How India Avoided Its Lehman Brothers Moment

first_imgMany are calling it India’s “too big to fail” moment, referring to big financial firms so large that their collapse could spark economic chaos.On Monday, India took over the beleaguered IL&FS, an acronym for Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services – a major non-banking financial institution, or a shadow bank. The firm’s six directors have been dismissed and the new board is now led by a top banker, Uday Kotak.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img

Divine Food

first_imgDivine food is pure vegetarian food, which Lord Krishna in the Bhagwad Gita described as satvic bhojan, because it purifies the mind, increases life span and contributes to health, joy and cheerfulness. The foods promote bodily health as they contain all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals required to maintain the body in optimum health. These foods comprise of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, milk and milk products. The delightfully delicious Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes that follow do not contain onion, garlic or gelatin and are not just nutritious and healthy, but enchant the taste buds as well.Capsicums MazedaarIngredients 6 medium capsicums slit in middleFor gravy ½ oz. almonds ½ oz. roasted ground nuts1 oz. dry coconut1 tblsp. dhania jeera powder¼ tsp. turmeric powder1 medium tomato pureed4 ozs. yoghurt mixed with 1 tblsp. chick pea flourFor filling  1 medium eggplant¼ tsp. mustard seeds1 tblsp. chopped coriander leaves1 tsp. mint leaves1 tsp. green chilies, minced½ tsp. grated ginger1 medium tomato chopped1 tsp dhania jeera powder4 tblsps.oilSalt and chili powder to tasteFry the capsicums until they wrinkle. Dry roast coconut and nuts and then grind them. Roast eggplant on open flame till it wrinkles and turns soft. Drop in cold water and then skin the eggplant. Mash to a paste. Heat 2 tblsps. oil and add mustard seeds, when they stop tossing, mix in 2 tblsps. nut mixture. Fry for 1 minute, then add eggplant along with all the filling ingredients. Cook until oil floats to the top. Stuff the mixture into capsicums. Heat 2 tblsps. oil and add the ground nut paste along with all spices and tomatoes. Cook till dry. Beat yoghurt with 1 glass water and add to tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and place capsicums side by side on the gravy. Cook until paste thickens. Decorate with coriander leaves and serve hot.Cherry CurryIngredientsFor cherries½ lbs. mashed paneer4 tsps. corn flour1 tsp. cumin seeds¼ tsp. monosodium glutamate A few drops of red food coloring For curry1 tsp. cumin seeds1tsp. ginger, cut into thin strips2 tblsps. yoghurt2 oz. tomatoes, peeled and pureed½ lbs. boiled green peas2 tblsps. ground cashew nuts¼ litre milk½ tsp. essence of saffron4 tblsps. cream1 tblsp. dhania jeera powder2 green chilies, minced1 tblsp. coriander leaves¼ tsp. turmeric powderSalt and chili powder to taste2 canned pineapple rings, cubed4 tblsps. oil½ oz. roasted cashew nuts Mix paneer along with corn flour, cumin seeds and salt. Add enough color to give it a deep red texture. Form into cherry sized balls and fry to a golden color. Drain. Heat 4 tblsps. oil and add cumin seeds, when they stop tossing, add tomato puree, yoghurt, cashewnut paste, all spices, salt, ginger, coriander leaves and chilies. When oil floats on the top, add boiled peas, milk and essence. After a few minutes mix in the cherries. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Place in a serving dish, pour cream on top and decorate with pineapple and cashew nuts.Mushrooms in ButterIngredients¼ lbs. mushrooms thinly sliced4 ozs. cream1 oz. corn flour2 oz. butterJuice of 1 lime1 tblsp. sugarSalt and chili flakes to tasteMix cream, salt and mushrooms together and set aside for 1 hour. Roll mushrooms in corn flour and deep fry in oil until crisp and golden. Melt butter in a pan over low heat, add sugar and lime juice and mix well. Remove from fire and place mushrooms in a serving dish and add the butter and sugar mixture over the mushrooms. Garnish with toasted cashewnuts, almonds and chopped cilantro.Manpasand ParanthaIngredients½ lbs. whole wheat flour2 ozs. refined flourMilk to mixSalt to taste For filling ½ lbs grated radish1 tsp. green chilies, minced1tblsp. coriander leaves1 tsp. chopped mint leaves2 tblsps. oilSalt to tasteMix both flours and salt. Add enough milk to form stiff dough. Heat 2 tblsps. oil and add filling ingredients. Cook till dry. Form the dough into balls. Take two balls and roll into small round discs. Squeeze out the water from the radish and mix with remaining ingredients. Spread radish on one round, sprinkle a little dry flour on top. Cover with the second round and seal edges. Sprinkle dry flour on top. Roll out into a parantha and shallow fry to a golden color. Smear with butter and serve with yoghurt.RivoliIngredients½ lbs. refined flour½ tsp baking powderSalt to taste For filling4 oz. bean sprouts½ lb. shredded cabbage, carrots and French beans2 oz. shredded mushrooms½ tsp. grated ginger4 tblsps. oilSalt and pepper to taste To prepare filling heat 4 tblsps. of oil and fry all vegetables until almost done. Mix in remaining filling ingredients and use as filling. Mix together flour, salt and baking powder. Add enough water and form dough. Chill for half hour. Divide dough into small balls and roll out into a thin round shape. Place a tblsp. of the filling in the center and fold over to form half moon shapes. Seal the edges with 1 tblsp. corn flour mixed with ¼ cup water. Deep fry to a golden color and serve hot.Vegetable Fried RiceIngredients1 lb. boiled rice¼ lb. shelled peas4 oz. each of shredded carrots, capsicums and cabbage4 oz. bean sprouts1 tsp. ginger juice2 tblsps. sliced parsley4 ozs. cubed potatoesSoy sauce to tasteSalt and pepper to taste8 tblsps. oilHeat oil and fry potatoes. Drain. Add carrots, peas, capsicums, bean sprouts, cabbage and salt. Fry over high heat until almost cooked. Mix in rice, ginger juice, pepper and potatoes. Fry 2 to 3 minutes. Place in serving dish, decorate with parsley and serve hot.Eight Jewel PuddingIngredients½ lbs. rice4 tblsps. unsalted butterA big pinch of salt2 tblsps. each of chopped almonds and walnuts¼ lbs. mixed candied fruit, such as cherries, pineapple, papaya and mixed peels.6 oz. whipped cream½ lbs. castor sugarA few drops of vanilla essence4 oz. whole nuts, such as almonds, pistachios, cashewnuts and walnuts for decorationCook rice in 4½ cups of water until soft and dry. Grease small steel bowls and place nuts and fruits in a decorative fashion in bowl. Mix unsalted butter, salt, sugar and vanilla essence into the rice and spoon into bowls, being careful not to disturb the nuts and fruits. Press down firmly for 30 minutes. Place on a bed of green lettuce leaves. Cover with whipped cream, decorate with whole nuts and chill before serving.Fig CakeIngredients8 oz. refined flour8 oz. dried figs4 oz. Castor sugar4 oz. unsalted butter½ tsp. baking powderPinch of salt Cut the figs into small pieces and cook in just enough water until tender. Mix together flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Add butter, figs and enough water to form a batter. Place in a greased pan and bake in a moderate oven for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. When cool, cut into small square pieces and serve decorated with slivers of almonds.Chocolate NougatIngredients½ lbs. dark chocolate grated For nougat 4 oz. sugar1 tsp. unsalted butter4 oz. coarsely chopped nuts like almonds, cashewnuts and walnutsOn a slow fire place sugar and butter in a pan and cook until melted. Add nuts, mix well and remove from fire and pour the mixture on a greased platform. Use rolling pin to roll to a ¼ inch thick layer. Slice layer halfway into small squares with the help of a sharp knife. When mixture cools, break into squares. Melt chocolate, dip nut squares one by one in melted chocolate. Set to harden in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours. Wrap in silver paper Related Itemslast_img read more

