After Some Hindus Protest on Twitter, Emirates Reverses Its Decision

first_imgDubai-based airlines Emirates has told SBS Hindi that it will continue to provide a Hindu meal option to its customers.“Based on feedback from our customers, Emirates confirms we will continue to provide a Hindu meal option, to make it easier for our Hindu customers to identify and request this option,” Emirates said in a statement sent to SBS Hindi.Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

How Asian Are You?

first_imgMay, in case you missed out, was Asian American Heritage Month. Chances are it passed you by.The idea of some sort of broader Asian American identity is probably alien not just to most Indians, but I suspect other Asian subgroups as well. Asia is a geographic concept and nothing more. Most Asian countries have far greater trade and travel linkages with Europe and America than they do with other Asian countries. There are few cultural bonds between the various Asian countries, except perhaps some bordering ones. And the continent does not share a common religious heritage, history or language, which can sometimes form the basis of cross national identity, such as is true for Hispanics and African Americans.Fact is, the Asian American category is an artificial construct, drawn up in the bureaucratic maze of the Census Bureau as an artifact of convenience to lump the disparate groups – and even it is not very accurate, considering that several major groups (such as people from Israel and some Arab countries) are excluded.There have been well-meaning attempts by socially conscious groups to attempt to bridge the different Asian communities, who by happenchance discover themselves lumped together. But these smattering of efforts, driven often by crass political (and sometimes economic) expediency have received only a tepid response within the different Asian communities.Identity cannot be imposed. It is not some artificial construct that can be willed. It has to felt and shared. Its rhythms are found in the music we strum to, in the jokes that we erupt at, in the fashion trends that we emulate, in the celebrities that we hoot, in the food that we lap up. It is constructed not by high-minded sermons, but in the mundane business of life.You wish it were different? That we could rise above our narrow parochial shells to embrace the larger us? The funny thing is that we have. Remarkably, Indians and Asians more so than any other group. It is hreflected most dramatically in the one voluntary step we take that is most far-reaching in its impact on individual and group identity – marriage. Asians have the highest proportion of interracial marriages in this country. But few of these marriages are with other Asians; the vast majority of Asian interracial couplings are with Whites.The encounter with America has most surely transformed us. But expanding it to an Asian American identity is not one of them. Related Itemslast_img read more

Agencies Probe Involvement of Overseas Bank Branches in Indian Jeweler’s Fraud Case

first_imgInvestigative agencies will look into the possible involvement of six overseas branches of Indian public and private sector banks into the scam involving luxury jeweler Nirav Modi, the Economic Times reported citing sources. The branches under the scanner are the State Bank of India branches in Mauritius and Frankfurt, Bank of India in Antwerp, Canara Bank in Bahrain, Allahabad Bank in Hong Kong, and Axis Bank in Hong Kong.The investigation has been prompted by the questions raised by the Punjab National Bank (PNB) in its complaint to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Agencies are investigating their dubious role that reflects either “lackadaisical attitude” or complicity with Modi and the co-accused, who embezzled several thousands of crores of rupees via fraudulent Letters of Undertakings (LoU), the report said.The officials have said that the PNB, while admitting the fraud committed by two of its employees, has pointed fingers at other banks that have financed Modi and his companies in violation of RBI guidelines. As per PNB’s complaint, the bank has said the fraud could have been “easily detected” by the overseas branches of Indian banks had they exercised “due diligence.”As per RBI guidelines, the credit for import of semi-precious and precious stones should not be more than 90 days. However, the credit allowed to Modi’s companies as per the fraudulent undertakings in most cases was  for almost a year.PNB’s complaint said: “This should have evoked suspicion in the minds of overseas branches of Indian banks extending buyers credit. These banks never raised any alarm on violation of RBI guidelines and continued to provide funding against fraudulent LoUs.” The bank said that “there is no documentary evidence available to prove that these import transactions are bona fide trade transactions.”The publication Economic Times quoted a top official as saying: “The fact that such a significant RBI guideline was flagrantly violated by a number of Banks raises a suspicion on the involvement of more bank officials.It needs to be probed whether these banks, which blissfully financed Nirav Modi’s dealings did it out of laxity or design.”As per documents made available by PNB, the six aforesaid banks lent finances on fraudulent LoUs (obtained from PNB) to the tune of Rs 4,886.72 crore between March 1, 2017 and May 2, 2017. The PNB further said that the officer also issued foreign letter of credit (FLC) by entering a smaller amount in trade finance module of core banking system (CBS) and generating the reference number. A SWIFT message was sent for the amount.“Subsequently, without making any change in trade finance module of CBS system, the conniving officer sent modified SWIFT message for enhanced amount under the same reference to the beneficiary bank. The beneficiary/overseas supplier had discounted the documents drawn under such FLS (based on SWIFT message) with overseas banks,” the complaint read.In connection with this scam, raids have been held at 73 locations across India, in which assets worth Rs. 5,674 crore were seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Feb. 17. The Enforcement Directorate raided at least 45 premises, including jewelry showrooms and workshops, across 15 cities on Feb. 19, according to PTI.The CBI had arrested three persons, including the two Punjab National Bank officials, as of Feb. 19. They are in judicial custody until March 3. Meanwhile, Nirav Modi and his brother Mehul Choksi’s passport were suspended for four weeks while the billionaire, as per earlier reports, was spotted at a plush hotel in New York. Related ItemsBankingNirav ModiPunjab NAtional Banklast_img read more

Twilight Of Empire

first_imgIn his latest book, The Post-American World, Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, lays out the contours of the ascending new global order in which the United States will lose its unchallenged supremacy.Zakaria makes the case that the “rise of the rest,” notably China, India Brazil, Russia, as well as others, is the “great story of our time,” one that will reshape the world as we know it.It so happens that this challenge to U.S. global hegemony comes at a time when the country is already struggling on both the military and economic fronts. The Bush administration’s Iraq misadventure (as well as growing belligerence on Iran), combined with its gross mismanagement of the U.S. economy, serve only to hasten the American decline and box in its options in the emerging new world.  The coming decade will mark the inflexion point and how the United States navigates the transition, not so much Iraq, Iran and the Middle East, or even the U.S. oil and mortgage crises, will be the central focus of the next president. The speed with which that other superpower, the Soviet Union, was devoured in 1991, ought to be a cautionary tale for Americans. The Republican presidential candidate John McCain clearly does not grasp these sea changes and under his watch, the Iraq war may well prove to be the swan song of “shock and awe” of American military prowess.It is not the instruments of destruction, but illusion and fear that are the strongest arrow in the quiver of power. It is ironic that just as its failure in Afghanistan lifted the iron curtain and exposed the brittleness of the mighty Soviet Union, Bush’s, and now McCain’s war mongering bluster and hubris over Iraq and Iran, are laying bare the chinks in America’s armor.The vision of American Empire, albeit with a generous and benevolent face, which Bush articulated and sought to shape with this country’s military might has already evaporated. The current wars may well prove to be the last preemptive interventions of any superpower in world affairs.While terror and violence will not go away any time soon, a new world order with diverse power structures is an optimistic development, which will hopefully prod countries to direct their energies on social and economic development instead of pursuing instruments of violence.Barack Obama seems both intellectually and temperamentally better suited to steer America through the thicket of these rapid transformations, even though the forces of history, rather than individuals, will shape the final outcome. It remains an open question whether Americans, beset with economic anxieties and spooked by Bush about terrorism, will embrace history or resist it.The presidential campaign ought to be about substantial issues of survival and mutual coexistence, instead of about middle names, preachers, inconsequential flaps and other hype. We can indulge in these old sports, but when we emerge from the spectacle, we will have been transported to a new dawn.Zakaria opens his book with the declaration: “This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.”Unless Americans pay heed, that may not be how we close the next decade.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Fresh violence in Bengal’s Bhatpara

first_imgTroubled Bhatpara-Kankinara region in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district witnessed fresh violence on Monday when some bombs were exploded in the area, police said. There were reports of sporadic explosion of bombs in the area since Saturday evening, they said, adding that two persons have been arrested in connection with it. Fifty crude bombs were recovered by the police on Monday morning from an abandoned railway housing complex in the area, which had witnessed repeated clashes between ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP workers since the Lok Sabha poll results in May. Miscreants allegedly ransacked the Bhatpara Municipal Matri Sadan (maternity home) and hurled bombs in front of the hospital, creating panic among patients. They also hurled bombs at different places in Kankinara during the day.last_img read more

Breaking away from party line, Rae Bareli MLA Aditi Singh attends U.P. special session

first_imgBreaking away from party line, Congress MLA from Rae Bareli, Aditi Singh, on October 2 attended a special 36-hour ongoing session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly convened by the Yogi Adityanath government despite a call for boycott by the Opposition parties.Coming weeks after she spoke out in support of the Central government decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, her seemingly rebellious stance has triggered speculation over her future.Ms. Singh is an MLA from the Rae Bareli Sadar seat, one of the five constituencies in the Parliamentary seat of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.While Ms. Singh was conspicuous with her absence from the padayatra in Lucknow led by Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, to whom she is considered close, later she participated in the Assembly debate.Talking to reporters outside the House, Ms. Singh said she did what she felt was right. She stated that she rose above party line and tried to talk about development.“…because that’s what the people elected me for. That is my first and foremost priority. I have always tried to walk the path that I feel is correct, the path that my father has taught me,” she said.When asked if the Congress could initiate any action against her, she said she was willing to face the consequences. “Whatever decision the party takes, I am ready to accept that. It’s their call. Today, I did what I felt was right,” she said.Ms. Singh is the daughter of Akhilesh Singh, who was a Rae Bareli strongman and former MLA. He died recently.Sources said that Ms. Singh was contemplating on her future in the Congress and move to the BJP could not be ruled out.If she does quit the Congress, it would be a big setback for the party as earlier this year its former MLC Dinesh Singh left to join the BJP and contested against the UPA chairperson Ms. Gandhi in Rae Bareli. She, however, won but with a reduced margin.In 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP had made huge dents into the Congress bastion of Amethi-Rae Bareli winning six out of 10 seats while the Congress only managed two legislators, Ms. Singh and Rakesh Singh from Harchandpur seat. Incidentally, the former is the brother of the rebel Mr. Dinesh Singh and a huge doubt loom over his future too.last_img read more

Three hurt in blast at ordnance factory Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district

first_imgAt least three persons were injured in a blast at an ordnance factory in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district on Friday, according to the police. The incident took place around 9.45 a.m. at the factory in Varangaon. The injured were rushed to a private hospital in Jalgaon town and are undergoing treatment, he said. The exact cause of the blast is yet to ascertained, he said, adding that the police are in the process of registering the case. Ordnance factories manufacture armaments for the Indian Armed Forces.last_img read more

Uddhav Thackeray wins trust vote with 169 ayes

first_imgThe Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, sailed through the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday.While the Opposition BJP walked out during the voting citing procedural irregularities, 169 MLAs of the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress, along with smaller parties and Independents voted in favour of the government in the 288-member House. Four MLAs abstained.Mr. Thackeray, who is not a member of either the Legislative Assembly or the Council, did not vote.As per Supreme Court ordersReferring to the Supreme Court order which had asked that the trust vote be conducted via open voting and also broadcast live, pro tem speaker Dilip Walse-Patil directed the House to ensure open voting process.Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan moved the motion of confidence and it was seconded by NCP MLAs Nawab Malik, Jayant Patil and the Sena’s Sunil Prabhu.The 105 BJP MLAs staged a walkout before the head count, with former Chief Minister and legislative party leader Devendra Fadnavis citing the “unlawful manner” in which the ministers were sworn in and the House session convened. Mr. Fadnavis said, “The last session adjourned sine die with the national anthem. So the new session has to start again with the national anthem which is not done.”Mr. Walse-Patil replied that the current session was part of the last session and the Governor’s decision to call the session was in accordance with parliamentary laws.Mr. Fadnavis also claimed that the change in pro tem Speaker from the BJP’s Kalidas Kolambakar to Mr. Walse-Patil was not as per the procedure and that the swearing-in of Mr. Thackeray and his Cabinet did not follow procedure with the Ministers taking oath in the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Phule.Mr. Walse-Patil said the matter did not come under the jurisdiction of the Assembly.“The swearing-in ceremony took place at outside. It is the duty of Governor to look into. So I am not authority to talk about that,” he said.After this, Mr. Thackeray introduced his cabinet colleagues to the House amid sloganeering from the BJP MLAs, who later walked out of the Assembly.The break-up of numbers included 56 from the Sena, 53 from the NCP as Mr. Walse-Patil was in the chair, and 44 from the Congress. Among the others who supported the government were three MLAs from the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA), two each from Prahar and Samajwadi Party (SP), one each from the Swabhimani Paksha and Peasants and Workers Party (PWP).The independents who supported the government were Rajendra Patil-Yadravkar, Shankarrao Gadakh, Manjula Gavit, Ashish Jaiswal, Narendra Bhondewar, Kishor Jogewar, Sanjay Shinde. Of the four MLAs who abstained, two were from the AIMIM and one each from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Communist Party of India (Marxist).Thanking the MLAs of the three parties and the people, Mr. Thackeray said his government would work to bring about a State envisioned by the great kings, saints and social workers.last_img read more

Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding In battle against sly SMB guards, Ravena gives himself a failing grade Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES “Yeah, that definitely inspires me, absolutely.”Sharapova, one of the highest earners in women’s sport, suffered a string of early defeats after her comeback last April for taking performance-enhancing meldonium but has been working her way back up the rankings since.“I think there are a lot of things that I need to get better at and improve on. But looking at the overall picture, the first thing is that I’m healthy,” a clearly disappointed Sharapova told reporters.“That, to me, is a big thing because I’ll be back on the practice court, I’m not starting from zero.”It was Sharapova’s second Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban. ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting In her first at the US Open last year, as a wildcard she was beaten in the fourth round by Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.But she turned the tables against the Melbourne Park 14th seed two days ago winning 6-1 7-6 (7/4).“There’s a lot to build from,” said Sharapova. “It’s a lot of things that take time. To be able to get these matches, players that are playing this well, I’m going to face a lot of them this year. I’ll have to bring it.“Today was not enough.” “I’m here because I’m motivated to get better at my craft. I really do believe that I can otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” said the five-time Grand Slam champion after losing 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.“I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal or a Serena and Venus that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age,” said Sharapova who turns 31 in April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just walking through a Grand Slam tunnel and getting on court. “There’s so much more to it. I have a lot of admiration for that because I know what goes into creating those moments and getting to that stage. Russia’s Maria Sharapova gestures as she questions a line call during her third round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Maria Sharapova says she is inspired by the likes of thirtysomethings Serena Williams and Roger Federer to get back to the top after her doping ban.The Russian, back in the top 50 after 15 months on the sidelines, had her progress at the Australian Open ruthlessly snuffed out by 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in the third round Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PSG denies Neymar requires surgery; Brazil doctor in Paris

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Neymar is under the care of Paris Saint-Germain,” Edu said after a World Cup meeting in the Russian resort of Sochi. “Until Paris Saint-Germain decides on his future in terms of training or so on we will continue to wait. A doctor from Brazil has gone to accompany him and monitor the news from Paris Saint-Germain.”The injury comes with less than four months until Brazil opens its World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.“We cannot think about the World Cup yet,” Edu said.PSG broke soccer’s transfer record last year by paying Barcelona 222 million euros ($260 million) to buy Neymar.Neymar was hurt on Sunday as the French league leader beat Marseille 3-0. After tests revealed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with an ankle injury, reports suggested Neymar opted for surgery and he would be sidelined for up to two months.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “Neymar is not going to be operated on, this information is false,” Emery said.However, the player’s father, Neymar Santos, said he thinks his son does need surgery and expects him to be sidelined for up to eight weeks — ruling out any chance of him playing against Madrid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to think about him as an athlete. PSG knows they won’t have Neymar at the very least for six weeks. The treatment will last between six and eight weeks regardless of a surgery,” Neymar Santos told ESPN Brasil.The Brazilian soccer federation’s technical coordinator Edu Gaspar said it would “respect” the view of the PSG medical staff, despite the national team doctor flying to Paris. LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright PSG’s Neymar lays on the pitch after being fouled during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — The Brazilian national team doctor has flown to Paris to assess Neymar’s injury, but Paris Saint-Germain will have the final say on how to treat the fractured foot and ankle sprain.PSG coach Unai Emery denied reports Neymar will require surgery, saying the Brazil forward needs rest and could still recover in time to face Real Madrid in the Champions League next week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Metatarsal injuries are common in soccer and can sometimes lead to a lengthy absence from the pitch. After speaking with the club doctor, Emery said Neymar has a “small crack in the fifth metatarsal.”“We’ll see how things evolve in the coming days before making a decision with him,” he said.Emery did not say how long Neymar will be sidelined but insisted “there is a small option he can be ready for the match” against Madrid. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg of the last-16 matchup in the premier European competition that Neymar was signed to win for the French capital club.Emery said he did not feel he made a mistake by letting Neymar play against Marseille despite the crucial Champions League match looming.“We normally try to protect him by planning things ahead with him, but it was normal to have him play against Marseille, it was an important game,” Emery said.Asked if PSG was pressured by Brazil in its dealing with Neymar’s injury, Emery said his team remains his priority.“The most important thing is us, although the World Cup matters to every player,” Emery said. “Neymar wants to play against Real Madrid and we are focusing on this.”Despite spending lavishly since they took over PSG in the summer of 2011, the club’s Qatari owners have so far failed in their bid to establish the club as a European force. PSG has been dominating the French league but has failed to get past the Champions League quarterfinals, losing in the round of 16 last year following a 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Barcelona in the second leg. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Nextlast_img read more

Lastimosa, Mallari team up as NLEX rises to 4-0

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Carlo Lastimosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari took matters into their own hands as NLEX stayed unscathed through four games in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 95-91 win over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Down 10, 78-68 with 8:58 to play, Lastimosa sparked a 13-2 run to get the Road Warriors back in the game, 81-80, midway in the payoff period, before Mallari put on the finishing touches, none bigger than his trey from the right wing with 9.5 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “We’re starting to look like a team,” noted NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, whose squad has now won six straight games dating back to last conference.“We’ve been winning games in the end game, and we’ve been able to hold our own and pull through in the crisis situations. That’s a good sign for a team that’s really just trying to put it together.”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 starsLastimosa dropped 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Mallari also got 14 markers, eight coming in the final frame, that went with of five rebounds and three dimes.Aaron Fuller topscored for the Road Warriors with 18 points and had a game-high 24 boards. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Celebrities get slice of action in Ironman Cebu The scores:NLEX 95 – Fuller 18, Mallari 14, Lastimosa 14, Alas 13, Quinahan 10, Fonacier 5, Monfort 4, Soyud 4, Tiongson 4, Taulava 4, Rios 3, Baracael 2, J. Villanueva 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Ighalo 0.PHOENIX 91 – Phelps 31, Wright 17, Baguio 8, Jazul 8, Dehesa 8, Eriobu 7, Kramer 4, Intal 4, Lanete 4, W. Wilson 0, Alolino 0, Borboran 0.Quarters: 14-15, 39-43, 64-69, 95-91.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img MOST READ 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Alas, who has been NLEX’s most consistent local this conference, chimed in 13 markers and four rebounds, while JR Quiñahan had 10 points and five boards in the victory.Despite leading the standings with a 4-0 mark, Guiao said NLEX’s the coming games against powerhouse teams will determine if his team is really for real.“We have four wins, but I don’t know if this is true or we’re just being pretenders. The signs are good, but we’ll see in the next games. The elite teams are coming up, so we’ll see how we’ll fare against them,” he said.Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 31 points, 18 rebounds, and six assists, while Matthew Wright got 17 markers, five boards, and three dimes.Their efforts, however, couldn’t stop the Fuel Masters from dropping their second straight defeat and sinking to an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC concert

first_imgView comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Dirk on today’s NBA: ‘It’s more about making money and winning than loyalty’ 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 When the beat for the Kanye West-produced 2003 song “Lucifer” came on — which samples Max Romeo’s “Chase the Devil” and includes the lyrics “Lucifer son of the morning, I’m gonna chase you out of Earth” — Jay-Z told the mostly young audience: “I promise we won’t take people out of this country.”Jay-Z also said to the crowd, several times, that “love always trumps hate.”At the show, the 47-year-old icon wore a white T-shirt featuring the artwork of the 1965 Beatles film and album, “Help!” Jay-Z said he wanted to transform the show into rock ‘n’ roll territory when he played his collaborations with Linkin Park, even paying tribute to the band’s lead singer Chester Bennington, who hanged himself in July.“If you know this song, I want you to sing it so loud he can hear you in heaven,” Jay-Z said before performing the Grammy-winning mashup “Numb/Encore,” standing still and holding the microphone close with both of his hands.Jay-Z’s set also included big hits from his 21-year-old career, from “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” to “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” to “Empire State of Mind.” His last main show in New York was part of his 2014 On the Run Tour with Beyonce, though he’s had some performances for his Tidal streaming service and surprise appearances.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” Jay-Z said of “The Story of O.J.,” a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson.“I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame,” he added about the song from his personal and revealing album, “4:44.”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 openingKaepernick became a polarizing figure among NFL fans for his decision to sit, and then kneel, during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality. Gregory, who died last month, was a comedian and activist who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health.Jay-Z’s performance, though full of energy and excitement, had some other serious tones. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Jay Z performs during The Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — Jay-Z performed his first headlining concert in three years in his hometown of New York City on Friday, a show that featured his popular hits and a dedication to outspoken NFL player Colin Kaepernick.The Brooklyn rapper kicked off the first of three days of the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, performing a 90-minute set that included his well-known songs as well as political moments.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reggae artist Damian Marley joined in for “Bam” from “4:44,” which was released in June and features songs about Jay-Z’s personal life and work as an entrepreneur.The Meadows festival, in its second year, will also play Saturday and Sunday, featuring performers like Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Weezer, Future and LL Cool J across four stages. Migos, Run the Jewels, Two Door Cinema Club and 21 Savage also performed Friday.Throughout his set, Jay-Z offered concertgoers encouraging words.“If anybody got a dream, you chase that (dream) with everything you got,” he said at one point.When one fan was eager for Jay-Z to sign something, the rapper asked if the fan had a pen.The fan did not.“How am I going to sign your (stuff) without a pen?” Jay-Z asked.“Got to be prepared,” he told the fan.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting starts World Cup preparations

first_imgAustralia captain Ricky Ponting has started his preparations for the upcoming World Cup after being on the sidelines for nearly a month due to a broken finger.Australia captain Ricky Ponting. APPonting is still feeling pain but insisted that he was on track to lead Australia’s defence of the World Cup later this month.The captain batted in the nets for the first time on Wednesday in four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured little finger but did not face the fast bowlers.Ponting faced a series of throw-downs from batting coach Justin Langer and emerged drenched in sweat after the session.”I’m not too bad, probably better than expected to tell you the truth. It’s the first time I’ve hit any balls for close to a month,” he said.”I started off with soft balls and plastic balls to get the feel of the bat back in my hand again, and the only ones that hurt a lot were where the bat was twisting in my hand a bit. But I’m pretty happy with how the day went,” Ponting was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.Ponting doesn’t see himself playing in the last two matches of the ongoing ODI series against England but harbours hopes of being fit to play in one of Australia’s two practice games on the subcontinent ahead of the side’s opening World Cup match, against Zimbabwe on February 21.”I think Perth is unlikely. Today was my first hit, and I don’t think Don Bradman could go into a game having a month off with only one or two training sessions under his belt,” Ponting said.advertisement”I think I’m going to have that (pain) for a while to tell you the truth,” Ponting said.”I don’t think it’s going to be one of those things that goes away altogether.”Injury has been a cause for worry for the Australians with Shaun Marsh being the latest casualty.Considered the likely replacement for Ponting, Marsh was on Wednesday ruled out of the final two matches of the one-day series against England.Scans yesterday revealed that Marsh, who has played the last four matches against England after replacing Michael Hussey, received a “low grade” right hamstring injury while batting at the Gabba on Sunday.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Some hearts still beat for hockey here

first_imgToday, the success of a sport seems to lie in attractive packaging and razzmatazz, as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has shown. Even investors turn their backs on sports that are not glamorous enough. At least, that’s the case with Indian hockey.But a few dedicated people are burning midnight oil off the field to provide a ray of hope to Indian hockey followers, even as the Indian team leaves for Malaysia to defend the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which begins on May 5. Several hockey enthusiasts, including renowned coach Ajay Kumar Bansal, are doing research on various aspects of the beautiful game. From the tribal players of Chota Nagpur in Jharkhand to the bio-mechanics of drag flick, the scope of the research work is vast, varied and fascinating. In Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alone, four students are currently involved in research on hockey, says Prof. Ikram Hussain, chairman, Deptt. of Physical Health and Sports Education.Dronacharya Award winner Bansal, under whose guidance various Indian teams have won several titles, is just days away from completing his Ph. D. on the tribal players of Chota Nagpur, an area that has produce some of the best known players – from Jaipal Singh Munda, captain of the team that won the first Olympic gold in 1928, to Dilip Tirkey, an ex- India captain and a solid defender. In between, players like Michael Kindo and Manohar Topno emerged from this belt to become household names.Bansal’s love affair with the tribal players began during his posting in Sundargarh. ” I spent five years, from 1987 to 1992, there as a Sports Authority of India coach. They played without proper infrastructure then,” Bansal told M AIL T ODAY . ” I will soon submit my theses to Prof. Popinder Singh Kullar – brother of former India player Col. Balbir Singh – under whom I’ve done the research,” he says.advertisementPopinder is glad that people are doing research on a game that has now gone downhill. He comes from Sansarpur village that has produced many outstanding players. Little surprise then that his own research was titled ‘ Social cultural and educational ethos of sports: A case study of Sansarpur village in Punjab’. ” Sansarpur has produced 14 Olympians, 19 internationals who represented India and other countries, 110 nationallevel players who turned out for 20 states, and another 132 who represented various military teams,” says the professor with the Deptt. of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.In the quiet environs of Aligarh, the four students are earnestly engrossed in exploring different angles of the game, hoping that their work would one day help the game. AMU itself has produced the likes of wizard Dhayan Chand and Zafar Iqbal.Saleem Ahmad, a research fellow at AMU, is working on the drag flick that was made popular in India by Jugraj Singh and then by Sandeep Singh. Ahmad is currently collecting data for his work titled ‘ Bio- mechanical analysis of drag flick in field hockey’. ” I want to explore which technique is best suited for drag flick,” he said. ” I have received immense encouragment from coach Clarence Lobo. Once complete, I plan to give copies of my work to coaches to help the game.”last_img read more

Hyundai Motor recalls cars over airbag problems in US

first_imgHyundai Motor Co , South Korea’s top automaker, has decided to recall more than 200,000 units of its Santa Fe sport utility vehicle model and popular Sonata cars in the United States due to problems with their airbags, a report said.According to reports, Hyundai’s US dealers will recall 199,118 Santa Fe SUVs built between April 19, 2006 and July 7, 2008 and 22,512 units of Sonata sedans manufactured from January 24 to June 21 this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report released on its website that US state safety agency stated this.The front passenger airbags of the Santa Fe models reportedly appeared to have improper occupant classification system, putting small-bodied people at risk, the US agency said.It added, “The occupant classification system (OCS) may need recalibration to accurately detect small statured adults.”Sensors for the side airbags of the Sonatas are needed to be reprogrammed because they may inflate without receiving a signal, increasing injury risks, the agency said. Meanwhile, Hyundai said it has received complaints from some adults under 60 kilograms whose air bags didn’t deploy. No injuries have been reported. The air bags were originally programmed not to go off to protect children.The company is reportedly also recalling 22,500 Sonata sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because their side air bags could go off without warning.Hyundai says it has received 16 complaints about the Sonata’s air bags, but no injuries have been reported.With Agency inputslast_img read more

India beat Pakistan by one wicket, reach semis of U-19 WC

first_imgIndia’s tail-enders held their nerves in the tense dying moments to edge out arch-rivals Pakistan by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller to cruise into the semifinals of the under-19 cricket World Cup here on Tuesday.After dismissing Pakistan for a paltry 136, India made rough weather of a small target as they were reduced to 127 for nine in 41 overs after being in a comfortable 124 for six at one stage.It was a nerve-wrecking final 25 minutes as Mumbai lad Harmeet Singh and number 11 Sandeep Sharma from Punjab held their nerves to eke out a narrow one-wicket win with two overs to spare at the Tony Ireland Stadium here.The two tail-enders played out seven overs to score the remaining 10 runs as the Pakistanis applied pressure with their fielders closing in.The victory came when Harmeet pulled Mohammad Nawaz towards the squareleg boundary to score two runs and take India to the victory target.The victory shot triggered off scenes of wild celebration in the Indian camp as his teammates rushed onto the field to hug him.India will now take on New Zealand in their semi-final on August 23. New Zealand beat West Indies by three wickets in the other quarter-final match.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving scores 40, leads Celtics’ win over Sixers

first_imgBen Simmons’ two free throws with 2:15 left to put the Sixers up 114-112, but Philadelphia didn’t score again.Irving’s 3-pointer with 3:01 left gave Boston its first lead of overtime at 115-114, then after a miss by Philadelphia, Irving hit another 3-pointer with 1:28 left and Boston fans leaped to their feet and cheered louder than they had all night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJayson Tatum and Marcus Morris scored 23 apiece for Boston and Terry Rozier had 10 points.Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 34 points, making 12 of 12 free throws, and pulled down 16 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 24, JJ Redick had 17 points and Ben Simmons added 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This was only the second game on Christmas Day since 2004 that went to overtime. Miami’s win over New Orleans in 2015 was the only other one.TIP-INS:76ers: Wilson Chandler returned after missing Saturday’s win over Toronto with a left quad contusion. He finished with 15 points . Philadelphia reserves did not score a point in the first half. . Redick got a technical after he was called for a foul with 7:32 left in the third. Irving made the free throw to put Boston up 70-63. . G Markelle Fultz traveled with the team but did not dress. Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has missed the last 15 games with thoracic outlet syndrome.Celtics: Irving had 16 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. . C Aron Baynes (broken finger) missed his third straight game. . Horford’s minutes restriction was increased from 20 to 25 minutes in his second game back since missing seven in a row with a sore left knee.UP NEXT:76ers: At Utah on Thursday night.Celtics: Visit Houston on Thursday night, the first of three straight on the road. Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) reacts in front of Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler after making a 3-pointer in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Boston won 121-114. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime for six of his 40 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to a 121-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.Irving, who forced the OT on a jump shot with 20 seconds left in the fourth, also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who trailed 113-108 with 3:33 left in the extra period before rallying behind Irving down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The Celtics led 57-51 at halftime, but Philadelphia used a 15-2 run in the third while shooting 60 percent in the period and led 89-86 entering the fourth.Philadelphia shot 60 percent in the third quarter, hitting five 3-pointers, and led 89-86 entering the final quarter.It stayed tight through the end of the fourth. Chandler got open for a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left and the Sixers led 108-106, then Irving pulled up for a 13-foot jumper to tie it at 108 with 20 seconds left.Redick missed a jumper just before the buzzer and the game went into OT.LACK OF OTs:ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Looming standoff MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlike

first_imgPBA fans may have just seen the last of Arwind Santos’ patented “Spiderman” dunk last season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Free Spider-Man! pic.twitter.com/xxhGhvFlrl— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) January 15, 2019 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Justin Melton tries to dunk with blindfold on PLAY LIST 00:20PBA: Justin Melton tries to dunk with blindfold on02:26Non-stop fun at 2014 PBA All-Star Weekend festivities00:17Douthit rides bike to PBA game to avoid traffic02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES The memorandum also cleared that “a player may still hang on to the basket rim, backboard or its support, to prevent injury to himself or another player with no penalty.”The league said a player is still allowed to “momentarily” hang on to the rim after a dunk.ADVERTISEMENT While the San Miguel Beer forward could still do it, he risks getting penalized after the PBA issued a memorandum deeming the “Spiderman” dunk or monkey ride as how the league called it in the memo “unsportsmanlike.”According to the memo, “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Andray Blatche, Mark Barroca return to Gilas pool for final World Cup qualifying window SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more