Number of Visas Granted to Indians to Work in Gulf States Declines

first_imgThe Times of India (ToI) newspaper reported a decline of about half in the number of visas granted to Indians heading to work in the Gulf States, reaching 3.7 million in 2017, compared with 7.6 million in 2015.According to a report published in the newspaper, the number of new Indian workers in Kuwait last year was 56,380, compared with 72,384 in 2016 and 66,543 in 2015, which represents a decline of about 15 percent between 2015 and 2017.Read it at Arab Times Related Itemslast_img

One of the Bay Area’s Biggest Indian Food Chains Expands to Greater LA Next

first_imgOne of the Bay Area’s most prominent fast casual Indian chains is coming to Southern California in a big way, as Curry Up Now has inked its first big LA-area deal for a space down in Irvine.Curry Up Now is one of the country’s biggest food truck success stories, having successfully transitioned from a fleet of food trucks to brick and mortar locations all across Northern California.Read it at LA Eater Related Itemslast_img

US, UK, Australia Top Education Destinations For Parents In India: Report

first_imgAs many as 44 per cent of parents in India are mulling the benefits of an international education for their children, and top destinations are the US, the UK and Australia, says a report. According to research by HSBC, for Indian parents considering tertiary education overseas, the US topped the charts with 52 per cent opting for this, followed by Australia (46 per cent) and the UK (44 per cent) in the second and third place, respectively. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Thinking Outside The Pani Puri

first_imgVodka Pani Puri! Yes, this unlikely pairing has debuted in New York, symbolic of the new India being introduced to the American public. Forget Kiplingesque elephants, huge ornate wooden doors and bronze murals that have represented generic Indian décor in the hospitality industry until now. Dancing apsaras, many, many sitars and kama sutra touches have been the shorthand for an American stereotype of India. Today’s America is being curried by contemporary India – edgy, idiosyncratic and hip. A new breed of hybrid entrepreneurs, many born in this country but still connected to India by invisible bonds, are setting their mark on the entertainment and dining-out scene. Some are reinterpreting India for the mainstream while others are exploring and invading the mainstream scene itself, from Atlanta to Arkansas to Texas – be it with Italian or Mediterranean cuisine, franchising popular dining concepts and sometimes creating their own, bringing their financial smarts and technical savvy to new ventures. Many of these second generation Indians grew up in two parallel worlds, living in America, but traveling back to the homeland so often that they are in tune with the happening India of today.Hemant Phul of New York is one such entrepreneur. He came to the United States as a teen with his parents, but visited India frequently and later married a woman from Bombay.“My wife Bhavna likes to party and we found out that there is a lack of decent places for Indians to party,” he says. “This whole party scene, which was in Bombay, was missing for a lot of the Indians over here.” So he decided to open up Earth NYC, a Bombay style lounge in Manhattan, and tapped his friend, fashion designer Manish Malhotra to design the space.“What we were trying to do was replicate Bombay nightlife in New York,” he recalls. “I really partied hard in Bombay. Everyone living there, at that age, wants to go out and party.” Payal Saha’s Kati Roll co. dishes out succulent soft parathas with egg, chicken tikka, beef tikka, achari paneer or aloo masala.On opening night, New York’s Bombay crowd turned out in full force. He says: “They party hard – and even in the blizzard we had a full house till 4 a.m. That’s the Bombay crowd! There’s 12 or 14 inches of snow outside – and they’re out partying.”Indian Americans, partying and in type of lounge? Phul says, “I think so. Everything Indian here is so kitsch. It is so India in your face. You open up an Indian restaurant – there are thals on the wall, there are palatial doors or ornate objects everywhere. You know, that’s not India.“The real Bombay scene is not like that; it’s very different. The perception of India should change in the minds of the westerners. We can be hip and cool also. The Americans are getting quite sophisticated. It doesn’t have to be snake charmers all the time.”While Earth NYC is a place to gather, a watering hole, it also offers Bombay-centric snacks. “Indian food has become a destination thing where you might try it once a month but not on an everyday basis. That’s not what people do in Bombay. There are light foods available so I’ve brought in the street foods of Bombay. That’s what I’m serving till 4 in the morning, whether it’s vada pao, masala pao, whether it’s frankies, chicken lollipops, Manchurian – anything you can imagine on the streets of Bombay. If it’s not on the streets, it won’t be on the menu.” Tinku Saini of Clay Oven: Our goal was to bring Indian food out of the main strip mall and into the mainstream without sacrificing authenticity.How about Vodka Pani Puri? Now that’s not served on the streets of Bombay, is it? Not losing his cool, Phul retorts, “Vodka isn’t – pani puri is. That’s our twist to it! A lot of people ask me so what Indian cocktails are you making. I tell them there are no Indian cocktails. We don’t put rose water in our martinis, we don’t put mangoes in our martinis. A martini is a martini is a martini, no matter where you go!”As a teenager, Phul’s first job was packing meat in New York’s meat packing district, after which he worked in Indian restaurants as busboy, waiter and then manager. So he’s soiled his hands? “Yes, absolutely. I’ve done dishes, I’ve done all that good stuff.”Although he went into IT and worked as the chief technology officer in advertising, the restaurant business was always on his mind. He says, “Once you know it you always yearn to go back because you know exactly what’s involved and there’s a lot of energy.”While Phul’s NYC Earth is the new kid on the block, young Indian Americans have been trying to bring the India they know to the cities they now inhabit. A few years back Payal Saha introduced the well loved street food, kati rolls, to Manhattan.The Kati Roll Co. is small, crowded and the waiting line stretches down to the sidewalk. Yet, with its orange exposed brick walls, Bollywood film posters and friends clustered around copper tables, it’s a happy, energetic place. After all, this is where you get a taste of a unique Indian street food right in the middle of New York. Situated in the frenetic West Village, the tiny spot is surrounded by countless other eateries with idiosyncratic names and food offerings.There is non-stop traffic on this street and the people who head up the stairs to this little restaurant come for its single item – kati rolls, succulent soft parathas, stuffed with unda (egg), chicken tikka, beef tikka, achari paneer or aloo masala. Nandini Mukherjee of Indian Bread company: “We wanted a fast-casual Indian cafe that reflects the mindset of the global Indian who enjoys parathas as much as paninis”Saha’s inspiration came from eating kati rolls during her childhood in Calcutta, where they are the most celebrated street food. The Kati Roll Company is doing so well that Saha is opening a second one in the diamond district. This year she’s also ventured into fine dining with Babu, a restaurant devoted completely to Calcutta food .“I don’t even have one thing on the menu which is not from Calcutta. It’s a very mixed menu to hreflect the city’s multicultural makeup,” she says. “Thus you have traditional Bangla food, Indian Chinese (the country’s oldest Chinatown is in Calcutta) – there’s also club food or continental food – known as Anglo-Indian food because of the British influence. Then there are also dishes particular to Calcutta’s Muslim population, such as a biryani with potatoes, and chicken Rezala, which has a yogurt base.”If you walk into this new restaurant you’ll be hard pressed to say it’s Indian. The décor is simple with some colonial influences, but nothing overtly Indian about it. Her frequent visits to Calcutta have kept her on top of the dining habits in her hometown and people’s changing lifestyles: “There’s lots of changes domestically. Earlier there were very few restaurants for Bangla food, but now people are eating out more and there are at least four good restaurants all serving the traditional dishes.”Most of her clients are drawn from the mainstream and Saha is trying some innovative marketing. For the past few weeks she’s listed no prices on the menu and patrons are invited to pay whatever they think the meal is worth. She introduced the concept so diners would not have to pay for the birth pangs or staff errors, but surprisingly, most people have been paying about what she thinks would have been her real price. At Ron Parikh’s Genghis Grill, guests select their own meats, vegetables and sauces and these are prepared on a hot grill by chefs who create some high drama as they prepare the meals.Bringing the home cuisine to America but from a new perspective has also been the motivation of Sunitha Ramaiah’s Bombay Talkie. Ramaiah, a lawyer turned restaurateur, admits that she had a vision of a modern take on an Indian teashop for a very, very long time and what made her choose the present time was her involvement in the venture capital industry. She recalls a report that American and international venture capital companies abroad were investing in companies in India so that they could create franchises all over the world.“So my thinking was, instead of getting a franchise from India, why not create my own franchise here?” says Ramaiah. “We do not have prepackaged goods for standardized recipes, so I thought why not have fresh, healthy foods and create my own business?”In its hip New York incarnation, Bombay Talkie is more of a teahouse than a tea-stall, and it is located in a two-story 18th century building in Chelsea, the happening downtown area with galleries, nightclubs and stylish shopping. Ramaiah decided to keep the design clean and starkly modern, hiring noted architect Thomas Juul-Hansen, who has designed restaurants like 66 and all of David Yurman’s fashionable retail stores.She wanted to invoke the spirit of the Indian dhaba or tea-stall and commissioned J.P. Krishna, India’s leading billboard artist, to paint six huge canvases inspired by Bollywood posters, such as Zeenat Aman in Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram and Rekha in Umrao Jaan.Ramaiah got the pros in the business involved: Jehangir Mehta was consulting chef and Didier Virot of Aix restaurant created the wine list. Executive chef Subu Mukherjee and executive sous chef, Gabriel D’Costa offer a mix of street foods, roadside offerings and curbside treats.The menu is a blend of simple, yet eclectic authentic Indian street foods as well as soups and salads and brunch dishes that are India-inspired. In the street bites, there are dosas, papdi chat, kathi rolls and that all time rest stop favorite, Kolivada Macchi, crispy red snapper with shoestring potatoes. You can also find teas, sandwiches and light snacks in a section titled The Return of the Raj. Ron Parikh of Genghis GrillThe dinner menu has roadside favorites like Chicken Chettinad, (Sauteed chicken in red chilies and cardamom), Chicken Dhaniwal Korma (Ginger, poppy and melon seed chicken in a cilantro cream sauce), Nargisi Kofta (Scotch eggs enveloped in lamb with a rose water cashew sauce) and Nilgiri Coconut Kebabs (Lamb meatballs in a South Indian sauce of coconut and mustard seeds.)Tea is understandably the raison d’etre for a tea shop and Ramaiah has brought in the flavors of India – Nilgiri tea, Darjeeling tea and Assam green tea, as well as South Indian Filter Kofi and Cardamom Coffee. Desserts are definitely very New York with a touch of India, and include Mariebelle Cardamom Ganache – dark chocolate terrine infused with a pot of dark chocolate sauce and garnished with pistachio. Now how many dhabas would serve you that?There are also some fun drinks which you won’t find in a tea-stall in Ooty – cocktails named after popular Bollywood movies! So you could try Ankur – The Seedling – fresh pomegranate seeds and juice, premium tequila, Rose’s lime cordial and Cointreau. And if you’re suffering from unrequited love, try Umrao Jaan, composed of Bombay Gin, limejuice and saffron syrup – guaranteed to drown out your sorrows.An eclectic mix of cultures, Bombay Talkie doesn’t hit you over the head with carved elephants and ornate doors. While black and white Hindi film classics from the 50’s and 60’s play on the large flat TV, global music has been incorporated into the tracks by Grammy award winning producer Andres Levin of Fun Machine for ambiance.The young servers at the 65-seat restaurant are also quite international, dressed in hip tunics and pants designed by Sorelle Firenze. When it came to designing the menus, Ramaiah turned to another very New York influence, Vogue design director Anna Penford, who also designed the logo for Bombay Talkie.The end result is very much a blend of Ramaiah’s childhood in Ooty, her growing up in this country and her American education. She says, “There’s a different kind of energy. It’s not as if you’re taking India and transplanting it here. It’s kind of translated for the people here. I guess that’s partly because we’ve spent so much of our lives in America that it’s sort of natural because we grew up on two different continents and two different countries.”Ramaiah has kept her prices down. She says, “I worked in a law firm. I had many friends who worked in banking and other professions. And nobody at the end of the day wanted to go home and cook. So we went out and we ate out all the time. The problem was that nobody wanted to pay like $50 per person every day on a meal.”She said she wanted to create a space where people would come over and over again because they liked the food and it was affordable: “It suits the American market, because people do love to eat out in New York, especially young people, and why should they have to pay a fortune to do so?”Her goal is to make Bombay Talkie a viable franchise. She says: “My job has always been to grow this business, to get into the pre-packaged market, all sorts of things. Whether I succeed or not, that’s up to God, but these are my plans.” Hemant Phul with Manish Malhotra at NYC Earth’s opening: “What we were trying to do was replicate Bombay nightlife in New York”If Ramaiah gave up the world of law for that of chai, Nandini Mukherjee, a Calcuttan, left architecture and design to bake bread! “I come from a family where cooking was considered on par with any other art form,” she says. “My year at Parsons was spent experiencing and exploring the fascinating New York City budget gourmet scene.”She says that while she enjoyed great meals from all over the globe in New York City, the Indian food was disappointing: “The choice was between two day old mass-manufactured curry at prices that you could afford or formal, sit-down wonderful meals that you’d have to spend days saving for. It was during those days that an idea called Indian Bread Co started taking shape. I dreamt of a fast-casual Indian café serving fresh, flavorful, hassle-free Indian food.”She started the Indian Bread Company in 2003 with her partner Rupali Sethi, whom she had met at New York’s Parsons School of Design. The New York Times commented: “You probably could not find a naanwich or a naanini on the streets of Delhi, but you can in Greenwich Village, now that Indian Bread Co. is making creative use of naan, the traditional Indian flatbread … stuffed parathas are like quesadilla and the kati roll is essentially a wrap, but a delicious one.”Asked as to how her establishment is different from those owned by first generation Indian Americans, Mukherjee says, “Though India has a wide variety of distinctive breads, in most Indian restaurants Indian breads are relegated to being add-ons to the main meal. The idea was to give Indian breads the center stage – our take on the bread café culture that we see around us. We wanted a fast-casual Indian café that hreflects the mindset of the global Indian who enjoys parathas as much as paninis.”  While the naan and the paratha in all their avatars are kings at Indian Bread Co., there are also sides like chick pea chaat and yellow dal soup. The restaurant is very much a part of the neighborhood and Mukherjee is constantly adding new items. She is looking to grow the company either as a private company or through partners. She says, “There’s a sense of satisfaction in knowing that I have a vision and every single day is a step toward realizing it. Ideally, I’d like to see Indian street food included in the mainstream American fast-casual sector.”The franchise golden egg seems to be on the mind of many entrepreneurs. While many of their parents started out and built their fortunes with Burger Kings and Dunkin Donuts and Blimpies, the younger generation is going for trendier ones, those popular with the younger set – or are going even one step further and inventing their own concepts.The San Francisco Bread Company, for instance, didn’t originate in California, but in Little Rock, Arkansas. This café where breads and pastries are baked fresh every day wasn’t the invention of a California Girl or a swinging surfer, but that of Kalpesh and Ketal Makan, whose parents hail from the villages of Sisodra and Sevni in Gujarat.Kalpesh was in the real estate business and Ketal in information technology. She recalls, “When the IT sector plummeted, I decided I wanted to open a business of my own. We were weighing our options on existing franchises and when we found out the start-up cost and all the stipulations, we decided to venture out on our own. Little Rock does not have a bakery/café/coffee house concept that is tied into one restaurant. We named it San Francisco because the trolley tracks were being laid directly in front of the store. Going forward, we had the vision of franchising and the name ‘San Francisco’ had more of a jingle than ‘Little Rock.’”Both of them had grown up in the hotel business and were always the franchisee, never the franchiser. Says Ketal: “We wanted to drive the car from a franchiser’s aspect. It was tough in the beginning; we didn’t have anyone giving us a how-to book on the business.” Their first store was near a busy convention center and the Makans believe it served as a great trial and error store, with input from a wide variety of people.They now have a couple of locations and have streamlined the concept. “Our first store was financed by the bank and my husband’s parents helped us out as well,” says Ketal. “I get an average of 2-3 emails a week on enquiries about franchising. I have done zero marketing.”She says that almost two out of every three start-up restaurants fail in the first year and their challenge has been to beat those statistics. The Makans currently have four locations, and five more are scheduled to open by December 2005. Ketal recently spoke at the Leuva Patidar Convention and shared her story with young entrepreneurs. So the next time you want Marinated Chicken Basil Panini or a Honey Pecan Turkey Wrap, the place to go is San Francisco Bread Company – you may even end up getting a franchise!A group of young people in Texas have also created their own interpretation of Indian food in The Clay Pit. Tinku Saini, 34, is the oldest in the team which includes his wife Rajina Pradhan and his two cousins Amnik and Jasdeep Saini, who are in their 20’s.When Tinku and his sisters were growing up, the family owned an Indian grocery store in St. Louis where they also sold snacks and sweets. It was while working here that the siblings got a firsthand look at how happy food made people. After working as a journalist and then as an editor at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Tinku switched course, becoming manager at a hip new restaurant Chutney’s in Seattle. That was the inspiration for the cousins to open The Clay Pit in Austin, Texas, where Amik lived.After opening Clay Pit in Austin in 1988, they opened a second location in Dallas. So how is The Clay Pit different from the scores of Indian restaurants already on the scene? Tinku says that much of the Clay Pit concept is modeled on Chutney’s in Seattle.The concept is contemporary Indian cuisine, which Saini defines as traditional and innovative menu items served in a sophisticated, fun ambiance with friendly service and great bar offerings from martinis to mixed drinks, like Mango Pina Colada to over 80 wines hand-picked to complement the cuisine.Asked if, as second generation Indian Americans, they brought something different to the equation, Saini said: “The culture of our workplace is not that of a typical Indian restaurant, where the owners treat their employees as nothing more than that. We like to say that people work with us, not for us. That is true for chefs, waitstaff, dishwashers, everyone.”He adds, “Our goal was to bring Indian food out of the strip mall and into the mainstream without sacrificing authenticity. We wanted to create restaurants that were on par with the great restaurants of other cuisines from the standpoint of service, ambiance, bar offerings, and food quality and presentation.”All the partners feel uniquely positioned to do this because of their Indian American background: “We grew up going to nice American, Italian, Mexican, Chinese restaurants and our expectations of service and ambiance and what a great restaurant is supposed to be came from those experiences. When we ate Indian food, we did so mostly at home and did not go out to Indian restaurants.”He points out that Indian restaurants until very recently have been strip-mall establishments that do not compare to restaurants of other cuisines: “Even if the food was good, there is no ambiance and service. Many of the waiters don’t even speak English and can’t possibly explain the huge array of menu items to non-Indian clientele.”Bon Appetit magazine listed Clay Pit in their Best Ethnic Restaurants in 2002, along with big names like Tabla in New York.An important ingredient of their success was that all the owners worked in key areas of the restaurant: front of house managers, cooks, bartenders, and waiters. “Only in this way were we able to stay on top of quality control as our restaurant business grew exponentially over the years.”What was the biggest hurdle they had to overcome? Saini says, “Breaking through the stereotypes of Indian cuisine and Indian restaurants. Many people still think of Indian food as spicy or unhealthy or too exotic for the mainstream. They also do not think of Indian restaurants as having the same class as fine restaurants in other cuisines.”While many Indian entrepreneurs have tried to break that old mold and present Indian cuisine in a fresh, new way, others have adopted non-Indian cuisines into their repertoire. In fact, some young entrepreneurs ate out so much and liked what they ate – they decided to become franchisees of their favorite eateries.Al Bhakta, Ron Parikh, Jay Patel and Nik Bhakta all went to college together in the mid-90’s, in the Dallas area. They’d often eat out and their haunt was the Genghis Grill, a lively Asian stir-fry restaurant.The friends had formed the Chalak Group of Companies, focusing on restaurant investment, and started out by investing in pool halls and game rooms. When Genghis Grill offered franchises, the partners opened their first one. And when the original owners decided to sell the franchise, the Chalak Group acquired the entire chain – there are currently 10 locations in Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan and Tennessee, of which three are operated by the Chalak Group.Ask Ron Parikh, chief marketing officer of the group, what attracted them to Genghis Grill and the answer is simple: “Concept, concept, concept! It is fun and lively and easy to operate from a business owner’s standpoint.” Guests select their own meats, vegetables and sauces and these are prepared on a hot grill by chefs who create some high drama as they prepare the meals. San Fransisco Bread Co’s Kalpesh Makan: ” “San Fransisco” had more of a jingle than “Little Rock””Although the partners started out by taking a small business loan for their first restaurant, the franchise entity – Genghis Grill Franchise Concepts, LP – is totally debt-free. The restaurants thrive in many different markets and there are plans to add ten more in the next two years.The fun concept is very much what the partners are all into – Dan Bhakta and Chet Bhakta are cousins of Al and Nik, and all are in their 20’s. Says Parikh, “Our parents all originate from the state of Gujarat. We are obviously desis at heart!”Ask him what’s been the most fun part of operating the franchises, and Parikh says, “Doing it together! We have a one for all, all for one mentality which is why we have been so successful to date.” With their education and different interests, they bring different strengths to the business.As more and more young entrepreneurs come of age, they are juxtaposing the foods they grew up in India with the foods they picked up in America – in its schools, workplace and malls. The resulting hybrids are bound to be intriguing, spicy and sometimes plain delicious.As Nandini Mukherjee of Indian Bread Co. says, “Given the important role food plays in our day to day lives, as well as our festivals, most Indians are passionate about food. Being involved in a field related to your passion is a dream harbored by every human being.“As more people of our generation are able to achieve a certain level in their traditionally chosen careers, they have the confidence and means to pursue their dreams.”And if your dream is to feed naanwich or kati roll or even Asian stir-fry to America, go for it! After all, the way to a nation’s heart is through its stomach.  Related Itemslast_img read more

CEO Nation

first_imgWith at least 13 Indians heading global corporations in the West, Time magazine recently described CEOs as India’s leading “export” and even suggested that the subcontinent could well be “the ideal training ground for global bosses.” For the record, it is reckoned that the total size of businesses managed by just 10 Indian-origin CEOs globally exceeded the total exports from India, which stood at $300 billion last year.Okay, cut to the marquee-blazing star-cast, the Boardroom Badshah’s residing in the highest stratosphere of the corporate peak that lesser mortals can only dream of. The elite, blue-chip dazzlers of the exclusive India Club: Shantanu Narayan of Adobe, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Prem Watsa of Fairfax financial, Anshu Jain of Deutsche, Indra Nooyi of Pepsi, Ajay Banga of Mastercard, Ivan Menezies of Diageo, Rakesh Kapoor of Reckitt Benckiser, Piyush Gupta of DBS Group Holdings, Sanjay Mehrotra of Sandisk, Rajeev Vasudeva of professional services firm Egon Zehnder and the latest Rajiv Suri of Nokia.Microsoft’s Satya NadellaWow! But what ignites this phenomenon and drives this startling hit-parade? Ask any group of business people about what makes iconic, effective leaders, and the answers are diverse. Leaders set strategy. They motivate. They create vision and mission. They build culture. Blah, blah, blah.To the next question, what should leaders really do, the answer, invariably is … get good results. How? This chilling mystery has spawned tons of leadership experts who have made an entire cottage industry of this challenging and indefinable calling mandated to translate objectives — strategic, financial, organizational — into reality. Regarding the Indian managers, observers believe it could well have been the hunger for a better lifestyle that their country could not offer; a blend of untapped talent looking desperately for the right opportunities and trigger to fire; the perfect setting of the ideal inspirational and motivational environment that is a conduit and catalyst to live the impossible dream. The brain drain was bound to happen due to the inadequate professional opportunities provided at home for driven, gifted and ambitious young corporate professionals, determined to push the envelope in their leap to the future.What is the secret behind this India-centric leadership burst in the West? At a simplistic level, the best selling author Chetan Bhagat, in his blockbuster book Five Point Someone (later made into a monster Bollywood superhit 3 Idiots) offers three simple rules to lead a sane and contented life: Whatever the hassle, problem or roadblock in life, always remember to comfort yourself by saying “Aal iz well!” Two, chase excellence, not money and success will follow. Three, life is not about going crazy hounding marks or grades. It is about pursuing your dreams.Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi.To some extent India’s head honchos may have just tuned in when Bhagat was doing his number. A 2004 study suggests that Indian corporate chiefs are partial to participative management and building meaningful relationships with their subordinates. Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi said, “You need to look at the employee and say I value you as a person and not just treat you as employee no. 4,567!”Another study found Indian managers, compared to their US counterparts, more humble. Yet another study indicated that Indian managers were future-oriented focusing on long-term strategies, something solidly backed by their stars. Narayan of Adobe is reported to have once famously said, “If you can connect all the dots between what you see today and where you want to go, then it’s not ambitious or aspirational enough.” Nadella of Microsoft quoted Oscar Wilde, “We need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable!”Finally, the perseverance factor is also just another major attribute to powering Indians on top of the West. Learning the ropes, going through the paces with utmost seriousness, diligence and discipline, without attitude or tantrums and moving up slowly, but steadily, in the corporate hierarchy, while demonstrating both loyalty and acumen all along, are qualities that have obviously paid off. Nooyi, Jain, Menezes, Narayan and Nadella have all done time and served their organization with dedication, commitment and unmatched loyalty. They didn’t happen overnight!So, at the end of the day, it has to boil down to: Empathy, inclusiveness, humility and patience re-enforced by daring to dream, the hunger to achieve and finally, the confidence & ability to succeed. Related Itemslast_img read more

400 Deaths a Day Force India to Take Car Safety Seriously

first_imgIn India, more than 150,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents. That’s about 400 fatalities a day and far higher than developed auto markets like the U.S., which in 2016 logged about 40,000.Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is attempting to curb the carnage on Indian roads caused by everything from speeding two-wheelers to cars not equipped with air bags. A bill introduced in August 2016 — proposing harsher penalties for traffic offenses and requiring that automakers add safety features — has passed the lower house of parliament and is expected to go through the upper house in 2018.The wide-ranging changes are likely to boost manufacturing costs for domestic and foreign carmakers in India. The South Asian country will be the world’s third-largest car market after China and the U.S. by 2020, according to researcher IHS Automotive. The World Health Organization estimates that traffic crashes cost most countries about 3 percent of their gross domestic product.The U.K.-based non-profit Global NCAP, which studies the quality of vehicles, has over the years assigned a zero star rating to many small vehicles sold in India — an assessment that there could be life threatening injuries in a crash at 40 miles per hour. Past efforts in India to boost road safety haven’t taken off, and the success of this one will depend on how strictly it is implemented.India “has delayed 20 years in making safety features mandatory,” said Dinesh Mohan, a professor at Noida-based Shiv Nadar University. Globally, manufacturers haven’t usually added such safety elements “until and unless they were forced to do so by mandatory government regulations,” he said.A spokeswoman at India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways declined to give a timing for the new law.Indian consumers are famously price sensitive when it comes to car purchases. Low-cost and no-frills compact cars have long been sold by companies like Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki India, a unit of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp., Renault and Hyundai.These budget vehicles are usually priced below 400,000 rupees ($6,300), and the new law is likely to require that their manufacturers add a string of features like airbags, audio speed warnings and anti-lock braking systems.Costs for Indian automakers will shoot up by 7 or 8 percent after the passage of the new law and will be felt across the small car segment, said Deepesh Rathore, London-based director at consultancy Emerging Markets Automotive Advisors.Ashwin Patil, an analyst with brokerage LKP Shares and Securities, predicts a short-term impact to the earnings of automakers from the new act and said it could be a death knell for ultra-low-priced cars in India as their cost could go up by as much as 100,000 rupees.Manufacturers sometimes offer “all safety features for the models that are sold in the international markets where they have to satisfy mandatory safety standards, while they offer minimum features for Indian models,” said Mohan.In 2015, Renault sold its Kwid in India without a frontal airbag or anti-lock braking system, earning the model a zero rating from Global NCAP at the time. The following year, it got one star for adult occupant protection after some safety features, including an airbag for the driver, were added. The brand in Latin America earned a higher three-star rating last year.Maruti Suzuki’s popular Alto car and the Tata Nano, which was launched as the world’s cheapest car, are among those that have received a zero rating from the group. The Global NCAP tests are not mandatory for vehicles to be sold in India. All the models meet local safety standards, which are presently far more lenient than global ones. Tata Motors, Renault and Hyundai didn’t respond to requests for comment.CV Raman, head of research and development at Maruti Suzuki, said car makers are investing in facilities, testing and equipment to build advanced safety features into vehicles, ahead of the deadlines set by the government. For each model, Maruti has test crashed 35 to 40 cars to ensure they meet the advanced standards, he said.About 75 to 80 percent of Maruti Suzuki’s cars will become compliant with Indian safety norms about a year before they are mandatory, the company said in a statement.Some companies like Toyota and Volkswagen haven’t made a distinction between their Indian and export versions, and have already exceeded Indian safety norms. Rajan Wadhera, president at the automotive sector of India’s Mahindra & Mahindra, said his company offers the same safety features on both domestic and export models.In the Indian market, affordability and popularity have the greatest influence on car purchases, Wadhera said. “Finally, it should be noted that it’s the customer’s choice that drives volumes than anything else.”The bill is expected to require the additional safety features on cars to be manufactured from July 1. Indian road ministry data show that 83 percent of road accident fatalities were in the age group of 18 to 60 years, or mostly the working age population.The new law will have higher penalties for offenses like drunken driving. Causes of the deaths on India’s roads range from human error to potholed streets and manufacturing defects in vehicles. Speeding caused almost 67 percent of road accidents.© 2018 Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian American Young Man’s Death in Georgia Being Probed as Homicide

first_imgThe body of an Indian American young man, Neil Patel, has been identified in South Macon, Georgia, and it will be treated as a homicide. Patel had been missing since Dec. 19 and the body was found two days later, but the police had not been able to identify it.The body of the 21-year-old was found behind a recreation center at Bloomfield Park in Bibb County with multiple gunshot wounds, according to 41 NBC. Authorities at the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death as a homicide, the 30th one in Bibb County in 2017.Authorities had interviewed families of those who looked similar and were reported missing. Patel’s family was in New Jersey.Patel was wearing black shorts, a blue shirt and black Converse sneakers and had hair dyed red when the body was found.His neighbors said they heard gunshots a few nights before his body was found, according to the Telegraph.“Everybody loves him here. I miss him a lot he was my roommate. He was the only person I could talk to about anything,” Patel’s former roommate Ashwani Gill said. Gill said that he met Patel on Dec. 18 before leaving for work.Patel was scheduled to go to New Jersey on Dec. 19 for the holidays. However, when Gill returned Patel was not at the house. Gill thought something was wrong when he saw that Patel’s wallet and ID were at the apartment but Xbox One and TV were missing.“All the doors inside were open, lights were on. He wasn’t there so first I thought maybe he left because he was about to leave for Christmas to New Jersey,” he told 41 NBC.His body was found two days after Patel’s friends and family filed a missing report. Patel’s friends Deion Lowe and Gill said that it was possible that Patel got mixed with the wrong crowd.There has been an increase in homicide cases in Bibb County. Patel’s death was the 30th one in 2017, up from 20 in 2016.“If we ever need prayer, we need it now,” Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said while talking to the media. “This is 30. And this is Macon, you know. This ain’t Cobb County, Fulton County, DeKalb.” He added: “God help us.” Related ItemsGeorgiaIndian Americanlast_img read more

Trinamool plays down desertion, calls it ‘temporary’

first_imgDownplaying the desertion of three MLAs and dozens of councillors from three municipalities in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress leadership on Tuesday described it as a “temporary phase in politics”. Trinamool leaders addressed a press conference in Kolkata.Among the MLAs who joined the BJP on Tuesday were BJP leader Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu, Roy elected from Bijpur on Trinamool ticket; Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya from Bishnupur, who won the polls in 2016 on Congress ticket and later switched sides to Trinamool; and Debendra Roy, an MLA of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from Hemtabad. All MLAs are from south Bengal.In the Kancharapra, Halishar and Naihati municipalities in North 24 Paraganas district in south Bengal, where BJP leader Mukul Roy grew up and started his political career, the BJP is now in the driver’s seat.Meanwhile, a number of councillors in the Bhatpara municipality joined the BJP, making the balance tilt in favour of the saffron party. Arjun Singh, the Trinamool leader who joined the BJP shortly before the Lok Sabha election, orchestrated the desertion in Bhatpara, where he was the municipal chairperson till recently. Elections to the civic bodies in the State are scheduled for 2020, a year before the State goes to the polls. “This is no crisis at all. I refuse to call it a crisis when some opportunists have switched sides. We are keeping an eye on the situation,” Tapas Roy, Trinamool leader and chief whip in the Assembly, said. Trinamool leaders, including former Minister Madan Mitra and North 24 Parganas district party president Jyotipriya Mullick, attended the press conference and said a number of party offices of the district have been occupied by the BJP. “People of West Bengal are firmly with Mamata Banerjee. Today, only 2 of our 221 MLAs went to the BJP. One of them is the son [of Mukul Roy], a step in the right direction for BJP to encourage dynastic politics,” a tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Trinamool said. Meanwhile, stray incidents of post-poll violence were reported in the State. At Canning in State’s South 24 Paraganas district, a Trinamool activist was attacked allegedly by BJP workers. State Minister Rabindranath Ghosh was heckled by BJP supporters in Cooch Behar. A few days ago, Forest Minister Bijoy Krishna Barman’s vehicle was attacked in north Bengal.last_img read more

Assam government to release 335 ‘foreigners’

first_imgThe Assam government is set to release 335 people who have spent more than three years in detention centres after being declared foreigners. This follows the May 10 order of the Supreme Court to conditionally release such people lodged across six central jails – also serving as detention centres – and the Centre’s message on July 23 that the Foreigners’ (Tribunal) Order of 1964 need not be amended to proceed.Replying on behalf of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to a question in the 126-member Assembly on Monday, Assam Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said 1,145 people declared foreigners by 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals across the State were lodged in the detention centres till July 9 this year.last_img read more

No HC relief for owners of polluting brick kilns

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected a plea for protection to brick kiln owners who had failed to switch to the newly mandated emissions technology across the State.The Punjab government had issued orders directing that all brick kiln owners convert their polluting units to new norms by September 30, beyond which no conventional brick kilns would be allowed to operate.Several brick kiln owners had approached the court against the State government’s orders, but in their resumed hearing on Thursday, a Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajeev Sharma and Justice H.S. Sidhu refused to grant any relief to them.CPCB guidelinesIn the previous hearing on October 1, Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda had placed before the court details of the State government’s orders and directives, arguing that these were in compliance with the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board, various circulars of the Punjab Pollution Control Board as well as orders passed by the National Green Tribunal dated January 22, 2019.According to the State government’s orders, brick kilns found continuing to operate without converting to the new technology will be required to pay compensation on the ‘polluter pays’ principle, amounting to ₹25,000 per month for a kiln with a capacity of more than 30,000 bricks per day and ₹20,000 per month for kilns with a capacity of less than 30,000 bricks per day.In their petition, brick kiln owners stated that they were in the process of converting to the new technology but it was taking time due to lack of trained persons..last_img read more

Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”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 shutoutSharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA00:50Trending 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 Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

Valdez: Vietnam really prepared for us

first_imgAlyssa Valdez is unfazed of THS— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 25, 2017KUALA LUMPUR—Alyssa Valdez, one of the country’s most vaunted scorers, was left in awe of Vietnam’s performance after the Philippines lost a crucial group stage match Friday in the Southeast Asian Games.“They really prepared against us. They showed too much energy and confidence against us,” said Valdez in Filipino after the team lost to Vietnam, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23.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 shutoutBut the 23-year-old Valdez maintained the PH women’s team played well.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program READ: PH volleybelles bow to Vietnam, draw Thailand in semis UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH adds silver to lawn bowls medal haul LATEST STORIES “We have no regrets. We gave it our all in today’s game,” added Valdez.“It’s a learning experience for us, for the team and the whole Philippine volleyball,” added Valdez who scored 11 points. “Hopefully this would motivate us against Thailand.”The Philippines will face Thailand in the cross-over semis Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Read Next MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale says James Harden ‘is not a leader’

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:20Poe: PH needs ‘better leadership’ in traffic agencies to resolve problem01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “But James is not a leader,” the Boston Celtics legend said in an appearance on NBA TV. “He tried being a leader last year, tried doing that stuff. I think Chris Paul is going to help him just kind of get back into just being able to hoop and play and stuff like that.”The #OpenCourt guys discuss if @CP3’s arrival will benefit @JHarden13 and the @HoustonRockets. 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— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 6, 2017 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight South Korea defender scores 2 own goals in loss to Russia LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13). (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)James Harden had pretty successful individual  season last year, averaging career bests in points (29.1), rebounds (8.5) and assists (11.2) while moving to the point guard position for the Houston Rockets.With the five-time NBA All-Star expected to slide back to the shooting guard position due to the arrival of Chris Paul, former Rockets head coach Kevin McHale questioned the crafty lefty’s leadership.ADVERTISEMENT McHale, who mentored Harden for three and a half seasons, said his teammates had a hard time listening to the bearded guard due to his deficiencies on the defensive end of the floor.“Look, if James tells you, ‘Chuck, you got to play better D.’ You listening to him? You got to be kidding me. I lived through it, believe me,” the coach-turned-analyst said. “Everybody in the locker room did this [hand on forehead]. Every time he mentioned defense, everybody would put their head down, like you got to be kidding me.”Still, McHale lauded his former player as “fantastic with the ball and a “great passer.”“The guy’s got phenomenal vision. Talk about vision, James can see all the passes and do everything,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Here comes the reign again

first_imgWith a 4-3 win in the classic best-of-seven Governors’ Cup series carved out in front of record-setting audiences in the last three games at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, there were times—a lot of it, actually—when the Gin Kings’ legions of fans were sitting on pins and needles.Even coach Tim Cone, who has seen so many battles in a decorated career, admitted to being nervous a lot of times with the gung-ho Bolts refusing to go away and fighting to the last ounce of their strength.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 shutoutBut, believe it or not, Cone cherished those moments.Moments after winning the 20th title in 32 Finals appearances of his career, Cone talked extensively about the game, about the thrilling series and then saved a few minutes with the Inquirer to talk about the future—and a lot of that bright future is cast on the 7-foot shadow of Ginebra star Greg Slaughter. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter certainly had his moments of brilliance against the Bolts during the Finals series.But there were also moments where he seemed lost, moments where Meralco pounced on his presence and managed to overturn Ginebra’s massive advantage in size to the Kings’ undoing.Cone absorbed all of those situations like a sponge, those instances now stored in his vast memory bank as he makes a long-overdue trip back to the United States on Monday to be with family and celebrate his latest conquest there.“Right now teams are trying to mismatch him,” Cone said as he obliged fans for selfies. “Teams have been trying to play us small, most especially in this series and these are the things we have to learn how to handle.“Teams have been throwing things at us that we’re asking ourselves: ‘What do we do?’” he went on. “But the more we have those situations, the more we develop as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT All eyes on SMBThe season started with all eyes on San Miguel Beer, on its giant June Mar Fajardo, and on their Grand Slam bid. There was one familiar question throughout the season: Was there a side out there that could stop the Beermen from completing a Triple Crown sweep?The Beermen certainly made everyone doubt there was. San Miguel dusted off Ginebra in the Philippine Cup finale and then dismissed TNT KaTropa in the Commissioner’s Cup title series.The table was set for a Grand Slam.Beer was being chilled even before tip off of the Governors’ Cup in anticipation of a celebration for the franchise’s second Grand Slam. Interestingly enough, Meralco’s Norman Black steered the team to its first season sweep in 1989.All San Miguel needed to do was sign up a great import and stay injury-free.The Beermen failed at both as import woes and a leg injury to Fajardo helped doom them to a sixth place finish in the eliminations, and—you guessed it—a twice-to-win handicap against Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals.It wasn’t even close, that playoff game.And Ginebra had everything in place once it sealed a Finals stint: Cone was coaching at his best, LA Tenorio was making a case as the best point guard in the conference despite a nagging elbow injury, Justin Brownlee was as deadly as last season, and Slaughter had returned from injury and was terrorizing the opposition in the shaded lane.Exploiting Slaughter John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I feel that we’re just trying to exploit Greg,” Cone said of his center, admitting that he held back in playing him extended minutes in the championship because he “still didn’t know what to do in some situations.”“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone went on. “They were playing small and we couldn’t handle that at that time. But we’re learning. We learned a lot in this series.”Slaughter played in his first Finals series and went on to bag his first Best Player of the Conference citation.Tenorio, on the other hand, was the Finals MVP for the second straight season, while Japeth Aguilar has shown dramatic improvement ever since Cone got on board and has evolved into a dependent player on both ends, not just the 6-foot-9, athletic guy trying to knock down the three-point shot.Dominant forwardAguilar has metamorphosed into a dominant power forward, challenging every enemy attack in the shaded lane and shying away from those three-pointers.While talk in the final three games of the title series also centered on the Draft set at Robinson’s Place in Ermita on Sunday, where the Beermen now have the chance to snag 6-foot-7 Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and come up with their own version of a twin-tower combo, Cone wasn’t into any of that.He feels that, with Slaughter, Aguilar, Tenorio and the valuable experience he gained as a coach, Ginebra has what it takes to remain dominant.More to come“You can always have pieces added,” Cone said when asked of the Draft, where they pick 11th overall, second-to-last in the first round. “But we still have guys who are developing and we’re pretty much OK. Things are looking UP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel01:37Protesters 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. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I think we can challenge San Miguel a little bit,” he said. “June Mar is unbelievable, but the more we have him (Slaughter) and the more we see things (like the small-ball ploy of Meralco), the more we develop him and the more we improve as a team.”So it wasn’t out of just championship elation, or his amazement that the last three games of the title series was watched by close to 140,000 fans, but Cone certainly had his basis when he addressed the crowd in the din of the Ginebra celebration and said:“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win.” Barangay Ginebra certainly had its hands full in completing the franchise’s first championship repeat in PBA history.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Court rejects appeals by 47 Russians against Olympic bans

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this February 15, 2014 photo, men’s 1,000-meter short track speed-skating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Ahn and three former NHL players are among 45 Russian athletes and two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced on Friday, February 9, 2018. (AP FILE PHOTO) As well as the 45 athletes, the ruling covers a luge coach and a skeleton coach.The IOC has refused to comment on individual Russian athletes but says it decided who to exclude using a newly obtained Moscow laboratory database with evidence of past doping offenses.It refused to invite some Russians even after their disqualifications from the 2014 Olympics were lifted by CAS last week.Stephen Hess, an international sports lawyer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said the decision was a victory for the IOC.“There is no absolute right to get an invitation from the IOC to come to the Olympics,” Hess said in a telephone interview. “That was within the IOC’s discretion, and they didn’t exercise it arbitrarily. If Russia had an Olympic team, CAS might have said: ‘IOC, the Russians can put them on their own team. You can’t keep them out.’ But Russian doesn’t have an Olympic team.”The IOC pointed to a CAS statement that declared the Russians were not necessarily innocent of doping, just that the evidence was insufficient to ban them. Also, the IOC said, “there were additional elements and/or evidence, which could not be considered” in last week’s CAS case “that raised suspicion about the integrity of these athletes.”US athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty around the participation of some Russian athletes.“That is great news,” said US women’s skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender, who placed fourth in the Sochi Olympics — one spot behind bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, who was one of the 45 appealing her ban. U.S. bobsledder Nick Cunningham said he’s tried to not focus on the will-they-or-won’t-they drama surrounding the Russians.“It’s not going to change what happens to me in the next two weeks,” Cunningham said. “If dirty athletes are taken out, then clean athletes will prevail. That’s what I hope.”    /kga PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Sports’ highest court rejected appeals by all 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced on Friday, less than nine hours before the opening ceremony.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had refused to invite the group of Russians, saying it had evidence of alleged doping in Russian sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter two days of hearings, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the IOC has the right to set its own standards for who is eligible.CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb, reading from a statement and declining to take questions, said the IOC process “could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision.” The IOC’s vetting process was designed to exclude Russian athletes from the games if IOC officials were not sure they were clean, even if they had not been banned for doping.The IOC subsequently invited 168 Russians to participate as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag in a decision designed to balance the rights of individual athletes with the need for a strong deterrent to doping.The Russian delegation in Pyeongchang declined requests for comment, with spokesman Konstantin Vybornov saying “that’s it — the story is over.”The ruling is a heavy blow to Russian medal chances.Among those excluded are six-time gold medalist Viktor Ahn, the short track speed-skater whose return to his native South Korea for the Olympics had been hotly anticipated by local fans.Also out are cross-country skiing gold medalist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov, as well as potential medal contenders in biathlon, luge, and bobsled.Three former NHL players — Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin — also lost appeals, though it was widely considered unlikely they would have played even if they had been successful, since the Russian roster is already full.United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart said the decision was a “a small glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark and sordid affair.”“You hope justice has been served but how some of these athletes can keep dirty medals from Sochi but be excluded now is hard to reconcile,” Tygart said. “And why the IOC rushed the process on the Sochi medal decisions is unexplainable and a tragedy for clean athletes.”The ruling comes a day after the first Olympic competitions began and ends more than a week of uncertainty for two groups of athletes who lodged last-ditch cases to the CAS. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000 AFP official booed out of forum “The CAS panel found that the applicants did not demonstrate that the manner in which the two special commissions — the Invitation Review Panel and the Olympic Athlete from Russia Implementation Group — independently evaluated the applicants was carried out in a discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner. The Panel also concluded that there was no evidence the (commissions) improperly exercised their discretion.”The IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency welcomed the decision. The IOC issued a statement saying the decision “supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes.”WADA president Craig Reedie described it as “absolutely correct.”“I am delighted at the decision and the way they expressed it,” Reedie told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “They have quite clearly understood that there was systemic manipulation of the anti-doping process.“It means the games can proceed. Athletes can get their heads down and go. This particular issue is now behind us.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs zoom to 3rd straight win

first_imgThe Lady Bulldogs streaked to their third straight win while the Lady Warriors are at the bottom with a 0-3 card.After going back and forth against the Lady Warriors and trailing, 10-11, midway through the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-13 lead, with Aiko Urdas finishing it off with a through-the-block kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a good win, but after seeing his team falter in the second set he knew his players could do better.“The win earlier was a good win, but it was not a good performance,” said Castillo in Filipino. “I told them to forget about the second set and let’s move on, it’s already marked on the card.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting National University recovered from a dismal second set to beat University of the East, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, and stay undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Eagles tied the Tigresses at 1-2.UST suffered a double whammy when it lost libero Rica Rivera to a right knee injury in the first set. Assistant coach Mark Alfafara said the initial assessment was a torn meniscus. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET “My players’ captain responded on the dot on what the situation needed and the team will go with the captain,” Castillo said, referring to Jaja Santiago.When NU committed four straight errors that allowed UE to trim the deficit to six in the fourth set, 23-17, it was Santiago who stopped the Lady Warriors’ fun with a well-placed kill that put the Lady Bulldogs on match point, 24-17.Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs’ charge with 23 points while Roselyn Doria added 12 points.Shaya Adorador and May Ann Mendrez led UE with 11 points apiece.In the other match, Ateneo notched its first win after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.ADVERTISEMENT View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Last-ditch stand by PBA underdogs Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Bradley’s stunning early goal helps US to 1-1 tie at Mexico

first_imgLeBron says he’d want Magic, Jordan as his 3-on-3 teammates WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide He became just the fifth American to score at Azteca, joining Michael Orozco (2012), Charlie Davies (2009), Eddie Lewis (2005), Ricky Davis (1980), Willy Roy (1972).Bobby Wood failed in to knock in an open shot from close range that could have made it 2-0, and Vela scored on a counterattack. Ochoa made a long outlet throw to Hernandez, who passed to Vela on the right flank. He dribbled around DaMarcus Beasley and across the top of the penalty area, and from the arc beat Guzan.Fans booed and whistled “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as usual when the Americans play in Mexico, and there was an occasional T-shirt disparaging U.S. President Donald Trump.A downpour began during second-half injury time.Guzan took over in goal from Tim Howard, and Beasley, Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez joined the back line in a 5-4-1 formation. Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola were in midfield and Wood at forward. In addition to Bradley, 18-year-old midfielder Christian Pulisic remained in the lineup along with right back DeAndre Yedlin and center back Geoff Cameron.Beasley at 35 became the first American to appear in qualifiers of five World Cup cycles. He had not started for the U.S. since the October 2015 loss to Mexico in a playoff for a Confederations Cup berth..Mexico was trying to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972.Bradley is encouraged by the Americans’ progress under Arena.“Look, we were pretty honest with ourselves and we had let a lot of little things drop,” he said. 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(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — Michael Bradley scored a stunning early goal from about 40 yards and the U.S. hung on for a 1-1 tie against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday night, gaining only its third point at Azteca Stadium as coach Bruce Arena changed seven starters and used a five-man defense to overcome the thin air and short recovery time.Bradley put the U.S. ahead in the sixth minute when he deflected a poor backpass by Mexican star Javier Hernandez and created his own breakaway.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Carlos Vela tied the score in the 23rd minute with a 23-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post, and Hector Herrera nearly put El Tri ahead in the 71st with a 30-yard free kick that rebounded off the crossbar.With its second draw in three road qualifiers, the U.S. continued to recover from its awful 0-2 start last fall and prompted chants of “U-S-A!” from the American Outlaws section in the upper deck.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a shame to give away the goal that we did,” Bradley said. “Any time you can get a point here it’s great. … Now we can move ourselves forward.”Mexico leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 14 points, followed by Costa Rica (eight), the U.S. (seven), Panama (six), Honduras (four) and Trinidad and Tobago three. The top three advance to next year’s World Cup in Russia, and the fourth-place team faces Asia’s No. 5 nation in a playoff. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Panama hosts Honduras on Tuesday, when Costa Rica is home against T&T.Mexico was trying to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972. The U.S. was 0-19-1 in Mexico City — getting outscored 81-14 — before a 1-0 exhibition win in 2012. The U.S. held Mexico to 0-0 in qualifiers at Azteca in 1997 and 2013,With Estadio Azteca at 7,820 feet above sea level and just two off days between games, Arena paid close attention to recovery time and tested his roster’s depth.Bradley, one of just four holdovers in the U.S. starting lineup from Thursday night’s 2-0 home win over Trinidad, stunned the boisterous crowd of about 81,000. Hector Moreno passed to Hernandez, who passed back for Herrera in the center circle.Reading the play, Bradley quickly stepped up and knocked the ball toward Mexico’s goal. Bradley sprinted to catch up with the ball, and when he reached it lofted a right-footed shot from about 40 yards over goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s outstretched left arm and under the crossbar. An exuberant Bradley ran to the endline and raised the badge on his jersey to the several thousand red-white-and-blue-clad fans.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more