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  • ‘Rhubarb’ Battery Could Store Energy of Future

    first_imgA molecule nearly identical to one in rhubarb may hold the key to the future of renewable energy. Researchers have used the compound to create a high-performance “flow” battery, a leading contender for storing renewable power in the electric utility grid. If the battery prototype can be scaled up, it could help utilities deliver renewable energy when the wind is calm and the sun isn’t shining.Renewables are already big business, with wind and solar power accounting for about 7% of all new power-generating capacity installed worldwide. Many experts would love to see that number grow to limit carbon emissions from fossil fuels. But if utilities use wind and solar power to provide more than about 20% of their power, they run into trouble. Above that level, it’s hard for the backup sources to meet demand when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.Numerous technologies have been proposed to store excess renewable energy for later use. And many regions already pump water uphill and later run it through a generator to do just that. But that doesn’t work in the flatlands. 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Unlike conventional batteries, which pack the chemical reactants and electrodes together, flow batteries keep their reactants in separate tanks. Energy can be extracted, or fed into the reactants, simply by flowing the materials past two electrodes separated by a membrane. A full-scale pilot project of the leading flow battery contender, based on vanadium ions dissolved in water, is due to be completed next year in Japan for grid storage. But vanadium is expensive. The vanadium alone in a flow battery with the storage capacity to provide a kilowatt-hour of electricity now costs $81. Adding the other components raises the price to between $350 and $700 per kilowatt-hour. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the cost target for a viable grid storage technology is about $100 per kilowatt-hour.Hoping to get closer to that mark, a team led by Michael Aziz, a physicist at Harvard University, decided to explore organic molecules called quinones. The compounds have long been known for being adept at grabbing and releasing electrons, a key requirement for a battery material. And they are plentiful in plants and even crude oil, making them potentially cheap. So Aziz says he and his students started testing a few different types of quinones in a flow battery and got fair results. That prompted them to team up with theoretical chemists led by Alán Aspuru-Guzik of Harvard to calculate the properties of more than 10,000 quinone molecules. That’s where they hit upon the rhubarblike compound.Aziz and his team incorporated it into their flow battery setup. In one tank they place the quinone, abbreviated AQDSH2, dissolved in water. In a separate tank they place Br2, or bromine liquid. To get electricity out, they pump the two liquids past adjoining electrodes separated by a thin proton-conducting membrane. At one electrode, each quinone molecule gives up two electrons and two protons. The electrons zip through an outside circuit to the opposite electrode, where they meet up with the protons that passed through the membrane. The partners then combine with a bromine atom to make molecules of HBr. To store energy, the researchers simply run the pumps in reverse and provide energetic electrons. That coaxes the hydrogens to break away from bromine atoms and reattach themselves to the quinone at the opposite electrode. In a paper published online today in Nature, Aziz and his colleagues show that the quinone flow battery not only works, but also appears stable in early testing and provides considerable power. And perhaps best of all, Aziz notes that the cost of the quinones and bromine is about one-third the cost of vanadium, making it potentially a far cheaper option.“It’s a great new materials set,” says Mike Perry, a flow battery expert at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut, whose company is developing advanced vanadium flow batteries. But bromine is highly caustic, Perry notes, which may add to the cost of a final flow battery that relies on it. Aziz says his group is exploring other organics to replace the bromine as well. If it works, the novel batteries could energize efforts to add renewable power to the grid and curb society’s reliance on fossil fuel-generated power.last_img read more

