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Word of Chowdhary’s hire away from Nokia was first delivered by sources speaking to IANS, and later confirmed by IndianExpress.com.Chowdhary will take over the role of country manager for India from current head Michel Coulomb in January 2019, the company said. Leaders of Apple’s India teams answer to the country manager, who is in large part responsible for stimulating regional sales in a rapidly growing market numbered at nearly 450 million users.Read it at Apple Insider Related Items
India hates Valentines Day celebrations.India hates smoke-filled Diwali.Peta-friendly India hates brutal bloodied Bakr-Eid.India hates rustic uncivilized molester-friendly Holi celebrations.India also hates economists since we see them as either too-far left or too-far right and we hate writers since they are too insensitive to our culture/religion/national luminaries.We also hate scientists, socialists, rationalists; we hate politicians, we also hate having to vote for them; we hate feminists, we even hate activists. India also hates western culture, vulgar foreign TV shows, 24-hour news channels and their God-reincarnate, holier-than-thou anchors.We Indians also hate foreign direct investments; we hate our toll nakas, we hate the rich (the minority who does not pay enough taxes) and the extremely poor (the “masses,” the approx 62% of the population who don’t pay any taxes) and the wanna-be middle-class, all at different times.We hate reality TV shows, regressive soaps, Ekta Kapoor, and women commoditizing item numbers from Bollywood.We hate commercial, make-believe cinema of Bollywood and at the sam time we also hate boring art/parallel cinema. We also hate cheer-leaders at IPL, drug fuelled rave parties, out-of-parents-reach rock concerts, bold artists, musicians, abnormal human beings, such as gays and lesbians. We also hate sportsmen, be it inconsistent performing cricketers and out-of-reckoning hockey players. Above all, we hate being hated.Are we becoming a country of haters?Or have we forever been like this? Whether it was the former defense minister, the late George Fernandes hating Coca-Cola’s entry to India in the bygone era, or the moral brigade hating Richard Gere for his supposed kiss of India’s shy, baby bounce girl Shilpa Shetty, or the Indian parliament going up in arms against TV shows like Sach kaa Saamna (India’s version of Moment of Truth) or the cultural brigade hating a TV channel for roping in an adult film actress Sunny Leone on a family viewing prime time TV show, Big Boss (Indian version of Big Brother).Have things really changed since the 1970s or is this simply the trickle-down effect. The objects of hatred have, at times, graduated from people to ideas. We might not hate a Rahul Gandhi, but we certainly hate his corrupt Congress Party.Agreed, that it is always a minority that raises the hate, but what is consistent is that this minority exists across the country ,evenly spread across socio-economic zones, age-groups, the educated and the uneducated the elitists and the others, each one with its own set of hate issues.With each passing incident, we are sharpening our hate knives, not so much for the game, but for the players, overlooking the message and shooting the poor messenger.Why are we becoming a country of haters? Ssome are issuing fatwas, some are filing Public Interest Litigations, others prefer to stall road traffic with dharnas or just make noise. Where is all this hate coming from? Is this the outcome of the freedom of speech, or the abandonment of freedom to think rationally, or the result of rising frustrations over every conceivable issue under the sun?From unemployment to price rises, to failing law and order, unimaginable corruption or the ever present demon of comparison — comparing oneself to the rest of the world and inevitably coming up short. Those who fail as parasites turn predators.Another theory suggests that we are more hate-oriented now because of the growing gap between the two worlds that represents contemporary India. What was, and still is a taboo for a major part of India, is simply passé for the new India and there lies the root cause of the problem. It is reflected in many different ways — the fight between the educated and the uneducated, the rural and the urban, the weak and the mighty, the conservatives and the progressives, the haves and the have nots.A political party in Maharashtra managed to withdraw a book (Such a Long Journey) from Mumbai University’s syllabus, written by an Indian-born, Mumbai educated Canadian writer (Rohinton Mistry) on the grounds that it voiced derogatory remarks about Maharasthrians and publicly burnt copies of the book.In a TV interview, the leader of this movement warned, “The author is lucky he lives in Canada, if he were here we would burn him as well.”Of course, this was not the only time that hate spilled onto words of action. The world-renowned artist MF Hussain faced death threats and never ever returned to India, breathing his last in London in 2011.India hates this and India hates that, has already brought us a lot of shame and signals a drift towards its neighbor Pakistan, where almost every freely uttered syllable is liable to be hate worthy.What earlier was merely an itch has now become an allergy, burning in the process, the peaceful social fabric of the country and muzzling its free voices. Related Items
As the suspense continues over Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu taking charge of his new Ministry amid the ongoing tussle with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the rift between the two leaders seems to be growing wider with the former cricketer visiting New Delhi to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi.As part of the post-poll Cabinet reshuffle last week, Capt. Amarinder divested Mr. Sidhu of the key Local Government portfolio and allocated him Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources.Mr. Sidhu, who met Mr. Gandhi, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and veteran leader Ahmed Patel on Monday, is learnt to have apprised the “high command” of being “singled out unfairly” in the Cabinet rejig on the pretext of the party’s “poor performance” in urban areas of the State in the general election.Mr. Gandhi’s meeting with Mr. Sidhu has drawn criticism from political analysts. “Mr. Sidhu’s audience with the high command hints that Congress’s culture of keeping alive dissidence at the State level against the State leadership is not dead,” said Ashutosh Kumar, professor of political science at Panjab University. “Capt. Amarinder, after the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, has emerged as a strong leader and, on the other hand, the Congress high command looks weak after its performance in the Lok Sabha polls,” he said. “Any effort to push for reinstatement of Mr. Sidhu as the Local Government Minister in an attempt to resolve the ongoing tussle in the State unit risks undermining the Chief Minister’s authority and further worsening the rift within the party in Punjab,” he added.Cong. downplays riftThe State Congress, however, downplayed the significance of Mr. Sidhu’s meeting, with Asha Kumari, the AICC in-charge of Punjab affairs, asserting that every Congressman was “entitled” to meet the party president. “As far as his [Mr. Sidhu’s] taking charge of the new portfolio is concerned, if Mr. Sidhu does not desire, it’s entirely his wish. He [Mr. Sidhu] is a Minister of Capt. Amarinder’s Cabinet and it’s for the Chief Minister to decide who will hold which portfolio,” she said.Ronki Ram, Dean at the Department of Social Science at Panjab University, said Mr. Sidhu’s meeting with the party’s central leadership appeared like an attempt at capturing a “power stronghold”. “If the CM has to take decision on the dictation of the party high command, it’s not in good taste. This shows the party is highly centralised,” he said.The two Punjab leaders have been at loggerheads in recent months with Mr. Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu accusing Capt. Amarinder of blocking her Lok Sabha candidacy from Chandigarh. Later, the Chief Minister had claimed that “Sidhu’s remarks ahead of polling” had affected the party’s performance. He had also blamed Mr. Sidhu’s “poor handling” of the key local bodies portfolio as a factor for the Congress’s “poor performance” in urban areas. Mr. Sidhu had retorted by asserting that he was being “singled out publicly” even though the urban areas had played a critical role in the party’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress won eight of the 13 seats it contested, improving on its 2014 tally of just three.
Asking people to shun single use plastic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the wanton use of plastic posed a hazard to the environment and had led to livestock and fish being killed. Mr. Modi was addressing a gathering in Mathura after joining women in segregating plastic from waste at a ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ programme. The Prime Minister sat on the floor with women who pick plastic from garbage and helped them sift through the waste. Mr. Modi, who is on a day’s visit to this Uttar Pradesh town, also launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating foot and mouth disease (FMD) and brucellosis in livestock. With 100 per cent funding from the Central government till 2024, the ₹12,652 crore NADCP programme aims at vaccinating over 500 million livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, against FMD. The programme has targeted vaccinating 36 million female bovine calves annually in its fight against brucellosis disease, a bacterial infection transmitted from animals to humans. The programme has two components — controlling the diseases by 2025 and eradication by 2030. During his visit, Mr. Modi interacted with farmers and also launched the National Artificial Insemination Programme. As part of the “Swachhta Hi Seva” programme, the prime minister met 25 garbage workers. The women wore masks and a glove and responded to Modi’s questions on garbage generated from households and the amount of plastic in them. The women were honoured for their work. Addressing the COP (Conference of Parties) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at Greater Noida two days ago, the prime minister spoke of India’s resolve to end single use plastic and urged other nations to embrace the cause as well. “My government has announced that India would put an end to single use plastics in the coming years. We are committed to the development of environment-friendly substitutes and also an efficient plastic collection and disposal method,” Mr. Modi said. The government has pledged to eliminate single use plastic by 2022. As part of the effort, the government is likely to put out descriptors of what constitutes single use plastic.
