first_imgDescribing the Pulwama terrorist attack as a despicable act of violence, top US lawmakers have rallied behind India’s effort to fight terrorism and said that such heinous crimes will not weaken the resolve of its people. So far, more than 70 American lawmakers including 15 Senators have condemned the attack. At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.Read it at Financial Express Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThe Traditional Knowledge Digital Library has succeeded in revoking nine patents wth the EPO recently. As someone who led earlier patent fights that took years, do you think the TKDL is more effective?You don’t need a digital library to fight a case. Whatever is being digitalized is the evidence. It doesn’t become evidence because it is in digital form. So I think it is a misconception to imagine that just putting it into the digital form now adds additional weight, because absolutely the same material in black and white is available, which is how it would have been taken to the court. That is what works and the power of what we started in 1994 with the neem case was that we really compelled them (patent offices) to recognize that the evidence doesn’t have to be in English. It could be in Urdu. You translate it. Putting it in digital form in fact can do the opposite. It’s just making it that much easier for biopiracy. You are now making the information more accessible.But I understand that TKDL is not publicly accessible. It is only available to the patent offices? Which is part of the problem, because the real fight in my view is to equip all your people to use that knowledge more. Why is it that we have a secret of our national heritage? It should be our public knowledge first. The best defense against biopiracy is in fact to use it and make it more available to the public of India, so more people continue to use it. The more it stays in the public domain as a living tradition the more stupid a piracy claim becomes. Closing the information from your own public is totally wrong. An effort of this scale should be in the public domain for the Indian public. It should be digitalized for keeping a living tradition alive within India. The school kid should know this is your heritage. So how do we solve the problem of biopiracy?Piracy is basically claiming illegally someone else’s property as yours, something that exists as if it’s your invention. That has to be solved through law. We involved ourselves in the neem, basmati and the wheat case, because we wanted public education on this issue. But every time we did it, we also said that this has to be solved by making biopiracy illegal. Now all the effort the Government of India is undertaking by, like you are saying, going after nine cases. Well it should spend that kind of effort to just tell the United States that sorry piracy of Indian knowledge is not acceptable, or piracy of Amazonian knowledge or African knowledge. As we have put in our intellectual property laws no to biopiracy, you must do so in yours. Also the traditional knowledge digital library only focuses on traditional medicines, whereas what’s being commercialized on a very large scale today is agro bio diversity. Things like basmati, wheat, hundreds of patents on crops, so many of which come from India, crops that can survive floods, that can survive drought, that have strong tolerance in case of cyclones and hurricanes. None of that is covered in any way by the library. You have already shut that out of requiring protection.There are still outstanding patents on neem in the US?Many, and again we took that one case of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and W R Grace over a joint patent. We did it for political public education, but there are other cases, many, many other cases and within a month we will have a list of the new piracy claims and we are going to publish them. Part of the reason we are doing it is to show that this digital library is not helping the citizen know better what’s going on. It’s not helping the Indian citizen to have access to their own knowledge and it is the duty of our government to share that knowledge and keep it alive as living traditions. When they started the digital library, I was saying you can’t be weak on the legal front and digitize your knowledge in a period of piracy, because it is like putting a label on everything precious in your house saying please look at this. I have an antique worth $1 million, this painting is worth $5 million. It is facilitating biopiracy. Because it is happening without an accompanying legal rewriting of the law, international law. Everywhere the U.S. is bullying to keep biopiracy alive and legal.TDKL Director VK Gupta says the problem of biopiracy in India has been entirely resolved by the library. No not at all. I had a student from a law school who wanted to work on this project and I said first thing is to find out how many new case have been found and he said we don’t give this to anyone in India. There may be legal challenges within India about the inadequacies of the steps taken by the Government of India.TDKL’s contention is that now they have these agreements with the US patent office so the examiners are able to tap into the database when a patent application is filed? If you are at the inspection stage and if there was due diligence it is fine, but then how come 85 cases of neem happened in the U.S.? And one thing that needs to be recognized is that the U.S. decided that economic globalization is a U.S. project, but it has been outsourcing all production and manufacturing to China and a bit to India. The US decided that it is going to make its money through royalties in intellectual property and not through production and manufacturing, which can happen anywhere in the world. But the money should come back to the U.S.They have given their patent offices this incentive in a way to grant as many patents as you can. I might not be exact, but from what I remember something like 90% of applications are now granted. Now that trend is not going to change because of the digital library in India. That will only change when the US starts to do production back home and stops to depend fully on income coming from royalties rather than from actual production. The digital library is not a magic bullet to solve all these multifaceted problems related to patent monopolies and biopiracy.What incentive you think US will ever have for changing this regime?I think there is only one incentive and that is first of all a movement that I think is already growing around the issue of the knowledge commons and biological diversity. The fact that last year the economics Nobel Prize went to an economist who has worked on the commons is a sign that this idea that not everything has to be privatized is growing and these debates that have taken place through cases of neem, etc., are a challenge to all of this. This is the only place where this will get resolved in the long run — when the American people realize that this system is hurting them as ordinary people, that’s the incentive. As long as Washington thinks that the interests of their corporations, whether through piracy or monopoly, are the only things they need to protect, then nothing will change.Pat Mooney of the ETC Group said that the Indian government has been very passive on the biopiracy issue in international forum. Do you agree? Well, in earlier days India was aggressive and then along the way India really thought it had to play the role of a satellite of the US and the power equation shifted. That’s when the nuclear deal got signed. That’s when India started to take either a quiet stand or actually openly support the US. India has been on the wrong side of many issues, even Copenhagen…. For a long time, India stood for national sovereignty in a very, very clear way, in a strong way. India has to remember that position. It forgot it in Copenhagen, it forgot it in intellectual property platforms. It will just to have to remember it again. There is just too much at stake for the people of India and people of the third world.Independent of patenting, companies can commercially exploit the knowledge. What can we do about that?I think it’s absolutely wrong to take benefit of someone’s knowledge. It’s wrong to patent it or even without patenting it to derive profit and exclude the original community group culture from whom you have taken that knowledge and for that I definitely feel prior informed consent negotiations are very important.What is that supposed to mean?You don’t commercialize without checking with the community or culture from where you are taking this. Can I commercialize this? What should be the distribution? What is to be the contribution to access benefit sharing?As I understand it the numbers we are talking about are 1-2% of the profits should be shared with these communities.I don’t think anyone should fix that. The communities should have the right to fix it. There may also be a sacred part, for which there should be no commercialization. This is what happened with dragon’s blood, the Amazonian plant that healers use, that is patented. But the argument that won that case was that this is a healing plant for spiritual healers and you can’t commercialize it. Communities should have the right to say sorry it is a sacred plant you can’t commercialize it and if they say yes commercialize, then they should decide the sharing through a democratic allocation?That will be complicated.So what if it is complicated. The complication is being created by those who want to commercialize their knowledge rather than go through complicated processes, because life is going on, people are using the plants, they are using the seeds and the crops. It’s big commercial interests that are interfering in that process. They jolly well should go through a series of hard steps. Why should it be easy for them?   Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgAn Indian-origin woman based in Singapore was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for her involvement in one of the biggest bribery scandals to rock the U.S. navy. Sharon Rachael Gursharan Kaur was named in the $35 million “Fat Leonard” scandal that has earlier resulted in the arrest and conviction of several U.S. naval officers.Saying there was “flagrant abuse of trust and authority” by Kaur, Singapore District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan sentenced her to 33 months in jail for three charges of corruption and one charge of dealing with benefits of criminal conduct, Channel NewsAsia reported. A “high level of premeditation” was involved in the case, and steps were taken to avoid detection of the crime that went on for seven years, the judge said, according to the report.He also ordered that the S$130,278.34 surrendered by Kaur to Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau be forfeited to the agency.Kaur, 57, who was working as a lead contract specialist for the U.S navy, was based at the Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center in Singapore. She was accused of taking bribes worth over S$130,000 from Leonard Glenn Francis, the Malaysian chief executive of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a company that provided goods and services for American ships in several countries in Asia. Kaur received the bribes in return for giving Francis confidential official information between 2006 and 2011, and helping his firm procure contracts from the U.S. Navy through more competitive bids.Kaur had pleaded guilty to three corruption charges and one count of dealing with the benefits of her criminal activities on June 30, 2017, the Straits Times reported. She is planning to appeal.Francis, who was known among U.S. Navy personnel as “Fat Leonard,” pleaded guilty to his offenses in the United States in 2015. He is currently in custody and faces up to 25 years in prison. He has agreed to forfeit $35 million in personal assets.As many as 12 U.S. navy officials pleaded guilty in the United States over the case, Channel NewsAsia reported. The highest-ranking official involved, Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau, was sentenced to 18-month jail term for making false statements to investigators, the report added. Related ItemsSingaporeUnited Stateslast_img read more

first_imgThe Railways is working on three more dedicated freight corridors at an estimated cost of about ₹2.6 lakh crore over the next 10 years which will help the national transporter to free up the current tracks to run enough passenger trains so that no traveller gets wait-listed.Train travellers could expect to be free of waiting list within the four years on the two busiest routes of Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes, where dedicated freight corridors (DFC) construction is under works and is expected to be completed by 2021, said Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav.“This is our vision. When the DFC is completed…. the existing Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah route will be completely free of freight. Then we will be able to run passenger trains on demand. The work to upgrade [train speed] on the route to 160 kmph has already been sanctioned and will be done in the next four years,” he said.“In the next four years, we will run freight and passenger trains on demand and this means we will meet traffic requirements. On these routes, in the next four years there will be no waiting.”He also said work on the North-South (Delhi-Chennai), East-West (Mumbai-Howrah) and East Coast (Kharagpur-Vijayawada) DFC was under way and the final location survey would be completed in the next one year.The three DFCs would be around 6,000-km long and would be commissioned in the next 10 years. As per the preliminary report, the cost of the three projects is estimated to be ₹2.6 lakh crore.“When this is done we will have a lot of capacity and we will be able to run a lot of trains. So, by the time we have enough capacity we should be able to introduce private operators and corporatise production units, so that technologically advanced coaches fit to run trains at 160 kmph are available in the country and we are able to export them as well,” Mr. Yadav said.He said now a detailed project report would be created, post which the three DFC projects would be put up for Cabinet approval.last_img read more

first_imgThe Shiv Sena on Friday criticised the previous State government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Devendra Fadnavis, but on the other hand said it hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi would continue to help the State and his “younger brother”, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said the Fadnavis government has left the State ₹5 lakh crore in debt, and said it expected the Central government to help. Friday’s Saamana expectedly had a detailed report on Mr. Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Thackeray, who was the editor-in-chief of the daily, resigned ahead of taking oath of office. The editorial equated the change in power in the State to a movement and said, “The Fadnavis government has left behind a debt of ₹5 lakh crore, so the new CM will have to push for his projects quickly, yet carefully. Narendra Modi has wished our government, but for the development of Maharashtra, the Centre’s help and cooperation are needed. In order to pull the farmers of Maharashtra out of the crisis of wet drought and crop losses, the Centre will have to step in. Even though there may be differences in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Modi and Uddhav Thackeray’s relationship is that of brothers. That is why it is Mr. Modi’s responsibility to help his younger brother.”The editorial goes on to say that the Prime Minister is not of a particular party, but of the entire country and so should not hold a grudge against anyone. “The Central government should respect the decision of the people of Maharashtra and not do anything that disturbs stability. For swarajya, Maharashtrians have fought with Delhi in the past. Delhi is surely the capital, but Balasaheb showed that Maharashtra does not bow before Delhi. Now his son has become the Chief Minister. The new CM will work to ensure the State is not humiliated and instead, its pride stays intact. Do not become rivals with bhagwa (the saffron flag), it will cost you. Maharashtra will now lead from the front,” it said.last_img read more

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Management and coaching staff wasted no time and has shopped around for a replacement, their third import in the season-closing conference, who has turned out to be Watson and is expected to plane in either late Tuesday or early Wednesday from the United States.But a ranking team official told the Inquirer that the Beermen would likely play Bridgeman against the Elasto Painters because coaching staff doesn’t feel that Watson would be able to have at least one practice with the team.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 shutout WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Derrick Rose moved to tears after watching video tribute from Chinese fans SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief San Miguel Beermen. Tristan Tamayo/ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Miguel Beer, chasing to complete a rare Triple Crown sweep, will most likely play Terik Bridgeman against Rain or Shine in the 7 p.m. PBA Governors’ Cup contest on Wednesday as the Beermen await the arrival of new import Terrence Watson.Bridgeman, who came in to replace Wendell McKines, was a huge disappointment in his debut last Saturday, scoring just two points and grabbing six rebounds in a 79-90 loss to Alaska in Angeles City in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto from Kid Santos’ Facebook account.Philippine sports lost a legend in Florentino “Kid” Santos, who died Wednesday following a cardiac arrest. He was 67.Santos had a celebrated volleyball career as a player and coach for Far Eastern University, which won majority of its men’s and women’s titles under his watch.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go “A father to me and to many.. one of the pillars of Ph Volleyball.. SALAMAT po sa lahat,” wrote UP libero Pia Gaiser. —MARK GIONGCO, INQUIRER.NETcenter_img PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Heartfelt messages and tributes poured out in the wake of Santos’ death.“Sad news for the volleyball community, Coach Kid Santos joined our Creator. Not only a great mentor but a second father to many….,” former La Salle star Ivy Remulla wrote on Twitter.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 shutout“Learned so much about handling athletes from Kidd Santos. Great coach, even better person and father to all FEU athletes. You will truly be missed. RIP Coach Kidd,” posted FEU athletic director Mark Molina on Twitter.“You inspired and touched the lives of so many people, including me. Salamat sa lahat Coach Kidd RIP,” said FEU spiker Jerrili Malabanan. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 San Miguel Beer guard Alex Cabagnot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross would have it their way, they’d rather share the Best Player of between the two of them.“We want to get co-MVP,” said Ross. “If it’s possible, we should get co-MVP. I don’t know if there’s ever been two teammates that have been tied in the statistical points at one. But it would be cool if we get co-MVP.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Keys to Victory: San Miguel-TNT finals series “We just want to get to the finals, now, God willing, we win. The individual honor will come. Anybody from San Miguel, I think will win it. But for us, championship first,” Cabagnot said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cabagnot echoed Ross’ sentiments.“We wish to get co-BPC, but then again I don’t know if it’s possible. I hope it’s possible.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel’s star backcourt found themselves in joint first place in the statistical points race with 34.125 SPs  the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.Cabagnot is averaging 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.2 steals. On the other hand, Ross, who has been the bastion on defense for the Beermen, has racked up 13.2 markers, 5.2 boards, and a league-best 8.1 assists and 2.9 steals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES “Chris and I are both doing the same thing for a long time playing together. It’s just an honor to be in this position,” said Cabagnot.Ross himself admitted that he was caught off guard by his sudden jump from eighth place to the top.“To jump to number one, it’s cool,” he said. “But I never play for stats and I never play for individual awards. I always play for the team. I’m a team guy, first and foremost. Team always comes first and winning games and eventually, winning a championship is number one on my list.”Though neck-and-neck for this conference’s coveted individual award, both Ross and Cabagnot are in unison in acknowledging that they’d rather win the bigger prize.“The main goal is to win a championship,” said Ross. “Like everyone says, when you win, all the individual stuff comes and its just a testament to  how good of a conference our team has had. It’s championship first. It’s the main goal and all the other stuff is secondary.”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “In a country that loves basketball so much, just knowing the type of passion all these guys have, everyone’s going to ask, who will be the next RDO? Who will be the next (Marc) Pingris? Who will be the next LA (Tenorio)? The list goes on and I’m excited.”Known as one of the country’s fiercest on-ball defenders, Norwood is tasked to do more than what his job was when he last donned the national colors after being named as the team’s captain.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 starsBut he is more than up for the task to lead a young squad in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.“I felt that I was always vocal. It used to be Jimmy for us, then I tried to be that guy a little bit more. I took it upon myself if they needed someone to speak if we needed to,” he said. Norwood is also ecstatic to hit the floor with this new batch of youthful Gilas players.“We have a lot of talent. I’ve been watching a lot of college basketball for awhile, both the UAAP and the NCAA, and these are guys I’ve followed since I’ve been here. Beyond the court, seeing their instinct is impressive, it’s a good sign for the future,” he said.But overall, Norwood is just honored to have another opportunity to represent the country in what could be his final dance with the Philippine national team.“It was fun to get back into the system and meet the guys, new faces and some old faces, the coaching staff, and even the utility,” he said. “It’s good to have the flag back on my chest.”ADVERTISEMENT Gabe Norwood. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGabe Norwood couldn’t help but smile as he made his return to Gilas Pilipinas, this time as the team’s eldest statesman.“(Assistant coach) Jimmy (Alapag) even asked me if was the oldest one and I said, ‘Yeah, I guess I am.’ You know it’s weird, but it’s exciting,” said the 32-year-old swingman on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 ‘Very low’ morale as Gilas prepares for Fiba Asia sans Blatche Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Incentive prizes are awarded to teams that qualify to play in the regional championships, and to teams that advance to compete in the National Championship games usually held in Manila. The team that wins the national title is engraved in the M. V. Pangilinan Perpetual Bronze Sculpture, “Abutin ang Tagumpay”, symbol of collegiate basketball supremacy, and the school keeps the sculpture until the next national champion emerges. The following teams are listed in the perpetual bronze sculpture: Far Eastern University, San Beda College, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, San Sebastian College, Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East.This 2017, PCCL is expanding collegiate basketball competitions to include 3 on 3 basketball in addition to the regular National Collegiate (5-man team) championship. This initiative supports the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program to promote and develop 3 on 3 basketball, the newly included game in the Olympics starting 2020.The 3 on 3 national championships will have five regional competitions involving a total of fifty (50) collegiate teams. The five regions are North/Central Luzon, South Luzon/Bicol, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region. The regional champions shall advance to the Grand Finals and compete for the title of 3 on 3 national collegiate champion.Philippine Collegiate Champions League is a non-profit corporate entity and revenues PCCL realize from sponsorships are utilized to cover operational expenses involved in organizing and managing the nationwide tournaments. PCCL also assists deserving school teams by providing prizes in terms of transportation and accommodation subsidies, sports equipment and gift certificates for players and coaches. ADVTADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sparkling Liverpool back in Champions League The Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) organized the National Collegiate Championship, a nationwide multi-level collegiate basketball competition that recognizes regional champions and the overall national champion that emerge during the games.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49Robredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The National Collegiate Championship answers the need for more competitive exposure extending beyond local mother league competitions.The aim of PCCL is to broaden the sports program of schools, particularly collegiate basketball, by providing more competitive activities that would benefit student-player development.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 openingFrom the initial six leagues, there are now 35 leagues sending their best team to participate in the PCCL games. PCCL was able to expand its coverage by continuously touching base with active leagues all over the country and assisting them in improving the basketball programs of their respective member schools. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFrom a relative unknown, Ashwini Chidananda Akkunji has become a well-known name in sporting circles in a very short time.Her heroics at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG) and the Guangzhou Asiad have marked the 23-year-old from Udupi in Karnataka as one with a great future.Ashwini is startled at her new found fame but is slowly coming to terms with it. “Life has completely changed for me since the CWG and Asian Games. So much recognition has come my way in recent times that I feel truly humbled,” Ashwini told Mail Today after she and several other Indian gold medallists at the Guangzhou Asiad called on President Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday.Ashwini teamed up with Sini Jose, Mandeep and Manjeet Kaur to win the women’s 4x400m relay gold at both the CWG and the Asiad.Incidentally, it was India’s third consecutive gold medal in the relay at the continental extravaganza.If this was not enough, she bagged the yellow metal in the 400m hurdles too.”The reception when I returned home was just seen to be believed. I have heard people burst into tears when I won,” she said.”This will motivate me to work even harder in the future and encourage more youngsters, especially those from a rural background like me, to take up sport as a career.” Ashwini was delighted with her interaction with the President.”She was very gracious and I am very happy to have got the opportunity to interact with her. She had a look at my two gold medals as well,” she said.advertisementAshwini was considered a relay specialist for a long time before she paid more attention to the 400m hurdles, and the results are obvious.She had clocked 59.49 seconds in the event at the Delhi CWG and failed to make it to the final. A month later in Guangzhou, she surprised everyone by registering a personal best timing of 56.15 seconds to win the gold medal – an improvement of over three seconds.”I did not take the 400m hurdles too seriously till about a month ago when I started working seriously on the event,” she said.”The competition at the Asian Games was very tough but my coach – Yuri Vogordonik from Russia – had full faith in me which gave me great confidence. He has helped me in my physical as well as mental conditioning. I cherish this gold medal a lot. I had certain technical faults in my running style in the hurdles, which I worked on. That has resulted in the significant improvement in my timings.” She has been an integral part of the 4x400m relay team for which she runs the third leg.”There is a lot of team spirit within the group which pushes the girls to do better.” And she does not plan to stop improving any time soon.”I still have a lot of clearance while crossing the hurdles and I need to work on this and other technical deficiencies,” Ashwini observed.”My next aim is doing well at the 2012 London Olympics and I want to be at my best then.In 2011, we have the Nationals, the various Grand Prix and the Asian championships and I will focus on them.” As of now, the felicitations and celebrations are taking most of her time.”I fact, I have not done any training for the last several days,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Australia captain Steve Waugh says national selectors are “in a quandary” over their team’s form slump and may be best to give incumbent players the chance to redeem themselves the Ashes series against England.Waugh was a member of the last Australian team to lose an Ashes series on home soil, 23 years ago, and said it will be difficult for the present lineup to swing the momentum of the current series after England took a 1-0 lead.He said while it would not be easy for Australia to come back from its demoralizing innings and 71-run loss to England in the second test at Adelaide, stable selection might eventually work in its favor.”I don’t know what the selectors are going to do, because they have chopped and changed I think probably too much in the last 12 months,” Waugh said.”You just look at the bowling. They’ve got through so many bowlers…Clint McKay, Peter George, then we’ve got (Ben) Hilfenhaus and (Mitchell) Johnson. Where do you go if you’ve just discarded these guys?” he added.Waugh said the best policy may be to back current players to recover their best form.”This is a situation similar to back in ’85-’86 when the selectors sat down and thought, ‘this is a group of cricketers we’re going to stick with through thick and thin and let’s back them,'” he said. “They are almost at the point now where they’ve got to identify players and say ‘righto, we’re going to stick with them.'”advertisementWaugh averaged 58 runs per innings in tests against England, losing only eight of the 48 Ashes matches he played. He said Australia was used to “doing a demolition job” on the English but now had to adjust to a situation in which England held the upper hand.”It’s going to be difficult. It’s almost like the shoe is on the other foot, we’ve reversed roles,” Waugh said. “… I know how hard England found it to come back from that situation, so it won’t be easy for Australia to come back.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ignored Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria while announcing the 2011 World Cup preliminary squad on Tuesday.However, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal’s name figures in the 30-member probable list.The PCB released the initial squad for the World Cup after a nearly three-hour meeting of the national selection committee. “Apparently these two players were not able to satisfy the cricket board’s integrity committee about their recent activities but Kamran managed to win the confidence of the Board back by submitting all relevant documents the integrity committee asked for,” one PCB source said.As expected the squad does not include players who were involved in the spot-fixing scandal – Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt. The trio are being examined by an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal formed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).Kamran, Malik, Kaneira and Rana Naved too are under the ICC scanner and the PCB had sought a deadline of January 5 from the ICC to finalise their preliminary squad because of the ongoing inquiry.Rana was also apparently found not guilty of any links with bookmakers and has been included in the preliminary squad. The squad also includes some new faces.The probables: Shahid Afridi, Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Ali, Umar Akmal, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Abdul Rehman, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Salman Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Taufiq Umar, Zulfiqar Babar, Rana Naved, Yasir Arafat, Yasir Shah, Aizaz Cheema and Naved Yasin.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_imgThe Indian hockey team is on the last leg of its Olympic preparation. After a two-match test series in France, the squad is now in Spain, where they have faced the hosts and South Africa.With little over a fortnight left for the London Games, these matches assume added significance as they help the coaching staff ascertain the players’ form and also hasten the acclimatisation process.After two comprehensive victories against France at Lille, the team travelled to Spain and the matches against the hosts and South Africa were tougher, as expected.India drew 3-3 with Spain in the first match and then went down 1-2 to them in the next game. In the next match against the South Africans, India prevailed 6-5 in a thriller.Chief coach Michael Nobbs is happy that the team is getting some tough competition in the lead-up to the Olympics.”The matches are tougher but we are improving all the time. We have adapted well to the better game styles,” Nobbs told Mail Today from La Albericia in Cantabria on Tuesday.The experience of playing against Spain and South Africa will hold India in good stead when they take on the tougher teams in London.”They’re both good teams but I feel that teams in this Olympics are all extremely well prepared and of a very high standard,” the Aussie said.India find themselves in a pool with defending champions Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Belgium and New Zealand.The large number of goals India conceded and the relative lack of success with penalty corners reflected the tough time India had against Spain and South Africa. But Nobbs did not seem too perturbed.advertisement”We are still experimenting with combinations and patterns that we will use at the Olympics and will finalise this before the last games against Great Britain and Spain,” he said.In the three matches in Spain, India have scored just one goal via a penalty corner, which is considered their strength.”It is just adjusting to different conditions here and we have been concentrating on field goal conversions as getting them has been a problem. We have been missing too many chances,” the coach said.With only a handful of matches left before the Olympics, the players are keen to impress the coaching staff. It is quite a task to give all of them enough game time to stake their claim.The squad for the France and Spain tour has 22 members, four of whom will return home before the team checks into the Games Village in London.”We started by giving all 22 players a chance, but gradually have been reducing the players to the core Olympic squad,” Nobbs said.The Olympic matches at London’s Riverbank Arena will be played on a blue turf with yellow Kookaburra balls. The upcoming tri-series with Spain and Great Britain will give India another opportunity to get used to them.”The players are happy with the yellow balls and the blue turfs we have played on so far, but the turf in London is different from all of these,” Nobbs said.But the weather has not made things easy for the Indians.”They say it is summer but with the weather we have been experiencing, I am confused about what constitutes summer. It’s wet and cool here all the time and looking at the weather in London. It’s even colder and wetter,” the Australian said.last_img read more