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As Trump Goofs Off, His Administration Targets Hardworking Immigrants

first_imgThese days, it’s almost as if there are two Donald Trump Presidencies. One is a circus performed daily on Twitter and cable news. The other Presidency, which has to do with policy formulation and implementation, receives less attention, but it is more consequential because it is hurting the welfare of millions of people. The latest news from Washington is that Trump’s regular workday lasts for just a few hours. According to a report from the political-news Web site Axios, Trump gets to the Oval Office at 11 a.m. every day and leaves by 6 p.m. And, even during these nominal working hours, large periods are allotted for “executive time,” during which he watches television, gabs on the phone, and tweets. On Wednesday, for example, Trump had an intelligence briefing at eleven, and then he had “executive time” until a meeting with the Norwegian Prime Minister, at two. The final item on his schedule was a 4 p.m. video recording.Read it at New Yorker Related Itemslast_img read more

Embassy Warns Indian Maids Against UAE Visit Visa Misuse

first_imgThe Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has warned Indian housemaids not to come to UAE on visit visa, bypassing Indian emigration rules, as such women have ended up in deep trouble.India has banned emigration of housemaids under 30 and even eligible women can leave the country on an employment visa only through eMigrate system that ensures their welfare and protection.Read it at Gulf News Related Itemslast_img

