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After failed playoff bid, Phoenix looking to play better, disciplined basketball in 2019

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix’s first playoff stint has left the team with invaluable lessons.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid After finishing at no. 2 heading into the playoffs of the PBA Governors’ Cup, the Fuel Masters plummeted once the big lights shone bright and lost their twice-to-beat edge to seventh seed Meralco.With three shots to make it to the quarterfinals again in PBA Season 44, star guard Matthew Wright and the Fuel Masters know exactly what they need to work on to make a deeper playoff run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s the same team, the same feeling, the same games, it’s just more games in a shorter amount of time and we just have to play better,” said Wright during Phoenix’s practice before the New Year.“I guess there’s a little bit of playoff atmosphere but whatever that is we can’t let it bother us or change the way we play because at the end of the day we’re playing the same games.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pelicans hope Elfrid Payton’s presence reinvigorates playoff hopescenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Phoenix had a lackluster performance in the first two conferences failing to enter the playoffs on both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but things changed when the team acquired the mercurial Calvin Abueva in a trade with Alaska right before the Governors’ Cup.Abueva averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks during the eliminations for the Fuel Masters but the whole team hit a snag against the Bolts in the playoffs.The loss is what Wright and his team are looking to avenge in their quest to become a better team in 2019.“We still haven’t won our first playoff game as a franchise so we’ll start there,” said Wright. “We lost twice to Meralco and that’s something we want to avenge but we have a long way to go to think about the finals. We’re going to take it one game at a time.”“We have to be a lot more disciplined come playoff time.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READlast_img read more

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NorthPort teammates blown away by Robert Bolick: ‘He’s not even a rookie’

first_imgMOST READ The 23-year-old Bolick debuted in style, turning in a game-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field on top of three rebounds and three assists in close to 36 minutes of play.“He’s different. He’s made [for the PBA],” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio.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 starsPBA fans who never religiously followed Bolick’s NCAA career were surely left surprised by the guard’s performance.But his Batang Pier teammates have somewhat saw that coming from Bolick. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “We’re not surprised. I’m not surprised because I’ve seen him play in our tune-up games and I’ve known then that he’s going to have a big impact on our team,” said swingman Paolo Taha, who also starred for NorthPort with a career-best 21 points.“We all know Robert is a winner ever since he was in college with many championships at San Beda. I like playing with him because he can do everything. He’s a court general, an unselfish player so he and Stanley are the ones who dictate our tempo,” Taha added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stanley Pringle and Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNorthPort newcomer Robert Bolick scored 10 points in his first six minutes in the PBA, had nine in the third quarter before adding the finishing touches in the final frame including a tough step back jumper from the deep right corner in front of his team’s bench.“He’s not even a rookie,” said his superstar teammate Stanley Pringle Wednesday after the Batang Pier steamrolled the Blackwater Elite, 117-91, in the two squads’ opening game in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. ” He’s ready to go, ready to work.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening After last season’s runner-up finish, Lady Tamaraws not looking too far ahead Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha notifies recruitment for 131 posts

first_imgSarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha has invited applications for recruitment at various posts. Candidates can apply latest by August 12.Post details:Total posts: 131 postsPost name: Physical education instructor: 72 postsArt education instructor: 59 postsEligibility criterion:Educational qualification:Physical education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have completed their 10+2 with CPED/they should possess a graduate/post graduate degree in professional education. Candidates having a valid certificate issued by ‘Director of sports, Odisha’ will be preferred. Also, sports candidates above the age of 42 years with national level participation is eligible to apply.Art education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have done Bachelors in Arts/Bachelors in Visual Arts. Candidates having BFA and BVA degree from B.K. Degree College and other government college of art and craft may be considered. Also, candidates who possess a B.Mus degree will be taken into consideration. Besides, candidates who do not possess a diploma/degree but has participated in the state-level competition can also apply.Pay Scale:Physical education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)Art education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)How to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to log in to the official website and download the application forms from there. The duly filled application forms should be printed and sent to “District Project Coordinator, RTE-SSA, Shiksha Sadan, Near Collectorate,Koaput 764020”.last_img read more

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Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?

first_imgIn this Feb. 9, 2019, photo, invitees listen during an orientation for volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries, and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs. That’s the case at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics where about 80,000 will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month. (Mizuki Ikari/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans.IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’ “It’s easy to imagine the Olympics charging for the right to help if the honor were high enough,” Schwarz said.Olympic volunteers typically pay their own lodging and transportation to the host city. They get meals on the days they work, some training and uniforms to treasure. In Tokyo, they will get up to 1,000 yen daily (about $9) to get to work on the city’s vast train system. Tokyo organizers also provide some insurance. Almost two-thirds of the applicants for the Tokyo Olympics are Japanese, and almost two-thirds are women.A study done for the IOC on volunteers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics said their value was at least $60 million for 40,000 volunteers. Now, 20 years later, Tokyo organizers will use twice that many.Separately, the Tokyo city government will field another 30,000 unpaid volunteers.Proponents argue volunteers embody the spirit of the games, harkening to a time almost 50 years ago when Olympic athletes were unpaid amateurs. The IOC champions their use despite some complaints on social media in Tokyo that volunteers are similar to “forced labor.”IOC member John Coates, who heads the inspection team for Tokyo, strongly defended the use of unpaid help.“They don’t have to apply if they don’t want to,” the Australian said. “The economics of it necessitates having to have volunteers. They get trained, they get their uniforms. They are part of something very exciting. … I don’t think there’s a case for paying volunteers.”Almost everyone else working the Olympics gets paid. Many, handsomely.Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to organize the Olympics, and organizers have raised $3 billion in local sponsorships — twice as much as any previous Olympics. IOC members like Coates receive per diems of between $450 to $900 when they are on Olympic business, and other generous perks like flights and top hotels.IOC President Thomas Bach gets no salary but receives an allowance of about $250,000 per year as a “volunteer” president. The IOC typically operates with a $1 billion cash reserve, and had total revenue in the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle of $5.7 billion. It says it returns 90 percent of its revenue to sports federations and national Olympic committees. 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The billion-dollar Olympics are awash with cash. But volunteers work for free. That’s the case next year at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, where about 80,000 volunteers will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month.Most don’t seem to mind, thrilled about a once-in-a-lifetime chance and largely unaware that their unpaid labor enriches Olympic sponsors, powerful TV networks, and the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“To me, it’s very clearly economic exploitation,” Joel Maxcy, the president of the International Association of Sports Economists and a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told The Associated Press.Maxcy described a situation in which volunteers assemble the product but “someone else is collecting nearly all of the money derived from those labor efforts.” American network NBC is paying $7.75 billion for the rights to six Olympics beginning in 2022, an extension on a $4.38 billion contract.Tracey Dickson, who studies volunteerism at Canberra University in Australia, said many factors go beyond “the pure economics.” She listed social cohesion and volunteer camaraderie, which she termed “the fellowship of the suffering.”“I can understand the economic argument,” she said. “But if they were being paid it would be real job with real expectations and there’d be a totally different vibe.”“If they are just employees well, they’re just another employee. There’s so much value in that feel-good factor,” she said.The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics had problems finding volunteers. And when the games began, organizers said about 30 percent on any given day failed to show up for work, which organizers said was anticipated. Brazil also lacked a volunteer culture, and entrenched poverty meant that mostly the white and wealthy signed up.Using volunteers also means those with free time are putting it toward the Olympics, rather than other charitable endeavors.Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland who has also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, cautioned about using volunteers in mega-sports events if they undercut the market for people who need work.Robinson is now serving with the Switzerland-based Centre for Sports and Human Rights, which was launched last year.“Volunteers can play a role,” Robinson said. “But not if it displaces the potential for people having jobs where the entities can well afford to give people the opportunity to have gainful employment rather than work as volunteers.”David Berri, a sports economist at Southern Utah University, suggested that organizers and Olympic officials should also work for free, or for smaller salaries. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Volunteers are lured by the powerful Olympic brand, the glamor of being behind the scenes, a sense of altruism and, for younger volunteers, a hope the work might lead to connections and a full-time job.“I’m willing to work for free if I can get a chance to see and talk to Olympians from all over the world in person,” Yutaro Tokunaga, who attended a recent Tokyo orientation for volunteers, told the AP. The 26-year-old said his employer is giving him five days of paid Olympic leave.One aspiring volunteer, Masanobu Ishii, said he wanted to convey the spirit of “omotenashi,” which translates as showing Japanese hospitality.Volunteers also get involved out of civic duty or patriotism — and the chance to brag to friends. Many older volunteers often don’t need the money.California-based labor economist Andy Schwarz suggested some volunteers would even pay to play.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If the volunteers were paid, there would be less money for everyone else,” he said. “The Olympics have learned people will work for free, so they take advantage of this. If they (Olympic officials) really thought this was all OK, they should obviously volunteer to work for free.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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Robert Bolick shows his worth in statement game for NorthPort

first_imgRobert Bolick, Philippine Basketball Association’s second overall rookie, has had a sensational debut in the pro league, and he has the numbers to show for it.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess READ; Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPort“Actually my confidence started to rise during the All-Star weekend,” he added. “There Stanley (Pringle) and I talked about the team—maybe for about eight hours.”Turns out, it was a pep talk that NorthPort did not know it needed to avoid going to settle for a playoff match just for a right to compete in the next round.With Pringle only going for nine and Sean Anthony just settling for 19 due to pain around his groin area, Bolick’s effort was more than welcome.“I told myself, alright, Wednesday, I’ll show that I’m deserving of sharing the backcourt with him,” Bolick recalled.“He’s a skilled kid,” Jarencio said, but not before making one jest—a constant in his post-game pressers.“The secret in the PBA is being aggressive, showing that you’re up to the fight, that you have strategy. There’s no room for hesitations in this league,” he said.“Just like Pido Jarencio?” asked one of the reporters.“Maybe? That is if he could even get a third of [my aggressiveness back in the day],” the former pro closed with a chuckle. But unlike his draft classmates CJ Perez and Javee Mocon—both hailed as PBA Rookies of the Month in the past, Bolick hasn’t been as impactful to his team—until Wednesday night.With NorthPort down two against crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra in both team’s final elimination round game in the PBA Philippine Cup, Bolick seized the moment. A proven scorer and champion back in college, he took his time before launching for a shot.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, logisticsWhen he unloaded the leather, he made it and brought the Batang Pier ahead with under a minute left to play.READ: NorthPort secures PBA playoff berth, turns back Ginebra Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ready for playoffs as Rockets dominate Clippers in potential first-round preview MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It was quite the statement, especially for a team who has had their backs on the wall in their last three games. Even a bigger statement for Bolick’s coach, who actually asked him to step up.“[He] made a big shot. Down by two, three-point shot? ” said Pido Jarencio, shortly after NorthPort’s 100-97 victory over Ginebra.“Actually I told him this is not the NCAA. This is the PBA. Kailangan mong makipag palitan ng mukha rito,” he added. “That he has to be aggressive both on offense and defense. He was relaxing a bit.”Bolick heeded that exact call and led all of NorthPort’s scorers with 24 to go with five assists, three boards and a steal.“Everyday coach talks to me,” the rookie out of San Beda said. “I’m lucky that he keeps on giving me minutes even if my game’s on and off.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more

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Wizards guard John Wall unsure if he’ll return next NBA season

