Deepening Connections in Social Media

first_imgBy Bob Bertsch, NDSU Agriculture Communication and MFLN Network LiteracyPhoto by sorokti:Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)After co-presenting the MFLN Family Transitions “Engaging Military Families with Social Media” webinar with Bruce Moody, I have received a few emails from people wanting to learn more about social capital.I’ve been talking about social capital since I first learned about it in Tara Hunt‘s book, “The Whuffie Factor: Using the Power of Social Networks to Build Your Business.” Recently I’ve begun thinking about it more deeply.Hunt describes social capital as the currency of your reputation, specifically your online reputation. In sociology, social capital refers to the “collective or economic benefits derived from the preferential treatment and cooperation between individuals and groups” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_capital). I like to think of social capital like monetary capital, except with valued actions replacing money.Here’s an example. Let’s say you need someone to help you move some furniture. There are many people you could ask; from a stranger on the street to your closest friend. The likelihood of someone agreeing to help you (without paying them) increase based on how much you have helped that person in the past. It’s the favor economy.In social media, social capital matters. If you dive into social media and begin asking for favors (e.g., like my page, share my post, come to my event), you’re making withdrawals on your social capital. If you haven’t spent any time making social capital deposits (e.g., thanking someone for their post, suggesting your followers follow another page or account, answering a question), your withdrawals will give you a negative social capital balance, which negatively effects your online reputation.In the webinar I mentioned earlier, I talked about social capital at the ground level to begin building a relationship with people. Now I’m starting to think beyond that to building the kind of social capital needed to deepen existing relationships.I’m currently reading John Stepper‘s book, “Working Out Loud.” Although the term “social capital” does not turn up in the book, the concept is definitely present. The book helps individuals build a network that will serve them professionally, establishing and improving their online reputation.Stepper touches on some of the initial social capital strategies I have spoken about, but also goes beyond those initial deposits to the kind of interactions that will deepen relationships.According to Stepper, two keys for working out loud are generosity and empathy. I think both are also key to building enough social capital to deepen online relationships. As you try to make meaningful connections with those you serve on social media, I suggest you ask yourself these 3 questions (adapted from “Working Out Loud”):Who is this for?Why should they care?Why am I doing this?These are critical questions to ask when making social capital deposits.Asking “Who is this for?” helps you be intentional with your posts. Having a specific person or group of people in mind can help you create posts with value – social capital deposits.Asking “Why would they care?” requires empathy. The answer to that question should not be  “because I say it’s important” or “because I want them to know.” You need to put yourself in the mind of the specific person the post is intended for and sincerely imagine why they would care.Asking “Why am I doing this?” speaks to generosity. If the answer is “to get more likes/shares/comments”, STOP. Approach social media in the way you approach your work with military families, with generosity and a sincere desire to help.These questions will help you avoid treating social media as mass media. By focusing on a specific person, putting yourself in their mind, and sharing out of generosity, you can avoid using social media as a bullhorn and begin to use it in a way that can have the most impact, to deepen connections with people and connect people with each other.Bob Bertsch has worked in communications, education and web technology for more than 20 years. He’s currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and a member of the eXtension Network Literacy community of practice, which works to engage professionals in a community built around learning in networks.  The archived webinar “”Engaging Military Families with Social Media” can be viewed here.  Learn more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions.last_img read more

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Should Foreign Lawyers Be Allowed to Work in India? CJI Says Yes

first_imgThe issue of foreign lawyers being permitted to work in India has been contentious since the idea first came up 20 years ago. But Chief Justice of India (CJI) J S Khekar’s recent statement on ‘opening up the legal sector for foreign lawyers and firms’ is expected to make the debate much wider and fierce.The CJI has supported the entry of foreign lawyers and foreign firms in India ‘on the reciprocal basis’.‘Indian Lawyers Competent Enough’  According to the Times of India, speaking at a seminar organised by the Indian branch of International Law Association, CJI said, “Competition will bring excellence in the profession. Indian lawyers are not less competent than foreign lawyers. So the apprehension that foreign lawyers would snatch business of India lawyers is not correct. In fact Indian lawyers are capable of snatching jobs of foreign lawyers. But reciprocity should be insisted in allowing foreign lawyers.”CJI Khehar, believes that opening up the legal sector would mean exchange of ideas between the legal fraternities of diverse background, “with the advent of globalisation, the legal profession in India has undergone a major shift during the last two decades. Economic liberalisation has given an opportunity of constant interaction with foreign law firms and an international clientele,” quoted NDTV.Liberalizing the Legal Sector The legal sector is one of the few areas which is yet to be liberalized in India. As a part of its’ drive to align the Indian policies related to various services with the global practices, Narendra Modi government initiated efforts to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in certain services in the legal sector in 2016.The idea is to open up the sector to foreign players through the revamp of ‘The Advocates Act’ of 1961 and make India an arbitration hub, like Singapore. India has close to 1.3 million lawyers, who are regulated by the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the state Bar Councils. A large number of these lawyers are feared to be fake and BCI recently launched a drive to verify the credentials of practicing lawyers in India. The number of practicing lawyers is expected to come down to 55-60% after the completion of the verification process.The Draft ProposalIn 2016 the central government floated a draft note after discussions with various government departments — including law, commerce, industry and finance — and the Bar Council of India. The BCI agreed to the frame rules initially, but later withdrew from the meeting convened by the law ministry, due opposition from the lawyers across the country.The draft proposed to allow foreign lawyers and firms to open offices in India after registering with the BCI and paying fees of $25,000 (£18,850) for individuals and $50,000 for firms, according to a report by an Indian legal journal and digital portal, Legally India. But post September 2016 the reform process has been delayed.‘Draconian, anti-lawyer & undemocratic.’In a parallel development, the Bar Council of India rejected the Law Commission of India’s 266th report, calling it “draconian, anti-lawyer and undemocratic.”Quoting the BCI Secretary Srimanto Sen, the Indian Express reported that “the BCI will formulate its own recommendations regarding amendments needed to the Advocates Act and present it to the government, in consultation with the state bar council and various bar associations.” Related ItemsChief Justice of IndiaExpat LawyersForeign Lawyers IndiaJS KhekarJudicial reformsReforming Indian legal sectorlast_img read more

