Salman Rushdie Among Five Indian-origin Authors Vying for the Golden Man Booker Prize

first_imgBritish Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, a winner of the Man Booker Prize in 1981 for “Midnight’s Children,” is back in contention for the foundation’s special one-off award: its ‘Golden Man Booker Prize’ to mark the literary awards’ 50th anniversary.Along with Rushdie, four other Indian-origin authors are in the run for this award which will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public: V.S. Naipaul for “In a Free State” (1971); Arundhati Roy for “The God of Small Things” (1997); Indian American Kiran Desai for “The Inheritance of Loss” (2006); and Aravind Adiga for “The White Tiger” (2008).Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

The Talent Crunch That Just Brought Home IT’s Perils In Trump’s America

first_imgIndian IT companies and their customers are facing a dearth of mid-level talent in the US, caused by stricter interpretations of rules governing the H-1B work visa programme.The US market has always had a problem with entry-level talent but the middle layer was generally filled with Indians on H-1B visas. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Strangers in a Strange Land

first_imgMy parents crossed the ocean on one of the early waves of immigrants, in 1970. My dad came to the United States from India with a mechanical engineering degree and worked three jobs to establish a foothold for his young family. A year later, my mom and three sisters joined him. They bought an apartment, enrolled the kids in school and built a life they could be proud of. As thankful as I am for the sacrifices my parents made and for the courage it took them to pursue their dreams on my behalf, even though I would not be born for another decade, their story is not altogether unique. In fact, most Indians who immigrated to the United States during that time relate similar experiences. They laugh like old army buddies as they trade war stories of their journeys.“I came here with only $8,” boasts one man.“I arrived with only six,” recalls another. “And I didn’t know a single person here.”The women relate their experiences raising their children without help from relatives, of joining PTA groups where they were peppered with such questions as, “Did you have houses in India?” or “Did you have electricity?”They nod understandingly at each other’s memories and common histories. They chuckle at their naïveté and marvel at where they have arrived.Just being Indian was enough to bond them as friends. As a child, I remember the countless times we ran into an Indian couple while shopping at a department store. Either my dad or the stranger would start up a conversation, usually in Hindi or another Indian dialect. The women would smile and introduce themselves, launching into their own conversation, as my brother and I strained to assess if the couple was old enough to have kids our age. We fidgeted while the grown-ups talked animatedly.“Oh, we know some Gujarati families in the area. Not too many from Rajasthan, though.”“We moved, I guess, 15 years ago now. I’m living in Pennsylvania, but my brother and his wife are here, so we’re visiting.”The conversations would last sometimes for an hour, until my mom realized that my brother and I were squatting at the feet of the mannequins, as our legs tired. My dad would invite the couple to our home for tea and a new friendship would be launched, just like that.But that was many years ago, back when Kauffmann’s used to be May Company. Such spontaneous encounters are rare now. Second and third generation Indians pretend to ignore other Indians. First, their radar goes off: “Indian at two o’clock, approaching fast!” (I’ve never been sure whether this recognition system is learned behavior or sheer instinct.) Then comes the nonchalant glance, subtle only in the mind of the observer, because the person observed always is well aware of the stare.But