’d like to live with your Mummy?Little Girl: No, no. She beats me too.Judge: (exasperated): Then who would you like to live with?Little Girl: The Indian cricket team. They don’t beat anybody.Q. Who’s responsible for India’s exit from the World Cup?A. Indira Gandhi. She created Bangladesh.Team Manager: Hello.Voice: Can I speak to Sachin? This is his wife.Team Manager: Sorry, he’s just gone out to bat.Voice: Okay, I’ll hold on.Q. What is the height of optimism?A. Dhoni coming out to bat with sunscreen on his face.Q. Why can’t Virgin Airlines ever become the sponsor of the Indian cricket team?A. Not with the way we keep getting f—-dIndia is a cricketing nation. It walks, talks, eats, drinks, breathes and sleeps cricket. Too bad it doesn’t play it.– S.H Related Items
For the past several decades, Western corporations have complained that piracy in developing countries of their intellectual property has cost them billions of dollars in profits. Microsoft is up in arms about pirated software in India and China, while the movie industry is livid over the piracy of its DVDs. You have no doubt heard the incessant industry refrains and occasionally perhaps even sympathized with the corporations. What you likely haven’t heard of is the even larger and more pernicious piracy of traditional knowledge by some of the largest agricultural and chemical giants in the United States and Europe. Not only do these companies exploit impoverished tribes in some of the poorest regions of the world, in many instances they have patented their knowledge, giving the biopirates the exclusive rights to its commercialization.In a handful of instances the crass abuse of the global patent system has ignited public fury and resulted in the reversal of the patents. The European Patent Office, for instance, revoked a patent issued to the American chemical conglomerate W R Grace for a neem insecticide after global protests and challenges by several NGOs. Patents for turmeric, Hoodia cactus, a Mexican yellow bean variant as well as a dozen other commonly known medicinal formulations or plant variants have been successfully challenged during the past decade. But in this same period, tens of thousands of other patents have been issued by the U.S. and European patent offices. In fact, even though W R Grace’s neem patent was revoked, nearly 100 other neem patents derived from the commonly known and used properties of the tree by Indians over generations still remain on the books. India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library estimates that nearly 2,000 patent applications copied from traditional Indian medicinal formulations are submitted every year, or 20,000 in the past decade. A 1998 study of patents in Australia by the nonprofit ETC Group found that 10% of all plant patents were biopirated.Greed is the primary impetus for biopiracy as new medicines can cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take years to develop. Traditional medicinal formulations, by contrast, are already time tested and often available off the shelf, offering billions of dollars in risk-free rewards.A patent is supposed to only be granted to a product or process that is novel or involves an inventive step. That is scarcely the case with biopirated patents as traditional medicinal systems — such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha in India, or Chinese or Amazonian traditional practices — have employed the products and techniques for centuries. Companies and university researchers circumvent the requirement because the “prior art” — the term by which previous knowledge on the subject is defined — is unknown to patent examiners since it only exists in oral traditions or unfamiliar texts. U.S. patent law requires applicants to disclose their awareness of related references to their claim and failure to do so can result in the invalidation of a patent. But biopirates observe the requirement in the breach. The existing patent regime skewed in favor of Western companies has been preserved largely on the strength of American economic and political muscle. As the economic clout of Brazil, India and China rises, they will hopefully begin challenging the deception and hypocrisy that allows Western companies to exploit the poorest and most vulnerable communities on this planet. Meanwhile, the next time you hear music or movie studios whine about the hazards of pirated downloads by struggling college students, give them a lesson on the theft of medicinal products and seeds from Asia, Africa and Latin America by their corporate buddies, will you?. Related Items
Theoretically, the Trump administration’s immigration policy is based on two core principles: upholding the rule of law and promoting a “merit-based” system that’s good for the economy.So why has the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just proposed to scrap the International Entrepreneur Rule, a late-Obama program intended to lure the world’s most promising entrepreneurs to create companies and jobs in America rather than elsewhere?The department doesn’t dispute the lawfulness of the program, whose economic benefit is obvious. (Full disclosure: One of us worked for a Republican president and supports this initiative, and the other worked in the Obama White House to implement it.) It would create as many as 300,000 jobs for U.S. workers, it’s been requested by economic development promoters throughout the heartland, and it’s so “merit-based” that only an estimated 0.00004 percent of the world’s population likely would be eligible.Oddly, DHS begins its proposal by saying that it “stands by its previous findings that foreign entrepreneurs make substantial and positive contributions to innovation, economic growth, and job creation in the United States” and that “[f]acilitating investment and innovation in the United States is of great importance to our country’s ability to lead and remain competitive in the global marketplace.”Nevertheless, DHS concludes that the International Entrepreneur Rule must die.First, DHS argues that since the program isn’t a true visa (which only Congress could create), it doesn’t create sufficient certainty for the entrepreneurs and investors who would rely on it. But presumably those entrepreneurs and investors would be the best judges of that, and they have clamored for this program to be enacted.Next, DHS argues that while Congress should create a bona fide “startup visa,” in the meantime entrepreneurs should use other longstanding visa pathways to stay in the United States. Of course, the inaction of Congress and the inadequacy of existing visas are precisely why the International Entrepreneur Rule was developed. And if the Trump administration were sincere in its desire to guide entrepreneurs through existing visa options, perhaps it wouldn’t have taken down just such a website early last year.The final argument is the one that might show us the Trump administration’s real objective: Even though applicant fees would fund the International Entrepreneur Rule, DHS argues it “will not be able to offset the opportunity costs associated with diverting limited agency resources that are needed to meet the current Administration’s priorities.” These priorities include a number of euphemisms for clamping down on