Lukaku: ‘Very important penalty’

first_imgRomelu Lukaku admits his stoppage-time winner was “a very important penalty” for Inter to get the points in Bologna. The Belgian had already tapped in the equaliser after a deflected Roberto Soriano opener. “This was a very important penalty, as we simply had to win today,” Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia after the 2-1 victory. “Bologna played with a lot of intensity and impressed me today, but we had a good team mentality and I’m happy. “I’m pleased to have had such a good start, but I am 26 years old and I need to grow every day, along with the whole team.” Inter have at least temporarily gone top of the table, awaiting Juventus against Torino in the Derby della Mole tonight. “I am not interested in Juve’s results. What’s important to me is that Inter win. We won today and that’s what matters.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Pjanic: ‘Juve want Champions League’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Miralem Pjanic assures Cristiano Ronaldo is “the most important player we have” and unbeaten Juventus are targeting the Champions League. Pjanic was speaking to Sky Sport Italia after Juve’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid to book top spot in Champions League Group D, and underlined the importance of the Portuguese star. “I am doing well, I had some muscle problems after Lecce but now I’m ok. The same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo. He had some niggling pain in his knee, but he is the most important player we have. He’s demonstrated in recent times that he’s still number one and we don’t worry about him.” Ronaldo has only scored once in this season’s competition. Pjanic says Juve want to win the Champions League after securing group victory with a game to spare. “We wanted to top the group. Now that we have, we will see who we draw in the next round, whoever it will be, we will prepare for it. “Juventus are the only side in all of Europe who haven’t lost a single competitive game and we won almost all of them. We want to win this trophy.” Juve are back in action against Sassuolo on Sunday morning.last_img read more

The wide angle

first_imgParamjit Chawla with his thriving automobile business was successful and wealthy. His life was perfect and almost envious. But in search of more creative pursuits he closed down his company and took up an unconventional profession – photography. Chawla says, “I did not have the required knowledge, but soon realised,Paramjit Chawla with his thriving automobile business was successful and wealthy. His life was perfect and almost envious. But in search of more creative pursuits he closed down his company and took up an unconventional profession – photography.Chawla says, “I did not have the required knowledge, but soon realised this was my calling.” He is now a successful Delhi-based advertising photographer. Although he faced many hardships even to the point of losing his constant source of income, it did not deter him. “Passion and hard work are the mantras of becoming a successful photographer,” he says.A few years back thinking photography as a steady profession was difficult. But today different creative doors have opened for photographers. They may choose to take up wildlife, commercial, events, underwater, fine art, nude, sports, astrophotography or portfolio, to name a few.One of the most dependable professions in terms of income is photojournalism. Pictures are said to multiply news content and emotion of a story four-fold. A photojournalistic image must have the impact that will make the reader want to know more about the story being reported. “It is a field-based profession and requires a lot of creativity. More importantly, photographers need to be on their toes and produce captivating images,” says Sucheta Das, a Kolkatabased photojournalist.Photojournalists with a keen sense of intuition and flair for photography are in great demand. According to Das, the last six years have witnessed immense change in people’s mindset towards them. “A photojournalist can easily earn up to Rs 30,000 per month,” she says.Aside from photojournalism, fashion photography is fast picking up as the coolest bite in town. With its huge audience, high paychecks and glamourous international lifestyle, it can be viewed as one of the world’s most sought after professions.”To be a fashion photographer one needs to learn to experiment. But more importantly one needs to study and comprehend photography. Most aspiring photographers choose their genre of specialisation even before they have studied or practiced it thoroughly. It is important to first learn and then enjoy the medium,” says Tarun Khiwal, a renowned fashion photographer.But for every fashion photographer who makes it through the doors of a top magazine, many others find their niche in art photography, celebrity portraits or fashion and advertising. Hardesh Dhingra, a noted advertising photographer, started out over 20 years back. “At that time cameras were unaffordable and processing the film used to cost a fortune,” he recalls. But now all of this has become a thing of the past. Computers have replaced the darkroom and initial investment is only limited to the cost of a camera. “The combination of digital photography and computer graphic imaging has lessened workload,” he says.Three-dimensional softwares have almost replaced what initially had to be photographed. The technique uses one photographed image, which is treated with image management softwares and recreated for exposition purposes. This technique is in use for almost every subject, from automobiles to beverage and cosmetics.This perhaps is the reason why there is an increased demand for photography schools in India. “We teach our students various image management and editing softwares along with audio-visual techniques to create images. They are also taught post production work such as resizing and digital image creation,” says Farhat Basir Khan, professor, A J Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. With backing of such techniques one must also have the basic understanding of photography. AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre conducts a one-year post graduate diploma in still photography. Students with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 50 per cent marks are eligible for admission.Another unconventional variant of professional photography is wildlife. As it is almost impossible to shoot a lion in a well-lit studio with five horses encircling it without the chances of you becoming the meal, the only option is to be in the wild and be ready to capture perfect moments. “Basic comprehension of the subject and its environment is extremely important in wildlife photography,” says Rathika Ramasamy, a wildlife photographer. She feels it is a tough job but if one knows the chemistry of photography and studies the environment carefully, one can easily excel. “The equipment itself is around 8-9 kilos and travelling is an essential component. So photographers must have patience and endurance,” informs Ramasamy.Survival is difficult and requires a lot of effort. Rajesh Bedi, a renowned wildlife photographer says, “Selling such photographs was a tedious task. Not many periodicals were interested in paying large amounts. But today it has its own market.” The starting range of photographs can be anything between Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh. A nature photographer may also enjoy luxurious resorts while working as a tour guide. “Many travel companies need photographers for their catalogues and magazines. While on the job they can also adorn the cap of a tour guide. It pays well and one gets to stay in opulent resorts,” says Ramasamy.Students can study subjects such as botany or wildlife management and conservation to make the fieldwork easier. Wildlife Institute of India, Uttarakhand, offers a master in wildlife science and postgraduate diploma in wildlife management. Marketing and talent guarantee steady money but it all depends on how well the pictures are presented. Salaries can range from anything between Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh per month. Photography has witnessed a boom and with the advent of digital technology, it has become relatively easier. All you need is zest. Hardesh Dhingra, Commercial photographerI started photography as a hobby, but in 1988 developed serious inclination towards it. During that time possessing a camera was a luxury and film processing required a lot of money. But today, with the advent of computer graphic imaging it has become quite easy. I got into the field because I had a passion for photography, and to keep myself updated with latest technology I attended a few workshops abroad. I was soon able to combine the best of both photography and digital world. I have never been trained but learning photography is the prerogative of a student. If you are interested in studying photography before entering, you can enroll yourself in various courses. But you need to have the basic knowledge of the camera and the art of photography. Although a lot of this is instinctive, today photography is not just about clicking pictures; it is also about post production and making it look skillful.Rathika Ramasamy, Wildlife photographerRathika Ramasamy, a computer engineer by profession, has now turned into a full-time wildlife photographer. Her love for nature and passion for photography pushed her to join the field. “It is no office job and requires a lot of endurance. But with true love for nature and basics of the subject, photography becomes much easier,” says Ramasamy. The equipment she carries usually weighs 8-9 kilos and so it becomes imperative to be quick and capture reactions in split seconds. She started her career in photography in 2004 and has never looked back. “There is no fixed income in this profession; it depends entirely on your work. With three to four years of good work one can easily earn anything between Rs 20,000 to Rs 1 lakh per month,” she says. Understanding the elements of nature is the key attribute of a photographer.Career options: Photographers may choose to specialise in a range of fields such as wildlife, commercial, events, underwater, fine art nude, sports, astrophotography, portfolio, adventure or photojournalismStarting salary: Rs 30,000-Rs 1.2 lakh per monthInstitutes:Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia Delhiwww.ajkmcrc.org Film & Television Institute of India Punewww.ftiindia.com Xavier Institute of Communications www.xaviercomm.orgadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Debashis Das upsets 2nd sed Aleksandrov Aleksej of Belarus to stay in hunt

first_imgUpsets continued at the 10th Parsvnath International Open Chess tournament as Debashis Das shocked second seed Grandmaster Aleksandrov Aleksej of Belarus in New Delhi on Thursday.However, there was no change to the positioning of Philippines Grandmasters Oliver Barbosa and Gomez John Paul, who maintained their lead with sixand- half-points.World u-18 bronze medallist Das rattled the Belarusian by using his queen and knight combination to good effect in the middle game. The Orissa youngster was not overawed by his experienced opponent and displayed great composure to plot his downfall. Playing with black pieces in Semi-Slav variation, Das took his opponent’s queen for rook and bishop in 32 moves.In another important result, IM K Rathnakaran held top seed and tournament favourite Sandipan Chanda in a seventhround encounter while Russian GM Andrei Deviatkin beat Uzbekistan GM Marat Dzhumaev and Evgeny Gleizerov and Mark Paragua got the better of Ashwin Jayaram and Zeng Chongsheng respectively. Five players, including Das and Rathnakaran, are sitting on second spot.last_img read more

Irfan Pathan keen to leave his mark on Asia Cup

first_imgIrfan Pathan’s bowling is mostly about rhythm and confidence, and he is currently high on both counts as he gets ready to give his best shot at the Asia Cup.After returning to the Indian team late last year, the left-arm pacer performed decently enough on the recent tour of Australia and is now looking forward to the four-nation tournament that began here on Sunday with a Bangladesh-Pakistan encounter.Irfan, as usual, was business-like during the team’s first practice session here on Sunday, giving his all with the ball and chatting with coach Duncan Fletcher.After missing the Asia Cup in 2010, Irfan is eagerly waiting to unleash his banana swingers at the opposing batsmen.”I am looking ahead to the Asia Cup big time; getting the selection and the nod to represent the country is an honour.I am really looking forward with the confidence that I have gained in Australia,” Irfan told Mail Today. “An Australian tour gives you the confidence because it’s always a tough tour. The conditions there are different from those we play in at home. It’s always a challenge and a confidence booster when you do well.I will make sure that I do the same things in the Asia Cup that I have been doing – the hard work and thinking about the process rather than anything else.” The Baroda all-rounder played four ODIs in the tri-series in Australia and bagged six wickets. He also contributed with the bat, with his top knock being 47.advertisementA wiser Irfan, however, doesn’t want to rest on his laurels. “In cricket, whatever you have done in the past is done and dusted. You don’t have to look too far back, because if you do that, those things hardly matter. Those are the years gone by,” he said philosophically.”What has recently happened matters. And for me what matters is that right now is that I am feeling good. Of course, memories will always be there. It’s better to live in the present as a professional sportsman. And, yes, my confidence is good right now, thanks to the Almighty,” he emphasised.Irfan would be playing for the first time in Dhaka after a triangular series in 2008, but he is keen to adjust quickly to the venue, Sher- e- Bangla National Cricket Stadium.”If you keep doing your thing, no matter what the venue is, you will do well. It is different from the Australian pitches, but the key is to make sure that you adjust to the conditions quickly enough,” he said.India open their campaign with a game against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, and it could be Irfan’s 113th ODI. He has so far captured 160 wickets in ODIs and another 100, including a hat-trick, in 29 Tests.Irfan thanked India’s former bowling coach Eric Simons – who is also the head coach of the left- arm pacer’s IPL team, Delhi Daredevils – and TA Sekhar – who is also with the Daredevils and had helped him when at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai – for helping him correct his technical flaws, regain his rhythm, and gain confidence.last_img read more

Title run just perfect for NU

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Torre assured of Asian Seniors Chess crown Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Lady Bulldogs, powered by do-it-all star Jaja Santiago, dumped the Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, to capture the title via a historic nine-game sweep at FilOil Flying V Centre.With Santiago enjoying top-notch support in Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas and Jasmine Nabor, NU made it back-to-back in the league’s college edition in a mighty show of force for the coming season.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 opening“It was great feeling, we were able to sweep all our matches,” said Santiago in Filipino. “Maybe we have already achieved the maturity that we need to achieve and we didn’t become overconfident.”The Lady Tamaraws missed their team captain Bernadeth Pons—who was on a beach volleyball duty—in the best-of-three finals series. 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img As expected, Santiago ran away with the Most Valuable Player Award for her third straight MVP honor in the league.Earlier, Marck Espejo steered Ateneo to a sweep of Far Eastern University for the men’s title.Espejo fired 20 points for the Blue Eagles, who fashioned out a 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 triumph in Game 2 of their best-of-three title series.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups National University completed a perfect run all the way to the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference championship Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Game 7 breaks PBA attendance record anew

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Fans packed the world’s largest indoor arena to the rafters and eclipsed the previous marks set in Games 5 and 6 as they witnessed Ginebra won its back-to-back titles.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeatFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGame 5, which ended in a Gin Kings victory over the Bolts, 85-74 on Sunday, drew 36,445 fans.However, Game 6 smashed that turnout, with 53,642 basketball aficionados trooping to Bocaue to gain the distinction of being the biggest crowd in PBA history. Meralco took that game at the expense of Ginebra, 98-91 on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 That mark eclipsed the long standing record of 52,612 during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 PBA season, where the Manny Pacquiao-coached Kia bested Blackwater, before Ginebra turned back TNT in the main game.Turns out, all those marks pale in comparison to Friday’s playdate.ADVERTISEMENT Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — For the third straight time, the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals broke the record books.Game 7 between Ginebra and Meralco on Friday once set a new league attendance record, attracting 54,086 fans to the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeatlast_img read more

Austria says upset loss to Blackwater due to San Miguel’s ‘overconfidence’

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Austria acknowledged that part of his side’s demise was complacency, feeling that Blackwater will be easy pickings for the defending three-time all-Filipino champion.“Maybe we’re so complacent because we thought that Blackwater was easy to beat. But I keep on telling them that this is a very dangerous team. It’s our fault because we’re not able to do what we’re supposed to do. We should attribute this loss to overconfidence,” he said.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 openingAustria was dismayed by his side’s 18 turnovers, which led to 32 turnover points for the Elite, something which he believes is the perfect encapsulation of the Beermen’s listless effort.“I told them that whatever game plan we have, whatever we achieved in the past, if we won’t put the effort, we can’t beat any team,” the three-time Coach of the Year said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES 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 Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto At 6-2, San Miguel is still ahead of the pack as it sits at joint first place with Magnolia and Alaska.Still, Austria knows that these last three games will be crucial if the Beermen wants to end up with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, starting in their game against the Aces next Saturday in Batangas.“The mindset is we should win in these last three games. We know what can happen and that’s why I’m putting an emphasis in our game against Alaska. That will be the most crucial point for us to get into the top two,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaiscenter_img View comments MOST READ Ravena saves the day as NLEX downs Meralco Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Leo Austria couldn’t help but regard San Miguel’s 96-106 defeat to Blackwater on Friday as “the worst loss” in his coaching career in the PBA.Coming in as heavy favorites, the Beermen were left in a pile of heap following a waxing hot performance from the the Elite, who went 13-of-25 from three to drop the upset axe.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

F1: Indian Grand Prix set to return in 2016, says Bernie Ecclestone

first_imgThe Indian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2014 calendar after three successful seasons.The Indian Grand Prix is expected to return in 2016 as a “fruitful” meeting between Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and race promoters has prepared the ground for the comeback of the high-profile event.The meeting was held on the sidelines of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, last month.The Indian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2014 calendar after three successful seasons, owing to tax and bureaucratic hurdles, leaving fans and experts to wonder whether the elite global event will comeback at all. The race has already been ruled out for 2015.The issues surrounding the Grand Prix remain but Ecclestone-led Formula One Management (FOM) and race promoters Jaypee Sports International (JPSI), headed by Sameer Gaur, first want to honour the five-year contract and then work on securing the long-term future of the event.”We (Sameer and I) had a good meeting in Russia. I was assured that the tax and other related problems will be sorted out in due course and then we are good to go back. It is too late for 2015 now, so we are working on 2016,” Ecclestone told PTI from his London office.Gaur, on his part, said, “Formula One remains very important for us. Unfortunately, because of the circumstances we could not do the race this year but I see the situation improving soon. The important thing is that we and FOM are on the same page. 2015 looks tough as the calendar is more or less final, so we should look at 2016 as the year for the race.”advertisementOnly time will tell how Ecclestone accommodates India on the ever crowded calendar. 2014 will see 20 races with the return of Mexico round and the number could go up to 22 in 2016 with India and Azerbaijan waiting to host the F1 caravan.last_img read more