Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstars Travis Browne and Ronda Rousey tied the knot over the weekend in an intimate ceremony in Hawaii.The proud bridegroom recently shared a candid black-and-white photo of the newlyweds in his personal Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “What an amazing day!! She is so perfect in every way! She makes me so happy! She is my other half!” the hulking heavyweight wrote, along with the hashtag “browsey2017.” Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Federer passes five-set test to advance at US Open Rousey had been away from the public eye and relatively quiet on social media since her stunning defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last December.The couple first revealed that they were dating in 2015 and announced their engagement last April.UFC President Dana White was invited, but was unable to attend the wedding after watching the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout in Las Vegas, according to TMZ Sports. /ra View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Rousey uploaded several photos, too, shortly after Browne’s posts became a viral hit online, describing the union as “the happiest day of my life.”The blushing bride was visibly all smiles—far from the menacing scowl she usually displays inside the octagon.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president There was no hint of anxiousness in Rice despite being limited to a spectator on the bench due to foul trouble with Ginebra primed for one last run.Rice’s cool demeanor isn’t because of complacency, but rather of confidence that his teammates will get the job done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I wasn’t really worried because I believe in the guys and I know they could take it from there,” Rice told reporters after TNT overcame his foul woes and Ginebra’s repeated rallies for a 103-96 win at Batangas City Coliseum Wednesday night.“Of course, you don’t wanna be on the bench but I wasn’t that nervous at all. We got a lot of great players so I wasn’t really that worried at all.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH True enough, the locals stepped up in the absence of Rice, who missed the entire third quarter after being called for his fourth foul with still three minutes left in the first half.Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy carried much of the scoring load in the third period. The star guard fired 11 of his 20 points in the third alone.“I think it backfired-putting Glen into foul trouble early because the locals played well together which gave Rice the whole third to rest. He came out fresh in the fourth,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.The 26-year-old Rice was rejuvenated at the start of the fourth quarter. He made up for lost time and scored 12 of his team-high 21 points in the first seven minutes of the final frame until he committed his fifth foul.“I didn’t play in the third so I had the opportunity to come out there a little fresher. Like it or not, I got into foul trouble so early in the game. But it was what it was,” said Rice, who was selected late in the second round by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:04Senators cry foul over blog posts branding them as ‘Palace dogs’01:22Trump launches tirade against anthem protesters01:37Protesters 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 PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. bobbed his head and bust out some dance moves as loudspeakers blared hip-hop music throughout the arena during a timeout late in the fourth quarter.Rice had just picked up his fifth foul at the 4:58 mark of the fourth quarter with TNT protecting a 95-83 lead against a Barangay Ginebra team capable of coming back instantly in a game the KaTropa couldn’t afford to lose.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “My teammates did a great job of lifting us up. And when I came in the fourth, we were already winning, so it made our job a lot easier.”There were a few questionable calls, but Rice said his fouls were due to his aggressiveness right from the opening tip.“I think our energy was better. We were scrambling a little more, we were a little feisty that’s why a couple of us got into foul trouble. Our energy was so high that we almost played a lttle too hard but not that smart. But it ended up good for us,” he said.The KaTropa redeemed themselves after suffering a 121-94 rout in Game 1, but after a gutsy win in Game 2, they’re confident that they can make it back-to-back.“We know what we gonna do to beat this team. We gotta play hard, we gotta have the same energy and effort that we had tonight. And I think we’ll be successful if we do that.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Arellano keeps Final Four hunt alive, routs St. Benilde Read Next
