Lukaku header gains World Cup spot for Belgium

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.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 shutoutBelgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays closelast_img read more

Ginebra ends SMB Grand Slam dream

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Gin Kings debunked that in a big way Wednesday night.Playing strong out of the gates, Ginebra thrashed San Miguel Beer, 104-84, crushing the Beermen’s dreams of scoring another Grand Slam while securing a slot in the Governors Cup semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We kinda hammered it down tonight,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We are great rivals, San Miguel and us.”And as rivals, the Beermen weren’t going to get help from Cone, who has authored two of the five Grand Slam feats in the league—with Alaska in 1996 and San Mig Coffee in 2014. Giving its shooters a long leash, the Elasto Painters bested the Texters, 106-102, earlier in the day. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Before a big crowd at Mall of Asia Arena expecting action and drama, Ginebra proved that it would not hold its punches to help San Miguel achieve their own double triple-crown dream.In case anyone forgot, the Kings are the defending champions of the tournament and want to keep their crown.“I’ve said before that you can’t win a championship without facing San Miguel,” said Cone. “And the best way to beat them is when you have a twice to beat advantage.”“You can’t imagine how relieved I am right now,” added the classy, eloquent mentor. “It would be very hard to face San Miguel in a do-or-die playoff.”Ginebra will now await the winner of the Rain or Shine-TNT quarterfinal showdown, which went into sudden death.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team PH caps Aimag stint with 2 silvers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES There is an age-old, hardly-discussed urban myth going around the PBA that whenever sister teams San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra clash, one would give way to serve the need of the other.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 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 Gameslast_img read more

Zark’s-Lyceum slips past Wangs-Letran for 4th straight win

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CONTRIBUTED PHOTOZark’s Burger-Lyceum weathered a late flurry by Wangs Basketball-Letran to win, 95-93, for its fourth straight win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Jaycee Marcelino scored the deciding basket, nailing a floater off of a MJ Ayaay dish to push his side up by two with 1:03 left before the Jawbreakers’ defense stood its ground in the end, thwarting numerous attempts from the Couriers, the last of which a fadeaway from Bonbon Batiller.ADVERTISEMENT “I made the mistake. It’s my responsibility because I wanted to give the others a chance to play. It almost turned into a loss and it’s my responsibility.”Robinson lauded how his boys’ composure in the endgame as the Jawbreakers climbed to 4-1 card.“I know that now, we know how to finish games. These close games, we learn from our mistakes and it makes us sharper,” he said.Bong Quinto led the Couriers, who absorbed their first loss with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists, while JP Calvo got 16 markers, three rebounds and five assists.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next LATEST STORIES Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery PLAY LIST 01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 95 — Nzeusseu 27, Perez 18, Tansingco 16, Ayaay 11, Jv. Marcelino 8, Serrano 6, Jc. Marcelino 4, Baltazar 3, Santos 2, Caduyac 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Marata 0.WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 93 — Quinto 22, Calvo 16, Fajarito 13, Ambohot 11, Batiller 7, Muyang 6, Publico 6, Mandreza 5, Trinidad 3, Balanza 2, Taladua 2, Balagasay 0.Quarters: 18-20, 46-45, 77-67, 95-93. AFP official booed out of forum Mike Nzeusseu paced Zark’s-Lyceum with 27 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks, while CJ Perez got 18 markers, six boards, five dimes, and two steals.Ralph Tansingco stepped up big for the Jawbreakers, going 4-of-6 from downtown as he poured in 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter, where his side slowly built a 10-point cushion, 77-67, and even extended it to 14, 81-67, early in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWangs-Letran made a huge rally to tie the game at 93 after a Batiller undergoal stab with 1:25 left.“We have to give credit to Wangs. They really wanted to win it badly,” said coach Topex Robinson as he took responsibility for the near-collapse. Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright

first_imgMMA star Jones fined $205,000, license revoked over drug test Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While the poses in Nike and Rentmeester’s photos are similar — Jordan in a leaping motion inspired by a ballet move — Rentmeester’s copyright does not give him a monopoly on that concept, Judge Paul Watford, writing for the majority, said.Among the significant differences in the two photos are the position of Jordan’s legs, the background and lighting, Watford said.“Just as Rentmeester made a series of creative choices in the selection and arrangement of the elements in his photograph, so too Nike’s photographer made his own distinct choices in that regard,” Watford wrote.The ruling affirmed a lower court decision dismissing Rentmeester’s 2015 lawsuit against Nike.  /mufADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Both show Jordan leaping with his legs extended outward toward a basketball hoop with a ball above his head.Nike used its photo for the “Jumpman” logo — a silhouetted image of Jordan in the leaping pose in its photograph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRentmeester photographed Jordan while he played at the University of North Carolina. His photograph appeared in Life Magazine in a photo essay featuring U.S. athletes competing in the 1984 Summer Olympics.An email to a law firm representing Rentmeester wasn’t immediately returned. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum File – In this Oct. 17, 2017 file photo, The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C. A federal appeals court says an iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan did not violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, that the logo was based on a photograph of Jordan by Nike that was inspired by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan that the company has used to market billions of dollars of merchandise didn’t violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.The logo was based on a photograph taken by someone Nike hired. That photo was “obviously inspired” by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. But the court in a 2-1 decision said the photos are unmistakably different in key elements.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Gunning for Guns

