Terror On The Line

first_imgThe gunman on the phone in Mumbai said his name was Imran, he wouldn’t put the hostages on the phone and besides, they were fine – they hadn’t even been slapped around.No one at Chabad House wanted any food, he claimed, his calm demeanor finally breaking into some irritation. “We haven’t come here to eat and drink,” he said.On the other end of the phone, a New York City professor tried to keep his focus as he spent hours on the phone as a translator for Orthodox Jewish officials trying to talk to one of the attackers who had taken over their religious headquarters in the Indian city.“At the beginning, I didn’t know what to be thinking, I didn’t know what would happen,” Pace University finance professor P. V. Viswanath said. “I had a lot of trepidation when I got on the call.”Viswanath, who grew up in Mumbai and is an Orthodox Jew, was in his office that evening preparing his class lessons when he got word that gunmen had attacked a number of sites in Mumbai at the end of last month. He heard Chabad-Lubavitch officials were looking for help, that one of the attackers at Chabad House was answering Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg’s cell phone but would only speak further in Urdu. Prof. P.V. Viswanath spent hours on the phone as a translator for Orthodox Jewish officials trying to talk to one of the gunmen who had taken over their religious headquarters in Mumbai.Viswanath, who counts Urdu among the numerous languages he speaks, was ready to help. He had visited Chabad Houses around the world, and had even been to the one in Mumbai and shared a meal with Holtzberg. He offered his assistance, and was connected to Rabbi Levi Shemtov, director of the Washington office of American Friends of Lubavitch. Shemtov set up conference calls, between Washington, New York, and Holtzberg’s cell phone in Mumbai.Shemtov described the man on the phone as “hauntingly calm.” Viswanath said he didn’t hear any of the vitrol that he might have expected.“They had clearly attacked a Jewish center so presumably they were anti-Jewish, anti-Israel, I would not have been surprised if the voice sounded angry, sad, filled with hate, making statements about what Jews might or might not have done to Muslims,” he said. “He didn’t say anything about Israel or make any anti-Semitic comments.”In fact, Viswanath said, the man didn’t say much of anything, refusing to answer a question about how many people were in the building. In successive conversations, they asked repeatedly about Holtzberg and the others in Chabad House, to be told they were fine. When they asked Imran what he wanted, he said he wanted to speak to someone from the Indian government.Viswanath said Chabad-Lubavitch officials tried and finally got someone, but couldn’t get through to the attacker because of technical problems. At another point, Imran asked for someone who had been taken into custody in Mumbai be brought over to him, but that didn’t go anywhere either.And then finally, just after 5 a.m., the man said the phone battery was weak, and hung up, according to Shemtov. “The next time we tried to reach him, we couldn’t reach him anymore,” the rabbi said.Viswanath remained waiting on the phone for several hours after that, finally getting back to his home the afternoon after the ordeal started. It was only later that he found out Holtzberg and his wife were among the 171 killed in the attacks.Looking back, he doesn’t know that any amount of conversation would have changed the outcome, given that the calm and collected voice on the other end didn’t really change.“He was going to do whatever he was going to do, or had already done,” Viswanath said. “So if the plan was to kill everybody, that was what he was going to do. Our talking to him I don’t think would have changed events in any way.”“I think we were hoping that we could do something positive, that we could keep him from doing something drastic, that we’d be able to save the people there, but looking back on it, I don’t think it mattered whatever we said or did.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

