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Global Cebu settles for 2nd in Singapore

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Magsayo keeps int’l feather crown View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can see we came here to do what we had to do, so credit to the players who never gave up,” said Global Cebu coach Akbar Nawas.Former National U star Paolo Salenga sent the game to extra time by heading home a free kick from Pika Minegishi in the 109th minute, after Kento Nagasaki put Albirex ahead, 2-1, in the 96th minute.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 shutoutGlobal defender Wesley Dos Santos also scored off a Minegishi free kick in the first half to cancel out Tsubasa Sano’s opener.But it was Albirex which held its nerve in the shootout with Global missing the first two attempts from Dos Santos and Daruy Roberts, while Albirex converted one out of two —with Sano missing after Nagasaki converted. Global Cebu’s historic run in the RHB Singapore Cup 2017 came to a heartbreaking end on Saturday after the Philippine club bowed to Albirex Niigata in a penalty shootout at Jalan Besar Stadium.The Filipinos equalized twice to send the game to a shootout only to falter, 1-3, as the Japanese-flavored side playing in the Singapore League wrested the crown for the second straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Albirex scored two more from the spot, before Salenga’s effort was parried away for the final count.Global is the first Filipino team to reach the final of the event—CEDELF P. TUPAS Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READlast_img read more

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Tiamzon relishes return to form in win over Adamson

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This should be the start because it would be a waste of effort if we don’t capitalize on it,” said Tiamzon. “And I think we finally had the confidence and it’s like this was the first time that we won since last conference.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend PVL: BanKo Perlas snaps skid, stops Adamsoncenter_img LATEST STORIES And Tiamzon paid instant dividends with a team-high 14 points in their four-set win over Adamson University, 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.“I guess I’ve been put into the game a little more frequent now and I’m exposed to the game more and to the situation itself,” said Tiamzon as they won their first match in three outings.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 starsTiamzon was absent in the Perlas Spikers’ first game in the conference and when she returned just in time for their second match she rode the bench the whole time.And now that BanKo Perlas was able to win its first game, Tiamzon hopes they can build off from their victory and improve for the rest of the eliminations. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNicole Tiamzon has had a diminished role as an attacker with BanKo Perlas with other spikers like Ella De Jesus, Amy Ahomiro, and Amanda Villanueva in the lineup.On Sunday, however, the former University of the Philippines stalwart had the opportunity to start the game.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

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CJ Perez backs up the hype in Pirates debut

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netReturning to his old stomping grounds, CJ Perez didn’t look like he missed a beat as he dazzled in his first official NCAA game with Lyceum.The 23-year-old lived up to the hype and racked up 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the Pirates’ NCAA Season 93-opening 96-75 victory over JRU on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “If we can be consistent, we can go far this season,” he said.And Lyceum can test its mettle early as it gears up for defending champion San Beda on Friday. Venus Williams reaches Wimbledon semifinals for 10th time But Perez took it in stride, knowing that he has to be better in the coming games.The 6-foot-2 prodigy, however, doesn’t want the spotlight all for himself, saying that the secret for the huge acclaim the Pirates have been getting from their preseason showing should also be credited to his teammates.“I’m the same CJ Perez, but the team is what helps us win. It’s our camaraderie, we’re all close and we’re all focused, which bonds the team and makes us work, especially on the defensive end,” he said.Lyceum gave the fans a glimpse on how potent the team can be when locked in, shutting down the usually gritty Heavy Bombers.Perez noted that the performance was just the tip of the iceberg as he expects the Pirates to continue working hard in hopes of figuring in the Final Four race later in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Perez is just glad to finally be on a competitive setting anew after three years of treading in the Team B circuit while serving his residency.“I’m really happy to play for LPU and I’m glad to play for NCAA again. I’m so excited,” he said in Filipino.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 starsPerez’ giddiness, though, may have gotten the better of him as he also committed seven of Lyceum’s 21 turnovers, a part of his game that coach Topex Robinson playfully took a shot at.“He’s still the same, same with his turnovers,” said the youthful mentor to his prized possession in jest. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 28, 2019

Television networks return to old obsession with Simpson

first_imgView comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Wangs hoping for the best in hot playoff race Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was 22 years after Simpson’s trial for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, became a television soap opera.Commentators harshly criticized Simpson and his lawyer for their performance at the parole hearing. CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin called it “an absolute disgrace.”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 stars FILE – In this June 15, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson, left, grimaces as he tries on one of the leather gloves prosecutors say he wore the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered in a Los Angeles courtroom. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017, seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Sam Mircovich, Pool, file)NEW YORK — Television networks returned to the scene of an old obsession Thursday with blanket coverage of O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing Nevada.The biggest broadcast networks, news networks and even ESPN and CNBC set aside regular programming for the odd spectacle that NBC’s Savannah Guthrie dubbed “the parole hearing of the century.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 28, 2019

Guidicelli thinks Filipino triathletes slowly catching up with foreign competitors

first_imgRobredo: 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 “Filipinos are slowly climbing up at par with the foreigners. We have to understand that foreign countries, they’ve been doing triathlons 10-20 years ahead, so they’re already advanced,” Guidicelli said during the Ford Forza Triathlon Team press conference at Ascott Makati on Friday.Currently, the top three elite men triathletes in the world are all from Spain while two Americans and one Australian compose the top three in the elite women.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 starsFord Forza team will be bannered by Joseph Miller and Elmo Clarabal in the elite men of Ironman 70.3 Cebu on August 6.The event is one of the biggest in Asia with 2,500 athletes set to participate from 51 countries. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Last year, Miller, who hails from Cebu, finished fifth.“I’m still aiming for a top three finish,” Miller said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ford Forza’s Matteo Guidicelli. Photo by Mark GiongcoMatteo Guidicelli, actor and triathlete, believes Filipinos still have a lot of catching up to do and be on the class of foreign competitors in triathlon.But at the same time, Guidicelli thinks Filipinos are constantly improving and will eventually close in on the gap over time.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Irving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate Dellavedova Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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WATCH: Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympics official theme song, dance

first_imgIn anticipation of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the  Tokyo Organizing Committee recently unveiled the official dance and theme song of the biggest sporting competition in the world.ADVERTISEMENT According to a report on Japan Times, a meeting attended by Mori was held later in the day, where he urged organizers to speed up preparations for the games and meet the tight schedule.Meanwhile, the preparations for the 2020 Olympics has not gone smoothly as hoped and has encountered several delays.  This includes a scandal caused by a construction worker who committed suicide while working on the National Stadium, the report said.The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games kicks off on July 24, 2020. KI/rgaRELATED STORIES:Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascotsFaster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damagedEvaluating LA bid for 2024 Olympics requires imaginationADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Revolving around the concept of “HAPPY&PEACE,” the theme song of the spirited event is dubbed as “Tokyo Olympic Ondo-Ondo 2020,” a remake of the original song from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics titled “Tokyo Gorinto Ondo.”The dance, which was first shown at an event held at the Toranomon Hills complex in Minato ward, was first introduced by Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori on stage.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 starsWith the event being streamed live on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Facebook account, the dance that accompanied the theme song was later demonstrated on stage. The performers were joined by several Olympians, including 2012 London Games gold medalist Homare Sawa.The esteemed athlete donned the “yukata”, or summer kimono, printed with the Olympic logo. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:49Robredo: 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 Cavaliers name Koby Altman full-time general manager FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

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ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I told the father (and coach Emerson Obiena) we’re thinking of the long term here. We have the Asian Games, the Olympics and World Championships. SEA Games gold is good but if he aggravates his injury we don’t want it,” said Juico.READ: PH gold medal bet Obiena injures ACL, out of SEA GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 22-year-old, 6-foot-2 Obiena hurt his ACL and was even reported by Juico as needing surgery last Friday, one day before the team departed for this city.But Juico said EJ and his father insisted that the young pole vaulter is healthy enough to hunt for a gold in the event where he bagged a silver two years ago in Singapore. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey Obiena, who has been training in Formia, Italy, has a personal best of 5.61 meters, which is deemed good for the SEA Games gold medal.The standing SEA Games record is only 5.30 meters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim EJ Obiena has broken the national record 14 times and, at 21, looks very capable of raising the bar well beyond the 5.55 meters he achieved in a recent athletics meet in Singapore (photo).KUALA LUMPUR—Ernest John Obiena is set to compete in pole vault on Thursday despite fears that he injured his left ACL last week during training in Manila.This was confirmed by athletics chief Philip Ella Juico, who said Obiena will fly here in the morning just in time for the event in the afternoon at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Indian athlete tests positive for doping

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God made Sachin Tendulkar to play cricket: Dhoni

first_imgEven as an emotional Sachin Tendulkar gets set to play his last World Cup match in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that expectations are nothing new to the batting maestro and the champion batsman won’t get overawed by the situation.Speaking on the eve of the match, Dhoni said that handling the pressure of expectations is what Tendulkar has been doing successfully over the last 21 years and playing the final of the showpiece event at his home ground wouldn’t be something out of the blues for the little master.”When god made Tendulkar, he made him just to play cricket. From the very first ball he ever faced on the international scene, he has looked at giving his 100 per cent. Players have come and players have gone, but Tendulkar has just grown from strength to strength.”It might be a big occasion for every player out in the middle, but if anything, Tendulkar will use the pressure to his advantage. Irrespective of whether he gets the coveted 100 international centuries or not, he has achieved what not many cricketers can dream of. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone,” he said.Talking of what sets apart the little genius from the other stars to have played the game, Dhoni said: “It definitely has to be his level of dedication towards the game and the intensity with which he has played for the last 21 years. While cricketers have come and gone, he has held fort.advertisement”Even today, he is takes every training session seriously. He would much rather not turn up for training rather than joking around once on the ground. He is not a player to turn up for training just for the sake of it. He has an intent every single time he is on the ground.”Dhoni also feels that it is the master blaster’s knack to get every minute detail in place ahead of a match that sets him apart from the rest.”He comes into the ground and if there is any area which he feels needs to be worked upon, he will work on it and unless he is satisfied with the result, he won’t leave the ground. He doesn’t leave anything for tomorrow.”(On a lighter note) We are blessed that he is a genius and the two or three hour training sessions that we have are enough for him to correct his mistakes, else we might have been stranded on the ground forever,” Dhoni said.last_img read more

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Hotsheet

first_imgSummer’s legends tied up in bright jewels and tall tales. Bidder-sweet crowning glory”A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. And if it takes the form of pirouetting Colombian emeralds dangling delicately from a string of diamonds, it’s probably worth a king’s ransom too. Which is precisely what Sotheby’s is,Summer’s legends tied up in bright jewels and tall tales.Bidder-sweet crowning glory”A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. And if it takes the form of pirouetting Colombian emeralds dangling delicately from a string of diamonds, it’s probably worth a king’s ransom too. Which is precisely what Sotheby’s is expecting from this whopper of a show stopper-the most valuable emerald and diamond tiara to have appeared in over 30 years-at its sale of Magnificent and Noble Jewels in Geneva on May 17, 2011. The emeralds are believed to have been in the personal collection of Empress Eugenie. Estimated to sell for between $5 and 10 million (Rs 22.4 crore-44.8 crore), the emerald and diamond tiara is crafted from 11 exceptionally rare Colombian emerald pear-shaped drops which weigh over 500 carats. The unique tiara was commissioned at the turn of the 20th century by Guido Count von Henckel, First Prince von Donnersmarck, for his second wife Princess Katharina.The jewellery collection of the Donnersmarcks was said to have rivalled, even surpassed, that of the crowned heads of Europe. For one triumphant bidder, this will be the opportunity to own a glittering piece of royal history and to walk out a couple of inches taller.Spirit: Intoxicating online lessonsThe Balvenie Speyside distillery has launched ‘The Whisky Academy’ that gives you access to a series of 34 short films, covering every aspect of whisky, from its history and production to tasting and investing. The e-academy introduces you to the hallowed world of single malts. It’s nothing short of a Scotch encyclopedia. View it exclusively from the members’ section of the Balvenie website. Time to renew that highland fling.Tableware: History on a plateExactly a century ago, the iconic vessel, Titanic, was gearing up for its maiden voyage. The ill-fated ship sank with 1,309 passengers on board its inaugural expedition in 1912. Now, a century later, a British porcelain company Royal Crown Derby is reproducing the china that was created in 1911 for the liner, to commemorate its centennial. Each piece will be handcrafted at the factory that originally produced the collection. On display at the Derby Visitor Centre’s History on a Plate exhibition until July 2, 2011.Olfactory: BeehiveGuerlain’s fascination with bees dates back to 1853 when its perfumer, Pierre-Franois Pascal, created a fragrance for Empress Eugenie Montijo, wife of Napoleon III, and confined it in a decanter decorated with 69 gilded bees. The beehive remains a symbol of the brand and makes its mark once again with the launch of L’Abeille de Guerlain, a new fragrance sold in a jewelled bottle created by Baccarat. The limited edition of the fragrance is priced at Euro 12,500 (Rs 8 lakh).Wheels: Spin magicFrom shifting gears to changing tracks; McLaren has once again managed to keep pace with the times. The Formula1 car maker has teamed up with US bicycle manufacturer, Specialized, to create a killer aerodynamic road bike called the Venge. The racing bike features a carbon fibre frame that weighs only 930 gm. Mark Cavendish, 15-times stage winner of the Tour de France, rode the bike for the first time in the Milan-San Remo classic. Now it’s your turn.”Piece de resistance: On wheelsGodrej Interio launches a movable workstation labelled Out-of-the-Box. Designed by architect Kalhan Mattoo of Planet 3 studios, the workstation is inspired by a swiss knife that literally comes out-ofthe-box to reveal two ‘functioning’ workstations. The essence of the concept is plug and play. Each module is pre-wired, making it ideal for those looking for just-in-time workspace solutions.Hotel: Suite dreamsMove over designer hotels, enter sculptural hotels. The first of its kind is the Singapore Merlion. The mythical beast- frozen in time in the shape of an eight-mt tall statue- was up until now supposed to keep watch over the city’s waters and bring wealth and good fortune to its residents. But since March, the Merlion has been playing host to guests looking for a novel experience. The legendary structure has been transformed into a temporary hotel which will accommodate guests till May 15.CalendaradvertisementDates that mean something.Celebrate May in Germany: Drawn to drama? Head to Wiesbaden this month as it celebrates the International May Theatre Festival. Some of the most important global theatre ensembles, ballet companies, orchestras and singers will perform. www.maifestspiele.de. May 1-31.For wheel fanatics: Vienna is the place to be as the Vienna Harley Days hit the stage with live rock, country and blues music this May. The highlight is a large motorcycle parade through the city. May 13-15.The dunya festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands: For an entire day, the Euromast Park plays home to prominent artists and young talent from across the globe. May 29.TalkadvertisementTramp around Rome from the comfort of your home.Virtual tourism: Back in 2009, when Google introduced the ‘Street View’, it became an instant hit with viewers worldwide. Since then Google has been studiously pedalling its way around some of the most historical sites in Europe, including palaces, monuments and castles via Google Maps and Street View. While previously most views were restricted to exteriors, now users can explore historic and architectural marvels across Italy and France in detail. The Street View team that has been working with tourist agencies, tourism boards and partners from across the world has been focusing on putting tourist spots and iconic cultural landmarks on the virtual. Currently,19 European cities are available to virtual tourists and there are plans to get landmarks from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the US on the map as well. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are architectural masterpieces while Haussmann’s wide squares and boulevards influenced late 19thand 20th-century town planning the world over. Fancy a little tour of your own? Why not start with a walk alongside the Seine. From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, and witness the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from its banks-while sitting right in your living room. Simply log on to maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/ and get crackin’.Moving ahead of timeA unique time machine by Sydney born, product and industrial designer Marc Newson was unveiled at the prestigious Basel watch fair. Newson, known to be a step ahead of his peers, has created an iconic piece called the Ikepod Hourglass. The hourglass time-telling device- originally invented by a French monk, Luitprand-has for centuries been one of the most accurate time contraptions. The Marc Newson Ikepod Hourglass is hand blown from one single piece of borosilicate glass. Filling each piece are 8 million tiny nanoballs coated in black stainless steel, stainless steel, copper or yellow gold. No surprise then that this sculptural hourglass is priced at $28,500 (Rs 12 lakh). Time is money, we say.Gucci girlAfter Hermes, it’s Gucci extending its relationship with the equestrian world. The brand has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Australian-born Edwina Alexander, the world’s current number one female professional show jumper. Her first show in Gucci colours was at the Global Championship Tour in Doha. She was see sporting an exclusive Gucci equestrian wardrobe, including clothing and accessories, especially designed for her by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini.Tour de force”Finally everything that has been part of my life, whether I wanted it to or not, has expressed itself in my dresses,” said Christian Dior. And now an exhibit, Inspiration Dior will display all that was created by the genius designer who revered the French way of life. The exhibition takes you through the journey of the fashion house. Walk through Dior’s artistic creative sources of fashion and its links to history, nature, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and film. On till July 24, 2011at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.MusicadvertisementFendi feverFendi, known to be a creative fashion powerhouse, recently launched a collector’s item at the FENDI O’ party in Milan. The music compilation is inspired by the new Spring Summer 2011 advertising campaign, shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Plug in.1. Quentin Harris & Inaya Day: Do the Right Thing2. Art Bleek and Charles Chemery: Simple Glances3. Linda Goddard: You Got to Believe4. In-Grid: Vive Le SwingThe spice cellarFresh off the grapevine Not too long ago I was invited for a wine dinner in another town. A town so congested that even the mice are thinking of shifting to the countryside. In this city, many a great hotel stands tall and mighty and I was here at the Four Seasons, Mumbai to attend a very special dinner.A couple that has set up a family owned winery in California, called Staglin, hosted the evening and presented a bouquet of their finest wines. Our hosts, Garen and Shari, met during college on a blind date. After graduating, they settled down near the winemaking regions of California. Living in the vicinity of vineyards, the two were drawn to the wine-making process. Their love and passion for all things fine led to the purchase of a vineyard. Complete novices, with nothing more than an idea of what they wanted, the two set out to create marketable wine by exploiting the best of practices.The dinner was impeccably paired and the wines went down easy. Before I lost myself to hedonism I marked one wine repeatedly for its complexity and richness. This was their Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Chardonnay. The wine, like the philosophy section in a library, was utterly complex. It had a hint of spice and oak, a texture at once fruity, floral and elegant. No two people who drank this wine had the same experience, but everyone present agreed unanimously-the wine was superlative.The thing about Chardonnays is that they are often perceived as a very versatile grape: they can adapt to soils, climates, styles, and winemakers. This means that no matter how much of it is planted, you can always find something new about it. Burgundy has one expression, Australia, another and it’s largely unfair to compare the two. California then is another variant and there too, different producers will employ a different approach.Staglin, for me, was special because it was elegant and charming without being overtly flamboyant. There was a humility in its construct which made it appear a tad reserved and shy and as a taster (or imbiber) one would be attracted to find out more. This is what made this wine truly stand out and shimmer. Staglin was worthy of ageing but it was approachable even when young. This complex mix of characters is what make it a great wine. For the collectors, it is also rare so yet another reason to go hunting for it.This wine set the bar for the rest of the evening. White wine aside, there were some reds that were up for tasting. An obvious comparison was made between them and the Chardonnay but it was quite clear that they needed to mature before they could compete with the top choice. By the end of yet another heady, inspiring evening, there was consensus that the night clearly belonged to the Estate Chardonnay.-Magandeep Singhlast_img read more