In light of drought-like conditions in many districts of western Odisha and distress migration of labourers appearing imminent, the government is trying to improve the average number of days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) — from 38 to 65 days. The government has decided to mobilise all active job-card holders to form informal groups, which will be called ‘Shramik Sangh’. There will be one such group for every 50 beneficiaries in each revenue village.The move is aimed at ensuring job for each active card holder through close coordination with government officials at the block level. One member in each group will be assigned as a ‘mate’ and will be responsible for providing jobs to others in the sangh.“With a mandate to arrest migration and ensure effective convergence for sustainable livelihood development… we must relook at strategy for implementation [of MGNREGS]. We need to focus on active job-card holders and provide them at minimum average 70 days of wage employment,” wrote Panchayati Raj secretary D.K. Singh in a letter to all collectors.Mr. Singh said that work participation needs to be raised from 33% to 65%, and average number of days of employment from 38 days to 65 days. All collectors have been asked to ensure formation of Shramik Sangh, selection of mates, their training and meeting with government officials between August 20 and 25.Welfare schemesThe government has also announced that it will include card holders in welfare schemes and skill upgradation schemes; and extend insurance coverage and other economic benefits to them.In the past few years, the government has floated several strategies to arrest distress migration from Odisha’s poverty-stricken districts. A few years ago, entitlement of employment was increased from 100 days to 150 in migration-prone blocks. “While the entitlement of employment is 100-150 days, the government is now focusing only on 70 days. The scheme says whoever demands unskilled work will be provided. There cannot be a selective target. There is also no strategy to end late payment of wages. Delay in payment is one of the key factors in people distancing themselves from MGNREGS,” said Umi Daniel, an expert on migration issues.“To arrest seasonal migration, there should be seasonal targets for providing employment during lean period such as drought, which is looming over Odisha,” he said, adding that even 10 years after MGNREGS, Odisha was struggling to provide average 38 days of employment.
Monsoon of 2019 has been very different. After a two-week delay in arrival, its withdrawal from Mumbai and Maharashtra is also delayed and is likely to stretch into October. Light showers are expected to continue till then even as the days are getting sunny in Mumbai.This year, monsoon arrived in Kerala a week late and in Mumbai two weeks later than the projected onset date. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared on June 25 that monsoon had arrived in Mumbai and entire Maharashtra. So far, Mumbai has received 3603.7mm rainfall, or 143.35% of annual average. In the 24 hours leading upto 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, Mumbai received only 0.8mm rainfall. There was some scattered rain in Mumbai on Sunday. However, maximum temperatures remained on the warmer side, with Sunday recording 33.3 degrees Celsius. This is three degrees above normal.Normally, withdrawal of monsoon starts around September 1 from west Rajasthan. However, that has not happened so far this season and the weather conditions are not conducive for it to happen in the next few days. Some of the conditions that meteorologists look at include, absence of rain for five days straight, increase in temperature, and reduction in humidity. IMD has forecast very light to light rains for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad until Thursday and has forecast similar daytime temperatures for Mumbai.When asked about the withdrawal of monsoon from the State, K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director general, IMD, said, “There is depression formed in Arabian Sea, so withdrawal will not happen for next couple of days.”Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change) at private forecaster Skymet Weather said, “Withdrawal of monsoon is delayed this season. Right now, the easterlies are still active and humidity has not reduced and therefore, the weather conditions have not built up yet in west Rajasthan for withdrawal. It may happen in first week of October following which it will cover entire India including Maharashtra. In 2011, withdrawal had happened in late September and in 2010, it happened in October.”Akshay Deoras, a meteorologist and Ph.D. researcher at the University of Reading, U.K., who has been tracking the monsoon closely, said, “Withdrawal from western Rajasthan is expected to commence by September 27. However, the official declaration might happen only in early October due to which monsoon’s withdrawal this year will be delayed by a month from its normal date of September 1. Thereafter, we can expect a rapid withdrawal of the monsoon from parts of northwest and central India. In Maharashtra, rainfall activity will start terminating from early October and we can expect the withdrawal to start from the second week.”However, once monsoon withdrawal starts, it is expected to cover large parts of the country in one or two weeks.Meanwhile, an IMD press release issued at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday said a depression in the Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast could intensify into a deep depression in the next 12 hours, and a cyclonic storm in 24 hours. This could result in lead to light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls over Saurashtra and Kutch.
