Ask Goa govt. to prove majority: Congress

first_imgClaiming that the BJP-led government in Goa has collapsed and it has lost the trust of the people, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) led by Chandrakant Kavlekar on Tuesday urged Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to summon a day-long session of the Assembly and direct the ruling coalition to take a floor test. Addressing the media outside the Raj Bhavan after meeting the Governor, Mr. Kavlekar said they have told her that the BJP-led alliance government will not be able to prove its majority and the Congress be given a chance to form the government.Deepening crisisThe current crisis has arisen after ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was last week airlifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for treatment. The BJP Central leadership is in the process of finding an alternative leader in the absence of Mr. Parrikar, even as allies are demanding a permanent solution to the issue. Some allies are even eyeing the Chief Ministerial post. “When the government is falling they try to dissolve the House, or impose President’s Rule or keep the Assembly in suspended animation.They have done this before,” said Mr. Kavlekar, explaining the apprehension of the Congress. “We requested the Governor that if they ask you to do these things, you should not concur . An election should not be imposed on people in one and a half years and if the present government is not capable [of continuing], we know it is not capable, then they should give us the opportunity,” he said.He claimed that Governor Sinha heard the 15-MLA-strong delegation (MLA Reginaldo Lourenco is now out of Goa) and sought three or four days for her to get back to them. The Congress is the single largest party with 16 MLAs in the 40-member House. The NCP which has one MLA, Churchill Alemao, on Tuesday told the media that he will support the Congress.last_img read more

AAP rebels to start ‘Insaaf March’ against Punjab govt.

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party’s rebel group in Punjab, led by MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, has decided to start an ‘Insaaf March’ from December 8 against the ruling Congress government to highlight its alleged failures.Lok Insaaf Party president Simarjeet Singh Bains and the Punjab Manch, headed by suspended AAP MP from Patiala Dharamvira Gandhi, have also decided to participate in the March that would start from Talwandi Sabo and culminate at Patiala on December 16.‘Denying justice’“The ruling Congress like its predecessors, the Akalis, is trying to deny justice on the burning issue of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and the Behbal Kalan killings. It is over three years now and not even a constable has been punished for killing two Sikhs in the broad daylight shoot-out of 2015,” alleged Mr. Khaira here at a joint press conference. He alleged that the SIT questioning Akali Dal leaders Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal was just an eyewash.Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Bains said that the aim of ‘Insaaf March’ would be to save the ‘Kissani-Jawani’ (farming-youth) of the State by highlighting the woes of farmers and youth who were totally disillusioned by the Congress government.“Farmers and farm labourers are struggling under debts and committing suicides in large numbers each day. More than 550 small and marginal farmers have committed suicide in the 20 months of the Congress regime,” they said.They added that the ‘Har Ghar Naukri’ scheme of Capt. Amarinder Singh has flopped. “Unemployment coupled with drugs is leading to anarchy, chaos and multifold increase in crime in Punjab.” New party next monthMr. Khaira and seven other rebels may launch a new party next month, the former indicated. The three leaders said the new party would contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls if they get the people’s mandate. They will seek this mandate at a meeting in Patiala next month, a press release said.Mr. Khaira said that if the people gave their go-ahead, they would form a new party and forge a “grand alliance” with like-minded parties and individuals.Mr. Khaira and seven other AAP MLAs rebelled in July when the party replaced him as Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Clean sweep by BJP in Haryana mayoral polls

