Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell

first_imgShane McMahon (top of the cell) looks at Kevin Owens before making his jaw-dropping leap in their Hell in a Cell match. Photo by WWE.comFriends forever?Sami Zayn made the shocking save on longtime friend and bitter rival Kevin Owens, pulling him out of danger and helping him top Shane McMahon in the brutal falls count anywhere Hell in a Cell match Sunday (Monday Manila time) in Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Huawei launches own operating system to rival Android00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Baron Corbin stole the United States Championship in their triple threat match to grab his first title in the company.The Lone Wolf squirmed to the ring and kicked AJ Styles out of the squared circle after the defending champion nailed Tye Dillinger with the Phenomenal Forearm.Natalya also used a steel chair on Charlotte to force a disqualification finish and keep her SmackDown Women’s Championship after the Queen connected with a ringside moonsault to the Queen of Harts.Randy Orton topped Rusev once again as he hit an RKO after wiggling out of the Accolade.Bobby Roode was successful in his main roster pay-per-view debut, beating Dolph Ziggler after the Glorious One one-upped the Showoff with a rollup while holding the latter’s tights.After the match, Ziggler nailed Roode with a Zig-Zag as he left the ring frustrated with the result.In the kickoff show, Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable defeated the Hype Bros after Gable pinned Zack Ryder with Mojo Rawley looking on from ringside. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Renacia, Fernandez pace Sletba Open qualifiers BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight With the Prizefighter and the SmackDown commissioner beating each other to a pulp inside, outside, and on top of the cell for close to 30 minutes, it was Zayn who turned heads the most and baffled everyone on why he rescued Owens in the match’s conclusion.McMahon seemed poised to win the war after sending Owens crashing to the Spanish announce table halfway down the cell, but he wanted to go for the home run and head-butted the brash Canadian to another announce table, putting him in position for the jaw-dropping elbow drop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut just like the case in WrestleMania 32, McMahon crashed and burned as he fell on top of the cage and missed on his target, largely thanks to Zayn pulling Owens at the last moment.Zayn then pulled Owens on top of McMahon and motioned the referee to do the three-count as he left everyone in the arena confused on what just transpired. In the night’s other matches, Jinder Mahal once again retained his WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura, but not without shenanigans from his cohorts The Singh Brothers.The King of Strong Style was moments away from winning the title after connecting with the Kinshasa, but the Singhs distracted the referee, delaying the count for the pinfall.Mahal tried to escape the match, but the challenger was in hot pursuit and brought him back to the ring. However, Nakamura would miss on his second Kinshasa attempt, opening the chance for the Modern Day Maharaja to nail the Khallas.The Usos also became five-time tag team title holders after defeating The New Day in their brutal Hell in a Cell encounter to reclaim the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.Jimmy and Jey Uso subjected the duo of Big E and Xavier Woods to a hellacious beatdown, finishing the match with a double splash with a steel chair on top of Woods for the three-count.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

San Beda clips San Sebastian in NCAA season-opener

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Boyet Fernandez pulled deep into his roster and found the spark in Clint Doliguez as San Beda kickstarted its title retention bid with a 76-67 victory over San Sebastian in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The transferee from Ateneo unloaded all of his six points in the fourth period to trigger the Red Lions’ huge finishing kick.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Robert Bolick and Davon Potts put on the finishing touches in the defending champions’ 17-3 killer tear to turn a 60-57 deficit midway in the quarter to a commanding 74-64 lead with 1:02 to play.“The way we played today, we just want to salute San Sebastian for a well-played game. Credit to coach Egay (Macaraya) for preparing well,” said Fernandez. “Our defense really stepped up in the fourth quarter. Clint Doliguez came in and gave us the energy we needed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBolick dropped seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including an awe-inspiring reverse lay-up in the final 2:30 that proved to be a huge blow on the Golden Stags. He also went 3-of-5 from three, while hauling down four rebounds.Javee Mocon also registered a double-double of 15 markers, 13 boards, two assists, and two blocks, while Donald Tankoua got 10 points and eight rebounds in the win. Zaza Pachulia agrees to 1-year deal with Warriors Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Michael Calisaan topped San Sebastian with 13 points and five rebounds, while Renzo Navarro uncorked seven of his 12 markers in the fourth period, on top of seven assists.RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi both collected 10 points in the losing effort for the Golden Stags.The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 15, Bolick 15, Tankoua 10, Potts 9, Soberano 6, Doliguez 6, Bahio 4, Cabanag 3, Noah 2, Presbitero 2, Abuda 2, Carino 2, Tongco 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 67 – Calisaan 13, Navarro 12, Ilagan 10, Bulanadi 10, David 6, Gayosa 6, Are 4, Capobres 2, Calma 2, Mercado 2, Valdez 0, Baetiong 0, Baytan 0.Quarters: 20-14, 31-29, 50-51, 76-67.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft

first_imgDavon Potts. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDeclaring himself for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is more than just basketball decision for Davon Potts.He also looks at it as a chance to reconnect with his Filipino roots and get to know his relatives from Rosario, Cavite.ADVERTISEMENT Entering the draft also moves Potts closer to realizing the promise he made to his deceased grandfather years back.“I didn’t know the PBA until I talked to my grandfather. He told me that if I couldn’t make it in the NBA, why not try the PBA. He said [the PBA] is like the NBA of the Philippines and I should look it up,” Potts recalled.“It’s funny because when I was visiting him in San Diego, he told me to at least make him that promise, that, ‘If I can’t make it to the NBA, the NBA D-League, at least, you try.’ I knew I have a family here and he told me to just try. And I tried.”That’s why Potts doesn’t have any doubts when he decided to make the jump to the pros.“I’m very prepared. I think about the promise I had to my grandfather a lot and I really believe that I’m ready. This is the product of years and years or preparation,” the 6-foot-3 swingman said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mbala to miss La Salle’s UAAP Season 80 opener vs FEUcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Potts believes he is a two-way player, someone who is effective on both ends of the floor.“Coach Jamike allowed me to thrive on the offensive part of my game, while coach Boyet exposed me to the defense. Dealing with them in my time with San Beda gave me great upside as I enter the PBA,” he said.With his confidence on a high, all Potts wants is to land on a team where his talents will be maximized.“I’d rather be on a team that needs me than a team that wants me because I want a team that needs me for the services I can give to the team,” he said.Potts feels he would be a good fit to teams like NLEX, Ginebra, Alaska, and TNT“There are teams that need help and I want to be that person who gives that help to the team that picks me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “This isn’t just about basketball. I think it’s important that I came here,” he said.It’s a facet of Potts’ life that he really put a premium on since arriving to the country coming from the United States two years ago.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 feel like there’s a lot of Fil-foreigners who come here just to play basketball, but I think that’s not the right way to think. I think you should really know where you came from,” he said.“There’s a lot of Fil-foreigners who don’t take advantage of knowing where they come from and for me, it’s really important to know those things, where and how it all started, and to make sure that basketball is more of a tool to get back to my Buendia family. That was a bigger thing for me.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

