Taking Karnataka tourism to the world

first_imgAs part of its efforts to improve the State’s visibility in the tourism market, the Tourism Department will hold the ‘Karnataka International Travel Expo’ (KITE) from February 28 to March 2. The inaugural expo is being touted as the “largest B2B travel event in India”, providing a platform for over 400 registered buyers and media representatives from over 25 countries.The government expects to attract over 1,000 delegates and facilitate 10,000 or so meetings during the three-day event. The State has hosted a slew of big-ticket events recently, including a Pacific Asia Travel Association event.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img read more

Visa Rule Made Easier For Foreigners Married to Indians

first_imgDesperate times, desperate measures. And one place where that seems to work the best is Twitter. At least when it comes to our Home Ministry. Following a plea on Twitter, the Union Home Ministry decided to make visa rules easier with a new amendment.According to the new amendment, foreigners who marry Indian nationals, even if it is on foreign soil, will no longer have a problem in getting their tourist visas converted to X2 or dependent visas. Irrespective of the place of their wedding, they now will be allowed to convert their visas to X2 visas.Read it at Business Insider Related Itemslast_img read more

Foreign Tourists Arrivals in India Crossed 10 Million in 2017

first_imgIndia earned $27 billion from its foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs), which crossed the 10-million mark, in 2017. The rise in numbers shown by the Ministry of Tourism was echoed by travel website TripAdvisor in its “2017 Inbound Travel Study” that revealed that international travel interest in India is increasing.“I think our sector is doing very well. But am I happy with the numbers? I want these numbers to increase dramatically because India is an incredible place and we have everything for everybody. So we are trying to bring in lot more people,” Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons said in Kochi on Jan. 16, the Times of India reported.According to the Indian tourism statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, India’s share of international tourist arrivals in the world is 1.18 per cent and in Asia it’s 4.72 per cent. Tourism sector contributed 6.88 per cent to India’s GDP and provided 12 per cent of the jobs in 2017, according to Alphons.The FTA in 2016 was 8.80 million and earnings from it were $22.92 billion. FTA has an annual growth rate of 9.7 per cent while earnings grew at a rate of 8.8 per cent.In Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017, India ranks 40 while it was placed at 65th spot four years ago.The ministry credits the government’s focus on developing infrastructure, promoting theme-based circuits, and developing religious circuits under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, which includes a Buddhist circuit.“Eleven projects have been sanctioned under this scheme in 2017-18 alone, taking the total number up to 67 projects. The plan is for holistic development of pilgrimage destinations, the Buddhist circuit being a case in point,” a ministry official told TOI.According to the TripAdvisor survey, there was a 134 per cent year-on-year growth in interest from China for Indian destinations. Following China, Bangladesh showed 60 per cent annual growth in interest, followed by Singapore at 57 per cent, Thailand at 20 per cent, Japan at 16 per cent and Malaysia at 12 per cent.The private organization’s survey showed that 25.1 per cent travelers were interested in Andaman and Nicobar Islands followed by 12.3 per cent in Bihar 12.3, 9.1 per cent in Arunachal Pradesh, 7.4 per cent in Kerala, 6.8 per cent in Mizoram, among others.The Ministry of Tourism is planning initiatives towards popularizing destinations in the Northeast, including promoting women’s polo in Manipur for tourists, and lush golf courses. Related ItemsTourismlast_img read more

Calcutta HC sets aside trust vote held at civic body

first_imgThe Calcutta High Court on Monday set aside a vote of confidence held at the Bongaon municipality for its chairman last month and ruled that a fresh process be held for deciding his fate. Justice Samapti Chattopadhyay asked the civic body to hold a fresh vote of confidence within 12 days at the office of the District Magistrate of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas. The court said a notice for conducting the vote should be sent to the councillors willing to exercise their franchise. Justice Chattopadhyay directed the district Superintendent of Police to ensure security of all councillors participating in the fresh mandate for Chairman Shankar Addhya. The order was passed on separate petitions moved by 11 BJP councillors, who claimed that they were forcibly prevented by the police and people owing allegiance to the Trinamool Congress from participating in the trust vote.last_img read more

Two budding footballers lost in Bhopal boat tragedy

first_imgAttending practice sessions won’t be the same for 17-year-old Suresh Kumar anymore. Squeezed between Arjun Sharma and Rahul Mishra on a scooter, he used to reach the football field every morning, endure drills together and loiter with them after school.Even on Friday morning, Suresh, a former under-14 Indian team captain, refused to abandon the clique, but for a different reason. Attending the Ganesh idol immersion a fifth time, he was more fired up for the two, who were thrilled at the opportunity to sit in a boat and topple the idol, both the first time.“As soon we pushed the idol, our boat capsized and I saw the two pulled under,” said Suresh.The 18-foot idol toppled sideways, sinking one of the country boats that were joined to carry it on a plank set across. While 11 youths drowned in the incident in the Lower Lake of Bhopal, Suresh and five others were rescued by a fisherman.Cheating death“One of the drowning youths, gasping and struggling, climbed over me to stay afloat. I thought I was gone,” he said.Throwing his feet wildly until his shoes came off, Suresh managed to stay afloat by kicking under to push himself up, until a fisherman rowed in, and he remained clinging to the boat’s edge till it reached the ghat.“Though Rahul, 18, was a good defender, I was sure Arjun would have played Nationals this year,” says Rizwan Rehman, coach at the Kamla Devi Public School, where the three studied.Happier timesFlashing a photograph taken with Arjun at the Bhopal Railway station, Suresh said, “This was when we were leaving for trials at the Gokulam Football Academy in Kerala. Both of us were selected and waiting for call letters. We assured Rahul we would make a place for him there, too.” Arjun had earlier trained at the academy of Minerva FC in Chandigarh, and won the State Championship in August, with Suresh, representing Bhopal district.Called ‘Thambi’ for his Tamil roots, Suresh has in the past trained with them during summer camps at the BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) ground. This year, the two took admission in Class XI of the school, where Suresh is a year junior.Besides helming the national team for a tournament in Indonesia in 2014, Suresh has played at the State-level six times, the national five times, and is the only player from the State to represent it and the district for three consecutive years.After the incident, as his mother, A. Chitra, frantically called him without getting through, she was almost sure he had met the same fate.‘He called us’“Then, at 8 a.m., he called us. We rushed to the Hamidia Hospital,” she said. “He was shivering with fever. We hugged and cried.”Before being out of work for three months now, Ms. Chitra, a native of Salem district in Tamil Nadu, worked as an electrician for a contractor at BHEL. Along with her nephew, a cricket coach, and Suresh, she stays a one-room hut in the 100-Quarters slum of Pilpani here.Pointing to a pale Suresh lying dejectedly in bed, she says,”He has not got up for two days. The night before it happened was his 17th birthday. Now, he will remember it as the day he lost his two friends.”In order to cope with the trauma, said Rahul Pillai, his cousin, the family was looking for a counsellor for Suresh.last_img read more

Sharad Pawar terms turncoats cowards

first_imgVoters of Maharashtra will take care of cowards who quit the party, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Sunday. He was addressing a rally in Navi Mumbai, days after the NCP’s strongman in the region, Ganesh Naik, and party MP from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Mr. Pawar said, “The rulers of today are busy only in targeting the Opposition, which means they have nothing to offer. We need to be vigilant, but do not bother if someone leaves. This State belongs to people with self-respect. People here don’t compromise with that. When people in Maharashtra will come out to vote, they will take care of those cowards who accepted humiliation from Delhi.”Mr. Pawar’s attack is seen as a direct message to Mr. Bhosale who happens to be the descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He went to Delhi on Saturday to meet BJP president Amit Shah and join the BJP.Commenting on Mr. Naik’s departure, the NCP chief said common people express their anger when the time comes. “I need not comment about Navi Mumbai. People are capable. Manda Mhatre won because of Mr. Naik’s fault. We thought that he would correct his mistakes, but still he has chosen to go on the wrong path.” Taunting his former colleagues who have been claiming that they switched the party for the sake of development of their respective regions and therefore wanted to be with the ruling side, Mr. Pawar said in his 52 years of legislative career, he has been in Opposition for 27 years. “But I never faced a single problem while working. Rather I could work more when in Opposition.” He said this is not the time to sit close to rulers who brought the worse condition for agriculture. “This is the time to fight those who failed to create jobs.”Slamming Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for neglecting western Maharashtra at the time of floods, Mr. Pawar said the CM was busy organising Mahajanadesh Yatra. “He went there after floods for a few hours, but later did not even bother to check.”last_img read more

3 activists go ‘missing’ in Punjab

first_imgTwo prominent civil rights activists of Kolkata have “disappeared” in Punjab after being allegedly detained by the police. An activist hailing from Punjab has also been detained along with them, according to civil rights activists in Kolkata and Punjab. The police, however, said there was no record of any such detention.Activists in both Kolkata and Punjab claimed that Dr. Suresh Bayen, a civil rights activist from Kolkata, and Rahul Chakravarty, a member of the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), were detained at the Bathinda station in south Punjab around mid-day on Saturday. They are “detained incommunicado”, the activists alleged.“Dr. Bayen is one of the most senior civil rights activists of Bengal, who mainly worked in the colliery areas, and Rahul is the secretariat member of APDR. We are very worried as we do not have any information about them,” said Ranjit Sur, vice-president of APDR in Kolkata. Lajpat Rai, an APDR activist of Punjab, was accompanying the Kolkata-based activists. “Mr. Rai’s daughter was also detained at the Bathinda station but was released later. It is very worrying that three adults disappeared in broad daylight,” said a Punjab-based activist on the condition of anonymity.The police, however, said they had no idea about the “disappeared” individuals. “We have not received any notice about the individuals you are talking about,” Jaspal Singh, SP of Bathinda city, told The Hindu over phone.last_img read more

NCP chief meets rain-hit farmers, CM assures support

first_imgWhile the new Legislative Assembly is yet to be formed, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has already taken an aggressive stand and demanded that the government compensate farmers for the losses due to heavy rain in the State. NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday visited Nashik district to review crop loss. “The farmers said they have suffered heavy losses and are faced with the question whether to live or die. They said no one from the government has approached them,” Mr. Pawar said. The NCP chief will also visit other parts of the State.In a series of tweets, Mr. Pawar said the criteria used to provide compensation are two to three years old. “We expect the government to take a firm position on providing relief to farmers. If it fails to do so, we will have to take a stern stand,” he said. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced flak from ally Shiv Sena too. In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said farmers who have suffered crop loss should be provided adequate compensation without any conditions. “The farmers are awaiting immediate assistance and not a new government,” the editorial said. Taking a dig at the BJP, it said, “Instead of standing by farmers, efforts are focused on garnering support for government formation.” Meanwhile, under pressure from all quarters, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Friday the government has taken a serious view of the crop loss suffered by farmers, and assured to seek help from the Centre. He said the Chief Secretary is monitoring the situation.A Cabinet sub-committee will meet on Saturday to discuss the matter, he said. Mr Fadnavis has asked guardian ministers of the affected districts to visit the rain-hit areas. He said the initial evaluation shows damage to crops on 54.22 lakh hectare spread across 325 talukas in half a dozen districts. The damaged crops include jawar, paddy, cotton and soybean.last_img read more

Adamson makes presence felt, stuns NCAA champion

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEAG debacle aftermath: Young Aklanon’s big splash must not be in vain LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next View comments Galanza topscored with 18 points, Soyud had nine and Lea-Ann Perez eight for the Lady Falcons, who contained Arellano’s vaunted gunners with tough floor defense.Jovielyn Prado, one of Arellano’s top contributors, could only muster 11 points, while Andrea Marzan added eight. Regina Arocha contributed just two.Adamson created ripples during its opening match, whipping University of the Philippines last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Falcons were nowhere near the team they were in the previous UAAP season when—they could only cough up one win—as they dominated the Lady Chiefs, who didn’t show a trace of being the current NCAA champs.Christine Soyud instigated the Lady Falcons’ raging start as they posted a 19-10 lead in the opening set, taking advantage of the Lady Chiefs’ spotty defense that was so solid the previous two matches.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 shutoutIn posting its second straight win and keeping its tournament slate clean, Adamson handed Arellano its first setback in a 2-1 start.Comebacking setter Fen Emnas did an excellent job distributing the ball, making 29 excellent sets for Soyud and Jem Galanza to blast away. Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning queens of the NCAA bowed to the cellar-dweller of the UAAP.In a stark reversal of roles, Adamson drubbed Arellano, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The 10 things to know going into this NBA season

first_imgView comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The offseason was loaded with changes. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George went to Oklahoma City, Gordon Hayward and Irving went to Boston, Isaiah Thomas got sent to Cleveland, Jimmy Butler is now in Minnesota and Paul Millsap calls Denver home. That’s seven All-Stars who moved, a record for an NBA offseason.Every coach who started last season will start this season. That’s an NBA first.Here’s 10 things to know about the NBA season that is finally here:10. QUICK STARTERSFEATURED 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 shutoutSan Antonio, Toronto and Miami will likely start 1-0 — because under current management, San Antonio, Toronto and Miami almost always start 1-0. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is 18-2 on opening night, Raptors coach Dwane Casey is 7-1 and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is 7-2. Spoelstra has started 1-0 in each of the last six seasons, the longest such run in the NBA. A coach in need of a 1-0 start? Try New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry. He’s dropped five straight openers and is 2-9 on opening night. Brooklyn, Orlando, Milwaukee and Utah have the league’s longest current opening-night losing streaks, starting 0-1 in each of the last four seasons.9. FROM DISTANCELast season was the third straight where the NBA’s team single-season 3-point record fell, starting with Houston (933 in 2014-15), Golden State (1,077 in 2015-16) and Houston again (1,181 from 2016-17). Between the Rockets, Cleveland, Boston and the Warriors, four of the five highest single-season 3-point totals inhistory came last season. Don’t expect the 3-ball to go away anytime soon, either. 8. LEBRON’S MARKSLeBron James’ list of milestones is about to get longer. He comes into this season 1,213 points shy of becoming the seventh NBA player to reach 30,000, meaning it should happen by about the All-Star break barring any extended absence. He’s also on pace to eclipse the 8,000-rebound and 8,000-assist marks this season. The only other player in NBA history with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists is Kobe Bryant. James already has all those numbers, and counting.7. WHERE’S THE DEFENSE?In 2014-15, half the league — 15 teams — held opponents under 100 points per game. Two seasons later, San Antonio and Utah were the only teams that managed the feat. The league’s planned crackdown on traveling this season might help, but it’ll be interesting to see if defensive numbers improve in this era of 3-point-reliant, pace-and-space basketball.6. MAYBE MINNESOTAThink about this, with apologies to fans in the Pacific Northwest: There have been more NBA playoff games in Seattle over the last 13 years than in Minneapolis. This will finally be the year that changes. The Timberwolves, who last reached the postseason in 2004, should return this spring even in a loaded Western Conference with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and new addition Jimmy Butler leading the way.5. SPURS CHASE HISTORYIf the Spurs win 41 games this season — a safe bet — it’ll be the 21st consecutive season where San Antonio finishes the regular season at .500 or better. That would tie the NBA mark in that department, matching the feat set by the Utah Jazz from 1983-84 to 2003-04. The Spurs set a record for consecutive winning seasons last year with their 20th. (Utah was 41-41 in 1984-85.)4. DIRK’S LONGEVITYDallas’ Dirk Nowitzki enters this season 31 games away from passing Kevin Willis for No. 6 on the NBA’s all-time list. At 48,673 minutes, he’s also within striking distance of No. 5 Elvin Hayes (50,000), No. 4 Jason Kidd (50,111) and No. 3 Kevin Garnett (50,418).ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Garcia heats up late as EAC caps off season with a win LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE – This Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, and Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry battling for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. The Warriors and Cavaliers are being penciled in to meet in the NBA Finals once again. They’re going to drive most of the conversation this season, a fact that is not lost on the league or its TV partners. When the season tips off Tuesday, Cleveland will take the center stage first, followed by the Warriors. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)Happy New Year, NBA.The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors’ latest championship banner, and the march toward April will finally be underway.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  3. STEPH WATCHStephen Curry will have just turned 30 when this regular season ends. And by then, he legitimately could be No. 3 on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list. Curry starts this season No. 10, and at his current pace will pass Ray Allen for the top spot sometime in the 2019-2020 season.2. NEW DEADLINENo longer will the All-Star Game be overshadowed by talk of who’s getting moved where (like last year, when DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the Pelicans while players were still in locker rooms in New Orleans immediately after the game). The trade deadline will now be 10 days before the All-Star break, so this season that means Feb. 8.1. AND THE WINNER IS …How can anyone pick against Golden State right now? The Warriors will get their third title in four years, which is the easiest prediction possible. So we’ll finish this with some probably less-than-chalk picks: LeBron James is going to reclaim the MVP award, the Rockets will have a game where they connect 30 times from 3-point range and Charlotte’s Steve Clifford will be coach of the year.last_img read more

