A romance gone bad: Valentine’s Day program examines biomedical researcher’s ignoble lies

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first_img A romance gone bad: Valentine’s Day program examines biomedical researcher’s ignoble lies Benita Alexander/Investigation Discovery The film doesn’t shed much new light on Macchiarini’s scientific misconduct—which one whistleblower in the case now qualifies as “murder,” because almost all of his trachea recipients have died—but it provides a fascinating glimpse into his private world at a time when his research was coming under fire. Making the film was “extraordinarily difficult and painful,” says Alexander, an Emmy Award winner who gave up her job and took her daughter out of a private school thinking she was going to live with Macchiarini in Barcelona. “I was utterly devastated. He blew up my whole life,” she says. “But my thoughts turned very quickly to the fact that this was a man who had people’s lives in his hands. I had to force myself to pick myself up off the floor and tell my story.” Benita Alexander and Paolo Macchiarini on a trip to Venice, Italy, in 2013. “He had that sexy George Clooney thing going on,” Alexander says. By Martin EnserinkFeb. 14, 2018 , 4:25 PM The misconduct case of Paolo Macchiarini, a surgeon and researcher who fooled the biomedical community about the failure of his pioneering work on trachea implants, had a bizarre and tragic side story. The discredited surgeon, formerly of the Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm, also spun an elaborate web of lies for Benita Alexander, a former NBC investigative producer who fell in love with him while on an assignment to cover his work. In an ironic take on Valentine’s Day, a new documentary on their doomed whirlwind romance is airing tonight in the United States.Among the falsehoods Macchiarini told Alexander, who at the time worked for NBC in New York City, are claims that he belonged to a secret cadre of doctors who treat heads of state and other VIPs, and that he and Alexander would marry at a Rome ceremony in July 2015 officiated by Pope Francis and with the Obamas, the Clintons, the Putins, and Elton John in attendance.None of it was true, as Alexander found out 2 months before the supposed wedding, a revelation documented 2 years ago in a riveting Vanity Fair article by another journalist. Now, Alexander retells the story herself in an 85-minute documentary, He Lied About Everything, that will premiere at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the Investigation Discovery television channel.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) It’s a twist of irony that the media helped build Macchiarini’s reputation, and then helped destroy it. He became famous by creating replacement tracheas, or windpipes, in the lab, initially from donor tracheas and later from plastic versions. They were “seeded” with stem cells that supposedly turned them into a living, functional organ. Glowing accounts in the press hailed Macchiarini—who speaks six languages, worked all over the world, and has what Alexander calls “this sexy George Clooney thing going on”—as a “supersurgeon” and a pioneer of regenerative medicine. (NBC got interested in him after a front page 2012 story in The New York Times, Alexander says.)At first, misconduct allegations against Macchiarini didn’t stick. In August 2015, KI dismissed a report by an independent investigator, Bengt Gerdin of Uppsala University in Sweden, who had concluded that Macchiarini had committed scientific misconduct. “He was back in business,” says KI’s Karl-Henrik Grinnemo, one of four scientists who had blown the whistle on Macchiarini. “He had the full support of the Karolinska Institute, and we were basically looking for other jobs.” But when the Vanity Fair story was published on 6 January 2016, says Grinnemo, “everybody realized, ‘Oh my God, his entire life is fake.’”Another bombshell came a week later: The first episode of Experimenten, a three-part documentary by Swedish television producer Bosse Lindquist on Macchiarini’s work that included searing footage of a young Russian woman who died after having received one of his artificial windpipes. “The two stories complemented each other,” Grinnemo says. But Gerdin says that Experimenten, which aired on primetime TV in Sweden, had a “vastly higher impact.” It triggered a media storm and led to KI firing Macchiarini in March 2016, as well as the resignation of a slew of KI officials. (He Lied About Everything will air in Sweden on 25 February.)Lindquist, who’s writing a book about the case, says that Macchiarini liked to be filmed but loved filming as well. Alexander’s documentary makes lavish use of intimate footage, much of it shot by Macchiarini, that shows the couple traveling to romantic locations around the world and him showering her with gifts. (“It’s amazing that he left all that footage with her, knowing that she might become very angry and that she was an NBC producer,” Lindquist says.) The film also shows how Macchiarini formed a close bond with Alexander’s daughter, who was 9 when the couple met in February 2013, and whose father died from brain cancer in June of that year.The house of cards collapsed after a friend emailed Alexander a news story showing that Pope Francis would be in South America during the week he was supposed to marry the couple at his summer residence, the Gandolfo Castle. In the documentary, Alexander says Macchiarini tried to explain the discrepancy with even more absurd lies—including the claim that he was a sniper and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, and that former Pope Benedict had tried to stop the wedding—while she grew ever more suspicious. Once the truth had sunk in, she started traveling all around Europe in a futile attempt to get answers, discovering in the process that Macchiarini was still married and appeared to have relationships with at least three other women. She also documents how he misled his colleagues, KI, and his patients, almost all of whom have died.Alexander says she’s unclear about Macchiarini’s current whereabouts. As Science has reported, Macchiarini lost his research funding and his job at Kazan Federal University in Russia earlier this year. Prosecutors in Stockholm announced in October 2017 that they would not pursue manslaughter charges against Macchiarini, but a new, separate inquiry by prosecutors in Gothenburg, Sweden, is pending.As to what motivated Macchiarini, Alexander says she still doesn’t know. “What’s going on in that mind? I have no idea,” she says. But her own experience has helped her understand why the allegations of his scientific misconduct were so unwelcome, she says. “Whether you are an institution that financed him, wrote a paper with him, or were in the operating room with him, it’s very difficult to admit you were fooled,” she says. “It’s humiliating. … It’s much easier to want to shove it under the rug and move away from it.”last_img read more

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India seek to clinch first Asia Cup title in 15 years

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first_imgIndia will aim to set right their woeful record in ODI finals and end a 15-year-old jinx when they take on familiar foes Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here tomorrow.Their pride pricked once again by a dominant Sri Lanka last night, India will also seek to avenge yesterday’s defeat at the Rangiri International Stadium where they slumped to a comprehensive seven-wicket defeat.Mahendra Singh Dhoni struggled to explain the humiliating loss but the fact remains that India were completely outclassed by the Lankans, who are gradually developing into a powerful one-day side.That they have trounced India in three ODI finals since 2008, besides the victory in the Twenty20 World Cup, indicates that the inspired Lankans would be a hard bunch to be beat even if Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra, rested yesterday, return tomorrow.Dhoni would also hope to end a 15-year title drought that followed India’s last Asia Cup triumph in Sharjah in 1995.Yesterday’s defeat not only exposed India’s batting frailties but also raised questions about some selection issues.With Sachin Tendulkar opting to spend time with his family, India should have had an opening batsman in the reserves. But they chose middle-order batsman Saurabh Tiwary, while Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli fight for a permanent slot.It didn’t come as a surprise when the team management hurriedly flew in Dinesh Karthik as a replacement when regular opener Virender Sehwag suffered a hamstring injury.Another startling gaffe by the team management was the inclusion of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha for the last match.advertisementWith Sehwag, who had claimed four wickets for six runs against Bangladesh, out of the tournament and Harbhajan Singh rested, Dhoni should have logically played R Ashwin as a replacement for an off-break bowler.But he chose to play Ojha when India already had a left-arm tweaker in Ravindra Jadeja.Evidently, off-break bowlers have held sway right through the tournament but India chose to ignore this fact and paid the price for their imprudence.On the other hand, Sri Lanka have been prudent in their team selection. Every selection made by Aravinda de Silva and co-selectors has been made with an eye on the 2011 World Cup.last_img read more

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‘Today, technolingo is the height of being hip’

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first_imgDilip BobbA five-star hotel in Delhi has introduced a novel concept: in the men’s room, at head height in the urinal, is a TV screen, much like the ones in commercial airplanes, tuned into a 24-hour news channel.It offers a pleasant diversion but one thought did strike me. What if,Dilip BobbA five-star hotel in Delhi has introduced a novel concept: in the men’s room, at head height in the urinal, is a TV screen, much like the ones in commercial airplanes, tuned into a 24-hour news channel.It offers a pleasant diversion but one thought did strike me. What if a riveting news event, like the attack on the World Trade Center, took place while you were doing the business? Being stuck in the loo watching TV is definitely not on the list of things I must do in my lifetime.There is, pardon the pun, a bigger picture visible here. Technology represents today’s cool. In an increasingly wired world, gadgets and gizmos are defining who we are and the image we would like to project of ourselves.TVs in the loo may be an extreme example but it does highlight the fact that even hotels are conscious of the TQ (technology quotient) required to stay ahead of the competition.The New CoolHowever, it’s the TQ of individuals that is really starting to make the most forceful personality proclamation. Nowadays, making a style statement has more to do with the cell phone in your hand than the Versace draping your body.Camera cell phones started off as a novelty but today they are an essential accessory for the well-dressed man or woman. Neither are they an adult toy. Try sending your child to college with last year’s model of mobile phone. You may as well send him/her to Siberia, or its Indian equivalent.Mobile phones are, for obvious reasons, the most visible symbols of cool but style is prevailing over substance in almost every gadget we own. Joggers who thought they were doing fine with their Sony Discmans are being sneered at by those sporting Apple’s iPod.advertisementAnd would road warriors dare check in for that international flight carrying anything but the slimmest, sleekest laptop, regardless of its memory and features? PDAs may be the poor man’s notebook but the models with the highest cool factor retail for as much as $500 (Rs 23,000), the same price as a mid-range PC. Even a year ago, words like wi-fi and bluetooth would brand you a geek, a social outcast. Today, technolingo is the height of being hip.Like all style statements, there’s always something for the ultra-cool and the ultra-rich. A Vertu platinum mobile phone retails for 17,000 (approximately Rs 14 lakh). Being cool has its price.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar all set to take oath as Rajya Sabha MP today

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first_imgSachin reaches Rajya Sabha chairman’s office to take oath.Sachin, wife Anjali head to Parliament with Rajiv Shukla.Sachin Tendulkar first active cricketer to be nominated to Rajya Sabha.Sachin Tendulkar meets Rajiv Shukla.Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar to take oath as Rajya Sabha member today at 10.30 am.Sachin Tendulkar reaches Rajiv Shukla residence with wife Anjali.Sachin Tendulkar was nominated to Rajya Sabha on April 27, 2012.last_img

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Schoolboys try to snatch Olympic torch in UK

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first_imgThe relay of Olympic Flame in the United Kingdom was disrupted when two kids grabbed it in a dangerous prank on Monday. The grinning schoolboys managed to break through a police cordon before grabbing the two feet torch as it made its way through Coventry. The boys, wearing black beanie hats and school uniforms, pounced as the torch was passed along. After the stunt the two boys were bundled back into the crowd by the police. The official torchbearers looked shocked when the cheeky kids suddenly joined their procession and tried to run with the torch. There were smiles of relief later as the torch was taken off them.last_img read more

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Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis

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first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Joe Devance scattered 19 markers, four boards, and three assists, while Slaughter collected 16 points, seven rebounds, five dimes, and four blocks off the bench in the win.Caguioa uncorked all of his 13 markers in the fourth quarter as three other players finished in double-digits for the Gin Kings.Game 2 is on Wednesday at Batangas City Coliseum in Batangas City, and Cone expects a much-prepared TNT squad for the tiff.“Game 2 is probably going to be pretty exciting. One way, we’re happy that we’re able to play like this because we’re able to beat them. On the other hand, we just filled their bag with a whole bunch of motivation going to Game 2,” Cone said.“There’s always positives and negatives to blowouts in a series. But we basically got done what we wanted to do today, in terms of getting the ball inside to Joe, Japeth (Aguilar), Justin, and Greg, and we also defended well.” ADVERTISEMENT UAAP Starting 5: Week 4 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Brownlee fired a team-high 21 points on an efficient 10-of-15 shooting clip on top of eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals.The 29-year-old forward, then, teamed up with Greg Slaughter to further pounce on the hapless KaTropa in the third quarter, before Mark Caguioa followed suit in the fourth period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“They beat us up in the eliminations, and we got them today,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.The Kings got back at the KaTropa, who manhandled them,121-92, in the elimination round. MOST READcenter_img PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra displayed its full strength as it clobbered TNT, 121-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Justin Brownlee opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings in the first quarter as he anchored a 14-2 blast to turn a 17-19 deficit into a 31-21 lead.ADVERTISEMENT It was a complete annihilation on the part of the Gin Kings, who controlled the boards, 54-42, and led by as much as 34 points, 113-79.Glen Rice Jr. paced TNT with 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals, but committed seven turnovers.Jayson Castro chipped in 16 markers and seven dimes, while Roger Pogoy got 12 points and five boards in a losing effort.The scores:GINEBRA 121 – Brownlee 21, Devance 19, Slaughter 16, Caguioa 13, J. Aguilar 10, Cruz 10, Tenorio 10, Mercado 7, Thompson 7, Mariano 4, Taha 4, R. Aguilar 0, Helterbrand 0.TNT 94 – Rice 26, Castro 16, Pogoy 12, Tautuaa 7, Carey 6, Nuyles 6, Rosario 5, Williams 5, Semerad 5, Hernandez 3, Reyes 2, Chua 1, Golla 0, Lingganay 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 31-22, 60-48, 95-75, 121-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors 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

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Las Vegas marathon moves start line away from shooting scene