2nd ODI: India beat Australia by five wickets, take 1-0 lead

first_imgIndian batsman Virat Kohli celebrates his century as teammate Shikhar Dhawan looks on during the 2nd ODI against Australia at Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Wednesday. PTIVirat Kohli smashed a career-best 118 as India relied on their young batting brigade to clinch a comfortable five-wicket win against Australia in a high-scoring second cricket one-dayer in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday night.Chasing a stiff target of 290, the young Kohli made full use of the opportunity to notch up his third ODI century, while Suresh Raina (71 n.o. off 47 balls) provided the finishing spark as the hosts romped home with seven balls to spare and took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series.SCOREBOARD: INDIA VS AUSTRALIAFirst match of the series was washed out without a single ball being bowled in Kochi.The Australians were well served by their captain Michael Clarke, who signalled his return to form with an unbeaten 111, while Cameron White (89 n.o.) and Michael Hussey (69) were the other notable performers for the depleted visitors.But their efforts turned out to be for a lost cause as the Indians capitalised on a good batting track at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium to clinch the game and marked Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 50th match as captain.Both the teams now travel to Margao for the third and final match on October 24.Replying to the target, India had a wobbly start when both the openers were dismissed early by Clint McKay.Debutant Shikhar Dhawan had a forgettable outing as the southpaw was dismissed for a duck in the very second ball he faced.advertisementIn-form Murali Vijay (15) looked good before edging one to the wicketkeeper Paine to leave India reeling for 35 for two with McKay taking both the wickets.But Yuvraj Singh (58 off 87 balls) and Kohli (11X4, 1×6) kept India’s hopes alive as the duo repaired the damage in a style similar to that of Clarke and Hussey for the Aussies.Yuvraj, who made a return to the side after being overlooked for the Test series, also looked good as he helped Kohli in setting the tone.The stylish Punjab batsman survived some anxious moments but went on to score his half-century and appeared to be a relieved man.Kohli developed cramps but the Delhi youngster maintained his run flow aided by Shikhar Dhawan as his runner.Yuvraj, meanwhile, departed for after being deceived by a McKay slower as the third wicket stand yielded 137.Raina, who cracked nine fours and a six, played a crucial knock after Yuvraj’s departure as he took the pressure off Kohli with some big hits all over the ground.The duo added 84 runs for the fourth wicket to take India closer home before Kohli departed for his best one-day score.There was a little drama in store after Kohli’s dismissal with skipper Dhoni (0) departing in quick succession but Raina ensured that India did not falter.Raina, along with another debutant Saurabh Tiwary (12 n.o.), clinched the issue to keep an all-win record intact from three ODIs at the scenic venue in the coastal city.AUSTRALIA INNINGSIndian cricket team captain M S Dhoni shakes hands with his Australian counterpart Michel Clarke before the start of the 2nd One Day International match at Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Wednesday. PTISilencing his critics, stand-in-captain skipper Michael Clarke returned to form with his fifth century to help Australia post a challenging 289 for three.After Ashish Nehra evicted the opening duo of Shaun Marsh (0) and Tim Paine (9), Clarke (111 not out from 138 balls with seven fours and one six) and Hussey (69) steadied the ship putting on 144 runs together.Some big hitting by vice-captain Cameron White (89 from 49 balls with six fours and six overboundaries) — with a couple of them straight ones through umpire Billy Bowden — spurred the Aussie scoring as they scored 49 runs in the five overs of batting powerplay between 43rd and 47th overs.Both White and Clarke were in a rampaging mood, Nehra, who had an impressive first spell of 4-1-3-2 had his figures destroyed towards the end as he returned with 57 runs from his 10 overs.The Aussie scored 114 in the last 10 overs, something that speaks highly of Clarke’s innings that had the shades of recovery and then the dominance.Put into bat, Australia were clearly under pressure as the opening duo of Marsh and Paine were dismissed early by Nehra in an impressive first spell.Skipper Clarke and Hussey — the experienced duo of the new-look Australia side — did the repair work, building their innings brick by brick.advertisementBatting sensibly, they first ensured that there was no more damage, giving the later batsmern some kind of foundation.With Indian third and fourth bowlers — R Vinay Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin both playing in their second ODI — a little short on experience, Dhoni had to resort to parttime spinning duo of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh.The duo bowled 13 overs in between them with Yuvraj chipping in with a full quota but without any damage to the Aussies.Clarke, who scored just 35 runs from four innings in the two-Test series, essayed the role of an anchor to perfection, while southpaw Hussey looked to step up the tempo as the run-rate crept past 4.00-mark.The skipper took 77 balls to complete his half-century, while Hussey also joined in tandem getting to the 50-run mark in 61 balls as the duo began to look dangerous from Indian point of view.    Rookie off-spinner Ashwin gave the crucial break when Hussey missed his short-length ball to be hit in front of middle for a leg-before-wicket.Hussey hit seven fours in his knock from 78 balls.After Hussey’s departure, deputy White gave a fine support to his skipper who was at his elegance best scoring his century from 132 balls, an innings that must have erased his bitter memories of a wretched Test series.Clarke developed some cramps in between but the Aussie skipper overcame the pain after getting some treatment and stood tall during his innings.Earlier, Nehra tested Marsh’s patience with some toe-crushing line before the southpaw inside-edged one to his stumps to depart without scoring.Run-rate hovering around two, Paine tried to break-free at the other end with some edgy strokes but Nehra had his way in dismissing the wicket-keeper batsman to leave the Aussies reeling at 16 for two in two overs.Having already taken a risk, the wicketkeeper batsman came out to hit Nehra over mid-on but only to be gobbled up by Vinay Kumar inside the circle to give India a perfect start.The first ODI of the three-match series was abandoned because of heavy rains in Kochi.Margao will host the last and third ODI of the series on October 24.last_img read more

Defiant Kalmadi ready for probe

first_imgCommonwealth Games organising committee ex-chairman Suresh Kalmadi said on Monday that having committed no wrong, he was ready to face any probe, including the one being conducted by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).CWG OC ex-chairman Suresh KalmadiThe Pune MP, whose name surfaced for the mess over the conduct of the sporting extravaganza in October, said he was ready to make a statement in Parliament on the issue.” I met the Speaker and told her that I will give my statement in the Lok Sabha. She said I can do so when Parliament starts functioning,” Kalmadi told reporters on his return from the Asian Games in China.Kalmadi’s associates in the organising committee, including T. S. Darbari and Sanjay Mohindroo, were recently arrested by the CBI in connection with the CWG irregularities.Kalmadi hit out at the media for speculating over his whereabouts during the past few days. “Some channel is saying that I am missing. I had gone to Guangzhou (for the Asian Games),” he said.”All matters (with respect to CWG) are subjudice. But I will say that I have not done anything wrong even in a single thing. I welcome the investigations and will answer all queries,” he added.The Congress parliamentarian, who was recently removed from a party post, said that the organising committee was responsible only for the conduct of Games and its opening and closing ceremonies.This, he said, had a budget of `1,500 to `1,700 crore for the Games, of which only `1,400 crore was spent.advertisement” We had no role in construction.It was being done by other agencies. Our job was to organise the Games and the opening and closing ceremonies. Construction was being looked after by others and they will reply on those issues,” he added.Kalmadi credited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the medal- winning streak of Indian athletes at GWG and Asiad by allocating money for them.” India has emerged as a sporting power after the successful conduct of the Commonwealth Games. The performance of our athletes in the Asian Games has added to it,” he said.” I went to Guangzhou and then to Monaco as the president of the Asian Athletic Federation.Everywhere people say India has become a sporting power and some day it will host the Olympics. This is their view, not mine. They are very happy with our performance in CWG,” Kalmadi said.last_img

