The BJP-led NDA in Bihar, which has been ruling the State for about a decade and a half, owes an apology to the people of Patna who have been reeling from inundation following heavy rain, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said here on Wednesday.The firebrand BJP leader also attacked the Nitish Kumar government saying an alert had been sounded ahead of the downpour but it failed to ensure attentiveness in the administrative machinery, which could have lessened the severity of the crisis.“It is not a failure of the people of Patna. It is our failure. Residents of the city have reposed so much trust in the NDA, especially the BJP. We owe an apology to them,” said Mr. Singh, the Lok Sabha MP from Begusarai.A former member of the Nitish Cabinet, the Union Minister is a known detractor of the Chief Minister and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader.“The government issued an alert asking the people to be on guard. But was it on guard itself? Had it been so, people would not have been compelled to suffer so much of misery,” he said.The slow pace of relief operations has fuelled anger among the people affected by a flood-like situation, particularly in Patna, parts of which have been under water for days. On Wednesday, water was being pumped out of the inundated areas in the State capital. Mr. Kumar urged people to “have patience”, but lost his cool on Tuesday night in the face of persistent queries from a journalist about the waterlogged streets of Patna. The Chief Minister shot back at the scribe, asking him whether there was similar outrage when Mumbai was deluged or when floods disrupted life in the U.S.17 lakh people affectedA State government statement put the total number of people affected by the rains at 17.09 lakh. The districts hit by the rainfall were Patna, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Samastipur, Begusarai, Lakhisarai and Vaishali, situated on either side of the Ganga. According to the State disaster management department, 42 deaths have been reported from areas affected by rainfall, though a district-wise break-up was not yet available.
Anima Dey from Assam lost her son Subrata in the Goalpara detention camp, said to be the deadliest of the six detention camps in the State: 10 inmates have been found dead in that camp alone. “Whenever I went to meet him, I couldn’t speak to him freely since the guards were always around. Four days before his death, I assured him that we will be approaching the Guwahati High Court and he was hopeful,” she said. “We were given vague reasons for the cause of death and weren’t given the death certificate or the post- mortem reports.” Ms. Dey’s nightmare didn’t end there, though. The Dey family, who have not been included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), have to travel several kilometres for the tribunal proceedings. The economic impact has been devastating, as Subrata was the sole earning member in the family with a meagre income. His son Biki was forced to give up his education and work as a tailor’s apprentice to earn for the family.There are other threads in this story. Like that of Hasan Ali, who attempted suicide last year when his name was excluded from the list. Or Rashminara Begum, who was three months pregnant when she was sent to a detention camp due to a minor discrepancy in her date of birth, and Saken Ali, who had to spend five years in detention camps because of a minor spelling mistake in his name.These were all accounts that unfolded at a “solidarity meeting” in the city on Friday, organised by non governmental organisations like Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), which have been working for the victims for the past two years. CJP members said, in the final list published on August 31 this year, 19 lakh citizens were excluded from the register. “It is unfortunate how both the government and the bureaucracy have completely betrayed their own people. Some of the worst affected people belong to oppressed and marginalised communities. Sixty-nine percent of those affected are women,” said CJP Secretary Teesta Setalvad.Suraj Gogoi from the Northeast Collective of IIT Bombay, said the NRC legitimises xenophobia in the State. “Recently, we have been forced to accept such measures as normal while these means of control are exceptionally inhuman,” he said.CJP members said they will continue to extend aid to those the NRC has affected, including having more such meetings across the country, filing a petition to question the NRC’s constitutional viability, and providing counselling services and legal aid to those wishing to file appeals.The meeting also witnessed attendance from representatives of several other human rights groups. The meerting ended with a panel discussion on the question, “Is NRC really on the assumption that illegal immigrants will harm the nation or is it a part of the existing majoritarian politics?”
