Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Winners of four straight, the Knights are transforming into a force to reckon with in their own right.Their legitimacy as title contenders can be argued at this point with still a lot of games to be played but one thing’s certain, the Knights are unfazed and unrattled with what lies ahead.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“Humanda ang Lyceum sa amin kasi lahat ng babangga sa amin, gigibain namin. That’s my players’ mindset right now,” warned Letran head coach Jeff Napa, his bold declaration coming on the heels of a gritty win over a game San Sebastian side in overtime.(Lyceum better be ready for us because we we’re going to destroy whoever comes in our way.) Letran has propelled to the third spot at 5-3 behind Lyceum (7-0) and defending champion San Beda (6-1) after opening the season losing three of its first four games.Napa embraced the fact that his team will be the underdog against the menacing Pirates, likening the impending clash to a biblical story.“It’s going to be David and Goliath,” Napa described. “We’re going to go all out.”And we all know how that narrative ends.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Nextcenter_img Letran head coach Jeff Napa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUndefeated and fearsome, Lyceum is looking every bit of a championship contender nearing the halfway mark of the NCAA season.The Pirates have been making statements with a victory on top of another. But Friday’s showdown with the Letran Knights, who are in the middle of a resurgence, promises to be their stiffest challenge yet.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View commentslast_img read more

3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The match was very close with both fighters trading strong punches in the first round. But that was until the taller Thai felt Suarez’s power and started using his longer arms to fend off the Filipino attacks.Bautista, the defending champion, lost steam against Tanes Ong Junta of Thailand to yield another unanimous decision. LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles “It was tough, Very tough. He took the fight to me,” said Marvin, who is making his debut for the national team after serving in the British Army team.Fernandez had Nat Siek Nin of Cambodia under control the whole time, using his vaunted punching might that saw his foe getting a standing eight count.But tainting their wins were the defeats suffered by Ian Clark Bautista in flyweight and two-time champ Charly Suarez in light welter.“It’s not my time. I give it to him,” said Suarez, visibly upset over the split decision loss to Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program “I want a clear victory. I want to avenge my teammates who lost here by questionable decisions,” said Marcial in Filipino.Mario Fernandez and John Nobel Tupas Marvin also turned in convincing decision wins in bantamweight and light heavyweight categories, respectively.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 shutoutcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sent three boxers to the finals, led by a spectacular stoppage win by an emotional Eumir Felix Marcial in the middleweight division Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Marcial didn’t hide his tears when he faced reporters after stopping Malaysia’s Indran AlRama Krishnan in the first round using his pet left hand.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tupas via UD pic.twitter.com/Wt8ixxEtOG— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 22, 2017 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Andrew Wiggins signs contract extension with Timberwolves

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, congratulates forward Andrew Wiggins after he drew a foul while taking a shot against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—A five-year contract extension worth nearly $150 million sat in front of Andrew Wiggins for more than two months.Not only did the 22-year-old Wiggins not jump at the first chance to sign it, he decided to revamp the team of advisers around him and essentially lead the process himself. The Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping that self-assurance and unflappable nature helps a franchise long in the basement finally break through.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ The meeting was held in September and Wiggins completed the process without an agent while leaning on a close circle of advisers, including his parents, and an attorney to review the paperwork. Duffy is still expected to challenge to get a commission from the deal as well.“I did it by myself and it was my first time doing it, obviously,” Wiggins said. “So I just wanted to make sure I was doing everything correctly.”Wiggins made great strides as a scorer in his first three years, improving as a 3-point shooter, developing a low-post game and using his athleticism and strength to get to the free throw line. But he still has a long way to go as a defender and rebounder, and will need to be even better than the .356 shooter he was from 3-point range last season if the Wolves are going to snap that skid.Wiggins has also been a durable fixture in the lineup ever since he arrived in town. He has missed just one game in his first three seasons while averaging 36.2 minutes per game.“He deserves every dime,” Towns said. “He’s one heck of a player. We’re blessed to have him.”Despite all of that, the contract is sure to be a polarizing one. As good as Wiggins has been as a scorer, certain metrics paint him as a very poor defender and an offensive player ill-equipped to play in this era of pace and space.“It’s motivation to get better and show everybody what I can do, the other stuff I can do,” Wiggins said. “The stuff they think I can do, add more, just keep on adding to my game.” Wiggins signed his contract Wednesday, a straight five-year deal with no player option that puts a big piece of business to rest a week before the Wolves open the season. From his rookie of the year press conference in 2015 when he professed “I hope I’m here forever ” to the eve of his fourth season in the league, the Canadian has never wavered in his admiration for his home away from home.“I like everyone from the trainers to the coaches to the front office, my teammates,” Wiggins said. “I love everybody. They’ve treated me with nothing but nice since I got here. And they were the first people who gave me the opportunity to play in the NBA after I got traded from Cleveland and they welcomed me with open arms so this is where I wanted to be at.”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 shutoutWiggins averaged 23.6 points in his third season in the league and has cemented himself as one of the building blocks of an up-and-coming franchise. Along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, Wiggins is expected to help the Timberwolves end a 13-season playoff drought.He will not turn 23 until February and has yet to make an All-Star team. But had he made it to restricted free agency next summer, there was a very good chance another team would have sent a max offer sheet his way. The Timberwolves beat them to the punch. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments “He’s never satisfied. He wants to get better,” coach and president Tom Thibodeau said. “I think he’s already demonstrated that to make the progress that he’s already shown is impressive, but as I mentioned, it’s scratching the surface. And now we hope that it’ll continue to grow and it’ll translate into wins.”Owner Glen Taylor made it clear to Wiggins early in the summer that he was comfortable with paying the huge price to keep the athletic wing in the fold. It is extremely rare for a player coming off of a rookie contract to turn down a max-level extension, but Wiggins did inject a little drama into what is normally a straight forward process.The sides were on the verge of reaching a deal in August when Wiggins decided to part ways with agent Bill Duffy, who had represented him ever since he was drafted by Cleveland and traded to Minnesota in 2014.Taylor told The Associated Press in August that he wanted to meet face-to-face with Wiggins before the deal was signed to have a frank conversation about the expectations that come with such a big contract.“He seems like a very good person,” Taylor said then. “He seems to have the ability and so the only thing it would be is for some reason he didn’t work hard enough to obtain the skill sets. That’s what you’re asking him to commit to.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 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 Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Miguel Cotto books December farewell fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Lady Chiefs stretch win streak to 5

