What Has Technology Wrought

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There is no doubt that technology changes the course of human evolution. It has done so since the advent of the first technology to change the course of human existence, whether that technology was fire or a sharpened stone.By impact, the first real weapon of mass destruction was Gutenberg’s printing press. Institutions, governments, and religions were taken down and changed by movable type.The second weapon of mass destruction was the atomic bomb. Much of the 20th Century was shaped by its existence, having been used only twice, and thankfully, never used again.The third weapon is the microchip. As machines allowed human beings to surpass the limitations of their backs and their hands, the microchip has enabled human beings to surpass the limitation of the substrate that is the human brain as it pertains to many things, some that were once unimaginable.The fourth has been Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web. Once again governments, religions, and particularly the institutions of commerce have all been changed, some beyond recognition. The microchip and communication infrastructure enables the use of this technology, but it is what the technology is capable of that makes it transformative.Every technology comes with a duality. Fire provides warmth and the ability to cook food. Uncontrolled, it consumes and destroys everything it touches. Machines enabled mass production and a greater quality of life for a greater number of people, while also replacing the agrarian way of life many preferred.The technologies we enjoy now provide access to information, education, and entertainment, as well as communication platforms that are reshaping the global economy, and replacing—or reimagining—businesses, including manufacturing, retail, publishing, news media, publishing, music. These technologies are also displacing people from jobs and creating a technology gap, as we leave the Industrial Age and enter the Information Age (which we are just beginning).The accelerating, disruptive, continuous change we are experiencing now is only going to accelerate, become more disruptive, and continue unabated. Throughout all of the human cultural evolution up to this point, however, we have remained human. The things that matter most, like deep trust, caring, and collaboration haven’t changed.last_img read more

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Modi Has Failed To Reform India’s Economy. Populist Tricks Are All He Has Left.

first_imgIn May 2014, Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in a landslide election victory. Modi’s campaign was built around the slogan of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” and the promise of “achhe din,” or good times. The expectation was that his decisive mandate would enable Modi to sweep away the remnants of India’s socialist past, eliminate corruption, strengthen weak institutions and place India on a high-growth trajectory.After a victory lap playing statesman in major foreign capitals, Modi got down to business in 2015 by trying to reform a draconian land acquisition law that had stymied economic development. But the attempt was halfhearted and soon abandoned when Rahul Gandhi, leader of the country’s main opposition party, the Indian National Congress, managed to deliver a knockout blow by successfully painting the policy as pro-business and anti-poor. A chastened Modi quickly retreated from other politically contentious structural reforms such as burdensome labor laws that hamstring industry and hamper job creation.Modi did manage to accomplish some important technocratic reforms, such as a new bankruptcy law, a monetary policy framework, and a goods and services tax (GST). With the notable exception of the monetary policy framework, the GST, with its welter of different rates and cumbersome administration, has seen little if any of the benefits of a unified national market, with revenue falling short of expectation. Similarly, the bankruptcy law bogged down by poor implementation and insufficient regulatory capacity is also yet to bear much fruit.Far from jettisoning the remnants of central planning, Modi imposed price controls on medical devices to benefit a handful of manufacturers in his home state of Gujarat and hiked import tariffs across a range of products, reversing a quarter century of trade liberalization – thus marking a return to India’s failed import substitution and command-and-control era.In 2014, Modi spoke to the aspirations of young Indians with the promise of plentiful good jobs. Four years later, when challenged on his poor job creation record, his cavalier response was that even selling Indian street food – a highly precarious, low-productivity and low-wage occupation – was also employment.Despite the promise of minimum government, Modi all but abandoned the privatization of state-owned enterprises, and, if anything, the government is more bloated and intrusive than ever, making for a virtual alphabet soup of government schemes, and with no diminution in routine corruption that average Indians face everyday.Not surprisingly, Modi has not managed to lift the Indian economy above its 7 percent growth rate, the minimum it would grow given the economy’s fundamentals, no matter who was in power.Modi staked his considerable personal political capital when he dramatically announced the immediate voiding of 86 percent of the nation’s currency stock by value on national television on Nov. 8, 2016. The surprise move, known as “demonetization” – which caught even ministers and senior officials off guard – was billed as an attempt to curb “black money,” but its main effects were to cripple cash-based supply chains and credit relationships, damaging small- and medium-size enterprises, which are yet to fully recover. It did nothing to extinguish black money, nor did it lead to a less cash-based economy or increased tax compliance and collection due to greater formalization.The largest monetary policy experiment in modern history was based on reckless voodoo economics, inspired by the BJP’s Hindu right-wing cultural base, and ultimately failed to achieve any of its objectives.Modi also introduced policies that had no rationale other than to placate this Hindu base. His government’s draconian cattle trade rules – done without any stakeholder consultation – not only crippled the industry and destroyed livelihoods but also emboldened Hindu right-wing extremists, who were given a free pass to engage in violent vigilantism and hooliganism in the name of cow protection. So severe has been the impact of his government’s obsession with cattle protection that there is now a problem of stray cattle roaming around destroying crops and further harming farmers.The promise of good governance increasingly seemed like a cruel joke in the face of Modi’s reckless adventurism.But reality is now catching up. With a tough reelection battle looming and recent state election losses, Modi is using the time-tested method of an old-fashioned populist spending binge. With the recent ouster of central bank chief Urjit Patel, who refused to bend to Modi’s wishes, and his replacement by a loyal bureaucrat, the spigots of loose money have all but been opened.Almost five years later, was the Indian public sold a bill of goods? Modi’s record suggests that his lofty slogans in 2014 were part of a slick and sophisticated exercise in public relations, but no genuine conviction or plan of action lay behind it. Modi’s major tangible accomplishment is avoiding a big corruption scam of the type that hobbled his predecessor.That apart, Modi squandered a decisive mandate, and voters will soon decide whether he and his government deserve a second term in office.Rupa Subramanya is an economist and researcher based in Mumbai.Special To The Washington Post Related Itemsfeaturedlast_img read more

