first_imgWhen the Olympic qualifying tournament for hockey was organised in New Delhi recently, its telecast began with a compilation of short clips, one of which featured a tattoo of the five-ringed Olympic logo on the right arm of one of the players.That player made the biggest contribution to the Indian hockey team’s journey to redemption, scoring 16 goals as the country qualified for London 2012 after missing the flight to Beijing four years ago.It takes a hockey fan to know what a dragflick means, but thanks to Sandeep Singh , it is now turning into a household term.Of course, the tattoo was but the representation of his biggest dream, and on Friday, Sandeep will address the India Today Conclave in the session titled ‘What does it take to win a Gold Medal’ to speak about the next dream – actually emulating eight previous Indian teams who have covered themselves in the golden glory.Shagun ChowdhuryJoining the Arjuna Awardee in the session will be a trendsetting woman who has weaved magic with a shotgun in hand. Shagun Chowdhary , too, was a virtual unknown outside shooting circles till September 2011, when she became the first Indian woman shotgun shooter in history to book a qualification spot for London.What made it remarkable was that while the men’s trap team, including former world champion Manavjit Sandhu and veteran Mansher Singh struggled, Shagun narrowly finished fourth in women’s trap at the World Championships in Belgrade.This event has never been India’s strong point, with a lone world-level silver medal coming via Seema Tomar in a World Cup event in 2010. But Shagun, whose journey from Jaipur to the world stage, has been nothing short of eventful, has given India a one-in-18 chance of an Olympic medal, given the number of participants in her event.Vikas KrishanAnother hopeful present at the session will be India’s latest shining star in boxing, Vikas Krishan. At the age of 19, Krishan is already the Asian Games champion and the 2010 youth world champion in the 60kg category.But his biggest achievement came late in 2011, when he switched his category to 69kg and promptly won a bronze medal at the World Championships.Of the four Indians to have qualified for the Olympics, Krishan was the only one to reach the semi-finals, and is only the second Indian after Olympic bronze medal winner Vijender Kumar to win a world championship bronze.What makes it more remarkable is that Krishan actually changed his style to suit the requirements of a new scoring system.The southpaw is a defensivestyle boxer who used to rely on counter-punches, but with the scoring system now rewarding a more attacking style, he has been working on changing his game and did so with success at the worlds in 2011.Gurmeet SinghGurmeet Singh, a 20km racewalker, will also be joining these athletes at the session. He qualified for the Olympics in 2011 in Dublin, and is looking to break India’s athletics jinx at the quadrennial mega event.These athletes will also have in their company a legend of Indian sport. Prakash Padukone, former badminton player par excellence and now a promoter and director of the non-profit Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), will also be a part of the discussion, along with former tennis player Manisha Malhotra, now CEO of the Mittal Champions Trust (MCT), run by steel magnate L.N. Mittal. OGQ and MCT have played important roles in providing funding and serving other needs of the athletes.In the Indian context, only Abhinav Bindra and the historical hockey teams can truly know ‘What does it take to win a gold medal’. But these athletes will nonetheless attempt to not just answer the question in theory on Friday, but also in practice between July 27 and August 12.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThey pouted and preened, shouted and screamed. They made their moves and their moolah. They hooked up and broke up, spoke up and owned up. They amused us, entertained us, even scandalised us. Meet the people behind the footnotes and the footlights. COUPLESKajol and Ajay DevganKajol – Ajay DevganShe lost,They pouted and preened, shouted and screamed. They made their moves and their moolah. They hooked up and broke up, spoke up and owned up. They amused us, entertained us, even scandalised us. Meet the people behind the footnotes and the footlights. COUPLESKajol and Ajay DevganKajol – Ajay DevganShe lost weight and plucked her eyebrows. He highlighted his hair and whitened his teeth. Together they became advertising’s Jodi No.1, appearing on Kaun Benega Crorepati 2, selling household appliances and hawking cellphones. She took time off from giggling on buddy Karan Johar’s chat show and raising her daughter Nysa to return to films with Fanaa while he followed up a series of somnolent roles with a crackerjack Bihari goon in Apaharan. What is their next production going to be? A film? Clearly, the couple that plays together stays together.”When John became successful, I was scared he would change. But he is still so grounded and humble.”Bipasha Basu, Actor, On Beau John AbrahamAamir Khan – Kiran RaoKiran Rao and Aamir KhanThe Kolkata girl went from being first assistant director on Lagaan to the second Mrs Aamir Khan. He went from being Oscar-nominated filmmaker to promo-bitten actor. Despite an abandoned love child and a disastrous labour of love (Mangal Pandey), the hot couple hotstepped through premieres and parties.”The secret of our happiness is bad memory because I don’t remember unpleasant things.”Supriya Pilgaonkar, Actor, On Husband SachinFardeen Khan and Natasha MadhvaniFardeen Khan – Natasha MadhvaniTheir parents had soaked up some serious chemistry in several films in the 1970s and the children followed suit. Fardeen gave up long-time girlfriend Ruheen Jaiswal and Madhvani left London to become the junior Mrs FK.advertisementZayed Khan with Malaika ParekhZayed Khan – Malaika ParekhHe said Main Hoon Na and she didn’t give Dus bahane. The young actor who romanced a much older Aishwarya Rai in Shabd stuck to childhood sweetheart Malaika, a jewellery designer, and made it the Shaadi No. 1. Everyone in Bollywood attended while the rest of the nation watched a running commentary on the functions on news channels.”I don’t know what the future holds for us but I’m at peace with Rosa.”Saif Ali Khan, Actor, on Girlfriend RosaPreity Zinta and Ness WadiaPreity