Month: November 2019

Black looking at TNT as Meralco’s ‘likely’ quarterfinals foe

first_imgPanelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TNT’s Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—The PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings may not yet be finalized with more than half the league still yet to play their last elimination games, but Meralco head coach Norman Black is almost certain they’ll face TNT.Black and the Bolts finished their elimination round schedule with a 7-4 record after losing to Ginebra, 90-89, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here and now sit at the fifth spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “We just have to prepare for them, because it’s them who we’re expecting to play,” said Black.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “We probably would face TNT I would imagine, more likely, so we just have to sit down and figure out what they’ll do offensively and defensively,” said Black.The KaTropa also finished their schedule the same day as Meralco but not in the same way the Bolts did.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingTNT overcame Rain or Shine, 105-102, in the first game of Sunday’s double-header for an 8-3 record, good enough for the fourth seed.Meralco and TNT last faced on March 24 with the Bolts winning, 94-89, but things have changed since then. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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NBA: Clippers stars Griffin, Paul opt for free agency

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Paul, who averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists per game, is expected to be pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, while Oklahoma City could make a pitch for Griffin.Five-time all-star Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season, but has been plagued by injuries over the past three seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Los Angeles Clippers stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Forward Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and will become an unrestricted free agent next week, the US media reported Friday.Point guard Chris Paul is expected to follow Griffin into NBA free agency next week but the moves were expected and there is a good chance both will remain with the Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith reminds teammates: We have to control the game WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 View comments 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

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Pressure builds for Reed after another Ironman title in Cebu

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just when Reed thought that he left everyone in the dust, the 21-year-old Mauricio Mendez made a huge leap forward, going from sixth to second in the run course to give the defending champion a run for his money.“I saw him in the first lap of the run. I was like, ‘I’d better start running, be quicker,’ He’s a beautiful runner, a really talented athlete so I was definitely concerned,” he said.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 starsFortunately for Reed, he built enough cushion and sustained his groove to cruise to the victory, his third straight in Cebu.Pulling off another triumph, the 32-year-old expressed was pleased to fulfill his goals and meet expectations. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES “I knew I was very fit and I knew I’d have a good chance, but you’ll never know. You can’t control how other people race. If somebody else beat me, but I put in a really good performance, I’m okay with that. And today was just all about focusing on myself and racing as hard as I could,” he said.Though he cemented his status as one of the sport’s greats with his three-year dynasty in Cebu, Reed downplayed the feat.“I think every time you win somewhere, the pressure builds a little bit and the next year, there’s a little bit more pressure. For me, it’s really important to keep the pressure off and just keep it fun and enjoy myself,” he said.Luckily for Reed, he has his wife with him to share his recent first place finish to alleviate the rigors of his intense training.“I worked really hard for this. My wife came over to America with me and put up with me doing a lot of training. She was really supporting me so it makes a big difference. So this is a really a pleasing result for me and it’s special for my family,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Tim Reed was confident heading into the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday, the Australian admitted that there was a time he felt that his drive for a three-peat was in peril.That hit him hard midway through the race as he saw the much-talked about strength of the field first hand.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Reed reigns anew, completes Cebu Ironman 70.3 three-peat Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img 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’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

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Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Brazilian soccer star Neymar speaks during a press conference in Paris Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Neymar arrived in Paris on Friday the day after he became the most expensive player in soccer history when completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million).(AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Neymar is expected to make his much-awaited debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the small Brittany town of Guingamp after French football authorities finally received his international transfer certificate.The French Football Federation received the document from its Spanish counterpart on Friday, more than a week after PSG signed the Brazilian from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The French football league then told The Associated Press the ITC was submitted by the federation, and Neymar’s transfer would be ratified later Friday, clearing the way for him to play at Guingamp on Sunday.The hold-up prevented Neymar from making his PSG debut last Saturday against Amiens after completing his world-record 222 million euros ($262 million) transfer.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 starsPSG wanted Neymar to start the season at its Parc des Princes home but his debut was delayed because of the paperwork issues. Neymar was unveiled to the PSG fans on Saturday but could only watch from the stands as his new team started its league campaign with a 2-0 win.Barcelona said there was nothing strange about the situation and the wait was due to the banks. Just a few hours before the French federation said it had received the ITC, the 222 million euros was made available in Barcelona’s accounts. Barcelona denied speculation that slowed down the process in retaliation for PSG luring one of its biggest stars out of the Camp Nou. Barcelona said it had been waiting on the banks to complete the transaction for the massive amount of money.PSG coach Unai Emery has yet to announce his squad for the trip to Guingamp, but wants Neymar to be playing.“We all want him to start playing,” Emery told a news conference on Friday. “We want him in the squad, and in the starting 11. He has trained well, and we have also worked on tactical aspects and set-pieces. He is ready.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers 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 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Kevin Durant apologizes for India comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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Power machine

