Hapur lynching: petitioners can approach trial court, says Supreme Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday gave petitioners in the Hapur lynching case liberty to approach the trial court and draw its attention to statements made by two brothers of the victim before a chief judicial magistrate about the brutal crime allegedly committed by cow vigilantes in June last year.A Vacation Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told advocate Vrinda Grover, counsel for petitioner and witness Samaydeen, that instead of directing the Uttar Pradesh police to file a supplementary chargesheet, it would be “appropriate” to permit the petitioners to directly apprise the trial court about the statements made by the brothers, Saleem and Nadeem, under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before the Hapur chief judicial magistrate on May 15.Saleem and Nadeem are the brothers of Qasim Qureishi, a 45-year-old meat trader, who died after he took a severe beating along with Samaydeen from cow vigilantes on June 18, last year.The duo were assaulted on the pretext that they were transporting and butchering cows.In August, the Supreme Court had refused to buy the police version that the lynching was a “road rage” incident which turned fatal. The statements made by Samaydeen and some others before the magistrate had shown the case in its true light — a mob lynching premised on a false rumour of cow slaughter.The video footage of the lynching and an expose by the NDTV channel in which one of the accused allegedly talked about the assault and even denying water to one of them had created a furore.last_img read more

Part of hostel collapses in Berhampur University

first_imgA portion of the three-storey Saberi women’s hostel on Berhampur University campus collapsed on Thursday afternoon. All 104 boarders had a lucky escape as they were attending classes when the mishap occurred around 12.30 p.m. The part of the building that collapsed mainly comprised of toilets and balconies.University registrar Ranjan Biswal said the building was declared unsafe after the incident. The boarders are being shifted to Chilika hostel. Students said that many could have been “injured in the mishap had it happened a few hours earlier”.Dilapidated conditionThe Saberi hostel was inaugurated in 1989. Its boarders had been complaining about its dilapidated condition for the past many months. Concrete pieces were falling from the roofs of several rooms and water was seeping from the toilets on each of the three floors. On July 15, the boarders had demanded that the university repair the hostel as early as possible.last_img read more

‘Odisha would get floods due to Polavaram dam’

first_imgRecent waterlogging and slow drainage of floodwaters in Motu tehsil of Odisha’s Malkangiri district hints at the vagaries this region would face after completion of the Polavaram project in adjoining Andhra Pradesh, alleged anti-Polavaram organisations and leaders of Odisha.According to Malkangiri district residents, this year the Saveri river overflowed and flooded large areas of Motu and Kalimela tehsils. The region was similarly flooded in 1986 and 2006. However, then the floodwaters had receded in a day or two after the rain stopped. But this year the water has not receded even after a week. The CPI(M)’s Odisha unit, peasants’ organisation All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha and the People’s Forum Against Polavaram have blamed the flood on the Polavaram project. CPI(M) Odisha secretary Ali Kishor Patnaik demanded that the State government take note of the recent flood situation and on the basis of a detailed survey approach the Supreme Court on the issue.AIKMS national secretary Bhalachandra Shadangi said, “What was feared in Malkangiri district has happened, but the State government has not come up with any detailed report on the possible losses in Odisha.” Chhattisgarh too hitAccording to AIKMS, the State Water Resources Department had in July 2018 conducted a survey in the areas to be affected, but the report has not been made public yet. PFAP added that Konta tehsil in Chhattisgarh has also suffered floods this year due to the Polavaram project.last_img read more

Restaurant manager alleges assault by policeman

first_imgA restaurant manager at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station was allegedly thrashed by a Delhi policeman over delay in delivery of ordered food items on Thursday night.The accused policeman, Assistant Sub-Inspector Mukesh Kumar, has been suspended with immediate effect, said DCP (Railways) Harinder Singh.In a video released by the victim, Shivam Thukral, who works as a senior manager with a restaurant at the railway station, alleged that at 8.25 p.m. he received a call from the SHO of Government Railway Police, Parveen Yadav, ordering food for free. He said he recorded the conversation.“At 8.45 p.m., I handed over all the ordered food items to a constable sent by the SHO. However, ASI Mukesh Kumar [posted at the GRP station] kept calling me repeatedly and I failed to answer his calls as I was busy attending to other customers,” said Mr. Thukral.A little later, another policeman arrived at the restaurant and asked Mr. Thukral to go to the police station immediately. “When I went to the GRP station, Mukesh Kumar slapped me and beat me with a stick. He handcuffed me and threatened that if I refuse to take his calls next time, he will again thrash me. He kept me at the station for an hour before letting me go with a warning,” said the victim.Mr. Thukral claimed he had to run from pillar to post to get his complaint registered. “After a day-long struggle, I managed to meet an Assistant Commissioner of Police and filed a complaint, but the police have not given me a copy of it,” he said.“I will again try to meet the DCP as he was busy in a meeting today [Friday]. I am determined to register an FIR in the case because I have never felt so humiliated in my whole life,” said Mr. Thukral.A senior police officer said a departmental inquiry has been ordered into the complaint. The allegations will be verified by examining call recordings, CCTV footage of the restaurant and the police station.last_img read more

Shiv Sena could face ‘expansion’ problems in Pune region

first_imgWhile Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is all set to helm the new coalition government, the dramatically altered political equations could pose problems for his party’s expansion in Pune and western Maharashtra, where Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress have their traditional vote bases.According to analysts, while the NCP will aggressively expand and seek to reclaim lost ground in this region, the Sena faces a daunting challenge as its influence here has been stunted in recent years with the ascendancy of its erstwhile ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Weakest link“Of the three parties in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), the Sena is the weakest in terms of its party base in Pune. The Sena’s new allies — Congress and NCP — have always a traditionally strong representation in the local bodies, the Zilla Parishads and the municipal councils and corporations in Pune and western Maharashtra,” observed senior political analyst Rajendra Pandharpure.He notes that while Mr. Thackeray would be Chief Minister, the dominant influence in this improbable coalition would that be of the NCP, as the refrain among party workers is that their saaheb (Sharad Pawar) has been instrumental in forming this government.Further, the BJP’s refusal to leave a single seat in Pune for the Sena ahead of the Assembly elections had caused resentment among Sena leaders, while giving workers headaches about their party’s future and existence in the city. “Should this coalition continue till local body elections, especially the crucial Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic polls in 2022, it remains to be seen how willingly the NCP and the Congress would share seats with Sena,” Mr. Pandharpure added.In the past, when the Sena was the ‘big brother’, it was said that the BJP had to hold the Sena’s hand to win in the rural pockets in Pune district while the latter needed the BJP’s base to win in the urban pockets.“Since 2014, the BJP has expanded its base and presence among all sections of society. The question is in which direction will Sena be able to expand in this region as the other three big parties — NCP, Congress and BJP — have their presence in different pockets and bodies,” said Mr. Pandharpure, adding that a pall hangs over the Sena’s renaissance in terms of party structure despite their securing the Chief Minister’s post.Another city-based political observer said that with daggers drawn between the two estranged allies, the BJP would also seek to wrest the ‘Hindutva’ space from the Sena, now that the latter has tied itself to so-called ‘secular’ partiesThe Congress in the city faces a challenge of a different sort. While the Assembly poll results proved that the party still retained a core base, the Congress’ performance in the State has largely been due to the efforts of individual leaders and party workers, who seized the initiative from a paralysed and muddled Central and State leadership. “The Congress top brass in the State should encash on this opportunity [of government formation] to focus on building frontal organisations like the NSUI, the Mahila [women] Congress and the Youth Congress in the city which have lost their vibrancy and become weak,” said Pune Congress general secretary Ramesh Iyer.Stating that it was imperative for State Congress leaders to build a second rung of leadership within the party, he rued the fact that the organisation in Pune city had been steadily weakened since senior Congressman Suresh Kalmadi’s descent into political oblivion and the raging factionalism among the leadership.“Given that youth constitute 70% of the electorate, State leaders should make sure that opportunities are given to young leaders within the party for them to grow,” Mr. Iyer said.According to another analyst, the Congress had not much choice but to ally with the Sena and the NCP as 33 of their 44 elected legislators were allegedly strongly in favour of forming a government with Mr. Thackeray’s party, despite the contrasting ideologies.“The Congress would have faced a major split had it not gone along with the Sena as a majority of the elected MLAs were keen to be a part of the power sharing process. Having said that, the Central and State Congress leadership must now take measures to revive their moribund organisation in Pune and western Maharashtra,” said the analyst.“Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar would be a good choice as a new MPCC chief as he is an aggressive leader with a mass base. His leadership could prove effective than that of erstwhile Congress state chiefs Manikrao Thakre and Ashok Chavan,” he said.The NCP, which won two Assembly seats in Pune, will seek to play a dominant role in this coalition in Pune and western Maharashtra.“Besides our performance in the Assembly polls, we also have 40-odd corporators in the PMC. The Pimpri-Chinchwad civic body, too, was dominated by us until the BJP’s win in the 2017 civic polls. Now, with the tables turned on the BJP, we will go all out and try and oust them from local bodies as well,” said a Pune NCP leader.last_img read more

