Ahanmisi powers Akari-Adamson in thrilling win over Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgPBA IMAGESJerrick Ahanmisi saved his best for last as he steered Akari-Adamson to a huge 80-75 come-from-behind victory over Marinerong Pilipino Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Fil-Nigerian guard had the crucial steal and go-ahead assist to Simon Camacho’s and-one play with 10.9 ticks to play before sealing the victory with two freebies .ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises No more limit on lending of PBA players to Gilas, says new commissioner Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Ahanmisi, the younger brother of Rain or Shine playmaker Maverick, pumped life into Akari-Adamson, which was  behind by 10, 21-31, early in the game as he shot 4-of-8 from downtown to end up with 23 points, five rebounds, and four assists.Sean Manganti added 13 markers, three boards, two assists, and two blocks, while Jerom Lastimosa had nine points in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t know if they underestimated us because we’re a college team, but we’re here to prove something and show that we can compete,” said coach Franz Pumaren of the conference-opening win.The Falcons were able to weather the early drought after going 8-of-18 from beyond the arc. Renzo Subido still tried to tie the game at 78 in the waning seconds, but his triple went way short.Billy Robles topped Marinerong Pilipino (1-1) with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Kyle Toth shot a perfect 3-of-3 from threes to wound up with 11 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:AKARI-ADAMSON 80 — Ahanmisi 23, Manganti 13, Lastimosa 9, Catapusan 8, Mojica 7, Hill 6, Buenaventura 4, Sarr 4, Camacho 3, Longalong 3, Bernardo 0, Lojera 0, Macion 0,MARINERONG PILIPINO 75 — Robles 13, Toth 11, Subido 9, Terso 9, Paredes 8, Tratter 8, Ayonayon 4, Banal 4, Babilonia 3, Lopez 2, Pasaol 2, Tolentino 2, Iñigo 0, Olivares.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Quarters: 19-26, 42-48, 63-65, 80-75.last_img read more

Federer, Djokovic wonder if Wimbledon courts can improve

first_imgRobredo: 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Federer followed Djokovic on Centre Court and described it as “a tad slippery” after losing his footing during one point in a victory over Mischa Zverev, who also took a tumble.“But I didn’t feel like it was unsafe,” said Federer, who has won seven of his record 18 major titles at Wimbledon. “Maybe you don’t want players to feel that way, because the moment you become scared of moving properly, it’s really difficult to play, I must admit. The last thing we want to see is horrible injuries.”Some players voiced concerns about the court conditions over the opening week, including Kristina Mladenovic of France and Alison Riske of the United States, who each fell early during their second-round match on Court 18 on Thursday.Riske, who won the match, said afterward that the dirt “is like ice.”Measurements taken throughout Wimbledon’s first week show the grass courts are as healthy as they have been in recent years, according to Neil Stubley, the head of courts and horticulture at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘Thank you’: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami Roger Federer and his opponent slipped during their third-round match.The two past champions are wondering what sort of work can be done on the middle Sunday, when there is no competition, so the court conditions improve when action resumes with all 16 fourth-round singles matches scheduled for Monday.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“The first two matches I didn’t see any significant difference. But I was hearing a lot of comments from the other players. They were complaining. Especially on the outside courts,” Djokovic said after beating Ernests Gulbis in straight sets at Centre Court on Saturday.“Today, I could see there is a difference in grass, in (the) turf itself. It was a bit softer, I would say, especially around a couple of feet inside and outside, around the baseline area,” said Djokovic, a three-time champion at the All England Club. “I haven’t had that kind of experience before in Wimbledon, to be honest. I mean, the courts are always perfect here.” “We looked at the baselines and the areas that they thought there was an issue,” Stubley said. “We didn’t feel there was. The Grand Slam supervisor and assistant referee didn’t believe that there was either. When you look at the comparisons of other courts … they were in or around the same condition as the other courts.”Very little rain has fallen over the first six days of the tournament, which Stubley said led to more wear on the courts.Still, although he acknowledged the courts are under stress, he said there’s “not a doubt” they will hold up throughout Wimbledon’s second week.“Because we have daily monitoring, we can keep a very tight rein on everything,” he said. “It never gets to the point where it’s ever going to get away from us because we’re on top of it every single day.”Still, Djokovic was sure that something wasn’t quite the same as in the past.“I’m sure they know what they’re doing. They know their job the best in the world. But you can see that there is a slight difference in the quality of the grass,” he said. “This year seems like it’s a bit softer.”Noted Federer: “They have time to figure out how they’re going to prep (the courts) for Monday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns to Germany’s Mischa Zverev during their Men’s Singles Match on day six at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — With a week still to go, Wimbledon’s grass courts already are not the lush lawns players — and TV viewers — are accustomed to seeing early in the tournament.Novak Djokovic noticed the ball bouncing differently in some patches.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View commentslast_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia Cup

first_imgNGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 84 – Romeo 17, Standhardinger 16, Cruz 11, Pogoy 9, Norwood 8, Wright 8, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 4, Abueva 3, Almazan 2, Castro William 1.IRAQ 68 – Galloway 23, Hamzah 12, Al-Khafaji 8, Ismael 6, Hamad 5, Hameed 5, Abdullah 3, Dhafer 2, Talib 2, Algburi 2, Aljuboori 0, Alazawi 0.Quarters: 17-19, 32-31, 60-40, 84-68.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next At 2-0, Gilas has now earned the top seed in Group B and can formalize its automatic quarterfinals berth with a win against Qatar on Sunday.The Philippines bucked a poor start, where Iraq imposed its size advantage to gain control of the first half, before solving the puzzle after the break and pulling away to a lead as high as 23, 64-41, courtesy of a Raymond Almazan dunk with 8:35 remaining.READ: PROFILES: Gilas Pilipinas Final 12 for Fiba Asia Cup 2017 For the second straight game, Gilas also continued to catch fire from beyond the arc, shooting 12-of-29 from three to negate the Iraqis’ presence down low.Naturalized import Kevin Galloway was stifled in the second half as he topped Iraq with 23 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comChristian Standhardinger sparked the decisive third quarter blast as Gilas Pilipinas blew out Iraq, 84-68, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Friday at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.The Fil-German big man dropped 12 of his 16 points in the third frame, on top of his seven rebounds, to help the Philippines break away from a tight 32-31 lead at halftime to a commanding 60-39 spread late in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaTerrence Romeo, who starred in Gilas’ 96-87 win over China, also fired 17 markers, 11 coming in the third frame where Gilas outscored the Iraqis, 28-9. He also had four assists and two boards.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 starsCarl Bryan Cruz also went on a perfect 3-of-3 clip from beyond the arc to wound up with 11 points and two rebounds, Roger Pogoy added nine markers and two boards, and Gabe Norwood had eight points and seven rebounds in the decisive victory.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid  Frustrations boil over after Altas’ sorry loss to Knights Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Strike at Maruti’s Manesar plant called off, sacked staff taken back

first_imgThe 13-day strike at the country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India’s (MSI) Manesar plant in Gurgaon was called off late on Thursday night following a deal brokered by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda between the workers and the management.As part of the deal, MSI will reinstate all the sacked 11 workers and take a lenient approach on enforcing no-work-no- pay rule of eight day’s salary cut for every single day of the strike.On the other hand, the worker’s have conceded to the management’s demand of not allowing the formation of a second union in the company.”Agreement has been signed and workers have decided to call off the strike. They will resume work from Friday”, Haryana Labour Secretary Sarban Singh said.He said the company has decided to reinstate all the 11 sacked employees and a disciplinary inquiry will be initiated against them.-With PTI inputsFor 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

London Olympics 2012: Vijay Kumar- who is he?

