Incredible India Roadshows in US to Woo American Tourists

first_imgShowcasing India as a “must visit” tourist destination, the Indian government organised roadshows in four US cities to woo American travellers and make them aware of magnificent holiday options in the country.The ‘Incredible India’ roadshow was held in New York, Houston, Chicago and St Louis from June 18 to 22 during which American travel enthusiasts walked through various tourist destinations digitally and informed about travel options through experts and tour operators.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

Three Indian-origin Businessmen Jailed For Rorting $2 million

first_imgThe national vocational education and training (VET) regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has welcomed the conviction of three Indian-origin businessmen who operated fake training organisations in Melbourne and received more than $2 million in fraudulent subsidies from the Victorian government.Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

The Surprising Indian Origin Of Blue Jeans

first_imgWho hasn’t worn blue jeans? Today, they are simply everywhere, from the USA to Ghana to Vietnam. Here is the story of the unexpected relationship between the world’s most popular clothing item and India.It all started with indigo. A beautiful, rich blue dye could be extracted from the variety of indigo plant found in India (Indigofera tinctoria). Other varieties of indigo were found in various tropical countries, but India was the indigo centre of the world; Harappans first started making this dye 5,000 years ago!Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img read more

Dubai Remains Most Searched Destination on Google India

first_imgHoliday-related queries increased 27 per cent in 2017 winter, with most people searching for ‘luxury’, ‘honeymoon’, and ‘safari’ destinations on Google search, the company said on Dec.27.Seychelles, Maldives and Bali were on top of the honeymooners’ international search list this season, with 40 per cent rise in these queries.According to Google India’s top travel trends observed from September to November, both international and domestic luxury searches increased by 34 per cent and the online hunts for ‘royal holidays’ spiked 12 times as compared to the same period in 2016.The quest for warmer topographies and related activities became widespread during winters, witnessing an increase of 32 per cent in safari destination explorations.Searches for Desert Safari in Dubai, Night Safari in Singapore, Bali Safari and Marine Park, as well as Safari World in Bangkok surged in 2017.The search perusal for international destinations such as The Vatican grew almost eight times, followed by Myanmar (thrice) and Hungary (double).Buzz about these locations range from “private tours of the Sistine Chapel after-hours”, “what to see at the Vatican Museum”, to “Myanmar tourism”, “Burma tourist map”, and “things to do in Budapest.”Talking about international travel trends, Dubai still continued to be the most searched destination, followed by Bangkok, Thailand and Disneyland in the United States.Apart from the search for destination activities such as safaris, international cricket as an international excursion observed a rise of 456 per cent, fueled by matches held at Melbourne in Australia, and Lords, Britain.Within India, Kerala topped the list of the most crowd-pleasing destination for domestic travelers.Weekend getaways, specifically near Delhi, became an extremely popular search term, culminating a 361 per cent increase.The trends also showed that Indians are now planning their travel in advance as last-minute bookings reduced by 17 per cent for domestic travel and 20 per cent for international trips. — (IANS) Related ItemsGoogleTourismlast_img read more

Google Appeals Against ‘Search Bias’ Verdict by India’s Competition Commission

first_imgGoogle has filed an appeal against the judgement by Competition Commission of India (CCI), which found the search engine guilty of “search bias.”“We disagree with aspects of the CCI’s decision, so we have filed an appeal and sought a stay on those findings,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.The commission’s verdict was “robust” and it plans on defending its judgement at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), a CCI official said, according to Reuters. CCI imposed a fine of Rs 1.36 billion ($20.95 million) on Google in February, saying that the internet firm was ill-treating its dominance in online web search and online search advertising markets.“Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,” the CCI stated in its judgment, Reuters reported.After the verdict came out, Google had said that the issues brought up by the CCI were “narrow concerns.” It added that the order showed that on most issues examined by the CCI, Google’s conduct was in compliance with the competition laws of India.The investigation was started by the CCI in 2012 after complaints were filed by Bharat Matrimony (Matrimony.com) and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), a not-for-profit organization. The ruling in February brought an end to the probe.Matrimony.com is, however, not satisfied with the verdict. It filed an appeal against the size of the fine, saying it is too small. It has also filed an appeal against CCI’s verdict that neither of the two — Google’s specialized search design and its advertising service, AdWords — were breaching the competition rules.Murugavel Janakiraman, the founder-CEO of Matrimony.com, said that the company has filed an appeal against CCI’s order, although the judgement is in their  company’s favor, according to the Business Standard. Earlier, however, Janakiraman was full of praises about CCI’s verdict and had said, “This order is significant as the CCI recognizes that Google is the gatekeeper to the internet and has a special responsibility to ensure a level playing field.”The duties of the CCI, established by the Indian government in October 2003, involve eliminating practices that have an adverse effect on competition, protecting the interests of consumers, and ensuring freedom of trade in Indian markets.In 2017, the European Commission imposed a fine of 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) on Google for backing its shopping service and demoting offerings from rival companies. Google has filed an appeal against the judgement. Related ItemsGooglelast_img read more

Many in Odisha denied PDS rice due to non-seeding of Aadhaar

first_imgThe ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme seems to be not working in favour of many in Odisha, according to a survey that found that hundreds of people have not been provided rice through the Public Distribution System for two months due to non-seeding of Aadhaar. The study also found that exclusion due to Aadhaar linking is more prevalent in tribal areas.A study of 63 villages in Nabarangpur district found that out of 1,271 people in 272 households surveyed, 435 have not been provided PDS rice for September and October due to non-seeding of Aadhaar. Out of these, 35% are children between 0-10 years of age.The survey was conducted during the first week of October by the Odisha chapter of the National Right to Food Campaign, an informal network of organisations and individuals working on right to food issues.PDS rice for two months was distributed in Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput area from September 20 to 30, according to Sameet Panda of the food campaign.Ineligible personsOut of 272 families, there were 17 households having a total of 50 members who have not received grain for September and October as none of the family members were seeded in PDS-Aadhaar.There are 255 such families where Aadhaar of one or more family members has not been seeded. There are 385 persons across these 255 households who have not been seeded into Aadhaar, so their names have been eliminated.The survey found that there are 17 persons who are ineligible. They include those dead; female members married outside; and not available in the village.Out of 435 persons whose Aadhaar has not been seeded, 185 persons don’t have Aadhaar. The survey team met those who have applied for Aadhaar several times but have not received it so far, said Mr. Panda.There are 228 persons who have an Aadhaar number but it has not been seeded yet. Out of them, 72 persons have submitted their Aadhaar in the gram panchayat but they don’t know why it has not been seeded. There are 17 such persons whose Aadhaar number is reflected in the PDS card but their name has been deleted.last_img read more

Woman languishing in Assam detention centre since 2010

first_imgWrong details received twice by the authorities have delayed the release of a woman lodged in one of Assam’s six detention camps for foreigners since 2010.Mamiran Nessa, lodged in western Assam’s Kokrajhar detention centre, should have been set free following the Supreme Court’s order in May to conditionally release all declared foreigners who have completed three or more years in detention.But officers of the Assam Police Border Organisation – it has been tasked with detecting and deporting foreigners or illegal immigrants since 1962 – said she could not be released as they “twice received details wrongly”.In July, the State government informed the Assembly that 335 out of the 1,145 declared foreigners across the six detention centres had spent three years or more in captivity. About a dozen had by then been released.More than 25 declared foreigners have been released and another 56 are to be released soon. Ms. Nessa is not among them.“Her case is in process. Police are hand-holding to submit the correct information,” Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Special Director General of Police (Border), told The Hindu via message.Formalities fulfilled Guwahati-based lawyer Aman Wadud, who fights cases of poor declared foreigners pro bono, said all formalities according to the Supreme Court’s guidelines have been fulfilled in Ms. Nessa’s case. The formalities include two sureties of ₹1 lakh each and collection of biometric information.On Sunday, a team that included activist Harsh Mander, SC lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Mr. Wadud visited Ms. Nessa’s paternal home near Abhayapuri in Bongaigaon district. “When she was detained, her sons were 2 and 9 years old. Both brothers were brought up by their elder sister who was still a minor. She dropped out of school and worked as maid to raise them at their maternal uncle’s place,” Mr. Wadud said.Ms. Nessa was married in the 1990s to Jel Hussain of village Takakata near Baghbor in western Assam’s Barpeta district. Her family said she was randomly marked a doubtful voter in 1997 without any investigation.“She was subsequently declared a foreigner without any competent legal representation,” Mr. Wadud said.Ms. Nessa’s parents took her children home after her husband fell ill and was mostly confined to the bed. He could visit her in the detention centre only once in nine years. Mr. Hussain died two months ago due to cardiac arrest. Members of his family said his last wish was to see his wife out of jail and beside him.Ms. Nessa has not been told about her husband’s death yet.last_img read more