Zinta – Ness WadiaHe was born to business and she is an outsider to stardom. He is heir to Bombay Dyeing and she is proof of Mumbai Living and Loving It. He wielded the broom and appeared in a bit part in Salaam Namaste, even travelled with her to Vaishno Devi. She gracefully ignored being likened to a zebra by her potential mother-in-law. So will it be another Tina Munim and Anil Ambani? You can rely on us to tell you. Or perhaps Zinta will. She’s never been known to shy away from announcing her relationships.”Look at my hands. No diamonds. We haven’t even got engaged yet. We’re not ready for the big day.”Liz Hurley, Actor, on Boyfriend Arun Nayar, now that his Ex-Wife Valentina Pedroni has granted a divorceSunjay and Karisma KapurSunjay – Karisma KapurThey fought over credit card bills and child custody, all in the public eye. She, the star, produced a baby, Samaira, and he, the spare parts tycoon, produced divorce papers. Now it seems all is well in Mumbai and Delhi. The beneficiary? Delhi’s polo season.”The matter has been resolved for the betterment of the child.”Justice Mukul Mudgal, On Divorce Proceedings Between The CoupleUNCOUPLINGSYana GuptaYana GuptaThe Czech face of Lakme rarely, if ever, stepped out with her sculptor husband Satyakam Gupta. Now, after formally splitting from him, she doesn’t need to.Negar KhanNegar KhanShe became better known the less she wore. From item girl to starlet to finally export reject. The Norwegian born Iranian was deported from Mumbai when she was found to be working on a visitor’s visa. The Chadhti Jawani siren’s plea that she was married to model Sahil Khan was ignored. Fortunately, the loss was soon made up by women of other nationalities.EXPORT ITEMSActress Aishwarya RaiCannes Crowd PleasersNandita Das was on the Cannes film jury this year, an honour Aishwarya Rai had been given in 2003. They both co-starred in former porn king Jagmohan Mundhra’s Provoked. Rai sizzled in Bunty Aur Babli’s item song, fizzled in Toronto Film Festival’s Mistress of Spices, learnt warrior skills for The Last Legion and did a Rekha in J.P. Dutta’s forthcoming Umrao Jaan. She also picked up an accent along the way.”When I landed at Cannes airport, they had sent two cars for me. And here I was, with just two suitcases.”Nandita Das, Actor, Cannes Jury MemberadvertisementManish AroraManish Arora – Ashish SoniThe boys from Delhi went all the way to New York and London. Arora’s kitschy collection inspired Reebok to market his psychedelic sneakers, while Soni got the Ministry of Tourism to foot most of his New York Fashion Week bill. Both wowed fashion critics.Mallika Sherawat with Jackie ChanMallika SherawatHer role in Jackie Chan’s The Myth was tiny, as were her costumes in Bachke Rehna Re Baba, but that didn’t stop the girl from Rohtak from wowing the international media at Cannes, becoming an efficient ribbon cutter and getting film offers by the truckloads. If fame were a school, Sherawat would be its principal. Okay, a naughty principal.IMPORT ITEMSAustralian Actor Tania ZaetaaTania Zaetta – Ali LarterOne was an Australian actor better known for hosting Who Dares Wins. Another was an actor remembered for her ditsy blonde role in Legally Blonde. Both of them found their footing in Bollywood. Zaetta went from being a tycoon’s wife with a passion for the Taj Mahal in Bunty Aur Babli to Arshad Warsi’s domineering girlfriend in Salaam Namaste. Now she’s doing a Lara Croft in Mr Black and Mr White. Larter became the eponymous star of Marigold, romanced and danced by Salman Khan. Both became part of an increasing influx of foreign women looking to make Bollywood naach gana their own.English Actor Antonia Bernath”Subhash Ghai is such a perfectionist. He changed the script of Kisna every day. He was never satisfied.”Antonia Bernath, English ActorPakistani actor MeeraMeeraShe acted in two forgettable films in one year but got more publicity than India-Pakistan relations. She created a furore in Pakistan, or so the Indian media was told, for her “bold” scenes in Nazar, but it was the awful acting in Kasak opposite the hapless Lucky Ali which should have got the Pakistanis hot under the collar. She said the Government had fined her and tried to ban her, but the Pakistanis could only bleat in protest about Meera’s “propaganda tactics”. Well, it was a lesson she had learnt well from master media manipulator Pervez Musharraf.”I want to dance around trees and sing songs with people who have just kidnapped me.”Saira Mohan, Fashion Model, Soon to be seen in Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Na KehnaBACHCHA BRIGADEChild actor Shweta PanditAyesha Kapur – Rucha – Shweta PanditOne stunned audiences with a compelling performance in Black; another chirped her way through the silly Ek Ajnabee; and Shweta Pandit was the core of Nagesh Kukunoor’s gem, Iqbal. It was the year of the child as star.FASHION TRENDSBrinda Karat24-Karat Nose RingThe most unlikely people became fashion icons in 2005. As much ink was spilled on Sania Mirza’s nose ring, skirt and T-shirts with cute messages, as on her forehand. Brinda Karat’s street-fighting spirit was as admired as her trademark bindi and tussar saris, which she displayed to perfection in Amu, niece Shonali Bose’s harrowing film on the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. Newcomer Vidya Balan showed off an impressive back in Sharmila Tagore inspired blouses in Parineeta.The boys were not far behind: Saif Ali Khan’s undies got as much footage as his bare chest in Salaam Namaste. Pink shirts became de rigeur for men as Abhishek Bachchan sported them with elan on and off the screen, while John Abraham showed that a python could be a man’s best friend in Kaal, wrapping it all over himself in a slow motion dance. Bunty Aur Babli ponchos, Salaam Namaste’s jaunty caps, Paheli’s gem-studded antique jewellery. Fashion inspiration was everywhere.advertisementTennis Ace Sania Mirza”Every word I speak, every skirt I wear is discussed and analysed by everyone.”Sania Mirza, Tennis AceCLOSE-UP CALLSA still from movie Neil N NikkiLip-LocksFirst there was Emraan Hashmi. Then there was a flood. Till last year, kissing scenes in Bollywood were such a novelty that Mallika Sherawat could build an entire career on them. In 2005, everyone decided to follow suit. Hashmi led the way in Zeher, Agrade filmmakers such as Aditya Chopra got