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Fashion MD

first_imgShe may not be able to fix your hot flashes or your cough, but she can certainly transform the health of your wardrobe! The world may have lost yet another Indian physician – and gained a fashion designer in 23-year-old Atlanta based Christine Philip, “My father, grandfather, all my uncles, aunts, and cousins are physicians and my brother is in medical school. I’m the only one in my family doing something totally different.” Although Philip started out as a pre-med student at Emory University she has been into design since the age of 12. So she switched to marketing classes and learnt all aspects of design from an European couturier in Atlanta.She has already gained a following through word of mouth for her private label and also does couture work. She’s sold to boutiques in Florida and Bangalore, and sources her fabrics both in India and the Indian bazaars of Atlanta. She designs Western outfits with Indian fabrics, and does shows to support good causes, including an upcoming one at the Fox Theater with two mainstream private label designers. Christine Philip is now gearing up for a show for buyers in Bangalore, which now has a very cosmopolitan crowd. She says, “I want my clothes to be so universal that they can be worn by Americans in India and by Indians in America.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Guru On The Lamb

first_imgPrakashanand Saraswati, the 82-year-old charismatic founder and spiritual guru of Barsana Dham in Austin, Texas, billed as the largest Hindu Temple in North America, has been convicted of 20 counts of sexual molestation of children two decades earlier and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Saraswati was sentenced in abstentia after he failed to show up for the sentencing phase and his $11 million bail has been revoked and a warrant issued for his arrest.  The U.S, Marshal Service has announced a manhunt and suspects he is hiding in Mexico with the help of followers. “There are people that we’ve talked to who are devoted followers of his and they will sacrifice criminal charges and prosecution to help his flight,” U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez said.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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For First Time in Indian Golf, 5 Players Make it to Top 200 in World Rankings

first_imgFive Indians now figure in the top 200 players in the world golf rankings, marking the first such feat for the sport in India. Ajeetesh Sandhu reached No. 199, jumping ahead from the 204th place he was ranked at during the end of 2017. Shubhankar Sharma is the highest ranked Indian golfer at the moment, at No. 72.Sharma won the European Tour this season and jumped from rank 193 to 72 after winning the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on Feb. 4. He also won the Joburg Open in December 2017. The 21-year-old golfer is the youngest Indian to reach rank 72, and is currently the highest ranked in India.“Congratulations to Shubhankar,” Nick Tarratt, Director, European Tour International, Dubai office, said in a statement. “There is still a lot of golf to be played and if he maintains his position inside the top 60 in the Race to Dubai then we will be delighted to see him tee it up at the climax to the European Tour season at Jumeirah Golf Estates in November next year.”Besides Sharma, the other Indian golfers in the top five are Anirban Lahiri, who is currently ranked 76th, Gaganjeet Bhullar (155), Shiv Kapur (192) and Ajeetesh Sandhu (199). Lahiri was at rank 66 at the end of 2017 but fell to 76. Kapur was No. 201at the end of 2017 and went up to 192 after the Maybank Championship.Sharma is also the fourth highest-ranked Indian ever, after Jeev Milkha Singh (whose career best was World No. 28 in 2009), Anirban Lahiri (whose best ever ranking was 33rd in 2015) and Jyoti Randhawa (whose personal best was 70th in 2008).Jeev Milkha Singh was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times: “The sky is the limit for Shubhankar and he will keep pushing the boundaries, but more than that he is an inspiration for youngsters. If I can turn the clock back and say that if Jeev Milkha Singh could achieve a world ranking of 28 (in 2009), so can a young aspirant. Belief has seen Shubhankar this far and many more milestones lie ahead but he needs to stay grounded and surround himself with the right people. Doing so will help him rebound quicker as setbacks are part of life.”Previously, only two Indians have been in top 200 at one time — Singh and Randhawa in 2008/09, and Singh and Bhullar in late 2012. Related ItemsGolflast_img read more

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Cruise Ship Apologizes, Issues Refunds to Passengers for Raucous Party by Indians

first_imgThe Royal Caribbean International had to apologize and issue mass refunds to its passengers after 1,300 employees of an Indian tobacco company went on a wild party, turning the cruise holiday for dozens of Australian and other tourists into a nightmare.Guests aboard the lavish “Voyager of the Seas” cruise ship were shocked to see the Indians take over the vessel’s decks and bars, and block many parts of the ship, including the poolside and large-screen TVs.The employees of the Kanpur-based gutkha company Kamla Pasand were on a visit to Australia for a conference in early September, and boarded the ship in Sydney. Shortly after the ship left the port, the group started dancing and partying with scantily-dressed women in Playboy bunny attire and loud music all day long for three days at every available space in the ship. According to the Australian website 9news, fellow passengers had to take refuge in the ship’s restaurants as the Indian contingent took over the decks and buffet area.The Indian men also harassed young female passengers by recording them on their mobile phones, Australian news program A Current Affair reported.“It was almost like a huge bucks party – a bucks night for 1,200 people,” it quoted Cassandra Riini as saying. “Their doors would be open and you would walk past and be like what am I going to be looking at when I walk past this door? It is hard to forget after seeing all the flashbacks of these men around all the time, 24 hours a day, like we could not escape.”The ship features several huge screens, generally for playing Hollywood movies, which the men took over for playing Kamla Pasand videos throughout the day.“It was crazy little Playboy bunny outfits, you know this is a family boat,” another passenger, Christine Weyling, told 9news.com.“I think that they should have notified us that there was a big group that had been booked and had booked the pool deck out … everyone on that ship should have been notified.”The company stated that it would take care that such incidents do not occur again, while its India representative denied the charges.“During (Voyager of the Seas’) three-night sailing on September 6th, a group onboard caused complaints to some of our guests. We were quickly made aware and provided them with a satisfactory solution,” Susan Bonner, managing director of Royal Caribbean Australia and New Zealand, told 9news.com. “We operate with the safety of our guests and crew as our highest priority and are currently looking into all guest feedback regarding this incident to ensure it does not happen again.”Ratna Chadha, CEO of Tirun Travel Marketing, which is the India representative of Royal Caribbean International, and through which the group booked its tickets, said that they did not create any nuisance, the Times of India reported.“Some Australians complained of wild partying by the Indian group. The Indian group was appropriately dressed and didn’t create any nuisance. The pool area was shut down after the mandated time. Even if the Indian group created a nuisance, why didn’t the Australians complain to the authorities on the ship itself ? They complained about it after the trip got over. The ship is always at liberty to take control of situations if these are not in sync with the guest conduct policy. But there was no action required as the group was within the ship’s mandate. Of the 3,900 passengers on the ship, it seems that only six Australians had an issue,” Chadha told the Indian publication.The ship has a capacity of over 3,000 passengers. It travels from Australia to the South Pacific, with stops in New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia. Related ItemsAustraliacruise tourismlast_img read more

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High Tea

first_imgA cup of chai at your neighborhood café could give you sticker shock: $3 or more for the humblest cup. We South Asians know our chai, but the variety at tea shops differs markedly from the homemade. Often sweetened with non-traditional flavors like vanilla and cinnamon, an endless variety of new chai flavors are showing up all over the country. Coast to coast, chai is becoming a staple beverage, accompanying coffee menus. New York City’s Tavlon Tea Bar is one of the estimated 1,500 special tea shops and retail tea outlets nationwide that are turning tea hipNew York City’s Tavalon Tea Bar, co-founded by Sonny Caberwal with John-Paul Lee, is one of an estimated 1,500 specialty tea shops and retail tea outlets nationwide that are turning tea hip. A former attorney, Caberwal realized early in his legal career that he would be happiest working in an environment that combined his twin loves of music – he is an accomplished tabla player – and tea. This vision created Tavalon, a sleek café, whose gleaming white interior and music booth where notable DJ’s regularly spin music, showcase the brand’s many custom-blended teas.“We are both big tea drinkers and wanted to create a space around a brand of really high quality, healthy tea that was still accessible to people who might not traditionally drink tea,” Caberwal says.Tavalon currently has over 50 different varieties of unique teas that are grown all over the world, which Caberwal acknowledges can be intimidating for novice tea drinkers. “Part of our goal at Tavalon is to train customers to smell, touch and taste the tea so that they can learn about the many types of tea and feel comfortable trying new varieties,” Caberwal says.To accomplish this, test tubes filled with each of Tavalon’s loose-leaf teas are assembled at the entrance of the store where customers are encouraged to become personally familiar with varieties. Tavalon even employs a “tea sommelier” to help drinkers find the most satisfying cup. Despite Tavalon’s many tea blends and the striking absence of the exotic South Asian decor that many other tea stores employ to create ambiance, Caberwal nonetheless notes that Tavalon’s most popular blend of tea is, of course, chai.As growing numbers of independent tea shops like Tavalon pop up across the country, it is no surprise that the country’s largest coffee chain Starbucks too has entered the act. According to Lisa Passe, representative of Starbuck’s Global Brand Strategy Department, Starbucks began offering its version, dubbed “Tazo Chai”, in 1997. Starbucks’ chai has steadily increased in popularity and the chai latte now ranks as the company’s second most popular latte drink sold nationally. The east and west coasts, and interestingly Colorado, lead sales.Passe cites two reasons for chai tea’s popularity at Starbucks. First, Starbucks’ chai mixes the exotic with the familiar. Its recipe blends five spices that have been commonly used in chai across India for decades: ginger, cardamom, star anise, cloves and cinnamon. The blend is a “classic masala chai,” Passe says, whose recipe has been perfected across India. “Roadside tea merchants called chai wallahs have been serving the combination of black tea and exotic spices, prepared on open stoves with milk long before lattes,” she says. “One can see this ceremony repeated throughout towns, cities, and the countryside of India, and in railway stations, open air markets, and villages.” Building on this tried and tested true formula, Starbucks’ recipe adds sweetness and familiarity for the western palette with honey, organic cane sugar and a hint of vanilla. Another reason, Passe says, chai has become popular at Starbucks hreflects the general philosophy of tea drinkers and vendors alike: tea has health benefits. In today’s marketplace, consumers are increasingly conscious of personal health with a focus on what they eat and drink. It is no surprise then that chai has increased in popularity as tea’s general health benefits are being touted nationwide. While the jury is still out on whether daily cups of coffee help consumers, tea is perceived – and marketed – as a healthy hot drink alternative. “Customers are becoming more aware of the many health benefits associated with drinking tea,” Passe says, and “chai combines the foamy creaminess people love with their lattes, but with all of the goodness of tea.”But what are the health benefits of tea? Tavalon’s various teas cite a long list of health benefits, including the lowering of blood pressure associated with black tea consumption and aiding of weight loss with white tea. The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published an article concluding that consumption of green tea may be associated with a reduction in mortality rates due to many causes including cardiovascular disease. The study followed nearly 40,000 Japanese men and women over a seven to 11 year period.Black and white varieties of tea were found to have fewer benefits than their green tea counterpart, although all varieties of tea were thought to have positive health benefits. Though the benefits are still debatable, chai’s enormous popularity is indisputable. Evolving from Indian kitchens and roadside stands to swanky shops worldwide, chai has become the alternative drink of choice at the coffee shop.Tea RisingAccording to the Tea Association of the USA, Americans consumed 2.25 billion gallons of tea in 2005. Every day, roughly half all Americans drink tea, with consumption heaviest in the South and Northeast. Almost 85% of all tea consumed in the United States is iced and about two-thirds is brewed using tea bags. Tea sales grew from $1.84 billion in 1990 to $6.16 billion in 2005, with the Ready to Drink market exploding 12-fold from $0.2 billion to $2.41 billion. The Food Service segment, represented by tea cafes, doubled from $0.5 billion to $1 billion, while the specialty tea segment, with all the new flavors and tea forms, tripled over the past 15 years.Put Your Recipe to the TestAlthough the word “chai” has become universal, its recipe is anything but uniform. In fact, basic chai in India does not include many of the spices that people commonly associate with it. Households and roadside stands often serve a simple version that contains four basic ingredients: tea leaves, usually black or “Assam” variety, sweetener in the form of sugar or an equivalent substitute, milk, and hot water. Tavalon has over 50 varieties of unique tea that are grown all over the world.The addition of spices, which varies wildly according to taste, is known as “masala chai,” or “spiced chai.” Common spices that are added for flavor are cardamom, star anise, ginger, cloves, pepper and cinnamon. In India, whole spices are freshly ground to impart maximum favor and aroma into the tea. Introduction of masala chai outside of India has brought new spices into the traditional mix, often to make the preparation sweeter, such as vanilla and honey.Even chai’s preparation varies with families passing on their own unique recipe. For beginners, set water with tea leaves and spices to boil. After bubbles form, add milk or desired creamer with care to ensure it does not boil over. Pour through a strainer to catch tea leaves and then add sweetener to taste. With hundreds of possibilities, experiment with spices to create the perfect mix for your palette.Where Does Tea Calls Home?Although tea is now grown and enjoyed across India, tea leaves, derived from a plant known to botanists as Camellia sinensis, is not native to most of South Asia. The northeastern Indian state of Assam is the ancestral home to one wild strain of tea plant, with others varieties common to southern and eastern China and Myanmar. Although accounts vary as to who is responsible for India’s commercial tea production, the British established tea estates during the late 19th century after the first batch of Assam’s black tea popularly sold in London.Today, Assam produces more than half of India’s total tea. The black tea that bears the state’s name is also commonly hreferred to as “English Breakfast tea.” Assam tea’s characteristic black color and strong taste is achieved by allowing leaves to completely oxidize. Popular across the west, other types of tea are catching up in popularity. Green tea, which is produced when the tea leaves are partially oxidized, is widely consumed throughout East Asia and has been recently touted for its health benefits. Least well-known, but growing in popularity among organic tea drinkers, is white tea, whose leaves are not oxidized at all. Fragile and often more expensive than other varieties, vendors like Tavalon claim that white teas are highest in antioxidants compared to other varieties. Related Itemslast_img read more

