Tony Becca: Sehwag: I did it my way

first_img As one of four batsmen, Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Sehwag, to score triple centuries on two occasions, Sehwag’s 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 was scored off 304 deliveries and included 42 fours and five sixes, and his 309 versus Pakistan in Multan in 2004 came off 375 deliveries and included six sixes and 39 fours were awesome. In some respects, however, although they were bigger scores, they failed to compare with many of his smaller yet exquisite offerings. Sehwag’s 195 off 233 deliveries with five sixes and 25 fours against Australia at Melbourne in 2003 before he got out caught on the boundary was mind-boggling. His 254 scored off a mere 247 deliveries with one six and 49 fours against Pakistan at Lahore in 2006 was earth shattering, and his 180 off 190 deliveries with two sixes and 20 fours was devastating. There were also his 173 off 197 deliveries with one six and 24 fours against New Zealand at Ahmedabad in 2010, and his 117 off 117 deliveries with one six and 15 fours against England at Ahmedabad in 2012. Probably the best of them all, however, according to those who saw it, was his innings of 297 versus Sri Lanka in Mumbai in 2009, an innings which lasted for 254 deliveries, and included seven towering sixes and 40 powerful and wonderful fours. Sehwag failed sometimes, but it never mattered to him. He played cricket like how the fans loved to see cricket play. His Test career, studded with 1,233 fours and 91 sixes, was a glittering and unforgettable one. “God has been good to me and I have done what I wanted to do”, said Sehwag on the day he retired. “I did it my way.” There was never a dull moment when Virender Sehwag was batting. Thank God, he did it his way. Rare accomplishment Virender Sehwag was an opening batsman like no other. He was not a sheet anchor, and he was not a man who played cautiously and sometimes timidly. He was a happy, carefree batsman. He feared no one. He was also, especially in his early days, a lookalike of India’s great batsman, and his cricketing hero, Sachin Tendulkar. On his Test debut versus South Africa at Bloemfontein in 200, he totally enjoyed himself. Batting alongside Tendulkar, who scored a century, he was in seventh heaven. Sehwag scored a century also, a lovely, attractive innings of 105 off 173 deliveries with 19 boundaries. Those who saw it said there was hardly a debut like it. It was as if he and Tendulkar were twins, reeling off classic and elegant stroke after stroke. That was the early Sehwag. Three years after that, however, in 2003 against Australia in Melbourne, Sehwag exploded, and the explosion lasted for another 10 years, until 2013 when he played his last Test match. Sehwag played in 104 Test matches and scored 8,586 runs at an average of 49.34 while notching 23 centuries, including two triple centuries, and a top score of 319. Although he once scored 201 out of 329 against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2008, the runs he scored were only a part of his legacy. They marked him as one of India’s best batsmen, as one of the world’s greatest batsmen, and, even if this is not important, one of my favourite batsmen of all time. His victims included bowlers of the quality of fast bowlers Chaminda Vaas, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad as well as spin bowlers like Saqlain Mushtaq, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Shane Warne. Sehwag was not a stodgy batsman, and he was not just an attractive batsman. He was the most attacking and ruthless batsman the game has ever seen. Left to him, there would have been no need for the one-day or the T20 versions of the game, if the intention was solely that of playing entertaining cricket in order to attract spectators. As he said, his mission in life was to entertain the fans. To see him driving off the back-foot, driving straight along the ground and in the air, or whipping the ball off his legs was something special. His square-drives were also powerful and beautiful. For those who do not know, Sehwag, in Test matches, scored at a rate faster than anyone else has ever done, which means he is the fastest scorer in Test cricket’s history. His 8,273 runs and 15 centuries from 251 ODI’s, including his best of 219 versus the West Indies at Indore in 2012, is impressive. They were, however, not as staggering or as dazzling as his collection of amazing deeds in Test matches, some of them achieved against the odds whenever India were facing long odds on troublesome pitches and against the fast bowlers, especially really fast and fearsome bowlers.last_img read more

New Garda SUVs to hit the road in Donegal

first_imgAn Garda Síochána has unveiled a new batch of luxury SUVs for operations across the country. The BMW X5s, which have off-road capabilities, have been assigned to Dublin Metropolitan, Eastern, Southern and Northern Garda Regions, which includes Donegal.Some of the vehicles are assigned to Special Tactics & Operations Command (STOC) in the greater Dublin area and will be available to support services and spontaneous incidents in regional areas. The BMW X5 was recently named best luxury SUV by Consumer Reports and is one of the best-sellers in its class.The new batch has been introduced to the force in addition to new vehicles allocated to the Roads Policing Unit. A new 191 Hyundai fleet was added earlier this month for MIT checkpoints nationwide.@GardaTraffic New Garda SUVs to hit the road in Donegal was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gardalast_img read more

2019 Donegal International Rally – Declan Boyle leads after action packed first day

first_imgDeclan Boyle holds the overnight lead after a drama-filled opening day of the 2019 Joule Donegal International Rally.The 2014 winner Boyle, with Brian Boyle on the notes, leads by 0.7 seconds from Craig Breen.Donagh Kelly, one of the leading contenders, is out of contention after crashing out on Special Stage 3. A broken prop shaft on the on Kelly’s WRC Ford Focus meant he didn’t go under starter’s orders at Special Stage 1, Mouldy Hall, just after noon today.Kelly, a two-time National Tarmac Championship winner, has had some bad luck in Donegal over recent years.And the dark clouds descended before he moved an inch of this year’s event.American superstar, Ken Block, who has a huge online presence, is also out after lasting just over two stages as he went out on special stage three, the first loop of the Grianan stage. Block’s Escort Cosworth ended in a hedge on SS2.Huge crowds turned out to see Block with hundreds attending a signing last night at Hegarty’s Ford in Letterkenny – Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub’s vehicle sponsor. Last year’s winners, Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett, currently sit in seventh place, 12.3 off the lead in their Hyundai i20 R5.Sam Moffett and James Fulton are third overnight, 1.6 seconds behind the leaders.Callum Devine was the quickest of the crews on SS1, Mouldy Hill, a 12.1km stage. Devine, in an R5 Fiesta, finished in six minutes and 41 seconds.The Derry man lost some time on stages 2 and 3 and at the end of stage 6 sits 10.6 seconds of the top spot.In the National rally, Ryan Loughran and Gareth Doherty have a wafer-thin overnight lead.In the Mk2 Escort, Loughran and Gareth Doherty have only 1.7 seconds to spare on the Darrian of Ian Barrett and Paul McGee, but another Mk2 Escort, that of last year’s winners Damian Tourish and Domhnall McAlaney are 5.7 seconds. (Photo: David McDaid Cristeph Studio)2019 Donegal International Rally – Declan Boyle leads after action packed first day was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Joule Donegal International RallyCraig BreenDeclan BoyleSam Moffettlast_img read more

Why ESPN’s Rex Ryan thinks 49ers are the best team in the NFL

first_imgThe 49ers’ 7-0 record certainly suggests they could be, but ESPN analyst and former coach Rex Ryan is removing all doubt about who’s the elite team in the NFL.“To me, I think they are the best team right now in the NFL,” Ryan said on 95.7 The Game’s “Joe, Lo and Dibs” show Tuesday.And, right now, the ex-Jets and Bills head coach is the loudest voice on the 49ers bandwagon. On Monday, Ryan couldn’t say enough about San Francisco during ESPN’s “Get Up” show.”They’re the best team in the …last_img

Bafana upbeat ahead of New Zealand clash

first_img29 May 2014Buoyed after a solid display in their 1-1 draw with Australia, South Africa go into their clash with New Zealand in Auckland on Friday with confidence. The young Bafana Bafana team that shone against the Socceroos believes they are on the path to better things.Ayanda Patosi, Thulani Serero and Bongani Zungu, who all showed up well in the match in Sydney, believe it won’t be long before Bafana Bafana supporters are wearing on broad smiles once more.The trio also said they believe the tour of Australasia is vital preparation for the tough travels the national team will undertake in Africa for the forthcoming 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.South Africa face Sudan in Khartoum in the first match of their qualifiers, and Patosi, the scorer of Bafana Bafana’s goal in their draw with World Cup-bound Australia, said the Antipodean trip could not have come at a better time.‘A great outing’“This was a great outing. It is priceless to play such games away from home,” he enthused in a statement on Wednesday.“These are ideal preparations to gear oneself for a hostile reception whenever one plays away from home.“These away matches will also help give the boys the much-needed experience, we need that. Most of the guys in the team are talented, but have never been exposed to intimidating crowds away from South Africa. When playing the qualifiers, one needs to be as tough as a tick,” he added with a smile.Attacking midfielder Serero, who has taken on a leadership role within the team on the tour, said the only thing the players in the touring squad needed was to remain grounded.‘The sky is the limit’“I am really chuffed with what I have seen from these young guys. Most are eager to learn and they know if they keep their feet on the ground, the sky is the limit,” said Serero, who helped Ajax Amsterdam win the Dutch Eredivisie title this past season.“On a personal note I had a good season. I have been playing regularly and it would be nice if I grow from strength to strength going forward.”Zungu said the secret to every team’s success is ambition and hunger to do well. “We’ve got the talent, we’ve got the hunger,” Zungu said at the team’s base in Takapuna, north of Auckland on Wednesday.Hungry for successThe Mamelodi Sundowns’ midfielder added that the youthful squad wanted to win at all costs and was putting extra work into their game.“If you work hard, put in extra work in whatever you do, all things will come together,” he said.South Africa and New Zealand have met only once previously, during the 2009 Confederations Cup, when a brace from Bernard Parker saw Bafana Bafana to a 2-0 victory.TouchedMeanwhile Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said he was touched by a gesture from Auckland City FC, a team the late Keryn Jordan played for from 2001 to 2010.The national team mentor, who coached Jordan at Manning Rangers when the Durban side won the inaugural Premier Soccer League title in 1997, was presented with an Auckland City FC pennant, the number 14 jersey which Jordan last wore, and a club tie on Wednesday.Jordan, New Zealand’s ASB Premiership Player of the Decade, died in October last year at the age of 37 after a 12-year battle with cancer.‘I am speechless’“I felt really touched by the gesture. I am speechless,” Igesund said after he was presented with the jersey, tie and the emblem by the club’s treasurer Stephen Vuksich, the son of owner Irvine Vuksich.“I am going to share this with Keryn’s son,” he added. “This is a huge honour because he (Keryn) used to tell all and sundry here that I was his greatest mentor, hence the club decided to give me this token of appreciation.”Auckland City FC was voted Oceania Club of the Decade from 2001 to 2010, with Jordan being their leading player.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Press Release: Brand South Africa interrogates how African and South African Nation Brand stories can be communicated through compelling storytelling

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with Rapid Lion 2017 to celebrate African filmmaking, and is hosting two panel discussions under the theme Inspiring New Ways. (Image: Rapid Lion, Facebook)Johannesburg, Thursday 02 March 2017 – From the 5 March to the 12 March – Rapid Lion 2017 also known as the South African International Film Festival will bring 140 films from 40 countries to The Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.Now in its second year, the South African International Film Festival, is where all filmmakers from Africa, the African diaspora and BRICS countries showcase their best work.Brand South Africa as a partner to this initiative which aims to celebrate the magnitude of filmmaking with a special emphasis on South African cinema – will this year host two sessions. The sessions themed under the banner of Inspiring New Ways aim to deepen mutual understanding, strengthen collaborative relations and explore opportunities for growth and investment in the filmmaking industry. The sessions furthermore aim to solicit ideas and perspectives from filmmakers and industry practitioners, on how the African- and South African Nation Brand stories can be communicated in visual form and through compelling storytelling.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Monday 06 March 2017Time: 13h45 – 15h45Venue: The Market Theatre, Newtown, JohannesburgInspiring New Ways Session: Brand South Africa Panel Discussion on “How Should Cinema Reflect Africa Today?”Date: Saturday 11 March 2017Time: 12h45 – 14h45Venue: The Market Theatre, Newtown, JohannesburgInspiring New Ways Session: Brand South Africa presents “How the South African Creative Product Enhances Reputation on the Mother Continent”RSVP: Tsabeng Nthite or Ntombi Ntanzi076 371 6810 or 081 704 1488Interviews can be arranged with identified spokespeople.last_img read more