that’s where it usually ends – no genial greetings, no camaraderie, no chats over steaming cups of tea. Instead, the parties remain awkwardly silent, trying to avoid eye contact. Everyone knows there is an elephant in the room, but no one wants to acknowledge its presence.Whenever I see that occur, it saddens me a little. I feel like I’m watching a little of the past die with each unreturned glance. My parents’ generation shared a history, a brotherhood, but what will my generation share? Are we a fragmented community, with no connection to each other, no common humanity? Have we lost all identification with each other as Indians? I refuse to accept that, almost to the point of childishness.On sunny weekends, go to the outdoor mall in Grove City, Penn. You can be sure to find at least 20 Indians, 45 if it’s especially busy. I know this, because I count them. Reasoning that they are noticing me as well, I satisfy my need to recognize them by enumerating each person I spot. Then I whisper to whomever I’m with, “Hey, look! It’s an Indian person.” If it’s my sister, she will try to get me to look away, pretend that we have not seen them, only after, of course, she has taken a quick glance herself. My dad, on the other hand, will look directly at the person with amiable curiosity and pass on the information to my mom. Likewise, whenever they spot an Indian on our shopping trip, they notify me so I can retabulate my census.I’ll be the first to admit that it’s an absurd game. But I know that everyone else is playing it too, at least at a subconscious level. We seek out people with whom we can identify. Pointing out each Indian is my small act of rebellion against the trend of alienation. I can’t invite these strangers over without raising some suspicion, but I won’t deny the connection I feel with them either. I don’t want to let the easy friendships my parents’ generation developed with one another fade over time. I’m afraid they will anyway.But every now and then, I will meet someone who will reaffirm my faith a little. A few days ago, I passed a jewelry stand. A couple of students were clustered around it, looking for the perfect shell necklace for a boyfriend or a hippie accessory. I paused at the table, I told myself, to see if there were any silver paayal (Indian ankle bracelets) or jhoomki earrings. My real reason, though, was that I noticed that an Indian gentleman was operating the stand. I wanted to see if he would say anything even vaguely reminiscent of those conversations I fidgeted through as a child. I was testing the current attitude of Indians in the United States toward each other. I knew it was unfair to put an entire segment of humanity on trial, but this man was about to be my prime witness.I strode over and pretended to be engrossed in a ring display. I could feel him watching me silently, his radar going off.“You look like you’re from India,” he said to me.I smiled. I came darn near close to beaming.“Yes, my family is from Rajasthan,” I answered.“These pieces of jewelry here are all from Rajasthan,” he said, motioning to some amber stones. “I just went there a few months ago. It’s very beautiful there.”And then we began talking. He told me about his old job as a high school teacher and swimming team coach. We talked of his recent visits to India, about the weather, politics and current events. We traded some information about our families and discovered that his daughter-in-law and my mom knew each other. My mom had met her when she stopped at the jewelry stand she operated at our local mall.All in all, I only spent about 10 minutes talking to the man. We wouldn’t be lifelong friends, but we both felt an immediate sense of familiarity. When I said good-bye, I called him “uncle,” as is the Indian custom for showing respect to an elder gentleman. He shook my hand as I left for class.“It was nice meeting you,” we said to each other – and we sincerely meant it. Related Itemslast_img read more

NY Company To Launch Reva

first_imgA New York company is entering a joint collaboration with Banglore-based Reva Electric Car Company to launch electric cars for the U.S. market in 2010.Freeport, N.Y., based Bannon Automotive will build the three-door, plug-in hatchback Reva NXR and a sporty two-seater NXG at a suburb in Syracuse. Reva and Bannon will jointly invest $26.5 million in the plant, while state and federal officials are providing a $6.76 million package in grants and tax incentives as well as $52 million in federal loans and loan guarantees.Bannon’s Reva factory will initially employ 100 workers, growing to 250 in three years and will produce 15,000 to 20,000 cars annually.The lithium-ion battery powered NXG model, priced from $20,000 to $25,000, reaches speeds of up to 65 mph with a range of 100 miles on a single charge. The lead-acid battery powered NXR’s speed tops out at 50 mph. The NXR has a 50-mile range and sells for around $17,000. Related Itemslast_img read more

Chandra Proteco’s Kentucky Plant

first_imgChandra Proteco is setting up a $32 million copper cable manufacturing plant in Morgantown, Kentucky, which is expected to create 106 jobs in the town.The plant, called Kentucky Copper, is the company’s first U.S. facility. The company presently has plants in India, Europe, Africa and China.  Related Itemslast_img

Adani Drops March Deadline to Secure Finances for Australia Mine Project

first_imgThe woes being faced by the Adani group seem far from over. While India’s customs department revived allegations of a $600 million financial fraud against the firm earlier this month, the conglomerate now faces a fresh setback in its bid to build one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia. Adani has dropped the March 31 deadline for getting financing for the first stage of the Carmichael mine, Fairfax media reported.The March deadline was predicated on the company getting a subsidized loan from the Australian government via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Naif), Adani Australia spokeswoman told the Guardian. The timeline for financing was pushed back after the Labor government at Queensland made it clear that it would veto any such loan.“We remain 100% committed to the Carmichael project. We are confident of securing financing,” she was quoted as saying by the publication. The company will also consider selling a minority stake, Bloomberg reported.The Queensland government’s Acting Premier Jackie Trad has accused the multinational of stalling the project. “It’s disappointing to see that Adani is once again stalling on financial close as they have done for many other milestones in the past. I know that there are many regional communities who want them to get on and build this project,” she said in a statement.The company reiterated that the deadline was made keeping the NAIF loan in mind. The state government’s position on it has been precarious, with elections for Batman seat coming up.While they have said that no taxpayer money should be spent on the project, it has also earlier talked of the economic advantages and jobs it would bring.Earlier this month, India’s customs department challenged the order that gave a clean chit to the mining giant last year, calling it “erroneous, illegal and improper,” the Indian Express reported on Feb. 11.The order was given by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in an appellate tribunal. The customs department says that the “…the manner in which the adjudicating authority (DRI) has gone on to describe an otherwise dubious contract process in glowing terms as transparent, independent and good corporate governance practice… only points at eagerness and bias on the part of adjudicating authority to justify overvaluation ignoring facts to the contrary.”On Aug. 22 last year, the DRI had dropped all charges filed by the agency against Adani Power Maharashtra Ltd and Adani Power Rajasthan Ltd for inflating the total declared value of the goods imported under power and infrastructure heads. Related ItemsAdaniAustraliaQueenslandlast_img read more

Maharashtra government formation: NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena common minimum programme to strive for policy direction

first_img Need for consensusAmong the key issues to be discussed is the distribution of Cabinet and State portfolios and posts in various corporations. “The issue of who will become the Chief Minister is sorted. That post will be with the Sena. But there will be talks about appointments to corporations, the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council. We have to reach a broader consensus before going forward,” a senior Congress leader said.The CMP will focus on a broader strategy for the next government. “Distribution of portfolios is certainly an issue being discussed, but we have to decide on policy matters such as farm loan waiver, infrastructure projects, industrial growth and the financial condition of the State. There has to be a road map, and we will chalk out the broader picture,” the Congress leader said.The NCP MLAs held a meeting on Wednesday morning where Mr. Ajit Pawar clarified that his party and the Congress would clear certain points following which talks will be held with the Sena on the CMP.“We are not in a hurry. The Governor has given us six months time,” he said. Sena’s demands unacceptable, BJP not in favour of mid-term polls in Maharashtra: Shah A common minimum programme (CMP) being drafted by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine and the Shiv Sena will discuss matters starting from distribution of Ministries to broader policy-based issues, sources say.The programme is, however, likely to skip controversial issues. “The CMP will be about policy direction and will not include every issue in the State today,” said a senior Congress leader working on the draft. The issues such as the Sena’s demand for Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar will not be in the CMP as it is the demand of a particular party.The NCP on Wednesday appointed a five-member committee including legislature party leader Ajit Pawar, State president Jayant Patil and Leader of the Opposition in Council Dhananjay Munde to hold discussions with the Congress and the Sena. Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and State president Balasaheb Thorat, met at the office of the former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to identify similarities in the manifestos of the three parties and come to common points to move forward.Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is directly monitoring the discussions along with senior party leaders.Also Readlast_img read more

Pencak silat gives PH 24th gold, 3 more bronzes

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Dines Dumaan won the Philippines’ 24th gold medal in tanding – men’s class A in the pencak silat competitions of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Hall 2.The 22-year-old stopped his Indonesian foe Firman in the Finals to win the 45-50 kilogram division.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took home bronze in the event.Dumaan’s win capped off a successful day for the Philippine pencak silat team after Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega, and Jefferson Rhey Loon all bagged bronze medals in their events.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 shutoutPlacing third in the 55-60 kilogram division, Ortega came away with the bronze medal in the tanding – men’s class C.Loon, meanwhile, settled for a bronze medal in tanding – men’s class D, finishing third in the 60-65 kilogram division. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH squash team nets two more bronzes MOST READlast_img read more

Lady Maroons turn back Red Spikers

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight UP Rising PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UP thus notched its third straight win after dropping a five-setter to unbeaten group leader Adamson Lady Falcons (3-0).The victory tied UP with idle Arellano U at 3-1 as the Lady Maroons stayed in the hunt for one of the semifinal berths in the two-division tournament serving as the season-ending conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.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 shutoutBoth teams will dispute that semifinal slot on Sept. 30.The Lady Maroons also virtually knocked the Red Spikers (2-2) off the race going into the last four playdates of the elimination round. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alisa Buitre (left) and Isa Molde underscore the UP Lady Maroons solid blocking against the San Beda Red Spikers on their way to a three-set romp.University of the Philippines steadied a shaky start in the third set and frustrated San Beda, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20, to boost its Final Four bid in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday.The Lady Maroons fashioned out the victory in a little over an hour, with most of that time spent fighting off a letdown in the third set before completing the shutout.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ The Red Spikers dropped UP in a 3-8 hole in the third set, but Diana Carlos, Isa Molde and Justine Dorog provided the strong finish the Lady Maroons needed to seal the victory.last_img read more

Dwyane Wade, Bulls agree on buyout

first_imgLongtime friends and former teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James could be headed for a reunion at Cleveland after Wade and the Chicago Bulls reached a buyout agreement. The Cavaliers are reportedly among the favorites to land the three-time NBA champion. APMIAMI — Dwyane Wade signed with Chicago before last season in large part because the affinity for his hometown was still very strong.A year later, he’s about to be on the move.ADVERTISEMENT Bolts clinch No. 1 seed Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  After the Butler trade, it was evident Wade was getting a buyout. The question was when. And now the question is: What will Wade decide next?“Anything that happens from a personnel standpoint down the road, or any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that,” Riley said Friday.The opportunity is coming for the Heat, and anyone else who’s interested.Wade averaged 18.3 points for Chicago and returned from injury late in the season to help the Bulls get into the playoffs. Over his 14 seasons, Wade has averaged 23.3 points, been to the playoffs 12 times, won three rings and took home the 2006 NBA Finals MVP award.Bulls President John Paxson told CSN Chicago last week that he and general manager Gar Forman sat down with Wade when the season ended, and planned to do so again when Wade went back to Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Wade and the Bulls agreed to terms on a buyout agreement Sunday, a person with direct knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. Wade is considering several options, including a potential return to Miami or a reunion with longtime friend LeBron James in Cleveland, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been formally announced.Wade will have other suitors as well. ESPN reported San Antonio would be a possible landing spot and Oklahoma City — which added Paul George this summer and will formally complete the trade with New York for Carmelo Anthony on Monday — would also seem to make sense as well. Wade has kept his home in Miami, and Heat teammates have made little secret that they would welcome him back with open arms.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 shutoutHeat President Pat Riley said late last week that he is still in love with Wade. He could not discuss the possibility of trying to bring Wade back to the Heat because NBA tampering rules do not allow such conversations about players under contract with other clubs.That contract is about to come to a quick close. Wade was due about $24 million this season from the Bulls, who traded Jimmy Butler away this summer and are entering a rebuilding phase. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Given how quickly the buyout was agreed to, that talk apparently happened fast. View commentslast_img read more

Return to coaching a blessing for Frankie Lim

first_imgView comments “Of course, I miss coaching. Maybe, this also comes as a blessing. Everything went to its proper place and I am becoming a head coach again,” he said.Lim last called the shots for Ginebra in the PBA back in 2015 after a largely successful run in San Beda from 2007 to 2011, netting four NCAA titles along the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe was initially appointed as a team consultant last December, but was promoted as the team’s head coach after Nosa Omorogbe had to come home to Nigeria to attend to some family matters.Taking the Altas out of the obscurity, however, is a different beast and Lim will have to extend all efforts if he wants his vision to come to fruition starting the NCAA Season 94. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MMDA: Over 300 accidents recorded daily in Metro Manila PLAY LIST 01:53MMDA: Over 300 accidents recorded daily in Metro Manila02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:25DOJ chief: Sanchez case outcry a blessing in disguise that prompted GCTA review01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Romeo, Ravena, Abueva bare intentions of joining PH 3×3 team “I was just appointed on Wednesday and it’s too early to make assessments. We’re cramming a bit, but we have no other choice but to do our best,” he said.Luckily, Lim can begin his rebuilding period early as Perpetual will participate in the ongoing 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Unlike his golden run with the Red Lions, Lim is tempering expectation as he seeks to bring the Altas back to relevance after a 4-14 run last NCAA Season 93.“I’ll just do whatever I can. Since the NCAA is still in July, we still have a few months to prepare. We’ll just have to make the best out of it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frankie Lim. PBA IMAGESFor new Perpetual coach Frankie Lim, his appointment at the helm for the Altas couldn’t have come at a better time.Out of the coaching circuit for the better part of the last three years, the 57-year-old mentor said that he has been feeling the itch to coach for a while before the Altas came calling.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedlast_img read more

Brownlee scores 36, Alab Pilipinas post back-to-back wins

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Renaldo Balkman gave Brownlee ample support, finishing with a double-double of 17 markers and 13 boards, while Bobby Ray Parks Jr. got 14 points, two rebounds and four assists.Josh Urbiztondo went 3-of-7 from downtown to unload 11 markers to help the Philippine side improve its record to 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVeteran gunslinger Dondon Hontiveros sparked a decisive 14-2 blast for Alab, which took an 87-73 lead with 2:57 left in the game.The Knights, however, refused to sink in front of their home crowd as their starters rallied the team back to within four, 90-86, after a Decorey Jones slam in the waning seconds, before Oping Sumalinog secured the victory with two free throws down the stretch. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueJustin Brownlee had his best scoring game of the season and Tanduay Alab Pilipinas beat 92-87 victory over CLS Knights Indonesia Saturday in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at GOR CLS Kertajaya in Indonesia.Brownlee was sensational on the road as he shot 15-for-24 from the field while also collecting eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Williams paced CLS with 22 points and 14 rebounds, Sandy Kurniawan tallied 19 markers, and Mario Wuysang had 17 points and six rebounds as the Knights reeled to their seventh straight loss to fall to 1-7.The scores:ALAB PILIPINAS 92 — Brownlee 36, Balkman 17, Parks 14, Urbiztondo 11, Maierhofer 6, Hontiveros 5, Sumalinog 2, Raymundo 1, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Domingo 0, Javelona 0.CLS KNIGHTS 87 — Williams 22, Kurniawan 19, Wuysang 17, Jones 11, Hidayat 9, Lish 9, Nugroho 0, Saroni 0, Utomo 0, Wisnu 0.Quarters: 29-18, 48-44, 69-67, 92-87.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img Federer not keen on his kids following in footsteps Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Federer ‘never imagined’ having chance to become oldest number one

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I’m very excited for tomorrow’s match, I can’t wait for it to come around.”Federer moved into the quarter-finals on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.“Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle,” said Federer who has won three of the last five majors. “I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off.“He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that’s a great sign. I’d rather do that and return poorly.”ADVERTISEMENT Thursday’s win was Federer’s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber.Second seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals.Dimitrov has now reached a second straight quarter-final in the Dutch city, advancing with 13 aces and saving all four break points he faced.The Bulgarian will face Andrey Rublev on Friday after the 20-year-old Russian struggled for nearly two hours before finally seeing off Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13.Russian Daniil Medvedev joined his compatriot in the last eight by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the winner. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Roger Federer can become the oldest world number one on Friday, a remarkable achievement for the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who admitted he “never imagined” he’d get the opportunity.The 36-year-old faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open where victory will allow him to replace old rival and close friend Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Goldwin Monteverde gets UE coaching post The Swiss would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33 years and 131 days.It would be Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top spot in February 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is an exciting challenge, I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer who was as low as 17 in the world in January last year before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.“I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to. View commentslast_img read more