The Ends of Democracy

first_imgIn the Summer 1989, as the Soviet Union crumbled, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama authored a widely celebrated essay in The National Interest, subsequently expanded into a book, titled The End of History and the Last Man, in which he prophesized: “What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of postwar history, but the end of history as such…. That is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”For the better of the past three decades, political and economic liberalism has been on the march. Democracy movements swept through Eastern Europe, in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, as well as states of the former Soviet Union, such as Georgia, Ukraine and Lithuania. As recently as 2010, democracy movements, celebrated as the Arab Spring, lit up North Africa and the Middle East. In 2007, Freedom House rated nearly 123 of 194 countries it evaluates as “electoral democracies.” It has been downhill ever since. A decade later, its 2017 report noted: “A total of 67 countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties in 2016, compared with 36 that registered gains. This marked the 11th consecutive year in which declines outnumbered improvements.”Dictatorial regimes have always been threatened by democratic uprisings, so it comes as no surprise that they resisted and crushed these upstart movements in societies lacking historical democratic roots. The Arab Spring dissipated into an Arab chill, as democracy movements throughout the Middle East were pulverized. Strongmen and dictators now reign over most of Eastern Europe. Just six of the 15 former Soviet republics currently have democratic governments and most of them are fledgling. Vladmir Putin reigns as a virtual dictator in Russia and is increasingly flexing his muscle to prop up strongmen on the international stage.More surprising and disturbing, however, are the populist uprisings during the past two years in the United States and Europe, the cradles of liberal democracy. Here, the internal fault lines of democratic governance stand glaringly exposed.The flawed democratic experiment has endured for more than two centuries now because dominant political parties were sufficiently restrained to not test its contradictions. It has long been recognized that the democratic system is rigged and susceptible to manipulation by money, power, demagoguery, and the like. For all its limitations and messiness, however, its inbuilt tensions between individual rights and popular will, as well as the checks and balances by different branches of government, have ensured that the democratic scaffolding remained intact. Indeed, compared to the ruthlessness and failures of the alternatives, democracy is undoubtedly endearing.However, with the increasing amplification of differences, the rise of social media, the growing coarseness of debate and a general decline in political civility, liberal democracy is increasingly vulnerable even in the established democracies of North America, Europe and India. Today, the democratic experiment is in growing danger of unravelling. Even Fukuyama is beginning to harbor doubts: “Twenty five years ago, I didn’t have a sense or a theory about how democracies can go backward. And I think they clearly can.”It is unlikely that liberal democracy can reclaim its glory by lofty appeals to civility and the public good. If anything, we are likely to see even greater polarization and acrimony in public discourse. Policy makers need to reform the system of government to reflect modern circumstances. Representative democracy, the U.S. electoral college and the British parliamentary system harken to an era of horse driven buggies and pamphleteers. Today, new technology and intelligent communication systems can be applied to advance direct individual participation.Automation, networks and easy mobility can enable people to be more directly involved in their self-governance. They offer opportunities to model laws speedily in response to a rapidly changing world, as well as to maximize individual liberties and create new forums for expression and self-actualization. Political scientists and policy makers should begin crafting a new political order that engages citizens more actively and directly for collective decision-making and that enhances individual political and cultural freedoms. From the ruins of the current political order, we could fashion a system that delivers on the centuries-old first principles of the Enlightenment of liberty, tolerance, and fraternity, notwithstanding the forces of division in our midst. Related Itemslast_img read more

