Supreme Court Weekly Round Up

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Weekly Round Up Sanya Talwar7 Aug 2020 11:20 PMShare This – xWeek Commencing August 3 to August 10, 20201. ‘Comments Were Not Out Of Malice; But Out Of Love & Affection For Court’, Says Bhushan As SC Reserves Orders On Contempt Case [In Re Prashant Bhushan & Anr.]The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved orders on the contempt case taken against Advocate Prashant Bhushan over his tweets about the Chief Justice of India and the Supreme Court. Bhushan defended the tweets by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login1. ‘Comments Were Not Out Of Malice; But Out Of Love & Affection For Court’, Says Bhushan As SC Reserves Orders On Contempt Case [In Re Prashant Bhushan & Anr.]The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved orders on the contempt case taken against Advocate Prashant Bhushan over his tweets about the Chief Justice of India and the Supreme Court. Bhushan defended the tweets by saying that they amounted to fair criticism of the Court, and did not scandalize the institution. Dushyant Dave, Senior Advocate, appearing for Bhushan, submitted before a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai & Krishna Murari : “His comments are not out of malice. If he feels there were certain aspects where the court could have done something differently, it could be taken as a suggestion. His criticism is not out of malice. It’s out of love and affection for the court. It’s not personal. We all want the court to be stronger. This is what the constitution says regarding the separation of power..citizen may question”Also Read: SC Dismisses Prashant Bhushan’s Petition Challenging Registry’s Handling Of Contempt ComplaintAlso Read: ‘Why Only Certain Judges Get Politically Sensitive Matters?’ : Dave Raises Points Of Criticism Against SC In Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case2. ‘Sushant Singh’s Father Pursuing Case’: SC Dismisses Law Student’s Plea For Probe Into Actor’s Death [Dwivendra Devtadeen Dubey V. Union of India & Ors.]The Supreme Court dismissed a plea filed by a law student, seeking for directions to the State of Bihar to transfer the investigation pertaining to the alleged suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput to either CBI or NIA in wake of the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case. A Bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun heard the matter and noted that Rajput’s father was already pursuing the case, and that a law student did not have any reason to venture into it.3. ‘You Have Waited For A While, Wait For Another Two Days’: SC On Contempt Plea Against Jammu and Kashmir Administration In 4G Restoration Matter [Foundation for Media Professionals V. Union of India & Ors.]”Answer whether any area is open for restoration of 4G”, asked the Supreme Court to the Centre on Friday, while adjourning the contempt petition filed by Foundation for Media Professionals (FMP) over the non-constitution of Special Committee to review the ban on 4G speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir. A bench of Justices NV Ramana, R. Subash Reddy & BR Gavai heard the matter and asked Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, whether it was possible to restore 4G internet services in some areas. Court will now take up this issue for further consideration on August 11.4. [Tablighi Jamaat]Centre Informs SC Of Withdrawal Of Look Out Notices; Court Orders Consolidation Of Trials and Directs Expeditious Disposal [Maulana Ala Hadrami & Ors. V. Union of India & Anr.]The Centre informed Supreme Court that look out notices issued against foreign nationals for their alleged involvement in Tablighi Jamaat activities at Delhi’s Nizammuddin Markaz have been withdrawn. Thus, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta apprised the Court that all such foreign nationals, who were initially blacklisted by the Ministry of Home Affairs, may leave the country during the pendency of trial against them. Upon being asked about the status of criminal trials, Mehta informed the bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar & Dinesh Maheshwari that 10 out of the 34 petitioners had chosen to contest the criminal cases against them instead of opting for a plea bargain. The Court has now listed the matter after 8 weeks, with the expectation that all pending trials will be disposed of by that time, and granted the petitioners liberty to approach Court if required in the interim period.5. Sushant Singh Rajput Suicide: SC Refuses To Stay Investigation Against Rhea Chakraborty; Says ‘Allegations Are Serious’ [Rhea Chakraborty V. State of Bihar & Anr.]The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it has accepted the Bihar Government’s recommendation for a CBI probe into the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. A bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy refused to grant a stay in the Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty’s plea seeking transfer of an FIR filed against her from Patna to Mumbai and the stay on the investigation by the Bihar police on the allegations of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father that she abetted suicide of his actor son. The bench granted 3 days to all parties to file reply and sought an update from State of Maharashtra on the Investigation done by Mumbai Police.6. Yatin Oza Offers Unconditional Apology For His Remarks Against Gujarat HC; SC Says He Has Greater Responsibility As A Leader Of The Bar [Yatin N. Oza V. High Court of Gujarat]Advocate Yatin Oza, whose senior designation was