first_imgLast month, the Amritsar Police rushed to the scene of what they believed was the kidnapping of a bank executive. The victim, Pawan Sharma, was allegedly dragged away by unidentified persons in the early hours. The caper was unravelled the same day when it was discovered that Sharma had staged,Last month, the Amritsar Police rushed to the scene of what they believed was the kidnapping of a bank executive. The victim, Pawan Sharma, was allegedly dragged away by unidentified persons in the early hours. The caper was unravelled the same day when it was discovered that Sharma had staged his kidnapping to obtain an arms licence. Recent executive orders from the Union Home Ministry specify gun licences can be handed out only to “persons who may face or perceive grave and imminent threat to their lives”. You could be a coffee planter in Coorg trying to protect your estate from marauding wild boars or a trader in Kanpur worried about the spurt in kidnappings, but you will get a new arms licence only if you can prove an imminent threat to your life, which has to be verified by the police.Chidambaram feels that proliferation of arms is disturbing law and order.The new directives follow a proposal by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to undertake the most radical modification of the Indian Arms Act since it was enacted in 1959. From an obligation to give out an arms licence, it has now become entirely discretionary. If it was earlier only difficult to obtain an arms licence, it will now be virtually impossible for the aam admi to own a gun. The proposed Arms (Amendment) Bill 2010 which has been circulated in Parliament only talks about making police verification mandatory. But the executive orders issued by the Home Ministry to state home secretaries on March 31 push for far stringent restrictions like arms applications only for those able to prove an imminent threat to their lives. This modification in the arms policy has incensed a small but influential group of pro-gun lobbyists, the National Association for Gun Rights India (NAGRI), which has coalesced around senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, and is pushing for a status quo. They are in favour of police verification but argue that the stealthy executive orders are an infringement of personal liberty and creates a new caste system of elite gun owners. A view that is not shared by NGOs like the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) who support stricter gun laws. Digvijay, who recently took on the home minister for treating the Naxal problem as a law and order issue, has once again crossed swords with him as the chief patron of a lobby that espouses the right to bear arms. The reason may not be too far to see.Gun ownership is an emotive issue, especially in north India where these are flaunted as status symbols and fired at weddings. Districts in Madhya Pradesh have promised to fast-track gun licences as an incentive for vasectomy. Guns are a substitute for a non-existent rule of law: armed villagers in Bihar’s Kaimur district used their licenced rifles to rout a group of Naxals after a 26-hour firefight.advertisement”We are not a healthy democracy. Rules are bent with impunity and politicians twist the law to hand out arms licence to their stooges,” says Prakash Singh, former DGP, Uttar Pradesh, welcoming the modifications. “It is a draconian law which seeks to dilute constitutional privileges of right to life and property. Why should only MPs and Government officials be eligible for licences, why not the common man?” asks BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia.”The changes are essential. Existing rules are bent with impunity by politicians to hand out arms licences to their stooges.”Prakash Singh, Former DGP, Uttar Pradesh”It is a draconian Bill. Why are only MPs and Government officials eligible for licences, why not the common man?”S.S. Ahluwalia, BJP MP The debate has begun reverberating within the corridors of Parliament. At least a dozen MPs from the Congress and the BJP, including Digvijay, Jaswant Singh, Naveen Jindal and S.S. Ahluwalia, recently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against the Bill. Manmohan is believed to have shrugged and said that the Home Minister had some persuasive arguments to limit gun licences. The gun lobby says that the tightening of the provisions of the Arms Act of 1959, which made it obligatory for the Government to provide arms licences if the citizens met all the requisite criteria, comes at a time when the home minister has admitted to India having among the lowest police-to-population ratios in the world. The Bill is silent on sports shooters who have brought international fame to the country. “There has to be a different set of rules for sportspersons otherwise the sport will die,” says former Indian shooting ace Moraad Ali Khan and now government observer (shooting).advertisementChidambaram has trained his guns on the Arms Act ostensibly because he believes State Governments may be issuing arms licences liberally. “Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has just 500 gun licences whereas Gurgaon, which is the size of just one of its tehsils, has over 10,000 arms licences,” says a district magistrate in Haryana, welcoming the modifications. The Bill mentions the proliferation of arms and ammunition disrupting social order and “proliferation of arms, whether licenced or illegal, vitiating the law and order situation, and holding of sophisticated arms by the conflicting parties directly contributes towards lethality of violent acts”.The arms lobby says the Bill is fundamentally flawed and the Home Ministry has not conducted any research to prove any of these conclusions. “The new Act violates the basic principle of the citizen’s right to self-defence. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures say that licenced firearms are used in less than 2 per cent of all murders,” says Rahoul Rai, president, NAGRI. The grouping also takes exception to licenced owners being lumped with those holding illicit arms. There are no estimates as to the total number of licenced and unlicenced firearms in the country (the executive orders seek to establish a central database of legal arms) but then India is a haven for illicit arms, particularly the North and North-east. CAFI estimates say that since 1990, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern states have seized over 40,000 illicit firearms.The Bill is among a series of Government moves since the introduction of the Arms Act that makes it progressively difficult for citizens to obtain arms. This, when you can still purchase an AK-47 in Kashmir for Rs 10,000. Gun owners say the new law will only encourage corruption. “A majority of crimes are committed using illegal arms. Criminals and anti-national elements do not bother to apply for arms licences,” says Abhijeet Singh of NAGRI. “Instead of cracking down on the underground arms market, the Home Ministry is going after soft targets-the licenced owners,” he adds. The last round has not been fired yet.CONCEALED ARMSThe Home Ministry’s executive orders are far stricter than the BillARMS ACT 1959ARMS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2010MORE POWER TO LICENSING AUTHORITYPolice verification optional. Section 13 (2A) says that the licensing authority can grant a licence if the police does not submit its verification on time.TIGHTENING OF POLICE VERIFICATIONSection 13 (2A) being deleted. Police verification mandatory.ARMS LICENCES FOR NON-PROHIBITED BORE (NPB) WEAPONS CAN BE GIVENProhibited Bores are used only by police and military. The Government shall give arms licenses for NPB under Section 13 for protection, sport or bonafide crop protection.EXECUTIVE ORDERS, MARCH 31, 2010ARMS LICENCES ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES LIKE THREATTO LIFEApplications only from persons who may face or perceive grave or imminent threat to their lives, for which the licensing authorities will obtain from the police an assessment of the threat faced by the personQUANTITY OF AMMUNITIONDifferent numbers of cartridges issued by various states.QUANTITY OF AMMUNITIONOnly 50 cartridges per year. Licencees have to prove where they used ammo.ALL-INDIA LICENCECurrently handled by local licensing authority and state home departmentsALL-INDIA LICENCEAIL only for sitting Union Ministers/MPs, military, paramilitary, officers of all-India services, sports persons. All others to be directly approved by the Union Home Ministry.advertisementlast_img read more

Mine wars being fought in Assembly

first_imgIt will not be wrong to surmise that Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was taking an extended nap when Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy and local Congress were plotting to bring down his government.When Excise Minister M.P. Renukacharya took 13 MLAs with him to Chennai and threatened to bring down the government, Yeddyurappa didn’t take him seriously. For, Renukacharya was repeating the act for the fourth time in the last three years.On all the three occasions, he was handsomely rewarded and dropped his rebellions. Yeddyurappa was hoping that Renukacharya would end the fourth rebellion in two days.But this time, he did not know that Renukacharya was being backed by Kumaraswamy, who reportedly plotted the government’s downfall with the Congress’ help. Worse, on the second day of their stay in Chennai, Renukacharya and his team submitted a letter to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj announcing withdrawal of support to Yeddyurappa.What prompted Kumaraswamy to hatch such a conspiracy when Yeddyurappa was under the impression that all was well with the party after the Cabinet reshuffle? If highlyplaced sources are to be believed, it was the Bellary mine lords, who wanted the Yeddyurappa government to collapse and pumped in more than Rs 200 crore to stage this coup.For a change, it was not the Bellary Reddy brothers but another set of miners, who had been hounded by the Reddys, against whom Yeddyurappa could not take any action fearing rebellion. These miners, traditional business rivals of the Reddys, were harassed by all possible government agencies.advertisementThese miners were not given ore transportation permits, fresh leases, no objection certificates from the Forest and Mines & Geology department. Even court orders favoring themwere being neglected.”It is well known that Yeddyurappa is ineffective in Bellary, which is ruled by the Reddys. Some firms even stopped mining because of the Reddys’ harassment. They approached Yeddyurappa to rein in the Reddys, but he was helpless,” a top source, who mediated between the miners and the JD(S), disclosed.Then, the disgruntled miners reportedly approached Kumaraswamy seeking a way out. If the sources are to be believed, it was then that the JD(S) plotted the The uproar in Karnataka is the result of the government’s support to the mining barons Children at an art workshop in Bangalore government’s downfall.Renukacharya’s rebellion was preceded by a series of disclosures of land scams, in which various ministers, the chief minister and his relatives were reportedly involved. The aim was to defame the government before landing the final blow. The MLAs, who participated in the rebellion, were carefully selected.Five were Independents, who were ministers. Apart from Renukacharya, there were two other ministers, who are known party-hoppers. The rest were disgruntled MLAs with ministerial ambitions. For the first time, MLAs openly announced that they were being offered crores of rupees to abandon their parties, an indication of the money flow.The Congress, though a co-conspirator, remained a spectator while Kumaraswamy came out in the open hobnobbing with the rebels. His involvement in the crisis was evident from day one when he followed the rebels wherever they went. It was clear that that he did not want the rebellion to end even as their ring leader Renukacharya did a U-turn as expected.The Reddy brothers threw their hat in the ring when they came to know that their mining rivals were behind the coup. Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy flew to Goa to woo the rebels, but it was too late for the BJP.The government has been mired in controversies, land scams and nepotism ever since it came to power in 2008. It even started a new political trend to increase its number in the Assembly by wooing opposition MLAs through its ‘Operation Kamala’.But the BJP couldn’t predict its own downfall. The rival miners of Reddys are in no mood to relent. “They have even agreed to hire the best lawyers to defend the 16 expelled MLAs in the High Court,” the source pointed out.With the governor asking Yeddyurappa to prove his majority once again on the Floor of the House on October 14, it is to be seen what happens over the next two days.Scams galore amidst chaosThe last 10 days have been the worst for the Yeddyurappa government as a series of disclosures by the Opposition has dented the BJP’s image in Karnataka. The names of several ministers and their children figured in land scams.Even Yeddyurappa was not spared. First, an aide of Yeddyurappa, IT/BT Minister Katta Subrahmanya Naidu, was caught in a land acquisition compensation scam.advertisementHis son, who allegedly received Rs 1.15 crore compensation for land, which did not belong to him, was caught by the anti-corruption unit Lok Ayukta while bribing a witness.Worse, his son Katta Jagadish was a BJP councilor in the Greater Bangalore City Corporation. Another minister Ramachandra Gowda landed in the soup when the High Court found large-scale irregularities in appointments to medical colleges.He resigned to ‘save the party’s image’. Then, Yeddyurappa found himself in the middle of a scam. He de-notified government land worth crores of rupees to favour his son and son-in-law. He also allotted a plum property in Bangalore to his son BY Raghavendra, a MP.Next, Industries Minister Murugesh Niraani’s personal staff was caught on tape receiving cash to allot industrial area land to an entrepreneur for a project.Neither the minister nor his staff has addressed the issue so far. Interestingly, Yeddyurappa, instead of taking action, hit back with disclosures of scams allegedly involving opposition leaders!Festival takes a back seatThe turbulent political developments in Karnataka have claimed an unexpected victim – the world famous Mysore Dasara celebrations, which took off on October 8. Patronised by the state government and the Mysore royal family, the celebrations attract lakhs of tourists, both domestic and foreign.But this time, the Dasara celebrations have remained a low-key affair as the government is trying to save itself from collapse. Interestingly, the year 2010 marks the 400th anniversary of one of the oldest traditional festivals, started in 1610 by Raja Wadiyar.Large scale Dasara celebration originated in the Vijaynagar Empire in the 15th century. The same was replicated by the Mysore Wadiyar dynasty.The 10-day celebration is officially declared as a ‘state festival’, featuring religious and traditional ceremonies, procession of tableaux and decked-up elephants, exhibition of arts and handicrafts, performances by folk artistes, musicians and film personalities, various cultural and sports competitions.This time the grandeur and splendor is missing in the celebrations. To make matters worse, the attendance by foreign tourists has been minimal. According to the organisers, poor marketing and security concerns are the prime reasons for poor attendance of foreign tourists at the Dasara celebrations.Giving kids the right to have funAn IT professional Reena Chowdhury has launched a series of “Art Camps” called “Dream a Little Dream” touching the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children in Bangalore.The first art camp was held at APSA Dream School in Bangalore in which over 200 children took part The project aims at providing an opportunity for the lesser privileged child to unleash his/her creativity through art.”People are willing to provide basic necessities for these children but what about some fun? I always wanted to do something but deadlines take over your life in the IT field,” she lamented.The volunteers are mainly techies who were keen on breaking out of their hum drum existence and reach out to others in society. The project is backed by ILP – a non-profit organisation that works in partnership with local NGOs to promote literacy.advertisement—After trading blows with the marshals in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and approaching the governor H.R. Bhardwaj over the Trust Vote, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah did the unbelievable.He dashed to the nearby Chinnaswamy cricket stadium to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat on Monday evening.An avid cricket fan, Siddaramaiah, unmindful of the political developments in the state, spent more than two hours at the stadium watching the India-Australia match, hoping to watch Tendulkar score the double century.Unfortunately, the leader’s wish remained unfulfilled as the match was called off for the day even before Tendulkar reached 200.last_img read more

