ScienceShot: Is Social Media Souring Americans on Animal Research?

first_imgCHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Support for medical testing on animals has declined 12% since 2001 in the United States, and the Internet may be responsible, according to an analysis presented here today at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. The study, conducted by researchers at the advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Western Governors University, an online school based in Salt Lake City, looked at Gallup survey data from the past 12 years. After weighting the data to ensure they were nationally representative, the researchers found that 41% of American adults considered animal testing “morally wrong” in 2013, up from 29% in 2001. Opposition to such testing has risen among all demographic groups, but the biggest jump has been among people aged 18 to 29; 54% of them found animal testing morally wrong in 2013, versus just 31% in 2001. The team says the surge in Internet use during this period may explain the trend. Animal rights and animal welfare organizations have a much stronger presence on social media than do pro-animal testing groups—PETA has more than 2 million followers on Facebook and nearly a half million on Twitter, for example, versus 130,000 and 1700, respectively, for the Foundation for Biomedical Research. As a result, the researchers speculate, these organizations may getting their message out more effectively, especially among young people.See more of our coverage from AAAS 2014.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

One hundred and one monarch genomes reveal surprising history of this long-distant migrant

first_imgEach fall, when the first migrating monarch butterflies fluttered past his 11th-floor window in Washington, D.C., Science’s recently retired earth science writer, Dick Kerr, would call us other writers and editors in to watch these harbingers of the coming cold wing their way southward. He’ll appreciate this advance. By sequencing 101 monarch genomes, biologists have rewritten the evolutionary history of the species, discovering what makes the monarch’s wings orange and its muscles well suited for the long flight to boot.”It is a wonderfully complete application of genomics to elucidating a well-known puzzle of natural history,” says Lawrence Gilbert, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Texas, Austin. “It explains the pattern of migratory and sedentary populations on the globe and probably refines hypotheses on many aspects of monarch biology.”The fall journey takes the monarch, Danaus plexippus, thousands of kilometers south to the mountains of Mexico for the winter. Come spring, the butterflies begin their trek northward, following the blooming of the caterpillar’s host plant, milkweed. Adults stop and reproduce when they encounter the plant; then the next generation heads north as the season progresses to find more milkweed, so it can take several generations for the insects to make it back to Washington, D.C., and beyond to Canada. Females lay eggs on milkweed and their caterpillars feed on this plant, acquiring compounds that make the butterflies toxic to potential predators, as they warn with the striking orange and black pattern on their wings.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Many of the monarch’s close relatives call the tropics home and don’t migrate, so evolutionary biologists had proposed that the North American migrants descended from nonmigratory South or Central American ancestors, much as temperate songbirds originated in the tropics, spreading northward to find food but forced to return south each winter because of the cold weather. Not so, says Marcus Kronforst, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois. “The data said a totally different thing.”Kronforst and his colleagues had previously studied another butterfly, Heliconius, and found the key gene involved in determining the color patterns of the various species in this group. So when the monarch genome was first sequenced 2 years ago, he wondered whether there might be a single gene largely responsible for migration behavior in the monarchs.Joining forces with monarch experts, Kronforst obtained DNA from 92 monarchs and nine other closely related butterflies. The samples came from different parts of North America, from places in South and Central America where the local monarchs stayed put all year round, and from elsewhere around the world. Shuai Zhan, now at the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences in China, sequenced all of these genomes. He and his colleagues grouped the genomes by how similar they were to build a family tree. That tree revealed that, contrary to expectations, all the monarchs arose from a population in the southern United States or northern Mexico. The species expanded in three waves, one south into South and Central America, one east across the Atlantic, and a third west across the Pacific. Butterflies in those waves settled down and ceased migrating. Kronforst, Zhan, and their colleagues matched up the DNA from migratory and nonmigratory populations. About 500 genes were different, many of them subtly so. But one muscle gene, called collagen IV alpha-1, stood out sharply. Many other creatures share the gene. Fruit flies with mutations in it have atrophied muscles, and in people, similar mutations lead to frequent muscle cramps. The researchers expected that to make their long trips North American monarchs would need a lot more collagen than their South American counterparts and that the gene would therefore be more active. Instead, the gene was less active in the migrants, they report online today in Nature. Somehow, less collagen in the migrants’ flight muscles made them more efficient.”It’s the first genetic change that’s been shown to be associated with migration,” says Richard Ffrench-Constant, an entomologist at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, who was not involved with the work. But the study is “just a first step,” he adds. These are the sorts of genes “that equip [the monarchs] to migrate, but not the genes that make them fly.” He hopes that next the researchers will find genes involved in turning on the migration behavior.Kronforst and Zahn’s team also sequenced genomes from Hawaiian monarchs, which come in white and orange forms. From breeding experiments, other researchers learned that a single gene was responsible for the color loss. Zahn and Kronforst expected that this gene would be involved in pigment-generating pathways. But instead, their analysis shows it was a gene that codes for myosin, a protein essential for muscle contraction. The butterfly myosin gene resembles a myosin gene that is mutated in a mouse strain that has light instead of dark fur. In the mouse, this myosin helps transport pigments into the hair, so Kronforst thinks the white morph’s myosin may fail to transport orange pigment into the wing scales.Ffrench-Constant says the data are compelling. But he wonders how well the new evolutionary scenario will hold up once more monarch relatives—many of them tropical and nonmigratory—are sequenced. The addition of those genomes to the monarch extended family tree may lead to another revision of this butterfly’s history. Nevertheless, the genetic analysis should reinforce interest in conserving migrating monarchs, whose numbers have dwindled in recent years. “Based on the paper’s findings,” Gilbert says, “sedentary populations cannot easily restore migrating monarchs once the latter are lost.”last_img read more

‘Dark magma’ could explain mystery volcanoes

first_imgThe magma fueling the volcanoes of Hawaii and Yellowstone National Park pipes up from deep inside the planet. Scientists have struggled to understand why there are hot spots there, so far from the grinding tectonic plate boundaries at which volcanoes normally appear. New research chalks the mystery up to “dark magma”: deep underground pockets of red-hot molten rock that siphon energy from Earth’s core.“It’s a very provocative paper … a bit speculative,” says Thomas Duffy, a geoscientist at Princeton University who was not involved with the study. “But it’s taking us in an important step on the road to understanding the deep Earth.”Most volcanoes form because tectonic plates, vast sections of Earth’s crust, smash against or slide underneath each other. The pushing and melting there feed the volcanoes in the infamous Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean. But hot spot–spawned volcanoes like Hawaii’s are a different breed. They are nowhere near tectonic plate edges, and yet millions of years ago they spewed out so much lava that they nearly blanketed whole continents with molten rock or covered the globe with soot. 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Because the bottom of Earth’s mantle is nearly 3000 kilometers below the surface—about a 3-day journey if you could drive there by car—temperatures and pressures reach such hellish extremes that the atomic structures of these magmas are different from those they would have at lesser pressures. Duffy says that “can really change physical properties a lot,” including the way the material looks and absorbs heat.To test how magma might behave near the core, Goncharov and his colleagues squeezed a sliver of a dark, opaque glass, made from iron and silicate to mimic the composition of deep Earth magmas, between two diamonds to simulate pressures near the core. The team then shined an infrared light through the glass and measured how much light passed through. As the pressure increased, so did the amount of light the glass absorbed, and the team saw a change in the atomic structure of the glass, the researchers report online today in Nature Communications.Goncharov says that means magmas at high pressures in the lower mantle must be sponging up heat emanating from the core. As these patches of magma around the core get hotter, they start to act as a door for heat to pass into the mantle by convection. The heated mantle rocks then move up through the planet in a massive plume until they erupt on the surface, creating large volcanoes in strange places like Hawaii, Yellowstone, Easter Island, and Mount Etna, and some of the most violent eruptions.If the team is right, its work could illuminate a key part of Earth’s geology. Duffy says these plumes are “one of the most important things to understand,” because the movement of heat powers many processes on the planet. For one, Earth’s magnetic field depends on how the core spins and flows inside the planet. As a result, Duffy says, “the way heat flows from the core to the mantle could potentially affect the way Earth’s magnetic field evolves over time.”Not everybody is ready to get behind Goncharov and his colleagues’ new hypothesis. “There are two fundamental limitations of the paper,” Duffy says. “First that they’re studying a glass and not [melted rock], and there’s the fact that [the experiment] is at room temperature and not high temperature.” Until scientists perform the experiment with molten rock heated to about 3200°C, Duffy says, they can’t be sure how the magma really behaves.And geologists still contest whether the pockets of magma around Earth’s outer core actually exist. To probe Earth’s interior, scientists rely on seismic waves from large earthquakes that have to travel through 3000 kilometers of rock. At that depth, the measurements become “a little bit ambiguous,” Duffy says. “And there’s a question as to why the liquid wouldn’t just all drain [away].” Because these dark magma pockets float above the core, it’s a bit like imagining an ocean rising tens of kilometers above sea level. “It’s not impossible,” he says, “but the idea that there’s melt in the deep mantle is controversial.”last_img read more

Indian-American announces plans to run for US Congress

first_imgAn Indian-American investment banker has announced his plan to run for the US House of Representatives from a Congressional seat in Connecticut.Harry Arora, 48, seeks to oust Democratic incumbent Jim Himes, who has represented the 4th Congressional District since January 2009.Arora wants to have a Republican voice in the so called ‘Samosa Caucus’ — the informal group of Indian-Americans in the US House of Representatives.Currently four Indian-Americans in the US House of Representatives — Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal — are from Democratic party.Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

India, Sweden to Sign Security Pact to Enable Transfer of Swedish Defence Tech

first_imgIndia and Sweden are set to sign a security agreement when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Stockholm next week, people familiar with the developments said, a move that will facilitate transfer of technology if Swedish defence major Saab is chosen to build fighter jets here. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Chucks! Shucks!

first_imgCricket watchers have, of late, been witness to an unprecedented number of no-balls being bowled in the international arena. Strangely enough, not all of them have come from the bent arms of the “chuckers” at the bowling crease. The International Cricket Council, which – for all practical purposes – is the final authority on the game, has itself been guilty of bowling a few off the field. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.Earlier this year – more specifically at the end of the recent Australian Test series in Sri Lanka – the ICC suddenly called into question the bowling action of Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. I say “suddenly” because the controversial matter lay dormant for almost a decade after an initial burst of outrage from Sri Lankans when Australian umpire Darryl Hair no-balled Murali for his suspect action.The latest investigation, triggered by a confidential report to the ICC from match-referee Chris Broad, raised more than a few eyebrows not only for the circumstances in which it was conducted, but also for its findings.Before we get into the details of the investigation, a backgrounder for the uninitiated. In cricket, a bowler’s action – and therefore his consequent delivery – is deemed illegal or a “no-ball” if it involves the straightening of his bowling arm at the elbow at the point of delivering the ball. In other words, if your arm changes from a bent to the straight position as you bowl, you can – and should – be penalized for “throwing” or “chucking” the ball.Cricket history is replete with examples of chuckers – the most memorable for Indian fans being West Indian paceman Charlie Griffith whose bowling nearly killed Nari Contractor at Barbados in 1962. Chronic chuckers either continue playing by mixing such deliveries cleverly among legal ones or correct their action or simply fade away from the scene. Australia’s Brett Lee and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi are living examples of the first ilk, India’s Harbhajan Singh of the second kind, and Sri Lankan Kumara Dharmasena of the third. Although the obvious chuckers can be detected easily with the naked eye, newer technologies – notably the frame-by-frame slow-motion replay facility in television – are capable of exposing even the slightest deviation from the norm. Pakistan’s Shoaib AkhtarTwo of the most talked-about instances of chucking in modern-day cricket are the bowling actions of Muttiah Muralitharan and Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar. Is this because sophisticated technology is showing up cases which would have gone unnoticed in earlier times? As a general explanation, yes. But in these two specific cases, hardly. On the contrary, the surprise is that these bowlers continue to bowl the way they do without being pulled up, despite the scrutiny afforded by such equipment. And also despite several former cricketers of repute openly questioning their action.India’s past captain and one of the world’s greatest ever left-arm spinners Bishen Singh Bedi, who is prone to hrefer to a spade as a bloody shovel, has in fact gone on record to say that Akhtar and Murali are not bowlers but javelin-throwers.Whereas Akhtar chucks at the average rate of about twice every over, Murali chucks every ball. I repeat, every ball! And because their actions – albeit illegal – have resulted in so many wickets and victories for their countries, their respective cricketing establishments (i.e. the Cricket Boards of Lanka and Pakistan) have found a medical fig-leaf to cover their transgressions. In Murali’s case, it’s called a “fixed-flexion elbow deformity” while Shoaib is said to be born with “a hyper-extensible elbow joint.”Using this orthopedic jargon, the two Boards, with the active connivance of the ICC, have successfully hoodwinked billions of cricket fans worldwide into believing that Murali and Shoaib are freaks of nature who developed into geniuses with the cricket ball. Pakistan’s Shoaib AkhtarThe freak-of-nature label is a formidable one. It zips up the mouths of critics forever because no one wants to be seen as a cruel and heartless so-and-so who ruined the career of a physically deformed but promising bowler.The reality is, in fact, just the opposite: Murali and Shoaib have been literally enjoying a field day, while other bowlers struggle in this batsman-dominated game to take wickets with legal deliveries. And talking of freaks, they aren’t unheard of in cricket. India’s B.S. Chandrasekhar took heaps of wickets with a polio-affected arm and Tiger Pataudi excelled as a batsman and captain even after losing an eye in a car accident.But the crucial difference is that neither Chandrasekhar nor Pataudi sought any concessions because of their physical handicap. Chandra never chucked. He actually bowled with a sling-arm action which is the antithesis of chuckingand nobody ever overheard Pataudi asking the opposition bowlers to bowl slow at him. They played within the laws of the game, and if Chandra got an extra tweak because of a flexible wrist, well, it definitely wasn’t an illegal advantage.Then why aren’t Murali and Shoaib being asked to play in the cricket-for-the-handicapped series with its own set of rules, and are instead showcased as stars in the game’s regular format? Pakistan’s Shoaib AkhtarThe reasons are complex and multi-layered. There is of course the question of big money. As performers and entertainers, Murali and Shoaib draw crowds to stadiums and viewers to television-sets in much the same way Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar do. Take Murali and Shoaib out of the scene, and you are left with two sub-continental teams with a largely sub-standard bowling attack and in the danger of wilting against stronger teams from elsewhere in the world.As individuals, both have their unique personal charisma. Shoaib is infamous for his off-the-field antics which include, but are not restricted to, zinging across Rawalpindi city on a high-powered motorcycle and getting into fisticuffs. People love to hear such big-boys-play-at-night stories and, as was the case with England’s Ian Botham and Akhtar’s own compatriot Imran Khan, the colourful escapades (real or imaginary) somehow liven up proceedings on the field as well. That’s part of what sporting stardom is all about.Murali is, in some ways, diametrically opposite. His charm is his good-boy reputation (ever heard of this soft-spoken guy involved in a drunken brawl?), and his continued presence on the cricket field has a strong socio-political rationale. Sri Lankans idolize him as a national treasure responsible for giving the self-effacing people of a small island a palpable sense of pride and self-worth on the world stage. Every wicket he takes is another stride that his relatively young nation-state takes towards international glory, leaving behind its long history of colonial submission. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.As the lone Tamilian in a predominantly Sinhalese team, he is also the shining symbol of Sri Lankan unity at a time when the country is being torn asunder in a civil war sparked off by Tamil separatists.A spectacular caught-and-bowled by Muralitharan is worth more than a dozen arduous rounds of peace talks between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and LTTE honcho Prabhakaran. Only at extreme national peril can Murali be dropped from the Lankan team.But why should the ICC be a willing, if indirect, party to the cultification of a Rawalpindi street ruffian or care for the internecine ethnic squabbles in Sri Lanka?Especially considering that the ICC is not overly famous for being sympathetic to errant Asian cricketers? Recall the umpteen times that players from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have been severely penalized with fines and suspensions even as their white-skinned opponents get away with light tap-on-the-knuckle warnings for demonstrably worse reactions to being adjudged out or to rejected appeals – and you get a sense of why the ICC has acquired a racist taint.But the colour of big money is neither black nor white nor brown. And so, the august body, while flagrantly castigating individual Asian players for seemingly innocuous misdemeanours, appears wary of taking decisions that would jeopardize the mass-appeal of Asian teams whose fans have collectively made international cricket officialdom as rich as it now is. Result: the stars in these teams merrily transcend the pale of cricket laws.And big money means big deals. What, one might ask, happened to a confidential report believed to have been submitted by a panel of experts on his suspect bowling action soon after Shoaib Akhtar debuted in the international cricket circuit? Perhaps the ICC can enlighten us. It can also let us know why Umpire Darryl Hair, who no-balled Muralitharan for chucking way back in 1996, has never again officiated in a match involving the Sri Lankans. And why Chris Broad, who blew the whistle on Murali’s bowling action more recently, was promptly replaced by Mike Proctor as matchreferee in the ongoing series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah MuralitharanWhich brings us back to the latest investigation against Muralitharan. Has there been a greater sham in world cricket? The tests on Murali’s action were conducted in a laboratory in Australia. In a laboratory! It is one thing to call up the bowler’s TV clips recorded during a match without his knowledge and analyze them with the help of physiological data culled from the bowler’s arm. It’s quite another – and quite moronic at that – to ask him to bowl again in the lab in the hope that he will replicate his match action perfectly in controlled conditions.The “control” here is the bowler’s, not the tester’s. Bowlers at the international level are seasoned enough to bowl differently (i.e. with different arm actions) in different situations. With his entire career at stake, would you expect even the good-boy Murali to give away his only real weapon?Australian keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist protested against the tests on this very ground. His statements are as direct and uncluttered as his explosive batting. And remember, Gilchrist is one straight guy who created history when he walked to a leg-before appeal in the 2003 World Cup semifinal.The conclusions based on Muralitharan’s lab-test results were even more ridiculous than the setting in which the tests were carried out. The ICC ruled that while Murali’s arm was bent less than five degrees when he bowled his “normal” off-spinning delivery and was therefore okay, it exceeded this allowable limit when he bowled his “doosra” – a delivery which takes the ball in the opposite direction after it lands, as if it were a leg-break. It has therefore decreed that Murali cannot bowl the latter kind of delivery. Amazing, isn’t it!To begin with, granting this five-degree limit for bowling actions is flawed in principle. The ICC has in effect cravenly bent the rules of cricket because the bowlers in question continue stubbornly to bowl with bent arms. It is somewhat akin to a student being given grace marks (within a limit stipulated by the examining authority) to help him or her to make the passing grade.The vital distinction of course is that such grace is granted keeping in mind the student’s overall academic ability and his/her performance in other tests. It is downright dangerous to adopt such a measure in cricket. Simply because it will encourage rampant chucking at all levels of the game. After all, who will keep a realistic check on whether a bowler’s arm keeps within the five-degree limit?Would it be humanly possible for an umpire to detect violations of this limit with the naked eye in the course of an ongoing match? Would it be feasible for match organizers to arrange for equipment that would instantly detect the violations during play?Have such user-friendly machines been invented, let alone developed on a large enough scale? Or will the data have to be transmitted to a laboratory in Australia for complex and elaborate testing before an umpire can no-ball a bowler for chucking? Questions, questions.As for Murali, some more questions. When will we ever know if he violates the five-degree limit? And will he be no-balled every time he bowls the away-going delivery? What if he can actually manage to bowl it without violating the limit? Will he have to apply to the ICC for a re-examination?And what if a delivery bowled with his so-called normal action hits a crack or an uneven part of the pitch, and goes the other way? Would that be deemed a no-ball too? And what happens to the bowling records he has amassed in his career? Do we now replay all those wickets and weed out the ones he captured with his “doosra”? Interestingly, what do you think Murali did when told about the ban?He cocked a snook at the ICC decision and proceeded to bowl the same “doosra” innumerable times in the very next match. His wicket-keeper and close-in fielders applauded every such delivery. And no, he wasn’t no-balled. Is the ICC waiting for him to hreform on his own?Someone high up in the ICC hierarchy should see through this entire nonsense, and stop it before it snowballs into widespread mayhem. You can outlaw deliveries, which are say, beyond the reach of batsmen or which can potentially do them physical harm.But it’s ridiculous to ban certain deliveries on the suspicion that they have been bowled with an improper action and allow other deliveries from the same bowler delivered with a similar, if not identical, action. If a bowler has a suspect action, suspend him till he corrects every delivery. And why allow a bowler to bowl even with a fractionally bent arm? Has the human race evolved to a point where straight-arm bowlers have become an endangered species? The compromise doesn’t make for sane, rational thinking.It’s a truism that laws aren’t, and shouldn’t be, written in stone. They should be open to change as and when they outlive their utility. Has the time come for cricket to stop being cricket? One of the finest sights in all sport is a bowler with a smooth rhythmic run-up delivering the ball with an arched back and a flawless straight-arm action. At its best, it’s nothing short of poetry in motion. But the ICC is all set to deprive us of this hrefined pleasure in its quest for short-term profits from thrill-seekers who just want to see stumps rattled and batsmen bamboozled – and never mind how the ball was bowled. We may as well stop playing cricket altogether. And start playing its crude cousin, baseball, instead.What then will Murali, Shoaib and others of their ilk do? In case they find no foothold in baseball, I’d suggest we wait for the Athens Olympics later this summer. We might find them competing for their respective countries – in the javelin-throw event.[Coming Next: Was The Indo-Pak Series Fixed?)   Related Itemslast_img read more

Preity-Rani VRS time ?

first_imgIts scary how one religion (read: cricket) can impact another (read: Bollywood). As the cricket team goes through exciting re-invention, B-town seems to be taking stock of its A-list. In recent years, they appear to be energetically turning their focus toward inducting and promoting young ‘uns. To be sure, this is restricted to heroines. The lads, The Khans, Akshay, Suneil Shetty, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgun, Jackie Shroff, and the Big B are off limits. Why? C’mon, they’re heroes, baba! The two biggest casualties are yesterday’s much loved, adored and admired sweethearts — Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee. To close Bollywood-watchers, this shift in sentiment is tinged with irony. At a time when Bollywood seems to be maturing, as reflected by the range of films (Aaamir, Fashion, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Sajjanpur, Rock-On, Dev.D) they are bringing out, the total blanking out of two of the most gorgeous and accomplished Bollywood stars is surprising. So what gives? Age? Is 30 the new 40? Does youth — and youth alone — triumph over experience as the prime, preferred choice of the movers n’ shakers in Tinsel Town? Disturbing, troubling …Not really, say trade analysts. They argue that while change is indeed in the air, the masses — the aam janta, not the niche intelligentsia — are reluctant to keep seeing the thobdas of the same 30-plus heroines, day-in and day out. They either want to see them do different stuff or make way for fresh, young lasses. And that explains why Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Bipsha Basu, Minnisha Lamba, Kangana Ranaut, even Mallika Sherawat are on riding high. Rani and Preity have been over-exposed and over time have not bothered to go beyond their bubbly and beautiful ghisa-pita image, which doesn’t suit them any more. Here, the myopic directors are to blame too … but that’s another story!The Box Office reflects their lack of sting. Neither has had a commercial hit in ages. Their last hit was KANK! Rani’s bombs include Babul, Tara Rum Pum Pum and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. Preity’s thuds include Jaan-E-Mann and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Lear and Videsh are critical successes and ovies in the kitty include another art-house project Har Pal. Their pet directors seem to have forsaken them. Adi Chopra went in for new face Anoushka to co-star with Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne bana Di Jodi, which has proven to be a hit after several misses. Karan Johar invited Priyanka Chopra to share the frame with Abhi and John in Dostana. Loyalists of the two stars are shocked, disgusted and angry at the way they are being treated by the industry. “It is so sad that just because their films have not been successful, they are being penalized. So unfair! What about others in the project like directors, heroes, screenplay writers and everyone else? Both these girls have always been open to do new things and participate in new genres,” complained one. Critics are less generous. They believe with new, young, gorgeous models and beauty queens blitzing the scene everyday, the glamor, fashion and sex-appeal quotient zooming up every second and inhibitions disappearing as never before, no heroine can afford to take her place for granted anymore.She will have to either re-invent herself as a force the new-age audience can’t ignore, move to strong character roles … or get married and disappear into the world of family bliss. Hot n’ happening babes are emerging from the woodwork!At the end of the day, youth is in and Youngistan is their capital. Whether it’s the Fab 4 in cricket or the gorgeous duo in Bollywood, the new world decrees that past is history; it’s the present that rocks. Ad Endorsements re-affirm the predicament. Nestle dropped Rani for South Indian actress Trisha, who ironically replaced Preity in the Scooty Pep ad! The “Bubbly” Zinta (who appears to be more involved with IPL than movies in recent weeks) was also relieved of her endorsements, say insiders, with Perk, Lyril, BSNL and Santro.Deepika, Asin and Genelia are the new kids on the block creating havoc with Katrina Kaif and Priyanka already doing their number. It’s a chilling commentary on our times. One can only hope that both these gorgeous and gifted actresses have seen the writing on the wall and have it in them to re-invent themselves and get something they richly deserve … a glorious second innings! Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s leading software firm Infosys rejects 94 percent of job applicants, according to its annual report. The company offered jobs to 26,200 of nearly 400,000 applicants in 2009 — or one in 16 applicants. Almost 77,000, nearly 20 percent, of the applicants took a written test and 61,000 (15 percent) were interviewed. The chance of making it past the interview — 43 percent. Nearly a quarter —28 percent — of those offered a job turned it down.The company employs 114,000 people worldwide  Related Itemslast_img

‘Make statement on deficit rainfall’

first_imgOdisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro on Friday directed Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi to make a statement on the deficit rainfall situation in the State within two days.The Speaker gave the ruling after Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Narasingha Mishra and Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja expressed concern over the deficit rainfall in Bolangir district. Both the leaders are from different constituencies in Bolangir.Mr. Saluja said one farmer’s death by suicide due to crop loss in the Sadar block of the Bolangir district this week has already been reported. All the blocks of the district were facing drought-like situation, he added.Delayed actionMr. Mishra also blamed the State government for delaying action to tackle the situation thus arising. The State government had been falsely claiming that 33% of the cultivable land in Bolangir had assured irrigation, he said.Mr. Mishra also demanded financial assistance for the farmer who had died in Bolangir due to loss of his kharif crop.On Thursday, ruling Biju Janata Dal MLA Ananta Das from Bhograi had also claimed that a drought-like situation was prevailing in coastal Balasore district.At least 17 of the 30 districts in the State have recorded deficit rainfall so far, according to weather experts. As a result, agricultural operations have been badly hit in many parts of the State, including districts of Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur.last_img read more

Watch | Athlete Rameshwar Gurjar fails in SAI trials, says will try once again

first_imgRameshwar Gurjar gave his first Sports Authority of India (SAI) trial at TT Stadium in Bhopal on August 19. The 24-year-old did not qualify in his first professional test.Gurjar is an athlete who was seen in a viral video sprinting barefoot 100 meters in 11 seconds. A tweet by former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, brought the sportsman to the limelight. In the tweet Mr Chouhan had urged the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to lend a helping hand to Rameshwar.After Mr. Rijiju assured to put him in an athletics academy, SAI asked him to report at its Bhopal Centre. The athlete is also known as the Usain Bolt of Madhya Pradesh.last_img

Dragic, Ellington lead slow-starting Heat past Bulls

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Jordan Spieth finishes with an eagle at the Australian Open The Heat started slow again in the third quarter, prompting Spoelstra to leave his second- and third-leading scorers, Dion Waiters (four points) and Hassan Whiteside (11 points, nine rebounds), on the bench down the stretch as the Heat pulled away after Chicago cut Miami’s lead to 83-81 with five minutes, 40 seconds to play.“I don’t think we look at it like Dion or Whiteside or Dragic,” James Johnson said. “We have a lot of weapons on this team. We have a lot of guys who could do it. We’re all trying to play our roles and master that.”Justin Holliday added 15 points for the Bulls, who lost their fifth in a row following an 0-4 West Coast trip.TIP-INSHeat: Whiteside (knee) was in the starting lineup after missing Saturday’s practice to receive treatment. … F James Johnson had at least five rebounds and five assists in a game for the fifth time this season. … Miami (10-9) exceeded the .500 mark for the first time since winning two of three to open the season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson (0) drives against Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO — Goran Dragic and the Miami Heat followed the lowest-scoring first quarter in team history with the highest-scoring one of the season to beat the Chicago Bulls.After scoring seven points in the first quarter, Miami had 38 in the second to take a 45-42 lead en route to a 100-93 victory Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bulls: Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he’s “hoping” G David Nwaba will return to practice on Monday. Nwaba (sprained right ankle) missed his ninth consecutive game. … The home game was just Chicago’s seventh of the season, tied with Toronto for fewest in the NBA. … Grant scored 62 points in Chicago’s past three games. His single-game high was 13 prior to this stretch.FROSTY FIRST QUARTERThe Heat shot 2-of-19 from the field in the first quarter but only trailed 13-7 because the Bulls managed to make just 4-of-24 shots, including 1-for-15 inside the 3-point arc.The 20 combined points were the fewest in any quarter in Bulls history.DESIGNATED SHOOTEREllington continued his hot 3-point shooting, going 5-of-8 behind the arc.The veteran reserve made multiple 3-pointers in each of the Heat’s past four games, going 20-for-35 in that stretch, and at least one in 11 straight. Ellington is shooting 44.2 percent for the season.UP NEXTHeat: At Cleveland on Tuesday night.Bulls: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night. Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments MOST READ Dragic scored 24 points, Wayne Ellington had 19 points and five 3-pointers off the bench and the Heat’s four reserves outscored their five starters. James Johnson added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and fellow reserves Tyler Johnson and Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points apiece as the Heat bench produced 54 points to extend the team’s winning streak to three.Jerian Grant led Chicago with a career-high 24 points. Denzel Valentine had 14 points and career highs of 13 rebounds and seven assists.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“They (the bench) inspired the whole team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were looking for some kind of energy, some kind of separation. We understand that it was going to be a 48-minute game and they played some inspiring basketball, not only in the fourth quarter but in that second quarter. That’s what really changed the momentum and brought us back into it.”Ellington ignited the Heat after the 2-for-19 first-quarter from the field, scoring 10 points and hitting three 3-pointers as Miami shot 68.4 percent in the second quarter.last_img read more

Radio host loses job after sexual comments on teen Olympian

first_imgOn Tuesday, on the Barstool Sports network on SiriusXM, Connor called Kim “fine as hell” along with more vulgar sexual comments, then said “the countdown is on” until Kim’s 18th birthday.Connor apologized on Twitter, calling his comments “inappropriate.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, without referring directly to Connor, said on Twitter that his network sometimes misses the mark with humor, but “crybabies” will not dictate its actions.Kim, of Torrance, California, won gold in Women’s Halfpipe Tuesday at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ LATEST STORIES Akari-Adamson clips Gamboa-St. Clare for 3rd straight NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Articles01:29Police 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, Chloe Kim, of the United States, smiles during the women’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A San Francisco Bay Area radio station has fired one of its hosts, Patrick Connor, after he made sexual comments about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Kim on another station. Program director Jeremiah Crowe of KNBR-AM, where Connor hosted “The Shower Hour,” confirmed the firing Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, for NBC Bay Area. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Bay Area radio station has fired one of its hosts for sexual comments he made about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim on another station.Program director Jeremiah Crowe of KNBR-AM said in a statement Wednesday that host Patrick Connor has been fired.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Riding high on AFC triumph, Ceres trips rival Global

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BACOLOD CITY—Ceres-Negros continued its fine form on Saturday, nipping fierce rival Global Cebu, 1-0, for a breakthrough victory in the 2017 Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium here.In the battle of the last two league champions, an 82nd minute strike from leftback Jeffrey Christiaens propelled the Busmen to maximum points, while inflicting a first loss of the season on Global, which remained in second spot with seven points from four matches.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “It’s not easy to play these kinds of games especially coming off a big match, but my players were very professional and I’m very happy with their performance,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.Still riding high on their historic AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal triumph, the Busmen kept the ball for long periods, but found Global goalkeeper Patrick Deyto a tough nut to crack in the match dubbed the “Visayas Clasico.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Global goalkeeper also denied Martin Steuble from long range in the first half, before keeping out Iain Ramsay’s close-range effort early in the second half.But Deyto could do little to prevent Christiaens from scoring the match winning goal. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Set up by substitute Stephan Schrock, Christiaens fired home an excellent volley at the far post to the bottom corner, sparking celebrations in the stadium that had witnessed the Busmen upset Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim in the AFC Cup last Wednesday.The alarming trend of conceding late goals continued for Global, which was also held to a draw by Stallion Laguna two weeks because of a stoppage time strike.Global also lost its AFC Cup semifinal against Home United, after conceding twice in the last four minutes.“We didn’t learn from our last games,” said Deyto.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 Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV No tomorrowlast_img read more

Teng pumps 30 as Flying V goes 6-0

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng caught fire in the third quarter and carried Flying V to a 104-89 blowout win over Tanduay to preserve its pristine record Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Misfiring from the Thunder’s last game against Racal, the 23-year-old swingman recaptured his shooting touch in the second half as he exploded for 11 of his 30 points in the third period, while also hauling down nine rebounds and four assists, to keep his side at the top of the standings at 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT Tanduay saw its three-game winning streak cut short as it dropped to a 3-2 slate.Alvarez paced the Rhum Masters with 23 points on a 4-of-10 clip from beyond the arc, to on top of seven assists and three rebounds, while Jerwin Gaco had 15 markers, seven boards, and three assists off the bench in the losing effort.The Scores:FLYING V 104 – Teng 30, Torres 18, Salamat 14, Thiele 14, Dionisio 9, Paredes 8, Banal 8, Webb 2, Cabahug 1, Cañada 0, Colina 0, Tampus 0, Austria 0.TANDUAY 89 – Alvarez 23, Gaco 15, Santos 10, Tambeling 10, Vigil 8, Palma 6, Varilla 6, Terso 3, Sollano 3, Taganas 3, Martinez 2, Eguilos 0, Sanga 0.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Quarters: 26-17, 44-45, 80-66, 104-89.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thomas Torres contributed 18 markers, four assists, three boards, and three steals, while Eric Salamat shot 4-of-7 from three to wound up with 14.Hans Thiele missed out of a double-double as he racked 14 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the victory.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 starsTeng went on a blaze after the halftime break, leading the killer 19-4 assault to turn a close 61-60 lead at the 4:05 mark of the third frame to a commanding 80-64 advantage, as Flying V uncorked 36 points in the quarter.“I didn’t really expect a lopsided game,” shared coach Eric Altamirano. “We told the boys that this game may come down to the last minutes, that it’s going to be a dogfight, but I think we stepped up defensively and limited Lester Alvarez whom felt was the was the engine of their team.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong PSC to hold weekly Children’s Games View commentslast_img read more

PVL: San Beda thwarts St. Benilde for second win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda bounced back from its shutout loss to Arellano to tie the Lady Chiefs at second behind Adamson’s 2-0 mark.The Lady Blazers struck back from two sets down with a convincing win in third but lost steam after battling the Red Spikers in a fierce duel majority of the fourth. 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 openingThey slid to 0-2 and are in danger of missing the semifinals.St. Benilde came through with 15 blocks, including eight from Ranya Musa. Nieza Viray backed Racraquin with 12 points. 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 SBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSan Beda warded off St. Benilde’s late charge for a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19 victory t in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center Wednesday.Cesca Racraquin took charge with 15 points for the Red Spikers, who notched survived the Lady Blazers’ fightback to notch their second win.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Games Village is the best ever, claims Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi today claimed that the standard of training facilities available at the Delhi Games Village is best in the world.”The standard of training facilities that are available here are not available anywhere else in the world. This is one of the best Games Villages that anyone has seen,” Kalmadi said on the occasion of the soft launch of the Commonwealth Games Village here today.”All the facilities in the Village are top class and I am sure the athletes are going to love it. “The training areas comprising of the swimming pool, athletic track, gymnasium, weightlifting and wrestling areas are simply wonderful. In a Games Village, generally, all these facilities are not available at such a large scale,” he added.Putting to rest all rumours about the readiness of the Games Village, Kalmadi, himself led the media contingent to the various parts of the Games Village.”The whole village is ready. The international, the training centres and the accommodations are all in place. The Games Village will open from September 23 and we will have a lot of athletes coming in on September 23, 24 and 25 and they will continue to come till October 2,” said Kalmadi.He also stressed that it is not only their stay at the Games Village that the athletes are going to enjoy but also the event as a whole. “Every evening we are going to have entertainment programmes for the athletes.”Also for the first time, the athletes would be watching the opening ceremony of the CWG. Usually, after the march past they go outside. But here they would come back and sit inside the stadium and watch the cultural programmes, which is going to show 500 years of Indian culture.advertisement”By the time they will go back they will be like a family. They will come as a friend and go back as family. They will enjoy themselves,” said Kalmadi.Addressing the security concerns during the sporting extravaganza that is going to take place from October 3-14, the OC Chairman said, “We just had a security meeting and all issues of security have been sorted out. The Delhi Police have done a great job.”In fact, some of the top officials of Delhi Police have previous experiences of how to run the security during the Games as they have been to Olympics and Commonwealth Games in other countries. The security in the Games Village is of top priority and I am very happy with the arrangement.”All 71 countries are coming. Nobody is afraid. Everyone’s coming. The CWG Association had comprised a team, who used to visit India after every two months. So everyone’s happy about the security,” Kalmadi said.Speaking on the utilisation of the space in the Village, which is spread over 158.4 acres of land, after the Games are over, Kalmadi said it would be a challenge. “There have been a lot of discussion on how to utilise large portions of land after the Games are over. Usually, after such big events there is always a question of how to use these structures and that is a challenge.”The DDA has a lot of sports background. They have opened lot of clubs in the city. After the Asian Games, they opened clubs for the public use and I am sure in this case also they will use it for the public,” he said.Kalmadi also rubbished reports that Dengue will pose a threat to the athletes as the Games Village is still surrounded by a lot of flood water from Yamuna and said there is no need to panic.”Central government, State govt and the MCD are on war footing as far as Dengue is concerned. Lot of Insecticides have been put into place. Lot of fogging is also being done. “The fogging of the Games Village is going to take place from tomorrow. So, we are taking all steps to have safe and healthy Games. There is no cause for alarm at all.last_img read more

India alone responsible for mess not CGF: Hooper

first_imgThe CGF CEO Mike Hooper on Thursday refused to take any blame for the mess in which the Delhi Commonwealth Games finds itself, saying India alone is responsible for all the problems surrounding the mega event.Hooper said the prime responsibility of delivering the Games lies alone with India.”Absolutely. India has made a massive investment in trying to deliver the Games … But at the end of the day the responsibility for delivering on the obligations, promises made sits with India,” Hooper said.”Certainly our job is to work with (OC), get things done.Implementation and delivery is the responsibility of India the Organising Committee, the government of India and government of Delhi etc.,” he told a news channel.last_img

China backs India to successfully host Commonwealth Games

first_imgChina backed India’s ability to conduct the Commonwealth Games successfully saying that the Indian government has made “great efforts” to host them.”No matter which country host such large scale Games, it is quite a challenge,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Jiang Yu told a media briefing when asked about the allegations that poor facilities were being provided for Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi.”I think the Indian government has made great efforts to prepare for the Games. I wish it will be a successful one,” she said.The unsavoury drama relating to the poor preparations of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and claims by its officials that the facilities would be better than that of 2008 Beijing Olympics which won international acclaim for China, generated considerable interest in the Games in Chinese official media.China itself is preparing to host yet another mega sports event, the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in November this year, which the organisers claim would be shade better than 2008 Beijing Olympics.The construction of all the facilities, including accommodation for more than 8000 athletes was finished and handed over to the Organising Committee on September 20.After more than two years of construction, Games Town is ready to accommodate the expected 40,000 athletes, coaches, technical officials and members of the media from around the world for the games to be held from November 12 to 27.In addition to an athletes’ village with 13 apartment buildings, the Games Town includes a media village, technical officials’ village, international broadcast centre and the main press centre.advertisementXu Ruisheng, vice-mayor of Guangzhou and executive deputy secretary-general of the organizing committee was quoted by the official media here recently as saying that “the facilities for the athletes at the Asian Games are much better than at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.There is lot of green areas and it is a very good environment for the athletes,” he said.last_img read more