their stars to get up close and personal in Neal ‘N’ Nikki, while Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena even released a graphic MMS as a promotional tool. Even Meera, the Pakistani actor, tried to get some mileage by claiming she had done the deed with hero Ashmit Patel-who went much further in an MMS with his former girlfriend Riya Sen.A still from Zeher”I am not Dracula waiting to grab any woman and sink my teeth into her. I kiss when asked to.”Emraan Hashmi, ActorCOMEBACKSActress RekhaReturn RoadiesIt was the year of the comebacks. Rekha wowed in Parineeta’s smoky item number even as she ploughed a lonely furrow in the execrable Bachke Rehna Re Baba; Amrita Singh looked icily angry as the international porn queen in Kalyug; Mithun Chakraborty raised a few hackles in Elaan and a few chuckles in Lucky (apart from being the inspiration for Vivek Oberoi’s character in Home Delivery), and Rishi Kapoor romanced Dimple Kapadia in Pyaar Mein Twist. Moral of the story: old actors never retire, they just undergo a wardrobe change. In Rekha’s case, several wardrobe changes.Actor Rishi Kapoor”Age is just a matter of digits. Life does not give you retakes. You just live it well.”Rishi Kapoor, ActorMALE BONDINGAmitava Banerjee, first single man in South Asia-to father an invitro fertilised babyAmitava BanerjeeKolkata-based accountant Amitava Banerjee became the first single man in India- and South Asia-to father an invitro fertilised baby, giving new meaning to metrosexuality and proving that maternal feeling isn’t just the woman’s preserve.Shah Rukh Khan into a tub for a beauty soap with four loveliesShah Rukh KhanThe actor was so confident of his sexuality that he stepped into a tub for a beauty soap with four lovelies by his side. It was the year he turned 40, and thought nothing of displaying a worked-out body in the spicy hot Kaal dhamaal.IN THE DOCKMansur Ali Khan PataudiCelebrity CesspoolTwo of them were bona fide heroes, one from the cricket field and the other by virtue of Time’s imprimatur. But Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi found he was on the wrong side of the law after he apparently thought hunting was still legal. Gautam Goswami, former hero of the IAS, became most wanted for his alleged role in the flood scam. Designer and choreographer Prasad Bidappa and actor Vijay Raaz discovered too late that drugs were an illegal substance in Dubai.All of them proclaimed their innocence, as those accused of crimes generally do, but their behaviour made them seem suspiciously like the other celebrity bad boy with a penchant for problems, Salman Khan. He had his own dalliance with danger this year when he allegedly made some threatening noises in conversations with Aishwarya Rai.Actor Vijay Raaz”Next time I go to Dubai, I will check my luggage and lock my bags. It was my destiny and it had to happen.”Vijay Raaz, ActorWRITERSWriter Vikram SethVikram SethHe posed on his swing, was photographed sprawled on his bed and went on walks with various interviewers. He held forth on his mother, signed a copy of Two Lives for actor Aamir Khan, celebrated every member of his remarkable family at the launch and even played editor in a national newspaper. The famously shy London-based suitable boy spared no effort to promote his book and was rewarded with readership.Suketu Mehta”The country’s awash in stories, and so far we have been taking these stories and mythologising them.”Suketu Mehta, Writer Of Maximum City: Bombay Lost And FoundWriter Salman RushdieSalman RushdieFinally, the transcontinental writer was in the news for a fine novel rather than the fine woman on his arm. Rushdie’s magical and political Shalimar the Clown took readers from Kashmir, the land of his ancestry, to Nazi-occupied Strasbourg, following the life of Boonyi Kaul.last_img read more


first_imgCricketers like Sachin Tendulkar should not be honoured with the Bharat Ratna as the demand to give the award to filmstars and cricket players spoke of ‘the low cultural level’, Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju said on Saturday.”Somebody says the award should go to Tendulkar or to Sourav Ganguly. I say it should be given to none of them,” Katju said.”Sometimes demands are made to give Bharat Ratna to filmstars and cricketers. This shows the low cultural level in the country,” he told a function organised by the Kalidas-Ghalib Foundation run by him here.Pointing out that the Bharat Ratna has also been given posthumously like in the case of Dr B R Ambedkar, he said “I see no reason why Kazi Nazrul Islam, the great nationalist poet who fought for the emancipation of women, poor and the downtrodden, should not be given the award.”There is tremendous diversity in India and Kazi Nazrul Islam represented that. He inspired many Urdu poets,” Katju said while regretting that the works of the ‘rebel’ Bengali poet have not been translated into Hindi.”This is how people outside Bengal will be able to read his works. I have told Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to see that it gets translated. She has liked my suggestion,” he said.The award should also be given to Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Munshi Premchand and Tamil poet Subramania Bharathi, he said.He announced the Kalidas-Ghalib Samman award to Nazrul Islam’s daughter-in-law, Kalyani Kazi.last_img read more


first_imgThe Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has imposed a five-year ban on Shah Rukh Khan for misbehaving with and abusing their officials.MCA president and Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who chaired an emergency meeting of the MCA on Friday, said Shah Rukh’s unapologetic attitude had forced them to take the decision.”More than half of our officials witnessed the brawl. If his children were manhandled, then he should have filed a complaint. Why is it that we made the first complaint? More than that, he has been very disrespectful and I have to believe my staff about what happened,” Deshmukh said.The MCA believes the ban will serve as a message that high-handedness will not be tolerated. “It was a unanimous decision as it is important to correct misbehaviour and disregard for rules. Shah Rukh did not have accreditation and he abused our officers,” the MCA chief said.Deshmukh was non-committal on whether the MCA would reconsider its decision if the star