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Defending champion Arellano stayed perfect in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after a masterful 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 win over Lyceum on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs rose to a league-leading 5-0 record as coach Obet Javier commended his wards for following their game plan to the letter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rugged, bumpy ride ends for Kia LATEST STORIES Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I told them that if they can finish the game quickly while not acting too rash then do it, if they can build a lead and run away with it, then do it,” said Javier.“Our best set was the third because they did what I told them to do.”Arellano was well ahead late in the third set, 19-7, before the Lady Pirates tried to close in, thanks to a couple of lucky breaks that cut the lead to 19-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Chiefs then scored five straight points before substitute Glydel Liu, who played only in the third set, finished the match with a well-placed kill.Arellano had four players scoring in double digits, led by Necole Ebuen who put up 11 points. Mary Esguerra, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha had 10 points each.Anne Romanban and Monica Sevilla produced eight points apiece for Lyceum, which dropped to 1-4. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

Given a chance to shine, Heruela shows true worth

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn the eve of San Miguel Beer’s game against GlobalPort, Brian Heruela already knew that his opportunity will come on Wednesday night.With Alex Cabagnot out due to an injury, Heruela was the next man up and he made the most out of his chance.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES D-League: JRU debuts in style with 29-point drubbing of Mila’s Lechon Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Cabagnot, who has a partial tear in his right foot, is expected to miss three to four weeks, according to San Miguel coach Leo Austria.Heruela said Cabagnot’s absence means everyone must be ready to fill in the hole left by the crafty veteran, who is averaging 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this conference.“Not just specifically for me but to all of the guys. We have to be always ready and we have to step up to the challenge. It’s a big void that Alex left so hopefully, we can able to cover it up until he gets back.”ADVERTISEMENT “For us, it was bad news because Alex is a major part of our team,” Heruela said after helping tbe Beermen fend off the Batang Pier for their fifth consecutive win in as many games. “On my part, I’m just thankful for the opportunity and the trust that coach Leo (Austria) and the rest of the coaching staff and management gave me. Guys off the bench we just stay ready and step up to the challenge.”Heruela put on a show with 17 points, five assists and six steals off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe teamed up with June Mar Fajardo to lead an 18-0 blast in the last five minutes where San Miguel broke loose from a closely contested duel that had 44 lead changes.“I’m proud of him. I keep telling him to always be ready and he stepped up tonight,” Fajardo said of Heruela, who he was teammates with in college at University of Cebu. View commentslast_img read more

Fil-Nigerian Edu soaks in chance to train with Gilas

first_imgAJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFor AJ Edu, joining Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday’s evening practice session was an eye-opener of sorts.“It’s amazing. This is something that people dream of, an opportunity to come and train with the best players in the Philippines. It’s really amazing,” said the 17-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT The Fil-Nigerian Edu was invited by Gilas team manager Butch Antonio to participate in the national team practice Tuesday at Meralco Gym, where he rubbed elbows with a number of Gilas pool members.“I was nervous for it, but I was ready and I was really excited for it. I’m really happy with how I trained,” the 6-foot-10 prodigy said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough Tuesday’s session was just a short one, coach Chot Reyes noted it’s still a huge morale-booster for the young guys, especially for Edu.“We always like to do that with the younger guys. We always want to expose them to the national pool and we’ve been looking at him for a long time. That’s why we wanted to get him here and practice with us,” the outspoken mentor said. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Smith shows big heart as he continues to push past pain for TNT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Edu said that he won’t have any second thoughts if he gets an invite anew to join the national team practices in the future.“I might be coming again. Hopefully, it will become something regular in the future. Right now it’s just an experience,” he said.For now, Edu is focused on the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China from June 28 to July 2, where he will represent the country alongside Encho Serrano, Rhayyan Amsali, and Juan Gomez de Liaño.The Philippine team was slotted in Pool A, where it will clash against world number one Netherlands, Poland, Turkmenistan, and Israel.“We’re really excited about it,” shared Edu. “I got really good teammates, we think we can do better in previous tournaments.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? 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 Gameslast_img read more

Bolick, San Beda edge La Salle for Filoil title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda’s Robert Bolick usually had a chip on his shoulder when playing against De La Salle.Seldom-used during his time as a Green Archer, Bolick made his way to the NCAA powerhouse.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Filipino MMA fighters set for China tilt 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ And on Sunday, the feisty Red Lion turned that chip into a boulder and used that to demoralize the Green Archers, 75-72, in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup finals at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.Bolick, who scored 16 points in the first half alone, had the ball in his hands with less than 30 seconds remaining and the scores tied at 72-72.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe former Green Archer stared at Santi Santillan with title-winning intentions on his mind, and a death glare on his eyes. He then dribbled right, popped back, and hit the game-winning triple with 8.5 seconds left in the game.“Bolick really wanted to prove himself in the first half and I told him you can’t win it alone,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “He forced his shots in the first half and we only had four assists in the first half.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “The second half he shared the ball, but in the end we live and die with Bolick. I devised a play, but at the end of the game, in the last 10 seconds, it should be Bolick who’ll take the last shot.”And although Bolick had his prayer answered, he wasn’t the only Red Lion to come up in the clutch.AC Soberano had his moment in the sun when he labeled the scores at 72-72 with a triple from the left wing at the 59.9-second mark of the game.Still, it was Bolick who saved San Beda and he finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, and six assists while Javee Mocon had 13 points and 13 rebounds.Ben Mbala led La Salle with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Teng shares credit for astounding numbers to entire Thunder