PSL, locals recognize imports’ impact in Philippine volleyball

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2018 PSL Grand Prix Presscon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the Philippine SuperLiga starting off its season on a new format, the league couldn’t help but thank its foreign players for helping improve the quality of play in the country.During the league’s press conference Thursday at CenterStage in Mall of Asia Complex, Chairman Philip Juico and Ambassadress Aby Maraño expressed their gratitude to the teams and the visiting players.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH D-League: Jackson, Coffee Lovers use underdog tag as motivation NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending 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 Citycenter_img Read Next The PSL also welcomed Smart as its newest team putting the total to eight and joining clubs F2 Logistics, Petron, Sta. Lucia, Generika, Cignal, Cocolife, and Foton.Juico also gave credit to how teams quickly adjusted to the new calendar and having the imports ready in time for the first game day on Feb. 17.“For many of you, this is a big responsibility because of the commitments before,” said Juico. “It does take time for teams to make adjustments and we’re very grateful to the teams for not only agreeing to the shift but bringing very good players, both locals and from overseas.”Teams practically retained its core of local players and imports with the exception of the Cargo Movers who won’t have the likes of Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Mary Joy Baron, and Desiree Cheng due to the quartet’s commitment to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The PSL usually starts its season with the Invitational Cup, which serves as some sort of a preseason tournament, before moving on to the All-Filipino Conference and the import-laden Grand Prix.This time, the Grand Prix became the first conference as the PSL changed its schedule to comply with the shifts in the calendars of the Asian Volleyball Confederation and the Fédération International de Volleyball, the sport’s governing body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In behalf of all the Filipino athletes, we are grateful to see great action from you,” said Maraño to the imports. “You inspire us and you motivate us to do so much more on our end.”“Of course learning from you will make Filipino athletes better so that we can take volleyball to the top,” added Maraño who plays for defending champion F2 Logistics.last_img read more

Dragons cool off fiery Alab

first_imgRead Next FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBuoyed by its sellout crowd at MABA Stadium, the Westports Malaysia doused red-hot San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, 90-89, Sunday in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League in Kuala Lumpur.Joshua Munzon sank the game-winning free throw off a foul by Lawrence Domingo with 8.0 seconds left as the Dragons ended Alab Pilipinas’ eight-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Alab had the last shot but Dondon Hontiveros misfired on a right corner 3-pointer as time ran out.Still, it was a valiant effort from San Miguel Alab, which only suffered its second defeat in nine games on the road and fell to third place with its 11-5 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRenaldo Balkman carried much of the scoring load with 33 points that went with 19 rebounds, while fellow World Import Justin Brownlee chimed in 25 markers, five rebounds and seven assists and four blocks.Unfortunately for Alab, fatigue got the better of Brownlee late as he missed two crucial freebies with 31.2 seconds remaining that could given the lead back to the Filipinos. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS 90 — Eversley 36, Munzon 19, Kuek 14, Purdy 11, Davis 9, Wong 1, Teo 0.SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 89 — Balkman 33, Brownlee 25, Parks 10, Domingo 7, Raymundo 6, Urbiztondo 6, Maierhofer 2, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0.Quarters: 24-26, 44-47, 65-69, 90-89. LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. was limited to just 10 points and seven rebounds before picking up his fifth foul with 1:49 left to play.Alab played a dangerous opponent in Westports Malaysia (5-10), which was in desperation mode to stay in playoff contention.World Import Chris Eversley led the Dragons with 36 points and six rebounds before fouling out midway through the payoff period, while Munzon filled the stat sheet with 19 markers, eight boards, three assists, six steals and two blocks.Kuek Tian Yuan shot 4-of-5 from three to wound up with 14 points and six rebounds, while Jawhar Purdy had 11 markers, six boards, and four dimes in the win.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Viray twins win San Beda’s 1st NCAA beach volley title via sweeplast_img read more

‘Small’ Marano coming up big for PSL Manila

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — You won’t miss her out there on the court: She hits hard, screams even harder and literally lifts her teammates up after a point. Oh and let’s not forget about the hair clips.Benched in the first game here, Aby Marano is slowly but surely becoming a integral part of the Rebisco PSL Manila competing here in the tough Asian Women’s Club Championships.ADVERTISEMENT During a heart-to-heart talk with the coaching staff, Marano even shared her thoughts.“I was thinking (after not being used against Hisamitsu Springs) that once I get to play I will play my heart out,” said Marano, who went on to score 10 points against Vietin Bank the following day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHead coach Francis Vicente cited the energy Marano provides to the team which was sorely needed after it absorbed a three-set defeat to Tianjin Bohai Bank.“That’s how she (Marano) generates energy, let’s all have that energy,” said Vicente. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Amid 0-3 start, PSL Manila stays strong ahead of Thailand game Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “Let’s not forget why we’re here. It doesn’t stop here we are just beginning let’s show that we deserve to be here,” said the F2 Logistics stalwart of the Philippine Superliga.The 24-year-old Marano, however, is undersized for a middle hitter at 5-foot-9 which could play a big factor in the selection of the national team preparing for the Southeast Asian Games and Asian Seniors.The team is already teeming with towering middles like 6-foot Mika Reyes, 6-foot-3 Gen Casugod, 6-foot-2 Lourdes Clemente and 5-foot-10 Maika Ortiz.“I know that I’m small for the position, and we have many middle hitters here,” said Marano. “But I don’t want to stop there, so I tried to lose weight so I can jump higher.”Against Supreme of Thailand on Monday, Marano gets the chance to play against her idol, superstar Pleumjit Thinkaow — if and when she gets to play.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ DOJ to come up with resolution on case vs 13 Pampanga cops in a month PLAY LIST 02:57DOJ to come up with resolution on case vs 13 Pampanga cops in a month00:50Trending Articles01:45Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report01:35Panelo 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 athletes LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Rio Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia

first_img“We request the Lasallian community to extend assistance and support to Yan Yan during this time,” the statement read.Official statement on Yan Lariba’s condition:#KayaMoYANFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting*ERRATUM: The BDO Account is 870-007-459 pic.twitter.com/sHhXJgz0Jl— DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) May 30, 2017 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Golfer Tiger Woods sorry for arrest, says no alcohol involved Philippines’ Ian Lariba hits a shot in her women’s singles qualification round table tennis match at the Riocentro venue during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. AFP FILE PHOTORio Olympian Ian Lariba has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), her family disclosed Tuesday.In a statement released by DLSU Sports, Lariba’s family shared that the 22-year-old Lasallian paddler will undergo treatment this week after seeking blood donors to help her cause late since last week.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ US gymnastics team dominates at the Rio Olympics PLAY LIST 00:44US gymnastics team dominates at the Rio Olympics02:36Rio: No common cell tower policy under my watch01:07Fireworks and music kick off Paralympics in Rio01:35Panelo 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 athletes LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The school also urged the community to extend financial assistance to Lariba’s family during their time of need.She dominated the UAAP table tennis field in her five-year stint for the Green Paddlers where she became a three-time Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year in Season 74, and the UAAP Athlete of the Year in Seasons 77 and 78.Lariba earned a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the Philippines’ first table tennis representative to the quadrennial meet.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

