Who Needs a Runway? Budget Airline Wants to Land in Sea, Fields

first_imgThe next sales pitch for one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines may turn out to be: No runway? No problem!SpiceJet Ltd., an Indian budget carrier that’s seen its stock zoom 10-fold in three years, wants to open up the third-biggest aviation market even more. That means targeting the billion Indians who’ve never flown before, either because they can’t afford it or because they don’t live near a functioning airport.The airline is in talks with Japan’s Setouchi Holdings Inc. to buy about 100 amphibious Kodiak planes that can land anywhere, including on water, gravel or in an open field. The deal, valued at about $400 million, would help SpiceJet capitalize on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious plan to connect the vast nation by air without waiting for billions of dollars in upgrades to colonial-era infrastructure.“Airports are in short supply in India,” SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh said. “Lots of the growth in India is happening in small markets, but those small markets have little or no connectivity. So we are looking for a solution where we can get flights to places where no airports exist.”While negotiations continue, Hiroshima-based Setouchi plans to conduct a demonstration water landing in November, said Go Okazaki, an executive managing director in the overseas business division. He couldn’t estimate when the deal would close.India’s airlines handled 100 million domestic passengers last year, making it the No. 3 market behind China and the U.S. To handle growth, India will need at least 2,100 new planes worth $290 billion in the next 20 years, Boeing Co. estimates.Modi unveiled a plan in 2015 to bring aviation to the remotest parts of the world’s seventh-biggest land mass. The government program subsidizes airfares while offering free landing and parking to airlines. Modi envisages domestic ticket sales quintupling in the next decade to half a billion units.About 97 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people have never been on an airplane, according to SpiceJet. But there’s a problem finding places to pick up and drop off those passengers.Only about 75 of the 450 areas designated by the Indian government as an airport or airstrip currently handle commercial flights. That exacerbates the stress on major airports in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, where hardly any landing slots are available.Infrastructure at most of those dormant airports — runways, control towers, terminals and maintenance sheds — has suffered decades of neglect, making the sites unusable.That’s where SpiceJet’s amphibious strategy comes in. The Kodiak aircraft, which can seat either 10 or 14 people, is capable of taking off or landing on a 300-meter strip of water or land, and has a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles.) That’s about the distance between Mumbai and Bengaluru.The sales agreement could be finalized in as soon as three months, SpiceJet said. The planes, made by Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft Co., could allow SpiceJet to land at as many as 300 of India’s currently unused airports, Okazaki said.“The basic logic for this is that in India, we need last-mile connectivity,” Singh said. “The amphibian plane opens up a lot of areas, creates a lot of flexibility.”They also would save a lot of time for Mihin Rosie, who regularly travels from her job in southern India to her hometown in the far eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Tibet and Myanmar.Rosie, 29, now flies from Bengaluru to Guwahati, takes a train to Ziro and then rides a bus or car to her family in Hapoli — an 18-hour expedition. Air service between Guwahati and Hapoli could save her 15 hours, she said.The Kodiak planes also could be deployed to tourist sites such as the western lake-town of Udaipur, where the airport is far away from the main city, Singh said.“High-end tourists use amphibious aircraft at exotic locations all over the world,” said Amber Dubey, a New Delhi-based partner and India head of aerospace and defense at KPMG. “There’s no reason why it can’t be successful in India.”Still, hurdles remain before SpiceJet can start scheduling amphibious flights.The government doesn’t allow single-engine aircraft to fly commercially because of safety concerns, and any airline trying to operate amphibious aircraft likely will face opposition from environmental groups, local communities and nongovernmental organizations, Dubey said.“We’ve taken this idea to the government, and the government seems to be very enthusiastic,” Singh said.India’s aviation regulators are studying whether to allow such planes into the commercial fleet and are reviewing a list of about 20 proposed landing sites, a government official said, asking not to be identified because of government rules. Decisions are likely by year’s end, the official said.India’s aviation secretary, R.N. Choubey, didn’t respond to a request for comment.Singh’s relentless optimism helped him bring SpiceJet back from the brink of extinction in 2014 after it defaulted on a $2.2 million fuel bill. Since then, shares have outperformed the Bloomberg World Airlines Index, pushing SpiceJet’s market valuation to 85.6 billion rupees ($1.3 billion).A potential deal with closely held Setouchi Holdings will cap a recent spending spree by SpiceJet. In September, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said it concluded a firm purchase agreement with SpiceJet for as many as 50 Q400 turboprop airliners, valued at $1.7 billion.The Gurgaon-based airline also began an order contest that month between Boeing and Airbus for wide-body aircraft, indicating it plans to offer discounted long-distance flights to markets including Europe, Singh told Bloomberg TV on Sept. 7.“Once local communities support seaplane operations and the benefits become visible, we may see seaplanes take off all over the vast Indian coastline,” Dubey said. “It’s a revolution waiting to happen.”© Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more





