UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension San Sebastian similarly downed Jose Rizal University in straight sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, in the second game to barge into the win column.Prado fired 16 points, while Arocha added 15 for Arellano, bringing to fore the skills and smarts they have learned from playing in the previous PVL Open Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In the Open Conference we faced better players which allowed us to level up our game,” said Prado in Filipino.That level was in full display as Arellano ran plays like a sure-footed veteran squad against the Lady Red Spikers, whose bevy of power hitters just could not get their game going. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Issa Viray and Chesca Racraquin tried to hammer their way against the formidable defense of Arellano, scoring 12 and 9 points, respectively.The Lady Chiefs, who downed the St. Benilde Lady Blazers in the opener (25-20, 25-22, 25-17), were never in trouble in the match as coach Obet Javier’s squad was on-point throughout.San Beda took a 16-13 lead in the second set but Mary Anne Esguerra and Necole Ebuen triggered a 5-1 binge to put things in order.“They tried to load up on their serves, that’s why they managed to take the lead,” said Prado, the team captain. “But that’s where we held on to our receives even better.”San Beda, which bested Technological Institute of the Philippines (25-13, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13) in its opener, fell to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Azkals draw with Yemenis, stay on top Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University imposed its edge in experience to crush San Beda, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, Wednesday and remain unbeaten in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovelyn Prado and Regine Arocha led the Lady Chiefs in scoring their second straight victory and at the same time providing a glimpse of what to expect from the reigning NCAA women’s champions.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress 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 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Bolt rues start, booed Gatlin hails his ‘amazing’ rival FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Averaging 23.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists, Teng has etched his name in the history books becoming the player with the most triple-doubles in league history with three, doing it all as the Thunder swept the elimination round.But his brilliance isn’t limited to his individual numbers alone, as he led Flying V to an unbeaten 10-0 run to become only the fourth team in league history to complete an eliminations sweep.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 starsHot on Teng’s heels for the award is the Cignal HD duo of Raymar Jose and Jason Perkins.Jose, the hardworking bruiser from FEU, netting 11.8 markers, 10.4 boards, and 1.4 dimes, while Perkins, the hefty forward from La Salle, is tallying 15.3 points, 5.89 rebounds, and 1.8 assists a game in the conference. Their stellar play allowed the Hawkeyes to grab the second-seed and earn an outright semifinals berth with an 8-2 card.Flying V forward Gab Banal is also in the MVP race, averaging 13.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.Third-seed Tanduay has banked on Lester Alvarez all-conference long and the diminutive guard is norming 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. His teammate Paul Varilla is also in the mix, averaging 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.JK Casiño has been the ace for the four-seed Centro Escolar University as the playmaker is posting averages of 11.5 markers, 2.2 boards, and 2.1 dimes.Julian Sargent rounds out the candidates as his all-around effort of 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists a game, helped Marinerong Pilipino achieve this late sail to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSetting records and chasing history, Jeron Teng has undoubtedly cemented himself as the top player this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.That’s why it’s no surprise that the 23-year-old star out of La Salle is the favorite to win the Conference Most Valuable Player plum.ADVERTISEMENT
Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m excited and I hope that I can help Phoenix make it to the playoffs,” he said.The Fuel Masters are currently on a three-game slide as they sit on a 2-3 card in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Chan, who won two titles with the Elasto Painters, is keeping his hopes up that his entry will turn things for the better for Phoenix.“We already talked and I told them that I can do whatever they want from me. Again, I just want to help the team make it to the playoffs,” the 2012 Governors’ Cup Finals MVP said.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Rain or Shine set to trade Jeff Chan to Phoenix“I was shocked. But that’s how the life of a basketball player is,” Chan told INQUIRER.net in a text message on Monday.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 starsThe Elasto Painters traded Chan in exchange for forward Mark Borboran and a future second round pick.The 33-year-old Chan is just grateful for his time with Rain or Shine and hopes to make the same impact as he joins an upstart Phoenix crew. Walker fights off cramps, leads Elite to victory NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJeff Chan admitted he was caught off guard by the trade that sent him to Phoenix after playing eight seasons with Rain or Shine.But rather than be down, the veteran shooter is taking everything in stride as he moves forward to the next chapter of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments
Chennai Super Kings sneaked into the Champions League semifinals with a thrilling 10-run win over Warriors, who have also qualified by virtue of a net runrate better than Victoria’s.Scores – Chennai vs WarriorsBrief scores: Chennai 136-6 (20); Warriors 126-8 (20)Justin Kreusch (3-19), Rusty Theron (1-16) and Johan Botha (1-27) did not let Chennai finish well after Mike Hussey’s 50 had set them up.Chennai have set a semifinal clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Warriors will meet South Australia in the second semifinal. MS Dhoni’s side elected to bat in this must-win game, and began well with Hussey’s fifty. The innings slowed down after his fall, as they struggled to 136-6.Warriors needed just 109 to edge Victoria out and qualify. They passed the cut-off mark in less than 18 overs, thanks to Mark Boucher’s quick 25.However, some sharp catching in the outfield kept Chennai in the game. R Ashwin impressed again, taking 3-24 in four overs while Muttiah Muralitharan denied Warriors the 15 runs needed in the final over.
Cruise to HavelockOut of the 570 odd islands that make the Andaman and Nicobar, only 38 are inhabited. That explains why its beaches are still pristine. Only one of the many stunning beaches is Radhanagar on Havelock Island (once rated as the best beach in Asia by Time magazine in 2004) that’s well worth your time.One of the best ways to get to Havelock is by a luxury catamaran called Makruzz that allows you splendid views through its large windows from the comfort of an air-conditioned space. The trip starts at 8.30 a.m. from the Phoenix jetty at Port Blair, arriving at Radhanagar after 90 minutes, and returning to Port Blair at 4 p.m. Log on to www.makruzz.com for bookings.National Arts Emporium, Port BlairMost tourists head to the government-run Sagarika Emporium on M.G. Road for buying souvenirs. From the sought after padauk wood (local weather-beaten wood that makes sturdy, lasting furniture), lightweight walking sticks made from cane, to caps and T-shirts, shell jewellery and wooden dancing dolls, shopping here is a fulfilling experience.But if you are looking for that little extra, I would recommend the National Arts Emporium, the ground floor shop at the Bengali club run by Kashmiri migrant Javed Ahmed Bhat. He sells mother of pearl and red coral jewellery, figures of tribals and various gods and goddesses made from the padauk wood. Javed cultures the pearls himself at his oyster farm and is quick to claim that all his designs are ‘original’. Tel: (03192) 236 051Bridge Bar, Port BlairLocated on the third floor of the TSG Hotel in Phoenix Bay, it is Port Blair’s only sports bar, though, and quite intriguingly, it is made like a ship’s bridge where mariners aren’t allowed to drink alcohol.advertisementWith real portholes on its walls, a few life jackets hung around, a wooden steering wheel embedded somewhere and LCD screens beaming the sporting event of the season, the place is a must visit for those who like their drinks in a relaxed ambience. Seafood here is awesome and so are the meat dishes coming hot out of the tandoor. The Chicken Tikka is very popular.Tel: 246 499, 246488The Golden Dragon, Port BlairFrom wayside eateries to fancy restaurants for diners, Port Blair boasts a mouthwatering variety. A real gem is The Golden Dragon, which not many people in Port Blair know about. The restaurant is the living room of a friendly Indian family, one that had emigrated from China via Kolkata. One of the best combinations here is the Chicken with Fungus (a type of black mushroom) and rice, which must follow the Chicken Lily Flower Soup. Near Goal Ghar.Volcano watching from seaplaneOne of the most exciting and relatively new options for those visiting Port Blair is a ride on a seaplane. I recommend a trip that flies over the Barren Island, India’s only active volcano. It will set you back by Rs. 7,500 for a round trip (there’s a minimum of five passengers needed against its total capacity of eight).This once-in-a-lifetime trip allows you to observe an uninhabited island, in the middle of nowhere, smoking through its gargantuan crater. The aircraft is a Cessna Caravan 208 A and is operated by Pawan Hans. Tickets can be obtained through all major tour operators in Port Blair.Activities in wandoorNow, if you care about the environment and want to get a firsthand experience of what it means to do it in real life, there’s ANET (Andaman and Nicobar Islands Environment Team) at Wandoor Beach (located about 26 km from Port Blair) to consider. ANET organises birdwatching, snorkelling and diving, but you must book in advance.The day tariff is Rs. 1,000, which includes food, board and all other facilities including the library, computer and internet access. The tariff is lower for researchers or volunteers and also gets substantially curtailed if one chooses to associate for longer durations. Log on to www.anetindia.org for details.Kulpreet YadavAuthor and freelance writer Kulpreet has set his latest book, A Waiting Wave, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Always cheerful and positive in attitude, you’d never guess that he holds a position with the government of India–which is what makes him a resident of Port Blair. On his free time, Kulpreet explores the wonders of nature that surround him.Plus Pick: Neil IslandNeil Island’s claim to fame is not just the seafood its cluster of restaurants dish out (some of the best you may find in India), it has earned the moniker of the ‘vegetable garden’ among the islanders of the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago, and the recognition came after a long, tiring and enduring process. Way back in the 1960s, each family on Neil Island was promised five acres of agricultural land.This seemed a golden offer for the poor inhabitants of an island where agricultural land is scarce. But the dream soon turned sour with the official decision to include hilly land in the promised acres. What followed was a bitter struggle, which led to the migration of 75 Neil Island families to Little Andaman. Those left behind–98 families–began from scratch, moulding the nearly barren, hilly land to transform it into the green belt it is. The settlers never turned towards the mainland to keep their hearth burning.Drive past the Neil’s green stretched towards an extreme corner of the island, harbouring a long and secluded strip of cream-sand Sitapur Beach. A stretch of impossibly clean beach, minus human footprints, it commands both attention and admiration. The waters are as blue as you can imagine and the volcanic rocks on the shore may bring alive images of Jeju Island in Korea. There is daily ferry service from Port Blair to Neil Island.advertisementMust do: Andaman and Nicobar IslandsStay: Havelock, BarefootThis luxury eco-retreat is located on what is rated as one of the world’s best beaches. Set in seven acres of fertiliser and pesticide-free grounds, the resort consists of lovely cottages and villas made from indigenous materials. Stay in an Andaman villa fronted by a floor-to-ceiling picture window and rolling shutters that can either bring the outdoors in or cocoon you in your own world. Tel: (03192) 282 151; www.barefootindia.comEat: VenisonThe journey to Rangat from Port Blair has many delicious stops. En route you will find Kadamtala, a village that feeds delicious venison to hungry travellers. The meat is served in steel bowls and eaten with rice.Shop: Nicobari matsThis, apart from the beaches and its marine life, is what has made Andamans famous the world over. Made of natural fibres (coir, reeds and so on), these mats, interwoven with light and dark colours, are both stylish and sturdy. Buy these in the company of a local, preferably your guide, who can help you strike a good deal.See: Ross IslandThe ruins of the Raj on this island bear testimony to the atrocities committed by the British in this erstwhile penal colony. The island is in fact one extended museum, complete with weather-beaten buildings. 8 km from Port Blair.
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