Eagles land first blow

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP trailed by a point going into the half and even took the lead briefly to open the third before Nieto rallied the Eagles.“I blame myself for that,” the crafty Nieto said of their inability to break away early. “We just had to find our rhythm on the fly and of course, play the defense—the system of coach Tab (Baldwin).”Nieto finished with a career-high 27 points, three steals and an assist to go with Ravena’s near triple-double of 21 points, 10 boards and nine dimes. The two outscored the entire UP starting unit but were just a pair of spokes in Ateneo’s wheel.A lot of players pitched in here and there, with Anton Asistio, Tyler Tio and Jolo Mendoza hitting timely outside bombs that parried every Maroons uprising—which came in waves during the game.But with Paul Desiderio and Bright Akhuetie held down from their usual scoring output, UP did not have enough fuel to charge through the later quarters. Desiderio was limited to five points the entire game—just days after scoring the last five points that booted out the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena was all over the court to push Ateneo to an early lead, but when Jun Manzo and the Maroons tried to ride the momentum of their dramatic semifinal victory over Adamson, Nieto pitched in and helped prick their bubble.“[C]oming into the Finals, we knew that they were still on that momentum off the series with Adamson,” Ravena said. “Those were two grind-out games. Minsan, hindi tumitigil ‘yun (momentum won’t quit) unless you stop it—with preparation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Hindi biro ‘yung UP (UP is no joke),” Nieto chimed in. “They’re a different team from the last two games we met them.”Manzo certainly gave the Maroons a different look on offense, burying triples and knocking in drives to finish with 19 points. He joined hands with Gomez de Liaño brothers Javi and Juan in the second quarter to resurrect UP’s drive after Ateneo burst out of the gates to build a 12-point lead. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena put on a show right at the start. And when Ateneo faced adversity, he was there to keep the defending champions from falling apart at the seams. And when the University of the Philippines caught a whiff of an upset, Matt Nieto stepped up to remind everyone why the Eagles are favorites in the UAAP Finals.Nieto scored 19 of his career-best scoring output in the second half while Ravena flirted with a triple-double as Ateneo repulsed every challenge mounted by the UP Maroons Saturday and carved out an 88-79 Game 1 victory at Mall of Asia Arena that put the Eagles on the cusp of repeating as champions.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments Quicker bigs doomed PH Akhuetie survived quite a scare after hyper-extending his knee in the third period. He was stretchered out of the court  four minutes into the third quarter but returned in the pay-off period in a last-ditch effort to fire up the Maroons. He also finished with five points.“If there’s one takeaway here, it’s that it’s possible to beat Ateneo,” UP coach Bo Perasol said.“Before the series, everything was like ‘You have no match against them. You have no experience going to the Finals.’ But the boys showed that with a little tweak in defense and a little more rest, they can give Ateneo [a run for] their money,” he added.The two teams square off again on Wednesday.UP will have to address several concerns, including the seemingly demoralizing way Ravena, Nieto and the Eagles took a strong punch from the Maroons and still emerged victorious.And then there is Akhuetie’s knee situation, which seems rosy for now.“Wala naman daw (There is no) serious injury,” the UP mentor said of his import. “He just needs therapy for a couple of days.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Let The Truth Be Told- As I See It

