Line-ups: Roma v B Monchengladbach

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Roma are transformed amid an injury crisis for their Europa League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach. It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT). You can follow the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Celtic-Lazio on the LIVEBLOG. There is a huge injury crisis for Paulo Fonseca, missing Davide Santon, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Nikola Kalinic, Amadou Diawara, Davide Zappacosta, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Cengiz Under. Alessandro Florenzi is not being 100 per cent fit either. This means a radical rethink and it’s not entirely clear whether this is a 3-4-3 formation or a 4-2-3-1 with Gianluca Mancini moved into midfield. Nicolò Zaniolo and Justin Kluivert support Edin Dzeko, who plays on with a protective mask due to the complete lack of alternatives. The Giallorossi need a result, as they crushed Istanbul Basaksehir 4-0, but were held to a draw at Wolfsberg. Borussia Monchengladbach are currently joint top of the Bundesliga in Germany, but have struggled so far in the Europa League, losing 4-0 at home to Wolfsberger and drawing in Istanbul. They too have many players missing through injury, above all star striker Alassane Plea. Also out of action are Tobias Sippel, Tobias Strobl, Matthias Ginter, Torben Musel, Raffael, Ibrahima Traore, Keanan Bennetts and Fabian Johnson. The forwards are therefore Swiss international Breel Embolo and the son of former Parma and Juventus defender Lilian Thuram 22-year-old striker Marcus. Roma: Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Mancini, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pastore, Kluivert; Dzeko Roma bench: Mirante, Juan Jesus, Perotti, Florenzi, Antonucci, Riccardi, Calafiori Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer; Lainer, Elvedi, Jantsche, Bensebaini; Hermann, Kramer, Zakaria, Neuhaus; Thuram, Embolo Gladbach bench: Grun, Stindl, Beyer, Wendt, Benes, J Hofmann, Noß Ref: Collum (SCO)last_img read more

De Ligt out of Lokomotiv-Juventus

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Matthijs de Ligt is out of the Juventus squad travelling to Lokomotiv Moscow for the Champions League game due to a sprained ankle. It kicks off on Wednesday at 17.55 GMT, valid for the group stage of the tournament. Defender De Ligt has not made the trip, as he sprained his left ankle during the victory over Torino on Saturday, where he scored the winner. It is only a light sprain and he should be available for this weekend’s Serie A clash with Milan. The candidates to replace the Dutchman are Daniele Rugani and Merih Demiral. Giorgio Chiellini is a long-term absentee, while Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic are not in the UEFA list. Juventus squad for Lokomotiv Moscow: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Pjanic, Khedira, Ronaldo, Ramsey, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Matuidi, Bonucci, Higuain, Rugani, Rabiot, Demiral, Bentancur, Pinsoglio, Bernardeschi, Buffonlast_img read more

CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi walks out of Tihar; IOA says he is welcome to resume as its chief