Reclaiming My Roots

first_imgHere’s my dirty secret. I stayed away from Slumdog Millionaire for a full two months after the film came out. My initial decision had nothing to do with rebelling against media hype. No, my reason is rather embarrassing. It’s because Slumdog was about India and I’d revoked my identification with my parents’ homeland long ago.It wasn’t always that way. I had a personal romance with India in childhood. Like a girl willing to brave icy patches on I-80 to visit the love of her life, I eagerly sat through nauseatingly long plane trips for the joy of seeing the happy faces of relatives at the airport and feeling the gush of steamy Calcutta air on my skin. In India, I ceased to be an only child. I had cousins who became my brothers and sisters. Everything about Calcutta stirred my senses: the jasmine incense wafting from elaborately grilled windows, the garlanded Ganeshas staring from street-side temples. Even the calls of early-morning peddlers became a welcome alarm clock. I was thrilled that this exotic place was in my blood.My attachment to India would remain even after I’d flown back to New York. While other grade-schoolers raved about Madonna and Michael Jackson, I played songs from Khoobsurat until the tape broke. I spoke loudly in Bengali with my parents in public places, indifferent to the strange stares that elicited from other children, but so what? I was born an individualist.As I grew older, however, I realized that individualism did not mesh well with my Indian background. The revelation first came to me in middle school. The key conversational themes for both children and adults at Indian social gatherings were stellar grades and competition. Who’d made it into Honors Algebra 2 by age 12? Who had an IQ that made Einstein look like an idiot? Not me. I was — to my deep shame — ordinary.I wondered, why should mathematical accomplishments decide an Indian child’s value? What about talents in art, literature, self-knowledge? But I was too young and my mind still too undeveloped to clearly articulate these thoughts. Instead, I just stopped attending Indian parties and pujas. Thus came my first break from the Indian crowd.The trips to India changed too. I’d always been physically affectionate, but now throwing my arms around my male cousins prompted strange glances. Relatives and friends told me my skirts were too short. In a strange twist, everyone became more protective as I grew older. And if I wanted to go anywhere by myself? Forget it. For the first time vacationing in India, I’d daydream about being back in America, with the freedom to take long drives at night with only Jim Morrison’s voice for company.I stopped visiting India. I felt too confined there now. Thus came my second break with my culture.By the time I left for college, I was Indian only in name. But I attended a large state university, and I started noticing packs of desi students everywhere. I became jealous watching them enjoy each other’s company. There seemed to be a special bond among them, and I felt I was missing out. Perhaps I’d been too hasty in denying myself the company of Indian friends. I attended parties sponsored by the South Asian Students Association, but soon discovered that the main conversation among female students were methods and the right makeup to snag a hot Indian male.Now, I like discussing men and makeup as much as the next woman, but I also love pondering current events, art, and music. My forays into these topics elicited blank stares or rolling eyes. When I admitted I preferred Bob Dylan to Bollywood soundtracks, people looked at me as if I’d sprouted a second head. I dropped the Indian crowd and befriended students who shared my interests.By the time I reached my early twenties, I’d decided that being Indian was a limitation; it meant living in a box. So, I should have just calmly accepted that I was born into the wrong race, right? Well, kind of. I did go on quietly with my life, but I was angry. It sounds narcissistic, but I was convinced that my own people and culture had failed me.Then Slumdog Millionaire came out. Acquaintances assumed I’d seen it. “Are you insane?” was their response when I replied in the negative. After I heard this one too often, I decided to suck it up and buy my matinee ticket. I went inside, fully prepared to criticize. But when the lurid scenes of Bombay appeared, all the anti-Indian sentiment I’d garnered over the years was turned on its head. Pride. It’s a much maligned word, but that is what it took for me to reclaim my roots. Pride stirred in me as I watched Prem and Jamal grow up onscreen. I was proud to have origins in a land that claimed the gleaming majesty of the Taj Mahal. It also brought back sweet memories of walking by that same “swimming pool,” as Jamal hilariously referred to the pond. I understood the characters’ satisfaction as they sipped cold Cokes on a blistering day. It reminded me of the good times spent in my cousins’ cozy company, feeling that same heat, drinking those same Cokes made unique by India’s water. The nostalgia was almost painful and for the first time in years, I was dying to take the next Air India flight out of JFK airport.Ironically, my biggest source of pride came not from the arresting image of the Taj Mahal, but from little scenes throughout the film: Latika pouring chili powder over tyrannical Prem to the orphans’ amusement, Jamal’s glee, in spite of being covered with feces, in getting Amitabh Bhachchan’s autograph, and the exuberance with which Jamal and Prem chased trains throughout India. It’s likely that many audience members forgot these scenes as soon as they left the movie theater, but their impact stayed with me long after.Why is that? It’s because I’d seen my own Prems and Jamals in Calcutta — children growing up suffocated by the filth and poverty that average Americans see only on television (assuming they’re watching CNN instead of Dancing with the Stars). I saw those children, in spite of their desperate conditions, chase each other through congested streets in childish games. I saw their faces alight with happiness on receiving a simple paise or orange rind. It was astounding to me then — and still is — that a human spirit constantly beaten down can remain unbroken.The same can be said about India in general. It is a land that has been torn by invasions, violence, and corruption. But it still manages to remain, more or less, united, strong and vibrant. I was humbled by and indebted to my roots. Now I’m wearing my Indianness again like a rediscovered favorite piece of clothing.It’s been seven years since I last visited my parents’ birthland. In many cultures, seven is a magic number. It is time for me to revisit home.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Let’s Celebrate Liars