Top 2 slots sealed

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Justin Brownlee scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds and the Gin Kings had little trouble thwarting the Floodbuster, who failed to make it past the eliminations for the second straight conference after a 3-8 record, good for 10th spot.Ginebra will thus await the winner of the knockout clash between the Batang Pier and Alaska for No. 8 on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, while the Beermen will be clashing with seventh-ranked Phoenix Petroleum in the quarterfinals.The Fuel Masters, GlobalPort and the Aces all finished with 4-7 records, but Phoenix grabbed No. 7 because of having the best quotient.TNT KaTropa finished No. 4 and will clash with fifth-ranked Meralco in a best-of-three series. Defending champion Rain or Shine, No. 6 with a 5-6 record, will battle the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer accomplished the first thing it set out to do in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, and coach Leo Austria knows the question on everyone’s minds.“It won’t be easy,” Austria said on Friday night, moments after his Beermen claimed the first twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs after a 112-101 decision of GlobalPort at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “We now have the opportunity, but it will entirely be up to us,” he said when asked if he can see a clearer road to the Finals—and a shot at the second jewel of the coveted Triple Crown. “But we will be playing (solid) contenders (in the playoffs). It will be hard.”After getting 34 points from import Charles Rhodes and twin digits from five locals, San Miguel closed out its elimination round stint with a 9-2 card, tying idle sister team Star and Barangay Ginebra at the top and finishing No. 2 in the rankings behind the Gin Kings after the quotient system broke the tie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra also finished with a 9-2 record and grabbed the second quarterfinal bonus after a 94-80 whipping of Mahindra later in the night, and since they and the Beermen were the only teams to defeat the Hotshots in the eliminations, they knocked Star out of the twice-to-beat privilege.“We didn’t play that well. We didn’t have the flow we wanted to play with,” Ginebra’s Tim Cone said after steering the Ginebra franchise to its first No. 1 finish in 20 years—the last time that happened was when Gordon’s Gin was reinforced by Chris King in the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ceres eyes another celebration at home 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 View commentslast_img read more

Lassiter hoping Beermen can build on success as playoff road gets tougher

first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “That was crazy,” remarked Marcio Lassiter of the San Miguel import’s late defensive stand. “I think it’s just something for all of us to be a reminder of. Never giving up whenever you’re on the court, and he showed that. He could’ve obviously let him go for a layup, but he never gave up on the play, and he was able to come up with a tremendous block. We just got to build on it and do the same likewise.”But the win wouldn’t be possible if not for Lassiter’s hot shooting early, drilling three treys in the first half where he got half of his 26 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sweetshooter was just glad to have been able contribute to the Beermen’s cause to start the playoffs.“We’re glad that we were able to take care of business tonight. We’re able to set the tone and get some stops, set the defensive edge early, and we just carried it throughout the night,” said Lassiter, who ended the game with a 5-of-10 sniping from beyond the arc. Lassiter, though, acknowledges that the job is about to get tougher and tougher as the playoffs progresses.With that being said, he wishes that San Miguel can sustain the razor-sharp focus they had on Tuesday to the Final Four to finally exorcise the demons that have haunted the squad in the second conference.“Every year is a new team, so I’m glad that we’re all together, healthy for the most part, and just playing together, be able to play our brand, and just coming out here and continue to play hard. We’re hoping to build on it for the next round, and that’s going to be even tougher,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Qatar’s unifying World Cup vision erodes as nations cut ties BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netShowing no letup in its quarterfinal tiff against Phoenix, San Miguel coach Leo Austria refused to let go of the gas pedal and kept his starters until the 2:00 mark of the fourth period.With his first five on the floor, the Beermen kept their grip of the game in the extended garbage time with Charles Rhodes emphatically delivering a chasedown block on JC Intal which led to an easy June Mar Fajardo slam dunk on the other end.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more