MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Warriors erase double-digit deficit to beat Pelicans Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The deal, which has already been agreed upon by both sides, will hand the Beermen the top selection in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft set next Sunday.However, the trade is still subject to approval by league commissioner Chito Narvasa and a decision won’t be made until Monday when the PBA Office resumes its operations.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 shutoutThis is the second time in three years that the Picanto have sent their first round draft pick after trading away Troy Rosario, who was their second overall pick in the 2015 PBA Draft, to TNT.Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger is the consensus top pick in this year’s rookie class, but the 28-year-old won’t be going to the PBA until after he finishes his obligations with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ASEAN Basketball League. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters 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 comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Christian Standhardinger, the consensus No. 1 overall pick in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft, could join June Mar Fajardo at San Miguel. Photo from Fiba.comThe rich are about to get richer.San Miguel is set to acquire Kia’s top overall pick in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations, sources told INQUIRER on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next But if there’s one team that could afford to wait for Standhardinger, it’s definitely San Miguel, which has four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Mythical Team members Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross.
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ And the 31-year-old Castro couldn’t reiterate more how important starting strong is for Gilas as they seek a top three finish in the group to proceed to the next round.“With the new format, it’s really difficult,” he said. “The two games were must-wins for us because we know here in Fiba, every game counts, and once you lose, there’s a chance that you’ll fall out of the top three. So going into this game, whatever happens, we just wanted to win. Even though we had a bad first half, we played better in the second half.”The Philippines may have remained unbeaten through the first window, but Castro said that the first set of games were an eye-opener for the squad as Gilas aims for a better performance come the second window in February, where a date against Australia awaits.“Our first game (against Japan) was okay, but in this game (against Chinese Taipei), we played terrible on both defense and offense. We can’t execute our plays when the opponent is zoning. So in the next window, we have to improve our ball movement and calm ourselves because we’re too overeager,” he said.“It’s just a good thing that with this format, we have a lot of time to prepare, correct our mistakes, and improve for the next games. That’s something we need to do if we want to go back to the Fiba World Cup and the Olympics.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Blatche ‘apologized’ to Gilas for subpar showing, says Reyes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERGilas Pilipinas goes where Jayson Castro takes them.Showing why he’s been hailed as the best point guard in Asia twice, the speedy playmaker from Bacolor, Pampanga has undoubtedly been the stabilizing force for the national team in the first window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Coming off a sensational showing against Japan, Castro once again dazzled in front of the home crowd, anchoring the offense for the Philippine side before taking matters to his own hands late to seal the 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei.But what drives Castro to perform at his best is his unwavering desire 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 shutout“In my mind, I really just wanted to win,” he said in Filipino after torching the visiting Chinese Taipei with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists on Monday.That passion was certainly evident as Castro led the Philippines to a 2-0 start joining reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia atop Group B standings. View comments
Ronda Rousey walks on stage for her face off with UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes after UFC 205 Weigh-ins in preparation for their UFC 207 fight that will take place on December 30, 2016 at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — Ronda Rousey stayed silent as she pointed from the ring toward the WrestleMania logo that hung in the rafters.Without saying a word, the MMA great made clear she was signaling her wrestling debut at WWE’s signature event. Rousey wants her WrestleMania moment — and she’ll get one in April.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Now, the 30-year-old Rousey can now stay relevant and marketable in the cartoon world of fake fights without throwing a real punch. While very real injuries still occur on the scripted shows, Rousey can have more control of her physical activity in a choreographed environment.The deal was an instant smash. Rousey’s appearance generated headlines on celebrity and news websites all over the world.Jason Powell, editor of ProWrestling.net, said it’ll still be tough to get UFC fans to follow her to WWE.“That said, she appealed to more than just the hardcore UFC viewers, so if they can get the more casual viewers who were ordering her fights to make the switch then they will have something,” Powell said.WWE, which reported revenue of $186.4 million and profits of $21.8 million for the third quarter, is banking on Rousey to boost sagging ratings and network subscriptions. WWE said at its 2014 launch it could have between 2 million and 4 million subscribers at $9.99 a month. The company announced about 1.5 million paid subscribers as of Sept. 30, 2017. WWE releases its next set of numbers on Feb. 8.WWE’s 25th anniversary episode last week of “Raw” drew averaged 4.53 million viewers for the three-hour show — the biggest audience for an episode since March 30, 2015. Rousey could build on that viewership.Her long-term contract comes at a critical time for WWE. The company’s TV rights are up in 2019 and Sports Business Journal reported WWE executives have already met with networks and digital companies, including, Fox, CBS and Amazon. WWE will make around $180 million from its NBC deal in 2017, SBJ said, and the exclusive negotiating window ends in the spring.How many networks would like to roll out Rousey at the upfronts?WWE declined to make Rousey or any executives such as chief negotiator Paul “Triple H” Levesque available for interviews on Monday. UFC President Dana White said Rousey will never fight again for the company.The former UFC bantamweight champion said she’s not just planning cameos at big events. Up next, her future will be addressed on WWE’s flagship “Raw” show in Philadelphia on Monday night and then she’ll save the April 8 date in New Orleans for WrestleMania.“This has been a dream of mine since before I could talk and was trying to say Hulk Hogan,” Rousey told WWE.com . “This has been a dream of mine since I started MMA and I asked ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper if I could have his name. This has been a dream of mine since me and all my girlfriends, all we would do every night is sit around and watch wrestling together.”The Rousey-wrestling tag team should be a big win for both parties.Rousey hasn’t fought since she suffered a 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes and made a $3 million purse at UFC 207 in December 2016. She stayed in the spotlight to some degree with small roles in movies and a stint as team coach in the reboot of “Battle of the Network Stars.”There’s only so much advice one can offer Tootie, Potsie and Six before there are diminishing returns on the interest level of a former UFC fighter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting So how to use her?Rousey notably stood side-by-side with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as they fought off the villainous Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a segment at WrestleMania in 2015.Rousey also appeared at WWE’s Mae Young Classic with three of her “Four Horsewomen” stablemates and confronted three of WWE’s top women wrestlers. WWE has pushed female athletes worthy of equal billing as the men the last couple of years and now has enough talent to give them spots in traditional men’s matches such as Hell in a Cell and Sunday’s first women’s Royal Rumble.WWE wrestler Bayley said more women have flourished with the promotion’s developmental system, NXT, introduced by Levesque.“Finally when NXT wrestlers finally started joining WWE, we were all able to put it together and make magic,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming. They’ve been waiting for a women’s revolution.”Rousey could lead her Horsewomen again or resume her rivalry with Triple H and McMahon and call up The Rock to make good on a tag-team bout. The Rock and Rousey share an agent, creating the possibility of a big-money match.The 45-year-old Johnson last wrestled in a competitive match against John Cena at WrestleMania in 2013.“There’s a lot of ways to market Ronda Rousey. I think her love of the wrestling business and the sizzle that comes with it for WWE is something she’s very interested in,” veteran WWE announcer Jim Ross said . “I don’t think it’s a payday issue as much as it’s a new adventure.” Barcelona loaning winger Deulofeu to Watford Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH She’s already mastered one aspect of pro wrestling booking: the swerve. She tried to fool to fans that she would not appear in Sunday’s Royal Rumble in Philadelphia with social media posts from a movie set Colombia. Rousey, who has a role in the action thriller “Mile 22,” also lied to TMZ at an airport last week when she said she would not return home from filming until February.But as the Royal Rumble wound down with winner Asuka celebrating in the ring and flanked by WWE champions Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair, Rousey’s “Bad Reputation” theme song blared through the arena, sending fans scurrying back to their seats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe “Rowdy” one is now a full-fledged WWE star.Though she refused to officially call it quits on an MMA career, she’s all but had her last fight for UFC, the promotion that made her a box office superstar, generating endorsement deals that made her a household name beyond combat sports. View comments
NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 AFP official booed out of forum View comments The Warriors’ jump is due in part to the new arena due to open in two seasons.New arenas in Sacramento, Milwaukee and Detroit have also pushed up franchise values.The New Orleans Pelicans are the lowest-ranked, at an estimated value of $1 billion.The club making the biggest jump from last year was the Philadelphia 76ers, who gained 48 percent in value to $1.18 billion, according to Forbes’ calculations.The valuations were calculated with revenues and operating incomes from the 2016-17 season, while taking into consideration the league’s revenue sharing. Arena deals, and revenue from non-basketball events that take place at the venues, are also included in the totals. /cbbADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Phoenix turns back TNT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, left, looks past Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in New York. Forbes has named the Knicks and the Lakers as the most valuable NBA clubs as of February 2018. APLOS ANGELES, United States — The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers still top the list of most valuable NBA clubs, according to a survey released Wednesday by Forbes — which for the first time says every franchise is worth $1 billion.According to its latest annual assessment, the average value of an NBA club is $1.65 billion.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Knicks remain atop that list, worth $3.6 billion (2.94 billion euros) and another iconic club, the Lakers, are now worth an estimated $3.3 billion.The Knicks are profiting from a $1 billion renovation to Madison Square Garden, which provided new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers, who like the Knicks have struggled in recent years, continue to benefit from raking in almost $150 million a year from their local television and radio deals.The reigning champion Golden State Warriors passed the Chicago Bulls in this year’s list to lie third with a value of $3.1 billion to Chicago’s $2.6 billion.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Swiss tennis great Roger Federer ($64 million) and Golden State Warriors guard Kevin Durant ($60.6 million) rounded out the top five — just as they did last year.The Forbes figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period based on conversations with industry insiders.Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, was the lone woman on the list with an estimated income of $27 million — $19 million of which came from endorsements — to place her 51st overall.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. AP FILE PHOTONEW YORK—Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine’s list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players.The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football salary of $58 million and $35 million in endorsement income.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Star sizzles, cruises to F4 LATEST STORIES 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 Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s the second straight year Ronaldo has topped the list, released Wednesday just days after he spearheaded a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title.BACKSTORY: Ronaldo inherits richest athlete throne from Tiger, MayweatherFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames, with estimated earnings of $86.2 million, was one of 32 NBA players who made the top 100 — up from 18 last year.He took over second place from the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, now third with $80 million. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV What ‘missteps’?
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Short on projection, PH gymnasts still log ‘marked progress’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Philippines blew host Malaysia apart, 98-66, to score its third straight win Wednesday night in the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball.The win assured the Philippines of a place in the semifinals after victories over Thailand and Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES 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 As a result, Cruz and Amer were ejected with 5:41 left in the third quarter with Gilas protecting a 57-41 lead.READ: Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener winUnfortunately, organizers only meted punishment on the Gilas guards and none on the Malaysians.But that hardly mattered as the Filipinos simply widened their lead by more than 30 points in the final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Fil-German Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points and 18 rebounds for Gilas.READ: SEA Games: Gilas cadets survive ThailandFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGame was interrupted by a scuffle involving frustrated Malaysia defender on Kevin Ferrer. Baser Amer, Bryan Cruz and Troy Rosario engaged Malaysian players in pushing contest.Kuek Tian Yuan first fouled Ferrer and refused to let go, prompting Gilas teammates to come to his side but instead of cooling it off, it escalated the situation. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments
Creative Vado HDThe amateur/home high definition video camera market is being flooded with new products–each one with innovative claims of being the smallest, the lightest, having the largest display, the most powerful lens and so on. Creative has introduced the Vado, a 100g, ultra-lightweight pocket HD camera. Sporting a two-inch LCD screen, it has a one-button recording facility, the ability to do a quick review and playing back on a HD television. You can upload your videos instantly to YouTube, Photobucket and similar websites. The eight GB internal memory and three recording modes give you the freedom to choose the video quality according to usage scenarios. Depending on the accessories (cables largely), prices range from Rs. 6,500 to Rs. 10,000 approx (US$ 125-200) and bargains are available online.Timex WS4 Expedition WatchTimex is climbing new heights with this new high altitude and outdoor watch. But you don’t have to be a mountaineer to benefit from it–if you are into outdoor adventure and activities it is a functional and valuable wrist-mounted instrument you can use. While in the city, it would attract attention and be a talking point as it is not too bulky, with a fairly current design and has interesting wide-screen displays. This multi-function sensor watch, apart from giving you the accurate time, has an onboard compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer. There are many sub-functions including a 4-6 hour weather display, alarms, a stop-watch, time-splits and other functions that the athletic and fitness-obsessed would find handy. In India it is priced at Rs. 9,995. Available at Timex outlets and selected timewear stores.Sony readersIn 2007, when Amazon introduced the Kindle–a device enabling you to read books ‘electronically’ through a digital display–critics were quick to dismiss it. Today the market is saturated with similar devices. Sony has a range of three readers–The Reader Pocket Edition (five-inch display), The Reader Touch Edition (six-inch display) and the Reader Daily Edition (seven-inch display). The Daily Edition, Sony’s latest offering in the range, takes a lead with the introduction of a more sophisticated touchscreen interface and a wireless link. They have also updated their content services with tie-ups with many more libraries allowing you to ‘borrow’ books. Available at www.sonystyle.com and SonyStyle stores. Pocket edition: Rs. 10,000 approx (US$ 199). Touch edition: Rs. 15,000 approx (US$ 299). Daily edition: Rs. 20,000 approx (US$ 399).5 Useful travel siteshttp://travelbookmarking.com: A social bookmarking site for travel. Choose any country and check out bookmarks for various insights and travel resources to that country.http://thewildsource.com: Started by a passionate wildlife biologist, this site brings you the best wildlife experiences.http://www.vcarious.com/: Another option where you can read about and share travel experiences.http://somuchworld.com/: The site offers a combination of travel writing, expert destination guides and a hotel and travel bookings service. It’s got everything you need to plan and book a hassle free trip.http://www.hiddenamerica.com/: Dedicated to ‘on the road Americana’, here you will find nuggets of Americana that lie off the beaten path and beyond the interstate highways.advertisement
Sushil Kumar, 27, Freestyle Wrestler Never did this Jat bus driver’s son imagine that he would be the worldwide poster boy for wrestling, but his hard work and dedication to the sport he has been practising for since he was 12 finally paid off when he was crowned world champion,Sushil Kumar, 27, Freestyle Wrestler Never did this Jat bus driver’s son imagine that he would be the worldwide poster boy for wrestling, but his hard work and dedication to the sport he has been practising for since he was 12 finally paid off when he was crowned world champion recently.The Journey: It was in 1998 that he was noticed internationally when he won the gold medal at the World Cadet Games in Poland. This was soon followed by another gold at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in 2000 and the Arjuna Award in 2007. Though he ranked seventh in the 2007 World Wrestling Championships, he managed to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where he won the bronze medal. Finally, this week, he became the first Indian wrestler to hold the title of world champion.The Mission: To win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Then to train for the Olympics and return with a gold. The Challenge: Being the son of a bus driver, this medal has made his the latest rags-to-riches story. From training in mud pits to sleeping in one room with 20 other boys training to be wrestlers was not easy. “I have always been happy with what God has provided for me and my family. I know I’ve to make the most of it.”The Muse: His father, Diwan Singh, a pehelwan (wrestler) and his cousin, Sandeep, also a wrestler. He accompanied them to the akhara and started training professionally when he was in Class VII.The Mentor Arjuna award-winner Satpal, under whom he trained for almost 13 years. He holds Satpal, who was unceremoniously pushed out of the frame by Sports Minister, M.S. Gill during a photo session with Kumar after he won the championship, responsible for inculcating dedication and discipline in him. “Coach sahab is like a father figure to me. I have trained under him since I was a child. He has been my greatest influence and support.”advertisement”He is a dedicated wrestler. I see him practising beyond training hours. He has changed the face of Indian wrestling from being the badmaashon ka khel (the game for troublemakers) to a respected sport that is the country’s pride.”Vinod Kumar, Coach at Commonwealth training camp
From Anish Kapoor who has designed the largest public sculpture for the 2012 Olympic site to Sam Arora, a candidate for the Maryland Senate elections and Simran Preet Singh Lamba who has been allowed to wear the turban by the US Army, Punjabis are yet again making waves all over,From Anish Kapoor who has designed the largest public sculpture for the 2012 Olympic site to Sam Arora, a candidate for the Maryland Senate elections and Simran Preet Singh Lamba who has been allowed to wear the turban by the US Army, Punjabis are yet again making waves all over the world across various professions. Also, on the other side of spectrum, there is this Bhangra group, DholRythms which conducts non-stop Bhangra nights in San Fransisco, completing the Punjabi metaphor abroad.Biggie sculptorMumbai-born Anish Kapoor, who has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s, was included in The Sunday Times Rich List 2010 in April. Recently, he was named the winner of a competition to make the largest public sculpture for the 2012 Olympics site. He is best known for his Cloud Gate, a 110-tonne polished stainless-steel sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park.TurbantorIn a milestone ruling by the US Armed Forces, Simran Preet Singh Lamba has been given the goahead to serve in the army while sporting his turban, beard. Lamba follows in Captains Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi and Tejdeep Singh Rattan’s historic footsteps. “Lamba’s religious requirements should not hinder his ability to serve the United States,” says Amandeep S. Sidhu, his lead counsel. Over the past one year, more than 50 members of the US Congress have written to the military requesting that Sikhs be accepted.Bhangra beatsDancing Sardars are not an uncommon sight, and neither are Sardars who dance non-stop. What is unusual is that this is in San Francisco, and the party includes non-Sardars too. The only common factor-an almost overwhelming love for Bhangra. The third Saturday of every month sees Dholrhythms pumping up the music. In attendance are dancers and nondancers, all shaking a leg vigorously to Dholrhythms co-founder Vicki Virk’s instructions.Dholrhythms Dance Company features an eclectic group of women who aim to promote the Bhangra and Giddha dances of Punjab. They’ve grown tremendously popular, with performances in San Francisco.Election maniaAn advocate by profession, Sam Arora is contesting for delegate in Maryland’s 19th District elections.Arora served as an aide to the then Senator Hillary Clinton and worked on three of her campaigns. During the 2008 general election, he volunteered for Barack Obama and travelled to other states to help get out the vote.advertisement