Glasgow Indian Restaurant Takes Top Prize at Scottish Curry Awards

first_imgAkbar’s in Sauchiehall Street beat off eateries from across the country at a ceremony last night at the city’s Thistle Hotel. Related Itemslast_img

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Canadian Opposition Plans 40-Hour Voting to Call Attention to Atwal Incident

first_imgIn a bid to put pressure on the Canadian government over its flip-flop statements over its invitation to convicted pro-Khalistan activist Jaspal Atwal during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s India visit in February, the Opposition forced MPs to stay in House of Commons all night, voting on more than 250 motions on March 22, the Canadian media reported.The call for budget voting was in retaliation to Liberal Party MPs voting down a motion that would direct Trudeau’s national security adviser Daniel Jean to testify before the House of Commons’ National Security Committee about his allegation in a press briefing that Atwal was placed by “rogue elements” of Indian establishment to embarrass the Canadian prime minister.The Opposition, which believes that the disruption that will cost the House an overtime bill is warranted, said that they need the “same rights” as journalists.“We are going to show that Parliament is going to sit until they do the right thing,” Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole was quoted as saying by CBC.We are making the Liberals work late because they refuse to be transparent about Justin Trudeau’s conspiracy theory about India. This has hurt our relationship with India and impacting our Canadian farmers and agriculture sector. https://t.co/0noF7RicBp— John Barlow (@JohnBarlowMP) March 22, 2018Today we are debating the India-Atwal scandal and the Prime Minister’s attempt to obstruct Parliament from questioning his advisor whom he allowed to speak to the media but not MPs. pic.twitter.com/4duBHZ6VaT— Erin O’Toole (@ErinOTooleMP) March 22, 2018The Prime Minister has failed to be honest with Canadians about the Atwal affair and the only other person who knows the truth is the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor.As a result, the House will debate… https://t.co/MZHS83DEUn— Randy Hoback (@MPRandyHoback) March 22, 2018Opposition leader Andrew Scheer took to Facebook to accuse the Liberals of keeping the public in dark about the circumstances that led to the invitation forwarded to Atwal to an official Canadian government event in India:Atwal was invited to an official dinner reception hosted for Justin Trudeau by Canada’s envoy to New Delhi on Feb. 22. The invitation was revoked when Atwal’s background came to light. He was convicted in 1987 for attempted assassination of a visiting minister from Punjab the year before.At first, Atwal’s presence was attributed to British Columbia MP Randeep Sarai’s “honest mistake.” The MP had accepted responsibility, telling reporters that Atwal had asked to be placed on the Canadian High Commission’s guest list and he passed it along.Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had called the invitation an “honest mistake” in an interview with CTV Network days after the incident. Freeland’s statement was seized by the Opposition in the motion they placed before the House of Commons.While the Indian government strongly rejected the “rogue elements” theory, Trudeau made the matters complicated by getting behind the “rogue elements” theory put forward by Jean. He reiterated the stance, saying that Jean is a “a professional, non-partisan, veteran public servant who only says what he knows to be true.”Jean had said in the press briefing that Atwal’s presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government who want to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting too cozy with a foreign government they believe is not committed to a united India, CBC reported.“Both of these scenarios can’t be true and the fact they brought up the India conspiracy theory also is a blight on a good relationship with an important country,” O’Toole said, the report added.The motion placed before the House says: “That, given the Prime Minister has supported a claim that the invitation issued to a convicted attempted murderer was the work of a foreign government attempting to interfere in Canadian foreign relations, while others in the government, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed that the invitation was an ‘honest mistake’ on the part of the Canadian government, the House call upon the Prime Minister to instruct his National Security Advisor, Daniel Jean, to appear before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to provide the Committee the same briefing he gave to journalists on February 23, 2018, and that the briefing take place in public and no later than March 30, 2018.”Liberal Party MPs, who believe that testimony by Jean must take place behind closed doors, blocked twice the Opposition’s attempt. In response, the Conservatives tried to get 250 or so budget votes to “draw attention to the government’s lack of transparency on this matter.” Related ItemsCanadajaspal atwalJustin Trudeaulast_img read more

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Blagojevich Eyed Indian Ambassadorship

first_imgTapes played at impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s trial for trying to sell Sen. Barach Obama’s seat show that he was especially smitten with the prospect of being appointed ambassador to India. Rod Blagojevich greets Illinois Air National Guard Col. Rick Nyalka at the Joint Task Force – South (JTF-S)headquarters in Alton, Illinois, June 20, 2008 “I’m the governor of a $58 billion corporation,” Blagojevich tells his chief of staff John Harris on one recording from Nov. 5, 2008, “Why can’t I be ambassador to India?”In the recording, made the day after the presidential elections, Blagojevich muses on various potential appointments in Pres. Obama’s administration in exchange for nominating Obama’s friend Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat, suggesting, “Let’s go down the pecking order. What else is good?”HARRIS You know, I wouldn’t do any ambassadorships. I mean Obama would do ambassadorships.BLAGOJEVICH He would?HARRIS Yeah, I think he’d do ambassadorships.BLAGOJEVICH Okay. I’m interested. How about India? South Africa? How about India? India’s vital. HARRIS Yeah, India’s vital. I’d say India…BLAGOJEVICH Is that realistic or would he reject that?HARRIS No, that’s realistic.BLAGOJEVICH Is it?HARRIS I think so.BLAGOJEVICH No shit.HARRIS Indonesia is just as good as India. In terms of, I mean we could have DCO give us a big, do some research on trading partners with the U.S.BLAGOJEVICH Get that quietly. Just trading partners with the U.S., right?HARRIS Right.BLAGOJEVICH Indonesia, it, okay, India, you think India’s not out of the realm of possibility, huh?HARRIS Well, no, I take that back, ‘cause I don’t know who his Indian donors are. You know, in terms of he might uh…BLAGOJEVICH I don’t, understand that, but I don’t think he’s gonna’ put an Indian there. I don’t think he’d put an Indian…HARRIS That would seem to be much more professional person, lot of credentials.BLAGOJEVICH That’s what I think, it’s vital.HARRIS Vital, big, you know, corporate CEO type.BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. However, I’m a corp, I’m a CEO. A 58 billion dollar corporation. (Clears throat) I don’t think it’s an Indian donor. I don’t think you put an Indian donor to be ambassador of India, who’s got conflicting loyalties. Do you follow me?HARRIS Mm-hmm.BLAGOJEVICH Huh?HARRIS Right.BLAGOJEVICH John Kenneth Galbraith used to be ambassador to India. I mean, who’s there now? You see what I’m saying. You gotta look and see who’s been, who’s done those. So you think that’s out of the realm of possibility or not? Too high?HARRIS Too important a trading partner.BLAGOJEVICH Mm-hmm. Let’s not, li-, listen, uh, uh, let’s not, uh, I hear what you’re saying.HARRIS Yeah.BLAGOJEVICH On the other hand, Bill Daley was commerce secretary. What the fuck were his credentials? Ron Brown was commerce secretary. The commerce secretary is much bigger than ambassador to India. Right?HARRIS Mm-hmm.BLAGOJEVICH Right or wrong?HARRIS Right. No, I think the commerce secretary is a huge job.BLAGOJEVICH Right. So I’m the governor of a 58 billion dollar corporation. Why can’t I be ambassador to India?BLAGOJEVICH What do you got? Because that Senat seat doesn’t mean that much to him.HARRIS Yeah, just India’s just such a vital, vital…BLAGOJEVICH What’s more important? Commerce secretary or ambassador to India?HARRIS Commerce secretary.BLAGOJEVICH Okay. I think I’ve got a bigger resume than Bill Daley had before he went, became commerce secretary.HARRIS Yeah, but that wasn’t about Bill Daley. That was about Rich Daley.BLAGOJEVICH Okay. Fair enough. That’s my point.HARRIS Yeah.BLAGOJEVICH This is about the governor of his home state and a U.S. senator. Alright, anyway…18 HARRIS Mm-hmm.BLAGOJEVICH What do you think? Unreachable or, you know, not necessarily unreachable, but hard to get. What category?HARRIS Hard, hard to get. I’d put it, you know, in the, you know, right of hard,but not unreas-, not im-, not impossible.BLAGOJEVICH Not like uh…HARRIS Not like U.N. ambassador.BLAGOJEVICH Correct or DH, Health and Human Services.HARRIS …(UI) right.BLAGOJEVICH Germany, England, France…Canada.HARRIS All those easier than India.BLAGOJEVICH Okay.(PAUSE)HARRIS Yeah it’s, it’s the, it’s the, it’s the, it’s the Rezko issue. Less so… I think your qualifications are there.He explores the prospect deeper with his wife Patti Blagojevich later, who trolls through U.S. Embassy’s website as Blagojevich wonders, “How are the running routes there?”P. BLAGOJEVICH We think that ambassador to India is the best choice.BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. That, I mean that’s a substantive one.….BLAGOJEVICH Yeah no India’s good.P. BLAGOJEVICH You’d like that.BLAGOJEVICH Look it’d be a big change in our lives. You know, poor Amy and Annie but I think it’d be tremendously enriching.P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah.BLAGOJEVICH Right?P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. I don’t know what the hell Annie’d be eating over there but……P. BLAGOJEVICH I mean I’ve got that I uh… Hold it, so the ambassador to India is some white guy right now, David C. Mulford.BLAGOJEVICH What does it pay?P. BLAGOJEVICH I don’t think it pays very much but then I think you’ve got a house there, right?BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. You know ambassador to Canada is another one.P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah Canada’s important.BLAGOJEVICH Major trading partner with America and Illinois.…P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. It’s in New Delhi, the embassy.BLAGOJEVICH Is there a picture of it?P. BLAGOJEVICH I’m looking, about the embasy.BLAGOJEVICH How are the running routes around there?P. BLAGOJEVICH (Chuckles) Congested I’m sure.BLAGOJEVICH Ah, huh. (PAUSE)P. BLAGOJEVICH Um, they were opened in 1959. So, um, anyway, photo gallery, try photo gallery. That doesn’t tell me anything, um, anyway…BLAGOJEVICH She’s right, I’d get skewered but see, let’s say you wanted to be ambassador to India or something…P. BLAGOJEVICH …right…BLAGOJEVICH You follow me?P. BLAGOJEVICH …right, right…BLAGOJEVICH …are you with me here?BLAGOJEVICH …yeah. Related Itemslast_img read more

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A Brief $10 Billion Ride

first_imgFor one brief moment, an Indian school teacher became a billionaire several times over when he checked his bank balance online and learned that he had Rs 490 billion (almost $10 billion) in his bank account.Parijat Saha, who expected only Rs 10,000 ($200) in his account, rushed to an ATM machine to verify, and sure enough he had $10 billion in the bank.He rang up the State Bank of India to inform them of the error and hastily withdrew his own Rs 10,000 from the account. After all, if they were giving him someone else’s money, who knows they might give his to someone else.Saha told a reporter, “Even though I got my money back, the account still holds the billions of dollars as uncleared amount. I don’t know how long I’ll have to keep that astronomical figure in my account.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Bottom Up: I Paid a Bribe

first_imgHow can policy-makers most effectively tackle corruption? The question is hardly new and over the years it’s one that many have given plenty of thought to. Building up a consensus on what works and why it works has proven difficult, and this has perhaps contributed to the enthusiasm for a novel, and democratic, frontline in an ancient fight.We know that increased transparency tends to make it harder for the corrupt to do their thing; we know that clear lines of accountability make it more difficult to either shirk responsibility or simply operate under the radar. We know that societies where people are trusted to “do the right thing” tend to show lower perceived levels of corruption. But when policy-makers go looking for specific lessons to draw, the toolbox can still be disappointingly bare.One thing that everyone in the anti-corruption world can, however, agree upon is that context matters. The challenge of dealing with money launderers who skillfully work their ill-gotten gains back in to a financial system is quite different to that of how to deal with a bureaucrat demanding an extra (under-the-counter) fee simply to process your driving licence application. But one idea has attracted anti-corruption thinkers in a whole range of diverse settings: it is individual citizens who frequently feel the direct effects of corruption, so why not put the individual at the center of efforts to weed out corrupt practices?Broken bureaucracyWhat might such citizen-centred anti-corruption policies look like? In India, for example, they can come in the form of websites such as www.ipaidabribe.com (IPB). IPB was created in 2011 by Ramesh and Swati Ramanathan, co-founders of a non-profit organisation in Bangalore called Janaagraha (“people power”). They were looking to help individuals who were sick and tired of having to bribe bureaucrats simply to do their respective jobs. Citizens could go to IPB and report the official, explaining how much they had had to pay. By the autumn of 2015 nearly 49,000 reports had been made across 645 Indian towns and cities and IPB had partnered with organizations in 25 other countries.The advantage of sites like IPB is two-fold; firstly, the names of the officials demanding the bribes are anonymized. This helps prevent spurious reports from people who have been, say, overlooked for promotion or otherwise “wronged”. Secondly, the aim of IPB is not necessarily to see people hauled up before the courts and slung in jail. On the contrary, IPB tries to come up with specific anti-corruption solutions that cut out (or at least severely diminish) the opportunities for potential corrupters to do their thing.One such example came from Bangalore where there seemed to be a pattern of driving test examiners extracting bribes from those wanting to take a driving test; the examiners were taken out of the loop and the test was done in a simulator. You finished the test and you got the result as soon as you stepped outside – no bribe necessary.Power shiftThe IPB model hasn’t worked everywhere (it failed miserably in China, for example, but the underlying principles have been followed in a number of other places. A citizen feedback model, for example, has been developed in the Punjab that uses text messages to garner information on civil servants who were demanding bribes in that part of Pakistan.The roles of anti-corruption superstars have also been lauded, whether that be in the form of TV shows such as “Integrity Idol” in Nepal or civil society movements in Indonesia which have been instrumental in supporting the country’s embattled anti-corruption commission. Citizen empowerment, so it would appear, could be the way forward.I’m not quite so sure, and in an article written with Serena Verdenicci recently, we warned against building up expectations. Innovation is good, and if it helps those who are hurt most by petty corruption to feed their experiences in to a wider system, then change can come from it.But if people-power is going to work, then three things need to be apparent. Firstly, if citizens are going to be empowered to take decisions that help weed out corrupt practices, then governments and local authorities need to be willing to cede power to them. They need to be happy for citizens to genuinely get involved, take decisions – and then act on them. Authorities, in other words, need to limit their own power – not something that too many politicians in states with significant petty corruption (and states where democracy may not be seen as particularly significant anyway) are generally inclined to do.Secondly, citizen empowerment tends to work best when it develops organically. Indeed, that happened with all of the above examples. That needs a fair bit of stickability on behalf of the those involved.Finally, the programs have to be well-designed and organized in such a way as to enable them to have long-term futures. Don’t, in other words, expect too much too soon and do make sure that the goals are both achievable and measurable. You need to have patience, to realize that changing deep-rooted processes takes time and then to be clear about what you would regard “success” to be.Getting things doneThese three goals can be achieved. But doing that is not easy. Plus, in states where democratic structures aren’t the norm, there is little reason to believe that governments will suddenly think that people power is the answer. It’s also worth noting, as authors such as Heather Marquette and Caryn Peiffer have, that for many people corruption is not actually the problem – it is the solution.Well-meaning proponents of citizen power will do well to make this part of their thinking, because corruption for some is the process that gets their son/daughter in to the good school, or gets them the vital health care that they need. In those circumstances people may find that corruption gives them a consistency and stability in their life that they otherwise wouldn’t have. That doesn’t mean they like bribing people – but it does mean that they know exactly what’s required to get what they want when they want it. — The ConversationDaniel Hough, Professor of Politics, University of Sussex Related Itemslast_img read more

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Anish Kapoor, the Sculptor Challenging Perspectives

first_imgThe latest artist to experiment with virtual reality is Mumbai-born British citizen Anish Kapoor. He presented his debut art work in the field of virtual reality, titled Into Yourself-Fall, during the Nobel Week in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Dec. 9. The creation is a work in progress expected to be completed in the next few months.“In it I think of the body falling into itself and turning itself inside out; vertigo as descent inward,” Kapoor said about his latest piece, AFP reported. The famed sculptor, who has the exclusive rights to the blackest black color, also designed the BRIT Awards 2018 recently. The red statuette is a transparent blocky red trophy with the Britannia figure trapped in the center. It was hailed as something that challenges perspectives.“Sculpture is often a process of positive and negative form,” Kapoor said, reported dezeen.com. “I have made the award using both.”The Turner Prize-winning 63-year-old sculptor, has himself been honored by both the British and Indian governments — he was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2012, and received a knighthood in 2013. Kapoor, known as one of the greatest living artists in the world, broke a record in 2009, when his work Untitled received the highest auction price for a single piece in the Middle East. It sold for $1.595 million. Prior to that, Kapoor’s highest auction price for a single piece was in 2008 when his work sold for £1.94 million. His auction turnover is €12.3 million.He is also known for some rather unusual accomplishments. Kapoor sparked a feud with other artists when he trademarked the blackest black color, the Vantablack pigment, in 2016. By trademarking the color developed by British company NanoSystems, he ensured that nobody else could use it.Soon after, British artist Stuart Semple trademarked the pinkest pink. The cerise pink hue is available to all artists but Kapoor, who is legally banned from buying it. The customers of the color are made to sign a waiver that says, “You are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor.”However, Kapoor got his hands on the color and took to Instagram to express his anger about the ban.The revolutionary artist began his career in the 1980s when he made pigment-based sculptures. Born in Mumbai to an Iraqi-Jewish mother and Indian father, he moved to the United Kingdom in the 1970s to study at the Hornsey College of Art and then later at the Chelsea School of Art and Design. The Doon School alumnus exhibited for the first time in India in 2010, at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in New Delhi and the Mehboob Studios in Mumbai. Both exhibitions consisted of works from his record-breaking show at the Royal Academy, London, which attracted over 275,000 visitors in less than three months in 2009.The exhibition also featured some of his early works as well as a few later creations made of steel, including a huge outdoor sky mirror. Kapoor generously used the scarlet hue in his creations made with steel at the exhibition at NGMA in Delhi.The Arcelor Mittal Orbit from the Games designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond.His love for the both these elements was clearly reflected in the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower at the Olympic Park in London. The £17 million project was created by Kapoor and Sri Lanka-born British engineer Cecil Balmond.Along with steel, Kapoor’s creations portray the use of varied elements like sandstone, acrylic, wax and oil, among others.The most defining feature of his artwork is its access to the public and the meaning it acquires when placed in common space. His Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago is the most visited artwork in a public space in the world.“It is not the least of Anish Kapoor’s achievements that he has created an art that is both profound and accessible,” Congress leader Sonia Gandhi had said in 2010, adding that his creations can be enjoyed by young and old alike, and that they draw in the viewer to participate in the work rather than just observing it passively. “To quote his own words, ‘the work itself has a complete circle of meaning and counterpoint, and without your involvement as a viewer, there is no story’,” she added.Kapoor has also made news for his stance on political and humanitarian issues. In 2015, he created the Holocaust Memorial for the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London and the candle design for the 70 candles commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Britain.Earlier this year, he expressed his views on the immigration issue, and announced that he would donate his $1m Genesis prize, called the Jewish Nobel prize by Time magazine, to help people who have fled war or persecution.“I am an artist, not a politician, and I feel I must speak out against indifference for the suffering of others. There are over 60 million refugees in the world today – whatever the geography of displacement, the refugee crisis is right here on our doorstep,” he said in a statement at the time.“To lose one’s home, one’s land, one’s sense of belonging, is bewildering. All that is left is one’s body … how long before – for so many – even that is lost?“I believe that in the current political climate the world over, it is more important than ever that we continue to stand against the abhorrent government policies that are an offence against our ethics and the very tenets of what it means to be human. As Jews, we must question whether this reality is closer to home than we might like, and we must condemn the exclusionist policies and politics of the government that claims to represent us.” Related ItemsArtistBritish IndianSculptorlast_img read more

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NRI Couple Files Case Against Mumbai Bank Officials Over Money Transfer

first_imgTwo senior State Bank of India (SBI) officials have been summoned by a Mumbai court following a complaint by a Lagos-based Indian couple. The couple alleged that a sum of Rs 63 lakh was transferred from their SBI account without their knowledge.The complaint, submitted to the Bandra metropolitan magistrate’s court last year, is seeking the charge of criminal breach of trust against Shailja Nadkarni, a manager with SBI’s foreign exchange and NRI division, and Nimbraj Mohalkar, manager of the bank’s branch on Linking Road, Bandra, Mumbai Mirror reported.Chander Kalani, 64, and his wife Romi Kalani, 59, alleged that a fraudster misused their official email address to send a series of mails to the SBI, in which they requested the money to be wired to an account with British bank Barclays in London as there was a medical emergency.The SBI officials, they allege, blindly believed the e-mails and approved the transfer without any sort of verification. The complaint claims that SBI officials violated Section 3 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act that requires banks to take special permission from the Reserve Bank of India before transferring funds overseas.The Kalanis have maintained a Non-Resident External (NRE) savings account in the bank branch. The funds were transferred in 2013 and the two parties have already fought a case before the Maharashtra IT department, which ruled in favor of the Kalanis.SBI later challenged the order in the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal. A complaint was filed in the Bandra court last year and the summons against Mohalkar and Nadkarni were issued earlier in December this year. They have been asked to appear on Feb. 28, 2018.The couple moved to Lagos, Nigeria, in 1982, but continued to maintain their account with SBI and have a home in Santacruz in Mumbai.The couple visit Mumbai every few months. During one such trip in December 2013, Kalani went to the SBI branch to update his passbook and to collect an original fixed deposit receipt. He then learnt that the fixed deposit that was in his and his wife’s names, was prematurely closed after Rs 63 lakh was transferred from it to an overseas account.“It’s obvious that a fraudster gained access to my email and started communicating with SBI,” he told Mumbai Mirror. “On the fraudster’s request, the bank tried to transfer $40,000 to the London account. The person later said the funds should be transferred in sterling pound.”The spokesperson of SBI told the publication that the bank sent an A-2 form, mandatory for such transactions, to Kalani’s registered mail address, and that it received the signed form as an attachment from the mail address. The signature was also matched with that in the bank records.Kalani, however, insists that the bank should have been more careful. “The bank could have called any of my relatives in India to find out if there was a medical emergency,” he said. Related ItemsBankingFraudlast_img read more

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Olynyk scores career-high 32 for Heat in return to Boston

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES “I think it’s a fun way to honor. It’s bigger than what you do on the court,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said before the game. “He embraced that, and I thought he lived that out well. It wasn’t just talk when the cameras were on. He was out all the time.”There was a brief video of Olynyk doing events and he was given a standing ovation early in the second quarter.Goran Dragic missed his second straight game with a sore left elbow and Justise Winslow sat out his fourth in a row with strained left knee for the Heat. It was the second consecutive game in which the Heat were missing six players due to injuries.Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum dislocated his right pinkie when it was stepped on after he dove for a loose ball in the opening minutes. He went straight to the locker room, but returned late in the first quarter.The teams combined to miss 24 shots in the second quarter — with both under 39 percent — and went long stretches without a basket. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami led 87-76 with 2 1/2 minutes left before Irving sparked a 13-3 run with nine points.Miami pulled out to a 71-60 lead when Olynyk drained consecutive 3-pointers in front of Boston’s bench with just under 10 minutes to go.The Celtics sliced it to 79-75, but Richardson converted a three-point play and Olynyk nailed a 3 on consecutive possessions with less than five minutes left.The Heat went on a 15-2 run midway through the third quarter, taking their first lead and building a 58-51 advantage on Bam Adebayo’s one-handed flip in the lane.The Celtics honored Olynyk as the “Hero Among Us” for doing more than 100 community appearances and helping raise thousands of dollars for their charity when he was with the team.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Gymnast McKayla Maroney says settlement covered up sex abuse Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Olynyk signed with Miami as a free agent during the offseason. His previous high was 30 points on Dec. 15, 2014.When this one was over, he took photos with fans.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 shutoutKyrie Irving paced the Celtics (26-8) with 33 points, but missed a jumper from the right wing that bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Jaylen Brown scored 16 and Marcus Smart had 15.Boston big man Al Horford went 2 for 10 from the floor with eight rebounds and fouled out with 8:14 to play. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston. Olynyk scored a career-high 32 points as the Heat won 90-89. APBOSTON — Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 32 points in his rousing return to Boston, and the undermanned Miami Heat hung on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for a 90-89 victory over the Celtics.On a night when the Celtics honored their former forward in his first game back, the popular Olynyk received a standing ovation from Boston fans and led the Heat (16-15) to another win against the top team in the Eastern Conference. Josh Richardson had 19 points and six assists for Miami, which took two of three in the season series. The Heat ended Boston’s 16-game winning streak earlier this season with a victory at home.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Knicks overhaul: Mills, Perry changing franchise’s identity

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Like everyone else in the league, the two men want to win. But even before that, they want the Knicks to develop the traits of a model franchise, not the model of dysfunction that they had come to be their identity.“I knew there were a lot of things that needed to change here and we’re in the process of doing that,” Mills said.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 shutoutSo far, so good. The Knicks are 16-14 heading into their game against Boston on Thursday (Friday Manila time) — not bad for a team that parted ways with its team president on the eve of free agency and then traded its leading scorer on the eve of training camp.“Hats off to my good friend Steve Mills. He is doing an excellent job,” Johnson wrote in a tweet after the Knicks beat the Hall of Famer’s Lakers on Dec. 12. “The future is promising for his young Knicks.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They surprised Anthony with a video tribute before his first game back at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, then the Knicks showed their former star how much things have changed by routing Oklahoma City.“I like the potential that they have,” Anthony said. “For me, just to see those guys having fun again, knowing that it wasn’t fun. The fun was lost over the past couple of seasons.”Mills had a firsthand view of it while serving as Jackson’s general manager. Another 50-loss season ended with the Knicks getting a clear signal of how fed up people were when Kristaps Porzingis, the young star who was being groomed to replace Anthony as the face of the franchise, skipped his exit meeting after the season.“Everyone was frustrated. One of our players was obviously frustrated. Our fans were frustrated, we were frustrated, and so it led us to think we have to do something different and I felt strongly about it,” Mills said. “I addressed it with Phil and our coaching staff and our entire staff, that in my view we weren’t a team that really stood for anything in particular and that needed to change.“If it meant changing the triangle, it if meant changing our day-to-day stuff, we had to become more definable by something. When someone sees the Knicks, when someone’s going to play against the Knicks, what are you going to experience when you play that team?”For Perry, the hope is a team like the Pistons of the early 2000s, who won an NBA title and went to the Eastern Conference finals every season he was their director of player of personnel. One thing he’s insistent the Knicks won’t become are losers on purpose, as he and Mills rule out tanking for a high draft pick even though both have said they want to build with youth.“Ultimately our goal is to become a championship-type organization and I have just yet to see in my time in the NBA teams that embrace tanking that ultimately will be champions,” Perry said.Mills, who played at Princeton and worked for 16 years at the NBA, and Perry, who worked previously for four NBA franchises, have plenty of friends throughout the league on both the player and team side. Both can usually be found courtside on game nights talking to people, a far cry from recent seasons when Knicks management was often unseen and unheard.And in another change, Knicks management is also talking to fans, either directly or through the media.“I think sometimes we put the players in a tough situation. We clearly put Jeff in a very difficult situation last year,” Mills said, referring to coach Jeff Hornacek. “It’s not fair to him that every question about what’s going on within the organization he has to deal with.” MOST READ Mills said at some point the fans need to hear from management.“We have a vision for where we want to take this team,” Mills said. “We want them to believe in it and feel good about it and see what we’re trying to get accomplished.”On and off the court. This file photo shows New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry, left, and president Steve Mills posing for a picture after a news conference in Greenburgh, N.Y. Mills and Perry are trying to change the identity of the New York Knicks. APNEW YORK — Magic Johnson noticed. Carmelo Anthony, too.The once misguided New York Knicks seem to have a plan. The franchise that’s been good at producing chaos but not much else has the look of a professional NBA organization under president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry — and that’s not just on the court.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES And, it appears, much different from the past.Mills and Perry want the Knicks to be known as a team that competes hard, works hard, defends hard. They insist on players that will be accountable to the team and a team that will be accountable to its fans.The only identity the Knicks had in recent years was of a laughingstock.“People say, ‘Can you win first and then have a culture?’ Well, what is the foundation you’re building to fall back on when you talk about being sustainable?” Perry said. “So what we want to be is a sustainable team that’s good year in and year out.”Mills returned to the team president role he briefly held after Phil Jackson was ousted in late June and then hired Perry as his general manager shortly after. They went to work on fixing the Knicks’ roster and reputation, trading Anthony but earning praise by showing him respect Jackson didn’t during a tumultuous final season together.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img ‘Best in history’ Ronaldo put to test by Messi in ‘clasico’ Read Next 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 BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ View commentslast_img read more

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After dropping 32, Beasley says he’s had a hot hand since day he was born

first_imgPolice 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 Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nash, Kidd, Hill, Allen eligible for basketball Hall of Fame Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Beasley knew those chants were usually reserved for Porzingis, who had a dismal return from a two-game absence with a 0-11 shooting clip. But that night against the Knicks’ Atlantic Division rivals, he deserved the praise and reveled in it a bit.“It’s nice to hear but I am pretty sure it’s for KP,” said Beasley at the locker room.“I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need. Scoring, rebounding, defense. I just try my best. As humbly as I can say it I just feel like every shot is going in.”Knicks coachh Jeff Hornacek was not at all surprised with Beasley’s performance.“Mike, he can do a lot of things with the ball He was the second pick in the draft 10 years ago, after all. He’s talented and you all saw that tonight,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Beasley, who struggled with substance abuse in his days in Miami, bounced around the league and became an MVP in China before joining the Knicks, has settled well into his role as a reliable sub after getting a few starts early in the season.In fact, according research by Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only Knick to have scored 32 and got 12 rebounds not at a starter.“Coming off the bench, starting, whatever the team needs I’m going to do,” Beasley said. “If the team needs me to sit on the end of the bench and be a cheerleader then give me my pom poms. However I can help this team win I’m going to do.”This night, he did things the Knicks’ most valuable player usually did.“Michael Beasley had my back tonight,” Porzingis said. LATEST STORIES “January 9, 1989,” said Beasley, referring to his birth date, when asked about the second-half explosion that carried the New York Knicks to a 102-93 win over Boston Celtics Thursday night here.Beasley took over for the Knicks when they couldn’t sustain their hot start as the team’s best player Kristaps Porzingis struggled and the Celtics, owner of the league’s best record, crawled back and threatened to break away late in the third quarter with a nine-point lead.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 shutoutREAD: MVP chants as Beasley scores 32 to lead Knicks past CelticsThe former 2008 second overall draft pick unleashed a stunning offensive showcase, including 18 of his 32 points in the payoff period, that had fans at historic Madison Square Garden on their feet chanting “MVP! MVP” every time Beasley stepped up to the line. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley, center looks at the screen during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK—Michael Beasley knew had the hot hand way before his third quarter breakout.He started feeling it 28 years go.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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2 officials convicted at FIFA trial; 3rd awaits verdict

first_imgView comments Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout, were found guilty of the top count they faced, racketeering conspiracy. Marin, the former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, and Napout, formerly president of Paraguay’s soccer federation and of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL, also were convicted of wire fraud conspiracy.But Napout was acquitted of money laundering conspiracy. And Marin was convicted on money laundering conspiracy charges, but acquitted of one charge of money laundering conspiracy.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 shutoutJurors remained undecided about the single racketeering charge against Manuel Burga, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation.U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen immediately jailed Marin, 85, and Napout, 59, after prosecutors argued that they had the connections and the wealth to flee the U.S. to avoid prison terms she said could be more than 10 years on the racketeering charge alone. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Afterward, their lawyers said they were disappointed by the verdict.“We’re going to continue fighting to absolve Mr. Napout,” said defense attorney Silvia Pinera.Burga, 60, remained free on bail and was to return to court on Tuesday for further jury deliberations. His lawyer, Bruce Udolf, said his client was hopeful that the jury would clear him.World soccer’s governing body said it is will seek compensation and a share of the cash.FIFA said in a statement to The Associated Press that “as the jury has found a number of defendants guilty of the charged crimes, FIFA will now take all necessary steps to seek restitution and recover any losses caused by their misconduct.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Russia loses 2 more Olympic silver medals because of doping 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venuescenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed One witness described that listed bribes for Napout, including an entry for Paul McCartney concert tickets worth more than $10,000. After the defense questioned whether the concert actually took place, the government called Kevin Jonas to testify that he attended the show as a spectator.Another cooperator, Brazilian businessman Jose Hawilla, agreed to wear a wire for the FBI to make recordings played at the trial.One included a conversation he had with Marin in 2014 in which prosecutors say the defendant negotiated a bribe by saying, “It’s about time to have it coming my way. True or not?”Hawilla responded: “Of course. That money had to be given to you.”Burga got some unwanted attention early in the trial when prosecutors claimed he unnerved Burzaco by directing a threatening gesture at him — running his fingers across his throat in a slicing motion. The lawyer claimed his client was merely scratching his throat, but the judge took the incident seriously enough to tighten Burga’s house arrest conditions. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Marin, Burga and Napout had been arrested in 2015. Prosecutors accused them of agreeing to take millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen seeking to lock up lucrative media rights or influence hosting rights for the World Cup and other major tournaments controlled by FIFA.The three were among more than 40 people and entities in the world of global soccer who faced criminal charges in the U.S. in connection with what prosecutors said were schemes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Many of the other defendants pleaded guilty.Their trial ended up being colored by odd twists: an unproven accusation that Burga threatened a witness; a juror booted for sleeping through testimony; word from Buenos Aires that an Argentine lawyer had killed himself there hours after being named at the trial as a bribe-taker; and the surprise testimony of a former member of the Jonas Brothers, an American pop rock band.The government’s star witness, a former marketing executive from Argentina, Alejandro Burzaco, testified that he and his company arranged to pay $160 million in bribes over the course of several years. Some of the money was demanded by a FIFA official in exchange for helping rig a vote that gave Qatar hosting rights for the World Cup in 2022, he said.“You’ve seen a lot of paper, some of it quite complex,” Nitze said in closing arguments. “There are cases that present mysteries to be solved — whodunits. This is not one of them.”Prosecutors said that driven by greed, Burga took $4.4 million in bribes, Marin took $6.6 million and Napout collected $10.5 million.The defense argued that the men were innocent bystanders framed by Burzaco and other untrustworthy cooperators angling for leniency in their own cases. Napout’s lawyer told jurors the prosecution had failed to produce records of wire transfers or large bank deposits that could prove he was receiving piles of bribe money.“They say cash is king, but where did it go?” said the attorney, John Pappalardo. “There was not one penny they could trace to Juan.”Marin’s lawyer called his client a clueless figurehead, saying the person making the real decisions was Marco Polo del Nero, the head of Brazil’s soccer federation. Del Nero is charged in the U.S. case but hasn’t been extradited from Brazil. FIFA suspended him from the sport Friday.Burga’s lawyers zeroed in on evidence that ledgers by sports-marketing officials showed he hadn’t received the cash. Prosecutors said Burga, aware he was under investigation in Peru, told bribe-payers to hold onto his money and pay him later. In these file photo, three former South American soccer officials, from left, Manuel Burga, of Peru; Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil; and Juan Angel Napout, of Paraguay, accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes, are shown outside federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The three are among the more than 40 soccer officials, businessmen and entities charged in a scandal that’s shaken FIFA, soccer’s governing body. APNEW YORK — Two former South American soccer officials were convicted Friday (Saturday Manila time) of corruption charges at the first U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue next week for a third official.A federal jury in New York deliberated a week before reaching the partial verdict.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Bucks close with 9-0 run to beat Hornets

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View comments Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Career night by Rivers leads Clippers over Rockets 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:29Police 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 Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe makes a steal attempt on Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APMILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton scored 28 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a late deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-104 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).After Kemba Walker gave Charlotte a 104-100 lead with 2:24 remaining, Milwaukee closed on a 9-0 run, the Bucks tied it on dunks by Antetokounmpo and Middleton and took the lead on Eric Bledsoe’s layup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bledsoe had 24 points and 10 assists in the first game of the home-and-home set.Walker had 32 points before leaving with an apparent injury after losing the ball and falling to the floor with the game tied at 104 with 1:42 to play. Former University of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky added 16 points, and Marvin Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Hornets opened a 75-64 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter. Milwaukee then went on a 12-0 run to take a 76-75 advantage on Middleton’s dunk with 3:16 left in the third.Milwaukee took the lead twice in the final minute of the third quarter, but Walker answered with 3-pointers each time to give the Hornets an 85-83 lead heading to the fourth.last_img read more

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Pringle wary of Ravena ahead of GlobalPort-NLEX tiff: ‘He’s already a great player’

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStanley Pringle is well aware of how good Kiefer Ravena is having shared the court with the NLEX rookie in pickup games years ago.“I’ve played with Kiefer since before I was in the PBA. He’s great competitor and a hard worker,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed TNT vet Kelly Williams showing no signs of slowing down View comments LATEST STORIES But that was then.Now, Pringle looks to test Ravena’s mettle when GlobalPort faces NLEX on Christmas Day at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderRavena is coming off a stupendous debut for the Road Warriors where he flirted with a triple-double with 18 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in their 119-115 victory over Kia last Wednesday.Pringle, meanwhile, will be tasked to lead the fight for the Batang Pier in their season opener without backcourt partner Terrence Romeo, who is still recovering from a knee injury. The Fil-American guard expects a great game between the two sides.“He’s already a great player. It’s going to be hard with Kiefer playing, you have to figure out what he can do and we need to execute what we scouted,” he said.Pringle, however, wouldn’t want to look at the tiff as a duel between him and Ravena, saying that in the end, it’s still a team game.“I’m not really looking at edging anybody. I’m focused on our team. When the coaches scout, we execute and that’s what it’s all about,” he said.And that’s just the mentality GlobalPort needs as it seeks to have another playoff run this conference with the return of coach Pido Jarencio, the same mentor who led the franchise to its only semifinals appearance to date.ADVERTISEMENT “This 2018 is going to be great,” vowed Pringle. “As far as the team, we’re looking at the semifinals. We have all the goals and plans set in and we’re gonna work hard. It’s gonna be a great season. It’s gonna be exciting.”last_img read more

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Caguioa pays tribute to Helterbrand, wears No. 13

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:41Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career01:29Police 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 View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m gonna be wearing this for one conference as a tribute to @jayhelterbrand. Merry Xmas to everyone,” Caguioa posted on his Instagram account (@47markcaguioa). Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’center_img LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Brothers for life, Mark Caguioa is paying Jayjay Helterbrand the ultimate tribute.The 2012 PBA Most Valuable Player is momentarily shelving his famed number 47 jersey as he opted to wear jersey number 13 for the entirety of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Balanced NLEX subdues GlobalPort in Christmas clash MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed The two guards were teammates since the Helterbrand entered the league in 2001 and played for Ginebra until last season.Both won an MVP award while winning six titles, the last being the 2017 Governors’ Cup.Helterbrand retired after the 2017 season, leaving Caguioa without his backcourt partner for the first time in 17 years.In his first game wearing his longtime partner’s jersey number, Caguioa poured seven points, on a 3-of-5 shooting from the field, alongside six rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Hockey legend Mohammad Shahid passes away

first_imgvbk-20-Mohammad_Sh_2939221f   –  Special Arrangement COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Indian hockey legend Mohammad Shahid, who was being treated in a private hospital in Gurgaon, passed away today due to multiple organ failure.“He breathed his last at 10:45 this morning. It was multiple organ failure that led to his passing away. He will be taken to Varanasi and last rites will be performed there tomorrow,” Shahid’s son Mohammed Saif told PTI.The 56-year-old legend was admitted to Medanta — the Medicity — earlier this month after a bout of jaundice, and dengue made his condition worse. He was airlifted from Varanasi.Known for his dribbling skills, Shahid was considered one of India’s greatest hockey players. He was a member of the V Baskaran—led Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.He was also a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986. July 20, 2016 Published on × vbk-20-Mohammad_Sh_2939221f   –  Special Arrangement hockey SHARElast_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20: BCCI in a fix after Himachal CM refuses to provide security for Indo-Pak tie

first_imgThe much-awaited India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash is in jeopardy after the Himachal Pradesh government expressed its inability to provide security for the match, leaving the BCCI in a bind with Board Secretary Anurag Thakur saying that the state should not “play politics”. The March 19 game is to be played in Dharamsala but its fate is now uncertain after Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh wrote to the Home Ministry stating that the state government cannot provide security for the match. Reacting sharply to Singh’s statement, Thakur, who is also a BJP MP in Lok Sabha, said the state knew of the schedule months in advance and did not specify any such concerns at that time. “The venues of the World Cup matches were decided one year ago, the allotment of matches was decided six months ago. People all over have made bookings and it is not fair to give such statements at the last minute,” Thakur said. Those politicizing this cricket issue hv shown thr own shortcomings & incapability, are working to tarnish image of HP & the country. @BCCI Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) March 1, 2016″The Congress-led state government is clearly playing politics. Hundreds of Pakistani athletes were given security during the South Asian Games in Assam, why can’t the Himachal government do the same?” Thakur asked. “By claiming that you cannot provide security, you are only giving credence to Pakistani claims that there is a security threat to their team in India. It’s about the country’s image, you cannot play politics over it,” he added. advertisementYesterday, the Himachal Pradesh Congress had asked the BCCI to either cancel the proposed match or shift the venue. The party claimed that since Kangra is home to a large number of soldiers, including Kargil War heroes like Captain Vikram Batra and Captain Saurabh Kalia, hosting the Pakistani team would hurt the sentiments of martyrs families.last_img read more

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Judge Overturns Brady’s Suspension

first_imgNEW YORK — A Federal judge deflated Deflategate on Sept. 3, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football’s integrity.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback.Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC championship game.The written decision frees Brady to prepare for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle when he criticized its handling of the investigation and discipline over the last eight months.The league brought the scandal to Berman’s Manhattan courtroom immediately once Goodell upheld Brady’s four-game suspension, blasting the quarterback for arranging the destruction of his cellphone and its nearly 10,000 messages just before he was interviewed for the NFL probe. The union countersued, said Brady did nothing wrong and asked the judge to nullify the suspension.While the league investigation found it was “more probable than not” that two Patriots ball handling employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls at January’s 45-7 New England victory over the Indianapolis Colts, it cited no direct evidence that Brady knew about or authorized it.Goodell, though, went beyond the initial investigation report, finding in late July as a result of testimony from Brady and others that the quarterback conspired with the ball handlers and tried to obstruct the league’s probe, including by destroying his cellphone.The Commissioner said he concluded Brady “knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards” to ensure balls were deflated.Berman attacked the league while questioning one of its lawyers at two hearings, citing a lack of proof against Brady and asking how Goodell settled on a four-game suspension instead of other discipline.He warned the league that he had the authority to overturn its punishment of Brady if he found the NFL acted unfairly by refusing to deliver NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash as a witness even though he worked on the NFL investigation.Berman’s ruling does not necessarily end the dispute. The league can appeal.Berman had repeatedly urged both sides to settle and tone down their rhetoric. At a hearing Aug. 31 attended by Brady and Goodell, the judge announced that both sides had “tried quite hard” to reach a deal in morning talks. But the case was left for him to decide.As they negotiated, the sides attacked each other in court papers.In one August court filing, the union said the four-game suspension displayed “a clearly biased agenda — not an effort at fairness and consistency,” and it criticized Goodell’s ruling upholding the suspension as a “smear campaign,” a “propaganda piece written for public consumption.”In its papers, the NFL said there was “ample support” in evidence for the commissioner to conclude Brady was involved in efforts by the Patriots equipment personnel to deflate footballs.(LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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a month agoBenfica midfielder Adel Taarabt: My fault I never played for Real Madrid, Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt: My fault I never played for Real Madrid, Barcelonaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica midfielder Adel Taarabt concedes he could’ve done more in his career.The former Tottenham youngster had a six month spell with AC Milan, but never fulfilled his early promise.Taarabt admits: “I don’t like to say these things about myself but if you talk to anyone who has seen me play when I was younger, they will tell you that I could have played at Real Madrid or Barcelona. “Even Luka Modric told me one day. “It didn’t happen and it wasn’t just because of others but because of me…” last_img read more

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Ministry Commended for Hosting FAO Conference

first_img The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has been commended for hosting the 35th Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has been commended for hosting the 35th Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).“Thank you for organising this conference in a short time,” Director-General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva, said at a welcome reception staged by the Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, at the Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay on March 6.The four-day conference, which began on Monday March 5, is an official biennial forum where Ministers of Agriculture and high-level officials of member nations meet to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture as a means of ensuring the promotion of regional coherence on global policies and political issues.Mr. da Silva said the conference is a historical one for the FAO and for Jamaica, which now has the distinction of not only attracting a record number of attendees to an event of this nature, but pulling all of the 33 member states to its shores, a first in the history of the regional organisation. This is a record that no one will take from Jamaica, he said.The Director-General said he is awed by the general positivity emanating from the Ministry officials, other stakeholders in agriculture as well as the overall Jamaican hospitality.“I have to say, it is my third time here in Jamaica and I enjoy the country very much, and I enjoy also the way you treat life with optimism… looking forward. So, this is a good moment for the FAO also to learn how to do it, so thank you very much,” Mr. da Silva said.For his part, Mr. Samuda told the gathering that the success of hosting the conference was due to the synergies among the Ministry staff, other state agencies, the private sector and other entities in Jamaica’s agricultural sector that collaborated to ensure it was executed at a first-class level.Welcoming the overseas attendees, Mr. Samuda also expressed delight that Jamaica had broken the conference attendance record and told them to “rest assured that everything possible is being done to ensure you return over and over again”.“When this conference is completed, I am expecting that many of you will return as guests and will enjoy your holidays here and get an opportunity, not only to be exposed to the physical beauty and charm of one of the most beautiful countries on the planet but to interact and meet and greet the beautiful people of Jamaica,” he said. Mr. da Silva said the conference is a historical one for the FAO and for Jamaica, which now has the distinction of not only attracting a record number of attendees to an event of this nature, but pulling all of the 33 member states to its shores, a first in the history of the regional organisation. This is a record that no one will take from Jamaica, he said. The four-day conference, which began on Monday March 5, is an official biennial forum where Ministers of Agriculture and high-level officials of member nations meet to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture as a means of ensuring the promotion of regional coherence on global policies and political issues. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Protein shakes dont help relieve muscle pain

first_imgProtein shakes have long been touted as a gym bag essential, consumed by gym-goers in an effort to boost muscle recovery and minimise post-workout muscle soreness, but they may not be the most effective way to relieve aching muscles, a new study suggests. The researchers have found that neither whey-protein based shakes nor milk-based formulas enhanced the rate of muscle recovery following resistance training when compared to a carbohydrate only drink. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”While proteins and carbohydrates are essential for the effective repair of muscle fibres following intensive strength training, our research suggests that varying the form of protein immediately following training does not strongly influence the recovery response or reduce muscle pain,” said study lead author. The experiment involved 30 male participants, all of whom had at least a year’s resistance training experience. Researchers asked participants to rate their levels of muscle soreness on a visual scale from ‘no muscle soreness’ (0) through to ‘muscle soreness as bad as it could be’ (200). Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardParticipants also completed a series of strength and power assessments to test their muscle function. The results showed a significant rise in the levels of muscle soreness across the three groups 24 hours and 48 hours after the initial resistance training session, with ratings for all groups rising to over 90, significantly higher than the groups baseline ratings, which ranged from 19-26. The study also showed reductions in muscle power and function. The findings published in the journal Human Kinetics, suggest there was no difference in recovery response between the different formulas and no additional benefit of protein consumption on muscle recovery. “The dependence on protein shakes is one of the fads that need to be dispelled, especially when one uses it as a post-workout concoction to combat muscle pain,” researchers said.last_img read more

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