first_imgIt’s probably the most awaited car in India after the Tata Nano. And judging by the initial reception to the SUV it seems like a lot of people were patiently waiting for the Toyota Fortuner. The Fortuner is built on the same IMV platform as the Innova, but has improved steering response and more performance-biased suspension and underpinnings.The SUV shares more of its looks with the Hilux, Toyota’s pickup truck on the same platform that is sold overseas, than the van like Innova we are so familiar with. Despite being a four-year-old design, albeit facelifted before the Indian launch, the Fortuner still looks quite contemporary. The 17-inch wheels, bulging wheel arches and high ground clearance give the Toyota a proper butch look.Inside, there is a sense of deja vu. Thanks to its Innova link, the dash layout and switch gear is similar. So is the steering and the central console layout. The latter also features an identical green backlit audio system and climate control as the Innova. But, for a vehicle almost twice the price, the Fortuner is a bit of a letdown. The side rear-view mirror control is awkwardly placed near the headlight levelling switch and the most contemporary bit of the dash is the white-backlit meters in the instrument panel. The seats are a great part of the Fortuner. The front set is highly supportive, albeit completely manual. The middle row too is quite good, and features backrest and fore-aft adjustment. The middle row also gets a roof mounted air-con control, which directs air to the middle and last rows. The last row is quite comfortable, with a natural seating position that won’t be discomforting on longer drives. The Fortuner is powered by Toyota’s common-rail D4-D diesel engine that displaces 2982cc. The engine packs a good load of power and torque, delivering it quite early in the rev range. The torque is easily put down by all four 265/17 in tyres, via the permanent four wheel drive system. It feels great to drive and doesn’t feel out of breath at all. The five-speed manual (no automatic just yet), is no racing ‘box but not bad to use, though it has a long throw.Toyota has stiffened the Fortuner for India (as compared to other Asian markets), and this means that the low speed ride of the SUV suffers; the handling, however, gains. The stiff suspension, wide tyres and four wheel drive lend the SUV good body control, grip and drive around bends, respectively. The steering is light but lacks directness and feel. It’s the same with the brakes; there’s ABS but the brake feel and bite isn’t linear or ferocious.The Fortuner is rugged and with the looks and dimensions befitting a proper SUV. That it’s a Toyota naturally helps. Price: Rs. 19.8 lakh.On the road: Nizamabad to KanyakumariLeaving Nizamabad in our Audi A4 in the wee hours of the morning allowed us a clear run towards Hyderabad, we expected to get across Hyderabad fast, but were caught by the morning office and school traffic. We went around the city to avoid city centre traffic, before hitting the road towards the new Hyderabad airport. Once past the city traffic, we started making good time and stopped for some quick idlis. It was good to see how the new roads can instantly increase your pace and confidence. Entering Bangalore is a bad idea at anytime, especially in the evening. We opted for a bypass which took us all the way around the city and brought us near Hosur, the industrial town neighbouring the city. The road was complete, and featured enough reflectors and cat-eyes to keep the journey safe till Salem, our next stop. From Salem to Kanyakumari the largely completed highways took us through some of the most scenic parts of the peninsula. We left early and had the highway much to ourselves till Madhurai. Once past, one of the most amazing landscapes came forth. We were driving on table flat land that let to a range to high hills cutting into the sky and the dark monsoon clouds. These flanked us much of the way, and look truly amazing in the distance. Before reaching Kanyakumari, we made a slight detour to see the Vattakottai Fort, taking in the views of the blue sea and Cape Comorin from far.-Siddhraj SinghHero Honda ZMRIf one needed to cross states in the country, the Karizma for long, was the perfect answer. Now though, a new version of the Karizma is out. And we will say it straight off; it is even better. The looks have changed for the better. The ZMR conveys its sport touring intentions better than any of its competition. It now sports a full fairing that houses a headlamp unit. The tail meanwhile is nicely sculpted. We also like the tail lamp unit which features LEDs and integrated side indicators. Split grab rails make their debut on the bike, but aren’t the most comfy to hold on to. The all new digital instrumentation is easily the best looking and the freshest design we have seen in the recent past. The setup is also easy to read and programmable to read out customised welcome and sign off notes.The rear dampers are now gas charged and the improvement in ride quality is immediately evident. The ZMR also handles brilliantly. It’s supremely stable in a straight line and around bends it’s sharp, light footed and very forgiving. The most significant change on the ZMR is to the engine. It still uses the same engine as the older Karizma and is as refined through most of its operating range, but it’s now fuel injected. Also, there’s an oil cooler for more efficient cooling. The power and torque ratings haven’t improved by much though, but on the road, the ZMR is a tad quicker than the older motorcycle. It also has better throttle response while the rideability only gets better towards the top of the rev range. Price: Rs. 91,000 ex showroom. -Vikrant SinghColumn courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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India books its spot in the quarters of badminton team championship

