Tokong masters the waves to win 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Beschen ousted Australian Callum Robson in the quarterfinals before ending the fairy-tale run of Indonesian youngster Bronson Meydi in the semifinals. The 15-year-old Meydi shocked New Zealander Elliot Paerata Reid in the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES ‘’I dedicate this win to my townmates and my family. I just don’t want to disappoint them,’’ said Tokong, 23.Tokong rode the waves with aplomb to down Indonesian rival Oney Anwar in the quarterfinals before treating the near-delirious crowd to masterful surfing with a 19.05-15-30 triumph over Costa Rican’s standout Tomas King in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manTokong’s rounds included a 9.50, which he further improved to a near-perfect 9.55 to the delight of the jampacked crowd at the world famous Tower.Tokong fortified his bid for an improved ranking worldwide in the World Surf League Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 event. PH surfing star John Mark Tokong.SIARGAO ISLAND, Surigao del Norte—Philippine surfing idol John Mark Tokong stayed calm in the face of grinding pressure to rule the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup finals for the second time Wednesday at the iconic Cloud 9 here.Cool and composed, Tokong, who will spearhead the country’s gold-medal bid in the Southeast Asian Games, edged Hawaiian standout Noah Beschen in a final to remember, 16.80-16.75, to erase the bitter memories of his finals loss last year to Skip McCullough of the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH Azkals eye upset vs ‘improved’ Chinese team Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Woman in ICU gangraped by hospital staff in UP 4 including nurse

first_imgGetty ImagesA 29-year-old woman, who was admitted to the ICU of a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district, was allegedly gang-raped by the staff when she was asleep on the night of March 23. The woman diagnosed with fatty liver when she came to the hospital complaining of breathing issues.The victim’s husband alleged that she was given some medicines laced with sedatives. When she fell unconscious, the staff proceeded to gang-rape her. The woman woke up to find a man on the bed with her. She had then raised an alarm, reports ANI.After conducting a preliminary investigation, the police detained four men and a woman in connection to the case.”The woman was admitted to the hospital with a breathing problem. She has alleged that she was gang-raped by the hospital staff,” Circle Officer Harimohan Singh told ANI.An FIR was lodged against the accused – Ashok Malik (35), Shabad (23), Niyazu (20) and Lakshmi (50) – under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Adding to the seriousness of the matter, a source told ANI that the CCTVs installed in the ICU were switched off during the time of the incident.In a similar incident, 26-year-old Kamal Kanti Sen Choudhury, a male nurse at B Barooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) in Guwahati, had sexually assaulted three female patients in the hospital in December 2018.”Following complaints from the patients to the hospital superintendent, a case was lodged and efforts were undertaken to nab the culprit. He was arrested in Tripura on Sunday,” Inspector Dharani Barman, who is in-charge of Paltanbazar police station, was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.A case was registered against Kamal under sections 354 A (sexual harassment), 376 (rape) and 511 (attempting to steal) of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

Huge reception accorded to Khaleda

first_imgSeveral thousand activists of BNP welcome their party chief Khaleda Zia on her return home on Wednesday after staying over three months in London. Photo: BNP Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is facing arrest warrants in three cases, returned home from the UK on Wednesday afternoon after over a three-month stay there, reports UNB.She reached Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport by an Emirates Airlines flight around 5:08pm.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir received the party chief at the airport.Hundreds of BNP leaders and activists gathered in the airport area to welcome their chairperson Khaleda Zia as she returned home from the UK on Wednesday afternoon, halting traffic and causing sufferings to commuters.Leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies assembled in front of the road opposite the airport holding banners and placards, disrupting the traffic.The road stretching from the airport to Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden hotel went under the occupation of the BNP followers.Huge law enforcers were deployed in the area to maintain the law and order.As they were not allowed to enter the airport, senior BNP leaders, including BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Mirza Abbas and Nazrul Islam Khan, took position in front of the airport mosque.Hundreds of BNP activists welcome Khaleda Zia. Photo: Focus Bangla Talking to reporters, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed alleged that police were obstructing their leaders and activists from peacefully standing on footpaths in front of the airport.Khaleda went out of the VIP Lounge around 5:30pm, but it took her nearly two and a half hours to reach her Gulshan residence as the road from the airport to Kakali was clogged by her party men.Talking to reporters in front of Khaleda’s residence, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said “lakhs of people accorded a warm reception to their chairperson gathering in the airport area. It’s an unprecedented presence of people of all walks of life.”He said the huge gathering of people has demonstrated that Khaleda is the most popular leader of the country, “We hope people will continue to support her struggle for democracy.”Earlier, Khaleda left London’s Heathrow Airport for Bangladesh around 9:45pm (Local time) on Tuesday night by a flight of Emirates Airline, said UK chapter BNP president MA Malek. The flight had over a two hours stopover in Dubai.Meanwhile, two courts here and another in Comilla last week issued warrants for Khaleda Zia’s arrest in separate cases.Khaleda Zia went to London on 15 July for taking medical treatment and spending time with her family members there.The BNP chief on 8 August underwent a successful eye surgery at a hospital in London. She also celebrated Eid-ul Azha with her family members there.last_img read more

99pc WASA water nondrinkable Minister

first_imgLocal government, rural development and cooperatives minister Md Tajul Islam on Thursday said that around 99 per cent water supplied by Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is non-drinkable, but the amount is not meant for drinking, reports UNB.The minister came up with the remarks after completing an inter-ministerial meeting at the Secretariat.”I’m saying that 99 per cent water of WASA is non-drinkable. The 99 per cent water is used for other works including cleaning and bathing, not drinking. Only one per cent is used for drinking,” he said.The minister said that “In past 7-8 years I have never seen scarcity of water in my house in Dhaka. Apparently no dirt I found in the water. The quality of water has been raised comparatively.””Our inspection found that water is clean at the source. Then from where the water gets polluted? Are we sure that water tanks in all the houses are kept hygienic?” he asked.The matter of drinkable WASA water came into light as Dhaka WASA’s managing director Taqsem A Khan slammed an independent report against its water supply recently and said that the water is “100 per cent drinkable.”The claim drew social flak, prompting a group of people from Jurain to take samples of water to his office offering him to drink lemonade made with the water.The WASA boss, however, declined the offer of lemonade “made by someone else”.last_img read more

Coming in 2018 More Charter Schools In Greater Houston

first_img Share Laura IsenseeSome charter schools in Greater Houston have partnered with traditional public schools, such as YES Prep and Aldine Independent School District.Even more school choice is coming to Greater Houston, with Texas approving three new charter schools for the region.That mean Houston will get more new charter schools than any other city in the state in the latest batch approved by the Texas Education Commissioner. (The State Board of Education didn’t veto any applicants.)One, called the Etoile Academy, plans to offer an enriched middle school. Another, the Legacy School of Sport Sciences, will teach high schoolers interested in careers in athletics. And a third, Yellowstone College Prep, will focus on learning through hands-on projects.Dallas and Austin will also get a new charter school each. They all open in 2018.In Texas, charter schools receive tax dollars but are managed independently from traditional public schools.The Houston region is already home to almost 40 charter schools with more than 50,000 students, according to the Texas Education Agency.last_img read more