first_imgXavier Alvarez, a former member of a municipal water board in Claremont, Calif., is hardly an endearing character. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy introduces him as follows: “Lying was his habit. Xavier Alvarez, the respondent here, lied when he said that he played hockey for the Detroit Red Wings and that he once married a starlet from Mexico. But when he lied in announcing he held the Congressional Medal of Honor, respondent ventured onto new ground; for that lie violates a federal criminal statute, the Stolen Valor Act of 2005.” “Though few might find respondent’s statements anything but contemptible,”Justice Kennedy nevertheless ruled, “his right to make those statements is protected by the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech and expression.”That’s right. The First Amendment defends the right to lie — or atleast bars the state from prosecuting liars. We want to keep it that way. As Justice Kennedy sagely reminds us: “The Nation well knows that one of the costs of the First Amendment is that it protects the speech we detest as well as the speech we embrace.”If you are wondering why, consider the implications. Here Alvarez made his false claims at a public meeting, but under the law, the government could as easily have prosecuted him for making them privately. What other “lies” might the government prosecute? After all, the motivation for enacting the Stolen Valor Act in the first place was because pretenders were perceived to dilute the value and diminish the honor of these awards. How about disrespecting the flag by desecrating it? The government attempted that too, a law the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated in 1989. Then there is the touchy issue of just which lies the government is particularly sensitive to and more inclined to penalize. After all, there is a whole lot of lying going on, by the government no less, as we well know from history. Indeed, the Stolen Valor Act distinguished the penalty between different military decorations. Guess which one Congress found most objectionable? False claims about the Congressional Medal of Honor attracted twice the penalty — one year — than false representations about other military decorations, which drew a maximum of a six month penalty. Whatever had Congressmen particularly exercized about false claims about the Congressional decoration, you might wonder? Justice Kennedy wrote: “Permitting the government to decree this speech to be a criminal offense, whether shouted from the rooftops or made in a barely audible whisper, would endorse government authority to compile a list of subjects about which false statements are punishable…. Were this law to be sustained, there could be an endless list of subjects the National Government or the States could single out…. The mere potential for the exercise of that power casts a chill, a chill the First Amendment cannot permit if free speech, thought, and discourse are to remain a foundation of our freedom.”Unlike other aspects of our social and public life, free speech is not, nor should it ever be, subjected to a balancing of countervailing social costs and benefits. The dangers of government overreach, the chilling effects of the penalties on critics, the historical evidence of erstwhile pernicious falsehoods that are today’s celebrated wisdoms, all render well intentioned regulations of even targeted falsehoods counterproductive in a free society. Consequently, the Supreme Court has long held: “As a general matter, the First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content…. The Constitution demands that content based restrictions on speech be presumed invalid … and that the Government bear the burden of showing their constitutional validity.”His Supreme Court victory notwithstanding, Alvarez is hardly celebrating on his rooftop. Long before he was charged, he had been exposed and ridiculed as a phony and a fraud. In fact, he was charged only because he had been so exposed. But we should celebrate Alvarez this Independence Day as one in a continuing line of outcasts — anarchists, Communists, flag burners, racists, fringe religious and political fanatics — to whom we owe an eternal debt of gratitude for keeping the embers of free speech alive. Related Itemslast_img read more

Tripura tribal party initiates to unite regional parties on NRC

first_imgIndigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura has taken initiative to unite regional parties to voice demand for National Register of Citizens (NRC) in entire northeastern region. Upbeat over conclusion of the exercise in Assam, the Party began voicing demand for the same in Tripura.INPT General Secretary Jagadish Debbarma said they will hold a ‘huge’ rally at Khumulwng, headquarters of Tripura tribal autonomous district council, on September 24 to press two major demands – implementation of the NRC and withdrawal of proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill.Mr. Debbarma on Monday informed his Party has been in touch with the regional parties in other States with an intention to create a confederation “to consolidate movement to achieve the demands”. Top leaders of mainstream regional parties have been invited to the rally.INPT’s ploys however seen as efforts to revive its base in tribal areas ahead of elections to the tribal autonomous district council due in early next year. INPT has been a traditional ally of the Congress and the alliance expected to continue in council’s election.Regional parties always have a tendency to cultivate sensitive issues that concern State’s indigenous population which reduced to minority over the decades owing to migration and infiltration of non-tribals from across the international border.There is however a difference between regional parties in other northeastern States and Tripura as parties like INPT and others accept cut-off year 1971 for detection and deportation of foreigners. In other States, demand is for 1952 as cut-off year.INPT also moved the Supreme Court seeking an order for imposition of NRC in Tripura. A few other regional parties have followed the suit.last_img read more

