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Request Pak. to remove passport norm: Badal

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request Pakistan to revise the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries and remove the clause which requires devotees to carry passport to access the Kartarpur Corridor. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal also sought simplification of the documentation and verification process. He said lakhs of Sikh pilgrims wanted to visit Kartarpur Sahib but the cumbersome procedure and the requirement of passports were coming in the way of their visit to the holy site. “Instead of 5,000 pilgrims slated to visit Kartarpur Sahib, the figure is in few hundreds as majority of devotees who want to go on the pilgrimage do not have passports. The devotees are demanding this clause be struck down,” Mr. Badal said according to a statement released here. ‘Not being stamped’As per the MoU, a passport is required to undertake the journey even though it was not being stamped, he said. “A passport is also not needed because restricted access is being given to pilgrims confined to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib only,” he pointed out. Mr. Badal said there were “confusing signals” from Pakistan on this issue. “Though Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that a passport was not required for pilgrims, the military establishment has asserted that this is a pre-condition and only pilgrims with valid passports are being allowed,” he said.last_img read more

Nadal travels long road to win 16th Slam title at US Open

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president READ: Nadal wins US Open for 16th major titleThe triumph moved Nadal three shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Slam singles titles.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 shutoutThe US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal’s long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead of taking a role directing Nadal’s youth academy.In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for 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 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 Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017. Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third US Open title and his 16th career Grand Slam crown after having taken a 10th French Open trophy in June at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT It has been a long journey for Nadal to his latest Grand Slam glory.Nadal won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and was facing such foes on the global circuit as Anderson.At 17, Nadal won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open in his debut, the first of nine Grand Slam titles in 10 years he would claim on the red clay of Roland Garros, cementing a legacy as the greatest player ever seen on the surface.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal, the sixth left-hander to win a US Open title, added another crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2013, again downing Djokovic in the final.Knee injuries took a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him.center_img Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “It’s not one lesson. Diary is in the head from 3 years old,” Nadal said.“Probably without him I’ll never be playing tennis. I’m thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.“Because he gave me motivation I could get through all the problems I had in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger.”When Nadal reclaimed the world number one ranking last month, it was the first since in more than three years he had topped the list.And when Federer lost in the US Open quarter-finals to Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal was ensured of keeping the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  But Nadal roared into the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June, setting the stage for his title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.last_img read more

Eric Menk wants PBA Draft abolished: ‘System is broke’

first_imgFour countries place on the first day of the Youth Championships ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Abolish draft. Take out cap on players. Strictly enforce team cap (assuming teams follow). Players deserve be paid as much as they can make— Virgilio Paolo Layug (@vplayug) October 21, 2017But some believe that it furthers the gap between the richer and poorer teams, allowing championship-chasing squads to offer boatload of money to bluechip players while leaving the rest fighting for scraps.Bad idea. You should know that would benefit the rich companies & the fair teams won’t get sh*t. Come on Eric don’t be naive— 🅱⚡⚡ (@SwaggyPilipinas) October 21, 2017 SCREENGRAB from Eric Menk/ YouTubeAmid all the brouhaha surrounding the reported trade between Kia and San Miguel involving the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, a PBA legend had an interesting idea as he gave his two cents worth on the issue.Former league MVP Eric Menk said that the league should scrap the annual rookie selection proceedings and allow the teams to sign the neophytes free market style.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The former Ginebra bruiser even went to as far as suggesting eliminating the salary cap to allow the players enter a “true free agency in the PBA,” further elaborating his ideas on his podcast Staying Major.Can we PLEASE stop this charade every year called the PBA Draft? Instead of playing make believe, just let guys sign where they want…. https://t.co/36HSwv8DMY— Eric Menk (@EMenk30) October 21, 2017Menk’s ideas drew mixed reaction from the public.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Can we please stop this charade every year called the PBA Draft? Instead of playing make believe, just let guys sign where they want,” he wrote on his Twitter account @EMenk30.I’m all for 1) Eliminating the Draft (system is broke) 2) Eliminating the salary cap. 3) True free agency in the PBA #doubledown #freedomFEATURED 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— Eric Menk (@EMenk30) October 24, 2017 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The ones who agree with him think that the abolition of the draft could allow the rookies, as well as expiring veterans, to have the luxury of picking their own teams, an event which is unheard of in the league.@EMenk30 is correct pba is fooling us with this kind of trades. Maybe if direct hire other teams have chance to get quality player— June Handig (@june_handig) October 21, 2017 LATEST STORIES Bad idea… How about teams that dont have the money to even sign a named/famous player…— Calvin de Leon (林文中) (@deleon_94) October 24, 2017The trade between Kia and San Miguel are still pending the approval of the PBA Commissioner’s Office, and with the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft fast approaching, commissioner Chito Narvasa has to decide whether he’ll approve the deal or not before draft day comes. View commentslast_img read more

MVP asks for support as Gilas wages war in 2019 World Cup qualifiers

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid all the drama happening in the PBA, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan urged the basketball public to be united as Smart Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the next challenge at hand: the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.“We are hoping that the best of the best players in the country will join Gilas for this tournament,” he said in a statement. “We are calling for the support of every club team and every collegiate program to support this endeavor.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 The Philippines is slotted in Group B, together with 2017 Fiba Asia Cup champion Australia, Japan, and Chinese Taipei.READ: PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bidSmart Gilas Pilipinas opens its campaign in Tokyo when it faces off against Japan on November 24. The national team will then fly back home, this time taking on Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.Pangilinan has full confidence that the Philippines can trot out the best squad for the first leg of the home-and-away format as it seeks to make it to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“Every tournament we joined this year was done in preparation for this tournament. Though the new FIBA format for qualification is different from past editions, we are confident that we will adjust to this and return to the global stage once more,” said the chairman of Smart, who is once again stepping up to the plate as the national team’s chief backer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The national team handled by coach Chot Reyes returns to practice on Friday evening as they get the wheels turning for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.READ: SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasseFEATURED 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 shutoutThere are doubts whether the best players from all teams will be made available for Gilas practices with the clear divide on the PBA Board of Governors but the SMC bloc along with its allied reaffirmed their commitment to the national team.Instituting a new format, Fiba will be holding a home-and-away structure, with Asia being divided into four groups of four in the first round. Belingon eyes huge win in Manila, ONE title shot MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pangilinan also encouraged the public to give their full support on Smart Gilas Pilipinas anew.“Let’s show the world once again what puso is all about!” he said. View commentslast_img read more

Perkins arrives to Phoenix practice way before call time, but still not the earliest

first_imgBut with him going up on a higher level, the 25-year-old forward knows that he has to take his game to different level as he hopes to learn from veterans Doug Kramer and Willie Wilson.“It’s not a shock to me seeing the press because coach Ayo has the most physically  demanding ones, so coming to another press, I’m already used to it,” he said. “I’m used with the press and moving as a big man and it’s something that I think I’m prepared for. But I’d really like to continue learning and talking to the older guys like Willie and Doug.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Starting Five: Week 9 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I thought I came in early to practice, but Chan was already in a sweat by the time I came in here and Wright was already getting up shots. So, yeah I got to get my work ethic up. I didn’t realize it was like that here,” he said.Perkins knows that it’s just the kind of effort the Fuel Masters will need from him as the team enters a new era with coach Louie Alas at the helm.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“We’re not the biggest team, but if I have to switch to three, I’m ready for it. We’ll show it to those teams that we have a lot of heart and we really work hard,” said the fourth overall pick of this year’s draft as he acknowledged on the size disparity the league’s best teams have against Phoenix.Perkins is also well aware of the luxury he has being in a virtually same system, with Alas also enforcing a defensive pressure similar to that of Aldin Ayo’s in La Salle. Jason Perkins listens to coach Louie Alas during Phoenix’s first practice session on Monday. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netLooking to make a good impression in his first day of work, Jason Perkins thought he was the first man at Upper Deck Sports Center when Phoenix began its team practices on Monday, coming to the venue an hour and a half early.But to his surprise, his sharp-shooting teammates Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright were already there. Chan and Wright were both soaked in sweat as Perkins entered the court.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’ PLAY LIST 03:48Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:14Palace: No mass transport crisis yet in Metro Manila01:37Protesters 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 View commentslast_img read more

Chooks-to-Go scraps PBA plans, reaffirms commitment with national team

first_imgRonald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netWith the PBA still yet to resolve issues in the Board of Governors, Ronald Mascariñas, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president, bared that the Chooks-to-Go brand has decided to abandon its plans of pursuing its own PBA team to exert all of its efforts in helping the national team.“The last few months of our association with Gilas gave us the realization that it’s best for us to put all our resources behind the national team,” Mascariñas said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Boy Sablan out as UST coach Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Mascariñas expressed interest in acquiring a PBA franchise before, but the amiable executive had a change of heart after repeated attempts and instead, reaffirmed its partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) going forward.Chooks-to-Go has been a primary supporter of SBP’s programs, from the grassroots level in age group 3×3 tournaments to sponsoring the national team in international tournaments like the Jones Cup and the Southeast Asian Games.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 shutoutThe poultry company has also went on to field a squad in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China, with prospective naturalized import Isaiah Austin, together with this year’s first rounders Kiefer Ravena, Raymar Jose, and Jeron Teng bannering Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas.“Even if we had limited time to practice, coach Chot (Reyes) was able to assemble a very strong team,” said Mascariñas. Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations PLAY LIST 02:50Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations00:50Trending 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 Gamescenter_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Deciding to go all in with the SBP, Chooks-to-Go will continue to give its all out support for Smart Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, which starts on Friday against Japan in Tokyo. Chooks-to-Go will also rally behind Gilas in the upcoming 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup which will be staged here in Manila. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer

first_imgFIFA reminds World Cup-bound Peru about government meddling Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ “I have never considered myself a forward. I have been lucky enough to score goals,” Messi said. “I have grown both on and off the pitch. I keep improving and adding things to my game, and I enjoy playing more and more.”Messi, Ronaldo, and Suarez have divvied up the prize for the past nine years.The only time a non-Spanish league player won the Golden Shoe in the last decade was when Suarez shared the prize with Ronaldo while playing for Liverpool in 2013-14.The Golden Shoe is awarded by European Sports Media, an association of European sports newspaper and magazines.ADVERTISEMENT Messi scored 37 in the Spanish league, beating out Dutch striker Bas Dost, who netted 34 for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league.The 30-year-old Messi also led Europe’s league in scoring in 2009-10 (34), 2022-12 (50 goals) and 2012-13 (46 goals).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 shutoutMessi was presented with the trophy by teammate Luis Suarez, who won the award in 2015-16 with 40. Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets also attended the ceremony in Barcelona.Messi thanked his teammates for helping him score so many goals, while also saying that he enjoys playing more than ever, 13 years since his debut with Barcelona’s first team. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img View comments Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. APBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday (Saturday Manila time) for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.It was the fourth time the Barcelona forward has received the honor, drawing him even with Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

Kanter reveals death threats, to seek US passport

first_imgTurkish NBA Player Enes Kanter, seen through a video camera, speaks to the media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPOklahoma City Thunder’s Turkish star Enes Kanter said Monday he plans to seek US citizenship and has been receiving death threats as a result of his outspoken criticism of his homeland’s president.Kanter, who has compared Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was detained in Romania at the weekend after being informed that his Turkish passport had been cancelled.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Kanter said he had feared at one stage that he might be deported from Romania to Turkey.“It was of course scary,” said Kanter, who returned to the United States on Sunday.“It was scary because there was a chance they might send me back to Turkey. And if they send me back to Turkey, probably you guys wouldn’t hear a word from me the second day.“It would have definitely gotten really ugly.”Kanter said his political views had led to him receiving death threats “every day” on social media, including at least two on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder The Turkish star used Monday’s press conference to again blast Erdogan, accusing the Turkish leader of seeking to muzzle anyone critical of his policies.“He’s a terrible man,” Kanter said Monday. “I hope the world does something about it. … I hope the whole world is watching. Once these people get to jail, it’s not over for them.“People are getting kidnapped, murdered, tortured, and raped. I love my country, but I’m just trying to speak up for innocent people. … There are thousands of people out there with situations worse than mine.”Kanter said he now fears for the security of his extended family, adding that he does not attempt to communicate with them.“If they contact me, they’ll be put in jail,” Kanter said. “The jails are not fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time The 25-year-old Swiss-born star said the abrupt cancellation of his passport was linked to his criticism of Erdogan’s government.READ: Romanian minister defends keeping Kanter at airportFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSpeaking at a press conference at the NBA headquarters in New York on Monday, Kanter said he now planned to become a US citizen.“Right now I am country-less,” Kanter said. “I am going to try to become an American citizen. I have a green card. We will see if they can speed up the process a little bit. It would definitely be nice. Right now my next move is becoming an American citizen,” Kanter said. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Is it over for Spurs’ Manu Ginobili? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Pacers continue offseason overhaul by signing Bogdanovic

first_imgMOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The Croatian native finished with career highs of 13.7 points and 3.4 points last season, playing 81 games with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards. He made 39.1 percent of his 3-pointers and 93.4 percent from the free-throw line after being traded to Washington, where he played 26 games.Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard described Bogdanovic as a “perfect fit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBogdanovic was drafted No. 31 overall by the Miami Heat in 2011 and was named to the NBA’s all-rookie second team in 2014-15.He’s the latest addition in Indiana’s major offseason overhaul. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Verizon Center on May 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Greg Fiume/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers have officially signed forward Bojan Bogdanovic.Word of the reported two-year, $21 million deal initially leaked on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Eze lifts Perpetual to first win; St. Benilde puts game under protest Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

PH’s 1st full Ironman race set next year

first_imgCramming Gilas out to ‘shock the world,’ says Reyes Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress The race will begin on Acea Beach, before traversing the roads of Subic and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and finishing at the Subic Bay Convention Center.As daunting as the task is, lofty prizes await the winners, with a total of $25,000 professional prize purse up for grabs, but more importantly, 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship set to be staged in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Finishers will also have the opportunity to be a part of the rare club of full distance Ironman conquerors, a right only a hundredth of the population has accomplished.Czech triathletes Ruedi Wild and Radka Kahlefeldt ruled the 2017 Ironman 70.3 race in Subic, with August Benedicto topping all local bets and finishing 19th overall. JPVADVERTISEMENT Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAs if the race isn’t grueling enough, the road is about to get tougher as Ironman—deemed as one of the most physically demanding sports in the world—brings its full distance race to the Philippines for the first time next year.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon announced the staging of the 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines in Subic Bay on June 3, 2018, commemorating a decade of hosting Ironman races in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments “The brand of Ironman is like having the holy grail for triathlon. We’ve been holding the Ironman 70.3 for the 10th year and it just continues to be fantastic,” said Uytengsu on Tuesday at the New World Hotel in Makati City.“It’s the process of triathlon, it gravitates to the people because you really have to prepare for these races. It takes time, physically, mentally, and socially for these people to prepare for these races. So, (what’s) really significant for us is to be able to bring that full Ironman race to the Philippines,” Uytengsu said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBanzon added: “Challenging yourself to push your physical and mental limits to the extreme will seem like a painful task. But you forget all of that once you cross the finish line and hear the announcer say that you’re an Ironman. It’s really indescribable.”From the usual 70.3-kilometer race over the past years, the 2018 edition will see the track double its distance, extending the legs to 3.86-kilometer swim, 180.2-kilometer bike, and 42.2-kilometer run to further put to the test the participating athletes’ endurance. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:49Robredo: 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 Gameslast_img read more

GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photos are from Inquirer’s Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonFEATURED 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 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LeBron James supervised the training of select members of the media and players from Gilas Pilipinas Saturday afternoon at Kerry Sports.This was part of James’ third visit to the Philippines for the “Strive for Greatness” tour.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Return of the king: LeBron wows Manila fans anew MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Bopanna-Qureshi enter US Open double’s finals

first_imgThere was no stopping the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ as Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi inched closer to their maiden Grand Slam title together by advancing to the US Open finals in New York.Continuing with their message of ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’, 16th seeds Bopanna and Qureshi beat Argentines Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (5) 6-4 to set up a summit clash with top-seeded American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the finals.”I mean, to win a Grand Slam you have to beat the best there is. That’s what Aisam and me keep telling (each other),” Bopanna said after the win on Wednesday night.The Indo-Pak duo was cheered on from the stands by, among others, the United Nations ambassadors from their respective countries. India’s ambassador Harpreet Suri and his Pakistan counterpart Abdullah H Haroon even met the two players after the match.Though there summit clash seems tough on paper against the Americans but Bopanna and Qureshi can draw confidence from the fact that they beat the Bryans just a few weeks ago in an ATP tournament in Washington.”They are the best out there now. For us, we just have to go there, play our games. You know, we just beat them few weeks ago in Washington, so, you know, we are really looking forward to that Friday match, and we go in confident, playing and doing well there,” Bopanna said.Qureshi said his pairing with Bopanna has worked perfectly so far because he shares a warm relationship with the Indian off-court as well.advertisement”I always believed if we played consistently on ATP, me and Rohan both as a team, we can do really well on the tour and we can make our mark,” he said.”And in the last past two or three months we have had I think wins against all the top 10 teams in the world. It just shows that I was pretty right about our pairing together, and you know, it would be just a matter of time. I always believe we can do really well in the Grand Slam on the ATP circuit.”Making quarterfinals at Wimbledon was a huge learning experience. I definitely learned a lot from it, and that whole experience is definitely paying off in this US Open these last two weeks,” he added.last_img read more

