Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — At this point, there is not much Corey Kluber can do to strengthen his case for the American League Cy Young Award. Another win, another quality start, another 10 strikeouts has become what is expected from Cleveland’s ace.“He’s the Cy Young. I think he’s clearly the Cy Young,” Indians teammate Jason Kipnis said. “That doesn’t take away anything from Chris Sale. I think he’s clearly the No. 2 and would be the Cy Young in any other year Corey Kluber is not pitching like this. What he’s done has just been efficient as you can be.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brian Shaw pitched a clean eighth, and Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 29th save. Allen allowed a game-ending home run to Nelson Cruz in Friday’s loss but struck out two of three batters in the ninth on Sunday.“We knew (Allen) was fine or he wouldn’t be pitching,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.STARTING OFFLeake was lifted after 6 2/3 innings, the third time in five starts since being acquired by Seattle that he pitched into the seventh. The right-hander pitched into the seventh just twice in his final 10 starts with St. Louis.The three earned runs were the most allowed by Leake since his addition to the Mariners rotation.POSTSEASON DROUGHTSeattle has the longest postseason drought in baseball at 16 years and counting. The Mariners were in the middle of the wild card race until the past 10 days, when they were swept by the Astros in Houston and swept at home by Texas. Seattle has dropped eight of nine.“It says a lot for our guys to keep it up like that for as long as we did,” Servais said. “I think when you battle so long like that … you kind of run out of gas. You can only go so far.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: 1B Carlos Santana was out of the lineup a day after having his right arm bent awkwardly in a collision at first base with Seattle’s Jean Segura running down the line. … RF Jay Bruce was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game early with left heel soreness. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump criticisms spark more protests at NFL games Kluber threw seven strong innings to become the first 18-game winner in the AL, Jose Ramirez’s 29th home run snapped a 2-all tie, and the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Sunday.Kluber (18-4) made only one mistake in winning his sixth straight start, striking out 10 and allowing six hits. It was his 15th start this season with at least 10 strikeouts. And Kluber didn’t feel at his best after getting extra rest before this turn in the rotation.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“Just didn’t quite feel as crisp as when you get to go every fifth day, but it’s about making adjustments,” Kluber said.Ben Gamel had a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning to pull Seattle even and snap a string of 26 2/3 scoreless innings by Kluber. Both of the runs were unearned after an error by Giovanny Urshela. But it was the only offense the Mariners could produce against Cleveland’s ace. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Mariners: Seattle was without starting SS Jean Segura on Sunday, and he may miss a few more games with a sprained middle finger on his right hand. Segura was hurt in Saturday’s game. Servais said it would probably be a few days before Segura will be back in the lineup.UP NEXTIndians: Cleveland has Monday off before opening a three-game series at home against Minnesota. Josh Tomlin (9-9) will start the opener.Mariners: Seattle goes on the road for its final six games, beginning with three against Oakland. Felix Hernandez (5-5) will start the opener against the A’s. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Indians won for the 29th time in 31 games, won their ninth straight series and have not lost consecutive games since Aug. 22-23.The loss eliminated the Mariners from contention for the second AL wild card. Seattle is seven games behind Minnesota with six games left. The Mariners have not made the postseason since 2001.“We faced some really good pitching the last couple weeks,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I’m proud of our guys and the way they fought all year. It’s disappointing with the expectations we had on ourselves and this ballclub.”Ramirez put Cleveland in front leading off the sixth with a solo shot off Seattle starter Mike Leake (3-1) and put Kluber in line for the victory.Cleveland also got RBI doubles from Edwin Encarnacion and Jason Kipnis in the fourth. Encarnacion later doubled in the eighth off reliever Shea Simmons and scored on a sacrifice fly from Kipnis.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
UP head coach Bo Perasol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol is fed up with his team’s struggles. The Fighting Maroons have been on a free-fall since their 3-1 start in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament losing five of their last six matches to drop to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 And that was the one thing the Fighting Maroons failed to do.Pasaol punished UP with 32 points, outscoring the whole UP starting five who scored a measly 17 points, on top of 13 rebounds.“Actually, he was our emphasis the past few games, we got lapses in the beginning on what we wanted to do and in fact he was the emphasis of our defense,” said Perasol in Filipino. “But he made those three-point shots so he really had a boost of confidence.” Pasaol made five 3-pointers against UP, and none bigger than the one he drilled that gave UE a 68-58 lead with 2:49 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “It’s really tiring when you lose and you don’t see any accountability from your players,” said Perasol Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre after losing to University of the East, 73-64.With the loss, the Fighting Maroons fell out of the top four and are now a full game behind the Tamaraws in the standings.