Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gilas Pilipinas wins tuneup after Jordan team walks out in 4th quarter Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES On a rainy Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium, Joven Bedic came off the bench to rifle home the equalizer as the Azkals salvaged a 1-1 draw with Thailand to stay on track for a place in the semifinals. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ The Philippines and Thailand played out a 1-1 draw after a late goal from Jovin Bedic earned the home side a share of the spoils! 👏 #AFFSuzukiCup18 #TimeToShine #PHIvTHA Match Report 👉 https://t.co/hD4GnUcaj4 pic.twitter.com/3kALX29e1q— AFF Suzuki Cup (@affsuzukicup) November 21, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBACOLOD CITY – The latest in the long line of talents hailing from the country’s football hotbed, Barotac Nuevo, delivered a goal that could prove crucial to the Philippines’ hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Bedic’s deflected effort in the 82nd minute canceled out an earlier strike from Supachai Jaided as the Philippines remained level with Thailand with seven points in Group B. Another point against Indonesia in Jakarta on Sunday will be enough for the Philippines to reach the next round.The Azkals came into the match looking to end a 46-year winless spell against the Thais. And although they did not walk away with the maximum points, the battling performance was enough to impress coach Sven Goran Eriksson. In truth, the Azkals could have gotten more from the match had they been more clinical on goal as Phil Younghusband and Patrick Reichelt missed good chances in the first half.“First of all I think we played very well 90 minutes,” said Eriksson. “We were the better team out there. A draw is okay but we could have won the game. I think we did very well against a good team.”Eriksson believes this type of performance should put the Azkals on their way to the semifinals.“If we play like this we should qualify for the semifinals,” said Eriksson. “I think this is a very good performance for us.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi: We’re serious about Coppa Italiaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio coach Simone Inzaghi says he’ll select a strong line-up for their Coppa Italia tie with Novara.Lazio meet Novara today in the round of 16.”Tomorrow’s match is going to be important and there is a place in the quarter-final up for grabs,” said Inzaghi.“We have always achieved good results in the Coppa Italia and want to continue that trend in the current campaign. The lads are in good shape and returned from vacation with a lot of motivation. We’ll put in a great performance, because our objective is to keep pushing hard in this tournament.“Over the last two years, we played in the Final and the semi-final. We know Novara are going to take this seriously and I want my team to take it seriously too, as we want to do well at all costs.”
TORONTO – Toys “R” Us Canada has initiated bankruptcy proceedings in an Ontario court a day after it filed for creditor protection in the U.S.The company said Tuesday its 82 stores across Canada, as well as its e-commerce sites will continue to operate as usual during its restructuring process under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.“The restructuring is intended to facilitate the continued success of our iconic brands; building a stronger company for our customers, business partners and team members,” Melanie Teed-Murch, president of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Canada said in a statement.The move comes at a critical time leading into the holiday season that is crucial to retailers’ bottom lines.The company has financing commitments to ensure normal operations throughout the CCAA proceedings, including stocking the hottest toys for the holidays and honouring all gift cards, warranties and returns, Teed-Murch said.“We are confident that this process will enable us to leverage Toys “R” Us’ existing strengths to succeed.”Toys “R” Us filed Chapter 11 documents late Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia.The company said its approximately 1,600 Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores around the world – the “vast majority of which are profitable” – and its web portals continue to operate as usual.The chain also said it had secured US$3 billion in financing to stay open while it restructures its outstanding debt and establishes a sustainable capital structure to invest in long-term growth.Toys “R” Us is the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to struggle amid growing competition from online merchants and changing consumer preferences, with Sears Canada filing for CCAA protection this past June.if Toys “R” Us had offered a better online offering “perhaps they could have avoided such fate,” said Ryerson University business professor Seung Hwan Lee.“A lot of physical stores and brick-and-mortar stores are struggling with this concept because Amazon is really taking over,” said Lee, an associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management.Meanwhile, children are increasingly gravitating towards digital toys rather than physical trinkets, he added.“There are consumer trends that are changing from both the parents’ side and the children’s side, and I don’t know if Toys “R” Us was innovative enough to adapt to that,” Lee said.This comes as Canadian retailer Mastermind Toys announced its continued expansion, with its 56th store opening in Orleans, Ont. on Tuesday. It said it plans to open four more stores across the country later this year, on top of the seven stores it had already launched in 2017.Lee says some brick-and-mortar retailers have been able to lure in customers by offering a more interactive experience in their stores.“Toys “R” Us, when you go in there, it looks exactly the same as, perhaps, 10, 20 years ago,” he said. “It’s aisles of toys, and you get to maybe try out some of the things, but there is nothing innovative about the physical store itself that draws people in.”Toys “R” Us Canada said Tuesday it is extending a “customer-centric store format that opened in Langley, British Columbia in July to a new store in Barrie, Ont. that will open in November. The format includes dedicated play areas, interactive stations for kid, mobile pay and Wi-Fi into the parking lot to make curbsite pick up easier.The company, which is headquartered in Wayne, N.J., and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide, says it is committed to working with its vendors to ensure inventory levels are maintained and products continue to be delivered.Toys “R” Us, a major force in toy retailing in the 1980s and early 1990s, started losing shoppers to discounters like Walmart and Target and then to Amazon. GlobalData Retail estimates that in 2016 about 13.7 per cent of toy sales were made online, up from 6.5 per cent five years ago.While toy sales overall have held up fairly well, they are shifting toward discounters and online companies. U.S. toy sales rose 6 per cent last year on top of a seven per cent increase in the prior year, says NPD Group Inc., a market research firm. That was the biggest increase since 1999 and was fuelled by several blockbuster movies.—With files from the Associated Press
Men’s Tennis falls in indoor championships The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the championship match in the ITA National Team Indoors after defeating No. 2 Virginia, 4-1, Sunday, but fell to No. 1 USC, 4-3, in the final match. The loss was the Buckeyes’ first of the season as their record drops to 12-1 overall. OSU returns home to face Kentucky for a match scheduled for Feb. 25. Baseball’s Dezse named Big Ten Player of the Week Ohio State sophomore first baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Dezse went 7-for-14 overall including a home run, five RBIs and four runs. In all three games Dezse had at least two hits as OSU won two out of the three contests. Many publications named Dezse a preseason first-team All-American. This is the third time in Dezse’s career that he’s been named the conference’s player of the week. The baseball team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a three-game series against No. 10 Georgia Tech this weekend. Spooner in contention for player of the year honors in women’s hockey Senior forward Natalie Spooner is one of 30 final candidates for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is given to the top player in women’s college ice hockey. Spooner helped lead the Buckeyes to a 16-14-4 regular season record while averaging 0.94 goals per game. Men’s Lacrosse upsets No. 5 Denver The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team beat Denver, 10-9, Sunday to bring their record to 3-0 on the season. Junior attackman Logan Schuss had five goals in the contest which helped him earn ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Schuss has had at least one point in every game of his collegiate career. He has totaled 15 points and 10 goals on the season, which brings him to 123 points in his career. That total makes him 20th in Ohio State history. Dean earns Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week honors Junior gymnast Colleen Dean was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week along with Nebraska freshman Jessie DeZiel Monday. Dean won first place in the all-around competition in a dual meet with Denver Saturday. The team combined for a program record 197.625 points. The team next competes at home against Penn State Saturday at 4 p.m.
Junior center Amir Williams (23) reaches up for a shot. OSU beat Illinois, 48-39, Feb. 15 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Courtesy of Brenton Tse / The Daily IlliniAs March approaches and college basketball teams look to build their résumés, perhaps the most important thing any team can have is a short memory.Just four days after having a three-game winning streak snapped at home by archrival No.15 Michigan, 70-60, the Ohio State Buckeyes got back to their winning ways against Illinois, beating the Fighting Illini, 48-39.Despite a tough first half where the Buckeyes trailed by as many as six points — including a three-point margin at halftime — No. 22 OSU (20-6, 7-6, fifth in the Big Ten) would manage to fight its way back in the second half.Five points from junior forward LaQuinton Ross — who finished the game with nine points — followed by a 3-pointer from senior guard Aaron Craft was enough for OSU to take a 28-25 lead with 15:14 remaining. The Buckeyes would never trail again.Although the Fighting Illini (14-12, 3-10) would cut the lead to one at 30-29 with 12:19 left, OSU would score the next 12 points and secure its 20th win of the season. It is the ninth consecutive season OSU has won at least 20 games.Despite not playing in the final 10:13 of the first half, Craft finished the game with a game-high 14 points.Freshman forward Marc Loving and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle would contribute for OSU off the bench, scoring eight and five points respectively.Illinois junior center Nnanna Egwu continued to hurt OSU on the glass, recording a career-high 13 rebounds on the night to go with six points.OSU’s 48 points were its lowest total of the season, but managed to hold Illinois to just 16 points in the second half. The 39 points by Illinois were the second fewest allowed by the Buckeyes this season, with only the 35 scored by Marquette Nov. 16 being less.Next up, OSU is scheduled to return to the Schottenstein Center for a matchup against Northwestern (12-13, 5-7, seventh in the Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, January 9, 2017 – Grand Turk sees cases of Zika virus surge as the Ministry of Health gives an update on recorded cases of the mosquito borne, sexually transmitted disease.Just days into the New Year, the public learned that there are eight new cases of Zika for the TCI, bringing the national total of on record cases to 24. Seven of those eight cases were found in Grand Turk; the Capital and the island which hosts major cruise liners and thousands of tourists per day. It is believed the rainy season is responsible in part for the new cases from October 14 through December 7, 2016.The ‘tip of the iceberg effect’ must be ever mindful, as Zika has the uniqueness of being asymptomatic, meaning some people do not even know that they have it, therefore the true number of cases will likely never be known in any society.Go to MagneticMediaTV.com for the tips and advice from the Ministry of Health on how to be Zika free. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: #MagneticNewsMedia#MorezikeforGrandTurk
A few days back, a mushy and cosy picture of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta had started doing the rounds. The duo seemed to be engaged in a candid banter, where Shloka was clicked teasing Akash as he hid his face with his hands.As per a report in Woman’s Era, the Ambanis had decided to gift an exquisite diamond set to Shloka Mehta as a wedding present. Nita Ambani wanted to gift something quite unique and special to Shloka and thus decided on buying a beautiful set made from the most attractive diamonds. The diamond set is rumoured to be quite a niche in its design and cut.Shloka is married to Akash Ambani. The wedding which took place on March 9 at the Jio Gardens, saw the crème-de-la-crème of society in full attendance. InstagramJust a few days ago, we had spotted the Ambani bahu – Shloka Mehta – sporting a no make-up look while coming back from London after watching the India – Pakistan match. And now, a new picture of Shloka, flaunting a yellow lehenga has gone viral.Shloka, the elder daughter-in-law of the Ambani family, is quite famous for her fashion sense and style statements. While people couldn’t stop praising her no make-up, fuss-free casual sweatshirt look while coming back to the country, it is her breath-taking look in an Anamika Khanna lehenga choli that has blown us over.Anamika Khanna shared the picture of Shloka wearing her lehenga on Instagram. Designed in hues of mustard yellow and orange, the lehenga and blouse had floral motifs and a thick border. Shloka complimented the look with kohl-eyes, nude lipstick, pearl maang-tikka with flowers and a bun. Netizens have complimented not just Shloka, but her fashion sense and the beautiful lehenga too.
People busy buying jewellery on “Akshaya Tritiya” in Nagpur, on April 28, 2017.IANSOn June 3, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will finalise the tax rate on gold, among four or five items that were left uncovered in the previous GST Council meeting on May 18-19. The jewellery industry is hopeful of a lower rate on gold even as it braces up for a higher rate. In an interview with International Business Times India edition, Pratap Kamath, CEO of Abaran Jewellers and founder-member of the All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (AIGJF) shares his views on the subject and the likely impact on the Rs 3 lakh crore trade. Edited excerpts:International Business Times (IBT): What would be the GST rate on gold?Pratap Kamath (PK): We have been requesting for 1.25 percent but the feeler that we are getting is that the government is looking at 4 percent.IBT: Did any delegation from AIGJF meet ministers or officials in this regard?PK: Yes, we had many meetings and we have one more scheduled…our (AIGJF) chairman Nitin Khandelwal will be meeting finance minister Arun Jaitley either on May 29 or 30. A meeting with the under-secretary in the finance ministry has also been scheduled.IBT: To make a case for 1.25 percent GST on gold?PK: Yes, that’s right.IBT: How hopeful are you?PK: We are very positive…the fact that the GST Council has kept a decision on gold pending till now is an indication…see at 1.25 percent, compliance will be high, which is what the government wants. If they fix the rate at 4 or 5 percent, compliance will be very low. As it is, the import duty on gold is very high, at 10 percent.IBT: How would gold prices trend post finalisation of GST rate?PK: I don’t think much… it would be in the range of 2 to 4 percent, up or down, depending on the rate.IBT: How do you think demand for physical gold has been impacted due to gold bond schemes?PK: It’s not significant but yes, of late, it is picking up.IBT: How do you foresee the initial days of post GST era for the trade?PK: There will be some disruption for the next few months as traders come to terms with compliance and other issues.IBT: How was the quarter (January-March 2017) gone by and the next two months?PK: Very bad for us…on an average, it was down 30 to 40 percent, YoY and even now, it has not picked up much. Demonetisation severely affected our business. There was a general sense of fear among buyers but we are hopeful that things would improve in the next few months.IBT: What’s your view on the Modi government’s performance in three years?PK: We are in a nascent stage…most decisions that have been taken are drastic…and of course, with all the good intentions. But the results will be felt only in the long term. Abaran Jewellers store in Bengaluru.YouTube
Bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by, the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards and Festival (META) is staging some exceptional plays in the Capital at LTG Auditorium and Kamani Auditorium. The Festival is on till March 26.Dhou… The Wave by the nominated in the Best Director, Best Innovative Sound Design, Best Stage Design, Best Costume Design, Best Choreography, Best Actor in Supporting Role(Female), Best Ensemble category was performed on March 23. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Produced by Purbaranga and directed by Gunakar Dev Goswami, Dhou, the wave is a powerful story of a lonely, wise old fisherman who conquers a magnificent fish, endures the heart breaking loss of it and rises gallantly above his defeat. Kaumudi, nominated in categories such as Best Director, Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male), Best Original Script, Best Ensemble was about a rite of passage. Kaumudi has been inspired by two texts: Anand’s Malayalam novel Vyasam Vigneswaram and Jorge Luis Borges’ essay Blindness. Using the ‘moonlit timeless night’ when Krishna delivers his sermon to Arjuna as its central trope, this play explores the dynamics between an estranged father-son duo who play Eklavya’s ghost and Abhimanyu respectively, in a theatre, in late 1960’s Allahabad. The father, Satyasheel, who is a great actor and has almost lost his sight, is at his final three performances. Thus son, Paritosh, who grew up with the void of not having a father by his side, has come to challenge not only the father but also his entire school of thought. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKaumudi is hinged on three central questions: Whose life is more valuable, an older or a younger person’s? Is personal ethic more important than public ethic? Does art have an unction, and do we make art or does art make us? It also holds up a mirror to it and questions theatre: Matthi, performed on March 24 is nominated in the Best Director, Best Stage Design, Best Light Design, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female), Best Original Script, Best Ensemble, Best Choreography categories. Produced by Malayalakalanilayam and directed by Jino Joseph the play travels through the Kerala during 1970 – 80s with its political, social and cultural rigor and people’s collective movements. It portrays its cultural deterioration with migrant labors and the shift in the ideology and social harmony. Another play screened on March 24 was Still and Still Moving at the Kamani Auditorium Time. Nominated for Best Director, Best Original Script, Best Actor in a lead Role (Male), Best Light Design, the play is produced by Tadpole Repertory and directed directed by Neel Chaudhari.Still and Still Moving is set in North Delhi and Gurgaon. It is the story of Partho, a reclusive writer in his forties, and Adil, a young college student. Their fractured love affair plays out across two poles of a changing metropolis, punctuated by observations on the interactions of men on the Delhi Metro.
Kolkata: All government hospitals and medical colleges in the city and the districts will soon implement online booking system for the Outpatient Departments (OPDs) to reduce the long queues which are often found inside the hospital premises.A centralised platform would soon be made functional so that patients from various parts of the state can visit the portal for booking tickets for the OPDs in any of the government hospitals and medical colleges. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to provide patients hassle-free treatment. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that a large number of patients from various parts of the state visit various OPDs in government hospitals on a regular basis. As a result, the patients often have to stand in long queues before getting a chance to consult a doctor. The online ticket booking system has already been introduced on an experimental basis at SSKM Hospital, where people can book their tickets by logging onto the Health department’s website www.wbhealth.gov.in before visiting the hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state Health department is now planning to introduce a new system, where ticket booking for all OPDs of government hospitals and medical colleges can be brought under one umbrella. According to Health department sources there will be separate windows inside the ticket-booking portal, which will address the different needs of patients across the state. According to a senior Health department official, the patients will be able to book their ticket seven days prior to the date of visit. They won’t have to pay any fees for availing the online service. But in case of a patient visiting the hospital OPD for booking a ticket, he/she has to pay Rs 2 for buying a ticket. There will be separate options for different hospitals and medical colleges. The patients will get to know the details about the doctors of a department as well. They will also be able to register their preferences while booking a ticket. The patients will have to get a printed copy of the ticket once they successfully complete the process online. At the time of hospital visit, the patients will have to submit the printed copy at the designated counters of the hospital.