NDA working chairman and senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday criticised the shortcomings in the Commonwealth Games preparations in the last few months but said as an Indian he wished that the event would be a success.”Even in the last session of Parliament I tried not to criticise the Commonwealth Games though some of my party colleagues spoke on it. As an Indian I would want that these Games are successful,” Advani said.”Although sadly today the situation is such that there are doubts about whether the Games will be held. If they are held then that itself will be considered a big achievement,” he added.Advani was speaking at a programme organised by the International Lions Club. Earlier, he had inaugurated a cartoon exhibition, named “Wealth Cartoons” by famous cartoonist Irfan. The senior BJP leader also referred to the pun in the name of the exhibition.Advani said “6-8 months” before any event of such magnitude reports in the media mostly refer to the positive points like the work completed and the how it would be an advantage to the sportspersons of the host country.”But here the only positive reports that one hears of are that some of the countries are finally coming (to participate). This is a very sad thing,” Advani said.BJP and NDA leaders had strongly criticised Organising Committee head and Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi, Sports Minister M S Gill and the Delhi Government for the shortcomings and corruption in the CWG 2010 projects.advertisementThe principal opposition even staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha when Gill said during his presentation on the CWG debate that any information needed can be sought through an RTI application.The recent collapse of a foot overbridge at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and other negative reports about lack of cleanliness have also drawn criticism from the opposition.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will cheer the Indian hockey team which clashes with world champion Australia in the Commonwealth Games final at the Dhyan Chand Stadium here on October 14.Singh will watch the match in the company of former Olympians, PMO sources said.UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul had cheered the Indian hockey team at the same venue where it had thrashed Pakistan 7-3 and entered semifinals. In the semis, India defeated England in a tie-breaker yesterday.Singh was present at the dazzling opening ceremony of the Games along with President Pratibha Patil and Prince Charles.
Till age four, AT was a lean child. Then an episode of fever led to serious weight loss. On recovery, her parents made it their primary responsibility to feed her. Within a year, she put on so much weight that she was euphemistically referred to as “healthy”. AT, never too,Till age four, AT was a lean child. Then an episode of fever led to serious weight loss. On recovery, her parents made it their primary responsibility to feed her. Within a year, she put on so much weight that she was euphemistically referred to as “healthy”. AT, never too keen on sport, started spending more time on “computer games” and “chatting” on the Net. By the time she came to me as a patient, she was 10 and weighed a worrying 72 kg.Is she a rare entity in today’s urban India? The answer is a resounding and deafening ‘No’. Studies from across the country, especially among urban middle and upper classes, demonstrate that between 20-25 per cent children are either overweight or obese. Over a period of two decades, the average weight of children has increased by over five kg, which in public health terms is equivalent to an “epidemic”. Our own study, from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) among schoolchildren in Delhi, showed that about one-quarter weighed more than their suggested ideal. The problem seemed to start early, with 10 per cent of even five-year-olds being overweight or obese. And it peaked with onset of puberty in both boys and girls.The time trends of childhood obesity unequivocally mirror the surge in economic growth in India. A serendipitous confluence of biological, developmental and technical components have contributed to the emerging epidemic that we see today. From a time when food scarcities were a norm to now, when there is abundant food availability at least among the affluent, coupled with a decline in energy expenditure for activities of daily living-the shift in energy balance has been huge. Extreme endocrine and genetic disorders (a minute proportion of this entity), enhanced caloric consumption, declining physical activity, dramatic increase in sedentary activities (including working or playing on computers, watching television) and a rapid socio-economic and nutrition transition combined with easy access to consumer goods-consumables and energy saving-all contribute to the problem.advertisementFor AT, parental concern over her weight loss led to her spiralling weight gain. To them, the term “healthy” denoted the misconception that a few extra kilograms have a positive health connotation. An inappropriate health notion that finds currency across the country.Click here to EnlargeIs there more to overweight in a child than merely a cosmetic issue? The unfortunate reality is that the significant health implications of childhood obesity are yet to be universally recognised, even among the medical fraternity. When we evaluated more than 500 overweight and obese children in Delhi, 10 per cent had abnormalities