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UK Home Office Encourages Asylum Seekers to Return Home

first_imgThe UK Home Office is encouraging those seeking asylum in the United Kingdom to go back to their countries before their cases are even taken up by the department officials, the Guardian reported. The Home Office is voluntarily giving contact numbers and information to asylum seekers about the ways they can head back home before their cases are considered.In a letter from the Home Office Asylum Routing Team, asylum seekers are told that a date will be sent to them for their main interview. Here they need to provide complete details regarding their cases, according to the report.When this interview is over, the Home Office official decides whether or not to accept their claim. The letter also contains the heading, “Help and Advice on Returning Home,” under which the details of who to get in touch with at the Home Office are specified for those asylum seekers wanting to return home.This measure taken by the department is said to be a part of the drive where an unfriendly atmosphere is created for illegal immigrants in Britain. The move has been made despite a 14 per cent drop in the number of asylum claims made in 2017 as compared to 2016, which was to 26,350, according to figures by the Home Office. However, the decline in the numbers has not deterred the department from encouraging asylum seekers in the United Kingdom to return home.“The team can discuss your return, obtain your travel document and send it to the port of departure, help with the cost of your tickets or provide other practical assistance,” states the letter, as per the report. Those seeking asylum were not provided this information till their application was rejected for many years.“We will only remove a person from the United Kingdom where the Home Office and the courts agree there is a safe route to return. Informing asylum seekers at an early stage about their options to leave the country on a voluntary basis has been part of Home Office practice for more than 10 years,” a Home Office spokeswoman was quoted as saying by the publication. She added that the Home Office wants to ensure that people are fully aware of all the options available to them as early as possible in the asylum process. “The letters state clearly that these options are voluntary,” she added.Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Feb. 22 revealed that about 5,500 Indian citizens sought asylum in the United Kingdom and applied for it in the last five years. A majority of the applications were made after the Indians arrived in the United Kingdom, pointing to the fact that they may have traveled with valid visas and applied for an asylum later. Related ItemsBritainHuman RightsUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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Basmati Blues Filmmakers Apologize for ‘Cringeworthy’ Trailer

first_imgThe makers of Basmati Blues, a movie based in India that stars Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson, apologized after the film was heavily criticized for its stereotypical portrayal of India.After the trailer was released this week, people took to Twitter and other social media platforms, criticizing the portrayal of Larson as a white savior in the film. Producers clarified and said the trailer is not a representative of the film.Director Dan Baron and co-producer Monique Caulfield issued a statement expressing regret, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “We deeply regret any offense caused by the Basmati Blues trailer,” they said. “We have heard a number of voices that have understandably reacted to a trailer that is not representative of the film as a whole. Unfortunately, the international trailer has given the wrong impression of the film’s message and heart.”The makers clarified that the movie is “not about an American going abroad to solve India’s problems.” They added: “At its heart, this film is about two people who reach across cultures, fight against corporate greed, and find love,” and called it “a love letter to multiple eras of Bollywood cinema, musicals, and classic Hollywood romantic comedies. We are confident that the film, when seen in its entirety, will bear out our appreciation and respect for India and its people.”The film was made in 2013 before Larson became famous for her role in Room, for which she won the Oscar in 2016. In the film, she portrays a scientist who goes to India to sell genetically-modified rice and goes against the evil corporation after finding out the side effects of the rice.The film also stars actor-musician Utkarsh Ambudkar, who played Mindy Kaling’s on-screen brother in The Mindy Project and starred in Pitch Perfect as Larson’s love interest.The trailer of Basmati Blues trailer is a montage of stereotypical scenes of rural India with focus on spicy food, overcrowded public transport, farms, and bad English.This is ridiculous, they’ve completely ignored the culture of the country. Typical to portray India as about rice, spicy food, poverty, poor English and cringy music. India don’t need a White saviour. We’re good without them.https://t.co/ZxdCLmyn8n— Rahul W (@rahulw_) November 9, 2017#BasmatiBlues is what happens when you let whites have creative freedom wrt Indian culture + how to interpret it.— Nia C (@sleepyhollowkid) November 10, 2017The whole trailer is super cringe-worthy but I lost it when white saviour girl pulls out a microscope on a moving Indian train #BasmatiBlues pic.twitter.com/lj4aWT9JmG— bad day everyday (@sherinlinda) November 9, 2017I’m sorry . After @brielarson’s role in Basmati Blues, I reject her as Captain Marvel. As an apology, I kindly request we have a brown teenage girl take her role so we can have Kamala Khan. @Marvel white savior tropes and the disgusting portrayal of India will not be tolerated.— kavs loves yeri | school hiatus (@nctzens127) November 14, 2017makes me feel like we are still in some colonial india or shit, still viewed as snake charmers and dumb yikes #basmatiblues— ً (@flickerfonds) November 18, 2017Basmati Blues? More like Basmati Blows…. @brielarson read your script before choosing your movies next time— Pretty Dass (@prettydass13) November 17, 2017 Related ItemsBasmati BluesBrie LarsonHollywoodlast_img read more

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Population Control Cell

first_imgIndia’s !DEA cell-phone carrier is marketing 3G service as a form of population control. With all the options on their phones, the ad suggests, “there will be ‘No Aabaadi, No Barbaadi’ because people will be ‘3G pe Busy.’”Sure! Related Itemslast_img

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Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault

first_imgForward Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards celebrates during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — A trial will begin for NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris, who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center two years ago.Maricopa County Superior Court officials announced the trial’s upcoming jury selection will start Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments UAAP: Tamaraws trounce Warriors for first win MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.Hood told Phoenix police that he was repeatedly punched and kicked while sustaining a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.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 shutoutHood is an acquaintance of the Morris brothers and reportedly had a falling-out with them in 2010.The 6-foot-9 Morris twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July 2017, and Markieff is now with the Washington Wizards. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextlast_img read more