Delhi passes CWG baton to Glasgow with Bolly beats

first_imgArtists perform during the CWG closing ceremony at Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in New Delhi. PTIIndia gloriously showcased its soft power in a Bollywood spectacle that brought the curtains down on the Commonwealth Games 2010 – and tears to every eye that watched the closing ceremony of the sporting extravaganza that at one stage seemed mired in controversies.Bollywood’s biggest names – from the talented trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to Kailash Kher, Sukhwinder Singh, Ila Arun and Shubha Mudgal – turned what could have been a procession of avoidable speeches and dazzling displays of digital imagery into an evening that the world won’t forget in a hurry.India’s Golds | Silver | Bronze CWG creates one last controversyFull Coverage | Medals |  Ceremony in picsSuch was the electricity in the air, as the capacity crowd broke into a jig along with the athletes who turned the sign-off into one large open-air party, that Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi’s shamefully sycophantic speech was forgotten.It was an evening of merry-making that expressed the sense of elation sweeping across the nation because of India’s unprecedented medal haul, whose peak was scaled by shuttler Saina Nehwal, when she won the women’s singles gold in a cliffhanger.The hosts, cashing in on the home advantage and pullouts by some leading athletes, finished second with 38 gold medals, ahead of England, and notched up a rich haul of 101 with 27 silver and 36 bronze medals. As a reward for this splendid show, the government will fork out Rs 12.46 crore as prize money for the champions who have given us much to cheer beyond cricket.advertisementThe shift in the country’s sporting centre of gravity became evident when champion shooter Gagan Narang, with four gold medals under his belt, led the Indian contingent to delirious cheers from an extraordinarily disciplined crowd.The cultural extravaganza that marked the closing had 101 reasons to be happy about. When the emcee asked the 60,000-strong audience whether they were ready for the party of their lives, we simply assumed it was just another tactic to whip up a frenzy.It was only after we watched the all-star line-up of A-list Bollywood singers that we realised we were in for one long night of high-voltage, high-decibel entertainment that opened with Kher singing the song that he recently admitted he’d sung “half a million times” – Allah Ke Bande, from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai, Part II.Psychedelic animated visuals of the archetypal symbols of India – Kathakali masks and that mosquito of our roads, the autorickshaw – accompanied the performance on the aerostat.On the dance floor, just as psychedelically attired dancers, most of them from Shiamak Davar’s celebrated troupe, synchronised their moves. The number of performers Davar had put out there probably gave him bargaining rights to sing on stage as well, for he belted out Queen hits such as We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions with Usha Uthup.The English numbers didn’t stop the garba dancers, who continued jiving with just as much panache. Zila Khan, who had everyone believe that she’d be the only performer at the ceremony, sang a grand total of one sampler from the Sufi song, Dama Dam Mast Qalandar.Even as we took in DJ Suketu at the console, Ila Arun, resplendent in a pink and gold lehenga sashayed on to the dais.Sukhwinder Singh began belting out the hit, Ibn-e-Batuta, from the forgettable Ishqiya; fittingly, he erased the reference to gati rodhak (speed breaker), which in the run-up to the Games had become yet another CWG joke.Sunidhi Chauhan unleashed Dhoom Machale – and if we thought for a moment that the din that greeted her couldn’t get any louder, we only had to wait for Shubha Mudgal to start singing the opening bars of Ab Ke Sawan.She later set up an explosive jugalbandi with Sukhwinder Singh – their number was the unforgettable Rangeelo Maro Dholna. There was one tiny, though much-needed, pause to breathe when Kher sang Teri Deewani, slowing the tempo for a bit.Then there was the mandatory Chak De India, the official theme song Jeeyo Utho Badho Jeeto and Nayi Naveli Dilli, which Sheila Dikshit had probably muscled into the medley. It was truly a night to remember, despite the self-congratulatory speeches.Kalmadi spoke of “a new beginning in sports” and Robert Winter, Lord Provost of Glasgow, said that the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games would “live up to the standards that the Delhi Games have set.”And Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell dropped his mask of skepticism to say, “Delhi, you’ve delivered a truly exceptional Games, and above all, a truly wonderful experience for us all.” For once, we couldn’t but agree with the man we had started to hate in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.advertisementlast_img read more

