Nine Held in Brisbane After Group Posing as Journalists for Commonwealth Games is Busted

first_imgOne Indian man was charged with people smuggling and falsifying documents after eight other Indians were arrested at the Brisbane airport by the Australian Border Force (ABF) on March 28. The group had said they were journalists traveling to cover the Commonwealth Games 2018 and had Temporary Activity Visas.An airline liaison officer in Bangkok found the group to be “non-genuine travelers” and flagged the group on transit through Thailand, the ABF said in a statement.Eight of them were allegedly carrying fake foreign media credentials for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. An investigation has been launched.Rakesh Kumar Sharma, 46, who is suspected of people smuggling was remanded into custody on March 29. He was charged under Migration Act 1958.  He held valid credentials and faces maximum penalty up to 20 years in jail. Sharma will be taken before the court on April 6 when a Hindi interpreter is present. The eight others have been sent to immigration detention and face immediate deportation.Indian group caught in Australia with fake documents Photo: ABFWhile the ABF is working hard to ensure smooth entry for legitimate Commonwealth Games visitors, attempts to exploit the event and Australia’s visa program will not be tolerated, Terry Price, the ABF regional commander Queensland, said.“Anyone wishing to enter Australia, including athletes, team officials, spectators and the media, must hold a valid visa and accreditation and must be deemed to be a legitimate visitor,” Price said. “As with all travelers, the ABF will process all Commonwealth Games visitors on arrival and anyone found not to be here for legitimate purposes can expect to have their visas cancelled and to be turned around. This may occur on arrival in Australia, or prior to boarding flights to Australia.“We have a skilled network of ALOs at key overseas international airports who can identify travellers of concern and stop them travelling or, as in this case, provide real time information to alert colleagues onshore. The ABF remains highly alert to other similar attempts that may occur as we get closer to the start of the Commonwealth Games,” he said. Related ItemsAustraliacommonwealth gamesHuman Traffickinglast_img read more

Rajasthan considering policy on M-sand as substitute for ‘bajri’

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan is considering formulating a policy on manufactured sand (M-sand) as a substitute of ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) used for construction of buildings, in view of the Supreme Court’s ban on mining of the latter in the State. The State government has issued a limited number of mining leases for ‘bajri’ at private land.The riverbed sand, which is mixed with cement for construction, has not been legally available in the State since November 2017, when the Supreme Court imposed a ban on its mining. The non-availability of sand has had an adverse impact on the construction of houses and stalled several government and private projects, besides leading to illegal mining.Though the halt to construction activities rendered a large number of workers and labourers unemployed, the Supreme Court later came down heavily on the State government for sanctioning leases for sand mining without environmental clearances, while staying as many as 82 such licences.The complete ban on riverbed sand mining came following the failure of the previous BJP regime and miners to get environmental clearances on time. The apex court had in May this year also stayed the auction of sand mining blocks for which Letters of Intent (LoIs) were issued without getting clearance from the Environment Ministry.Mines Minister Pramod Bhaya said in the State Assembly on Tuesday that 97 mining leases for ‘bajri’ were at present operative in the State, while 216 LoIs had been issued since January 8 this year. “We will appoint a senior lawyer for representing the State government in the cases pending in the apex court and try for their early disposal,” he said.Mr. Bhaya said the State government was issuing mining leases to the owners of private land measuring between 1 hectare and 4 hectares, while short-term licence could be issued to the contractors of government projects for land measuring up to 1 hectare. After a Supreme Court judgment of 2012, such a lease could be sanctioned only after obtaining environmental clearance, he added.Congress chargeThe Congress had earlier accused the previous BJP government of being “hand in glove with the sand mafia”, which was even taken note of by the Supreme Court. The ruling party said the BJP regime’s negligence had resulted in unemployment of 25 lakh people, including construction labourers, ‘bajri’ truck drivers, truck owners, contractors and skilled workers trained in the construction sector.last_img read more