Grocery Shopping Goes Online

first_imgOnline grocery marketplaces are fast changing the habits and mindsets of Indians, especially the young urban professional, on what was once mundane into fun. Plus, no more scurrying around for parking space, small change or wading through dirty marketplaces.In the past year or so, India has seen a virtual mushrooming of online grocery portals, with some even promising free delivery on the same day, and attractive discounts and promotional offerings thrown in.“This was almost the last piece of the parcel that was left,” said 23-year old, Harvard-educated Pratik Jindal, chief executive of SRSGrocery.com, speaking about the online market. “The main reason behind grocery portals is: People are getting more tech-savvy,” Jindal said.Names such as Zip.in, SeaToHome.com, Grofers.com, AaramShop.com, LocalBanya.com, EkStop.com, BigBasket.com, AtMyDoorSteps.com, MyGrahak.com, ZopNow.com, Omart.in, RationHut.com and SeaToHome.com are just a handful of such stores that have set up shop — some with deliveries at multiple locations.Zip.in was started by New Jersey-based Kishore Ganji started in December 2014. “We ventured into this area as the food business in India is very large but fragmented as well. Our main operation is in Hyderabad. But now we have also started in Vizag,” Ganji said.The numbers and the growth potential also seem to add up in favor of such stores.According to the latest data released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, the online food delivery market saw an impressive 40-percent growth in 2014 and reached Rs.350 crores by the end of December.“The online grocery market garners six percent of the total online services pie,” according to an association release.It’s also not that big physical retailers or the small kirana shops in the neighborhood are scared. This is primarily because the online stores need them.“We already home-deliver goods to our customers in the locality, only that we take orders over the phone. If the big chains or online portals tieup with us, then I think that will help in our business,” Yadav Kumar, who runs a kirana store in Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, said.Even big retailers like Future Group, which owns Big Bazaar, are planning to go online soon. To converge its digital and physical channels, Big Bazaar has roped in SAP company Hybris, which helps transform businesses to meet the demands of the digital age.With Hybris solutions, it plans to give customers the flexibility to buy, pay and get things delivered anywhere. It had also launched Big Bazaar Direct, in which it is partnering with mom-and-pop shops and even individuals.With Bid Bazaar Direct, franchisees can sell both their own and Big Bazaar products, through a tablet provided to them. So far, nearly 700 franchisees have signed up.Globally, according to a Nielsen Global E-commerce and the New Retail Survey released a few months ago, a quarter of the respondents said they were already ordering groceries online for home delivery and more than half were willing to use it in the future.The majority of the 30,000 respondents in 60 countries felt physical shopping had its charm. But the study added: “Research also shows clicks do lead to bricks and this is an important take-away for retailers and manufacturers who must engage the consumer early on the path to purchase.”A study on online groceries done by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) also predicts strong growth. “The availability of multiple payment methodologies such as online banking, credit cards, debit cards, and cash-on-delivery have meant that it is convenient for urban Indian consumers to shop online while saving both time and money,” the study said.Navneet Singh, chief executive and co-founder of PepperTap, said that growth has been strong for his portal. “We are now present in 12 cities and will be present in 35 cities by year-end. It is a capital-efficient model. Logistics is provided by us,” he said.In January, Singh said, the company saw only 50 orders a day, which is now touching 12,000-15,000 orders. He said, its mantra was to partner with local stores and put their catalogues online. “We have tie-ups with 140 retailers so far.”Jindal of SRSGrocery said the venture, which is a part of SRS Grocery stores spread across the Delhi NCR region in the name of Value Bazaar, started in January this year. The company has 45 stores.“Our thought was why not provide everything to the customers at their doorsteps? We have added two crucial things to our existing retail business — procurement technology and a logistics team,” he said, adding: “We do not have any minimum order specs and no delivery charges.”Stakeholders like Jindal also explained there were also attractive captive shoppers in working couples and even old people. Plus, another attraction is that the number of products available in the online format is much higher than neighborhood mom and pop shops.“We have a wide range of products. Now we have our own logistics team. We follow the hybrid model – where we have tie-ups with large retailers, wholesalers and vegetable markets. Capital cost is less since we don’t hold inventory. We pack products well and ensure quality,” Ganji added.But the final say in all this, the stakeholders concede, has to be the price.Ganji says it is but natural for online grocery stores to be cheaper. “We are not into price war with other portals. But things are much cheaper online. We don’t have to set up a shop in a high street mall. We don’t have decoration cost or any such recurring costs.”The USDA report also gave a risk-benefit analysis. “Compared to these (physical) stores, online retailers will need to overcome delivery challenges (traffic, poor roads, greater distance, cost). Nevertheless, online retailers enable consumers to bypass parking and traffic congestion in most Indian cities while providing better selection than a neighborhood store.” Related Itemslast_img read more


