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In 2000, Singapore-based scientific researcher Lata Raman, invested in a 1300sq.ft. apartment in Chennai for her parents. Settled abroad for the last two decades, she narrowed down on the apartment for the primary reason that she had other relatives who had purchased apartments in the same complex and it was a safer bet for her ageing parents.Read it at The Hindu Related Items
Close to a 1,000 people turned up at Bongaigaon town’s Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday to be the first to trade a kilo of plastic for a sapling and a cloth bag. A 70-year-old woman beat them all to make an ecological statement.Bongaigaon, the headquarters of Bongaigaon district, is about 180 km west of Guwahati.Renuka Roy Choudhury had a reason to be the first to deposit the plastic from her house in a plastic bank set up by the Bongaigaon Municipal Board — to send a message that the older generations have to take the lead in undoing the damage done to the environment.“We have enough saplings in the Social Forestry nurseries, but brought 200 for the ‘plants-for-plastic’ exchange programme. The overwhelming response made us realise we brought too few,” the district’s Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan said.Ms. Choudhury and the 199 others were given saplings of gooseberry, olive, mango, jackfruit, mahogany and other local species of trees for a total of 200 kilos of plastic deposited. Each of them also received a cloth bag manufactured by local women’s self-help groups.Each of these bags can withstand more than 2 kg of weight.Mr. Khan said those who missed out on a sapling on Tuesday would be provided with one later. “We will continue with the programme till the town is free of single-use plastic. The plastic bank will be open at the Municipal Board’s office for anyone to deposit a kilo of plastic and get a sapling in return,” he said.Banana barkThe Social Forestry wing of the Assam Forest Department pitched in with innovation too. Officials replaced black polythene bags with the bark of banana plants for holding the saplings. These were tied with jute threads.The district administration had, ahead of the ‘plants for plastic’ drive, discussed an alternative to the polythene sapling bags with Divisional Forest Officer Abdel Salam Arief. Forester Lakhi Nath came up with the banana bark idea.The Bongaigaon district administration said the drive would perhaps not have been possible without the involvement of a green group called Robin Hood Army. Its volunteers facilitated the exchange programme.
The regional office of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has recommended ₹90,23,437.50 in fine on the National Highways Authority of India for violating the rules for dust abatement on construction sites. UPPCB Regional Officer Utsav Sharma told The Hindu that the NHAI had not adopted the dust abatement measures notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. “The fine has been calculated on the basis of the guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board for penalising defaulters,” he said. The NHAI, which was penalised last year too, is into expansion of National Highway-9 in Ghaziabad in Gautam Buddh Nagar, and Hapur. “Our teams have been maintaining vigil to identify sources contributing to Particulate Matter 10 and Particulate Matter 2.5 in the region,” Mr. Sharma said. Mr. Sharma said the present Air Quality Index of the region was in the poor category, and with unfavourable weather conditions forecast, things were not expected to improve in the near future. The UPPCB has asked that under-construction materials, handled on-site, be covered and dust-breaking screens be erected wherever necessary. “None of these measures is being adopted on the project site,” he said. It also recommended a fine of ₹50 lakh on two factories in Ghaziabad district for burning plastic in boilers.
The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared a public health emergency in the Capital as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category in the early hours of Friday.According to the official data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI score of Delhi was 504 at 3.30 a.m. on Friday after which alarm bells were sounded. The average AQI score of Delhi recorded at 4.30 p.m., which is the average of 32 monitoring stations in the past 24 hours, was 484, in the ‘severe’ category. AQI readings Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida and Gurugram had AQI scores of 499, 496, 479, 496 and 469 respectively, all in the ‘severe’ category. In a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, EPCA chairman Bhure Lal said: “The air quality in Delhi and NCR deteriorated further last night and is now at the ‘severe plus level’. We have to take this as a public heath emergency as it will have adverse health impacts on all, particularly our children.” He added that construction activities in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida will not be allowed till November 5 morning. Mr. Lal said the deterioration in air quality is due to a combination of accumulated toxins because of local pollution, further spiked by bursting of crackers on Deepavali, stubble burning and extremely adverse weather conditions. He added that the India Meteorological Department has said that the weather will improve in the coming days, but it is difficult to say if it would lead to any substantial reduction in pollution levels. An urgent meeting of the CPCB was also convened during which it was discussed that stubble burning contribution to pollution has gone up to 45%, resulting in the current high particulate matter concentration. The agency advised people to minimise their outdoor activities during the period. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the number of people complaining of respiratory problems post-Deepavali. Arvind Aggarwal, senior consultant, internal medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, said: “We have witnessed a rise in the number of people reporting to hospitals with respiratory and eye problems. An increase of 20%-22% patients has been seen in the OPD. People are facing symptoms associated with pollution like irritation in the eyes and throat, dry skin, skin allergies, chronic cough and breathlessness. We recommend asthmatic patients, elderly and kids should stay at home.”