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi on Thursday walked out of Tihar Jail after being lodged there for nearly nine months with the Delhi High Court granting bail to him in a 2010 Games-related graft case.67-year-old Kalmadi, who was arrested on April 25 last year, left through Jail No.4 in the evening without talking to the media hours after the High Court granted him bail.Justice Mukta Gupta, who also granted bail to OC former director general and co-accused V K Verma, relied upon the judgement of the Supreme Court in the 2G scam case.”Though the trial court has directed that the trial be conducted on day to day basis, however, in the main charge sheet itself 49 witnesses have been cited. Thereafter, further witnesses have been cited in the two supplementary charge sheets. Thus, the trial is likely to take time,” the court, in its 18-page order, said.Citing Supreme Court’s judgement in 2G case, Justice Gupta said bail is rule and jail is exception and moreover, there was no allegation that the accused threatened the witnesses.”There is no allegation of money trail to the petitioners. There is also no evidence that the petitioner is threatening witnesses or interfering with evidence during investigation or trial,” the court said.Kalmadi had moved the High Court in January for bail citing the Supreme Court judgement in 2G case.Justice Gupta, who asked Kalmadi and Verma to furnish a personal and two sureties of 5 lakh each, rejected the plea of CBI that if released, the accused would influence witnesses.advertisement”I find no merit in the contention of the learned counsel for CBI the mere presence of petitioners (Kalmadi, Verma) at large would intimidate the witnesses,” the court said.Kalmadi was arrested on April 25, 2011 while Verma was arrested on February 23, 2011 in the Timing, Scoring and Result system scam which allegedly caused a loss of Rs 90 crore to the state.Justice Gupta asked Kalmadi, an MP from Pune and Verma not to leave the country without prior permission of the court.Dealing with the charges against the accused, the court said the allegation of favouring Swiss Timing by awarding the contract would be decided during the trial.”The allegations against the petitioners are of having committed economic offences which have resulted in loss to the State Exchequer by adopting the policy of single vendor and ensuring that the contract is awarded only to STL. Whether it was a case of exercise of discretion for ensuring the best quality or a case of culpability will be decided during the course of trial. There is no allegation of money trail to the petitioners,” it said.The court also said that there was no allegation that the accused may flee or avoid trial if released on bail.”Petitioner Kalmadi has been in custody for over eight months and petitioner V K Verma for ten months. There is no allegation that they are likely to flee from justice and will not be available for the trial,” it said.It also said there was no evidence that witnesses have been threatened.”There is no evidence of the petitioners threatening the witnesses or interfering with evidence during investigation or trial. There is no allegation that any other FIR has been registered against the petitioners,” it said.Kalmadi welcome to resume as IOA president, says TarlochanIndian Olympic Association (IOA) vice-president Tarlochan Singh said on Thursday that Suresh Kalmadi was welcome to re-join the sports organisation as its president again.”People have faith in Kalmadi. It is up to him if he wants to return as president. No one has complained against Kalmadi in the General Body Meeting,” Tarlochan told reporters here after Kalmadi was granted bail by the Delhi High Court.According to the IOA constitution, Kalmadi can resume the charge of the organisation as he never resigned nor was he removed by the general body meeting.”He (Kalmadi) has already spent nine months in jail. This is also a good lesson for the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and it has proved that there is no strong case against him. The bail also proves that CBI has found nothing against him,” said Tarlochan.Tarlochan hailed Kalmadi’s contribution as the chairman of the Commonwealth Games organising committee.”The Commonwealth Games was a huge success and Kalmadi has done a lot of good work as IOA president and was responsible for bringing the CWG to India. I don’t think there will be any objection if he wants to take over as the IOA president again,” he said.advertisement– With IANS inputslast_img read more

Delhi winter gets hot with host of exciting entertainment options

first_imgAs the capital cosies up to the misty months ahead, it sure won’t be a winter of discontent for Delhiites. Quite the contrary, in fact. For the city is as charged as a Duracell bunny this chilly season with a variety of options to whet everybody’s cravings.From culture vultures to,As the capital cosies up to the misty months ahead, it sure won’t be a winter of discontent for Delhiites. Quite the contrary, in fact. For the city is as charged as a Duracell bunny this chilly season with a variety of options to whet everybody’s cravings.From culture vultures to sport fanatics, there’s something on for just about everyone. So kick start those frozen knees with a high-octane game of football, cool them with a nice nature or heritage walk, trip out on a soul vacation with music under the velvet sky or park yourself for some poetry or a film screening. You decide. We’re just listing out what has to be on your to-do cool list this winterPuppetryPuppetry show About Ram at IHCWith innovation and experimentation being the buzzwords this year, India Habitat Centre (IHC) kicked off this season with a puppetry extravaganza presented by puppet-designer Anurupa Roy and animator Vishal K. Dar called About Ram.A narrative on the life of Ram the play uses an adaptation of classical Japanese puppetry called Bunraku and pushes the sacred boundaries between different styles of performing arts. While the puppeteers are not only present on stage as they work their strings (in this case, handles) what is even more fascinating is how Ram, a puppet with an aquiline face, uses the puppeteers’ bodies-literally climbing and jumping over them – as he narrates the story of his life.Combined with soft Hindustani classical music, Roy’s play also features shadow puppetry (using traditional Tolubommalata puppets from Andhra Pradesh) and AV screens that make the millionth retelling of Ram’s immortal story a truly novel experience. Says puppeteer and theatre person Varun Narayan, “Delhi has always welcomed experimentation in all forms.advertisementThe only problem is that people have gotten rather used to free passes and are a bit averse to shelling out ticket money these days.” Narayan’s new puppet play, Bhangra on the Moon, an experimental puppetry venture, opens at Kamani this month and promises to keep up the impetus of About Ram. Also on the cards is a Christmas Special slated for mid-December where Narayan plans to experiment with various forms inclduing shadow and string puppetry.Poetry readingPoetry reading at AksharaFor the last 30 years now, verse enthusiasts in the capital have been flocking to Akshara Theatre’s poetry reading sessions every winter. This year is no different. But this time, Akshara is focussing on Indian poetry.”Poetry is the one medium where there has never been any caste or class distinction,” says the theatre’s co-founder Jalabala Vaidya, adding that translations of greats like Meera, Kabir and Thyagraja are being encouraged this year.This year, Akshara will intro-duce audiences to these poets who have kept the oral tradition of India alive. Akshara will also showcase young poets from the capital, some of whom who have already been published in the Akshara Anthology of Young Poets.All this over hot cups of Akshara’s famous soup that is served to all members of the audience. Besides Akshara, Amit Dahiya Badhshah, host of IHC’s Tuesday night poetry sessions, Delhi Poetree, also hosts sessions at different venues four to five nights a week.Music in the parkKishori Amonkar at Nehru ParkAn enviable venue-Nehru Park-and a pantheon of polished performers-Music in the Park is ideal for both the connoisseur and the uninitiated. Organised by Star Care, NDMC and Spicmacay, the line up offers everything from Hindustani classical to Carnatic music. This season’s programme opened with a recital by Kishori Amonkar on October 14. Every alternate Saturday will see a performance by such greats as Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan among others.”Delhi’s grounds are tailormade for open air performances,” says Shubha Mudgal who is also performing this season. Unlike a traditional concert hall recital, there is no prerequisite pin drop silence here-you can chat a little, exchange notes with your girlfriend or find a kindred spirit in the stranger sitting next to you.A word of caution: it’s open air, so voices resonate, therefore, cellphones and loudmouthed friends are a strict nono. Besides, the starry sky above and music of the gods below, what more can one ask for? And did we mention, entry is free.FootballPlayers practice for a league gameWinter is also soccer season in the capital. And one of the most awaited events of the football cal-ender is the Delhi Diplomatic Soccer International League (October 30-November 30), meant strictly for amateur players. This winter, the league will organise matches at the US Embassy grounds and teams will feature employees from diplomatic missions, corporate firms as well as college students.Weekly matches are played with six-a-side teams after office hours, while weekends see a whole new ball game, complete with 11-member teams. Currently there are 32 teams playing six-a-side and 22 playing 11-a-side.advertisement”Anybody from the age of 14 to 55 is welcome to play,” says Aashish Khanna, the league’s coordinator. Once the league gets over, friendly matches are played at Ambedkar Stadium, Siri Fort, or at the US or the British Embassy through the winter months.WalksNature walk in the winter sunThere is no better time than now to get out and discover your city. The IHC organises nature walks twice a month that scout historical monuments and heritage sites and are led by noted historians and academicians, experts. Deeba Sobti, noted historian and host of many IHC walks says, “These are more than just heritage walks, what we try and recreate is an understanding of a bygone era.”Besides, the IHC is also hosting a bird walk at the Okhla Bird Park in Noida this weekend. The aim is to acquaint people with the 450 species of birds found in and around Delhi. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) also organises heritage walks in areas like Old Delhi (Shahjahanbad) and the Mehrauli Archeological Park around the Qutb world heritage site every Saturday and Sunday. So if you dig the outdoors but are not quite sporty, a walk around town is your best bet.and more…A Screening at the AtticIt doesn’t end here. From upcoming film festivals to film screenings at venues like the IHC, British Council, Max Mueller Bhavan, Alliance Francaise and various cultural centres at embassies. As regulars will proudly state, you won’t find any chick flicks here.For those interested in history and documentaries, another place to keep in mind is the Attic which screens films like My Father, the Builder which is a recording of the talk given by Khushwant Singh at the India International Centre (IIC).If live concerts get you grooving, but classical is not quite your thing, check out the IIC and Pragati Maidan, hosts of fantastic outdoor dos. Case in point, the recent Indian Ocean performance at the IIC. For those looking for the great outdoors but sandwiched between a Friday night and an early Monday morning, the city brings the outback into your backyard.The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) at Benito Juarez Road near South Campus with excellent rock climbing facilities is worth a try. Called a sport wall, the wall at IMF guarantees adventure buffs their adrenalin rush.”Though we are open all year through now is the best time for those interested in rock climbing, especially for first timers,” says Col M. K Bhimwal, director, IMF. So take your pick and step out now, celebrate winter before it truly sets in.last_img read more