MPs, bureaucrats skip meeting on Delhi pollution

first_imgTop officials of the Environment Ministry, Delhi Development Authority and three Municipal Commissioners on Friday stayed away from a key meeting of a parliamentary panel on urban development that was to discuss the severe pollution levels in the Capital.Chairman of the committee and MP Jagdambika Pal, sources said, cut the meeting short due to the absence of officials. Those who skipped included Union Environment Secretary C.K. Mishra, DDA Vice-Chairman Tarun Kapoor and the three Municipal Commissioners.Sources said Mr. Pal will be writing to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha to initiate contempt of parliamentary privileges against the missing officials.As many as 25 of the 29 members of the committee were absent. Other than Mr. Pal, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, BJP MP C.R. Patil and National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi were the only ones to attend.Delhi BJP MP Gautam Gambhir was among the absentees. A tweet by former cricketer V.V.S. Laxman showed Mr. Gambhir enjoying roadside snacks at Indore in M.P., where he has gone for a commentary assignment on the India-Bangladesh test match.Kabhi pohe se teekhe, kabhi jalebi se meethe … wonderful start to the day in Indoor, where we had breakfast outdoor pic.twitter.com/DxIPtNqYi7— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 15, 2019  All-out attackAAP launched an all-out attack on the BJP for Mr. Gambhir’s absence. Quoting Mr. Laxman’s tweet, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said in a tweet: “Does Delhi deserve such MPs who are busy with Jalebi Poha while missing crucial Parliamentary Committee Meeting on Pollution in Delhi NCR.” The majority of members in the committee are from the BJP, Mr Bharadwaj said, adding that the absence of Mr. Gambhir and other BJP MPs shows that the party was not serious about the health of Delhiites.The AAP said the agenda for the meeting was circulated a week in advance on November 8.Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said he would investigate the absence of officials from his Ministry. “This is a serious matter and I will definitely enquire about it. But let me emphasise that addressing Delhi’s pollution is not about indulging in blame-game,” he said when reporters sought an explanation for the absence.Later in the day, the Environment Ministry issued a statement saying that the body was represented by a Deputy Secretary and an officer from the Central Pollution Control Board. A Joint Secretary could not attend as she was to appear for “an important matter” in the Supreme Court. The Ministry had submitted “detailed notes” to the Urban Development Ministry, an official statement said.last_img read more

Clip of bull mowed down with earthmover sparks outrage

first_imgA gruesome video of a bull being slaughtered by an earthmover in Pune’s Indapur tehsil has sparked outrage among animal activists and political leaders.The Indapur police on Tuesday booked two people in connection with the October 27 incident. While villagers have claimed the bull was rabid, activists and political leaders have condemned the manner in which the animal was killed.An FIR under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused, Rohit Atole and Bhausaheb Anna Khartode, said police inspector Riyaz Shaikh of the Bhigwan police station.He said the accused were absconding and would be arrested soon.The video clip, which surfaced recently, shows Mr. Atole at the wheel of the earthmover, trying to corner and mow down the animal. The bull, with its feet tied, is desperately attempting to escape the dragnet while the driver is seen landing lethal blows on it with the shovel of the machine. After bellowing in pain, the bull succumbs to the fatal blows on its back and head. While Mr. Atole was driving, Mr. Khartode filmed the incident, authorities said.Pune-based animal rights activist Manoj Oswal said, “I am shocked by this gory incident. We got this video three days ago. Some villagers are claiming that the bull was aggressive and had to be killed as he could do harm. There is no evidence of this in the clip. The poor animal could not even understand until the last moment that it was being slaughtered.”Mr. Oswal said they are exploring the possibility of whether the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act can be added to the FIR.Farmers’ leader and Swabhimani Paksha chief Raju Shetti said even if the animal was showing signs of aggression as the villagers claimed, the creature ought to have been sedated using humane methods. “If the bull was indeed sick as alleged, an authority from the health department ought to have been called in. Mowing the animal down with an earthmover and then recording a video of it reeks of insensitivity to animals,” Mr. Shetti said.Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik termed the incident disturbing and reprehensible and urged that the accused be apprehended as soon as possible.Sambhaji Brigade leader Santosh Shinde said, the incident spoke volumes of basic insensitivity towards animals. “First murdering the hapless animal and then recording the gruesome crime indicates that the perpetrators wanted to pull off a stunt on social media,” Mr. Shinde said, demanding a thorough investigation into the matter.last_img read more

Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a debate in Seoul, South Korea. Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has been elected chair of the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission. In his acceptance speech Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)LIMA, Peru — As soon as he got the job, the new ethics chair of the International Olympic Committee received an earful, as well.Former U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon was elected to his new position Thursday — handed the task of restoring credibility to an organization that, according to its own members, is getting “hammered” by an onslaught of unsavory scandals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In his acceptance speech, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.” After he was done, and the floor was opened for questions, IOC members took turns accentuating the challenge he faces.“Quite frankly, we’re getting hammered every day … to the point where there’s a perception out there, not just from the media, but from average people who feel almost betrayed by what they see as continual acts of corruption by high people in international sports,” said Richard Peterkin, the IOC member from Saint Lucia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis week’s IOC session was highlighted by the dual award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles. Sharing those headlines have been almost-daily developments about Brazilian IOC member Carlos Nuzman , who is under investigation for his alleged role in a $2 million vote-buying scheme to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.Earlier this week, IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee was awaiting word from Brazilian authorities before determining next steps. There are IOC members, however, who think the committee should act more decisively. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “The trouble is, presuming innocence is fine, but how long does it take?” New Zealand IOC member Barry Maister said in an interview with The Associated Press shortly after he, too, expressed his frustration during the Q&A with Ban. “It takes an age, and in that time, we just get hammered. It makes it look like we’re pushing the issue under the carpet.”Nuzman isn’t the only IOC member in trouble.—Last month, Patrick Hickey resigned his spot on the IOC executive board, a year after being arrested in Brazil in a ticket-scalping investigation.—Absent from this week’s meetings is IOC member Frankie Fredericks, who was previously removed from the committee’s inspection team for Paris and Los Angeles in the wake of allegations he was caught up in the vote scandal involving Nuzman.—The former head of track and field’s governing body, Lamine Diack, is also involved in the vote-buying scandal; he resigned his IOC position in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  —Another IOC member, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait, did not show this week. He has been implicated in a FIFA bribery case in the United States, and resigned from FIFA in April, but has not left his IOC post.The IOC is seeking improvements in its ethics operation as part of Bach’s “Agenda 2020” reforms. Among the measures: establishing a new chief ethics and compliance officer’s position and creating a new ethics hotline that anyone can use to report violations both on and off the field of play.“I think we’ve made it clear that credibility for us is extremely important,” Bach said. “Because credibility in sports doesn’t only apply to sports competition, but to sports organizations, as well. This is what we addressed expressly with Olympic Agenda 2020.”But the changes take time, and meanwhile, the critical headlines keep coming.“There comes a certain point when you’re taking all this (crap), and you have to come out of the bunker and say, ‘What are we not doing that’s affecting the credibility of the IOC?’” Canadian member Dick Pound said.Maister said the combination of IOC members’ problems, along with the steady stream of medals being reallocated in an ongoing doping crisis, undermine fans’ confidence in sports.“Where are we on a crisis scale? We’re not off the scale. I wouldn’t put a figure on it,” Maister said. “But these are issues that need to be addressed, for sure.”last_img read more

NLEX-SCTEX goes winless in Merlion Cup

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Jason Perkins carried the fight for NLEX-SCTEX with 32 points and 15 rebounds, while Byron Villarias shot 6-of-11 from threes to pour 26 markers in the campaign-ending defeat.NLEX-SCTEX, which is made up of the core of the Cignal HD Hawkeyes which won the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, went 0-3 in the group stages.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt first got routed by Korean club team Jeonji KCC Egis, 79-99, on Wednesday, before succumbing to defending champion Shanghai Sharks, 65-79, on Thursday.Despite NLEX-SCTEX’s winless outing, the 6-foot-3 Perkins impressed in the tournament, averaging 24.67 points and 13.67 rebounds to gain steam entering the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX-SCTEX will come home empty handed as it lost all of its three games in the 2017 Merlion Cup at OCBC Arena in Singapore.The Road Warriors fell to Indonesian crew Satria Muda Pertamina, 104-90, on Friday to end their campaign in the seven-team invitational tournament with another defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:17Saying she is a commuter, MMDA’s Pialago dismisses Anakbayan’s commute dare01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next EAC coach blasts refs after Arellano loss, upset over late tech on Onwubere MOST READlast_img read more

After Game 1 struggles, Cone expecting huge fightback from Meralco

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Espejo picks up another MVP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We just got them on a night where they may be not totally prepared. They’re the number one three-point shooting team and it was an unusual night for them. Let’s give credit to our defense, but they really missed a lot of three-pointers. They’re unfamiliar with the court and the rings and whatever plays into that,” he said. “But they’ve been awesome all conference and we expect them to come back and hit their shots in Araneta Coliseum cause that’s where we all play.”That’s why Cone isn’t putting too much thought to the Game 1 win, saying it “is not representative of anything for the series” and it’s up to the Gin Kings to prepare themselves for what could be a huge fightback from the Bolts.“They had a lot of open shots, a lot of open threes and that’s what they’ve been good on all conference long, and they didn’t hit them. It’s an anomaly tonight that they missed shots, so we expect them to hit shots next game which will put a lot of pressure on our offense and on our defense,” he said. “We just got to continue to try to defend and get out on the perimeter. We didn’t do much of that tonight, but we didn’t pay for it cause they missed a lot of shots.”Ginebra shoots for a 2-0 series lead in Game 2 on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLUCENA — Coach Tim Cone admitted that even he was surprised with how flawless Ginebra played in its 102-87 Game 1 win against Meralco to begin the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.“Not at all,” he said when asked if he expected this kind of game from his wards on Friday. “I thought we’ll struggle playing out-of-town.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Gin Kings played a masterful game opposite of Cone’s expectations, shooting 45 percent from the field and dishing out 26 assists as they controlled the game from start to finish.The Bolts, meanwhile, were the ones who struggled as they fired a paltry 2-of-17 clip from threes in the first half that put them in a hole early before finishing the game on a measly 39-percent clip from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They looked a little rusty. They didn’t look real sharp. They’re coming off a four-game winning streak and a sweep of a series,” remarked Cone.While the Ginebra mentor is not taking away anything from his player’s efforts, he believes unfamiliarity with the Quezon Convention Center may have contributed to the Meralco’s bad performances. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Garcia heats up late as EAC caps off season with a win

