Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

first_imgPeople walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. AFPLos Angeles, United States — The National Basketball Association and player’s union donated $1 million to the Texas flood disaster relief effort on Tuesday, adding to the millions already raised across the US sports world since the deadly weather system battered the region.In a join statement, the NBA and NBA Players Association (NBAPA) said it was donating the cash to “bring relief to those impacted.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Watt’s fund had raised $500,000 in a 24-hour period and has now surged past $4 million, Watt said on Twitter on Tuesday.The defensive star said the fundraising drive on the YouCaring.com website was now targeting a total of $5 million.“Forty-eight hours ago we set out to raise 200 grand. And now we’re over $4 million…I can’t say thank you enough,” Watt said.Donors to the fund included Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, who made a million dollar donation, the team said.“The flooding and devastation to the Houston area has been painful to watch,” Strunk said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT “As a native to the area, I have been so encouraged to see how the locals and the nation as a whole have come together to help one another.“The NFL, at the end of the day, is a family that helps one another in times of need.”Meanwhile, Texans owner Bob McNair had pledged a $1 million donation to a separate flood relief fund, which the NFL Foundation vowed to match.Also on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys said that all proceeds from their NFL pre-season game against Watt and the Texans at AT&T Stadium on Thursday would go towards the disaster relief fund.Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots — who won the Super Bowl in Houston in February — pledged to match $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross relief fund for victims of Harvey. ‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction PLAY LIST 03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Read Next “Our thought are with the city of Houston and all those affected by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” the statement said.The statement came after news reports said that Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander had donated $10 million to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” the Rockets said in a statement. “… Please stay safe, Houston.”Rockets point guard Chris Paul made a separate donation of $50,000 to a fund created by NFL star J.J. Watt, who plays for the Houston Texans. View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READlast_img read more

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UAAP Season 80 Preview: Expect the ‘unpredictable’ from La Salle Green Archers

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Despite losing a big chunk of its core from the champion team last year, La Salle remains as formidable as ever.The Green Archers are the consensus team-to-beat this UAAP season 80 and for good season with reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala still leading the fight.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 coach Aldin Ayo  doesn’t want to rely on just Mbala alone as he posed a challenge for the rest of the Green Archers to step up and fill the shoes left by their seniors.“We suffered big losses with the graduation of our veterans. Now, we’re a younger team, but I’m expecting my second stringers last year to respond to their bigger roles because they have bigger responsibilities now,” he said. “As much as possible, we want to be unpredictable. We have 14 guys who are capable of playing so whoever is hot, that’s where we’ll go.” UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles look to pick up where they left off For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coach: Aldin AyoLast Season: 13-1 (Champions)Holdovers: Ben Mbala, Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Ricci RiveroAdditions: Santi SantillanKey Losses: Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, Thomas TorresADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Ayo is putting a lot of trust on his guards as he expects more from the quartet of reigning Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Ricci Rivero, and Joshua Caracut.But the main advantage for La Salle will be still its vaunted “mayhem” defense —which befuddled a lot of opponents last season.“The mayhem has always been there. Actually it’s not only on defense, but on offense also. But our system is evolving. We’re doing new things because of course, you have to present new things in the table because teams are adjusting to us. You can’t rely on the things you did last season. Our system is evolving and we’re doing a lot of new things that hopefully, will be effective,” he said.Ayo said that he hasn’t changed his approach with this players this year as he constantly tries to alleviate the pressure and trusts them enough to let them play their game.“I’ve gotten used to it and (the approach) is almost the same as last year. The competition is there andyou have to be ready. You have to prepare and we have to compete. But I just allow them to play and have fun because it’s basketball and they have to enjoy,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READlast_img read more

