The adoptive parents of Indian girl Sherin Mathews, who was found dead in Texas last year, relinquished custody and parental rights to their 4-year-old biological daughter. Wesley Mathews, the father, has been charged with capital murder of Sherin while mother Sini Mathews has been charged with child abandonment.The relinquishment would be irrevocable and the couple is forbidden from meeting the girl without supervision. The biological daughter has been living with relatives in Houston, who may adopt her. Last month, a Dallas judge stopped the Wesleys from having contact with the biological daughter after prosecutors said that they failed to protect Sherin.“[Sini Mathews] made the extremely difficult decision to give up her parental rights because given the circumstances and the pending criminal cases, this is in the best interests of the child. She wants what’s best for her remaining daughter,” attorney Mitch Nolte who represents Sini Mathews said, according to NBCDFW.Sherin Mathews, 3, was found dead in a culvert in October 2017. Wesley had initially said that he forced her to stand outside in the middle of the night for refusing to drink milk. Later, he said that he physically assisted Sherin to drink milk and watched her choke to death before taking the body out to dispose it in the culvert.However, autopsy reports revealed that the death was a homicide and Sherin’s bones were in different stages of healing.Earlier in January, Wesley was indicted for capital murder, in addition to charges of injuring a child, abandoning a child and tampering with evidence. Sini denied knowing about the incidents and was charged with child abandonment only. If the capital murder charge is proven, Wesley can face death penalty or life sentence.“During the commission of the offense, defendant did use a deadly weapon, the exact nature and description of which is not known to the Grand Jury,” the indictment by the grand jury said on Jan. 12, according to the Dallas County Court in Texas.The indictment also states that Mathews “did intentionally and knowingly cause the death of Sherin Mathews” on or around Oct. 7, 2017, in a manner and means unknown to the Grand Jury. Related ItemshoustonRichardsonTexas
The spectacular performance of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar was a result of not just the “Modi wave” but also of a new post-Mandal era of politics in the State, Janata Dal(U) State president Bashistha Narayan Singh says. Mr. Singh, who has participated in electoral politics in the State since the anti-Emergency movement, had been a Minister in the Lalu Prasad Cabinet between 1990 and 1994 before he resigned and joined the Samata Party. RJD’s downfall“These polls have heralded the end of the Mandal era in the State’s politics, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) drawing a blank and the NDA doing so well,” Mr. Singh told The Hindu. “Social phenomenon and events change with time and people’s demands also change, and people look ahead to what is better for them. Before 2005, Lalu Yadav [RJD chief Lalu Prasad] had made a strong coalition of intermediate castes, consolidated them and created an aspiration for power among these communities. Then after around 2005, they tried to accommodate Mahadalits and communities such as the Pasi community. The surprising thing is that from 2005 to 2019, they still believed that they could get to power just on the basis of caste arithmetic. They took Upendra Kushwaha (Rashtriya Lok Samata Party), Mukesh Sahani, aka “Son of Mallah”, and Jitan Ram Manjhi [Hindustani Awam Morcha] for this reason,” he added. He said that despite the fact that caste was still a “hard reality” of electoral politics in the State, governance and factors that transcended caste, such as the support of women the NDA got in these polls, were important factors. “The first variable was the reservation in government jobs and panchayats for women. Women started to feel they had a stake in public life, and the system that has delivered to them should be continued. Bihar, through seven phases, saw high polling among women — Purnea, Katihar, Kishanganj, Bhagalpur, Banka, Madhepura and Supaul, in fact, saw women having an upper hand in voting. The support base of women helped us transcend caste arithmetic,” Mr. Singh said.Prohibition impact“Prohibition, despite people’s reservation about it, helped women greatly. Bihar has seen a 50% drop in cases of domestic violence, according to reporting at police stations. The third factor was the 360-degree improvement in roads and electricity supply. In 2015 itself, [Bihar Chief Minister] Nitish Kumar had said if we don’t improve electricity supply, we won’t get voted back,” he said. RJD’s ‘miscalculation’The symptoms of this break in OBC consolidation came up in 2010, according to him, when Mr. Kumar won his second term. “And in 2015, when our vote joined an organised vote of Laluji, the RJD got 80 seats and that party tried to project that those 80 seats were all due to its own support base consolidating and that it could defeat anybody. They undermined our contribution to winning those 80 seats, and it boomeranged on them.” The 2019 Lok Sabha election , therefore, had definitely rung the curtain down on the Mandal era of a consolidated OBC vote bank, he added.