Boeing to Set Up its Second Largest Electronics, Avionics Facility in Bengaluru

first_imgBoeing, one of the global leaders in aerospace technology, is set to open an electronics manufacturing and avionics assembly facility in Bengaluru.The aircraft maker is investing Rs 1,152 crore at the tech hub, which will majorly focus on data analytics, internet-of-things, avionics, design, testing, and research, IANS reported. The facility will be the company’s second largest tech hub after its center in Seattle in Washington, the report added.“We have allotted 36 acres of land for Boeing India to set up the facility in the state-run Aerospace Park at Devanahalli near the airport in north Bengaluru,” a senior official was quoted as saying by the news agency.According to the report, a meeting between Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar took place to discuss the key points of the project.To utilize the maximum capacity of the project, the company will also create 2,600 direct jobs when set up and commissioned, the official told the news agency.The project also acquired the due approval early this month “for land allotment and other statutory clearances,” the official added.The project, which is yet to begin, is expected to complete its first phase during the first half of 2019, according to the report.“The additional facility at our India Engineering and Technology Centre here will enable us to develop skills of our aerospace engineers and frontline factory workers,” the company had stated last year in September, as per an earlier report of IANS. That was when Boeing announced its plans to expand its engineering operations in Bengaluru.“We are committed to build an innovative aerospace ecosystem in India for our global growth in productivity, efficiency, cost advantage and quality,” Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar was quoted as saying at that time.Karnataka Udyog Mitra Managing Director BK Shivakumar had told the news agency earlier that Boeing will also make aircraft components and subsystems at the new center for civil and military versions.Headquartered in Delhi, Boeing’s India operations include an office and a Boeing Research & Technology Center in Bengaluru, field service offices in Mumbai, Hindan, Rajali and New Delhi. Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen—a provider of flight navigation solutions—is established in Hyderabad. Another subsidiary, Continental Data Graphics (CDG) in Chennai, is also expanding its footprint in the country. Related ItemsAviationBengaluruboeinglast_img read more


Indian Agency Seeks Revocation of Passport of Absconding Fraud Accused Pharma Firm Director

first_imgThe Indian Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to write to the Ministry of External Affairs, seeking to revoke the passport of one of the directors of Sterling Biotech Ltd, a Gujarat-based pharmaceutical company, who is absconding.The agency’s planned move is in connection with the ongoing money laundering investigation in the suspected Rs 5,000 crore bank fraud case. “In November last year, a Delhi court had issued non-bailable warrants against two directors of the Gujarat-based pharma firm,” IANS reported quoting an agency source. The source added that one of the top directors of the company has been located in a south European country, and so the agency will soon approach the MEA to revoke his passport.Since the registration of the case, some of the directors of the company have gone either underground or missing.In November last year, additional sessions judge Siddharth Sharma, who had earlier told the ED not to let “the shark run away while you (ED) are busy in catching the small fish,” issued warrants against Sterling Biotech Ltd directors Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara and Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara, PTI had reported earlier.Warrants were issued against the duo for evading the summons of the Enforcement Directorate.Meanwhile, the ED filed a supplementary chargesheet on March 9 against former Andhra Bank director Anup Prakash Garg in connection with the case, the Times of India reported. It has claimed that the Sandesaras paid over Rs 1.52 crore to Garg as quid pro quo to enable bank credit and other transactions.Garg was the director of Andhra Bank in the period when the SBL group availed credit facilities of around Rs 23,500 lakh, during 2006-2009, from the bank.Garg was arrested by the ED on Jan. 12 this year and is now in judicial custody. His properties worth Rs 1.23 crore have been attached by the agency.The company had taken loans worth more than Rs 5,000 crore from a consortium of banks led by Andhra Bank, which had turned into non-performing assets. According to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s FIR, the total pending dues of the group companies were Rs 5,383 crore as on Dec. 31, 2016.Last year, the CBI had booked Sterling Biotech Ltd’s chairman and managing director Nitin Sandesara, joint managing director Chetan Sandesara, directors Vilas D Joshi, Rajbhushan Dixit and others in the bank fraud case.After taking cognizance of the CBI’s FIR, a case of money laundering was registered by the ED, and it has arrested three people so far in the case, according to TOI.Along with Garg, Dixit was also arrested in January this year. In November last year, the agency also arrested a Delhi-based businessman Gagan Dhawan in association with the case. The court in November last year had issued open ended non-bailable warrants against the Sandesara brothers. Related ItemsCBIEnforcement DirectorateSterling Biotechlast_img read more


India, Pakistan should work on win-win formula on Kashmir: Abdullah

first_imgNational Conference president and MP Farooq Abdullah on Thursday described Kashmir as “a political problem” and pitched for meaningful India-Pakistan dialogue on the issue.“There should be a meaningful, result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan. The stakeholders in Afghanistan are nearing a solution notwithstanding the violence that the country is fraught with. Both India and Pakistan should open the channels of dialogue with the people of State living on either side of the Line of Control. It should be followed by a dialogue between India and Pakistan,” said Dr. Abdullah, while speaking on the occasion of 19th death anniversary of his mother in Srinagar.He called for an all encompassing dialogue. “It will enable both the countries reach a solution, which is acceptable to people living in the different regions of the erstwhile State. I believe we have had enough, if both India and Pakistan have to grow then it is indispensable for them to find solutions to the issues hammering their relation. Any solution, if it has to be a viable one, should offer a win-win situation for the two countries as well as the people living across the erstwhile state,” he said.On internal politics of the country, Dr. Abdullah said the country he was living in “is poles apart from what it used to be, and what it was desired to be by the founding fathers of the Constitution of India.”“Today, we have a political dispensation at the helm of affairs at the Centre that is inclined to rob the country of its secular character. The fascist and communal forces are hell bent to change the secular visage of the country. Nonetheless India belongs to all its citizens, the country belongs to all. The country men have to keep it in their mind that the idea of progress is deficient if any community feels left out. India cannot grow if the growth of its minorities is stunted,” he said.The MP from Srinagar said the catch-words of ‘Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas’ didn’t see any implementation. “We see how our people are being intimidated on the national highway. Every now and then we see the Governor administration come up with reckless diktats of all sorts. I don’t see any of the actions of the Central government reflect their sincerity for the materialisation of the slogan,” said Dr. Abdullah.last_img read more


Assam mulls 10 centres for those excluded from NRC

first_imgThe Assam government has sent a proposal to the Centre for fast-tracking the establishment of 10 detention centres across the State to house people who would be excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC).The Supreme Court-monitored register, being updated on the basis of its 1951 avatar, has to be published by July 31.Officials said each of the 10 new centres would accommodate an estimated 3,000 people. This implies the government has plans for at least 60,000 people among a few lakh expected to be excluded from the NRC. NRC exclusionAbout 40.07 lakh people out of 3.29 crore applicants had been excluded from the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018. Another 1.02 lakh people were removed from the draft list of citizens on June 26.The excluded have been given an opportunity to file claims for reinclusion in the NRC. “We have sent the proposal for 10 new centres in various places for NRC-excluded people,” Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Assam’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Political) told The Hindu on Wednesday. As per the blueprint, a detention centre each would be established in Barpeta, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Kamrup (Metropolitan), Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, and Sonitpur districts.Mr. Krishna also said a full-fledged detention centre was being readied in Goalpara district for declared foreigners presently lodged across six central jails in the State. The Supreme Court had ordered the State government not to club declared foreigners with criminals in jails. The Assam government had three years ago allotted 20 bighas of land for this detention centre in the Dakurbhita area of Goalpara district. Constructed by the Assam Police Housing Corporation Ltd. at a cost of ₹37 crore, the centre is expected to be inaugurated in October.Envisaging law and order issues after July 31, the deadline given by the Supreme Court to publish the final NRC, the State Home Department has organised a series of meetings from July 12-23 across six divisions of Assam.Heads of administration, police and intelligence agencies of the districts under each division have been asked to attend the meetings to be held in Tezpur, Nagaon, Jorhat, Silchar, Bongaigaon, and Guwahati. The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP) has suggested that the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Election Commission of India should adopt a mechanism to solve the issue of ‘D’, or doubtful voters for a free and fair NRC in Assam.“We met Prateek Hajela, the State Coordinator for NRC on Tuesday,” said Nanda Kirati Dewan, the BGP’s National Secretary. “He made it clear that NRC cannot reconsider the cases of people marked D-voter even if he or she has sufficient linkage documents and the legacy person [one whose lineage is claimed] or other family members are not D-voters,” Mr. Dewan added. “Data suggest that most cases of exclusion are either of D-voter, cases pending at a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT), declared foreigner or instances of mismatch in legacy data. But there are many marked D-voters without any case referred to the Assam Police’s border wing or any FT. The Centre should come up with a mechanism to screen such cases and issue a D-Voter Clearance Certificate to the person concerned for ending unnecessary harassment,” Mr. Dewan suggested.last_img read more


Haryana Cong. in disarray amid leadership dispute, infighting

first_imgMarred by sharp division among its cadres and leaders over the party’s State leadership, the Congress in Haryana seems to be in disarray ahead of the Assembly elections which are due in October.Hinting that all is not well in the grand old party, State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar held a meeting in Gurugram a few days ago to prepare for the Assembly elections but none of the sitting MLAs attended it. Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had organised a meeting of his loyalists last month apparently to put pressure on the central leadership to clear the air on the issue of State leadership.The two factions had an ugly spat over the leadership issue in a meeting held soon after the general election results, in the presence of AICC general secretary and Haryana in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad, with Mr. Tanwar refusing to step down from his post.Divided houseA large section of the party, including the sitting MLAs, has long been demanding that Mr. Hooda be made the party’s State unit chief in place of Mr. Tanwar. Though the appointment of Mr. Hooda as the party’s State coordination committee chairman just before the general election pacified his supporters a bit, the infighting resumed after the party suffered one of its worst defeats ever, losing all 10 parliamentary seats to the ruling BJP. Political analysts believe that more than the factionalism, the delay on the part of the central leadership to settle the State leadership issue has hit the Congress harder. For almost five years the party has not had any units at the district and block levels, putting it at a disadvantage vis-a-vis its main rival BJP, which is in the process of appointing ‘panna pramukhs’ (page in-charge at the booth level) in the State.The Congress, which seemed to be upbeat over a year ago with huge turnout in the public meetings of its leaders, gradually lost the momentum as the party high command kept mum on the infighting and the leadership issue. The consecutive losses for the Congress in the municipal elections, Jind bypoll and then the general election have proved that the situation has only worsened for the party in the State.Though the Congress failed to win a single Lok Sabha seat in Haryana, it had led in around a dozen Assembly segments, mostly in the Rohtak-Sonipat region.“While the BJP in Haryana has already started its Assembly poll preparations, the Congress seems directionless. Both the Congress cadre and the leaders are in a state of confusion. Leadership change following a loss in election has been a norm. Though much precious time has been lost, the high command would do good to settle the issue at the earliest,” said a senior party leader.last_img read more


Congress MLA raises graft charges against Minister

first_imgUnhappy over delay in maintenance work on National Highway-27 here, Congress MLA Bharat Singh on Sunday accused a Minister in the Gehlot government of corruption and hindering the work. Mr. Singh, who represents Sangod Assembly constituency in Kota district, has written a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot alleging corruption in the State’s mining department. ‘Save govt. from corrupt’ In the letter he has requested Mr. Gehlot to save the government from the “corrupt people” to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He also referred to the Chief Minister’s budget speech in which Mr. Gehlot had said his government would work to put an end to “the flowing Ganga of corruption”. The central government wants to repair the highway stretch but the State mining department is raising obstacles, the letter said. He alleged that funds worth ₹208.54 crore have been sanctioned for maintenance work on NH-27, but an assistant engineer of the mining department in Baran is apparently raising hurdles on the directions of the Minister and not issuing the requisite permission letter to the contractor for the maintenance work. “What honesty is there in a department where its head is already corrupt“?, he said in the letter without naming the Minister. The MLA further said in the letter that the contractor himself has narrated his ordeal to him.Mining Minister Notably, Pramod Jain Bhaya, the MLA from Anta area of Baran district is the Mining Minister. Speaking to PTI on Sunday, Mr. Singh said, “The amount has been sanctioned and the work will begin but hindrance is being caused by the Minister who should be expediting the work,” he said. He said Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has responded positively to the work but the ground reality was “very unfortunate”.last_img read more


Complaint against police over free food

first_imgAfter two of its officers have been charged with corruption, the Ghaziabad police faced a new low with the Association of Food Operators of Ghaziabad alleging that the police ask for freebies and when its members don’t oblige, they are threatened with fake cases.In a letter written to Sudhir Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police (Ghaziabad), Anil Kumar Gupta, president, Association of Food Operators, alleged that policemen stationed at different police stations in the city not only ask for free food for themselves but also for their colleagues. He said during festivals police officers asked for food to be served for functions at police stations and when member shop owners ask for payment, they are warned of cases being registered against them. Growing demandMr. Gupta added that the members didn’t mind serving a few free plates to beat constables and officers as they work for their security but now things were going out of hand as since Diwali officers have demanded large amount of sweets and dry fruits for themselves and their relatives.He said he had been asked for specific instances but feared that it could result in further harassment of the shopkeepers as it was easy to book anybody under non-compliance of fire security norms and lack of parking facility in front of the shop.Mr. Singh said he had taken cognisance of the complaint and has directed the officers concerned to take action. “I have appealed to the businessmen to send pending bills to my office and directly complain to me over phone if any policeman harasses them,” he said.last_img read more


NBA suggests to teams unity ideas, reminds of anthem rule

first_img“The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule),” the memo says.The memo builds on discussions held by the NBA’s Board of Governors this week, and follows up on one Silver and players association executive director Michele Roberts sent to players recently.It recommends that teams organize internal discussions to hear the players’ perspectives, if they haven’t already, and to start or expand programs within their communities.“The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities,” Tatum wrote.The memo was first reported by ESPN.com.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight St. Benilde records first win in final game in PVLcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Golden State Warriors line up during the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is recommending teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, while reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem.A memo was sent to teams Friday, a day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players would stand for the anthem .ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  In the memo, obtained by The Associated Press, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum suggested teams use their opening games “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.”He recommended an address by a player or coach to fans before the anthem, or a video featuring players or community leaders speaking about important issues and showing photos from past community events.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 shutoutThe league’s preseason schedule begins Saturday with two games, including the NBA champion Golden State Warriors hosting Denver.Tatum said the league supports and encourages players to express their views on matters that are important to them, while reminding of the rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem.last_img read more