  • Cyberwar Surprise Attacks Get a Mathematical Treatment

    first_imgHave you been missing the grim mathematical war games that strategists once used to map out possible nuclear confrontations? Don’t worry, the games are back—this time applied to computer security. Researchers have now mathematically formalized the strategy of computer hacking, potentially enabling anyone—governments, activist hackers, cybermafia—to determine the optimal timing of attacks.It’s tricky to decide exactly when to try to ruin someone’s computers, sabotage the equipment controlled by their computers, or even just harvest their data. For example, if your victim will discover and delete your malware soon after they detect it, then you should wait patiently for the most damaging opportunity. But if the chances are increasing over time that the victim will patch a vulnerability before you can exploit it, then you’d better hurry. Then again, some malware is so stealthy that you can use it multiple times, so the question is not when, but how often, to use it. On top of all of this, your optimal strategy depends on not only the value of what you stand to gain but also the costs of failing or being caught. The stakes are very different if you are a criminal trying to steal bank passwords from a personal computer, for example, or a spy trying to steal military technology from a foreign country.So how do you balance all of these parameters to find the best strategy?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Robert Axelrod to the rescue. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, political scientist is best known for his work on the prisoner’s dilemma, a problem in game theory that has influenced everything from economics to evolutionary biology. Axelrod says he became interested in cyberwar a few years ago when he realized that it involved a similar problem that he first described in a 1979 paper called “The Rational Timing of Surprise.” The core idea is that the element of surprise is itself a strategic resource, and modeling its costs and payoffs can lead you to take counterintuitive actions. A classic example is the British decision in World War II to allow German spies to continue gathering damaging intelligence for Hitler years after the spies’ identities were discovered. This allowed the British to wait until the stakes were at their absolute highest: D-Day. By feeding the German spies false information about where the invasion would land, the British sabotaged the German defense.Hacking a computer network is not so different from storming an enemy beach. In both cases, the optimal time to attack depends on how the risks, costs, and benefits change over time, the target’s vulnerabilities, and the element of surprise. So Axelrod teamed up with Rumen Iliev, a psychologist working down the hall from him, to rejigger his 1979 model for cyberattacks. Then they applied it to several recent examples, such as the Stuxnet attack, in which an unprecedentedly complex computer worm—allegedly created by the U.S. and Israeli governments—was used to sabotage Iran’s nuclear centrifuges.The timing of Stuxnet and many other known recent cyberattacks appears to be close to optimal, Axelrod and Iliev report in a paper published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the hackers behind them have so far probably relied on intuition, they note that their model could help in the design of future attacks. “The results, however, are equally relevant to a defender who wants to estimate how high the stakes have to be in order for the offense to exploit an unknown vulnerability,” they add.The model can also be used to help forecast potential patterns in future attacks, they add. For example, there is a large and growing market—both legal and illegal—for information on computer system vulnerabilities known as “zero-day exploits.” As this market grows, the timing of cyberattacks is likely to become more rapid, because potential victims can also buy the same information, helping them strengthen defenses. That will put pressure on hackers to attack sooner rather than wait. (Axelrod says that the U.S. government is the largest buyer in this market.)“The work provides a solid logical foundation for fresh thinking in the cyber security field,” says John Arquilla, a defense analyst at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He points out that it can lead to some seemingly “perverse” but insightful policy recommendations. For example, cyberdefenders may not want to work too hard at closing every possible security vulnerability as soon as it is identified, because “doing so might unintentionally encourage adversaries to launch attacks, even for relatively low stakes, because their exploits soon won’t be usable at all.” Suffering less frequent attacks on known vulnerabilities may be better than a constant barrage.“That said, my own view is that ‘risk’ is a multi-dimensional factor that requires further and deeper exploration,” Arquilla says. If all actors blindly pursue their own interests using the model’s logic, the world could become a more dangerous place for everyone, he says. The Stuxnet worm, for instance, was supposed to quietly delete itself after doing its harm, but it was unintentionally released “into the wild, where it is no doubt being tweaked, reverse-engineered, and readied for fresh exploits by others.”last_img read more

  • Why India’s Millionaires Are Ditching Indian Citizenship

    first_imgAs many as 23,000 wealthy Indians have given up their citizenship since 2014, according to a report by investment and financial services firm Morgan Stanley. In fact, 7,000 of them left the country in 2017 alone.Alarmed at this migratory trend, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) formed a five-member committee in March to gauge the impact on the economy, the exit of high net worth individuals from the Indian tax bracket can have.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

  • Indian Student Numbers at UK Universities Fall Sharply: Report

    first_imgIncreasing worldwide competition to attract international students has led to a sharp fall in the number of Indian students coming to UK universities, a new report commissioned by the government warned on Tuesday.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

  • Indian-Origin Woman Who Spied For UK In WWII Gets Blue Plaque Honour

    first_imgBritain’s World War II spy Noor Inayat Khan was on Monday confirmed as the first Indian-origin woman to be honoured with a Blue Plaque at her former London home.The Blue Plaque scheme run by English Heritage honours notable people who lived or worked in particular buildings across London. Noor Inayat Khan’s plaque is set to go up at 4 Taviton Street in Bloomsbury, where she lived as a secret agent during the war.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