Determined to share the ball, Salado joins D-League record books

first_imgBut Salado’s time with Racal is numbered as he is set to play his last game for Racal against Cignal HD on June 20, before finally shifting his full focus with the Chiefs for the upcoming NCAA Season 93.And he made it clear that he’s looking at that duel against the Hawkeyes as a title clash as the Tilem Masters seek to get back at their Aspirants’ Cup Finals tormentors.“I will treat that as a championship game. I want to gain redemption against them,” Salado said. “That’s going to be my last game so I want to leave the team without a loss.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Pocari dominates Power Smashers, advances to PVL finals Kent Salado. PBA IMAGESPicking up where Jio Jalalon left off, Kent Salado is keeping the ship afloat for coach Jerry Codiñera.Dazzling in the preseason tournaments for Arellano, the 5-foot-9 guard also brought out the goods for Racal on Thursday, racking up a triple-double in its 140-90 rout of Zark’s Burger in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trotting out a performance reminiscent of his former backcourt partner, Salado finished with 11 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds to become only the third player to achieve the rare feat following BDO-NU’s Bobby Ray Parks and Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia twice.“That’s what I want to do because in our team, we have lots of scorers. We have (Mac) Tallo, (Rian) Ayonayon, other guys who can score. Right now, what I want to focus on is my passing and rebounding,” he said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Cagayan de Oro native exuded confidence when he hit the court on Thursday, orchestrating Codiñera’s gameplan to a tee. That’s why the statline didn’t surprise the rest of the Alibaba as they saw how hard Salado played in his 23 minutes on the floor.“I work hard every time I enter the game. I don’t want to be a ballhog and I know I have to share the ball. I’m also confident because coach kept on telling my teammates to shoot whenever they get a pass from me. That’s what makes this triple-double more special,” he said. What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Indian men beat Nigeria, clinch bronze in table tennis

first_imgShrugging off the disappointment of a 1-3 semifinal loss to England, Indian men’s team spanked Nigeria 3-0 in third place play-off to clinch the bronze in the Commonwealth Games’ table tennis competition in New Delhi on Saturday.It was an easy win for the Indians, who were off-colour in the final-four clash on Friday and had failed to match their opponents in every department of the game.On Saturday, Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal gave the hosts a winning start, beating Akinade A Quadri 3-0 and then A Amalraj eased past Monday Merotohun with an identical scoreline at the Yamuna Sports Complex.In the third tie, Abishek Ravichandran lost the first set 14-16 to Seun Ajetunmobi, but soon found his touch and clinched three sets back to back (11-6, 11-8, 11-7) to ensure a podium finish for the home side.Although the paddlers were happy with their performance on Saturday, they continue to rue their defeat to the British side in the previous match.”Today we played good and did not give much chances to them. But I am feeling bad, because if we would have defeated England it would have been better,” Amalraj told after the match.”Yesterday they (England) were playing better and were also quite comfortable with Sharath,” he added.However, he was happy to win his first CWG medal, that also in front of the home support. “But the mood of the team members is fine. We have won the bronze and we are happy for that.”advertisementAbishek said, “It is the first CWG medal for me too. We got a good start in the match and after that it was not very tough to beat Nigeria. We also got good support from the crowd.”But it would have been more special had we overcome England,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Lesotho chef de mission fumes as driver steals his T-shirts

first_imgTlali Rammooana wants his T-shirts back. Before leaving for Lesotho on Saturday, this chef de mission has requested the organising committee (OC) of the Commonwealth Games to recover the “stolen” tees bearing his country’s name and mail them to his address.Rammooana has even gone to the extent of lodging a police complaint regarding the “theft”. The incident occurred on October 12 when the chef de mission went shopping at Shipra Mall in Ghaziabad along with Commonwealth Games Assistants (CGAs). They were taken to the mall in a car driven by Dinesh (No. CWG 0117).”While boarding the car at T-1 parking in the Games Village, the CGAs gave the two T-shirts to the driver for safekeeping till we returned. But the CGAs forgot to collect the T-shirts from the driver and he, too, did not remind us to collect it,” Rammooana said. “When the CGAs called him up he bluntly refused to return the tees. They then complained to the transport manager at Gate No. 1 but the driver told him the CGAs had gifted the tees to him,” he added.The chef de mission also said Dinesh was behaving rudely and was indifferent to the directions given by the CGAs. He added that Dinesh drove rashly. “After facing this unacceptable behaviour, I had no option but to officially lodge a complaint against the driver. I have asked the police and the OC to take appropriate action against him and, if possible, get the T-shirts back from him as I wanted to gift these to the CGAs,” Rammooana said.advertisementThe police on Tuesday caught the driver but he denied having taken them. Sources said the drivers had threatened to go on strike if any legal action was taken against them. “Any action could have been problematic for the event (as 2,500 cars were operating during the Games),” a Games Village official said. But Rammooana remains unhappy.”I am emotionally attached to my T shirts as my country’s name is printed on them. I want them back. I will get back to the OC officials once I get back home. The Games in India were fun but the incident has disheartened me,” Rammooana said. The OC has assured to resolve the matter at the earliest. “We will investigate the matter,” said Lalit Bhanot, the secretary general of the OC.last_img read more

