Victolero, Star still positive despite another frustrating loss

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide He called bank: Lassiter clutch 3 one of biggest shots of his career WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ “Of course, it’s really frustrating. The breaks of the game are just not going with us,” Victolero told reporters in Filipino. “San Miguel was really lucky and I think that game was really for them.”For a moment, it seemed like Star had the game in the bag after its import Ricardo Ratliffe put the Hotshots on top, 110-108, with 13.6 ticks remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel, however, had the final say with Marcio Lassiter banking in a well-contested triple with 1.6 seconds left to give the Beermen a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.“The defense was there, Justin was there to challenge the shot but it still went in,” Victolero said. “It was really for them.” LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStar head coach Chito Victolero said frustrations have piled up on the Hotshots, who lost to the San Miguel Beermen by the slightest of margin for the second straight game in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals duel.The Hotshots dropped a 111-110 decision in Game 3 on Wednesday, just two nights after absorbing a 77-76 loss.ADVERTISEMENT Game 4 on Friday is a do-or-die for the Hotshots and Victolero wants his team to play with a sense of desperation.“We have to have a sense of urgency right now but we’re still positive. We played a decent game, we just had some lapses defensively.”Star lost despite drawing monster numbers from Ratliffe anew with 44 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks. His herculean effort came a couple of nights after putting up 25 points and 35 rebounds in Game 2.And yet, Victolero insisted his bullstrong import has more to show up his sleeve.“He still has more to offer. It’s not yet his best game,” Victolero said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Loreto falls to Thai foe in world title bid

first_imgNCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 1 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant The scores were 117-110 twice and 115-113 once.Loreto sabsorbed his first loss after winning seven straight and dropped to 23-14, 15 knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsExploiting his longer reach, Loreto nearly had Niyomtrong’s left eye swelling by the fourth round, but the former Muay Thai fighter countered with straights to the body and found his range starting in the fifth.Knowing that he’s behind in the scorecards, Loreto desperately waged a body attack in the last three rounds, but the Thai was able to evade his lunges. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Unbeaten Thammanoon Niyomtrong thwarted the challenge of Filipino Rey Loreto on Saturday to extend his reign as World Boxing Association strawweight champion in Chonburi, Thailand.The Thai dominated the middle rounds and even knocked down Loreto in the ninth with an overhand right to prevail by unanimous decision and extend his win run to 16 with seven knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View commentslast_img read more

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India miss lifting medal by a whisker

first_imgAustralia got another gold medal in its kitty thanks to Simplice Ribouem, who lifted a total of 333kg to win the gold medal in the 85kg men’s weightlifting competition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. India’s Chandrakant Dadu Mali came very close to winning a medal but missed his last chance to lift 182kg in the clean- and- jerk. Mali finished fourth with a total of 325kg (145+ 180), tied with Mathieu Marineau, but lost out due to being 410 grams heavier than the Canadian.Ribouem was impressive from the very first round of the snatch category. He first lifted 145kg before successfully hoisting 150 in his second snatch attempt. In cleanand- jerk, he progressed from 181 to 183 before failing with a 194kg attempt.New Zealand’s Richard Patterson finished a close second, ending up with 331kg. However, if he his final clean- and- jerk attempt of 189kg had been successful, he could have picked up the gold as well.Earlier, Christine Girard of Canada showcased her skills, creating a new Games record en route the gold with a total lift of 235kg in the women’s 69kg event.Christine completed each and every attempt she made in snatch, successfully lifting 97, 101 and 105kg. She then lifted 126 and 130 in clean- and- jerk before failing to lift 133kg in her final effort.Janet Marie Georges of Seychelles won the silver with a total of 216kg while Nigeria’s Itohan Ebireguesele won the bronze after lifting 215kg. Australian favourite Belinda van Tienen finished sixth in the event. There were no participants from India in this category.advertisementlast_img read more

India on a high ahead of ODI series against SA

first_imgInjury-hit but on a roll after drawing an engrossing Test series and winning the only Twenty20 match of the tour, India now get a chance to try different combinations before next month’s World Cup when they take on South Africa in a five-match one-day series starting here tomorrow.Dubbed challenging to start with, the African safari has been reasonably successful for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men, who avoided a Test series loss in the country for the first time earlier this month.But there have been problems to deal with and they have mostly been about players’ fitness.Already missing key players such as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, the injury list has only grown longer with the pace duo of Praveen Kumar and S Sreesanth in doubt for tomorrow due to hand and elbow problems respectively.It is the final ODI series that India and South Africa play before the World Cup starting February 19 and both the sides would look to settle their squads for the big event through these five matches.The series is a golden opportunity for the likes of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina to make a case for World Cup selection.They did well for themselves and the team by guiding India to a fine 21-run win in the Twenty20 match on Sunday with valuable batting contributions.The absence of biggies such as Sehwag and Gambhir now gives them an opportunity to hog the limelight in the ODIs as well but also creates the pressure of performing and performing consistently.advertisementThe series will see the return of the iconic Sachin Tendulkar to the Indian one-day fold after close to a year.The last time he played an ODI, Tendulkar became the first batsman in the history of the game’s format to strike a double hundred.The opposition in that historic match at Gwalior also happened to be South Africa and Graeme Smith and his men would be praying that the champion batsman does not do an encore.For the off-colour Yuvraj Singh, it is the final chance to convince the selectors that he is the same destructive force which won India many a matches before the stunning slump of form.On the bowling front, the ever-reliable Zaheer Khan will spearhead the attack after being rested for Sunday’s Twenty20 international but his back-up seems a little weak given the uncertainty over the availability of Sreesanth and Praveen.In case the injured duo is ruled out, Ashish Nehra and the rather inconsistent Munaf Patel would be the options for India. Harbhajan Singh will as usual shoulder the spin responsibilities.South Africa, on the other hand, would be, missing prolific all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who is nursing an injury.The veteran has been the rock around whom the South African batting has revolved as was evident during the drawn Test series.But the Proteas still have a good batting reserve with skipper Graeme Smith, the explosive duo of A B de Villiers and JP Duminy and the consistent Hashim Amla to anchor the middle-order.As for bowling, Dale Steyn has been in red hot form and has Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell as his speed partners.All eyes will also be on the 31-year-old Pakistan-born spinner Imran Tahir, who is expected to make his debut after getting South African citizenship a few weeks ago.- With PTI inputsThe Teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/keeper), Sachin Tendulkar, Murali Vijay, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, S Sreesanth.South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.last_img read more

Final World Cup squads

first_imgAll teams have announced their final 15 players for World Cup starting in Dhaka on February 19.The tournament is being hosted jointly by India, Sir Lanka and Bangladesh and first match will see India take on Bangladesh in Dhaka. The final will be held in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2.The squads (final 15)India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra, R Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush ChawlaPakistan: Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan.Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Jason Krejza, David Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Jimmy Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy.South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk (wk)New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (captain), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.advertisementWest Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Devon Thomas, Kirk Edwards, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Gayle, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith.Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shariar Nafees, Zunaed Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riad, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam, Suhrawardi Shuvo, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain.The Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Baressi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Tom de Grooth, Alexei Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Bernard Loots, Adeel Raja, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Swarczynski, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Berend Westdijk, Bas Zuiderent. Reserves: Tom Heggleman, Andrew Hoogstraten, Muhammad KashifIreland: William Porterfield (captain), Andre Botha, Alex Cusack, Niall O’Brien (wk), Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, John Mooney, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Gary Wilson (wk), Andrew White, Ed Joyce. Kenya: Jimmy Kamande (captain), Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Tamnay Mishra, Rakep Patel, Maurice Ouma, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche.Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (captain), Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Gregory Lamb, Shingirai Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Raymond Price, Edward Rainsford, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams. Non-travelling reserves: Terrence Duffin, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Njabulo Ncube, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi SibandaSri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (captain and wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath.Canada: Ashish Bagai (captain and wicketkeeper), Rizwan Cheema (vice captain), Harvir Baidwan, Nitish Kumar, Hiral Patel, Tyson Gordon, Henry Osinde, John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Parth Desai, Karl Whatham, Khurram Chohan, Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Surkari, Balaji Rao. Standby: Hamza Tariqlast_img read more

All that matters in life is cricket

first_imgI love cricket, all 24 hours of it. Even if it is a Kenya-Canada match. For a spectator like me, cricket is one of the primary motives for living.In fact, in recent years cricket’s move from playing field into drawing room, bar, movie hall, newspaper ad, television commercial, phone tweets and downloads, T-shirt, office computer, wall calendar, including cricket’s appearance on shot glasses, table mats, home crockery and cutlery, has added thrills to a sport once restricted to the playing field.Cricket is life. I can watch it for 12 hours on TV, then – during working hours – switch to the office computer. When I am on the move I can see it on my mobile, or download expert comments for a discussion with friends. In a cricket bar you can give me the finest scotch or a glass of warm buffalo milk. If Brett Lee is bowling to Viru, I couldn’t care less.OmnipresenceLuckily, something to do with cricket is on television all the time – a match, an analysis of a match, a rerun of a match, a rerun of a rerun?. In a 24-hour day, somewhere, in some part of the world there is daylight, so cricket is being played. If you are in the Indian time zone then get set to spend the working day watching the India- Bangladesh- Pakistan Triangular at Kanpur. At close of play, when your eyes have absorbed eight hours of cola commercials and your head is a catalogue of fresh statistics, you can switch channels to catch England’s tour of South Africa for the next eight hours.advertisementBut as soon as night falls in Pretoria, you can switch to the Australia- West Indies test at Barbados. I always make sure I keep the remote; that way I can also keep checking on the Sussex- Middlesex county match on ESPN. At a recent World Cup match the stoning of the West Indian team was a minor oversight by some irate Bangladeshi fans wishing to target their own loosing team. But a loss in the World Cup is a humiliation few democratic societies will tolerate. So what if the women are in purdah, and the kids are not in school. The idea that a country’s patriotism is based on the outcome of a game played by only 14 countries is a loss difficult to bear. During the particularly gruesome Tri-series in 1993 in Dhaka, in which only one nation took part, the now famous fielding triumph by Rasheed Ahmed at deep third man is the stuff of history books. Rasheed being Rasheed, and having been coached by his chemistry teacher threw himself at a ball that was speeding towards the boundary. And again, Rasheed being Rasheed, missed the ball completely, but for some reason the ball, swished soundlessly along the grass, and stopped just short of the boundary.Bangladesh won the match by one run, and Rasheed was hailed the architect of the victory. For his performance, the government made him an MP from Chittagong.But for missing the ball, he was shot by a firing squad.Once at Lords, a match was being played during the Round Table Conference of 1936, between the Queen’s XI and the Indian Freedom Fighters XI. Ramsey MacDonald had suggested the match, as an attempt to patch up differences, and having played Ranji Trophy for Gujarat, Sardar Patel happily agreed. But tensions arose during the second innings, when Mahatma Gandhi was at the crease. After sixteen consecutive maidens, in sheer frustration, Gandhi sent the ball speeding across the grass with a fine cut towards deep third man. Everyone was surprised that a man who had put up such a spirited fight against South African apartheid, would be content with a mere boundary down the off side. Fielding the shot was none other than Winston Churchill, who refused to pick up the ball. Later at a news conference, he explained, “I will never bend down for that naked fakir”. As a consequence of Churchill’s action – rather inaction – India won the match by three runs. Unable to stomach the humiliation, the British left India soon after.Cricket’s role in world negotiations too cannot be denied. Some years back when the world economy was in a mess and Manmohan Singh was attending an emergency meeting of the G-20 in London, during an afternoon session on the role of the World Bank, there was an active discussion on Virat Kohli’s jersey number between Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy.Nature Brown maintained that Kohli had dropped his lucky No. 27 after India’s loss in the 2006 President’s Cup. Sarkozy, in the usual way of opposing anything English, insisted that the change was made after the 2004 debacle in Pakistan. For resolution, the two had turned to Manmohan Singh only to be given a vague unsure response, despite the 900- strong Indian delegation. The meeting broke up soon after, and Singh returned to India.advertisementObviously injuries are rampant in any sport where eleven men in sparkling white clothes straight out of a surf ad stand around listlessly on freshly mowed grass for five days. Many have been carried out on stretchers after a tiresome fly has buzzed around a member of the fielding side and has diverted his attention from the young actress sitting braless at the pavilion end.Such is the complex nature of the game that it allows a complete participation in life’s other activities. Cricket is in fact the nearest thing to philosophy, except in philosophy you sweat a little more and aren’t allowed breaks for tea. Besides, if you get stuck on those thorny issues about the nature of nature, or existance vs. existence, you can’t have a philosopher walk in from the pavilion and do your thinking for you.I remember when Anil Kumble was fielding at Point during the 1995 India- Australia match, he had the sudden urge to write a love note to his wife.Memorabilia Just newly married, this was natural.Anil pulled out a ream of A4 sheets, and lay down on the grass to write. Being a 5- day match there was plenty of time. He had written some 40 odd pages when Ponting – out of sheer spite for his productivity – sent a ball in his direction.Anil continued writing but leaned slightly to field the ball and send it back to the bowler. By the second day he had a first draft ready, almost 180 pages. He put these on a laptop, borrowed from Srisanth, and went off to call Penguin India. Before the match ended, Anil not only had a complete manuscript as well as a publisher, but also an agent in London who wanted all South Asian rights.Besides, the match had been successfully concluded as a draw, and as part of the semi- victorious Indian team, Anil was given a hero’s welcome in Bangalore.Of course the real test of the game’s popularity lies in the annual cricket auction at Christie’s. A finger on the nose, a tilt of the head, the 2006 auction saw a Gujarati liquor baron pick up the plastic Bisleri bottle used by Sachin during the 1998 Sri Lanka India Quadrangular. The same baron also paid a quarter million dollars for two gobs of gum chewed by Rahul Dravid during the 1993 Zimbabwe- India quarter final match.Even the toilet paper used by the Nawab of Pataudi, during the country’s 1973 tour of England has been on view in a special display at the British Museum.Of course the failed robbery attempt in 2007, led to tightened security around the popular exhibit, which today is surrounded by round the clock electronic surveillance. Sadly, because of the sealed enclosure, many visitors from India can no longer smell the exhibit, and leave disappointed.advertisement- The writer is a well known architectlast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Bell, Swann push India to the wall at Oval

first_imgIan Bell scored a double ton propelling England to an advantageous position against India on a day which saw the whole of the second session being wiped out because of incessant rains during the fourth Test at The Oval on Saturday. Score | PhotosAt close on Day Three India were 103/5 with Rahul Dravid (57 n.o.) and MS Dhoni (5 n.o.) in the middle in reply to England’s first innings total of 591/6 dec.After Bell’s impressive double, England offie Graeme Swann lapped up three wickets, including that of Sachin Tendulkar, to push India to the wall.England started the day with an overnight score of 457/3 with Bell (181 not out) and night watchman James Anderson (3 not out) in the middle.On Friday Bell and Kevin Pietersen put on a record 350-run partnership, scoring massive tons, even as India were once again left searching for answers on the second day of the fourth Test.Saturday saw Sreesanth got rid of night watchman early. A thick edge off Anderson’s bat was easily taken by VVS Laxman in the slips cordon and he departed for 13. England score at the stage was a massive 480/4. Sreesanth then came around to get rid of next man Eoin Morgan on one with skipper MS Dhoni performing the final honours behind the stumps.Bell who was still batting at the other end, later, hit a four off Sreesanth to complete his double ton.Finally it was Suresh Raina who got the man India wanted. On the second day he had claimed Kevin Pietersen after he had scored 175 and today he sent back Bell on 235. The batsman was wanted to sweep Raina past the boundary, but the ball didn’t connect and instead trapped him leg-before. Bell’s innings was decorated with 23 fours and two sixes.advertisementEngland were 591/6 at lunch with Ravi Bopara (44 n.o.) and Matt Prior (18 n.o.) at the crease when rain washed away the second session. With a good first innings total on board, England decided to declare the innings on 501/6.Post tea, India came out to bat with Rahul Dravid partnering Virender Sehwag at the opening slot.Dravid opened in place of Gautam Gambhir, who suffered a mild concussion while fielding on Friday and had to undergo a medical examination.However, Sehwag failed to give India a good start and James Anderson trapped him leg-before on eight. New man in the middle, VVS Laxman too didn’t last long and a few deliveries later fell a victim to Stuart Broad’s pace. Laxman could only add two runs to India’s total of 13.Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who isn’t having a good go in the series, was the next to walk back. He played a sweep shot off England offie Graeme Swann and ended up lobbing the ball to James Anderson and India were down to 68/3. Tendulkar could only managed to score 23.Swann then sent back Suresh Rain, who was stumped by wicketkeeper Matt Prior on a duck and India lost their fourth wicket on 93.India decided to send in Ishant Sharma as the night watchman, but he became Swann’s third victim. Eventually skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had to come in to bat alongside Rahul Dravid, who all this while was holding fort.At close on Day Three India were 103/5 with Rahul Dravid (57 n.o.) and MS Dhoni (5 n.o.) in the middle.last_img read more

Lowdown on Diwali decor

first_imgFestivals are always occasions when one looks at beautifying the home. This is when most households carry out pending repairs, give a lick of paint to the walls and pick up new furnishings. The preparation starts at least a month in advance so that the house is well-appointed to celebrate the festival of light. The spirit of Diwali is contagious. If you look around, you will see proud homemakers going into frenzy to give their spaces a makeover and introduce fresh dcor ideas.Refurbishing and redecorating however doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your pocket. There are a few simple and inexpensive ways you can follow to turn your turf into a stylish arena without going overboard. All it needs on your part is a little creative magic to transform the house into one that expresses your personality in an aesthetically compelling manner.The trick is to take a hard look at existing accessories and give them a new twist. To begin with, give a new complexion to your rooms by redoing wall finishes. From rich maroon and muted gold, to soothing turquoise and shimmery silver, lend your walls some elegance. Elegant cream and glowing copper is a personal favourite.This is the season when gardens are normally a riot of colour. Dressing up interiors with flowers, mostly marigolds and roses, is the simplest perk-up method that works. Natural, colourful, and easy to maintain, you can bunch them in just about anything. While putting them in metal, ceramic and crystal vases is the tried and tested option, to give your home a unique appeal, use jars, wine glasses, tea pots and even aluminium buckets. Using flower petals and candles for ornamentation is another relatively fuss-free tip. Take an urli or a silver-foiled deep platter, fill it with water and throw in petals of your choice. Floating candles add a further spark.Diwali is the best time to play around with lights and illuminating devices like lamps, candlestands, tealights and lanterns. Use them in different ways to add tone, character and personality to a space. For instance, take out your brass lamps and diyas or even brushed steel and aluminium candlestands and arrange them in eye-catching patterns. Use niches effectively, and in case the dcor of the room is minimalist and not amenable to brass, opt for candles, tealights or glass oil lamps.The traditional diya plays a central part during this season. Make a design statement by taking a paint brush to the diyas and top off with beads and sequins. Another great trick is to pick up traditional lanterns and hang them around the home. Don’t get hooked on to a particular shape or size, but generate a variety by mixing and matching. Using twinkling lights or Christmas lights to create a festive atmosphere is a great idea. Wind them around your garden plants, convert them into a bright arch at the entrance, or shape a string to look like a giant diya.Last but not the least, work with rangoli. Go beyond the traditional patterns and accent the design with diyas and glass bowls sporting floating candles. So give your home a makeover that is sure to be the envy of all this Diwali.advertisementlast_img read more

Players get Rs 1.5 lakh each after furore

first_imgHours after the players rejected the cash award of Rs 25,000 announced by Hockey India, arguing that it was a pittance, sports minister Ajay Maken waded into the row by announcing an award of Rs 1.5 lakh from the government.The players felt the amount announced by Hockey India does not do justice to their title triumph at the Asian Champions Trophy, where they defeated Pakistan in the final via a tie- breaker.”The federation has failed to meet our expectations. This is not the way to treat the national players. The money should be better not just for the motivation of the current crop of players, but also for the future generations who’d like to take up the national sport,” captain Rajpal Singh said.Several former players had also cried foul on the “meager” amount given to the players.Hockey India had argued that it was cash-strapped and could not afford a larger amount.”We have to operate within limited resources. It is unfortunate that we can only give this much but that was the budget available with us. It should be taken as a blessing rather than looking down upon it. The federation cannot give more than this amount,” secretary general Narinder Batra said.Maken then announced an award of Rs 1.5 lakh each for the players. Batra had also written to the ministry requesting it to do likewise.Maken backed the players’ decision and also took a dig at Hockey India.”The players have done the right thing by rejecting the cash award offered to them. Hockey India should have consulted me before announcing the award.advertisementThe players are eligible for a cash award of Rs 1.5 lakh each under the government scheme,” said Maken.”I spoke to Mr Batra and told him if he wanted to reward the players, we could have done it together so that the players got Rs 1.75 lakh each.” Maken said that the coaching staff and other officials with the team would get Rs 75,000 each.Batra had announced an award of Rs 25,000 for them too.This was the inaugural edition of the Asian Champions Trophy, but the minister said it was part of the rewards structure already in place.”The scheme is already there in public domain and I thought it was not required to make it public again. This is not a pittance, it is what the players deserve.”It is no secret that the government pays for the team’s training, accommodation and exposure trips, while also awarding them for good performances at international tournaments.Under the scheme titled “Special awards medal winner in international sports events,” the government had given cash awards worth Rs 33.89 crore in 2010-11, Rs 5.50 crore in 2009-10 and Rs 8.75 crore during 2008-09, Maken said.The minister also pointed out that during the past six months, the ministry had spent Rs 7.81 crore on the hockey team’s preparation for various events.Out of this amount, Rs 5.97 crore were spent on national coaching camps, Rs 1.75 crore on foreign exposure and Rs 8.5 lakh on foreign experts.”We are also paying $ 10,000 as salary to coach (Michael Nobbs), for the first time in any sport,” Maken said.The Punjab government then also got into the act, announcing Rs 25 lakh for the team. The Orissa chief minister announced a cash reward of Rs 1.5 lakh each for the three players who hail from the state – Ignace Tirkey, Manjit Kullu and Roshan Minz.last_img read more