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 wanted them to feel that when you lose a game you have to be accountable, you have to own up to the chances given to you. That’s the point of character building I wanted to share with my players because it’s now always about the wins and the losses.”UP’s game plan focused on slowing down UE’s Alvin Pasaol who has been on a tear the past four games averaging 33 points. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 15 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters 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 Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t think you have to be the tallest, the highest jumpers, the most powerful to be a great volleyball team,” he said at a press conference at Brotzeit Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.“I believe that lots of different areas in the world can produce great players and great coaches,” he added.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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThree-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly sees a brighter future for volleyball in the Philippines, which is enjoying a renaissance with improved performances in the international stage.Kiraly, the current United States women’s national team coach, who will grace the opening Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre, believes the country has the potential to be among the world’s top volleyball countries, noting the support that the sport enjoys from fans.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH There were no official programs or funding for figure skating so Yee’s parents had to spend huge amounts of their own money on his training.They also sent him to train abroad during school holidays, in China and South Korea.“People said: ‘Are you mad? You’re sacrificing all this money,’” his mother Irene Cheow told AFP. “We’re looked at differently now.”Yee’s efforts paid off and he won gold at last year’s Southeast Asian Games, and came eighth in the 2017 Asian Winter Games. His crowning glory was qualification for Pyeongchang, alongside Malaysian skier Jeffrey Webb.Speed skater Cheyenne Goh has faced similar challenges in neighboring Singapore, where even a modest cold snap can set the population shivering.This month a freak monsoon surge sent the mercury plummeting to almost 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) — chilly by Singapore standards — sending people rushing to the shops to buy scarves and winter jackets.But unlike her compatriots, Goh got a taste for a cold climate after moving to Canada aged four, where she developed a love of winter sports.The 18-year-old initially took up ice hockey, a staple of Canadian life, before discovering short-track speed skating while watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.As well as qualifying for the Olympics, she has represented Singapore at the Asian Winter Games and won two silver medals and a bronze at last year’s SEA Games.No winter to speak of LATEST STORIES Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Liukin steps down as US women’s gymnastics team coordinatorPutin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Goh, who is taking a year off after high school and splits her time between Singapore and Canada, insisted her success was not unusual.“It’s not all that strange that I’m representing a country with no winter to speak of at a winter sport,” she told AFP after a recent training session in the city-state.She is modest about her chances of matching the success of swimmer Joseph Schooling, who won Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016.But supporters hope her participation in the women’s 1,500 meters category will encourage more Singaporeans to take up winter sports.“After Joseph Schooling’s gold medal, many more became keen on swimming — and we are hoping that the same happens to us,” said Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong.The Malaysian and Singaporean athletes join a small group of Southeast Asians heading to Pyeongchang, including several from Thailand and the Philippines.No matter how well he does, Malaysian skater Yee said his qualification had already shown that athletes from the tropics can prove the doubters wrong.“It really does show that many things are possible,” he said. “Even without winter in Malaysia, we can still be there.” ABRELATED STORIES:North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating When growing up, the only places he could find to practice were a handful of small, crowded rinks in the shopping malls scattered around the capital Kuala Lumpur.Figure skating on the tiny rinks was “like trying to get an A380 (world’s biggest airliner) to land on a very small runway”, the 20-year-old told AFP.But he persevered and began training in the morning and evening when the rinks were less crowded.“I skated two times a day, six days — sometimes six-and-a-half days — a week,” he said.‘Are you mad?’ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It is the latest sign of an unlikely, yet growing, interest in ice and snow sports in a winterless, steamy region, where temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in most places.A major milestone for winter sports in the region came last year when they featured for the first time at the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, with ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating making their debuts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was not without problems — puddles formed on the hockey rink during matches, slowing down the puck and forcing marshals with squeegees to dash onto the ice to mop up the water.Figure skater Julian Yee, who will represent Malaysia at next month’s Games, is typical of athletes from the region who have had to overcome a lack of facilities, limited official support and public skepticism to pursue their dreams. 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Image: Christof Stache / AFPIn tropical Malaysia and Singapore, Winter Olympics medals are rarer than snowflakes — but a dedicated group of athletes are hoping to change that as they make their countries’ debut Games appearances.A Singaporean speed skater, as well as a figure skater and skier from Malaysia will compete in the Games, a huge achievement for countries better known for palm-fringed beaches and year-round heat than winter sports.