‘Delhi Police threatened me with the death penalty’

first_imgThe controversy surrounding South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs’s autobiography – To the Point – continues to reveal new facets regarding his chequered career, including the infamous match fixing episode when he was interrogated by the Delhi Police in 2006.In the book, Gibbs reveals that during the interrogation, one of the commissioners, described as ‘a tough-looking old Sikh gentleman’, tried to intimidate him by mentioning ‘death penalty’.After refusing to be part of South African squads for the India tour on a few occasions fearing arrest, Gibbs, with his lawyer Peter Whelan, finally travelled to the country in 2006 to face grilling by a four-member panel. The South African wrote in his book – To the Point – about his trip to India to face questioning after telephonic conversations of the then captain Hansie Cronje with an Indian bookmaker were intercepted by Delhi Police in 2000, sparking off a global match-fixing controversy.In one of the chapters, Gibbs writes that one of the interrogating the officer said: “Sir, you had better come clean. We still have the death penalty here [in India]. Needless to say, Peter jumped right in with both feet and threatened to end the meeting right there if they tried this kind of intimidating tactic,” Gibbs wrote.Gibbs also reveals he had to apologise to the then Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ranjit Narayan, who is currently the Special Commissioner of the Crime Branch, for having publicly called him ‘hard-a**ed’ some time before.When contacted, Narayan said that he had not read the book yet but had come to know about it from the internet. “I came to know about it today and read about it on the internet. Yes he did apologise for making such statements during the interrogation. What can I say if he has mentioned that episode today. He apologised and it was over that time,” Narayan told MAIL TODAY.advertisementNarayan, however, refuted Gibbs claims on the death penalty. The ‘tough looking gentleman’ has been referred to AS Cheema, who was Deputy Commissioner of the Crime branch in 2006.”That is false. No officer told Gibbs what he has referred in the book. The interrogation went on for four hours but I don’t remember any officer telling him anything of that sort,” said Narayan.In the book that was released in Johannesburg on Monday, Gibbs also disclosed that he had indulged in ‘tonsil hockey’ (deep kissing) with a German girl at the Taj Hotel the night before being questioned by the Delhi Police. Gibbs admitted he was drunk and he could not even remember anything the next morning. “Our flight to India was via Dubai and Peter spent about eight of those hours coaching me on the upcoming grilling I was sure to get,” Gibbs wrote. “Remember that the King Commission (in South Africa) had been five years earlier and we knew the Indians would be looking for any discrepancies between my testimony back then and what I would have to say to them now.”I think the Indians were pretty taken aback when I turned up with both my lawyer and the High Commissioner [in New Delhi]. I was hustled inside to see (Commissioner) KK Paul, who had been my Indian nemesis for the past six years. ‘Hello, Mr Gibbs,” he said. ‘I’m a big fan of yours.’ Not exactly the reception I had been expecting from him!”A four-man panel, headed by the joint commissioner of the Delhi Police Crime Branch, Ranjit Narayan, bombarded me with questions for about three hours. It was a hostile situation, make no mistake, and it wasn’t helped either by the fact that I’d publicly said Narayan was hard-a**ed. The Commissioner wasn’t happy about that at all, and he even brought it up during the questioning. I had to apologise. His a**e was not so hard after all,” Gibbs says in the book.Narayan also denied the reports released by media houses then that he along with Gibbs and police Commissioner KK Paul had met for a lunch a few days after the interrogation was over. Recalling the interrogation, Narayan said: “The interrogation session went on for four hours and we treated him like any other chap we call for questioning. It happened a long time back but I still remember he answered all our queries and the interrogation went peacefully.”- With agency inputslast_img read more