first_imgIndia booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the badminton team championship on Wednesday with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Wales, before defeating Scotland 4-1 in the evening to finish atop Group D. They will now take on Canada on Thursday. In the morning session on Wednesday, the hosts rode Aditi Mutatkar and Chetan Anand’s dominant wins in the singles ties to get off to a great start in the tie.Pune youngster Aditi, who was playing because Saina Nehwal was rested, showed no nerves in powering her way past Carissa Turner 21-13, 21-8. Anand had earlier put India on the right track with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Lewis Martyn. Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar then took the court for the men’s doubles and posted a 21-11, 21-13 win over Welsh pair Philip James and Joe Morgan in 24 minutes.Thereafter, Ashwini Ponnappa and Aparna Balan thrashed Carissa and Harvey Caroline 21-11, 21-13 while Jwala Gutta and V Diju spanked Martyn and Sarah Thomas 21-8, 21-5 to sew it up for the hosts. Debutant Aditi had Carissa scampering all over the court with her crosscourt smashes and deceptive pushes “I didn’t know what to expect as I have never played against her before. It was a good start for me. There was a little drift but I got used to it as the match progressed. It is quite normal to have one side of the court faster than the other, so it was ok. I hope to do well in the tournament,” Aditi said after her match.advertisementThe highlight of the day was the men’s doubles clash. James and Morgan matched the Indian pair stroke-for-stroke in the opening game. But the greater experience of Rupesh and Sanave was enough to push them home. “It was our experience which saw us through. They played very well and we were lucky to come through today,” Sanave said after the match.last_img read more

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What’s up, what’s down

first_imgWhat’s up:Deepika PallikalDipika Pallikal. The 19-year-old from Chennai ranked 27th in the Women’s International Squash Players Association charts, the highest for any Indian woman.Lakshmi Mittal. The world’s fifth richest person is building the most expensive home in Scotland at 15 million.What’s down:Anil KumbleAnil Kumble, who withdrew himself from the IPL,What’s up:Deepika PallikalDipika Pallikal. The 19-year-old from Chennai ranked 27th in the Women’s International Squash Players Association charts, the highest for any Indian woman.Lakshmi Mittal. The world’s fifth richest person is building the most expensive home in Scotland at 15 million.What’s down:Anil KumbleAnil Kumble, who withdrew himself from the IPL auction. Sigh. One gentleman less in a very gentleman-less version of the game.Yuvraj Singh. The Indian batsman finds himself in a rather unflattering list with a British newspaper naming him as one of the Top 10 Sporting Egos of recent times.last_img read more

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Mortaza out of Bangladesh World Cup squad due to knee injury

first_imgBangladesh opening bowler Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has failed to recover from a knee injury and was left out of his team’s 15-man World Cup squad on Wednesday.Mortaza, a former captain of the team, was hurt in a local match in December, according to Bangladesh chief selector Rafiq-ul Alam.Another former captain, Mohammad Ashraful, is in the squad. But allrounder Shakib Al Hasan retains the captaincy with opening batsman Tamim Iqbal as his deputy.”We have selected the squad keeping the local playing conditions in mind,” Alam said.The 14-team tournament jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh begins in Dhaka on Feb. 19.Bangladesh is in Group B with South Africa, England, India, West Indies, Ireland and the Netherlands.Bangladesh Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shariar Nafees, Zunaed Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riad, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam, Suhrawardi Shuvo, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain.last_img read more

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Fans ready for cricketing extravaganza

first_imgWith just 16 days to go for the World Cup opening ceremony in Dhaka, the fever is rising fast in India.India will fight it out for the coveted World Cup with 13 other teams.While fans are making sure that they don’t miss out on the tickets for key matches, members of the Indian team are utilising their rare off days to complete shooting for advertisements.Soon the same players will turn serious as they get into a preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and then in Chennai.India begin their campaign against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19.For a tournament of this magnitude, a lot of background work is required – from fool-proof security to logistics to ensuring good pitch and ground conditions for a healthy contest between bat and ball. Both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and tournament co-host Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that all 49 matches are staged without hassles.India is crazy about cricket and the madness is expected to reach an unprecedented height during the 45-day competition.An Australian team in transition will attempt to register its fourth straight title triumph while the likes of India, England and South Africa will try to stop Ricky Ponting’s side from running away with the trophy on April 2, when the final is played at a completely renovated Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.The World Cup has grown over the years, since the first edition was played in 1975 in England. From eight teams 36 years ago to 14 now, the tournament has expanded in every sense of the term. Besides the honour of becoming the world’s number one team, there’s a lot more at stake. A total prize money of $ 10 million, of which $30,00,000 will go to the winners, would ensure that players give their best performance.advertisementThis is the third occasion that the World Cup is coming to the Indian subcontinent, the earlier occasions being 1987 when it was hosted for the first time outside England – and 1996. This year, south Asia could have made a record with four countries jointly hosting the World Cup, but security concerns meant that Pakistan was chucked out, leaving only India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to stage the tournament at 13 venues.India has eight venues, Sri Lanka three and Bangladesh two. The semi-finals will be played in Colombo and Mohali while the final at a stadium about 16 kilometres from Sachin Tendulkar’s home in Mumbai.Unlike for the 1987 World Cup, when India and Pakistan cricket boards joined hands to successfully win the bid to host the tournament, it was much easy to beat the only contenders, Australia-New Zealand, for the 2011 edition. The south Asian nations won 10- 3 on April 30, 2006, after the ICC relaxed the rules to allow them to submit their main bid after its expiry date. It was not surprising, since an estimated 70- 80 per cent of ICC’s revenue comes from Indian companies or the MNCs based in the country.last_img read more