The year that was

first_imgSimply Kolkata lists the milestones that became important for the city and its people in the year that’s almost gone by. Rituparno GhoshEntertainmentRituparno Ghosh (Best Director) and Ananya Chatterjee (Best Actress) made Kolkata and Tollywood proud by bagging the prestigious National Awards for their Bengali film, Abohoman. Rituparno Ghosh made,Simply Kolkata lists the milestones that became important for the city and its people in the year that’s almost gone by.Rituparno GhoshEntertainmentRituparno Ghosh (Best Director) and Ananya Chatterjee (Best Actress) made Kolkata and Tollywood proud by bagging the prestigious National Awards for their Bengali film, Abohoman. Rituparno Ghosh made the film as a remake of the 60s’ classic, Kaagaz ke Phool. The film explores the relationship between a married filmmaker and his muse, a young actress.Rahul BanerjeeSportsThe Prince of Kolkata has not given us a reason to rejoice for some time now and victories in sports have been significantly absent. But with city youth Dola Banerjee (archery), Rahul Banerjee (archery) and Subhajit Saha (Men’s Doubles table tennis) winning gold at the Commonwealth Games, the smile was back on the faces of Kolkatans.FoodKolkata, which is a foodie’s paradise, welcomed national food chains and cafes in 2010. Mocha opened doors to give more joy to the city with its delicious ‘Lindt Hot Chocolate’ and the decadent ‘Vertigo’ among others. Wellknown national food chain, Yo!China brought its lip-smacking Chinese cuisine to Kolkata. Its ‘Thai Chi Chicken’ and ‘Legendary Malha Sizzler’ will leave you asking for more. Other restaurants such as ‘Sarson’ and ‘Harvey’s World’ also added flavour to the city’s taste-buds.LifestyleIt’s been a while since any new hotels opened in the city. But 2010 saw Swissotel Kolkata, of the Swissotel Hotels and Resorts, bringing Swiss hospitality to the city in collaboration with Ambuja Realty. Located in Rajarhat, New Town, the hotel is a few minutes from the airport and is the ideal luxury hotel for business travellers. The ‘infinity pool’ and rooms with Jacuzzis are major attractions.FashionKolkata girl, Ushoshi Sengupta represents India in the Miss Universe pageant wearing ensembles designed by city-fashion designers, Dev and Neel. Unfortunately, both Ushoshi and the designers failed to impress.RetailAxis Mall along with multiplex, Bioscope opened this year to delight city-shoppers and movie lovers especially from Rajarhat and Salt Lake. The Mall also boasts of having the second outlet of the famous Bengali eatery, ‘Aaheli’ which offers delectable Bengali cuisine such as Shorshe Ilish, Kasha Maangsho and the list goes on.MusicSinger and composer, Rupam Islam made the city proud by winning the National Award for Best Male Singer for Mahanagar while Nilanjana Sarkar received Best Female Singer for House Full. The film explores the relationship between a married filmmaker and his muse, a young actress.BusinessIndia’s largest coal producing company, Coal India Ltd’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) becomes the biggest IPO in country. The IPO is subscribed more than 15.28 times and received bids of more than $ 53 billion (U.S.) worth of equity shares as against issue size of $ 3.5 (U.S.) billion.advertisementlast_img read more

Kirsten may join Mumbai Indians for IPL IV

first_imgIndia coach Gary Kirsten is not in the running for a similar job in the South African side but could be involved with Mumbai Indians in the IPL, a report said on Wednesday.Gary KirstenAccording to the report, Kirsten’s good rapport with Sachin Tendulkar could lead to the former South African opener being appointed in a top position in Mumbai Indians which is to appoint a director of coaching before the IPL IV. Indian cricket had hoped to persuade Kirsten to change his mind about not renewing his contract, but gave up on it this week. Future options for Kirsten could involve the Indian Premier League, a report in The Times said.”The close relationship that Kirsten has with Sachin Tendulkar may lead to cooperation between the two at the Mumbai Indians, who are expected to appoint a director of coaching before the next IPL season,” the report said.”Kirsten could easily take up such a position while still developing his international academy that is in the planning stage at Claremont Cricket Club in Cape Town.” Kirsten, who will quit as India’s coach after the World Cup ends in April, is reluctant to take up the Proteas job when caretaker Corrie van Zyl steps down, also in April.The report also said current India bowling coach Eric Simons could not be ruled out as a possible candidate to replace Kirsten.”The Indian cricket board has not yet started a process to recruit a successor to Kirsten, but it is not unlikely that it will approach Simons as a candidate.advertisementSimons, a former Proteas all-rounder and national coach, was highly regarded by the Indian team when he came aboard this summer,” the report said.Meanwhile, the South African coaching job is likely to go to Duncan Fletcher. The former England coach has been advising the South Africans and it is understood he would be available.”Fletcher’s coaching credentials would be hard to resist for Cricket South Africa, whose chief executive Gerald Majola recently promised a ‘ big name’ for the job when Van Zyl’s term ends,” the report said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

SOURAV GANGULY BATS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN IPL-4

Sensex tumbles 364 pts to 4-mth low

first_imgThe BSE benchmark Sensex plunged to an over four-month low, losing 364 points on across-the-board selling on emergence of reports that government might impose capital gain tax on investments routed through Mauritius.A weakening trend in Asia and lower opening in Europe on the European Union’s decision to delay 12 billion euros aid to Greece until it passes austerity package at home also fanned market fears of Greece’s sovereign debt default in the mid of July.Find out easy ways to hit the jackpot on stock market The Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, which had lost over 438 points in the last three trading sessions, plunged by another 363.90 points to 17,506.63, the levels last seen on February 9.Further, during the intra-day trade, the gauge had dipped by 556 points, with most of the stocks recording steep losses.Broad-based National Stock Exchange’s 50-share index Nifty nosedived by almost 109 points to 5257.90 level.Trading sentiment turned bearish on major sell-off by funds and retailers on reports that the government will sought to tax capital gains on investments made through Mauritius.Sensex leader RIL fell nearly 4 per cent to a 52-week low of Rs 829 a piece.The markets already weak after hike in interest rates and reports of lower advance tax collection for the first quarter this fiscal, received another jolt after BSE announced on Friday that Anil Ambani group companies stocks – Reliance Infra and RCom – will be removed from the Sensex by August 8.Reliance Infra sank 6.07 per cent to Rs 545.25 and Rcom by 7.89 per cent to Rs 87.60 on fresh selling.Among sector indexes, the realty sector index suffered the most, losing 4.16 per cent to 2,016.49 followed by Oil and Gas index that dwindled by 3.42 per cent to 8,6568.42.The IT sector index plunged by 2.50 per cent to 5,673.38 as Tata Consultancy Services dropped 3.69 per cent to 1,069.55 on reports the software maker has been ordered to pay Rs 6.56 billion in back taxes after tax officials denied some of its claims.advertisement–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

London Olympics 2012: Boxer Devendro Singh cruises into quarter-finals

first_imgIndia’s Laishram Devendro Singh marched into the last eight of the men’s 49kg boxing event at the London Olympics with another dominating performance that saw him overcome Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia 16-11 in the men’s pre-quarterfinals in London on Saturday.Devendro had won his first round bout in an emphatic style with the referee stopping contest.Going into the pre-quarterfinal bout, the Indian had a mountain to climb against Purevdorj, a former World Champion and Beijing Games silver medallist.The 20-year-old from Manipur showed no signs of nerves as he came out swinging in the first round. The Mongolian was taken aback by the barrage of punches which came his way as the Indian narrowly edged out the first round 4-3.The second round started off in a similar fashion as Devendro went on the attack with the Mongolian having no answer.Purevdorj, a former world champion, was stunned by the Indian’s attack and looked short of ideas.Devendro further strengthened his stranglehold in the bout by landing a left-hook that sent his opponent reeling. The referee stopped the bout and gave the Mongolian a standing eight count.The third round too went the same way. A tired Purevdorj showed no intensity in attack and hardly troubled the Indian. Devendro though changed his style and adopted more defensive tactics.The Mongolian landed a couple of punches but that was never enough as the diminutive Indian took the round 8-6.Devendro will now face Paddy Barnes of Ireland in the quarters Wednesday. Barnes is a 2008 Beijing Games bronze medallist and the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion. advertisementlast_img read more

Indian-origin Monisha Kaltenborn becomes first woman team principal in Formula One

first_imgSauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn has become the first female team principal in Formula 1, taking over from team founder Peter Sauber with immediate effect.The 41-year-old Monisha, an Austrian of Indian origin, will be trackside with immediate effect and in that capacity will be responsible for the everyday workings of the team. Her first assignment in that capacity will be the Korean Grand Prix this weekend.Kaltenborn joined the company in 2000 to run the legal department, was appointed a member of the board of management not long afterwards, and took over as Sauber CEO in January 2010, being responsible for business operations. In late 2011 Sauber transferred a third of the company’s shares into her name. Peter Sauber will continue in his capacity as President of the board of directors of all Sauber Group companies and remain responsible for the group’s strategic direction.Peter Sauber had announced some time ago that he did not wish to be on the pit wall when he turned 70, and he remained true to his word, handing over charge two days short of his 69th birthday (October 13).”We decided a long time ago that Monisha would take over from me,” he explained, “but we left the timing open. Now is a good time for both of us, so this is the right moment to pass on the baton. After all, there have been a number of races I’ve been unable to attend – most recently the Japanese Grand Prix, where the team put in an excellent performance. I’m in no doubt that Monisha has all the necessary skills to be an outstanding team principal, and I’m equally certain she will ensure that the values underpinning the company live on. That is very important to me.”advertisement”Naturally I’m very aware of the major responsibility I have for Peter Sauber’s racing team,” said Kaltenborn. “He founded the team over 40 years ago, and in the spring it will be 20 years since Sauber lined up for its debut Formula One Grand Prix. I have set my sights high and am committed to taking the team forward as Peter Sauber would want and leading it on to success.”last_img read more

Another step in right direction

first_imgAs the curtain comes down on the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix, there is much to savour both on and off the track. Thanks to the media support and the advertiser interest, motorsport has dominated not just the sports pages but the public imagination.For a one-sport nation, it was deeply encouraging to see images racing cars on billboards, buses and pretty much everywhere there was any space. The larger-than-life cut-outs of drivers went well with the festive season. Quite fittingly, the Formula 1 cars and their drivers put on quite a sparkling show! The racing at all levels, including the support races, was of a high standard. The fact that all the 60 laps in the Grand Prix had enough material for a highlights package is fitting testimony to the technical brilliance of the Buddh International Circuit (BIC). A perfect race-track is one where every corner demands the highest levels of skills from the drivers, and the BIC does all that and more.The race had its share of drama, and though Michael Schumacher’s last F1 outing in India ended on a drab note, the drivers’championship stays alive. Aerodynamics whiz Adrian Newey’s work on the Red Bull cars has been phenomenal and Vettel is too good to not capitalise on it.But most of the time, you have to make the best of what you have on the day. This is where the skilled drivers work out the percentages and do exactly what is necessary to reap the maximum benefit.With the Red Bull being clearly faster than his Ferrari, Fernando Alonso produced a blistering performance. He extracted the best from his car to bring it home second and keep his hopes of winning the drivers’championship alive. Also fun were the moments when Lewis Hamilton gave Mark Webber a run for his money in the closing laps, and it was brilliant defensive driving from Webber that kept the McLaren at bay.Within 24 hours, F1 would have packed up and moved to Abu Dhabi. Another race, another country, and so it goes on. It will take a year before F1 comes back to wow us again and in that time, the sport will not be thinking too much about India.It is however, crucial that India does not forget about Formula 1. A country can get involved in Formula 1 in three ways -hosting a Formula 1 race, owning a Formula 1 team and having drivers from the country. As things stand, India checks all the boxes. The question is where do we go from here? The Buddh circuit has acquitted itself very well. The Force India team is getting better with every outing. That leaves the drivers, and already we have had two in Formula 1. The next generation is ready. With the right support from fans, sponsors and media, the next frontier for Indian motorsport is not just for drivers to make it to F1, but in a few years, to dominate it! (The writer is a former GP2 driver and is the only Indian to have driven in the American Indy Lights series)The second edition turned out to be an exciting race, all thanks to the characteristics of the circuit.advertisementlast_img read more