Bangalore ODI: India in no mood to show mercy to New Zealand

first_imgYuvraj Singh (left) and Virat Kohli during a practice session in Bangalore on Monday.An unassailable lead in hand, the rampaging Indian team will now push for a series whitewash when it takes on a grossly mismatched New Zealand in the fourth ODI of the five-match rubber in Bangalore on Tuesday.Stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir has led from the front with back-to-back centuries to inflict one of the worst series defeats on the visitors in the two countries’ bilateral ODI history which dates back to 1975-76.The Indian team’s exemplary performance in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh has also given a boost to the side’s World Cup aspirations. Young players such as Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay have made an impact and would have impressed regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just a couple of months ahead of the World Cup being hosted in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.As for Tuesday’s match, the Indian players are an upbeat lot.Despite not being at full strength, the Indians have proved themselves better on all counts against a short-of-confidence New Zealand, who came here after being hammered 0-4 by minnows Bangladesh.The Indian line-up has not exactly missed dashing Virender Sehwag or the reliable Sachin Tendulkar as the likes Virat Kohli have stepped up effortlessly against a rather ineffective Kiwi attack.Kohli, who has been in good nick on the domestic circuit, has been solid so far along with Murali Vijay. The Indian bowling has been spearheaded well by senior pacer Zaheer Khan along with the tweakers.advertisementYoung off-spinner R Ashwin has, in fact, managed to make quite an impact but he has to be more economical in the middle overs.The Kiwis, on the other hand, have been struggling and skipper Daniel Vettori has to do a lot of head-scratching to find a way out of the slump.The key to it is a solid batting performance and the visitors will look towards Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to give them a cracking start. Ross Taylor and Scott Styris can capitalise from there on.Kiwi new ball bowlers Kyle Mills and Andy McKay and onechange pacer James Franklin have the ability to disturb any combination along with Vettori, but the quartet has so far struggled on pitches which have always been a batsman’s delight.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Deshmukh defeats Vengsarkar to become new MCA president

first_imgBacked by Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday pipped former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar in a fiercely fought contest to become the new president of the Mumbai Cricket Association.Deshmukh defeated Vengsarkar by 181 votes to 136 to emerge triumphant in the biennial elections. Both Desmukh and Vengsarkar were vice-presidents in the outgoing committee which was headed by Pawar.Pawar had become ineligible to contest the polls as per a clause in the MCA’s constitution following a change of his permanent residence status from Mumbai to Baramati.Pawar’s panel members – Prof Ratnakar Shetty and Ravi Savant – were elected as vice-president and treasurer respectively while D Y Patil Sports Academy’s chairman Vijay Patil, who contested as an independent, became the other vice-president.Two other members of the Pawar panel – Dr P V Shetty and Nitin Dalal – also emerged victorious to become the two new joint secretaries.Deshmukh, a former state Chief Minister, followed the footsteps of Manohar Joshi (1992-2001) and Pawar (2001-2011) to become the 13th MCA president since it was founded in 1930-31.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