PBA IMAGESMick Pennisi has decided to hang up his sneakers for good.The 42-year-old big man has opted to end his 17-year PBA career as he pursues his poultry business overseas.ADVERTISEMENT “He said that it’s been set for a long time now and he can’t back out. We respect his decision,” said Tan.An Eastern Michigan product, Pennisi burst into the league as one of the players elevated by the Red Bull franchise in its entry to the PBA, establishing himself as one of the league’s deadliest snipers.He has since won five titles in his stops with Red Bull, San Miguel, and Star, while also seeing action in Barako Bull, Phoenix, and finally GlobalPort.Pennisi retires with a career average of 7.6 points on 35 percent shooting from three, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He is also seventh in the list of all-time career three-pointers made, trailing legendary marksmen Jimmy Alapag, Allan Caidic, Ronnie Magsanoc, Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap, and Al Solis.With Pennisi ending his PBA run, that leaves Asi Taulava, Jayjay Helterbrand, and Hontiveros as the league’s eldest statesmen.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan shared Pennisi bid the team goodbye on Friday as he leaves for Thailand to focus on other matters.“He told us his plans long ago, but we wanted to keep him until the end of this season,” said the affable team executive.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 Batang Pier wanted Pennisi to at least barge into the PBA’s 5,000-point club as he sits 33 points shy from achieving the feat.However, the Fil-Australian center could no longer stay, sharing that his move has long been scheduled. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Road Warriors hold off Batang Pier, bolster Top Four bid UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:29Police 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Mavericks: Rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. was one of the players identified in the Yahoo Sports story on federal documents obtained in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption. It alleged Smith received $43,500 and was loaned another $73,500. Said Smith at the morning shootaround: “I’m a firm believer in God and everything happens for a reason. Whether it’s going to strengthen you or destroy you, you make that decision. But since I’ve been here, it’s been a class organization from top to bottom, starting with Mark Cuban and all the way down to players like myself. It’s been great, fantastic. I’m here to play basketball. Everything else to me is just noise and I have to block all that out.”Lakers: The Yahoo Sports report also said rookie forward Kyle Kuzma received $3,000 and $6,500 in loans. Kuzma would not say prior to the game whether the story was accurate. “Hmm, I’m not going to say anything really,” he said. “Just gathering information about it and whatnot.” He called it a legal matter, though he did not believe he was in jeopardy. “I don’t know. I don’t think so,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying to gather information about everything. It is a federal investigation the NCAA is dealing with.” Kuzma did say the story was a distraction. “Yeah, for sure,” he said. “It’s the NBA right now and we’re focusing on trying to win games, and things like this come about, it’s definitely a little distraction.”UP NEXTMavericks: Play on back-to-back nights when they travel to Utah on Saturday.Lakers: Also play on consecutive nights, traveling to Sacramento on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Prolific Davis lifts Pelicans past Heat in OT Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball returns after missing 15 games due to a knee injury. APLOS ANGELES — Julius Randle had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and rookie Lonzo Ball made a triumphant return to the lineup as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-102 on Friday night.Ball, who was sidelined for 15 games with a knee injury, had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in 17 minutes. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram scored 15 apiece to help Los Angeles stop a three-game slide.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa It was Randle’s second triple-double this season and No. 5 for his career. Josh Hart added 12 points and 10 boards as the Lakers enjoyed a 61-29 advantage on the glass.Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes each scored 19 points for the Mavericks (18-41), who have dropped five of six.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers jumped out to 23-5 lead and had a 63-41 advantage at the break.TIP-INS AFP official booed out of forum View comments
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Security was tight at the arena as a SWAT team stood guard outside.“We’ve already undertaken a lot of preparation, and with the way the world looks today this type of incident (Monday’s attack) is the kind of thing we have to prepare for. So it has been part of our planning all along,” Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.United manager Jose Mourinho said Tuesday he and his players were finding it hard not to think about the attack, which targeted fans leaving a pop concert by the American singer Ariana Grande and left 59 people injured.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ For Mark, a 19-year-old Manchester fan living in Stockholm, this was no ordinary match. “It was very special because of the events that happened in Manchester and now they qualify for Champions League,” he said. Vijay Patel, a 29-year-old Manchester fan from the UK, said the team came out even stronger in the aftermath of the attack. “It should motivate them… they’re not just winning for the team they’re winning for the city,” he said. Team supporters were celebrating hours earlier at a fan zone in Stockholm’s leafy Kungstradgarden park where they played football and took photos.ADVERTISEMENT Heat’s Big 3 era ends as deal struck for Bosh to go—report ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO LATEST STORIES South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Shaun Payne, a 29-year-old United supporter, said Monday’s attack undoubtedly scarred the team, but he was optimistic that they would win.