first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kings, Texters triumph UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The Azkals are looking to extend their unbeaten start to three matches in Group F, where the Top 2 teams will clinch berths to the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. But three starters from the win against Tajikistan will miss the clash against Yemen, including Javier Patino who is out due to a long term knee injury.Top defender Amani Aguinaldo is also sidelined by injury, while leftback Daisuke Sato is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the first two games of the qualifying round.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 shutoutOther players like Stephan Schrock and Jeffrey Christiaens announced their retirement from the national team the past week.Dooley has turned to United States-raised wingback Matas, who has played a key role in Meralco’s rise in the Philippines Football League. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE — Philippine Azkals vs Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netWith key players out due to injuries and suspension, Philippine Azkals coach Thomas Dooley is pinning his hopes on a slew of newcomers as well as returning veterans when they face Yemen in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Dooley has called up Southeast Asian Games veterans Dylan De Bruycker and Josh Grommen to join the 23-man side which also includes other newcomers Tyler Matas of FC Meralco Manila and Harry Foll who plays club football for Hansa Rostock in Germany.ADVERTISEMENT After struggling with injuries last season, Austrian League veteran Stephan Palla is also set to return to the Azkals along with Simone Rota of Davao, who has recovered from a knee injury. MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more


first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES Kings battle Elite Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Dennis Rodman may not have been the most “rational” player on the court during his heyday, but the retired forward is now looking to be the voice of reason for a far greater cause.As tension between the US and North Korea rises due to threats of a nuclear war, the eccentric NBA Hall of Famer bared his intention to prevent such catastrophe from happening.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together,” the five-time NBA champion told “Good Morning Britain.”Rodman, of course, is one of the few people to have a relationship with North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, whom he has visited on multiple occasions over the past few years.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 shutoutREAD: Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to ‘open the door’The 56-year-old American also said that the feared dictator was “just like everybody else” and enjoyed “cool things” like singing karaoke. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “Every time I see him, he’s always calm, he’s always smiling, especially when he’s with family,” he told host  Piers Morgan.“We sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together.”Dennis Rodman has spoken about his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: pic.twitter.com/mu592c5la7— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 6, 2017“To me, in person, without all the things that have gone on on TV and potentially a war or something like that, if you see him just sit at a table, he’s just like everybody else,” Rodman added.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s always laughing, smiling, talking to his people—that’s it.”Although he has close ties with Kim, Rodman is also an avid supporter of US President Donald Trump, whom he publicly endorsed back in 2015.“I think if the president even tries to reach out for Kim, I think it will be a great possibility,” he shared.“Things can happen if Donald Trump, if they sit down, and have some type of mutual conversation. It don’t have to be like a friendship type of conversation, just a mutual conversation saying, ‘Hi, I would love to engage in some words and politics and over the history of your country and my country and just try to start some dialogue.’ I think that’ll open up maybe the door just a little bit.”  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more


first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 In a recent  Q&A session with USA Today’s Sam Amick, one of James’ fiercest rivals, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, addressed possible problems with the four-time NBA MVP’s heavy workload.“To a certain extent yes. And to a certain extent, no. I don’t think anyone should be panicking 12 games in, or 13 games in,” the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year said of the Cavs’ subpar 8-7 record.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“However, there are some glaring concerns with them. And at the same time, you’re missing a 30-point (per game) player (in Thomas) on the bench who’s hurt,” he said.“So my concern would be that LeBron is playing so many minutes right now,” Green added, pointing out LeBron’s 38.1 minutes per game—the highest in the NBA this season. Read Next 3 UCLA basketball players suspended after theft in China “He’s not just doing it because [he wants to]. That’s tough. That’s tough mentally also. That would be more of my concern over them not playing well. Like, [expletive], it’s Game 13. Who cares who’s playing well?”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron: ‘It’s been a while since I had a guy who can score and create for others’ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC A staunch believer of “Father Time,” Green acknowledged LeBron’s freakish talents, but claimed that everyone slows down at some point.“Yeah, he’s superhuman but eventually his superhuman powers go away, so that would be more of my concern if I’m a Cavs fan or somebody with the Cavs or a player, is like ‘Man, he’s been playing a lot of 40 minute (nights) and it’s only Nov. 12.’ But I wouldn’t be pressing the panic button just yet,” he said.James is about to turn 33 next month but continues to put the entire Cavs team on his shoulders each game.Green also addressed the Cavs’ recent roster woes, which he attributes to LeBron’s extended minutes on the floor.“I don’t know who it is. But at the end of the day, if he’s doing it, he’s doing it for a reason,” Green said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers fall to the floor during the first half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017, in Oakland, California.  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPApart from his unworldly talent on the basketball court, LeBron James is also perhaps best known for his durability, evading any significant injuries thoroughout his career.Despite getting up in age, his heavy usage rate on the court continues this season, especially with the recent struggles of the perennial contender Cleveland Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgHer tough-girl persona almost never cracked in public.When it came time to announce her retirement, with her mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend and support team watching from the back of a crowded room at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday afternoon, Patrick broke down in tears.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“I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there,” she began. “Sometimes it’s big nudges and sometimes it’s little.”The 35-year-old Patrick paused several times to compose herself to announce that she will race only in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 next year and then she will walk away from a sport where success was elusive even as she grew into a superstar with multiple labels, not the least of which was savvy businesswoman. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time View comments “I met with her and her agent once,” Ganassi said. “I think it is a good idea for her to do, in fact I think it’s a great idea. The business-side of the deal still has to work.”Ganassi already has Cup star Kyle Larson in his camp practically begging for a shot at the Indy 500. Would he enter one-off entries at Indy for both Patrick and Larson?“I’d have to talk to Larson about that,” Ganassi smiled.Larson and Patrick are close friends, and he posted on Twitter he was happy for her following her Friday announcement: “She’s done so much for Motorsports. I’m excited for her and her future adventures!! #Namaste.”Patrick is the only woman to have led laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick ran the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps in the race when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie.Patrick was highly marketable early in her career even though wins were rare. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons. She won her only IndyCar race in 2008, in Japan.Sponsorship trouble surfaced this year, too. When no strong opportunities for next season presented itself, Patrick decided to call it a career next Memorial Day weekend.“I think it’s awesome and it will make for a huge month of May that she’s back there,” said Stewart, who spent half of his career trying to win the Indy 500. “It would be really cool to see her face on the Borg-Warner Trophy, if she can pull that off.”Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling.“I know I always said I’d never go back to Indy, and I was always being honest,” she said. “Well, things change. I know now you can never say never. I’d been going through this in my head and kept asking myself, ‘How am I going to get the words out and say it’s over?’ And trust me, I lost my (stuff) a few times over that. Danica Patrick cries he speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in next year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. ( AP Photo/Darryl Graham)HOMESTEAD, Fla. — She started in go-karts when she was 10, and was a national champion two years later. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.Patrick was a fearless woman in a sport almost exclusively comprised of male drivers. She raced hard, sparred with her rivals off the track and rarely flinched while becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT “But this seems right, and this seems good.”Patrick told AP she had only informed about 10 people of her decision prior to Friday’s announcement. Everyone had been extremely happy with the path she’s chosen. She said longtime boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. “has never been more excited about something about me in his life.”Stewart praised Patrick for her time at SHR, and said his team would never have expanded to four cars without her assistance. Kevin Harvick will try to win a second championship in four years for the organization on Sunday, and Stewart said Patrick has been a huge part of the team’s success.He was disappointed to learn she’s ready to stop driving.“I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get,” Stewart told AP. “I thought she’d go road racing or back to IndyCar or something along those lines, because I think that’s where she can be successful.”Patrick’s fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognizable female athletes anywhere, from Super Bowl commercials to race days in the green-and-black firesuit. She has a winery in California, a line of athletic wear and an exercise and fitness program. Patrick said she’ll have more time to spend on those ventures after the Indy 500.Her career crossroads was put in motion when GoDaddy left auto racing after 2015, then new sponsor Nature’s Bakery was unable to fulfill its three-year commitment to SHR and Patrick. The team pieced together sponsorship all year, but the deal for Almirola next year made Patrick expendable.“I didn’t want to be pushed into anything, and everyone can relate, sometimes things just shift and change around you,” she told AP. “Especially with me and the sponsor situation. I’ve never been there before. I’ve always had a sponsor. It forces you into thinking about things and nothing was lining up easily. If I don’t feel like I can run better than where I am, then I don’t want to do it. And, there have been times that I could not have been more miserable.“That’s not why I come, and I feel like it takes away from everything else I accomplished. I don’t want to be remembered for the things that didn’t go as well. I want to be remembered for the things that went well.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous. Discussing her decision with The Associated Press a few hours before her announcement, Patrick was giddy with excitement and thrilled at the chance to take one more spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Patrick told AP it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Once she accepted it, she began putting together plans for “The Danica Double” over the last several weeks.“Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, ‘What about Indy? Let’s end it with the Indy 500,’” she said. “This ignites something in me. But I am done after May. Everyone needs to put their mind there. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I’m done.”Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy. Ganassi has room to field additional cars — he’s scaling down from four full-time cars to two next year — and would give Patrick a car capable of winning. Roger Penske and Michael Andretti both have full lineups announced for next year’s Indy 500.Patrick will not be driving in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart told AP. Patrick moved from IndyCar to NASCAR after the 2011 season, and has been racing Cup cars for SHR since 2012.  She is being replaced after Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Aric Almirola.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more


first_imgGoalie Elia Benedettini of San Marino is unable to stop Mustafi of Germany’s goal for 5:0 during the World Cup qualifier Group C soccer match between Germany and San Marino at the Stadion Nuernberg in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday June 10, 2017. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)NUREMBERG, Germany — Sandro Wagner scored a hat trick on his second appearance for Germany as the defending champion maintained its perfect record in World Cup qualifying with another rout of San Marino, 7-0 on Saturday.Germany scored 27 goals in three previous games against the tiny microstate, and it was just a question of how many an unfamiliar looking lineup could score on this occasion.ADVERTISEMENT In the end, it was Germany’s highest win at home under coach Joachim Loew.Germany’s starting lineup came from 11 different clubs for the first time in 57 years as Loew gave his experimental Confederations Cup squad another run-out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You can try certain things in these games, gain confidence, produce nice play. I’m satisfied with that,” Loew said. “Not everything worked out but a few things did.”Julian Draxler, one of only three members of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad called up for the tournament in Russia, captained the side on his 30th international appearance, and he opened the scoring with a curling effort inside the far post as the home side’s early pressure paid off. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ryan Harrison, Michael Venus win French Open doubles title Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img NORWAY 1, CZECH REPUBLIC 1Theodor Gebre Selassie scored from close range 10 minutes before the break, but Norway’s Alexander Soderlund equalized from the penalty spot as the Czech Republic fell four points behind second-placed Northern Ireland.AZERBAIJAN 0, NORTHERN IRELAND 1Stuart Dallas’ injury-time goal ensured Northern Ireland consolidated second place in the group, five points behind Germany, and dealt the home side a blow to its lingering hopes of a playoff spot.Michael McGovern denied Afran Ismayilov with a fine save in what was the Azeris’ best chance in the second half.Azerbaijan stayed fourth on seven points, now six behind Northern Ireland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wagner claimed his first international goal five minutes later, and he didn’t have to wait long before claiming his second – after fans indulged in Mexican waves.Midfielder Amin Younes claimed his first goal for Germany before the break, and there were more cheers after it when Shkodran Mustafi scored two minutes into the second half.Fans needed a bit of patience before the sixth arrived courtesy of Julian Brandt, who claimed his first international goal in the 72nd, and Wagner completed the rout with five minutes remaining.Germany made it six wins from six, 27 goals scored and just one conceded in Group C as it looks to wrap up qualification as quickly as possible. Resting almost all of the regular players made little difference.Group winners from the nine groups qualify automatically for the 32-team World Cup in Russia, while the eight runners-up with the best records against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups go on to play-offs to decide the other four tournament places allocated to Europe.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more


first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Starting off cold against the determined Jet Spikers, the Lady Warriors found themselves under siege after losing the first two sets before clawing their way to a thrilling 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-10 win in Game 3 of the semifinals.Myla Pablo scored 22 points, most of them in the third set where the Lady Warriors made a solid stand from 17-19 to extend the match.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 stars“I was telling my teammates let’s help each other, we can do it despite the scores,” said Pablo.Pocari has won the past three conferences in utter domination of the league it joined just last year. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ It will now face BaliPure in the championship match after the Water Defernders melted the Creamline Cool Smashers in their semifinal decider, 25-22, 27-25, 25-23.Game 1 of the best-of-three series is on Saturday.And for a while, it didn’t look like Pocari Sweat was going to make it there.“From the start we had trouble with our first ball,” said coach Rico de Guzman in Filipino. “And we started playing very stiff and tentative. It looked like we didn’t want to win the first and second sets.”Fortunately for Pocari, the Lady Warriors were able to steady themselves just in time and then got a big boost from stringer Heather Guino-o.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Pocari Sweat needed a major jolt to turn back hard-fighting Air Force Wednesday en route to its fourth straight finals appearance in the Premier Volleyball League Open conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Guino-o, pitching in for an off Kai Nepomuceno at opposite position, unloaded 14 points for the Lady Warriors.“Good thing we got that positive vibe once again. I told them to just enjoy it, don’t dwell on the negative things,” said De Guzman.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers PH gets deadline to decide on SEAG 2019 MOST READlast_img read more


first_imgSports persons and officials hold Queen’s Baton at Qutub Minar in New delhi on Friday.The Commonwealth Games seems to be finally catching up with Delhi’ites as the Queen’s Baton reached the host city.The baton, which has been around the world in the 71 Commonwealth countries in a journey that took almost a year, was hosted by the three armed forces on Friday morning at the India Gate, in a ceremony that showcased all the pomp and pageantry associated with the Services.There were schoolchildren to add vibrancy and enthusiasm to the occasion and even the early morning timing could not deter them from showing their excitement.The armed forces band provided its own unique setting for the event.The baton had to rise early as it was taken to Vijay Chowk at 7 am from where it made its way to the Amar Jawan Jyoti.It then travelled to other landmarks of the city – the Lotus Temple, Teen Murti Bhawan, Qutab Minar and the Delhi Secretariat.On Saturday, it will be at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib and St. Columba’s Cathedral – before paying a visit to the Games Village.Other places the baton, which carries a message from the British monarch, will go to are Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Akshardham Temple and the Red Fort.The journey will end at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday, where the 19th Commonwealth Games will be declared open on Sunday. Queen Elizabeth’s message will be read aloud at the opening ceremony of the Games.advertisementThe nearly 20,000km the baton has travelled is the longest relay in its history. It also has the facility to capture images and sounds as it travels around the nations of the Commonwealth. With Global Positioning System technology, it can be tracked down to its exact location.The relay is said to symbolise the unity and shared ideals of the Commonwealth.The relay was launched on October 29 last year at Buckingham Palace in London, with Queen Elizabeth II handing the baton to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.The first Baton bearer was rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra, India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, making the country proud at Beijing in 2008.Bindra began the baton’s journey with a relay around the Queen Victoria Monument. The first team of baton bearers included Sebastian Coe, Kapil Dev, Sania Mirza, Milka Singh, Kelly Holmes, Vijender Kumar and Susan Gilroy, to name a few.Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi had the thrill of holding the baton and walking down the Rajpath.”I’m feeling very proud about the baton. It’s come all the way from London, covering a distance of 190,000 kilometres without a blemish,” said Kalmadi.last_img read more


first_imgRafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches, continuing the chase for his “Rafa Slam” with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in the second round of the Australian Open.Rafael Nadal keeps his eyes on the ball as he makes a backhand return to Ryan Sweeting during their second round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday. APThe top-ranked Nadal is aiming to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.He’s conceded only four games en route to the third round, sealing his win over Sweeting on Thursday with the last in a blizzard of forehand winners.After his quarterfinal exit at the last Australian Open, Nadal rebounded to win the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.Nadal hit some shots that Sweeting could barely believe, including a forehand on set point in the second when the Spaniard’s curling shot caught the baseline. With nothing to lose, Sweeting challenged the call as he walked off. The call stood.The only hint of anything other than complete domination for Nadal came in the third set, when Sweeting broke serve in the fifth game and then got within a point of bring it back to 4-2 in a game that went to deuce five times. Again, Nadal held on to convert a break and served out in the next game.”A few mistakes with the backhand, that’s all. My serve improved a lot since the first day. I think I was serving very well today,” Nadal said, noting the one blot on his serve was when he looked into the sun. “Movement good; backhand good; having a few more mistakes than usual. I have to play longer with the backhand. Maybe have to play a little bit more aggressive, more inside the court.”advertisementThat’s not good news for Nadal’s next opponent – 18-year-old Australian wildcard entry Bernard Tomic.Sweeting said he was overwhelmed by Nadal’s relentless accuracy and the fact he had to play so many shots just to earn a point.Tomic, the last Australian male left in the draw, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 31 Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Canada’s Milos Raonic also produced a second-round upset, beating No. 22 Michael Llodra of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4).Kim Clijsters showed why she’s fast becoming a hot favorite for the women’s title by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3.U.S. Open champion Clijsters opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over former No. 1-ranked Dinara Safina, but Suarez Navarro was a potentially dangerous second-round matchup. The 22-year-old Spaniard beat Venus Williams in a second-round upset in her first trip to Melbourne Park two years ago.”She is a tough player. She’s tricky. The balls bounce so much different than for my first round,” Clijsters said. “I was just happy with the way that I played. I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points. And it worked.”With defending champion Serena Williams not playing in Australia due to a prolonged foot problem, third-seeded Clijsters is hopeful of going one better than her previous best performance at Melbourne Park – she lost the 2004 final.Her third-round 6-0, 6-1 loss here to Nadia Petrova last year was her worst in a major. It’s a defeat she claims she doesn’t dwell on and doesn’t think will influence her preparations for the same stage this weekend.”I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that. So it was very easy in a way to also forget about it, as well,” Clijsters said.Joining her in the third round from the bottom half of the draw were No. 10 Shahar Peer, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 13 Nadia Petrova and Iveta Benesova, who beat No. 18 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-1.Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to China’s Peng Shuai, continuing an unimpressive streak of seven losses in eight matches. It was former world No. 1 Jankovic’s worst result at a major since the 2009 U.S. Open.Meanwhile, Clijsters has spent just two hours on court so far, leaving plenty of time to joke with the crowd and take a little swipe at on-court interviewer Todd Woodbridge, a former Australian doubles great. She lightheartedly chided Woodbridge about a text message he’d sent to fellow Australian Rennae Stubbs, suggesting Clijsters was showing physical and emotional signs of being pregnant.”No, I’m not!” said Clijsters, who took time off the tour when she married and had a child – daughter Jada, born in February 2008 – before returning to win the U.S. Open in 2009.advertisementWhile Clijsters and Nadal have advanced with ease, Venus Williams and defending men’s champion Roger Federer have encountered challenges.Williams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday as she twisted for a volley. She needed a medical timeout after losing the first set. She was on the verge of tears, and apparently elimination. But she refused to stop playing and eventually beat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4.Federer faced a more familiar problem – Gilles Simon. He’s one of only three men on tour with a winning record against the Swiss great.The 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted he was “happy I survived a scare” after winning in five sets.last_img read more


first_imgGagarin nearly died when the rockets didn’t disengage from his capsule after re-entry, making the heat almost fatal.Fifty years ago, a calm, young madman allowed himself to be strapped inside what was most likely to be his metal coffin. As he lay back and had the belts fitted around him, he smiled for the still and movie cameras. Then, once the lid shut on the little tube, the young man became just a voice.’Everything alright?’ They asked him from the outside. ‘ Everything is fine! Let’s go!’ he replied cheerfully. And the people outside pushed the button.LeapThe closest most of us over forty will ever come to feeling the thrust of the huge rockets pushing up is when we are taking off in a small airliner, i.e not very close. The rockets catapulted the young man and his steel container right up against the ceiling of our atmosphere and through it out into space. Reporting calmly through serious g-forces, Yuri Gagarin’s voice is the one we can hear re-assuring his masters at Ground Control instead of the other way around.Everything is fine. I am feeling alert. I am continuing the flight. It’s interesting and beautiful.The ground controllers pressed the various buttons that jettisoned the booster rockets and sent Gagarin into a parabolic pradakshina of the planet. At the highest point of his orbit, Gagarin was as far away from the earth’s surface as Jaipur is from Delhi, roughly 300 km, the closest was about 90 km. Gagarin completed his orbit and his controllers instructed his remaining rockets to slam him back into the earth’s atmosphere.advertisementApparently, Gagarin nearly died when the rockets didn’t disengage from his capsule after re-entry, making the heat almost fatal.Finally, though, the rockets did let go.The capsule was back, flying in what we call air. Gagarin pressed the one important button over which he had control and the lid of the capsule blew open, ejecting him and his parachute at a height of several kilometres. The craft itself was left behind as the first spaceman descended safely back to the Russian steppes.In less than half the time it takes to drive from Delhi to Jaipur, Gagarin had gone around the earth. Before his orbit no one could say for sure what would happen to human bodies in spacecraft outside the bounds of earthly gravity.After the flight we knew that, with proper design and engineering, extremely fit human beings could survive leaving the earth and returning to it.Looking back, there is a contradictory feeling about the whole thing. On the one hand, the flight of the Vostok can be compared to the first fish that tried to use its fins to walk on sand, a major evolutionary step in the developmental story of our species. On the other hand, save the moon landings, there has been no leap comparable to that first flight – it’s as if we are still that first school of fish, unable to stray very far from water, and a long way away from developing proper amphibious characteristics. Unlike us, those pioneering, early- amphibian ancestors of ours didn’t have ( as far as we can tell) any politics, economics, wars or electorates to deal with. It was, literally, each fish for itself, or maybe small groups of them, maybe the rash teenagers, doing their dangerous capers outside the proven safety of water.War There have been many reports, of course, of various American and European lunatics with spaceships ready in their backyards, the galactic equivalents of home- made sports- cars or sail- boats, all ready to fly off, aiming for the moon and points beyond, a bit similar to the way the experiments with early flight worked. Reportedly, so far, the US and other governments have managed to put a stop to these highly expensive suicide bids but who knows, there may come a day when some loony trillionaire might secretly put together a craft that could take him or her for a spectacular joyride.These crazies aside, the business of cosmic exploration remains in the hands of the government space agencies of large and mostly rich nations, which is where the national agendas and contested budgets etc all come in.This brings us to the second set of contradictory feelings. On the one hand, most of us love the idea of someone ( not us, perhaps) soaring away into the starlit darkness, hopefully to come back with treasures, discoveries and stories of the cosmos of which we are a part. The rationalists among us also realise that one day humanity will have no choice but to go and live on other planets, because our species can now make a good guess that this particular tiny rock of ours, even with the best maintenance, actually has an expiry date as far inhabiting it goes. On the other hand, if we examine the history of how Yuri Gagarin came to be on that flight in 1961, a different set of thoughts, anxieties and angers rises up.advertisementShortly after this commemoration we will see the 70th anniversary of the huge Operation Barbarossa, that was launched by the German Wehrmacht against Stalin’s USSR. Then, from 2012 to 2015, will come various seventiethyear memorials of the defeats of that army till its final decapitation in the ruins of Berlin, in 1945. Unlike what the earlier histories of the Second World War tell us, the demise of Hitler’s regime was a messy and chaotic business, the hydraheaded monster of Nazism collapsing surprisingly quickly in places while proving shockingly resistant in others.Not least of the reasons why the supposedly super- systematic Nazi machine met such an unsystematic end was that – even as they struck at Germany’s multiple jugulars – its enemies were divided. For the last year of the War in Europe, the Soviets, the Americans and the British were involved in a fierce and complicated three- way hunting dance ( think the last, triangular showdown in ‘ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ , with a fatally wounded but still dangerous ‘ Evil’ in the middle). The decisions made by the Soviets and the Allies at that moment would shape our history for the next fifty years.One of the most interesting American mistakes was to let Stalin’s armies reach Berlin first, imagining it was merely a symbolic prize and hoping the Russians would bear the brunt of any last- ditch fanatical resistance in the Nazi capital.Stalin, though, had information that the Germans had stockpiled enriched uranium for their new, experimental atomic device in a laboratory in a Berlin suburb.Stalin wanted Hitler and he wanted to fly the Red flag on the Reichstag but what he wanted most – and got – was this precious component for a nuclear bomb.As the Soviet armies sped west towards the destination that was secret even to their own generals, the team of Nazi scientists who had delivered the lethal V- 1 and V- 2 rockets to Hitler managed to surrender to the Americans speeding eastwards.Bomb America managed to trigger its first nuclear explosion within a couple of months of the fall of Berlin. And then, as we know, by August 1945 they were able to translate those explosions into two nuclear devices that they dropped on Japan, forcing it to surrender. The Russians eventually got their nuclear formula not from the ruins of Nazi Germany but through their spies in the USA and Britain. What they were unable to get, however, was the know- how of the Nazi team of rocket scientists; therefore they had to develop their own rockets to counter the American aeronautical behemoths. The reason why the USA and the USSR were developing powerful rockets was that it was the safest way to deliver a huge bomb upon an enemy on the other side of the planet.advertisementSpace exploration came to both countries as a spinoff of this endeavour, almost as an unrealised bonus. Now, if you twin Gagarin’s flight and Armstrong’s landing on the moon with the trillions of dollars that went into developing and making nuclear bombs and if, for a moment, you fantasise about what might have happened if this money had been spent in developing humanity as a whole, you might find yourself thinking that this April could have done just as well for the first human space flight from a healthy and peaceful planet. That might have been interesting and beautiful too.last_img read more


first_imgThe WBJEE results have been declared.The results of WBJEE 2011 (West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination) have been declared on Tuesday by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board (WBJEEB).The WBJEE 2011 results were declared at 2PM on Tuesday. The results are available on the websites http://results.banglarmukh.gov.in and www.wbjeeb.in.The WBJEE is held for admission to engineering courses in colleges across the state.The examination was conducted on April 17, 2011.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more