Doing away with the need for the litigant to be present in the court and facilitate adjudication of the case online, the Punjab and Haryana High Court will launch its first virtual court on Saturday at Faridabad through videoconferencing.A Punjab and Haryana High Court spokesperson said the court would deal with traffic challan cases from across the State. The project will be launched under the guidance of e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India. The processUnder this project, the cases received in the virtual court can be viewed by the judge along with automatic computation of fines on the screen. After the summon is generated and the accused gets information on email or through a text message, the accused can visit the virtual court website and search the case by CNR Number, his/her name or even with the driving license number. Once the accused pleads guilty online, fine amount will be displayed and accused might proceed to pay the fine. On successful payment and realisation of the fine amount, the case would be automatically disposed of.The spokesperson said if the accused did not plead guilty, such cases would be remanded to the regular courts with the respective territorial jurisdiction. The Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Krishna Murarihas shown keen interest in launching the project at the earliest for the benefit of all the stakeholders in the justice delivery system.To reduce burden The virtual court will reduce the burden on regular courts. The entire process of disposal will happen online in a few hours. Footfalls in the courts will reduce as the accused need not visit the court to plead guilty.
A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist was arrested in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Sunday, a police spokesperson said. Mohsin Manzoor Salhea, a resident of Arampora-Azadgunj area, was arrested on a credible input during an anti-militant operation in Baramulla town, he said. According to the spokesperson, Salhea was affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM and was wanted in two cases registered at the Baramulla police station this year. Salhea was part of a group involved in planning and executing terror attacks in the area, he said. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from his possession, the spokesperson said.
Terming the axing of trees in Aarey Colony as “shameful and disgusting”, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday tweeted that the Mumbai Metro 3 officials should be posted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to destroy terror camps rather than trees. In a series of tweets, he also said that several environmentalists and even local Shiv Sena members tried to stop the tree felling. The Yuva Sena chief went on to say that with the increased police presence and deforestation, Mumbai Metro 3 is destroying everything that India had said at the United Nations (UN). He said Shiv Sena leaders Sheetal Mhatre, Shubha Raul and MLA Sunil Prabhu have been standing up in support of the citizens. “Wonder why Mumbai Metro is treating Mumbaikars like criminals and not listening to their sensible demand of sustainable development,” Mr. Thackeray said. The Central government ministry of climate change doesn’t need to exist or speak about plastic pollution, when Mumbai Metro 3 is senselessly destroying Aarey, Mumbai’s green lung, he added. “This ego battle taken up by Metro 3 is destroying the purpose of making it,” the 29-year-old leader, who is contesting the Assembly election from Worli constituency in Mumbai, said. “The vigour with which the Mumbai Metro 3 is slyly and swiftly cutting down an ecosystem in Aarey is shameful and disgusting. How about posting these officials in POK giving them charge to destroy terror camps rather than trees,” Mr. Thackeray tweeted. “A project that should be executed with pride, the Metro 3, Mumbai Metro 3 had to do it in the cover of the night, with shame, slyness and heavy cop cover. The project supposed to get Mumbai clean air, is hacking a forest with a leopard, rusty spotted cat and more,” he said in another tweet. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) started cutting trees from Friday evening to make way for its car shed, hours after the Bombay High Court dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and activists challenging the decision to allow felling of trees in the prime green lung of the city.
LATEST STORIES Marck Espejo led Ateneo with 17 points while Ishmael Rivera added 10.Joshua Umandal had 10 points to lead the Tigers who struggled in the offensive converting just 27 of its 93 spike attempts.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 shutoutIn the second game, Far Eastern University bounced back after losing the third set and dropped De La Salle, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, to take its second win.The Tamaraws are now at 2-1 to tie UST at the second spot while La Salle dropped to 1-2. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Better competition key to Kai Sotto’s improvement, says Uichico Ateneo took down University of Santo Tomas in straight sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, to earn the top seed in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles continued their win streak and improved to 3-0 while the Growling Tigers slipped to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mark Detablan had 17 points to lead FEU while getting ample support from three of his teammates.Redijohn Paler and Richardo Solis had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Tamaraws while substitute Jude Garcia added 11.Arjay Onia had a game-high 19 points to lead the Green Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View comments
PBA IMAGESThe phrase “breaks of the game” were thrown a lot during Beau Belga’s impromptu press conference after Rain or Shine lost to TNT 118-114 in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.From missed shots to bricked free throws, every thing fell under “breaks of the game,” but there was none bigger than the Elasto Painters’ final offensive set.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary A miscommunication episode between Belga and import J’Nathan Bullock erased Rain or Shine’s hopes of advancing to the semifinals and that’s something the power forward regretted deeply right away.READ: Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berthFEATURED 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“Coach Caloy [Garcia] said the play was for J’Nathan to attack the defense one-on-one and I will sag off outside for a jumper,” said Belga in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I was surprised when he made a drop pass instead of a kick-out and I was already too far away from the rim.”“My momentum was going to the corner and if the pass was in my direction, well who knows? Maybe we could’ve had a chance.” View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine trailed 116-114 in the final 10 seconds of the game after Glen Rice Jr. tipped in Jayson Castro’s missed triple and the Elasto Painters had that much time on the clock to force a tie or go for the win.The Elasto Painters decided to shoot for the tie with Bullock supposedly connecting with Belga but the pass went awry and that mistake ultimately doomed Rain or Shine.What made it more painful for Belga was that he was confident he could have made the game-tying jumper to force overtime.“I felt lucky during the game,” said Belga who finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. “Just one chance but the pass was off and I tried to chase the ball but I was already too far away. If the pass was directed to the corner, maybe we could’ve made a surprise shot.”“So yeah, what happened were just breaks of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments “What??” Bryant responded on Twitter. “This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention.”The reaction to Bryant’s nomination was not all positive, however. Some on social media recalled the athlete’s sex assault case from more than a decade ago. “Congrats Academy you just nominated an accused rapist — Kobe Bryant for best animated short,” wrote Melissa Silverstein, of Women and Hollywood, on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBryant was accused in June 2003 of sexual assault by a worker at hotel in the Vail, Colorado area. Sexual assault charges were filed but dropped the following year after the woman told prosecutors she was unwilling to testify. Bryant in 2005 entered an out-of-court settlement with the woman for undisclosed terms.The academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant arrives for a halftime ceremony, retiring both of his jersey’s during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, in Los Angeles. Bryant is nominated for an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)LOS ANGELES — Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one — at the Oscars.Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24DILG, Napolcom should consider Senate report on admin raps vs Albayalde00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Arellano survives stern test, turns back Perpetual Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bryant’s poem begins: “Dear Basketball, from the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks, and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you.”It reflects on how time is running out. “I can’t love you obsessively for much longer,” it says. “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”It ends by counting down the final five seconds on a game clock.Bryant, 39, a five-time NBA champion, played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring last year.ADVERTISEMENT
TNT head coach Nash Racela cited his team’s poor endgame execution as the major reason for its heartbreaking loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night.The KaTropa were up by three with less than two minutes to go but were unable to protect their lead after going 0-of-3 from the field and failing to make defensive stops to finish the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next “We talked about execution in the end. On both ends, specifically on defense, we weren’t able to execute in the end,” said Racela after giving his players a long post-game talk inside the Mall of Asia Arena dugout following a 74-72 defeat.“I was asking them what went wrong. I just wanted to hear it from them. We showed them the clips of the last two possessions of Phoenix.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela was pertaining to the instances where the Fuel Masters’ tied the game on a 3-pointer by Matthew Wright with 44.1 ticks left and got the lead for good after a baseline bucket by Doug Kramer with exactly three seconds remaining.With the loss, the KaTropa dropped to 4-4, tied with the Fuel Masters in fifth place. Racela, however, doesn’t seem worried with his team’s current position. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “If you study our conferences last year, we were always in the middle of the pack, and we just made a good push toward the playoffs and in the playoffs, so it’s still the same plan,” he said.“Hopefully with what we have now, we can still have a good run towards the playoffs. It will be a tough last three games for us, especially with Gilas coming up. I think we’re going to miss the three guys in at least one game, so it would’ve been nicer if we won today.” Dani Ravena sees mistakes against NU as learning experience AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 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
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 LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO. Fiba.comHaving been dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers last month, Calvin Abueva managed to make the cut for the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will fly to Melbourne on Monday.National team coach Chot Reyes announced his 14-man pool for the February 22 game against Australia on his Twitter account on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Fil-American big man and “23-for-23” cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing key big men due to injuries.Reyes explained that Troy Rosario hasn’t gotten his medical clearance yet after his bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7, while Mac Belo is still not at 100 percent after recently recovering from his left knee injury.After Australia, Gilas goes home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra READ: Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg“Finally got the go-signal to announce Gilas entourage leaving tomorrow (Monday),” Reyes wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNaturalized player Andray Blatche, chief point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo lead the Philippine delegation as they visit the Boomers for their first duel in Group B action.Also part of the squad are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena. View comments
Tallo returns with a bang Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLegendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach said Thursday he doesn’t give a single thought on whoever Manny Pacquiao fights next after the iconic Filipino boxer faces Australian Jeff Horn.Pacquiao (59-6-2) is set to defend his WBO welterweight belt against the undefeated Horn (16-0-1) in Australia on July 2, but Roach believes his student still has something left in his tank.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Roach, however, doesn’t see Crawford as a potential opponent for Pacquiao who now operates as a welterweight.READ: Roach open to Pacquiao fighting McGregor in a boxing matchKeith Thurman, who holds the WBA and WBC Super World welterweight belts, is also a potential challenger for Pacquiao.A fight between Pacquiao and Thurman would see the three belts unified, but Roach did not delve into the matter.“My job is not to get him opponents, my job is to get him ready for the opponents,” said Roach.ADVERTISEMENT Roach added it’s not his responsibility on who Pacquiao faces next.READ: Roach unbothered by Pacquiao’s sluggish starts in sparringFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Whoever Bob Arum gets, whoever he gets I am ready for him,” said Roach during Pacquiao’s training session at Elorde Gym in the Mall of Asia Complex.Terence Crawford, the reigning WBC, WBO, and The Ring super lightweight champion, once challenged Pacquiao after scoring a 10th round TKO victory over Felix Diaz. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:49Robredo: 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
MOST READ BaliPure holds off Creamline, nears championship berth Coaching breakMarielle finally got her break this year coaching the Under-16 team in the AFF Championship in Vientiane, Laos. Under the guidance of one of the icons of women’s football in the country, the girls blitzed through the group stage and delivered a memorable 3-2 victory against Myanmar in the semifinals. Against the powerhouse Thais, Marielle’s wards succumbed to a 2-6 defeat in the finals.“There was a lot of fulfillment watching the girls improve from the first day of the tryouts until the end of the tournament,” says Benitez. “It’s not just about coaching these girls, but also giving them life lessons, too.”It didn’t come as a surprise that Benitez was able to steer a team to a second-place finish on her coaching debut. For one, some of her players had experience with the Under-14 team in an AFC tournament last year. But as much as she deflects credit to other coaches like Landagan and Patrice Impelido, there’s little doubt that Benitez’s passion for excellence and work ethic has rubbed off on her team.“I didn’t have enough experience as head coach, but the other coaches were very supportive,” says Marielle. “We knew we wouldn’t be starting from scratch, plus we had some unfinished business against Thailand.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR While the girls ultimately fell short, the runner-up finish validates the country’s sustained improvement in women’s football, which is enjoying a renaissance in the past few years, highlighted by the national women’s team’s qualification for the AFC Asian Cup in Jordan next year.Passionate about football“I may be very new to coaching since it’s a different aspect of football, but I like the challenge. I like to be kept on my toes figuring things out,” says Marielle. “I’m happy that even if we didn’t win the championship, the girls I coached became more passionate about football and appreciated all the hard work that comes with representing the country.Marielle knows what she’s talking about. As a national player, she showed steadfast commitment despite her involvement with Bayanihan. She would attend Bayanihan rehearsals at night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and wake up early the next morning to join St. Benilde’s men’s team in training to improve her fitness since the team was also handled by then women’s national coach Marlon Maro.“I’m lucky to have coaches who have been supportive of what I’ve been doing,” says Marielle, the second of three children of former Bayanihan dancers Noel and Susie Benitez.Marielle draws parallelisms to what she’s doing in football with dance. “Both require discipline, sacrifice and patience,” she says. “Both things are challenging physically, emotionally and mentally. Training in football can go for two hours maximum, but in dance you can go one hour to six hours, depending on the difficulty of the routine. Precision is important. Dance also teaches teamwork. Both require the same focus.”The balancing act will continue for Marielle as she furthers her coaching career, while pursuing her other interests. But count on her to fulfill her roles with the same drive and passion that has been the hallmark of an already amazing career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV With the AFF Under-15 silver medal in the bag, Marielle Benitez (fourth from left) celebrates with (from left) physical therapist Mae Pongase,head of delegation Lalaine Sarmiento, assistant coaches Joyce Landagan and Patrice Impelido and goalkeeping coach Eleonora Dillera. —PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIA MONTAYREFormer women’s national football team skipper Marielle Benitez wears many hats. On this day, she’s at the Philippine Football Federation office as a coach, evaluating a recent international campaign where her squad achieved a silver-medal finish.On some days, she’s on the campus of the Philippine Women’s University, sorting out the varsity teams’ requirements for a competition as the university’s athletic director. The following week, she can be anywhere else in the world, performing and touring as a member of the Bayanihan Dance Group, the country’s national traditional dance troupe. There are also days when you’ll find her on television, doing commentary for football matches.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m someone who finds joy in doing new things everyday,” says Marielle, 35.The juggling act isn’t new to Marielle, who, from 2003 to 2013, represented the country in international football. In fact, she’s mastered the art of managing her time amid her myriad interests. So when the PFF was searching for women’s coaches to make up the youth teams, Marielle was a natural choice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe’s a member of La Salle’s four champion teams in five UAAP seasons and also bagged the Athlete of the Year plum in 2004, the first time the league gave the award to an athlete in a team sport. She has played close to 60 international matches for the country.Coaching was a natural transition for Marielle, but surprisingly, there was a lot of apprehension on her part when the PFF appointed her to be part of the staff for the Under-14 team two years ago. Pretty soon, however, the concerns went away as she naturally blended in with the staff, led by coach Joyce Landagan.
Former NBA player Chauncey Billups DONALD MIRALLE/Getty Images/AFPMost NBA fans were completely blindsided by news of Kyrie Irving’s displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his demand to be traded elsewhere.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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’ View comments Although he anticipated it to happen sooner than later, the 40-year-old player-turned-analyst admitted he remained baffled by Irving’s decision.“That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him because if it’s all about winning—I mean, man, you got a chance to win every single year,” he said.“And not only that, you’re getting everything you want. You’re getting the shots you want. You’re playing for a great coach who’s letting you go to work,” he said.“The game’s on the line, they coming to you. You playing on (national) TV every week. To me, I don’t get it,” he added.Billups, on the hand, turned down the Cavs’ GM position, which was recently awarded to Koby Altman. Khristian Ibarrola. /raADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ RELATED STORIES:NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportIrving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate DellavedovaLeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, retired NBA player Chauncey Billups said he knew it was coming.The former NBA Finals MVP, who was interviewed for the then vacant Cavaliers General Manager position last month, said he was aware of the brewing “trouble in paradise” in the Ohio-based franchise.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“It didn’t really surprise me,” Billups said of Irving’s wish to play for a different team.“Obviously I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know,” he said during a recent appearance on the Vince Lombardi Show. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT MOST READ
Music company T-series has sent a Rs 1 crore legal notice to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) for the alleged infringement of audio copyrights. Even as the company sent the notice to the OC on December 11 last year, the matter came to light on Friday, a day after some Australian firms threatened to file multi-million dollar lawsuits against the CWG OC for their unpaid dues. T-series alleged that the OC did not reply to its notice. It said the OC had obtained the ground license meaning that it had the permission to use the songs during the closing ceremony. But the OC did not take permission for the telecast rights of the songs, the company claimed. Apparently the songs of T-series were played during the opening and the closing ceremonies of the Games held in October 2010. It was however not clear which songs were used by the organisers that violated the copyrights. T-series had approached Wizcraft, which had organised the ceremony. But Wizcraft diverted the company to the OC since the rights were to be obtained by it.
