Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next RELATED VIDEOFormer NBA star Metta World Peace says he’s open to playing in PH2.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Given a chance, what excites the former Lakers forward is the opportunity to strut his stuff in front of fans who have never seen him play live.“I really want to play in front of fans that I have never played in front of. I’ve been in the NBA for just 18 seasons. I played in China for a season, and I wanted to play in China because I wanted to play in front of the Chinese fans and they were so supportive over the last couple of years. And then, I went to Italy and played in front of the Italian fans. It’s a great experience,” he said.“So if I do come here to play one day, I’ll be fortunate and I want to win.”However, World Peace said that everything is still up in the air right at this moment, with him still being undecided what to do next.“As of right now, I’m not sure where I’m going to play this year. I might go on business this year and play next year. But I really enjoy my business and I really enjoy playing basketball,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I’m still in pretty good shape and I’d really like to play basketball. I think I’m going to play until I’m about 45,” World Peace shared on Sunday in a media conference.READ: Metta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for GilasFEATURED 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 shutoutWorld Peace did not hesitate when asked if he’d be open on taking his talents to the Philippines, noting that the idea of being an import in the PBA had been broached before.“I was planning to go to the Philippines two years ago. And I’m not gonna count it out,” he said. “I play basketball every day. It’s not hard to find an NBA team for me, it’s not hard to make a Filipino team or a European team. I can do that in my sleep,” he said. LATEST STORIES Metta World Peace. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAt 37 years of age, Metta World Peace is already at the twilight of his career.But the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year begs to differ and said that as far as he’s concerned, he’s still in tip-top shape.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Injured Madarang hopes to play for Malditas in SEA Games View comments
Tio, despite his hot shooting, said he still needs to adjust to playing in the UAAP and it just so happened he had the stroke against the Fighting Maroons.“I won’t say I already grasp the UAAP but at that moment I was feeling good so I had the confidence to shoot,” said Tio. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Tio was perfect from the field going 6-for-6 en route to 14 points in just 11 minutes as he helped Ateneo flatten University of the Philippines, 92-71, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was excited to play but I wasn’t thinking that I had to score this amount of points, I just wanted to make sure that I played correctly,” said Tio, who had 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 5-foot-11 guard wasn’t able to play in Season 79 as he couldn’t secure a Philippine passport in time and was considered as a foreigner.Ateneo had Nigerian Chibueze Ikeh in the roster and the UAAP allows just one foreigner per roster. SEA Games medal-winning PH sepak takraw team treated to hearty lunch Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Tyler Tio had to sit out Season 79 due to his citizenship, and when Season 80 started he had to wait once again as his bum ankle wouldn’t allow him to play.So when he finally got the chance to hit the floor on Wednesday, the Canadian-born guard released his pent-up frustrations.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding University of the Philippines needed just one point to extend the match to a fourth set and take a crack at sending it to a fifth, but the Lady Maroons didn’t have their fate in their hands.It was La Salle’s possession and young Michelle Cobb made her way to the service line with one simple instruction in mind—just get it over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Spikers were up 2-0 in sets, but trailed UP 24-23 in the third set, and it was up to Cobb to send the Lady Maroons back to Diliman.Pressure mounted on the 18-year-old Cobb because she knew that one slip would allow UP a chance for the victory, but with Ramil De Jesus putting his trust on her the setter knew she would deliver. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum “Actually I can’t breath during that time, but all I thought about was coach Ramil telling me to just get the ball over and just trust myself,” said Cobb in Filipino. “He told me that my heart and my mind should dominate the situation.”The charming setter breathed a low sigh, then let go of her first serve with the ball landing square in UP’s porous defense.Cobb’s fifth service ace of the match tied the set at 24-24, now La Salle just has to score two more points to secure the victory.“I just composed myself and I told myself to go for it one at a time,” said Cobb who was well aware of the noise that enveloped the arena. “I just held on to the trust coach Ramil and my teammates gave me and I don’t want to waste it.”And as the bipartisan crowd exchanged cheers and jeers, Cobb once again composed herself and would score her sixth and seventh service aces giving La Salle the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.ADVERTISEMENT It was at that moment, when UP failed to return her final serve that Cobb knew she did her job and give La Salle a 2-0 record to tie National University atop the standings.“My teammates and I all wanted to finish the game in three sets and coach was always telling me that we should work hard for each point,” said Cobb who finished with 10 points and 32 excellent sets.And even though Cobb finally had her own moment in the limelight, the comparisons to the iconic Kim Fajardo still won’t go away.Cobb, however, made it a point that she won’t compare herself to Fajardo, a three-time UAAP Best Setter, and that she would make a name for herself through her own style and achievements.“I’m not thinking of those comparisons, I have my own thing,” said Cobb who became Fajardo’s teammate in her first year. “I want to prove that I am my own player, I have my own style, I have my own skills on the way I play.”Cobb’s late-game heroism may have been the beginning of her notoriety in the UAAP but she knows the UP game was over and a new match is just another beginning for her.“I won’t settle for these past two games,” said Cobb. “After this I will go back to the very start and prepare for the next game.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rain or Shine dumps Magnolia for 3rd straight win It was just De La Salle’s second game in the young UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and yet the atmosphere inside Filoil Flying V Centre felt like the Lady Spikers were one slip away from losing their crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments
AFP official booed out of forum Team Philippines has so far gone undefeated in its first two games in the first window of the grueling series, notching wins against the Japanese away from home and then clipping Chinese-Taipei at the Big Dome last November.Gilas is holding Monday-only practices for the past month and will kick up its preparations leading to the matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlatche had been notorious for coming in late in preparing for tournaments with Gilas. But not this time as the Filipinos would have to be perfect if they are to stand a chance against the talented charges from Down Under. Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Blue Eaglets seal 14-game sweep, enter UAAP Finals 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche flew into the country sans fanfare on Friday and will be having enough time to train with Gilas Pilipinas as it readies for clashes against Australia and Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifying series in less than two weeks.The 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net in the NBA will be suiting up yet again and spearheading the Filipinos against the Aussies, ranked 10th in the world, on Feb. 22 in Melbourne and versus the Japanese three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
South Korea’s Jo Su Sie 16), of the combined Koreas team, hugs South Korea’s goalie Han Dohee (20), of the combined Koreas team, after the classification round of the women’s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Sweden won 6-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, “We are one.” Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the Olympic arena.And now they go back home, quite possibly never to see each other again.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I could have never imagined our players being this competitive in the Olympics,” Murray said after the game. “So when I was standing there I was just so proud of them, just watching them skate around and salute the fans.”South Korean forward Kim Heewon wiped away tears as she and teammates waved to cheering fans during a standing ovation. Some spectators wept as Korean players — North and South — stood in a circle at the center of the rink and hit the ice with their sticks in a post-game ceremony before leaving the rink.“It’s been a special opportunity to get to know those girls, and we’ll miss having them around,” said player Randi Heesoo Griffin of Cary, North Carolina, whose mother is South Korean.The two governments bar their citizens from visiting each other’s country and exchanging phone calls, letters and emails. Griffin said she understood that when it came to staying in touch, “there’s some barriers to that, obviously.”“I mean, none of them have Facebook, so might be hard,” Griffin said. “But there were definitely bonds that were formed. And I think if we end up playing against each other again, South Korea vs. North Korea, there’s definitely going to be some hugs and some smiles.”ADVERTISEMENT The team was formed just days before the Pyeongchang Games began during an eleventh-hour push by the two Koreas to improve ties after a year of spiking nuclear tensions that triggered fears of a war on the Korean Peninsula.The team’s makeup was a key part of agreements the Koreas struck to cooperate in the Olympics, which eventually provided a breather from a nuclear standoff involving the North, the South and the United States.Despite initial worries about their teamwork, North and South Korean players were seen getting along with each other. There were many small moments of warm relations that seemed to improve as the games went on.During Tuesday’s classification round game against Sweden, the Korean team played with newfound pace and more confidence against a team they were earlier routed by 8-0 in a preliminary-round match. On Sunday, they lost 2-0 to Switzerland, which beat them 8-0 in their landmark debut match. The Korean team lost 4-1 to Japan its final preliminary-round match.The Koreas’ improving performances were likely because players gradually got over nervousness and pressures from the spotlight.Every minor interaction between North and South Korean players was in the news because it was so extraordinary. They took selfies, visited a beach and created a dictionary to overcome the North-South dialect divide.“We have really enjoyed working with the North’s players and coaches and we really do want to help them in the future,” Murray said. She said a possible “exchange game” has been discussed to maintain the connection.“They want to get better, they want to keep learning from us and we want to help them,” she said. “And there are things that we can learn from them, too.”The team’s formation raised hopes that Olympics-related warming gestures could transcend beyond sports and contribute to easing nuclear tensions.But it is unclear if the good mood will last after the Olympics end, particularly since Seoul and Washington are set to kick off delayed springtime military drills that Pyongyang views as a rehearsal for invasion. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Korean women’s hockey team, which included players from both North and South, ended its historic Olympic run on Tuesday with a fifth straight loss but a host of unforgettable feel-good sparks.Team Korea was defeated by Sweden 6-1 in a seventh-place match in the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, a healthy crowd again on hand to cheer them on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe team lost by a combined score of 28-2 in its games and was rarely competitive. Yet the repeated defeats were, for many, insignificant. Instead, this notion dominated discussion: the significance of the Koreas’ first-ever joint Olympic squad taking the ice smack in the middle of an abrupt, now ongoing reconciliation between the rival Koreas.“They are an amazing group,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, who wept while hugging some of her squad. D-League: Che-Lu-San Sebastian whips Go for Gold for back-to-back wins Joo Moon-sook, a 43-year-old who attended the game Tuesday with her husband and 12-year-old daughter, said the joint team’s Olympic appearance has helped soften South Koreans’ hawkish views on North Korean people after years of animosity.“It’s an educational experience for children, letting them see for themselves that North Koreans aren’t scary and bad people, but part of who we are as a nation,” Joo said. “I can’t forget the first game — the moment they stepped onto the ice. I was choking with tears.”For South Korean goalie Shin So Jung, the opportunity to experience such a moment from the inside — and appreciate it while it was happening — was unforgettable.“Our win-loss record isn’t good, but I hope we brought them joy and heartfelt moments,” Shin said. “I don’t think I will experience anything like this again. So many people came here to see us and cheer for us. I hope their love for us lasts.” LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Fowler gave himself a break: “You kind of have to say, ‘Hey, it’s a major, I played well this week.’”Fowler shot even-par 72 to finish at 10 under. That score would have won all but two of the previous 116 renditions of this championship. But rain-softened Erin Hills was a new U.S. Open course and a much different creature than most of the previous hosts. Fowler’s 10 under was only good for a fifth-place tie.Thomas bogeyed three of the first five holes and tied for ninth at 8 under, eight shots out of the lead.The two Americans, the closest thing to household names and/or favorites on a third-round leaderboard full of players looking for their first major, were left to tip their hat to countryman Brooks Koepka, who played close-to-flawless golf and tied the U.S. Open record in relation to par at 16 under.“It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5 under,” Thomas said. “I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him.”ADVERTISEMENT Brooks Koepka caps record week with US Open title MOST READ Rickie Fowler on the 18th hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ERIN, Wis. — Rickie Fowler was hoping to wipe away the past. Justin Thomas was hoping to relive it.Neither got what they were looking for Sunday at the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH He was spectacular Saturday, never more than when he hit a 3-wood from 300 yards to 8 feet on No. 18 for an eagle putt that he drained to record the 31st score of 63 in major history. His 9 under was the best-ever U.S. Open score in relation to par.That put him in Sunday’s final pairing — a 2:54 p.m. tee time — and Thomas, an early bird, said it was “bizarre for me,” hanging around the house he shared with Fowler, trying to avoid the phone, the TV, all that was being written and said about him until it was time to go to the course.Once he got there, he never got comfortable.He hit a good putt on No. 2 that got caught the left edge of the cup and spun out, and settled for bogey. A chip on the fourth almost went in, but then trickled back to 4 feet and he blocked the par putt to the right.“Obviously, that’s just one shot, but that was a pretty big turn,” Thomas said of the bogey on No. 4. “It went from (maybe) a good save and a tap-in par to now going 2 over through four and really behind the eight ball.”After his 68 on Saturday put him in contention yet again at a major, Fowler said he was looking forward to what was supposed to be a windier, tougher day at Erin Hills. But he said the wind wreaked havoc with his putts, blowing them off line and putting him in spots where “getting kind of the right gust at the right time was kind of key.”Fowler needed 30 putts on Sunday, compared to 24 on Saturday. When he pushed a 30-foot birdie try on No. 12 a full 12 feet past the hole, he set himself up for bogey. It put him at 10 under, three out of the lead, and Fowler never got closer.It added another less-than-fantastic finish for Fowler at the majors.He was two back of Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson heading into the last round at the 2014 Masters but shot 73 and never threatened. He had chances at the British Open and PGA that year, as well, but his play got overshadowed by others. (Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson made more memorable runs at Rory McIlroy at those events.). At this year’s Masters, he entered the final round trailing by one but shot a 76 and was far from the drama between Garcia and Justin Rose.A disturbing trend, or just a rough day on the golf course? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments “If you look at the negatives too much, you’re going to be stuck doing that the whole time,” Fowler said. “You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, just because that doesn’t happen a whole lot.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The buddies who shared a house near Erin Hills also shared the misery during a wind-swept final round in which they never got themselves into the mix.As was the case in previous majors where he’s contended, Fowler did little to put real pressure on the leaders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThomas, looking for more from where his record-setting 63 came from the day before, was out of the hunt by the middle of the front nine.“Well, it wasn’t going to be like yesterday, regardless,” Thomas said, acknowledging that record-setting days don’t come around all that often.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (right) throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on Aug. 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPThe fight of the century went down over the weekend, as boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his record unblemished at 50-0, turning back a very game adversary in Conor McGregor.READ: 50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th roundADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ However, not every sports fan managed to watch the fight on pay per view (PPV) and resorted to illegal streams online.According to a report form Forbes, digital platform security company Irdeto estimated that 2,930,598 people illegally watched the fight on various social media platforms via 239 illegal streams.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 openingPlenty of unwarranted videos were shared on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch last Saturday (Sunday in Manila), while ads for the illegal streams were promoted on sites like Alibaba, eBay and Amazon.Other viewers, meanwhile, depended on “digital Robin Hoods”—or generous fans who purchased the fight and videotaped it live through their television or computers. Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out On the other hand, Facebook did its part to stop videos from spreading by taking down live streams of the fight.However, the social platform still could not keep up with the number of users, as some videos managed to be streamed live up until the end of the fight.Despite the massive number of illegal streams, the Mayweather versus McGregor fight is still expected to break PPV sales. As of this writing, official PPV numbers have yet to be released. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for youADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
Adam Voges’ unbeaten 80 from 72 balls – his highest one-day international innings and his 95-run partnership with David Hussey set up Australia’s 57-run win over England to take the series 6-1 on Sunday.Australian team celebrates after winning the ODI series against England at the WACA in Perth on Sunday. APIn reply, England collapsed to be 64-5 and was all out for 222 in the 44th over. Michael Yardy finished 60 not out for England, also his highest one-day score.Mitchell Johnson took 3-18 for Australia, while Shaun Tait bowled nine wides but still managed 3-48 and Jason Krejza picked up two wickets in his one-day debut.Australia took the opportunity to rest skipper Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brett Lee and Steve Smith.Voges, Tim Paine, Krejza and Doug Bollinger all came into the side, which was captained by Cameron White for the first time.After the early loss of Paine and Callum Ferguson, White joined Brad Haddin and the pair took 11 overs to put on a 37-run stand, with both men intent on spending long periods in the middle after just one half-century between them during the series.Haddin never really got going before he holed out off Yardy’s first over to Steve Finn, who cleverly released the ball as he stepped over the boundary before re-catching it inside the rope at long on.White struggled on for another five overs, before he mistimed a drive and Yardy completed a sharp catch off his own bowling, White’s 27 coming from 47 balls.Voges engineered several useful partnerships down the order, most notably a 45-run stand with Johnson (26).advertisementJames Anderson was the best of the England bowlers, with 3-48 off his 10 overs, while Liam Plunkett claimed 2-49 and Yardy 2-59.England’s bowlers conceded 30 extras, including 19 wides, but Australia did little better, having nine wides within the first six overs and also 19 in total.England was in trouble immediately in its reply after Tait got a ball to clip the top of Andrew Strauss’ off stump with the second ball of the innings, and the visitors were never really in the hunt for victory.After a slow start, Hussey compiled a run-a-ball total and found an ally in Voges.It was Voges’ second one-day 50 and his partnership with Hussey got the Australian innings back on track before he engineered several useful partnerships down the order, most notably a 45-run stand with Johnson (26).Paine was the first wicket to fall, given out lbw to Plunkett on referral after umpire Paul Reiffel had originally turned down the appeal.Replays showed that the ball was hitting the stumps despite Paine having advanced a fair way down the pitch, and the decision was overturned.White said it was good to head into the World Cup, where Australia is the three-time defending champions, on a winning note.”I think there is a bit of improvement left, I still think we are really yet to combine a good bat and ball game,” he said. “It’s been very good but I still think there is another that we can take it to, and need to for a tournament like the World Cup.”Strauss said England should have batted better but denied that his side’s minds was already on the flight home after a winning Ashes series and the long one-day series.”I think our minds are on the plane home now, definitely, but I don’t think that was the case out there today,” the England captain said. “We didn’t play particularly well. There were lots of wides, in between some good stuff as well, but I think we should have made a better fist of chasing that down. I don’t think that was an unattainable target on that wicket.”To lose five wickets in the first 15 overs is criminal really when you are chasing down a big score, and from that moment on it was going to be hard.”
Land strip in Saifai where construction of the airport is in full swingChief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wants an airstrip in his birthplace, the Saifai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. All is well with his “flight plan” except that it has taken a bird-hit- from the endangered saras cranes.,Land strip in Saifai where construction of the airport is in full swingChief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wants an airstrip in his birthplace, the Saifai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. All is well with his “flight plan” except that it has taken a bird-hit- from the endangered saras cranes. The airstrip is bang in the middle of the habitat of the cranes and is ruining the already depleting wetlands and water bodies of the state.The chief minister, wanting to create his ‘ideal village’, has sanctioned over Rs 500 crore for the Saifai development project which, along with the airport, includes colleges, guest houses, hospitals and a sports stadium. Once constructed, the airfield will be able to land even large aircraft like the Boeing. But the question is, why would anyone want to land Boeings in an ecologically-fragile zone? And even though wildlife conservationists and activists are up in arms, an adamant Mulayam refuses to budge.RUN WAY OF TROUBLEThe airstrip being planned falls smack in the middle of one of the prime habitats of the saras crane in Uttar Pradesh.Already 114 hectares of the 134 hectares of the habitat have been acquired and construction has begun scaring the birds away.While the state harbours the largest population of saras in the world, severe habitat depletion has seen numbers drop drastically.There are about 10,000 cranes in the world, out of which 60 per cent are found in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. Uttar Pradesh-with an area of 24,092,800 sq km accounting for 7.3 per cent of the country’s total land area has very little forest cover left.advertisementForests have been cut to make way for residential and industrial construction to cater to the rapid multiplication of the population. Whatever forests are left are found in the north and south of the state while the Gangetic plains have practically become bald.Official figures reveal that 35,000 hectare of agricultural SARAS CRANES environment land is being converted for non-agricultural use every year, mostly to accommodate expanding housing requirements of the the fast-multiplying population. Adding fuel to fire is the state Government’s whimsical decision to develop industrial zones and estates on rural land.The airstrip on the outskirts of Saifai village will turn hundreds of hectares of agricultural land into concrete. Subsequent air traffic will turn away the saras and 500 species of migratory birds that flock here in winter. The state Government has acquired 132 hectares of land in Saifai, out of which 114 hectares is pure agricultural land.The estimated cost of the airstrip, likely to be completed soon, would not be less than Rs 50 crore, apart from the compensation to farmers whose land is being acquired. “It’s an issue of civilisation versus conservation. If development is to take place, ecology will get affected.B.C. Chowdhary”The airport issue has drawn attention towards the endangered saras.”B.C. CHOWDHARY, WILDLIFE INSTITUTE OF INDIA, DEHRADUN One should try to maintain a balance between development and conservation,” says V.N. Garg, principal secretary, Forest Department. He says that the construction of the airstrip would cause the saras to migrate from just one pocket of Etawah, which is one of the 31 districts of the cranes’ habitat.B.C. Chowdhary, a senior scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, says, “The airport issue is a blessing in disguise for us and has drawn attention of the state Government towards the endangered saras.”When the Government’s plans of constructing the airport met with resistance from conservationists, Mulayam sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the cranes’ preservation to appease the protesters and to seemingly compensate for damage caused to the bird’s habitat. A strange case of giving with one hand and taking with the other, but with a hidden agenda.Chowdhary says that though the number of cranes had been depleting in Uttar Pradesh for a long time, no one was bothered about this for the past 25 years. He is also concerned about the money being misused. There are plastic boards at many places to educate people about the conservation programme.Water bodies in the state face the danger of drying upChowdhary says that these will not be able to bear the vagaries of weather, and metal boards should have been used instead. If the money is squandered away like this, the saras will soon be extinct. He says there were 111 crane-friendly wetlands in Uttar Pradesh about 40 years back, but in 1994-95, they had dropped to 29. Now, there are even fewer wetlands left.”The depletion of forest cover, shrinking of the wetlands and division of agricultural lands has severely affected avian life and their species in the state, but unfortunately nobody has taken up the matter in the right prospective,” laments Dr Asad Rehmani, director, Bombay Natural History Society.advertisementAt present, there are 2,518 small and medium water bodies-mainly ponds and lakes-in the state. Rehmani warns that the way marshlands are drying up, the avifauna may be affected severely, even in the Terai belt which had been so rich in biodiversity.CRYING FOULSARAS CRANE: There are 10,000 saras cranes in the world out of which 60 per cent are found in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. It is a very large bird, averaging 156 cm in length. It is grey in colour with a bare red head and white crown and a long dark pointed beak. In flight, the long neck is kept straight, unlike herons.LAND CONVERSION: Agricultural land, where saras mostly conceals its eggs and breeds, is being converted into residential and industrial land. According to official estimates, more than 35,000 hectares of agricultural land is being converted for non-agricultural purposes.DWINDLING WETLANDS: Wetlands which are bird-friendly, are fast drying up. From 111 at least 40 years back, they came down to 29 in 1994-95 and the number has further dwindled now. Saras lives mostly in wetlands and around water bodies and agricultural farms. Tallest flying bird, it breeds on the smaller islands in the water bodies and conceals its eggs in bushes around agricultural fields.Farmers consider them auspicious, and they are worshipped by newly-married couples. The birds live in pairs and never split till their death; nor do they change their partners.Poaching and electrocution by rural electrification, along with pressure from fishing, overgrazing, cultivation, drainage and pollution, are major causes for the dwindling numbers of the saras.”The locals revere the saras but migratory labourers kill the birds for their meat and also eat their eggs,” says Rehmani. The same trend is visible in the Etah-Etawah-Mainpuri belt too, leading to a sharp decline in the saras population.On the basis of vegetation and forest, Uttar Pradesh has three ecozones- Terai, Vindhayan ranges and the Gangetic plains. Unfortunately, all the three zones are being systematically destroyed.And if the present speed of disturbing the eco zones continues in the name of population growth, industrialisation and land divisions, the day is not far when Uttar Pradesh might lose its unique status in the abundance of natural life.With the state polls in its sights, the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government seems to have turned a blind eye to the plight of the saras and their impending extinction.But vote banks and winning elections are a far cry from saving the ecology and the environment, and it may be too late for these birds if the state Government doesn’t fly to their rescue soon.
If there is one Khan in B-Town who needs a reason to party, it’s Imran Khan. The actor decided to throw himself a party celebrating the success of his last two films Delhi Belly and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.Those who attended the party included uncle Aamir Khan, his wife Kiran, Deepika Padukone, Siddharth, Anushka Sharma and Shahid. When theres’ a party in B-Town, there, sure, is fun, fashion and flashbulbs.”Yeh party main apne do films ke success celebrate karne ke liye mana raha hoon. Deepika, Sonam mere co-stars rah chuke hai. So, they have come (This is to celebrate the success of my two films. Deepika and Sonam have been my co-starts, so they have come.)Most women decided to incorprate some element of white in the ensemble. So while Kiran sported a white scarf, Sonam decided to pair the pastel long gown with a white knitted jacket and Deepika donned a flowing white gown while Anushka decided to glam up in a short white dress.Family, friends and fraternity?it looks like Imran didn’t miss out on anyone. “Yes, I’ve invited Ranbir too, but he said he would be late. Katrina is in Dublin shooting, so she couldn’t be here. I had invited her too,” Imran said.One agrees that Kat is out of country, but what kept good friend, rockstar Ranbir Kapoor, at bay? Is this about professional rivalery? Would one ever get to see the two on screen together?”Yes if there’s a script, we would like to do a comedy, we have hosted two shows together and we quite enjoyed it,” Kapoor said. It looks like with success, Imran’s learnt a thing or two about diplomacy.advertisement