LATEST STORIES Not that he’s expecting anything less as Fajardo knows how tall the task is for Gilas to score the upset against the 10th-ranked team in the world in their home floor in Melbourne.“Australia is really a strong team. So we really have to follow coach’s game plan because we can’t beat them individually. They’re bigger than us and we expect to have a hard time against them, but we need to execute our plays as a team,” he said. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Cebuano slotman and the rest of the national team were subjected to another tough session against these five foreigners led by former Ateneo big man Chibueze Ikeh.From 5-foot-11 Jayson Castro to the 6-foot-11 Fajardo, the Nationals tried to execute their offense against the towering Nigerian bigs in hopes of mimicking what they can expect in their anticipated draw against Australia in three weeks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe four-time PBA MVP, who is used to defending taller reinforcements in the pro league, feels that this is the kind of training that would prove beneficial for the squad.“They’re a big help for us. They help us plan for our game against Australia because they’re big and strong,” he said. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOne of the PBA’s rare behemoths, even June Mar Fajardo was dwarfed by the presence of Nigerians in Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice at Meralco Gym on Monday.“They’re so big,” he quipped.ADVERTISEMENT Contentious IOC meetings kick off with Olympics set to open NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. dunks the ball against the Detroit Pistons in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — As Larry Nance Sr. waited in the hallway following the best game of his son’s career, the former All-Star was approached by a young Cavaliers fan.“I’m not Larry Nance Sr.,” he said, reaching down to shake hands with the youngster. “I’m Larry Nance Jr.’s father.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC With Cleveland missing three big men — All-Star Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green — because of injuries, the Cavs needed someone to step up and Nance came through. Wearing the same No. 22 his father had retired by Cleveland, the 25-year-old Nance had the best game of his young career.“It just kind of felt easy,” Nance said. “The guys were giving me all the opportunity in the world to make my shots, and I just happened to be making them.”It was only one game, but Cleveland’s latest look was encouraging. The Cavs have been in a funk lately as they try to integrate four new players, but they got a win before embarking on a two-week, six-game trip.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue will stick with Nance as a starter while Thompson recovers from a sprained right ankle that will keep him out at least two weeks. And beyond that, it’s possible Lue could keep Nance in his first five.Since joining Cleveland in a trade last month, Nance has shown he can consistently make a mid-range jumper that he rarely tried with the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “It was a heck of a pass,” Nance said. “It was right on the money.”PITIFUL PISTONSDetroit fell to 2-9 since Feb. 9 and is 6-9 since Griffin arrived in a blockbuster trade. Drummond and Griffin were both assessed technicals against the Cavs.“We aren’t giving ourselves much of a chance to win because we’re playing so frustrated right now — frustrated with the referees, frustrated even more by the ball not going in the basket,” coach Stan Van Gundey said. “It’s very hard to play like that.”TIP-INSPistons: Van Gundy doesn’t have a timetable for G Reggie Jackson’s return. He’s been out since Dec. 26 with a sprained right ankle. The Pistons are 10-21 since his injury. “There’s nothing imminent with him,” Van Gundy said. “He did a little bit of one-on-one against one of the video guys today, but that’s as far along as he is.”Cavaliers: J.R. Smith had another head-scratching game, failing to score in 22 minutes. He scored 19 in the second half Saturday after not attempting a shot in the first half. … Green (sore lower back) moved with ease while doing drills following the morning shootaround. He felt good enough Sunday to go roller skating along with Smith and James, who posted video of the outing on Instagram.UP NEXTPistons: Host Toronto on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Begin a six-game road trip in Denver on Wednesday. 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His kid put on quite a show.Nance posted career highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in his first start for Cleveland, and the Cavaliers closed a disappointing five-game homestand on a positive note with a 112-90 win Monday night over the Detroit Pistons, who haven’t won on the road in nearly two months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeBron James scored 31 points before taking a seat on the bench after the Cavs outscored the Pistons 36-21 in the third quarter to blow it open.Nance, though, was the story. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I didn’t know he could shoot it,” Lue said. “He never shot it in L.A. But coming here, just watching him shoot, he has 3-point range also, which I didn’t know. If he can continue to make that shot, it helps our offense out tremendously.”Nance said the new surroundings have freed him up to show more of his game.“Whatever it was, I just wasn’t that comfortable shooting them in L.A.,” he said. “But whether it’s the coaching staff or the guys, they have the utmost confidence in me shooting that shot and I feel great shooting it, too.”James was his usual brilliant self, making 5 of 7 3-pointers and adding seven rebounds and seven assists. With the Cavs comfortably ahead, James sat the entire fourth quarter, a rarity in this odd season.Blake Griffin scored 25 to lead Detroit, which has lost nine straight away from home. The Pistons haven’t won on the road since Jan. 10. Andre Drummond scored 15 but didn’t reach double-digit rebounds for the first time in 19 games.James led the way, but it was Nance who helped negate Drummond and Detroit’s size advantage with several big plays. By halftime, Nance had matched his career best with 18 points.Griffin credited Nance with fueling the Cavs.“Just his energy alone, forget the points, his second-chance rebounds, his hustle plays were a difference maker,” Griffin said. “He plays very, very hard. He’s talented. He’s got a high ceiling.”SUPER SLAMFor the second straight game, Nance upstaged James with a sensational dunk.J.R. Smith scooped a pass toward the rim that Nance grabbed with one hand and slammed home, triggering another eruption from the crowd and his teammates on the bench. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico
OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a play in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — There’s a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers.The Warriors are stomach-churning scary.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games James, though, can’t run or hide. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he’s called “a beast.” After all, he has slayed behemoths before.Pushing off any talk about the Warriors until after Sunday’s practice, James was asked to assess the task at hand: beating Golden State’s All-Star-studded lineup of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIs this the biggest challenge of his career?“It’s probably up there,” he said. “I mean, it’s up there.” BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he’s accustomed to before June. The only time he won a championship as a Finals favorite was with Miami in 2013, when the Heat upended the Spurs for their second straight title.James isn’t worried about point spreads or any odds.“I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn’t matter,” he said.What does matter is that the 32-year-old is having one of his finest postseasons, and the Cavs are gelling the way they did at this time last year.Maybe James has nothing to fear.“I feel good about our chances,” he said. “Very good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Stampede at stadium kills 4 fans, unborn fetus in Honduras Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they’re in for quite a show.Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have upgraded their rosters from a year ago, when they went seven games in an epic series that spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 deficit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland winning its first pro sports championship since 1964.That Warriors team James conquered in 2016 won 73 games during the regular season and was being mentioned as one of the best to ever take the floor.Hard to believe, but this version — with Durant — might be even better.Golden State has been putting on a basketball clinic over the past two months, winning 27 of 28 games since March 11 and becoming the first squad to start the postseason 12-0.Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Oklahoma City, has taken a great team and elevated it to a nearly unstoppable level.The Warriors are using Durant in every imaginable way on offense, and James isn’t surprised to see his good friend and Olympic teammate more mobile than he was with the Thunder.“You adapt to the culture,” he said. “You adapt to the style and that’s the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami. I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation. So, it’s the right thing to do. He’s one of the most dangerous guys we have in the world already. So it makes it even more dangerous when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys.”On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar — and somewhat surprising — situation.The Cavaliers are being given little chance to defend their title against the vaunted Warriors, who have been winning by an average of 16.3 points per game in the playoffs. And then, almost as if he was trying to remind himself that he’s got three championship rings and is frightful in his own right, James recalled other fearsome postseason opponents — San Antonio and Boston.“I’ve played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team,” said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. “And if you add Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) in there, that’s five Hall of Famers. So, it’s going to be very challenging. Those guys are going to challenge me, they’re going to challenge our ballclub.“This is a high-powered team.”James also took on a Celtics team loaded with big-name talents.“I’ve played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers). So, it’s going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Antonio also bared that there would be a lot of changes in the first 24-man pool that SBP and the PBA had come up with.Filipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras are all being considered for inclusion in the pool, and that would mean that at least three from the original list will be dropped.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 stars“The coaches are discussing (the list) and will come up with a lineup tomorrow (Saturday),” Antonio told the Inquirer.Andray Blatche, Antonio said, would be included in the list as the former Brooklyn Net in the NBA would again be the naturalized player for Gilas 5.0. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Asian Championship gets going from August 8 to 20 with China as the defending champion and the Filipinos trying to improve on two straight runner-up finishes.Team Philippines has been drawn in what is considered the Group of Death, joining China, Iraq, Chinese Taipei and world power Australia in Group B.The Aussies are making their debut in the Asian event together with New Zealand.A conflict in the schedule with the PBA could prevent the league’s biggest stars from suiting up for Gilas in Lebanon, where the national team will prime up for the hectic qualifying tournament for the World Cup starting in November.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick headlines Lions’ NCAA bid LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is in the middle of talks with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa as they try to come up with a formula that would allow the country to field in its best players for the Fiba Asia Championship slated in August in Lebanon.Their talk will be crucial as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will submit its 24-man pool to organizers Saturday. From that pool would come the final 12-man lineup, said team manager Butch Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection
CEU halts Flying V’s perfect run, forces Game 3 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “It had a great effect on the morale of the team that’s why we wanted to move them out of Metro Manila for a change,” said Rueda in Filipino.The Philippines could only win a silver and a bronze two years ago in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut this time the men’s team is shooting for two golds with the bulk of expectations on the shoulders of Emmanuel Escote, Rheyjey Ortouste, and Jason Huerte who won silver in team event in 2015.Also in the field are last SEA Games’ bronze winners like John Jeffrey Morcillos, Regie Reznan Pabriga, Rhemwil Catana, John-John Bobier, Ronsited Gabayeron, Alvin Pangan, Joeart Jumawan, John Carlo Lee and Mark Joseph Gonzales. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR FILE — Rheyjey Ortouste, Mark Gonzales and Jason Huerte celebrate their first international gold with Karen Tanchanco-Caballero (front row, left), president of the Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association and vice president of the Asian Sepak Takraw Federation. —NONGLUCK MATVANGSAENG TITI TUKKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ sepak takraw men’s team is shooting for two golds when competition starts Wednesday at Titiwangs A-indoor stadium here.The coaching staff, including Romulo Rueda, said the 17-member men’s and women’s teams are in high spirits after undergoing a two-month training camp in Iloilo City.ADVERTISEMENT The women’s team, which is hoping for at least a bronze finish, is composed of Kristel Carloman, Lhaina Lhiell Mangubat, Mary Ann Lopez, Rizzalyn Amolacion and Jean Marie Sucalit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ
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At a time when Commonwealth Games Federation seems worried about poor attendance at various stadiums, sports enthusiasts had a harrowing experience while buying tickets at Talkatora Stadium, one of the venues for the ongoing Games, on Friday.For hours, there was no electricity at the stadium’s ticket counter which caused a crowd of ticket seekers. People had come from far off places to watch their favourite sportspersons in action but were left high and dry as no tickets could be issued.Things went from bad to worse when touts started selling tickets at inflated prices. People were seen buying tickets for more than double the price
File photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Comptroller and Auditor General has, in his report on Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton Relay, made startling disclosure. The report exclusively accessed by Headlines Today exposes how Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi’s personal expenses were billed on tax-payers’ money.According to the audit watchdog, Kalmadi took his wife Meera to London for the Queen’s Baton Relay on the Organising Committee’s money.And that’s not all, accompanying them were the Officer of Special Duty to the Lt Governor and his wife.The report states, “The sports ministry approved the travel of 36 personnel but OC booked 56 rooms (in the hotel) resulting into excess payment of GBP 22910.00. An excess expenditure of Rs 14.07 lakh was also incurred on the travelling of extra people, including Mrs Meera Kalmadi, Mr & Mrs Ranan Mukherjee (OSD to LG, Delhi), relatives of baton bearers who were in excess of the approved list of 36 persons.”The report goes on to blow the lid on how the Organising Committee flouted virtually every rule showing undue favours to certain firms, releasing payments before awarding of contracts and even fabricating documents.For the consultancy services for QBR, the report says, “CVC guidelines were violated as the OC awarded the contract to the highest bidder (in this case Maxxam International) and not the lowest bidder. Maxxam was paid $12925 each for three months even before awarding the work to the firm. The reasons for making the payment were not available in the OC’s record. The OC agreed to bear the service tax liability of the firm, which resulted into an excess payment of $ 242,407. Despite specific mention of cost being inclusive of all taxes, OC bearing the service tax liability was highly irregular.”advertisementFor the hiring of the AM films UK limited the report says, “The company’s registration and VAT registration numbers mentioned in the advance invoice submitted by AM Films were false. On October 24, 2009, Sanjay Mohindroo obtained approval from OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, sent a fax and an email to Jeychandran and essentially processed the transaction for transferring the amount in one day.Jeychandran was in Delhi and cleared the payment but he signed the minutes of the meeting at London. Clearly this is not possible and hence the documentation is fabricated.”
Rapunzel had it easy. Just the length of her flaxen hair was enough to get Prince Charming hooked for good. Things are not as simple anymore. If the hunt for the prince has got tougher so has the decision on the “right look”.But thanks to a range of hair-care products,,Rapunzel had it easy. Just the length of her flaxen hair was enough to get Prince Charming hooked for good. Things are not as simple anymore. If the hunt for the prince has got tougher so has the decision on the “right look”.But thanks to a range of hair-care products, agonising over the colour and style of one’s coiffure has become an experience people are not complaining about if packed beauty salons are any indicators.The hair-colour market in India is estimated at Rs 7,000 crore and has grown 200 per cent in volume in the past year. That makes it the vanguard of the personal-care market that is expected to grow at 20 per cent every year.The fact that three-fourths of the population is below 30 years of age, has high disposable incomes, is willing to experiment, is impressionable and is dying to fit in, all bolster the growth statistics.So when designer Rohit Bal adopted the Adonis blond look, not only nightclubs but college campuses also suddenly teemed with Bal clones. Not since the Sadhana cut, popularised by the winsome actress of the 1960s, has there been such a rage in the hair-styling scene.Trendy shades: A model sports streaked locksA distinct hair style has become a part of the individual’s fashion statement. Like model Diya Abraham who wore startling pink and purple streaks at the Lakme India Fashion Week in Mumbai last year.”I was out to make a statement,” she confesses. The glam look-at-me attitude is not restricted to the Page Three People. “Getting streaks or highlights is like wearing lipstick,” says design executive Arti Agarwal, who plans to get streaks of blue.advertisementAgarwal echoes the sentiments of many housewives and professionals who otherwise tend to lean on the conservative side. Hair colour has spilled much beyond the metro limits.Hairstylist Jawed Habib gives specific instances of two little explored markets-Punjab and the Northeast. Since the Sikhs can’t style their hair, “colour allows them freedom to change their looks”. “And in the Northeast,” says Habib, “people have been experimenting with colour for 10 years. They were using violets and pinks even before any multinational entered India.”Besides the Prada folk (read Tina Ambani, actor Bobby Deol, entrepreneurs Avantika and Yash Birla) who frequent Parisian salons and London stylists, most Indians till recently were dependent on the neighbourhood parlourwali.Click here to EnlargeNo longer. Funky salons like Juice, Ambika Pillai’s, Dilshad’s and Habib’s not only offer a Rs 300 haircut but they are also ambassadors of change. Though treatments can cost up to Rs 2,000, the queues have only become longer.The Lakme Beauty Salon (LBS) that opened in Mumbai in Febr uar y has a daily average of 30 customers lining up for colour wash that costs Rs 1,175. It plans to expand from the present 38 to 200 salons nationwide in the next three years.Queries on cosmetics and brands too have increased dramatically in the past five years. Says Dr Rekha Sheth, president of the Cosmetology Society of India: “My patients have doubled in the past 10 years and 40 per cent of my clientele is men.”And the astute Indian is not just chasing labels. Hair specialist Rita Khatwani points out that an increasing number of clients know exactly what they want and will pay for it. But they expect international quality.” It is the desire for the international look that the multinationals hope to cash in on. While over 46 per cent of the people use hair colour in the US, in India only about 4 per cent opt for it.When global leader L’Oreal set its sight on India in 1996, people were struggling with black dyes or home remedies like henna that leaves an unnatural red tone while camouflaging gray hair. L’Oreal campaigned against colour prejudices by training hairdressers and even having stylists forecasting colours for the season.Trendy shades: Rohit Bal’s hair hue set a new trendJawed Habib, HairstylistThe brand is now available at over 2,500 salons in 36 cities with 51 colours. Lakme has resorted to more conventional promotion drives: During the Valentine week in February, it slashed prices by 20 per cent on products and treatments at select Lakme Beauty Salons.Indian companies like Godrej and Sunsilk have also risen to the challenge. Godrej’s ColourSoft has concentrated on four basic shades and commands, together with the Godrej dye, 45 per cent of the Rs 7,000-crore market.It is the hair-dye powder sachet that is Godrej’s bestseller, even in rural India, with more than 11 lakh outlets stocking it. In contrast, Sunsilk with its range of seven colours has positioned itself as a fashion brand. Association with international stylists and the Sunsilk Salon Awards has catapulted the brand into the big league in less than a year.advertisementDomestic competition has not deterred international companies. Keune, a Dutch brand launched in May last year, is determined to make a splash in a market dominated by L’Oreal and Sunsilk. Olive green and deep blue are among the 72 shades Keune offer to the adventurous.Another newcomer Schwaskopf Professional too is eager for its share. The German company plans to invest Rs 20 crore to build brand equity and awareness. It also initiated the Academy Schwaskopf, a training institute for hair perming, colouring and straightening at Delhi’s Grand-Hyatt in January.All this to persuade customers to wear the right tint and a bright smile. No one can say, however, how long the hair colour fad will last. It might well be a case of hair today gone tomorrow.
According to Bhujbal, however, he has made it past all these claims unscathed – which is why the veteran politician is not bothered about the latest allegations about his involvement in a ‘Rs 10,000-crore,’ Maharashtra Sadan scam. Bhujbal has been accused by the BJP of allowing a small-time contractor to construct the Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi in return for the development rights of an Andheri slum. The BJP claims the scam is worth Rs 10,000 crores.The PWD minister, however, has said that he is not involved and that he would not just resign from his minister’s post but even quit politics if the charges were found to be true. Bhujbal’s optimism is not misplaced.After all, the probe in the ‘scam’ is being headed by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) which functions under the home ministry headed by RR Patil of the NCP. This is the same ACB that tried to give a clean chit to the then Mumbai Congress Chief Kripashankar Singh in the disproportionate assets case, despite evidence to the contrary.So Bhujbal is unperturbed, despite disturbing allegations that the small-time contractor who got the project for Maharashtra Sadan purchased furniture from a firm headed by one of his daughters-in-law, or that the contractor gave a sub-contract to another firm for the construction of the Sadan, which had a couple of Bhujbal’s employees as directors.The Maharashtra government, which has seldom seemed willing to probe cases of graft especially against its own, made a huge song and dance out of an ACB probe that it has allegedly ordered.Allegedly because ACB officials say they have been asked to conduct the probe by RR Patil on whether Bhujbal benefited from the deal. Home Minister RR Patil, however, says no sanction has been given for a probe. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on the other hand says according to him the ACB probe is on.It’s not just the government that is confused: Even the BJP, the party that made ming that the scam was worth Rs 100 crore, then quickly revised that to Rs 1,000 crore, and now pegs the overall cost of the scam at over Rs 10,000 crore.Ganesh gets a new home on the netThe vibrant ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival is traditionally celebrated with street processions of Ganesh idols, accompanied by dancing and singing of devotees.The the idols are eventually immersed in the sea, like this one at Mumbai’s famed Chowpatty beach.Increasingly, however, devotees are giving the queues and messy, loud street celebrations a miss and taking their religion online. Websites allow live streaming of popular idols, such as the famous Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai, and devotees can even get ‘digital blessings’ by tuning in at ‘aarti’ timings.Phone companies are also getting in the game, offering SMS prayers and mobile games involving the Hindu god, while smartphones have pooja apps, opening up whole new avenues for the age-old festival.Post-transfer Dhoble back to old waysOne of the first things the new Mumbai police Chief Satyapal Singh did after taking over as Commissioner was to reign in ACP Vasant Dhoble, who became infamous for his attempts at moral policing. Singh hoped that transferring Dhoble from the Social Service Branch to Vakola in the western suburbs would temper his raiding habits.Within days after taking over his new post, Dhoble returned to his old tactics with the same vengeance – restaurants and bars that stayed open after the 11pm deadline were been fined and even pan shops and juice centres were pulled up.Although hoteliers grumble about ‘moral policing,’ Dhoble has his backers because he goes after establishments that are flouting the law. In fact the ACP is almost a celebrity, with people queing to click photos or shoot videos of his raids when he ventures out. And the man clearly loves all the action – he is often seen posing for the cameras and even waiving at the people who throng to see him in action.State schools get sports diktatIndia’s medal tally in the just concluded Olympics might have marginally improved this year, but its fair to say that in a country like ours with a population of a billion-plus people, the medal tally is quite embarrassing.Unfortunately this reflects the lack of a sports culture in our country, most notably our schools. This is why the Maharashtra government’s recent directive has to be welcomed. The state has now directed all schools in the state functioning under various boards to have a mandatory five hours a week reserved for sports.The state government’s intention is not to make champion Olympians out of the school students but simply to encourage students to get more physical activity. Some schools, however, are trying to resist the move. They have complained that it would include an additional financial burden on them to hire a physical trainer, while other claim that they don’t even have grounds for their children to indulge in sporting activities.Gold’s rising price has led to a peculiar problem for the Mumbai police – an increasing number of cases of gold chain snatches. Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh has decided to crack down on the chain snatchers by booking them under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) which makes it hard to get bail. Singh also uses the unique strategy of putting up banners with photos of chain-snatchers at police stations, to educate the public and also to force the criminals to go into hiding.advertisementadvertisement