‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, final confirmation of the trade has been delayed amid ongoing questions surrounding Thomas’ injury, which forced him to miss the end of the Eastern Conference finals last season.Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday that there was no question he would come back from his injury.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 am not damaged,” Thomas said. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”Thomas insisted that medical professionals had assured him he would recover his fitness. Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US Open Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games NBA player Isaiah Thomas attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFPLos Angeles, United States — Isaiah Thomas insisted Tuesday that he would return to fitness from a hip injury as concern over his condition threatened to stall his move from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Thomas is poised to join Cleveland with several teammates in a blockbuster trade that saw Cavs star Kyrie Irving head to Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN.“Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”Thomas said he had remained in touch with Cleveland since a physical on Friday but was in the dark about the team’s plans.“I don’t know what [the organization] is doing,” Thomas told ESPN. “It’s out of my control. I just want to talk about what I can control, and I know that this (hip) won’t be a problem into the future.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

UST, UP dealt with huge blow as imports Akomo, Ouattara ruled ineligible for UAAP Season 80

first_imgSaguisag believes that the UAAP Board will come up with a final decision before the start of the tournament on Saturday.“There are points raised and both schools have already elevated the matter to the Board of Trustees, and they will decide on the issue. We’ll just have to wait and see until September 9,” he said. “I hope the matter should be addressed, and it will be addressed. We’ll have a decision soon hopefully, before the opening. For now, it is what it is.” Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA Draft View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending 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 University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas will likely miss a key cog in their respective UAAP Season 80 campaigns.The UAAP eligibility committee ruled Ibrahim Ouattara and Rob Ricafort of the Fighting Maroons, as well as Steve Akomo of the Growling Tigers ineligible this year after failing to meet the required years of residency.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s going to be a huge blow for us if we lose those two,” lamented coach Bo Perasol, as he expects Ouattara and Ricafort to figure on his starting lineup. “I have been preparing the team for more than a year with those two in the fold. And it’s going to greatly affect the team’s competitiveness if they will be deemed ineligible.”UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronualdo Dizer also expressed confidence that the decision will be overturned and the Board will allow Ouattara and Ricafort to play this season.“On the UP side, we are very optimistic on this because this has been amended during the time that we were hosting,” he said.The same goes with UST as coach Boy Sablan expects a favorable decision in the coming days.“I’m still very positive that our appeal will be approved. If we’ll follow the rules, that’s very clear there. I don’t know what’s the problem with the Board,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “The eligibility committee has already made its initial findings and it was affirmed by the Board of managing directors. So unless its reversed, overturned, or vetoed by the Board of Trustees composed of the presidents, the findings of the ineligibility on those players will officially stand,” said new UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag.The Mali-born Ouattara and the Cameroonian Akomo were set to fortify the frontline for their respective teams, but were deemed ineligible after failing to meet the two-year residency requirement for foreign players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Fil-Am Ricafort, meanwhile, is deemed by the committee to have exceeded the age limit even if he won’t turn 25 until January of next year. The age limit set by the league is 25.But the two schools are not giving their players up without a fight as they already submitted separate appeals to the UAAP Board of Trustees. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Woods went 4-1-0 at the Presidents Cup in 2013, his last team competition. Except for the odd occasion when PGA champion Justin Thomas or Rickie Fowler comes over to his house in south Florida to chip in his backyard practice facility, he’s not around the players in this environment.Woods said he was “very optimistic” about getting back into the fray. He’s also as uncertain as ever.“Like I said, the pain’s gone, but I don’t know what my golfing body is going to be like, because I haven’t hit a golf shot yet,” he said.He said in his May blog that he “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again, and he said again Wednesday that he was in no hurry to get back from a fourth back surgery, which followed four surgeries on his left knee.Woods was asked if could be the best in golf again if he returned to 100 percent health. That made Woods smile, only because he doesn’t know what 100 percent means anymore with all his injuries. The next question was if he could return to the health he had in his 20s, and Woods did all he could to keep from laughing.“Is anybody in here who is in their 40s ever going to feel like they did in their 20s?” he said.“Seriously?”He turns 42 at the end of the year. His role at the Presidents Cup is assisting U.S. captain SteveStricker, encouraging players who were not even in kindergarten when Woods won the first of his 14 majors.And he’s loving every minute of it.So are the players, and the fans. Woods still remains the top draw when it comes to autographs at Liberty National. It’s a rare sighting these days on a golf course.“The younger player on both sides, he was our dominant player, the face of the PGA Tour, and they grew up idolizing him,” Jim Furyk said. “Having him here in the team room and here with those guys is invaluable. “It’s a two-way street. It’s great for Tiger. As much as he’s been injured, it’s probably wonderful for him to be out here.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Tiger Woods made it back from his fourth surgery in time for the Presidents Cup.Just not to play.Not even Woods knows when or even if he can return. He even acknowledged Wednesday a scenario that he doesn’t return to competition because he’s at a stage where he’s only hitting 60-yard shots.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He also was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup last fall, and even though he doesn’t have a club in his hand or a putt on the line, they are big weeks. Having not played a full schedule since 2015, removed from the game, opportunities to spend time with an American team is not anything he would want to miss.“There were times when … I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here because I couldn’t ride in a cart,” Woods said Wednesday. “The bouncing just hurt too much. Driving a car still hurt. So that’s all gone now, which is fantastic. And yeah, there were some intrepid times — not just for this golf tournament, but for life going forward.”Woods looks as fit as ever. He said in another blog he posted last week that he was working out six days a week, alternating among a treadmill, his bike, swimming and lifting weights twice a day. He is hitting wedges up to 60 yards, but that’s as far as he said his doctors will allow him to go.He was asked if he could see a scenario where he would not return to competition and Woods replied, “Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what my future holds for me. As I’ve told you guys, I’m hitting 60-yard shots.”“I’ve been out of the game for a while,” Woods said. “First things first: Get my health organized. Make sure the pain goes away. Then, basically, just as I said, just keeping waiting for what my surgeon says.I’m still training. I’m getting stronger. But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained because obviously I’m not doing anything golf-related.”ADVERTISEMENT This was all about driving a cart as an assistant captain at Liberty National.Woods is back on a golf course for the first time since the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot 77 in the first round and withdrew the next day citing back spasms. He had fusion surgery on his back in April, and he had reason to wonder if he would be able to join the U.S. team in this capacity.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 shutoutHe said in his blog May 24 that surgery brought instant nerve relief. Five days later, however, he was arrested on a DUI charge when Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a running car that was parked awkwardly on the side of the road with a blinker flashing.Woods said he had an unexpected reaction to pain medication. Three weeks later, he entered a treatment center. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “When they asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up, in kindergarten I always said I wanted to be a farmer,” she said.She’ll have to settle for the baddest woman in UFC.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 shutoutNamajunas plowed through her competitors and landed in the biggest garden of ’em all — Madison Square Garden, and in the fight of her life at UFC 217. She left Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a battered heap and walked out the 115-pound UFC strawweight champion. With a buzzcut and steely determination that made a hybrid of some sort of Ripley meets Eleven sci-fi character, Namajunas dominated in a flash and thrust herself into the conversation as the new face of UFC.“I was the talk of the town that night,” she said. “I’ve always felt that I was a star. I always knew that I am a star. The only thing that was missing was the belt.” Oh, Namajunas has the belt in the suburban Denver home she shares with fiancee and training partner, Pat Barry. It’s in her closet.“It’s got an energy to it, you know? We want to make sure we don’t too wrapped up in it,” she said. “But we’ll shine it up. Give it some love.”Namajunas has felt nothing but love since winning a title on a card that fans, starting with UFC President Dana White, widely called one of the best in the company’s 25-year history. Namajunas, T.J. Dillashaw and Georges St. Pierre all won belts as challengers.“The UFC in general, we’ve been in kind of a weird spot lately,” she said. “That card is something that doesn’t come by very often. We haven’t seen a card like that in a really long time and it was something special to remember.”UFC has spent the year craving a new box office star that can carry the promotion into 2018 and beyond while stalwarts Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Jon Jones are on the bench. UFC’s promotional push had been all-in on Jedrzejczyk, the Polish fighter who was a win away from matching Rousey with six straight title defenses.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Namajunas is used to taking the shine off UFC’s brightest female stars.Paige VanZant’s rise into championship contention was chopped when Namajunas choked her out in 2015.Michelle Waterson was pegged as the next one until Namajunas choked her out, too, in April.And Jedrzejczyk?She was never a factor in their fight. Namajunas dropped her early in the first round with a big right hand, finished off a combination with a vicious left and pounced on a fallen Jedrzejczyk to finish her off.The MSG crowd that was solidly behind Jedrzejczyk during the walk to the cage roared with cheers whenNamajunas won. Namajunas choked back tears as White placed the championship belt on her shoulder.“I make my environment what I want it to be,” Namajunas said. “I went to her castle where she felt comfortable, where she wanted to be in New York City and I took it from her.”UFC announcer Joe Rogan said a superstar was born in New York.“I hope the UFC realizes, and I think they do, that’s a … star. That’s a real star,” he said this week on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “She’s a genuinely nice person. When you look like her and you’re 115 pounds and you’re a woman and you (mess) up the Boogeyman, yeah, crowds are going to gravitate to that. If she doesn’t become as a big a star as any other woman in MMA, I would be stunned.”Namajunas said that as champ, she wants to skip the brash trash talk that shot McGregor to mainstream stardom and has been imitated throughout UFC, including by the champions Jedrzejczyk, Michael Bisping and Cody Garbrandt, who all lost at UFC 217.Namajunas, who said she earned the nickname “Thug” as a kid from one of her neighbors, used her post-fightinterview to preach kindness. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Rose Namajunas posed with a UFC championship belt around her waist and a tomato plucked from her garden in her hands.Namajunas has always had a bit of a green thumb, a labor of love passed on from her mother who could make strawberries blossom even in a tiny patch of yard in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This was the fight I had been fighting for,” she said. “Yes, the belt is a goal. But in this fight in particular, I wasn’t fighting for the belt but the bigger picture. Ever since I lost to (Karolina Kowalkiewicz), I decided I wanted to change the world.”Namajunas has said she was a victim of abuse and violence in a childhood complicated by watching her father suffer from schizophrenia. She also spoke out against the toxic atmosphere she found early in her MMA training at Roufusport. As Namajunas takes a turn trying to steer the women’s division into the future, she hoped she could serve as role model for someone looking for a voice.“Of course I want to leave things, especially negative things, in the past,” she said. “But if it can help somebody overcome something, then I want to make sure it ends up on a positive note. I don’t want to dwell on negative things.”The big negative in New York? Someone played the wrong walkout song. She requested “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald.“They played some Oasis song or something,” Barry said.“It was definitely not my type of music,” Namajunas said.Namajunas planned to take some time off headed into the holidays and had no contender or timeframe in mind for her first title defense.She just knows that next time, everyone will be watching for her.last_img read more

PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the All-Star Game over, CJ Perez quickly shifts focus on 2nd round Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 FILE PHOTO – FEU’s Bernadeth Pons (2) celebrates with her teammates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University gored through rebuilding San Sebastian in three sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, in its first match in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Team captain Bernadeth Pons led the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points while Toni Rose Basas added 11.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters San Sebastian, which went to two straight NCAA finals, will now make do without the lethal Grethcel Soltones, who carried the Lady Stags for the past couple of seasons.“So far so good, and I told them to we have to start this tournament on a good note so we can end this on the same level,” said new FEU head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos. “They have to release their maximum potential in the games.”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“Of course our goal is the championship because it’s still a different when you win a championship, that’s the objective of the team.”Nikka Dalisay led the Lady Stags with 10 points. LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

CWG: Stakes high for hosts as India take on Pak in hockey match

first_imgIndia will have to play much better than what they did against Australia to beat Pakistan for a place in the semi-finals.When India and Pakistan clash in the men’s hockey competition of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, there will be more at stake than just a spot in the semi-finals of the event. The erstwhile powerhouses of the game are pale shadows of their illustrious past and Australia and various European teams seemed to have left them far behind.The eight Olympic gold medals and a World Cup title India has won seem fables as do the three Olympic and four world titles of Pakistan.Never was this more evident than at the World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium earlier this year. The conditions were said to favour the Asian teams but India finished eighth while Pakistan finished 12th, at the bottom. ‘India, however, had the consolation of beating Pakistan 4-1 on the opening night of the tournament. Sandeep Singh converted two penalty corners while Shivendra Singh and Prabhjot Singh added to the score in that match.The result was hailed as revenge for the 7-1 drubbing Pakistan had given India in the final of the 1982 Asian Games at the same stadium. Pakistan, too, would not have forgotten that result. They will be out to seek redemption. After the World Cup debacle, the Pakistan team had retired en masse, but most are back in India. Famous players such as drag-flicker Sohail Abbas and goalkeeper Salman Akbar, though, are absent. The team also has a new coach in Dutchman Michel van den Heuvel.advertisementIndia, too, has a new coach, but its coaching staff and the playing squad, barring a few changes, are the same. Neither team figures at the top of world hockey anymore, but that does not affect the passion and enthusiasm of the supporters. Tickets for the match are already sold out.Pakistan has an edge over India in terms of statistics but India will bank on crowd support to beat them again.There is not much that either team management can do to catch the other off guard. While India seem to have made little improvement since the World Cup, Pakistan may have left the fiasco behind.After struggling to beat Malaysia in the opener, India were shown their place by a 2-5 defeat against Australia. A 4-0 win over Scotland on Saturday put the Indians in the right frame of mind ahead of the match against Pakistan, who notched up two comprehensive wins over Scotland and Malaysia and went down by only one goal to the Aussies.Pakistan will be wary of Sandeep’s drag-flicks and Shivendra’s runs. India, in turn, will have to watch out for Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi.In the end, India will have to beat Pakistan if they have to reach the semi-finals on home soil. The India women’s team meanwhile beat South Africa 3-1 but crashed out of the tournament on goal difference.last_img read more

