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Ronaldo reveals favourite goal

first_img There are bound to be some screamers among such a tally, but the one Ronaldo himself refers to as his favourite is also very well known to the Bianconeri faithful. The Portuguese striker boasts a great record in three of Europe’s five top leagues and with over 700 goals in all tournaments during an illustrious career, it might be hard to pick the best one. “At 19 or 20 years  old, I understood that football was numbers, titles and records. Not just the performance or dribbling. If you want to win something, you have to score. “At first, I dribbled, I was showing off with my footwork. I realised that it was not enough. That I had to score goals.” Ronaldo agrees that he became obsessed with statistics at a young age and developed an eye for goal through some adjustments to his game. “It’s hard to say. The last is always most important. But if you ask me to choose, I would say the goal I scored against Juventus: the overhead kick,” the 34-year-old said in an exclusive interview with France Football.center_img “Scoring is the most important thing in football, after the victory of your team. They are both linked, though, so I evolved in the way of playing and thinking about football,” the superstar added. Cristiano Ronaldo reveals his favourite of 701 goals was for Real Madrid against Juventus. “It’s one of the most beautiful overhead kicks ever scored.” “Look at the height I’ve got when I touch the ball. It’s over 2.40m. It’s incredible. For me, it’s one of the most beautiful overhead kicks ever scored and I don’t say that because I was the one who scored it.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

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Lukaku: ‘Conte is honest with me’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Inter striker Romelu Lukaku says he has a very “honest” rapport with coach Antonio Conte and he is relishing his new career path. Lukaku joined the Nerazzurri for €75m from Manchester United at the behest of Conte, and at a press conference before Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia, the 26-year old spoke of his rapport with the former Juventus and Chelsea coach. “It is a question of honesty. When things don’t go well, I want him to tell me. I am 26 and I can still improve. [Ronald] Koeman, [Jose] Mourinho and [Antonio] Conte were all honest with me and they didn’t lie to me. My relationship with Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer was also good, but I wanted to leave and I told him that in February. “Everything is good with Inter, and also with Belgium. The level of training is very high.” Asked about his incident with racism since joining Serie A, Lukaku was under no illusions as to the challenge that lies ahead. “Cagliari was a difficult moment. They had warned me before I left to go to Italy. Serie A and UEFA need to do more. You can put up a sign saying ‘no to racism’, but that isn’t enough. “I like Italy anyway, people on the street are very kind to me and my family likes it there also.” Lukaku has scored nine goals since arriving from Manchester United, equalling the start made by the Brazilian Ronaldo in 1997-98.last_img read more

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Modi initiates libel proceedings against ECB chief

first_imgAlleging defamation, suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi on Wednesda issued proceedings for libel against England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Giles Clarke in the London High Court.Modi said in a statement that he has complained of “defamatory allegations made in an e-mail sent by ECB chairman Clarke on May 2, 2010 to BCCI chief Shashank Manohar and others.”Clarke had sent the e-mail detailing what he described as Modi’s plan to “destroy English cricket”, which had led to the second show cause notice issued to Modi by the BCCI.In his mail, Clarke had alleged that Modi was planning to destroy English cricket by setting up a rebel league in England in contravention of the International Cricket Council regulation.But Modi claimed that he has already refuted the allegations and has “made it clear in the detailed submissions made to the BCCI on May 31, 2010.last_img read more

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Cricket is not just for men: Rani Mukherjee

first_imgShe played a swashbuckling heroine smashing sixes out of the cricket field in her last film Dil Bole Hadippa and now actress Rani Mukherjee has turned spokesperson for the cause of women cricketers.The Bollywood actress who launched the first sports docu-drama on women cricketers, Poor Cousins of Million Dollar Babies in New Delhi, said that cricket is wrongly termed a ‘gentleman’s game’.”Since childhood, girls are always discouraged from playing sports and are told that cricket is a gentleman’s game, which is incorrect. Learning it for the film made me realise what a beautiful game cricket is. It is about technique, not power,” Rani told reporters here.The 25-minute-film directed by Sunil Yash Kalra features members of the national women’s cricket team of India, over a period of 4 years and focus on their lives on and off the pitch.”I know girls from humble backgrounds that join the sport for the love of it. That inspired me to do Dil Bole Hadippa as I got an opportunity to play a game, I didn’t understand previously,” Rani added.The docu-drama sees the protagonists, cricketer Anjum Chopra and captain Jhulan Goswami, along with other members of the team, facing disparities and discrimination but fulfilling their long cherished dream of playing at Lord’s cricket ground in London.”We were working on a book when I saw a poster of WG Grace’s mother, who was the propagator of women’s cricket and we thought we’ll do a film as well. The movie is not just a tale of disparities among men and women in the cricketing arena, but a story of the triumph of women’s cricket despite the disparities that prevail,” said Kalra.advertisementThe poster of the movie was unveiled by writer Jaideep Sahni of Chak De fame, along with Rani, Anjum Chopra and Minister of State for Commerce, Jyotiraditya Scindia.last_img read more

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No room for emotion while picking squads

first_imgAt a time when we wait with bated breath for the Commonwealth Games preparations to end, the plight of some of the stars who are still waiting to make the cut is intriguing.Such has been the focus on corruption and projects yet to be completed, few have gone into the details of what preparations the athletes are making.Yet, what is even more befuddling is how some of the superstars we have identified with Commonwealth Games glory are now struggling to make it to the team. And nothing reflects this better than shooting, where India has done very well in the quadrennial event.With less than three days to go for the shooting trials to end in New Delhi and Pune, two top guns who are still unsure of making it to the squad are none other than Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the man who earned the nickname ‘Goldfinger’ in Melbourne 2006-Samaresh Jung.While Rathore has often criticised the new selection policy, Jung has blamed his indifferent form to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) not having been able to hire a pistol coach for the team.Coming first to Rathore, the man, who gave double trap shooting in India an identity by first winning gold in the event at the Manchester Games in 2002 and then managing another medal in Melbourne, has struggled.When he failed to win a medal and did badly at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he came in for a lot of flak.This time around, Rathore is again unsure of making it to the team with Ronjan Sodhi the number one shooter and Vikram Rathore in line for the second position. The double trap trials in New Delhi are on Tuesday and barring a miracle, Rathore will not make it to the squad.advertisementSo what is it about the selection policy which makes it difficult for shooters like Rathore and Jung to qualify? The system now in place is very transparent, wherein a shooter has to keep proving himself and show consistency.It’s a clear process where shooters’ average scores are taken into account plus the scores shot in the last three events – an international event, the Nationals and the last trial.By virtue of this criteria, Rathore and Jung are badly placed, though Jung may still be able to make it to two pistol events. However, that is again a poor case of a man who won six medals in the last Commonwealth Games four years ago.If one looks at the other side, however much people rubbish the shooting system and say that shooters are struggling for ammunition and their imports are in trouble, there is no dearth of talent.While in many other sports at home the federations still fall back on past glory, the shooting body has been clear in its approach. It is due to this ruthless approach of selecting people who are doing well on current form that we have got to see the fresh crop doing well.Mind you, in the battle for selection involving Rathore, we are not even talking about Ashar Noria, the junior shooter who won gold in double trap at the recently concluded World Championship.Someone like Moraad Ali Khan, who is the government observer, feels it would be premature to throw Ashar into the deep end of the pool now.At the same time, Moraad says there is no room for sentiment and emotions if renowned shooters are going to be left out of the squad. To be sure, no selection policy is perfect. So when the selection committee meets on September 1 to name the shooting squads, don’t be surprised if there are a few notable omissions.Coming to the selection topic in tennis, we do not have a policy like the NRAI, but a lot of weightage is still given to international performances.Had Sania Mirza not qualified for the US Open, people would have again said, “she is finished”. But the way Sania has won three good matches to make it to the main draw at Flushing Meadows, she has shown she is still hungry to win matches. Irrespective of what she does at the season’s last Grand Slam, her form and fitness are good from India’s point of view at the Commonwealth Games.And when you have a 33- yearold mom in the women’s tennis squad in Nirupama (Vadiyanathan) Sanjeev, you know the Commonwealth Games is all about athletes making an effort to get into the squad. Yes, in Nirupama’s case, her showing at camps and trials in Pune mattered.advertisementThis element of uncertainty and Indian athletes fighting to make it to the squads in various sports at the last minute is fascinating.And what it surely does is take our thoughts away from corruption in the Commonwealth Games and that the Games Village is still far from being ready.last_img read more

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Fat tsunami: Urban India gets richer but faces obesity crisis

first_imgPounds And PerilsClick here to EnlargeDo you have a problem bending over to slip on your shoes? Do you need a larger waist size when shopping for trousers or jeans? Does that belt you bought last year no longer fit? If the answer to any of these is yes, you,Pounds And PerilsClick here to EnlargeDo you have a problem bending over to slip on your shoes? Do you need a larger waist size when shopping for trousers or jeans? Does that belt you bought last year no longer fit? If the answer to any of these is yes, you have a serious problem, along with millions of urban Indians.Call it the girth of a nation, but India’s collective waistline is expanding-a lot-and that is not a healthy sign. Medical researchers are acknowledging the complex physiology behind a simple truth women have held for centuries: the smaller the waist, the better (and healthier) the life.Over the last decade, a raft of new studies have shown that predicting a person’s long-term health may be as simple as taking a waist measurement. By that measurement, India’s obesity problem is fast turning into a health crisis.”If we are not careful, we will soon face a fat tsunami,” warns Dr Pradeep Chowbey, head of the Department of Minimal Access Surgery, Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi. “Till now, it was a problem of plenty for the rich nations of the world,” he points out. “Not anymore. Countries formerly focused on malnutrition are now concerned with overnutrition, including India and China.”Although obesity in the West is associated with poverty, in the developing world it is a problem for the new rich. “Fat around the waist has been linked to a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, breathing problems, disability, some cancers, and higher mortality rates,” asserts Dr K.S. Reddy, head of the Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.advertisementFIGHTING FAT Ashok AnandAshok Anand, 54, Weight: was 110 Kg Retired resident of Gurgaon I loved food and ate through the day. Meals, umpteen cups of tea, namkeen, sweets, alone or with guests. My wife and children used to beg me to stop eating. Finally, I had to go for bariatric surgery. I’ve given up everything today, even pan masalas and cigarettes. “Before dinner, I would stuff myself with kebabs and tikkas to complement my peg of whisky. No longer.”Not surprisingly, a slew of activist-physicians are engaged in a battle to beat the bulge. They organise surveys, engage in awareness drives with NGOs and in schools, walk the corridors of power to sensitise the nation’s high and mighty, and alert international health bodies.”There are clear and hard facts in urban areas that things are as bad as they could be,” says Dr Anoop Misra, an obesity expert involved with antiobesity drives initiated by AIIMS. The first Asia Pacific Obesity Conclave took place in Delhi in March. Chowbey, the driving force behind the conclave, is also laparoscopic surgeon to the President of India.”I made a presentation to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in January,” says Chowbey. What better way to start a campaign? “I’ve never seen a President with such ideal weight,” he laughs. “Dr Kalam has promised to help us out with the anti-obesity awareness drive.”The ones who really need help are finding out just what a weighty problem it is. “I’ve always loved food. Lots of food, no exercise and slowly I bloated up over time, till one day I realised I was 100 kg! Diabetes and high blood pressure came hand in hand with it. Finally, I went in for bariatric (weight reducing) surgery,” says Ashok Kumar Anand, 54, a resident of Gurgaon.More traumatic was the case with Mrs Ghose of Kolkata. She ballooned to a point that her 10-year-old son begged her not to come to his school for PTA meetings. “You can’t imagine how bitterly she cried,” says Dr Veena Aggarwal, head of R&D at VLCC Healthcare Ltd, Delhi, who treated her. “Can you imagine how it hurts to be an object of shame for your child?”35 million diabetics in India. Obesity is a major cause of diabetes. 33 per cent rise in heart disease, mostly because of obesity. 40 per cent growth recorded by the Indian fast food industry. 17 per cent of all school children in Delhi suffer from obesity. These are just two among millions of Indians who are discovering that fat is not just ugly, it is dangerous as well. The major victims of obesity are among the 300 millionstrong Indian middle class, with around 35 per cent-or 120 million-reaching dangerous levels of obesity.Last year, an AIIMS survey conducted on 35,000 people in 10 industrial cities revealed that waistlines had grown rotund by more than 30 per cent. In Delhi, 17 per cent of all schoolchildren were found to be overweight. Changes in lifestyle and affluence has led to a richer and unhealthy diet.advertisementAccording to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, meat consumption has more than doubled in India since the 1970s, so has the intake of fat and sugar since the 80s. Gandhian frugality is, obviously, passe. Contemporary changes in work, lifestyle and urban society have together adversely affected what dieticians call Body Mass Index.FUTURE FAT: A generation of latchkey kids spend their time in front of the telly, while their metabolic rates go for a tossThe obvious, almost frivolous, reason behind the emerging obesity crisis is that we are eating too much high-calorie food and not burning it off with adequate exercise. Food and the culture of eating sumptuously have always been an integral part of the Indian society, but until recently, most ate home-cooked food.Then came the Dominos, Pizza Huts and McDonald’s and a veritable race to pamper the tastebuds ensued. Fast food restaurants witnessed a dramatic growth-both in the number of outlets and customers served. Intense competition for market share led to increased portion sizes-for instance, the calorie count for French fries served by McDonald’s has jumped from 200 to over 600. In addition, the average meal comes with free add-ons like soft drinks, adding to calorie intake.What is cause for more concern among medics is that most Indians consider obesity a cosmetic problem, not a disease. The truth is, obesity is a chronic disease-of excessive fat deposition in the body. Being overweight is not a disease, but obesity is. And the line differentiating the two is quite thin. “Obesity is simply bad news-for both body and mind,” says Dr Rama Vaidya, president, All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity, Mumbai. When a person is carrying extra weight, it’s harder to keep up with friends, take part in sports, or just walk any distance. It is also associated with breathing problems-asthma and sleep apnoea.”There can be more serious consequences as well,” points out Vaidya. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, problems with the bladder, the reproductive system and a greater risk for certain cancers.Is Weight Lying Heavy On Your Mind?Click here to EnlargeApproximately 85 per cent people globally contract the type 2 diabetes, and of these, 90 per cent are obese or overweight. India has the world’s largest population of diabetic and heart patients. Alarmingly, adolescent and childhood obesity is shooting up. “Junk food, physical inactivity, little outdoor activity and excess time spent in front of the television have led to this,” says Vaidya. Childhood fat is not only carried over into adulthood but also gives rise to severe forms of obesity. Unfortunately, most of us confuse obesity in children as ‘puppy fat’.Yet, most Indians seem ignorant of the dangers of obesity. Consider Mumbai. The snacking capital of India is famous for an array of eateries and snack bars that cater to all types of pockets and tastebuds. And a sneak peek into family food-logs reveals the reality behind the scenes. “Eating out has gone up for us over the last five years,” says Sanjay Patel, owner of Shringar Jewellers in Matunga. He doesn’t mind shelling out Rs 6,000 every month on this.Similarly, Kishore Jadhav of Aashray Developers, can’t resist those yummy snacks, and spends around Rs 100 every day while at work. “We eat a lot more junk food than we used to. The easiest thing to do is to order a pizza home,” he says.advertisementFor Lalit Jain, who owns the Real Choice gift shop in Bandra, storing up a lot of junk food at home has become the norm (“My children almost live on those”). He adds, “Eight years ago, when there were fewer places to eat out, we spent half of what we do today.”India ranks among top 10 obese nations of the world120 million urban Indians are seriously obese 50% urban women above 35 have unhealthy body shapes One out of every 10 urban Indian children is overweight 45% of males and 55% of females in Delhi are obese Other factors have contributed to the expanding middleclass waistline. Changing workforce, for one. Each year, a greater percentage of the population spends its entire workday behind a desk or computer, getting virtually no exercise. The dramatic rise in cars and two-wheelers on the roads renders it unnecessary to walk to get somewhere. Add to it the urban sprawl: obesity rates go up as the urban sprawl spreads, possibly due to reduced physical activity.In the kitchen, the microwave oven has seen sales of unhealthy frozen convenience foods skyrocket and encouraged elaborate snacking. An emerging trend, which many believe has encouraged people to step out for their main meals, is the increasing number of two-income households, where one parent no longer remains home to look after the house. This, in turn, has hiked the number of restaurants and take-away joints.Store shelves are piled high with mass-produced food items that come packed with calories. Increasing affluence itself may be a cause-even the root cause from wherein stem the above mentioned factors-since obesity tends to flourish as a disease of the moneyed class in countries that are developing and becoming westernised.Indian men appear to be especially prone to a pot belly- also called apple-shaped obesity. Blame it largely on unhealthy diets-rich in starchy foods and low in fruits and vegetables-and lack of physical activity. For women, the news is equally bad. More women, especially those over 35, are overweight than men in India. According to a study by AIIMS last year, about 55 per cent women in Delhi are overweight or obese.After the 40s, female hormones start withdrawing and the body tends to put on weight. Indian dresses hide the layers of fat so well and for so long that women don’t realise the enormity of the problem till it’s too late. Women also go through three physiological transitions- menarche (the first menstrual period), pregnancy-lactation and menopause-and, at each of these thresholds, they tend to put on weight.”Asians have more body fat. It’s not that we eat more, but we move less.” Dr K.S. Reddy, Cardiologist, AIIMS”Just consider the scenario,” says Dr Aggarwal of VLCC, “more women are stepping out into the public sphere and they do not wish to get married early. And it’s pretty common these days to come across women entering their first pregnancy when they are 30-plus.” Contraceptive pills, full of steroids and water-retentive hormones, she believes, also tend to make women fat. At the same time, there’s the additional strain of balancing work and home, with traditional support systems falling apart. “With so many pulls and pressures on them, I am not surprised that the 35-plus brigade is becoming easy victims,” she adds.”Today, it’s unfashionable to show tubby adults and chubby children in ads.” Prahlad Kakkar, Ad FilmmakerA-Z Guide For Right Fat For The BodyClick here to EnlargeEmotions can fuel obesity as well. People tend to eat more when they are upset, anxious, sad, stressed out, or even bored. Then, after they have eaten too much, they may feel bad about it and stuff themselves some more to quell those bad feelings-creating a vicious cycle. Take the case of Akila Iyer of Anna Nagar, Chennai. Slim, pretty and sporty, she had moved to Chennai from small town Kumbakonam post marriage. “My problem started during my first pregnancy,” she says, “and I became huge during the second.”Something else was happening to her, too. She was becoming home-bound and bored. “I started losing interest in myself,” Iyer muses. Food made her happy and she started binging. That created a vicious cycle of guilt. The more spicy and fried food she consumed, the more guilty she felt, and to perk herself up she would eat more. Then she crossed 90 kg and developed sugar. “My husband and my father were terribly concerned. But some people used to poke fun at me. They would not lose one opportunity to call me a tub of lard,” she adds. Finally, last November Iyer went in for a bariatric operation.”Gaining weight is like taking a loan and not being able to pay the EMI.” Dr P.K. Chowbey, Bariatric SurgeonGORGING ON THE GOOD LIFE: Eating out and eating erratic may actually lead to obesityHardly surprising then that obesity should spawn a rapidly mushrooming diet and slimming industry. VLCC, for instance, has over 100 centres across 46 cities nationwide. In the last five years, the company recorded a compounded average annual growth of 30 to 40 per cent. Not to be left behind, food and drug companies are meanwhile selling magic potions to melt away those pounds. Weight loss medicines, like Sibutrex, are very popular. Gastric bypass surgery (bariatric surgery) on patients suffering from extreme obesity has also caught on. (Ganga Ram Hospital has done 65 such operations-the highest in the country.)Obesity can run in families, but just how much is due to genes is hard to determine. Small parts of the DNA that people inherit from their parents, and that determine traits like hair or eye colour, can play a vital role in weight gain. Some genes tell our body how to metabolise food and how to use extra calories or stored fat. Then again, some people burn calories faster or slower than others because of their genes. But genes alone cannot be held responsible for an individual’s body fat as is evident in families whose members have vastly different physique. This, despite all of them eating the same food, indulging in the same habits (like snacking in front of the TV), and thinking alike when it comes to weight issues (like urging children to have a hearty dinner in order to grow “big and strong”).FIGHTING FAT Nila BagchiNila Bagchi, 51, Weight: 105 Kg Sari boutique owner, Kolkata and Santiniketan So many things are forbidden to me! But I follow health instructions to the T and there’s nothing really that I can’t do. I run my shops, look after my home, take the train to Santiniketan every week. And I can sit crosslegged on the floor for my daily puja. “It’s not easy to lead a life of constant discipline, but I just made up my mind to stay upbeat and active.”A World Health Organization (WHO) study suggests that Asians show a marked vulnerability to the effects of gaining weight. Some scientists theorise that children who are undernourished in the womb (not uncommon in much of Asia until recently) develop unusually high levels of abdominal fat as adults if they’re exposed to above-normal calorie levels. This puts them at greater risk for obesity-related illnesses.Others believe, Asians evolved a so-called ‘thrifty gene’ after living for thousands of years under near-famine conditions. That may have left them with bodies that are, paradoxically, too metabolically efficient to deal with the relative abundance of modern life. It’s a genetic trait-a survival instinct-that benefited them in the past when food was often scarce, but when food is plentiful it becomes detrimental.Simply put, the once familiar image of India as a land of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, scarcity and famine has been turned on its head. While it may have once made fat respectable, the new-liberated economic growth has clearly left more food on India’s plate than it can healthily handle.- with Aditi Pai in Mumbailast_img read more

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LeT plan to attack Delhi foiled: Chidambaram

first_imgThe Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) sponsored terror module busted in New Delhi on Wednesday had planned to attack a crowded locality with bombs, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said.”There was no VVIP on their target,” he told a press conference in New Delhi hours after central agencies and police forces of three states busted a terror module by arresting two suspected LeT militants.They were planning to detonate a bomb or more than one bomb in a crowded locality, he said adding more details would come after their detailed questioning.They will be produced before courts in Delhi and other respective states, he said.The home minister congratulated central agencies and police of three states involved in the successful operation to bust an important LeT sponsored terrorist module.last_img read more

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Three rowers make the cut for Olympics

first_imgIndia’s list of qualifiers for the London Olympics was lengthened on Sunday when three rowers made it to the Games from the Asian tournament in South Korea on Sunday.Swarn Singh Virk booked his spot in the men’s single sculls event while Manjeet Singh and Sandeep Kumar will fly the flag in the lightweight men’s double sculls event.The berths were secured by winning their respective events at the FISA Olympic Continental Qualification Regatta for Asia in Chung Ju. “I am very happy with their achievement. This will be the fourth time our rowers will compete at the Olympics after Sydney, Athens and Beijing,” MV Sriram secretary general of the Rowing Federation of India (RFI), told Mail Today from Chennai.”It was very cold at Chung Ju on the first two days, but a bit better today which helped us perform better.”This will be the second Olympics for Manjeet, who took part in 2008 too. However, the women’s lightweight double sculls team finished fifth and failed to make it to the Olympics.”Credit goes to the national coach and Dronacharya awardee Ismail Baig and his dedicated team. We also have a dedicated back-up coaching staff,” Sriram said.”They conducted the camp in Hyderabad in a professional manner and looked after the rowers. The support from the government, the Sports Authority of India, and army was also vital as the sport does not get any private financial assistance.”Bajrang Lal Takhar, the Guangzhou Asian Games gold medallist, could not make it to the first team and was a reserve.advertisement”Bajrang is a great rower. It is just that someone was better than him on the given day. It was the lightweight double sculls event, and he was a heavyweight. In the singles event, Swarn Singh was the better rower,” Sriram said. “Bajrang will come back and train.” With just three months left for the Olympics, the RFI secretary general said there was no time to waste.”The rowers will have a small break on their return before getting back to their training in Hyderabad till the time they leave for the Olympics,” he said.”We will have to stick to the schedule for the moment and then take a call on whether we need foreign exposure. Some of the promises we have been given by the government have not been fulfilled yet. We need to sit down with the government on this matter as the rowers have consistently won medals for the country,” Sriram said. He said a tour of Europe and London to acclimatise with the conditions at the Olympic venue will be useful.Despite the fourth successive passage to the Olympics, Sriram was realistic about India’s medal chances in London.”We expect to do well. But we have a long way to go to contend for the medals. We are among the top 15 or 20 in the world. The talent is there; it only needs support,” he added.last_img read more

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Letran ousts Arellano, books 4th place playoff vs San Sebastian

first_imgQuarters: 24-16, 38-36, 54-49, 70-68. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. JP Calvo added 11 markers, five boards, and two dimes, while Bong Quinto unloaded nine points despite shooting 4-of-14 from the field.“We need to be disciplined,” said Napa of the impending duel between the Knights and the Golden Stags. “We need to correct a lot in practice because we still had lapses, but we will do our job and the boys will give it their all, their hearts in that game.”Levi dela Cruz paced the Chiefs with 18 points and three assists, while Rence Alcoriza played the game of his life as he poured 13 of his 16 markers, alongside five boards in the losing effort.The Scores:LETRAN 70 – Nambatac 25, Calvo 11, Quinto 9, Balanza 8, Vacaro 6, Balagasay 5, Ambohot 4, Gedaria 2, Taladua 0.ARELLANO 68 – Dela Cruz 18, Alcoriza 16, Canete 12, Flores 7, Enriquez 5, Taywan 4, Nicholls 3, Abanes 3, Concepcion 0, Villoria 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Meca 0.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeo Ambohot saved the day for Letran as the Knights escaped the clutches of Arellano, 70-68, to advance to the second phase of the fourth-place playoff in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Letran arranged a knockout duel against San Sebastian for the fourth spot on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena, while also halting Arellano’s four-game winning streak to end the second round.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Pop-up store for Filipino sneakerheads Showing that he’s no longer feeling the effects of his wrist injury earlier in the season, the 20-year-old scored the putback off Rey Nambatac’s miss and gave the Knights a slim 69-68 lead with 3.3 seconds to play.Levi dela Cruz botched the Chiefs’ inbounds play on the other end as he threw the ball to the side of the board, allowing JP Calvo to split his freebies with 0.2 ticks remaining.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 opening“Like what I said, we really needed to play our A-game against Arellano even if they don’t have (Kent) Salado. They really played like a team until the end and that’s why it was a war of attrition until the end,” said coach Jeff Napa, who remained wary of Arellano, which played without Salado, who is nursing an slight MCL tear on his right knee.Nambatac scattered 25 points on a 4-of-7 clip from three on top of nine rebounds and three assists to keep his collegiate career alive. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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F1 champion Hamilton avoided taxes on luxury jet – leaked docs

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton avoided paying taxes on his private jet using an elaborate scheme that is now under investigation by British tax authorities, new leaked documents has revealed.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Excess guards for Gilas fivecenter_img Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks to the media after winning his fourth F1 World Drivers Championship after the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 29, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. Clive Rose/Getty Images/AFP ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Representatives for Hamilton could not be reached by AFP for comment.His lawyers told the BBC a review by a tax barrister found the structure was lawful, and that some VAT had been paid through the arrangements.There is also no indication Hamilton was directly involved in creating the scheme, and simply followed professional advice, the Guardian said.‘Artificial scheme’EY said it does not discuss individual clients.ADVERTISEMENT “All our advice, whether in planning or compliance, is based on our knowledge of tax law and providing transparency to tax authorities,” it added in a statement.Appleby did not respond to a request for comment.The leaked documents showed as many as 50 such schemes involving the Isle of Man, according to the BBC.Its government announced on October 24 it had asked Britain’s finance ministry to help investigate business jet imports into the EU through its territory.A British treasury spokesman said it could not comment on individual taxpayers’ information.Tax specialists, who reviewed the leaks for the ICIJ consortium, confirmed to AFP that Hamilton’s arrangements appeared to be “at the very minimum, aggressive tax planning: an artificial scheme, designed to obtain a tax advantage.”Rita de la Feria, chair of tax law at the University of Leeds, added: “If the scheme is being used to disguise private use of the jet, then the situation is of a more serious tax avoidance scheme.”Hamilton, recently crowned world champion for a fourth time and one of richest sports celebrity in the world, bought the jet – a Bombardier Challenger 605 – for £16.5 million.He has frequently posted photographs of its use for holidays and personal trips on social media.Under European tax rules, a company or individual that imports an aircraft must pay 20 percent of the purchase price in VAT, which can be reclaimed only on business use. /kga The driver received a $4.4 million (£3.3 million or €3.7 million) value-added tax (VAT) refund in 2013 after his luxury plane was imported into the Isle of Man – a low-tax British Crown Dependency, according to the BBC and Guardian newspaper.The revelations are the latest to emerge from the so-called Paradise Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) based in the United States.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 openingThe papers disclosed that accountancy firm EY and Appleby – the Bermuda-based law firm at the center of the leaks – assisted Hamilton and dozens of other clients in setting up seemingly artificial leasing businesses to get multi-million-dollar VAT rebates.The complex arrangements, which involved the individuals forming entities that rented their own jets, may contravene Europe-wide rules forbidding refunds for personal use, the media outlets said.last_img read more

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