Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time

first_imgOverall, in his two spells with Lendl, Murray won three Grand Slams, two Olympic golds and reached the top of the rankings in a fearsomely competitive era of men’s tennis featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.“I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years. We’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team,” Murray said on his website.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing.”The statement said the decision to end the coaching relationship had been mutual. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games That came in Dubai in March, while his best Grand Slam performance was reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.A hip problem ruined his Wimbledon defence and forced him out of the US Open, ultimately ending his season with three months to run.Murray’s 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles came under Lendl and after they split in 2014 he worked with former French player Amelie Mauresmo before reuniting with Lendl in 2016.The top of the men’s game is currently beset by a glut of injuries to big-name players, with Murray, Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all missing from the ongoing ATP Finals in London, which Murray won last year.Murray has slipped to 16th in the world this year.Nadal pulled out of this year’s tournament after his opening round-robin match.Murray replaced Djokovic as world number one in November 2016 and held the top spot for 41 weeks before being replaced by NadalMurray practised with Austria’s Dominic Thiem for two hours ahead of the ATP Finals last week. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Peaking Archers seek Finals slot vs Falcons QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort FILE – in this Jan. 15, 2012 file photo, Andy Murray of Britain, left, talks with coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session for the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia. Murray and Lendl are calling it quits for a second time, ending a partnership that produced three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals. (AP Photo/Sarah Ivey, File)LONDON — Former world number one Andy Murray announced Friday he has split with coach Ivan Lendl for the second time as he works towards regaining full fitness for the 2018 season.The 30-year-old Scot has enjoyed all of his Grand Slam success under the guidance of Lendl, securing a second Wimbledon title last year and another Olympic title in the second instalment of their fruitful partnership.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Murray, who has missed a big chunk of the current season through injury, will continue to work on his fitness in Miami before heading to Australia ahead of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.“I wish Andy well going forward. We had a great run and a lot of fun,” said Lendl, himself an eight-time Grand Slam winner as a player.Lendl will continue to work in the field of player development at the US Tennis Association, where his group’s Patrick Kypson recently won his first professional event.Murray has won just a single title in 2017 after his golden year in 2016.Injury-ravaged 2017ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Ginebra signs big man Prince Caperal

first_imgMOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Caperal’s entry alleviates some of the burden on  Japeth Aguilar, Jervy Cruz, and Raymond Aguilar as Ginebra seeks to keep the ship afloat with Greg Slaughter still recovering from a strained hamstring.Slaughter has said that he’s ready to return to action against the Road Warriors, but it is unsure if Cone will take the gamble and field in his prized big man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCaperal averaged 2.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in the five games he played for the Picanto this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.This will be his fifth team in his four years in the PBA after being drafted 14th in the 2014 PBA Draft. He previously suited up for GlobalPort, Barako Bull, Phoenix, and Kia. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Prince Caperal. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn dire need of a boost up front, Ginebra picked up Prince Caperal from the free agent pool on Wednesday.The 6-foot-7 center out of Arellano, who was was recently dropped by Kia, will shore up coach Tim Cone’s big man rotation when the Gin Kings return to the hardcourt on Saturday against NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Miguel backs Alab Pilipinas Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery01:41UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Late run pushes GlobalPort past Kia

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PBA IMAGESGlobalPort used a late run to hold off Kia, 108-91, and bolster its bid for a quarterfinals berth in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Aranetea Coliseum.The Batang Pier blew a 16-point lead in the third quarter before answering with a 24-6 run in the last seven minutes and 39 seconds of the game.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UAAP volleyball: La Salle back on winning track, hammers UE Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving But Pringle responded with his personal 6-0 spurt, hitting back-to-back triples to put the Batang Pier ahead for good, 90-85, with 6:49 to go.GlobalPort kept its foot on the gas pedal with a basket by Jeric Teng to beat the shot clock buzzer reestablishing a double-digit advantage before Julian Sargent put the game away by sinking a right corner triple off good ball movement, 103-87, with 1:37 left.RELATED VIDEO “Our position got better with this win and we’re not focusing on getting the No. 6 spot to avoid facing one of the top two teams which have a twice-to-beat advantage,” said GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio, whose team climbed to 5-5.Kelly Nabong powered GlobalPort with an impressive effort on both ends, finishing with 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks while Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle came up big in the fourth quarter that kept the Picanto at bay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnthony also wound up with 21 points, six coming in the final frame while Pringle shot nine of his 15 points in the fourth.Kia momentarily took the lead, 85-84, after Reden Celda hit a 3-pointer and completed a three-point play with 7:58 remaining. View commentslast_img read more

Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for Lakers

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations, Lonzo Ball and general manager Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers arrive for a press conference on June 23, 2017 at the team training faculity in Los Angeles, California. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFPMagic Johnson believes Lonzo Ball’s dazzling performances in the Las Vegas Summer League are a shape of things to come as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to regain former glories.Ball, chosen by the Lakers with the second overall pick in the draft, was named MVP of the summer league after posting two triple doubles and recording four games with 10 assists or more.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Johnson, who was speaking at the unveiling of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at their El Segundo training base, said he had seen similarities between Ball and himself in his performances to date.“Lonzo is special, no question about it, because he makes everyone better,” Johnson said. “He does something you can’t teach. He gives you a scoring pass. Very few point guards in this league can do that. I am talking about giving you a pass that leads to the score, not just passing it to you. … I like him because he also is now a great teammate. He has a special effect on people.”The Lakers, who completed the worst season in the franchise’s history in 2016 with a 17-65 record, and were second bottom in the Western Conference last season, were already a better team, Johnson said.“The roster is more balanced. We saw the ball movement in summer league. … We want to go up and down. … Also, our practices are going to be amazing, and that will lead to us getting better in games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Asean Schools Games: PH undefeated en route to girls’ basketball title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 19-year-old’s performances rewrote the record books in the summer league. Until this year, no rookie had posted more than one with 10 assists and no rookie had completed more than one triple double.According to Johnson, that bodes well for the Lakers’ future.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“If he’s getting triple-doubles in the summer league, he is going to get triple-doubles in the regular season,” Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, told reporters Tuesday.“Just like me, when I got here, there was pressure. I was the No. 1 pick. I didn’t care about that. I am going to play my game. Lonzo is going to play his game. The great ones do,” he was quoted by ESPN as saying.last_img read more

NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next season

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The team’s co-owner, Steve Pagliuca, confirmed that the team will hold Pierce’s much-deserved jersey retirement ceremony sometime in the 2017-2018 NBA campaign.“It’s going to be fantastic,” the executive told the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.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“For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.”Last July, the team inked the 39-year-old forward to a one-day contract so he could walk away from the sport as a member of the franchise. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR PH archers miss shot at third medal LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Paul Pierce (34) bends down to kiss the Boston Celtics logo following an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Boston.  AP Photo/Steven SenneThe Boston Celtics franchise paraded a string of legendary players through the years, from Bill Russell to Larry Bird to Robert Parish, among others.But perhaps nobody embodied the Celtic Green  in the modern era more than recently retired forward Paul Pierce.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim READ: Celtics ink Paul Pierce to one-day contractKnown best for his moniker “The Truth,” Pierce wore number 34 throughout his first 15 seasons as a Celtic, culminated by an NBA title and NBA Finals MVP award in 2008.He left the team in 2013 to join the Brooklyn Nets, followed by a one-year stint with the Washington Wizards a year after. His quest for another title led to a reunion with former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers ofthe Los Angeles Clippers for the past two seasons.Pierce was a 10-time All-Star in Beantown and held career averages of 21.8 points, six rebounds and 3.9 assists while donning the Celtic colors.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

PH sports ‘darlings’ take on hosts in women’s volleyball

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The Philippines will take on Vietnam next in the group stage before going up against either Indonesia or Thailand in the sudden-death semifinals.The country last won a gold in 1993 with a team composed of Nene Ybanez-Chavez. During the 2005 Games in Manila, the Philippines wound up third—the last time the country won a medal in the sport.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “We have a very strong team,” said head coach Francis Vicente. “This is the best we got. I hope we beat Malaysia and come up with a strong start.”Two years ago in Singapore, the Philippines scored straight sets win against Malaysia. But this time, the Filipinos will have to deal with the hometown crowd as well.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“We have to play with toughness and intensity,” said Vicente, who is eyeing at least a podium finish for the team that just last week finished eighth in the Asian Championships.In the Asians, the Philippines beat Vietnam and Hong Kong, banking on a newfound chemistry among superstars Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago and team captain Mika Reyes. MOST READ SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s end KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team, the delegation sweethearts, begins its long and arduous trek to the podium Thursday when it faces host Malaysia at 2 p.m. in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 11.The team is composed of the A-list stars of a sport whose popularity has been skyrocketing and boasts months of training that sent them to Japan and Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Raymar Jose credits teammates for MVP honor

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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “These awards are big for players like me that bank on our hardwork. Right now, almost everyone wants to score. They forget the little things like playing defense and rebounding,” he said.Jose became only the third FEU alumnus to win the plum, after Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia, but the 6-foot-4 said awards like these are just a bonus. The biggest prize remains winning the championship.“We’re raised in FEU with the mindset that awards are just bonuses. We just want to do our best to help our team win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESEven Raymar Jose was surprised that he got the Conference MVP award for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting this. I just gave my best every game, especially on my rebounding because that’s my strength. So I get all my confidence from there,” Jose, who is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games, told reporters in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ His numbers, though, back up his victory as he averaged 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds for the conference to help Cignal advance to the Finals.Though he was unable to help the Hawkeyes complete the championship run owing to his Gilas Pilipinas responsibilities, Jose said that the glory still would not be possible if not for his teammates.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“I’m happy for this because I won’t be able to get this if not for the coaching staff and my teammates, so I’m really grateful for them,” the 24-year-old bruiser said.The MVP recognition is also proof that hardworking players like Jose, who are willing to do the dirty work, could also get their fair share of the limelight even if they’re not topping their teams in scoring. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View commentslast_img read more

Indian shooters hit the target

first_imgThe jubilation on Ronjan Sodhi’s face after he clinched the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games double trap singles did manage to conceal the slight disappointment of missing out on a much-awaited gold at home.Yet, credit must go to England’s Stevan Walton, who won his first gold in a major international competition with a brilliant effort under pressure against world record holder Sodhi and junior world champion Asher Noria at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.It was another good day for India, with the men’s pistol teams clinching two more gold medals – in the 25m rapid fire and the 10m air pistol pairs event. Gurpreet Singh was the big winner on the day, having been a part of both teams, partnering Vijay Kumar and Omkar Singh respectively.This was also Omkar’s second gold of the Games, to add to one silver. There was a buzz of anticipation at the outdoor shotgun range ahead of the final as a full house waited to see if Sodhi and 17-year-old Noria, both having qualified with 139 points, could somehow find a way past Walton, who was at a Games qualification record 143.All three shot 47 in the final while Isle of Man’s Tim Kneale, who had qualified with an astonishing 140, hit 46 to finish tied with the Indians for second. In the ensuing tie-shoot, Sodhi held his nerve to shoot eight birds while Noria and Kneale could only manage seven each. Kneale then hit another six to Noria’s five to clinch the bronze. But Sodhi said his good form had put extra pressure on him.advertisement”The fact that I have been shooting very high scores this year did add a little bit of pressure.” Meanwhile, it was a comprehensive victory for the Indians in the first event of the day, the 25m rapid fire pistol pairs. Vijay and Gurpreet blew away the old Games record of 1,134 (set by Vijay and Pemba Tamang in Melbourne) by shooting 1,162 points.Gurpreet was part of another Games record when he and Omkar shot 1,163 in the 10m air pistol pairs in the latter part of the day. Omkar seemed to carry on from his brilliant performance in the 50m free pistol the previous day, shooting 587/600, while Gurpreet supported him well and shot 576.The pair finished 20 points ahead of England’s Nick Baxter and Games legend Mick Gault. But there was some heartbreak for Indian shooting fans when, for the first time in these Games, the country failed to win a medal in an event.This was in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, where Lajja Gauswami finished sixth with a total of 666.8 points (570 + 96.8). World champion Tejaswini Sawant was a huge disappointment as she finished ninth with 568 points, after struggling in the standing stage where she shot only 179.The gold was won by 16-year-old Australian Alethea Sedgman, who scored 676 points, while both the silver and bronze medals went to Singapore thanks to Xiang Wei Jasmine Ser and Aqilah Sudhir respectively.last_img read more

Millinery magic

first_imgThink of Isabella Blow and the image of a woman in an elaborate headpiece immediately comes to mind. An English magazine editor and international style icon, Blow was convinced she was ugly and hence almost always wore a hat to obscure her face. She died in 2007, still wearing the,Think of Isabella Blow and the image of a woman in an elaborate headpiece immediately comes to mind. An English magazine editor and international style icon, Blow was convinced she was ugly and hence almost always wore a hat to obscure her face. She died in 2007, still wearing the complicated creations designed for her by milliner-friend Philip Treacy (who even designed a black feathered hat for her cortege). Blow’s style has since been picked up by another Treacy club-member, Lady Gaga. The Poker Face hit-maker has been seen sporting the most eclectic headgear designs, including an extraordinary telephone-shaped piece and a lobster hat. Every time she makes an appearance, eyes pop.Rumour has it that Gaga now wants to intern with Treacy, who, incidentally, learnt the chops from iconic milliner Stephen Jones. The latter opened his first millinery salon in London’s Covent Garden in 1980 to immediate success. From rockstars to royalty, Boy George to Lady Diana, everyone saw Jones as the man who could help them grab eyeballs. And he did. Jones made millinery seem modern and compelling. In materials that were radical, and in designs that ranged from refined to whimsical, his exquisitely-crafted hats encapsulated the fashion mood of the moment. Thirty years later, Jones’ edgy creations continue to draw celebrities and his creations include showgirl head-dresses for Kylie Minogue and the tiniest of tricornes for burlesque super-star Dita Von Tesse.Hats have been considered wearable art since the late 17th century when they were embellished with ribbons, flowers, leaves, feathers and gauze trims. Through the centuries, they have risen (and fallen) to the occasion, adapting the size and style of the brim, crown and adornments to the mood and need of the times. At the turn of the 20th century, hats were essentials that no one left home without. In the 1930s, Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli created headpieces in funky shapes. The war years saw the popularity of hats receding but a 1968 photograph of a Balenciaga runaway model wearing a giant basket hat tells us of their return-with a vengeance. They became especially popular in the 1980s, courtesy Lady Diana (who wore a lot of them when she first came into the public eye) but faded again after that. Most young women rejected them for being too conformist.But not any more. Hats, from boyish berets to pert pillboxes, are no longer being reserved for polo matches and horse races. The turnaround began in SS 2008 when Oscar de la Renta’s models sported tiered feather hats at New York Fashion Week. Then Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Philip Treacy number to the premiere of Sex & the City, and hats jumped onto the heads of young women looking to make a statement. Both Jones and Treacy can take credit for the trend, having created some of the edgiest and most era-defining hats seen in recent times. For Dior’s Spring couture 2010 show, Jones’ giant snoods, veils and hats were a spectacle worth witnessing. Treacy, meanwhile, has been showing exaggerated headwear with feathers, flowers, crystal-embellished veils and coquettish bows in the minty fresh colours of purple and pink.They’re not the only ones in on the act. Designers across the board offered ample options-in styles, material and colours-on Fall runways this year. Anna Sui, Tory Burch, Rochas and Michael Kors offered hats with busy prints, neutral tones and creamy textures while variations of the fedora were seen at Yohji Yamamoto, Salvatore Ferragamo and Kenzo. Knitted hats were big everywhere but few things created more razzmatazz than the fur hats from Jean Paul Gaultier, de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg (who also showed an interesting beret embellished with floral details). To those who like things simple, Paul Smith doffed his newsboy cap and Herms its bowler hat.The scene is hotting up in India too. Shilpa Chavan of Little Shilpa, who apprenticed under Treacy, is making a mark with elaborate headgear fashioned out of a mlange of bangles, feathers, acrylic flip flops, plastic, old military badges and 3D plastic pieces. Last year, Nida Mahmood’s High on Chai collection featured hats made of items used at tea stalls while Nitin Bal Chauhan had his models wearing telephone-sets, fans and books as headpieces. As designers worldwide turn the trend on its head, it is only a matter of time before funky headwear garners mainstream attention.advertisementlast_img read more

Kalmadi used Vajpayee’s name to pay to Commonwealth members: Shunglu panel

first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chief Suresh KalmadiThe V.K. Shunglu Committee report has indicted former Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi for unilaterally paying $7.2 million (around Rs 32.4 crore) by using former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name.The panel, constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to probe the CWG mess, in its latest report submitted on Friday, found that Kalmadi authorised the payment of $7.2 million to the Commonwealth members in 2003 after a reported telephonic talk with the then prime minister.The payment was made soon after Indian Olympic Association (IOA) submitted its bid for hosting the 2010 edition of the Games.According to the committee report, $1 lakh was paid to each member of the CWG committee. However, according to PMO officials, there was no record of any telephonic conversation between Vajpayee and Kalmadi.Kalmadi now stands accused of unilaterally taking the decision by breaching his authority.The then sports minister Vikram Verma has also denied any knowledge of the approval from Vajpayee.The Games eventually cost Rs 28,000 crore to the exchequer, far more than Rs 400 crore as claimed by the CWG OC.In its previous report, submitted on Thursday, the committee had slammed Kalmadi and his aides for mismanagement, arbitrary award of contracts and outright dubious acts of omission and commission resulting in the heavy losses to the government exchequer.last_img read more