The new Bihari

first_imgTrendy hausfrau Babita Kumar, 36, is preparing for a birdie. The little white golf ball, perfectly poised on the tee, will soon carve an arc through the air as it soars above the grass of the 18-hole Patna Golf Club spread over 108 hectares of impeccably maintained green. Babita says,Trendy hausfrau Babita Kumar, 36, is preparing for a birdie. The little white golf ball, perfectly poised on the tee, will soon carve an arc through the air as it soars above the grass of the 18-hole Patna Golf Club spread over 108 hectares of impeccably maintained green. Babita says she is addicted to the sport. “Seeing me, my husband who is in the Merchant Navy has also taken up golf,” she says.Youngsters at a party in PatnaTapan Ghosh, the captain of the club, says that many women have taken up golf in Patna recently. Young golfers, too, are a common sight on the course; 16-year-old student Aman Raj cycles to the club after school, puts on golfing gear and practices with his clubs every day. “The Patna Golf Club has gifted him a kit worth Rs 1 lakh,” says Mohit Ahluwalia, 47, the nattily dressed secretary of the club. The club, established in March 1916, has over 650 members now. “The current membership fee of Rs 75,000 is likely to be doubled soon,” says Ahluwalia. Meet the new Patnaites.After his election victory, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar spoke about the rise of the “new Biharia”. The violent, pan-chewing criminal portrayed in Bollywood movies like Gangajal is fast vanishing; today’s young Bihari is a trendy consumer with strong aspirations. Restaurants, bars, theatres, and clubs like the Bankipur Club and the Patna Club are full of people enjoying themselves. Twentysomethings Nilima Mitra and Dilkash Tahseen, studying for post-graduate degrees in Patna, love to try out the city’s many new restaurants at least twice a week. “We have many options in the city now,” says Mitra, slurping hakka noodles at Yo China! in the Bandar Bagicha locality. Don’t their parents worry? After all, it’s already dark. The girls giggle. “They know where we are. The Sholay days are over in Patna. The city is safer than Delhi,” claims Tahseen. Pankaj Kumar Jha, manager, Yo China!, says they are open till 11 p.m. now, since many families walk in late, “unlike in 2006 when we would close by 9.45 p.m.”advertisementThe avenues of personal gratification have multiplied in patna. its new society has forced entertainment players to adapt accordingly.Families with an ice-cream addiction are a common sight in Patna at 11 p.m.; something unimaginable before 2006. “We often go out for a scoop of vanilla, strawberry or chocolate chip cookie dough after dinner,” says Reeta Prakash, a housewife from Kankarbagh. Outlets of Baskin Robbins, Sudha ice-cream-made by the Bihar State Co-operative Milk Producers Federation Limited-as well as hundreds of other ice-cream parlours do brisk business.The food stalls at Maurya Lok complex-Patna’s Connaught Place-are rarely empty, with new restaurants opening nearly every week on the Dak Bungalow Road. “Patna’s appetite for more is continuously shooting up,” says Amar Kumar, general manager of Pind Balluchi restaurant, which also runs the upmarket Revolving Restaurant on the 18th floor of Biscomaun Bhawan near Gandhi Maidan. Catering to the city’s diverse tastebuds, many eateries dish out Continental and Oriental food. “Pasta, macaroni and spaghettis are now available almost everywhere,” says 25-year-old Ankita.Patna Golf Club”Restaurants are only one of the many choices to freak out in Patna,” says Bharya (name changed), 21, a student, trendy in skinny jeans. Last week, she celebrated a friend’s birthday at Kapil’s Eleven’s Bar where they experimented with cocktails for the first time. “It tasted bitter but it was fun,” laughs Bharya who epitomises the born-again Patna girl who loves wearing skirts, jeans and fashionable clothes. Oglers do not bother them. The branding of Patna is evident from the number of fashion outlets that have sprung up on Fraser Road, Boring Road, the Patliputra Colony and Hathua Market. Patna’s favourite brands are Nakshatra, Titan, Reebok, BlackBerry, Color Plus, Van Heusen, Pepe Jeans, Levi’s, Spykar, Zodiac and Fabindia. Biharis are spending freely. “In four years, the monthly sales of Cadbury products in the state have gone up to around Rs 4 crore from around Rs 1 crore,” says Alok Kumar, a distributor. Wrigley’s chewing gum sales have touched Rs 40 lakh a month, and Lotte Confectionery does business worth Rs 55 lakh a month.Late night shows at Mona- Patna’s famous old cinema hall which has now been converted into a swanky multiplex- run “houseful”. The demand for more multiplexes has risen; film director Prakash Jha has turned businessman with his soon-to-be inaugurated P&M Mall that promises a modern multiplex with cutting-edge technology. Another theatre, Regent, has been remodelled and renovated with plush seats and decor. The avenues of personal gratification have multiplied in the city; Patnaites can now learn salsa at Shiamak Davar’s dance school franchise, blow up Rs 2,000 on gold facials at saloons, spend an afternoon at the spa. Patna’s new society has forced established entertainment players to adapt accordingly. Many event organisers have diversified into party planners and wedding planners. Event consortiums like Patna 11-a group of 11 firms that handle traditional social functions like weddings and birthdays-now organise theme parties. “Patna 11 was born when in 2008, we felt party planning is a niche waiting to be filled,” say Sandeep Kumar, 25, partner, Patna 11.advertisementThe dating scene in the city is hotting up; autodating, or spending time with your beloved in an autorickshaw, is the new sex. The Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, with its green, grassy grounds and trees has emerged as Patna’s Romance Central. “Criminals have lost official patronage,” says Hetukar Jha, former hod of Sociology, Patna University. “This has inspired young couples to go out and make a statement. Though Patna’s society is still traditional, young couples are now freely meeting outside.”Today’s young Bihari is a trendy consumer of big brands with strong aspirationsReal estate prices in Patna have appreciated more than 250 per cent in the last three years. “Today, people from all over the state are willing to buy flats in Patna,” says builder Ejaz Hussain of Pristine Construction. Many non-resident Biharis also want a home in Patna. “Bihar is growing,” says Sagar Shankar, 24, an mba from isb, Kolkata, who returned to Bihar to work for Coca-Cola India. “nris are showing interest in Bihar,” says Dr Shaibal Gupta, noted economist and member secretary of the Patna-based Asian Development Research Institute. “Most haven’t settled down here yet, but the current trend suggests that nris will start business operations in Bihar soon.” US-based Kamal Verma is one such Bihari, who now frequents Patna to expand her business. “The Nitish Government has inspired faith to launch new business activities in Patna,” she says. An upmarket owner of Patna’s well-known Shagun Banquet Hall, Verma also owns the Shiamak Davar Dance School franchise in the state capital.Where does all the money come from? “Biharis always had purchasing power and considerable disposable incomes which were kept hidden from criminals earlier,” says P.K. Agarwal, president of the Bihar Chambers of Commerce and Industries. He says that around 8-10 million Biharis work in the Middle-East and other countries and the total annual remittances are considerable. A Confederation of Indian Industry study notes that Bihar received private investment worth Rs 20,000 crore in the last five years. “Bihar has started to buy back in Bihar,” says Prakash Jha. “Professionals are returning because in Patna, lifestyle, career options and the environment are similar to that of any other modern Indian metropolis.” The city also added around 2,000 new cars this year on Dhanteras, spending around Rs 90 crore. Patna is catching up with the noughties, and fast.last_img read more

Bindra shoots gold at Grand Prix of France

first_imgShooting ace Abhinav Bindra on Sunday bagged gold medal in 10 metre air rifle event in the first Grand Prix of France Air Rifle Competition in Fleury Les Aubrais, some 128kms from Paris.Bindra shot 596 in the qualification and 102.9 in the final to aggregate 698.9 and finished ahead of local hopes Valerian Sauveplane (698.3) and Etienne Germond (695.7).The Beijing Olympic gold medallist had a sequence of 9.9 10.5 10.4 10.6 10.6 10.2 10.6 10.4 9.9 9.8 in the final.Bindra, who was on Thursday issued an ultimatum by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to participate in the ongoing National Games in Ranchi, is assured of a place in the Indian squad for the first two World Cups, according to national coach Sunny Thomas.The shooter was training in Munich prior to the competition in France and is expected to compete in the trials scheduled from March 1-10 in New Delhi during a camp for the shooters in the national squad.Bindra created history by becoming the first Indian to win an individual gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

PSEB 10th Class result declared

first_imgThe PSEB 10th Class results have been announced by the Punjab School Education Board on Tuesday. The results of the 10th class matric 1st semester and 2nd semester examination are at its official website www.results.pseb.ac.in.Of the PSEB matric result 2011 announced yesterday, Amolpreet Kaur of Bhai Nand Lal Public Senior Secondary School in Anandpur Sahib (Ropar) topped it, scoring 96.46 per cent.Gaganjot Kaur of Ambala Jattan village in Hoshiarpur stood second and Ramandeep Kaur of Moga and Chitranjali Joshi of Samana shared the third slot.PSEB chairman Dalbir Singh Dhillon said 2,27,000 candidates of the total 3,52,948 students passed the exam. But this year’s pass percentage is almost 14 per cent less than last year, he said.Dhillon added that the lower pass percentage were due to stricter norms this year, since any student who didn’t clear the compulsory subjects — English, Hindi, Punjabi, Mathematics and Science — were declared failed.The Punjab School Education Board was established in 1969 and is based out of Mohali.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.last_img read more