  • 26 dead, 57 hurt in U.P. dust storms, lightning

    first_imgSevere dust storms and lightning in different parts of Uttar Pradesh claimed at least 26 lives and left 57 people injured as houses and walls collapsed and trees were uprooted, prompting authorities to launch large-scale relief operations on Friday. Mainpuri district bore the worst brunt of the vagaries of nature late on Thursday night as six people died there in separate cases of wall collapse and lightning, the State Relief Commissioner said. Forty-one people were injured in the district and uprooted trees blocked vehicular movement on the State highways, leading to massive jams. Police said most of the injuries occurred when people sleeping inside their mud houses were caught unawares by the storm, which was accompanied by rain, leading to wall collapse.People were also injured when signboards and hoardings got snapped at several places, and fell on them, they said. “While six people died in Mainpuri, three each died in Etah and Kasganj, two each in Farrukhabad and Barabanki, and one each in Moradabad, Badaun, Pilibhit, Mathura, Kannauj, Sambhal, Ghaziabad, Amroha, Badaun and Mahoba in incidents related to dust storm and lightning,” data released by the State Relief Commissioner said.An official press note said different parts of the State witnessed dust storms late on Thursday evening, resulting in wall collapse and uprooting of trees. Thirty-one cattle died and 16 houses were also damaged in the incidents, officials said.Massive power cutsMassive power cuts were reported from various parts of the State, including Lucknow, as electricity lines got snapped in the gale. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to take all necessary measures to provide relief to the affected people. “He (Adityanath) has directed Ministers in charge of the districts concerned to oversee relief operations,” Awanish Awasthi, Principal Secretary (Information), said. A financial assistance ₹4 lakh has been announced by the Chief Minister for the family of the deceased.last_img read more

  • Visually-impaired musicians strike a chord in Meghalaya

    first_imgA troupe of visually impaired musicians is hitting the right notes in this hill State, with night club owners and event managers lining up to hire them, more so after the state election department recently engaged them for pre-poll campaigns.‘Light After Dark’, a musical band of five performers in their 20s, has been receiving rave reviews for its shows, not just in Meghalaya, but elsewhere in the region too, Zoma Sailo, a music teacher and the group’s mentor, said.“The band had played during the Cherry Blossom festival last year, also at the La-tomatina fest by the scenic Umiam Lake, and IIT’s TedX show at Guwahati. Everywhere the response has been overwhelming,” he said.Mr. Sailo, who teaches music at the government-run centre here, also maintained that he had to blindfold himself on occasions to get a feel of how the troupe members perceive the musical notes.“The boys, who initially played for a school band, would visit my place often to practice rock, reggae and Hindi music. They got together in 2013 to form the band with four members — Wanlamphrang as the vocalist, Rimiki Pajuh as lead guitarist, Dilbertstar Lyngdoh as bassist and Hilter Khongshai as drummer,” he said. The fifth member, Plamiki Lapasam, joined the band as vocalist and guitarist earlier this year.“The big break came when the State election department hired the band for its pre-poll campaigns. That became the turning point of their lives and there was no looking back for them,” he said. Mr. Wanlamphrang, who leads the band, said his disability never came in the way of his performances.“The band can play almost anything, from rock and reggae to traditional Khasi numbers,” he added.last_img read more

  • Has Ganguly entered Bengal politics through BCCI?

    first_imgWhile the cricketing world and the press were busy watching the conference announcing Sourav Ganguly as the next Board of Control for Cricket in India chief, political circles in West Bengal are trying to figure out his role in State politics.While the State BJP has earlier challenged Mr. Ganguly on his turf – the Eden Gardens, the Trinamool Congress leaders are clearly not comfortable with the idea of him emerging as the face against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Proximity to CMTill 48 hours ago, Mr. Ganguly was considered a staunch pro-TMC person. The CM backed him as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, raising many eyebrows, following the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya in 2015. Their proximity is literally visible as one passes the Eden Gardens with the billboards, featuring the Chief Minister and the CAB president, side by side.Mr. Ganguly returned Ms. Banerjee’s favour by refusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s offer to join the BJP and rather decided to wait for what the CAB officials describe as the “opportune moment”. Instead, he offered to promote the PM’s cleanliness drive as an ambassador of the Swachh Bharat campaign.But everything changed on Saturday night when Mr. Ganguly attended a long meeting at Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence in Delhi, attended by BCCI officials, Mr. Shah’s son Jay Shah and the influential Assam politician Himanta Biswa Sarma. The Assam Cricket Association, among others, had backed Mr. Ganguly in a close contest which virtually ended at Mr. Shah’s Krishna Menon Marg residence. CAB sources told The Hindu that it was at this meeting that the two other contenders for the post – former cricketer Brijesh Patel and Delhi Cricket Board president Rajat Sharma – were nudged to make way.“Sourav Ganguly was given the go-ahead as striker and I think Anurag Thakur [former BCCI president] played a significant role in backing him,” said a CAB official on condition of anonymity.TMC responseThere was immediate response from a section of TMC leaders. “Mr. Ganguly is articulate, good-looking, a superstar, liked by Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah and has now clearly established that he understands politics… he is a challenger,” said a Minister considered close to Mr. Ganguly.While Mr. Ganguly himself has brushed off the buzz as “speculation”, the pace at which he fixed the meeting with Mr. Shah and got him to bat for him is “amazing”, say BJP leaders.Whether Mr. Ganguly will be selected to steer Bengal or campaign for the BJP in the 2021 Assembly poll, the developments of the last 48 hours have put the State BJP in a spot.last_img read more