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MOST READ View comments AP PhotoGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) _ Five seconds into your Olympic debut, you suffer a wardrobe malfunction. What do you do? Keep your shoulders back and keep smiling.That’s exactly what happened to South Korean ice dancers Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin during their performance in Sunday’s team event. A hook on the back of Min’s red dress slid loose, threatening to reveal rather more than it already did.ADVERTISEMENT Hulk Hogan wants to make a wrestling comeback Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I know that if this comes undone, then the whole thing is going to come undone. So I had that panic,” she said. “That wouldn’t be the most ideal Olympic experience, obviously. The whole time in the back of my head I was just thinking: ‘Keep your back straight because it might come down.”Things got worse during the twizzles _ a synchronized side-by-side spin _ when Min felt the dress slipping off her shoulder and down her arm. She had to react fast to stop her Olympic debut being remembered alongside Janet Jackson’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl in 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It started to come down so I had to stop my twizzle and pull it back up,” she said. Gamelin added: “We were skating well _ you just had to keep everything, well, intact.”Gamelin is from Boston, while Min was born in California to Korean parents. They might not have grown up in the Olympic host nation, but it didn’t stop the crowd from taking them to heart. Min’s dress issues hurt their points total as they finished ninth, but they’re optimistic for the ice dance competition starting Feb. 19. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next “The second we stepped onto the ice, the fans started to scream and I think we really fed off that energy,” Min said. “Even with my costume coming undone, the fans helped us, picked us up.”Gamelin talks with Min in Korean and is “at least proficient” _ which was handy during his citizenship interview last year.To march as an American-born athlete alongside North Koreans in the opening ceremony was unforgettable, he said.“That was crazy. The unified team was a really historic event,” he said. “I’m loving this whole theme of peace.”ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus With the 25-year-old Klisura leading the way, Cocolife has now won three in a row after starting the conference with back-to-back losses. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ateneo needs to learn from its mistakes, says captain Madayag Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIn her maiden conference last year, Sara Klisura set the Philippine Superliga record for most points in a game.The Serbian star, however, doesn’t plan on breaking any record in her second tour of duty in the PSL.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “No. I mean, my intention is only to play well and to help the team as much as I can and win as much as we can, so that is my motivation and my intention here,” said Klisura after leading Cocolife over her former team Foton, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18, on Saturday.The 6-foot-2 outside hitter, who scored a record-breaking 41 points on Nov. 26, 2017, also thinks it would be near impossible for her to eclipse her mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I break the record again that would be a miracle, but that’s not my goal this year,” she said smiling.Klisura, though, could be just downplaying her scoring capabilities. In the Asset Managers’ latest victory, she managed to hit 28 points with ease in just three sets. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next View comments
Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “We’re going back the same way we started. We’re giving chance to the other players like Mac to prove that they sill have gas left in their tank,” said Jawbreakers team owner Commie Espina Varona.The 35-year-old Cardona joined team practices on Monday, but was non-committal as far his future with the team is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He will end the conference with us. But surely, we want him in our team for the future,” Zark’s team manager Sherwin Cantos saidCardona last played in the PBA in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup with NLEX, where he averaged career-lows of 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9 minutes of play. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries PLAY LIST 01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries00:50Trending Articles01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:49Robredo: 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 View comments LaVar Ball says son Lonzo could go with other shoe brand ‘if the price is right’ Cardona debuts on Tuesday for Zark’s against Marinerong Pilipino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress He has enjoyed a lengthy 11-year playing career in the PBA since leaving La Salle, where he netted averages of 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in his stops with Talk N’ Text, Meralco, Air21, and NLEX before suffering on drug overdose last year.The mercurial swingman’s entry will be a huge boost to the Zark’s Burgers squad which has struggled to string victories in its maiden foray in the PBA D-League wherein the team set league records for all the wrong reasons.The Jawbreakers absorbed a record-setting 76-point loss to Tanduay last July 10.Already out of the running for a quarterfinals spot with their 1-7 record, the Jawbreakers have fired their head coach Jade Padrigao and installed assistant coach Gino Enriquez in an interim capacity to finish the conference.However, Cardona’s arrival could help the team play the spoiler role for playoff-bound squads as he is set to join forces with ex-pro Robby Celiz.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA FILE PHOTOCaptain Hook is ready to sail again.Mac Cardona will be making his basketball comeback, this time with Zark’s Burgers as he is set to play in the team’s last two games in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT
Falcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments Danny Ainge calls Kyrie Irving “special” and explains his vision of the blockbuster trade that acquired the All-Star point guard. pic.twitter.com/xlwsKvBgNl— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 5, 2017 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Kyrie Irving (2). APThere’s no question that recently acquired Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars.Although his talent on the hardwood is exemplary, pundits are questioning how he’ll fit with coach Brad Stevens’ system, now that he’ll be the No. 1 option on offense each given night.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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But as as far as Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is concerned, the 25-year-old superstar will fit just right in Beantown and prosper even more under a new system, particularly with his play-making skills.“You’ll see that he’s a better passer,” Ainge said of Kyrie in a video interview for the Celtics social media team.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 MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I think people that watch Kyrie play a lot can see his passing and his potential there as a passer. LeBron was pretty much the point guard in Cleveland and Kyrie was a point guard often when LeBron wasn’t on the court. I think that he’s a fantastic passer and I think that defensively he’s got to improve and I think he will in Brad’s system.”In his first six seasons with the Cavaliers, Irving averaged a modest 5.5 assists per game, which the 58-year-old executive believes woill go higher in Boston.Although he will no longer have the luxury of playing alongside LeBron James, Ainge adds that his pick-and-roll prowess will be showcased more with new teammates Al Horford commanding the block and Gordon Hayward manning the wings. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
File photo of Delhi Metro.A crucial link to the main Commonwealth Games venue of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the Central Secretariat-Sarita Vihar corridor today rolled out to the public just hours before the inauguration of the sporting extravaganza.The 15-km corridor, which will facilitate the travel of people attending the opening ceremony of the Games, was inaugurated without much fanfare, though DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan was present at the Central Secretariat station.A brand-new Standard Gauge train began its journey from the Central Secretariat station at 8 am after it was flagged off by the Station Master in the presence of Sreedharan.The line is part of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor, whose deadline was September 30. But, the DMRC decided to throw it open till Sarita Vihar only as some signalling work is pending on the small stretch from Sarita Vihar to Badarpur.With this, the Delhi Metro’s ambitious Phase-II has almost been completed except the Airport Express Line, which could not get the safety clearance.”It is a matter of great pride and glory for all of us in Delhi Metro that the Badarpur line has been substantially opened up to Sarita Vihar. This marks almost the completion of our Phase-II project,” an elated Sreedharan told reporters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.He recalled that the line was sanctioned only in 2007 and it has been completed within just three years and four months.Since the line connects the JLN Stadium, Delhi Metro will runs 29 trains on it till the end of the Games at an all- time high frequency 2.40 minutes.advertisementDMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said that Sreedharan himself will monitor train movement on the line on Sunday from the Operation Control Centre at Metro Bhawan.”Since it is the opening ceremony, he will be there at the OCC the whole day and monitor the train movement. Senior officials and experts from South Korea and Germany have also been stationed at various places to ensure no technical glitch takes place today,” he said.This is the second Standard Gauge line to come up in the country after the Delhi Metro’s Inderlok-Mundka corridor.Work on the line was delayed after an under-construction pillar collapsed in Zamrudpur in south Delhi last July killing seven people.Immediately after the line opened, a number of people, especially Games volunteers, took the Metro to reach the Games venue.The JLN Stadium station wore a festive look and Sreedharan visited it along with his wife and senior DMRC officials.At the Central Secretariat station, Sreedharan and other officials took part in a ‘havan’ before taking a ride on the train.The line is expected to be further extended up to Badarpur from Sarita Vihar in about 10 days time.With its inauguration, the total operational Metro network expands to 153 kilometres with 130 Metro Stations and the travel time from Central Secretariat to Sarita Vihar will be approximately 26 minutes.Central Secretariat has now become one of the biggest interchange Metro stations with both Standard and Broad gauge lines merging in the national capital.
UB City, the glittering new landmark in BangaloreGurgling stream, scenic waterfall, thick coffee plantations, winding road: as the words and phrases do a slow ticker parade in the head, you can’t help feeling it all sounds like something out of a cheesy brochure. But the idyllic Falling Waters coffee estate that we’re talking about, deep in Coorg district, does seem to wear the words and phrases as if it rightfully belongs there. Yet, behind them, it also has that smug smirk, the one that says, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”And just what that is unfolds quite dramatically: up a steep curving path flanked by tall trees, liberally littered with smooth, round pebbles, the 4WD makes a groaning climb and stops in the midst of what can only be called Tarzan’s training ground, enigmatically called Now or Never Land. For the sake of convenience, it’s called a jungle gym, but what it actually is, is a series of ropes and ropeways comprising bridges, walkways, planked tunnels, cables, ropes, planks and bamboo strips suspended across trees many, many feet above the ground and providing that instant kick to the gut to get the adrenaline flowing in super-quick speed. A bit like an improvised army obstacle course. The latest addition to the sudden spurt in activity-based tourism that is sweeping across the State.Kenneth, who’s set up the place along with his wife Sanjana on their 75-acre estate, declares in his deep British accent: “You can do the ordinary course in about two-three hours, and you’ll enjoy it.” Oh and by the way, just so Rambo fans won’t be disappointed, there’s quadbiking, paint ball and rifle shooting. So if you are not into adventure activity, but, on the other hand, have a particularly pesky boss, this is a good place to vent all the frustrations! And then perhaps put your feet up at the Green Hills Estate, a beautiful 19th-century bungalow which sits amidst acres of coffee plantations and is run by the Neemrana group as a ‘non-hotel’ hotel just outside Virajpet in Coorg.Adrenaline surgeWhite water rafting on KabiniAt the other end of the State, what’s been making waves, literally, is the enormous interest in white water rafting on the River Kali near Dandeli. It is certainly the focus of the more serious enthusiasts as river rafting is possible for almost nine months of the year, and also because higher grades (read more dangerous and treacherous) of river rafting are possible here. On the other hand, both Cauvery (in Bheemeshwari and in Coorg) and Sita offer lower grades (including for beginners).Kenko, the fish spaIn recent years though, water-sport junkies have kicked up the adrenaline-pumping factor some more with an activity they call canyoning. If the Nevada desert comes to mind, then you could be very near the mark, but what is absolutely essential is the presence of a waterfall, just to make things that much more interesting. Canyoning involves trekking up to the point where a waterfall jumps off and then rappelling or abseiling down the face of fall. Watching this can give you panic attacks, but hardcore sports enthusiasts insist it is just adding a bit of drama to ordinary rappelling.Body blissAt the Serai Spa in ChikmagalurBut there’s only so much activity that one can take, before wanting to calm the mind and body. And what better place to do it than at a spa. Over the last couple of years, a number of spas have opened not just in Bangalore but across the state. The Serai Spa in Chikmagalur is one of those places where the visitor arrives and then hands herself over to the tranquillity of the place. Set amidst rolling coffee plantations, the spa is so ideally located that it does sound like a figment of somebody’s fertile imagination until one actually sees it. But if Chikmagalur seems far away, then a couple of interesting spa options in Bangalore should do the trick. Kenko is for the adventurous, as its fish spa takes a bit of getting used to. On the other hand, the reflexology sessions along side are both relaxing and invigorating. But if you are in the mood for something regular yet different, try refreshing Hawaiian massages at White Mantra or indulge in chocolate massages offered by Pittstop Salon and Spa.Capital drawsNext time you are in Bangalore, sample molecular gastronomyHaving soothed into calmness, it is time to get back to the bright lights of Bangalore, to satiate the gourmet in oneself. Last year alone, Bangalore saw a spurt of fine-dining restaurants. And leading the pack is Caperberry, which specialises in European, especially Spanish cuisine, but more importantly, has familiarised Indians with the concept of molecular gastronomy. Here, scary words like degustation and deconstruction are bandied about frequently, but there’s nothing to fear, and the last vestiges of any trepidation will be banished by the food that Chef Abhijit Saha dishes out. If it is something closer to home that you are looking for, then try Kebabs and Kurries at ITC’s latest addition to the city, the Royal Gardenia, where the menu comprises the best dishes from ITC’s signature brands such as Peshawari and Dum Pukht. Or if it is just a spot of relaxation, then head for a coffee at the Cubbon Pavilion. Set amidst lush greenery, a breezy ambience, hanging gardens and water bodies, either the meal or the coffee is just an excuse to be there.If the urge to splurge overtakes, the place to head to is Vittal Mallya Road. Overenthusiastic shoppers have christened it Bangalore’s Rodeo Drive, since every major Indian designer has presence here. The Collective is a good place for men’s clothing and accessories, and stocks many international brands.For women, Fuel on Cunningham Road is a good option. Down the road, UB City is all about glamour and flamboyance with outlets by high-end global brands such as Cavalli, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, TAG, Tod’s and Estee Lauder to name a few. This is also the place for some great Northwest frontier food at Khansama or Italian at Toscano. And if all the shopping wears you out, you can indulge in another relaxing session at Angsana Spa located in Oakwood Premier, the line of luxury serviced apartments inside UB City.Hard Rock Cafe in BangaloreAfter an afternoon of shopping and spa, if you are perhaps in the mood for some intellectual activity, then the National Gallery of Modern Art, opened recently, is a good place to imbibe some arty thoughts. Bangalore got its own branch recently, and is housed in the beautiful Manikyavelu Mansion amidst lush greenery. While the permanent collection comprises works by the masters, frequently changing exhibitions showcase an eclectic range–from photographs of Satyajit Ray to avant-garde works by young artists.Bar codeLiquid, the lounge bar at Ista BangaloreFor those who prefer a much more aggressive start to their evening (read, serious partying) a host of options come to mind. There’s never an evening when the Hard Rock Cafe is not rocking. The ancient stone building lends a fabulous backdrop to the legendary rock memorabilia and thumping music. Equally stunning in ambience is Shiro’s in UB City with its towering Buddha statue, bas-relief carvings, sculpture, the sprawling terrace, foot-tapping music and the smacking pan-Asian cuisine. But both Hard Rock Cafe and Shiro’s can get crowded, even on weekdays, and if you