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After jittery start, Jose finds bearing for Blackwater

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose was truly feeling the nerves in his first PBA game on Friday that it even showed on his game, hilariously air-balling his free throw midway in the second quarter.“I was excited,” he said in Filipino as he tried to hide his embarrassment from his gaffe. “This is my first game and I’m surprised that happened.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments But he admits that there’s still a lot of ground for the newly-formed trio to cover, saying, “Hopefully, we can improve ourselves as a team and we continue working hard.”“What we did wasn’t enough and we haven’t proven anything yet. We still need to be one and we can still develop a lot of things as a unit.”Erram notched a double-double in the season opener with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, while Belo collected 13 markers, a rebound, and an assist in the game.Jose is unfazed by his new team’s bad start in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup as he keeps a positive vibe and looked at the good things Blackwater did in the game.“The mindset is the same: when coach puts me in, I’m always ready to do what he asks me to do and to execute our plays. I admit that I was excited and I’m still adjusting, but hopefully next game, I’m already okay,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Luckily, that wasn’t the case in his second freebie–which he swosshed–and for for his next shots, giving him the confidence he needed to deliver for Blackwater.The third overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft lived up to his billing as he paced the Elite with 16 points, six rebounds, and two assists in his pro debut.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 shutoutUnfortunately, that smashing first game went for naught as Blackwater fell to Meralco, 103-98, at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Jose, however, isn’t dwelling much on the loss and shared his optimism when talking about the youthful Elite frontline of him, Mac Belo, and JP Erram forming an intriguing three-man combo in the paint. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 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 Citycenter_img 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. Cañaleta catches fire for Meralco, torches Blackwater Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venueslast_img read more

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Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope serving sentence at detention center

first_imgLATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Tiger Woods decides to be his own swing coach NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Caldwell-Pope has missed two road games, and won’t travel for games in Houston on Dec. 31 and Minnesota on Jan. 1. He was expected to play against Golden State.While playing for the Detroit Pistons, Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early March 29 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, after police say he was spotted going about 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. He was arrested after a field sobriety test. A further test showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent.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 shutoutCaldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points this season. He signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers as a free agent in July. View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. APLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is serving a 25-day sentence at an Orange County detention center after violating his probation on a drunken driving arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday (Friday Manila time).Caldwell-Pope is allowed to leave the Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center for practice and Lakers games in California under a work-release program, but must wear a GPS monitor outside the facility.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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DeRozan scores 29, Raptors beat slumping 76ers

first_imgBI 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 “He wants to do so much more and he can’t,” Brown said. “He just hasn’t practiced or, recently, played. There was a rhythm and a fluid side of his game that he was searching for.”Dario Saric scored 17 points, Amir Johnson had 12 and Ben Simmons scored 10 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight and nine of 10.Brown insisted his players haven’t been affected by the slump.“They understand the sky isn’t falling,” Brown said.Simmons echoed his coach’s assessment of the rotten run, which includes a triple-overtime loss against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Man United collapse allows City to go 13 points clear in EPL Read Next Embiid, Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder, returned after missing the previous three games because of a sore lower back.“It wasn’t feeling the best but I really wanted to play tonight,” Embiid 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 shutoutEmbiid had 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes, but the 76ers lost for the 18th time in 19 meetings with the Raptors.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said he could tell Embiid, who got a technical foul late in the third, was frustrated at not being able to perform better. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “A rough few games,” Simmons said. “We just need to get back on track. Once we get that game under out belts, we’ll be fine. There’s no reason to panic.”Delon Wright matched his season high with 14 points while Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas each had 12 for the Raptors, who have won six straight overall and 12 of 13.Toronto is an NBA-best 12-1 at home and is 10-1 in December, second only to Golden State’s 10-0 mark this month.“I can see an air of confidence, especially here, and we’ve got to continue that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Embiid took Philadelphia’s first six shots of the game. He scored eight points in the opening quarter, but Ibaka had 13 for the Raptors. The teams were tied at 27 after the first.Ther 76ers made five of 15 field-goal attempts in the second and committed 10 turnovers that led to 15 Toronto points. Lowry and Valanciunas each scored eight points in the second, and the Raptors led 55-46 at halftime.DeRozan scored 16 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 13-3 run, taking an 81-63 lead into the fourth.“You blink and they go whack, whack,” Brown said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan high fives fans as he comes off court after scoring 29 points in his team’s 102-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA basketball game. APTORONTO — Joel Embiid’s return wasn’t enough to get the Philadelphia 76ers out of their recent rut.DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 102-86 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their 10th straight home victory.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Mayweather challenges Kobe: ‘I’m ready to play you one on one for $1M’

first_imgThe brash fighter, however, showed another side of his game as he proved that he can also play ball, draining 11 straight threes when he took a short break from his training for the McGregor fight, as reported by TMZ Sports.After the McGregor fight, Mayweather immediately went on to face Isaiah Thomas in a pickup game, before playing in a charity basketball game the following day.Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players ever, though, is a different beast on the court and while Mayweather may be unbeaten inside the ring, he’s no match for the “Black Mamba” on the hardcourt. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ But right smack in the middle of the barrage of comments was Mayweather, the undefeated boxer, who boasts of an undefeated 50-0 record, issuing a challenge to the five-time NBA champion.“@kobebryant I’m ready to play you one on one for $1,000,000,” he wrote.Mayweather last fought in the ring last August, knocking out Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor in a cross-over boxing match which earned him a reported $300 million.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Floyd Mayweather just couldn’t stay away from the limelight.The retired boxing world champion rained on Kobe Bryant’s parade after the Los Angeles Laker legend wrote a thank you post on Instagram.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Bryant posted a behind-the-scenes clip on the making of “Dear Basketball” on his Instagram account on Saturday, giving a toast to his partners Glen Keane of Disney for making the animation and John Williams for doing the musical scoring.“I couldn’t imagine anyone else directing and animating something so personal to me. Thank you @glenkeaneprd #DearBasketball @go90sports,” he wrote as the movie was shortlisted among the Oscar nominees for animated short film.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Mourinho berates ‘childish’ Man United after dropping pointslast_img read more

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Ravena relieved to just play vs Pringle with Romeo still out for GlobalPort

first_imgMOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Kiefer Ravena felt relieved that this Christmas, he only had to deal with one of GlobalPort’s two-headed monster in Stanley Pringle and not the full experience on Monday.“I’m glad that it’s just Stan,” NLEX’s second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft said in Filipino after NLEX’s 115-104 win over GlobalPort. “If you add Terrence (Romeo) there, it will be much, much harder for us.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 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 Caguioa pays tribute to Helterbrand, wears No. 13 Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ But even if the Batang Pier only had Pringle with Terrence Romeo still recovering from his knee contusion injury, Ravena admitted it was still a tough challenge for him facing the 2015 Rookie of the Year.“It’s still hard to guard Stan. It’s hard to contain Stan that way,” he said after Pringle unloaded 33 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in the game. “At least, we only had to deal with one of them as the focal point of GlobalPort’s offense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderRavena, meanwhile, continued to impress, this time, collecting, 20 points, two rebounds, five assists and four steals.He is also grateful for coming out with a victory on Christmas day especially with his family and girlfriend Alyssa Valdez in attendance.center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s always nice to go home after a win, no matter how it was won. Everybody wanted a win because you don’t want to travel all the way here in the Philippine Arena, a great environment, to just play and not give it your 100 percent. We all wanted that Christmas gift which is a win,” he said.Going 2-0 early this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup may not mean much, but Ravena is looking at this stretch as a confidence-builder for NLEX as it guns for more wins to come in 2018.“It’s nice to play on a Christmas Day, and it was nice for us to win and celebrate for the holidays. Hopefully, we can continue this,” he said.The Road Warriors return to action on January 7 against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venueslast_img read more

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Hockey India suspends Gurbaj Singh for 9 months

first_imgSenior India hockey player Gurbaj Singh was on Monday suspended for nine months for indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the team, a decision which might shatter the experienced midfielder’s dream of playing in next year’s Rio Olympics.The decision to suspend Gurbaj was taken after a meeting of Hockey India’s disciplinary committee headed by Harbinder Singh on Monday with the midfielder and former India coach Jude Felix, who levelled the charges against him in his report after last month’s Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium.Besides Harbinder, the HI disciplinary panel also include former players RP Singh, AB Subbaiah and Jasjeet Handa. Gurbaj, however, has the option to lodge an appeal with HI’s appellate tribunal within a month’s time.Talking to PTI, Harbinder later said it was time to teach a lesson to Gurbaj, dubbed as problem child in Indian hockey, for his repeated misdemeanours.”We have suspended Gurbaj for nine months starting today, which means he will be unable to play for India till May 9, 2016. The step was taken after Jude Felix in his (HWL) report had brought up disciplinary issues against Gurbaj,” Harbinder said.”Both Gurbaj and Jude were present in the meeting and the committee gave Gurbaj a chance to tell his version.”But obviously, he (Gurbaj) can appeal against the suspension,” he said.Felix in his report, also alleged that Gurbaj did not co-operate with the coaches and was not a good ambassador for the national team.A talented midfielder and considered as a workhorse, Gurbaj has been in news for wrong reasons in the past as well. He was suspended for a brief period after the London Olympics following similar accusations from the then chief coach Michael Nobbs and his support staff.advertisementlast_img read more

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FIFA Considering Delegation to Ensure Iran Allows Women to Attend Matches at Stadium

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Zurich: FIFA is weighing sending a delegation to Tehran to make sure women fans are admitted to the World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Cambodia on October 10.Former French World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff told AFP on Thursday that he would be part of any delegation. “Iran is a hot topic and I am organising myself to be there on October 10,” Djorkaeff said.It was his first interview since his appointment a week ago as Chief Executive Officer of the FIFA Foundation, whose objectives include making football more accessible to women in the Middle East.The presence of a delegation is important “to show that FIFA intervened there with conviction,” said the former midfielder.On Sunday, Gianni Infantino, president of the governing body of world football, said he had been “assured” by Iran that women could attend the match.There had been calls to ban Iran from international competitions following the death of a female fan, Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire following her arrest for trying to enter a stadium.Iranian women have been banned from stadiums since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, with religious leaders arguing that they must be protected from the “male atmosphere” and the “sight of half-naked men”.While a small number of women have been allowed to attend international matches in recent years, others have been prosecuted for going to games in other competitions. delegationFIFAfootballgianni infantino First Published: September 27, 2019, 11:58 AM ISTlast_img read more

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With two days to go, Britain’s EU referendum vote still on knife edge

first_imgOpinion polls on Tuesday suggested growing support amongst Britons for staying in the European Union but the vote in two days time which will have far-reaching consequences for Britain and Europe remains on a knife edge.Two days to referendum Britons will vote on Thursday on whether to quit the 28-nation bloc amid warnings from politicians, economists and trade bodies across the globe that a decision to leave would plunge Britain and possibly much of Europe into recession.The bloc – already shaken by differences over migration and the future of the euro zone – would lose its second-largest economy, one of its top two military powers and by far its richest financial centre.George Soros, the billionaire who bet against the pound in 1992, wrote in an article for Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Tuesday that a vote to leave would trigger a bigger, more disruptive devaluation in Britain’s currency than the fall on Black Wednesday.What do the polls hint at? British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and European Council President Donald Tusk attend a bilateral meeting ahead of a European Union leaders summit addressing the talks about the so-called Brexit and the migrants crisis, in Brussels, Belgium, in February 2016. Photo: ReutersOpinion polls published since the murder of pro-EU lawmaker Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed to death in her constituency in northern England last Thursday, have suggested sentiment might be moving towards an “In” vote.An ORB poll for Tuesday’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper found support for Remain at 53 percent, up 5 percentage points on the previous one, with support for Leave on 46 percent, down three points.advertisement”All the signs of ORB’s latest and final poll point to a referendum that will truly come down to the wire,” said Lynton Crosby, a political strategist who advised the ruling Conservative Party at the last national election in 2015.The “Leave” camp had “failed to quash the almost ubiquitous perception that it is the riskier of the two options,” he said.Social research body NatCen also published a survey that found Remain on 53 percent and Leave on 47 percent, using a method that took on recommendations by an official inquiry into why pollsters got last year’s election wrong, although its research was conducted from May 16 to June 12.However, an online poll by YouGov for The Times showed Leave ahead on 44 percent, up one point, with Remain on 42 percent, down two points. That survey was conducted over the weekend after Cox was killed.Campaigning was suspended for three days after the killing, which led to soul searching about the campaign and its tone, with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Cox’s opposition Labour Party, saying her murder was likely “extreme political violence”.Some “Leave” campaigners accuse the “Remain” camp of exploiting the murder as part of what they portray as a campaign of scaremongering over the referendum by the establishment at home and abroad.Turnout is predicted to be key to the result, and the ORB poll found that Remain supporters, who had been regarded as being more apathetic, were becoming increasingly motivated to vote as polling day approaches.STERLING AND SHARES BOOSTPrior to the murder of Cox, polls had shifted towards “Leave”, and the indication that an “In” vote was now more likely has boosted sterling and shares. Britain’s FTSE-100 shares index jumped 3 percent on Monday while in early trading on Tuesday, the British pound was at a three-week high against the dollar.According to Betfair betting odds, the implied probability of a British vote to remain in the European Union was 75 percent.The “Out” campaign argues that it is the anti-establishment choice, and its message that EU membership has handed political control to Brussels and led to uncontrolled immigration appears to have struck a chord with many Britons.That issue again gained prominence on Tuesday when Prime Minister David Cameron’s former close aide Steve Hilton said the prime minister had been told four years ago that his target to reduce net immigration to Britain to the tens of thousands was impossible.”We were told, directly and explicitly, that it was impossible for the government to meet its immigration target as long as we remained members of the EU, which of course insists on the free movement of people within in,” Hilton, who has already said he backs Brexit, wrote in the Daily Mail newspaper.Those wishing to stay in the bloc, including Cameron, have focused on what they describe as the economic advantages provided by EU membership and the risks posed by leaving.advertisementPro-EU argument The pro-EU camp, including former prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major, have warned that an exit could also trigger the break-up of the United Kingdom by prompting another Scottish independence vote if England pulled Scotland out of the EU.The Remain camp not only boasts the support from the majority of senior business figures and world leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, but also well-known stars from stage, screen and sport.On Tuesday, former England soccer captain and hugely-popular David Beckham added his voice to that list. “For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone,” he said.(Additional reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary and Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)Also read:Does Brexit matter for India? 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Rising star Rhenz Abando wants transfer to another UAAP school