PH athletes to help run 2019 SEA Games

first_imgRead Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and POC president Peping Cojuangco during the formal announcement of 2019 SEA Games hosting.Filipino athletes will have a voice on how the Philippines should efficiently run the hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano assured Thursday that the athletes would be involved in the selection of venues where their respective sports would be held.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “In the course of our discussion with the sports committee (at the House of Representatives), there’s great hope that they will allocate money for the hosting and even the PSI (Philippine Sports Institute) budget,’’ said Ramirez.Cojuangco and Ramirez also functioned in their current positions during the 2005 Manila SEA Games where the Philippines captured its first overall title.“We’ve seen the effects of the 2005 hosting and this is how important it is for our country,’’ said Cojuangco. “I hope this will add more impetus for everyone to contribute to this effort, because this isnot for Peping or Secretary Cayetano or Butch Ramirez. This is for the country.’’Cayetano will arrange a meeting with Cojuangco over the next few days and attend the turnover ceremonies during the closing rites of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games on Aug. 30.“It’s more of putting a system so everybody will have duties appealable to us. The three of us (with Cojuangco and Ramirez) have agreed to do it the Asean way, which is by consensus,’’ said Cayetano.The Philippine hosting was initially shelved after the government explained that it would just focus on the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.Ramirez said talks were revived to save the hosting early this week through the efforts of Presidential Assistant Christopher Lawrence Go, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Cayetano. AVC: Philippines drops to 8th place after close loss to Kazakhs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light “The athletes are the ones who will compete and it will be difficult if someone else will decide for them,’’ said Cayetano during the formal announcement of the country’s SEAG hosting at the Marriott Hotel in Paranaque City.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 shutoutPhilippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. will co-chair the organizing committee with Cayetano, who also sits as Department of Foreign Affairs secretary.“I’m taking the lead from Sir Butch (Ramirez) that the athletes should be consulted,’’ said Cayetano. “With social media and the direct means of communication, we can really consult more people.’’ READ: PSC on top of SEA Games preparations While patiently putting the organizing committee together, Cayetano said they’re considering to hold the Games in Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales.He also thanked Senator Migz Zubiri, who was initially designated as chair of the organizing committee, for the groundwork of setting up the organization.There was no mention yet on the figures that the government will spend for bringing the 11-nation sportsfest on local turf but Ramirez assured that the hosting budget can be embedded in the PSC allocation from the General Appropriations Act.READ: POC still not giving up on SEA Games hosting ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Delight as Serena Williams welcomes baby girl

first_img“Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Mouratoglou wrote in a Twitter post.Williams is one Grand Slam title short of matching Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams and admits that she still dreams of joining the Australian legend.“Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up,” Williams said. “If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”Williams also revealed she had long suspected she would give birth to a girl.“Two weeks after we found out (about the pregnancy), I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,” Williams told the magazine.A separate article in Vanity Fair in June said Williams, who unveiled her pregnant body in a nude cover photo for the magazine, planned to tie the knot with Ohanian later this year after the birth. The couple announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”Media reports said 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena — who revealed she was pregnant in April — was induced overnight Thursday.Other fans meanwhile wasted no time in anointing the tennis star’s daughter as a future champion.READ: It’s a girl! Venus Williams lets Serena baby secret slip“Hello to the future queen of tennis,” one post on Twitter read. “A future champion is born,” added another.‘Outrageous’ goal Williams has vowed to return to competitive tennis in January to defend her Australian Open title, which she won while newly pregnant.Williams last month told Vogue in a wide-ranging interview that she had set herself a goal of returning to play in Melbourne at next year’s Open.“It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”Williams’ coach Mouratoglou meanwhile joked Friday that he expected to hold the tennis star to her word. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Blackwater junks KIA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Serena Williams. AFP FILE PHOTOMIAMI—Tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games There was no immediate confirmation of the birth from Williams’ representatives.Elder sister Venus Williams described herself as “super-excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.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 shutoutHowever she declined to take questions on the subject in her post-match press conference.“I’m definitely available to answer questions about tennis. That’s all right now,” Venus told reporters. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Earlier, a producer with the Florida-based WPBF television station cited hospital sources as saying Williams’ daughter weighed in at six pounds and 13 ounces (3.09 kilograms). Celebrity magazine US Weekly cited an unnamed source close to the tennis star confirming the birth.Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.“Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!!” Spanish star Rafa Nadal wrote on Twitter.Pop diva Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Durant unfazed by Thunder return

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We’ll see how it feels in the morning but right now, it feels good,” said Durant, who sat out Golden State’s 118-111 victory at Brooklyn on Sunday.Warriors coach Steve Kerr meanwhile said Durant would be ready for anything in terms of crowd reception.“We’re a year removed from the first one so hopefully it will be a little less hostile,” Kerr said. “But we’ll be ready for whatever.”The Warriors coach compared Durant’s return to Oklahoma City to the reception given to LeBron James when he first played back in Cleveland after joining Miami in 2010.“It reminded me of LeBron’s return to Cleveland,” Kerr said. “It was very similar, just a different vibe. Sometimes you can have intensity and desire, and sometimes it can be ugly. And it was ugly.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In his return to Oklahoma City last season, Durant put up 40 points, and blocked out the hostile reception which greeted him.More of the same is expected on Wednesday, but Durant said he is unconcerned by the catcalls.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 shutout“It’s just a regular game for me now,” the reigning NBA Finals MVP said Tuesday. “I learned how to tune out the crowd.”The 29-year-old said a decision on whether he will play on Wednesday will most likely be taken on the day of the game. ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Nextcenter_img Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant insists he is unfazed by the prospect of facing his former team as the NBA champions prepare to take on Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.Durant, who is battling to recover from a left ankle sprain, left Oklahoma City for Golden State after eight seasons in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong

first_img“My image of the last match was Gina getting some points with her boxing, and me with my ground game,” she stated “It was back and forth, but all of my team thought I won.”Both fighters have vastly improved since their last match and Yamaguchi is well aware of Iniong’s power.“Gina has a really good right hand she throws, and she is strong and physical. I am better with the ground game and improved more in my boxing skills compared to our previous match,” she said.Yamaguchi is confident enough to guarantee that this time, she will get her hands raised in victory.“It is going to end early. It will be a clear finish by me. It is going to be a knockout,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPSINGAPORE—It may not have been the title match she had initially prepared for, but Mei Yamaguchi’s upcoming bout against Filipino fighter Gina Iniong was something she had hoped to happen again a long time.The last time these two fighters met in 2014, Yagamuchi went home with the seventh loss—a split decision—of her career.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Now the Japanese martial artist  gets a shot at revenge when they clash in ONE: Immortal Pursuit on Friday at Singapore Indoor stadium here.“I was glad that Gina answered ‘yes’ to the match on the Singapore card with me,” said Yamaguchi. “I have always looked for a chance for revenge. It is the perfect moment.”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 shutoutYamaguchi was supposed to challenge ONE Atomweight Champion Angela Lee for the belt, but the Singaporean star met a car accident two weeks before their scheduled title fight.Iniong, a native of Baguio City, was tapped a replacement just 14 days after her last bout in Manila, but she is ready as ever to try to repeat over one of the top Atomweight fighters in the continent. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’ PLAY LIST 01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LeBron wants teammate Rose to be ‘happy with whatever decision he makes’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Fight breaks out as Lady Warriors beat Tigresses for last finals slot View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH This is the second time that Rose has requested a leave of absence due to personal matters, the first being when he was with the New York Knicks last season.His repeated actions have given life to speculations that the 29-year-old star could be possibly retiring from the sport.“We hope this ain’t the end, but if it is, I was happy I got an opportunity to spend a couple months with him and watch him be the great point guard that he once was,” James said.“But at the end of the day, a clearer head, there’s no substitute for that. We want the best for Derrick. … No matter if he comes back, no matter if he doesn’t, we want him as an individual, as a man, as a father to be just happy with whatever decision he makes.”Joining the Cavs as a free agent this season, Rose has only managed to suit up for seven of the team’s first 18 games, and has missed the past seven games due to a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next As of writing, he has yet to give out a statement regarding his decision.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Earlier today, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue advised the injury-riddled guard to “take all the time he needs,” and it looks like LeBron James wishes the same for his troubled teammate.“We want, whatever he decides to do, we want the best for him,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the team’s 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday (Saturday in Manila).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 shutoutREAD: James has triple-double, Cavs beat Hornets for 7th straight“At the end of the day, you can’t substitute nothing for happiness. And obviously, we know the injuries that he’s been going through his whole career,” he added. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)The NBA world was once again abuzz, as former NBA MVP Derrick Rose announced he’d be once again taking a leave of absence from basketball due to personal concerns.READ: Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matterADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Alas can’t hide dismay after Phoenix blowout loss to his former team

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “That was my post-game talk with my players, ‘you allowed them to rape us.’ Before the game, I was saying that this kind of officiating goes for everybody but it fitted Alaska primarily.”READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat Alas pointed out was the Aces were able to impose their physicality on the Fuel Masters as the referees this season have been more tolerable in allowing some rough contact.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska used that to its full advantage and limited Phoenix to just 33 percent shooting, 30-of-90, and run the Fuel Masters to the ground as the Aces raced to 27 fastbreak points. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “If you remember the championship games Alaska before, we got there because of our physicality,” said Alas in Filipino as he referred to the Aces’ runner-up finishes from 2014 to 2016.The game started off slowly with Alaska ahead just 5-4 five minutes into the game, but with a 21-4 run across the first two quarters, the Aces managed to blow the game wide open and push the lead to 34-14 lead after Nonoy Baclao’s jumper.READ: Foes first, friends afterAlas was upset with how the Fuel Masters let Alaska take control when Compton fielded his reserves against their starters.“I was wondering why the game was such a low-scoring one, then Alaska decided to change its players and they had a lot of easy baskets,” said Alas. “We can’t just rely on our starters”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Alaska Aces vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. PBA IMAGESPhoenix head coach Louie Alas was in no mood to tone down his choice of words after Alaska ripped his team apart in a 93-75 beating in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We were raped by my former team,” said Alas, who was the former head assistant coach at Alaska under Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Frigid Super Bowl raises questions about northern venues

