FIRED UP: Indian fans go franticI have a favour to ask of you – can you take me to meet Tendulkar?” Aziz, a practising paramedic in Lahore, is at the Gaddafi Stadium looking for a ticket to the warm-up match that marks the Indian cricket team’s first day out in,FIRED UP: Indian fans go franticI have a favour to ask of you – can you take me to meet Tendulkar?” Aziz, a practising paramedic in Lahore, is at the Gaddafi Stadium looking for a ticket to the warm-up match that marks the Indian cricket team’s first day out in Pakistan. Twenty-four hours later it is Adnan who asks to be introduced to Sachin Tendulkar. A chubby chartered accountant, he got close enough to take a picture of the superstar as he swept through the lobby of the Pearl Continental, Lahore, surrounded by local Schwarzeneggers. They are members of the Elite Squad, one of the six branches of security guarding the Indians, which include the Tiger Squad on motorcycles and the Mujahid Police in jeeps. The Elite can be recognised by their tight black T-shirts that have the words “No Fear” sprawled across barn-door-broad backs and they gesture threateningly at anyone approaching within 10 ft of an Indian cricketer.Neither Aziz nor Adnan care that meeting Tendulkar is not simple. As a teenager, Tendulkar once wore a burqa to go to a movie with the girl he eventually married, so on a tour which has politicians, bureaucrats, security men and cricket administrators walking on eggshells, it is not like he can be yelled out to and hailed to meet his faithful. They will keep reaching out as it has been a long time since he came this close.As the Indian team’s first full tour of Pakistan in 14 years got under way, so did a balancing act: between the distances of history and the proximities of personal warmth, between individual abilities and collective achievement, between what the Indian cricket team can do and what they eventually will.It appears too much for a group of young men with slowly forming features and totally unformed political philosophies. They are on surer footing with the business of bat and ball. So on arrival in Lahore, when India captain Sourav Ganguly turned over the first loaded question (“It has been 14 years since the last full tour of the Indian team. Who do you blame for this delay?”) to manager Ratnakar Shetty, it was early acknowledgement that this tour will require expertise of all kinds to go smoothly.The players can just about control what they do on the field for cricket is a game of fractions. The fractious game between two governments is not for them but unwittingly they are part of it. The day before the Indian team landed in Lahore, Pakistan test-fired its Shaheen II missile which, a newspaper declared, had “entire India in Pak strike range”. The cricketers can’t be expected to know whether their tour will end up as a mere blip or a long beam of light. What they will know is what they are made of-and we will know too.”Goodwill is all very well, but we have come here to win.” Sourav Ganguly, India CaptainSourav Ganguly on arrival in LahoreTendulkar led an Indian team on a bad-tempered, one-week-long tour of three one-day games in 1997, too introverted a man to handle a job requiring a certain expansiveness or brazenness of personality. His successor has both. Ganguly may have never had to tap so often into his diplomatic skills, but if there is anything he knows how to do outside of cricket, it is to single out even the most unimportant and make them feel included. In the hotel, he held back the security platoon to sign autographs and pose for pictures and then headed for the coffee shop, telling the fans that he would do more of the same once he had seen a bit more of their country.There is none of the deathly earnest, po-faced frenzy around cricket in Pakistan that is common currency in India, maybe only because there is just more er… currency in Indian cricket. The departure from Delhi-a meeting with the prime minister, children waving tricolours, “khel main bhi toh jeetna hai, dil bhi jeetna hai (you have to win the game and hearts too”, Vajpayee’s signed message on a bat presented to the cricketers)-looked a little overcooked in Lahore. The series is so far consigned to the sports pages of the Pakistani newspapers while bulletins on PTV sandwich the Indian tour between news of the Olympic hockey qualifiers and footage from Pakistan’s weightlifting team’s camp for the SAF Games in Islamabad.Wasim Bari, Pakistan chairman of selectors, tried to take the heat off his fast bowlers, saying the series was not just about Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Sami but team effort. Indian team coach John Wright put it back on, remarking in his deceptively quiet way that the Indians had come to Pakistan with nothing to lose and it was probably going to be easier for them playing Pakistan away from home. Former fast bowler Aaquib Javed was ready to call the scorelines as 3-2 if not 4-1 to Pakistan in the one-dayers with the Tests being drawn as the Indian bowling was “weak”. When the game begins, though, temperatures will rise and it is then that men like Bari and Wright and cooler heads on both teams will come into play.For the moment the pre-series jousting is a welcome sound for the Pakistan Cricket Board to the accompaniment of the ringing of cash registers. It has been two hard years after September 11 with the West Indies and Australia refusing to tour. As long as there is no talk about boycotts, all other quirks