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Pirates sail to win No. 14

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The clash against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday was another showcase of the Pirates’ poise and composure, as they repaid the trust shown by their coach.Facing a late uprising from the Generals, the Pirates wiggled themselves out of trouble with another strong finish for an 86-74 victory that extended their unbeaten start to 14 games at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.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 shutoutWhile the Generals suffered a blow in their hopes of nailing a Final Four berth, the San Sebastian Stags enhanced their bid for a postseason spot with a 95-64 drubbing of a surprisingly listless Letran squad in the first game.“You have to trust them that if they made a mistake, they have to figure it out on their own,” said Robinson. “There will come a time when I don’t need to coach them anymore. These moments are helping them grow.” Lyceum coach Topex Robinson attributes the Pirates’ success in NCAA Season 93 to the freedom he gives his players at crucial moments in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The stretch that Robinson was referring to came with under four minutes remaining with the Pirates protecting a 78-72 lead and momentum on the Generals’ side after a triple from Jerome Garcia.Twins Jaycee and JV Marcelino combined to score the next eight points, while the Pirates put the clamps on the Generals’ shooters to put the game away.Four wins away from a season sweep that will give them a thrice-to-beat bonus in the finals, Robinson knows the Pirates can’t afford to get ahead of themselves.“It’s not a guarantee that you’re going to win a championship,” said Robinson. “There are a lot of flaws that we need to work on and we have to keep on improving.”The Stags, meanwhile, nailed 16 triples on their way to a seventh win in 13 games, tying Jose Rizal U at third spot, while sending the Knights to fifth with a 7-7 card.ADVERTISEMENT PSC seeks audit of past transactions Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Nextlast_img read more

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Lady Realtors notch 1st win

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Anisova fired 11 kills for 13 points while Field and Lastimosa chipped in 11 markers apiece for the Lady Realtors, who dominated the blocking department, 8-2.Despite the win, Sta. Lucia Realty head coach Jerry Yee said the Lady Realtors still have to work on minimizing their errors and solidifying their defense to survive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Madami pa rin kaming errors and lapses then, hindi pa rin nagko-connect ang setter at middle hitters natin. Buti nalang nandiyan ‘yung ibang imports natin na kayang-kaya ‘yung outside hits (We had too many errors and lapses and our setter and middle hitters haven’t really connected yet. It’s a good thing our imports were there and they kept making outside hits),” said Yee.“Ang hirap noon kapag natalo pa kami. So, kahit papaano may konting pressure doon (It would have been more difficult if we lost. So there was a bit of pressure). We needed a win so we got a win,” he added. “Ito ang mga baby steps namin so we’ll take it (These are our baby steps and we’ll take it).” Pacquiao wannabe plucks gold for Cebu; Aklan rules in the pool View comments LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Dimdim Pacres scored nine points while Carla Sandoval and Caitlyn Viray tallied eight markers each for winless UST. MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Pam Lastimosa hammers a point for Sta. Lucia.Sta. Lucia Realty finally barged into the win column, making short work of Victoria Sports-University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, Tuesday in the Chooks to-Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Realtors banked on the trio of Ukranian reinforcement Dana Anisova, Canadian Marisa Field and local star Pam Lastimosa in clinching their first victory in this prestigious club league.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Curry leads Warriors fightback after Sixers blitz

first_imgStephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Curry led a second-half blast by the Warriors to shatter a 22-point lead by the 76ers and win the game, 124-166. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Stephen Curry scored 35 points as the Golden State Warriors bounced back from a disastrous first half performance to overpower the Philadelphia 76ers 124-116 on Saturday.Curry erupted in a one-sided third quarter for the Warriors after the Sixers stunned the reigning NBA champions with an astonishing 47-point first quarter display at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.ADVERTISEMENT The points haul was the most the Warriors have conceded in a single quarter since giving up 48 points in the fourth quarter of a game against Portland in November 1992.The Sixers led 47-28 after the first period and extended their lead to 74-52 at the break, leaving the Warriors staring at a potential blowout loss.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 shutoutHowever Steve Kerr’s men came roaring back after half-time, and with Curry and Kevin Durant to the fore, put up their own 47-point quarter in the third.Curry rattled in 20 points alone in the third quarter as the Warriors erased a 22-point Sixers lead and quickly accelerated clear of their rivals. By the end of the third, the Warriors had raced into a 99-89 lead, a comfortable buffer they never looked like relinquishing throughout the fourth.Curry finished with 35 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Durant weighed in with 27 points five rebounds and three assists.“They played well in the first quarter so you’ve got to credit them,” Curry said afterwards. ”Sometimes when you get down like that it’s not all our fault. We helped them a little bit with some turnovers and easy three-pointers, which gave them momentum, especially at home.“The second half, at the beginning of the third quarter we got some stops and that allowed our offense to take over. We executed better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Klay Thompson (17), Zaza Pachulia (10) and David West (14) also chipped in with double-figure tallies.Warriors power forward Draymond Green praised the way his team responded to the early onslaught.“They came out and punched us in the mouth but we were able to weather the storm,” Green said.“First half they bullied us. We gave no resistance, they got whatever they wanted. In the third quarter we made some stops, Steph got hot and we started playing like ourselves.”Ben Simmons led the scoring for the Sixers with 23 points while Joel Embiid had 21 points. Four other Sixers players — Dario Saric, Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot made double figures.The Warriors improved to 12-4 with the win while the Sixers fell to 8-7. /cbb Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Hyper Court: Basketball at your fingertips Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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World Cup: Appropriate security for Pakistan in Mohali

first_imgThe security for the India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final in Mohali will have a changed security arrangement with Shahid Afridi’s team being provided ‘appropriate’ security cover, tournament director Ratnakar Shetty said here on Friday.Asked if the India-Pakistan game was the biggest challenge of the tournament, Shetty told Mail Today: “I don’t think it is the biggest challenge. Yes, it is a challenge because the security issues changed slightly as compared to earlier matches. Each country has its own security perceptions which the government decides; we don’t decide.” Shetty said that the home ministry of India has been monitoring the security aspect of the World Cup that is being hosted in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well.When asked if the Pakistani team is being provided additional security, Shetty said: “I don’t know what the meaning of extra security is. But whatever is appropriate and what is needed, that is what the government provides.”I am extremely happy that home ministry has been proactive on a day-to-day basis and has been guiding the security arrangements. Indian venues gave full support to the advice that was given to them by security agencies,” he said.Shetty disclosed that the World Cup organising committee wanted to have a common visa for easy criss-crossing of the teams, the media and the others involved with the tournament.”We tried that. But all three countries had different issues. One must accept the fact that the ground realities in Asian countries are not the same as people would like it and, therefore, it is the governments that decide the course of action,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Gautam Gambhir shines as Kolkata beat Pune by seven wickets

first_imgKolkata kept their hopes of qualifying for the IPL play-offs on track with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over out-of-reckoning Pune at D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on Thursday. Score | PhotosThe visitors first shackled the home team batsmen with their three-pronged spin attack and restricted Pune to a meagre 118 for seven and then reached the target by making 119 for three in 16.4 overs.Skipper Gautam Gambhir led the victory charge driving with elan in his fine, unbeaten innings of 54 in 46 balls with seven fours while Yusuf Pathan made a brisk 29 in 25 balls to guide the home team to a thumping victory. Manoj Tiwary made 24 in as many balls earlier.Pathan, who also took two wickets, was declared the man of the match.The third wicket partnership of 64 runs in 8.1 overs between Gambhir and Pathan, who was out when two runs were needed for victory, laid low the Warriors’ lukewarm challenge.It was the Knight Riders’ eighth victory in 13 games and boosted their tally to 16, the same as Mumbai Indians who have one extra game in hand. The Kolkata franchise would take on Mumbai in their concluding round robin tie on May 22 at home.Chennai (18) and Bangalore (17) lead the points table while Punjab, the only other team in contention, have 14 with one game in hand.It was yet another pathetic batting display by the Warriors after they were invited to bat first by Knight Riders skipper Gambhir.Captain Yuvraj Singh, who came in at number 6, made the top score of 24 in another spineless batting display by the Warriors who have one more game at hand against Punjab on Saturday away from home to conclude their debut season.advertisementChasing the modest score of 118, the Knight Riders lost an early wicket in opener Sreevats Goswami who fell in the first over. But a first wicket stand of 46 runs between captain Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary (24 in 24 balls) set them off on the track.Tiwary departed in the eighth over when the score read 53, chopping Bhuvaneswar Kumar on to his stumps. Gambhir and Pathan, who hit three fours and one six, then put on 64 runs to put their side on way to the modest target.Pathan was especially harsh on the accurate Rahul Sharma and hit the leggie for three fours in two overs to maintain the desired run-rate. He also hooked Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for a six.Gambhir, who played sensibly, and Pathan made sure that the Warriors did not get a whiff of a come back.Earlier, the Warriors struggled against the Kolkata spinners on a spinning track that was also a tad too slow for their liking and slumped to 17 for two initially and never recovered from the poor beginning.Manish Pandey (16), Callum Ferguson (16) and Sourav Ganguly (18) frittered away decent starts along with the under-performing Robin Uthappa (12) after Jesse Ryder was packed off for one in the eighth ball of their innings.Yuvraj (24) and Sachin Rana (18), playing his first match, gave some late fillip to the sagging innings during their stand of 34 for the sixth wicket ? the highest of the innings. But the overall batting effort was clearly below expectations.All the batsmen struggled to get on the offensive against the visiting team’s spin trio of Pathan, Iqbal Abdulla and Shakib Al Hasan who picked up five wickets among them.Pathan and Bangladesh skipper Shakib bagged two wickets apiece along with Laxmipathy Balaji who got both his wickets in the only over he bowled, the final one.Ryder failed to get going and was snapped up in the second over following a rush of blood against Pathan and was caught at mid-off.Pandey, who looked to be in good touch, did not last long after the fall of his opening partner and departed in the fourth for 16, trapped leg before by left arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla’s arm ball.The struggle continued for the hosts when Ganguly, who was given a loud cheer by the huge crowd when he came out to bat against his old team, found it difficult to time the ball along with Ferguson.Ferguson pulled Jaques Kallis for a four and got lucky when a mistimed shot fetched him another four to improve the run-rate slightly.But he too was dismissed for 16 in the ninth over when Shakib Al Hasan turned the ball away from his advanced bat and had him stumped easily by Sreevats Goswami who was brought in the team today in place of Mark Boucher.Ganguly at last showed a glimpse of his old self when he hoisted Abdulla over long on for the first six of the innings to raise the 50 in the tenth over.advertisementUthappa, promoted ahead of captain Yuvraj, hit a reverse hit four and was lucky to be let off by Laxmipathy Balaji at deep mid wicket off Rajat Bhatia in the 12th over.Ganguly, not really in his elements, made his exit when he swept Shakib straight to a leaping Pathan backward of square inside the ring in the 13th over.He and Uthappa put on 27 runs for the fourth wicket. The latter too departed eight balls later when his attempt to slog sweep Pathan failed as Lee brought off a good catch on the boundary line to reduce the Warriors 79 for five.Yuvraj was out off the last over bowled by Balaji, miscuing a leg side swing to wicket keeper Goswami. He hit only two fours in his 26-ball essay. Rana was yorked by the lanky medium pacer off the last ball.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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98 kg gold, Rs 11.56 crore found in Sathya Sai Baba’s private chamber in Puttaparthi

first_imgTwenty people took 36 hours to count the cash found in the private chamber of Sathya Sai Baba at his ashram in Puttaparthi.The Yajurveda Mandir had been locked after the spiritual guru of millions world over fell ill in March this year.Now, the reopening of the temple has led to the discovery of a veritable treasure trove – it includes 98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver and Rs 11.56 crore in cash. The total value of all goods added together is over Rs 38 crore.Sai Baba’s private chamber was reopened on Thursday by members of the Trust and Satyajit, who was the godman’s personal assistant.Two senior retired Supreme Court judges, along with former chief justice of India P.N. Bhagwati, were also present.An assessor approved by the Income Tax Department assisted in evaluating the gold, silver and jewellery. All the valuables have been sent to the State Bank of India branch, where the Sai Baba’s trust has an account. No will or any other important document was found in the godman’s chamber.Sathya Sai Baba, who was in critical condition for 28 days, had passed away on April 24, 2011. He had been admitted in a super-specialty hospital at Prashantigram at Puttaparthi, which he himself had created for the common people. After being on ventilator support for many days with all his vital parameters failing, Sai Baba died of cardio-respiratory failure.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.advertisementlast_img read more

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Achutanandan loses Kerala CM seat, in danger of losing leader of Opposition job too

first_imgLike any good Malayalee communist, V.S. Achutanandan must abhor all things American. Even so, there’s an expression used in Uncle Sam’s land that he would do well to acquaint himself with: double whammy.First, the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) lost the 2001 assembly elections in Kerala. Achutanandan, all set to,Like any good Malayalee communist, V.S. Achutanandan must abhor all things American. Even so, there’s an expression used in Uncle Sam’s land that he would do well to acquaint himself with: double whammy.First, the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) lost the 2001 assembly elections in Kerala. Achutanandan, all set to become chief minister, found instead the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) entering office.Opposition Rivalry: V.S. AchutanandanHaving lost the chief minister’s job to A.K. Antony was bad enough. Now Achutanandan, the joke goes, is in danger of losing his job as leader of the Opposition too.His position as a critic of the UDF regime has been usurped by K. Karunakaran, Antony’s long-standing Congress rival. The Congressman is keeping the government on its toes, leaving Achutanandan and his fellow travellers twiddling their thumbs.Ol’ Achutanandan has taken it half-sportingly. His flunkies joke he is going to file a public-interest petition seeking to restrain Karunakaran from carrying out the duties of the leader of the Opposition. With his luck, the petition will be thrown out of court.last_img read more

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Something to prove

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Alkhaldi eyes gold this time In the second game, Phoenix battles Meralco as the Fuel Masters hope to finally break through this season.However, coach Louie Alas isn’t ready to measure his squad against the top teams of the league just yet.Right now, he wants to look at the squads his team is realistically competitive against.“We must be able to beat teams we are supposed to beat,” Alas said in Filipino during the PBA’s recent media day.“That’s where we will start.”Phoenix goes into a second season with Calvin Abueva now fully absorbed into its system and with additions Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, Alas feels he has the pieces to finally take it to the big guns of the league.“We’re deeper now,” Alas said. “So I guess this season, we can really compete.”Alas, however, is grounding himself in reality—at least for now.“San Miguel, Ginebra, Purefoods and Alaska, those are real elite teams. We will try to compete as hard as we can against them,” said Alas. “But right now, the test will be to beat the teams that are in the same level as we are in. I’m not saying we’re better than the rest of the field. But we should be able to win the games we have to win against them.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Now if he can only earn the minutes to prove he can knock down big-time shots in the pros.“I spoke with coach Bong and he told me I will get my chance to prove myself,” Desiderio said in Filipino.He promises he hasn’t lost an ounce of the confidence and swagger that endeared him to a school that finally crawled out of collegiate basketball’s underbelly.“I’m going to be the same player,” said Desiderio. “What Blackwater is going through is the same as what UP went through when I was there. So I’m going to do my best to do with Blackwater what I helped achieve in UP.”Blackwater will unveil Desiderio at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, where the Elite make their Philippine Cup debut against NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT For someone picked fourth in a draft that was supposedly lacking in depth, Paul Desiderio will have some of the spotlight trained on him.Most of it will be residue sheen from his stint with University of the Philippines in the UAAP, where he capped a career that took on folk hero proportions by leading the Maroons to their first Finals stint in decades.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES But he doesn’t feel the pressure, just the challenge.“At this point, all I really want to gain is the experience,” Desiderio told the Inquirer during the recent PBA media day.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 starsHe knows he has to find his niche in Blackwater coach Bong Ramos’ system, a search that should be easier after the Elite dealt away Paul Zamar.Desiderio fits the Zamar profile. He is a gutsy playmaker who isn’t afraid to take shots. Even when he isn’t making them, he has enough self-faith to call game winners. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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