Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans

first_imgMission Hills Group will design and build the school and its six indoor courts, but it will be operated by NBA China.The NBA already has three training academies in China for top male and female prospects.NBA China chief executive David Shoemaker said in a Mission Hills press statement: “This groundbreaking NBA Basketball School in Haikou further builds upon our commitment to developing young basketball talent in China. “We are delighted that Mission Hills Group shares our vision and are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the government’s pledge to grow a sporting culture in Hainan Province.”Hainan, sometimes referred to as China’s equivalent of Hawaii, already hosts a Barcelona football academy, also in partnership with Mission Hills.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Along with football, basketball is the most popular sport in China and Bryant said the new facility — construction begins later this year — will be a boon to the Chinese game.“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training,” said the retired five-time NBA champion.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“I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China.”The 39-year-old was in the city of Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, to unveil the project. PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant enjoying himself during his Mamba Mentality Tour on Saturday night, June 25, 2016, at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img 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 MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

London Olympics opening ceremony hours away

first_imgThe last few hours before the world’s biggest sporting spectacle begins is always filled with tension and suspense. And as the city of London gives final touches to its seven-year-long preparation for the Olympics opening ceremony, everyone wishes the Games are peaceful and each of the 304 sporting events is conducted in the right spirit.Glitz, glamour, light and sound; all that will go into the opening ceremony being directed by Danny Boyle has already been detailed. But 10m there can still be a huge suspense as what the world finally gets to see on TV can be different.The weather in London has been pleasant after an incredibly wet summer. The sun has been shining for the last few days, which means the locals can wear bare minimum clothes.Four years ago, when Beijing wanted to show the world its sporting might and ability to organise a high voltage opening ceremony, they wanted to fire ‘rockets’ in the air to disperse the clouds!In London, no such thing has been planned and whatever nature decides will be accepted. The big problem for LOCOG, organisers of the London Olympics, is who will light the Olympic flame.Lord Sebastian Coe, head of LOCOG told Mail Today on Thursday a decision is yet to be made as to who will light the torch. Five-time Olympic gold medallist rower Steve Redgrave and decathlete Daley Thompson are touted as favourites but Kelly Holmes, winner of the 800m and 1500m in Athens, 2004, could also get a look in.advertisementAfter the opening ceremony, it will be 15 days of pulsating action where rivetting rivalries in track and field and swimming have already attracted attention, aroused interest and instilled desire.Usain Bolt vs Yohan Blake in the 100m and 200m and Michael Phelps vs Ryan Lochte in the swimming pool are events which the world is waiting for.Looking at the global rivalries, the way China has grown as a sporting giant will be watched with interest. In the Beijing Olympics, China topped the medal tally with 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze for an aggregate of 100 medals. The United States of America was second with 36 gold, 38 silver and 36 bronze, while Russia was third.As the hosts, Britain will look to enhance its image as a serious sporting superpower. In Beijing, their tally did swell to 19 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze for an aggregate of 47 medals.But there have been a few goof-ups already. At the women’s football event, the South Korean flag while introducing the North Koreans, causing the match against Colombia to be delayed by an hour. Even though the organisers apologised to the North Koreans, it has already left people wondering what more gaffes are in store.But what about India’s chances at the London Olympics? There is an air of expectancy that this time around, India can win more medals than the three in Beijing.In archery, shooting, wrestling, badminton and boxing, there are medal chances.The feats of Abhinav Bindra, Ronjan Sodhi, Deepika Kumari, Saina Nehwal, Vijender and the new boxing breed plus the wrestlers raise our hopes. So does MC Mary Kom, who represents India as women’s boxing makes its debut.With adequate government funding and the corporates also chipping in well, Indian sport should do well.(Opening ceremony on ESPN from 1am)Security is a huge nightmare for organisers of any big sporting event. The London Olympics are no different as the city has roped in even the Army to ensure everything is peaceful over the next fortnight. What type of security personnel will be guarding the Olympic Stadium and areas near it on Friday are not known, but cops in plain clothes will also be there in large numbers.For those who will need to use cell phones, be prepared for signals being jammed. “Wi-fi will also most probably not be working inside the stadium for the media,” said an official. The advice for public is come in early for the opening ceremony and be ready for an elaborate ‘search’.last_img read more

India vs England: Suresh Raina proves MSD & co dearly missed him!

first_imgSuresh Raina slammed a blistering hundred off a mere 75 balls for India in 2nd ODIFollowing their dismal performance in the five-match Test series recently, the MS Dhoni brigade finally found the majestic touch to inflict a 133-run defeat on the arrogant Englishmen.2nd ODI Highlights Asked to bat first, Team India started off cautiously but then lost two quick wickets as the demons from the past started crawling back in the minds of the Indian fans. But, then Suresh Raina came out in the middle and the rest as they say is history.Raina came on to bat at a time when Chris Woakes had just dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in one over, leaving India reeling at 19 runs for the loss of two wickets. It surely appeared as if India was headed for yet another collapse.But, the Indian southpaw took the bull by its horns to turn it around for the visitors. Raina slammed his 4th ODI hundred off a mere 75 balls with 12 boundaries and three sixes. His partnership of 144 runs alongside Dhoni for the fifth wicket laid the foundation of the Indian innings.His blistering innings finally came to an end when was caught by James Anderson off Chris Woakes while trying to accelarate the innings in the death overs. But, to England’s dismay, the damage was already done.Team India piled up a mammoth total of 304 runs with the Indian skipper playing a second fiddle following his sturdy half-century. The Indian bowlers also joined the party with Ravindra Jadeja claiming four England scalps as the hosts finally succumbed to a mere 161 runs.advertisementMaking a point to the Indian selectors, Raina’s resilient innings clearly showed how dearly he was missed during the humiliating Test series loss. His ability to hold fort at one end and then leading India’s counter-attack with an aggressive approach was notable.Though the battle is just half-won and even the ODI series win won’t heal the wounds incurred during the Tests, it shouldn’t change the fact that Dhoni’s men have drawn first blood in the five-match series and with the 1st ODI already washed out, India’s lead in the series is surely significant.Here’s a look at the statistical highlights of the 2nd ODI at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff:- Suresh Raina’s 100 off 75 balls is his first century outside the sub-continent. His fourth hundred in ODIs is his first vs England.- Raina has been adjudged the Man of the Match for the tenth time in ODIs – his fifth award vs England.- During the course of his 100, he completed his 1,000 runs vs England in ODIs – his aggregate being 1098 (ave.47.73) in 29 games.- He is now the third Indian batsman after Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to record a hundred at Cardiff.- He became the sixth Indian batsman to amass 1,000 runs against England in ODIs. He has joined Sachin Tendulkar (1455), Yuvraj Singh (1313), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1180), Rahul Dravid (1012) and Virender Sehwag (1008).- In a winning cause in ODIs, Raina has amassed 3012 runs (ave.49.37), including three hundreds and 23 fifties, in 114 matches.- Ravindra Jadeja (4/28) has recorded his best bowling figures vs England in ODIs.- Jadeja has captured four wickets or more in an innings six times in ODIs. His only five-wicket haul is five for 36 vs West Indies at The Oval on June 11, 2013.- India’s win by 133 runs is their biggest by runs’ margin vs England in England in ODIs, surpassing the 63-run victory at Birmingham on May 29, 1999.- India’s victory is their second biggest by runs margin over England in ODIs – the biggest being by 58 runs at Rajkot on November 14, 2008.- India have won three ODIs out of four at Cardiff – one each vs Sri Lanka, England and South Africa. They lost one at this venue – to England.- England’s defeat is their first in ODIs at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. In all, they have won four and lost one out of eight contested at this venue (NR 3).- England have never chased a score of 300 or more in ODIs in England. They could chase 300 successfully twice – 306 for five against Pakistan in Karachi on October 24, 2000 and 301 for nine against West Indies in Bridgetown on April 21, 2007.- India (304/6) have posted their third total of 300 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. They had scored 331 for seven vs South Africa on June 6, 2013 and 304 for six vs England on September 16, 2011.- Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the third Indian skipper to have played 100 ODIs or more overseas, joining Mohammad Azharuddin (116) and Sourav Ganguly (110).- Rohit Sharma (52 off 87 balls) posted his 23rd fifty in ODIs – his second vs England. He had managed 83 off 93 balls against England at Mohali on January 23, 2013.advertisement- Raina and Dhoni were involved in a stand of 144 – India’s third century partnership for the fifth wicket against England in England – the highest is 169 between Dhoni and Raina at Lord’s on September 11, 2011.- Dhoni’s splendid 52 off 51 balls is his 55th fifty in ODIs – his tenth against England.- Chris Woakes (4/52) has recorded his best bowling performance vs India. The figures are his second best in ODIs behind the 6 for 45 vs Australia at Brisbane on January 30, 2011.- James Anderson has failed to take a wicket on 16 occasions while conceding 50 runs or more in an innings in ODIs.- Raina-Dhoni pair is the first pair to amass 2,000 runs for the fifth wicket – their aggregate being 2091 (ave.53.61) in 45 innings.- Jadeja has averaged 83.50 in six innings in ODIs in England – his aggregate is 167, including a fifty.- Jadeja’s average is the fourth highest by any batsman in ODIs in England (minimum six innings) – the best being 96.00 by Lance Klusener – his tally being 384 in twelve innings (eight times not out), including three fifties.- Mohammed Shami (2/32) has recorded his best bowling figures vs England in ODIs.last_img read more

Kalapini Komkali mesmerises audience at IHCs Morning Ragas

first_imgMusical notes resonated at the India Habitat Centre when the IHC ‘Morning Ragas’ concert was held on Sunday. The soulful morning was a lovely musical journey towards Uttarayan which is to be held in January. The artist for the morning concert was Kalapini Komkali, daughter and disciple of legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva.She opened her recital with Raga Bilaskhani Todi in which she presented three compositions, the last being Pt Kumar Gandharva’s composition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Next she presented the rarely heard Shukla Bilawal in which she sang two compositions before moving on to the more popular Alhaiya Bilawal. Kalapini’s next presentation was a Meera bhajan in her inimitable style. She ended the morning recital with a Kabir doha in Raga Bhairavi with the trademark Kumar Gandharva genre of singing. She was accompanied on the tabla by the young Ramendra Singh Solanki and on the Harmonium by Vinay Mishra.last_img read more

Fire at Kolkatas tallest underconstruction highrise

first_imgKolkata: Fire broke out in Kolkata’s tallest high-rise, currently under construction, at The 42, on Jawaharlal Nehru Road, on Saturday evening around 5 pm. Three fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot, and no casualties were reported.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who is also the state Fire minister, visited the spot. He said: “Though the exact reason is yet to be ascertained, the preliminary report suggests that the fire broke out when some welding work was going on. There was a green net that caught fire.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”There was water stored in some containers at the same floor. People working there started throwing water and fire extinguishers were also used to douse the flames,” said Chatterjee. Some people in the area first spotted the fire and informed the matter to the security personnel of the under-construction building. The security personnel took necessary steps and at the same time informed the matter to others present there. The situation has been brought under control by the firefighters. After extinguishing the flames, the task of ascertaining the exact reason behind it has started. According to an officer of the state Fire and Emergency Services department, “It is important to ascertain the exact reason behind the incident of fire to bring down chances of such incidents again.” People gathered outside the under-construction 63-storeyed building after seeing flames at the eighth and ninth floors of the building.last_img read more

Body of wife found hanging at rented flat near Haldirams husband held

first_imgKolkata: Baguiati police station has arrested a person for allegedly abetting his wife to commit suicide.According to police, Antara Sarkar Acharjee’s body was found inside a room of his hired flat at a housing complex near Haldiram’s on Wednesday. Her husband claimed that he does not know why his wife committed suicide. On Sunday, Antara’s father Ranjit Acharjee, a resident of Khalisakota Pally near Birati, lodged a complaint against his son-in-law Surajit Sarkar alleging that he used to torture his daughter. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that Ranjit said her daughter and Ranjit were married in February 2006. It was alleged that after a few years of their marriage, Surajit started torturing Antara as she could not give birth to a child. Using this as a allegation, Surajit used to torture her mentally and physically. Ranjit also alleged that not only Surajit but his family members also used to torture Antara regularly based on the same allegation. Though Antara used to live at her in-laws’ home in Birati, recently Surajit hired a flat at a housing complex near Haldiram’s bus stop. It was thought that the torture would come to an end. However, Antara continued to face pressure from her husband, alleged her father. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was also alleged that after shifting to their hired flat, Surajit not only tortured her but also cursed Antara to die. As she was fed up she committed suicide by hanging herself on Wednesday. After Ranjit filed the complaint, immediately an FIR was drawn on charges of abetment of Suicide (IPC 306) and acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (IPC 34). Later at Sunday night, the sleuths arrested Surajit for allegedly abetting Antara to commit suicide. He was produced before Barasat Court on Monday and remanded him to 5-day police custody. Sources informed that despite Ranjit’s allegations against Surajit’s family members, police are waiting to have some kind of proof against them. The body has been set for an autopsy which might throw some light on the cause of her death.last_img read more

More People Want to Get Shocked Than Sit in Total Stillness for

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. July 7, 2014 2 min readcenter_img Does the idea of sitting alone in a room for 15 minutes doing absolutely nothing sound like pure bliss or unimaginable torture?Many participants in a new study out of the University of Virginia agreed on the latter, as researchers concluded that today’s society has become increasingly averse to the notion of stillness.While this may come as no surprise, the experiment also uncovered a rather jarring fact: Some participants, when given the choice, preferred to self-administer a mild electrical shock — of the same intensity as static electricity — as opposed to sitting in silence for no more than 15 minutes.”I think they just wanted to shock themselves out of boredom,” University of Virginia psychology professor Timothy Wilson told Reuters. “Sometimes negative stimulation is preferable to no stimulation.”Related: Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Police Can’t Search Smartphones Without a WarrantOf all participants, men were particularly antsy. Two-thirds administered at least one shock, while only a quarter of women did. One male participant even shocked himself 190 times.All told, nearly 800 people — including adults from a variety of backgrounds, up to age 77 — took part in 11 total experiments.The majority found it “difficult to use their own minds to entertain themselves, at least when asked to do it on the spot,” Wilson said. “In this modern age, with all the gadgets we have, people seem to fill up every moment with some external activity.”For instance, when asked to sit alone in their homes without a cellphone, music player, reading material or writing implements, a third of all volunteers cheated, Reuters reports, by instinctively reaching for a nearby device.Related: Oh, the Irony: Coke Slams Social Media Addicts in New Viral Video Listen Nowlast_img read more

Get Nearly 50 Percent Off This Brother MultiFunction Laser Printer Plus More

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 2 min read August 11, 2016 Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we’ve rounded up three can’t-miss deals. Check it out:Brother Multi-Function Laser Printer w/ Duplex, Automatic Document Feeder, Scanner & Fax for $109.99 (Orig. $199.99)This is Amazon’s No. 1 best selling laser printer and an excellent small or home office printer. You can scan single documents or use its document feeder to scan up to 35 pages. The best part of it is that the laser toner is available for about $15 per toner when you buy a generic version.Dell UltraSharp 1920×1200 IPS LED Monitor + $125 Dell Gift Card for $289.99 (Orig. $369.99)This is one of the best deals we’ve seen on one of Dell’s top rated monitors. It has a larger vertical, which is perfect for graphics work or huge spreadsheets. With the $125 Dell Gift Card it is easily one of the best deals we’ve seen and effectively discounts the monitor to an eye-popping sub $200 price.Dyson V6 Slim Cordless Vacuum (Refurb) for $209.99 (Orig. $299.99)These Dyson cordless vacuums remove many of the obstacles and pain points you may experience vacuuming. No need to drag out a heavy vacuum and find an outlet. Simply pick up your Dyson and start vacuuming. These are especially handy for spot cleaning or smaller apartments and houses. It has 20 minutes of fade-free power and we can vacuum about 1,500 square feet and still have juice left over. We’ve had one for more than a year and its ease of use has become the biggest reason we’ve been able to keep the house clean regularly.For more great deals, check out our TechBargains Small Business page.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more