Maoists allege Sukma encounter was fake

first_imgThe outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has alleged that the two suspected Maoists killed by the security forces in Sukma district of South Chhattisgarh last week were “common civilians” and killed in a “fake encounter”.“At around midnight on August 12, the security forces surrounded Ittanpara village (in South Sukma) and took away two civilians — Podium Sunna and Vanjam Hunga, who were sleeping in their houses. Both the villagers were taken to Gajulgatta area near Kistaram forest and tortured before they were killed. The next day, the police told the media that both of them were Maoists and were killed in an encounter. This fake encounter should be condemned and the family members of these civilians should be provided help,” the South Bastar Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist) said in a press statement.The police had claimed that Podiyam Sunna was the Maoists militia platoon deputy commander, and Vanjam Hunga was a member of the small action team of the Maoists’ platoon number 8 in Sukma.The police had also claimed to have recovered one pistol and one locally-made gun for the deceased men.The Maoists also claimed that the entire South Sukma area surrounding Kistaram village was facing large-scale “attacks” by the security forces led by a local DRG (District Reserve Guard) commander Madkam Mudraz.“The villages around Kistaram are being attacked regularly. Innocent villagers are being beaten up and implicated in false cases. The security forces enter the houses of common villagers at midnight and indulge in plunder. Since last two years, this suppression is happening in south Sukma under the leadership of Mudraz with the consent of Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh and senior officials,” the ultra left outfit alleged.last_img read more

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Beggars ‘demonetise’ one rupee coin in UP

first_imgUnhappy with the small size of the one rupee coin, a group of beggars in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur has decided not to accept it anymore. Prime Minster Narendra Modi demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, now we demonetise the one rupee coin as it’s size is similar to 50 paise coin, Shukra Mani, a beggar said. The beggars have alleged that even the shopkeepers, rickshaw pullers do not accept these coins from them because of its smaller size.last_img

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Amarinder meets Rahul

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi to discuss the reorganisation of the party’s Punjab unit ahead of the 2019 general elections.The Chief Minister was accompanied by Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and AICC in charge of the Punjab unit Asha Kumari.Sources said the Chief Minister also discussed the issue of expansion of his Cabinet, adding that the matter was deferred and would be discussed later this month when Capt. Singh would meet Mr. Gandhi after the Ludhiana civic polls.When contacted, Capt. Singh said the expansion issue will come up only after the Ludhiana civic polls later this month. The issue of holding a Congress plenary session in March-April in Punjab was also discussed during the meeting, but no final decision was taken, the sources said.Apart from Delhi, Punjab is being considered as a possible venue for the session, where Mr. Gandhi’s elevation as the Congress president will be ratified.A party spokesperson said the discussion centred around revamping of the PPCC organisational structure in order to strengthen the Punjab unit of the party and prepare it for next year’s Parliamentary elections.last_img read more

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Parents cannot interfere in lives of married couple: HC

first_imgNobody, including the parents of a man and woman, can interfere in the couple’s married life and their living together if the two individuals are of legal age, the Allahabad High Court has noted.The court passed the order on November 14 while considering a writ petition filed by a couple seeking direction to their parents and others to not interfere in their married life and also for protection of their lives and liberty.The couple expressed apprehension that one of their relatives could eliminate them for the honour of the man’s family and submitted that their lives were in danger.The court noted that both the petitioners are “major” and have “solemnised their marriage out of their own sweet and free will”.Making references to several judgments of the Supreme Court, Justice Kaushal Jayendra Thaker of the High Court said: “The Supreme Court, in a long line of decisions, has settled the law that where a boy and a girl are major and they are living of their free will, then nobody, including their parents, has authority to interfere with their living together.”Justice Thaker said “the petitioners are at liberty to live together and no person shall be permitted to interfere in their peaceful living”. In case any disturbance is caused in the peaceful living of the petitioners, they can approach the police and seek their protection, he added.Validity of marriageThe court, however, said it had not adjudicated upon the alleged marriage of the petitioners. The two submitted themselves as husband and wife. “This order in no way expresses opinion about the validity of their marriage and genuineness of their marriage certificate, if any,” the High Court said.last_img read more