Aqua Aerobics: Water protects your muscles and keeps you fresh

first_imgAqua AerobicsBeing in deep water no longer spells trouble. With the capital waking up to the benefits of aqua aerobics-which burns up to 500 calories an hour against 400 calories in regular aerobics- the blue depths are set to play host to scores of gym-shy Delhiites looking to shed extra,Aqua AerobicsBeing in deep water no longer spells trouble. With the capital waking up to the benefits of aqua aerobics-which burns up to 500 calories an hour against 400 calories in regular aerobics- the blue depths are set to play host to scores of gym-shy Delhiites looking to shed extra kilos this summer.One hour of aqua aerobics can help burn up to 500 calories and improve one’s flexibility without stressing the joints. Plus, it works for all age groups.Aqua aerobics, which involves performing aerobic exercises in water, with or without the use of props, is suitable for people of all age groups and fitness levels. Believed to have been conceived by American fitness legend Jack LaLanne in the 50s, it has now become popular with both men and women all over the world. In Delhi, it is practised and taught by three personal trainers. This intensive cardio vascular exercise is best done in temperatures ranging between 23C and 30C. Since the pull of gravity is minimised in water, aqua aerobics helps to improve flexibility without putting pressure on joints, thereby making it easier for a person to flex his joints through a wide range of motions. Also, it works well for those who are self-conscious about working out in groups at a gym because they are obese or can’t match steps with the rest of the group. Even a 65-year-old can easily match steps with an energetic 20-year-old in the pool. And yes, you don’t have to be a swimmer to sign up as the exercises are done in chest-deep water.According to Cristiana Pipoli, the Brazilian instructor at Hotel Jaypee Vasant Continental, “Water protects your muscles and keeps you fresh. In fact exercises such as frog jumps, which help tone the inner thighs, are best done in water.”Cristiana Pipoli (in black cap) conducts an aqua workout sessionPipoli has been teaching aqua aerobics for the past 16 years, of which the last four have been in Delhi. Her classes consist of 30 basic exercises that work the upper body, abdominals, thighs, gluteus and calves. She mixes and matches exercises, but ensures there is a complete head-to-toe workout every session. Each class begins with a short warm up session and abdominal exercises, which are done on land. “To add to the intensity of my regimes, I incorporate martial art techniques like Tae Bo (which includes movements from taekwondo and boxing), along with sports movements from soccer, baseball and volleyball,” says the instructor. “Even those with problems in the knee and ankle area can do these exercises easily since water supports nearly 90 per cent of body weight.”Adds personal trainer Nisha Varma: “On land, the vertical force that impacts the body while running is three times the body weight; while in water, the impact is almost negligible.”Aqua trainersKIRAN SAWHNEY: At: Fitness solution. 193 Greater Kailash-II. Tel: 29216500, 9810530027.CRISTIANA PIPOLI: At: Jaypee Vasant Continental, Vasant Vihar. Tel: 26148800.NISHA VARMA: At: Reebok India Company, Gurgaon. Tel: 9810493313.BHARAT SACHDEVA: Tel: 9350026373.That’s one of the factors that make aqua aerobics particularly suitable for obese people. Kiran Sawhney, owner of GK-based fitness studio Fitness solution: “The buoyancy of water makes aqua aerobics apt for obese people, while the resistance offered by water helps strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility.” Sawhney, who conducts personal training sessions in aqua aerobics, remembers teaching a lady who weighed more than 100 kg. After just one month of training, she lost 6 kg and was able to do floor exercises which were earlier too uncomfortable for her.Even sportspersons can benefit from a liquid workout, says Bharat Sachdeva who conducts swimming lessons at Modern School, Barakhamba. “Not only do pool sessions help people lose weight, they also aid in recovery from injuries. This is especially true for swimmers, footballers and hockey players who can use pool workouts to strengthen the spine, correct their posture and stay in shape,” he says. Exercising in water is a great stress-buster, adds Varma who uses props like dumbbells, therabands/ resistance tubes and air-filled pads to make her workouts more challenging.Aqua aerobics instructor Kiran SawhneyThough Jaypee’s Pipoli mainly has expat women for clients, she sees the popularity of aqua aerobics growing fast in Delhi. Last year, of the 35 students she trained, eight were Indian- six women and two men. “The main problem is that Indian women are not comfortable with swimsuits that need to be worn for these workouts. Another hiccup is the lack of good swimming pools. The pools that are well-maintained encourage swimming rather than aqua aerobics,” says Pipoli.But don’t let that deter you. Find the right pool and trainer, take the plunge and splash your way from flab to fab this summer. Water WorkoutsAQUA/ BUOYANCY BELT Holds exercisers upright in water, enabling jogging, walking and kick ups and knee ups.DUMBBELLS Water acts upon high density foam dumbbells, thereby increasing their weight. They can be used for arm curls, punch downs, chest presses and punch outs.RESISTANCE TUBE Made of latex, this is used to exercise the upper body while jogging.AIR PAD These work in a manner which is similar to that of dumbbells.FOAM ROLL This floats on water and is used for leg presses as well as other exercises that can be done with dumbbells.MITTS Worn on the hand so that water does not prevent one from exercising comfortably. There are also special mitts to be worn on the feet.NOODLE Used for exercises done while floating on the stomach. Helps work the outer thighs and abs.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

15 New ways to explore the world

first_img1. Volcano BoardingWant to race down the side of an active volcano seated on a bit of board at speeds of up to 80 kmph? Volcano boarding is the sport for you. Said live volcano is in Nicaragua, the 2,380 ft-high Cerro Negro, or black mountain, Central America’s youngest volcano. It’s erupted over 20 times since its birth in 1850, making it rather an active specimen–which only adds to the thrill of the sport. Volcano boarding started in 2005, and to date, more than 10,000 people have had a go at it. It involves a moderately taxing 45-minute climb up the mountain to the start off point, a short training session, and you’re ready to whoosh down the slope. It’s a wicked ride–the side of the mountain is covered in pebbles and dust that fly into your face as you try and stay balanced on the piece of board as it zooms down. Protective jump suits, knee pads and helmets are de rigueur and don’t try and scream when you hit 80, the results aren’t pleasant. If you want to spike up the adrenaline, try the same 1,600-ft descent standing up.For more information check out www.bigfootnicaragua.com; www.tierratour.com or www.vapues.com2. Themed CruisesThere was a time when a cruise was all about the experience of life on the high seas. That’s so vanilla now. The new wave of voyages are all about the theme, and your choices are many. Marina from Oceania Cruises is all about gastronomy, with ten restaurants of which six are gourmet, a culinary studio for lessons and La Reserve for wine tasting. Too restrained for you? Try Carnival Magic from the Carnival Cruise Line whose water slides are as scream-inducing as anything on land and a whole lot of other waterworks that will have you have you soaking up the fun. Disney Dream from the Disney Cruise Line also offers some magical entertainment taking you into the world of Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean with interactive technology. Too frivolous? Try a Hurtigruten climate voyage in the Arctic circle, including polar bear spotting and lectures. Check out www.oceaniacruises.com; www.carnival.com; www.disneycruise.disney.go.com; www.hurtigruten.co.uk3. Bibliophiles BreaksEver since The Da Vinci Code sent masses of people on conspiracy theory tours of Paris, and Harry Potter showed them magical London, there’s no gainsaying the popularity of holidays for bibliophiles. Literary festivals are the new Woodstock, Hay-on-Wye draws a staggering 80,000 most of whom have camped out in the fields; closer home, Jaipur Literary Festival drew around 35,000 this year. If the festival is too long drawn out for you then there’s The Reading Weekend, which looks to be a new English institution combining the pleasures of a classic countryside retreat with bibliotherapy, bedtime stories and literary suppers. Such is its success that it’s soon going to become The Reading Week and up sticks to the Caribbean. Besides the ubiquitous tours based on books, there’s now also the possibility of live like your favourite author, with literary vacation rentals. Abercrombie & Kent offers East African Hemingway Safari and Jane Eyre & Bronte Country tours; visit www.abercrombiekent.com; and also check www.readingweekend.co.uk; www.novelexplorations.com4. Adults onlyKeep a hold on those X-rated thoughts, the new adult-only holiday aren’t so much orgiastic getaways as childfree zones. If you don’t want the crying and voluble excitement to disturb your vacation, you aren’t alone. There’s a growing number of people who want to leave the kids at home and check into resorts that cater only to grown-ups and some hotels now institute age bars. Some shoot for no-under-10s (Kim’s Beach Hideaway near Sydney, Australia), others raise the bar to no-under-16s (Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, USA). The Sandals chain of hotels in the Caribbean is 18+ as are the Excellence Resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. You know adults-only is catching on when the ultimate child pleaser, Disney, offers Adult Exclusive tours. Then there are some places just all about adult fun, and boy! are they popular: Las Vegas, for example, where children aren’t allowed in the gaming rooms and much of the entertainment is adult oriented.Check out www.sandals.com; www.abd.disney.go; www.excellence-resorts.com; www.triplecreekranch.com; www.kims.com.au5. Geocaching How do you upgrade the treasure hunt to the 21st century? Replace the map with a GPS device or your smartphone (it has the app), the clues with GPS coordinates and the treasure trove with a cache that possibly contains coins and key chains, and you have a game that is currently the obsession of millions across the world. Geocaching was born back in 2000 when greater accuracy on the Global Positioning System was made available to everybody. As people wondered at its uses, computer consultant Dave Ulmer came up with one idea ‘GPS Stash Hunt’, which transformed into the much cooler Geocaching (there’s even a GeoWoodstock, the world’s largest Gocaching event). There are around a million caches hidden all over the world, from the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland, to the streets of New York or a ruin in Paris. They could also be just down the street from you. Look for coordinates on geocaching website and let the hunt begin.Check out www.geocaching.comadvertisementadvertisement6. B&B in DelhiIt’s not a combination that you would ever have expected to see in the same sentence, but Bed & Breakfasts in Delhi are a reality, and likely to trigger off many more in the country. Because who wouldn’t want to stay in properties that provide all the creature comforts of hotels at less than half their prices and give you the opportunity to soak in the local flavour just by interacting with your hosts. Not to mention the added lure of great home-cooked North Indian food. Delhi Tourism has two categories of B&Bs–Gold and Silver–depending on the establishment’s facilities, amenities and size of rooms. Rooms start at Rs. 2,000 and can go up to around Rs. 7,000. The B&Bs are located in locations as diverse as Rajinder Nagar, Civil Lines, Malviya Nagar, Nizamuddin, Maharani Bagh, Friends Colony and Sultanpur. For a full list, search for B&Bs at http://delhitourism.nic.inSome options worth checking out: Sai Villa: www.saivilla.com; Delhi Bed and Breakfast: www.delhibedandbreakfast.com; Eleven: www.elevendelhi.com; The Estate Bed & Breakfast: www.theestatebnb.com7. Culinary vacationsFirst there were the wine tours, then you booked into villas in Italy and Provence and learnt to cook, then the rest of the world got into the game, so you could visit anywhere from the Far East to the Mid-West to add to your kitchen prowess. Now the culinary vacation shows up in a couple of new avatars. Like the outdoor culinary vacation, where you spend your days whitewater rafting or hiking and your evenings cooking wild salmon and Pacific oysters, learning from a gourmet chef and savouring the whole with wine that’s been packed for the trip. Or experience the hyper-genuine. Become a member of Home Food Italy, visit locals at mealtimes, help with the preparation of lunch or dinner, then enjoy the repast with the family. Or connect with the likeminded. There’s a festival for every food fad and type ever invented. Slow Food, Real Food, Real Street Food. Take your pick. Check out Wilderness Gourmet Rogue River rafting, USA: www.oars.com; Culinary Whitewater Series by ROW Adventures, USA: www.rowadventures.com; Home cooking: www.homecooking.it; The Crave Sydney International Food Festival: www.cravesydney.com; Taste of London: www.tastefestivals.com/london; Cheese slow food festival: www.cheese.slowfood.com8. HomeswappingYou’ve watched it in movies, you’ve read about it in books, and now all you need do is list your house online and begin your own homeswap adventure. Admittedly India’s still taking baby steps compared to the world’s giant leaps but it’s a promising beginning for this whole new travel experience. Exchanging homes, cities and, to some extent, lives, homeswaps give you an insight to a city as a resident, not a tourist. They’re also super-economical, a great way to engage with the locals, and make friends with your swapper. While the traditional homeswapping has you making simultaneous exchanges, for anybody with a second home, websites also offer the opportunity to trade at different times. The best homeswapping websites require you to pay a membership fee. Check out www.guardianhomeexchange.co.uk; www.homelink.org; www.homeexchange.com; www.craigslist.org; www.ivhe.com9. Space flightBack in 1991 when Richard Branson registered ‘Virgin Galactic’ a space flight for tourists was met with more sarcasm than thrill. Now, in about two years, the first commercial flight is going to take off with six passengers on board, and yes, it’s going to be from Virgin Galactic. The past two decades have seen space flights change from science-fiction to travel industry. More operators have jumped onboard, such as the US-based company Space Adventures, which plans both low-Earth orbit trips as well as longer ones around the moon. Another US company in the market is XCOR Aerospace; Boeing is developing spacecrafts and spaceports are springing up. Of course, a trip into space, whether suborbital, just far enough to see the curvature of the earth and darkness out there, or a trip to the moon is not an inexpensive venture–seats on Virgin cost US$ 200,000, while a journey to the far side of the moon can cost you US$ 50 million. Despite that there’s a waiting list of people for the trips. Come 2015, when a number of commercial space flights will be ready for lift off, you’ll know whether you should start saving.Check out www.virgingalactic.com; www.xcor.com; www.spaceadventures.com10. HomestaysIf you haven’t done a homestay yet, you haven’t done it all. Over the decade of its existence, homestays have not only become a means to visit areas where quality traditional hostelry is few and far between (Coorg, and the Spiti valley) but also a more nuanced experience of a place. Though much of the concentration of homestays is down South and up north–Kerala, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh–you can now find a homestay in almost every region. And the range in experience goes from the almost posh boutique hotel variety to the very basic village stay in the far reaches of rural India. Check out www.exploreruralindia.org; www.mahindrahomestays.com; www.keralatourism.org; www.himalayan-homestays.com11. Digital detox vacations The question to ask is no longer how connected your destination is, but rather how unplugged it is. At a time when your home, friends and office are just a phone app away, going offline has become the newest adventure. So what do you need to power off from the rest of the world? Will power is a puny force in the face of twitter, facebook and email. That’s why there are hotels like Arawak Beach Inn in Anguilla where your cell phone and laptop are placed under lock and key for the duration of your trip. Many other hotels deliberately have a no-internet policy. Then there are the lucky pockets of dead air, places that have no cell phone reception, such as the Gobi Desert or more easily Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana, USA, where you can experience life before cell phones, going riding, fishing and heading outdoors. A more exotic destination is Mongolia, large parts of which also don’t have cell phone coverage. Stay in nomadic tents at the Three Camel Lodge in the Gurvansaikhan National Park.For more information and some options, check www.threecamellodge.com; www.mtnsky.com; www.arawakbeach.com12. VolunteerismCombining a holiday with a way to give back to communities may not seem like the acme of fun, but more and more people around the world are opting to add a sense of purpose to their time off. This can include anything from working on organic farms to teaching English, building accommodation, documenting wildlife, snorkelling around reefs, saving turtles or helping out in emergencies. It’s a chance to travel to places that may not fall on the tourist map and look at it from an entirely different perspective. The intensity can range from a couple of days of volunteering amidst a welter of travelling and sightseeing to morning to night work on your project. Similarly accommodation can veer from very basic third world country to luxury digs. Meaningful holidays not only give you the opportunity to help but are also a great learning ground; but when volunteering ensure you ask enough questions to find out whether your contribution will actually make a difference (for instance, teaching English for four days doesn’t quite make the cut). Holiday centricwww.workaway.info; www.handsupholidays.com; www.familyadventures.comMedium intensity www.wwoof.org; www.crossculturalsolutions.org; www.elephantnaturepark.org/volunteerHard core www.earthwatch.org; www.unv.org; www.worldvolunteerweb.org13. The journey, the experienceNot everything in the world need be a short (or long-haul) flight away. Travellers yearning for a return to earlier times when the journey was very much part of the holiday are embracing alternative means that include river cruises, horses, trains, even driving. Some places fairly beg for a certain type of transport and that’s what they are getting. So ride through the steppes of Central Asia, saddle up in the Thar or cross streams in the Okavango Delta on your faithful mount. Experience Eastern Europe on the Danube, sailing from Budapest to the Black Sea on luxury riverboats, or down the Amazon. Or travel through the red heart of Australia on The Ghan, a train that’s been around for 80 years; or through the continent’s lush south east on the newly introduced The Southern Spirit. Driving holidays have got their fair share of mileage through the years, but India’s now square on the map with a slew of scenic drives from the traditional Manali to Leh to the roads less taken from Siliguri to Kalimpong or Gajner to Khimsar. Horses: www.wildfrontiers.co.ukRiverboats: www.tauck.com; www.ietravel.comTrain: www.railaustralia.com; www.thesouthernspirit.com.au14. Following the pop-upsAs experiences become readily available to everybody, and exclusive doesn’t stay that way for more than a few days or at most, weeks, how do you tell apart people in the know from everybody else? This decade, you do it by following the pop-ups. These are restaurants, stores, clubs, exhibitions, live acts that, well, pop up, for an extremely short time and. if you didn’t catch them in that window of opportunity, you are unlikely to see them again. Pop-ups can last for anywhere from a few hours to a few months; a few might last for a year, but they’ll only be open one night a week. An example is the The Cube by Electrolux in Brussels, a restaurant that appeared on top of the Parc du Cinquantenaire on April 1 and will stay there for three months before moving on to its next location. Pop-up restaurants are slated to be the big trend this year, so watch out. Check out www.electrolux.be/cube; www.popupculture.co.uk; www.sensoriumdc.com; www.kickstarter.com15. Soul breaksEven as fitness breaks, bootcamps, and weight loss vacations tilt the scales at one end by addressing the body they are being balanced out by holidays that feed the soul. From meditation to holistic holidays, vipassana breaks, even time spent at a convent, spiritual wellbeing is now an integral element in your time off. And the fact that many of these retreats are set in stunning locations only adds to the entire process of rejuvenation. India’s already one-up on the world in this regard with yoga, meditation and vipassana all addressing the same theme. Reiki, t’ai chi and natural therapies such as acupuncture that reach parts of you otherwise ignored are also part of this subsect. But soul breaks aren’t restricted to the mystical sounding bits. Unleashing your creativity, eating organic and vegetarian are just as much a part of this. Stay in a convent or monastery: www.initaly.comSome options for spas and retreats: www.saswara.com; www.shreyasretreat.com; www.shawellnessclinic.com.advertisementlast_img read more

It took him two years, but he finally got to London all the way from China on a rickshaw

first_imgLondon’s Chinatown is hosting an unusual Olympic fan- A farmer who says he has cycled on a rickshaw all the way from China for the games. Chen Guanming, 57, says he undertook the two-year trip to support the athletes and “spread the Olympic spirit.” He is also seeking a last-minute ticket to attend Friday’s opening ceremony.He said Thursday his extraordinary journey began in April 2010 in his village in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Over the next two years, he said he covered 16 countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, Turkey and Italy. He arrived in Britain by a ferry from France on July 6, he said.His rickshaw, loaded with his possessions, is plastered with pictures of him posing in front of international landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.last_img read more

Vidya signs Rs.5 crore sari endorsement deal

first_imgActress Vidya Balan has signed a whopping Rs.5 crore deal for endorsing a sari brand.The elan with which Vidya carries the traditional Indian attire, has prompted a well-known Chennai-based sari brand to sign the actress as its brand ambassador.”Vidya today represents the quintessential India woman. She not only dazzles in saris but is also astoundingly self-assured to follow a path charted out only by her at a time when everyone is sporting similar looks. She stands out far apart from the crowd. She brought saris ‘back’,” Swati Iyer of Bling! Entertainment Solutions said in a statement.”Hence it is no surprise that we got her to be the face of the biggest sari brand in the country. We are delighted to represent a personality as unique as her and are extremely proud to play a crucial role in creating Brand Vidya.”Today Vidya stands for everything beautiful, real, honest, Indian and fearless. We now also manage her movies and endorsements,” Iyer added.In recent time, Vidya has given hits like Paa, Ishqiya, The Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica, and Kahaani. Except the last two, in other films she mostly wore saris.Celebrity photographer Atul Kasbekar, who owns Bling Entertainment, adds they are positioning Vidya as India’s Meryl Streep.”Internally, we have positioned her as India’s Meryl Streep. To a movie going audience worldwide, if the venerable Ms Streep’s name is in the titles, it is a reason enough to watch the film. We believe that Vidya is now in that league in India by a unique combination of critically acclaimed performances in box office success,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Here is your horoscope for the day: July 25, 2014

first_imgARIESYou are involved in multifarious activity and need to avoid stress. A business venture can be gainful if you lend it some energy. Beware of instability and indecision caused by self-contradiction and superficiality. Light and playful ways bring balance. Lucky number 6. Colour pink.TAURUSTie up loose ends and complete unfinished business today. Avoid hurried actions and judgments as they lead to chaos. Business matters are settled and conflicts are resolved. Adopt a subtle approach to tackle difficult people. Relationships are supportive. Lucky number 4. Colour green.GEMINI’The Knight of Pentacles’ enables you to resolve earthy matters. You are clever with finances and material aspects and invest gainfully. You can rid of health problems with Yoga and relaxing pastimes. You are blessed with a steady and deep relationship. Lucky number 4. Colour green. CANCERVarying occupation can help to recharge your energy. You may experience weakness and strength alternately as health problems are resolved. You handle gain and loss in business, in quick succession. Schedules are revised. End of the day brings positive attitudes. Lucky number 2. Colour red.LEOThe Princess of Cups infuses a gracious and gentle quality in your life today. You make breakthroughs in personal and professional aspects. You celebrate a cozy dinner with loved ones. You move with the sweetness of this time to rejuvenate sensitive relationships. Lucky number 5. Colour pink.VIRGOYou are into sport, theater and travel today. Communications and visitors are positive and encouraging. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. With mastery in your craft you integrate resources and forces to achieve goals and targets. Lucky number 14. Colour peacock blue.advertisementLIBRAYou are energized with a feeling of achievement today. You meet targets quickly to take on whatever comes next. You are powerful and give direction in the work area. You finally win after fighting for what you think is right and what makes you happy! Lucky number 6. Colour yellow. SCORPIOYou draw ‘The Ace of Wands’ that takes you through a touching experience and transforms you. An opportunity comes when you are considering a change anyway. Unexpected events should be taken in your stride. Don’t be afraid to encounter people or situations Lucky number 1. Colour orange.SAGITTARIUSYou are the wise Hermit as you play the role of consultant at home and at work. You may take on extra responsibility, be the father figure and shoulder a burden with your partner. You function best in an individual capacity and make independent decisions. Lucky number 9. Colour red.CAPRICORNYou initiate a current of forceful energy to achieve success in an important venture. You impress people with your charisma. You function best in a position of control and rebel against domination. Personal relationships are sensitive as you seek appreciation. Lucky number 2. Colour red. AQUARIUSThere is balance and harmony at home and synergy in the work area. Beware of over indulgence. You are open to opportunities and people around you. An influential friend offers you an opportunity. Romance adds a special flavor to your relationship. Lucky number 2. Colour yellow.PISCESYou need to follow regular routines to remain healthy and centered as you go through a temporary period of struggle. You gain respect by standing up for fair play and supporting people and values. Remain flexible to maintain partnerships while using authority. Lucky number 3. Colour orange.last_img read more