legal immigration (“reviewing other existing immigration programs, developing new proposed regulatory changes, and carrying out initiatives to better deter and detect fraud and abuse”).Let’s review: The administration didn’t claim that the International Entrepreneur Rule is unlawful, or that it will destroy American jobs. The only motivations that ring true are an unwillingness to expend any effort to increase immigration, however modestly, and a desire to stay focused on the administration’s major goal of reducing immigration.In pursuit of this latter goal, the Trump administration is not waiting for an act of Congress. (A White House-backed proposal to reduce legal immigration garnered only 39 votes in the Senate earlier this year.) Killing the International Entrepreneur Rule is one relatively small item on an aggressive agenda to deter legal immigrants across the board. Federal agencies have already moved to , ramp up denials of skilled worker visas, and all but eliminate refugee admissions.Next up? Preventing gainful employment for up to 100,000 spouses of H-1B workers (predominantly educated Indian women), curtailing post-graduate training for foreign students with science and engineering degrees, and curbing Chinese student visas. Plus a sweeping new policy to deny green cards to immigrants who used nearly any government benefit over the past several years — or are deemed likely to do so in the future. Departing from a century of precedent, this one regulation could impede millions of immigrants from providing for their U.S. citizen children, block U.S. citizens from sponsoring their parents for green cards and even result in the deportation of lawful permanent residents who have committed no crimes.For generations, presidents of both parties have welcomed legal immigrants to America’s shores, understanding that our nation’s vitality, growth and heritage depend on newcomers with drive, skills and a willingness to sacrifice for their family’s future. The administration’s efforts to unravel those welcoming policies have only just begun.– Rand is the president of Boundless Immigration and the former assistant director for entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Anderson is executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Opinion Related ItemsStartupsUnited States
A speeding car rammed a group of people doing yoga by the roadside in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district on Thursday morning, killing six men, police said. The accident occurred on Kumher-Dhanwada highway when the car driver lost control over the vehicle. The group of six men was taking a morning walk and had stopped on the way for a yoga session, Kumher SHO Raghbeer Singh said. Nobody in the group survived. Four men died on the spot and two other succumbed to injuries later, the officer said. The victims were identified as Raghubar Baghel (62), Nirotilal Saini (65), Makhan Lal Kathik (60), Harishankar Tamboli (65), Prem Singh Baghel (55) and Rameshwar Baghel (45), the SHO said.
Curfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Tuesday in several parts of Kashmir, including the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence.The commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points where large number of security force personnel were deployed, officials said.Restrictions have been in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said.Also Read The officials did not cite any reasons for reimposing restrictions but it is believed that the step was taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere in the Valley. The processions stand banned in Kashmir since 1990 when the armed insurgency began.Muharram is considered as one of the sacred months of the Islamic lunar calendar. The battle of Karbala, in which Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet, had attained martyrdom, is said to have been taken place in the 7th century.Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate the state into union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the Valley as the situation improved with passage of time.Also readA disturbing downward spiral A.S. Panneerselvan The authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests.Meanwhile, normal life remained severely affected in Kashmir due to shutdown in the Valley which entered 37th day on Tuesday.Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley, the officials said.Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest. Development matters, but so does identity
LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Quarters: 19-20, 35-47, 58-62, 87-81. Read Next Perlas boosts hopes for podium finish with Vietnam rout Dela Cruz triggered Arellano’s telling 15-2 run that turned a 69-63 deficit in the final 7:17 to a 78-71 lead, capped off by his back-to-back treys with 2:57 remaining.“I was surprised with his performance. I hope he consistently does this,” said coach Jerry Codiñera of his guard in Filipino.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 shutoutLervin Flores added a double-double of 14 markers, 11 boards, and two blocks, while Kent Salado got nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.Arellano finally broke out of its funk and rose to 3-5, just in time for its first round-ending duel against reigning champion San Beda on Tuesday. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLevi dela Cruz sparked Arellano’s fourth quarter assault as the Chiefs finally snapped a four-game losing slide with a come-from-behind 87-81 victory over St. Benilde Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The 22-year-old playmaker fired 12 of his 24 points in the payoff period, to go with four assists, three rebounds, and a block to help complete the Chiefs’ fightback from 16-points down, 39-23, midway in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “At least, this was what we’re waiting for. When I woke up earlier, I had a good feeling that we’ll finally get the win,” said Codiñera.Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde (2-7) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Edward Dixon got 14 markers and 14 boards as the Blazers stumbled to their third straight defeat to finish the first round.The Scores:ARELLANO 87 – Dela Cruz 24, Flores 14, Salado 9, Alcoriza 8, Enriquez 7, Nicholls 7, Concepcion 6, Cañete 4, Meca 4, Taywan 4, Filart 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Viloria 0.ST. BENILDE 81 – Leutcheu 21, Dixon 14, Domingo 10, Sta. Maria 10, Naboa 9, Castor 8, Pili 6, San Juan 3, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Championship or bust for Jaja Santiago in her final year in NU Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m really expecting this kind of game against GlobalPort because they’re playing really well,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria after his squad rose to 5-0. “Besides, one of our super five Alex Cabagnot, did not play due to a foot injury.”Heruela, who came off the bench and stepped up in the absence of starting guard Alex Cabagnot, sparked the telling run with a layup before Fajardo finished it by scoring six straight points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two Cebuanos, who were also teammates in college, accounted for 16 of the Beermen’s 18 points during the stretch. Fajardo finished with 34 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks while Heruela collected 17 points, five assists and six steals.