piped down. “Since yesterday (Thursday) we have seen his stand and he does not seem to be in the mood for anything like that. As of now, our committee’s decision is final and we will not tolerate such behaviour from anyone,” Deshmukh said.Hours after the decision, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee waded into the controversy. Coming out in support of Shah Rukh, West Bengal’s brand ambassador, Mamata said the ban on him from entering the Wankhede stadium was “undemocratic” and that a minor matter had been blown out of proportion.advertisement”It is undemocratic and unwarranted. I will appeal please reconsider the decision,” she said. “I think it is too harsh a punishment for a minor offence. The game should be taken as a game only. I am speaking not as a chief minister, but as a commoner,” Mamata added.”I think all the people of Maharashtra don’t accept this decision. I was not at the spot, but from what I watched and heard on the TV, it is not a big issue,” the chief minister said.Asked if she would talk to her Maharashtra counterpart, she said: “We love Maharashtra, capital of Indian business. We love Shah Rukh, Sachin, everybody.”The MCA’s “unanimous” decision to ban Shah Rukh, however, has not gone down too well with the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI). Sources said the BCCI, which owns the stadium, has not assented to the MCA’s ban.”The MCA managing committee may have made the decision in its meeting based on their version of the events on Wednesday night and we understand that tempers are flying high on both sides. But, the fact is that every IPL franchisee has to pay for the use of the ground and the stadia and such issues cannot be blown out of proportion. We are looking into the matter before deciding if Shah Rukh indeed crossed the line or not,” a senior BCCI official said.The BCCI bosses are using backchannels to broker peace between the MCA and the star. “The MCA has told us about its proposed ban but it cannot be accepted in its current form. Moreover, they are only administrators of the ground. The IPL is the BCCI’s league as much as the stadium is the BCCI’s. We are trying to figure out a way to end this stalemate and hopefully something will come through before KKR plays the next match,” the official added.(With inputs from Soudhriti Bhabani in Kolkata)last_img read more


first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Avery Bradley scored 25 points for the Pistons, who have lost five straight. Detroit led 50-46 at halftime.Golden State led 77-67 after Quinn Cook made a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter. After Detroit cut the deficit to two in the fourth, Durant missed badly on an open 3-pointer, then fell to the ground well after releasing the shot. A foul was called on Detroit’s Anthony Tolliver, and with the crowd booing, Durant made all three free throws for an 87-82 lead.“I’m not looking to get fined, so I can’t comment on that,” Pistons center Andre Drummond said.A 3-pointer by Thompson made it 94-85. The Pistons scored the next four points and had the ball when Durant blocked Tolliver’s perimeter shot and then dunked on a breakaway at the other end.A 3-pointer by Bradley made it 100-98 with 22.7 seconds left, and Shaun Livingston missed two free throws for the Warriors, but Jackson wasn’t able to tie it.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads IMPRESSIVE MARKNo NBA team has had a perfect trip of more than six games. Golden State became the first to go 6-0 on a trip since the Lakers in 2009, according to information the Warriors provided from the Elias Sports Bureau.“I think our focus level was the main thing throughout this whole trip, especially with so much that went on,” Durant said. “Just proud of the effort that we all gave, from the coaches all the way down to the players.”DEFENDING THE RIMThe Warriors had 15 blocked shots, and Van Gundy said his team was at least partly responsible for that.“You get five or six blocked, that’s just great defense,” he said. “You get 16 blocked against Milwaukee, 15 blocked tonight, that’s bad decision making. It’s not that anybody is trying to make bad decisions, but we’ve just got to make better decisions.”TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State was also without C Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness). … Draymond Green returned after missing a game with right shoulder soreness. He had 13 assists and six blocks. … The Warriors’ streak of 10 games making at least 10 3-pointers came to an end. They finished 7 of 26.Pistons: Drummond had eight points and 17 rebounds.UP NEXT Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) smiles as he congratulates forward Kevin Durant (35) after the team’s 102-98 win over the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — It wasn’t a perfect road trip for Golden State — not with Stephen Curry going down with an ankle injury — but the Warriors made it through with an unblemished record.Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 36 points in the third quarter, and the Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 102-98 on Friday night to finish 6-0 on the trip. They’ve played the past two games without Curry, who is recovering from a sprained right ankle .ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES “Just a great finish to just an amazing trip,” coach Steve Kerr said. “The last two games without Steph, obviously, tonight against a team that’s given us some problems and beat us a few weeks ago — so thrilled with the effort and now we get to go home and we’re all very happy about that.”Detroit had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Reggie Jackson’s wild drive to the basket did not lead to a good shot, and Klay Thompson made two free throws with 5.3 seconds left for the final margin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He drove the ball hard, and they had a lot of guys going to the ball,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We had a couple guys open outside, but it is easier to see that on tape than it does when you are out there in the paint.”Golden State went 1 for 12 from 3-point range in the first half but took control by outscoring Detroit 31-17 in the third quarter. Thompson had 21 points. Warriors: Host Portland on Monday night.Pistons: Host Boston on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout Chris Bosh’s mother questioned in drug raid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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 commentslast_img read more


first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Padda, Lady Falcons relish pressure from school officials LATEST STORIES “It’s very heartwarming because we’re getting a lot of volunteers among the PBA players,” Barrios said during the event launch Thursday at Bonifacio High Street.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 MOST READ View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SBP president Al Panlilio FILE PHOTOThe Fiba 3×3 World Cup just might be a teaser for the Philippine hosting of the 2023 World Cup, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) expects to draw record crowds just the same for the event slated June 8 to 12.“We’re excited because there will be 40 teams from different countries coming over to the Philippines,” said SBP president Al Panlilio. “3×3 is basketball, but played differently. It’s equally exciting.”ADVERTISEMENT Games will be played at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan—which has a seat capacity of 55,000—so SBP hopes to set a 3×3 crowd attendance record.The Philippines previously hosted the Fiba 3×3 World Tour events for club teams that saw packed audiences at SM Megamall in Ortigas and Robinsons Place Manila as PBA stars like Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva represented the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“One of the things we viewed as important was the success of the World Tours in the two malls in the previous years,” said Fiba managing director Alex Sanchez. “We would like to give the event a strong push for the Filipinos to see if they can develop a strong program to be in Tokyo 2020 (Olympics).”SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said aside from Romeo and Abueva, past 3×3 players like Troy Rosario, Mac Belo, Glenn Khobuntin, Karl Dehesa, Russel Escoto, Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng head the list of candidates. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more


first_imgCoach Stevenson Tiu, however, saidChe’Lu-San Sebastian’s performance left a lot to be desired after the team fell behind 7-21.“We’re supposed to lose with the way we played the game,” he lamented. “Every game, we start slow. Whatever adjustment we do, that’s always the case.”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 openingLuckily for Tiu, Michael Calisaan, who also chipped in a double-double with his 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Alfred Batino, who got 11 markers and 11 boards, were solid down low to aid De Leon in the clutch and survive the Titans’ barrage.“We just decided to go to the veterans and thankfully, they responded,” he said of Revellers, who rose to 2-1. NCAA volleyball: Arellano caps off elims with nipping of San Sebastián Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments MOST READ Che’Lu-San Sebastian spoiled the rousing debut of new AMA playmaker Robbie Manalang, who poured 28 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the loss.Genmar Bragais also had 16 markers and 13 boards, while Carlo Escalambre got 13 points and five rebounds.The loss, which was the Titans’ third straight, also hurt more with Andre Paras spraining his right ankle with 5:56 left in the game.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 83 — Ilagan 22, De Leon 21, Calisaan 12, Batino 11, Bulanadi 8, Faundo 6, Jeruta 2, David 1, Costelo 0, Santos 0.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PBA IMAGESChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian recovered from a poor start and pulled off an 83-79 come-from-behind win over AMA Online Education Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.RK Ilagan shot 6-of-11 from threes as he provided the lift for the Revellers with 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Samboy de Leon flexed his veteran know-how in the fourth quarter where he uncorked seven of his 21 markers that went with six boards and two dimes.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 79 — R. Manalang 28, Bragais 16, Escalambre 13, Matillano 10, Porter 7, Paras 5, Antonares 0, Carpio 0, Garcia 0, Jordan 0, P. Manalang 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 18-21, 35-39, 56-58, 83-79.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more


first_imgCandidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria can now apply to Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), West Bengal.VacanciesIndian candidates will be recruited against sports quota for posts in different pay bands.Football (Men) –  2 Cricket (Men) – 7 Chess (Men) – 1 Basketball (Men) – 2 Basketball (Women) – 6 Hockey (Women) – 1 Golf (Men) – 1 Gymnastic (Women) – 1 Athletic (Women) – 2 Archery (Women) – 2EligibilityFor posts in Pay band -I with grade pay 2800-Candidates should have represented the country in Olympic Games (category-A)For posts in Pay band -I with grade pay 1900Candidates should have represented the country in any of the category-B championships/events. Or,At least third position in Senior/Youth/Junior National Championships.For posts in Pay band -I with grade pay 1800Applicants must have represented country in any category-C championships/ events.The age limit for all the candidates should be between 18 to 25 years.How to applyInterested candidates can submit application along with Indian Postal Order/Bank Demand Draft drawn in favour of FA&CAO. The application fee to register for all posts is Rs 100Important date: Last date to apply is November 22, 2014.last_img read more


first_imgTwo-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari after the final race of the season and will be replaced by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.The 33-year-old Spanish driver had said earlier this season that his future was elsewhere, likely at McLaren. Moments after Ferrari announced Alonso’s departure on Thursday, the Italian team said Vettel will take over his seat next year.”In the Scuderia Ferrari roll of honour of great drivers, Fernando Alonso will always occupy a special place,” Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci said in a statement. “We offer him our heartfelt thanks for what has been an extraordinary adventure with the Scuderia, when in the past five years, he twice came so close to winning the world championship.”Alonso, who won the F1 title with Renault in 2005 and 2006, expressed his frustration with Ferarri last year after the Hungarian Grand Prix. That earned him a public rebuke from the team and fueled rumors that he was on his way out.Alonso has won 11 races for Ferrari and secured 44 podium places. His final race will be on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He is fifth in the overall standings and has managed only two podium positions this season. His last win was at the Spanish GP last May.Alonso came close to winning the title in the final race in Abu Dhabi four years ago, entering with an eight-point lead. But Vettel won the first of his four straight titles with Red Bull that year.McLaren’s seats are currently taken by former champion Jenson Button and promising driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark.advertisementOn Tuesday, McLaren said it has decided to put off any announcement on its 2015 driver line-up until next month.last_img read more


first_imgIf you’re anywhere close to being a tech buff you’ll be quick to point out that 2014 was one of those years that dreams are made of. As for us, we can safely point out three major highlights of the year. One: the arrival of the budget/mid-range segment. Two: the arrival of the ‘phablet’. And three: the arrival of phones with big batteries.Taiwanese tech major Acer recently re-entered the Indian smartphone market after quite a long hiatus. It launched two new smartphones in its Liquid range: the E700 and the Jade. The Liquid Jade is priced at Rs.16,999. However, the Liquid E700 seems to be a better deal in comparison. Priced at Rs.11,999, the E700 ticks two of the above mentioned boxes: it is a budget smartphone and it has a massive 3500 mAh battery.That said the Liquid E700 faces some stiff competition. While the Motorola Moto G (second gen) needs no introduction in this price bracket, the likes of Xiaomi, Asus, Huawei and others have devices that could prove spoilsport for Acer.Is the Acer Liquid E700 really up to the challenge? Or is it yet another forgettable device? We find out in our review… Design & buildThe Acer Liquid E700 is a neatly built device with a distinct style and sophistication to it. Its distinct edges and curves would keep you pleasantly happy.Although the E700 is entirely built of plastic, the device doesn’t feel cheap. Rather it gives you that rugged appeal (at least the black colour variant we reviewed did) yet manages to maintain a distinct and sophisticated form factor.advertisementThat said some metal could have been a welcome addition to the device.The Acer Liquid E700 has a 5-inch display. But it feels compact and fits well in hands. At 147.3x73x9.9 mm, the E700 is slightly bigger than the Moto G and smaller than the Asus ZenFone 5. All in all, Acer has been able to use the screen size well. The capacitive navigational keys, which are sadly not backlit, have been placed beneath the display.At 155 grams the E700 is on the bulkier side in comparison to Moto G and Asus ZenFone 5. However, the size is justified owing to the huge battery inside.The back sports a rubberized matte finish and the edges curve slightly, so that the E700 is quite comfortable to hold.The back cover, unlike what you get on most plastic devices, has non-glossy finish and appears smudge and fingerprint resistant unless you really smear it with oily fingers.On the downside, Corning Gorilla Glass protective covering is missing on the device.The power button lies at the top edge, much to our disliking (we prefer the power button on the side) and the volume rocker occupies the right edge alongside the micro USB port.The AcerRAPID button at the back will remind you of the LG G2.The back cover is removable and houses three microSIM card slots as well as a microSD card slot.Display The Acer Liquid E700 features a 5-inchHD IPS capacitive touchscreen with a 720×1280 pixels resolution and 294ppi pixel density.This is strikingly the exact display configuration found in both the Moto G (second gen) as well as the Asus ZenFone 5. Therefore, while the E700 is certainly not a phone with the best display in the market, it is no less than the aforementioned devices.The screen is vibrant and delivers crisp viewing angles, good colour saturation and clear text. There is only a hint of discoloration when you view it from different angles. All in all we were pretty pleased with the picture quality of the E700 and reading/browsing on the device was a good experience.The E700 maintains its vibrancy even outdoors and viewing angles are decent when you’re out and about. Though legibility does go down a little when sunlight is directly reflecting on the device. The fact that the device is not a magnet to smudge/fingerprint ensures better outdoor visibility.User interfaceThe Acer Liquid E700 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box with the company’s Liquid Float UI on top. Unlike stock Android, the Float UI brings along a distinct identity to the E700. First time users might be awed by its flashy icons and transparent Float shortcuts. However, those who like things simple and neat might be a little disappointed (especially with the Float Menu that takes some time getting used to). Even the pull-down notification panel seems a lot different with the arrangement of flashy icons. However, default colour on these will remind you of Samsung’s TouchWiz.advertisementThe Float menu, once you get used to it, could be quite handy since it gives you shortcuts to apps like camera, browser etc right on the home screen. These appear as transparent boxes therefore don’t take up additional space on the screen.There’s a Quick Mode option available that essentially changes the on-screen content according to the mode selected (basic, senior etc) and gives you access to only the basic features in the form of Windows-like tiles.  PerformanceThe Acer Liquid E700 is powered by a 1.2 GHzMediatek MT6582 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU. This is definitely a downer when compared with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2GHz in the case of Moto G (second gen). Even the Asus ZenFone 5 with its dual-core Intel CPU and Intel Hyper Threading Technology clocked at 1.6GHz seems a better bet in comparison.  The only saving grace here is the 2GB RAM on-board the E700. As a result, the device handles everyday usual tasks with ease. However, there’s a problem: the Float UI is rather power hungry one at that, it is heavy and therefore lags more often than we liked. While opening/closing apps is on the whole a lag-free experience, the UI basically kills the fun in the longer run. We did not however encounter any unresponsive Float launcher though, but UI lag was quite evident.The device achieves an AnTuTu Benchmark score of 17,653, 3DMark score of 3149, PCMark score of 2265 and a Geekbench 3 score of 355 (single-core) and 1191 (multi-core). The device can run highly-graphics intensive games (Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5). We were able to run Asphalt 8 at maximum graphics settings and the device was able to deliver decent frame rates. There was some lag with respect to game background though.To sum things up, the E700 surely doesn’t have the best of processors in its price bracket. The Acer Liquid E700 comes with 16GB of internal storage of which about 12.87GB is available for use. The device supports expandable storage of up to 32GB via micro-SD card and also gives you an option to install apps directly on the same, which is nice.The speaker vent on the E700 is located on the lower raised end of the device, a pretty good placement in our analysis. It comes with DTS HD Premium Sound and allows for 5.1 multi-channel surround sound. As fancy as this may sound, the speaker is not really all that loud and punchy. It’s just average, however, placement is the key here and that’s pretty good.The AcerRAPID button deserves a special mention here. The button gives you a shortcut to control as many as two apps by a simple click. While clicking it in sleep mode powers up the device, long pressing it in wake mode opens the camera by default. A single click in wake mode opens Google Music (by default).Phone calls made with the Acer Liquid E700 are of acceptable quality and we did not see any call drops with our review device. Both the earpiece as well as microphone sound quality is good. All the three SIM card slots support 3G and independent standby times.advertisementCameraThe Acer Liquid E700 sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper (fixed focus, with flash). The camera app on the E700 is a flashy one at that and gives you many options to tinker with. There’s an option to change your picture resolution. You can manually set the ISO and Exposure settings, while also use as many as 5 filters while clicking pictures. You can also play around with the White Balance. The auto-focus mechanism on the device is fairly decent.Images captured in outdoor ambient lighting conditions are crisp and retain their colour on most counts. However there’s genuine lack of detail in some scenes, and images are prone to noise or grain quite abundantly.We observed a hint of colour bleeding in case of very brightly-lit objects which in some cases was too evident with colours ending up all over the place. Meanwhile, photos captured in indoor well-lit conditions are passable. There is noise though.Low-light images are downright bad on the device, with dullness and noise quite evident.All in all, clicking photos with the primary snapper is a rather average affair. Don’t expect very high-quality photos from the device. But then, even the Moto G (second gen) doesn’t boast of the best of cameras around. Shutter speed is passable. In general we feel that the E700 was able to click slightly better photos than the Moto G. But that is not saying much.The primary camera on-board the E700 also comes with a passable HDR mode, a panorama mode and a variety of other capture modes. Of these, the multi-angle view mode is quite interesting as it gives your photos a distinct 3D feel.It can record full 1080p videos but they too have more noise than what we would have liked. The Acer E700 has a 2-megapixel secondary snapper, and the company has touted the device as a ‘selfie’ phone. Sadly, it can click only average selfies (in good lighting conditions). As the lighting goes down, the quality gets worse. The noise problem of the primary camera persists with the secondary camera as well.The one welcome addition here is the presence of an LED flash, which is a rare occurrence in the devices in this price category. The front LED flash helps while clicking snaps in low light conditions. BatteryThe Acer Liquid E700 decks in a mammoth non-removable battery with a capacity of 3500mAh which is rated to deliver up to 24 hours of talk time and 800 hours on stand-by, according to the company. The capacity is way beyond what is on offer in the Moto G and Asus ZenFone5. But devices with whopping 4000mAh capacity have now made an appearance, so 3500mAh is not something of a big deal in the current scenario.That said the E700 lives up to its expectations on the battery front quite nicely. The mammoth battery on-board is able to deliver fairly well and beats counterparts in this price bracket quite convincingly.   We subjected the device to some real extremes and the result was pretty good.  In our battery benchmark, we subjected the device to almost an hour of gaming (graphics intensive), web browsing (desktop mode), music on speakers (max volume) and phone calls every now and then (to the tune of an hour) and we got as much as 6+ hours out of the device. Toning down a bit was expected to increase the battery life, and it did. All in all, you can easily get through one full day with moderate to heavy usage on the device.  The Float UI is resource hungry, therefore takes up considerable juice out of the battery. Also, using all three SIM card slots together might result in a quicker battery drain depending upon your network.A dedicated power saving mode is lacking in the device.Should you buy it?We have mixed feelings about the Acer Liquid E700. While performance wise, it’s below par amid some real stiff competition, as a value for money, the E700 is not all that disappointing. It has a pretty vibrant display, an average camera (for all your social networking needs), decent storage and that mammoth battery. Throw in some novelties such as the front LED flash, the AcerRAPID button, triple SIM support and that no nonsense, no glossy look and the E700 looks like decent buy. Unfortunately, it goes against a device like the Moto G. And it is a fight that the Liquid E700 can’t win because in terms of overall experience, the Motorola phone is ahead, mostly because of the lag-free performance it offers. No, the E700 won’t kill the Moto G, not even the Asus ZenFone 5 for that matter. However, if you’re looking for something different, you could try this out. As for us, the E700 could be forgettable in a crowd.last_img read more


first_imgAs expected the out-of-form senior Indian players, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan have been ignored by the selectors from India’s list of 30 World Cup probables.Click here to EnlargeAll these players were part of the victorious 2011 World Cup squad, with Yuvraj being the Player of the Tournament. But the selection committee headed by Sandip Patil decided to pick up a young side.This list of 30 players will further get pruned down by January 7 and sent to the ICC ahead of the February 14-March 29 World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand.Sehwag and Gambhir have failed to impress with the bat in their domestic outings for Delhi and North Zone and same has been the story for Yuvraj, who scored one half-century in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and nothing to take note of in the just concluded Deodhar Trophy. However, Zaheer’s exclusion was quite but obvious, as he last played an IPL match in May. While, Harbhajan last played an ODI in 2011 and lost preference when R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja did the job well as spinners in one-dayers.Apart from the exclusion of these senior players, the selection of others doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The selectors have included youngsters Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Karn Sharma and Axar Patel as Cheteshwar Pujara failed to make the cut. The 30-probable list finds place for eight pacers, which includes Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma and Ashok Dinda.advertisementAshwin, Karn, Amit Mishra and Kuldeep make up the spinners slots but who will the selectors retain in the pruned squad keeping in mind the bouncy tracks of Australia and New Zealand has to be seen. However, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey have been rewarded for their individual performances at the international and domestic level, including the IPL.Jadeja, Axar, Stuart Binny and Parvez Rasool have been picked as allrounders, but the inclusion of the later two is bit surprising. Similarly, inclusion of Murali Vijay as a third opener ahead of KL Rahul also fails to drive the point home.At the World Cup, India have been grouped alongside Pakistan, South Africa, UAE, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland.India’s 30 World Cup Probables: MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Kuldeep Yadav and Murali Vijay.last_img read more


first_imgIf there was an award for the most leaked device of 2015,then it has to be given to Oppo R7. But for those who took the leaked imagesand videos on face value, we have a bad news. The company has officiallyreleased a few images of the upcoming Oppo R7 which looks nothing like theleaked images that were circulated.The bezel-less design that we witnessed in almost every leakis not abstract though and we are hoping the Chinese brand will release thatphone under a different brand name. The company even owns the patent behind theunknown device. The only twist in the story is the change in name. The new images released by Oppo exhibit a completelydifferent device, which in no manner looks bad and is easily comparable to thebezel-less design in terms of beauty. We still have a curved screen but thiswill be the more conventional 2.5D display that comes with most flagships thesedays. The Oppo R7 looks incredibly slim with a shiny metal frame sandwichedwith glass on both sides. The phone sports a huge home button which indicatesthe presence of a fingerprint sensor.Other rumoured specifications are, the 20.7 megapixel camerathat completely blends in with the back panel, the MediaTek MT6795 SoC and LTEsupport. Since all our predictions have been squashed by this release we cannotvouch for these specs either. Oppo will soon release the phone officially,until then let’s keep hoping for a remarkable device.  advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdidas AG has bought fitness tracking app maker Runtastic, giving it access to a community of 70 million active users and helping it catch rivals in connected wearables.The German group said on Wednesday it had completed the acquisition from majority owner Axel Springer SE, along with the company’s founders and an “angel” investor, in a deal valuing the Austrian company at 220 million euros ($239 million).Rival Nike Inc was a pioneer in fitness tracking, teaming up with Apple Inc on the Nike+ running program for the iPod and iPhone and launching the FuelBand in 2012.Adidas has been losing market share in sporting goods to its bigger U.S. rival and launched its own miCoach fitness device only last year.Fast-growing Under Armour Inc, which last year overtook Adidas as the second-biggest sportswear maker in the United States, earlier this year bought diet and exercise app MyFitnessPal for $475 million and social fitness network Endomondo for $85 million.Under Armour said those deals had given it a total of 120 million registered users on its Connected Fitness platform, which it said made it the largest digital health and fitness community in the world.Adidas said Runtastic offers over 20 apps covering a variety of endurance, health and fitness activities in 18 languages.last_img read more


first_imgIndo-Romanian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea were ousted from the men’s doubles second round at the $3.5 million Canadian Open being played on the outdoor hard courts of Uniprix Stadium here.The scratch Serbian combination of Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic accounted for fourth seeds Bopanna and Mergea to win 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 in an hour and 27 minutes on Wednesday.Also read: Djokovic retains No.1 position in latest rankingAfter sharing the first two sets, it all boiled down to the super tie-break where the Serbian combine proved much better, advancing to the quarterfinals.last_img