The Madhya Pradesh government is committed to reducing red tape to foster an environment conducive for investment in the State, says Chief Minister Kamal Nath in a written response to questions submitted by The Hindu ahead of the Magnificent M.P. Investors’ Summit in Indore. Excerpts:Madhya Pradesh is going to be the first State to roll out a land pooling policy for industries. You claim owners will not be required to relinquish rights. How will you strike a balance between investors’ confidence and rights of landowners without upsetting either of the two?From the past experiences regarding land acquisitions, it is well known that it’s a lengthy and costly affair and many a time land acquisition projects are marred by litigation.For the first time in India we are coming up with a land pooling policy for an industrial purpose. We have done meticulous planning for this. In this model, participating landowners will not have to relinquish their ownership rights, instead they will become partners in the development process. They will be direct beneficiaries of all the future price appreciation of the land. Additionally, a 20% cash component of their land compensation will provide them immediate liquidity.The MPIDC [M.P. Industrial Development Corporation Limited] will issue land pooling certificates to participating landowners. The LPC will be a tradable instrument. Currently, the MPIDC is running a pilot project of land pooling at Pithampur Sector 5. Under phase 1, the pilot project aims to create a new industrial land pool of 400 hectares in the region.Earlier, it was observed that in many cases land was acquired from participating landowners at a lower cost and later sold at a higher price to the industry. This made the landowners feel cheated. Madhya Pradesh’s new model will stop such a practice.Investors’ confidence has been seriously hurt in the domestic market due to the lingering effects of demonetisation and the limiting impact of the Goods and Services Tax. In an unfavourable climate like this, what are your guiding principles of engagement with investors? How will you restore their confidence?There is a huge impact on the overall business sentiment due to the aforesaid measures. The State government has initiated a thorough review of the existing industrial promotion policy. We want to create a conducive environment for investment in the State. My government is focused on minimising red tape to ensure that the industry has a welcoming experience.We are the only State in India having a tax-delinked industrial promotion policy with additional incentives for export-oriented units and high employment generation units. We believe in the timely settlement of the incentive amount and are committed to transparent and unambiguous policies.In almost 10 months, my government has been successful in grounding industrial projects worth over ₹20,000 crore leading to direct employment of 30,000 and indirect employment of 75,000 persons.How do you plan to overcome the effects of demonetisation on the textile industry, a significant contributor to the State’s gross domestic product, as around half the organic cotton produced in the country is from the State?We are the largest producer of organic cotton in the country, accounting for 43% of India’s production by volume and 39% by acreage. In terms of textile-based industry, Madhya Pradesh is a traditional hub and has a well-established ecosystem.We are working towards establishing forward linkages in the textile sector. The State has come up with a special incentive package for the garment sector. We are very focused on the textile sector as it is a high employment-potential sector. Through the summit we will showcase various opportunities that the State offers to the textile sector.By setting up the National Automotive Test Tracks [NATRAX} and endorsing investment in the automobile cluster in Pithampur and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, how do you plan to offset effects of a reduced demand in the automobile sector?We have a very vibrant ecosystem for the auto sector in and around Indore. Spread across 2,000 hectares, Pithampur Auto Cluster has over 500 units with a combined investment of $11.3 billion. The presence of NATRAX in the region makes it a preferred choice of investment for auto companies. Spread over an area of 1,669 hectares, it has 14 types of test tracks with a total length of 11.3 km. In addition to this, considering the proximity of the region with the corridor influence area, it gives a further boost to the sector by offering excellent connectivity to the rest of India.With the State promising investors a friendly atmosphere, what promise does it bring for locals? What are the steps taken by the State government to ensure employment of locals in industries and reskilling of those displaced by the projects?The government is focused on generating more employment through industrialisation and ensuring that the locals benefit from them. We understand that skilled manpower is the need of the hour. The government is going to provide skill-based training to the youth in the State. Courses are being designed based on industry feedback, so that skills meet industry requirements. In order to ensure that this will not be limited to the labour sector only, we are going to focus on better quality in higher education too. Internationally reputed institutes like IIM-Indore, IIT-Indore, AIIMS-Bhopal, MANIT-Bhopal and IISER-Bhopal are present in the State. Reputed private institutes like VIT have already opened a campus in Bhopal while Symbiosis is in Indore. The government is working towards attracting more such institutes in the State. Furthermore, the Global Skill Centre is being set up in Bhopal.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Taguinod, 11, captures 3 gold medals in swimming View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UE’s Alvin Pasaol (right) didn’t have the same explosion he had against La Salle the first time both schools played.—AUGUST DELA CRUZIn some corner of the UAAP, a storied school is dealing with all the noise from disgruntled students and alumni calling for the resignation of a head coach.Far from all that controversy, La Salle made its presence felt in a more positive way.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The defending champion Archers formalized their entry to the Final Four after brushing off University of the East, 99-78, in Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.La Salle streaked to its fourth straight win to improve to 9-2 while the Red Warriors slipped to 3-8—still mathematically in contention for a semifinals spot.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 shutoutUniversity of Santo Tomas was never in the hunt for a Final Four spot at any point in the tournament—even preseason polls had the Tigers finishing last.But the school that has long been a league heavyweight—the Tigers have collected 18 UAAP crowns, including a rare “four-peat”—seems dead set on getting there drenched in historic ignominy. “We shouldn’t think ahead, and we should focus on just one game at a time,” said Rivero in Filipino after filling in for coach Aldin Ayo in the postgame press conference.Ayo, who this season has dealt with rumors about his shaky hold of his post at La Salle, snubbed the media for the sixth time.“Actually our team is a strong unit as long as we follow our system, and we should move as one,” added Rivero.Reigning MVP Ben Mbala led all scorers with 25 points to go along 14 rebounds to lead La Salle while SantiSantillan added 14 point and 11 rebounds.Alvin Pasaol, who put up a career-high 49 points in the first round against La Salle, managed 23 points and nine boards this time to lead UE. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson U dealt UST an 11th straight loss, 75-70, later in the day, pumping the volume up on calls from students and alumni for the resignation of head coach Boy Sablan.The Falcons tightened their grip on the third seed with their seventh win in 11 matches while the Tigers somehow continue justifying an angry mob’s call for a coaching change.La Salle has little to worry about any coaching change—at least for now—especially after mounting a 22-6 run that gave the Green Archers a 40-24 lead in the first half.The lead then ballooned to 27 points with 2:25 left in the third on a Justine Baltazar triple that put La Salle up, 74-47.And with the Archers’ remaining games looking more like mere formalities, Ricci Rivero said they should remain focused on the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Three nights later, the Filipinos will host the Taiwanese traveling to Manila for the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao with Chinese Taipei likely to be reinforced by Quincy Davis III.Davis III had earlier been ruled out because of an injury, but a Fiba.com report on Tuesday said that the 6-foot-10 naturalized center had recovered well enough and was again part of the Taiwanese’s 24-man pool.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 shutoutTeam Philippines will be spearheaded by Andray Blatche and reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and will go into both games slight favorites before clashing with Australia in February. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort June Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ first two games in the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifiers will be a tall order, with the Filipinos facing Japan first in front of what could be hostile territory before playing a full-force Chinese Taipei.The 4,000-seat Kamazawa gymnasium in Tokyo has been sold out, guaranteeing that the Filipinos won’t have the hometown support they usually get when Gilas and Team Nippon slug it out on Nov. 24.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC Children’s Games draw praise from Unesco official
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kuzma hit five 3-pointers and dominated down the stretch, yet Los Angeles nearly gave it away by missing 10 of its 17 free throws in the fourth quarter, including four in the final 20 seconds. The Lakers are the NBA’s worst team at the free-throw line and also at the 3-point line, where Kuzma’s teammates were a combined 2 for 19 — which made this win all the more improbable to coach Luke Walton.“I have confidence that those guys that missed them tonight will make them in the future,” Walton said. “But hopefully we can remedy that sooner rather than later.”Kyrie Irving scored 33 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics, who opened a four-game road trip by extending their longest losing streak in nearly two years. Smart added 22 points and led the Celtics back.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed two free throws for Los Angeles with 5.7 seconds left, but Smart’s final miss over Caldwell-Pope’s defense allowed Los Angeles to snap a four-game losing streak against Boston.“It was a great game for us to learn from,” Irving said. “Minor details, you know? Getting offensive rebounds and blocking out. Taking opportunities to force them into tough shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “That’s why we’ve got practice tomorrow,” Kuzma said with a grin.The Lakers still have much to learn, but they took another major step with a victory in this hallowed NBA rivalry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKuzma scored 28 points and the surging Lakers sent the Celtics to their fourth consecutive loss, 108-107 Tuesday night.Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points in the sixth consecutive home win by the Lakers, who have won three straight and seven of nine overall during their best stretch of the season. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, center, shoots as Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, of Germany, and guard Jarell Eddie defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, showing off a spectacular array of big shots and slick passes.And if Boston’s Marcus Smart hadn’t missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, it still wouldn’t have been enough for a win because the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t hit their free throws down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Irving led the Celtics back within two points late, but Kuzma and Julius Randle came up with big baskets on offensive rebounds. Smart then hit two free throws for Boston with 19.2 seconds left after Josh Hart missed two for LA, trimming the lead to 106-105.Clarkson hit two free throws, and Terry Rozier hit a twisting layup with seven seconds left before Caldwell-Pope’s misses.TIP-INSCeltics: Al Horford returned with 13 points and 12 rebounds after missing the last game in the concussion protocol after taking an elbow to the head. … Boston beat the Lakers 107-96 on Nov. 8.Lakers: Caldwell-Pope (right heel) and Brandon Ingram (sprained left ankle) played after being questionable before game time. Ingram had seven points on 2-for-11 shooting. … Kuzma has 15 20-point games this season, the most by a Lakers rookie since Eddie George in 1995. … Fans near courtside included Ryan Leaf, Dodgers stars Kenley Jansen and Yasiel Puig, and comedian Nick Kroll.HAYWARD HEREGordon Hayward was with the Celtics after traveling to Los Angeles last week. He will stay in town for the next 7-10 days to continue his rehabilitation from his horrifying left ankle injury just five minutes into the season. Boston coach Brad Stevens said the move is designed “just to mix it up” during Hayward’s extensive rehab, which is still proceeding on schedule. Stevens said Hayward could begin traveling with the team full-time by early March as he continues to work toward a return. Until then, he’ll watch practice from the sidelines while staying as stationary as possible. “He’s a really good spot-up shooter,” Stevens said with a grin.KUZMAGICKuzma, the Lakers’ impressive rookie forward from Utah, had his best offensive game since Christmas. He put the Lakers ahead during a 3 ½-minute stretch of the fourth quarter with 13 points and a behind-the-back assist to Larry Nance Jr. for a dunk that brought Staples Center to its feet. He added four rebounds and three assists without and turnover and did it all in less than 27 minutes of play. “His fourth quarter was incredible,” Walton said.BALL OUTLonzo Ball missed his fifth consecutive game with a sore left knee for the Lakers, but they’ve developed a solid offensive approach in the absence of the rookie point guard. Replacements Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso contributed little offensively, but Clarkson had another outstanding playmaking game, and Randle contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds.UP NEXTCeltics: Stay in LA to face the Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday night.Lakers: At the Chicago Bulls on Friday night to open a five-game road trip. LA plays 11 of its next 14 on the road. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ NCAA volleyball: San Beda zooms to 6-0 after comeback win
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Ian Sangalang, meanwhile, finished with just eight points but had two key plays on opposite ends of the floor when it mattered the most. Sangalang harassed Belo into that backing error and then broke the last tie at 72 with a running jumper off a pass from Marc Pingris.Meanwhile, the Gin Kings battle NLEX at Cuneta Astrodome on Saturday, seeking a follow-up to that upset of the Beermen and climb to the upper half of the elimination round bracket.Barangay Ginebra had been tagged one of the favorites in the preseason but wobbled a bit and tripped into a three-game slump before beating the Beermen.NLEX, another preseason favorite, has also been caught in a slump after winning its first two games of the season. Chris Tiu scored 18 points and Ed Daquioag added 16 to lead Rain or Shine past Meralco, 90-84, in the nightcap.The Elasto Painters improved to 4-3 and dealt the Bolts their fifth defeat in seven games.After just a day’s rest, the Hotshots will return to clash with the three-time defending champion San Miguel Beermen.“That will be tough,” Victolero said of the game. “We will have no excuses and we will try to find ways to beat San Miguel. We need to regroup. [Barangay] Ginebra was able to do it (beat the Beermen in the second of back-to-back games) and that’s our motivation.”Mac Belo paced the Elite with 25 points, tying his career-high, but had a crucial backing violation that doomed Blackwater. He also opted to pass off on a 2-on-1 break that led to a key miss by John Pinto.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Hotshots closed out with six unanswered points inside the final minute to win for the fifth straight game and rise to 6-1 while dealing the Elite a fourth consecutive defeat in a 2-5 record.Paul Lee missed the game because of a sprained ankle and there was no real go-to-guy for Magnolia in this game as the Hotshots actually couldn’t sustain a hot start that had them taking a 23-13 lead after the first frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater steadily clawed back and had a solid chance to turn things around only to fall because of some bad decisions in the endgame.“It was a very tough game, we had some lapses in the end,” coach Chito Victolero said. “Because of our experience and chemistry, we barely scraped through.” MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magnolia survived the loss of an 18-point lead in the third period by playing steadier at the crunch, nipping Blackwater, 78-72, to wrest the lead heading into the final four weeks of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding San Beda, Perpetual score key wins
As part of a massive shake-up just before the trade deadline, the Cavaliers are reportedly getting a heavily-protected second-round pick in exchange for Wade, who had signed a one-year deal with Cleveland after a buyout from Chicago.Just minutes before, Cleveland sent Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn a separate trade, the Cavaliers also and shipped away Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert and received George Hill from the Sacramento Kings and Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz.Wade, one of LeBron James’ closest friends, reunites with coach Erik Spoelstra and president Pat Riley in Miami, where he won three championships. Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPDwyane Wade is coming home.Wade is given the chance to end his career where it started after the Cleveland Cavaliers traded him back to the Miami Heat, ESPN has reported.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, Nance Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum
A day after the curtain came down on the Commonwealth Games, the messy build-up to the mega event pitchforked Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi back to the centrestage. As the government struggled to put together a comprehensive regime to probe the mess, Kalmadi received a severe snub from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday.Suresh KalmadiThe OC chief was not invited for a function to felicitate Indian medallists – the real heroes of the Games that concluded on Thursday – at the Prime Minister’s residence. In another development, the Prime Minister appointed a high-level committee to probe the charges of corruption and other irregularities that marred the extravaganza.The panel is headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V.K. Shunglu and has been asked to submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months, a PMO spokesman said. The CAG also turned up the heat, resuming its assessment of CWG related projects. Officials inspected the CPWD office at the S.P. Mukherjee Stadium on Friday.In August, the public auditor began an assessment of the expenditure but had to halt work towards the end of September as they could not access the CPWD premises at the stadiums. “When the mess surfaced, Kalmadi had repeatedly said he was ready for any probe into the management of the Games. The time for that has come,” government sources said.They added that cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar, who was granted a tenure extension in view of the CWG, could be the pivot of the investigations. A CAG report had questioned the appointment of two consultants for the CWG broadcast rights as well as the sponsorship agreements entered into by the OC.advertisementThe public auditor is likely to submit its final report to the government by January-end so that it could be taken up during Parliament’s budget session in February. It may be recalled that a preliminary probe by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had also suspected financial irregularities in various projects relating to the stadiums.Kalmadi being ignored for Friday’s felicitation function indicated the PM’s strong reservations about the conduct of the Games. Significantly, other OC members were not invited either. The event turned out to be a prolonged photo-op for the medal winners during which the PM and his wife Gursharan Kaur interacted with them. Basking in the glory of their recent success, the champions posed for photographs in groups in accordance with their disciplines.Besides the event winners, sports minister M.S. Gill and some senior officials were present at the function. The snub comes a day after Kalmadi – echoing what he’d said at the opening ceremony – heaped praise on those who mattered in the government, including the PM and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in his speech at the CWG closing ceremony.The crowd had consistently booed the Pune MP at both ceremonies. Agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), CVC and CAG are slated to play the main role in the investigative exercise, with the proposed committee expected to collate their findings to fix responsibility and accountability.The main areas under the scanner include the alleged corruption in handling the Games funds, delays in the completion of venues and related infrastructure, irregularities in the award of various tenders and the management of the CWG Village. The role of the other key players – the Delhi government, Union urban development ministry, Union sports ministry, CPWD, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) – is also likely to come under the scanner.”The Prime Minister is aware of the immense public pressure to come clean on the management of the Games. The government also expects the Opposition parties to raise the pitch for a probe just before the winter session of Parliament, which begins on November 9,” sources said. The government could consider assigning a part of the investigations to parliamentary panels such as the Public Accounts Committee and Estimates Committee since charges of financial irregularities directly impact the public exchequer.For its part, the BJP – the main opposition party – lost no time in mounting pressure on the government to probe the management of the extravaganza. “The people’s verdict is out. They cheered each athlete and artist, but they jeered and booed Kalmadi and company. We will pursue the issues of corruption, mismanagement and delays in preparation,” BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.The Congress dispelled doubts about any change of heart after the successful conduct of the Games and made it clear that those found guilty wouldn’t go unpunished. Maintaining a distance from Kalmadi and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, party spokesman Manish Tewary said constitutional and statutory bodies “charged with the responsibility of carrying audit of such expenses should discharge their duty to the satisfaction of the countrymen if there has been any lapse”.advertisement(With inputs from agencies)
India discard Irfan Pathan on Friday said his elder brother Yusuf, who recently bagged a whopping deal of USD 2.1 million with IPL Franchisee Kolkata Knight riders for season-IV, will soon tie the nuptial knot.Asked about his own marraige plans, Irfan said his priority is winning back his place in the national side.”I want to make a comeback in the Indian team. You know, marriage is going to come with time. First my brother has to get married and it is going to be soon,” Irfan said.”Hopefully the new bride is coming. We are just about to select a girl for him. But for me, it is going to take some time. For me, I just want to make a comeback for the team then everything’s going to follow,” he told a TV channel.Yusuf, whose stellar performance in the first edition of IPL had helped Rajasthan Royals lift the title, was bought by the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned KKR for Rs 9.66 crore.On the other hand, Irfan, who earned Rs 3.7 crore at Kings XI Punjab, will now play for Delhi Daredevils with a Rs 8.74 crore contract.
Come February, students of Delhi University North Campus will be greeted by an unusual sight – liveried guards patrolling on sports bikes.After the Delhi Police recently set up several help desks on the campus, the university is now doing its bit to ensure safety of its students. As a first step in that direction, the university proctor – at the behest of vice chancellor Dinesh Singh – has set up its own patrol team; an idea borrowed from universities abroad.” The team is made up of two male and two female guards. They will take rounds of the campus in two shifts between 8 am and 5 pm. This is a pilot project and, if successful, we will extend the hours of patrolling,” said H. P. Singh, DU proctor.On November 22, 2010, Mail Today had reported that the university’s newly-appointed V-C was keen on improving the security of the North Campus, which had deteriorated to quite an extent.North Campus has earned itself the reputation of being unsafe because of its porous nature. Over the years, the campus has witnessed an increasing number of thefts and incidents of eve teasing.This was corroborated by a safety survey sponsored by the university’s research cell and carried out by a professor of Delhi School of Social Work last year.The audit revealed that 42 per cent of the students felt that the North Campus was still unsafe for them.Though there are plans to make the North Campus a closed campus like JNU, DU authorities hope the safety squad will make a difference and instill some confidence in students.advertisement” The South Campus, on the other hand, is a closed one and hence does not face as much problems as the North,” said Singh explaining why the initiative for now is just meant to cover the North Campus.The guards will be equipped with a medical kit to provide first aid to students who have met with minor accidents.They also have walkie- talkie devices in case they need to call for back- up in case of a bigger emergency.But wouldn’t patrolling on a motorbike be more efficient then on a bicycle? ” The guards are expected to act swiftly and moving on a bicycle is definitely more convenient. A bicycle can be parked anywhere. Moreover, the guards will be given proper mountaineering sports bikes equipped with different speed gears,” added Singh.
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Rahul DravidFinally found. Finally, finally, finally. What England couldn’t do for two months, 32 hours and 602 runs has been done. A chink-small but significant-has been found in Rahul Dravid’s cast iron and blindingly shiny suit of armour.His friends say they’ve never seen him do it, his coach doesn’t think,Rahul DravidFinally found. Finally, finally, finally. What England couldn’t do for two months, 32 hours and 602 runs has been done. A chink-small but significant-has been found in Rahul Dravid’s cast iron and blindingly shiny suit of armour.His friends say they’ve never seen him do it, his coach doesn’t think he’s the type, it’s not live on TV but it’s official: the Wall, the Rock, the answer to India’s unfunny top-order wobbliness and middle-class moms’ dreams, throws his bat.Gets angry, comes back to the dressing room, shouts out purple words and throws that bat. Not often, but has done so “many times”. Not quite the clean-cut, clean-living, book-reading, Pope with pads on, now, is he?Actually, never was. That’s the easy and lazy way to deal with Dravid and his cricket. Tag ’em and bag ’em. He is technically correct, politically correct, reliable, methodical, studious, sensitive even. So he cannot be attractive, competitive, hard, tough, mean, can he? He can. He is.Like muscles on a batsman’s arm beneath a long-sleeved shirt, there are parts to a cricketer that remain unseen and so unrecognised and underestimated. Dravid’s “inner steel”-to borrow coach John Wright’s words-is one of them. The 29-year-old says, Aggression is something within, you show it through your deeds.”As the first batsman to score 1,000 Test runs this year, the deeds were big and his mettle glinted through them. He is India’s MVP in 2002 not only because he made four hundreds, four fifties and averaged 67, but because he’s made the runs coming in when the scores on tour have read: 3-99,1-18,1-6,1-0,1-80,1-13,1-5,1-19,1-2,1-6, 1-0, 1-15, 1-18 (told you it wasn’t funny). As India reached for antidepressants , Dravid reached for his bat.advertisementRahul DravidHis method has revolved around a jaw-jutting refusal to surrender: his wicket, the advantage, whatever it is that must be defended. His mates, batsmen of thunder and lightning, are lustily hailed as they stride out onto the deck. Dravid attracts neither attention nor accolade as he ties himself to the mast and rides out the storm.To be the stoic among swashbucklers challenges skill, resolve and ego. He’s a better cricketer for it and a bigger man. Sanjay Manjrekar, a fellow of the same school of batsmanship, says, “Grit and determination are not appreciated in India. Our crowds can be very tough on batsmen like him. Maybe it’s what drives him on.” The Indian vice-captain thinks the idea is valid, but it’s not something he is conscious of.Typical. He has always known what to keep his eyes on-and how. Friends like former Karnataka opener Fazal Khaleel say when Dravid concentrates, whether on cricket or even an everyday activity like reading a newspaper, “it’s like the rest of the world blurs and he doesn’t see anything else. It’s spooky. If you want his attention, you have to actually shake him or call his name over and over.”Before his first Test in 1995 Dravid got ready, roommate Manjrekar remembers, like a student preparing for his medical exams. He still does. He was invited to dinner by Sunil Gavaskar during the Oval innings but he excused himself.It’s just his way. His devotion to fitness comes from the belief that the monotony of a gym routine is also another way to toughen the mind. Losing his temper “doesn’t make me play better” so he tries to work it out of his system. Which is how he can get run-out on 217 and leave the field without once shaking his head.In six years Dravid has batted from No. 1 to 7 for India, was told he should concentrate on off-spin to give himself an edge, and when he was dropped from the national side, sat at his home ground in Bangalore without reacting as a “fan” screamed out acritique of his batting.He has switched three batting slots this season, won back the No. 3, kept wickets to balance the one-day team and has still played the best cricket of his life. Surely at some stage he’s wanted to say stop.”You sometimes wonder if you have the capability to do something. Or if that something will make us a better team. You work on it. When results start going your way, your confidence grows, you know you can do enough to win.”Manjrekar said what had set the Indian far ahead of any other batsmen this year was hunger. ‘After two centuries, even the best players would have relaxed, backed off a little. But Rahul didn’t. He made a double hundred.”advertisementWhat Dravid does in the middle is as vital as what he does off-centre. He pushes and pulls pumped-up peers away from sledge-fests on the field, and is the side’s mediator and peace-broker when tempers flare on long tours.”You listen to him,” says a member of the England tour party, “because you can trust him to be sane.” When the Nat West series final was won and the team headed outside whooping, Dravid stopped a younger player from disrobing, Ganguly-style, saying they needed to celebrate with dignity.Thereby saving the world the unedifying sight of a largely topless Indian team running around Lord’s. There is much to be merciful for.He does lose his shirt, metaphorically at least. “What annoys me are people who don’t care, people who are laid-back about commitment.” He’s not referring to quick singles but basic business like keeping an appointment. He can drive like an angel, but clearly is driven like a man with a thirst.This soul of decorum can, as an English cricket magazine discovered, be wicked if he wants. Asked which character from history he would like to be, Dravid replied, “Any of the freedom fighters in the Indian Independence movement against the British.”Ravi Shastri predicts 25 Test centuries, Manjrekar says a shift in Indian expectation from individual brilliance to team success could give him his stage. The trumpets are blaring, praise is ringing across the land. But Rahul Dravid, creature of order and method and steadily simmering fire, has not just arrived. He’s always been there.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Not only was Laure a two-time Best Opposite Hitter during her high school days, she was a one-time MVP, a two-time Best Attacker, a one-time Best Setter, and a Rookie of the Year.Despite playing such a multi-dimensional game, Laure said she’s focused on being the team’s opposite hitter with captains Cherry Rondina and Milena Alessandrini holding on to the open spiker role.“I’ll still be an opposite hitter but coach [Kung Fu Reyes] told me that I can be a setter or an open spiker in emergency situations,” said Laure.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Manny Pacquiao lighter for Las Vegas return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Instead of jumping straight to college, Laure had to go through two more years of high school but the multi-awarded star is headed to the collegiate ranks.“I will show everyone what’ I’ve worked for and how excited I am to play after two years of waiting because we were hit by the K-12,” said Laure in Filipino during the Golden Tigresses’ Thursday practice at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion.FEATURED STORIES SPORTSPrivate 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“I’ll finally be able to showcase my game and what I did to improve myself after what UST did in molding me for college.”Laure is expected to become the team’s starting opposite hitter, which is just one of the positions she’s excelled at in high school. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It took two years of waiting but Eya Laure is finally heading into the collegiate game.University of Santo Tomas’ prized rookie was just one of the many student-athletes who had to wait a couple of years before entering the seniors’ division of the UAAP due to the implementation of the K-12 program.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border PLAY LIST 01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border01:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops02:42PH 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Despite its recent struggles, TNT is still considered as one of the best teams in the PBA. After all, the Talk ‘N Text it is the flagship team of the MVP group.Results, however, haven’t favored the KaTropa, who last won a title in the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup and have only one finals appearance for the past three seasons.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In the last conference of the 2017-18 season, TNT didn’t even make it to the playoffs making the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup some sort of a new start for the once proud franchise.TNT did make use of its fresh start as it beat reigning champion San Miguel, 104-93, in convincing fashion Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in a victory that Jayson Castro described as one of the best they’ve had in recent memory.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“This is good for us because our confidence really went up,” said Castro in Filipino. “We all know how hard defeating the defending champion is because they’ve dominated the PBA for so long so this is great for us.”Castro’s words do bear a lot of weight on it since the KaTropa’s last win over the Beermen was in Game 5 of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup in a series that San Miguel won in six. LATEST STORIES That loss started a string of defeats to San Miguel including a couple in two separate quarterfinals, that left the KaTropa to block out all the negativity they’ve received from the Beermen.“I honestly don’t remember that last win because we’ve always lost to them,” said Castro, who finished with 24 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals. “I think it was just our confidence that eventually pushed us to the victory.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Beermen’s bid for a 5th straight PH Cup crown off to rough start Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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
PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The tournament is open for girls and boys from around the world aged 13 to 14.“The baby became a teenager now,” said Carlos Barroca, NBA Asia’s Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations, Barroca during the press launch of the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines Friday at the NBA Philippines headquarters in Bonifacio Global City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCoaches and NBA officials will choose the top five boys and top five girls from across the Philippine camps who will take part in the Jr. NBA Global Championship Asian Qualifiers.The lucky who will be chosen from the Asian Qualifiers will be part of 10-boy and 10-girl teams that would compete in the Global Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World in Orlando. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Tokyo 2020 plans weather monitoring after heatstroke fears Tony Dela Cruz and Carlos Barroca talks about the upcoming Jr. NBA. Photo by Bong LozadaMANILA, Philippines—It’s been more than a decade since the Philippines took part of the global community that is the Jr. NBA and in its the 12th year, Filipino kids have the chance to reach the pinnacle of the NBA’s grassroots program.With the launch of Jr. NBA Global Championship, aspiring Filipino basketball players can test their skills not only against the best in the country but also against the best in the region.ADVERTISEMENT “After the games, there are still a lot of things going on and it’s an experience of a lifetime,” said Barroca.“The kids should earn it and they should provide their commitment, and their ability,” said Barroca. “The moment we choose one, we want the kids to say that he earned that and that he’s the best.”For those interested in joining Jr. NBA Philippines, they can register at www.jrnba.asia.ADVERTISEMENT
Mumbai police probing the case of alleged molestation filed by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta against her ex-boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia, have recorded the statement of hospitality manager of IPL team Kings XI Punjab Tara Sharma, who has confirmed the spat between the two.Sharma also said heated arguments erupted between Wadia and Zinta over seating arrangements at Wankhede Stadium’s Garware pavilion, police said.”The statement of Sharma, who is an independent witness in the case, was recorded last night. She stated Ness had also yelled at her (Sharma) on May 30 over seating arrangements,” said a police officer privy to the probe.Sources in the Wadia camp had said after the incident that the Bombay Dyeing group scion flew into a rage on May 30 when his mother Maureen had to keep standing as seats at Garware Pavilion had been occupied by Zinta and her guests.In her complaint to the police on June 12, Zinta had accused Wadia of molesting, abusing and threatening her during an IPL encounter between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings on May 30.Despite their break-up, Wadia and Zinta continue to co-own Kings XI Punjab team.Marine Drive Police have registered an FIR against Wadia under IPC Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).Meanwhile, police have begun to approach the witnesses listed by Wadia whose statements he wants to be recorded in connection with the case.advertisement”Of the nine witnesses listed by Wadia, a few have been contacted and they have expressed their willingness to appear before us to record their statements. Their statements will be recorded soon,” the officer said.The names of witnesses mentioned in a letter delivered to Marine Drive police on Wednesday by a representative of Wadia are: Serieka Lal, Loretta Joseph, Pooja Dadlani, Anneline Adams, Farah Oomerbhoy, Sweetie Burman, Kamlesh Shah, Rayaan Mustapha and Sharat Nath.Shailesh Gupta, a journalist named as a witness by Zinta, too has been contacted and he would record his statement soon, the officer added.Police have so far recorded statements of 12 witnesses, seven of whom have been described as “crucial witnesses” by the investigators.Among those whose statements have been recorded are IPL Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman, BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel and COO of Kings XI Punjab Fraser Castellino.Witnesses Danish Merchant, Jai Kanojia and Parul Khanna have confirmed that Wadia had “pulled” Zinta by hand during a “heated” argument, while Castellino said he did not see any fight or argument between the two.
Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Princess Robles paced NU’s offense with 17 points while Lacsina added 16 points with Audrey Paran and Roselyn Doria pitching in 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs.Rookie libero Jennifer Nierva was NU’s stabilizer on the defensive end with 26 excellent digs and 29 successful receptions.Carlos and Justine Dorog led UP with 15 points apiece. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas PLAY LIST 00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Naito destruction puts Rene Catalan in ONE world title conversation Urgent reply from Philippine football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Bulldogs, who have six rookies and three sophomores in their lineup, moved up to solo sixth in the standings with a 2-4 record while the Lady Maroons stayed at fifth at 3-3.Despite the overwhelming pressure of the fifth set, the youngsters of NU showed utmost composure in dealing with the shell shocked Lady Maroons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUP was a point away from winning it all with a 14-10 lead in the fifth but the Lady Bulldogs mounted a near improbable 5-0 run with Ivy Lacsina giving NU a 15-14 lead with a devastating down-the-line kill.Isa Molde managed to tie things at 15-15 but Lacsina once again struck gold right before Audrey Luceño denied Diana Carlos for the Lady Bulldogs’ victory. View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Rookie-laden National University overcame inexperience and stunned University of the Philippines, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ So when the horn sounded on their 116-108 win over the Celtics on Sunday night to clinch the Magic’s first postseason berth since 2012, they took some extra time to celebrate.Terrence Ross had 26 points, Nikola Vucevic finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Evan Fournier added 24 points for Orlando (41-40). The victory also gave the Magic their first regular-season sweep over Boston since 1996-97.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“It’s an amazing feeling. Nobody knows what I’ve been through in the last six years here, just through all the losing, the struggling, the doubting,” Vucevic said. “It’s been very difficult for me at times. It paid off in a great way, man, just to come in here in this building and beat a great Celtics team and to make it.”Cheers could be heard outside Orlando’s locker room postgame and Vucevic and others were wearing black Magic “Clinched” T-shirts with “Southeast Division Champions” on them. Coach Steve Clifford was doused with water by his players. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks to 60th win DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “It’s fun to see,” Clifford said. “Anybody that doesn’t think there’s purity in the NBA should have seen this scene in the locker room because they’re deserving, but it’s enjoyable.”Even with the loss, the Celtics (48-33) clinched the fourth seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs just before tip-off. That came courtesy of Brooklyn’s win over Indiana. The Pacers are locked in as Boston’s first-round opponent as the fifth seed.Kyrie Irving had 23 points for Boston. Al Horford finished with 18 points and Gordon Hayward added 16 off the bench.The Magic erased a 13-point first-half deficit and took an 83-78 lead into the fourth quarter. They kept it going, starting the final period on an 11-2 run, which included nine points by Ross.Boston responded with run of its own and tied the game at 106 on a 3-pointer by Irving with 2:50 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting But the Magic kept attacking.Fournier got free in the lane and dunked over Terry Rozier to put the Magic back in front. The Celtics turned it over on their next possession. That was followed by an Aaron Gordon layup on the other end that made it 110-106.“We were definitely trying to win the game,” Hayward said. “We wanted to go into the playoffs playing our best basketball. They hit some tough shots tonight. You could definitely tell they were playing for something.”TIP-INSMagic: Vucevic had his 60th double-double of the season.Celtics: Hayward has now scored in double-figures in eight consecutive games.INJURIESCeltics coach Brad Stevens said before the game that the Brooklyn-Indiana outcome wouldn’t affect how much he played his starters against Orlando.He was true to his word and played his starters their normal minutes.It proved costly. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayson Tatum limped off the court at the six-minute mark of the first quarter with a left shin contusion and did not return.Marcus Smart left with 6:15 remaining in the third, helped off by trainers and holding his left side after banging hips with Vucevic. The team initially said it was a left hip contusion. After the game Stevens said he was told it was an oblique bruise. Smart could still be seen limping as he left the arena after the game.Stevens said he’ll play his starters “a lot less on Tuesday, if at all” in Boston’s regular-season finale at Washington.EYES ON INDIANANow that the Celtics first-round opponent is set, Irving said their focus has shifted to the Pacers.“I’m just happy that we get to prepare for a team for multiple days,” Irving said. “It’s nothing really surprising in the playoffs. Just go out there and get a good feel for the Pacers. Game 1 is a feel-out game and then we go from there.”UP NEXTMagic: Regular-season finale at Charlotte Tuesday.Celtics: Regular-season finale at Washington Wednesday. Orlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin shoots in front of Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Nothing has come easy for the Orlando Magic over the last seven years.They endured four different head coaches, five seasons with 50-plus losses and took many turns in the NBA draft lottery.ADVERTISEMENT