O.J. Simpson to be released from prison

first_img“He’s had perfect performance as a prisoner,” LaVergne said. “I anticipate he’s going to have perfect performance as a parolee.”At the hearing, Simpson said he was “at a point in my life where all I want to do is spend time, as much time as I can, with my children and my friends.”“Believe it or not I do have some real friends,” he said.From the NFL to Hollywood Simpson was convicted in October 2008 of armed robbery, assault, kidnapping and other offenses after he and five associates — two of whom were armed — ambushed the two sports memorabilia dealers in a casino hotel room.He was sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison and a maximum of 33 years.Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson shot to fame in the 1970s with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills after winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy — the award for the best player in American collegiate football — as a running back at the University of Southern California.He retired from football in 1979 after setting numerous rushing records and went on to become an advertising pitchman and actor (“The Towering Inferno,” “The Naked Gun”).In June 1994, Simpson’s 35-year-old ex-wife, Brown Simpson, and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.Simpson was arrested after a low-speed car chase through Los Angeles that was broadcast live by television stations and watched by millions. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Durham ready to play in semis despite sprained ankle Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ View comments “He is getting very, very excited,” LaVergne told KTNV-TV in Las Vegas. “He’s feeling very upbeat.”Simpson was granted parole at a hearing in July and his earliest release date was set for October 1. Since that falls on a Sunday, Simpson is expected to be freed no earlier than Monday, according to his lawyer and media reports.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 shutoutSimpson was found not guilty in 1995 of the grisly murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a male companion, Ron Goldman, in a case that transfixed the country and became known as the “Trial of the Century.”But the former National Football League running back and actor was sent to prison in 2008 for his role in an armed robbery the previous year of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas resort.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Simpson claimed at his trial that he was just seeking to recover personal items from the dealers and he repeated that explanation at his parole board hearing in July, where the four-member panel voted unanimously for his release.At that hearing Simpson initially did not express any remorse for his actions but eventually offered that he was “sorry that things turned out the way they did.”“I had no intent to commit a crime,” he said. “If I would have made a better judgment back then, none of this would have never happened.”LaVergne, Simpson’s attorney, told KTNV-TV that the former NFL star planned to relocate to Florida, play golf and be around his friends and family.LaVergne said he did not anticipate that Simpson would pose any problems.ADVERTISEMENT He was acquitted in October 1995 after a nine-month trial, a verdict that was greeted with disbelief by many Americans.Public views on the African-American athlete’s guilt or innocence divided sharply along racial lines.Simpson was subsequently found liable for the deaths in a 1997 civil suit and was ordered to pay damages totaling $33.5 million to the families of the victims.Simpson has been out of the limelight while behind bars, but fascination with his story lives on.“O.J.: Made in America,” a nearly eight-hour documentary about his murder trial, won the best documentary Oscar in February.And a television mini-series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” starring Cuba Gooding Jr, won nine Emmy awards. FILE – In this July 20, 2017 file photo, former NFL football star O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev. Nevada’s parole board says it didn’t consider Simpson’s 1989 conviction for misdemeanor spousal abuse when it granted him parole in July because it wasn’t listed in the federal clearinghouse of FBI crime data. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File )Disgraced American football star O.J. Simpson, whose racially charged 1995 murder trial riveted the nation, is expected to be released from prison as early as Monday after nine years behind bars for armed robbery.Simpson, 70, plans to relocate to Florida following his release from the Lovelock Correctional Center, the medium-security prison in Nevada where he has been serving his sentence, said his lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Green Archers get back at Fighting Maroons

first_imgFILE PHOTODefending champion La Salle gifted its head coach Aldin Ayo with a vengeful 85-62 win over University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The No. 2 Green Archers improved to 7-2  after winning their fourth game in five while the Fighting Maroons dropped to fifth with a 4-5 card.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Desiderio, however, wasn’t as successful on the defensive end when he guarded Mbala as the MVP put up 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.Ricci Rivero added 20 points for the Green Archers.Jun Manzo led UP with 13 points, all coming in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Federer beats great rival Nadal to win Shanghai Masters Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City La Salle ended the first half on a strong note as it built a 24-point lead, 51-27, heading into the third quarter.Santi Santillan then gave the Green Archers their biggest lead at 60-32 with 6:06 still remaining in the third.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“I think we thought of revenge a little bit after we lost in the first round,” said La Salle center Ben Mbala as La Salle suffered a 98-87 loss to UP in first round. “But we just have to stick to the game plan and find out what we did wrong earlier.”After lighting up La Salle with a career-high 30 points in the first round, Paul Desiderio struggled against the defense of Mbala who limited him to seven points on 2-of13 shooting with both of his field goals coming in the first half.last_img read more