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Maharashtra brings debt-to-GDSP ratio below 15%

first_imgMaharashtra has brought down its debt-to-gross state domestic product (GSDP) ratio below the 15%-mark, with the latest budget estimates pegging the debt stock at ₹4,14,411 crore for 2019-2020.Debt stock refers to the government’s accumulation of unpaid loans and other liabilities. A low debt-to-GDSP ratio indicates capacity to pay back debt.The drop to 14.82% as opposed to the initially-projected 16.5% during the estimates presented in March 2018, has been made possible due to prudent fiscal planning, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Wednesday, while presenting his last budget speech before the 2019 elections.At the peak of the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) regime, the benchmark number had crossed 28%, he said.The State’s debt-to-GSDP ratio has been declining over the years: from 17.81% in 2014-15, it came down to 15.7% in 2016-17.As per the Centre’s financial indicators, a State’s financial position is considered healthy if the quantum of debt is below 25% of GSDP, officials said. As per the budget estimates presented in March 2018, the State’s total debt was estimated at ₹4,61,807 crore. The government had accordingly planned to raise a loan of ₹54,996 crore. But efforts were made to restrict the loan, in which only ₹11,990 core was finally raised, restricting the debt to ₹4,14,411 crore, said Mr. Mungantiwar, taking a dig at the Opposition for its failure to restrict the debt-to-GSDP ratio.The Finance Minister said the evaluation of the State’s financial position must be based on scientific and available indicators. Mere allegations that the State is ‘highly indebted’ or has become ‘bankrupt’ does not help anyone’s cause, he said taking a veiled dig at the Opposition. “I heard someone in the Opposition talk about our ballooning debt, but let me explain, it all depends on ratio of debt to GSDP,” he told the Opposition benches in the Assembly on Wednesday.Key Highlights of Interim Budget 2019-2020: Estimated revenue receipts: ₹3,14,489 crore Estimated revenue expenditure: ₹3,34,273 crEstimated revenue deficit: ₹19,784 crOutlay plan: ₹ 99,000 crSchool and health services for scheduled caste: ₹9,208 crIrrigation projects: ₹ 8,733 cr Road development: ₹8,500 crTribal development: ₹8,431 crPradhan Mantri Awas Yojna: ₹6,895 crEnergy infrastructure works: ₹6,306 crElectricity concession to agri sector: ₹5,210 crWomen and child development schemes: ₹2,921 cr For Vimukt Jati, nomadic tribes: ₹ 2,892 cr Smart Cities: ₹2,400 crFor building judges and court quarters: ₹725 cr. Modernisation of state transport bus stand: ₹101 crFor police housing: ₹ 375 crDebt stockYear — —— Debt Stock — ratio debt to GSDP 2014-15 — ₹3,00,477 cr — 17.81%2016-17 — ₹3,56,213 cr — 15.7% 2019-20 —— ₹4,14,411 cr – 14.82%last_img read more

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Top Stories: Chimpanzee ‘Personhood,’ a Probiotic Autism Treatment, and Cavity-Fighting Candy

first_imgGut Microbes Linked to Autismlike Symptoms in MiceMany autistic children have unusually severe tummy problems, like chronic constipation or diarrhea. Now, a provocative study claims that a probiotic treatment for gastrointestinal issues can reduce autismlike symptoms in mice—and suggests that this treatment could work for humans, too.Lawsuits Could Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal PersonsSign 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(*)This week, an animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed three lawsuits in New York in an attempt to get judges to declare that chimpanzees are legal persons and should be freed from captivity. The suits target two research chimps at Stony Brook University and two chimps on private property and are the opening salvo in a coordinated effort to grant “legal personhood” to a variety of animals across the United States. Meanwhile, scientists in Italy have petitioned lawmakers to revise a measure that sharply restricts the use of animals in scientific research.Can Candies Combat Cavities?You may actually be able to fight cavities by sucking on candy—if it’s laced with the right dead bacteria. A new study shows that candy containing probiotics actually lowers the level of cavity-causing bacteria in saliva, presumably because the dead bacteria tie up the living ones, which are then swallowed.NASA’s Planetary Science Shift Rattles ResearchersNASA is restructuring how its Planetary Science Division funds grant proposals, and researchers are rattled. Some say that it threatens to delay funding for their projects by up to a year and could put them out of work.A Link Between Wormholes and Quantum EntanglementTheoretical physicists have forged a connection between a mysterious quantum mechanical concept called entanglement and wormholes. The insight could help physicists reconcile quantum mechanics and Einstein’s general theory of relativity, perhaps the grandest goal in theoretical physics.last_img read more

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HIV resurfaces in ‘Mississippi baby’ many presumed cured

