A Little India online survey found that nearly 80% of readers, personally, are very or somewhat affected by the U.S. recession. Just one in five thus far is unaffected. They too will be — soon.The U.S. economy is in free fall and it is now plain that even in the rosiest scenario we are staring at a two-year long recession, with the worst yet to come. Equally easily, we could tip into a severe depression, from which it may well take us a decade to dig out.During the last 15 years, Indian Americans rode the crest of the buoyant global economy. The Indian American population tripled from around 800,000 in 1990 to over 2.5 million today. Indians are the most affluent group in the U.S. with a median household income of $91,195, nearly twice the income of $46,881 of all foreign-born households and substantially higher than even Whites. But the U.S. financial crisis is wrenching the Indian American community hard. To begin with, there are the massive layoffs in the financial sector, which is heavily populated with Indian immigrants. Information technology, another sector with a heavy Indian presence, is also in recession, resulting in the retrenchment of many Indian American techies, thousands of who are on temporary H1B visas.Employment opportunities are sparse in this economy for laid off immigrant workers, who are returning to India by the planes load. Besides, Congress is adopting increasingly protectionist policies against skilled workers. Recent TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program) legislation, for example, imposes prohibitions on the hiring of foreign workers by banks and other financial institutions receiving government bail out funds.In previous years, Indians students, by far the largest foreign student group in the United States, were snapped up by U.S. companies upon graduation. But the 94,563 Indian students in U.S. colleges are encountering a drought this year. Students at even top business schools, such as University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the Harvard Business School, are confronting the prospect of unemployment for the first time in decades as the financial sector melts down.Even that last bastion of hope for NRIs — returning to India to leverage opportunities in India’s booming economy, to which many Indian Americans turned in the past couple of years — has run out of steam. Although the Indian economy has proven far more resilient than that of most countries, high end employment and the technology sector, where returning NRIs were in greatest demand, have taken the hardest hit. Top salaries have been slashed by as much as 75% as Indian companies retrench and scramble to reduce costs. This year’s graduating class at the rarefied Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, saw domestic salaries drop by almost 30% and the top foreign salary dove 75%.There can be no sugar coating the truth any longer. The economic prognosis for the next couple of years is exceedingly grim. Fasten your seat belts for a very bumpy ride. Related Items
The Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling (AAAAG), an umbrella body of women’s collectives and other groups fighting casinos have opposed the decision of the Goa government to promote gambling for tourism, which it said was “against public policy.”“Gambling is against public policy and is prohibited by law. The objective of the Goa Gambling Prevention Act was to stop it and has several provisions to prevent gambling and its advertisement,” said Sabina Martins, convenor of AAAAG in a statement here on Saturday.She said the subsequent governments have gone against the objective of the Act and have brought about several amendments to promote casino gambling instead of curtailing it.Ms. Martins said the promises made by successive governments to remove casinos from the river Mandovi have not been kept and instead the plan now is to provide special zones on land at Mopa for gambling.The organisation demanded that no land or rivers of Goa be given for gambling. It said promotion of gambling along with the associated evils of prostitution, alcoholism, money laundering, goondaism, forgery, robberies, mafia, intimidation, debt, and suicides is not the mandate given to the government.Goa has six floating casinos on river Mandovi off Panaji and 10 onshore casinos in hotels of five star and above category.
The Uttar Pradesh BJP said on Tuesday that rape-accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar was suspended from the party long ago, amid growing demands to sack the lawmaker after the Unnao rape survivor was critically injured in a car-truck collision.“Sengar was suspended by the party earlier and there is no change in his status,” State BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh told PTI.“There is no change in the position of the party and the government, which is standing with the victim of the Unnao (rape) case,” Mr. Singh said. He added that all possible help was also being extended to those who are undergoing treatment in a hospital here.A car in which the Unnao rape victim, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday, killing two members while leaving her and the advocate critically injured, police had said.The police had filed a murder case against Sengar and nine others on Monday after the rape survivor’s family filed a complaint, alleging conspiracy behind the incident.Sengar, a four-time MLA from Bangermau, was arrested in April last year on charges on rape.Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma also said on Tuesday that Sengar had already been suspended from the party long ago.Mr. Sharma visited the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) to inquire about the health of the two injured.“He (Sengar) has already been suspended. Strictest action has been taken,” the BJP leader told reporters outside the trauma centre when asked about when the party would sack Sengar.Still criticalMeanwhile, hospital spokesperson Sandeep Tiwari siad there was no improvement in the condition of the two. “The situation is critical. Both of them are in the ICU and kept on ventilator,” he added.The deputy Chief Minister said the government would provide the best treatment to them.“If needed, best doctors will be brought for them. We have initiated strict action and an FIR was lodged under the sections as the family members of victims wanted,” Mr. Sharma said.The police had filed a murder case against Sengar and nine others on Monday after the rape survivor’s family filed a complaint, alleging conspiracy behind the incident.Sengar, a four-time MLA from Bangermau, was arrested in April last year on charges on rape.The demand for Sengar’s expulsion from the ruling BJP was led by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who, in a tweet this morning, said, “For Gods sake, Mr. Prime Minister, divest this criminal and his brother of the political power your party is giving them.”Congress party workers came out against the BJP in Lucknow, staging a dharna and demanding Sengar’s expulsion from the saffron party. They were detained as they started marching towards the BJP office.Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had also accused the saffron party of complicity.“The meeting of BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj with the rape-accused BJP MLA in jail proved that the raped accused are continuously getting the patronage of the ruling BJP…The Supreme Court needs to take cognisance of it,” Ms. Mayawati tweeted.Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav had visited the hospital to meet the rape survivor and her family.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sound the poll bugle for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State by throwing open seven major projects on September 7. Mr. Modi will inaugurate Metro works, road projects, rural development projects and an industrial corridor in Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad. Senior party workers said the PM will also oversee induction of several opposition leaders. In Mumbai, the PM will inaugurate a Metro line, participate in the ground breaking ceremony of Metro Bhavan (control and command centre for all projects) being developed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the Chunabhatti-BKC overpass while performing the ground-breaking ceremony for other projects, senior ministers of the BJP said. The Metro Bhavan, to be built at a cost of ₹13 crore and spread over 1.14 lakh square meter in Aarey has been facing opposition from citizens who fear massive loss of trees. In Aurangabad, the PM will lay the foundation stone for a portion of the Mumbai-Delhi Industrial Corridor, dedicating it to “the nation”, and a structure being developed by the Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC) as part of the same project, officials said. “Both the projects were long pending, awaiting a green signal and will play an important part in the development of the region,” said an official. In Nagpur, Mr. Modi will throw open sections of Nagpur Metro and meet senior functionaries of the party.
Two days after the Goa Tourism Department announced that the Governor’s house here would be closed for public temporarily due to “security reasons”, the Raj Bhavan has said those who make advance online bookings will be allowed to visit the place after police verification. Satya Pal Malik was on Sunday sworn in as the Governor of Goa. He earlier served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been bifurcated into two Union Territories. On Tuesday, the Goa Tourism Department on its official website said the Raj Bhavan will be closed for visitors for a period of six months due to security reasons. However, the Governor’s secretary Rupesh Kumar Thakur in a statement on Wednesday said the ‘Raj Bhavan darshan’ (visit) has been reviewed and in view of the request from various quarters, it has been decided to open it for visitors. He said as per the existing practice, people will have to make an online booking on the Raj Bhavan’s official website and register at least two days prior to the visit.“The entry will be subject to police verification and frisking at the Raj Bhavan’s main gate,” Mr. Thakur said. The Goa Raj Bhavan has a scenic view as it is located on a cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea in Dona Paula area near Panaji. It houses a chapel and a garden comprising several medicinal plants and trees.
PBA: Bolts near twice-to-beat, push Aces to brink of elimination Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES But times have changed and Folayang thinks that Eustaquio is once again ready to seize glory.“We believe he can make it and he’s ready to contend. He’s got a huge opportunity to challenge the champion, and I think he made the necessary adjustments to become the number one title contender again,” said Folayang.“We want him to headline one of the fights in the Philippines in the future. So for him to do that, he has to win here and give his best. This will make a huge impact in his career.”ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonJAKARTA — ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang has no doubt that Team Lakay stablemate Geje Eustaquio is more than ready for his moment in the spotlight.Eustaquio headlines ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here as he faces Kairat Akhmetov on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I believe Geje has prepared hard for this. He already said that he’s 101-percent ready and he’s confident that he will win, so for us, we believe in him,” he said.Folayang flew to this bustling capital city on Friday to be in Eustaquio’s corner when he takes on Kazakh contender.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 shutoutSeeing first hand how Eustaquio prepared for this bout in the Team Lakay gym in Benguet, Folayang believes that his teammate has made every right move to get himself back in contention in the flyweight division.“He sacrificed a lot. Though he failed before, I think he picked up lessons from those experiences,” the top lightweight in the promotion said, referring to Eustaquio’s submission loss to reigning ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes back in 2014. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Champions League: Sevilla draws after Liverpool wastes 3-goal lead Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES SINGAPORE — Ben Askren couldn’t shy away from Shinya Aoki’s legend.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “He is a grappler and has a great skill set that I respect, so I think it will be a great battle,” Askren said of Aoki, who is his teammate at EVOLVE MMA.￼Expect the 33-year-old Askren, an outstanding wrestler in his college days, to take the fight to the ground, where he has earned a living through his undefeated eight-year career as pro.“I said from day one that I am the best in the world at what I do, and this is what I am going to do every single time. I have been saying that since I started in 2009, and I believe it more strongly than ever because I have proved it 17 times now, and I am pumped to prove it again,” he stated.“He’s going to stick around until I put him out.”ADVERTISEMENT That’s why Askren did not hesitate to take on the the former ONE Lightweight World Champion for his swan song on Friday in the ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Indoor Stadium.“Shinya is a really good final opponent. Obviously, he is a legend of the sport, and he is a really big challenge on the ground, which is where I like to compete, personally. I am excited for this bout,” said Askren of the ONE Weltwerweight clash.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 former Beijing Olympian is looking to walk away from the sport with a spotless record, but that’s going to be easier said than done against of the best mixed martial artists in Asia.But that challenge of going out with a victory against a legend like Aoki, who touts an impressive resume of submission victories earning him the monicker of “Tobikan Judan,” is what drew the American fighter to the World Championship bout.
BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Embiid drops 26 as Sixers nip Celtics “In the third quarter, I thought we gave them a lot of opportunities,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “In the fourth quarter, it was good to see the lead expand without having very many mistakes.”Portland took control late in the third quarter, when the Blazers held Indiana scoreless for more than five minutes. It was part of Portland’s 21-2 run, during which Shabazz Napier scored eight points to help erase a six-point deficit and give the Blazers an 89-76 lead midway through the fourth quarter.Napier kick-started the rally during the final seconds of the third quarter, when he made a backcourt steal, then hit a corner 3-pointer as time expired to tie the game at 74.Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison scored 23 points each for Indiana (24-21).Indiana coach Nate McMillan had an eye on the stat sheet in assessing what went wrong for the Pacers. Portland outrebounded Indiana 57-46, and scored 24 second-chance points to the Pacers’ 10.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to lead Portland (24-21). C.J. McCollum scored 16 points and Shabazz Napier 13 for the Blazers.Just six weeks ago, the Blazers lost six consecutive games during a late-November, early December stretch. But starting Dec. 28 with a victory over Philadelphia, Portland has returned to its winning ways in Moda Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Overall our team has just locked in a little bit more,” Lillard said. “We had a rough stretch. We’re not the first team or the last team that’ll have that. The important thing when you have times like that is to stay together and stay with it. I think we’re just in a better place on the floor as a group.”Several wins during this streak looked like Thursday’s, a game in which Portland had most of the answers during the fourth quarter. Tied at 74 after three quarters, the Blazers outscored Indiana 26-12 during the final period to pull out the win. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots over Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The Trail Blazers won 100-86. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s home court was once one of the NBA’s toughest for visitors — but was a source of frustration for the Trail Blazers earlier this season.But they appear to have their home mojo back, as the Blazers won their fifth consecutive home game Thursday night, beating the Indiana Pacers 100-86.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next “That’s the hustle game you have to win,” McMillan said. “We have to give help to our bigs down in the paint. They outworked us, and won that game.”Nurkic had one of his most productive games as a Blazer, missing his career high by three rebounds. Nurkic got going early, hitting his first three shots during the first five minutes. Stotts said he didn’t recall running plays for Nurkic, saying he was doing it all on effort.“When he got in the paint, he was finishing early,” Lillard said of Nurkic. “He played strong. Even on the defensive end, he was contesting shots at the rim. . When he plays that way on both ends, we’re a much better team.”Indiana was without forward Myles Turner, the team’s second-leading scorer this season. Turner has missed five consecutive games with a right elbow injury.McCollum sprinted from the floor to the locker room early in the fourth quarter with a brief bout of nausea, but returned a few minutes later.Portland led 52-47 at halftime, and the difference was a pair of buzzer-beaters: McCollum’s 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter, and Lillard’s desperation layup off a drive to finish the second quarter.TIP-INSPacers: The last time Indiana won in Portland was Nov. 28, 2007. … Of the 12 games Turner has missed this season, two came against Portland. … Lance Stephenson missed the team’s morning shootaround with an illness, but played. He finished with no points on 0-of-6 shooting from the floor and missed both of his foul shots. … Indiana is 2-1 on its current five-game road trip, having won at Phoenix and Utah.Trail Blazers: Led by 12 boards from Nurkic, Portland outrebounded Indiana 29-18 in the first half. … Nurkic had a double-double in the first half with 12 points and 12 rebounds. … Portland swept the season series from Indiana for the third time in four seasons. The Blazers won 114-96 over the Pacers on Oct. 20. … Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last four games against Indiana.MAKING UP FOR POOR SHOOTINGPortland won despite shooting just 39.4 percent from the floor (37 of 94), and 31.2 percent from 3-point range (10 of 32). Only once has Portland shot worse and won a game this season.The Blazers made up for it in other ways, like free throw shooting. They were 16 of 16, the third time they’ve been perfect from the line in a game this season, an NBA high. 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PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino may have gotten away with the 92-78 victory over Batangas-EAC to snap its two-game losing slide, but Gab Banal felt no relief owing to how bad his team performed on Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“Actually, it feels like a loss,” he said. “We didn’t go hard in the third quarter like what we did in the first half. We had a strong start, but we had a bad third quarter.”ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next AFP official booed out of forum The Skippers saw their 21-point lead, 36-15, dissipate to just three, 52-49, midway in the third frame behind the furious rally led by Generals swingman Jeric Diego.Though Marinerong Pilipino recovered in the fourth period behind Rian Ayonayon’s outburst, Banal felt that the game still left a lot to be desired for his team in terms of its cohesiveness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You can see that we’re not familiar with each other. All of the teams that we’re playing against are school-based, so they’ve been together for a long time. That’s not an excuse for us, but rather, a challenge,” said Banal, who finished with a team-high 17 points, nine rebounds, and four steals in the victory.The 27-year-old does acknowledge the Skippers’ strength on paper as they boasts of one of the most potent collection of talents this conference. But he knows that blending those individual brilliance together is another story. MOST READ Out of Adamson, Robbie Manalang tries to make waves with new team 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments 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 “Individually, you can see that we have big names like Abu Tratter and Alvin Pasaol. Billy Robles has already been in the PBA. Ayonayon is a pure scorer. But the challenge for us right now is how fast we become a team,” he said.“What’s important right now is for us to be a team and jell as a team. We can’t do it as individuals. The faster we become a team, the more chances of us winning.”Marinerong Pilipino aims to make it back-to-back wins next Thursday when it tests Wangs Basketball-Letran.ADVERTISEMENT
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos attempts a spike against two UE blockers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines almost shot itself in the foot after its near collapse against University of the East in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday.The Lady Maroons were firmly ahead two sets to none but everything went to the way side in the third and fourth periods when UP suddenly lost control of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska stretches streak to 6, fends off GlobalPort in OT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 UP looked bamboozled in the third and fourth periods, where they committed majority of its 46 errors and the Lady Warriors took advantage to force a fifth set.“We got nervous there,” said UP captain Diana Carlos in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “Each of us had an area to cover but since we were nervous someone would go into another player’s spot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough UP still emerged winners, 25-19, 25-13, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8, it was evident that the Lady Maroons walked on a tight rope in the third and fourth sets.Four of UE’s last six points in the third set were off UP errors and a similar thing happened in the fourth when the Lady Maroons failed to figure out who would receive Judith Abil’s serve that eventually turned into an ace to force the decider. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Carlos said they were able to calm down during the break heading into the fifth set and that allowed them to close things out in the final period.“We told ourselves to calm down and we did,” said Carlos, who had 22 points for UP. AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Photo from Cris Bolado’s Facebook accountFormer Philippine Basketball Association player Cris Bolado was killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia.He would have turned 48 in October.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The 6-foot-6 Bolado, drafted 13th overall by Alaska Milk in 1994, won 11 PBA championships, including a Grand Slam with Alaska in 1996.He also suited up for Ginebra, Purefoods, Pop Cola/Coca-Cola, San Miguel and Red Bull before retiring in 2013 with career averages of 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.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 openingAccording to reports, Bolado was working as a basketball coach in an international school in the Cambodian capital.He was likewise managing a Filipino restaurant with partner Anne Christine Waje at the time of his death. Bolado, who played for National University in college, also left behind two children.Ginebra mentor Tim Cone, the late player’s coach in Alaska, and former teammates expressed shock over the incident.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bombers, Generals clash 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 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors
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The Congress on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Mayawati government, saying the Uttar Pradesh chief minister needed to set the law and order in the state right, following the increasing incidents of crimes against women. “The crime rate has gone up in UP. It speaks of a terrible malaise in the administration. We urge UP Chief Minister Mayawati to immediately step in to set right the law and order in the state and bring the perpetrators of crimes against women to justice,” Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters in Delhi. “Mayawati has lost the moral authority to continue in office,” Natrajan said, referring to the “day-to-day crimes” taking place in UP. The UP government has failed to protect the weaker sections of the society, she added. In the last 48 hours, there have been at least five cases of rape or attempted rape coming to light. The latest shocker has come from Etah, where a 35-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped and then burnt alive by her five assailants, who feared they would be identified. According to her children, she was dragged to the courtyard and raped on late Sunday night. She survived just long enough to give her dying statement. Around the same time, the body of a 14-year-old girl was found in Gonda. The girl was missing for a few days. Her parents claim she was raped. Just a day earlier, a minor Dalit girl was blinded for resisting a rape attempt in Kannauj. Two policemen were suspended for the delay in registering an FIR. Etah case is the fifth such case in the last 48 hours. Parents of a minor in Forozabad claimed their daughter was raped. In Fatehgarh, a woman was shot at by two people after a rape attempt. On June 10, a minor girl was found hanging inside a police station in Lakhimpur Kheri. Eleven policemen were suspended. What the UP information secretary says “these are random cases”, the incidents prompted the opposition to step up heat. Acting NCW chairperson Yasmeen Abrar said, “We are disturbed over these increasing incidents of violence against women in UP. We urge the UP government to take stringent and fast action. Ironically, many of the victims have been Dalits in a state that is ruled by someone, known as the messiah of the community.”For 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.advertisement
The all-time dream Test XI of the International Cricket Council (ICC), chosen through an online poll, has drawn flak from experts, with former England captain Alec Stewart calling it a ‘joke’. There are four Indians, four Australians, two West Indians and one Pakistani in the team.”What a joke team,” Stewart, the former England batsman and wicket-keeper, said on Twitter . “No Viv Richards, Gary Sobers, Malcolm Marshall to name but three.” The dream team was selected by more than 250,000 public votes on the ICC’s website.Not one of the fearsome West Indian fast bowlers of the 1970 and 1980s -Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Andy Roberts and Colin Croft -was chosen.The poll was conducted to mark the 2,000th Test match at Lord’s this week.”The result has sparked debate over the omission of players such as Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Viv Richards and Muttiah Muralitharan. The choice of Kapil Dev ahead of Sobers and Virender Sehwag over the likes of Geoffrey Boycott or Jack Hobbs reflected the demo the graphic of the electorate, a fact admitted by Haroon Lorgat, the cheif executive of the ICC,” said the Daily Telegraph.”the lack of an English player is perhaps not a surprise, although Hobbs was named as one of Wisden’s five greatest cricketers in 2000,” the report said.Donald Bradman is the only player in the team from an era before the 1970s.”Selecting from such greats is not easy job, and not surprisingly, the selection mainly reflects modern players seen by present day supporters. There are many greats from the past who whould have easily merited selection in this team, but it is nevertheless interesting to see the fans’ view on their greatest eleven of all time,” Lorgat had said.advertisementWith inputs from Agencies
Yuvraj WalmikiTorn bedsheets line the floor. There’s only one bed, with a big trolley bag occupying all the space underneath. An old clock hangs from the brick wall. In the wooden shelf fitted above an LPG cylinder are a small mirror and four used bottles of perfume. There’s coconut oil,Yuvraj WalmikiTorn bedsheets line the floor. There’s only one bed, with a big trolley bag occupying all the space underneath. An old clock hangs from the brick wall. In the wooden shelf fitted above an LPG cylinder are a small mirror and four used bottles of perfume. There’s coconut oil in one of those bottles. No fan, no television, no cupboard. Welcome to the home of new hockey star Yuvraj Walmiki. His calm flick into the net during the penalty shootout against Pakistan in the final of Asian Champions in Ordos, China, fetched India the trophy on September 11.The 21-year-old lives in a 160 sq ft shanty his gardener-grandfather was allowed to build 45 years ago in the compound of an 11-storey commercial building in Mumbai’s plush Marine Drive area. It was not eligible for either an electricity or a water connection. The Walmikis got electricity in their house on September 16, after Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport officials rushed with a form for power supply, waived mandatory installation charges and fitted an electric meter within 24 hours. “We are so used to the darkness that we will need some time to cope with the lights,” says Walmiki’s mother Meena, a homemaker. The family still uses public toilets 200 metres from their home.The newfound fame is bringing many to Walmiki’s doorstep. Only, he cannot offer anyone a chair since there’s none. The hockey star meets visitors and talks to them in a corner outside his shanty. Officials of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University have offered him a sports degree. Shiv Sena workers have promised to shift him from Raheja College in suburban Bandra, where he is a final-year commerce student, to Hinduja College in nearby Charni Road. The Shiv Sena offered him an lcd tv and refrigerator and the Maharashtra government a house besides a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh.advertisementBorn to a driver Sunil, Walmiki studied under street lights. His parents borrowed money from relatives and sent him to the nearby Our Lady of Dolours School, where he was introduced to the game in Class VI by fellow student Boon D’Souza. “I fell in love with the stick when I picked it up for the first time,” says Walmiki. In 2003, he started playing professional hockey with a local club, Bombay Republican. Within two years, he signed a contract with Bank of India and represented it in several tournaments. The contract earned him Rs 3,500 per month. Ace hockey player Dhanraj Pillay noticed him and got him a contract with Air India in 2007.In 2010, the youngster was shortlisted for the senior national team from a list of 110 probables. Walmiki hasn’t looked back since he became a fixture in the Indian side.The determination and passion that saw him storm his way into the Indian side hasn’t dimmed one bit with the newfound success. Every day, Walmiki leaves home at 6 a.m. for a three-hour practice session. “Everyone has some or the other difficulty in life. I’ve learnt how to live with them,” he says.”I do whatever Dhanrajji tells me to. Had it not been for him, I would not have seen this day,” he says of his mentor and idol. Walmiki’s next goal is a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Before that, a thanksgiving visit to Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak temple beckons.
HEADY HIGH: The World Cup still evokes unparalleled euphoriaIn a scene from the cup, the first Bhutanese film to be sent to the Oscars, the Abbot of a monastery makes tea as his assistant tries to explain why the student monks must be allowed to hire a TV and watch,HEADY HIGH: The World Cup still evokes unparalleled euphoriaIn a scene from the cup, the first Bhutanese film to be sent to the Oscars, the Abbot of a monastery makes tea as his assistant tries to explain why the student monks must be allowed to hire a TV and watch the 1998 World Cup final:It’s the World Cup.What’s that?Two civilised nations fighting over a ball.What do they get out of all this?They get a cup.A cup … Mmmm.The abbot pours the tea and looks into his cup.As every World Cup approaches, its appeal becomes more and more difficult to pin down, and so it is with 2002. Yes, the players are, if not injured, completely dog-tired, the eight-month European football season having just ended. And no, much like beauty queens, footballers cannot bring world peace.Professional club football has taken passionate local loyalties and gone global with TV and marketing. The football industry sticks price tags on its precious commodities and trades them like copper or cotton: the “world record” for the highest transfer fee has been broken five times in the past three years, and leapt by 8 million pounds (Rs 57 crore) in 12 months last year to 45.62 million pounds.Footballers are pushed to play more in club league, cup and continental competition because the appetite for football cannot be sated. The corruption scandal inside FIFA, the sport’s governing body, adds to the cocktail of payouts and compromises.In real terms, a football team usually means little else to a nation other than a pennant: to be either waved about with pride, like with Brazil, or to be packed away, like with India, content to be second-graders and spectators.advertisementASIAN STAGEClick here to EnlargeBut the World Cup still engages our imagination. As pro-football crosses continents cheque books aflash, glitzier and more demanding by the day, it appears the World Cup has mined a richer vein of passion than it did before.After they won the 1998 World Cup, the French football team declared that it belonged to a new Rainbow Republic. When rightwing politician Jean Marie Le Pen (who had scof fed at the multi-ethnic team saying the players would not know the words of the French national anth-em)-emerged as a presidential candidate last month, captain Marcel Desailly (of Ghanian descent) fronted his team’s protests demanding that his countrymen undo “the evil”. The French gathered in South Korea today are a formidable mass of talent and intent, an entity larger than its individual parts.It is a role 2002’s other favourites, Argentina, must try to play. Their country’s economic crisis-unemployment climbing, bank accounts frozen-has struck deep at the heart of its national esteem. Striker Gabriel Batistuta understands: “All we can do is bring them a little joy. We can’t find them a job.” The team called Los Celestes (the Celestial Ones) were men possessed during Cup qualifiers, losing only once in 18 matches.Argentina has always considered itself an outpost of Europe, but now as a Buenos Aires sports commentator says gloomily, “This catastrophe has made us realise what we really are. This team is our only remaining link to the first world.” The players juggle public expectation with long-range perspective, midfielder Ariel Ortega saying, “What we face is not pressure. Pressure is what parents face at the end of the month when the money runs out.”More and more, it is the footballers who-between outbreaks of physical poetry and childish petulance-speak for their big stage as eloquently as the amused abbot of The Cup.Fan Zhiyi, the first Chinese player to play in Europe, was offered a raise by his English club on the condition that he wouldn’t take too much time off to play World Cup qualifiers. Zhiyi chose China, fell out with his club, and now plays in Scotland on a lower salary. When he helped China qualify for 2002, the first time ever, Fan broke into a fit of weeping.Sublime Italian striker Roberto Baggio changed seven clubs in a 20-year career. He was recently asked, three World Cups on, why he so desperately wanted to play in a fourth. Baggio said it was because he got a chance to pull on his national jersey: “It’s the only shirt I really feel is truly mine.”In the era of the big buck and the mega-deal, the World Cup reminds us there still are some things that cannot be bought.