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While warmer climates tend to be more popular host cities, a flashy new stadium and amenities often play a bigger role than the weather in determining who will host the big game.“The owners will do as they like. So that’s one of those decisions that’s just not up to the fan base,” said Mark Cobb, who has been to several Super Bowls in his work for the NFL Players Association. “Wherever has the newest, prettiest stadium, that’s who gets the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCobb, of Washington, said everyone in Minnesota was nice, and he’d return to Minneapolis for a Super Bowl. But he said the weather felt “like I was being punished. Minnesota is where they send you when you’re bad. But if you embrace it like the people who live here, instead of fighting it, it’s not so bad.”The NFL has used the Super Bowl as a reward for municipalities that pump public money into new venues. Minnesota was awarded the game in 2014, two years after state lawmakers approved a financing package that had taxpayers paying nearly half the cost of the $1.1 billion stadium. Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco this month Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this picture made with a specialty lens the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)MINNEAPOLIS — After years of planning and many millions in spending, there was one thing organizers of Super Bowl 52 couldn’t control — a Minnesota winter.The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots played inside. But as fans were heading to U.S. Bank Stadium at noon Sunday, the temperature in Minneapolis was minus-2 degrees, with a wind chill of negative 23 — by far the coldest Super Bowl on record — raising questions about whether the NFL’s marquee event would ever return to Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Andrea Mokros, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, said the event was a “huge success.” Visitor numbers were still being calculated, but Mokros said outdoor concerts and other events were well attended, even on the coldest nights during 10 days of festivities.“The cold didn’t slow anyone down and in fact made it a more memorable experience,” she said. Mokros said the winter climate allowed the host committee to offer a different sort of fun for guests, such as snowmobiling or skijoring (cross-country skiing while being pulled by a dog). And she said she felt some pride when she saw celebrities donning winter hats and embracing the cold weather.Paul Vaaler, a professor of management and law at the University of Minnesota law school and the Carlson School of Management, said while warmer tourist destinations are more likely to get Super Bowls, there is some strategy to spreading the game to different franchises: The promise of a Super Bowl can lead cities to build new stadiums and keep teams from leaving certain markets.Because of that, he said, other northern cities are likely to host the Super Bowl before Minnesota gets another chance.“That incentive to build a stadium and attract the Super Bowl is gone (for Minnesota), but it’s not gone in a place like Cincinnati, or a place like Denver” or other northern NFL cities that have stadiums that are more than 20 years old. “For other northern climates, there will be pressure.”Some fans said the weather was tolerable and there were plenty of experiences in Minneapolis to keep them entertained. Others said that even though Minnesotans were hospitable, they’d prefer a warmer location.“The cold was just brutal,” said Philadelphia Eagles fan Terry Laufer of Carrollton, Virginia. His wife, Rhonda, said: “I would never be able to bring children here. It would be too risky.” The pair said they’d return with their grandkids in September, when it’s warmer.“You could have had the Arctic Circle and it would have been a great experience,” said Jody Haggerty of Milford, Pennsylvania. “Minneapolis made it work. … It’s not about the location. It’s about the experience, the atmosphere and the game.” Other northern cities have reaped similar benefits. New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium got a Super Bowl in its fourth season, the only outdoor Super Bowl at a northern site to date (2014). Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis hosted in 2012 and Ford Field in Detroit hosted in 2006, both at the end of their fourth seasons. The only other Super Bowls held in the north were in suburban Detroit at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and in Minneapolis at the Metrodome in 1992.While warmer climates have held more Super Bowls, there is no rotation of pre-selected cities that get picked, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He said it’s up to club owners to take the initial step of expressing an interest in hosting. The sites of the next four Super Bowls are already chosen: Atlanta in 2019, followed by South Florida, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.Atlanta has a stadium that opened in 2017. Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa have been renovated in the past three years, and Los Angeles will have a new stadium by the time it hosts the game.McCarthy said the weather in Minneapolis wasn’t a negative. Instead, he said it provided new experiences for fans, some of whom took advantage of the Minneapolis skyway system, a collection of enclosed — and heated — pedestrian bridges.“We knew weather was going to be a factor and we embraced it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nishikori falters against Chung in all-Asian match in Paris

