Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH College of St. Benilde worked its magic in the clutch and won 3-2 in penalties over Arellano University to claim the NCAA Season 93 men’s football title Wednesday at Rizal Memorial Pitch.Blazers goalie Jake Vicen denied Robert Corsame Jr.’s attempt from the spot and sealed Benilde’s Game 3 win and its first championship in eight years.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kelly brothers look to bounce back in ONE Manila card Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino 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 BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Benilde head coach Marlon Maro, who owns two of the school’s four titles, said it was his players who delivered the championship and not him.“The players deserve this championship,” said Maro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiguel Artillera gave Benilde the 1-0 lead at the 38th minute but Corsame, a member of the under-23 team, equalized just three minutes later.After falling 2-1 in the shootout, the Blazers then relied on Renz Tulayba and Dean Embarle for their second and third penalties. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View comments
LATEST STORIES “If I’m going to rate our performance earlier, we’re just 60 to 70 percent. Like I said, hopefully, we improve on our mistakes,” he said on Saturday at the start of the Grand Prix tournament at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Tornadoes leaned on their hard-hitting trio of Brooke Kranda, Elizabeth Wendel and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who combined for 46 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKranda, a former Michigan State University star in the US NCAA, scored a game-high 21 points in her professional debut while Manabat and Canadian import Wendel had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Abella is pleased to see Manabat back in action after suffering an ACL injury last conference, but expects more from his imports particularly on the offensive end in the coming games. “Actually, we’re expecting a little more. But since it’s only their first game here in the Philippines, their performance is acceptable, but hopefully, they can provide us with more offensive power in our next game.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rommel Abella emerged a winner in his head coaching debut in the Philippine Superliga, but the multi-titled mentor was not overly satisfied with how his new team Foton performed to open the 2018 season.The Tornadoes turned back the Generika-Ayala Life Savers, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, but Abella wants to more from his team in the coming games.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH UAAP volleyball: FEU holds off UP, joins Ateneo at fourth Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
The video game industry is a whopping $100 billion industry today. Back in the days, two-dimensional video games of various sports were able to satisfy technological appetite. Gamers today are increasingly demanding a more immersive gaming experience, one that the industry is constantly striving to meet. This has paved way,The video game industry is a whopping $100 billion industry today. Back in the days, two-dimensional video games of various sports were able to satisfy technological appetite. Gamers today are increasingly demanding a more immersive gaming experience, one that the industry is constantly striving to meet. This has paved way for an augmented demand for character animators to create unique styles and movements that are easily distinguishable.”Animations can either be made through walkthroughs or drawn on paper and scanned on to the screen. Almost every video game today uses a character animator. For instance, in an animation feature, if 600 people are on the job, 250 to 300 would be character animators. And even though most of the animation work is being outsourced, there is a huge scope for character animators in India,” says Ketan Karekar, Animation Director, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC).Though most examples of character animation can be found in animated feature films, the role of character animator within the gaming industry is rapidly increasing. “Films such as Jurassic Park and Avatar are classic examples of character animation. This is also flowing into video games such as Hitman or Dead Space to name a few,” says Karekar. The basic objective of an animator is to create empathy for the character. Avid gamers look for reasons to connect with the lead protagonist in the game and animators have been able to give them this opportunity.Animations must demonstrate character development, where the lead gets stronger with each passing level and increases the player’s commitment level to the game. All of this can only be done, once the animator is able to understand the basic structure of character. Karekar explains that an animator must know the anatomy of humans as well as of animals. Knowledge of the bone structure and the muscle movement can help him move the character accordingly.Another important aspect of character animation is the ability to act. Here, their body mechanics are put to use. Industry experts suggest that initially, studios were done up with mirrors everywhere and the animators could act and replicate the same reactions in their characters. But with the introduction of three-dimensional graphics and the extensive use of camera, animators are able to record their expressions and make the same changes in the animation. This way, the animated characters were able to fight and show emotions; they could fly and repel enemies with a swoop.Creating the animation for various characters can be challenging, yet rewarding and fun. An animator is responsible to bring to life what can only be imagined. They are able to create an ambience where the real world ceases to exist and the only thing important is the world that has been developed. “A good visualiser with a creative bent of mind can easily excel in the field. Indian animation industry is growing at the rate of 40 per cent, paving way for aspirants to showcase their talent and earn a hefty package,” says Ninad Karpe, managing director and chief operating officer, Aptech Ltd.India is becoming the hotspot for animation. With games becoming more sophisticated and technologically advanced, plot-driven games with more real and believable characters is where the gaming industry is headed. Amit Prajapati, team leader at Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) explains, “Developing a character for games is quite interesting. The pre-production department familiarises all the character animators about the storyline and the psychology and physique of the character. This is followed by design development, rigging (adding bone structure and movement), modelling and texturing the character. All of this completes the character which can then be placed according to the story line.” It is evident that the concept of “total immersion” has led to more character detailing along with the demand for bigger challenges.Another trend that is coming to play in the gaming industry is tying a game to a movie release. “Most of the activities and nuances of the characters borrowed from films are repetitive. They need to have the same walk, tone and movements as that of the character in the film. This requires even more detailing because such games have long shots and extreme close-ups where an animator cannot go wrong,” says Prajapati. No matter what the future holds for the gaming industry, it is clear that character animators are in demand more than ever.InstitutesArena Multimedia, Pan-India www.arena-multimedia.com MAAC, Mumbai www.maacindia.comIndustrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai www.idc.iitb.acStarting salary: Rs 35,000-40,000 per monthadvertisement
Pakistan Cricket Board will soon seek full details of the judgment passed by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal against banned trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir for their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.Pakistan cricket players Mohammad Amir, left, Salman Butt, right, and Mohammad Asif, centre rear.Sources in the board told PTI that PCB itself was now interested in obtaining details of the judgment as they wanted to know the full scope of the bans imposed on the three players.”One can only know the full impact of the bans when the full judgment comes and we should get the details soon,” one source said.He pointed out that the board wanted to know the details because there were some questions about the ban including whether the board could release the outstanding amount of the three players after their ban.”The financial aspect is very important because the code of conduct is very strict and bans the players from all cricket activities and they can only be associated with cricket by taking anti-corruption lectures that is all,” he said.The source referred to the life ban that was imposed on former captain Salim Malik in 2000.”Malik had to face a virtual isolation by society and perhaps these three players still don’t realize the consequences of the bans imposed on them,” the source said.The PCB has so far distanced itself from the players in the spot-fixing case and has been facing criticism from cricket quarters for not supporting the three players.advertisementThe source also said that the board would be meeting soon to discuss the criminal proceedings against the three players in London by the London Metropolitan Police.”Obviously the players have to ensure they appear in the crown prosecution court on March 17 and the board might have to play its role in ensuring they go to London for the case,” the source said.”It was on the assurance of the board and the government that the London Metropolitan Police had agreed to allow the three players to return from London last year while the case was going on.”-With PTI inputs
The rich and varied culture of the Indian sub-continent, mixed with a mesmerising fireworks and laser show, was exhibited in all its glory at the World Cup opening ceremony here on Thursday evening.World Cup opens with a spectacular showAnd world renowned musicians Bryan Adams, Sonu Nigam, Runa Laila, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy regaled the packed Bangabandhu National Stadium as Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina declared the 10th edition of the tournament open.The ceremony, which lasted about two-and-a-half hours, comprised songs sung by local artistes, with captains of all 14 competing teams making their grand entry into the arena in illuminated rickshaws in alphabetical order of the countries’ names.If the rickshaws were innovatively decorated, it were the numbers sung in four different languages – English, Hindi, Bengali, and Sinhalese – that drew maximum cheers from the crowd. While De ghumake, the official World Cup song sung by Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy of India, drew loud applause, legendary Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila’s all-time hit Dama dam mast kalandar was not far behind.There was a dash of colour as mostly Bangladeshi dances were performed by children and youngsters on the vast white circular carpet laid out in the field on which Bangladesh played their first ever Test match in 2000, against India.It was not mandatory for all 14 competing teams to be present at the ceremony, but the five teams – India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, England, and Ireland – that will play their matches in Bangladesh in the next few days were present in full strength.advertisementThe programme began with local songs before Sheikh Hasina arrived and soon Bangladesh’s national anthem was sung. After an audio-video clip, highlighting some of the memorable moments from previous World Cup tournaments, played on the giant screens, young local singers Mila, Kona, Elita, Balam, Hridoy Khan, Arnob, Ibrar and Topu took over.Then all the captains, accompanied by a young boy or a girl sitting with them in the rickshaws – the most popular and the cheapest mode of transport in Bangladesh – made their entry. As one of the co-hosts, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan came in last, but he expectedly received the biggest cheer.Speeches by Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mostafa Kamal and sports minister Ahad Ali Sarkar, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Sharad Pawar, and Sheikh Hasina followed.Pawar termed Thursday as a historic day. “Today is a historic day when the people of Bangladesh join India and Sri Lanka together to host the ICC cricket World Cup, and make this tournament the most memorable yet,” he said.”Tonight we welcome the captains of the world’s top 14 teams to the opening ceremony of the 10th ICC cricket World Cup. One of these captains before us tonight will stand in the magnificent Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2 and receive the World Cup trophy. On behalf of the ICC, I wish you all the best of luck.”Sheikh Hasina wholeheartedly welcomed all the guests. “It is my great pleasure to be present at this colourful opening ceremony of the ICC cricket World Cup 2011… We feel greatly privileged to co-host the cricket extravaganza in our beautiful country.I welcome the ICC officials, guests and spectators in this majestic ceremony,” she said.”I would like to extend my thanks to the ICC for selecting Bangladesh to host the opening ceremony and eight matches. My thanks go to the organisers and patrons for their immense labour to hold the ICC cricket World Cup successfully.I congratulate my cricket-loving countrymen for their great enthusiasm and cooperation to make this event a grand success,” she said. “Good luck to the players and I hope that fraternity among the nations will further be strengthened through this World Cup.”The prime minister declared the World Cup open by placing her hand on a palm-scanner after her speech.This was followed by an aerial and audio-visual cricket act on a nearby building, and cultural programmes. Expectedly, the Bangladesh cultural programme got more time than co-hosts India and Sri Lanka. Another innovative bit was when a person aimed a bow towards the sky and released the arrow, it turned into sparkling fireworks.
India opener Sachin Tendulkar departed early against West Indies in their World Cup Group B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Sunday.This is last league game of the World Cup before the knock out stage that stars from Wednesday. If India win this match they will earn nine points and finish second of the Group B table and that way they will play Australia in the quarter-fianls. If they lose this match they will play Sri Lanka in the next stage. India have rested their regular opener Virender Sehwag and playing Suresh Raina in his place. Ashish Nehra has been replaced by local boy R Ashwin, who will add depth in the spin department.West Indies has excluded Chris Gayle and and Kemar Roach. Krik Edwards and Ravi Rampaul have been included.Teams -West Indies: Kirk Edwards, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, R Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Devon Thomas(w), Darren Sammy(c), Sulieman Benn, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul India: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Yusuf Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel
MS Dhoni in 2007 (left) and a day before the final (right) on Friday.Having chopped off his locks after winning the World T20 in 2007 – much to the despair of not only his female fans but also the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf – he has shaved his head after the ICC World Cup triumph in Mumbai on Saturday.He isn’t only the captain of the Indian team, but also one of the style icons. But is this all about style or are there some religious sentiments attached to it? Although the players in the west are known to experiment with their looks – be it footballers or cricketers – shaving the head is not too big a style statement. In India, it hadn’t happened till Vinod Kambli began his fight against a receding hair-line.But Dhoni sets the precedent when it comes to fashion and whatever he does becomes a rage. He has Bollywood style icon John Abraham as his best pal. So it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if this is the new look that Dhoni is going to sport for some time.Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his new look on Saturday.If sources are to be believed though, he had made a wish at the Tirupati temple for which Dhoni had promised to offer his hair if India won the Cup. But another school of thought feels he has had a problem of receding hairline in the past few years, forcing him to first chop off his locks post the T20 triumph in 2007. While Dhoni has refused to comment on the new look, even the team management has remained hush-hush about it and all a jovial Yuvraj Singh, when quizzed about Dhoni’s new look, said was that it was he who had asked Dhoni to lose his locks.”Why don’t you ask Dhoni. It is his hair and it is his wish. On second thoughts, I think I should tell you the truth. I had asked him to shave his head. Hope you have the headlines now,” he said.advertisementBut superstitions aren’t something new to the Indian players. If former captain Sourav Ganguly led the pack with umpteen superstitions, including his mother not watching Sourav play live, even Sachin Tendulkar is known to wear his left pad first.Speaking about his own superstition, Yuvraj said: “I don’t believe much in superstitions and the only one I have is like that of the little master; I wear my left pad first.” But the strangest one in the present team belongs to S Sreesanth. He is always the last to get down from the team bus in an effort to maintain his form. “I prefer to get down last from the team bus as I feel that will keep my bowling form going,” he said. Whether this is a superstitious act or a style statement or even a way to save his hair, we can only guess till Dhoni comes clean.
India’s injury woes refused to end as Rohit Sharma was on Saturday ruled out of the remainder of the five-match ODI series against England after suffering a fracture in the index finger of his right hand.Sharma was hit by a Stuart Broad delivery in the 38th over of the Indian innings during the first ODI at Chester-le-Street.Rohit was struck on the glove by a short ball from Stuart Broad off the first ball he faced. He received some attention from the physio and grimaced when the swollen index finger on his right hand was touched. He felt the field immediately and went to the hospital, where scans revealed a fracture.He has been advised rest for three weeks to recover from his injury and it automatically puts him out of the remaining four ODIs.Sharma retired hurt after facing that ball. He went for a check up and a fracture was confirmed though no official word has come from the BCCI yet on his availability for the series.Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary is likely to replace Rohit for the remaining matches.It has been a disastrous tour for India as many leading players, including Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Yuvraj Singh suffered injuries at various stages of the tour.Tendulkar had to miss Saturday’s opening match due a toe injury.
After activist Anna Hazare, yoga guru Baba Ramdev is also going to make a star appearance on TV reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs. In the upcoming episode of the show, which has already been shot and would be aired over this weekend, Ramdev, like most of the other guests, would be seen singing along the kids.Things took a spiritual turn with the young contestants singing some soothing bhajans. And being a sport, Ramdev too joined in. Not just that, Ramdev seemed to be in a candid mood as he answered all the queries thrown at him. He said he always was a topper during his student days even as he had to manage with second hand books.The little champs also got some yoga lessons as Ramdev gave them tips to control their aggression. In the after-shoot press conference, Ramdev slammed Rakhi Sawant for her public announcement of her “undying love for Baba”. The item girl had said that she “wanted to marry Baba”.Ramdev, who was called “hot” by Rakhi during the promotion of latter’s TV show, said: “It is not right to target anybody to promote one’s show.”
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