and disputes are fine. In Pakistan, these go with the territory. IT’S SHOWTIME: Pakistanis queue up for tickets as security men watchThe PCB’s headquarters are housed in a stadium named after a military dictator, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, because he was a buddy of Z.A. Bhutto. But Pakistan also has the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, the only one in world cricket named after a poet. Abdul Qadir declares Pakistan cricket will always be unpredictable because the players don’t listen to anyone. It is business as usual. Finally the Indians are here and the past can be forgotten.”Enough is enough,” Tahir Kardar told a radio reporter. “We have to move on.” Kardar, an ex-army man spent two years in an Indian jail after the 1971 war, and now waits to see his favourite Indian who, in an unmalicious, unintended pun, he calls, “Siachen”.On the street, the eagerness to be liked and appreciated by the noisy visitors from next door is almost childlike. The “cricket visa” causes delighted backward leaps: restaurateurs fall into old-worldly bows and cell-phone connections come with discounts, discussions on the economy and tea. Think about it: this is friendliness being extended to the citizens from a country whose most familiar current export is Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. A man at the ground reads a paper and looks up at assorted Indians around him with a puzzled frown. “Who is this Pravin Togadia?” he asks. The Indians mumble a vague reply. After all, there is such a thing as too much information.It is safer to talk about cricket. Aziz the paramedic is Tendulkar’s fan because, he beams, “He’s like me.” Aziz is 5ft 4in like his hero. What if he is Indian, he is standing up for short guys all over the world. As they say here around the clock, welcome to Pakistan.advertisementadvertisement
The clamour for accountability and transparency that is sweeping the nation has finally come knocking at the doors of the Lok Sabha. The ethics committee on Tuesday will kick start the deliberations on the need to make its MPs declare their business interests.The idea to make the MPs accountable and transparent in the discharge of their parliamentary duties was mooted by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar after she received a representation from an NGO working towards electoral reforms.With the demography of Parliament changing over the years given the fact that more businessmen are being elected to both the Houses, it has become imperative that the MPs declare information regarding any financial interest or other benefits they receive which might influence their professional conduct including his speech or votes.It is learnt that the proposal before the 15-member ethics committee, which is headed by Maharastra Congress MP Manikrao Hodlya Gavit, suggests that the Lok Sabha should maintain a Register of Interests. The MPs would be directed to disclose their financial interests, in their profession, other employment, company share holdings, if any, gifts and hospitality received, sponsorships and consultancies, and family members’ sources of income, among other things in the register.Once these checks and balances are in place, it will bar MPs from becoming members of parliamentary committees that undertake subjects where they have business, financial, personal or direct interests.There are many democratic countries throughout the world that have proviso for declaring business interests . The Rajya Sabha already has in place this code of conduct for its MPs since 2006. But, the House of Elders has not made it mandatory for every MP to declare their business interests.advertisementThe Rajya Sabha MPs are supposed to declare their remunerative directorship, shareholding, paid consultancy and other engagements which get them material benefits, apart from their profession.Surprisingly, many Rajya Sabha MPs were able to find a place on parliamentary committees, despite having a conflict of interest, according to the Register of Interests maintained by the House.According to information revealed in 2011 through an RTI application moved by NGO Association for Democratic Reforms, at least five MPs were part of the standing committee on finance despite having business interests. Among them were Vijay Darda, Y. P. Trivedi, pharmaceutical baron Mahendra Prasad, liquor distributor Sambasiva Rayapati Rao and Nishikant Dubey.It was also revealed that of the 232 Rajya Sabha MPs, 140 had declared that they had no financial interest. The remaining 92 MPs had declared their interests in the register.However, there is no mechanism to crosscheck the information disclosed or held back, which is why many MPs get away. For instance, a few years back an MP did not disclose that she was advocating for buying a product through an advertisement and was simultaneously on a parliamentary committee that would take up a similar topic.Earlier, Jairam Ramesh, during his stint as environment minister, had blown the whistle by writing letters to presiding officers of both the Houses, seeking restrain on MPs’ unethical behaviour. Ramesh, who is now rural development minister, had said the MPs were lobbying for companies’ interest or environment projects’ clearances.Though the matters were referred to ethics committees of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for suggestions on possible action, Ramesh, intriguingly, did a Uturn requesting the matter be treated as closed.
The heritage wing of Taragarh Palace situated at the foothills of the Dhauladhar rangesNestled in the shadow of the snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges, surrounded by the pungent aroma of camphor wood of the Himalayan jungle and verdant tea gardens, the present merges seamlessly into the past as you step into this,The heritage wing of Taragarh Palace situated at the foothills of the Dhauladhar rangesNestled in the shadow of the snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges, surrounded by the pungent aroma of camphor wood of the Himalayan jungle and verdant tea gardens, the present merges seamlessly into the past as you step into this piece of little-explored heaven.The magnificent view, the lush setting and the colonial aura take you back to an era when time moved at a leisurely pace. Welcome to Taragarh estate, the summer house of my ancestors which has now become “home” for me and my wife Chitrangada.Originally called Alhilal or “Land of the Crescent Moon” it was built by the Nawab of Bahawalpur in the early 1930s. Taragarh got its present name from my grandmother Maharani Tara Devi, after it was acquired by my father Karan Singh in 1950. Comprising three main bungalows and several outhouses on a beautifully landscaped 15-acre estate, it was the perfect summer retreat.Vikramaditya Singh with Chitrangada at the polo groundOne of my earliest memories of Taragarh is of driving from Jammu with a group of classmates, including Tikka Shatrujit Singh, from Modern School. It was the Dusshera holidays and I had just learnt to drive. We travelled the 250 km to Taragarh in Himachal Pradesh in a 1967 convertible Chevrolet Impala, on what used to be a single lane country road. The views were stunning, the drive exhilarating.Now a heritage hotel, Taragarh remains true to its past while embracing the modern. Over years of restoration we have managed to maintain this harmony. The new section, called the palace wing, was opened in March this year. Designed by the husband-wife architect team of Vasant and Revathy Kamath it preserves the spirit of the estate. Elaborate chandeliers co-exist with modern fittings to create a unique opulence.The elegant Rajmata SuiteBright Buddhist paintings greet you in the main hallway of the hotel. Skins of tigers shot by my grandfather Hari Singh in Madhya Pradesh in the early 1920s and huge paintings of the big cat stand testimony to the adventurous spirit of a bygone era when hunting was the favourite sport of the royals. The Italian leather screen at one end stands out with its striking embellished surface.Pictures of the Kashmir royal family adorn the main lounge in the heritage wing. The restored furniture, the elegant blue Oslar chandelier and the antiques that dot the room give it a plush feel. Lined with portraits of the erstwhile rulers of Kashmir, the Burma teak-panelled Cigar Lounge is the place for a quiet smoke and a relaxing game of billiards.The portrait of Raja Gulab Singh stands proudly over the mantelpiece and the silver stags and antique lamps stand out in the uncluttered ambience. Our family crest can be seen on the doors of the main dining hall.The Cigar LoungeThe regal splendour of the expansive Rajmata Suite, with its rich carpeting, colonial furniture and antique decor, gives a taste of what stately living is all about. Of the eight suites at Taragarh, the four in the heritage wing are called the Royal Suites while the other four in the palace wing are the Polo View Suites.Some of the rooms overlook the polo ground and one has a view of the pool. The wide verandahs provide the right setting for some quiet moments. The carefully maintained heritage feel spills out to the courtyard where the fountain forms the centrepiece of the lawn. Seats with stone carvings dot the serene expanse. The tree-lined -secluded trails around the estate beckon you for long leisurely walks and a communion with nature.Being a sportsperson myself, it was obvious that this aspect had to be incorporated into the Taragarh estate. Those looking for a spot of action should head for the rolling greens of the polo ground. Not part of the original estate it is now an integral part of the Taragarh experience.Two years ago we organised an arena polo tournament that attracted many enthusiasts. Horses are brought up to Taragarh every summer and one can enjoy a ride along the lovely jungle trails in the area. Swimming (only in summer as the pool is not heated), tennis and badminton are some of the other activities that one can indulge in.Map of Royal circuitAfter living in the hotel for eight years, we decided to restore another housewithin the Taragarh estate that was partly destroyed by fire in the ’70s. This charming des res was originally built by the Nawab of Bahawalpur, a colourful personality, for his French mistress. We named the house Ayeshmuquam (Abode of Pleasure), after a Sufi mosque near Pahalgam.Chitrangada and I love to explore the areas around Taragarh that make for great drives and family picnics. A 20-minute drive in the mountains through beautiful pine forests take you to the Palpung, Tashijong or Bir monasteries. These have Buddhist research centres and house some spectacular Tibetan religious and other artifacts.The Shiva temple at BaijnathFor the more serious trekkers, there are also professionally organized treks in the region, which last from four to 15 days. You can trek through the breathtaking Chamba valley into the adjoining Kishtwar region or to Kullu Valley across the Barabanghal glacier.I still remember the visit of Camilla Parker-Bowles, now Duchess of Cornwall, to Taragarh in the early ’90s, when she spoke of how much she enjoyed the nature walks in the area. Hollywood star Harrison Ford was also among the many guests we were privileged to host.One of my favourite spots in the surrounding mountains is Billing. This one-and-a-half-hour drive takes you through some of the most beautiful rhododendron and cedar forests. This is also a popular spot for the hang gliding and paragliding competitions held every year in October-November.The main lounge of the heritage wing with antiques and an Oslar chandelierAbout 30 minutes away from Taragarh is the village of Andretta, which was home to the famous Punjabi artist in the 1950-60s, Sardar Sobha Singh. Maharani Tara Devi patronized his paintings and some of Sobha Singh’s best works are part of my father’s collection at the Amar Mahal Museum in Jammu.When Chitrangada and I first started visiting Taragarh estate in the early ’90s with the intention of setting up home here, we decided to take the blessings of the local gods and goddesses.Among other temples, we visited the Shiva Temple at Baijnath, which is home to some exquisite frescoes. I believe we were blessed by the gods since it is special to have such a lovely home and to have time to spend there, even more!with Deepanjali Kakatiadvertisementadvertisement
On the field or off the field, the master blaster always scores. On his 39th birthday on Tuesday, the little master was trending all over the social networking sites. The microblogging site twitter had #Happy Birthday SACHIN TENDULKAR trending at second place.While most of the tweets simply wished him a happy birthday, others went overboard. A cricket fan, Debadutta Nayak tweeted, “@sachin_rt has given finite value to GOD which even GOD could not do.” Anterpreet Singh tweeted, “Happy Birthday to the guy who defined cricket, greatness, and humbleness to me.” R Dhruvan wrote, “Happy Birthday SACHIN TENDULKAR.He is a big inspiration to every kid playing in gully. I was one of them!”Equating the little master to pure gold, Sandesh Kolgaonkar wrote, “on this Akshaya Tritiya, I wanna buy Gold but we are already having 100% pure gold ‘Sachin Tendulkar’.” There were also some tongue in cheek tweets like this one from Naomi Datta: “Happy birthday sachin tendulkar! What do you give a man who has everything? My vote goes to a much better hair stylist. Good luck with that.” Zalak tweeted, “It should be a National Holiday today.”
MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Work begins as Ravena inks max rookie deal with NLEX In the chief support also set for 10 rounds, Jeronil Borres (7-3-1, 5 KOs) tackles Robert Onggocan (9-2, 5 KOs) for the Asian Boxing Federation flyweight championship.Carlo Peñalosa tangles with Salatiel Amit (10-3-2) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver flyweight title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJapanese Yuko Henzan disputes the OPBF female bantamweight title against Thai Phannaluk Kongsang while Erika Hanawa, also of Japan, fights Thai Sornsawan Khunmarn for the interim OPBF minimum weight title.The convention is being hosted by Games and Amusements Board Chair Abraham Mitra, the OPBF president. Delegates from 17 countries are taking part in the event which started Thursday and ends Sunday. —ROY LUARCA MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout Five title fights will highlight the 55th Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation Annual Convention at Princesa Garden Island Resort in Palawan.Jelbirt Gomera of Gen. Santos City battles unbeaten Venezuelan Omrri Boliver for the interim featherweight crown in the 10-round main event at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
F2 Logistics is coming off a morale-boosting win over Petron in four sets last Saturday in Bacolod City before dominating Sta. Lucia Realty in straight sets on Tuesday, sending notice that it is serious in dethroning two-time Grand Prix champion Foton.Head coach Ramil de Jesus, however, said they have to take it one step at a time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We have to be careful because all teams are also preparing,” said de Jesus, who added overcoming Cocolife would not be a walk in the park.Veterans Tina Salak and Michele Gumabao will lead Cocolife. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Malditas save PH from shutout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Quiban gains share of Resorts World lead MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MALOLOS CITY—Surging F2 Logistics tries to stretch its early run when the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix rolls to Malolos Sports and Convention Center in this historic city.The Cargo Movers clash with Cocolife looking for their third straight win to keep in pace with unbeaten leader Foton (4-0), in a match that follows the doubleheader kickoff between Iriga City and Cignal.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View comments
‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Coach Mark Herrera put premium on familiarity in picking the little-known winger who he believes can be a difference maker for the Titans.“He’s fast and he’s an all-around player. He already played for me in NAASCU,” said Herrera, comparing his prized recruit to former PBA MVP Arwind Santos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGraham and hardworking big man Andre Paras will be tasked to carry the load for AMA as it aspires to make a breakthrough and reach the semifinals for the first time this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Nine of the 11 teams which participated in the draft proceedings filled their rosters with varsity players, leaving AMA, Marinerong Pilipino, and Mila’s Lechon to get first dibs at the top prospects in the neophyte pool. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AMA Online Education threw a curveball and nabbed Fil-Canadian forward Owen Graham as the first overall pick in the 2017 PBA D-League Draft Tuesday at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi’s debut? Spurs list Leonard as probable for Tuesday Second Round:AMA – Michael CañeteWangs – Jeo AmbohotBatangas – Sean NeriCEU – Pierce ChanZark’s – Jaycee MarcelinoGamboa – Raymond RubioJRU – Jed MendozaMarinero – Alvin PasaolChe’Lu – Jayson DavidMila’s – Jason CrisostomoGo for Gold – Edward DixonThird Round:AMA – Rocky AntonaresWangs – Christian BalagasayBatangas – Dan CorillaCEU – Arma DemigayaZark’s – Jayvee MarcelinoGamboa – Rafael RebugioJRU – Valery Patrick MvogoMarinero – Chester SalduaChe’Lu – JM CalmaMila’s – Bryle HeraduraGo for Gold – Clement LeutcheuFourth Round:AMA – Richard EscotoWangs – Fran YuBatangas – Jerome GarciaCEU – Rene PamaranZark’s – Reymar CaduyacGamboa – Joshua FontanillaJRU – Michael John PerezMarinero – Abu TratterChe’Lu – Alvin BaetiongMila’s – Jason LuzGo for Gold – Eric PiliFifth Round:AMA – Barkley EboñaWangs – Alex MandrezaBatangas – Juju BautistaZark’s – Niño IbañezGamboa – CJ CaturaJRU – Jarvy RamosMarinero – Vince TolentinoChe’Lu – Ian ValdezMila’s – Anton PosadasGo for Gold – Unique NaboaSixth Round:AMA – Domark MatillanoWangs – Bonbon BatillerBatangas – Jethro MendozaZark’s – Ralph TansingcoGamboa – RV JumaquiaoJRU – Junmark SilvarezMarinero – Luis BrillChe’Lu – Rob RicafortGo for Gold – JJ DomingoSeventh Round:AMA – Luke ParceroWangs – Christian FajaritoBatangas – Camillus AltamiranoZark’s – Spencer PrettaGamboa – Aeron DecanoJRU – Mark Christian YuMarinero – Franky JohnsonChe’Lu – Arvin TolentinoGo for Gold – Carlo YoungEighth Round:AMA – Juan Carlo GarciaWangs – Larry MuyangBatangas – Enjerico DiegoZark’s – Jeffrey SantosGamboa – Joseph PenaredondoJRU – Aaron De GuzmanMarinero – Justin YamzonGo for Gold – Amando San Juan IINinth Round:AMA – Harold NgWangs – Lance VacaroBatangas – Philip TampocZark’s – Kim CincoGamboa – Trevis JacksonJRU – Aldrien LoboGo for Gold – Lorenzo Mercado10th Round:AMA – Richard AbanesWangs – Javi Gomez De LiañoBatangas – John Paul MagullanoZark’s – Aldrich LiwagGamboa – Jerson PradoJRU – Dave TecsonGo for Gold – Frederick Pasturan11th Round:AMA – Jose EscalambreWangs – Michael PateBatangas – Adoum MbangZark’s – Edcor MarataGamboa – Reymark AcunoGo for Gold – Robert Enzo Ocampo Wangs Basketball-Letran picked Jerrick Balanza at second, Batangas-EAC went to Allan Richard Martin at third, CEU nabbed Keanu Caballero at fourth, Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum got CJ Perez at fifth, Gamboa-St. Clare selected Mohammed Pare at sixth, and JRU got Leonardo Esguerra at seventh.Marinerong Pilipino tabbed Fil-Am Kyle Toth at eight, Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian picked RK Ilagan at nine, Mila’s Lechon had Jose Romeo Bellosillo at 10, and Go for Gold-St. Benilde ended the first round with Kendrix Belgica at 11.School-based teams Perpetual and Akari-Adamson passed on their picks during the draft proceedings.Heralded players Alvin Pasaol (second round), Abu Tratter (fourth), Vince Tolentino (fifth) went to Marinerong Pilipino, while Rob Ricafort (sixth) and Arvin Tolentino (seventh) was picked by Che’Lu Bar and Grill in the succeeding rounds as the draft lasted through 18 rounds and saw 124 names get called out.First Round:AMA – Owen GrahamWangs – Jerrick BalanzaBatangas – Allen Richard MartinCEU – Keanu CaballeroZark’s – CJ PerezGamboa – Mohammed PareJRU – Leonardo EsguerraMarinero – Kyle TothChe’Lu- RK IlaganMila’s – Jose Romeo BellosilloGo for Gold – Kendrix BelgicaADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ 12th Round:AMA – Philip ManalangWangs – Enrique CaunanBatangas – John Edric EstacioZark’s – Jeric SerranoGamboa – Wilson BartolomeGo for Gold – Justin Gutang13th Round:AMA – Jose Carlos EscalanteWangs – Hubert CaniBatangas – Rustan BugarinZark’s – Rhanzelle YongGo for Gold – Gerard Castor14th Round:AMA – Zach HuangWangs – Christian BuñagBatangas – Darrell CiruelaZark’s – Alwin AldayGo for Gold – Matthew Johnson15th Round:AMA – Levi dela CruzBatangas – Daniel de GuzmanZark’s – Dominic FajardoGo for Gold – Rene Sta. Maria16th Round:AMA – Argene SabalzaZark’s – Paul dela Cruz17th Round:AMA – Alberto Torres18th Round:AMA – MC VelasquezSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Jarencio didn’t deny that he was dismayed with how bad GlobalPort’s defense was in the game.“This team is built to be 70 percent defense. But in this game, it was the opposite, we were 70 percent offense, 30 percent defense.”Jarencio, though, feels that the Batang Pier were just a few breaks away from nabbing the victory, but committed costly miscues in the end game.“We had bad breaks, two consecutive turnovers, plus Larry (Fonacier) made a big three-point shot when we went zone. That was when they were able to pullaway. We’re not pointing fingers at anybody, but that’s what they call the breaks of the game,” he said.Despite the defeat, Jarencio is charging the loss to experience as he expects his wards to come out stronger in their next game against Ginebra on January 7.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s the first game of the season. I think it’s just the opening jitters. Maybe, we need to do a lot of adjustments, a lot of things to fix, but as long as the players are there helping each other and sticking together, it’s ok with me. I’m still positive,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ginebra slips past Magnolia anew in Christmas Clasico GlobalPort’s reliance on its star guards surfaced in the tiff as Pringle took much of the load on Monday.The 2015 Rookie of the Year poured in 33 points and had 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals, a performance Jarencio expects from his lead guard, especially with Romeo still recovering from his knee injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Actually, it’s natural for Stanley especially when he’s in shape. He’s really a scorer, especially when Terrence is there because they’re our 1-2 punch,” he said.Aside from Pringle, only Sean Anthony (19 points) and Jonathan Grey (13 points) were able to notch double-digits in scoring, a big no-no especially with the Road Warriors playing collectively. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With GlobalPort playing its first game of the season on Christmas Day, coach Pido Jarencio said his players should learn on helping the lead guards rather than relying solely on Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo.“I want the others to learn that it’s not just Stanley or Terrence, but rather, they have to do their share. They have to help each other,” Jarencio said in Filipino on the heels of the Batang Pier’s 104-115 defeat to NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT
Sakshi Dhoni, the wife of Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday refuted media reports about her pregnancy.Expressing surprise over the reports, Sakshi tweeted: “Waow..I am pregnant.. is news to me also just like the past two years..wonder who fooled all of you..n how u guys blindly believe anything.”Waow..I am pregnant.. is news to me also just like the past two years..wonder who fooled all of you..n how u guys blindly believe anything&; Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@SaakshiSRawat) April 2, 2014However, in her next tweet, she thanked her followers for the wishes which followed the reports. “But guys it was really sweet to c everyone’s wishes n reactions…shows how much u guys care n love Mahi!”But guys it was really sweet to c everyone’s wishes n reactions…shows how much u guys care n love Mahi !&; Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@SaakshiSRawat) April 2, 2014 Reports had earlier said Dhoni and Sakshi were expecting their first child in July.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will be seen giving hajaamat and the nation’s other heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor will be selling garma garam vada paavs. Do you wish to see your favourite celebrities from Bollywood, television, sports and music do common things? Switch on to Mission Sapne every Sunday at 8.00 pm from April 27.Mission Sapne is a unique TV show which will features ten celebrities from different walks of life. During the course of every episode, these celebrities will be seen stepping into the shoes of common man, taking up their jobs for the day and earning their daily wages.Ranbir in a still from Mission Sapney.So Varun Dhawan becomes a Pattiwala (a porter), cricketer Harbhajan Singh will sell namkeen, hit machine Mika Singh will be selling kadak chai, TV star Ronit Roy will sell beauty products, actor Ram Kapoor will become a taxi driver for day. Karan Johar will be a photographer at the Gateway of India, Drashti Dhami will sell nimbu-mirchi at the signals and Student of The Year actor Siddharth Malhotra promises to sell fresh green vegetables.True to the person he is helping, the celebrity will move away from their comfort zone to drive a taxi, sell vegetables or become a door-to-door salesman and use their talent, wit and star persona to bring a change in their ordinary and tough life. They will also witness the various difficulties faced by those who bring comfort to our lives.Colors announced its partnership with Tata Motors for the channel’s upcoming show, Mission Sapne. Through this association, both brands will enhance their focus on social welfare as they strive to present a unique Corporate Social Responsibility-led initiative that will appeal to viewers to synergize their efforts towards creating a better tomorrow for the underprivileged in the countryadvertisementSalman in a still from Mission Sapne.Produced by Sobo Films and hosted by Sonali Bendre, Mission Sapne is a unique initiative from Colors which brings together celebrities from various walks of life and encourages them to leverage their fame for the benefit of the common man. As a part of the show, audiences will get an opportunity to see their favourite celebrities step into the shoes of the common man for a day and earn their daily wage.Speaking about this initiative, Raj Nayak, CEO – Colors said, “We’re thankful to each and every celebrity who joined us for this noble cause. They not only took out time from their busy lives but also whole heartedly committed to leading the life of a common man without any remuneration. We are extremely delighted to announce our partnership with a like-minded organization like Tata Motors through this property.”