Andray Blatche finally back with Gilas

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Blatche immediately participated in the team’s morning and evening sessions on Sunday.National team coach Chot Reyes posted a photo of Blatche working out at Meralco Gym.“Sunday morning vibe #GilasGrind” MOST READ Blatche came from China, where he posted 26 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals in the Xinjiang Flying Tigers’ 91-86 victory over Zhejiang Guangsha Lions on Friday.With his obligations in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) currently on hold, Blatche can now shift his focus on the Philippines’ campaign in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Gilas opens its campaign against Japan on November 24 at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo, before taking on Chinese Taipei on November 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Blatche last donned the PH colors in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May, where he netted averages of 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter a long wait, Andray Blatche is finally back with Gilas Pilipinas.The 6-foot-11 naturalized center arrived early Sunday morning to rejoin his Gilas teammates ahead of their Fiba World Cup qualifying game against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Smart Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio fetched him from the airport.“Welcome home Andray! #labanpilipinas #puso,” wrote Antonio on his Twitter account.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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Curry leads Warriors fightback after Sixers blitz Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Pocari’s warm environment key to Rivers’ easy adjustment

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SMB heads back to Finals 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage And even though Rivers had such little time to mesh with Lady Warriors, it was her team’s immense chemistry that allowed her to ease into the group.Head coach Rommel Abella said they would keep it a priority to always include Rivers in whatever they do, and this offcourt camaraderie was what helped the American import feel at home during games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“During our training sessions, we always make sure that she’s always participating with us, whether it’s drills, or just simple conversations,” said Abella after his team won in four sets 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“She’s always with us because that way she will be part of our team culture as fast as possible. She’s part of our family.” Rivers unleashed 27 points to lead the Lady Warriors to the title against Bali Pure in Game 3.Rivers said it had been easy for her to buy into the team’s identity, and she already looked forward to a title celebration even before she got to play her first match.“When I decided to come to Pocari I knew I had a great chance of winning the championship and it’s amazing to actually win it and be part of it,” said Rivers. “I can’t talk how much this title means to this team and when I got here, I wanted to be a part of it.”“It’s easy for me to buy into it and it meant a lot to me as well just feeding off their emotion and it’s so amazing.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKrystal Rivers had little time acclimating herself to Pocari Sweat’s system, and it couldn’t have come in a more stressful period in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.Pocari’s foreign reinforcement from University of Alabama received her International Transfer Certificate during the Lady Warriors’ last semifinals game but Rivers was finally able to get to the court in Game 1 of the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

India’s 25 youth leaders who set examples in the society

first_imgJEEV MILKHA SINGH, 35, GolferTee TimePROVENANCE: Born on the golf greens of Chandigarh, Singh now plays in the Asian, Japanese and European tours.CLAIM TO FAME: In the late 1990s, he became the first Indian to play in the European Tour. Last year, Singh won four titles on three tours, with,JEEV MILKHA SINGH, 35, GolferTee TimePROVENANCE: Born on the golf greens of Chandigarh, Singh now plays in the Asian, Japanese and European tours.CLAIM TO FAME: In the late 1990s, he became the first Indian to play in the European Tour. Last year, Singh won four titles on three tours, with 18 top 10 finishes.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Singh became the first Indian golfer to win a title on European soil and picked up the biggest pay cheque ever earned by an Indian sportsperson when he won Volvo Masters of Europe in Valderrama, Spain, in 2006. Nearly 5,000 Spaniards cheered for him.IDOL CHATTER: American Fred Couples, Tiger Woods, his athlete-father Milkha, and mother Nirmal Kaur, a volleyball player.”Golf has a way of biting back, but it has told me that I belong.”SECOND OPINION”Jeev has shown the way-in his action and his words. He is a great mentor.”SHIV KAPUR, GOLFERABHA DAWESAR, 33, NovelistWrite MindedPROVENANCE: Having grown up in Delhi, Dawesar graduated with a degree in political philosophy from Harvard. She worked in New York in the financial services industry for over seven years before quitting to complete writing Babyji, published in 2005.CLAIM TO FAME: She’s the latest name in a literary world of young Indian writers who ride on not just huge advances but worldwide critical acclaim as well. Author of three novels, That Summer in Paris (2006), Babyji (2005), and The Three of Us (2003), she won the Lambda literary prize (a US literary award) in the lesbian fiction category, and the American Library Association’s Stonewall award, both for Babyji. Her next book is about the drama inherent in everyday things.MAKING-IT MOMENT: According to her, most markers in her life, like having her books published or winning awards, have been artistic milestones. Her making-it moment would be her excitement about her current project-writing a difficult book set in India that’s different from anything she’s done before.IDOL CHATTER: She idolises President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for his commitment to the underclass that is India’s youth.advertisement”I’m committed to writing without selfcensorship and exploring themes regardless of whether they are sticky.”SECOND OPINION”Her work questions morality, gender roles and social rank in modern India.”NEWSWEEKBHUSHAN KUMAR, 29, EntrepreneurSuper SonicPROVENANCE: Kumar had to take over the reins of Super Cassettes Industries Limited at the age of 20 after his father Gulshan Kumar was killed in 1997.CLAIM TO FAME: Kumar developed T-Series’ non-film pop division which has produced stars such as Sonu Nigam, Adnan Sami, Himesh Reshammiya, and repackaged Jagjit Singh. His role in the remix revolution may not have been socially productive but the hugely popular music video Kaanta Laga started a thriving sub-culture. Today, the company controls more than 60 per cent of the Indian music market.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Sonu Nigam’s Deewana, the first non-film pop album became a huge hit in 1999.IDOL CHATTER: His father is his idol. “He took prompt decisions and treated producers like family members.””Humility was a quality my father possessed. I follow his philosophy.”SECOND OPINION”He strikes a tough deal, but he always ensures that a commitment made is a commitment honoured.”PRITISH NANDY, MEDIA ANALYSTSAINA NEHWAL, 16, Badminton playerCourting SuccessPROVENANCE: Born in Hissar, Haryana, Nehwal is now based in Hyderabad. This daughter of badminton players is tipped to become India’s best women’s player ever.CLAIM TO FAME: The understated Nehwal is the current national champion. She played in the Uber Cup (the sport’s premier women’s team competition) at the age of 13 and was part of the bronzemedal winning Indian team at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Winning the four-star Grand Prix Philippines Open in 2006, this was her first year in the seniors. Nehwal was the first Indian woman to win a major international badminton event.IDOL CHATTER: Admires coach P. Gopichand, badminton player Taufiq Hidayat, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf and Sachin Tendulkar for their fighting spirit and calm demeanour.”My biggest dream is to win the Olympic gold and be the world champion.”SECOND OPINION”She is one of the most impressive prospects to have arrived on the Indian badminton scene.”PRAKASH PADUKONE, FORMER BADMINTON CHAMPIONMURUGESAN THIAGARAJAN, 29, Airlines OwnerArch AviatorPROVENANCE: He comes from the family that founded Paramount Textile Mills in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.CLAIM TO FAME: India’s youngest airline MD, he created Paramount Airways, a niche airline that offers business class comfort at economy class fares, in 2005. Operating in the Southern cities with 48 flights a day, Paramount plans to go national soon.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Paramount was selected for the Arch of Europe award this year for meeting the QC100 quality standards of being quality driven, customer focused and running an innovative business model.IDOL CHATTER: Admires his grandfather Karumuthu Thiagarajan who always stuck to what he thought was right. Mahatma Gandhi discarded his western clothes for the first time in Thiagarajan’s house.advertisement”There will be a massive surge in aviation. But the low cost fares are not sustainable.”SECOND OPINION”The full business class model is being followed by some airlines all over the world now. Paramount was ahead of time.”SANDEEP SHENOY, AVIATION ANALYSTVARUN BAHL, 30, Fashion designerMan In VoguePROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, Bahl studied at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, and the reputed London College of Fashion.CLAIM TO FAME: Won the best collection award for his maiden creations at the Milan Fashion Week in 2003. Considered one of the top Indian designers, he retails in stores like Ensemble, Carma, Evoluzione, 85 Lansdowne and Haute Pink in India.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Bahl was the only Indian designer to be selected for a runway show at the Milan Fashion Week in 2006. He has garnered interest from global buyers like Harrods and Harvey Nichols.IDOL CHATTER: Says he is inspired by everyday drama and the eccentricity of human nature.”I want to mould the image of India’s handloom fabrics in a way that was never thought possible.”SECOND OPINION”Varun is like a breath of fresh air and stands out among the sea of mediocrity around us.”ROHIT BAL, FASHION DESIGNERKAILASH KHER, 33, SingerFolk ResonancePROVENANCE: Born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, and brought up in Delhi, he sang folks songs plucking on an ektara during festivals. His brother encouraged him to move to Mumbai. It was a bitter struggle initially-he slept at platforms and ate at railway stations. The first break was singing a jingle for Nakshatra diamonds.CLAIM TO FAME: His voice got recognition with the song, Tuta Tuta in the film Waisa Bhi Hota Hai, Part II.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Kher’s big dream was to work with A.R. Rahman. Lyricist Mehboob introduced him to Rahman in 2000. Rahman liked Kher’s rustic and folksy voice and made him sing the theme song in Mangal Pandey.IDOL CHATTER: Kher finds Sufi music most fulfiling and has formed a group, Kailasa.”Success for me is a culmination of destiny, hard work and the right time.”SECOND OPINION”Kailash Kher’s voice is the voice of the soil. It has the rusticity of our villages and vibrancy of our rich culture.”JAVED AKHTAR, LYRICISTMONA SINGH, 27, ActorReality RaniPROVENANCE: The St Mira’s, Pune, alumnus used to make frequent trips to Mumbai to audition for roles till she struck gold in the television industry.CLAIM TO FAME: Television’s Miss Congeniality bowled over audiences with her portrayal of the ugly duckling Jassi in Sony’s Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin in 2003. After a hiatus, Singh returned to win the reality dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa last year. Now she’s set to present the Indian version of another reality show Extreme Makeover.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Her biggest high came when she made her first public appearance as Jassi in Delhi.IDOL CHATTER: Singh’s father Colonel Jasbir Singh has always been her constant source of inspiration.advertisement”I love it when people ask for my autograph, but I’m realistic enough to treat it like a job. Fame is, after all, temporary.”SECOND OPINION”For someone who has four left feet, she won a dance competition. She has the spirit to excel in everything.”SANDIP SIKCAND, CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR, SONY TVKARTI P. CHIDAMBARAM, 35, PoliticianSon RisePROVENANCE: Son of Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, he completed his schooling from Don Bosco, Chennai, graduated in business administration from the University of Texas, Austin, and holds a law degree from Cambridge University, England.CLAIM TO FAME: Was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders to observe the US Presidential Elections in 2004. He has developed an innovative online mechanism in his father’s constituency, Sivaganga, by which he responds to all letters and petitions.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Has been a key campaigner in all elections since 1996. He is co-founder of Karuthu, an Internet forum for people to express and discuss views, and founder-director of Chess Management Services, a company that promotes corporate governance.IDOL CHATTER: He admires Rajiv Gandhi, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Dhirubhai Ambani.”I have not done much in all these years. My best is yet to come.”SECOND OPINION”He is a promising and intelligent young man with an aptitude for public life. He can look forward to a great future.”PETER ALPHONSE, SENIOR CONGRESS LEADERS. SREESANTH, 23, CricketerFast ForwardPROVENANCE: Born in Kothamangalam, Kerala. Now lives out of hotel rooms with the cricket team.CLAIM TO FAME: He would prefer it were his outswinger but it’s hard to ignore the patented wild celebrations that accompany every wicket and draw their inspiration from Michael Jackson and Govinda.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Figures of 5-40 vs South Africa in the Johannesburg Test in 2006 that set up India’s historic win were supplemented by a bat-waving dance of triumph after hitting the foul-mouthed Andre Nel for a six.IDOL CHATTER: As a child, Sachin Tendulkar was his idol. “I wanted to be like him and get the respect he gets.” Sreesanth even painted the letters MRF on his bat except when he got to MRF’s Pace Academy, they found a fast bowler in him and Dennis Lillee became a beacon. He is inspired by everyone who struggles to become an achiever and admires singer Yesudas.”The more you do, the more is expected of you and demanded of you.”SECOND OPINION”His whole approach towards the game is fantastic. I would like to see him control his emotions a bit.”VENKATESH PRASAD, FORMER INDIAN BOWLERKONERU HUMPY, 19, Chess playerMind PowerPROVENANCE: She wan born in Vijayawada and now lives there, but the world of women’s chess is her kingdom.CLAIM TO FAME: The youngest woman ever to achieve a men’s Grandmaster title, Asian and world junior champion, the prodigy is now gunning for a Super Grandmaster title and is 33 ELO rating points away from it.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Despite the bagful of accolades before she was 18, the world junior title, and the Padma Shri before she turns 20, nothing matches the two gold medals at the Doha Asian Games in 2006.IDOL CHATTER: Trained by her father Ashok, Humpy’s idol is Judith Polgar, the only woman player who is successful in the men’s game. “She’s my role model because that’s what I aim to do as well.” Humpy met Polgar only once, “but I was too young to speak to her.””Women players must take part in men’s events to improve their games.”SECOND OPINION”She is India’s best woman player ever. She is very determined and focussed and can handle pressure.”BHAGYASHREE THIPSAY, VETERAN CHESS PLAYERMURUGAVEL JANAKIRAMAN, 35, EntrepreneurWinning MatchesPROVENANCE: Born and brought up in Chennai, he completed his masters in computer application from Madras University before moving to Singapore and the US for a brief stint. He started BharatMatrimony in 1997 for NRIs, with 4,000 members. The response was so overwhelming that he returned to India to strengthen the base. Today, it has nine million members.CLAIM TO FAME: When BharatMatrimony entered the Limca Book of Records in 2006 for facilitating seven lakh marriages.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Yahoo and Canaan Partners invested $8.65 million (Rs 38 cr) in his venture in 2006.IDOL CHATTER: Idolises President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.”Mere hard work is not enough. Hard work has to be combined with good strategy to give great results.”SECOND OPINION”Murugavel is constantly innovative. He physically verifies all the information on his website.”AJIT BALAKRISHNAN, CEO, REDIFFMAIL.COMNITHYANANDAN R, 31, LawyerInstant AdvocacyPROVENANCE: From a non-lawyer Bangalore family, the National Law College of India alumnus maintains a personal goals excel sheet with entries such as “must own home at 25 years” (which he did) and “must sky dive” (which he did too). The next goal is to be among the top 20 in his profession in five years.CLAIM TO FAME: Handpicked by N.R. Narayana Murthy to set up the Infosys legal team in 1998 at the age of 23. Now heads Infosys’ legal affairs worldwide.MAKING-IT MOMENT: During the 1999 Infosys IPO and listing on the Nasdaq, he and his team laboured through several laws that were incongruent between the two countries. In 2006, they repeated that feat with Infosys’ Nasdaq 100 inclusion and a $1.6 billion sponsored secondary ADR offering-the largest international equity offering by an Indian company, planned and executed in 46 days.IDOL CHATTER: Narayana Murthy for his inflexible conviction in principles. And for not being scared.”In today’s world, education and hard work take you where you want to go.”SECOND OPINION”Nithya is one of the finest lawyers I’ve ever met. He is absolutely brilliant, dedicated, logical and decisive.”V. BALAKRISHNAN, CFO, INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIESMANU CHANDRA, 27, ChefChop TalkPROVENANCE: The head chef of Olive Beach, Bangalore, studied history at St. Stephen’s, Delhi, but preferred eateries to epics. Attended the Culinary Institute of America, New York.CLAIM TO FAME: Won the Sea Food Masters Award 2002, a national level food competition in the US.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Handpicked by celebrity chef Jason Weaver to be part of the opening crew to launch the super smart Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan in 2003.IDOL CHATTER: Michelin three-star chef Eric Ripert, as he has shown the world how to not only create stellar restaurants but also sustain them in the long run.”Chefs are no longer just bawarchis. We conceptualise cuisine that sets trends.”SECOND OPINION”Creativity and enthusiasm is the most vital recipe for any chef and Manu has that in abundance.”RITU DALMIA, CHEFBHAVANA GAWALI, 33, PoliticianWoman EmpoweredPROVENANCE: A second generation Shiv Sena MP from Washim district, Maharashtra.CLAIM TO FAME: First entered the Lok Sabha at the age of 26. Into her second term as MP, Gawali has been involved in several welfare activities in her constituency.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she got the Rs-250 crore railway project to convert the Purna-Akola railway line from meter gauge to broad gauge to her constituency.IDOL CHATTER: Idolises Sushma Swaraj and Bal Thackeray.”The country needs youngsters with a blend of experience and energy.”SECOND OPINION”Whether the results are achieved or not, she tries to understand the issue and work for it.”VIJAY DARDA, RAJYA SABHA MPT. M. KRISHNA, 26, SingerTraditional NotesPROVENANCE: Born in Chennai. An Economics graduate, he learnt music first from his mother, Prema Rangachary, and later from Sri Seetharama Sharma and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.CLAIM TO FAME: Composed the first Carnatic music appreciation album Learning to Appreciate Carnatic Music, and co-founded Sumanasa Foundation to promote under-privileged musicians from rural areas.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Performing at the annual western classical music-oriented Pablo Casals Festival in France.IDOL CHATTER: Admires Sunil Gavaskar and Boris Becker.”Through music I try to create new dimensions within the framework of classicism.”SECOND OPINION”He is a one of the traditional singers who will keep the continuity alive.”N. KRISHNAN, VIOLIN MAESTROADITYA RAJ KAUL, 17, Student activistYouth RisingPROVENANCE: Born in Srinagar, he migrated with his family to Delhi after the violence against Kashmiri Pandits. His father is a book publisher and mother an editor.CLAIM TO FAME: Angered by a lower court verdict, this political science student from Delhi’s Ramjas College began an online petition in March 2006 demanding a retrial in the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder case.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When accused Santosh Singh was re-tried by the Delhi High Court and sentenced to death.IDOL CHATTER: His idol is his great-grandfather Samsar Chand Kaul, a geography teacher and naturalist at Central High School, Srinagar, because he swam against the tide to encourage scientific thought among his students when subjects like nature studies were not deemed important enough.”Have strong convictions and believe in yourself. Never lose hope.”SECOND OPINION”He represents the people of today who are losing patience with governance and judiciary. They have realised that crime actually touches their lives so they are doing something about it.”ARVIND KEJRIWAL, SOCIAL ACTIVISTKIRAN DATAR, 35, EntrepreneurTalking BusinessPROVENANCE: Born in Bangalore, he went to Columbia University in the US for higher education. In 1996, he started a company called Cyber Bazaar to introduce data conferencing in India.CLAIM TO FAME: Brought the idea of audio and web conferencing to India and made it a big business.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Cyber Bazaar was bought out by the largest global player, WebEx, for $4 million (Rs 17 cr), in 2003. He’s now the MD of WebEx India.IDOL CHATTER: His bureaucrat father Anant B. Datar.”We are part of the value chain that has heightened productivity.”SECOND OPINION”The company has the largest market share in business conferencing and continues to grow.”ALOK SHENDE, VP, ICT PRACTICE, FROST & SULLIVANCYRUS SAHUKAR, 26, ComedianFunny GuyPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, Sahukar has been dabbling in radio and theatre since the age of 15. He moved to Mumbai after he won the MTV VJ Hunt in 1999.CLAIM TO FAME: Emerging from the shadow of the “other” Cyrus, Cyrus Broacha, in 2006, he claimed his spot as funny man with the hilarious spoof show Rendezvous With Semi Girebaal and his Navjot Singh Sidhu-inspired programme Piddhu the Great.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Sahukar teamed up with Broacha for Ek Do Teen, which kick-started his career in 2003.IDOL CHATTER: No one in particular. Sahukar says he derives inspiration from people and situations.”People’s minds are opening up and everyone has started laughing at themselves.”SECOND OPINION”Sahukar is a shy guy who is not conscious of his good looks, which makes him devastatingly effective.”PRAHLAD KAKKAR, AD GURUSANJEEV SHANKAR, 27, ASHWANI SHANKAR, 24, Shehnai playersFine TuningPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, the PhD student in music (Sanjeev) and post-graduate in political science (Ashwani) have a musical lineage-their father and grandfather are both shehnai players.CLAIM TO FAME: A concert on August 21, 2006, the day Ustad Bismillah Khan died, at Delhi’s Vishnu Digambar Jayanti, signalled they had arrived.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Sanjeev was learning sitar and Ashwani, guitar from their father, Pandit Daya Shankar, until Pandit Ravi Shankar suggested they choose shehnai.IDOL CHATTER: Father, grandfather and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar.”With riyaz, determination, patience and conviction, we are sure to reach the skies.”SECOND OPINION”Both the brothers have music in their blood, so their presentation is imaginative and creative.”PANDIT MADHUP MUDGAL, VOCALISTABHINAV BINDRA, 24, ShooterOn the MarkPROVENANCE: Born in Dehra Dun, Bindra lives in Chandigarh, but often trains in Germany.CLAIM TO FAME: A two-time Olympian and world junior record holder, the 10m air rifle shooter got his breakthrough in 2006 when he finished on top of his event at the Zagreb World Championships. It was India’s first gold medal at a world shooting championship.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The moment he started believing in him, he knew he would beat all odds.IDOL CHATTER: He has no role models, but recognises his parents as the “great force” in his career. “When I was down, they believed in me.””I take life day by day to keep my sanity. I try to live in the moment.”SECOND OPINION”He is a great example of how a world-class sportsman should be.”MANSHER SINGH, VETERAN SHOOTERANKUR BHATIA, 34, EntrepreneurCyber FlierPROVENANCE: From Delhi. After returning from King’s College, London, as a software engineer, he joined the family business and grew it ten-fold to $50 million in 10 years. Today it’s into everything that has anything to do with aviation other than flying planes and catering.CLAIM TO FAME: He was the first to bring to India automated airline reservation in 1994 and e-ticketing in 2004.MAKING-IT MOMENT: In 1992, as a second year student he bagged a contract to debug IT systems for the automated reservations firm Amadeus, whom he later convinced to set up full-fledged India business.IDOL CHATTER: Does not idolise anyone.”What I do always has to be bigger than life because that’s all that sells.”SECOND OPINION”He has an extremely technological bent of mind, which at the same time, is a very creative one.”ZHAO QUANZHEN, COUNTRY MANAGER, AIR CHINASHILADITYA SENGUPTA, 35, ScientistSplit-second ThinkerPROVENANCE: He’s assistant professor of medicine at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, the world’s biggest med-engineering partnership.CLAIM TO FAME: Won a $4.1 million award given by the US Department of Defence for breast cancer research in 2006. As a student at AIIMS he developed an anti-inflammatory gel, now sold in India as Nimulid.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The sight of vendors in trains selling balloons with smaller balloons inside became a eureka moment for him. “I reduced that to the nanoscale, with each balloon loaded with different drugs that are needed at different stages of cancer chemotherapy.”IDOL CHATTER: His teachers at AIIMS.”I love the excitement of thinking novel concepts that would change people’s lives drastically.”SECOND OPINION”One night I shouted at him because he wanted to go home. He worked till four in the morning and came to me with, ‘I’ve done it’. We learnt from him, as he learnt from us.”DR Y.K. GUPTA, HEAD OF PHARMACOLOGY, AIIMS, DELHIVIBHA GALHOTRA 28, ArtistArt at First SitePROVENANCE: Born in Kaithal, Haryana, but now lives in Delhi.CLAIM TO FAME: An acute sense for minimalist aesthetic and a gift for being able to conceive site-specific works.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she was invited by Gut Gasteil, an organisation that promotes art-in-landscape in Austria in 2002.IDOL CHATTER: William Kentridge, South African artist-animator-filmmaker. “I was highly impressed by the vocabulary of his work. Technique was secondary compared to the emotion evoked by his work. I also draw inspiration from Subodh Gupta’s work.””I want to do large environmental works in public spaces.”SECOND OPINION”With a capacity for generating new ideas, Vibha has excellent potential for growth. I prefer her sculptures to her painting or site-specific multimedia works.”RENU MODI, DIRECTOR, GALLERY ESPACEVISHAL TALREJA, 28, Social activistDream CatalystPROVENANCE: He quit his job as an investment banker in Mumbai to pursue his dream of working for society.CLAIM TO FAME: Co-founder director of Dream a Dream, an organisation that works with children who are socially and economically challenged. Some of the children were born to prostitutes and are also HIV positive.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When a project started by a group of friends turned into an enterprise working with over 600 children and a network of more than 500 volunteers including some from the corporate sector like Wipro, Infosys, Microsoft, IBM, Sonata Software, GE and Dell.IDOL CHATTER: Brinda Jacob was his inspiration. “Soon people will choose social service as their career,” he says.”We wanted to break stereotypes about underprivileged children and the NGO sector.”SECOND OPINION”He has brought a professionalism into the social sector. He runs it like a corporate office, yet with a human touch.”BRINDA JACOB, FOUNDER AND ADVISER OF DREAM A DREAMlast_img read more

Matured Adil Rashid is ready for Test cricket: Jonny Bairstow

first_imgEngland leg-spinner Adil Rashid’s selection for the first Test against India has given rise to a huge controversy, but his teammate Jonny Bairstow is confident that the bowler would be able to make a mark in the upcoming contest.Rashid was recalled to the Test side despite quitting red-ball cricket ahead of the 2018 county season and having not played a first-class game since September.The selection received criticism from former captains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain, who termed it a dangerous precedent.Bairstow feels that Rashid would be excited to have got the England call-up for the Test series.”The biggest honour you can have is to go out and play Test cricket for England. It is an exciting challenge for him (Rashid), as for us all, going from white-ball cricket to red-ball cricket,” said Bairstow.Adil Rashid in controversial England comeback for 1st Test against IndiaRashid’s stunning delivery to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli in the ODI series had raised hopes of a comeback into the Test side and Bairstow welcomed the leg-spinner in the Test set up.”He has bowled me with plenty of leg breaks over the years,” said Bairstow, who has been playing with Rashid since his teenage days.”It is not just that one ball that he will get remembered for but the skills and the balls he bowled, his googlies, the way he has varied his pace, come over the top of the ball, round the side of it. His utilisation of his side spin and top spin was very impressive as well.advertisement”He obviously bowled really, really nicely in the one-dayers and the way the white ball has been coming out of his hand… it is an exciting call-up for him. He is delighted and I am really excited for him,” he said.I was kind of surprised: Adil Rashid reacts to England Test squad comebackRashid has not played any first-class game since September last but Bairstow feels the leg-spinner has enough maturity to deal with the challenges of adapting to the longer format after a gap.”I think he has matured a lot. If he is landing his leg spinner, if he is landing his googly, he just has to do it a few more times other than the 10 overs he has been bowling,” said the 28-year-old Bairstow who has played in 54 Tests since 2012.”At the same time people are not necessarily (going to) come at him as hard in red-ball cricket as they will in white so the shape he gets on the ball, the line he might bowl, the length he might bowl, might differ as well.”Michael Vaughan, Adil Rashid in bitter war of words over England selectionBairstow, himself, is excited to don his gloves again for the first match of the Test series at Edgbaston.”I enjoyed it this week being back at Headingley. The last time I kept before then properly was the last Test match so we have had a little bit of a break and a lay-off, but I don’t see that as too much of an issue,” said the 28-year-old, who had relinquished his wicketkeeping duties to Jos Buttler in ODIs.”It was good to get a bit of a break because it keeps your mind fresh, your body fresh, and it keeps that excitement and hunger to come back in and want to do well, keep pushing yourself and to keep having an impact on the game.”Talking about his game, Bairstow said: “I am happy with the way I have been playing. There are differences that are going to change from white-ball to red-ball. With the white ball I have been opening the batting, with the red ball I am bit further down, hopefully batting for a longer time and your roles differ.”I would like to hope that is something over the last ten years of playing, with the way my game is and evolving, that I have been able to modify those in different scenarios and different conditions against different opposition.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia’s main focus at this point in time remains on the batsmen will perform on the tour of Australia as that was the only area where the team was found lacking in their previous Test series in England, according to captain Virat Kohli.Earlier this year the Indian team toured England for a series of five Test matches in which Kohli emerged as the highest run-scorer from either side with 593 runs at an average of over 59 but the rest of the batsmen from the home team failed to match up to those levels.KL Rahul had the next best tally with 299 runs while Cheteshwar Pujara had the next best average at 39.71.Also Read – Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneBut it was the collective failure of the top-order which led to India’s downfall in the series which they lost 4-1. Kohli was time and again seen waging a lone battle in the Test matches with minimal support from the other end.That is why the team is more focussed on improving its performance with the bat in Australia, where they will play a series of four Tests starting December 6.Also Read – Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah remain on top of ICC ODI rankings”We are all feeling good about the fact that we have a great bowling attack but the batsmen need to step up as well, which we have spoken as a team after the England tour. And everyone’s really keen to correct those things and put in a complete performance,” Kohli said at a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday before their departure to Australia.advertisementAustralia without Smith, Warner is like India minus Kohli, Rohit: Sourav Ganguly”We put in a complete performance for a game in England (3rd Test at Nottingham) but we want that to last for a series, which is why people have to take more ownership in every Test match that we play. And our focus more will be on how the batsmen bat well together on this tour,” he added.Indian bowlers were at the top of their game in England where they managed to pick up 20 wickets in three Tests (Birmingham, Nottingham and Southampton).Read – Australia brace for a summer of battle against Virat KohliThe bowling attack was led by the experienced Ishant Sharma, who finished as the second highest wicket-taker with 18 scalps. Mohammed Shami (16 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah (14 wickets) and Hardik Pandya (10 wickets) also performed better than their English counterparts on some occasions which is why the team is feeling very confident of a similar performance in Australia.Also Read – India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tour”The bowlers are in a great space and they know exactly what they have to do. After a long time we feel like we can pick up 20 wickets in every Test match. Which is a great feeling to have but the whole combination has to come together for us to win a series and not just one Test match and feel happy about it,” Kohli said.The 30-year-old also feels that the current team is also fitter than the one which toured in Australia in 2014-15.”From the last time we went there, the fitness levels are way up. Which I think is the most important factor in Australia because the pitches there can get boring sometimes.”The Kookaburra ball doesn’t move so much there. It’s about patience and it’s about maintaining that pace which you start your day with and maintaining that same pace throughout the day.India’s tour of Australia will begin with a series of 3 T20Is from November 21 following which they will play four Tests from December 6. The tour will conclude with a three-match ODI series from January 12-18 next year.last_img read more

Family Court Attendance Students Show Off Etiquette Skills

first_imgStudents of the Family Court Attendance Centre in Kingston showed off their newly acquired skills in social etiquette and dining, as they participated in an Evening of Excellence, hosted by the institution for their benefit. The students had previously benefitted from training in these areas and were on Wednesday, April 24, placed in the spotlight to shine in front of their families and special guests. Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Marigold Harding, who was guest speaker at the event, reminded the smartly dressed students that observing the social graces and etiquette is for everyone, regardless of their age or status in life. She noted that technological advancements, a redefinition of the family, and the “all pervasive news and entertainment media” have resulted in a whole new set of challenges in observing social etiquette. “As time goes by there are changes in what is accepted as the norm. But in a time when it seems that anything goes, it has become necessary for a new set of guidelines for courteous behaviour,” she observed. Mrs. Harding pointed out, however, that good manners never change and “rest on the same bedrock principles of respect, consideration, honesty, graciousness and deference.” She encouraged the students to try and develop good habits, which will always be with them and stressed the importance of being on time, noting that it is one of the first signs of being polite. She also urged the parents to let the children practise at home, what they have learnt in the course. In the meantime, Director of Client Services, Communication and Information at the Court Management Services, Sydian Brissett, commended the Family Court Attendance Centre for providing training in this area, noting that it provides parents with guidance on a critical area they may need to emphasise in their family setting. “Today, as you come to practise what you have learnt, don’t let it stop here, but continue to use this knowledge at home, and other social and formal events that you will attend. Share the new information with your parents, siblings and peers in your community,” she advised. She informed the students that dining etiquette and social graces are increasingly becoming an asset that employers look for in potential employees. “These soft skills will make the difference between yourself and other persons, who are not equipped with these skills. It is, therefore, important that as you seek to advance academically, your social skills are on par with the best practices of the society,” Ms. Brissett added. Student, Tami Young, told JIS News that she was happy for the training. “It benefits me because I now get some more exposure in life. I now know how to behave when I am in a formal setting,” she said. Awards were handed out to the Best Diner; Best Escort and King and Queen of the Family Court Attendance Centre. The facility was established in 1978 as a non-residential, rehabilitation institution to provide continuing education for young people, age 12 to 17 years, who have been through the Family Court and are not able to fit into the normal school system due to social and behavioural problems. The Attendance Centre is located at 79 Duke Street, Kingston. By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Alton Gas offers deal to Mikmaq community in exchange for end to

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsA Mi’kmaw band is deciding whether or not to accept a deal with a company building a controversial project.Alton Gas is planning to store natural gas in underground salt caverns.Mi’maq have fought the project over environmental concerns.And some say the deal on the table won’t stop future protests.troache@aptn.calast_img

This Years Sweet 16 Is Downright Odd

Round of 64Davidson1261% Sweet 16Kansas State968 Is Kentucky’s toughest South region game already behind it?Kentucky’s pregame chance to win by round, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index Kentucky’s Elite Eight win probability is based on a weighted average of its chances of facing each opponent.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group With two rounds of the NCAA men’s tournament in the books, it’s clear that there’s no overwhelming favorite to win the national title. No. 1 overall seed Virginia was gone less than 36 hours into the tourney,1Excluding the play-in games, because, come on. and defending champ North Carolina didn’t last a whole lot longer. Although most of the Cinderellas have cleared the dance floor (save for South region No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago2Yes, Syracuse is also a No. 11 seed, but sorry — nobody is considering the six-time Final Four entrant a Cinderella.), the next few weeks could belong to any of about a dozen teams.Here’s what jumped out to us during the tournament’s first weekend-plus of action:This is the Strange 16Glance at the seed numbers of the teams left standing, and you’ll notice an odd mix. Only two No.1 seeds survived the tournament’s first weekend — the fewest since 2004 — and as many teams seeded seventh or worse (six) advanced as teams seeded in the top three of their regions. The resulting Sweet 16 isn’t necessarily stocked with scrappy opening-weekend flukes, as many of the first-round giant killers — such as UMBC, Buffalo and Marshall — didn’t make it past their second opponent. As a result, plenty of other years had more double-digit seeds reach the tourney’s second week. So this year’s Sweet 16 is just … well, strange.To measure this, I compared the distribution of this year’s Sweet 16 teams by seed to the average from 19853When the NCAA tournament’s 64-team era began. to 2017. This year’s glut of 5-, 7-, 9- and 11-seeds stands out, as does the general dearth of top seeds:In fact, if we compute the squared difference between this year’s number of Sweet 16 teams at each seed and the historical average for every year since 1985, this is the most aberrant distribution of seeds in any modern tournament, surpassing even 2000 (when 12 of the 16 surviving teams were seeded between slots 4 and 10).Underdogs are winning bigPerhaps more surprising than the barrage of upsets that highlighted opening weekend was the sheer magnitude of those unexpected wins. As No. 16 seed UMBC personified with its historic 20-point thrashing of No. 1 Virginia, these weren’t games in which the underdog squeaked by on a last-second shot; no, the favorites tended to be mercilessly crushed when they lost.Including both the rounds of 64 and 32, games won by lower-seeded teams this year have come by an average of 10.6 points, only the third time in the 64-team era that the average upset at this stage of the tournament came by a margin of 10.5 points or more. The others were in 2000 (yes, that tournament again), when underdogs won their games by an average of 10.9 points per game, and 1997, when they won by 10.6 on average. But those years’ first two rounds saw only 12 and 13 total upsets, respectively, by teams with an average seed number of 8.9. This year’s tourney has featured 15 upsets, by teams with an average seed of 10.1, which makes this collection of underdog landslides even more impressive.Kentucky can cruiseBefore the tournament, we relegated Kentucky to “dark horse” status in the South region, if simply because its path to the Final Four was shaping up to be a daunting one: First, a tough Davidson team in the round of 64; then, most likely, Arizona, Virginia and Cincinnati, all in a row. For all of Kentucky’s talent, that seemed like a tall order.Then, Arizona lost. And Virginia. And now, Cincinnati. (Not to mention Tennessee, Miami and Texas, too.) Suddenly, Kentucky finds itself as the sole team seeded better than seventh in its region, with a relatively clear road ahead. Our model currently gives UK the best Final Four odds of any team remaining in the field, at 57 percent.According to the Basketball Power Index system developed by ESPN’s Stats and Information Group, Kentucky’s toughest game along its path to the Final Four will end up being its opening-round matchup against Davidson — which is an astounding testament to the ease of the Wildcats’ path if they do wind up winning the South: Round of 32Buffalo1376 Elite EightLoyola-IL/Nevada11/766 RoundOpponentSeedWin Probability Of course, given the underwhelming performances by favorites in the tournament so far, there’s no telling if Kentucky will be able to take advantage of its big opportunity here, either. But no team can potentially benefit from the opening weekend’s shake-ups as much as the Wildcats — and it’s not even close.There’s still no tournament favoriteFor all the wackiness of the tournament’s first weekend, a look at our model’s list of most likely tournament winners reveals plenty of tried-and-true programs at the top, from 2016 champion Villanova at No.1 to 2015 winner Duke in second place, 2012 champ Kentucky in third and ‘08 winner Kansas in fourth. Although some would-be inaugural champions — such as Gonzaga, West Virginia and Texas A&M — are lurking right below, the odds are pretty strong we’ll see a familiar team cutting down the nets in San Antonio a few weeks from now.However, it’s still anybody’s guess which team that will be. Even Nova, as the nominal favorite, has but a 22 percent probability of winning the championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Only four teams have double-digit title chances right now, which is just one more than there were before the tourney began. And remember, last year’s champ, North Carolina, was only at 9 percent at this stage of the NCAAs.It’s only fitting that a season as wide-open as this one continues to be clouded with uncertainty about who the best team is — and whether it will even be the last one standing in two weeks. After a wild, weird first two rounds of the tourney, we can only hope for more of the same when play resumes Thursday.CORRECTION (March 19, 2:45 p.m.): Because of an error in data collection, 38 games from the 2015, 2012, 2009, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1990 and 1987 tournaments were not accounted for in the original article, while 38 games were counted twice. This caused several factual errors in the distribution of seeds in the Sweet 16 and margin of victories for those years. All text and charts have been updated with correct numbers. read more

Ohio State mens basketball ready for constant motion of Americans offense

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) sets up in defensive position during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team is coming off a defensive showing coach Thad Matta called one of the best performances by a team since he’s been at OSU.“I thought we were as tuned in, as dialed in as we could possibly be,” Matta said Tuesday, referring to the 52-35 win against then-No. 17 Marquette (2-1, 0-0) Saturday. “I thought guys used their length, their athleticism, they understood what we were trying to take away … It was probably about as good defensively as we could play.”The Buckeyes held the Golden Eagles to only 18.9 percent shooting in that game, and submitting a similar effort against American University (1-1, 0-0) Wednesday remains the focus. The American Eagles run an offense that has given the No. 8-ranked Buckeyes (3-0, 0-0) fits in the past.“We know they run the Princeton Offense. That’s going to be fun to guard like always,” said junior guard Shannon Scott Monday with a smile. “We just gotta treat them like any other team. Just because they’re not ranked doesn’t mean they can’t come in here and beat us.”The “Princeton Offense” is a style predicated on constant motion, quick cuts behind defenders and solid outside shooting. Matta said it takes extra time to prepare for the offense itself, and the Eagles shoot a high number of shots from beyond the 3-point arc.“It’s just the cutting is unique, you’ve got five guys out there that can shoot,” Matta said. “I think 47 percent of their field goal attempts are threes.”An in-conference foe, Northwestern, also runs the Princeton Offense, and the Wildcats have given the Buckeyes all they can handle in recent memory. Two seasons ago, OSU slipped by to beat Northwestern on the road, 75-73, as then-Buckeye forward Jared Sullinger scored the game-winning basket in the waning seconds. Last year, OSU needed late runs in both games against Northwestern to put them away.“It’s one of those deals where you may give up a lay up, you may give up a (3-pointer) here or there,” Matta said. “But it’s the possession after possession after possession of doing what you’re supposed to do and how you’re supposed to do it. And then in the end, you hope that you can rebound long shots, long rebounds. We gotta scoop those up. We’ve definitely learned our lesson over time playing Northwestern in that regard.”Staying disciplined on the defensive side of the ball is going to be key, as the Buckeyes look to win their fourth straight to open the season.“We have to be really sound on defense. We can’t gamble like we probably would,” Scott said. “I know for myself, I like to be in the passing lanes, I probably can’t do that too much cause they’re going to back-door it. Just playing honestly, defensively. Staying between the man and the basket is a huge key for us.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Eagles is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Mens gymnastics No 3 Buckeyes end season with road win at No

The OSU men’s gymnastics team poses for a photo after the NCAA championships on April 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Luke Swartz | Lantern reporterThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team ended their last meet of the season with a victory at No. 4 Illinois on Friday, 417.350-415.250. The Buckeyes now turn to the postseason for Big Ten and NCAA championships.“I’m very proud of how our team fought (Friday),” coach Rustam Sharipov said. “Now that the regular season is over, it’s time to get ready for a successful postseason run.”Illinois freshman Sebastian Quiana set the stage for his team on the floor and posted a career-best score of 14.950, his second title this year. Sophomore Alex Diab added a 14.800, leading the Illini to a 70.700 on floor.The Buckeyes received event titles from redshirt junior Sean Melton (parallel bars and rings), sophomore Alec Yoder (pommel horse) and redshirt senior Jake Martin (all-around). Melton’s title on rings, with a tally of 15.200, was the best of his season and is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA this season. Melton closed out with gold on the parallel bars with a readout of 14.600.For the second meet in a row and third time this season, Yoder registered a pommel horse routine of greater than 15 points. He received the event title with tally of 15.100 points and now has four pommel horse titles this season.OSU earned a season-high score of 71.700 on the vault with performances from Seth Delbridge (14.600), Yoder (14.550), Melton (14.500), Martin (14.300) and sophomore Joey Bonanno (13.750). Martin received an event title in the all-around with an overall score of 80.900.Additionally, on Friday, team captain Martin was named a finalist for the 2017 Nissen-Emery Award — an award presented annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast by the College Gymnastics Association.“It’s a really big honor to be named one of the finalist,” Martin said. “The list has included some of the all-time NCAA greats, including the ones from Ohio State such as Blaine Wilson, Kip Simons and Jamie Natalie, so to be put on this list is a really big honor.”Martin has had a successful career in the gym and classroom. He is set to graduate with dual degrees in international studies and political science in May. He is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection and a 2014 CGA All-America Scholar Athlete.Despite suffering two injuries, Martin has excelled throughout his career. As a sophomore in 2014, Martin was the Big Ten champion on the vault and was selected to the first-team All-Big Ten. He also achieved two All-American performances in the all-around and vault at the NCAA championships.“It’s been pretty difficult to return from my injuries, but in the long run I feel like it’s made me stronger,” Martin added. “I feel like I’m in a good spot and I’m a lot further along than some people expected, and that makes me excited for the rest of the season.”The winner will be announced on April 20 in West Point, New York, before the NCAA championships begin.Up next, Ohio State will travel back to Champaign, Illinois, for the Big Ten championships from April 7 to 8. read more

Aston Villa went to the casino rolled the dice and it

first_imgAston Villa are now in very big trouble after they played their “Get Out Of Jail Free” card and saw it backfire in their  Championship play-off final defeat, says the club’s former finance director Mark AnsellThe Lions were in desperate need of a return to the Premier League for next season with club owner Dr Tony Xia reportedly having no other option than to sell Villa now.Currently, Villa are working alongside the HM Revenue & Customs in order to resolve an unpaid tax bill.“You have to question the management of the club,” Ansell told BBC.“The Revenue would have looked at the playoffs as a ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card. When they didn’t win that promotion, they would then have been questioning whether or not they could get their money.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“They’ve [Villa] gone to the casino, they’ve rolled the dice and it hasn’t worked.”Following their 1-0 defeat to the 10-man Fulham in last month’s Championship play-off final, Captain John Terry left the club after the owners admitted that they would be unable to pay for his wages next season.On Tuesday, the board then suspended chief executive Keith Wyness – although it is understood that this is not in regards to the unpaid tax bill.In Villa’s first season in the Championship and under Xia’s ownership, they reported a £14.5m loss in the 2016-17 season.Their failure to beat Fulham and win promotion back to the Premier League last month cost them an estimated £160m.last_img read more

Mourinho – United didnt improve

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho bemoans their lack of activity in the last transfer window, saying “everyone improved except us”.United failed to sign their center-back targets in the summer transfer window, Mourinho, however, managed to bring in Fred and Diogo Dalot spending £80m in the process.Except for Tottenham Hotspur, the top six clubs were all active in the last window, and the Portuguese boss believes United are behind their rivals because of their lack of signings, arguing that Spurs already had a quality team.“The distance [between United and top four] is something I couldn’t predict,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“You always think in a positive way, you always think the distance is not going to be so big.“But I said clearly, last season we didn’t get the credit we deserved. To finish second, to play the FA Cup final and to qualify as winners in our Champions League group – we didn’t get the credit we deserved at all.“All the teams they got better, Spurs was the team that did not make a direct investment, but the best investment is to keep the top players that you have. So every team got better and we didn’t.”last_img read more

Benitez still has faith in Newcastle United

first_imgThe Spanish manager believes his team can still be saved this season, despite losing 2-1 against Chelsea and slipping into the bottom three of the Premier.After losing 2-1 against Chelsea in yesterday’s fixture of the English Premier League, Newcastle United fell into the 18th position.The Magpies have now only 4 wins, six draws, and 12 defeats so far in the 2018-2019 season.And are just 7 points ahead of the EPL’s last club Huddersfield Town.But Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is still hopeful his team can be saved.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“What I can see is that we have to stay calm,” he said to The Chronicle.“Next week will be massive against Cardiff but we still have to win more games than that.”“We have to do well in the rest of the season,” he explained.“I have confidence in the team and if we continue working like today we will have chances to get points against teams that will be closer to us.”last_img read more

Manchester City De Bryune cant stand losing games

first_imgManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he can’t stand losing, either on the football pitch or playing a board game at home with his family.The Citizens host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, hoping to close in on Liverpool’s seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings.De Bruyne is expected to start the game against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after an injury-blighted season which has seen him restricted him to just six league appearances.Pep Guardiola’s men are looking to become the first Premier League side to successfully defend the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team in 2009.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…City defeated Liverpool 2-1 in their last Premier League outing and will be hoping for another win when Wolves come visiting.De Bruyne was asked what motivates him, the Belgium international, replied, as quoted by the Independent:“Winning. I can’t stand to lose.”“Even at home, playing boards game with the missus, the son, whatever, I can’t lose against them. It’s just the way I am. It just drives me to keep going and to become probably the best I can be in football.”last_img read more

Alaska Man Killed After Being Partially Buried By Avalanche

first_imgTroopers requested a medical flight from the Alaska Air National Guard, which deployed a Pave Hawk helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to the avalanche site, located about 9 miles (14 kilometers) southwest of the city of Whittier. It wasn’t immediately clear if each person had their own snowmobile or if people had doubled up to ride near the glacier. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim of the Wednesday afternoon accident as Chad Christman. He was part of a group of people riding snowmobiles near Blackstone Glacier, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Anchorage, Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead with the Alaska National Guard said in an email. The avalanche caught six of the snowmobilers. “Five were OK, but one person had to be dug out,” she wrote. Two witnesses on snowmobiles reported to troopers that they saw Christman buried by the avalanche. “When they arrived at Blackstone Glacier, at 4,800-foot (1,463-meter) elevation, a landing area for the helicopter had been stamped into the snow by the snowmachine group,” Olmstead wrote. Snowmachines are what Alaskans call snowmobiles. “When the avalanche stopped, Christman was only partially buried,” troopers said in a web posting. “The two men and other people in the area were able to dig Christman out. CPR was started.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 41-year-old Anchorage man driving a snowmobile in Alaska’s backcountry died after being partially buried by an avalanche, officials said Thursday. Christman was transported to an Anchorage hospital but didn’t survive, troopers said. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the avalanche or how big it was. A message sent to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.last_img read more