MOST READ Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants smiles before taking on the Philadelphia Eagles on September 24, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been fined $12,154 by the NFL for his dog-like touchdown celebration last Sunday.Beckham got down on all fours and pretended to urinate like a dog after catching a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for the celebration, and met a few days later with co-owner John Mara, who was unhappy with Beckham’s behavior.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients TD ‘Quiel’ may intensify into tropical storm — Pagasa PLAY LIST 06:12TD ‘Quiel’ may intensify into tropical storm — Pagasa00:50Trending Articles05:59TD Liwayway may intensify to ‘Severe Tropical Storm’ before exiting PAR — Pagasa01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Man City striker Sergio Aguero breaks his rib in car crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Also in that game, Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount was fined $9,115 for taunting. Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams and Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes were docked the same amount for taunting.Jets linebacker Darron Lee drew an $18,231 fine for a late hit on Miami quarterback Jay Cutler.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 shutoutSeattle cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $12,154 for unnecessary roughness, while Denver’s Will Parks was docked $9,115, also for unnecessary roughness. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Cleveland stopped Indiana from sweeping all four games between the clubs this season.Victor Oladipo scored 25, Darren Collison 19 and Domantas Sabonis 17 for the Pacers, who kept attacking and closed within five in the final minute before Cleveland closed it out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSmith made seven 3-pointers, Kevin Love had 13 rebounds and Derrick Rose scored 14 points for Cleveland. The Cavs were without Dwyane Wade, who was excused from the team to attend to a personal matter.With the Cavs unable to snap out of their prolonged, puzzling slide, Lue returned to a proven starting lineup with Isaiah Thomas joining James, Love, Tristan Thompson and Smith — the latter four starters that led Cleveland to three straight NBA Finals. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Cavaliers: A video tribute for James was played in the first quarter to recognize him reaching 30,000 points on Monday in San Antonio. The seventh player to reach the 30,000-point summit, James waved as the crowd gave him a warm ovation. … Cleveland’s chemistry — or lack of it — has been a burning issue since the team’s heated meeting on Monday. Lue said players don’t have to like each other, but respect is imperative. “I was on a team where guys didn’t like each other but we won a championship,” said Lue, a member of the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers. “Once you get between the lines, you have to like who you’re playing with. Once you leave here, you don’t have to go out and hang out together and things like that, but you have to respect your teammate and play for your teammate.” … When he returns, Wade (21,782) needs 10 points to pass Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd place on career scoring list.UP NEXTPacers: Visit Orlando on Saturday.Cavaliers: Host Detroit on Sunday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) drives between Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) and JR Smith (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 115-108. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James recorded his 63rd career triple-double — overcoming 11 turnovers — and J.R. Smith scored 23 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers showed signs of ending their stunning slump with a 115-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.James finished with 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Cavs, following a minor lineup switch by coach Tyronn Lue, won for just the fourth time in 11 games. However, James kept Indiana close in the fourth with six turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Court civility: NBA plan aims to smooth player-ref relations Lue moved Jae Crowder out of the starting lineup and replaced him with Thompson, who took over at center and moved Love back to his usual spot at power forward.The new/old look paid off for one game and Rose came up big, scoring seven straight points in the third when Lue pulled an ineffective Thomas, who finished with 12 points. Rose recently returned after missing two months with ankle injuries.Smith has been in a miserable shooting funk, but he found his stroke in the first quarter.He made three straight 3-pointers and made 4 of 6 in the opening 12 minutes. One of the NBA’s best — and least shy — outside shooters, Smith came in shooting just 5 of 31 from long range in his previous five games.TIP-INSPacers: Surrendered a season-high 73 points in the first half. … F/C Myles Turner (right elbow) missed his ninth straight game. “He’s practicing but he’s just not ready,” said coach Nate McMillan. “We’ll make that decision when we feel he’s comfortable enough to play.” … Collison returned after missing Wednesday’s game against Phoenix because of a personal reason.ADVERTISEMENT
Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH World Team’s Buddy Hield, of the Sacramento Kings, shoots as U.S. Team’s Taurean Prince, of the Atlanta Hawks, defends during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Pool via AP)LOS ANGELES — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World’s latest victory over the NBA’s young Americans.Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team’s 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum The annual showcase of the NBA’s top rookies and second-year players again served as the opening to the three-day All-Star festivities, which are being held in Los Angeles for the record sixth time.But this show was headlined by two shooting stars from the upstate rivals of the hometown Lakers and Clippers, with Hield and Bogdanovic combining to hit 12 of the World’s 23 3-pointers. The World has won this All-Star showcase four consecutive times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You know, it was (an) All-Star Game, so it wasn’t like a really competitive game,” Hield said. “But the World has been getting better. I’m proud to see a lot of guys around the world from France, Australia, you have (Joel) Embiid from Cameroon. Everybody is showing progress, and the world is showing progress catching up to American basketball. This shows how hard we’ve been working and how dedicated we are to this game.”Indeed, the 10-man American team struggled to keep up with the 10-man team representing everywhere else, from Canada to Croatia to Cameroon. Eight of the World’s 10 players hit double figures, including 21 from Denver’s Jamal Murray, the Canadian MVP of this game last season with 36 points. LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Both Kings guards excelled against their Sacramento teammate, De’Aaron Fox, who scored four points for the U.S.“I told him I would score on him,” Bogdanovic said. “I should (have) bet as well, but we didn’t bet, so I didn’t get some extra money.”The biggest cheers at Staples Center went to Lakers youngsters Kuzma and Brandon Ingram on the U.S. team. The fans also roared for Lonzo Ball, who was selected for the U.S. roster but unable to play due to his lingering knee injury.Ingram, who scored eight points, and Kuzma were both playing in their third game in three nights, including a loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. But they are the struggling marquee franchise’s only representatives at the latest All-Star weekend in its hometown.The 16-time NBA champion Lakers (23-34), who also had Larry Nance Jr. in the dunk contest before trading him to Cleveland, are likely to miss the playoffs for a team-record fifth consecutive season.“It was a good pickup game,” Ingram said. “Guys got to go out there and hit a few shots and have fun. Got a couple dunks at the end. It was just good for the fans.”Embiid provided the third quarter’s best highlight with a nimble spin move into a ferocious dunk while the World padded its lead out to 32 points in the third and 39 in the fourth. Embiid only played nine minutes, but also hit a 3-pointer.The final seconds devolved into an uncontested dunk contest, and the Americans finally had a few highlights. Brown and Atlanta’s John Collins both threw down ferocious , acrobatic slams .Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. also warmed up for their participation in Saturday’s dunk contest with a couple of nasty slams in the first half. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Boston’s Jaylen Brown led the U.S. with 35 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma, the hometown Lakers’ promising rookie, added 20.Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons also was sharp in his rookie debut in the game, with the Aussie No. 1 pick contributing 11 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals while catalyzing the World’s offense. His 76ers teammate, Croatia’s Dario Saric, also hit four 3-pointers.Hield, who is from the Bahamas, will be sorry to see the end of his eligibility for this game, in which he scored 28 points last season in New Orleans as a rookie with the Pelicans. The sweet-shooting Kings guard hit five 3-pointers.Bogdanovic, from Serbia, was even better from long range, going 7 for 13 on 3-pointers and even adding six assists to earn MVP honors.“I approach every single game the same way,” Bogdanovic said. “Try to compete to be the best version of myself that day, and it just happened tonight. You never know when it’s going to happen.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “All we wanted to do was compete, compete hard, and we did that,” said Reyes in a post-game press conference after their 84-68 loss. “But it’s hard coming into the ball game when you’re also thinking of the next game.”READ: Downed underFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines, which slipped to 2-1 in Group B, will face Japan next in Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday and that was what bugged Gilas during their game at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena.“We have a long trip ahead of us and we have to play Japan,” said Reyes. “So as much as we want to go all out for the victory, we also had to make sure we were managing minutes because we know we’re gonna need fresh legs against Japan.” “Our game could’ve been better but the effort was there,” said Reyes. “We thought, at least, we’ve accounted well for ourselves to compete against this Boomers squad.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Westbrook’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Thunder past Kings Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may have just waltzed into Australia with a mental focus split in two.Head coach Chot Reyes was aware that the Philippines were facing the no. 10 team in the Fiba world rankings, but he admitted that Gilas also thought of their next opponents in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 The Philippines already beat Japan, 77-71, back in November in Tokyo but will now host the Japanese for the second leg.READ: Gilas Pilipinas bows to Australia in Fiba World qualifiersAndray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo were the two Gilas players who spent the most time on the floor with more than 25 minutes under their name while Kevin Alas and Matthew Wright both played 22 minutes.Reyes added that he “can’t complain about the effort” of his team, which is ranked no. 31 in the world.The Philippines held ground early in the second quarter with a 30-25 lead but ultimately crumbled against Australia’s pressure with the Boomers going on a 12-2 run to finish the half and taking a 37-32 lead heading into the break.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum
Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jeron Teng. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresTwo years ago, Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena represented the country in the 2015 FIBA 3×3 All-Star exhibition game in Doha, Qatar.Teaming up with Nigerians Ola Adeogun and Bright Akhuetie, the team put up a show as they beat the Qatari under-18 squad.ADVERTISEMENT As talented as the team is, Teng knows that the Philippines’ chemistry will be the key against bigger and tougher foes.“We’re all here because we want to prove something. We’re the youngest team joining so we have a chip on our shoulder. We really have to get along well and play together to win,” he said.The Philippines will be playing against hosts France, Slovenia, Romania, and El Salvador in Group B from June 17 to 21.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This time, the two will lead the cavalry for the Philippines in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup.“Before, it was only an exhibition and we knew that we’re just playing one game,” recounted Ravena. “Now, we have four games to play so we have to be disciplined because we’re fighting for something.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingTeng, meanwhile, relishes the opportunity as he, along with Kobe Paras and JR Quiñahan, will be able to perform at their best with the 3×3 World Cup at stake.“The pressure helps us to be able to perform better. Kiefer and I, we go all-out when it comes to playing for the country,” he said. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Creamline upends Perlas for fourth win View comments
Work clothes should be professional, elegant and neat. Hyderabad-based designer Asmita Marwa says, I think what’s important is to wear sharply tailored clothes. You live in your work clothes for a good part of the day, from 9 to 5. So you shouldn’t go for crushable fabrics. Opt for synthetic blends or the sort of cottons that don’t get crumpled, instead of linen. Work clothes should not be provocative. Avoid showing cleavage. Hemlines should hit below the knee and tops should cover your shoulders and back. Showing your midriff is only acceptable for a saree (but best to show less than more, here too). Remember, you’re there to work, not flirt!Western WearWhat a well-cut pair of black trousers is pure gold. Pick a straight, fairly high-waisted (not hipsters, definitely) pair of formals. (This means that you may need to reduce your middle.) Channel a trend by pairing your formal pants with satin tie-neck blouses with wide sleeves. Skirts are being worn a few inches below the knee this season. Love men’s shirts? Pair them with skirts, not trousers. Business suits mean strictly business, so keep them for a high-powered meeting or corporate lunch. Ideally, dark business suits are worn with pastel blouses. Layering works well for a corporate culture. Throw a jacket over your shirt – it’s ideal for meetings, and then you can carry forward to a business dinner, if need be. A nice stole can also dress up an ordinary work outfit, says Asmita Marwa. Good-to-note: If you’re wearing a coat, make sure that you will be in an air-conditioned environment. Sweating in a suit when temperatures are hitting 45º outside will make you look clueless rather than professional! On whom wide Indian hips paired with western ensembles are a recipe for disaster. Ideally, you need to have a slim figure, with no fat around your hips, tummy or behind to carry off Western wear. If you have slim hips but a slight tummy, camouflage the problem area with a top that falls in soft folds around your waist. Top-heavy women often look better in Western-wear. Minimise over-generous assets with a crossover or a scoop-necked top worn with wide-leg pants or a box-pleat skirt. Tall women, and those with good legs should also opt for Westerns. Emphasise shapely legs by wearing a knee-length skirt with opaque black stockings or hose. Look for the best cuts, regardless of whether it’s at a mall or at a designer outlet. A pair of black trousers, comfortable black heels and a bag, and a few white shirts of different designs are your basics. Add a pair of fawn, taupe, chocolate or maroon trousers with shoes and a bag to match the trousers and a few cream shirts. Rest is an add-on. A classic style statement is best for work. Unless you’re a supermodel, actor or designer, you don’t have to wear all the latest trends to work. If you love fashion, though, go ahead and buy haute new clothes this season. A few full sleeved shirts in satin and chiffon, delicate pastel-print blouses with tie-necks and a white pencil skirt skimming your shins are some of the things to bag in the upcoming months.Ethnic wearadvertisementWhat – When you wear salwar kameez to work, don’t wear them with long, trailing dupattas. Opt for kurtas that are cut like shirt-dresses, and team them with churidars and slim stoles instead of dupattas. You could also wear a printed, ethnic style waistcoat over a shirt-kurta. Another option is to team a shirt-like kurta with straight-leg pants or trousers that end just above the ankle, says Asmita Marwa. Salwar kurtas work well for women who are too well-endowed for tight trousers and tucked-in shirts. However, Salwar kurtas with voluminous cuts are a bad idea for work. Skip the anarkali styles – go for more structured cuts of kurtas, advises Asmita. Lightly starched cotton sarees are excellent for work, if you can manage the laundry! Dhakai mulmul sarees keep you cool and fresh even in scorching temperatures. Keep the saree’s blouses simple and no-fuss. Cholis with nothing but strings at the back, knotted blouses, off-the-shoulder or strapless tops and fabrics such as velvet and brocade are not appropriate for work wear. For winter, plain dark-hued silk sarees with a gold border and printed silks work well. Team sarees with polo-necked woollen skivvies instead of cardigans for protection from the chill. On Whom Anyone with a weight problem, especially if the extra kilos are sitting on the hips and thighs, can benefit from the more forgiving cut of salwar kurtas. If you’re less-than-slim, avoid draping dupattas over a kurta, since that’ll make you look bigger. Long straight kurtas teamed with straight-leg trousers look nice on such a silhouette, says Asmita. Sarees look good on everyone – you just need to find the right drape. There are no rules about what sort of saree will suit a person. You’ve got to try all sorts to find the ones that work for you. How Unlike in Western wear, remember that you can’t fool the world with one black churidar or white salwar. Invest in a dull gold churidar or bright red salwar to breathe new life into old kurtas.Accessories Jewellery: Add glamour to your outfit with a classy but subtle diamond ring. Diamonds are eminently suitable for work, as long as they’re not large and clunky. Rule of thumb: Keep the size of rocks smaller than the size of a peanut. Don’t wear more than one gemstone ring, unless you want to look like a walking ad for birthstone rings! Steer clear of clanking bangles, long swinging necklaces and earrings that are likely to snag on things or get tangled in your hair. Opt for small drop earrings, studs and regular-sized necklaces. When in doubt, wear pearls with formal clothes. Pearls are always good for work, whether worn with black trousers and a white shirt or a crisp cotton saree.Shoes: Comfortable shoes are a must. Six-inch stilettos are for the ramp, not for working women! Go with a nice pair of wedges instead, suggests Asmita. Flat, sensible shoes are what most working women wear, but avoid pairing chappals or flip-flops with formals. Classic sandals, mules and ballerina flats work with Western clothes. For Indian clothes, you have the option of juttis or Kolhapuris. Avoid hippie-style jute chappals and floaters. Trends such as gladiator sandals and shoes studded with random bits of shiny metal need to be worn on your own time. And the sports shoes are strictly for walks!Make-up – keep it basic. Look at your face in the morning, and decide what you need by way of make-up. If you look great, skip the cosmetics altogether. People should get a chance to see the real you, too. Fix patchy or blotchy skin with a foundation that gives enough coverage without being too heavy or cake-y. A quality concealer should nix those dark circles. Try a dark brown eye-pencil, especially if you have brown eyes. Brown and pink lipsticks are the safest and best colours for work. Whatever shade you wear, your lipstick should never stand out starkly against your face, nor should it look lighter than your skin tone. When you dress for work, you should look like you mean business. Everything else will follow!Friday dressing – Friday dressing often works as a secret test of your leadership potential. Wear ripped jeans and a tee, and you may find that your boss has mentally pegged you as a troublemaker! This is what the right sort of casual wear at work should look like:Pants: Unless you’re a fresher or the junior-most person in the hierarchy, don’t wear jeans to work. Stick with velvet corduroys or khakis without the multiple pockets. T-Shirts: Go with tees with elbow sleeves, scoop-necks and boat-necks, or roll-top or turtleneck sweaters/tops. If you wear a regular tee, go for a curvy T-shirt that’s made specially to flatter a woman’s form, instead of a unisex pillowcase-shaped tee. No-nos: Capris, especially when worn with a generic short-sleeved tee and a scraped-back ponytail and flat shoes, make you look about 12. Not good! Those ghaghra skirts, pantsuits with pinafores, and bizarre floaty designer creations are also best kept a dark secret from everyone at work. Skirts and Dresses: Try a sheath dress in a plain colour, a nice tulip skirt sans the stockings, or a printed satin skirt in prim hues with a top from your regular work repertoire. You don’t want to stray too far from the professional look. Slightly shorter skirts, plain dresses and demure prints will shake things up without upsetting your professional image.advertisementadvertisement
Pune easily overpowered Hyderabad by six wicket during the 53rd IPL match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Tuesday. Score | PhotosChasing 137, Hyderabad crossed the target with 10 balls to spare with Sourav Ganguly, playing his first match of this IPL season and Callum Ferguson remaining unbeaten on 32 and 15 respectively.Pune openers Jesse Ryder and Manish Pandey started the innings on a high note scoring more than eight runs an over. But their partnership came to a close in the seventh over when Hyderabad’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha scalped Kiwi Jesse Ryder on 33. The ball kept low, even as he attempted a sweep, and entered his gate to crash on to his off stump when the team total was 55/1.Soon the moment arrived that the Hyderabad crowd was waiting for — former India skipper Sourav Ganguly arrived and took the crease in his first IPL match of the season.He started nervously, but gradually gained in confidence at the innings progressed. He even hit a six in his innings to show that he is good with the bat.However, Hyderabad’s leg spinner Amit Mishra claimed the other opener Manish Pandey in the 12th over when he was one run shy off his half-century. Mishra trapped him leg before and Pune were two men down on 93.Robin Uthappa had played just two balls before being packed off by Daniel Christian on one and Pune were 96/3.Pune skipper Yuvraj Singh got a taste of some fine quick bowling in the 17th over. A quick one from Daniel Christian took an inside edge off his bat and crashed into his stumps when he was batting on two and the team total was 119/4.advertisementSoon Sourav Ganguly (32 n.o) and Aussie Callum Ferguson (15) came together to finish off the run chase in the 19th over and Pune recorded their second straight win in IPL with a six-wicket win.Hyderabad inningsPune restricted hosts Hyderabad to 136/8 during their 53rd IPL match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Tuesday.Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat.There was something to cheer for the Hyderabad cricket fans as former India skipper Sourav Ganguly took the field for the first time in this IPL season. Though Ganguly was sporting the Pune colours but that didn’t stop the crowds from cheering him on at the Uppal stadium.Hyderabad openers Shikhar Dhawan and D Ravi Teja got off to a good start. The two scored at a brisk pace putting on 51 runs for the first wicket before Pune captain Yuvraj Singh broke their stand in the seventh over. A top edge was easily taken by Kiwi Jesse Ryder at extra cover and Dhawan walked back for 24.In the next over Mitchell Marsh got rid of the other opener D Ravi Teja on 30. An inside edge crashed on to his stumps when Hyderabad were batting on 56.In the 11th over leggie Rahul Shamra trapped opposition captain Kumar Sangakkara leg before on 12 and Hyderabad lost their third wicket on 76. By now Pune were gradually gaining control of the match.Later in the 15th over captain Yuvraj Singh trapped Daniel Christian leg before on 10 and Hyderabad lost their fourth wicket on 98.Then Mitchell Marsh came around and claimed there wicket in the 19th over to reduce the opposition to 124/7. J.P Duminy, Sunny Sohal and Amit Mishra – all there fell in the over as Marsh ended with impressive figures of 4-25.Finally Wayne Parnell got rid of his South African team-mate Dale Steyn in the last over as Hyderabad completed their innings on 136/8.
At a recent opening for a friend’s art show in Delhi, I was asked to stand aside while a small group photo was being taken. A local photographer was covering it for his newspaper, and was under explicit instructions to photograph only those who had paid the requisite fee for the Page 3 slot.So blatant was the commercial angle to the page that the photographer was under quite some strain to weed out the non payers, though he could as well have edited them later in Photoshop.Newspapers today make no pretence of selling out. Some years earlier papers started tentatively placing half page ads on the front page to test if the public would notice the change. It didn’t. Soon enough, ads became bigger, more colourful, and began to bleed into the text. Newspaper headlines and lead stories shrunk to accommodate the new demand. When business houses wanted bigger ads and were willing to pay, editors gave in, quietly and without fuss.Some readers may have noticed that former Prime Minister Gulzari Lal Nanda’s death could not be covered because Colgate and Coke had both given full page ads that day. Editors went so far as to request the Nanda family to postpone the death by a day, but Nanda, being an obstinate politician, carried on with his original plan; his death was a two line obituary below an oversize Coke bottle. But that was long ago.ContrastToday every paper comes coated front and back with commercial space. When only half a page ad is sold the paper comes cut in half. Try holding a half paper in your hand along with the morning cup of tea. And you’ll know the real power of commerce.advertisementAt the other end of the spectrum is news coverage by Doordarshan . A wooden mouthpiece reads the day’s news in a DD board- approved monotone. Without fuss, you will learn that an overloaded Himachal state bus with 78 on board plunged down a gorge in Kangra district, killing all 160 passengers and injuring 30. Of the 52 people who died 12 were children and the other 67 were adults. The driver who was watching a movie at the time of the crash, is currently absconding to Pathankot to finish the rest of the film. India’s winning 5 Nobel Prizes, or the President’s sudden assassination will be conveyed with the unsentimental appeal of a mannequin in a shop window.Compare the same story on a private news channel, and you will quickly realise the value of monotony. First, for bus accidents, melodramatic music will create the sombre mood. The camera will be tilted to show that it is the work of a cameraman who is at heart an artist. And before long, the TV anchor will switch to ‘ our correspondent Saraswati, at the site of the gruesome accident’. Even though Saraswati is a full time paid employee of the channel, she will be welcomed with a ‘thank you so much for joining us’ from the anchor. And Saraswati is already searching amongst the rocks in the gorge for signs of life to conduct a heartfelt interview with one of the willing dead. There is a perennial emotional backlash to any interview of a tragedy.So insistent are the networks on trying to outdo each other in the coverage of the dramatic events, that something like a bus accident will have swarms of teary eyed reporters hanging around dead bodies, to show their keen involvement in the task.IssuesTo be fair though, media actions in the last few years have acted as a national conscience to weed out the corrupt and inept; the painstaking and fearless ways in which television and newspapers have conducted sting operations and meticulously exposed every detail or misdemeanour is a true credit to the profession. In a country where the judiciary, the police, the bureaucracy need serious reform, the media’s daily output on their misdeeds needs to be applauded. I for one have no qualms with the substance. My grief is with style.First, the self- importance attached to editorial views is an increasing irritant in papers and magazines that insist on carrying the photo of the writer. In a story like this, why does my picture need to appear? Does it give greater insight to the discussion when the writer is glaring at the reader? Some newspapers go so far as to give full dress portraits of their contributors, as if their sartorial sense and bodily stance will give added weight to the message.advertisementThe second unfortunate thing is the inability of the networks to restrain the use of available technology. So overblown and exaggerated is the graphic presentation, it has the perennial appearance of a Punjabi wedding gone wrong. The screen is littered with simultaneous information displayed in a design mismatch so eccentric, it is impossible to focus. A main story above, BREAKING NEWS below, company market figures in continuous baseline movement, cricket scores in one corner, borrowed picture credits in another. Needless outlining, fade in and out and flashing. 12 people in separate boxes participate in TV discussions, of which eight speak simultaneously; the moderator screams himself hoarse trying to get the other four to also shout.Plagued by commerce, infatuated by technology and clearly incapable of restraint, the results are despairing and mediocre. Excessively emotional correspondents, editorialised and personal news stories, and an imbecilic reverence to commerce make media offerings a minefield of uncertainty. You tread cautiously, hoping to pick out something of value in a shoppers stop of journalism. Disjointed movement from one incomplete story to the next, leaves the viewer exhausted and willingly returning to the more placid Doordarshan mannequin.FormulaIn the world of formula journalism, where fight for commercial space is the final frontier the selling of success is equivalent to the success of selling. The formula is simple: Start with a freewheeling interview with Shah Rukh Khan. Ensure that Shah Rukh Khan gets full coverage at the Kolkata Knight Riders’ match. And follow it up with a few ads for Skin Whitening Cream by Shah Rukh Khan. When Shah Rukh Khan is in town to open a new coffee outlet, give it full coverage. If Shah Rukh Khan is not in town to open a new coffee outlet, invite him to town to open a new coffee outlet. You won’t regret it. Throughout the day, bring in a story or two about Shah Rukh’s harassment at US immigration, ending the day with a movie starring Shah Rukh Khan?.. Switch to Aishwarya Rai the next day in the same sequence. The formula will ensure high TV ratings.Of the more serious flaws of Indian magazine, newspaper and television journalism is the unfortunate use of the commercial American media as a model: The New York Times , Wall Street Journal , Time Warner, Rupert Murdoch, business tycoons and media moguls mixed in a starry Hollywoodish light. Blighted by commerce, the world’s markets – US, Western Europe, Japan and the Far East are desperate commodities. Everything is on sale or rent or lease. Just the way newspapers are all ads and little substance; just the way sports revenues come from sponsorship rather than sporting display, and Hollywood films need to be sold before they can be made, even architecture and city space is a noisy neon- ridden ‘ Times Square’.Many professions are today seeking a reprieve in under- development. Architects and urban designers are looking to cities of Eastern Europe and North Africa for work and ideas that aren’t blemished by commerce. So too are artists and writers. The more successful NGO work is coming out of places as diverse as Cuba and Brazil. Are Doordarshan , Pravda and the Budapest Times the only models left of the old journalism?advertisement