Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Supercup, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo has bitterly criticized his five-game suspension for pushing a referee who had sent him off, describing the ban as “persecution.”Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account on Wednesday that “it is impossible to remain silent in this situation, 5 games!! It seems exaggerated and ridiculous to me, this is called persecution!”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ronaldo was given an additional four-match ban for shoving the referee in the back after he was shown the red card.Ronaldo concluded his Instagram message with “Thanks to my teammates and fans for their support.”The message was accompanied by a photo of the moment when referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea showed Ronaldo the red card.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has also criticized the extended ban of his best player.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ronaldo’s outburst came after the Spanish soccer federation ratified his suspension, which was announced on Monday.The Real Madrid forward will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday. Madrid holds a 3-1 advantage.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 shutoutHe will also miss the first four matches of the Spanish league, which Madrid opens on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna.Ronaldo was suspended for one match after being sent off during Sunday’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Spanish media reports said Madrid appealed Ronaldo’s second yellow card, when the Portugal forward was booked for diving. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES US men’s basketball enters a new world—without its stars Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments
Malaysia’s Wong Siew Cheer launched a throw of 65.90m, which shattered the 65.63-m meet record of the Filipino-American Stuart, who ruled the meet two years ago in Singapore.Thailand’s Kittipong Boonmawan posted 65.49m to take the silver medal.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 shutoutThe 36-year-old Ferreira, who won the SEAG gold in the event in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, has been serving as coach for national team.He said he had no choice but fill in for Caleb, who reportedly got a job back in the United States. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments LATEST STORIES Caleb reportedly got a call from the athletics body to play in the national open, but he didn’t respond. MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension KUALA LUMPUR—Former champion Arniel Ferrera nailed a bronze medal in men’s hammer throw amid a very tough field that saw the winner posting a new Southeast Asian Games record Wednesday here at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.A last-minute stand-in for original bet Caleb Stuart, Ferrera heaved 55.94 meters on his sixth attempt to secure a place on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation with a resume of godlike proportions that include four MVPS, three NBA titles, and countless All-NBA nods.And it’s not just his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame that has helped him achieve such sporting legacy, but also a belief in one’s self that no other force on earth could ever shatter.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ “For me, it’s all about believing in yourself, uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James during his private session with the Gilas players and members of the media for his Strive for Greatness tour.“If you put in the work then I believe it takes care of itself.”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 shutoutINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since his decision to skip college and go straight to the NBA from St. Vincent St. Mary and his controversial move to Miami from Cleveland catapulted him to super villain territory.Still, James triumphed and won two titles and two MVP trophies with the Heat before he returned to Cleveland to steer the Cavaliers’ to the city’s first championship since the Browns ruled the NFL in 1964. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:37Protesters 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 “Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” said James. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez may have gotten his career-best in scoring, but it was his six turnovers that caught coach Topex Robinson’s attention.“Career-high in turnovers, too?,” the mentor quipped after Lyceum’s 78-73 win over San Sebastian on Friday where his prized ward dropped 28 points along with 10 rebounds against his six turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Not that Robinson was looking for faults in Perez’ game.The soft-spoken mentor knows that turnovers are an inevitable part of his team’s game given the Pirates’ fast-paced system. What counts is how they make up for those miscues.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“The thing about our team is we’re allowed to make mistakes. It’s not a sin to turn the ball over because you know that they really didn’t mean to turn the ball over,” said Robinson.“What’s important is how you get back after that turnover. I guess that’s very important to our team. So you just have to trust them that they’re gonna make mistakes and they’ll be responsible to make up for those mistakes later on.” Robinson has already accepted that more miscues will be coming Lyceum’s way, and a lot of which may come from his leaders like Perez. But the only way to negate that is to keep his wards prepared for everything that will be thrown at them.“We’ll work on the things that we have control of which is our preparation, on how we’re gonna cover our mistakes,” he said. “We wanna focus all of our energy to us, on how we’re gonna keep on growing, how we’re gonna keep on improving. That’s the good thing about committing mistakes: there’s always room for correction and always room for growth.” Christian Standhardinger piques interest of teams ahead of PBA draft Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next That mindset has been ingrained in the Pirates with Robinson trusting his players to make the right decisions, and it has worked wonders so far as they tout an immaculate 15-0 record this NCAA Season 93.“I just remind them of things, but I’m not gonna get mad at them. I played and I know the feeling if there’s so much pressure, but again, there’s no such thing as a perfect game. So we just let them be. They’re committing mistakes, but then again, I can trust them that they will always fight back and make up for those,” he said.The Pirates committed 28 turnovers in the game against the Golden Stags, no doubt a high mark for any team seeking to contend for a title.But Lyceum did not let San Sebastian take advantage of those, forcing the latter to commit 27 turnovers and holding them to a measly 34-percent clip from the field.Three wins away from completing the unprecedented 18-0 sweep in the elimination phase, the Pirates brace for the toughest stretch yet as they close their schedule with games against Letran, Jose Rizal U, and San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending 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 View comments
Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Pacers: Indiana has made 11 or more 3-pointers in six of its last nine games.UP NEXT:Magic: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Pacers: At Houston on Wednesday night. Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) loses the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Magic 121-109 on Monday night, handing Orlando its ninth straight loss.Orlando cut the Pacers lead to 95-91 five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Indiana put together a 13-0 run that lasted nearly three minutes. The Pacers’ fourth quarter surge on offense ultimately proved to be the difference in a game where the Magic fought desperately to snap their losing streak. Oladipo, who was back in the lineup after missing Indiana’s last game due to a bruised right knee, made his first 11 shots before finishing the game 11-for-14.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Pacers had five players in double figures as Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points while Myles Turner and Lance Stephenson each added 18.Orlando gave Indiana everything it could handle through the first three quarters. The Magic managed to close the deficit and trail 85-84 heading into the fourth quarter after falling behind by double digits in the third quarter. But the Pacers hit their stride during the final 12 minutes and outscored the Magic 36-25 in the fourth.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 shutoutJonathan Simmons led Orlando with 21 points.STEADY PACE Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Since losing 118-95 to Houston on Nov. 12, the Pacers are 6-1. During the same seven game stretch, Indiana has scored 100 or more points in each of its six wins. The Pacers — who average 108 points per game — are now 11-4 in games where they score 100 or more points.MAGIC SPELLDating back to the 2012-13 season, the Pacers have won 17 of their last 19 regular season meetings with Orlando, including the last six matchups with the Magic, leaving former Pacers coach Frank Vogel winless against his old team.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando has now lost nine straight games during a stretch in which it is 2-11 in its last 13 games. … The Magic are now 3-12 when allowing their opponent to score 100 or more points. … With 16 3-pointers Monday night, the Magic have now made at least one three in 841 consecutive games, the fifth longest streak in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IOC judges back truthful whistleblower, ban 5 more Russians
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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ PSG is rumored to be ready to pay his release clause of 222 million euros ($262 million). That would dwarf the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him — and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer — is the Qatari-owned PSG.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 starsPSG did not answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.Barcelona said Neymar left the training ground 30 minutes after arriving on Wednesday. He had arrived to Spain on Tuesday night after holding publicity events for both his personal brand and Barcelona in China. Last year, Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona that tied him to the Catalan club through 2021.Both Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu and Spanish league president Javier Tebas have said they will consider filing a complaint to UEFA if they think the PSG transfer violates financial fair play rules.With his lightning-quick feet, creative instincts and scoring touch, Neymar helped maintain Barcelona as one of the top clubs in Europe for the past four seasons as he blossomed into a worldwide star.He teamed up with Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to make an almost unstoppable attack. Neymar scored 105 goals — some of them true gems — and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.Yet, even before this drawn-out saga, Neymar also provided more than one headache for his club.ADVERTISEMENT FC Barcelona’s Neymar arrives at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Neymar has arrived at Barcelona’s training grounds amid widespread rumors that the Brazil striker could make a record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates “that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given him permission to leave training.”ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet His transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 became the source of a legal dispute that has dogged Barcelona even since. Barcelona said at the time that his transfer cost 57 million euros, while an investigative judge says that the real cost was at least 83.3 million euros.Now Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell, who resigned as president of the club amid the transfer scandal, are facing trial on charges of fraudulent administration.Neymar has also mixed his flair for fancy goals with bouts of immaturity on the field, often needlessly taunting defenders and trying to upstage them with his dribbling skills.But nobody doubts Neymar is one of the greatest talents of his generation.PSG saw it first-hand in last season’s Champions League. In his most memorable performance at Camp Nou, Neymar scored two goals and set up two more to lead Barcelona to a 6-1 rout to overturn PSG’s 4-0 first-leg win in the last 16.Unless PSG gets last-second jitters, Neymar will take over a team that is searching for a leader who can achieve elusive Champions League success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant #MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon after 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Aside from the vibrant alternates, players donned a new hoodie design as warm-ups—another first for the league. From NCAA to UAAP, Ayo and Jarin have each other’s respect Representatives of the teams proudly wore their nifty new threads for the upcoming season. View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim In July, Nike confirmed that it will do away with the traditional “Home and Away” uniforms and replace them with the “Association” and “Icon” editions.READ: Nike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonNike also described the colorful designs as “inspired by the team’s desire to make a bold statement every time they step on the court.”The “Statement” uniform will be available for purchase on all NBA Stores starting Nov. 20. /ra New year, new look. 🔥#NIKExNBA(Via @NBA) pic.twitter.com/K4xVbunOAN— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 16, 2017Most teams boasted significant and modernized changes to their uniforms, while some opted to keep their signature style from previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Nike took over the reigns from Adidas as the official jersey manufacturer of the NBA and it didn’t take long for the sporting giant to leave its mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Friday (Saturday in Manila), both Nike and the NBA officially unveiled their innovative “Statement Jerseys” from all 30 NBA franchises.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
The Commonwealth Games, which are under fire from all quarters, today were on Bollywood radar too with filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar comparing the October event with a dark comedy.”I think a dark comedy film title Games is being played in CWG where bridge is collapsing, ceiling coming down,” Bhandarkar tweeted.Actor Arjun Rampal, tweeted, Rs 70,000 crore spent on CWG, Sensex shoots past 20K but poverty line in India stays constant. Is this a democracy or just plain hypocrisy?”Shilpa Shetty said that it was a great opportunity to make the country proud but unfortunately CWG has not brought us the pride and honor we though it would.In a major embarrassment for organisers, an under-construction foot over bridge collapsed yesterday outside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue of the Commonwealth Games.
A quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose from the hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.BahamasDec 01 to 05More than 100 films from 26 countries to be screened at the exotic islands of Paradise and Nassau in Bahamas adds up to an irresistible combination. At the Bahamas International Film Festival, take your pick from feature, animation and short films and documentaries. Serious movie buffs can also attend panel discussions. Book tickets at www.bintlfilmfest.comIndiaDec 01 to 15Get a first hand insight into the vibrant culture of Nagaland at the Hornbill Festival, held at Kisama village. Besides the colourful dances and shows by Naga tribes, this time the festival will also have special performances by Myanmarese and Thai troupes, as well as Korean and Japanese musicians. You can even pick up tribal paintings, and sculptures here. Visit www.hornbillfestival.comMalaysiaDec 02 to 05Jazz lovers, it’s time to groove to the music of famous jazz bands from Norway, Germany, Azerbaijan, Korea and Netherlands at the 7th Penang Island Jazz Festival. Besides this, exhibitions, photography competitions, music workshops, Malay food and will make sure that your days are packed with jazz-related activities. Book your tickets at www.penangjazz.comThailandDec 02 to 06For four days the sky in Nakornnayok is a riot of colours as thousands of multi-hued balloons are in the air at the Thailand International Balloon & Adventure Sports Festival. This year there are adventure sports as well–choose from paintball, paragliding and whitewater rafting. There is also a fete that offers lip-smacking food. For more information, visit www.thailandadventuresports.comUKDec 03 to 05Christmas in London comes early! Get a feel of this charming festival at Taste of Christmas event which has everything gourmet related to Christmas. There are separate sections for getting to know more about, and of course, tasting wine, cheese, chocolate and coffee. Twelve restaurants will put up a special menu with traditional items. For details, visit www.tasteofchristmas.comSouth AfricaDec 03 to 05If you love your bubbly, be sure not to miss the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. It offers the finest wines and champagnes from the South African vineyards. There is a huge marquee on the lawns of Huguenot Monument where you can indulge in wine tasting and sample dishes by a few restaurants of the region. For bookings visit www.webtickets.co.zaUSADec 25New Yorkers certainly know how to celebrate Christmas. From the annual tradition of lighting the world’s tallest Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center, to window displays at stores like Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the entire city adorns a festive look. Don’t miss a Christmas Eve dinner at the Rock Center Cafe at Rockefeller Plaza.BrazilDec 31This year, celebrate New Year’s Eve with Brazilians at Copacabana beach for its the biggest party to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Besides thumping music and sizzling shows, the countdown to the New Year will feature something new–the launch of the 2016 Olympics logo, followed by a light and laser show.IndiaDec-Jan 19 to 18The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat doesn’t look prettier than it does during winter season and especially during the Rann Utsav. This festival starts at Bhuj and then takes place at various places across Kutch. There are traditional dances and music performances, a display of the region’s art and craft and colourful fairs are held at the beach.advertisement
Indian women managed to retain their number one status in the International Cricket Council’s ODI women’s rankings with Mithali Raj leading the batting chart and Jhulan Goswami topping the bowling list issued in Dubai on Monday.Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.According to an ICC release, Mithali has 823 ranking points at an average of 49.83 while Jhulan has 777 points averaging 21.66. England’s Charlotte Edwards has also climbed up in the batting chart to third position despite her side losing the recently-concluded three-match ODI series in Australia.Edwards scored a total of 188 runs in the series, but her efforts with the bat went in vain as England lost the series 1- 2.Australia’s all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar has climbed two places to occupy sixth place after a positive performance.
Scores of people came out on the roads to express their elation over the victory of activist Anna Hazare, whose three key demands on the Lokpal bill were accepted by Parliament on Saturday.Sporting Anna caps, waving the tricolour and shouting slogans, people were seen heading towards India Gate.Some people were found to be dancing to the tunes of patriotic songs on roads, while some took out car rallies and processions.Many people boarded the metro to reach Ramlila Maidan where Hazare will break his fast 10 a.m. on Sunday. At the venue, people were applauding and singing patriotic songs.Anna Hazare’s home village Ralegan-Siddhi also broke out in celebrations on Saturday after the activist said he will call off his fast as the government had agreed to his three key demands.Villagers ran out of their homes as soon as the news broke out.”Anna is a national hero, he has achieved what many felt was impossible by a hunger strike and a peaceful agitation,” an admiring villager said in front of television cameras.Many people, including women and youths, danced in groups, while the men folk cheered and raised slogans in favour of Hazare. Similar celebrations were seen in Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Thane and other parts of the state.Braving heavy rains, Mumbaikars managed to gather in small groups in temples or public places and flashed the victory sign as Hazare compelled the government to take the first concrete steps for a strong Lokpal bill.Anna Hazare with his associates at Ramlila Maidan”Anna has achieved what the people of the country wanted and he continues to remain safe and healthy,” Andheri businessman Rajeev Jain told IANS.Pooja Pujari, an executive with the five-star Hotel Trident Oberoi, said she was “thrilled by the victory of the people”.advertisement”Many of us had taken out a candle light march supporting Anna’s cause last week. We are happy our individual efforts have succeeded in achieving Anna’s objectives for a strong Lokpal bill,” Pooja told IANS.Praful Vora, the Mumbai coordinator of India Against Corruption, said: “Real parliament is the people, says Annaji. People are supreme and parliament is only an institution to serve them. This has been established again today.”Kiran Gavande, the secretary of Nutan Dabbawala Trust said that he is glad their efforts bore fruit. “We are glad that we supported Annaji by taking a break from providing tiffins for a day, a first in the last 120 years,” he said.”But we are now planning to celebrate by serving our customers with free sweets Monday,” he addedUnion Minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh conveyed the “sense of the house”, including in-principle agreement on the three key demands of Anna Hazare on the Lokpal bill, to the activist at Ramlila grounds in New Delhi late on Saturday.Reading out a letter signed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Deshmukh said: “This House agrees, in principle, on the following issues for a strong and effective Lokpal – citizens’ charter, lower bureaucracy to be under Lokpal through an appropriate mechanism, (and) establishment of Lokayuktas in the states.”Soon after, the activist announced that he will break his fast at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Saturday was the 12th day of Anna Hazare’s fast.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan would carry the Olympic torch in London on Thursday, just a day before the opening ceremony.The Olympic flame was all set to visit iconic landmarks all over the London city. The 32.7 mile relay would have legendary personalities from all over the world and all walks of life carrying the prestigious Olympics torch.Big B was delighted over being invited to carry the Olympic torch as he posted his reaction on micro-blogging site Twitter.”Have been invited by London Olympic Organising Committee to carry the torch in the relay. Honored to be asked to carry the Olympic Torch in London. A proud moment for me and country!” he tweeted.
A far cry from punk style and blood red lips, singer Gwen Stefani looks quite like a Barbie doll on the cover of fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaaar US September issue.Sporting fuschia lips, pink strapless gown and a giant pink flower hat, Stefani exudes much charm.The issue with the theme – Think Pink – is for September edition of Harper’s and this happens to be the magazine’s largest in its 145-year history.Stefani was transformed into a modern day My Fair Lady in a pink Jil Sander gown and decadent hat by Alexis Mabille Couture.In the inside pages, there are more pictures from the photo shoot. Stefani wears labels like Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta, the Row and Versace.In the interview, the 42-year-old singer opens up about motherhood, dealing with tabloids, her obsession with makeup, staying in shape and more.
A friend in needThe cult of E.T has spawned an entire universe of products inspired by the extra-terrestrial with the large head and a heart to match. Here is a bright little addition to the brigade-Tom the friendly light. Conceptualised by South Korean creator Kwan Hoo Lee for Hoos Design,A friend in needThe cult of E.T has spawned an entire universe of products inspired by the extra-terrestrial with the large head and a heart to match. Here is a bright little addition to the brigade-Tom the friendly light. Conceptualised by South Korean creator Kwan Hoo Lee for Hoos Design as a comforting presence rather than just a source of illumination, it is a quirky contraption made out of birch plywood and pelt fabric. The user’s guide to this one reads “Do not pull the power cord with force. Tom will suffer. Please treat him carefully when adjusting the angle of his neck. He is made of wood, so don’t let him be exposed to fire or curious children.” The handmade ware which costs $250 (Rs 13,817) is available in a bright colour palette of green, orange, purple and blue to go with its cheerful personality. For more, log on to www.hoosdesign.com.The origami orderIt is not often that one comes across shape-shifting tableware, but Poly by Czech designer Martin Zampach fills that void with panache. These lightweight hexagonal bowls are made of a specially developed material that consists of cork sandwiched between layers of veneer. They fit together in several ways to form illusional 2D/3D ornaments. The product was unveiled at the DMY Berlin in June this year where the designer exhibited the same concept in rusted steel and anodised aluminium. They cost between Euro 60 (Rs 4,076) and Euro 100 (Rs 6,796). Log on to www.martin.zampach.com for details.Physics at workWhen Vienna-based Philipp Aduatz debuted this seating arrangement, most onlookers saw a resemblance to spoons and the name stuck. Despite the simplistic nomenclature, the futuristic Spoon chair is the result of a gruelling scientific process. It plays with the principle of the cantilever and extends upward and then loops back towards the centre to support its own and the persons weight. Check www.philippaduatz.com to know more about this carbon creation.French connectionThe French courts of the 17th century were the epitome of ostentatious grandeur. The essence of their pageantry has now been captured by Italian label Boca do Lobo in their limited edition sofa, Versailles. The name conjures up images of both beauty and cruelty as the palace was at the centre of the carnage that came with the French Revolution. Mixing the classic with au courant style, the furniture piece offers a fresh take on the signature opulence of the olden times. Visit www.bocadolobo.com to know more about the seat.State of stoppersThe debate about corks and caps may be a neverending one but these silver bottle stoppers are in a league of their own. With various members of the animal kingdom perched atop, the line from luxury silver label Episode is a quirky addition to your collection of spirits. These stoppers will add an aesthetic edge to dinner parties while keeping your expensive wines fresh between pourings. These fancy fittings will cost you between Rs 2,720 and Rs 4,520.Time of your lifeA Fornasetti calendar plate is as much a slice of history as it is a piece of art. What other platter can boast of being a collector’s item for the past half century. Piero Fornasetti’s son Barnaba is now at the helm of the heirloom company and busy reviving motifs from the Italian brand’s exhaustive design archives. The 2012 calendar plate sports a black and white palette and a cherub face. Portraits are a speciality of the atelier and each piece is handcrafted. The porcelain creation costs Euro 240 (Rs 16,309). Place your order at www.fornasetti.com.Turn the tablesHere is modular furniture at its organic best. Leaves, a flower like coffee table which can be divided into three leaf-shaped side tables. The table top which is made of oiled American walnut wood is anchored by a pedestal made of steel in an earthy anthracite colour. This table by the German design studio Draenert can be arranged in a round formation, or as a flower, making it a good fit for varied interiors. For more, log on to www.draenert.com.advertisement
BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid “I think there were some times where we did a great job defensively, and obviously there were some other times we broke down,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.DeAndre Jordan, who had 12 points and 17 rebounds, pulled Dallas to 101-99 with a thunderous dunk. The Thunder turned it over but Westbrook knocked away Harrison Barnes’ pass to Doncic. Trailing the play, Jordan grabbed the loose ball and dunked without taking a dribble.George was 12 of 24 from the field but just 3 of 11 from 3 as the Thunder shot 24 percent from beyond the arc. Westbrook missed all eight of his attempts from long range.The Mavericks took their first 10-point lead on a 3 from Doncic while the Thunder went without a field goal for more than six minutes to start the third quarter. The lead reached 13 in the final minute of the third on a 3 from J.J. Barea.The Dallas lead was gone less than four minutes into the fourth quarter, with Oklahoma City getting even at 86 on a floater from Schroder, who scored 19 points.TIP-INSThunder: Lost for first time with George scoring at least 30 points after winning the first five this season. … Westbrook got a technical after he didn’t get a call on a bump from Maxi Kleber when he drove for a layup that was short. … Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson scored 10 points apiece while Steven Adams had nine rebounds and eight points.Mavericks: Won their 13th out of last 14 home games to improve to 15-3 at American Airlines Center. … Barnes had 16 points, and Dorian Finney-Smith added 10. … G Wesley Matthews missed his second game with right foot soreness. … Smith got a technical for complaining going into a timeout about a no-call when Westbrook made contact with his face.RUSS DUDIt was the fourth time this month that Westbrook has shot less than 25 percent of the field. “Missing and making shots is part of the game, but I got to do a better job and that’s on me,” Westbrook said. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Smith’s key moments came two nights after he failed to get a shot off before the buzzer — and missed it anyway — in a 114-112 loss at New Orleans. It was his first game back after missing 11 with a sprained right wrist.The loss to the Pelicans was the second of two straight games against them, with Dallas winning the first. Now the Mavericks will play two in a row against the Thunder, this time in a back-to-back at Oklahoma City on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I am just trying to earn my respect in this league,” said Smith, who scored 14 points while backcourt mate and 19-year-old rookie sensation Luka Doncic led Dallas with 25 points.George scored the last 13 points for Oklahoma City and finished with 36, but he missed the pull-up jumper with Smith defending with 2 seconds left. MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES DUELING GERMAN 3sThe first of Dirk Nowitzki’s six points came on a 3 with 34 seconds left in the first quarter, but the fellow German Schroder hit one in transition 5 seconds later to finish the scoring in an entertaining first quarter. Oklahoma City led 28-27 after the first.UP NEXTThe teams finish a back-to-back against each other Monday in Oklahoma City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Thunder still had a chance with 1.7 seconds left, but Russell Westbrook missed a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to wrap up a rough shooting night for the 2017 MVP. He was 4 of 22 for nine points with nine rebounds and eight assists.It was the first time since April 12, 2017, that Westbrook didn’t finish in double figures in at least one of those three categories.“We got lucky because he had an off shooting night,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “And knowing him, I’m not looking forward to tomorrow night.”The Thunder led by as many as six in the final two minutes fueled by a pair of 3s from George, but the Mavericks chipped away thanks to missed shots and turnovers by Oklahoma City.Smith’s layup for a 104-103 lead came after he dribbled away from the basket and reversed course to the hoop, easily speeding past Dennis Schroder and hitting the shot over a leaping Westbrook.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Raptors slip past defensive-minded Chicago Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. The Mavericks won 105-103. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS — Dennis Smith Jr. was coming off a last-second gaffe in a Dallas loss when the second-year guard came through with two critical plays in a win over Oklahoma City: one at each end of the court.The 21-year-old hit the go-ahead layup before defending on a miss by Paul George , and the Dallas Mavericks surged past the Thunder late in a 105-103 victory Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Her salary was $22,000 a year, and while $22,000 stretches a lot farther in Meridian, Miss., than it does in Atlanta or Charlotte, it still wound up stretching ShahAhmadi pretty thin. And with working late most nights, Monday and Tuesday as days off, and little vacation time, she rarely drove the 4-1/2 hours home to see the family.She lived like this for two years. Then: another job in Mississippi — and another two years. In 2016, she made it to a bigger market, Jackson, Miss., but now it was six hours home and … she’d about had it.Near her contract renewal date this spring, ShahAhmadi made her daily call to her mother, and unsuccessfully fought back tears. “I just kind of feel like I’ve plateaued here,” she told her mom. There was nowhere higher to go in Mississippi. She was stuck.‘Literally jumping for joy’She wasn’t going to settle for anything, she says: She really was prepared to move back home while she kept looking.But in April, she got a lead on a digital reporting job at Fox Sports South in Atlanta. She combined a short trip home (for brother Aryon’s wedding) with a meeting with Randy Stephens, executive producer at Fox Sports and its affiliates.She told him about her love of basketball and her childhood dream of working an NBA sideline as a reporter. “She was also well aware,” Stephens says, chuckling, “that that’s not (the job) we were talking about.”Still, he was impressed by her passion, initiative and stick-to-it-ness in Mississippi. So he hired her as an Atlanta-based reporter and host, focusing on Fox Sports South’s internet and social media presences.This wasn’t the job she’d dreamed of, but it felt like a dream job: In her first months, she was sent to Washington D.C. for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and to Cooperstown for Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.So when Stephens asked her to start commuting to Charlotte to host Fox Sports Southeast’s pre- and post-game Hornets shows — joining analyst/sideline reporter Stephanie Ready — she had to pinch herself again. (For the record, though, the traditional way to say her last name is “Shah-AHK-meh-dee,” with a throat-clearing ‘kh’ sound. “I just Americanized it to make it easier,” she says.)Her father, a native of Iran, emigrated to the United States when he was 14 and grew up to marry Cheryl Rebischke of Saint Cloud, Minn. Ashley, the middle of their three children, was born two years after her brother Aryon and seven years before her brother Brandon. She learned a bit of Persian from her grandmother, but otherwise, there wasn’t much Iranian influence on her life; if the family went to religious services, it was to Catholic church on Christmas and Easter.It’s always been a tall family — Ashley, Aryon and Brandon are 5-10, 6-3 and 6-6, respectively — and they’ve always been basketball fans. But Ashley was the one who took the game most seriously.Although she developed into a shot-blocking force as a forward at Marietta’s Kell High School, she calls a middle-school game — in which she scored half of her team’s points — her most memorable moment as a player.And it was an NBA game she attended as a middle-schooler that was the seminal moment in her life, she says.ADVERTISEMENT She was in seventh grade, with the whole family at an Atlanta Hawks game (her first), in great seats, thanks to a work connection of her dad’s. So it was easy for ShahAhmadi to spot the sharply dressed woman holding the microphone up to the Hawks’ head coach courtside.“In my head, I was like, ‘That has to be the coolest job ever.’”Cheryl ShahAhmadi remembers it like this: “Ashley goes, ‘Mom, that is what I want to do. I want to be a sideline reporter in the NBA.’”Cheryl didn’t think much of it at the time.Yet, she says, Ashley stayed steadfastly focused on the dream — through her father walking out her freshman year of high school; through Cheryl’s struggle to raise three kids, paycheck to paycheck, as a waitress who worked nights and weekends; through Ashley working at Chick-Fil-A all through high school and college to help pay her tuition at the University of Georgia’s broadcast journalism school.And in 2014, ShahAhmadi graduated and started looking for work. The first job she landed covering sports was in Meridian, Miss. — a city whose entire population wouldn’t fill up Spectrum Center (where the Hornets play) twice.It’s about as far away from an NBA sideline as a sports journalist could get.Starting at the bottomBut, she says, it was a fantastic opportunity for a newly minted college graduate. At WTOK-TV, she was on-air five nights a week, anchoring the 6 and 10 o’clock sports reports, and got to cover college teams at Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss (plus a fair amount of high school sports).The pay and the schedule were not so fantastic. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Then in May, Atlanta-based Fox Sports South hired her as a digital host and producer. Four months later, she was tapped to host pre- and post-game coverage of Hornets home games. And in December, longtime Hornets sideline reporter/analyst Stephanie Ready announced she was leaving.And there it was: Her dream job, open. She’d been imagining this — not kind of this, not sort of this, but exactly this — ever since she was in the seventh grade. But was she ready?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion‘That has to be the coolest job’In case you’re wondering, she pronounces ShahAhmadi so it rhymes with comedy: “SHAH-meh-dee.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “11-year-old Ashley is literally jumping for joy,” she tweeted on Sept. 24. “Ever since I went to a Hawks game as a kid and saw the hosts/reporters, I have dreamed of the day I would be able to cover a NBA team.”Of course, she had originally been a bit more specific than that — which makes what happened less than two months later more incredible.On Dec. 12, Ready announced that she’d be leaving for a job at Turner Sports at the end of the week, after working Hornets games almost exactly as long as ShahAhmadi had dreamed of being an NBA sideline reporter.How many NBA sideline reporting jobs are there in the world? A few dozen, maybe?Well, one was finally open, and ShahAhmadi was in the exact right place at the exact right time.A happy ending … and beginningWhether you’ve seen ShahAhmadi on TV or in person at a Hornets game (she and her on-air partners broadcast live from the pop-up booth on the Spectrum Center concourse), two things probably stood out.One, her look isn’t typical. “It’s always like, ‘You’re not from around here,’ as soon as they see my last name,” she says. “But also just ’cause I have olive skin and darker hair. No one ever guesses Persian. … So that’s a nice conversation-starter.”Two, smiling’s her favorite.“Her on-camera personality is, I think, really something that everybody enjoys,” Stephens says. “She’s always so bubbly, and so enthusiastic, in every situation. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “It’s almost — ” he pauses, then laughs. “You know, I never want to discourage people from being happy, but I’m sometimes telling her, ‘Calm down. Not so much.’”But she does have much to be excited about.She’s no longer living paycheck to paycheck. She shares a roof again with family members, yet she also gets some space, with all the trips to Charlotte, a city she’s quickly fallen in love with. And after spending four years rarely seeing the outside of Mississippi, ShahAhmadi is about to become a very frequent flier, since her new role requires her to travel with the team.Oh, and did we mention she’s finally, really, truly in her dream job?“It’s insane. I mean, it’s insane,” ShahAhmadi says, after wrapping up her first night in her new job as an NBA sideline reporter, a Dec. 19 Hornets win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.“I’m just so grateful… I cannot believe that this is my job. I can’t believe I made it.”As she says this, she’s not literally jumping for joy — not like 11-year-old Ashley, who most certainly is — but 26-year-old ShahAhmadi is smiling a smile that viewers will be seeing a whole lot more. Kei Nishikori, Karolina Pliskova win Brisbane International titles Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 photo, Ashley ShahAhmadi broadcasts from the baseline during a break in the Charlotte Hornets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. ShahAhmadi is in her first season with Fox Sports South as the host of the network’s pre- and post-game coverage of Charlotte Hornets games. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eight short months ago, Ashley ShahAhmadi was covering high school baseball games and track meets at the local ABC affiliate in Jackson, Miss. — and desperately working on an exit strategy.At 26, after four years of working small ones, she had to land a bigger job soon, she’d decided — or move back home to Georgia, in with her mother and younger brother, and start over.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
Congress-led Opposition on Thursday created ruckus in Rajya Sabha over a discussion on violence in Gaza not being listed in the day’s agenda, leading to two adjournments during the Question Hour.As soon as the House met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari said though the matter was included in Wednesday’s agenda, it has not been done so on Thursday following a request from Leader of the House Arun Jaitley that the issue “may not be taken up on July 17 and that the Government will communicate an appropriate date for the same soon.”This infuriated members of Congress and other parties in the Opposition. Quoting rules, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma insisted that once a matter has been included in the list of business, it becomes the property of the House and must be listed the very next day.Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) also supported Sharma saying dropping the issue from the agenda would amount to violation of the Constitution.Sharad Yadav (JD-U) said many Indians earn their livelihood in West Asia and thus, the matter concerned many people here. Members also wanted to know why the discussion on the issue was being delayed, particularly after the violence was condemned by BRICS leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The issue was raised as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday sent a letter to the Chairman requesting him to withdraw the issue from the day’s agenda.In his ruling, Ansari said he was “unable to accede to the request” of Swaraj that the demand for discussion is inadmissible as he did not find any “infirmity in the notice given by” Leader of the Opposition and others. Amid din, Ansari adjourned the House for 15 minutes.advertisementWhen the House reassembled, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad urged the Chair to suspend the Question Hour and take up a discussion on the issue.V. Maitreyan (AIADMK) stood up and demanded that the Question Hour be taken up, much to the anger of Congress and other parties. Amid uproar, Ansari adjourned the House till noon.
Isuzu SUV in IndiaJapanese automaker Isuzu Motors India plans to launch a new seven-seater Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) to compete against Toyota Innova in roughly two years time. This would lead to extension of Isuzu’s Asian rivalry with its fellow country manufacturer. The premium MPV, named RU30, will attempt to grab a pie from the growing MPV market in India and for this, it has committed an investment of Rs 3,000 crore into a local manufacturing facility in Sri City (Tada), Andhra Pradesh.Production of RU 30 is expected to start in October 2016. The launch is likely to take place in the subsequent festive season. Reportedly, Isuzu Motors India is planning to produce 40,000 units of the RU30 per year and 20,000 of the D-MAX pickup.Commenting on this development, Isuzu Motors India President and Managing Director Takashi Kikuchi said, “Isuzu has two products for the Indian market – the MU-7 in the SUV category and the D-MAX in the pickup segment. We have not yet finalised our detailed future product plan.” In addition, it also plans to localise its bestselling pickup truck D-MAX from Thailand in India.Isuzu RU30 is likely to join the league of new MPVs that are expected to hit the Indian roads at around the same time. While Toyota will be ready with its new generation Innova based on a global 640 A platform, Mahindra’s all new Xylo-U421 will be in the final stages of development. Apart from these, a few other compact MPVs from Hyundai Motor India and Mahindra are also expected.advertisementKikuchi says the company plans to step up localisation to 80% in the next two years and is currently selecting the best Indian suppliers. In addition, It is also gradually building its dealership network that is expected to grow to 60 dealers in the country. For this, Isuzu has hired the services of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which will help to identify quality suppliers by the time these new products are launched.
Marco MaterazziFormer Italian international footballer Marco Materazzi will be part of the Chennai franchisee in the new Indian Super League (ISL).The 41-year-old Materazzi will be player-manager of the team co-owned by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan.Materazzi, who is expected to reach Bangalore on Thursday to join a training camp in Bangalore, is the second star Italian in the league after Alessandro Del Piero.The former Inter Milan defender was involved in what is now the lasting impression of the 2006 World Cup which culminated in an eventful final.Materazzi gave away the penalty which Zinedine Zidane converted to put France ahead before the Italian made amends with the equaliser in the contest in Berlin.In extra time, Zidane was sent off for headbutting Materazzi, with the France talisman subsequently claiming he was provoked, and Italy went on to win 5-3 on penalties.Del Piero, Materazzi’s team mate in that 2006 squad, has already joined the Delhi franchise in the eight-team league scheduled to run from Oct. 12 to Dec. 20.Former France and Juventus striker David Trezeguet, compatriot Robert Pires, Spaniards Joan Capdevila and Luis Garcia and former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra have also confirmed their participation in the league.