Indonesia angered after Malaysia puts wrong flag in SEA Games book

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi says the error is “very painful.”Indonesia’s Olympic Committee chairman Erick Thohir says the mistake “shows negligence” and demanded the guidebook be replaced.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 shutoutIndonesia appears to have taken particular offense because the guidebook was distributed to VIPs at Saturday’s opening ceremony and only its flag was shown incorrectly.Malaysia and Indonesia are both Muslim majority nations and share a similar language but often trade accusations of stealing the other’s food and culture. CBB Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Indonesians were angered after Malaysian organizers for the Southeast Asian Games wrongly depicted the Indonesian flag (right) in a souvenir guidebook for the event. In the guidebook, the Indonesia flag was inverted, making it look like the flag of Poland (left). AFP FILESJAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is accusing the Malaysian organizers of the Southeast Asian Games of negligence after the Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a souvenir guidebook.The mistake, which makes the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble Poland’s, has caused anger in Indonesia where “shameonyoumalaysia” has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineuplast_img read more

Devance on Ginebra-Meralco rivalry: ‘We hate each other’

first_img“If we thought [the TNT series] is gonna be a battle, this next series is going to be a battle. We’re full aware of the challenges that they’re gonna present to us, so we’ll see what happens.” Channelling his inner pro wrestler, the Gin Kings forward only has one thing in mind in response to the Bolts slasher being repeatedly vocal in his desire to have the rematch.“I’m a heel,” Devance said, alluding to the pro wrestling parlance of a bad guy.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“I’m gonna hit Dillinger. I’m gonna punch him right in the stomach,” he joked.Devance knows that as much trash talk players from both teams fire on social media, they are all aware that it’s all fun and games as they all look forward to silencing each other on the court. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next PBA IMAGESAsk, and you shall receive.That’s exactly what Joe Devance has to say for Jared Dillinger as Ginebra and Meralco meet for the second straight time in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 TNT coach Racela says Ginebra rookie Ferrer best player of Game 4 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I’m just playing. You know, it’s all in good fun, good sportsmanship. You know it’s competitiveness. You know we’re just gonna come out and fight, whatever team wants it more is gonna get it,” he said, sharing that he’s good friends with a lot of Fil-Am players on the other camp.Meralco has been aching to get back at Ginebra after its runner-up finish in last year’s Governors’ Cup Finals, where it lost in heartbreaking fashion in Game 6.Devance knows how motivated the Bolts will be, and is hoping that emotions won’t spill out of the court just like what happened in the Gin Kings’ semifinals series against TNT.Being the last two teams standing from the rival companies, Devance admitted there’s bad blood between Ginebra and Meralco.“I don’t want to say we hate each other, but we hate each other. I mean with MVP and Mr. Ang, it’s just how it is,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READlast_img read more

Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues United States’ Tennys Sandgren celebrates after defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open, site of his Grand Slam breakthrough.The 2014 champion clearly wasn’t fit enough against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, though, and made his earliest exit in a decade — 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT The heat peaked during Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.The win was a relief for Djokovic, who lost in a second-round shocker here last year, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.“It was obvious we both suffered on the court today,” Djokovic said. “Really tough conditions — brutal.”Djokovic, who won five of the six titles from 2011-2016, is a step closer to a possible meeting with fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who had a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gojowczyk.It’s supposed to be even hotter on Friday, with a forecast high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey won’t have to deal with that after their second-round losses.Among the leading men advancing were 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 21 Albert Ramos and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq After a searing day at Melbourne Park when the temperature hit 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and tempers were tested, No. 9 Wawrinka was one of three seeded players to fall in the men’s draw.Wimbledon champion and No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza was one of five seeded players to lose in the women’s side on Day 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSix-time champion Novak Djokovic survived the round, but complained of the “brutal” heat in a four-set win over an ailing Gael Monfils that extended his record to 15-0 in their career head-to-heads.Djokovic is playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, and has remodeled his serve to take some load of his injured right elbow. MOST READcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Benilde outlasts Arellano in shootout for NCAA football title Warwinka was playing at night when the temperature dropped a few degrees but appeared lethargic and generally didn’t threaten 26-year-old Sandgren, who had never beaten a top 10 player and now has two wins at Grand Slam tournaments.Sandgren appeared to be slightly awkward at how lopsided it was against Wawrinka, who has a clearly visible scar running down his left knee.“I know it’s tough with a former champion,” he said. “I wish him the best on his road to recovery.”Muguruza also struggled with her fitness in the build up to the Australian Open, retiring from a game at the Brisbane International because of cramping, and withdrawing ahead of the Sydney International quarterfinals because of a thigh problem.Blisters from the hot court surface didn’t help her in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding That left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women’s draw.Sharapova and Kerber meet in the third round, meaning only one of the remaining Australian Open winners can reach the second week.Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open winner, beat No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a fourth-round loss to her in last year’s U.S. Open. That was Sharapova’s first major since returning from a 15-month doping ban following a failed test here in 2016.Kerber, the 2016 champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the Margaret Court Arena crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate her 30th birthday.“Happy to be playing tennis again like 2016,” said Kerber, who has won 11 straight matches.Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. Halep next plays Lauren Davis.Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut. She didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew.“It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in,” said Pera, who next plays No. 20 Barbora Strycova.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Beermen regain top spot, rally past Aces

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chris Ross. PBA IMAGESDefending champion San Miguel Beer reclaimed the No. 1 spot after coming back to beat Alaska, 109-96, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at Batangas City Coliseum.The Beermen, who leaned heavily on their four star veterans, outscored the Aces, 47-25, since trailing by nine, 62-71, at the 3:10 mark of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Skating star Hanyu battles emotions to discuss Japan quake trauma Read Next LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:29Police 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 San Miguel improved to 6-2 with Magnolia breathing down its neck i second place with a 7-3 card. Alaska, which suffered its second straight loss, slipped to third at 6-3.JVee Casio led the Aces with 20 points and six assists. Chris Ross topscored with 24 points that went with nine assists and four steals, Marcio Lassiter added 21 points and eight rebounds while Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo each posted a double-double to combined for 38 points and 32 rebounds to power SMB.The big men played vital roles on both ends as Santos finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks while Fajardo had 17 points, 18 rebounds and a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel rose from a 15-point hole in the second quarter and a nine-point deficit late in the third period thanks to a 22-2 run bridging the last two frames.Still without the injured starting guard Alex Cabagnot, the Beermen found a reliable fifth guy in Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, who came off the bench and came away with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals. His team was +29 with him on the floor. View commentslast_img read more

Trail Blazers sign Brandon Rush to 10-day contract

first_imgView comments Rush was selected with the 13th pick in the 2008 draft out of Kansas by Portland, but traded the same day to the Pacers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ LATEST STORIES Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brandon Rush #4 of the Minnesota Timberwolves puts up a shot against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on January 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPPORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers signed veteran guard/forward Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract Wednesday.Last season Rush played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, appearing in 47 games and averaging 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21.9 minutes. The nine-year veteran has also played for Indiana, Golden State and Utah. He was on the Warriors’ team that won the 2015 NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:29Police 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 Citylast_img read more

Changes coming? NBA commissioner wants draft rules amended

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 “I think we all agree that we need to make a change,” Silver said. “As I’ve said before, our position, at least our formal position, going into bargaining was that we wanted to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20, and of course their formal position was they want to lower the age from 19 to 18.“I think it’s one of those issues that we need to come together and study.”There were six rookies this season who averaged 10 points per game or more; none were teenagers. One of the advantages that could come from raising the age minimum to 20 would be that players may be more ready for the pro game. Silver said he has talked to many veteran players, who have a sense that the 19-year-olds “are not coming in game-ready.”Other highlights in Silver’s annual Finals media availability included:All-Star in CharlotteADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I’ve known Steve for probably close to 25 years and my heart goes out to him,” Silver said. “As he and I talked about, it puts this all in perspective.”Kerr hasn’t coached Golden State — 12-0 heading into its third straight Finals against LeBron James and the Cavs — since Game 2 of the first round against Portland. He underwent a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain.Chinese playersSilver said it’s frustrating to him that basketball-crazed China does not have a player in the league.“There’s probably more basketball being played in China than anywhere else in the world, and more NBA basketball is being watched in China than anywhere else in the world,” Silver said. “It’s something I’ve talked to Yao Ming a lot about. We all have to do collectively a better job training the best players in China.” LATEST STORIES Argentina begins new era under coach Sampaoli NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California. APNBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the NBA’s draft-eligibility rules changed.To what, he isn’t sure.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Silver defended the NBA’s decision to return the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019, after taking it away and moving it to New Orleans this season in response to the state’s law restricting the rights and anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.A deal to repeal that law was struck in March, though critics have said it does not go far enough.“We had said to the legislative leaders we will consider coming back in 2019, if you change the law,” Silver said. “The law was changed. Sufficient, is a tough … the answer is yes. They made incremental progress. And I felt, in part, there is a role that the league can play in demonstrating what equality looks like to a community.”Silver said taking All-Star weekend to Charlotte could serve as an example of what it looks like to be non-discriminatory, “and my hope is that by setting that example we can unify people and that the state will follow.”Phil JacksonSilver said he did not consider disciplining New York Knicks President Phil Jackson for comments suggesting that Knicks star Carmelo Anthony should be traded.Jackson’s comments raised the ire of the players’ union, which pointed out that players risk being fined if they lobby for trades publicly.“There’s never been a history in this league of fining a team and disciplining a team executive for talking about trading a player,” Silver said.Kerr’s healthSilver met with Golden State coach Steve Kerr before Thursday’s game, and expressed regret for the health issues that are keeping the Warriors’ coach off the sideline. Less than a month away from a draft where about 20 players who completed just one year of college will be welcomed into the league, Silver expects the so-called “one-and-done” rule to be modified — somehow — before too long. But in saying that, Silver also acknowledged that even he isn’t certain what makes the most sense going forward.“My sense is it’s not working for anyone,” Silver said Thursday (Friday Manila time) before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “It’s not working for the college coaches and athletic directors I hear from. They’re not happy with the current system. And I know our teams aren’t happy either, in part because they don’t necessarily think the players who are coming into the league are getting the kind of training that they would expect to see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s been just over a decade since the NBA and the players union agreed on a rule in that says players either need to be 19 years old or be one year removed from high school before being eligible for the draft. There are arguments for raising the minimum age to 20, there are arguments for getting rid of the rule altogether.Silver said he expects to have more talks in the coming months with the union about the topic. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

4th PVL MVP award inspires Valdez to push herself more

first_imgCreamline’s Alyssa Valdez hoists her twin trophies, including the Conference MVP, after leading the top performers in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference during awards rites at the Philsports Arena in Pasig Tuesday. The former Ateneo star also took the First Best Outside Spiker award while steering the Cool Smashers to third place finish in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision. CONTRIBUTEDHer fourth Conference Most Valuable Player award is a reminder for Alyssa Valdez of how much she still wants to continue improving on her craft.“It’s motivating me to really help the team improve in terms of our our skills and listen to our coaches,” she said, moments after securing the MVP plum in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bali Pure’s Risa Sato and Pocari Sweat’s Jeanette Panaga finished 1-2 in the Best Middle Blocker race, Power Smashers’ Dimdim Pacres was honored as the Best Opposite Spiker, Bali Pure’s Jasmine Nabor was hailed as the Best Setter, and Pocari Sweat’s Melissa Gohing got the Best Libero award.What makes this MVP unique for Valdez was it was her first recognition since formally leaving the auspices of the Ateneo campus.READ: Creamline gets bronze in PVL“After everything I went through, with my stints in Thailand, it really makes me feel old. But for what it’s worth, I’m thankful for the support that I get, that even though I’ve changed through a lot of teams, they’re always there,” she said.But three-time UAAP MVP said that this journey with Creamline is just the start.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage NBA: Irving bares heartfelt words for LeBron after finals defeat “It makes me think that I shouldn’t stop improving myself. I can stop doing what I’m doing, but I have the choice to pursue and still try to push myself to the limit.”READ: Valdez powers Creamline to 1st winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez also won the First Best Outside Spiker with her 20.7 points per match, making her the most decorated volleybelle in the history of the league.Joining the Creamline hitter in the honor roll are Bali Pure’s Grethcel Soltones, who was named as the Second Best Outside Spiker. View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Definitely, the goal for every team entering the conference is to get the championship,” she said, as the Cool Smashers ended their inaugural foray in the league at third. “Our goal doesn’t stop here but definitely, this is just the beginning. I hope our journey with the Cool Smashers continue to improve in the coming conferences.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’ PLAY LIST 02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?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 Gameslast_img read more

Pirates, Lions extend streaks

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58LYCEUM 96 – MAPUA 90LYCEUM 96—Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90—Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his unbeaten squad played as the cellar-dwelling Cardinals gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us,” said Robinson. “Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSan Beda also sustained its streak with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde in the first game.The Lions’ eighth straight victory, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left. Rio silver medalist Diaz back in actioncenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 points, six boards, and two assists in the Pirates’ 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust on how officials handled the commotion and expects the commissioner to review the incident. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSAN BEDA 72 – ST. BENILDE 58SAN BEDA 72—Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ST. BENILDE 58—Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Aerostat leaves spectators at JNS spellbound

first_imgThe clock chimed seven, and the refurbished Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, packed to the rafters, clapped and cheered in ecstasy as the Rs 44 crore aerostat lifted into the air leaving some 50,000 present spellbound.Sounds of naiad’s reverberated across the magnificent stadium and fireworks show lit up the sky as the biggest helium balloon in the world transformed itself into a gigantic screen, set 25 metres above the ground.Drummers came alive on the 350 degree projection surface of the aerostat amid loud cheers. Adding to the entire scene were 1,200 moving lights, coupled with 120 space cannons and 16 follow spots.Lamps appeared on the aerostat and lights bounced off the giant mirrors creating a mindblowing effect.Hundreds of been players, along with the drummers, set the stadium on fire with every rising beat.–with PTI inputslast_img read more

Federer, Nadal gone at Australian Open

first_imgFirst Rafael Nadal, now Roger Federer. Federer, the 16-time Grand Slam winner, was knocked out of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday by 2008 champion Novak Djokovic.Roger Federer waves after his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic. APThe talk before the tournament was a blockbuster final between Nadal, going for his fourth straight Grand Slam win, and Federer, who was aiming for his fifth Australian title and perhaps the only player who could stop him.Instead, after Nadal was eliminated by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in an injury-induced straight-set loss Wednesday, and now Federer heading home, it will be Djokovic in the final against either Andy Murray or Ferrer – they play their semifinal on Friday.It will be the first time since 2003 that Federer will not hold any of the four major titles.The finals scenario could open the door for Murray to become the first British Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when the final is played Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena.”It’s really one of the best matches I’ve played in a while,” Djokovic said.Rafael Nadal during his quarterfinal loss to David Ferrer. APIt is the second straight Grand Slam that Djokovic has knocked Federer out in the semis. At last year’s U.S. Open, the Serbian player saved match points before beating Federer in five sets to advance to the final against Nadal.The last time Federer was beaten in straight sets in a Grand Slam tournament was here in 2008 – against Djokovic.advertisementFederer won 11 of 14 points to come back from a service break down to take the lead in the second set after the two traded tit-for-tat booming forehands and chip backhands during the opening set. But Djokovic broke back later in the second set and took his power strokes into the third set to win in an even three hours.It was the 20th meeting of the pair, with Federer still holding a 13-7 edge.last_img read more

Tendulkar most accomplished World Cup player: Imran

first_imgLegendary Pakistani fast bowler Imran Khan on Tuesday refused to compare Sachin Tendulkar with Don Bradman but said the Indian maestro was the “most accomplished player in the World Cup”.Imran declined to compare Tendulkar with Bradman as he had not seen the Australian playing.”Sachin is the most accomplished player in the World Cup. He should open Indian innings and with Virender Sehwag. They can give solid start to the team which will be difficult for other teams to match,” Imran said.He said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s squad is the best ever Indian World Cup side and it has the most formidable batting line-up among the teams participating in this edition starting in the sub-continent on Saturday.”I played the first World Cup in 1975 and have been following it since then. According to me this is the best ever Indian side playing in a World Cup,” said Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain.”This is the best batting line-up in the world. You have Sachin, Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan and the batting depth will play a crucial role,” he told a TV channel.He predicted that Harbhajan Singh will be the key bowler for India given the conditions, and if he were the captain he would have asked the off-spinner to play the attacking bowler’s role.Asked about the Indian pace battery, the former all-rounder said, “When I saw Ishant Sharma bowling initially, I felt that at last India has got a genuine pace bowler who can run through any batting order. But two years since then when I saw him, I could see flaw in his bowling action.”advertisementWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Afridi bowls the best spell by a captain in World Cup

first_imgPakistan skipper Shahid Afridi bowled the best spell by a captain in any world cup match on Wednesday to sink Kenya at Hambantota as Pakistan registered their first win in the World Cup.Afridi finished with figures of 8-3-16-5 on Wednesday. Priviously, Kapil Dev of India held the record. He had finished with figures of 5-43 runs against Australia during the Prudential World Cup in 1983, which India eventually won.Shahid Afridi also secure the best figures by any Pakistani bowler in a World Cup encounter.Earlier, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram owned that record. He had captured 5-28 in a match at Kimberley against Namibia during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.Incidentally, Akram had completed his 500 ODI career wickets in that match.last_img read more

BCCI suspects Lalit Modi behind Lankan T20, may not allow Indians to play

first_imgThe former chief of Indian Premier League (IPL), Lalit Modi, continues to haunt the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) top brass. According to sources, BCCI suspects that the suspended IPL chairman has been behind the Sri Lanka’s yet to start Twenty-20 cricket league. Video The BCCI was therefore unlikely to let Indian cricketers play in the upcoming Sri Lankan T20 League. Board’s sources revealed that the BCCI had earlier given a green signal to the players for participation in the Lankan league, but with the involvement of a private party, which BCCI speculates was guided by Modi, changed it all. BCCI suspects that the Singapore-based company, Somerset Entertainment Ventures private Limited, which has the contract to conduct the tournament, has links with the former IPL chairman. BCCI’s move could also trigger retaliation by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), as it might stop its players from playing in the IPL. However, sources said, the BCCI was willing to take the risk as the matter was concerned to Modi.last_img read more