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Thirdy not surprised over manong’s stellar NLEX debut

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 Koy Banal throws hat in UE coaching sweepstakes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READcenter_img FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSocial media continued to buzz about Kiefer Ravena’s scintillating debut on Thursday, a day after he punched in big numbers to help NLEX hold off stubborn KIA, 119-115, in the PBA Philippine Cup.The second overall pick in the 2017 Rookie Draft matched his hype as he delivered 18 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and two steals at Filoil Flying V Centre, falling just three rebounds short of a triple-double right in his first professional game.The only one not joining the conversation on how surprising the debut was? Brother Thirdy Ravena, who already saw the big game coming.“I was kind of expecting him to do Kiefer things even in the PBA,” he said. Thirdy, coming off a championship with Ateneo in the UAAP, watched Kiefer’s PBA debut with dad Bong and mom Mozzy.“Usually, the transition is tough especially from college. Usually, when you’re a rookie, you feel nervous,” added Thirdy, who affectionately calls Kiefer ‘manong’ as a sign of respect. “But he was aggressive and he’s just playing his game. Now that I’ve seen him do that on a professional stage, that just speaks about how his game is and how good he is.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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MVP chants as Beasley scores 32 to lead Knicks past Celtics

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Michael Beasley earned deafening “MVP! MVP!” chants after steering the New York Knicks past the NBA’s league-best Boston Celtics, 102-93, Thursday night here.Beasley came alive in the third quarter and took over for the Knicks after Kyrie Irving gave the Celtics their first lead of the night that ballooned to as big as nine with over three minutes left to play in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It is what it is. It happens,” Irving said. “So for now, presently, where we are, just pick ourselves up and move on to I believe, Chicago (on) Saturday.”The Knicks face the Detroit Pistons on Friday before facing the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Christmas Day. O’Quinn with a putback slam! Beasley gets MVP chants. Tied game at 68 after three quarters. #NBA pic.twitter.com/gjS7X0lzG3— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 22, 2017The Knicks are 1-5 without Porzingis this season, but the Latvian center was hardly a factor in the victory as he only registered a point and five rebounds in 23 minutes in his first game back after dealing with a sore left knee.The Knicks star, though, has generally not performed well against the Celtics. In the Knicks’ 110-89 loss last October 24 at the TD Garden in Boston, Porzingis shot just 3-of-14 as they fell to 0-3.“He hadn’t played in 7 days, it’s always tough to come back from that. He just had one of those nights. I’m sure he wanted to come out and play well, but the team won and he’s happy about that,” said the New York coach.Enes Kanter added 14 points and 10 boards while Courtney Lee and Jarrett Jack, who were responsible for the Knicks’ hot start where they led by as much as 14 in the opening period, had 12 markers apiece.Kyrie Irving matched Beasley’s game best 32 points, but the Celtics still lost their second straight game after falling to Miami, 90-89, on Wednesday at home. MVP chants for Beas. He can’t miss, even from the stripe. #NBA pic.twitter.com/GvIeHDwbrW— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 22, 2017 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley (8) celebrates after scoring a three point shot 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 — Kristaps Porzingis received the loudest cheers during the player introductions as he returned from a two-game absence.But by the end of the night, Madison Square Garden was chanting another name.ADVERTISEMENT He scored six of the Knicks’ last 11 points that tied the game at 68 at the end of third, and New York continued to ride his hot hand in the final quarter, where Beasley poured 18 points to keep the Celtics at bay.With Al Horford hounding him, Beasley pulled up from 12 feet to push the lead to 99-91 with over a minute left and virtually seal the Knicks’ first victory over their Atlantic Division rival in three tries.“Mike, he can do a lot of things with the ball. He can go right, he can go left. He was the second pick in the draft 10 years ago. He’s talented and you all saw that tonight,” said coach Jeff Hornacek.Beasley exploded for 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting and added 12 rebounds off the bench, making him the first sub for the Knicks to have scored 32 and 12 according to Associated Press.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Mbala leaves La Salle, joins Mexican ball club BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Butler leads balanced Timberwolves past Suns

first_imgLATEST STORIES Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) drives against Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Jimmy Butler scored 32 points to lead six Minnesota in double figures and the Timberwolves never trailed in a 115-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).The Suns cut what had been a 22-point deficit to two in the late third quarter but the Timberwolves used a 12-0 run to end the third and the start the fourth and held Phoenix off from there.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points and 14 rebounds as Northwest Conference-leading Minnesota improved to 20-13, its best 33-game start since going 22-11 in 2004-05.T.J. Warren scored 24 points for the Suns, in their ninth and probably final game before Devin Booker returns from injury. Troy Daniels added 18 for the Suns, including 6 of 12 3-pointers. Isaiah Cannon had 15 points and nine assists off the bench for Phoenix in just his fifth game joining the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe Timberwolves, winners of four of five and six of their last eight, led by as many as 16 in the first quarter and 22 in the second. Minnesota was up 64-43 at the break.The Suns, who had won three of four, opened the third quarter with a 22-6 outburst to cut the Minnesota lead to 70-65 on Warren’s driving layup with 5:25 to play. The Timberwolves responded with a 9-2 run, Butler starting it with a three-point play and ending it with a dunk that had the Minnesota up 79-67 with 3:34 left. Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 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 communitiescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Then came a flurry of 3s — two by Daniels, one by Canaan — and Dragan Bender’s two free throws with 1:30 left sliced the Timberwolves’ lead to 80-78. The teams traded baskets before Minnesota scored the final four of the quarter, Crawford’s driving layup sending the Timberwolves into the final quarter leading 86-80.Butler began the fourth with an 18-footer, Gorgui Dieng and Tyus Jones sank 3s and Minnesota led 94-80. The Suns never got closer than five again. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Nuggets stop Warriors’ 11-game winning streak Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

