first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The shifty, outspoken point guard was referring to the quarterfinal defeat the Philippines sustained at the hands of Korea, which is becoming an alarming tradition.READ: Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team onFEATURED 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 shutoutRavena and the rest of the Gilas team like fellow A-listers Kobe Paras, Kevin Ferrer and Bobby Ray Parks will vie for a 26th basketball title, starting with a featured game against Thailand on Sunday at MABA Stadium here.Game time is 9:30 p.m. LATEST STORIES Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Ravena’s pronouncement stands in solid foundation.Easily the most popular squad in Team Philippines — aside from the women’s volleyball team — the presently known as Gilas has won every single SEAG title except in 1989 when PH lost to Malaysia.They will be propped up here by naturalized player Christian Standhardinger, who arrived early Saturday from Lebanon via Manila.In 2005 Manila, basketball wasn’t played because the country was under suspension by Fiba. It also wasn’t held in 2009 Laos for lack of facilities.Perlas Pilipinas, the country’s women’s basketball squad, also debuts against Singapore at 7:15 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments FILE – Sandy Febrianysah Kurniawan of Indonesia (R) attempts to block against Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines (L) during the men’s basketball gold medal match at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL / AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROLKUALA LUMPUR — The loss Gilas Pilipinas suffered in Lebanon that was heard in the Philippines has reverberated all the way in Malaysia.Kiefer Ravena, team captain of Gilas’ B team that will play in the Southeast Asian Games here, was quoted back in Manila saying: “We will avenge your defeat.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton avoided paying taxes on his private jet using an elaborate scheme that is now under investigation by British tax authorities, new leaked documents has revealed.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Excess guards for Gilas five LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor01:37Protesters 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Representatives for Hamilton could not be reached by AFP for comment.His lawyers told the BBC a review by a tax barrister found the structure was lawful, and that some VAT had been paid through the arrangements.There is also no indication Hamilton was directly involved in creating the scheme, and simply followed professional advice, the Guardian said.‘Artificial scheme’EY said it does not discuss individual clients.ADVERTISEMENT “All our advice, whether in planning or compliance, is based on our knowledge of tax law and providing transparency to tax authorities,” it added in a statement.Appleby did not respond to a request for comment.The leaked documents showed as many as 50 such schemes involving the Isle of Man, according to the BBC.Its government announced on October 24 it had asked Britain’s finance ministry to help investigate business jet imports into the EU through its territory.A British treasury spokesman said it could not comment on individual taxpayers’ information.Tax specialists, who reviewed the leaks for the ICIJ consortium, confirmed to AFP that Hamilton’s arrangements appeared to be “at the very minimum, aggressive tax planning: an artificial scheme, designed to obtain a tax advantage.”Rita de la Feria, chair of tax law at the University of Leeds, added: “If the scheme is being used to disguise private use of the jet, then the situation is of a more serious tax avoidance scheme.”Hamilton, recently crowned world champion for a fourth time and one of richest sports celebrity in the world, bought the jet – a Bombardier Challenger 605 – for £16.5 million.He has frequently posted photographs of its use for holidays and personal trips on social media.Under European tax rules, a company or individual that imports an aircraft must pay 20 percent of the purchase price in VAT, which can be reclaimed only on business use. /kga Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The driver received a $4.4 million (£3.3 million or €3.7 million) value-added tax (VAT) refund in 2013 after his luxury plane was imported into the Isle of Man – a low-tax British Crown Dependency, according to the BBC and Guardian newspaper.The revelations are the latest to emerge from the so-called Paradise Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) based in the United States.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 papers disclosed that accountancy firm EY and Appleby – the Bermuda-based law firm at the center of the leaks – assisted Hamilton and dozens of other clients in setting up seemingly artificial leasing businesses to get multi-million-dollar VAT rebates.The complex arrangements, which involved the individuals forming entities that rented their own jets, may contravene Europe-wide rules forbidding refunds for personal use, the media outlets said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks to the media after winning his fourth F1 World Drivers Championship after the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 29, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. Clive Rose/Getty Images/AFPlast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES After a basket by Andre Drummond put the Pistons ahead with 4.7 seconds left, Dinwiddie took the inbounds pass, drove to 14 feet and drained a jumper against his former teammates.The Pistons picked Dinwiddie in the second round of the 2014 draft, despite a knee injury, and he played 46 games for them over two seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That was a heck of a shot,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I’m happy for Spencer, because he was here, obviously, but I’m happier for the team. I wasn’t sure we had the poise and understanding to get a win like this.”Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy blamed himself for the final basket, where Ish Smith, generously listed as six feet tall, was covering the 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie. NEW ARENA, BETTER RESULTSThe Nets are now 1-0 at Little Caesars Arena after going 8-44 in Detroit during the 29 seasons that the Pistons played at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Lakers run past Knicks late for 6th win in 8 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 On Jan. 10, the Pistons routed Brooklyn 114-80 behind 22 points and 20 rebounds from Drummond. That was Detroit’s last victory, with three of the five defeats coming at Little Caesars Arena.“We don’t play again until Wednesday, so I have some time to think about how to fix this,” Van Gundy said. “We just don’t play hard on a consistent basis. We’ve fallen behind early, but even when we had a great start on Friday (against Washington), we didn’t keep it going.”The Nets led 53-48 at halftime. The Pistons had one offensive rebound in the half, slowed by Drummond’s three fouls. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I think the key was the way we started,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “That was big, and it is what you need to do to win games like this.”Drummond picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, sending him back to the bench. Brooklyn quickly moved the lead to 11 as Detroit struggled to get open shots.Detroit trailed by nine going into the fourth quarter. Smith’s 3-pointer with 2:58 left tied it at 92.“This was huge,” said Joe Harris, who had 12 points for Brooklyn. “We’re getting into these games and we’re finally starting to finish them.”TIP-INSNets: D’Angelo Russell played 14 minutes in his second game back from a knee injury, finishing with three points and one assist. … The win ended Brooklyn’s four-game losing streak in Detroit.Pistons: Johnson played his second game after missing three with a recurring hip problem, finishing with a season-high 18 points in 26 minutes. “I though Stanley was really good defensively, and he played well on the offensive end, too,” Van Gundy said. “Ish did a great job of guarding him, but I probably should have had more size out there against him,” Van Gundy said. “Ish gave him a tough look, but Spencer was able to get above him and make a great shot.”Dinwiddie finished with 22 points. Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 20.Caris LeVert split a pair of free throws with 13.7 seconds left, giving the Nets a 99-98 edge. It was the second time he missed a free throw in the final 42 seconds.Langston Galloway misplayed the ensuing inbounds pass, but was able to knock the ball to Drummond. Detroit’s center nearly traveled in a rare drive from outside the 3-point arc, and flipped in a go-ahead shot.“I felt like we were focused and locked in tonight,” said Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets. “We were playing a really good team on their floor, but we trusted Spencer to make that last play.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives on Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit. APDETROIT — Spencer Dinwiddie hit the big shot against a familiar foe.Dinwiddie’s jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 101-100 Sunday (Monday Manila time), the Pistons’ fifth straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES “They Googled skeleton to see what it was. A couple of the kids I’ve got on my team had never seen snow, because they are from southern China,” he said. “They are signing up for something they literally have no idea what it is.”And his top picks all subsequently quit before starting training.“I think two of the three quit because they Googled skeleton, figured out what it was and said: ‘Uh, no, no thank you.’ And I know one of them quit for sure because his girlfriend wouldn’t let him go.”Manuel Machata, the German coach hired to build China’s rookie bobsleigh team, faced similar challenges.“They never had bobsleigh before. It’s not famous. It’s not well-known. It’s very hard to get people to bring athletes in,” he said. His initial group of 24 recruits got their first taste of what they’d let themselves in for when he took them to Whistler, Canada, in 2016.“That was incredible,” he said. “They saw the track and they were flushed. Then you sit them in a sled and let them drive down. That’s quite amazing.”He, too, says Chinese officials want him to produce medal-standard bobsledders by 2022, but adds: “You only can do what you can do.”There have been Chinese breakthroughs and notable performances in Pyeongchang.Twelve years after its Olympic debut in the sport at the 2006 Turin Games, China got its first snowboarding medal, with silver in women’s halfpipe from Liu Jiayu. In a not-untypical path for Chinese Winter Olympians converted to snow and ice from other sports, she practiced martial arts as a kid. Her initiation to halfpipe included trampoline-jumping with a snowboard strapped on.In short-track speedskating — by far China’s strongest winter sport, producing 30 of its 53 Winter Olympics medals coming into South Korea — Wu Dajing lowered his own world record in winning the men’s 500 meters. “So far,” he said, “we haven’t been allowed to do much of anything.” “We’ve been told it’s gold or nothing,” Pain says. “The other medals are irrelevant.”Here’s the rub: Wanting to win in dangerous, technically complex sports on snow and ice and actually being equipped to beat established winter-sports powers are very different things.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just about putting on a pair of shoes and being fast,” Pain says of skeleton. “You have to be able to bend over, grab a sled, run as fast as you can, dive on it and then get to the bottom without dying.”The blueprint of throwing money and foreign know-how at hand-picked Chinese athletes is familiar. But results in 2022 are on course to be less spectacular than when Beijing hosted the Summer Games in 2008. Then, a costly, years-long national medal-mining drive paid off handsomely, with China surging to the top of the gold-medal bragging table. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 Chinese Winter Olympians, however, have far bigger leaps to make. Although competitive in a scattering of events, the world’s second-largest economic mega-power after the United States has never been a major winter-sports player. China’s team of 80 athletes in Pyeongchang — its largest since the 2010 Vancouver Games — has, like Team USA, been a striking under-achiever, with just one gold among its nine medals.As it did for the Summer Games, China has brought foreign coaches on board in array of winter sports, tapping Dutch expertise in speedskating, for example, and Norwegian know-how in cross-country skiing.Hired in 2015, the year the IOC picked Beijing as the first city to host both summer and winter games, Pain saw China as a land of promise.“My initial thought when I took this job was: ’Oh my gosh, China has got 1.3 billion people. Let me look at 30,000 of them, and from that we’ll pick 50, and from that we’ll find 10 unbelievably good ones.”Reality has been sobering. In recruiting for skeleton, Pain found himself promoting a sport almost completely unknown to 130 athletes who turned up for his first tryouts.ADVERTISEMENT With bronze over 500 meters, Gao Tingyu also became the first Chinese man to medal in Olympic long-track speedskating. And there were Chinese participants for the first time in several events, including Chang Xinyue’s 20th place in women’s ski jumping.Li Chunjian, who drove one of two Ferrari-red first-time Chinese entries in two-man bobsleigh, said Pyeongchang was only “the first step” for their fledgling team.“Very quickly, at the next competitions, we’ll steadily grab the attention of people around the world and let them know that Chinese bobsledding has arrived,” he declared confidently, after placing 26th of the 30 sleds. “Everyone is working hard together to prepare for 2022.”His brakeman, Wang Sidong, added: “Two years ago, we didn’t even know what bobsledding was.”Still, overall, China is trending downward. From its high of five golds in 2010, China slipped back to three in 2014 and now just one — Wu, in short-track — in Pyeongchang.“I’m sure the leadership will be quite upset,” Pain said. “It will be interesting to see what happens in China with their sports system and coaching system and the whole thing in the next few months, because there’s probably a big old shakedown coming.”In skeleton, where China was represented for the first time by Geng Wenqiang, “we are way behind, to be honest with you,” Pain said. “We haven’t had that quick and robust start that we needed three years ago.”Chinese bureaucracy has slowed progress, with paperwork delays causing athletes to miss races that could have helped more of them qualify for Pyeongchang, he said.“So much red tape,” he said. “I kind of joke that every decision takes five approvals and every approval takes a month.”“The question is: Will they figure it out fast enough? Will they let the experts, i.e. the foreign coaches that they hire — myself being one of those — will they let us have the reins, the control that we need to push things forward as fast they need to be pushed?” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Read Next MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Driver Shao Yijun, Shi Hao, Li Chunjian and Wang Sidong of China take a curve during training for the four-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — At least Jeff Pain knows what is expected of him.Hired by China for his coaching expertise in the winter sport of skeleton, the Olympic silver medalist for Canada in 2006 has four more years to shape his rookie team of Chinese athletes into ice-sliding champions at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Malaysia’s sports minister has urged Indonesia to ensure that haze from raging forest fires does not affect the Southeast Asian Games this month, a report said Wednesday.Malaysia will host the major multi-sport event from August 19-30, with thousands of athletes from across the region descending on the capital Kuala Lumpur to take part.ADVERTISEMENT “I hope Indonesia will be able to control this problem so it does not affect (the games),” he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times newspaper.“I believe they will be embarrassed if it does affect the SEA Games as they, too, are competing here.”The blazes normally peak in September and October. But there has already been an early spike on Indonesia’s western island of Sumatra — one of the main areas hit by blazes each year — with dozens of people treated for lung infections and some schools closed in Aceh province last month.Indonesia’s national disaster agency says there are currently about 160 “hotspots” across the country. These are areas detected by satellite that are either on fire or intensely hot and likely soon to go up in flames.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Real Madrid beats Manchester United 2-1 to win Super Cup Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img This is significantly lower than the number in 2015, when huge fires triggered a weeks-long environmental catastrophe that sent haze billowing as far as southern Thailand, causing thousands to fall ill and sending diplomatic tensions soaring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments However there have been fears that choking smog from the fires in neighboring Indonesia could float over Malaysia during the games.The haze is an annual problem caused by slash-and-burn fires started to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations. It often blows over Malaysia and Singapore, causing flight cancellations, school closures and soaring rates of respiratory illness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMalaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin played down fears that the games would be affected by haze, saying he did not believe there was currently a threat and Indonesia had improved efforts to tackle the problem.But he said Jakarta still needed to take precautions. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Khai Xiang, also from Malaysia, completed the podium with 145.52 points to score the bronze medal.Another Filipino in Alisson Krystle Perticheto also won after taking the bronze medal in the women’s individual figure skating event.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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Dembele arrives with potential to step into Neymar’s shoes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Michael Martinez competes in the men’s individual figure skating in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLFormer Olympian Michael Martinez scored a silver medal in men’s individual figure skating event in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Martinez, who represented the Philippines in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, earned 171.63 points behind gold medalist Julian Yee of Malaysia, who scored 205.4 points.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIndia beat Pakistan by 29 runs in the World Cup semi-final match in Mohali.The hand-writing and soul-searching following Pakistan’s defeat in the semi-final of the World Cup between Pakistan and India at Mohali has begun in earnest. This is to be expected.The electronic media created a nationalist do-or-die hype to rake in the ads and is now screaming and shouting at the post mortem to keep its ratings high.Before the match, the weight of history was with the side batting first which has won in 72 per cent of all matches played at Mohali. The experts and bookies had also tilted in favour of India: it had a better batting line- up, half a dozen players were firing on all cylinders, Captain Dhoni was tried and tested for Test Matches, ODIs and 20/ 20 forms of the game, and the Indian cricketers were playing before a highly charged and partisan home crowd. Pakistan, by contrast, was just beginning to shrug off the burden of shame and demoralisation after the match- fixing scandal in England last year that laid three of its best and most talented players low, Captain Afridi had a spotty record, the youngsters were not fully groomed and it was nothing short of a small miracle that they had beaten giant- killers like Australia and the West Indies to inch their way to the top.After the match, however, all this has been forgotten. ” Stunning defeat” screams one headline, as though victory had all but been foretold. ” Allah didn’t answer our prayers”, bemoans another, because we let the American spy Raymond Davis go scotfree and thereby besmirched our honour as Pakistanis and diluted our faith as Muslims.advertisementThere is no shortage of cricketing explanations too: Umar Gul and Misbahul-Haq were the villains of the piece, the former for gifting 70 runs to the Indians and the latter for playing as though in a test match; bad catching let Sachin Tendulkar off the hook four times; and Captain Afridi’s decision not to take the Power Play option until the last five overs were left with 50 runs to get and not a wicket to spare was as inexplicable as it was indefensible.In the heat and dust of battle, however, two key facts have been overlooked in Pakistan. First, the better performing and more professional Indian ” team” won by using its brains and not brawns. This is largely a consequence of a developing Indian ( not Hindu) mindset based on the mundane but fierce aspirations of an upwardly mobile, educated, secular, middle- class that is billing itself not only as an organised, disciplined and reliable engine of economic and cultural growth but also as a most attractive emerging market with disposable money in an increasingly flat world.This is in stark contrast with Pakistan in which the state is riddled with problems of identity (Muslim or Pakistani) and notions of national interest (honour versus interests), and Pakistanis are consequently grappling with multiple crises of economy, culture, education, integration and cohesion. This is a recipe for pride and passion in all aspects of life and sport, not professionalism and principle. Interesting, the other cricket match finalist is another secular South Asian country, Sri Lanka, which has nearly 100 per cent literacy, a high economic growth rate and has just won a civil war to unite the country and make it strong and unified. Both country examples prove that while individual talent is a necessary condition for sporting success, the sufficient condition is provided by strong nationalist motivation based on a realistic sense of economic destiny and political faith that stresses the role of unity and discipline rather than faith or the hand of Providence alone in determining fate or destiny.Second, the cricketing encounter has opened up the possibility of serious discussions about ” permanent peace” between India and Pakistan. Since Mumbai, the peace process that kicked off in 2004 with General Pervez Musharraf’s out- of- the- box thinking on Kashmir via back- channel diplomacy has been stalled, mainly because of India’s obduracy in putting ” terrorism- related” pre- conditions on the composite dialogue. This is much like Pakistan’s futile ” Kashmirrelated” pre- conditions for many decades.But the initiative has now come from India to break out of the mould of ” preconditions” by either side. Dr Manmohan Singh has advanced the notion of ” permanent peace” for the ” economic welfare of the people” of both countries, which is a more far reaching and potentially productive philosophy than anything proposed so far by any leader of India or Pakistan.There are five main reasons for this initiative.advertisementFirst, Dr Singh’s government is dogged by charges of corruption and mismanagement and is weaker today than at any time before. Personally, too, he is at the fag end of his political career without having made any great mark of distinction.So now was a good time to make a more inspiring initiative and invite the leaders of Pakistan to smoke the ” permanent peace” pipe at Mohali, especially since the odds were heavily tilted in favour of an Indian victory. Second, India’s investigations into the Samjhauta Express bombing case in which 47 Pakistani were killed have revealed the hand of Hindu extremists in India rather than Islamic hardliners in Pakistan. This gives Pakistan a fillip in countering India’s charge of sponsoring terrorism against Pakistan.Third, the Indian courts have convicted Ajmal Qasab but acquitted two Indian Muslims of links with the Pakistan- based Lashkar- e- Tayyeba leader Hafiz Saeed, thereby debunking the claims of India’s National Security Advisor MK Narayanan that all three were taking orders from Mr Saeed. This too has weakened India’s charge- sheet against Pakistan’s ISI. Fourth, India’s quest for a permanent Security Council seat at the UN requires it to be reasonable and responsible by at least mending fences with its neighbours, especially nuclear- armed Pakistan that is constantly decrying the double- standards of India and the World in dealings with Pakistan. Fifth, a continuation of India’s rapid economic growth is predicated on a permanent peace and trading relations with its neighbours rather than the spectre of nuclear war and terrorist subversion.Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gillani, has invited Dr Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan, much in the same spirit in which General Musharraf invited him in 2007. At that time, however, Dr Singh had demurred, because he was still raw as a politician and no ” breakthrough” in conflict resolution of any sort was in the cards. Nevertheless, a great opportunity was lost for breaking the ice, following which Mumbai was exploited in 2009 by the vested enemies of permanent peace between India and Pakistan and the peace process was frozen.Now Dr Singh has sensed an opening and moved forward. Therefore it would be a great tragedy if another opportunity is lost to bureaucratic rigidity and sumzero calculations. At least Siachin and Sir Creek are amenable to quick resolution as all Indian and Pakistani pundits know.So India’s win at Mohali needs to be cemented with an Indo- Pak ” win” in Lahore during Dr Singh’s visit to Pakistan as soon as possible.last_img read more

first_imgDoctors on Thursday said they were concerned about the health of Anna Hazare as his fast entered the tenth day.”We have examined him this morning. There is stability in blood pressure and heart beat. He has taken rest. He had six litres of water and the ketone levels have come down,” Dr Naresh Trehan told reporters here.Trehan said it was a “matter of concern” that for the past 10 days, Hazare was on fast and that he has not eaten anything.”This will have an effect on his body…Till now, he has already managed for 10 days and he is stable. We are monitoring his health round-the-clock,” he said, adding that doctors were checking his condition every two hours.last_img

first_imgPOWERPACKED: Chevrolet’s ‘concept’ SRV modelCall it an accelerating need for speed or the Dhoom phenomenon, fast bikes and faster cars are taking over Indian roads. Pace junkies are gunning for more bang for their buck and constantly hunting for ways to pump up their vehicle’s velocity.And the auto industry and,POWERPACKED: Chevrolet’s ‘concept’ SRV modelCall it an accelerating need for speed or the Dhoom phenomenon, fast bikes and faster cars are taking over Indian roads. Pace junkies are gunning for more bang for their buck and constantly hunting for ways to pump up their vehicle’s velocity.And the auto industry and specialists are gearing to whet this craving for speed. So fast cars get faster and smarter with technical and body-work modifications. As ace automobile designer Dilip Chhabaria says, “It is an international trend and Indian customers can’t be far behind. It’s a clear direction that market forces are moving in.”PACE ATTACK: Gautum Singhania’s Lotus EliseIn a reflection of this frenzy, the fastest bikes, cars, and the latest-in-performance accessories and die-hard pace junkies came together in a unique show, Speed Autocar Performance Show 2006 held in Mumbai from November 23 to 26. The fact that the event has grown nearly twice in size since its inception last year is proof that speedometers across the country are ticking.”There is definitely an increase in performance culture in the country. Today, cars are a status symbol. And with better cars and smoother roads being available we will only see a rise in this culture,” says Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India. Never-seen before speedsters like the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Audi Q7, Range Rover Sports, BMW 740Li, Pininfarina-styled Ferrari and the Mugen-tuned Honda were on display at the event.General Motors India flexed its muscles with a ‘concept’ Chevrolet SRV model touted as “India’s first sportback car” valued at Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). “It is a supercharged 150 bhp after-market option which we will offer the performanceoriented customer through the accessories route,” said Rajeev Agrawal, manager, National Product Planning, General Motors India. And while this concept model may still not be on sale, the average Aveo can now be fitted with a body kit, starting at Rs 25,000.advertisementFAST AND FURIOUSLamborghini Gallardo Spyder: With a top speed of 315 km, this mean four-wheel drive machine features the Lamborghini V10 engine.Price: Rs: 2.6 crore (approximately)Range Rover Sport: This 2.7 litre V6 diesel is their latest SUV model.Price: Rs 65 lakh upwards (ex-showroom)Audi Q7: This 3-litre TDI V8 diesel SUV has the distinct Audi stamp.Price: Rs 62 lakh upwards (ex-showroom)BMW 740i: This power car with V8 400 cc 303 horsepower engine is absolute luxury.Price: Rs 81 lakh (ex-showroom)The Indian contingent too pulled out all stops. Tata Motors’ Indica Silhouette, a 3.5 litre V6 330 PS formula ‘concept’ car, capable of doing 0-100 km in 4.5 seconds with top speed of 270 kmph, attracted quite a few flashbulbs.J. Anand, managing director, Jayem Automotives, which works with Tata Motors on performance derivatives, says, “The concept car was developed to show the performance capabilities of the Indica. The Silhouette is a sportier version of the more practical Indica. Everything in it is indigenous, so it is great value-for-money.”Mahindra too showcased customised vehicles built on the Scorpio and Bolero platforms while Bajaj launched its 220 dtsi Pulsar and Apollo unveiled its W-speed rated directional tyre, Aspire, at the event.So what if you don’t own a speedster like the Lamborghini or Ferrari, you can soup up your Honda or Skoda and get your self a mean machine. Niche manufacturers like Chhabaria have seen markets grow and car manufacturers are following suit.Mugen powered performance kits for the Honda Civic, City and Accord V6 are available with Linkway Honda (the high performance kit for the Honda City costs approximately Rs 3,65,486). Additionally, you can buy accessories for Skoda’s Octavia, Laura and Superb by German brand Milotec at Trends, a DC Design company with the Laura body kit starting at Rs 18,800.MEAN MACHINE: Lamborghini Gallardo SpyderSpeed enthusiasts and tweaking experts are just getting started. Karanraj Shah of KS Motorsport has seen the business speed up since he started out nearly five years ago. “Earlier, we used to import five filters and had to convince people to get them installed. Now we bring in a container full and the customers are more aware,” he says.Modifications start at Rs 3,000 and go up to Rs 4-5 lakh. Shah’s younger clientele prefers quicker modifications. “Day jobs like simple filters, ignition units that increase spark discharge, fuel management systems and exhausts are very popular,” says Shah. Other changes include adding turbo chargers, nitrous oxide system, replacing Indian engines with Japanese engines etc.VROOM FACTOR: Pininfarina-styled FerrariMineel Chitroda, who runs MKraft Design, a successful business in body kits, concept vehicle interiors and customized paint job with brother Moneet, provides design solutions to clients who want to modify the look of their car.”The market is rapidly growing even in terms of design,” says Moneet, adding that clients are ready to shell out over Rs 2 lakh to give their cars a new look. Even as engines are revved up and body work waxed, car lovers are ready to vroom off in style, secure in the knowledge that potholed roads or not, speed is the king.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgManila leaned on the heroics of Marvin Hayes as it subdued  Marikina, 91-89, to regain second spot in the North division while Muntinlupa strengthened its bid for homecourt advantage in the playoffs of the MPBL Datu Cup on Thursday night at Muntinlupa Sports Complex.Hayes, the former Jose Rizal U bruiser and PBA journeyman, knocked in 19 points, including a tough jumper with 48 seconds remaining that helped wrapped up the Stars’ 19th victory in 23 outings.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Mancebo stamps class in stage one Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 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 Chris Bitoon finished with 19 points, while Aris Dionisio and Maclean Sabellina posted 10 points each for the Stars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more