After the World Cup win in Mumbai on April 2, Mahendra Singh Dhoni stayed in Delhi for a couple of days before heading for Chennai.Known for his composure and poise, Team India’s ‘captain marvel’ is also known for his hard work complete dedication to his sport. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who also leads the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings (CSK), reached Chennai on Wednesday giving his hometown Ranchi a miss after his ICC World Cup triumph. After the World Cup win in Mumbai on April 2, Dhoni’s fans in Ranchi had been waiting with bated breathe to welcome their hero, but the skipper preferred to stay in Delhi for a couple of days with wife Sakshi before heading for Chennai for the beginning of the IPL’s fourth edition. CSK team-mate Suresh Raina was also seen accompanying Dhoni, though he did get a chance to visit his home in Ghaziabad for a day. IPL 2011 starts on Friday and the defending champions CSK play the season’s first match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Dhoni has a huge burden of responsibility and expectation, particularly after the victory in the last IPL season.
David Warner and Virender Sehwag put on 75 runs for thefirst wicket as Delhi beat Pune by three wickets during their IPL match at the DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Score | Photos They this win they have opened their account in the fourth edition of the IPL.Well aware that the 188-run target would prove to be a tough one, Delhi openers Virender Sehwag and David Warner got off to a flyer. They just went hammer and tongs against the opposition bowlers smashing them across the park. The prevailing run rate that was well above 12 an over was bare witness to their bating blitzkrieg.Finally, David Warner got run out in the seventh over off Rahul Sharma’s over after posting a quick-fire 46 and helping Delhi to 75/1. His fall, however, failed to curtail the run rate as soon Sehwag and new man Irfan Pathan got on with the clubbing act. But, Kiwi Jesse Ryder, who had scored a fiery 60 in the first innings, had other plans. He came and clean bowled Delhi captain Virender Sehwag and the Delhi run rate took a nosedive. Sehwag fell for 37 and Delhi fell to 97/2 in the 10th over.Soon Pune captain Yuvraj Singh got in the thick of things and claimed Irfan Pathan on the third ball of the 13th over and then got rid of Naman Ojha on the next ball with keeper Robin Uthappa removing the bails in a millisecond. Delhi were down to 116/4. Then Delhi’s Aussie import Matthew Wade departed leg-before on Rahul Sharma’s ball and Delhi were down to 120/5 in 14 overs.advertisementAt death Venugopal Rao and Aaron Finch performed the revival act for Delhi hammering a few over the fence shots and boundaries. But, just when the two were looking dangerous, Pune got rid of Finch with captain Yuvraj Singh taking a catch off his own ball in the 19th over. He fell on 25 and Delhi were 167/6. Then on the last ball of his over he removed Rao on 31 when the Delhi total was 180/7.Delhi now needed just eight runs off the last over and Jesse Ryder was the bowler. James Hopes hit him for a six off the first ball and then hit a four and Delhi won the match by three wicket with four balls to spare.Pune inningsEarlier, Jesse Ryder scored a quick-fire 60 and captain Yuvraj Singh’s batting blitz helped Pune score a fine 187/5 in 20 overs.Delhi captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bowl and he got rewarded when Ashok Dinda got the better of Pune opener Graeme Smith in the 4th over. Delhi struck early to reduce Pune to 28/2.In the 8th over next man Mithun Manhas fell to James Hopes ball. He charged down the track looking for a big one, but failed to get the desired elevation and ended up getting caught by David Warner at mid-off on 20. Pune were 82/2 at the stage.But, Kiwi bit-hitter Jesse Ryder was still in the middle and looking dangerous. Delhi’s sloppy fielding too helped his cause, he was dropped in the 10th over by Dinda in the deep. After being dropped he hit a six a ball later for complete his half-century that came off just 24 balls — the second fastest in IPL-4.But on the last ball of the 10th over he fell to Shahbaz Nadeem on 60. He wanted to sweep Nadeem but a top edge off his bat was taken by Aaron Finch at square leg and Pune fell to 98/3. Ryder’s 60 that came off 27 balls were Punctuated with five fours and an equal number of sixes.There was more in store for Nadeem though. In the 14th over he managed to get the wicket of another Pune big-hitter – Robin Uthappa. Uthappa took an aerial route and wanted to clear the boundary but failed as Warner caught him close to the fence on 4 and Pune were down to 117/4.In the 18th over Dinda scalped Mohnish Mishra on 7 and Puner were 146/5. In the last over Yuvraj Singh scored a four and three sixes as Pune posted 187/5 in 20 overs. He remained unbeaten on 66.
