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NCP, BJP lock horns in graduate constituency

first_imgThe NCP has geared up to ensure the defeat of BJP candidate Niranjan Davkhare in the Konkan graduate constituency election to be held on June 25.The NCP will be fielding Najib Mulla, Mumbra MLA and close associate of party MLA Jitendra Awhad. Mr. Awhad said, “Najib will be taking on the BJP candidate Davkhare. We are fighting to win this election. Those who wanted to leave have defected from the party. Now those who have faith in the party will be given an opportunity. We will ensure the BJP loses this election.”Sources in the party said that NCP chief Sharad Pawar had held a meeting of senior party leaders last week and instructed the cadre to ensure Mr. Davkhare’s defeat. A senior NCP leader on condition of anonymity said, “First of all, party leaders are hurt over his decision to join the BJP. Secondly, letting him win the seat would send a wrong message among party activists that anyone who joins the BJP gets the position of power. We cannot let that happen and therefore he has to be defeated.”For the Konkan graduate constituency, which is spread across Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar and Thane, the NCP have tied up with the Peasants and Workers Party. It is also likely to get support of other regional parties such as the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi. A day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced that his party would be contesting future elections on its own, the party said that Thane’s former mayor Sanjay More would be its candidate.Graduate and teacher constituencies in Mumbai will also go to the polls on June 25. The graduate constituency is currently being held by Health Minister Deepak Sawant of the Sena. The party is yet to announce its candidate. Kapil Patil , belonging to Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal, currently holds the teacher constituency and will be contesting the June 25 poll.last_img read more

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Modi visiting Kabir’s mausoleum in Maghar today

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday scheduled to pay tributes to 15th century mystic poet Kabir at his final resting place in Sant Kabir Nagar on his 500th death anniversary.Mr. Modi will offer floral tributes at the Sant Kabir ‘samadhi’ in Maghar and also offer a ceremonial ‘chadar’ at the mazaar (shrine) built there in the name of the poet who is revered across communities.The Prime Minister will also address a public meeting after participating in a cultural programme.Maghar is located barely 30 km from the major Purvanchal centre of Gorakhpur, which is also the political turf of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Mr. Modi’s itinerary also involves a visit to the “Sadhana” cave of Sant Kabir.Sant Kabir Academy to come upHe will unveil a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone for a Sant Kabir Academy, which will highlight his teachings and thoughts, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.The Uttar Pradesh government has alloted a budget of ₹2.5 crore for the academy.On Wednesday, the State Cabinet approved the memorandum of association required for executing the project under the Society Registration Act 1860.The academy is coming up to provide international-level research, publications and presentations on the life and “darshan” of the poet, the State government said.A Sant Kabir Library will also come up, storing all his creative works, research references and publications related to him.Mr. Adityanath, who himself oversaw the preparations for the event, said the world today should remember the message of “friendship, equality, peace and cordiality,” given by Kabir 500 years ago.Meanwhile, a flutter was created after footage by television channels showed him refusing to wear a ceremonial cap at the shrine of Kabir.According to the district website of Sant Kabir Nagar, named after the poet, he died in Maghar in 1518.“He [Kabir] was loved equally by Muslims and Hindus, and on his death both a mazaar [tomb] and ‘samadhi’ were built by Muslims and Hindus respectively…Kabir chose Maghar above Kashi because as an enlightened soul he wanted to dispel the myth that anyone breathing his last in Maghar is born a donkey in his next life,” said the district website.Annual festivalAn annual festival is held at the site each year on January 14 coinciding with ‘Makar Sankranti’.The official portal of the U.P. Tourism Department says that “it is said that when Saint Kabir died there was a confusion if he should receive a Muslim burial or a Hindu cremation because his religion was not known.”Legend has it that the body of the great saint disappeared leaving behind a heap of flowers which were divided among people from both the communities. Hindus cremated them and built a temple over it and right next to it Muslims buried those flowers and built a Maqbara, the tourism department said.last_img read more

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Muzaffarnagar riots: U.P. govt. to withdraw 18 cases

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has decided to withdraw 18 cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots and asked the district authorities to approach the court, sources said on Sunday. U.P.’s Special Secretary of Law J.J. Singh has directed Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate Rajeev Sharma to withdraw the cases, they said.Court permissionOn the directive from Lucknow, the district authorities have started preparing to approach the court for permission to withdraw the cases. The cases were filed under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code including 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 397 (attempt to cause death), the sources said.Details sought The directive came after the State government sought details of 125 cases filed in relation to the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013. Additional District Magistrate Amit Kumar said that the State government had sought the details to review the possibility of withdrawing the 125 cases pending in courts. Several leaders of the ruling BJP, including MPs Sanjeev Balyan and Bharatendra Singh, MLAs Sangeet Som and Umesh Malik, have been named in these 125 cases. Sadhvi Prachi Minister in the State government Suresh Rana and Hindutva leader Sadhvi Prachi are also accused in cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots. However, the cases asked to be withdrawn do not include the names of these BJP leaders. Communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in August and September 2013 had claimed 60 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.last_img read more

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Shelter home case: CBI appoints 2 SPPs

first_imgThe CBI informed a Delhi court on Wednesday that it has appointed two Special Public Prosecutors in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case, after which both sides were directed to “positively commence” arguments on framing of charges from March 2. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha told the CBI that if the agency wanted to file a supplementary charge sheet in the matter, it has to be done within 15 days. The court was informed that advocates Amit Jindal and R.N. Sinha have been appointed as SPPs by the agency.Mr. Jindal told the court that he received the notification for his appointment from the CBI on Tuesday night and sought time to prepare arguments. The court then said, “Both the parties are directed to positively commence arguments on March 2.” The CBI would advance the arguments first on Saturday, the next date of hearing. On Monday, the court had rapped the CBI for the delay in notifying the SPP in the case and warned it that any laxity to comply with the order will amount to contempt and action would be taken against the agency. “Do not expect the court to wait for one week for the notification to come. You are as much bound by the Supreme Court order as I am. Do not take me to that stage that I should write to the SC that the CBI is in contempt of the order initiated by the court. Already once you have suffered contempt,” the judge had said. The apex court had on February 7 ordered that the case be transferred to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences court at Saket district court complex here, which would conclude the trial within six months by preferably holding a “day-to-day” trial. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.last_img read more

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24 suffer eye infection after ‘botched’ surgeries

first_imgAt least 24 patients, including some women, suffered severe eye infection allegedly due to botched cataract surgeries at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Civil Hospital here. The Kurukshetra district health authorities have suspended eye surgeries at the hospital till Friday. The patients who were operated upon at the hospital over the past three weeks have been referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh. The PGIMER confirmed that its Advanced Eye Centre (AEC) received 24 patients of post cataract surgery endophthalmitis, an inflammation of the interior of the eye, in last couple of weeks.‘Vision improving’ “At AEC, PGIMER, till now 19 patients have been operated… All the patients are doing well on topical and systemic antibiotics. Their vision is gradually improving. None of the patient has complete loss of vision. Eleven patients have been discharged and advised regular follow up,” it said in a statement. “Thirteen patients are still admitted in AEC and monitored on daily basis,” it added. On Wednesday, a team of doctors led by Director Health Services, Haryana, Dr. Arshudeen visited the hospital to investigate the cases. Civil Surgeon Dr. Sukhbir Singh said an investigation was on to ascertain the cause of the infection and fix responsibility. A senior eye surgeon had performed around 100 cataract surgeries between February 27 and March 11, he said. Mr. Singh said as many as 24 patients reported back with complaints of irritation.Samples taken Samples of tools, chemicals, medicines, roof and floor of the operation theatre have been taken to ascertain the cause of the infection, he said.last_img read more

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SP, BSP ask workers to stand guard outside rooms storing EVMs

first_imgFor fear of any foul play before counting day on May 23, the SP and BSP have instructed their workers to maintain a tight vigil outside the strong rooms storing the EVMs in each constituency in Uttar Pradesh.In an advisory issued to party candidates and counting agents, the BSP asked its workers to stand guard outside strong rooms and ensure that the green paper seal and the special tags are verified before the EVMs are allowed to be open for counting.The SP also asked its workers to stand guard outside strong rooms in shifts of eight hours. In a note issued by Naresh Uttam Patel, SP UP president, the workers are also asked to recruit experienced counting agents, including sharp-minded lawyers, to be present on the counting spot on May 23.Party president Akhilesh Yadav also issued a detailed note for his colleagues on how the counting process takes place.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: Native Americans Were a Mix of Asian and European

first_imgWhere did the first Americans come from? Most researchers think Native American roots lie in Asia, although exactly where is not clear; but a few have suggested Europe, a decidedly minority view because today’s Native Americans have clear Asian ancestry. It turns out that both may be right, according to the latest ancient DNA evidence. A team based in Europe and the United States sequenced the entire genome from the skeleton of a boy who lived in Siberia 24,000 years ago (see photo), the oldest complete genome of a modern human to date. Surprisingly, the boy is closely related both to Eurasians and to Native Americans, but not to East Asians. So the researchers think that Native American ancestors with Eurasian roots might have interbred with East Asians sometime before making the journey over the Bering land bridge to the New World. The work, first reported by Science from a meeting in Santa Fe last month, is published today in Nature.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

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Bad luck and cancer: A science reporter’s reflections on a controversial story

first_imgWe reporters—or this one, at any rate—often fail to anticipate which stories will grip readers and which will quickly fade into oblivion. Given that, perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised that a story I saw off to the printing press in the lull between Christmas and New Year’s engendered more comments than any other I’ve written.The piece, which appeared online with the headline “The simple math that explains why you may (or may not) get cancer” (and in the magazine’s News section with the headline “The bad luck of cancer”), described a paper published in the 2 January issue of Science. As I and many other journalists explained, the study suggested that simple “bad luck”—random mutations accumulating in healthy stem cells—could explain about two-thirds of cancers, exceeding the risk conferred by environmental and genetic factors combined. One message was that some cancers could not be prevented and that detecting them early was key to combating them.Readers wasted little time in skewering the authors, mathematician Cristian Tomasetti and cancer geneticist Bert Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Their statistics were faulty, some argued; they included many rare cancers and left out several common ones. Earlier today, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, put out an unusual press release stating it “strongly disagrees” with the report. The agency said that “nearly half of all cancer cases worldwide can be prevented.” It charged that the authors’ push for early detection “if misinterpreted … could have serious negative consequences from both cancer research and public health perspectives.”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(*)Reporters, if anything, fared worse. “Please, journalists, get a clue before you write about science,” pleaded an irate column in The Guardian, co-authored by an evolutionary biologist who goes by the Twitter handle @GrrlScientist and statistician Bob O’Hara at the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt, Germany.Given the furor, I wondered: Had I gotten it wrong? Had the authors? Answering these apparently straightforward questions proved surprisingly difficult, exposing the challenges that come with communicating science, and the desire by scientist-authors and reporters to streamline the story they’re trying to tell.I began with my own story, working backward to the science that spawned it. I’d written that the theory of random mutations in stem cells “explained two-thirds of all cancers.” Immediately, I knew that I had written part of that sloppily, to put it generously: The study didn’t include all cancers. In fact, it didn’t include two of the most common, prostate and breast, because the authors weren’t able to pin down the size of the stem cell compartment or the frequency of stem cell divisions in those tissues. Although my piece subsequently noted the number of cancer types in the study, I should have stressed the omissions early on.Still, was “two-thirds” referring to the number of cases of cancers the study did include, as I and other journalists had suggested—or to something else? Journalists like numbers that abridge a study down to a bullet point. I’d wondered immediately if this two-thirds finding might be one such nugget. Tomasetti had explained to me in a lengthy interview that “if you go to the American Cancer Society website and you check what are the causes of cancer, you will find a list of either inherited or environmental things. We are saying two-thirds is neither of them.” I’d run the text of my “two-thirds” sentence by him prior to publication and he had had no objections (he had other clarifications).Last week, we spoke again. Tomasetti had received more than 200 e-mails. Parents of children who had died of cancer were grateful that it might have occurred entirely by chance, suggesting that there was nothing they could have done. Biologists and statisticians were disputing his conclusions or simply surprised that so much of cancer might be random.“We did not claim that two-thirds of cancer cases are due to bad luck,” Tomasetti told me gently. What the study argued, he explained, was that two-thirds of the variation in cancer rates in different tissues could be explained by random bad luck (a point made by others). What exactly did that mean, I wondered? Tomasetti, chatting by phone, had me draw some graphs to help me understand. By the end of the hour, I still wasn’t sure I grasped the essence.Tomasetti was sympathetic. “There are lots of scientists that need clarification” on this paper, he said, along with some statisticians. He was busy preparing a technical report with additional details, and Johns Hopkins had just put out a press release explainer. “I honestly feel—and that’s what I told the BBC, and you can definitely quote me on this—overall, the reporters who interacted with us made a very honest and sincere effort to be as accurate as possible.”It was only after more hours spent on interviews that I finally understood the two-thirds figure. Some tissues are overtaken by cancer more readily than others, and mutations accumulating in stem cells explained two-thirds of that variability, Tomasetti and Vogelstein had concluded. It was my “aha” moment, and it came too late—after my original deadline.I contacted some of the critics. “I just reread your article, and I don’t think it falls into the bad category (at worst, it skirts around the lip without dropping in),” wrote O’Hara, an author of the Guardian piece, in an e-mail—confusing me further, for hadn’t I goofed up? By phone, he explained that one of his quibbles was the word “luck”—present in the paper’s abstract, emphasized by the authors, and highlighted in nearly every news story. It sounded sexy, but O’Hara considered it inaccurate, because virtually all cancer is a product of luck in some sense.“It’s too easy to blame the media,” said David Spiegelhalter, a biostatistician at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who had blogged about the story. (“Your article was fine,” he assured me.) In this case, he felt, “the gist of the coverage is very reasonable—most cases of cancer are due to chance.”That said, errors were made along the way, a fact that didn’t surprise him. “This is incredibly difficult stuff,” Spiegelhalter continued. “I do feel for you. It’s one of those things that’s so superficially simple, and yet the superficial simplicity is not correct.”The paper’s authors, many felt, were also guilty of trying too hard to craft a simple message. The paper included a visually arresting diagram splitting cancers into green and blue categories. The green were cancers “mainly due” to random mutations—suggesting, the authors wrote, that they were less likely to be prevented by changes in behavior or diet. However, that category included esophageal cancer and melanoma, both of which are thought to have strong links to environmental drivers such as heavy alcohol consumption and sun exposure, respectively.Melanoma sat just slightly inside the green border—but still, it was green, which left many readers exercised. “They’ve ignored some of the fundamental lifestyle factors,” said Graham Colditz, a cancer prevention specialist at Washington University in St. Louis. “Obviously, they had good intentions,” said Anne McTiernan, a physician and epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. But, she continued, the authors assumed that a correlation between the number of stem cell divisions and cancer risk meant one was causing the other, something their data couldn’t prove. Tomasetti agreed that this is correct—but he notes that “all the biology we have on this topic supports” the idea that a buildup of random mutations in healthy cells can initiate cancer. Some scientists argued that the graph carried a missive for prevention, with huge risk gaps between a cancer driven by the environment or genetics—such as lung cancer in smokers or head and neck cancer linked to human papillomavirus—and cancer at the same site without a clear cause.The nuances were many. Even if they quibble on the details, most would agree that random mutations play a real role in cancer – but so do many other things. Despite the furor, this common ground is shared by both the paper’s authors and its critics. “This is a really fascinating pattern that they’ve observed, but it is a small message,” says Timothy Rebbeck, a cancer prevention specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. “It doesn’t exclude the ability to prevent and treat cancer. It doesn’t exclude our need to better understand the causes of cancer.” The paper’s bottom line wasn’t simple, but the message for me was: Science is complicated, and people care deeply about the biology of diseases that affect their loved ones and themselves. Distilling the story—with space constraints, with a desire for clear writing that will hold readers’ attention and help them understand—carries risks for scientists and for journalists. They are ones I hope never to forget—even if I err now and again.Revised, 2:53pm, 1/14/15: This story has been revised to remove references to unpublished letters to Science.last_img read more

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No Respite: Foreign Educational Institutes Wait 8 Years For An India Campus Nod

first_imgEight years ago, foreign educational institutions anticipated the biggest change in the education policy in the country. The Foreign Educational (Regulations of Entry and Operations) Bill 2010 proposed to allow international institutes to enter India and set up campuses in the country. However, it has been a long wait since then because the law makers could not come to a consensus on the model.Read it at Money Control Related Itemslast_img

