LeBron James heads to Manila again on September 2

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Cleveland also picked up 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Jeff Green in the offseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return LATEST STORIES The 32-year-old James, who just led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their third straight NBA Finals two months ago, will be in the country on Sept. 2 for his “Strive for Greatness Show” which will be held at Mall of Asia Arena.James was supposed to visit Manila in September 2016 but cancelled the stop due to logistical reasons.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 openingThe two-time Olympic gold medalist is looking to bring another title in Cleveland in the coming season, but with a different-looking squad.The Cavaliers, who yielded the championship to the Golden State Warriors in five games, just swapped its All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for another stud in Isaiah Thomas, quality role player in Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and an unprotected 2018 first round pick from the Brooklyn Nets. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James is set to return to Manila.James, who is arguably the best basketball player in the world today, is making his third visit to the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day PLAY LIST 01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:151.108M crowd estimate at Manila North Cemetery since Oct. 30 to Nov. 201:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax02:49Robredo: 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PH secures bronze in women’s pairs lawn bowls

first_imgView comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines won the gold in the men’s fours, the silver in the women’s fours, women’s triples, and the bronze in the men’s pairs.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 opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Philippines captured another piece of hardware in the lawn bowls of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Ainie Knight and Asuncion Bruce’s partnership won the Philippines the bronze medal in the women’s pairs events marking the country’s fifth medal in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Volleyball’s loss is judo’s gainlast_img read more

Adamson makes presence felt, stuns NCAA champion

first_imgJema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning queens of the NCAA bowed to the cellar-dweller of the UAAP.In a stark reversal of roles, Adamson drubbed Arellano, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Galanza topscored with 18 points, Soyud had nine and Lea-Ann Perez eight for the Lady Falcons, who contained Arellano’s vaunted gunners with tough floor defense.Jovielyn Prado, one of Arellano’s top contributors, could only muster 11 points, while Andrea Marzan added eight. Regina Arocha contributed just two.Adamson created ripples during its opening match, whipping University of the Philippines last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Lady Falcons were nowhere near the team they were in the previous UAAP season when—they could only cough up one win—as they dominated the Lady Chiefs, who didn’t show a trace of being the current NCAA champs.Christine Soyud instigated the Lady Falcons’ raging start as they posted a 19-10 lead in the opening set, taking advantage of the Lady Chiefs’ spotty defense that was so solid the previous two matches.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 openingIn posting its second straight win and keeping its tournament slate clean, Adamson handed Arellano its first setback in a 2-1 start.Comebacking setter Fen Emnas did an excellent job distributing the ball, making 29 excellent sets for Soyud and Jem Galanza to blast away. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side SEAG debacle aftermath: Young Aklanon’s big splash must not be in vain Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Manila to host four ONE events in 2018

first_imgFILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPouncing on the mixed martial arts boom in the country, ONE Championship is set to stage four events in the Philippines next year.ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong bared the development on Thursday as the Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion announced its full 2018 calendar.ADVERTISEMENT Four of ONE’s 24 fightcards next year will be held in Manila after hosting two events in 2017.“We have 24 massive shows planned for all sports fans in Asia and will continue to showcase the absolute best in martial arts, delivered by our homegrown martial arts superheroes. 2018 is going to be an epic year of action and I can’t wait to get things started,” Sityodtong said in a statement.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 openingONE events in Manila will be on January 26, April 20, July 28, and November 16, with the venues still yet to be announced.The promotion will stage one more event in the country this year, with ONE: Legends of the World set on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena. /je Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LOOK: Floyd Mayweather flaunts new $26M mansion in Beverly Hills No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Sahara acquires iconic Grosvenor House hotel for Rs 3,250 cr

first_imgEnding the year 2010 on a high note, Sahara India Pariwar on Thursday said it has acquired the iconic Grosvenor House hotel in London for 470 million pounds (around Rs 3,250 crore), which will give it a toehold in the global hospitality business.Sahara bought the hotel, located at Park Lane in Mayfair, London having 420 rooms, 74 suites, 27 meeting rooms, from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).”The valuation of the hotel, three years back was more than one billion pounds. The valuation, even today is quite high but due to highly satisfactory due diligence by the RBS who owned the property and after long and strict negotiations, we have purchased it for 470 million pounds,” Sahara Group Chairman Subrata Roy said in a statement.The acquisition that marks Sahara’s entry into international hospitality market, will also enable the company to launch other business ventures outside India.”This acquisition is a part of the major expansion plans of the group. In addition to the acquisition of Grosvenor House, London will be the gateway for Sahara to introduce some of its new business ventures, internationally,” Roy said.Sahara has plans to make additions to the property including new restaurants, bar, night club, business centre, swimming pool and spa.The hotel is currently being managed by international hospitality brand Marriott and was refurbished by Royal Bank of Scotland two years back.Going ahead, the property will be owned by Sahara Group company Aamby Valley Ltd.The acquisition was brokered by Richard Lewczynski of Blandford Goldsmith, the statement added.advertisementSahara Group has businesses in hospitality, real estate financial services, mutual funds, life insurance, media, film production, sports, information technology, healthcare, commodity sales and services and consumer products.In India the company has two projects in the hospitality sector–Hotel Sahara Star and Aamby Valley City.With PTI inputslast_img read more

India squad

first_imgIndia are the favourites for the World Cup. A major force to reckon with in the shorter version of the game especially keeping the mind the 5-0 drubbing they gave to the touring Kiwis despite the fact that India’s top players were not in it. They lost the series agaisnt South Africa but then again India didnt have their key players in it.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t lose a single Test series in 2010 and is probably the best captain India has produced till date with maximum number of wins under his belt. Still he will have to do something about his batting which has hit a new low. Dhoni is known to have a good cricketing brain and has the experienced Sachin Tendulkar to fall back upon. He will be heavily relying on his openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir to fire and his new ball bowler Zaheer Khan and off spinner Harbhajan Singh to come good.Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra, R Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawlalast_img read more

Vuvuzela adds noise to Dhaka celebrations

first_imgBangladeshis were celebrating outside the stadium during the 2011 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.Bangladeshi cricket fans have gone completely crazy.And they are making good use vuvuzela, the very desi version, to make their feelings known. The World Cup has barely begun and the residents of Dhaka, especially the young ones, have started celebrating as if Bangladesh have reached the final or, as some people said, won the title.Wild celebrations were witnessed on many streets of Dhaka on Thursday night after the two-and-a-half opening ceremony was over at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Youngsters danced on the streets, on the footpaths, and on open trucks, blowing vuvuzela and cheering as loudly as they could.Foreign nationals returning to their hotels from the Bangabandhu National Stadium encountered long traffic jams. Locals cited two reasons for this.”The streets were closed for the duration of the opening ceremony in the evening and, therefore, the traffic that waited in the queue has now been released it is now headed towards its destination – and thus the jam,” offered Syed Mohammad Nahiyan, a local volunteer attached with the World Cup. ” Second, these youngsters were making their presence felt now as they might not have got the tickets to witness the opening from inside the stadium.” The second reason offered seemed to carry more weight.At one spot, a crazy father made his less-than-a-year-old kid sit on the roof of his car even as it made its way in the long traffic jam. He tried to make him happy by showing the bright lights all around him. But the kid didn’t seem to have any idea as to what was happening around him and he looked completely bewildered. The father, in fact, looked more excited than his son. Hope they reached home safely.advertisementNahiyan said he was not surprised with the celebrations that many others thought was a bit too much, and that too without the Bangladeshi team having even started playing. Their first game is on Saturday, against India at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.”You cannot compare a World Cup with any other sports event. But youngsters do celebrate this way during our other cultural events. So, the celebrations seen on Thursday night were not unexpected for me.Well, that is my personal opinion and I personally expected it,” said Nahiyan, a student of bachelor of business administration at East- West University in Dhaka.The most popular instrument being used by cricket fans here in Bangladesh is vuvuzela, which became a global hit during the football World Cup in South Africa last year. The instrument resembling a long pipe makes so much noise that even the footballers felt that it was a distraction for them while playing. “But ours is a bit different, in the sense that it is made of plastic. It is made in Bangladesh and is shorter in length than the original one,” said the articulate youngster.The celebrations don’t seem to be limited to nights. On Friday afternoon, a group of youngsters, wearing similar T-shirts, with the Bangladeshi flag printed on them, carried a large photo of the national team in front and shouted slogans in support of the players even though they were not around to appreciate. They carried music instruments and were encouraged to shout louder as television cameras recorded their act as they passed by the Sher- e- Bangla National Stadium.The local government seems to encouraging the locals in celebrating the arrival of the World Cup tournament in this cricket crazy nation. It put up colourful bulbs on both sides of streets and decorated the poles with fancy lighting. And this stretched for many kilometres, encouraging people to make their feelings known.You can expect thousands of youngsters blowing vuvuzelas and making deafening noise in support of their team on Saturday.The Bangladeshi team may be short on talent and experience when compared to the Indian side, but they won’t lack vociferous support. ===Ireland more professional now The profile of the Ireland national team has changed over the last few years.From part-time players to full- time professionals, they have come a long way since 2007, when the 15- member team comprised only three professional players. The wheel has turned a full circle, so to say, in the four years. Now, the William Porterfield- led team that is here to compete in the World Cup has 13 professionals and only two amateurs, informs team manager Barry Chambers.”When the Ireland team toured the West Indies for the 2007 World Cup, there were 12 part- time players.advertisementThe part-timers came from different walks of life. There were farmers, a clothing salesman, teachers and students,” Chambers told Mail Today at She-e-Bangla National Stadium.”Now, about half of the 15 players who are here, play in English county competitions and the other half are contracted with Cricket Ireland.The contracted players receive a fixed amount besides the appearance fees when they turn out for the country. So, the professionalism has set in in a big way,” he pointed out.Cricket Ireland has four slabs of the contract. ” It’s not a fortune but good enough money that can sustain them and what they would have got working in a normal office,” he said.The two amateurs in the present team are Andrew White and the New Zealandborn Nigel Jones. Interestingly enough, White is a physical education teacher with Grovensor School in Belfast and Jones with a hotel called Premier Inn, also in Belfast. “White’s boss and former player Kyle McCallan, who retired some two years ago, is the most capped Irish player,” said Chambers.===Ready for medical emergency With rapid increase in the frequency of matches globally, players need medical attention more than ever.And, today, almost every team has an extended support staff, including doctors and physiotherapists, to take care of players whenever they fall ill or get tired. The medical room at the Sher-e-Bangla Naitonal Stadium is well equipped with all necessary equipment and medicines for matches played at this premier venue.Azmal Ahmed ‘Mithu’, a physiotherapist and a permanent member of the medical staff of the Bangladesh Cricket Board ( BCB) is proud of the facilities available.”We have a ECG machine, a suction machine, and other necessary equipment that is required for players,” Azmal told Mail Today . A former national team physiotherapist, Azmal is second-in-command to Debashis Chowdhury, the medical in-charge.BCB has signed an agreement with the Japan- Bangladesh Friendship Hospital as well as Apollo Hospitals for the World Cup and under this tie- up, facilities will be provided both to the players and spectators.===STRINGENT security is in place not just at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and at the hotel where the teams and officials are staying here in Dhaka, but round-the clock security has been given to all the places where journalists are staying. Gun- toting Dhaka Police constables, in their familiar dull green shirts and navy blue trousers, along with fire department members are constantly keeping a close watch at the main gates of the hotels as well as on different floors of the buildings.At the Grand Prince hotel, too, about 10 policemen are posted at night and a few firemen, dressed in the unmistakable bright orange uniform, join them in the evenings for the night duty. The firemen have been given new, crisp uniforms especially for the World Cup. When asked, one of them shyly admitted that the uniform was indeed new.Interestingly, the design of the uniform resembles quite a lot with that of the ball-shaped official 2011 World Cup logo, which contains five different colours.advertisementlast_img read more

Ban vs WI: Benn scalps four as West Indies beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets

first_imgChasing 59, the West Indies reached the target in the 13th over to beat World Cup co-host Bangladesh by nine wickets in the Group B match at the ShereBangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday. Score   Earlier, Naeem Islam got the better on West Indies opener Devon Smith on 6 when the Windies total was 29/1. A round the stumps ball drifted in towards leg and middle line and turned and took the outside edge of Smith’s bat to crash into his stumps.Smith’s was the only wicket that Bangladesh managed to take on the day as West Indies reached the target in the 13th over with opener Chris Gayle (37) and Darren Bravo (9) remaining unbeaten at the crease at the West Indies final total read 59/1 in 12.2 overs Bangladesh innings Bangladesh scored a lowly 58 all out against West Indies even as the Windies bowlers attacked in tandem. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn scalped four as pacemen Kemar Roach and captain Darren Sammy took three each.Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat. A decision applauded by the West Indies bowlers for they got on with the job of taking wickets from the word go.Kemar Roach, the man who had claimed a hat-trick against the Netherlands in the last match, struck right away to opener Tamim Iqbal early. Then it was Darren Sammy’s turn to show his prowess and he too struck, claiming the other opener Imrul Kayes.The two then decided to do a repeat and claimed two more batsmen to push Bangladesh to the wall.advertisementBut their misery was far from over as left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn to joined the part and claimed skipper  Shakib Al Hasan in the 11th over even as the Bangladesh team were reeling on 41/5.It looked as if there was some kind of competition going on between the Windies bowlers, who were busy showing their one-upmanship in the game. At one point Roach was better than Sammy in terms of wickets taken, but Sammy wasn’t far behind. he struck again to claim Raqibul Hasan on 4 to increase victims tally to three.And just when you were beginning to think that Benn may fall behind in the race, he claimed Naeem Islam in the 17th over to increase his tally to two scalps. The ball took the edge off Islam’s bat to rest in keep Devon Thomas’s gloves. And Bangladesh were reduced to 56/7. But, Roach wanted to keep the crown to the top striker to himself. He took Mohammad Ashraful in the 18th over and the Bangladesh players were getting ready to take the field. Bangladesh fell to 56/8.Shafiul Islam too could not last long. He fell in the next over to Benn even as the Bangladesh fell to a lowly 58/9 against the Windies. Benn then struck again to send last man Rubel Hossain back on a duck as Bangladesh were all out for 58 in the the 19th over. Finally, Benn won the race for the opposition scalps. He finished with four as against Roach and Sammy who finished with three each.last_img read more

Sandeep Dixit’s St. Stephen’s barb triggers war of words

first_imgA war of words has broken out in one of the most prestigious colleges in India, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. After Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit hit out at his alma mater, alleging that it is being run like a communal institution, another Stephanian and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar soon contradicted him and claimed that the secular character of the institute has not been compromised. Dikshit lashed out soon after his removal from the governing body of the college and proposal to induct a sitting Delhi High Court judge Justice Sanjay Krishan Kaul.  Sandeep Dikhit’s comments against his own alma mater, which was founded 130 years ago, has done nothing to diminish the popularity of St Stephen’s among admission seekers. Thousands of students have been flocking to the college at the beginning of the admission season in Delhi University. They feel that Dikshit is way off the mark in dubbing the institution as communal. Congress MP and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep Dikshit says, “The leadership in St Stephen’s looks at people with a communal bent of mind. They distinguish and discriminate between people belonging to different communities.” Dikhshit hit out at those at the college’s helm branding them as incompetent. “The leadership is embroiled far more in its own continuity and preservation. Their own qualifications are dodgy to put at best,” Dikshit added. He was on board as the alumni representative to the body since October 28, 2009.  But the administration denies removing him from the post, contending he was never there in the first place. Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu says, “He never accepted this offer. He never became a member, so where does the question of removing him arise? He is trying to mislead the nation.” Thampu further says, “I can’t be silent…because the attack is not on a person but on St Stephen’s, which is a national treasure…Last year, we had 28,000 applications. I see its growing relevance. We must go by facts. It’s treated as the Mecca of education.” “It’s a serious charge: the communalism charge. There’s no doubt that it’s a minority institution. It’s a sad day when a member of Parliament cannot distinguish between minority rights and communalism. I would like him to substantiate his comment in what way we are communal. If he has made statement in public, he’s duty-bound to explain where and how this college is communal,” Thampu added.  But has a rot set in at this premier institute? For sure, the college’s demography has undergone a change in the past. In June 2007, college administrators increased the preferential admissions quota for Christians to 40 per cent. Another 5 per cent was reserved for sports quota, open to Christian candidates as well. The cut-off for Christian students is 15 per cent lower than the general students. But despite all that the students are not ready to buy Dikshit’s version. “There is a quota for students, but it’s a minority institute, so it is their discretion,” says a student, while another says, “I don’t think it is communal in any way.” “Stephen’s has a lot of place in its heart for every community,” says another.  Even ex-Stephanians don’t agree with the Congress MP’s assessment. Aiyar said, “There might be small glitches here and there, but the institutional integrity of St Stephen’s is such that it shall never become a Hindu College.”advertisementlast_img read more