Tax or subsidy? How to reduce Lake Erie phosphorus sources

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It may not be a popular solution, but a recent study from The Ohio State University shows the least costly way to cut nearly half the phosphorus seeping into Lake Erie is taxing farmers on phosphorous purchases or paying farmers to avoid applying it to their fields.Doctoral student Shaohui Tang and Brent Sohngen, a professor of agricultural economics, conducted the study in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).At a projected price tag of up to $20 million annually, a phosphorus subsidy to Ohio farmers or a phosphorus tax would be far cheaper than many of the proposed measures being recommended to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie, Sohngen said. These proposals are estimated to cost anywhere from $40 million per year to $290 million per year, in addition to the $32 million spent on current conservation practices.Phosphorus spurs the growth of harmful algal blooms, which poisoned Toledo’s drinking water in 2014 and impact the lake’s recreation, tourism and real-estate values.A tax on phosphorus would be an added expense for farmers and “not many people want to talk about it,” Sohngen said. “From an economics standpoint, it is the cheapest option.”The money generated from a tax on phosphorus, which would be paid by farmers, could be partially returned to farmers for using conservation measures on their land. It could also compensate others affected by the water quality issue including Toledo and lake area residents to pay for improved water treatment and fishing charter businesses that lose income when algal blooms are severe.Sohngen presented the estimated costs associated with different methods of cutting phosphorus sources to Lake Erie during a recent conference hosted the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics within CFAES.Each of the options Sohngen presented is aimed at cutting the phosphorus runoff entering Lake Erie by 40% within 10 years, a goal the state has been aiming for but has not yet reached.“If we want to achieve a 40% reduction, it’s going to be more expensive than most people imagine,” Sohngen said.Costlier options than the phosphorus tax and subsidy include reducing phosphorus application on fields by 50% statewide and incorporating any phosphorus into the soil so it does not remain on the surface. The price tag on that option is $43.7 million for the machinery needed to incorporate phosphorus and the incentive paid to farmers for not using phosphorus, Sohngen said.Requiring subsurface placement of phosphorus on only half the region’s farmland acres would cost $49.9 million, he said.All figures were generated by a mathematical model created by Tang, working under the direction of Sohngen.In recent years, high levels of phosphorus, a nutrient in fertilizer, manure and sewage, have led to harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie as well as in Ohio’s inland lakes including Grand Lake St. Marys.Some measures that have been tried in the state have had little impact on reducing the phosphorus load into Lake Erie, Sohngen said. They include planting cover crops on fields during winter and refraining from tilling the land to prevent erosion.“We’re at the point of a phase shift, of having more information to give us better focus on where we need to turn our attention,” said Gail Hesse, director of water programs for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center.Hesse, who was the keynote speaker at the conference where Sohngen presented his findings, noted that agriculture is the predominant source of the phosphorus going into Lake Erie.Climate change, including the increase in intense rainfalls over short periods, has worsened efforts to keep phosphorus out of Lake Erie because rainfall can increase the chances of phosphorus running off a field with the rainwater, she pointed out.“We don’t have enough practices in place across the landscape,” she said. “We still have more to do.”last_img read more

Yinchuan is the smart city choice for China

first_imgCNN just reported that Yinchuan is on a path to be the blueprint “smart city” for all the urban metropolises across China. The city has hosted TM Forum’s Smart City InFocus conference for two years.Located in the north of China, Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia Hui province, has a population of 1.5 million people. It is home to the annual China-Arab States Expo, making the city appear to be one of the most Arab-friendly places in China.China is focused on informatization, industrialization and urbanization, and Yinchuan is one of China’s 193 smart city pilot projects working towards these goals.  The city is already progressive, using facial recognition systems in buses, holograms at the City Hall and solar-powered waste bins among other programs.Yinchuan a surprise choice‘Many may be surprised that this city was selected, but there are clear reasons why Yinchuan is the more favorable “smart city” leader than Shanghai or Beijing.  A big part of it is its size.“The problem is these cities are already too big. A blank canvas like Yinchuan can more flexibly adopt new technologies, and then ‘attract people that would otherwise have gone to Beijing or Shanghai,’” explains Carl Piva, TM Forum’s vice president of strategic programs.Piva says China is focused on creating a “repeatable pattern” that it can use to build and “roll out” a smart city.  He also says that the West doesn’t appear to have that same focus of “rolling out” the smart cities. Tags:#China#Internet of Things#IoT#smart city#TM Forum#Yinchuan How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Amanda Razanicenter_img Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

Iconic hotels that still rock

first_imgHistory with a shot of the modern, the hip and the cool. With snazzy makeovers and new additions, the buzz is back in ten of the world’s most iconic hotels. Rashmi Uday Singh finds out what keeps them ticking.Beverly Hills hotel, Los AngelesThis is an icon of Hollywood–decades of glamour and history distil themselves and yet this legendary hotel continues to rejuvenate itself. Its iconic Polo Lounge, a premiere dining spot in LA, may look the same as it did when it was first set up but the culinary flavours are all contemporary. The creative force behind the kitchen is Malaysian Executive Chef Alex Chen. Graceful palms, lush gardens, rare plants and flowers make this into a 12-acre haven. Who’d believe that we are in the heart of Los Angeles? www.beverlyhillshotel.comTaj Pierre, New YorkIt’s a happy coincidence that this fabulous Georgian style hotel (located on New York’s 5th Avenue), born out of inspiration from a French chateau, has now been taken over by our very own Taj Palaces and Resorts. It has recently undergone a multi-million dollar revamp. Not only have the rooms and baths of my most favourite New York hotel been renovated but they’ve also added on a new destination bar, Two E. Le Caprice continues to be an upper crust restaurant with a sublime touch of British class. www.tajhotels.comThe Dorchester, LondonIn the gold room the frescoes are restored by Gaugin’s great grand-daughter, a gold plated spiral staircase glimmers in a grand suite and the uber cool, elegant China Tang restaurant rocks with a glamorous vibe and haute Chinese cuisine. In the hallowed, very British, Grill Room, Chef Aiden Byrne is reinventing traditional British dishes in modern terms. Alain Ducasse has set up his temple to French gastronomy here. I revel in the brand new spa with its Spatesserie (where you can feast on delicious cakes and cocktails), South Sea pearl chandeliers and the Vaishaly facial, which is exclusive to The Dorchester. It is the best treatment your skin could ask for. www.thedorchester.comRitz, Paris This more than a century-old beauty continues to reinvent herself and yet preserve her style. Even the Bloody Mary cocktail was created here for Ernest Hemingway in Bar Hemingway. And the crepes suzette by chef Auguste Escoffier. Colin Field, the “world’s best mixologist and head bartender” (Forbes magazine) creates magic cocktails while Chef Michel Roth rustles up classics. I also attend a class at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier cooking school! And I never skip a swim in the fabulous indoor pool (probably the only pool in the world with so much art around it). www.ritzparis.comMandarin Oriental, LondonWhat a shot of youthfulness has been injected to this Knightsbridge legend! I love its spruced up high-ceilinged plush rooms as much as I do the superb massages in its new spa. April saw the opening of Bar Boulud here and it is already one of London’s most happening places. I love the fabulous French bistro meals here. The trendy new Mandarin Bar, too, is a rage. There’s more in offing: Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is all set to launch Dinner with Heston before Christmas this year. Talk of Victorian heritage infused with contemporary buzz! www.mandarinoriental.com/londonBeverly Wilshire, Los AngelesIf it’s Hollywood, it’s got to be the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Here eight decades of Hollywood glamour are distilled within its elegant interiors located on the stunning sun-drenched Rodeo drive. Radha Arora, the dynamic vice- president keeps injecting energy and youth into this hotel, from the state-of-the-art spa to setting up a cutting-edge restaurant from America’s leading chef Wolfgang Puck. Hollywood dines, meets and stays here and so does our own Bollywood. www.fourseasons.comMandarin Oriental, BangkokThe inspiration of Somerset Maugham to Paul Theroux, this Grand Dame on the banks of the Chao Phrya River, Bangkok, continues to amaze me with its grace and energy. She continues to update herself. Two outdoor swimming pools, the most well-equipped sports centre and spa beyond comparison too. In order to keep up with the times, The Thai Cooking & Cultural School offers the most amazing classes, which I have attended with great joy. I stayed at the rejuvenated River Wing… an exquisite balance of modern technology and sumptuous comfort. www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkokBreidenbacher Hof, DusseldorfIn Dusseldorf’s Breidenbacher Hof (two centuries of history cohabit with the most contemporary hi-tech) I taste my finest Frikadeller (traditional German meat ball). It is a favourite of Beyonce, Tom Jones and the chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. What does the Dusseldorf Air Taste Like? is the intriguing name of the must-have dessert here. It’s not just the restaurant, even the rooms are fully equipped with thoughtful hi-tech flourishes; automatic lights come on when you enter the walk-in cupboard at this hotel located across the style mile–the glittering Konigsallee or the King’s Avenue. www.breidenbacherhofcapella.comFour seasons George V, Paris The legendary George V reigns in its Franco-British aesthetic splendour. Every detail is impeccable, luxury and technology blend stylishly–antique clocks, bronzes and more and yet there is up-to-date technology here. From the complimentary 24-hour business centre to the poshest spa in the City of Lights. From the rejuvenating Oxygen Facial, chocolate massage to Chef Eric Briffard’s Michelin starred magical food… there is magic everywhere. And then there is their Silver Ghost Rolls Royce (with custom made interiors by H?rmes). Did you just say ‘by George’? www.fourseasons.com/parisHotel de Paris, Monte CarloThis landmark hotel of Monaco (the balmy playground of the rich and the famous) lives up to its grand history in every single way. It adds on the fabulous sprawling state-of the-art Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo spa. I not only have the most unique and rejuvenating crushed red ruby massage but also feast on Louis XV’s ‘Essential Cuisine’ served amid flamboyant luxury in a Versailles-style dining room. Here super chef Alain Ducasse delivers a fabulous experience. Contemporary melds with the traditional in the sensational Grill restaurant which also dishes out memorable views of Monte Carlo. en.hoteldeparismontecarlo.comadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Philippine cops kill 32 in single day during antidrug raids

first_imgPhilippine police killed 32 people in dozens of anti-drug operations in a province north of the capital, Manila, in the single deadliest day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unrelenting war on drugs.About 109 petty criminals, including street-level drug peddlers were arrested and dozens of guns seized in police operations across Bulacan province from Monday night until Tuesday afternoon, said provincial police chief, Romeo Caramat.“We have conducted ‘one-time, big-time’ operations in the past, so far, the number of casualties and deaths, this is the highest,” Caramat told a news conference.He defended police action and said the deaths were during shootouts, and were not executions, as activists have often alleged.“There are some sectors that will not believe us, but, we are open for any investigation. All we can say is that we don’t have any control of the situation. As much as possible, we don’t want this bloody encounter.”Thousands of people have been killed in the anti-drugs campaign, Duterte’s signature policy, since it was launched on June 30 last year, most users and small-time dealers from poor neighborhoods.The intensity of the crackdown has alarmed the international community, and activists and human rights groups say police have been executing suspects and planting drugs and guns at crime scenes. Police and the government officials reject that.Police also deny involvement in thousands of murders by mysterious gunmen, blaming them on gang turf wars, drug dealers silencing informants, or vigilantes targeting drug users.“There were 32 killed in Bulacan in a massive raid, that’s good,” Duterte said in a speech.“Let’s kill another 32 every day. Maybe we can reduce what ails this country.”Police conducted 49 sting drug operations in Bulacan that resulted in about 20 armed encounters, Caramat said. Ten other gunfights ensued when police tried to serve arrest warrants to suspects who fought back.He said 93 of those held were wanted for other crimes, as well as drugs offences.Bulacan has been a major target in the drugs war, with some 425 people killed and 4,000 offenders arrested, according to Caramat, making it the second-biggest hot spot in the crackdown outside of the Manila area.Political opponents of Duterte have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing the president and top aides of crimes against humanity, arguing they failed to address allegations of widespread police abuses that have been brought to their attention.Duterte has welcomed the ICC complaint, and said he was willing to rot in jail to protect Filipinos.He has often complained about human rights groups criticizing and undermining his campaign and on Wednesday said he would instead investigate them, or worse.“If they are obstructing justice, shoot them,” he said.last_img read more