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Ginebra, NLEX turn back rivals

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The loss was the first in two games for the Hotshots, whose top gunner, Paul Lee, was shackled all night long by the unforgiving Ginebra defense.“I thought we played Paul Lee very, very well. He is so scary, he is so talented and I have a lot of respect for that guy,” Cone said as Lee finished with just 16 points after tossing in 30 against Alaska last Wednesday.“We prepared really hard for him [defensively],” Cone said.Meanwhile, with another impressive collection of all-around numbers, Kiefer Ravena keyed a 115-104 NLEX victory over shorthanded GlobalPort in the curtain raiser.Capping a 20-point night with a breakaway slam, Ravena also finished with five rebounds, four steals and a couple of assists while going error-free in almost 30 minutes as the Road Warriors won a second straight game while slowly coming to terms as to who their franchise player will be.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 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 Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was a much better game that NLEX played, compared to its shaky win in its season debut a couple of nights back against lightly regarded KIA Picanto.And it was also helped by the fact that the Batang Pier, again under the guidance of Pido Jarencio, played without top gun and national team standout Terrence Romeo.NLEX coach Yeng Guiao readily admitted as much.“We were lucky that Terrence did not play,” Guiao said in Filipino. “Against only Stanley (Pringle), he was more than a handful. What more had Terrence played?”Guiao, though, stressed the importance of getting the right chemistry to avoid something like what happened against the Picanto.“We just gave ourselves a nice Christmas Day gift [and] we have a two-week break, but we will keep practicing through the rest of the holidays,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa More than winning their debut against one of the teams listed as a favorite here, the Kings showed that they have the manpower to challenge powerhouse San Miguel Beer and end the Beermen’s stranglehold of what has been the most important tournament of the season.“This is really his conference and he is the only match [one-on-one] for June Mar (Fajardo, the San Miguel cornerstone and reigning four-time MVP),” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said in praise of his 7-foot center. “And don’t forget that two years ago, he was leading this conference in scoring and rebounding before he decided to have surgery.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThere were three others who tossed in twin digits for the Kings, with LA Tenorio coming up with another splendid quarterbacking effort with 15 points and the last of his six assists going to Japeth Aguilar for a two-handed alley-oop slam that was wildly appreciated by the crowd of more than 22,500.Aguilar, Cone’s athletic 6-foot-9 power forward, scored 12 like Jervy Cruz, who came off the bench. What a year for Ceres Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BOCAUE, BULACAN —Flexing his biceps after overpowering two defenders for a short stab and drawing a foul to boot, Greg Slaughter completed a three-point play to cap a dominating performance inside that practically announced how ready Barangay Ginebra is to challenge the PBA Philippine Cup kingpin of the last three seasons.Despite having to deal with a constant double- or even triple-team defenses, Slaughter finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks and led the Gin Kings to a pretty impressive handling of Magnolia, 89-78, Monday night at Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View commentslast_img read more

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Matter of when Man City wins title and how many records fall

first_imgTrending 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 City has already reeled off the most consecutive English top-flight wins — a record extended at the weekend to 17 games.Manchester United’s record Premier League title-winning margin of 18 points from 2000 could also be under threat. And England could be looking at its third unbeaten “Invincibles” team after Preston in 1888-89 and Arsenal in 2003-04.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSo it doesn’t bode well for a compelling second half of the Premier League season? Think again.The chase for the other three Champions League spots should be fierce with eight points separating second-place Manchester United and Arsenal in sixth. Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are in the mix among them. Two leading sides will fall by the wayside and be denied a place among the European elite. Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal, his side’s third, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Bournemouth at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England. APEnglish soccer has never seen a team so utterly dominant as Manchester City entering the packed Christmas program.There seems little doubt Pep Guardiola will be raising the Premier League trophy for the first time in May. It is just a question of when City will wrap up its third title since 2014, and how many records will tumble on the way.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Beleaguered Mutko steps down as president of Russian Football Union Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Yet the 20-year-old forward is proving a bargain, settling in quickly to the pace and intensity of the Premier League and being one of the key factors in Watford’s impressive start to the season that, at one stage, saw them challenging around the top four.Direct, skilful and quick, Richarlison already has five goals and keeps getting himself in great positions to score more, with his finishing sometimes letting him down. Opponents have cottoned on to his impact, with Richarlison telling ESPN Brazil this month: “Teams are already marking me individually, they are putting two players there on my side.”Chelsea and Tottenham have been linked with the Brazil under-20s player, who has yet to earn a call-up to the senior squad. That appears only a matter of time.Other players to break through this season are Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen, the Danish center back who has ousted David Luiz, and Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, the right back who has ensured long-term injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne hasn’t been missed.SURPRISE TEAMAn unfashionable club is mixing it with the heavyweights of the Premier League against all the odds. We’ve heard this before, right?Two years ago, it was Leicester delivering a soccer fairy tale by somehow winning the league. Now it’s Burnley’s turn to provide the feel-good story of the season.Widely regarded as a relegation candidate at the start of the season, Burnley is currently seventh. Don’t rule Burnley out of staying in the tussle for the Champions League qualification places, with Liverpool only three points better off in fourth. The northwest team hasn’t finished a season higher than sixth place in the top flight since 1974.Burnley, which has conceded just 15 goals in 19 games, has already beaten Chelsea away and drawn at Tottenham and Liverpool. Not bad for a team that returned a profit of about $20 million in summer player sales when most of the rest of the Premier League was spending freely.POINTS TO PROVE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The battle to stay in the world’s richest soccer league is also intense. No team is stranded at the bottom, with Swansea in 20th place only six points behind Southampton in 13th.A closer look at the first half of the season:TITLE RACECity leads by 13 points at the halfway stage after winning 18 of its 19 games and drawing one in the best ever start to a Premier League season. The only dropped points came at home to Everton in the second game on Aug. 21, when City played more than a half with 10 men following Kyle Walker’s sending-off.Guardiola won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich in late March in 2014 — aided by a winning streak of 19 games never before seen in a major European league.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Alexis Sanchez is a superstar performing well below expectations this season, perhaps as a result of failing to secure a move to Man City from Arsenal during the summer.That transfer could be revived in January — Guardiola cut an awkward figure recently when asked about making a new bid for the Chile forward — to potentially leave City with an even greater wealth of attacking riches.Sanchez has five league goals. By this stage last season, he had already scored 12 on his way to career-high haul of 24 for a single league campaign.In the dugout, these are testing times for two British managers: Alan Pardew and Mark Hughes.Pardew succeeded Tony Pulis a month ago with a mission to keep West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. Then the Baggies were two points above the bottom three. Now they are next-from-bottom after collecting only two points from Pardew’s first five games.Hughes’ future appears on a knife-edge at Stoke despite a pressure-relieving victory over West Brom on Saturday that hauled the team three points from the danger zone. View comments It will be tough for Guardiola to win the title that early in England as he chases a quadruple after finishing his first season at the club without a trophy. City is already through to the League Cup semifinals, into the Champions League last 16 and begins its FA Cup campaign in two weeks.Man United is in second place, with defending champion Chelsea three points further back in third. United manager Jose Mourinho says the title race is still on, but the rest of his peers among the chasing pack don’t see City faltering now.It will be intriguing how Mourinho reacts to be seeing his title ambitions further fade in his second season at United, having already opted to publicly call out his “childish” players after a draw at Leicester on Saturday.PICK OF THE PLAYERSKevin De Bruyne is playing in a deeper role for City this season, virtually as a center midfielder, and it is bringing the best of out the Belgium midfielder.He has provided many of this season’s wow moments, from scoring the winning goal at former club Chelsea in September with a fierce left-footed strike from outside the area to the assists for goals by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in the 7-2 win over Stoke in OctoberDovetailing perfectly with fellow playmaker David Silva, De Bruyne has six goals and eight assists but it’s more than just his statistics. His prodigious work rate, range of passing and crossing ability — arguably the best in the Premier League since the days of David Beckham — that make him a strong contender for the player of the season awards.No wonder City is determined to nail down the 26-year-old De Bruyne to an improved, longer contract.EMERGING TALENTAmid an offseason of record spending in English soccer, little was made of Watford signing Richarlison from Brazilian team Fluminense for 13 million pounds ($17 million). 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