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Cool Treats

first_imgBet this sultry summer, you wish you didn’t have to turn on the cooking range or grill to cook. So here goes, our mouth watering recipes that will keep you cool and your friends and family smacking their lips on a full three course meal, complete with snacks, main course and dessert.Snacks Paneer Squares1 lbs tofu cut into neat squares1 each big tomato, cucumber and beetroot shreddedSalt to tasteChutney1 tbsp green chili paste1 tbsp garlic paste1 tbsp mint leaves paste3 oz coriander leavesSalt to tasteFrosting4 oz cream cheese4 oz each of grated cheese and creamGrind together all the chutney ingredients to a paste. Beat cream cheese till fluffy, add grated cheese and cream and make into a spreading consistency. Cut paneer lengthwise into two pieces, then into small squares. Sandwich the tofu pieces with chutney on a plate. Spread frosting on top decorate with shredded veggies and serve cold. Mixed Fruit Chaat2 oz each of peaches, strawberries and seedless grapes1 apple1 banana4 tbsps pineapple juice2 oz castor sugar1 tsp ginger juice2 tbsps lime juice1 tsp of chat masalaBlack saltSalt and chili powder to tasteCut all fruits into small pieces, mix in pineapple, lime and ginger juice, add spices and serve with toothpicks. Sprouted Green Gram Bhel½ lbs. moong (green gram) sprouts2 tbsps each of finely chopped tomatoesand raw mangoes2 tbsps chopped onion1 green chili minced2 tbsps chopped coriander leaves1 tbsp dry mango powder½ tsp each of black salt and chat masalaChili garlic and sweet chutneyMix green grams with veggies, spices and chutney. Serve decorated with finely chopped coriander leaves.Sweet Chutney1 oz thick tamarind2 tablespoons grated jaggery6 dates pitted and sliced thinly½ teaspoon black salt½ teaspoon roasted and ground cumin seedsMix ingredients in grinder at high speed and serve.Garlic Chili Chutney6 red chilies deseeded and chopped finely12 cloves garlic2 tablespoons vinegarSalt to tasteMix ingredients in grinder at high speed and serve.Sandwiches  Spicy Veggie Sandwich10 slices of bread2 large tomatoes onions and cucumbers sliced3 oz. grated cheese1 teaspoon mustardSalt and pepper to tasteMix salt and pepper with cheese, spread on bread slices, sandwich with veggies in between. Cut into triangles and serve with ketchup and potato chips.Cream Cheese Sandwich10 slices of bread2 tbsp butter6 thin cheese slices1 teaspoon mustard3 oz. cream cheese1 oz. grated cheeseSalt and pepper to tasteMix all the above ingredients and spread on the bread slices. Roll. Secure with toothpicks and serve with potato chips and salad.Green Chutney and Tofu Sandwich3 oz. tofu grated1 oz. green chutney1 tomato1 cucumber1 onionSalt and pepper to tasteMix tofu with chutney salt and pepper. Butter slices of bread. Spread chutney and sandwich with tomato onion cucumber. Cut into neat triangles.DipsTill Seed Dip2 oz sesame seeds2 oz grated coconut4 green chilies2 tbsps coriander leaves1 tbsps tamarind pulpSalt to tasteMix all the above ingredients in grinder at a high speed and serve.Tomato Dip3 oz tomatoes, chopped finely2 red chilies1 oz grated coconut1 oz powdered cashew nuts2 tbsps chopped coriander leaves¼ tsp grated ginger½ tsp toasted and powdered cumin seedsSalt to tasteGrind ingredients in grinder at a high speed and serve.Chili Dip3 oz thick green chilies2 tbsps roasted black sesame seeds1 oz coriander leaves1 tablespoon vinegar1 pinch mono sodium glutamateGrind ingredients in grinder at high speed and serve.VegetablesCreamy Vegetables¼ lbs grated cheese100 oz capsicums and tomatoes cut into thin strips4 oz cream2 tbsps chopped coriander leaves2 green chilies, mincedSalt and pepper to tasteMix together the vegetables add salt, cream and pepper put in a serving dish decorate with coriander leaves and serve chilled with brown bread.Mayonnaise with Vegetables¼ lbs each of grated carrot and cabbage1 oz each of cucumber, capsicum and tomato cut into strips¼ lbs mayonnaise2 oz cream2 oz pineapple pieces1 oz cherry piecesSalt and pepper to taste Mix mayonnaise with cream, blend into vegetables. Put in a serving dish and decorate with cherries and pineapple and serve with brown bread.Crunchy Cabbage½ lbs cabbage cut into two inch pieces2 red chilies2 tbsps honey4 tbsps olive oil2 oz mix toasted sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts and raisinsSalt and vinegar to tastePound the chilies coarsely, mix with cabbage along with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Set in refrigerator for 1 hour. Decorate with nuts and raisins and serve with brown bread.DessertsFruit Surprise15 plain sweet cookies2 oz cream1 oz powdered sugar1 teaspoon lime juice2 cups chilled milk2 tbsps cocoa powder1 cup chocolate sauce½ lbs finely chopped mixed fresh fruits12 roasted cashew nutsMix cream with sugar and lime juice, blend together cocoa and milk dip the biscuits one by one in milk and place in a serving dish , make layers of biscuits, fruits and chocolate sauce, start and finish with a layer of biscuits, cover with cream and decorate with cashew nuts.Chocolate Paan Banarsi paan leavesAnise or fennel seedsGulkandChocolate pasteChocolate sauceChunks of dark chocolatePowder of almonds, pistachio and cashew nutsCrystallized cherries, chopped finelySpecial sweet supari (betel nuts)Cardamom powderCoconut powderGrated coconutApply chocolate paste on the paan. Mix nuts, spices, sweet betel nut, coconut and chunks of chocolate and stuff mixture into the leaf, make into a paan and stick a clove in the center so it does not open, dip in chocolate sauce and serve at once.Ambrosia1 small brick vanilla ice cream4 tinned peach halves2 oz cream1 oz chopped walnuts2 oz chopped candied cherriesTake 4 plates and divide ice cream equally on them. On each ice cream in the middle place a peach half hollowed side up. Fill centre of the peach with 1 tblsp.cream. On top of each cream-filled peach sprinkle one tablespoon of cherries and walnuts.Cashew Nut Chocolate Rolls3 oz. ground cashew nuts3 oz. ground cream cheese1 oz. grated chocolate½ lbs. sugar½ teaspoon cardamom seedsDry coconut powder.Mix together all the above ingredients with the exception of coconut and form into small rolls. Roll in dry coconut and serve.Mocktails Peach and Ice Cream Shake1 oz peach puree½ liter milk1 oz vanilla ice cream2 drops almond essenceMix together all ingredients in blender for a minute and serve in tall glasses.Rose Shake¼ liter chilled water¼ liter chilled milk2 oz sugar2 oz rose syrupPinch of cardamom powderRose petals2 oz strawberry ice creamMix together all the above ingredients in a blender. When the ice cream is half melted, put in a tall glass containing cracked ice. Decorate with rose petals.Pomegranate Cooler¼ liter pomegranate juice2 tablespoons pineapple squash1 oz castor sugar2 bottles chilled soda1 bottle chilled lemonade3 oz creamMix together pomegranate juice, squash, soda and lemonade. Beat cream with sugar; pour lemonade in glasses over cracked ice. Related Itemslast_img read more

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2 Indian Students Acquitted of Drug Trafficking Charges in Kenya

first_imgTwo engineering students who were allegedly caught with Sh 1.3 billion worth of heroin in Kenya were acquitted by the chief magistrate of Mombasa of drug trafficking charges on Nov. 23.The magistrate, Julius Nang’ea, ruled that Prabhakara Nair Praveen and Vikas Balwan were only interns on the ship, MV Bushehr, and were not aware of the cargo that the ship contained or whether it was part of drug trafficking, The Star reported.The Director of Public of Prosecutions (DPP), however, said that the state wanted the two students held for 14 days as it wants to lodge an appeal.The two students, along with seven other crew members, were found on the ship that carried 33.2 kg of heroin off the Lamu coast. While six of the crew members were Pakistani nationals, one was from Iran. All nine of them, along with three Kenyans, faced two charges for narcotics trafficking. The magistrate ruled that the two Indian students were innocent but the others still need to prove themselves to the court.On July 23, 2014, the nine crew members were captured from the ship carrying heroin and handed over to the Kenyan navy before their trial. The captain of the ship passed away before he was put on trial.The magistrate ruled that the other crew members — Yousuf Yaqoob, Yakoob Ibrahim, Saleem Muhammad, Bhatti Abdul Ghafour, Baksh Moula, Pak Abdolghaffer, Muhammed Saleh, and Kenyans Khalid Agil Mohamed, Mohamed Osman Ahmed and Maur Abdalla Bwanamaka — were still answerable regarding the case.A letter from the Indian embassy confirmed that the two students from the country were interns who had no part to play in the ship. The letter also showed that Praveen and Balwan were students of Alpha Marine Service College in New Delhi and were interning at Park Mansion Ship Management Ltd in India. Related ItemsKenyaMombasaNarcoticslast_img read more

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Sidhu’s meet with Rahul sends ‘wrong’ signals

first_imgNavjot Singh Sidhu’s visit to New Delhi to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi even as the former cricketer remains a minister without portfolio after having been divested of his originally assigned ministries, and given that he is yet to take charge of the newly allotted responsibility, has sparked speculation that he has sought the “high command’s” intervention in his tussle with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. As part of a post-poll cabinet reshuffle last week, Capt. Amarinder had divested Mr. Sidhu of the key Local Government portfolio and allocated him Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources.Mr. Sidhu, who met Mr. Gandhi, general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and veteran leader Ahmed Patel on Monday, is learnt to have apprised the “high command” about being singled out “unfairly” in the cabinet rejig on the pretext of party’s “poor performance” in the urban areas of the State in the general elections.That Mr. Gandhi, who had avoided meeting most senior party leaders including Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled States since the poll debacle and the Congress Working Committee meeting last month, agreed to meet Mr. Sidhu has drawn criticism from political analysts. “Cabinet reshuffle is prerogative of the Chief Minister and after the reshuffle has been done, if now the old portfolio of Mr. Sidhu is reinstated it would be a bad move for the party,” said Ashutosh Kumar, professor of Political Science at Panjab University. “Mr. Sidhu’s audience with the high command also hints that Congress’s culture of keeping alive dissidence at the State level against the State leadership is not dead,” he remarked.“Capt. Amarinder is a mass leader who has in the past threatened the high command to break the party in case he was not declared as chief ministerial candidate in 2017,” Prof. Kumar observed. “Capt. Amarinder, after the Assembly polls and Lok Sabha polls, has emerged as a strong leader and on the other hand Congress’s high command looks weak after its performance in the Lok Sabha polls,” he asserted.Any effort to push for the reinstatement of Mr. Sidhu as the Local Government minister in an attempt to resolve the ongoing tussle in the State unit risked undermining the Chief Minister’s authority and further worsening the rift within the party in Punjab, Mr. Kumar opined. The party, however, downplayed the significance of Mr. Sidhu’s meeting, with Asha Kumari, the AICC incharge of Punjab affairs, asserting that every Congressman was ‘entitled’ to meet the Congress president. “As far as his [Mr. Sidhu’s] taking charge of the new portfolio is concerned, if Mr. Sidhu does not desire it’s entirely his wish. He [Mr. Sidhu] is a minister of Capt. Amarinder’s cabinet and it’s for the Chief Minister to decide who will hold which portfolio,” Ms. Kumari added.Ronki Ram, Dean at the Department of Social Science at Panjab University, said Mr. Sidhu’s meeting with the party’s central leadership appeared like an attempt at capturing a “power stronghold”. “If the Chief Minister has to take decision on the dictation of party high command, it’s not in good taste,” asserted Prof. Ram. “This shows party is highly centralised,” he added.The two Punjab leaders have been openly at loggerheads in recent months with Mr. Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu accusing Capt. Amarinder of blocking her Lok Sabha candidacy from Chandigarh. Later, the chief minister had asserted that “Sidhu’s remarks ahead of polling” had affected the party’s performance. He had also blamed Mr. Sidhu’s poor handling of the key local bodies portfolio as another factor for the Congress’s “poor performance” in urban areas. Mr. Sidhu had retorted by asserting that he was being “singled out publicly” even though urban areas had played a critical role in the party’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress won 8 of the 13 seats it contested, improving on its 2014 tally of just 3.last_img read more

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Odisha DGP removed

first_imgThe Odisha government late on Wednesday evening removed Director General of Police Bijay Kumar Sharma on charges of non-compliance of instructions.Mr. Sharma, a 1986-batch officer, was replaced by Abhaya, his batch mate.“On recommendation of the UPSC and in the interest of public service, Mr. Abhaya, at present director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, is appointed Director General of Police, Odisha, from the date of taking over charge,” said a government notification.Mr. Sharma has been shifted to the Home Department as an Officer on Special Duty. Director General (Prison) Satyajit Mohanty was transferred as Special DG (Intelligence). Mr. Sharma, who was the Director General of Fire Services, was stripped of charge.Sunil Roy, DG Intelligence, has been posted as DG Fire Service.In a dramatic turn of events, the State government has constituted a three-member committee comprising three top bureaucrats to probe into allegations of inordinate delay in issuance of fire safety certificates.Sources said there were allegations of corruption in the issuance of certificates.“It is reported that there is huge pendency of applications for issuance of fire safety recommendations and certificates in the Directorate of Fire Services. This has caused immense inconvenience not only to the general public but also to business, industry, educational and medical establishments,” says another Home Department notification.It says, “in order to enquire into the matter relating to non-compliance of government instructions by Directorate of Fire Services and circumstances under which applications for fire safety recommendations and certificate have been kept pending for long periods, Government is pleased to constitute a committee comprising Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and Principal Secretary Homes.”last_img read more

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‘Frustrated’ Gavina would love to keep Kia’s No. 1 pick

first_imgRead Next “I can’t confirm it. I’m learning just as much as everyone else as I read things and hear about things as well. I’m asking my management also, like, ‘Is this true?’ You just kind of wait it out and see what happens,” he said.Gavina is keeping his fingers crossed that the deal won’t push through.“Nothing’s set in stone. I don’t know what the board’s going to do, whether they’re going to accept it or not, so whether we keep it is a tossup right now. I’d love to keep it, but you know, there’s some higher powers that be that might not agree.”Gavina, however, knows he is at the mercy of the Kia management and said that just like in the past, he has to make do with what he has in his lineup.“Honestly, it’s not as if I haven’t been in this position before. When I first took over, we gave up our pick and we got legitimate veterans for it, and wind up having a great season,” he said, referring to the time when the team traded second overall pic Troy Rosario to TNT for Aldrech Ramos and Nino Cañaleta back in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ “On a scale of one to 10, [my frustration is] maybe a 12,” he said.Gavina was at the PBA Draft Combine on Monday, trying to keep a straight face while discussing the possible moves of his team.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 shutoutReports said that Kia is getting a bunch of San Miguel reserves, a future first rounder, and a boat load of cash in exchange for the No. 1 pick.Gavina, though, did not want to comment on the reported deal and said even he is left in the dark when it comes to management’s moves. View comments Stephen Curry fined $50,000 for tossing mouthguard at official LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kia coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAt this point, nothing surprises Kia coach Chris Gavina anymore.That’s why he couldn’t hide his frustrations following the news about the Picanto’s latest head-scratching move to ship trade the rights to this year’s top pick to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “In my position, you got to kind of live with what you can get sometimes and really, just look to how we’re going to improve with what we have. It comes down to really development. We’ve already started with our skills training as early as last week, probably the first team that came back, so we move forward from there,” he said.“So whatever the case happens, whether we get Christian or not, I think as long as we get some veteran leadership on the team with championship experience, I think we’ll be able to form a formidable team next year.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympics

first_imgNorth Korean supporters sing ahead of the free skating pair, figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — To pour on the charm at the Pyeongchang Olympics, North Korea has turned to ball-gown clad singers, pompom-waving cheerleaders and two of its most influential women. And the media, the South Korean public and the Olympic audience worldwide seem to be thoroughly enjoying the spectacle.But should they be?ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Some went so far as to film cheerleaders’ rooms from outside their windows, the report said. TV Chosun, voyeuristically shooting through room windows, claimed an exclusive of the North Korean cheerleaders watching South Korean TV shows. The Yonhap News agency published photos of cheerleaders inside a women’s restroom washing their hands and waiting in line outside toilets.North Korea has sent women south to win hearts and minds before.The idea dates back to Kim Jong Il, the current leader’s father, who dispatched:— a 288-member cheering squad to South Korea for the Busan Asian Games in 2002;—306 women to Daegu for the 2003 Universiade;— a 125-member squad for the Incheon Asian Athletics Championships in 2005.Kim Jong Un’s wife is an alumnus of the cheering squads. She went to the Incheon event.The squads are usually made up of young women, often students or government workers from Pyongyang, selected for their looks, musical skills and family standing.At their first appearance at a competition, an ice hockey game featuring the joint North-South women’s team, they started off with a popular North Korean song called “Happy to Meet You.”That had been a matter of concern. Read Next View comments US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon PLAY LIST 01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:45Australian student detained in N. Korea ‘released, safe’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Pretty much every song performed in public in the North is political (as is everything else; that’s what totalitarianism means, after all), and even tunes that might sound like simple love songs are almost always devoted to Kim Jong Un or one of his predecessors.In a later game, one squad held up masks of a handsome young man, which some observers speculated was Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung. That would have clearly run afoul of organizers’ expectations. Officials quickly denied the rumors, though it remains unclear who the mystery man was intended to be.“Because the cheerleaders and the performance squads are Koreans like us, it’s natural to have a good feeling toward them,” said Shin In-kyun, president of the Korea Defense Network, a nonpartisan group of defense experts. “But we should not forget the intention of the brutal North Korean regime that’s hidden behind it.”“Right now, it seems we are distracted,” he said. “North Korea’s operation is working.” Wozniacki irate over opponent’s ‘unfair’ grunting in Qatar win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The sister’s arrival generated a good deal of serious reporting, juxtaposed with the presence of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife. But she got a full dose of the tabloid treatment from the moment she arrived.There were some extremely unlikely comparisons to Ivanka Trump, who is expected to attend the Games’ closing ceremony. South Korea’s TV Chosun television network put together a separate report to analyze her fashion and appearance and pointed out her freckles and makeup. One analyst even speculated she might be pregnant.The reporting was “a personal insult and diplomatic mistake,” the Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media, a media watchdog, said in a report.It was hardly the exception.South Korean broadcasters focused on the legs of the North Korean cheerleaders to highlight their bodies, while they tended to show the heads and chests of North Korean men on the day of their arrival in the South, while images of the cheerleaders’ black ankle boots and bare calves were repeated frequently.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Despite the focus on campy weirdness and implications of salaciousness, the North’s feminine touch in Pyeongchang is a potent — and deliberately manipulative — political statement. Young and attractive women, intended to put a “soft” face on the North’s totalitarian regime, have long been one of the ruling Kim family’s favorite propaganda tools.North Korea, one of the most patriarchal of societies around, deployed two of its most powerful women to spearhead its Olympic diplomacy campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompletely overshadowing a 90-year-old statesman who was nominally in charge of the North’s delegation, Kim Jong Un sent his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who while still just 30 years old is head of the ruling party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department.He also shocked Seoul by sending Hyon Song Wol, who is better known as the lead singer of the domestic cadre-pleasing, miniskirt-wearing Moranbong Band. She is now also a senior ruling party member. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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No Federer, Serena, Sharapova, no problem for Roland Garros

first_imgLakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo The annoucement came in the wake of Djokovic parting with long-time coach Marian Vajda earlier this month, having also ended a three-year relationship with Boris Becker at the end of last season.Eight-time major winner Agassi, who has only committed to the French Open so far, has never coached at such a level before and has been away from the sport for more than a decade since retiring in 2006.The open French OpenWho will be the 2017 women’s champion? Who knows? The champions from 2010 to 2015 — Serena Williams (2013 and 2015), Maria Sharapova (2012 and 2014), Li Na (2011) and Francesca Schiavone (2010) — are absent.Defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain picked up a neck injury in Rome and has won just two matches on clay all season.World number one Angelique Kerber’s best run was a 2012 quarter-final spot. This claycourt season, the German lost first time out at Rome having retired with a back injury after two matches in Madrid.Simona Halep, the 2014 runner-up in Paris and winner in Madrid this year before being a losing finalist in Rome, looks the most likely champion-in-waiting — just.Kvitova, Del Potro — high on emotionOut of action since injuring her left hand fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in December, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova may yet still be a late-entry into Roland Garros where she was a semi-finalist in 2012.She’d be a popular champion as would be Juan Martin del Potro, the giant Argentine whose huge potential, illustrated by his 2009 US Open victory, should have been the first chapter in a Grand Slam success story.However, an agonising series of wrist injuries pushed him to the brink of retirement before a comeback last year saw him reach the Olympics final.Practically unplayable on his day, Del Potro was a semi-finalist in Paris in 2009 but last played the tournament in 2012, losing a two sets lead to go down to Roger Federer in the quarter-finals. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his men’s second round match against Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAURoland Garros organizers are confident that the absence from the 2017 French Open of Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will just be a footnote when the story of the second major of the season is told.“The absence of these three stars does not weaken the tournament because Roland Garros remains an institution and the Holy Grail for a player,” French tennis historian Jean-Christophe Piffau told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Last year, he played two rounds before a wrist injury forced an early withdrawal.But he has been rejuvenated in 2017, reaching the Australian Open and Miami finals and winning in Madrid for a record-equalling 30th Masters title.Djokovic and Agassi, starstruck double actWhen Djokovic completed the career Grand Slam by winning his first Roland Garros title in 2016, the Serb held all four majors at the same time.But the former world number one has — by his standards — struggled since, admitting motivation has been a problem.There were signs of life when he reached the Rome Masters final last weekend where his defeat was soon relegated in significance by his appointment of US legend Andre Agassi as his new coach.ADVERTISEMENT Del Potro is ranked 30 this week; 12 months ago, he was down at 233.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Owners move 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa, LA gets 2022 ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why “The Grand Slam tournaments are anchored in the history of tennis, which is what makes them both special and prized.”With that in mind, AFP Sports looks at the storylines likely to dominate the French Open which starts on Sunday:Perfect 10 for Nadal?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThis year Nadal has captured a 10th Monte Carlo Masters and 10th title in Barcelona; now the great Spaniard targets what many in the sport thought was impossible — a 10th Roland Garros.The champion in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Nadal, now 30, was written off when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals, ending a 39-match win streak in Paris since his shock defeat to Robin Soderling in 2009. 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Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriors

first_imgKevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title11K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 OAKLAND, California— They made their group plea to Kevin Durant last summer, Stephen Curry and the core of the Golden State Warriors traveling cross-country to go at a prized free agent the only way they do it around here: with “Strength in Numbers.”Durant didn’t really need a hard sell that day in the Hamptons. He chose Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and a chance at his first championship over returning to Oklahoma City. Scorned and scrutinized from every angle for that decision, Durant triumphantly raised his arms and an MVP trophy Monday night all these months later— beaming as a first-time NBA champion, just as planned.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship — not to mention shooting skills — through regular shooting contests that were oh so close.READ: Warriors finish off Cavaliers in 5 games, regain NBA title “The way that he embraced the opportunity in the Finals, it was unbelievable,” Curry said. “It’s kind of crazy to think about the conversations we had this summer and going into the year about how we can both mesh and do what we do and be the players that we are and (to) see it come to life in this series, it was unbelievable.”Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals.“I’m just happy for him. He’s had an amazing career, but he just took it to the next level,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was incredible all season long. He had an amazing series, just dominated. Everybody for the last 10 years knew how good he was, but until you break through and win that first championship, there’s always still something there. I’m just so happy Kevin has broken through. And there’s more to come from him.”ADVERTISEMENT Michael Jordan’s 1984 Olympic games Converse shoes sold for $190K Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage READ: Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors Durant came back late in the regular season from a 19-game absence with a left knee injury, then dealt with a tender calf early in the playoffs. Still, he insisted he had another notch to raise his game, and he certainly found it. He dramatically drove and dunked on Cleveland’s defense, knocked down big 3-pointers and blocked shots while handling the load of defending King James.Ten years after becoming the No. 2 draft pick behind Greg Oden, Durant has reached the pinnacle. Whenever he is asked about his own accomplishments, he is always quick to offer a reminder just as he did with a new NBA champions hat on his head: “It’s a team sport.” He can’t do it alone.“I can’t believe it, but I have to,” Durant said recently of where he is after a decade. “I’m really proud where I am right now as a player and being as consistent every year as I’ve been. That’s something I talked about coming into the league, wanting to do it year in and year out. I’ve been able to accomplish that individually. But this is not an individual sport. So I’ve also realized that as far as becoming more of a team player, since my first year I’ve grown so much and I’m proud of myself in that area as well, but I’ve got a long ways to go.”READ: Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for WarriorsThis is a major start. For those guys in the Hamptons recruiting Durant that day and all the others, they can’t wait for more.“We felt like Kevin could come in and help us and, like I said, make it all complete,” Green said. “And he showed that. Finals MVP, 4-1, world champions. Doesn’t get much better than that.”RELATED VIDEOGolden State Warriors celebrate NBA Championship2.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 He hugged mother Wanda many a time. And Curry, too. Even LeBron James, celebrating the fight and brilliance they each demonstrated during an entertaining back-and-forth basketball show in this Finals trilogy. Golden State in 2015, the Cavaliers last year, the Warriors again this time.READ: Kevin Durant’s menacing defense leads the way for WarriorsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work,” Durant said. “But then that was far from the truth. I came in and tried to help my team. Like I said, tried to be myself, be aggressive and sacrifice as well.”For all that chatter about chemistry on a super-team — some called them “supervillains” — how there might not be enough shots for all the big-time scorers, the Warriors kept winning as the world watched the every move of the East Bay franchise under a microscope. 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Pacquiao punishes spar mates

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments “Binugbog. Binira na (They were roughed up),” was how training assistant Jonathan Peñalosa described Pacquiao’s eight-round display of speed and power.Fact is, Young’s legs wobbled when Pacquiao landed a left straight in the third round, while Kambosos’ face turned reddish due to a flurry of jabs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAncajas readyLike Pacquiao, Jerwin Ancajas declared himself ready to stake his International Boxing Federation super flyweight belt against Teiru Kinoshita of Japan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao unloaded hard punches against George Kambosos and Adrian Young on Monday, leaving his spar mates battered and bruised.His training team was delighted, of course, especially chief trainer Freddie Roach, who decided to scrap a planned sparring session in Brisbane, where Pacquiao will dangle his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Australian Jeff Horn on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The road back to volleyball glory What ‘missteps’? 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire According to Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer/manager, the 25-year-old- pride of Panabo, Davao del Norte, is 95 percent in shape for the chief support of the Pacquiao-Horn tussle to be aired live by ESPN.Ancajas has sparred more than a 100 rounds for the second defense of the crown he won with a unanimous decision over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico last year.At the moment, Ancajas is still six pounds over the 115-lb limit, although he doesn’t see any problem making the weight.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Big 2nd half propels Meralco over debuting Ginebra

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’ “I’m very happy with our effort to night especially on the defensive end. We played good defense the entire game. A lot of people were involved with that,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Cliff Hodge did a great job defensively today. LA Tenorio got off to a quick start but after that I thought Chris Newsome also picked up his defense against LA. I think overall it was just a great defensive effort.”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 Bolts outscored the Gin Kings, 29-12, in the pivotal third period where swingman Jared Dillinger fired 12 of his 17 points.“In the second half we played much better offensively, moved the ball better, started to make some shots. JD (Dillinger) made some outside shots for us and 3-point shots that opened up their defense,” said Black. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Overall it’s just a great start for us. I’m really happy for the players they worked hard in the offseason,” Black added after his team rose to 2-0.Meralco also ruined the return of Ginebra center Greg Slaughter, who played his first game in 10 months due to an ACL injury.Slaughter finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham had another dominating outing and Meralco shook off a slow start to rip debuting Barangay Ginebra, 93-78, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham bullied his way to 30 points and 24 rebounds with nine assists to power the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 11 early before a big third quarter got them cruising to a big win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more