View comments Break new ground Trade papers have already been sent to the Office of the Commissioner on Sunday, beating the trade deadline on Monday.The 29-year-old Maliksi has had a career resurgence this season for Star, averaging a career-best 13.4 points on 41 percent shooting from three and 2.9 rebounds this season, enough for him to earn a nod to the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJavier, meanwhile, has struggled to find playing time in his first year in the pros after a stellar career from the University of the East.The two are expected to bring immediate impact to Blackwater, which is hoping to advance to the quarterfinals for only the second time in its franchise history. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start Gamalinda on the other hand is averaging 7.22 points on a 53 percent shooting from three to go with 3.8 rebounds this conference.Pascual is also hoping to finally get the break with the Hotshots after seeing his numbers dip in the import-laden conferences.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade.Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual.ADVERTISEMENT
Residents of Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) are concerned about a pole which has been leaning on an electrical wire along the roadway in the area, which they consider a serious threat. The pole,The slanted pole at Wismar Housing Schemewhich is situated in close proximity to the Wismar Hill Nursery and Primary schools, has been in the same position for several weeks now, residents fear the danger it poses to the school children. They are calling on the relevant authorities to look into the situation and to have it rectified before the situation worsens. A resident in the area pointed out that the pole, which is leaned over the centre of the roadway, appears to be falling closer to the ground as time progresses.“This pole been like this for weeks now and like nobody ain’t care. It’s like they’re waiting for something to happen before they can fix it. School children passing here daily to go to school and yet still,” the resident pointed out.Residents and school children traverse the area constantly on a daily basis, given it is one of the main thoroughfares. It is unclear if the pole is the property of the electricity or telephone company; however, concerned residents are calling for urgent attention to be paid to the situation as soon as possible.
On Thursday, Mahindra pulled the veil off the TUV300 pricing it at a base price of Rs 6.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). Homegrown auto major Mahindra and Mahindra has pinned its hopes on the new sub-compact SUV TUV300 to revive its flagging sales. The TUV300 is the first major release from the stables of Mahindra & Mahindra in the last four years and as such, the Mahindra group is banking majorly on the vehicle to pick up its numbers.But can the butch-looking car that Mahindra has come out with actually give it the required push and bring up its sales numbers? For the TUV300, which Mahindra has designed with inspiration from a “battle tank”, it will have to go head on with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster/Nissan Terrano and even the sporty Hyundai i20.First things first. At a starting price of Rs 6.9 lakh and a top price of Rs 9.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), Mahindra has priced the TUV300 in a wide number of segments whereby it can effectively dent the sales of not just its expected competitors but also the likes of Swift Dzire and the Ertiga as also the Honda Mobilio which are likely to begin feeling the heat once the car begins rolling out of the showrooms and on to the roads.The 7-seater configuration of the TUV300. The rear row is a little cramped, but usable.A good question to ask here would be why would anyone buy a Mahindra TUV300 when one can easily buy a top model Maruti Swift Dzire for an ex-showroom (Delhi) price of Rs 7.89 lakh.The answer lies in the packaging of the vehicle. Mahindra has, with some smart engineering and seating alignment, turned the TUV300 into a 7 seater with facing foldable seats in the last row. It also has the 2nd largest bootspace at 384 litres after the Renault Duster’s 475 litres. What’s more, in terms of safety, the T4+, the second from base model, comes with dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Comparatively, the same is not available on the Duster RxL which gets only a driver’s side airbag with the passenger side airbag being optional. The Ford EcoSport, however, gets the dual airbags and curtain airbags only in the third and top-end trims. advertisementThe TUV300 also gets a premium dual tone dashboard.In terms of engine and performance, the TUV300 has almost the same sized engine (1493cc) as the Ford EcoSport (1498cc) and the Renault Duster (1461cc), but about a 100cc bigger than the Hyundai i20 Active SX (1396cc). The other major difference is that the TUV300 comes with an inline 3 cylinder engine, while its competitors all boast of a 4-cylinder engine. Even with the three cylinders, the TUV300’s 1.5 litre engine can churn out a hefty 230Nm torque, more than its nearest closest competitor the Hyundai i20 Active SX at 220Nm. The TUV300’s 5-speed manual gearbox is a direct lift from the Scorpio.In terms of looks, Mahindra has carried forward its jeep legacy and that shows up in the TUV300’s butch appearance. The high shoulder and the blacked out B-pillar along with the high bonnet line give it a solid appearance, which at first sight appears disproportionate compared to the sleek and polished lines of say the Ford EcoSport and even the Hyudai Creta. The TUV300 also sports perhaps the shortest front and rear overhangs.There are chances that Mahindra might upgrade the TUV300 and turn it into a 4WD in its next avatar with a revision in prices. However, till then, the only thing Mahindra can sit and do for the time being is wait and watch how the market reacts to its first offering in four years.