first_imgBefore Friday, when he won the coveted Olympic medal, clinching silver in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, the armyman from a small town in Himachal Pradesh had won two World Cup silver medals in the 10m air pistol event, one each in 2009 and 2011.He also won two bronze medals at the 2010 Asian Games and three gold and one silver medal at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games. All coming in the 10m air pistol event – his primary event.On Thursday, Vijay was in hot pursuit finishing fifth in the qualification stage 1 of the event. He ended with a score of 293/300 (99, 96, 98) with the leader Alexei K Limov of Russia getting 294.On Friday, Limov got eliminated, while Vijay ended with a final score of 28. The gold went to Cuban Leuris Pupo, who equalled the world record of 34. Chinese Feng Ding won the bronze.Vijay Kumar is serving as a subedar in the Indian Army.last_img read more

Honda to raise prices of its three models up to 2.6 percent

first_imgHonda Cars India said it would raise the prices of its three models Brio, Jazz and City by up to 2.6 per cent with effect from October 1, mainly due to rising input costs.”The prices have been revised due to rising input costs, inflationary pressures and increase in freight as a result of increase in diesel prices,” the company said in a statement on Monday.The small car Brio is now priced between Rs 4.05 lakh and Rs 5.23 lakh.The premium compact car Jazz is offered at Rs 5.85-6.41 lakh. The company now sells its flagship sedan City at Rs 7.25-10.46 lakh.All the prices are as per Honda Cars Indias official website and are for ex-showroom, Delhi.It may be noted that the price of small car Brio will increase by just Rs 1,000, of premium hatchback Jazz by Rs 15,000 and price of City sedan will go up by Rs 1,000 to Rs 6,000. The prices of sedans Civic, Accord and sports utility vehicle, ‘CRV’, remains unchanged.Honda will reportedly be launching an automatic version of Brio and CNG version of City to woo the buyers during the festive season.According to reports, the passenger vehicle sales grew 7.42 per cent to 10,49,961 in the first five months of this fiscal, with passenger car growth remaining almost flat in the same period.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki set to make 21st season debut vs Suns

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The 40-year-old had been tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2015-16 season.Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle last April, and the timing was to make sure he would be ready at the start of his record-setting season. But the 7-foot German had a setback before training camp, with tendon soreness forcing him to continue rehabbing the injury and missing the first 26 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks warms up on the sidelines during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — Dirk Nowitzki was active for Dallas’ game against Phoenix on Thursday night, prepared to belatedly begin his record-setting 21st season with the Mavericks.No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep honored by ITF as World Champions SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

Rams-Patriots will be the 8th Super Bowl rematch

first_imgPittsburgh and Dallas have met three times. Pittsburgh won the first rematch, a 35-31 thriller in Super Bowl 13. Then, 17 years later, Dallas defeated the Steelers 27-17.Other rematches:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges—Redskins 27, Dolphins 17 in Super Bowl 17; a rematch of Miami’s perfection-capping victory in Super Bowl 7.—Giants 21, Patriots 17 in Super Bowl 46; a rematch of New York’s win, which spoiled New England’s run at an undefeated season, four years earlier. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants —Cowboys 30, Bills 13 in Super Bowl 38; a rematch of Dallas’ crushing of the Bills the previous year.—Eagles 41, Patriots 33 in Super Bowl 52; a rematch of New England’s win in Super Bowl 39.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Come together: Super Bowl Sunday, the last stand of live TV Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) stretches during practice for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Today’s game between the Rams and Patriots marks the eighth rematch in Super Bowl history.Good news for the Patriots: The team that won the previous matchup is 4-3. New England defeated the Rams, then in St. Louis, 20-17 back in 2002.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Pakistan: In the shadow of soldiers

first_imgSupporters at a rally held by Imran Khan in Islamabad. ReutersAlmost 15 years ago, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted in a dramatic military coup. In the vicious cycle of dj vu politics the country has become notorious for, that fear has returned to haunt Sharif. The generals, it,Supporters at a rally held by Imran Khan in Islamabad. ReutersAlmost 15 years ago, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted in a dramatic military coup. In the vicious cycle of dj vu politics the country has become notorious for, that fear has returned to haunt Sharif. The generals, it seems, are in the process of destabilising a thrice-elected prime minister, if not stage yet another coup and grab power.But this time around, their nefarious designs are not being executed by the men in uniform. Instead, it is being done through the muftis widely believed to be sponsored by General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi. Over the last few weeks, two groups of protesters have been camping out in the capital Islamabad demanding that Sharif should step down. Since August 14-Pakistan’s 68th independence day- tens of thousands of people, most of them youngsters, have descended on Islamabad to listen to the daily calls of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan for Sharif to resign.”You must get rid of these oppressors, otherwise they will keep humiliating you as slaves,” Khan, the former playboy who led Pakistan to its only cricket World Cup victory in 1992, appeals to his supporters gathered in front of Parliament House. As Khan takes a pause, the jubilant girls and boys shout, “Go Nawaz go”, and sing and dance to the tune of patriotic and Sufi songs. Shortly afterwards, and just a few yards away, firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri stands on a bullet-and-bomb-proof container to address a separate crowd. “We will not go home till these corrupt rulers step down,” he tells the crowd made up of followers of the Sufi branch of Islam.advertisementNawaz Sharif during a meeting with army chief General Raheel Sharif.To intensify pressure on him, the two opponents of Sharif have now merged their rallies and address the protesters from the same rostrum. This came after the parliament threw its weight behind Sharif and urged him to defy calls from Khan and Qadri. Khan has been complaining of massive vote rigging in last year’s elections in which his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf stood third behind Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League and Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party. But he hardened his position recently and started demanding the resignation of Sharif after his government failed to order a probe into the rigging allegations.Separately, Qadri has been demanding drastic reform of election rules to end what he says is the monopoly of a handful of families, including Sharif’s, on politics. He now also wants Sharif and his brother, Shahbaz, the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province and political nerve centre, to be shown the door after 14 of his supporters were killed in clashes with police in Lahore in June, just days before he returned from his adopted country, Canada. The crisis has paralysed the government. Since the unrest erupted, the embattled Sharif and his ministers have been running from pillar to post to save their 14-month government.Political stability is a rare commodity in Pakistan and the military has been in power for most of its 67-year history. Even when the generals were not in power, they meddled in policies to undermine civilian governments and maintain their sway on key security and foreign policies.Nawaz Sharif during a meeting with army chief General Raheel Sharif.This time too the army is the usual suspect and many Pakistanis believe the generals are manoeuvring the protesting leaders to check Sharif’s increasing efforts to assert civilian authority. Such doubts were reinforced when the estranged President of Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Javed Hashmi, revealed that Khan has been telling his top aides that the army and its powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), are supporting him in his standoff with Sharif. “I don’t know who planned this (protest). Only the planners would know but the names of the army and ISI are being brought into disrepute,” Hashmi said on August 31. The army has denied the claim.The government initially asked the military to act as a facilitator to end the crisis but the army apparently backed off after the opposition slammed the government that such a role would once again formalise a role in politics for the generals. “We respect the army but we don’t like it to interfere in politics. It’s not their job,” said Zahid Khan, a lawmaker from the ethnic Pashtun nationalist Awami National Party.Despite the army’s denials, the criticism over its perceived role continues. “They could not have done it without the support of the (military) establishment,” says retired general Talat Masood. Moreover, the military’s reluctance to stop the protesters from provocative advances towards key government installations such as parliament and the prime minister’s house, has also raised questions about its impartiality in the crisis.advertisementThe latter march sparked clashes in which three people were killed and scores injured. In a further provocation on September 1, the protesters stormed the state broadcaster, PTV, and forced it off air for nearly an hour. They voluntarily vacated the buildings and started shouting “long live Pak army” when troops moved in. The incident was an eerie replay of the takeover of PTV by the troops on October 12, 1999, when the military toppled Sharif and General Pervez Musharraf took power.Instead of denouncing provocations by the protesters, the army warned the government against using force, drawing scathing criticism from the media. “It is as if the army is unaware- rather, unwilling-to acknowledge the constitutional scheme of things: it is the government that is supposed to give orders to the army, not the other way around,” Dawn said in a hard-hitting editorial on September 2. “Would the army allow even a handful of peaceful protesters to gather outside GHQ for a few hours?” the newspaper questioned.Observers say Sharif’s attempts to assert authority annoyed the generals, who orchestrated the crisis to check the expanding civilian clout. Sharif, who had crossed swords with army chiefs in his earlier stints in power as well, had handpicked General Raheel Sharif-no relation-as army chief in November. But friction developed within months.Sharif’s decision to put Musharraf on trial for treason didn’t go down well with the army chief, who wanted the former president, who toppled Sharif’s first government in 1999, to be let off after his indictment by a lower court. The military was also angered by Sharif’s efforts to assert his authority in the formulation of major foreign policy matters, which it has traditionally handled- Sharif visited India for Narendra Modi’s inauguration against the army’s advice-as well as his delay in approving a military offensive against the Taliban. Sharif’s government also upset the army by siding with Geo in its tiff with ISI chief Lt-General Zaheer-ul-Islam, who was accused by the media group in April of trying to get its main anchor, Hamid Mir, killed.Analysts say the crisis may fizzle out in the wake of parliament’s backing for Sharif and waning support for the protests. But it is certain to undermine the government. There are reports that the army had asked it to stop meddling in key security-related policies after the latter sought its help to wriggle out of this crisis.Sharif is on a weak wicket also because of his government’s poor performance. He won the elections after promising to overturn an economic meltdown and fix chronic energy crisis. His government got a $6.6 billion loan from the IMF to avert a balance of payments crisis but has so far been reluctant to introduce much-needed structural reforms such as broadening of the tax base to include big landlords. Sharif had promised to mitigate the acute power shortages but many areas still face 8-10 hour cuts daily, badly hurting the economy. His opponents also accuse him of promoting nepotism as at least 18 members of his extended family hold government positions in Punjab and at the Centre.advertisementThe government dismissed reports of the military pressuring it on security policies. “No such arrangement is being discussed,” Sharif’s close aide and minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said. Even if Sharif survives this round, analysts say he may face more such turmoil. “He is considerably weakened and its impact will be seen in all spheres. He can reclaim lost ground if he survives but let’s see if he can complete his term,” says Masood.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Eddie Alvarez not backing down from ‘toughest, most dangerous’ guys in ONE

first_imgView comments MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte In fact, he tracks them down.Alvarez fought against the best in Bellator and the UFC where he had won world titles and he wants the fiercest warriors that ONE Championship has to offer in the lightweight division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I have traveled the world in the last 15 years fighting the best guys I can get my hands on everywhere,” said Alvarez, who signed with ONE Championship five months ago.“I have won every single World Title from every major organization and ONE Championship is the only organization that I don’t have their world title.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Eddie Alvarez has always been a fighter who never shies away from any challenge.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yeng Guiao early ejection ‘blessing in disguise’ for NLEX in crucial win Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Alvarez had taken down some of the big names in Shinya Aoki, Roger Huerta, Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Justin Gaethje and he’s out for more.“Like I said before, I’ll fight anyone, whoever the baddest, toughest, most dangerous guy that’s who I want,” Alvarez said.“Take me to him and we will have a good fight.”The 35-year-old Alvarez makes his keenly-awaited ONE debut against the heavy-handed Russian Timofey Nastyukhin on March 31 in a lightweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal in ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan.Filipino MMA superstar Eduard Folayang currently holds the lightweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more