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Ajay Maken urges rethink of promotion regulations

first_imgSports minister Ajay Maken has written a letter to Defence Minister AK Antony, putting the latter’s ministry in a bind. Maken has urged the defence establishment to amend rules so that Subedar Vijay Kumar can get a triple promotion.Vijay won a silver medal for India in 25m rapid-fire pistol event last week, but then hit out at the Army, saying despite winning numerous laurels for India, he has not been recommended for promotion by his seniors. Vijay is attached to the 16 Dogra Regiment.Maken wrote on Monday that the defence ministry should take notice of the recent policy on out-of-turn promotions framed by the Department of Personnel and Training, which allows three such promotions for central government civilian employees.”The armed forces have been in forefront of promoting sports excellence and it would be in the fitness of things that there is parity in the award of out of turn promotion for all sports persons who have excelled in sports events internationally or nationally so as to obviate any sense of deprivation in respect of defence service employees on one hand and reward them equally for the excellence in sports events on the other hand,” Maken wrote.”Outstanding sportspersons achieving high level of excellence deserve consideration even for a third out of turn promotion in recognition of their performances. Such a move will go a long way in recognising the contribution of sportspersons in enhancing the country’s position in the arena of world sports.”The issue of immediate promotion as an officer might be tricky, as it involves different skill sets and training, but the controversy touches on the issue of parity.advertisementSources in the Army say that they would like to proceed by the rules and would give all due support to him. But there is no rule which allows for a triple promotion in case of excelling is a sports event. Rules only provide for a double promotion.last_img read more

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Indian GP: A date with the speed demons

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All hands on deck

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We are playing terrific defense,” Compton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFines were slapped and suspensions didn’t come, and Alaska will continue to square off with a full force Magnolia side when they break a 2-2 tie in their PBA Governors’ Cup title series on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Magnolia guard Mark Barroca escaped with a P50,000 fine for hitting Alaska’s Chris Banchero in the groin late in Game 4, while Alaska coach Alex Compton was slapped a P20,000 penalty for postgame statements the league called “detrimental.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Marcial said that the sanction on Barroca was the same as the Don Trollano incident. Trollano punched Arwind Santos and also wasn’t called for a foul, the infraction being spotted only on replays of the game tape.The commissioner, however, warned Magnolia guard that an act similar to what he did in Game 4 will merit an automatic suspension “whether it be Game 5 or Game 6.”A personality who got canned was referee Rolando Dacanay, who was supposed to be in position to spot Barroca but instead followed the movement of the ball, hence the missed call.Teams have won games in streaks in this series, with the Hotshots ruling the first two and the Aces going into Friday night trying to win a third straight.Compton’s defense is wreaking havoc on the Hotshots, whom the Aces have limited below 80 points in the last two contests.ADVERTISEMENT And with no one axed for even a game, both squads will have all hands on deck for the crucial tiff slated at 7 p.m.Compton had said after Wednesday’s physical game that he called the attention of the league so “that we can get back to playing basketball,” with the amiable Alaska coach reportedly to appeal the fine slapped by commissioner Willie Marcial.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMarcial, for his part, explained that no suspensions were handed out because the officials of that game failed to call an infraction on Barroca after he hit Banchero in the groin with 2:31 left in Game 4.“There’s no precedent suspending a player in a noncall situation,” Marcial told reporters in Filipino during the league’s Draft Combine on Thursday. “Had there been a precedent, I would have suspended Barroca.” LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img View comments MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ A star in college, Bolick prepared to go back to square one in the pros Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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UP government to lease land to BCCI for Agra cricket stadium

first_img‘The Uttar Pradesh government is now planning to lease out several acres of land to the BCCI to build an international-level cricket stadium in Agra’In a city where the existing sports stadium is struggling for survival because of the lack of budget and trained coaches, the Uttar Pradesh government is now planning to lease out several acres of land to the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to build an international-level cricket stadium at the cost of Rs 250 crore in Agra.Talking to India Today at his residence, Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh, the single minister from Agra in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet, said he had referred the long-standing demand of Agra for an international-level sports stadium to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who has agreed to provide land for the stadium at a discounted rate, as long as the construction of the superstructure and maintenance are done by the BCCI, in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.”With an international stadium in Agra, other infrastructure facilities like an international airport, world-class roads and amenities will also arrive in the city very soon,” Singh said.The minister claimed that he had already written a letter to the BCCI, inviting their officials to visit Agra and choose the land for building the stadium, so that the project may begin soon.He said that the stadium project is expected to cost around Rs 250 crore and the cost for it will be borne by the agencies that will construct the stadium at a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.advertisementHowever, some feel this move won’t help the overall sport infrastructure of the city.Commenting on the minister’s statement, social activist Deep Sharma said the state government seems to think that only cricket is a sport and the rest are just ways to pass time.”There are several Olympians living in Agra, including Jagbir Singh who was a member of the world-champion hockey team of India, but this city doesn’t even have an astroturf for its hockey players. A world-class squash court that was built a few years back because of the efforts of the then Commissioner of Agra, is lying unused as there is no coach in the stadium to train the squash players,” Sharma said.”The basketball court of the stadium is so badly damaged that the players get hurt while playing on it. The stadium is facing numerous court cases due to the cantonment authorities objecting to the recent constructions there. Taxes worth lakhs are pending on it. In such conditions, the state government should first think of improving the state of the existing sports stadium of the city, instead of going for a new stadium which will take several years to build,” Sharma said.last_img read more

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England must learn how to play ODI cricket from India: Alec Stewart

first_imgAlec Stewart said England have not moved forward and now they have a mountain to climbExasperated at England’s consecutive defeats, former captain Alec Stewart said the hosts must learn from India how to play One-day cricket.India have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series with convincing victories at Cardiff and Nottingham.”India look a completely different team to the rabble that threw in the towel in the recent Test series. They are currently giving their hosts a lesson in how to play 50 over cricket,” Stewart wrote in his column for the Mirror.”Strong shots, improvisation and not allowing any England bowler to settle has been their formula mixed in with variety in the bowling attack,” the former wicket-keeper said.Stewart said England have not moved forward and that is why now they have a mountain to climb being two down.”Last week I asked England to be brave and take the positive options at every opportunity but what’s been on show so far is the same old failings. Overcautious and unadventurous, repeating mistake after mistake. Watching England in this current series is exactly how England played back in the mid 1990s.”England have to understand that the game has moved on and must be prepared to play a style of cricket that  will worry the opposition,” he wrote.There have been calls to remove skipper Alastair Cook but Stewart said that was not a realistic solution.”Any call for Cook to stand down will fall on deaf ears and I can understand why the selectors won’t change things with just a few months to go before the World Cup starts.advertisement”Fans have called for Cook to be taken out of the squad but it may not be realistic to change it so soon to the World Cup. The big challenge is to get this group of players playing without fear and being allowed to show off their talents.”Stewart cautioned England to bring in the required improvements otherwise their plans for World Cup campaign may fall apart.”England mustn’t fall into the trap of previous World Cup when the carefully laid plans that had been in place were suddenly ripped up just a few weeks before the tournaments began.”By the time England take on India and Australia ‘down under’ in a tri series leading into the World Cup they must know how they’re going to play and which players can deliver.”There is plenty to consider between now and then and like many of my school reports used to say England’s would read room for plenty of improvement while there’s still just about enough time,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Staying perfect

first_imgPH 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 Phoenix notched its fifth straight win in as many games after holding off stubborn NLEX, 83-82, at Mall of Asia Arena.Matthew Wright provided the cushion for the Fuel Masters, ushering the team to a six-point lead going into the homestretch, 83-77, before Calvin Abueva came up with a game-saving block on NLEX wing Bong Galanza with a second left on the clock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I knew going into this game that it will be a tough match because they have four reliable big men,” said Alas. “We’re at the phase that we’re going to begin to face the league’s elite teams,” Alas said. “We’ll begin with Rain or Shine this Sunday. Good thing, they’re going to play back-to-back games. They’re the hottest team after us.”Rain or Shine stayed a game behind Phoenix, after James Yap and Norbert Torres combined for nine of 15 shooting from beyond the arc to rally past NorthPort, 107-100, in the second game. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Calvin Abueva’s crucial block saves Phoenix. PBA IMAGESPhoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas could only chuckle at the piece of trivia presented to him Friday night.“Oh my God,” he said, when told that the last team to start 5-0 in the PBA Philippine Cup went on to win the crown. That team, of course, is reigning champion San Miguel Beer and the Fuel Masters, most especially their coach, are under no impression that they are at that same dominating level.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Loreno makes his mark with 7 gold medals SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES View comments Wright finished the game with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for Phoenix. Jason Perkins chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds while Abueva contributed 13 and 11—and a piece of his mind on Phoenix’s hot start.“It’s not about going 5-0,” Abueva said in Filipino. “We’ve only faced teams close to our level. We’ve yet to face San Miguel or teams like Ginebra, Magnolia—the top teams. Those are games we need to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 5