CWG scam may rock Parliament today

first_imgParliament is set to witness a full-blooded spectre on Wednesday when Manmohan Singh’s government would try and defend – what the Opposition has successfully portrayed as – the “indefensible”. The blip from sports minister Ajay Maken, blaming the NDA regime for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman, has snowballed into a no- holds- barred debate in both Houses.A visibly cornered government was continually at the receiving end on Tuesday.Not merely because a disgraced Kalmadi is already cooling his heels in Tihar Jail, but also since the Opposition’s onslaught, backed by the CAG report and other documentary evidences, looked scathingly credible.In the Rajya Sabha, BJP veteran Arun Jaitley went for the kill and said the entire government brass, including the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), looked the other way as Kalmadi hijacked the conduct of the Games.The OC, Jaitley said, was intended to be a government entity, or at least a government- supported body, but Kalmadi got it registered as a private society.”This completed the hijack and the objections of sports ministers (Sunil Dutt, Mani Shankar Aiyar and M. S. Gill) were ignored. The Prime Minister overruled everyone, even a recommendation of the GoM, and allowed the OC to become Kalmadi’s personal fiefdom,” he said.The BJP leader demanded that the government must identify the source from where Kalmadi drew his immense powers, and pointed out that the Pune MP had claimed to be appointed as the OC chief after a series of meetings with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.advertisement”The political heads of the government of India and Delhi are accountable to the country through Parliament. The government never took the House into confidence and presented a twisted version of the facts on this monumental fraud,” Jaitley added.Speaking for the government, Rashid Alvi (Congress) presented a feeble defence and blamed the CAG for exceeding its brief by commenting on policy matters and the appointment of Kalmadi. This led to an uproar in the House with CPM’s Prasanta Chatterjee regretting the practice of constantly attacking the CAG.The CPI’s D. Raja wouldn’t settle for describing the conduct of the Games as anything less than a “financial loot” of taxpayers’ money. “If there are skeletons in the cupboards, all should come out. The PMO had a crucial role in appointing Kalmadi and, therefore, the PM should personally respond to all this,” he said.Raja said the estimates of organising the CWG went up from Rs 1,200 crore to Rs 18,532 by 2010. “The then finance minister (P. Chidambaram) should explain this financial loot,” he added.The Opposition said heads must roll, and identified Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as the one who must instantly go. Their other demand was that nothing less than a Supreme Court- monitored CBI probe can take the lid off the wrongdoings.In the Lok Sabha, the BJP’s Yashwant Sinha said the PM failed to act against Kalmadi despite complaints by at least two sports ministers and senior officials. ” Kalmadi could have been removed any time over the years ( from 2004 to 2010),” he said.More trouble seems to be in store for Sheila DikshitDelhi Lokayukta, Justice Manmohan Sarin, has sought the latest CAG report to explore if a case can be made out on the basis of the report, which indicted the CM. The move gains significance since the Opposition has been demanding Dikshit’s resignation on corruption charges related to the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

Injury played huge part in England debacle: MS Dhoni

first_imgIndia suffered a humiliating whitewash in both Test and One-Day series in their disastrous England tour but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that injury to several key team members played a huge part in the debacle.”I have not seen so many injuries in the last five years. To see 9-11 players get injured in one series has been shocking. In the ODI series we also did not have luck,” he said at the press conference after India lost the fifth and final ODI by six wickets here.”If you look at the first two Tests, we were left with three bowlers. If your bowling starts looking weak, the pressure piles up on batsmen. You cannot carry a team consistently on just one department.”If Zaheer was there in the first Test and we could have pressed advantage in the second innings instead of relying on part-timers. It could have looked different. But it’s important what we did. There is no point in sulking,” Dhoni said.Dhoni, however, said that his side would not be thinking for revenge when England tour India next month to play five one-day matches.”You should not have such a feeling. If you have revenge in your mind, you become desperate and start putting pressure on the whole side. It’s better to stick to basics,” he said.”We also would have to see how many of the 9-11 players who are injured are now fit and have played some matches. We have to see who all are available for selection.”advertisementAsked if he thought injured players should straightaway be allowed to get back into the side without having a few matches under their belt, he said, “It’s tough. We have to exactly see what kind of injury it is.”It is good if someone has some matches under his belt. But it’s difficult because you need experience in a line-up. You try to balance it. You don?t want your bowling department to look completely fresh.”Dhoni blamed the conditions and injury to Munaf Patel as the reason for India’s six-wicket defeat in the fifth and final match here.”To have Munaf injured after four overs, broke the rhythm of our bowling. The ball was also getting very wet. This was the fifth time we lost the toss and it became very difficult for spinners,” he reasoned.The Indian captain underlined the point that the practice games should not be an official fixture where only 11 players can play. Flexibility with numbers of players who can play is important for practice games.”We were not able to use practice games in best possible manner. The first game was official and we could not play more than 11 players. Just before a Test match, the players had to be on the field for 90 overs. The second practice game was the same,” he said.”We will make sure there is an MoU in place that practice games should be just practice games. You should be able to play more than 12 players. If I am asked to play an official game, I would prefer playing a Test match than these practice games,” he added.Dhoni held a high view of the present England side but was not prepared to concede they were the current best side in the world.”England are a very good side, irrespective of the format they are playing. As they play more and more cricket, they would get only better. But it’s difficult to say if they are the best side. The top 3-4 sides are all good. They are among the best sides.”In sub-continent, it might be different but they can still get the reverse swing to control the batsmen. England’s batting line up also looks settled. Broad and Bresnan can not only bowl fast and quick but they can also bat which means England bats very deep,” he said. .Despite playing without a break for a long time, Dhoni gave the hint that he could be turning out in the Champions League Twenty20 rather than take a break.”There are four games to be played at the league stage in 10 days. We will see how I stand before the start of the Champions League Twenty20. Next 3-4 days will be complete rest. Our first game is on 24th. I am hoping my fitness does not get worse.”Asked about the Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamir admitting to spot-fixing, Dhoni said, “It’s something seriously wrong. People might talk about forgiveness but for me match-fixing and spot-fixing is going against the nation. It’s my personal view.”advertisement-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Bench keeps Alab PH fresh for next game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a big win for us,” said Alapag, whose team is now at 3-0 (win-loss) with a game against the tough Singapore Slingers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palami gives Etheridge a pass: He has to secure Cardiff position, too SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I felt like tonight was a great early season test for us considering we started a bit behind from the other teams and Formosa’s been off and running from the start,” said Alapag.But the battle of two of the top teams in the current Asean Basketball League season eventually ended in an 86-72 rout as Renaldo Balkman fired 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, while PJ Ramos added 16 points for the Philippine club, which got significant contributions from its bench, particularly from Pao Javelona’s 11 points built around two treys.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think our bench played great tonight,” Alapag said. “Their energy, you know, Pao (Javelona), Josh (Urbiztondo) came in and hit shots, Brandon (Rosser) and Lo (Domingo) were great grabbing rebounds just with their energy, and I think they bought our starters enough time to finish the game.”And it bought the team’s top guns added rest minutes as Alab tries to end the year with a victory. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Photo from ABLThe last thing San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag wanted—especially with just a day’s break sandwiched between two tough outings—was to get dragged into a dogfight in the first of those two matches.But that was what Alab got for three and a half periods from the Formosa Dreamers Friday night at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Chemistry still an issue as NLEX struggles in first game with new faces

first_img“We still have to make a little bit of adjustment because we didn’t look like a team in that game,” said Erram in Filipino. “But we’re okay, it’s just that we didn’t look like a team out there when we’re playing.”Rain or Shine took a 35-26 lead off a 15-1 run in the second quarter and it never looked back throughout the remainder of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We didn’t have the chemistry but the good thing about it is it’s just the first game and we still have a lot of games to make the adjustments. We learned from our mistakes today and it’s time to move on,” added Erram who had 10 points and five rebounds.Erram was dealt to NLEX on Dec. 28 in exchange for Paul Desiderio, the no. 4 overall pick of the 2018 Rookie Draft, and no.7 pick Abu Tratter. It wasn’t just Erram, though, that struggled in the Road Warriors’ season opener with the returning Kevin Alas also finding a hard time in his first game after nearly a year of absence.Both Erram and Alas were expected to produce for the Road Warriors but it just so happened that the two were still finding their places in NLEX’ system,Alas injured tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in last year’s Philippine Cup and he was able to put up 12 points and dish out four assists in his first game back.“I think we have to improve on the chemistry of the team, that’s what I think we should work on,” said Alas in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Meralco’s Trevis Jackson joins parade of big rookie games LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting JP Erram debuts for NLEX. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Poy Erram’s debut with NLEX hit a little bit of a roadblock as his new team lost to Rain or Shine, 96-87, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Elasto Painters completely stifled the Road Warriors from the midway the second quarter, never relinquishing the lead all the way to the end and Erram said it could’ve been the lack of familiarity factored in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

President Pranab Mukherjee to Modi govt: Bring economy back on track

first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee on Monday addressed the joint sitting of Parliament, elaborating on the agendas of the new government. While saying that poverty had no religion, creed and region, he informed the house about government’s commitment to poverty alleviation.Terming the current economic situation as “extremely difficult”, President Pranab Mukherjee today expressed the government’s commitment to put India back on high growth path, while containing inflation and making tax regime non-adversarial.”…putting the Indian economy back on track is paramount for my government. We will work together to usher our economy into high growth path, rein in inflation, reignite the investment cycle, accelerate job creation and restore the confidence of domestic as well as international community in our economy,” he said.The President in his address to the joint sitting of Parliament unveiled the policies and priorities of the BJP – led NDA government which assumed power last month after elections to the 16th Lok Sabha.Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Pranab MukherjeeThe economy, Mukherjee said is “passing through an extremely difficult phase. For the two consecutive years, our GDP growth has been less than 5 per cent. Tax collection has declined. Inflation continues to be an at unacceptable level”.Referring to the high food inflation, he said the new government will give “top most priority” to contain it.The government, he added, will take effective steps to prevent hoarding and black marketing and reform the public distribution system, incorporating best practices from the states.The President further said the government is alert about the possibility of a subnormal monsoon this year and is in the process of preparing contingency plan to deal with the situation. advertisementThe government announced Monday that it will liberalise foreign equity in defence production and will also encourage private investment in defence.”Government to encourage private investments in defence production,” President Pranab Mukherjee said. (Must read: Full text of President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech ) He added that the government will also liberalise FDI (foreign direct investment) in defence production.”With available human resources, India can emerge as global platform for defence,” he said.Mukherjee also said the armed forces will be modernised and manpower shortages addressed on priority.A national maritime authority will also be set up.President Pranab Mukherjee addresses Parliament’s joint session: Highlights- It’s a matter of great satisfaction that general elections were smooth and largely peaceful.- This has been an election of hope.- A party has got absolute majority after almost 30 years.- My govt will function with the mantra of “minimum government, maximum governance”.- I congratulate fellow citizens for voting for stability and development.- The greatest challenge before us is to end the curse of poverty in India.- My govt will take steps to curb hoarding and black marketing.- My govt is alerted to a sub-normal monsoon this year, contingency plans are being made.- My govt is committed to improving quality of life in villages through empowered panchayati raj system.- We will not settle for only poverty alleviation, we are aiming for poverty elimination.- Each drop of water is precious, my govt is committed to giving high priority to water security.- My govt will launch national sports search system; sports will be made integral part of school curriculum.- Swachch Bharat Mission to be launched.- The govt will set up IITs and IIMs in every state.- National Madarssa modernisation programme will be initiated.- ‘Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao’ mass programmes to be launched.- Govt will formulate a new health policy and roll out a national health insurance mission.- Govt will have zero tolerance towards violence against women.- It’s govt’s commitment to have 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament.- Issue of infiltration in the North-East will be tackled on priority.- Efforts will be made to ensure that Kashmiri Pandits return to their homeland.- National e-governance plan to be launched, Wi-Fi zones to be provided in critical public areas in the next 5 years.- Social media will be used for participatory governance.- Tax regime will be made non-adversarial and investment friendly.- Govt will launch a diamond quadrilateral project of high-speed trains.- India can emerge as a global platform for defence. My govt will address manpower shortage on priority in the defence services.last_img read more

Brazil will be team to watch out for at home, predicts S. Kannan

first_imgFor the developed world, rubbishing underdeveloped and developing countries is nothing new. Yet, in four days’ time, when the brand new Adidas Brazuca ball is kicked when Brazil meet Croatia in Sao Paulo, the FIFA World Cup will roar to life.The hype over Brazil as host has been very high but in recent months, a lot of negative stuff has been written about some venues still not being ready and security being a concern.Today, when most of the top football leagues are in Europe and offer ridiculous salaries to professionals, one tends to forget the nationalities of players. It’s the star value which matters if your favourite club wins or loses.There is no club football for the time being and it will be a matter of pride as the best 32 teams in the world strive to win the world’s most coveted trophy.There could not have been a better venue for football as Brazil symbolises the romanticism of the beautiful game. To borrow a famous line from a former player, after kicking around for 90 minutes in the field, only one team wins. Likewise, for the champion to emerge on July 13, it will require skill, style, guts and immense energy.For romantic relics like me who grew up first hearing about Brazilian football and then seeing it on television, this is a wonderful chance for the hosts to win the World Cup.The last time the World Cup was held in Brazil in 1950, they lost the decider 1- 2 to Uruguay. The entire nation went into mourning and till date they have not been able to come to terms with the loss on home turf.advertisementThere are any number of books which have been written on Brazilian football, yet the ones written in the local language after the 1950 loss vilifying goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa define what passion is all about, even in a negative sense.Today’s young generation of fans who watch satellite TV channels may need to do a Google search on Barbosa, but Brazilians know how the innocent goalkeeper was riled till death.This is indeed a good chance for Brazil to exorcise the ghosts of 1950 as they have a good team.The Samba flavour is essentially about fast pace, attacking style and excitement.Just to jog the readers’ memory, in 1982 when Brazil had giants like Zico and Socrates, they failed to defend against the Italians. A 2- 2 draw would have sufficed but they chose to attack and messed it up. That Brazilian side was probably the best one not to win the World Cup.In 1994, when the World Cup was played in the United States, again Brazil discarded the aggressive style and chose a mixed strategy where players like Romario and Bebeto caught the eye.The fifth World Cup win came in 2002 when they showed what Brazilian flair was all about with Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho hogging the limelight.Nothing can be more special for Brazil than winning at home. Agreed, Spain is the team to beat and their style has been very successful in the last World Cup as well as in two European championships.But if one flips through the annals of history, the strong European teams have struggled when they are playing outside their continent. To discount the chances of Spain or a solid German team would be stupid but you could be sure England does not have the class to go the full distance.Apart from Brazil, another Latin American team to watch out would be Argentina. Playing in familiar conditions, the Argentine side has a fine line- up which boasts of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria.Messi has looked low key in club football recently but who knows, he may be preserving the best for the most vital burst in Brazil.At home, even though our own football languishes deep down in the FIFA rankings, the interest level is very high. The World Cup will give many homes from Jammu to Kanyakumari sleepless nights as high voltage football awaits us.Today, you can even pick up World Cup merchandise of various teams through online shopping and not wait for some friend to get you jerseys from abroad.One aspect which cannot be ignored in this World Cup is how many star players are not fully fit. From Franck Ribery to Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to Neymar, injuries have taken their toll with Ribery ruled out.And lastly, when one talks of who will win the Golden Boot award this year, some of the names which come readily to the mind still include Messi, Neymar, Arjen Robben, Luis Suarez, Ronaldo and Mario Balotelli.advertisementUnlike a sport like hockey, football is very easy to follow. Even if you are not a regular junkie who watches the EPL, Serie A, La Liga or Bundesliga, you can fall in love with the FIFA World Cup. It sure gives you a kick.s.kannan@ mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Outmuscled in crucial stretch, Rain or Shine vows to be more aggressive

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine was just a quarter away from taking a commanding 3-0 series lead against Magnolia in the Philippine Cup semifinals.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Rain or Shine was only down by two, 76-74, after rookie Javee Mocon completed a three-point play with 4:03 remaining.But that was it for the Painters, who went scoreless the rest of the way.The Painters got outscored, 28-11, in the fourth period with Hotshots big man Ian Sangalang firing 12 of his 16 points in the final frame alone.“I think they went to Sangalang in the end and we had no answer to stop him in the fourth. He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. I think that was the game when they went to Sangalang. We couldn’t contain him. Probably, we’ll find ways to at least limit Sangalang,” Garcia said.Game 4 is on Monday, 7 p.m., at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT After 7 games in 14 nights, exhausted Magnolia relishes Holy week break Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Elasto Painters entered the fourth period with a six-point lead and even though, the Hotshots pulled ahead, the game was still very much up for grabs with four minutes left.It’s just that Rain or Shine couldn’t get anything going when it mattered most.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’re still up in the series 2-1. I think we just have to learn from this loss, especially in the 4th quarter, we scored only 11 points. I think we have to be more aggressive in attacking the basket,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia after his team’s 85-74 loss Tuesday night.“Magnolia became more physical than us. There are some calls that I feel didn’t go our way but we can’t blame that to the referees. I think it’s just about us stepping up in that position and being a little bit stronger.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more