first_imgVirus has returned in a child in Mississippi thought to have been cured of an HIV  infection, dashing hopes that scientists had found a strategy that would have widespread impact. After the girl went 27 months with no detectable virus in her blood, the sobering news “felt very much like a punch to the gut,” said her pediatrician, Hannah Gay of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, who spoke at a media teleconference today.The “Mississippi baby” received international attention in March 2013 when Gay and her collaborators first reported the case. The baby was believed to be just the second person who had a documented HIV infection that appeared to have been cleared. The girl, now 46 months old, received unusually aggressive treatment with a cocktail of antiretroviral drugs 30 hours after birth to an HIV-infected mother. Typically, doctors give HIV-exposed neonates a single antiretroviral until they confirm the virus was transmitted, which take several weeks. Her mother stopped her daughter’s treatment at 18 months, which almost invariably leads to rapid return of the virus.As Gay and colleagues described in a detailed report that appeared in the 7 November 2013 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), ultrasensitive tests of the child’s blood done through 30 months of age found traces of HIV nucleic acid but no virus that could copy itself. The researchers  suggested that the early aggressive treatment may have limited the size of the HIV “reservoir”—the stubborn pool that remains in people who have undetectable levels of virus—or somehow left only crippled remnants of it that could not replicate.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(*)So much excitement built around this idea that the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced plans in March to conduct a clinical trial in other newborns. Now, “we’re going to take a good hard look at the study and see if it needs any modification,” said NIAID’s director, Anthony Fauci, who spoke today with Gay and others at the teleconference. “We have a situation that’s obviously disappointing, but nonetheless there certainly are many confounding issues that arise and that will trigger intense discussion and further study, particularly with regard to the persistence of a reservoir in the absence of our ability to detect it. What has happened with this case is really quite important.”Steven Deeks, who conducts HIV cure research at the University of California, San Francisco, was surprised by the finding. “This virus is trickier than we thought,” Deeks said. “It drives home that we need even more supersensitive assays to detect a very little bit of virus. Or we’re going to have monitor these ‘clinically cured’ people for years.”Gay discovered that the virus had returned when the child came in for a routine checkup last week, which she does every 6 to 8 weeks. Two separate blood tests showed more than 10,000 copies of HIV per milliliter of her blood. The child last tested negative on ultrasensitive assays in April; another blood draw from June is being analyzed now. She began treatment immediately last week, and Gay says her patient is doing fine.In clinical studies of adults whose blood similarly tests negative for HIV, researchers often analyze more remote sites that can harbor reservoirs of virus, such as the lymph nodes, spinal fluid, or the gut. These tests typically are done before and after people decide to stop treatment. In the Mississippi case, the mother independently decided to stop treatment, so such before-and-after analyses were not warranted. “Obviously, this case highlights the need for that,” said Deborah Persaud, a pediatrician at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, who headed the blood analyses and was lead author of the NEJM paper. “Further studies in the Mississippi child on antiretroviral treatment will help inform our [clinical trials] going forward.”last_img read more

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Can e-cigarettes actually help smokers quit?

first_imgMedical devices don’t typically come in flavors like “Spiked Nog,” “Apple Jaxx,” or “Aphrodite’s Affair,” but proponents of e-cigarettes—introduced in 2006—have argued that the pen-shaped nicotine vaporizers could help cigarette smokers kick the habit. Now, a review of the scientific literature, published today, lends credibility to this claim, although the matter is far from settled.Conducted by the UK Cochrane Centre, the review focused on just two randomized controlled trials, but it also considered data from 11 cohort studies, which compared people who were already trying to quit with and without e-cigarettes. On balance, the data “suggest that electronic cigarettes can be helpful [for] stopping smoking and reducing cigarette consumption,” says lead author and behavioral scientist Hayden McRobbie of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London.After 1 year, trial participants who used the devices were more than twice as likely (4% versus 9%) to successfully quit compared with those who used a nicotine-free placebo vaporizer. Another 36% of e-cigarette users were able to reduce the number of traditional cigarettes they smoked by 50% or more. But 28% of placebo users also reduced their cigarette consumption by at least 50%, suggesting that some of the e-cigarette’s quitting power may be derived from the mere act of “smoking” it.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(*)Because there are so few studies investigating how well e-cigarettes work as a quitting tool, the review’s confidence levels are low and estimates for efficacy are likely to change. But all the same, McRobbie says he’d recommend e-cigarettes to a friend or family member who was trying to stop smoking, and he thinks that health care professionals should be more open to recommending the devices.The Cochrane review looked for signs of serious adverse reactions to the e-cigarette therapy, but found none. That’s certainly not to say that e-cigarettes are completely harmless. “We don’t know the risk of long-term use yet,” McRobbie says. Previous analyses of their vapors have turned up numerous toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Whether these compounds are present in doses large enough to cause long-term health concerns remains to be seen. But compared with the harms of tobacco, “the actual health effects are quite likely to be smaller because e-cigarette vapor … has fewer toxins in it,” says Suzaynn Schick a biologist at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.Of course, the safest thing to do is to avoid cigarettes—electronic or otherwise—altogether. But for those already addicted to nicotine, e-cigarettes may be the lesser of two evils. “I hope now the debate can move on to how best we can advise and support smokers using these products to stop smoking completely as soon as possible,” said Ann McNeill, a professor of tobacco addiction at the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London, in an official statement. The Cochrane review calls for further study, specifically comparing e-cigarettes with other methods of quitting like the patch in terms of safety and efficacy. “We need some more data to strengthen the evidence,” McRobbie says.last_img read more

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Time for India to sit at UN’s top table

first_imgThe UN Security Council (UNSC) is not fit for purpose. How many times over the past 73 years since it was established has the UNSC served only the policies of its five Permanent members, leaving other equally worthy nations frustrated? History is littered with examples of crucial decisions being vetoed or delayed at the whim of one of the five, usually to serve its self-interest.Read it at Sunday Guardian live Related Itemslast_img

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What Should Brexit Mean For India

first_img‘Brexit’ evokes a range of responses, from the bemused, “what the heck is going on?” to the apathetic “who cares?” The Indian reaction resonates between the phlegmatic (“this topic doesn’t perturb me”) and amused (“ha, the British are partitioning themselves”). Not surprisingly, the Government of India has published no grand White Paper policy on, nor developed any technical legal responses to, Brexit.Read it at Bloomberg Quint Related Itemslast_img

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Yaar Tujhe Salaam

first_imgThere is an ethereal quality to A. R. Rahman that you can experience by just being around him. It’s not his music, it’s his person. The way he looks at you, the way he smiles, the way he expresses happiness. There is a genuineness about his personality that just draws you to him. There is calmness, a sort of unexplainable peace that fills the heart when you hear him speak. When you talk to him, he listens with undivided attention.And when he makes music, time stops still. All that you are surrounded by is the melody. All the notes are perfectly arranged, the tempo is just right, and suddenly everything seems to be perfect in this whole wide crazy world. From Roja to Rang De Basanti and from Bombay Dreams to Lord of the Rings musical, Rahman is busy painting the world music scene with a kaleidoscope of his inimitable musical colors that have forever changed and enriched the international music scene.Trained in Western classical music at the Trinity College of Music in Britain, the “Mozart of Madras,” as he is affectionately known, has composed music for nearly 100 films in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. He also composed the music for the Lord of the Rings musical, based on the acclaimed, sci-fi bestseller and movie. He is also the recipient of the Padmashri award.At a retrospective of his works at Stanford University, Rahman strode into the Braun Music Center rehearsal hall to pin drop silence. He casually smiles at the student organizers for the evening’s function, glances at his watch and apologizes: “Sorry I am late. I had to make an unplanned stop at Wal-Mart,” drawing peals of laughter. The ice is broken. Dressed in casual white trousers and a shirt, he is sporting a crew cut hairstyle, a far cry from his trademark curly locks from “Ma Tujhe Salaam.” “It didn’t suit me!” he says laughing at his own joke. As everyone scurries around to make him feel comfortable, Rahman announces, “How about having some food while we talk?” Everybody responds enthusiastically and over steaming hot idlis, lemon rice, and besan halwa, the man of the moment talks about his music, his life, and his future. In an exclusive interview with Little India, A.R. Rahman shares snippets about the most precious part of his life — his music and how he creates magic that transcends geographical barriers and touches the deep core of a listener’s heart.. Is your style of composing more methodical or is it more spontaneous? By methodical, I mean do you follow a similar pattern while composing music or do you just let your mind free and it just comes to you in a sudden moment?It is more spontaneous, I would say. At the same time, my style is not completely intuitive. I believe in testing my music thoroughly before I share it with the world. Sometimes notes just come to my mind and I compose something. After hearing it two-three times, I suddenly start disliking the piece (smiles). The same cluster of notes that sounded so melodious and catchy just two-three days back now start sounding routine and mundane. It is surprising, but this has happened several times with me. Sometimes, I just discard the entire notation; sometimes I decide to give it a little bit of twist here and there to create something better and then there are times when I have to really do a big overhaul to give the notations a different look. I just go by my instincts when I am doing this “repair work.” Many times, I just blank my mind, pray and play around with a few notes to come up with a composition. Also, as I always say, music is a spiritual thing not a formula. Is there a particular raga that you keep going back to when you are composing? Is there a favorite for you?Raag Des? (laughs). Everyone says I keep composing in Des. Yes there are some rags that I like a lot and sometimes I keep going towards them and I have to stop myself from going there while composing every tune. In Lord of the Rings musical, you are going to hear a lot of Indian classical music getting blended into some interesting western music, it is going to be a concoction that many will love. Imagine the characters of Lord of the Rings and then imagine the notes of raag darbari and raag yaman kalyan intermingling in the background! (smiles slyly).What about your ‘famous’ working hours? Is it true that you work the whole night and sleep in the mornings?Yes, it is true (laughs loudly). My music making schedule starts at around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. and then goes on till 6 a.m. It is so quiet at night and the earlier hours of dawn, I just love it. Lataji was really surprised when she came to know my schedule, so for her one time I recorded in the morning (Smiles shyly). Another thing is that I only work in my studio in Chennai. It is not a very big place but it is equipped with everything that I need to create what I do.It’s been a while since you have gone international. How did it happen?Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is a very well known composer of musicals, hired me to compose his maiden stage production Bombay Dreams. It cost about $7 million and was one of the more expensive Broadway productions then. Before, I also worked on the theme song for the Indian version of the Chinese/English costume drama Warriors of Heaven and Earth with the background of the ancient Silk Route. I used Chinese, Turkish and Indian musical instruments. We got the music recorded in Prague. I composed this soundtrack in just three days! Actually to tell you the truth, I was really scared to compose in any other language than Tamil when I first started out. Back then, composing for a Hindi movie was a big step for me. And now, I feel composing in English is a lot of fun and I find it easy as compared to composing for any other language! Music should have no bounds. As a music director sometimes I am amazed by how well the music I make fits into a language that I don’t even know! I can still convey the emotions through my music. That is the beauty in music. There are no language or religious barriers in music! Are you a very religious person?Yes. I believe that my highest musical inspiration comes from Allah. I was here two days back listening to Farid Ayaz and his qawwali ensemble perform at this festival. I just closed my eyes and listened and was completely lost in their compositions.It is believed that creative people need stimulants to create great music. Any comments?I always thought that every creative person in the music world had to drink or take dope to be a good artist or composer. But then I heard Ilayaraja. He was making such beautiful music and leading a pure life. I was under the impression that if it’s music, whoever it is, they must have some bad habit. I always thought they have to drink, smoke and have cocaine to get their inspiration. The man who changed these impressions altogether was Ilayaraja. He proved that he can make good music without any bad habits. Even now he is an inspiration for me being so religious today and with the grace of God, I don’t need to drink or smoke to make my music.  A.R. Rehman is a phenomenon not only in the Indian film industry, but also in the world music scene. How does it feel to be so popular? Does this popularity come with more responsibility and expectations from everyone to outdo oneself every time?Scarry? (laughs). Expectations are there. But, I am a human being too. Even I have good and bad days. When I am composing, I just shut myself out from everything. It is just me and my music and the various sounds and beats that influence and inspire me. At this time, I don’t think about expectations or timelines. I just take my time to feel every note and compose. By the grace of my God, I compose music that everyone likes and accepts. You have been often criticized in the media for only using very feminine and shrill voices and never experimenting with husky ones as far as women singers go. What kind of voices do you like? Who are some of your favorite singers?Yes, I do go for softer voices. I like delicate and soft voices, but most importantly, I like voices that have their own distinct personality. I don’t want voices that sound like Ashaji’s or Lataji’s voices! Also for all songs I have different voice requirements and that is why so many singers have sung for me. I also am very open to hearing new voices. I will be sinning if I don’t provide an opportunity to talented people. Sometimes, I hear a voice and instantly know where it will fit.For example when I composed “Luki Chupi” for Rang de Basanti, I knew from the beginning that it was a song made for Lataji’s voice. Favorite singers? I don’t want to say someone’s name and then just upset the others! But I really like voices of Hariharan and of course Ashaji and Lataji’s voices. According to you, what is the single most compelling factor in your music?I think it is the right combination of melody and tempo. To achieve this balance is very tricky. Sometimes you fall in love with some notes so much that you ignore the importance of the beats that is going to make those notes sound even more melodious. I feel that in my songs I am able to achieve a balance between the melody and the tempo so even though “Chaiyya Chaiyaa” is foot-tapping, it is extremely melodious too. Does music have the power to bring peace? Music is very powerful but since it does not use any physical force to get its message across, it is not considered as an influential tool. Yes, I believe music has power to bring peace, both within oneself and also among people. What is a typical day in the life of A.R. Rahman?It’s very boring you don’t want to know (laughs loudly). The typical day in the life of A.R.Rahman doesn’t include any socializing, interviewing or partying. I am a very solitary person and prefer to spend my time in my studio surrounded by my music systems, my instruments and my musical gadgets. Sometimes when I am listening to a song, I don’t know the composer but yet I can say it is a composition by Rahman. What is this intangible something that makes the song your song?I think it is personality. Just like every person talks differently, walks differently, my compositions hreflect my personality and maybe my listeners know it and catch my tune.What do you do when you are not composing music?I like spending time alone with my family. It is a very peaceful feeling. My wife and three kids also travel with me whenever possible. Apart from that, when I am not composing music, I don’t feel alright. I just feel an urge to get to my studio and start composing. I keep thinking about some tune that I heard somewhere and keep humming it. In Indian cinema, whose music are you most influenced by?I love hearing R.D.Burman and Naushad compositions. These days I am also discovering a new love for Madan Mohan compositions. I am also learning Hindustani classical music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. What would you be doing if you were not composing music?I would have been a car chauffeur probably!As Rahman stepped into the Dinkelspiel Auditorium for the felicitation function of the evening, the 300 plus strong bay area crowd cheered. Amidst loud cries of “We love you Rahman” and shrill whistles, a visual presentation traced the history of Indian film music before 25-year-old energetic Rahman burst onto the scene in 1991 with Roja.As the variegated clips from Roja, Minsara Kanavu (Tamil), Rangeela, Bombay, Lagaan, Gentleman, Yuva, Saathiya, Tehzeeb, Meenaxi, Swades, Bombay Dreams, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, and Rang De Basanti appear on the screen, the audience cheers.What is most attractive about Rahman’s music is his ability to link modern rhythms with Indian classical and folk music. Rahman borrows equally beautifully from rap, disco, folk, reggae, Jazz, Qawaali, Hindustani and Carnatic music. Rahman plays a variety of instruments too. Remember the utterly unforgettable harmonium number between the vocals in “Kehna hi Kya”? Rahman’s magic fingers are at work there. As the program draws to an end, Rahman announces, “I almost forgot, someone asked me to sing here!” To loud cheers he sings “Dil Se.” As I rush over to him for one last question, he smiles broadly and with his eyes twinkling says, “Ask me two!” In that moment, he is not only the Mozart of Madras, the Isai Arasan (Emperor of Music) and the Isai Puyal (Musical Storm); he is also a person blessed with a heart of gold. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Punjab wants MSP hike to alleviate farmer woes in State

first_imgIn a bid to alleviate the woes of the State’s distressed farmers, the Punjab government has sought a hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) on various crops for Rabi 2019-20, from the Central government. The Punjab Agriculture Department has come out with a detailed proposal for a hike in the MSP of wheat crop from ₹1,840 per quintal in 2018-19 to ₹2,710 in 2019-20, and barley from ₹1,440 to ₹1,974 per quintal.“The proposal, submitted to the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP), also seeks hike in the MSP of gram from the earlier ₹4,620 to ₹5,631 per quintal, and of rapeseed and mustard from ₹4,200 to ₹5,384 per quintal,” an official statement said on Wednesday.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, said the hike was necessary for promoting crops like barley, gram, rapeseed and mustard in the State, to give a much needed push for crop diversification that would help arrest the depleting groundwater table in Punjab.“While the State government had taken all possible steps to ease the problems of the farmers, including farm debt waiver, the Centre’s intervention was needed to support these measures, especially in the matter of MSP which was under its control,” he said. The Chief Minister also reiterated his demand for in toto implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission report, to ensure the much-needed improvement in the agriculture system and better remuneration for the farmers.last_img read more

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Rape case filed against Arunachal BJP MLA

first_imgAn Arunachal Pradesh government employee has filed an FIR against a BJP MLA of the State for allegedly raping her on October 12.Goruk Pordung representing the Bameng Assembly constituency has denied the charge and said it is a bid to malign his image.The case was registered at the women’s police station in Itanagar on Monday, about 24 hours after it was filed.In her complaint, the woman said the MLA had called her to a hotel in Itanagar between 8 and 9 p.m. on Saturday for discussing some issues related to the Bameng Primary Health Centre in East Kameng district.She said she thought there would be other staff in the hotel room for a purportedly official meeting. “But, I was shocked to see him alone inside the room. Though I was scared to get inside, he called me in and offered a glass of wine. I refused to drink the same, but he forced me to have it and locked the door,” the FIR read.She said the MLA physically-abused and raped her, and threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone.Capital Complex SP Tumme Amo confirmed the registration of the case.last_img read more

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Police to take care of mentally challenged in Chattisgarh, activists welcome move

first_imgThe State police in Chattisgarh has now been mandated to take proper care of mentally differently-abled people, if they are found within the administrative jurisdiction of the concerned police station.The Director General of Chattisgarh Police [DGP] issued a notice to the district police superintendents [SPs] instructing them not to “lodge the people with mental disability in police lock up or jail” but in hospitals. Health activists welcomed the move. All police stations in Chattisgarh are instructed under Section 100 of 2017 Mental Healthcare Act to provide safety to people with mental and cognitive illness. A notification that reached the police stations last week notes that in case police personnel identify any person in the respective police station area with visible mental disability then they have to “provide security” to the person. ”The person with mental disability cannot be lodged in the police lock up or jail,” the notification said. The police is also instructed to admit the person in “the nearest hospital for treatment” and the person’s family members will have to be informed. The notice is clear enough to suggest, in case of unavailability of differently-abled person’s family members, the person will have to be “shifted to homes run by the administration.” Police personnel will be punished for “violating the order,” the notification noted. Welcoming the initiative, Chattisgarh’s health activist Sulakshana Nandi said that huge effort is required to make police realize the depth of the problem.”To make the police aware of the mental health crisis and provide infrastructural support to police – which is important as police is perennially under pressure – is a huge task. Good that it is now formally done but to fully implement it on ground, the Government needs to engage volunteers, health activists, social workers and multiple other organizations,” Ms. Nandi said.last_img read more

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Tremendous response to recruitment drive, say J&K police

first_imgThe J&K police on Saturday said its recruitment drive had evoked tremendous response from locals, with 77,641 youth applying for 5,199 posts, even once militancy-infested districts of south Kashmir showing equal enthusiasm.“The recruitment offer has evoked tremendous response from the aspiring youth across the Union Territory. Around 77,641 youth applied for these posts. The physical tests for these posts have been conducted across the valley and the final process of recruitment is in progress,” said a police spokesmanDespite the hectic schedule in handling the law and order, it’s conducting recruitment for 5,199 posts of Special Police Officers (SPOs), the spokesman said.In the Kashmir zone, according to the police, 26,594 youths applied for the recruitment drive.Anantnag, which witnessed heightened militancy in the past few years, saw 2,859 applications for 409 posts and Kulgam 989 for 259 posts. “The number of vacant posts was 575 in Pulwama, Shopian and Awantipora districts for which 1,469 youth had applied,” the police said.In the Central Kashmir range including Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, which also saw militant recruitment in the past two years, 6,013 applications for 813 posts were received.“Kupwara alone saw 5,118 youth applying for the 187 posts and Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara and Bandipora saw 10,146 applying for 686 posts,” said the police.In the Chenab Valley’s Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, 11,909 applications were received for 298 posts.The Centre in September enhanced the monthly honorarium of over 30,000 SPOs between ₹6,000 and ₹18,000, depending on the period of service.Besides, the police said it had sanctioned ₹7 crore in favour of 1,100 personnel this year.Dilbag Singh, DGP, on Saturday announced ₹63 lakh in favour of 85 police personnel.last_img read more

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Davis leads Pelicans’ rout of Lakers

first_imgNBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jazz zoom to 11th straight after win over Suns Read Next “(The Lakers) were switching a lot and (Davis) had a small guy on him a lot,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He took advantage of it.”Davis went 15 for 18 from the field with three assists, three steals and two blocks. Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Darius Miller scored 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the highest scoring game of the season for New Orleans, which has won three in a row heading into the break.“I was just being aggressive,” said Davis, who was elected to the starting lineup for this Sunday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. “We’re on a good little roll and we’re playing with a lot of confidence. We wanted to make sure we finished on a good note before this break. Now we have to make sure we keep it going and come out with a lot of energy after the break.” MOST READ Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and Brandon Ingram had 21, but Los Angeles surrendered its most points in a regulation game this season. Julius Randle scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Josh Hart had 15.Los Angeles guard Isaiah Thomas and coach Luke Walton were ejected in the first half. Thomas was involved in a minor altercation with Rajon Rondo late in the first quarter, also resulting in the ejection of the New Orleans guard. Walton was tossed in the second after protesting a technical foul on Kuzma.“There were a lot of things that I was frustrated about at that point,” Walton said. “I had had enough.”Brook Lopez made two 3-pointers during an 11-0 run that got the Lakers within two early in the third. But Nikola Mirotic scored 11 of his 16 points in the quarter, helping the Pelicans to a 103-91 lead heading into the final period.“I’ve played with a lot of great guys, guys who can score like 20, 30, but Anthony is a different level,” said Mirotic, who was playing his sixth game with the Pelicans since being acquired in a trade with Chicago. “The way he shot, the way he played, you know it’s just amazing. There is no way somebody can guard him because he can do everything: popping, going to the basket, face-up, low post. It’s just amazing.”ADVERTISEMENT Davis made three baskets and Mirotic hit a 3-pointer that gave New Orleans a 120-100 lead with seven minutes remaining.“We could not stop them from getting whatever they wanted,” Kuzma said.E’Twaun Moore had 14 points for New Orleans, which shot 53.1 percent (53 for 99) from the field. Miller made four of the Pelicans’ 14 3s.“It can’t just be Jrue and AD,” Gentry said. “We’ve got to have three or four guys have really good games each night. Then we’ve got to have another couple do a little better than expected.”FAST STARTThe Pelicans set a franchise record for first-quarter points as they raced to a 46-33 lead. They fell one point short of the franchise record for first-half points with a 79-66 lead at the break.TIP-INSLakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had five points, eight assists and eight rebounds. … The Lakers shot 51.1 percent from the field.Pelicans: Davis scored 31 first-half points despite missing three minutes of the first quarter after sustaining a groin injury. … Gentry said he’ll take turns starting C Emeka Okafor and Mirotic based on matchups.OKAFOR RETURN CONTINUESThe Pelicans signed the 35-year-old Okafor to a second 10-day contract. Okafor was initially signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 3, ending a four-year absence from the NBA, and has appeared in four games, including two starts.“I think it’s fascinating that he can sit out that long, but I think it also shows the dedication that he has,” Gentry said. “He’s not here for any other reason other than he loves the game.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit Minnesota on Thursday before heading into the All-Star break.center_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Pelicans: Host Miami on Feb. 23. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) are separated by an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Both players were ejected. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis tuned up for the All-Star Game with one more dominant performance.Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Reyes issues ultimatum on absent Abueva

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sweep of Pocari a confidence-booster for Bali Pure, says Malabanan View comments 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 “[He’s got some] personal matters to take care of,” the American mentor previously said when asked where Abueva is.Reyes was obviously irked with the continuous disappearance of Abueva with the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup fast approaching.“There’s no news. We’re trying to contact him through Alaska, through their team manager, but there’s none,” he said.Reyes added that Abueva’s spot in the 12-man roster in Fiba Asia is in danger if he continues his disappearing act.But the veteran tactician said that he has yet to make a final decision, hoping that Abueva will eventually show up in the team’s practices on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe search for Calvin Abueva continues and Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes seems to have reached his breaking point.The outspoken mentor on Sunday issued an ultimatum with the energetic Alaska forward still nowhere to be found.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “If he doesn’t come by tomorrow, we’re going to be forced to drop him. We have no other recourse,” said Reyes on Sunday during the national team practices at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.Abueva has been absent since the team resumed practice on Thursday and has yet to reach out to anyone regarding his status.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 starsThe information that got to Reyes was the same detail which Alaska coach Alex Compton shared when asked why the Kapampangan forward was absent on Friday in the Aces’ 101-92 defeat to Star.READ: Compton says absent Abueva dealing with ‘personal matters’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “That’s the big problem. I’m still yet to think about it,” he said.Abueva last saw action with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Seaba Championship, where he averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists.His presence is going to be much needed, especially with naturalized big man Andray Blatche opting to sit out the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It was feeling heavy going to the race, but I gotta do my 100, no 1,000 percent to win,” said Beram after making the rounds wrapped in Philippine flag to the cheers of a packet of Filipino fans inside the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.“I just thank God. I tried my best. I was just so happy I was able to get it done,” he said of the feat which could resuscitate the country’s campaign here.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 openingThe 200m dash champion said he didn’t mind being put in Lane 7.“I doesn’t matter, 400m is all around. The only drawback is I can’t see my toughest opponent,” said Beram whose mother hails from Cebu City. “But it’s a sprint and you gotta run as fast as you can. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Anthony Beram of the Philippines won the men’s 200 meter dash in the Southeast Asian Games Wednesday night. He also won the 400m race the day after. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Trenten Anthony Beram just became Philippine sports’ newest hero Thursday night.The 21-year-old University of Connecticut math major clocked 46.39 seconds to win the men’s 400-meter gold for his second title in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Could your hands predict your sporting success? Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “There’s no excuse for not running as fast as you can.”Beram’s gold was the country’s 14th after lawn bowls and boxing also brought home honors earlier today.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

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Kobe Paras relishes representing Philippines

first_imgKobe Paras of the Philippines dunks over a Burmese defender in the preliminaries of men’s basketball tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Thirty years ago, Benjie Paras proudly trotted out his gold medal after leading the Philippines to the championship in the men’s basketball competition in the 1987 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta.Fast forward to today. It’s now his son Kobe’s turn to wear the gold around his neck for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I’m really happy because I was telling ever since that I want to play five-on-five. I was given the chance and I really made the most of it. I just hope that I made the Filipinos proud,” he said.The younger Paras now embarks on a new journey with Cal State Northridge as he reboots his collegiate career in the United States.“When I go to the States, it’s strictly business. It’s not like here that I’m fighting for our country. There, I’ll play for myself and the future,” he said. “I love my teammates, I love everyone, and I can’t wait to get back there.”ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 The younger Paras said he’s honored to have achieved something his dad has also done.“It feels good. When we won against Indonesia, my dad called me right away and joked that we both won gold. It just feels good that I was able to do something he has done at this age,” the young prodigy said.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 openingKobe and Benjie were both 19 when they won the gold in the biennial meet, making the parallelism more interesting for the father-and-son tandem.The 6-foot-6 swingman, though, is just glad to finally have the opportunity to don the national colors and represent the country in five-on-five competition after years of strutting his stuff in the 3×3 scene. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

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