California senator and Indian American Kamala Devi Harris announced her plans to seek to be elected to the most powerful political position in the world. While she is not the first person of Indian descent to make such an announcement, her candidacy is the first credible one by an Indian American.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Items
Anurang Jain’s net worth hit $1.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, after auto parts maker Endurance Technologies Ltd. soared 74 percent since its October initial public offering. His brother, Tarang, has a $1.1 billion fortune based on the valuation of closely held Varroc Group, which also makes components for motorcycles and cars.Both companies have long counted their uncle’s Bajaj Auto Ltd. as their biggest customer.“I will be the first one to shout at them if I find any problem,” Rahul Bajaj, 78, said in a May 11 phone interview. “Bajaj Auto has always insisted on better quality and lower cost. Indeed, both had worked on cost and quality, otherwise they would not have grown.”Bajaj, who recalls sitting in Gandhi’s lap and digging wells for the independence leader at his ashram, realized as a teenager that what propelled his family most wasn’t the spirit of non-violent political protest but a quest for success. “People say, while you are a child, you think of being a policeman or a pilot,” Bajaj said in an interview with Harvard Business School in 2014. “I never thought of anything else: business, business, business.”Since then, Bajaj transformed himself into the king of the Indian scooter industry and amassed a personal fortune valued at $4.2 billion, ranking him No. 433 on the Bloomberg index of the world’s 500 richest people.Samir Shrimankar, a spokesman for the Bajaj Group, confirmed Rahul’s net worth, while Anurang’s was verified by Sunil Lalai, an Endurance spokesman. Varroc representatives didn’t respond to requests for comment.Publicly traded Bajaj Auto, started by Rahul’s father and run by his son since 2005, is the group’s flagship business and India’s largest exporter of motorcycles and three-wheelers. The company is part of Bajaj Group, controlled by the billionaire and three cousins — Madhur, Niraj and Shekhar — through Bajaj Holdings & Investment.Varroc, based in the western city of Aurangabad, is India’s No. 1 motorcycle parts supplier and had revenue of $1.5 billion in fiscal 2017, according to its website. Publicly traded Endurance had revenue of 55.7 billion rupees ($831 million) in the year ended March 31, most derived from its aluminum casting business.The families trace their lineage to Jamnalal Bajaj, a freedom fighter Gandhi considered to be his fifth son. Jamnalal, who created Bajaj Group in 1926, persuaded Gandhi to establish an ashram in his home state of Maharashtra in 1932 and his family lived there until the Hindu leader’s assassination in 1948.Bajaj’s family moved to Mumbai around the time of India’s independence in 1947, after years spent in and out of British jails. Rahul’s father took control of the family business in 1942, creating the precursor to Bajaj Auto three years later and expanding the enterprise to include cement, electrical appliances and scooters.It was the scooter business that kicked the family fortune into high gear. Built up by Bajaj during the 1970s and ‘80s against the headwinds of a centrally controlled economy, the company became India’s top scooter brand while expanding to places like Colombia, Sri Lanka and Nigeria.The two-wheelers became a prized commodity, especially in northern India, where “you couldn’t get married in a middle-class family unless the girl’s family was ready to give a Bajaj scooter” as dowry, Rahul Bajaj told Harvard. Families would order one when a child was born or buy them on the black market.Naresh Chandra Jain, Rahul’s brother-in-law and father of the twin billionaires, had been running Kaycee Industries Ltd. to supply Bajaj Auto with electrical switches, leaving in 1985 to join his sons atAnurang Engineering, which produced aluminum die-castings used in Bajaj scooters and is now part of Endurance.Both Endurance and Varroc have worked to reduce their dependence on Bajaj by adding new customers and products through acquisitions. Varroc’s revenue almost doubled with the 2012 purchase of lighting business Visteon for $92 million, while Endurance now has seven factories in Europe and 18 in India.“What matters are results,” Rahul recalled telling his eldest son after he hatched a plan to improve margins by abandoning the scooter business. “The day I find in totality you are not good for the company, I will talk to you. The fact that you are a Bajaj will not save you.”— Bloomberg Related Items
Sixteen persons were awarded life imprisonment in two different cases — the killing of a youth over past enmity in Bhubaneswar in 2012, and the murder of six members of a family in connection with witch-hunting in the Keonjhar district in 2015.Sandeep Nanda, an MBA graduate, picked up a quarrel with a vegetable vendor in the Ghatikia area in 2012. The squabble took an ugly turn when in no time several people gathered and attacked the youth. Past enmity was said to be the prime reason behind the murderous attack. Nanda later succumbed to injuries.“Based on the complaint of Dillip Kumar Nanda, father of the deceased, police conducted an investigation and arrested several accused. As many as 18 witnesses deposed during the murder trial from prosecution’s side, while 27 appeared for convicts’ side,” said Suresh Kumar Barik, public prosecutor, on Thursday.Witness testimoniesBasing on the witnesses’ account, Satyaranjan Pradhan, Additional District Judge-4, sentenced 10 persons to life imprisonment. All ten life convicts belonged to the Ghatikia area of Bhubaneswar, said Mr. Barik.Similarly, Dolagobinda Barik, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Champua, on Thursday directed six persons to undergo rigorous imprisonment for life after convicting them in the killing of six persons of a family in the Lahanda village under the Joda Police Station in 2015. Two members survived the attack and their testimonies proved crucial in the murder trial.Another murder accused in the case Pandiri Munda, a woman, was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for three years and six months. The convicts had attacked the family, suspecting them to be involved in witchcraft.
The father of Feroze Khan, whose appointment at the Banaras Hindu University’s Sanskrit department has triggered a row, himself sings bhajans at temples and serves at a cow shelter.At a temple in the premises of Shree Ramdev Gaushala Chetanya Dham in Bagru, 35 km from here, Ramzan Khan on Wednesday participated in the aarti, sitting at a harmonium and singing a devotional song.He himself holds the shastri qualification in Sanskrit, composes religious songs and performs ‘gau sewa’ at the nearby cattle shed. At the same time, he visits the mosque and offers namaz.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 119-32 to approve the P1,000 budget.This was not the first time that the Blue Babble Battalion used the halftime show to get their message across. Last year, members of the team wore shirts that spelled “NOT A HERO.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After tearing a huge placard that said “P1,000″ into two, members of the BBB held up signs that read “stop the EJKs [extra judicial killings], uphold human rights” during their performance. LATEST STORIES ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending 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 Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stop the EJKs and uphold human rights. #UAAPSeason80#MensBasketball pic.twitter.com/gVNJG6Geae— Ateneo Blue Babble (@AteneoBabble) September 13, 2017The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion on Wednesday took a stand against the extrajudicial killings and the House of Representatives’ decision to allocate just P1,000 of the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights.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 shutoutThe group made the statement during the its routine performance at the halftime break of the game between Ateneo and University of the Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT
ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:37Protesters 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 Eustaquio (9-5) will face probably the biggest threat to his title aspirations in former two-time ONE Flyweight Champion Kairat Akhmetov on Saturday in the main event of ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here.If victorious, the 28-year-old striker can stake his claim to challenge the promotion’s top flyweight Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the belt.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 shutoutThat could put Eustaquio in the limelight like fellow Team Lakay fighters like Honorio Banario and reigning ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang.But Sangiao refused to look beyond Eustaquio’s next opponent, but the decorated mentor has no doubt in his mind that his ward is more than ready to get his place in the spotlight. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ebondo ‘honored’ to possibly play for Gilas in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Team Lakay.JAKARTA — Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao isn’t putting too much pressure on Geje Eustaquio to match the accomplishments of his contemporaries, knowing that in terms of motivation, his flyweight warrior is already aware of what he has to do to get to the level of his peers.“It’s the same. I always ask them, ‘What is the goal for every fighter?’ It’s to get the belt. So they know it and it’s already a motivation for them to do well in their training and inch closer in getting that belt soon,” he said on Thursday after the open workouts at Celebrity Fitness Gym in fX Sudirman here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “Akhmetov will be a tough draw for us,” he admits.“In terms of confidence, Geje is 101-percent confident. You can see that he’s mentally prepared and though we’re facing a former champion, I think we have a good gameplan. Looking at his nutrition and conditioning, we’re well prepared,” said Sangiao. “If he executes our gameplan well, I think we’ll definitely get the win.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments “I never played in anything like this. It’s an amazing view,” he said. “In the Philippines, the fans are special and different from other countries. They really love their basketball here, so I’m just blessed to be here and perform in front of this amount of people.”It’s this red sea of fans that pretty much told the story. Along with the highs and lows of the series came the ebb and flow of cheers from the crowd in the packed arena.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 shutoutHushed in Game 6 when Ginebra got ripped by Meralco, the Gin Kings’ passionate supporters—all geared up in fiery red shirts—came back loud on Friday night at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue.And in a do-or-die Game 7, it all mattered. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It mattered that the spirited fandom dominated the all-time record crowd of 54,086. And it mattered to the Kings, who needed a dash of their never-say-die spirit in the final push to turn back the rallying Bolts and complete their quest of defending the Governors’ Cup crown.“As a kid, of course you dream of playing in a championship. But I never thought it would be in a place like this. Fifty-plus thousand, it’s amazing,” said Brownlee. “It’s unbelievable. Words just can’t describe it.”Even coach Tim Cone who has already witnessed too many hardcourt battles—and collected an all-time league best 20 titles—the sight was still overwhelming.“Look at this crowd,” the Ginebra mentor. “This is absolutely grabe (wow). Amazing. That’s what makes it so special, to be able to do it in front of these fans, even the Meralco fans.”It was the second time in three days the PBA crowd record got shattered—thanks mostly to the country’s most popular ballclub that lured a likewise mammoth crowd of 53,642 in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather fan caps Batang Pinoy with stoppage 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 LATEST STORIES “It’s unfathomable that you can play in front of 50,000-plus people,” said Cone, “Nobody does that. Nobody coaches basketball in front of 54,000. Maybe 20,000 to 30,000, but 54,000—that’s such a privilege. And it’s back-to-back games of 50,000-plus.”For the two-time Grand Slam coach, it’s a story worth telling. And he even plans to let his friend Erik Spoelstra, the Filipino-American Miami Heat coach, know all about it.“He’s been in the NBA Finals, but he has never coached in front of 50,000 people, so I got one up on him,” the American mentor said with a laugh. “It’s awesome. I’m proud being a part of it. I’m so happy that we made the Ginebra fans happy. That’s the best part of it all. I’m so happy to win this for them, 54,000 people—it just blows my mind.”The Ginebra die-hards couldn’t be any happier, too. Their past heartbreaks forgotten, just like Brownlee’s.And their undying and unmatched loyalty, gifted with a championship anew. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee had a dream turn into a heartbreak once. Snubbed in the 2011 NBA Rookie Draft, the 6-foot-5 forward had to chase that dream in his own way. It’s a journey that led him to a rash of summer leagues and international stints for five years before finding his way to the Philippines.Brownlee has found a basketball home here. And for the second straight PBA season, the Ginebra import found himself in the middle of roaring fans who stormed the court.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “The skills of the players here are already at a higher level,” said Pasaol, who has teamed up with former UAAP rivals Abu Tratter and Vince Tolentino here in Marinerong Pilipino. “I’m not rushing, though, as I know I’ll slowly accept my game in the D-League.”He believes, however, that he’ll eventually find his way in Banal’s rotation sooner or later, just in time for the Skippers’ tougher foes ahead.“Hopefully, I find my groove so that everyone can see the Alvin Pasaol they’ve come to know. I trust coach Koy with our campaign here and I hope I can contribute more in the future,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next “He was just with us since January 2 and he’s pretty much still learning our system. It’s a good thing that Alvin was able to deliver for us during those crucial stretches,” said Marinero coach Koy Banal.Pasaol finishedHis contributions may have been scarce in his first game in the developmental league, but Marinerong Pilipino did enough to eke out a 94-92 win over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol, though, has no qualms with the way he was used, admitting that he’s still finding his niche in the Skippers rotation.“I’m still feeling my way. I just came to the team when the year turned and I still haven’t fully learned their system. But I’m excited to play here in the D-League and for coach Koy,” said Pasaol in Filipino. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESAlvin Pasaol had to wait a little longer before he got to make his debut for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League.He was fielded in at the 6:16 mark of the third period, but made most of his limited time on the floor with four points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in his almost six minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi scores vs Chelsea at 9th attempt to give Barca CL draw LATEST STORIES Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Cho and the Hornets have struggled with building a consistent winner.He was responsible for drafting All-Star point guard Kemba Walker in 2011, but the team’s inability to get the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft after a 7-59 season proved to be a backbreaker. Instead of getting perennial All-Star center Anthony Davis, the Hornets settled for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 pick, a significant dropoff in talent.Charlotte missed on second-round pick Jeffery Taylor from Sweden in 2012.They took Cody Zeller, now a backup center, fourth overall in 2013, Noah Vonleh ninth in 2014 and Frank Kaminsky ninth overall in 2015. Cho drafted Malik Monk in the first round last year, but he barely sees any action for Charlotte because of concerns about his defense.Cho traded this past offseason for center Dwight Howard, who has improved his play and had a decent season for the Hornets. However, the five-year contract given to Nic Batum last year has left the Hornets strapped under the salary cap.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ FILE – In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho speaks to the media during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. The struggling Hornets have fired general manager Rich Cho. Team owner Michael Jordan announced the news in a release Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, saying “we’re deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)The struggling Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing general manager Rich Cho on Tuesday.“Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization,” Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in a release. “We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Charlotte is 24-33 and on the verge of failing to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.Jordan’s college teammate Buzz Peterson was hired last year as the team’s assistant general manager is a potential replacement. Former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak could be another candidate to join Peterson in the front office in some capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCho was hired as GM in 2011 and assumed day-to-day responsibilities of the basketball operations department in 2014.“I will always be grateful for my experience with the franchise,” Cho said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cabagnot and Ross finished in a dead heat in the statistical points race after the Final Four—something that hasn’t happened before—with votes from the media and the league as well as fellow players to determine the winner.No Best Player of the Conference race has been shared by two players before.To inspire TNT to a Game 4 fightback it badly needs, team owner Manny V. Pangilinan stopped by in the practice on Tuesday, joining the team for lunch and giving them a pep talk at Moro Lorenzo Gym inside the Ateneo campus.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games New names in nat’l pool? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ And TNT will try to get back into the fight with Smith aboard, after coach Nash Racela decided against tapping standby import Mike Myers because he already has identified the reasons for the last two losses.“We have to limit our turnovers,” Racela said, knowing that falling into a 1-3 hole could just be too big of a mountain for his Texters to scale, especially against a powerhouse and cohesive team like San Miguel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTNT had 23 errors in Game 3, with franchise player Jason Castro highlighting the Texters’ struggles with 10 turnovers.Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot, just two of the pieces that are making the San Miguel machine hum on all cylinders, will be disputing the Best Player of the Conference award in what is possibly the closest race this league has seen. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer will face the same enemy it conquered in the last two games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, with TNT KaTropa deciding to stick it out with Joshua Smith.With a 2-1 lead and authoritative winners of Games 2 and 3, the Beermen will come into this crucial 7 p.m. encounter at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the solid favorites to move closer to bagging the second jewel of a Grand Slam.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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? View comments
After holding equal possession with Australia in the beginning of the first half, India went down 8-0 at the end of the second half in the final match of CWG men’s hockey at the Dhyan Chand stadium. All Australian goals came through penalty corners.Indian men’s hockey team not only disappointed but were dealt a severe thrashing by Australia on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, October 14.
Dia Mirza was in town on Thursday to announce a fashion show at the upcoming International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards weekend, scheduled to be held from June 23 to 25 in Toronto, and she did make quite a song and dance of the affair.She didn’t waste the chance to break into an impromptu jig to the beats of Mera naam chin chin chu from the 1958 hit, Howrah Bridge at the show.She insisted she would only sing if the crowd sang too – which they did. In a short while, IIFA and its deliberations were forgotten as the entire focus was on Dia.Once she had ensured the limelight was on her, Dia then smartly went on to use the platform to promote her next film Love Breakup Zindagi , which incidentally marks her debut as a producer along with fellow struggling actor Zayed Khan.They also star in their joint production, which is directed by newcomer Sahil Sangha, these days, a ‘close friend’ of Dia.Also present at the event was Anil Kapoor. When asked about Amitabh Bachchan vacating the position of IIFA brand ambassador after a decade’s association, Anil said: “Every actor associated with IIFA is a brand ambassador in his or her own way. Just as the Oscars and the BAFTA awards do not need a brand ambassador, IIFA too doesn’t need one.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
It’s not just the PMO, but Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is now being dragged into the CWG mess. It’s Suresh Kalmadi’s claim that Sonia endorsed the decision to appoint him as the CWG Organising Committee’s chairman that is being used by the BJP to target the UPA government. In the Rajya Sabha, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that Kalmadi, in a letter to the principal secretary to the PM in 2007, had complained that the Sports Ministry was interfering in his jurisdiction. Kalmadi went on to say that he was appointed the chairman after a series of meetings with Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Group of Ministers. Jaitley’s statement led to disruptions in the Rajya Sabha with BJP members raising slogans against Sonia and blaming her for appointing Kalmadi.
A Lesson LearntThe findings of the survey are not surprising (“What’s Wrong With Our Teaching?”, November 27). We are still following the teaching norms set by the British. They had designed our education system to produce clerks who would simply follow their orders. We have hardly done anything to change,A Lesson LearntThe findings of the survey are not surprising (“What’s Wrong With Our Teaching?”, November 27). We are still following the teaching norms set by the British. They had designed our education system to produce clerks who would simply follow their orders. We have hardly done anything to change this.SUNIL MUNDRA, on e-mail”The cover story was an awakener, not a revelation. To rectify the flaws in our education system, we need to promote learning by understanding.”ANJUM M. SAMEL, on e-mailOur Government should take serious steps to revamp the education system and focus on imparting real knowledge, which is not determined by marks alone. It is disheartening to see students performing well in examinations, yet lacking analytical skills.MAHUA VENKATESH, DelhiThe problem doesn’t lie with the syllabus alone. There is a dearth of trained tutors in our country as teaching today is a profession adopted by people who fail to make a mark in other fields. There should be enough remuneration and perks to attract educators in our country.HIRAK SENGUPTA, DelhiA clear distinction has to be made between learning and knowledge. Students should not be encouraged to memorise lessons to score in examinations. In stead, they should be motivated to exchange ideas on various educative topics with their fellow classmates to gain knowledge.S. LAKSHMI, on e-mailINDIA TODAY’s delineation on the education system unmasked some of the drawbacks that prevail in our schools. The learning process is akin to a sport. You need to play the game and not just read about it to be completely evolved. Perhaps, we need to adopt a lab approach which will help students learn faster.K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreadvertisementThere is a craze to admit children in good schools but in reality, do we know the definition of one? The best products come out of unknown schools. Just compare the results of civil services in the last decade and you’ll know that motivation doesn’t come from the tag of the school.MAN MOHAN BHATIA, DelhiPrisoners of FateIt is really outrageous that defying all international norms and protocols, Pakistan has not returned the Indian prisoners of the 1971 war, even after India released more than 93,000 Pakistani soldiers. (“Missing in Inaction”, November 27). India should take up the issue with the Pakistani Government and seek a solution for the release of the hapless POWs languishing in their jails.V.K.TANGRI. DehradunIt is disheartening to see that a story about our prisoners of war gets just two pages in a magazine like yours. The media seems to be blissfully unaware of the plight of the POWs and their families. The job of the media is to highlight the grievances of the masses. On this issue, however, it seems to have failed.BHAVYA BHATNAGAR, DelhiHu’s FriendsIt is only prudent on India’s part to improve relations with China in the face of increasing hostilities from Pakistan and Bangladesh (“Return of the Dragon”, November 27). We certainly cannot afford more enemies in the neighbourhood. Even on economic front, improved co-operation with China is imperative. As they say, if you cannot beat them, join them.SANJEET KHAJURIA, LucknowMoney and the MomsIt is incorrect to say that children of working women get a better deal than single income homes (“The Mummy Factor”, November 27). True, urban households with working women have higher annual incomes, but that’s not the only criterion to ensure better quality of life as the spending capacity of a family does not determine a child’s upbringing.VIJAYA BHARATI, RourkelaNo Child’s PlayWe need a clearer definition of innocence (“Loss of Innocence”, November 27). Today, no parent is keen on having a shy or dumb kid. Every one dreams of a Sanchita or an Akansha in their child and there is no problem in that. Children should be well trained to take on the competition around them.LATA RAGHAVAN, DelhiRoyal MistakeWhile elaborating the politics of royalty, you have mentioned that “Shrimant” means “your highness” (“A Battle Royale”, November 27). This is totally misleading as in the Hindi dictionary, the meaning of this word is wealthy and revered. When it is prefixed to a name, the more appropriate meaning would be revered.M.A. GHATGE, on e-mailDigital DivideOur technology is breeding a sense of deprivation among those tender minds whose parents cannot afford the gizmos that they see their friends hooked on to (“Wired Generation”, November 20). Such youngsters have a tendency to feel left out and inadequate during their school years. Such feelings can later develop into serious complexes, affecting their overall performances.SANDEEP SHETE, PuneadvertisementClean Up CricketIndian cricket has come of age; it has aged. So have our cricketers (“Perform or Pay Up”, November 20). Cricket now is not about performance but about endorsements and politics. Cricketers should be judged on their performances. There is no use dragging in coaches into the mess when the team is unable to perform.PRITAM SETH, on e-mailIt’s certainly the best time to institute a “pay for performance” system for our cricket team, which is under scrutiny for quite some time for its poor performance. If a fine is levied on them, our cricketers will be forced to perform on field. After all, they too should justify their salaries.JAYASHANKAR JAYARAMAN, BangaloreLabouring Over Child LawsIt shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Government has announced a ban on child labour without putting in place a mechanism to ensure a good future for them. After all, rehabilitation as a term has always been anathema to Indian governance.ALEX PAPERWALA, on e-mailThe coordination among ministries may be lacking as far as proper implementation of a ban on child labour is concerned, but at least the Government seems to have woken up to the problem. One should give Manmohan Singh some time to remove the speed breakers.KAILASH PATHAK, Patna
Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone gathering many admirers since its arrival is available in India at a price of Rs 41,500 via Samsung’s eStore.With 32GB in-built memory capacity, the S III was reportedly spotted in a black metallic finish on a UK retailer’s website and also on Samsung’s Facebook page.So far, only the 16GB variant of Samsung Galaxy S III was available in the country. The 16GB S III was launched at Rs 42,500, but is now available for Rs 38,400 in the market.Samsung had also announced a 64GB variant of the S III as well, but no price or India launch date of the device was mentioned. The Samsung Galaxy S III is successor to the Samsung Galaxy S II, which was one of the most successful smartphones of 2011.The SIII, which boasts of a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x 720 pixels, runs on Google Android 4.0.4 OS. It is powered by the Exynos 4212 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM.The Samsung also launched its London Olympics edition. The limited edition phone, which was introduced during the worldwide sporting event, featured four designs. The rear covers sport adorable designs of a soldier from the royal army, two designs of the British flag and a red and blue lion’s head.Samsung Galaxy S3, which topped 10 million units sold, has become one of the most popular Android smartphones. It has also caused a round of debates as to which smartphone will be worth purchasing: The Galaxy S3, the iPhone 4S, or even the Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5.With Agency inputsadvertisement
Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 18: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPAmerican basketball star LeBron James has apologized for posting controversial song lyrics with the phrase “getting that Jewish money” on Instagram, where he boasts over 45 million followers.“We been getting that Jewish Money, Everything is kosher,” the Los Angeles Lakers forward posted in an Instagram story over the weekend, reciting lyrics from rapper 21 Savages’ song “asmr” while wearing a Lakers sweatshirt.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Darren Rovell, a sports business analyst who formerly worked for ESPN, called attention to the post’s problematic use of stereotypes painting Jewish people as wealthy and tightfisted.“Surprised LeBron, who makes very few mistakes, put this out. Does quoting lyrics from a song absolve the person quoting from the responsibility behind the words?” Rovell tweeted. “I’d argue no, especially with a following of 45 million.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSpeaking to ESPN following the Lakers’ Sunday loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, James said “it definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” the 33-year-old basketball great said. “That’s not why I chose to share that lyric,” adding that he regularly posts song lyrics. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Eagles make it official, Nick Foles will get another start “That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the by-product of it,” he continued. “So I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies.”The NBA does not plan to fine James over the post, ESPN said.James — who regularly speaks out on politics and sociocultural issues — also made waves over the weekend for comparing the US professional basketball and football leagues.“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said during Friday’s episode of his HBO show “The Shop.”He then lauded the NBA’s commissioner Adam Silver for letting players express themselves.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out,” James said. “As long as we are doing it in a very educational, nonviolent way, then he’s absolutely okay with it.”The NFL in recent years has grappled with protests from players kneeling during the playing of the US national anthem, as part of movement calling attention to issues of racial injustice and social inequality.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TIP-INSTimberwolves: The last time Minnesota won in Boston was March 6, 2005. Kevin Garnett was a starter in his first stint with the Wolves. Ricky Davis led the Celtics with 22 points. … Robert Covington (right knee injury), Derrick Rose (right ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (left ankle inflammation) were sidelined by injuries.Celtics: Improved to 2-1 with Rozier starting. … Even without Irving, the Celtics set a season high with 34 assists … In addition to Irving, the Celtics were missing big man Aron Baynes, who missed his seventh straight game with a broken left hand. … The Celtics returned home after a 1-2 road trip to Texas and Memphis. They play four straight and 15 of 19 games at home in January and don’t leave the Eastern time zone until Feb. 21.THAT SMARTSSmart left in obvious pain after absorbing a pick from Towns early in the second half. He walked over by the Celtics bench with his right arm dangling at his side. After Stevens called a timeout, Smart was ushered by the training staff into the tunnel to the locker room.But Smart was back with about four minutes left in the quarter, getting a big cheer when he rejoined his teammates on the bench. He re-entered the game late in the third and finished with two points and eight assists.The Celtics said it was a right shoulder strain.Marcus Morris Sr. left the game in the third quarter with a sore neck and did not return.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Home against the Magic on Friday night. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A 3-pointer from the right side. Another from the left. A basket from the lane and then a dunk, followed by three straight free throws. In all, he was 4 for 4 in the second quarter and 7 of 8 in the third.“He was disappointed in how he shot the ball, obviously, in San Antonio and got back in the gym this morning. And you could tell he was going to play pretty well,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points and lead Boston to a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I mean, 14 for 18 is an unbelievable night, and you’re not always going to shoot it like that,” Stevens said. “But you could tell he was pretty locked in.”Terry Rozier scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter while making his third start of the season because Kyrie Irving scratched both of his eyes in Monday’s game against San Antonio. Hayward took over from there in his highest scoring game with the Celtics. View comments “Didn’t start that great … but Marcus Smart got me open for a 3 that got me going a little bit,” he said. “Anytime you have a game like I did last game, you want to try to come out ultra-aggressive.”FIGHT CLUBTowns said the problem was the team’s failure to maintain a consistent focus, comparing the sport to boxing.“Boxing is such a great sport,” he said. “Those guys have to be focused every single second of every single round. We have to be focused; we have to think of ourselves like boxing. We have to make sure every single second we are tremendously focused.”EARLY LEADMinnesota scored nine of the last 11 points in the first quarter to trim Boston’s 11-point lead to 25-21, and then opened the second with a step-back jumper from Wiggins. It was a four-point game when Boston ran off 16 points in a row to take a 47-27 lead.Boston led by as many as 22 in the third quarter before Towns scored 15 points during a 23-11 Minnesota run that cut the deficit to 10. He added five more in the final 90 seconds of the third to make it a six-point game.QUICK BREAKThibodeau called a timeout just 64 seconds into the game to settle his team down after giving up two quick baskets.“The start of the game was poor,” he explained. “You start off a game like that, give them a little confidence, it’s hard to slow them down.” Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, right, tries to drive past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie, front, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Gordon Hayward was off target on all six of his shots in Boston’s previous game and then started with a pair of long misses on Wednesday night against Minnesota.Then it quickly turned around.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid shrugs off sore knee, drops 42 points in 76ers’ blowout of Suns LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Celtics: Host the Mavericks on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Gordon’s a good player, and we gave him basically whatever he wanted,” said Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who saw Hayward score 30 a month ago when the teams met in Minneapolis. “When you do that in this league, they’re going to make you pay.”Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 of his 28 points — and grabbed five of his 12 rebounds — in the third quarter, when Minnesota trimmed a 22-point deficit to six points. It was an 11-point game with 4:53 left before the Celtics went on an 8-0 run to clinch their fifth straight win over the Wolves.HAYWARD’S HISTORYHayward missed all but five minutes of last season with a broken leg and has been coming off the bench the last six weeks as Stevens tries to figure out a rotation. On Monday night against the Spurs, Hayward had his only scoreless game of the season.After missing his first two shots on Wednesday, Hayward didn’t stop shooting.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MANILA, Philippines—It has been a month since the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft but there are still some freshmen looking to get into a vacant roster spot.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments “I’m still learning the plays but I’ll be able to memorize it. If ever coach Tim gives me the chance, I’ll just give it my all,” added Teodoro.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Only those chosen in the first round are given an automatic contract leaving those in the latter rounds to still work for their worth, and that’s what Teytey Teodoro is doing.The former Heavy Bomber from Jose Rizal University was the 23rd overall pick by Columbian but the club didn’t sign him leaving Teodoro to put matters into his own hands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionTeodoro is now trying out for Ginebra, a roster stock full of guards, but head coach Tim Cone sees some positive things from the hefty shooter even comparing him to two-time MVP Willie Miller.“I think there’s a really good chance that he’ll make the team,” said Cone after the team’s Friday practice at Upper Deck. Cone said that he could use someone who could fill in for Jeff Chan, who is nursing some medical issues. There’s also Julian Sargent who won’t be able to play because of a bum shoulder.“We’re very impressed with Teytey, I think he has PBA skills, he’s a very accomplished offensive player,” said Cone. “It’s just really a matter of time whether he has the defense to come and play in our system and whether he has the speed and quickness to matchup with the point guards around the league.”“He reminds me so much of Willie Miller in terms of skills. He has the same type of skills that Willie has and he knows how to use his body. I’m really impressed with him.”Teodoro said that Cone talked to him of a possible roster spot but he knows he still has a long way to go to make sure he becomes a Gin King.“Of course I’m always thinking positively, coach Tim talked to me about the possibility of making the lineup but I’m just focusing on practice,” said Teodoro in Filipino. “I’m just happy that I can keep up with star players. This is the first practice and I’m still trying to find the feel for things.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone left with regret as Jett Manuel walks away from Ginebra, PBA SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño
TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DUBAI—Phil Younghusband remembers scrambling through his mobile phone, while the rest of his family and friends were having Christmas dinner in England as he tried to assess the situation.Older brother, James, was showing a friend around London when he received the call that they no longer have a club to play for next season.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Although the Azkals have dropped their first two matches in Group C to powerhouse sides South Korea and China, James said they have been fortunate to be part of the national squad here, where their teammates and staff have been very supportive.“They’ve been fantastic,” said James, who has 100 appearances for the Azkals.“There are people off the field who have been very supportive. They’ve helped us to focus solely on the national team. It’s obviously not ideal.”Citing the uncertainty on the future of the Philippines Football League (PFL), the Aguilas pulled out for the coming season as the club opted to focus on grassroots and youth development.Another player in the national team, Adam Reed, was also a part of the Aguilas before their pullout.The Younghusband brothers signed a long-term deal with the Aguilas when they were lured from Meralco Manila in 2017. Whether that deal stands remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: the brothers still want to continue playing next season.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s been challenging, mentally, to get through this to try and put our club situations on the back of our minds and put our focus here because the Asian Cup is now and we should be concentrating,” said Phil.“But it’s difficult to think what our future is going to be like, how are we going to support our family and ourselves. It’s all up in the air.”“It’s never come to this point where I feel this way emotionally. I feel more pressure, I have more responsibility now. It’s not easy but as James said, we have had challenges before and we’ve come through, it will not be any different this time.”James said he is hoping to take the lessons from this experience and help other players avoid the same fate as his and his brother’s.“This is an experience for me to take into the future and hope that it won’t happen to others,” said James. “I think it’s important that to have a bit more empathy for people.”Phil is hopeful that club football eventually improves in the Philippines.“It’s scary to think how fragile and unstable Philippine football is at the moment,” said Phil. “But we’re in a better position now, 10 years ago when the football community was very small. With the right steps taken off the field, it will improve. It’s not too late. If we did it then, then we can do it now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? More events, more golden chances for Team PH The holiday season was far from festive for the Younghusband brothers, who tried to stay focused on the Philippine Azkals’ maiden Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup appearance here amid the uncertainty surrounding their careers.Following the decision made by the Davao Aguilas not to field a professional team this year, the brothers were left without a club heading into the coming season—the first time in almost a decade that they are without a job.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s been very difficult,” admitted Phil, the country’s top international scorer with 52 goals in 106 appearances.“It’s been very challenging especially at a festive time of the year where we wanted to be with our families.”