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tiger Woods getting strong reviews in return to golf All disqualified athletes are also banned from the Olympics for life.If the 2014 medals are reallocated, the four-man bobsled gold could go to Latvia. The United States could improve to silver, and a fourth-placed Russian team could receive the bronze.In women’s biathlon, Vilukhina’s silver could pass to Vita Semerenko of Ukraine, and Karin Oberhofer of Italy could be promoted to bronze. The women’s relay could see Norway could move up to silver and the Czech Republic get bronze.Legkov was among athletes on the “Duchess List” — named for a fast-acting cocktail of steroids dissolved in alcohol and used as a mouthwash — who were protected by the doping system. Their clean urine was stored to be swapped in for tainted samples during the games.Rodchenkov alleged swaps were done through a mouse hole in a lab room with FSB officers who worked out how to break into tamper-proof bottles. Scratches and marks on the glass were crucial evidence in Legkov’s case.“Whatever his motivation may be and whichever wrongdoing he may have committed in the past,” the IOC panel said, “Dr. Rodchenkov was telling the truth when he provided explanations of the cover-up scheme that he managed.” Still, this was a “sophisticated” system in place and was compared to a Swiss watch by the three-man panel, comprising two from Switzerland and one from Spain.“(I)t was a very fine mechanism where many people had a role to play,” the verdict in Legkov’s case stated.A final IOC judgment on whether the Russian state ultimately corrupted the Winter Games that cost $51 billion to prepare for and stage should come next week.A separate commission chaired by a former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, will give the IOC board its findings ahead of the Dec. 5 meeting to decide on punishing Russia.The latest guilty verdicts announced on Monday involved Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov, members of the gold medal-winning four-man bobsled; Yana Romanova, the silver medalist in the 4×6-kilometer women’s biathlon relay; Olga Vilukhina, the silver medalist in the same relay and 7.5-kilometer biathlon; and Sergei Chudinov, who was fifth in skeleton.The Russian Bobsleigh Federation said in a statement the decisions were “the height of injustice” that lacked legal basis, and promised to contest them.The appeals route for Russian athletes is the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the IOC’s home city of Lausanne, Switzerland.Trunenkov was already serving a four-year ban, backdated to April 2016, for a separate doping offense just before he retired.Another member of the four-man team, Alexander Zubkov, was disqualified on Friday and stripped of his golds in the two-man and four-man. That meant Alexey Voyevoda, who won both golds with Zubkov, was also stripped of the medals. His case was considered by the IOC panel last Thursday.A third member of the women’s biathlon relay, Olga Zaitseva, had her hearing last week. Former Moscow and Sochi laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov was a “truthful witness,” the panel said in publishing its first detailed verdict on the same day it sanctioned five more Russian athletes to bring the total to 19.Rodchenkov is living in the United States under FBI protection as a cooperating witness.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 IOC panel, chaired by Denis Oswald, agreed that investigator Richard McLaren — appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency to verify Rodchenkov’s claims to American media in May 2016 — proved the existence of a doping conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt.The public vindication of Rodchenkov and McLaren, each repeatedly denounced by state authorities in Russia, will fuel speculation that the IOC executive board meeting next Tuesday should ban Russia’s team from the Pyeongchang Olympics. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, Russia’s relay team from left, Yana Romanova, Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina, celebrate winning the silver for the women’s biathlon 4x6k relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina have tested positive for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, their silver medals are forfeit and according to an IOC statement issued Monday Nov. 27, 2017, they are among five Russian athletes now banned from all future Olympics. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)GENEVA — In a blow to the credibility of Russia’s denials that it operated state-backed Olympic doping, an IOC judging panel has endorsed a key whistleblower and the investigator who exposed the plot.Orchestrated cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games was “a conspiracy which infected and subverted the Olympic Games in the worst possible manner,” an International Olympic Committee commission prosecuting a slew of Russian cases said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Medals in biathlon, bobsled, cross-country skiing, speedskating and skeleton have been stripped by the IOC, and Russia was knocked off the top of the medals table last week in a previous round of disqualifications.The first athlete disqualified four weeks ago was Alexander Legkov, a cross-country skier who won the men’s 50-kilometer gold and 4×10-kilometer relay silver.The full verdict in his Oct. 30 case was published on Monday to reveal how strongly a judging panel of three IOC members believed the evidence first outlined last year of urine sample swaps and tampered bottles in the Sochi laboratory.A 46-page document confirmed the panel “is more than comfortably satisfied that the evidence establishes that a scheme of sample-swapping as described in the McLaren Report and the affidavit of Dr. Rodchenkov was indeed in place and implemented in Sochi.”The ruling stopped short of joining the two men in accusing Russian government agencies, including the sports ministry and FSB security service, of complicity.