are kind who likes to chill out, then Liquid is the place. It is a restful lounge bar on a terrace inside Ista, and speaks of space, luxury and fun, all in the same breath. Across town, at the Zuri Whitefield’s lounge bar Bling, the decor could have easily lapsed into kitsch but has been done so cleverly as to merit the tag of sophisticated chic, and goes down well with the cocktails and the energetic sound factor. Next door is Latitude, a more functional option, though done in lovely colours and water bodies and is located inside the lobby of Vivanta by Taj at Bangalore’s International Technology Park. And then there’s Blue Bar in Taj West End, which has suddenly reinvented itself and become such a crowd puller that it is a struggle just to get in.Heritage on trackA novel way of completing the tourist circuit in Karnataka is a ride on the Golden Chariot, the State’s first luxury tourist train. It starts in Bangalore and makes its way to Goa with stops at Mysore, Hampi, Pattadakal, Badami, Shravanabelagola and Aihole. With interiors inspired by the State’s rich architectural heritage–the bar, for instance, is modelled on the Mysore Palace–this is nothing short of a deluxe hotel on wheels.Whether it is one or even all of your senses that’s crying for attention, there’s something here. We might be biased, but even the most jaded traveller will perk up with what Karnataka has come up.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement Fact fileFalling Water Estate/Now or Never Land Chelavara Falls, Cheyandane PO South Coorg; tel: (08274) 323 023/(080) 3201 8857; www.noworneverland.comGreen Hills Estate, Virajpet, South Coorg; tel: (08274) 254 790; www.neemranahotels.comKali Adventure Camp Dandeli; Old Magazine House Forest Camp, Ganeshgudi; tel: (080) 2559 7021/4/5; www.junglelodges.comSitanadi Nisarga Dhama (Sita River Nature Camp) Hebri, Agumbe; bookings through Adreno, (080) 2314 3388, www.adreno.orgNature Admire, (0)96116 47900, www.natureadmire.comJungle Lodges and Resorts Bheemeshwari and Galibore, near Mutatti village; tel: (080) 2559 7021/4/5; www.junglelodges.comThe Serai Spa Mugthihalli Post 577 133, K M Road, Chikmagalur; tel: (08262) 224 903-14; www.theserai.inKenko Reflexology and Fish Spa 36, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 4211 0304; www.kenko.sgPittstop Salon and Day Spa 16, Jaladarshini Layout, near MS Ramaiah Hospital, New BEL Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 4210 7601/02/04Caperberry in BangaloreCaperberrry 121, Dickenson Road, 48/1, Ground Floor, The Estate, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2559 4567; www.caperberry.inITC Royal Gardenia 1, Residency Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2211 9898; www.itcwelcomgroup.inThe Collective, Vittal Mallya Road, tel: (080) 6767 8888; www.thecollective.inIn UB City (Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore) Khansama Tel: 4111 4499 Toscano Tel: 4173 8800; www.toscano.co.in Shiro’s Tel: 4173 8864Oakwood Premier Tel: 2234 8888Fuel, The Fashion Store 32, The Hatworks Boulevard, Cunningham Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 4097 7171; www.fuelthestore.comNational Gallery of Modern Art Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2220 1027; www.ngmaindia.gov.in/Hard Rock Cafe St Mark’s Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 4124 2222; www.hardrock.comLiquid Ista Hotel, Ulsoor, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2555 8888; www.istahotels.comBling, the lounge bar at Zuri WhitefieldBling Zuri Whitefield, Bangalore; tel: (080) 6665 7272; www.thezurihotels.comLatitude Vivanta by Taj, ITPB, Whitefield Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 6693 3333; www.tajhotels.comThe Blue Bar at Taj West End has reinvented itselfBlue Bar Taj West End, Race Course Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 6660 5660Green Hills Estate, the new Neemrana hotel in CoorgGolden Chariot Contact The Luxury Trains, Connaught Circus, New Delhi; tel: (011) 4286 6600; www.goldenchariot.co.in
The ICC World Cup is still two weeks away, but its official theme song is already making cricket fans in India dance to an Azamgarh boy’s tunes. Manoj Yadav, who has penned the World Cup anthem, De ghuma ke, can’t thank his mentors Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy enough for this opportunity.”I have been working with them for the last one-and-a-half years and they recommended me to O&M for the World Cup anthem. I am really grateful to them for their faith and appreciation,” he says.Though settled in Mumbai for the past several years, Manoj is proud of his small town roots and attributes the emotional connect in De ghuma ke to this fact.”I am happy to be from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. I think being from a small town cultivates a passion in you which makes you work doubly hard. I’ve been lucky to have completed my primary education from Azamgarh. It has really made me an emotional person and I try to carry forward these emotions in my work.”It took Manoj almost two months to write the song. “Writing for cricket as a subject has been an emotional experience for me. I had to be really particular with the lyrics. There had to be a connect with the masses since cricket is considered a religion in India,” he says.The basic idea was to weave the excitement and passion of cricket in words, Manoj says. “For instance, the lines aasman mein maar ke dubki is an attempt to create a visual effect of fielding and sarr se cheer hawa ka parda an attempt to highlight the thrill of fast bowling,” he adds.The song, which has already been released, will be played during the inaugural ceremony as well as between the matches during the tournament starting February 19.Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed the music for the theme song.Manoj is on cloud nine that his song got the honour to be the World Cup anthem and that it is receiving appreciation. But this is not the first time he has written for cricket.Not many know that he also penned the title song of the Indian Premier League’s South Africa version in 2009, Ek desh ek junoon.He has also worked for several Marathi films and ad films, including the famous Abhishek-Aishwarya Lux jingle, Sone se bhi sona lage.Having received accolades for De ghuma ke, Manoj has many big offers coming his way, one with a leading Bollywood composer. However, this humble Azamgarh boy is reluctant to name the projects. “I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best,” he says. – With PTI inputsadvertisement
Former Test captain Anil Kumble reckons it is India’s best chance to lift the ODI World Cup and end the 28-year-old jinx, but fitness of players would be a major concern. “My only concern is the fitness of the guys. If they can last the entire tournament without injuries, we could certainly regain the Cup,” Kumble said on Saturday.Kumble said along with India, defending champions Australia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka are the other favourites for the coveted trophy. “We have a very bright chance, probably it is our best opportunity to win the Cup,” said Kumble. Kumble weighed the advantages that India had to win back the title, last won by Kapil’s Devils in 1983.”We have a lot of advantages going into the tournament. The form of the players is encouraging. The quality of players is good. “There are some all-rounders as well who can chip in with both bat and ball,” emphasised Kumble, who was part of the Indian World Cup campaigns in 1996 (at home), 1999 (England), 2003 (South Africa) and 2007 (West Indies). India’s most successful bowler feels the sub-continental wickets would be of great advantage to India.”Besides the form and quality of players, the pitches would suit our game. We know our conditions too well. We know what we can expect,” said Kumble, who as president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, will oversee the World Cup matches in the Garden City.Talking about the disappointment of losing the 1996 semifinals and the 2003 finals, Kumble said: “We came very close to winning. It was disappointing that we could not get to do what we were capable as a team. “Each time we got close and lost, we knew we had to wait for a long time as the World Cup is played only once in four years.”advertisementAsked if Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his sixth successive World Cup, will be under pressure to deliver in front of the home crowd, Kumble said: “He has been around for 21 years. So there is no question of him being under pressure. “He is playing at his best that I have seen. He has looked relaxed in all the matches that I have watched.If he plays the World Cup like any other ODI,he should be scoring lots of runs,” said Kumble. When India came close to winning the title but lost in the finals of 2003, Kumble said Tendulkar, like the rest of the team, was terribly disappointed. “Considering that we came very close to winning in 2003, I am sure Sachin will be looking forward to winning the one trophy that has eluded him.The entire team will also be striving hard to win back the Cup after five attempts (since 1983).” Kumble said the expectations will be high as the entire nation will be looking up to the players to win the title. “The expectations will be there as everyone would want the team to triumph. But the players have the experience to cope with it,” he said. Aside from the top teams, Kumble felt Pakistan could be the surprise package.”Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka will be front runners for the title along with India. But we cannot underestimate Pakistan, as you never know what they could do. They are an unpredictable side,” said Kumble. Kumble’s newly-elected committee has ensured that the players are given facilities that they richly deserve. The dressing rooms have been refurbished. The open-air media box has been air-conditioned.The entire Chinnaswamy Stadium, which will host five World Cup matches, besides two warm-up games, has been given a fresh coat of paint. “The players deserve the best. Without them there would be no stadia, no crowd,” said Kumble.
Oh, how Bollywood suffers for its art. If Priyanka Chopra aged from 20 to 65 in 7 Khoon Maaf, Neil Nitin Mukesh, playing her first husband put on 7 kg and sported a prosthetic half leg. As Major Rodriguez, Mukesh abandoned his pretty boy looks. But then Vishal Bhardwaj has a habit of making his actors do his bidding. He had John Abraham injecting substances into his rippling forearms, Irrfan Khan slapping his beautous co-star around, Annu Kapoor climaxing onscreen and Naseeruddin Shah playing hooky with wild mushrooms. It doesn’t always work but the life of Susanna, the “meow si ladki”, is anything but uninteresting. Mukesh, 29, talks of how it was to go from suave to sneering in 7 Khoon Maaf.Q. Why did you agree to be one among so many husbands in a woman centric film?A. The character was extremely delicious for me to eat and I really liked it. Also it was a Vishal Bhardwaj film.Q. If you had a pick, which role would you have chosen?A.I was offered Major Rodriguez and the poet. I liked this one because he has so many layers.Q. The best thing someone has said about you?A. After Johnny Gaddar someone told me ‘bad has never been so good’.Q. Any further singing plans?A. I plan to record some of granddad’s songs with my father.- with Priyanka Sood and Nishat Bari
Rs 77 croreAnnual fee from 22 endorsements and matches played. Sachin Tendulkar’s annual fee is Rs 64 crore.Dhoni’s endorsementsRealty CheckHis new home, Shaurya, is built on a 4,500-sq ft stretch in Ranchi’s Harmu neighbourhood. The Indian skipper built the duplex bungalow on a Rs 1-crore loan that was offered interest-free to him by the State Bank of India.31%of ads during the World Cup carried Dhoni as brand ambassador, according to tam Sports. He was No. 1 among celebrities in tv advertising. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag occupied ranks 5 and 6. In 2010, Bollywood stars led by Katrina Kaif, not cricketers, dominated.Rs 1 CROREawarded by BCCI after the World Cup win.Rs 2 CROREby Delhi Government. There’s also a house or plot in Mussoorie; stadium to be built in Dhoni’s name in Uttarakhand; residential plot by the Bangalore government; Hyundai car and plot by a Rajkot builder; land for a cricket academy in Jharkhand; Jharkhand Ratna award and an honorary doctorate by Jharkhand Government; lifetime ac pass by Indian Railways.