first_img– Advertisement – Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, Health Minister-designate and Founder and CEO, Hope For Women Hospital By Letitia A. ReevesA few days ago, while listening to the 2 p.m. news I learned that President Weah had nominated Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah to the position of Minister of Health and Social Welfare. I was elated that this young and energetic woman had been chosen.A lot of young men and women travel abroad for further studies in various fields of study. Many of them remain abroad and get employed because the opportunities are much better. They think first of themselves rather than their country and fellow citizens.Dr. Jallah studied abroad, became a doctor, worked for a couple of years to gain experience and some finances and returned to help her country. She worked at the JFK Medical Center and after a while, seeing the need of many Liberian women and girls, opened her private clinic, which is now a full-fledged hospital.As Liberians, we should all be proud of such a dedicated young woman but instead, some people are doing all they can to dishonor her and tarnish her character.After her nomination, the husband of a lady who died at the Hope for Women International hospital was on the news saying such vile and evil things about Dr. Jallah, stating that she killed his wife. I was shocked to hear a so-called man of God who professes to be a Christian say such things. Doesn’t he know that nothing happens in this world without the will of God? When people who profess to be Christians make such wicked and vile statements how can we expect to minister to non-Christians? What will Dr. Jallah gain from this lady’s death?Why do we as Liberians always have such a negative attitude towards each other, is it because of jealousy or because it makes us feel like nothing when other Liberians fight hard and succeed and we sit on the ‘stood-of-do-nothing’? We have to change our hearts and minds if we want to move this country forward. A foreign person and a Liberian can have a store on the same road with basically the same merchandise, but we prefer to patronize the foreign, rather than our own.Many of us are very ungrateful and unappreciative of what people do for us. We take everything for granted. For example, a few years ago, the Liberian government in collaboration with the United States of America built a first-class hospital in West Africa, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.What did we do to show appreciation and gratitude, we nicknamed the hospital “Just For Killing.”How do you think the Americans felt after taking their hard earned tax dollars to help us and we are so ungrateful? Whoever heard of a hospital where no one dies?I know this husband is hurt and saddened because he lost his wife, but by trying to persecute and defame Dr. Jallah, his wife will never come back. Why tarnish her memory? He should ask God for the strength and courage to move forward. On July 26, 2014, when my husband died at one of the best hospitals in the USA, The John Hopkins Hospital in Washington D.C., I was devastated. Did I say that the doctors killed him? No, because the bible says every man/woman has an appointed time to die. No one dies before his or her time.Another news item that I listened to on the radio is the subject of dual citizenship.During the war years, so many of us sought refuge abroad in several different countries. In order to make the best of our stay, many of us received permanent residence and or citizenship. After things cleared up and peace came to our country many of us returned home to make a life. There are many others who did not really have anything to return to and decided to remain in the United States and other countries because they felt they could make life better abroad. It’s not that they do not love their country. Remember, self-preservation is the first law of nature.I heard so many evil and mean remarks and comments on the radio about those who are abroad and seeking dual Citizenship. All I could think about is jealousy. They did not have the opportunity to go and get the “green card” and so they want to deny their friends.Just go at any banking institution in Monrovia, every day there are hundreds of people standing on line not to do banking, but to receive money through Money gram or Western Union. Suppose those people get angry and say ‘since you say you will vote against us getting dual citizenship we will not send you any more money,’ how will you feel?Fellow Liberians, President Weah in his speech said, “In the cause of the people, the struggle must end.” The struggle will not end unless we do the following:(1) Love our neighbor as ourselves – although we are all from various tribal groups, we are all Liberians. We have to love one another.(2) Get rid of jealousy and the crab mentality (pulling your friend down whenever he tries to get out of the bucket); we will never rise if we don’t stop.(3) Roll up our sleeves and work – we are still looking for handouts. Only hard work will build our country.(4) Stop using the blame game for our shortcomings. Take responsibilities for our failures.(5) Finally, let’s try to end corruption on every level, from the street sweeper who sells the forty Liberian dollar broom given to him to sweep the street, to the market women who beat in the bottom of the measuring cup to make a few more dollars at the expense of the buyer, all the way up to the legislator, judiciary and executive. If we can at least start with these five points, then and only then, we will be on our way to ending the struggle.LONG LIVE LIBERIA, THIS GLORIOUS LAND OF LIBERTY, BY GOD’S COMMAND!About the author: She is a graduate of the College of West Africa, class of 1958, and holds a BSc degree in Secondary Education from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She returned home and worked at CWA, Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development. After the Coup in 1980, she returned to the USA and obtained an Associate Degree in Banking at Hofstra University on Long Island. She became employed at Bank of America and retired after 15 years. She traveled extensively to France, Great Britain, Sweden, China, Hong Kong, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, and lived in Ethiopia, Zambia and Angola. In 2003, returned to Liberia. She was appointed Mayor of the City of Paynesville from February 2009 to December 2012 by President Sirleaf. She is an active member and Deacon of the Providence Baptist Church, Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Arsenal match switched to Kiev amid security concerns