“They have nothing to lose tonight. They’ll go for it,” he told AFP.“It’ll provide extra motivation to represent the city and to hopefully bring the trophy back with us,” he says. Tight securityRob Coppen, a 28-year-old Ajax fan from Amsterdam donning the team’s kit, said the terror attack took the joy out of the final. “(The attack) has taken the spark off the game. It’s been a while since Ajax has been in a Euro final so it’s a pity.“But what can you do? Nobody asked for this, neither Manchester nor Ajax,” he said. Amy Edwards, a Manchester fan, was worried about safety at the final, but said she refused to let fear control her life. “I’m worried a little bit in case something happens tonight, but I guess it’s always a risk you take anyway and go to high profile games,” she said.“But you can’t stay inside,” she added. “Obviously the events in Manchester has put a dampener on everything but hopefully we can win and bring the trophy back tonight.” Manchester’s Wayne Rooney holds the trophy after winning 2-0 during the soccer Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)A crowd of Manchester United fans were cheering outside a Stockholm stadium on Wednesday as their team won the Europa League, a relief for the supporters after the Manchester terror attack 48 hours earlier.“It’s fantastic to see them winning. We were always confident that we would win,” said George Malloy, a 69-year-old from Dublin. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I think it will be a good lift for the people of Manchester,” he added. Manchester fans were screaming and whistling in joy, while their Ajax counterparts were biting their nails as the English club won 2-0. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingOutside the entrance of the modernly decorated Friends Arena in the Stockholm suburb of Solna, fans were upbeat and cheerful under sunny summer skies, but nervous about both the outcome of the match and security issues.Ahead of Wednesday’s match, players held a minute’s silence in honour of the victims of Monday’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena which left 22 people dead. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans
Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I think offensively, we were blessed to have contributions coming from almost everybody,” rookie coach Nash Racela said after getting four players in twin digits. “That doesn’t normally happen.”The Bolts got dumped into a huge hole early, scoring just eight points in the first 11 minutes before catching some fire in the third to make a game out of it somehow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Defensively, we were decent today,” Racela added. “We made it hard for Meralco to make their shots. But we’re expecting them to make a lot of adjustments [for the second game].”Star also took a 1-0 lead in its quarterfinal series by crushing hapless defending champion Rain or Shine, 118-82, later in the night. Mo Tautuaa of TNT charges into Cliff Hodge of Meralco during Monday night’s quarterfinal duel between both squads. —AUGUST DELA CRUZWith a more involved offense and decent defensive, TNT KaTropa displayed why it is the favorite in its quarterfinal duel with Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Starving their foes nearly harmless outputs in the first two periods, the Texters scooted away early, staved off a mild uprising by the Bolts and then pulled away for a 102-84 victory Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum to move within a win of booking a semifinal berth.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Top-ranked Andy Murray eases into French Open quarterfinals Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The Texters built so much momentum early that they didn’t have much difficulty rediscovering their rhythm in the fourth as they opened up leads of as big as 24 on the way to a series opening win.“No one wins a best-of-three series by winning Game 1,” Racela said. “But of course, it’s good to get that [first win] out of the way and take a winning feeling going into Game 2.”Jason Castro scored 25 points and Joshua Smith scattered 19 despite coming off the bench and playing limited minutes because of a bum stomach. He could have easily excused himself from the game, but opted not to.“I wasn’t a hundred percent today, but I wasn’t going to let my teammates go out there by themselves,” Smith, a replacement for Donte Greene, said. “I just wanted to help them out.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Shortest hole at longest US Open course could bring trouble MOST READ “It’s the business of basketball obviously so nothing is for sure, but here I feel like we can work that out and we’ll have a chance to do this again next year,” Durant said. “It’s easier said than done obviously, but that’s the goal. We want to keep this thing together and see how we can continue to keep getting better.”The group that recruited Durant in the Hamptons that day last summer has the same philosophy about winning more championships. Along with Curry that day were Iguodala, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.“I do know me and KD had a conversation along with Draymond and Klay and Andre last year before he even showed up that that was kind of the identity of who we are as a team that we understand how important it is, the guys that are here,” Curry said. “You don’t want anybody to have to sacrifice in that sense, you don’t want to force anybody to take that approach but at the end of the day we know what’s best for us as a group going forward. We’re going to do everything we can to keep this team together. I’ll have that mindset, KD’s going to have that mindset, I know Dre, Shaun, all the guys that are up for negotiating a new contract. We’ll see what happens. The beauty of what I know of this team, we all want to provide for our families, we want to get all that we can out of this game while we still have the legs to do it, but there are no egos when it comes to that side of the equation when it comes to us as professional athletes.”Curry and Durant also heard from former President Barack Obama with congratulations, though Durant said he was most excited that among 200 messages was a text from a high school girlfriend he didn’t realize still had his number.While the Warriors haven’t formally met to discuss whether they will visit President Donald Trump’s White House as is customary for championship teams, Curry said his mind hasn’t changed from when he was asked earlier this year about the possibility. Coach Steve Kerr also has been outspoken about issues with Trump.