Month: November 2019

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advances to China Open semis

first_imgView comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Kvitova defeated Czech countrywoman Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. Kvitova has won the last 24 matches she’s played against fellow Czechs.“We are pretty good friends from the Fed Cups,” she said. “We know each other well. We practice a lot as well. Maybe it’s extra motivation for us to play each other.”Ostapenko beat Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4 in an error-filled quarterfinal. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Barcelona gives lifetime contract to Andres Iniesta Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating John Isner of the United States during a men’s singles quarterfinal match of the China Open tennis tournament held at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the semifinals of the China Open by beating sixth-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Friday.The French Open and U.S. Open champion has won five titles this season and is closing in on the year-end No. 1 ranking.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “We catch a few ones (fish), but not very big,” Nadal said. “But we had some good dinner.”Nick Kyrgios also advanced. The eighth-seeded Australian won when opponent Steve Darcis retired with a neck strain while trailing 6-0, 3-0.Kyrgios will take on second-seeded Alexander Zverev. The German beat Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3 and qualified for the season-ending tournament in London.“It’s great for any player to qualify,” said Zverev, who has five titles this season.Second-ranked Halep moved into the women’s semifinal by defeating Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-2, 6-1.To bump Garbine Muguruza from No. 1, the Romanian needs to reach the final. Halep’s quarterfinal win avenged her straight-sets loss to the 34th-ranked Kasatkina at Wuhan last week.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t remember a lot of mistakes,” Nadal said. “I went to the net very often. I did the things that I want to do, and I did it well, so very happy.”On the women’s side, unseeded Carolina Garcia of France upset third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (6) in almost 3 1/2 hours to line up Petra Kvitova in the semifinals. Simona Halep, on course to becoming the No. 1 player in the world for the first time, faces French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.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 shutoutNadal saved all three break points he faced against Isner. He will next play third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2.Dimitrov spent time practicing with Nadal in Mallorca ahead of the hard-court season. The two also went fishing at sea. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

NBA: Derrick Rose ‘fine’ with veteran’s ‘bargain’ salary with Cavs

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose poses for a photo at his agent’s Wasserman Media Group offices in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)The Cleveland Cavaliers appeared to have gotten a massive bargain after signing Derrick Rose to a one-year $2.1 million salary this off-season.Rose, after all, holds the distinction as the league’s youngest Most Valuable Player winner,  capturing the prestigious award at 22 years old in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man PLAY LIST 03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:59Zarate bats for add-on budget to fund P30k basic pay for gov’t nurses00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES Messi treble fires Argentina to World Cup as Chile go out He’ll also receive plenty of opportunities to shine, as the Cavs’ newly obtained point guard, Isaiah Thomas, won’t be back until the All Star break.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemptionADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa After suffering multiple injury setbacks over the years, which have visibly sapped his prized athleticism, the now 29-year-old guard sees the massive pay cut as a chance to prove himself again.“I get a chance to reintroduce myself back to the league. I get to bet on myself,” Rose told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “That was one of the reasons I came here: I get to bet on myself. And I’m from Chicago, I’ve got that hustling side; it’s in me, man. Next time you’ve got to pay me, you’ve got to pay me double, so it’s fine with me.”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 shutoutLast year, Rose came up with his most productive season in years, averaging 19.5 points while suiting up for 64 games for the New York Knicks.Another healthy and fruitful showing could raise his stock among NBA teams again, as he enters free agency after this season. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

Olympic 100-meter swim champion to have heart surgery

first_img‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why 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 “We are at the beginning of a new Olympic cycle and, for some of our athletes, we need to look at longevity to allow them to stay at the highest level for longer,” he said. “Kyle has our full support and we know he will use this time away from competition positively and to his advantage to return for a home Commonwealth Games in 2018 and beyond.”Chalmers will have the heart operation within several weeks.“There is never a good time for this type of procedure, but given I’ve suffered from these symptoms during two of the past three major meets and, following my doctor’s advice, I have made the tough decision to withdraw,” he said. “I have increasingly begun to suffer from an abnormally fast heart rhythm during training and competitions, which now requires surgery,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “I have had surgery in the past and, unfortunately, it did not work.”The 18-year-old Chalmers said it was a difficult decision to miss the world championships in Budapest, but he did so with a longer-term view, setting his sights on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIn April, he finished second to Cameron McEvoy at the Australian championships.Swimming Australia head coach Jacco Verhaeren said athletes’ health and well-being were the priority. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In this file photo, Australia’s Kyle Chalmers celebrates after winning his gold medal after the men’s 100-meter freestyle during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chalmers has withdrawn from world swimming championships in July, 2017 to undergo surgery for a worsening heart condition. APSYDNEY — Rio Olympics 100-meter freestyle gold medalist Kyle Chalmers has withdrawn from July’s world swimming championships to undergo surgery for a worsening heart condition.Chalmers has supraventricular tachycardia, or recurrent rapid heartbeat, that is normally not life-threatening but can impact on his quality of life.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO MOST READ SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo ADVERTISEMENT Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

Alas downplays run-in with ‘good friend’ Abueva

first_imgView comments And on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the two once again went at it.READ: PBA: NLEX nips Alaska, breaks 9-game skid FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAbueva and Alas got tangled up on the floor in the third quarter of the game between NLEX and Alaska in an event that seemed to resemble a Greco-Roman wrestling match.Others may scoff at the idea of having a 6-foot-2 forward pinning them down, but Alas just laughed it off. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Alas and Calvin Abueva has had quite a colorful history.The two crossed paths in the NCAA during their collegiate years with Alas leading Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Abueva doing the same for San Sebastian, and those encounters weren’t without bodily harm.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascotscenter_img MOST READ “He’s been doing those kinds of antics when he was still at Baste [San Sebastian], but that’s part of the game,” said Alas of their incident that happened at the 6:18 mark of the penultimate period. “Calvin is a good friend of mine outside of the court so that’s no big deal.”Making things a little more awkward was Alas’ father Louie is an assistant coach at Alaska.“I didn’t look at him because he might give me orders,” joked Alas.Still, it was Alas who got the last laugh as his 11 points helped the Road Warriors to a 100-92 win over Alaska snapping their nine-game losing streak in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution LATEST STORIES Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

Visiting Perpetual nips Mapua at home in NCAA On Tour

first_img“He [Coronel] hit the big shots in the end and we made key stops in the dying seconds and those things helped us get the win,” said Perpetual assistant coach Jimwell Gican in Filipino.GJ Ylagan had a game-high 13 points to lead the Altas but it was the 6-foot-11 Prince Eze who did much of the dirty work with 11 points and 21 rebounds.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 starsThe Altas had a comfortable 49-40 lead heading into the fourth but a slew of turnovers allowed the Cardinals to storm back and mount a 14-2 run to take a 54-51 lead with 4:05 left in the game.Leo Gabo had a team-high 12 points to lead the Cardinals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help came through in the clutch and silenced host Mapua University, 63-60, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Mapua University Gym Thursday.AJ Coronel came through in the final couple of minutes for the Altas, hitting a crucial triple to give Perpetual a 60-56 lead at the 1:22 mark of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img PH bamboozles Iraq MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Amid transfer boom, UEFA eyes stricter club spending rules

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 After Porto overspent on first-team budget targets, UEFA deducted 700,000 euros ($820,000) prize money and limited the squad to 22 instead of 25 senior players in this season’s competition.UEFA’s independent club finance panel praised the 27-time Portuguese champion’s “realistic financial and business plan,” and expects compliance by 2020.Still, do clubs ignore the scrutiny that goes with entering UEFA competitions?Milan’s new Chinese owners, who needed American equity fund cash, spent heavily on players after six years without a Serie A title.“I’m so upset at UEFA. It’s a joke,” Roma president James Pallotta told the AP about Milan’s offseason. “They don’t have the money.”ADVERTISEMENT Recent Milan spending outweighs its 217 million euro ($254 million) revenue in 2015, according to a UEFA review of club accounts.However, UEFA cannot stop clubs buying, while Milan can use August and January trading periods to balance its books.“Milan will not be an exception to Financial Fair Play, because no club enjoys an exception,” Traverso said. “All clubs are free to operate on the market but then they might face consequences if they do not operate according to the rules.”Milan’s case is unusual because it had no FFP assessment for three years. A Europa League qualifying match on Thursday was its first UEFA game since March 2014. New club officials will meet UEFA in October to explore a “voluntary agreement” on financial targets.It continues Milan’s interesting history with the UEFA project. In 2009, then-UEFA President Michel Platini cited lobbying by owners, including Milan’s Silvio Berlusconi, to limit clubs spending only what they earned.Critics said it protected elite clubs with global income, and blocked ambitious clubs with wealthy owners.When UEFA rules took full effect in 2014, Qatar-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City were hardest hit. Both had 20 million euros ($23.4 million) deducted.By 2015, Milan was slumping when UEFA offered to be sympathetic with clubs which had an affordable business plan. This helped clubs to woo buyers, including Chinese investors who now own Milan and city rival Inter.As the $800 million Milan sale was sealed in April, PSG and Man City completed periods of stricter UEFA monitoring. Both clubs are high in UEFA’s revenue-earning list with more than 460 million euros ($540 million), and are major transfer market players.PSG’s chase of Neymar could double the world-record price Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kevin Durant arrives in India as NBA tries to grow game FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ GENEVA — In another European summer of lavish transfer deals, it can seem that UEFA has given up trying to curb clubs’ excessive spending.Skeptics question AC Milan’s 200 million euro ($240 million) spree and how Paris Saint-Germain could squeeze a 220 million euro ($258 million) pursuit of Barcelona’s Neymar by the UEFA rules.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Don’t believe it, says the “Financial Fair Play” project leader monitoring hundreds of clubs’ accounts since 2011.“Certainly FFP is not dead and we will, for sure, reinforce the rules going forward,” Andrea Traverso told The Associated Press at UEFA headquarters.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 starsLuxury taxes and salary caps once dismissed as unworkable in Europe are again talked about. UEFA could start evaluating club debts and make competitive balance a formal goal.“We have continuous dialogue with the clubs. They are all aware of the rules,” Traverso said, noting Champions League regular Porto was sanctioned last month. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress UEFA never barred PSG or Man City from the Champions League, as Platini warned could happen to a top club.Instead, clubs like Dynamo Moscow, Galatasaray and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the 2015 Europa League runner-up, have missed one season in the second-tier competition.UEFA points out that losses across European top-tier clubs totaled 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in 2011 and are now about 300 million euros ($352 million).Juventus is a model club. It won six straight Italian titles, reached two Champions League finals, and funded a new stadium to raise income and close the gap on Spanish and English clubs’ huge global earnings.UEFA’s Traverso insisted: “FFP is definitely not over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

65 per cent cost escalation in CWG Village project: CVC

first_imgThe CVC has found several discrepancies in a DDA project for construction of certain facilities in the Commonwealth Games Village that led to a cost escalation from Rs 38 crore to over Rs 63 crore.According to an internal investigation report, the CVC’s Chief Technical Examination Wing has also said that the construction company has flouted government norms related to testing, purchase and security.As part of its different development projects, the work for construction of swimming pool, training hall, fitness centre and athletic track in the Village spread over 63.5 hectares area was given to Sportina Payce Infrastructure Private Limited, a consortium of four companies especially created for the job, by the Delhi Development Authority.”Sportina Payce Infrastructure Pvt Ltd was the lowest tenderer with their quoted amount of Rs 64.86 crore which was 67.39 per cent above the estimated cost of rs 38.76 crore…Negotiations were conducted with the agency and and the agency reduced their quoted amount to Rs 63,09,67,855 which was 62.77 per cent above the estimated cost and 11.79 per cent above the justified amount of Rs 56.44 crore.”As per CPWD manual which is being followed by the DDA the work can be awarded up to 10 per cent above the justified cost. Work Advisory Board decided to place the matter before the Hon’ble LG for acceptance… and work was awarded to Sportina Payce Infrastructure Pvt Ltd at their negotiated amount of Rs 63,09,67,855,” the report, which was received in reply to an RTI query filed by PTI, said.According to the finding, an application was submitted by a consortium of Payce Consolidated Ltd and Paynter Dixon Construction Pvt Ltd, Australia, Sportina Exim Pvt Ltd, Mumbai and Robertson + Marks Architect Pvt Ltd, Australia.advertisement”As per the agreement to establish a consortium, the consortium members agreed to incorporate a limited liability company i.e. a Special Purpose Vehicle Company (SPV) in the name and style of Sportina Payce Construction (India) Pvt Ltd…”But at the time of submitting the tender, a company was formed as Sportina Payce Infrastructure Pvt Ltd which submitted the tender and became L1 and finally work was awarded to them,” it said.”In this company other partners except Sportina Exim Pvt were not represented at all. Ultimately at site only Sportina Exim Pvt Ltd was executing the work which does not have expertise, experience which was considered at the time of Pre Qualification. Thus undue favour has been shown to agency,” the anti-corruption watchdog noticed in its report.”Certain discrepancies were observed in the justification of rates prepared during award of work which resulted into higher justified cost,” the report read.Pointing out the irregularities, it said that labour charges for fixing tiles and calculations of Value Added Tax (VAT) was calculated twice.The contractor also did not furnish workmen’s compensation policy which was a mandatory requirement to insure at his cost and expense against any damage or loss or injury which may be caused to any person or property at site of work, the report said.At the time of inspection, the CVC officials noticed that payments were being made without testing of cement concrete cubes was not being done for seven days strength which gives the idea of tentative strength of the concrete.The findings are the part of one of the 16 different Commonwealth Games-related construction works being carried out by various departments here. Six of them are being done by Public Works Department (PWD), three by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), two each by Central Public Works Department (CPWD), DDA, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also appointed a high level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to investigate and report within three months time its finding on irregularities in the conduct of the mega sporting event held here between October 3-14.Besides Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department and CAG are also conducting enquiries into various alleged financial and administrative lacunae.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Somdev dreams of Olympic medal

first_imgA positive approach infuses so much passion into Somdev Devvarman’s rapidly-rising game that on his day he can bring some of the top notch and toughest players on their knees.Somdev, world No.72 and India’s No.1 player, has now set his sights at Olympics next year. He is very optimistic about his prospects and says it is his dream to represent the country in London.”It’s a great honour to represent India in all international event, such as the Olympics. It’s always been a dream to be a part of the contingent that walks into the opening ceremony, along with other athletes of our country.It is just something else,” Somdev told Mail Today.”It seems like there’s a lot of preparations (by other athletes) going on. I think our chances are pretty good. It would be awesome if I’m able to win a medal for the country,” he says.Somdev, 26, recently impressed with his fighting instinct at Indian Wells where he enjoyed a sensational run. He not only defeated world No.24 Marcos Baghdatis, No.45 Xavier Malisse, but also gave a good fight to world No.1 Spaniard Rafael Nadal before losing in the prequarterfinals.With his brave effort against Nadal and Swiss legend Roger Federer in Dubai Open, Somdev left no scope to doubt his abilities.”Before the match against Federer, there was a bit of nervousness and excitement. I was about to play one of the greats of tennis. That feeling carried on for the first few points,” he said.advertisement”After that, however, I got into match mode. I just saw them (Federer and Nadal) as any other opponent standing across the net and I tried to focus on the job at hand, being competitive and playing the best tennis I could possibly play. After both matches, there was obvious disappointment since I lost. But I think I played good matches both times and felt good about the level at which I was playing.”Somdev said he gained a lot from the two matches.”These experiences definitely helped in my subsequent matches. I learned a lot from them. I think I’ve played some really good matches recently.Having said that, I also think there is plenty of room for improvement,” he said.Asked about his chances of breaking into the top 10 in the world rankings, Somdev said that he sets one goal at a time.”If I play up to my potential, and perform consistently, I think the chances are pretty good. You do well on court your ranking goes up; it’s directly co-related.But let’s just take it one step at a time; one goal at a time. Seeing the rise in my rankings definitely makes me feel good,” he replied.”There’s always work to be done, improvements to make, changes to implement. Tennis keeps evolving and you have to evolve as well. I have to work on all aspects of my game. Everything could always be better.”Somdev turned down all suggestions that Indians cannot do well in singles.”Fitness is definitely a factor but it’s not the only reason. At the highest level, even a small flaw can be magnified ten-fold. Hopefully, in the coming years, all our shortcomings will be ironed out and younger players will emerge,” he hoped.The US-based Somdev sounded optimistic about his future in tennis and said that youngsters need to do well at the international level to help make the game more popular in India.”There is interest in the game. It helps if we have courts available for kids to play on, and make them more accessible. But the effects of Leander (Paes) and Mahesh (Bhupathi) doing well on the international stage is being felt now with younger players coming through the system. It’s naturally now left to the next generation of players to continue to do well internationally to keep that interest alive,” he said.Somdev said that tennis does not require new formats as they have like Twenty20 in cricket.”Even the older ODI format was an eight-hour event. With T20, the time span has been reduced greatly to bring in the crowds,” he said.”I think tennis is a very peoplefriendly game as it is. A tennis match normally does not last as long. And the crowds feel more involved simply because they are closer to the action. If the interest is there in the sport the crowds will come.”last_img read more

India’s best colleges: Commerce

first_imgFor lakhs of students, June is perhaps the most exciting and challenging month. That’s when colleges open their gates to admission in undergraduate courses and there is virtually a deluge of students rushing in to pick up application forms.For Rev J. Felix Raj SJ, the principal of St. Xavier’s College,,For lakhs of students, June is perhaps the most exciting and challenging month. That’s when colleges open their gates to admission in undergraduate courses and there is virtually a deluge of students rushing in to pick up application forms.For Rev J. Felix Raj SJ, the principal of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, it’s a sense of dejavu.Every year he has hundreds of students swamping his office with all sorts of queries for admission, particularly commerce. And why not? With its huge campus, meritorious students and interactive staff, St. Xavier’s is a preferential option for admission for undergraduates.This year, in fact, it has been ranked No. 1 for commerce, displacing hot favourite Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi, which had been leading for 12 years. “It’s the students and staff members, popularly known as the Xaverians, who have moved the spirit of St. Xavier’s College that makes it to the top at the undergraduate (UG) level,” says Raj SJ.”As an autonomous college, our curriculum is very different. We also stress extra-curricular activities as well as co-curricular work.” Every paper at Xavier’s is evaluated 20 per cent internally and 80 per cent externally. This 20 per cent has various components like internal exams, seminar, assignments and internship and every student has to fulfil these components.Moreover, it has companies like Vodafone, IBM, TCS, HSBC, Wipro and PricewaterhouseCoopers recruiting students from campus. Even the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recognised the college as an ‘A’ grade institution in 2003. In May 2006, it was declared a Centre with Potential for Excellence by the University Grants Commission (UGC).advertisementIt now aims to provide more professional experience to the students at the ug level, what Raj SJ calls “a more exposure-oriented cours”.In 2005, they initiated an academia-industry interface where industrialists are brought in to the college and students are exposed to what new techniques in the industrial world. Students also go for a three-week internship at one of the companies and have to submit a detailed report as project work.SRCC, which has been displaced to second place this year, has not lost its edge. The calibre of the faculty is excellent, and srccians hardly have to worry about getting a job as they have an impressive cadre of recruiters like Ernst & Young, Barclays and Deutsche Bank. Moreover, the college is sprucing its infrastructure to match global standards.Last year, it spent about Rs 10 crore to upgrade its library, which is now air-conditioned and enabled with radio frequency identification technology, a new audio-visual room with teleconferencing facilities (contributed by the alumni), renovate its hostels with new furniture, flooring and electrical wiring, better toilets, kitchen and dining area.Also, thanks to the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the college is getting a new hostel block for girls (with 50 rooms) and a 2,500-seater sports stadium for indoor events like women’s wrestling, basketball and table tennis with a spa and cafeteria. Few, if any, public colleges have such facilities.P.C. Jain, principal, SRCC, now wants to focus on making the college a “centre for teaching and research of global standards”. It has been conducting training workshops for faculty members, some of who are now going to present papers in economics and business at conferences abroad. “We want to be ranked in a global context,” he says.He also wants to encourage “equality and diversity” in the college, part of which includes grooming students (who come in through the various quotas), both academically and as towards better communication skills so they can prepare for the various competitive exams (like MBA, civil services etc).For this, Jain has got a special fund from the UGC and he also plans to get more women students. If commerce is only trading, buying, selling and making profits then Francis Jose, head of the Department of Commerce at Loyola College, Chennai, which has ranked No. 3 this year, wants to diverge from this concept and focus on the hardcore management and leadership side of business. “Our main aim is that we just don’t want our students to learn buying, selling and making profits. We want them to take up new opportunities and new initiatives in business and merge with the global economy,” he says.And it is this different, knowledge-based learning approach which differentiates Loyola from many of the other colleges. A sharp focus on academics and infrastructural development and a fair exposure to the ethical side of not just business but also to life has made it reach the top three in the india today survey.advertisementFor instance, the curriculum at its commerce department is updated every three years. The M.Com syllabus was revised last year and the B.Com syllabus is due for a review this year. The department has also established an Entrepreneurship Development cell, which offers a two-credit course for the students to obtain entrepreneurial skills.The college also organised a major fair with over 40 stalls for the students from all colleges in Chennai last year to present their entrepreneurial ventures. It is no wonder then that over 6,000 students apply for commerce at Loyola every year and only 145 manage to get in.with Sarbani Sen and Lakshmi Subramanianlast_img read more

Railways to take action against dope tainted athletes Ashwini Akkunji and Sini Jose

first_imgIndian Railways is all set to take stern action against the dope tainted athletes, Ashwini Akkunji and Sini Jose, who are its employees.”We have the results of ‘A’ samples as of now. We are having a look and taking the matter seriously. We are waiting for the ‘B’ samples. Meanwhile, we have sent notices to players,” Jhanja Tripathy, secretary and executive director (sports) at Railway Sports Promotion Board Directorate, told PTI Bhasha.When asked if sample ‘B’ also turns out positive, she said, “We can withdraw all the privileges from the athletes.”Indian athletics was rocked by a doping scandal in the last few days when eight athletes tested positive for banned substances, including Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold-winning relay quartet members — Akkunji and Jose.Railway Sports Promotion Board directorate has sent notices to both the athletes as well as southern railways as Akkunji is from Udupi district (Karnataka) and Sini is an employed at Ernakulam, Kerala.Asked if the athletes could lose their jobs, Tripathy said, “If they were on probation, they might have lost their jobs but they are permanent employees of the Railways. We will see what will be the further course of action.”Meanwhile, Railway Sports Promotion Board directorate joint secretary S K Singh said that the department has written letters to both the Southern Railways and Athletics Federation of India (AFI).”We have written to AFI and Southern Railways and waiting for their replies,” said S K Singh.”Nada and AFI will take action against them first,” he added.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more