Month: November 2019

Fernandez enjoys coaching players from other schools in NCAA All-Star

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first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Fernandez was finally able to get one against Robinson, as the Saints team, made up of stars from San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, Perpetual, and St. Benilde, escaped the late rally from the Heroes crew, comprised of standouts from Lyceum, JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua.The Red Lion mentor  the rare chance to have players like Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and eventual All-Star MVP Prince Eze in his team.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“They’re really good. You know them when you’re facing against them, but once you coach them, you can really see their basketball IQ,” he said.Fernandez was also caught by surprise with how the unheralded players from the Golden Stags and the Blazers worked hard in practice. Coach Boyet Fernandez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez isn’t putting too much thought his victory over Topex Robinson when his Saints prevailed over the Heroes, 84-80, in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game on Friday.“It’s a different situation. Even though Topex is coaching the other team, it’s still an All-Star game and we’re just enjoying today’s game. It’s for the fans and the students of the member schools of the NCAA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m surprised of the three San Sebastian players. They can play and they just play. The same goes with St. Benilde. They really enjoyed their time even if they came from different schools,” he said, praising the attitude of San Sebastian’s Ian Valdez, Kevin Baytan, and Alvin Baetiong, as well as St. Benilde’s JJ Domingo, Edward Dixon, and Gerard Castor.With the midseason festivities now done with, Fernandez’ focus is back in the second round as San Beda returns to action against St. Benilde.“We know the second round will come on Tuesday. We’re enjoying this now and tomorrow, we’ll already focus on the second round,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Globalport stuns TNT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending 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 Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed

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first_imgHe has already tweaked his training for his second bout this year, anticipating Nguyen’s quick attacks and counters.Nguyen, meanwhile, said that weight doesn’t pose any problems for him knowing he has bigger things worry about against Folayang.“Surprisingly, I’m still the weight I usually compete during fight camp. I don’t have problems when it comes to that,” said Nguyen.“I know Eduard is going to be strong. I still have my speed. But I know it’s going to be a chess game.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lyceum one win away from elims sweep, annihilates JRU Read Next The Makati skyline provides the perfect backdrop for Eduard Folayang and Martin Nguyen’s first face off. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaFilipino ONE champion Eduard Folayang knows the caliber of opponent he’s up against.Folayang is anticipating a speedier fighter in Martin Nguyen, also the ONE featherweight champion, in his second title defense of his lightweight title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week00:50Trending 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “Ev Ting is a natural lightweight. Mark is a natural featherweight. So I expect that he will be faster and quicker than Ev Ting. It will be a good match up,” said Folayang on Tuesday during their face off in Makati.The Baguio native said he was impressed with how Nguyen took down Marat Gafurov to earn his world title in Macao just last August months after he defeated Ting in a dominant performance via unanimous decision.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 shutoutAgainst his upcoming Vietnamese-Australian foe, who is moving up weight for their cross-divisional fight, Folayang wants to prove that the lightweight is his territory.“I want to teach him that the lightweight division,” said Folayang, who was a high school teacher in Mountain Province before joining Team Lakay. “As a champion, I want my division to be respected so I will do my best to defend the title.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Archers slay Maroons

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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Eager to settle an old score, La Salle came out tenacious early to deal University of the Philippines its worst beating of UAAP Season 80.Ben Mbala fired 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Green Archers also gave coach Aldin Ayo a fitting birthday present with an 85-62 demolition of the Fighting Maroons on Sunday to solidify their hold of second spot at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Facing one of the two teams that beat them in the past two seasons, the Archers zoomed to an early double-digit lead before coasting in the second half to raise their record to 6-2.Mbala made life difficult on UP top gun Paul Desiderio, who was held to just seven points on 2-of-13 shooting after scoring 30 points in the 98-87 win in the first round last Sept. 23.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“We wanted this win so bad,” said La Salle guard Kib Montalbo, who also ended his shooting slump with 12 points.“We have lost to them four times this year, including tune-up games and its also coach’s (Ayo) birthday.” LATEST STORIEScenter_img 13 PH kids earn FC Barcelona training slots Mbala added: “We were eager, we cannot lose to the same team, which probably means that maybe we got to think about what we’re doing wrong.”Earlier, Far Eastern U inflicted more misery on winless University of Santo Tomas, while tightening its grip on fourth spot following an emphatic 96-70 victory. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Lady Warriors, Jet spikers dispute semis slot

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first_imgMyla Pablo and Kai Nepomuceno took care of the scoring in Pocari’s 25-23, 25-14, 25-19 rout of Adamson on Sunday, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.But the Lady Warriors’ firepower will be put to test by the scrappy Air Force crew, including Iari Yongco, Joy Cases and Mae Pantino. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress But that’s also what Air Force, which shares second spot with Pocari at 4-1, has in mind.The Jet Spikers are riding on a five-set triumph over the Power Smashers on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBaliPure also hopes to stay in contention when it takes on Adamson-Akari in the other match at 4 p.m.The Water Defenders suffered a stinging five-set defeat at the hands of streaking Perlas-BanKo in a match that saw last conference’s runners-up take the first two sets. 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 Phoenix, NLEX shoot for No. 3 LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ An outright semifinal stint is at stake when defending champion Pocari Sweat and Air Force clash Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at 6:30 p.m. Filoil Flying V Centre.Pocari is coming off a win against Adamson-Akari over the weekend and is bent on clinching a spot in the semifinals along with early qualifier and unbeaten league-leader Creamline.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

CWG in trouble as England rethinks participation

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first_imgCommonwealth Games plunged into deep trouble today after England admitted their participation is “on a knife-edge” while Scotland athletes delayed their departure to Delhi and Wales set a deadline of Wednesday evening for the organisers to certify all venues and Games Village are safe.A footbridge collapsed near the main venue of the Games yesterday, which injured more than a dozen people, and the desperate state of the Athletes’ Village — described by Commonwealth officials of some countries as “unfit for human habitation” — has cast major doubts over foreign athletes turning up in India.Should the Commonwealth Games be called off? To vote from your mobile, SMS for Yes or for No to 52424.And now the collapse of a small portion of a false ceiling at the weightlifting arena added to the gloom surrounding the event.Commonwealth Games England chairman Sir Andrew Foster admitted that they will have to make a quick decision — within 24 to 48 hours — on whether to take part in the Games.”I think the next 24 to 48 hours is the critical time which will tell us whether the Village — which is where the main problem is now — has got enough accommodation for everybody to come into it. I think we’re at an absolutely vital time (regarding) whether the major teams go,” Foster told BBC Breakfast.”Our staff have been round all 17 sports venues and they are in good order, so the key remaining feature which there’s a problem with is the village. The other problems have been resolved. It’s a situation that hangs on a knife-edge. It is not certain and we will not be sending our team unless we are confident,” he said.advertisementFoster, however, was still hopeful that the Indian government and the organising committee would be able to save the Games even though at this late hour.”The village still has a lot of remedial work needing to be done. But it is the case in India, when building projects are coming to a conclusion, that that is a typical way that things happen and that is quite a big cultural difference.’The safety of the athletes has to be our primary concern. But equally, we cannot just respond to that alone, we have to evaluate the whole thing together and that is what we are doing.’Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh said that the first party of 41 athletes and staff in boxing, rugby sevens and wrestling will now not be travelling tomorrow as planned.”By delaying the arrival of our athletes by a few days, we hope to give the Delhi 2010 Organising Committee the necessary time to address the concerns that have been raised by both the Commonwealth Games Federation and the countries which arrived early,” Cavanagh said.”We have discussed this with the sports involved and are in agreement that this is the best course of action under the circumstances. Whilst this is an untimely alteration to their plans, it will ultimately cause less disruption to their final training and preparation than if they were to arrive in the Games Village which is not yet fit for purpose and fully functional.”Scotland is hugely committed to the Commonwealth Games. Our team on the ground will continue to monitor the situation, however we will not compromise on areas of athlete health, safety and security. We need urgent action from the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Delhi Organising Committee to address these crucial issues,” he said.Wales are also considering their options after giving the Games organising committee a deadline of Wednesday evening to confirm if all venues and the Village are fit for purpose.A Team Wales statement read, “The health and safety of our team has always been our top priority – which is why we’ve been so desperate to resolve the issues in the Games Village.With yesterday’s news of the bridge collapse and now the roof of the weightlifting venue, we have to take a step back and examine how safe it is to bring athletes into this environment.”We have given the Organising Committee a deadline of this evening to confirm if all venues and the Games Village are fit for purpose. On the basis of that announcement, we will be contacting athletes via our team managers and advise them of the latest position and will issue a further update.”Interestingly, despite the scathing criticism from the CGF chief, the Organising Committee said that the matter was not something for which it should be ashamed of.advertisement”It (cleanliness of Games Village) is not such a big issue which we should be ashamed of. This will not affect the Games. For us and for you it is clean. But they (the foreign countries) have a different standard of cleanliness.”It is a matter of difference in perception,” Secretary General of the OC, Lalit Bhanot had said.The build-up to the Games, starting on October 3, have been marred by a series of controversies, including corruption allegations against the organisers, threats of terror attack and dengue fever.The opposition, BJP, meanwhile, asked Prime Minster Manmohan Singh to take a “personal interest” in hosting the Commonwealth Games as the OC , Central and Delhi governments had adopted a “casual and careless approach”.”The Group of Ministers (GOM on CWG), the Government of India and the Delhi government cannot escape from their failures and accountability. The Prime Minister should himself step-in and assure the nation that everything will be done timely and every care will be taken,” senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said.The Congress said all lacunae will be plugged and that the country will hold a successful Games.”We are deeply concerned. If there is culpability and allegations, it will be looked into. But now, we have to show to the world that India can hold a successful Commonwealth Games. All lacunae will be plugged,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.last_img read more

South Korea has big gold medal day at Asian Games

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first_imgAn established Olympic swimming superstar and a seven-month pregnant shooter helped South Korea to one of its best days at the Asian Games on Sunday.Park Tae-hwan, the 400-meter freestyle gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, won the 200 freestyle in the Asian Games pool, leading throughout to break his own Asian record.Hours earlier, Gim Yun-mi, who is expecting a child in two months, helped out as South Korea swept all four shooting gold medals to give it nine on the day overall.The games also had a first world record – China’s Li Ping won the women’s 53-kilogram weightlifting division. She broke an eight-year-old world mark in the snatch when she lifted 103 kilograms, then lifted 127 in the clean and jerk to earn another world record for the combined total at 230 kilograms.China collected 18 golds Sunday and moved to a leading 37 on the second day of competition at the Games, which end Nov. 27. South Korea has 13 gold medals overall. Japan is in third place with eight golds and Hong Kong is next with two gold.China topped the medal count at the last Asian Games in Doha with 166 gold medals and is on its way to repeating that. There are 476 gold medals to be awarded in Guangzhou.South Korean shooter Lee Dae-myung won the men’s 10-meter air pistol and helped secure a victory in the team competition on the second morning. Later, Gim won the women’s 10-meter air pistol and helped South Korea win the women’s team gold.”I got the gold medal with my baby, I feel so happy,” Gim said through an interpreter.advertisementJia Rui helped deliver Macau’s first-ever gold medal at the Asian Games by winning the Daoshu/Gunshu all-round title in the Chinese martial arts of Wushu.Macau had won five silver and 10 bronze medals in previous Asian Games, but the 23-year-old individual world champion clinched Sunday’s gold with an acrobatic routine involving flips and fast sword movement.”In Macau, wushu is a hobby for many people, and this will be a big step for the sport in my country,” he said.India, meanwhile, won its first gold of the games when Pankaj Advani beat Nay Thway Oo of Malaysia 3-2 in men’s English billiards.Japanese triathletes finished first and second in the men’s race just 24 hours after two of their female compatriots took the major medals in the women’s event.On Sunday, Yuichi Hosoda and Ryosuke Yamamoto finished one-two to make Japan the undisputed triathlon champions of the Asian Games. On Saturday, Mariko Adachi and Akane Tsuchihashi of Japan won gold and silver, respectively, in the women’s race.At the Asian Games pool, Park broke the Chinese domination that has seen the host country win nine golds in 12 finals over two nights.Japanese star Kosuke Kitajima failed to win his 50-meter breaststroke heat in the morning and struggled again in the final, finishing 0.35 seconds behind winner, China’s Xie Zhi, to end up in a dead heat for fourth with Iran’s Mohammad Alirezaei Dizicheh. Kitajima’s teammate Ryo Tateishi was second.The 50 distance is not the 28-year-old Japanese star swimmer’s best event – he swept the 100 and 200 Olympic titles in Athens and Beijing. Still, failing to land a medal at all is a worrying sign heading into his signature events in Guangzhou.Kitajima said the competition was simply too strong.”Even though it’s my best result of this year, I did not get a medal,” he said. “I’ll try my best in the 100-meter breaststroke later.”last_img read more

‘Sports should play its part in cementing ties between nations instead of breaking them’

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first_imgBack to Basics”After offering various new bases like side-tables, showcases and car dashboards, people have finally realised that Lord Ganesh looks best on his mouse next to Goddess Lakshmi.” -RAJNEESH BATRA, Delhi Blasting Myths With pseudo-secularists inflicting more damage on Hinduism than the Mughals and the British, probably the best,Back to Basics”After offering various new bases like side-tables, showcases and car dashboards, people have finally realised that Lord Ganesh looks best on his mouse next to Goddess Lakshmi.” -RAJNEESH BATRA, Delhi Blasting MythsWith pseudo-secularists inflicting more damage on Hinduism than the Mughals and the British, probably the best thing that could happen to modern India is a revival of Hinduism (“The Changing Mood”, November 4). It has to be nurtured carefully and the best people for the job are the young. After all, they are the ones who brought about the Diwali change. Let us hope it is a harbinger of greater and better things. -RANBIR MAHAPATRA, CuttackThe new way of celebrating Diwali is welcome. In fact, the buzzword of togetherness cannot be stressed enough. It should percolate to all the sections of society and replace hatred with love, peace, prosperity and happiness to all. -A. JACOB SAHAYAM, on e-mailShooting from the LipPravinbhai Togadia’s remarks may have been in bad taste but hasn’t the overreaction of the Congress loyalists to his utterances against Sonia Gandhi only confirmed the belief that puppies are the most faithful creatures (“Fountain of Hate”, November 4)? -DR VINOY KUMAR SINHA, RanchiIs it only the congress and other Opposition leaders who have the right to use vituperative remarks against the Sangh Parivar – Rajiv Gandhi called them “Indian dogs”, Madhavrao Scindia branded the BJP babus as “traitors” and Sonia Gandhi called A.B. Vajpayee a “gaddar”? Why were the critics quiet when a foreign author maligned former prime minister Indira Gandhi, leaving it to Maneka Gandhi to clear the debris? -M.S. KILPADY, Mumbai Voice FailWhy is the media making a mountain out of a molehill (“Deep Throat and Other Stories”, November 4)? The prime minister is as susceptible as the rest of us to viral fever and cold – after all, these are attacks which the SPG commandos are unequipped to combat. -MADHU AGRAWAL, on e-mailWhile it is true that one of the factors in bringing the BJP to power was A.B. Vajpayee’s oratorial skills, let us leave his throat alone. Our prime minister is human too. -SANDHYA JOSHI, on e-mailSage AdviceThe kind of rhetoric indulged in by Narendra Modi would have had few takers among Hindus only a few years ago (“In Top Gear”, November 4). But Modi-and others of his ilk-have correctly deduced that 50 years of abuse by Nehruvian secularists and communists have made Hindus resentful. Plagued by a dangerous persecution complex, they are no longer prepared to be lectured to. -V. GANESH, ThiruvananthapuramSpirited PlaySports should play its part in cementing ties between nations instead of breaking them (“Blackballed”, November 4). The cricket boards of Australia, England and Holland should ensure that the game’s spirit scores over politics. Citing security as a concern is inexcusable- how the three teams from the subcontinent played in a packed Colombo stadium in the 1997 World Cup when Australia and West Indies refused for the same reason is now legendary. -ABHINAV ANAND, VaranasiIt Adds Upadvertisement”Instead of helping children succumb to silly dreams, they should be made aware of the need and worth – or lack of it – of coveted things in life.” -ARVIND DAVE, on e-mail Coalition governments formed with some clever arithmetic may rule but they fail to govern (“Holding for Now”, November 4). Now with even the Uttar Pradesh Government in turmoil, it is not difficult to see why the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not optimistic about a coalition government being formed through backdoor deliberations in the state. -WING COMMANDER (RETD) K.K. CHAUDHRY, Delhi BJP MLA and minister in the Uttar Pradesh Government Ameeta Singh was incorrectly referred to as Ameeta Modi in the story on the Mayawati Government. The error is regretted. -EditorArm’s ReachWith North Korea dropping a bombshell by admitting its nuclear weapons programme to Uncle Sam, the chinks in the armour of the recently bolstered US-Pakistan relations are beginning to show (“Unholy Nexus”, November 4). North Korea has set a bad precedent of impudently violating the nuclear non-proliferation treaty it signed with the US. It will not be pessimistic to believe that cash-strapped but technologically advanced nations will now rubbish away non-proliferation accords and indulge in clandestine barter deals with economically powerful nations that want to acquire nuclear know-how. -NALINI VIJAYARAGHAVAN, ThiruvananthapuramRates and RantsThe need of the hour is a drastic slash in the high interest rates, which is affecting the manufacturing sector (“Burden of Plenty”, November 4). The recent slashing of bank rate and CRR by 0.25 per cent by RBI is only a drop in the ocean. Bold steps are required and the interest rate should be immediately cut by at least another 2 per cent to save our economy. -S.N. VARADARAJAN, Coimbatore Faux PowerAll international sports competitions, including athletics, are really a test of a player’s physical fitness, endurance, agility and training (“Behind the Vial”, October 28). Why have those disciplines at all when certain drugs enhance performance? -T.S. CHAWLA, Mohali It is true that success has many fathers but failure has none. Sunita Rani will face humiliation and disgrace for the rest of her life but not one question is directed at the officials who are busy celebrating India’s success at Busan.-SUBHENDRA K. BEHERA, NasikFor Fear or FavourOne fails to understand how even the UN can remain unmoved by the plight of the Iraqis (“Readying for War”, October 28). If no nation dares to speak up for the dignity and human rights being denied to the Iraqis, the day is not far when some other nation may have to bear the brunt of America’s dictatorial attitude. Pastor Niemoeller warned rightly: “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew, then they came for the communists and I did not speak out because I was not a communist, then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist; then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.” -VIVEK KHANNA, ChandigarhRock, Stock and GravelWho are the experts who conclude that NASA’s digital image of the Palk Strait shows that Adam’s Bridge is 1.75 million years old (“Ram’s Bridge to Eternity”, October 28)? The curves are easily explained by anti-clockwise Coriolus forces that erode the coasts of Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar to deposit silt on Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu coasts and the western Indian coast from Kerala to Gujarat to deposit it on the Arabian and African coasts.-DR A.J. GEORGE KODUMUTTI NADAR, SalemWays to MeansThe government must realise that contract jobs are the order of the day (“Where Have All the Jobs Gone?”, October 28). They encourage efficiency, leaving red tape to rest. Entrepreneurship should be encouraged and business studies taught in secondary schools so that not everyone runs after jobs but some even create them. Only then a ground would be created for generation of employment opportunities. -APARAJITA DASGUPTA, KolkataadvertisementTech Tonic People love to experiment but not necessarily for physical intimacy. -DR NILIMA D. DHARKER, MumbaiSMS is not a gadget to deal with mid-life crisis, only a cheap mode of instant communication. -SHEHLA RAZA HASAN, KolkataGrain of TruthYour story accuses Star News of misrepresentation of facts about starvation deaths in Orissa (“Starved of Veracity”, November 4). Since we were the first channel to report on the alleged starvation deaths of two children in Kuladera village, there was no question of ignoring the denials the children’s parents made on other channels. The parents, however, told me that they were threatened and pressurised by some local leaders and officials into saying their children died due to snakebite, not hunger. Your story also says Mongulu Juango, who we reported was driven out of his village Kuladera, lives in Sumatha. A BPL card was issued to him in Kuladera, where he has a house. While editorially you may have differences with our reporting, the “facts” in this case are clear. -SAMPAD MAHAPATRA, NDTV, BhubaneswarThe article mentions me by name and shows me in poor light as a small-town, part-time journalist who, like many others in Rayagada and Koraput districts, does “sensational stories” on starvation only to serve his own petty interests. I do not need a certificate from your reporter or the state government or any other agency about my commitment to truthful journalistic inquiry. -RANJAN KUMAR RATH, RayagadaSpecial Correspondent Ruben Banerjee replies: INDIA TODAY has a video CD in which Mongulu Juango recounts how he was taken in a jeep from Sumatha to Kuladera for Mahapatra’s filming. In another CD, other bereaved tribals talk of enticements offered for attributing deaths to starvation. As for Juango’s home, we have correctly contradicted the Star News report. Juango lives in Sumatha where he has a house and land, of which we have documentary proof. He also draws rice on his relief card (GRY No. 204059) from Sumatha. Kuladera is the home of his wife. Besides, the local anganwadi worker has recorded that Juango’s son died at Sumatha on August 10 this year. As for Rath’s protests, the National Human Rights Commission has unequivocally debunked his reports on starvation deaths.advertisementlast_img read more

Roger Federer to take a trip down memory lane, face Alejandro Falla at London Olympics opener

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first_imgRoger Federer will begin his Olympic campaign against Alejandro Falla, the Colombian who almost humiliated the great Swiss at Wimbledon in 2010.Federer, who won a seventh Wimbledon title earlier this month, had to come back from two sets to love down at the All England Club to beat Falla in the first round two years ago with the Colombian losing his nerve on Centre Court when he served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set.Top-seeded Federer, who is appearing at his fourth Olympics, has been placed in the same half of the draw as fourth seed David Ferrer, who will play Vasek Pospisil of Canada.”Federer is the favourite whenever he plays here,” said Falla.”I know him well and he knows me well, too. I’m going to have to play my best if I am going to have a chance to win this match but he’s Roger and he’s just won Wimbledon for the seventh year here.”Second seed Novak Djokovic, the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, will challenge Fabio Fognini of Italy in the first round.Djokovic is in the same half of the draw as third-seeded Briton Andy Murray, who faces Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will meet Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, the recent Gstaad Open winner.Missing from the men’s draw is defending champion Rafael Nadal who pulled out of the tournament through injury.In the women’s singles, the Williams sisters both face tricky opponents in the first round.Wimbledon champion Serena, seeded four, plays Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic while Venus tackles Italy’s ninth seed Sara Errani, the French Open runner-up.advertisementSerena and Venus are two-time doubles gold medallists, while Venus also won the singles gold medal in Sydney in 2000.Top seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is up against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, second-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska faces Germany’s Julia Goerges.Third seeded Russian, Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, plays Shahar Peer of Israel.There is a 64-draw for the men’s and women’s singles, with 16 players seeded in each event, and a 32-draw for the men’s and women’s doubles, with eight teams seeded in each event.Mixed doubles, which is making a return to the Olympics as a medal sport for the first time since the Paris Games of 1924, will have a 16-draw, with four teams seeded.The draw for the mixed doubles is being held mid-way through the tennis event on July 31.last_img read more

Stung by Criticism: Karuna reverts to White

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first_imgHis resolve could not last even for a week and the old warhorse of Dravidian politics has reverted to his traditional white attire. In what was seen as his return to rationalist roots, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi decided to opt for the ‘black shirt’ as a mark of protest. But in the facing of stinging criticism and lampooning in the media and cyber space, the octogenarian made a hasty retreat.”Henceforth, I would wear only black shirt,” he declared on October 4, a day ahead of the proposed statewide campaign against the misrule of the AIADMK government. This, he said, was a mark of protest.With the police denying permission for rallies and demonstrations, he issued a diktat to the cadres to sport black shirts and distribute handbills, listing the omissions and commissions of the Jayalalithaa regime. This resulted in a scramble for black shirts all over the state.Party supporters had dreamt of their leader returning to his apprenticeship under E.V. Ramasamy alias Periyar, who led the non-brahmin movement with an army of ‘black shirt volunteers’. For, to rationalise his decision, the old man of Gopalapuram even recalled that he was among the first to enroll and don a black shirt when Periyar launched the force way back in 1945.But, with this decision the DMK president turned out to be the butt of ridicule on social networking sites and Tamil media. Insinuations that he was acting as per astrological advice aimed at weakening his bte noire were hurled at him. Poor Karunanidhi had no takers to believe his script but for his followers!One newspaper even claimed that wearing black shirt was his attempt to ward off adverse effects of Saturn, which was reigning in the sixth house from his zodiac sign, ‘Rishaba’.Whining at the ‘level of journalism’ which trumpeted such theories, he questioned the media’s silence when Jayalalithaa observed ‘Raghu Kalam’ and ‘Yama Kandam’ even for unfurling the national tricolor on Independence Day.However, wilting under pressure, the patriarch has quietly reverted to his white robes.advertisementlast_img read more