India’s central bank raised a key interest rate for its short term loans to banks for the fifth time this year, signaling its intentions to fight against inflation, which rose by 8.5 percent in August. The Reserve Bank of India raised the repo rate by a quarter percentage point to 6 percent and the reverse repo rate — the rate at which it borrows from commercial banks — by half percentage point to 5 percent.In a statement, the bank said, “Inflation remains the dominant concern. Essentially, inflation rates have reached a plateau, but are likely to remain at unacceptably high levels for some months.”India’s economic recovery is consolidating as the economy grew by 8.8 percent in August. Related Items
Senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will gather in the city on Sunday to discuss poll preparations for the Assembly elections. The BJP’s national working president J.P. Nadda arrived in the city on Saturday afternoon and was received at the airport by Cabinet ministers Ashish Shelar and Girish Mahajan. This is Mr. Nadda’s first visit to Mumbai after taking over as the interim president of the party. He will chair a party meeting and address the joint meeting of BJP State core group, State unit office-bearers, morcha presidents, district and city presidents, and general secretaries on Sunday, according to party sources.Earlier, a welcome ceremony was organised for Mr. Nadda, in which he paid a tributes at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis outside the international airport in Vile Parle. “Organised a Swagat Samarambh of our Working President @JPNadda ji at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, #Mumbai wherein he was welcomed by senior BJP leaders including Hon CM,’’ Vile Parle MLA Parag Alavani tweeted. In the evening, Mr. Nadda held preliminary talks with senior State leaders including Prakash Javadekar, Chandrakant Patil and Devendra Fadnavis, among others.
While heavy rains have already claimed 22 lives in Himachal Pradesh over the past two days, the meteorological department on August 19 predicted that the downpour is likely to continue in parts of the the State during the next 24 hours. Light-to-moderate rainfall will occur at many places in the state in the next 24 hours with heavy rains expected at isolated places, Shimla Meteorological Centre Director Manmohan Singh said. Over 500 people are stranded in several parts of the State as a number of roads have been blocked by landslides and flash floods, officials said. Efforts are on to clear the roads and restore traffic to move them to safer places. The National Disaster Relief Force is diverting the water accumulated in Kangra district’s Nurpur sub-division by digging an alternative route, an official said. Multiple landslides blocked the flow of water in streams and formed a big artificial lake in Khadetar village in the sub-division. Residents of Trindi, Danni, Mairka, Lador, Thana, Hindorghaat, Letri and Jassur villages have been asked to vacate their houses, the official added. In Chamba district, several roads remain blocked, another official said.The Chamba-Pathankot road has been blocked at Parihar, the Chamba-Chowari road via Jot has been blocked at Bhatalwan Ghar and Mathunu. The Lahru-Sihunta road is blocked at Lahri Bhatti near Lahru; the Lahru-Tunnuhatti road is blocked at Barian Gala. The Kihar-Chamba road is blocked at Gharatnala and Rohala Nullah near Sundla; the Tissa-Chamba road is blocked at Pangola Nullah; and the Chamba-Pangi road is blocked at Saach Pass. At least 22 people were killed and 12 injured in rain-related incidents in the State on August 18, officials said, adding that the total loss amounted to ₹490 crore.
As heavy rain lashed Punjab during the past three days, leaving its rivers Sutlej, Ravi and Beas in spate, flood-like situations were witnessed in many parts of the State on Monday.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced ₹100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the State and said a special “Girdawari” will be conducted as soon as the water level recedes to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers.The Chief Minister made these announcements during a tour of the flood-affected areas of Rupnagar district on Monday. Capt. Amarinder also expressed grief over the death of three persons due to roof collapse in Ludhiana district on Sunday.Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal informed the Chief Minister that due to heavy downpour in the district the total release of water at Ropar headworks was 2,50,000 cusecs. “The district administration rescued more than 600 families from 45 villages ,” he said.Later, the Chief Minister held a meeting to review the overall flood situation in the State with senior officials. During the meeting it was revealed that the situation in the rivers Beas and Ravi was under control though danger continued to lurk in areas adjacent to the Satlej and further downstream, at Harike headworks in Ferozepur. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been stationed at villages in Jalandhar. Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said keeping in view the alarming situation due to release of 2,40,000 cusec of water from Ropar headwork, companies of NDRF and SDRF have been stationed at vulnerable points in Shahkot, Nakodar and Phillaur. Also, the Army has also been requested to station their companies at all these sub-divisions so that they could help the administration in case of any need, he added.Army rescue operationsFlood relief teams of the Army under the Western Command are actively carrying out rescue operations in various areas of Punjab and Haryana.In neighbouring Haryana, flood-like situation was seen in many parts. The Indian Air Force rescued nine persons stuck in Karnal district owing to rise of water in the Yamuna river.
A mob of cow vigilantes beat up a man with the allegation that he was smuggling half-a-dozen cows to Haryana in Rajasthan’s Alwar district in the early hours on Monday. Police rescued the victim from the crowd and admitted him with multiple fractures at the government hospital in Shahjahanpur. The man, identified as Munfed Khan, accompanied by a few other persons, was allegedly taking the cows in a pick-up van, which broke a police barricade near Khusa Ki Dhani village. Police had put up the barricades on Sunday night after getting a tip-off about smuggling of cows.The villagers stopped the van and rescued the cows, while the people travelling in the vehicle tried to escape. The mob caught one of them, Munfed Khan, and thrashed him, though at least two others fled from the spot.Bhiwadi Superintendent of Police Amandeep Singh Kapoor said Munfed Khan had a criminal record of smuggling cows in the past. He said the first information reports had been registered against both the sides and the animals were sent to a local cow shelter.‘Public spectacle’The People’s Union for Civil Liberties said that this was a case of “attempted mob lynching”, in which the victim picked up by the cow vigilantes was criminalised and beaten up. “This episode was meant to create a public spectacle and instil fear among the Muslim dairy farmers,” PUCL-Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava said.
The lost glory of Ayodhya has been restored and there will be no fight in the name of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said at the World Hindu Economic Forum here on Friday, as the State government gears to celebrate Deepotsav (festival of lamps) in the temple town on October 26.This comes at a time when the Supreme Court is likely to finish the hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case by October and pronounce its judgment thereafter.‘No more fights’“We have progressed on Ayodhya’s development and restored its own identity … I would say it has become the Ayodhya it used to be and there will be no fight in its name. It has joined the path of development and is progressing well with its own identity. Now, it has got its spiritual and cultural identity by way of Deepotsav,” Mr. Adityanath said.Last year on Deepotsav, over 3 lakh earthen lamps were lit on the banks of the Sarayu river, a day ahead of Deepavali, a number which got registered in the Guinness World Records.“Earlier, people used to be scared to go to Ayodhya. All former CMs of UP were scared of going to two places, Ayodhya and Noida. Ayodhya because it raises a question mark on your secularism, and Noida, because it raises a question mark on your chair. Since, I became the CM, in the past two-and-a-half years, I visited both Ayodhya and Noida 10 times each,” he said.Earlier, Swami Vigyananand, founder of the World Hindu Foundation, said, “Ayodhya is in the news these days. Daily discussion is happening in the Supreme Court. I will talk on how Ayodhya is mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana. Extending along the banks of the Sarayu river exists the world-renowned city by the name of Ayodhya. The great city of Ayodhya 96 miles long and 24 miles wide. Ayodhya is graced with extensive highways with properly divided roads, which is daily sprinkled with water. It had great markets with craftsmen. It is marked with high-rise buildings. It is prosperous and happy. It is not what we are now…”