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MANILA, Philippines—The first half of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament has come to an end.This is the point where teams are starting to position themselves to be legitimate title contenders or just lousy pretenders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAteneo has so far taken pole position at the end of the first round with a 6-1 record but defending champion De La Salle and University of Santo Tomas are right behind with the two teams tied at the No. 2 spot with 5-2 records.University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University found themselves stuck in a tough race with both teams sharing fourth place with 4-3 cards. Jalen Green dazzles in FilAm Sports rout of AusPinoy in NBTC National Finals Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The Lady Bulldogs have six rookies this season, including injured setter Joyme Cagande, but this week saw two of them shine the brightest.As Nierva anchored NU’s defense, Princess Robles was the one leading the offense.Robles was crucial in the Lady Bulldogs’ 1-1 campaign this week as she averaged 17.5 points in those two games.And it wasn’t just this week that Robles produced stellar numbers, she ended the first round at the No. 5 spot in the Best Scorers table with a total of 101 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH 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 Despite sharing the same role as rookie Jolina Dela Cruz, Tiamzon has coexisted fairly well with her younger teammate.The Lady Spikers had a quick affair on Saturday, taking care of FEU in straight sets, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24, and Tiamzon wasn’t only the team’s offensive leader as she was also the emotional chief.Tiamzon took the mantle from injured captain Desiree Cheng last week and she continued being that de facto leader even when their skipper returned to the floor.Her 13 points in La Salle’s win over the Lady Tamaraws seemed like an icing on the cake for Tiamzon’s true value within the Lady Spikers.6. Ponggay Gaston (Ateneo de Manila University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/APonggay Gaston. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKat Tolentino has been the one receiving much of the praise for Ateneo’s success in the outside hitter position in the past four weeks of the tournament.This week, though, Ponggay Gaston showed that she could also be the main factor within the Lady Eagles’ offense.Gaston, who was overlooked for much of the season, had a solid week for the Lady Eagles averaging 13 points in Ateneo’s two wins.7. Princess Robles (National University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/APrincess Robles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNierva isn’t the only rookie making a splash at NU. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Enter NU’s Jennifer Nierva.The Lady Bulldogs went 1-1 this week, which was the key factor why Nierva wasn’t named Player of the Week, and a huge part of that split was the rookie libero’s near impenetrable ground game.Nierva averaged 27.5 excellent digs and 29.5 successful receptions this week.4. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 3Last week: No.1Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEya Laure had to settle for the No. 4 spot after UST played only one game this week.Laure, though, was still impressive in her own right putting up 15 points against UE and her production created a ripple effect bigger than what she did on the match itself.The rookie finished the first round with a total of 117 points making her the second leading scorer behind teammate Rondina.Now talk about a golden duo.5. Tin Tiamzon (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ATin Tiamzon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle played just one game this week and Tin Tiamzon used that lone match to show that she’s still one of the Lady Spikers’ most viable options. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte National University may be at a humble 2-5 for the No. 6 seed but that win-loss record won’t reflect the Lady Bulldogs’ talent and they could very well cause problems for Final Four contenders in the next round.At the tailend of the race are University of the East and Adamson University with both teams at 1-6.With that out of the way, here are the seven players that made the last week of the first round such a joy to watch.1. Bea De Leon (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ABea de Leon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBea De Leon was on a slump in the tournament’s first four weeks posting meager production of just six points a game in the Ateneo’s first five games, although the Lady Eagles went 4-1 in that stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Week 5, though, was a different playing field for De Leon as she not only snap out of her funk, she did it in style.De Leon had her first double-digit scoring games this week as she led Ateneo to a pair of wins to finish with a 6-1 mark at the end of the first round. Her performance also earned her the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week citation.The fifth-year Lady Eagle soared this week posting an average of 13.5 points in the two outings against NU and Adamson.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 3Last week: No.2Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no denying that Cherry Rondina is the league’s most potent scorer.Rondina and the Golden Tigresses had just one game this week and the 5-foot-6 dynamo showed just how lethal she is on the offensive end with 17 points in a straight sets win over University of the East, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20.That production, which was well within her 17.4 average, made Rondina the league’s leading scorer at the end of the first round with a total of 122 points.3. Jennifer Nierva (National University, libero)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AJennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThis year’s rookie class is positioning itself as arguably the best batch since 2012 saw Ara Galang and Alyssa Valdez burst into the UAAP scene.A certain youngster in UST may be capturing the limelight with her scoring prowess but there’s one Lady Bulldog slowly making her name in the collegiate scene through her impressive defense. 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Novak Djokovic eyes French Open final against Rafael Nadal as clay begins

first_imgView comments Toppling Nadal at Roland Garros, where the Spaniard is the defending champion and a record 11-time winner, is what Djokovic really wants.It’s something Djokovic considers “one of the ultimate challenges of the sport” — much like facing Roger Federer during his grass-court prime at Wimbledon. They are the three most successful players in Grand Slam history: Federer has won a record 20 majors, Nadal 17 and Djokovic is catching them up with 15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe top-ranked Djokovic has won the past three majors in straight sets, including a stunning rout of Nadal in the Australian Open final this year. He also has a 28-25 winning record against Nadal — a considerable achievement in itself.Yet despite all the positive points stacked up, he considers Nadal a different and much more dangerous opponent at this stage of the season. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid After winning the Australian Open, Djokovic had a blip few saw coming when he failed to reach the quarterfinals at both Indian Wells and the Miami Open.He has already shrugged off those losses, or at least slotted them into perspective.“I was disappointed, because I thought I could go far. But at the same time I’ll try to look on the positive side,” the 31-year-old Djokovic said. “I’ve had great form the past 12 months. That can serve only as an incentive.”In opening first-round play Sunday, there were wins for three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, ninth-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Argentine Guido Pella.Wawrinka, the 2014 champion, advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Lucas Pouille — who has lost all his matches since being crushed by Djokovic in the Australian Open semis.Coric beat Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in damp and overcast conditions on the French Riviera, with heavy rain interrupting play early in the afternoon.Dimitrov won 7-5, 6-4 against Matteo Berrettini, while Pella beat Laslo Djere 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-4 and next plays seventh-seeded Marin Cilic. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Nadal faces either countryman Roberto Bautista Agut or John Millman of Australia, having not lost to them. Djokovic’s opponent is Taro Daniel of Japan or Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, who has lost eight of 10 matches against Djokovic but beat him at Indian Wells. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew 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 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hugs Spain’s Rafael Nadal, left, after winning the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. APMONACO — As Novak Djokovic begins his preparations for a fourth straight Grand Slam title, he likes to imagine beating Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.“That would be the match of the season, yes,” Djokovic said Sunday at the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic and his longtime rival Nadal are starting their clay-court seasons this week at Monte Carlo, their first tuneup on clay ahead of the May 26-June 9 French Open in Paris, and which could see them meet for a 54th time if they reach the final.ADVERTISEMENT “I think Rafa is always a very clear favorite on any clay court in the world, and it doesn’t change,” Djokovic said. “He’s still there. I mean (it) obviously depends how he’s feeling physically. I have seen him (training) here, he’s been here a few days. Seems like he’s fine.”Djokovic referred to Nadal’s troublesome right knee, which flared up again last month and forced the second-ranked Nadal to pull out of his eagerly-awaited semifinal against Federer at Indian Wells.That was on hard courts, however, and clay is kinder to the 32-year-old Nadal’s battered knees.Nadal has won Monte Carlo 11 times, also a record. His 46-match winning streak in Monte Carlo — broken by Djokovic in the 2013 final — is the most consecutive wins at a tournament by any man or woman.Both players have byes to the second round here, and are due to play Tuesday or Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles A magical day for both Tiger Woods and golf at the Masterslast_img read more

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Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

first_imgFILE – In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, 48, waves as he arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal. Rita has scaled Mount Everest for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world’s highest peak. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)KATHMANDU, Nepal— Sherpa climber Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world’s highest peak.Rita reached the summit with other climbers Wednesday morning and all of them were reported to be safe, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a Nepalese government official at the mountain’s base camp.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP 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 “However, when these climbers reach the summit, only their names are highlighted and nothing mentioned about the hard work done by the Sherpas,” Rita said last month.Sherpa tribespeople were mostly yak herders and traders living deep within the Himalayas until Nepal opened its borders in the 1950s. Their stamina and familiarity with the mountains quickly made them sought-after guides and porters.On Tuesday, it was a team of Sherpa guides who again were the first to reach Everest’s summit this year, completing their advanced work of setting up ropes and lines.There are 41 different teams with a total of 378 climbers who have been permitted to scale Everest during this year’s spring climbing season. There are an equal number of Nepalese guides helping them to get to the summit.Each May, there are usually only a few windows of good weather near the summit during which climbers can attempt to scale the peak.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Rita was at Everest’s base camp in 2015 when an avalanche swept through, killing 19 people. After that tragedy, he came under intense family pressure to quit mountaineering altogether, but in the end decided against it.“I know Mount Everest very well, having climbed it 22 times, but at the same time I know I may or may not come back,” he told AP last month. “I am like a soldier who leaves behind their wives, children and family to battle for the pride of the country.”Rita has been an advocate for other Sherpa guides, who he said do not get the recognition they are due.He said that before climbers reach the summit to take their photographs announcing their success, there are months of hard work done by Sherpas. The Sherpas are the ones who take care of setting up the camps, carrying the loads on their backs, cooking food and carrying oxygen tanks.Perhaps most important, it is Sherpas who each year fix ropes and ladders over crevasses and icefalls that make things safer for the hundreds of climbers who will follow them.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Rita’s two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.“It is my profession, but at the same time I am setting new world record for Nepal too,” Rita told The Associated Press last month before heading to the mountain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRita, 49, first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since, one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are vital to the safety and success of the hundreds of climbers who head to Nepal each year seeking to stand on top of the world.His father was among the first Sherpa guides employed to help climbers reach the summit, and Rita followed in his footsteps and then some. In addition to his nearly two dozen summits of Everest, Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world’s highest, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Column: Heavyweights step up, just not against each other Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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A recap of all the features that are new to the Apple ecosystem

first_imgApple has changed its plans through the years, from the first iPhone to the 5S. On Tuesday, surprisingly, the smartphone market got two separate sizes on the same morning, and they’re accompanying a lot of different changes. Outwardly, the iPhone 6 is still extremely conspicuous as an Apple product. Now, the glass front melts into the bended all-metal sides on both models, and they’re more slender than past models, with a huge size knock-up for even the little model. The camera distends marginally from the back. Battery life on the littler iPhone 6 is seeing a moderate improvement, with 10 hours more talk time and an hour more Wi-Fi skimming time, and the 6 Plus will sport a bigger battery, getting twice the time as the iPhone 5S’ 40 hours and a few hours more of perusing the web. In any case, it’s still the distinctive dark rectangle with bended edges, a revert to Apple’s unique configuration – somewhat toned down at the edges.The iPhone 6 PlusApple entered the phablet market with the iPhone 6 Plus, its biggest ‘phone’ ever. The Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and a Retina HD screen showing visuals at 1920 by 1080 pixels, or 185 percent the pixels of the iPhone 5S, while being thinner than iPhone 5S, at 7.1 millimeters. The home screen can now be landscape-oriented; additionally, a few applications (as of now) utilize the larger screen to display extra info. The input keyboard now has devoted buttons for cut-copy-paste, marking another tick for Apple’s flair for customer centricity..The Plus has another accessibility feature for small-handed people (or those who just don’t want to stretch their hands: reachability, which is a two-tap on the home TouchID that brings down the top half of the current screen to reach the highest point of the screen without changing or losing your grip. It’s all fueled by a 64-bit A8 chip, which is 13 percent more diminutive than its antecedent, yet offers fundamentally enhanced processing, especially for gaming apps. The iPhone 6advertisementContrasted with the 4-inch iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 is still a comparatively huge iPhone with its 4.7-inch Retina HD screen. Be that as it may, the screen size only places it in the middle range of most other Android phones available. The resolution is 1334 x 750 pixels, up from the 5S’ 1136 x 640 pixel density and an additional hard “ion strengthened” screen. The new body is 6.9mm rather than 7.6mm, with a slight projection for the camera. Battery life has been improved alongside speedier execution from the new A8 processor and new functionalities from iOS 8.The A8 chip meets expectations with an indicator for a wellness center as well as a barometer for measuring atmospheric pressure, allowing the iPhone 6 and 6+ to know the relative altitude of the user.The new iPhones brag enhanced cameras, however they begin with the same 8-megapixel back camera with a f/2.2 gap as the last model. Anyway the sensor has been redesigned, and the iSight sensor has “focus pixels.” Those pixels offer DSLR-like facial identification, self-adjust, and make taking photos twice as quick as the 5S. Both new iPhones can bring HDR shots with a solitary click of the screen. Apple has additionally brought back “True Tone Flash,” which, in the same way as the last model, utilizes two separate LEDs. Videos can be shot at 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, and slo-mo mode captures 240 fps. Panoramas can have upto 43 megapixels, and the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization. Apple’s new platform, iOS 8, will be accessible on September 17. Price The costs begin at $199, and the devices are accessible in grey, white, and gold. The iPhone 6 begins at $199 for 16GB and goes to $399 for 128GB. The 6 Plus begins at $299 for 16GB and goes up to $499 for 128GB. Apple PayTill now, Apple has stayed far from the most broadly acknowledged strategy, NFC installments. That has now changed with Apple Pay. The TouchID unique finger impression scanner in the home button gives an additional layer of security, especially in light of recent celeb nude photos hack and leak. You can either take a picture of a credit or debit card to utilize it or utilize a card that is documented with your iTunes account. Apple has built a strong ecosystem with collaborations with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, six major banks including Chase and Bank of America, and 22,000 retailers, including McDonald’s, Disney, Bloomingdale’s, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Staples, and Macy’s.Apple WatchIt’s not called the iWatch, but simply Watch. Apple is situating its first new significant item since 2010 as a device oozing style quotient, specialized sensors, a wellness tracker, and NFC, in addition to everything else. There are two 38mm and 42 mm sizes, and six separate straps made by Apple itself. There’s an active wear fluoroelastomer band, a cowhide circlet that uses magnets for securing, and a metal bracelet with removable links for fitting small wrists, among others.advertisementIt’s an exact, adjustable timepiece faultless to inside 50 milliseconds. It gives you a chance to keep accurate track of your wellbeing and fitness level, including steps taken and heart rate, and is intended to work flawlessly with the iPhone. It has a touchscreen that can differentiate between a tap and a long press, which get to relevant menus. What’s more, it charges inductively. Apple CEO Tim Cook says it has heaps of functions that weren’t covered in the launch event due to paucity of time; such functions include controlling your Apple TV, serving as a viewfinder for your iPhone camera, and going about as a walkie-talkie.last_img read more

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H1N1 influenza (Swine flu)

first_imgDefinitionThe H1N1 virus (swine flu)is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. It is caused by the H1N1 influenza virus.Alternative NamesSwine flu; H1N1 type A influenzaCausesEarlier forms of the H1N1 virus were found in pigs (swine). Over time, the virus changed (mutated) and infected humans. H1N1is a newvirus first detected in humans in 2009. It spread quickly around the world.During the 2010-2010 flu season, the H1N1 virus has not caused widespread infections.A separate vaccinehas not been needed, though the H1N1 virus is still one of the three viruses included in the regular (seasonal) vaccine.You cannot get H1N1 flu virus from eating pork or any other food, drinking water, swimming in pools, or using hot tubs or saunas.Any flu virus can spread from person to person when:Someone with the flu coughs or sneezes into air that others breathe in.Someone touches a doorknob, desk, computer, or counter with theflu viruson it and then touches their mouth, eyes, or nose.Someone touches mucus while taking care of a child or adult who is ill with the flu.ReferencesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years and Adults Aged 19 Years and Older ? United States, 2013. MMWR. 2013;62(Suppl1):1-19.Dawood FS, Subbarao K, Fiore AE. Influenza viruses. In Long S, ed. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 229.advertisementReview Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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