Retract decision to demolish Mangu Mutt: Punjab CM

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik on Saturday, urging him to retract his government’s decision to demolish the Mangu Mutt in Puri, which is associated with Sikhism founder Guru Nanak.Mr. Singh described as unfortunate the move to demolish the mutt, which has age-old significance for the Sikh community as Guru Nanak Dev visited the holy site to spread his message.‘Shocking decision’“It was shocking that while the whole world was getting ready to commemorate the 550th ‘Prakash Purb’ of the first Sikh Guru, the historically important mutt, a symbol of the connection between Sikhism and the Jagannath Temple, was sought to be demolished by the Odisha government,” said Mr. Singh in a statement.The Mutt is among many structures within 75-metre radius of the Jagannath Temple that are being demolished to ensure safety and security of the 12th century shrine, following a decision of the Odisha government led by Mr. Patnaik.Opposing the move, several organisations earlier said at least 12 major mutts and shrines associated with the Jagannath Temple are located within the 75-metre demolition radius.last_img read more

Raptors’ Pascal Siakam makes his case as NBA’s most improved player

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 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 Fellow players have noticed how much work he’s put in and how much it has paid off this season. The acknowledgment from All-Stars such as Paul George and Bradley Beal shows that Siakam’s giant leap has caught the attention of more than just the media panel that votes for the NBA awards.“I just enjoy sometimes after the games, guys coming up to me and showing respect for me. That’s the most important thing,” Siakam said. “Like, I don’t care about the rest. I think when your peers respect your game and respect the fact that they’ve seen you work, I think that’s more important.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThere’s a lot for them to have noticed, including:— Siakam’s scoring. It is up from 6.0 points per game through his first two seasons to 17.0 this season. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, center, dribbles the ball down court during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Pascal Siakam confidently launches shots he may not have dared attempt in previous seasons. He makes plays during times of the game when he would have been sitting on the bench.The Toronto Raptors forward might be the leading candidate for the most improved player award and he’d like to win it. But he’s already received recognition that means more to him.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But of them, Siakam has the biggest role on the team with the best chance to be playing into June.The Raptors made major changes after they were swept out of the postseason by LeBron James and Cleveland in consecutive years. Dwane Casey was fired even after winning coach of the year honors, and All-Star DeMar DeRozan was dealt to San Antonio in the trade to bring in Kawhi Leonard.The Raptors have come back with 57 wins and the second-best record in the East, with Siakam’s growth central to their success. He can play in a traditional big lineup alongside Leonard and center Marc Gasol, or in a smaller one if they go with Serge Ibaka in the middle.The athleticism was always there for the 6-foot-9 forward. But now it’s only part of the package for a player who made one 3-pointer his entire rookie season in 2016-17 and now averages one per game, the easiest place to notice his improvement.“I don’t know who else is even really up for it, who the voting’s between, all that stuff. I know that if anybody’s done more than this kid, has improved more, has impacted the team more and continued to improve from even geez, 20 games ago,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “He just keeps taking another step forward, there has been no steps back.“He’s certainly deserving. If there’s somebody else who is deserving, then sometimes that’s the way it works. But he’s had an unbelievable season.”Soon it will be time for the Raptors to show how much they’ve improved along with him. They became postseason punching bags the last couple years who want to show they won’t be pushed around any longer.“We have a new group so it’s going to be definitely tough and I think we’re more focused on that,” Siakam said. “Obviously we think about the playoffs, we’re excited about it, can’t wait for it. We just want to make sure we get the right chemistry and everything going so when that time comes, we’ll be ready to perform.”He got into only two playoff games two years ago, when the native of Cameroon was still learning the game. It was only five years earlier when he had come through the Basketball Without Borders camp in Africa, then headed to Texas for prep school and onto New Mexico State before becoming a late first-round pick.He’s not sure if friends back home are aware of his success. But if he wins the Most Improved Player award, chances are they’ll hear about it. “I’m definitely not a personal-type guy where I care about personal accolades and stuff, but definitely a team-guy first,” Siakam said. “Something like that, in terms of who I am and the person that I’ve become, and people that know my story and how I came up, that would mean a lot just because that’s me. Like, that’s literally who I am as a player and as a person.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte — His 3-point shooting. That’s jumped from 21.6 percent to 36.8 percent.A player who was feared almost entirely for his work around the basket now has to be accounted for even when he’s away from it. Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson called Siakam an X-factor who now demands a much bigger part of the scouting report.“It changes because he’s shooting the ball better,” Atkinson said. “I think at first you could ignore his shot. Now it’s like you’ve got to respect him from 3 and I know he’s worked on it extremely hard, so that changes it.“You could be in the paint, wait for his drives. You still have to respect (that) but I think he keeps getting better and better.”D’Angelo Russell, Atkinson’s All-Star point guard, might be the other top candidate for most improved player after leading the Nets to a surprising playoff berth. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, Denver’s Malik Beasley and the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell are some other players worthy of consideration.ADVERTISEMENT Ray Parks signs with Blackwater Elite View commentslast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Preview Schedule Favourites TV listings and Live Streaming

first_imgPlayers in action during a Pro Kabaddi League match.Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANSThe 2019 season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) will start from July 20 with Telugu Titans and U Mumba playing the opening match of the tournament. Last year’s champions Bengaluru Bulls will fight it out against three-time champions Patna Pirates in the second match of the first day, according to organisers. The Titans vs U Mumba match will be played at the Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad.Preview and Schedule This year a total of 12 teams will be fighting it out to win the coveted trophy. Each team will face every other side twice and finally, the teams which are in the top six list of the table will qualify for the playoffs. The organisers announced that this year, while Telugu Titans will play at their base Hyderabad, both Bengaluru Bulls and Jaipur Pink Panthers will be playing at Bengaluru and Jaipur respectively.New coaches will be in fray this time around as Anup Kumar coaches the Puneri Paltans for the seventh season while Rakesh Kumar will be coaching Haryana Steelers. Siddharth Desai who has shifted to Telugu Titans this year will be looking to perform the way he used to do for U Mumba. The final of the tournament is scheduled for October 19.This time around the former champions Bengaluru Bulls are definitely the favourite to win the tournament. But last two year’s runners-up Gujarat Fortune Giants (GFG), who were defeated by Patna Pirates in 2017 and Bengaluru Bulls in 2018, will be strong contenders also. Three-time champions Patna Pirates who underperformed last season will also be among the contenders to lift the coveted trophy.TV listings and Live StreamingThe broadcasting rights of the tournament are held by Star Sports and the matches will be telecasted every day from 7.30 pm as they are scheduled. For live streaming on the internet, the platform will be Hotstar.last_img read more

Asherons Call 2 resurrected by developers 7 years after it died

first_imgA favorite of the early MMO gamer, Asheron’s Call was released back in 1999. Developed by Turbine Entertainment, the team behind both Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, the game became so popular during the early days of MMORPGs that a sequel was released just three years later in 2002. However, the game wasn’t received well enough to gain enough subscribers to maintain operations, and shut down just three years after that in 2005. Perhaps because Turbine essentially single-handedly revolutionized the MMO genre by making DDO’s transition to a free-to-play model such a success, it has decided to resurrect Asheron’s Call 2, making it free to play for anyone that has an active AC subscription.Most AC gamers would recount that AC2 was not only a mediocre game, but faced trouble because it had to compete with the older, more established, better original.AdChoices广告Turbine wasn’t able to bring over any of the old AC2 characters, but hey, players are getting two games for the price of one. The game’s new server, Dawnsong, is currently in beta. Turbine states that the server has passed all of its initial testing, but it still has a lot of monitoring and tweaking to perform.If you have an active AC account, you can simply log into the resurrected game using those credentials. Turbine notes that though the game server is currently up and running, certain features — like the friend’s list — won’t be available immediately. Go ahead and download the client, and see if you still feel that the original game is better than the newly resurrected sequel.via Turbinelast_img read more

Canadian overnights in Germany up 73 forecast remains strong

first_img Thursday, August 17, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: FIT, Germany, Trend Watch Canadian overnights in Germany up 7.3%, forecast remains strongcenter_img Posted by TORONTO — The German National Tourist Board (DZT) has reported strong tourism growth from Canada in the first half of 2017, with FIT travellers in particular leading the charge.From January to and including May 2017, overnight figures show an overall increase of 7.3% over the same period in 2016. March and May 2017 were especially strong, both months breaking the 11% mark (11.8% and 11.9%, respectively).According to Antje Splettstoesser, the German National Tourist Office’s Director for Canada, contributing to these positive results are Canadian FIT travellers, who seem to like Germany’s well-developed tourism infrastructure.“We have also noticed increasing interest in Germany’s culinary scene, which with close to 300 Michelin stars extends well beyond our luscious bratwursts and distinctive beers. After busy hours of touring castles, towns and cities, or pedalling along one of Germany’s many meandering rivers, there is just nothing like sitting in a quiet restaurant or leafy beer garden to look back on the day with a glass of local wine or a cool brew,” she said. “Also, value for money has always stood us in good stead in Canadian eyes. For the end of the year, we look forward to the continuing upward travel trend from Canada for Destination Germany.”Overall, preliminary results from the German Federal Statistical Office for January to and including June indicate 36.7 million international overnight stays in accommodations with 10 or more beds, 1.2 million more than for the same period the previous year, an increase of 3%.Global tourism is forecast to continue to develop positively for the rest of the year. At the beginning of 2017, UNWTO predicted a growth potential of 3% to 4% for international arrivals worldwide, and 2% to 3% for Europe. And according to Forward Keys, international flight bookings to Germany for the third quarter, up to the beginning of August, are 5.6% higher than in the previous year.“With a growth of 3% and more than one million additional overnights in the first half of the year, Destination Germany presents a very good half-year result among the international competition. It would appear that Germany as a travel destination is more popular than ever,” said Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the DZT. Travelweek Group last_img read more