Seven people were injured after a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus overturned in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district on Sunday, a police spokesperson said. The accident took place near Gokhla village in Kotli tehsil, Mandi Deputy commissioner Rugdev Thakur told PTI. According to the spokesperson, a total of 10 people were in the bus. The seven injured people were rushed to a nearby hospital, he added.
Internet services across all platforms continued to remain suspended in Kashmir since August 5 even as there was considerable improvement in the situation, officials said on Saturday.Internet services continued to remain barred in the entire valley except for few government offices and business establishments, the officials said. They said there is no word from the authorities on the restoration of the services so far, even as demands, especially from journalist community, have grown for the resumption of the services. The media-persons have been demanding the restoration of at least BSNL’s Broadband services to discharge their professional duties. The authorities snapped all communication lines — landline telephone and mobile phone services and Internet across all platforms — on August 5, hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories. Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house arrest. While landline telephones were gradually restored first, post-paid mobile services were resumed later. However, pre-paid mobile and Internet services are yet to be resumed. The officials said there are apprehensions that vested interests might misuse the internet services to create law and order situation in the valley and a decision to restore the facilities would be taken at an appropriate time after assessing the situation. Meanwhile, shops and business establishments remained open till noon in most parts of Kashmir valley and in some areas in the civil lines till late afternoon, on Saturday, the officials said. They said most modes of public transport were plying in the valley. While there was a semblance of normalcy in the Kashmir valley over the past few weeks after over three months of protest shutdown over the abrogation of Article 370, the fresh shutdown started on Wednesday last week as threatening posters warning shopkeepers and public transport operators appeared at some places in the city here and elsewhere.
PH chess player Menandro Redor. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonHoping to pick up where they left off, the Philippines chess para athletes are loooling to surpass their six-gold medal haul in 2015 and aiming for seven this time in Kuala Lumpur.But Menandro Redor, one of the country’s leading para athlete in chess, thinks that with the chess team’s stringent preparation it could even exceed its target in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games this month.ADVERTISEMENT “We may get more than just seven golds because we had intense training for this. We joined different local and international tournaments just to prepare,” said Redor in Filipino. “Our coaches have been taking care of us and we’re so prepared that we’re sure of what we can accomplish.”Redor, who will also serve as the Philippines’ flagbearer for the opening ceremonies, ha four-gold haul for the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants, in the last staging of the biennial games in Singapore.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 shutoutThe PH chess team will also lean on wheelchair-bound FIDE Master Sander Severino and Henry Lopez as they gun to sweep the individual and team events of standard and rapid.“We’ve already swept our category, so our goal now is to do that in the other categories. It also helps that we’ve got a women’s team now so it’s really possible that we can get the top spot this time,” Redor said. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 32-year-old woodpusher isn’t discounting the capacity of the opposition with Indonesia posing the biggest threat to the Philippines’ quest for gold.But Redor is confident with what the chess team can deliver for the delegation, saying, “In chess, we’re sure that we’ll bring home golds.” PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES View comments
Finn Balor is arguably one of the most iconic wrestlers right now in the WWE with his dual in-ring persona and undoubted good looks.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 shutoutThe first WWE Universal Champion is currently without a championship in the promotion, but he has something no one else in the entire planet has.ADVERTISEMENT Balor received a one of one pair of Nike Prestos with photos of the sneakers the WWE Superstar posted on his Twitter and Instagram account. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next ‘Like peanut butter and jelly’: Wade excited to be reunited with James The shoe is a mixture of black and white in the upper with numerous Swoosh markings and the words “Balor Club” emblazoned in the side panels and the toe.Unlike normal pairs of Prestos that have a small Swoosh on the midsole, and an even smaller one in the toe, the Demon King’s pair has a huge black Swoosh on the side panel that a translucent cage partially hides. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Glorioso fired a game-high 15 points, including three blocks while Espejo, the four-time UAAP MVP, added 14 with 12 excellent receptions and five digs.The Blue Eagles shoot for a sweep in Game 2 on Saturday at 1 p.m.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 shutoutMeanwhile, University of Santo Tomas outlasted shorthanded National University, 17-25, 28-26, 20-25, 25-21, 27-25, to inch closer to a third place finish.Joshua Umandal unleashed 28 points for the Tiger Spikers. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad didn’t see action for the Bulldogs. Ateneo moved on the cusp of winning the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference title after shutting out Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19, in the finals opener Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Gian Carlo Glorioso and Marck Espejo combined for 29 points to lead the reigning UAAP champions.ADVERTISEMENT Amid career season, Lee unsatisfied as UST continues to struggle Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In the 12-minute video, the Fil-German forward showed the fans a glimpse of how his day went as he came from Hong Kong to Manila and back again after San Miguel made him the number one overall selection in this year’s draft.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 shutoutStandhardinger promised to release more vlogs in the future as he hopes to draw closer to his Filipino roots before playing in the PBA.“I’ll post more vlogs showing my life and tell the fans to subscribe to my channel,” he said. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ San Miguel selects Christian Standhardinger as the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWho would have thought that the top pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is also a techie?Christian Standhardinger launched a new YouTube channel and posted his first vlog on Saturday which documented his journey in the annual draft selection.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Standhardinger is currently playing with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club for the upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season before coming back here in the Philippines to debut for San Miguel Beermen midway in the next season. Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
Kenneth Duremdes. File PhotoThe Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League starts Thursday with its Anta Rajah Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Organized by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the league is patterned after the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Gritty Lady Red Spikers climb out of two-set hole, frustrate Lady Pirates Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships PLAY LIST 01:30Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:27Filipino 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 “I’m very humbled and excited at the same time to be working with Sen. Pacquiao for this noble project of him to discover untapped talents across the country and give former pros another chance to prove their worth,” said MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.Opening rites start at 7 p.m. before the Parañaque Patriots battle the Caloocan Supremos at 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA brand new car and 10 motorbikes will also be up for grabs for lucky fans who will watch the opener live.“This league will be a great help to young players, including those in the provinces, aiming to make it to the pro ranks,” said Pacquiao. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
Read Next Elite Alive “What an amazing run it’s been, to be number one again means a lot to me,” Federer said.“This is incredibly special, I’m so happy. I didn’t really think I could get back to number one, this is a significant moment in my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFederer surpasses Andre Agassi, who held the top spot aged 33 years and 131 days in 2003, as the oldest man to claim the world number one spot.It is Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top position in February 2004. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer, who was as low as 17 in the world in January 2017 before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.The ageless wonder dropped his first set of the week against Haase, who later said he had been sick all week and unable to do any more than play his matches.Federer is back on top after winning three majors in 13 months, including another Australian Open in January.– ‘Double nice at my age’ –Federer was on his heels in the opening set as the aggressive Haase prevailed, but the Swiss top seed regained control to ease to the victory as he controlled the Dutchman in the remainder of the contest.The Swiss triumphed to the cheers of the fans in 79 minutes, ending with six aces. Haase finished on a disappointing note with his second double-fault on match point.Federer will now face a decision whether to try and stretch his leading margin over Nadal by competing in just over a week in Dubai, his Gulf training base.“To rank this high, I don’t know how I did it. This is really big for me, especially because of the gap (between his last time at the top).“It’s double as nice at my age to be number one, there is a lot that goes into it.”Despite his achievement, Federer still has a semi-final to play on Saturday. “I hope all this is not a distraction, it may or may not be. I came here to get to number one and then win the tournament.“But I’ve got all day tomorrow to recalibrate. This could also free me up, lay the pressure aside and start to play my best tennis.”Second seed Grigor Dimitrov edged towards a possible first final in Rotterdam as he dispatched young Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.Sixth seed Tomas Berdych withdrew prior to his quarter-final, with the Czech’s absence putting fourth seed David Goffin into the semi-finals. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. When you’re older you have to work double the amount, you have to wrestle it back from someone who’s also worked hard to get there. It’s a dream come true,” added an emotional Federer.“It’s been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much.”Agassi was amongst the first to congratulate Federer.“36 years 195 days… @rogerfederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!,” tweeted the American.Federer had talked on Thursday of his desire to retake the world number one spot but doubted it would ever happen after he underwent knee surgery last year.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Roger Federer faces the media Friday Feb. 16, 2018, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after becoming ranked as the world number one player. Federer added another highlight to his age-defying career resurgence Friday, returning to the top of the world rankings for the first time in more than five years and becoming the oldest player to reach the top spot. (AP Photo/Michael C. Corder)ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer became the oldest world number one on Friday when the 20-time Grand Slam title winner reached the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open.The 36-year-old Swiss overcame an early setback to beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and will replace old rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Altas edged Arellano which was comprised of Zach Nicholls, Kobe Camacho, and Donald Gumaru, who had a time of 41.7 in the Final round.Perpetual also led the preliminaries as Razon punctured the halfcourt shot to end the time at 20.7 seconds.Other participants were the Lyceum unit of Spencer Pretta, Mac Guadaña, and Chico Lanete; the San Beda team of Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, and Dan Sara; the JRU squad of MJ Dela Virgen, Toby Agustin, and Dave Sanchez; the Mapua team of Cedric Pelayo, Clint Escamis, and Randy Alcantara; the San Sebastian group of Michael Are, Rustin Rodriguez, and Paul Riguera; the Letran crew of Daryl Pascual, Neil Guarino, and Robert Guevarra; the EAC team of Jervin Guzman, Maui Cruz, and Bong Melocoton; and the St. Benilde squad of Edward Dixon, Joshua David, and Karl Santos.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When I shot it, it was straight. I thought it would go board. I’m just thankful it fell in,” the alumnus said in Filipino.Dizon even had a fun bet with Razon and Ylagan before the contest.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“We really do this. Whoever loses will buy us a meal,” said Dizon. “It really feels good. Even before the competition, we all talked and said that we wanted to win this. But we didn’t put any pressure to anyone. We just told each other to keep on shooting,” said Ylagan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGerald Dizon nailed the title-clinching halfcourt shot to give Perpetual the Shooting Stars crown in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Only a year removed from his playing year with the Altas, Dizon, who is now an assistant for the juniors team, capped off the victory for his team which includes GJ Ylagan, and Jielo Razon as they finished with a time of 24.8 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request View comments
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The bubbly Soltones kept her eyes on the game the Lady Stags lost in straight sets against Far Eastern University, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, and she still pictured herself jumping and running around on the floor instead of sitting at the bench.“I still can’t believe that I’m coaching and not playing for my school,” said Soltones in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.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 openingSoltones had her former teammate Kath Villegas joining her on the sidelines and the two were bombarded with teases from the younger Lady Stags. “Our former teammates were teasing us and calling us ‘coach’ sarcastically and yeah it’s still a new experience for us.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pennisi retires after 17 seasons in PBA Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Gretchel Soltones, center, sits on the San Sebastian bench. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGrethcel Soltones, for the better part of her five-year collegiate career, has been the undoubted face of San Sebastian winning the NCAA MVP trophy three times.And on Sunday she’s back donning the red-and-gold of the Lady Stags not as a player, but as an assistant coach.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
With the shadow of terror looming over the Games, the opening and closing ceremonies would see no aircraft flying in the Capital’s skies for five continuous hours on each day.Post-9/ 11, the danger that terrorists could hijack a plane and use it as a missile at a high value target could not be underestimated, according to highly placed security officials.And the Commonwealth Games is an occasion when the government is making all-out efforts to ensure foolproof security.According to sources, the government has decided to ensure that Delhi’s airspace is shut down during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.For both the opening ceremony on October 3 and the closing ceremony on October 14, the airspace is likely to be closed for five hours, suspending all civilian aircraft movements over the city, senior officials said.However, the skies would still see helicopters manned by defence and security agencies hovering over the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue for both the ceremonies.A similar effort is also made every year on Independence Day and Republic Day, when the top brass of the country’s political and military leadership gathers in the Capital.
On Tuesday at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, patriotic fervour reached a crescendo with Chak De India ! blaring from the speakers and the Tricolour to be seen virtually in all corners.Had it not been for police restrictions, you could have even expected bhangra inside the venue as fans got rewarded for the long wait to enter the venue.Yet if one song could actually have described the evening’s thrilling action where India fought like wounded lions after being down 1- 3 for most part, it should have been Singh is King .For those who have been in touch with Indian hockey despite the highs and lows in the past four years, Sardara Singh is a well- known name. Consistent and calm, he typifies excellence on the field. But it was two other Singhs – Sarvanjit and Dharamvir – who turned this into a memorable evening.Agreed hockey is a team sport and individual brilliance on a synthetic pitch doesn’t really count.It is well known that in a match such as this, where the crowd support is raucous, even tiring legs find the energy to keep running the perimeters of the field.And that is what India did today against an English side which started clicking just when the half- time whistle was to blow. For most part in the second half, England looked marauding and it seemed all over.But the way India regrouped and struck was fascinating. The three Singhs named above, a tight defence and goalkeeper Bharat Chetri defined the Indian resilience.advertisementIt was as if they were responding to the crowd’s roars of wanting solid action – thick and fast.Time and again, the Indians have choked in tight matches.History was against India, having never made it to a Commonwealth Games final ever before.In a pressure cooker situation, the ability to still keep playing and maintain the flow on the field came as a whiff of fresh air despite the humidity.In the stands, former hockey greats were applauding each effort, from Balbir Singh to Harcharan Singh, not to forget Zafar Iqbal and Ajitpal Singh.Among the VIPs, sports minister MS Gill was happy, even as BJP’s Kirti Azad and Vijay Kumar Malhotra soaked in the atmosphere.A 3- 3 draw at full time and with extra time not resulting in a goal, the penalty shootout was all about nerves.On Tuesday we saw a new Indian team, one which surpassed itself against an English side which couldn’t handle the pressure.Chak De, Chak De India . No, this was a Singh is King affair.
A friend called the day after Chandu Borde was anointed India cricket manager and said, “See, given that it’s Raj Singh and Sharad Pawar, do you think they meant Chandu Pandit?” It was good for a laugh, but creeping into the back of the mind came the immediate afterthought. Suppose?As,A friend called the day after Chandu Borde was anointed India cricket manager and said, “See, given that it’s Raj Singh and Sharad Pawar, do you think they meant Chandu Pandit?” It was good for a laugh, but creeping into the back of the mind came the immediate afterthought. Suppose?As farce after farce has continued to unravel, taking the fans’ minds with it, mistaking Pandit for Borde could have been a very real possibility with this BCCI. To be absolutely fair to the BCCI, Graham Ford’s conduct after he left India was unbecoming. Even if he was given a roasting at the interview, offered monkey-nuts for a salary and forced to accept a straitjacket in the name of working conditions. Whatever his reasons for changing his mind, a courtesy call to anyone in Indian cricket who had sought him out in the first place was the least he could have done before posting a thanks-but-no-thanks message on a website. It’s called manners.The BCCI’s mistake-one more in an impressively long list this year-was to jump into an announcement that could have waited 24 hours. They left the door open, and ended up looking stupid. Not that that takes any effort, with the current dispensation. Surprising because most of its key office-bearers have the reputation of being pitbulls in their own fields. Somehow, with the bogey of Jagmohan Dalmiya banished (and no doubt chuckling in Kolkata), all they look like now is a bunch of squabbling school boys each trying to impress the headmaster who himself has lost control of the entire institution.advertisementDespite Ford’s unbecoming conduct, the BCCI’s mistake was to make an announcement that could have waited 24 hours.Inside the first six months of the year, the BCCI has demonised its best players, tried to cut salaries, changed terms previously agreed upon, given one TV partner a discount on a deal (not its fault), allowing bank guarantee to lapse which caused the collapse of a $216-million TV deal (most definitely its fault).The BCCI’s many marketing partners are struggling to find takers for numerous mickey mouse tours before the Indian team’s tour of England this summer, but no one in the Board has been able to schedule an extra practice game for the team when they travel to Australia in their winter.When Pawar, who now has ambitions of heading the ICC, took charge at the BCCI, he promised transparency, accountability and professionalism. Today, those words sound like the Borde or Pandit gag. In any case, Pawar seems distracted between choosing a President and finding a coach. Naturally, anarchy has broken around him. The BCCI’s current hierarchy has produced a platoon of mini-Pawars, wannabes who strut around the country eager to be seen and heard, preferably on TV.A weary BCCI official says, “Board officials must be responsible. You don’t have to be on TV everyday, you don’t have to make statements everyday. Only one person should speak for the Board.” These days it’s a rotating roster. It began with Lalit Modi, the marketing guru, followed by Shashank Manohar, the hardliner. Now it’s N. Srinivasan, the financial whiz, and no, we won’t go on about the bank guarantee. Ambient noise continues to be provided by Rajiv Shukla and Niranjan Shah, still head to head in the contest for soundbite production.When self-righteous Australians and outraged Englishmen rant on about the BCCI’s sinister plans to hijack cricket, Indians have to stop themselves. Not so much from shrieking ‘racism!’ but from breaking into giggling fits. The western world must have spotted a military efficiency that escaped us.All we see is the embarrassing anticlimax of the World Cup, imploding TV deals, the coach hunt that turned to custard and the appointment of a manager who will celebrate his 73rd birthday in England, aviator sunglasses and beaming smile in place. Cake, anyone
The Indian team will take on England in a much-awaited series, which includes four Test matches followed by a lone T20 match and five one-dayers, and star Indian middle-order batsman Rahul Dravid has picked Graeme Swann and James Anderson as the bowlers to watch out for.Dravid said that the English attack will be quite a handful in their home conditions.”James Anderson has bowled really well. He’s been the trump card. Obviously Graeme Swann is a top-class spinner. We first saw him in England bowling here last time and the boys rated him.”He’s come on leaps and bounds from then and has become one of their lead bowlers. Swann and Anderson are the key,” the veteran batsman said in the August issue of The Cricketer magazine.Dravid, who averages over 65 in Tests in England, said that attack would be the best option against the off- spinner, who is widely regarded as the best in the world.”He’s (Swann) an attacking bowler and that’s one of the things that is different. He’s not just looking to contain, he’s looking to take wickets. He’s not scared to toss the ball up and gets turn with good sideways spin. It will be a good contest against batsmen who are good players against spin, who will not be scared to take him on.”The upcoming Test series and the subsequent five ODIs has assumed enormous proportions, with the England team making it clear they intend to beat India and go for the No. 1 spot in Test rankings.advertisementDravid admitted that the England series is one of the more important series of recent times. “All series are important series. But this one is important because it’s a series between two teams that have had good recent records, which gives it a bit more context.”We won in England last time, so from that point of view England will want to do better this time,” he said.For India, the key would be the pacers, as was the case the last time when India won 1-0 in England.According to Dravid, if India can keep their fast bowlers fit, it would add another dimension to the team. “It’s a hard one to call. England are playing at home, so they have that advantage. We’re a good side, a settled side, and we’ve been playing good cricket over the last couple of years. If we can keep our fast bowlers fit, then we’ll be very competitive.” Looking back at his Test career which has lasted 15 years, Dravid said the highlight of it has been India’s rise as the world’s best Test team.”I’m really proud that India is the No. 1 Test team. I’ve seen Indian cricket since 1996 and to be part of this journey and to see India become the No. 1 Test team – not just for a short period of time because we’ve now been there for more than a year – it’s something I’m very proud of.” The first Test begins at Lord’s on July 21.
A new study has revealed that the risk of fast bowlers getting injured while playing cricket increases if their team bats first. Also the faster they are, the greater is the risk.The study conducted by researchers from the Department of Sports Medicine at Sydney University is based on an analysis,A new study has revealed that the risk of fast bowlers getting injured while playing cricket increases if their team bats first. Also the faster they are, the greater is the risk.The study conducted by researchers from the Department of Sports Medicine at Sydney University is based on an analysis of first class cricket in Australia during 1995-96.It was found that for every 20 matches played, a squad of 25 players could pick up 19.2 injuries. The highest injury rate was among players in one-dayers.Fourteen per cent of fast bowlers were injured at any one time compared with 4 per cent of spin bowlers, 4 per cent of batsmen and 2 per cent of wicket keepers.Researchers have not been able to explain the injuries but advise that bowlers warm up before a match.
Andy Murray had Centre Court rocking on Sunday, winning gold for the home team and beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the tennis final at Wimbledon.The result was a royal rout. Murray swept nine consecutive games, breaking Federer’s serve four times in a row.The victory marked a breakthrough for the Scotsman, who has lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.For Federer, the drubbing marked another Olympic disappointment. Playing in the games for the fourth time, he sought a victory to complete a career Golden Slam but still earned his first singles medal.From the start, there was no doubting spectators’ loyalty. The retractable Centre Court roof opened shortly before the final, and Federer walked onto the sun-splashed grass to a standing ovation. Then Murray entered, and the roar tripled.At the far end of the All England Club, thousands of happy fans with grounds passes enjoyed a carnival atmosphere on the picnic hill known as Murray Mount while watching the match on a huge video screen.Federer wore red and Murray blue in the most colorful tournament ever held at Wimbledon. Their tactics were also in sharp contrast.Murray returned aggressively to repeatedly put on Federer on the defensive when serving. Federer tried to come forward more than in any match this summer, but Murray answered with a succession of crisp passing shots for winners.The fans loved it, waving Union Jacks of all sizes. “An-dy! An-dy” they chanted. They applauded when Federer won a point, but they roared when Murray won one.And the bounces seemed to go Murray’s way. One of his service breaks came when he hit winners that clipped the net cord on consecutive points. But then the net, after all, was British. Federer showed little frustration as the match slipped away. Instead, it was Murray tossing his racket in the second set when he made a rare error.Otherwise, the usually dour Scotsman had little to get upset about. When he netted an easy forehand on break point early in the match, he laughed at his mistake.Murray won with plenty of flair and a succession of spectacular shots. A lunging backhand pass in the corner had fans on their feet. And he erased a break point with an acrobatic leaping overhead, followed by an improbable reflex volley winner after Federer fired at him from point-blank range.Murray fell behind 15-40 serving in the opening game but rallied to hold, and from 2-all he took charge, winning every game until 5-0 in the second set.Federer struggled to hold but had his chances to break, including in the third game of the second set. He held six break points but Murray erased them all and won the game on the 20th point on an errant Federer backhand, one of many.advertisement
Yuvraj Singh , who has recovered from a rare germ cell cancer, feels “honoured” that the BCCI has again sent his nomination for the prestigious Arjuna award and is hoping that he will be more lucky this time.”It’s an honour that BCCI has nominated my name for the Arjuna Award. This is the second time that my name has been nominated and I hope that I am lucky enough to get it,” Yuvraj told mediapersons at the launch of the “YouWeCan” — an initiative by Yuvraj Singh Foundation, to spread awareness about cancer detection.The BCCI has decided to nominate Yuvraj for the award .Incidentally, the BCCI’s decision came after a miscommunication with the Sports Ministry regarding the last date for filing the nomination form.The BCCI had alleged that they did not have an intimation about the nomination like earlier years, a claim which was strongly refuted by the Sports Ministry.However a couple of days back, the Joint Secretary in the Sports Ministry Mukul Chatterjee called up at the BCCI office to inform about the date of nomination being extended till July 20.Although Virat Kohli has been a standout performer last year, the BCCI has decided to nominate Yuvraj’s name since he is one of the seniormost cricketers who is yet to receive the award. His contemporaries like Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir have all received the award.
Van Duc was again the provider, pulling the ball back for Duc Huy who slipped as he met the ball with his left foot but saw his effort from 25 metres fly past goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.Malaysia cut the deficit in the 36th minute when Syamer Kutty Abba’s free kick from the left found Shahrul, who headed powerfully past Van Lam.The home side then got back on level terms on the hour when they were awarded a free kick on the right edge of the box and Safawi curled a magnificent shot into the far corner of the net.The home side had a final chance to win the game in stoppage time with a free-kick by substitute Syafiq that went through the Vietnamese wall but was punched clear by an alert Van Lam.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam made a fine save in stoppage time to deny Syafiq Ahmad and keep the score level ahead of the second leg in Hanoi this Saturday.Malaysia exerted much of the early pressure in front of a capacity crowd of more than 87,000 but Vietnam took the lead after 22 minutes following a swift counter-attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefDoan Van Hau lofted the ball into space on the right for Phan Van Duc whose cross towards Duc Huy was cut off by Nazirul Naim but fell nicely for Huy Hung to tuck the ball into the net.The home side hardly had time to recover before Vietnam scored again three minutes later. Vietnam’s forward Nguyen Cong Phuong controls the ball duirng the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on December 11, 2018. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)Malaysia came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Vietnam in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.Goals by Nguyen Huy Hung and Pham Duc Huy midway through the first half put the visitors in charge but Shahrul Saad halved the deficit before Safawi Rasid converted a stunning free-kick on the hour mark to restore parity for the home side.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Stephen Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue