Ex-NBA star Stoudemire won’t play for Jerusalem next season

first_imgView comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I feel it is my time now to return to the shareholder’s position and help make this team even better.”Stoudemire came to Jerusalem after an NBA career that began with great promise was cut short by injuries, particularly to his knees.He described his decision as a spiritual quest, with the former New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns star identifying as a Hebrew Israelite, African-Americans who believe they descended from the ancient tribes of Israel.Stoudemire repeatedly expressed his excitement at being in Jerusalem, though he faced criticism earlier this year and apologised following a backlash over his comments he would avoid a gay teammate.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao wants Horn rematch in the Philippines Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Jerusalem won Israel’s premier league last season, with Stoudemire averaging 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Stoudemire addressed his decision in an Instagram post.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“It has been a great ride for myself and my family. We enjoyed the city, its people, the holy places and of course Hapoel fans,” he said.“Although I would have liked to return for another season, the team, coach and I could not find a role that I felt would allow me to meaningfully contribute in the way I have always been accustomed to play.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire speaks to a journalist during a basketball training session with his new club Hapoel Jerusalem in Jerusalem on October 7, 2016.Stoudemire, who followed a winding path from poverty to professional basketball fame in the United States, has embarked on a new journey. After an NBA career that began with great promise before being cut short by injuries, Stoudemire has decided to make Jerusalem his home, becoming the most famous name to ever join the Israeli league./ AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEXFormer NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who became the most famous name to join Israel’s basketball league when he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem last year, will not play for the team next season, the team said Sunday.The 34-year-old will return to his status as a minority owner of the team, Jerusalem spokesman David Bassan told AFP. He had sold his stake ahead of last season to be eligible to play.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

3 UCLA basketball players suspended after theft in China

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 “I’ve learned my lesson from this big mistake and I’m a hundred percent sure I’ll never make a mistake like this again. It’s going to make me a better person from here on out.”When it was his turn, Hill said, “I’m sorry for shoplifting. What I did was stupid. I don’t want to be known for this dumb mistake.”“I hope you can forgive my stupid, childish actions,” he added.Riley was the first to speak and he thanked the Pac-12 Conference, several UCLA administrators and his teammates.“You guys mean so much to me,” Riley said of his teammates. “I’m sorry for letting you down.”Athletic director Dan Guerrero also spoke at the news conference, but no one took questions from a large group of media.ADVERTISEMENT Alford didn’t specify what the indefinite suspensions mean, saying only that the three players would have to earn their way back onto the team.He said at some point, the trio may be permitted to join team workouts, meetings and practices, but that timeline has yet to be decided.“We will come to a resolution in short order,” Guerrero said.Earlier Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!”All three players did.“I’d like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided us as well,” Ball said.The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai. The rest of the UCLA team returned home Saturday.Guerrero said the incident occurred when the team was given 90 minutes of free time on Nov. 6 in Hangzhou.“Those three visited several stores, took items from three stores and returned to the hotel,” he said, without revealing the items taken or their value.The next day, Guerrero said, police arrived at the hotel shared by UCLA and Georgia Tech and interviewed both teams in an attempt to identify the culprits. Police searched the players’ personal belongings and the team bus before identifying Ball, Hill and Riley, he said. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH No one from Georgia Tech was implicated.Guerrero said the UCLA trio was taken to a police station for questioning, and Alford arrived later, along with basketball administrator Chris Carlson. Guerrero found out while flying to Shanghai.After being arrested, the players remained in custody for questioning and were released on $2,220 bail on Nov. 8. Guerrero said they had to give up their passports and agree to travel restrictions.Upon their release, they remained in a hotel at UCLA’s insistence, not the local police’s, with Carlson and another administrator supervising them, Guerrero said.He said the bail money was refunded by police. Once the charges were withdrawn, the trio acknowledged breaking the law, he said.Guerrero said UCLA provided the resources to help the players and the university is working to see who is responsible for costs and any NCAA implications.Police told the players they could leave the country on Tuesday and they boarded a plane later that day.Guerrero said Alford reminded his team of the expectations for good behavior before they left on the tripand while they were in China.UCLA traveled to China as part of the Pac-12’s global initiative that seeks to popularize the league’s athletic programs and universities overseas. The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that California and Yale will play in next year’s edition.The No. 23 Bruins host Central Arkansas in their home opener on Wednesday night. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Serena Williams set to wed in New Orleans — reportscenter_img Flanked by teammates Cody Riley, left, and Jalen Hill, UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball reads his statement during a news conference at UCLA Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The three players were detained in Hangzhou following allegations of shoplifting last week before a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Three UCLA basketball players detained for shoplifting at three high-end stores in China publicly apologized Wednesday before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely.Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley won’t be allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the team while the university continues to sort out the circumstances of last week’s incident in Hangzhou, China, Alford said during a news conference at Pauley Pavilion.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment and now they have to live with that,” Alford said. “They let a lot people down in the process.”“I’m confident that they have already begun to use this experience as a life lesson,” he added.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 shutoutBall, Hill and Riley took turns confessing to the theft and apologizing while also thanking President Donald Trump for intervening on their behalf with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The players had returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday after Chinese authorities withdrew the charges against them.“I’m sorry for stealing from the stores in China,” said Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, who played last season at UCLA.last_img read more

MVP calls for longer preparation for Gilas ahead of duel vs Aussies

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Gilas team ‘not one-dimensional,’ says Reyes Manny V. Pangilinan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan would be the first to call for a longer preparation for Gilas Pilipinas as it braces for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“I’m not a coach, but I would love for the team to have at least a month to prepare for the competition together, of course. Otherwise, our chances are not good against other teams,” Pangilinan said on the heels of the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “This team only had three weeks to prepare so frankly, I thought they were bit rusty in Tokyo and you saw tonight that they were rusty. They were not jelling really well in the first half. I’m just glad that in the second half, they got into the rhythm and they got themselves into the groove.“Still, Pangilinan couldn’t be any more pleased that the Philippines managed to go 2-0 despite having little time to prepare.“Given the circumstances under which the team was formed, of course, I’m very happy for the team. I’m very proud of them and I’m sure, Fiba would notice that we’ve done well despite everything we had to go through.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas ended the first leg of the Asian qualifiers unscathed after pulling out victories against Japan and Chinese Taipei to go up at joint first in Group B.But Pangilinan knows that the road will just get tougher from here as the as the Philippines faces Australia next in February before hosting Japan here at home.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 shutoutThat’s why Pangilinan isn’t tooting his horns for Gilas’ 2-0 record as he braces for the team’s next foes.“Australia is a very good team. So if we’re serious about competing against Australia, we have to give enough time for the team to jell,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Citylast_img read more

Offense is key this time

first_imgPanelo 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 South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There are a lot of similarities in the way the Bolts and the Hotshots have played their first nine games, and the biggest of them all is how they have clamped down on their enemies to emerge as the top two defensive teams at this point in the conference.And while Star’s Chito Victolero believes that his defense needs to hold up to grab the solo lead for the first time here, Black, a Grand Slam champion and one of the winningest coaches of all time, believes otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“For a change, offensive execution will decide this game,” Black said over the phone, minutes before practice with his Bolts on Tuesday. “In a battle between the top two defensive teams in the league, it will all boil down to offensive execution versus solid defense.”Tip-off is at 7 p.m. with Black emphasizing that this is a “must-win game for both of us if we want to finish in the top two.” Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GFcenter_img SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Now shines Milan Melindo, the late-maturing star Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what he thinks is a do-or-die game for both, Meralco coach Norman Black has a vastly different view on how his Bolts’ clash with Star will be decided.Tied at the top with 7-2 records, Meralco and Star tangle at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao on Wednesday, with the prize being one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Victolero is devising ways on how he can tighten his crew’s defense, especially inside the paint where Meralco thrives because of import Alex Stepheson.“We need to limit the activity of their import, especially in getting those offensive rebounds and second chance points,” Victolero said. “Our perimeter defense is also very important to prevent their guards from penetrating and creating shots.”Star will be seeking to extend a three-game winning streak, while the Bolts are still licking the wounds of an upset loss to GlobalPort last week, a setback that put Meralco in this situation.“We can beat the top teams and it follows that we can also lose (to the weaker ones),” said Black, who made it no secret that the Bolts are playing so well mainly because of the confidence Stepheson gives the local players.Meanwhile, Alaska tries to snap a three-game losing streak and make its way up to the middle of the standings when the Aces clash with winless NLEX in the 4:15 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ross, SMB guards outplay Star counterparts in Game 2

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Beermen failed to sustain their hot start and lost a 16-point lead early in the third period, 46-30, as the Hotshots pulled ahead, 60-58.That continued in the fourth quarter, where San Miguel was scoreless in the final 3:42 but was fortunate enough to overcome Star after Paul Lee muffed a potential game-winning floater in the waning seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoss took responsibility of his team’s poor showing in the third period, where the Hotshots outscored the Beermen, 30-14.“It was kind of on me as the point guard and as the leader that we came out like that in the third quarter. They’re a good team and I think they won eight straight, so we knew they would fight back, but we were able to right the ship and were able to weather the storm,” he said. After two games, Ross also shared that he’s enjoying the backcourt duel with him, Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter going up against Star’s slew of guards in Lee, Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon, Peter June Simon, and Justin Melton.“We’re a guard-oriented team also. We have really good guards, and we have really good bigs, so we’re well-rounded. Them with Ricardo (Ratliffe) gives them a new element, and he almost had 40 rebounds today so he plugs the middle for them and makes them a complete team,” he said.Ross admits Game 1 was an eye-opener for the Beermen’s guard trio, and they all felt that it’s up to them to tilt the favor to their side if they want to come out victorious in the series.“After the last game, me, Marcio, and Alex felt that if we play better, we would win,” he said.And true to Ross’ word, they did.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA IMAGESChris Ross has no qualms with San Miguel winning by the slightest of margin, 77-76, in Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against Star on Monday.“That’s what the playoffs is all about, right? Win by any means, ugly win, big win, it doesn’t matter. You just have to win,” Ross said.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ross did it all with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks, and two steals, Cabagnot went for 10 markers, seven boards, and three dimes, while Lassiter shot 3-of-6 from threes to wind up with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a steal.“We really took the challenge and we all played better than we did last game, and today, we ended up getting the win,” said the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.San Miguel and Star break the 1-1 stalemate on Wednesday in Game 3 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Austria challenges SMB import Rhodes: ‘Ratliffe is the best import right now’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READlast_img read more

UFC: Ex-champ Daniel Cormier congratulates Jon Jones for winning title

first_img2/2 I have watched the fight 2 many times & believe I should have stopped the fight 2 punches earlier. But I don’t get 2nd chances #AskBJM https://t.co/Qn1dQ4oP8c— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017Although he failed to avenge his earlier loss to Jones, Cormier pocketed a disclosed $1 million in fight purse, according to MMA Fighting.  /ra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments McCarthy, meanwhile, accepted the apology and aired his side on Twitter.1/2 @dc_mma U have nothing to apologize for. You have been an incredible champion who has represented the sport of MMA with class & dignity— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017 UFC 214 over the weekend marked the end of a long rivalry between two of the promotion’s top light heavyweight fighters, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe action-packed five-round battle ended in three rounds, with Jones viciously knocking out Cormier with a head kick and a barrage of strikes, en route to reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight title.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress A day after losing his title, the 38-year-old Cormier took to Instagram to congratulate his bitter rival for his convincing victory.“First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory,” he captioned a photo of himself.The former Olympic wrestler also apologized to veteran MMA referee Jon McCarthy for initially protesting against his decision to halt the fight.“Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight,” he wrote.“You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant PH’s 1st full Ironman race set next year Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: Jones regains UFC belt with brutal KO of Cormier, wants Lesnar next MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES 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 Gameslast_img read more

Kalmadi’s personal assistant arrested in Pune

first_imgThe CBI tightened its net around former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, with the arrest of his personal assistant from Pune on Friday.A CBI team from Delhi arrested Shekhar Deorukhkar from his residence in Pune in the nearly Rs 600 crore overlays scam.He has been charged with cheating and hatching a criminal conspiracy – under Sections 420 and 120( b) of the Indian Penal Code ( IPC) – to siphon off taxpayers’ money. Deorukhkar has been Kalmadi’s PA for over 15 years.He was produced before Pune district judge S. Sardesai who handed him over to the investigating agency on a threeday transit remand so that he could be taken to Delhi. The iudge directed the CBI to produce him in a Delhi court by February 14, Deorukhkar’s counsel Pratap Pardeshi said.A CBI spokesperson said the Congress MP’s personal assistant was arrested after the investigating agency had registered a fresh case to probe award of contracts for overlays at different venues for the Games at exorbitant rates.Deorukhkar is the fifth person to be arrested in the CWG scam. The others who were rounded up and later granted bail are three senior CWG officials T. S. Darbari, Sanjay Mohindroo and M. Jayachandran.Binu Nanu, head of the event management company Meroform, was the other person arrested.Overlays included supply of tents, marquees, pre- fabricated units, portable toilets, containers, security fences, furniture, public display LED boards, floor finishes, material handling equipment, gensets, cabling, UPS, air- conditioners, lighting, civil construction, athletic exercise equipment and grandstands at different sporting venues.This was the fourth FIR the CBI had registered to probe the CWG scam. Former OC director general V. K. Verma and Nanu were booked in the case.According to the CBI, Verma and others allegedly ” entered into a criminal conspiracy with managing directors/ directors of private companies in the award of overlays contracts for different venues at exorbitant rates. The accused public servants abused their official position, thereby causing loss to the government and corresponding gain to the private companies and themselves.” Four consortiums, including their investors, were searched by the CBI last month.The premises of companies that were searched included Nussli India- Comfort Net and Pico- Deepali consortiums.The income tax department had earlier searched premises of private companies in connection with the award of contract for overlays.The I-T department is looking into transfer of money through tax haven in certain contracts.The Enforcement Directorate has also registered a case under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act and questioned Verma and other officials.advertisementlast_img read more

Letter from the editor-in-chief

first_imgThe urge to look beautiful has enslaved women for centuries. It is said that Medieval women of noble birth swallowed arsenic and dabbed on bats’ blood to improve their complexions; 18th-century Americans prized the warm urine of young boys to erase their freckles; Victorian ladies removed their ribs to give,The urge to look beautiful has enslaved women for centuries. It is said that Medieval women of noble birth swallowed arsenic and dabbed on bats’ blood to improve their complexions; 18th-century Americans prized the warm urine of young boys to erase their freckles; Victorian ladies removed their ribs to give themselves a wasp waist.Dostoevsky’s maxim, “Beauty will save the world”, it seems, has spurred a multi-billion-dollar industry with spin-offs in wellness and health. But it isn’t just looking fine and eating well that sums up holistic health. And it is precisely this sum of parts that this issue of Spice is committed to. Spice trawls the wellness route to combat sedentary trends in racy urban lifestyles and their incumbent problems.But it’s not just what you put in your mouth that matters; it’s also what you slather on. Instead of raiding larders for farm fresh ingredients and going au naturel, Spice goes in search of the sparkly for that ethereal glow. We travel across the globe to some of the finest spas using precious and semi precious stones as elixirs. From the famed crushed ruby massage at the Le Thermes Marine spa in Monte Carlo to jade and diamonds, we literally leave no stone unturned. Heated stones have been used by the ancient Americans, Chinese, and Hawaiians for centuries to energise through deep body massage.From getting stoned to being seduced by the sublime, Spice celebrates the lasting lure of the grape. Here longevity is yet another promise that wine makes to its connoisseurs; this divine confection is being used as the piece de resistance in upscale salons and spas around the globe. We explore this elixir for youth as we tune into that healing feeling at some of the most exclusive wine spas. In Argentina, at the Patios de Cafayate wine spa, try bathing in bubbling barrels of cabernet, aromatic blends of grape syrups, juices, pips and grape seed oils. Or choose between a Shiraz or Chardonnay cocoon wrap at the Sante Winelands Wellness Centre in South Africa. For more couture care, surrender to the grape crush at Il Borro-a wine estate owned by the Salvatore Ferragamo family in Florence.If wine does not get you in the right spirit, sate your soul on instant karma aboard a wellness voyage. Nudge your wanderlust to a host of less conventional possibilities like extreme sports adventures or holidays more reminiscent of an army boot camp than a break. Give hedonism a holiday: get punch-drunk on paradise on a spiritual journey to the land of the Gompas or slam dunk your way to good health on a four-night fitness retreat in the Bahamas; come of age at the Clinique La Prairie, in the foothills of the Swiss Alps where their unique revitalisation treatment jump starts the cell-renewal process to delay ageing. Nothing regains youth more vigorously than the rhythmic sensuousness of dance. Experience the finesse of Finnish-born dance and movement specialist, Marja Putkisto, in Turkey. Her Method Putkisto is a game of mass and muscle; simply put, stretch out when stressed. Located along the ragged canyon-top Dionysos Estate on Turkey’s Lycian coast; bliss is just a blue cloud away.advertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Tennis ace Vijay Amritraj son gets wild card entry

first_imgPrakash AmritrajThe name Amritraj did not figure only in the commentary team in the ongoing US Open. Prakash, 18, son of former tennis ace Vijay Amritraj, got a wild card entry after he won the US Tennis Association title for juniors last month.Prakash also teamed up with his cousin Stephen,,Prakash AmritrajThe name Amritraj did not figure only in the commentary team in the ongoing US Open. Prakash, 18, son of former tennis ace Vijay  Amritraj, got a wild card entry after he won the US Tennis Association title for juniors last month.Prakash also teamed up with his cousin Stephen, 17, Anand Amritraj’s son, for the doubles but lost in the first round, as he did in the singles.The doubles stalwarts, Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes, too figure in the draw, but with different partners. The fifth Indian name to figure in the fixtures is Rajeev Ram, an Indian-American like Prakash.Stephen AmritrajThe Indian connections are not just a formality. The next generation of Amritraj brothers want to play Davis Cup for India. In fact, at the ATP tournament in Los Angeles, they were wearing saffron and green socks.”I have always wanted to play for India,” says Prakash, who does not see his American citizenship as an obstacle. “The fact that my parents are from India makes me eligible.”Prakash’s antecedents have certainly helped his game. Father and coach Vijay was visible in the stands at the junior tournament in Michigan, shouting encouragements and rushing over with bottles of Pepsi and bananas during the breaks.But is it a legacy difficult to live up to? The chirpy undergraduate from University of Southern California doesn’t think so. “There is no negative pressure. Come on, who better than my dad to discuss my tennis with?”That’s certainly an ace up his sleeves.advertisementlast_img read more