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: LeBron thinks Kyrie won’t get booed as much in Cleveland return PERPETUAL 81 – Eze 21, Ylagan 17, Yuhico 13, Coronel 10, Dagangon 7, Lucente 4, Pido 4, Tamayo 3, Sadiwa 2.Quarters: 25-19, 37-39, 64-59, 83-81. Sidney Onwubere also got a fitting farewell as he nabbed 15 points, nine rebounds, four dimes, a steal, and a block in his final collegiate game.“I’m happy because everyone contributed and did their roles,” said the senior forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEAC held a six-point lead, 78-72, courtesy of a Sean Neri undergoal stab with 3:34 remaining, but Perpetual fought back behind Prince Eze down the stretch.Altas got a chance to inch closer when Garcia fouled AJ Coronel on his three-point attempt with 1.6 ticks remaining. Coronel made his first two attempts to cut the deficit down to two, 83-81, and intentionally missed his third to allow Eze to grab the rebound. Unfortunately, the Nigerian big man botched his putback as the Generals escaped with the victory. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “At least, we could hold our heads up high,” said coach Ariel Sison whose side snapped its five-game losing streak to wind up with a 7-11 record.Eze fired 21 points and nine rebounds for Perpetual, which stumbled to its seventh straight loss to fall down to 4-13.GJ Ylagan got 17 markers, five boards, and four assists, while Jonathan Yuhico had 13 in the loss.The Scores:EAC 83 – Garcia 22, J. Mendoza 17, Onwubere 15, Bugarin 12, Bautista 6, Diego 6, Neri 3, Tampoc 2, Corilla 0, I. Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College did just enough to hold off Perpetual, 83-81, and finish off its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament campaign with a victory Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jerome Garcia unfurled 12 of his 22 points in the payoff period, and added four rebounds, while Jethro Mendoza had 17 markers, three assists, two boards, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds.Only three other Lakers scored in double figures besides Clarkson. Julius Randle had 14 points, Kyle Kuzma added 13 and Larry Nance Jr. 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Pacers, the NBA’s third-best shooting team, shot 39.6 percent the previous night in Portland and then opened Friday’s game by missing 13 of their first 17 attempts.They shot 38.1 percent on the night, including 2 for 25 from 3-point range. It was the first time this season they shot less than 40 percent in consecutive games. LATEST STORIES Hardaway scores 31, Knicks topple Jazz View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 Read Next The Pacers had won five of seven.TIP-INSPacers: Three former UCLA players returned to Los Angeles with Indiana, including two rookies making their first appearances as pros: forward TJ Leaf (18th overall draft pick) and C Ike Anigbogu (47th). Both have struggled to earn playing time, while G Darren Collison has become a fixture at point guard. … C Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive game with a strained right elbow.Lakers: Maybe it’s Staples Center. The Lakers played without three regulars: G Lonzo Ball (knee), F Brandon Ingram (ankle) and G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (strained Achilles). So all five players on the court for the opening tip were not typically starters. Their arena-mates, the Clippers, have been playing down at least three starters for most of the season.UP NEXTPacers: Travel to San Antonio, where they have lost their last three, to face the Spurs on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Knicks on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, drives toward the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES — Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned Lakers team with 33 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory Friday night over the Indiana Pacers.The Lakers, missing three injured starters, snapped a two-game skid despite making just two of 14 free throws. They shot 14.3 percent from the line, a franchise low.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cocolife quiets Smart super import for 1st win

first_imgRead Next Klisura delivered 11 kills, two blocks and an ace for 14 points while new recruit Royse Tubino had 10 markers for Cocolife, which logged its first win in three games.With setter Tina Salak and Klisura employing solid net defense, Silva, Smart’s gem of an import, went quiet in the third set, allowing Cocolife to turn a 15-11 lead into a 20-12 cushion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSilva, a member of the Cuban national team, had 32 kills in just 77 attempts for 33 points for the Giga Hitters, who are still waiting for the arrival of their second import from Serbia.“I was impressed,” said Cocolife coach Moro Branislav. “Their Cuban import was very good. But they (Smart) have yet to develop their game so we beat them in three sets. They will surely be back, especially when their second import arrives.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A night of sports heroes LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Cocolife survived an explosive performance from Cuban import Gyselle Silva to pull off a 25-20, 25-22, 25-13 victory over Smart in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.Sara Klisura led the scoring parade, but it was a total team effort for the Asset Managers, who spoiled Smart’s debut.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

LA mayor ponders 2028 Games in exchange for youth funding

first_imgIn this file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Los Angeles leaders this week are trying to sell their plan to host the Olympic Games to visiting members of the International Olympic Committee. APLOS ANGELES — The mayor of Los Angeles is talking to Olympic leaders about having his city wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games in exchange for funding for youth sports programs.At a news conference this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and Olympic leaders have discussed “what it would take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second” — a reference to the contest between Paris and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games, and while each city has repeatedly stressed its bid is only for 2024, Garcetti is now acknowledging discussions with the IOC about 2028.“My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code,” Garcetti said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe IOC meets next week to discuss the possibility of awarding both Olympics later this year. Bach wants to avoid another bidding debacle the likes of which he’s seen this year, with Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome all dropping out. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s second choice, after Boston initially got the nod but then saw that bid flounder because of lack of public support.Officials from the LA 2024 bid did not have comment on the Garcetti news conference. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

NBA launches official online store in PH

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NBAStore.com.ph went live last May 19.This comes nearly 3 years after the first NBA store in the Philippines, the largest outside the United States, opened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“NBAStore.com.ph gives us an exciting new platform to engage our fans and provides them with another touchpoint to our players and teams,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson. Adjusting to the Filipinos’ purchasing habits, NBAStore.com.ph offers cash-on-delivery on top of the credit card, online banking and over-the-counter bank deposit options. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games This venture is the league’s 14th international online store with a third of the league’s merchandise sales coming from outside the US. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Authentic NBA gear is now just a click away for Filipino fans.The league has launched its first official online NBA store in the country where items ranging from jerseys and shirts to collectibles from all 30 teams are available for shipping right at one’s doorstep.ADVERTISEMENT Rhodes lifts San Miguel to top 2 seed Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View commentslast_img read more

Azkals suffer ‘embarrassing’ defeat to China

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netGUANGZHOU – Facing China was expected to be a tough proposition for the Philippines Azkals.But losing 1-8 in an international friendly here was – as one player had described – simply “embarrassing.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 The Chinese flaunted their depth and quality in the second half to deal the Azkals their worst beating in 15 years at Tianhe Stadium here.Not since the 2002 Asean Championships when a Philippine team suffered a 1-13 drubbing at hands of Indonesia have the Azkals lost by this big of a margin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Azkals conceded twice in the first 25 minutes, before Misagh Bahadoran got on the scoresheet in the 33rd minute much to the delight of a small group of Filipino fans inside the stadium right at the heart of the city’s business district.But the hosts scored six unanswered goals from there as the Azkals spent the last 20 minutes with only 10 men on the pitch with Bahadoran had limping off and coach Thomas Dooley running out of substitutions. The scoreline would have been worst had Patrick Deyto not stopped a penalty midway in the second half.While the match was considered a friendly, it was difficult not to look into the result with an AFC Asian Cup Qualifying clash against Tajikistan in Dushanbe coming up on Tuesday.Rest and recovery will be key as they travel to the Central Asian country on Friday.But this heavy defeat was a difficult pill to swallow and players were heard getting into a heated discussion after the match inside the dugout. One player was heard saying that the performance was simply “embarrassing.”Make no mistake about it, there was a huge gulf in quality especially in the second half when the Chinese, the highest-ranked team the Azkals have faced in years, ran riot against an inexperienced backline of newcomer Camelo Tacusalme, Luke Woodland, Christiaens and Kenshiro Daniels.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP The Azkals’ attack in the first half showed marked improvement from previous matches with Manny and Mike Ott linking up well, while Phil Younghusband pulled the strings at midfield.Bahadoran looked dangerous with his runs and Iain Ramsay’s pace gave the Azkals a threat on the wings.But the more the Azkals pushed forward, the gaps in their defense were exposed and against a sharp and quality team like China, they were punished severely.Bahadoran wasn’t the only player with injury concerns as Jeffrey Christiaens also had to seek treatment after the match for a knee injury.Daisuke Sato and James Younghusband were also substituted in the first half due to separate injuries. Dooley remains hopeful the Azkals can shrug off the mishap and come out better against Tajikistan. He has six days to right the ship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES UE coach Pumaren reveals bad bump breaks right leg Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Healthy after kidney transplant, Merritt returns to worlds

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Merritt won bronze at the 2015 world championships in Beijing with his kidneys barely functioning because of a genetic disorder. He received the transplant from his sister less than a week later. Now healthy, he’s ready to see what he can do with worlds being held at the venue where he won an Olympic gold medal during the 2012 London Games.“I always felt once I was healthy, all it would take is for me to put in the work,” Merritt explained. “That’s something I’ve been lacking. I haven’t been able to put in the work in two years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarris proved uncatchable as he finished in 13.24 seconds. Merritt was 0.07 seconds behind, and former University of Oregon football player Devon Allen took third.“I talked with (Merritt) when we first got here and asked him how he felt, and he said he felt really good,” Harris said. “It was great to hear that.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Tennis: McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tour The 31-year-old Merritt knew he would be able to make a strong return to the hurdles — even if others didn’t buy in.“I was told, ‘You’ll never come back to the sport with the medications you have to take that are life long,’” said Merritt, whose mom and sister were in the stands. “It was something that went in one ear and out there other.“No matter what someone may tell you, whether it’s a doctor or not, you can’t give up hope. You always have to stay positive and look at the brighter picture.”The highlights from the last day of nationals:DID YOU SEE THATADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIEScenter_img What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games From left, Devon Allen, Aries Merritt, and Aleec Harris run the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Harris won the event, Merritt finished second, and Allen finished third. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Aries Merritt will be making a return to the world championships. This time, with a working kidney.The world-record holder Merritt finished second behind Aleec Harris in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. track and field championships Sunday. His place — as long as it was top three — didn’t really matter. He just wanted a spot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The 200 is my baby. I love this race,” Stevens said. “It felt to go out there and execute the way I know I could.”THE COLLEGE TRYKendell Williams of the University of Georgia captured the heptathlon title and Florida’s Eric Futch won the men’s 400 hurdles.They both won at NCAA championships earlier this month. Williams’ brother, Devon, earned a spot in the decathlon earlier at nationals.QUOTABLE“It seems like everyone I grew up with 12 years ago on this circuit is no longer competing,” said pole vaulter Jenn Suhr, who won a gold medal at the London Games. Suhr finished second to Sandi Morris on Sunday.FACTS & FIGURES17-year-old Sydney McLaughlin set a world under-20 record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.82 . … Evan Jager (steeplechase), Ajee Wilson (800), Jarrion Lawson (long jump), Emmanuel Corvera (men’s race walk), Maria Michta-Coffey (women’s race walk), Bryan McBride (high jump), Donavan Brazier (800) also won. … Teenager Noah Lyles was one of the favorites in the 200, but didn’t race in the semifinals because of a strained right hamstring. LaShawn Merritt didn’t start, either. In the women’s 200, Allyson Felix didn’t race the final. Felix and Merritt already have automatic entries into worlds in the 400. … Clayton Murphy was dealing with hamstring issues and didn’t race in the 800 final.ON DECKWorld championships in London from Aug. 4-13. MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire One of the biggest crowd eruptions was on Ryan Crouser’s final heave in the shot put, when he surpassed Joe Kovacs. Crouser had a mark of 74 feet, 3 3/4 inches (22.65 meters) to hold off Kovacs, who already had an automatic bye into worlds as the defending world champion.“It’s a confidence boost, showing I can come through on the last throw,” Crouser said.FAST RACEOlympic 400 hurdles gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad won the event at nationals in a fast race that saw the top three all go under 53 seconds.“That’s so amazing,” Muhammad said.CAUGHT AT THE LINEJust like in the 100, Christian Coleman took the early lead in the 200. And just like in the 100, he was caught at the last moment. Coleman was out-leaned at the finish by Ameer Webb, who finished in 20.09 seconds to win by 0.01. Elijah Hall-Thompson, who’s coached at the University of Houston by Carl Lewis, was third.“Racing at this high level you can never think you have it,” Coleman said. “He got me today.”FROM THE OUTSIDEOregon standout Deajah Stevens won the 200 from the outside lane, edging Kimberlyn Duncan and Tori Bowie. 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Round 11: Horn trying to preserve energy

first_imgHorn connects with a straight.Pacquiao grazes with the left hook.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 stars Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Round 10: Pacquiao puts Horn on the backfoot View comments LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jeff Horn, top, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJeff Horn trying to clinch to preserve that energy, and probably, his lead on the scorecards.And Manny Pacquiao connects with a body shot.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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

Gilas yields to Canadians

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Saso bows to Japanese Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress TAIPEI—Gilas Pilipinas started its learning process in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational and crashed and burned in its debut on Saturday against Canada.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img And after playing the team with the least amount of practice here, the Filipinos will be tossed in the fire yet again on Sunday night when they clash with the side that’s been together the longest in the tough international tournament.The Filipinos try to bounce back from a 77-90 loss to Canada when they collide with Chinese Taipei-A at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here with coach Chot Reyes knowing exactly the problems he needs to address to get the team back on track.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 stars“We have to figure out ways to score against bigger opponents,” Reyes addressed international media after getting just three players in twin digits against the experienced and bigger Canadians. “My players would have to figure that out.”Another cause of concern for Reyes is the officiating, as his players were whistled for 26 total fouls that resulted in 40 free throws for the Canadians. MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Despite being terribly undersized, the Filipinos battled Canada to a 40-all deadlock in rebounds. They also had 14 steals but just couldn’t convert them to points.“You can tell that they (Filipinos) are working on development,” said Canadian coach Kyle Julius, a member of his national team from 2005-2007. “You can tell that they are very talented. They are hard nosed and tough.”“It’s going to be a dogfight from now on,” said Kiefer Ravena, who led the Filipinos with 12 points followed by Bobby Ray Parks with 11 points and Carl Bryan Cruz with 10.As it is, the Philippines would need to get more scoring from its talented lineup if it hopes to survive the Taiwanese.Matthew Wright scored five straight points, capped by a triple in transition from left quarter court hat had the Philippines coming within 68-60, but the Canadians came through with a 7-0 spurt that put the game away going into the final 6:45.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You can’t give up 40 free throws against a quality team Reyes said.Canada, featuring a selection of stars from its National Basketball League, came over with just a pair of two-hour practice sessions but instantly showed its spunk using its size and athletic ability.Against the Taiwanese in the 7 p.m. game on Sunday, Reyes and his charges will be playing a crew that has stayed together for so long.Naturalized player Quincy Davis and the pony-tailed Wen Ting-tseng again lead the home squad that commands a noisy following.“They (Filipinos) need to learn to play with each other and the system,” said Reyes, who opened the post-game interview by praising the young Filipinos’ effort.“We played them (Canadians) pretty well in all departments, save for the free throws that we gave up.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

ONE fighter Batolbatol passes away

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Signed under the ONE Championship umbrella for the past three years, Batolbatol has registered a 5-3 record since transitioning from boxing to the world of MMA.His last fight was on May last year where he submitted to Christian Lee at ONE: Kingdom of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand.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 starsBatolbatol was scheduled to fight Indonesian Sunoto Peringkat at ONE: Conquest of Kings this July before the card was cancelled.In a statement, ONE Championship expressed its grief following the tragic news, which read: “ONE Championship is deeply saddened by his untimely passing. The organization extends its sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Rocky Batolbatol during this very difficult time.” 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 LATEST STORIES Batolbatol’s fellow fighters also paid him a tribute, with Jenel Lausa writing: “Sana nasa magandang kalagayan ka na ngayon, ‘tol. We miss you so much. God bless. Alam naman namin kasama ka na ngayon ni God.”(I hope you’re in a better place right now, brother. We miss you so much. God bless. We know that you’re with God now.) IDLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Rocky Batolbatol. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMixed martial arts fighter Rocky Batolbatol passed away on Sunday after figuring in a road accident in his hometown Cagayan de Oro. He was 32.Formal medical reports have yet to be released on his untimely demise.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australian tennis star Tomic says he has no love for the game National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “FEU is a very systematic and strong team so we really expected a good fight from them,” said NU head coach Babes Castillo in Filipino.“So I told my players to brace for a storm because a storm is what FEU will bring.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe two teams were dead even offensively, scoring on 56 spikes apiece, but the Lady Bulldogs had a slight edge on service aces, 10-8, and errors, 32-35. Jaja Santiago showed her might against FEU, putting up 25 points to lead NU while Aiko Urdas added 15. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FILE PHOTO – National University’s Jaja Santiago. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University overcame Far Eastern University in four sets, 22-25, 28-26, 29-27, 25-22, to keep its unbeaten run in the group stages of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 to stay atop Group B while the Lady Tamaraws are in close second with a 2-1 card. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ginebra nears top four, beats Rain or Shine ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Bernadeth Pons led FEU with 18 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Roller coaster rides and amusement parks in Delhi

first_imgAs Delhi gears up to be a world city, high-octane fun and frolic is part of the game. With giant amusement parks springing up in every corner, the city is well on course to becoming the country’s fantasy capital. So grit your teeth, close your eyes and hold on to,As Delhi gears up to be a world city, high-octane fun and frolic is part of the game. With giant amusement parks springing up in every corner, the city is well on course to becoming the country’s fantasy capital. So grit your teeth, close your eyes and hold on to your seat belts. SIMPLY DELHI takes you on the ride of your lifetime.The side winder and flip flop are the most popular rides at Adventure IslandAdventure island -The next time you’re in the mood for some adventure and fun, you needn’t fly all the way to Disneyland. Just hop on to the metro and head straight to Rohini to find a desi avatar of the larger than life theme park. Adventure Island is the new hotspot for everyone from six to 60. Spread over 62 acres, this venture by Unitech and International Amusement Ltd (UAPL), the promoters behind Appu Ghar, has been designed by a Toronto-based architect. The park boasts of 20 dizzying rides and water sports, (one is yet to open) and a retail area called Metro Walk. But the biggest draw is the bumper boats, which replicate, on a lake, the experience of bumper cars. Among other favourites are the side winder and flip flop rides, which have come to India for the first time. While the first is an improved version of the giant boat and rotates 360 degrees with every swing, the flip flop takes five 360 degree rotations before zooming down. Says Monny Vijeshwar, managing director, UAPL: “The number of visitors has been increasing with every passing week.”advertisementNoida e city- This is the latest of them all. And the largest too. The USP of the Rs 1,200-crore Noida Entertainment City (all set to open this August) lies in its rides, besides it being a one-stop family recreation destination, complete with a five-star hotel and a 150-store retail arcade. The 30 rides at the 150-acre park are products of the same makers of the rides at Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flags. They include such treats as the looping roller coaster, free fall and bungee trampoline. Called the Worlds of Wonder, the play area is alongside the shopping mall, The Great India Place. Rubal Chaudhry, vicepresident (Operations), International Recreation Parks Pvt Ltd, which runs the park, says the positioning is deliberate as it is a family destination. The place is split into three zones, two for children and teenagers and the third for the whole family. The Teen Zone, for instance, is all about music. There’s a concert-like ambience within, featuring large stages, hi-tech lighting and stateof-the-art equipment. The Family Zone, on the other hand, hosts global fests. A visit to Noida E City is not complete without a dip at Calypso Bay. The 14-acre water park has much to offer, including thrilling water slides, a man-made river and a wave pool that creates waves over 1.5 m high, large enough for water surfing.Amoeba Simulator games are the highlight at AmoebaAmoeba is a digital paradise that has everyone from toddlers and teenagers to mamas and papas furiously keying into the addictive consoles before them. While some sit on the edge of their seats steering through grand prix tracks, others are busy fighting enemy planes. Promoted by HM Leisures, Amoeba in Gurgaon’s Metropolitan Mall is the last word in digital gaming. The highlight is its thrilling simulator games. In another pocket, a bowling alley beckons, offering a calmer option for strained nerves. Unwind as the pins go down, says the new corporate mantra, which draws hordes of office-goers seeking a release after a hard day’s work. If the four-lane alley is full, which is invariably the case, there’s always a session of air hockey to keep you busy. Among the other attractions at Amoeba are its birthday bashes which take care of everything from the invites and games to the catering and return gifts. Then there are the redeemable coupons which ensure you walk away with gift coupon for every game that you play.Oysters, appu gharIt is all about a fun splash at Appu GharTwenty three years on, Appu Ghar is still a kid at heart. The first amusement park in the country, everyone has something special to recall from here, whether it is the cherubic mascot or one of its many thrilling rides. Delhi’s all-time favourite, this amusement park, which was set up by Unitech and International Amusement Ltd (IAL), has been getting better and better over the years. And Oysters, the water park which was launched in 1998, remains the coolest hangout in town to date. With ice games in winter and dance festivals through the year, Oysters is a big hit amongst youngsters who want to let their hair down. The highlight of Oysters is the Magic River and the small overbridges. The river has jacuzzis in places which break the lazy current that carries visitors from point to point. “It’s been 20 years since I have been coming to Appu Ghar and it always feels like the first time. As a kid, the twister and rollercoaster was my favourite but my children love Oysters and the thrilling water games it has to offer today,” says Ashmita Sen, 32.advertisementFuture bowlThe bowling alley at Essex FarmsEssex farms Bowling, a game of pool, some racing, air hockey and a bumper cars, it’s fun unlimited at Future Bowl, the gaming alley at Essex farms. With summer happy hours offering gaming all day long for just Rs 150, parents can join in the fun with junior. Essex boasts of one of the largest bowling alleys in the city, which allows more people to join in at one time. Says the father of six-year-old Rishab Khanna, “This is the best place you can bring your children to. With so much to do, there’s not a minute of boredom, and I love to play a game or two of bowling myself.” A great place to hang out if you love bowling, gaming, yummy food and just want to chill.Fun & food villageThe fun slide at Fun & Food VillageFun and food. While the two go hand in hand, there’s so much on offer at the manicured greens of this theme park that food is the last thing that comes to mind when you here. A through and through desi affair, the village developed by Polo Amusement, is part of the lush green belt of Gurgaon and serves as a perfect getaway. It plays host to a number of artisans and craftsmen who showcase their ware on the premises. Open-air theatres and animal parades add to the ambience with a monorail connecting visitors to the various hotspots. Of the 21 amusement rides in the park, the flying carpet is a huge hit. It’s similar to the flying saucer that flies high up in the air and makes you feel like you’re from outer space. A must-visit at the village is its water park: the Village Club. The club not only boasts of the longest water slide in the country with a 400-ft channel but also a high-velocity aqua shoot and super slide, said to be the world’s first slides to employ aerodynamics. There’s also the fun slide with its ‘awesome’ twists and turns and a wave pool which gives you a feel of swimming in the seas. Other features include a health club, a beauty parlour and four food and beverage outlets, all of them reflecting the Indian theme itself.32nd milestoneGo karting at 32nd MilestoneIf you haven’t crossed this milestone, your chill quotient is lagging way behind. With everything from bungee jumping, bull riding and go-karting to bowling, disco-dancing and speciality restaurants, 32nd Milestone is just the place to party in. “I’ve been coming here for more than five years,” says Siddarth Khanna from Delhi. “Karting and bowling here with friends is a great experience and the discotheque rocks.” The fireball at 32nd milestone had in fact earned the distinction of being the world’s longest party way back in November 1999. While karting along the club’s well-laid out tracks is not surprisingly popular, the bull ride is something you shouldn’t miss. This remote operated bull jumps, spins and rotates in all directions. Then there is bungee jumping, trampling and loads of video games too to keep the children entertained. These attractions apart, it is the specialty restaurants that take the cake here. There’s the Caf Road House, the Caravan Serai that serves Indian and Mughlai cuisine, the House of Bamboo which is a Chinese joint and a juicy Sizzler corner, each having an identity all its own. The place also has a 3 Star accommodation facility with amenities like a beauty parlour abd banquet halls. Need one ask for more?advertisementlast_img read more