November 2019

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers steals the ball from Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPKentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers staged a late rally to down the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.In the only NBA game of the day as the United States prepares for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, the Lakers fought back to win 103-94 at the Staples Center.ADVERTISEMENT Kuzma led the scoring with 22 points while Caldwell-Pope was just behind with 21.Brandon Ingram added 17 points while both Julius Randle (10 points) and Jordan Clarkson (12) also had double figures.Rookie star Lonzo Ball had another wayward scoring night, finishing with just eight points. But he managed to pull down 13 rebounds and provided four assists.Caldwell-Pope’s points total included 11 in the final minutes as Los Angeles completed a comeback in a game which had seen them trail by as many as 19 points at one stage.Denzel Valentine led Chicago’s points with 17 while Antonio Blakeney was the next highest with 15. Four other Chicago players posted double-digit scores.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Bonleon, Subido announce return to UST after Sablan exitcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win saw the Lakers improve to 8-10, lifting them into the playoff places in the Western Conference.The defeat was another setback for Chicago, however, who are languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 3-12.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 shutoutThe Lakers, who are in a rebuilding phase after missing the playoffs for the past four seasons, trailed 89-83 with just over six minutes left.But a late scoring burst helped them haul in Chicago to seal the win. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Durant lost to James and the Miami Heat in five games in 2012 and then James and the Cavs knocked off the 73-win Warriors in a seven-game thriller last June.But with Durant added to a mix that includes fellow All-Stars Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, this year’s Warriors proved to be too tough for James and Cleveland to handle in Game 1.“He can just go get a bucket,” Green said. “That’s one of the things that we need, a guy who can go get a bucket, get to the foul line. … That’s huge for us. You are talking one of the best players in the game. To have a game like that when he’s playing that way, it’s tough to beat. Thirty-eight, 8, 8, zero turnovers? We’re real tough to beat when he’s doing that.”READ: Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA Finals Durant played well in his first Finals trip but didn’t have the help he has now with a two-time MVP in Curry, one of the league’s best two-way players in Thompson and a do-it-all demon like Green.ADVERTISEMENT With his big output in Game 1, Durant joined Hall of Famers Rick Barry, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in each of his first six Finals games.“This is what every player wants to be, is the highest level of basketball,” Durant said. “That’s what you dream about as a kid, is to play at the highest level. I wouldn’t do my teammates any good if I wasn’t just enjoying the moment.”Durant provided a conundrum for Cleveland’s defense. While the Cavs mostly left Harrison Barnes open last season and thrived when he made just 5 of 32 shots in the final three games as the Cavs overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the title, that wasn’t an option with Durant.READ: Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in NBA FinalsThere were a handful of times Cleveland was more focused on Curry and the 3-point shooters, but Durant made them pay with six first-half dunks. His presence also forced James to work on the defensive end, sapping some needed energy he needs on offense if Cleveland is going to keep up with Golden State.Durant also did a good job defensively in his 1-on-1 matchups with James, who still managed 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists but also turned the ball over eight times.“Kevin’s a competitor,” Green said. “Obviously being that he’s guarding LeBron, he’s taking that challenge on. And I expect nothing less out of him, being the competitor that he is.”Durant’s presence also benefited Curry, who hit six 3-pointers on the way to a 28-point night. Curry shot just 40 percent in the Finals a year ago and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26) as he nursed injuries to his knee and ankle.But after winning the first two games a year ago before blowing the 3-1 lead, the Warriors aren’t about to get ahead of themselves even if Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called them “the best I ever seen.”“A lot of us have been through both sides of a championship run and a Finals,” Curry said. “You’re not going to see crazy celebrations. You’re not going to see us getting ahead of ourselves. We’re going to enjoy what we do on the floor and going to be passionate about it and have each other’s backs when we’re out there, but every 48 minutes is a separate event.” BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James had a simple explanation for what stood out in Game 1 of the NBA Finals: KD.With a motivated Kevin Durant playing some of the best basketball of his career and taking the pressure off Stephen Curry, Golden State dominated Cleveland 113-91 in Game 1 on Thursday night and showed that Cavaliers-Warriors III might not look anything like the previous showdowns.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast I lost motivation after grandfather died, says emotional Kyrgios Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments 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 Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that’s what stands out,” James said. “I mean, it’s no if, ands, or buts. It is what it is. We’ve got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us.“But that’s what stands out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1Durant finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, didn’t commit a single turnover and spent much of the night guarding James on the defensive end in an impressive return to the Finals stage five years after his only previous trip with Oklahoma City. MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Seventh-ranked Cilic, the 2012 champion, played a near-perfect opening set. He saved Lopez’s only break point with an ace before striking with his first opportunity to take the lead.Lopez’s serve often came to the rescue with 10 aces during the second set, the most important of which saved one of Cilic’s two break points in the second game.Having forced a tiebreaker, Lopez found another gear and produced faultless tennis to take it 7-2.Neither player earned a break point as the high-quality serving continued in the third set, leading to a decisive tiebreaker.Cilic had the first match point, but Lopez executed a fine volley under pressure before finally claiming the title as Cilic sent a forehand wide on the Spaniard’s third match point.ADVERTISEMENT “There is no better preparation going into Wimbledon,” Lopez said. “To win here, to play Wimbledon in a week, is a great feeling.”“It’s tough to believe at 35 that I’m playing my best tennis, but I am.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ In the deciding tiebreaker, Lopez saved a match point when trailing 6-5 with a stretching forehand volley, before sealing victory at the third opportunity.A beaten finalist in 2014 when he failed to capitalize on a match point against Grigor Dimitrov, Lopez once more displayed his grass-court skills ahead of Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I cannot believe that I’ve finally won this trophy,” Lopez said. “It’s the best week of my career — to win this tournament at this stage of my career, it’s so amazing.“It’s tough to put that match point (in 2014) away from my mind. I was serving for the match again, it was so difficult to handle my nerves.” 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 Spain’s Feliciano Lopez celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at The Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London, Sunday June 25, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)LONDON — Feliciano Lopez saved a match point as he came from behind to beat Marin Cilic of Croatia and claim the biggest title of his career at Queen’s on Sunday in the Wimbledon warm-up event.The 35-year-old Spaniard failed to break the serve of fourth-seeded Cilic throughout the grass-court final but fought back to win 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (8) in a match lasting around 2 ½ hours.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playofflast_img read more

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic,” said Pierce, a 10-time all-star. “The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn’t imagine ending my career any other way.”“I’m a Celtic for life.”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 starsREAD: NBA: Paul Pierce departs league with ‘no regrets’Team owner Wyc Grousbeck said they also plan to retire Pierce’s No. 34 so that no other player will be able to wear it. Pierce averaged 19.7 points and 3.5 assists while playing in 1,343 career games with the Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Paul Pierce. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOBOSTON—American forward Paul Pierce signed a one-day contract with the Boston Celtics on Monday in a move that allows him to retire as a member of the NBA franchise.The 39-year-old Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston, helping the club to a league championship in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Farm to honor Tom Brady with corn maze in his image El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMike HusseyAustralian players Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz have been forced out of the ICC World Cup because of injuries, it was known on Tuesday.Hussey will not be able to play in the tournament because of a hamstring injury. He is being replaced by Callum Ferguson.Hauritz suffered a dislocated shoulder. He has been replaced by Jason Krezja.The ICC World Cup begins in India on February 19. Australia are one of the top contenders for the Cup.last_img

first_imgFor Indian sports fans in Qatar, the last day of the 2006 Doha Asian Games was for celebrating with the bronze medal-winning Indian women’s hockey team. However, they were amazed to learn that six of the team members were all from one place: Shahbad Markanda near Ambala in Haryana. The,For Indian sports fans in Qatar, the last day of the 2006 Doha Asian Games was for celebrating with the bronze medal-winning Indian women’s hockey team. However, they were amazed to learn that six of the team members were all from one place: Shahbad Markanda near Ambala in Haryana. The ‘Super Six’ of Shahbad. Ritu Rani, Suman Bala, Surinder Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Jasjeet Kaur and Joydeep Kaur.were only outdone at the September 2006 World Cup in Spain where seven of its girls had donned the Tricolour. Ritu, 14, was the youngest in that event.STARS ARE BORN: The Super Six WORLD AT HER DOORSTEP: Surinder Kaur is the teams Goal Machine of Shahbad at the ground where they learnt how to be championsShahbad Markanda is today called the ‘Sansarpur of women’s hockey’ a reference to the village near Jalandhar which produced 14 hockey Olympians between 1932 and 1980. In the patriarchic milieu of Haryana’s Jatland, notorious for the second-worst sex ratio among all states, the girls have not only put the sleepy town of 30,000 on the country’s hockey map but also given it its most celebrated claim to fame. The girls have also effected a turnaround in the socio-economic status of their families by winning huge financial rewards.Indeed, the non-descript town’s emergence as the powerhouse of women’s hockey is an instructive lesson for Indian hockey bosses on how to nurture young talent at the grassroots level. The credit for scripting such a trail-blazing success story goes to intrepid hockey coach Baldev Singh. Adopting a hands-on approach combined with hard work, Baldev has single-handedly made hockey the defining leitmotif of this town.STANDING TALL: Suman Bala built a three-storey house with her cash rewardsHockey legend Pargat Singh, director of Punjab sports department, regularly cites Baldev’s accomplishments to motivate coaches, calling him an “instructor worth emulating”. Since 1992, the coaching centre established and run by Baldev, now the deputy director of Haryana sports department, has produced as many as 26 international women hockey players.all hailing from the Shri Guru Nanak Pritam Senior Secondary School (SGNP) in the heart of this chaotic town. While local girls form more than half of the Indian Railways team, they make up virtually the entire women hockey squads of Haryana in all categories. Such has been Shahbad’s dominance that there is not a single women’s hockey tournament, at the state or national level, in which they haven’t triumphed in the last decade. “We have stopped counting the tournaments our girls have won,” says Manmohan Singh, vice-80 president of the school management.”The victory streak has whetted their hunger for success.”advertisementBALDEV SINGH, HOCKEY COACHIncredibly, hockey was alien to Shahbad’s predominantly Punjabi community until the mid-1980s when Baldev, himself an accomplished player at the university level, first set up a coaching centre at the local Arya School. Among the first lot of players, three.Sandeep Kaur, Bhupinder Kaur and Sanjiv Kumar.made it to the international level. Impressed with his coaching credentials, SGNP persuaded him to run the hockey centre at the school in 1992. Until then, the all-girls school had no tradition of the game.WORLD AT HER DOORSTEP: Surinder Kaur is the teams ‘Goal Machine’Baldev discovered it would be a double challenge. First, getting the girls to play and then, moulding them into professional players. After much persuasion of parents, he took 20 girls, all less than 10 years old, under his wing. Next, they fashioned a playground for themselves by clearing an uneven stretch of land of bushes and hedges in the backyard of the two-and-a-half acre school. All the trainees came from poor socio-economic strata. Surinder’s father, for instance, was a farm labourer. “I then didn’t even know what hockey was,” recalls Sukhdev, now the proud father of an international player nicknamed the ‘Goal Machine’.A hard taskmaster with an uncanny knack of spotting talent, Baldev set about honing their precocious skills. For the first two years he set a rigorous regimen of seven hours a day, without any holiday or break. Of the initial lot, eight dropped out, unable to cope with the pressure. But the rest shaped into talented players, and nine of them later went on to play at the international level. Surinder was the first, participating in the 1998 Asian Games. Prior to that, the team had tasted its first major success in the 1993 Nehru Girls’ Hockey (under-17) Tournament where it emerged second.THE WIZARD: Talent-spotter Baldevs tough regimen has worked wondersThe turning point, however, came in 1994, the year the local team won a prize money tournament. Its impressive winning spree at the national level earned the players a windfall of scholarships from the Sports Authority of India and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The financial spin-off not only boosted the players’ confidence but also changed the attitude of parents over the years. Suman’s father was a humble farmer till she earned nearly Rs 40 lakh in cash rewards in eight years. Her family has built a three-storey home in place of a brickand-mud dwelling and sent her younger brother to college in Australia. Then there is Surinder. Her family was living in a one-room shanty when she started playing hockey in 1993. Today, they own eight acres of land, a house and a dairy with a dozen cattle. Her latest gift to her parents before she left for Doha was a DTH dish antenna. Meanwhile, offers of lucrative deals from coaching centres in other states and jobs from the Railways and SAIL have started pouring in. “The victory streak has whetted their hunger for success,” says 57-year-old Baldev.INSPIRED: Young girls in Shahbad are now inspired to take up hockeyOn a roll all these years, the Shahbad juggernaut has been steadily gaining momentum. Consider this. In 2006, it won the All India Sub-Junior Tournament, the National Championship of Schools and the National Senior Women’s Hockey Championship, wresting the title from the Railways after 19 years. The Haryana team has also romped home in the All India Nehru Hockey Tournament (under 17) nine times in the past 13 years. Besides, it has been making a clean sweep of the prize money at Surjit Memorial Hockey Tournament for the past several years. “Now, the organisers have stopped inviting us,” says Suman in jest.While the international players are now treated as local idols, their success has inspired parents to initiate their daughters into hockey. The coaching centre at present has 60-odd trainees-the youngest being sixyear-old Reet. “Hockey has lifted the status and esteem of the girls,” says principal Surinder Kaur. Baldev, too, has set his sights high despite the lack of regular sponsorship and the callousness of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). The IHF, he says, “failed to recommend a single Shahbad girl for the Arjuna Award despite the team’s sterling performance and has never used my services at the national level”. Clearly, the goalposts have shifted, but tragedy is, the organisation entrusted with promoting the sport poses the toughest hurdle.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe steel-sculpted link bridge overlooks Abu Dhabi’s official F1 trackInspired, whimsical, ethereal; possibly nothing melds nature and culture in a more evocative statement than architecture. It is mortar’s leap toward immortality. Spice cuts through the concrete jungle to summon such architectural gems that don’t merely qualify as landmarks but contextualise,The steel-sculpted link bridge overlooks Abu Dhabi’s official F1 trackInspired, whimsical, ethereal; possibly nothing melds nature and culture in a more evocative statement than architecture. It is mortar’s leap toward immortality. Spice cuts through the concrete jungle to summon such architectural gems that don’t merely qualify as landmarks but contextualise new metaphors of choreographed comfort and designer aesthetics. Here’s exploring some concept hotels that transcend the quintessential parameters of hospitality and service to imbue imagination with pure panache: from a grid shell studded with 5,800 LED colour changing glass panels that overlook a F-1 race track to a free-spirited design that simulates the feathers worn by Brazilian dancers during the Rio Carnival, these are ‘inhabited sculptures’. Here indulgence is karma and opulence, it’s behoving consort.Thousands of blue LED lights breathe life into the grid-shell of the Yas by nightYas Hotel, Abu DhabiIn the hierarchy of avant-garde and overwhelming constructions, the UAE has managed to establish itself as a status group.This concept hotel, designed by New York City-based Asymptote Architecture, bears testimony to the tall claim. What sets it apart is its 217mt long sweeping curvilinear grid shell. This grid shell is studded with 5,800 pivoted diamondshaped LED colour changing glass panels. The pixelated lighting design, created in collaboration with London’s Arup Lighting, features a smooth flow of colours through its double curved surface and is a veritable visual treat, especially at night. Resembling the shape of an atmospheric veil looming above, the shell fuses two towers and a link bridge. The steel sculpted link bridge even overlooks a Formula 1 race track that snakes its way through the building complex. A luxe altar for sports and style, the hotel is a wondrous exercise in imagery.A deliberate use of glass on the exterior plays out the beauty of Kameha Grand’s surroundingsKameha Grand, BonnSituated on the most strategic trade route of the world wars-Rhineland; the location is its leitmotif. The hotel is surrounded by the Rhine on one side and the picturesque Siebengebirge mountains on the other. In fact, the silhouette cuts into soft curves at the edges, towards the river on one side and the valley on the other. Aiming to embrace its picturesque surroundings, German architect Karl-heinz-Schommer’s design features an exterior skin that has been kept transparent through the extensive use of glass. The 21-mt high dome draws upon the idioms and tone of the open beam roof of Winchester’s Great Hall and the straight hallways are inspired by 19th century English shopping passages. Contemporary art adorning a junior suite bathThe curvy shape and huge glass facade cocoon the quirky interiors conceived by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Interestingly, the building is one of the largest geothermal facilities in Europe and has the capacity to store summer heat for winter and winter breeze for summer. The Kameha is a refreshing getaway from the usual mandated cleverness-it takes the familiar by surprise.Grand Lisboa’s gaming area is studded with crystals and gold leavesGrand Lisboa, MacauWhen Hong Kong based architect Dennis Lau wanted a motif for free-spiritedness, he looked no further than the Rio Carnival. The concept is inspired by the feathers in a Brazilian dancer’s headdress. The structure made of glass, iron and steel arches out 21mt from the waist to the tip of the feather, making each room slightly different in size and shape. The 213mt high tower sits atop a dome inspired by the Lotus, which is Macau’s national flower. Striking enough during the day, the hotel morphs into an ‘Ode to Enchanted Light’ during the night bathed with one million LEDs. The tower’s feathers swathed in daylightWhat’s more, the over-whelming waterfalls, chandeliers, Turkish baths, and the Swarovski studded lobby ensure that the interiors pay as much homage to the cult of excess as the facade. Its bold design may run contrary to the conventional, but courting controversy is the mark of the maverick.The walkway entrance of the Mandarin OrientalMandarin Oriental, BarcelonaNovelty in architecture isn’t merely restricted to fabulous facades; the interior structure and design plays just as vital a role. Carving a niche in a world of couture constructs, Barcelonabased OAB Architects’ design takes material objects and elevates them to the sublime. No mean task. This building opens to a light-drenched foyer set in pristine white-furnished with large windows and skylights-that offers unbroken views of all nine floors of the hotel from the foyer itself. A bird-cage white suspension envelops the lounge area at the MOPossibly the most spectacular design element in the hotel is an enormous, rectangular, metallic grid, suspended over its restaurant’s tables, allowing for greater privacy. Above this structure, a surprising ‘hanging garden’ effect has been created by the addition of a number of plants. Another interesting element is the floating catwalk from the pavement to the main entrance, which literally affords a feeling of walking on air.Divine by designHotels to watch out for in 2011.The pool at Ritz Carlton, the world’s tallest hotel, sits on the 118th floorRitz Carlton, Hong KongIf you thought, taller, bigger, better was the classic American syndrome, check out it’s Asian variant: the Ritz carlton. Perched atop Hong Kong’s tallest building-the International Commerce Centre-the hotel is the world’s highest hotel at 488 mts. Besides the obvious panoramic views of the Victoria harbour, traditional Chinese fittings and art-inspired interiors, the lobby shines vibrant with Palissandro blue marble stretches and orange onyx walls. The rooms are done up in oriental accents played out by flowery patterns in the carpets and vibrant tangerine silk interiors of the closets which resemble Chinese jewel boxes. Another stunner is the diamond ballroom, which is an eye-popping display of sparkling chandeliers and crystals.Missoni, KuwaitOverlooking the Arabian Gulf and set amid Kuwait’s bustling shopping centre, Rosita Missoni’s 18 floor design baby is all set to become the epitome of choreographed couture. Drawing inspiration from the land and sea of Kuwait, she blends gold, beige and turquoise in her signature mosaic urns which embellish the entrance. Everything, from the walls to the furniture and upholstery is bathed in vibrant patterns and bold colours. While the rooms use linens from the designer’s home range, the amenities draw on her signature fragrances. Now that’s what you call haute on call and cool by design.W London, Leicester SquareIf bling is your thing, this is where you need to check in! While the lift lobbies are done up in chic purple, the rooms flaunt random and eclectic lamps, union jack cushions and golden floating beds. Interestingly, the facade of this rectangular shaped soft-curved building turns into a dazzling light show by night. It is mounted with eight cameras which span pictures of adjacent buildings and a custom software which compresses them into a two minute film. The film is then recreated on the exterior through 600 lights diffused through fritted glass. Mirroring the future, we say.Palazzo Versace’s interiors draw on Italian designPalazzo Versace, DubaiOverlooking the waters of Dubai Creek is this classic palatial complex that houses private residences and hotel suites stylised by Versace. The structure evokes Middle Eastern culture through its exterior cornices, stonemasons, sculptures, giant pillars and capitals. The historic palatial interiors are an ideal backdrop for the bespoke mosaic artwork, reminiscent of Italian craftsmanship. The landscaping features grand fountains, lagoons and reflection pools. Classic Italian dandy.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe government’s crackdown on doping in Indian sports continued as the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted raids at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI’s) southern centre in Bangalore on Monday.The NADA team was searching the rooms of around 500 athletes currently training at the centre. They were expected to collect samples of the athletes’ food supplements as well as their urine and blood.The raids at the Bangalore centre come two days after a four-member NADA team searched hostel rooms at Patiala-based Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS). It had collected 13 sets of food supplements and 27 urine samples during their raids in Patiala on Saturday. The results of the tests conducted on these samples were yet to come.The NADA action comes following the Union sports ministry’s strict stand against doping scandal in Indian athletics. Eight track and field athletes had tested positive for anabolic steroids recently following which Sports Minister Ajay Maken ordered an inquiry by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.last_img read more