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On January 6, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings unveiled his campaign to conquer the world. At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the on-demand Internet streaming media provider added 130 countries to the list of 60 where its services are already available. “Today, you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings.There were no cheers from China, which has been left out of the Netflix plan (along with North Korea, Syria and Crimea). There was some dismay in India, where Netflix is initially offering only around 7% of its U.S. library and limited local content. China and India are potentially two of the largest markets for Netflix. India’s mobile subscriber base crossed one billion in October, making it the second country after China to reach that landmark. The younger generation is comfortable watching movies and TV shows on smartphones. India is expected to record 500 million Internet users by the end of 2016, 60% of them accessing the web on mobile phones. China is the clear leader here with 668 million Internet users.So is Netflix wrong in treating India on a par with Anguilla and Aruba? Kartik Hosanagar, Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, says there is something to be said for a slow-and-steady approach in a market like India. “Netflix probably acknowledges that the Indian market has to be built up slowly rather than in a big-bang fashion,” he notes.“We have launched in new countries by region or individually in the past,” says U.S.-based Anne Marie Squeo, director of corporate communications at Netflix. “We’ve learned a lot from those launches and will learn a lot from this one as well. Given the consumer demand for great content delivered over the Internet, we wanted to start meeting that need now rather than waiting.”Not a Game-changerHosanagar doesn’t think Netflix will be a game-changer in India anytime soon. “In the short term, it won’t disrupt the market,” he says. “Netflix has to solve a number of issues tied to infrastructure. That said, the long-term indicators are that it will have a huge impact on the market. YouTube is already big in India, albeit for short-form content. Netflix will need to adapt. A technology solution made for the U.S. won’t work in India. But once it is adapted, I think it can have a great impact on content production and consumption patterns.”“I think India is a large and important market for most content and distribution platforms, including Netflix,” adds Jehil Thakkar, head of media practice at KPMG India. “Given the nuances of the market, a softer launch will help in terms of learning lessons, evolving practices, building relationships and understanding consumer behavior before a larger and higher profile rollout is made. China continues to be a controlled Internet and content market that does not allow free competition or entry in the media space and this, in fact, heightens India’s importance in the media and entertainment space for the long term…. [Today] Netflix is not necessarily a strong brand in India. Its entry will not have a significant effect — at least in the short term.”“It is too early to even think of disruption,” says Smita Jha, leader-entertainment & media practice, PwC India. “The Indian consumer base is very diverse.” But, she notes, “the launch of Netflix in India has opened up the debate on OTT [over-the-top content, which refers to audio, video or other media delivered over the Internet without users needing a cable or satellite subscription] in a more serious manner in India. Prior launches by some local players did not create such an impact.” Gurpreet Singh Bhasin, co-founder and COO at One Digital Entertainment, expects that Netflix’s entry will “ensure that domestic players and media giants get more serious about the business and invest for a long-term play.” However, Rajiv Vaidya, CEO of local player Spuul says: “We don’t think Netflix will disrupt the space; it is still a U.S. product, which doesn’t take into account the complexities of India.”The likes of Spuul, BigFlix and Hooq were expecting Netflix to enter the market later this year, says Gaurav Gandhi, COO of the newly-formed Viacom18 Digital Ventures, another Netflix competitor. “Naturally, everyone is evaluating the entry strategy.”A Costly PropositionAccording to Gandhi and other experts, some key factors need to be considered when examining Netflix’s strategy for India:Price: The U.S. cable TV average revenue per user (ARPU) is around $80-$100 while Netflix’s subscription rates are $8-$10. But the Indian cable TV market has one of the lowest ARPUs in the world at $4-$5. At current pricing, Netflix’s basic subscription plan is virtually double.Data costs: Telecom data costs are very high. In fact, some telecom firms are mulling a model in which voice calls are free. Data is used to balance the books. Prices for voice calls are very low: Tata Docomo, for instance, has unlimited voice plans (free calls during the period of the scheme) which start at less than $3.The delivery mechanism: “Globally, Netflix consumption is higher via fixed broadband lines [and larger screen viewing at home]. In India, it is primarily on the mobile. In fact, the entire digital boom is mobile-driven,” says Gandhi. This means even higher data costs.Content: “Netflix will need to grapple with its strategy — whether to be a mass or niche player,” says Jha. “If it is the former, the challenge will be to include [a large amount of] local content so as to effectively compete with the Indian TV broadcast and film fraternity; if the strategy is to go mass, pricing plans may also need to be reviewed as they are currently higher when compared to the average television subscription or film ticket.” Currently, Netflix is offering three plans for India. The basic plan allows users to watch on one screen and costs Rs. 500 ($7.40 at the current exchange rate of $1 = Rs. 67.59) per month. The standard plan (two screens at the same time) is Rs. 650 and the premium plan (four screens) is Rs. 800.U.S. companies in this space have earlier found they cannot take Western pricing models and extrapolate them to India. Facebook’s second-largest market is India with 125 million users. Out of them, 114 million are mobile users. In the year ended March 31, 2015, the social media giant saw its India revenues jump 27% to $18.26 million and net income rose 33% to $2.4 million. However, revenue per user was 15 cents compared to $10 in the U.S.If Netflix decides to cut rates, some local rivals may meet it head on. Viacom18 can pick up the gauntlet if it needs a deep-pocket response; the company is owned by the wealthiest Indian, Mukesh Ambani. Hotstar is part of Rupert Murdoch’s far-flung empire. Besides, Hotstar is free. It offers a mix of cricket and local content.Cricket and Cinema“India loves cricket and cinema,” says S. Sadagopan, founder-director of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. “Netflix has the potential to disrupt, provided it is able to source Indian content, price it right and manage the speed of delivery. A small number would love the Netflix U.S. content, but the real disruption will need ‘Made in India, Made for India’ content.”“We are producing local TV shows in Italy, Brazil, the U.K. and a number of other countries, and expect that list to grow globally along with our service,” says Squeo, the Netflix spokesperson. “In 2016, we plan to spend about $5 billion on programming rights, including many titles that will be exclusive to Netflix around the world. However, content licensing has traditionally been very fragmented and regionalized. It will take some time, several years at least, to get to an offering that is the same everywhere.”Content matters, experts note. It dictates strategy, pricing and positioning. Local content will have a market in rural areas. But affordability remains an issue and will require out-of-the-box thinking.In addition, there are other basic hurdles to cope with. One major issue is bandwidth. “The biggest challenge is bandwidth availability,” says Sadagopan. “Hopefully … enough bandwidth will be available soon.” Adds Mohit Jain, research analyst-technology at securities firm Anand Rathi: “Expensive and inconsistent Internet speeds are the biggest challenge for Netflix in India.”“I suspect the low-key entry reflects the fact that India’s broadband penetration is low,” says Hosanagar. “Even where a household has broadband, speeds are not true broadband. Netflix will need to make the same kinds of investments in infrastructure in India as it has made in the West. This will include investing in content delivery networks so that its content is stored as close to the end-user as possible. It will need to invest in some additional infrastructure in India to adapt to the mobile. It will need to partner heavily with telecom operators in India. With all of that, Netflix will have a fair shot.” Reliance Jio will be launching 4G services in the country soon (it is in beta now). So, the Netflix launch may be anticipating that.Squeo of Netflix has an answer to the infrastructure issue. “Netflix automatically adapts the data rate of the video stream to meet the bandwidth available to the member at any point in time,” she says. “Our adaptive streaming engine allows us to automatically adjust the bit-rate of the video stream based on a member’s bandwidth so we can eliminate buffering. We do this by encoding video content for a multitude of devices and formats so we can deliver the one that will provide the best viewing experience.”There could be other hiccups. Censorship, for one. “The latest James Bond installment has had its license to thrill revoked after [Indian] certification board orders scenes with kissing to be cut by 50%,” said a recent report in U.K. newspaper The Guardian. House of Cards and other programs available on Netflix may face backlash due to the use of four-letter words and other racier content. Then there is piracy; in India, sharing and downloading of copyrighted material is rampant. And credit card frauds have spread to the extent that people are wary of giving information online. Netflix requires card details for even the one-month free trial period, which may prevent many from trying the service.Is the hurried globalization plan a result of subscriber saturation in its existing markets and shareholder unease as a consequence? Baird Equity Research downgraded Netflix’s stock from “buy” to “neutral” on January 4. “The push toward increased original programming and content costs generally could pressure profitability and cash flow more than expected,” wrote Baird in a note. “…The international markets have lower broadband penetration rates, lower credit usage and lower TV ARPU, all of which could hamper Netflix’s growth in those markets.”Zacks Investment Research put the Nasdaq-listed stock on its “sell” list. Netflix shares dropped some 7% after the downgrades. However, Netfilx’s stock price doubled in 2015 and the fall may be the result of overly high valuations and investors booking profits.“It appears Netflix has not done enough homework — the way it is priced initially and the content available at launch time is anything but rich,” says Sadagopan. But Netflix changed the rules of the game and adapted along with its customer base in the U.S. and elsewhere. It is capable of doing so again. Related Items
Americans associate misinformation with Facebook and the ways it shaped debate around the 2016 presidential election. But in other countries, falsities are just as likely to spread on private messaging services – sometimes with deadly consequences.At least two dozen people have been killed in mob lynchings in India since the start of the year, their deaths fueled by rumors that spread on WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service.In Brazil, messages on WhatsApp falsely claimed a government-mandated yellow-fever vaccine was dangerous, leading people to avoid it. And as Mexico was heading into its presidential election this month, experts there called WhatsApp the ugly underbelly of the country’s news environment, a place where politically misleading stories, memes and messages can spread unchecked.On WhatsApp, with 1.5 billion users, information can go viral in minutes as individuals forward messages along to their friends or groups, without any way to determine its origin.Messaging platforms have hosted disinformation campaigns in at least 10 countries this year, according to a report by the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University. WhatsApp was the main platform for disinformation in seven of those nations, including Brazil, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Mexico. Other messaging apps that have hosted disinformation include Telegram in Iran, WeChat in China and Line in Thailand.“In the U.S., the disinformation debate is about the Facebook news feed, but globally, it’s all about closed messaging apps,” said Claire Wardle, executive director of First Draft, a nonprofit news literacy and fact-checking organization affiliated with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.The closed nature of messaging services complicates the already difficult task of fighting rumors and stamping out lies. Unlike the largely open forums of Facebook and Twitter, WhatsApp hosts private chats among groups of friends. It is encrypted, or mathematically scrambled, so that no one – not even the service’s employees – can read the content of messages that were not intended for them.“In many countries, messaging services are the main platform to get online,” said Samantha Bradshaw, co-author of the report from the Computational Propaganda Project. “The closed platforms can be more dangerous because the information is spreading in these intimate groups of friends and family – people we tend to trust.”A group of friends picnicking in southern India this month stopped their car to offer some local children chocolate. It proved to be a deadly mistake – rumors quickly spread on WhatsApp that they were child kidnappers.A virulent mob gathered in response to the messages. In the end, one of the picnickers, a software engineer named Mohammed Azam Ahmed, 32, lay dead.“They kept pleading, but nobody listened to them,” said the victim’s brother, Mohammed Akram. “My brother was killed by fake news.”Now WhatsApp, under pressure from political leaders and spurred by new leadership, is taking steps to root out misinformation. Executives held urgent meetings with political leaders in India last week, and the service is building new technology to promote news literacy. On Thursday, the company announced a major change, limiting the ability to forward messages – a feature that has been blamed for enabling disinformation to go viral.WhatsApp’s new boss – Chris Daniels, a veteran executive from WhatsApp’s parent company, Facebook – has vowed to prioritize safety. Daniels is playing catch-up with Facebook, which since the 2016 U.S. election has poured immense resources into combating viral fake news and other malicious content promoted by profiteers, ideologues and Russian operatives – an effort with mixed results. The fix at WhatsApp is even harder because the chat app was designed to be a black hole.The app’s encryption makes it impossible for WhatsApp’s security staff to read messages unless a user specifically reports them as problematic. And because WhatsApp lets people sign up just with a phone number – unlike Facebook, WhatApp does not require users to have an email address or reveal their real name – engineers have limited visibility into users’ friends or into what they’ve posted in the past, cutting them off from key clues to malicious behavior. WhatsApp says the average group size is six, but it allows groups of up to 256.Conversations on these platforms are less visible to outsiders, journalists and fact-checkers who often debunk misinformation. In Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, news and fact-checking organizations have recently set up WhatsApp hotlines where people can forward along questionable content to be debunked. The organizations then return the correct story to the person who sent it and hope that person shares it with their groups.For months leading up to the Mexican election, an edited video with accompanying text began circulating on WhatsApp. The grainy footage showed a man being burned alive in the state of Tabasco, while a crowd shouted “Morena” – the political movement of the front-runner, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who won the election – in the background, implying that the man was being tortured for his political beliefs. Accompanying text blamed Obrador supporters, using a derogatory term for leftists. Many people forwarded it to the Mexican fact-checking hotline, asking whether it was real.Journalists and fact-checkers who reviewed the video said that the man was attacked because he was stealing a motorcycle, not for his political beliefs, and that the full unedited version showed the crowd shouting the names of different political candidates. The fact-checking group published an article with the facts as they understood them – citing local news reports – and sent it back to all the people who forwarded the original falsehood, asking them to spread it in their own groups. They said they recognized the limitations of the strategy.In Brazil, a nationwide strike by truck drivers in May was organized on WhatsApp, said Daniel Bramatti, head of Abraji, Brazil’s association of investigative journalism, and an organizer of a WhatsApp hotline to vet news that may be fake. False stories have spread about political candidates and about the dangers of many vaccines, he said – the yellow-fever story reached so many people that the federal government issued an official warning debunking it. Since the hotline was created, 17,000 messages have been forwarded to the group, Bramatti said.WhatsApp is giving software tools to Brazilian news organizations that will allow them to send a link to a fact-checked story to large numbers of users at once – allowing them to debunk fake news en masse – ahead of the country’s presidential election in October.Brazil, which has about 160 million WhatsApp users, has shut down WhatsApp three times, most recently in 2016, over a fight between the site and the government, which wanted data about malicious actors and criminals.But the dark side of misinformation on messaging services is most apparent in India, where more than 225 million people in India use it, according to the Indian government, a total quickly gaining on the estimated 240 million who use Facebook.There, the combination of an inexperienced and digitally illiterate user base, coupled with WhatsApp’s encryption, has proved to be toxic, leading to fear, misunderstanding and, in some cases, violence.Beyond the July 13 incident that claimed the life of Ahmed, two dozen others have died in recent weeks from lynch mobs sparked by rumors that spread on WhatsApp of child-kidnapping rings or organ-harvesting gangs, authorities say.The violence has prompted an angry warning from the Indian government. Last week the government called on WhatsApp to do more to address accountability and “traceability” in the app to stem the tide of fake news – or face legal action.Many police departments and municipalities have created their own grass-roots response to the crisis, including public education campaigns with street theater, or “town criers” going from village to village with loudspeakers on tops of fans, warning citizens not to believe fake news.But some Internet experts say that the Indian government has been slow to respond to the growing problem, in part because their political parties are hardcore users of the platform and often use it to send out false or misleading information themselves.In a recent regional election in India that was seen as a prelude to the country’s 2019 national election, WhatsApp researchers found that one political party – which they did not name – used the platform inappropriately, with party loyalists setting up thousands of WhatsApp groups and in some cases successfully spamming users with near-constant political messages.The misuse of WhatsApp mirrors the way in which other tech tools have been weaponized in recent years, in particular around misinformation. The company’s roots are about getting as little information about users as possible, and WhatsApp’s founders, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, were libertarians who believed deeply in privacy.After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014, its largest acquisition ever, the messaging company operated separately from its parent and was divorced from Facebook’s efforts to combat misinformation, such as hiring thousands of moderators and building artificial-intelligence software to spot malicious posts. Researchers said that independence allowed problems to fester, undermining Facebook’s corporate mission to promote democracy around the world.“Our focus has always been on helping people stay safe and maintaining private communication on WhatsApp,” said WhatsApp spokesman Carl Woog. “We recognize the severe consequences that can come from viral misinformation, and we’re working with others to address this challenge.”Acton and Koum fought frequently with Facebook over user privacy, access to data and how to make WhatsApp turn a profit, according to two people familiar with the debates. Acton left late last year. Koum announced his resignation this year after a Washington Post report revealed he planned to leave over broad clashes with Facebook.“They were fierce when it came to data privacy, and they were fiercely independent,” said Kevin Lee, who was a global manager for spam operations at Facebook through 2016.WhatsApp does not see itself as a social-media service, because content is not posted publicly and algorithms do not spread information virally. But even without algorithms, WhatsApp’s ability to forward messages has turned it into a hybrid. Its leadership was previously opposed to any efforts to intervene in users’ ability to send messages.The shutdown in Brazil and growing commercial spam problems led to a crisis within WhatsApp, and Facebook began to clamp down, according to the two people familiar with the matter. Facebook sent engineers and pushed WhatsApp to hire policy experts for the first time, doubling the company’s size and moving WhatsApp’s headquarters to Menlo Park, California, where Facebook is based.Last week the company started training Indian nonprofit organizations on how to spot fake news and “to think before you share,” Woog said. WhatsApp also ran full-page newspaper ads in India that included 10 tips on how to recognize false information, including “check information that seems unbelievable” and “use other sources.”The company is hiring engineers to specifically focus on disinformation in elections, and it is building in new technology that will indicate whether a message has been forwarded, an indicator that the person who sent the message did not actually write the story or produce the content in question.On his first week as CEO in May, Daniels, who declined to be interviewed, assembled WhatsApp’s 300 employees for a town hall. The commitment to privacy would not change, he told them, but from now on the focus of the service would also include safety – preventing misinformation and the harm it can cause, according to an executive who attended the meeting.Annie Gowen reported from New Delhi. Farheen Fatima in India contributed to this report.© Washington Post Related Items
The Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, on Thursday confirmed that avian botulism — a neuro-muscular illness caused by a toxin that is produced by a bacterial strain — was the cause of the recent mass mortality of birds, at Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan. More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists.Laboratory tests conducted on samples of carcasses collected from the lake confirmed the nature of the disease that had afflicted the birds, backing what veterinarians in the State had said was the most likely cause. The illness, caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, affects the nervous system of birds leading to flaccid paralysis in their legs and wings, and in the neck touching the ground.More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists and ornithologists. The scientists at IVRI found the samples infested with maggots of third stage with a clear indication that the avian mortality had occurred over a period of time.Animal Husbandry Minister Lal Chand Kataria said the IVRI report had approved the regimen of treatment adopted for birds recovered from the lake’s shores. “The rescue centres established near the lake have treated 735 birds, of which 368 are alive and 36 have been released to their natural habitat,” he said.Located 80 km south-west of Jaipur, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland saline water body and has been designated as a wetland of international importance as it attracts thousands of migratory birds during winter.A Bhopal-based laboratory had earlier ruled out avian flu as the cause of death of the birds after examining the viscera. The post-mortem of two bird carcasses by a Bikaner-based research organisation had concluded that bacterium Clostridium botulinum had entered from the soil into the meat of some dead birds.The toxin produced by the bacterial strain infected the non-vegetarian birds feeding on maggot-infested carcasses, according to the experts at the College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Bikaner. Those species which did not feed on carcasses, such as flamingos, were not affected and only the cadaver-eating birds had died.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has sought the Centre’s assistance for controlling the disease and saving the birds. “The expertise rests with the Centre… we have limited resources. We expect the Union Environment and Forest Secretary to visit the lake and order an extensive scientific research to prevent the birds’ mortality in future,” he said.The species affected by the illness included shelduck, plover, common coot, black winged stilt, northern shoveler, pied avocet, mallard and crake.
SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rolex and the Championships, Wimbledon – partners in innovation UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor’s crossover from mixed martial arts to boxing has certainly caught a lot of attention—including that of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.The legendary swimmer recently took to Twitter and asked his 2.2 million followers if he should invite the Irish superstar to meet him at his domain.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’ PLAY LIST 02:28Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’01:12MMDA assures public: No escorts for Panelo’s commute challenge01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “All of this talk… Should we race as well??” Phelps wrote perhaps in jest, after he tagged McGregor’s Twitter account and shared an edited photo of the brash fighter wearing a swimming cap.All of this talk… Should we race as well?? @TheNotoriousMMA pic.twitter.com/l3JoMgb1qTFEATURED 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— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 29, 2017 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The 23-time gold medalist, of course, is no stranger to novelty sporting events, having recently participated in Discovery’s Shark Week special, where he lost to a Great White Shark.Phelps’ challenge would most likely not materialize, but it did get some netizens buzzing, as his post has been retweeted over 48,000 times as of this writing.Phelps retired from professional competition for the second and, perhaps, the last time in 2016, while McGregor is expected to return to the UFC in the coming months. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ
MOST READ The 26-year-old Rosario attended practice on Tuesday at Meralco Gym, his first on court appearance after suffering a bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday, but could only watch his teammates during the scrimmage.His potential absence is an additional blow to the Gilas frontline, which already lost Raymond Almazan and Calvin Abueva after Reyes dropped them from consideration for the February window last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the situation was tough, Rosario understood the precaution and accepted his fate given his health status.“The team knows my situation so I’m just practicing, doing shooting. I still can’t participate in scrimmages because anytime that I feel dizzy, it might be dangerous,” he said. “The neurologists advised that I could only do light practices for three days before we can assess my situation.” LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 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 Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes isn’t willing to roll the dice as he virtually ruled Troy Rosario out for the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” Reyes said on Tuesday. “He’s cleared to do some light workouts, shooting drills, but not really full contact. We’re not keeping our hopes up high for him to be able to join the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Rosario did promise to make his presence felt by showing up to every Gilas practice, an evidence of his unwavering dedication to the program.“I’ll attend our practices everyday. [TNT] has a game tomorrow, but I’ll still go here first before I go to the game,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments
Quirino closed in on Baniqued after falling behind by over a minute, making his chase in the run course with a time of 14:18. 2 PH kids earn slots to Bayern Munich training camp Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the reigning champion’s cushion was enough to get him past the finish line by just a millisecond to claim his fourth gold in Cebu.Adrian Thomas Dionisio placed third at 38:58Meanwhile, Tara Borlain extended her dynasty in the girls’ 13-14 category, running away with the crown with a time of 41:34The 14-year-old slowly pulled away from the field, clocking 6:27 in the swim, 20:19 in the bike, before putting an exclamation with her 14:50 time in the run course.Tara Borlain stays on top of the girls! pic.twitter.com/3R3IFf5jsdADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Photo finish for the boys! pic.twitter.com/UTmXTtnQX1— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017FEATURED 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 stars LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain capped off their careers in the youth circuit and once again topped the 2017 Alaska IronKids on Saturday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.Baniqued edged Joseff Miguel Quirino in a photo finish in the boys’ 13-14 division as the two clocked an identical 38:50 to finish the swim-bike-run course.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017Nicole Marie Del Rosario was distant second at 45:21, while Marielle Estreba was at third with a 45:46 clocking.Hyonde Keum topped the boys’ 11-12 category as he finished the race in 35:28. Following him are Glendwyn Giles Mariscotes (36:22) and Matthew Justine Hermosa (36:40).Moira Frances Erediano won the girls’ 11-12 category, clocking in 34:25 to lead the field. Sophia Psalm Belican placed second (34:32) and Jeanna Mariel Cañete third (35:03).Beboy Dolen bested the boys’ 9-10 category with his time of 24:29, with John Christian Pabuaya (27:21) and Juan Alessandro Suarez (27:22) chasing him.Kira Ellis remained on top in the girls’ 9-10 category with her 28:16 clocking, outlasting second-placer Alexei Gunhuran (28:41) and third-placer Franchezka Borlain (30:04).Rafael Jopson conquered the boys’ 6-8 category with his time of 17:38, followed by Van Wincy Pagnanawon (18:02) and Ryonde Kum (19:57).Kyle Enialle Toledana paced the girls’ 6-8 category as she clocked 21:18, as she was chased by Eleora Caelle Avanzado (22:50) and Mireille Dee (25:21).Team Cebu protected the home floor as they won the Relay for 10-14 category with their time of 23:24, followed by two teams from TLTG/Omega 1 (24:26) and TLTG/ Omega 2 (25:16). View comments
MOST READ “I said it two years ago that I was coming back. Last year, some unfortunate event happened but I’m back,” James told the packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night.“I’m happy spending this time with you guys throughout my busy schedule, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to be back here in Manila this year and I’m happy I’m celebrating this time with you,” added the NBA superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers.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 openingThe 32-year-old James had the fans on the edge of their seats with his electrifying dunks when he entered at the five-minute mark of the exhibition game pitting the young guns of Gilas Pilipinas against the former and veteran national team players.LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time5.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LeBron thanks ‘patient’ Philippines for welcoming him back The three-time NBA champion drew a thunderous roar from the crowd after shaking the rim with his patented Statue of Liberty dunk wherein his arm is stretched in the air and as far back behind his head before emphatically putting it through the hoop.James was just warming up.The four-time MVP delivered another one-handed throwdown, but this time, taking off farther than the first. James fittingly closed the show with a windmill to beat the final buzzer before he was mobbed by Ravena and company, who beat Jayson Castro and the rest of the OG team, 91-72.“You guys are unbelievable and I thank you so much for being part of the LeBron James Tour 2017 and I hope you guys continue to welcome me because I would love to come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion James, who, arguably, has been the best basketball player for the past decade, gave the fans what they were waiting for as he teamed up with the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks and Baser Amer for the Youngbloods and left them wanting more. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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’ NBA superstar LeBron James soars for a dunk as PBA player Ranidel de Ocampo attempts a chasedown block in an exhibition game featuring former and current national team players at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe King was back in Manila like he never left his throne.Returning to the city known for its unparalleled love for hoops, LeBron James thrilled Filipino fans for the third time in five years.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Axed from the Test squad on grounds of poor form and fitness, Yuvraj Singh today insisted he was in good nick during the Sri Lanka tour and the selectors’ decision has come as a big disappointment for him.Yuvraj, who has been struggling to cement his place in the Test side, felt scoring a century and a fifty in the two games he played in Sri Lanka should have earned him a place in the two-match series against Australia.He had smashed 118 in the practice game before the first Test at Galle, where he made 52 in the first innings.”Selection is not in my hands. In Sri Lanka I played two games, in the first I scored a hundred and a fifty in the second. If that’s not good enough, I can’t say,” he told reporters here.”Of course it is a disappointment but disappointments have become part of my life. In the last two years, I have had a lot of injuries and struggled. It’s out of my hands,” he added.Yuvraj missed the second Test due to illness and was left out of the third Test as well after Suresh Raina scored a century on his debut in second match.Asked about his fitness, the Punjab left-hander said, “It’s much better now. Sri Lanka tour was hard for me especially due to dengue and the neck injury. In the next few days I will be more fitter.”Yuvraj lends a lot of solidity to the middle-order in the Indian ODI team but has never been a regular in the Test side.advertisementAsked why he was struggling in the longer format of the game, Yuvraj said he himself could not identify the shortcomings.”Not a great feeling. For the last seven years I have been trying to cement my place in the Test team but have not been able to do that. And that is a big disappointment. The reasons may be many. The first reason even I don’t know. Then I was injured and got ill.”The last two games, I am satisfied and then Raina scored a hundred and he got the chance to play the next match. These things are not under my control,” he said.”If I continue to be dropped like this, definitely I will have to look for something else,” he said jokingly.Yuvraj, meanwhile, refused to speak on the issue of the ongoing battle between suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi and the BCCI.
A rash of Delhi belly cases has laid low as many as 50 international swimmers, here to compete at the Commonwealth Games.The unusually large number of complaints has forced an immediate inquiry into the water quality at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, an obvious suspect since almost all those reporting to the sickbay have been swimmers.Ravi Kumar smashes CWG record | Renu Bala win first lifting goldAmong those suffering the pesky viral infection are a dozen Australian swimmers. Two of them – Andrew Lauterstein and Hayden Stoeckel – had to pull out of their heats on Wednesday after severe cramps kept them bedbound.EnglandEngland’s Rebecca Adlington has been badly hit by the stomach bugSuch was the plight of former Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill that he rushed “straight to the bathroom” after getting off the team bus. From the English camp, champion swimmer Francesca Halsall tweeted her anguish and frustration.Deeply bothered, she said: “Tummy still not fab? very very hard to get out of bed. I hope the piece of bread I had for tea gets me through the heats.” Halsall wasn’t the only one in her team to report sick.Rebecca Adlington too was under the weather. On Wednesday, Halsall failed to qualify for the 100m butterfly final after she won the gold medal in the 50m event and blamed “Delhi belly” for her failed attempt.Complaining of a revolting stomach, Adlington, said she was eating light food and keeping away from chicken. “? I ate pasta.” England team spokesperson Dave Richards conveyed the extent of the outbreak in his camp: “Till last evening, 20 per cent of our swimmers had an upset stomach and a few of them are on course of recovery. We’ve asked the organisers for tests to be conducted on the water at the main pool and the warm- up area.advertisement”We have 541 athletes and officials in Delhi and over the 28 days since the first ones arrived, seven to 10 per cent have suffered a mild stomach bug, which has lasted 24 hours.” England has asked the organisers for an assurance on the water quality at the aquatics complex.English swimmers Ryan Napoleon and Rob Hurley, along with team coach Matt Brown, were the first to complain of grumbling tummies. Butterfly and freestyle swimmer Marieke Guehrer joined the queue but recovered sufficiently to compete.Concerned over the ailments Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Michael Fennell has ordered an immediate investigation.He assured that the matter would be taken up on an urgent basis and the issue was of “paramount” concern. “Let’s not speculate. If there’s something unsafe, you can’t swim in that water. So we’ll have to deal with it with the greatest of urgency.” Even though the water at the S. P. Mukherjee complex looked suspect, competition manager Kamlesh Nanavati was dismissive of all such possibility.”I have the water testing certificates. These are in accordance with FINA (the world governing body for swimming). There is no problem at all. In any case, the water quality is checked every day without fail.”Those who weren’t quite willing to find a culprit in the pool suggested the problem could be because of “casual dining”. Or, there could be a problem with the food being served at the complex.In fact, Halsall seemed to suggest as much in her tweet: “I think it’s more to do with food and hygiene than the water at the pool.” Still, it was curious that most of those reporting the stomach bug were swimmers.Australian chef-de-mission Steve Moneghetti sounded worried: “There seems to be a larger number of swimmers. It seems quite isolated to the swim team at the moment.” He didn’t subscribe to the casual dining argument. “Why only swimmers then, why not others,” he asked.”The doctor doesn’t think it is food related because it’s more confined to one sport. All of us eat at the dining hall. We eat the same food and there are very few cases across the board,” he said.The Australian swimmers seemed to be in more than just a spot of bother. Spokesperson Lachlan Searle confirmed that two swimmers had pulled out with stomach bugs and the list includes 10 other.”Yes, our swimmers have taken ill but at the moment we don’t want to speculate about anything and let the results for the (water) tests come out,” he said.Team coach Leigh Nugent said both Lauterstein and Stoeckel had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. Their absence from the competition would hit the team hard. “They are the two spearheads in our team, our No.advertisement1 butterfly swimmer (Lauterstein) and the No. 1 backstroker (Stoeckel), but that’s one of the reasons you come with a number of people – to have cover for such things.” South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh also claimed that as many as nine of his team members were facing similar problems.”We have nine members in the team who have reported Delhi belly symptoms but I wonder if we can blame the quality of water here,” van der Burgh said soon after qualifying for the men’s 50m breaststroke final on Thursday.
Captain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary put on an unbeaten 85 for the third wicket as Kolkata beat Punjab by 8 wickets during their IPL match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. Score | PhotosChasing 120 for victory, Punjab left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt got the better of Kolkata opener Jacques Kallis on one. The Kolkata score at the stage was 5. The other opener Eoin Morgan too fell to Bhatt in the fifth over when the Kolkata score was 35.Post that wicket captain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary partnership frustrated the Punjab bowlers even as they tried hard to break their stand. But the two remained relentless and put on an unbeten 85 runs for the third wicket helping Kolkata win by eight wickets in 17.2 overs.Punjab inningsEarlier, Punjab batsman Dinesh Karthik scored 42, the highest in their caamp, as the visitors scored a meagre 119/6 against Kolkata during their IPL match.Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. And Punjab opener Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty got off to a fine start scoring at 6.66 runs an over.The run rate soon dropped as Kolkata’s Yusuf Pathan scalped Valthaty in the fifth over of the match and then Shaun Marsh ended up getting run out in the seventh over when the score was 40.Then Iqbal Abdulla got the better of Punjab captain and opener Adam Gilchrist on 26. The ball kept low and even as Gilchrist wanted to play it across the line, the ball passed through his legs and crashed on to the stump when the team total was 44.advertisementThe 10th over saw Abhishek Nayar walk back run out on a duck even as the Punjab score read 53/4.Dinesh Karthik and David Hussey put 33 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter fell to Iqbal Abdulla, adjudged LBW on the last ball of the 15th over. Punjab were 86/5 at the stage.Finally, Punjab managed to score 119/6 in their 20 overs with Dinesh Karthik top scoring with 42, before being run out in the last over.
High on life: Dancing to Bollywood songs is the zingy way to reduce inchesFor a dank, sweaty place stacked randomly with treadmills, cross trainers and weights, the gym of the early 1990s was an unlikely hotspot for the emerging breed of the health-conscious yuppie.But with the craze showing scant signs,High on life: Dancing to Bollywood songs is the zingy way to reduce inchesFor a dank, sweaty place stacked randomly with treadmills, cross trainers and weights, the gym of the early 1990s was an unlikely hotspot for the emerging breed of the health-conscious yuppie.But with the craze showing scant signs of dying out, the health centres were forced into a facelift – sauna, massage and steam rooms. Even jacuzzis were crammed in to stretch the salubrious experience.It was an expansion that never stalled. In a transition that has edged out its predecessor much like an extinct species, today’s gym is embellished with a flurry of accoutrements designed to lure the laziest of gym rats. So after the workout, one can have a shampoo, blow dry or a hair cut, sip a decaf with wholegrain muffins in the cafe, chill out in the spa, get an oxygen hit, even buy a few paintings while leaving. Gym rat? More like a pampered poodle.Take Moksh in south Mumbai. A beauty salon, cafe, an exercise studio and a spa all rolled into one in 11,000 sq ft of space, it shies away from being the quintessential gym. It also offers pre-film screenings and displays affordable art by famous Indian painters for its members, besides ante-natal and post-natal exercise classes, salsa, Art of Living, yoga and jazz ballet. For those who want an energy boost, there is an oxygen bar.De-stress zone: Relaxing at Moksh in Mumbai can mean time spent at the oxygen bar as much as at yoga, salsa or jazz ballet classesThe new recreation-cum-fitness urge is making gym owners across the metros sit up and herald changes. In cities where distances limit recreation, it is becoming a fad among entrepreneurs to throw in that extra something to attract the fitness-conscious and the uninitiated.Says Swati Bhargava, sales and marketing team, Jay Wellness Centre (JWC) in Kailash Colony, Delhi: “These are no longer just gyms. They are lifestyle centres that address your needs round the clock, operating on flexi-time.” Which means you can walk in for a workout, a breakfast, even a visit to the doctor any time of the day.advertisementIt’s clearly an idea whose time has come. Darshana Gupta, 45, gets restless if she can’t squeeze in her workout every three days, but till only eight months ago, the housewife, unlike most fitness buffs, had not set foot inside a gym. Today, she’s dancing the salsa and shimmying to the latest Bollywood tracks in her Filmy Fit class in order to reduce. She is one of the 3,000 members at Exert, Mumbai, which houses a spa, a salon and a cafe, Injest, under the same roof.Says Anuradha Yusuf, proprietor of Exert: “There is a lot of spillover. Members like to indulge themselves after a workout with a spa package. They also spend time buying sports accessories from the pro shop as much as they enjoy sipping coffee in the cafe.” Gupta, who spends 10-15 hours a week at Exert, says, “I come to the gym to exercise to the Hindi film songs and practise my salsa moves.” She chose from a variety of speciality classes like kickboxing, tae bo, taekwando, kung fu, spinning and power punch on offer in her gym.Health drink: Coffee after a workout is a cool way to unwind at Inch by Inch, MumbaiIn Delhi, 26-year-old businessman Ravish Kapoor spends a good part of his mornings at the JWC, “a gym five minutes from my workplace”. So practically every weekday, Kapoor carries his work clothes and shaving kit to the gym for dressing up after the workout. “I have moved my bathroom in here,” he jests. The centre is conveniently equipped with a salon, sauna, jacuzzi, health cafe, even an underwater gym.The routine also gives him time to catch up with his “buddies” who are also members. To cater to surging desire to be fit more and more gyms and health centres are propping up. So, Inch by Inch – The Body Temple on Mumbai’s Marine Drive has a low-cal cafe with several extra services thrown in, while Qiuses Dynamix, an exercise studio, to offer classes ranging from kickboxing to taekwando. A swimming pool on its multilevel gym for aqua aerobics is the latest lure offered by Zaf in Mumbai, and 02 in Chennai, which started with a gym and a dance floor last year, now has two exercise and dance studios, a health bar and a gallery for art shows.The mushrooming of fitness centres has given rise to a new trend – gym hopping. For Mumbaikar Zarina Mittal, 31, who has changed three gyms in the past nine months, being seen at the latest fitness destination is also an ego massage. “The gym you go to is a style statement. So at Moksh, I am not just exercising but also gossiping, going on shopping sprees, partying at the in-house restaurant and going out with friends formed here.”advertisementSuch luxury does not come cheap. The annual membership at Moksh varies from Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000 depending on peak/non-peak hours, with free sessions at the oxygen bar and discounts thrown in. The rates are similar at the JWC, and membership includes yoga, aerobics, aqua aerobics classes and “recreational events”. But as Kapoor says, it helps relieve stress and more important, it’s fun. Which seems to be the latest credo fitness centres are living by.-with Methil Renuka in Delhi and Arun Ram in Chennai