Meralco, Star seek Final 4

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Hotshots slipped past the Road Warriors, 101-93, on Sunday, giving them a spot in the top four.As the fourth seeds, the Hotshots have two cracks at making the semifinals, just like top seed Meralco, No. 2 TNT KaTropa and No. 3 Barangay Ginebra.Star coach Chito Victolero is wary that fatigue may take its toll on the Hotshots.“It’s our third game in five days,” said Victolero. “I need to make sure that my players are motivated enough and ready for the battle. We need to be mentally tough and physically prepared especially coming from back-to-back games.”For the Road Warriors, it’s win or vacation time.ADVERTISEMENT “We lost our defensive intensity in the second half of our last game versus Star,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. “It’s something we cannot afford to do again.”The Elite, meanwhile, made it past the eliminations for only the second time since joining the league three years ago.Import Henry Walker has lifted Blackwater from a 0-3 start and into a 5-3 record since coming in as replacement for original import Trevis Simpson.Mac Belo has also steadily regained his old fiery form while JP Erram is blossoming into one of the best centers in the league. —PBA.PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Jared Dillinger of Meralco (left) and Kyle Pascual of Blackwater battle for possession during their previous match. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAfter snaring the top seed, it’s time for Meralco to reach for another goal when it tries to cut short Blackwater’s playoffs stint at the start of the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.By virtue of finishing the 11-game preliminaries with a league-best 9-2 slate, the Bolts earned a twice-to-beat incentive which it will try to put to good use against the eighth-ranked Elite in the 4:15 p.m. match ushering in the last eight.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Changing of the guards BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts come into the match with a four-game win-streak capped by a 104-101 victory over San Miguel Beer at the end of the eliminations on Sunday.They also prevailed over the Elite, 107-78, in their elimination round meeting last July 21.Meralco coach Norman Black knows it won’t be easy this time around.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Now we’re going to the playoffs, where things are going to get more difficult,” he said.“The focus now is just to prepare for Blackwater because you know they’ve played very well in this conference and they have one of the best imports in the conference so we have to be really ready for them in our next game.”In the 7 p.m. main game, Star and NLEX mix it up anew just 48 hours after their elimination meeting. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Few tickets left as La Salle, Ateneo cross paths

first_imgTrending 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 It may seem that it’s just the top spot at the end of the first round of UAAP Season 80 that’s at stake when La Salle and Ateneo clash on Sunday, but for reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala, the game “means everything” for the defending champion Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Heat check LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The fierce rivals are squaring off before an expected sellout crowd at Mall of Asia Arena for the first time since the finals last December when La Salle prevailed to clinch its second title in four years.“It means everything,” Mbala told reporters after scoring 39 points in the 106-100 win over University of the East last Wednesday. “No matter what will happen when we step on the court, we’re just going to bring it until the last second. I don’t need to say anything about Ateneo-La Salle, it’s just blue versus green. It says it all.”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 shutoutTickets for the 4 p.m. game are sold separately from the other game pitting National U and University of the Philippines set at 12 noon.A check at MoA Arena ticket booth showed only lower box, SRO and a handful of general admission tickets remain unsold as of Saturday afternoon, underscoring the allure of college basketball’s biggest rivalry. LATEST STORIES More than the rivalry, the Blue Eagles are looking to preserve their unbeaten record, after roaring to six straight wins to start the season. The Archers are gunning for a third straight victory following a loss UP recently. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Drummond, Griffin leads Pistons over Nets

first_imgLATEST STORIES Pacers-Pelicans postponed over concerns about roof leak Allen Crabbe had 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets. They have lost four in a row and eight of nine.Crabbe scored 16 of Brooklyn’s points in a row during one fourth-quarter stretch, capped by a 3-pointer that cut Detroit’s lead to three at 91-88. The Pistons put the ball in Griffin’s hands after that, and he scored nine of their next 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrummond had 12 rebounds in the first half and added 11 more in the third quarter. He finished with a season high, just two shy of his career best. It was the third time in the last five games he reached 20 rebounds.He shot only 5 of 17 from the field, but that just meant more opportunities for offensive rebounds. He had seven of those. Despite all that, the Pistons were actually outrebounded as a team, 50-46.        /kga Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brooklyn Nets guard Nik Stauskas (2) controls the ball as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Febraury 7, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 27 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to five with a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week. Griffin will face his old team this Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers are in town.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Book it: Devin Booker hits 28 to win 3-point contest

first_imgView comments Nets’ Dinwiddie wins skills challenge John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City00:50Trending 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 justice Booker, the 21-year-old sharpshooter in his third season with Phoenix, is averaging 24.2 points per game this season as the NBA’s 12th-leading scorer. Eleven months after the shooting guard dropped 70 points against Boston to become the youngest player in NBA history to score even 60 in a game, Booker added another accolade to his promising career with the 3-Point title.Thompson beat the buzzer with his final shot of the first round to reach the finals with 19 points. Booker also scored 19 and Harris had 18. LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 17: Devin Booker accepts the trophy for the 2018 JBL Three-Point Contest at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPDevin Booker of the Phoenix Suns won the 3-point contest with a record 28 points in the final round. He beat 2016 champion Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Los Angeles Clippers.“It feels really good,” Booker said. “I wanted to go out there and make a name for myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Did he ever. He was sensational in the final round on Saturday, when he missed only five of 25 shots.Each player shot five five-ball racks with a one-minute time limit. The final ball of each one was a “money ball” worth two points, and one of the racks, usually the last one, was all money balls. Booker made the money ball shot on his first four racks, and then made four of the five balls on the money ball rack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarris, Booker and Thompson advanced from the eight-man field to the finals. Harris scored 17 points before Booker scorched the nets for 28 points. Thompson followed and scored 25 points.The previous record was 27 points, set by Stephen Curry in 2015 and matched by Thompson the following year.center_img Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove

first_img“And there will be more to come,” Coates said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next This time the Japanese capital wants to remind the rest of the world that China and South Korea haven’t left behind the first economic powerhouse in East Asia. They will use the games to showcase a clean, safe, and innovative city; an urban maze of nightlife, shopping, and dizzying subway lines that give texture to “Cool Japan” and the country’s place as a cultural touchstone.“It’s going to be a good opportunity to showcase Japanese culture, our technology, our products, our good level of service to give impetus to the Japanese economy,” Maki Kobayashi-Terada of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s exactly soft power … to create economic impact,” Kobayashi-Terada added, a fancy term that means translating an engaging culture into political and economic power.Tokyo has billed itself as a “safe pair of hands” for the Olympics, which is everything that Rio de Janeiro wasn’t. The 2016 Games left behind scandals, millions in unpaid bills, and useless “white elephant” venues. But exactly what’s in it for Japan?Kobayashi-Terada said the Olympics will improve accessibility for the elderly and for people with disabilities, modernize infrastructure and drive tourism. She said Japan had 29 million foreign visitors last year, and hopes to have 40 million in 2020. Tourism is booming, particularly from Asia.The Olympics will also try to convince the world about the safety of Fukushima, where a nuclear reactor was damaged after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The prefecture north of Tokyo is a venue for baseball and softball.“There are only some limited villages which are restricted for entry,” Kobayashi-Terada said. “But there are so many other places which are already under recovery. We’d like to show that and thank the world.”But there also hints of scandal.A French-led investigation has been looking into $2 million paid by the Tokyo Olympic bid team — or representatives — to sports officials who have been linked to vote-buying in IOC bid elections. A Japanese investigation concluded the payments were not illegal.“Our committee is different from the bidding committee,” Kobayashi-Terada said. “We believe that we got Tokyo 2020 because our bid was the best one.”And there are domestic doubters.Japan is already a high-tax country that does not need the Olympics to spur building new bridges, trains and highways. Taxpayers have been critical of too much spending on questionable projects.“Tokyo lacks a clear purpose for hosting the games other than city development, and that’s why many people are still puzzled today,” said Yuji Ishizaka, an expert on the Olympics at Japan’s Nara Women’s University. After 2 lopsided losses to Thunder, Durant leads Warriors rout Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Ishizaka said people are bothered by delays and scandals involving the redevelopment plans for Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji fish market and the city’s bay area, where several events will be held.And Ishizaka fears the Olympics “may be used to declare the end to disaster reconstruction” in the Fukushima area, suggesting things are back to normal.“The 2020 Games should be a big festival, but we can’t expect much growth and many people, even residents of Tokyo, will hardly notice the changes that Tokyo has gone through,” Ishizaka said.The IOC and local organizers say they’re cutting costs. John Coates, the IOC member overseeing Tokyo’s plans, said recently that Tokyo had cut $1.4 billion from the price tag. Some venues have been moved to other areas, and existing venues will be used instead of building new ones.Coates lauded Tokyo’s transparency and mentioned Rio.“In Rio we didn’t know who was paying what — if at all,” he said.Tokyo organizers say the games will cost about 1.35 trillion yen ($12.5 billion). However, last month Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the city would spend an added 810 billion yen ($7.5 billion) on “projects directly and indirectly related to the games.”The IOC and organizers argue those expenditures fall “outside the overall games budget.” This is a debate that rages at every games: Exactly what are, and what aren’t, Olympic expenses?Koike said the new costs included building barrier-free facilities for Paralympic athletes, training programs for volunteers, and advertising and tourism plans.That puts the total cost at about $20 billion, 70 percent of which is public money. This figure includes the privately run local organizing committee’s budget of 600 billion yen ($5.5 billion). About $2.91 billion of that is coming from national marketing program that has landed 47 sponsors. AFP official booed out of forum Tokyo also marks a watershed for the battered International Olympic Committee.After corruption dogged the games in Rio, and a doping scandal grew out of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Tokyo should be the first of three return-to-normal Summer Games in first-world metropolises. The IOC has already picked Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.And Japan also has hosted two successful Winter Olympics in Nagano and Sapporo.“I don’t think the International Olympic Committee is going to go to a developing city any longer,” Olympic historian David Wallechinsky told The Associated Press. “They don’t want that anymore. They want cities that are ready.”The Pyeongchang Olympics were Wallechinsky’s 18th, and he has researched every Olympics extensively including Tokyo. Those Olympics kicked off when Yoshinori Sakai — born in Hiroshima the day the city was hit by the 1945 atomic bomb — lit the Olympic cauldron.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 FILE – In this April 28, 2017, file photo, a woman looks at the construction site of the new National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. This time the Japanese capital will use the games to showcase a clean, safe, and innovative city with great shopping and nightlife. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. Japan was back after just 19 years with high-speed trains, geeky gadgets, and dazzling efficiency.Tokyo’s back again with the 2020 Summer Olympics, this time with something different to prove.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

Defense, patience keys to Hotshots’ comeback win, says Barroca

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments Jarencio, Romeo insist all is well after heated argument Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barroca’s three at the 3:20 mark of the third quarter gave it its first taste of the lead, 54-53 and the rest was history as the Hotshots cruised to the 86-79 victory.Barroca was instrumental in the turnaround, finishing with 17 points, three assists, and two rebounds to lead Magnolia.The former FEU playmaker said the game served as an eye-opener for the Hotshots in this crucial stretch.“It’s the playoffs. The physicality is already heightened and we have to adjust,” he said. “We focused on the referees and the calls to start the game and we were lost on that. But once we adjusted and played physical, got our defense and pressure done, that’s when we made our run.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Magnolia, though, found the spark in old reliable Mark Barroca, who managed to calm his team despite the 20-point deficit, which allowed the Hotshots to storm back into the game.“If you’d look at it as a 20-point deficit, it’s going to be hard. But coach told us to continue chipping the lead away,” the 31-year-old guard said. “We were able to trim it down to 10, but they had a run before the end of the first half. Still, we focused to get some stops until eventually, we were surprised that we’re already closing in on them in the third quarter and got the lead through our defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES And Magnolia will be banking on those learnings as it looks to be more than just a part of the Final Four.“Now, we’re more matured. We’re not looking at the Finals yet. That’s what we’re thinking about last season. But now, we’re taking it one game at a time. We can’t get too ahead of ourselves. The game in the playoffs is different so you have to be prepared at all times,” he said. .@M_Hotshots’ Mark Barroca shares how his team fought from 20 points down and pulled off the tough qf victory vs GlobalPort. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/PAmLfPCdMl— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 6, 2018 Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Mark Barroca leads Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt didn’t matter if it had the luxury of a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs, Magnolia was determined to move on to the semifinals as quick as it could.But the second seed Hotshots had to dig deep to shake off the seventh-place Batang Pier, who came out firing in their upset bid with a 26-6 start, in their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal duel Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Azkals survive Tajiks in thriller, firm up hold of top spot in Group F

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire NBA: Russell Westbrook named ‘Shaqtin’ a Fool’ MVP After the defeat to China, Dooley said “the team had many meetings and all of them positive but direct to the point why things happen in football.”“I know we would do great, but we still have a lot to learn,” Dooley added.The Azkals now have six points from two matches, two points ahead of Yemen which battled Nepal to a goalles draw in Kathmandu. Tajikistan remained winless from two matches.The Azkals face Yemen on Sept. 5 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. Only the Top 2 teams from the group will qualify for the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippine Azkals survived a late Tajikistan uprising for a thrilling 4-3 win to firm up its hold of the top spot in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers at Republican Central Stadium in Dushbane. Captain Phil Younghusband opened the scoring with a free kick in the 28th minute, before a brace from Javier Patinño off two assists from Mike Ott put the Azkals on their way to what looked like a comfortable victory before 15,000 fans in the Tajik capital.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Patiño scored with a composed finish from just inside the box in the 42nd minute, before grabbing his second with a breakaway goal off another fine pass from Ott.But Tajikistan struck twice in quick succession with Parvizchon Umarbaev scoring from the spot in the 57th minute off a questionable foul called on Amani Aguinaldo and Dilshod Vasiev finishing off a quick counter four minutes later, setting the stage for a nervy finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeftback Daisuke Sato restored the two-goal advantage for the Azkals with a long range strike with 10 minutes remaining but Manuchekr Dzaliliov late strike put the game back on a knife-edge and the Azkals would feel relief more than anything after another unconvincing display on the heels of the 1-8 friendly loss to China.“The players did a great job,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “They where focused from the beginning and tried to do everything we talked about, even in the free kick.” Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentslast_img read more

PVL leaders part ways

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Game time is at 4 p.m., followed by the 6:30 p.m. match between the Power Smashers and Perlas-BanKo at Filoil Flying V Centre.Valdez’s absence is expected to affect Creamline’s campaign as she’s currently the league top scorer and the team’s heart and soul. —MARC ANTHONY REYESFEATURED 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim League leaders Pocari Sweat and Creamline part ways when they collide Saturday to chase solo top spot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.It’s going to be Alyssa Valdez’s last game for the Cool Smashers before the phenomenal spiker joins the national team for a two-week training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Wanted: Team chemistry FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Woman paddlers settle for silver as men lose in semis

first_imgIndian women went down to the Singaporeans 0-3 in the team table tennis final on Friday, thereby having to settle for a silver medal at the Yamuna Sports Complex.However, the bigger disappointment was the men losing to England 1-3 in the team semi-final.The 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallists will now face Nigeria in the bronze medal match on Saturday.The Singapore team had players of Chinese origin and two of their players are in the top-10. The highestranked Indian player was Mouma Das at 214. Mouma gave a tough fight to World No. 3 Feng Tiawei before losing 5-11, 3-11, 11-9, 7-11.World No. 5 Wang Yuegu easily defeated K. Shamini 11-7, 11-7, 11-5.Poulomi Ghatak took the first game 12- 10 against World No. 23 Li Jiawei. But the Singaporean came back strongly to take the next three games 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 to seal the gold medal for her side.Malaysia beat England 3-2 to seal the bronze.The defeat of the men’s team was unexpected. When Achanta Sharath won his first match against Liam Pitchford 11- 8, 11- 4, 11- 8, it seemed that another easy win was on the cards.In the second match Anthony Arputharaj came back from a deficit twice against Paul Drinkhall and had reached match point at 10- 6 in the fifth game. But then nerves and a controversial umpiring decision went against him. The break was all that Drinkhall needed as he sealed the contest 11- 8, 4- 11, 11- 5, 7-11, 12-10.With the match poised at 1-1, Subhajit Saha went down in straight games 4-11, 10-12, 8-11 to Andrew Baggaley. It put a lot of pressure on Sharath’s shoulders in the fourth match and for once he could not deliver.advertisementDrinkhall, who had beaten the world number 40 previously, repeated his feat and closed the deal with a 11-9, 11-5, 10- 12, 11-4 victory.last_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan’s Rasta look spins magic

first_imgShah Rukh KhanShah Rukh Khan stepped out of a swanky Lamborghini and onto a collegiate campus in the city to host a quiz show, looking natty in a formal suit teamed with a scraggy hairdo and rider shades.If the sartorial statement seems like a strange cocktail, only SRK could have pulled it off. For the record, this is the look he will be sporting in his upcoming flick Don 2 and this is the first time that he has unveiled the peculiar fashion statement at a public event in India.The crowd of more than 1,000, who were waiting to welcome the superstar went wild, naturally. In the mini riot that broke out, the fact that King Khan had actually arrived a full three hours after his scheduled time of 1 pm was forgotten. The quiz was scheduled to start at 3pm, but thanks to the superstar’s delayed arrival could only begin around 6pm.SRK of course was quick to make light of the situation with his trademark wit. He promptly mouthed a line from Don 2 : “It’s no longer about the police in just 11 nations, Don is now wanted by the police in 132 nations.” In between waving to the crowd and giving quick photo-ops to the press, SRK found time to leave a few soundbytes for the gathering.”I was Delhi student too, so I can relate to all of you. I must say it’s nice that you guys are studying in such a posh campus,” he said, as the ecstatic crowd drowned his voice. While organisational mismanagement saw half the media leave even before the actual quiz started, SRK made all hassles well worth facing once he took centrestage.When some of the quiz participants seemed nervous, SRK quipped: “I would often wonder how to prepare for something important in life. Till Mr Amitabh Bachchan gave me the right tip. I recall being at a show with him in New York, and I was quite nervous. I asked him how he got over anxiety pangs. He told me, ‘I just ensure my zipper is pulled up’. So, absorb all knowledge that comes your way and zip it up. Seize the day, live the moment.” As the quiz kicked off, SRK was in fine form. He ripped the college jackets off contestants who gave wrong answers, made a couple of teams that argued over a right answer do push- ups, in the process joining them in an impromptu push- up session himself.As the evening rolled, the quiz became a keen contest that unfolded amidst fun fare-SRK style. Contestants and the audience alike would have wished the quiz lasted for a little longer.advertisementlast_img read more