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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MOST READ That was just enough to make the cut — his first since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015 where he finished tied for 10th.Since then Woods has battled back trouble that sidelined him for all of 2016. He is playing his first official tournament since missing the cut here last year in an abortive comeback bid that ended with spinal fusion surgery in April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods was one shot outside the cut line when arrived at his final hole, the par-five ninth.He was in the right rough off the tee and his second shot left him on the edge of the green, 75 feet from the pin. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He took an unplayable lie, then missed the green. His chip rolled through the putting surface.Solid turnaroundWoods responded with four birdies coming home.He gave his massive gallery — sent scampering several times by his errant drives — something to cheer about for the first time all day when he rolled in a 50-foot birdie bomb at the first hole.“It was nice to get one to fall in there and get something positive going into the back nine,” Woods said.He got back to even par with a birdie at the fifth, a short par-five, where a solid drive trickled into the first cut of rough and his second shot left him off the green. A stellar chip left him an easy birdie.He got up and down for birdie at the seventh, but was back outside the cut line after a bogey at the par-three eighth.“I was just trying to get under par for the day,” he said of his inward push. “I thought that would be a good, solid turnaround from being two-over at the turn.“It was tough out there,” added Woods, who was 10-shots off the 36-hole lead held by American Ryan Palmer, who carded a five-under par 67 on the North Course for an 11-under total of 133.Spain’s defending champion Jon Rahm, who could seize the world number one ranking from Dustin Johnson with a victory, carded a six-under 66 and was alone in second on 134. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments He nestled a long first putt a few feet from the cup and made that for birdie, capping a 71 for a total of 143.“I was grinding my way around the golf course today,” said Woods, who hit just three of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation. “I didn’t hit it quite as good as I would like to. I fought hard. I was trying to post a number, which I was able to do.”Woods, who opened the tournament with an even-par 72 on Thursday, struggled off the tee all day.t was a harbinger of things to come when he sent his first tee shot at least 50 yards left. He laid up in the rough and two-putted for par from about 40 feet.Then came a disastrous double-bogey six at the par-four 13th, his fourth hole of the day, where another tee shot went left into a scrub hazard.ADVERTISEMENT Federer hails Chung as future top 10 player NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Woods was looking forward to testing his game under pressure over two more rounds.“It’s one thing to do it at home, it’s totally another thing to do it out here,” he said. “These guys are all going low and I haven’t done that in a long time.” Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 15th hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LA JOLIA, United States — Tiger Woods birdied his final hole on Friday to make the cut on the number in his return to the US PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open.The 14-time major champion wrestled four birdies from his last nine holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines, carding a one-under par 71.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Ellington finally gets his All-Star 3-point contest call Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRegardless if the reported trade demands from Rain or Shine players are true or not, coach Caloy Garcia was appreciative of the professionalism from his team in their 90-84 victory over Meralco on Friday.“We all know going into this game that there are issues regarding our players, but I told them that we just have to be professional about it and put in the effort because the ones paying their salaries are the owners and that’s the only way that we can repay them,” said the soft-spoken mentor in his postgame press conference.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Just to clear everything out, Raymond and I are in good terms. On Jericho, I told him that this is his job and you have to love your job. If he comes in and play hard, they’ll get to play,” he said.“I just told them that the only way you can be traded is if you play good, because if you play good, the team can also get something good in return.”Despite all the distractions, Garcia was glad that the three able to contribute and help the Elasto Painters win their first back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“I hope this will be the start. Like I said, we just have to think on how we can get better,” he said.Rain or Shine stakes its two-game winning streak against Magnolia on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH This past week, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, and Jericho Cruz were all rumored to have made trade demands following a supposed spat with their coach.But Garcia said that these supposed trade requests are nothing new.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We know from the beginning that Jericho really wants to go back to coach Yeng (Guiao). I told him that there are times that players want to be traded, but we just have to be professional about it,” he elaborated. “I know Raymond is motivated because he wanted to prove something and we’ll take it slowly. And for Beau, it has been an issue for the longest time, even years ago.”Garcia, though, neither confirmed nor denied if trades for these players are indeed on the table and opted to clarify that he enjoys a healthy relationship with the three. View comments
FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Reden Celda had a team-high 21 points for the Picanto, who slid to 0-4.RELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC partners with USANA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Photo by Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netBarangay Ginebra didn’t even need its import Justin Brownlee to play in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.Brownlee had already done his work through three quarters and the Gin Kings outclassed an overmatched Kia Picanto side, 120-99, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ginebra flaunted its depth and had eight players scoring at least eight points led by Brownlee and Slaughter, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in just his third game back since being sidelined for 10 months due to an ACL injury.Even the 37-year-old Mark Caguioa, who is in his 15th season in the league, got into the scoring act and came away with a season-high 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field in less than 14 minutes off the bench.The Gin Kings, who climbed to 2-1, never trailed and led by as much as 34, 98-64. They went on a 16-2 run in the first three and a half minutes of the third quarter to take a 74-45 lead and put the game away for food.Ginebra clicked on both ends of the floor, assisting on 39 out of its 44 made field goals and limiting Kia import Markeith Cummings to just 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the field with five turnovers in 35 minutes.The Gin Kings’ assist total was the most in 14 years, according the league head statistician Fidel Mangonon. Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson dished out a game-high 10 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The versatile forward had his fingerprints all over the game, nearly having a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists with two blocks to boot in close to 32 minutes of action.The Gin Kings, who are even deadlier than before with the 7-foot Greg Slaughter getting back into top form, just had too much firepower for the Picanto.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“We kind of displayed all of our weapons tonight, all of our weapons came in play,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone told reporters.“I just thought we had too many weapons for Kia, too many people they had to account for,” said Cone. “But I’m really happy with the focus of our guys, coming out and sustaining it for 48 minutes.” View comments
So nears last 16 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “By next week we will sit down and make selection although I have something in mind already,” acting Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Pete Cayco told the Inquirer.“We will have 20 players in the pool, so we will make additions and I would like to get more players from the PVL (Premier Volleyball League) like Myla Pablo.”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 openingCayco had already talked with PVL officials regarding schedules and he said they appeared amenable to accommodate the national team calendar.At present, the Philippine team has a 14-woman pool that includes just one PVL player, superstar Alyssa Valdez. MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Philippine volleyball will reboot its program by getting six more players to bolster its pool to a 20-woman squad.Soon after the Philippine Superliga All-Star team arrives from a competition in Thailand, the coaching staff will meet to discuss the expansion of the squad which will eventually eye the gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments
The story of the 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony this evening could be summarised in three numbers – eighteen, three and nineteen.The home ministry on Saturday issued an 18-point advisory meant for the thousands of spectators expected to throng the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.It asked them to arrive at the venue at least three hours ahead of the 7 pm start and to be prepared to navigate an incredible 19 security checkpoints before they reach their designated seat. Also, visitors would be better off travelling by the Metro rather than getting their own cars.The home ministry said, “If you are travelling by a car with an authorised ‘ vehicle access pass’, you will be required to alight at a designated point. You must walk the remaining distance to the entry gates. At the end of the competition, you must be prepared to walk to the designated parking lot and get into your car.”Delhi Police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal said: “Once they reach the venue, visitors will be thoroughly frisked. So it is advisable that they reach the stadium at least three hours ahead of the opening ceremony. There will be 19 security checkpoints and it would take time to cross them.” You might be further delayed if you carry even one of the 65 banned items on the Delhi Police’s Do Not Carry list. Some of the items on the list include alcohol, matchboxes, chewing tobacco, toy guns, eatables (except baby food), handbags for women, umbrellas, laptops, perfumes, musical instruments, balloons, radio sets, a whistle or a horn, animals, flags, darts and motorbike helmets.advertisementOn the bright side, you can carry your mobile phone and your newspaper. There’s more bad news, though. The