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Hotshots’ Pingris returns but still ‘at 60 percent’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. And he’s just keeping a positive view for the Hotshots as they take the extended break as a chance to recover and recuperate from their respective injuries, with a better showing in 2018 all in mind and putting this defeat to the Gin Kings behind.“Every time we lose, we learn a lot. And we’re still positive that we can make it to the semis. But before we do that, we need to work on our mistakes. We need to blend well with each other, and I believe that we can still improve,” he said.Fortunately for Magnolia, it goes on a 16-day break before facing Kia on January 10.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LOOK: LA Tenorio meets lookalike on Christmas Day View comments Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on PLAY LIST 01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:15MMDA: 90% of Mabuhay Lanes, 60% inner roads cleared01:29Police 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 communitiescenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Marc Pingris indeed got his Christmas wish as he fought through a bad back and played in Magnolia’s Christmas Day tussle against Ginebra on Monday.“I was also surprised that I played,” Pingris admitted. “But I really thank coach that I was able to play. At least, he still believes in me even though I’m still not in a good condition.”ADVERTISEMENT Pingris made his season debut at the cavernous Philippine Arena, seeing action for 25 minutes and chimed in six points, five rebounds, two assists, and a block for the Hotshots.Unfortunately for Pingris, his Christmas wish didn’t come in full as his efforts weren’t enough as Magnolia fell to Ginebra, 78-89.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderStill, Pingris feels better as the days go by, noting that he’s slowly gaining grounds in terms of his recovery.“I’m at 60 percent now,” Pingris said as he continues to work his way back to tip-top shape. “I need to regain my timing and my breathing. I rested for 10 days and I still hasn’t recovered from that. Coach has been handling me with caution in our practices.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

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Time bomb in car kills 2, injures 12 in Pakistan

first_imgPakistani police officers visit the site of the explosion that killed 2 people in Quetta.Police say a car bomb exploded near a women’s college in southwestern Pakistan, killing two people and wounding 12 others.Police officer Hamid Shakil says the bomb appears to have been detonated on Monday by a timing device. The car was parked near a women’s college in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.Shakil did not say who is suspected of carrying out the attack or indicate the target.Baluchistan has experienced frequent attacks by nationalists who demand a greater share of the province’s natural resource wealth but car bomb attacks are rare.The province, which borders Afghanistan, is also widely believed to be home for many Afghan Taliban militants, including the group’s leader, Mullah Omar.- With AP inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Meralco sends Garvo Lanete to NorthPort for 2020 draft pick

first_imgDOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines PLAY LIST 02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Meralco opens its campaign in the 2019 Philippine Cup against Blackwater on Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The deal came just less than a week after the Bolts acquired the services of much-improved guard John Pinto from Blackwater for Jason Ballesteros and a 2020 second round pick.Meralco is looking to improve on its 11th place finish in the Philippine Cup last season where it finished second to the last in the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Bolts are coming off a semifinals appearance in the 2018 Governors’ Cup.Lanete played sparingly in the previous conference, logging only 7 minutes per game and averaging just 2.0 points. View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Garvo Lanete. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeralco continued to make some changes in its roster after shipping Garvo Lanete to NorthPort in exchange for the rights to the 2020 second round pick.The PBA approved the trade on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grindlast_img read more

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Saif Ali Khan mimics his father-in-law for Sajid Khan’s Humshakals

first_imgYes you read it right! Sajid Khan’s laugh riot and upcoming comic caper Humshakals which is already in the news for its wacky content, sees the funny trio of Saif Ali Khan, Ritiesh Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor personify and mimic the who’s who of Bollywood’s eminent personalities in the flick!Humshakals is slated to release on June 20, 2014.While we will see the awesome threesome tickle our funny bone by perfectly mimicking Big B, Shatrughan Sinha and others, we hear that Saif Ali Khan has imitated none other than his own dad in law aka Randhir Kapoor!The Nawab will be seen hilariously bringing to life on-screen the quirky hand gestures and head movements, Randhir Kapoor style for scenes in Humshakals! Whell, we are wondering how Saifu was convinced to perform such an unusual albeit droll scene mimicking his own father-in-law onscreen!Bebo, have you has seen the scenes yet and if you have then kudos to such a sporting family!last_img read more

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IPL 11: Jaipur stadium to host RR’s home games,IPL 11: Jaipur stadium to host RR’s home games

first_img COMMENT COMMENTS January 27, 2018 A view of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.   –  The Hindu Published on × BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary today welcomed Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) back in the Board’s fold and said decks have been cleared for Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium (SMS) to host Royals home games in the upcoming IPL.“There were two impediments over RCA and the ground in Jaipur. Now, RCA is back into the fold. A recce has been done at the SMS and the court has ordered termination of lease and it will now be extended till the end of the IPL. So things looks settled for Jaipur,” Chaudhary said in his opening remarks before the start of IPL auctions. The Royals last played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in 2013. They later had to shift base to Ahmedabad and then to Pune due to the suspension on RCA.IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla, meanwhile, welcomed Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals back in the league after serving a two-year suspension. “Our family is again united with eight original franchises. So, I would like to welcome Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals,” Shukla said.A total of 580 cricketers will be up for sale in the two-day auction starting today, but Shukla said their main emphasis is on domestic players. “The good thing about this year’s IPL was that when the auction process was announced more than 1100 players registered themselves. Out of which, after elimination process, 580 players will be going under the hammer,” he said. “Our emphasis has been on domestic cricket. That is why 298 uncapped players will be under the hammer today and that will be the strength of the 11th edition of IPL.” SHAREcenter_img Rajasthan Royals last played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in 2013. null A view of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.   –  The Hindu IPL 2018 cricket SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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Accounts freeze ruined BCCI reputation, says Anurag Thakur

first_imgThe reputation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been ruined by the freezing of its bank accounts, its president Anurag Thakur said on Tuesday, after a Supreme Court-appointed panel blocked it from making two payments to its state units.The panel asked two banks to halt the disbursements after the board ignored some of the panel recommendations for reforming the world’s richest cricket board, which has been criticised for a perceived lack of transparency. (BCCI threatens to cancel India-New Zealand series: Reports)Thakur said the board would take a decision by the evening on the fate of the ongoing home series against New Zealand, which still has a Test and five one-dayers left.”Without the funds how do we play? How can we function, how can we make payments to the players and the various stakeholders?” Thakur told Reuters on Tuesday. (India-New Zealand series should go on: RM Lodha to India Today)”We don’t even take money from the government and it’s our own funds. Our accounts have been frozen without even communicating with us.”Is this how you treat the world’s richest cricket body which has run the sport so efficiently? It has completely destroyed our hard-earned reputation.”Sources in the Bank of Maharashtra and Yes Bank, who operate the BCCI accounts, confirmed the accounts were frozen on Monday night as they waited for more clarity from the panel which was formed last year to assess BCCI operations.The banks have now lifted the ban on the accounts after former chief justice RM Lodha, the head of the panel, clarified the BCCI is otherwise free to use its funds for routine expenditure. (New Zealand says business as usual despite tour cancellation report)advertisement”There is no question of cancellation of any game or series,” Lodha told Reuters TV.”The directive, which we issued to BCCI yesterday in our email, is confined to disbursement of large funds to the state associations.”And banks have been directed to ensure the compliance of that, nothing beyond that. Routine expenses for matches, games, cricketing activities and other administrative matters, they are not at all restrained.”There is absolutely no prohibition, there is no constraint, the accounts of BCCI have not been frozen.”A New Zealand Cricket spokesman said they had heard nothing from the BCCI and were preparing to play the third test at Indore from Saturday.India sealed the three-test series 2-0 on Monday with a 178-run victory in Kolkata.The BCCI on Saturday said it would incorporate some of the Lodha panel’s recommendations but ignored several key measures aimed at reforming the board, which is run largely by politicians and industrialists.In their report, Lodha and two colleagues recommended age and tenure restrictions for top officials, as well as banning them from serving successive terms.last_img read more

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Of high tea and fine wine

first_imgThe grub guide1) GROVER ZAMPA AURIGAPictures courtesy: Rudra SenCelebrating 25 years of winemaking, Grover Zampa has launched the extravagant Auriga, India’s first ever sparkling wine with gold flakes. “We stand for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship,” says Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards. Winning 92 awards since 2013 across,The grub guide1) GROVER ZAMPA AURIGAPictures courtesy: Rudra SenCelebrating 25 years of winemaking, Grover Zampa has launched the extravagant Auriga, India’s first ever sparkling wine with gold flakes. “We stand for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship,” says Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards. Winning 92 awards since 2013 across various distinguished international platforms, this year, they have also become the only Indian producer of Brut sparkling wine with edible gold flakes-a process that embodies craftsmanship and finesse.What’s special is that the gently aged wine has citrus and floral aromas. The palate is intense with a pleasant sensation of fruit and creaminess. The notes extend to a long and refreshing finish with hints of brioche and dried apricot. Website groverzampa.in Price Rs 1,500 (750ml)2) YOKU MOKUThe premium Japanese cookie brand made its foray in India with its first store in Mumbai in August. Now a well-respected international brand, founder Noriichi Fujinawa named his confectionery brand after the Swedish town, Jokkmokk where he first tasted European butter cookies.Their cookies use butter instead of flour as the main ingredient, adding a unique combination of egg whites, sugar and flour to create what they call the ‘golden balance’. What’s special is that they’re made with the finest natural ingredients, including Hokkaido butter, and are preservative-free. At 12/14, Ground Floor, Rajgir Chamber, Opposite Old Customs House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort Tel 22-66381056 Website yokumoku.in Price Rs 1,800 (for a box of Billet Aux Amandes) onwards3) THE TGL COPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharIn 2014, working in the London office of the Boston Consulting Group, Bhuman Dani would often hit Amanzi, a tea bar in central London. That was the beginning of his fascination with tea. Dani, now back home in Mumbai, runs the gourmet tea company with co-founder Shariq Ashraf.Less than a year-old, TGL Co’s delicious gourmet teas are already among the most popular in the city. On menus across most Mumbai cafes and restaurants, their blends are unconventional and cater to both non-tea drinkers and lovers of tea. Their first experiential store, at the Sofitel Hotel in BKC, allows you to sample the brew before you buy.advertisementWhat’s special about their tea is that they ensure the perfect balance of taste and nutrition. “Our ingredients are sourced from across the globe, and the tea leaves are not only from the Indian subcontinent but also from China and Japan-where the best Oolong, white and green tea grows.Targeting India’s youth-centric, health and wellness-conscious market, our teas are blended at an undisclosed location in Europe under the watchful eye of culinary experts and botanists,” says Dani. At TGL Tea Salon, Outside Artisan Cafe, Sofitel Hotel, C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex Tel 022-61175000 Price Rs 599 onwards (for 50 gm) Price tglteas.com4) ENTISI CHOCOLATESUnable to find chocolate good enough to satisfy her craving, Nikki Thakker decided to commit herself to giving India a chocolate brand that it could be proud of. She travelled across Europe to understand the science behind chocolatemaking, imported machines from Italy, Belgium and USA, and last month, she launched Entisi Chocolatier, a boutique chocolate store in Santacruz.Here she stocks single-origin chocolate tablets from Madagascar, Tanzania, Ghana and Ecuador, bars with freeze dried fruits, bonbons with exotic flavors like raspberry, ginger lime, truffle oil etc., dragees, chocolate spreads and more. What’s special is that they also make diabetic-friendly, sugar-free chocolates, exotic Asian and Italian flavours, as well as Indian flavours.At Krishna Villa, Junction of Linking Road and Saraswati Road, Santacruz West Website entisi.com Price Bon bons are for Rs 60; Gifting boxes start from Rs 395 5) TYAANI.COMKaran Johar has always wornseveral hats. Collaborating with Satyani Fine Jewellery, he brings hisdistinctive touch to their online polki store Tyaani.com. What’s special is that in their pursuit of creating affordable and wearable 22 karatpolki necklaces, bracelets, pendants, maangtikkas, jhumkas, andmulti-hued chandbalis, they use the proprietary gold rolling technique.This makes the jewellery light but retains the required quantity of gold,making it the ideal travel companion on a destination wedding. “Thechallenge was to create a shift in how polki is worn-from just beingbridal and trousseau wear to being something you can wear to work or onan evening out with friends,” says Johar. At Tyaani Jewellery, 2ndFloor, Bandra 190, Turner Road, Bandra West Website tyaani.com PriceStarts at Rs 10,0006) ISHARYAPicture courtesy: Jeremy MontemayorThe global fashion jewellery brand Isharya commemorated its 14th anniversary withthe launch of their first Mumbai store in Bandra. Set up by USA-basedRadhika Tandon and her sister-in-law Gauri Tandon, based in Mumbai, thebrand has garnered a huge international following. When they first setup, no one was really creating Indian costume jewellery. “It was eitherreally fine or bottom of the barrel stuff,” says Gauri. Deeply inspiredby the city, the duo have created the latest Bombay Deco collection,which takes from the city’s large number of art deco buildings. What’sspecial is that they work on an Indian aesthetic, but still createsomething that could be worn all the time rather than just at weddings.So you could easily spot someone in California wearing what a patron at aMilanese cafe is sporting. “Our idea is to take Indian techniques anddesigns and try to marry one with the other,” says Gauri. Resin plays abig role in their designs, a trend that Chanel is credited for startingin the 1920s; what Indianises it, is its use in combination with styleslike filigree. At 7, corner view, Bandra (west) Website isharya.comPrice Rs 3,480 onwardsadvertisement7) VANITY CASKWith 30 years experience in the retail sector, Vanity Cask founder TarunJoshi’s idea was to create a platform through which women could discover and sample luxury beauty products. Following the subscription model,the Vanity Cask beauty box contains samples of luxury beauty brands,handpicked by experts to suit the Indian consumer.Their firstskincare box contained five samples from brands such as Clinque, Vichy,Votre, Kama and Thalgo, the haircare box included Batiste, Balmain,Organix (OGX), Votre & The Nature’s Co, while the current festiveedition contains products from Biotique, Votre, Thalgo, Mom’s Therapyand MCaffeine.What’s special is that they tie up with brandslike the German-made Babor offering generous freebies to customers whoare able to get access to the best international beauty products.Website vanitycask.com Price Rs 999 a month, Rs 2,399 for 3 months, Rs4,199 for 6 months8) WELLNESS CUISINE AT SHILLIMPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharThe new chef helming the kitchens at the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat andSpa, Chef Shubhendu Kadam, has created a new menu based on theprinciples of Ayurvedic rejuvenation. The food is made using fresh,seasonal produce with cooking techniques that stress on preservingnatural flavours and wellness properties of the ingredients.What’s special is that dishes on the menu are specifically recommended as perthe Ayurvedic principles of Dosha (or body type). The menu includesdishes such as a spinach stuffed amaranth and walnut idli with chutney;pumpkin ginger and coconut cappuccino, beetroot aur til ke kebab,southern spiced chicken tikka and so on. At Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval,Shilim Website shillimretreatandspa.hilton. com9) SULA THE SOURCEThis Tuscan-inspired resort overlooks the vineyards. The facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, a spa, gym and a restaurant. If youhaven’t visited the winery before, a tour and tasting session with thewinemakers is recommended.What’s special at The Source are their luxury tree houses, which promise to bring you closer to nature. AtSula Vineyards, Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, Off Gangapur-SavargaonRoad, Nashik Website sulawines.com Price Rs 6,500 a night onwardsadvertisement10) MEESHAPicture courtesy: Rajwant RawatCombining India’s rich textile heritage with the French aesthetic, MEESHA beganin 2011 when three friends across New Delhi and Paris decided to createsomething extraordinary together. The Fall Winter 17 collection ofscarves and accessories is inspired by dance, and they have attempted to capture music and movement in each of their prints.”The graceof ballet, the fire of tango, the vigour of the Masai and thesoulfulness of the Mevlevi are all celebrated in this collection,” saysMeesha Khanna. What’s special is that at the heart of the brand are theweavers weaving the finest natural wool and cotton found in thediversity of the Indian heartland. At Le Mill, 1st Floor, PherozeBuilding, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Colaba Price From Rs 4,000for pocket squares to Rs 20,000 for the pure cashmere scarves11) INJIRI BY CHINAR FAROOQUIBungalow 8’s creative director Maithili Ahluwalia compares Chinar Farooqui totextile doyenne Asha Sarabhai. “Both designers-three decades and manyfashion cycles apart-have been feted by the West for their ability tostay honest to their roots,” she says. Both worked from her creative’oasis’ in Ahmedabad, catering to ‘discreet internationalists’ as TheIndependent, UK, described her clientele.Bungalow 8 is among the very few stores to stock Farooqui’s designs in the country. And a fewweeks ago, welcomed her latest collection ‘Char Bagh’-a collection offloral block prints inspired by dried flowers and botanical sketches.What’s special about Farooqui’s designs is that it fits in perfectlywith the idea of ‘conscious luxury’. Making traditional contemporary,she uses only hand-woven cotton from artisans in Kutch and doesn’tbelieve in using fabrics imported from the West. At Bungalow 8, InsideWankhede Stadium, North Stand E & F Block, D Road, Churchgate Tel022-2281988012) BERLEIGHA luxurymulti-brand footwear and accessories retailer, the Berleigh store atHorniman Circle brings together the finest products from celebratedbrands from around the world. While Indian consumers are more consciousof their appearance, there was a gap in the market for superior qualityshoes with great craftsmanship, believes Payal Bathija, Creative head at Heel & Buckle Luxury Pvt. Ltd. “We wanted to provide them the beststyles and quality from all around the world. Also, we will keepintroducing newer brands at Berleigh for our customers,” she says.At the moment, 80 per cent of the brands cater to men and 20 per cent towomen, but they’re planning to introduce more women-centric brands toBerleigh. What’s special is that their experts travel around the globeto identify and personally select every item, calling on the fashionindustry’s top names and always striving to provide the best selection.At Ground Floor, ReadyMoney Mansion, Veer Nariman Road, Fort Websiteberleigh.com Price Rs 800 onwards13) JADEPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharMonica Shah and Karishma Swali of JADE commemorated their 10 year journey with the launch of their massive new store on Peddar Road earlier this year. The haveli-inspired store, decorated by designer Monica Shah, isreplete with curios, antiques and sculptures from across the country.”The idea was to create a space that embraces you and envelops you in an ambience that is inspiring, while celebrating a design ethos that isIndia’s heritage,” says Swali.What’s special is that theflagship store is a one-stop shop for all things JADE and includes thebridal studio. ‘Amoh by Jade’ the popular new luxury pret line isdisplayed in the very first section, followed by the couture line whichis for occasion wear, and lastly the Signature Bridal Heirlooms atelierwhich is by appointment only. At Mewar Apartments, Next to SophiaCollege Lane, Peddar Road Tel 9833115000last_img read more

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Sports Authority of India stinging growth of Para-Athletes?

first_img2-time Asian para-cyling championship silver medallist and founder of the Aditya Mehta foundation, Aditya Mehta raised multiple questions on the way the Sports Authority of India has been treating para-athletes over the years. Mehta has hit out at the style of work of Sports Authority of India and said they have been lacklustre in their work.”We have been getting multiple complaints pertaining to the Sports Authority of India and their style of work. There have been instances where athletes lost out on medals at the international level due to accreditation issues or because of delay in procedural sanctions. There also have been instances where athletes were informed hours before their flights about their participation,” Mehta said in an exclusive conversation with India Today.”Government employees who want to represent the country need to take permissions from multiple authorities which is very time consuming and there have been instances where athletes missed out on tournaments due to delay in the same. An Asian games bronze-medallist was informed 3 hours prior to his flight that his participation has been confirmed.The system should be a boon to an athlete and not a bane. The priority of the athlete should be getting medals but it unfortunately isn’t because of the above mentioned reasons,” Mehta further said.The most shocking of all revelations made by the para-athletes was that one of the officials went to the extent of saying, ‘You (para-athletes) win medals due to lack of competition’.Mehta questioned the way para-athletes are being looked down upon and went on to say that if SAI gets ready to work towards the growth of para-athletes in the country, we could see a drastic increase in the number of international medals and the ocassions on which the tricolour stands the tallest.advertisementAditya Mehta apart form being a para-cyclist himself, runs a foundation called the Aditya Mehta foundation which supports para-athletes across the country financially and even otherwise with their training.A total of 180 athletes are now being supported by his foundation. Athletes training with the help of the foundation have secured a mammoth 80 international medals by far.Not so long ago, 6 officials of the Sports Authority of India were arrested by the Central Bureau of India under charges of corruption. While the point of discussion always is about Indian contingents failing to secure as many medals as their counterparts, there are bigger issues and the basic level which needs to be dealt with in order to make sure that the nation performs to its fullest potential at the international level.last_img read more

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