  • Vietnam overcomes Kazakhstan, guns for 5th place in AVC

    first_imgRead Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Vietnam averted disaster and stopped Kazakhstan in five sets, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 15-5, to vie for a fifth place finish in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Tran Thi Thanh Thuy put up a game-high 26 points as she led the Vietnamese’s upset of the 21st-ranked team in the world.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa added 22 points for the Vietnamese, who will face Chinese-Taipei in the match for the fifth place. The no. 44 team in the world lit up on the offensive end, converting 68 of its 197 spike attempts while limiting its errors to just 19.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 shutoutYekaterina Zhdanova led the Kazakhs with 23 points while Alessya Safronova added 14. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Cignal wins PVL men’s crown anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Durant says will boycott White House, slams Trump

    first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Durant meanwhile saluted athletes who have spoken out about race in America, citing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and NBA superstar LeBron James amongst others.“As far as what’s going on in our country, for one as an athlete, you have to commend Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, CP3 (Chris Paul), Dwyane Wade for starting that conversation last year.“For us to move forward, we need more athletes and people of power and influence to come out and speak,” Durant added.“It’s great to see a lot of athletes coming together and trying to direct a positive path for a lot of kids and a lot of people in this country who look up to us.“It’s huge for us. It’s huge for sports. It’s huge for the influence we have, because we’re leaders at the end of the day. It feels good to see my brothers in the NBA and across sports speaking out.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant said Thursday he would boycott the White House if the NBA champions are invited, accusing President Donald Trump of escalating racial tensions in the country.In an interview with ESPN, 2017 NBA Finals MVP Durant said if the Warriors were invited to Washington in keeping with recent tradition of honoring sports teams, he would skip the event in protest.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Nzeusseu tows Lyceum to 8th straight win “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN at an event in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now…I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”Durant stressed that his decision was a personal choice, but added that he expected many Warriors players would follow suit if the team was invited.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“That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me,” Durant said.Durant’s team-mate Stephen Curry has already said he would be unlikely to attend while Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been a vocal critic of Trump. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Durant was speaking amid an outcry over Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend which saw neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups clash with counter-protesters.Durant said he believed Trump bore responsibility for stoking racial divisions in the United States.“He’s definitely driving it,” Durant said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When (Barack) Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top. Leadership trickles down to the rest of us.“So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn’t care about all people, then we won’t go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won’t see any progress.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

  • Lady Bulldogs, Lady Falcons near ‘Collegiate’ title clash

    first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next A veteran of top-level international tournaments, Santiago provided a menacing presence at the net that clearly intimidated the intrepid Lady Chiefs all match long.“Maybe we just played more aggressive, but the important thing is that we followed our coach’s game plan,” added Santiago, who is on her last year with NU.It was the sixth straight win for the Lady Bulldogs, having swept their way in the elimination phase of the tournament that serves as tuneup for the collegiate season.Arellano, the NCAA defending champion, was simply outgunned—out-attacked 16-6 in second set alone—with normally effective scorers Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha stymied by NU’s height and heft.But the Lady Chiefs still put up a brave front, especially in the third set which saw them take an 18-17 lead.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary However, Santiago came through with clutch hits from the open spiker position.“It’s very important for the players to translate the game plan on the court,” said NU coach Babes Castillo. “I’m very happy because the players responded well.” The scary thing was that for Santiago, it was just another day in the office.“We didn’t do anything new. It was still the same plays, but we executed well today,” said Santiago in Filipino.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 shutoutAdamson also kept its record in the tournament spotless as the Lady Falcons outlasted Far Eastern University, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8, to inch closer to a finals berth.The Lady Falcons have made a wonderful turnaround from their dismal UAAP season and are on the verge of a potential title showdown with Santiago and National U. La Salle foils Pasaol, UE MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City National U’s Aiko Urdas connects on a hard spike against Arellano U’s Andrea Marzan (14) and Necole Ebuen during their PVL Collegiate Conference Final Four duel at the San Juan Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith Jaja Santiago at the helm, National University muscled its way past Arellano University, 25-17, 25-16, 25-23, Wednesday night and moved within a win of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference finals at FilOil Flying V Centre.Already the most dominant force in club and collegiate volleyball, the 6-foot-5 Santiago threw her weight around, dumping 24 points to give the Lady Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three semifinals series against the Lady Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

  • Lillard’s 26, Napier’s hot hands lift Blazers past Magic

    first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on Orlando Magic forward Evan Fournier during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The Blazers won 99-94. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Shabazz Napier is clearly comfortable in his role this season.“I think you just go out there and play with a free mind, and just enjoy it,” said Portland’s reserve guard, who had a season-high 19 points in the Trail Blazers’ 99-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort McCollum’s 3-pointer extended the Blazers’ lead to 87-83 with 4:30 to go. After Napier’s 3-pointer, McCollum added another, and the Blazers led 95-86 with 1:43 left. Orlando couldn’t catch up.The Magic were playing the last of a four-game road trip. Orlando went into the game with two straight losses, including 110-100 at Golden State on Monday.The Blazers were coming off a confidence-boosting 99-82 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday that snapped a two-game skid. Portland’s offense had been stagnant, especially in close games.Blazers coach Terry Stotts tweaked the starting lineup, inserting rookie Caleb Swanigan, who made his second straight start. But after playing just five minutes in the first half, Pat Connaughton started the second and the Blazers found success with three guards.Napier took on the role in the fourth quarter as the Blazers went small.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES LeBron scores 31 points as Cavaliers top Hornets Read Next Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but it was Napier who was the difference as Portland went to a three-guard lineup. Napier was 5 for 5 from 3-point range.“He killed us. Five for five from the 3, played a terrific basketball game,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said about Napier. “They went smaller than we were. They went small, but we went even smaller.”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 shutoutCJ McCollum added 24 points and Portland finished 4-2 on its six-game homestand.Evan Fournier had 22 points for the Magic, who lost their third straight. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Magic trailed by 11 points during the third quarter, but Fournier’s 3-pointer put the Magic up 81-80 with 6:52 left in the game. Portland reclaimed the lead on consecutive baskets from Jusuf Nurkic and Maurice Harkless. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Napier, a first-round pick out of UConn in 2014 who has played for three different teams, averaged 4.1 points and 9.7 minutes last season. In the past four games for the Blazers, he’s averaging 12.5 points and more than 20 minutes a game.Orlando was without J.J. Augustin (left hamstring) for the seventh straight game and Jonathan Isaac (right ankle) for the second game.The Magic stretched its lead to 38-26 early in the second quarter on Jonathan Simmons’ layup. But the Blazers found their shot and ended the half on a 17-0 run, capped by McCollum’s driving layup, to lead 51-47 at the break. McCollum led all scorers at halftime with 16 points.The two teams both scored 24 points in the third quarter, and Portland led 75-51 going into the final period. Shelvin Mack made consecutive baskets to pull the Magic within 79-78.TIP INS:Magic: Fournier has scored in double figures a team-high 14 times this season. … Simmons went into the game ranked fourth in the NBA for scorers off the bench, averaging 15.1 points. He finished with 16 against the Blazers. … Vucevic’s double-double was his fifth this season.Trail Blazers: Lillard passed Mychal Thompson (9,215 points) for eighth on the team’s all-time scoring list. … Al-Farouq Aminu missed his sixth game with a right ankle injury.MORE SHABAZZ: Napier is just the third Blazer to make five 3-pointers off the bench when making all of his attempts. He’s the only reserve to do it in the league this season.UP NEXTMagic: Returns home to host Utah on Saturday night.Blazers: Visits Sacramento on Friday night.last_img read more

  • Lady Tamaraws ground Lady Eagles in 5 sets

    first_imgFILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University went to work on a weekend and opened its campaign on a positive tune, edging Ateneo, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Toni Rose Basas was instrumental in the Lady Tamaraws’ closeout of the fifth set scoring three straight service aces that put FEU up 12-9.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 And although Maraguinot made up for her earlier mistake to give FEU a 9-7 lead, she would hit net in her service and Tolentino followed it up with another ball on the barrier that tied the set at 9-9.“I told them that the fifth set doesn’t end at 6-1 and I know that these guys are mature enough and they know how to handle this situation,” said Pascua.Basas and Pons had 14 points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Celine Domingo added 10.Maraguinot had 21 points to lead the Lady Eagles while Tolentino added 14.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bernadeth Pons then secured the 14-9 match point for FEU with a sneaky kill right before Kat Tolentino put too much power on her last hit that finished the match.“This was a big morale boost for the players because this was our first time winning against Ateneo since Season 75,” said FEU head coach George Pascua, who’ll celebrate his 46th birthday on Monday, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU, though, started out flat in the fifth set falling behind 6-1 before Basas started hitting for the Lady Tamaraws.Basas had a hand in forcing Jhoana Maraguinot to hit net that cut the deficit to 6-5 then the fourth year Lady Tamaraw tied the set at 7-7. View commentscenter_img AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers New-look Alab Pilipinas win 5th straight, rout Slingerslast_img read more

  • On record-setting night, Ceres highlights big leap

    first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201703:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police 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 “We went out there to fight because we never expected an easy game,” Vidakovic said.“I think we need to have this mentality in every game even if we are winning, we keep going, we keep fighting, we keep working for the team with the same intensity for the 90 minutes.” Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers La Salle outlasts FEU in five; surprising Adamson downs UP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Following strong performances in the upset of Brisbane Roar and in the loss to Tianjin Quanjian in the AFC Champions League qualifying rounds, the Busmen stamped their quality on a dispirited Boeung Ket side as if to say they deserve to be playing in a higher level competition.The win matched the biggest margin in AFC Cup history set by Uzbekistan’s Nasaf Qarshi in its win over Dempo of India in 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRelentless on attack and hardly giving anything away defensively, Ceres took the fight out of the Cambodians with five goals in the first 31 minutes.A brace each from Takumi Uesato, Bienve Marañon and OJ Porteria and a goal apiece from captain Carlie de Murga and substitute Manny Ott propelled the Busmen to a record-setting night. BACOLOD CITY—The outcome was expected, but the scoreline and performance once again showed the leap in the level of play of Ceres Negros in the past few months.The Busmen matched an AFC Cup record on a rainy Tuesday night, pummeling Cambodian champions Boeung Ket, 9-0, at the start of Group F play at Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Santiago right in time to complete NU’s comeback vs DLSU

    first_imgView comments Santiago couldn’t get into the game in the early part of the fifth set as her team still hasn’t rotated enough for the middle blocker to get into position.La Salle held a 12-8 lead, needing just three more points to remain perfect in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but Aiko Urdas managed to score on a check ball to cut the deficit to 12-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd trimming the lead wasn’t the only thing Urdas did, her point also allowed NU to rotate and that movement gave way for Santiago to enter the game.“I was nervous but I know I had to compose myself that even though I wasn’t on the floor we can win the game,” said Santiago in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. AFP official booed out of forum Santiago’s impact was immeasurable and setter Jasmine Nabor knew the mere presence of their captain is enough to make them a better team than the Lady Spikers.“When she entered the game, it was like a big boost of confidence for us,” said Nabor, who had 53 excellent sets, in Filipino. “All the defense had to do was get the ball in the air, and it will be up to me to adjust and give it to the spiker.”Santiago, who had 27 points, put NU at the first match point, 14-13, with a brutal quick kill.Nabor then set up Santiago for another masterful kill this time, for the 15-14 match point before Aiko Urdas’ service ace ended the match, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14.“I knew that when I got back on the floor I will give my 100-plus percent,” said Santiago. “Jasmine gave me the trust and as long as she gives me the ball I will score in anyway possible, no hesitation.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Alas heats up as NLEX earn playoff spot with win over Blackwater Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Before Jaja Santiago could get a chance to lead National University and rip La Salle’s fighting spirit in the final period, she first had to agonize for a few minutes sitting on the Lady Bulldogs’ bench.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • CEU uses strong finishing kick for 4th straight win

    first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth Marinerong Pilipino, meanwhile, absorbed its third straight defeat and fell to a 1-4 record.Achie Iñigo went 3-of-5 from threes to wound up with 13 points and five rebounds to lead the Skippers, while Mark Isip chipped in 12 markers and six boards.The Scores:CEU 70 – Wamar 16, Ebondo 13, Uri 11, Casiño 8, Manlangit 5, Aquino 4, Arim 4, Cruz 4, Intic 3, Jeruta 2, Saber 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 57 – Iñigo 13, Isip 12, Sargent 10, Javelona 6, Lopez 6, Moralde 4, Alabanza 3, Javillonar 2, Publico 1, Gavieres 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Salcedo 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Quarters: 14-17, 37-29, 56-45, 70-57.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University used a strong finishing surge to down Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, and extend its winning streak to four in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Orlan Wamar drilled two treys in the payoff period, the last of which gave his side the 19-point lead, 68-49, midway in the fourth quarter, to trigger the Scorpions’ blowout.ADVERTISEMENT View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong The diminutive playmaker  finished the game with 16 points on a 5-of-6 sniping from threes, to go with two rebounds off the bench.“I know his game will come because his work ethic shows it. He really has the go signal from me to shoot,” said coach Yong Garcia of Wamar.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 starsRod Ebondo towered over the competition anew, racking up 13 markers, 18 boards, four blocks, and two assists, while Christian Uri got 11 in the win.CEU has now strung four straight wins to keep itself in the running for a top two seed with a 4-2 slate.center_img MOST READ 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

  • Hard life for high-profile inmates in jail

    first_imgFormer Telecom Minister A RajaFormer telecom minister A. Raja spends his day in a 15×10 feet cell in Jail No. 1 of Delhi’s Tihar Jail. The cell doesn’t have a bed. Charged with facilitating a Rs 1,76,000-crore scam, he sleeps on the floor using two of the six blankets given to him as a mattress. Says Neeraj Kumar, director general prisons (Delhi), “Inside the jail, no one is a VIP. High-profile prisoners have been extended no extra facilities unless permitted by the court.” In Raja’s case, the court has granted him permission to get home-cooked food twice a week. Two conditions come attached: it should contain no curry and fruits.Former Satyam boss Ramalinga RajuCourts have been more generous to some other high-profile prisoners. A court directed the Central Prison in Chanchalguda in Hyderabad to accord “special remand prisoner status” to former Satyam boss M. Ramalinga Raju. Prisoners have the right to apply for this status on the basis of their social standing and economic profile before being incarcerated. There are less than 20 prisoners in the special category among the 13,000 lodged in different jails across Andhra Pradesh.The special status entitles Raju to better living conditions. Unlike Raja, Raju has a cot, a mattress, two pillows, a mosquito net, a reading table with a chair, and an additional easy chair in his prison cell. The ‘special status’ also enables him to get fruits, something that is denied to an ordinary remand prisoner like Raja. Raju is also entitled to fresh clothes and reading material. Like ordinary prisoners, he is allowed two visitors a week. Other privileges to those granted special status by a court include a barber on call. Ordinary remand prisoners have to wait for their turn: there are usually only 15 barbers for every 1,000 prisoners.advertisementHaldiram co-owner Prabhu Shankar AgarwalLife in prison, even with special privileges, is worse than in a hospital bed. Nine months after he was first imprisoned, Raju was moved to an air-conditioned ward in Hyderabad’s Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences after he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and a heart ailment. He stayed there for 10 months before being granted bail by the high court. The Supreme Court cancelled his bail 84 days later and sent him back to prison.Manu Sharma, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Jessica Lall, managed to get parole for two months in September 2009 to look after his ailing mother. Keen to make up for the lack of a social life in prison, Sharma hit Delhi’s clubbing circuit with a vengeance only to get into a public brawl at a nightclub. His parole was cancelled.Raja, for the moment, seems content with socialising within Tihar’s walls. Prison guards saw him in conversation with R.K. Sharma, a former IPS officer convicted for the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar.According to Kumar, the prisoners are given ample opportunity to get together. “There are designated hours when prisoners are allowed to visit the common room or the sports field,” he says. Sharma is reportedly an enthusiastic sportsperson and captains his jail’s Twenty20 cricket team. Tihar Jail also has a television in each barrack.Jesica Lall murder convict Manu SharmaSome VIP prisoners help improve the quality of life of their fellow inmates. Prabhu Shankar Agarwal, co-owner of the Rs 500-crore Haldiram Bhujiawala snacks and eateries chain, spent a number of months in Kolkata’s Alipore Central Jail, accused of conspiring to kill a tea-stall owner, before he was released on bail last September. He spent his jail term doing what he knew best: supervising the kitchen. “He contributed to improve the quality of food which was being served in our canteen. Many times he would make snacks such as samosas and kachoris to demonstrate to others,” says an official at the jail. He trained at least 10 people in the art of cooking.Social hierarchies don’t just dissolve in jail. A Tihar prisoner who was released three months ago says, “The social profile outside the jail prevails inside the jail. Some privileges get accorded in a clandestine manner.” He blames the lower level prison staff for this. In 2009, for example, Tihar officials recovered prohibited Internet data cards and pen drives from jail numbers 2, 3 and 4. In 2010, authorities recovered nine cellphones and 11 sim cards. A number of counter-measures like mobile phone jammers and cctv surveillance were installed after these incidents. Says the former prisoner: “Tihar jail is much better than other prisons, but high-profile prisoners can still buy their comfort.”For a high-profile prisoner, Raja seems to have caused minimal problems for the authorities and made few demands. Says Kumar: “He is cooperative and we have no issues with him.” Raja follows the jail routine to the tee. He gets up at 5 a.m. and arrives punctually for breakfast at 6 a.m. At 7 p.m., he lines up with the other prisoners for a headcount before all are locked in their respective cells for the night.advertisement”Jail is a great leveller,” says Kumar. But a privileged few will always be more equal than others.- with Shutapa Paullast_img read more

