As India has become wealthier, more of its citizens are leaving its shores.An estimated 17 million Indians were living abroad in 2017, making India the largest source country for international migrants globally, up from 7 million in 1990 and a 143 percent increase, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data from the United Nations Department of Economic Affairs.Read it at Bloomberg Related Items
Bought out, fired, let go, laid off, relocated, transferred, leaving for personal reasons, shown pink slip, given poor performance evaluation, bullied into quitting, offered an opportunity to leave – doesn’t matter anymore. Bottom line is, there is no job for you. Look somewhere else.Now what? Perhaps you have the cushion of a severance package, a term with an outplacement agency or meager unemployment insurance. Perhaps not. But you have to face family responsibilities, financial obligations and uncertainty in your job search. You often look back and wonder, “But why me?” You answer it internally with some anger, some remorse, some guilt, some shame, and, to be honest, surprisingly, some feeling of liberation as well. A few days after getting laid off, I came across an inspiring article by actor/comedian Ranjit Sourie on improvisation techniques. One of them is “Yes … and,” which involves accepting the situation “as is” offered to you – the “Yes” part – and build on it something new, giving a different direction, which is the “and” part. So with that mindset, I began my job search.A job search brings a lot of uncertainty. But it is a phase that will eventually end, leading to perhaps something better, if managed intelligently. My friend Gina related job searching to finding a parking spot in a lot you have been circling for a while. You just have to wait. Many times, right near the entrance a car parked long enough drives out, leaving the most comfortable spot just for you, which perhaps you may not even have imagined for yourself; you realize it was worth the wait.At one point, I wept bitterly and my yoga master said, “Whatever happened is an arrangement of a higher power, there is a plan for you, just do what you are supposed to be doing and make sure you do your best.” It’s also a phase to “let go” of your emotional attachments to joys and sorrows, disappointments and familiarities of your past to make room for unknown experiences ahead of you. He said, “Close your eyes and meditate upon the light down the tunnel, there is a beautiful scenery lying ahead.”Think of it as a phase to strengthen spiritual connections, clear mental blockages, revitalize the mind, body and spirits and give back some of ourselves to some noble cause and some higher good for a more satisfying life. To take risks that brings out the entrepreneurial spirit within you. To learn new skills, catch up with friends and family, network with other professionals, develop new hobbies, travel and explore life from varied angels. To pay attention to your secondary passions, lying latent, smoldering quietly within you as you slogged away at work.Such was the case with a friend, Ruby, who after 20 years as an administrative assistant in a biotech firm lost her job following a merger. Instead of taking a transfer to another department, she accepted her severance package and pursued an undergraduate degree in her 50s. She was inspired by her granddaughters to write a children’s book, which was published by a renowned U.S. publisher in America and now graces Barnes & Nobel bookshelves.Despite the rejections therefore, this phase can be exciting, rich and fulfilling. “Every time you face a rejection, say, ‘Thank You, You’ve directed me to something better,’” says Bob, the famous 80-year-old Berkeley beggar, who is homeless, hunchbacked with a white beard and shaking limbs. He loves books on philosophy, often spots souls in distress on Shattuck Avenue and dispenses freelance advice in exchange for spare change.The day I left my last place of work, a coworker stopped by to wish me well. I expressed my apprehension about life without work after nine years of dedicated service. His response, “Looking for work is also work.”From my career management sessions with an outplacement agency my former employer placed me with, I have learnt that this phase is not just about looking for work as a source of a paycheck, but also an opportunity for transformation, transition, reassessment, reevaluation and reinvention, both in career and in life. True, it’s easier said than done. But consider a job search as a project, which needs strategic planning, patience, persistence and continuous productivity. It begins with asking several questions: who you are, what you want to do, where you want to go, what are you looking for, why do you want what you are targeting, what would happen in case you don’t get what you want, how you will achieve your goals, what skills you possess, what needs to be developed, why is it so important, who can help you, what is the time frame, what is your budget, what are your accomplishments, where do you see yourself in the future, is there a backup plan, would a temporary engagement do, salary expectations, what to negotiate and how, why did you leave, what do you wish to see in your future employer, any career alternatives, any transferable skills, what are your target markets, what culture, size and values are important to you, what are your strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, who would give strong referrals, what search engines and firms to use, how to reach out to recruiters and contact hiring managers, what to mention in the cover letters and query emails, how to network and approach an insider, etc., etc. This is the “Yes” part of improvisation, which begins with accepting yourself as an entity that can be marketed again.The “and” part starts with personal branding. Practice speaking out loud before a mirror or a friend your positioning statements, your career objectives, your exit statements, your core competencies, your accomplishment stories, your personal characteristics, your responsibilities. You need more than just a well structured resume, which besides your achievements should also highlight specific situations, obstacles encountered, actions taken and outcomes. The reflection of your personality in the first phone screen, the non verbal communication during the interview and the follow up after the meeting also count. A business card, well crafted email signature, an online presence through a professional website, which allows you to add details of your professional and academic accomplishments, contribute to your personal branding.As they say, 20 percent of the jobs you secured are by responding to advertised positions, while 80 percent are obtained by networking. Once you have refurbished and refined your brand, launch yourself out there. There are employers waiting for that perfect product like you, with all the core competencies, compatibility and chemistry for the compensation they are willing to offer. Post and update your resumes online at sites of interest, respond to openings, but just don’t wait for someone to call you. With the volume of applications online, trust me, it’s all random luck.Make sure you seek opportunities for face to face interactions with potential employers and hiring managers by making yourself visible. Take a course related to your professional development, attend job fairs, industry events, networking meetings, workshops, trade shows, seminars, social gatherings, lunch with colleagues who could introduce you, phone calls to hiring managers and recruiters, anything to help build connections. One of the best and most professional ways of seeking contacts is via LinkedIn.com, which is an online paradise for making professional connections.Frustrating as it may get, writing a daily log of productivity, having a regular schedule of activities and a To Do list with priorities highlighted helps maintain structure in life. Exercise and enjoy something daily. Learn and laugh a little everyday. Show your love to those you care. Say your prayers, if you will. Write down three blessings before going to bed each night. Reward yourself for small and big things.Try to catch the rainbows. Count the glittering stars. Bask in the warmth of the sunshine. Go eat breakfast in the coffee shop across a busy street. Take walks admiring sunsets and sunrises and moonlit nights. Observe a bird, a bee and a baby. Feel the drizzling rains and falling snow. Dream some more. Dance as if no one is watching. Sing out loud.For tomorrow, if your job search succeeds, this is what you could be missing…. 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Indian cab aggregator Ola has officially launched its cab services in new Zealand and will be initially available to passengers in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland.New Zealand will be the Ola’s third international market and fourth globally including its home market of India.Earlier this year the company launched its overseas services in the UK, and Australia.To attract more customers in its newest market, the company is offering 50 percent discount on all rides for the first month. Ola said its services will also be available in Wellington and Auckland Airports.The Bangalore-based unicorn had announced it would launch operations in New Zealand a few months ago.The company said that customers in New Zealand can download the Ola app and register to book rides. The company also said driver partners joining the platform will get several benefits like low introductory commission rate of nine percent, as well as daily payments and 24/7 support.According to media reports, Ola cabs in New Zealand will offer an in-app emergency button and include real-time vehicle tracking, location coordinates, and other emergency services. Every Ola vehicle is inspected to ensure it is roadworthy and every driver undertakes a police check,the company said.Brian Dewil, New Zealand Country Manager for Ola said, “Entering New Zealand is an important step for Ola and the ridesharing industry here. Over recent weeks, we’ve received enthusiastic feedback from drivers across Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. With a reliable platform, an engaged, growing group of drivers and local staff in place, we’re excited to announce that Ola is now available to Kiwi passengers, giving them a fresh alternative to move about conveniently within our cities.”Just like India, Australia, and the UK, Ola’s local competition will be Uber. In Australia, Ola operates in over seven cities and has over 50,000 registered drivers that have completed over 2 million rides since the launch.Last year, the company, founded by Bhavish Agarwal and Ankit Bhati, had raised $1.2 billion in funding from existing investor SoftBank, and since the beginning of this year, has been expanding internationally.Sometime back, Indian media had reported that Ola has started making profits on each ride and was moving toward profitability. Related Items
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday expanded his Cabinet with the induction of eight new faces — all from his Janata Dal (United).Members of allies, the BJP and the LJP, were not accommodated.Mr. Kumar later said that the BJP was offered a berth but the party was not too keen.Deputy Chief Minister and BJP senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the party had opted out for now.Five of the new Ministers are MLAs, while three are MLCs.They were sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon at the Raj Bhavan.The new Ministers are Sanjay Jha, Neeraj Kumar, Shyam Rajak, Bima Bharti, Ashok Chaudhury, Narendra Narayan Yadav, Laxmeshwar Rai and Ram Sevak Singh.Mr. Sanjay Jha, a long-time confidant of Mr. Kumar, was recently elected as an MLC.The State BJP leaders were present at the swearing-in ceremony, but refused to make any comment on why they were denied berths.Earlier, refusing to accept any “symbolic representation,” instead of “proportional representation” in the Union Cabinet, Mr. Kumar had told journalists that in future too his party would not join the Modi government. Mr. Kumar appeared upset over the BJP’s stand of giving only one berth to it.Three seats in the Nitish Kumar Cabinet fell vacant following the election of JD(U) ministers to the Lok Sabha. The three Ministers who were elected to the Lower House included Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav and LJP’s Bihar unit chief and Animal and Fisheries Resources Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras.One post fell vacant last year after Manju Verma resigned as Social Welfare Minister in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter case.(With inputs from PTI)
Heavy rains and release of water from Gangapur dam into the Godavari river caused a flood-like situation in some areas of Maharashtra’s Nashik district on August 4. More than 20,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water was released from the Gangapur dam on August 4 morning, which led to the Godavari river flowing above the danger mark, an official at the district collectorate said. This also caused water-logging around some temples located on the banks of the river, he said, adding that the water reached up to the neck of the Dutondya Maruti, a statue of Lord Hanuman on the river bed, and was just a few feet below the Ram Setu bridge. Heavy rains continued to lash the city and tribal- dominated tehsils of Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Surgana, Nashik and Dindori on August 4, he said. In the 24 hours that ended at 8 am on August 4, the Trimbakeshwar tehsil received 315 mm rain, followed by Igatpuri-220 mm, Peint-200 mm, Surgana-180 mm, Nashik-84 mm, Dindori-68 mm, Niphad-25.3 mm and Kalwan-27 mm, as per data provided by the collector’s office. At 8 am, around 26,150 cusecs of water was also released from Darna dam into the river following the heavy showers, according to the data. Around 60 people from Saykheda village were shifted to a safer place, as the river Godavari was in spate in the area, a district administration official said.
Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday accused the West Bengal police of “arresting” party spokesperson Samanay Bandopadhyay for circulating posts critical of the Trinamool Congress government.‘Arrested from home’ Family members and party sources said that Mr. Bandopadhyay was “arrested” by a team of Purulia district police from his home in North 24 Parganas district on Thursday evening. The West Bengal police and Purulia district police neither confirmed nor denied having arrested or detained Mr. Bandopadhyay. “We will get back to you,” a senior official of Purulia police said when enquired about the alleged arrest. Mr. Bandopadhyay is known for his staunch criticism of the TMC government through his social media posts. “The arrest of Samanay Bandopadhyay is a classic example of intolerance of the highest order. Mr. Bandopadhyay was arrested from his home for criticising the State government. Such blatant attack on the freedom of speech and expression by the government will not stop us from protesting against the ruling dispensation. We condemn such undemocratic assault on the freedom of speech and political terrorism unleashed by the Mamata Banerjee government,” Mr. Chowdhury said. Reacting to the allegations, senior TMC leader and party Chief Whip in State Assembly Nirmal Ghosh said, “Mr. Bandopadhyay has been arrested as there were several criminal charges against him. It has nothing to do with criticism of the State government.” The BJP leadership also slammed the State government over the arrest. The CPI(M) and Congress activists on Friday staged a protest outside Khardah police station against the alleged arrest. Mr. Bandopadhyay’s house at Sodepur falls under the jurisdiction of Khardah police station. The incident is reminiscent of the arrest of Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra in April 2012 for posting cartoons of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the Internet.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And compete the Fighting Maroons did.Manzo scored five straight points for UP with his booming triple giving the Fighting Maroons an 86-77 lead with 3:07 to go.The rookie guard then came up with another big play with 52.8 seconds remainin, scoring on a break away layup for UP’s 90-79 lead.Manzo finished with 17 points to help UP’s cause with the Gomez de Liaño brothers of Javi and Juan putting up 10 points apiece.Ben Mbala had a game-high 34 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Kazakh club import calls PH team ‘sorriest team I ever played against’ after loss For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines pulled off an absolute stunner, silencing defending champion De La Salle, 98-87, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Paul Desiderio caught fire for the Fighting Maroons and unleashed a career-high 30 points, 18 of which came from beyond the arc, along with six rebounds, and five assists to lead UP.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The Fighting Maroons tacked their second consecutive win and third overall to improve to 3-1 while the Green Archers lost for the first time this season and slipped to the same card.Head coach Bo Perasol admitted that he was intimidated going against a team like La Salle, who has reigning MVP Ben Mbala.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“I may be a little bit shamed to admit this but in the days coming over to this game my thoughts really were that we’ll be going up against a powerhouse team and I was already thinking what good we could get from this,” said Perasol in Filipino. “If we lose, what will we get from this?”“Then I read Jun’s [Manzo] tweet that said ‘nothing’s impossible to a person who believes’ and I got ashamed because my players believed we could compete against a powerhouse.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick01:37Protesters 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll is fair in love and war.After San Beda’s 76-71 win over San Sebastian in their stepladder semifinals clash on Tuesday, Red Lions coach Boyet Fernandez took the time to hug Golden Stags mentor Egay Macaraya and call it a truce.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I said what I’ve said before, and if San Sebastian was hurt with that, I think if you look at the end result of that, if you look at Calisaan, he played as a normal player after that and he’s been playing well,” he said. “I just say what I have to say because I also have to protect my players. But my players know. They saw the tapes, everything, they saw it, because as you all know, we always scout, and we got it. We just want to protect players, we don’t want to destroy them.”Fernandez also would like to think that it helped Calisaan be a better player, as evidenced by his performance in the homestretch to lead the Golden Stags to where they got in NCAA Season 93.“I do respect what they’re saying, and if that’s the way they appreciate what Calisaan is doing, then that’s their system, that’s their program, and I do respect that,” he said.“I really admire Calisaan and the way he’s playing. I even hugged Coach Egay today and told him you did a good job with San Sebastian.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s really a hard fought game today, and as I’ve always said, it’s only one team who will prevail, and we’re happy we won it. But I will not take away anything from San Sebastian,” he said.Fernandez accused Calisaan of being a “dirty player” after their second round clash, which led to Macaraya coming to the defense of his senior forward.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 triggered an uneasy feeling between the two squads going into the much anticipated duel on Tuesday.But after 40 minutes of hard fought basketball, Fernandez stands by his actions as he believes that the criticisms he hurled towards San Sebastian made both sides better. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Kingad pressured, excited for ‘biggest fight’ of his career
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ McGregor fans have flooded sports books with $100 bills backing the mixed martial arts fighter, and even a late surge of money on Mayweather might not be enough to balance the books.“I’m OK now,” said William Hill oddsmaker Nick Bogdanovich. “But you might want to have a heart monitor on me when the bell rings and Conor starts throwing wild lefts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBogdanovich said his chain of sports books will suffer multimillion dollar losses — their worst ever — should McGregor win the fight in any fashion. If he wins early as he has promised, the losses would be even worse.The big bettors are putting their money on Mayweather, who is 49-0 as a pro. But so many McGregor fans are betting small amounts that the betting slips at William Hill were 18-1 in the Irish fighter’s favor. “This isn’t professional money, just the regular Joe,” Bogdanovich said. “The butcher and the barber are putting their $100 on McGregor and it’s added up.”The action is reflected in the odds, which bookmakers adjust either way as money comes in on the two fighters. Bookmakers have been lowering the odds steadily since the fight was announced, but even that hasn’t stopped the deluge of McGregor bets.A fight that began with Mayweather an 11-1 favorite is now 5-1 or even less in some sports books. Even that hasn’t stopped McGregor supporters from lining up at the betting windows to hand over even more cash.They’re backing a longshot, hoping that the payoff will be huge.“There’s plenty of money on a guy who has never been in a boxing ring,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, oddsmaker at the South Point resort. “It’s uncharted waters and that’s what makes it so interesting.”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 MOST READ PH football teams finish fourth in SEA Games Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “We don’t mind a large decision on a big spectacle like this,” Bogdanovich said. “It gets people in our books.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vaccaro said his sports book stood to lose about $400,000 on a McGregor win, but that was balanced off a bit by a bettor who put $100,000 Wednesday night on Mayweather. His book also took an $880,000 bet on Mayweather earlier that would pay off just $160,000 if he wins.There have also been big Mayweather bets at the MGM Grand, including a $500,000 wager on Wednesday. MGM Resorts oddsmaker Jay Rood, though, said the sheer volume of McGregor bets is overwhelming the big Mayweather bet.Rood said his books have taken 6,700 bets on McGregor and only 300 on Mayweather. The average bet on McGregor is $125, while the average for Mayweather is $4,000.If McGregor wins, Rood said MGM will be a big loser and the state will suffer its biggest single event loss ever.“We’re all in the same boat,” Rood said. “Anything McGregor one to four rounds is pretty bad. Any McGregor knockout is not going to be good.”So far, the betting has been unusually active around town, bringing predictions that the volume could set records. Bookmakers say as the fight draws closer the heaviest influx of money will come, especially on Saturday.The news is not all bad for oddsmakers, who have struggled to make lines for a fight that has no precedent. Most believe Mayweather is an easy winner and should be favored by a much bigger margin, but have had to cut odds to try and balance their books.Though an overwhelming majority of the tickets are on McGregor, a lot of books have more money wagered on Mayweather. Since bookmakers will have to pay out a lot less to those betting Mayweather, they will likely score big if Mayweather wins as expected.“We’re just kind of going along balancing and are in great shape win on both sides, no matter who wins,” said Johnny Avello, oddsmaker at the Wynn resort. “A lot of guys are putting down $125,000 or so to win whatever on Mayweather so we’re high on him now.”Even if McGregor wins and the sports books lose big, all is not lost. Bettors like to be reminded they can win, and the extra betting on football generated by McGregor bettors at the books will help ease some of the pain. Floyd Mayweather Jr., izquierda, y Conor McGregor posan para fotógrafos durante una conferencia de prensa el miércoles, 23 de agosto del 2017, en Las Vegas. (AP Foto/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor is making a lot of wise guys nervous in this gambling city.Should he somehow manage to knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the early rounds Saturday night, the city’s bookmakers would lose millions of dollars in the biggest single event loss in the history of sports betting.ADVERTISEMENT
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini PonnappaThey are a formidable force. Fresh from the crowning triumph at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jwala Gutta, 27, and Ashwini Ponnappa, 21, are determined to be to the badminton world what the Williams sisters- Serena and Venus-are to tennis. Power and pizzazz, style and sport,,Jwala Gutta and Ashwini PonnappaThey are a formidable force. Fresh from the crowning triumph at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jwala Gutta, 27, and Ashwini Ponnappa, 21, are determined to be to the badminton world what the Williams sisters- Serena and Venus-are to tennis. Power and pizzazz, style and sport, gloss and grit, the duo hope to bask in the renewed interest that badminton has attracted after the winning ways of their more famous compatriot, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal.It hasn’t been easy. Gutta, born to a Chinese mother and Andhra father, has been battling both the Badminton Association of India as well as the buzz of divorce from fellow player Chetan Anand for the past year. Both refuse to talk about it but all is over between them. And the occasional presence of ex-cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin and his sons Ashaduddin, 19, and Ayazuddin, 18, in her company in public has only fuelled speculation. “Personally, I have gone through a tough phase and to come out of it to win a gold is an unforgettable experience,” says Gutta candidly.Ponnappa has been luckier, coming from a Coorgi family, with working parents who have had to relocate to Hyderabad. Together though they make up for each other’s flaws. “We are distinctly different. Ashwini is a very hard hitter and I am very good at the net. She too plays well on the net, so even if I go back, she can take care of things. That makes ours a deadly combination,” explains Gutta, on why she split from her former partner Shruti Kurien.Ponnappa couldn’t be happier, though she did have her initial reservations. She was quite in sync with her former partner and childhood friend, Nitya Sosale. For the last 10 years, the two, beginning in the juniors category, had won four national championships. Gutta, on the other hand, was a senior, far more experienced. “I was taken by surprise when Jwala asked me. I could not make up my mind and so turned to my coach Vimal Kumar who asked me to go ahead,” recalls Ponnappa.The advice of the former national champion worked for both. Playing together for the first time two years ago, they discovered that they clicked. “On court she is constantly talking to me-always motivating. And if I have something to tell her, she’s very receptive too. It’s a two way communication, which is very important especially when playing doubles. It’s all about the partnership,” says Ponnappa.Indeed. Gutta is an experienced doubles player, having played mixed doubles as well with Valiyaveetil Diju. “It is technically a totally different game for I have to face a man in the mixed doubles. There is a change of role from that in the women’s doubles,” points out Gutta. “What is common is that both have to combine and play in tandem. I am used to that.” Apart from their amazing equation with each other, they have also had the advantage of the Indonesian coach Atiq Johari that the government brought in to improve the fitness of the Indian badminton players in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.Now, eyeing brighter prospects beyond the gold they just won, the two are keeping to a strict training regimen. What also works for them is that both are based in Hyderabad, as they can practise and train for at least three hours, six days a week at the wellequipped Pullela Gopichand Academy. The Chinese, Korean and Indonesian players who they face on the Asia, Super Series and World circuits offer a daunting challenge. “But they are not always unbeatable,” says the flamboyant Gutta, with a wave of her hand, confident of overcoming odds with their strategic mix of offensive and defensive play. The demure and soft spoken Ponnappa agrees.For the duo, there is a lot of fun and drama in life besides badminton. They get along well off court as well, hanging out and even shopping together. Gutta does have a higher public profile though Ponnappa, who moved from Bangalore to Hyderabad only two years ago, is as she admits “rather on the quieter side”. Ponnappa reads fiction, “mostly the romantic kind and occasionally serious, substantive stuff”, listens to Western music, and is in the final year of her B.Com. course at the city’s St. Mary’s College.For Gutta, life begins and ends at badminton. “I do not have time for anything else except family and friends. I love sleeping and it’s crucial for my game too. The only other thing that I love to do but don’t have time for is going out shopping with my mother,” says Gutta who works as an executive officer at Bharat Petroleum. “They have told me to treat badminton as work and to visit the office occasionally as a hobby,” she says laughing.Mothers are important to both. “My mother, Yelan, left her family in China and came with her grandfather who was staying at the Sevagram Ashram, Wardha, to study and translate the works of Mahatma Gandhi. It was here that she met my father, Kranti Gutta, and is now very much part of Indian culture. Here for the last 30 years, she has learnt the language and the way of life in India,” says Gutta, who has a younger sister Insi, now doubling as a ‘notso-efficient’ manager. Her unusual name comes from IN for India and SI for Sino. “My father found it to be a catchy one,” smiles Gutta.Ashwini is also the elder sibling-her brother Appanna is a first year engineering student in Bangalore. Sports runs in the family. Her father, M.A. Ponnappa, who works at the Reserve Bank of India, played hockey for Karnataka. Her mother, Kaveri, is employed with New India Insurance in the city. “She handles a lot and that has made her strong. She’s very much my role model,” says the adoring daughter, who works as a grade one assistant with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC).Perhaps it is the inspirational influence of their mothers that has also raised the duo’s awareness about gender bias which is pronounced particularly in the badminton bureaucracy. “I am not from a modern family but a typical Telugu one. My father faced a lot of criticism when he used to take me for training in the early days. Some called him crazy,” says Gutta. Things have improved but there is still a lot of discrimination-women still get half the opportunities that men do in sports. “What makes it worse is the favouritism irrespective of your performance. It’s unfair,” says Gutta.For Ponnappa, it’s all about learning from others. “I have not faced gender inequity like girls have in the North. That is possibly because I was brought up in Bangalore. But my mother is wary about sending me out alone and things like that,” she says with the guilelessness of someone who has just stepped out of her teens. “Women everywhere are breaking barriers while we as a team are putting our heart and soul into the game.” You can hear the sound of yet another glass ceiling shattering. Double takeJwala on Ashwini: She is fearless, smashes hard, learns fast as her grasping power is very good. But needs more tours as she is new to the international circuit.Ashwini on Jwala: She is extremely confident and shows it on court. She is also powerful at the net. and an effective communicator, an asset during doubles play.Perfect holidayAshwini: Relaxing at a resort or going out on the beach. Spending time with animals. I will run a horse orphanage after my badminton years.Jwala: Lazing around. I love sleeping. Check into a nice hotel, order room service and enjoy its spa. That’s my dream vacation.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
The squabbling Kochi IPL franchise on Sunday got yet another breather from the BCCI which decided to defer the decision on its fate till December 5 after the consortium’s investors reached a last-minute agreement over their shareholding pattern.At a meeting of the IPL’s Governing Council here, the BCCI deferred the decision on the franchise for a third time after the expiry of a month-long deadline given to it for sorting out its internal bickering.”They have disclosed their ownership pattern. Our legal experts will study the papers. There was no discussion with the investors because we are not legal experts. BCCI will take a decision on December 5 in Mumbai, ” BCCI President Shashank Manohar told reporters after the meeting.Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the Indian Premier League, Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of the event.But the owners of the beleaguered franchise made a last ditch attempt to save the outfit by reaching a compromise last night.Before the compromise, the investors of the franchise, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, had written to the BCCI informing them of their intention to withdraw from the IPL.That letter was sent after the BCCI, which had on October 10 expelled Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals for allegedly violating contractual agreements, gave a termination notice of 30 days to the franchise to sort out internal disputes regarding the shareholding pattern.The investors in the consortium — Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave – hold 74 per cent of the equity.advertisementThe remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaikwad family — Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World – as free equity for services rendered while bidding.It is this 26 per cent which became a bone of contention among the stakeholders as the investors were in no mood to give free equity to the Gaikwad family.The Gaikwads, on their part, initially refused to part with the equity but have now agreed to forego at least some of it to put an end to the squabbling which threatens the very existence of the team.The BCCI has made it clear that eight teams will take part in the fourth edition of the league scheduled from April 8, just six days after the World Cup.With PTI inputs
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) went against a general practice encouraged by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to almost spoil India’s party at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.Suresh Sathya, who took part in the 200m and 4x100m relay events at the Asiad, flunked a dope test and the callousness on the part of AFI has come for serious questioning.Though the federation was aware of Sathya’s positive dope test, it kept the result under wraps and allowed the athlete to compete in not one but two events even as his results were disclosed a couple of days before the events.The federation took the samples of some of the athletes for dope testing on November 14 after their return from Ukraine where they had gone for training in the lead-up to the Guangzhou Games. The AFI sent the samples to the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) on the evening of November 15.But thereafter, the AFI did not bother to check the results of the samples and their athletes headed for Guangzhou without any knowledge of the outcome of their samples.The question that remains to be answered is about the urgency that the federation showed for the sample testing even though the Games were already underway. WADA strongly discourages the federations, or even the national dope-testing bodies for that matter, to conduct tests just before any competition.Even though the AFI showed urgency in sample collection, it was hardly bothered to know the results of these samples and it was only a day before the 200m event on November 24 that it got to know about Sathya’s positive dope test.advertisement”Firstly, it was the AFI which collected the dope samples that were sent directly to the NDTL and we had no idea about it.But when we did come to know about the result, we notified both the athlete and federation on November 24,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar told MAIL TODAY on Sunday.The AFI continues to remain tight- lipped on the issue and its joint secretary ML Dogra said he was not aware of any notification that the NADA issued about Sathya’s dope flunk.” I have no idea if any of our athletes tested positive and whether NADA notified the federation or not.” But since the samples were coded and NADA was not aware of the athlete who flunked the dope test, it could not reveal the name of the athlete.” The samples are coded and even the NDTL doesn’t know who the athlete is. But the NADA notified the federation that one particular athlete has tested positive for nandrolone and is therefore provisionally suspended from taking part in any competition.” It was the federation’s responsibility to check up with NDTL about the result of the samples which it had collected on an urgent basis. NADA makes sure that it keeps a check on the results of the samples that go for lab testing. The federation, however, did not do that but we still informed them about Sathya’s case in whatever little time that we had,” Bhatnagar added.Sathya ran in the 4x100m relay in which India missed out on a bronze by a whisker. A medal would have meant a mandatory dope test for the athlete.India tasted unprecedented success in athletics at the Asian Games this year and a positive dope test would have come as a major embarrassment for the country.The officials at the AFI refused to respond on the issue and passed the buck to their colleagues, each of whom said that he had no clue about the whole incident.
Praja Rajyam Party chief K Chiranjeevi on Thursday said he strongly desired to merge his party with Congress in the temple town of Tirupati where he launched his party two years ago. The actor-turned politician said he had floated his party on August 26, 2008 on a grand scale and on the same magnitude he would like to merge the PRP with Congress. However, Chiranjeevi said that he left the final decision to the Congress High command on the venue of the merger. The PRP has now 18 legislators in the 294 member Andhra Pradesh Assembly.- With PTI inputs 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.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 65 in a strong batting show as India strengthened its position in the third cricket Test against the West Indies by taking a healthy 104-run lead on day three here on Friday. Score | PhotosAs many as four visiting batsmen scored fifties as India, resuming at eight for no loss, ended the day at 308 for six while replying to hosts’ 204 all out.Dhoni shared 103-run sixth wicket stand with Suresh Raina (50) and made sure that the good work of opener Abhinav Mukund (62), VVS Laxman (56) Virat Kohli (30) does not go waste.West Indies, deprived of services of Ravi Rampaul and handicapped by a hobbling Darren Sammy, never quite wilted under a scorching sun and on a flat pitch on a day when 94 overs were bowled at Windsor Park.Nearly 90 overs were lost on the first two days of the match due to poor light and rain but no such problem emerged on Friday.India lost two early wickets of Murali Vijay (1) and Rahul Dravid (5) but thereafter steadily mounted their total without ever dominating a depleted attack.Dhoni, played his first innings of substance of tour, and when on 52 completed 3000 runs in Test cricket in the 86th innings of his 57th Test.The Indian captain has so far batted for 157 minutes and struck three fours from 109 balls. He walked in when India were frittering away the advantage, losing three wickets in the afternoon to nothing balls.Mukund, Kohli and Laxman were all guilty of poor judgment as the visitors lost three wickets in the middle session.advertisementMukund had serenely moved to his top Test score of 62 when he shaped to play a rising leg-spin from Bishoo towards mid-wicket but only edged it on to his pads and the lobbed chance was gratefully accepted by Adrian Barath at forward short leg.Kohli seemed intent on making up for his lost chances of the series and had reached 30 without much ado but poked at a harmless delivery from Sammy down the leg-side and was brilliantly caught low by wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.Laxman’s dismissal was a freak one when he allowed a leg-spin delivery from Shivnarine Chanderpaul to go to Baugh but his backfoot lost contact with the ground for just a fraction of second, which was enough for the keeper to whip off the bails.Laxman was flabbergasted but there was little doubt that it was his own carelessness which had did him in. He shared a 84-run stand for the third wicket with Mukund and added 52 for the next wicket with Kohli.Mukund batted for 176 minutes and hit five fours from 149 balls while Laxman handled 129 balls in 207 minutes, caressing three boundaries.Dhoni, in the company of Raina, then put his head down and began rebuilding the innings with singles and twos.There was never any temptation to throw their bats at a wilting attack, or at least cart the leg-spin of Chanderpaul around the park, as the two showed intent to build a sizeable lead over West Indies.Their stand occupied the most of final session and raised 100 runs in 113 minutes from 182 balls.Raina showed uncharacteristic restraint and reached his half-century from 131 minutes of batting, hitting three fours from 103 balls.There was no further joy for West Indies but for the emergence of Rampaul from the dressing room as Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh (12) helped India reach their first 300-plus score of the series.Earlier in the day, India lost Vijay (1) and Dravid (5) within the first five overs to be 18 for two before normalcy was restored.Vijay was nearly bowled off a low full toss in Edwards’ first over, squeezing the ball between the slip cordon for a four, but his tendency to push at the ball once again proved his undoing.In Edwards’ next over, a delivery took the edge of his bat on way to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh?s gloves.The Tamil Nadu opener is in the middle of a wretched run of scores, the sequence of his five innings in the series reading 8,0,11,3 and 1.Dravid then fell to Sammy, making the normally passive West Indian captain roar in triumph as he has not done at any stage in this series.Dravid played for an away movement at the delivery which kept coming straight and went between bat and pad to rattle the stumps.- With inputs from PTI
One of the most difficult things for a sportsperson to deal with is an injury. As Zaheer Khan walked off the ground at Lord’s in the first Test on Thursday, it was agony for cricket fans.A day later, watching skipper MS Dhoni bowl and Rahul Dravid keep wickets, what stood out was the desperation on part of the Indian skipper.Indian hockey team’s goalie Baljit Singh lost sight after a golf ball hit one of his eyes during practice. He recovered vision, but not enough to play for India.While it may be too early to read much into this in the four- Test series against England, the recall and rejection of hockey goalkeeper Baljit Singh was an episode which could easily have been avoided.When Baljit was hit in the eye two years ago at the national camp in Pune while testing his reflexes with a golf ball, it was big news.He almost went blind in that eye and was then treated in India and in the United States. He got his vision back, played domestic hockey and hopes were raised that he would be back in the India squad.And even as the sports ministry was trying to broker a peace deal between Hockey India and the Indian Hockey Federation, trials for the national team were on in Bangalore.A day before the actual trial was to begin, India’s Australian coach Michael Nobbs decided in all his wisdom to get Baljit’e vision tested.Much to the chagrin and devastation of the goalkeeper, Nobbs told him his peripheral vision was poor and he could forget playing for India again.advertisementBaljit held a press conference in Bangalore and lambasted the new coach as he felt injustice had been done to him. For the reporters, it made great copy as an emotional player attempting a national comeback had been ruled out purely on medical grounds.This is the baptism by fire which Nobbs would have never expected as he attempts putting Indian hockey back on the rails after the disaster at the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia.My heart goes out to Baljit as to be told that your vision is not a 100 per cent is distressing. Perhaps, had Baljit lived abroad, he may have been counselled better. But this is India, where despite huge medical advancement sportspersons still prefer to travel abroad for treatment.I would like to explain what exactly loss of peripheral vision means as I have interacted myself with eye specialists.While Baljit may have no problem at all spotting the hockey ball when it comes flying towards him straight on, he would not know what loss of peripheral vision is.It is about how well one is able to see from the corners of the eyes. For checking how good a person’s peripheral vision is, there are enough techniques now available, with the Humphreys’ field test used most commonly.It is unnerving for anyone to undergo that test for the first time, as a doctor checks the peripheral vision with the help of a machine.In the case of Baljit, in the first place, he is indeed lucky he got his vision back and can lead a normal life.As one who has devoted him- self to Indian hockey, it is hard to accept he may never get to play for India again. Then again, after such a major eye injury, for Baljit to make a comeback is indeed a brave effort.My advice to Baljit is not to take this to heart and lambast the coach but see how he can still help Indian hockey. He was apparently offered an advisory position as goalkeeping coach.This is not the first instance where an Indian sportsperson has suffered because of a serious injury. Rewind to the days of Nari Contractor and you will get to know how the left- handed opener was lucky to survive after he was struck on the back of his head by West Indian Charlie Griffith’s bouncer.Contractor made a miraculous recovery after being in coma for almost a week but never got to play for India again.Even in interviews a couple of years ago, the Mumbaikar lamented how he did not get to play even one Test after that incident.Yet, when one talks of injuries and handicaps and how Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi still led India superbly despite losing an eye in a car accident in England, it’s an unbelievable story.Pataudi has told people that when he was fielding, he actually could see two cricket balls. How he went for the right red ball and fielded with such aplomb is well known to every fan.advertisementThere again, if Pataudi was lucky, it was quite the opposite with wicketkeeper Saba Karim.Having been struck in the eye by an Anil Kumble delivery in a freak incident, Karim knew after some months he could not play again and in 2001 retired from international as well as domestic cricket.Fitness worries and injuries can happen to any sportsperson.Sadly in Baljit’s case, nobody seems to have given him proper advice as to how risky it is being a goalkeeper.Even with perfect vision, spotting the ball which comes at such fast speeds and different angles is tricky.To not play again for India will hurt Baljit but still it’s not as bad as being unable to see with one eye.
For the first time in its 84-year-old history, the BCCI has added an in-house television production unit and it will make debut with the home Test series against New Zealand next month.BCCI president N Srinivasan.The BCCI Broadcasting Services will not only do the production for international home series, but also the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League T20.”Yes, a decision has been taken and the BCCI will do the production now, starting with the New Zealand series. We decided at a working committee meeting to go ahead with it,” BCCI president N Srinivasan told Mail Today. The two-Test series against New Zealand begins on August 23 in Uppal, Hyderabad. The Kiwis will also play two Twenty20 Internationals in a packed season in which England and Australia – and possibly Pakistan – too will visit India.Till now, the company that held the BCCI media rights also used to do the production work, too, in return for a fee. Nimbus Communications held the previous contract.But after terminating its contract on December 12 last year, for regularly defaulting on payments, the BCCI did not hire anyone to do the production for international matches as well as domestic tournaments.Srinivasan declined to give reasons for breaking the traditional practice. “Instead of tendering it, we decided to do production ourselves. What were the reasons behind this decision, I do not want to disclose,” he said.However, a top BCCI official said that the world’s richest cricket board decided against floating tender as it was confronting “a lot of problems”, and they resulted from extremely limited options in the market.advertisement”It is a fact that the Indian market for this kind of production work is very limited. There are only a handful of companies that have the expertise. And the BCCI has been finding it difficult to deal with them,” the official told Mail Today.When the BCCI terminated Nimbus’ contract, more than two years were left in the 2010-2014 deal. The BCCI then floated tenders, inviting companies to bid for a total of six years – two years left in the Nimbus contract plus a separate four-year (2014-18) block.The Rupert Murdoch-owned STAR India Ltd., which was one of the only two bidders, quoted Rs 3,851.52 crore ($ 757.6 million) to bag the six-year deal that includes the television, mobile and internet rights. It, however, did not hire STAR India Ltd. for production.The BCCI assured STAR India Ltd. of 96 international matches in addition to select domestic tournament matches. Multi Screen Media (Singapore) bid Rs 3,700.032, only to lose by a huge difference of Rs 151.488 crore.In 2005, Lalit Modi, then a Board vice-president, and IS Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, had announced that the BCCI would launch its own cricket channel. But it never materialised.The BCCI official said that Srinivasan himself raised the issue of inhouse production at a recent working committee meeting.”He told the gathering that only a handful of production houses were available and emphasised that the BCCI was finding it difficult to deal with its production partners,” he disclosed. “Srinivasan invited members’ opinion on the proposal that was on the table. The proposal was prepared by BCCI’s Broadcasting Services director James Rego.” The official revealed that Srinivasan then requested IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman, who was a special invitee at the working committee meeting, to explain the proposal in detail.”He said that if the BCCI has an in-house production unit, the quality of telecast could be maintained,” he said. “BCCI will also produce IPL and Champions League T20. The house approved the proposal unanimously.” Sources say that the BCCI has no plans to purchase expensive equipment straightaway, but will instead hire cameras and other gadgets for production, to be overseen by Rego, who joined the BCCI in 2009 from Nimbus. A few more old Nimbus hands have also joined the BCCI Broadcast Services.”After the working committee approved the proposal, the top guns of the BCCI Broadcast Services have been calling a variety of professionals to hire them for the New Zealand series and the domestic season that begins on September 21 with the Irani Cup.” In all probability, the same freelance professionals who did duty for Nimbus will turn out for the BCCI too.
World number two Sarah Menezes of Brazil overcame defending champion Alina Dumitru of Romania to win the women’s 48kg judo title at the London Olympics on Saturday. Three-time world bronze medallist Menezes pulled off a waza-ari to beat Dumitru. She had a disappointing 19th finish in Beijing four years ago, Xinhua reports.Hungarian Eva Csernoviczki pushed aside favourite Tomoko Fukumi of Japan for the bronze.
Eleven-year-old Thomas was mortally afraid of water. Not unusual for children of his age. Then one fine morning at the Bangalore City Corporation pool, he fought his fear-and won. As he splashed about, it was obvious that this was a big accomplishment. Bigger still because Thomas has cerebral palsy. And,Eleven-year-old Thomas was mortally afraid of water. Not unusual for children of his age. Then one fine morning at the Bangalore City Corporation pool, he fought his fear-and won. As he splashed about, it was obvious that this was a big accomplishment. Bigger still because Thomas has cerebral palsy. And because he was accompanied by 44 children, who like him, are physically or mentally disadvantaged.Some suffer from cerebral palsy, a condition marked by weakness and impaired coordination of the limbs caused by damage to the brain before or during birth. Others have Down’s Syndrome, a congenital disorder due to a chromosome defect and characterised by diminished intelligence and physical abnormalities.But watching them in the pool, you wouldn’t know that. With every successful stroke, their sense of integration with the mainstream seems more complete, the smiles on their drenched faces fuller.In their midst is coach Raju Pujari, a product of the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. He looks at the splashing youngsters with pride, recalling how he first saw them a year ago at Sri Sajjan Rao Vidya Samsthe (SSRVS), a school for children with special needs. The sight tugged at his heart and he imagined taking them under his wing. That’s what he actually did, training them with the support of the neighbouring Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre (BAC), where he works.HOPE FLOATS: Pujari helps the children to improve their motor coordinationDevising a course suited for these 45 children was not easy. “In the beginning, we were not sure how to go about training these children,” says Pujari. “We had to slowly work on them and fight their fear of water.” But painstaking efforts by Pujari, other coaches and a host of volunteers eventually paid off.”Children who had no clue about hand and eye coordination began to show a marked improvement after being put into water,” says K. Shashikala, a teacher at SSRVS who has been trained to impart special education. A good example is that of 14-year-old Swathi Srinath who has Down’s Syndrome. Attending the intensive two-month programme at the centre seems to have done her wonders. Her father believes Swathi looks much more confident now.She’s not the only one. Rekha could not walk properly, but in the pool she splashes about happily. Pawan, who has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair, but he undergoes a transformation in the water, as does Raju, who swims with the inflatable tube that keeps him afloat. Says Pawan’s mother: “We wish we had done this earlier. His stiff limbs have loosened.”That’s not an exaggeration. Studies have proved the benefits of swimming for the mentally and physically challenged. Water is believed to relax the muscles while lending firm support to the body weight. There are neurological advantages as well, because sensation is more pronounced in water.The coaches follow exercises that are designed to enhance the range of motion and coordination, besides lung capacity, breath control and overall strength. As a result, children with cerebral palsy or other problems have greater freedom of movement in water than anywhere else.Prabhavati Chandra, whose 12-year old daughter with Down’s Syndrome has made considerable progress at the pool, is even striving for perfection. Though her daughter swims very well, her left arm does not have the same extension, amplitude, speed or power as her right arm, she feels. As a result, her strokes are a bit uneven, but she’s convinced that practice will correct this.Pujari is equally confident. “There is no handicap at all as far as I can see,” he says. “What these kids lacked was opportunity.” While showing them the way, the BAC has been especially sensitive to their special needs-that children with cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome are slow learners. Since flippers have proved beneficial abroad, BAC hopes to acquire some to help the children improve their speed and posture. That would allow them to focus better on their strokes.While self-enhancement and integration are the final goals, the coaches at the centre believe that they can be achieved only through patience and perseverance. That’s instilled in the minds of the students and their parents right at the outset. As Pujari points out, it’s one step at a time. Or perhaps a stroke in the right direction.advertisement
Orlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin, left, looks to pass under the basket ass Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Typically the lead runner on the Los Angeles Clippers’ four-quarter relay squad, Tobias Harris forced his team into a change of plans — and the adjustment worked out just fine Sunday.Harris, one of the NBA’s top first-quarter scorers, started slow but still ended up with 28 points and the Clippers overcame a sluggish opening to beat the Orlando Magic 106-96 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT The Magic, though, made one last push. Orlando pulled even at 72 with just over 10 minutes remaining on Terrance Ross’ three free throws, and the Clippers countered with a 17-2 run to take an 89-74 lead with 6:37 remaining.The start of the Clippers’ decisive run included a five-point trip, when Montrezl Harrel was fouled on a dunk, missed the free throw, and Williams made a 3-pointer.“I thought defensively we were playing well (early), but offensively we weren’t making shots,” Williams said. “But when you (are a player that scores) you can’t allow that to bother you and I think that showed. I think that tonight we had high attempts and probably had low field-goal percentages but we just continued to play and continued to show up.”After shooting 38.3-percent from the field in the first half, the Clippers went 47.8 percent in the second half to finish at 43 percent, well under their 45.7-percent mark for the season.The Magic was undone by their 34.1-percent shooting in the second half, including a 5-of-16 mark after halftime from 3-point range.“I took two guys out because they were hesitant to shoot because they missed the open ones,” Clifford said. “You got to keep shooting. But I thought our effort was good enough.”GORTAT’S NATIONAL PRIDEGortat scored eight points with 10 rebounds as the native of Poland received plenty of playing time while the Clippers celebrated Polish Heritage Day. He played a season-high 25 minutes.“I felt like a lot of guys were trying to help me today and I truly appreciate getting a few more minutes,” said Gortat, who addressed a large contingent of Polish fans estimated at 1,500 following the game. “I’m glad I was able to help the team and the most important thing was (the) win. I don’t care about my stat-line at the end.”TIP-INS Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 24 rebounds for Orlando. Aaron Gordon added 17 points, and D.J. Augistine and Evan Fournier each had 12. The Magic have lost two straight and seven of 10, and are 1-3 on a six-game trip.“I’ll be honest, without watching the film, and I’m not really like this, but we missed a bunch of wide-open shots,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “I think there were drives in the lane that we have to make to beat a team as good as they are while on the road. Our spot-up 3s, they don’t go in the basket and it made us hesitant.”Vucevic had 11 rebounds in the first quarter to help the Magic take a 28-18 lead, but they blew a double-digit first-half lead for the second consecutive game after falling at Minnesota on Friday night.“We just couldn’t make shots,” Vucevic said. “I feel like we had a good amount of good looks we just didn’t make. I thought our defense was pretty good, for the most part, we just couldn’t make enough shots. We really struggled tonight.”Orlando led 47-45 at halftime, and the Clippers took their first lead just under two minutes into the second half on Marcin Gortat’s turnaround basket. The Clippers struggled from the field in the opening quarter, shooting just 7 of 26. Orlando led by as many as 15 points before the Clippers rallied with a half-ending 21-12 run.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harris, who entered with the fifth most first-quarter points at 286, was 0 for 6 from the field in the opening 12 minutes with zero points.“In all seriousness, I settle in and just take the pressure off myself with the missed shots and just focus on the team,” Harris said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Clippers trailed by 10 after one quarter, when they shot 7 of 26, and by 15 in the second quarter before wearing down the Magic from there. Los Angeles outscored the Magic by eight points in the second quarter and by 12 points in the second half.Lou Williams added 17 points, and Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each had 13. 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He led the Magic in rebounds for the 30th time this season. … After the Clippers went 13 of 26 from 3-point range in a victory at Orlando in November, Orlando held Los Angeles to 9 of 31 from distance Sunday.Clippers: The last time the Clippers lost to the Magic was a 98-90 decision at Orlando on Nov. 6, 2013. … The Clippers’ rough first quarter against the Magic came after playing one of their best first quarters Friday when they outscored the Suns 38-19 in an eventual victory. … Guard Milos Teodosic was inactive for the second consecutive game because of a knee injury.UP NEXTMagic: At Sacramento on Monday night.Clippers: Host Charlotte on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
MANILA, Philippines—Being a member of Team Lakay undoubtedly gives anyone a feeling of pride especially with four ONE World champions fighting under its name.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon, and Joshua Pacio all gave the team, and the Philippines, honor when it comes to mixed martial arts.This grandeur, however, also brings pressure to those who don’t have a gold-plated strap around their waist.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 starsTake for example Edward Kelly, one of the top featherweights in the promotion who will be the first man up for the famed Baguio-based promotion in 2019.“There’s an added pressure for me to perform and open the year on a high note for Team Lakay,” said Kelly who will face Evolve MMA’s Christian Lee from Singapore. “I am the first to fight this 2019 so I am planning to give it my all when I get inside that cage.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lee put Kelly on a suplex in the first round but the referee deemed the move illegal after the Filipino landed on his head.“His relentlessness is his strength, but that can also be his weakness,” said Kelly. “I need to pick my shots, maximize my striking and be careful with his takedowns. Should the opening present itself, I am definitely going for a knockout.” Kelly’s rematch with Lee is part of the ONE: Eternal Glory card in Jakarta headlined by fellow Team Lakay member and ONE World strawweight champion Joshua Pacio who is defending his belt against Japan’s Yosuke Saruta.Literally the first fighter from Team Lakay to fight this year, Kelly aims to set the tone for his camp after a banner year.All four World champions from that camp won their titles in 2018 beginning with Eustaquio who unified the flyweight belts when he beat rival Adriano Moraes in June while Folayang regained his ONE World lightweight belt in November defeating Lee’s teammate Amir Khan for the vacant strap.“The target is to start the year right for Team Lakay, I want to beat Christian Lee and then hopefully get a crack at the ONE World featherweight title in the near future,” said Kelly, who has to fight Martin Nguyen for the belt if he gets the chance.Kelly (11-5) is also looking to get a convincing win against Lee (10-3) after their first fight ended in a disqualification of the Singaporean.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Phoenix Fuel Masters do ‘Bird Box’ challenge during team building for PBA Season 44 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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