Sit up and take notice

first_imgIs regular exercise not helping much in managing your weight? Perhaps you should cut down on the time you spend on the couch.A recent report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine analysed the link between increased time spent in sedentary activities and obesity. According to the report, one recent study, in fact, showed that increasing total sedentary time increased weight gain in women-regardless of how much physical activity they got or how many calories they consumed.While research on how to best mitigate the effects of sitting is needed (is getting up for 5 minutes every hour enough to make a difference?), you can still get up whenever you can.Stand up while talking to a colleague or on the phone, get your own coffee from the vending machine, walk to the office laser printer? you get the drift, right?-Kathakoli Dasguptalast_img read more

Chesss: Carlsen pips Viswanathan Anand

first_imgWorld champion Viswanathan Anand drew against Russian Vladimir Kramnik to finish joint second with Luke McShane of England at the 2010 London Chess Classic at Olympia.Viswanathan Anand drew with Vladimir Kramnik to finish second at the London Classic.Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen of Norway clinched first place with a crushing victory against Nigel Short of England on Wednesday.The final-round victory by the Norwegian ensured him first place regardless of the other results as he had the best tiebreak score.With four victories, one draw and two losses, Carlsen tallied 13 points and remained two ahead of Viswanath Anand and McShane.Kramnik and Hikaru Nakamura of United States finished joint fourth on 10 points each while Michael Adams ended his campaign on eight points following a draw with Nakamura in the final round.David Howell held McShane to finish ahead of Short who scored just two points from two draws besides five losses.The victory by Carlsen will also see him reclaim his place at the top of the official rating list in January 2011 although Anand will also have a marginal gain in rating points.Carlsen’s mentor Garry Kasparov was present at the venue to comment on the final- round games and see his protege win the tournament for the second successive year.The first game to finish was the pairing of current world champion Anand and his predecessor Vladimir Kramnik. Anand faced the Berlin Defense yet again and carried a token edge into the middle game that ensued.Kramnik was up to the task in exchanging pieces at regular intervals and it came down to an opposite- coloured bishop endgame where Anand’s extra pawn was of no consequence.advertisementNigel Short faced Carlsen with black pieces and his plan of going for a simplified position backfired.With clinical precision, Carlsen restrained Nigel’s queenside development and occupied crucial squares to win a pawn and it soon subsided into a straightforward technical win.David Howell and Luke McShane played a full- blooded Sicilian Dragon – one of the wildest openings in the canon.Howell got an optical advantage but missed his chances in the middle game. The result was a draw through perpetual checks.The game between Nakamura and Adams went right down to the kings. Adams played his favourite Marshall Attack and the American came up with a new idea.The queens came off and pressure against hanging pawns ensured an equal position for the English.In the open event, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta suffered a last- round loss to Thorustur Thorllsson of Iceland while International Master Sahaj Grover won his last round to finish as the best junior in the tournament, defeating David Eggleston of England.last_img read more

White to be captain of Australian T20 squad

first_imgCameron White was named the new captain of Australia’s Twenty20 side following the resignation of Michael Clarke.Clarke quit the international Twenty20 format, saying after Australia’s 3-1 Ashes series loss to England that he wanted to focus on Test and 50-overs cricket.Victoria state skipper White was appointed captain of Australia for two Twenty20 games against England next week, with Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine his deputy.Injury-prone pacemen Brett Lee and Shaun Tait were named in Australia’s T20 squad, which also included international newcomers Aaron Finch and James Pattinson.The 12-man squad features just three test players: Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson and Steve Smith.Australia squad: Cameron White (captain), Tim Paine (vice captain), Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Stephen O’Keefe, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Shane Watson.last_img read more