SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte After all, winning Game 1 is only half of the battle and the real challenge awaits on Friday in Game 2.“We’re happy but we have yet to reach our main goal,” said star big man Carl Tamayo in Filipino after leading the Bullpups with 15 points and 12 rebounds to a 70-58 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD: Bullpups close in on UAAP juniors titleThe Bullpups have already beaten the Blue Eaglets thrice this season after sweeping them in the elimination round. MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 38, but is denied MVP in defeat LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University has plenty of reasons to feel excited about after beating defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 junionrs basketball finals opener on Monday.The Bullpups, however, also know they still have a ton of work left to accomplish before they can celebrate.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine football chief And though it may appear that NU has Ateneo’s number, the Bullpups know they can’t let that thought get inside their heads and allow just even a tad bit of complacency.“They (Ateneo) are going to come back stronger in Game 2 and we need to double our preparation,” said NU forward Kevin Quiambao, who also posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.Tamayo and Quiambao teamed up to limit Ateneo’s 7-foot-2 center Kai Sotto, who still led the Blue Eaglets with 16 points and 15 rebounds but was limited to just two points and without a field goal in the fourth quarter.“We just have to continue to do what we do best and we have to be consistent,” said NU head coach Goldwin Monteverde, who is aiming to steer the Bullpups to their first crown since 2016.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
World Cup Pogba: Germany want World Cup revenge over France Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 21:48 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Paul Pogba Germany v France France Germany European Championship After Les Bleus dumped their neighbours out of Euro 2016 thanks to a couple of Antoine Griezmann goals, the Manchester United man is wary of them France star Paul Pogba fears Germany will be gunning for revenge if the two sides meet at the 2018 World Cup.Joachim Low’s reigning world champions and Les Bleus, led by Didier Deschamps, cannot be paired together in Friday’s group-stage draw in Moscow, with both nations ranked among the top seeds.A meeting at the business end of the tournament is possible, just as in the Euro 2016 semi-final, which saw France win in Marseille thanks to an Antoine Griezmann brace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pogba and company suffered heartache of their own as Eder fired Portugal to a shock extra-time win in the final, but the Manchester United midfielder is confident a lavishly gifted squad can go all the way in Russia.“I’m really excited,” he told Sport Bild. “Ultimately, the opponents do not matter. I travel with France to win everything.”Germany will certainly want revenge for the semi-final against us at the European Championships last year.”Germany have improved since the European Championships and have many new promising talents. They are certainly among the favourites.”But we have also got even stronger and have a young, hungry team.”
There has been a growing concern over the duration of the IPL matches and how teams are overshooting the time limit without any checks. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have already been docked Rs 12 lakh for the infringements, but the matches keep going on even after the stipulated time limit.Speaking on the issue, SunRisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has suggested that deductions be made from the net run rate of a team if their over rate is slow as only this will force captains to be sharper. Moody also believes that fines and deductions might not be the solution for teams as clearly, IPL captains do not seem to be bothered. Warner and BairstowIPL InstagramFormer England captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter after the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals and said that the duration of the match should not be acceptable. T20 is a great product .. but games are now taking over 4 hrs .. Too long IMO .. The super over in Delhi took 30 mins !!!!! The 100 might just be the answer you never know …. #OnOn #IPL— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 3, 2019Responding to this particular Tweet, Moody said that fines and penalties are not helping the cause and that net run rate of the infringing team should be impacted. This practice has been started in the Caribbean Premier League and has helped increase the pace of the game.Kaif speaks about the issue Delhi CapitalsBCCI/IPLDelhi Capitals fielding coach Mohammed Kaif has raised the issue of franchises like KKR and KXIP subbing slower fielders with fast men during matches in order to improve their over rate and also increase the pace of the game. “We saw in the last game against KXIP also, Punjab doing the same thing- Sarfraz Khan did not come out to field the entire game. We thought the ball hit his gloves and then it was told its an injury. I do not know where he was injured, the umpires would know that. But this is a new method being used by teams. Teams are being smart and making this sort of changes which is not right, according to me,” Kaif said.Kaif also said that T20 was meant to be fast-paced and that too many meetings lead to wasting a lot of time and it also muddles with the mind of the players.”There are long meetings before the game and then, time is wasted on strategising field positions. This, in turn, confuses players and bowlers. It is better to leave them with a clear mind. Suddenly you can’t have ten people advising the player,” he explained.
The photo shows chaotic situation on a road. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) ministers, parliamentarians, leaders and their relatives are largely responsible for the chaotic situation prevailing in the public transport sector, bus owners and experienced drivers say.The situation has worsened after the officials of law enforcement agencies started doing business in the sector buying buses and minibuses in the name of other persons, they claimed.The ruling party leaders and their relatives control the bus owners and workers’ associations in the capital, which restricts the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and law enforcement agencies to take effective actions against the vehicles without fitness and route permit, and the drivers who drive recklessly, they say.There is no more rule of law in the roads, they observed.The chaotic situation of the transport sector came to the fore after school and college students began a demonstration demanding punishment to those responsible for 29 July accident on Dhaka airport road, which killed two of their fellows, and resignation of the shipping minister for his comments on the accident.Abdul Karim Rajib and Dia Khanam Mim, class XII and XI students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College, were killed on the spot after an Uttara-bound bus of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ lost control and ran over the students standing beside the road around 12:00 noon.Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan’s brother-in-law Syed Nurul Haque alias Nannu was one of the directors of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus service. He, however, told Prothom Alo that he is no longer involved with the company and sold his buses three years ago.Shahjahan Khan is the president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation. Some 70 buses of Kanak Paribahan, owned by his brother Hafizur Rahman, operate in three routes in the capital.The minister encourages the transport workers to stage demonstrations whenever citizens demand safety on roads or courts take action against reckless driving. He advised the workers from a meeting at his home to enforce strike after a court handed down death sentence to a driver and lifetime imprisonment to another one in February 2017.Bangladesh Road Transport Samity president and state minister for cooperatives Mashiur Rahman Ranga was also present in the meeting.Shipping minister, however, on Wednesday told Prothom Alo that slowly the transport sector is being disciplined and the number of road accidents is waning as he is in leadership.Another influential person of this sector is Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association general secretary Khandaker Enayet Ullah, a vice-president of AL’s Dhaka north unit.Mentioning that he is in the business for the last 35 years, he said, there is no such law in Bangladesh that bars people from a certain profession to do politics here.AL MPs Pankaj Nath, AKM Shamim Osman and two former MPs Shahida Tarekh Dipti and Ashrafunnesa Mosharraf (Swapna Services) are also involved in the transport business.Swechhsebak League general secretary Pankaj Nath-owned bus service company ‘Bihanga Paribahan’ began its journey in 2009. The transport committee of the government gave permission to 240 buses of Bihanga Paribahan to operate on five routes in and around the capital.Shamim Osman’s bus service company is ZN Corporation. Some 50 AC buses of this company were permitted to operate between Dhaka’s Gulistan and Narayanganj.Besides, MPs’ family members, Dhaka city Awami League leaders and associate bodies of the ruling party, Dhaka city corporations’ councillors are also involved in the business.Officials of the government and law enforcement agencies are also found to be involved in the business. Relatives of a few high officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) do the business jointly with several companies. Several persons of a certain district have opened public transport companies in the last few years.Most of these ministers, MPs, and influential persons have become owners of bus companies after the Awami League came to power in 2009. Earlier, ministers and MPs, including public works minister Mirza Abbas, of BNP-Jamaat alliance government used to do the business.Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Juba League, youth wing of Awami League, president Mainul Hossain Khan alias Nikhil is the chairman of Chalan Paribahan. Mohona Paribahan is the company of MP Kamal Ahmed Majumder’s brother Anwar Hossain Majumder, also Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Awami Leagu’s information and research secretary.Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Swechhasebak League general secretary and DNCC councillor Faridur Rahman alias Iran is the chairman of Desh Bangla Paribahan.Glory Express is owned by former Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque’s brother AKM Ismail Haque. He is the president of Shariatpur district unit of Awami League and chairman of Naria upazila.Awami Motorchalok League joint general secretary and Dhaka north metropolitan unit Sramik League organising secretary Kalu Sheikh has got permission to operate three bus companies in the city in the last three-four years. They are Welcome, Moumita Transport and Swajan Paribahan.VIP Classic is the company of AL’s Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit organising secretary Zahirul Haque while Swechhasebak League’s central joint general secretary Gazi Mesbaul Hossain’s sister Parvin Hossain is the managing director of Cantonment Paribahan. Former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League Ajay Kar Khokon’s company is AK Paribahan.Bangladesh Passengers’ Welfare Association secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury told Prothom Alo that the ruling party men could have played a positive role in developing the transport sector’s chaotic condition.But they’ve been using it against the people’s interest. This is why death toll and chaos on the roads is on the rise, he added.*The piece, published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.
Abdul Malek.The government may intensify its surveillance on social media in the next three months, said information secretary Abdul Malek.He was speaking in a view-exchange meeting in Patuakhali’s Kuakata on Friday.The secretary said, “We’re now monitoring social networking sites very closely as a group of people spread rumours, objectionable photographs and others intentionally.””Our surveillance on social networks may be intensified further in the next three months, he added.The secretary also said that those who spread rumours on social media will be suppressed with an iron hand.
Map of Afghanistan, locating Lashkar Gah, where an explosion has caused multiple casualties, officials said. Photo: AFPA car packed with explosives blew up outside a sports stadium in Afghanistan’s restive south on Friday, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens more, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country.The suicide attack happened in Lashkar Gah, the capital of opium poppy-rich Helmand province, as spectators were leaving a wrestling match at the stadium, provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which Zwak said killed at least 13 people and wounded 45 others, including children.Helmand police spokesman Salam Afghan had earlier given a lower toll of 10 dead and 35 wounded.Afghan officials often give conflicting figures in the wake of attacks.”The suicide bomber detonated his car bomb as spectators were leaving the stadium,” Zwak said.”The bomber wanted to go inside the stadium but he was identified by the police and he detonated himself.”Local officials were at the match, which witnesses said had been held as part of celebrations for Nawrooz, the Persian new year holiday that some fundamentalist Muslims consider un-Islamic.Agha Mohammad, a 25-year-old shopkeeper from Lashkar Gah, was among the spectators leaving the stadium when the blast happened.”Four of my family members were martyred and three others were wounded,” a sobbing Mohammad told AFP at the hospital run by the Italian NGO Emergency.Photos posted on Twitter purportedly of the explosion showed a huge fire and a thick plume of black smoke rising into the sky.”We heard a loud explosion from our surgical centre in the city, Emergency tweeted.”35 wounded already taken to our hospital, another 4 were dead on arrival.”- Bloody few days -President Ashraf Ghani, whose government has been lambasted for its inability to protect ordinary Afghans, condemned the attack against “innocent people”, according to a statement.Helmand is largely controlled by the Taliban, which is under growing pressure to take up Ghani’s offer of peace talks to end the 16-year war.So far the Taliban, Afghanistan’s largest militant group, has given only a muted response.The attack caps a bloody few days in Afghanistan as Taliban and Islamic State militants ramp up attacks even before the official start of the spring fighting season.In Kabul on Wednesday a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of people celebrating Nawrooz, killing dozens of people, many of them teenagers.IS’s local franchise in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the assault in the heavily Shiite neighbourhood — the fifth suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks — via the messaging app Telegram.The blast killed 33 and wounded 65, the health ministry said, up from an earlier toll given by the interior ministry of 26 dead and 18 hurt.All the injured were civilians, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.Despite calls for the Taliban to sit down with the Afghan government, the group — which has been resurgent since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014 — appears to have few reasons to negotiate.In October, insurgents controlled or influenced nearly half of Afghanistan’s districts — double the percentage in 2015, the US government’s office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in January.Over the same period, the watchdog said, the number of districts under Afghan government control or influence fell to its lowest level since December 2015.