People dependent on the mining industry in Goa are planning to put forth their grievances before Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman when she will chair the GST Council meet here on Friday. Thousands of mining dependents will walk to the venue of the GST council meet on Friday to present their memorandum to Sitharaman, Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) president Puti Gaonkar said. GMPF is an umbrella organisation of people rendered jobless following the closure of the mining industry in Goa. A senior police officer, however, said adequate security arrangements were in place near the venue of the GST Council meet to avoid any untoward incident.“The mining dependents will be stopped on the way,” he said. The mining operations, a key source of revenue to the government, came to a standstill in March 2018 following a Supreme Court order which quashed 88 mining leases. The BJP-led State Government earlier requested the Centre to amend the existing mining laws so that the leases get extended. A group of Ministers under the leadership of Union Home minister Amit Shah has been trying to work out a solution to revive the mining industry in Goa. Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi last week said the group of Ministers has prepared a detailed report, which would be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting various ways on how to resume the iron ore extraction operations in the coastal State.
The advocate appearing for activist Arun Ferreira, one of the accused in the Elgar Parishad case, told the Bombay High Court on Friday that the Pune Police had arrested the activist only based on documents and letters recovered from computers of the other co-accused in the case. He said there was no corroborative evidence to implicate Mr. Ferreira in the Bhima Koregaon violence.Arguing for the activist’s bail, advocate Sudeep Pasbola also told a Single Bench of Justice S.V. Kotwal that he was being targeted because he had assisted advocate Surendra Gadling, also lodged at Yerwada jail with him, in a case pertaining to activities of the CPI (Maoist) before the Nagpur Bench of the HC.Mr. Pasbola told the Bench that Mr. Ferreira was behind bars for nearly five years after being wrongly implicated — and later acquitted — in 12 cases in 2007.He said Mr. Ferreira was an office-bearer of the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL), which was headed by Mr. Gadling. Sudha Bharadwaj, also an accused in the case, was its vice-president. Mr. Pasbola said the IAPL was not a banned organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, but the fact that Mr. Ferreira had participated in the golden jubilee celebrations of the CPI (Maoist) movement held under the aegis of the IAPL was being taken as evidence to implicate him in the Bhima-Koregaon riots and Elgar Parishad.Mr. Pasbola said Mr. Ferreira’s name only came up in the documents recovered from the computers of Mr. Gadling and another accused, Rona Wilson, and that there was no mention of him in either the riots or the Elgar Parishad. The hearing will continue on September 23. After hearing arguments made in the bail applications of Vernon Gonsalves and Ms. Bharadwaj, the court has now commenced hearing Mr. Ferreira’s bail plea.
Two bogies of the Puri-Shirdi Express got detached from the engine near Delang railway station in Odisha, a railway official said on Tuesday. All the passengers were safe but the train was delayed by an hour, he said. The detachment took place a few minutes after the train left Jatni Station at 10 p.m. on Monday, the official said. Coach numbers S-4 and S-5 got detached as a coupling hook broke.
Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was in 2017 sacked from the Border Security Force after he uploaded a video on a social media site complaining about the food served to the troops, will contest against Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar as the Jannayak Janta Party’s candidate for the Karnal Assembly constituency. The JJP on Thursday announced another list of 35 candidates. “Me and my party’s fight is against the corruption in the country and in Haryana. I am ready to take the challenge to fight the ruling BJP, and hence the party has decided to field me against Manohar Lal Khattar,” said Mr. Yadav, who hails from Mahendergarh district. He would file his nomination on October 4. “Unemployment is another issue that the youth have been facing in Haryana. We will forcefully raise the issue during the campaign and would expose the ruling BJP,” he said. Dushyant from UchanaThe party also announced that its leader and former MP from Hisar Dushyant Chautala would fight the elections from the Uchana Kalana constituency to wrest it from BJP’s sitting MLA Prem Lata, wife of former Union Minister Birender Singh. In 2014 too, he had contested from the same seat as an Indian National Lok Dal candidate but lost to Ms. Prem Lata. Mr. Dushyant’s mother and Dabwali MLA Naina Chautala has been shifted to the Badhra constituency in Charkhi Dadri district, where she will take on BJP incumbent Sukhwinder Sheoran and Congress’ Ranbir Mahendra.The JJP’s list of candidates declared so far include former MLA Arjun Singh from Jagadhri and Ishwar Palaka from Shahbad. O.P. Sihag is the candidate from Ellenabad against INLD senior leader Abhay Chautala.The JJP — breakaway outfit of the INLD — announced that it would contest all the seats after its seat-sharing talks with the Bahujan Samaj Party had failed.
Deputy Superintendent of Police of Bihar’s Barsoi, Pankaj Kumar, had said on October 4, “Prima facie, it appears to be a case of overloading. The boat had a capacity of 40 passengers but was carrying almost double the number.“Many of those riding the boat either swam to safety or were rescued by onlookers. About two dozen people are yet to be traced. Professional divers have been deployed for the purpose.” The death toll in the boat capsize in Mahananda river bordering West Bengal and Bihar rose to eight on October 5 after four more bodies were recovered by rescue teams, a police officer said.The bodies of four men were fished out from the river at Chanchal area in Malda district of West Bengal on October 5 morning, Malda Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said. National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force were carrying out search operations, he said.Four bodies had been fished out from the river bordering Katihar district in Bihar and Malda district in West Bengal since October 3. A total of nine people were admitted to a hospital in Malda district after they were rescued, the District Magistrate (DM) of Malda, Kaushik Bhattacharya had said.A boat carrying close to 80 people had capsized in the river on October 3 when residents of Wajidpur village in Bihar were returning after shopping in Rampur Haat market of the adjoining state, situated right across the river.
PBA IMAGESWith several new pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black is not talking about – and has gotten the results contrary to – his Meralco Bolts needing to jell.“We’re starting to blend well together, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while de Ocampo, six times a champion with the Texters, fit in so well with the new system that he scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham scattered 26 points, had 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and Ranidel de Ocampo, the veteran superstar acquired from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal who was playing his first game, were big as the Bolts broke loose in the second period and turned what was an anticipated close game into a ho-hum.It was the seventh win in nine games for Meralco, while the loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.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 shutoutMeralco now effectively has a two-for-one chance of nailing a top four berth, as the Bolts close out opposite GlobalPort and then powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.” Read Next LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
Read Next LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, jokes with fans at halftime of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPUCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball hogged the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Tuesday after he was arrested along with two other teammates for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China.READ: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shopliftingADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 A follow-up report by ESPN’s Arash Markazi confirmed that Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill had been released on bail on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), but is barred from leaving their hotel until the legal process pushes through.The team is in the country to play an exhibition game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai this weekend. Khristian Ibarrola /ra John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Magic end two-game losing streak with 112-99 win over Knicks MOST READ Netizens were quick to predict the grim consequences ahead for the 18-year-old guard, but his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, assured everyone that his middle son would be all right.“He’ll be fine,” the Ball patriarch said, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “He’ll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. It ain’t that big of a deal.”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 shutoutLiAngelo’s older brother Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball also didn’t seem too worried about his sibling.“No, I haven’t talked to any of them yet,” he told the news outlet. “I know they are all over there in China taking care of it, so I will talk to them when they get back.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 95 — Balkman 26, Brownlee 25, Domingo 14, Urbiztondo 13, Parks 10, Hontiveros 3, Celiz 2, Maierhofer 2.SAIGON HEAT 87 — Morgan 27, Scott 26, Esho 23, Williams 9, Arnold 2, Nguyen HPT 0.Quarters: 20-21, 42-47, 70-63, 95-87. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTanduay Alab Pilipinas did just enough in the clutch to hold off the Saigon Heat, 95-87, for their third straight victory in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Sunday at CIS Arena in Saigon.Renaldo Balkman was superb anew for the Philippine side with 26 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, four steals, and a block, while Justin Brownlee also notched a double-double with 25 markers, 15 boards on top of three dimes, a steal, and a block to lead Alab.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 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 Grey steps up anew with career-high for GlobalPort NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ Lawrence Domingo also stepped up with 14 points and four rebounds off the bench, Josh Urbiztondo got 13 markers off his 3-of-5 sniping from threes, and Bobby Ray Parks had 10 points, five boards, and two assists in the win.Alab recovered from its poor start where it stared at a 17-9 deficit, taking control of the game in the second half to grab a 64-54 lead in the third frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe home team got to within three, 90-87, with a pair of free throws from Maxie Esho, before Alab ice the game at the free throw line late.Alab improved to 6-4 with three straight victories on the road. Saigon, on the other hand, dropped its third straight defeat and fell to a 4-5 slate.The Filipinos now brace for Chong Son Kung Fu on Wednesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna.Moses Morgan paced the Heat with 27 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 24.4 ticks left.Akeem Scott chimed in 26 markers, seven boards, three dimes, and two steals, while Esho got 23 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT
Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives past Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — LeBron James led the new-look Cavaliers to a blowout in Boston with an individual performance reminiscent of the rivalry’s heyday.And this time, Paul Pierce was sitting courtside in street clothes, unable to do anything about it.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Cavaliers: At Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Celtics: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Terry Rozier scored 21 with nine assists and Kyrie Irving scored 18 against his former team before sitting out the fourth quarter. The Celtics have lost three of four to fall behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference playoff race.The Cavaliers, who have won three straight, are 5½ games behind Boston. To help make a push for their fourth straight NBA finals, Cleveland traded away six players and acquired four at the deadline.“All of our new guys performed and played well,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “So that’s a good sign.”THE TRUTHPierce watched the game from a baseline seat, under the basket where the Celtics scored 42 points in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the finals to clinch their 17th NBA championship. On the other side of the basket were former coach Doc Rivers and former teammates Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Antoine Walker.Timeouts featured tribute videos from Rivers, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Pierce’s college coach, Roy Williams.After his family joined him in hoisting the retired number banner to the rafters, Pierce said having his number retired by the NBA’s most-decorated franchise is the ultimate honor — bigger than the Hall of Fame.“When you’re forever with the Celtics, you’re forever,” he said.JAMES INJURYJames banged into Aron Baynes in the lane with about five minutes left in the first quarter and hobbled off the court, favoring his right leg. He came back in with nine minutes left in the half and hit a jumper to tie it 40-all before his outburst that helped the Cavs pull away. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH He sat out the fourth quarter, losing the chance for an 11th triple-double this season and third straight. James said he took a knee to the quad muscle but hoped to be fully recovered before playing the Thunder on Tuesday night.“Baynes is a big boy. He should be on ’Game of Thrones,’” James said. “Him and Steven Adams, and I’ve got to see him next.”IT SUPPORTThe trades mooted a mini controversy over whether the Celtics would honor Isaiah Thomas in his return to Boston. A fan favorite during his two-plus seasons in green, Thomas was traded last summer in the deal that brought Irving to the Celtics.Thomas balked at being recognized on his first visit back with the Cavaliers because he was injured. And Pierce balked at sharing the stage with him on Sunday, Cleveland’s only other trip to Boston.But Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers at the deadline, meaning he isn’t scheduled to return to TD Garden this year.SMART UPDATEStevens said Marcus Smart continues to recover from a lacerated right hand, which has kept him out since he cut his hand on broken glass at the team hotel on Jan. 24 and needed stitches to close the wound.“Not going to expect to see him on Wednesday night,” Stevens said. “Hopeful that he will be back and ready to go after the All-Star break. But we’ll see.”UP NEXT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As the Cavaliers opened a 27-point lead midway through the fourth, the crowd began chanting “We want Paul Pierce!” But he remained in his baseline seat, awaiting the postgame ceremony that would raise his No. 34 to the TD Garden rafters — the 23rd person in the history of the NBA’s most-decorated franchise to be so honored.“It definitely gave me chills, especially with LeBron out there,” Pierce told reporters afterward. “I wanted to be out there.”The current Celtics, who have spent much of the season in first place in the East, could have used him.“Yeah, we stunk,” coach Brad Stevens said. “But they were really good. They had a lot to do with that.”PLAYOFF RACEADVERTISEMENT With the former Celtics great waiting to see his No. 34 raised to the Boston Garden rafters, James shook off a first-quarter leg injury to score 24 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds to give Cleveland a 121-99 victory on Sunday.In their first appearances since being acquired at the trade deadline, Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points, Rodney Hood had 15, George Hill had 12 and Larry Nance Jr. scored five. The foursome practiced with the Cavs for the first time on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I know the guys that are here are very excited about this opportunity,” James said. “It’s my job to as the leader of this team to make sure that I acclimate the new four guys to be around a culture that’s built around winning.”James scored 13 in the second quarter — eight of them during a 13-2 run that turned a one-point deficit into a double-digit lead. The Celtics made it 64-55 on the first basket of the third quarter but never got within 10 again. Pierce joins Celtics legends as team retires his No. 34 View comments
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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ He was also a little slow to react on defense, including when Brice Johnson made a quick spin past him for a dunk. The Clippers posted the highlight on their Twitter account, calling it a “pretty baller move.”That’s the kind of target that LaVar’s antics have painted on his son’s back. And it’s much bigger than the purple No. 2 under his name.“Tough game. We didn’t get the job done,” Lonzo Ball said. “I need to be better.”Scouts do wonder how that unorthodox shooting stroke will translate to the NBA game. What is not up for debate is the Lakers’ return to must-see status with the pass-first point guard on the trigger and his carnival barker father on the mic.While LaVar Ball has dropped hints that he could tone down the bombastic comments and unending marketing of his Big Baller Brand apparel that turned him into an internet villain of sorts during Lonzo’s lone season at UCLA, he was totally in character for his son’s debut.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, jokes with fans at halftime of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — It took basketball prospect Lonzo Ball 20 seconds to get a near-capacity crowd off its feet in his first summer league game.Just like LaVar taught him.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA’s best honored as 93rd season opens LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “The Lakers fans are coming and my boy is gonna bring ’em out,” LaVar Ball crowed at halftime. “Because there’s excitement for the game. It’s entertainment. That boy is going to entertain. He’s been doing it all his life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ball’s highly anticipated Los Angeles Lakers debut on Friday night started with a flourish on a perfectly timed lob pass to Brandon Ingram. But that was one of the few bright spots for a player Magic Johnson has dubbed as the new face of the Lakers in a 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.The No. 2 overall draft pick scored just five points and missed 13 of his 15 shots, to the disappointment of a near-capacity crowd that came out to see him. Leave it to his father to sum up the night with some of his trademark straight talk.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“He don’t be discouraged because that’s the worst he can do,” LaVar Ball said. “He can’t go but up. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. That’s what I like about it.”LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers brings the ball up the court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLonzo Ball was 1 for 11 from 3-point range, including a bad miss from well beyond the line — the kind of daring pull-up the Ball family is known for — with 1:16 to play in regulation. View comments
The Nigerian duo of Osayemi Oludamola and Samuel Okon has been disqualified from the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the former was on Tuesday stripped of her 100m gold after both tested positive for a banned stimulant. The B sample test of Oludamola returned positive while Okon, who competed in the men’s 110m hurdles, waived his right for the test of his second sample and after a provisional hearing on Tuesday, it was decided that all their results for the 2010 Commonwealth Games would be nullified.Both the athletes tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant which has hogged the limelight ever since 11 Indian athletes recently tested positive for it.The gold medal for the women’s 100m will now be awarded to Natasha Mayers of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the silver to Katherine Endacott of England and bronze to Bertille Delphine Atangana of Cameroon.”With the B sample confirming the results of the A sample, the federation court determined that Oludamola had committed an antidoping rule violation and that she be disqualified from the Games and all her competition results at the 2010 Commonwealth Games be nullified,” read a Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) statement.Okon’s disqualification will not have any bearing on the medals for the 110m hurdles event as the Nigerian finished sixth.”The jurisdiction of the CGF relates only to the period of the Games. In accordance with the ADS the documents pertaining to Mr Okon and Ms Oludamola have now been referred to the IAAF for whatever subsequent action it might consider appropriate,” CGF added.advertisementIt was only last month that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had reclassified methylhexaneamine, which was added to the list of prohibited substances from this year, as a specified substance and the sanctions under the category vary from a warning to two years of ineligibility for the athlete.WADA claimed that methylexaneamine was used as a medicine until the early 1970s and is now reappearing in nutritional supplements and cooking oils.CGF chief Mike Fennell suggested that the supplements that the athletes usually use may contain the substance.”We are concerned with the number of incidents that are coming up with the same substance. At this stage, I cannot speak definitively as to where it’s coming from but it appears that it may be coming from the use of supplements.”He asked the athletes to be wary of using the supplements which may be misleading. The Jamaican said “most of these supplements do not assist with what they are expected or promise to do”.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled changes to member profile pages and said the movie The Social Network got “hugely basic” things wrong about the origins of the site.Zuckerberg, in an interview yesterday with the CBS show 60 Minutes, said he turned down an opportunity to sell Facebook to Yahoo! for one billion dollars four years ago and made it clear he is in no hurry to take the company public.The 26-year-old Facebook chief executive also defended his approach to the privacy of the social network’s more than 500 million users, saying “we never sell your information.””Advertisers who are using the site never get access to your information,” he said. “It’s against all of our policies for an application to ever share information with advertisers.”Now, do we get it right all the time? No!” he said. “But it’s something that we take really seriously.”The new profile pages highlight recent pictures in which a member has been “tagged” in a bar at the top of the page along with biographical information such as where a member is from, where they went to school, their relationship status and where they work.”People love photos,” Zuckerberg said. “Photos originally weren’t that big a part of the idea for Facebook, but we just found that people really like them, so we built out this functionality.”The new profile pages should be available to all of Facebook’s users by early next year, Josh Wiseman, a Facebook engineer, said in a blog post.advertisementFacebook members can highlight their most important friends on their new profile, create new groups of friends or share activities and interests such as favourite musicians and sports teams.Speaking of The Social Network, Zuckerberg said “we took the whole company to go see the movie” and “I actually thought it was pretty fun.”It’s pretty interesting to see what parts they got right and what parts they got wrong,” he said. “I think that they got every single T-shirt that they had the Mark Zuckerberg character wearing right. And they got sandals right and all that.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected suspended Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt’s application to delay the hearing into the spot-fixing allegations against him and two other cricketers from his country.Thus, the hearing will take place as scheduled from January 6-11 in Doha.Butt along with pace duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were suspended by the ICC when allegation of spot-fixing surfaced against them during the Lord’s Test against England in September.Michael Beloff, Chairman of the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal, heard the plea Butt’s legal representation and ruled against the adjournment, Wednesday night.”Mr Beloff, the Chairman of the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal, following a lengthy telephone hearing and having received written submissions, has ruled that Mr Butt’s application is denied and as such, the full hearing will take place as scheduled from 6-11 January 2011 in Doha, Qatar,” an ICC statement said.It was only Butt who wanted a delay in the hearing and both Asif and Aamer were keen that hearing takes place as soon as possible.Butt wanted Scotland Yard to complete its separate investigation into the issue before facing the ICC hearing.- With PTI inputs