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With Wall and center Dwight Howard missing much of the season, and plenty of on-court problems with defense and other aspects, the Wizards went 32-50, their most losses since 2012-13.A five-time All-Star, Wall has dealt with a series of health issues in recent years, including having surgery on both of his knees.He was wearing a gray walking boot on his left foot and lower leg Tuesday.“John will be back,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said after his team’s 116-110 loss to the Boston Celtics. “He has a lot of work to do and he’s going to have some tough days. We’re all going to need to wrap our arms around him and make sure he can get through this.”Wall said he will rehab his Achilles in Miami during the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Wall is not entirely sure whether he will be able to play at all next season as he recovers from a torn left Achilles tendon that was operated on in February.“I have no idea just yet. That’s my goal. … That’s my mindset, where I’m pushing toward,” he said. “But whenever the doctors clear me and get to that point, then I will know.”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, logisticsWall appeared in only 32 games this season, averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists, before having surgery on his left heel in January. Then he ruptured his tendon in a fall at home, requiring an additional procedure.“I think it was finally at the point when it was weaker and it was going to give out,” Wall said, “so I’m glad it gave out then instead of me being four months ahead in rehabbing.” LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img DeMarcus Cousins leads Warriors past Pelicans; Stephen Curry leaves hurt 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 Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) sits on the bench during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Washington. The Celtics won 116-110. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— John Wall would not be bothered if the Washington Wizards pick a point guard in the first round of the upcoming NBA draft.“You have to do what’s best for the team and make sure that we have pieces,” Wall told reporters Tuesday night at halftime of Washington’s regular-season finale, then added with a smile: “And when I come back, he can be a great backup to me.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s my job to get myself back to where I think I can be. No matter what any surgeon does, if I don’t attack rehab the right way or make sure I’m in the best shape, the right state of mind, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “Any time you come back from injury, if you’re going to be out there playing basketball and keep constantly thinking about it every time you’re out there, you’re never going to be the same.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Louie Alas baffled over non-call on Alex Cabagnot: ‘We saw Jazul was punched’

first_img“I don’t know why there was not a single call on it. But of course, I’m not a referee and it’s their call. I just don’t know why it turned out to be that way. No matter how many times you replay it, there was an act of punching,” Jazul said in Filipino after scoring nine points. “That’s just unfair. Not even a technical wasn’t called.”Cabagnot finished with 18 points, three assists and a steal for the Beermen, who were led by Terrence Romeo’s game-high 20 points.San Miguel, the reigning four-time Philippine Cup champion, moved a win away from returning to the all-Filipino finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix ended up suffering a double whammy following the officials’ video review of the sequence with Mallari getting tossed after getting called for two technical fouls—one for second motion and the other for verbal altercation.A technical was also given to Ganuelas-Rosser for the verbal spat with Mallari while no call was made against Cabagnot.READ: Terrence Romeo stars as San Miguel blows out Phoenix, nears finals“That was a closed fist right in front of the ref and what’s worse is that we’re the ones who lost a guard and the one who punched remained on the court,” Alas said.Jazul also expressed his displeasure over the non-call.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cabagnot made a fool out of the referees, who inexplicably missed the Beermen playmaker’s low blow punch on Fuel Masters guard RJ Jazul in the groin that instigated the heated commotion between players from opposing teams.Jazul’s teammate Alex Mallari pushed Cabagnot after the punching incident then exchanged words with San Miguel’s Matt Ganuelas-Rosser.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, logisticsREAD: Scuffle breaks out anew between Phoenix, San Miguel“I don’t what tape the officials were watching. We saw RJ was punched. I was in front of it and he was really punched. I have no idea what was being replayed there. I really don’t know,” Alas told reporters in Filipino after his team’s 114-91 loss at Cuneta Astrodome. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img View comments MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix head coach Louie Alas was left puzzled over the non-call on San Miguel Beer’s Alex Cabagnot during a scuffle late in the second quarter of Game 4 of their Philippine Cup semifinals series Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew UAAP volleyball: La Salle cruises past UE, nears twice to beat edge Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

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Shruti Vora, Nadia Haridass qualify for equestrian dressage final

first_imgIndia’s Shruti Vora and Nadia Haridass were among the 15 best performersTwo Indian women qualify for the final round of the equestrian dressage individual event after a creditable show in the first round at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.Shruti Vora and Nadia Haridass made the cut for the final round as one of the 15 best performers in the Intermediate 1 (first round) at Dream Park Equestrian Venue in Incheon.Shruti, who rode on her steed Akira, came up with a total percentage score of 68.474 while Nadia, on her Toranto, scored 66.105 in the Intermediate 1 contest competed among 30 best performers in the team event held on Saturday.The duo will compete in the second round on Tuesday when the scores of the first round will be added together to decide the podium finishers.Two other Indians, Rajendra Shubhsri and Vanita Malhotra exited from the competition after occupying the last two spots among the 30 competitors on Sunday.last_img read more

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Asian Games: Rower Dushyant takes bronze in lightweight single sculls

first_imgIndian rower Dushiant Dushyant on Wednesday settled for the bronze medal in the men’s lightweight single sculls final of the 17th Asian Games.Dushyant faltered in the final 500 metres and had to settle for the bronze at the Chungju Tangeum Lake Rowing Center in Incheon.Dushyant completed the 2,000 metre race in seven minutes and 26.57 seconds to finish third behind gold medal winner Hoi Kwan Lok of Hong Kong and South Korea’s Hakbeom Lee, who took silver.The Indian rower, who had scaled down his weight to 72 kg from 78 to compete in the lightweight event, was in second place 1.57 seconds behind Kwan Lok after the first 500 metres.The 22-year-old then rowed into the lead and opened up 1.21 seconds lead by the 1,000m mark.The Hong Kong rower ate into the Indian’s lead to reduce the difference to 0.64 seconds in the next 500m but Dushyant was still 2.21 seconds ahead of Lee in third place.The Indian, however, lost steam on the home stretch as both Kwan Lok and Lee caught up and then overtook him to deny Dushyant a top-two finish.India, who had 11 medals at the end of day four, now have added another bronze.last_img read more

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India Today Woman Summit celebrates womanhood

first_imgHer body felt like it was on fire. Her eyes were the only part of her face that was spared, because she had reflexively put up her arms when the man had thrown the acid. Lying on the ground, stunned into incomprehension, she could only hear the sound of traffic,Her body felt like it was on fire. Her eyes were the only part of her face that was spared, because she had reflexively put up her arms when the man had thrown the acid. Lying on the ground, stunned into incomprehension, she could only hear the sound of traffic zooming past.This is how Laxmi Aggarwal, an acid attack survivor and recipient of the India Today Woman Inspirational Woman of the Year Award, described the moment that changed her life forever to a packed audience at the India Today Woman Awards 2014. Joining her on stage was Arunima, another courageous survivor who lost a leg when she was pushed out of a moving train by robbers. She later went on to become the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest on May 21, 2013.Intimate, confessional, moving and emotional are the best ways to sum up the day-long conference which began with guests arriving on a red carpet and ended with a takeaway of back-to-back sessions that offered both insight and inspiration. Year on year the India Today Woman conclave has been dedicated to providing a voice to issues that women in India face every single day.The event kicked off with a welcome address by Kalli Purie, Group Synergy & Creative Officer, India Today Group. “The India Today Woman magazine and summit is all about celebrating the wholeness of womanhood. It’s our very own girlie network and is about bringing women from different walks of life together. It’s straight from the heart,” she said.advertisementAnd straight from the heart it was. Whether it was actor Manisha Koirala talking candidly about the challenge of chemotherapy and reinventing herself as a cancer crusader or the indomitable HRD Minister Smriti Irani admitting that she once sold cosmetics on the streets of Janpath for Rs 200, the day was all about women letting their hair and guard down.Kicking off the conclave with the inaugural session, ‘Power and Politics: Why Women Handle Both Better’, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Food Processing Industries Minister, admitted that striking a balance between politics and the family was an ongoing challenge. “I am not different from any of the women here-kids at home, handling a constituency, politics. You can well imagine how difficult it is. My kids have suffered because I entered politics,” she said. In the next session, ‘Beating Cancer: Living to Tell the Tale’, Koirala spoke honesty about her fight against the disease and what it was like to face one’s own mortality.”When you get something like this, you realise whatever you had till now can go in a snap of a finger,” she said. “Inwardly a lot has shifted in me. I cherish life and people a lot more, I have values. I have this life, I can walk on the grass, I can see the sunrise and sunset. It’s the small things. That is the difference between existing and living. I live now,” she added. Next was the turn of the country’s star badminton players Jwala Gutta and P.V. Sindhu and squash player Dipika Pallikal to take centre stage and speak about the particular challenges of choosing a career in sport for women. “The Chinese can just play. But here, the society and your family will comment on the length of your skirt. Whether it is comfortable is secondary, it should not be short,” said Gutta.Opening up the next eagerly awaited session ‘Mind, Body, Soul: The Mantra of Makeover’ was Rashmi Shetty, cosmetic physician; Sara Abdullah Pilot, social entrepreneur and yoga teacher; Chhaya Momaya, image consultant; and Tapasya Mundhra, nutritionist and health counsellor. Underlining the need for women to identify not just with their looks but with their inner being as well, Pilot said, “There is no right or wrong in beauty. Figure out what you love and what you can live with about yourself.” Shetty added, “Anti-ageing isn’t about having no lines but about looking good at every age.”As the afternoon progressed, guests were treated to relaxing massages courtesy of VLCC and sparkling wines as statuesque models showcased exquisite jewellery. Soon after, a welcome dose of testosterone entered the room with the arrival of actor Imran Khan, the only male speaker who delivered the keynote address, ‘The Idol Trap: Rhetoric vs Reality’. “There are two ways of demeaning someone: by denigrating them and by idolising them. By putting people on a pedestal, you’re able to deny them their human attributes, deny them their feelings, control them and disguise that control as concern. By making women complicit in all this it becomes far more insidious,” he said.advertisementThe subject of dynasty, always a hot topic in India, was taken headon by three GenNext scions from the world of politics and business in a lively debate, ‘Living With Legacy’. “The toughest part of legacy is constant comparison,” said Sushmita Dev, MP from Silchar, Assam, while Upasna Kamineni, the vice-chairman of Apollo Charity, added that “while it’s important to maintain your individuality, legacy doesn’t change your relationship with your family. Even if you work together you still remain a family at the end of the day”.Switching from boardroom to politics, Smriti Irani shared insights as she spoke about the need for women to speak up and be heard.Speaking about her humble beginnings and the many challenges she had faced in life, Irani said, “I did sell cosmetics for Rs 200 on Janpath in Delhi. But my message is that a girl selling cosmetics can become a minister in this country. The legacy I want to leave is that a young girl must look at me as someone who did not give up.”The fabulous Kirron Kher, MP, and Khushbu Sundar, actor and ex-DMK spokesperson, had the audience in splits with their blunt take on what it takes to be a woman in politics. “I have made a conscious effort to change myself after I entered politics. I realise I can’t always be that blunt. It is still a weakness but I’m trying to change,” Kher said while Sundar added, “I have a peacock tattoo on my back. So I started wearing high-neck blouses in Parliament and for party meets. The one rule of politics: Don’t distract people.”It was soon time for Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty to deliver the dinner keynote address. “Yes, I got a nose job. What’s the big deal?” asked the actor who was at her outspoken best as she narrated her journey from ingnue to businesswoman. In a candid chat, the actor discussed the challenges she faced during her career in Bollywood. “The actors who enter the industry these days are so prepared. We learned on the job. I really wish I had grown up earlier, I would have achieved so much more,” she said. Shetty explained how she dealt with criticism, “as a celeb I have learned over the years: never complain, never explain,” and why she owes her spectacular physique to the practice of yoga.As the evening drew to a close, it was time to recognise 10 extraordinary women from the fields of art, entertainment, business, sport and activism. Not only had they defied the odds and made a difference, they had provided insight and inspiration to many women, both in the audience and beyond.last_img read more

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