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Heavy rains lash parts of Gujarat, one feared drowned

first_imgHeavy rain was reported in at least six districts in Gujarat with Chhota Udepur taluka receiving 271 mm rainfall till Tuesday evening, officials said. Chhota Udepur, Panchmahal, Dahod, Mahisagar, Surat and Vadodara districts have been receiving heavy rains since Monday evening, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. While Chhota Udepur received 271 mm rainfall between Monday morning and Tuesday evening, Pavi Jetpur, in the same district, received 177 mm rainfall during this period.Orsang, Ashwin and Heran rivers flowing through Chhota Udepur district are in full spate, said Chhota Udepur Collector Sujal Mayatra. He said a few families living in low-lying areas along the Orsang river in Bodeli taluka were shifted to safety. The district administration has advised people not to venture near rivers. The Met Department has predicted heavy rains at isolated places in Banaskantha and Patan districts in north Gujarat and in Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath and Kutch in the next 24 hours ending on Wednesday morning.On Tuesday, three persons travelling in a car had a narrow escape when their vehicle washed away while crossing a flooded causeway near Nasvadi in rain-soaked Chhota Udepur district, the Collector said, adding that locals saved the passengers.“Despite warnings, three occupants of the car insisted on crossing the causeway. Their car was washed away due to strong water flow. The passengers were saved by locals,” said the Collector. In another incident, a car was washed away while crossing a flooded causeway over Dev river near Vyara village in Vadodara district, police said. A Waghodia police station officer said they suspect that a lone person travelling in the car was feared drowned. An NDRF team has been working to try and locate the car, he added.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka shifted again

first_imgThe Haryana government on Wednesday transferred 14 IAS officers, including bureaucrat Ashok Khemka, who has been posted as Principal Secretary of the Archaeological department. Mr. Khemka has been transferred nearly 50 times in his career.He tweeted: “Again transferred. Again the same thing. Constitution Day was celebrated yesterday. Today, order and rules of Supreme Court were broken yet again. Few would be happy. As reached the last destination. Reward for honesty is humiliation.”Mr. Khemka, who was posted for nearly eight months in the Science and Technology Department, has been now been posted as Principal Secretary, Archives, Archaeology and Museums Department.Mr. Khemka came to limelight after he cancelled the mutation of a land deal between Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company and real estate developer DLF.The other officials who have been transferred include Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation and Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Department, who has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department and Cooperation Department.Pranab Kishore Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Mines and Geology Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works Department (Building and Roads) has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Wildlife Department and Medical Education.Devender Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Civil Aviation, Industries and Commerce, Skill Development, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources.Trilok Chand Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, New and Renewable Energy, Transport, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, New and Renewable Energy, Transport, Power, Employment, Works related to Implementation of Chief Minister announcements, Skill Development and Industrial Training and Member Secretary, Haryana Governance Reforms Authority.Amit Jha, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education and Research Department has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Science and Technology Department and Advisor, Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board.Siddhi Nath Roy, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Supply and Consumer Affairs and Cooperation Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department.Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Public Health Engineering Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Public Works (Building and Roads).T.V.S.N. Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Department, Industries and Commerce and Civil Aviation Department.Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department.Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Sports and Youth Affairs Departments, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Mines and Geology, Sports and Youth Affairs Department.D. Suresh, Chief Administrator, Haryana Shaheri Vikas Pradhikaran, has been posted as the Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak.Pankaj Yadav, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak, has been posted as Chief Administrator, Haryana Shaheri Vikas Pradhikaran.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

Wednesday Group, Dreamchaser rule inaugural PBS

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Organizer Destine Javelona said the league resumes on Oct. 14. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Makati-based teams Wednesday Group and Dreamchaser Basketball hacked out thrilling victories on Saturday to rule their respective divisions in the inaugural Premium Basketball Showcase held at Kerry Sports at Shangri-La at the Fort.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kanter believes Westbrook will stay in OKC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Shooting guard Roy Cayanan scattered 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Wednesday overcame Goto Pilipinas, 79-77, to claim the Spartan division crown.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 shutoutForward Jake Diwa and burly center JR Casulla also shone for Wednesday, which stunned R. Lapids, 74-73, in the semifinals of the division limited to recreational players.Earlier, center JM Agustin took charge with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lift Dreamchaser to a 66-62 triumph over erstwhile unbeaten Compadres-Wilmer in the 18-Under finals of the tournament backed by PMT Clothing, Basketball TV and Nike Park.last_img read more


November 30, 2019 0

Chot: Gilas needs to get better for game down under

first_imgChot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Gilas Pilipinas got away with wins that looked far from pretty, coach Chot Reyes knows it highlighted how much work the team needs in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifying series.The national team gets another three months to get it all done—whether it’s adjusting to the tournament’s new home-and-away format or making sure that naturalized player Andray Blatche stays fit for action.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chair emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan noted that Gilas’ three-week training, clearly, wasn’t enough.“If we are going to get serious against Australia, we have got to give enough time for the team to jell,” said Pangilinan.Part of that preparation should be getting Blatche on board early, said Reyes, as the 31-year-old got criticized for his sluggish showing.“The key is to get him to practice more than five days,” said Reyes, after Blatche flew in late due to commitments in China. “We can’t teach everything in five days. Or you might be able to teach everything, but to actually practice it, run it, make it instinct, you can’t get that in five days.”Blatche had a measly six points on a 2-of-9 shooting plus six turnovers against Taipei, but had 14 rebounds and five blocks. Reyes got a big boost, however, from June Mar Fajardo’s 17 points off the bench on top of eight rebounds, two assists and a couple of blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jarata replicates Palawan tennis 3-peat Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “It’s simply a matter of them (players) getting used to it mentally and physically,” said Reyes.Gilas struggled pulling off victories over Japan ( 77-71) last Friday in Tokyo and Chinese Taipei (90-83) Monday night in Manila in the first window of Group B action.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 shutoutSo despite the 2-0 start, Reyes expects things to get harder when the Philippines takes on powerhouse Australia in the second window on Feb. 22, 2018 in Adelaide.“It’s going to be three months so there won’t be any kind of momentum that’s going to be built,” said Reyes. “But it armed us a lot of knowledge about ourselves. Hopefully, things to work on and learn.” Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more


November 30, 2019 0

Marinerong Pilipino crushes AMA for 3rd straight win

first_imgPBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino used a strong start to upend AMA Online Education, 109-93, and grab its third straight win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.The Skippers came out firing, starting the game on a 7-0 spurt which extended to 20, 36-16, at the end of the first period en route to their fourth win in six games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Arvin Tolentino carried AMA Online Education (1-4) with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Robbie Manalang got 15 markers, four boards, and four assists.The scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 109 — Banal 20, Ayonayon 18, Lopez 9, Pasaol 9, Eboña 8, Robles 8, Babilonia 6, Subido 6, Toth 6, Tratter 6, Olivares 5, Iñigo 4, Tolentino 4, Terso 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 93 — Tolentino 18, Manalang 15, Cañete 13, Lao 12, Martinez 7, Taganas 7, Celso 6, Garcia 6, Andaya 4, Escalambre 3, Bragais 2, Antonares 0.Quarters: 36-16, 61-46, 88-76, 109-93.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Player of the Week: Garvo Lanete leading Meralco resurgence Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Nextcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Gab Banal captained the voyage for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists.Rian Ayonayon contributed 18 markers, six boards, five dimes, and four blocks as all but one of the 14 Skippers who entered the game were able to score.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The key here is understanding what we want to do, what we want to achieve. Everything just fell into place,” said Marinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal.It was a dominating display from Marinerong Pilipino on both ends of the floor. The team shot 47 percent from the field and dished out 30 assists while also out-rebounding the Titans, 61-44. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more


November 29, 2019 0

Ancajas to rely on speed, power vs Japanese foe

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “We’ve really prepared hard for this fight and you can expect that we’re going to give a great performance,” said the soft-spoken Ancajas in Filipino on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.READ: Jerwin Ancajas keeps crownFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer and manager, said they have been training for the bout since mid February two weeks after Ancajas’ win over Jose Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico last January 29 in Macau.Jimenez said Kinoshita may be taller, older and more experienced than his prized ward, but Ancajas believes he’s quicker and stronger. READ: Ancajas beats Puerto Rican champ, grabs IBF title Ancajas’ camp leaves for Brisbane on Saturday. Jimenez said it’s important for Ancajas to get himself acclimatized with the cold weather.Ancajas, who currently weighs at 121 six pounds shy from meeting the required 115-pound limit, refused to give any predictions but stressed he’s focused on winning and not about going for a knockout.“The knockout will come. We’re just thinking about the kind of strategy we’re going to use in the fight. But if there’s an opportunity to go for the knockout, we’re going to go for it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cignal shuts down Racal in D-League Finals rematch WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “He (Kinoshita) is a typical Korean fighter who has a solid chin,” Jimenez said.READ: Ancajas risks title vs Mexican today“He’s a stylist and is a good counter puncher. We focused our training to develop my speed and power and I think those are my advantages over him,” Ancajas, who started training when he was 9-years-old, told INQUIRER.net.The 25-year-old Ancajas, who hails from Panabo, Davao del Norte, has the numbers to prove he has power in his fists with 17 of his 26 wins coming off knockouts against only one loss and one draw.Kinoshita owns almost like a similar record as Ancajas with 25-1-1, he only has eight KOs.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Mark GiongcoFilipino boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas vowed to put on his best performance yet against a sturdy opponent in Japanese-Korean Teiru Kinoshita on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.Ancajas will defend his IBF junior bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Kinoshita in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn main event.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

Mavs, Nowitzki agree on 2-year, $10 million deal

first_imgThe agreement is similar to the one the Mavs and Nowitzki reached last year, although for significantly less money. Last year’s contract was for two years and $50 million, and the club declined its option before free agency opened this year.The 39-year-old Nowitzki is no longer the primary option for the Mavericks, so a $5 million deal is more in line with his role on a roster that has become significantly younger since the start of last season. The $25 million salary from a year ago was as much about Dallas paying Nowitzki for his loyalty, which included taking less money to help acquire free agents through the years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBryant retired following the 2015-16 season, his 20th with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the fifth player to spend at least 20 years in the NBA.Nowitzki doesn’t seem to have ruled out playing past the coming season. At the NBA awards show last week, he hinted as much during his acceptance speech for the teammate of the year award. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates after scoring his 30,000 career point in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on March 7, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS, TEXAS—Dirk Nowitzki has a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise.Nowitzki and the Mavericks have agreed on a two-year, $10 million contract that carries a team option in the second season, a person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been announced.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LOOK: Paul Millsap bids farewell to Atlanta on Instagramcenter_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Regardless of how much longer he plays, Nowitzki’s legacy is secure after leading the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 as the NBA Finals MVP. The 7-foot German is also the only foreign-born player with 30,000 career points, a milestone he reached last season.But Nowitzki wants to get back into playoff contention before he leaves after the Mavericks missed the postseason for just the second time in 17 seasons.Nowitzki was second to Harrison Barnes in scoring last season at 14.2 points per game and could drop further with Wesley Matthews going into the third year of his deal as the starting shooting guard.Dennis Smith, taken ninth overall in the draft, and Yogi Ferrell are two young point guards who will spend time running the pick-and-roll with Nowitzki and 23-year-old center Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent the Mavericks are expected to keep after trading for him at the deadline last season.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ 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 China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

Caluag fails to defend BMX title, settles for bronze

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 30-year-old Caluag, who ruled the competition in 2013, wasn’t able to defend his crown in the 2015 SEA Games after host Singapore opted not to hold a BMX event.Caluag won the gold in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.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 FILE PHOTO – Daniel Patrick Caluag finally strikes gold for the Philippines on Wednesday by winning the men’s BMX race at the Ganghwa Asiad BMX Track during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA/INQUIRERFormer Olympian Daniel Caluag settled for third place in the men’s BMX competition in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Caluag, who represented the Philippines in the 2012 London Olympics, fell behind Thailand’s Nonthakon Inkhokshong, who won silver and Indonesia’s gold medalist Gusti Bagus Saputra.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

The energiser

first_imgInnovation could well be her middle name and an instant connect with people, her forte. For it was a strong R & D culture backed with people practices that grew the Rs 1 crore turnover of her company, when she took over as CEO in 1997, to 100 times that,Innovation could well be her middle name and an instant connect with people, her forte. For it was a strong R & D culture backed with people practices that grew the Rs 1 crore turnover of her company, when she took over as CEO in 1997, to 100 times that in a span of 11 years. Meet Hema Hattangady, the non-techie woman behind the success of one of India’s largest energy management firms, Conzerv Systems India.The youngest of four sisters and the daughter of a civil defence officer at the Army HQ in Delhi, Hattangady, 47, grew up in the Capital in the 60s and studied at the Carmel Convent School. When she was 13, her father retired. Living in the city became expensive and the family moved to Dharwad, a quiet town in Karnataka, inhabited mostly by pensioners. “Let’s just say it was a little too quiet for me,” she says laughing. After graduating in commerce at 21, she was married.It was during her years in Delhi and the trips to the local Konkani Association that Hattangady met future husband, Ashok, later chief designer at Conzerv, as their parents were friends. In fact, at the age of six, she was cast opposite him, then seven years old, as bride and groom, in one of the association’s plays, The Wedding of the Painted Doll. “Who knew 15 years later the two of us would be exchanging vows in real life,” she says. Soon after, her husband headed to the University of Texas for his MS while Hattangady was denied a visa to join him. She instead, decided to pursue an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata.With the family (clockwise from left): Raghav, Ashok, Hattangady and AnanyaConzerv was born in 1988 as Enercon Systems, a business in digital meters started by Hattangady’s father-in-law, H. Vasanth Rao. In 1989, post a brief stint at the advertising agency, Adwit India as GM, she joined the family business as project coordinator. She looked into almost every aspect of the business, from the building of the factory, to procuring materials, to sales, to marketing. In 1992, despite cutting edge designs, the company started running into losses. Former Hindustan Unilever India chairman, T.Thomas, came to their rescue. He was starting the first venture capital fund in India, Indus Venture Capital, and was looking to invest in a company with potential and approached Enercon. However, this meant that the family’s stake would go down from a 100 per cent to 25 per cent while Ashok took over as CEO. Being a technical person, he wanted to focus only on design and felt it was hard to manage both the technical and managerial roles. He suggested that Hattangady be appointed CEO. “And there I was, suddenly right in the middle of everything,” she says. Was her non-engineering background a hurdle? On the contrary, she feels it was an advantage. She could see the customer’s perspective and pitched in with her inputs about what was needed and what not. “I’ve always believed you don’t have to be an IT person to run a successful IT business. You have to be a good manager.” The technical basics, she learnt from her husband.At age 13 with the SBI rolling shield she won for debate at St. Joseph’s High, DharwadA huge challenge lay ahead. She picked up the threads and began to analyse what was not right with the company. Since the Bangalore based Conzerv was mainly a south Indian company, foraying into the north by expanding the sales and dealer force was necessary. Next, she made sure that at least a sizeable part of the turnover, between five and eight per cent, was invested back into R & D as the business depended on constant improvement and technical innovation of products. She also created an advisory panel consisting of academics, customers and representatives of government testing labs.Keeping up the morale and retaining designers was essential too. That’s when her love for human resource and people practices was born. “I think the thing people valued most about Conzerv was the people connect. That’s what kept the lid on attrition,” she says. It is this trait that her mentor R.R. Nair, former director with HUL and an organisational development consultant now, feels is responsible for her success. With son Raghav, nine, and daughter Ananya at age one at home in Bangalore”Hema’s attention to detail and emotional intelligence are outstanding. She would remember every employee’s birthday and anniversary and probably be the first one to wish them.” He recalls the time during the 2004 tsunami, when an engineer at the company lost his life and Hattangady rallied the whole of Conzerv to support the family.Being a woman, the going was tough, but she continued to persist. On one occasion, Hattangady had gone to demonstrate a product to a textile mill owner in the interiors of Tamil Nadu. Instead, he asked her to open it up and tell her the cost of each component and add it up. And then remarked, “If all of it adds upto Rs 30,000, why should I pay Rs 70,000? You’re fleecing us.” “I tried explaining to him that the software that came along was what he mainly paid for but to no avail. I almost ran out in tears.”Hattangady, six, with her mother on the terrace of their Delhi homeTalking of persistence, her husband remembers the time when he was completing his degree in Texas and Hattangady had joined him there for a few months. “On one of the nights, I was wrapping up a project and had to stay out late. At times like these I would just grab a few chocolate bars and that would be dinner. At about 1 a.m., I heard a loud knock on my lab door and was surprised to see Hema standing there with a basket of food. With no access card, she had managed to get into the building by waiting for a student to pass by so she could sneak in and did the same in the lift. It took her almost an hour but in the end she got what she wanted,” he laughs.Over the years, Conzerv has had a steady annual growth figure of almost 40 per cent and today it sells its products across 22 countries. The recent decision to sell the company was a tough one. Schneider Electric first made an offer in 2004 but the deal came through only in 2009.”I call it the five-year courtship period,” Hattangady laughs. Now seemed like the right time. “The company had become big, the engineers needed to move up and we had products that needed to be sold abroad. Also, the children were growing up while I was not around.”advertisementadvertisementHattangady, 21, and husband Ashok, 22, at their engagement in March 1984She has just completed her employment contract with Schneider and has already launched an advertising and brand consulting firm, NewClue Innovations, along with her husband. Currently, Hattangady is enjoying her relaxed schedule and spending time with the children, 15-year-old Raghav and sixyear-old Ananya. Her day starts at 6.45 a.m. and she heads to drop her daughter to school. Post that she goes for a four km walk with her husband. After breakfast, she works on her consulting assignments and then goes to pick up Ananya from school. “Because Ananya has announced to the world that her mother sold her business so she could drop and pick her up from school everyday,” she says. Hattangady loves to travel and is an avid golfer. In-house jam sessions are regular family affairs as Raghav plays the keyboard, Ashok is a percussionist while she sings and Ananya does the ballet.The break has also given her time for other commitments such as her brainchild, the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), an industry association that is a policy research and advocacy body supporting the government’s energy efficiency policy. She is also on the board for several NGOs such as Dream-a-Dream that works with street children and the Bangalore chapter of Common Purpose, a UK based organisation that holds workshops to develop leadership at the middle management level.Hattangady has added a lot of firsts to the industry. Conzerv was the first metering firm in India and one of the few in the world to add energy consulting services to their portfolio. Another first was to shut the company twice a year for a week each time to ensure employees took time off. Her success story has even been turned into a Harvard Business School case study, as part of the Advanced Management Programme.”Ashok and I wanted to build a company that was sustainable, that outlived the two of us,” she says. Which is why the transition to Schneider has been so smooth. Within a year, Hattangady has managed to hand over the company. “We will continue to look for great investment opportunities and if the idea is right, who knows we will make another success story like Conzerv when the children are a little older.” The world is watching. 5 Places to Visit with Children1 Goa : For its beaches, food and the lush greens that are so relaxing. A holiday in the monsoon. Wet. Wild. Fun.2 Coorg : The natural beauty, coffee plantations, wildlife parks, treks and the weather are all amazing especially during the Christmas season.3 Osaka, Japan : To see the hundreds of cherry blossom trees flowering together during the Golden Week in the first week of May.4 Penang, Malaysia : For the water sports, the shopping, the Petronas Towers and an amazing cultural blend of the West and the East.5 Washington DC : For the numerous museums and political monuments especially The Smithsonian and the International Spy Museum.advertisementlast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

The Last Leg

first_imgAfter spending nearly four decades in government, Pranab Mukherjee says he’s had enough.The last thing Pranab Mukherjee does every night is to write down the day’s events in a diary that has become the first draft of narrative history. The cherubic Mukherjee calls it “history from a personal angle”. The,After spending nearly four decades in government, Pranab Mukherjee says he’s had enough.The last thing Pranab Mukherjee does every night is to write down the day’s events in a diary that has become the first draft of narrative history. The cherubic Mukherjee calls it “history from a personal angle”. The claim is justified, because Mukherjee is the one personality who has initiated or supervised the course of crucial events since the era of Indira Gandhi. After working with four Congress PMs, he has taken a decision. He will not serve a fifth, Rahul Gandhi.There are no secrets in Delhi. Rahul has been officially nominated the heir by Manmohan Singh, who is ready to step down at five minutes’ notice, if and when it comes. Equally obviously, Mukherjee feels he has been denied the dream job of being the prime minister twice, in 1984 after Indira’s assassination and in 2004, when Manmohan was chosen by Sonia Gandhi. She did not trust Mukherjee and later denied him even the consolation prize of the President of India. He is indispensable in every role, except that of the prime minister.Speaking exclusively to INDIA TODAY, when asked whether he would join Rahul’s cabinet, Mukherjee exclaimed, “My goodness, what would be my age? I am already 75. There is a limit beyond which you cannot go.” He then added significantly, “Rather, I have overstayed my wicket.” Why would the only Cabinet minister today who can trace his lineage back to Indira’s Cabinet (Ghulam Nabi Azad made it only to minister of state in 1982) opt out of her grandson’s Government? When Indira became prime minister in 1966, Morarji Desai, who had lost out, joined her Cabinet. Arjun Singh felt aggrieved when P.V. Narasimha Rao became prime minister, but took the ministerial oath.advertisementIn a party of yes-men, Mukherjee is the first to say no.Mukherjee feels he has been denied the dream job of being the prime minister twice. Sonia denied him the consolation prize of President of India as well. He is indispensable in every role, except as PM. He was not included in the Rajiv Gandhi government after the December 1984 elections though he remained finance minister until then. He had been punished, according to Congress folklore, for daring to suggest that as senior minister, he should be the prime minister in the transitory government. The shock persuaded Mukherjee to float his own party which flopped. He was taken back only in 1989. But Mukherjee claims there is no ill-will with the Gandhis. He says, “There is no trust deficit and no deficit of acceptability” with Sonia. As for Rajiv, he quotes a 1991 interview that the late prime minister gave INDIA TODAY, where he had said, “Many things said about Pranab, I found were not true.” Mukherjee perhaps feels he has outlived his utility under Sonia’s dispensation. Or maybe he is just fed up of playing the best man to successive Congress prime ministers.The astute Mukherjee knows it’s better to walk off the stage than to be reduced to a political farce called Arjun Singh. The average age of the current cabinet is 66 years with the earnest Dayanidhi Maran as the youngest at 43. Of the 27 Congress Cabinet ministers (including the prime minister), 10 are in their 70s. It is unlikely that Rahul, with youth as his calling card, would opt for this ’70s show. He would not have a 74-year-old sports minister and a 78-year-old foreign minister. It would be interesting to see who would play Mukherjee in the Rahul era-the enigmatic Digvijaya Singh or the pragmatic P. Chidambaram.As ever, he puts it best: “I am comfortable at the height where destiny has put me.” At 5 ft 3 inches, he is not the shortest man in the Cabinet. Politically, he is the tallest. But though Sonia respects his vision, she simply does not trust his ambition. She used a lame excuse, that he was “too important” to be spared from the Government and then offered Mukherjee a Padma Vibhushan as a corny compensation. “I personally believe that the office of the President of India is not to be sought. It is to be offered,” says Mukherjee. It is an office that is once again coming up for offer in 2012. But Mukherjee is not issuing any RSVPs. The powers who did not even make him a deputy prime minister for a fortnight when Manmohan had his heart bypass in January 2009 are hardly likely to oblige. Yet Mukherjee says he is a “satisfied man”.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated October 25, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Zinio.advertisementHe does get to play prime minister for brief spells, when Manmohan is out of town but there is too much uncertainty between de facto and de jure. He does all the heavy lifting, whether it is to push the Nuclear Liability Bill through or shepherding the Women’s Reservation Bill. He heads 12 EGoMs and another dozen GoMs on topics as diverse as food security to caste census. Manmohan even postponed a Cabinet meet once as Mukherjee was delayed by the visiting Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Bangladesh prime minister.The challenge for Rahul’s Cabinet will be the governance gap, and the experience spine that keeps an administration stable. Mukherjee would have been the perfect tutor.As finance minister, he doesn’t just do the country’s arithmetic, but also solves UPA’s algebra-soothing egos and sometimes losing his temper as he did with the temperamental Mamata Banerjee when she came up with a last-minute list of 24 projects to be announced in the Railway Budget. The girlish Banerjee complained that even her parents had not scolded her as much. Another ally, A. Raja was unceremoniously asked to leave an EGoM meet on fuel prices as he was not a member. Raja had accompanied M.K. Azhagiri as an interpreter. Mukherjee said, “If Azhagiri needs an interpreter for English, we’ll provide him one.” At another meeting, Maran was summarily ticked off when he wanted to know if the figure 13,420 next to the ministry of communications was an allocation in crores to his party rival. “No,” said an exasperated Mukherjee, “that is the number of post offices in the country.” He has the stature to snub.It’s not just the nuts and bolts, sometimes he puts the entire paradigm in perspective. During the 2009 debate in parliament after the prime minister’s Sharm el-Sheikh faux pas, Manmohan found, to his horror, that a reluctant Congress had lined up a lightweight team of speakers for his defence. He asked Mukherjee to speak at the last minute and lend gravitas to his case. The nitty gritty of US President Barack Obama’s visit was sorted out by Mukherjee during his recent visit to Washington and not the external affairs minister. Recently, the indefatigable Mukherjee landed in New Delhi after a 16-hour trip and went straight to a core committee meeting at the prime minister’s residence to discuss the Karnataka crisis.However, there is one break that he allows himself-a visit to his native village, Kirnahar in West Bengal during the Pujas where he recites the shlokas of the Chandi Paath himself. He joked with Sonia and Manmohan, “Please put all crises on hold till the Pujas are over!” With his perennially red cheeks and mischievous smile, Mukherjee is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the coalition Star Wars. Yet his name is deliberately kept out of the credit ratings.He got the finance ministry because he wanted it, not because the leadership wanted him there. There was no way the Congress president could deny him this tryst with his own legacy. As it transpires, the job was an excellent political fit. The man who steered Indira’s social spend in the ’80s was a perfect link to reinforce the party’s relationship with the aam aadmi. Mukherjee’s legacy will be fortuitous for any prime minister. Recently, he was judged the Best Finance Minister for Asia by Emerging Markets, a part of Euromoney Institutional Investor. It’s a qualified pat on the back for a man who was judged the best finance minister in the world by Euromoney in 1984. The man, who has spent 37 years in government, jokes that he can never be the prime minister of this country as he is not fluent in Hindi. Mukherjee remembers every little trivia and keeps the memorabilia. He gave up smoking in 1993 but still has the three pipes Indira got him.advertisementThe challenge for the Rahul Cabinet is not getting the job. That, in Congress culture, is a given fact. The problem is the governance gap, and the experience spine that keeps an administration stable until the (comparative) youngsters have been honed into position. Manmohan is already talking about lowering the average age of his Council of Ministers to taper it to Rahul’s demographics. A prime minister has to understand political nuances as much as governance. This had been Rajiv’s undoing. He did not quite get the political culture of even the Congress, and repeatedly stubbed his toe until gangrene set in. Sonia was an eye-witness to this phenomenon.Mukherjee’s departure will bring to a close the Indira era. Coincidentally the next set of “seniors” will be Rajiv Gandhi’s contemporaries. Can the likes of Chidambaram, Digvijaya, Azad and Kamal Nath replace the wisdom and political savvy of a Pranab Mukherjee, Hansraj Bhardwaj or an Arjun Singh? They were men who knew how to fix the plumbing simply because they were around when most of the pipes were laid. There is an irony here as well. Rahul has opted for his grandmother’s brand of socialist politics, instead of his father’s liberal economics. But to help him do this, he has to depend on his father’s team. So far, the young prime minister-in-waiting has steered clear of the halls of governance, except when he goes visiting to plead for an extension for MNREGA. That is not gathering experience but collecting photo-ops. Government is not a studio, and pictures are not policy.Pranab Mukherjee would have been the perfect tutor in the transition phase. But the perennial Bengali Master has had enough of school.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated October 25, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Zinio.last_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

Rain plays spoilsport in SL vs Aus World Cup tie

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November 28, 2019 0

Rain or Shine headed to Bahrain to bolster buildup for new PBA season

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Norwood, Washington, and Ahanmisi are all in the United States spending the holidays and won’t be able to join the team in Bahrain since all we’ll be back in the Philippines on the third of January.“As of now we’re working with whoever is with us and I hope that when the three guys come back they’ll be able to quickly pick up the new offensive system,” said Garcia whose team will fly to Bahrain on Jan. 2 and go back to the Philippines on the sixth.Assistant coach Mike Buendia said the trip to Bahrain is not just part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming season but also as a treat for overseas Filipino workers who weren’t able to spend time with their families during the holidays.“This is also for the Filipinos there, sort of like a treat and to bring them some joy,” said Buendia in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Post-game interview with Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao after tying series at 3-3 PLAY LIST 02:20Post-game interview with Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao after tying series at 3-301:11PBA post-game interview with Barako coach Koy Banal after win over Rain or Shine04:23Duterte tells Crown Prince of Bahrain PH ready to give military support to Bahrain02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img MOST READ The Elasto Painters are set to fly to Bahrain to take on clubs Al Muharraq and Al Manama, the finalists of the Bahraini Premier League, in a couple of exhibition games on January 3 and 4.Al Manama has former PBA import Wayne Chism as its naturalized player while Al Muharraq has former De La Salle Green Archer Bader Malabes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefRain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia said their trip to Bahrain is a good boost to their preparations even if Gabe Norwood, Jay Washington, and Maverick Ahanmisi won’t be able to join them.“This will be good for us because we can see what the other guys can bring,” said Garcia after their 102-90 loss to NorthPort in a tune-up game Saturday at Green Meadows Clubhouse. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid ONE: Team Lakay determined to make 2019 another banner year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine is heading overseas to beef up its preparation for the coming 2019 PBA season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

Luka Doncic scores 35 as Mavericks top Cavaliers

first_imgLATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, from Slovenia, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Cleveland. The Mavericks won 111-98. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — During his 21-year NBA career, Dirk Nowitzki has seen plenty of talented young offensive players.Never one like Luka Doncic.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Everyone knows LeBron is my idol, so to be compared to him is amazing,” Doncic said.DIGGING DIRKNowitzki received nice ovations each time he checked in or out. The 40-year-old has not officially announced his retirement, but Cleveland fans showed their love to one of the NBA’s most popular players. Nowitzki did not attempt a shot in nine minutes.Following the game, Nance proudly held an autographed Nowitzki jersey he planned to frame immediately.Nance later visited Dallas’ locker room and spoke to Nowitzki.“I just want to say thank you so much,” Nance told the All-Star. “I’m a big fan.”ROAD TOUGHThe win was just the Mavericks’ sixth in 27 road games.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Charlotte on Wednesday. James Harden keeps streak going, leads Rockets past Jazz The Dallas rookie sensation matched his season high with 35 points and did a little bit of everything, and Harrison Barnes scored 13 in the fourth quarter to lead the undermanned Mavericks to a 111-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.With a contingent of fans waving Slovenian flags to support Doncic, the 19-year-old showed why the Mavericks are so excited about their future. He added 11 rebounds, six assists and made a couple long 3-pointers that drew gasps from the Quicken Loans crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“For a 19-year-old, he’s got as good an all-around game as I’ve ever seen,” Nowitzki said. “He’s got it.”Barnes made three 3-pointers in the fourth and finished with 17 points, and rookie Jalen Brunson added 15 for the Mavericks, who played their second game since acquiring star Kristaps Porzingis from New York in a blockbuster trade. Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke also came in the deal but are not eligible to play until their physicals are completed. MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Doncic finished the first half with 28 points, 10 in the final 3:56 after the Mavericks went more than six minutes without a field goal.However, it was Brunson and Barnes who had the bigger impact in the second half. Shortly after replacing Doncic, Brunson converted a 4-point play with 8:56 left and Barnes made his 3s, the last giving Dallas a 106-91 lead with 4:34 left.“When Luka was out of the game that’s when we actually took control,” Carlisle said. “In the second half we had more attitude. I liked our second half. Everyone was bad in the first half defensively.”Drew was impressed with Doncic.“He’s a terrific player,” he said. “He plays with confidence. He’s a facilitator, and it doesn’t look like he gets too rattled. He plays under control, inside and out.”TIP-INSMavericks: Made 9 of 14 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished 16 of 39 behind the arc. … Carlisle hopes Hall of Fame voters recognize the accomplishments of former NBA coach Bill Fitch, whom he called “a master” with “staggering accomplishments.” Fitch won 944 games over 25 seasons, but Carlisle believes he doesn’t get enough credit for rebuilding several franchises, including the Cavaliers. Fitch gave Carlisle his coaching start, hiring him after cutting him with the Nets.Cavaliers: Rookie G Collin Sexton shot 4 of 17. … Drew doesn’t expect F Kevin Love to return for Tuesday’s game against Boston. Love hasn’t played since Oct. 24 following left foot surgery. Love began participating in contact scrimmages this week. … G David Nwaba returned after missing 18 games with a sprained left ankle. He scored 12 points in 15 minutes. … It was a doubleheader of sorts for three Cleveland players — G Kobi Simmons, F Deng Adel and F Jarod Blossomgame — who were on the floor earlier in the day as the G League Canton Charge hosted the Windy City Bulls.TEEN IDOLDoncic became the fourth teenager in league history with seven 30-point games, joining LeBron James (20), Carmelo Anthony (10) and Kevin Durant (7). Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Jordan Clarkson scored 19 and Larry Nance Jr. had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland.The Cavaliers, who have been dealing with injuries all season, suffered another one as forward Cedi Osman went out in the first half with a right ankle injury and did not return.Due to the trade, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle had only nine dressed players.Fortunately, one of them was Doncic, who sat out Thursday’s game in Detroit with a sore left ankle.Doncic scored 18 points in the first quarter, when he became the sixth player since 2000 to score 1,000 points before turning 20. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Devin Booker and Dwight Howard did it before Doncic, who will be 20 on Feb. 28.ADVERTISEMENT Cavaliers: Host Boston on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

Air Padda out as Adamson Lady Falcons head coach

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Air Padda has been axed as Adamson University’s head coach three games into the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Donnie Nietes vacates WBO super flyweight title to pursue bigger fights Padda started her career with Adamson in Season 79 but her first year with the Lady Falcons produced just one win against 13 losses.The Lady Falcons nearly entered the Final Four in Season 80 with a 6-8 record but settled for the fifth spot in the standings.This wasn’t the first time Adamson had to change coaches in the middle of the tournament when in 2016 it had to give double duties to Domingo Custodio to become the mentor of both the men and women’s programs after Sherwin Meneses left the team eight games into Season 78.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments Rogelio Getigan, the head coach of Kings Montessori School’s girls’ volleyball team, is replacing Padda as the head coach of the Lady Falcons, according to a statement by Adamson University.Padda, however, will remain in the team’s bench for the remainder of the season as the Lady Falcons try to bounce back from their 0-3 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“The administration expresses its gratitude to coach Airess Padda for mentoring the team through two UAAP seasons,” said Adamson in the statement. “She will, however, be still part of the coaching staff.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

Big finish needed

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith their backs to the wall, perennial PBA Philippine Cup powers Magnolia and Alaska set out to snare crucial wins Wednesday in a bid to stay in the hunt for playoff berths in the PBA Philippine Cup.Fortunately for Hotshots coach Chito Victolero, his squad is not going to hope for a scenario to unfold for them to make it, and they start with their battle with struggling NorthPort at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Meanwhile, the Aces, who lost to the Hotshots in last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, are also at 3-5 and hard-pressed to pile up wins.They slug it out with Meralco in the 4:30 p.m. game and are looking to regain the form that gave them a 3-2 record in their first five games.Meralco, on the other hand, also has its back to the wall and at 3-6, would need to close out with two victories, counting this critical clash with the Aces.Norman Black’s Bolts have failed to advance past the eliminations here since 2015 and a victory tonight could give them hope of snapping that streak.ADVERTISEMENT “While we’re currently along the fringes, our fate this conference is still up to us,” he said in Filipino after Magnolia’s 97-93 overtime loss to crowd darling Barangay Ginebra last Sunday night.As things stand, the 3-5 Hotshots sit on eighth spot and would want to climb up the standings to play on a level field in the quarterfinals.And to do that, Magnolia needs nothing less than a sweep of their remaining three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We just hope to stay together as we move forward,” Victolero said. “We just need to win the next three games. I think that will afford us a spot right in the middle.”NorthPort (2-7) has yet to secure a win after opening the conference with back-to-back wins. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Shouldn’t Pacquiao consult Roach again? Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

Unable to suit up due to injury, Lycha Ebon finds way to back up Lady Tamaraws

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lady Tamaraws continue to show clutch gene in another 5-set conquest Ebon was in full gear in the Lady Tamaraws’ clutch 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 win over top seed Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four, but she won’t be taking the floor any time soon even if she wanted to.Head coach  George Pascua decided that wouldn’t risk his injured star even if the Lady Tamaraws’ next game could push them to the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Lycha told me she wanted to play but I won’t gamble it,” said Pascua in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Her Ates are already there and I told her to trust her Ates, but she really wanted to play.”Ebon finished her rookie season with a total of 115 points before she injured her left knee on March 24 in FEU’s game against Adamson University at the start of the second round. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Expect Far Eastern University rookie Lycha Ebon to sit out the entire Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “My decision is not to play anymore,” said Ebon in Filipino. “It’d be hard for me if I still risked playing especially I’m only in my first year.”Ebon added that her suiting up, warming up with the team, and even sitting at FEU’s bench during the game was a message to her teammates that she’d be there supporting them.“I don’t want them to feel that they’re incomplete,” said Ebon. “We’re a team, we should always be complete and united. I’m also really proud of my Ates because they’re really showing that we need to win and that we should get our goal.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

A break, then NBA Finals: Warriors eager for some time off

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and guard Quinn Cook react after Curry made a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)And now, they wait.Again.ADVERTISEMENT Japan, Thailand teams to beat in FIVB World Tour Boracay Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The long break between games may not be ideal for Golden State, but it beats the alternative — no days off at all.In 1960 and 1961, the St. Louis Hawks earned their trip to the NBA Finals with home wins in Game 7 of what was then called the Western Division finals. The Hawks would play the Boston Celtics in both of those title series — and got zero days rest before the finals. They’d win Game 7 at home, get on a plane and get to Boston to start the NBA Finals the very next day.Both times, they got blown out in Game 1.Both times, they would lose the series as well.“Tiredness was St. Louis’ ‘out’ in this one,” Celtics coach Red Auerbach said after the Game 1 win in 1961.For the Warriors, at least that won’t be an issue this year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess It is much-needed rest, too.The Warriors clinched the series in Portland without Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala — all sidelined by injuries. There’s no way of knowing yet if Durant and Cousins will be back in time for the finals, either. Plenty of other Warriors are dealing with bumps and bruises as well.Accruing rust is always a major concern during these days without games, but the Warriors surely feel the obvious advantage — rest — outweighs any drawbacks right now — especially after they were stretched to seven games by Houston last year in the West finals and only had two days off before the NBA Finals.“We definitely want to get our guys healthy,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “We need to get Andre back healthy, DeMarcus and Kevin. We need those guys going into the finals. That’s our hope, that we can get all three of those guys back moving forward.”Down by 17 with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter, the easiest thing for the Warriors would have been to let off the gas and try to clinch the series at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT That wouldn’t be their style.They turned a 95-78 deficit into a 119-117 overtime win — outscoring the Blazers 41-22 in the final 19 minutes of the game.“We could have said Game 5 was our game,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “But we saw how long that break was going to be and we wanted to take advantage of it.”It’s a long break, for certain. But it’s not a record-setting one.The longest gap between the conference finals and NBA Finals came in 1982, when the Los Angeles Lakers sat around for 12 days before beginning their series against Philadelphia.“The players are bored and just want to play,” then-Lakers coach Pat Riley said on the eve of that series. “It’s been so long since we played, I just hope we remember how.”They did remember: The Lakers won Game 1, and ultimately prevailed in six games.The Warriors’ layoff this season marks the 26th time that a team will have at least a week before the end of the conference finals and the start of the NBA Finals — and if Milwaukee wins the next two games of the East title matchup, the Bucks would get added to the list as well. The earliest that the Bucks could oust Toronto and win the East is Thursday; the finals start the following Thursday.Teams with at least a one-week gap before Game 1 of the NBA Finals are 14-11 in the series.“The NBA Finals have an experience with it — it’s such an emotional roller-coaster,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “It’s nice to get away from the game a little bit before it starts, because emotions run high and it takes a lot out of you.” The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to going to the NBA Finals, and their win in Portland on Monday night clinched their fifth consecutive trip. They’ve also gotten used to waiting for those finals to begin, with long layoffs after the Western Conference finals having become their norm.By the time Game 1 of the NBA Finals arrives in either Milwaukee or Toronto on May 30, it’ll be a 10-day gap — nine full off days — between games for the Warriors. That matches the length of the break that the Warriors handled in 2017, and this marks the third time in this five-year run of finals trips that they’ve had at least a week off.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Happy to get a little rest before we have to play again,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.READ: Warriors survive Blazers in OT to complete sweep, seal NBA Finals View commentslast_img read more


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iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus: Specifications, top features, price and everything else you need to know

first_imgApple just launched two new iPhones — the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus — and as always, all hell broke loose. Just like every iPhone launch event, this one again, was no different. It was nothing short of astronomic proportions (we are looking at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium’s ceiling here among other shiny things) and its new iPhones were still beating the revolutionary drum with aplomb.Say hello to the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, ‘fresh’ out the oven available for buy starting September 25 in select countries. Apple plans on making them available in as many as 130 countries by year end (including India, possibly).  Also Read: Apple announces iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, highlights 12MP camera and 3D Touch But wait, why do the new iPhones look so much like the previous iPhones? Yes, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S Plus look exactly like their predecessors (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus), and that’s not surprising. You see, Apple follows this ‘tick-tock’ release cycle (much like Intel) for every iPhone. The ‘tick’ is an iPhone with a ‘bigger’ cosmetic makeover (among other things), while the ‘tock’ is pretty much the tick with improved hardware inside. So, technically the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) was the tick and the iPhone 6S (and iPhone 6S Plus) is the tock in the cycle. Get it?Also Read: Everything Apple launched last night So basically, the iPhone 6S is a turbo-charged iPhone 6, getting a boost in both the hardware as well as software departments.advertisementNot to say there’s no cosmetic revamp at all in the new iPhones. While the iPhone 6 was marred by the infamous bend-gate syndrome, the new iPhones have got a slight reshuffle in ‘make material’ to overcome that weak (and embarrassing) spot. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus use a new stronger aluminium — 7,000 series aluminium first introduced with the Apple Watch Sport — that is roughly 60% stronger than standard aluminium alloys, according to Apple. So, no more bend-gate? Well, let’s hope so.And, for those of you who like it fancy, there’s a new rose-gold flavour in town, in addition to the standard gold variant.The USP of the iPhone 6S (and the iPhone 6S Plus) is the new touchscreen technology called Force Touch, err…3D Touch. Yes, Apple’s Force Touch — we saw earlier in the Apple Watch and the MacBook trackpad — has got a makeover (for the iPhone) and a new name. The undertone is still the same though: it gives you a pressure-sensitive screen that responds differently to different kinds of taps. You get two new gestures, a ‘peek’ and a ‘pop’. While a light tap gives you a peek into an app or widget (blurring the background) from anywhere on the screen, tapping it harder pops out more details concerning it. Basically, each gesture can produce a different kind of interaction with the new iPhones.Also Read: Apple iPhone 6S likely to launch in India in October Look at it this way: a slight tap (peek) would give you a quick look at a photo (say, on Instagram) while a harder press would open the detailed menu. Although it adds an all new level to ‘stalking’, you can’t help but notice how cool 3D Touch is. There will of course be a learning curve to it since not all apps and widgets will respond to it in the same way. Heck, some apps/widgets may not respond to it at all.Apple’s new ‘Taptic Engine’ will however let you know what you’re doing all the time by giving you a different tactile sensation for each kind of interaction. The technology was earlier seen in the Apple Watch.The new iPhones will be powered by Apple’s new A9 processor that is 70% faster and has a 90% faster GPU as compared to the previous generation A8 chip found on the iPhone 6.Also Read: What is Apple’s 3D Touch in iPhone 6S and why it matters The A9 chip in combination with Apple’s new iOS 9 will give the new iPhones an improved battery life over predecessors.While we are at it, iOS 9 (with M9 motion co-processor) introduces an ‘always on’ Siri voice assistant. Siri is now always on and listening. Earlier, it was available only while charging the phone.The new iPhones come with a dramatic overhaul in the camera department. In a first for Apple, the iPhone 6S (and iPhone 6S Plus) comes with bumped up cameras: a 12-megapixel iSight camera that can now record 4K videos and an 8-megapixel FaceTime camera with ‘Retina Flash’.advertisementThe iSight camera can take something called as ‘Live Photos’. Basically, its the camera recording some footage before and after you’ve clicked a photo. Sounds like HTC’s Zoe, to us; but expect Apple to ‘market’ things right, again as always. So, your clicked photos will save as mini recordings. Wonder, how much space (12MP+video quality) that would take? A lot, we suppose.Meanwhile, there’s now an option to use Motion Wallpapers (like in the Apple Watch) and you can use Live Photos as wallpapers too.The FaceTime camera’s Retina Flash is simply the screen lighting up every time you have the option on to check on that white balance while clicking selfies.In another news, the iPhone 6S (and iPhone 6S Plus) comes with Touch ID 2.0 which according to Apple is two times faster than the first generation version on the iPhone 6.Also Read: Apple iPad Pro vs iPad Air? 7 ways in which new iPad is different The iPhone 6S is rocking a 4.7-inch IPS display with a 750×1334 pixels resolution while the iPhone 6S Plus comes with a 5.5-inch IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. The new iPhones will come in 16/64/128GB memory options with no microSD card slot.As for pricing, the iPhone 6S will cost you $649 for 16GB, $749 for 64GB, and $849 for 128GB variant off-contract. That’s close to Rs.44,000 for the base model and it goes all the way up to almost Rs.57,000 for the 128GB model. The new iPhones will likely be available in India sometime in October.Apple is also offering a new instalment plan it calls ‘iPhone Upgrade Program’ where you can pay some amount for 24 months to buy the new iPhones.last_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

Bajirao Mastani: Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to launch the song Gajanana

first_imgAhead of Ganesh Chaturthi, which will be celebrated on September 17, actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will launch Gajanana, a track from their upcoming film Bajirao Mastani on September 15. The song is said to be dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Ranveer took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share the details of the song launch. You ready? #Gajanana pic.twitter.com/mmZrhWZebW Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 14, 2015 Launching the powerful “GAJANANA” Aarti tomorrow! #BajiraoMastani pic.twitter.com/olkPhVkE5i Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 14, 2015His message was accompanied by an image of Lord Ganesha, and super-imposed on it is a message which reads, “Witness history being created with a Guinness World Record for largest crowd forming a human still of the mosaic image of Ganapati.” Ranveer and Deepika will do the maha aarti at the launch, to be held at the Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Balewadi, at Pune today (September 15).SEE PICS: Deepika Pdukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra in a royal love saga Bajirao Mastani Bajirao Mastani, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a period drama starring Ranveer as the 18th century Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I, while his love interest, Mastani, is essayed by Deepika. Priyanka Chopra plays the role of Kashibai, the first wife of Bajirao. The film will release on December 18 this year.Watch the trailer here:last_img read more


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