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first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 5, 2010 file photo, runners fill the Las Vegas Strip in the shadow of the Mandalay Bay hotel, top left, during the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas. The upcoming Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Nov. 12, has a new start line and race festival grounds. The race will start in front of the New York-New York resort on the Las Vegas Strip, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of last year’s start near the Mandalay Bay. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)LAS VEGAS — The start line for the upcoming Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon has been moved away from the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, organizers said Friday.The Nov. 12 evening race will start in front of the New York-New York resort on the Las Vegas Strip, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of last year’s start near the Mandalay Bay hotel, Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series executive Josh Furlow said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST 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 Cruz said about 40,000 runners are expected for various races during the weekend marking the 51st running of a race that evolved from a flat, wind-swept desert event in 1967 to a glitzy and music-filled attraction.There won’t be the usual bandstands, musical groups and amplified sound for the first 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of the marathon and half-marathon, in tribute to victims and affected families, he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Efficient Fournier leads Magic rout of Spurs The Mandalay Bay was the hotel from which a gunman on the 32nd floor fired assault-style weapons Oct. 1 into a country music concert crowd of about 22,000 people, killing 58 and injuring almost 550.After using that same open-air festival ground for pre-race activities the last several years, the gathering spot for this year’s marathon and half-marathon will be between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos and the T-Mobile Arena, said Dan Cruz, spokesman for race organizer The Competitor Group.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 openingThe overall 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) marathon and 13.1-mile (21-kilometer) half-marathon courses are still being finalized, Cruz said. But the new start line means runners will twice pass the site of the shooting as they run south on the Strip, loop around the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and head north again past casino marquees.An on-course tribute is planned near the site of the shooting, including a #VegasStrong signing wall that people can sign during a race expo beginning Nov. 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE

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first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST 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 Pumaren was named UE head coach in 2014 but has yet to bring the Red Warriors back to the semifinals, and though UE showed a lot of promise in UAAP Season 80, it still finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-11.“As I’ve told the team in the dugout, I think we could have done a lot better if we played consistently, both individually and as a team. I think that was the problem this season, that we were not playing consistent ball throughout,” he said.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 openingThe lack of success the past four seasons played a part in Pumaren expressing his doubts of coming back next year plus other matters that he hopes to discuss with the UE management.“I’m still thinking if I’m going to renew for next year because it depends on where they want the team’s direction to go to. Imagine, we don’t have an import, but when it comes to recruitment and getting the local guys, I would say that we’re far compared to the other teams, maybe even last,” he said. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads UST dominates UAAP judo anew LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is uncertain whether he would return to University of the East for another season after the Red Warriors failed to make the Final Four for the eighth consecutive year.“I don’t know, really. I still have to see what’s the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that,” Pumaren said after his team fell to University of Santo Tomas, 85-88, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 “That’s why I am saying right now, UE has to revisit what direction they want to go. That is one thing also that I have to think about. We already have a disadvantage without an import and we have a hard time recruiting local guys, so that makes the job more difficult,” Pumaren said. “Sometimes I envy other teams like UST and UP which have their own imports. We don’t. It’s so hard to get a 6-7, 6-8 Filipino now, and where will we find him? Unless we go for a Fil-Am, but the budget is still another story.”Pumaren said being on the same page with the stakeholders in terms of enhancing the basketball program through better recruitment will be integral in bringing the Red Warriors back to contender status.“That’s why I said I don’t know what’s the direction. Of course, they’re looking for a win, but they have to give me also what I need,” he said. “We can’t go to war without anything to offer. When I recruit, it’s just my basketball program that I offer. It’s just like when I was able to recruit Alvin, teams were offering him big incentives, but I was just able to convince his mother. But it’s not like that every day. You’ll be lucky to get one, but it’s not enough.”“I might have a good program, but still, I have to also to have the materials. We can’t just be participants here.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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IOC confident 2020 Tokyo Games will not be tainted by doping

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first_imgMOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Despite the ban, Russian officials still expect more than 200 of their athletes to compete in South Korea.Coates also spoke about the need for Tokyo organizers to cut costs for the games.The IOC is seeking to make the games more affordable as part of President Thomas Bach’s “Agenda 2020” reforms. In a bid to cut costs, Tokyo organizers have moved several events to existing facilities in neighboring prefectures.Coates said the final budget for Tokyo — which is projected at $12 billion — can be sliced by another $1 billion, a reduction that was relayed to the organizing committee during the previous project review in October.A second version of the budget is set to be released later this month.“There’s something like 900 major contracts involved in delivering the games,” Coates said. “So there is a lot of procurement that is taking place and we have to make sure that procurement is at competitive prices.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Approximately 2 1/2 years away from Tokyo’s second Olympics, Coates said he is pleased with the progress organizers have made with the building of venues despite some initial delays on the new national stadium.“It’s not an area that I have any concern,” Coates said. “You are making all your deadlines in construction and I see no reason why in a country as sophisticated that won’t continue to be the case.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates, left, speaks with Tokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori during a joint press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO — The International Olympic Committee expects Japan to lead the way against doping when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics.IOC vice president John Coates said Wednesday that Japan had “one of the finest records” in the world when it comes to the fight against doping.ADVERTISEMENT “You’ve got legislation with the parliament to further strengthen your anti-doping regime so I don’t think you need to hold any fears about the anti-doping environment that the organizing committee, Japan sports and the government will provide,” Coates said on the final day of a three-day evaluation of Tokyo’s preparations.Coates said Japanese organizers have fulfilled their obligations to provide anti-doping at the highest level with an accredited laboratory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We can’t be relaxed but you’ve certainly laid the groundwork for many, many years for an anti-doping system for the Tokyo Games that will be of the highest integrity,” said Coates, who chairs the 2020 coordination commission.Coates’ comments come after the IOC ruled last week that all Russians must compete under the Olympic flag as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games following accusations of a state-sponsored doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Froome found to have double the legal limit of asthma drug After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021last_img read more

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Krueger, Gehring earn Olympic spots at US short track trials

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first_imgView comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads John-Henry Krueger reacts after winning the men’s 1500-meter during the U.S.Olympic short track speedskating trials Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)KEARNS, Utah — John-Henry Krueger qualified for his first Olympic team and Lana Gehring made her second nearly eight years apart at the U.S. short track speedskating trials.Krueger won the second 1,500-meter final after two-time Olympian J.R. Celski crashed with a lap to go on the first night of competition Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “I think I hit a block is what my coach told me,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, for sure.”Krueger leads the men’s standings with 1,800 points. Celski is second with 1,328 and Adam Callister third at 1,050.On the women’s side, Gehring is headed to her second Olympics, having won a bronze in the 3,000 relay at the 2010 Vancouver Games. The 27-year-old skater switched to long track for a while before returning to her short track roots.“I can’t be more pleased with my performance,” she said. “To get a double win, that’s very hard.”She leads the women’s standings with 2,000 points. Kristen Santos is second at 1,440 and 2014 Olympian Jessica Kooreman is third at 1,210.ADVERTISEMENT In the first women’s final, Maame Biney crashed with two laps to go and got penalized for taking out 2010 Olympian Katherine Reutter-Adamek. Biney, a 17-year-old born in Ghana, remains a threat to make the Olympic team.In the second women’s final, Gehring, Santos and Reutter-Adamek went down together in the corner. Reutter-Adamek was disqualified for causing the crash and the referees decided to re-skate the race.“I was a little riled up about it because I didn’t like why we fell,” Gehring said. “But it helped me to re-settle a little bit.”Reutter-Adamek saw a hole going into the corner, but Gehring closed it up.“I hate being a skater that causes trouble,” Reutter-Adamek said. “But to watch her win with that type of composure, I mean that’s speedskating at its best. Look how she picked herself back up and won that race. That’s composure.”There was drama in the do-over, too. Kooreman was penalized for kicking her skate across the finish line as Gehring crossed first. Kooreman lost her balance and went sliding across half the rink.“I wanted to go for it at the line,” Kooreman said. “My back foot just came out from under me and they called that kicking out, I guess. It’s dependent on who decides what day they want to call it.”Kooreman said she wasn’t intentionally trying to kick out, which is illegal in the wild and wooly sport. She and Gehring were leaning on each other at the finish line.“Right now, I feel fired up because I’m kind of ticked off,” Kooreman said. Lowry has triple-double as Raptors rout Nets LATEST STORIES “It’s definitely a lot of weight off the shoulders to know that I am on the team now,” Krueger said. “There’s a lot of work to be done. I still have to qualify spots in all the other individual distances, so it’s not time to party yet.”Gehring swept the women’s 1,500 finals, both of which were marred by crashes involving some of the top skaters on the hockey-sized rink in the middle of the big Utah Olympic Oval.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe skaters went through the distance’s semifinal and final stages twice, earning points for their finishes in each race.Celski won the first 1,500 final, with Krueger finishing second. In the second final, Krueger won and Ryan Pivirotto finished second. Celski was in third place when he crashed out of the 13 1/2-lap race.last_img read more

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Karunanidhi does not exist without Congress(I) support: M.G. Ramachandran

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first_imgMGR: cordial ties with the CentreM.G. Ramachandran (MGR), the super star of Tamil films who first became Tamil Nadu’s chief minister four years ago, is actually a Malayalee. Born of a poor plantation labourer about 65 years ago in Kandy (Sri Lanka), his actual name is Maruthur Gopala Ramachandra Menon.His,MGR: cordial ties with the CentreM.G. Ramachandran (MGR), the super star of Tamil films who first became Tamil Nadu’s chief minister four years ago, is actually a Malayalee. Born of a poor plantation labourer about 65 years ago in Kandy (Sri Lanka), his actual name is Maruthur Gopala Ramachandra Menon. His poverty-ridden childhood and youth are obscure. Not much is known about this period except that his father died when he was a child, that his mother laboured to raise her three children (two boys and one girl), that he had to fight all the way to make it to the top.Fame and recognition came to him rather late, in the ’60s, even though he played a major role as early as 1947, in a Tamil film Rajakumari. MGR’s political awareness coincided with the beginning of his serious film career in the late ’40s. It was E. V. Ramaswamy Naicker (EVR), the founder of the Dravida Kazhagam (VfK.) who fired his political imagination. It was also at this time that he came into contact with C. N. Annadurai and M.Karunanidhi. When Annadurai quit the DK and formed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), MGR followed him along with Karunanidhi. “Anna” became the first DMK chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1967; he died in ’69 and was succeeded by the wily scriptwriter Karunanidhi.MGR always played the good guy’s role in most of his films: no drinking, smoking, swearing, gambling or womanis-ing. He stuck to this Mr Clean image in real life too. He didn’t like the way Karunanidhi ran the party and government, and the party’s funds in particular. As the party’s treasurer he demanded to know how DMK finances were being used and promptly got sacked from the party by Karunanidhi. MGR formed his All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in 1972.advertisementPeople know I am sincere and they believe what I tell them. The moment they lose faith in me, MGR the hero becomes a zero !Following the dismissal of Karunanidhi’s government by Mrs Gandhi during the Emergency on charges of corruption and inefficiency, MGR swept the polls and became the state’s chief minister in 1977. His government too was dismissed by Mrs Gandhi early last year, but MGR and his party were returned to power in May last year with a thumping majority.MGR sports a fur cap on his bald head and wears dark glasses all the time. Simple and unpretentious, he continues to live in his private residence at Ramavaram, a suburb 15 km from Madras. He rarely meets the press and grants few interviews. Last week, he invited India Today Senior Editor S. Venkat Narayan and Correspondent Raj Chengappa for an exclusive interview. Dressed in white dhoti and shirt, MGR turned out to be a gentle soul who keeps his cool. The marathon four-hour session began with lunch and ended with coffee. He spoke in Tamil and the interview was conducted in a relaxed fashion with the help of two interpreters. MGR switched off the air-conditioner himself so that the conversation could be taped properly. He disconnected the telephone too and asked the photographer to stop taking pictures because it disturbed his concentration. Even though his poverty deprived him of a good education, he is endowed with native intelligence and possesses an endearing sense of humour. Presently he is working on his autobiography which is being serialised in a Tamil weekly. He speaks as if he is delivering dialogues in a film. Excerpts from the interview:Q. What are the most important achievements of your four-year rule ?A. We were able to reopen sick and strike-bound mills and make them economically viable. In sericulture, we produced two lakh jobs. Nearly one lakh additional jobs were created in the handloom industry. The safety match industry was expanded to create additional jobs for 1,50,000 people. We accorded recognition to over 2,68,000 schoolteachers as government servants and provided job security to that many families.It’s my government which fixed minimum wages for landless farm labourers. We granted old age pensions to 25,000 old farmers. Another lakh of them will get such pensions in course of time. We are supplying electricity to Harijan homes and charging them a flat rate of Rs 2 a month. Lack of toilet facilities for women is a serious problem in our villages. In 570 villages I have arranged to provide such facilities.Q. Quite often, the non-Congress(I)-ruled states complain of step-motherly treatment by the Centre. You don’t seem to have this problem. As your opponent here is Mrs Gandhi’s political ally, how do you manage to have an apparently good relationship with her Government?A. A mother has to feed all her children. The vociferous lot among the children may get away with a little more than the others. But it doesn’t mean the mother starves the children who don’t fight with her. We have our own way of going about and getting quite a bit of what we want.Q. Does the Congresses alignment with the DMK seem genuine and natural to you?A. There’s been some misunderstanding between the Congress(I) and us. I decided against sponsoring Mrs Gandhi’s candidature for the Thanjavur parliamentary election (when she was out of power) at the last minute because I had definite information that if she had fought from there, her life would have been in danger.advertisementKarunanidhi was to have been her opponent. The violence that had occurred during the Chikmagalur byelection would have paled into insignificance compared to the violence that would have erupted at Thanjavur had Amma contested from there. I acted in good faith.My opponents spread lies to say that I backed out at the last minute because Morarji Desai threatened me. That’s rubbish. If that had been the case, why would I have backed a Congress(I) candidate at Thanjavur and ensured his victory? If I had incurred the wrath of some people in Amma’s party because of my reluctance to back her candidature at that time, then I have no regrets. Only time will tell whether what I did was right or wrong.Today Karunanidhi does not exist without Congress(I) support. He is a spent force now. In this state, parliamentary elections are one thing and assembly elections quite another. The whole of India wanted Mrs Gandhi back. In this state people were certain that they did not want Karunanidhi back. The Congress(I) won the parliamentary election because of Mrs Gandhi and not because of Karunanidhi. If people had wanted Karunanidhi back, they would have voted for the DMK in the last assembly election.Q. What are the chances of the AIADMK forming an alliance with the Congress(I)?A. If the Congress(I) can have an alliance with a man like Karunanidhi, there is no reason why it cannot have one with a man like me who had ordered a police firing to protect Amma against Karunanidhi’s goons when she visited Madras four years ago.We have had some differences of opinion. That’s why they went to the DMK. But it is we who have a more solid and meaningful relationship with the Congress(I). Our relationship is old and more durable.Q. What about the future?A. I am not thinking of what kind of relationship I should have with the Congress(I). I am thinking of such a relationship that will benefit the Tamil people the most. We already have a cordial relationship with the Centre. If we have a political understanding too between our two parties, there would be nothing like it. I hope it will come about in course of time. But I cannot predict what will or will not happen tomorrow.Q. The AIADMK appears to be basically an MGR show, doesn’t it?A. The AIADMK does not exist on a single individual called MGR. If MGR gives sustenance to the party, it’s because he reflects the policies and programmes of Anna. The day I stop doing it I will cease to count.Q. After you what will happen to the AIADMK ?A. Many people think that the AIADMK was formed in 1972 and that this five-year-old party came to power in 1977. But that’s not true. Anna formed the DMK in 1949. People accepted the AIADMK and voted it twice to power because they accept me and my party as the real inheritors of Anna’s legacy. In my party there are people who are more experienced than myself and they will continue to follow Anna’s policies even after I am gone.Q. What’s the difference between the AIADMK and the DMK in terms of policy?A. The DMK pursues Karunanidhi’s policies. In my party, we follow Anna’s ideals.Q. Can it be said that the DMK stopped winning elections when you left it ?A. Well, we formed the AIADMK in 1972. The DMK never really won a single major election victory since then.Q. The good guy roles you have played in those 150-odd films are clearly helping you a great deal!A. Well, I have played the villain’s role too in some films. Only I don’t play a villain’s role in real life! Whatever I promise to my people I try to implement to the best of my ability. People know I am sincere and believe what I tell them. The moment they lose faith in me, MGR the hero becomes a zero!Q. Why do you want to build a new capital?A. That’s because Madras has become just too overcrowded and unmanageable. Basic amenities like water, roads, sewage facilities and houses are grossly inadequate. This city wasn’t built in a planned way. We have now come to a stage where we have to alter the entire sewage system at a cost of Rs 50 crore and even then there is this danger of sewage pipes and drinking water pipes getting mixed up! We need to spend at least Rs 500 crore to improve basic amenities in Madras. Moreover, it is not accessible to all. What we need to spend to improve things in Madras can be used to build a first class state capital in the heart of Tamil Nadu.Q. All your life you have been a staunch prohibitionist. You had even imposed stiff punishment on breakers of the prohibition law in the name of wiping tears of mothers. Why have you scrapped it now?A. The law that was meant to wipe tears ended up swelling the eyes of mothers and wives with more tears. I found that it resulted in increased bootlegging, scores of deaths and thousands of jail sentences. This meant that breadwinners in thousands of families ended up in jail for breaking the law, thus reducing such families to destitution. That’s why I decided to change it.Q. Karunanidhi alleges that your party colleagues would have made at least Rs 15-20 crore in distributing liquor licences.A. Some time ago also, he made a similar charge and challenged me to sue him for defamation so that he could prove the charge. When I did file a case he changed his tactics and started accusing me that I was filing cases because I wanted to victimise him! So much for his allegations.Q. Your critics say that you sit on files for too long and that you are very suspicious about your officials’ motives. As a result things don’t get done fast.A. I don’t take decisions unless I have all the details of a particular case with me. I can take a right decision only when I know everything about something, isn’t it? You can’t blame me in such cases, can you? During Karunanidhi’s time, I am afraid the files were in a mess.advertisementThis is causing us problems now. Just one example. A certain project cost Rs 70 lakh in 1970. Karunanidhi approved it in 1972. By the time work began on it, it was 1974. We will need over Rs 330 lakh to finish this project, thanks to my worthy predecessor’s file-pushing efficiency. May I ask: what the hell was he doing sitting on the project for four blessed years’?Files are often found missing. One wise official took eight months to fish out one file! Another just didn’t know where his files were. The Sarkaria Commission had indicted one of Karunanidhi’s officials for changing currency notes worth over Rs 30 lakh into notes of smaller denominations when there were rumours about impending demonetisation. This being so, can you really blame me for my so-called suspicious nature?Q. Three years ago, you had said in an interview to India Today that you would like to see someone from the south occupy the prime minister’s chair.A. Just as there is decentralisation of power, there should be decentralisation of opportunities too so that any deserving person gets a chance to aspire for the highest office in the land. People all over the country must have confidence in the Central Government. They should think it is being fair to all the states. Once this is achieved, there will be no problem.Q. Do you think that someone from the south can hope to become India’s prime minister in the next five, 10 or 15 years? And who are the potential candidates ?A. Leaders are not chosen on the basis of a politician’s wishes! Gandhiji could say that Nehru would be his heir apparent. These days nobody can do that sort of thing.Q. Do you fancy yourself becoming the prime minister some day ?A. Instead, you should ask me: how long do you think you will continue as chief minister?last_img read more

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ISL 2014: Orji scores winner as Kerala romp to 2-1 win over Pune

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first_imgPune will be eager to carry on their winning momentum against Kerala in the ISL tie todayWelcome to the LIVE coverage of the Indian Super League(ISL), Match 17 between Kerala Blasters and FC Pune City from the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex stadium in Pune.Record-breaking Chennai | Koke Heroics | Atletico’s Riot | Delhi’s Struggle Having registered their first win at home, FC Pune City are gearing up to take on Kerala Blasters with renewed confidence in the Indian Super League football on Thursday.A day ahead of the game, the Pune franchise got its first official celebrity fan in Bollywood actress Esha Gupta.Following the announcement of Hrithik Roshan becoming the co-owner of FC Pune City and Arjun Kapoor its brand ambassador, Gupta’s fan status comes as an impetus to the club’s morale.After a comprehensive victory against FC Goa, FC Pune City are confident and will look to put up another good performance in front of the home crowd.The last game saw marquee player David Trezeguet coming to the fore and this augurs well for the side, which will definitely get motivated by the star French striker’s return to form.Kostas Katsouranis, who was the man of the match in the last game, will look to continue his fine form and he will play a critical role against Kerala. While he controls the midfield alongside Lenny Rodriguez, Ashutosh Mehta and Israil Gurung, with their attacking instincts, will be a formidable force for the opposition ranks.The Indian players have been impressive so far and they will look to continue this run. Lenny has been quietly maneuvering the midfield and supplying some great balls for the forwards. Ashutosh and Israil have been instrumental at the flanks and have managed to provide ample balls for the strikers.advertisementHead coach Franco Colomba is pleased with the side’s performance against Goa and will want to make it two out of two at home.He said, “It was very important that we got our first win and this coming at home makes it even sweeter. I want the players to go out there and play to their potential, and I see no reason why we can’t win today.”last_img read more

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Terry Walsh quits as chief coach of Indian hockey team

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first_imgTerry Walsh was an unhappy man and on Tuesday decided to end his service as coach of Indian hockey men’s team, also deciding not to renew his contract that was expiring on November 19.Earlier, the Australian had threatened to quit complaining of interference from Hockey India (HI) officials and had also put down his resignation. But, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) made a timely intervention and persuaded Walsh to stay on.It is learnt that the 60-year-old had no problem with his salary, but had issues with too much intervention by officials hampering his operations to run the team his way.In his tenure itself, India won gold at the Asian Games and then went on to clinch the Test series against Australia.last_img read more

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14-year-old Chinese prodigy clinches world snooker title

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first_imgYan Bingtao, the 14-year-old prodigy from China, created history by becoming the youngest player to win the men’s title in the IBSF World Snooker Championship after he overcame Pakistani’s Muhammad Sajjad 8-7 in a cliff-hanger final, here on Saturday.In a match that kept the result in suspense, both Bingtao and 28-year-old Sajjad exhibited snooker of highest class, but eventually, it boiled down to nerves in the 15th frame where the Pakistani paid the price for a loose shot that broke the bunch and the Chinese teenager made a break of 60 to clinch the crown.It was befitting that Bingtao, showing maturity that belied his tender age, won the title as he looked the better player while Sajjad who could not reproduce his semifinal form, was left heart-broken, especially after playing so well right until the final frame when he was punished for a bad shot.Earlier in the day, Wendy Jans of Belgium won her fourth women’s title and third on the trot when she beat Russia’s Anastasia Nachaeva 5-2 in the final while Phisit Chandsri (Thailand) retained the Masters crown with a hard-fought 6-5 win over Welshman Darren Morgan. The first session of seven frames in the men’s final was more of a hit-and-run with neither player able to settle into a consistent rhythm as their play alternated between high class and ordinary. There were misses galore from both as they fought hard for every point.Bingtao was first off the blocks after Sajjad, who opened with an in-off but followed it up with a break of 44 on is subsequent visit, squandered a 11-point lead with the reds off the table. Bingtao made a delightful 27 clearance to go 1-0 up.advertisementSajjad responded strongly to take the second frame, aided by small breaks with Bingtao unable to cash in on openings. The Pakistani took 2-1 lead with runs of 32 and 43, and looked poised to take the fourth frame too when he missed a top pocket red to leave Bingtao on. The Chinese teenager crafted a nice break of 55 and went on to win the frame for 2-2.Sajjad and Bingtao shared the next two frames with the Chinese posting a break of 77 in the fifth and the Pakistani replying with a 79 in the sixth. Bingtao then profited on Sajjad’s miss on the long green and quickly cleared to black to go into the interval leading 4-3.On resumption, Sajjad quickly equalised with a break of 73 which Bingtao replied with a 76 and followed it up by taking the 10th frame for a 6-4 lead.However, the Pakistani hit back by winning the next three frames for a 7-6 advantage, including the 11th on a re-spotted black after Bingtao had miscued on the pink when on 60 break and Sajjad responded with 65 clearance to tie the scores. A 60 clearance by Sajjad took him to a 7- 6 lead, but again Bingtao caught up with small breaks to make it 7-7 and push the match into the decider where the Pakistani blundered at the start for the Chinese to punish him with a match-winning run of 60.In the women’s final, Jans was far too good for the 21-year old Nechaeva who, after a bright start when she made a break of 44 in the first frame, gradually faded from the contest as the Belgian ace notched runs of 40, 43 and 30 to dominate the final to extend her unbeaten run against the Russian whom she had beaten twice in the finals of the European Championships in 2013 and 2014.”I’m very happy to win my fourth title. It was not very easy and it is getting difficult every year with more young players coming up,” said the modest Jans who hails from the town Bree while she agreed that her semi-final match against double World champion Ng On Yee (Hong Kong) was virtually the final as she won 4-1.”Yes, I thought my match with On Yee was the final. I didn’t expect to win so easily and may be, I was a bit lucky. And in the final, I made some small breaks, but didn’t play all that well,” add Jans who runs a snooker parlour in her hometown.The results (all finals):Men (Best of 15 frames) – Yan Bingtao (China) bt Muhammad Sajjad (Pakistan) 8-7 (71-59, 16-81, 22-75, 67 (61)-53, 77 (77)-13, 4-93 (79)-63-38, 00-86 (73), 76 (76)-09, 70-37, 65 (60)-72 (50), 38-76, 16-107 (60), 72-21, 61 (60)-15).Women (Best of 9 frames) – Wendy Jans (Belgium) bt Anastasia Nechaeva (Russia) 5-2 (31-76 (44), 72 (42)-02, 25-65, 74 (40)-35, 72 (43)-32, 82 (38)-23, 60-31).Masters (Best of 11 frames) – Phisit Chandsri (Thailand) bt Darren Morgan (Wales) 6-5 (67-59, 73-15, 25-64, 18-55, 16-71, 30-58, (49)81-29, 65-44, 57-28, 07-64 (63), (58)72-34).advertisementlast_img read more

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New teasers of alleged Xiaomi Mi4i unveiled

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first_imgXiaomi has unveiled two new teasers of the smartphone which is expected to launch at the ‘Global Mi Phone Premiere’ on Thursday. It is likely that the device behind the curtains is the Xiaomi Mi 4i.These teasers seem to indicate that the smartphone will sport a large battery but will have premium build. In a tweet on Saturday, Xiaomi India said, “#MiLaunch2015 – Tell Mi! You think bigger battery means bigger phone? #iDISAGREES.” Alongside the tweet was an image which depicted two fried eggs. While one had a small yolk and large white, the other had a large yolk but small white.  The yolk seems to be indicative of the battery of this new smartphone.Aside from three teasers till now, not much else is known about the eagerly awaited smartphone. But due to the placement of ‘i’ in these teasers, it is largely believed that the Mi 4i is the handset in questionTwo benchmark listings have tipped specifications of the Mi 4i. As per them, the Xiaomi Mi 4i is expected to run on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, and be powered by a 1.65GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, Adreno 405 GPU.  Other features include 2GB RAM, 12MP rear camera and a 4.8MP front camera, 16GB inbuilt storage. It will also sport a 4.9-inch full-HD 1080 x 1920 pixels display.last_img read more

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Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal held by police after Ferrari crash

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first_imgChilean midfielder Arturo Vidal was reportedly held by police, who said that the footballer was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed a Ferrari in the outskirts of Santiago.Vidal, 28, who suffered minor injuries in the crash late on Tuesday, will face a local judge on Wednesday.He was treated at the San Luis de Buin hospital in the Chilean capital. Television pictures later showed him leaving the hospital in the back seat of a police car.”Unfortunately I was involved in a traffic accident,” Vidal wrote on Twitter. “Luckily we are all well and calm. Thanks for worrying.”Vidal is currently Copa America’s leading scorer with three goals in two games. He scored twice in Chile’s draw against Mexico on Monday, and also found the net  in his side’s opening win against Ecuador last week. Chile’s face Bolivia in their next game on Friday.last_img read more

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PM Modi still on my wishlist for my show: Anupam Kher

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first_imgVeteran actor Anupam Kher says he still hopes to bring Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his show The Anupam Kher Show – Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, which is now coming in for a second season.During the first season of Anupam’s show, there was talk that Modi may make an appearance, but it never happened.At the launch event of the show, when the veteran actor was asked if Modi will come this time, he said: “No. I wanted him to be on my show… He was on my wishlist and still remains on it.””I think the prime minister we have today is one of the most inspirational people. He has great qualities. I would like to interview him, but it depends entirely on his schedule,” he added.While the last season of Anupam’s show welcomed guests like superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, the new season would see actors like Anil Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol and Priyanka Chopra, lyricist-and-filmmaker Gulzar and sports star Sania Mirza sharing inspirational stories of their life.The new season will go on air on Colors channel in August.last_img read more

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Post your cricket video, get picked says Pakistan Cricket Board

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first_imgAccording to information received, the PCB will shortly launch a website on which any player who believes he is good enough to be considered for competitive cricket, can post a short video of his batting or bowling skills and other details about himself and his career.”These videos will then be viewed on a regular basis by the coaches at the NCA who will assess the talent on display. If the coaches find anyone suitable for future consideration he will then be called to the NCA for a further trial,” one board official said.He said the idea to launch the website was floated by Chairman Shaharyar Khan, who was frankly fed up hearing of complaints that so and so deserving talent was ignored as he didn’t have the approach to be considered by the NCA coaches.Also read: Indian board is not interested in playing against us: Former PCB chairman”The idea is to not only expand the base of raw talent around the country but to also ensure no deserving player is ignored in future,” he said.The official pointed out that internet facilities were now available even in remote areas of Pakistan so the board was expecting a strong response when the website is launched.The PCB and its selection committee has in recent times increased its stress on unearthing new talent and currently Pakistan’s former captain and fast bowling great, Wasim Akram is supervising a short camp for young pacers in Karachi.However the bunch of pacers sent to the camp were selected by the national selection committee or regional coaches not by Wasim himself.advertisementlast_img read more

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My moves on chess board matter more than anything else: Vishwanathan Anand

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first_imgFormer World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand said on Monday that the moves he executes on the board matter more than anything else to him.”In chess there is one fundamental truth, it doesn’t matter what the truth is, it matters what you execute on the board. In chess you get rewarded what you do on the board in those two hours, not what you do before that and what you do after that,” Anand said here.”It doesn’t matter what you think after you make the move. It is a much specialised thing. After playing for some time you will get to know what you are good at and what you are not and you are the best judge of that. It is important to have respect on yourself that makes your game much easier,” he said.The 45-year-old Grandmaster said teamwork in his game is a vital part.”The most important quality of a team is to understand how you feel and to create a comfortable atmosphere. I would prefer to work with people whom I can get along with well, that refers to my team,” the Padma Vibhushan award winner said.”If you feel positive and carry that into the match and training, then your work will be more productive. I work a lot with my trainers, team management. You learn a lot from them also as you go along,” Anand added.The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award winner believes the most important thing to have is trust between a trainer and a trainee.advertisement”The most important thing is trust. Before a game my trainer gives me few tips and pushes me to execute it on the board. I have to have that trust in him that he has put in hours to help me be a better player than my opponent,” he said.When asked the way he selects his trainer and management, he said, “I pick people with whom I get along, which is a fundamental quality. You also have to look for Chess players. I will look for people who have plotted gaps in my game, also point out thing that I do well and which don’t do well. It is important to be good friends to be a good trainer and learner.”last_img read more

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Sony Xperia C4 Dual review: Missing the mark

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first_imgIt is no secret that selfies, for good or bad, are a phenomenon in their own right. Everybody is clicking selfies and in a bid to cash in on this craze every phone maker is launching smartphones that are “selfie” phones. The Xperia C4 Dual is one such phone. It aims to be the perfect ‘selfie’ phone, improving upon the shortcomings of its predecessor, the Xperia C3 Dual, which by the way was a pretty good phone in its own right.One look at its specification sheet and you’ll know this is a huge step up from the Xperia C3 Dual, and it is — without a doubt — in actual usage too. Sadly, the one thing that it claims to be ‘better’ at than its predecessor — which is taking selfies — is something that doesn’t pan out.That said, the Xperia C3 Dual is clearly dated now in 2015 and the Xperia C4 Dual is a befitting successor to it. In fact, it might just be Sony’s best mid-range phone right now, save some glaring issues which we will discuss at length in this review. Design and build quality Sony has built quite a reputation for itself in design consistency. The fact that most of its phones look practically the same is a double-edge sword which may or may not always work for it. Interestingly, in the case of the Xperia C4 Dual it works.The Xperia C4 Dual sticks closely to the design scheme (and build material) of its predecessor — marking its mid-range territory. At the same time, it picks up subtle cues from Sony’s premier Z line-up. Stitch the two together and you get a phone that gives you premium design aesthetics (almost) in a mid-range package. More importantly, you get a phone which is a key improvement over its predecessor, something which is always nice to have.advertisementThe Xperia C4 Dual has the same old rectangular plastic slab of a design, like the Xperia C3 Dual, only now it’s lacking the silver trim around the edges, which looked somewhat cheap and glossy. The Xperia C4 Dual keeps things simple. Some may say it’s bland, but you can’t deny that there’s always an air of grace around simplicity.Sony seems to have used a refined version of plastic on the Xperia C4 Dual which feels closer to the material used on its Z tablets. The plastic back — which is non-removable — has a smooth matte finish and the same material has been used on the sides as well, that gives out the impression of a unibody, but it isn’t.The smooth matte finish and the gentle side curves enhance grip. On the downside, the back is prone to smudges.More importantly, the Xperia C4 Dual is a light phone unlike the OnePlus 2 and the Asus ZenFone 2. It weighs closer to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2 (5.1 and 5.2-inchers), but even then the Xperia C4 Dual feels lighter in hand than either of these two phones. It’s also slimmer than the ZenFone 2 and OnePlus 2.Improving its ergonomics further are its reduced bezels. Sony has managed them well, but there’s some room for some more chopping, especially at the top, but we can live with that. The Xperia C4 Dual manages its front real estate better than the flagship Xperia Z3+.Sony has conveniently pushed the microSD card slot on the right — in comparison to the Xperia C3 Dual — and placed it along with the dualSIM slots under one easily removable flap. The silvery metal power button, the volume rocker and the physical camera shutter button stay untouched. Meanwhile, the left side has been left vacant, save the microUSB slot.The Sony Xperia C4 Dual comes with a scratch-resistant glass on the front which is not Corning Gorilla Glass. It also doesn’t come with any water and dust-resistance properties like the closely priced Xperia M4 Aqua. Display The Xperia C4 Dual comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS LCD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 401 ppi pixel density. Notice anything unusual? Well, this is Sony’s first mid-range phablet to sport a FullHD screen resolution.But are those extra pixels any good, you ask? They most certainly are, to an extent, that the Xperia C4 Dual is also the brightest mid-range phone that Sony has ever made. In fact, the display here is flagship standard by all means.The display is nice and sharp, with well-saturated colours and viewing angles are close to excellent. Adaptive brightness works just the way it should so that there is clear demarcation between peak and low brightness. It gets really bright when it should and vice-versa.advertisementThe Xperia C4 Dual maintains good amount of brightness and adequate viewing angles when you’re out in direct sunlight, so that reading text and watching videos won’t strain your eyes. Software The Xperia C4 Dual runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sony’s custom Xperia UI on top. Sony’s take on Android is light and is known to be consistent, which means if you’re coming from a different Sony phone (or even a previous Android version) it won’t take you long to get familiar with things.Although it makes it a point to repaint almost all widgets and animations Sony style, mostly the Xperia UI sticks close to stock Android. It is also one of the few UIs out there which gives you a transparent app drawer. Sony’s app switcher gives you access to a number of ‘small apps’. These are basically app shortcuts that open up as mini windows on the home screen for quick access. Of these, Active Clip is kind of fun to use. It lets you instantly take screenshots of any page or screen you’re on and then edit and share them at the same time.Think of small apps as small multi-windows that you can use simultaneously. Although there isn’t a fixed number of apps that you can open this way, your screen will obviously start getting crowded — and less useful — when you have too many apps opened. Performance The Xperia C4 Dual is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTekMT6752 with Mali-T760MP2 GPU and 2GB RAM.On paper, it looks grossly underpowered than rivals in this price range, like the OnePlus 2, Asus ZenFone 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2, but specifications only tell half the story. In actual usage, the Xperia C4 Dual with its mid-range MediaTekMT6752 processor fairs pretty well and holds its ground, unless you’re looking for lightning speeds. The Xperia C4 Dual shouldn’t be your first choice if you’re looking for a fast phone.Stick to the basics, and it will keep you happy, and satisfied. By basics we mean, general web browsing (on Chrome), playing/streaming multimedia content, clicking few pictures every now and then, and playing a few basic games. By basic we mean, you will be able to do all this — and probably more — but don’t expect razor sharp multi-tasking from it. The more apps you open in the background the slower it gets.The Xperia C4 Dual suffers most at GPU-dependant tasks, especially while playing graphics intensive games. This means while you will be able to play games like Asphalt 8 on it, don’t expect buttery smooth performance, and while you’re at it make sure graphics settings are set to low. On the plus side, it doesn’t get alarmingly hot unless you’re out pushing it.It gives you 16GB of internal memory of which about 11.09GB is available for use and supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via microSD.advertisementThe single speaker vent located on the lower end of the back gives out good audio output, if not the best.Phone calls made with the Xperia C4 Aqua are of acceptable quality and we did not witness any call drop instances with our review unit. That said, the earpiece output while on call is poor, even while you’re in a crowd-free zone.The device supports 4G LTE (1800/2300 MHz bands) on both SIMs. Camera The Xperia C4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and LED flash. The headlining feature of the phone is the 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front that is assisted by an LED flash.Although Sony goes about offering its sensors to other phone companies — for money, of course — it hasn’t been able to restore a sane balance of camera tech in its own phones off late. While rivals are doing some pretty amazing things using its camera tech, the same cannot be said about Sony.Sony’s ill fortune — on camera front — continues with the Xperia C4 Dual as the rear camera produces forgettable photos and when you consider competition — OnePlus 2, Galaxy A8 et al — it makes you wonder what Sony was thinking while designing the C4 Dual.There’s a general air of inconsistency about the rear camera, even in well-lit situations, which is disappointing. The rear camera shoots rather average-looking photos in such situations, perhaps to capture more detail. In doing so, the images end up looking dull with a hint of noise. The camera suffers in direct light, as overexposure results in blown up highlights.The similar inconsistence performance is repeated in low light situations. The rear shooter gives you Sony’s proprietary Superior Auto Mode and a Manual Mode. The Manual Mode gives you better control over your photos, with a marked difference — read, improvement — as opposed to Auto.The front camera is the more talked about aspect of this phone. While it is good (better than the rear camera as it is more consistent), it’s still not the best. Images shot in good light pack in enough detail but there is some noise. Images clicked in tricky light end up being soft and grainy. The LED flash helps salvage some pride, and generally doesn’t wash out colours, which is nice.The Xperia C4 does not support 4K video and slow-motion video recording.Check the following image samples to get an idea of the Sony Xperia C4 Dual Camera performance: Sample 1 , Sample 2 , Sample 3 , Sample 4 , Sample 5 , Sample 6 , Sample 7 , Sample 8 , Sample 9 , Sample 10 .  Battery The Xperia C4 Dual uses a 2,600mAh battery. Battery life on the phone is disappointing, especially if you’re planning to watch too many movies on it. A three hour and forty five minute 1080p video set at max volume reduced the battery level from 100% to an alarming 29%. Although we had Wi-Fi and location data on — throughout — the discharge is still not justifiable.Most users with more typical workload will be able to get close to 12 hours out of the device, but that’s all that you’ll be getting out of it.  On the plus side, the phone has pretty amazing standby and looses negligible charge when you keep it untouched overnight.Should you buy it? The Sony Xperia C4 Dual is an average phone. Although, it is a step up from its predecessor, and comes with hardware that to an extent gels well with the times, it appears grossly underpowered when you look at rivals. We really liked its display, it is top notch yes; but the Galaxy A8 is better.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A8 review It can do your basics right, but leaves you asking for more if you’re looking for raw power. The OnePlus 2, ZenFone 2, even the Motorola Moto X Play are faster options.Also Read: Motorola Moto X Play review The camera is average at best and there’s nothing out of the ordinary about the selfie cam. If you’re looking for a better rear camera, the OnePlus 2 and Moto X play are perfect. As for taking good selfies, the ZenFone Selfie has that covered for you.Even if we were to overlook the above aspects, the battery life on this one is downright disappointing, something which cannot be overlooked.Also Read: OnePlus 2 review The mid-range segment is filled to the brim with some pretty amazing phones. The Sony Xperia C4 Dual with price of Rs.22,999 is unfortunately not one of them.last_img read more

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