Indian Media Face A ‘C’ Change

first_imgThe Big B, Hindi cinema superstar Amitabh Bachchan, was missing at FICCI Frames, the annual meeting of the entertainment and media (E&M) industry held by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. So was information and broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, who was supposed to inaugurate the recent three-day event in Mumbai. In his absence, there were no policy pronouncements, something that had been eagerly awaited. But most participants shrugged it off, because the unstated theme this year was not change, but three other “C” words: consolidation, corporatization and convergence.Yet change has, in fact, been occurring. As filmmaker Yash Chopra, the Frames chairman, said at the inaugural session: “New technologies and ideas and young and brilliant filmmakers are here to take the [film] industry forward. A revolution has happened in the industry.” Frames co-chairman Kunal Dasgupta, CEO of Multi Screen Media (formerly Sony Entertainment), was equally optimistic about television. “What is happening in the industry is that the professionals are becoming entrepreneurs and are setting up ventures in various fields like digital distribution and content creation,” he said. Consolidation is a topic because growth has slowed. According to a report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in conjunction with FICCI, the industry grew 17% last year to $12.8 billion. That is lower than the 23% growth of the previous year and the four-year compound annual growth rate of 19%.The report’s title, “Sustaining Growth,” is a message in itself. A breakdown by industry segment reveals that television, at $5.65 billion, grew 18% last year, compared with 21% in 2006 and 23% in 2005. Filmed entertainment – both Hindi and regional cinema – grew 14% to $2.4 billion, down from 24% growth in 2006. Print, at $3.7 billion, grew at 16%, compared with 17% in 2006. Only online advertising’s growth rate increased, but at $67.5 million, it is just a small part of the larger picture.PwC says the industry is getting its second wind before galloping again. It projects that the television industry will grow at 23% this year and 22% annually through 2012. The numbers for filmed entertainment are not as heartening: 15% growth this year and 13% through 2012. Print is marginally better off, with projections of 14% growth in both cases.The comparative growth rates may look small, but in a global context they are impressive. The global entertainment and media industry grew 6.5% last year to $1.53 trillion. The PwC report estimates annual growth for 2007 through 2011 at 6.4%. But even while the Indian E&M industry is a minnow in the international ocean, everyone seems to want part of it.Private equity and foreign direct investment have been particularly active. Deals struck last year include a $56.6 million investment by Baytree Investments (Mauritius) and others in direct-to-home satellite television player Tata Sky; a $40.2 million infusion by Walt Disney Company in United Home Entertainment (which owns children’s channel Hungama TV); and Reuters Singapore’s investment of $21.9 million in Times Global Broadcasting, the television arm of the Times of India group. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi Investment House has announced $400 million in funding for an entertainment city in Navi Mumbai (New Bombay).“This industry is going to see a lot of investment from various sources – private equity, venture capitalists, the public,” says Rajesh Jain, director of information, communications and entertainment for KPMG India. “As we move toward a brand-driven society, more and more advertising bucks will be placed here.” There have also been a number of new alliances. George Soros picked up a 3% stake in Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment last year. One of India’s fastest-growing media conglomerates, Network18, snapped up Infomedia, a leader in business directories and B2B and B2C publications. And Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s state-owned investment company, bought into television broadcaster INX Media.“The E&M industry in India has reached an inflection point,” says Chirag Negandhi, media analyst at Enam Securities. “Opportunities and growth embrace all its segments.” TV channels lead the growth story, he says. Yet while more than 100 are active now, not all of them will survive. A period of consolidation is on the horizon.Consolidation or Convergence?But does consolidation or convergence come first? For many, they are two sides of the same coin. The quickest way to fill technology gaps is through mergers and acquisitions. Consider Network18, which has two general news channels – CNN-IBN and IBN7 – and two business channels – CNBC TV18 and CNBC Awaaz, the latter in Hindi. It has an Internet company, Web18. It provides real-time news services through Newswire18. Homeshop18 is the group’s online and on-air retail venture.Not content with this array, Network18 devoted 2007 to filling its perceived gaps. It formed a joint venture with Viacom, called Viacom18, which will run the channels that were previously under the corporate umbrella of MTV India. Studio18 is a foray into filmed entertainment. The Infomedia acquisition has led to new ventures in print. Network18 now has struck an alliance with Forbes to launch a business magazine in India. The Financial Times of London has broken off its relationship with the Delhi-headquartered Business Standard and formed an online venture with Network18. That arrangement could crystallize into a business newspaper. (The Wall Street Journal’s collaboration with The Hindustan Times group to produce the business newspaper Mint demonstrates that it can be done, despite restrictions on foreign direct investment in media.) Meanwhile, Network18 has launched a joint venture with Jagran Prakashan, the publisher of one of the largest-selling Hindi dailies, for a Hindi business paper. The Network18 story is being repeated in many E&M houses across India.Technology convergence, too, has led to alliances. Hindi daily Dainik Jagran has tied up with Yahoo to launch a co-branded Hindi portal. Digital Media Convergence Ltd., owned by Subhash Chandra, has launched a mobile TV application in collaboration with public sector telecom services provider BSNL. Everywhere you look, companies are fitting pieces of the puzzle together, even if the big picture may take time to evolve.Convergence is a global phenomenon and “it is going to happen here at a faster pace partly because – from a technological point of view – we have leapfrogged,” says Ravi Bapna, associate professor and executive director of the Center for IT and the Networked Economy at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. “The wireless networks here, for example, are state-of-the-art and, as soon as 3G rolls out, we are going to see movies on cell phones.”The synergies created by convergence will “increase the size of the pie,” Bapna says. “This will also foster innovation because, with content being delivered across multiple platforms, it will need to be segmented more effectively … and there will be a need for new pricing models, etc. As the market grows, the competitive forces and innovation will decide who gets what share of the pie.” Whether India realizes its potential depends on its ability to foster innovation, Bapna says. “Why is it that the new thinking in media like YouTube is not coming out of India?” he asks. “It’s because the ecosystem for entrepreneurship in this area is still at the very early stages. People have good technical ideas but they don’t know how to take them to market. We have the media people and the tech-savvy people but we don’t have people who are coming out with ideas that create new demand from the consumer. The business aspect is where I still see some barriers – our ability to think two years ahead of what the consumers are going to really want and to come up with an application to deliver it. Like in Silicon Valley, the universities and the entrepreneurs here need to work very closely together.”Increased CorporatizationJain of KPMG says that consolidation and corporatization have occurred in almost all E&M segments. “Broadcasting was one of the first movers,” he says. “In print, too, consolidation was there earlier. But with the regional print media now being recognized to be as important as national mainstream print, there is increasing consolidation. Outdoor advertising is very fragmented. But several large players with deep pockets have come in to play.”In the film industry, “a huge amount of corporatization has happened from a viewpoint of where the money comes from,” Jain says. “In distribution, there is a lot of consolidation happening. More and more people are getting into mainstream distribution and this trend will continue.” Direct-to-home is already corporatized like the broadcast industry, he says, while “in the cable industry, because of the fragmentation … the process of corporatization will take time unless regulatory pressures force consolidation.” The advertising industry has always been corporatized, he says.“The new media is still evolving, but given the large amount of private equity, corporatization is only a matter of time,” Jain says. “As more and more private equity comes into play, it brings in significant improvements in governance standards. Over $500 million has been committed by private equity in the past 12 months in some form or other.“Many people tend to look at corporatization as a legal structure,” he adds, “but corporatization needs to be viewed in three or four contexts. The mere fact of having a company and a legal corporate structure alone is not corporatization. The governance around it, consolidation and professionalization are the more important attributes of corporatization. From this perspective, corporatization in the Indian media and entertainment industry is not slow. There is a lot of it already happening.”Except for some very large companies, “we still have miles to go” regarding corporate governance, Jain says. In terms of professionalism, the industry, like many others, is seeing a talent crunch. “One has to realize that this industry cannot be compared with, say, the manufacturing industry. Given the creative nature of the industry, one has to balance the three elements of entrepreneurship, professionalism and creativity. Given that, professionalism is happening and it will continue to grow.”Bapna of the Indian School of Business agrees. “Corporatization was slow for a long time, but in recent times it has been picking up at a good pace,” he says. “In my opinion, we are over the hump. In the film industry, for example, right now everything is aligned with big business, and the corporate sector can get in and start funding movies. It’s more like a regular business than some kind of street-business model. Going forward it will only increase. It will become more and more like Hollywood. We will also see global players getting involved because this is a large market. We have already seen that big studios from the U.S. have been tapping talent in the animation field. But now, like everybody else, these companies will also look at India as a market.”Cricket, Cinema, Comedy and Crime Conference participants raised other areas of concern, among them the credibility of news channels. India has more than 50, all desperate for eyeballs, and news can fall victim to sensationalism. “Today, the consumer demands the 4 C’s, namely cricket, cinema, comedy and crime,” says G. Krishnan, CEO of the India Today Group-owned Aaj Tak Hindi news channel. “There is no option for news channels but to feed the viewers with what they want.”Speakers at a session on “news entertainment” pointed out that the response was limited when serious issues such as farmers’ suicides were aired. This was not just a matter of perception; it was underscored in audience participation programs that involved telephone call-ins or text messages. “We do carry stories that matter, and we do deal with social responsibility,” Krishnan said. “But at times, when things really get demanding and competitive, in the interests of our channels, we have to go for what the viewers want and not think of social responsibility.”No consensus emerged, but it was evident that the era of news as entertainment would continue. And that could be dangerous: As another panel on social responsibility pointed out, it could invite government censorship.Piracy was the other major issue. Asha Swarup, the information and broadcasting secretary who filled in for minister Dasmunshi, touched on the subject the very first day. “Piracy has been hampering the rapid growth of the entertainment business,” she said. “The only way to tackle this is to ensure tight scrutiny from the supply side. Simultaneous or quick release on the Internet or home video could be an alternative to curbing piracy.”The issue came into sharper focus on the conference’s third day, when U.S.-India Business Council president Ron Somers released a study – “The Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy on India’s Entertainment Industry” – produced by the Council and consulting firm Ernst & Young India. “This study estimates that the Indian entertainment industry loses some 820,000 jobs and about $4 billion annually to the piracy menace,” Somers said. “This is an unacceptable loss by any measure.”In some ways, the Indian E&M industry has itself has maintained a cavalier attitude toward piracy. Almost every successful movie abroad has a clone in Hindi. A visitor from New York would find much that is familiar on local TV channels, even though he did not understand the language. And advertising in India, even as little as a decade ago, gave new meaning to the word “copywriter.”In a globalized environment, intellectual property becomes sacrosanct, and the Indian E&M industry is no longer playing to just a domestic gallery. First, there is the diaspora. Second, in areas including cricket, gaming and animation, India is becoming mainstream. Frames 2008 demonstrated that: Foreign delegates numbered 500. Some of the industry’s big players headed to Las Vegas for April’s National Association of Broadcasters jamboree. The title of one session: “Globalizing Bollywood.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian-Origin Family on Trial in London for Cramming 25-40 Tenants in One House

first_imgA UK court has found an Indian-origin family guilty of illegally housing over 40 immigrants as tenants in their four-bedroom house in north London. The Harrows Crown Court was told that Harsha Shah, 53, her brother-in-law Sanjay, 54, and her daughter Chandni worked with agent Jaydipkumar Valand and crammed as many as five people in a room for rent between £40 and £75 a week, PTI reported.This went on for five years, with all the immigrants housed hailing from India. The authorities are yet to ascertain if they came into United Kingdom legally. The court was also told that the 1920 house had been left in a state of disrepair by the family, with ceilings having holes and the kitchen being so unusable that food had to be delivered to the house. The property was divided into seven bedrooms on the ground floor and two on first floor.The occupants had just two bathrooms to share among them. The tenants were also found living in bunk beds in the garden shed. The fire exits were all blocked. Though the family and the agent were convicted in May last year, they are appealing against having to pay nearly £360,000 obtained as rent during the five-year period. The court was told the family had license to rent out the property to one family.Edmund Robb, who was appearing on behalf of the local Brent Borough Council, told Judge Stephen Rubin that apart from claiming any housing benefits paid out by the authority, the rent can also be seized under the UK’s Proceeds of Crime Act. The Brent Council is yet to make a decision on the exact amount they wish to obtain from the defendants, The Independent quoted Robb as saying.“Receiving rent was in breach of a selective license. If they had complied with the regulations, the money would not have come into their hands. There was a minimum of 25 people living in the house and there could at any one time be up to 40 people living in the house,” he said, adding that the UK Border Police, which raided the property, called it the worst example of overcrowding they had seen.The defense counsel argued that taking rent from the migrants was not an offence, which means a confiscation order was not enforceable.“We say that receiving the rent is not a criminal offence and neither is continuing the tenancy. They are clearly in breach of the law, but the receiving of rent was not illegal,” defense lawyer Cameron Scott said.Judge Rubin has so far reserved his judgement on whether a proceeds of crime order can be enforced. Related ItemsBritish IndianLondonUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

BSP will fight all elections alone, says Mayawati

first_imgThe Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will revert to its old strategy of contesting in elections on its own after its alliance with the Samajwadi Party failed to stop the BJP from winning in Uttar Pradesh in the second consecutive general election.BSP chief Mayawati said on Monday that her party would contest in all major and minor elections on its own in the “interest of the party and the movement.” Her declaration has shut the door on the possibility of renewal of the alliance with the SP. Earlier this month, the alliance was put on hold after Ms. Mayawati announced that the BSP would contest all 11 seats on its own in the Assembly byelection. The BSP chief cited “political compulsions” for the decision and said the Yadavs had deserted the SP and hurt the prospects of the alliance. However, she kept the chances of a reunion in future alive with the ultimatum that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav train his cadre to be “missionary”, like BSP workers, and said, “there is no break-up of the alliance yet.” However, on Monday, in a series of tweets, Ms. Mayawati targeted the SP and reverted to her old criticism of the governments run by the party. Ms. Mayawati said she had forgotten the old unresolved complaints and hassles and set aside the “anti-BSP and anti-Dalit decisions” of the SP government, including the measures against reservation in promotion and the deterioration of the law and order situation, and followed the “Gathbandhan dharma” in the public and national interest. But the SP’s “behaviour” after the general election compelled the BSP to wonder whether it would be possible to defeat the BJP in future, she said. “It is not possible,” asserted Ms. Mayawati, a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Her announcement came a day after the BSP held a meeting in Lucknow, at which Ms. Mayawati tightened her family’s grip on the party. She appointed her younger brother Anand Kumar as vice-president and his son Aakash Anand as a national coordinator, going against her stand against dynastic politics. Ms. Mayawati told party workers that they should focus on strengthening the organisation and increasing the mass base through bhaichara, a reference to a coalition of disparate castes. In 2007, Ms. Mayawati’s victory in Uttar Pradesh was attributed to this social engineering.last_img read more

Ajit Pawar’s remark sparks buzz over candidate from Indapur

first_imgWith the State Assembly polls round the corner, rumour mills are abuzz with the candidacy of the crucial Indapur Assembly segment which forms part of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency, the bastion of the Pawar clan.A remark by senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar to his party colleague and sitting Indapur MLA Dattatrey Bharne, at a public event on Sunday has sparked renewed speculation over whether Mr. Bharne or senior Congress leader Harshawardhan Patil would be given a ticket from Indapur if the Congress and NCP contest the polls jointly.“I hope that our bonds [between the NCP and Mr. Bharne] of mutual affection will continue to endure in the future,” said Mr. Pawar to Mr. Bharne sarcastically, drawing mirth and laughter from those present.The Indapur Assembly seat has been the stronghold of Mr. Patil’s family. A former State cabinet minister for four consecutive terms, Mr. Patil has been winning from Indapur since 1995 before suffering a humiliating defeat at Mr. Bharne’s hands in the 2014 Assembly elections when both parties contested separately.Despite the bad blood between the Pawar and the Patil clans, aggravated by Mr. Patil’s loss in 2014, the NCP had sought to mollify the Congress leader to ensure that he campaigned for the re-election of NCP MP Supriya Sule, NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter and Ajit Pawar’s cousin, from Baramati Lok Sabha constituency.Given the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) — and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s — singular resolve to root out the Pawars’ influence from Baramati and western Maharashtra, Mr. Ajit Pawar had personally conferred with Mr. Patil at the latter’s residence in Pune to dispel any lingering disaffection the Congress leader may have harboured against the NCP.Mr. Pawar’s recent ‘taunt’ to Mr. Bharne is being interpreted as a sign that Mr. Patil could be given the ticket for his help in securing Ms. Sule’s victory. If so, it lends credence to the speculation that Mr. Bharne is on his way to joining the BJP.“There has always been a political competitition between the Pawars and the Patil family for dominance in Baramati and Indapur. In the 1984 Lok Sabha elections, Sharad Pawar, then with the Indian Congress (Socialist), had contested against Shakarrao Bajirao Patil, Harshawardhan Patil’s uncle and had trounced the latter. This rivalry had played out its course in the next political generation as well, between Ajit Pawar and Harshawardhan Patil,” says political analyst Rajendra Pandharpure.However, in view of the BJP’s massive mandate in this year’s general elections, and with Mr. Pawar’s party and the Congress facing a battle with their backs to the wall, Mr. Pandharpure said that old rivalry between the Pawars and Mr. Patil could mellow into an alliance dictated by political necessity.“Mr. Patil wields considerable influence over the Indapur and Bhor Assembly segments, whose collective votes played a critical role in ensuring Ms. Sule’s win in the general election. In the event of an NCP-Congress alliance for the upcoming Assembly poll, he would definitely be given preference over Mr. Bharne in return for his help to the Pawar clan,” he said.last_img read more

Bhujbal quashes speculation of joining Sena

first_imgDismissing speculation of his defection to the Shiv Sena ahead of the Assembly polls as “baseless”, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal on Friday said he would continue to remain by the side of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. “How many times should I say that I am with the NCP, am working with the party and will continue to remain with Pawar saaheb… All this phoney talk of my proposed defection to the Sena has originated in the media, who claim to have knowledge that I will be switching alliances to the Sena from certain ‘sources’… I wonder who these sources are?” Mr. Bhujbal said ahead of the NCP’s core committee meeting in the city to discuss pre-poll strategy.He said the very fact that he was present at such an important party meeting ought to put a stop to rumours.Speaking to a television channel, Mr. Bhujbal said it was not his fault that speculation about his alleged exit refused to die down, but that of the media’s, which kept stoking the fumes of rumour.The last couple of months have witnessed an exodus of leaders and legislators from the NCP and Congress to the BJP and Sena. Rumours that Mr. Bhujbal was planning a return to his political alma mater, the Sena, gained some credence when he remained absent for NCP MP Supriya Sule’s ‘Samwad Yatra’ in Nashik. Ms. Sule had maintained that Mr. Bhujbal was with the party.According to the political grapevine, while ordinary Sena workers wished Mr. Bhujbal — once a dyed-in-wool Shiv Sainik for more than 20 years — to be inducted into the party, the top leadership led by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was resolutely opposed to his entry.Meanwhile, the NCP’s core committee meet at the city’s Baramati Hostel, presided by Mr. Pawar, saw the top party leadership in attendance, including State president Jayant Patil, Mumbai unit chief Nawab Malik, senior leader Ajit Pawar and Ms. Sule. Terming Congress leader Harshavardhan Patil’s bitterness towards the NCP over the Indapur Assembly seat “unfortunate”, Mr. Patil said a decision over the seat was to be taken following a discussion between Mr. Pawar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.last_img read more

Will consider withdrawing plea for Shivpal’s disqualification if he agrees for merger: SP leader

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party will consider withdrawing its application for Shivpal Singh Yadav’s disqualification as MLA if he agrees for a merger with the Akhilesh Yadav-led party, senior SP leader Ram Govind Chaudhary said on Sunday. On September 13, the Samajwadi Party (SP) had moved the application seeking Shivpal Yadav’s disqualification from the Uttar Pradesh assembly under the anti-defection law. Shivpal Yadav was elected from the Jaswantnagar assembly constituency on an SP ticket in the 2017 State elections. In 2018, he floated a new party—Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) — after falling out with SP chief and his nephew Akhilesh Yadav.“If Shivpal Singh Yadav dissolves his party and merges it with the Samajwadi Party, then the party will consider withdrawing the application seeking his disqualification as MLA of UP Legislative Assembly,” Mr. Chaudhary told reporters here. The Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly said the SP has shown utmost patience in dealing with Shivpal Yadav.“Despite giving statements against party president Akhilesh Yadav and the feud in the party, he was given a ticket in the 2017 UP Assembly elections. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he contested against his nephew Akshay Yadav from Firozabad on a Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) ticket,” Mr. Chaudhary said. On September 20, Akhilesh Yadav had hinted that the SP may withdraw the application seeking the disqualification of his estranged uncle.“Whosoever wants to come, we will include them in the party,” the SP Chief had said. Shivpal Yadav had then said, “There is full scope of unity in the family and there is full scope from my side as well. But some people are hatching conspiracies to not let the family unite.”last_img read more

Lynx force decisive Game 5 vs Sparks in WNBA Finals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Candace Parker, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and the Sparks are hoping to become the league’s first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002.In order to do that, they’ll have to win on Minnesota’s home floor again.Ogwumike doesn’t enjoy that storyline, even though it finished with a storybook ending for the Sparks last season.“No disrespect to that question, but I’m really tired of that question,” Ogwumike said. “This year is this year. No disrespect at all. It’s just like the 100th time I’ve heard it. This year is a different year, and I know it’s the same and I know that’s what everyone here wants to talk about it, but it’s a different year.”Facing an end to their season, the Lynx were aggressive from the start, grabbing a lot of loose balls and dominating the glass. They trailed 10-8 before scoring 11 straight points in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Lynx, who never led in Game 3, built as much as a 19-point lead in the third quarter. The Sparks rallied, but could never get closer than eight points late in the fourth quarter.“I just love the way we competed for 40 minutes,” said Moore. “Everybody was really locked in and trying to be the aggressor the whole time. We didn’t play a perfect game, but did enough to beat a really good Sparks team on the road.”In the first quarter, Lynx point guard Lindsey Whalen used her arm in a chopping motion to foul Sims in transition. Whalen was called for a common foul but it was reviewed and upgraded to a Flagrant 1. Sims stayed down on the floor but was fine and would stay in the game. Still, that physical play seemed to set the tone for the Lynx, who were a different team than in a 75-64 loss two days earlier.“That was the beginning of the game,” Sims said. “It’s over now. Our mindset is focused on getting better and concentrating on Game 5.”Sims declined not to talk about that play, but it was clear it energized the Lynx.“Each team has the mindset that you don’t want to give your opponent anything easy,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It’s kind of interesting, Magic (Johnson) is sitting there and I suspect he was thinking of when that was just a foul. Not review, flagrant, just a foul. It was a playoff foul. We have this new term of unnecessary. Well that’s kind of subjective. We thought it was necessary that she not get the layup off.“With the new rules and the world we live in, it was deemed unnecessary.”PARTY OF FIVEThe Lynx didn’t have a good performance overall from their starters in Game 3 and two of them — Whalen and Seimone Augustus — didn’t score. On Sunday, four of the five starters scored in double figures. Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Fowles and Augustus combined for 65 points and 43 rebounds. Whalen scored four points, but added eight assists.FREE THROW DISPARITY BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Lynx made 19 of 30 free throws while the Sparks shot just 16 and made 12.RAINING ON THE 3-POINT PARADEThe Sparks missed 17 of 22 3-point attempts. Four of the five starters missed all of their 3-pointers. Alana Beard, Ogwumike, Parker and Chelsea Gray were a combined 0-for-12.Flying the friendly skies?The Sparks and Lynx are on the same flight from Los Angeles to Minnesota on Monday.TIP-INSActor Anthony Anderson, actress Vivica A. Fox, former WNBA player Tina Thompson and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti were at the game. … The Sparks went into their locker room during the national anthem in silent protest for the fourth consecutive game. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chinese tennis needs to ‘grow up,’ says Li Na View comments “Advantage? No, we’re back in Game 5. We wanted to make sure we came out and we played well,” Fowles said.Minnesota, which is trying for its fourth title in seven years, played extremely well as they dominated inside the paint with baskets and rebounds. Minnesota outrebounded the Sparks 48-28. The Sparks had outrebounded the Lynx in Game 3 and that was a point of emphasis for the team to be more physical inside.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“To compete with Minnesota, you have to stay in the same game with them in the rebounding,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “Obviously, that was a wide margin. They were more aggressive, no question. They doubled our free throw attempts. I’m not saying that to debate the officiating. The point is they were a lot more aggressive and got themselves to the free-throw line. They gave themselves opportunities and second-chance points on the offensive boards. We didn’t play the way we needed to play to have success against them.”Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 17. No Sparks player reached double figures in rebounding.center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike during the first half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx weren’t about to let their season end in Los Angeles.The WNBA MVP helped the Lynx force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles 80-69 on Sunday night. It’s the second consecutive year that these two teams will play a deciding game in Minnesota for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Smith, Griffin help Pistons beat Hawks to end 3-game skid

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Hawks: Atlanta missed 20 of its first 22 3-pointers. . Taurean Prince has started all 59 of Atlanta’s games, but the other four starters — Dedmon, John Collins, Tyler Dorsey and Malcolm Delaney — had 29 starts combined before Wednesday.Pistons: Detroit is now 5-3 with Griffin in the lineup. . Drummond led the Pistons in rebounds for the 19th straight game.GRIFFIN GETS COMFORTABLEGriffin felt it was his best offensive performance since joining the Pistons, despite going 4 for 10 from the floor and missing his only three shots from inside the 3-point line.“We had a good flow going, and that was a big reason we jumped out to that big lead,” he said. “It is definitely getting easier to recognize what we’re doing in the offensive sets.”UP NEXTHawks: Host the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 23 after an eight-day All-Star break.Pistons: Host the Boston Celtics on Feb. 23 after an eight-day All-Star break. “I’ve only had two shootarounds with the team, so I’ve been trying to memorize the video playbook they gave me,” White said. “I’ve worked as hard as I’ve ever worked over the last three days, just to get ready for the minute or two I thought I might play.”The Hawks, who beat the Pistons 118-115 on Sunday, were missing three key players, including leading scorers Dennis Schroder (lower back) and Kent Bazemore (rest). Former Piston Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder) also sat out.“It is pretty obvious that this was a night that didn’t look like it was going to go well for us as a group,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It looked like they were going to pull away on us, but it is a credit to the character of these guys that they fought back and made it a game.”Detroit led by 12 points at the half, then started the third quarter with its second 17-2 run of the game. That put the Pistons ahead by 25, and the margin was 30 before the Hawks finally broke 40 points with 5:20 left in the third.Detroit still led 82-61 at quarter’s end, but Van Gundy called a timeout after the Hawks cut the margin to 89-74 with 6:58 to play. Atlanta got the lead to single figures, 94-86, with 2:58 left, forcing another timeout. The Pistons fouled two 3-point shots in the final minute along with allowing a three-point play, much to Van Gundy’s disgust.That made it 100-96 with 10 seconds to play, but Smith hit two free throws to clinch the game.“That was an embarrassing fourth quarter,” Van Gundy said. “We played well for about 35 minutes, but we didn’t bring anything after that.”The undermanned Hawks got off to a quick lead, but Detroit finished the first quarter on a 17-2 run to lead 22-14. The offenses continued to struggle in the second, with the Pistons outscoring Atlanta 23-19 to take a 45-33 lead at the half.“I thought we were playing decent basketball, but we just couldn’t get a shot to go in the basket in the first half,” Budenholzer said.Detroit shot 38 percent in the half, led by 12 points from Smith, and held Atlanta to 33.3 percent. Dewayne Dedmon led the Hawks with eight points and seven rebounds in the half, but didn’t have a basket or a rebound in 11 second-half minutes.TIP-INS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) and Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) battle for a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Detroit won 104-98. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Ending a three-game losing streak wasn’t enough to make Stan Van Gundy happy.Not after the Pistons made it much harder than necessary.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We moved the ball and we played great defense to build the lead to 30,” he said. “But there’s no excuse for the way we played defense for the rest of the game. We were still OK on offense, but we missed a lot of open shots.”Van Gundy thought his team’s poor shooting — 26.3 percent in the fourth quarter — cost Griffin his milestone.“He probably should have had 14 or 15 assists, but we kept missing wide-open looks and layups,” Van Gundy said. “He was doing a great job of passing.”Ish Smith had 22 points and nine assists, while Andre Drummond added 13 points and 15 rebounds. Detroit had seven players in double figures.Andrew White III had 15 points for the Hawks in his NBA debut, while John Collins had 11 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT PBA greenlights Jericho Cruz trade to TNT View commentslast_img read more

NZ confirms participation in CWG

first_imgAfter days of indecision, the New Zealand Olympic Committee on Friday confirmed participation in the Delhi Commonwealth Games after seeing positive steps being taken by the organisers to improve the situation.New Zealand Olympic Committee board gave its nod for the planned departures from September 28 after being briefed by NZOC President Mike Stanley and Secretary General Barry Maister, who were in Delhi to take stock of the situation.Staneley said the situation was grim but it has started changing following intervention by the state and the central governments. New Zealand’s CWG chef de mission Dave Currie, who had slammed the conditions at the Games Village and said the event could even be called off, is now “more optimistic” that things will be better. “Our responsibility is to ensure there is a safe, secure environment for the athletes to arrive in, but we want the Games to go ahead as do the athletes who have trained for a long time,” Currie said.last_img read more

India vs South Africa 3rd ODI: Smith says Pathan made the difference

first_imgSouth Africa captain Graeme Smith on Tuesday said that Yusuf Pathan’s breezy innings ruined the day for his side in the third ODI against India at Newlands in Cape Town.Pathan proved to be the difference between the two sidesas he took his chances and hammered the South African bowlers, especially the spinners, to all parts of the ground en route to his 50-ball 59-run knock on a two-paced Newlands track.Chasing 221 for win, Pathan teamed up with Suresh Raina (37 off 47) to bring India back in contention with less than arun-a-ball 75-run sixth wicket stand after the visitors were reeling at 93 for five at one stage.”It was very disappointing to end up on the losing side. We were probably 20 runs short but Pathan’s knock made the difference today,” Smith said after his side two-wicket loss.”It was a two-paced wicket. It was not the best of ODI wickets. All batters struggled here except for Pathan. He looked it was easy to bat on here,” he said.He also lauded Morne Morkel (3/28) for his lion-hearted performance.”As usual Morkel was incredible for us. But we need to work on our batting in powerplay. We need to regroup and better our performance in the next match,” Smith added.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni too lauded Pathan and said he is happy as long as the hard-hitter plays his natural game.”It was good effort from the batsmen. The lower middle-order also played well. But Pathan was superb. He played his natural game. I want him to continue playing the kind of cricket he plays,” Dhoni said.advertisementDhoni also lauded his death bowlers for their superb show during the fag end of the South African innings.”The best thing today was our powerplay and death bowling,” the Indian skipper said.Man-of-the-match Pathan said he was just playing his natural game.”It’s a good win for us. I was just looking to hit the balls which were in my areas,” he said.last_img read more

2G scam: SC to hear Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar’s bail pleas on June 20

first_imgDMK MP Kanimozhi.A special Supreme Court bench will on Monday hear the bail plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum scam case after two of the judges recused from hearing the matter.Kanimozhi is likely to face some tough time in convincing the court to grant her bail as the case will be heard by a bench headed by Justice G S Singvi, who has been monitoring the case since the beginning and had asked searching questions to the government on the role of several influential people in the multi-crore scam.It would be the last hope for DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s 43-year-old daughter Kanimozhi, who has been in jail for almost a month, after her plea was rejected first by the special CBI court and then by the Delhi High Court.Kanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV which was alleged to be a bribe given by a telecom operator which had benefited in the scam.The CBI in its affidavit filed in the apex court opposed their bail pleas on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.Earlier two judges — P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik — before whom the matter was listed had recused themselves from the high-profile case.Instead, Justice Singhvi, whose bench has been monitoring the case, will tomorrow hold a special hearing along with Justice B S Chauhan to decide the bail.advertisementAccording to informed sources, justices P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik conveyed their decision to recuse to Chief Justice S H Kapadia, following which he constituted another bench.Opposing the bail plea, the probe agency contended in its affidavit that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and Rs 200 crore transferred to Kalaignar TV was part of the “bribe” amount and not a loan as claimed by the accused.The central agency submitted the special CBI court and later the Delhi High Court carefully evaluated material evidence and other factors to refuse bail to them.The apex court had on June 13 agreed to hear their bail plea and asked CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore, allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in 2G scam, has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time.The court had also asked CBI to come out with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer due to the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the CBI special court.Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict that rejected their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses cannot be ruled out.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Coaches are aiding doping at the camps: Kripa Shankar

first_imgArjuna award winning wrestler Kripa Shankar has come out with a startling revelation and claims that Jagminder Singh and Ravinder Mann are the two coaches who have been encouraging the national grapplers to take banned substances for months.Speaking to MAIL TODAY on Tuesday, Kripa, who was amongst the CWG probables (but had to pull out following an injury to his nose), said that both Jagminder and Ravinder have been abetting dope for some time now. “They both have been doing this in all the national camps for the last six months,” he said.What makes the situation worse is that Ravinder Mann is not even a qualified coach. “He does not even have an NIS diploma in coaching. Nor was he a wrestler of repute. Can someone please tell me what he is doing as a coach in the Commonwealth Games team,” queried Kripa.He also said that Ravinder Mann was nobody in the wrestling fraternity one year back. “Nobody even knew who he was a year ago. About eight months back, he was grafted as a coach. That too replacing a good coach like Rishi Pal. He is very close to the top brass of the WFI and has been pampered by them,” That Ravinder Mann does not have the right credentials to be a coach was corroborated by one of the leading coaches of the sport.Speaking on condition of anonymity the coach said that, “I won’t say more than one thing and that is Ravinder cannot be termed a coach by any stretch of imagination. The rest is for you to interpret,” he said.advertisementWhen queried, Kartar Singh, secretary of the WFI agreed that Ravinder Mann was not a qualified coach. “I fully agree that he (Mann) is not a qualified coach. We have never claimed that he is a coach,” he went on to add.But then he went on to defend the decision of appointment of Ravinder Mann on the basis of his reputation as a wrestler who has represented the country in many international meets.”Ravinder has played many international tournaments. And in wrestling, we have a precedent of appointing a wrestler of repute as a coach. So the appointment of Ravinder as a coach should not come as a surprise,” he said.But when asked to name the tournaments where Ravinder represented the country, Kartar drew a blank.”Right now, I am in Jalandhar and I cannot recall the tournaments in which he has played. I am coming to Delhi on Wednesday and will get back to you on which all international tournaments he has participated in,” he said.As regards the charges that both Jagminder and Ravinder were helping the wrestlers to take banned substances in the camps, Kartar said that these were all baseless allegations.”The WFI will not like to comment on these baseless allegations regarding these two coaches. Their credentials are beyond question,” he said.’B’ SAMPLE RESULTS TO BE OUT TODAYThe ‘B’ sample results of two swimmers and two athletes, who are under provisional suspension for failing a dope test, will be out on Wednesday.Swimmers Richa Mishra, Jyotsana Pansare and shot putter Saurav Vij were part of the national team’s Commonwealth Games squad but were found positive for methylhexanamine, a stimulant that was added to the list of banned substances by WADA this year.Discus thrower Akash Antil is the fourth athlete who flunked the dope test while swimmer Amar Muralitharan is yet to appear for his ‘B’ sample test.The six wrestlers, who also tested positive for the same drug, came up with the same result in their ‘B’ sample test and the sanctions to be imposed upon them will be decided by a three-member anti-doping disciplinary panel.The chairman of the disciplinary panel – Dinesh Dayal – has called the other two members of the committee on Thursday when the date for the hearing of the six wrestlers will be decided.last_img read more

London Olympics: Parupalli Kashyap and Saina Nehwal make history

first_imgS KannanParupalli Kashyap created history as he became the first Indian male badminton player to enter the quarter-finals at the Olympics.Indian badminton has become synonymous with Saina Nehwal, but Kashyap too has caught the eye in London, and on Wednesday, he defeated Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne 21-14, 15-21, 21-9.Later in the day, Saina too made it to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles, with a 21-14, 21-16 victory over Jie Yao.The world No.5 tired out the Chinese-born Dutch by engaging her in rallies and executed her strokes with perfection in a 40-minute match.After two easy matches in the group stages, it was a good workout for the 22-year-old, who will take on two-time All England champion Tine Baun of Denmark. Baun progressed after her opponent, Sayaka Sato of Japan, retired.Before Kashyap, the best performance from an Indian man came at Barcelona 1992, when Dipankar Bhattacharya made it to the pre-quarter finals.”I cannot express how happy I am,” said the 25-year-old Kashyap at the Wembley Arena.”It was a very tough match, tougher than what the scores suggest. I am happy that I was able to keep my concentration and focus. I never imagined I would be in the quarter-finals of the Olympics. I am still hoping my parents will be able to come and see me play as they are waiting for their visas.”Interestingly, Kashyap is not too bothered even as he plays World No.1 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) next. “Right now I am not bothered about my opponent. It is the quarter-final of the Olympics and things get much tougher from now on,” he added.advertisementIn the first game, it was Niluka who raced to a 7-4 lead with some stinging smashes and delectable drops. Thereafter, Kashyap came into his own with powerful smashes to level the score at 9-all before jumping to a 17-11 lead. He eventually won the game 21-14.In the second game, Niluka did not give up. Realising that the Indian played at a fast pace, Niluka slowed down the game by engaging the Indian in long rallies.That resulted in Kashyap making unforced errors. Though the Hyderabadi managed to save eight game points, he went on to lose the game 15-21.There was no mistaking Kashyap’s superiority in the decider. He stepped up the pace with some scorching smashes and was the master at the net. He opened up an 8-3 lead and then sealed victory at 21-9.last_img read more

Ek Tha Tiger grosses Rs 155 crore

first_imgIf reports are to be believed, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger has grossed a whopping Rs 155 crore in just one week!  Seems like Salman Khan’s Tiger avatar could well be on its way to becoming the biggest Bollywood hit of all times.Incidentally, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office. Now, the trade is abuzz with the prediction that Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore very soon and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.The film released on August 15, 2012.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for Ek Tha Tiger. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.advertisementKatrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.last_img read more

Don’t write off Bhajji yet, says Kumble

first_imgHarbhajan Singh’s comeback at the World T20 was a mixed bag. He took four wickets against England, but was thrashed for 20 runs in two overs by the Australians.The attack by David Warner, coupled with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to stick to a seven batsmen- four bowler policy, saw Harbhajan sitting out of India’s remaining matches.But India’s highest Test wicket- taker Anil Kumble feels it would be foolish to count Harbhajan out. “You can never discard Harbhajan. He has more than 400 Test wickets to his name and he is only 31 or 32, which is the right age for a spinner to mature,” he said, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Tenvic Sports Academy at Ryan International School, Rohini.The chairman of the BCCI technical committee had words of praise for new spin spearhead R Ashwin.” Ashwin has matured a lot in the few matches he has played. On the international front, I think Graeme Swann is going great and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal is also doing wonders,” Kumble said.Another issue that has been a cause of much debate in Indian cricket of late is how long Sachin Tendulkar will carry on. The maestro himself told a TV channel that he will reassess his career in November as he thinks there is not much cricket left in him. Kumble, a former India captain, felt that that it would be tough for the team without Tendulkar. ” I can’t think of Indian cricket without him. I want to see him play,” he said.”It is never easy to call it a day when you are playing for so long.”advertisementlast_img read more