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant smiles during an NBA basketball news conference on Wednesday in Oakland, California. APOAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry will likely go from being the NBA’s biggest bargain to signing the richest contract in the league at more than $200 million. And he looks forward to the nice payday.Yet the two-time reigning MVP and new NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant said Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) they would consider taking less money to keep the core of the champion Golden State Warriors intact.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago like the hypothetical if a championship were to happen what would I do and I think I answered I wouldn’t go. Still feel like that today,” Curry said. “But obviously as a team we’re going to have a conversation. This is a moment that we all need to enjoy together. Nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together and the different kind of ceremonies that have happened around championship-winning teams. We don’t want that to taint what we’ve accomplished this year so we’ll handle that accordingly and responsibly and do the right thing for us individually and as a group.” “It would mean everything. What we’ve built here is truly special, it’s unique, it’s something that you don’t want to see end at all,” Curry said. “All the pieces that we have are important to the equation of winning a championship and competing for a championship every single year. It is a business. There are decisions that need to be made every single year and you’ve got to assess the situation as it is.“… As we go into the talks and this whole process, which is obviously new for me, I will approach it to get the most out of it I can as an individual, as a player, and something that I’ve been working for for a very long time. In the context of keeping the team together, if there are decisions that need to be made, we’ll talk about it for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTwo days after capturing the franchise’s second title in three years against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors prepared to part ways for what will be a busy offseason for general manager Bob Myers and the front office.Durant said he has “no question” in his mind he will be back with the Warriors. He hinted he would opt out of a deal that pays him the maximum he can get in order to help Golden State’s chances of re-signing players such as Andre Iguodala or Shaun Livingston — two key reserves on both title teams. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Jeff Horn. INQUIRER PHOTO/ROY LUARCABRISBANE, Australia—If trainer Glenn Rushton’s grand description of Jeff Horn turns out to be true, then Manny Pacquiao is in for a brutal tussle on July 2.A punishing 10-week training camp, according to Rushton, has turned Horn into a fighting machine. Somebody with “hands like steel, body like granite,” and with “the strength of an ox.”ADVERTISEMENT With both Pacquiao and Horn wielding a heavy hand, said there’s a good chance of a stoppage late in the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rushton said he’s hoping that Pacquiao will bring his A-game into the “Battle of Brisbane” at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium because Horn will definitely be at his best form ever.After studying hundreds of tapes of Pacquiao’s previous fights, especially against the likes of Ricky Hatton, Oscar dela Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez, Rushton has meticulously crafted a secret 10-point plan against Pacquiao.Rushton said if Horn will be able to follow the plan to the letter, and be on his toes every second of the 12-round bout, the former school teacher will be able to hurdle Pacquiao and shock the world.Rushton liked Pacquiao-Horn to a collision between an unstoppable force (Pacquiao) and an immovable object (Horn).And with Horn in terrific shape, Horn promises a much better fight than Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas, Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley and Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES 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 Horn to take leaf out of Marquez book vs Pacquiao WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rushton, a self-made millionaire and mixed martial arts expert, also said during Horn’s media workout at the gym inside his mansion, that he hasn’t seen anybody really hurt Horn in the ring.Not even during his amateur days where Horn represented Australia in both the World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd not in the pro ranks, where Horn holds a 16-0-1 record with 11 knockouts.In addition, Rushton swears that Horn has the will and the heart to give trouble to anybody, including Pacquiao. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Jonel Dapidran, cousin of Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Roy LuarcaAustralian Brent Dames claimed a unanimous decision win over Filipino bet Jonel Dapidran in the first fight in the preliminaries of Battle of Brisbane Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.Judges scored 58-56, 58-56, 59-55 in favor of Dames, who improved his mediocre record to 6-3, remained in search of his knockout victory in his professional career.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Dapidran, a cousin of WBO World welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, slipped to 8-2 and lost his second fight in three bouts.This is also Dapidran’s first match outside of Philippine territory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars LATEST STORIES Going for the jugular China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
GAB chair Abraham Kahlil Mitra welcomed the WBO’s decision to carry out a review, saying that even if that won’t change the outcome of the contentious bout, it will send a strong signal that any sign of leniency, abuse of authority or wrongdoing would not be tolerated.Valcarcel said five anonymous judges will review the bout, assigning their own scores to rounds.“Then, we will tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent,” Valcarcel added. “This means that three of the five officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round.”Valcarcel supported the judges, who have each scored hundreds of fights: “The officials who participated in this fight are all professional, distinguished, honest and honorable human beings.”A similar case happened when Pacquiao lost to Timothy Bradley by split decision on June 9, 2012 in their first showdown at MGM Grand Garden Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Meralco, JPV battle for top spot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong That time, judge Jerry Roth sided with Pacquiao, 115-113, but was overturned by judges CJ Roth and Duane Ford who both scored the bout 115-113 in Bradley’s favor.Due to howls of protest all over the world, a panel of competent judges was formed to review the tape of the fight.Eventually, all five men chose Pacquiao the winner and it was not even close, 117-111 twice, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. The panel’s decision was duly noted, but Bradley’s victory was never reversed. —WITH REPORTS FROM AP MOST READ Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)He was at ringside when Jeff Horn was rewarded with a unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao. He was present at the post-fight conference which Team Pacquiao chose to skip.World Boxing Organization president Paco Valcarcel must have seen and felt that there were merits on the call for review of the scorecards by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), which was endorsed by Pacquiao, that he acceded.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Manny Pacquaio attends church ahead of fight against Jeff Horn PLAY LIST 01:39Manny Pacquaio attends church ahead of fight against Jeff Horn01:17Pacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:49Robredo: 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 Valcarcel ordered the formation of a five-man independent panel that will re-score the tape of “Battle of Brisbane” to find out whether Horn really did enough to snatch Pacquiao’s welterweight title last Sunday.Judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan both scored the bloody 12-round, 115-113, while judge Waleska Roldan saw it 117-112.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut even if the panel scores the bout in favor of Pacquiao, the result can no longer be changed, according to the WBO.“The purpose of this review is to be able to give the fans certainty of who was the winner of the bout, even though we do not have the power to reverse the decision of the judges,” said Valcarcel. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena
Editor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. View at your own risk.A little reminder… Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine pic.twitter.com/LT1BKXILMrADVERTISEMENT The South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution, meanwhile, extended its sympathies for the family of the deceased and said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by his unfortunate passing. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contestSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to the New York Post, the South-Africa native tried to perform a back flip but failed to rotate enough mid-jump and landed on his head, breaking his neck in the process.The harrowing accident was caught on film, showing the muscle-clad athlete hyping the crowd and encouraging spectators to cheer him on.Instead of loud cheers, the arena fell into utter silence after Thabete failed and lay motionless on the canvas.Several officials came to his aid and rushed him to the hospital, where he passed away due to head trauma.Adding insult to injury, Thabete’s clip went viral and was mocked online, before the severity of his injury was announced to the public.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Bato has high regard for PNP chief’s character, willing to “bet his neck” for him02:49Robredo: 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 Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments — Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) August 9, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAthletes from different sports are known to play to the crowd from time to time, but one bodybuilder paid the ultimate price after trying to show off for the audience.Sifiso Lungelo Thabete passed away after suffering injuries from a botched backflip attempt during a body building tourney. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
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Just a day after the Chinese received applause for their innovation and precision at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games, the tech-savvy Chinese proved they can also be prone to errors.The opening day of the weightlifting competition at the distant Dong Guang gymnasium saw several glitches interrupting the men’s and women’s programmes. Nevertheless, they went off peacefully with the Chinese showing their supremacy in both the sections.But it was not just about the glitches at the gymnasium. Even before that the scribes had to go through some ordeals, including the one-and-half-a-hour ride to the gymnasium. The 88-kilometre trip from the main media centre to the venue was not the only issue. After the two easy group events where the Indians participated, one had to wait for nearly six hours for the other group events before the results could be known.Then, there was the real issue of how to return to the main media centre. With just two trips – one at 1:30 pm and the second at 10 pm – the ordeal of a scribe was complete.To make matters worse, an unnecessary euphoria was created back home just after the Group B results where both India’s V Srinivasa Rao (56kg) and women’s 48kg lifters Soniya Chanu and Sandhya Rani Devi finished atop their respective groupsRao topped Group B Soniya and Sandhya upped the ante so much that there were scores of calls from several Indian journalists covering other disciplines at different venues.The ground reality was, however, different. In fact, the Indian duo was lucky to find themselves in an easy group where they had to contend only with a Vietnamese and a Bangladeshi. Naturally, Soniya did what was expected of her with a total lift of 170kg (75+95) while Sandhya was just behind her with a total lift of 158kg, giving rise to further hopes.advertisementThe status remained static for six hours until Group A lifters emerged on the scene. Without much ado, the Chinese and North Korean lifters in the men’s section finished one-two while Chinese and Taipei lifters took the gold and silver in the women’s section, pushing the Indians way behind.Sandhya perhaps knew the results even before a few of us. “I have done my best and I am happy. But the Chinese and Thai lifters are too good,” she said before disappearing from the scene quickly.- By S. KannanWomen thrash Malaysia 4-0 in opening hockey matchIndias Jasjeet Kaur Handa (left) tackles a Malaysian player during their Group A match in Guangzhou on Saturday.The Indian women’s hockey team outclassed Malaysia 4-0 in their opening Group A match to start their Asian Games campaign on a rousing note at the Aoti Hockey Field in Guangzhou on Saturday. The feature of the victory was that all the strikes were field goals.The 2006 bronze medalists and 1982 gold medal winners led 1-0 at half time before pumping in three more goals in the second period to complete the rout. Thokchom Chanchan Devi (26th minute), Deepika Thakur (43rd), Rani Rampal (53rd) and captain Surinder Kaur (67th) were the goal scorers.India will play Japan in their next group match on November 16. Against Malaysia, India were by far the better side on display under lights as they controlled the game for the entire 70 minutes.After having the better of the play, India took the lead when Chanchan Devi slotted home the ball after receiving a pass from strike partner Rani, who dribbled her way past two defenders to set it up for Chanchan.After the breather, the Indians were right on the attack and kept the pressure on the rival goal through Rani and Deepika. It was Deepika who doubled the lead after receiving a Jasjeet Kaur Handa pass from the baseline. Rani then made it 3-0 10 minutes later after cleverly wrongfooting Malaysia goalkeeper Yahya Farah Ayuni.The Malaysians could have pulled one back but the woodwork came to India’s rescue in the 57th minute off a penalty corner before Surinder sealed the victory for her side three minutes from the hooter.Assistant coach Khalid Modi expressed happiness over the positive start but added that the team management was taking it match by match. “It is a very good start as the Malaysians are very tough opponents. We have crossed our first hurdle, but cannot be complacent,” he said.In the day’s other matches, South Korea drubbed Thailand 5-0 while Japan overwhelmed Kazakhstan 4-1.Indians crash out despite Saina and Kashyap’s heroics Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap’s fine victories came to nought as the Indian women and men’s teams lost to Indonesia and Chinese Taipei respectively in the team championships at the Asian Games on Saturday.advertisementIn the women’s tie, India squandered a 2-0 lead before losing 2-3. It was Saina who gave India a winning start by beating Adriyanti Firdasari 21- 16, 21-17 in the first singles in just 30 minutes. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa consolidated the lead by beating Greysia Polli and Meiliana Jauhari 21-17 17-21 23-21 in 44 minutes. But Aditi Mutatkar’s 10-21,16-21 loss to MF Kusumastuti started the slide.Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant’s 11- 21,11-21 defeat against Liliyana and Maheshwari Nitya Krishinda locked the tie 2-2, after which, Arundhati Pantawane lost the fifth and decisive rubber 9-21, 10-21 to Linda Wenifanetri.In the men’s event, Arvind Bhat fought hard but had to bow to Hsing Yu Hsieh 28-26, 15- 21, 21-13 in the opening match. India desperately needed a win from Sanave Thomas and Akshay Dewalkar in the doubles rubber but they lost 19-21, 17-21 to Chieh-Min Fang and Sheng Mu Lee.But Kashyap kept his team afloat by recording a comefrom- behind win over Hsuan Yi Hsueh. The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist won 18-21, 21-13, 23-21 to give hope to India. However, this hope was stubbed out when doubles pair V Diju and Rupesh Kumar lost 17-21, 20-22 to Hung Ling Chen and Yu Lang Lin. Ministry pulls the plug on equestrian teams The Equestrian Federation of India’s (EFI) claims of everything being alright with its quarantine procedures has already been proved wrong, with Chinese authorities refusing permission for Indian horses to be sent to Guangzhou.Now, even the sports ministry has acknowledged the EFI’s mismanagement, retracting its permission allowing the team to compete at the Asiad. In a letter to the EFI, under secretary SPS Tomar wrote: “It is learnt that horses are yet to leave Bangalore, where they have been quarantined because full clearance from Chinese authorities is still awaited. The government has taken a serious note of the mishandling of the entire matter by the EFI, and under these circumstances, the government is constrained to withdraw the approval for participation of the equestrian team in Asian Games 2010.”Tomar has written another letter to the IOA, withdrawing the approval given to slalom canoeist Vikram Singh Bhandari. As reported by MAIL TODAY, Bhandari’s name was not in the team selected by the SAI, but was cleared after the IOA decided to act on the whims of the de-recognised Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association. This body is being investigated for misuse of funds. Women lose Men win in Tennis openers India had mixed luck in tennis as the team competitions began at the Asian Games on Saturday. In the absence of Sania Mirza, the women’s team lost 0-3 to Indonesia, but the men made up for the disappointment by defeating Qatar 3-0. While it was no surprise that Somdev Devvarman won his singles match 6-0, 6-1 against Shanan Mousa Zayed, comeback man Karan Rastogi warmed up with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jabor Mohammed al Mutawa.advertisementFrom India’s point of view, Rastogi’s win was a good sign. As one who spent a year out of action following a back injury, he has worked hard on his comeback in ITF events. In doubles, Somdev paired with Sanam Singh to defeat Mubarak Shannan Zayid and Abdul al Hareth 6-0, 6-1.The disappointment of the day came in the women’s team event where India lost to Indonesia. Sania, still recovering from an ear infection, did not play. Rushmi Chakrvarthy should have played the second singles. However, with coach Enrico Piperno opting for Nirupama Sanjeev, it turned out to be a rout.Talking about the decision to drop Rushmi, Piperno said: “My decision backfired. The point is Indonesia was a strong team and we had very little chance.”Speculation is that Sania will pair with Somdev in mixed doubles. Rohan Bopanna, who has failed to qualify for the year-end ATP finals, may arrive to play here.- By S. Kannan India Today (All times in IST) ChessWomen’s Individual Round 3:Tania Sachdev vs Bahar Hallaeva (TKM); Harika Dronavalli vs Nafisa Muminova (UZB) (12.30pm) Men’s Individual Round 3: Sasikiran Krishnan vs Al- Modiahki Mohama (QAT); Surya Shekhar Ganguly vs Darmen Sadvakasov (KAZ) (12.30pm)AthleticsTriathlon: Men’s Individual: D Gurudatta (6.30 am)Cue SportsMen’s 8-Ball Pool Singles Last 16 Match: Sumit Talwar Pin Yi Ko (7.30am) Men’s Snooker Team Quarter-finals: B Damani/AS Mehta vs KK Chan/BC Ang 5.30pm) Women’s 8-Ball Pool Singles Preliminary Match: Indira Gowda vs Al Naser Hend; Neeta Sanghvi vs Akimi Skajitani 2pm)HandballMen’s Preliminary round Group A match: India vs Qatar 1.15pm)JudoMen’s 90kg QF: Sahil Paghania (8.30am) Women’s 63kg QF: Garima Chaudhary vs Yasmeen Al Salem (8am)ShootingMen’s 10m Air Pistol Qualification: Gurpreet Singh, Omkar Singh, Vijay Kumar (6.30am) Women’s 10m Air Pistol Qualification: Heena Sidhu, Sonia Rai, Annu Raj Singh (9.15am)SwimmingMen’s 100m Butterfly Heats: Rehan Poncha, Virdhawal Khade (6.30am) Men’s 200m Freestyle Heats: Rohit Havaldar, Aaron D’Souza (7am) Men’s 50m Breaststroke Heats: Sandeep Sejwal (8.30am)Table TennisWomen’s Team Group B Match: India vs Maldives (7.30am) Men’s Team Group D Match: India vs Vietnam (9.30am)WeightliftingMen’s 62kg: Sarang Rustam, Omkar Otari (10am)
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar set new records on Tuesday when he scored his 51st Test century against South Africa in Cape Town.A look at his recordsThis is Tendulkar’s second ton in Cape Town.He is the first non-South African to score two Test centuries in Cape Town. His first century came during the 1996-97 tour when he scored 169.This is Tendulkar’s 5th ton on South African soil – the maximum by any overseas batsman. Englishman Wally Hammond and Aussie Neil Harvey had scored four apiece.This is Tendulkar’s 7th century against South Africa. Only Neil Harvey and Ricky Ponting have scored 1 more.Amazingly, this is his 12th Test ton after turning 35. England’s Graham Gooch is the only other batsman to hit as many Test centuries after the age of 35.An indication of his spectacular overseas performance is that he has scored 29 Test centuries away from home – the highest by any batsman.
Rafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches, continuing the chase for his “Rafa Slam” with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in the second round of the Australian Open.The top-ranked Nadal is aiming to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.He’s conceded only four games en route to the third round, sealing his win over Sweeting on Thursday with the last in a blizzard of forehand winners.After his quarterfinal exit at the last Australian Open, Nadal rebounded to win the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.Nadal hit some shots that Sweeting could barely believe, including a forehand on set point in the second when the Spaniard’s curling shot caught the baseline. With nothing to lose, Sweeting challenged the call as he walked off. The call stood.The only hint of anything other than complete domination for Nadal came in the third set, when Sweeting broke serve in the fifth game and then got within a point of bring it back to 4-2 in a game that went to deuce five times. Again, Nadal held on to convert a break and served out in the next game.”A few mistakes with the backhand, that’s all. My serve improved a lot since the first day. I think I was serving very well today,” Nadal said, noting the one blot on his serve was when he looked into the sun. “Movement good; backhand good; having a few more mistakes than usual. I have to play longer with the backhand. Maybe have to play a little bit more aggressive, more inside the court.”advertisementThat’s not good news for Nadal’s next opponent – 18-year-old Australian wildcard entry Bernard Tomic.Sweeting said he was overwhelmed by Nadal’s relentless accuracy and the fact he had to play so many shots just to earn a point.Tomic, the last Australian male left in the draw, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 31 Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Canada’s Milos Raonic also produced a second-round upset, beating No. 22 Michael Llodra of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4).Kim Clijsters showed why she’s fast becoming a hot favorite for the women’s title by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3.U.S. Open champion Clijsters opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over former No. 1-ranked Dinara Safina, but Suarez Navarro was a potentially dangerous second-round matchup. The 22-year-old Spaniard beat Venus Williams in a second-round upset in her first trip to Melbourne Park two years ago.”She is a tough player. She’s tricky. The balls bounce so much different than for my first round,” Clijsters said. “I was just happy with the way that I played. I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points. And it worked.”With defending champion Serena Williams not playing in Australia due to a prolonged foot problem, third-seeded Clijsters is hopeful of going one better than her previous best performance at Melbourne Park – she lost the 2004 final.Her third-round 6-0, 6-1 loss here to Nadia Petrova last year was her worst in a major. It’s a defeat she claims she doesn’t dwell on and doesn’t think will influence her preparations for the same stage this weekend.”I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that. So it was very easy in a way to also forget about it, as well,” Clijsters said.Joining her in the third round from the bottom half of the draw were No. 10 Shahar Peer, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 13 Nadia Petrova and Iveta Benesova, who beat No. 18 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-1.Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to China’s Peng Shuai, continuing an unimpressive streak of seven losses in eight matches. It was former world No. 1 Jankovic’s worst result at a major since the 2009 U.S. Open.Meanwhile, Clijsters has spent just two hours on court so far, leaving plenty of time to joke with the crowd and take a little swipe at on-court interviewer Todd Woodbridge, a former Australian doubles great. She lightheartedly chided Woodbridge about a text message he’d sent to fellow Australian Rennae Stubbs, suggesting Clijsters was showing physical and emotional signs of being pregnant.”No, I’m not!” said Clijsters, who took time off the tour when she married and had a child – daughter Jada, born in February 2008 – before returning to win the U.S. Open in 2009.While Clijsters and Nadal have advanced with ease, Venus Williams and defending men’s champion Roger Federer have encountered challenges.advertisementWilliams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday as she twisted for a volley. She needed a medical timeout after losing the first set. She was on the verge of tears, and apparently elimination. But she refused to stop playing and eventually beat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4.Federer faced a more familiar problem – Gilles Simon. He’s one of only three men on tour with a winning record against the Swiss great.The 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted he was “happy I survived a scare” after winning in five sets.
With the Twenty20 title already in his kitty, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said he wants to lift the upcoming ICC World Cup in the sub-continent as the coveted trophy is the ultimate dream of every cricketer.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. APDhoni, under whose leadership India won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2008, said his burning desire is to see India capture the trophy for its fans.”Every one of us in the India dressing room wants to lift that cup, not only for ourselves, but also for the billions of fans we have around the globe. It is not a surprise to me as it doesn’t get any bigger than the World Cup.”It is the ultimate dream of every cricketer to represent his country in this competition and win the trophy at least once in his career. It will require a lot of hard work, self belief and also a positive approach which Team India is capable of displaying at the highest level,” Dhoni said during a promotional ICC event in Cape Town to mark the 50-day countdown celebrations of the mega-event starting next month.With little more than a month to go for the tournament, Dhoni said he can feel the buzz around him.”With just 50 days remaining before we launch our campaign to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, I can clearly feel and sense the tremendous excitement which is gripping the cricket fraternity,” he said.Commenting on his side’s preparations for the World Cup, the wicket-keeper batsman said: “I’m happy with our preparations so far as we have gelled well, we have backed each other all the way and have played some excellent cricket lately.advertisement”But we are also aware that we need to peak at the right time and maintain a winning momentum as the competition will be tough and every team will enter the event fancying its chances.””Each team and match will bring a fresh challenge and we will have to play to our potential every time we take the field,” he added.The charismatic India captain urged the spectators to play their part in making the event the most successful ever.”I also take this opportunity to urge the India public and spectators to support the tournament and all the teams taking part in it. I would love to see every stadium packed to capacity even when we are not playing,” Dhoni said.”With billions of eyes following the World Cup on television, this would be another great opportunity for us to showcase our love and passion for this great sport. Let us all unite and make the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in the subcontinent the best ever,” he added.The tournament begins in Mirpur, Dhaka, on February 19 with the India taking on co-hosts Bangladesh in the opener.During the event at the picturesque and world famous V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Saturday evening, the World Cup trophy was put on display and an official promotional film was revealed to celebrate the arrival of the game’s flagship event.Among others present at the occassion were ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.South Africa captain Graeme Smith, whose side opens its campaign against two-time champions West Indies in New Delhi on February 24, said: “I can’t believe that the World Cup is only 50 days away! The spectacular way that 50 days to the World Cup was marked is a pointer to the magnitude of the event.””As a unit, we are looking to make sure we head into the showpiece with the best preparation possible. The five-match ODI series against India starting on January 12 will be our last chance to make sure we are fully prepared and we hope to bring home the silverware,” Smith said.ICC chief Lorgat said he was delighted to see the interest and excitement amongst the players and followers of the game for the tournament.”With 50 days to go before cricket’s flagship event starts, key players are starting to think and talk a lot more about the World Cup. The players will soon start with their World Cup focus and preparation and the related anticipation across the world will escalate with each passing day,” Lorgat said.Lorgat also urged all the three host countries — India, Sri Lanka Bangladesh — to step up their preparations and complete all the infrastructure work in time to successfully stage a world-class event.”We must do our utmost to complete all the necessary work to deliver another memorable event,” he added.advertisementLorgat also thanked the host countries and ICC’s commercial partners for their excellent work to date.With inputs from PTI