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo PLAY LIST 02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo02:19Charges: Ex-Google engineer stole self-drive tech01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Guard John Ragasa out of St. Mary’s University was the fastest in the shuttle run completing a course that measured a total of 60 feet in 21.97 seconds.Joe Allen Trinidad had everyone beat in running a straight line with the former Far Eastern University guard needing just 3.25 seconds to clear three quarters of a basketball court or 70.5 feet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefCenter Jeepy Faundo had the most explosive jump of the 47 applicants who attended the Combine with the former University of Santo Tomas center recording a vertical leap of 33.29 inches.Former Ateneo guard Dan Wong had highest maximum touch when he reached 39.19 inches . Highly-touted Robert Bolick says ‘hateful messages’ from bashers fuel his fire PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—CJ Isit showed his wheels as a potential PBA speedster after topping the lane agility and reaction tests in the Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center.The former Mapua gunner tallied an 84 percent score in the reaction test and was a whirling derby in the lane agility test after clocking in at 11.2 seconds while circling the paint.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 35-year-old Biado arranged a duel with Lin Wu Kun of Chinese Taipei scheduled on Wednesday, 8 p.m.Lin advanced to the quarters after beating Petri Makkonen of Finland, 11-6, in the Round of 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – Carlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLCarlo Biado, the last Filipino standing in the 2018 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar, is still alive and kicking.Biado, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, bested Wu Jiaqing of China, 11-9, to enter the quarterfinal round.The win kept Biado’s bid for a title repeat going.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
Prime Minister Narendra ModiWith the first session of the 16th Lok Sabha coming to end on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will respond to discussions and criticism against the motion of thanks on President’s address, in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.The PM is expected to speak in the Lok Sabha at 4pm and later in the Rajya Sabha, and outline the agenda of the government.Sushma Swaraj is expected to unfold the agenda of governance of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the Lok Sabha. This will be the first time she will defend the Modi government in the 16th Lok Sabha. The PM’s reply in the Rajya Sabha is likely to be a stormy one, as the BSP had staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to demand the dismissal of the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh over the Badaun gangrape and murder incident, and lawlessness in the state.In his address on Monday, the President laid out the priorities and goals of the Narendra Modi government. The speech also included a series of ambitious policy goals that had been laid out in the election manifesto of Mr Modi’s BJP, including the creation of 100 new cities and a revamp of the railway network.”The country is passing through an extremely difficult phase on the economic front,” said Mukherjee. “Putting the economy back on track is paramount for my government.”
Yielding to the opposition demand, government on Thursday agreed for a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Gaza situation on July 21.Doubts, however, remain on whether the House will function even on Friday as the opposition wants discussion at the earliest.The opposition contended that a “wrong message” has already gone out to the world about the “silence” of Indian Parliament on such a serious issue.For the last two consecutive days, the issue echoed in the House which saw a deadlock as the opposition persisted with its demand for an early debate while the government resisted strongly, arguing that any discourteous remark could affect India’s relations with Israel and Palestine.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj even wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, saying that the notices given by opposition members for a debate are inadmissible but her contention was rejected.Ansari, however, did not give a ruling in favour of immediate discussion even, saying a date will be fixed for it in consultation with the government.After the ruckus ensured washout of the proceedings of Rajya Sabha with opposition parties like Congress, Left, SP, JD(U) and Trinamool Congress remaining adamant, the government on Thursday agreed to have a discussion on Monday.Official sources said the debate will take place at 12 pm on Monday.
The ICC announced on Tuesday its latest rankings after India won the second Investec Test against England by 95 runs on Monday.According to the press release, India’s win has seen its young players make noticeable improvements on the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings. India leads the five-Test series with the third Test to start in Southampton on July 27. Players who have risen in the rankings following the historic win include Man of the Match Ishant Sharma, fellow fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, opener Murali Vijay and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Ishant Sharma has returned to the top 20 for the first time in nearly three years. Following his match figures of seven for 135, including seven for 74 in the second innings, the towering Delhi bowler has jumped three places to 20th position. Sharma was last in 20th position following the third Test against the West Indies in Mumbai in 2013.Sharma now trails off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (11th), the highest-ranked India bowler, by 139 ratings points.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 24, returned match figures of 47-17-103-6, including six for 82 in the first innings. He has vaulted 12 places to claim 34th position with team-mate Ravindra Jadeja in 28th position firmly within his sights.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Vijay has rocketed 11 places to claim 19th position following his contributions of 24 and 95. This is his career-best ranking to date. Vijay is the third India batsman behind Cheteshwar Pujara (8th) and Virat Kohli (14th) to feature in the top 20.advertisementRahane, who scored a masterly 103 in the first innings, has gained 11 places on the table and is now sitting in 35th position.South Africa’s AB de Villiers is the No 1 Test batsman in the world, followed by Kumara Sangakkara and David Warner. Dale Steyn retains the top spot among bowlers, followed by Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson.