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Promotion Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega

first_imgAdvertising, according to its sharper and grounded exponents has been defined as a profession that is single-mindedly engaged in the business of “creating wants and manufacturing needs.” Be that as it may, its criticality in today’s blatantly consumerist universe, however, remains more potent than ever and can never be ignored, overlooked or dismissed. After all, we live in a world where any and everything is up for sale.   Taare Zameen ParUnlike yesterday, the bifurcation of readers, listeners and viewers has been brutally eliminated and dumped into one slot: consumers! Everything is target-specific and market-driven. Life is no longer about your ability or talent to write a book that’s an enjoyable read or create music that has charm and resonance — it’s all about whether (irrespective of your creative impulse) your output/creation/material has a market. If it doesn’t (but has potential) can that market be created?Once upon a time, films we made on the basis of stories, scripts, cast, directors etc. without fuss, hype or drama. There was a constituency for every genre of films — be it Bimal, Roy, Guru Dutt and Mehboob Khan type or the more commercial fare. Trade and film magazines carried announcements and newsbytes about casting and release dates and these were enough to arouse curiosity and generate excitement among the fans to prompt movement toward the neighboring, friendly movie theaters. It was a simple, innocent time when the number of films was limited, spaced out and the profile of the fans bordered on loyal, patient and easy-to-please. It was a relaxed and laid-back environment where the directors ruled. Script, stories, stars were of utmost importance. Content and substance was king. Promotion? Marketing? Advertising? Gimmicks? Woh kya hai? Wasn’t that for soaps, colas and biscuits?  RaajneetiNot any more, sweetheart! Today promotion and marketing are critical components to the success of any film; key factors that can spell the difference between success and failure, boom or bust. Quality per se doesn’t seem to carry much weight as clearly demonstrated by the sad showing of films like Firaaq, Parzania, Mirch, The Japanese Wife, even Turning 30. No One Killed Jessica could be seen and used as a brilliant contemporary case-study, a super example of how focused, strategic, intelligently-crafted promotion can add solid, marketability to a small-budget product. For weeks before the film’s release its stars Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan were zipping around all the mandatory, must-do spots that define today’s promotion — malls, radio/ TV studios, newspaper offices, reality shows, fashion shows, school/colleges, place of orship — with maha enthusiasm, drama and fun, all of which provided a huge lift to Raj Kumar Gupta’s wonderful and engaging film. Little wonder that Jessica ($2 million project) has been declared this year’s first legit hit. The Baap of this game, however, remains Aamir Khan. During Ghajini, tonsured head, he went around the country providing Ghajini haircuts to all who stormed his meets. During Taare Zameen Par, he took on the academic and student community. For 3 Idiots he went one step ahead — he disappeared for long lengths of time only to re-surface with weavers in Madhya Pradesh, mom’s house in Benaras and kids at college campuses. Peepli Live too gained hugely from his heavy-duty promotion (4 continents in 16 days) and although it didn’t make it to the Oscars, it garnered great audience-connect and return on investment, despite being a startlingly non-mainstream small-budget product. The fact that it was also a brilliantly original and engaging satire made life easier for Khan. Even the “I don’t give a damn about PR” Salman Khan, seems to have read the writing on the wall, recognizing and tuning in to this game. He set aside quality time for promotional activities for both Wanted and Dabangg — and boy, did they rock! Most stars, however, (secretly) hate this “insane activity,” but can’t do anything about it because it comes with the territory and is of immense significance to the publicity of the film. Declares Rohan Sippy, an informed and evolved new-age producer: “Beyond stars, scripts and directors, marketing and promotion today are the real drivers that define boom or doom for a movie. It’s a fiercely competitive scene with diverse themes representing massive choices to an audience-base-forever hung-up on novelty, freshness and excitement in any which form and has zero respect, interest or time for loyalty or history. The real challenge is to get these guys to the theater through new inventive and innovative promos that are designed to ‘surprise and delight,’ leading to ticket-sales as also create a buzz that is infectious.”   Peepli LiveToday even reticent and reluctant stars like Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar have got into the act. Kat’s crazy promo tours for Raajneeti and Tees Maar Khan and Akshay’s pan-India trips for Action Replay and Tees Maar Khan are interesting examples. Even the Big B, post-Mohabbatein has been agreeable to bogey along and continues do interviews across TV, radio and press. However, many of the new-gen are cool with it and totally agree that promos are critical in the selling of their movies. Chocolate Boy Imran Khan cheerfully zoomed across cities, at home and abroad, promoting I Hate Luv Storys, convinced that this exercise provides a brilliant on-the-ground, real connect with the audiences, vital for any star who cares for reality-checks.New-age, promo whiz-kids too speak confidently of challenges that this new discipline demands. As one of them observes: “It is often more challenging and tough than even shooting a film because the demands are not conventional. There is a science to it in terms of research, psychographics and demographics of the target audience, the right pitch — in terms of tone-of-voice — and visuals — all in tandem with the viewers’ curiosity and excitement connect. Also star-presence at the right time and place across cities are critical … and today, beyond the Metros, even some smaller centers must be patronized because of their box-office and revenue-generating potential. It’s complex!”  No One Killed JessicaHowever, despite the quantum leaps that promos and marketing have taken as center-stage players in the selling of a film and the mega-budgets allocated to some big block-buster projects (such as nearly $4 million each for last year’s dud Blue and this year for Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra. One), along with specialized professionals who know this niche job well, even the most brilliantly publicized, packaged and promoted film can bomb, big time, if it lacks substance. Look toward Kites, Raavan, Blue, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Dil Bole Hadippa!, Guzaarish and you get a clear and disturbing picture of how promotion is God can become a deadly joke.The conclusion must come from a sharp, perceptive film analyst, Siabal Chatterjee, who minces no words in offering his informed take: “Aamir Khan provides a fascinating study — in this area — relating to contrarian moves. He refuses to patronize award functions at home, but has no problem freaking out where the Oscars or other international film fests are concerned. When he is not involved in a movie, he is off the media radar but the moment he is ‘on’ — whether its haircuts, disguises, even publicly airing his private life, hitherto never ever discussed (when and where he first met Kiran; what attracted each to the other; how it is impossible not to fall in love with him; best and most annoying traits in each other, etc, etc, etc) – promotion ke liye kuch bhi karega! How do all this connect with Dhobi Ghat? Ask Mr. Perfectionist!”  Related Itemslast_img read more


December 2, 2019 0

Nokia’s Global Export Hub

first_imgIndia, the second-largest market for Nokia’s handsets, will become its global hub for exports. Its Chennai plant, which currently exports to 58 countries, will become its global operations center, according to the company, the world’s largest cell phone manufacturer.Almost half of India’s 185 million cell phones in India are Nokia. India now ranks only behind China as the largest market for Nokia phones, displacing the United States.  Related Itemslast_img


December 2, 2019 0

Ferrari Spreads Its Indian Wings

first_imgFerrari, whose cars retail from $275,000 to $400,000 plans to open six showrooms in India by 2010. Presently only 36 Ferrari vehicles are on Indian roads, sold through its Singapore dealerships. Rolls Royce currently has a showroom in Mumbai. According to the consultancy firm A. T. Kearney, India’s luxury goods market is expected to hit $30 billion by 2015. Related Itemslast_img


December 2, 2019 0

Congress triumphs in local body bypolls in Rajasthan

first_imgThe ruling Congress on Wednesday won eight seats in the by-elections to 17 wards of 15 urban local bodies held in a total of 11 districts of Rajasthan on June 10. While independent candidates supported by the Congress won two seats, the BJP registered victory in five wards.By-elections were held to fill the vacant positions in certain wards of municipalities and municipal councils in Jaipur, Alwar, Bhilwara, Sri Ganganagar, Bharatpur, Churu, Karauli, Hanumangarh, Bundi, Dholpur and Sirohi districts. A total of 14 municipality and three municipal council wards were contested in these districts.The Congress candidates won in Behror, Khairthal, Jahazpur, Indragarh, Sujangarh, Nohar, Shahpura and Hindon local bodies, while candidates supported by the party won at Gajsinghpur and Rawatsar.Rajasthan Congress president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said the bypoll results were an indication of people’s faith in the State government’s welfare policies launched after the December 2018 Assembly elections. However, the Congress lost all the 25 seats in the State to the BJP in the recent Lok Sabha election.We won more seats: BJPBJP spokesperson Satish Punia said the number of seats won by the party had increased as the BJP earlier held only three of the 17 wards where by-elections were held. He alleged that the Congress government had “misused the resources” to win the bypolls after its failure on the law and order, agricultural loan waiver and water and power supply fronts.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

NIT assistant professor and wife found dead on Rourkela campus

first_imgAn assistant professor of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Rourkela and his wife were found dead at their residence on the institute campus on Saturday.The bodies of 37-year-old R. Jayabalan, an assistant professor in the Life Science Department, and his wife Malavi Kesavan (35) were recovered after the police broke open the door of their flat. The couple belonged to Erode district of Tamil Nadu.They left behind a four-page note written in Tamil and English. According to neighbours, the couple had not been seen since August 14. They informed the police after coming across foul smell.Rourkela police said relatives of both the deceased will be arriving on Sunday. Married for nine yearsThe couple were married for nine years and did not have any children. The woman was found on the bed while the husband was in the bathroom. “Prima facie, it looks like a case of suicide. We are yet to ascertain the exact reason. An investigation is in progress,” Rourkela Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sarangi said.Forensic and scientific experts have examined the site and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem, said the police.Registrar of NIT Rourkela P.K. Das said: “They were a wonderful couple and very friendly. Jayabalan was liked by the students and his colleagues. He would involve himself in all the activities of the department. He was also very good at his subject.”last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

Punjab rivers in spate, 600 families rescued

first_imgAs heavy rains lashed Punjab during the past three days, leaving its rivers Sutlej, Ravi and Beas in spate, a flood-like situation was witnessed in many parts of the State on Monday. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced ₹100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the State and said a special ‘Girdawari’ will be conducted as soon as the water level recedes to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers.The Chief Minister made these announcements during a tour of the flood-affected areas of Rupnagar district. Capt. Amarinder also expressed grief over the death of three persons due to roof collapse in Ludhiana district on Sunday.Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal informed the Chief Minister that due to heavy downpour in Rupnagar district the total release at Ropar headworks was 2,50,000 cusecs, in addition to unprecedented increase in flow in many rivulets like Swan Nadi (90,000 cusecs), Sirsa Nadi (60,000 cusecs), and Budhki Nadi (20,000 cusecs). “The district administration rescued more than 600 families from 45 villages. While there had been no reports of loss of human life there was significant loss of crops and cattle which was being assessed,” he said.Later, the Chief Minister held a meeting to review the flood situation in the State with senior officials. During the meeting it was revealed that the overall situation in the rivers Beas and Ravi was under control though danger continued to lurk in areas adjacent to the Sutlej river and further downstream, at Harike headworks in Ferozepur. The flood releases from the Bakhra dam was above its maintainable level, flowing currently at 1681.23 feet, an official statement said. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been stationed at villages in Jalandhar. Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said keeping in view the alarming situation due to release of 2,40,000 cusecs of water from Ropar headwork, companies of NDRF and SDRF have been stationed at vulnerable points in Shahkot, Nakodar and Phillaur. Also, Army authorities have also been requested to station their companies at all these sub-divisions so that they could help the administration in case of any need, he added. Flood relief teams of the Army under the Western Command are actively carrying out rescue operations in various areas of Punjab and Haryana. Teams of strengths of 60-70 persons each with requisite equipment and resources have been deployed at Mirthal in Pathankot district, Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district, Phillaur, Nakodar, and Shahkot in Jalandhar district and near Karnal in Haryana.A total of 15 persons have been rescued so far from various areas, said an official statement. In neighbouring Haryana, a flood-like situation was seen in many parts. The Indian Air Force rescuing nine persons stuck in Karnal district owing to the rise of water in the Yamuna river.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

New panel to review previous findings on private forest land in Goa

first_imgThe Goa government has set up a three-member committee to review the findings of high-level panels formed earlier to identify private forest lands in the coastal state.The move comes after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on August 8 imposed a fine of ₹10,000 per day from July 2019 on the State government, till it submits the report on private forest land.The Government, in a notification issued on August 24, said a three-member panel will have to review the findings of the Karapurkar and Sawant committees (set up earlier) and submit its report within three months on the exact quantum of private forest land existing in Goa. This is the second review committee formed by the State government. In April last year, the Government constituted a similar committee which reviewed reports of the Karapurkar and Sawant committees, identifying 42.12 sqkm of land in Goa as private forest. However, the BJP-led State government last month rejected that review panel’s report, claiming the “aggrieved people were not heard by the review committee“.In the notification issued last week, State undersecretary (Forest) Shaila Bhosle said, “The committee has been constituted to finalise the report on private forests submitted by the review committee, after considering the objections of the affected parties whose properties are going to be identified as private forests.” The committee should consider the objections of the affected parties and submit a report before the time limit prescribed by the NGT, she said. The NGT allowed a final extension of three months for submission of the report, subject to deposit of a performance guarantee of ₹1 crore to the satisfaction of the Central Pollution Control Board. Last month, the then state Forest Minister Vijai Sardesai said it was incorrect to be assumptive about demarcation of land as forest, and people should be consulted before finalising the report. He said many a times, a land owner is not even consulted or informed before his assets get marked as a private forest, depending on a survey. He said that the stratified random sampling method adopted for the survey was not acceptable as the actual position should be known before marking the forest.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

Delhi High Court nod for special trial at AIIMS in Unnao case

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday gave the Delhi High Court liberty to decide on a plea made by the trial judge of five cases of crimes committed against the Unnao rape survivor and her family to hold special proceedings at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.Probe into ‘accident’A Bench led by Justice Deepak Gupta gave a fortnight more to the CBI to complete its probe into the ‘accident’ on July 28 in which the now 19-year-old rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her relatives killed after a truck collided with their car near Raebareli. On August 19, the court had given the CBI an extension of two weeks to complete the investigation in the road accident case. The Delhi HC late in the evening approved recording of the woman’s statement at the AIIMS Trauma Centre. A notification issued to this effect said Special Judge Dharmesh Sharma, who is conducting trial of the cases, shall record her testimony. The apex court said there was no pressure on Judge Sharma to complete the trial in 45 days. He could approach it if and when he felt it necessary for an extension.On August 1, the court transferred the five cases from a CBI court in Lucknow to its counterpart in Delhi. It also ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to pay the rape survivor ₹25 lakh as interim compensation.Day-to-day basisA Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on that day ordered that the trial in the cases be held on a day-to-day basis and be completed within 45 days. The court had even zeroed in on Mr. Sharma as the trial judge.Four of the five cases are the rape in 2017; a false case hoisted against her father under the Arms Act by conniving police officers; the custodial death of the survivor’s father after he was arrested in an Arms case; and a second instance of gang-rape of the survivor. Though the CBI has filed charge sheets in these cases, the Lucknow court is yet to frame charges against the accused persons. The fifth case concerns the ‘accident’.In fact, it was only later the apex court came to know that days before the ‘accident’, the woman had reached out to the CJI in a letter. But her cry for help had largely remained unnoticed in the court’s Registry for almost a fortnight.Her letter, dated July 12, had spelt out threats to her life and her family from the accused, including BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The letter landed at the Registry on July 17 but did not reach the CJI’s table till July 30.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

BJP names Bihar, Rajasthan unit presidents

first_imgThe BJP on Saturday appointed Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Jaiswal as its Bihar unit president and Amber MLA Satish Poonia as the chief of the Rajasthan unit.In a statement issued in New Delhi, the party said its president Amit Shah had approved the appointments and also that of Ajay Kumar as the general secretary (organisation) for Uttarakhand.Dr .Jaiswal, 53, is a three-time party MP from the West Champaran Lok Sabha constituency. A doctor by profession, he replaced Nityanand Rai who, earlier, was appointed as Minister of State for Home Affairs in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s the Cabinet.Dr. Jaiswal is also the chief whip of the party in the Lok Sabha. He had first won the Lok Sabha seat in 2009 and then in 2014. He defeated Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) candidate Brijesh Kumar Kushwaha by 2.93 lakh votes in the 2019 poll.Dr. Jaiswal’s father Dr Madan Prasad Jaiswal had also been a three-time party MP from the constituency which, earlier, was known as Bettiah LS seat, in 1996, 1998 and 1999.Dr. Jaiswal had done his MBBS from the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) while MD (general medicine) from the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). He expressed his thanks to Mr. Shah for reposing faith in him.“This is an election year and party has entrusted great trust and faith in me…I’ll try my best to come up to the expectations of the top leadership,” he told the media in West Champaran.The appointment of Mr. Poonia, MLA from Jaipur district’s Amber constituency, came two-and-a-half months after the death of State chief Madan Lal Saini on June 24. Hailing from Churu’s Rajgarh town, Mr. Poonia, 55, is considered close to the RSS.An influential Jat leader, Mr. Poonia is known for his organisational skills and served as the State general secretary four times between 2004 and 2014. His appointment was made at a crucial time — just before the local body elections.Mr. Poonia was at present the party State spokesperson and was also looking after its membership drive. The strategy to appoint the Jat leader threw a major challenge before the ruling Congress ahead of the municipal polls, as the latter is under pressure to give a senior position in the party structure to the community.Mr. Poonia told reporters at the party headquarters in Jaipur that his working style would remain the same in his new capacity and the party workers were happy on the selection of a person “from among themselves”. “We will work for progress of all sections of society and strengthen the BJP at the booth level.”He alleged that the Congress had betrayed the farmers and the youth and neglected the law and order, which had led to a sharp increase in crimes. He said the BJP, while playing an effective role as the Opposition, would give a tough fight to the Congress in the local body polls and by-elections in two Assembly seats this year.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

WATCH: Nike unveils new ‘Statement Jerseys’ for 30 NBA teams

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Representatives of the teams proudly wore their nifty new threads for the upcoming season. New year, new look. 🔥#NIKExNBA(Via @NBA) pic.twitter.com/K4xVbunOAN— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 16, 2017Most teams boasted significant and modernized changes to their uniforms, while some opted to keep their signature style from previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES From NCAA to UAAP, Ayo and Jarin have each other’s respect In July, Nike confirmed that it will do away with the traditional “Home and Away” uniforms and replace them with the “Association” and “Icon” editions.READ: Nike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonNike also described the colorful designs as “inspired by the team’s desire to make a bold statement every time they step on the court.”The “Statement” uniform will be available for purchase on all NBA Stores starting Nov. 20. /ra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 View commentscenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nike took over the reigns from Adidas as the official jersey manufacturer of the NBA and it didn’t take long for the sporting giant to leave its mark.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 a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Friday (Saturday in Manila), both Nike and the NBA officially unveiled their innovative “Statement Jerseys” from all 30 NBA franchises.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Aside from the vibrant alternates, players donned a new hoodie design as warm-ups—another first for the league.last_img read more


November 30, 2019 0

GALLERY: Ginebra retains title, survives Meralco in Game 7

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeralco swingman Jared Dillinger goes for a reverse layup against Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra forward Japeth Aguilar skies for a layup as Meralco big man Reynel Hugnatan looks on. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco head coach Norman Black reacts to a call. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco import Allen Durham with an emphatic dunk. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra guard Scottie Thompson shoots a jumper over Meralco point guard Baser Amer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra celebrates after beating Meralco in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra celebrates after beating Meralco in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra celebrates after beating Meralco in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra guards LA Tenorio and Jayjay Helterbrand share a moment during the Gin Kings’ celebration. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra guard Mark Caguioa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra head coach Tim Cone gives the injured Sol Mercado a hug. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra guard LA Tenorio receives his Finals MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Barangay Ginebra successfully defended its PBA Governors’ Cup title but not after holding off a resilient Meralco side in Game 7 before a record crowd of 54,086 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.Veteran point guard LA Tenorio had a team-high 26 points and four assists and was awarded as the Finals MVP.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bundit status as Ateneo volleyball coach in limbo View commentslast_img read more


November 30, 2019 0

Legendary FEU volleyball coach Kid Santos passes way

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Geneveve Casugod with coach Kid Santos. Photo from Kid Santos’ Facebook account.Philippine sports lost a legend in Florentino “Kid” Santos, who passed away on Wednesday due to cardiac arrest. He was 67.Santos had a celebrated volleyball career as a player and coach for Far Eastern University, which won majority of its championships in both the men and women’s divisions under his watch.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Santos was a beloved figure in the country’s volleyball scene and it’s no surprise that heartfelt messages and tributes poured out in the wake of his passing.“Sad news for the volleyball community, Coach Kid Santos joined our Creator😢Not only a great mentor but a second father to many….,” former La salle star Ivy Remulla wrote on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Learned so much about handling athletes from Kidd Santos. Great coach, even better person and father to all FEU athletes. You will truly be missed. RIP Coach Kidd,” posted FEU athletic director Mark Molina on his Twitter account.Even the current generation of players mourned Santos’ untimely death. Love, LeBron push Cavaliers past Antetokounmpo, Bucks John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img “My last picture with you Coach Kidd. You inspired and touched the lives of so many people, including me. Salamat sa lahat Coach Kidd RIP 💚💛” said FEU spiker Jerrili Malabanan.“A father to me and to many.. one of the pillars of Ph Volleyball.. SALAMAT po sa lahat. RIP Coach Kid Santos 😔” wrote University of the Philippines libero Pia Gaiser. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


November 30, 2019 0

Chot out to solve Gilas ‘mistakes’ in game vs Japan

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andray Blatche. Photo from Fiba.comShortly upon returning home Saturday, Chot Reyes and the rest of the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff buckled down to work, dead set on identifying their flaws the night before to improve on a performance he described as a “six.”Reyes and his staff aren’t looking at Chinese Taipei yet, even with that game just two nights away, as they want to correct all the mistakes that came out in a scary 77-71 win over Japan in the first window of the Filipinos’ Fiba Asia 2019 World Cup Qualifying schedule in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Petron blazes past Iriga City in Batangas Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion One thing going for the Filipinos in the 7:30 p.m. match slated Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao is that the Taiwanese will be coming off an ego-deflating loss at about the same time Gilas was pulling out the win over Japan.Chinese Taipei suffered a 104-66 ripping at the hands of world power Australia, a new inclusion in the region after Fiba merged Asia and Oceania for this qualifying schedule.Australia torched the Taiwanese with a 62 percent clip from the field and 48 percent from three-point range, with starting forward Daniel Kickert hitting 3-for-5 from that range to finish with 15 points in just over 17 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES 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 Citycenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “We’re still in the gym, viewing [Friday’s game’s] mistakes to correct them,” Reyes told the Inquirer via a text message. “After which, we talk of Taiwan.”The Filipinos bungled first half control over the Japanese at Komazawa Olympic gym and trailed in the third period before hammering out the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipinos got the goods from Jason Castro and Andray Blatche in the stretch to survive, something Gilas cannot do against the Taiwanese, a team that has had more success of late against Gilas compared to Japan.Team Philippines hasn’t lost to Japan since 2004, while Taipei defeated Gilas in 2013 during the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more


November 30, 2019 0

Bucks’ G-League affiliate picks up Brandon Jennings

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jennings was the 10th overall pick by the Bucks in the 2009 NBA draft, averaging 17.0 points over four seasons in Milwaukee. He was traded to Detroit in July 2013 in a deal that sent Khris Middleton to the Bucks.The 28-year old Jennings played two-plus seasons in Detroit before making stops with the Magic, Knicks and Wizards. He most recently played professionally in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Articles01:29Police 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Brandon Jennings of the Washington Wizards looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Verizon Center on March 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPOSHKOSH, Wis. — The developmental league affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks has acquired former Bucks first-round draft pick Brandon Jennings off waivers.The Wisconsin Herd announced that it had picked up Jennings on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Neymar not unsettled by Real speculationlast_img read more


November 29, 2019 0

Round 1: Horn pushes the offense

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas pulls off 7th round TKO win over Kinoshita, retains title Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pacquiao encourages Horn to hit and the Aussie connects with an overhead right.Horn’s mouthpiece falls to the ring, stopping the fight momentarily.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 starsPacquiao connects on a two-hand combo after Horn lunges. What ‘missteps’? 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 Jeff Horn of Australia, left, and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, right, lands a left to during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJeff Horn is the first one to put on his offensive game plan as Manny Pacquiao calculates how he will close the distance against the taller Australian.Horn manages to pin Pacquiao on the ropes and throws several body punches but the Filipino laughs it off.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds

first_imgLATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Vietnam ruled the event with 8.43, while Thailand was second with 8.37.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former world champion Rani Ortega hugged the three jins, whom she had mentored after the scores were flashed on the screen of the KLCC Hall 1.It was a big relief for the Philippine taekwondo team here as Malaysian competitors were getting scores deemed too high for their performances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We didn’t play like we are the defending champion. We still worked on it like this was our first time,” said Dustin.Dustin and Raphael won the same event in 2013 with a different teammate, and the 2015 edition with Reyes in tow. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I said to myself I will avenge my defeat,” said a teary-eyed Reyes after it was clear that they won the gold. Malaysia was second and Indonesia was third (8.04).Reyes, earlier, vied for gold but ended up with bronze in the men’s individual event which the Malaysian took.The trio won bronze in the World Championships in 2014 before bagging the 2015 SEA Games gold in Singapore.“We are very happy because we worked very hard for it,” said Dustin who along with the team also won bronze in the 2016 World Championships in Peru and this year’s Korea Open.The women’s team of Jocel Lyn Ninobla, Rinna Babanto and Juvenille Faye Crisostomo in poomsae won bronze in the event with a score of 8.27.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Philippine poomsae team of (L to R) Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella performs its routine in the finals of men’s poomsae team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The Filipinos took home the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines scored a gold medal in taekwondo men’s team poomsae via defending champion Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday.Completing a routine with grace and snap, the Philippines accumulated 8.40 points to overcome title favorite Malaysia (8.34).ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

Lady Eagles kick off bid vs Lady Bombers

first_imgMangulabnan, Mauricio out to pad bike leads After losing two vital cogs, Ateneo hopes it still has enough tools for a title run as the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference gets going Saturday.“Like any other team, our goal is to win the championship,” said new Ateneo team captain Bea De Leon. “We’ll just do our best every game.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Joining St. Benilde and Arellano in Group are University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda and Adamson.The top two teams in each group after the single-round eliminations will advance to the crossover Final Four. The finalists will battle in a best-of-three series. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 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’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Regine Arocha, who saw action for the Power Smashers in the recent PVL Reinforced and Open Conferences, also hopes to beef up the Lady Chiefs’ bid along with Andrea Marzan, Anne Esguerra, Rhea Ramirez, Necole Ebuen and libero Faye Flores.Leading the Lady Blazers’ charge are Marites Pablo, Angela Enginco, Diane Ventura, Chelsie Umali, Ranya Musa and setter Pauline Cardiente.The tournament also serves as a collegiate preseason build up for the 12 women’s teams and 10 men’s squads.La Salle and St. Benilde open men’s action at 10 a.m., followed by the 1 p.m. match between University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas.Ateneo and JRU lead Group A that also includes National University, the winner of the last two collegiate V-League titles. San Sebastian, Lyceum and Far Eastern University round out the group.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES The Lady Eagles, who will play minus star setter Jia Morado and key spiker Michelle Morente, kick off their bid versus Jose Rizal University at 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Morado opted to forego her final playing year, while Morente also left Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingArellano and St. Benilde clash in the other women’s game featuring two NCAA champions at 4 p.m.Jovielyn Prado banners the Lady Chiefs, who bagged the NCAA crown last season after dethroning the Lady Blazers in the Final Four. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

A Besieged Bastion

first_imgYeddyurappaHaradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy, the state JD(S) boss and former Karnataka chief minister in a JD(S)-BJP coalition government, has for months planned the drama in the state which has left the 28-month-old B.S. Yeddyurappa-led BJP government in a crisis. The first signs of dissidence cropped up last week when Yeddyurappa brought in his,YeddyurappaHaradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy, the state JD(S) boss and former Karnataka chief minister in a JD(S)-BJP coalition government, has for months planned the drama in the state which has left the 28-month-old B.S. Yeddyurappa-led BJP government in a crisis. The first signs of dissidence cropped up last week when Yeddyurappa brought in his lieutenants in a September 22 Cabinet reshuffle at the cost of some independent MLAs whose support helped prop up the first-ever BJP government south of the Vindhyas in May 2008. One of them, Sports Minister Goolihatti Shekhar, had even threatened to kill himself if he was removed. Bellary mining baron and Tourism Minister G. Janardhana Reddy, whose brother Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy was instrumental in mobilising the independents to smell a new future in the saffron party, had also wanted Shekhar to stay. Yeddyurappa, claiming the party high command and the RSS leadership had given him a carte blanche, threw caution to the winds and decided for himself.Kumaraswamy has taken on Chief Minister Yeddyurappa.Shekhar, like many others who felt wronged by the chief minister, cried foul. He and 18 other slighted MLAs wrote to Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj, withdrawing their support to the Yeddyurappa government. The list comprised 14 BJP MLAs and five independents including seven ministers. Bhardwaj played by the book and asked Yeddyurappa to prove his majority on or before October 12 by 5 p.m. Kumaraswamy, meanwhile, had already built his bridges with the Congress high command, having met Sonia Gandhi some months ago. That he had been trooping in and out of the Raj Bhavan this week only added to his key role in the drama. With the state Congress in a comatose since 2006, the high command had no choice but to go with a Congress-JD(S) combo to take on the BJP. Sonia even roped in former JD(S) man and ex-deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah into the Congress in July 2006 and made him head of the Congress Legislature Party and Opposition leader in June 2009. Even as Yeddyurappa deputed Janardhana, who had nearly pulled down the government in October 2009, to placate more than a dozen rebel MLAs holed up in a Chennai hotel on October 6, Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy’s secret rendezvous threw enough hints of serious trouble for Yeddyurappa.The 224-member Assembly comprises 117 BJP MLAs, 73 and 28 from the Congress and the JD(S) respectively, and six independents. Yeddyurappa, hoping the Reddys will do the trick for him, desperately needs the rebels to “come back home” to clock the magic number of 113. The rebels have spurned his olive branch to have some senior colleagues resign to accommodate five or six of them now and six more in six months. The fact that Kumaraswamy’s key man Zameer Ahmed, a Bangalore JD(S) MLA who owns a fleet of buses, was liasioning with the rebel MLAs in Chennai is not good news for the BJP.advertisementDissident BJP MLAs address the media outside Raj Bhavan.The Reddys are under pressure from the BJP high command to bail out Yeddyurappa while the Congress-JD(S) alliance wants the government to fall on its own before exploiting it. Karunakara symbolically stood behind Yeddyurappa at the October 6 Cabinet meeting in the Vidhana Soudha while their close aide and Health Minister B. Sriramulu even offered to resign if it helped the beleagured Yeddyurappa. State Congress Working President D.K. Shivakumar, working closely with Siddaramaiah, says his party “will play its cards close to its chest”. JD(S) leader M.C. Nanaiah had also touched base with a key Congress leader in Bangalore. If the Congress-JD(S) combo manages to lure the rebels, Kumaraswamy will play kingmaker: Siddaramaiah can realise his dream of becoming chief minister and Kumaraswamy’s brother H.D. Revanna, his deputy. Time is running out and the heat is on Yeddyurappa to survive this ordeal. Or just get ready to hang up his boots in a few days.last_img read more


November 28, 2019 0