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Redeemed: Kapil Dev hugged by wife Romi after receiving the awardWhen Kapil Dev stepped up to slap palms with Viv Richards and receive the trophy for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, it was both recognition and redemption.It has been less than two years since he resigned as Indian,Redeemed: Kapil Dev hugged by wife Romi after receiving the awardWhen Kapil Dev stepped up to slap palms with Viv Richards and receive the trophy for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, it was both recognition and redemption.It has been less than two years since he resigned as Indian coach in the wake of the match-fixing controversy. A teary appearance on television, a very public distancing from all cricket and occasional jibes at the Indian team-all the bitterness looked to have vanished when he stepped up to receive the award.When asked whether the award was a vindication, he lashed out: “If this is vindication, then it is the sweetest thing I have ever known.” The margin between the top three was excruciatingly narrow-Kapil pipping Tendulkar to top place by, it is believed, a single vote with Gavaskar coming in a mere three points behind.Kapil’s career will forever be studied in two halves: first the outstanding allrounder and athlete who played for India from 1978-79 to 1994. Then, the former player-turned-coach trapped in the match-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket. The Wisden award is the endorsement of Kapil Mark I.The best tribute to Kapil came from his English rival Ian Botham: “Kapsy kept me on my toes. I’d look in the papers and see, ‘Oh, Kapil’s taken a five-fer, I’d better get six. Kapil’s got a hundred I’d better get 150.”Richards launched into a passionate defence of the Indian allrounder: “I never believed it of this individual- the way he played his cricket with competitiveness and enthusiasm.”advertisementKapil himself said of his experience: “When some people try to destroy you but the cricket fraternity sees you differently, you get your faith back.”At the exclusive Long Room dinner, Kapil was emotional and expansive, filling guests’ glasses with champagne. He had hugged both his rivals on the podium, singling Gavaskar out for his powers of concentration, confidence and his strong sense of Indianness.Of Tendulkar, he had a story: “Just before he played for India, I bowled to him in the nets and he hit me for two straight sixes … I thought then, ‘Old man … your career is finished’.”Life for Kapil Dev, artist and allrounder extraordinaire, has come full circle.
Each city has a central artery, where the pulse of all activity can be seen and felt. If you have not been to Soho, Leicester Square and Piccadilly, then you haven’t seen London.For most people who have come to the city for the Olympics, the bulk of the action is in East London.However, for old times’ sake, I decided to sample what the heart of the city feels like during this exciting fortnight where almost everything comes to a standstill.After massive renovation on the pavements in and around Leicester Square, the roads look new. As sunset here is late in the summer, I decided to soak in the atmosphere.To be sure, the basic fabric of life in this part of the city remains the same. There is romance in the air as this is July and people dress comfortably, minus the woollens.From the time you walk out of the old Tube station and hit the streets, nothing has changed. A sad-looking man playing a wailing number on his guitar will keep his guitar case open for you to throw some change.Closer to the park in the middle square, there are more wannabe music artists belting out rock numbers with the help of a small amplifier.They don’t beg for money per se, but there is a way to offer coins again here. And if you are in a more benevolent mood, you can even buy their own CD music for as much as five pounds!advertisementIt’s a different matter that Tower Records, a landmark in central London is not too far away from here, where you get the best music on planet.The eateries and pubs are doing big business as usual but the crowds are mostly tourist types.The London Olympics logo is not too prominent and this is the typical July atmosphere when people from neighbouring parts of Europe come for a holiday.Some tourists I spoke to said even cheap dump hotels were sold out almost a year ago and even travel lodges were making a killing.Pubs are making huge money as well and it’s strange how despite a low alcohol content, people still get drunk here on beer. The choice is plenty and same goes for the food.Those who can’t afford an expensive Indian restaurant or Italian fine-dining have to settle for the cheap slice of pizza.Believe me, it’s value for money as for 1.5 pounds the slice of pizza fills you to the throat. But don’t ask me how healthy it is.I did check the menu card at some restaurants and it is clear rates have been hiked considerably. And if you add VAT to it, a classy dinner costs as much as 40 pounds for a meal, if you happen to ask for mineral water with it.Right now, London is in party mode and despite the traffic snarls and so on, everybody is soaking in the atmosphere.– When I was packing, I decided to toss in a tube of the good old mosquito repellent. In my previous visits to London, I had never seen mosquitoes. But this time around, believe it or not, I do see them. Unlike Delhi mosquitoes, they are smaller. However, after a hard day’s work and competing against a four-anda-half hours time difference, the ointment comes in very handy. Before the mosquitoes decide to taste my blood, I use my Indian way to keep them away. So the next time the Brits say anything bad about India, I’ll just show them a photo of an English mosquito.– Each host city has its share of problems during a major sporting event. There are as many as 40 groups staging protests during the Olympics. Despite being dubbed the ‘Green Games,’ protests have still popped up over various issues.The worst-hit ends up being the UK taxpayer, who is going to face the brunt in the financial capital of the world. Official estimates say that between 11 million to 24 million pounds will be taken from the taxpayers’ pockets.However, all the protests in London will be silent and not like Anna Hazare and company disrupting New Delhi.
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