Bounce back time

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “We were too overconfident against KIA,” he said of the 98-94 loss, which almost made the Painters the butt of league jokes after losing to the team that got blown away by its last three foes by an average of more than 35 points. “I just told my players that those things happen and asked them na huwag na maulit.”The Road Warriors, of all the teams playing, have the longest losing streak at three and, in Garcia’s view, are the favorites in the 4:30 p.m. contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’re a bigger team than us, and if we can’t run, we will be in trouble,” Garcia said of NLEX, which opened up with two straight wins but has tumbled ever since. “Their lineup is superior (than ours) and we’re also hoping that they have an off night.”NLEX, fresh from a 109-98 setback to tournament leader San Miguel Beer, will actually be coming off one of its worthiest performances where it pushed the powerhouse Beermen to the limit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFour fancied squads coming off losses return to action on Friday, with one of those teams eager to get back on track after losing to the PBA Philippine Cup cellar dweller last week.“We’ve gotten over that,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia told the Inquirer over the phone after coming off “the best practice I’ve had with this team,” as the Elasto Painters slug it out with NLEX and their former coach at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix has one of the league’s deadliest guns in Matthew Wright and has taken a defensive mentality ever since Louie Alas took over as coach at the start of the season.The Fuel Masters are also longing to have a dominant big man with Alas saying that they are “2 to 3 blue-chip players away” from contending with the league’s elite teams. Read Next Ababa, Paez fire 68, grab Pradera lead MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “We need to run against their bigs,” Garcia said.Kiefer Ravena, NLEX’s super rookie, will be coming into another game where most defensive guns will be trained on him.Garcia has the tools to throw at the 6-foot Ravena, who erupted for 31 points against Magnolia and is being groomed by Yeng Guiao to be more of a team player.Barangay Ginebra, meanwhile, comes into its 7 p.m. clash with Phoenix Petroleum seeking to put an end to a two-game slide even with cornerstone Greg Slaughter listed as doubtful for the second straight game.The 7-foot Slaughter sat out a 97-83 loss to Alaska last Sunday because of a reported hamstring pull, and if he is still injured, that levels things up a bit against the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Yun Sungbin of South Korea celebrates in the finish area after his gold medal winning run during the men’s skeleton final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Yun Sungbin left no doubt. It’s his track. It’s his gold medal.The most decisive Olympic skeleton champion ever is a 23-year-old who had no idea what he was doing on a sled a few years ago and now stands taller than anyone else in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Happy New Year, indeed. On a national holiday in Korea — the start of a lunar new year — Yun became a national hero. He is the reigning World Cup overall champion, is now the Olympic champion and his career is only just starting.“If you see the Korean guy, he has the best material,” Spain’s Ander Mirambell said. “He will win this easy.”It was the biggest victory margin in Olympic skeleton, topping 1948 when Italy’s Nino Bibbia topped Jack Heaton of the U.S. by 1.4 seconds in a six-heat race.The only drama in the final heat was who would finish second. Tregubov won that battle, edging Dom Parsons of Britain. Latvia’s Martins Dukurs, the winningest World Cup men’s skeleton racer in history, struggled in the final run and slipped to fourth.For the U.S., 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Yun won in commanding fashion at the Pyeongchang Games on Friday, his four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds easily coming in 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia. Most skeleton races are decided by tenths or hundreths of a second, but Yun was dominant from start to finish — the fastest slider, in every way, in every heat.He stepped onto the award podium shortly after finishing, arms skyward as thousands of his fellow South Koreans roared. They showed up early on a bright morning in the Taebaek Mountains, fully expecting to see the sort of dominance he himself envisioned when taking thousands of training runs on the track that was built for these Olympics, the track he knows better than anyone else in sliding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yun! Sung! Bin!” they chanted, over and over. “Yun! Sung! Bin!”Yun delivered. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympicslast_img read more

Seoul footing record $2.5M tab for North Korea at 2018 Olympics

first_imgThe North’s performers — a 140-member orchestra with vocalists and dancers, an all-female 229-member cheering squad and a demonstration taekwondo team — have been a major attraction at and around the Games. That’s both because their presence itself is seen as a sign of eased tensions after a very rough year and because of the exotic appeal they have due to the general isolation of their country.The cheerleaders have been an especially big hit and an unmistakable part of every event they have attended — though their cheers usually have little connection to the action on the ice or snow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt may seem odd or even self-defeating for the South to pay Pyongyang to send delegations that are heavy on propaganda vehicles like cheering squads or artistic troupes and light on athletes. In recent years, though, it has become something of a given.The North has sent big delegations similar to the one now stealing the off-competition spotlight at Pyeongchang three times before.For the Asian Games in Busan in 2002, it shelled out 1.35 billion won (about $1.3 million), then 890 million won ($836,000) for a Universiade in 2003 and another 410 million ($385,000) for the Asian Games in 2014. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “The North Korean delegation’s participation in the 2018 Olympics will be an opportunity for cooperation and reconciliation between the North and South,” South Korea’s Unification Ministry said in a statement released on Wednesday that included the cost figure.The ministry said the expenditure is in line with its domestic North-South cooperation funding law, but it stressed the spending should not be considered a step back from Seoul’s global commitments.“We will continue to work closely with the international community regarding international sanctions against the North,” the statement said.The funds did not pay for a visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister and senior regime officials to attend the Games’ opening ceremony.During that three-day visit, Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Bieber, LeBron, other stars descend on LA for NBA showcase 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding North Korea’s Hwang Chung Gum and South Korea’s Won Yun-jong arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — How much was it worth to Seoul for hundreds of North Koreans to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics? Try $2.5 million.According to South Korea’s Unification Ministry, that’s the record amount the country has allotted to pay the bills of more than 400 North Koreans, only 22 of whom were athletes, at the Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Nietes wants either Gonzalez or Sor Rungvisai next

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Well-rested Wangs-Letran blasts JRU, ends 2-game skid “There has been talk of me fighting ‘Chocolatito’ (Gonzalez) next. That’s a fight I want. I’d also like to fight [Sor Rungvisai],” Nietes said in an interview with BoxingScene.com after improving to 41-1-4, 23 KOs.Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs), who was widely considered as the top pound-for-pound fighter until he lost to Sor Rungvisai in March of last year by majority decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two fought again six months later and this time, the Thai champion didn’t leave anything to chance by knocking out the hard-hitting Nicaraguan in the fourth round.Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KOs) also kept his belt on Sunday after edging Mexican challenger Juan Francisco Estrada by majority decision in a slugfest. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance01:54Nietes wants move up to super flyweight: ‘My dream fights are there’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 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP PHOTOSDonnie Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino champion, isn’t the type of fighter who settles for a second-rate opponent.Nietes, who retained his IBF flyweight title after stopping Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco in the seventh round Sunday in the US, wants either former four-division champion Roman Gonzalez or WBC super flyweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai next.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Down under

first_imgMore often than not, it ends up as a messy broom closet. But it doesn’t need to. Here are some creative ways to use the space under the stairs. The staircase at the end of the living room has been worked into the overall decor scheme. Shelves have been installed,More often than not, it ends up as a messy broom closet. But it doesn’t need to. Here are some creative ways to use the space under the stairs.The staircase at the end of the living room has been worked into the overall decor scheme. Shelves have been installed in the space under the stairs to store books and knick knacks. Two upholstered chairs, with cushions in tones that match the stair railing, and a high table bearing a lamp create a cosy seating space.This is style at its most serious. The banister-less stairs slice through the space below till they kiss the ground. Other planks slide in horizontally to create a cross section of shelves that you can use for books, music, even wines. A word of caution: this design is not for you if you have small children or old people in the house.Make this your industrious corner. Create a cosy nook with simple shelves and a desk that you can use as a study station or a craft section, and stock supplies in drawers below the desk. You can even put in a PC if you like.Now this is truly an inspirational idea for those with a practical approach to life. Stow your fridge and washing machine below the stairs and save oodles of space.This kitchen uses the under-stair space for pullout drawers and cabinets. All you need is a counter for the stove and you’re sorted. A great idea for small kitchens.These occupants use the space for storing their outdoor gear: bags, coats, scarves and brollies. You can also stow away your sporting equipment here. Cover the space with a door if you want a neater look.We just love the way this homeowner has fit a powder room snugly into the area. Note the way the chequered tiles shimmy down the ceiling, creating a sense of drama.If you live in the colder part of the country, an electric fireplace works well under the stairs. In warmer areas, the space can be used to install a cabinet or a wall-mounted TV.advertisementlast_img read more

Revenge is foremost on India’s mind

first_imgIt’s revenge time for India. The unexpected defeat at the hands of Bangladesh during the 2007 World Cup is still fresh in the minds of most Indian players and avenging that loss will be on top of their must-do agenda as they clash with the co-hosts in the opening match of the World Cup in Dhaka on Saturday.That defeat was instrumental in sending India out of the tournament in the first round itself and the hurt can still be felt in the Indian camp. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just doesn’t want to talk about it. “Never even thought about it because we don’t want to repeat what happened in 2007,” he said on the eve of the big game that millions of people are looking forward to. In several ways, the result of the day-night encounter at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium could set the tone for the 14-nation, 45-day tournament. If it turns out to be a closely fought encounter, it will be a good advertisement for the 50-over format – which some people feel is under threat from Twenty20 – and will make investors/advertisers and some others smile.Already, an anonymous punter has put a bet of 82,000 bet – the biggest ever laid on a one-day game – with a London bookmaker on India winning the World Cup. But Dhoni would again not like to think about it, otherwise it would add to the pressure on him. Bangladesh have managed to eke out only two wins in 22 matches against India in more than 22 years of bilateral ODI history, but the one they managed on March 17, 2007, was the most telling. And when Dhoni, who failed to score in that game but took three catches, goes out for the toss, his mind would surely go back to that defeat.advertisementHe may have given a new name to pressure, “added responsibility”, but he can’t just shrug it away from his mind. One consolation for India is that pacer Mashrafe Mortaza, who bagged four wickets and was man of the match in that game, is not in the team. Seven of the 11 players who lost that game are still in the Indian team and would be itching to avenge that embarrassment.Interestingly, India and Bangladesh could be in different mindsets as they returned contrasting results just before the World Cup. While India lost the five-match ODI series 2-3 in South Africa last month, Bangladesh blanked New Zealand 4-0 at home and then thrashed Zimbabwe 3-1 in December and would be high on confidence.For India, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan is suspected to be a doubtful starter due to an injury. But Dhoni was confident he would play. “Zaheer is fit as of now. I have not spoken to the physio. If there is something, I will let you know,” he said. Left-armer Zaheer bowled at the nets on Friday evening, but did not go full throttle. Maybe, Dhoni wants to preserve him for the more important matches coming ahead. Maybe, the bowler is still not 100 per cent match fit. The answers will be known on Saturday afternoon when Dhoni exchanges the team sheets with his Bangladesh counterpart Shakib Al Hasan at the toss.Dhoni said spinners could play a big role in the tournament as pitches in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka largely support slow bowlers. Bangladesh too would depend largely on spinners, who happen to be their strength, especially on home turf.The India skipper too acknowledged this. “All three Bangladesh spinners are good. They have got two good part-timers who can bowl off-spin and leg-spin. It’s a good side. In the sub-continent, they rely a lot on their spinners because here they get more assistance than anywhere else,” he said.Shakib was gung ho about Bangladesh’s prospects. “Our bowlers are in good form, the batsmen have been doing their job and our fielding has improved a lot,” he said, looking confident.”This tournament is not only about playing India. We have six league matches to play and we have to perform in all of them. If we get our basics right, we will do well.”Bangladesh will no doubt receive wholehearted support from vociferous home fans. But the experienced Indian players are not new to playing and winning in adverse conditions. And they are expected to do the same on Saturday.last_img read more

Life on rent

first_imgBefore you go gaga over the girl sporting her chic Gucci glasses, Louis Vuitton bag and kitschy Nicola Fenetti dress, there are chances that ‘the look’ might have been rented. From swanky interiors, select artworks to high-end designer labels, Mumbai is renting it all. And if that was not enough, a unique library offers to rent interactive toys and books on hire to keep your kids busy. Borrowing everything without spending a bomb is the new trend catching up in the city.Rent an artworkWho: Dilip Ghevaria, 60At: Art Intaglio, WorliWhat: Ghevaria, a businessman, deals in manufactured plastic tubes but his real passion lies with art. He has been collecting art for the last ten years. It was only two years ago that he decided to give it a more organised shape. “I had collected almost 5,000 paintings from all over the world including India,” he says. So he decided to set-up Art Intaglio, to rent out the collection and reach out to people who want to own art work but don’t spare the cash.How: The gallery offers prints of works by famous artists from MF Husain to Jehangir Sabavala. One can get the art works for nine percent of its actual cost for a period of three months and if the customer wants to keep it for longer duration, they have the option of buying it too.Rent a dressWho: Chole Vasishtha, 34At: BandraWhat: Vasishtha, an Australian fashion designer shifted base to Mumbai after marriage. Along with her came more than 2000 dresses. Her collection comprises her own label-Kloe and a set of vintagewear-that includes famous brands like Versace, D & G, Gautier and Moschino.How: Renting high-end designer brands might be a trend in New York, but Mumbai is catching up. Depending on the labels, jackets, party or casualwear can be taken on rent for Rs 3,000 to 10,000 for a night. “Vintage dresses are a rage in Australia. They are a piece of history from a celebrated designer’s collection. However, the understanding in India is still at a nascent stage,” says Vasishtha. She wants to reach out to young girls, middleaged women who want to look their best and to women who love to flaunt international designer labels. Her collection is also open for commercial purposes like ad films and Bollywood.advertisementRent a toyWho: Karishma Zaveri, 31 and Hetal Zaveri Amin, 30At: Out of the Box Toy Library, Vile ParleWhat: Bored with their regular life and dull professions, the duo decided to break the monotony. Two years ago, Zaveri and Amin, both on a sabbatical from their respective professions, teaching and interior designing, decided to do something out of the box. The girls set-up a toy library.How: This unique toy library offers international toy brands like-Orchard, Learning Resources, Kindaroo and SmartGames. Apart from cuddly soft toys and board games, the library also stocks educational toys which offer a great medium to learn and enjoy. “Parents can avail a three-month membership for Rs 1,800 which includes a refundable deposit of Rs 700 and Rs 300 admission charges. According to this plan, one can rent two toys and a book,” says Zaveri. Over 2,000 children books including picture dictionary and musical books are stocked in this library. No more cranky kids, parents can keep their children busy with these colourful books and mindful games. Zaveri claims that it’s a perfect library for parents who have children aged between one to 10 years. Instead of buying overpriced toys that would eventually wear out after the little ones grow up, they can now take it on rent.Rent a tieWho: Amar Lodaya, 26 and Lucy Mehra, 26At: AL’z Creation, Masjid Bunder.What: It was launched last year by Lodaya and Mehra, management graduates. The two were colleagues at an insurance firm and set-up this full-time business of manufacturing and renting ties. “We wanted to experience the rare combination of hard work with fun. We weren’t satisfied with the regular humdrum in the office and hence we decided to start this business,” explains Lodaya.How: They offer ties in various materials- microfiber, jacquard and silk. A set of 10 ties is available at Rs 750 for a month, with a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500. “Buying a good quality tie could cost anywhere between Rs 600 to Rs 1,200. We offer the same quality at an economical rent,” explains Lodaya.Within a year, the store has acquired a smart clientele comprising corporate employees, especially from the sales and insurance sector. Lawyers, doctors and students also hire ties on regular basis.Rent your furnitureadvertisementWho: Ashutosh Pandit, 43At: Memrito Infrastructure Management Limited, Goregaon.What: Pandit is an architect. With Memrito Infrastructure Management Limited, he aims to offer interiors on hire.How: If you are new to the city and don’t have the addresses of plush interior stores then just give seven days to Memrito. His team will furnish the whole house, including the electronics and the carpets of your choice. The whole package is available for a monthly rental of Rs 50,000 for three years, Rs 60,000 for two years and Rs 75,000 for a year. “We cater to people all over India. Our customers are generally expats. Most of them have transferable jobs and prefer to take our services,” says Pandit.last_img read more