first_imgPalace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Holloway stops Aldo in 3rd, wins UFC featherweight belt Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Japan’s Kei Nishikori breaks his racket in his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Korea’s Hyeon Chung at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)PARIS — Hyeon Chung fought back from two sets down against Kei Nishikori to keep alive his bid to become the first South Korean to reach the fourth round of the French Open.Nishikori was leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3 when rain stopped play on Saturday. The match will resume Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It is the first time in the Open era two Asian men have met as late as the third round in a Grand Slam tournament.Chung has never beaten a top-10 player in six attempts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he was making the eighth-seeded Nishikori, the first Asian man to contest a Grand Slam final at the 2014 U.S. Open, look ordinary.Nishikori had to save a set point in the first set. In the second, the Japanese star appeared to have problems with the same right wrist he had treatment on in his second-round win over Jeremy Chardy. But he prevailed, and appeared on course for a straight-sets victory in his first meeting with Chung. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast However, Chung took the third set in a tiebreaker, bringing up set point with a backhand down the line and clinching it when Nishikori hit long.Chung broke twice at the start of the fourth set, prompting Nishikori to hurl his racket to the clay in disgust, and breaking it.Nishikori had treatment on his back, and shortly after the rain started.Chung began playing tennis with his parents at 6, and continued when a doctor recommended that looking at the color green helped his weak eyesight. ATP players voted him the most improved player in 2015.In April, he reached the Barcelona quarterfinals as a qualifier, and in May he made his first ATP semifinals in Munich.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Cray, though, seemed to already know what the result would be. While Lich was listless throughout the wait for the official result, Cray was lying down on the track.READ: Cray not concerned with tight schedule aheadFrom lane No. 5, Cray led most of the way until the final turn to finish the race in 50.03 seconds, while the Vietnamese turned in an official time of 50.05 seconds.The Texas-based Cray could have been refocusing as he would need it in an hour when he competes in the 100m dash—where he is also the defending champion.Cray just came from the World Championships in England, where he was disqualified in the 400m hurdles for a false start.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—It could have been out of sheer confidence or an act of self-preservation. But Eric Cray noticeably, inexplicably decided to slow down after making the final leap in the men’s 400-meter hurdles final Tuesday night.“I can’t be bothered right now, I was focusing on the 100 meter dash,” Cray later told reporters after the race, referring to the century dash final he needed to run an hour later.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img The 28-year-old Cray, who is regarded as a rock star here even by foreign media, was even looking at the giant screen of Bukit Jalil Sports Stadium after the last hurdle.READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles 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 openingAnd as he eased up on the way to the finish, muscle-bound Vietnamese Quach Cong Lich made things interesting by mounting a last-ditch chase and was soon breathing down the Filipino-American’s neck.They ended the race in a photo finish—and Cray needed to crane his neck forward to gain whatever edge he could. But even then, both runners needed to wait for more than five minutes before the judges officially declared that Cray had successfully defended his title. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR His stint in the Worlds was because of his recent triumph in the Asian Championships in India.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yu ends medal drought for PH swimmers with bronze View commentslast_img read more

Boxer Akhil livid as his bed at CWG Village collapses

first_imgThe shoddy state of the Games’ Village stood exposed today when the Indian boxing team checked in at their residential block there only to find defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar’s bed collapsing.The 10-member Indian team, comprising among others Olympic and world championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh, were also kept waiting for nearly four hours at the Olympic Bhavan here for the bus to take them to the Games’ Village.On reaching the Games’ Village, Akhil said it was a rude shock as his bed collapsed when he sat down to take rest after a long journey.”We reached at the Olympic Bhavan late in the afternoon to collect our accreditation cards. But when I sat down on my bed to take rest it collapse,” he told PTI.”I checked the bed and part of it has no plywood on it. It was very disappointing after enduring a long journey. The athletes are at least entitled a decent place to rest. Even the toilets are not very clean. I have told coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu about this,” said the boxer who will compete in 56kg at the Commonwealth Games.Apart from Akhil and Vijender (75kg), the team also comprises Asian champion Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Commonwealth champions Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dinesh Kumar (81kg).Accompanied by national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu and Cuban coach B I Fernandes, the team comes here after months of training at the Naitonal Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.Boxers join the weightlifters and netball players in arriving at the Village, which was severely criticised by international delegates some days ago.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian wrestlers win Rustem-e-Indo-Pak title

first_imgIndian wrestlers on Sunday beat their Pakistani counterparts to clinch Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak Wrestling title at Katra in Jammu.Rehmat Ali of Punjab helped India retain the first Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak Wrestling title, Jammu and Kashmir Indian Style Wrestling Association President Shiv Kumar Sharma told reporters.Rehmat Ali defeated his Pakistani rival Yousaf Riaz in a 17-minute final bout, Sharma said.Rehmat Ali was awarded a silver Gadda, Patta and cash prize of Rs 11,000 and the runners-up got Rs 10,000.In other main contests, Abdul Gani of Punjab defeated Sumit of Delhi and Kulbir Singh of Jammu defeated Pakistani Safdar Ali of Lahore.Another Pakistani Muhammed Umair of Multan defeated Indian Wrestler Benia of Udhampur.In the six bouts, Indians won five while Pakistanis won one.Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sham Lal Sharma, who was the chief guest on the occasion, praised the organisers for promoting goodwill between the two countries.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

McShane holds Anand to a draw

first_imgWorld Champion Viswanathan Anand signed truce after failing to break Englishman Luke McShane’s solid defences while Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defeated local hope David Howell to join the leaders after the fifth round of the London Chess Classic on Monday.Anand and McShane remained the only two undefeated players in the tournament following a draw between them while Carlsen benefitted from an oversight by Howell in the second time control.Going by normal rules, Anand and McShane are the only two leaders but the soccer-like scoring system, which gives three points for a win and one for a draw, has put Magnus back on track for the title with three wins.Anand and McShane have won two and drawn three which means that under normal scoring system they would tally three and a half points each, half point more than Carlsen who has lost two games.With all leaders on nine points, Vladimir Kramnik, who drew with English Michael Adams, is sharing the fourth spot along with American Hikaru Nakamura on eight points each.Nakamura got the better of an out- of- sort Nigel Short who suffered his fourth defeat in the ?145000 tournament being played on round robin basis between eight players.Adams holds the sixth spot on six points while David Howell remained on two, a full point ahead of back- ranker Nigel Short.Anand pressed for advantage in the Berlin defense game but it seemed the Indian was much better in the middle game that ensued.McShane however remained on his guard right through and restored parity with some timely exchanges leading to a drawn queen and bishops endgame.advertisement”These are trends, a month from now we may see them all switch over to something else,” said Anand when asked about the Berlin defence that’s in vogue.”I was better after the opening but it was just slightly better, if it was serious, I did not see it,” the world champion said.Carlsen defeated Howell from the black side of a Najdorf Sicilian.The Norwegian was in his elements post the second time control after Howell erred on the 43rd move and wrapped the issue quickly.Kramnik faced the Kind pawn opening and it was another Berlin defense by the Russian. The alternative main line employed by Adams did not yield much as Kramnik equalised quickly and started looking for initiative.Adams had to find some resources to let the game drift towards a draw.Nakamura was pleasantly surprised to see Short employing a side variation in the Marshall Gambit. The American was on top in the middle game with an extra pawn and relished the endgame that arose after subsequent exchanges.Short, who is going through a forgettable event, could not pose much of a challenge.In the open event being organised simultaneously, 15- year old International Master Sahaj Grover came back into the reckoning with a fine win over Nicolai Getz of Norway.While Sahaj moved up to four points out of five games, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta remained on 3.5 after losing to Gawain Jones of England.With four rounds still to go, Grandmaster Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury is also on 3.5 points and the lead is shared by Simon Williams of England and Gavin Wall of Ireland – both have five points each.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Don’t judge Mahendra Singh Dhoni by World Cup final result, urges Kapil Dev

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is on the threshold of creating World Cup history but former captain Kapil Dev, who has been there and done that, hopes that the maverick cricketer is not judged by the result of just one final.”I will never doubt Dhoni’s credentials as a captain irrespective of the result of World Cup final. Lot of people believe that it’s the ultimate result which will count but I believe otherwise,” the skipper of India’s victorious 1983 team, said at a promotional event on Thursday.”Look at Ricky Ponting. He has won two World Cups and after one bad World up he is out. That’s not the way to judge a captain. So I would like that Dhoni shouldn’t be judged by a win or loss. Instead, let’s all wish him the very best for Saturday’s final.”About his take on Dhoni’s x-factor, the legendary all-rounder said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a bit of a gambler. He takes his decisions and backs them. Everyone was talking about why was Ravichandran Ashwin left out. But in the end, Dhoni was vindicated as Ashish Nehra bowled well. I believe India will play to their potential against Sri Lanka unlike yesterday.”Most of the World Cup winning former captains, barring Allan Border, feel that India have a slight edge over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at the Wankhede on Saturday.”I know people here won’t like it but I believe that Sri Lanka will go into the final as favourites,” former Australian captain Border said.advertisementWhen live Clive Lloyd was asked to take his pick, he answered, “I have always believed that the side that takes catches have an edge. Although there isn’t much to choose between the teams but I believe India will have a slight edge over Sri Lanka.”Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels that both teams are on even keel going into the final.”It will be a 50-50 game. I am slightly worried about our middle-order. The batsmen from No. 5 to No. 7 (Angelo Mathews, Thilan Samarweera and Chamara Silva) haven’t performed upto the mark. Also Mahela’s (Jayawardene) form is a bit of worry for us,” Ranatunga said.Talking about pressure, the burly former skipper said, “Those who believe that there won’t be pressure are wrong. I myself have played a final and I know how it feels out there in the middle. Also I wouldn’t like to give any advice to the players. As it is the President of the country is advising players!” he said in a sarcastic tone.Imran Khan feels that Dhoni’s greatest quality is to remain calm and also learn from his mistakes.”I was impressed in the manner he admitted that he misread the pitch,” Imran said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more