stripped off by the full court of Gujarat High Court, offered before the Supreme Court to make an unconditional apology to the HC for his remarks against it. Taking note of this, the Supreme Court deferred the hearing of his petition challenging the HC decision for two weeks, expressing the hope that the High Court will consider Oza’s representation in the meantime. The bench, headed by Justice S K Kaul, expressed its unhappiness over the remarks of Oza, who is also the President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association. “The kind of imputations you made, I don’t agree with anything that. If seniors like you begin making such imputations, what about the Juniors who enter the profession?”, Justice S K Kaul observed.7. [Enrica Lexie] Will Not Close Case Against Italian Marines Without Hearing Victims’ Families: SC [Massimilano Latore V. Union of India]The Supreme Court refused to close the pending cases against two Italian Marines, without hearing the families of the victims. The Court asked the Centre to implead the victims in the case and said that they should be paid adequate compensation. “We want you to pay not reasonable but “adequate” compensation. You will bring the cheque here and submit it before this Court. Mr. Mehta, join the victims’ families as parties here”, a bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.8. ‘Absurd’: SC Allows To Withdraw Plea Against Rahul & Sonia Gandhi Alleging Agreement Between Congress & Communist Party Of China [Shashank Shekhar Jha V. INC]The Supreme Court  dismissed as withdrawn, a plea filed against Indian National Congress, Sonia & Rahul Gandhi, seeking details of a an alleged agreement signed in 2008 between the then ruling INC-led party & Communist Party of China. A bench of CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun asked the petitioner to withdraw the petition and approach the High Court & noted that the averments thus made in the petition were somewhat absurd.9. ‘How Can You Use Children For This?’: SC Refuses Pre-Arrest Bail To Rehana Fathima In POCSO Case Over Video Showing Her Children Painting On Her Semi-Nude Body [Fathima A.S. V. State of Kerala]The Supreme Court  refused anticipatory bail to controversial Kerala activist, Rehana Fathima, who was booked over a video showing her children painting on her semi-nude body. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra refused to entertain the plea & expressed disinterest in the matter, raising concerns over the use of children in the video, Justice Mishra said “How can you make use of children for this? What kind of a culture will the children perceive?”.10. [Mass Transit System In Delhi NCR’s Forest Area]: SC Gives Green Signal To NCTRC For Construction Of Rail Transit Line Viaduct [Dr. B.L. Wadehra V. Union of India & Ors.]The Supreme Court allowed the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) to construct a railway line viaduct in the statutory forest area (extending to 1 acre) of Millenium Park in Delhi. A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramiun modified its order of 1996 by which the Top Court had refused permissions to initiate development in the said area and allowed the application filed on behalf of the Union seeking construction of a rapid rail transit system viaduct.11. Palghar Lynching : SC Asks Maharashtra Govt To Submit Chargesheets & Inquiry Details [Mahant Shraddhanand Saraswati V. State of Maharashtra]The Supreme Court asked the Maharashtra Government to place on record the chargesheets that have been filed in relation to the lynching and consequent death of two Sadhus in Palghar. While considering a clutch of petitions seeking investigation by either the CBI or the NIA into the alleged complicity of the police in the incident, the Bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy also sought details regarding the inquiry against the concerned police personnel12. SC Stays Allahabad HC Order Granting Interim Relief From Arrest To Govt Counsel Accused Of Sexually Harassing Young Lawyer [Shailendra Singh Chauhan V. State of U.P & Ors.]The Supreme Court stayed an order of the Allahabad High Court to the extent it restrained the UP Police from arresting a government counsel in connection to a rape case lodged against him by a Delhi-based lawyer. The stay order was passed by a Division bench comprised of Justices RF Nariman & Navin Sinha while hearing an SLP against the HC order. Last week, the High Court had granted interim relief from arrest to Additional Chief Standing Counsel in the Lucknow bench of the High Court, Shailendra Singh Chauhan.13. [EWS Quota] Can Posts Be Reserved Only On The Basis Of Economic Criterion? Is 50% Ceiling Absolute? : SC Refers Substantial Questions Of Law To 5-Judge Bench [Janhit Abhiyan V. Union of India & Ors.]The Supreme Court  referred a batch of writ petitions, challenging the 10% quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) introduced by 103rd Constitution Amendment passed by the Parliament last year, to a five-Judge bench. A bench comprised of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice Subhash Reddy & Justice BR Gavai said that the matter involves “substantial questions of law” that should be considered by Bench of five Judges.14. Right To Property Is A Constitutional As Well As Human Right, Reiterates SC [Hare Krishna Mandir Trust V. State of Maharashtra]The right to property is still a constitutional right and a human right, reiterated the Supreme Court while allowing an appeal filed by Hari Krishna Mandir Trust in the matter of a land dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation. The bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra & Indira Banerjee observed that the right to property includes any proprietary/ hereditary interest in the right of management of a religion endowment, as well as anything acquired by inheritance.15. [Order VII Rule 10 & 10A CPC] Suit In New Court Has To Proceed De Novo On Return of Plaint: SC [M/S EXL Careers & Anr. V. Frankfinn Aviation Services Pvt. Ltd.]The Supreme Court has held that, if a plaint is returned under Order VII Rule 10 and 10A of the Code of Civil Procedure for presentation in the court in which it should have been instituted, the suit shall proceed de novo. The bench comprising Justice RF Nariman, Navin Sinha & Indira Banerjee were answering a reference made to it in this regard. Last year, the bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, noticing, apparent conflict between the judgment in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.v. Modern Construction [(2014) 1 SCC 648] and Joginder Tuli vs. S. L. Bhatia [(1997) 1 SCC 502], had observed that the former needs reconsideration. It was observed that unless a party can prove that it has been actually prejudiced by some proceedings before the Court not having jurisdiction, it would not be in the larger interest to start the proceedings de novo.16. MBA Degree Not Equivalent To PG Degree/Diploma In Human Resource Management Or Industrial Relations & Labour Legislation: SC [North Delhi Municipal Corporation Vs Kavinder and Others]The Supreme Court has observed that Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is not equivalent to a post graduate degree or diploma in Social Work, Labour Welfare, Industrial Relations or Personnel Management.  The Apex Court bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra & KM Joseph observed that the Tribunal was manifestly in error in holding that the candidate was qualified merely because he studied two subjects as a part of his MBA degree programme, namely, Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and Labour Legislation. 17. No Advantage To Candidate When The Very Selection Is Illegal: SC Upholds Termination Of 8882 Teachers In Tripura [Ajoy Debbarma and others vs. State of Tripura and others]The Supreme Court has affirmed the termination of 8,882 ad-hoc teachers in Tripura. The bench comprising Justices UU Lalit & Vineet Saran observed that, as their very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates. “In our view, considering the fact that the very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates”, the bench observed.18. Promotion May Include An Advancement To Higher Pay Scale Without Moving To Different Post: SC [Rama Nand V. Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT Delhi & Anr.]Promotion may include an advancement to a higher pay scale without moving to a different post, the Supreme Court bench of Justices SK Kaul, Ajay Rastogi & Aniruddha Bose has reiterated while dismissing the appeals filed by Telephone Operators with the Delhi Fire Service later deployed as Radio Telephone Operators.19. Interpretation Of Provisions Of Major Port Trusts Act: SC Answers Reference [The Chairman, Board Of Trustees, Cochin Port Trust Vs. M/S Arebee Star Maritime Agencies Pvt. Ltd. & Ors]A three judge bench of the Supreme Court has answered the reference made to it regarding the interpretation of various provisions of the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963. Reference was made to the larger bench of Justices RK Agrawal and DY Chandrachud to Justices RF Nariman, Navin Sinha & Indira Banerjee while considering a batch of appeals against division bench order of the High Court of Kerala. The issue in this case whether the liability to pay ‘ground rent’ on containers unloaded at Cochin Port, but not cleared by the consignees/importers and refused to be de-stuffed by the port, on the ground of inadequate storage space, can be imposed on the owners of the 3 vessel/steamer agents beyond the period of 75 days, fixed by the Tariff Authority of Major Ports, a statutory body constituted under Section 47A of the Major Port Trust Act, 1963. 20. Mere Fact That Crime Is Heinous And That Release Of Prisoner Would Send A Negative Message Not Relevant Factors To Deny Probation :SC [Shor V. State of UP & Anr.]The Supreme Court has freed a murder convict who served 28 years 08 months and 21 days in prison. The Uttar Pradesh Government had rejected Shor’s plea for premature release on the ground that he along with 20 co-accused committed the murder of 11 persons with deadly weapons and injured others. The order passed by the Joint Secretary to the UP Government further stated that “premature release of this kind of prisoner would send a negative message against the justice system in the society”. Taking note of Section 2 of the United Provinces Prisoners Release on Probation Act, 1938, the Court observed that the factors that to be taken into account are (i) antecedents (ii) conduct in the prison and (iii) the person, if released, is likely to abstain from crime and lead a peaceable life. Referring to the reasons stated in the order for refusing remission, the bench comprising Justice RF Nariman & Navin Sinha observed that the order has been passed mechanically and without application of mind to Section 2 of the U.P. Act.21. Stringent Provisions Of NDPS Act Does Not Dispense With The Requirement To Establish A Prima Facie Case Beyond Reasonable Doubt: SC [Gangadhar Alias Gangaram Vs. State Of Madhya Pradesh]The stringent provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Act do not dispense with the requirements of prosecution to establish a prima facie case beyond reasonable doubt, the Supreme Court has observed today while acquitting an accused. Gangadhar was convicted by the Special Court under Section 8C read with Section 20(b)(ii)(c) of the NDPS Act for recovery of 48 Kgs 200 gms. cannabis (ganja). He was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment with a default stipulation. The appeal filed by him was dismissed by the Madhya Pradesh High Court. While considering his appeal, the bench comprising of Justices RF Nariman & Navin Sinha noted that the presumption against the accused of culpability under Section 35, and under Section 54 of the Act to explain possession satisfactorily, are rebuttable.22. Audio Video Recording Of Witness Statements & Installation Of CCTV In Police Stations: SC Directs Centre To File Affidavit Before 7th September [Paramvir Singh Saini v. Baljit Singh]The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to file its affidavit before 7th September 2020 on the issues of implementation of audio-video recording of witness statements recorded by a Police officer under Section 161 CrPC and installation of CCTV in Police Stations While considering an SLP filed by one Paramvir Singh Saini last month, the bench headed by Justice RF Nariman, had said that it is important to “follow up” on the directions issued in Shafhi Mohammad v. State of Himachal Pradesh’ (2018) 5 SCC 311, with respect to introduction of “videography in investigation”.23. SC Directs Centre To Ensure Proper Care For Senior Citizens Living Alone Amidst COVID-19 [Dr. Ashwani Kumar V. Union of India]The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Central Government to take appropriate steps to ensure that senior citizens who are living alone amidst the COVID-19 pandemic are given proper care. The bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan & R Subhash Reddy recognised the obligation of the Government in taking care and protecting the elderly who live alone, by securing the availability of essential goods and services to them.24. SC Upholds Conviction Of Man Accused Of Raping Minor Girl; Rejects His Plea That It Was Consensual [Ramvir V. State of NCT Delhi]The Supreme Court, in a judgment delivered last month, upheld the conviction of a man accused of raping a minor in the year 1992. The bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Surya Kant & Krishna Murari rejected his no offence under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code is made out since the victim was a consenting party. The Court took note of the documents produced by the prosecution and observed that she was a minor during the said incident.25. ‘Totally Impermissible’: SC On Custody Of Social Activists Who Supported Bihar Gangrape Survivor; Directs Release [Kalyani Badola & Anr. V. State of Bihar & Ors.]The Supreme Court issued notice and directed the release of two women social activists who had been sent to judicial custody in Araria district of Bihar on July 10, for allegedly misbehaving and indulging in a verbal argument with the Magistrate of the Araria court, in support of a gangrape survivor. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari heard the matter and issued notice in the same. While directing for the release of the Petitioners on bail on furnishing personal bond for a sum of Rs. 10,000, Justice Mishra orally observed that the order by way of which they had been sent to custody was “totally impermissible”.26. SC Grants Bail To 19-Year Old Arrested 7 Months Ago In UP Over Alleged Violence In Anti-CAA Protests [Faraz V. State of UP]The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to a 19-year old boy, Faraz, who had been arrested in December, 2019 for his alleged involvement in anti-CAA protests in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh. The bench comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman & Navin Sinha, was considering a Special Leave Petition (SLP) wherein it was contested that 4 of Faraz’s co-accused were granted bail by various benches of the Allahabad High Court, based on the same FIR, yet the present petitioner was refused relief.27. ‘When There’s A Pandemic, Insurance Companies Can’t Keep Their Hands Off’, Observes SC [Sachin Jain V. Union of India]The Centre informed Supreme Court that rates fixed under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme or the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) could be considered as a criterion to stipulate price caps for COVID19 treatment in private hospitals. A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Advocate Sachin Jain seeking nationwide cost-regulations for treatment of Coronavirus patients at private and corporate hospitals and took on record an affidavit filed by the Ministry of Health outlining guidelines for states viz. cost regulations. The bench stated that the Centre’s reply was satisfactory and that the issue of earmarking caps on cost should be left to individual state Governments. Further to this, the Court also asked the Centre to urge insurance companies to release dues promptly.28. SC Adjourns Vijay Mallya’s Review Plea Against 2017 Order Holding Him Guilty Of Contempt [Vijay Mallya V. SBI]The Supreme Court adjourned the Review plea filed by fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya against the May 2017 order of the SC holding him guilty of contempt of court for transferring money to his children in violation of the Court’s order. A bench headed by Justice UU Lalit presided over the matter and sought for answers as to why the Registry had not listed the Review Petition for the last three years. However, as the Reply to one of the Intervention Applications was not on record.Next Storylast_img read more