first_img“UEFA’s Emergency Panel has today taken the decision to relocate FC Vorskla’s UEFA Europa League group stage match against Arsenal FC from the city of Poltava, following the introduction of martial law into certain regions in Ukraine,” UEFA said in a statement.“The match will now take place at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv on Thursday 29 November at 18.55CET.”European football’s governing body said future games in the Ukraine, which hosted last season’s Champions League final, could also be relocated.“UEFA will continue to monitor and assess the security situation in Ukraine in the coming days before making any decision on potentially relocating other matches,” the statement added.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday warned of the threat of “full-scale war” and said Russia had sharply increased its military presence on their shared border as tensions escalate between the ex-Soviet neighbours.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Europa League clash with FC Vorskla has been moved from Poltava to Ukranian capital Kiev due to security concerns © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 27 – Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Ukranian side FC Vorskla was switched to Kiev from the city of Poltava by UEFA on Tuesday after the adoption of martial law in some areas of the country due to escalating political tension with Russia.The match will now take place in the Ukrainian capital, more than 300 kilometres west of Poltava, at the original scheduled time of 1755 GMT on Thursday.last_img read more

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Specter chastises Cheney for interference in probe

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter wants Vice President Dick Cheney to stop trying to influence his committee’s review of the White House’s warrantless surveillance program. “It is neither pleasant nor easy to raise these issues with the administration of my own party, but I do so because of their importance,” the Pennsylvania Republican wrote Cheney in a three-page letter Wednesday. Specter complained that Cheney was lobbying other GOP Judiciary Committee members to oppose efforts to subpoena phone company executives. Specter wants to find out what they did to aid the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance work. Specter said he was surprised that Cheney “sought to influence, really determine,” the committee’s actions without even calling first. “This was especially perplexing since we both attended the Republican senators caucus lunch yesterday,” Specter wrote, “and I walked directly in front of you on at least two occasions en route from the buffet to my table.” Specter is the most vocal Republican to oppose the White House’s directive that allows the NSA to monitor the calls and e-mails of Americans without court approval. Bush administration officials have said the program requires that one party to the communication must be overseas, and terrorism must be suspected. Specter wants legislation to compel a secretive federal court to examine the constitutionality of the program, and he has expressed displeasure that the White House won’t give him any feedback on his bill. “Notwithstanding my repeated efforts to get the administration’s position on this legislation, I have been unable to get a response, including a ‘no,’” Specter said to Cheney. Cheney’s spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said the vice president had not yet studied Specter’s letter. In an e-mail, she also reiterated the administration’s position that no new legislation is needed to carry out the terrorist surveillance program. “We will continue to work with Congress in good faith and listen to ideas of legislators,” including Specter and Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, McBride said. “We will ultimately have to make a decision as an administration on whether any particular legislation would enhance our ability to protect Americans against terrorists.” In his letter, Specter said he wants to work with the White House on a number of issues dealing with the expansion of presidential power. Among them: – The Justice Department’s search of the office of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., as part of a months-long bribery investigation. – The department’s assertions that newspapers and reporters can be criminally prosecuted for publishing classified information. – Presidential statements that are attached to new legislation, suggesting to Specter that the White House is cherry-picking which parts of the law it wants to follow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Jobs: Flash Has Had Its Day, It’s HTML5 Time

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple, which leapt fully armed from the head of Zeus in 1976, spoke this evening at the D8 Conference near Los Angeles. The conversation was live-blogged on the conference site and elsewhere.All Things Digital‘s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher moderating, feeding Jobs questions. Asked about Apple’s rejection of Flash, Jobs said he did not think it was unfair to consumers. “Sometimes when we get rid of things, people call us crazy… But sometimes you just have to pick the things that are going to be the right horse to ride forward… And Flash has had its day… but HTML5 is starting emerge.”Apple, the live-blogs note Jobs as saying, was the first to drop both the floppy and use USB. However, Jobs also noted that “Adobe came after us” and his Flash letter was a response to that. “We’re just trying to make great products,” says Jobs.”We don’t think Flash makes a great product, so we’re leaving it out. Instead, we’re going to focus on technologies that are in ascendancy.”Top photo by TomBottom photo by Robert Gaal curt hopkins Tags:#Apple#web last_img read more

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Assam faces shutdown over Citizenship Bill

first_imgA conglomerate of 46 organisations has decided to go ahead with a 12-hour Statewide shutdown on Tuesday against the Centre’s move to pass the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government has warned these organisations of a crackdown besides imposing a penalty on their leaders for the losses likely to be incurred. Data provided by the government in the 126-member Assembly a few days ago said every shutdown makes Assam lose an average ₹67.80 crore.The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), spearheading the stir, said that the Citizenship Bill would lead to “dumping Hindu Bangladeshis” on Assam. The Bill seeks to grant citizenship to “persecuted” non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who migrated to India till December 31, 2014.‘Hindu Bangladeshi’ is a term used primarily to mean Bengali-speaking Hindus from Bangladesh, though there are other Hindu immigrant communities such as Koch-Rajbongshi and Hajong in Assam.“The Assamese groups and organisations have called the bandh against the Citizenship Bill, because it is a dangerous move to make the locals lose their political space and identity,” KMSS leader and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi said on Monday.‘Not anti-Bengali’He clarified that the protest was not anti-Bengali but the “Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre is trying to create animosity between the Assamese and the Bengalis” by pushing the Bill.The Sarbananda Sonowal government has asked people not to participate in the shutdown and warned that strict action would be taken against government employees for not reporting on duty. It has ordered the educational institutions, courts and offices to function normally, and threatened to cancel trade licences if shops and commercial establishments remain closed.The government has directed the administration to take action against troublemakers and recover costs from the organisations whose members are found involved in vandalism and destruction of public property.Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reminded the 46 organisations of a Gauhati High Court order which had termed bandh illegal. “We have to follow the Court’s order and take action against those who participate in or support the shutdown,” he said.The Meghalaya government had in 2017 begun imposing heavy penalties on organisations and their leaders for calling bandhs and curbing the rights of the common people. This acted as a deterrent.According to Assam’s Commerce and Industry Department, the State incurred a loss of ₹881.40 crore due to 13 Statewide bandhs this year.last_img read more