of glucose metabolism (with frank diabetes among one per cent); nearly two of every five children had abnormal cholesterol levels. This data was reaffirmed recently by a larger study involving over 3,000 children-with a similar proportion having elevated cholesterol. A striking majority had high “bad cholesterol” (LDL) and low levels of “good cholesterol” (HDL). Childhood obesity begets adult obesity with its attendant risk. But, even before that, childhood obesity has immediate health implications: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure (BP), fatty liver disease and perhaps maximally (less quantifiable but equally critical) psychosocial complications. Studies in the developed world have clearly linked childhood obesity with poor school performance and unhealthy or risky behaviour, including alcohol and tobacco use. Obesity in childhood and adolescence sets off the process of atherosclerosis and is linked to cardiovascular mortality in adults. Lung disorders, such as asthma and obstructive sleep apnea, are more prevalent among obese children. While obesity reflects increased energy intake, several micro-nutrient deficiencies, namely iron and vitamin D, are much more common in such children.An additional problem, often described from low and middle income countries like India, is when babies born small rapidly gain weight in childhood and adolescence. This has now clearly been shown to be associated with a higher prevalence of diabetes, high bp, lipid abnormalities and other metabolic disturbances. A recent study, following a group of individuals born in south Delhi 40 years ago, shows the implication of this transition from low birth weight to increased weight in young adulthood.The best strategy to counter this problem is a vexed and contentious issue. The ideal approach would be to prevent weight gain. But this is easier said than done. Prevention has to be done at multiple levels-individual, household, school and community. While it is important for the child to be counselled, home and school-based interventions are critical. Parents should be encouraged to offer appropriate food portions and encourage physical activity. And they have to ensure that such advice is followed by all members of the household. It does not help if a child finds others in the family are exempt from the “regimentation” being “imposed” on him or her. A “healthy” school environment is equally important-from suggested food items to be brought in “tiffin” to ensuring adequate sporting facilities.advertisementAT’s parents had started dragging her to nutrition experts and personal trainers, swimming and aerobic classes. But the child showed limited, if any, enthusiasm. Fortunately, her metabolic parameters did not reveal major derangement. We started a prolonged and gradual intervention programme, through multiple interactions with doctors and nutritionists, where she was encouraged to express her views. As rapport and trust developed between the child and her medical team, she embarked on a self-driven and self-targeted programme of weight loss. Over a period of one year, she lost weight and is now a trim, energetic, physically fit and outgoing 12-year-old.Unfortunately, others are often not as lucky.- Dr Nikhil Tandon is a professor at the department of endocrinology and metabolism at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi
Drained after hitting another one of his typically resolute hundreds, veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said it was tough adjusting to the conditions in the ongoing first cricket Test against the West Indies here.Dravid, for whom the 112-run knock on the third day of the match on Wednesday was his 32nd Test century, confessed he found the effort physically very demanding at the Sabina Park.”It was tough physically. I came here just three days ago. The jet lag, getting up early morning, having not played a Test for a long time and playing in these hot conditions has been very tiring,” remarked Dravid, who batted for over 400 minutes for his 112 runs and hit 10 fours and a six from the 274 balls he faced.”You could do as much physical workout; do the bike and gym and run laps of ground but the sheer effort of batting and fielding and staying on the field and then immediately come to bat, needs practice.”I sweat a lot so physically it’s always been a contest for me. That’s why I have to work harder on my fitness for I know the way I bat, I have to stay in for long periods.””But it was a big Test match and I was fired up…I felt as if I was in my space. Hopefully, we can win the Test and get a day’s rest.”Dravid’s example was lost on young batsmen, such as Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, who are seen as India’s next generation of Test batsmen.advertisement”I try telling them (the youngsters) to weather the storm; go through the intensity of a spell which might last 8-10-12 overs.” .You fight your way and then it becomes easy. It’s easy to get caught up when things around you are buzzing with noise; balls are flying and spinners are getting big help. You then start thinking it’s hard. But if you last it out, it becomes easier,” Dravid said.”Today in the morning, Ravi Rampaul kept it tight. I knew I had to go through that spell. You need to back yourself; need to enjoy the contest. It’s going to get easier and then you must be there to capitalise on it,” said Dravid, allowing a rare peek in his batting methodology.”I remember in Johannesburg (in 1997), Donald and Pollock were bowling a great