“I’m so happy tonight because of my players off the bench, especially Heruela. He stole the show from June Mar, Arwind (Santos) and Marcio Lassiter,” Austria said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer needed a late run to beat GlobalPort, 107-93, and stay undefeated in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.June Mar Fajardo and Brian Heruela led an 18-0 surge in the last 5:10 by the Beermen, who turned a two-point deficit into a 101-85 advantage with 1:36 left.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ GlobalPort stayed in step with San Miguel up until the last five minutes when the Beermen broke loose.The Batang Pier even got the headstart, leading by as much as 11, 14-3, early in the first quarter before the Beermen came back. The game was as competitive as it gets as it saw 44 lead changes with the last, 85-87, at the 4:34 mark courtesy of a basket by Fajardo.Stanley Pringle had 23 points but turned the ball over seven times for GlobalPort, which slid to 2-3.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Federer ‘never imagined’ having chance to become oldest number one Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan leaves the ice following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Somewhere in the midst of hundreds of cascading Winnie The Pooh dolls stood Yuzuru Hanyu.Oh yeah, there he was, at center ice, bowing to a huge ovation for an Olympic-record short program.ADVERTISEMENT Hanyu might have done his best work avoiding the Poohs — sort of his trademark because he collects them — that fell around him when he finished his skate. Thousands of mini-flags featuring the Japanese rising sun had greeted Hanyu to the ice. The defending Olympic champion from Japan scored 111.68 points Friday, building more than a four-point lead over Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who happens to share the same coach, two-time Olympic medalist Brian Orser.Hanyu’s countryman Shoma Uno was third at 104.17, followed by China’s Jin Boyang at 103.32.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHanyu missed two months of training with an ankle injury and only recently returned to full practices. No matter. He hit every element of a highly difficult program with precision and grace.“I just wanted to show everyone I’m back, I’m here,” Hanyu said. Read Next Was he ever. In what amounted to a spectacular jumping contest complemented by superb spins and intricate footwork amid intense pressure, the top four were magnificent and spotless.“I probably could get a little bit more points into the program, but not much more,” Fernandez said. “We’re hitting the limits of figure skating right now.”Two-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen, a pre-games favorite, was anything but spot-on. He missed on all his jumps, plummeting to 17th place with a tentative and passionless showing.“I’ve never been in this spot so I really don’t know what to do,” Chen said. He skated after Hanyu and the Pooh bear delay, something Chen had experienced before without being bothered by it. “I thought I did everything right in my general approach and it just didn’t work out the way it was supposed to.”Fellow American Adam Rippon finished seventh without attempting a quad in what was otherwise a high-wire act for the men.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum
However, Jayson Castro believes that TNT must play through those distractions and focus on the game at hand.“That’s how it is. What we must do is to focus on the game and don’t mind the officiating. We can’t do anything about that. The officials are doing their job and they might get things wrong cause they’re just human. But we have to focus on our game and bounce back next game,” he said.Game 6 is on Sunday, where the KaTropa shoots to force a winner-take-all Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT import Joshua Smith went straight to the point and lambasted the referees on the heels of his squad’s 111-102 Game 5 loss to San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday.“PBA officials are terrible,” he said, obviously pissed off with how the game ended.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ View comments Relaxed and resting LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera What ‘missteps’? Smith felt slighted by the way the game was officiated, calling out referees Noy Guevarra, Rey Yante, and Mao Orioste, “terrible.”When pressed to elaborate on his statement, the hulking reinforcement repeated the same words thrice before reporters decided to abruptly end the interview.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 starsSources close to the situation shared that Smith’s frustration is from what he felt were a lot of non-calls against him, which paved way for Beermen to come back from a 15-point halftime hole and eventually take the 3-2 series lead.Not helping was the 32 fouls whistled on the KaTropa, which led to 38 free throw attempts for San Miguel. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
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’ Cayco is expected to arrive in Suwon, South Korea, on Thursday and will bring home the FEU standout, leaving behind the rest of the national men’s team currently training there.The Umingan, Pangasinan, native and former Spikers’ Turf Most Valuable Player broke his left pinky finger, which had to be operated immediately.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 starsDolor was doing blocking drills with members of the coaching staff, who were firing from an elevated position when it happened.Dolor was rushed to Soo Hospital and immediately went under the knife. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas acting president Peter Cayco will personally bring home dejected Greg Dolor, who will miss the Asian Seniors and Southeast Asian Games after breaking his finger during a freak training accident recently.Peter John Quiel, another Far Eastern University stalwart, has been tapped by national coach Sammy Acaylar to take over Dolor’s spot.ADVERTISEMENT Marinerong Pilipino sails to playoffs, caps comeback by sinking AMA Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We know that Greg is a valuable member of the team and [would have played] a key role as our men’s national team shoots for a podium finish in the biennial meet,” said Cayco. “But his health is our primary concern.”“I will fly to Suwon City, South Korea, as soon as possible to personally check his condition and bring him home,” he added. “The entire team and the federation are fully behind him in this very challenging situation.