UST’s Akomo, UP’s Ouattara eligible for UAAP Season 80

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Read Next Composed of the University Presidents from all the eight member-schools, the Board of Trustees met on Thursday in Far Eastern University to settle the issue, with Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin participating via video conference.“We thank the UAAP BOT for its kindness and generosity. It is heartwarming to know that it has the best interests of the student-athletes in mind, despite the obviously competitive environment,” said UP coach Bo Perasol.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 soft-spoken mentor and the Fighting Maroons can now fully focus in their campaign this season, which starts on Sunday.“At least now, everybody can focus on the games and no longer in the rules that have threatened to disenfranchise some deserving players,” said Perasol. Lawyer Agaton Uvero, chairman of the nowheretogbutUP Foundation, said Ouattara has electronically submitted his requirement documents before the deadline.“The original copies are on their way from Tripoli, Libya, and will arrive in a couple of days,” he added.Unfortunately, the appeal of UP’s Rob Ricafort was denied as the BOT ruled him ineligible for reaching the age limit.The Fil-Am forward will turn 25 years old on January, two months earlier from the set limit which is the end of the season.UP and UST will open their respective campaigns against each other on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dennis Rodman wants to ease tension between US, North Korea Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines can heave a sigh of relief as the UAAP Board of Trustees (BOT) officially allowed the schools’ foreign players to suit up this UAAP Season 80.The BOT gave Cameroonian Steve Akomo and Mali-born Ibrahim Ouattara the green light to play for their teams, overturning the earlier ruling by the Eligibility Committee disallowing the foreign players from suiting up, citing the supposed two-year residency rule.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

NU, Adamson close in on PVL finals

first_imgNational U’s Aiko Urdas connects on a hard spike against Arellano U’s Andrea Marzan (14) and Necole Ebuen during their PVL Collegiate Conference Final Four duel at the San Juan Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTONational University and Adamson University took pole positions in the road to the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference finals Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Lady Bulldogs made quick work of Arellano University in the first semifinals series with a three-set sweep, 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. ADVERTISEMENT TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “Without Jema out, there’s so much that our team is lacking. First set I put Eli (Soyud) in Jema’s spot and (Bernadette) Flora as the opposite. It’s just a learning adjustment for me as a coach you make this decisions and you think it’s gonna click but Eli’s home is at the opposite and I think when we switched it up she started coming alive,” said Adamson head coach Air Padda.Toni Rose Basas and Jeanette Villareal combined for 30 points to lead FEU. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jaja Santiago spearheaded NU with 24 points while Risa Sato celebrated her 22nd birthday with 11 points. “Our goal was activate our quickers and take advantage of the smaller Arellano lineup,” said Santiago whose 6-foot-5 frame towers over every Lady Chief. “And I saw that our offense clicked so we just exploited it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the other semifinals match, the Lady Falcons had to fight back from a one-set deficit to stop Far Eastern University, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8, and take a 1-0 series lead. Christine Soyud carried the scoring yoke for Adamson from injured captain Jema Galanza finishing with 23 points while Bernadette Flora and Chiara Permentilla had 14 points apiece. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Renacia, Fernandez pace Sletba Open qualifiers

first_imgView comments In the Graded Masters field, Charles Calamba of Sletba-GMTBC rolled a six-game series of 1362 to pace the group, followed by two other Sletba members–Pabs Penalba (1298) and Edel Ocampo (1288).Penalba is also currently ahead in the Senior Masters with 1376, followed closely by Boy Florencio of Sletba-GMTBC with 1365, and Papio de Dios of Sletba with 1337.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 shutoutQualifying games will be held until Saturday at the Sta. Lucia East Bowling Center in Cainta.For details of the tournament and full results of the qualifying games, please check www.sletba.com/wp. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jeron Teng declares for PBA Draft BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Tobs Renacia of the Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association (Sletba) and Perry Fernandez of DATBI are tied for the lead in the Masters division of the ongoing 21st Sletba Open in Cainta, Rizal.Results of the qualifying games as of Sunday night showed Renacia and Fernandez posting 1328 pinfalls each in six games, followed by Art Barrientos of TBAM-Prima with 1301.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Clark Sunset Marathon set

first_imgRockets’ Chris Paul expected to return Thursday vs Suns Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Another actor the organizers lean on to attract international runners is that the route the race will use is in accordance to the standards of the International Association of Athletics Federations.Noemi Julian, manager of Clark Development Corporation Tourism Promotions, said the partnership with Run Rio will last for 10 years and will be used to push Pampanga’s tourism to the forefront.“This is for the long haul,” said Julian. “This is the opportune time to show what we have in Clark. We expanded the roads so the runners won’t have to run alongside vehicles. The place is really fit and suitable for this event.”Online registration is now open at RunRio.com.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Run Rio is set to embark on its first night run in its 10-year history and this time it is bringing the race outside of congested Metro Manila.Dubbed the Clark Sunset Marathon, the night race is schedule on Dec. 9 at Clark Freeport Zone Parade Grounds with distances set at 42 kilometers, 21 km, 10 km, and five kilometers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Race Director Franco Bambico said Thursday that they hope international runners from neighboring countries in the Southeast Asian region can join the night run.“We are offering the race not only to the local runners but also to the international runners,” said Bambico during the press conference at Burgoo in Mall of Asia. “We hope runners from countries like Singapore can join.”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 shutoutAt stake for the winner of the 42k race is P100,000 with second and third placers slated to receive P80,000 and P50,000, respectively.In case foreigners dominate the race, the next top three local participants will also receive P30,000, P20,000 and P10,000, respectively. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Raisman embraces role as ‘Fierce’ advocate for abuse victims

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Gymnast Aly Raisman poses for photos at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman’s gymnastics career has set the stage for what she believes is the next chapter in her life: as a spokesperson for victims of sexual abuse. The 23-year-old detailed her own history of abuse by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor in her recently released autobiography. Raisman says the book is just the beginning in her quest to bring change to her sport. AP FILE PHOTOThe people come forward to Aly Raisman almost daily now. Random strangers. Men and women of various ages, races and backgrounds. They see the six-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast out in public and approach with a hug to give and a story to tell.It was jarring at first, if Raisman is being honest. When she pitched her autobiography “Fierce” to publishers last summer shortly after the 2016 Olympics, she intended to focus on her journey from tenacious prodigy to champion. And while all of that is in there, the part of her experience that’s resonated the most since the book’s release earlier this month is the one she wasn’t sure she’d be able to share.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC It’s Chapter 22, titled “The Survivors.” In it, Raisman outlines how she was abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, how he “groomed” her by presenting himself as a friendly ear and how she feels he was empowered to continue over the course of years by those in charge at USA Gymnastics.Raisman spent weeks working on the section, revisiting it again and again, trying to get it just right. Or at least as close to right as she can get.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 put in a ton of thought whether how I wanted to come forward about this,” Raisman told The Associated Press. “What I realized at the end of the day is that I want change and I want people to understand what exactly abuse is. It’s very complicated. It’s very confusing. I didn’t know that I was being abused because I was manipulated so horribly.”In the process, Raisman discovered the abuse Nassar committed against other female athletes — including allegations from Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas — is a very small part of a much larger problem that extends far beyond the actions of just one man. It’s why she took those painful memories and put them on paper, to share with the world that, as she says over and over again: “It’s not OK. It’s never OK.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The 23-year-old’s new calling makes thinking about a return to competition in time for the 2020 Olympics seem trivial.“This is the focus,” Raisman said.A focus that has turned her into an unexpected symbol of strength for others who share their experiences.“Unfortunately sexual abuse is far too common,” Raisman said. “I’ve realized how many people are affected by it and it’s disgusting. That’s why I want change.”Raisman has become an increasingly outspoken critic of USA Gymnastics, blaming the governing body for a lack of oversight on Nassar’s conduct. The 54-year-old spent nearly 20 years as the team doctor for the U.S. women’s elite program, often working with athletes one on one. Raisman declined to get into specifics about the abuse she was subjected to, but her experience falls in line with what many other have claimed against Nassar: that he touched them inappropriately while describing it as proper treatment.ADVERTISEMENT Nassar pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault in Michigan on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) and will face at least 25 years in prison. He still faces additional criminal charges and has been named in more than 125 civil lawsuits filed by former athletes. Nassar’s downfall began following reporting by the Indianapolis Star in 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of USA Gymnastics’ more than 3,500 clubs across the country.Raisman has not taken any legal action against Nassar, though she’s not ruling it out. Her larger concern is educating young athletes and their parents on the warning signs while loudly clamoring for change. She has seen a familiar pattern repeat itself over the last 18 months: another gymnast comes out claiming abuse by Nassar, and USA Gymnastics follows with a news release attributed to no specific individual that praises them for their courage.One of the most decorated Olympic athletes of her generation doesn’t just want words. She wants action.USA Gymnastics has taken several steps in recent months. President and CEO Steve Penny resigned under pressure in March and was replaced by Kerry Perry, who takes over on Dec. 1.The organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport over the summer. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted over 70 recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw an extensive independent review.It’s not enough for Raisman. She points out Penny wasn’t fired but instead forced out. Though Nassar’s relationship with USA Gymnastics officially ended in 2015 after an athlete came forward about potential abuse, he was still allowed to continue working at Michigan State University while also volunteering at a USA Gymnastics-affiliated club.“That is just unacceptable to me,” Raisman said. “(That gym) is a part of USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics is responsible for kids at that gym. Instead of doing their job, they let Larry keep working there.”Raisman would like to see more extensive change in leadership at USA Gymnastics. She never imagined being an agent for change as she dreamed of the Olympics while growing up in Needham, Massachusetts, but she’s embracing the role as she comes to grips with her own victimhood.Chapter 22 wasn’t the end, only the beginning.“I’m still, as you see, processing it,” she said. “I’m still at a loss for words. I’m having so many people come up to me, telling me they had similar experience, that they filed a complaint and it was ignored. I will do everything I can to make sure those people are heard.” LaVar Ball, eccentric patriarch of basketball prodigies Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

Arum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in April

first_imgFILE – This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows boxing promoter Bob Arum gesturing while speaking at a press conference for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTOTop Rank chief Bob Arum is open to the possibility of making a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse of Argentina happen.Just don’t expect it to happen soon with Arum planning to pit Pacquiao against a different opponent in Mike Alvarado for the Filipino boxing icon’s scheduled ring return on April 14. Alvarado is also promoted by Top Rank.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:29Police 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 READ: Pacquiao wants Matthysse; Arum picks AlvaradoIn an interview with BoxingScene.com, Arum said a Pacquiao-Matthysse bout is “something that he’s willing to explore in the future,” according to the story.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Well, [it wasn’t possible to do next] because nobody’s ever talked to Matthysse, about whether he’s ready [to even fight in April]. I think some writer asked [Pacquiao] if he’d want to fight, and he said ‘yes,’” Arum explained in a separate interview. “Would he fight Matthysse down the road? Why not? But we were up against a deadline in April, so at that point not having talked to the opponent, it was a non-starter.”The potential duel surfaced after Matthysse called out Pacquiao among the top fighters he want to face this year following his eighth-round knockout of Tewa Kiram of Thailand last month at The Forum in Los Angeles where he won the WBA “regular” welterweight belt.center_img MOST READ The 39-year-old Pacquiao then, added fuel to Matthysse’s comments in a interview with the Manila Bulletin a week ago.“I want Matthysse,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin. “This is the fight that I like… a fight fans would also like to see. I can fight in April or even May.”Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t fought since yielding the WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn in a controversial decision last July in Brisbane, Australia.If the fight eventually comes to fruition later in the year, it promises to be no cakewalk for Pacquiao with the 35-year-old Matthyse armed with knockout power, having won 36 of his 44 fights by stoppage against four losses.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program View commentslast_img read more

Coach’s choking gesture fires up Pons in win over NU

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua responded by choking himself with one of the warmers that was draped on his bench.READ: FEU ends NU’s streak, gets share of second spotFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That could’ve been a crucial point for us,” said Pascua in Filpino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “It’s okay if we lost on kills, just not on service errors. So that was my reaction, and I didn’t even see it on TV.”Although Pascua didn’t see his antics on the replay monitor, Pons saw her mentor commit the gesture live. “I saw it because I was the one who committed the mistake,” said Pons laughing. “That was a crucial one because we were already in the 20s, and the service error really shifts the momentum. NU didn’t even give an effort to score, so when that happened I had the drive to get that point back.”Pons made up for her mistake as she  led the Lady Tamaraws to the 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20 triumph which put them at a 4-2 record and snapped the Lady Bulldogs’ five-game winning streak.FEU gained a share of the second spot with Ateneo and De La Salle while NU stayed in first place with a 5-1 card.Pons finished with a game-high 18 points, five more than NU star Jaja Santiago, and 11 excellent receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Carlos, Molde relish scoring roles for Lady Maroons Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a gesture borne out of frustration, but Bernadeth Pons saw her head coach’s antics as fuel to lead Far Eastern University in a four set win over erstwhile unbeaten National University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.FEU trailed NU 22-20 in the second set when Bernadeth Pons threw away a point with a service error and gave the Lady Tamaraws enough momentum to get the period, 27-25, and tie the sets at one apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

3 teams seek breakthrough win

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winless teams F2 Logistics, Cherrylume and Sta. Lucia Realty gun for a breakthrough win Thursday as the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference stages its “Spike on Tour” at Strike Gym in Molino, Bacoor.The Cargo Movers and the Lady Realtors will go at each other in the tough Pool A at 7 p.m., while the Iron Ladies will tackle the Generika Ayala Lifesavers in Pool B action at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Gonzaga dedicates national team stint to fellow soldiers in field “We’re still adjusting,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, who has the nucleus of powerhouse UAAP team La Salle and some of the league’s top players like Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz. —MARC REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout 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 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor smack tour only free thing for fans

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on as money rains down on Conor McGregor during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will earn perhaps nine-figure paydays while fight fans will be charged $100 to watch on TV in high def and can’t get into the arena for anything less than a $500 face-value ticket —if they’re lucky.But in New York, where a “Hamilton” seat can cost you a rent check, there’s still a deal to be found — even in the fight game.ADVERTISEMENT 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 McFaul, a McGregor fan, said he’ll watch the fight with friends to split the $99.95 bill for the high-definition pay-per-view.“You’re bringing the best of two worlds together,” he said. “But I think the press conference is going to be better than the fight itself.”READ: Expletives, excitement as Mayweather, McGregor face-off Tickets were free and a limited number were still available at the box office about 5 hours before showtime. But security turned fans away 30 minutes later and told them there were no more available. The dejected fans would have to probably watch the insults and vulgarities exchanged online.Or they could turn to the web: eBay had press conference tickets available for $50 for the Brooklyn tour stop and were going for about $80 for the final one in London.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NCAA: Teodoro heats up as JRU nabs first win “I don’t think these guys necessarily hated each other before we started this thing,” White said. “But by the time we leave London, they might not necessarily like each other very much.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That’s just dirty, selling press conference tickets,” UFC President Dana White said. “You can’t sell tickets to a press conference.”READ: Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor bout The tour ends Friday with its fourth stop in London — who knows, that may be more rounds than the actual fight, which many experts believe will be lopsided for the undefeated Mayweather.“Mike Tyson back in the day knocked out people in the first round,” McFaul said. “I want to see the spectacle.”Yes, the hype could go down as a more entertaining time than the 154-pound fight Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. The fighters can entertain as much as anything on Broadway.READ: LOOK: McGregor wears suit with ‘F you’ pinstripes to MayweatherMcGregor wore a white Gucci mink coat and raised a steel chair high over his head during a press conference at Madison Square Garden in November to promote his last UFC fight. And Mayweather has been living up to his “Pretty Boy” and “Money” nicknames as both fighters try to hype the fight.McGregor encouraged the crowd to shout expletives at Mayweather and his family before launching into a nearly 10-minute profanity-laced tirade during a stop Wednesday in Toronto. Mayweather mocked McGregor for being less wealthy and answering to UFC chief Dana White. And some fans accused McGregor of being racially insensitive when he yelled, “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during an exchange.’READ: Before Mayweather-McGregor … Ali v Inoki Mutual respect between the fighters has suffered a resounding KO.center_img Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFans lined outside the home of the Brooklyn Nets hours before they were allowed inside the arena. They flocked in TMT gear or draped themselves Irish flags as they waited for the pair to start trading insults weeks before they exchange blows.NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor face-off during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPJon McFaul, 28 of South Jersey, ordered his ticket online not long after they were made available to the public. McFaul and his friends showed up at noon for their shot at being among the first through the doors. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes The fight angling to become the richest in sports history is offering fans a bargain-basement price for this weeklong smack-talking circus: Free. It’s the cleanest four-letter word uttered by the Irish UFC star McGregor and the undefeated boxer Mayweather during a foul-mouthed promotional tour that stopped Thursday at the Barclays Center.READ: Mayweather, McGregor take trash-talk tour to New York FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Clutch Fonacier shoots NLEX past San Miguel NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX continued its dream run in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, this time stunning San Miguel with a 103-100 thriller on Sunday.That victory gave the Road Warriors their sixth win in eight games, enough to assure themselves a seat in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ However, as morale boosting as the stretch is, NLEX’s wins may come at a cost in the form of their potential top pick in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.For coach Yeng Guiao, though, he could care less on where his team falls in the annual rookie selection.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 opening“We’re no longer thinking about it. That will take care of itself,” said the veteran mentor.After finishing at the cellar in the first two conferences, the Road Warriors were poised to claim the number one pick in this year’s draft.center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments But the recent string of wins put the squad in the upper half of the standings, and if the current order stands, Kia may very well secure the top selection with Blackwater getting the inside track for the second overall pick.Guiao, though, isn’t losing sleep on those draft picks. He said his focus remains on the present as he expressed elation with how the Road Warriors have been playing in the season-ending conference.“I like it very much,” he said. “Even our loss against Blackwater, they needed to shoot 17 three-pointers just to beat us by one point. That’s a great consolation for us.”As for the draft, Guiao is confident that regardless of where NLEX ends up this conference, his team can still nab at least a top three selection.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Footballer Deepak Mondal finally gets the Arjuna

first_imgHaving been overlooked twice after being nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award, footballer Deepak Mondal wasn’t optimistic of receiving the honour when he was informed of his nomination this time round.Deepak Mondal receives the Arjuna Award from President Pratibha Patil.But it proved to be third time lucky for the central defender as he became the first footballer in eight years to receive the award.”I was speechless when I saw so many people cheering for me when I went up to collect my award. Although my parents couldn’t make it, my wife was there with me. I feel the hardwork that I have put in for 12 years bore fruit that day.”When I was receiving the award, my mind went into flashback mode, recollecting all my footballing memories right from the time I first kicked a ball,” he told Mail Today. Hailing from Noamundi in Pashchimi Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, Mondal took to the game at an early age.”We took to playing a game of football whenever we were bored of studying or doing household chores.”The fact that my father, a worker at Tata Iron and Steel Company (TISCO), played the game further fuelled the urge in me to play the game,” he said.”But it wasn’t until the age of 16 that I took a professional approach towards the game. It was during one of my U-16 national district matches that Ranjan Chowdhury, chief coach of Tata Football Academy (TFA), spotted me.” Mondal feels the time he spent at TFA not only polished his footballing skills, but also helped him in other aspects of life.advertisement”I joined TFA in 1995 and the time I spent there (till 1997) changed my overall approach towards life. Not only did I get the best facilities in the country, but also my academic needs were taken care of,” he said.Mondal credits his family for helping him reach a stage where his services were recognised with an Arjuna Award.”My hometown is a small mining town, TISCO runs the mines. During my childhood, TISCO used to organise a lot of football matches. So I used to participate in most of the matches. This is where my parents’ contribution come in. Although most parents ask their children to concentrate on studies, never did my parents discourage me from playing football.”The only advice that came from them was that I shouldn’t ignore my education as it would stand me in good stead in the future,” he said.The only regret he has is the lack of equipments he encountered before joining TFA. “I have been really content in life. But if I have to lament any particular situation, it was the lack of playing equipments which caused quite a problem. I used to play barefoot as I couldn’t afford football boots. I also played bare-chested on many an occasion as I didn’t have the money to buy football jerseys,” he said.Having played for more than 12 years for India-he debuted in 1998-Mondal feels the current team shares a lot more camaraderie, something which was absent in past teams.”Although I have learnt a lot from all my coaches-starting from Sukhwinder Singh in 1998 to Bob Houghton-I believe the main reason for this team’s success is the team spirit that we share. I felt really bad when Sunil Chhetri wasn’t given the Arjuna Award after being nominated,” he said.”But Chhetri should get disheartened as he still has age on his side and I am sure he will get the award in future.” The fact that Chhetri himself was more than happy that Mondal’s hardwork was being recognised ahead of his own bears testimony to the fact that this present team indeed has a lot of solidarity.last_img read more

Jwala Gutta slams BAI president

first_imgHours after winning India’s first women’s badminton gold medal in Commonwealth Games, doubles specialist shuttler Jwala Gutta lashed out at Badminton Association of India (BAI) president V.K. Verma for not even congratulating the winning pair that comprised Ashwini Ponappa apart from her. Second seed Jwala and Ashwini had pulled up a historic victory stunning top seed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight sets at Siri Fort Sports Complex on Thursday. Jwala paired with Ashwini after splitting with her long time partner Shruti Kurian during the Indian Open Grand Prix in Hyderabad. Jwala said that it was time for a huge shake-up in the association. In fact, she did not mince any words while making obvious reference to the BAI president. “Our president who was sitting and watched the match, did not come to congratulate us. I was not really happy with the way our association is working. I would like to change a lot of things in the coming years,” Jwala said.Jwala recently made headlines when media reports claimed that she was dating the Congress MP from Moradabad and former India cricket captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, after the latter decided to contest BAI election.”This medal will silent my critics. This is my answer to them to whatever happened. I am very happy and everyone who has negative thoughts about me, I would like to say just shut-up now,” Jwala said.  – With agency inputslast_img read more

Ayodhya site cannot be divided: RSS

first_imgFile photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.Asserting that the disputed land in Ayodhya was the birthplace of Ram and could not be divided, saffron leaders including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday said no power on earth could stop the construction of a grand temple at the site.”The land of Ram Janam Bhumi cannot be divided and the Mandir movement will reach its conclusion only with the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya,” the RSS chief said at a function here to mark the 75th birth anniversary of Yug Purush Swami Paramanand Maharaj.”It has now been established that a Ram Temple existed in Ayodhya. Majority of Hindus have been longing to see a majestic Ram temple at the site ever since the temple was demolished,” Bhagwat said.Maintaining that the temple in Ayodhya was demolished in order to demoralise the countrymen, he expressed the resolve to build a temple at the site and said it was time to begin efforts in that direction.Blaming politicians and fundamentalists for putting up hurdles in the path of the temple movement, he said, “The temple could not be constructed since spoil sport was played by fundamentalists and politicians,” he said.Speaking on the occasion, VHP General Secretary Parveen Togadia rejected the idea of a mosque at the site and said a temple will be built there with the blessings of saints.”With the blessings of saints, Ram Temple will be constructed in Ayodhya and Mosque is not acceptable,” he said.advertisementHe also demanded a total ban on cow slaughter.Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International President Ashok Singhal, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, were among others who complimented Swami Paramanand on the occasion.”Guru-Shishya Parampara established by Swami Ram Krishna Paramhans and Swami Vivekananda is being kept up by Yug Purus Swami Paramananad Maharaj and Sadhwi Ritambhara,” said Modi.Swami Paramanand is playing a vital role in inspiring the youth towards spirituality, he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Close Shave

first_imgLasith MalingaPakistan pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are relieved. When Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, who demolished Kenya with a career best 6-38, said he had learnt his skills by watching the duo’s devastating armoury of yorkers, Akram and Younis were happy thanking their stars. Imagine if he said something like this after doing to Pakistan what he did to Kenya. Fortunately, Malinga did not play against Pakistan.last_img

Review: Audi A6

first_imgAudi’s new A6 has some seriously impressive technology. The seventh generation A6 seems to have borrowed heavily from its advanced cousins from the same stable and has turned itself into a baby A8 L, which was launched a few months ago.The front looks powerful with the typically large single frame Audi grille and tapered headlamps. On the sides, the A6 has sharp edges of its trademark tornado line bordering large and solid surfaces. The vehicle, in my opinion, looks more contemporary and elegant than its eldest sibling. On the outside, the car is actually slightly shorter than its predecessor and only slightly wider. At the same time, however, it has more in-cabin space. The designers have achieved by reducing the overhangs and increasing the wheelbase. In this crash-safety driven world of automotive design where cars keep getting heavier, the A6 has reversed the trend. It is much lighter than its predecessor, largely due to wider use of aluminium in its body. The engines too are lighter yet more efficient and powerful. The A6 is available with two V6 petrol engines and two diesel engines. The 2.8 FSI engine develops a maximum of 204 bhp and, on the FWD version, is mated to a multitronic (CVT) transmission. The 3-litre supercharged TFSI engine produces 300 bhp and comes with quattro and an S-tronic (DSG) transmission. The most efficient engine on the A6 is the 2-litre TDI. This 4-cylinder unit makes 177 bhp with a fuel efficiency of over 20 kmpl. The 3-litre TDI engine comes in two states of tune with the more powerful one developing 245 bhp and 500 Nm of max torque.All variants of the A6 come with drive select, by which one can choose the modes for engine, throttle, gearbox and steering response. It also includes an additional efficiency setting. All variants of the A6 have Start-Stop as standard feature.The A6 shares a number of features with the A8: a second-generation multimedia interface with Google maps for navigation; redesigned seats that come with advanced massage options, and  a WiFi hotspot. Among the new features, the A6 has an adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and Audi’s pre-sense safety system, which aims at minimising the effects of a collision through active intervention.I drove both the diesel and petrol 3-litre engine cars and their performance is electrifying. Even better is the smooth ride and the sound dampening of the cabin. While the ride has been made better, the handling remains the same. In the dynamic mode, the A6 turns into a lithe sports performer. When I drove the car both in Sicily and Rome, I did not use the air conditioner. But Audi engineers tell me that one of the most improved systems on the car is air-conditioning. It is more powerful and is almost noise free-this is something that is likely to work in its favour when it hits the Indian roads soon.Engine: 2967 cc diesel/ 2995 cc petrol Max power: 245 bhp/ 300 bhpMax torque: 500 Nm/ 440 NmGearbox: 7-speed autoWheelbase (mm): 2912LxWxH (mm): 4915 x 1874 x 1455Top speed: 250 kmph 0-100 kmph: 6.1s/ 5.5sPrice: Rs. 55 Lakh (est)Rating: ****Tech marvelOne of the most innovative features of the A6 is its use of LEDs, especially in headlights. Different combinations of programmes and LED clusters produce four distinct light patches, depending on existing light conditions. The car chooses the most effective pattern automatically.A big push forward has been made on driver assistance systems. The car has ultrasonic sensors at the front, sides and the rear, front and rear cameras, an infrared camera up front, and rear and front radar sensors. These work together in varying combinations to power the stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, side assist, pre-sense collision warning and prevention system, an adaptive light system, a parking and park assist system, speed limit display and adaptive protection systems.The MMI navigation plus system integrates Google and Audi maps to provide a realistic picture through an Nvidia graphics card. The full infotainment system on the A6 features two processors, two card readers, a DVD drive, a 60 GB hard disk drive, speech control and a Bluetooth interface.The adaptive headlights can change their shape at the exact moment that the road curves or changes from a country road into a dual carriage way. Another feature is the WLAN hotspot, which is created through the Bluetooth car phone. It allows up to eight devices to be connected to the internet.Harley-Davidson fat boyIt is hard not to pretend you’re Arnie in Terminator when you’re riding a Fat Boy. Few bikes command such a presence on the road as this Harley. Everything about it is solid, chunky and loud. Comfort is the keyword with this bike and you won’t be able to stop smiling when the key is turned to ignition and the engine fired up. The low seating, only 654 mm from the ground, makes your stance comfortable. The bike’s pullback handlebars, or in Harley language Bare Knuckle risers, and floorboards are comfortable for riders of any height. No distance is too much on this bike. The Fat Boy sports a wide 200 mm rear tyre with a new chopped fender. The front wheel diameter has been increased from 16 to 17 inches with a 140 mm tyre wrapped around it. Interestingly, the beefy rear tyre doesn’t adversely affect steering as it remains fairly balanced. The solid disc cast aluminium rims, a Fat Boy trademark, are now perforated with a series of bullet holes that redefine the signature look. The V-twin heart, a 1584-cc, air-cooled unit, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, is outstanding at mid-range torque. The engine comes to life quickly thanks to Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The throttle response is excellent with no flat spots or backfire sounds, and the fuel injection is silky smooth even at idle. The familiar Harley trademark ‘potato, potato, potato’ rumble is till there, a feature that the engineers seem to have retained out of some sense of loyalty. The Fat Boy is classic Harley from ground up. Don’t go by its name; it is quite easy to manoeuvre. There is one bonus to riding a Fat Boy–innumerable photo-ops with Harley fans. It has such a distinctive sound that it could very well be humming Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA”! Price: Rs. 21.29 lakh-Arup Dasadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

A lifetime of being friends

first_imgMrunalini Joshi and her friends sit around the drawing room, giggling and chattering nineteen to the dozen. What’s unusual about four gal-pals getting together, you ask? They’re all in their eighties! Both Mrunalini Joshi and Usha Deshpande have known each other since they were five – a comradeship of 75 long years that is still holding strong. This is thanks to progressive ideas of women’s education that held sway in Maharashtra even as far back as the 930s, where Mrunalini Joshi and her lifelong friend Usha Deshpande met in “bal-varga”, the all-inclusive nursery class, at the Maharashtra Education society School. The two girls were in the same class till the second standard, when Usha was transferred to a different school. But fate decreed that hey were to meet again and renew their old ties in their golden years.While Mrunalini lost touch with one friend for a time, she found another in Mina Parande, with whom she went to high school. After being married and moving to Kolkata with her husband, Mrunalini caught up with an old family friend Saral Phatak, who lived close to the Marathi Mandal in Calcutta (as it was called back in 1958). Their husbands were colleagues and good friends, and the two couples soon became close. ‘When we’d get bored in the evenings, we would simply drop in on each other. We had that comfortable a relationship,’ reminisces Saral fondly. Over gossip, tea and food, the bonds of another lifelong friendship were forged. An old tradition among the Maharashtrians is to change a woman’s first name as well as her last name when she marries. To her friends, however, Mrunalini is still Sudha, the girl they went to school with. Even Saral, who met her only post-marriage, knows her as Sudha. ‘I never knew your (formal) name was Mrunalini! I just found out today!’ exclaims Saral, laughing. Today, the four women are closer than ever, meeting at least once in a week, destiny having brought them all to Pune now. Each one of them is part of a dynamic group of alliances and associations formed over the years. ‘It’s nothing special,’ shrugs Mrunalini modestly, when asked how these friendships have survived the test of time.A former classical singer, Mrunalini sang for the All-India Radio in Kolkata for nearly 10 years, while her friend Usha distinguished herself by graduating with a B.Sc in Botany and joining the Western Circle office (in Pune) of the Botanical Survey of India in 1958. Mina Parande, meanwhile, dedicated her life to sports, as fourtime National Champ of Table Tennis, sports coach and Central Railway official at Pune Station. Saral followed her husband around the country, dedicating her life to home and hearth. As the women got on with their busy lives as homemakers, mothers and working women, old associations took a backseat. But these affiliations, though neglected, were never forgotten. They’ve gone all over the country, enjoyed their travels, and finally settled down in Pune, close to their roots and their friends. A common interest in spirituality was instrumental in rekindling their old friendship. Mrunalini and Mina had mutual acquaintances at the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which facilitated a happy reunion. Usha also got in touch with her childhood playmate Mrunalini through the Pondicherry connection. The Arvind Mandal, a Pune-based branch of the Auro Ashram, became a meeting place for the long-lost friends. Mina, who had turned from the more vigorous tabletennis coaching to teaching yoga and pranayam, was taking a class at the Arvind Mandal in Pune, where she later reconnected with her former classmates and friends. Now, every Friday, she visits the ancestral home or “wada” where Mrunalini lives with her daughter, son-in-law and their family, to conduct 2-hour sessions of yoga mudras and pranayam for her group of four friends. In an ebullient spirit, the other women laughingly chide her for being a hard taskmaster. Once a year, Mrunalini, Mina and Usha, singly or with other friends, visit Pondicherry to spend time at the ashram. Meditation at the inner sanctum or spending time near the tomb are the highlights of the visit for them. Staying at Pondicherry, the women travel to the ashram during the hours allotted for meditation, soaking in what they describe in their own words as “the quiet”, “the peace” or “the atmosphere”. They find the place rejuvenating; but the bond that holds them together is more than a shared allegiance to a spiritual guru. Though Saral does not accompany her friends out of town, this easy, undemanding rapport these women share isn’t dependent on everyone being part of the “Auro clique” – Saral is as much a part of the group as anyone. She lives in Pune, and catches up with her old friends just as she did back in 1958, in Calcutta.None of them sought each other out actively. It was pure serendipity that brought these soul sisters back into each other’s lives. Today, with all “the girls” living within 10 minutes of each other, popping in and out of each other’s homes with potluck meals, going out and visiting new places are just some of the ways to spend some quality girlbonding time together. ‘We can’t travel too far out nowadays. The traffic makes it impossible!’ says Usha ruefully. Today, all four women live peaceful, retired lives, and make plenty of time for old friends. Mrunalini has deposited the care of her home on her daughterin- law’s capable shoulders, while her nursery friend Usha has retired from active service. Mrunalini’s high-school buddy Mina has hung up her boots as table tennis champ and coach, but continues to pursue fitness through teaching yoga and pranayam to friends. Saral first met Mrunalini when they were both young wives, and much like her friend, she now makes time for herself, her homemaker’s duties on the backburner.Knocking on wood, Saral says that it’s been pretty much smooth sailing so far in their friendship, with everything in orderly progression, without the ups and downs that mark some associations. ‘Even when we were younger, we fought in a sporting way,’ reminisces Mina. As for squabbling, in friendships that have weathered through decades, that sort of thing is in the past. ‘Now there is no question of fighting. We are way over that stage in life. People get into little quarrels when they expect something from someone and they are left disappointed. But among us, there are no expectations now. We don’t want anybody to give us anything or to do anything for us. We don’t think of things such as “I have more than she does” or “she has less than I do” – that’s the sort of thing that leads to mistrust and discord. We accept one another, and we’re satisfied with our lot in life,’ says Usha wisely.Neither has retirement brought them dissatisfaction. Quite the opposite in fact. When other friends tell Usha that they’re retiring, she’s happy for them, glad that another one of her compatriots can join in the fun. ‘We have lots of time, and much more freedom today,’ explains Mrunalini. ‘Now we aren’t answerable to anyone the way we used to be – no need to explain to anyone why you’re late, or where you’ve been! Nothing to hold us back from what we really want to do,’ exclaims Saral. Freedom from the responsibilities and limitations of a hardworking life is sweet respite, and they live life to the fullest . ‘We do not know what will happen tomorrow, but today, we are happy!’ concludes Saral. And so we leave them, discussing an absent ally in the hospital, whose doctor has forbidden visits from her friends because she talks too much when they are there! Soul sisters, compatriots, boon companions and comrades-in-arms, they are living proof that there’s nothing quite as resilient, or as wonderful, as true friendship. Get inspired and get started today, it’s not too late!advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Minissha Lamba set to rock the ramp in a bikini

first_imgMinissha Lamba will be seen sporting a bikini in her upcoming flick, Hum Tum Shabana, as part of a crucial beauty pageant sequence. The actress will play one of the participants in the contest.The said scene requires Minissha to walk the ramp, for which sources say, she has been working very hard, observing lingerie models, and learning their strut. She even took an advice or two from her fellow actresses.Besides Minissha, model turned actor Pia Trivedi too will be seen in the scene as a co- contestant and friend of Minissha’s character. Sources say Minissha’s cat walk left everyone on the sets quite impressed.last_img read more

War between Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his former confidant Pyari Mohan Mohapatra intensifies

first_imgThe war between Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his former confidant and Rajya Sabha member, Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, who was suspended from the ruling Biju Janata Dal in the wake of the failed mutiny of May 29, has intensified.In a fresh blow to Mohapatra, the CM on Saturday sacked the chairpersons of three state-run corporations and a member of the state planning board, all of whom had been hand-picked by Mohapatra.The move came within hours of Mohapatra denying a secret patch-up with the CM. “I don’t do anything secretly. Whatever I do, I do in broad daylight,” the Rajya Sabha member told journalists at an event.last_img read more