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Pau Soriano and Rosemarie Vargas led the Cool Smashers, who have played without skipper Alyssa Valdez since the end of the elimination round, with 11 points apiece while Cesca Raqraquin and Rizza Mandapat combined for 16.And all that scoring began from the playmaking of the league’s Best Setter Jia Morado who put up 34 excellent sets.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 shutoutMary Ann Pantino led the Lady Jet Spikers with seven points. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline got a head start in the race for the bronze medal after putting down Philippine Air Force, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers, who went on an 8-0 tear early in the competition, lost two straight to Bali Pure in the Final Four and will now settle for a crack at third place.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ‘Pool queens’ eye 1-2 billiards finish for PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments
View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey poised to join the WWE at ‘Wrestlemania 34’ —report The victory allowed the Fighting Maroons to leapfrog over National University to get to the fourth spot, tying the Tamaraws with a 5-6 record.UP head coach Bo Perasol is just on his second year with the Fighting Maroons but he is aware of his team’s 12-game losing streak against FEU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“First off, Paolo Romero really asked us to win this game because in his seven years in UP he hasn’t won a game against FEU, so we did it for Pao,” said Perasol in Filipino.“Paul also made sure that he’ll get back on [Ron] Dennison on the defensive end limiting him to just nine points.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FEU held a 49-39 lead midway through the fourth quarter after outscoring UP 22-5 in the third period, but the Fighting Maroons came roaring back with Jun Manzo capping a 17-4 run to give UP a 56-53 lead with 38 seconds left in the game.Jasper Parker momentarily silenced the UP crowd with a triple that tied the game, 56-56, with 32.9 seconds remaining.Desiderio finished with a game-high 15 points, on a disastrous 6-of-23 shooting clip, while Ibrahim Outtara held UP’s interior with 10 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks.Parker filled the stat sheets for FEU with 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Final Four picture got a little tighter as University of the Philippines forced a tie at the fourth spot after surviving Far Eastern University, 59-56, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Paul Desiderio emerged as the hero again for the Fighting Maroons, knocking down the game-clinching step-back triple over Ron Dennison with a little over a second left on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
A man sanitizes his hands at the entrance to the media cafeteria in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. South Korean authorities deployed 900 military personnel at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Tuesday after the security force was depleted by an outbreak of norovirus. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Signs posted around the Olympic venues urge extreme caution. Nine hundred troops stream into the area to help. Worried organizers sequester 1,200 people in their rooms.Officials are scrambling on the eve of the biggest planned event in South Korea in years — not because of anything related to North Korea and national security, but in an attempt to arrest the spread of norovirus at the Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Local media are fretting over a “virus panic.” South Koreans, always quick to air their views online, have poured scorn on the government’s response and preparations. Are the games hygienic? What will people think about South Korea? Could this spread to the athletes?Norovirus fears may turn out to be much ado about nothing. But with a national reputation on the line, officials are scrambling to contain its spread. No one here wants these games associated more with disease than athletics in the manner that Zika, a mosquito-borne disease linked to a rare birth defect, loomed over the Rio Olympics in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAccording to Olympics organizers, the norovirus spread began Sunday when private security workers staying in the Jinbu area of Pyeongchang started complaining of headaches, stomach pain and diarrhea.About 1,200 people were kept in their rooms during tests for the contagious virus. Local and national health officials say they have investigated 1,023 people. Games organizers said Wednesday that 32 workers are being treated for norovirus and are in quarantine, including three foreigners. The liberal Hankyoreh newspaper published an interview with an anonymous civil security staff member who said that the tap water at the facility that accommodated the security workers “smelled fishy, or like something was decaying.” The staff member was also quoted as saying that officials were remiss after workers began showing symptoms.The conservative JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, meanwhile, said in an editorial that the norovirus outbreak raises worries about hygiene at the Olympics, and whether the illness might reach the athletes because some of the security workers showing symptoms had reportedly worked at the athletes’ villages.“As the virus panic spreads fast, some of the infected people turned out to have handled security at the Olympic village,” the editorial said, “which rings alarms over the management of hygiene conditions during the games.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Harden surpasses 15,000 points as Rockets trip Nets 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Because the sick workers handled security, 900 military personnel have been brought in to work at 20 venues until the sick and sequestered can return to work. Officials are conducting an epidemiological survey to track the disease’s spread. A preliminary five-day survey of water for cooking and drinking has come up negative for norovirus. Health officials say they are also inspecting restaurants and all food facilities linked to the Olympics.Notices have been posted around the Olympics urging regular, 30-second hand-washing sessions and the thorough boiling of water and washing of fruits and vegetables, among other precautions.The virus spread appears to feed a lingering South Korean sense of worry that the games will be filled with glitches and mistakes. The lodgings and transportations will be shoddy; the food will be poor, the service spotty; the weather will be too cold and the venues inadequately heated. Instead of putting on the best games possible, there will be too much focus by the liberal national government on efforts to engage rival North Korea and cater to their visiting athletes and cheering squads.Despite the official response, South Koreans have criticized the allegedly poor preparations at the Olympics, and what they believe was a slow reaction to initial reports of the virus.Local media have reported that the first symptoms began on Jan. 31 — not Sunday, as organizers say — long before officials launched a fact-finding investigation. There have also been reports of bad hygiene at the accommodations and complaints about meals and lodgings.ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next Kemba Walker, who was named an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, scored 40 points for Charlotte. Marvin Williams, who returned after missing four games with a left ankle sprain, finished with 10.Portland pulled ahead 102-100 in the extra period before Dwight Howard fouled McCollum on a 3-point attempt. McCollum made two of three to extend Portland’s lead, and Maurice Harkless dunked with 37.4 seconds left to make it 106-100.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWalker hit a 3-pointer before McCollum’s layup on the other end all but sealed it with 12.2 seconds left.After trailing 79-65 heading into the final quarter, Walker’s layup got Charlotte within 92-88 with just over five minutes left. Walker pulled the Hornets closer with a pair of baskets that tied it at 95. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s pull-up jumper tied it at 97 with 1:45 to go, and neither team could score the rest of the way in regulation. LATEST STORIES Walker finished the half with 17 points, including 15 in the second quarter.Portland stretched the lead to 75-61 on a long jumper from Damian Lillard in the third quarter, and the Blazers kept the margin at double digits into the fourth until Charlotte’s late run.Lillard finished with 18 points and eight assists.TIP-INSHornets: Earlier in the day, Walker was selected as an All-Star reserve by Commissioner Adam Silver, replacing the injured Kristaps Porzingis. “It’s surreal. It’s my second one. I’m just very fortunate, very blessed,” Walker said.Trail Blazers: The Blazers were thought to be considering a big move at the trade deadline, but Olshey, their president of basketball operations, told the team’s broadcasters: “We looked into the rental market and as it turned out, a lot of the things on the rumor mill weren’t true. Those guys just weren’t available.” … Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers at small forward.CONDOLENCESThe Blazers were stunned by traffic collision in Houston that claimed the life of R.J. Adelman, the son of former Blazers coach Rick Adelman.R.J. Adelman had been an assistant on his father’s staff when the elder Adelman coached the Houston Rockets from 2007-11. He also was player personnel director for the Minnesota Timberwolves when his father coached there.“I would like to send out my sincere condolences to coach Adelman and his family for the tragedy of losing their son. Obviously it took everybody by surprise and certainly it’s an emotional day,” Stotts said.UP NEXTThe Hornets visit the Jazz on Friday night. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum View comments The Trail Blazers visit the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. At the trade deadline earlier in the day, the Blazers sent forward Noah Vonleh to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to center Milovan Rakovic. Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick by Charlotte in the 2014 draft, averaged 3.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33 games for the Blazers this season, including 12 starts.The Hornets made a move the day earlier, acquiring center Willy Hernangomez from the Knicks in exchange for Johnny O’Bryant and two future second-round draft picks. Hernangomez averaged 7.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 98 career games with the Knicks, including 22 starts.Hernangomez was not yet with the Hornets and it was likely he would not be available for Friday night’s game in Utah.“I’m glad it’s over,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said about the deadline. “We’ve been getting ready for Charlotte. It really hasn’t impacted what we’ve done over the last few days. Certainly (GM Neil Olshey) and his staff have spent a lot of time, hours on the phone, in leading up to this. It’s probably more of a relief for the players because it is a stressful time.”Portland jumped out to a 22-5 lead early, and went into the second quarter up 29-18, led by Nurkic with 10 points and five rebounds. Charlotte got within 44-42 on a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from Walker, but trailed 49-45 at the half after Meyers Leonard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, shoots against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers returned home with a 109-103 overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a winless three-game trip. The victory over the Hornets was their ninth straight at Moda Center.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Court rejects appeals by 47 Russians against Olympic bans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I knew I had to set the tone, but the other guys set the tone also. So in first quarter, we just wanted to come in and punch them in the face first because if we do that, we know we’ll win the game,” Rhodes said after pouring in a game-high 30 points that went with 11 rebounds, three assists, four blocks, and two steals to carry the Beermen to their first Commissioner’s Cup crown in 17 years.“They’ll be so intense trying to get it to a Game 7, they’ll be shooting bad shots, so we did that and everything took care of itself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsForget Dominic McGuire, the NBA veteran who was supposedly the Beermen’s first-choice import this conference. Forget Ricardo Ratliffe, the decorated Star reinforcement who has owned Rhodes’ number in the Korean Basketball League and the one coach Leo Austria endorsed as the prospective Best Import.When the dust settled, Rhodes stood tall, drenched in confetti and soaking in all the glory after finally getting over the hump as he made believers out of doubters. Getting a year older here in the country, the 32-year-old will be coming home in Galveston, Texas not only as the Best Import but also a champion.“My first championship and it happened in the Philippines. I’m just lost for words,” he said. “I just want to thank San Miguel for choosing me, to boss Ramon S. Ang for always giving me encouraging words, my bosses, and my teammates. We went through a little adversity, but these guys, they’re great teammates. They welcomed me as family from day one.”Rhodes’ job may be done, but he knows the rest of San Miguel isn’t.And as the team makes a run at a rare Grand Slam in the season-ending Governors’ Cup, Rhodes gave Wendell McKines, who will be SMB’s import for the third conference, some words of wisdom.“I told him the pressure’s on him now,” he said with a chuckle. “The pressure’s off my back. I’m a champion, so I ain’t gonna worry about that. But yeah, I just gave him encouragement. And he’s going to get the job done. He’s a hard worker.” ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES I’ll urge Pacquiao to quit, says trainer Roach View comments Rhodes is just also glad that he’ll be going home the same way he arrived.“I came to a parade in my first day here and I’ll be having my own parade soon,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Charles Rhodes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharles Rhodes’ nine-year odyssey for a title has finally come to an end.Always on the cusp of a championship but never a champion, the mercurial reinforcement made sure he’d be one on Sunday night, catching fire early in what would be a title-clinching Game 6 for San Miguel over TNT.ADVERTISEMENT
Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I didn’t expect that we’re going to win in three sets but of course, my expectation was we are going to win,” said BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Regardless of how many sets, the important thing is to make the finals.”And it took a collective effort for the Water Defenders to reach the championship round anew with Jasmine Nabor orchestrating the offense with 44 excellent sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNabor’s playmaking distributed the scoring load to three spikers with Jerrili Malabanan, Grethcel Soltones and Aiko Urdas all finishing in double-digits.Malabanan wound up with 15 points while Soltones and Urdas had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Water Defenders, who forced a deciding Game 3 following a five-set win on Sunday, set up a best-of-three showdown with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors beginning on Saturday.The Lady Warriors rallied past the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers in the other sudden-death earlier.The Cool Smashers were 4-0 without Valdez and 8-0 overall entering Games 2 and 3 of their best-of-three semifinals showdown with the Water Defenders.“If Alyssa’s inside, that’s already a minimum of 20 points. If she’s playing good [she’ll score] 25, 29 [points]. We do not look at this as Alyssa’s not there. We just have to play to the best of our ability.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaliPure knocked off top seed Creamline, 25-22, 27-25, 25-23, in a do-or-die for the lasr finals slot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cool Smashers played without their superstar Alyssa Valdez for the sixth straight game but still, the absence of the former Ateneo spiker can’t take anything away from how the Water Defenders played.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Condoms blocking toilets in the Games village might have come in for some embarrassment but the Commonwealth Games Federation boss Michael Fennell termed it a “positive” story saying that athletes are responsible in promoting safe sex.While sex is not a Commonwealth Games sport, it seems to be an activity in the Games Village at Akshardham housing more than 7,000 athletes, all of whom are in great shape and with plenty of free time at their disposal once knocked out of their respective events.Asked about the embarrassing scenes of condoms blocking toilets at the Games Village, the CGF president said: “If that is happening, it shows there is use of condoms and I think that is a very positive story, that athletes are being responsible.””This issue was controversial some years back but not now. Promoting safe sex is a responsible thing to do,” he said.Incidentally, athletes received free condoms at every Games Village since Barcelona in 1992 to help raise awareness about AIDS, and in Beijing 2008 it notched up a record with a whopping 100,000 condoms being distributed.- With PTI inputs
Fifty-two years is by no means a short span of time. So when Krishna Poonia broke the jinx in athletics and brought India a gold in the Commonwealth Games after Milkha Singh’s feat in the 440 yards in the 1958 Games, it made every Indian proud. I am no different.Having predicted a clean sweep as far as the women’s discus throw was concerned, I wasn’t surprised with the performances of Krishna, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil. But what astonished me was the kind of dominance shown by them.It felt as if they were the only three athletes taking part and the rest were mere dummies. Competing in Ukraine before the Games seems to have kept the trio in good stead. Things are slowly but surely falling into place as far as the future of Indian athletics is concerned.While the world is looking up and taking note of the commendable achievements, including that of Vikas Gowda and Prajusha Maliakkal, on Sunday, I am not surprised. I had emphasised on Day One that we will bag a record number of medals as far as track and field events are concerned.I have been monitoring their performance closely and commented only after having assessed their training schedule in the lead-up to the Games. Vikas and Prajusha have been divergent in their own ways. Vikas is an epitome of consistency, hitting the 62m-mark consistently.Prajusha worked hard and even though she failed to achieve her personal best mark, she did enough to win a silver. I am pleased with Prajusha’s achievement because her journey hasn’t been easy.advertisementComing from a poor family, she has had to struggle to help her father (a cook) run the family and also chase her dream of becoming an athlete. On the women’s 100m winner Osayemi Oludamola testing positive for methylhexaneamine, I feel it’s foolish on her part to even try using a banned substance.With Indian athletes winning quite a few medals, fans have started imagining a rosy scene in November’s Asian Games. But let me warn you, this is the beginning and it’s too early to comment on the Asiad. (The writer has been an athletics finalist in Olympics for India).
Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday benefited from the review system he had been consistently opposing while his opening partner Virender Sehwag, a huge admirer of the DRS, did not in the World Cup semi-final against Pakistan at Mohali on Wednesday.Tendulkar, when on 23 in the 11th over of the Indian innings, was declared out leg before to Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal by umpire Ian Gould.He called for the Decision Review System and got the reprieve as the available technology showed the ball would have missed the leg stump after striking his pad. He was eventually out for 85 after living a charmed life.In the past, Tendulkar has consistently given a thumbs down to DRS, saying he was not fully convinced with the controversial referral system, after getting the wrong end of the stick during India’s tour to Sri Lanka in 2008.On India’s next visit to the Emerald island last year, Tendulkar had said that instead of DRS, he was more in favour of the usage of new ‘Hot-Spot’ technology which is an infra-red imaging system used in cricket to determine whether the ball has struck the batsman, bat or pad.”I am not fully convinced with the referral system (DRS). When I was here last time I was not convinced with many decisions. I did not feel comfortable, it was an experiment which I felt…,” Tendulkar had said after notching up his fifth double hundred in Tests in Colombo.”I would rather go with the Hot Spot because that establishes the contact between the bat and the bowl. That it is far better system according to me. The Hot Spot is much better,” he had added.advertisementHowever, the ‘Hot Spot’ technology is not in use in the World Cup.Sehwag, on the other hand, had expressed his total support to DRS in Mumbai on November 1 last year.”I am a big fan of the UDRS. I want it to be there for the India-New Zealand series, India-South Africa series and in the World Cup,” he had remarked.DRS failed to come to his rescue after Sehwag was declared leg before to Pakistan’s left arm swing bowler Wahab Riaz by umpire Simon Taufel. A review was called for by the swashbuckling opener only for the DRS to confirm he was out.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who too had not favoured the system in the past, called for it when given out LBW off Riaz and failed to benefit.Prior to the opening match of the three-Test series against New Zealand at Ahmedabad, Dhoni had declared he would not support a life jacket if it was not accompanied by a warranty.”I personally feel it’s not cent per cent thing. I don’t think it gives cent percent result. It’s not always correct.If I am going to buy a life jacket which does not come with a warranty, that’s a bit of a hassle for me especially with the huge amount of money you have to spend for the DRS system coming into the game,” Dhoni had said on November 3.”I would prefer some kind of warranty behind it. (The) moment it comes, I would be happy for it,” he had remarked then.It is to be seen whether the Indian stalwarts will have a change of heart after what happened at Mohali.- With PTI inputs
When skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit Nuwan Kulasekara for a six to win the World Cup, fans in Delhi jumped with joy.The supporters were especially elated that Delhi boys had played a stellar role throughout the tournament.The party went well past the midnight at Virender Sehwag’s home in Hauz Khas. The streets leading to the house were filled with cricket fans who danced till the wee hours of the morning.”The streets were filled with fans dancing, lighting crackers and singing the National Anthem,” said Kiran Mehta, who lives nearby.The evidence of heavy celebration could still be seen in the streets of Hauz Khas.Despite visible signs of efforts to clean the area, remains of crackers, candles and footmarks were visible. Another local said that dancing continued unabated during the Indian innings.Though the fans were dejected due to Sehwag’s dismissal at the start of his innings, they nevertheless kept up the tempo and continued to cheer for India.It’s was celebration time at LIC colony in Paschim Vihar. Virat Kohli’s neighbours are feeling special. While the family was stuck in front of the TV set watching the final on Saturday, neighbours too made special arrangements for watching the match. Kids with cricket bats were a common scene on Sunday.Virat’s elder brother, Vikas said: “I am proud of him.” Virat’s family believes that his father’s death made him a stronger person.Prem Kohli passed away in December 2006 after a brainstroke.He died during a crucial Ranji trophy tie against Karnataka.advertisementVirat was the overnight batsman for Delhi and it was his debut season.”When he learned about his father’s condition, he wanted to come back but we encouraged him to play. He played the match and scored a 90. He changed after that day. He says that he chases his father’s dream which is his own too,” said Vikas.Similar scenes were seen near Ashish Nehra’s Delhi Cantonment residence.Nehra was declared unfit for the final, but despite the disappointment, the supporters got together to support the team.”We were utterly distraught when Ashish told us about the injury. The whole area, and our friends were stunned.”But Ashish told us to cheer spiritedly for India,” said Dinkar Nehra, Ashish’s elder brother.Suresh Raina’s brother Dinesh told Mail Today in Ghaziabad: “We are bewildered and spellbound with the zest and zeal the people have shown in front of our house. When Suresh contributes, we feel proud.” Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Police spoiled the celebrations in Dehradun on Saturday night by resorting to a lathi-charge.Over 50 fans were injured.They had gathered at the Clock Tower to celebrate the team’s World Cup triumph.
SRK praised KareenaKareena Kapoor has not stopped smiling ever since she was publicly appreciated by Shah Rukh Khan on Twitter.Impressed with her level of commitment towards the film Ra. One, Shah Rukh Khan recently praised Kareena on the micro blogging site. SRK tweeted: “Finished the last few bits of Ra. One with Kareena. Want to thank her for working so hard and fast she was such a sport.” “Kareena was born to act. She is a natural; she has no craft, grammar or process attached to her acting. She is gifted with a great sense of cinema that I have seen only in Kajol other than her. Move her from the sets of Golmaal to a Jab We Met to a Chameli on the same day, and Bebo will fit into them all,” says director Karan Johar.
Brazil were knocked out of Copa America after Paraguay beat them 2-0 on penalties during their quarter-final match in Buenos Aires, on Sunday.A day after hosts Argentina slid out, also on penalties, to Uruguay, the shocks kept coming as Venezuela reached the semi-finals for the first time with a gutsy 2-1 win over fancied Chile. But the real shock of the day was Brazil -not so much for their exit but the apparent paucity of their ambition.They had chances -Ganso and Pato brought good saves from Justo Villar in the Paraguayan goal and Fred, who rescued a dramatic draw between the two nations a week earlier in the group stage, had a header cleared off the line. But much of their play was laboured, while their penalty-taking was woeful.Paraguay’s Justo Villar saves a penalty shot by Thiago SilvaMarcelo Estigarribia and Christian Riveros converted for the Paraguayans while Elano, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos and Fred missed for the eight-time continental champions.”When you lose you know you made some mistakes,” said Brazil coach Mano Menezes, who blamed the poor state of the penalty spot for the dreadful finale.”This happens in football and we have to live with it. The object has always been to get a strong team together for the World Cup in 2014.” The five-time world champions host that and will want to provide much better fare for their fans than they did here.Brazil forward Robinho tried to put a positive gloss on the defeat. “I think we played a good Copa overall. But now we must keep our heads up and go on to lift the World Cup in our homeland,” said the Milan striker.advertisementIn an ugly incident, Lucas Leiva of Brazil and Paraguay’s Antolin Alcaraz were sent off for a tussle which sparked an injury- time free-for-all.Robinho joined Ganso and strike pair Pato and Neymar, the four comprising Menezes’s magic quartet. But they could not provide the necessary spark against tough opponents who gave no quarter. Paraguay boss Gerardo Martino rejigged his side as top striker Roque Santa Cruz missed out through injury.If they rode their luck at times, they ultimately won through sheer dogged rearguard resistance. With five minutes remaining Brazil should have stolen it but Fred, who poached a lastgasp leveller against the same rivals a week earlier, saw his header cleared off the line.”We showed a lot of heart,” said Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino, though he admitted: Brazil should probably have won it over the 90 minutes. In the other quarter-final, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo gave Venezuela a 34th-minute lead only for Humberto Suazo to level midway through the second half.But just as extra-time seemed to be on the way once again Gabriel Cichero struck from close range to spark scenes of joy among the travelling Venezuelan fans and leave the Chileans, four- times finalists, stunned.The giant-killers will now go up against the Paraguayans, whose last title came in 1979, in a Wednesday semi at Mendoza after Uruguay first take on Peru at La Plata.Coach Cesar Farias was delighted -if in more restrained fashion. “The happiness we feel gives us the desire to keep on in the same vein,” said Farias. But he added that winning the semi would be a tall order.”Paraguay are a strong team and they will start favourites,” insisted Farias.With inputs from Agencies