Sterling tag: Loyola seeks to lay claim to quality and quantity without compromisesMost people touching Sterling Road in Chennai have to take a detour irrespective of the direction they wish to take. The few who proceed straight have pride writ large on their face: they enter Loyola College.”When you are,Sterling tag: Loyola seeks to lay claim to quality and quantity without compromisesMost people touching Sterling Road in Chennai have to take a detour irrespective of the direction they wish to take. The few who proceed straight have pride writ large on their face: they enter Loyola College.”When you are in pursuit of excellence, all roads lead to Loyola,” says Prem Shankar, a young Loyola product, revelling in the fact that the college has scaled the INDIA TODAY-Gallup survey ratings, up from its number two position the previous year.Much of this success is attributed to the college administration’s futuristic approach. While drawing from its 76-year-old tradition, Loyola has made a conscious effort to blend academic excellence and history. Its restructured syllabus, in effect from the 2000-1, is something many educational institutions are trying to emulate.Besides streamlining the academic schedule, the syllabus includes topics such as world religion, heritage, personality development, social analysis, computer literacy, arts for science, science for arts and skill-based training in the last semester.”Nobody disagrees with Loyola’s hallmark assets like excellent faculty, enviable infrastructure and focused learning,” says Principal Father V. Joseph Xavier matter-of-factly. “And Loyola is proud to be a trendsetter in developing the student beyond the knowledge of text books.”Standing tall: Mumbai’s St Xavier’s is known for producing toppers, nurturing sports talent, and its annual fest, MalharScience education here has taken on an all-new dimension with the formation of the Loyola Institute of Frontier Energy (LIFE), an interdisciplinary group working on projects involving the basic sciences departments. With more than 80 published works since its inception in 1995, LIFE enables even undergraduate students to participate in research-oriented projects.The chemistry department has to its credit a patent on a low-cost method of coating lead with chromium for application in the country’s major power reactors. The projects are funded by the Department of Science & Technology and the Department of Atomic Energy.The college also organises seminars on individual student projects and has made computer education compulsory for the students. Social work is also part of the Loyola campus life. With 525-odd students in the Science stream, 557 in Arts and 172 in Commerce, the college seeks to lay claim on quality and quantity without compromising either.The students’ service centre at the college has managed to woo business houses to the campus to recruit students even when the economy has looked gloomy. Former RBI governor and Andhra Pradesh Governor C. Rangarajan leads the pack of Loyola’s alumni. If such academics gives the impression of a classroom-oriented campus, Loyolites like Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, and tennis stars Vijay Amritraj and Anand Amritraj instantly allay such fears.Founded in 1925 by a group of Jesuits, Loyola, which is now contemplating a deemed university status, emphasises the cultural heritage of the country, an understanding of various religions and the need for tolerance. Priests from the order still run the college with dedication. “This place is magical and never fails to inspire,” says D.P. Sankaran, professor of chemistry, who has spent 36 years in Loyola first as a student and later as a teacher. That’s something no Loyolite would contest.advertisementClick here to EnlargeSt Xavier’s College, Mumbai, has more than one reason to be happy. Besides retaining its No. 2 slot in Arts, it has moved up to the 2nd position in Science from the 5th place it occupied last year. Among the advantages it boasts of are the research institutes attached to it. Besides producing toppers and nurturing sports talent, it is also known for Malhar, the vibrant annual college festival with the trademark frog as its logo.Click here to EnlargeSt Xavier’s nearest rival is Kolkata’s Presidency College. The 3rd place in Science is occupied by the country’s oldest college. The process of blending history with academics has already begun in the City of Joy’s 185-year-old landmark. The premier institution is reshaping itself in a more career-oriented mould. Thanks to a rigorous admission policy and a unique system of tutorials, it spins out toppers with ease. Now, it’s also trying to make sure they can grab the best jobs on offer.This year, the Science stream has witnessed roller coaster movements-Stella Maris in Chennai, which was ranked 15th the previous year, has risen to the 9th position, while Delhi’s St Stephen’s College has slipped to the 8th position from last year’s 3rd.Chennai’s Presidency College – Nobel laureate C.V. Raman is its flagbearer – has slipped to the 5th position from last year’s No. 1 slot, while Mumbai-based Elphinstone College, which was ranked 12th the year before, has managed to make it to the “Big Ten” this year.advertisementTop 10 Colleges Loyola College, Chennai, 2001 (2), 2000 (4)St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, 2001 (5), 2000 (3)Presidency College, Kolkata, 2001 (4), 2000 (7)ST Xavier’s College, Kolkata, 2001 (5), 2000 (6)Presidency College, Chennai, 2001 (1), 2000 (1)Madras Christian College, Chennai, 2001 (9), 2000 (5)Ferguson College, Pune, 2001 (5), 2000 (10)St Stephen’s, Delhi, 2001 (3), 2000 (2)Stella maris College, Chennai, 2001 (15), 2000 (-)Elphinstone College, Mumbai, 2001 (12), 2000 (-)