first_imgJeron Teng. PBA IMAGESDespite his eye-popping as his numbers, Jeron Teng’s ultimate goal with Flying V remains the same: to help the Thunder reach greatness in their maiden season in the PBA D-League.“We really want to maximize our remaining elimination games as much as we can,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Foton looking to recruit Gervacio Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ But along the way, the pacesetter for the 2017 Foundation Cup Most Valuable Player award has stumbled on records only a few have achieved, and that was the case again on Tuesday when he tallied his second triple-double in the Flying’s V 97-59 conquest of Zark’s Burgers.Teng recorded 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists in the rout to become only the second player to record multiple triple-doubles in a conference, following the footsteps of Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia back in the 2016 Aspirants’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCoach Eric Altamirano is proud of what his star swingman has accomplished throughout their partnership in Flying V this conference where he has helped Teng  become a more well-rounded player in preparation for the big leagues.“I think he’s really working on it, on making his game complete and finding the other dimensions of his game. I think it will really help him and also it will help the team,” he said.center_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Teng, though, has refused to hog the spotlight, sharing the glory with the whole team.“I have to give credit to my teammates because no matter how good my passes are, if they can’t make it, I can’t get that triple-double. But I think we’re a talented team and anyone can have a breakout game any given day,” he said.With Flying V already locked in the top seed that comes with the outright semifinals berth, Teng is hopeful that his team won’t be content as they try to nab the title in only their first season.“It’s a challenge for us to push ourselves to the limit and prove ourselves more in the playoffs,” he said.The Thunder eye to become only the fourth team in league history to complete an eliminations sweep as they gun for their 10th straight victory against Batangas on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more

CEU escapes Batangas, advances to D-League semis

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet JK Casiño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCentro Escolar University hacked out a tough 81–74 victory over Batangas to advance to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.JK Casiño topped the Scorpions with 18 points, none bigger than his insurance freebies with 14.3 ticks left to douse Batangas’ late rally, along with five rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games It was a huge confidence-boosting campaign for the Scorpions, who consider the semis berth as an overachievement following the huge offseason shift for the squad.“Nobody expected us to get in to the semis, but with our collective effort, we made it,” said the youthful coach, who took over from coach Egay Macaraya before the conference. “We just keep on reminding the players to treat every game like a championship, and hopefully, whatever experience we gained in the quarterfinals, we can bring it to the semis.”Celiz paced Batangas with 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while De Joya unloaded 17 in the season-ending defeat.The Scores:CEU 81 – Casiño 18, Cruz 15, Ebondo 15, Jeruta 13, Aquino 8, Arim 5, Wamar 5, Manlangit 2, Guinitaran 0, Intic 0, Uri 0.ADVERTISEMENT Congolese big man Rod Ebondo added 15 markers, 19 boards, and two blocks, while Mark Cruz chimed in 15 points and nine rebounds in the win.“I’m so proud because they were so focused in the game. even though we had that tendency to relax, we were able to recover in the end,” said coach Yong Garcia, as CEU moves on to the next phase where top-seed Flying V awaits in a best-of-three series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Scorpions squandered a 14-point lead, 67-53, with 8:49 remaining as the Batangueños sliced the deficit down to three, 77-74 , thanks to a Cedrick Ablaza putback with 1:33 to play.Batangas had numerous chances to tie the game but failed to make the most of it as Robby Celiz muffed his trey in the final minute before Cedric de Joya got pickpocketed by Orlan Wamar to quash the uprising for CEU. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES 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 BATANGAS 74 – Celiz 18, De Joya 16, Ablaza 15, Bautista 7, Gabayni 7, Dela Peña 3, Isit 3, Saitanan 3, Laude 2, Anderson 0, Bulawan 0, Mendoza 0, Ragasa 0, Sorela 0.Quarters: 28-18, 43-34, 61-50, 81-74.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ No love lost between TNT, San Miguel Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Big money bets roll in late on Floyd Mayweather

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo There were a handful of million-dollar bets on Mayweather, with three coming in just hours before the fight. The biggest reported bet on McGregor is $100,000.Bookmakers say they still will post a big loss should McGregor beat Mayweather, especially if he stops him early. If Mayweather wins, though, it will be a big score by the sports books.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 openingMayweather was minus 600 at William Hill, down from 11-1 when the fight was announced.The fight is shaping up to be the biggest bet fight ever, breaking the mark of about $50 million set in Mayweather’s win over Manny Pacquiao in 2015. CBB Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. APLAS VEGAS, United States — The big money continued rolling in just before fight time at this city’s sports books, with several million-dollar bets on Floyd Mayweather Jr. to beat Conor McGregor.Bookies had faced taking a big loss because McGregor tickets outnumbered Mayweather tickets by as much as 18-1 at some books. But the big bets started coming in Thursday on Mayweather and at the William Hill chain of sports books 74 percent of the money on straight bets was on Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadal, Federer warn against change despite injury toll Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Steps taken to prevent dengue outbreak at CWG venues: Reddy

first_imgAs CWG approaches, hygiene is uppermost on the mind of some.Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Saturday said steps were being taken to prevent the outbreak of dengue at the Commonwealth Games venue.”It (dengue) is a seasonal outbreak. Fumigation and other steps required to tackle it are being taken,” he told reporters after reviewing the Games Village and other facilities in New Delhi.Commenting on facilities at the Village and flats meant for athletes, Reddy said, “It is the best ever in the history of Commonwealth Games. It is world class…can be compared with the best of Olympic villages in the world.”Reddy, who visited the dining hall, practicising venues, swimming poll and other facilities, said it is for the first time that practicing venues are near to the Games Village.”However, facilities like dining hall is temporary in nature but other sports facilities will stay as a permanent legacy for Delhiites…we are quite proud that we have done it,” he said.The dining hall has a capacity to serve 3,000 people at a time. 2,500 people have been deployed to prepare 150 dishes during the games.Asked whether Games projects were still behind the schedule, Reddy said, “There was some initial delay but it was compounded by rains. But now, we are on the track.”He said all venues will be handed over to the security agencies by Monday.Hygiene at CWG Village bigger concern: Oz coachAustralia’s swimming coach Leigh Nugent says hygiene at the Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi is a bigger concern for him than the terror threats to the October 3 to 14 event.advertisement”You can go to a Western-style country and still get sick, but on the subcontinent they have bugs we have no resistance to,” Nugent was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph, a Melbourne report said.”Things like vomiting and diarrhoea can run rampant through a team, wreaking havoc on months of preparation and destroying medal chances.”So you have to be extra vigilant and make sure you have as many preventative measures in place as you can.”Nugent said all the Australian swimmers have been given hand-sanitising gel, probiotics to boost immunity and long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and bug repellent plus mosquito zappers to guard against diseases such as dengue and malaria.Roy raps govt for “splurging” tax payers’ money in CWGMagsaysay awardee and member of powerful National Advisory Council Aruna Roy on Saturday lambasted the government for “splurging” tax payers’ money in the name of Commonwealth Games.Addressing a public meeting on India’s performance in meeting UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Roy said although the government always has resources for such events, it often cites fund crunch for social welfare schemes.”Huge sums of money are being spent for Commonwealth Games. There is no shortage of resources. But, when it comes to improving the plight of the poor, there is always a fund crunch,” Roy, member of the Sonia Gandhi-led NAC said.She also slammed the government for failing to distribute food items when millions of tonnes of food grain are rotting in warehouses.last_img read more

India was able to pull it off against Pakistan as it had a weak defence

first_imgIt was a predictable high-scoring India-Pakistan match and the aggression that the hosts showed in the opening 20 minutes put them in a strong position to pave the way for a semi-final spot.Sardara Singh, Shivendra Singh and Rajpal Singh were the most impressive amongst the Indians but the team was found wanting in its defence on numerous occasions.India and Pakistan possess almost similar skills and with the crowd right behind them, the hosts came up with an impressive show just as they did at the World Cup against the same opponent earlier this year.The counterattacks that India made were significant to the final score but it also had to do a lot with their rival’s poor defence. India has a very good attack with Shivendra and Rajpal leading the way.The Indians were on the attack as soon as the hooter went off and besides the defence lapses, Pakistan gave away ball possession far too easily, helping India’s cause. After the initial aggression, India slowed down a bit which allowed Pakistan to make a comeback, making India’s weaknesses at defence very evident.If Rajpal and Shivendra continue to get good support from the midfield, India is capable of competing against the best in the business. Bharat Chikara also played well, but only in patches.Sardara’s long passes were a prominent feature that helped the Indian forwards, but he does take a few risks which should be a worry for the Indian think tank.He took far too many risks at the deep defence and was trying to dodge the Pakistani players inside the 25m line which he needs to avoid. But otherwise, he has a bright future and will do really well in days to come.advertisementSandeep Singh did score two goals but he was a big disappointment as he could convert just a couple of penalty corners out of the 10 that came his way.He is a penalty corner specialist and if this is his conversion rate, which has been the same for a long time now, he does not merit a place in the team. Indian midfield and defence still needs to work a lot and had it not been for a few misses by the Pakistan strikers, it could have been a close finish.With this kind of defence, India would surely struggle against England in the semi-finals as they have improved a lot in the last four years with their sights firmly on the London Olympics. There was not much of a change in how these teams played at the World Cup and now.If India manages to cut down on their risks like unnecessary ball possession and improve on their deep defence, they could well pull it off against England. With the home support, India cannot just play with the heart and they need to use their brain as well.(The author is a former India coach)last_img read more

World Cup 2011: New Zealand not underestimating Zimbabwe

first_imgBatsman Ross Taylor says New Zealand will be taking nothing for granted when it faces underdog Zimbabwe in Friday’s Group A clash at the World Cup.New Zealand, a five-time semifinalist in the competition, faces a Zimbabwe side which has not played test cricket since hosting India 2005 and was comfortably beaten by Australia in its World Cup opener last week.However, Ireland’s shock victory over England on Wednesday showed just how easily the form book can be proved wrong at this tournament.”Last night we saw Ireland, they can upset big teams,” Taylor told a news conference. “I am not saying Zimbabwe are a small team, but they have been out of cricket for some time.”They have played some big games … we won’t be taking them lightly and we have to respect them as a team.”Taylor watched as Australia rattled up 262 at Hambantota, Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe’s bowling attack, where spinners Ray Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer all struggled to make headway.The Black Caps, who have also lost to Australia, are well aware of what lies ahead in Ahmedabad.”We saw how they bowled against Australia and I think 260 was a fair reflection of the way they bowled,” he said.”It could be 30-35 overs or 40-42 overs of spin… So that’s something we have been working on for the last four-five days, facing all the spin.”The other item on the New Zealand agenda has been consistency from a side which had started its campaign with a 10-wicket victory over Kenya.Coach John Wright has given his lineup a pep talk about the need for all batsmen to make their presence felt. Only Nathan McCullum (52) and skipper Daniel Vettori (44) troubled the Australian pace attack.”John talked to the whole team about what to do,” Taylor said. “Not necessarily just the batters, we need to be more consistent and clinical about the way we approach.”One person standing up is just not good enough. As a batting unit we need to step up and score about 300-330 which is the par score in this tournament.”- With inputs from APadvertisementlast_img read more

Signs of our times are poor

first_imgOne of the pleasures of not being a professional writer is the advantage I have of writing without being subjected to its rules. That there should be rules to its writing would be obvious to anyone who reads the morning papers, listens to television news or views its ads. Or indeed travels around the city and country filled with signs and billboards and directional signals.Excessive wordiness is a peculiar Indian trait but it is hard to beat a sign that hangs at a Delhi sports complex. “The joggers and other walkers using the track alongside the Golf Driving Range are hereby advised to use the track on the other side of the cricket field for their purposes, as an occasional golf ball may fall on the track adjacent to the Range, and injure the said person. The sports complex takes no responsibility in case of injury as the members have already been forewarned of the impending injury”.PeculiaritySuch archaic and lengthy language immediately presumes the worst, that many will be injured, some seriously enough to wage a legal battle with the sports authority. The sign could well have read, “Beware of falling golf balls”, but then that would hardly be an important government project, calling for tenders and a short list of sign painters. Unfortunately, people who get seriously injured by golf balls are usually those who stop long enough to read the sign. Words are always used to assert your self-importance. Why is the All India Institute of Medical Sciences not just the Indian Institute of Medicine? Is there also then a Some Institute of Medical Sciences?advertisementIf you drive along the hills in Himachal, you will come across other sets of government signs whose language seems to have been fashioned by a frustrated, but highly moral poet. Marry Safety Divorce Speed . Then an almost Wordsworth-like We love You Enough, About Safety We Never Bluff. Or the more risque, If you love porn, at curves sound horn . In an important government department in Dehradun, the Bureau of Road and Infrastructure Poetry, grown men sit around a table to discuss their inspirations. “Aare Prakash, how’s this-If Your Bus falls in Khud, Life is Nipped in the Bud “. “Yaar, you are almost Tagore”. The other peculiar obsession with abbreviations and short forms borders on incoherence and miscommunication. A recent news story had a sentence: PMO and UPA including Delhi CM likely to be indicted by CAG in CWG. Such lazy writing presumes the reader is entirely clued into Indian politics. But a foreigner reading it may understand that a pre menstrual obstruction and a uterine pituitary ambulatory are the cause of a constriction of the aortic globulin? Humour of course has been a saviour of India’s private signage.There are enough instances of misspelling to keep you wondering HORAN PLEAS or HOWREN PLEZE before Making Pass. And the eternally enigmatic sign that hangs outside a temple in Orissa, DO NOT ENTER, WOMEN DURING MENSTURATION. A comma at the wrong place can not only alter the meaning altogether, but provoke enough women’s rights groups into action.Government road signage however generally works on the principle of ‘the more the merrier’. Outside my house is a massive directional sign so large it could be visible at high speed along a 6-lane highway; but the sign occurs along a narrow residential street where traffic moves at a pace so miserly, pedestrians are always ahead.The sign informs the driver to take a right for Malviya Nagar.The sign might as well have said London Next Right.DelhiThere are seven colonies between mine and Malviya Nagar, but there is no road information available on them. The sign for Malviya Nagar was obviously available, and needed to be planted somewhere to ensure the public felt their funds were being put to good use. On the road to the airport is a sign for the Indira Gandhi International Airport Domestic Terminal (sic).Should there then also be an Inter State Bus Terminal for Local buses? The city is filled with meaningless signage that conveys little but looks selfimportant enough to suggest that Delhi is a world-class city.The judicious use of signage ensures the road environment is not cluttered and forms as neutral a background, so the passage through it is swift and without confusion. Unfortunately, most signage is not only misleading but is a complete misinterpretation of reality. At a nearby junction is another sign with a large painting of a traffic signal indicating a red, yellow and green light with the words Stop, Get Ready and Go against each of the appropriate colours.advertisementIs this supposed to be a driving lesson, a sort of learn on the job situation, or should someone with a licence be aware of it before they take to the road? Should then there be other signs stating ‘ Turn steering to the Right for a Right turn’ and ‘To slow down use Brake’? Sadly, despite all its claims, Delhi always has the feel of a frontier town. As if everything is on trial. Testing out pedestrian bridges, road signs, new building types, cabling systems, rapid bus systems. So tentative are the steps that nothing is completed enough to be successfully tested. Bus lanes peter out into midstream traffic, signs are international looking, but misleading, new building technology is visually appealing but ceilings fall apart.In the same vein, newspaper classifieds are filled with a host of cultural pretenses. When used cars are sold it’s best to give the ad a prefix of Lady Doctor Driven, Maruti 800. If there is no lady doctor in the family then the next best is ‘Army officer used Maruti 800’. Advertisements Presumably the officer is on border duty and doesn’t get a chance to drive. The mere act of possession by a lady doctor or an army officer implies that the car has a high pedigree, from a good home. Follow this up with, ‘owner going abroad’, and you have a legitimate reason to sell the car. Most of our lies are small and white. Some cultural inhibition stops us from simply stating that ‘a 12 year old Maruti 800 that chokes and splutters could be picked up cheap’. The same holds true for matrimonials.Parents give glowing accounts of their, deviant and delinquent sons, and cloak it in language that is representative of his rightful place in society: Hindu, high caste, fair skinned male, heir to family fortune, residing in South Delhi colony, earning seven figure salary, owning own business, living abroad, pious mother, father in government service, sister settled in nearby South Delhi colony, member of a reputable club, owner of high value shares and five suits, graduate from leading national academy seeks? A boy of such pedigree should have been married by the age of 11, but the ad is so open-ended that it says nothing of value. The father’s government job could be the Prime Minister, or a coolie at the railway station, a pious mother could be the head pujari at the Laxminarayan temple, or an overly sanctimonious kerosene- crazed mother-in-law, the family fortune may refer to Reliance, or to a Bihari extortion racket, living abroad could be Japan or Bangladesh.A more realistic ad will doubtless get more hits: ill mannered and hostile boy aged 56, dark skinned, bald and with signs of leprosy, earning a two figure salary in a temporary job in a matchstick factory officially living in a rented barsati above landlord, but currently in jail for alleged rape of a minor, seeks beautiful, rich, high caste girls with large breasts and big dowry. Marutis and TVs a must.advertisementFarmhouses welcome. Box 203.- The writer is a well known architectlast_img read more

Pranab is still ‘Poltuda’ in his ancestral village of Mirati in West Bengal

first_imgOn a chilly January night at Kirnahar, a sleepy district town in Birbhum, West Bengal, Annapurna Banerjee, 82, was rudely awoken from sleep by the sound of the ringing phone. She warily took the call, hoping there are no surprises in store for her at this hour. “Didi, TV te dekhlam khub thanda porechhe, tai khoj nilaam. Bhalo achho to? (I just heard on TV that there’s a cold wave there. Is everything all right?)” At the other end was her youngest brother Pranab (Poltu) from New Delhi, worried about his frail eldest sister’s health. He apologised for not having called earlier, saying he was caught up with the problems of governance. Didi didn’t complain. After all, Poltu, aka Pranab Mukherjee, 76, was known to be UPA’s troubleshooter-in-chief.”Poltu has always been very caring,” says Annapurna. She recalls how her eight-year-old brother kept following the palanquin to her inlaws’ house after her wedding, tears streaming down his face, his bare feet kicking up the dust in the nondescript village of Mirati, 7 km from Kirnahar, where the six siblings lived in their ancestral house. The young Mukherjee, shattered that his favourite sister was leaving home for good, saved a few sweets for her when she was due to return for the customary homecoming a week later. “The sweets, wrapped in sal leaves, were devoured by ants. Poltu was crestfallen,” she says, voice choking with emotion.”Poltuda was always a meritorious student and a good orator,” recalls Dhanapati Chaudhury, 71, Mukherjee’s neighbour in Mirati. The Mukherjees’ ancestral house was the hub of all cultural and sports activities in the village, recalls Chaudhury, who, along with friends Kiriti and Badal, would spend long hours there. “Poltuda would keep us engaged throughout the day. He was also a voracious reader and I remember him discussing news with his father with keen interest,” he says. Mukherjee also founded the Mirati Kishore Samity, a local club that boasts of one of the best libraries in the district.advertisementMukherjee’s father, the late Kamada Kinkar, was president of the District Congress Committee, Birbhum, a member of the All India Congress Committee and a member of the West Bengal Legislative Council from 1952 to 1964. Widely regarded as an astute politician and an altruist, Kinkar imbibed in his children the virtues of selflessness and camaraderie. “All of us have inherited this trait and so has Poltu,” says Annapurna. Kinkar would offer destitute children refuge in his house, though he never worked for a living. She remembers how their father would get two bullock carts full of clothes for the village folk during Durga Puja and his children would be left with nothing. “We never complained,” she says.A freedom fighter that the British had great regard for, Kinkar was always under the hawk eye of the British administration. Revolutionaries would drop in at his house and give him important and incriminatory documents. The documents would be concealed under the sand in earthen jars meant for storing molasses. During the Quit India Movement of 1942, when Kinkar was jailed, he advised his children that if the police came calling, they must be searched before being allowed to step inside. “They might carry documents which they would claim to have found from our house,” he warned. When a British police officer, accompanied by two constables, landed up to conduct a raid at their house, sevenyear-old Mukherjee accosted him and demanded that he must agree to be frisked. He also explained to the officer why he proposed to do so. To his amusement, the officer asked him how he proposed to search a six-feet-tall man. “Take me on your lap and let me search you,” he said nonchalantly. The officer burst into laughter and let him carry it out. “Only a tiger could be born to a tiger,” he remarked. When the police interrogation was over, Mukherjee insisted that they have lunch with them. “My father has instructed us that no one should leave our home without having lunch,” the little boy said. The policemen had to relent and stay on for a meal.Growing up also had its share of difficulties. Kirnahar Shibchandra High School was a good 7 km from Mukherjee’s house and he had to walk the distance everyday. During monsoons, the entire village would be flooded and the boys would wade through the water in coarse cotton towels and shield their books and uniforms from rain. The stubborn and determined Mukherjee would never miss class. “He’d also spend a lot of time at his teacher Saradindu Ghosh’s house,” recalls Chaudhury, who fondly remembers how the school had given the children a football but no pump to inflate it with. Mukherjee went to a nearby shop, got hold of a small pipe, inserted it in the football and used a cycle-pump to do the job. “He made it look so easy,” says Chaudhury. Pranab’s mother, the late Rajlakshmi, would always say that her son would grow up to become a scientist. “He may not have become a scientist, but look at how deftly Poltuda finds solutions to complex problems,” says Chaudhury.advertisementMukherjee’s ancestral house at Mirati, that was only a two-storied hut where the whole family lived, is now a two-storied brick-and-mortar house resembling a school building. It was built around 1982-83. Goutam Sarkar, 40, has been the caretaker since1989. He lives with his wife and son and all his expenses are taken care of by Mukherjee. “Since childhood, I have lived in this house as a member of the family and have always enjoyed the same benefits as the Mukherjees,” he says. He adds that Mukherjee’s mother Rajlakshmi was a kind-hearted woman and would care for destitute children and give them refuge. “Pranab has inherited this rare attribute from his mother,” says Sarkar.The village is now getting a concrete dam and a sluice gate over the Kuiye river that overflows every year. As the Union finance minister, Mukherjee sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the project. “All the development that you see here, from roads to sanitation to electricity, is because of him,” says Rabi Chattaraj, 60, Mukherjee’s long-time aide.When Mukherjee became the finance minister for the first time in 1982, his father asked him, “Do you know anything about the job, my son?” He replied, “I’ll learn on the job. I know how Ma runs the show at home.” Says Annapurna, “He was always very different from others. My husband, Dulal Chandra, and I always knew that he has the spark in him to become someone big.” Mukherjee stayed with her during his university days and started teaching in a school in a village in Howrah. “He also started practising in court on Chandra’s advice, but discontinued it later,” she says.Mukherjee’s career leaves little time for social and family gatherings, but his wife Suvra, 65, plays an active role in holding the family together. A low-profile woman, she has been a key figure in Mukherjee’s life, managing the household and taking care of the children.Mukherjee might be an important personality and a force to reckon with in two successive terms of the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government, but to people in his native village, he remains the boy next door. All the villagers congregate at his house during Durga Puja, when he comes to perform the rites himself.”I hardly ever get to speak to him,” laments Annapurna. But the little boy who would always find someone or another to play his pranks on and would pick a fight with his beloved ‘Anna’ whenever he could, has come a long way.advertisementlast_img read more

India Today @ Olympics: No margin for error in the pool

first_imgFrom start to finish, the Olympics are all about precision. Even though London may be chaotic in terms of transportation, efforts being made in the field of play are truly fantastic.On Wednesday, a select media group was taken to the Olympic swimming pool, where the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will be on full view. And for the official time-keepers for the Games, it will be all about getting their act together for the thrilling action in the aquatics complex.Compared to The Cube, as the swimming pool in Beijing was called, the facility in London does not look that impressive. However, as far as timing goes, a couple of improvements have been made, such as the battery of timing equipment that has been put in place.Even though nobody is allowed inside the timing area during the Games, on Wednesday, the media had a sneak preview. Computers were lined up one after the other to ensure precision and accuracy. An option is also available to watch replays, which especially help in relay events.One of the officials, Pascal Rossier, spoke at length about how the ‘quantum device’ was being used for the first time in an Olympics. “We did try it out in World Cups and world championship, but this is the first time at the Olympics that we have precision timers which can catch action upto 1/1000th of a second,” he said.With swimmers from several countries training in the pool for more than a week now, the time-keepers have been testing their timing equipment virtually non-stop. “We have a two-timing system and a backup,” Rossier said.There is also a new way by which viewers can keep track of the winners. Right above the starting blocks, illuminating lights have been fixed. Depending on who is leading the race, a light flashes. If there are two lights flashing, then it means that the swimmers is second and if three lights are flashing it means he is third.”From the stands, even if you are not a hard core swimming fan, with this system in place you can keep track of the winner,” said Peter Huertzeler, also involved with time-keeping.Huertzeler, a close friend of Michael Phelps, reeled off several interesting details about how the timing works in the pool. He spoke in detail about the touch pads in place and how a swimmer had to touch it at least with a 1.5kg pressure. He also explained details about equipment that catches the reaction time for swimmers when they take part in relays.Huertzeler was in the United States for the Olympic trials and said he had “a strong feeling this time Michael Phelps versus Ryan Lochte will be interesting”.”I would always tell Michael that he should never turn to look at the timing on the electronic scoreboard before finishing the race and hitting the touch pad. This is not like athletics where you cross the finish line. In swimming, the touch pad has to be struck so that judges and we come to know which swimmer has finished first,” he said.Huertzeler was asked by a local journalist if the touch pad ever malfunctioned during an Olympic race. Huertzeler was flummoxed and then recalled the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where in between two races there was a glitch and the touch pad had to be replaced.Right now, with the Olympic pool throbbing with action, every minute is being caught on camera. In a sport where nano-seconds make a difference and even 4/100th of a second is important, there is no scope for error.At least, that’s what the official time-keepers are saying.advertisementlast_img read more

‘Match referee Mike Denness may have been doing a little loyal pre-tour batting for England’

first_imgBetween them – players, manager, coach and physio – the Indian cricket team can speak in nine languages. Sometimes when they run between wickets or try to get a runout organised, it looks like no two men can agree which dialect they should pick to communicate in.But they now have,Between them – players, manager, coach and physio – the Indian cricket team can speak in nine languages. Sometimes when they run between wickets or try to get a runout organised, it looks like no two men can agree which dialect they should pick to communicate in.But they now have a new rallying point, a common expression that covers a vast range of emotions. It’s called a Denness and comes with infinite grammatical and linguistic variations.Controversial match referee Mike Denness still has a lot to answer for, but will forever be protected by the ICC’s rules, the strangest of these being that talking about the incident in any way could get all parties concerned in trouble. Reports coming from London now say Denness had warned the Indians once.That little nugget of information could possibly have come from Denness, which is in itself a breach of the spurious code of secrecy. The Indians stoutly maintain that they heard nothing from him. “We had absolutely no communication – in any way – before we got his letter,” a member of the Indian tour party claims.Back Foot: After Mike Denness’ action, will Virender Sehwag appeal for bat-pad catches against England?Details of that infamous meeting are still emerging. Denness was asked whether the Indian coach John Wright could sit in on the hearings as he usually does. Denness said the New Zealander couldn’t, a decision whose motive can be interpreted in many ways. It was one which did not go down well with the Indians.The players were shown replays of the controversial incidents and asked why they were appealing so. The reply that the appeals were spontaneous and came because they believed the batsman was out did not appear satisfactory. “Do you appeal at home like this too?” Denness then asked, raising the hackles of the cricketers present, all of whom had to, in deference to their situation, bite their lips.Dressing room gossip now has it that to some extent Denness may have been doing a little loyal pre-tour batting for England. He has rendered the core of the close-in catchers – keeper Deep Dasgupta, silly point Virender Sehwag, short leg Shiv Sunder Das and strike bowler Harbhajan Singh – a trifle hesitant for the next two months.advertisementOnly Tendulkar’s suspended ban lasts until the end of December 2001; all the rest are on notice until the end of January 2002. By curious coincidence, that is the time when the Indians will be playing a Test and one-day series against England at home. The sentencing of more than half the Indian team by Denness is not only very rough, it now also seems a little too ready.last_img read more

Debutants’ ball: No less than 315 MPs are first-timers in this Lok Sabha

first_imgFirst-time MPsI don’t know. I have no clue why it happens.” That’s 33-year-old Anupriya Patel’s reply when asked what her advice to PrimeMinister Narendra Modi to curbinflation would be. The first-timeMP from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, has no pretensions of being a politician despite being Apna Dal founder Sone Lal Patel’s,First-time MPsI don’t know. I have no clue why it happens.” That’s 33-year-old Anupriya Patel’s reply when asked what her advice to PrimeMinister Narendra Modi to curbinflation would be. The first-timeMP from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, has no pretensions of being a politician despite being Apna Dal founder Sone Lal Patel’s daughter. Room no. 1401 at Delhi’s Ashok Hotel, where she is staying, is chock-a-block with supporters but that doesn’t stop Anupriya from admitting that she hates being surrounded by people 24×7. “If I become a minister tomorrow, this crowd will swell. I’ll have new-found relatives.” She also admires Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav for his ability to remember every party worker’s name and face; this, despite regular tiffs with the government led by his son, Akhilesh Yadav.Apna Dal is a BJP ally but Anupriya says “these people are mad” when asked about Sangh Parivar affiliates Bajrang Dal and Sri Ram Sene. She even claims she is against arranged marriages and supports live-in relationships, even if she herself took the traditional route. The psychology graduate from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College, however, has her task cut out as an MP. “My two priorities are setting up a university and a super-specialty hospital. Then I want to provide housing, drinking water and sanitation to tribals in my constituency.”Fresh facesOne of the 315 MPs who have entered the Lok Sabha for the first time in 2014, Anupriya represents a new breed of politicians who are ambitious, goal-oriented and outspoken. From Congress’s Sushmita Dev, who admits to having used money, political patronage and muscle power for electoral success, to Nationalist Congress Party’s Mohammad Faizal, who rubbishes the perception that Modi is anti-Muslim, to Babul Supriyo, who dismisses politician’s white kurtapyjama as mere symbolism, the 16th Lok Sabha’s ‘freshers’ epitomise the young and restless India which believes in performance over posturing.”Today, people demand instant results,” says Lakshadweep MP Faizal, 38, who defeated Hamdullah Sayeed, son of veteran Congress leader P.M. Sayeed. Faizal, an MBA from Calicut University, is already working on a tourism promotion model aimed at generating employment in the 11 islands and plans to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lakshadweep to showcase its potential.advertisementFor Nizamnagar MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha, 36, daughter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao, representing a newborn state brings with it immense responsibility. During campaigning, she had released a personal manifesto for her constituency apart from the party manifesto. “I have to deliver everything I promised,” says the BTech graduate from Hyderabad’s Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.Daughter of Assam Congress veteran Santosh Mohan Dev, Sushmita, 41, considers politics to be a means and not an end. “I will leave politics the day I feel I have failed in my job,” says the lawyer-turned politician, an alumnus of Miranda House in Delhi.Nearly half of the 60 newcomers under 40 belong to political families. But they aren’t ready to accept that fact as the primary catalyst for their success. “Political patronage perhaps helps in getting a ticket but to earn votes, you must work at the grassroots. I visited all 436 villages in my constituency while others could not touch even 200,” says Dushyant Chautala, 26, the youngest-ever Lok Sabha member.Dynasty never diesThe Indian National Lok Dal MP from Hisar, who is the grandson of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, has scripted a family revival of sorts with his win after his father Ajay Singh Chautala and grandfather were jailed last year on corruption charges. Dushyant points to the other MP from his party, Charanjeet Singh, who won from Sirsa, as an example of a rank outsider making it big in polls. “He doesn’t have a political background. He joined politics at 21 and worked his way up to become an MP at 36.” He finds support from TRS MP from Peddapalli, Suman Balka, 31, an Osmania University student, who was part of the long agitation for the creation of Telangana. “If you work for a cause, opportunities will come your way. I got a ticket for my commitment to the people,” says Balka, who ticked off a security guard in Parliament for asking if he belonged to Andhra Pradesh. “It’s Telangana.”Young bloodAnother dynast, Chirag Paswan, 32, son of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, believes political patronage can at times be a liability. “There are several instances of those with money and patronage being pushed into oblivion,” he says. The BTech dropout decided to join politics in 2011 after seeing immigrants from Bihar “being subjected to humiliation” in Mumbai, where he attempted- without much success-a foray into Bollywood as an actor. He is seen as one of the prime movers behind LJP’s coup in stitching an alliance with BJP and winning all the six Lok Sabha seats it contested-including Jamui, where Chirag defeated Speaker of the Bihar Assembly, Udai Narain Choudhary. BJP’s Nandurbar MP Heena Gavit, 26, a medical student who sat for her MD exams after the polls, says that being the daughter of Vijaykumar Gavit, who represented the constituency four times, certainly helped, but intent, a willingness to work for the poor and dedication were key to her success in unseating ninetime Congress MP Manikrao Gavit by a margin of over 1 lakh votes.Outsiders get a look-inadvertisementOlympic gold medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, 44, feels joining politics was a natural progression from his military and sports background. The BJP Lok Sabha MP from Jaipur Rural says it’s important for good people to join the nation’s decision-making process. “If we don’t occupy them, others will.” Like Rathore, Priyanka Singh Rawat, who has an MA in political science from Rohilkhand University, Uttar Pradesh, entered politics because she believes educated people can serve society more responsibly and with greater impact. “I always wanted to do something for the country and realised politics is the best platform,” says the 28-year-old BJP MP who beat Congress stalwart P.L. Punia by a margin of more than 2 lakh votes in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh.Betting on a new startDr. Dharam Vira Gandhi, 62, one of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) four winning candidates from Punjab, attributes his success to the ability to connect with people. Of three-time MP Preneet Kaur, Union minister in the UPA regime, the Patiala physician says, “She failed to calculate the impact of my ground-level connect with people over the past decade.” Gandhi happily waives his consultation fee for the scores of brick kiln workers and hand-to-mouth farm labourers who queue up each day outside his modest clinic in Sukh Enclave, not far from Kaur’s plush address, the Moti Bagh Palace. He plans to keep working at the Gandhi Heart Clinic: “Parliament works for a maximum of three months each year. The rest will be for my patients and the people.”Most of the newcomers, cutting across party lines, feel that corruption cannot be weeded out by mere legislation. Several even blame the system for forcing politicians to turn corrupt. “The change must come from people and not politicians,” says Sushmita. Dushyant recounts how every village today demands money from politicians to hold various sports tournaments.Kavitha, however, believes that politicians have to play a bigger role in rooting out corruption. “We (TRS) don’t want our state to get into what India as a nation has been suffering for so many years. We as leaders have the responsibility to play the role of watchdogs,” says Kavitha. Sociologist Dipankar Gupta says AAP, despite its poor show at the hustings, has provided and model and structure for good people to join and succeed in politics. “AAP’s success was inspiring. The voter must support a candidate who promises development instead of one who offers free alcohol,” agrees Sushmita.advertisementBJP’s Karnataka MPs, Bhagavanta Khuba, 47, and Pratap Simha, 37, feel their victories represent the change Sushmita wants-both won without big money or political muscle. Now, they hope for a change in the culture of political parties. “Parties operate like the mafia. Most are fiercely clannish. As a result, even the brightest aspirants are kept out of politics,” says Simha, who has a master’s in journalism from Mangalore University.Leading from the frontThe new brigade is determined not to repeat the terrible performance of MPs in the 15th Lok Sabha: Over 74 bills were left pending as the House spent only 13 per cent of the allotted time in legislation, Parliament’s primary mandate. They also hope that uproarious scenes-from members coming to blows to pepper spray being brandished-which typified parliamentary proceedings in recent times are a thing of the past. “It will be our collective responsibility to see that such things don’t happen. We are here to discuss, debate and get our job done,” says Bollywood singer Babul Supriyo, 44, who secured on a BJP ticket from Asansol in West Bengal.Dushyant believes that unlike the last Lok Sabha, it’s not a divided house, so the Government will not face much trouble in passing legislation. “The challenge for the Government is to get the Opposition’s voice heard in the Lok Sabha and ensure bills are not stalled in Rajya Sabha.”Dipankar Gupta plays down the surfeit of young parliamentarians, pointing out that the 1980s saw resurgence of leaders such as Chandra Sekhar but there were no dramatic change to Indian politics. Gupta feels that the performance of first-time MPs, irrespective of party affiliation, will depend on the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. “He must bring in the changes as he has a clear and decisive mandate. The younger politicians will certainly follow. I see no reason why that can not happen,” he says. “I don’t have much hope from those who come from political families. But the selfmade are often the most hard-working.Moreover, MPs from regional parties, despite their language barrier, try to articulate their views more often in Parliament than those from national parties,” says Nani Gopal Mahanta, who teaches political science at Gauhati University.Whether or not these ‘freshers’ usher in a new era in Parliament, what India wants is less talk, more action. “I don’t want to give a bhashan (lecture) on something I don’t know. I would rather focus on something I can do,” says Kavitha, as if on cue. She should. The nation will be watching.Followthe writer on Twitter @KDscribeWith inputs from Santosh Kumar, Asit Jolly, Rajeev P.I., M.G. Arun, Amitabh Srivastava To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more