first_imgThe ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday made a clean sweep in the mayoral elections to five municipal corporations in Haryana. Votes for the positions of five Mayors and seven municipal bodies, including two municipal committees, were cast on Sunday.Despite a decisive victory for the positions of Mayors, the BJP failed to secure a simple majority in Hisar and Rohtak municipal corporations, winning seven and eight wards respectively. It, however, swept the Panipat municipal corporation winning 22 of the 26 wards. Independents ruled the roost in two municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi (Fatehabad) and Pundri (Kaithal), winning all the wards.BJP’s Mayor candidate Avneet Kaur registered victory with the highest margin of 74,940 votes defeating her nearest rival and Independent candidate Anshu Kaur Pahwa, supported by Congress leader Balbir Pal Shah. Though the Congress officially stayed out of the elections, the party’s local leaders supported the Independent candidates in all the five cities.Pitted against the united Opposition, BJP candidate Renu Bala Gupta, a Baniya, faced a tough fight from Indian National Lok Dal-Bahujan Samaj Party’s alliance candidate Asha Wadhwa, a Punjabi, also supported by the Congress leaders. Ms. Bala polled 69,960 votes to romp home with a margin of 9,348 votes in a keenly-fought contest. Caste politics seemed to take precedence over local issues in Karnal, represented by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Vidhan Sabha, with the saffron party releasing a full-page controversial advertisement in major Hindi dailies in the city on December 16, the day of voting, pleading with the Punjabi community to vote for the party.In Hisar, BJP’s Gautam Sardana defeated Rekha Aren, supported by local Congress leaders, with over 28,000 votes. Similarly, Madan Singh of the BJP trounced his nearest rival Rakesh Kumar, supported by the Congress leaders, by 40,678 votes in Yamunanagar.Fought on the home turf of two-time former Congress Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Rohtak, the electoral battle between BJP’s Manmohan Goyal and Independent candidate Sita Ram Sachdeva, ended in victory for the former with a margin of 14,776 votes.Mr. Sachdeva claimed he was supported by Mr. Hooda and his son Deepender Hooda.A reason to cheerComing on the heels of the loss in the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, the victory gave the saffron party reason to cheer, indicating that it had its traditional urban vote bank intact, but political analysts cautioned that the win was a “forgone conclusion” with the presence of an overwhelming number of Punjabi voters in the five cities. The results showed the Congress suffered because of in-fighting and the INLD appeared weakened after the recent split.last_img read more

Jammu & Kashmir may release ailing JeI cadre

first_imgThe Jammu & Kashmir administration is considering the release of “ailing and aged” Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) members on surety bonds, a day after the its schools, mosques and orphanages were spared of any seizure.A top police official told The Hindu that “a number of cases of those who are ailing and aged are being considered for release against a surety bond. A list is being prepared for consideration on health grounds.”Over 300 JeI members, including senior cadre above the age of 70-years-old, were rounded up after the JeI was banned for five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on February 28 in a decision moved by the Union Cabinet.Most of the JeI cadre arrested have no FIRs pending in any militancy-related cases in Kashmir, according to a police report on the charges levelled against them. J&K government spokesperson Rohit Kansal on Sunday evening said that “action was being taken only against the offices, assets, properties and other equipment of the banned organisation, and not schools.”Contesting the government claims, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, a traders body, alleged that “the authorities have already arrested teachers, students in the drive and those who run orphanages. The mosques have been kept open but those leading the prayers were put behind the bars,” said their spokesperson.Meanwhile, Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) has welcomed the government decision to keep JeI’s educational institutes outside the ambit of sealing. “The decision will save career of around one lakh students. The State was at the brink of an educational disaster after the reports of sealing of educational institutes run by JeI’s Falah-e-Aam Trust,” said G.N. Var, chairman of the PSAJKJ.Kashmir Economic Alliance, another traders’ body, has called for a shutdown on Tuesday against the ban, and attempts to tamper with Article 35A.last_img read more

Melting glaciers’ fizzing bubbles lead to noisy seas

first_imgGlaciers may look tranquil and majestic, but when they start melting they can make a real racket. A new study shows that as a glacier’s ice melts, bubbles of pressurized ancient air escape into the water, leading to noise levels even louder than those beneath rain-pounded seas heaving with 6-meter waves. Data gathered by underwater sensors at three sites where glaciers meet the sea (including a yearlong deployment of instruments in Icy Bay, Alaska, shown) reveal that the noise persists year-round and is loudest at frequencies between 1 and 3 kilohertz, more or less the pitches in a piano’s two uppermost octaves, the researchers reported online this week in Geophysical Research Letters. Melting glaciers sound a bit like radio static or white noise; click above to listen to a melting glacier. The team’s experiments suggest that the noise isn’t caused by bubbles rising through water or popping when they reach the surface. Instead, the main source of the clamor occurs when bubbles disengage from the melting glacier and suddenly spring back into their original spherical shapes after thousands of years of being squeezed by the ice. The new study offers hope that scientists could monitor the melting rates of tidewater glaciers simply by measuring underwater noise in the fjords. The findings may also explain why harbor seal populations are declining in fjords whose glaciers have retreated onto land: Without the acoustic camouflage provided by the bubble-induced din, the seals may have a harder time evading their main predator, the killer whale.last_img read more

Senators Harris and Booker to Address First-ever Summit of Indian-American Politicians

first_imgIndian-origin senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker will present keynote remarks at the inaugural Impact Summit 2018, the first-ever national gathering of Indian-American political leaders. All four Indian-American Congressmen – Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamoorthi – are scheduled to attend and give opening and closing remarks at the summit to be held in Washington DC on June 7Read it at Financial Express Related Itemslast_img

Thai Police to Press Charges Against Schools Over Alleged Fake Visa Conspiracy

first_imgThe police in Thailand are soon going to press charges against many international and language schools for allegedly forging visa documents on behalf of foreigners, Bangkok Post reported.The schools that will be charged are said to have plotted with Thai brokers as well as a group of immigration police officers. They offered student visas to people who allegedly had no wish to study in Thailand, Tourist Police Deputy Commissioner Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakpal said, according to the report.“We now know who the brokers and police officers are and are going to act against the schools,” he was quoted as saying by the publication. Students having non-immigrant visas, known as ED visa, are permitted to live in Thailand on a yearly basis, Hakpal explained.The non-immigrant ED (educational) visa is issued to applicants who wish to study, attend a seminar, training session, or internship in Thailand. The validity of the visa is three months, and the holder is entitled to stay in Thailand for a maximum period of 90 days. The person can apply for an extension of stay and can be granted an extension for a period of one year from the date of first entry into Thailand.According to investigators, several people are registered in these schools as a front. They would hardly ever attend any classes, and the police are now well aware about this practice. They have cautioned the schools to not advertise themselves as “visa changing sites,” Hakpal added.He said that his agency is now making arrangements to have a meeting with education officials to discuss measures that can help prevent foreigners from exploiting legal loopholes in a bid to stay in Thailand illegally. So far, the Tourist Police have arrested 1,088 suspects in Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigners conducted by them for over a year.The police crackdowns revealed that a number of foreign criminals possessed education visas allegedly obtained in an illegal manner so that the suspects could stay in Thailand for a longer period.The Thai Police on April 26 searched 118 spots across the country in a nationwide raid for illegal immigrants and arrested 99 foreigners. Among those arrested were nationals from India, Myanmar, Germany and Laos, the Bangkok Post reported. More emphasis was laid on international schools because foreigners staying illegally in Thailand most often approached these schools as language teachers, Hakpal was then quoted as saying. The most common charge against the arrested foreign nationals is overstaying in Thailand after expiry of their visas. Related ItemsThailandlast_img read more

Rename West Bengal as Bangla, says Trinamool Congress

first_imgThe Trinamool has reiterated the long-pending demand of the West Bengal government to rename the State as Bangla.The matter has been pending with the Union government since July 2018.Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Rajya Sabha member of the party, raised the issue during Zero Hour on Thursday. Mr. Ray said no geographical territory known as East Bengal ever existed officially. “The word Bangla or the territory called Bangla is believed to have been derived from Banga, a Dravidian tribe that settled in the region in 1000 BCE,” he said.In July 2018, the West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution recommending the name change. The Union Home Ministry, which is the arbitrator in this issue, has not taken any step on the issue.last_img

Bengal man’s death sparks political row

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday alleged that a 28-year-old man was killed by Trinamool activists at Swarupganj in Nabadwip block in West Bengal’s Nadia district for being a supporter of the BJP. “A youngster named Krishna Debnath was brutally murdered by Trinamool goons for supporting BJP and chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. [Chief Minister] Mamata Banerjee’s bloodthirsty politics will soon see its end,” BJP MP and Union Minister for State Babul Supriyo tweeted. The Trinamool said the death had nothing to do with politics. “Trinamool has no connection with the incident,” said gram panchayat chief Sirajul Sheikh. He said the man was drunk and he reportedly misbehaved with a woman, prompting some residents to beat him up.A police officer of the district, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that a complaint had been registered on the basis of allegations of the family. The police had, prima facie, ruled out any political connection to the murder, the officer added. “Krishna Debnath was attacked late in the evening on July 3 when he was returning home,” the police said in a statement. “Later, he was found in pool of blood near a local club. He was rushed to Shantinagar Hospital locally. His health deteriorated and he was referred to NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata where he died on Friday. On Saturday, local BJP leadership held a road blockade with the body in the area.” the police added.last_img read more

National Register of Citizens: Centre wants to publicise NRC exercise through music videos, films

first_imgThe Union government wants to showcase and publicise the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise through music videos and films. The office of the NRC Coordinator has invited bids to film the process for which it will “share data” with private creative agencies.The documentary will include “the verification processes undertaken across the State, interviews of [the] public and interviews of officials involved in NRC work,” the Request for Proposal (RFP) says. Stating the purpose for floating the RFP, the office of NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said, “NRC update is an extremely huge exercise without any precedence and it is imperative that adequate documentation of the process is carried out. Such documentation also needs to be done in formats which are to be understood and have the ability to record the elaborate and IT-intensive nature of the exercise.”The RFP added that the State Coordinator, NRC “accordingly intends to get a proper audio-visual documentation of the NRC Update Project.”The RFP said the language of the documentaries will be English with versions in Hindi and Assamese. “Sub-titles for interviews and other written material will also have to be in English while Hindi and Assamese language will be used for the respective language version,” it said.Around 1,200 employees of software major Wipro have provided the IT backup to the project.The NRC exercise in Assam — under the supervision of the Supreme Court — is one of the most keenly watched processes in the country as several lakh people will be rendered Stateless once the final list is published.The SC has asked the list to be published by July 31 but the Centre and the State have moved the Court seeking “sample re-verification” in areas bordering Bangladesh. Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai while replying to a question on the NRC in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday said there would be “some delay in finalising the NRC” as the government does not want genuine citizens to be left out or any illegal immigrant to be included. The SC is yet to respond to Centre’s petition for sample re-verification. Hearings under wayAround 41 lakh people have been excluded from the draft NRC lists published in July 2018 and June this year. Around 36 lakh have filed claims against their exclusion and objections have been filed against two lakh inclusions. The hearings for these claims and objections are underway at various NRC centres.NRC first published in Assam in 1951 is being updated as per directions of the SC to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who have illegally entered the State from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.last_img read more

Man stumbles upon treasure while digging

first_imgA man digging the foundations for his home here on Thursday stumbled upon a treasure trove of jewellery worth atleast ₹25 lakh, but the police say he can’t keep it. The police seized the jewellery — 650 gm of gold and 4.53 kg of silver ornaments — as it appeared to be over 100 years old and could be of archaeological significance, Hardoi Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said.‘No relevant papers’ “It was seized as the person in whose possession it was found had no relevant papers,” said Mr. Priyadarshi. The police learn about the jewellery after information about the find spread in the village. The man, who found the jewellery, first denied the incident but later admitted having unearthed it, they said.Treasure Trove Act Any jewellery or costly item dug out from earth is legally termed “treasure” and is governed by the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878. Under Section 4 of the Act, the finder of a “treasure” is supposed to apprise the district revenue officer either on his own or on receiving a notice. The finder is also required to deposit his find either with the district revenue officials or undertake to produce it before authorities when required.last_img read more

Project for reducing weight of school bags in Rajasthan

first_imgOffering an innovative solution to the problem of students having to carry heavy school bags, a pilot project was launched here on Wednesday for reducing the number of textbooks by two-thirds in government schools in accordance with the subject trimester. Rajasthan is the first State to take such an initiative.Inaugurating the project at a senior secondary school in Vatika, Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasara said the students would be required to carry one book instead of several ones on the same subject. One school each in the State’s 33 districts has been selected for the exercise to reduce children’s burden on an experimental basis.Mr. Dotasara said the weight of old books for students of Class One was 900 grams, which would be reduced to 400 grams, while the weight of books for classes till five would be reduced from 5.9 kg to 2.2 kg. The Minister also distributed new books to the school children.The project, if found successful, will be implemented in the entire State for Classes 1 to 12 in partnership with Piramal Foundation. Mr. Dotasara also asked private schools to adopt the initiative.Rajasthan Council of School Education’s Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Borad said the school curriculum would be re-crafted on the pattern of trimester in order to divide the books accordingly, keeping in view the component of weight of the bag. “For instance, a student of Class 5 will carry one book with four subjects, instead of four books,” he said.Textbooks teamThe Education Department had recently set up a team which worked on crafting the textbooks for Classes 1 to 5, while ensuring that the books became more joyful and were able to engage the students more effectively. With the team’s exercise, the State government has succeeded in reducing the weight of books by two-thirds.last_img read more

Odisha hit by over nine lakh lightning strikes this year

first_imgFive States accounted for half of the lightning strikes in India in 2019, led by Odisha with 9,37,462 or about 16% of the cloud-to-ground strikes. This is among the findings of an analysis of lightning strikes in India — the most widespread killer among natural calamities — from January to August by the private weather agency Skymet. There were 20 million lightning strikes in that period, with 72% of them being instances of ‘in-cloud’ lightning. In-cloud strikes result from a friction in a cloud, whereas the cloud-to-ground ones, which are responsible for deaths, happen when electric charges travel to the ground. Odisha account for nearly 7,00,000 more total lightning strikes than the second placed West Bengal, though it had only 3,50,000 more of the cloud-to-ground strikes. Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh accounted for the rest.Peak activity in June June saw the most lightning flashes — 56,04,214 — during the first eight months of 2019, which is when the monsoon sets in. Temperatures are extremely hot during June, ranging from 32 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. A rise in lightning activity begins in May, peaks in June and tapers by August.Skymet makes its assessment based on 1,700 sensors spread across the country and claims to send alerts 45 minutes before “dangerous lightning” strikes an area.According to the National Crime Records Bureau, there were 8,684 deaths in the country due to causes “attributable to forces of nature” during 2016. Of them, 38.2% deaths were due to “lightning”, 15.4% to “heat and sun stroke” and 8.9% due to “floods”.A more recent report from the Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council ( CROPC) that relies on the India Meteorological Department’s lightning forecasts analysed lightning patterns and deaths this year from April 1 to July 31. Most deaths in U.P.Uttar Pradesh registered the maximum number of deaths, 224, followed by Bihar, 170, Odisha, 129, and Jharkhand, 118.Varied coping mechanisms and grades of infrastructure determine the level of casualty from lightning in the States. For instance, the CROPC report says, Odisha had the highest number of strikes, 9 lakh-plus, and 129 deaths.But Uttar Pradesh had 300 strikes and 200 deaths.last_img read more

RoS import vows to play better after lack of aggressive play vs Kia

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Though Bullock’s statline was still decent compared to his counterparts, coach Caloy Garcia expressed his displeasure for what he felt was lack of aggressiveness from his new reinforcement, as he only earned six free throws for the game.READ: Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of KiaFEATURED 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“Our import took too much outside shots. He only started attacking the basket in the last six minutes of the game and that’s the only time we started getting to the line. I was surprised that he was not able to get to the stripe during the first half, so I just told him in the fourth quarter to head to the line,” said the youthful mentor.The 30-year-old Bullock understand his coach’s concenr and vowed to adjust better for Rain or Shine’s next game. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The style of play here is what I got to be able to adjust to. I was fortunate to have this game right now so I can adjust and make the adjustments this week,” he said, as the Elasto Painters gear up for TNT next Sunday. “Life’s a challenge. I accept all challenges and we’ll just see what happens.”What Bullock’s glad about, though, is helping Rain or Shine finally break out of its slump and level its standing at 2-2, even if it came against a lowly foe like the Picanto.“Even though it wasn’t the best team in the league, it’s still a win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybelles J’Nathan Bullock. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEven J’Nathan Bullock admitted his debut game for Rain or Shine on Sunday was far from advertised.“It wasn’t my best performance, but we were able to still get the win,” he said after posting 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in the Elasto Painters’ 94-86 win over Kia.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters 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

Mayweather-McGregor winner to get gaudy Money Belt from WBC

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor aren’t just fighting for money in the boxing spectacle of the summer.The winner also gets The Money Belt.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Perlas’ bid for gold ends in loss to Malaysia LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The World Boxing Council has created a special prize for this weekend’s 154-pound showdown, which isn’t actually for any real WBC championship.Instead, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on Wednesday revealed the gloriously blingy Money Belt, which is studded with 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds and 1 1/2 kilograms of 24-karat gold on green Italian alligator leather.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 shutoutSulaiman grinningly showed off the Money Belt and Mayweather posed for photos with it after a news conference for Saturday’s show.The WBC also created a similarly shiny monstrosity for Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather was a longtime WBC champion before his retirement. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system. That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable.Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”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 shutoutSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.” Most traditional sports treat the rules with reverence, only occasionally tinkering around the edges. Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.” Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets In this photo taken by LAUREL Photo Services on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (David Aliaga/LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games — known as esports — at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Astros win 1st World Series crown, top Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy named this year after Willie Mays for the first time.Altuve, one of four carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Stadium from the get-go.Normally a starter, Charlie Morton finished up with four stellar innings of relief for the win.“We held down a really tough lineup,” Morton said. “For my teammates, for the city of Houston, it’s just unbelievable.”Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Irving, Celtics beat skidding Kings for 6th straight 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 Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.“I always believed that we could make it,” All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said. “We did this for them.”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 shutoutFor a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off an ineffective Yu Darvish. Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.Well, except for everyone wearing bright orange. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. APLOS ANGELES — From laughingstock to lift off.George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Springer hit his fifth homer — tying the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley — when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second.That was plenty for Houston manager A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game, and began a bullpen parade of four relievers that kept the lead as the Astros overcame a shaky postseason bullpen .“I knew yesterday I didn’t have much,” McCullers said. “I knew I didn’t have much to give other than to gut it out as long as I could.”Forever known for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses, these Astros will be remembered as champions, finally, in their 56th season.The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Teams from the Lone Star State had won most every major crown — Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, championships in college football, and men’s and women’s hoops — except the World Series.Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel and more, and boosted by the slick trade for Justin Verlander, general manager Jeff Luhnow completed the ascent that some predicted.Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 — after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight years — that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and featured a picture of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Championship Series. The Astros joined the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a pair of Game 7s in the same year.For the Dodgers, the quest to win a Series for the first time since 1988 fell short. They led the majors with 104 wins and a $240 million payroll, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson or manager Dave Roberts.Longtime ace Clayton Kershaw provided four shutout innings of relief for Los Angeles, but it was too late. What the Dodgers really needed was a better starter than Darvish, someone more like the lefty who tossed out a ceremonial first ball: the great Sandy Koufax. After Springer lined a leadoff double, Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger threw past Darvish for an error, allowing a run to score. Bregman aggressively stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder, and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.A double by Marwin Gonzalez helped set up perhaps McCullers’ biggest contribution, a slow grounder for his first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for home runs. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.Only once have the Dodgers clinched a crown at home, that coming in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to finish a sweep. They’ve never won Game 7 of the Fall Classic at their own park, dating more than a century ago to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Stadium was left to repeat the sad, but hopeful cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.Just 106 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View commentslast_img read more