Salem regains shooting touch in NU win over UP

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Salem last broke the 10-point barrier back in Sept. 16 against La Salle when he had 12 points and the following four games saw Bulldog wingman average just 4.5 points a game.And Salem put up just 3.8 points a game during the Bulldogs’ three-match skid.“Coach (Jamike Jarin) texted me and told me to just relax, play my game, and ‘we’re here for you,’” said Salem. “It’s just within me and that I just had to relax.”ADVERTISEMENT The Bulldogs were in dire need of a win to finish the first half of the season on a positive note when Salem finally hit his stride.NU’s captain fired 21 points in the Bulldogs’ 77-70 win over University of the Philippines, and Salem couldn’t help but breathe a huge sigh of relief.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 View comments Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took almost a month for Matt Salem to get his scoring groove back, and oh did he recover just when it mattered the most.National University was in a three-game skid in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and slipped to a dangerous 2-4 record near the end of the first round. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending 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 “It’s a learning experience for me and I’ll take these struggles I had in the first round and put it to good use,” said Salem Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Those things are something you come to.”“I might have been putting too much pressure on myself and it was affecting my game.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UST, FEU advance to UAAP beach volleyball semifinals MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


Roger Federer wins opening match at ATP Finals

first_imgLATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Irving-less Celtics hold off Raptors for 12th straight victory Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sock is one of four players to qualify for the tournament for the first time. Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin also qualified, though Goffin played in the tournament last year as an alternate after Gael Monfils withdrew.After the Federer match, Rafael Nadal was given his trophy for finishing the year as the No. 1 player in the rankings.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 shutoutThe Spaniard will play his first match at the tournament for the top eight players in the world on Monday against Goffin. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal00:50Trending 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates at match point after beating Jack Sock of the United States in their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Federer has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals, including two in Houston, two in Shanghai and two in London. His last one came in 2011.In 2017, he has won a tour-best seven titles, the most he has won since taking eight in 2007.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort He announced his retirement in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune website. His story touched on what finally winning a championship meant to him.“I realized early on that my purpose in this game was to share knowledge with younger players and to give back to the game of baseball,” he wrote. “I always wanted to do that — that, and be the best teammate I could possibly be. Over 20 years, I feel like I accomplished that.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“So whether we won or lost Game 7, I would have still been happy with my career. But it still feels nice to have a ring,” he continued.Besides being named an All-Star nine times, most recently in 2016, and the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year, he won three Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards. Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals after loss to Goffin Many of his current and former teammates expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Beltran on social media after his announcement on Monday. Correa posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram with a caption that read in part: “I will always look up to you brother! Thanks for making me a better player and a better person! I’m going to miss you so much!”Houston right-hander Justin Verlander tweeted about Beltran’s retirement, writing: “We only played together for a short time but what a ride we had! I learned a lot about what being a veteran means and the impact we can have. You’re an amazing teammate and leader. What a way to bow out … a World Champion!”Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wouldn’t say whether Beltran was a candidate to replace Joe Girardi as his team’s manager. But he did rave about his career and the respect he has for him.“He had leadership qualities, no question about that,” Cashman said. “He was someone that people gravitated to in the clubhouse. I think managers or coaches could rely, or front offices could rely on (him), kind of directing things in a positive way or keeping the ship steered in the right direction.”After what Luhnow saw from Beltran in Houston this season, he could envision him becoming a manager one day.“Certainly. He’s one of the brightest minds I’ve come across in the game,” he said. “Now whether or not, I haven’t (spoken) to him about what is intentions are after this, but I think he certainly would be a tremendous asset to any organization in whatever capacity he chooses to contribute.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:37Protesters 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 His production dropped dramatically this year. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 93 RBIs for the New York Yankees and Texas in 2016. He then batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston. Despite that, Beltran’s veteran presence and his work with Houston’s younger players including Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez proved invaluable for the Astros.“He was worth every penny for us … he helped us win in a lot of ways, even though his numbers were not what they were last year, he contributed in a lot of ways that were not really seen by our fans,” Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “They were talked about a lot by our players. Also I think people know what I’m talking about. He really was a player-coach for us this year and he contributed in ways that lead me to believe there’s no way we win the championship without him this year.”He finishes with a .279 average, 435 homers, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases. He also has played for Kansas City, the New York Mets, San Francisco and St. Louis.This season was Beltran’s second stint with the Astros, after he was traded to Houston in June 2004. His work that postseason remains one of the best playoff performances in history. He hit .455 with four homers and nine RBIs in an NLDS win over Atlanta, then batted .417 with four more homers and five RBIs before Houston was eliminated by the Cardinals in the NLCS.Beltran appeared in 10 games this postseason, including three in the World Series. He finished with three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI in helping the Astros to their first title.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, right, and Carlos Beltran celebrate the team’s win over the Seattle Mariners to clinch the AL West crown in a baseball game in Houston. Beltran is retiring after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season. The 40-year-old made the announcement Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)HOUSTON — It took quite some time, but Carlos Beltran finally got there, winning a World Series title after 20 seasons in the majors.Now he is leaving the Houston Astros and leaving baseball, retiring after a career in which he was a nine-time All-Star and was Rookie of the Year. The 40-year-old designated hitter and outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


TNT eyes turnaround

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela is hardly ruffled despite his team’s recent slump.Even with the Texters in danger of missing out on the playoffs, Racela remains confident TNT can turn things around when it squares off with GlobalPort on Wednesday night in a crucial PBA Philippine Cup clash at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers But a victory by the Batang Pier in the 7 p.m. clash will allow Globalport to pull ahead of Ka Tropa in the playoff race.Racela has been candid enough to admit his need for improvement, but also challenged his players to rise to the challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re trying to address things, probably better management from my end,” Racela said, after a 93-78 defeat to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday.“For some of our players, we’re not getting the usual numbers that we get from them basing on the previous conferences, years, so something is changing. So again, we need to make our adjustments, and be able to manage it better.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The curtain raiser at 4:30 p.m. pitting Phoenix and Meralco also has huge playoff implications with the Fuel Masters looking to gain a share of fifth spot with NLEX and Ginebra.The Fuel Masters stunned TNT, 74-72, in thrilling fashion last Friday, with guard Matthew Wright hoping the victory can spark a stirring finish in the elimination round.“We’re not taking any of those teams lightly in our remaining games,” said Wright. “We are confident in our abilities, and we’re expecting to go 4-and-0 in our last four games. We took care of TNT, so we just got to take care of the next three.”The Bolts are in need of a jolt after dropping to 2-6 following the 87-85 loss to NLEX last Friday.“We just got to keep trying, come back next game and win the game,” said Meralco coach Norman Black, after the Bolts surrendered an 18-point lead in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Former champs headline TCC tourney Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Racela’s squad rallied late in the same tournament last season and even dragged eventual champion San Miguel Beer to a Game 7 in the semifinals before bowing out.“We just need to break the losing streak,” Racela said. “We just have to find ways to win the next one. We don’t really have a choice, but to focus on the next game.”The Batang Pier boosted their roster ahead of the duel with the Texters after signing former Rain or Shine gunner Jeric Teng, who will be reunited with ex-University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio, now at the helm at GlobalPort. View commentslast_img read more


Castro returns, rescues Gilas Pilipinas in close win over Japan

first_imgMissing six of its first eight shots, Gilas’ lackluster start saw the visitors run to a 20-4 lead before Ravena turned the tide and ignited a 17-2 blast to close the gap, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter.Rosario kept that flame burning in the second quarter as the Philippines staged a 20-4 run to grab a 41-26 lead. Makoto Hiejima and Ira Brown conspired to help the Japanese recover and pull within two, 43-41, before Rosario ended the first half with a booming triple for a 46-41 halftime edge.Blatche finally played true to form in the third frame, keeping Gilas in front before Castro and Calvin Abueva picked up the slack late and give the home team a 72-61 lead at the end of the period.Gilas Pilipinas faces Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on June 29, before seeking retribution against Australia at Philippine Arena on July 2 to wrap up the first round of the Asian qualifiers.Hiejima paced winless Japan (0-4) with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Brown got 16 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico NU sustains dominance, beats UST Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES The Scores:PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0.Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro made the game-sealing floater with 10.6 seconds left as Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 89-84 win over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines lost a 15-point lead but denied the visitors the upset behind Castro and Andray Blatche, who split his charities with 5.5 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipinos rose to 3-1 in Group B of the first round of the qualifiers, sweeping Japan in their home-and-away series and clinched a spot in the second round.Blatche had his best outing to date in the World Cup qualifiers, finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTroy Rosario also had a triumphant return, firing 14 markers on 2-of-4 shooting from three and grabbing four boards, while Kiefer Ravena provided the spark 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.Castro, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Australia due to an ankle sprain, had all of his eight markers in the second half. View commentslast_img read more


