Journalists in the Valley took out a protest march here against the continued suspension of internet services which completed 100 days on Tuesday since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.Scores of journalists working with different media organisations assembled at the Kashmir Press Club here and took out a protest march against the snapping of internet services in the Valley on the night of August 4, hours before the Centre revoked the state’s special status under Article 370 and abrogated it into two Union Territories.The journalists demanded immediate restoration of the services to facilitate the media persons to discharge their professional duties.“We took out the protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now. Internet is a basic took for journalists to discharge their professional duties and we demand its immediate restoration,” senior journalist Pervez Bukhari told reporters after the protest.The Centre’s August 5 decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley even as authorities imposed severe restrictions, including on communication, which were later gradually eased out.Postpaid mobile services on all networks were restored in the Valley on October 14, 72 days after they were snapped.However, pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5.The government has set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here for journalists to discharge their professional duties. But the media persons complain that it has not enough computers and they have to wait for hours for their turn.
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Durant helps Warriors pull away over Nuggets Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “The head butt really impaired my vision and it led to me walking into some stupid shots,” Lipinets said.Shawn Porter pummeled Adrian Granados for most of 12 rounds in a lopsided fight. There were more clinches in the first round of that fight than in the entire Lipinets-Kondo matchup.Porter is in line for another welterweight championship opportunity; he held the IBF crown in 2013-14. He improved to 28-2-1 in a bout that had little style, but plenty of action. The judges all had it 117-111 for Porter.“He gave me a little trouble here and there,” said Porter, who wants a rematch with WBA champ Keith Thurman, who beat him at Barclays Center last year. “I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me and by the 10th round I just couldn’t throw it anymore.”Granados is now 18-6-2.In what was billed a heavyweight eliminator, Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs) stopped Eric Molina after eight rounds. Molina, exhausted after taking a battering in the eighth, had his arms hanging over the ropes when the round ended. A ringside doctor then stopped it.Molina (26-5) previously has lost to both Wilder and to WBA-IBF champion Anthony Joshua. Breazeale also has lost to Joshua.“Deontay is who I want to face,” Breazeale said. Already, Wilder was celebrating, but Stiverne got up. Unwisely, it turned out, because another big right as part of a flurry of punches sent the 38-year-old challenger back down.At that point, Wilder climbed atop the ropes in a neutral corner, shouting at Stiverne’s trainer to end things.When they didn’t, another right and then a mammoth left hook sent down the challenger for the final time with his “Alabama Slammer.”“One champion, one face, one name, he goes by Deontay Wilder,” the WBC champ said.Wilder won the belt from Stiverne in 2015 in a 12-round decision. He repeatedly insisted Stiverne would go down and out early in this one.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A referee pulls Deontay Wilder away from Bermane Stiverne after Wilder knocked out Stiverne during the WBC Heavyweight World Championship fight. APNEW YORK (AP) — When Deontay Wilder finally took off the gold mask he wore into the ring, he displayed a fierce scowl.That look never disappeared from his face as he knocked out the only man who’d ever gone the distance with him.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Wilder kept his word.He is 39-0 with 38 knockouts.Wilder now can set his sights on something he has been promising throughout 2017: unifying the heavyweight belts. He wants England’s Anthony Joshua, the WBA/IBF champ, sometime next year, and was busy issuing challenges after disposing of Stiverne.“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” he said. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?“I know I’m the champion, I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?”This was Wilder’s sixth defense, and his most ferocious. Stiverne, who last fought on Nov. 14, 2015, outpointing Derric Rossy, never had a chance. He was a substitute for Jose Ortiz, who failed a drug test.Stiverne did not land a punch and never should have bothered showing up.Earlier, Sergey Lipinets won a unanimous decision over Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title, a decision that was lustily booed by the crowd of 10,924 at Barclays Center.In a bout featuring lots of action but lots of missed punches, the 28-year-old Lipinets of Kazakhstan won despite dealing with a cut on the forehead that bled for the final six rounds. He won 118-111 on one judge’s card and 117-111 on two others even though Kondo, fighting outside of his native Japan for the first time, carried much of the action in the second half of the bout.The AP scored it 115-113 for Lipinets, who is 13-0. Kondo fell to 29-7-1, losing for the first time in nine fights. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Wilder sent Bermane Stiverne to the canvas three times in the opening round to defend his WBC heavyweight title Saturday (Sunday Manila time) at Barclays Center.“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s been crazy . so many guys using PEDs,” Wilder said. “I just want to prove that I am the best. I know I am the best, but I wanna prove I am the best.”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 shutoutThere wasn’t much question of that in the Showtime card that ended in spectacular fashion.The 32-year-old Wilder jabbed through much of the first round while Stiverne, who hadn’t fought in two years, moved slowly and cautiously around the ring. Suddenly, Wilder lashed out with a huge right that felled Stiverne (25-3-1). LATEST STORIES View comments
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PBA IMAGESChris Ross isn’t one for excuses after San Miguel dropped its second loss in its last three outings in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We just got to play better,” he said, moments after his side suffered a shock 96-106 defeat to Blackwater on Friday. “Every game’s close, so we just got to play better.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments With the Elite on fire from distance for the entirety of the game going 13-of-25 from three, the famed Beermen starters failed to find a spark and suffered the upset to fall for only the second time in eight games.Ross finished the game with a near triple-double effort with his 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOf course, part of those struggles root from the absence of Alex Cabagnot, who is still at the sidelines nursing a plantar fasciitis injury, as San Miguel scampers for an able replacement to fill up the absence of the veteran guard — a fact that Ross acknowledged.“We’re still trying to figure out ways to fill that void. We’ve had Brian (Heruela) do it in a game and Chico (Lanete) do it in a game. But we can’t just rely on one of those guys, it has to be a team effort,” he said. “Alex will be back soon, but we can’t wait on that. Injuries are part of the game and we just have to figure it out somehow, some way.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The loss, though, was shocking enough to trigger alarms given that these shortcomings happened late in the eliminations, a time where the Beermen should be fine-tuning their weaponry going into the quarterfinals.For Ross, that should pose as a legitimate challenge for the four-peat seeking squad.“We got to be ready for that challenge because we’re going to get everyone’s best punch every night out and we just got to prepare for that,” he said.And that should start as soon as next Saturday in Batangas when San Miguel takes on Alaska in a surefire intense duel between two of the current league leaders.“They’re the hottest team in the league right now and we got a week to get prepared, rest our bodies, and get ready for them because that’s going to be a battle,” he said. “We got to find a way to just play better. We know teams aren’t just going to lay down just because we’re the three-time champions.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Alvarez grateful for coach’s trust in career season for JRU
Pocari head coach Rommel Abella said their championship form all boiled down to the team’s composure.“It was all about the team’s composure, I remind them every time I call a timeout that they need to be composed and focused at the game at hand,” said Abella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Water Defenders’ last gasp on life were their three straight points late in the fourth set to cut the Lady Warriors’ lead to 23-18, but Michelle Keddy would quell Bali Pure’s futile attempt to a comeback to put Pocari at match point, 24-18.Pocari Sweat celebrates another PVL title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“Even when Bali Pure scored three straight points, I wasn’t worried that we would lose,” said Abella. “What I was worried about was that they could cut the lead and the momentum would swing to their favor.” LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Krystal Rivers, who played her first game with Pocari in the first match of the finals, was magnificent for the Lady Warriors as she put up a game-high 27 points while Finals MVP Myla Pablo added 16 points.Michelle Strizak, who was named the Conference’s Best Import, had 10 points to aid the Lady Warriors in their championship quest.Jeng Bualee and Jennifer Keddy led Bali Pure with 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Young, full of potential’ Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 team heads to France Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Water Defenders, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, in the deciding Game 3.Jessey De Leon rose up for the final hit of the conference and gave Pocari its third straight title in in the tournament formerly known as Shakey’s V-League after conquering last year’s Reinforced and Open conferences.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pocari drops Bali Pure to win another PVL title2.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage
MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Members of the ground staff work on the baseline after play finished on center court on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Bothered by what he called a “hole” at Centre Court, Novak Djokovic complained about the condition of the grass at Wimbledon on Tuesday.Djokovic, who defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round, said the courts are among the worst he’s played on in his 13 years at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “He wanted me to show him, so I showed him,” Djokovic said at a news conference. “His reaction wasn’t that great.”Mannarino, who had not played on Centre Court until he faced Djokovic, said his only concern about the surface was that he had to make sure he didn’t slip during the match.“To me, the Centre Court (was) really good, actually,” Mannarino said. “Maybe he was complaining a little bit, but compared to the other courts I’ve been playing on before, it was good.”Tuesday was the first day persistent rain moved over southwest London since Wimbledon started. Because of the dry conditions, the 18 courts saw nearly uninterrupted play over the first seven days of the tournament, which led to consistent wear.Neil Stubley, the club’s head of courts and horticulture, said on Saturday that the measurements his staff had taken over the first week of play showed that the grass was considered to be healthy and within the acceptable standards of use.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pacquiao: Until passion is gone, I’ll continue to fight El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments He also expressed confidence that the surface at Centre Court would be able to hold up over the second week.Simona Halep, whose quarterfinal loss to Johanna Konta was the third match on Centre Court on Tuesday, said she didn’t notice the hole Djokovic had mentioned.And Djokovic said the issue wasn’t one of safety as much as it was about fair play.“Grass is probably the most demanding and complex surface for maintenance,” he said. “The more you play on it, the worse it actually gets, unfortunately.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending 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 “(The) courts, honestly, are not that great this year and many players feel the same, but it is what it is,” Djokovic said in a television interview after his match ended. “I’m sure they’re trying their best, but I’ve played on better courts.”Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion and 12-time Grand Slam winner, initially expressed his disappointment with the court condition following a third-round victory over Ernests Gulbis on Saturday.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 starsOn Tuesday, playing with the roof closed, Djokovic could be seen after points picking up or kicking away small portions of grass that had loosened up on the baseline.The second-seeded Serb lodged his disappointment with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes during the match and pointed out the issue afterward.
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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments FILE – This a Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 file photo of AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu as he poses for picture with referees in the ring after the final matches at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The embattled governing body of Olympic boxing has picked Russia to host the 2019 men’s world championships, amid reports of a no-confidence vote against President Ching-Kuo Wu. The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, says its executive committee chose Sochi to host the two-yearly event. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)MOSCOW — The embattled governing body of Olympic boxing has picked Russia to host the 2019 men’s world championships, amid reports of a no-confidence vote against President Ching-Kuo Wu over concerns about the Switzerland-based body’s finances.The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, said its executive committee chose 2014 Winter Games host city Sochi to stage the biennial event. The 2017 edition opens Aug. 25 in Hamburg, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ AIBA said a statement would be made later Tuesday.Wu and AIBA have repeatedly denied claims of a potential financial crisis for the organization due to investors wanting to call in sums of several millions of dollars.In other hosting decisions Monday, AIBA awarded both the 2021 men’s world championships and 2018 women’s championships to New Delhi, India. The 2019 women’s worlds will be staged in Trabzon, Turkey.ADVERTISEMENT Marcelino twins get the job done against Salado LATEST STORIES MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo AIBA’s ruling committee, meeting Monday in Moscow, also picked the Russian capital to host its 2018 congress of member federations.An AIBA statement on the hosting decision did not mention a reported rebellion against Wu.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 starsThe New York Times said a 12-2 vote was passed Monday against Wu, who has led AIBA for 11 years.The Taiwanese official is also a longstanding International Olympic Committee member who has sat on its executive board since 2012. He was one of six candidates in the IOC presidential election in 2013. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant
LYCEUM 96 – Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90 – Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lyceum lost hold of its 17-point lead, 71-54 in the third quarter as Laurenz Victoria and Leo Gabo willed Mapua to get to as close as six late in the game.Robinson said that it’s something his team needs to work on as the Pirates gear up for tougher foes ahead.“That’s the challenge for us. If we want to stay on top, there’s a lot of responsibilities that come with it. We’re the barometer. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for us that any team can beat us if we let our guards down,” he said.Gabo paced Mapua (1-9) with 21 points and five assists, while Christian Buñag had 18 markers and 14 rebounds in the loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments 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’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Africa champion Cameroon misses out on World Cup Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 markers, six boards, and two dimes.MJ Ayaay and Ralph Tansingco both chimed in 10 points apiece in Lyceum’s 10th straight win.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 openingCoach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his side reacted to the Cardinals’ challenge, as the cellar dwellers gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“I guess we didn’t play our usual game. We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us. Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well for us,” the youthful mentor said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak to the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
The corruption scandal that has rocked international cricket is finding an echo in India as well with out-of-favour pacer Irfan Pathan on Friday claiming that he was sent expensive gifts by a “stranger”, suspected to be a bookie, during a series.Although he did not disclose when exactly the incident happened and which team he was playing against at that time, Pathan said expensive gifts were sent to his hotel room during the series and he reported the matter to the team manager.”I was in a team hotel when a stranger approached me. He sent three expensive gifts to my room. He later sent me two more expensive gifts, things I couldn’t afford,” the 25-year-old, whose last Test appearance for India was in April 2008 against South Africa, told an English news channel.”I thought it was wrong as I didn’t know this person. I reported to the team manager who then alerted the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Officer,” he recalled.The pacer, whose career has been hit by injuries and a slump in form, was last seen in an ODI for India in February 2009 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.Pathan said he never saw the “stranger” again and is proud to have reported the matter to the concerned authorities promptly.”I haven’t seen the stranger since then. I think I have done the right thing and I am proud of it. As a player you are expected to report any such thing as per the code of conduct,” he said.advertisementHis disclosures come amid the raging spot-fixing controversy which has led to the suspension of the Pakistani trio of Test skipper Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.The three players were provisionally suspended by the ICC for allegedly conspiring to bowl no balls to order during the Lord’s Test against England last month.
Pakistan’s suspended Test captain and opener Salman Butt says he is confident of having his name cleared in the spot-fixing scandal that shook international cricket.Butt told mediapersons at the National Cricket Academy yesterday that he was looking forward to the appeal hearing being held by the ICC at Doha on October 30 and 31.Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif were suspended by the ICC in the first week of September while in England.Their suspensions came after the ‘News of the World’ tabloid broke a story claiming that the agent for the three players, Mazhar Majeed, had on video confessed that he had paid bribes to the trio to do spot-fixing in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.The trio have appealed against their suspensions and the ICC has now scheduled their hearings in Doha under the supervision of Michael Beloff QC.While the ICC is carrying out its appeal process, the three players continued to be under investigation by the Scotland Yard for alleged spot fixing and conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.The 26-year-old Butt, who has played 33 Tests and 78 ODIs, claimed the allegations had disturbed him and his family.”But I am ready to fight on and I am confident of positive result at the hearing,” he added.”Everything was going well when this happened and it was very disturbing and disappointing. But it has also been big lesson for me,” he said.”It has taught me a lot about how to deal with the people around you and how to be aware of the people around you.It has made me realize to differentiate between friends and foes.”advertisementThe opener, who led Pakistan in the Tests in England including two victories over Australia and England before the spot fixing allegations broke out, said he had not given up and was continuing his daily training and practice sessions at the national academy.”I keep on doing my training and practice for two hours daily. Because I want to remain in touch.”Butt didn’t rule out the possibility of getting a chance to play against South Africa in the UAE next month.”I am working hard and doing my bit. The conditions in Lahore and the UAE are the same so I am preparing hard on playing spin,” he said.Meanwhile, the lawyers for Butt and Aamir confirmed on that they had received the charge sheets and all related material and documents from the ICC for the appeal hearing.”We have got details of the charges against the players but it is strictly confidential and we are not allowed to discuss it publicly,” Butt’s lawyer, Aftab Gul said.With inputs from PTI
Deccan Chargers shocked title contenders Mumbai Indians beating them by 10 runs in an IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Score | PhotosThe Chargers defended a modest score of 135 for six restricting the home team to 125 for eight in 20 overs. This was the second successive defeat for Mumbai who remain on 16 points while Deccan now have eight points from 12 matches.It was the expensive 20th over bowled by Munaf Patel that changed the complexion of the match. The India speedster gave away 23 runs which included a six hit by Shikhar Dhawan (27 not out 18 balls, 2×4, 1×6) and four consecutive boundaries hit by Man of the match Amit Mishra (18 not out, 6 balls, 4×4 and 1/18 from 4 overs).The final over also saw an ugly altercatyion between Munaf and Mishra after the latter was hit for boundaries. Both hurled choicest expletives at each other and it required the intervention from umpires to stop things from getting uglier.From 112 for six in 19th over, the Chargers moved to 135 for six.On a track that offered big turn to the spinners, Mumbai Indians batsmen including skipper Sachin Tendulkar (37, 42 balls, 3×4) were not in their element as they played as many as 60-odd dot balls.After part-time spinner Jean-Paul Duminy got rid off Aiden Blizzard cheaply, Ishant Sharma celebrated his return to the Indian ODI team dismissing the in-form Ambati Rayudu (2) and the dangerous IPL specialist Rohit Sharma (4).Losing three quick wickets with only 25 on board, Mumbai couldn’t really recover on a pitch where strokemaking was difficult.advertisementIf Ishant provided breakthroughs up the order, little-known Madhya Pradesh medium pacer Anand Rajan removed T Suman (14) and Tendulkar and Kieron Pollard (24, 13 balls, 3×4, 1×6) to return with figures of three for 27 from four overs.Pollard and Harbhajan Singh (17 not out) tried their best but it was a tall-order after the top-order put up a lousy show.Hyderabad inningsChoosing to bat first after winning the toss, Chargers got off to a poor start after Lasith Malinga castled opener Michael Lumb off the second ball for a duck. The wooden spooners in the competition never really got the momentum back.Sunny Sohal (20 in 22 balls) and captain Kumar Sangakkara (27 in 28 balls) added 39 runs for the second wicket in 7 overs but the Chargers lost three wickets for 24 runs in the middle overs and could never step on the pedal.Dan Christian (18 in 23 balls) and Dhawan, surprisingly coming lower down the order, added 28 runs for the sixth wicket. But it was the 30 runs that Mishra and Dhawan added in only 1.4 overs gave the total a semblance of respectability.For Mumbai Indians, Dhawal Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers grabbing three for 26 while Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard also got a scalp apiece. Munaf, who had taken five wickets in the previous game, went wicket-less while giving away 37 runs.The Chargers had a dismal beginning when the left handed Lumb, playing his first game, was bowled neck and crop for a duck by Malinga off the second ball he faced when trying an ill-advised heave.Sohal, who opened with Lumb, showed his aggressive intent by swinging Munaf Patel for a six over mid wicket in the second over but overall the Mumbai bowling attack kept the rival batsmen under wraps with the first six over yielding only 32 runs.Skipper Sangakkara, the Chargers mainstay in batting and their highest run-getter, looked in good touch as he effortlessly lofted Harbhajan Singh for a straight six with perfect timing and then smacked Dhawal Kulkarni over the medium pacer’s head for a four.But Kulkarni exacted revenge soon by dismissing the rival team’s captain, Kieron Pollard again bringing off a superb catch by running backwards at cover point to make Chargers 39 for two.The 50 came up in the 9th over but with the run-rate not up to the mark Sohal departed in trying to up the pace caught by Andrew Symonds in Pollard’s first over.The under-performing Jean-Paul Duminy started encouragingly by cutting Harbhajan Singh for a four before he was deceived by a sharp turning ball from the off-spinner and was stumped to leave Chargers at a difficult 58 for 4 in the 11th over.The next three overs, with Malinga back into the attack, produced just 18 runs and with the scoring rate not up to the desired levels, Bharat Chipli tried to get after Kulkarni and paid the penalty by mistiming a pull-shot and was caught by Suman at short mid wicket.At 77 for 5 with only the last few overs remaining, the Chargers were looking headed to a score well short of the desired level on what appeared to be a good track.advertisementThey added 53 runs in the last five overs to give their bowlers a decent chance of defending.-With PTI inputs
The tourism ministry is preparing a plan to set up 20 mega tourism parks across the country. It has already appointed a consultant to study the business model for setting up these parks, their locations and likely public-private partnerships.These self-contained parks will house hotels, food courts, adventure sports, entertainment avenues, convention centres and small markets.Under the proposed model, each tourism park will require 50 acres of land.An official said the idea behind these parks was to prolong the stay of a tourist, particularly from abroad, in a particular destination and provide them with all avenues for entertainment.Similar parks flourish in Singapore and the US, holidaying destinations popular with Indian tourists.The ministry will prepare a blueprint for setting up these parks and make funds available to the state governments, which will be the executing agencies. The government may have to provide land and related infrastructure, while investments will be made by private players.As international tourists are slowly returning to India after the global economic slowdown and Mumbai attacks, the government hopes to create better and hi-end facilities to hold their attention.
BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was recently elevated as deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and is also the party’s general secretary, has offered to quit one of the posts.Sources said Prasad has informed party president Nitin Gadkari that as he is already the BJP’s general secretary and chief spokesperson, he is ready to relinquish charge of one. The matter is now in Gadkari’s court.
She is over the moon after becoming the first Indian woman boxer to clinch an Olympic medal but bronze is not the colour for M C Mary Kom, who feels she could have finished higher on the podium had it not been for the “confusion” that gripped her during the semifinals.’Magnificent Mary’ as she is called by the International Boxing Association, was the lone Indian in fray when women’s boxing made its Olympic debut in the just-concluded London Games.Top 10 memorable moments from London OlympicsThe five-time world champion ensured a piece of history for herself and the country by fetching a bronze in the flyweight 51kg division. But for someone who is more used to finishing at the top, bronze was less than satisfactory.”I am very happy to be the first Indian woman boxer to get a bronze medal but I am sad that I could not convert it into gold. I don’t know what happened during my semifinal bout. My body was not moving the way I would have liked and I felt as if I could not do anything. I was very much confused,” the 29-year-old, who returned to the country to a rousing reception early this morning, told PTI in an interview.Video: Mary Kom gets a rousing welcomeHundreds of cheering fans welcomed Mary Kom at the airport, breaking into an impromptu jig in which the boxer also participated. She was accompanied by her husband Onler Kom and her mother Akham Kom.Mary Kom lost 6-11 to England’s two-time world champion Nicola Adams in the semifinals and reflecting on the bout, the diminutive Manipuri was at a loss of words to explain what went wrong.advertisement”I never get nervous before bouts but that day I don’t know what was happening to me. I can’t even explain it. I was not attacking as much and may be it was the crowd also which was cheering Nicola. I generally don’t get affected by how the crowd is behaving but probably in the semifinals, it affected me,” she recalled.The Indian conceded that Adams had the bout but was not quite convinced by the scoreline which she felt was narrower than what the record books show.”I don’t think it was that big a margin even though I admit that Nicola won it. At best, it could have been a difference of 2-3 points but certainly not 6-11. Even though my body was not moving that well, I think I hit her hard and I should not have lost by that margin,” she insisted.”I don’t think she hit me so many clear punches, hers was a touch-and-go game. I had already fought my toughest bout of the competition in the first round itself,” she said.The mother-of-twins was nevertheless happy that she returned to the country with a medal around her neck.”I think I have achieved everything that I dreamt of. Of course I wanted a gold medal at the Olympics but I am happy with the bronze too because I am the first Indian woman boxer to get it,” she laughed.However, realisation of all her dreams does not mean that Mary Kom is thinking of hanging up her gloves just yet.”I am planning to continue till the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t know if my body will allow this to happen but if it does, then I would surely try to get a gold there,” she said.Asked to compare her five world titles with the Olympic bronze, Mary Kom emphatically said that nothing can beat the thrill of being there on the podium at the biggest sporting show on earth.”This Olympic bronze is very, very special for me. Of course the world titles also mean a lot but an Olympic medal is at an altogether different level for every athlete in the world. It is the highest honour,” she explained.”It is a perfect climax to all the hardships that I have gone through during my life. God has been kind to me,” said the boxer, reflecting on a 12-year career during which she changed three weight categories since debuting in 45kg.
In the case of tennis, the popularity of the game in the metros, coupled with the success of Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Somdev Devvarman has ensured a steady flow of young hopefuls taking up the game. The hosting of the CWG meant a massive makeover of the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in the Capital. The stadium has 14 fields of play and the courts are utilised for approximately 10 hours.Nearly 500-600 youngsters practice every day and after the CWG, more than 20 tournaments, including Challengers and Nationals have been held here. The ‘Come and Play’ scheme of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will also be implemented and 50 children have already been shortlisted for the programme. But the going has not been smooth for the stadium authorities as they do not get any funding from the government for the maintenance, and getting sponsors for the ITF tournaments is also an uphill task.”The maintenance of the stadium entails a lot of money and we do face some teething problems. But with players from Iran and Nepal also utilising the facilities with our national teams , we somehow manage to keep things going,” said R. Chauhan, Executive Director – Development and Marketing, All India Tennis Association.He also stressed the importance of conducting more tournaments. “We should conduct more ITF and Challenger tournaments. But funds are an issue. We are planning to submit a plan to the government and apprise them of the benefits of more tournaments. Our players will immensely benefit from it and their rankings will also improve if they play more Challenger tournaments in home conditions,” he added.advertisement
Sebastian Vettel scorched his way to a comfortable victory from pole at the Indian Grand Prix while Force India earned four points through Nico Hulkenberg’s eighth-place finish here.Vettel faced no challenge whatsoever as the Red Bull driver led from start to finish to record his fourth win on the trot and extend his lead in the drivers’ championship to 13 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.Alonso, though, did his best to win the race, coming up from fifth position at start to overtake the two McLaren cars and then Mark Webber in the other Red Bull to take second position, keeping himself in the hunt for the drivers’ title.Fernando Alonso drove aggressively but could only climb up to second spot from a fifth-place start.Click here to Enlarge Vettel, though, was far ahead of the pack, dominating throughout the race — topping the timings in all FPs and the qualifying — and won on Sunday by a comprehensive margin of 9.4 seconds.Vettel, who was the defending champion here after winning the inaugural edition last year, now has 240 points, 13 more than Alonso with three races left in the season.”It has been incredible. To come here both years, get the pole and win the race is fantastic. It is a very special Grand Prix and I really like this circuit,” Vettel said after the win.Webber conceded his second position to Alonso but managed to finish third ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who was followed by teammate Jenson Button.Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren was unable to mount any serious challenge to the Red Bulls.Click here to Enlarge advertisementFelipe Massa was sixth in the second Ferrari, ahead of Kimi Raiokkonen, Hulkenbeg and teammate Romain Grosjean. Willams’ Bruno Senna took the last point available with 10th position.Home side Force India also bettered its result from two points last year to four this year, with Hulkenberg finishing eighth. The result helped Force India reduce the gap with Sauber to 23 points in the Constructors’ championship. India’s Narain Karthikeyan, who had brake problems early, finished 21st, down from 17th last year.Vettel is now the first driver since 1989 to lead every single lap in three consecutive races. The last man to do it was the legendary Ayrton Senna (at San Marino, Monaco and Mexican Grands Prix).When Vettel completed lap 42 of the 60-lap race, he surpassed Jim Clark on the all-time consecutive laps led list. Senna has the all-time record of leading 264 consecutive laps.Alonso, who had promised to attack, was aggressive as he straight away targeted the two McLarens ahead of him. He first passed Hamilton and then used the DRS in lap three to zip ahead of Button.”I never give up. We will never give up. We congratulate Red Bull but we want to be happy today. We were quite fast on the straight line. Today we have to thank the team for this speed. The track gave us some overtaking manoeuver”, Alonso said.Vettel though was cruising in his Red Bull and gradually increase the gap from Webber to three seconds. Mark Webber also put up a creditable show to take the third place in the action-packed race.”I had to work hard to be on the podium today in third. I enjoyed the race today. It was very difficult race. We had some problems on the car. A great Grand Prix. Lewis and Button gave me a hard time and without KERS it was a difficult time”, Webber said.The second Force India driver Paul di Resta finished 12th after starting from the 16th position.Former champion Michael Schumacher had the worst possible start as he suffered a rear-right tyre puncture after a contact with Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg had a close fight with Perez and on the long straights he past the Sauber driver in the DRS zone to move up to eighth.Perez also suffered a tyre puncture when he tried to ovetake Daniel Ricciardo at turn four in lap 19. He re-joined the race after changing the tyres but quit after two laps.Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen chased down Massa but ultimately could not get his way past the Brazilian. Alonso put Webber, who had KERS problem, under a lot of pressure and zoomed past him as the Australian was unable to defend in lap 48.DRIVERS’ STANDINGS (After Sunday’s race)Sebastian Vettel 240Fernando Alonso 227Kimi Raikkonen 173Mark Webber 167Lewis Hamilton 165Jenson Button 141Nico Rosberg 93Romain Grosjean 90Felipe Massa 89Sergio Perez 66Kamui Kobayashi 50Nico Hulkenberg 49Paul di Resta 44Michael Schumacher 43Pastor Maldonado 33Bruno Senna 26Jean-Eric Vergne 12Daniel Ricciardo 9Timo Glock 0Heikki Kovalainen 0Vitaly Petrov 0Jerome D’Ambrosio 0Charles Pic 0Narain Karthikeyan 0Pedro de la Rosa 0advertisement
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario come up big late as TNT topples San Miguel The Beermen were down 11 points, 100-89, in the final 4:06 with plenty of time for a comeback but what transpired until the final buzzer was a horror show that featured no offensive flow.San Miguel committed four turnovers while Jayson Castro scored on two absurd layups that gave the KaTropa a 104-89 lead with 1:31 remaining.“They stopped us and their shots just went in,” said Fajardo, who finished with 22 points and five rebounds. “We have to be better, we have to adjust and bounce back in our next game.”ADVERTISEMENT TNT soundly defeated the Beermen, 104-93, on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and although a 2-2 slate is still a respectable record a franchise like San Miguel frowns upon that kind of mediocrity.“Who would be happy if we lose?” said five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo in Filipino. “Still, that’s part of our progress and it’s a challenge for us to overcome this one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFajardo then showed the wallpaper on his phone that read “hard times ahead.”Instead of joining NorthPort in the third spot in the standings, and getting a third straight win, the Beermen find themselves in a three-way tie with the KaTropa and Columbian in fourth place after a loss that could’ve been prevented. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s prestige is taking major damage at the start of its most endearing conference, the PBA Philippine Cup.The Beermen own eight Philippine Cup titles, the most in league history, and are also seeking an unprecedented fifth straight crown, but their title defense is off to a rocky start as the mighty club split its first four games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Tyler Johnson scored 15 points for Miami, which got 14 from Justise Winslow and 13 apiece from Bam Adebayo and Wayne Ellington. The Heat shot 38 percent, including 12 of 42 from 3-point range.The Heat fell to 11-14 at home — and the Bulls, who snapped a four-game slide, moved to 7-20 on the road. Portis had 15 points in the fourth, while Miami’s entire roster managed 21 in the final 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBoth teams were without key pieces.Miami — which will be without Derrick Jones until mid-March at least and isn’t planning to have point guard Goran Dragic back until at least the All-Star break — held out Dwyane Wade with right knee soreness, with the belief that it isn’t terribly serious. Chicago was without Zach LaVine because of a sprained right ankle, making that determination after he tested it out and experienced pain before the game. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Celtics overcome Kyrie Irving’s absence to rout Hornets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) is fouled by Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Bobby Portis scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Wayne Selden added 20 and the Chicago Bulls ran away in the second half to beat the Miami Heat 105-89 on Wednesday night.Lauri Markkanen had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who finished January with a 2-13 record — the franchise’s second-worst mark ever in that month. Kris Dunn scored 14 and Robin Lopez added 13 for Chicago, which shot 51 percent.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Heat: Miami won the season series 2-1. The Heat have swept the Bulls only twice in 31 seasons. … Hassan Whiteside got a technical foul in the third quarter for pulling himself up on the rim after a dunk. He argued that Markkanen was in his landing vicinity, to no avail. … Josh Richardson scored 12 points.WADE DEALWade was announced Wednesday as an ambassador for BallerTV, a site streaming live amateur sports such as high school basketball. Wade — who has used it to follow his son’s games — said part of the appeal for him is that students do much of the announcing and camera-operating. “They get a chance to get a camera from BallerTV and go do this themselves. It helps youth get to their dreams. I liked that,” Wade said.BIG DIFFERENCEThe temperature at tip-off in Miami was 68 degrees, a bit cool for South Florida. Factor in the wind chill in polar-vortex-stricken Chicago, and the air there at game time felt like minus-34 — a mere 102-degree difference between the two cities.UP NEXTBulls: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.Heat: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. The Bulls led by 10 after the first quarter, took a two-point lead into halftime and then found themselves trailing by six early in the third. But they answered with an 18-5 run over the next five minutes, and led by three when Dion Waiters tried a 3-pointer with 1:38 left for the tie.It missed, and with that the Bulls were off and running.Chicago finished the quarter on a 7-0 run, taking a 78-68 lead into the fourth. Miami never got closer than seven again.TIP-INSBulls: Carmelo Anthony still appears on Chicago’s roster. The official reason for him not playing is listed as “trade pending.” … Chicago has reached 100 points in 14 consecutive games, the team’s longest streak since the 1991-92 season. … Selden added eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments
Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has invited job applications for the post of Food Safety Officer. Interested and eligible candidates have to apply before August 16, 2014.Vacancy details:Name of posts: Food Safety OfficerNumber of posts: 430 postsName of department: Food Safety and Drug Administration DepartmentPay Scale: Rs. 9,300 – Rs. 34,800 (Grade Pay Rs 4,200)Eligibility criteria:The candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in Food Technology or Dairy Technology or Biotechnology or Oil Technology or Agricultural Science or Veterinary Sciences or Bio-Chemistry or Microbiology or postgraduate degree in Chemistry or degree in Medicine from a recognised university, or any other equivalent/ recognised qualification notified by the Central Government. The age of the candidates has to be between 21 and 40 years.Application fee:General candidates: Rs 115Other Backward Class (OBC): Rs 115Scheduled Caste (SC): Rs 55Scheduled Tribe (ST): Rs 55Handicapped (PH): Rs 15The fee has to be paid through e-challan which can be deposited in State Bank of India or Punjab National Bank. Candidates can also make the payment through i-collect.How to apply:Interested and eligible candidates are required to apply online through the official website of the commission: http://uppsc.up.nic.in/View_Advertisement.aspx?ID=706&flag=HImportant dates:Opening date for registration: July 14, 2014Last date for receipt of examination fees in the bank: August 11, 2014Closing date for registration: August 16, 2014
In his manifesto, which was launched in Abu Dhabi, Al Romaithi offers a $10 million contribution to travel that could end the Champions League group stage being divided along western and eastern regions.Al Romaithi is a former commander in chief of the Abu Dhabi Police who previously led the UAE football federation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “The AFC has been very harsh and not treated everyone equally,” Al Romaithi told The Associated Press. “There is inequality in the treatment between the member associations. They listen to the strong MAs and don’t listen to the poorer MAs.”Sheikh Salman of Bahrain has led the confederation for six years but is yet to publicly discuss his plans for a new term. Saoud Al-Mohannadi, from 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, is a third candidate in the April 6 election.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAl Romaithi is pledging to give each of the AFC’s 47 member federations at least $2 million per year, including $500,000 mandated for the development of the women’s game. According to a single-page financial statement published by the AFC, $20 million was spent on member association development, education and financial assistance expenses in 2017.For the 23 countries who fail to qualify for the 24-team Asian Cup, Al Romaithi is pledging to launch a new Associations Cup with a $7.5 million prize fund. The Women’s Asian Cup would also be doubled to 16 teams. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments MOST READ Messi returns to Argentina’s national team for friendlies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem FILE – Qatar’s team celebrates after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)New and expanded competitions and more funds for member associations are being promised by Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi if he is elected president of the Asian Football Confederation.Al Romaithi, the chairman of the United Arab Emirates General Authority for Sports, is trying to unseat Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa in next month’s presidential election.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES