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January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s an old basketball adage that says, “shooters keep shooting.”Anthony Semerad did just that on Tuesday night, giving TNT a huge lift in a 107-103 win over top seed Barangay Ginebra and a 2-0 semifinals lead.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “That’s why we got him. Number one, it’s because of his defense, he’s physical and at the same time, he’s also a floor spacer,” Racela said.“I just want to give it all my best, give every shot that I can take and hopefully we can get there this time [championship], for me it’s my first time [in the PBA],” Semerad, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the payoff period, said. “If I can do it again, why not. I’ll come back in confident and if it’s open, take it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “I just wanted to stay focused. I took a couple of shots in the first quarter and I missed those,” Semerad said.READ: Semerad’s hot shooting lifts TNT past Ginebra for 2-0 lead FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Fil-Australian forward was never discouraged despite missing his first three shots from the 3-point area.Semerad stayed confident and he was rewarded late, burying four triples in the final five minutes and 18 seconds. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ TNT blasts Gins, up 2-0; Pivotal Game 3 duel for San Miguel, Star Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte His final 3-pointer proved to be the game-winning basket, 105-103, with 52.7 seconds remaining.“The ball came to me and I just hit those shots,” he recalled. “I mean for all of us, if we have an open shot and it’s a good shot, within the system, [we] take it.”READ: TNT blasts Gins, up 2-0; Pivotal Game 3 duel for San Miguel, Star“Tony spends so much time shooting even after practice, working with the guys. That’s why he was able to hit those,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, who believes Semerad’s fourth-quarter explosion was a testament to his hard work.At one stretch, he hit three straight to counter the Gin Kings’ punches.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

January 15, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) ‘People evacuated on their own’ “They are the best players who have experienced international competitions. They will go with me to the Philippines,” said Chung.“I think that the target of a gold is either our challenge or a strong force for us. We will try our best to complete this heavy task to defend our crown,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The team has just finished a 10-day intensive training camp in Japan and Chung was pleased with the progress of his players.“It was a useful training camp for us. Apart from training, we had three friendly matches which helped me to perfect our tactics and physique,” he said. Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleecenter_img Việt Nam, who won the AFF Championship in August, are in Group B and will play Thailand in the first match on November 26 and then Indonesia three days later at Binan Stadium in Laguna. Group A gathers Myanmar, Malaysia and the hosts.Teams will compete in a round-robin format and the two best will advance to the semi-finals. The final is scheduled for December 9.“Teams at the competition are not strangers. But recently they have received strong support for the SEA Games, especially the Philippines, who have two-thirds of their line-up made up of oversea Filipinos.“They competed really well at the recent regional championship.“Myanmar and Indonesia have shown a different level compared to the past.ADVERTISEMENT Việt Nam coach Mai Đức Chung and his players in a training in preparation for their SEA Games tournament. Photo toquoc.vnHANOI–Vietnam’s women’s national football team has left for the Philippines to defend their Southeast Asian Games title.Head coach Mai Đức Chung yesterday finalized his 20-strong squad that includes two goalkeepers, six defenders, nine midfielders and three strikers.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Neymar’s PSG return set to test coach’s skills “2019 World Cup participating Thailand is still our No 1 opponent.“After losing to us in the AFF Championship on home turf, they said they would invest more on the team to take their top position back at this Games.“Thailand has a South Korean expert while other teams have foreign coaches in their coaching staff,” said Chung.“I think our task is really difficult, requiring great effort. We respect all of them and will work on plans to ‘solve’ each of them,” said Chung.The defending champions will receive VNĐ400 million (US$17,300) for each win, according to Phạm Thanh Hùng, manager of the women’s football team. He said the bonus would be much bigger if they could take the gold home.Two years ago in Malaysia, women’s football featured only five teams, competing in a round-robin format. Việt Nam triumphed after taking top place on goal difference over Thailand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter missing a direct hit on Cabo San Lucas, John hit northwest of La Paz, knocking out electricity, downing trees and sending billboards flying in the city of more than 150,000 people. One man whose vehicle was swept away by a surge of water was found alive about three miles away, clinging to tree branches. He was in stable condition at a local hospital, said Los Cabos government spokesman Jorge Castaneda.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – As tourists ventured out to the few open bars, local workers in this Pacific coast resort surveyed the damage from the storm to their tin-roofed homes in shantytowns nearby. “They had an open bar and a little DJ come in,” said Tim Anderson, a highway administration employee from Alamosa, Colorado who waited out Hurricane John in a hotel Saturday in the resort of San Jose del Cabo on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Ruben Moreno, 32, a bricklayer, saw the hurricane from quite a different perspective huddled in his shack made of tarpaper, tin and plastic tarps in one of Cabo San Lucas’ shantytowns. “The wind came through hard, early in the morning,” said Moreno, who defied evacuation orders and waited out the hurricane at his home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesNearby, a stream of water had coursed through the camp, piling mud and sand in its wake. At least two of the jury-rigged, woodframe shacks inhabited by his neighbors had collapsed, leaving a mix of plastic sheeting, tarpaper and blankets in the sand. John weakened to a tropical storm Saturday just hours after it hit land as a hurricane in southern Baja, ripping the roofs from shacks, knocking out power and sending billboards flying. Tourists in the resort of Cabo San Lucas scrambled to catch flights out after the airport reopened. John was a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds when it struck land near isolated hamlets northeast of Los Cabos on Friday night, but it had slipped to Category 1 status with winds near 85 mph by Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon it weakened to a tropical storm and the winds dropped to 65 mph by evening. The storm was located about 50 miles south of Loreto, a rapidly growing center of retirement and vacation homes for U.S. citizens. It was moving northwest at 8 mph and was expected to remain over the peninsula for a day and was forecast to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts before hitting cooler waters in the Pacific and dying, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. last_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgtalkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…Manchester United will attempt to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen for a cut-price fee in January as the player is in the final year of his contract. (The Sun)But United will face competition from Inter Milan for Eriksen’s signature. (Daily Express) Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 stalemate Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti deals Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Liverpool are tracking Trabzonspor’s £14m-rated goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. The Reds watched the 23-year-old Turkey international during a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce last weekend, and he is rated at £14m. (Daily Mail)Chelsea winger Willian is wanted by his old Blues boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, with the player in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Express)Nigeria want Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to turn his back on England and play for them instead. The 21-year-old has made two Three Lions appearances at friendly level but can switch allegiance as he is yet to play a competitive game. (Daily Express)Tottenham want to sign Ryan Sessegnon’s twin brother, Steven, The 19-year-old Fulham starlet can play at full-back, centre-half and in midfield. (The Sun)Kieran Trippier says leaving Tottenham to sign for Atletico Madrid this summer is a “step forward” in his career. (Diario AS) What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who turns 70 in October, wants to return to management – 16 months after the Frenchman ended a near 22-year reign as Gunners boss. (The Sun)Liverpool and Chelsea are chasing Wigan Athletic’s 17-year-old English forward Joe Gelhardt, who has made three first-team appearances for the Latics. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling could stay at Roma beyond this season, having joined the Italian club initially on loan for the rest of the season, (Manchester Evening News)Juventus have omitted German midfielder Emre Can, Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini from their Champions League squad. (Football Italia)Real Madrid have mutually agreed with midfielder Lucas Silva to terminate the 26-year-old’s contract, meaning the Brazilian is now a free agent. (Marca)Bayern Munich’s attempt to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane during the summer failed over the player’s wage demands. (Manchester Evening News)Former Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 32, remains a free agent with the France international claiming he turned down several clubs in the summer. (Daily Mail)center_img latest on target Getty Images – Getty rookie error BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty Images – Getty statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ targets Arsene Wenger is ready to return to football Eriksen said in June he wants to ‘try something new’ after six years with Spurs LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINESlast_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Getty – Contributor According to Football Insider, ‘it is only a matter of time’ before Obudeko joins the club.The news comes after it was revealed the Hammers had tabled a ‘lucrative’ contract for the striker following his release from the Unietd academy this summer.Although the Red Devils tried desperately to get the starlet to sign, they were unable to offer him a clear route into the first team – something the Hammers have since done.Top European sides were also interested in the Republic of Ireland Under-17 international, but the raw talent looks set to move to the East End. 1 West Ham United are closing in on the signing of former Manchester United striker Mipo Odubeko and expect to seal the deal imminently.That’s according to a report which suggests the Hammers have beaten off competition from the likes of Juventus and Atletico Madrid to the signing of the 16-year-old. Ready to train hard! 💪🏾💥 pic.twitter.com/Q0W9twqO3R— Mipo Odubeko (@mipoodubeko) July 13, 2019center_img Man United fan says Red Devils MUST hire Roy Keane as managerPowerful, filled with pace and a clinical edge necessary of all good strikers, Obudeko scored 35 goals for the Man United age group sides and his former side were reluctant to let him leave for nothing.West Ham will need to pay a compensation fee, with FA rules stipulating United are owed a sizeable fee after nurturing the player during his tender years. West Ham are closing in on the signing of Mipo Odubeko Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:52Loaded: 8.79%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenlast_img read more

December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMr. Warren L. Mull age 68 of Salem passed away Wednesday, April 13 at his home.Mr. Mull was born August 15, 1947 in Clark County, Indiana the son of John and Olive LeRue Corn Mull.  He was a retired truck driver.  He was a Vietnam War Air Force veteran and a member of Living Church of God.Warren was preceded in death by his wife:  Patricia Alexander Mull, a sister:  Joyce Carroll and his parents.  He is survived by two daughters:  Kimberly Briscoe of Pekin and Lora Sluder of Hobart, Indiana, two step-sons:  Frank and Marty Danser both of Florida, a step-daughter:  Mindy Arrowood of Pekin, two brothers:  Donald Mull of Salem and Jerry Mull of Pekin, a sister:  Jeannie Cook of Pekin, two grandchildren:  Wesley Mull and Kaitlyn Hortenberry and several step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00PM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Martinsburg Cemetery.   Visitation will be Monday from 10AM-time of service.last_img read more

December 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img25 November 2008South Africa has allocated R136-million to improve the electricity infrastructure around its football stadiums in order to ensure an uninterrupted power supply during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica told Fifa delegates on Monday.Speaking during a briefing at the Soccerex exhibition in Johannesburg, Sonjica said the R136-million had been allocated to the country’s nine World Cup host cities for the construction of substations in the vicinity of the 2010 stadiums.“Johannesburg and Pretoria both received R10-million to build substations which will be ready by May and April 2009 respectively,” she said.Cape Town received R20-million for its substations, which will be operational by May 2009. Mbombela received R29.5-million, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality R3-million, and Polokwane R20-million.According to Fifa, all stadiums across the country must run on generators as their main source of energy, with Eskom’s national power grid providing back-up power, Sonjica said.Regarding the liquid fuels necessary to run many of the generators for the World Cup, she said South Africa would deliver on the 3.4-million litres of liquid fuel required.Eskom 2010 special project MD Johnny Dladla told the media that the company was focussed on ensuring a reliable electricity supply to the host cities during the two tournaments.He said Eskom had looked at France, Korea, Germany and Austria to evaluate how they dealt with increased demand for electricity during major sporting events.“We have taken these lessons learnt from these countries and will use them to inform our plans going forward,” Dladla said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMedia personality Danii Minogue in a colorful send-off for Virgin’s new Hog Kong route. Photo: Nick Cubbin/Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia will return its Melbourne-Hong Kong route to year-round daily flights from October 28 as it bolsters its connections to China with its first Sydney-Hong Kong service.Australia’s no. 2 carrier entered a route dominated by oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and Qantas Monday as its inaugural flight headed off from Sydney to Hong Kong amid celebrations featuring media personality Danii Minogue.The Australian carrier uses an Airbus A330-200 departing from Sydney at 10am and from Hong Kong at 7:50pm to operate the daily service, offering connections through partners Hong Kong Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.Business class and other eligible travelers use the Etihad lounges in Sydney and Hong Kong Airlines’ Club Autus lounge in Hong Kong.The move to Hong Kong daily services from Melbourne and Sydney means there will be less of the popular A330 product on Australian trans-continental routes.This is a blow Virgin Australia boss John Borghetti indicated would be softened by the introduction of a new business class on the less popular Boeing 737s.However, the airline has yet to release details or timing about the new 737 product.Borghetti said in February he was bullish about the new Sydney-Hong Route after its Melbourne counterpart had performed well and produced high load factors.Read: Virgin Boss bullish Sydney-Hong Kong will fly.He was confident Virgin’s service and product would attract travelers and the route would benefit from its alliance with Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express, both units of Virgin part- owner HNA Group.The Virgin chief Monday described the new Sydney route as an important milestone for the airline.“Hong Kong is an important gateway to China, which is Australia’s most valuable and largest inbound tourism market,’’ he said in a statement.  “Through our Hong Kong services and world-class alliance partners, we’re able to capitalize on this growth, which has positive flow-on effects to our domestic network and the Australian economy.“Guests can now travel beyond Hong Kong to 17 destinations within China with Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines or to London via our codeshare partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways.“Virgin Australia is proud to bring more competition, value and choice to Australians with our new Sydney to Hong Kong daily service.”Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert described the new Virgin service as “a fantastic example of Sydney’s growing links with Greater China”.“Last year we saw Hong Kong visitors increase by 17 percent,’’ he said. “This additional service is also great news for all the Aussies who love to travel, making the whole Asian region more accessible.”Australian Transport Minister Michael McCormack welcomed the new service as providing more choice for leisure and business travelers.The move to set up a foothold in the burgeoning Chinese market comes as Borghetti is queued for departure from Virgin.The airline’s  board is on the hunt for a replacement after he announced he would not renew his contract past January 1, 2020.last_img read more

November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhat’s new in the big citiesLondonArt: Picasso and Modern British Art (Tate Britan, Millbank; tel: 020 7887 8888) attempts to showcase the Cubist’s influence on British artists such as Francis Bacon, Duncan Grant and Ben Nicholson. It contains over 60 works of Picasso himself across various time periods. Exhibition runs till mid July.Molecular gastronomy: Dabbous (Whitefield Street; tel: 020 7232 1544) looks industrial and feels as much with concrete floors, open ducting and bare lights. In complete contrast, the food, which combines molecular gastronomy and  a variety of influences, is top notch–Slow Cooked Goose Breast, Coddled Hen Egg In Shell and Yeast Cake. Theatre: When a slice of a rather weird king’s history is dramatised, it can be entertaining to the hilt. Madness of George III (Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue; tel: 020 7492 1561) is a wryly sketched comedy that involves politics and the marital bickering in the life of this particular monarch. Runs till end March.Retro-themed store: Quirkily named Annie in the Attic (Balham High Road) is a treasure trove of vintage ware. Much of it is retro: clothes, shoes, wedding dresses, even homeware and other knick-knacks.New YorkTheatre: Tweaked and tugged for  a bit more perfection, Jesus Christ Superstar (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W 52nd Street, between Broadway and Eighth; tel: 877 250 2929) returns this month. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has an all-Canadian cast.Fine dining: At the Crown (24 East 81st Street, Madison Avenue;  tel: 646 559 4880), luxury and formality are the overriding themes.  It is set in a millionaire’s townhouse. Try the Tasmanian Trout Tartare, Foie Gras Terrine, Silk Handkerchief Pasta, Gnudi, Beef Crudo and Chocolate Souffle. Art: For the first time, nine iconic Renoirs borrowed from various collections have been brought together in Renoir, Impressionism and Full-Length Painting (The Frick Collection, 1E 70th Street, between Fifth and Madison; tel: 212 288 0700). Wellness: It’s called the Drybar (119 W 56th Street between Sixth and Seventh, 877 379 2279) and is actually a sprawling 20,000 sq ft dreamland for the salon crazy. It has  a spa, nail salon and gym. There are large-screen TVs with chick films and complimentary flutes of champagne while you  enjoy a blow-dry or French manicure.advertisementMelbourneCinema: The ever popular Southbank precinct has a first for outdoor cinemas-Melbourne’s only Silent Cinema. No need to turn off your mobile or worry about conversations; you are given headphones and  audio kits to listen to the film. Visit www.celebratesouthgate.com.au to check movie schedules.Grand Prix: Celebrate four days of world-class car racing at Albert Park Lake and see sporting greats including Jenson Button and Mark Webber vie for the second chequered flag of the season. Don’t miss the food. From March 15 to 18. Cocktail bar: Eau de Vie Melbourne (tel: 0412 825 441) is a dimly lit cocktail bar tucked away in Malthouse Lane near the Southbank precinct. Expect a somewhat theatrical experience with bartenders wearing goggles and white glasses as they serve drinks chilled in liquid nitrogen. Specialty drinks include The Mesh, with a mix of Ketel One vodka finished with a fruity flavour and The Yuzu Mule with Smirnoff Black No.5 vodka, mixed with lime and homemade ginger beer.Theatre: Among all the adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, this has to be one of the most innovative. The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (fortyfivedownstairs, 45, Flinders Lane) is an all-female production with just six actresses. Runs through March.MumbaiDesign store: Filter (43, VB Gandhi Marg, behind Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Colaba; tel: 2288 7070),  a new concept design store has an attractive range of products by Indian and international illustrators, graphic designers, artists, photographers and product designers. Choose from T-shirts, mugs, stationery products, notebooks, posters, eyewear by German design label Mykita and toothbrushes by Swedish brand TePe. Italian cuisine: Mangiamo (P11/1, Kalpak Corner Building, Turner Road, Bandra West; tel: 2651 0088) is a new Italian restaurant where the Pebble Bay used to stand. The atmosphere and dÅcor have a certain chicness. Mughlai fare: Kolkata’s famous biryani brand Arsalan (Sapphire Building, SV Road Corner, Khar, 97685 55556) is now wowing Mumbaikars. Its most popular  dish–in various avatars like the Irani Biryani–is getting rave reviews.Pan-Asian: Pune’s loved brand Trikaya (next to Natasha Towers, Juhu Versova link Road, Seven Bungalows, Andheri; tel: 6502 1389) is dishing out pan-Asian dishes to the city’s foodies. It has  a lounge feel to it and nearly 350 cocktails on its menu. Must-haves include Singapore Chilli Crab, chargrills and the satays.B’loreRetail therapy: Phoenix Market City (Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura) is the latest to join the mall list of Bangalore. At nearly 1.4 million sq ft, it is sprawling and has some of the best Indian and international brands in retail and other sectors, as well as a large food court. Theatre: Anita Nair’s A Twist of Lime (Jagriti, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road; tel: 4124 2879) is a clever weaving of three stories (Sushil and the Maybe Virgin, Half a Sin and Trespass) directed by Arundhati Raja. They have been threaded together  with a twist of irony that makes you introspect on the various shades of grey between white and black. Lebanese food: Ranoosh (120, KH Road; tel: 4345 2222) is among the new wave of Lebanese cuisine sweeping town. Bright and chirpy, the restaurant serves not just the usual mezze of hummus, babaghanoush and falafel, but has a much wider variety for those who want a bit more.  Sample the grilled meat platter, lobster and Umm Ali, a dessert. Lounge bar: Wyt (64, Blu Moon Complex, M.G. Road; tel: 4150 1414) is a lounge bar with a menu that is slightly off the beaten track. Try the Hanky Panky (gin and vermouth with crushed ice), Snake in the Grass (gin, vermouth, cointreau, lemon juice and orange bitters) and Barman’s Special (vodka with a sweet and sour mix). While at it, nibble on sliced bamboo shoots and chicken wings.advertisementVenice with Sushmita SenThe city: What can I say of Venice that has not been said already! One of my most extravagant vacations was spent in this beautiful city of canals. The city also has an amazing number of churches–more than 100. Roaming the streets of Venice and cruising down the waterways make me feel like I am part of a painting. It’s magical, indescribable.Souvenir-hunting: How can you go to Venice and not buy something in Murano glass? A red-and-gold cross is one of the first things I bought there. To me that’s the most authentic symbol of Italy, a country where the Pope lives,  a country that has one of the highest number of churches in the world. I also picked up some beautiful masks for home as gifts. Venice is known for its great artistic community, and they do some stunning masks with musical notes, world art and so on.  I picked up many originals.last_img read more

November 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDefending champions India turned in a brilliant second-half performance to outplay Sri Lanka 93-44 and win the fourth South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) here on Sunday.India thus qualified for the 2015 Asian Championships to be held in China from September 23 to October 3. They are clubbed with defending Asian champions Iran, Japan and Malaysia. Having won all their five matches, India topped the tournament ahead of Sri Lanka who had a win-loss record of 4-1, while Nepal finished third followed by Maldives, Bangladesh and a win less Bhutan.India had relied all along on their much taller front-line, aggressive man-to-man defence, counter-attacking on the break and effective outside shooting to register 100-plus points in three of their earlier four matches. The final game against Sri Lanka was no different.For Sri Lanka, 22-year-old Praneeth Udumalagala and first substitute Thimothi Thineshkanth fought valiantly to keep their team’s score ticking, but with India scoring almost twice as quickly (46-26 at halftime) it was a constantly slippery slope for the islanders. India, who took the field without young Punjab forward Gurinder Singh Gill, nursing a shoulder injury, turned on the heat on resumption to emerge comfortable winners even as a fatigued Sri Lankans, also playing their second game of the day like the hosts, faded from the contest.The third quarter saw the Indian team go on a particularly vicious tear, starting with a 9-0 run coming out of the half-time break.”I can’t deny that I am disappointed,” Sri Lanka head coach Panduka Ranasinghe said after the loss. “But all credit to what (his Indian counterpart) Prasad has managed to do with his team.”advertisementRanasinghe had posted on Facebook earlier today on the fatigue factor. While India had it easy against Maldives winning 128-48, Sri Lanka had to struggle against a fighting Nepal before coming through 76-68.India had four players in double digits, with Tamil Nadu’s centre Aravind Annadurai top scoring with 22 points, which included one three-pointer, surprising for someone playing his position.”We are confident of doing better at the FIBA Asia level this time, as now other teams fear us.” said small forward Prasanna Venkatesh.He has reason to feel optimistic, as India fielded five first-time senior team debutants this time, who managed to more than fill in for the absence of missing starters Amritpal Singh, Amjyot Singh Gill, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Yadwinder Singh.The winning team was given a cash prize of Rs.35,000 as a personal gesture of Basketball Federation of India president K Govindraj. Trophies and medals were handed out to the top three teams of India (gold), Sri Lanka (silver) and Nepal (bronze).The results:Evening session: India 93 (Aravind Annadurai 22, Pratham Singh 17, Joginder Singh Saharan 13) bt Sri Lanka 44 (Praneeth Udumalagala 13). Ht: 46-26.India 128 (Prasanna Venkatesh 26, Rikin Pethani 21) bt Maldives 48 (Zakariya Latheef 14). Ht: 67-18.Sri Lanka 76 (Randima Sooriyaachchi 14) bt Nepal 68 (Ayush Singh 13, Sadish Pradhan 12). Ht: 36-39.last_img read more