Delhi University (DU ) has now introduced a five per cent quota in post-graduate courses under sports category to encourage more and more students to take up sports and yet continue with higher academic education, reported Mail Today.The University only permitted admission under sports quota for Bachelor’s degrees till last year but now the facility has been extended for postgraduate courses.This way the students’ achievements till undergraduate level are not wasted. Head of Sports Council S. Dubey said that the decision to reserve five per cent seats in every course for acclaimed and certified performers in sports was taken so that more students get encouraged to pursue sports.Not only this, some students will also get direct admission under the sports quota. Officials said that students who have won accolades at national- and international-level sports competition will not be required to give trials for the admission under the quota.DU last year eased admissions under sports quota especially for chess players, shooters and archers, who will now have to undertake only one of the three fitness tests to qualify for trials.DU will start the process for admission to its under-graduate courses for academic year 2014-15 on June 2. The university has made many alterations in its admission process for academic year 2014-15.
Taro Daniel, a lucky loser from qualifying, will take Nadal’s place in the Brisbane International draw and will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, starts Jan. 14 at Melbourne Park. Nadal had to retire in the fifth set of his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic at last year’s Australian Open and he said earlier this week that he is changing his approach this season.Despite the retirements that bookended his 2018 season, Nadal finished with a 45-4 win-loss record and won five of the nine tournaments he entered, including the French Open.With that kind of success, he said, he decided to focus on quality performances rather than quantity of matches and that means not playing with niggling injuries.“(In the past) I felt that I needed matches and time to be ready to compete at a good level,” he said, but that’s “not the situation today.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “I showed myself that I can be playing very well without competing for a while. And I’m going to work as hard as I can, and I’m going to play and practice with the highest tactical possible to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne. For me it’s a big goal to be ready for there and I’m going to fight for it.”And that means he plans to go into the first major of the year with only one exhibition match and a Fast4 appearance on top of his training program.“It’s a waste to damage my body for one month if I keep playing here,” said Nadal, who has spent lengthy periods on the sidelines because of injuries during his career. “After all the things that happened to me, probably I am not ready to assume that waste.”Nadal said he had been able to practice confidently since ankle surgery at the start of November, and felt better now than he did at this time last year when he had less time to prepare and was coming off a longer injury-enforced break.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Shinya Aoki excited to fight for ONE lightweight belt vs Eduard Folayang in hometown Japan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Raphael Nadal of Spain announces that he is pulling out of the tournament due to injury at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Brisbane International on Wednesday to focus on being ready for the Australian Open, which will be his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him to retire from the U.S. Open semifinals in September.The second-ranked Nadal, who cited a strained muscle in his left thigh for his withdrawal, still thinks he can add to his 17 major titles by the end of the month.ADVERTISEMENT “My hope is to win the Australian Open,” he said. “And being honest, I feel myself playing well. I feel myself playing at a good level of tennis. And I feel myself with very high motivation to compete and to play.”Nadal had an MRI and said medical experts in Australia and Spain told him that playing competitively this week would heighten his risk of a more serious injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I tried to play and I still wanted to play but the two doctors from here and the doctors from my confederation in Spain tell me … if I play here, there is a risk to don’t have the chance to play Melbourne,” Nadal said. “Everybody is telling me that it’s not a good idea to increase the possibility to make the strain a bigger problem.“I feel that I can give a good level of tennis, but I can’t do my 100 percent. So if I don’t play here, I probably secure that I’m going to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments