Kyrie Irving excited about joining revamped Celtics

first_imgThe Celtics already had had quite the summer after they signed Hayward to a four-year deal worth about $128 million and traded Avery Bradley to clear cap space for him. When Irving asked for a trade, general manager Danny Ainge pounced, shipping out Thomas — a fan favorite and the team’s biggest star — along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.Irving would not say whether he plans to talk to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James about his trade demand, telling reporters: “It’s not anybody else’s business.”“It’s just really between two men,” he said. “If it happens or not, I’m pretty sure you guys won’t know about it.”For now, he is worried about his new team.“There’s just a lot of newness I have to get used to, which I’m excited about,” he said Monday. “It’s going to come in waves, man, these ups and downs we’re about to face as a team. … It will really echo in terms of our identity and how we’re going to respond.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Thomas is out, shipped to Cleveland in a package that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston and completed — for now, at least — a near-total makeover of the team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference last year.But that doesn’t mean Hayward is disappointed that the team he is going to play with looks much different from the one he thought he had joined.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“You’re talking about two superstar players, two incredible offensively talented players,” Hayward said Monday at the Celtics media day.“It would have been amazing to have the opportunity to play with I.T. I was looking forward to that; that was something that was enticing and exciting about the Boston Celtics. On the other hand, I get to play with another superstar.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In all, just four players return from last year’s conference finalists: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Al Horford.They’re all new to Irving, a four-time All-Star who averaged 21.6 points and 5.5 assists in his six-year career, all of it for the Cavaliers.Ainge said it wasn’t his goal to shake up the conference finalists.“Those guys were terrific players for us, and some of my favorite players that I’ve watched and been around during my time here. But we had a chance to get some players, too,” Ainge said. “It wasn’t because we were unhappy with our roster.”Ainge would like to see how it all works out.“We don’t plan on doing the same thing next summer,” he said. “I plan on getting down to about a 1 handicap next summer.” Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward (20), Al Horford (42), and Kyrie Irving (11) walk together during a photo shoot at NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)CANTON, Mass. — Gordon Hayward was looking forward to playing with Isaiah Thomas, one of the Celtics players who recruited him to Boston during his whirlwind free agency.By the time Hayward steps on the parquet floor, though, there will be another All-Star point guard dishing out the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trump says NFL insults about patriotism, not race Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look00:50Trending 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View commentslast_img read more

San Beda hands Lyceum first loss of season, nears NCAA title

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The two were instrumental in the Pirates’ last ditch rally as they cut the 91-82 deficit with 35 seconds remaining to just four, 91-87, with 20.2 left before Bolick and Potts canned the insurance freebies to seal the game shut.The Scores:SAN BEDA 94 – Tankoua 27, Bolick 24, Potts 15, Mocon 11, Soberano 9, Tongco 4, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Abuda 0, Presbitero 0, Adamos 0.LYCEUM 87 – Perez 25, Nzeusseu 14, Ayaay 11, Caduyac 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ibañez 6, Santos 5, Pretta 3, Serrano 0, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 22-21, 45-50, 64-64, 94-87. “I stick to the brand that we are still the underdogs. We just only won one game. It’s not yet over and we still have to win one more game,” he said. “I just give credit to my players. We were down by more than 12 points and they never gave up. People said the heart of LPU is really big, but the heart of my players were really big as well.”Davon Potts added 15 points and four rebounds, while Javee Mocon got 11 markers and nine boards in the win.San Beda recovered from a 57-45 deficit to start the third quarter as Bolick and Tankoua commandeered a 16-3 blast to take a 61-60 lead late in the third period, setting up the close finish.With the game tied at 80, the Red Lions once again leaned on Bolick, who exuded veteran poise and drained the crucial buckets.Newly minted Most Valuable Player CJ Perez fired 25 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Mythical Team member Mike Nzeusseu got 14 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Donald Tankoua was the rock once again for San Beda, pouring 27 points, 20 rebounds, and two assists but it was Robert Bolick who came through in clutch for the Red Lions, who finally defeated the Pirates after three tries.Bolick fired nine of the Red Lions’ last 11 points including the  gutsy off-the-glass trey with 1:28 to go. He finished with 24 markers, four boards, and two dimes.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 shutoutSan Beda can finish the job off next Thursday in Game 2, still at the Big Dome.Despite the win, coach Boyet Fernandez said that the Red Lions remain as the underdogs in this series. Injuries galore in Seahawks’ Thursday night victory MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda shrugged off a slow start and dealt Lyceum its first defeat of the season, 94-87, to take Game 1 of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball Finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Showing their poise in the championship round, the Red Lions corrected their error-prone ways in the first half to inch closer to claiming their 10th title in 12 years with a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three championship duel.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters 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 commentslast_img read more

UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: NU taking road to Final Four one step at a time

first_imgHead coach: Babes CastilloLast season: 7-7Key holdovers: Jaja Santiago, Jasmine Nabor, Risa SatoADVERTISEMENT “We can’t just target the Final Four and we’re still in the first round. We have to finish strong in the first round and continue that momentum in the second. If we can perform well in the first round, we have to do better in the second round.”As unfortunate as it may seem, the Lady Bulldogs had the reputation of bottoming out in the latter half of the season after having a stellar start.The Lady Bulldogs started Season 78 on a 3-1 start but would end up winning just two in their next seven games and ending the tournament with a mediocre 7-7 card at the fifth spot.NU then ended Season 79 on the same 7-7 record and this time the Lady Bulldogs went off 3-0 before losing three straight and eventually ending the tournament on a three-game skid.Jasmine Nabor, a two-time Finals MVP and one-time Best Setter in the Premier Volleyball League, said they first have to make it into the Final Four before dreaming of reaching the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT For all the talent that’s within National University, it’s quite surprising that the girls in navy-and-gold have just featured in the Final Four just twice in the last four years.The team’s two leaders, though,  are determined to get the Lady Bulldogs past the semifinals, especially with Jaja Santiago bidding the school goodbye at the end of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to take it step-by-step, first round then the second round,” said Santiago, who has won several MVP plums in the club level, in Filipino.READ: Championship or bust for Jaja Santiago in her final year  Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Of course the goal is to reach the Final Four before playing in the Finals,” said Nabor in Filipino. “I want each and every one of us to improve as the season goes on and my goal is to become the best leader I can be on the court.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UPlast_img read more

Busmen brace for tough Cambodians

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Fallen PAL inspires Canlubang With Global Cebu losing to Thanh Hoa of Vietnam in its AFC Cup opener on Saturday in Hanoi, the Busmen hope to give the country a breakthrough win in this year’s competition.Home United of Singapore and Shan United of Myanmar are also in Group F with Ceres, which went on a magical qualifying run last month in the top-tier Champions League, stunning Brisbane Roar of Australia and delivering a creditable showing in a 0-2 loss to Tianjin Quanjian of China in the playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVidakovic refused to make a huge deal out of their last two games against strong opposition, pointing out that the most important game will be against the Cambodians.“It doesn’t mean anything to us and we have to move forward and focus on the next game,” said the Serbian. “We can’t go [in the AFC Cup] with overconfidence. All our opponents deserve our respect.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH BACOLOD CITY—Following a memorable AFC Champions League qualifying run last month, Ceres Negros coach Risto Vidakovic knows his team can’t afford to let up as it braces for a tough title defense of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Asean zone crown starting on Tuesday.Armed with more experience, the Busmen open their campaign in Group F against Cambodian champions Boeung Ket with another huge crowd expected at Panaad Stadium here. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Beermen down KaTropa in heated Game 3 for 2-1 finals lead

first_imgFederer beats Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for 9th Halle title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fellow BPC candidate Chris Ross posted 17 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter finally broke out of his shooting slump as he rack up 16 markers and seven dimes.San Miguel shoots for a 3-1 lead on Wednesday still at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a hard fought game. I think what happened to the game is we did not have any major adjustment and we just kept our intensity high,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.Things got heated near the end of the first half when Ross engaged in a verbal duel with TNT’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig. It escalated during the halftime break when Craig allegedly pushed off a metal gate which hit San Miguel governor Robert Non and some of the Beermen staff. With Ross kept on the bench after incurring a flagrant foul penalty one at the 2:49 mark of the second quarter, San Miguel got a huge shot in the arm thanks to the stupendous play of Brian Heruela as he sparked his squad to a 16-5 run and grab a 62-52 lead with seven minutes to play in the third quarter.San Miguel also weathered Rhodes’ foul woes, as its all-Filipino crew kept the KaTropa at bay and preserved its 10-point cushion up until the fourth quarter.The win came despite June Mar Fajardo’s silent outing as the three-time MVP was limited to just six points, five rebounds, and two blocks.Also aiding the Beermen were TNT’s 23 turnovers, which turned to 26 easy points for them.RR Garcia led TNT with 19 points and four assists, while Joshua smith got 18 markers, 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESSan Miguel did just enough to hold off TNT, 109-97, and gain a 2-1 edge in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Charles Rhodes celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, carrying the load for the Beermen with 25 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Best Player of the Conference contender Alex Cabagnot scattered 28 markers, nine boards, and six dimes.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Jayson Castro contributed 17 points, three boards, and three assists, but committed 10 turnovers while Roger Pogoy was held scoreless for the second straight game after delivering a career performance in the finals opener.The scores:SAN MIGUEL 109 – Cabagnot 28, Rhodes 25, Ross 17, Lassiter 16, Santos 10, Fajardo 6, Heruela 5, Semerad 2, Tubid 0, Espinas 0. TNT 97 – Garcia 19, Smith 18, Castro 17, Semerad 12, De Ocampo 9, Williams 8, Tautuaa 7, Reyes 7, Pogoy 0, Rosario 0.Quarters: 23-23, 46-47, 79-72, 109-97. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

Couldn’t take the insult anymore: Chertkov

first_imgVladimir Chertkov is back in India and he has nothing complimentary to say about the way the sport is run in the country.The foreign expert consultant with the Indian gymnastics team flew back in a huff after he was barred from participating in the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Games. The bone of contention apparently was the ceremonial dress code of the Indian contingent.Chertkov said the blazer and trousers provided to him did not fit him at all but the higher-ups in the delegation insisted that he had to wear the given attire if he wished to be a part of the ceremony. The tone and tenor of the officials also played a big role in the matter. “I couldn’t take it anymore.It feels very childish to talk about something like this, but I felt humiliated and insulted,” Chertkov told Mail Today after landing in the Capital on Saturday night.”The issue is much deeper. It is about the way athletes and coaches are treated in India by officials who know nothing about sports. Obviously, the Indian coaches cannot take the sort of step I took as they have much more to lose.”The American of Russian origin said there was no professionalism in the way issues were handled.”Our measurements are taken a week before our departure and the uniform arrives at the last moment. But the arms of my blazer reached just about my elbow while the trousers finished little below my knees.”I told the contingent officials about the problem but they said ‘take it or leave it.’ I have a blazer in a colour similar to the official dress and was ready to wear it with the Indian Olympic Association tie. But they would have none of it. The team manager told me in front of all the athletes and coaches that I could not attend. This is no way to treat someone who has brought the first medals in international competition.advertisement”Had I attended the ceremony in what was provided to me, I would have looked like a clown. It would have been an embarrassment and a joke. They would not even let me watch the ceremony from the stands. If they did not want me there, it was best that I came back,” Chertkov said.”It is a case of personal discrimination and the chef-demission is responsible for the situation.” The players knew about his decision to return. “I talked to the players before returning to India. I told them it is a personal matter which has upset me and I cannot stay. But they have to focus on their job and perform well.”And they did as for the first time in Asian Games history, we have an Indian in the final of an event (Ashish Kumar in the floor exercises). Who knows what can happen in the final?” Ashish had earlier done the country proud by winning the first medals in a major event with a silver and bronze at the Commonwealth Games.Nobody from the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) has got in touch with Chertkov since he touched down in Delhi.Like other foreign coaches in various sports, Chertkov’s contract expires on November 30 and whether it will be extended after his walkout from Guangzhou is anybody’s guess.”Nobody has talked to me about it. I have certain ambitions. If the sports ministry agrees to my suggestions and the terms of contracts are favourable, I can stay back. “I get several phone calls daily asking me to not to leave. Otherwise, I have no reason to stay. I have offers from elsewhere.”The huge team of officials that goes to major sporting events also drew a sarcastic response from Chertkov.”It looks like a tourist group. Most of them know nothing about sports but still dictate what athletes and coaches should do. The whole system is outdated and needs to be changed. But I am a foreigner and can only provide my observations.”When contacted, GFI general secretary Kan Singh Rathore said they were waiting for an official report. “We came to know that he has come back. But we need the report from team manager Satpal Kaur before deciding on a course of action. It should arrive in one or two days,” Rathore told Mail Today from Jodhpur.last_img read more

HC upholds stay on Royals’ termination

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday upheld the independent arbitrator’s order granting a stay to the Rajasthan Royals’ termination from the Indian Premier League (IPL).But the court sought an affidavit – as asked for by the BCCI – from the team-owners that they are in control of the team’s affairs.The Royals were also asked to provide a bank guarantee of Rs 18 million and a security guarantee of Rs 2.83 million.Earlier, the court-appointed independent arbitrator had stayed the termination of Royals’ IPL contract, but the BCCI had opposed the move.last_img read more

Egypt must change legal system too

first_imgThe 18-day-long protest by the Egyptian people shook the world.The people create a revolution which, in time, turns its back on the people. The people are sovereign. Their sovereignty is taken away. Revolutions are short lived and remain unfinished – often to be finished off.The Egyptian revolution of 2011 will go down in history as one of the greatest bloodless peoples’ revolution of our times.The 18- day- long protests shook the world.While law is no stranger to revolution, common law legal theory is malleable and can favour usurping dictators and revolutionaries.The British government’s diddling over unilateral independence of Rhodesia’s racist Smith regime is one example. In 1958, Pakistan’s Supreme Court gave a wide berth to usurper Ayub Khan to enable him to claim to be the de jure ruler. In 1969, its courts invoked the doctrine of necessity to uphold yet another usurpation. Bangladesh followed suit. The world is full of usurpers who successfully bring down constitutions and claim the legitimacy of power.RevolutionA famous English jurist argues in his Concept of Law ( 1961) that it may be that ‘ only officials might accept ? a legal system.Society maybe deplorably sheeplike, the sheep may end up in the slaughter house, but it would still be a valid legal system’. These are the harsh realities of ‘ revolutionary change’. After President Ben Ali of Tunisia fled the country on January 14, 2011 following the popular outrage sparked by the suicide of Mohammed Bouazizi, from January 25 there was no stopping the rage of the Egyptian people. Hosni Mubarak’s appointing intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as vice- president and aviation minister Ahmed Shafiq as Prime Minister on January 29 did not stem the tide.Firings and death followed.On January 31, the army stood by in support of the people, but on February 2 asked them to go home. Meanwhile, the ‘ march of the million’ was under way – to be confronted by ruthless brutal responses. No intermediate solution was acceptable to the people. On February 11, Mubarak resigned and stepped down.We have no credible theory of ‘ revolution’ in legal theory other than it takes place.Good and bad regimes demand and get legitimacy – internally by ensuring operating support; and externally by the all too flexible international law of recognition.After Mubarak who? Egypt which was under the great Mameluke rulers from 1250 was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517. But following protests, it was taken over by the British in 1882 to become a protectorate in 1914. Following Mohammad Ali’s animation of Egyptian nationalism in the 19th century, the army was never at a loss to assert its presence, as in the case of Ahmad Arabi in 1881. In 1922, Egypt became independent. But the army’s presence was visible and persistent.In 1952, King Farouk abdicated in favour of his son Fuad II – a trick tried by Mubarak in the present crisis. Egypt became a republic in 1953 and Gamal Abdel Nasser took over in 1954. The experiment of a joint republic – with Syria ( 1958- 61) failed. Nasser supported the tripartite principles of non- alignment, socialism and secularism. From 1970- 1980, Anwar Sadat ruled autocratically till his assassination by a jihadi and Mubarak took over for 30 years. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood which was established in 1928 has grown in strength and substance.If constitutional government can mean anything prevalent at the time, Egypt has been governed constitutionally. The new Fourth Egyptian Constitution was established in 1971. But in 1980, Sharia law became the acknowledged inspiration and source of legislative rules. From 2005- 2007, Mubarak initiated many democratic changes which were cynically received. He was clearly there to stay. With the rise in electoral recognition of the Muslim Brotherhood in the elections of 2005, Egyptian discourse was in doubt whether the country was secular or fundamentalist.ConstitutionEgyptian constitutionalism is now faced with the presence of both the army and the Muslim Brotherhood. We know that when Zia- ul- Haq came to power in 1988, he ‘ Islamicised’ Pakistan. What will happen in Egypt? The Middle East has two strong traditions. In 1922, Kemal Ataturk converted Turkey into a modernity based secular state which was European in outlook.Nasser’s Egypt followed a socialist- secular path. Today, Syria is a secular- socialist republic under a strong repressive dictatorship.But Damascus will not go the revolutionary route because the middle class and other Syrians are too comfortable in their lives, are permitted their luxuries and not denied the right to practice their faith.At present, Egyptian secularism sports duality: personal laws by Sharia principles and modern commercial and other laws based on modernity. Egypt does not, and at present cannot, ask for a uniform civil personal law code. India has a lesson to learn from accepting sentimental social realities before going berserk on Muslims in the country.At present even after the revolution of 2011, Egypt’s Sadat constitution system is intact, with its legislatures intact but top heavy in character. The President can dissolve Parliament, but the People’s Assembly and the Shura Council as well as judiciary exist. But while some of Mubarak’s amendments of 2005 and of 34 articles in 2007 displayed democratisation, they also paved the way for dynastic rule. From 1980, there has been draconian anti- terrorist legislation. The infamous Article 179 allows terrorist cases to go to a regime chosen court.Egypt needs to dismantle the Mubarak amendments all round. At present, some amendments keep the Muslim Brotherhood at bay. Are they to be changed in favour of the Brotherhood in the name of democracy, as they must? Like India, Egypt has ceased to be a socialist country, but has less abject poverty to deal with.Its dual pro- Sharia based personal law secularism will remain.ChangeIt does not have to recreate a Constitution, like Palestine or Iraq, but it needs to introduce post- Mubarak changes. India’s experience shows that even after the Emergency, many ‘ emergency’ constitutional amendments were retained.But, its biggest challenge is the army which has played a persistent role from the 19th Century, and certainly in the last sixty years from Nasser to our times. Without claiming direct constitutional power, the army has both a legal and shadowy presence. After the Indian Emergency ( 1975- 1977), Indians felt that they will never allow dictatorial power to re- visit the Indian people. But, India’s army has not strayed into politics. In Egypt the equations are different. After this grand exercise of revolutionary protest, Egyptians, like the Indian people, are entitled to demand that they never be subjected to any kind of autocratic rule. The army should restrain itself. If it does not, the revolution is only beginning.Will the Tunisian- Egypt signal pervade the Middle East? At the most, it will serve as example for a few countries. Authoritarian Middle East regimes have assured that a mixture of consumerism and Islam keep their populace happy. But, the Egyptian uprising is a warning to all.Post World War II, the world has been littered with over sixty wars. From the Russian revolution of 1917, there have hundreds of big and little revolutions. All legal systems have been hopelessly amoral in dealing with revolutionary changes by accepting whatever fait- accompli is presented to it – both nationally and internationally.This makes a mockery of the rule of law.Egypt reminds us that the rule of law must run with democracy, distributive justice and a multi- cultural secularism. Whether Egypt itself will be able to achieve this in the future remains to be seen.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala- KTK win by 6 runs

first_imgKochi beat Kolkata by six runs in an IPL match that went down to the wire at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Score | PhotosMore than the batsmen it was a day the bowlers thrived on with 19 wickets falling in the match. But, it was Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene, who won the Man of the Match award.Earlier in the Kolkata innings, Jacques Kallis attempted to play a big one off R Vinay Kumar in the fourth over, but ended up getting caught in the deep by Kedar Jadhav on 24/1. In came Kochi paceman RP Singh and out went Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir with a fine yorker uprooting his middle stump on 3 and Kolkata were 27/2.The other opener, Manvinder Bisla, too did not stay for long and was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja on 16 even as Kolkata were three wickets down for 37.Finally, Manoj Tiwary and Eoin Morgan forged a partnership and just when the two were beginning to settle down, Morgan got run out ruining their plans. Morgan fell for 10 and Kolkata were at 73/4 in 12.2 overs.Another wicket, this time of Shakib Al Hasan and Kochi came back into the game, which at one point looked drifting away from them. This was RP Singh’s second wicket in the match and it too was a clean bowled.  Kolkata were 86/5 at the stage.Then it was time for Ranji Trophy veteran Ramesh Powar to show his skills with the ball. His off-break left Yusuf Pathan guessing even as he ended up giving a catch to Kochi’s Sri Lankan import Muttiah Muralitharan near the mid-wicket boundary for 8. And Kolkata were down to 97/6.advertisementLone ranger Manoj Tiwary, who was battling the odds, too fell as Kochi tightened the noose. He scored a dogged 46 before falling to Jadeja in the 17th over when the team total was 101/7.In the 18th over Brett Lee, an accomplished bowler, but not an accomplished batsman became Muttiah Muralitharan’s first victim when the Kolkata score was 105.In the last over, Kolkata needed nine runs off two balls and Vinay Kumar was the bowler, and their last recognised batsman Rajat Bhatia went for a double but ended up getting a run and Kolkata needed eight runs off the last ball. New man L Balaji scored one run off the last ball as Kochi won the match by six runs.Kochi pacer RP Singh finished with impressive figures of 4-0-25-2.Kochi inningsKolkata bowlers Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan took three wickets each to restrict Kochi to 132/7 in this 22nd IPL match at the Eden GardensAfter being put to bat by opposition skipper Gautam Gambhir, who won the toss, Kochi were batting with ease with openers Brendon McCullum and captain Mahela Jayawardene at the crease. The two have been in good nick and were looking set for a big score, but Kolkata’s Bangladeshi import Shakib Al Hasan struck on the last ball of the seven over to break their 49-run stand.A tame shot off McCullum saw him give an easy catch to Eoin Morgan at backward point when he was batting on 23. The partnership broken, Jayawardene too did not last long and was sent back by Yusuf Pathan on 25 who had him leg before wicket. Kochi were 52/2 at the stage. In the 10th over, Yusuf Pathan struck and clean bowled Brad Hodge cheaply to reduce Kochi to 55/3. An inside edge of Hodge’s bat shattered his stumps when he was batting on 2. It wasn’t over for Pathan, who then removed Parthiv Patel leg before in his next over and Kochi were down to 65/4.Shakib came around to do some more damage in the 15th over. He scalped Kedar Jadhav on the lastball of the over and the Kochi scoreboard read 100/5.But Ravindra Jadeja was still at the crease and when he gets going, he makes the bowlers pay, no matter how illustrious they may be. But, that phenomenon didn’t come to pass as Kolkata’s Aussie import Brett Lee thought otherwise. Jadeja went for a big one off him and ended up giving a catch to Yusuf Pathan near the boundary. He fell on 29 and Kochi were 105/6.Kolkata bowlers were keeping a tight line, giving no room to the oppostion batsmen to score. For as soon as a Kochi batsman tried to get loose he would find himself walking back to the dugout. Then next in line was R Vinay Kumar, bowled Shakib on 11 and Kochi were down to 127/7.Kochi managed to add five runs more and finish the innings on 132/7.advertisementlast_img read more