Solar solution mooted for Africa’s produce wastage problem

first_img4 November 2015In developing countries, particularly in the warmer climates of Africa and Asia, 45% of food goes bad because of a lack of cold storage. It’s a specifically tough challenge for small-scale farmers transporting fresh produce from rural farms to urban markets. Food can be left in scorching heat for hours, ruining it and ultimately leading to large financial losses for both farmers and sellers.An industrial start-up company in Lagos, Nigeria, has developed a solution: solar-powered refrigeration stations.ColdHubs, founded by entrepreneur-farmer Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, could have the potential to solve the food wastage issue and help to save the livelihoods of the over 500 million farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.The idea has the potential to level the playing fields for small-scale farmers against large mass-production farming, giving them a competitive edge by solving storage challenges. For South Africa, the ColdHubs idea could help fulfil some of the goals of the National Development Programme, including sustaining rural communities’ economy and contributing to food security.Using solar panels to power the refrigeration, ColdHubs is an easily assembled, modular walk-in cold room that provides effective storage and preservation for perishable foods for up to 21 days, cutting down on food wastage by 80%. Farmers can rent the units as a pay-as-you-store subscription, making it cheaper to use.Designed for use in small-scale fresh food production and at informal food markets, ColdHubs’ units provide farmers with 12cm-thick cold insulation walls, keeping the inside temperature at a constant 5 degrees Celsius.Chosen by the science ministries of United Nations member states, the ColdHubs concept is one of 14 environmentally friendly innovations from over 800 global ideas that best represent the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.Source: Celebrating Progress Africalast_img read more

Two bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi

first_imgView comments KUALA LUMPUR—Jasmine Alkhaldi, the country’s brightest hope in swimming, could only come up with two bronze medals Wednesday night in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.She finished third in women’s 100-meter freestyle, before coming up with the same performance in 50m butterfly event.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Elite fan playoff hopes with 2OT win Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Alkhaldi, 24, fought hard in the thrilling dash to the final 10 meters of her favorite 100m free but Ting Wen Quah of Singapore edged her for a record-setting time.Quah clocked 55.76 seconds erasing the 55.93 standard of the event.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 openingThi An Vien Nguyen of Vietnam was second with a time that also surpassed the record, coming in at 55.70 seconds.The two-time Olympian, who is finishing business administration in marketing and management at University of Hawaii, finished in 55.90. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is living it up in the Philippines

first_imgLATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Money took in the sights of Boracay where he played beach volleyball with his pilots and even shot some hoops on a free throw-range pop a shot.“Y’all m******** got the drip, but I’m the ocean,” posted Mayweather on Instagram. Been there, done that: Experienced teams fill NCAA Final Four Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss From partnering with the Philippines’ most famous dermatologist to just letting it loose in Boracay, the Pretty Boy knows what’s up.READ: Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in Philippines, jets off to BoracayMayweather posted constant updates of his exploits during his visit to the country where he recently became one of the ambassadors of Vicki Belo’s cosmetic dermatology.READ: Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets new endorsement deal in latest visit to PH MANILA, Philippines—Floyd Mayweather Jr. is living the life during his second vacation in the Philippines. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ The former pound-for-pound king was scheduled to face sports media Wednesday but failed to show up at his own press conference after making them wait for eight hours.READ: After 8 hours, Floyd Mayweather Jr. no show at Manila presserIn an Instagram Story posted Thursday night, Mayweather, clad in a Philippine flag jacket with a matching TMT hat, was seen counting a stack of a thousand Philippine peso bills while in a casino.Screengrab from Floyd Mayweather Jr. Instagram story.There are no indications, though, that Mayweather met with longtime rival turned promotional partner Manny Pacquiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunner sees Everton past Hajduk Split and into group stage

first_img Hajduk Split v Everton: Europa League qualifying play-off, second leg – live! Share via Email Reuse this content Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Hajduk Split Everton Share on WhatsApp Topics Everton secured their place in Friday’s Europa League draw after further evidence in Croatia on Thursday night that Ronald Koeman’s rebuilding of the team is bearing fruit. If an abracadabra goal from the manager’s latest recruit, Gylfi Sigurdsson, 13 seconds into the second half was the best moment, Jordan Pickford’s penalty save on 65 minutes further deflated Hajduk Split. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest match reports Europa League Joan Antoni Carrillo’s team, trailing 2-0 from last week’s first leg at Goodison Park, had brought Stadion Poljud to the boil two minutes before the interval when a thunderous, dipping effort from Josip Radosevic beat Pickford in the Everton goal. The Merseyside club, unbeaten this season, controlled much of the half with another measured, disciplined performance but Radosevic’s effort could easily have unnerved them.Koeman brought on Aaron Lennon at half-time for his first appearance since he suffered mental health problems in the summer. If that cheered Evertonians and neutrals in equal measure, Sigurdsson’s stunning goal on his full debut went further. The Iceland international, a £45m club record signing from Swansea, closed down a loose ball on the right and as he was falling backwards, sent a looping, angled volley over the goalkeeper Dante Stipica and into the back of the net from 50 yards.“I saw Gylfi’s goal, but I don’t think everyone on the bench did. It was incredible. I don’t have any other word for it,” Koeman said. “You need to be clever to see that possibility and after two or three weeks of the season, it could be the goal of the season [already]. It was really important to be level so quickly in the second half.”It meant Split needed three goals, a tall order against a team as well drilled as Everton, who had only conceded once, at Manchester City, before this game.Yet the hosts should have regained their lead on the night when Ashley Williams conceded a penalty for a clumsy challenge. Ahmed Said won a heated debate about who was going to take it, which did little for an eventual spot kick that was well saved by Pickford. “The penalty save was key as well because there were still 30 minutes to go at that time,” said Koeman.Everton travel to Chelsea on Sunday and Koeman revealed the Senegal midfelder Idrissa Gueye had been rested with a slight hamstring problem. last_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Screams: “They Told Me I Can’t Play In This League” After Winning Title

first_imgDraymond Green celebrates a championship win.Draymond Green Michigan StateFormer Michigan State forward Draymond Green was certainly a force during his college days, but the Spartans star wasn’t looked at as one of the best players in the 2012 NBA Draft – mostly because teams couldn’t figure out what his natural position on the floor would be. Turns out most of those teams are now regretting passing on him. The Warriors star, who was eventually selected with the No. 35 overall pick, won a title last night after putting up a triple-double in game six of the NBA Finals. He’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA, too.After the game, Green, in celebration, was seen screaming to his mother “they told me I can’t play in this league.” It was a great redemption moment.Green is set to make some serious money this offseason. Apparently, he can play in this league.last_img read more

Texas A&M Football: This Awesome “Gig ‘Em” Cake Looks Too Good To Eat

first_imgA general view of Texas A&M fans at a game.COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 08: Texas A&M Aggies fans cheer from the stands in the first half of their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Kyle Field on October 8, 2016 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)College sports-themed celebratory cakes seem to be a hot trend. Lollie Houch of LollieCakes of Baytown, Tex., has gotten in on the act, and here’s a look at a gorgeous Texas A&M “Gig’em” cake she created.That looks incredible, almost too nice to eat. For good measure, Lollie also made some Aggie-related sugar cookies.Texas A&M cookies! Whoop! #lolliecakes #sugarcookies #tamu #a&m #whoop #gigemaggiesPosted by LollieCakes on Friday, June 12, 2015Aggie fans, if you’re in the mood for some baked goods, hit her up.last_img read more

This Years Kentucky Team Is More Dominant Than Indianas Undefeated 1976 Squad

We also did a bit more data entry from those NCAA.org scans of old team stat sheets to compare Indiana’s core stats with Kentucky’s. Our former ESPN colleague Dean Oliver, now with the Sacramento Kings, developed four factors to describe teams’ style of play. We estimated these for Indiana,4We had to guess what share of its and its opponents’ rebounds came on the offensive side of the floor, because offensive and defensive rebounds weren’t listed separately in the stat sheets that year. To that end, we estimated from trends in recent college data (paywalled) and in the NBA that 35 percent of rebounds by Indiana and its opponents were of the offensive variety. and we also computed each undefeated team’s pace of play and its points scored and allowed per 100 possessions.Indiana was better than Kentucky in a few ways: It allowed fewer points per possession, shot for a slightly higher effective field goal percentage, forced a greater rate of turnovers and allowed slightly fewer free-throw attempts per shot from the floor. But in every other respect, and every net measure, the Wildcats best the Hoosiers.Of course, Kentucky is trying to finish as undefeated champion in 2015 — it’s not chasing the 1975-76 Hoosiers or perfection. Or, as Kentucky coach John Calipari keeps emphasizing to the media when they ask about his team’s quest to finish 40-0, “We know we’re not perfect. We’re undefeated, but we’re not perfect.” The coach is right, and he’d be just as correct if he were describing the 1975-76 Hoosiers.Both the 2014-15 Wildcats and the 1975-76 Hoosiers are great teams — probably among the 25 best teams relative to their competition in the last 40 years of men’s college basketball. But neither team ranks as the best in recent decades. What sets apart Kentucky and Indiana is that they managed to win all their close games and remain undefeated. Indiana won two games in overtime, and five more by five points or fewer. Kentucky has also won two OT games, and two other games by five points or fewer. Each team played nailbiters against Notre Dame: Indiana won by three on Dec. 11, 1975, while Kentucky won by two on Saturday to advance to this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis.We have reliable SRS data going back to 1985. Eight teams rank ahead of this season’s Kentucky squad, including two previous Kentucky teams: the 1996 two-loss champs, and the 1997 national runners-up. Those 1997 Wildcats — along with the No. 1 team on our list, the 1999 runners-up, the Duke Blue Devils — provide a warning to this year’s Kentucky squad that the best team usually doesn’t win the NCAA tournament. Even among the eight teams of the last 30 years that were more dominant than Kentucky has been so far this year, just two won the title. Kentucky has to win two more games to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1975-76. And if the Wildcats succeed, the stats we have suggest that they’re a notch or two more dominant than those Hoosiers were.Getting data on Kentucky is easy: The Wildcats’ every game has a digital box score that’s been compiled and analyzed by the likes of Ken Pomeroy and our own March Madness predictions. But Indiana’s statistical record from its undefeated season remains in the analog age, locked in scans of stat sheets.To truly measure the 32-0 Hoosiers’ greatness, we’d want to compile the schedule and results of every Division I team that year. Unfortunately, that would involve inputting dozens of data points from hundreds of image files. And our favorite speed typist was busy.1Seriously, we asked him. So we simplified our analysis: We entered the scores of every Indiana game, then adjusted the Hoosiers’ average margin of victory by the average margin of victory of each of its opponents that season.2Accounting for home-court advantage. That gave us an estimate of Indiana’s Simple Rating System scores, which otherwise aren’t available for teams that far back.3We checked how well this technique estimates SRS for teams from the Big Ten — Indiana’s conference — and the SEC — Kentucky’s — for more recent seasons. We found it’s very reliable, with an r-squared of 0.96 against actual SRS for seasons since 1984-85. The distribution of its errors is approximately normal, with mean of zero and a standard deviation of 1.26, allowing us to create a confidence interval around its predictions and estimate the likelihood that Indiana’s true SRS was greater than or less than the known SRS ratings of more modern teams.What we found is that Kentucky has been slightly better, relative to its opposition, than Indiana was. Kentucky’s SRS is 29.05, meaning it would beat an average team on a neutral floor by about 29 points. Indiana’s estimated SRS is 27.49. Though that’s just an estimate, we can be fairly confident — about 90% sure — that Kentucky is the more dominant team. (Again, these are estimates only relative to the average team each season — the question of which team would win head-to-head is an entirely different one.) read more

Dominant defense leads Ohio State womens basketball over Wisconsin 8761

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe surging Ohio State women’s basketball team (18-4, 10-1) handled a struggling Wisconsin team (6-15, 2-9) with a suffocating defensive performance Thursday night to keep the train running smoothly into the highly anticipated matchup with No. 5 Maryland on Monday.Coming into the matchup against the Badgers, the Buckeyes had won 13 of their last 14 games overall. The 87-61 victory pushed No. 7 OSU’s home winning streak to 11 games, while the Badgers have now dropped nine of their last 10 games overall.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was satisfied with the way each member of the team immediately found their individual roles and contributed in the contest.“We had good communication, good concentration, good effort,” McGuff said. “Everybody (that) came off the bench knew exactly what we were in. They were locked in and focused.”The Scarlet and Gray started the game off slow, plagued by poor shooting. But that all changed with a little over two minutes left in the first quarter. The Buckeyes scored 11 of their 19 first-quarter points in that short amount of time, aided by a trio of 3-pointers.The momentum OSU created carried over into the second period. The Buckeyes quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead and started to step it up on defense. The lead blossomed to 20 points midway through the quarter, but a late surge pushed the Badgers back to a 13-point deficit at the break.In the opening half, senior guard Ameryst Alston led the way for OSU with 12 points, while junior forward Shayla Cooper added 10 points along with seven rebounds. The nation’s third-leading scorer, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, was held to only three points in the first half but found other ways to help her team out. For the Badgers, Cayla McMorris and Michala Johnson each put in eight points.While the Buckeyes held a steady lead at the break, they saw the opportunity to put the game away early with a lopsided third quarter, and did just that.“The third quarter was as good a defensive quarter as we’ve had probably all year,” McGuff said.The Buckeyes held Wisconsin to only seven points in the entire third period, pressuring the Badgers into shooting only 18.2 percent from the field. Using the full-court press to their advantage, the Buckeyes put together a lockdown team effort throughout the 10 minutes.When the final buzzer sounded, the Buckeyes headed off the floor with heads held high. Alston was the leading scorer for OSU with 21 points, while Mitchell, who had a strong second half shooting the ball, added 16. Cooper earned her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as well.Nine different OSU players saw the floor, eight of whom scored in the game, displaying an ability and a willingness to get everyone involved.“I think that’s what’s so special about our team. We have so many different aspects (and) a lot of us can contribute,” Alston said. “It’s always great to see (different) people out there playing.”Continuing Big Ten play, the streaking Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland at home Monday, which is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tipoff. read more

Former Ohio State football players Travis Howard Nathan Williams hoping to shine

The seniors of the Ohio State football team did not get to finish their career by playing in a bowl game, but some will have the opportunity to play in postseason all-star games in an effort to improve their stock for the 2013 NFL Draft.Two former Buckeyes, cornerback Travis Howard and defensive end Nathan Williams, will have that opportunity at the East-West Shrine Game Saturday.Howard and Williams are among a select group of college football players projected as potential NFL draft selections who were invited to St. Petersburg, Fla., to make an impression on NFL scouts, coaches and executives. The players practiced in front of NFL personnel Monday through Thursday, and the week culminates with Saturday’s game.Howard said the opportunity has been a “great experience overall” thus far.“It’s just a tremendous game to be a part of,” Howard said. “Just to go out there and just to showcase your talent … it’s definitely a great feeling. You can definitely see where you stand out at and see if you fit in with certain guys at certain positions.”Williams, who returned to play 10 games as a fifth-year senior after missing the entire 2011 season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee, said it was an honor just to get invited to the Shrine Game.“I feel very blessed to even be considered to be with all these guys, all these great players here,” Williams said.Williams played defensive end for the Buckeyes last season but began his OSU career as a linebacker. He said he has played as both a middle and outside linebacker this week and thinks he has impressed scouts with his versatility.“It’s been great to get back behind the line and kind of have everything develop in front of you, and to have those big bodies take up gaps,” Williams said.Williams said he believes he is best suited to play linebacker at the next level.“I think I’m best at being a linebacker for sure because of my body type and my versatility as far as rushing the passer and pass coverage responsibilities go,” Williams said. “Hopefully I get to a team that knows where they can have a position for me … I just know that whatever team gets me is going to have a great one and hopefully I make the most of my opportunities.”Howard also said he believes he has made a positive impression on those in attendance this week.“I’ve been getting a lot of great looks and making great plays on the ball and been talking to a lot of scouts,” Howard said. “There’s been a lot of interest (from NFL teams) … A lot of scouts said they love that I was there to compete and make plays on the ball.”Williams and Howard both have the ultimate goal of making it to the NFL, and are considered possible late-round selections in April. NFLDraftScout.com currently projects Howard as a sixth- or seventh-round pick as the 29th-best cornerback in the draft class, while DraftCountdown.com ranks Williams as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the draft.Howard said one of his greatest takeaways from the week has been the opportunity to work with Al Harris, who played cornerback in the NFL for 14 seasons and is the cornerbacks coach for the West squad this week.“He did so many tremendous things as an NFL player,” Howard said. “He told us so much stuff within these three days that we’ve been here, just little things just to elevate your game.”Most of the week has revolved around football, whether that be performing on the field or meeting with and learning from NFL personnel off the field, but Williams and Howard both said one of the most valuable experiences of Shrine Game week was visiting the Shriners Hospital for Children – for which the game was created to benefit – in Tampa, Fla.“Having a day with those kids … when you do things like that, it really opens up your eyes and makes you realize just how blessed and how thankful you are to be in a position where you are as a person,” Williams said. “Going to the hospital and playing with those kids … it was a lot of fun.”The Shrine Game is set to kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on NFL Network.Former OSU safety Orhian Johnson, who played in 49 games and had six interceptions over the past four years, will also have to showcase his talent in front of NFL scouts Saturday. Johnson, who could not be immediately reached by The Lantern, will play for the American roster at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. EST from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will be televised on ESPN2. read more