30 Nov

AFC Cup: Heavy defeat leaves Ceres needing miracle

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Istiklol got a goal each at from Akhtam Nazarov and Romish Dhzalilov in the first half, before a second half brace from Manuchehr Dhzalilov ensured the Tajiks go into the second leg on Sept. 12 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City with a comfortable advantage. A 5-0 win at home will allow the Busmen to advance, but a 4-0 scorline will send the tie to extra time. But with the way the Tajik champions dominated the first leg, it seems the Busmen would need a miracle for that to happen. 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 shutoutNazarov opened the scoring by converting a penalty in the 25th minute after Kota Kawase brought down Dimitri Barkov inside the area. Romish Dhzalilov doubled the lead at the stroke of halftime with a clinical strike that left Roland Muller with no chance. The Busmen hardly threatened in the first half as Istiklol controlled proceedings, pressing high and winning the ball early. It didn’t help that the Busmen missed their top defender Super Herrera to suspension as Kawase struggled to deal with Barkov. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Photo from AFC Cup Twitter.HISOR – Filipino club Ceres-Negros absorbed a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Tajikistan champion Istiklol in the first leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal tie on Tuesday, leaving the Busmen with a mountain to climb in the return leg in three weeks time. On a chilly night in the outskirts of the capital Dushanbe, the Busmen struggled to cope against a relentless Istiklol side that made the most of its physical advantage by hassling and harrying the visitors at Hisor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Coming out with renewed drive after the restart, the Busmen saw Bienvenido Maranon sending a long-range effort off target in the 51st minute, but cracks in the defense continued to show with Muller and Kawase colliding as Barkov pressed, before Junior Munoz made the clearance. As the Filipinos chased the game, Istiklol continued to find gaps in the defense with Manuchehr Dzhalilov scoring the first of his two goals from long range in the 67th minute. There was time for the Istiklol target man to score a fourth two minutes from time as the Busmen once again failed to deal with a cross, allowing Vadiev Dilshod to set up Dzhalilov who slotted home from close range. The Busmen fly home on Wednesday morning, but this was a tough reality check as they paid dearly for a sub-par away performance.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

30 Nov

Lucky 13: Lyceum clinches Final Four seat, remains unbeaten

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’ll just continue to be humble and blessed to be in this position,” he said.Prince Eze carried Perpetual (4-8) with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and seven blocks, while Gab Dagangon had 17 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:LYCEUM 94 – Perez 21, Jv. Marcelino 15, Nzeusseu 15, Pretta 12, Jc. Marcelino 11, Ayaay 8, Caduyac 4, Cinco 3, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.PERPETUAL 83 – Eze 26, Dagangon 17, Sadiwa 13, Singontiko 9, Pido 8, Coronel 5, Ylagan 4, Cabiltes 1, Casas 0, Hao 0, Lucente 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 16-19, 43-40, 67-63, 94-83. Read Next “It’s really something that we are not accustomed to, but part of the journey is making it here,” said coach Topex Robinson.CJ Perez scattered 21 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double of 15 markers and 15 boards in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTS WATCH: 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 shutoutJayvee Marcelino added 15 points and four rebounds, while twin brother Jaycee Marcelino got 11 markers and three boards, including the game-sealing triple from the left corner with 41.5 seconds left to give Lyceum a 92-81 lead.Robinson said that though the first bullet in the Pirates’ checklist has already been crossed, it’s still important for his side to sustain their groove coming into the postseason. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum continued on Thursday its historic run in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, clinching its first Final Four spot since joining the league in 2011.The Pirates remained unscathed with their 13th straight victory as they hacked out a 94-83 victory over Perpetual at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops01:37Protesters 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 Gareth Barry: Record-breaker, great Premier League survivor MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

30 Nov

Familiarity helps Dennison stop Desiderio in FEU win over UP

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGuarding Paul Desiderio was never strange for Ron Dennison.The two were teammates in high school at University of Visayas and both entered the UAAP at the same time in Season 76 and this familiarity helped Dennison put a stranglehold on Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH And, just for the record, Desiderio is 0-7 against Dennison. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Desiderio also came off a career performance in a stunning win over defending champion La Salle with 30 points.READ: Desiderio struggles, praises ‘great defender’ DennisonDennison also made his presence felt on the offensive end with 16 points and three assists while also grabbing seven rebounds.The two also had an interesting duel last season in the first round when Dennison got ejected.“Last year, he one-upped me with that flop so during the game he started acting again but I didn’t let him do the same thing again,” said Dennison.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Desiderio, the University of the Philippines’ stalwart headed into the Sunday matchup against Far Eastern University averaging 21 points a game, and Dennison made sure Desiderio would not reach that mark.“We were teammates in high school, so I knew how he moved,” said Dennison in Filipino after FEU trumped UP, 78-59, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I just played straight-up clean defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UPWith Dennison hounding him, Desiderio struggled from the floor, scoring ust nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, and converted only one of his five attempts from long range. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 29 football fans hurt as French stadium barrier collapses Read Nextlast_img read more

29 Nov

ABL: Alab Pilipinas survives Chong Son in OT

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CHONG SON KUNG FU 91 – McKinney 25, Howard 25, Tucker 24, Tiongson 11, Kamiran 6, Liu 0, He 0, Zhao 0, Luo 0.Quarters: 18-24, 39-47, 62-65, 84-84, 94-91. It was only the second win at home for Alab as it improved to 7-4.Howard led Chong Son with 25 points and 18 rebounds, while Fil-Am MicKinney also got 25 markers, nine assists, and six boards in his first game in Philippine soil.The Kung Fu suffered only their second loss and fell to 6-2.The Scores:TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 94 – Parks 31, Brownlee 20, Balkman 20, Urbiztondo 9, Domingo 8, Maierhofer 6, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Javelona 0.ADVERTISEMENT Pistons’ Blake Griffin says he wants to be where he’s wanted John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTanduay Alab Pilipinas bucked gaffe late in regulation and scored a 94-91 overtime squeaker over Chong Son Kung Fu Wednesday in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Complex.The home team needed huge defensive stops, with Renaldo Balkman securing a huge deflection of Kamiran Sidikejiang’s pass in the clutch to deny the visitors a chance to score before Justin Brownlee sealed the three-point win.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks had his best game of the season, finishing with 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting clip, on top of six rebounds and two assists while handling bulk of the defensive load guarding Chong Son Heritage import Mikh McKinney.Brownlee also overcame his woeful 7-of-27 shooting night and wound up with 20 markers and 11 rebounds, while Balkman poured five of his 20 points in the extra period, while also hauling down 16 boards and six blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJosh Urbiztondo was instrumental in Alab’s late fightback from 11 points down, catching fire in the fourth period as he drained three consecutive treys to put his side up, 82-80 with 1:35 left in regulation.However, it was his errant pass to Brownlee in the final 15 seconds that allowed the Chinese club to stay alive as Justin Howard tied the game at 84. Brownlee missed the desperation three as the game went to overtime. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

29 Nov

Global Cebu, Ceres Negros seek AFC history

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The tie is hanging in the balance at 2-2 with Home United enjoying an edge on away goals.Ceres hosts Malaysian champion Johor Darul Ta’zim at Panaad Stadium on Wednesday with the Busmen taking plenty of encouragement from their performance in the first leg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAlthough they lost, 2-3, in the first leg at Larkin Stadium in Johor Bahru, the Busmen picked up two away goals, which means that a 1-0 result in the second leg will give them a spot in the Asean zonal finals of Asia’s second tier club football competition.“We are so happy with this result because maybe the semifinal is open,” Ceres Negros top scorer Bienvenido Marañon, who has eight goals so far in the competition, said on the club’s official website, ceresfootball.com. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “We have to win, they have to defend the result, and I think we can for sure do very good in Bacolod in front of our own supporters.”The Busmen have an impressive home record in the competition this year, scoring 11 goals from three matches, highlighted by a 6-2 drubbing of Vietnamese side Hanoi FC.Aguinaldo’s absence due to suspension is a huge blow to a Global side that is looking for more solidity in the backline.Compensating for Aguinaldo’s absence is the return of Brazilian Wesley Dos Santos from suspension.Global captain Misagh Bahadoran has already recovered from injury and could figure prominently for Global which will be playing its fourth match in two weeks on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img IronKids usher in 5150 weekend “Our focus has been on rest and recovery the past couple of weeks because of our difficult schedule,” said Global coach Marjo Allado. “It’s going to be tough playing against Home United, but we are confident with the players that we have on Tuesday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games There will be little room for error when Philippines Football League clubs Global Cebu and Ceres Negros attempt to make history in the AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinals starting Tuesday.Having conceded a late equalizer in the first leg at Rizal Memorial Stadium two weeks ago, Global travels to Singapore to face Home United again on Tuesday night at Jalan Besar Stadium without top Filipino centerback Amani Aguinaldo.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athleteslast_img read more

28 Nov

Alaska, NLEX open Govs’ cup

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Alaska, a perennial power, and NLEX, a relative upstart seeking to establish its character in the Philippine Basketball Association, clash in the main game of a regular doubleheader that takes the curtains up on the season-closing Governors’ Cup on July 19.After missing the playoffs in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Aces and the Road Warriors are itching to erase the ignominy of their recent failures.ADVERTISEMENT With import Aaron Fuller and several trades during the course of the previous conference, the Road Warriors have boosted their stock. They also had a lot of time in the offseason to jell their new local recruits with their core.The Alaska-NLEX duel is slated 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, just after KIA Picanto (formerly Mahindra) and Phoenix Petroleum slug it out at 4:15 p.m.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 starsAlaska parades LaDontae Henton, a hardworking lefty, as the Aces and coach Alex Compton try to rebound from what have been a very disappointing conference—and a very frustrating season.Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, which debuts on July 29 against Blackwater, tries to get off its sweep bid on the right foot against Blackwater in the 3 p.m. contest at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Cool Smashers zoom to lead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

28 Nov

Indian designers obsessed with celebrities?

first_imgCelebrity sightings on the runway – a superfluous exercise, or an indicator of a mutually beneficial relationship between designer and star? We find out.One actress, six months, three shows for three different designers. The price – 8-12 lakhs depending on the stature of the designer concerned. Plus the usual trappings. A business-class air ticket, a Mercedes to pick up the star, a suite at a fivestar hotel, etc etc. And was it worth it? Sure, if you judge the entire exercise by the pictures of the star accompanied by the said designer of the moment in the city supplements. Not if you look closely. Hardly a mention of the clothes or the actual fashion.So why does practically every designer (with the exception of a handful) hanker after a Bollywood showstopper? The answer may lie in the fact that in a country so diverse and versatile, the one common denominator between socioeconomic classes and geographical differences is its cinema-where its movie stars make these made-in-Mumbai films come alive, and lend mass appeal. Thus a star at a fashion show is an easy crutch to draw attention.We now have multiple fashion weeks. In fact so many such exercises are being mounted, that the inevitable ‘fatigue factor’ has reared its ugly head, and both the audience and the press are reluctant to pay too much attention to these shows. Compounding the problem is the fact that each week is packed to the gills with quantity rather than quality. So whether you are a young designer starting out, or an old one fading fast, the only way to bring in the crowds and get the chatterati talking is the presence of a movie star.Yet the exercise is quickly losing momentum. Often, movie stars looking to promote their upcoming releases will walk the ramp at fashion shows and then go on to talk about their latest film instead of the outfits they just wore. And jaded by the phenomenon, newspapers have started to simply ignore the final walk on the ramp, and publish interviews with these stars (who have been made available at the designer’s expense), where they talk about everything under the sun, except the show.But sometimes the association can be beneficial. If the designer works with a star and the star is a client or an admirer, then the connect is relevant and real. Sabyasachi, the talented man from Kolkata, has designed for long for actress Rani Mukerjee, and she has been a faithful presence at his shows. So is the case with Tarun Tahiliani and Shilpa Shetty, who walked for the designer and has sported his ensembles at her wedding and other red-carpet occasions. Plus there is Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla who have always been the designers of choice for the Bachchan family and Dimple Kapadia among others, with these stars enthusiastically being part of every show the designer duo mount.Part of the problem has been exacerbated by fashion magazines, who in their quest for larger sales, dumped models from their covers in favour of movie celebrities. So if the press subscribed to the practice, the fashion fraternity was only too happy to follow.In the late ’90s, a watch company was launched in India. The name of the brand was a difficult one for the Indian tongue to pronounce. And thus sales suffered in spite of an aggressive advertising and PR campaign. The solution: a male star with a pan-Indian reach was called in and made its brand ambassador. An active event calendar and a big advertising campaign followed. In two years, it was among the top watch brands in the country with the star endorsing the timepieces in his shoots and films.The lesson here is that the partnership between brand and star was established as a long-standing one, and over time consumers recognised the fact. Compare this with a star’s solitary ramp walk at a fashion show that instantly fades from public memory, and doesn’t garner lasting benefits.The question to ask is, what makes customers flock towards fashion labels? Is it the multiple pictures of a movie star wearing a brand, or is it the actual fashion garments themselves?Packing a front row with B-list movie stars (as demonstrated by a designer known for his pushy manners) only takes away from whatever little design he is displaying on the ramp. Compare this to a Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh who have, to my memory, never used a movie star on the catwalk, and yet have been lauded show after show for the finesse and beauty of their presentations. Both designers, by remaining true to their essence, have garnered international acclaim and commercial success.Around the globe, we see that fashion brands engage with movie talent in a more multi-layered manner. If the star is sitting on the front row at their shows, more likely than not, he or she also features in their advertising spreads. In India, the cost of using a star in a fashion campaign is prohibitive, making this an impossibility. None of the Indian fashion houses are large enough to afford this kind of a relationship with a leading Bollywood figure.And so we will continue to see stars sparkle on the ramp in the foreseeable future. And until the show sponsors, the page-three press and the designers themselves are happy with this little stunt and what it brings to the table, fashion will remain incidental, and never the focus.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

28 Nov

BCCI probe meet against Modi put off to end of month

first_imgThe next hearing of the BCCI’s disciplinary committee, probing charges of financial irregularities against former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, has been put off by two weeks following a request from his attorney Mehmood Abdi.Abdi requested that the sitting, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Delhi, be put off following an accident of Modi’s counsel Swadeep Hora, who has been cross-examining the witnesses of the BCCI and the request has been accepted.Hora met with an accident on Friday evening while he was travelling back to Jaipur along with his son. He would be unable to conduct the cross examination this week as his son has sustained injuries and required his care and attention, the Modi camp informed disciplinary panel member Arun Jaitley.The new dates of the hearing have been fixed as December 27 and 28, it was learnt.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

28 Nov

What’s on where and when

first_imgMay 06-07: USABetter known as ‘The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports’ the Kentucky Derby is one of the most awaited and popular horse races in the United States. The lucky winner walks away with a whopping two million dollars! www.kentuckyderby.comMay 07: AustraliaThe Cairns Blues Festival is back with a bang. Expect 12 hours of non-stop music, including performances by popular artistes from across the country such as Eric Bibb, Ian Moss, Phil Manning. The food stalls are exciting too. www.cairnsbluesfestival.com.auMay 11-22: FranceMeant for those who are passionate about cinema, one of the most revered film festivals, Cannes Film Festival is here again. The opening film is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Gear up to watch stars walk down the red carpet. www.roadtrips.comMay 15-17: IndiaSkating, boat and horse races, tug of war, traditional Rajasthani food, cultural performances are just few of the things you’ll get to see at the Summer Festival in Mount Abu. Spectacular fireworks on the third day concludes this.May 16-23: Trinidad & TobagoExperience life down under at the Tobago Underwater Carnival. With activities such as underwater photography contests, seminars on diving, this is for anyone who loves watersports and the Caribbean. www. tobagounderwater carnival.comMay 17-Jun 05: FranceOne of the most awaited tennis championships, French Open is back. Hosted by one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Paris, you can watch pros in action as they fight for the coveted title at Roland Garros. www.fft.frMay 19-22: USAAt the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, you’ll get to learn a few traditions associated with Southern food from the US. All activities are divided into three themes: Old Traditions, New Traditions and Imports and Inspirations. http://atlfoodandwinefestival.comMay 22: DenmarkThe Copenhagen Marathon is only for serious runners as you have to run the entire course and there are no half measures. You will start and finish at Islands Brygge and run through some famous landmarks along the way. www.copenhagenmarathon.dk/enMay 24-28: UKThe Chelsea Flower Show is a truly a treat for the eyes. Wherever you look, you’ll see a mind boggling variety of flowers laid out across the lawns. There are smaller gardens too, designed by leading landscape architects. www.rhs.org.ukMay 26-29: Hong KongAttention art lovers, if you are in Hong Kong, don’t miss the Hong Kong International Art Fair. On display will be paintings and sculptures from artists around the world, including names such as Maxwell Hearn and Jan Stuart. http://hongkongartfair.comadvertisementlast_img read more

28 Nov

Lease burden and filth deal deadly blow to Talkatora Stadium

first_imgIt was with great festivity that the Talkatora Stadium, a start-of-the-art and environment-friendly stadium, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as a venue for the boxing event scheduled during the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG). Two years down the line, the venue is being used for everything with the exception of boxing.An Indian Boxing Federation official told Mail Today that no boxing event has taken place at the venue since the conclusion of the CWG. The ring, where three of the Indian boxers clinched gold medals, is biting the dust in the basement of another building within the premises. In the name of promotion of the sport, a lone Indian Boxing Federation-registered training centre is now functioning on the premises, where 40 trainees come to practice. Other than trials for volleyball, karate and basketball, the venue is used for school functions, political rallies and award ceremonies.The massive second building in the stadium, initially meant to provide accommodation for sportsmen, has been rented out to government agencies in the absence of any clear policy by those in charge – NDMC.However, Raj Kumar Sharma, the stadium manager, says that the stadium is utilised for “15 to 20” days in a month. “On most of the days, the stadium is occupied with sports activities, school functions and political rallies,” he said.Another factor working against the stadium are the unsightly garabage bins around the premise.In spite of rent charges being the lowest for sports activities, most federations can’t afford it. “We can spend money on getting Talkatora only if we get some AIBA-level competition. Otherwise, shelling out so much money for small tournaments are unaffordable,” Sharma added.advertisementlast_img read more