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ READ: ‘Probinsyano’ background makes things click between Abando, UST coach AyoThe Tigers are now faced with a decision whether to play or sideline Abando for the remainder of the season.“That’s what they (UST staff and management) are deciding now,” said the source.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Boxer Patrick Day dies of brain injuries 4 days after fight Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue A source privy to the situation but is not allowed to speak on the matter said Abando has asked permission from the coaching staff and teammates to leave UST.READ: Aldin Ayo mum on Rhenz Abando benching in UST win over UPFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAyo refused to comment on a question regarding Abando’s absence after the Tigers’ 84-78 victory over University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons at Mall of Asia Arena.Players transferring schools isn’t unique in the UAAP, but seeking permission to leave in the middle of the season rarely happens especially with UST among the contenders for a Final Four spot in the tournament. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MANILA, Philippines–The decision of University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo to bench prized forward Rhenz Abando last Wednesday may have something to do with the player informing the team that he was transferring to another UAAP school.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Tokyo Olympics: How about a marathon at 3 a.m.—or 5 a.m.?

first_imgSports 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 Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Hamilton and drivers say F1 should be more eco-friendly Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Mori said he had talked with IOC member John Coates, the head of the inspection team. He said cost was a major issue in moving the marathon.“Our overall cost has become a humongous amount, so it would cause us pain if the cost is added to our bill,” Mori said. “So I mentioned that to Mr. Coates, and he said he will look into it. We won’t be able to pay if it’s a significant damage to our finances. I have reminded him of that.”A government audit report last year said Tokyo is spending about $25 billion to organize the Olympics, all of which is public money accept $5.6 billion from a privately financed operating budget.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Japanese news agency Kyodo, without citing sources, said the Tokyo Metropolitan Government was considering making the proposal, hoping to keep the marathon in Tokyo.It had initially been scheduled in Tokyo for 6 a.m., just an hour after sunrise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceForecast temperatures in Sapporo are “five to six degrees centigrade (about 10 degrees F) cooler during the day than in Tokyo,” the IOC said.The IOC released a proposal a week ago to move the marathons and race walking events to Sapporo. The moved thrilled Sapporo, which is considering a bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics. The change was announced quickly, apparently with scant consultation with local organizers or upset government officials.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said she was “very surprised” about the venue change, but also sided with IOC reasoning: that athletes will be safer in cooler temperatures.The trigger was probably the recent world track and field championships in Doha, Qatar, where 28 of 68 starters failed to finish the women’s marathon and 18 of 73 men failed to complete the course. The races started at midnight in 38 degree C (100 degree F) heat.Tokyo’s organizing committee president Toshiro Mori suggested last week it was a done deal. The changes are almost certain to be confirmed next week when IOC inspectors visit the Japanese capital.“Can we say no to the plan that the IOC and International Association of Athletics Federation already supported?” Mori said. “It’s not a question of good or bad, but we just have to accept it.”ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, runners pass by Zojoji Buddhist temple during the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo. Tokyo Metropolitan Government was considering making a proposal, the start times at 3 a.m. or 5 a.m., hoping to keep the 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon in Tokyo, Japanese news agency Kyodo News said on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. That could be proposed to Olympic organizers and the IOC, a move to keep the marathon from being moved out of Tokyo’s summer heat to cooler summer weather 800 kilometers (500 miles) further north in Sapporo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO— How about running next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. — or 5 a.m.?That may be proposed to Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee, a step to keep the marathon from being moved out of Tokyo’s summer heat to cooler weather 800 kilometers (500 miles) further north in Sapporo.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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League Cup: Sergio Aguero grabs stoppage time winner for Man City in semi-final first leg

first_imgSergio Aguero netted in stoppage time to give quadruple-chasing Manchester City a 2-1 victory over Bristol City in the first leg of their English League Cup semifinal on Tuesday.Despite leading the Premier League by 15 points, Man City was given a stern test by the second-tier visitors who took the lead through Bobby Reid’s penalty in the 44th minute.Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser soon after the break turned the tide and City then laid siege to their opponents’ defence in the closing stages before Aguero’s goal gave them a vital advantage ahead of the return leg in two weeks’ time.”My players were fantastic because in football you can win, you can lose, but we try until the end. We win many games in the last minutes because we don’t give up,” City manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports.But the The gulf in status between the sides wasn’t always obvious.Bristol City attacked with pace and confidence. Joe Bryan, who scored a spectacular goal in the quarterfinal win over Manchester United, was often leading the charge at Etihad Stadium.”(We’re) disappointed to concede late on but we can hold our heads high,” Bristol City manager Lee Johnson told Sky Sports. “We played very well today, could have had a couple more goals but we pushed probably the best team in the world all the way.”We’re still in the contest. We’re disappointed but we’re looking forward to the next game.”With Manchester City unbeaten domestically all season and streaking clear in the Premier League it was hard to imagine them facing much of a test at home to Lee Johnson’s side, who are 14 points off the pace in the second division.advertisementYet the visitors had beaten four top flight sides en route to the semi-finals, including City’s arch rivals Manchester United in the last round, and were in no mood to lie down and wait for Guardiola’s City juggernaut to mow them over.The hosts enjoyed the majority of early possession and came close to taking the lead when Bernardo Silva’s deflected effort rippled the side netting in the 15th minute, before De Bruyne forced visiting keeper Frank Fielding into a sharp save.RASH CHALLENGEYet the Championship side looked threatening on the break and, after the hosts had their own penalty appeal turned down when Bailey Wright manhandled Stones, referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot at the other end.Stones dived into a rash challenge on Reid, who stepped up and coolly dispatched his penalty a minute before halftime.City were almost level immediately but Raheem Sterling’s chipped effort was headed off the line and over by Aden Flint while the England winger was denied again when one-on-one with the keeper early in the second half.The lead lasted until the 55th minute when De Bruyne drove forward and fed Sterling, who pulled the ball back for the Belgian to lash home from 15 metres.Sterling fluffed another chance when he struck the ball straight at Fielding from close range with 20 minutes remaining, while Leroy Sane dragged an effort wide before Guardiola summoned Aguero off the bench.It proved decisive as Silva dinked in a cross and the diminutive Argentine nipped in front of Fielding to power home a header from close range.English champions Chelsea host Arsenal in a London derby on Wednesday in the other semi-final first-leg clash.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Enough outdoors to go around Refugee prompts retailer to rethink advertising

first_imgJudith Kasiama has always loved nature and spending time in the outdoors.As a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as Zaire at that time, she could walk through the lush rainforest, swim in the river or watch the tropical storms.Her family fled the country in 1997 when it became unstable after the Rwandan genocide.“I know what war is like. I know what it’s like to go several days without food or water, because there were bombs being blown outside,” she told a forum on diversity in the outdoors at the Banff Mountain Film Festival this fall.Kasiama’s family made its way to South Africa, then Australia, California, Connecticut, New York and Boston before receiving refugee status in Canada and settling in Hamilton, Ont. She now lives in Vancouver, where she can again hike, swim and watch storms.Last March, the 29-year old — who runs a group called Black People Hike: Vancouver — called out several retailers on social media for their lack of diversity in advertising campaigns.It led to an open letter from the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op, titled: Do White People Dominate the Outdoors?“If you consider every advertisement you’ve ever seen for skiing, hiking, climbing and camping, you might think that’s the case,” David Labistour wrote in October. “It isn’t true at all, and it’s part of a bigger problem.”Labistour said his letter received more response than a controversy over the retailer selling outdoor equipment brands linked to a U.S. gunmaker after a mass shooting in Florida.He admitted that the retailer hasn’t represented the diversity of Canadians and is working to include people of colour in its ads.“Sometimes we don’t recognize the inherent racism in the country,” said Amil Reddy, co-ordinator of MEC’s Outdoor Nation campaign to get more young Canadians outdoors. “More often than not, it’s not the folks we were hoping to represent.”As a queer person of colour, Reddy said there’s enough outdoors to go around for everyone.“Some groups need a little more support,” said Reddy, who noted that MEC brought Kasiama on as an ambassador as part of its diversity campaign.Other retailers are also responding to the campaign, but it’s an issue that isn’t unique to businesses.In Banff National Park, where 36 per cent of visitors are from somewhere other than Canada or the United States, there’s a concerted effort to address diversity among tourists but also Canadians.“There’s a lot of people who are from Canada who may have trouble understanding English or French as well,” said Greg Danchuk, a Parks Canada visitor experience manager in Banff.“We don’t just think of overseas or international. We think of people who may not be able to communicate in English or French as a first language.”Danchuk said Parks Canada offers a free pass to new Canadians for a year and there are learn-to-camp programs, which provide gear and tips. The national parks also have started to use symbols rather than words to help visitors learn about safety and wildlife.“You have to put some words up there,” Danchuk said. “Some of it needs explanation but, for the most part, to keep people safe and keep wildlife safe at the same time, we can use symbols, point out what they can and can’t do.”Officials send information in other languages to any tour groups ahead of time, he added.Kasiama, who’s planning to do a master’s degree on diversity in the outdoors, said she’d like to see more outdoor education taught in schools. She said it also would go a long way for new Canadians.“You’re not just educating children, but you are also educating the families through the children. It’s a win-win situation.”Kasiama said her childhood, which included eating food from the land, fostered her love of the outdoors.Nature has helped her heal from her experiences as a refugee and can help other immigrants who have faced the same things, she suggested.“You never get over the trauma that you see as a child, in terms of war,” she said. “For me, just being in the outdoors and being in nature was the cheapest form of therapy.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dementia and assisted death in Canada

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, when the government passed bill C-14, allowing chronically ill patients to access assisted death, some end-of-life conversations became easier. But not all of them.The current law in Canada does not allow patients who have been diagnosed with dementia to plan their deaths. For many people who are frightened about the final days of the disease, that’s not acceptable. But there’s a reason very few places in the world have allowed these patients to avail themselves of the service. The questions raised by it are some of the most fundamental to humanity, and the burden the decision would place on family members and even doctors is unfathomable.GUEST: Shannon Proudfoot, Maclean’s (You can read the pieces Shannon references here, here and here.)Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06042019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Podcasts.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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