Roach: Pacquiao needs to KO Horn to land big fights

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT “But he knows what’s in front of him and I think the better he does in this fight, the bigger fight he’ll get next.”The 38-year-old Pacquiao, who won eight of his 11 fights from Sept. 2005 to Nov. 2009 by stoppage including a brutal KO win in the second round over Ricky Hatton, beat Jessie Vargas and Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in his last two fights.In contrast, the unheralded Horn, who is known more for being a school teacher in Australia than a boxer, has won his previous three fights by KO.Fernandez: Team Pacquiao likes a challenge4.3K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pacquiao happy with conditioning 1 month before fight2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “His power is as good as ever. He is showing me that he still has the power,” said the Hall-of-Fame cornerman. “Believe me he does. The other day when he gave me a shot I think he broke my rib. It’s still sore. He has great punching power and still has KO power.”“I’m looking for a knockout too. He has the speed and the power. He lost his killer instinct along the way but I still think he wins this fight by knockout.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRoach said Pacquiao needs to win by knockout not only to break the dry spell but more significantly, to land big fights in the future.“I believe that Manny needs to really look good in this fight to get Mayweather. To have a big fight, you have to have great performances. I told Manny, ‘If you want Mayweather you really need to look good in this fight’ and I said, ‘We should knock this guy out,’” Roach said. In this photo taken on September 29, 2016, Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao trains at a gym in Manila, ahead of his November 6 bout with Mexican boxer Jessie Vargas. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEManny Pacquiao may not be as heavy handed as he once was during his prime but his longtime trainer Freddie Roach believes his prized student can still pack a punch.Pacquiao hasn’t won by stoppage since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009 but Roach is convinced the drought will finally end against Jeff Horn on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Roach: Pacquiao is the most skilled fighter in the world2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Wangs rises to the occasion, stuns CEU BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pacquiao sparring partner predicts 7th round KO for Manny4.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more


Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “There has been a lot of trash talkers (through his career) and at the end of the day, he’s not bad.“We will rate him number two, I’m number one. He’s got heart. You need more guys to be more aggressive to each other, do more trash talking to each other.”By day four in London, some of the lines had already been heard, but not that the estimated crowd of 10,000 at the SSE Arena cared much. They lapped it up and cheered, but only for McGregor.Mayweather, a five-weight world boxing champion who knocked out Briton Ricky Hatton in 2007, was booed loudly by the fans, many of whom were Irish, and he could barely be heard.The pair met on a makeshift stage, a boxing ring, in the middle of the venue.“This is my first time in a boxing ring, and in six weeks I run boxing,” said McGregor.“Four years ago I fought in front of 400 people. Now I get to quadruple my met worth for half a fight.”At one point McGregor walked behind Mayweather and rubbed his head, before calling him a “bald” profanity and then throwing the microphone in the air.Their fight could be the richest in boxing history, making more than the $623.5 million generated by Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.Mayweather, who has earned approximately $700 million in his boxing career according to Forbes magazine, is the best boxer of his generation and has won world titles in five weight classes and is looking to extend his unbeaten record to 50-0. McGregor, a UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, has never had a professional bout and is a big betting underdog, but can still expect to make $100million from the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The pair meet in a light-middleweight boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be boxing’s richest ever fight.But the event has received some negative publicity since McGregor said to Mayweather at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, “Dance for me, boy”.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 stars“If he feels disrespected he’s an idiot and **** him as well,” McGregor told reporters at a press conference.“I think it’s ****ing ridiculous. I don’t understand it. I know who I am as a person. Most realistic people can see that. He’s trying to sway something by (saying I’m) disrespecting women.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Wipeout But Mayweather, 40, was just as guilty as McGregor in using insulting terms for women on Friday.Their latest trash-talking exchange was full of profanities and insults, just like the previous events in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles.READ: Mayweather, McGregor take trash-talk tour to New YorkBoth claimed victory in the war of words.“I smoked him in all four rounds,” McGregor said.“In the first round, they set me up with no music or anything. The **** you suit I wore went viral. Toronto was a wipeout, a 10-7 round, and New York was alright, and tonight I smoked him so it’s 4-0, or 3-1 if you want to be generous.”But Mayweather, who has not fought since September 2015, believes he got the better of McGregor.“I’m the best at it, when it comes to trash talking,” Mayweather said.“He’s not able to push my buttons. He cannot out talk me. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Before going on stage in London, American Mayweather criticized McGregor for what he perceived were racists comments made by the Irishman.“Racism still exists,” said Mayweather.“I’ve got a diverse team. It’s all about treating people how you want to be treated. You have to give respect to give it back.“He totally disrespected black women, he called black people monkeys and he was disrespectful to my (13-year-old) daughter.“I’m not going to stoop that low to talk about his wife or child. There’s certain levels and you don’t stoop to or cross. I love everyone.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Irish boxer Connor McGregor, background, touches US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr on the head, during a press conference to promote their upcoming fight, at the SSE Arena, in Wembley, London, Friday July 14, 2017. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)LONDON—Conor McGregor celebrated his 29th birthday by defending himself against accusations of racism during a media tour to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather in London on Friday.The Irish mixed martial arts fighter went on the defensive at the fourth press conference in as many days with American Mayweather at the SSE Arena, Wembley.ADVERTISEMENT Horn wants to set record straight a second time Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more