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The Son Rises

first_imgThe youngest child of well known actor Sanjay Khan and his beautiful wife Zarine, the current teenage heart throb  Zayed Khan talks about his foray into films and why he didn’t want his father to launch.Is it true that your mom would be absolutely sure each time she was pregnant that it would be a boy and she would name him Ali, and then have a girl instead?How did you know that? It’s absolutely true. I guess both my parents were very keen for a boy, something that isn’t such a big deal anymore now, but it was then perhaps, and each time she did think Ali was going to arrive. In fact when my third sister was born she was so disappointed she wouldn’t look at the baby, until the nurse came to her and said, “Madam you are very strange. This is the most beautiful baby I have ever seen.” Mom took a reluctant peek and fell instantly in love.  I arrived after that.So were you spoilt?Well I suppose I was to some extent. Having three older sisters and a mom is like having four moms in the house, but I think it really gave me a great understanding of how amazing women can be. It taught me respect for women, it made me admire their strength and yes it taught me to say sorry even if it wasn’t my fault! I think it was a blessing really.My mother is the most amazing woman I know. To bring up four pretty grounded kids, away from the fake world of films, star wives, starry parties, and see through the façade, handle complicated relationships, is a tough job. She is the biggest superstar in our house.Dad has been my coach, in some ways giving me a pretty frank opinion about anything even if it hurts,  and constantly pushing me to excel. It was irritating at times, but as you grow older you begin to understand that it’s their own method, to teach you. I realize now that he has been quite an inspiration in many ways. But my mom like the true Parsi woman that she is was the one determined to make her son a successful, well rounded man, and she knew when I needed what, to move forward.You went to a boarding school at a young age. That must have been hard for mom. Is it true you asked her not to kiss you in front of all the other boys before leaving and she did just that?You know even that? Well it’s true. The boys had quiet a field day ragging me about it after she left. Actually I was about 11, when my father was badly burnt in the fire that raged on his production sets. He was badly burnt and it was a long recovery. I was 11 then, old enough to know what had happened but not old enough to understand the gravity of the situation. At that time somehow my family felt I should be shielded from the situation and decided I should be sent to a boarding school. I think it was hard for mom to let go, but even harder to see the condition of the dorm in which I had to live. I think that experience taught me a lot about real life. I folded my own clothes, polished my own shoes, took cold showers and learnt that there was a world out there that was not as affluent as the one I knew. I learnt about team spirit, about my country, because there were kids from all kinds of backgrounds from all parts of the country. I think it allowed me to grow up in a way I probably wouldn’t have, had I stayed on in Mumbai. I learnt a lot about relationships and friendship there. Still having been sent away at a time when my dad was in a tough situation has made me very deeply conscious of what they went through. Today all I think of is that I must do everything to make sure they never have to face what they did then. I just want to take good care of them, because they have given so much to their children.So did you see any of dad’s films? And I did read somewhere that you always had it at the back of your mind to become an actor.My all time favorite film has been Abdullah. I must have seen it twice a day every day for a long time. I have also loved the way dad was able to extract a superb performance from Raj Kapoor who was a close friend of my father’s.Yes I always wanted to be an actor but I had this illusion that since I’m Sanjay Khan’s son I will be given everything on a platter. I used to just while away my time, quite complacent about everything. When I told dad, I wanted to be an actor, he told me quite bluntly, that he saw nothing in me at that point that indicated I had it in me to be an actor. I was very hurt, but he was right. It was mom who came to my room and said, okay so you want to be an actor. Then go and prepare yourself to be one. Get the tools you need to make it. I have this poem in my room which has become my mantra. It’s a well known poem which saysI asked for Strength………And God gave me Difficulties  to make me strong.I asked for Wisdom………And God gave me Problems to solve.I asked for Prosperity………And God gave me Brain and Brawn  to work.I asked for Courage………And God gave me Danger to overcome.I asked for Love………And God gave me Troubled people  to help.I asked for Favours………And God gave me Opportunities.I received nothing I wantedI received everything I neededMy Prayer has been answeredIt took me four years of tremendous work to get ready. I took martial arts classes, acting glasses, dancing classes which I just loved. Today’s actor has to be a complete package and when I started out I was far from it.So why did you not ask your father to launch you? Your uncle Feroz Khan launched your cousin Fardeen.My father is a very hard task master. Also I just feel I can never act in front of my dad. I don’t know if it is because he knows me so well, or my fear that if I don’t agree with him on how a certain scene should be shot, I wont be able to say it out of respect for him. I also think I was very adamant that I didn’t want to be known as Sanjay Khan’s son. To find Zayed, Zayed had to go to production houses who didn’t give a damn about who’s son I was. I wanted to be with people who chose me because they saw something in me and I could only do that by venturing out on my own. I didn’t want to fill any one else’s shoes. I wanted to walk in my own.Chura Liya Hai was your first film and it turned out to be quite a fun film with some outstanding stunts.What was it that you discovered about yourself?That I had a lot to offer. My father didn’t agree with me when I chose to do Chura Liya. But then I thought, do I just sit there whiling away my time for 4-5 years waiting for a big banner to happen to me, or do I take a chance and accept what is there right in front of me, because it seemed a decent project. I have always been very sure about one thing. I don’t want to live my life based on the experiences of others. I want to create my own successes  and learn from my own mistakes. I think I was really raw in the film and that worked to my advantage. I didn’t feel any pressure. Today I do, because with each film and more experience I know there are better, and many more ways of doing any given role that I am enacting. I learnt a very valuable lesson from Shahrukh Khan. He told me conserve and control your energy otherwise you’ll burn out and he was right.My dad has hated some of the films I’ve accepted, but the cool thing is that since I’ve made my own decisions, we can disagree without being disagreeable.Le’ts talk about Shabd and Vaada. In Shabd you played a younger man in love with an older woman opposite Aishwarya Rai. In Vaada you played an obsessive lover who finally loses control and is out to destroy the very woman he loves so much. Considering you were in your early twenties were those roles tough to do? Also is it true that you stood under a crossing train and wished to act opposite Aishwarya Rai one day?Well, I’m not joking about this, there is a fable that if you stand under any place in Bombay where a train is crossing above and wish for something, the wish comes true. So one day, there I was, standing under the path of a train and as the train went over me I said, well what do I wish for and then I said I wish to work with Aishwarya Rai one day because I admire her so much. Before I knew it I was being given the narration for Shabd, a story about this older, married woman who finds her self drawn to this younger man. I said that is a fabulous narration. Then  director Leena Yadav said to me, “Oh, by the way, we are thinking of Aishwarya to do the female lead.” I was stunned though I said nonchalantly, oh really. Shooting with Aishwarya was a blast and we got along like a house on fire. She is such a fun loving, truly nice person, but as we sat on the beach in Goa, laughing and joking, I thought to myself, this is such a strange yet special moment, that wish came true.As for the movie, I don’t think age has anything to do with wisdom or understanding of life. I felt totally at ease with Shabd. The theme of older woman younger man relationships had not caught on then as it has now, so I was really glad that Indian cinema was looking at a subject that was a very real part and parcel of our lives. I liked my role, of this positive, fun loving man, who adores this woman and the fact that at one point she wants to give in to the experience. Unfortunately Shabd was a classic case of the script not being translated to screen that successfully and the movie didn’t shape up that wel. Maybe it was a difficult concept to translate on screen, but I enjoyed doing the movie and I admire Leena for being such a deep thinker and so cutting edge in her choice of subjects.As for Vaada, it was interesting when Vashuji came to me and said, “I am offering you a negative role and in that Arjun Rampal is 20 percent then you are 16 percent in terms of weightage.” I said, oh great I’ve already been demoted to a negative role so soon in my career, but after I heard the narration, I was excited by what I felt could be done with the role.I have been around and been in situations where even the nicest of people can act contrary to their nature when they obsess about something or someone. In obsessive love there is no regular way of doing things; there is a deep profound sense of blind belief that whatever the person is doing is right and they ignore the fact that it can hurt a lot of people. More than it being destructive, I think it is a  terribly sad tragedy. So I told Vashuji that you have to give this character some redemption at the end. I think the role turned out well and at the end I felt it was no longer a 20-16 equation, but a well balanced parallel performance.You acted in Shaadi No 1. Its every actor’s dream these days to act in a film directed by David Dhawan. How was the experience?I can only say this, if you want to act under David Dhawan, do not bring your script to the sets. Davidji hates prepared, methodical actors. He wants you to come to the sets with a smile, he will tell you the scene and you have to improvise and deliver. The first time I stood there poring over my dialogues, he said, “What are you doing?” And promptly tore my script to pieces. I came on the sets of Shaadi No 1 at all kinds of random times, shot all kinds of scenes, and before I knew it the film was ready. There is some method I’m sure in his madness, but the end result always turns out to be a film every one seems to enjoy watching.The role that catapulted you to fame was the blockbuster Main Hoon Na with Shahrukh Khan and directed by ace choreographer Farah Khan. Many kids just remember you as Lucky, the character you played. It was an all-round, feel good fun film with great music. You also said the character was a lot like the real you? Were you such a trouble maker?I have done a lot of wild things in my life, from sneaking into Welham’s girls hostel to meet this girl I liked and being caught by this Nepali watchman that I used to bribe, but who caught me. Instead of feeling embarrassed I was initially really mad at the watchman for swallowing my moolah and turning me in, the ungrateful guy! My punishment was there for all to see, though! I was a mischief maker in college too. I guess I tried not to break the law but still see how far I could go!Farah is like an older sister, but she is also extremely outspoken and doesn’t hesitate to call a spade a spade. Both Shahrukh Khan and she are such powerhouses of knowledge that one can learn decades of acting nuances by just working with them in one film. We used to fight a lot and she would yell at me all the time. I once remember we were to shoot this song in Darjeeling and the air was very thin at the height where we were shooting. It was a one shot thing because if we stopped we would lose the impact of what was coming immediately after the song. So we had already had 12 takes, and the air was getting thinner and thinner. Here I’m dancing away when two-three dancers in the troupe keel over and faint. So I stop and she screams, “Why are you stopping?” I say these people are lying here unconscious. She yells, “Then dance over them dammit.” I go ahead dancing and prancing with this fixed grin on my face wondering if those women were going to die, and as soon as  we finished I said cut. Farah got even madder and yelled, “How dare you say Cut on my sets.” When it comes to giving my opinion if I don’t like the way a scene is being shot, I often go ahead and argue it out with some directors, but I’ve learn that with Farah it’s best to keep your mouth shut, simply because your best opinion will not be at par with what she finally comes up with. I loved the film and being with Shahrukh Khan who has always been such an inspiration for me.People have always joked that Sunjay Dutt and Salman Khan took their shirts off and it has now become a trend for men to strip on screen in every Bollywood film. You need to have a well toned body to take that shirt off. However on the heels of this focus on fitness come the disturbing media reports that steroid use is rampant in the film industry. Well there is an easy way to fitness and there is a hard way to fitness. There are terrible long term effects for steroid users, but so many people get caught up in the glitter of wanting to be in the limelight, or on the cover of a magazine. The lure of fame and money is a powerful magnet, it drives people to do all sorts of things. I feel bad for them, but I can’t be judgmental because so many of these aspiring actors/models, have no one in the film industry to help their careers. While I never took my father’s help, his name attached to mine will always open doors for me. These people on the other hand know they have only one chance perhaps at stardom and they do everything they can to make an impact.I make it a point to work out at various gyms around town where all the aspiring actors and models work out. It is mind boggling to see the amount of hard work some of them put at the gym and that too for a two minute shot they may have in some film. It keeps me humble and grounded, and also puts things in perspective for someone like me who had expected it all to be given to me on a platter.I injured my back during a shooting six months ago, and ended up with a slipped disc, but before that I had a very punishing schedule. I began my day with a run and a two-three hours workout at the gym, a minimum of four-five times a week, working out every body part, alternating it with martial arts. Again the nature of our work is such that it makes everything so erratic: late night shootings, dinners, parties, etc., and one has to be very careful to find the balance there as well.You talked about hurting your back. It seems more and more actors are doing their own stunts. Your brother-in law, actor Hritik Roshan had a near miss when he fell almost 50 feet during a shoot in Singapore, after the harness holding him above broke. Why court danger like that? Shahrukh Khan seems to have a chronic back problem now because he chose to do his own stunts for so long.I think that is why Shahrukh told me to conserve that uncontrolled energy. I think we are perhaps better trained in martial arts, etc. than our actors in my dad’s time were, and maybe its because deep down we really believe we can do those difficult stunts and get away with it. Cinema is larger than life and people who watch films can see when the artist is doing his own stunts and when it’s a double. For me the motivation is to give my fans the real thing. My elders feel that I’m stupid to think like that but I think that is what separates the men from the boys, but it is risky business all the same.So what’s in the works?There are two films I’m really excited about – Vikram Bhatt’s Rocky, about a vigilante who believes in what he does and  another film Cash. I’m looking at different scripts and trying to make sure that I don’t get stuck with similar roles. I think I can do justice to all genres and I also have a very highly developed aesthetic sense about film making. I want to make sure I do stuff where all that I have to offer is utilized to its fullest potential. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Water sports to resume from tomorrow in Goa

first_imgPanaji, May 26 (PTI) Water sports, which were suspended by the Goa government for two days, owing to rough sea, will resume tomorrow, an official said.The Ports department had issued an order suspending water sports for two days – yesterday and today – after death of a tourist in South Goa during a water sport.”We had issued the orders after there was a casualty on the Colva beach. Water sports was stopped yesterday and will resume tomorrow,” Captain of Ports James Braganza told PTI.He said from tomorrow only para-sailing and jet-ski would be allowed and that too under restricted timings.According to Braganza, these activities would be permitted depending on the weather condition and winds.The department will be meeting again on May 30 to decide the fate of water sports activity, he added.The order came yesterday, after a tourist from West Bengal died on May 24, after reportedly falling from the parachute on Colva beach in South Goa.”At the time of the incident, Drishti (lifeguard providing firm) had some of its most experienced and well-trained lifeguards at the location,” a Drishti Lifesaving Services spokesperson said.”Although best efforts were made, the tourist could not be revived. The lifeguards were on high alert since the weather was extremely dangerous for water sports,” he said.Goa beaches are currently flooded with tourists due to the summer vacations. PTI COR NRB PVI BASlast_img read more

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Elbow injury may rule Novak Djokovic out of US Open: Report

first_imgFormer world number one Novak Djokovic is in doubt for the U.S. Open due to his elbow injury, Serbian media reported, citing the country’s Davis Cup team doctor.Djokovic retired hurt during the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and said he was considering taking a break from playing to recover from the long-standing injury to his right elbow.Serbia’s Sportski Zurnal reported that the 30-year-old could face up to 12 weeks on the sidelines.”He has a bruised bone due to excessive playing,” it quoted Zdenko Milinkovic as saying.”Novak is in Toronto undergoing some further tests with specialists.”The 12-times grand slam champion won the U.S. Open in 2011 and 2015. This year’s tournament begins on August 28.last_img read more

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Conte apologises to officials after being sent off

first_imgPremier League Conte apologises to officials after being sent off in Chelsea win Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:14 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Conte-cropped Getty Images Premier League Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v Swansea City Swansea City The Blues boss furiously protested a decision and Swansea City’s time-wasting tactics but later apologised for his actions Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte issued an apology to referee Neil Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason after he was sent off following an outburst during Wednesday’s 1-0 win at home to Swansea City.Conte cut a frustrated figure when he was dismissed to the stands by Swarbrick approaching half-time at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea 4/5 to beat Newcastle to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 48-year-old Italian furiously protested a failure to award his side a corner when Alfie Mawson deflected a cross behind as he shouted in the face of Mason.Conte’s tension simmered post-match and the Premier League-winning boss told reporters: “After the game, I think it’s normal, it’s right to apologise for what happened during the game.Read all about it… #CHESWAhttps://t.co/5SUVIheV8k— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 29, 2017″During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time. I said this a few times to the fourth official. At the same time, I didn’t see something change in the first half. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.”I repeat: I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.”They are wasting time. I was a bit animated. I said this and I shout this. It was not the first time. I think for this reason the fourth official lost his patience. But I repeat: the fault was mine, not the fourth official’s. I apologise for this. I was frustrated.”Asked where he watched the remainder of the game, Conte – who was initially positioned above the Chelsea dugout – replied: “In the dressing room. Because we have the tactical camera. For this reason I watched the game very well. But I don’t like.”I suffered in the same way also in the changing room. To watch the game on the video and then to not have the possibility to communicate with your players. It’s very strange. It’s very tough for me.”Very glad I could help the team to get the 3 points #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve #CFC @ChelseaFC @PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/4A1HqfRgIv— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) November 29, 2017Chelsea consolidated third position in the table thanks to Antonio Rudiger’s goal 10 minutes into the second half, with Conte’s men now in the midst of a six-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.”This type of game, you are able to score early, otherwise you must have a lot of patience to try the best way to score,” he said. “At the same time, you must pay attention for the counter-attack.”My feeling now is we are better than before, when we started this season. We started this season with many problems. Now we are trying to solve these problems. I think now we are improving. We are trying another system of play. And I had the possibility to alternate these two systems. These are good options for me.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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