Manu Ginobili returning for 16th season with Spurs

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOSAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili is returning for his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine guard Thursday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John Havlicek.Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season, In 992 career regular-season games, he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. In 213 playoff games, the four-time NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Cignal showcases hard work in D-League triumph

first_imgWhen he was coaching Far Eastern U in the UAAP, Nash Racela would gush on how Raymar Jose led the Tams by example. The burly big man would go all out even during practices, thus giving teammates no excuse to slack off.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That commitment became even more critical when the Hawkeyes moved their practices to 5:30 a.m. to accomodate the class schedule of Jason Perkins. Raymundo didn’t mind the switch. He just showed up earlier.“He’ll be there before 5:15,” Fernandez said. That the whole team agreed to practicing at dawn was a big reason for Cignal’s latest triumph in the D-League, where the Hawkeyes brushed aside Centro Escolar on the way to back-to-back titles in the season.“It was easy to make the sacrifice to practice earlier because we knew what Jason could do for the team,” Raymundo said.Perkins made it even easier for the team to adjust to the schedule: “Sometimes, he’ll be at the gym at 4 a.m.,” Fernandez said.But at the heart of the victory is the hard work that the team put into winning the crown.ADVERTISEMENT That’s why when Jose was doing double duty in basketball—training with the national team and anchoring Cignal’s run in the PBA D-League—coach Boyet Fernandez would often sit the former FEU stalwart during practices.“If you let him practice, he’s just going to go in there and play like it’s a game,” Fernandez said during an appearance at Sports IQ Thursday. “So rather than risk injuring him and making him unavailable for Gilas [Pilipinas], I’d just let him rest.”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 shutoutPamboy Raymundo’s commitment to Cignal’s D-League bid was just as solid. The tough-as-nails point guard would show up first during practice and log out after everybody had left.“He’s just out there working on his game,” said Fernandez. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Ang spearheads strong PH showing Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “That’s why I always tell sportswriters, credit to the players. Because I really mean it. You can be a good coach but nothing will happen if you don’t have players who will follow the system and put in the hard work,” added Fernandez, who is often jokingly chided by the sports press for his oft-repeated go-to post-game interview comment.But Fernandez’ legacy in the D-League is no laughing matter. He has won eight titles in nine championship appearances. And sure, his teams were powerhouse squads on paper. But it was never an excuse for the team to give anything less than their best effort.Jose knows why. As part of the Southeast Asian Games gold-winning Gilas Pilipinas cadets squad, Jose knows being guaranteed the title doesn’t mean you will end up winning.“You still have to play hard because you don’t know what the opponent can do,” Jose said.Because of his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the SEA Games, Jose missed the championship series, leaving the Hawkeyes without a marquee big man against a squad that featured the towering Rod Ebondo.But Raymundo and Jose, who was named D-League MVP while he was playing in the SEA Games final in Malaysia, were not concerned.“We have faith in coach,” Raymundo said, And Jose agreed. “He is very hardworking and that gave us confidence against CEU.”And with that hard work as a main weapon, there was no stopping Cignal from claiming yet another D-League crown. View commentslast_img read more

‘I’m done, I’m done’: Lin bursts into tears after injuring knee in Nets loss

first_imgJeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers during their Pre Season game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 11, 2017 in Uniondale, New York. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPBrooklyn guard Jeremy Lin suffered what looked like a serious right leg injury that had him saying “I’m done!” in the Nets’ first game of the season.Just a day after Boston forward Gordon Hayward sustained a gruesome ankle fracture on an alley-oop play, Lin also went down awkwardly after driving to the basket with 4:53 left in Indiana’s 140-131 win.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brownlee: We have to slow Durham down MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle injury in Celtics’ seasonLin, who scored 18 in the loss, is coming off an injury-riddled 2016-2017 NBA season where he dealt with a recurring hamstring injury.According to a report on ESPN, Lin will undergo knee evaluation in New York.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down NetsWhile at the baseline, Lin held on to his knee and needed a few seconds to process what happened before yelling “I’m done, I’m done” to his coaches and bursting into tears in a heartbreaking sight.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 was helped off the court but limped to the dugout alone.Jeremy Lin heads to the locker room after appearing to suffer a leg injury in the Nets’ season opener pic.twitter.com/U0BoqlFfJR— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 19, 2017“Gods ALWAYS faithful and in control,” said Lin, who is the first American of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, in a tweet after the game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters 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 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ceres-Negros closes in on top spot

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Lions, Stags dispute 2nd finals seat BACOLOD—Fernando Rodriguez produced another hattrick as Ceres-Negros delivered a ruthless attacking display to overwhelm FC Meralco Manila, 6-0, last Sunday night and move within three points off the Philippines Football League lead at Panaad Stadium here.Coinciding with the 119th Negros Day, the Busmen came up with a performance to remember, putting the current PFL leaders to the sword with a blistering performance in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img View comments Bienvenido Marañon also struck twice while Carlie De Murga was similarly on target as Ceres went into the international break on a positive note.With the victory, Ceres climbed to 51 points from 23 matches, three points behind leader the Sparks, who have played three more matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we played well, especially the first half,” said coach Risto Vidakovic, whose side also avenged a 1-2 defeat to the Sparks early in the season. “We played with high intensity and if we play with high intensity, the result is usually very good.”Marañon broke the deadlock with a long range effort past Sparks keeper Ace Villanueva, before De Murga redirected OJ Porteria’s effort from close range. Rodriguez opened his account with a strike from inside the box after Meralco failed to deal with Iain Ramsay’s cross from the left in the 31st minute. Ceres got a fourth goal in the space of 15 minutes as Rodriguez smashed the ball home. MOST READ 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Ross fined for ‘detrimental’ comment; Refs, barker suspended for blunder

first_imgCold-blooded Dela Virgen, clutch Pontejos carry JRU to second win Referee Jerry Borja, the calling official who is responsible for knowing the designated shooter, was handed a three-week suspension, while fellow umpires Noy Guevarra, who was the one who handed the ball to Chris Ross for the free throw, crew chief Jimmy Mariano and fourth official Mardy Montoya were also suspended for a week.Book scorer Lito Mendegoria and barker Noel Zarate also weren’t spared as they will serve a week of suspension for their participation in the confusion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutControversy marred the tussle etween the two powerhouse teams when, with Ginebra leading 98-95, Borja gave the ball to Ross to take the free throw attempt with 4.5 seconds remaining — a shot that was supposed to be for teammate Chico Lanete, who was fouled on the prior rebound play.Zarate even announced that Ross was taking the shot before the Beermen sued for time and before the mistake was pointed out. ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending 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 Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The infraction led to LA Tenorio’s technical freebie that iced the Gin Kings’ 100-96 victory.Troy Rosario was also slapped with a P5,000 fine for a landing spot foul in TNT’s game against Magnolia last Saturday.Lee sprained his left ankle after the foul, but the Hotshots were still able to hold on to the 91-83 win over the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments MOST READcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOn the heels of the controversial fracas late in the Ginebra-San Miguel last Sunday, the has PBA suspended all four referees officiating the game and two table officials.Beermen guard Chris Ross was also fined a total of P25,800 for his action late in the duel— P20,000 fine for issuing statements detrimental to the league, and P5,800 for the two technical fouls he incurred in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Global Cebu bows out of AFC Cup

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The result meant Global crashed out of the competition, 4-5, on aggregate, as another red card on a key player cost the Cebu side its slim advantage.Global had led for most of the two-legged affair and looked poised to claim a finals berth when Shu Sasaki’s header in the 49th minute put them on top, 2-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut Home United capitalized on the 71st minute dismissal of Dennis Villanueva to tie the count in the 89th minute, when Stipe Plazibat stabbed home at close range past Patrick Deyto. 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV What started as a promising campaign in the 2017 AFC Cup ended in heartbreak for Global Cebu Tuesday night at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Reduced to 10 men in the second half, Global conceded twice in the final four minutes in a 2-3 defeat to S-League side Home United in the second leg of their Asean zonal semifinal tie.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pocari shoots for outright semis slot Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

Trading Places

first_imgTongo, Togo, Surinam, Lithuania: Names that don’t really inspire much at first mention. But think again. The fact is that these countries have helped India’s exports to notch up some flattering percentage growth figures at a time when India’s outbound trade had gone downhill. Though economic recovery in the West,Tongo, Togo, Surinam, Lithuania: Names that don’t really inspire much at first mention. But think again. The fact is that these countries have helped India’s exports to notch up some flattering percentage growth figures at a time when India’s outbound trade had gone downhill. Though economic recovery in the West has put India’s exports back to positive, lesser known countries in Africa, South America, East Asia have remained crucial in India’s scheme of things in a trade environment.Commerce Minister Anand Sharma unveiling the new foreign trade policy.From Taiwan to Kenya, and Iraq to Madagascar and Afghanistan, Indian exports are spreading to non-traditional destinations, making them important partners in its bid to sustain a positive rally in export growth. Exports have grown by 32 per cent in the first quarter of 2010-11, compared to the same period last year.To Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, the objective of arresting the declining trend in exports in the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) for 2009-14, unveiled last year, has been met. “We adopted a multi-pronged strategy with a conscious market diversification plan, providing additional support to sectors badly hit by the global recession. Some of the important steps taken included coverage of Africa, Latin America, and a large part of Oceania. We can claim that exports are back on a strong trajectory.”Agrees A. Sakthivel, president, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO): “The diversification of export destinations through the Focus Market Scheme (FMS) and marketlinked focus product scheme has started yielding results.” According to the FIEO chief, the growth is largely due to growing exports to Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia.The trend is borne out by a study conducted by FIEO on the impact of the FMS, based on an analysis of two-three years of exports prior to and after inclusion of such countries in the FMS. According to the study, there have been better results in 46 countries of the 82 brought in by the Government from time to time under the scheme, including those from Africa, Latin America, CIS countries and East European block.advertisementThe study also reveals that 45 of the 82 countries-despite being new destination of exports-have shown a compounded annual growth rate of 20 per cent or more in exports subsequent to their coverage under the scheme compared to exports prior to their inclusion. “Even in respect of the 27 countries notified by the commerce ministry in August last year, exports to 15 countries have exhibited impressive growth despite the global slowdown,” adds Sakthivel.”The Government has continued the incentives for struggling labour-intensive sectors which would enable them to raise their competitiveness.” RAJAN BHARTI MITTAL, President, FICCI”The diversification of export destinations through the Focus Market Scheme and market-linked focus product scheme has started yielding results.”A. SAKTHIVEL, President, FIEO Moving goods from factories to ports is still a big concern.Diversification of markets has been on the Government’s agenda since April 2006 when it was brought under the FMS introduced by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry with a view to increasing India’s export base. The idea then was to continuously increase the percentage share of global trade and expand employment. However, following the economic meltdown and the sharp contraction in demand in the traditional markets in the years 2008-09 and 2009-10, which pulled back Indian exports, efforts to tap other regions have been driving the Government’s agenda of arresting and reversing the downward trend in India’s exports growth. Even the stimulus measures were directed at supporting the exporting community’s drive into non-western markets.The FMS has since been expanded with the inclusion of 27 new markets, ensuring incentives of 2.5 to 3 per cent for exports to countries in Africa, Latin America, and major Asian markets like China and Japan. The annual supplement to the FTP (2009-14), announced last week in tune with a policy of continuity, provided the additional benefit of a 2 per cent bonus over and above the existing benefits of 5 per cent (3 per cent for FMS and 2 per cent for focus product scheme) for 135 products.Diversifying into other destinations has now become especially important for sectors like apparel which is dominated by players catering to low-end markets. That’s where the opportunities in non-western countries lie for them. Therefore, it is particularly reassuring, as FICCI President Rajan Bharti Mittal points out, that the Government has continued the incentives for labour-intensive sectors at a time when the world economy is still struggling.A buoyant commerce ministry has already called upon exporters to make every effort to meet the target of $200 billion for 2010-11, at a growth rate of 15 per cent. “Thereafter, we will aim at a 20 per cent growth and look at doubling it in percentage terms in 2020,” says P.K. Chaudhary, director general of foreign trade and additional secretary, Department of Commerce.advertisement “The 2 per cent bonus is available to silk carpets, toys, sports goods, leather products, engineering items, but not apparel, a labour intensive industry.”PREMAL UDANI, Chairman,Apparel Export Promotion Council Sure, the new policy has turned the tide in favour of India’s exports, but not many are confident if all this will help India’s export competitiveness. Exporters would have been happier, had the Government added some more countries under FMS. “It would have been better if the FMS too was strengthened by inclusion of additional countries such as South Africa, Russia, Tanzania, Brazil. This would have helped exporters diversify into these growing markets much faster,” says Engineering Export Promotion Council chairman Aman Chadha. The market diversification policy, says Rajendra Hinduja, MD, Gokaldas Exports Ltd, a high-end apparel exporter, is a step in the right direction, but with markets like South America preferring to buy cheaper apparel, rather than fashionable garments, there would not be much scope for technology upgradation, which is needed if exports have to be competitive. “What I sell in Latin America is the stuff I would dispose of. How does that help me compete? Neither does a mere Rs 1,050-crore incentive package for the industry. The apparel sector alone employs 35 lakh people,” says Hinduja.Target MarketsExports to non-traditional countries have picked upCOUNTRY% GROWTH*MACAO650.58MALTA581.68GREENLAND363.00GUADELOUPE146.44VIRGIN ISLANDS127.64C. AFRICAN REPUBLIC114.61CAPE VERDE ISLAND87.85ERITREA84.91LAO PDR82.67ANGOLA76.41LIBYA76.33BRUNEI45.16ISRAEL41.08ICELAND40.40GUYANA38.89* Growth in 2009-10 over the previous yearMoreover, as Premal Udani, chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council, says the readymade garment industry has not been extended the additional benefit of the 2 per cent bonus. “The 2 per cent bonus is available to silk carpets, toy, sports goods; leather products, engineering items, but not apparel, a labour intensive industry and a focus item for diversification.”Many feel that expansion into new territories will only work if transaction costs are reduced. The high cost of moving goods from factories to ports remain a big concern for exporters. The recommendations of a task force aimed at bringing about transparency and simplification of procedures, and cutting transaction costs by 40 per cent is, however, still pending with work still to be done in partnership with some of the other key stakeholders such as railways and shipping ministries.Revenue secretary Sunil Mitra says, “Ensuring that indirect taxes on inputs are refunded to exporters is important for India’s export competitiveness.” He admits that the current tax regime often puts the exporters at a disadvantage and also does not provide a level-playing field to domestic manufacturers vis-a-vis import competition.Despite the gaps, the Government’s gamble to create markets in diverse geographies is paying off and India may well have chosen the right time to push access to untapped markets. According to Moody’s Economy.com, “Emerging economies in South America and Asia are seeing output and employment growth rebound even as deflation, or the threat of it, and persistently high unemployment trouble key developed economies including the US and the euro zone.”advertisementSure, there are many issues such as timely export credit at internationally competitive rates and providing inputs at international prices but with the Government in a mood for big ticket reforms, like cutting transaction costs, emerging markets could turn out to be India’s passport out of the woods and into the top ranks of the post-recession world.last_img read more

Aggressive Boucher leads Warriors to easy win over Wayamba

first_imgMark Boucher led a solid batting display with a sparkling 26-ball unbeaten 40 as Warriors spank Wayamba by seven wickets in a Champions League Twenty20 match here today.CLT20: Warriors vs Wayamba, ScoresChasing a modest 154 for a win, the Warriors were never in trouble as they were nicely placed at 93 for three in the 11th over before wicketkeeper-batsman Boucher and Justin Kreusch (37 not out) took them to a comfortable win with 10 balls remaining.The duo shared a 63-run stand for the unconquered fourth wicket from 44 balls.Boucher, who played for Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League, struck four fours and two sixes during his 26-ball stay while Kreusch hit three fours in his 29-ball innings.Boucher smashed two sixes and a four in three successive balls in the 14th over off leg-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi who was playing for Sri Lanka national team till 2007.Kreusch hit the winning runs — a four off Chanaka Welegedara — to take the home side to 156 for three in 18.2 overs.Opener and captain Davey Jacobs contributed 26 while one down Colin Ingram chipped in with a solid 28-ball 34 at a lively St Georges’ Park pitch.Warriors, the South African Twenty20 champions, made a flying start in their run chase though they lost opener Ashwell Prince in the third over.They scored at a brisk rate with Jacobs and Ingram taking the Wayamba bowlers to task notching their 50 runs in the sixth over.For Sri Lanka, Chanaka Welegedara, Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis took a wicket apiece. The trio bowled well but the other three bowlers Farveez Maharoof, Thisara Perera and Lokuarachchi were expensive.advertisementEarlier, opener Jeevantha Kulatunga struck a strokeful 59 to help Wayamba reach 153 for nine after the Sri Lankan champion side were reduced to 50 for three in the ninth over after electing to bat. .Young wicketkeeper-batsman Kushal Perera gave Kulatunga able support with a 24-ball 39 as the duo shared 60-runs from 35 balls to take Wayamba score past 150.Wayamba lost two wickets in the very first over on a lively St Georges’ Park pitch with star Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene departing in the second over of the innings to seamer Juan Theron without opening his account.Four balls later, Theron, who played for Kings XI in the Indian Premier League III this year, snapped Mahela Udawatte for two and Wayamba were reeling at two for two after the first over.Kulatunga and Perera, however, kept Wayamba going for a respectable total but the duo fell in quick succession in the 15th and 17th overs. The tailenders failed to accelerate the scoring rate at death overs and they had to settle for 153 for nine at the end.Kulatunga’s 44-ball 69 had six fours and three sixes in it while Perera hit one four and thee sixes from 24 balls.For Warriors, Theron took three wickets for 23, while his pace-mate Makhya Ntini chipped in with two for 34.last_img read more

Geek Tragedy

first_imgI can still feel the fresh air in the cool, green environs of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus off Bellary Road. The more than 300-acre campus, land gifted by the Mysore maharaja almost a century ago, was a testimony to the Karnataka capital’s sobriquet of a garden city.,I can still feel the fresh air in the cool, green environs of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus off Bellary Road. The more than 300-acre campus, land gifted by the Mysore maharaja almost a century ago, was a testimony to the Karnataka capital’s sobriquet of a garden city. I was a student in the early 1970s IISc, but the memories are still so green. The population was just one million then. It will touch 10 million soon being India’s fastest growing city.After Bangalore, I found myself lobbed into a Tata plant in Pune in Maharashtra. Much to my chagrin, I realised it was an all-male establishment. I simply wrote to the Tata management to break that all-male rule and found myself breaking the glass ceiling and working there. Pune would turn out to be a key station in my life as it was there that I met my husband Narayana Murthy, founder of software major Infosys. When Murthy decided to walk out of a computer company to start Infosys in our modest home in Pune, nobody had a clue that we would get out of that city. Initially we thought we would set up shop in Bombay or Mumbai but the prohibitive cost of living there put paid to our plans.Of course, I remembered my Bangalore odyssey and wished we could come to this city also because we both hailed from Karnataka. Thanks to a German company Mico which gave Murthy’s new company a five-year contract, we landed in Bangalore. It was the early 1980s and we decided to rent a house close to Mico. After checking out several places we both were comfortable in this quiet lane in Jayanagar, a leafy residential area south of the city. Eventually Murthy decided to found the company in this city itself.advertisementFrom a small building at the newly formed Electronic City, about 25 km away, Infosys has grown to be a behemoth with heads of nearly 50 nations dropping by at the sprawling campus here. That is the power of Bangalore. It grows on you.And Jayanagar, where we continue to live in our own house even today, will always be special to me. We hardly saw vehicles on our roads in this part of the town. Our needs were limited. We did not even have a telephone at home. I was a happy stay-at-home mom of our two children Akshata and Rohan who went to Bishop Cotton Boys School and Baldwin Girls respectively, both about 15 minutes away from where we lived. We enjoyed the rides from home to school and back, occasionally stopping by for an ice cream. Most roads were avenues, with trees lined on both sides. We hardly felt the city running dry; Bangalore had one of the highest number of lakes and water bodies and groundwater levels were not too bad even if you had a borewell in your backyard. Piped water from the Cauvery was also available.The city lacks a designated cultural space. Infrastructure is not just tarring roads, erecting flyovers or building malls. There has to be a Bangalore culture that a visitor can take home. Those days we rarely crossed the 300-odd acre Cubbon Park, laid out in 1864 by Richard Sankey, the chief engineer of Mysore, and named after then chief commissioner of Mysore Sir Mark Cubbon. The park was like a forest and featured giant bamboos, lush greenery and even natural rock formations. And closer home was the 240-acre Lalbagh, laid out by Mysore ruler Haider Ali in 1740. His son Tipu Sultan also added to its lustre by importing tropical plants from Afghanistan, Persia and Turkey.Olde worlde Bangalore was very much in your face whether it was the red and white Scottish style 18th century Gothic St Andrew’s Church on Cubbon Road or even the century-old cathedral modelled after St Paul’s in London opposite the Mahatma Gandhi Park in what was then called South Parade (today, MG Road). Rain trees, gulmohar, jacaranda and the string of trees-serial blossoming concept-planted by a German horticulturist Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel mesmerised us.It is good to know that even US President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to visit this city soon, refers to Bangalore in his talks. ‘Bangalored’ as a verb transitive has even traipsed into English lexicon. Bangalored in America means your job has been taken by someone in Bangalore. With offshore services only on the rise, the city will continue to be a global talking point. Even Thomas L. Friedman begins his best selling book on globalisation, The World is Flat, with Bangalore. Yet the city is groaning under its own weight. And everything cannot be blamed on the government.advertisementHaving lived here for more than 30 years and seen the city become a software hub from a science capital, all I can now hear is cries for better infrastructure. On one side, the city drew jobseekers like a magnet, but somewhere down the line-although there were enough plans on paper to prop up infrastructure for the future-the city fathers, over the years, could not come to grips with the enormity of growth explosion. The sight of garbage strewn on the roads or long queues at public taps for collecting water is worrisome. The city that had hundreds of water bodies and lakes has lost a lot of them to bus stands, housing layouts or even sports arenas. We also need more green spaces, big parks like Lalbagh and Cubbon and an embargo on new development in the concrete jungles. I’m glad to see that the old central jail in Bangalore was converted into a green, open space. There is talk of the government planning to move the turf club away so you might get another 80-acre lung space there.There should be much more citizen and private sector participation in the city development. I don’t know how to control the number of vehicles that jam our roads. It is tough on the police who end up monitoring and guiding nearly three million vehicles in the city. I think more than 500 people are killed annually on the city roads. Safety is key and every citizen is a stakeholder. Maybe there should be a total transformation in mass transit. Bangalore Metro, to be operational soon, is again a small start. Walkways, cycle paths and plenty of civic amenities are keys to keep the city lean, clean and green. Shifting the airport to Devanahalli, 33 km away, was a wise move. Even providing airport buses from the city was a good move.The city also lacks a designated cultural space. There are some private sector-supported centres, but I wish every ward had its own cultural centre, or an auditorium. Infrastructure is not just tarring roads, erecting flyovers or building big malls. There has to be a Bangalore culture that a visitor can take back home. Yet, am I glad to be a Bangalorean? You bet I am.The author is chairperson, Infosys Foundation. She spoke to Stephen David.last_img read more

Rahman’s Games dud good news for others

first_imgAs A. R. Rahman’s Commonwealth Games anthem has turned out to be a damp squib, the focus has now shifted to half-a-dozen other numbers composed by various artistes and themed on the event.But there seems some confusion and complaint among several of these artistes over the fact that their efforts have not received due recognition.While Rahman’s Khelo jeeyo hey-o has been hyped by the Games Organising Committee (OC), other songs have been barely heard of.Apart from Ranjit Barot, the official composer for the Games, Hariharan and Palash Sen have also been involved in creating tracks that will be used at various ceremonies at the event. Shaan, Shibani Kashyap, Shamir Tandon and Vikramjit Singh Sahney are some others ready with various numbers.Some of these were commissioned either by the OC or the Delhi government, and a few others are individual efforts aimed at cashing in on the CWG wave.Sources say the OC is pushing Rahman’s anthem over the others because it wants the number to be a hit, considering that it shelled out almost ` 5.5 crore for the song. Also, it wants to ride the global brand image that Rahman has garnered with his Oscar win.So, not many are aware of a song titled Shera , rendered by pop star Shibani Kashyap, Sahney and Milind. It was recently released by sports minister M. S. Gill.The number is composed by Jeetu J. and encompasses the spirit of sportsmanship inherent in Shera’s punchline, ‘Come out and play’. “None of the songs, including Rahman’s, is playing on any music channel or radio.advertisementThat’s strange,” Kashyap said. ” I hope they play Shera at the opening ceremony.” But let alone airing on channels, even the link for the Shera song on the Games’ website doesn’t work! Shaan airs similar notions about his number, Khel khel mein , composed by Shamir Tandon of Page 3 fame.”The song aims at encouraging people to participate in sports. I don’t know what happened to it,” the singer said, claiming the number was commissioned by the Delhi government.Others such as Palash Sen of Euphoria are less critical. ” We were clear on what was expected from us. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit approached us with two assignments -a 30-second jingle in English titled Gateway to your Heart, and Dilli meri jaan, a song on Delhi that will be launched at the event and used later at government functions. A video will be aired on October 4,” Sen said.On Dilli meri jaan reminding one of Euphoria’s hit Maayeri, he said: ” The brief was that the song had to be soulful. This is the first time the band has created a number that fuses sarod strains with groovy dark beats. It gives the song a constant kick, and defines a beautiful city.” There’s an attempt to bring the various songs to the fore.Barot, who has been working with percussionist Taufiq Qureshi and veteran singer Hariharan, said the many cultural segments at the Games would offer ample scope for all efforts to be highlighted.The OC is mulling the idea of compiling all the songs in the form of a Games album, to be released around the closing ceremony.last_img