Three Men Get Long Jail Sentences for Ruthless Killing of Elderly Jeweler in UK

first_imgTwo men have been sentenced for life while another person received a 16-year jail term for killing a 74-year-old jeweler in Leicester in January this year.Thomas Jervis, 24, and Charles Mcauley, 20, were both sentenced to life imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court on Sept. 10 after being found guilty of killing Ramniklal Jogiya, who was abducted on his way back from his shop at Belgrave Road on Jan. 24, 2018. Jogiya was later found dead in a lane nearby.Jervis was ordered to serve a minimum of 33 years while Mcauley was ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years in prison. Callan Reeve, 20, who was found guilty of Jogiya’s manslaughter, was sentenced to 16 years in prison at the court hearing.The three, who had previously admitted to abduction and robbery of Jogiya, were convicted following a five-week trial at the same court which reached its conclusion on Aug. 8.The trial had heard how Jervis, of Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leicester; Mcauley, of Gooding Avenue, Leicester; and Reeve, of Biddle Road, Leicester, were part of a gang who had spent weeks planning to rob a safe at Jogiya’s jewelry shop.A fourth defendant, Javon Roach, 30, was acquitted of all charges.The court heard that the convicted murderers bundled Jogiya in a van and threw his mobile phone away, before torturing and beating him in an attempt to get the security codes for the alarm system and safe at his shop. The men wanted to steal gold jewelry worth £200,000 that was kept in the safe, the court was told, according to the BBC.A CCTV camera footage showed Jogiya locking up the shop and beginning his walk back to his house, while other images showed three men jumping out of a white transit van parked on Brandon Street and bundling him into a vehicle. Another footage showed that about 50 minutes later, a man dressed in a burka and pulling a shopping trolley entered Jogiya’s shop. This person was seen deactivating the shop alarm, going to the back of the shop where the safe was kept, and emerging a little while later, seemingly empty-handed.It was later discovered that, despite their meticulous planning, the gang had not realized that the safe was on a 12-hour time delay and so they could not break into the safe and collect the Asian gold inside it, the court was informed.https://www.facebook.com/leicspolice/videos/10156596412186170/Earlier, a statement written by the victim’s family and read out by prosecutor James House conveyed what happened on the fatal night, Leicestershire Live reported. It said, “We were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary and I was asked to identify my dad.“Nothing could prepare us for what we saw. So many thoughts were racing through our minds as what we did know was that he had suffered.“We could see terrible injuries on his face.”Jogiya suffered a total of 27 injuries, including broken ribs, wounds to his face, hands and arms, and died from a major brain injury caused by a severe assault to his head.“These men had planned to kidnap and rob Mr Jogiya, but it went tragically wrong. They launched a sustained and ferocious attack on Mr Jogiya which ultimately killed him,” DCI David Swift-Rollinson, the detective who led the investigation, said. Related ItemsLeicesterUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Three killed in Bihar over ‘buffalo theft’

first_imgThree people were beaten to death by a mob in Saran district of Bihar on Friday, alleging that they attempted to steal a buffalo, the police said. The families of the victims denied the allegation.Raju Nat, Bides Nat and Naushad Qureshi were attacked at Nandlal Tola of Pithauri village in the Baniapur police station limits in the early hours. Two of them were killed on the spot. Another died of injuries on the way to hospital, Superintendent of Police Har Kishore Rai said. He said two or three people have been picked up for interrogation.Deputy SP Ajay Kumar Singh rushed to the village as a clash erupted between the alleged attackers and the family members of the deceased. The relatives said the victims had gone out to relieve themselves when they were beaten to death.“We can say it with certainty that this is not one of those incidents of mob lynching. The animal allegedly being stolen was a buffalo. The attackers and the attacked belonged to the same social groups,” Mr. Singh said.Police have been deployed in the village, while people from both sides were at the police station to lodge complaints. The families of the victims “created a ruckus” at the Sadar hospital, where the bodies were taken for post-mortem, prompting police to use “mild force” to bring the situation under control, officials said.last_img read more

60 govt school teachers in U.P. suspended for getting job using fake qualifications

first_imgAs many as 60 government school teachers have been suspended for allegedly using fake B.Ed. degrees to get the jobs, a Uttar Pradesh Education department official said on Wednesday. District Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Chandra Shekhar said the teachers, all of who were earlier transferred from Mathura to other districts, will also face legal action. The official said over 4,500 government school teachers across the state who got jobs on the basis of fake B.Ed. degrees or other certificates have been identified so far. Efforts are on to take speedy action against them, Mr. Shekhar said. The BSAs of different districts are identifying location of such teachers by sharing information, Mr. Shekhar said, adding that the number may swell further as probe is on.last_img read more

BJP to be blamed for crisis in Maharashtra, says Congress

first_imgA day after fault lines in Maharashtra Congress were visible over the issue of extending support to Shiv Sena, the State leadership blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the continuing crisis. “The BJP is responsible for the mess in the State. It had given the word to its ally in Maharashtra. It did not fulfil the promise neither it treated its ally with care. The BJP is holding out the threat of President’s Rule in Maharashtra. Whom are they threatening? Because of the BJP, entire State has landed in a difficult position,” said State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat. Mr. Thorat alleged that the BJP has already started using all dirty tricks to poach MLAs of other parties. “The BJP was using all its tricks even before the elections. Now that they are falling short of numbers, it is resorting to the same methods,” he claimed.Leader of Opposition Vijay Vadettiwar too blamed the BJP for leading the State towards constitutional crisis. “If the BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the State, then it is the party’s responsibility to stake claim and form the government. By not doing so, the party is pushing the State towards President’s Rule. They are responsible for the present condition of the State,” he said. Meanwhile, a day after announcing a three-day tour to areas affected by excessive unseasonal rains, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is likely to cut short his tour and return to Mumbai on Friday morning. The five-year term of the present Assembly ends on November 8 midnight. “It seems the BJP is not going to stake claim and is ready for President’s Rule. The party seem to be on wait and watch mode till Sena blinks. It will not form the government with minority mandate,” said senior journalist and political commentator Sanjay Jog.last_img read more

FIFA reminds World Cup-bound Peru about government meddling

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 ONE: Askren retires undefeated, destroys Aoki in 57 seconds LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Peru’s players celebrate after a play-off qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup against New Zealand in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to win a two-leg playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot in the World Cup field in Russia. APZURICH — FIFA has reminded the Peruvian soccer federation of rules prohibiting interference by national governments, one week after the South American country qualified for its first World Cup since 1982.FIFA says the letter reacts to the “current draft of the Peruvian Sports Law” presented to a congressional committee last month. FIFA says the proposed text to lawmakers includes “certain items that, if implemented, would contravene the FIFA Statutes.”ADVERTISEMENT In serious cases, FIFA can suspend a country’s national and club teams, plus officials, from international competitions and meetings.Peruvian officials are due in Moscow next week for the World Cup draw.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 shutoutPeru is not likely to be facing any action, but FIFA has promised to “continue to monitor the situation.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicelast_img read more

PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Almazan retaliated, gracing Camson with an elbow to the face then punches were thrown before players Ronald Tubid, Don Trollano and the referees helped pacify the situation.Both were ejected after getting slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2.The two met while being escorted by security on their way to their dugouts on opposite ends of the Cuneta Astrosome hallway and got into a heated verbal exchange.Rain or Shine leads, 44-40, at the half as of posting.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Levi’s Jordan IV is classic rock and rap combined Almazan and Camson got tangled near basket while fighting for positioning during a rebound play. Camson appeared to hit first with an elbow that triggered the scuffle. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding WARNING: This video contains strong language.Heated hallway exchange between Almazan, Camson after getting ejected. #PBA2018 | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/O3DARcXY6b— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) January 20, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game between Rain or Shine and Kia turned ugly after Elasto Painters center Raymond Almazan and Picanto big man Eric Camson traded blows late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Germany wins Davis Cup tie against Australia

first_imgJokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.” He also returned well, getting many of Kyrgios’s thunderbolts back in play and then winning the battle from the back of the court.“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”Kyrgios went into the match full of expectation after an impressive win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Friday’s opening singles.Zverev, on the other hand, had looked out of touch on Friday and was pushed for almost four hours before seeing off 18-year-old Alex de Minaur in five sets.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ But following the Germans’ win in the doubles on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead, all the pressure was on Kyrgios, who had to win to keep the tie alive.The mercurial Australian opened brilliantly, holding his serve to love much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.But that was almost as good as it got for the Australian team, as Kyrgios lost two of his next three service games to surrender the opening set in just 23 minutes.Kyrgios appeared troubled by an elbow problem in the first set and it became more noticeable in the second, the Australian often shaking his right arm between points.He served better in the second set, firing down eight aces, but at 4-3 he had a medical timeout for treatment on his arm.The Australian continued to serve well and had two set points on Zverev’s serve at 6-5, but the German saved both then played a superb tiebreak to take a stranglehold on the rubber.Once Zverev broke to go ahead 3-1 the result was never really in doubt and at 2-5, Kyrgios was broken again to give Germany the tie. Kyrgios said he felt a problem with his elbow after Friday’s match.“It obviously affected me a lot,” a downcast Kyrgios said.“My serve is my biggest strength — I mean I thought he played great today — but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game.center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “(To win) against a very strong Australian team makes us very confident for the next round, for the upcoming years,” German captain Michael Kohlmann said.“We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We showed that we are able to go further than this.”Zverev served beautifully throughout, only facing two break points in the match, both at the end of the second set and both of which he saved. FILE – Germany’s Tim Puetz, right, plays a shot past Australia’s Matt Ebden, left, in the doubles match between Germany and Australia at the Davis Cup World Group first round in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Feb.3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany into a quarter-final against either Spain or Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tigresses lead BVR Ilocos leg champs

first_imgUST’s Cherry Rondina gets one over San Beda’s defense in the Beach Volleyball Republic. Contributed Photo.University of Santo Tomas turned back San Beda, 21-12, 21-14, over the weekend to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour women’s university division in Playa Tropical Currimao, Ilocos Norte.Tigresses Cherry Rondina and Ma. Cecilia Bangad defeated the Red Lioness’ pair of Iza and Ella Viray for the title.ADVERTISEMENT In the men’s university division, Malaysians Mohd Aizzat Zorki and Raja Nazmi Hussin turned back Far Easter University, 21-14, 21-18, to emerge champions in the event that has the Inquirer as media partner.“This leg had indeed the most competitive lineup of teams,” said BVR founder Charo Soriano. “We had teams from Malaysia and Hong Kong and they showcased their world-class athleticism against our local talent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingCebu’s Jade Becaldo and Rommel Pepito gutted their way out of an opening set loss before turning back Hong Kong’s Giovanni Musillo and Brian Nordberg, 18-21, 21-14, 23-21, to top the men’s open class.The winning pairs received P50,000 in the event sponsored by Nestea, Smart, NLEX/SCTEX and Rebisco, among others. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mike mopes for Jason in the Byron Nelson LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Organizers also held a volleyball clinic for young enthusiasts in Ilocos Norte as part of the group’s “Sandroots” advocacy.“We want to be able to give the kids a chance to learn from the best coaches that we have in beach volleyball,” said Soriano.“In the end, it’s really about teaching and sharing the passion we have one province at a time,” said BVR’s Bea Tan.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

#InquirerSeven: Things to know about Jeff Horn

first_img2. He is an Olympian Pacquiao is usually given the de facto home court advantage, be it in Las Vegas or Dallas. This time, however, the Pacman will walk inside Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium facing a hometown hero.Horn was born in Brisbane on Feb. 4, 1988 and has resided in his birthplace ever since.Come Battle of Brisbane, it’s safe to say that there will be more than 50,000 people in support of their boxing son.ADVERTISEMENT Both fighters are family men, and both also have lovable dogs.Quite some time ago, Pacquiao’s pooch Pacman reached headlines when it dogged the Filipino icon during his runs. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Horn was called “gay” constantly during his growing up years.The verbal abuse held so much magnitude that the young Horn almost thought of suicide.“I got called ‘gay’ a lot. Words like that shouldn’t hurt me, but I was a kid. It cuts deep, especially when it’s every day. You don’t know how to stop it,” Horn told Sydney Morning Herald.“Day by day, it takes a bit of you. I know the lows you can feel. I’ve had those feelings, like suicidal thoughts. I can remember some days that I felt that because of the bullying.”6. Like Pacquiao, Horn also has a canine companion What ‘missteps’? Beneath his enigmatic identity is a man who battled demons en route to becoming a professor of the beautiful sport.Despite owning WBO and IBF’s secondary titles, Horn is still considered an unknown in comparison to the icons Pacquaio has faced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo to shine a little bit more of the spotlight on Horn, here are seven tidbits about the Aussie.1. Horn is Brisbane’s own son Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Juggling life as a schoolteacher and as a professional boxer can take a toll, and Horn does that looking for flushes, full houses, and pairs.As per Ring Magazine, Horn’s concept of a vice is playing poker. And that’s only his vice.Horn hasn’t forgotten his nerdy side as he regularly, according to The Australian, plays Monopoly every Saturday.He also likes to play a role-playing board game called Settlers of Catan. Horn, too, has a dog and it’s name is Lexie who, according to The Australian, likes to hang by Horn’s legs whenever the Aussie fighter watches television.7. Horn’s vice is poker Growing up, Horn wasn’t the fighter Australians now adore.He was the one wearing the glasses and playing board games and with such silence, Horn became a target of bullying.According to a story from The Australian, Horn was the victim of a lopsided beating when 30 bullies ganged up on him after school.Horn stood up against a bully, and what he got was a physical beatdown that changed his life.This harrowing experience led Horn to take up boxing and he’s then used that bullying episode every time he steps inside the squared circle.5. He got called ‘gay’ growing up LATEST STORIES Ross wins Best Player award; Rhodes top importcenter_img Horn’s pathway to professional boxing was his short, but memorable, run in the 2012 London Olympics.The Aussie had three fights in the London Games, taking dominating wins against Gilbert Choombe of Zambia, 19-5, and Abderazzak Houya of Tunisia, 17-11.Horn, however, fell to Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk, 21-13, in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Horn holds a Bachelor of Education degree to teach secondary school from Griffith University and he’s also worked at a child care center.4. A victim of bullying Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Boxer Jeff Horn of Australia poses for a photo following a press conference with Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)Australian pugilist Jeff Horn does not have the same notoriety as Manny Pacquiao’s previous opponents.Horn, whose “The Hornet” nickname gives him some semblance of flare, actually isn’t a typical run of the mill boxer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 3. He’s a teacher Horn has built an impressive boxing resume going undefeated, 16-0-1, and strapping himself with the WBO and IBF Inter-Continental welterweight titles.He’s also the no.2 welterweight under WBO and on July 2 has a chance to become the World champion as he battles Pacquiao (59-6-2).Outside of his expanding boxing career, though, Horn rolls up his sleeves and tightens his tie for his job as a high school teacher.last_img read more

LeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’

first_imgRobredo: 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 No Blatche for Gilas in Fiba Asia as Reyes bares Final 12 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES James also tweeted the same thing about a report from Cleveland.com saying that he is “eager” to see Irving go after he demanded for a trade.This was the first time that James had talked about anything related to Irving’s trade request since the story broke earlier this week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James has had enough of rumors about him from “sources.”The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar shut down reports that he was “tempted to beat” Kyrie Irving’s ass for asking a trade out of Cleveland and that he was looking forward to seeing the guard out.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Since Irving’s trade demand went public, several stories quoting sources have come out even as both James and the star guard had remained mum about it.In his podcast, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith cited “sources” supposedly from James’ camp that the former MVP would be tempted to beat Irving if he were in front of him.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 starsJames retweeted SLAMOnline, which carried the story based on Smith’s podcast, and cleared his side.“#NotFacts people! 🗣Boooo!! Get another source. 🤦🏾‍♂️. #EnjoyingMySummer #YouDoTheSame 😁😁😁,” said James in a tweet. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

BAI selects office-bearers as CWG technical officials

first_imgThe Badminton Association of India (BAI) seems to have hit upon a novel way to keep some of its office-bearers in good humour, albeit at the cost of the Commonwealth Games (CWG).Why else would it pick 14 more technical officials (TOs) for the badminton events at the CWG when 132 TOs have already been chosen to officiate? What is startling is the fact that 12 out of the 14 TOs are either secretaries or presidents of various state units of the BAI and are simply masquerading as technical officials.While 13 of them are functionaries, Maqdoom Ahmed is an assistant at the Pullela Gopi Chand Academy in Hyderabad.At least three of them-SA Rawal, ST Desai and OD Sharma are above 70 years of age. It is really curious how a 70 year old is expected to officiate a match in which the shuttle travels at a speed of more than 200kmph.When asked, Punniah Choudhary, one of the three secretaries of the BAI, told Mail Today that these 14 technical officials were inducted as the number of teams participating in the CWG has increased.”The number of teams participating in the Games has gone up from 16 to 24. Therefore, we had to increase the sessions from three to four. As a result, we had to recruit 14 more TOs as it we could not have been managed with the existing lot,” he said.But when queried that out of the 14, not one has umpired a match either at the national or at the district level, Choudhary said that it did not matter much. “To the best of my knowledge, all these officials have a good knowledge of the game,” he said.advertisementBut a look at the BAI’s website tells a different story. Under the section of technical officials, the names of 12 technical officials are mentioned. And not one of the 14 chosen by the BAI figures in that list.Another interesting aspect is that two renowned technical officials – Devender Kaushal and Kishan Gopal, who were included in the initial list of technical officials – were dropped at the last minute.Speaking to Mail Today, Devender Kaushal said, “We even got our police verification done as we were asked to come to Delhi in July. We were all set to come when we (including Kishen) got a call that we were not required to come,” he said.Technical officials:List of BAI office- bearers selected as technical officials: SA Rawal, president, Gujarat Badminton Associaton; Sanjay Mishra, secretary, Chhattisgarh Association; ST Desai, secretary, Gujarat Associaton; OD Sharma, secretary, J& K Association, K Prabhakara Rao, secretary, Jharkhand Association; Anil K Choughule, secretary, Madhya Pradesh Association; Malsawmkima, secretary, Mizoram Association; KK Sharma, secretary, Rajasthan Association; BS Mankoti, secretary, Uttarakhand Association; Dilip Pinge, Air India; Manjit Singh, president, Haryana Association; Krishnanad Jaiswal, secretary, Bihar Association; K Lian Hming Thanga, secretary, Mizoram Association; Maqdoom Ahmed Andhra Pradesh.last_img read more

Off-beat careers

first_imgUnconventional courses like food reviewing, carbon credit trading and sports management are attracting more and more youngsters. Carbon credit trading Energy management Food critic Pet grooming Sports management Voice acting,Unconventional courses like food reviewing, carbon credit trading and sports management are attracting more and more youngsters.Carbon credit trading Energy management Food criticPet grooming Sports management Voice actinglast_img

Lee may quit if not selected for World Cup

first_imgThe Australian pace veteran Brett Lee on Monday hinted that an end to his cricketing future could be anytime near if he was overlooked by the selectors for the upcoming cricket World Cup in the sub-continent.Brett Lee.Lee while expressing his desire to lead the Australian bowling attack during the mega event said, “I hope that I am in it, and want to lead the attack for Australia.”Lee, who has already announced retirement from the Test cricket, was last month named in the provisional 30-man squad which is supposed to be altered to a 15 member unit during this month.The fast bowler however remains positive of making a comeback in the ODI side after being overlooked by the selectors for the series against Sri Lanka earlier.”Hopefully I can bring some experience and different blood back in the team. I’m ready to play, and if I’m chosen, it will be great; if [not] I’ll work out plan B,” Lee told Sydney Morning Herald.The 34-year-old, who was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL 4, insisted that he has recovered from the injury that kept him out of Twenty-20 World Cup in West Indies earlier last year and said that he was feeling better than ever.”I’ve been bowling 12 overs each match in the 45-over competition, which is more overs than I could bowl in a 50-over match,” he said while elaborating on his stint with the New South Wales.”I’m really happy with the way the ball has been coming out … It’s easier on my body not bowling five days straight,” Lee said.advertisementThe speedster added, “My pace is back to 150km/h so I’m really happy with where it is at. I don’t look at [myself being] 34 and think I’m past it. I think there are a few good years ahead of me.”Lee, who is supposed to stage a comeback against a spirited English side during the Wednesday’s T20 international, has been an important component in shaping Australia’s fortunes in the 50-over game. The Aussies have won 11 of their 13 ODIs in late 2009 while Lee was at the peak of his form but could only manage to triumph in nine of 21 games while the speedster was sidelined.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Detailed look at the India vs Pakistan World Cup semi-final

first_imgThe India versus Pakistan World Cup match on Wednesday is being billed as the final before the final, having gained elevated status among the billion-plus people in these cricket-obsessed countries. A peek into the numbers -It was already the most discussed match in the World Cup, but it will no longer be just about years of intense rivalry or Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth international century.Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend after a direct invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, giving the match a new diplomatic significance.In a cricket sense alone both sides will be under massive pressure. It is the first time they have met in the semifinal of the World Cup, though they met in the 1996 quarterfinal in Bangalore, which India won by 39 runs.This is the first head-to-head match since July 2008 which has taken place on the home soil of one of the teams. On that occasion Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup.Mohali is the border state of Punjab and this will be the closest Pakistan have been to a home game since March 2009, when the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team’s convey en route to a test match at Lahore led to the end of teams touring Pakistan for the foreseeable future.Master Blaster Sachin TendulkarThe teams have only met four times in nine previous World Cups and India have won all four games convincingly. Sachin Tendulkar has played in all four of these encounters, scoring 54 not out, 31, 45 and 98.In 1992 in Sydney, India won by 43 runs after Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 68 runs. In a highly-charged match Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More made a frenzied appeal for a legside catch off Javed Miandad – Javed mocked him by leaping up and down. Tendulkar was man of the match for an unbeaten 54 and 1-37.advertisementIn 1996 in Bangalore India won the quarterfinal by 39 runs. Navjot Singh Sidhu made 93 out of 287-8. In Pakistan, crowds burned an effigy of Wasim Akram even though had not played in the game because of injury. It was Miandad’s final match. While announcing his retirement he took the opportunity to denounce the team management.In 1999 India won the Super Six match by 47 runs at Old Trafford amid high security because of the tense situation in Kashmir. India scored 227-6. Pakistan made 180 off 45.3 overs with Venkatesh Prasad taking 5-27.In 2003 India won by six wickets at Centurion. Pakistan made 273-7, with Saeed Anwar scoring 101. India reached 276-4 in 45.4 overs and Tendulkar was man-of-the-match for his 98 off 75 balls, laying into Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling despite struggling with cramp.HEAD TO HEAD ODIs: Played 119; India 46, Pakistan 69, NR 4In India: Played 26; India 9, Pakistan 17In World Cup: Played 4; India 4, Pakistan 0At Mohali: Played 2; Pakistan 2– In April 1999 Pakistan won by seven wickets in Mohali after bowling India out for 196. It was Virender Sehwag’s debut match and he batted at No. 7. Saqlain Mushtaq took 3-49 and Shoaib 2-18. From 34-3 Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq added an unbeaten 163 after Prasad had dismissed the top three batsmen.– On Nov. 8, 2007, Pakistan won by four wickets. India made 321-9, with Tendulkar out for 99 after edging Umar Gul to the keeper. Pakistan overhauled India’s total with a ball to spare with Younis Khan making 117 and Shahid Afridi hitting the winning run. The 322-6 is still Pakistan’s highest score batting second to win an ODI.– India have played nine games at the Punjab Cricket Association ground at Mohali, winning five and losing four, including two to Pakistan. Of the eight floodlit games, India has won four and lost four.– Pakistan has played six games here, all under lights, won two and lost four. Pakistan has batted second every time. Afridi has played in all six matches, spanning more than 10 years.– Overall 18 ODI’s have been staged at the PCA Ground. Of the fifteen that were floodlit matches, 10 have been won by the side batting first and the average first innings score is 253.– The two matches played here in this World Cup were both day games and the results went to form with South Africa beating the Netherlands and West Indies beating Ireland.– Once again all eyes will be on Sachin. He scored 53 in the quarterfinal win over Australia as a nation watched hoping he would reach his 100th international hundred. Will he make it against Pakistan? He has 32,710 international runs at 49.71 from 629 matches, with 99 hundreds, 153 fifties and 34 ducks.– He is the first batsman to cross the 18,000 run barrier, his 18,008 coming at 45.13 with 48 centuries and 94 half centuries. His average against Pakistan is lower at 39.16 and he has five hundreds and five ducks against them.advertisement– Afridi is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 at 10.71, including two five-wicket hauls. He has taken a wicket every 18 balls and his economy rate is 3.49 in his seven matches. Afridi has 313 ODI wickets and is the third leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. This will be his 300th ODI innings and he will become the ninth player to pass that mark, the second for Pakistan after Inzamam-ul-Haq. His batting has been a disappointment in this tournament, with just 65 runs off 50 balls in six innings, with a top score of 20 against Canada.– India have asked for eleven umpire decision referrals, resulting in two decisions being changed. Pakistan have asked for 19 reviews, seven of which were lbw appeals by Afridi. In total five of the 19 were successfully overturned, including two in Afridi’s favour. Simon Taufel and Ian Gould are the on-field umpires. Taufel has changed one of his seven decisions that were referred to the TV umpire, whereas Gould has had all six confirmed on review.STAT ATTACK India opener Virender SehwagVirender Sehwag needs two for 1,000 runs against Pakistan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs 24 for 1,000 runs against Pakistan and 67 for 6,000 runs.Gautam Gambhir needs 51 for 4,000 runs.Kamran Akmal needs 95 for 3,000 runs.Misbah-ul-Haq needs 51 for 2,000.Saeed Ajmal needs three wickets for 50 and Shoaib Akhtar needs three wickets for 250.Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in a tournament with 26 in 2006-07. In this tournament Shahid Afridi has 21 and Zaheer Khan 17.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata seek redemption against Hyderabad

first_imgSmarting from their opening round losses, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Deccan Chargers (DC) will hope to bring their campaign back on track when they cross swords at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.For KKR this will be the first match at their home ground without city’s favourite son Sourav Ganguly whose name had been synonymous with the team so far and provided the side the local flavour.Under new captains in Gautam Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara, both Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers had a similar beginning to the fourth season of the Twenty20 extravaganza – suffering contrasting defeats to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively.If Knight Riders gifted the match from a winning position to reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, were outplayed by IPL-1 champions Rajasthan Royals. KKR looked determined to come out of the rut this season, rejigging their line-up for a complete overhaul.Roping in Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan for the two top signings this season beside successfully bidding for South African Jacques Kallis, Aussie strike bowler Brett Lee, Knights have all the ingredients of a champion side. With talented youngsters in Manoj Tiwary, Manvinder Bisla, Sarabjit Ladda – who showed sparkling signs in their performances against Chennai – Gambhir just needs to get his act together.Deccan Chargers, who lost to the Knights on both the occasions in last season, too are licking their wounds after their morale-shattering loss to Rajasthan Royals and are low in confidence.advertisementThe new look Chargers led by former Kings XI skipper Sangakkara did not click in any of their departments against the Shane Warne’s boys.Sangakkara will have a tough task to fill into the shoes of Adam Gilchrist who provided a top and fourth place finish in IPL-2 and 3.On paper, Deccan’s bowling line-up can be considered as one of the best among the 10 teams with the likes of South African top gun Dale Steyn and Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra.It remains to be seen if they can pose any threat to an equally low-on-confidence Knight Riders on Monday.last_img read more

West Indies board ignores RCB star Chris Gayle for series against India

first_imgAt odds with the West Indies Cricket Board, explosive batsman Chris Gayle was on Monday left out of the squads announced for the lone Twenty20 and the first two one-dayers against India starting June 4.”Chris Gayle will not be considered for selection to the West Indies team before an intended meeting with himself, the Selection Committee, the WICB Management and the West Indies Team Management,” the WICB said in a statement.”The Selection Committee views this meeting as necessary as a result of Gayle’s comments in a widely publicised radio interview in Jamaica,” it added.Gayle, who was recently ignored for the series against Pakistan, has had a massive war of words with the WICB after claiming that he was left to fend for himself during recent injury problems.An angry WICB retorted by saying that the batsman was well looked after and it was he who kept the Board uninformed while flying out to India to play in the IPL for eventual runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore.The 31-year-old Gayle was the star of the recently-concluded Twenty20 league finishing as the top-scorer with 608 runs, including a couple of hundreds, but even this destructive form could not fetch him a place in the two national sides to be captained by Darren Sammy.Pacer Kemar Roach has been rested for the lone Twenty20 and the first two ODIs in Trinidad. Roach will, however, be available for selection for the third ODI of the five-match series.”It is expected that other players with heavy workloads will also be rested and rotated from time to time throughout the West Indies v India Series 2011 and moving forward,” the WICB said.advertisementThe explosive batting duo of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were declared “not eligible to represent the West Indies in Twenty20 format as they did not take part in the last edition of the Caribbean Twenty20″.But both of them have made the squad for the first two ODIs.”The WICB Selection Criteria outline that for a player to be eligible for selection to the West Indies team he must participate in the corresponding format of the game at the regional level,” the Board explained.Although he has been allowed to return to “low intensity cricket in Trinidad”, young batsman Adrian Barath has been left out of the two squads as he is still undergoing rehabilitation.”A decision on his return to international cricket will be taken following the assessment and it is hoped he will be available for the Digicel Test Series  West Indies v India,” the WICB said.Pacer Jerome Taylor, who like Gayle accused WICB of leaving him in a lurch during injury problems, has also been left out of the squad.”Jerome Taylor is required to play a full season of regional cricket in order to prove his fitness to compete adequately at the international level before being considered for selection,” the WICB stated.The 12-man Twenty20 group has uncapped left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie as the lone new face. But apart from the 26-year-old Santokie, there is no other change in the side that beat Pakistan in St Lucia in April.Twenty20 squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher (wk), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Danza Hyatt, Christopher Barnwell, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul, Krishmar Santokie.Squad for first two ODIs: Darren Sammy (capt), Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Russell, Anthony Martin, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul.-  With PTI inputslast_img read more