Best getaway options from Pune

first_imgIs the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Pune has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out. Get set and read on as we,Is the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Pune has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out.Get set and read on as we scrounge through popular travel hubs and adventure hotspots as well as carefully hidden secrets to bring you the best weekend getaway options. Ride the tideKundalika: If an adrenaline rush is what you are looking for, white water rafting on the Kundalika river might be just the perfect getaway for you. Only 100 km from the city, the river offers as many rafting options as its more famous counterparts in the Himalayas and makes for an exciting, action-filled weekend. Along its 14 km long stretch there are a total of 11 rapids-a mix of Grade 2 and 3 rapids, which take around two-three hours to cover.Nestled within the lush Sahyadri Mountains, the rafting camp site is picturesque and offers non-rafters numerous trekking and bird spotting opportunities as well. The river is fed by the excess waters of the neighbouring dams and hydroelectric projects, making it ideal for rafting even in hot summer months. The ride starts at 8:45 am everyday, 30 minutes after the dam gates are opened and the excess water is released. Rafters need to assemble at the starting point at 8:00 am for an orientation session. Kundalika is also a hotspot for other water sports with the Kundalika Rafting Camp facilitating activities such as kayaking and flying fox.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take the Chandani Chowk roadDistance: 100 km.Stay: Kundalika Rafting Camp.Contact: 09372016005; kundalikarafting.inCost: Rs 2,500 per day on twin sharing basiIn the lap of luxuryAamby Valley: A perfect romantic getaway-woo your significant other with a chopper ride to the hill township, Swedish massage, water sports or a candle-lit dinner for two on a decorated traditional boat.Aamby Valley City, spread over 10,600 acres near Lonavala is for the luxury traveller, with high-end timber chalets and villas, multiple restaurants to suit every palate, spas, water sports, lakes, sprawling gardens and a variety of activities including a PGA-certified golf course all available within their premises.Unique attractions which are sure to keep you busy through the day are the artificial beach, ice hockey facilities, a plush bar and jet skiing. Another section you shouldn’t miss if you are of an adventurous mould is the one with ATV bikes, remote car racing and a jungle safari.The accommodation is plush and comfortable, with the rooms overlooking the historic Koraigad Fort or intimate cabanas facing the clear lake waters. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.Distance: 90 km.Contact: 022-39807444; aambyvalleycity.comCost: Romantic getaway package costs Rs 61,000 plus taxesValley of flowersKaas Plateau: To get away from it all, head to the scenic Kaas plateau, Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers. With multi-hued flowers carpeting the hillocks as far as the eye can see, the plateau is an example of nature in all its glory. An amazing experience is to observe the expanse of flowers through the course of the day as they change colours, reflecting different shades at different times of the day.Accounts by botanists reveal that there are over 1,500 types of plants here including a few endangered species and medicinal plants. The flower fiesta starts blooming by August once the monsoon recedes and lasts for a little over a month. Some of the rare varieties of flowers you can spot here are the Smithia Hirsuta, Senecio Grahami and Utricularia Purpurascens.The plateau surrounded by the lofty hills is a haven for bird watching as well-with the Malabar Crested Lark and Crested Bunting being only few of the birds that have been spotted here. Even though no formal guided tour of the region is in place, bring out the nature enthusiast in you by exploring not only the flora but also the extensive fauna that the region supports.However, the region has been affected by increased tourist traffic, with many flowers being trampled upon, plucked or damaged, raising concerns about the need to conserve this natural heritage. Stay the night at a hotel in Satara and leave for Kaas at dawn break. Carry insect repellent when visiting.Fact fileGetting there: Take the Pune-Satara Road.Distance: 125 km.Stay: The Mahendra Executive hotel, Satara.Tel: 2162-245100.Contact: The Green carpet(facebook.com/groups/greencarpet/) for nature tours.Cost: Rs 1,300 per day per person.On a heritage trailRaigad: An ever popular destination for both Puneites and Mumbaikars, trekkers, history enthusiasts and pilgrims head to Raigad all year round. The Raigad fort, built over 350 years ago during the glory days of the Maratha Empire was once the residence of the royal family and has seen many a battle fought in its name.Walk up the 1,450 steps that take you to the fort and if unable to climb the steep steps, take a ride on the ropeway which will take you to the fort gates in a few minutes time. Once there, you can explore the Mena Darwaza, the erstwhile ladies quarters, the royal granaries, the Raj Bhavan where Shivaji held court, the Raj Sabha where the throne once stood and the Nagarkhana where the royal band played.Near the fort is a museum which houses photographs of various forts in Shivaji’s empire, as well as a collection of artefacts, farmans and weapons from the era. Be sure to check out the numerous temples in the region and if in the mood for longer treks, head up to the nearby Lingana and Torana Forts.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Goa highway.Distance: 150 km.Contact: 02145-274831; raigadropeway.comCheck out: Package tours of Raigad.Cost: Ropeway ticket is Rs 170. Discounted for students andsenior citizens.Nature at its bestMatheran: Get away for a whiff of clean air with no honking cars or traffic lights at Matheran. The state’s only hill station which prohibits the entry of vehicles, is all about enjoying nature’s vast beauties. With mist-soaked valleys and a grandiose landscape stretching out as far as the eye can see, explore Matheran on horseback or simply walk around. The highlight here is the 100 year old toy train that crawls through the hills ferrying passengers from the base to the 803 meter high hill station.What’s charming about Matheran, which was discovered by Sir Mallet in 1860, is that despite modern amenities and hotels, the holiday spot still retains its colonial aura. While here, enjoy the local treats like coalroasted maize or freshly churned candy floss. Another relic is the 100 year old Lords Hotel known for its grand colonial architecture. Stop by at the placid Charlotte Lake, watch the sunrise at Panorama Point or trek up to the One Tree Hill. Fact fileGetting there: Take the train to Neral and change to the toy train to Matheran.Distance: 120 Km.Best time to visit: October to May.Stay: Lord’s Central Hotel.Tel: 02148-230228.Cost: Rs 4,500 per night for two.High on chaiCha Hut Tea Bar: A cup of steaming hot tea in the company of cool, mist-soaked hills can work wonders to cleanse your mind and soul. At Cha Hut in Girivan, a onehour drive from the city, you can sift through their extensive travelogue collection or play one of the traditional folk games available like aadu puli attam (an ancient Tamil two player board game) while gazing at the sheer beauty of the lush Kolvan Valley. All this while Devika Nadig, whose venture it is, pours out her exotic brews. Located in Girivan, a self-styled enclave in the hills, the tea bar has been set up in Nadig’s enormous verandah, overlooking the Sahyadri Mountains.Get ready to sample exotic tea concoctions served with freshly baked scones and doughnuts all day long. Here, tea takes on different characters-herb-infused brews, fruitflavoured drinks with mango or apple extract and iced tea flavours are all available. It is not only the tea that’s on offer here; an amphitheatre located right next door also hosts cultural events such as poetry readings and music gigs on a regular basis. For now, the tea bar is open only on weekends but if you decide to stay on for a day or two, Girivan offers a variety of bed and breakfast options.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take Paud road from Pune to Girivan.Stay: Castle farm and Hill Top Home.Distance: 40 Km.Tel: 09763688361.Check out: Pawana and Mulshi dams.Cost: Rs 500-700 per day for accommodation.Resort to the hillsLavasa: The newest and yet unfinished hill city, Lavasa is where you can unwind in a resort of your choice, water ski, participate in occasional wine festivals and car rallies or simply relax and enjoy the company of the mist and trees. It stands amidst seven hills and a 60 km lake front offering picturesque views of the Sahyadri landscape and pleasant weather through the year.Even as the city awaits its theme parks, it already has a spa, cruises, nature trails and bike rides. Viewing galleries dot the area offering panoramic views of the valley and lake. Cafes and restaurants offer a range of international cuisines. The drive to Lavasa is picturesque with narrow hilly roads and villages on either side, setting the mood for a peaceful holiday even before you enter the imposing gates of the hill city. Prominent signboards help you manoeuvre through the winding roads within. And there is a lot for kids to do here too-there is a playground, as well as a trampoline and pontoon rides in the lake. As far as accommodation goes, there’s something to suit every pocket ranging from serviced apartments and Swiss style tents to cheaper hotels. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Chandani Chowk road.Distance: 50 km.Stay: Ekaant-The Retreat, Mercure Lavasa or air conditioned tents.Contact: 020-25234460; lavasa.comCost: Holiday packages range from Rs 4,500 to Rs 7,500 per day.Take to the waterKoyna Backwaters: If you are looking for an exciting summer adventure, the Koyna backwaters are the place to head to. Situated 25 kilometres from Mahabaleshwar, the Koyna Dam creates a large fresh water lake, perfect for water sports. Windsurfing and kayaking are among the list of exciting activities here with the serene Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary acting as a backdrop. The placid waters of the lake make motor boat rides and water scooters trips safe, yet exciting.The surrounding hills and forests offer campers several fun activities like mountain biking and valley crossing. Stroll through the Koyna wildlife sanctuary and you might just spot a bison or deer. Treks up to the Vasota Fort or the nearby Nageshwar caves are recommended as well.Fact fileGetting there: Take the Pune-Satara road towards MahabaleshwarDistance: 200 Km.Stay: Nature Trails.Contact: 022-66557777; naturetrails.inCost: Rs 2,500.View from the topThe Machan: There’s nothing like a quiet secluded tree house in the middle of a forest, to make you forget about blaring horns and constantly ringing mobile phones. The Machan offers just that with a secluded tree house set up in Jambulne village in the Western Ghats. Cradled in the branches of a huge tree at the edge of a precipice 45 feet above the ground, the luxurious structure overlooks acres and acres of lush forest land. Climb up to the loft, aptly called the Crow’s Nest and the stunning aerial view from there is bound to take your breath away.For those who want the thrill of camping out, the Machan has also introduced three well-furnished tents atop raised platforms. With little to do here except soak in the natural beauty or explore the village, this is a perfect place to get your much needed dose of peace and tranquility . With the tree house able to accommodate six people, we suggest you rope in some friends and head away to hide in the trees. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.Distance: 80 Km.Check out: Koraigad and Tungi forts.Contact: 09594053113; themachan.comCost: Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000 per day for two.Return to the rootsBaramati Agro Tourism: Have you ever wondered how it would be like to live as a farmer? Far away from the hustle-bustle of the city, just tending to your land and cattle?The Baramati Agro Tourism Centre was set up to provide an experience just like this. Spread over 20 acres of lush farm land, the centre gives city folk a peek into the rural life with cattle farms, fruit orchards, bullock carts, tractor rides and traditional games like gotya, surparanbhya and vittidandu. If you want to experience the rustic way of life, begin the day by milking a cow and feeding cattle. Learn the basics of jaggery making at a neighbouring sugar factory, watch silk being spun, plough the fields or simply laze around.The centre provides a holistic farm experience as the food provided is a staple farmer’s diet, including bhakri, pithla, and kurdya. Accommodation and amenities are basic but clean with 12 rooms and one large hall where people can stay the night. The centre, managed by local entrepreneur Pandurang Taware provides other amenities like solar-energy fuelled water heaters and an in-house doctor, in case of any emergencies. Fact fileGetting there: Take Hadapsar-Saswad road.Distance: 75 Km.Contact: 09226432980; agritourism.inCost: Rs 500 per person per day.last_img read more

Renacia, Fernandez pace Sletba Open qualifiers

Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Tobs Renacia of the Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association (Sletba) and Perry Fernandez of DATBI are tied for the lead in the Masters division of the ongoing 21st Sletba Open in Cainta, Rizal.Results of the qualifying games as of Sunday night showed Renacia and Fernandez posting 1328 pinfalls each in six games, followed by Art Barrientos of TBAM-Prima with 1301.ADVERTISEMENT In the Graded Masters field, Charles Calamba of Sletba-GMTBC rolled a six-game series of 1362 to pace the group, followed by two other Sletba members–Pabs Penalba (1298) and Edel Ocampo (1288).Penalba is also currently ahead in the Senior Masters with 1376, followed closely by Boy Florencio of Sletba-GMTBC with 1365, and Papio de Dios of Sletba with 1337.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 openingQualifying games will be held until Saturday at the Sta. Lucia East Bowling Center in Cainta.For details of the tournament and full results of the qualifying games, please check www.sletba.com/wp. View comments No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Jeron Teng declares for PBA Draft Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim read more

Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malone served a one-game NBA suspension for making contact with a referee in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver also was missing Millsap, who sprained his left wrist against the Lakers, and Chandler (lower back pain).After a sluggish first half, Denver pulled away in the third quarter following a 19-7 run late in the third quarter sparked by the long-distance shooting of Barton and Lyles. The Nuggets shot 15 of 32 beyond the arc and led by as many as 22 in the final period.“That third quarter we were real patient and sound, ran our sets and got going,” Barton said. “Anytime you’re missing two starters, impact guys like that, it’s going to take a while.”Nikola Jokic added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Gary Harris scored 20 for the Nuggets.George Hill and Kosta Koufos scored 16 points apiece to lead six players in double figures for Sacramento. The Kings, who had won their three previous home games against the Thunder, 76ers and Trail Blazers, have lost five of six overall.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans rally after Cousins ejection, beat Thunder After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) and Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Will Barton didn’t know Mike Malone was suspended by the NBA until the Denver Nuggets coach informed him as Barton got on the team bus to head to the arena.“I thought he was joking,” Barton said. “I told him we’d hold it down for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay 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 “Athletically, (the Nuggets) go and get balls and jumped over the top of us and did some of those kind of things,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to be more physical. We were a step slow in the second half.”BARTON COMES UP BIGBarton shot 9 of 15 and made a season-high five 3-pointers on six attempts from beyond the arc. “He wasn’t an aggressive scorer but he was a playmaker for us,” Unseld said. “Down the stretch he controlled the game.”WHAT WENT WRONGJoerger thought his team played hard throughout the game but rookie guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t so sure. Asked if the Kings let up in the second half when the Nuggets got on their roll, Fox said: “It felt that way. But it’s happened before, we’ve got back before. It’s just something if we go down, we’ve got to pick it up even more. You have to pick up your effort when things are going south.”TIP-INSNuggets: With Millsap and Chandler out, Unseld went to a three-guard lineup but the offense sputtered in the first half with 11 turnovers. Denver did a much better job after the break and pulled away. . The Nuggets dominated the offensive rebounding (14-5) and converted that into a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.Kings: Zach Randolph had 12 points and six rebounds in his third consecutive start at center. … Buddy Hield missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle.UP NEXTNuggets: Play at Houston on Wednesday. The Rockets have won four straight against Denver. LATEST STORIES Minus their coach and two starters, the short-handed Nuggets did just that — and only 24 hours after losing by 21 points to begin their three-game road trip.Barton and Trey Lyles made two 3-pointers apiece during a big run in the third quarter, and Denver pulled away to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-98 on Monday night.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 openingBarton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which also was without injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.“Given the circumstances, I’ll take it,” said Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who coached the team while Malone stayed back at the team hotel. “The minute (we) got in here from the team bus they knew it was a task at hand. We were under adverse circumstances and had no other option than to pull it together.” MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout Kings: Host the Lakers on Wednesday. The teams split the season series in 2016-17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gilas 5 looks ahead to 2023

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith a lot of height and youthfulness, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes came up with a list of 23 names to make up the pool of players that will try to gain valuable experience when the country co-hosts the 2023 Fiba World Cup.The exciting Kobe Paras, whom Reyes coached last year in the Jones Cup, the beanpole Kai Sotto and Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu were the prominent names in the list which Reyes bared via his Twitter account @coachot on Friday morning.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot Martin, a point guard, gained impressive scouting reports from ESPN with Arizona State.Meanwhile, the names of the 15-man pool of players for Gilas Pilipinas that was released by Reyes on Thursday night had one name conspicuously missing.Terrence Romeo will not be wearing red-white-and-blue for the next two games, at least, with his return to active playing a mystery even to his mother team, GlobalPort, in the PBA.“I guess it’s become a serious knee injury,” a GlobalPort insider told the Inquirer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Reyes said the list “is by no means final,” as he can still look to the Philippine Basketball Association for talents, with some of the Gilas regulars at this time still at the prime of their careers by 2023.Thirdy Ravena, who helped Ateneo win the UAAP last year, Paul Desiderio, Matt Nieto, Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Juan Gomez de Liaño, James Tuffin, Jeo Ambohot, JJay Alejandro, Joshua Sinclair, Arvin Tolentino, Javee Mocon, Isaac Go, Abu Tratter, Kenmark Cariño, Will Gozum, Carl Tamayo and Fil-foreigners Remy Martin, Troy Rike and Dwight Ramos rounded out the list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAt 5-foot-10, Nieto is the shortest in the group, with Sotto the tallest at 7-2 and the youngest at just 16 years old.Martin, Rike and Ramos have yet to play on Philippine soil but are known to local fans through online videos. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ San Beda, CSB lady tossers pull through ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more