NU fends off FEU for 1-0 lead in PVL Finals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University kept its record unblemished but not after overcoming a gritty stand by Far Eastern University, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jaja Santiago dominated anew for the Lady Bulldogs, who shoot for a finals sweep and a perfect season in Game 2 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Aiko Urdas delivered a pair of clutch hits for NU and FEU committed a couple of costly errors from Heather Guinoo and Celine Domingo to end Game 1.Sato added 12 points while Jasmine Nabor had 46 excellent sets. Urdas finished with eight points and 16 digs.Czarina Carandang paced the Lady Tamaraws, who were without team captain Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, with 17 points.Pons and Atienza are focused on playing for FEU in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament and likely to miss Game 2 as well.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Santiago, who averaged 26 points per game in the semifinals, picked up where she left off with 23 points, including four blocks and four service aces. “The game was a bit tight but I give it to the evolution of the team,” said NU coach Babes Castillo. “They played a bit relaxed under pressure, though, they have yet to find the balance between being relaxed and assertive.”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“We will try our best to win. Hopefully, very, very convincingly. We have to limit our errors, we want to be more intelligent and organized,” Castillo said.The Lady Bulldogs blew a big lead twice. The last instance was in the fourth set where the Lady Tamaraws rose from six points down, 21-15, to tie the match at 22 after Risa Sato’s attempt went out. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After frustrating him in NCAA, Thompson looks to turn tables on Amer in PBA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Kobe wants to be presented in Hall of Fame by Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region01:37Protesters 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 — Pagasacenter_img View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Although they didn’t always see eye to eye on some matters, the duo formed one of the most celebrated player-coach relationships in all of sports.Bryant, meanwhile, has also been referred to as the closest player to Jordan, and was considered his heir apparent during his career.The two played the same position and displayed a seemingly frenzied drive and passion for the game.Other big-name stars eligible for the loaded Hall of Fame Class of 2021 include Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Warriors come back to beat Wizards; Green, Beal ejected John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kobe Bryant gestures to fans as he takes the court for his last game for the Los Angeles Lakers against Utah Jazz in their season-ending NBA western division matchup n Los Angeles, California, on April 13, 2016.  AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNKobe Bryant is definitely a shoo-in in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in four years’ time.In a storied career that span 20 seasons, the five-time NBA champion has worked with and played against some of the biggest names in basketball.ADVERTISEMENT But when it comes to the person he wants to present him come the historic day, “The Black Mamba” already has two people in mind.“For me it’s two people: Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson,” Bryant told Complex’s Liz Levy.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“They’ve been the greatest mentors, not only in my career as an athlete but also as a person. And what I might say is just a lot of thank yous. ‘Cause I’ve had a lotta help along the way. A lotta lotta help.”Jackson, of course, steered the ship for Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers’ championship dynasty from 2000 to 2002, and again in 2009 and 2010.last_img read more

‘It is gonna be a classic’

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa UST can further complicate matters going into the second round of eliminations with a win over FEU. But the Tigresses need to do a lot more than they did in losing to UP (31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12) recently. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThey may have gone through rough patches this season, but defending champion La Salle and fierce rival Ateneo are still expected to light up fireworks anew when the two fabled foes face off Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at SM Mall of Asia Arena.Bea de Leon, the Lady Eagles’ leader, called the match another episode of their “classic” rivalry.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I think it’s gonna be a classic,” said the prolific middle blocker. “But it’s anyone’s game and you can’t tell who’s got the edge.”Ateneo setter Deanna Wong said she was taking the match as a gauge to see if she has what it takes to fill in for Jia Morado, who opted to skip her final year of eligibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We still have enough time to prepare and scout,” said Wong. “We just take it as challenge and we all need to work as a team.”Ateneo will enter the game with a four-game winning streak which somehow erased its 0-2 start. The Lady Spikers, meanwhile, are coming off a shock defeat to erstwhile doormat team Adamson early this week. LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sotto is center of attention in Eaglets triumph That loss prompted La Salle’s coach Ramil de Jesus to describe their game as “barangay-level.”Meanwhile, Far Eastern University will take on floundering University of Santo Tomas in the other match.The Lady Tamaraws created their own splash when they dealt the NU Lady Bulldogs their first defeat of the season, 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, Wednesday night.The win practically rewrote the championship discussion that in the preseason mainly included the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers.But the Tigresses, who lost to the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, can’t be discounted in the 2 p.m. match, especially with current top scorer Cherry Rondina at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

All so difficult for Djokovic, easy for Nadal at French Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV 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 Elsewhere on Day 6 at Roland Garros, 10th-seeded David Goffin stopped playing after turning his ankle when he tripped on a tarp at the back of the court in the first set against Horacio Zeballos; No. 5 Milos Raonic advanced when his opponent, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, quit because of a left thigh injury; No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; and No. 6 Dominic Thiem was a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 winner against No. 25 Steve Johnson, an American who generated sympathy from fans and foes as he displayed raw emotion while competing just weeks after the death of his father.In women’s play, defending champion Garbine Muguruza beat No. 27 Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2, and a couple of unseeded Americans lost to seeded opponents: No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic edged Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 8-6, while No. 23 Sam Stosur eliminated qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Schwartzman played well during that stretch, to be sure, but the No. 2-seeded Djokovic’s biggest problem was himself.He wound up with 55 unforced errors to 43 winners, and all sorts of issues on his backhand wing, which produced 33 of those miscues, all under the watchful eye of new coach Andre Agassi.Djokovic, who completed a career Grand Slam a year ago in Paris, eventually managed to figure out how to steady his game, if not his demeanor.As Schwartzman became less proficient and complained about issues in his right hip area — a trainer came out and gave him a massage during a changeover late in the final set — Djokovic became more assertive and more accurate.Still, there were distractions.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The stark numbers on the scoreboards at Court Philippe Chatrier revealed plenty about how differently things went in the back-to-back contests Friday for defending champion Djokovic and nine-time champion Nadal. First up in the main stadium at Roland Garros was Nadal, who won 82 points and conceded merely 36 in a 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 victory over 63rd-ranked Nikoloz Basilashvili.“The score is quite embarrassing, you know,” Basilashvili acknowledged, “but I have to accept it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDjokovic followed in the main stadium and found himself in quite a bit of trouble right away against 41st-ranked Diego Schwartzman before emerging to win 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.While it took Basilashvili 12 games and 49 minutes just to claim a single game — which spectators greeted with a roar as he stood motionless and straight-faced — Schwartzman not only took the second game of his match against Djokovic, he grabbed the opening set, too. And then the third, to go up by two sets to one. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Novak Djokovic APPARIS — From a tiff with the chair umpire to the big deficit he created and then needed to overcome in a steady rain, Novak Djokovic had an all-around difficult day at the French Open.Rafael Nadal’s journey to the fourth round, in contrast, could hardly have been easier. Indeed, his 100th best-of-five-set match on clay was also the most lopsided.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Gavina sees potential as Rene Pacquiao gets quality numbers in debut In the fourth set, with Djokovic leading 4-0 and serving at 30-all, he was given a fault by chair umpire Carlos Ramos for multiple time violations. After the ensuing point, Djokovic stared in Ramos’ direction.Moments later, just about to face a break point, Djokovic yelled at himself, mostly in Serbian. Then, facing Ramos, Djokovic briefly lifted his racket overhead, before using it to flip a ball backward toward a ball boy.That’s when Ramos interrupted, announcing a code violation warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. Djokovic walked over and barked: “What’s wrong with you? What did I say? What did I say? What did I say? Why did you give me warning? What, do you understand Serbian?”Ramos had trouble getting a word in edgewise, but he responded: “Because of what you did. The gesture you made with the racket. This is not acceptable.”Djokovic: “Did I hit the ball in your direction?”Ramos: “No, you did not.”Djokovic: “Did I hit it? Why did you give me a warning?”Ramos: “Because of your attitude.”Djokovic: “What attitude, man?”When play resumed, Djokovic missed a forehand to drop that game. He would win 8 of 9 games the rest of the way. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

BMW looking for larger slice of SUV market

first_imgAs India’s love for sport utility vehicles (SUV) revs into top gear, German luxury carmaker BMW on Thursday launched its new SUV, X1, in India priced between Rs 22 lakh to Rs 29.9 lakh (ex- showroom Delhi). The car will be available in both petrol and diesel variants.While the petrol version will be available at Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India), the diesel variant will have two options, priced at Rs 23.9 lakh and Rs 29.9 lakh (ex-showroom, all-India), respectively.The diesel variant of X1 has an engine with power of 177 brake horse power (BHP) and torque of 350 Nm ranging from 1750 to 3000 rpm. The petrol engine gives a power of 150 BHP with a torque of 200 Nm at 3600 rpm.BMW claims that the diesel variant takes 8.3 seconds to attain a speed of 100 kmph, whereas the petrol variant takes 10.4 seconds. All X1 variants have six speed automatic gearboxes.BMW already has two SUV models in India ‘X3’ and ‘ X5’. This SUV will be positioned below them.Last year, the Indian auto market saw as many as half a dozen new SUV launches, including many high- end luxury SUVs.These include Audi Q7, Hyundai Santa Fe, Tata Aria, whereas Audi had earlier launched Q5.French auto major, Renault, too, is planning to launch SUV Koleos in the Indian market in mid- 2011.The price will be a major advantage for the firm. This compact SUV will not only divert some traffic from its German counterparts but will also be pitched against Toyota Fortuner priced at ` 19.64 lakh, Nissan X- Trail ( Rs 21.7-26 lakh), Hyundai Santa Fe ( Rs 21-23 lakh) and the Mitsubishi Outlander (Rs 20.25 lakh).advertisementThis is the cheapest car from the BMW stable in India so far. The firm said it will assemble X1 from its Chennai plant and has invested about ` 180crore to boost the production. BMW has taken over the top position from its arch- rival Mercedes- Benz. According to the latest Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers figures, BMW sold 5,345 units against 5,109 units sold by Mercedes- Benz during January- November this year.The company is quite bullish about the response of its new SUV in the India market.”We already have 1,000 orders for the BMW X1 and we are sold out for the first quarter of the next year. We expect the X1 to be the biggest volume model for BMW in India,” Andreas Schaaf, president, BMW India said.”India is still a growing market, it is not yet matured and we are creating a market with the launch of new vehicles. If the market continues to grow at 25 per cent, in ten years time India will be among the top 10 markets of BMW globally,” Schaaf said.last_img

Forget me not

first_imgWhat is common between the diary you use each day to scribble notes in office and your feet? Too weird a comparison? Well, think again. Chances are that you will discover you care for your feet as little as you do for that diary caked with dust and on the,What is common between the diary you use each day to scribble notes in office and your feet? Too weird a comparison? Well, think again. Chances are that you will discover you care for your feet as little as you do for that diary caked with dust and on the verge of tearing apart. But unlike the diary, you cannot replace the body parts you tend to ignore most often. This new year, make a new start. Use this checklist to make sure you give each part of yourself its due.HandsThe delicate skin, fewer oil glands, constant exposure to sun and direct contact with drying elements such as harsh detergents and hot water contribute to making hands age years before the rest of you.Take special care to use a gentle scrub on your hands to remove dead skin.Moisturise hands during the day as well as before going to bed to keep them soft while maintaining their suppleness.Use SPF-containing sunscreens and lotions to protect hands from the sun.Use gloves while doing household work such as washing utensils or clothes.Elbows and kneesThe thick skin around the elbows and knees tends to be drier and darker than the rest of the body. However, it is mostly left uncared for since these parts can be easily covered with clothes.Remove dark skin from knees and elbows by exfoliating the skin regularly. Avoid use of alcohol-based products.Massage them with olive and almond oil.Lemon is extremely beneficial for your elbows and knees. Use a paste made by mixing lemon juice with salt to lighten the stubborn dark skin on these parts.Nutritional supplements of antioxidants, flaxseed oil, co-enzyme and Vitamin C will help make a difference.Feet and heelsClean, soft heels never fail to attract praise. However, cold weather and the dirt are bound to put them to severe test.Wash feet in lukewarm soapy water and exfoliate using a foot scrub to keep them clean and free from itch cracks.Apply a lanolin-rich cream or mixture of glycerin and rose water to help soften the heels.Massage the foot with either petroleum jelly which contains urea and lactic acid or a salicylic acid preparation (if the cracks are very deep) at bedtime.Use low heel, comfortable shoes that cover your feet.Always put on a loose pair of socks before going to bed.While waxing your legs, ask your therapist to wax the foot as well, to remove the dryness from the upper foot.UnderarmsDark underarms can be unsightly and embarrassing. Caused due to hyper-pigmentation, they are mostly genetic.Shaving can lead to dark underarms as the skin is sensitive and thin. As waxing removes hair from the root, it is a far better alternative to shaving.Since deodorants can lead to discoloration of the armpits, try to use perfumes or sprays when going out.Avoid bleaching this part of the body as the thin, sensitive skin turns unusually dark later on.Apply a mixture of half lemon juice and half water to your underarms. Allow the mixture to stay for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this on alternate days.HipsHard and dark skin on the hips is very common among women. However, since not everyone goes around sporting bikinis, the problem remains largely ignored.Daily exfoliation with a loofah during your bath will help reduce discoloration of the hip region.Use mild scrubs for this area to avoid goose pimples.BackIt’s common knowledge that most women are plagued by acne and unusually dark skin on their backs.Use anti-bacterial soap or a salicylic acid-based cleanser to dry up the acne on your back.Moisturise your back with a hydroxyl acid that can be bought at any drug or beauty store. This will prevent the skin from drying up in any weather.Protect the skin from sunlight and cleanse it with gentle cleansing milk every night before going to bed.Neck skinThe skin on the neck is much more delicate, and thus requires more care as compared to the rest of your body.Regularly peel the dead skin on your neck with face cosmetics once a week, since they are gentler.To prevent ageing and moisture loss, eat food containing vitamin F, such as corn, sunflower oil, linseed oil, and nuts.With inputs from: Dr Jamuna Pai, Cosmetic Physician, Blush Clinics; Anuradha CH, Director, Anoo’s Salon; Anjali Negi, Marketing Manager, JAFRA Cosmetics; and Vivek Sahni, MD, Kama Ayurveda.advertisementlast_img read more

Roddick out, Federer sets major mark at Australian Open

first_imgDefending champion Roger Federer matched a Grand Slam record which magnifies his extraordinary consistency over eight years, while Francesca Schiavone established a record for endurance in a women’s singles match.Day 7 at Melbourne Park was a day of record marks for the majors.Roger Federer returns to Tommy Robredo during their fourth round match at the Australian Open on Sunday. APFederer equalled Jimmy Connors’ mark for consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals appearances when he beat Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. The 16-time Grand Slam winner has now reached the quarterfinals at 27 majors in a row since 2004.He’ll next play Stanislas Wawrinka in the first all-Swiss quarterfinal at a major in the Open era. Wawrinka had a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Andy Roddick in the last match Sunday, meaning there’ll be no Americans in the men’s or women’s quarterfinals.”Obviously wasn’t the showing that we wanted, you know, but I’m doing what I can,” said Roddick, who said Wawrinka completely outplayed him. He planned to book a flight home first thing Monday.On the women’s side, French Open champion Schiavone established a Grand Slam record, needing 4 hours, 44 minutes for her 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 fourth-round win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.Schiavone saved six match points, then converted on her third match point in the longest women’s match at a major in terms of time in the Open era. The previous record was set here last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-3 in a match lasting 4:19.The 30-year-old Italian battled exhaustion but, “at the end, you have something more, always.”advertisement”Was for me, fantastic,” she said. “When you’re in a situation like this, every point is like a match point. You have to keep going. You know that physically you’re tired. Mentally just keep going.”Kuznetsova said the match was so long she was forgetting the score or who should serve.Schiavone said it wasn’t quite that bad for her, “but I was watching the clock, and I say – ‘Bravo, Francesca, you are tough!'”Schiavone will meet top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals.Shortly after, 2008 champion Maria Sharapova lost 6-2, 6-3 to Andrea Petkovic, who had a relatively easy run into the fourth round when Venus Williams – the last American in the women’s draw – retired after just four minutes in their third-round match. Sharapova attributed her loss to just a “bad day in the office.” She took one positive – it was better than her first-round exit last year.Petkovic will now take on China’s Li Na, a semifinalist here last year, in the quarterfinals.Federer didn’t concede a point on his serve in the first set, but had a lapse in the second when Robredo’s serve was dominant and he took a set off Federer for only the third time in 10 matches.Federer, seeking a fifth Australian title, regained control in the third set and dominated after getting an early break to lead 2-0.”It’s a lot of hard work. I’m sweating bullets right now,” he said. “I’m excited to be in the next round.”He admitted he’d had a tough first week, including a five-set win over Gilles Simon.”I’m in another quarterfinal. Got all the chances to make it to the semis again,” Federer said, “so I’m very pleased.”Connors reached the quarterfinals in 27 consecutive majors he entered between 1973 to 1983 – although he missed 13 Grand Slam tournaments during that period of time either through injury or because he didn’t travel to Australia.No. 3-ranked Novak Djokovic is aiming for his second Australian crown. The 2008 champion advanced to the quarterfinals for the 13th time in the last 15 majors with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over No. 14 Nicolas Almagro and will next play last year’s Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, who beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.Wozniacki moved into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova and is just one victory from ensuring she’ll retain the top ranking.The 20-year-old Dane, playing her first major as world No. 1, can keep her top ranking with an appearance in the semis.The questions about Wozniacki’s worthiness of the top ranking are starting to diminish. Asked which player she feared most, she said: “I don’t fear anyone actually.””I’m feeling confident. I feel like I can beat anyone on a good day. I think they have to fear me when they’re playing me,” she said. “I just go out there and do my best. If they’re better than me that day, it’s just too good.”advertisementWozniacki lost three of the first four games of the match before reeling off six in a row to take control.She now has reached the quarterfinals at all four majors, and she’s navigated some troublesome ground. According to the WTA, only one of the last five women to be ranked No. 1 went beyond the first round in the first major they played with the top ranking.She also steered herself in and out of trouble after telling a false story in a post-match news conference about being scratched by a kangaroo.After her match, she described an up-close encounter with a baby kangaroo that had scarred her.She said she tried to pet the kangaroo and it scratched her, and noted she had seen a doctor and rejected advice to get stitches.But she later tweeted: “Round 2 with the media:) hope you enjoyed my kangaroo story, hope you know i was just kidding:) see you on tuesday for round 3!”She later returned to Melbourne Park to clarify she’d made up the story and to apologize, saying she didn’t think anyone would believe it.last_img read more

Shifts in the Pyramid

first_imgPower abhors permanency, even though it instills in those who wield it a sense of infallibility. The pyramid of power, built on money and mind, is constantly under attack, and invaders are multiplying at the gate. In India, one of the most friendly places for wealth creators today, the preservation of the order is all the more difficult because competition is intense and ambition infectious.The INDIA TODAY list of Power Elite 2011 shows this change in the highest echelon: icons have not been blasted but cracked. It underlines the simple truth that keeping power is much more challenging than acquiring it. In a country where the leitmotif of the political narrative is corruption, the powerful few are under constant surveillance-and too much sunlight of public scrutiny has fallen on the mystique of those who reigned supreme for so long. That is why the top 10 on the list tells the story of not only the elasticity of power but its mercilessness as well. And in India, as in any other open society with an open market, the power of the individual is getting more pronounced than the power of the state. When the two meet, the result can be disastrous; it can turn out to be a conspiracy against the powerless.In 2011, it has brought out the rot in the Establishment. When money turned darker, the mind shone elsewhere beyond the boardrooms, best explained by the continued dominance of soft power, particularly entertainment and sports. It is a reflection of 21st century India, where the possibilities of power are matched by its perversions. The list is ruled by those who strike a fine balance between the craft of making money and the art of influencing the life of others-for better or worse. The pyramid of power is a work in progress. Favouring the smartest, it keeps soaring.advertisementThis is an excerpt from India Today issue dated April 11, 2011. To read more subscribe to print copy.last_img read more

Job survey: Multiple jobs created in corporate India in the year 2007

first_imgREAL ESTATE30% revenue growth1,19,153 new jobsJob seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs,,REAL ESTATE30% revenue growth1,19,153 new jobsJob seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs, high interest rates and a potential slowdown in demand, employment forecast for both the manufacturing and services sectors has never been this strong. Job seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs, high interest rates and a potential slowdown in demand, employment forecast for both the manufacturing and services sectors has never been this strong.IT & SERVICES35% revenue growthThe survey covered 114 units in thesector which employs 13,61,997 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…1,58,735 new jobsEmployment, as a measure of economic growth, has been on the uptick since 2004, but the activity has gained momentum over the last two years with companies adding capacities and increasing headcounts, thanks to rising domestic consumption. Projected to close the financial year with a growth rate of 9 per cent, India continues to be among the three fastest-growing economies in the world. Consequently, its contribution to global GDP is slated to increase from the present 6.2 per cent to 8.8 per cent by 2020. A lion’s share of this growth comes from the services and the manufacturing sectors, which have grown by over 11 per cent in 2006-07. With India gearing up to be a manufacturing hub for industries like textile, auto, steel and petroleum products, the war for talent is spilling on to the manufacturing sector as well.TEXTILE & GARMENTS20% revenue growthThe survey covered 109 units in thesector which employs 18,04,376 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…1,46,065 new jobsThe macro-environment may have turned tight with interest rates hardening, but there is little likelihood of a downturn in economic activity in the near future as companies are relying more on non-banking sources for their capital expenditure needs. As a result, higher interest rates are not expected to significantly impact investment and employment activity.The analysis by the Asian Development Bank, based on the numbers in the latest National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report on employment, indicates that the employment growth rate has picked up from 1 per cent between 1993-94 and 1999-2000 to 2.8 per cent during 1999-2000 and 2004.TELECOM & LOGISTICS43% revenue growthThe survey covered 77 units in thesector which employs 29,16,629 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…93,936 new jobsManufacturing saw the steepest employment increase at 5.8 per cent, which was followed by services at 3.9 per cent. The higher employment rate in the economy has also benefited those with less than secondary school qualifications. In fact, those who have studied until middle school are the biggest gainers from the growth in employment, capturing 42 per cent of the 70 million jobs that came up between 1999-2000 and 2004. For those who are wondering where to look for that dream job, the wait ends now. Looking for a job won’t be akin to finding a needle in a hay stack. The INDIA TODAY-Ma Foi Employment Trends Survey puts 16 sectors under the scanner to understand how many people will be added in 2007. Market research agency TNS Mode surveyed 1,294 units across all major industry segments, geographical areas, size, class, and ownership types to get a fix on how many new jobs would be created.The results of the survey indicate employment in organised sector is growing rapidly, after years of stagnation. Corporate India is expected to create 8,22,456 new jobs in 2007, across 16 sectors. All the sectors will witness growth in employment, except the banking and finance verticals. This is mainly because private banks are riding high on retail business, while the growth of public sector banks has been significantly lower. The employment fall is most marked in this sector on account of VRS as well as attrition not compensated by increased hiring.advertisementMEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT20% revenue growthThis nascent sector of economy has seenphenomenal growth. In 2007, new channelsand radio stations are expected to create…20,000 new jobsThe star performer of India Inc for job creation is the IT and ITES sector, which will create the maximum jobs, followed by textile and garment manufacturing, real estate and construction, transport and communication. Explains Satish Pradhan, executive vice-president, group HR, Tata Sons, “There is a growth story unfolding in India and this growth has intensified due to industrialisation, driven by domestic and international consumption.” Currently, there are 150 million Indians at an approximate income level of Rs 1.5 lakh per annum and by 2011, over 750 million will be in this income slab, which will drive consumption considerably. This class, also known as the mass affluent Indians, is getting better jobs and fatter pay cheques. IT SERVICES & ITES: The year 2005 witnessed the coming of age of the Indian IT multinationals, with the traditionally Indiacentric, indigenous players beginning to build noticeable presence in other locations-through cross-border acquisitions, onshore contract wins and organic growth in other low-cost locations. In keeping with past trends, the biggest employment generator this year will be the IT-ITES sector. The industry is likely to record $47.8 billion in annual revenues in 2007, an increase of nearly 28 per cent, taking the sector’s contribution to overall GDP to 5.4 per cent from 4.8 per cent last year. Multinational companies have announced investments to the tune of $10 billion in 2006-07, which will be invested over the next few years. By 2010, the IT and ITES industries aim to grow to $60 billion, which will mean an addition of 5,00,000 new jobs over the next three years.AVIATION25% revenue growthIndia has added 135 new aircraft intwo years. In 2007, private airlinesare expected to create…8,000 new jobsAccording to the survey, this sector will add over 1,58,735 people over the next 12 months. However, increases in employment due to off shoring are not being adequately captured in this survey as some of that is through offshore arms of Indian multinationals. Be it Wipro or Cognizant, the fourth biggest IT services provider in India, almost every IT company is adding to its head-count. NASSCOM projections show that the employment base of the software sector will touch 1.6 million in 2007, with big boys of IT services and their business process outsourcing (BPO) arms recruiting generously.Cognizant plans to add a net of 17,200 professionals in calendar 2007, taking its global headcount to at least 56,000, from 38,800 in December 2006. Says Bhaskar Das, vice-president, HR: “Over 85 per cent of the hiring will happen in India, of both freshers and experienced professionals.” IT services companies typically look for engineers or science graduates at the entry level with a compensation of Rs 2.4 lakh per annum, while the lateral placements (that of experienced professionals) could range from project managers to vertical heads. IT services giant Wipro’s growth momentum is likely to be the same as last year. It recruited 15,000 people across its software and BPO businesses and Pratik Kumar, head of its HR, expects to add almost the same number this year.CHEMICALS & PHARMA10% revenue growthThe survey covered 174 units in thesector which employs 7,26,163 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…39,968 new jobsIn an industry where attrition is in the range of 14-20 per cent, recruitment is not easy. In order to find the right kind of people, Cognizant is aggressively following the employee-referral programme. Approximately 51 per cent of Cognizant’s lateral hiring last year came from this programme, which translates into more than 3,000 professionals joining from this route. Cognizant encourages its employees, to “bring in” their friends and peers, with incentives up to Rs 50,000.From malls to night clubs, the BPO firms are all over the place, looking for people. In order to shatter the college canteen atmosphere, companies like WNS have started the concept of familiarisation trips for potential employees so that they know what a BPO job means. Explains Anirudh Limaye, HR manager at WNS: “It is important for people to understand that this is a serious business and not about fun.”Thanks to the shortage of talented manpower, companies like Wipro are even hiring young science graduates and putting them on the job where they acquire software skills by day and attend lectures of BITS Pilani professors by night. At the end of four years, these science graduates not only have a job with Wipro but also have an engineering degree to boot.AUTOMOBILE & AUTO COMPONENTS: While the software growth story has been unfolding for a while, the next big story is automobiles and components. The survey estimates that this sector will see 20,946 new jobs in 2007. With India slated to become a large auto market and an export hub for small cars, the world’s leading automobile companies are setting up manufacturing facilities in India. At the end of 2004-05, the total sales of passenger vehicles-cars, utility vehicles and multi-utility vehicles- crossed the 1 million-mark to touch 1.06 million, with exports of 1,66,000 vehicles. According to estimates, India will take over Germany in sales volumes by 2010 and Japan by 2012. The Indian auto component industry is also estimated to grow exponentially over the next few years as the country emerges as a auto hub, due to its engineering skills.FMCG & DURABLES9% revenue growthThe survey covered 73 units in the sectorwhich employs 18,53,596 people. In2007, it is expected to create…56,801 new jobs advertisementadvertisementThe biggest recruiters in this sector will be the new automobile manufacturing facilities of domestic and global companies. The sector has seen two big joint ventures, new manufacturing facilities by leading auto companies and green-field plants by auto component makers like Bharat Forge. The Mahindra & Mahindra, Nissan and Renault joint venture will invest Rs 4,000 crore in a facility, which will produce cars at a plant near Chennai. The plant will produce models for all the three partners, with capacity to produce 4,00,000 cars and utility vehicles. The M&M-Renault venture will add about 2,000 people and most of the employees will either have engineering talent or line expertise. Bulk of the new employees will be at the entry level, graduate trainees, who will either be groomed for management positions for the flagship or they will be engineers and science students for Tech Mahindra. Says Rajiv Dubey, group human resource head: “The group is in an expansion phase and will be recruiting a large number of people. People for the auto joint venture would have to have production experience and engineering skills.”AUTO & COMPONENTS12% revenue growthThe survey covered 74 units in the sector which employs 4,88,072 people. In 2007, it is expected to create…20,946 new jobsAnother such ambitious joint venture is between the Tatas and Italian car giant Fiat. The alliance, with aggregate investments of over Rs 4,000 crore, will create a facility at Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, with capacities to produce in excess of 1,00,000 cars and 2,00,000 engines and transmissions yearly. Both Fiat and Tata vehicles will be manufactured at the same facility. Says Anurag Jain, managing director of the Rs 1,500-crore auto-component company Endurance Group: “Auto and auto components industry will need high quality talent in all areas ranging from design and development, manufacturing, quality to sales and marketing.” The bulk of recruitment will be in the junior and middle levels. Primarily, people with good technical trade skills as well as bright engineers are going to be in demand in this sector.Companies have tie-ups in place to create their own talent pipeline. Bharat Forge, for instance, has partnered with BITS Pilani and University of Warwick, UK, to help its employees attain degrees in manufacturing management. Not only do professors come down for weekend courses but employees are also given one week in a month off to study. All this is creating the stickiness for employees.MANUFACTURING: India’s brick and mortar sector is shining too. Be it petro products, garments, packaged foods or colas, all companies engaged in their production are on a hiring spree. According to the survey, companies producing beverages, cigarettes and food products will recruit over 56,901 people in this calendar year, while those in the manufacture of wood products, furniture, jewellery, sports goods will add 69,912 people.RETAIL & TRADE30% revenue growthThe survey covered 98 units in the sectorwhich employs 6,39,384 people. In2007, it is expected to create…48,705 new jobsFor the first time in the last 10 years, industrial growth in India has exceeded 10 per cent. Also, for the first time ever, the manufacturing rate of growth has exceeded 12 per cent in six months (April-September 2006). Manufacturing accounts for about 80 per cent of India’s industrial production, while mining and electricity account for approximately 10 per cent each. Consumer durables and non-durables have also shown record upward trends. Consumer goods have recorded a high growth of 12.5 per cent with 12.6 per cent growth in durables and 12.5 per cent growth in non-durables. All these figures are now adding up to new jobs in each of these sectors.Besides consumption-led growth, job creation is expected to get a boost by the numerous special economic zones (SEZs) that are coming up. According to a study conducted by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), SEZs are the best tools to improve India’s social and industrial infrastructure. Close to 30 SEZs are already operational which provide direct employment to 0.15 million people and indirect employment to many more.Reliance Industries, the biggest player in the petrochemicals and petroleum business and a promoter of two big SEZs, plans to aggressively recruit for its new refinery coming up in Jamnagar by 2008. The new refinery, which is an SEZ, will add about 2,200 people in 2007. Says V.V. Bhatt, HR head: “Over the last few months, Reliance has added over 2,800 people and we will add about 5,000 people this year. We have a bias for engineers, so the new positions too will look at engineering talent or science graduates who we can train.” The group, which is also facing the heat of attrition, offers a massive project completion bonus to employees engaged in new projects, which is double their annual salaries. This apart, Reliance is also setting up an engineering college in Gujarat, which will be a deemed university and will supply manpower.REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION: A sunrise sector, it has billions of dollars in investments. Research estimates say that Indian real estate market is expected to grow from the current $14 billion to $102 billion in the next 10 years. According to ICICI Bank, the main growth thrust is due to favourable demographics, increasing purchasing power, existence of customer-friendly banks and housing finance companies, professionalism in real estate and favourable reforms initiated by the Government to attract global investors.  “For auto JV, people must have engineering skills.”Rajiv Dubey Group HR Head, M&M “Growth has intensified due to consumption.”Satish Pradhan Executive V-P, Group HR, Tata Sons Indian real estate has huge potential in almost every sector, be it commercial, residential, retail, industrial, hospitality or healthcare. Commercial office space requirement is led by the burgeoning outsourcing and IT industry. Estimated demand from IT/ITES sector alone is expected to be 150 million sq ft of space across major cities by 2010. In residential sector, there is a housing shortage of 19.4 million units out of which 6.7 million are in urban India. The increase in purchasing power and exposure to organised retail have redefined the consumption pattern and as a result the country has experienced mushrooming of retail projects. All this means more jobs. The industry would require individuals with finance, marketing and communications. The sector will see employment creation to the tune of 1,19,153, a huge number after IT and ITES sector. And for those interested in a career in real estate, the Promoters and Builders’ Association of Poona is setting up an academy that will train and assist individuals as well as existing developers, who wish to professionalise their operations.RETAIL: It is the next big thing in India, with the Birlas, the Ambanis and the Mittals getting into it. The good news is that it will also be people-intensive. Till recently, the sector was a chaotic mix of mom-pop shops and branded outlets. In 2000, global management consultancy AT Kearney estimated that it would grow to Rs 8,00,000 crore by 2005-an annual increase of 20 per cent. As of now, only Rs 20,000 crore of the market is organised which means there is huge potential. According to another study conducted by CRISIL Research and Information Services, the organised retail industry in India is expected to grow 25-30 per cent annually and will triple in size from Rs 35,000 crore in 2004-05 to Rs 1,09,000 crore by 2010. “We will double employee strength by 2008.”Sanjay Jog HR Head, Future GroupWith players like the Future Group doubling their stores from 150 to 350 in tier II and tier III cities by 2008, the need for manpower will only increase. “We will double employee strength from 17,000 to 34,000 by 2008,” says Sanjay Jog, HR head at the group. This is one industry that recruits maximum at the shop floor level. For its management needs, retail industry is recruiting from business schools like Welingkars, which are offering retail specific courses. All eyes are now set on the Reliance Group, which currently has 80 stores operational across Hyderabad, NCR, Jaipur, Ranchi, Chennai and now Bangalore. The company aims to recruit over five lakh employees by 2010.Aditya Birla Group and Bharti are finalising plans for their roll-out. This should drive recruitment higher by 2007-end. The need for talent is not only at the managerial level but also at the store level. With most retailers looking at managing exhaustive cold chains to feed their stores, people with agricultural degrees and plantation experience will be sought-after. For instance, the Future Group has tied up with universities and colleges that offer specialisation in agricultural business in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Punjab. All this opens up huge potential in the logistics sector which will manage the supply chain for retail outlets.It is not just IT and brick and mortar companies which are on the hunt. Emerging sectors too are big employers. With new airports and airlines, the booming aviation industry will absorb thousands of trained professionals as the country’s fleet strength increases to 500-550 by 2010. Add the hospitality sector which is riding piggy back on aviation. With occupancy levels touching 75 per cent as foreign tourist arrivals record the 4.5 millionmark, the sector too is on an expansion spree. With new budget and luxury spas on the planning boards, recruitment will only spiral. Keeping in line with India’s demographics, sectors like entertainment and media are expected to boom to cater to the 500 million youngsters. India is already the third largest television market in the world and will only grow. By the end of 2007, 600 radio stations will be on air across 100-odd cities, requiring at least 20,000 professionals only for these stations.It is a good time to be young and in the job market. Boom Town rapClick here to EnlargeSurvey MethodologyThe SurveyTNS Mode conducted a survey of 1,294 units across all major industry segments, geographical areas, size class, and ownership types. It involved both visits and telephonic conversations with senior HR managers and in some cases CEOs of the firms.Data SourcesData from various sources have been used for this study. Historical data on the manufacturing sector have been culled from various rounds of the Annual Survey of Industries and publications of the Central Statistical Organisation. In some cases, industry association data have also been used. This has been supplemented and crosschecked with data from sources such as the Statistical Outline of India, data from various surveys of the National Sample Survey Organisation and Labour Statistics of India.The above sources have the advantage of almost universal coverage of the organised sector within their specific domains. However, they suffer from two significant gaps. First, most of these secondary sources are not up-to-date. To make data more up-to-date, figures on output growth from IIP as well as sectoral GDP were used to supplement that data. Second, areas such as health, education, and other such services are not covered by any data source with universal coverage. Therefore, some sectors have had to be left out from the analysis frame. Efforts are currently on to find solutions to these data gaps such that future METS have universal coverage of the organised sector in India. Once estimates of employment as of December 2006 are obtained, estimates drawn from a primary survey conducted on organised sector establishments during December 2006 and early January 2007 on their expectations related to employment increases are used.last_img read more