spell and I thought it was really tough and I would never be able to play. You need to get through it, fight your way, grit your teeth. Suddenly, it gets easier.”Dravid managed to make 148 runs in that Test which happened to be his first century in his ninth match.Dravid claimed the intensity of the contest at Sabina Park, ironically, helped him get into his space.”I love the contest. When you are back to the wall, it improves your concentration, your focus. It helped me focus my mind, get it in the right place and I felt in control.”For long periods of time, I didn’t score many runs but considering the wicket it probably was the right thing. “Interestingly, Dravid didn’t find it a demand that he rarely received support from his teammates at the other end.”It doesn’t make a difference to me, what’s happening at the other end. My job is to focus. But when you lose wickets, it’s the opposition who picks up. When a new batsman comes in, you know the rivals have got their game together and there would be another 12-14 overs of intensity.” .Dravid also explained the reason of his refusal to take singles when Amit Mishra came in to bat.”I was refusing singles of the first two balls. Sometimes it relaxes bowlers and I was hoping it would give me a four-scoring opportunity.”The stand with Mishra turned out to be a critical one as 56 runs came for the ninth wicket and not only Dravid could get to his century but also the lead stretched beyond 300 runs.Dravid termed it a good cricketing pitch, though slightly in favour of bowlers.”It’s a good cricket wicket. It’s slightly in favour of bowlers and that’s how it should be. The spinners are getting turn; pacers are getting bounce. If you bowl in right areas, it’s difficult for batsmen. If you bowl badly, because of the bounce, the batters can capitalise.”The veteran middle-order batsman though felt his team held the advantage in this Test.”If we get early wickets, we can run through. But we know Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a dangerous player. They have got some good young players. From our perspective, if we bowl in the right areas, we will create opportunity.advertisement”We need to be patient and make batsmen play all the time.”Dravid singled out Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar for their bowling effort in this Test so far.”Ishant has been very impressive. Today his bowling was terrific. Praveen is a very skillful, crafty, clever bowler.”- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Zaheer Khan’s much expected return to action after his hamstring injury lasted a mere three overs.Frontline Indian bowlers suffered a humiliating hammering at the hands of Northamptonshire openers as the home side racked up 198 for no loss by tea on the final day of the two-day warm-up game on Saturday.Right-handed Mal Loye (97) and left-handed Niall O’ Brien (85) were not separated at the tea break as the visitors went through their motions in the field.Northamptonshire trail by 154 runs with 10 wickets intact in their first innings. India had made 352 all out in their first innings.Zaheer Khan’s much expected return to action after his hamstring injury lasted a mere three overs before he parked himself in the pavilion and did not come out thereafter at all. By the looks, things do not appear too bright for the left-arm seamer ahead of the third Test between India and England at Edgbaston starting on April 10.Loye and Brien batted with authority and imposed themselves on the Indian bowlers even though leg-spinner Amit Mishra would feel that the umpire at his end was particularly hard on a couple of his genuine appeals.Pacers S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel were treated without respect by the Northants openers for 51 runs in their 10 overs each while Mishra conceded 44 runs from 17 overs. Part-timer Suresh Raina was punished for 21 runs from his five overs.As the end of post-lunch session drew nearer, Indians had begun to bowl no-balls and conceding byes off the errant bowling.Northamptonshire’s top order did not have a particularly good time at the crease this season so this success of their openers would particularly rankle the visitors.advertisement- With PTI inputs
View comments Chooks-to-Go 3×3 league set to kick off with 12 city-based teams The 10 most watched games all had a verified average TV audience of more than 260 million viewers. The second-highest rating was 327.5 million for Croatia’s semifinal win over England in extra time.FIFA’s research suggests most viewers also watched for longer than they did four years earlier.The number of people watching at least 30 consecutive minutes of any game in their home was almost 2.5 billion — up more than 27 percent from the same measure in 2014.South Americans were the most avid viewers despite watching fewer hours overall of a tournament where Brazil exited in the quarterfinals, and Argentina in the round of 16.FIFA said 96.6 percent of South America’s population saw at least one minute of any game. However, their 5.52 billion hours of total viewing fell 26.9 percent from the 2014 tournament where host Brazil placed fourth.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ In Europe —which provided all four semifinalists in Russia — the 2018 World Cup reached 86 percent of people watching an average of 14.6 hours.“In contrast only 38.4 percent of the Asian population were reached by World Cup coverage, reflecting relatively lower interest in the Indian subcontinent,” FIFA said.Still, almost 30 percent more viewing hours were measured in Asia, where games in Russia were played in time zones more convenient than in 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Changing viewing habits — and no South American team in the final — help explain a drop from the 545-million average TV audience for the Germany-Argentina final in 2014.In comparison, the 2016 European Championship final attracted a 284.4 million average audience for Portugal beating host France. The most-watched Super Bowl in the United States was 114.4 million when the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefFIFA said the global TV audience for the 64-match tournament in Russia averaged 191 million per game — up from 187 million for the 2014 edition in Brazil.“Each game was a global televisual event in its own right,” soccer’s governing body said, citing research by Publicis Media Sport & Entertainment. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, people watch a giant screen during the World Cup final between France and Croatia, on the Champ de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. FIFA says more than 3.5 billion people viewed some of the 2018 World Cup, with 1.12 billion watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing says Friday, Dec. 21 the final’s television audience was 516.6 million by the traditional measure of “global average in-home audience.” (AP Photo/Bob Edme, file)GENEVA — More than 3.5 billion people viewed some of the 2018 World Cup action, with 1.12 billion watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final, according to FIFA.A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing published Friday said the television audience for the final was 516.6 million by the traditional measure of “global average in-home audience.” More watched on digital devices and out-of-home screenings in public spaces, bars and restaurants.ADVERTISEMENT
View comments Fans reach for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert as he leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was in tears Friday after being snubbed for even a reserve spot in this year’s NBA All-Star Game despite a standout campaign.The 26-year-old French 7-footer (2.16m) is this year’s most accurate NBA shooter, connecting on 65% of shots from the floor, and has had a strong follow up to last season’s Defensive Player of the Year honors.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss With NBA coaches making the call on backup players, Gobert felt especially insulted at his defensive efforts being unrewarded, even knowing the all-star matchup is typically a score-fest with half-hearted defensive work.“I think it’s disrespectful. I feel disrespected,” Gobert said. “It’s disrespectful not only toward me but toward the team, the organization and toward the game.“Because all the coaches preach about defense. Every day they talk about defense, they talk about how important it is to get stops in order to win basketball games.“And when it’s time to vote, they don’t reward the best defensive player in the world.”Gobert said he resisted the urge to take his displeasure to Twitter but Utah Jazz president Steve Starks did not, tweeting: “Rudy deserved to be named an All-Star. Complete non-sense and we need more integrity and accountability. If the coaches vote then their ballots should be made public.”ADVERTISEMENT But he waited in vain Thursday night to hear his name when the list of reserve players for the February 17 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte was announced.“My mom called me crying,” Gobert said in a posting on the club website. “It was tough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGobert turned off his television and admitted Friday he felt disrespected and frustrated by the all-star snub.“I was surprised,” he said. “We all know how the league works, the direction the league is heading to. I thought there was a chance I might not make it, but just surprised.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Towns crier: Timberwolves big man emotional over NBA All-Star honor Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Jazz GM ‘disgusted’Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said he was “disgusted” and “flabbergasted” by the snub that upset Gobert so deeply.And Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, averaging 22.5 points a game, tweeted to Gobert that “Together we will prevail big fella” with a hashtag of “robbed.”“The first year, it was OK. I was 24. It was my first year playing well. I thought maybe I have to make a name for myself, earn the respect,” Gobert said.“But I’ve won the Defensive Player of the Year. I should have two, by the way. All-NBA Second Team. And they still don’t give me that respect.“I’m always going to be about winning. I don’t want to be focused on those things. But at one point I’d still like to get that recognition.”Gobert says he would take an all-star nod as an injury replacement selection but added, “It’s not the same as being selected.”It also wouldn’t pay him the $1 million bonus Gobert would have had from being selected, but that means less, Gobert said, than how his career will be regarded once it’s done.“It’s my legacy,” Gobert said. “I don’t even play for money. I don’t care about that All-Star bonus, to be honest. It’s just about my legacy. Everything I do, I do it to win. It would be good if you could get some reward for that.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes
Amidst the various smartphone launches, Lava seems to be buoyant with the launch of five new smartphones under its Iris series. The line-up includes Lava Iris 400s, Iris 250, Iris 404 Flair, Iris 410 and Iris 400 Colors.The entire line-up falls in the price bracket of INR 4000 to INR 6000. From the 5 smartohones Iris 404 Flair, Iris 410 and Iris 400 Colors run on Android 4.4 KitKat platform while the remaining two feature a little older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Talking about the common features the all the five smartphones come with 4 inch 480X800p display.Being positioned in the entry level category, the smartphones feature 512 MB RAM and 4 GB inbuilt storage, which may be expanded to up to 32 GB.The new Iris phones are powered by a dual-core processor except Lava Iris 410 and Iris 404 Flair that have 1.3 GHz and 1 GHz chipsets and also support 3G connectivity which lacks in other devices. Both Iris 400s and Iris 404 Flair smartphones sport 5MP primary cameras and also house front facing VGA camera. Iris 410 comes with 3MP primary camera while Iris 400 Colors and Iris 250 sport a 2 MP and 3.2 MP main camera respectively. All the three devices also house a fornt facing VGA camera.Similar specifications of Lava’s latest Iris Android phones:1. 4-inch screens with 480 x 800p resolution2. Dual core processors of unnamed origin3. Google Android OS onboard4. 4GB of internal space5. Memory expandability support via microSD card slot
LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Manchester United defeats Chelsea, advances to FA Cup quarterfinals ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Basketball fans around the world can interact in real-time and share in their passion for the game.”The online community debate around NBA contests is an offering that excites Devi Mahadevia, Facebook North America Sports Programming Lead.“The NBA boasts one of the most vibrant sports communities on our platform,” Mahadevia said. “By delivering these game recaps and hosting a weekly Watch Party, the league will be able to engage with fans around the world in new and exciting ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war In addition to NBA video recaps, Facebook Watch will feature game recaps for all Women’s NBA, developmental G League and NBA 2K League contests, including the NBA Summer League plus pre-season and playoff matchups.The NBA also will host a weekly Watch Party on Facebook, allowing fans worldwide to watch and interact with game recaps and videos in real-time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWNBA, G League and NBA 2K League Watch Parties will be held monthly.“We are excited to provide our millions of followers on Facebook with recaps to every game,” said Sam Farber, NBA Vice President, Digital Media. Team Giannis’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks the ball against Team LeBron during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The Team LeBron won 178-164. (AP Photo/Streeter Lecka, Pool)The NBA, with one of the world’s largest Facebook communities, will make video recaps of every league game available on Facebook Watch, according to NBA Digital.The league, which resumes regular-season play Thursday following a break for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, has 400 million followers across all league, team and player Facebook accounts.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES MOST READ From Dream to Reality🙏🏼 Always thank the lord for the gift of life🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/qCttWnqaQx— Scottie Thompson (@ScotThompson06) April 17, 2019 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Warriors, Spurs try to forget blown chances for 2-0 leads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: WATCH: A day in the life of Ginebra’s Scottie ThompsonIt’s no surprise that Thompson, who turned pro in 2015, was able to turn his dream into a reality at the age of 25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MANILA, Philippines—PBA star Scottie Thompson proudly showed the fruits of his labor, giving everyone a glimpse of his new home.Thompson, who in his few years in the PBA has established himself as one of the league’s elite guard, has always been business savvy, putting up several business ventures in the past few years.ADVERTISEMENT “Always thank the lord for the gift of life,” said Thompson in his Twitter post, which also included photos of his swanky new crib.Thompson and the Ginebra Gin Kings took an early vacation in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup after a quarterfinals loss to Magnolia.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
MANILA, Philippines—University of the East may have finished the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on a sour note, but there were two players who made their mark for the season.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Kath Arado and Lai Bendong distinguished themselves from the rest of the field as they took home the Best Libero and Setter trophies Wednesday.The Lady Warriors finished the season at the no.7 spot with a 3-11 record but the team’s overall performance did not diminish the duo’s worth, but it did create a little surprise for the both of them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was really surprised when I knew it at first but it’s amazing that I got this blessing,” said Arado in Filipino. “We expected that the winners would come from the Final Four teams and when we entered our final year all our focus was on the team and not on the individual awards.”Arado was the undisputed leader in her position, taking the top spots in both the Best Diggers and Best Receivers tables. UE’s defensive stalwart averaged 6.94 excellent digs per set and had an efficiency rating of 60.82 percent in reception.Arado’s closest competitor in terms of digging was Adamson University’s Tang Ponce who averaged 6.87 excellent digs per frame while National University’s Jennifer Nierva was the second in receptions with an efficiency rating of 50.62%.Bendong, on the other side of things, averaged 6.81 excellent sets per frame for the Lady Warriors with the Lady Eagles’ Deanna Wong coming in second with 6.29 excellent sets per frame.“Kath and I never thought of the individual awards because the team standings were more important for us but this is still a blessing for us,” said Bendong.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES The pair may not have lifted UE’s fortunes, which were dark throughout their whole five-year stay with accumulated 63 record, they were still happy to leave behind their reputation as two of best players this season.“We’re happy we’re going to leave UE that even though we weren’t able to improve our team standings we were able to give inspiration to the younger players that their big sisters worked hard for these awards,” said Bendong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Bucks seeking 2-0 lead over Raptors in East finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
(FILES) Golden State All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is “pain-free” after tearing a quad muscle last month but Warriors coach Steve Kerr is uncertain he will play in Thursday’s NBA Finals opener. (Photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Golden State All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is “pain-free” after tearing a quad muscle last month but Warriors coach Steve Kerr is uncertain he will play in Thursday’s NBA Finals opener.Cousins suffered the torn left quad in only his second career NBA playoff game but the 28-year-old big man has recovered in time to give Kerr another option when the defending NBA champions face host Toronto in the best-of-seven final.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Some of that will be determined by what’s happening in the game and the other stuff is just internal with our staff.”For his part, Cousins is ready whenever called but understands it’s not all his decision.“I feel good. It has healed for the most part,” Cousins said. “I’m still working things into shape, building the muscle endurance to play at a high level, but everything’s coming along well. We’ll come together and figure out the best plan for me.”The Warriors, who are also without star forward Kevin Durant due to a right calf strain, added Cousins last July despite a ruptured left Achilles tendon that prevented him from playing until January.In 30 regular-season games, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals a game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES INQ NEWS VIDEO: Warriors vs Raptors: Which team are you rooting for? 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 champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “DeMarcus has done an amazing job coming back from the injury, which we felt at the time was season-ending,” Kerr said Wednesday. “He has done an incredible job of rehabbing.“Now here he is. He has scrimmaged a couple times this week. He’s pain-free. So it’s really more a matter of rhythm and timing and conditioning.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKerr did not say if the Warriors would activate Cousins for game one, saying he would if it were the regular season to test his condition. Kerr said situations would dictate what action, if any, Cousins will see.“This is not the regular season. This is the finals,” Kerr said. “So we have to figure out what’s the best way to utilize him, how many minutes can he play, what the game feels like, what the matchups are like. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cousins in the ‘hoodAfter suffered the injury April 16, Cousins has worked to return. But it means dropping him basically into the NBA Finals with two games of post-season experience.“A huge challenge,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green of Cousins returning for the finals. “He doesn’t have much playoff experience… and the intensity level is completely different than a regular-season game.“And then you get dropped in the NBA Finals. It’s kind of like some kid who grew up in the suburbs going to private school and then one day you just got dropped in the ‘hood and was told to survive. You got to figure that out. It’s very similar to that.No Durant, no problemDurant, the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player the past two seasons in leading Golden State to back-to-back titles, has been the Warriors top scorer but Golden State is 5-0 without him in the playoffs, a testament to star guard Stephen Curry and the team’s versatility and bench strength.Durant will miss game one and must practice with club before he will be reinstated to the Warriors’ lineup.“His next step is individual court work, so that will be the next priority over the next couple of days,” Kerr said. “We have to see him in practice before he can play a game and he hasn’t practiced yet.”The Warriors are going for their third consecutive NBA title, which hasn’t been done since the 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers, and a fourth crown in five seasons, a feat not seen since the 1969 Boston Celtics.Toronto reached the NBA Finals for the first time in the club’s 24-season history, powered by Kawhi Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player with San Antonio and a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. 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LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue After dominating in the domestic competitions in recent years, Barcelona turned its focus on trying to win the Champions League again. It last won the competition in 2015, when it defeated Juventus in the final in Berlin.Barcelona cruised through a group that included finalist Tottenham, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven, winning four matches and drawing two to end six points ahead in first place. It also didn’t face major difficulties as it got past Lyon in the round of 16 and Manchester United in the quarterfinals, being able to make it to the semifinals after three straight eliminations in the last eight.The team’s dominance continued in the first leg of the semifinals against Liverpool, when it won 3-0 at the Camp Nou and looked set to finally return to the final. But the team collapsed in England, losing 4-0 to see its title hopes vanish.“We are still recovering from what happened in Liverpool. At least I am,” Lionel Messi said last week. “Our performance was lamentable. It was a very tough loss for us.”REAL MADRIDThe three-time defending champions never really got close to making it to the final.In a frustrating season that included two coaching changes, Real Madrid couldn’t advance past the round of 16 in the European competition, being eliminated after a demoralizing 4-1 loss to Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.It had won its group against Roma, Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow, but its campaign included consecutive losses to CSKA — 1-0 in Russia and 3-0 at the Bernabeu.The early Champions League elimination led to the return of coach Zinedine Zidane, who was at the helm when the club won its last three European titles.ATLETICO MADRID There was at least one Spanish club in seven of the last 10 Champions League finals.This time, tough, as the Spanish capital prepares to host its first final since Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in 2010, Spanish clubs are already starting to plan their offseason.On Saturday, there are only two Spanish players with a chance of playing in the final — Tottenham forward Fernando Llorente and Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno.Here’s a look at some of the reasons why there won’t be any Spanish clubs in this year’s final in Madrid:BARCELONAADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The all-English matchup will be the first Champions League final without a Spanish club since 2013, when Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund in a match between German teams.Since then, Real Madrid made it to the final four times, Atletico Madrid twice and Barcelona once.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We were used to seeing Real Madrid in the final all these years,” said Francisco Javier Diaz de Castro, a 55-year-old Real Madrid supporter. “It’s a weird feeling to think that this time we won’t see it fighting for the Champions League trophy. When we finally get to watch the final in Madrid, the team struggles and can’t make it. I guess that’s how it goes in soccer.”Real Madrid won four titles in its recent streak, beating Atletico in 2014 and 2016, Juventus in 2017 and Liverpool in 2018. Barcelona lifted the trophy in 2015, and it had also won it in 2006, 2009 and 2011. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too After four straight seasons reaching at least the quarterfinals, Atletico was coming off a disappointing group-stage elimination and was hopeful of playing in the final again at its own stadium.It qualified from a group that included Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge and Monaco, but the draw for the round of 16 set up an encounter against Juventus and old foe Cristiano Ronaldo. Things went well in the first leg, with the Spanish team winning 2-0 at home, but Ronaldo thrived in the return match, scoring a hat trick in a 3-0 win that ended Atletico’s hopes.VALENCIAValencia was the only other Spanish club in the Champions League this season, and it couldn’t get past a group that included Juventus, Manchester United and Young Boys. It finished third, ahead only of the Swiss club.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Naomi Osaka plays Azaranka in matchup of current and former No. 1s 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 Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Pedestrians walk past Champions League banner in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade, but the country’s streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons, giving home fans little to cheer for when Tottenham faces Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tales Azzoni)MADRID — It will be an unusual Champions League final for Spain.Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade, but the country’s streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons, giving home fans little to cheer for when Liverpool faces Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
New Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) Ahead of the Asian Airgun Championships, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has terminated the contract of two of the longest-serving officials at the Karni Singh Ranges. Balak Ram (71) and Tilak Raj Suri (75), well beyond the superannuation age, but two of the most recognisable faces at the ranges for nearly three decades were told their services were no longer required. Balak Ram, popularly known as Bapu, and Suri, popularly known as Suri Saab, had joined the Ranges in 1990 and were only entitled to a monthly pocket allowance for nearly 15 years. In 2000, following the intervention of one of the range administrators, they got SAI contracts. Both were in charge of the armoury, one of the most important places inside the shooting range, where all the guns and ammunition are stored. Their job was to issue guns, ammunition, targets and clay birds. They worked under eight different administrators even though it meant travelling nearly 35 km to reach the range every day. During major international events, including the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, they worked round the clock. “Both Suri and I worked day and night during all international events held at the shooting ranges. We always used to be at the shooters service till late in the evening. Even after dedicating 25 years to this range, we were never regularised by the Sports Authority of India – a fact that will always hurt,” said Balak Ram. “People suggested that we approach the court to get our services regularised but we were never interested in any kind of litigation.” Yesterday, a small farewell was arranged for them at the range and they left with tears in their eyes. PTI AH PDSadvertisement
Shimla, Sep 18 (PTI) Former Union minister and Congress leader Anand Sharma today accused the NDA government of resorting to lies to present a rosy picture of economy and demanded a white paper on state of economy after the exit of UPA government. “All the economic parameters are negative, investment on infrastructure and key sectors like Education had been reduced drastically, FDI is not coming, claims of increase in growth rate are misleading and there was no coherent policy to bring the economy back on rails”, Sharma said while addressing a pres conference here today. While the value of the rupee is sliding and the track record of the NDA government on investment and employment is dismal, the NDA government was trying to create a mirage to mislead the people, the deputy leader of CLP in Rajya Sabha, claimed. Expressing concern over lack of clarity and consistency in foreign policy, Sharma said that the “Prime Minister has been visiting foreign countries and we have no problem with it but he should refrain from misguiding the people by claiming that International support for India has increased after the NDA government took over”. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not taking the nation into confidence on key issues, he said that nothing was told about his meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Ufa in Russia and even the Parliament was not informed about what transpired during the talks. Sharma said that “no Prime Minister of the country had defamed India in his speeches on foreign land in speeches as being done by Modi, which did not augur well for the country.” He said that Russia always extended unequivocal support to India for seat in UN Security Council with veto power but now its support is nuanced and the prime minister must explain, why and how this happened. Accusing the prime minister of being arrogant Sharma said that he has centrallised all the powers, Civil Services are being pressurized and officers are quitting and the deadlock in the parliament was also because of his attitude. MORE PTI PCL RCJ
After failing to attend selector’s phone call, Indian pace spearhead Ishant Sharma finnally has been included in the Delhi Ranji Trohpy squad.Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) included the Indian pace spearhead with immediate effect although he will only be available from the second match.”Ishant Sharma has confirmed his availability from the second Ranji Trophy match but we are including him in the team right now,” DDCA Sports Secretary Sunil Dev released a one-sentence statement for the media.Also read: Ishant Sharma drops a call, gets dropped from Delhi team Ishant thus will be available for Delhi’s second game, which will be a home match against Vidarbha at the Feroz Shah Kotla from October 8-11.On Wednesday, DDCA’s senior selection committee chairman Vinay Lamba said the lanky pacer was “unreachable” and that was the reason they did not select him for the first Ranji Trophy match. “We tried contacting Ishant but neither did he pick up calls nor replied to our text messages. Also we don’t know whether he can play a first-class match during the period of his ban. If he is eligible to play we will add him in the squad,” Delhi’s chairman of selectors Vinay Lamba had said. But few days later, DDCA ended the chaos by releasing a statement that said Sharma will be included in the Delhi squad for the second Ranji Trophy match.”It was a ridiculous move. Have you ever heard that selectors calling up players to ask if you want to play or not? They just select the players. If the player has injury issues, he will intimate it to the state association. Ishant’s one Test ban had no bearing on his Ranji Trophy participation. Hope DDCA and their selectors had done some homework,” a senior BCCI official said.advertisement
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