  • WC: Maharashtra MLAs to work overtime to watch Ind-Pak clash

    first_imgA little cricket fan paints his face to give a message for the peace between India and Pakistan ahead of India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final clash.Maharashtra MLAs are making frenzied efforts to ensure they get to witness the World Cup semi-final clash between India and Pakistan scheduled on Wednesday at Mohali.They are ready to work overtime to earn them a half-day on Wednesday. While the opposition seems keen on it, the treasury benches are more than willing to oblige.Sensing the enthusiasm, the parliamentary affairs minister has convened a meeting to take a decision.last_img

  • Kaveree Bamzai on after Team India’s exit from World Cup, 2007

    first_imgKaveree BamzaiAt the INDIA TODAY Conclave, at the height of the cricket fever, Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani said something heretical. He declared he never watches cricket or movies. Smart man. That’s probably why he gets so much work done. It may also be why he probably has been sleeping well,Kaveree BamzaiAt the INDIA TODAY Conclave, at the height of the cricket fever, Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani said something heretical. He declared he never watches cricket or movies. Smart man. That’s probably why he gets so much work done. It may also be why he probably has been sleeping well these days unlike most of the country. The National Mourning following Team India’s exit has acquired a shrill tone, with all manner of radical solutions being offered-from new jobs for the boys to new nationalities. To add to India’s woes, Bangladesh, our supposedly poor cousins, seem to be enjoying themselves thoroughly in the West Indies, flinging themselves about on screens where we-and Mandira Bedi in some of the worst clothes in the history of fashion-had hoped Sachin and Sourav would have been resplendent.Team India knocked out from World Cup, 2007Which is where I would like to quote, again, other people wiser than I. This time, it’s my 10-year-old son (a recent cricket convert) and his buddies. Their enthusiasm for the World Cup remains undiminished. They are rooting for Australia, and even, of late, Bangladesh. Why? Because they know how to win.Clearly, the new generation Indian does not let patriotism get in the way of admiring the ability to triumph. The whole world is their playing field. The way our cricketers-clearly in need of both fitness and fighting spirit-have been playing is so dismal that their worst punishment has already been meted out to them. No, it’s not the cap on advertisements, the threat of sacking, or even payment only when they perform. It is this- they will lose the untrammelled sway they have had on the affections of young India. With new sporting icons, from Jeev Milkha Singh to Viswanathan Anand, they will not only discover, as they have already, other arenas but also learn the true meaning of being sports fans. Bollywood, for once, is helping in a public service cause. Coming up is a series of films featuring wildly different sports-car racing in Tara Rum Pum, hockey in Chak De India (with Shah Rukh Khan playing coach), soccer in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Abhishek Bachchan is a Chelsea fan, like many young Indians), and soccer again with John Abraham in Goal! If Team India doesn’t watch these, they can always catch a re-run of Jerry Maguire, where Cuba Gooding Jr’s character goes from being the show-me-the-money loser to the playfrom-the-heart winner. The moral of the story? Get the runs. The respect and sabse-bada-rupaiyah will follow.advertisementlast_img read more

  • London olympics: Kohei Uchimura shows class, wins all-around gymnastics gold

    first_imgJapan’s Kohei Uchimura put p a classy all-around performance to take gold in the men’s gymnastics at the London Olympics on Wednesday. Uchimara put in five near-flawless routines, and despite a four-point landing on the floor, the Beijing silver medallist held on to win with 92.690 points.”I’ve been aiming for this for a long time and now I have achieved it,” Uchimara said. “It’s a dream.””I have been world champion in the all-around three times in a row, but this is an different feeling. The Olympics are only once in four years so I have been waiting for this moment.”Marcel Nguyen of Germany scored 91.03 for an unlikely silver on the final rotation when Uchimara’s teammate Kazuhito Tanaka fell off the pommel horse.”It’s amazing, it’s a dream come true. I had an difficult start. I started on pommel horse and that’s my weakest event, but it went better from apparatus to apparatus,” Nguyen said.America’s Daniel Leyva took the bronze after a strong final routine on the high bar, scoring 90.698.British favourite Kristian Thomas’s challenge slipped on the vault, when he stumbled on landing a double pike to score 14.9.A mid-16s score that he was expected to achieve would have placed him in medal contention.As it was, he finished seventh on 89.406.last_img read more