US Exempts Indian-backed Port in Iran From Sanctions

first_imgThe United States said on Tuesday (Nov 6) it would exempt Iran’s Indian-backed port of Chabahar from new sanctions on Teheran, recognising the value of the project to Afghanistan.Iran late last year inaugurated the port on the Indian Ocean, which provides a key supply route to landlocked Afghanistan and allows India to bypass its historic enemy Pakistan.Read it at Straits Times Related Itemslast_img

Letters

first_imgAchal Mehra states in “Bush’s Black Eye,” (July 2004) that the “most horrific violation of civil liberties in U.S. history” occurred when Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. He is wrong.The most horrific violation of civil liberties occurred on Sept 11, 2001, when 19 fanatical terrorists slashed the throats of helpless airlines stewardesses, hijacked four commercial airliners, destroyed the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon, and killed 3,000 innocent Americans in less than an hour. In addition to the loss of lives, these attacks instantly cost our nation $250 billion and resulted in a total of $2 trillion damage to our nation’s economy. What happened to the civil liberties of these 3,000 innocent Americans and their right to life?Mehra speaks of the “horrific conditions” on Guantanamo Bay, but he never speaks of the terrible conditions and the fate faced by innocent people kidnapped by terrorists. Even worse, he speaks of “Bush’s bogus war on terror,” as if we really do not face a continual threat of danger from terrorists. But the timeline of terrorist attacks against America clearly shows that terrorists have waged war against us for more than 25 years, in which countless Americans have been killed.It is even more important to realize the war on terror is a global one. And instead of dismissing the war on terror, Indian Americans should be at the forefront of this debate, considering that 60,000 Indians have died in Kashmir and the country has experienced other terroristic attacks. When we mock the war on terror, we mock the innocent people who have died.Mehra expressed a pessimistic, distorted view of the threat international terrorism poses to world civilization and displayed empty, partisan rhetoric due to his hostility on a personal level against President George W. Bush. Many members of our community understand the grave threat of terrorism against our nation, and they are standing behind the President in his resolve to win this war.Raghavendra VijayanagarChairman, Indian American Republican CouncilThe editorial “Bush’s Black Eye” (July 2004), is a welcome relief. It is heartening to see independent media doing what large corporate media should do in a democracy, which is critically examine those in power. Now, it is time for the media to bravely (and truthfully) attach the “R” word to Mr. Bush and his behavior.  No, not Republican, rather the “R” word “Racist.”The hallmark of a racist is his inability to see individuals as individuals.  Racists extrapolate the behavior of a few to entire populations. The actions of the 19 World Trade Center bombers are extrapolated to one billion people all of whom are expendable.  It is acceptable to racists like Mr. Bush that two entire ancient civilizations and countless innocent men, women, and children become  nothing more than “collateral damage.”  Any price to capture Saddam Hussein is worth it, because even though over 99% of the casualties have committed no crimes, they are unimportant, because they don’t look like Mr. Bush.I have to ask why all the previous American terrorists- men such as Terry Nichols, Eric Rudolph, the KKK, Tim McVeigh, and those who terrorized the Native Americans, slaves, and later Blacks – were all perceived to be individuals and were punished individually?  Why then are the WTC terrorists not understood as individuals as well?I appreciate the truthfulness of your editorial, but let’s not mince words.  Bush is a racist, and if we support him in 2004, his racist will become even more virulent in a second term unleashed from the worry of having to run for re-election.  As Americans, rich or poor, we will all suffer.Hersh ChopraAtlanta GAI was deeply disappointed by the disrespectful way Vijay Prashad referred to the passing of President Ronald Reagan, commenting, “When he died last month, I almost forgot that he was still alive,” (“Ronnie & Me,” July 2004). The reason why the media, and more importantly the American people, treated Reagan like a hero upon his passing was quite simple: he actually was a hero. President Reagan survived an assassination attempt, he helped secure freedom for millions of people by working to end Communism and the Cold War, and he helped to restore optimism and hope in the American people during troubled times.In 1980, Reagan carried 44 states in his victory over Jimmy Carter, and in 1984, he carried 49 states in his win over Walter Mondale. He won his reelection 59%-41%, one of the widest margins ever, and was a few thousand votes short of carrying all 50 states. He is the only President in our history given such a wide mandate to govern by the people. Under his leadership, Reagan created 20 million new jobs and 7 million new small businesses and our economy grew for a record 92 continuous months, nearly 8 years. Reagan reasserted America’s strength by investing in a strong national defense, and his memorable motto “peace through strength” revived confidence in the American people about America’s capabilities and our ability to defend ourselves against the growing threat of international terrorism.Prashad displays personal anger and resentment toward President Reagan and also against President Bush. His anger, hatred, and personal animosity against these leaders clouds his judgment. He admits, even boasts that he is an unabashed leftist, which clearly explains why his views are so distorted.I believe Indian Americans are rational, moderate people, and that Prashad’s views are not representative of our community.Dino TepparaWashington, DCLet me felicitate you on the insightful editorial “Defying the Imagination” (August 2004). What we have today in America is a divisive and reactionary political climate that is doing great damage to the fair name of this country.Since January 2001 the current administration has sought to strengthen the corporate world at the expense of ordinary working citizens and has sought support from the ultra conservatives. Granted there was an attack on the country in September 2001, the sense of panic and the need to sacrifice our independence to counter terrorism has been excessive. The military adventure in Iraq has provided the real terrorists opportunities to continue their acts as witnessed in Spain and other places. On top of the loss of the surplus at the end of the Clinton era, we are now deep in deficit and haveover night become the detested bully by the world community.Your last sentence “For this is ineptitude and incompetence (by the Bush administration) on a scale that defies the imagination” speaks volumes on what ails our country now.Byravan ViswanathanGettysburg, PAI could identify with sentiments expressed in the article “Unhappy in America” by Lavina Melwani, (August 2004). Countless immigrant women professionals feel lost and hopeless in the United States, because they don’t have work permits. For young couples who come as students, making ends meet on their meager student stipends is difficult. They are frustrated, desperate and yearn for home. Bleak landscapes and their anonymity does not help. Melwani’s article inspired me to write this poem.Living in the USA, I was fascinated by thesophisticated technology everywhere,But,Watching the sprinklers spraying water on the lawn,  I wondered, where is the mali?Pumping the gas in my own car, I wondered,where is the petrol pump owner?Depositing the check in the ATM machine, I wondered, where is the bank cashier?Paying at the self-check-out machine in the store, I wondered, where is the grocer? Operating the ‘automatic’ washer and dryer, I wondered, where is the dhobi?Listening to the disembodied voice at the other end of the telephone, I wondered, where is the ‘live’ Operator?Walking through the empty roads, I wondered, where is the fruit and vegetable vendor?Jogging past palatious suburban homes with their empty lawns, I wondered, where are the children?I missed the multitude of people jostling past me, when I wandered in the streets. I missed the friendly shop-keeper, helpful garage-owner, rude clerk, the inquisitive neighbor and the ‘bossy’ maid.I missed my land and its people.Haripriya Rathnamvia eMailI read Lavina Melwani’s article “Unhappy in America” (August 2004) with interest and amusement. You have exploded a myth about young professionals. Now you might want to do a story on seniors and possibly explode another myth: many of them also feel uncomfortable in America. The contexts may differ. Seniors like me, who are visiting from India, have mixed feelings and perhaps thee views differ from the seniors residing in the United States.Suresh KumarCary, NCThe article “Unhappy in America” by Lavina Melwani (August 2004) saddened me, because all the Indians I have met are really sweet, intelligent people, and I wish more would come here. I can, however, understand their inherent desires to live in their own country with their family and neighbors. Who wouldn’t want that? I wonder if there is anything I can do to make things easier for the individual Indians I meet in the United States. I wish the article had some ideas on ways to improve the situation for Indians in America.CamiVia eMailThe article “Unhappy in America” (August 2004) is whiny and vastly exaggerates the problems that immigrant Indians face in America. Worse, it blames America for them, which is preposterous.I am an Indian woman in my 30s from a middle class South Indian family. I came to the USA in 1997 as a software consultant. I had no friends or relatives in the United States to help me out, and, yes, I had my share of problems, which any immigrant, Indian or otherwise, would face. I had to report to office on my first day, even though I didn’t have a car or license. I was expected to show up at the office daily and I did. Today, thanks to my friends, both Indian and non Indian, I am relatively better off and independent.Everybody has to face their share of problems; that’s life! Quit blaming society and grow up. If they cannot take up a job because of visa restrictions (as is the case for Indian women on H4), immigrants should try volunteering at the local Red Cross or similar organization. This will help them overcome depression and at the same time contribute to society. In fact, Indian American spouses have it easier than women like me who come here single. Every immigrant group has its share of problems; it is certainly not unique to Indians, as the article seems to suggest.Finally, every Indian came to the United States of their own free will, whether for a job or with family. It is meaningless to say, “I had no choice but to come here.” If preserving Indian culture is more important, people should just stay in India and quit blaming the USA.UpasanaVia eMailThe article “Langar Wins the Heart” is quite uplifting, except for one troubling detail. What does the writer mean by the use of the word pagan in the sentence, “Thousands of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and pagans follow the Siukhs’s lead.”? Does the term refer to us Hindus? Are there other faiths that were not explicitly enumerated also included under the pagan umbrella?Perhaps the writer meant “other non-Sikhs” as I can’t see why a magazine targeting the South Asian community would tolerate this term of description. If members of the Pagan motorcycle gang were present, then I might be mistaken. Overall the writer Geneive Abdo provides a compelling vignette of Langar and Sikh history.Although I am not a Sikh, I was planning to use the article to edify my Western friends the next time they mention “Arbabs pumping gas in New Jersey.” Keep up the great articles. Little India provides a depth that’s frequently missing from other South Asian publications in America.Lavesh BholaSomerdale, NJEditor’s note: Professed pagan groups were in fact participants at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and it is to them that the article referred.CorrectionsManna Dey’s first film song (“Ai Mere Pyare Watan,” September 2004), “Upar Gagan Vishal” was for the film Mashaal, not Ram Rajya, as was erroneously reported. Also, the reference by Dey to a composition by Shankar Jaikishan is for the film Basant Bihar, not Baija Bawra.In the interview with Jagjit Singh (“Mohabbat ki Zuban,” August 2004), the names of Surdas, Kabir Das and Meera Bai were misspelled due to copy editing errors.Little India encourages letters to the editor. Please email your comments to editor@littleindia.com or write to: Letters, Little India, Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Ave Suite 1826, New York NY 10118 or by fax to 212-560-0609.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Gurgaon: Corporate City

first_imgDLF Cyber City, the epicenter of the outsourcing sector in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of Delhi, built by India’s largest real estate developer DLF, boasts of 15-million sq. ft. of workspace for the world’s leading corporate houses, such as IBM, Microsoft, GE, WNS, ESPN, RBS, Wipro, HCL, etc. The once backwater village in Haryana is now littered with the campuses and offices of major multinational corporations of every stripe and industry. Armies of call center and technology workers swarm into the tech city every day, driving its economy, overrunning its shopping malls and food courts and swarming into every public sphere. Related Itemslast_img read more

Journalist arrested for tweet on Adityanath

first_imgA freelance journalist was booked on Saturday by the Uttar Pradesh police on charges of trying to malign the image of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath by allegedly posting an “objectionable comment” on Twitter.The family of the journalist, Prashant Kanojia, alleged that he was picked up by policemen in plainclothes from Delhi and brought to Lucknow where he was being questioned. An FIR has been lodged at the Hazratganj police station. The Hazratganj police said in a statement that Mr. Kanojia was arrested after being questioned. ‘Admitted to crime’During questioning, he had admitted to his crime, the police said, adding that they had evidence against him under Sections 500 and 505 of the IPC and Section 66 of the IT Act. His whereabouts are not known. Mr. Kanojia’s location is also not known. As per the FIR, he is charged with trying to malign Mr. Adityanath’s image through an objectionable post but it did not specify the details of the post.One of the last few posts shared by Mr. Kanojia on social media was a video of a woman who was speaking to media claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to the Chief Minister. Mr. Kanojia had mocked Mr Adityanath over the video and remarked in Hindi: “Ishq chupta nahi chupane se Yogi ji (love cannot be hidden).”As per his official Twitter handle, Mr. Kanojia is an alumnus of IIMC and Mumbai University and has worked with a couple of news organizations.last_img read more

Bhutan trucks drive into new traffic rules in Assam

first_imgTrucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh have driven into the new traffic rules and hefty fines implemented belatedly in Assam via a notification on September 23.Exporters from Bhutan said about 40 trucks were seized for overloading in western Assam’s Bongaigaon district on Thursday last. SAARC agreementThis, they pointed out, was done despite an agreement among the SAARC countries on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) allowing a third country to be used as a transit between two member countries without hindrance.SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Ugyen Raften, the former president of the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association, said Bhutanese traders have been transporting stone chips and other materials to Bangladesh for years without facing any problems. He admitted that some trucks carry more load than the standard 18 tonnes but SAFTA rules prohibit a transit country (India) from stopping consignments from an exporting country (Bhutan) to an importing country (Bangladesh).“Trucks from Gelephu in Bhutan regularly carry stone chips to Bangladesh via Dalu (Meghalaya-Bangladesh border). The goods and documents are sealed before the trucks enter Assam and, as per SAFTA rules, are to be opened at the destination after covering a distance of 321 km through Assam and Meghalaya. But the seizure and fines in Assam have put us in a spot,” he said.Mr. Raften said that scores of trucks had been stranded at Rakhaldubi in Assam for a week because of a damaged bridge at Tikrikilla in Meghalaya. The trucks were allowed to travel on Thursday night via a bypass but the last 40-odd trucks in the convoy ran into the police and motor vehicle inspectors.Subodh K. Sonowal, Bongaigaon district’s Superintendent of Police, said the police too had found the trucks overloaded. The new rules prescribe a fine of ₹20,000 for overloading and an additional ₹2,000 per extra tonne, as against ₹2,000 and ₹1,000 earlier. “The police did not confiscate the trucks. But the district transport office had some issues with them,” he said.last_img read more

School principal, teachers, arrested in connection with student death

first_imgThe principal, two teachers and the hostel warden of a Holy Cross school in north Tripura were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death of a Class X student. Police charged hostel warden Borchung Halam of causing injuries to Happy Debbarma, leading to his death. Halam is accused of torturing Happy Debbarma at the boys’ hostel premises of the Holy Cross school at Kumarghat in Unakoti district on September 22. The victim latter succumbed to his injuries at the GBP Hospital in Agartala.The incident angered different social groups that staged street protests to press demand for arrest of the culprits and ensure justice for the victim’s family. Though police were accused of showing reluctance initially, they made arrests on Tuesday.“All connected people wanted in investigation have been arrested,” Additional Superintendent of Police of Unakoti district Ranaditya Das told the Hindu. The detainees are Principal Fr. Lency, teachers Fr. Joe Paul and Fr. Alfred, and hostel Warden Borchung Halam.Halam who was picked up from an area in west Tripura was charged with murder.last_img read more

NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Teenager upsets Nadal at Montreal Masters LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is not one to hold his tongue regarding issues in today’s NBA and he recently chimed in on Kyrie Irving’s supposed request to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The outspoken player-turned-analyst shared how baffled he was by the notion of Irving’s displeasure playing second fiddle to teammate LeBron James.“You want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid,” he said during an interview on NBA TV, as relayed by Bleacher Report.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“If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win,” he said.The 1993 NBA MVP also recalled Irving’s early years with the Cavaliers while LeBron was still playing for the Miami Heat. “When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him,” he explained. “And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow.”Barkley, meanwhile, certainly knows a thing or two about accepting a lesser role, as he joined fellow legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler at the twilight of his career in the 1996-1997 season.Although Barkley acknowledges that at 25 Irving is still in his prime with his best days ahead of him, he further explained why winning a championship remains the most important thing.“You wanna share the glory. You wanna win. Right now, there’s only two, three, maybe four legitimate teams in the NBA,” he concluded. “If you’re not on one of those four or five teams, you’re really just wasting your time for seven months. So I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to play with LeBron. Listen, I wanna play with LeBron now!”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving? K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Letran Knights pull through for injured Ambohot

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran personified what the next man up creed is all about on Tuesday.After one of its key players in Jeo Ambohot went down with an injury against San Sebastian, the Knights did not see it as a setback.ADVERTISEMENT It was a moment for them to come together and rally behind their fallen knight.READ: Letran withstands San Sebastian in OTFEATURED 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“It was sad to see Jeo go down. When he went out I just thought I needed to double my effort because he’s a big part of our team,” said star guard Rey Nambatac.Nambatac delivered 23 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double, to lead Letran over San Sebastian in overtime for its fourth consecutive win. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Nambatac also got plenty of help with JP Calvo and Jerrick Balanza stepping up.Calvo wound up with 12 points, including a pair of go-ahead freebies in extra time, eight assists and a crucial steal as he and Balanza came up big in the endgame.Balanza blocked a last-second shot by Stags forward Michael Calisaan at the end of regulation before sinking the game-sealing free throws with 26.9 seconds left in OT.“I just really wanted to win for Jeo,” Calvo said in Filipino.Ambohot was having quite a game with 11 points and eight rebounds before he sustained a right wrist injury following a nasty spill at the 5:48 mark of the third period.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’ He had to be taken to the hospital right away to have his wrist, which was believed to be dislocated.“Hoping for the best for Jeo. Rest assured that kid will not give up and whatever the result, he will be with us,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa of Ambohot. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READcenter_img NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights PLAY LIST 02:11NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights00:50Trending Articles00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas01:37Protesters 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 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal

first_imgMOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Kaitlin de Guzman nailed the gold medal in gymnastics women’s artistic uneven bars Tuesday for the Philippines’ second triumph of the day in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old De Guzman, daughter of former SEA Games champion Cintamoni Dela Cruz, garnered 12.875 points in her routine to bag the top honors.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding She bested Malaysia’s Tracie Ang who had 12.550 and Indonesia’s Rifda Iranalithfi who scored 12.075.De Guzman is competing in two more events including her favorite floor exercise.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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

PH winds up with another failed SEA Games bid

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Can Team PH go beyond 50 golds?A newcomer in the SEA Games, the Roxas City native was overweight by two kilos prior to the start of competition Sunday, according to pencak silat chief Princess Jacel Kiram.“He’s a very hardworking athlete with a lot of promise,” said Kiram of Dumaan who won a bronze during the Asian Beach Games last year.It wasn’t hard to pinpoint the missed opportunities.READ: Malacañang hails Filipino SEA Games medalistsADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Taekwondo jin Alora also a ‘keyboard warrior’ READ: SEA Games debacle loomsBut the gold will not rescue sports officials from the rubble of yet another gloomy bid in the biennial meet.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 shutoutBy any measure, officials missed their mark despite a dramatic stand by the country’s national athletes. From a 50-gold projection, the country was left to target a better haul than the last SEA Games in Singapore.But even that 29-gold count now seems like a luxury. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Cycling, which Malaysia used to meet its projected gold count, didn’t produce any victories for the Philippines despite the sport dangling 20 golds in BMX, track and road races.Olympian Daniel Caluag was the only one who went home with a medal in the sport, a bronze in his favorite BMX event.READ: Caluag fails to defend BMX title, settles for bronzeShooting also failed to snare a single gold, gaining only a bronze in 14 events of the sport.But swimming has to be the biggest disappointment. Despite being one of the most funded associations this year, swimming went home without a gold.READ: PH wins bronze in women’s 50m rifle for shooting’s 1st medal In fact, the country has no gold to show in swimming in the last two editions of the SEA Games despite the sport offering 38 golds.The sport’s best performer was 24-year-old James Deiparine, who won silvers in the 100m and 50m breaststroke.READ: Two bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Cyclist Azizulhasni Awang gave host Malaysia its 111th goal medal late Monday, allowing the host country to meet its target and serving as a fitting backdrop to the failed Philippine campaign in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.Pencak silat gave the country’s gasping bid some ray of light, with Dines Dumaan going through the wringer for a gold medal Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ravena gets shot at another gold for PH

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGunning for a record-setting fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, Kiefer Ravena feels blessed beyond belief as he was named to the Gilas Pilipinas roster on Tuesday.“I’m very honored. I have the chance to get my fourth gold medal and be the only one to do it, so I guess hopefully, I get to repay the trust that coach Chot (Reyes) has given me, especially that I’m one of the newcomers in the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Beermen guards Cabagnot, Ross eye history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ravena is no stranger to representing the country in the regional tilt, leading the country to the pole position in 2011, 2013, and 2015.And for the 6-foot playmaker, he was overwhelmed with the trust the national team backers has been giving him, as he gets a crack on topping the three gold medal haul in basketball previously set by Rommel Adducul from 1997 to 2001.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s been six years since I first played in the SEA Games. I was 17 years old then with coach Norman (Black). I’m very thankful for the opportunity that until now, I get a chance to represent a country in such a prestigious competition like the SEA Games,” he said.“This is something we really look forward to every two years, and in the SEA Games, we aspire to prove that we’re the best in terms of basketball in Southeast Asia.” Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ravena said that adjusting to the system isn’t really much of a concern given his familiarity with the dribble-drive system, which is almost the same scheme used in the past iterations of the national team.“It’s really not that hard for me since this is the system that we’ve been running in the past couple of SEA Games with coach Jong (Uichico) and coach Tab (Baldwin). So adjustment-wise, there’s nothing really big on it. I guess it’s more of the players, but again, I’m lucky that I’m familiar with these players who I’ve been teammates with and I’ve played against one way or another, so it’s easier for me,” he said.Ravena also isn’t going to the regional tilt as the lone veteran, with Kevin Ferrer and Bobby Ray Parks seeking their third gold medal, as well as Troy Rosario, Baser Amer, and Almond Vosotros eyeing their second.With this wealth of experience, the two-time UAAP MVP eyes to share the knowledge to SEA Games rookies, like Kobe Paras, as they seek to further extend the Philippines’ dominance in the said event.“I guess it’s very important to share that knowledge, share that glory which you could only feel in the SEA Games. It’s not gonna be a walk in the park, unlike what other people say that it’s already a sure-ball, because it won’t. The other countries are improving, so it’s important that we improve also,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage But Ravena knows this won’t be easy, with countries like Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia hungry to upset the Philippines come August 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur.“We’re in for a dogfight. I was watching the SEABA Championships here, and from what I’ve heard and what I saw, that was their preparation for the SEA Games. So some of the teams came to the SEABA Championships not really to win but to beat the Philippines in the SEA Games. So that’s bigger target on our backs. Each and everyone of us will be playing, and we have to be aware of that, and we have to see and really accept the fact that some of the teams are already improving. It won’t be as easy as before or the previous years,” he said.“As I said before 2011, they have a program that’s really set, that one of these years, can beat the Philippines. But we won’t let that happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Standhardinger: Playing in the PBA is an option

first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – The coming PBA Draft could be a lot deeper than anyone had anticipated.Christian Standhardinger, a 6-foot-7 center who only had the PBA in his consciousness less than a month ago, is considering having a career in the Philippines and would definitely be a deserving top overall pick.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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’ LATEST STORIES Young Taiwanese grabs spotlight after incident with Wright “I’m really looking to what the future brings,” the 28-year-old, whose mother is from Angono, Rizal, said of a PBA career. “I became a free agent (in the German league) this season and right now, my options are open.“Definitely, the PBA is an option,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKiefer Ravena has more or less declared his availability for the Draft after two more international stints, and with Bobby Ray Parks also likely to join the proceedings, three teams can certainly change their fortunes for the next season.Standhardinger looms to be a very promising prospect because of his size and work ethic. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He had 17 points and 15 rebounds against Chinese Taipei A on Sunday night and showed what he can do even against players bigger than he is.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Indian players unhappy ahead of CWG

first_imgAlready plagued by collapsing infrastructure and missed deadlines, the Commonwealth Games (CWG) now faces more trouble with less than a week to go for its gala inauguration as there seems to be a rebellion brewing in the Indian teams for cycling and shooting. The Indian shooting team that picked up a record 27 medals at the last Commonwealth Games has been struggling to get the right equipment for practice this time. The sport that gave India its first ever individual Olympic gold has been suffering at the hands of its administrators as the Indian shooters are forced to borrow ammunition for practice. The shooters should have been training at the ranges in Delhi where the Games will be held but that could not happen as the venues were not ready on time. Now the organising committee (OC) seems to be ensuring that the Indian shooters do not get the home advantage. Chief coach Sunny Thomas is now worried as the OC has failed to get the shooters ammunition for practice. “We are the reigning champions. We had 27 medals in the last Commonwealth Games. To make it 27 to 28, it’s not so easy as we think,” he said. In fact, things came to such a head that ace shooter Gagan Narang even threatened to quit the team for CWG. Cycling team wary of SAI bondOn the other side, the Indian cycling team has been up in arms and has threatened to return their imported bicycles. They claimed that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) was forcing the cyclists to sign bonds making them answerable for any damage caused to their equipments. The riders were given the bicycles worth lakhs of rupees just a few days ago and were later asked by SAI to sign bonds. The bond apparently states that in case a bicycle is lost or damaged while in use, the rider would be held responsible for it. The cyclists initially refused to sign the bond but were forced to sign it after sometime.advertisementlast_img read more

VVS, Zaheer on career-best rankings after Durban win

first_imgThe match-winning 96-run knock in the Durban Test on Thursday catapulted VVS Laxman to a career-best ninth in the batting chart while paceman Zaheer Khan’s good show also helped him touch his career-best mark of number four in the bowling list of latest ICC rankings.Laxman’s effort in the second innings played a pivotal role in India’s 87-run win, which helped India level the three-match series 1-1, and also pushed him six places up.It is for the first time that Laxman has entered into the top-10 zone.The wristy Hyderabadi is now the third Indian batsman inside the top-10 with Sachin Tendulkar sitting in the second position and Virender Sehwag occupying the fourth spot.Zaheer Khan recorded figures of 3-36 and 3-57 in India’s win at Durban and has been rewarded with a jump of three places which puts him along side James Anderson of England.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has also improved his ranking by two places and is now in eighth position after match figures of 6-80.Paceman S Sreesanth jumped lifted six places to 27th position after match figures of 4-86. In contrast, South Africa’s top four batsmen failed to retain their places.Jacques Kallis slipped to fifth (down by two places), AB de Villiers to sixth (down by one place), Hashim Amla to 12th (down by three places) and Graeme Smith to 14th (down by three places).For South Africa, the only consolation is that Dale Steyn has strengthened his number-one ranking by opening up 83 points advantage over his closest rival, Graeme Swann of England.advertisementSteyn is now just three ratings points away from reaching the 900-point mark. Steyn took 6-50 and 2-60, for which he earned 21 ratings points giving him a career-best rating of 897.If Steyn manages to earn three more ratings points in Cape Town, he will become only the second South Africa bowler after Shaun Pollock (November 1999) and 20th overall to reach the 900-point mark which, in rankings terms, is the benchmark for top bowlers.Meanwhile England’s Jonathan Trott, whose undefeated 168 helped England to take a 415-run first innings lead which eventually resulted in an innings and 157 runs victory over Australia, has climbed seven places to claim third position.Trott is now just nine ratings points behind Tendulkar.The two can swap places depending on how they perform in the final Tests of the series which start in Sydney and Cape Town, respectively next week.The other England batsmen moving in the right direction are Alastair Cook in 13th position (up by one place) and Kevin Pietersen in 21st spot (up by four places).The news is not very good for Australia whose top-order batsmen have taken a dive in the rankings.Mike Hussey has dropped four places to share 10th position with Sri Lanka’s Thilan Samaraweera, Shane Watson has fallen two places to 15th spot. Michael Clarke has slipped three places to 24th position and Ricky Ponting has dropped to 29th place, one behind England captain Andrew Strauss.last_img read more

Flop actor Zayed Khan turns to production

first_imgNot having made quite the splash as an actor as he may have hoped for, Zayed Khan is now looking at movie production as an alternative career. The actor, who had earlier declared he would co-produce a movie with Dia Mirza, is now said to be seriously working on a sports film.Says a source, “Zayed has always been interested in making sports based films. He has finally found a script which he might convert into a film.” We have learnt that Zayed has been trying to rope in Farukh Kabir – who directed the Naseeruddin Shah starrer Allah ke Banday last year – for the project. Farukh denies receiving any such offer, but says he is keen on doing a sports movie.Zayed Khan made his Bollywood debut in 2000, with the dud Chura Liya Hai Tumne opposite Esha Deol. His last tryst with celluloid was a guest appearance in the Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer Anjaana Anjaani, which too, flopped miserably.last_img read more