advisory says that the flap barrier (an electronic gate similar to those placed at Metro stations) and the radio frequency card readers at the venue may fail at times. This would force the police personnel to manually check each and every card and ticket for authenticity.”It is possible that the flap barrier or the RF reader may fail sometimes, for a few minutes, owing to technological glitches,” the advisory says. “In such a case, the security personnel will do a thorough manual check of the person, the ticket and the accreditation card and you must be prepared to subject yourself to the manual check.”It adds: “If there is a manual check of ticket-holders/accreditation card holders, your wait in the queue may get longer. You are advised to kindly put up with the inconvenience.” The scary part? If the flap barriers and radio frequency identification systems work but are unable to ‘read’ your ticket in two attempts, you will not be allowed inside the venue. “The security at all venues during the Commonwealth Games has been laid down after considerable thought and examination of possible loopholes,” Dadwal said. “It is designed to be a multi-layered, multi-dimensional arrangement.” It could well be. Dadwal said 28,387 policemen have been deployed for the Games at the 41 Games venues, includ-ing 12 competition venues. Moreover, 195 companies of paramilitary forces will be in-charge of securing the Games. The Indian Air Force will provide air cover to thwart any terror attack. “It is a great challenge for Delhi Police, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Dadwal said. For the police, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium would be nothing short of a fortress on Sunday evening.The premises are divided into ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ venues, each headed by a venue commander of the rank of additional commissioner of police. Each zone is then divided into six zones and every zone would have eight sectors. Each of these sectors would be manned by 30 police personnel. No exceptions would be made, Dadwal said, citing the example of Union home minister P. Chidambaram being frisked at venues.”Delhi Police will have its own SWAT team (Special Weapons and Tactics) in three light armoured troop carrier (LATC), in addition to the NSG commandos,” he said. Though the police commissioner said there was no specific input about any terrorist attack on the Games, the police would keep strict vigil all over the city. “Besides, officials of national disaster response force would thwart any chemical or biological terror possibilities,” he said.
India’s chances of a medal in women’s team table tennis suffered a blow as they were beaten 2- 3 by New Zealand at the Yamuna Sports Complex on Monday.India was ahead 2- 1 but K. Shamini and Madhurika Patkar went down in the subsequent matches. Interestingly, four of the five New Zealanders were of Chinese origin.India had easily beaten Sri Lanka earlier in the day but the defeat to the Kiwis could result in the hosts facing one of the group winners in the quarter- finals. The Indian women face Ghana in their final group match on Tuesday.Poulomi Ghatak was replaced by Patkar, but the move by the team management did not yield the desired results as she lost both her matches.The winners for India were K. Shamini – who beat Annie Yang 11- 5, 9- 11, 11- 8, 11- 7 in the opening match – and Mouma Das, who beat Yang Sun 11- 7, 11- 9, 8- 11, 11- 9.For the Kiwis, Karen Li won both her matches. Earlier, the Lankans proved no match to the hosts as Shamini beat Nuwani Vithanage 11- 9, 11- 9, 11- 7. Mouma Das defeated Mannika Badu 11- 4, 11- 5, 11- 4.Poulomi Ghatak completed the clean sweep by getting the better of Kavindi Sahabandu 11- 8, 11- 8, 11- 7.Indian men had a much easier outing as they toyed with lowly Vanuatu to register a 3- 0 win. India’s top men’s player Achantha Sharath Kamal, ranked 41 in the world, was rested.Soumyadeep Roy defeated Lulu Ham 11- 3, 11- 3, 11- 3 before Subhajit Saha thrashed Benjamin Randy 11- 2, 11- 2, 11- 2. Abhishek Ravichandran got the better of Yoshua Shing 11- 6, 11- 5, 11- 7.advertisement
(From right to left) Lt Governor of Delhi Tejender Khanna, Suresh Kalmadi, Organising Committee Chairman of XIX Commonwealth Games, and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during the closing ceremony of the mega sporting event at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday evening. PTIOpen war broke out between leading lights of the Commonwealth Games with Suresh Kalmadi hitting back at Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, on Sunday declaring he would not want the Organising Committee, which he chaired, to be the “scapegoats any more.”Kalmadi’s ire was promoted by Dikshit’s comments to PTI on Saturday that the “suspicion” of corruption in the just concluded mega sporting event is on the Games Organising Committee(OC). The “real corruption seems to be with regard to the money given as loans (to the OC)”, she said. Central government had given loans to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore.22 more works under scanner | No need to quit my post: Hooper | WATCH VIDEOCVC gets cracking on swindlers | CWG corruption: Dikshit blames OC | I am ready for probe: Kalmadi | After PM, Sonia snubs Kalmadi Slamming Dikshit, a beleaguered Kalmadi, said her aspersions on corruption in the OC were “most disappointing and uncalled for” and that she must indulge in self-reflection on corruption in her own departments.In a hard-hitting statement, Kalmadi said that keeping quiet should not be interpreted as a “sign of weakness”.”But, on Dussehra day, I owe it to the Organising Committee that we speak out. We don’t want to be the scapegoats anymore,” he said.advertisement”Delhi Chief Minister Mrs. Shiela Dikshit’s aspersions on corruption in the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi are most disappointing and uncalled for. It is not right to deflect and point fingers at others when she must indulge in self-reflection on corruption in her own departments,” Kalmadi said.He said the OC has already welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to set up a probe panel and hoped that the Terms of Reference of the Shunglu Committee will include not just the scope of work undertaken by the OC at a budget of Rs 1,620 crore but also the Rs 16,000 spent by the Delhi Government.”She has said that the ways of the OC are mysterious whereas the Commonwealth Games chief Mr. Michael Fennell declared the conduct of the Games as exceptional and successful,” said Kalmadi.Kalmadi, a senior Congress leader, finds himself increasingly isolated within his own Party after being snubbed by Prime Minister and party president Sonia Gandhi.Both did not invite Kalmadi while felicitating the Commonwealth Games medal winners.”Despite a series of attacks in the run up to the Games, I was quiet as I wanted the Games to succeed. Keeping quiet should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness. Nor should patience be seen as a sign of guilt. It was more important to focus on the task of conducting the Games well,” he said.Kalmadi said that transparency and accountability remain the watch words in the Organising Committee. “We are confident that the guilty will not be spared irrespective of which agency they belong to,” he said.Kalmadi also criticised Dikshit for taking credit for getting the Games Village ready in time.”The Games have succeeded because of the efforts of Team India, including a large number of people and agencies and not any individual. Dikshit’s attempt to take credit for getting the Games Village ready in time does not fit with the team concept.The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and the OC, who were preparing the Village for over two years, co-ordinated the work of a number of agencies to ensure that it was entirely ready to welcome the athletes,” he said.KALMADI, DIKSHIT ROW OVER CWG IS TO DIVERT PROBE: BJPBJP on Sunday said trading of charges and counter-charges between Commonwealth Games Organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over reports of corruption in various CWG projects was an attempt to divert and confuse the investigation.The “public spat” between Kalmadi and Dikshit is an attempt to confuse and divert the investigation. “They are blaming each other but both are responsible for the mismanagement, delays and corruption,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told PTI.He alleged that Kalmadi’s statement that he will resign only if the Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi ask him to do is “akin to Telecom Minister A Raja’s statement in his defence of 2G spectrum charges that he has acted on the advice of the Prime Minister at every stage.”advertisementThe BJP warned that along with the 2G spectrum scam, corruption in the Commonwealth Games will prove to be the “nemesis of the UPA government”.Javadekar said, “Kalmadi is doing exactly the same as Raja by holding everybody else responsible for the mess.”I-T DEPT COLLECTS CWG WORKS RELATED PAPERSThe Income Tax department has collected documents pertaining to tenders and award of contracts for its “two pronged” probe into the finances of the Commonwealth Games even as a high-level committee headed by a former CAG goes into allegations of corruption related to the mega sporting event.The I-T department’s second line of probe will go into deductions under the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) category which the Organising Committee of the games is expected to cut from the salaries of professionals hired by it like event managers, anchors and other officials.A special investigation cell of the Finance Ministry has already begun its homework on all the tenders and contracts which have been sourced from various agencies and organisations, sources said.The department will primarily look for evasion of taxes, if any, by the way of over-invoicing and inflation of prices in the works related to the games including infrastructure projects, procurements and project planning, they said.The I-T department has got tender documents related to venue development and overlays, image and look, procurement, technology, accreditation, workforce, communication, risk management, finance and accounts, press operations, television rights, project planning and management related to the Commonwealth Games.It is also looking into financial estimates of real estate firms which have built the infrastructure like the games village buildings and other facilities.According to the sources, the department has sourced some initial reports of works from the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) of various government departments which were involved in the Commonwealth Games before it initiates its search and survey operations on various stakeholders.The department will also probe the TDS deductions on salaries paid to the professionals.The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in 2008 had expanded the scope of ‘professionals’ under the Income Tax Act, 1961 which included sportspersons, umpires, referees, coaches, trainers, team physicians and physiotherapists, event managers, commentators, anchors, and sports columnists and categorised their services as ‘professional services.’Such services are taxed in accordance with Section 194J of the I-T Act.The apex committee of the overall probes to be conducted by various agencies like the I-T department, CVC, CBI and Enforcement Directorate — constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — is headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu and will submit its report to him within three months.CVC ASKS FOR REPORTS BY MONTH-ENDThe Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), probing alleged financial irregularities in construction and procurement works related to the Commonwealth Games, has directed all agencies concerned to submit their reports by the month-end.Official sources said a reminder has recently been issued to Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Public Works Department (PWD) in this regard.advertisementThe move came after Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas objected to the “lackadaisical approach” and continuous delay by agencies in submitting replies to the queries raised by the anti-corruption watchdog, they said.”We have issued reminders to all the agencies and directed them to submit replies. They have been told to give point-wise answers to our queries by the end of October,” a senior CVC official said.He said, based on their replies, the CVC will give its findings or final report to a committee formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India V K Shungloo.”All the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) in the concerned organisations have been asked specifically to pursue the matter,” the officer said.An analysis by Chief Technical Examination Wing of CVC has found alleged financial and administrative irregularities in 16 construction and procurement projects.Six of them are being done by PWD, three by MCD, two each by CPWD, DDA, NDMC and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise, the CVC report said.According to the report, “Almost all the organisations executing works for Commonwealth Games have considered inadmissible factors to jack-up the reasonable price to justify award of work at quoted rates citing urgent or emergent circumstances.”The CVC has written a letter of complaint to CBI asking for a probe into alleged criminal conspiracy by unknown MCD officials in granting work for upgradation of street lighting in the national capital.Meanwhile, the agency has also asked the CWG Organising Committee and the Sports Ministry to keep a sample of each items of the equipment and props hired from foreign suppliers for the Games venues ready for its inspection.’NO MORE TAX BURDEN ON DELHIITES FOR CWG SPENDING’Delhiites can breathe easy as Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has ruled out any new taxes to make up for expenses incurred on the Commonwealth Games which are estimated to have cost the nation a whopping Rs 70,000 crore.”Don’t worry. You won’t get any new tax… At least my very very firm opinion is that we don’t need to increase taxes but there is a need to make our collection system more transparent and efficient,” she told PTI when asked whether more taxes would be levied in view of the huge expenses on the Games.Delhi government is facing serious fund crunch due to huge spending on infrastructure projects linked to the Games.According to latest official estimates, about Rs 15,000 crore were spent by the city government for improving infrastructure facilities ahead of the sporting extravaganza.TIGHT CWG VIGIL HELPS COPS STUMBLE UPON RACKETSThe heightened vigil by Delhi Police and central security agencies during the Commonwealth games in the wake of terror threat had some interesting spin-offs–unearthing of human trafficking and hawala rackets and also a cross-border call girl link.With clear instructions from Union Home Ministry not to ignore any input without verification, sources in the Delhi Police on Sunday said the trail of some such inputs had a hilarious ending while some led to busting of hawala or human trafficking networks.In one such case, an input was received about a lady using a fictitious name during her telephone calls to a person in Pakistan. The nature of the conversation was intimate in nature, the sources said.However, when the woman was informed by the service provider through a SMS that she had been calling too frequently across the border, in the next call made by her she expressed apprehensions that she would be picked up and “their plan will be washed away”.The Delhi Police swung into action suspecting her to be a woman recruit of some terror outfit. As she was questioned, it took a little time for the sleuths to understand that she was a call girl who had met the Pakistani national in a Gulf country, the sources said.The human trafficking racket which also included prostitution was busted mainly from Badarpur area in the outskirts of South Delhi and East Delhi, the police sources said.During the intense vigil, which included two days of near shutdown in the national capital on October three and 14, police also stumbled upon new hawala rackets and a revived “savari racket”.The “savari racket” was started by terrorist groups and ISI in which poor people having relations across the border in Pakistan are used for ferrying money and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) into India through Samjhauta Express — the only train link between India and Pakistan.The police also unearathed rackets dealing with FICN and a few persons have been picked up for questioning.With inputs from PTI