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Mauricio Mendez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Mauricio Mendez has heard all the talks about how great the feeling is racing in the Philippines as he prepared for his first triathlon in the country.But the Mexican wasn’t prepared for the warmth the Cebuano crowd gave him, expressing his gratitude with the lift from the spectators as he found his second wind late in the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “That race was really hard. But I think what makes it great is really the support of the people. All the support from everyone is just incredible,” the 22-year-old said. “I was told it was a lot of fun here, but I never expected that. It just pumped me up.”It was a complete 180-degree shift for Mendez, who usually doesn’t pay much attention to his surroundings whenever he races.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“When I start running, I try to lose myself a little bit and just focus on the race. I knew it was more of like a survival because it was very hot,” he said.The 2016 Xterra world champion couldn’t help but soak in all the cheers as he battled through the scorching heat with the crowd giving him the much-needed boost that helped him recover from his slow showing in the bike course before eventually, moving past the chase group to get to as high as second place. Pressure builds for Reed after another Ironman title in Cebu LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “I’m just happy for being able to thank all the people that supported the race. In the first kilometer, I just wanted to finish because I really thought that this is going to be a long race. But I gave my heart and I expected to do well. I’m just happy for the result,” he said.With the morale-boosting stint, Mendez vowed to be back next year for the 2018 Asia Pacific Championships as he hopes to get another chance to race in front of the adoring Cebuanos.“I’m really looking forward to coming back here next year, train harder, try to get a win, and just be the best person that I can be,” he said. “I will be back. I’ll try to win this race and I will try everything I can to be here.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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 (2) Gab Dagangon – F, Perpetual Altas21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocksLast Week: N/AGab Dagangon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERPlaying like a team with a purpose, Perpetual Help finally gutted out a 88-82 overtime win over Letran.And the one to anchor the Altas was Gab Dagangon.The senior forward drilled huge buckets in the extra period as Perpetual Help got themselves back into the hunt for a Final Four slot.(3) Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.5 blocksLast Week: 1Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERConsistency is key for Javee Mocon. Last Week: N/ATey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro did all he could to salvage Jose Rizal University in its classic duel, drilling clutch triples just to keep his team in contention.However, his disqualification in second overtime after picking up his fifth foul took the air out of the Heavy Bombers. He was the fourth player to foul out in the game, as JRU saw they four-game winning streak come to a screeching halt. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Michael Calisaan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCall it a redemption game.Thrown out in San Sebastian’s first round meeting against EAC, Michael Calisaan came back with a vengeance as his superb efforts gave the Golden Stags another victory.More importantly, Calisaan’s performance leveled San Sebastian’s record to 5-5 as it gears up against contenders Perpetual and San Beda.(6) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs17 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assistsLast Week: 5Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERKent Salado chose the perfect time to be at his best as he delivered the dagger buckets in Arellano’s double overtime win over Jose Rizal University on Thursday.The fearless guard almost single-handedly put the game away and diffused the explosive Heavy Bombers.(7) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers30 points (6-17 3PT FG), 6 rebounds, 1 assist We’re finally in the second round and it seems like Lyceum and San Beda are just cruising to get the top two spots in the Final Four.But the sense of urgency is palpable for the middle teams, with teams refusing to back down which led to two games this week going to overtime. 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 openingAs always, games are won by the heroes and this are this week’s top performers.(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ With Robert Bolick serving his one-game suspension on Friday, the forward kept San Beda afloat in its 88-70 win against Mapua.Continuously churning out double-doubles through the course of the season, it should be no surprise that Mocon is in the discussion for this season’s MVP race. (4) Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas21 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/APrince Eze. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLeading the MVP race to end the first round, Prince Eze picked up where he left off and unleashed another dominant showing against Letran.The Nigerian imposed his will in the paint against the depleted Knights frontline on Thursday.(5) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 stealLast Week: N/A NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 stealsLast Week: N/ACJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERBreaking the norm this season, we finally got a player to top this list twice.Against cellar-dwelling foes, CJ Perez’s steady play lifted Lyceum to stretch its unbeaten run to 11 as the Pirates continued to show their dominance.But tougher foes are still out to put the first dent in the Pirates’ armor, with games against Arellano and Perpetual slated in the next two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: UAAP Season 80 opening ceremony With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
Rising shuttler P Kashyap produced a lion-hearted performance to stun higher-ranked Malaysian Muhammad Hafiz Hasim to advance to the semifinals of individual badminton event of the Commonwealth Games here today.Sixth seed Kashyap, playing his first Commonwealth Games, digged deep into his armoury to script a brilliant 19-21 21-19 21-16 victory over fourth seed Hasim, much to the amusement of the cheering crowd who packed the stadium to the brim here.Kashyap will next face second seed Rajiv Ouseph, whom he had beaten in the team event semifinals a few days ago, in the semifinals tomorrow.Chetan also breezed past Carl Baxter 21-17 21-9 in another quarterfinal match to set up a clash with world number 1 Lee Chong Wei, who beat eighth seed Chen Yza of Singapore at the Siri Fort sport complex here.However, fifth seed Aditi Mutatkar was not as lucky as the Indian lost 8-21 12-21 to second seed Mew Choo Wong in another match.Jwala Gutta and V Diju also bite the dust against Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Chin Ei Hui 13-21 19-21 in another final eight match.Jwala, who had to play four matches in a day, however had some reasons to cheer as she and her women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa beat Heather Olver and Marian Agathangelou 21-9 21-14 to reach the semifinals.However, it was the men’s singles match between Kashyap and Hasim that brought the crowd to their feet.Locked in a battle of attrition, Kashyap showed his brilliance as he was quick on his feet and retrieved everything thrown at him. His smashes also came good as he edged past his rival in the marathon 58-minute battle.advertisementThere was not much to choose between the two as both Kashyap and Hasim played some brilliant badminton. While the nimble-footed Hasim used his height to perfection reaching out to the shuttle with utmost ease, Kashyap dived and stretched his limits to show his prowess in the game.In the first game, Kashyap opened up a narrow 2-4 lead and moved to 11-9 at the break but Hasim caught up with him at 12-12, before wresting the lead at 19-17 and sealing the game.The 24-year-old Indian came back strongly in the second game and led 11-5 but Hasim again narrowed it down to 20-18 with some deft netplay, but some unforced errors put paid to his hopes as Kashyap was back in the reckoning.In the decider, Kashyap was 11-8 at the break and although Hasim tried to claw his way back and made it 16-17, a few errors saw the Indian bursting into jubilation amid a boisterous crowd.”This is one of the biggest wins of my career. He is an experienced player and have been in the top 20 for quite some time now. He is also very cool mentally and so to beat him here is very satisfying,” Kashyap said after the match.”I have lost a lot of matches after losing the first game and I told myself that today I am not going to lose my confidence and this win have really boosted me.”His defence is very strong and he has a good cross court netplay and his shots are very sharper. He was playing a lot of drops and was retrieving all my smashes so I had to keep it steady and keep pushing. When I had a few points lead, his rhythm broke,” he said.Asked about his next match against Rajiv, Kashyap said, “He will be prepared for me this time. Last time we were meeting for the first time, so he didn’t know my strokes. I have to be more aggressive tomorrow,” he said.Chetan too hardly broke any sweat against Baxter. The Indian opened up a narrow 5-2 lead and held his fort moving from 12-6 to 20-15 before closing it comfortably after losing two game points.In the second game, the Indian grabbed 10 straight points to move from 3-2 to 12-2 as Baxter’s game crumbled.”I slowed down the game. I was playing my natural game. I started off well and it put pressure on him,” he said.Asked about his semifinal match against top seed Lee, Chetan said, “I have nothing to lose, I will go out and play.I have extended him last year in All England and I have to be mentally strong against him tomorrow. I hope the crowd turns the game in my favour.”Earlier in the day, top seed Saina spanked Nigerian Caroline Black 21-0 21-2, while Aditi beat Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-11 21-17 in 24 minutes in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementKashyap also beat Kieran Merrilees of Scotland 21-12 21-15, while third seed Anand thrashed Jamie Van Hooijdonk 21-8 21-2 in another pre-quarterfinals match here.Gutta and Diju beat fellow Indian pairs Rupesh Kumar and Ashwini Ponnappa 15-21 21-18 21-16 in a 25-minute battle but it was all over for Sanave Thomas and Aparna Balan as they lost 15-21 18-21 to Chris Adcock and Gabby White in another 28-minute match.Women’s doubles pair of Jwala and Ashwini also battled their way past the Malaysian pair of Chin EH and Woon KW 15-21 21-10 21-16 in a 41-minute clash.The men’s doubles pair of Rupesh and Sanave had also reached the quarters beating Jamaican pair Henry Gat and Palmer GT 21-11 21-7 in a 17-minute match.However, Aditi and Aparna had lost their pre-quarters match to Australian pair of Choo L and Vithi Veeran 21-16 23-21 in just under 30 minutes.
With the race for a berth in the play-offs hotting up, sixthplaced Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be determined to quell Kings XI Punjab’s challenge in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Bangalore on Friday.Thanks to successive victories, RCB have nine points from eight games but will have to win at least four of their next six matches to be amongst the top four teams to make it to the qualifiers.Mumbai Indians, with 14 points from nine games, Kolkata Knight Riders (12 from 10) and Chennai Super Kings (12 from 9) are the front-runners at this stage of the twenty20 competition. And three wins from the remaining five games could certainly seal a place for these sides in the play-offs.Given this scenario, RCB will have to play their best cricket possible in the remainder of their six matches. A blip against Kings XI could make their climb to the summit more difficult.For Kings XI too, it will be a crucial game as they are languishing at the ninth place with just six points from seven matches.Kings XI will have to win on Friday to keep themselves in the reckoning for a place in the qualifiers.A defeat could virtually throw them out of the contest, unless they win all their remaining six matches.If RCB have the likes of Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Kings XI have Adam Gilchrist, rising star Paul Valthaty and Shaun Marsh at their disposal who can tear apart any bowling side on their day.advertisementAnd considering the form of these gladiators and with the wicket expected to play hard and true, fans can expect a heap of runs.Interestingly, RCB have raised their game by a few notches since the arrival of Gayle.However, the Daniel Vettoriled side has serious concerns when it comes to their bowling department. With pace spearhead Zaheer Khan looking out of sorts, RCB’s bowling continues to remain its weakest link.Captain Vettori has been a standout performer with the ball and local players Syed Mohammad and Sreenath Arvind have done reasonably well, but what the Bangalore outfit lacks is a genuine wickettaking bowler.Kings XI, on other hand, have lost steam after making an impressive start to the tournament.Since winning three games on the trot, the Gilchrist-led side has lost three.Punjab’s batting has simply not been up to the mark despite Mumbaikar Valthaty’s early heroics and Gilchrist’s once-in-a-while pyrotechnics.The visitors’ batting had depended too much on these two big-striking openers and Punjab’s success depend much upon how their opening duo performs against RCB’s attack.Other overseas players, such as Marsh, Ryan McLaren and David Hussey, need to fire for Punjab to put up a good total or chase well.Kings XI’s bowling too has not been awe-inspiring. Praveen Kumar has not yet found top form on his return from an injury-induced lay-off and the attack wears a thin look.Piyush Chawla, who struggled in the World Cup, has underperformed with only four victims in six games and needs to be more effective to stop the rampaging RCB batting line-up.- With PTI inputs
A dream project by the late Dr. Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, Manipal University has transformed a barren Karnataka hilltop into an education hub. After completing his medical education from Madras University, he was all set to go to Hong Kong when his mother asked him to stay back and serve,A dream project by the late Dr. Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, Manipal University has transformed a barren Karnataka hilltop into an education hub. After completing his medical education from Madras University, he was all set to go to Hong Kong when his mother asked him to stay back and serve the people of the region. Pai’s aim was to develop the rural areas of the district and rid the region of ill-literacy, illhealth and poverty. This led him to start schools in the remote areas of the district, followed by opening of Syndicate Bank and setting up of a private self-financed institution in Manipal by starting the Kasturba Medical College in 1953.H. S. BallalSo, on the hillock came up a medical college, and brick by brick other institutions came into being. H. S. Ballal, pro-chancellor, Manipal University explains, “As the institutions came up, the transformation of the barren hilltop began to take place. The open underdeveloped area paved way for commercial establishments to cater to the needs of the students. And as the number of students increased with the addition of more institutes, Manipal underwent a total change. All the institutions were under one umbrellaof ManipalAcademy of Higher Education. In 1993 we got the deemed University status. Only five colleges were present at that time. Today, the University has 22 institutions.” With the increase in the size of the university- institutions, students and staff-there has been a corresponding increase in the number of shops, eating houses and other commercial establishments. A number of residential complexes came up all over Manipal as the hill-top is also being considered as lucrative business by builders.The university has been able to cater to not just academic needs but also managed to attract a large number of students for its recreational facilities. “For the sports minded in particular the opportunities are limitless. The new indoor sports complex caters to a number of games and has a gymnasium, which has no parallel at least in this country. There are grounds for cricket, football and hockey, courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis and swimming pool to name a few,” says Ballal. It also offers students respite with tourist spots close to the campus. Mangalore which is only an hour away from Manipal, is very well connected. This coastal Tier-II city is beautiful and has scope for a variety of recreational activities. “Manipal has the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other and the tourism department has developed good getaways to let your hair down,” reiterates Ballal.Rajneesh SoniThe university has always managed to churn out some of the most interesting and unique courses including the three-year degree course in jewellery management and the medical education programme, which is a tie-up with the Malaysian government. Malaysian students are admitted to the Melaka Manipal Medical College and, initially complete two and half years of pre-clinical studies at the Manipal Campus and then move on to the Melaka campus to complete their MBBS. Sagun SawhneyThe degree is conferred by Manipal University. In another programme, the International Centre for Applied Sciences has a programme with universities in the US, UK and Canada. The students get their degrees from whichever foreign university they study at.With Pai’s dream project expanding offshore, it will soon be an Indian force to reckon with. “Diversity is the key to engaging academics”After a 40-year association with Manipal University, H. S. Ballal feels there is a lot that the university offers. He discusses its inception and changes it has brought about.Q.What was the idea and vision behind setting up Manipal University?A. Dr Pai’s aim was to develop the rural areas of the district and rid the region of ill-literacy, ill-health and poverty. This led him to start schools in the remote areas of the district, He set up a private selffinanced institution in Manipal by starting the Kasturba Medical College in 1953.Q. Has the area around the campus witnessed any cultural changes since its establishment?A. Students from different backgrounds pool in their culture to create an amazing kaleidoscopic culture. Yes, Manipal has a lot of restaurants and hotels to cater to the students of different nationality and culture. Overall, this diversity has helped the ambience around change.Q. What makes this university stand out from the rest?A. Manipal University is synonymous with education of the best kind. Students choose it for higher education with this single thought in mind and are proud of the degree. Our diverse courses and international exposure add many feathers to the cap making it one of the most trusted.Another brick in the wallTechno drive: Research is given a lot of prominence and the Health Science Library is designed in a way that it considered to be the best in Asia and so are the Anatomy and Pathology Museums.Numero uno: The three-year degree course in jewellery management and the medical education programme which is a tie-up with the Malaysian government is one of a kind programme.Local rules: Students choose Manipal University for quality higher education but the recreational activities and the tourist getaways add colour and provide respite to them.23,000 students study at the Indian, Dubai and Malaysian campus.The university has 2,500faculty members teaching various disciplines.283 courses are taught in the ten departments of the university.There are 8 foreign associations including three international campuses.advertisementadvertisement
Hot favourites to spice up the season. A designer’s sit downFashion, food and design, a headier melange does not exist. And this winsome combination is the brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his restaurant Fifteen. The British gourmand’s Better Food Foundation, a charity,Hot favourites to spice up the season.A designer’s sit downFashion, food and design, a headier melange does not exist. And this winsome combination is the brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his restaurant Fifteen. The British gourmand’s Better Food Foundation, a charity which trains disenfranchised young people to become chefs, received a donation of twenty iconic ANT chairs from the Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen. These were distributed among creative talents such as Alexander Mc Queen’s creative director Sarah Burton, artist Tracey Emin and Paul Smith who were given the carte blanche to stamp their seal of food-inspired design on these seats. Oliver too has worked his magic on a classic EGG chair and footstool, also donated by Fritz Hansen, besides designing an ANT chair in collaboration with renowned photographer David Loftus. Six of these seats will be a part of a lottery which will be held in October while the rest are to be auctioned online. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Better Food Foundation. So if you want to donate to a good cause or grab one of the chairs visit www.thebigchairproject.org.Hotel: Puttin’ on the RitzThe Ritz Carlton Hotel company recently announced the opening of its 80th hotel across the globe; its ninth in Europe and its first luxury resort in the the Austrian capital. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, is composed of four historic palaces that date back to the 19th century and is located on Vienna’s Schubertring Boulevard. The resort features 202 guestrooms, including 43 suites and the Dstrikt restaurant, offering authentic Austrian cuisine from the kitchen of Chef Wini Brugge. The luxury hotel group plans to double its properties in Europe by 2015 and the Vienna opening is part of this strategy. Vienna’s historic pedigree and status as the leading destination for international congresses and conventions make this just the first of many new sights.Accessories: GoldfingerCelebrating 50 years of James Bond at the movies, cuticle care company OPI has launched a special edition nail polish containing real 18-carat gold leaf. Just a few specks will add a dramatic shine to any Bond girl’s digits. The Man With the Golden Gun paint launches in October, in time to shake the bottle, stir the brush and paint Ms. Moneypenny’s magical manicure in Skyfall.Gadget: Aural fixationUK-based Hart Audio has come out with speakers for the super rich. Cast in 18-carat gold, the ultra high-end boomboxes weigh approximately 50 kg and come bolted to an adjustable chrome stand. A three-driver design also enables the D&W aural pleasure to output richer sound for golden moments. Only one pair will be manufactured, while sterling silver and phosphor bronze versions are available in larger numbers.Fashion: No kiddingGiorgio Armani has opened its first Armani Junior showroom in India at DLF Emporio in the capital with designer Suneet Varma as its franchise partner. The 2,000 sq ft store will retail collections as varied as the lives of the children for whom it is designed. The stylish clothes and accessories will cater to boys and girls in the age group of 0-16 years. From basic pieces-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans-to more fashionable items-jackets, dresses and skirts, the label hopes to meet the suiting up demands for school, leisure time, sports, and formal occasions. The brand favours natural fabrics and offers a contemporary look.Jewellery: Bringing Gatsby backLegendary jeweller Faberge’s latest collection evokes the decadence of the 20s and the glamour of the lavish parties celebrated in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The range includes pieces such as the dramatic Imperial necklace which has layers of precious Akoya pearls and fine white diamonds and is finished with an aristocratic crest from which hangs an exuberant pearl tassel. Another design which is reminiscent of Gatsby-esque heroines is the Collier Pur, a modern interpretation of the popular lariat necklace.Perfume: Scent of a womanNina Ricci has always endorsed the idea of effortless, classic femininity. When the label was established in 1932, Nina herself had the goal of simply creating very pretty, wearable clothes. The latest addition to the house’s line of luxury fragrances takes its name from one of its fashion collections launched in the 1960s, and has the sole purpose of embodying love in a bottle. Everlasting declaration of love just got the right scent this wedding season.Watch: Fly sky highOne of the most enduring partnerships in the watch industry is the eight-year collaboration between Breitling aviation-themed watches and qualified pilot John Travolta. This year, Breitling marks the 60th anniversary of its flagship flight piece Navitimer, the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production, with a limited edition of 500 individually numbered pieces of its Navitimer Blue Sky, one of which now sits wrapped around Travolta’s wrist. “The watch does everything an aviation watch should do,” says the star. Considering that he holds 11 pilot licenses and five planes, we can safely assume he knows what he’s talking about.CalendaradvertisementadvertisementDates that mean something.Tod’s presents the India inspired photographs of Maimouna Guerresi, one of Europe’s leading photographers, at the Italian Cultural Centre in New Delhi.Spooky Goings On is a fun event held in Beaumaris Castle in Wales. The palace comes alive on Halloween with ghouls, ghosts and haunting tricks and games for the family.The Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 will showcase the work of major protagonists of contemporary architecture. The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Common Ground’.Here comes the brideThe three most expensive wedding gowns of all time.$12 Million-The most expensive wedding gown in history was created by Martin Katz Jewellers and Renee Strauss, a bridal couture designer and owner of a successful bridal salon in Beverly Hills. The magnificent dress featured 150 carats worth of diamonds woven throughout the dress. The diamond wedding gown was made to celebrate the spectacular bridal show at The Ritz-Carlton on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles.$8.5 Million-The world’s second most expensive wedding dress was created by Japanese designer Yumi Katsura. The sparkling wedding dress featured 1000 pearls and a rare 5-carat white gold diamond.$1.5 Million-The Peacock wedding dress was fashioned out of 2,009 pieces of peacock feathers. The expensive wedding dress was unveiled in 2009 at the wedding expo held in Nanjing, capital of east Chinas Jiangsu Province. The peacock wedding dress took eight craftsmen two months to finish by hand.TalkStay up to date with the latest.Berry gets the bootAn unhealthy obsession with shoes is a common affliction in the glitzy corridors of Hollywood but Halle Berry, who once turned up at a red carpet event in flip flops, is not one of them. So, the news of her collaboration with German footwear brand Deichmann came as a surprise to many. The Oscar-winning stunner is designing a range named Fifth Avenue by Halle Berry for the label, and was recently in Berlin shooting for its advertising campaign. Unfortunately for the 46-year-old, online commentators have not taken kindly to the footwear, with dowdy being a common adjective used to describe her creations.Water babyAcclaimed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and American art dealer Kenny Schachter go a long way. He commissioned her to design the three-wheeled Z-Car in 2005 and now the Pritzker prize winning designer is creating the Z-Boat, an all black, 7.5-metre-long fibreglass vessel, for her loyal client. The knighted designer will create 12 boats and four prototypes which will be ready to hit the waves in early 2013. French manufacturers Shoreteam have been roped in to bring Hadid’s half-a-million dollar handiwork to life.Riding high and lowWith a unique, hand polished metal paint finish and explosive power, the only thing low about Harley-Davidson’s 2013 offering, the CVO Breakout, is its silhouette. This shiny declaration of independence has a lowered, raked front end, a chopped fender that enhances its long, slammed custom look, and a powerful, wide-standing wheel and set of forks that guarantee a solid stance on the road. Besides the perfect storm of engineering and style you’ll only find that this machine will spoil you with a wide choice of fun accessories.Wow welliesMatthew Williamson’s signature peacock feather print is all over his latest offering: rain boots deigned in collaboration with the footwear brand Havaianas. Though the label is better know for its bright flip flops, Williamson wanted to design a range of Wellington boots, as an ode to his English roots.Haute bagThe world of fashion thrives on the audacious and now a paper bag is pushing it to a whole new level of cheeky. When German designer Jil Sander sent her models down the runway with lunch bags made of paper, it was seen as a quirky statement in hard times. But now the label is retailing the Vasari bag for a cool $ 290 (16,000) and it has reportedly sold out. Here is one paper bag that will not hit the recycle bin anytime soon.Talking shopFrom a small 19th century raincoat shop to a well established global leader in fashion, Burberry has had a long and rewarding journey. The British brand commemorates its rise with a flagship store in Regent Street, London. The label integrated its physical and digital worlds to showcase its rich heritage through best-in-class craftsmanship and design. Innovative technology delivers digital experiences that bring all facets of the brand to life, using the tall indoor 6.9m high/ 38m2 laser phosphor display screen and over 420 speakers. The brand also introduced the Orchard bag this fall. The must-have accessory is inspired by vintage luggage and the British countryside.Indian by designSotheby’s in London recently held India Fantastique, an exhibit to celebrate 25 years of the creativity of the country’s couturier duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Their partnership has dressed actors and delivered costumes for numerous Bollywood films and created exuberant, maximalist interiors as well. Bravo!Zero calorie cartoonsWalt Disney may not have realised this, but the iconic characters created by him were a tad on the overweight side. Luxury retailers Barneys stepped in to give Minnie, Mickey, Goofy and Daisy, a makeover and they have emerged supermodel-skinny after the preening. session.The spice cellar: For sake’s sakeadvertisementAkiko TomodaIs it just a drink or a full on tradition? Undoubtedly, the Japanese take their drinking seriously; especially when it comes to sake, a tradition perfected by centuries of devotion across the length and breadth of the country.Devoted traditionMade from two basic components-water and rice-this traditional Japanese rice wine has been enthusiastically brewed in regions with abundant spring water and excellent rice. Take Nada in Hyogo prefecture, for example, one of the best sake-producing regions since the Edo period, the town is blessed with miya-mizu-divine quality water, top notch local rice, and a convenient location for transportation by sea. As the characteristics of local water and rice have strong ties with the regions climate and food culture, sake also attains unique regional characteristics that complement best with local dishes and delicacies. In Hokkaido, sake is prepared with extremely cold water which gives it a distinctively fragrant character that is best accompanied by local fresh seafood.But these are just the obvious parameters. Excellent ingredients demand excellent toji, the master brewer, to direct and manage the complex brewing processes, where rice undergoes a series of microbial fermentation. These skillful masters continue to find a way to brew more perfect sake, and some even play Mozart to uplift and relax the bacteria during the fermentation process.Cool and sakeliciousJustifiably, there are equally innovative ways to enjoy sake, from traditional “chilled, to room temperature or warm” to fashionable “cool sake style”: try sake on the rocks or a glass of sparkling sake with cheese.Having seafood for dinner? Try the more exotic green tea and sake cocktail: fill a rock glass with ice and pour equal parts of sake and green tea and stir gently (use genshu or undiluted sake for the recipe if possible). Half a teaspoon of powdered green tea further deepens the flavour. It cleanses the aftertaste and even works as a wonderful digestive.To chill with “Samurai Rock”, pour in sake over a generous amount of ice in a rock glass and twist lime to bring out the sweetness of the sake. It is just perfect to wash your palate after rich dishes like tempura.Sake can be mixed into creamy concoction as well. Unconvinced? Fill half a glass with nigorizake (unfiltered sake) and milk and stir gently; top up the concoction with ice. Add soda water or a twist of lemon if you like. Reminiscent of a yogurt drink or makgeolli (Korean rice wine) it pairs beautifully with spicy dishes. Nothing beats summer heat like a glass of delicious sake in “cool sake style”!The author is a sake sommelier.
The Sourav Ganguly-led technical committee of BCCI on Tuesday outlined for major structural changes in the elite domestic tournament, the Ranji Trophy.The committee even recommended doing away with the Elite and Plate divisions.The technical committee, that met at the BCCI headquarters at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai discussed the issue for over two hours and opined that the Elite and Plate groups be replaced by three groups of nine teams each.”We have recommended two major changes in the Ranji Trophy format. There will be nine teams in three groups — A, B and C. Each team will play eight matches in the league stage and there will be promotion and relegation,” Ganguly told reporters after the meeting.”The changes will make the competition even and each team will play a few more matches. But all these are recommendations and the BCCI working committee will take the final decision,” he added.Each team will play eight matches at the league stage. Three teams each from groups A and B and two from group C will qualify for the knockout phase.The committee also proposed that quarterfinals, semifinals and the final should be five-day affairs. According to the current format only the final is a five-day affair.If in the knock-out phase, a result on first innings is not obtained at the end of the fifth day, then the match will be extended into a sixth day. If there is no outcome on first innings even at the end of the sixth day, then the winner will be decided on the spin of a coin.advertisementFor an outright win, teams will get six points. A bonus win – by an innings or by 10 wickets — will fetch teams one bonus point. If the teams are tied on both innings then they would get three points each.A first innings lead but no outright win will fetch a team three points while loss on first innings will get a team one point. Tie on first innings without outright result will give teams one point each.The committee also outlined the order in which the domestic season will proceed with Duleep Trophy being played first.The order – Duleep Trophy, Challenger Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. There will be two Irani Cup games from the 2012-13 season.The committee also made changes in the playing condition in domestic limited-over games. It felt that a bowler should be permitted a maximum of twelve overs per match and two bouncers per over. There will be no change in the prevalent rule pertaining to the number of fielders allowed outside the thirty-yard circle in non-Powerplay overs.Ranji Trophy – Points systemOutright win6 pointsInnings win / win by ten wickets1 bonus pointTie on both innings3 points each1st Innings lead but no outright win3 pointsLoss on 1st innings1 pointTie on 1st innings without outright result1 point eachOutright lossNil1st innings results not achieved, with or without weather interference1 point each